Wii Music has gotten a bad rap online since it launched, and I must say that part of it is warranted. This isn’t the be-all, end-all music game that Nintendo wants it to be. It takes allot of imagination to play, and a little forgiveness for it’s foibles, but it can be fun. Just don’t go into it expecting Rock Band Wii, and you’ll be in the right frame of mind.
Let’s get one thing straight first: This is perhaps the cutest baseball game ever designed. It’s also one of the deepest on the market today. Unfortunately, one factor (it’s cuteness) could prevent fans from finding it’s other feature (it’s depth), which would be a real shame. MLBPP2k8 is the best baseball experience on the Wii, and I’d call it the possibly best available today.
Mario Kart Wii is a great game for getting the family together or inviting over your friends who don’t play games. Just fire it up, hand them a Wii Wheel, and you’re off to a great time. However, for the more competitive of us, and for serious racers who’ve been with the series since the beginning, it’s a mixed bag at best. Continue reading
When Nintendo brought out Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64 back in 1999, it was a neat idea, but more of a novelty then anything else. Two entries later, and this is a hit series that’s just reaching it’s stride. With a ton of characters, both old and new, stages that are a blast to play, the long and fun Subspace Emissary mode, a simple stage editor and even online play, this is easily the best Smash entry yet. It’s also an early contender for 2008 Game of the Year. Continue reading
I’m a big-time Mario fan. I’ve played every Mario platformer I know of and can talk Mario with anybody. With that in mind, I was excited to play Super Mario Galaxy. I was mildly worried about being stuck on little orbs the whole game, and I wasn’t sure how I’d handle the Wii controls, but now that I’ve put my time in with it, I can say that this is one of the best games I have ever played. Continue reading
I played Brain Age on DS, but I missed Big Brain Academy. Now that I’ve played the Wii sequel, do I feel compelled to go back and try it on the DS? Not really, but not because the game is bad. I just get tired of looking stupid, that’s all. Continue reading
The Bigs is like baseball-gone-NBA Jam. Big hits, big collisions, big plays, big everything. It actually kind of resembles the old Triple Play games of the late ’90s and early 2000s in a way, in that they were basically comic book-level baseball games with cartoony sound effects and over-the-top action like that found here, although not quite to this extent. The game is actually fun for a time, but would be better suited to the arcade to be played in short bursts. Continue reading
I found the putting interface to be rather lack-luster. It looks like they tried to ape PangYa/Super Swing Golf with no success. The menus, though, are a nightmare. I’ve never had so much trouble navigating a game menu in my life. You’d think you could just click on the arrows to change options, but no, they make you use the D-pad or B button to change them. The scrolling menus are also way too sensitive and hard to manage. I also dislike that they chose to use the 2 button for previewing items in the Pro Shop. Continue reading