April Showers Bring May’s Most Wanted

Wow has it even been a rainy season, but spring has sprung and so have a couple a new titles, including a new number one, on the Nintendo most wanted list. Joining the Wii list we see a GameCube remake jump in at #9 with Donkey Kong Jungle Beat.

Wii™

1. Wii Music™
2. Animal Crossing™: City Folk
3. Mario Kart Wii™
4. Wii Fit™
5. Super Smash Bros.™ Brawl
6. Super Mario Galaxy™
7. New Play Control! Pikmin™
8. New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis™
9. New Play Control! Donkey Kong™ Jungle Beat™
10. Big Brain Academy™: Wii Degree

Taking the number 1 Nintendo DS spot is new comer and new rising star for Nintendo… The DSi.

NINTENDO DS™

1. Nintendo DSi™
2. Fire Emblem™: Shadow Dragon
3. Personal Trainer™: Cooking
4. Personal Trainer™: Math
5. Pokémon Platinum
6. Mystery Case Files™: MillionHeir™
7. Kirby Super Star™ Ultra
8. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon™: Explorers of Darkness
9. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon™: Explorers of Time
10. The Legend of Zelda™: Phantom Hourglass

Will we see the GameCube remake trend continue to take control of the most wanted list?

Impressions – X-Men Origins: Wolverine Demo

Everyone’s favourite bad ass hero is here and he is on Fire! Bringing in a massive $87 million at the box offices in the first weekend. To top it off it seems like every action movie these days has a video game to go along with it. Well X-Men Origins: Wolverine is no different, except for the fact that the game tie-in didn’t suck.

I’d relate the feel of the controls to the God Of War franchise. Pressing the proper button combinations, combined with the use of fury, heavy and lunge attacks cause damage to stack and build in their gore value. Playing as the regenerating, knife fisted anti-hero has never been so fun. Covering large distance by lunging at your enemies – pinning them to the ground and then finishing them with a fury of punches and slashes.

Activision nailed the graphics of Wolverine’s body getting mangled by bullets, machetes and even fire, then showing the skin knit itself back together – mending bullet holes and gashes in real time while moving from one check point to the next.

I’m not going to say anymore but I recommend you get out and play this demo. Tell us your thoughts on the Game or the movie if you saw it.

Available: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, DS, PC, Xbox 360 (Played)

Beatles Rock Band Pre-Order Club Opens

Beatles Rock BandI know, I know another Rock Band limited edition to shill out for – and at a whopping $250! – but if your a fan of the Beatles your going to want this set which includes:

  • “The Beatles: Rock Band” software
  • Höfner Bass controller (a replica of Paul’s bass)
  • The Beatles branded Rock Band Drums
  • A new Microphone with Stand
  • Special Limited Edition Content

Planning on being the first amongst your friends to rock out to the classic songs of the Beatles. Got your pre-order lined up already? If you have then your getting special access to The Beatles Rock Band Club.Got a code already? Let us in on the details on what you find in the Club.

THQ Announces All Star Cheer Squad 2

Ok, Well I love alot of THQs properties and I have to admit that when I saw this press release I thought. “WTF?!? Am I reading this right?” but it appears as though I am. So, as a completely unbiased website that tries to cater to all gaming demographics – Young, Old, Girls….Peppy girls who jump around and have far too much cheer, this one’s for you.

AGOURA HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr. 30, 2009– THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced that All Star Cheer Squad™2, is currently in development exclusively for Wii™ and is scheduled for release this fall. Tony G, world renowned cheer choreographer best known for his work on the Bring it On movies, will once again serve as chief consultant for the title.

In All Star Cheer Squad 2, 14 exotic locations from around the world will serve as the backdrop for global cheer competitions. No longer a newbie, players will start out as the captain of the Tiger Squad, leading the team to victory by utilizing an all-new diverse move set that includes real-world aerial stunts, tumbling, formation changes and advanced moves on the Wii Balance Board™ accessory. Moves can be executed by using two Wii Remotes™, allowing for greater mobility. Players will select their squad members and then choose from more customization options including new makeup, hairstyle and uniforms. Because every routine needs a good beat first, All Star Cheer Squad 2 will feature even more original cheer music. Combined with an upgraded routine editor featuring a music mixer, a choreography editor and the ability to challenge friends via WiiConnect24™, All Star Cheer Squad 2 will allow players to live the ultimate cheer experience.

I’m never going to play this game as I’m sure that a majority of our readers won’t either but, as an expecting father who is going to have a little girl, perhaps in a few years I’ll be resigned to watching games like this play out in my house too… I also have to give major props to THQ for keeping their spectrum so broad and trying to get more girls into gaming. Even if that means they use the house as a place to run around and say things like “Cheertacular!” or “Cheertastic!”.

GOOOOOOOO TEAMMMM!!!!

Ubisoft announces Red Steel 2 with Wii motion plus

Today Ubisoft announced the upcoming sequel Red Steel 2 exclusive on the Wii. This will be the first Ubisoft title to use the Wii motion plus. Sharpen your Swords and get your guns out of storage – your going in to the desert.

Full Release:
Montreal, CANADA – APRIL 29, 2009 – Today Ubisoft® announced Red Steel®2, exclusively on Wii™ system from Nintendo. Red Steel remains one of the most successful Wii titles and the only brand created specifically for the launch of the platform. Red Steel 2 is being developed by Ubisoft Paris and will be available for the 2009 holiday season.

Red Steel 2 returns with an artistic style and flair created just for Wii. Set in a desert-bound, high-tech metropolis, Red Steel 2 is a revolution in the action-fighting genre, taking full advantage of the capabilities of the Wii MotionPlus™ accessory. Your movements are faithfully replicated on-screen, putting the emphasis on swinging, shooting and fun! With the ability of the Wii MotionPlus to sense the strength of a swing, you will literally be able to make an impact on your adversaries through power and precision.

“Red Steel was a unique opportunity for Ubisoft to work in tandem with Nintendo to create a title exclusively for the launch of the Wii console,” said Olivier Ernst, general manager at Ubisoft Canada. “Red Steel 2 is another milestone for the company as it is the first Ubisoft title with full Wii MotionPlus integration.”

Just as Red Steel broke ground as the only third-party brand created for the launch of the Wii, Red Steel 2 will be the must-have game of Holiday 2009 for those who wish to stretch their own capacities and fully experience a game that was built from the ground up to take advantage of the Wii MotionPlus.

Nintendo’s Most Wanted | April 2009


Returning favourites and first party Nintendo properties continue to dominate the most wanted titles lists for both the Wii and DS April Most wanted report.

Wii™

The Wii has been on fire recording 44.9 million units sold as of December 2008. Many new and surprising titles are running up the list, like the luke warm Wii Music being the #1 place holder for the the Wii… Who saw that coming – I sure didn’t. Here are your Wii Most wanted for April:

  1. Wii Music™
  2. Animal Crossing™: City Folk
  3. Mario Kart Wii™
  4. Wii Fit™
  5. Super Smash Bros.™ Brawl
  6. Super Mario Galaxy™
  7. New Play Control! Pikmin™
  8. New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis™
  9. Mario™ Super Sluggers
  10. Big Brain Academy™: Wii Degree
  11. The Legend of Zelda™: Twilight Princess
  12. Wario Land™: Shake It!

NINTENDO DS™

Training games and Pokemon are dominating the DS list – taking six of the top 13 spots. Plenty of recient release are peppered in and long time list member Brain Age 2 continues to hold on at number 10.

  1. Fire Emblem™: Shadow Dragon
  2. Personal Trainer™: Cooking
  3. Personal Trainer™: Math
  4. Pokémon™ Ranger: Shadows of Almia
  5. Mystery Case Files™: MillionHeir™
  6. Kirby Super Star™ Ultra
  7. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon™: Explorers of Darkness
  8. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon™: Explorers of Time
  9. The Legend of Zelda™: Phantom Hourglass
  10. Brain Age™ 2: More Training in Minutes a Day!
  11. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  12. Mario Party™ DS
  13. Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day!

IMHO: Episode 2 – To Wii or Not to Wii…

Welcome to the 2nd IMHO segment where we discuss certain aspects of the gaming industry or express our point of views on the subject. Today’s segment is going to be a little different. I’m going to pose an opinion and my counterpart Matt is going to provide us with his rebuttal. We still want your feedback though so please don’t be shy.

It seems that everywhere you turn; people are talking about the Nintendo Wii. People have been clamouring for this new “Buzz Word” since its release November 2006 but have had one hell of a time getting their hands on it. There’s something about little console that could has everyone jonesing for the latest technology, and, why not? It’s sleek, sexy, and cool. There’s a new level of interaction with games that have never really been there before. On top of that, it’s an extremely accessible system to everyone young and old alike. Nintendo also appears to be winning the current generation race. The numbers don’t lie. According to the NDP group, Nintendo has shipped 44.9 million units as of December 2008 compared to 28 Million Xbox 360s and 21.3 PS3s.

Josh’s take on the Wii:

I wasn’t sure what to think about Nintendo’s little white system when I picked it up and thought that maybe after spending some time with it, I’d surely understand. When I got it home, I played with it for hours. At first, I thought “Ok. This is pretty awesome”. Since then, I’ve grown so cold to my Wii. I have all three consoles and the one that I use the least is my Wii. The last game I picked up for it was House of the Dead: Overkill. It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it (Read review here), but, that was the first game I picked up for the Nintendo. The library for the Nintendo Wii is a paltry 7 games compared to the 42 titles for the 360 and 18 for my PS3.

Here’s why I’m thinking that gamers should consider dropping their system:

  1. Too much crap – There are far too many garbage titles being released. Whatever happened to the strict quality control that Nintendo has on titles. Sure, that’s intact with their 1st party titles in the Mario, Metroid or Zelda brand but shouldn’t Nintendo at least be monitoring more strictly what they allow on their system?
  2. Wii is game console – I get the Wii Fit recipe. Exercising = no fun. Make exercising a game = fun. It’s not fun though. Wii Fit is the most uninspiring and annoying thing out there. The concept is decent but far from good for a variety of reasons I won’t get into right now. EA hopes to change my ideas with their upcoming release EA Sports Active. That reminds me… Just at a quick glance on the EB Games website, I counted at least 6 different fitness style games. This is a fad that has to go.
  3. Online play sucks – I’m sorry, I know that some of you like the way the system interacts with other users but let’s be honest here. Online play for the Wii SUCKS!!! There’s no two ways about it. Clearly, they were too busy making fun Mii characters of the project development team to even remotely think that the Nintendo should provide a good online/multiplayer environment. Xbox has this pegged and Sony is close, Nintendo is still stuck in 1999.
  4. Nothing to get overly excited about – At GDC, Nintendo announced a new Zelda title. Yawn. There’s just not enough out there to keep me coming back. Maybe at E3, they’ll change my outlook but I’m not convinced they can announce anything to get me to say “Damn! I’m definitely going to get that on day one!” All the games that could be looked at as killer apps, are going to look and sound so much better on other consoles. This year looks like a total dud and next probably won’t be much different.
  5. The graphics are Last Gen – I know that graphic don’t make the game necessarily but they sure are nice to look at and the only thing on this system I’ve seen that I could even remotely consider to be “Stunning” or “Amazing” came with Mario Galaxy. I don’t understand why so many games look worse than the average GameCube game. I know the system isn’t as powerful as the PS3 or the 360, nor was it supposed to be but even the GameCube had some beautifully done games. Look at the Resident Evil series. That series was easily some of the best looking in the last crop of consoles.

While the system isn’t as constrained in supply chains anymore, who wouldn’t jump at the chance to save $50 or $75 on a used one? Hit up your local paper or online classified ads and sell it for less than retail, take the money and do something else with it… Maybe you’ll get enough to buy yourself that gym membership you’ve always wanted but were too afraid to get for fear of never using it. After all, you know that your Wii Balance board is just collecting dust anyway.

I’m seriously considering getting rid of my Wii… I can’t think of any reason to stick it out with Nintendo anymore. I hoped that things were going to be different this time around. Everyone who bought the N64 was hosed and the GameCube was less than spectacular.

Matt responds:

Don’t get me confused with the Nintendo Fanboy’s out there I’m a console Fanboy, I love all of them. When I picked up my Wii I couldn’t wait to get it home, plug it in and hit the gaming. Picking up a couple games right away I found a system that would hold a place at many future house parties and family functions. A console designed with the idea of a group of gamers (and non-gamers alike). I don’t boast the largest title set for the Wii but I have been fortunate to find the value in both the games I have selected and the console itself.

Here’s why I’m thinking that gamers should consider keeping their system:

  1. Great line up coming – With the recent releases of House of the Dead: Overkill and Madworld pushing their way on to the Wii and the incredible sales of Wii sports, and Wii Fit this console is hitting it’s stride. Upcoming title like the remade Pikmin 2 and Punch-out are going to be fan favorites from your old N64 days.
  2. Wide appeal – Turning the Wii on in any social situation is fun. Anyone can pickup and play the Wii, and almost any title. Controls that are easy to use – point and click, a casual gaming library that is extremely deep and an intuitive user interface that lets anyone from 5 to 99 easily master the system and navigate through the menus. Hardcore games were feeling left out but publisher are stepping up to lead provide some good old M rated titles for the Nintendo’s line up; Dead Rising, Madwold, Call of Duty and Splatterhouse 2.
  3. More then just gaming – Josh talks a lot about how the Wii is a gaming console and a “light exercise” system… and I agree, but I look at it like its a good thing – 6 fitness titles get you up and active, try that on your 360 or PS3. I’ll admit I immediately saw weight loss results after getting my Wii, even before the Wii Fit was release. Is that a bad thing – I think not!
  4. Downloadable library – Nintendo’s impressive back library of games is making its way into the Wii virtual console with all your favourite titles being re
    leased again for your gaming pleasure. The best part is that these titles are no longer limited to just Nintendo titles but all your favourite consoles are making there title live once again featuring the likes of: NES™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Sega Genesis, TurboGrafx16, and my personal favourite the Commodore 64. (Pitstop II anyone?)
  5. Nintendo’s focus – Having seen several of Nintendo Canada’s staff speak at events the Sr. members convey a sense of decency, honesty and interest in building gaming systems for the entire family. Looking to include everyone and not leave anyone behind – so far they seem to be doing a good job on these fronts.

Where do you stand? Is it time to Sell your Wii and move on like a bad dream you finally woke up from. Or are you in for the long run? We want to hear your feedback.

Review: House of the Dead: Overkill

About a month ago my counterpart here at Feedyourconsole.com, Matt, told me about House of the Dead: Overkill. I’m not too sure how I missed this one from the get go. I was a fan of the series back in the arcade days and am what you could call an avid Zombie junkie. He insisted that I should get this game because he knew about my love for all things zombie. I somehow forgot.

Fast-forward a couple of weeks and House of the Dead makes headlines because it was awarded a title of “Most Profane Game” by The Guinness Book of World Records. Being a potty mouth, I felt even more compelled to get this game and immediately rush out to pick it up. When I got it home my wife and I sat down and immediately I was pretty sure I would like this game.

The game and story is presented much like a 70s Grindhouse flick complete with missing sections, hisses and pops in he audio and over the top profanity and sexual innuendos. The base premise of the game pits you as series alum Agent G and his partner Washington as you traverse multiple locales in the relentless pursuit of the game’s antagonist Papa Cesar, the mad scientist responsible for the zombie outbreak.

The gameplay is your typical light gun fare. Point the wii-mote, aim shoot and collect points and items along to way to open up extras found in the main menu. There’s really nothing special to point out with regards to the gameplay outside of the combo system that racks up as you generate multiple kills without missing a shot. It’s quite hard to pull off while engaging in the 2 player action, which is still lots of fun.

The graphics are ok and rather blocky on the largely underpowered Wii system and the frame rate appears to be inconsistent but the presentation of the game kind of makes you forget about that.

By the end of the game, you’ll have laughed plenty (“can I have a lollipop?”), enjoyed a Grindhouse style story line, seen some awfully crazy story points, splattered plenty of brains on the ceiling and walls and heard a whole bunch of F-Bombs.

It’s really too bad that this game has done so poorly as of press time. I really think that Sega should look at it as a stepping stone to a re-launching of the series. If an arcade-y shoot ‘em up games is something you like and you really just want to brush up on your zombie killing skills in preparation of the zombie invasion, you’ll have fun with this game.

So go and get the F..K out of here and pick this title up. You’ll enjoy it.

Pros:

  • Game Presentation: Lines and dirt on the “game film” looked great
  • Sound: Voice actors were extremely cheeseball and I loved it
  • Accessibility: Anyone and I mean anyone can play this. My wife is a zombie killing machine

Cons:

  • Combo system: A little annoying to pull off when playing 2 player
  • Graphics: I wish the graphics were a little more polished looking as I am a graphics junkie.

Feed Your Console gives House of the Dead: Overkill 8.0 out of 10

Published by: SEGA
Developed by: Headstrong Games
ESRB: Mature