Spirit Tracks

When we say, “It’s a Zelda game.  Of course it’s going to be good,” what do we mean?  Is it the level of polish in a Zelda title that makes a high score a given?  Is it the middle-of-the-road charms, the familiar formula?  Why are people so passively enthusiastic about a Zelda release?  At this point, we’ve all played this outline before; in an industry where novelty is king, why is Zelda still the same game?

The diminishing sales of the games speak volumes about our growing frustration with the franchise.  From a high point at Ocarina of Time, the series has trailed towards lower and lower numbers — only Twilight Princess has come close to Ocarina’s seven million sold.  And considering that there have been ten other Zelda games released since the Nintendo 64 ground-breaker, this is perhaps a call to action.  Rumor has it that the next Wii Zelda game will be a reinvention of the series.  Until then, we’re in for more formula.

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It’s about time someone stepped up and let you know which games you were missing out on while saving up your money for upcoming mega hits Red Dead Redemption and Alan Wake. So sit back and let ButtonMasher tempt your wallet (Monster Hunter Tri anyone?) a little further with what is scheduled to hit our shores this week.

360:

  • Iron Man 2
  • FIFA World Cup 2010
  • Super Street Fighter IV
  • Samurai Shodown Sen

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Here we go again.

Things may be given away in this podcast.

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Is there a special someone on your friends list, someone with whom you would like to share some alone time? Perhaps create a memento to signify your feelings? The future holds good news for you. Not only this, but also, heres a podcast where we speculate what offspring would result if a leading video game developer were to co-opulate with one of the writers on this site.

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About a year or so back NetGuide amalgamated its video game portion of its business into the mothership and stopped printing a stand alone mag, it was a little bit sad to see the only competitor to GameFreakz taken out of the lime light (even it it might have reached more individual readers).

Today the company announced that it would be relaunching as its own entity again. Good news for the local gaming readers and hopefully for those involved in the venture.

To make up for our short comings in producing podcasts over the last three weeks we talked lots tonight. Talked about life, love, youth and bacon covered in sugar. Oh, and the weather in hell? It’s getting cold, real cold.

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Video games are a great form of escapism, but at what point do you draw the line? Turns out Japanese folk might draw theirs a little further out than us here in New Zealand.

I caught this on Sarcastic Gamer…….. no, it’s not a joke, it is a CNN news piece, and we all know corporate US TV has no sense of humour, other than Fox of course. The thing is, I am not sure if the fake wedding to a video game character disturbs me more than the Panda playing the keyboard. Story is old I think but I don’t remember posting it. And I definitely didn’t see the panda first time around.

inazuma

There’s two vital important facts surrounding Inazuma Eleven. It has an amazing DS title created by the legendary Level-5 team, and secondly, I REALLY want to play a translated version of this, although I do hear a western port of this is on its way (if trademarks are anything to go by). But while I sit patiently for a version I can play (and understand) on my DS I’ll just have to settle for random news surrounding the series. Like that found in the tweet by Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino (translated by Andriasang).

"Meeting for the console version of Inazuma Eleven. Different from the DS version’s RPG type, this has, maybe, the feeling of sports fighting. Perhaps those who like Smash Bros. will enjoy it."

So while this doesn’t sound anything at all like the DS version (which was basically a high school RPG style game with soccer matches instead of fights) I’m definitely eager to hear which consoles we’ll see this arrive on and how it will play.

This is a podcast, there are many like it, but this one is yours. Wugga seems to think that I was in a bad mood for this one, I disagree and think he should shut up.

Also, breasts.

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Heavy Rain, that’s pretty much how I would sum up this one. Perhaps a little MAG on the side, but lots of Heavy Rain. All spoiler free mind you.

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