It’s been long. So long. The NX was “announced” at the same time as Nintendo announced their intentions to release mobile games. So it’s been a while – a year and a half, to be specific. The NX was Nintendo’s way of reassuring their fans that they weren’t going mobile-only. But until now that’s been almost all anyone has known about the NX: it’s a device that means that Nintendo aren’t going mobile-only. The only other thing we know about the NX, officially, is that the upcoming Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, is going to be released for Wii U and NX in March 2017. That helps pin certain things down, but still it doesn’t tell us a whole lot, especially given the mysteries and surprises that Nintendo’s hardware have contained ever since the original DS’s dual screens.
When you think back, it’s no wonder people are so intrigued. How exactly are Nintendo going to top dual screens (DS), motion controls (Wii), a 3D screen (3DS), and a portable tablet-like controller (Wii U)? If past precedent is anything to go on, the NX is going to be anything but an average PC-in-a-box console. But even precedent has not seen anything quite like this: now as we enter late October, the NX’s release is due within the next five months! No wonder there’s an unbelievable sense of anticipation and excitement around the reveal of what NX is going to do differently.
The NX rumour mill has been gathering steam these past few days… something’s got to give. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some webpage refreshing to do – where was I?
EDIT: And what do you know, less than a minute after publishing this here post, a wild NX appeared:
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) 20 October 2016
Hyrule Warriors wasn’t made for me. And yet something has happened, something as unexpected as the flush of first love, or the sight of Panzer Dragoon Saga in a charity shop for £7.50, or the discovery of Totaka’s song in Wii Sports. This is the ultimate Cinderella story, a game that appeared as an ordinary, unexciting edition to my game shelves and overnight transformed into the belle of the ball. Here is the story of how Hyrule Warriors won me over. Continue reading
I know what you’re thinking here – it’s barely been six months since we got our PS3, and now it’s all in with another console? And not just any console, a modern console. Slow down and get me off this crazy train, am I right? All I can say is thank God we didn’t go ahead and officially name this blog “Very Very Gaming 1995-2010”. That would’ve made this post so much more awkward. Even so, clearly between the Wii U and PS3, the remit of Very Very Gaming is expanding into new-er territory; I hope no one will mind. And anyway, it was a birthday present! Continue reading
Well, well, well… what do we have here? It’s the game everyone was clamouring for in 2009: Irozuki Tincle no Koi no Balloon Trip, aka Ripening Tingle’s Balloon Trip of Love! The name really says it all, doesn’t it? Too much, even. This is the sequel to the 2006 hit (seriously, quarter of a million units sold in Japan alone), Freshly-Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland. The first game came out in Europe and Japan only – the fact that it left Japan is surprising in and of itself – whereas the sequel was Japan-only. And the fact that the sequel remained Japan-only is most definitely not a surprise – let’s take a look.
I just… well… where do you even start with this? Well for one thing, why does the video begin with a crotch shot of Tingle? Secondly, did they have to turn the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz into a Tin Woman and give her huge breasts? What were they smoking when they decided that the Tingle origin story that explains it all should begin with a man watching a TV shopping channel and ordering a book to make him attractive to women, only to be sucked into the book and transformed into the Tingle we all know and… love? (We all find disturbing, more like.) Seriously, I need to know who came up with this hot mess of a plot so they can be brought to justice.
I have to say though the game at the very least looks amusing, and it’s testament to the expressiveness of the art and animation that much of the humour doesn’t require translation. My favourite part of the trailer is the parting moment, when Tingle kicks what he thinks is the lion’s bum, only for it to turn out to be a giant raccoon’s bum. The raccoon then proceeds to punch Tingle in the face repeatedly, drawing blood in the process. It shouldn’t be hilarious but it is. Why was Tingle trying to kick the lion in the bum in the first place anyway? What a dick. Now that Tingle’s ripening and no longer freshly-picked he ought to be more sensible, surely.
Adrian and Maya return to the world of Operation Rainfall in this short episode. And yes, you can chalk the speedy discussion up to Maya, who takes a turn as host for the first time. This time around it’s Pandora’s Tower, a dungeon crawler for Wii sporting everyone’s favourites: anime protagonists, big chains, gross displays of flesh-eating, giant bosses, and dating sim elements! Interesting? That’s an understatement. Like our The Last Story episode, expect a few minor spoilers but nothing major.
Next episode is the conclusion of the Operation Rainfall series, with a special show dedicated entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles – as if we hadn’t done this game to death already! My predictions are heaps of praise, followed by impressions of the characters’ voices, lots of impressions. Right now you’re thinking, “man, what a bunch of jokers!“, but regardless, if we are really feeling it in that moment then there’ll be no choice other than to press on, and on, and on.
Episode 14: Operation Rainfall, Pandora’s Tower
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