Archive for August, 2007

A True Wii Workout

August 30, 2007

You know when you see one of those commercials for some sort of diet pill or meal plan or gym or something and they show the before and after pictures, and people talk about how the product/service was a miracle for them, and how nothing else worked… and you laugh, or change the channel.  Well, maybe she’s lying, but Jessica Alba claims that her Wii workouts help keep her in tip-top shape.

This is just a rumor, but for all I know it could be true… I have no way to prove it being true or false… so believe what you want. 

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New Games for Under $50?

August 26, 2007

On Friday, Kotaku posted an article about how Nintendo has no plans to discount games in the near future, creating a “Player’s Choice”-type line of games, which would sell for $20-$30, most likely. I’d love to have big name titles sell for half price, as they did on Gamecube (as well as the Wii’s competition), but in all fairness, there is no reason for discounted games just yet. Here’s why I’m not mad about all the 1st-party Nintendo games being $50, and why you shouldn’t be mad either:

*Remember, they are only $50, not $60 like new games on 360 or PS3.

*Wii has been out about 9 months; I never expected a Gamecube game to become Player’s Choice until a year after it was released… and with the Wii and its games selling so well, I’d say a year and a half is fair. So, if Twilight Princess and Excite Truck don’t get discounted next summer, then I’d be mad.

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*There are 3rd party games selling for $20-$30 right now, and not all of the games are bad. Super Monkey Ball and SSX Blur are only $30 at Target, Best Buy has 4 games for $20 (including DBZ: Tenkaichi 2), and for more mature gamers, there’s always Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition for $30.

*Games are $5-$10 on the Virtual Console; although they aren’t “new” games, there are quite a few classics that can provide more hours of fun gameplay than a lot of the $50 and $60 games for Wii, 360 or PS3.

So, yeah, you might have to dish out a bit more than you’d like for Wii games right now… but there are alternatives, whether that be waiting until the holidays and using gift cards, or having friends over and playing Wii Sports for all its worth.

Wii Want to Play?

August 24, 2007

We sure do want to play, but that is one of the most pathetic slogans ever. Almost as pathetic as the commercials for Wii games. Remember back in the good old days when games had commercials that were actually cool? My favorite was probably the Super Smash Bros. one… classic for the ages.

Anyways, it’s come to a point where there are kids making better commercials than the ones Nintendo are airing on TV, and posting them on Youtube for fun.

Suffer through the official commercial:

And now watch this one made by a couple kids (one who badly needs haircut, all four needing some new clothes, but that’s besides my point):

The camera work is no the best, but to me, the idea behind the fake commercial is much better, and a lot more interesting that the official commercial.

Happy Birthday KK!

August 23, 2007

Two updates in one day for Brawl… but why?

Well, Yoshi’s final smash was the regular update, and then to celebrate Kazumi Totaka’s birthday, the inclusion of Go K.K. Rider was also revealed. I’m happy to see one of my favorite K.K. Slider tunes make it into Brawl, but you’re probably wondering who Kazumi Totaka is, exactly… and why he is so important to deserve a special update just for him. Well, for a brief history of Totaka’s mysterious legacy, watch this video:

Also, the last statement of the update for Brawl today said, “Heroes always arrive late.” No one can truly be sure what this means, but I’m guessing it means we’ll either be seeing an Animal Crossing playable character or that K.K. Song is hidden in Brawl somewhere. Leave a comment with your thoughts as to what it might mean. 😉

Curiosity Killed the Cat, Stupidity (almost) Killed the Gamer

August 22, 2007

Brevard (NC) – A 14-year-old boy was knocked unconscious and sent to the hospital as a result of trying to cool off his Xbox 360 over the weekend.

According to a local news report, the teen’s console would repeatedly shut off every five minutes. His mother told reporters that he thought the problem was likely linked to overheating. He reportedly tried to fix it on his own based on tips he found online.

“When I left to go next door he was playing a game but when I got back he was laying on his back on the floor and unconscious,” said the boy’s mother.
Local media reports suggest that the teenager took the power supply, wrapped it in plastic and tape, and submerged it into a bowl of water while it was still plugged in. This caused an electrical shock and knocked the boy unconscious.
His mother called 911 and paramedics rushed him to Transylvania Community Hospital in Brevard, North Carolina. He spent the night there and was treated for minor burns to his right hand and foot.

The lesson of this story is that you should not put electrical equipment in water… even if the product can produce amazingly realistic graphics.

News story found at TG Daily.

Welcome to Zebes (One Last Time) [Pt. 1]

August 18, 2007

This is for all of you who have never played Super Metroid, and will be downloading it the second it appears on the Virtual Console on Monday; after all, it is my favorite game ever, and near or at the top of anyone’s list of the best games ever.

So, after you escape from the exploding space colony, you will arrive on Zebes, and all seems quite peaceful. You are in Crateria, the surface of Zebes… and the fun is about to begin.

Before you know it, you’ll be in beautiful Brinstar. You’ll find both the Morph Ball and Bombs here, both necessary countless times throughout your adventure on Zebes. Travel through the jungles of Brinstar, and arrive at the doorstep (OK, there aren’t doorsteps in Super Metroid, but you get what I mean) of Kraid, and take him down (*cough* shoot missiles into his mouth when it opens *cough*).

Kraid

After you finish off Kraid, you’ll make your way down to the fiery depths of Norfair. What’s the highlight of your time in Norfair? Why, shootin’ down Ridley, of course.

Norfair

Part 2 coming at you tomorrow…

Sorry I’ve Been Gone

August 16, 2007

Some stuff has come up… I should have articles posted regularly once again beginning this weekend. Thanks for bearing with me.

Proper Promotion… Finally!

August 10, 2007

Up until this week, Nintendo has done very little (if any at all?) promotion using the Wii Shop. But, finally, that has changed.

Earlier this week, the new update changed the interface of the Virtual Console, so there are now 4 recommended games, which will boost the sales of those games. These are sales boosts Nintendo has been missing out on in the past.

Then, this morning, Nintendo made an announcement on the Wii Shop channel that Metroid would be released on the VC next Monday, and Super Metroid the following Monday. It makes no sense why they wouldn’t announce big games ahead of time – all it does is create hype.

I’ve been hoping for games demos for a long time, and with the Prime 3 trailers that were released today on the Wii Shop,my dream seems like it may finally come true. Nintendo is able to advertise Prime 3 for free to the people who will want it (Wii owners) with the trailers, and hopefully they’ll realize demos are even better than trailers… maybe for Galaxy or Brawl.

If you don’t have the Wii Shop, here’s the Prime 3 trailers:

Thanks to Zeldafreak104 for the video.

Wii Update – What’s New?

August 7, 2007

When you wake up this morning (or when you woke up), you hopefully saw the big blue light on your Wii.  If you didn’t, you may want to hook your Wii up to the internet, but anyways…

You’re probably wondering, what exactly is new with this update?  Well, there are a couple changes and additions, the most important changes coming to the Wii Shop.

Nintendo finally got smart and realized they could promote Virtual Console games better than just have them in a list – there is now a list of 4 “recommended” games on the opening page of the Wii Shop, and there’s also a list of the Top 20 selling games.  This makes it easier for you to find top games, and it will certainly increase sales for featured games.  By changing the recommended games every week or so, Nintendo can drive sales for certain games very easily, since there are people who will make impulse buys by having a couple games shoved in front of their face – it’s basic marketing.

Once you download the update, you’ll notice a new digital clock on the bottom of your Wii menu.  It’s useful, but I’m hoping for updates to the clock, to spice it up a bit (like have a character theme).   You’ll notice some other minor updates, too… but nothing big.

What do you think?

August 5, 2007

Well, Get N or Get Out has been in existence nearly 3 weeks now, and I’d like to know what you think of it so far. 

-Do you like the content being posted?

-What else would you like to see at  Get N or Get Out?

-Any other comments?

Feel free to post a comment here with your thoughts, or send me an email at darthgoahn1@gmail.com.  Thanks – I appreciate it! 😀