Want to send 2010 out with a bang? Then head on over to GameSpite.net and check their latest article focusing on the NES version of Contra. It was even written by Konami’s Tomm Hulett who was an associate producer for the excellent Contra 4 on Nintendo DS.
After all, if you want bang, Contra delivers.
Posted by Nester on December 31, 2010
December was a fairly rich month for the Virtual Console, relatively speaking – this is the first day in the month I’ve had to write one of these (and it’s the last day to boot)! I predict that the VC will be tanking in January, though, so expect more!
26. Golf (NES, Nintendo)
Brief Synopsis – One of Nintendo’s “black box” titles that came out relatively quick following the launch of the NES, this was one of Nintendo’s many spins of popular sports. The courses here would become the basis for Wii Sports’ Golf mode, and Ossun, the portly golfer, made an appearance in Japan-only Captain Rainbow. As for the game itself, it’s an early yet serviceable game of golf for the console, although others would eclipse it.
Why is it Missing? – Considering Nintendo has let loose every other NES sports game onto the Virtual Console save this and Pro Wrestling (which will be covered soon!), it’s a little baffling as to why Golf has not joined its sporting comrades as of right now. Could the Wii Sports relation cause Nintendo to figure it would be pointless to release the original? Could NES Open, Nintendo’s later golfing title, be the issue? It’s unclear. I know that Golf was included on Animal Crossing, so I don’t think there’s some odd licensing nitpick holding it back. No clear statement has been made, and it’s never been rated, leaving me to guess that Nintendo just doesn’t feel compelled to let it pop up.
Other (Legal) Options – Golf has seen a couple of recent re-releases, being a part of Animal Crossing’s NES line-up for the Gamecube original and being featured as an e-Reader title. Otherwise, it’s the NES cartridge route, but it’s not all that rare.
Posted by WildcatJF on December 31, 2010
My mistake – I knew I forgot something yesterday. :p
I’ve come to love Flogging Molly more and more as I grow older, and this song is one of the few I can sing myself. It’s also arguably my favorite. They are a maelstrom of a band, the closest I can come to comparing to a hurricane of sonic force. Their music captures the spirit of Ireland quite well, transcending their folk/punk label and becoming an experience. A lovely band that delivers amazing music – this is a fine example of their work, although it’s a little more subdued than the majority of their songs. Enjoy!
Posted by WildcatJF on December 30, 2010
An odd pairing, but both came out today, so I guess other outlets are trying to get my attention! :p
Edge has a piece of Skies of Arcadia, while Computer & Video Games recaps the history of CiNG. Enjoy!
Posted by WildcatJF on December 29, 2010
Magical Drop III (DEAC)
W- If you’re into puzzle games, this is an excellent addition to the Virtual Console. This may seem like a Bust-a-Move rip-off at first glance, but Data East put a rather unique spin on its main mechanic (collecting bubbles instead of shooting them), which makes this a far more engaging title (for me, at least). The only setback to this game is that it’s on a Wii comp, but if you don’t care for the rest of Data East’s line-up, then this is a worthy pickup.
Posted by WildcatJF on December 27, 2010
Twelve games that are Christmas-y! Merry Christmas to you all, and I hope you enjoyed the marathon! We’ll be taking a break until January 2nd!
More follow after ye olde jump! (more…)
Posted by WildcatJF on December 25, 2010
Bald jokes aplenty!
Colin takes a few more cracks after the jump! (more…)
Posted by WildcatJF on December 24, 2010
This is one of my very favorite Christmas-themed Overclocked Remixes. It combines Leroy Anderson’s holiday standard “Sleigh Ride” with various compositions from the Super Mario series. It’s brilliantly done, and it’s in my Christmas Gamer’s Playlist every year.
You can download the song from the Overclocked Remix website.
Title: “Super Mario’s Sleigh Ride”
Composers: Leroy Anderson, Koji Kondo
Arrangers, Performers: The OneUp Mushrooms
Posted by Nester on December 23, 2010
Rips on Drew Carey!
This one has some bonus material that continues the teasing beyond the initial slip-up.
Seven more jabs at Mr. Carey wait for you after the jump! (more…)
Posted by WildcatJF on December 23, 2010