Yes, today saw the long-awaited launch of the Nintendo Wii in Europe - once again we’re last on the launch list, despite Europe having a population larger than Japan and now equal to the USA, we’re always the afterthought. I guess we don’t spend as much money as those super-consumer societies, and all those languages - tsk. 😀Still, things are better than in previous years when we’d have to wait months or even years - PS3 excepted of course.
I just thought I’d link this article in case you hadn’t already seen it. Quite interesting - I expected most people in the games industry to say ‘both’, and although some did there was a massive bias towards the Wii, more than I would have expected even though I have such a bias too. Of course, we don’t have either in Europe yet, and although it’s not that long until the Wii launches here (December 8th, I have one on pre-order), PS3 has been delayed enough times as to be mostly irrelevent for a while.
I thought I’d write a little about my thoughts about the 2 most recent PC games I bought - both happening to be RPGs although the style and age of the titles being quite far apart. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic This is an old game that I never had time to pick up at the time it came out, but eventually caught up with. It’s an excellent game, there’s no doubt - among the best RPGs I’ve played.
I just read the Eurogamer coverage of the Japanese PS3 launch, where the acute shortage of units has led to many shops running a ‘lottery’ system - basically if your number is picked out of a hat, you get to buy one (and which edition you get - 20Gb or 60Gb - is determined at random). Am I the only one thinking that this situation is just totally bonkers? How did we get to this stage?
As a friend of mine has just posted, Lik-Sang, a very, very popular importer of games hardware and software in the UK, has just been put out of business by Sony. For the heinous crime of actually meeting a demand that Sony themselves didn’t fill - PSP’s in Europe. I’ve been a customer of Lik-Sang too (a trait I allegedly share with many Sony employees in Europe too, laughably), although in my case it was for DS accessories - the range you get in the UK is pathetic and there was much more variety on Japanese import.
So, it’s confirmed - December 8th, Â£179 including one Wiimote / nunchuck and Wii Sports. Zelda and Monkey Ball at launch, 15-20 other games, WarioWare just after launch, and many old games on Wiiconnect24 (no prices announced yet but I understand the US conference said $5 for NES games, $8 for SNES and $10 for N64). Not too shabby. And, completely unrelated - this made me laugh today. Bush does U2’s Sunday Bloody Sunday.
You might have seen this on the OGRE forums, but Digital-Tutors has released a new DVD which covers using XSI to create game characters, using OGRE as the target engine. It’s on their front page right now in fact, nice banner. I’ve never actually used one of their DVDs before, but they had a pretty big presence at Siggraph when I was there, and were running a whole load of XSI tutorials over at the Softimage booth, which I You might have seen this on the OGRE forums, but Digital-Tutors has released a new DVD which covers using XSI to create game characters, using OGRE as the target engine.
I don’t know how many of you have already seen this, but it had me grinning: Lego Star Wars 2 Trailer. Lego Star Wars was a charming little game that didn’t take itself seriously, poked fun out of Star Wars and kept you chuckling at the in-jokes. The sequel is based on the original trilogy, which of course is from when Star Wars was actually good, and not a hammily-acted, attrociously scripted, Jar-Jar Binks infested shambles that Episodes I-III would unfortunately become.
I’ve mentioned this before on my blog, but there was a time when I used to spend ages reading game previews, and would wait with bated breath for a single game to come out and play it as soon as it was available. These days, that rarely happens - I have so little time for playing games that I’m finding I’m picking up 2 or 3 year old games from Internet bargin bins more often than not, and I’m quite enjoying it.
Well, as I’d hoped I got New Super Mario Bros today from my wife, and a bit of a cracker it is too. It really does capture the core essence of the enduring all-time classic 2D platformer (in my opinion) Super Mario World, but brings it up to date technically and adds a whole bunch of twists that have been introduced in more recent 3D Mario incarnations, like wall-jumping and butt-stomping.