Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Finishing up the summer... and Metroid.

This summer I started a lot of projects, not all I've finished though some will be finished soon, however I got a lot done.  One of those major achievements that I've finished this past week was the Metroid Prime series (console games) which took me a while as I kept taking breaks but I finally finished it.

The Older Metroid Games


The original Metroid was one of the games that I loved a whole lot and I played at several of my friends houses but I never owned myself.  I don't know why I never owned it, but I never did.  When I heard the news of the Wii having the Virtual console, this was the first game I thought about.  Unfortunately I didn't end up getting it till about 5 years into the Wii's life and took about 4 months after purchasing it to actually play it.  However once I sunk my teeth into this game, I couldn't stop.  Despite the technical limitations of the time it withstood the test of time and kept my attention the way it did when I was a young pup with a NES. 

Easily a 9.5 out 10 for me (only because its short).

Super Metroid

Another Metroid, same story, though it didn't play as big of a roll in my childhood, it was definitely a game I always wanted and a game I seen others play and played myself quite a few times that I wanted.  To be completely honest, I prefer a lot of SNES games like this one over a lot of the current lack luster games.  This game is easily a classic and imo the best in the series.  It's style has been cloned on many occasions but outside of Symphony of the Night, I have yet to try one out that really compares to this.

Another 9.5 out of 10 for me (for the same reasons).

Metroid Prime Trilogy


I've had this game for quite some time, I don't know why it took me so long to get started on it - or the entire Metroid series as a whole but this is easily one of the best packages this generation out of any consoles, right on par with the Orange Box, Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion: Game of the Year, Smash Bros Brawl, and Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition.

Metroid Prime

I originally got this game on the Gamecube.  I started it up three times and all 3 times my GC memory card got messed up do to Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles and Phantasy Star Online... dang those games and there addictive awesomeness.  Anyways I like this game before but once I played it with the Metroid Prime Trilogy I have to say, it got a lot easier to play do to the controls which were implemented pretty well (as long as you customize them).  Also the the game held up pretty well to this generation current gen and despite it being in first person, it did retain the Metroid feel and style.  One complaint though about it and this series in general is while I liked them, they're a bit slower paced do to the scanning (which I did like but wasn't as fun) and you don't feel anywhere near as powerful in this as you do in Super Metroid.  Over all I like the experience though.

Another 9.5 out of 10, it lasted longer but was slower paced.

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes


The red headed step child of the Prime series, Echo's while not as good as the other 2 Prime games is better then what people make it out to be.  It still retains the interesting logs, item collection, exploring, and good graphics however also adds a light and darkworld system, in the vein of certain Legends with a blonde kid who can't speak right.  It does add another lair of depth to the game but it also could of been implemented better as it also makes the exploring, item collecting, and scanning a lot more tedious making the experience even slower then the previous game.  Also the difficulty was turned up a few notches which I welcomed but the morph ball puzzles were just down right annoying.  Still, despite the gripes, I really enjoyed fighting dark Samus and the challenge while annoying at times was fun.

8.5 out of 10

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

Easy.  That's the best word to describe this game.  I liked it a lot, I liked the story, it was the redeeming title for Retro Studios after Prime 2 but it was really easy, which while I like a challenge, it didn't give me headaches.  I still got lost a few times but its much easier to figure out stuff, especially when your items appear on the map.  The game has more story then the previous 2 with voice acting and other bounty hunters added into the fray.  The phazon mode was unbelievably useful and powerful which made the ending pretty much a breeze, especially if you took your time to collect items.

9.5 out of 10

Over all the Trilogy gets a 9.4 out of 10 from me.  This as I said is one of the best titles out there and is greatly worth it.

Metroid: Other M


Before it came out, this was one of the most anticipated games for most people out there.  After it came out there was a lot of hate on it with a lot of people bashing it.  At the time I didn't have much money and had to choose carefully what I would get that year.  With Monster Hunter Tri, Tatsunoko vs Capcom, Goldeneye, and many other games dropping that year, Metroid had to take a back seat, especially after seeing so much negativity.  I know, I shouldn't base my purchases on reviews.  I know, I don't, I base them on how much game I'll get out of it.  Eventually, I got this and other games I missed (though I'm still missing Galaxy 2) so when I started up the Metroid series I had to make sure I did this one.

I honestly have to say, I'm against the crowd on this game.  This game was a whole lotta fun.  The pacing is quicker a lot like Metroid 1 and Super Metroid, the game was as challenging as the older games, it went back to a 3rd person cam which I welcomed and Samus feels strong again like she did in Metroid Fusion and Super Metroid.  It retained the item collection, the exploring, and had a first person view point again, which while there was some annoying points with it, it didn't hurt the game pacing the way people made it out to.  Despite not using the analog, the controls worked very well.  The morph ball wasn't annoying and the sequences were actually kind of cool.  The big problem I had with this game was the fact you don't get all your powers until literally the very end of the game.


The story has been the big thing that people talk about when they say they don't like it.  A lot of the people who say they don't like the story then go on to say they liked games such as Eternal Sonata and Final Fantasy 13 which I couldn't stand, so I can't take a lot of them seriously.  The story was decent imo, it's Team Ninja, I wasn't expecting a Hideo Kojima or Bioware production, however it's far from bad.  I'm not really fond of the hero who's a robot and doesn't have thoughts, opinions, or personality that's thrown into a story that everybody thinks is amazing - it feels fake to me.  Anyways, the voice acting could of been better, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't as high quality as the rest of the game, more so for Samus.  The facial animations were pretty good, especially when compared to Metroid Prime 3 and while I'm not a fan of FMV's in games, they were very well done in this.

Despite the negativity about this game I liked it a whole lot more then I thought I would and felt the same way playing it I did with the old Metroid games.  9 out of 10

Other Games I beat

Lost Planet 2  


As I said in a previous blog post, a friend has been trying to get me to play this game for quite some time.  I gave in and I beat it recently,  beat it as in seen the credits, I got a long way to go with unlocking stuff.   This is easily one of the funner third person shooters I've played in recent times.  Good action, nice graphics, coop, and some really awesome weapons.  Also the story and bosses weren't half bad at all.


Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony   


Finally finished this game, started it a when it first came out and never got around to finishing it, mostly because each time I turn it on I end up going online which online is a whole lot of fun and a crazy time waster.  Anyways the story in this was really good, like all Rockstar products the voice acting was good, and unfortunately the gameplay was the same as the previous 2 "GTA4" games which is feeling its age do to a crappy physics system.  I liked the game but I hate the physics.


The Charge

So, a few days back I check my email and I have a nice email from Microsoft saying thank you for purchasing Record of Agarest War, a game that I do have an interest in trying and want eventually want to get around to playing but not something I remember purchasing. 


So the next day I call them up and talk about it and try to get the charge removed.  Well apparently it was bought from my 360 so my account wasn't hacked however because it's a full game and not a downloadable game I could only remove the purchase if it wasn't downloaded already, however instead of saying download now, it said download again meaning either A somebody downloaded it and deleted it or be it started downloading then was cancelled.  Either way I didn't do it and it was charged to my card.  So I look at my 360 and noticed when I turn it on, the first thing that was up on the screen was this game, so if I or anybody using my 360 drops my controller when its on, while its a very small probability, it could be purchased.  Also the full store titles don't require microsoft points, meaning it charges straight to the card.

This really brings my piss to a boil.  Seriously.... I remember about 6 months back trying to get my card out of their freakin system and them giving me all this run around, now this happens.  Well at least they took my card out so this won't happen again but this really ticks me off.  It's stupid things like this that make me wonder how game companies intend to compete with these other multi purpose platforms that have there stuff together.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Watching List

I've been watching a lot of stuff lately... a whole lot.  This is mostly because I'll be having to get rid of the netflix dvd plan soon.

The Watching List

Stargate SG1 season 8 and 9

I've been watching a lot of Stargate lately so I can get up to the movies.  Finished up season 8 midway through season 9.  *spoilers*I miss Jack O'neil : *end spoilers*  Though I can't lie, the new guy is also fun too.  The story has really picked up in season 9 which is always nice as well.
Season 8:  6/10
Season 9:  8/10 (so far, not finished).

The Next Three Days

The Next Three Days is about a guy who's wife was accused for murder and all the stuff him and his son go through while she's locked up and how he attempts getting her out.  It was very suspenseful and better then I expected but still a far cry from a AAA movie.



Together is a Chinese drama that focuses on a child violinist prodigy and his dad and their journey for his success.  It's touching and really shows the lengths a good father will go for his son.  I highly recommend this one.

12 Monkeys

People from the future aka 1998 travel back in time 1995 to stop the army of the 12 monkeys.  Not a very good movie but crazy Brad Pitt makes this movie definitely worth watching.
Would be 5/10 but gets a 10/10 just for crazy Brad Pitt.

Law Abiding Citizen

A very suspense thriller.  Basically a guy's family was murdered right in front of him and the justice system didn't do anything about it.  And well you can kind of guess where the movie goes from there.  Lots of gore and intense scenes.   This is not a movie for those with a weak stomach.


Another suspense thriller, this time with Shia Lebeouf.  It's about a kid on house arrest who gets bored and spies on his neighbors all day.... peekin through there windows.  Creepy huh?  Not as creepy as what happens in the movie.

Dragon Hunters

Dragon Hunters is a kids animated movie about a Dragon Hunter, his conman friend, and a princess in search of a cool hero knight to save the kingdom.  She's pretty hyper active btw and can't stop talking which is partly what makes the movie funny.

The Way Back


The final movie and nowhere near the least is called The Way Back.  It's about a group of people who escape a communist camp in Siberia and their long journey across Asia to freedom.  Very good story, very good acting, and I highly recommend this one.

The Boy in Striped Pajamas

Another drama in wartime, this time following a German boy who's father is a colonel in charge of a Jewish concentration camp where he thinks all the people are in striped pajamas.  He makes a friend inside the camp, a Jewish boy around his age.  This is a very sad and disturbing movie but good none the less.


I'll be watching a lot more this week, gotta finish up the Netflix stuff but soon I'll be moving back to doing a lotta gaming soon.  By the way, I originally wrote this up 2 days ago but didn't get to post it here till today..... mostly do to some posting complications....

Friday, August 12, 2011

What's New? 8/11/11

It's time for another blog update, figured I'd give some of the topics a rest for now and have a normal update.  With that said lets get right into it.

Gaming Progress

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Ok, I just have to throw this out there.  I am, indeed, a MMO junkie.  Ever since Phantasy Star Online on the Sega Dreamcast, I have been completely addicted to them.  Which of course, eventually after playing many other MMO's I of course got around to the World that is Warcraft.  I actually put the game down about 4 months back mostly because I was just plain bored (I have over 400 days total of playtime on it) but also cata just wasn't that much fun for me.  Well recently I was sitting at my computer surfing the net with my Razer Naga and well I ended up doing a week welcome back trial and played the crap out of it.  Finished up all the cata quests, got epic'd out through pvp, and well... sat around in Orgrimmar being bored again.  Probably won't be going back anytime soon, don't want to do raids or rated battlegrounds which require an insane amount of time and to be in the for the most part elitest guilds, which I hate.  Maybe 1 day Ill go back for real but with certain other online RPG's on the way, I just don't see it happening anytime soon.

Other Gaming

Not much else done this week.  I've been sucked up with WoW however I'll get back to the consoles very soon.

What I've Been Watching

Little Children

For the remainder of this month I'll be getting dvd's from Netflix that I can't get at the library or the red box.  In that list of movies was a movie I probably would of never saw on my own if my sister hadn't put it in my queue called Little Children.  With that said, this movie surprised me with a lot more comedy then I thought it would have.  It's definitely not a movie for everybody but if you like those more strange type movies, you may like this one.

Foo Fighters iTunes London Festival

Another thing my sister wanted to see, her computer wouldn't play it so we watched on my computer the Foo Fighters concert which was actually quite good.  A lot of energy and the crowd was really feelin it.

New Games

Shiren the Wanderer

I've been wanting this game for sometime now but whenever I looked it up online at amazon it was always still over $30.  Well recently I went to gamestop.com and saw it new for $15 but it wasn't in however I looked it up in the really nice store/game location system they have and found that it was in at one near me, so I went over and nabbed it.

Phantom Brave: We Meet Again

Valkyria Chronicles

Both Phantom Brave and Valkyria Chronicles are 2 Tactical/Strategy RPG's I've been wanting for quite some time.  I finally have them both and I'll definitely be playing them very soon.  Give both my Wii and my PS3 some love.

List of Top 10 Most Anticipated Games

There's a lot of games coming out, a whole lot (unless you're talking NA Wii's...) and with all the games coming out I know for a fact I can't get them all and have to focus on the ones I want the most.  So here's a list of my top 10 most anticipated games, mostly stuff I know I'll drop full price (or more) on to play.

#10 Monster Hunter Portable 3rd - I don't own a PSP but if if this game comes to PS3 the way it's supposed to there's a very strong possibility I'll be getting this one.

#9 Heroes of Ruin - While Nintendo isn't known for it's amazing online, this development team in the UK under the SquareEnix flag is doing something truely ambitious.  They're attempting to make a really core online experience on the 3DS.  This game is shaping up to be one of the hottest titles of next year and it's on the 3DS!  Really looking forward to it.

#8 Mass Effect 3 - This is a game that doesn't need any introduction.  It's the final party in an awesome trilogy and easily my favorite game from E3 2011.  Even though I'm not happy with the delay, I'm highly anticipating this game and I'm hoping that the extra time taken really pays off to do whatever polishing is needed.

#7 Battlefield 3 - Another very strong and very good looking game coming from the EA camp which I'm also greatly anticipating.  The Battlefield series has become my favorite FPS series and BF3 looks to be no exception to this.  The graphics are insane and I'm probably going to be nabbing this one for the computer to really flesh out the visuals and have the game running as well as possible.  Not to mention more players in rooms and how PC games evolve.  I'm all over this one.

#6 Pandora's Tower - No this hasn't been announced for North America yet.  No we're not guaranteed to get it.  However this game looks very awesome and if it does come out, I WILL be getting it.  To me, looking at this game, this is how Castlevania should be in 3D.  Castlevania with God of War elements not God of War with Castlevania elements.

#5 Rayman Origins - I'm a huge Rayman fan... HUGE.  When I first caught wind of them going back to the roots of the side scrolling platform style, I was very excited.  After I saw the E3 trailer, I was instantly sold.  I'll be getting this game, no doubt about it, the question is what system should I get it for?

#4 Phantasy Star Online 2 - More really good gaming news came this year when we got to see a nice trailer for yet another one of my favorite games, Phantasy Star Online.  Yes Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming, however it will be PC exclusive.  Not sure if I like that however I'm super stoked about this game, hopefully they deliver on a good PSO experience and not deliver a PSU-esc game.

#3 The Last Story - Yet another game that we don't know if it will be coming to NA or not, the Last Story has been an anticipated game of mine since I first heard of it being in development.  A Hironobu Sakaguchi game on the Nintendo Wii?  No way!  I love Mystwalker games, I loved Hironobu Sakaguchi's old work with Square Enix, and therefore I couldn't wait to try this one.  However like Pandora's Tower, we're not certain this game will be released here.  I really hope this does well in Europe and NoA gets their stuff together and starts releasing games people want.

#2 Star Wars: The Old Republic - For those who don't know, I'm an artist and went to art school.  Some of the people I went to art school with ended up working for some really big companies.  One of those companies was Bioware.  Well around the time one of them started working for Bioware, some really big news started surfacing from Bioware about a certain specific Star Wars game.  When I first heard about this game and how a group of over 12 writers were working on the game 3 years before it came out, I was super excited.  The very next day after I heard this news, we had an open house and our old classmate who was now working for Bioware ended up there and was also talking about this game and telling us more info.  Since then, not only have I been hyped and excited, I knew that this would be the next MMO that would really draw me in.  I want this game so bad, I even dropped the $150 for the collectors edition - yes, I know.  I'll be in this game the moment I'm allowed in.

#1 Xenoblade Chronicles - Xenoblade Chronicles aka Monado: Beganning of the World is yet another game on the Nintendo Wii that we have no idea if it will come to our region.  The person behind it, Tetsuya Takahashi delivered my favorite RPG experience of all time, Xenogears, and 2 other really strong RPG experiences I loved, Baiten Kaidos and Baiten Kaidos Origins.  Well this game also looks to be absolutely amazing.  It's being called the biggest Japanese RPG to date and is said to be the game that's really driving the JRPG experience forward.  Also this generation while there has been some big JRPG's, there hasn't been many, especially on the Wii.  This is the game that RPG fans and Wii owners need and I personally can't wait to play.  There's little doubt in my mind that I won't pick this one asap if it comes out in North America.

Honorable Mentions:

Mario Kart 3D
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Earth Seeker
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Rune Factory Tides of Destiny
Gears of War 3

What are some of the games you're looking forward to?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

2 Birds With 1 Blog Post

There's a whole lot of things I want to blog about right now - a whole lot, but in order to shorten stuff down I'm only going to combine what would be 2 blog posts into one, instead of about 5 lol.  I'll stick with a general update and the recent news in the handheld world.

What's NEW in gaming progress?

Not much to report here, unfortunately.  This passed week I haven't been able to get much gaming in however I did briefly get to touch 2 games - Metroid Prime 3 and Lost Planet 2.

Metroid Prime 3

Did the beginning sequence/area to this game.  I'm really liking it so far unfortunately do to crammed schedule I didn't get much time to really sit down and play it.  I can say I'm really liking the added Wii controller functions and the graphics on this are very nice.  The game is easily the easiest of the 3 and it seems to be a bit more story driven but I don't mind at all.  I'll definitely be playing a lot more of this one.

Lost Planet 2

I got the Lost Planet games about a month or so ago and haven't really touched them much mostly because I'm busy playing so many other games.  A friend of mine has been pressuring me to play LP2 a lot though, even though I told him I want to play LP1 first however I gave in and played for a bit.  I have to say, it's really good, it's like Scifi Monster Hunter.  Can't say I'll be playing this one a lot (I got a ton of games I need to go through) but I'll definitely be jumping on and off occasionally (a lot more once I beat the first one)!

What I've been watching

Because Netflix pulled a fast one on us with the increase in price and making us choose in between DVD's and Streaming rental services, I've taken a good look at other options and have chosen to keep Netflix for movie streaming and get rid of dvd rentals for a few reasons.

- I watch maybe 1 dvd a week do to maybe forgetting to put stuff in the mail, not watching the movies immediately because I know I can have them indefinitely, and the time it takes for netflix to receive the item then ship it back.
- I can get movies from the library for free, many of which are on my dvd queue.
- There are redbox vendors all over around here so I can get the stuff I want to watch very quickly and easily.

So basically now that I'm getting rid of the Netflix DVD rental services the large majority of the dvd's that were in my queue (over 100) I can get between Redbox and the library.  There are however a couple that I can't get from either of those sources and Netflix has, though the list of those movies is less then 15.

Stargate The Original Movie

Stargate is one of those movies (and it's Atlantis pilot episode) which while other movies in that list matter, I would like to be able to see the movies to the series I'm watching (the other SG1 movies are available for streaming).  The original Stargate movie was the first dvd I saw since they decided this.  I'll be getting the Pilot episode for Atlantis next.

Anyways I liked the movie but while I liked the actors I missed the show actors lol.  Then again it's probably just because I'm familiar with them and seen the movie after I saw the series.  It was good none the less.

The King's Speech

My fam has been trying to get me to check this movie out and I finally sat down and did just that.  Wow, this movie was really good, much better then what I thought it would be.  Great acting, great story, great cinematography.  I highly recommend this one.

Cirque Du Soleil

I went with my family recently to go see Cirque Du Soleil which was freakin amazing!  I'm not a fan of circus acts and stuff along those lines normally but wow, these people can put on a show!  The amazing acrobatics, high flying arial stunts, and fast pace kept the show feeling original and was very entertaining.  If any of you get the chance to go see them, I recommend it.

Vita news

Recently there's been some new info released revolving some of the new features with the PSVita that they intend to implement.

The first feature is called Near that basically works like streetpass/spotpass where you exchange information with other Vita owners.  However it goes a step further.  Apparently you can drop off items for games and other players can pick up those items and use them in there own.  Not that this can't be implemented into the 3DS (as it seems to be a more game specific feature) but it does sound pretty interesting.  The way they're making it sound for the 3G version is it will use GPS, not just hotspots, for finding these items.  We'll see how it all plays out.

The second feature is party which as you have of guessed works like party chat on PSN and XBL.  It lets you and 3 friends talk via voice or text and lets you invite those friends in your party to a game.  Nothings been stated or talked about if it will cost anything but either way it sounds useful.

The final feature is they activity feed which seems to work like a facebook/twitter wall allowing news from companies, trophy indications, and friend messages to all be allowed on it.  Sounds like they're really trying to make the Vita a lot more of a social experience, which imo is a really good thing.

All 3 of these seem like good editions though only time will tell how they play out.

3DS Price Drop and Ambassador Program

The Scenario

Most of us here have heard about the news but I'll type it in anyways.  The 3DS is going to be dropping price from $250 to $170 and will offer the Ambassador Program for early adopters which is 20 games (10 NES titles and 10 GBA titles).  This has caused a lot of controversy of course but lets look at some of the reasons why they're doing this.

The Reasoning

First reason, the 3DS's sales as of late haven't been great.  You have the Nintendo loyalists that picked the system up immediately and the hardcore gamers that were anxious to try out the new device however the ones that don't fit into those roles haven't picked up this system yet.  This can be due to a number of things:

- Pricing - a lot of people won't buy handhelds for more then 200 bucks, parents for instance only pick up the cheaper thing for their kids.

- Lack of games - while there are some good titles on the system, a lot of stuff was shown initially to be at the launch of the system.  Not much made it there.  While there's some really strong titles on the way, they're coming out way too far away from the launch.

- Poor online - while the Online is much better then the Wii and DS, you still can't communicate with friends much less people you meet.  Also only a handful of games actually go online, including some that could greatly benefit from online play (Madden, Ridge Racer, Asphalt 3D, BlazBlue, etc.)  This of course drives people in waiting away.

- General early hardware problems - most systems experience this, the 3DS is no exception though it has some pretty substantial ones like the top screen getting scratched by the bottom half, low battery life, dead pixels, loose henge's, etc.  This of course gets taken care of over time but some people just wait till after the launch to hear problems.

Second reason, yes the 3DS didn't have all those titles at launch but they will by year end.  In order to get those titles sold they have to get the system in peoples hands.  Some people are very iffy on the 3D and need to experience it for themselves, lowering the price gives them incentive to.  By dropping the price this much, not only does it put it at the same area of the DS, it also gives a strong argument for purchase when compared to other handheld devices on the way.

The third point and onto the Ambassador program, the reason here is pretty clear.  They're making compensation for the early adopters who were loyal to Nintendo.  20 free games is a hard argument no matter how you look at it, especially when you're talking GBA games.  This is to take sting away from the price drop and to show fans they're not trying to forget about them.

My Opinion

The Price drop is drastically needed PERIOD.  Sure the hardcore gamers and Nintendo fans will buy the system at the $250 price point (I jumped on it the moment I heard VC for handheld games) however not everybody will.  The fact of the matter is the bulk of the Nintendo's handheld consumers buy their handhelds because they're cheaper, mostly because parents need something to get they're children.  This is also the reason why Pokemon pushes the numbers it does.  With all the games coming and the holidays being a make it or break it period for Nintendo, they need to get as many of these consoles in peoples hands to sell those games.  Also on this note, there's been many publishers and developers pulling out due to poor sales, if this up sales, it'll up support.

The Ambassador program has been the really controversial topic.  There's quite a few upset people, which I figured there would be.  So I'll try to put this into perspective.

When the Xbox 360 came out, it had a horrible failure rate (in the range of 50%).  In the early days, there wasn't a free repair plan set up by Microsoft and when they finally did set one up they're only repairing it in the same model type which means it would just burn out again.  It wasn't until the 4th or 5th model that people stopped having the problem anywhere near as frequently.  While Microsoft did give out free repairs after a month or 2 they didn't compensate by giving away free stuff.

This year, with all the PSN network outages due to hacker attacks, Sony was slow to respond and inform.  They also brushed off security issues for the first 2 weeks not addressing the concerns of users.  Of course we eventually got the Welcome Back package which included 4 games (2 for PS3 and 2 for PSP) and Sony's guaranteed up to $1,000,000 dollars in identity theft protection per user (which most won't be using).  They didn't do anything for those who could be affected on the SOE front (which also could be me).  Of course people also complained about the game choices but 4 free games is 4 free games and this is how most saw the issue.

When it comes to hardware price drops, there's been no other time when a company compensated its users with free games.  We're not talking about hardware failure or personal identity security, we're talking about a price drop.  Because of this price drop Nintendo is giving away 20 free games.  Sure they're older games and those ultra hardcore Nintendo fans will have most if not all of those games but for most people, myself included many of those games I haven't experienced.

If you do the math on it, lets say GBA games will go for 7 bucks (based on looking at the current E-Shop prices of games) and NES games for 5 bucks (looking at Wii prices) that's a $120 deal for FREE.  Considering we as in early adopters would of bought this console at the current price point, I find it as a steal.  No complaints coming from me.

Handheld Whoas and Concerns

A bit of a change of pace but I have some major concerns about the hand held gaming market right now, stuff that could carry over to the consoles in due time but concerns none the less about the future of this new generation of handhelds we're going into.  You see while you have fanboys fighting over what's going to "win" the handheld wars and sit there and troll and talk about the apposing system, it's like they're completely overlooking that both Sony and Nintendo are going to be fighting for survival this gen in the handheld market.  Here's a post that I made at gamefaqs on a topic talking about this.

It really irks my nerves seeing so much of this stupid fanboyism over the 2 systems when the real problem isn't the gaming consoles, it's the phones, pads, and apple. Here's 2 examples of this.

The other day me and a friend were talking about the 3DS as we're both 3DS owners expressing concerns over the system and he was saying how it's so hard for him to play Super Street Fighter IV on the 3DS but followed that up how Nintendo will never be hurt (he's a big Nintendo fan). He then right after this went on to talk about how he loved Street Fighter IV on his Iphone and how it's much easier to play. I stopped him right there and explained this is exactly my point. The Iwhatever products are moving on gaming territory.

Another thing also on this line, the other day I was at the movies with my 3DS and my friend had his PSP. We're playing some games getting ready for the movie to start and I took a look around and most of the people in the audience were playing games... on their droids and iphones. Literally, we were the only 2 people in there with gaming handhelds.

These are just 2 examples but at this point, neither Sony nor Nintendo can afford to overlook this market as its growing rapidly and only getting bigger. With Iphone 5 dropping this holidays, both companies can't afford to just look at each other and ignore the competition. As gamers, we also need to stop with this petty Nintendo vs Sony stuff and start just playing and supporting the games and consoles if we want this industry to continue bringing us what we like.

Nintendo has already stated themselves that Apple is the real threat in the immediate future, Sony also knows this too.  I wish people that came to gaming forums would stop with the constant biased hate and just support the gaming consoles and the games.

Of course in order for the systems to be better competition and more of an enticing buy, there's some changes that will be needed with both the Vita and the 3DS.  3DS needs better online, it's a system seller.  If more of the launch titles went online the system probably wouldn't be in the situation it's in now and if Nintendo built strong in system online features (message friends, voice chat, inviting friends to games) it would greatly help current online experiences like Street Fighter and Dead or Alive.  As for Vita, the fact the system can't run UMD's is a bad BAD decision.  There needs to be compensation for PSP owners, a revamp in the model to add UMD's or a way to register you're previous games online and redownload them onto the PS Vita.  These are both major problems that need to be addressed, doing so would greatly improve the value of both systems.