Archive for November, 2007

Online Game Review #1: Slipstream

November 29, 2007

Obviously, there are tons of awesome games for Wii. Ranging from Zelda to Zapper, Mario to Metroid, it seems as if the Wii has it all. Surprisingly, though, not much attention has been given to the games for Wii that are completely free, that can be accessed by anyone who is able to go online with their Wii. A handful of websites have been created in the past year dedicated to hosting Wii-friendly flash games. So, Get N or Get Out will be reviewing some of these free online games for Wii. In our first edition of Online Game Reviews, I’ll be reviewing a game by the name of Slipstream.

Slipstream Wii online game

The concept of the game is to move the little blue circle (or whatever color it may be in multiplayer) around the level’s obstacles to reach the glowing circle, which takes you to the next level. Obstacles include spinning gears (see screenshot above), walls that shoot out, and more. To control the circle, you just use the D-pad on your Wiimote (or arrow keys on the computer).

The game is pretty short – it takes roughly 5 minutes to play through, but it’s fun if you have some downtime. I recommend that you at least give it a shot.

To play Slipstream on your Wii, go to wiicade.com on your Wii internet browser, and search (in the top right corner) for “Slipstream”. If you’d rather play Slipstream on your computer, click here.

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DragonBall Z Budoaki Tenkaichi 3 – 1 Week to Release

November 27, 2007

DragonBall Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is to be released for the Wii next week. DragonBall Z Budokai Tenkaichi 2 was released on launch day last year, Dragon Ball Z Tenakichi 3 Gokuto pretty good reviews, thanks in part to the nifty controls. The same controls (for the most part) will be in DBZ Tenkaichi 3, but there’s a huge addition to Tenkaichi 3, other than just a few more characters: online play. Any DragonBall Z fan should be very excited about this – it’s the first online DBZ fighting game, ever.

Everybody’s Nintendo Channel Released (Japan Only)

November 27, 2007

To be honest, I haven’t really found any of the non-original channels all that useful. I went on the Check Mii Out channel once, to discover how boring it was. I’ve voted maybe twice on the Everybody Votes channel, since that’s not nearly as fun as playing an actual game. But, the Everybody’s Nintendo channel was just released in Japan, and it actually looks useful.

Unlike other channels, the Everybody’s Nintendo Channel is not made to look like it will be tons of fun, worth hours of your time. But this new Wii channel is quite interesting. It shows different stats about each and every Wii game that you’ve played. But, that’s just the beginning.

Everybody's Nintendo Channel Wii

You can finally download DS games from your Wii, using the Everybody’s Nintendo Channel! All 7 downloadable games in Japan are Brain Age-type games, but more downloadable games and demos are supposed to be released each week. There are also demos and videos available for Wii games on the channel.

For the official page (in Japanese) about the Everybody’s Nintendo Channel, go here.

Everybody's Nintendo Channel Wii 2

Wii Holiday Buyer’s Guide

November 26, 2007

The Bell Tree posted a Wii Holiday Buyer’s Guide recently, and it’s most certainly worth checking out. Yours truly also made some recommendations (which can be found at the bottom of each category’s page). Here’s a list of the recommended games, along with excerpts from the guide.


Mass Appeal
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy Wii
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock
Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party
NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams
Mario Strikers Charged


Hardcore
Zack & Wiki: Quest For Barbaros’ Treasure
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Trauma Center: New Blood
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
Medal of Honor: Heroes 2
Batallion Wars II
Geometry Wars: Galaxies
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

Metroid Prime 3 Corruption Wii


Casual
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2
Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends
Wii Play

Wii Play Wii Wiimote

EA Playground
Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree


Virtual Console
ActRaiser
Shining Force
Adventures Of Lolo
Super Mario Bros. Series
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Bonk’s Adventure
Sin and Punishment
Ninja Gaiden (II)
Paper Mario

Paper Mario Wii Virtual Console N64

Early 2008 Wii Games Videos

November 25, 2007

Here are some videos for Wii games to be released in the first couple months of 2008, along with a little info about each game.


Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity is to be released during the first couple months of 2008, with a rumored release to be on January 8th. Zero Gravity is the sequel to Sonic Riders, which came out in early 2006.


Endless Ocean has already been released in Japan and Europe. Your goal in Endless Ocean is to discover treasures and sea life in the ocean.


No More Heroes is created by Suda 51 (the same guy who made Killer 7). You take on the role of an assasin, and attempt to gain street cred by becoming the best katana assasin around.

Nintendo Wii: Still the Gift to Give This Holiday Season?

November 23, 2007

Last year, just around the holidays, stores were out of stock on Nintendo Wii’s wherever you went. The reason why goes without saying. It was nearly impossible to find a Wii last year around this time, if you hadn’t received one launch-day.

Now, the question is…is history repeating itself? Is the same thing happening again? Well, from what I (and many many others) have been hearing, the answer is a resounding “yes”.

People will have a far easier time finding Xbox360’s or Playstation3’s then they will Nintendo Wii’s this year. Which, of course, is disappointing news for those people…but great news for Nintendo.

The Wii just still might be the gift to give this holiday season. I hope all of you out there looking will be able to get your hands on one. I suggest, to those of you, calling stores ahead of time and possibly having them hold one for you from their next shipment if at all possible.

Now, I won’t jump to any conclusions with my personal accusations here, but I will say that I am quite happy for Nintendo’s success. Then again, did we really expect anything different?

Happy Anniversary DS!

November 21, 2007

Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the beloved handheld system, the Nintendo DS. Wow, it seems to me like it was only yesterday when I was un-boxing my first one, too…time sure does fly when your having fun. Or in this case…playing games.

The DS is truly a wonderful system, and one that should be remembered through the ages. It has taken us places no other handheld has. Sure, it let us hook up with a nearby friend to play wirelessly (which was amazing to us all at first), but then came WiFi. This took gamers to the next level, playing other competitive gamers across the world.

It’s also provided us with amazing titles, such as Phantom Hourglass, Elite Beat Agents, Phoenix Wright, Animal Crossing Wild Word, and SO much more.

To anyone that has yet to experience this remarkable gaming device, I advise you to try and pick one up this holiday season. The DS is, and forever will live on as, a Legend.

Black Friday Sales (Updated)

November 20, 2007

More Black Friday sales for Nintendo products have been leaked onto the internet since our last update. To see the original update, listing Target’s and Best Buy’s Wii and DS sales on Black Friday, click here.

Toys ‘R Us
Meteos Disney Magic – DS game ($10)
**All Gamecube games – 50% off**
Assorted Disney games – DS ($10)
Other select DS games – ($10)
**No specific games have been announced, but there will be Wii games for $15!**

Circuit City
SUPER MARIO GALAXY – WII GAME ($35)
Red Steel – Wii game ($10)
DS Bundles – $140 (either Legend of Zelda or Nintendogs)
Happy Feet – Wii game ($10)
Free $10 gift card with purchase of Mario Strikers Charged – Wii game
Cooking Mama or Cake Mania – DS games ($10)

GameStop
Wii Remote Charger ($10)
**Buy 2 used games, get 1 free (should be for all systems including Wii & DS, but no guarantee)
Rockstar Table Tennis – Wii game ($30)

Super Mario Galaxy Wii game

Super Mario Galaxy for only $35!


Toys ‘R Us has the most DS game sales, by far. Although the games may not be of the best quality, the number of DS games for $10 at Toys ‘R Us is crazy.The biggest sale is probably $15 off Super Mario Galaxy at Circuit City. Super Mario Galaxy just came out, and is selling unbelievably well – discounting it so much means Circuit City really wants you in their store, it would be assumed.GameStop seems to think that games for Wii will just sell themselves, without any major sales or promotions. They’re probably right, but that $35 Galaxy deal is pretty tempting.

All sales info courtesy of Black Friday Ads.

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Pimp My… Dolphin?!?!?

November 19, 2007

Over at GameStop’s site, someone made a pretty funny mistake – for the upcoming Pimp My Ride game for Wii, a picture of the Dreamcast game Ecco the Dolphin was put where Pimp My Ride’s boxart belongs. I guess Ecco is putting Xzibit out of his job.

Ecco the Dolphin - Pimp My Ride

Wii Zapper & Link’s Crossbow Training Info

November 19, 2007

We first saw the final version of the Wii Zapper this past July, but at that time we had no clue it was going to be sold along with a game. But, alas, it is. Link’s Crossbow Training is bundled with every Wii Zapper, which sells for $20. The Zapper is actually just a case for the remote and nunchuk, unlike the remote and nunchuk, which actually have buttons and everything else you’d expect in a controller.

In Link’s Crossbow Training, there are 3 gameplay modes: Target Shooting (shooting at a bullseye), Defender (you stand still, but defend approaching enemies from all around you), and Ranger (in which you go through a level and shoot enemies).

Remember, the Wii Zapper and Link’s Crossbow Training are only $20 together, meaning that neither is going to be amazing. Link’s Crossbow Training is a pretty short game, and the Zapper should get the job done in future games (like Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles and Medal of Honor 2: Heroes), but as of right now, it seems that $20 is all this pair is worth, no more.

Here’s a 1 minute video highlighting the Wii Zapper and Link’s Crossbow Training. It’s kind of corny, but it shows how the Zapper is used and the different game modes in Crossbow Training.

Check out The Bell Tree’s review of Link’s Crossbow Training and the Wii Zapper here.