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Nintendo Makes a Monkey Out of Me: "Donkey Kong Country Returns" and "Super Mario All Stars"
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Gaming

2010-12-16 14:13:50

'Donkey Kong Country Returns'

Donkey Kong Country Returns

When I got Super Nintendo at the tender age of 11, I had to play Donkey Kong Country because it was the only game I had. It turned out to be a lot of fun, but so frustratingly hard that I grew to be a bit of a potty mouth. More than 14 years later, Donkey Kong Country Returns (released in November on Wii) brings back old memories of exciting platforming gameplay – and some stress-induced vulgarities.


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Check the “Other” Box -- "Metroid: Other M," on Wii
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Gaming

2010-09-09 18:56:51

Metroid is one of the few Nintendo franchises focused on hardcore gamers. A story in space involving aliens known as Metroids that absorb energy from living beings, space pirates looking to weaponize the Metroids, and a single bounty hunter burdened with the task of eradicating both sides definitely strays from the company’s family-friendly norm.

The previous-generation Metroid Prime trilogy focused strictly on first-person shooting and was a different take on the franchise’s story. Metroid: Other M (on the Wii system) takes a gamble by returning to the original continuity and a third-person action style. It pays off big, though, with fantastic high-speed combat and a deeper perspective on the Metroid universe.


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Wii-treads: Sony’s and Microsoft’s New Motion Controls Aren’t the Future of Gaming
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Gaming

2010-08-25 14:43:27

Sony's PlayStation Move

Appealing to both hardcore gamers (with the franchises they love) and casual gamers (with ease of use), Nintendo's Wii has been a powerhouse in the video-game market. This success has led Nintendo's main competitors, Microsoft with Xbox 360 and Sony with PlayStation 3, to develop their own motion-control schemes -- which will be hitting the market in the next few months.


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“No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle”: Erratic but Still Compelling
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Gaming

2010-01-28 14:31:02

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

With the Wii game lineup containing so many titles geared to children and family play, 2008's exclusive No More Heroes made a statement that "mature"-rated games can succeed on the motion-based system. Its intense action combined with a crazy yet compelling story and parodies of the gaming industry convinced me the Wii wasn't just for casual players and tapped into the "mature" market, which only consisted of Resident Evil titles at the time. The new sequel, subtitled Desperate Struggle, continues the story with new methods of madness to boot.

Several years after protagonist Travis Touchdown becomes the top-ranked assassin in the fictional city of Santa Destroy and walks away from the profession, his former promoters are trying to drag him back into the fold. He has no interest in climbing the rankings again, but the murder of his best friend motivates him to enter and name his reward: his best friend's killer served to him on a platter.


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Nostalgia with a Vengeance: “New Super Mario Bros. Wii”
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Gaming

2009-12-10 17:43:02

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Since his 1981 debut in Donkey Kong, Mario has been a staple of the platforming genre, but in recent years he's branched out, taking on go-kart racing and fighting tournaments with other Nintendo characters, for instance. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the original magic that caught our attention decades ago returns, along with the sadistic difficulty some have come to love and hate.


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