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Posts Tagged ‘Wii’

Nintendo: So Many Fans, So Little Time Spent Rewarding Them

October 19, 2009

Wii is Boring

My guess is that by this point in time, anyone still bothering to read the Fog is either looking for porn in the wrong place (sorry!) or a Nintendo geek… or both. In case you haven’t noticed, the Nintendo loyalty around these parts is nothing short of unending. SPOILER ALERT, this post is going to be about Nintendo, but before you 360 whores turn your attention elsewhere, hear me out: this is not a puff piece. In fact, as a dedicated Wii user and longtime Nintendo fan, it breaks my heart to have to write such harsh things about a company I have grown to love over the years. But I’ve gone quiet for too long. Despite containing a market share of nearly double any of its competitors, the Wii platform has done little to stimulate its fan base on any sort of level. What was the best game you played on the Wii? Oh yeah, Twilight Princess… a LAUNCH title.

The Nintendo Wii was released to eager consumers in the prosperous time of 2006 when people still trusted banks and CNN was still a “news” outlet rather than a mere pawn of social networking websites. Yes, those were the days. On that fateful November day, I waited in line in the freezing cold at Walmart with people like this, anxious to get my hands on some new, exciting video game hardware before the rest of the waking world. And boy was it sweet, taking control of Link in an epic, 40+ hour game that I had yearned to play from the time it was promised to be released on the GameCube. But what have you done for me lately, Nintendo?

Not a whole lot, as the post title suggests. Find out exactly how little after the jump!

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To Go Out, or To Play Guitar Hero: World Tour Until the Sun Comes Up…

November 16, 2008
This could be you!

This could be you!

That is the ultimate question, isn’t it? In case you haven’t had the $250 to spend on Guitar Hero: World Tour Full Band Kit AND another goddamn Wiimote (you need all 4 to play 4-player), you may not be aware of the dilemma that is currently plaguing 20-somethings across the nation. I know, I know, Taylor Swift and Joe Jonas just ended their tumultuous relationship, but as consumers we can’t let that get us down. Oh, the economy is in a recession? Tell me something I don’t know. Now that all your excuses have run out, it’s time to invest in a brand new video game lifestyle enhancer: enter GHWT.

The concept is nothing new; Rock Band pioneered the full band gaming experience almost a year ago, but the industry’s old stalwart Guitar Hero has entered the realm with flying colors. Literally, the colored notes fly at you and continue flying in front of your eyes even after your console of choice has been turned off (nothing some warm milk and an Ambien can’t fix!). World Tour boasts 4-player, full band action with a track list worth noting to keep you rocking all night/day/week long.

So what’s the answer to the question? Um, read on, duh.

Why Can’t Wii Be Friends

September 6, 2008

Warning: This post is intended only for those interested in videogames. Ladies, there will be more on Gossip Girl soon.

I’m tired of playing with myself. Don’t get me wrong – the solo Wii experience is great, on par with any classic Super Nintendo or N64 game-playing moment I’ve sadly filed under “childhood memories.” Whether slaying shadow beasts in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess or rounding up sissy stars in Super Mario Galaxy, swinging my Wiimote around is always satisfying. But there’s a community of gamers out there just like me; a worldwide league of devoted Nintendorks itching to make that wirelessly connected via the Internet human connection. Are you one of them? Then read on!

Wicked Wii-tahded

July 21, 2008

Nintendo is looking to try its hand at music and rhythm videogames, but with established titles like Guitar Hero and Rock Band having already cornered the market, what’s the Mario family to do? It’s simple – forgo their brand of sophisticated gameplay and instead faithfully try to recreate a 4th grade concert band recital.

Will there be recorder functionality? This video (taken from last week’s E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles) is really embarrassing. I feel especially bad for the guys on trumpet.