Site news: Vacation time is here

I’ll be out Tuesday through Sunday this week and I don’t know if I’ll be able to make posts. The site might be dormant for the rest of the week, and there won’t be any podcast. Don’t forget to come back after the Thanksgiving weekend, mmmmmkay?

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Actual photo of the first Thanksgiving.

The Dawn is Radiant Indeed.

November 5th, 2007 (today) marks the release for Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn for Wii.  Following the footsteps of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (GameCube), this Strategy/RPG of epic proportions is sure to be the biggest Fire Emblem yet!

 

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

 

With over 38 Chapters, a whooping 72 recruitable character roster, and a fantastic storyline full of twists and deep character development, you can’t go wrong with what’s sure to be one of the year’s biggest RPG contenders.

Go buy it!

Monster Hunter III to be Nintendo Wii exclusive

In a big move for Nintendo, Capcom announced that Monster Hunter III will be exclusive to the Nintendo Wii. The franchise has been Sony’s strongest selling title for the PSP, so the development is very significant in Japan, if only mildly so here in North America.

Here’s the official Capcom news release:

Capcom unleashes the beast as “Monster Hunter 3 (tri-)” rumbles its way onto the Nintendo Wii®

Capcom Co., Ltd. (Capcom) is pleased to announce the development of a new edition in its mega-hit “Monster Hunter” series: “Monster Hunter 3 (tri-)” for the Nintendo Wii.

The “Monster Hunter” franchise is a series of action games that puts the player in the boots of a fearless hunter tracking down and battling huge and ferocious monsters all while traversing breathtaking natural environments. To date, the series has shipped over 4.5 million copies worldwide (as of September 30, 2007). The “Monster Hunter Freedom” series for the PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) system (referred to below as the PSP® system) makes use of Network Play to build upon the gaming experience, which has boosted its popularity, especially in the student market, and has also helped to make it the first PSP® game to sell over a million copies in Japan. The series has also been the recipient of numerous awards with “Monster Hunter” for the PlayStation®2 receiving the Award of Excellence at the Eighth Annual CESA Game Awards and “Monster Hunter Freedom 2” receiving the Grand Award at the Japan Game Awards: 2007.

Capcom has worked tirelessly on the latest title in the series, “Monster Hunter 3 (tri-)”, to utilize the unique aspects of the Nintendo Wii, which will create a “Monster Hunter” game unlike any of its predecessors. The attractiveness of the Wii experience is sure not only to please existing fans of the series, but also attract newcomers to this unique adventure.

As always, we at Capcom will continue to strive to develop new and original games that appeal to a broad audience around the world while expanding our properties for multiple platforms. We believe that by bringing the “Monster Hunter” series to multiple platforms, it will help the franchise reach an even greater number of users eager for its unique gameplay.

Title Summary
1. Title Monster Hunter 3 (tri-)
2. Genre Hunting Action
3. Platform Wii
4. Release Date To be announced.

Nintendo conference showcases new DS and Wii announcements

In a conference today, Nintendo unveiled new plans for the DS and Wii. While information is still trickling in at the moment, here are some of the highlights:

Games Shown/Announced:

Fire Emblem DS
Wii Music
Super Mario Stadium Baseball
Mario Kart Wii
Famicom Wars Wii (Battlion Wars II)
Dragon Quest IX

Games and Features Coming to WiiWare:

Dr Mario
Star Soldier R
Pokemon Ranch
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles – The Little King and the Country of Promise
DS Station Channel (DS demo download)

Exhanced Wii Voting Channel – recommend games. Search based on recommendation.

So how awesome is it that we’re finally getting a Fire Emblem on the DS? Too awesome? Maybe. Also, the DS demo downloads are sure to be a great asset to those that own both a DS and a Wii. It seems that you can download demos to your Wii and transfer them via wireless connection to your DS. Pretty slick.

More information is still coming in, so we’ll update with anything worth noting.

Game Releases This Week – 10.8.2007

There are some great releases this week and plenty to look out for. Most notably would be Valve’s The Orange Box, which is one of the best bargains that gaming has ever seen. If you haven’t played Puzzle Quest on either the DS or PSP, you may want to check it out on XBLA. Finally, the first Neo Geo games hit the Wii Virtual Console this week and are well worth checking out.

Consoles/Handhelds

  • FIFA 08 (PS3, 360, Wii, DS, PS2, PSP)
  • Folklore (PS3)
  • Sega Rally Evo (PS3, 360)
  • NBA 08 (PS3, PSP)
  • Looney Tunes Acme Arsenal (360, Wii, PS2)
  • The Orange Box (360)
  • Thrillville: Off the Rails (360, Wii, PS2, DS, PSP)
  • Donkey Kong Barrel Blast (Wii)
  • Balls of Fury (Wii)
  • Bleach: Shattered Blade (Wii, DS)
  • Mercury Meltdown Revolution (Wii)
  • Backyard Football ’08 (PS2)
  • Mountain Bike Adrenaline (PS2)
  • Flipper Critters (DS)
  • Looney Tunes Duck Amuck (DS)
  • Touch Detective 2 1/2 (DS)
  • Juiced 2 (PSP)
  • Final Fantasy Tactics (PSP)
  • Jackass the Game (PSP)
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron (PSP)

Virtual Console

  • Art of Fighting
  • World Heroes
  • Fatal Fury

Xbox Live Arcade

  • Puzzle Quest

PlayStation Network

  • Nothing announced yet

Top 5: Reasons Why You Should Love Zelda!

Why make a big deal about Zelda? We love it.  We’re sure you love it as well.  And if you don’t, then you’ve got big problems with Stupid Gamer.  Simple, no?  To celebrate the release of one of our most anticipated games of the year, here’s a list of 5 reasons why you should love The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass — Link’s latest appearance on videogames, and first official adventure on Nintendo DS. 

1) We enjoy touching Link.  Really, we do.

Nintendo really wanted to make The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass a game for everyone, and in doing so, completely changed the traditional control scheme that Zelda is known for.  But don’t worry, Link is still capable of doing everything we’ve done on previous Zelda titles like running, slashing with his sword, and picking and throwing pots.  Take a swipe at your screen and Link will take a swipe at his enemies.  Draw a circle, and Link will also make a spinning attack with his sword!  There’s nothing difficult to understand in Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, and the control-scheme is sure to attract even the biggest Zelda skeptic. 

2) Need a Wind Waker? Nah, let it sleep.

The Wind Waker took a lot of criticism for its gorgeous, yet slightly tedious sailing portions.  You took out your magical Wind Waker, played a song for the winds, pick a direction for the wind to blow, and then open your sail to, well, sail.  Hmmm, come to think about it, it does sound a bit tedious.  It’s okay, though; Nintendo addressed the issue with new technology (this game takes place after the Wind Waker, after all — so technology has improved) in the form of a Steamboat!  No longer will you have to worry about having friendly winds, because all you need to do is draw a path for your boat, and let it follow its course! Easy and awesome.

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3) Write it down on the map, Boy!

You seriously can’t tell us you’re a Zelda fan, and have never dreamed about being able to write clues and notes on your map before! Well, we have, and thanks to the Nintendo DS’s features, now we can! Remember all those broken walls you can bomb, but don’t have the bomb to do so?  Got a hint from a villager and don’t want to forget? How about learning a treasure location and can’t find pen and paper to write it down?  No worries, all you have to do is mark it on your map, and return when are able to complete the task.  Thanks to this new feature, you have no excuse to forget about anything!  And if that doesn’t make it easier for you, we don’t know what will.

4) Smaller Cel-da.  Nice Lookin’ Cel-da.

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass has the honor of being the best looking game on the Nintendo DS.  What about Final Fantasy III, Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker, and Metroid Prime: Hunters?  Nope, this one looks better.  We don’t know how the development team pulled it off, but we really hope this engine is used in future titles because it is truly outstanding.  The sailing portions are as colorful as they were on GameCube, and the world is still as big as ever.  Who cares that it basically looks like a smaller version of The Wind Waker? Phantom Hourglass is as beautiful as any other Zelda game, making the presentation one of the best we’ve seen in the portable realm.

Zelda Top 5

5) It’s Zelda.  Next Question!

In the end, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is another exceptional entry in the legendary franchise, and what better credential to show than that?  If all works well, and Nintendo gets away with their original plan with Phantom Hourglass, more gamers will be interested in trying out a Zelda game, which will bode will for the future of the franchise.   We’re pretty sure that anyone who plays Phantom Hourglass will be thrilled to experience the Zelda magic, and with a game that’s chock-full of the Zelda charm we all know and love, there’s no denying that The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is the portable game to own in 2007. 

A Radiant Box-Art

Nintendo has quietly announced the official box-art for what’s soon to become one of our favorite games here in the Stupid Gamer office… Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn!

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn Box-Art

The art, as usual, is some of the best we’ve seen so far, and the game is sure to be another hit by the geniuses at Intelligent Systems. We can’t wait!

Sorry for the slow updates…

Updates on the blog have been pretty slow lately, but that’s due to a combination of factors. I’ve been under a serious time crunch as I’m trying to get moved into a new home, get caught up at work, and am buried with a few game reviews. We’ll get through this slow period soon enough and the awesomeness will resume in full force.

Expect a podcast this week…hopefully with Miguel. Right now he’s feeling the wrath of hurricane Felix. Good luck, Miggy!

Where’s the Metroid Prime 3 hype?

Metroid Prime 3 releases later this month (August 27th) and there is little to no hype pushing the title. Sure, there are other heavy hitters that came out or are coming out this month as well, but there’s no reason that a title as significant and incredible as Prime 3 should be flying so far under the radar. The original Metroid Prime, and its sequel, are two of the best games that have been developed by a Nintendo 1st or 2nd party, and Metroid Prime 3 is looking to take the series to an even higher level with better graphics, a deeper gameplay experience, larger worlds, and a more involved storyline.

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Metroid Prime 3 will wrap up the Prime story arc in the Metroid universe.

So why no hype? Why isn’t the game getting any sort of media blitz? I think Nintendo is making a big mistake by failing to properly advertise and promote Metroid Prime 3. They are taking for granted the existing Metroid fanbase and just assuming that they alone can make the game a sales success. In my opinion, this is pretty faulty. Sure, Wii consoles are flying off the shelves as fast as stores can stock them, but Metroid Prime 3 is the type of title that the Wii hasn’t seen much of. Prime 3 could help generate interest in the hardcore and casual markets that may not be won over by the new play styles of games like Wii Sports or Wii Play. These gamers need games like Metroid Prime 3 to justify their purchase of the Wii. These gamers need to know that Nintendo is comfortable releasing games of this scope on the Wii and that it won’t just be a one shot deal. It’s stuff like this that ultimately drove Silicon Knights and Factor 5 into the arms of Microsoft and Sony.

I still have hope that Prime 3 will see strong word of mouth support, but I’ll be surprised if it manages to push 1 million copies before the end of the year. I just would like to see Nintendo show a little faith in the project.

Xbox 360 Price Drop Coming?

With the rumors of an Xbox 360 price drop heating up, it looks like the Xbox 360 is finally going to see an official price drop. Right now ads for Wal-Mart and Toys ‘R Us are floating around showing a a possible $50 drop for the 360 Premium pack. While these ads could just be the work of photoshoppers, it seems that the price drop is still going to hit regardless. The real significant part of all of this is that the drop will most likely be in effect far enough ahead of the Halo 3 release that the new price point will be common knowledge to the general public.

If this price drop hits soon, it could really go a long way toward helping Microsoft out. While it’s not as big as the $100 price drop the PS3 is currently seeing, seeing the 360 at under $400 is a big deal; especially since this price drop will be permanent.  The drop will most likely give the 360 a much needed bump in sales leading into the Fall when the big games are set to hit shelves and will set the 360 up to have a huge holiday season. It will be very interesting to see how a $350 Xbox 360 fares against a $500 or $600 PlayStation 3 this holiday season. If the gap in the install base continues to grow, Sony is going to have to react quickly…which is only good news for the consumer.