Thursday, September 27, 2007

Now back to the Wii...



Its been some time since I had the opportunity to tell you anything that's been going on in my Wii world, 'cos frankly, well nothing has... For about a month it was shoved away in a draw, with no action whatsoever happening on it... The Saturn got played, the Dreamcast got played, the DS got the occasional airing and the PS2 began to grow on me as a console... But the Wii? Well frankly, nothing... Then I gave one of my only Gamecube games, Metroid Prime 2 an outing, but it didn't grab me much... But at least the Wii was hooked up again...

My youngest Ginger, Ted, borrowed Zelda: Twilight Princess off a mate of mine, but again, I didn't bother with it. I need to play some of the older games before I give that an outing...

Having been flushed with love for Red Steel, I got stuck on a particularly tricky sword fight, so I've faltered on my progress with that, (however it's a game I really want to finish at some point...)

But the old Wii got a new lease of life recently, when I hooked up a wireless broadband connection over here at Krishna Towers, and the world of the Wii Online finally came to life in the Early family home...


The Weather and News Channels failed to excite me much, although I guess they're rather cool.

But what did float my boat, was the chance to rinse out my credit card one more time, downloading Retro classics on the Virtual Console, and finally understood what the 'Classic Controller' I'd bought for myself was all about...
First of all I downloaded the most excellent Megadrive/Genesis title, "Comix Zone". I'd never even played this title (or knew about it 'back in the day',) but had read a glowing review of it in the wonderful Retro section of the most excellent Games TM Magazine.


Such a fabulously original concept, the game revolves around the concept of a comic artist getting sucked into his own comic book, then having to battle his gruesome artistic creations in a lovely sidescrolling platformer/beat 'em up... The game is a glorious visual feast, looking for all the world like a living comic, with our hero moving from frame to frame, both left to right and up and down, ripping the 'page' where necessary to progress... The colours are lurid and the musical score and soundbites of dialogue compliment the game nicely. Its clear that this game must have pushed the capabilities of the Megadrive to its limits. The game is clearly a labour of love, and stands out as unique in it's genre... Check out it's Wikipedia entry here...




The nextgame I've downloaded is Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Originally out on the N64, this is one of the most 'modern' games available on the VC. I can't tell you too much about it, as I've only played what amounts to the game's tutorial. But my first impression is that it is a good looking game, with a rather complex control system! If the VC can support 64 bit titles, then hopefully it will soon be supporting 32 bit Saturn titles too... But for now, at least the Wii is a working console in my home again, and as a bonus, my Retro repertoire is expanding. For more Zelda goodness look here...




But hey, if you want a definitive guide to the Retro potential of the Wii, may I point you in the direction of my brother, Gnome and this rather stunning post...

For a damning review of Streets Of Rage 3 on the VC, head over to J's place here...

5 comments:

The Elderly said...

Hurray for the broadband connection over at krishna towers....

feck the credit card company

comiz zone looks ace

I want a wii...

gnome said...

Long live the WiFi! And despite enjoying the excellent Comix Zone and top classic Ocarina of Time, please, do give Twilight Princess a go. It's really impressive and expertly crafted!

Oh, and thanks a ton for the plug :)

fatherkrishna said...

Brother Gnome... I will give Twilight Princess a try at some point (2012?) but I've still got Link To The Past and now Ocarina to play through...

Brother Elderly... Whilst I'm financially unable to go out and just buy you a Wii, I'm gonna enter EVERY competition I can find to win one... And if I do its yours...

Now that might seem pretty unlikely, but its not impossible...

I once won a 'tablet' laptop at an educational IT seminar... Plus a couple of Christmas hampers, some beach chairs and Wes Brown's Man United shirt signed by the entire MUFC team (YUK!) TRUE!

NebachadnezzaR said...

I've played both Comix Zone and Ocarina of Time, of which I'm a proud owner of a complete original N64 version (what a lucky bastard I am... xD), and they're all great games.

Just take it easy with OoT, it's a really long game and can easily ruin your social life, specially if you insist in unlocking every secret.

Unless, of course, your short attention span kicks in, and you quickly move on to something else. I know I did, got tired after some (rather fun) hours.

Now that I think of it, I should really give it another chance in the near future...

Oh, and congratulations for the wireless connection at the Krishna Towers! :)

The Elderly said...

gulp!... every competition?... I'll get biros.... (kisses FK, runs out to buy biros....)