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New Punch-Out! Details

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As 05/18/09 comes closer and closer, my excitement for Punch-Out! continues to grow. My giddy school girl fanboy voice began squealing at the latest news dropped on us about Punch-Out!. It came in the form of a press release on Nintendo’s UK website.

We learn a bit more about the control scheme, but of course the big news is that head-to-head multiplayer will be included in Punch-Out!. Read the press release for more details.

Get your gloves on and return to the ring – Punch-Out!! is making a comeback! Originally a hit on the Nintendo Entertainment System back when boxers still fought for 15 rounds, the newest instalment in the series comes out swinging on Wii.

An intuitive control scheme takes you closer to the action in the ring than ever before! Unleash hooks, uppercuts and Star Punches by swinging the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, or flip your controller sideways to enjoy the classic NES control scheme.

As big-hearted Bronx brawler Little Mac, you’ll have to launch a one-man assault on the boxing world as you bid to become undisputed champ of the Minor, Major and World ranking organisations. Along the way you’ll lock horns with the likes of Glass Joe, Don Flamenco and the hard-hitting King Hippo. A total of 13 flamboyant fighters stand in your path, every one with a creative new way of trying to make sure you end up face-down on the canvas.

Thankfully, Little Mac can fight back. Armed with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, punching is a simple case of taking a swing at your opponent whilst holding different combinations of buttons. Soften them up with jabs by pressing up on the Nunchuk Control Stick when you punch, or crash home a super-charged Star Punch by holding the C or A Buttons as you let your hands go.

Of course, if you intend to master the sweet science you’ll have to learn how to hit and not get hit. Punch-Out!! calls on you to keep a close eye on your opponents and learn their attack patterns – hopefully leaving them swiping at fresh air and open to a crashing counter. If it all sounds like a lot to remember when the leather starts flying, you’ll be glad to know the game features a helpful tutorial mode to make sure you get to grips with the basics before you climb through the ropes.

Ultimately, you’ll no doubt want to make sure you’re rightfully recognised as the pound-for-pound king of the ring. Punch-Out!! includes a multiplayer mode that lets you and a friend slug it out to the bitter end. As in the single player mode, you’ll want to land punches at the right moment to build up Star Punch points that translate into almighty haymakers! Landing and dodging blows in Head-to-Head mode also builds up a Giga Mac gauge. Once full, your fighter is ready to inflict some serious damage.

Have you always thought you could have been a contender? Then get ready to rumble in the all-action Punch Out!! for Wii.

* Fight it out in Career and Exhibition modes or challenge a friend in Head-to-Head mode.
* Play using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk for a hard-hitting and immersive experience!
* Go retro by holding the Wii Remote sideways like a NES controller and pounding home punches with a simple press of the 1 and 2 Buttons.

The Conduit Dev Diary (Part 2)

For those who are drooling in anticipation over The Conduit (I’m on that list), a new developer diary video has been released talking some more about the game.

If hearing about technical aspects of the game doesn’t interest you then move on. If terms like death animations, adaptive music, motion blur, dynamic shadows turn you on, hit the play button below.

Top 5 Games To Play On Valentine’s Day

I don’t think we have a more divisive holiday in a year more than Valentines Day. Or as some refer to it as ‘V-Day’. For those who have a significant other, Valentines Day can have a two-prong effect. Either it’s a momentous occasion with rose petal adorned bedrooms, and romantic filled evenings. For others it’s a stressful day with someone trying their best to please the other, and getting all worked up over it in the process. For those without a partner, we (yes we … :( ) tend to just walk around with a huge middle finger up in the air.

If you’re looking to buck the Valentine’s Day trend, or if you have a girl/boy-friend that’s just uber cool why not give gaming a chance? There’s games out there that can bring two souls together, and become one. You just gotta know where to look.

Wii Blog Top 5 Valentine's Day Games

5. House of the Dead

Before playing House of the Dead: Overkill, I nearly forgot the fun that on-rail shooters can bring to the gaming world. The simple nature of aiming a reticule at a screen and blowing the face off of a zombie just has an endearing charm to it that will more than likely never get old.

House of the Dead
Fill The Hole In Your Spouse’s Heart, By Putting A Hole In A Mutant’s Stomach

What does seeing zombie brains blowing up have to do with Valentine’s Day? The visuals of a zombie explosion might not get the romantic juices flowing, but the co-op aspect that an on-rails shooter brings definitely can.

Ladies, if your man is challenged ‘gaming wise’ then a shooter is the best way to start. All that is required is being able to aim at the screen and pull the trigger. Same goes for guys who have a girlfriend who isn’t into gaming. When trying to find a game that can be enjoyed by both partners, it’s vital that you keep it simple. There’s nothing more simple, yet fun than a pure shooter. Plus, you’ve got mutants to cap in the face. Trust me, he/she will love it.

4. Mario Kart

With the rest of today’s list, you’ll notice an overlying trend. The games you should be playing on Valentine’s Day should involve competition on some sort of level. If you play your cards right, competing with your significant other can bring about a very fruitful romance. You just have to know how to keep it within reason. Meaning, don’t jump up and get your lover’s face because you won a race. Keep it light, and fun.

Mario Kart is a game that is made purely on the aspect of competition. There’s racing, kart sabotage by way of items, and then the always loved ‘Battle Mode’. If you want to keep the V-Day gaming session going for a long period of time, then Mario Kart is definitely the game to look into. With the variety of modes, and the want of trying to improve your kart driving skills, Mario Kart can keep you gaming for hours on end.

Mario Kart blue spikey shell
If You Truly Love Her, You Won’t Use The Blue Spiky Shell

With my #5 pick I didn’t pick a particular game in the House of the Dead series to play. I feel the same with Mario Kart as well. It all depends on what kind of control you feel comfortable with. If you’re at peace with the Super Nintendo, then play some of the original Mario Kart. I would recommend for newcomers that you play Mario Kart: Wii. Using motion control I’ve noticed is much easier to pick up, than using a d-pad, or analog stick.

3. Street Fighter II

Street Fighter II, is the game on my list that I recommend if the person you’re playing with is into games. For newbies, Street Fighter II can be an overwhelming experience. There’s a subtle poetry to Street Fighter games that can take awhile to pick up and understand. You don’t want your boo all frustrated on Cupid Day, for the wrong reasons.

Chun-Li
Nothing Screams ‘Love Me’ Like A Pair Of Chun-Li Thighs

If you do have a game savvy partner, then Street Fighter brings a competitive edge that few other titles can muster. First, the direct one-on-one competition creates a spark that can really build the adrenaline and get the blood flowing.

The fast, and kinetic nature of Street Fighter makes sure that the action never stops. From beginning to end of a fight, you have to be quick and on your toes to be successful.

Another aspect that I think is overlooked when it comes to Street Fighter is the breadth of options in terms of fighters. Yes, we all know the extensive amount of characters the Street Fighter universe has. I think what it truly brings is a sense of identity, and a security one has from choosing a character. If you’re playing with someone you’re close with, you want them to feel comfortable, and who doesn’t feel comfortable with Chun-li’s thighs. Or for the real freaks out there, Blanka’s massive chest hair, and green skin.

2. Tetris Attack

With my #2 pick, I’ll give you an insight into how I generally create my Top 5 lists. Usually, I open up notepad and type the numbers 1-5. I will run through all the games that make sense for the list in my head. Then I somehow come up with why one game should be placed over another in a list. Then I’ll write up a summary, and share with you why it is at its position.

I’m telling you this, because Tetris Attack was originally going to be my #1 choice. As I was writing my summaries for #2, and #1, I found that Tetris Attack was lacking a key component over the other so I had to make a switch. That’s quite a unprecedented event on WiiBlog.

Ok, you probably don’t care about any of that, so let’s move on to why Tetris Attack should be an option for you to play on Valentine’s Day.

Thinking back on all the games I’ve had friendly competition with over the years, none can compare to Tetris Attack. There’s something about taking the simple formula of Tetris, turning on its head and allowing for you to compete with others that still hasn’t been matched to this day. Tetris alone might be fun, but playing against someone else will either bring you closer or just leave somebody pissed.

Tetris Attack should come with a warning attached to it. While you’ll find no better game for competing with someone against, it can drive the emotions into overload. This is coming from personal experience.

Tetris Attack is probably the most obscure game on my list, so allow me to give a brief synopsis of its multiplayer gameplay. The basics of the game are very simlar to Tetris. As different colored blocks fall to the bottom of the screen, you have to line them up to keep the stage clear. How Tetris Attack differs, is that you’re competing with someone else to see who can stay alive the longest. As you create long combinations of block-clearing, you drop ‘garbage’ into the other player’s screen. It acts as a blocker, and leads to the person’s screen being filled faster.

This gameplay component of sabotaging your opponent is what really drives the competitive nature of the game. I mentioned before, that you should be warned about Tetris Attack. It has a great competitive spirit, but can really lead to backlash.

You’ll be walking a thin line while playing, but you have a great chance of reaping romantic reward if you play it right. Of course the old saying rings true, ‘the greater the risk, the greater the reward’.

1. Wii Sports

After all my years of gaming, I’ve always had a game that I play if I want to introduce someone into the world of gaming. It takes a keen set of attributes to recommend a title. First, it has to be simple. When someone fires up a video game for the first time, you don’t want them throwing a control around because of some frustrating control layout. Second, it has to be fun in an addicting sort of way. You want to bring a game into the mix that makes someone come back for more. Because how is someone going to get into gaming, if they don’t want to keep coming back?

Wii Sports represents all of these aspects of gaming more so than any I’ve played. In fact, if I had to recommend one game that a first timer should try, it would be Wii Sports. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like it in some form, be it first time gamer, or long time vet. If you’re wanting to game on Valentine’s Day, than I can think of nothing better than Wii Sports.

It quintessentially has all the aspects I’ve mentioned so far in the list. I’ve mentioned its simplicity. Depending on which ‘game’ you play, it can get the adrenaline pumping. It also provides an immense sense of competition, which I find mostly in Wii bowling.

Unlike the other games on my list, there’s a physical sense to Wii Sports. While Street Fighter might have an active feel, you’re actually active with Wii Sports. If you’ve ever worked out with another, it can somehow ‘bring’ you together. I’m not guranteeing you any physical action, but if you’re gaming then Wii Sports can’t hurt the chances.

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I’ve always felt that ‘Valentine’s Day Gaming Lists’ have been quite a stretch. I still feel that way, but it can be pulled off. The important thing is to remember who you’re celebrating V-Day with. Whether it’s dinner, park strolling, or gaming it’s all about what you enjoy together. If it’s gaming then hopefully you’ll find some fun, and romance with one of the games above.

In conclusion, I’ll put down my middle finger to all you couples out there. Have a great Valentine’s Day weekend, and see you on Monday.

High Voltage Hot Rod Show Review

High Voltage Hot Rod Review

ProsA kinetic, and intense arcade driving game. The stunt/boost system provides a unique gameplay experience. A fun multiplayer experience.

ConsControls could have been made a bit tighter. Bland visuals. Online multiplayer could have really added to the experience. Spotty driver AI. Championship mode could have been put together better.
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Boom Blox Bash Party (Sequel)

If you were a fan of Boom Blox, that released last year then Steven Spielberg has a sequel coming your way. If you thought that Boom Blox didn’t satisfy your appetite for partying then you might want to give this game a try.

After reading the press release, it’s obvious that EA is really driving home the fact they are adding more multiplayer aspects to Boom Blox.

Here’s a couple of screenshots from the game, and the press release.

Boom Blox Bash Party Screen

Boom Blox Bash Party Screen 1

Sequel to Award-Winning BOOM BLOX Takes Players from the Depths of the Sea to Outer Space for a Party Anyone Can Throw

Guildford, UK January 29, 2009 – Get ready for the ultimate blox-busting action as Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced BOOM BLOX™ Bash Party for Wii™, the sequel to the critically-acclaimed BOOM BLOX™ game for Wii. EA’s collaboration with director and producer Steven Spielberg continues with BOOM BLOX Bash Party, and the destructive fun reaches new heights with richer multiplayer action and more than 400 new levels that will have players of all ages gaming together and solving action-packed puzzles under water, in zero gravity, and beyond!

“BOOM BLOX Bash Party is a wild social gaming experience,” said Steven Spielberg. “We know families and friends really enjoyed playing the original BOOM BLOX together, so we designed more explosive multiplayer experiences with BOOM BLOX Bash Party.”

BOOM BLOX Bash Party is even more fun to play with friends and family, featuring twice as many multiplayer challenges as the original, and now offers team-based challenges! Players can play with or against friends, solo or in teams, knocking down blocks, destroying towers, slinging and launching blocks and characters, for tons of high-energy, family-friendly fun!

BOOM BLOX Bash Party is packed with tons of new features that are sure to get the party started! The game showcases new block types, including: virus and conveyor blox, new blox shapes, such as: cylinders and wedges, and new tools that will make for even more destructive fun. Players will find twists on BOOM BLOX game play favorites like throwing and grabbing. Players now can also sling, launch, and blow the competition away with new cannon, paint ball and slingshot tools.

Even the characters are in on the action as BOOM BLOX Bash Party features a new cast of wacky blox characters. This time they don’t just cheer you on, they are now blox themselves and you can throw, stack or even launch them, utilizing them to create even more madness and mayhem!

The fun continues online as BOOM BLOX Bash Party enables players to download even more new levels via the Internet. With the press of a button, players will be able to grab, play and rate new levels from EA as well as levels created by members of the BOOM BLOX Bash Party community. Using the game’s easy-to-use Create Mode, players now have the power to share the levels they built with friends, or submit their masterpiece to be shared with the world! The expanded Create Mode lets players build and create like never before, giving them access to the same tool set the EA development team used to create each and every level in the game!

“In BOOM BLOX Bash Party we are taking the game elements to the extreme,” said Amir Rahimi, Senior Producer. “In the original BOOM BLOX, we really focused on perfecting the game’s physics so now we can push the boundaries of physics, offering exciting new challenges and completely new ways to play.”

SPRay — Your Fluids All Over The Place

Ok, ignoring the obvious ‘gutter-minded’ overtones of the game’s title, this looks like an interesting video. The video boasts the game as an action-puzzler, which has multiplayer capabilities as well.

Enjoy the video: