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My first game purchases in awhile!

It's been awhile since I've bought a video game, so I decided to run down to EBX and check out one of the two New Big Releases™, and decide there which one I wanted.

Basically, I've been getting back into Mario Kart thanks to the DS version (probably my personal favourite), and figured I could make Mario Kart Wii work out well. Thankfully, Angel had it set up already (full game; Angel doesn't fuck with demos), and I tried it out, with just the Wiimote, to see how I liked it.

The first thing I noticed was that I was driving in reverse. OK, once I figured out how to hold the Wiimote (like the wheel was attached), I was good to go... and thanks to two powerups, went from dead, DEAD last to 4th in a matter of seconds, in what we'll call "Red Flag 1". I ended up winning that race with little difficulty (Red Flag 2), but finished fourth in the next race, after getting whomped with FOUR blue shells, including three with the finish line in sight (Red Flag 3).

I eventually took second place in the Mushroom Cup. This was because every time I came up to the finish, I'd be stuck in mud, as my adversaries passed me as if I was standing still; I lost to Bowser. My ultimate opinion so far: if I am visibly angry at a game for the wrong reasons IN THE STORE, it's a game probably not looking at an immediate purchase. The rubber-band AI was a bit much this time around, and I'll likely stick with the less gimmicky DS version.

So I left EBX with the following:

- Component Cables for PS2/PS3 GET! My HDTV is great for HDTV, but not so great for NotHDTV, and as a result, the PS2 - which is on AV cables - is a bit blurry and smudged (and FORGET an RFU switch; the picture quality is laughable, as the frequency from the cable actively causes interference). That's not a problem when playing RPGs, but when it comes to ball sports, it causes MAJOR problems; I have big trouble picking up the ball in Smash Court Tennis 2, as well as picking up fastballs in time in MLB '08. So out goes another $25 for PS2 component cables, and if I get one of the two other TVs set up in my room again (either the 19", or Aileen's little one), I'll use that for the legacies (Dreamcast and down) and my cablebox, unless I get a HD tuner.

- SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 GET! I naturally buy any and all compilations that don't suck, no matter how many times and ways I've beaten the games in question, or how many ways I can emulate them. This one, I think, will be worth it - it has Shock Troopers, KoF '94 and King of the Monsters, DUH! - though it gives me an idea for a feature at DHGF (namely, the greatest compilations of all time; if I have a say in that one, Activision Anthology will play very well).

And finally...

- Grand Theft Auto IV GET! Let's see if it lives up to the hype.

And later, chances are good that Penny Arcade: On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Ep. 1 is going to get picked up later for a review. Don't know where yet, but I'm thinking I'll Steam it.

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samuraiter
May. 22nd, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
Mario Kart DS. I agree – this game is excellent, and it gives me a large variety of things to do and unlock. The fact that it grades me on my driving is extra incentive to improve. (I must get my Friend Code for this so I can lose to people other than the computer.)

Mario Kart Wii. Still no Wii to be had anywhere in Ohio. :-( And no money to buy one, anyway.

Component Cables. You have seen my ordeal with trying to get my PS2 to not pixelate on HDTV. Result: No dice. Only looks right on a standard TV, IMO, but your mileage may vary.

SNK Arcade Classics. WANT. KOF '94 is the only game in the (main) series I have yet to play, and the other titles are pure gravy. :-) Now that I have the World Heroes Anthology ($9.82 new), I only need this and Volume 2 of the Fatal Fury Battle Archive to be up to date. Thank you, SNK, for pricing these so low!

GTA4. It will be $20 in the future. That is when I will get it. No $60 purchases for me, thank you, though I certainly enjoy the games.
lordglenn
May. 23rd, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
The Friend Code for Mario Kart DS is under Nintendo WFC -> Friend Code -> Confirm Code.
samuraiter
May. 23rd, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
:-P I know, I just haven't looked for it in a while.
dmajohnson
May. 23rd, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
If you're ever up for it, I'd gladly play a few games of Mario Kart DS with you.
samuraiter
May. 24th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
When I am skilled enough not to get my ass stomped at the 100 cc level, I may well take you up on that. Be forewarned that I prefer to use the 'heavy' characters (i.e. Bowser), though Luigi's growing on me as of late. It feels like he's been improved a lot.
dmajohnson
May. 24th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, I don't snake against those who have not snaked against me first. ;)
samuraiter
May. 24th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Relax, I'm not even sure I know how to snake, exactly, and, even if I did get the technique down, I'd still be likely to sail off the track into oblivion. (You should try racing me in F-Zero GX; it's hysterical.) Besides, I'm a samurai. I play honorably. ^_^ ... But I'll let you know when I'm ready to face your Baytown skills.
lordglenn
May. 23rd, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
Even though Mario Kart Wii has really bad AI(in the AI's favor), it's still a fairly fun game, at least with multiple people. The unlocking conditions are stupid though, especially with some of the outrageous times in Time Trial and the painful rubber band AI. Not a super purchase, but it at least got me away from only playing Brawl. (Though, I haven't played either in almost 3 weeks... Go go PS1/2 games?)
burning_phoneix
May. 23rd, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
I never really liked any Mario Kart ever since MK64.

No wait. "don't like" is too strong a term. They're good but not good enough games.
burning_phoneix
May. 23rd, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
And Oh yeah.

Grand theft Auto IV is awesome.

But no game alive can live up to that hype. Just forget the reviews and the media coverage and pop that game in with an open mind.
angeling
May. 24th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUDE.
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