The Nintendo 180

Growing up I first fell in love with gaming thanks to Nintendo. While not my first experience with gaming, it was the first time I can say I knew this was something I would always want to do.  I remember a friend of my brothers bringing over the original NES and playing the original Mario and some other games.  Before that I had only played on old PC’s, Intellivision’s, and various Atari systems that barely worked.  The Nintendo put them all to shame; intense graphics, sound, easy of use and complex but simple controls.  Since then, I’ve owned nearly every system and played every genre I can, whittling it down to genres I follow very closely.  Nintendo was always in the forefront of this “hobby” (word comfortably interchangeable with addiction.), holding a special place in my heart, as I’m sure many others do as well.  And like many of you, probably followed them into their future endeavors with the SNES, N64, and other systems. Even the disappointing ones like the Virtual Boy and Gamecube.  Whether they were Nintendo’s fault or the industry at the time is here nor there.

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Mario Kart 7 Review

 

Mario Kart, excuse my language, was my shit!  When it was first introduced on the SNES back in the day, I remember my friends and I renting it.. playing non-stop, and eventually buying or getting it as a gift and from there mastering every course, trying to beat each others best lap and course times over and over again.  I think my ol’ cart still has our best times in it (unless the battery died, of course.) I still hold the top lap time on Mario Circuit with Bowser. (Eat it, everyone else!)  From that point on we were hooked on Mario Kart.  When the N64 version came out, it happened all over again.  That version is held high as the greatest iteration of the series EVER.  While other Mario Karts have come around, the N64 version is the cart to rule them all.  For every system Nintendo releases, 3 things are inevitable.  There will be a Zelda game, there will be a Mario game, and there will be Mario Kart!  unlike the 1st two’s continued quality and balance, the Mario Kart series has lost a lot of it’s shine and steam to over simplification, over balancing, and Nintendos attempts and making the game work for absolutely everyone, from the completely mentally handicapped to the extreme addict who should be winning every race.

Does this newest entry sway the series’s trend of mediocrity and give the King of the Kart (N64 version) a run for it’s money?

 

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Apple killing… Nintendo?

So ad this interesting post on ModMyi.com about how the reason that Nintendo’s sales have slumped is because of…. the iPhone/Touch? Yeah, I… doubt that.  Well, Maybe not that much, as I can see the iPhone digging into the DS sales.  But not by much, and not for very long.  The post goes on to … Read moreApple killing… Nintendo?

New Mario Bros.. Sans Online?

In what seems like a baffling move. The new 4 player co-op Mario Game heading for the Wii we reported on yesterday will NOT feature any online play. Miyamoto, Father of all things nintendo (essentially.) stated at a Developer table conference during nintendos E3 showing that the game was pushing the limits of the Dual-Duct … Read moreNew Mario Bros.. Sans Online?