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WarioWare, Inc. Mega Microgames


Wario is greedy. Always has been, always will be. But even he isn’t oblivious to the times; after several quests to get rich the old fashioned way (collecting coins and treasures while being transfigured by enemies), Wario has found a new way to make money: game design. After seeing a fictional (well, kind of, you’ll see what I mean) GBA game called Pyoro making big bucks, Wario decides to make his own video game. And it’s… indescribable. I am not exaggerating when I call this series the most bizarre that Nintendo has ever produced.

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Kid Icarus: Of Myths And Monsters


In February of 1987 Nintendo released unto the world a game unlike any of there others. This game was released with very little fanfare and was often picked it up on a whim or found it for cheap, usually became enthralled. There are very few low scores for Kid Icarus recorded. The simplistic action platformer with the plot of save the princess from Medusa, was easily overlooked when Super Mario Bros. 2 (Doki Doki Panic) was looming near. The somewhat sluggish sales did not stop Nintendo from releasing a follow up prequel on their popular Gameboy console. So in early 1991 Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters was released. Again to little fanfare and very little press, so again, off to obscurity it went. In 1993 the fans were ready for Super Kid Icarus, which was rumored to be in production. Over ten years later, we are still waiting. Nintendo did exactly what they should have done to a low selling series, but for the life of me I do not understand why it did not sale. The name is fairly childish, it has kid in the title, but Kid Cameloen on the Genesis sold fantastically. Anyway, gather your hammers we have got statue busting to do.

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Capcom Continues To Disappoint Me

Here’s the new trailer for the Japanese 3DS game, Monster Hunter 4. Anybody who knows me, knows that Monster Hunter is one of my favorite games. They also know that I’ve grown accustomed to playing it on the PSP. I can get down with dual analogs, but after 2000+ hours of playing with the “Monster Hunter Claw”, it’s next to impossible for me to adjust to the 3DS’s control scheme. The last game was the first Monster Hunter title I skipped since MHF first hit the U.S. on the PSP. If this does come Stateside, I may just have to pick it up. Damn you, Capcom! This could have both looked and controlled better on the PS Vita.

Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3


Due to the success of the first two Advance games, Nintendo decided to port the second SNES Mario adventure, Yoshi’s Island to the GBA, as Super Mario Advance 3. This game, like Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 before it, was a much easier port to the GBA then the first Mario Advance game, but Nintendo tweaked the game nonetheless, adding new features and sound effects.

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Super Mario 64


Platformers are decent launch titles that are frequently only as good as their main characters. For some messed up reason, people go gaga over this fat Italian plumber guy. Furthermore, his compatriots are even dumber characters with no real goal or purpose. Reguardless of this fact, the cast of Nintendo’s flagship series always manage to present amazing games. I think the first time I ever saw these “plumbers” do any actual plumbing was in Super Star Saga, but that’s beside the point.

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Super Mario Land


Poor Mario. If I went through as much chaos as Mario has to get to the end of a level, I really don’t know what I’d do when I found out the Daisy he’s looking for isn’t the real one. I kind of feel sorry for him. You all this work, for what? Nothing. There should be an option, “I know she’s not here, let me go to the last level.” Oh well. That probably wouldn’t be as fun.

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Why Don’t You Do 3DS Reviews?

biggerSomeone asked me why I don’t review 3DS games. The short and honest answer is that I just don’t have many of them. The games I do have are Luigi’s Mansion, Fire Emblem, and Art Academy. I also have all of the Mii Plaza games. It also doesn’t help much that none of my contacts have sent me any 3DS games to review while I’ve gotten a bunch of Vita titles to review.

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