Tuesday, September 11, 2007

NES Online Status: Terminated

Well guys, I hate to say it. Today, an offer came up and I have accepted it. NES Online has been great and I loved working on it. I loved all the feedback and help I received from people and I enjoyed this experience. Sadly, I will no longer be updating NES Online. Instead, there is a site called Wii-Live. I will be joining that site and post there from now on. The site is run by a more experienced crew and running this site alone hasn't been easy. I will now be able to post more freely and get more out of the experience. I can even request interviews with game developers. To all those that visited NES Online, thank you. I would love it if you would journey with me to Wii-Live, which can be found here. I will now be posting there under the username DarkWish. If you would like to contact me, my AIM screenname is HAVortexDude and my email is darkwish@live-360.net. I'm sorry for any inconvenience this causes, but trust me, you will now be able to get more news than ever this way. So, farewell to NES Online! It's time I start my next journey.

New Super Mario Galaxy Screens

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Japan Gets Neo Geo for VC Today... Or Not

Today was the launch of a new system for the Virtual Console in Japan. The Neo Geo VC games were supposed to start today with the release of Fatal Fury, but it didn't. Unfortunately it has been delayed. So why was it delayed and when will they get it? And when is the US going to get Neo Geo games too? We don't know.


2 SEGA Genesis Games Announced for US VC

Crack Down - In this one- or two-player adventure, you must infiltrate and destroy different enemy facilities using a series of carefully placed time bombs. Your goal is nothing short of saving the world from a group of evil cyborgs created by a crazy scientist with plans for global domination. By fighting your way through his various labs and bases, you can put a stop to his madness, but there are enemies at every turn. The cyborgs want nothing more than to destroy you and turn you into one of them, so use your cannon, bombs and machine gun to maximum effect as you wipe out the mechanical menace!

ESWAT: City Under Siege - Welcome to the city of Liberty, which is teeming with crime and lowlife scum. As a member of the Cyber Police force, it’s up to you to clear the streets of all the bad guys and make life safe for the law-abiding citizens of the city. Since your body is part mechanical, you have a variety of weapons and armor at your disposal, and you’ll need all of it as you patrol various parts of the city, including a restaurant, stadium, boat dock, and more. Take down the baddies, beat the nefarious bosses, and return sanity to the streets of Liberty!


Best Buy Wii Demos and Wii Sports Tennis Tournament

On September 16th, Best Buy will be showing off some Wii games and hosting Wii Sports Tennis tournaments. And there's prizes, so I suggest going. If you go, let me know and I'll post your review of the event.


New Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity Screens and More

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Lyn: Super Smash Bros. Dojo 9/11 Update

New Assist Trophy - Lyn

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A Moment of Silence

I don't usually post about these things but 9/11 is a huge deal. Today is the 6th anniversary of the horrible attacks on the World Trade Centers. Please take a moment of your time to pray for those that were killed on that day and for their families. I pray to God that nothing like 9/11 will happen again.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Wii Zapper Details are Real!

It's official. Zelda Crossbow Training is real, but it's actually called Link's Crossbow Training, which makes more sense to me. It will come bundled with the Wii Zapper for $19.99 on November 19th. Here's the press release:

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 10, 2007 - Nintendo announced today that the Wii Zapper™ interface for the hit Wii™ home video game system will come packed with Link’s Crossbow Training™. The software is based on the hugely popular Legend of Zelda® series and provides a perfect demonstration of the way the Wii Zapper could be used in other games. The Wii Zapper casing houses both the motion-sensitive Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™ controllers in a single unit for precision targeting. It goes on sale Nov. 19 at an MSRP of just $19.99.

“The Wii Zapper combines our remarkable controllers into one housing with a classic style reminiscent of arcade-style games,” says George Harrison, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. “Both veteran and first-time players will find it brings a whole new dimension to games where targeting is key and provides even more exciting game-play experiences.”

Link’s Crossbow Training drops players into a world in the style of The Legend of Zelda®: Twilight Princess. Players assume the identity of hero Link, who progresses through a series of tests to perfect his crossbow marksmanship. Start with stationary bull’s-eyes and graduate to moving targets before defending Link against all kinds of enemies.

Third-party publishers have lined up to support the Wii Zapper. EA’s Medal of Honor Heroes™ 2 lets players take World War II into their hands with the Wii Zapper. The game features an all-new Wii-exclusive Arcade Mode that offers accessibility to gamers of all skill levels, a full single-player campaign and support for up to 32 players in multiplayer. Capcom’s Resident Evil®: The Umbrella Chronicles reveals the back story behind the fall of the Umbrella Corporation by exploring locations from Resident Evil 0, 1, 2 and 3, as well as new never-before-seen locations like Umbrella’s stronghold. One or two players use the Wii Zapper to take aim against a horde of zombies in first-person perspective. SEGA’s Ghost Squad™ lets players replicate the arcade light-gun experience at home with the Wii Zapper.

Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other Wii features, visit Wii.com.


9/10 US VC Wii-kly Update: Sonic III, Neutopia II, NES Play Action Football

Football season is here, and whether you’re into high school teams, college or the pros, everyone can use a little gridiron refresher. This week Nintendo’s Wii Shop Channel helps you tackle the challenge with NES Play Action Football™, a classic sure to revive feelings of gaming greatness. If football isn’t your thing, you can always join forces with a speedy hedgehog or explore labyrinths as you try to defeat evil demons.

Three new classic games go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Nintendo adds new games to the Wii Shop Channel every Monday. Wii™ owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points™ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:

NES Play Action Football (NES®, 1-4 players, rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): “Ready! Hut hut hut…” Nintendo takes to the gridiron with the classic football powerhouse NES Play Action Football. Featuring a distinct overhead viewpoint that creates an almost 3-D field, the action is more simulation-based than many of the more arcade-based games of the time. Play through four 15-minute quarters (in accelerated time) and even substitute players when your first-stringers get tired. Want more options? Each of the eight available teams has multiple running/passing plays to choose from while on offense, as well as a wide selection of defensive schemes that can be run when you’re on the other side of the ball. And in addition to viewing two full teams on the screen at once without any slowdown, you’ll hear voice snippets at key points of the game. Line up, and see if you have what it takes to win the Power Bowl.

Sonic the Hedgehog™ 3 (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, rated E for Everyone – Comic Mischief, 800 Wii Points): Sonic and Tails are back for another adventure as they again battle the evil Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik), who is desperately trying to collect all the Chaos Emeralds to rebuild his Death Egg. Our heroes must again find the Chaos Emeralds before Dr. Eggman does, but winning the race won’t be easy this time – a new adversary, Knuckles the Echidna, has arrived on the scene and will do whatever he can to keep Sonic and Tails from reaching their goal. Grab all the golden rings, find various bonus zones and overcome Knuckles and Dr. Eggman as you rocket through the third chapter in Sonic’s adventures.

Neutopia II (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 600 Wii Points): Experience improved graphics and controls in this exciting sequel to the action role-playing game Neutopia. Take on the role of the main hero’s son and watch as the story begins with the apparent revival of Dirth, the evil demon. Once again you’ll need to rely on your magic compass and the information you’ve gathered to find entrances to labyrinths and defeat the bosses in them. Make your way through the field, which can be tricky at times, to search for and find hidden information and items, or move blocks and destroy walls to uncover secret rooms. Like the original, this game has a save function, a finely tuned difficulty level and a fast-paced story, making it truly an RPG that everyone can enjoy.