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The Year in Review: 2011

Games and Marriage

by Neal Ronaghan - January 21, 2012, 12:46 pm PST

NWR's Director became Director, got hitched, and played some video games in 2011.

Simply put, 2011 was a crazy year for me. First and foremost, I became Director of this very site last January, taking over for the lovely and bald Jon Lindemann. In other, more life-changing news, I also got married in September, keeping up the proud tradition of Directors getting hitched while running the site (Lindemann did this during E3 2009. I had the good sense to get married in September, and I still managed to finish up the Star Fox 64 3D review in the days before I became betrothed.)

Outside of that, my gaming sensibilities went way farther into Nintendo Land than they ever have before. My DS was well loved, as I went from Radiant Historia to Pokémon Black, and the straight into the 3DS launch. From there, I fell in love with Nintendo's mildly lamented system. While there were certainly doldrums in May and the summer, the 3DS was far and away the best system I played. From the underrated launch line-up to the marvelous Game Boy games to the stellar end-of-the-year slate, the system had it all. That's without counting the 20 free games Nintendo doled out to early adopters. All in all, I played my 3DS for nearly a day every month of the year, dwarfing every other system I own by a large amount. From March until December, I played my 3DS for roughly 24 hours every month. So that means I spent about eight days playing my 3DS last year.

I also played a lot of Madden NFL 12 on Wii, and I adored that Zelda game everyone always talks about. You Don't Know Jack was also pretty cool. Let's get real: the Wii sucked last year. I'm struggling to come up with games.

I also got to be privy to Radio Free Nintendo hosting another panel at PAX East in March. I was a part of another year of NWR killing it at E3. In 2012, I look forward to doing it all over again, and then some. It's Wii U time, dudes.

Happy New Year, readers.

Talkback

LittleIrvesJanuary 22, 2012

Two things:
Zach, I'm glad I don't live in or around Alaska. Please keep your yogurt cannons to yourself, thanks.
And Alex! Poor Alex. Your disappointed list was, well, disappointing. In my eyes, the good far outweighed the bad this year, and I'm sorry to see a fan come to such a conclusion. But hey, it's good to have such an honest perspective about things. We just disagree, is all. (And come on, Nintendo Show 3D and the Video channel have had some nifty stuff, if you ask me.)
May 2012 be all that you hope for.

I actually don't think I've passed one person who also has FreakyForms, which is disappointing.

Mop it upJanuary 22, 2012

The year for me was sort of similar to how Pedro's year went. I didn't play very many games released in 2011, in fact the only one that comes immediately to mind is Zelda: Skyward Sword. Part of the reason is that there were many games released in years prior that I hadn't gotten to yet, so it was hard to justify paying full price for new releases when I could get older games for half that or less.

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