It’s been a busy week at Nintendojo! First, the SNES turned twenty (one more year til you fry your circuits in gas station beer old Snezzy!) then we shared our thoughts on Operation Rainfall’s end goal in our Xenoblade Chronicles review (in short, we love it). And if that didn’t satisfy your gaming appetite then be sure to check out our exclusive interview with legendary Rare composer David Wise before you enjoy your favourite article of every week: Week: End Game: On! (We know it’s your favourite, no need to pretend it’s not between friends.)
I’m about 10 hours into Xenoblade Chronicles, and since the game is beyond awesome, it’s a fair bet that I’ll be rambling along the corpses of long-dead gods again this weekend. Some of us on the Dojo have e-mailed back and forth on this, but with each passing hour I play the game it becomes that much more criminal what Nintendo of America has done in not publishing this game in the States. If the game was mediocre it would be one thing, but Xenoblade seems to be the concensus pick for best JRPG of this generation and it has already been rewarded in Europe with brisk sales. I’m proud to be one of the reasons for those sales.
As I write this I sit constantly staring at my front door, harassing Royal Mail officials at every available opportunity waiting for my copy of Xenoblade Chronicles to arrive. I think it is therefore justified that every Nintendo console angers me by it’s mere existence and inability to conjure within itself a copy of RPG bliss.
As a result I have installed Deus Ex:Human Revolution on my laptop. After the necessary graphical tweaks, so that it runs on my hideously under powered laptop, the game more closely resembles the original Deus Ex than a current generation AAA PC title. Having said that it is a joy to play and if you can drag yourself away from Xenoblade Chronicles long enough it is well worth a look.
When Xenoblade does arrive I don’t expect to turn off my Wii (or indeed leave my house) for many months. Or at least until Elder Scrolls V receives its PC release.
Much like Josh, I’ll be continuing my exodus into Xenoblade Chronicles this weekend. I might squeeze in a couple of puzzles from Professor Layton and the Curious Village here and there when I can tear myself away from my Wii, but the twenty hours I’ve already put into exploring the huge world of the Bionis certainly won’t be coming to a halt any time soon. Even now I still feel like I’ve only begun to scratch the surface of this huge epic quest, and every passing hour brings with it new discoveries and new moments of wonder and astonishment. I’m completely enthralled with this game, and that’s something that hasn’t happened for a very long time indeed.
Hey, y’all, this weekend I’m playing me some Breath of Fire III due to some serious nostalgia, and I’ve also picked up Radiant Historia again. I forgot which timeline I’m in, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out eventually. Maybe before the end of the weekend!
Also, I’m retroing it up with members of the Pac-Man family. It’s funny how these games never get old for me. Maybe it’s my inner five-year-old still freaking out over the fact that I can play Pac-Man or Ms. Pac-Man any time I want for FREE and it looks just like the actual arcade game.
I know this is blasphemous, but despite owning Xenoblade Chronicles, I’m not playing it much– instead, I got into watching Game Center CX recently (check out a dubbed version on Kotaku! or non-dubbed on YouTube! watch both! be amazed!) so I’ve been playing my copy of Retro Game Challenge a lot. It’s one of those games that everyone loves but nobody bought, which is a real shame, because RGC is a worthy buy– for those of us nerdy enough to have played video games since NES (or Taiwanese Famicom in my case), it’s one kind of nostalgic experience that can’t be missed again, and for those of us who haven’t played for that long, it’s a great look into how things worked back then. If you haven’t played RGC, I highly recommend picking it up– it’s $13.49 USD on Amazon. Seriously.
That said I also busted out my cousin’s NES (I don’t personally own that machine, unfortunately) and started to play The Legend of Zelda. It’s a lot harder than I remember, or maybe I just suck really bad at the game– I definitely don’t remember dying from Aquamentus or hordes of Goriya quite as often as I did tonight. Nevertheless, if Arino can do it, so can I. Eventually.
And that’s all for this week! Have you been playing Xenoblade Chronicles or urr… some other game that isn’t Xenoblade Chronicles? (Slim chance, we know, but we like to be inclusive at Nintendojo.) Regardless of your Xenoblade-status, let us know what you’re playing in the comments!