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unoclay has written 42 posts for Nintendo games, discussion, debate

ZombiU Post-Play Review

There will be no overt spoilers in this review, however, I do discuss the game in general, so if you 100% plan on playing ZombiU, you may wish to avoid reading to maintain your own objectivity. I picked up ZombiU on launch day along with Nintendoland and New Super Mario Bros U. Of these 3 titles, ZombiU contains the most … Continue reading

The Best Wii Games of 2010 (Wii’s BEST year?)

Introduction…. Hello, and welcome to the FIFTH installment of my blog-series where I’ll attempt to review every single (worthwhile) Wii game. If you missed ’em, here are links to the first FOUR entries in the series : Best of 2006: http://www.ign.com/blogs/unoclay1/?p=704 Best of 2007: http://www.ign.com/blogs/unoclay1/?p=716 Best of 2008: http://www.ign.com/blogs/unoclay1/?p=767 Best of 2009: http://www.ign.com/blogs/unoclay1/?p=729 This blog is the FIFTH entry … Continue reading

The Best Wii Games of 2009!!

Hello, and welcome to the FOURTH installment of my blog-series where I’ll attempt to review every single (worthwhile) Wii game.
 If you missed them, please check out the earlier entries in the series, all cataloged in the main Wii page of my blog. And now, for the fourth entry.  As we wait for Wii U to … Continue reading

The Best Wii Games of 2008!! (What a blog!)

 Introduction…. Hello, and welcome to the THIRD installment of my blog-series where I’ll attempt to review every single (worthwhile) Wii game. If you missed ’em, check out the other two entries in the series (2006 and 2007) at the mainpage of my blog. (If the links “IGN Fail”, simply scroll down to the earlier entries in … Continue reading

The Best Wii games of 2007 (Links! Reviews! Pretty Pictures!)

Introduction: Hello, and welcome to the SECOND installment of my blog-series where I’ll attempt to review every single (worthwhile) Wii game. If you missed it, here is the link to the first entry (Best of 2006)  This blog is the second entry in a series.  As we wait for Wii U to arrive, there remain plenty of great … Continue reading

The BEST Wii Games of 2006 (reviews! links! images!)

Introduction: Hello, and welcome to the first installment of my blog-series where I’ll attempt to review every single (worthwhile) Wii game. This blog is the first entry in a series.  As we wait for Wii U to arrive, there remain plenty of great games we all missed out on (unless, of course, you’re a compulsive freak that has no … Continue reading

An Open Letter to Nintendo: What You’re Getting Right

  04April2012 Dear Miyamoto, Iwata, Reggie, Mario, et al: As a lifelong player of Nintendo systems and games, I’ve been with your company through thick and thin.  Some of my earliest memories of gaming include the tabletop versions of Mario’s Cement Factory and Popeye.  I’ve been along for the crazy roller coaster of Nintendo’s ups … Continue reading

Mostly Yay (and a little Nay) regarding Kid Icarus Uprising’s controls

Please note:  This entry was written in response to IGN’s reader question-of-the-week for 26Mar12.  Readers were asked to discuss the recently released Kid Icarus Uprising for Nintendo DS.  My entry was the #1 winning submission and was featured on the front page of IGN’s 3DS column.  Needless to say, I was grateful for this honor.  … Continue reading

First Impressions of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D

Interesting item of note:  when I booted up the game, it asked me which Metal Gear Solid was my favorite.  Full disclosure—I am a TOTAL MGS newb, so all of my following comments should be taken accordingly.  I’m guessing that the “favorite” question might be designed to let the game know my level of my … Continue reading

31 Swapnotes in 31 Days.

Each year, there is a multi-city, international art project called “Fun A Day”. The goal (or challenge) is for an artist to create one piece of art every day during the month of January. See artclash.com for more information. For my first Fun A Day project, I chose to employ a piece of free software … Continue reading

Monster Tale (DS) (or, why spiritual sequels will always live in the shadow of their ancestors)

This game comes with an unusual caveat/recommendation:  If you haven’t already played/fallen in love with/obsessed over one of my all-time favorite DS titles (see my blog regarding Henry Hatsworth and the Puzzling Adventure), then there is almost no reason to bother with Monster Tale.  Really.  Seems like an odd way to start my review, but … Continue reading

Three Stupid Ways to Spend all of your money, STAT

#1: Nintendo Love Tester Never heard of this before, but apparently, in 1969 (Summer of Love, yup yup) the same man who went on to invent the Gameboy debuted this handy little number.  No, I’m not joking.  Nintendo’s history of goofy peripherals goes all the way back to the 60s. Current Price to Test Your … Continue reading

The Green Room (download the album here!)

I have added this post to my Nintendo site out of the need to have a single place where I can direct people to get a copy, but also because my interest in 8bit and video game music had a direct influence on the recording process.  It may not be evident in all songs, but … Continue reading

Nintendo Games that DEMAND a sequel (FINAL INSTALLMENT!)

As I said in the previous installment, if I could demand a sequel l for only one of the games in my list, I’d probably go with Henry Hatsworth and the Puzzling Adventure.  HH is a 1 out of 100 kind of game, the sort of perfectly balanced experience that only comes along once or … Continue reading

Nintendo Games that DEMAND sequels (part 3)

UPDATED 03Jan11: Below is the third entry in my countdown of five epic games (native to Nintendo consoles) that really should get sequels.  As part of my series, I wrote to some of the designers and developers behind these deserving titles. Kyle Gray, the main brain (and Director) behind the DS-exclusive Henry Hatsworth and the … Continue reading

Nintendo Games that DEMAND sequels, part 2

If you didn’t catch the earlier entry in this series (#5 and #4), be sure to check it out in the “Discussion and Debate” section. Now, for #3.  This entry was meant to include at least two games, but I ended up writing more than I planned, so entries #2 and #1 will have to … Continue reading

Nintendo Games that DEMAND sequels (part 1)

Hi there, Everyone loves to talk about great games that NEED sequels, so in two parts, I’m offering up 5 Nintendo-platform games that beg to be sequel-ized.  Please leave me your feedback and thoughts! #5 Metroid Prime Pinball (DS) Released to US audiences in 2005, this is not a title I played at launch.  Honestly, … Continue reading

Cave Story 3D (3DS)

A Little Background . . . By now, most people have heard of (or played) Cave Story in one of it’s various forms.  Originally a freeware PC game, then ported to the WiiWare service, this humble little piece of heaven became something of a legend in the gaming community.  Combining the look of NES-era classics, … Continue reading

Rhythm Heaven (DS)

More than 2 years old, I’ve had almost no excuse for not playing Rhythm Heaven before now.  Well, no excuse, except for the fact that I’ve been buried under a pile of incredible, almost-as-awesome games.  I’m also an out-of-the-closet “saver”; this is to say I regularly “save” things.  For instance, if I hear of an especially good … Continue reading

For Love Of The Puzzle (Or, Why Do You Game?)

Since this is a fairly long entry, I’d like to preface it by saying that this post grew out of my own musings on the question “So, self, why do you like to play video games so much?”.  With that question in mind, I’d love to not only hear your opinions on my argument, but … Continue reading

Video Game Tee-Shirts

I’m thinking ahead to the holidays.  Some of tee-shirts below are ones that I might buy for myself; others are gift ideas for other gamers. I WANT TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE GAME TEE-SHIRTS!  Post a description or a link to your favorite gaming tee-shirts.   I’m looking for good recommendations and ideas, so your input … Continue reading

Feeling like an ADHD gamer?

I was recently clicking around the web and came across a video article that posed the question “Are we on the verge of a second video-game crash?”.  Not being one to watch video reviews on a regular basis (I prefer print), I didn’t spend much time with it.  The article focused mainly on the increasingly … Continue reading

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)

The game has been out for more than a year, but I’m finally getting around to playing it.  Given the stature and importance of this title, I wanted to register my enthusiastic endorsement. I’m gonna keep my thoughts brief and to the point, given my tendency to run on and on and on and on……… … Continue reading

Off Book: Video Games (PBS Arts)

Here is a neat 7 min. video providing a slick, enthusiastic summary of some of the bullet points one might use in a debate as to “why exactly are video games important to society”. http://youtu.be/w0ERL20lr1U Thanks to A. Black for the forward.  

Survey: Do you finish games?

List of Arcades . . . around the world

This post is essentially a list of information and links on arcades around the country.  Please feel free to send me recommendations and comments on these items via comments below.  I’m ALWAYS open to new information on locations, availability, new openings and closures, game lists….the works. FUNSPOT (NH): http://www.funspotnh.com/ Ground Kontrol (Portland, OR): http://groundkontrol.com/arcade/index.php

Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Wii)

A really good game that too few people talk about (because you’re all a bunch of lazy f&^ks) This game could be the poster child for the reasons gamers need to do their homework.  We all know that a ton of Wii systems belong to cooler-than-average grandmas and impulsive parents, all of whom used the … Continue reading

An awesome piece of art for your wall or phone

I really liked this piece of art, which can be purchased in various forms for your viewing pleasure. Buy it here: http://society6.com/igo2cairo/Haunted-House_Print

Goldeneye 007 (Wii)

Goldeneye 007 (Wii) I just can’t stop playing. Or I couldn’t, anyway.  Lately, I’ve had to give it up for many reasons; a severe, pervasive case of WiiWrist (tendonitis resulting from excessive use of the Wiimote), a backlog of awesome games demanding my attention, and the regrettable need to have a life outside of video … Continue reading

Nyko PowerPak+ (3DS battery)

There have been three primary complaints about the 3DS: a hefty pricetag, an inexcusable lack of 3D games, and poor battery life.  The first has been solved by way of an eye-popping pricedrop, the second is still a significant problem for our favorite fledgling handheld, and the third may be (?) solved in future iterations … Continue reading

NES Open Tournament Golf (3DS / NES)

NES Open Tournament Golf A throwback to simpler times I’m probably not the best possible reviewer for this title.  I’ve played mini-golf a few dozen times and pitch&putt exactly once (I was absolutely terrible).  I neither watch nor follow any professional sports, and I could probably count every legitimate video sport I’ve ever played on … Continue reading

Yoshi (3DS / NES)

Yoshi It’s a puzzler. Meh? I’d never played this one before, and I have to be honest, I don’t recall anyone ever mentioning it to me.  Looking back, I’m not surprised I missed it; the game debuted in 1992–more than a year after the launch of the SNES–and I don’t think I even had my … Continue reading

Donkey Kong Jr. (3DS / NES)

Donkey Kong Jr. Easier than the arcade version, and nearly as good. Some of my earliest gaming memories are of DK Jr., though I wasn’t playing it in the arcade or on an NES, but rather on the legendary ColecoVision console system.  One of my best friends had a fully loaded Coleco system, including a … Continue reading

Ice Climber (3DS / NES)

Ice Climber (Am I really chasing a condor that stole my eggplant?) As a devoted collector of classic NES carts, I’d been lusting after this one for a while.  It’s a great feeling to be a full-fledged adult (so they tell me, anyway) who still hasn’t played all of the original ‘black box’ NES games.  … Continue reading

Sin & Punishment: Star Successor (Wii)

Just one more review telling you to play this game. Sin & Punishment is no secret anymore; the launch of the US sequel (Star Successor) generated rave reviews from critics and fans alike.  I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of praise. Shooters, especially ones that hearken back to arcade-style bullet hell … Continue reading

Metroid: Other M (Wii)

A refreshing change from Prime In spite of being a lifelong fan of the Metroid series, I didn’t race out and purchase a copy of the latest installment.  I was fairly busy at the time it launched, and the initial reviews were mixed, so I stashed the game on my “To Do” list and moved … Continue reading

Shantae: Risky’s Revenge (DSiWare)

Amazing. Incredible. Virtually perfect. Have I said enough?  Review complete? What–you want me to elaborate? Like everyone else, I’d heard a lot about the downloadable sequel to Shantae (Game Boy Color). Given that my trusty FAT DS endured 6 years of extremely heavy use without a single problem, I never made the leap to DS … Continue reading

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (3DS)

And we thought our 3DS problems were solved. I had high hopes for the release of RE: Mercenaries 3D.  The Mercenaries concept arrived as the bonus content of RE4 (one of the high-water moments in series history–if you haven’t played it, stop reading now, smack yourself in the face, and accept that you have failed … Continue reading

Steel Diver (3DS)

That “other” launch title If, like me, you’re an experienced gamer who doesn’t get the kick you once did from fighting games (i.e. Street Fighter), the number of serious choices available at 3DS launch was really, really small.  Plus Cats?  Another Lego game?  Seriously, don’t tempt me.   Really. In all honesty, I was pretty psyched … Continue reading

Pilotwings Resort (3DS)

The launch title for the discerning fan Picked this one up on launch day (27Mar11) along with Steel Diver. Nintendo clearly picked this franchise as a featured launch title due to the obvious possibilities for vivid, showy 3D experiences.  I suspect that the decision to recycle the Wii Sports Resort locale had something to do … Continue reading