The husband and I opened half of our Christmas gifts last night--and two of mine were games! Here's one of them:
Don't worry, I didn't have my parents buy me the Japanese version of Donkey Kong Country Returns; I just used the Japanese cover art here because I like its green accents.
Unfortunately, I already own the second game I received as a gift: Art Academy. I think I'm going to exchange it for Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light--or maybe Mario vs. Donkey Kong Mini-Land Mayhem!
Was Santa good to all of you? I sure hope so! Let me know if you got any game-related gifts, OK?
Are you sitting around twiddling your thumbs today? If so, here's a suggestion: Head over to videogamesarerad.com and check out the site's "12 Days of Famicom" posts.
These posts cover a wide range of Famicom-related (obviously) releases and topics, from the Family BASIC add-on to promotional Famicom Disk System titles (All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros. specifically) to Punch-Out!! Special (swoon).
I've read each entry about five times already, so I'll be spending my day doing something else--like scanning the catalog at gameofjapan.com.
One of my favorite gaming bloggers, Sean over at Famicomblog, recently wrote a post titled "Merry F'ing Christmas"--with the "F" standing not for everyone's favorite four-letter word but for "Famicom."
The focus of Sean's holiday-themed post: His Famicom-decorated Christmas tree (below).
The inclusion of Konami's Antarctic Adventure seems especially appropriate, don't you think?
Go here to see more of Sean's Christmas-y craziness.
A week or so ago I lamented the complete lack of good Christmas-based games. Well, I just thought of one: Sega's Christmas NiGHTS.
Sure, the title wasn't available in stores--it was included as part of a Christmas Saturn bundle in Japan, while it was given away with copies of Game Players, Next Generation and Sega Saturn magazines in the U.S. and in Europe--and it contained just two stages, but it's still a Christmas-themed game (and a mighty fun one, at that).
Sadly, I no longer own a copy of the game. I obtained one a long time ago--after buying an issue of Next Generation magazine, in fact--but I (regrettably) sold it a few years ago when I (also regrettably) got rid of my gray Saturn system.
Oh, well, at least I can relive the festive experience while watching YouTube videos like the one above.
iPad (I think), iPhone and iPod Touch owners the world over gained access to what seems to be a great new app yesterday: Hudson's PC Engine Game Box (aka TurboGrafx Game Box in the States).
This free app, which comes with a copy of World Sports Competition, serves as a portal for PC Engine games, a number of which--Bonk's Adventure, Bomberman '94, Dungeon Explorer, Military Madness and Ninja Spirit among them--could/should be considered classics.
Each title costs $2.99, although a daily "featured game" can be sampled, free of charge, for three minutes.
In case you haven't heard already, the fine folks at Entertainment Weekly recently turned a critical eye toward the games that were released in 2010--and ended up calling Kirby's Epic Yarn the year's biggest clunker.
Specifically, the magazine's Jeff Jensen complained that "there's a fine line between cute and grating, delightfully busy and irritatingly overwhelming--and for me, this hyperactively adorable side-scrolling puzzler crosses it."
How can a game that has players unravel an octopus' knit cap be called the worst of the year?
Interestingly, EW gave the game a B+ shortly after its release and wrote that it is "likely the most adorable game ever. Yes, it's kinda easy, but you'll never stop smiling."
Yep, I'm gay. And I like video games. Old Japanese games and systems are my favorites--the Famicom, PC Engine, original PlayStation and GameBoy, especially--but I like plenty of newer ones, too. If you have similar interests and you don't mind perusing a blog that's got the word gay in its name and is slathered in pink, you'll probably enjoy your time here. And if you do, you might like to know that I'm also on Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter.