Been a while since I did a [insert magazine title] GET! But here we go.
First: There’s a cool Spectrobes poster included with the magazine itself (not inside the issue).
There’s a Prince of Persia Rival Swords ad. Tagline is “Ancient Enemies. New ways to conquer them.” It should be “Same game. Tacked on controls!”.
Previews of DDR Hottest party. Konami has licensed music from 70s, 80s, 90s, and today.
Preview of Rune Factory, and “Samurai Slash [working title]“, Dewys Adventure, Touch the Dead, Naruto, And wait…what’s this? Brothers in Arms DS! Here’s the rundown:
-Starts in North America, Continues through Normandy.
-Top screen has a 3D view of the battlefield (‘pushes the boundries of graphic quality on the DS’), Touch screen let’s you do your real time weapon changing, or touch controlled aiming. Grenades you touch the screen and swipe upward. Bazookas, Sniper Rifles included. Operable vehicles include jeep, and Sherman Tank. Coming this summer.
While I read the cover story, and other long ones, here’s a quick run through of whats in this issue.
-MySims (Wii) Cover story
-You & Mii (Mii feature)
-Super Paper Mario feature
-Alien Syndrome Feature
-Godfather Wii feature
-SNK vs. Capcom Card Fighters feature
-Sonic and the Secret Rings strategy
-Pokemon Diamond and Pearl “7 big aspects” article.
-Final Fantasy: Chocobo Tales feature
Along with Previews for:
-DDR Hottest Party (Wii)
-Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon (DS)
-Samurai Slash [working title] (Wii)
-Dewy’s Adventure (Wii)
-Touch the Dead (DS)
-Brothers in Arms (DS)
-Naruto: Clash of Ninja (Wii)
-Cookie and Cream (DS)
-Time Ace (DS)
-Wing Island (Wii)
-Kororinpa: Marble Mania (Wii)
-Honeycomb Beat (DS)
-Heroes of Mana (DS)
-Cooking Mama: Cook Off (Wii)
-Mortal Kombat Armageddon (Wii)
-Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 (Wii)
-Escape from Bug Island (Wii)
-Mercury Meltdown: Revolution (Wii)
And Reviews for:
-Sonic and the Secret Rings (Wii) (8.5/10)
-Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits (DS) (7.5/10)
-Rayman Raving Rabbids (DS) (7.0/10)
-Meteos: Disney Magic (7.5/10)
-Steel Horizon (DS) (4.5/10)
-Spectrobes (DS) (8.0/10)
-Wario: Master of Disguise (DS) (6.5/10)
-TMNT (GBA) (7.0/10)
-TMNT (DS) (5.5/10)
-Quickspot (DS) (5.5/10)
Here’s some random pictures:
Sorry for the lack of updates. Enjoying the splendor of upgrading PC’s. Here’s the info on MySims.
“When people think of the Sims, they picture real grown-up people doing real grown-up things,” said game designer Robin Hunicke. But this time around the Sims sport a new look. It’s not that the characters are kids, but there is a youthfulness to the character design.
-Story is that you move to the town where your grandparents live.
-Nunchuk used for “direct movement”. Remote Pointing for for object building.
-“If we were making this for all the different next-gen consoles, it would have a very different look. We have a lot of reverence for what Nintendo stands for; their style of games and their approachability. That’s how we ended up with these characters.
-Another reason for the characters is for world-wide appeal. Sims games have sold well in the US, and Europe regions, but not really in Japan.
-One inspiration for the team has been the Sesame Street song “Who Are the People in your neighborhood?” Robin Hunicke explains, “One day maybe they would meet the mailman [on the show]. He would stop by and he’d have a big moustache and say something like ‘I’m the mailman. I deliver the mail. Mail is important for all these reasons.’ I’m like whoa! That’s so cool. So for a long time I’ve been thinking, well, who are the people in my neighborhood? If you look at the characters in the game, they should inspire you to explore and find out who they are, discover who lives in your town.“
-The town will have a chef, florist, hair-dresser, mad scientist, and a magician.
-From the description of building buildings it sounds very similar to building with Legos. You customize interior and exterior of buildings.
-You are given different goals by towns folk to build them certain things. Like for instance the chef will ask you to build him an oven.
-The town is kinda run-down and the mayor asks you to help fix it up.
It’s unclear if you actually have control of the character you make, or you just watch the Sims walk around town (AKA traditional Sims). It sounds like Animal Crossing, with the ability to build stuff with Legos which is awesome.
MySims DS info:
-A DS version of MySims is also in the works. Whereas the Wii title takes place in a small town on the rise, the setting for the DS game is a vacation resort that needs your help to bring in visitors. In addition to socializing with other characters and performing tasks that work toward your tourist-attracting goals, you’re invited to participate in a collection of mini-games that utilize the touch screen and microphone. The one diversion that the team is ready to talk about is a fishing game, and the others will center on similar leisure time activities. In the main game, the lower screen displays the environment while the upper screen shows the day of the week and time of the day. Nintendo Power hints at Wi-Fi functionality.
DS graphics look very Animal Crossing Wild World-esque. It looks pretty good though.
The Super Paper Mario wasn’t really all that new. There are some new screens, but the info isn’t new.