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Letter From The Director: E3'd

by Neal Ronaghan - June 20, 2011, 5:20 pm PDT
Total comments: 5

These will be weekly, I swear.

E3 2011 was a blur. It was so much of a blur, in fact, that it consumed way more than just the three days it actually took up. For the past two-and-a-half weeks, I've been embroiled in E3 insanity. I'm finally coming back down to earth. There were some other things outside of the site that got in the way, but that's not up for discussion up here. Now, let's talk what's going on with games right now, at least from Ye Olde Director's point of view. To make this simple, I'll make a list of the gaming-related things that have consumed me lately.

  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D: I've had a renewal of my gaming vows to Zelda this year. I replayed Wind Waker back in April, and I blazed through Ocarina of Time for sake of the review (check out the video review Jared put together. It's awesome). I hope you're all enjoying this game right now. It was a delightful and comforting trip for me, almost akin to going back to Disney World. Things changed a bit, but the Magic Kingdom is still the damn Magic Kingdom, and I still feel like a little kid there.
  • 3DS eShop Virtual Console: I'd say I'm using the eShop, but after an infatuation with it (when it worked) during E3, all I care about are the Virtual Console games. Since beating Ocarina of Time, I've almost exclusively played Link's Awakening and DK '94. Both of those games freaking rule. Sorry Excitebike and Pokédex, you are lame. Bring on the Mutant Mudds!
  • Cubic Ninja and DualPenSports: Two new 3DS review games showed up over the weekend. Some combination of Jared, Andy, and me will write up reviews on these games. My first impressions on Cubic Ninja are that it is weird, and extremely limited in scope because of the silly motion controls. It's not quite Super Monkey Ball 3D bad, but it unfortunately borders on that sometimes.
  • Wii Play Motion: Matt Blundon should be covering those motion games like a blanket soon. I remain unimpressed by a game where you use an umbrella to glide. Sorry, not doing it for me.
  • I Use My Wii For Netflix Only: This is true, unfortunately. Lauren played Harvest Moon on Wii for a bit while I was at E3. Our cat, Bowie, followed the pointer on the screen. It was adorable. I miss having games to get excited for on Wii that have set release dates. It has been months.
  • Little Nemo Is Weird: I bought Little Nemo: The Dream Master on NES recently, and man, that game is messed up. You feed animals candy until they pass out, and then you take over their body. I know it is a dream, but seriously, that is whack.

Talkback

UltimatePartyBearJune 20, 2011

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These will be weekly, I swear.

Good luck with that.  It is incredibly hard to hold the snark back, I hope you know.  ;)

Little Nemo is weird and awesome.  The train level is brutal, though, and put a stop to my long ago attempt to play through it.

AVJune 20, 2011

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Excitebike and Pokédex, you are lame.

Agree 100%. Excitebike would be cool if it had online leader-boards, and trading levels with friends. This is pathetic. The Wiiware game is so much worthwhile. Ok it's 3D that's cool but what else does it do? NOTHING- I'm glad it was free
Pokedex is totally pointless I played around for 5 minutes and quickly deleted it without a second thought. This is for the most extreme poke-fans and nobody else, free is nice but still this is has no point and feels thrown together at last second.

NemoJune 20, 2011

Little Nemo: the Dream Master!!!

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3

I definitely remember the train level being crazy hard.

Good luck. ;)

ejamerJune 21, 2011

I noticed that we were using our Wii mainly for Netflix over the last month or so also, but decided to look over my backlog and remedy that. Funny how much happier I feel when actually gaming instead of just watching movies and TV shows.  So what am I playing recently?


A Boy and his Blob -- Beautiful game, and one that you can tell was made with love. The levels are a bit too easy (with sign posts holding your hand more often than not) but somehow that doesn't affect my enjoyment at all. Reminds me of LostWinds in that way: the experience might be short and simple, but was so polished and beautiful that you can overlook any shortcomings.

FlingSmash -- No kind words here. This is junk. Everything that is wrong with motion controls is evident in this game.

Animal Crossing -- My nephews have been playing recently so we traded codes to play online together. I've lost focus for my own town, accomplishing everything that I really cared about, but it's fun to help them out and play together occasionally. Still disappointing that you can't interact more with furniture, collect emulated video games, or even have relationship models that are slightly deeper. But the game still manages to be fun.

A Boy and his Blob still stands as one of my favorite Wii games. I love that game.

FlingSmash is a pile of crap. You hit the nail on the head.

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