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Animal Crossing: City Folk Releases – First Reviews

Just like everything else, Nintendo has their own way of doing things. While everyone else releases their games on Tues., or Weds., Nintendo likes to bring their products in on the day of the Sabbath. So, the game has been out for a day, and three of the major game review sites have their scores posted.

IGN – 7.5/10
: “After putting literally weeks and months into playing both the GameCube original and the Nintendo DS sequel, it was very disappointing to see that, after putting nearly two weeks into Animal Crossing: City Folk that very little effort went into the design beyond porting and enhancing the Nintendo DS game.

If you’re entering into Animal Crossing with a fresh, inexperienced take: congratulations. You’ve got yourself a great, casual game with tons of things to see and do. Of the three Animal Crossing games on the market the Wii version is certainly the tops with its sharper visuals and voice-enabled online play.”

Cheat Code Central – 4.4/5: “Animal Crossing: City Folk is one of the most charming and entertaining life sims out there, with lots to explore and experience. All in all, players probably won’t complain much. It’s true that this game is an expanded rehash of the DS version, but in this case, that’s not a bad thing. Innovation could have been taken even further, but overall, players will be left with a great taste in their mouth thanks to everything this game has to offer. Devoted Animal Crossing fans should not hesitate to pick up the game, unless they prefer to always have it on-the-go. Casual gamers who have yet to enter the world of Animal Crossing should definitely give this one a go, and those who are looking for a more in-depth gaming experience will just have to look elsewhere. AC is not for everyone, but it sure is the best of the best for those who are able to get into it!”

1UP.com – C: “Ultimately, it comes down to this: Do you really wanna spend the time doing all of the things you already spent so much time on in Wild World? And do you want to do them in almost the exact same ways? City Folk just seems like a huge missed opportunity?either that, or a lazy cash-in on Nintendo’s newfound casual audience. If it’s the former, they ought to just call it Wii Mortgage Payments.”

I’ll be the first to admit that I was never a huge Animal Crossing fan. To me it always seemed like Harvest Moon only without the nifty ‘owning a farm’ aspect. I was anxious to see what changes they were going to make with the whole city aspect. From all three of those reviews, doesn’t sound like it changed at all. This god awful commercial doesn’t help Animal Crossing’s chances either.

Harvest Moon: Tree Of Tranquility

Harvest Moon: Tree Of Tanquility

Description: Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility follows on the heels of the 10 year anniversary of Harvest Moon.

In the latest Harvest Moon for the Nintendo Wii, the game follows the main character to a new island town, who lost its power to grow. The Mother Tree is the essence that breathes life into the island, and has been out of power. It is of course up to you to restore life, and balance to the island all the while tending to your farm, and quest to find a wife.

Published: Natsume
Developed: Marvelous Interactive
Release Date: September 30th, 2008

Harvest Moon
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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Description: Very little needs to be said about Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. The game follows Darth Vader’s apprentice as he makes his mark on the galaxy.

The Wii version of The Force Unleashed has a heavy emphasis on the wii remote controls. Unlike the PS3/Xbox 360 version, the game features a robust multi-player option. The character roster is ample, and you’ll more than likely find your favorite character there.

Published: Lucas Arts
Developed: Krome Studios
Release Date: September 16th, 2008
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Game Profiles Update

I was wanting to post this on Fridays, but I forgot to get around to it last week. Every Friday from now on I’m going to post the Game Profiles Update for the entire week. Hope you enjoy…

Sonic and the Secret Rings
Madden 09 All-Play
The Conduit
Fatal Frame: Mask Of The Lunar Eclipse
Mega Man 2

Game Profiles Description

WiiBlog Game Profiles Debut

Today I’m pleased to announce a new feature for WiiBlog.net. The Game Profiles page is up now, which from now on will be updated daily. Sometimes twice daily.

I like to think that WiiBlog is all about the games. Yea, sometimes I’ll go on rants about politicians out to get games. Or I’ll voice my concerns about “hardcore” gamers not showing any love to the Nintendo Wii. For the most part though I like to think it’s all about the games.
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Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Description: Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is the thirteenth game in the Legend of Zelda series. The game released in North America, Nov. 19th 2006. It was the first Zelda game to ever be sold during a Nintendo’s console launch day.

The game follows Link, as he must discover the secret of the Twilight realm. The fate of Hyrule, and the Princess Zelda rests in his hands. Unlike previous games, Link is able to transform into wolf form to dispatch certain enemies, and to solve certain puzzles.

Published by: Nintendo
Developed by: Nintendo
Release Date: November 19, 2006

Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess box art

Reviews:

Gamespot – 8.8/10: “Objectively speaking, it’s still a little disappointing that the series hasn’t evolved much at all with this latest installment. You’ll almost certainly enjoy the game for its terrific puzzles, colorful characters, and compelling story, but at some point the feeling of nostalgia crosses the line and holds this game back from being as unbelievably good as some of its predecessors.”

IGN – 9.5/10: “The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is, in my opinion, the greatest Zelda game ever created and one of the best launch titles in the history of launch titles – second only, perhaps, to the at-the-time ground-breaking Super Mario 64. It is also one of the finest games I have ever played. The experience is made better and not worse on Wii.”

GameSpy – 5 Stars/5 Stars: “In the end, there’s no way that The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess disappoints. It’s an excellent addition (and homage to Ocarina) to the franchise, and you’ll have an enormous amount of fun playing it from start to finish. Get over the fact that the Wii’s hardware is simply not as powerful as the other next-gen machines and get into the fact that Twilight Princess is one of the best games you’ll play this year.”

MetaCritic Score – 95/100

WiiBlog Posts:
New Zelda screens
Nintendo Celebrates U.S sales
Best selling Wii games in Japan
Zelda Universe – Pretty Much Everything Zelda
The Zelda Movie Trailer (IGN lives in infamy)

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Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Bridge Battle Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess Bridge Battle Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess Fishing

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