Monday, 7 April 2008

Right. Just because ~d~ has Brawl and I don't doesn't mean I can't write a good blog!

Instead of telling you what's to come, I'm going to share with you my top five moments and features about Super Smash Bros. Melee.

5. It's so FUN!!!

Seriously. Never have I more enjoyed beating the living crap out of my favourite Nintendo heroes! It's something about the satisfying way in which when you slam the A button your character frantically shoves any knuckle-covered body part it has into the opponent, making the enemy bounce about in mid-air, and the way it squeals when you blast it off the stage.

And of course, Brawl will deliver all this and more. It just wouldn't be Super Smash Bros without someone crying "AAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh.............!"

4. The soundtrack.

Among my favourite moments are:

3. Icicle Mountain.

It's like a jazzy blues mountainy experience! Irrestible not to hand jive to. Unless you're too busy scrapping.

2.Big Blue.

As an avid guitar player, this is a major influence on me. It just goes bwooooowoooooowooowoowoowoowoowoowoowoowoowoowoowoowoowoowdluhduhdluhduh!!!! Pure Techno rock pleasure.


If you've never heard the DK rap, you've never made a monkey sound instead of saying "ass", and you've never heard of the "DK Crew." One word/emoticon: LMAO!!!

3.The Characters.

Bloody HUNDREDS! Not one of the characters on that pictures is not actually in the game. They've actually missed one or two out there. My favourite is Falco.

2. Adventure Mode.

This is on Brawl too. It involves you K.Oing pretty much everyone in the game, and playing some special levels where you have to escape from lava, play through a Mario level, etc. This makes for some intresting gameplay and great fights!


It's great! It's all fast paced action, with a great, fast soundtrack. And there's NO feeling that compares to first seeing the words (GET READY) on the screen.
Well, farewell... I have to go and pre-order Brawl. Keep Smashing!

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Free for all!

Apologies for not posting. I keep going into that 'no-one is reading my blog so why post' mindset [and although it's true, that's not the point] and not posting. Also, the fact that I now have Super Smash Bros Brawl accounts for me missing a week of my life. That's right, since Tuesday I have had this golden game, and trust me, I'm loving it. After 9 hours of Subspace Emissary alone [that sprawling single player mode which amazingly for Smash Bros actually has a plot!] I've unlocked every character and stage and am Brawling [notice the capital] against computers, and generally getting my skills up to standard.

Although I don't actually own Melee, I have played it quite a lot [at sleepover and such] and borrowed it off my friend. I consider myself quite good. Not brilliant, but good enough. Of course, now I have enough time to practice. I beat a level 9 computer earlier. Apparently they fixed the bug where Ness suicides on Jungle Japes.

It's an awesome game. No two ways about it. I can't even separate one thing for the other about which to write about. So expect more posts. If I can be bothered.

Super Paper Mario (*sniffs and sighs, contemplating how much ~d~ is enjoying brawl.*)

So, right, ~d~ imports Brawl from America, and spends loads of time brawling with his friends, while meanwhile I'm stuck with the ANCIENT Super Paper Mario.

So, ~d~ should be able to give all ZERO of you readers an in-depth review once he stops gaping, way before we can even buy it over here in the lonely U.K.

But for now, another amazing trip into the mind of my monkey-like-stinky-obnoxious-selfish-self-indulgent-10-year-old-argumentative-brothers, and their exodus into another game that somehow "breaks" everytime the controller falls into their little snot-coated hands.

Wow, big sentence.

And suprisingly, i'm going to give this game a thumbs up.

Don't be put off by my brothers. A), they suck at it, and B), the only reason they've got as far as they have is because they use an online walkthrough, completely missing the enjoyment part of gaming.

However, if you DO like to enjoy a game, you won't be dissapointed. the gameplay is clear and fun, with intuitive puzzles and cute graphics. It has a certain witty humour which just makes it all the more easy to get along with, and the levels bring back the old platforming, jumping-on-enemy's-head's- days, with a twist.

Lol- one of my favourite moments.

In this game, Bowser, shockingly, is not the bad guy- in fact, he's a fully playable character!

Instead, the new villain is Count Bleck, who wants to destroy the very fabric of the universe, and the old foes must band together to fight this new threat.

While you collect Pure Hearts, charaters and Pixl's- small squareish creatures with special powers to let you find hidden stuff, become ultra-thin, etc, Count Bleck is brainwashing old villains to come on his side and be more... villainy, kidnapping strange witch's that speak in poetry, commanding his minions and expanding the Void. The Void is a big purpley black fuzzing thing in the background, that sucks everything into it and grows.

So, like a black hole, but with a catchy name.

Just one problem.

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It's a shame, because apart from that, this game rocks, when you actually get to play it, and it's lasted longer in our house than Super Mario Galaxy.

Another must-by from the Miyamoto Militia. Just get comfy for the opening sequence.

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

[abxytv] Brawl pt 1.

    Do you like fine jewellery? Always have trouble cleaning blocked sinks and drains? Tough! Because we're trying to sell car insurance! Phone us on 555-6kshhhhhhhh *end of commercial break*

    Hello and welcome back to [abxytv], after that... almost month long commercial break... We hope you've unblocked your sinks, cleaned your toilets, bought whatever JML have tried to sell you, and been on a luxury cruise to Portsmouth - but now, more Brawling!

    One of the things I'm most hyped up about for Brawl is the Stage Creator. I've seen two brilliant stages on the intertubes [a box with only one small entrance to KO people through, which means the damage meters go up and up and people are bouncing around like the balls in that Sony Bravia advert, and one where the floor drops away, where people are constantly running for their lives] and to be honest, replication of these is imperative. IMPERATIVE, I said. But I'm sure that even more brilliant stages will come my way... ON WIFI.

    And sure enough, Mr Sakurai has made sure that the game will never get old by [as well as the Stage Builder itself], making a /lot/ of things wifiable. Created Stages, Matches etc... if you get bored with the stages already on Brawl [and that's a long shot anyway] make your own. It's... well, it's genius. If Miyamoto is God, and Iwata is the Holy Spirit, then Sakurai is probably Jesus [and Reggie Fils-Aime is the bad-ass ninja dude who kicks ass and takes names [and was edited out of the Bible for being too... well, too Reggie]]. And Sony is the Devil, of course. Microsoft... well, lately I'm being nice to Microsoft, so I won't dub them as the Romans. Microsoft could be some other people. As an Atheist I struggle to name any neutral forces in the Bible, so...


    And to bring some nostalgia into your otherwise mundane lives, I give you this: Memorable Nintendo Quotes. Pay particular attention to the teaser at the end...

    ...oh god... I remember that... It was like... 3 years ago... *sniff*... Good times... as a reg on Gametalk/Wii... watching the whole of the Nintendo E3 Presentation... *sniff*... *eyes start streaming*... I REMEMBER! REVOLUTION!! WII!!!

    *We are experiencing technical difficulties, please wait*

          Mario And Sonic At The Olympic Games

          Wow, this blog is collecting dust and losing intrest...

          But, anyway, games.

          Mario And Sonic at the Olympic Games.

          I thought i'd do this one because ~d~ has a vendetta against that small blue hedgehog-formerly-needlemouse.

          Yeah, despite the long intro-cutscene and Sega's trademark REALLY ANNOYING american commentry telling you what buttons you've just pressed-(Main Events! Rowing! Mario!)- i really don't mind this game. The events are genuinely fun- bar table tennis. God, i hate table tennis.

          A lot of thought goes into some of these events. For example, the dream events are events that are completely out of fantasy, showing the surrealism nintendo are renowned for.
          we're not big sega fans here at wwag, but this game gets a solid three and a half stars.

          Monday, 11 February 2008

          [abxytv] - Brawl pt 1.

          *We now return to scheduled programming after our technical... well actually it was because we're lazy... difficulties. We apologize for the inconvenience.*


          Yes, it's time for another thrilling episode of the gaming show, ABXYTV! With your host today, ~d~!

          Down to business now. Since January the 27th, so many things have happened it the gaming world, and possibly one of the most important - The Brawl leak and release. On the 31st of January, the massively anticipated game, Super Smash Bros Brawl, came out in Japan, and boy were we showered with a deluge of information about the game. Plus, it says something about the popularity of the game, that there are still many many rumors circulating after the game has been released.

          Brawl will be THE game. Trust me on this. The only thing stopping it from being perfect is Sonic... but you guys know about my deep hatred of that damned blue hedgehog.

          *commercial break*

          Sunday, 27 January 2008

          Super Mario Galaxy

          Now, I for one, and I know ~d~ can say the same too, have been too busy on guitar hero 3 (and 2- im trying to crack hard) to play Super Mario galaxy.

          But my brothers have already completed it.

          So I thought I should share the experience with all 2 at most readers. It has been a MELTDOWN in our house. Because they suck at it. (These are the same brothers who got annoyed at SMS... remember?) Every single time they played a hard level... which for them was most of them... they got so annoyed. My mum was going to throw the Wii away. Seriously.
          But now they've completed it with 60 stars. So they're happy.
          The thing is, they bought a walkthrough for the whole game. Which for me, just ruins it. It's not as if it's particularly hard. It's not like Zelda, where you have the whole world and yet need to listen to the characters LONG explanaitions for what to do next. You just hop into a dome, and have some fun.
          It's a fun game.
          Basically, once you defeat Bowser and all that, you get to finish the game with all 120 stars. And when you've done that, you get this-


          But now, when I play it, my brothers are always telling me how to do stuff! It's so annoying!
          I've got to go.

          Monday, 21 January 2008


          Let's face it. The Ps3 is rubbish.
          The graphics, I admit, are great. And in fact, I was playing a shooter at on my uncle's ps3, and when the guys head exploded it was SO realisitc... like moldy jam!
          No matter what your opinion of the ps3 is, I thought I should share a couple of vids that illustrate my point.

          So you see... well. Make your own mind up.

          Friday, 11 January 2008


          And that is the best thing about Nintendo. They are really nice.
          They don't advertise their best games as 18-rated blood fests. They aren't all about the aldult market. Their games are fun, and for everyone! They gave us more great games this christmas than you can shake a Wii Zapper at, and everyone is still playing super mario galaxy!
          So here's a short post- to the greatness of nintendo!

          Friday, 4 January 2008

          50th Post! And Knytt Stories!

          Wow! 50 posts already! I have to say that I couldn't have made this blog so full without the help of my colleagues, ~E~, ~E.G~ and possibly even ~T~ and ~J~ even though the former isn't a member and deleted all his posts and the latter only has one post xD.

          But seriously, if you find this blog through your daily surfings, please comment - we'd love to hear what you think of us, even if it's derogatory and insluting. We wanna know.

          Anyway, my actual post content leads on from Nov 19 '07s post. That is, it doesn't concern a Nintendo game, or even a console game. Or even a game you have to pay for. It's a free game, downloadable from here.

          And it's beautiful. You probably know my habit of describing vaguely pretty games a beautiful, but it really is lovely, in a different way to Grid Wars. For one, no neon effects, pretty backgrounds, even prettier tilesets, and even the enemies are pretty.

          There are many options for screens - warping, shifting, no climb blocks, invisible blocks, three layers of ground, three layers of dynamic objects, and 2 tilests at once! It comes with a level editor, and to be honest, how would I know all this without testing it?

          Once you get the basics, it's /really/ easy to make your own level. Then you can upload it to Nifflas' forums [google]. Seacrh for Hempuli, one of my IRC buddies!

          I'm bored. Time to continue making my own level!


          Thursday, 3 January 2008

          Guitar Hero 3- If you haven't got it yet, you need help...

          ...and I apologise for my behaviour on the last post about 50 cent (cough*rubbish*cough), but you really do need this game.

          Simply put, the guitar hero series are rythm games with a twist. Rather than tapping the x, a or y buttons, you have a Guitar Hero Controller, the shape of a real guitar. It has 5 coloured buttons for frets, and a strum bar for the bit where you strum (hell, I just realised, that dosen't actually have a name. Let's call it Simon. No, I'm not kidding. Really.). It also has a whammy bar, and if you don't know what that is, google it. Please. Or Yahoo. Whatever you want.
          The good thing about Guitar Hero is that it is not jazz, pop (mostly) or plain old crap. It's rock.

          Sorrry, let me say that again.


          That's the justice it deserves.

          Anyway, you'll never know how good this game is until you play it. To be completely absorbed into the best rock songs ever made, including songs by muse, Rage Against The Machine, Guns N Roses, Bloc Party and-my favourite- The Sex Pistols. Of course there are hundreds more, but I haven't the time or budget to give you the entire score.
          In guitar hero 3, for the first time, the singer and drummer are all completly lip and drum-synched, which is a great change from the singer hiding his face amongst the mic, and... you know, the drummer might have been synched on two, but I was too busy looking at the notes. I don't think he was though.
          the graphics are great, it has a better soundtrack from last time, and it's a guitar hero game. Obviously.
          Im gonna finish my post by showing you the hardest song on the game- Through The Fire And The Flames!
          Ya gotta love it,