Is the Wii/DS Online Shut Down Really a Bad Thing?

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Just a few hours ago, Nintendo announced that all Wii and DS online services were going to be shut down on May 20th 2014.  And as per is the norm, the internet went absolutely ballistic. Nintendo’s forcing people to buy their new games they said!  Mario Kart Wii and Smash Bros Brawl still have life in them say yet others. But is this really a bad thing?  I don’t think so, and hence here’s why I consider the DS and Wii’s online services going away potentially one of the best things to happen to the systems…

Nintendo Shutting Down DS and Wii Wifi Services

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So if you’re still playing Mario Kart DS or Wii online, or involved in a bunch of Smash Bros Brawl battles against people from round the world, then those days are about to come to a screeching stop.  Same with online play in the generation 4 and 5 Pokemon titles. These services will end for good worldwide on May 20th. Keep reading to see a full list of every service and game getting the proverbial chop…

Opinion: The Ten Most Brutally Difficult Challenges in Nintendo Games

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With the possible exception of the NES era, Nintendo is usually not the first company people think of when it comes to difficult video games.  But while things like the Super Guide and hint videos have made some people consider recent Nintendo titles as rather easy, there are in fact quite a few challenges in Nintendo games that are very much incredibly difficult in every sense of the word.  So here’s a list of them, of the ten most difficult challenges in Nintendo games.

Opinion: The Ten Craziest Mario Bosses in Nintendo History

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Over his 20 years of starring in video games, Mario and his friends have faced some bizarre opponents.  From murderous suns to pianos with a killing streak, everything from the normal enemies to the toughest bosses often end up being some of the weirdest opponents in the video game world.  But even among this lot, some bosses go even further and end up making even the regular Koopa Troop look sane.  Here they are, the ten craziest, strangest and most outright bizarre bosses in Mario history.

Opinion: The Six Most Disappointing Bosses in Mario History

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A good video game boss should be many things.  It should be designed so it fits the level at least somewhat thematically, it should be a decent challenge to top off the level and it should generally be designed in a way that it doesn’t come up off as an utterly boring character.  And hence why the Mario series has never been known for great boss battles, it usually succeeds at least at those basic criteria. But it doesn’t always get things right.  So these are the six most disappointing bosses in Mario history, six bland bosses that really felt like a let down after the build up of a whole level or even game.   Let’s begin… 6. Harsh Possessor […]

GAME Customers Name 1996 As Best Gaming Year and Wii As Best Console

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They surveyed 2000 GAME customers to find out what they thought was the best year in gaming and the best console, and the results were 1996 and the Wii respectively. Here are their poll results: Top Five Years for Gaming: 1. 1996 (14%): Tomb Raider and Crash Bandicoot on the PlayStation and Nintendo 64 launched. We were singing along to Baddiel and Skinner’s Three Lions and Brit Pop was at its height 2. 2002 (13%): Halo and Elder Scrolls III on the Xbox and Grand Theft Auto Vice City. BBC 6 Music arrived on our airwaves and Arsenal won the FA Cup 3. 1991 (12%): Street Fighter II and Super Mario World on SNES and Lemmings was out on the […]

Super Mario 3D Land outsells Super Mario Galaxy!

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Is that a good thing?  Hard to really say given the much better reception Super Mario Galaxy got compared to 3D Land.  Either way, Super Mario 3D Land has apparently outpaced Super Mario Galaxy in terms of sales and gone well past the eight million mark in recent weeks.  Here’s a chart comparing how well each game is selling: As you can clearly see, Super Mario 3D Land seems to be selling for longer periods of time after the initial burst of popularity back on launch day, and is significantly more popular in Japan than Super Mario Galaxy was.  There’s still time to go before 3D Land stops selling well (it’s been in the charts for quite a while), but […]

Nintendo Planning Emergency Online Maintenance this Monday

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It will affect most online services, and will mean that the 3DS and Wii U Shop, Wii Shop Channel and DSi Shop will all be inaccessible.  This will last from 11pm on Monday the 28th January 2013 to 5pm on Tuesday the 29th (Pacific Time Zone). Here’s the list of services affected by this throughout the entire duration: Nintendo DS Online services Pokemon Black and White Pokemon Black and White 2 Here’s the list of services that will be inaccessible from 5-6pm on Monday the 28th: Wii U online multiplayer And here’s the list that will be unavailable from 12pm to 5pm at that time: Wii U eShop 3DS eShop DSi Shop Wii Shopping Channel Sorry for the inconvenience this […]

Mario Kart’s Worst Tracks; The Ten Worst Tracks in the Series!

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Generally, most Mario Kart tracks are fairly good. You’ve got classics like Wario Stadium, Airship Fortress and Waluigi Pinball, you’ve got interesting new ones like Mario Kart 7′s Rainbow Road and Mario Kart Wii’s Koopa Cape, and generally most of the other ones will at least have some semblance of a fandom who think they’re among the best tracks in the series. But unfortunately, some tracks just don’t measure up to the high standards expected of the Mario Kart series. Whether it’s through poor design, boring visuals or being plain broken, they’re just bad tracks that people just don’t find that fun. So here are the ten worst tracks in Mario Kart history. Note: Not counting those from Arcade GP, […]