de Blob – Nintendo Wii

[Editor’s Note:   For those that don’t know, I’m on staff performing freelance reviews for a web-based game site. I get titles sent to me on a recurring basis and am charged with playing and reviewing them. The upside is free games and exposure. The downside – no pay and some dreadful games from time to…

Wario Land: Shake It – Nintendo Wii

I grew up among the Greatest Generation of video gamers – those who spent their time in the trenches waging war with antiquated technology like the Atari 2600 – fighting the good fight while trying to peer through the fog of war (represented by a monochromatic mass of pixels) in hopes that something beautiful rested…

Emergency Mayhem – Nintendo Wii

The old maxim goes – “It’s a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there.” And then there are places like Crisis City – the chaotically out-of-control burg at the center of Codemaster’s new Wii release, Emergency Mayhem. The question is – would you want to play there? With a name like…

The Dog Island – Nintendo Wii

Ever since Nintendo took the “virtual pet” craze to the next level by offering up actual digital dogs in their hit DS release(s), Nintendogs, game developers have mined this niche looking to excavate the next hit animal avatar. So, in the years since, casual gamers have been granted a vast menagerie of pretend pets in…

E3 2008 – The Top Ten Games I’ve Just Gotta’ Play in 2008 – Part 2

The other day, I posted Part One of my post E3 series – The Top 10 Games I’ve Just Gotta’ Play in 2008. As I mentioned then, originally I had planned to run this as a three-part series, aimed at providing my list of the Top 5 Games I’ve Just Gotta’ Play per system in…

E3 2008 – The Top 5 Things I Learned from Nintendo’s Press Conference

Yesterday I posted my reactions to Microsoft’s opening salvo in the 2008 Electronic Entertainment Expo. As promised, I’ve returned with my reactions on the other company’s press conferences. Basically, I’m working these things in order. MS went first so they got top billing. Nintendo followed with their conference on Tuesday morning and Sony closed out…