Mario Kart 8 x Mercedes

This is such a strange move by Nintendo.

  1. They’re including real vehicles as selectable karts in a primarily wacky kart racer
  2. It’s DLC which is uncommon for Nintendo
  3. It’s coming out for free which is uncommon in general
  4. It’s coming alongside a patch to fix up some issues which is uncommon for Nintendo

What a weird thing this is. I’m enjoying what I’ve played of Mario Kart 8 so far, so I’m looking forward to the additional content and improvements coming later this month.

I shouldn’t be weirded out by this but since Nintendo have been doing things their own way for some time now, seeing them follow their peers is unusual for them.

Checkpoint: Back to Square One Edition

Checkpoint - Back to Square One Edition

I try not to get into my personal life on this site. Past experiences have taught me to keep that kind of drivel to myself. Nobody really wants to read about it and if they do, they’ll just come out and ask me. So I’ll try to keep this brief.

I’m single again and while it caused a bit of heartache I’ve found solace in my hobby and know life will move on. My time on this Earth has taught me that time heals all wounds and I’ll get over this little slump in due time.

I have the next week off and while that may seem like a recipe for self loathing or decadence, I am making the most of it to stay the course and work on projects around the house and catch up with some games, movies and shows that I’ve been neglecting. I was going to use this time as time for myself already but now I might be spending the foreseeable future doing just that.

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time with the Wii U. At first it was an effort to discover party or “girlfriend” friendly games; I chose Game & Wario as my Club Nintendo title for that sole purpose. I’ll continue down that path just to familiarize myself with Nintendo’s library but at the same time, I am finding enjoyment in titles like Game & Wario and Mario Kart 8. I even want to grab Mario Party 10 on the cheap just so I can play it with family and friends.

I wrapped up Peace Walker and found it disappointing. I don’t know what my next game will be. I might just stay rotating through Wii U titles until I’m inspired to start something more involved.

New Nintendo Direct trailers shows Wii U has games

There was a Nintendo Direct today and along with it a handful of new trailers to assure us that the Wii U has games coming.

Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2 caught my eye first but unfortunately they didn’t see fit to include a release date.

I think she still looks great with that new hairdo. But I must admit that I’ve become big fan of ladies with shorter hair as of late, so there’s a bit of bias there.

Mario Kart 8

I think I have to pick this up. It will become the first Mario Kart game that I can call my own.

E3 2011: Nintendo’s Press Conference Round Up & More


  • Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX for Game Boy Color coming to Nintendo 3DS E-Shop
  • Legend of Zelda: Four Swords coming to DSiWare
    • Releasing September 2011
    • Free
  • Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword coming Holiday 2011
    • A soundtrack coming around the same time as well
  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time OST free gift for early Club Nintendo registrants
  • Luigi’s Mansion 2 coming to Nintendo 3DS
  • Mario Kart coming to Nintendo 3DS holiday 2011
  • Star Fox 3DS coming September 2011
  • Kid Icarus Uprising coming later this year
  • Project Cafe now known as Wii U; coming 2012
  • Smash Bros coming to Nintendo 3DS & Wii U
  • New Super Mario Bros. Mii coming to Wii U
  • Traveler’s Tales Lego City Stories coming to Wii U & 3DS
  • Kirby Wii announced

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June 2009 NPD Numbers of Open World Fighting Games


  1. DS - 766, 500
  2. Wii - 361, 700
  3. Xbox 360 - 240, 600
  4. PlayStation 3 - 164, 700
  5. PlayStation Portable – 163, 500
  6. PlayStation 2 - 152, 700


  1. 360 – PROTOTYPE - 419, 900
  2. 360 – UFC 2009:UNDISPUTED - 338, 300
  3. Wii – EA SPORTS ACTIVE BUNDLE - 289, 100
  4. Wii - TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 10 – 272, 400
  5. Wii FIT – 271, 600
  6. 360 – FIGHT NIGHT ROUND 4 – 260, 800
  7. PS3 – FIGHT NIGHT ROUND 4 – 210, 300
  8. Wii – MARIO KART W/WHEEL – 202, 100
  9. 360 – RED FACTION:GUERRILLA – 199, 400
  10. PS3 – INFAMOUS – 192, 700

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