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Things that I hate in games

Hi guys, let’s go on a rant about things that I hate in games!

By all means, a game isn’t bad if it features it, but man it can make it a hell of a lot worse!

If anyone can think of anything else they hate and primary examples, go right ahead!

Rusty Bucket Bay Banjo Kazooie

I’m looking at you Underwater Levels!

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Looking Back: N64 Memories

I remember once upon a time (I was 11) my art teacher asked us to draw something that held meaning to us. Everyone in the class drew some kind of stuffed animal, except me. I drew one of these:

Nintendo 64 with a Mario 64 cartridge

I was a weird kid

The reason I drew it was because I had gotten it for my 7th birthday and I knew that it was large investment on my mum’s behalf, and I had such great memories playing the thing with my sister and my cousins. No stuffed animal meant anywhere near as much to me.

So, I’ve decided today to go through the N64 games I’ve played in my time. I hope you enjoy this bought of nostalgia as much as you did with my Sega Mega Drive Post.

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Peach’s Castle is for sale!

I played this game a lot as a kid and thought this was pretty darned cool.

Buy Peach's Castle

Now you know, Mushroom Kingdom is Norway.

Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi’s Island

Thanks to fan of cute things, Julian Kay I finally got to play a game I’ve wanted to play since I was a kid. Enjoy my Yoshi’s Island review.

Yoshis Island GBA Cover

Console: GBA
Yoshi is the best: Yes he is
Why did you want to play this game so much? I had a walkthrough of one of the Yoshi games from a Nintendo magazine.

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The evolution of gaming with my friends

I recently wrote a post about Tekken 5 and it got me thinking of fun gaming things I used to do with my friends and family and what kind of stuff we all do now.

Bomberman Sega Mega Drive Multiplayer

Back in the day!

For example, I have a friend who I used to play loads of Singstar (in case you don’t remember!) with – it was always so much fun, going around to her house, playing some Sing Star, watching a movie. But, that was high school, and now she’s a mum and plays a lot on with some of our other school friends. It’s never really been my kind of thing (I think she mostly goes for the chat rooms) but one day I might decide to join her.

But here’s a run-down of some of the stuff I used to play with my friends:

Sega Genesis Mega Drive

It was all about the Sega!

At my house

Anyone who came over – my friends, my cousins whoever – would play with me and my sister on the Mega Drive. The best games here were:

  • Bomberman! So much fun! I remember there was a level with traps in the floor and we’d drop bombs in them so they’d pop out where the other players were
  • Streets of Rage. This is actually the first thing I ever reviewed here. Fun, as long as your partner doesn’t decide to beat you up
  • Sonic 2! The multiplayer was essentially just a race across selected stages.
  • MarioKart 64 Screenshot

    My cousins had this beauty!

    At my cousin’s House

    I have 2 sets of cousins, but only one set had a Nintendo 64 that we all played. And these were the games:

  • MarioKart – I am still an expert at this game! Well, I like to think so.
  • Goldeneye – The only game from a film that was any good! I was always Boris
  • Pokémon Stadium – Heck yeah! I was so jealous that my cousins had Mewtwo and I’d not reached that far in Yellow yet!
  • Singstar 80s Screenshot

    Poison was more my song but…

    At my friend’s house

    This is the one who plays on Party Bingo these days. Like I said, we played a lot of Singstar. My song was “Poison” by Alice Cooper. The 80s version was the best! This was normally followed by watching a really crap horror movie we’d rented (remember DVD rentals!?).


    Ahhh back in the day

    With my Sister

    As a rule, anything I played with my cousins, I also played with my sister. But we also played Neopets together. There were loads of cute creatures to chose from, and some fun mini-games too.

    Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Screenshot

    Where would I be without my tactician

    With my Girlfriend

    To be honest, me and Jo don’t play a lot of multiplayer games. We play a lot of single player games, together, or she watches me play or vice versa. Examples:

  • Playing Final Fantasy VII together, naming the characters, deciding who would play what role.
  • Currently playing Fire Emblem : Path of Radiance together. I’m really hoping that one day we can play the new Fire Emblem X SMT Game together.
  • Actaully, we really like Atlus games, and tend to watch each other play them
  • Currently playing Shadow Hearts together. We’re trying to take screenshots for my Shadow Hearts Resource/Fan Site
  • photo by: bochalla

    12+ Video Game Females a Girl Gamer thinks are Sexy

    OK, I dedicate this post to AJ and Jules who both have great conversational skills and twitter feeds.

    Basically, this post isn’t a review but pictures of pretty girls from games according to me

    Now, let’s get this started – I am open to suggestions. I’ll post any that you guys give.

    In no particular order:

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    5 Cool Video Game Character Costumes

    Hi guys, here for your enjoyment is an guest post by the guys at Fancy Dress Ball who have some really ace video game character costumes – just get planning for Halloween (I want to dress as Rin from Final Fantasy X, but that’s after Halloween!) In fact you can read about my adventures as Rin here. Anyway!

    Halloween is on its way again and with it the chance to go all out with a fancy dress costume. For some people, thinking of a creative, original concept for a costume is child’s play, others need a little inspiration. If you are stuck for ideas on Halloween costumes or just fancy doing something different from the old sheet over the head, why not go to your next spooky soiree in a costume from one of your most beloved video games?!

    A lot of the time, when you are dressed as something a little obscure you have to explain it all night and by the end of it wish you hadn’t bothered, but as a classic video game character you will be instantly recognised and may also turn a few smiles. Here is a list of the five coolest characters for whatever ghostly gathering you have in mind:

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    Three reasons to consider the Nintendo 3DS XL

    Here’s a guest post from Nintendo UK on the 3DS XL. I really really want one and this is not helping!

    So, the latest Nintendo console to hit the market is here and early reviews have suggested it’s proving a hit with fans – but what reasons are there to actually head out to the store and buy a Nintendo 3DS XL? Let’s take a look.


    Nintendo 3DS

    WANT gimme gimme



    Bigger is most definitely better!


    While handheld gaming is something we all love to do, there is no getting away from that fact that since the dawn of the video game things have always looked better on a bigger screen. The great thing about the Nintendo 3DS XL is that while very little has changed about how you use it; the sheer size of the screen gives games a whole new atmosphere. In fact, the combined difference in screen size between the old model and its successor adds up to a staggering 90 per cent.


    Nintendo has made it last longer


    One of the other things that have improved significantly with this brand new 3DS Nintendo console is the battery life. Nintendo has been able to give gamers on the go even longer time to play by beefing up the 3DS XL power source to up to 6.5 hours, depending on how it’s being used.


    A great range of titles – in 3D and 2D


    If you already own a Nintendo 3DS, all you’re old games will run on the new system so you won’t have to start your collection from scratch. Those who are making the jump from older iterations of the Nintendo DS like the Nintendo DSi will also find it backwards compatible with their software. However, with the immense new 3DS XL screen, you can expect a very different gaming experience. Kid Icarus will soar through the sky in much more epic style and the classic platform action of Super Mario 3D Land will feel much more expansive and enjoyable.


    Mario Dash

    It’s-a me, Mario!

    There are other improvements to the 3DS XL system that people will enjoy, including a better ergonomic design and a bigger SD card to play with, but most people will probably be buying the console to enjoy the sheer size of that new screen.

    Take control of your summer with Mario Tennis Open

    Hi guys, here’s a guest post by the cool folk over at Nintendo UK – Enjoy!


    Wimbledon is over and the British summer has been something of a washout for most of us – so what better time to take a look back at one of the best indoor court options for the Nintendo 3DS?


    Mario Tennis Open Screenshot

    Those 3DS graphics look awesome

    Mario Tennis hit the shelves in May this year and was pretty well received by many of the critics. For those unfamiliar with the title, it brings together a whole host of beloved Nintendo characters to compete in an explosive tennis tournament on a range of surfaces and across four individual cups. Similarly to the Mario Kart series, these range from the basic Mushroom Cup to the much more difficult Star Cup. The game had previously been seen on the Nintendo 64, GameCube, Game Boy Colour and Game Boy Advance, but of course had never been seen in glorious 3D – and seemed absolutely ideal for the format.


    As with most of the titles in the Mario series, Mario Tennis Open – as it was titled for its release on 3DS – served up some serious aces when it came to its vibrant and colourful locations. From the simplicity of Mario Stadium, a grass court designed for tennis purists, to the fiery depths of Bowser’s castle and the slippery surfaces of Penguin Iceberg, there really is something for every mood. Plus, in addition to the 16 different Mario characters you can use to play, there’s also the option to use your own customisable Mii character and climb up the rankings as you go. You can also enhance your game by visiting the shop area of the Club Room to unlock new items or upgrade your player. This might mean greater hitting power, a little extra spin or maybe just a more impressive kit and racket.


    Mario Tennis Open Court

    How cute is that mushroom court?

    Obviously, one of the most attractive things about the game though was how the Nintendo 3DS console technology was going to set it apart from its previous incarnations on other platforms. Firstly, the 3DS gyroscope allows for some incredible low camera zooms and lets you adjust shots more specifically so you can take your opponents by surprise. That said, it can make it a bit trickier to get your returns in when using this mode, so it’s a good idea to sharpen up your circle pad skills before diving into it. If you’re a fan of the wireless options of the 3DS, StreetPass will let you share Mii data with others and play with friends or complete strangers if you so wish!


    All in all, if you fancy some courtside action on the go or in the comfort of your living room, Mario Tennis Open on the Nintendo 3DS is a great option. Strawberries and cream sold separately.


    Mini-Games and Me

    Hi all, it’s been a while, I know. Today I’m going to do one of those rare ‘not a review’ type posts.

    I’m going to post about these things: mini-games. Love ’em, or hate ’em?

    Fishing MiniGame Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass

    This is one of the better mini-games

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