The unfortunate news broke late Sunday evening in my timezone and hit me quite unexpectedly. I have so much respect and admiration for Mr.Iwata. It was obvious in a lot of his personal touches, Iwata Asks, Nintendo Direct, and Nintendo now reaching out to more third party developers, that he loved gaming and Nintendo. So I thought I’d play Balloon Fight as tribute to the late Nintendo’s president since Mr. Iwata had personally worked on the programming for this early NES game.

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Sorry for the low quality. It’s taken on my camera. The red balloon fellow is you. The other 5 are enemy ballooners whose balloons you have to pop.

The game isn’t particularly long. I believe I finished the Player 1 game in under 2 hours. However I used save states to help me along since you only get 3 lives before you are sent back to the start.1 Without save states the game would have taken me much longer. I did however wish to finish the game and write this blog post within this week, so I cheated a little. If you’ve played Balloon Fight before, you know the game is endless, so you may be wondering how I “finished” it to begin with. Mainly I mean I finished all 12 unique phases of the game. After phase 12, the game starts looping back to phase 4 (albeit the counter doesn’t loop, so the game calls it phase 13 and so on). (more…)

I know I haven’t made a post since April, but I really want to continue my tradition of thinking about all the games I’ve finish in the ending year, so here I am making my first post in a very long while. Hopefully this gets me out of my slump and I can try and write more posts from now on. Overall 2013 was a pretty good year for me as I’ve increased the amount of games I’ve finished to 28 (including everything I beat and completed)! Which is another step up from 2012’s 22! Granted I finished more short games this year as well, but still I’m quite proud. :D Like with last year’s Year End Musings, I will add a little title to each game to make it a bit more colourful and to avoid making this into a top 10 list. (Really how can people pick and choose? I love all my games for different reasons). As with previous years, this list includes games I’ve finished in 2013 and not just the ones that were released last year. With such a big backlog, I honestly only end up playing a handful of games (sometimes less!) from the same year. Anyways, onto the list~

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Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)

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It is no secret that I’m a huge Fire Emblem fangirl. I’ve enjoyed each entry I’ve played so far (some more than others of course). So I already knew I would be picking this game up (and in fact I still waiting for my copy to arrive). But curious what sort of demo Nintendo gave the newest game and wanting to have a taste before the real deal arrives, I decided to play the demo anyway. Sufficient to say, I cannot wait to get my hands on the game now. (more…)

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I always wanted to try the original Style Savvy for Nintendo DS, but I never got around to it unfortunately. Curious about the franchise, I decided to try the demo for the latest game up on the Nintendo 3DS’ eshop. Unfortunately, I was not able to try the demo that requires you to save it on system data since I didn’t have enough space, but I did try the second demo that could be saved on a memory card, so this mini impression pertains only to this one demo.

The demo I was able to try dealt with the fashion show part of the game. In the demo, I was given a specific look I was supposed to demonstrate and I had to pick the model I felt would best help me, then her make up and hair, and finally I had to pick out the outfit. Being someone who is pretty crazy about customization, I had a lot of fun picking out the outfit. I tried my best and I managed to win the fashion show too, after which the demo ended. It was a short demo, but it gave me a taste of how addictive Style Savvy can be. Sufficient to say, I will definitely be picking up the 3DS game at some point. It’s great to see a “girly” game done with such effort and dedication. The sheer amount of clothing the game boosts along with the very pretty graphics tells me that Nintendo and syn Sophia took their female customers seriously and put a lot of work into this game. And I can totally get behind supporting that!

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The fashion show part of the game, which the second demo allows you to try out.

But that’s not to say only girls can enjoy this game. It’s clear based on the marketing that Nintendo is aiming this at women, but the game is so well made that anyone, who likes games with extensive clothing customization, would probably enjoy it. In fact, I’ve seen a few guys online say they enjoyed the game too!

–SW

Basic Information:


System: Gameboy Advance
Genre: Strategy RPG
Difficulty: Fair to Difficult
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: March 2005
Rating: E for Everyone
Retail Price: N/A


What’s It About:

Eirika, the Princess of Renais, is unexpectedly forced to flee her country when their long time ally, the Grado Empire, suddenly invades. She and a small group of Knights must make it safely to Frelia and from there seek out her twin brother, who was riding through Grado at the outbreak of the war. However it soon becomes apparent that something more sinister stirs behind the current war as sightings of hideous fiends are becoming much more common throughout Magvel. The player takes control of Eirika and her group of knights as she searches for her brother. Later on, the player is given the choice to complete the game through the eyes of either Eirika, or her brother Ephraim. (more…)

So I got my copy of Black 2 not too long ago and I’ve been absorbed in the game for these past few days. I don’t know what it is about Pokemon, but I find the games down right addicting. Even though I readily admit that the basic premise of the games has stayed the same, I still cannot get enough of it. So here is a collection of my initial thoughts on the first ever official Pokemon sequel (and yes spoilers ahead, if you haven’t played and don’t want the particulars spoiled, don’t read further): (more…)

Having recently finished Ocarina of Time 3D, the ending and how it relates to the Zelda timeline has been on my mind. Now I know Nintendo has already released an official timeline, but I still think it’s fun to form some theories on one’s own. So that’s what will being going on here. Also, I’m a fairly recent convert to Legend of Zelda, so I haven’t played many of the games (and I’ve finished even fewer of them), so please keep that in mind when reading. If I make some kind of claim that is disproved in a subsequent Zelda game, this is why. ^__^;;;

Before we begin, I think it is worthwhile to have a link to the ending, so that everyone can refresh their memory:

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So I promised to get back to posting but I got addicted to Fire Emblem again and I’ve been mostly just playing it these past few days in my spare time. I don’t know if anyone else has a gaming series that they find simply addicting. For me it’s the Fire Emblem games. The gameplay is pretty simple at its core (with a rock-paper-scissors set up), but then there are all the additional stuff to consider (like weapons that are effective against certain type of units) that it’s so much fun to play. Furthermore, the perma-death give the series this tension that really gets me into it and outside of a few games, it’s almost impossible to level grind so the games demand you actually think through what you are doing, which makes it fun to replay again and again. Granted I’m playing the VC version of Sacred Stones right now and it’s one of the few that does have optional battles, but outside of keeping my unused units up to speed, I haven’t been using it so the game still retains it’s edge.

Does anyone else have a series that just pulls them right in again and again if they give it the chance?

–SW