Radical Shelving

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I found this example of radical shelving, and as you can see it’s supposed to resemble the platforms from Donkey Kong. As with many other interesting storage solutions this one was found in Pinterest. Apart from being a very nice Donkey Kong inspired shelving solution, I like the fact that the tilt allows for gravity to keep the cartridges and other items from tipping over when you grab a game cartridge (as might be the case with horisontal shelves). The addition of ladders and even an ape at the top is a very nice aestethic touch. For someone with a smaller game cart collection this might be the best solution, especially if there’s no need or interest to put the loose carts in game cases.

You might already tell that this is something that I’ll be adding to add to my future bigger game room. I’ll probably add a sprite bead art Donkey Kong at the top and also some barrels and whatnot, as well as a Mario bead sprite or something to give a really cool look to it.

 

Now Playing: Wario Master of Disguise

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I’ve recently played and finished Wario: Master of Disguise.  There’s a certain kind of humor in the game, which I really like as it’s hilarious!

#??:  Wario: Master of Disguise

It’s a somewhat unusual but yet similar game in the franchise that makes use of the Nintendo DS stylus to control and to give Wario new and interesting Powerups. The story is quite simple: You’re Wario that’s watching TV, and growing envious of the main hero of the show you build a helmet, called Telmet, which allows you to warp inside the TV. Man is Wario a scientific genious when he wants to!!  You admire the main hero, a gentleman thief (the same one at the right in the image in the link above) named the Silver Zephyr and you proceed to barge in and steal his magic wand Goodstyle (who I imagine has a stereotypical British accent). And that’s where your new quest for riches and the search for the pieces of Wishstone begins. The story does seem as if it was developed by a 3rd party developer, which is the case…

WMOD_ArtyWarioGraphics: 7/10 This is a cartoonish game that unfortunately ended up with a bit too detailed sprites, probably since the Nintendo DS was capable of it. Probably it’s to allow for a bigger in-game screen and for a style that shows that this isn’t just another Gameboy Advance game, but it’s a shame that the colorful fantasy world of Wario’s franchise is replaced by something more “realistic”. Maybe this is because of Wario entering a TV show, but the stages look a bit bland. Also, the digitized 3D still images make this game look cheap by today’s standards (though I’d understand how they could have been considered very appealing at the time), especially when you’re introduced to each level with a generic- looking text that describes the episode title. Other than that Wario and his transformations look great, as do the antagonists in the game. Generally speaking, the small- fry enemies and most of the bosses don’t impress me that much, and the game seems as if various fans in different locations made it with all the different art styles that are seen meshed together. At least the drawn concept art shows how much force Wario uses in each strike, as his veins are outlined on his bulky arms in each transformation picture!

Wario_for_dsSounds & Music: 5/10 The music isn’t that remarkable and memorable really, but the boss music really gets you pumped up. The sound effects seem to be sampled from various games but fit together quite well, but aren’t that original (compare them to the iconic sounds used in the Mario franchise and even the Metroid ones and you’ll get what I mean). There’s not much else to say, as this department is really bland.

Space_WarioGameplay:  5/10 There are a lot of concepts in this game that were implemented wrong. The use of the touchscreen for movements wasn’t necessary at all, as the use of the D-pad and the four standard X, Y, A and B buttons would suffice enough and give a firm and responsive control-setup all along. Also, it’s widely bothersome to have to draw everything on the touchscreen, and while a nice gimmick at first to showcase the serie’s leap from the 32-bit Gameboy Advance into the 64- bit Nintendo DS, this soon shows to be superfluous and clunky. I can’t tell you how many times I drew hearts just to be presented with turds who ran on legs with bright and big eyes. I realized I’d get a heart 6 out of 10 times if I drew a circle instead, as opposed to 4 out of 10 times when I drew a downwards triangle and 2 out of 10 times when I drew a heart shape exactly as they wanted me to when I got the upgrade. And since you have to use the stylus to tackle with standard Thief Wario, you’d accidentally end up pressing too close to him which made the game think you were trying to transform him, and this made the fight against the Dolphin King really tedious. You should be able to switch between powerups using the L and R buttons and cycle through them all, or maybe even press start to do so, not through an imprecise stylus system. There are so many ways that are better than this borderline childish way of switching costumes, though I admire the courage of trying to implement something new. If this was more precise it’d have rocked istead of being a nuisance during gameplay, though I’m aware of that it must be very difficult to program code something like this into such a small touchscreen.

Otherwise the level designs are pretty straightforward with certain parts not accessible unless you acquire a certain powerup, and the puzzles are decent enough for everyone to figure out. The bosses are way harder than the levels themselves, but you’re presented with generous tips on what tranformation to use throughout them which lowers their difficult greatly. The transformations are fun to use and are all very useful bar the Electric Wario one which unfortunately doesn’t attack the enemies at all and he moves really slowly too, which is a shame since that’s by far my favorite Wario transformation design in the game. I really dislike the ruins level though as I wandered about for 50 frickin’ minutes before I found a concealed doorway that allowed me to advance!

Then there’s the treasure chest hunting, which much like in previous Wario Land games all are collected to take you towards a certain goal. While this used to be to get the biggest castle possible (with the worst scenario being that you get a hut of some kind) now they give you Disguise levels, with the goal of becoming the Master of Disguise. The mini-games that are played to open these chests take away from the main game as they break the previously built up pace and slow everything down. They vary in difficuly and increase in difficulty with each stage, and certain chests can’t be aquired unless you go back to a stage with a new transformation from a later stage. The minigames are really simple, and pretty easy to master, but the one where you have to guide the Wario head to the bottom of the net-like structure never works. I always just give up on it and wait for the next mini game to load the next time I open up the chest.

WariozillaReplay value: 4/10 Unless you want to become the Master of Disguise and revisit old levels to get all the treasure chests you couldn’t get before, this game hasn’t any replay value to speak of. I didn’t even bother to defeat the last boss. I don’t even care if there’s a completion bonus or not for doing so, and I won’t even Google about it.

 

 

Trivia: What I described above might be because Suzak, a Japan-based 3rd party developer, developed this game. They later filed for bankruptcy in 2012… yeah. That’s sad.

 

First image from: meristation.com and the rest from mariowiki.com

 

Game Hunting: January & February- Mixed Bag of Goodies

These months I had a more meager haul than I usually get, which is a good thing, both for more gaming time and for the wallet. Let’s look at what I got!

bullworth academyCanis Canem Edit: Bullworth Academy, is a game that made a few headlines as you basically control a bully, or prankster if you will, through the fictional halls of Bullworth Academy. Make the girls swoon for you, make pranks, watch out for the teachers etc. You’re the bad boy now! Rockstar games made this game, and that’s one reason to get the game, as well as the fact that you control this bully- wannabe into delinquiency. If that isn’t a fun enough setting I don’t know what is. Got this one from a thrift store for 3 dollars, and the casing and game disc are in mint condition. It even has a game poster with a map of the schoolgrounds at the back! That map is going up on my game room wall in the future.

Next game we bought is Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. ToadI really liked those parts in Super Mario 3D World, and, if I’ve understood this right, this game is centered around that mini game. I haven’t played it yet, as most of my time has been poured into Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. I’m looking forward to playing this game, and the idea is to play it together with my wife, which always is fun. Got this one for the standard retail price.

 

Then I got this charger, and at a glance it seemed to be for one of the NDS models, which was neat. Then I ds chargertook it home and tried it on my DS Lite and 3DS but it didn’t fit! It didn’t look like the one for the GBA SP (which is identical to the one for the DS Phat) so I made some research based on the serial number, and it seems as if this one goes to the Game Boy Advance Micro! They aren’t always that cheap to come over, and I got this for approximately 3 dollars, so I’m content after all. It seems as if i have to get a GBA Micro to go with this thrift store find, or sell or trade it to someone who needs it.

imageI already have Super Mario All Stars which was released for the Wii during Mario’s 25th Anniversary, along with the DVD (but without the cardboard box), but when I found this one for cheap in a GAME store in Elche, Spain, I had to get it for my brother. And it’s an English edition too! You only need to swap the case with a newer one as it has some scratches and scuffs, but it should work just fine as the disc is in good condition.

imageThese key chain mini games are reminescent of similar LCD games that were given out imagetogether with the Swedish Club Nintendo Magazine when you subscribed. We had (and probably still have it somewhere in a cardboard box) a Tetris one which was really fun to play. Of all the ones I saw I had to get these two, which are Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong Jr. . Others available were some kind of racing game, Mario’s Factory and Octopus just to name a few. I found these two pretty little things in Media Market and GAME stores around Alicante in Spain.

Last but not least I found a Wii U Gamepad Cradle for half the retail price at a Toys R’ Us store, also around Alicante, imageSpain. You never got these with the basic White Nintendo Wii U system as it was bundled only with the more expensive Black set). Toy stores are great when you want to find certain games for a great price, especially if they’re part of bigger chains or in smaller cities where they have a smaller costumer base, as they tend to sell part of their inventory off at a regular basis to make room fore more popular items. Add to this that they usually sell off games and accessories that aren’t popular to kids, or not that famous amongst them (like gems and the like) and you’ll get why scouring the retail bins are a good thing if you want to find cheaper games as an adult. I’ve also found Pikmin (for the Wii), Pikmin 3 (Wii U) and Super Scribblenauts (NDS) this way. So release your inner child and check the stores out. You might find something awesome that’s on your list.

I’d been looking for a video game system to have at my parents’ place as it’s tedious to imagemove whole systems back and forth everytime we visit, which is quite often, and I thought a Playstation 2 would be a nice choice because of the abundance of games I have for that system. Also, I won’t mind if the game’s cases crach during the transport… it’s quite easy to fix those dagames since you easily can swap the gases as cheap sports games are easy to come by for that European blue-ish color. I foudn this at a thrift store for less than the lowest online price I’ve even enountered, which was neat, so I got it. They guarranteed that it worked, and if it didn’t I could return it (which is weird if they guarantee it’s proper functioning) and I tried out Canis Canem Edit: Bullworth Academy on it (also known as The Bully to some of you) and it ran like a clock. I also got a 8 mb original Memory Gate memory card which ahd game saves for a multitude of different games on it, and only about 1 mb left (roughly 1000 kb or so) by a dude named KRILLEN. Thanks for the save games, Krillen! Are you perhaps bald with incense burn marks on your forehead? Anyhow, I had to remove some of them and removed those for games I were to play myself, like Kingdom Hearts, and those for games I am playing on other platforms, like Gun which I’m playing on the Gamecube. Sports games save games like those for SSX 3 and some kind of golf game had to go as well, as well those for FPS games such as Medal of Honor. At the end I had about 6 Mb free. Sorry, Krillen, but this Playstation 2 isn’t yours anymore, and it had collected dust since 2008 judging by the save game’s dates.