We are trying a new format with Animal Crossing Chronicles. In this quarter’s issue, we presented a photo album of Samus’ exploits during the summer 2011. This choice was infinitely easier to produce and it’s easier to upload and implement on our blog. Let us know what you think!
The Usual Suspects: GI takes a look at the shooter-looter Borderlands from Gearbox Software. Editors Lyndsey and Jamie Mosley complete a short runthrough for an episode of Game Night and begin their newest podcast, Guns of Pandora.
We review: Donkey Kong Country (SNES), Barbie (NES), Double Dragon (Genesis) and Final Fantasy (NES)
Ready, Set, Begin!:
We review: Call of Duty Black Ops (Xbox 360 version), Mortal Kombat (Xbox 360 version), Shinobi (PS2), Animal Crossing (GameCube) and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (Xbox 360 version).
We review Watchmen (film) in the property review, Devil May Cry 3 Vol. 1 in Otaku, the top 5 unknown black superheroes, discuss the importance of equal representation in comics in Strip Talk and break down Marrow in the Marvel character highlight.
In this issue, we begin our long-planned and awaited ratings policy and we move our digital archives online. If you would like to read older content from Gaming Insurrection without having to download a PDF issue, now’s your chance. Gaming Insurrection’s digital archives are now live! Get started here.
Welcome to the fifth edition of Animal Crossing Chronicles. This feature originally began in January 2010 and has evolved into a diary following a new character in the town of Tokyo on the GameCube version of Animal Crossing. Each quarter, we will look at the life of Samus as she makes her way through Tokyo and learns the ropes of life.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Today is April Fool’s Day! And it’s apparently a semi-special event here in Tokyo. I went for a walk today and happened to run into Tortimer. He’s a crusty old turtle but he’s nice. He was walking around inspecting the town, I guess, and he decided to give me a gift. I love gifts, especially of the free variety, so I didn’t turn it down.
So, when I got back to my house, I opened it. Imagine how surprised I was when I realized that he’d given me an NES game. Well, the NES game was actually a joke. I was not amused. I was hoping for something awesome, and all I got was this game that doesn’t actually work called Super Tortimer. Looks like I won’t be taking gifts from the mayor anymore.
Friday, April 15, 2011
I went for a walk today just to get out of the house. Because the weather is now nice again, it’s good to get out and see the landscape of the town. I ran into some new animals such as Rio, who isn’t exactly neighborly. The inside of her house is nice, though.
The weather and the landscape have changed quite a bit. In March the green leaves made a return, and the snow melted off. This month, we’ve had cherry blossoms all over the place. If I could find my kimono, I would wear it outside to view the blossoms, but the kimono is in storage somewhere in the house.
I had an idea of taking a trip on the train, but I don’t know of any other towns I could visit. Traveling would be nice.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
I went through the majority of Super Mario Bros. earlier today. I didn’t have much time to sit down and play as much as I wanted to, but Jamie wanted to borrow my copy so I played a little of it before I let it go.
I managed to make it all the way to World 8-3 before I quit. Jamie told me that if I beat the game and saved my progress, it would be permanently saved unless I delete my NES data. So, right as I got to World 8-4, I quit so I could at least save my high score. I have about 360,000.
I want to go over to his house and play Zelda because he has a retro TV that is awesome. I have an Apple TV, which isn’t bad, but the retro TV looks more cool.
Monday, May 16, 2011
I went decorating again. For some reason, the Happy Room Academy insists that I have junk on the floor and then takes off points. I’m not sure what they’re referring to, but I took some shells that I had and sold them. I hope that fixes the problem.
For now, my house is a mix that I like. I have a lot of the fruit-related items downstairs and flowers to brighten the room. Upstairs, I changed to yellow furniture and added a custom yellow wallpaper and wooden floor to brighten it for spring and summer. In the fall I will probably switch to a brown wallpaper or deep red. I think it looks cool right now.
Thursday, May 20, 2011
I’m gearing up for the summer events in the town! The fishing tournament starts soon and I think I will enter this year. Lyndsey has previously won several of them, and her trophy looks sweet. I think it will be fun to catch fish, and I know the trick to winning the contest. Hopefully, I can catch a large-enough fish at some point to enter into the contest.
I actually paid some of my ginormous loan off today. I’d been saving money off and on from the sale of fossils, and I had some left over cash that I could afford to put toward the bill. The loan was at 788,000 Bells, and I paid 30,000 Bells to bring it down to 758,000 Bells. I can’t get any more upgrades so I guess I should get started paying more of it off to get from underneath it.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
It is so hot outside now! The temperature has gone up so fast that I have to carry an umbrella outside with me just to get some shade. While I’d love a tan while I’m outside I don’t want to get sunburned. I have several umbrellas that will work.
Sunday starts the fishing tournament, and I’m getting more excited. If I can catch a large Bass that would be wonderful. And I hope to not make as many puns, either. While I’m waiting for the tournament to start it’s probably going to be a good time to get my fishing and insect collecting up to par again since most of the creatures that I can catch in Tokyo are now definitely out of hibernation. There is money to be had in the landscape of town for sure.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
I entered the fishing contest today. I did well for my first try or so I thought. Every time I thought I had a winning entry, someone else came along and entered something better. I finally gave up at about 5 p.m.
I had been outside since 10 a.m. catching fish and insects to sell and for the contest, but I was tired and beat by the time the contest actually started. It also didn’t help that Wendell was in town. He plays the starving artist really well, so I tried to be nice and give him something to eat. I gave him a Sea Bass so that I didn’t have to give up my contest entries, and he gave me a Tree-lined Wall wallpaper in return.
My contest entry was a 19-inch large Bass. Olivia, who lives several acres over, turned in a 24-inch large Bass and won according to Chip, who overseas the contest. Oh well. I guess there’s always next week.
Featured in this issue:
— E32011: We analyze this year’s extravaganza: The games, the conferences and the announcements are all here. Listen to our special annual podcast and find out what other experts had to say about 2011’s offerings from the Big 3.
— Mortal Kombat II tournament Round 3: We reach the halfway mark of our tournament for the gory fighting game classic. Match strategies, commentary in our special podcast and video are included.
Ready, set, begin!
We review Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Battlefield Bad Company, Yakuza and Crash Bandicoot 2.
Games on tap for review are Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Dr. Mario, Duck Hunt and Rad Racer.
We discuss the dichotomy of heroes and villains, five of the worst comic book movies ever made, Robotech, Magneto and X-Men The Animated Series Vol. 1.
Retro Game Corner
We examine the costs of rare games, look at the Squirtle-Wartortle-Blastoise evolutionary chain in the Pokemon Red & Blue Knowledge Center and critique Knight Rider in the Torture of the Quarter.
As always we have columns by Lyndsey and Jamie and a comic for Strip Life. Let us know what you think!
Welcome to the fourth edition of Animal Crossing Chronicles. This feature originally began in January 2010 and has evolved into a diary following a new character in the town of Tokyo on the GameCube version of Animal Crossing. Each quarter, we will look at the life of Samus as she makes her way through Tokyo and learns the ropes of life.
Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011
I made a little headway on the loan as part of my New Year’s resolutions. I had about 120,000 Bells saved up
from my mysterious gift in December (just in time for Christmas!) so I paid 49,800 Bells today. This paid off my loan for the basement addition! I opted to get a larger main room, and it should be done tomorrow.
It snowed in December finally! I could attempt the snowman furniture collection, but it’s too aggravating. The balls have to be just right and, more often than not, mine are not. I will buy some more furniture, though, because I’ll be getting an upstairs addition pretty soon with a few more payoffs. I would like to move my bed and add a bath section upstairs so that I can entertain in the main room. Also, I’d like to be able to use my 8-mat tatami flooring again. I think I will be using the tea room wallpaper in the upstairs bedroom, but I haven’t really given it much thought.
I look forward to warm weather again already. It’s too cold here!
Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011
Today I was tasked with turning on the light in the Tokyo’s lighthouse. Tortimer asked me yesterday when I was running errands if I would do this for about a week. I didn’t want to because who knows when I’ll be outside again, but I agreed anyway because I’m nice. So I have to do this until the 22nd, which is next Saturday. If I can remember to do it after today, I will.
I made a big payment on my next loan as well. After Nook finished the latest upgrade, my bill jumped to 398,000 Bells. Since I had 90,000 Bells saved up, I used it to pay a little on the balance. I hope the next upgrade will be the upstairs room. I’m ready to move my furniture around.
Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011
So I thought I was doing something good and making progress in Tokyo. I added more furniture and to my surprise, I found that I was running out of room. I can’t have everything that I own in my living room! I don’t have the
upstairs bedroom yet, and I need some place to put all of my clothes. I bought some storage spaces, which is ridiculous. Why is it that the shelving only holds three items? They really should make them hold multiple items. That way I would save on space and not have to spend so many Bells just get the place organized.
I’m hoping that I have enough tickets at the end of the month to join in the raffle that Nook holds. Last month, I won a bunch of stuff because I had 45 tickets. It seems when you’re new in town you can easily rack up tickets because you have to spend a lot of money at the store.
Oh, and I’m not looking forward to Valentine’s Day. For the single people like me, it’s a made-up holiday. I don’t care.
Friday, Feb. 18, 2011
I caught a huge fish today! I think it was a stringfish. It was in the pond and I saw this huge shadow so I immediately pulled out my fishing rod and reeled it in. I don’t have to donate to the museum since Lyndsey and Jamie have already finished that task, so I’m selling it for the 15,000 Bells it will bring in.
I’ve steadily been making payments on my loan from Nook. What I usually do is make the rounds in Tokyo, looking for fossils and gyroids and then selling them the next day. You can only mail in three a day because that’s all that the Faraway Museum will accept. If you send in more, they won’t send them back and you will have lost them. I found
that out that hard way several weeks ago. It would have been nice for one of the other characters to tell me that! But I’ve been making money and every little bit helps. I pay 10,000 Bells everytime I finish up for the day. Slowly but surely this has helped knock down the money I have left. I hope pretty soon to take a break and go listen to K.K. Slider at the train station. He only shows up on Saturday nights but I need new music!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Spring is here! It’s nice for all of the snow to be off the ground in Tokyo. Like my namesake, I can’t take the cold for very long (I love the Metroid reference I just made), and I’m glad it’s warming up again. I’ve started buying the spring tops and I’m going to start planting flowers around my house just as soon as I have time to pick out the types I want.
My spring project is remodeling the house. I think I want yellow and green in the rooms. I have stored mostly all of the green furniture that’s been offered at Nookington’s and I’m going to design a decent yellow wallpaper at the Able Sisters’ shop in a few weeks. Once I get the room addition, I will have the space to put everything, and I can stop storing furniture in letters at the post office. It also means I can sort of clear out my basement.
I finally met Sahara the other day. She’s … different. I did a trade with her. I gave her a carpet and 3,000 Bells and she gave me a special carpet. Truth be told, they’re not all that special, most of them. I like the Sand Garden pattern and that’s about it. I might use that in my room with the deer scare.
Friday, March 18, 2011
I meant to update on the February raffle. I didn’t win anything. I didn’t have nearly as many tickets as I thought I would at the end of the month. I got some tickets from Lyndsey, but it wasn’t really enough to do anything with. I like to think that maybe I will do something this month. I have another part of the house to outfit now and I plan to turn my basement into another area as well. So that means more furniture to be bought.
With spring around again, I decided it was time to catch insects again. And I did! I caught several species of butterflies that I didn’t have already and I’m working on catching a snail and a ladybug. They’re pretty rare but I know when they show up so it shouldn’t be too hard. I might keep the ladybug in the house. They’re cute bugs and I think it will look nice.
Gaming Insurrection has uploaded a new Editor’s Weekly Podcast! We’re discussing two recent releases in the fighting game genre: Mortal Kombat and Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Listen using our embedded player or download it for on the go from the podcasts page.
NetherRealm Studios will push MK1-3 package to market later this year
By Lyndsey Mosley/Gaming Insurrection
In a reversal of a published story this quarter in GI, NetherRealm Studios has announced the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection for later this summer.
The actual collection, a downloadable title, will feature MK1, MKII and Ultimate MK3 and will be released for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Other features included are online play for the three games, leaderboards and support for Achievements and Trophies.
A tournament stick will be released. The Klassic arcade stick, from Performance Designed Products, will retail for $129.99 at GameStop and will include a download token for the collection. PDP released the companion tournament controller for the recent Mortal Kombat, the reboot of the series from NetherRealm, the new studio led by Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon.
GI recently published a story in its Retro Game Corner section for 2Q2011 that focused on the rumors of an HD collection being released in the near future. The collection comes on the heels of MKII being removed from the PlayStation Network and Ultimate MK3 being removed from Xbox Live Arcade.
Multiple gaming outlets reported Monday that Nintendo would push to the marketplace in 2012 a successor to the Wii. Codenamed Project Cafe at the moment, the new console is being trumpeted in some circles to meet or exceed the current generation of hardware.
Now, that’s all fine and well, but honestly, we’ve heard that song and dance before from Nintendo. I was around for the Wii launch, and I remember the dark days of no third-party support in the N64 and GameCube era. Call me cynical, but I don’t have much faith in the statement that Nintendo intends to do better. I’ve been burned one too many times with the level of commitment from Nintendo regarding its consoles from 1996 onward.
I sold my Wii not that long ago, and you can read the reasons why in my first online editorial (which can be read here). I’m not jazzed about the announcement, and the new system is definitely not a day-one must have for me. I can do without anything that Nintendo is passing off these days as games and that’s not meant as a diss to the company. It’s meant to serve as a reminder that growing up with Nintendo for so long and feeling pushed aside by the company in favor of the fringe margin of gamers this generation means I don’t care and my dollars and respect will have to be earned again.
While I don’t love Nintendo anymore, I do wish them well. In order to get me to pay attention again, the company has quite a few things I need for it to do.
1. Robust online support: I want to be able to get online with my friends, play games, chat and share experiences. I want to compare our games, what we have in common through Nintendo, what we don’t have in common and be able to participate in the world over the Internet that includes tournaments. That also means no friend codes, too.
2. Support from third-party developers: I want some decent marketing support for great titles like Mad World. I want to be able to enjoy full good versions of the latest games that also are made for Microsoft and Sony. I do not want shovelware and only one good game per year, courtesy of first party only.
3. Familiar franchises done correctly: Do not – I repeat, DO NOT – screw up your marquee franchises with mediocre sequels and incomprehensible team ups with strange companies. Nintendo has a great stable of characters that gamers care about. These characters – Mario, Samus, Link, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Fox McCloud, Yoshi and Pit – can sell games if they’re done correctly. In particular Mario, Metroid and The Legend of Zelda are multimillion-plus sellers by name alone. That kind of built-in marketing buzz has to be developed over time but can be destroyed overnight if enough damage is done to the brand. Nintendo’s stable and reputation for quality has taken a hit with subpar installments (see: Metroid: Other M), and Project Cafe is a way to correct this.
4. Lose the gimmicks: Nintendo should take the hint from its most successful time and apply it to today’s market. When it was on top of the heap with the Super Nintendo, it didn’t need gimmicks to be king of the hill. It had sterling third-party support and a dedication to quality gaming with great technical specs, know-how and engineering. Sure, the music sometimes left a lot to be desired and the graphics sometimes weren’t pretty, but at least you knew Nintendo was trying to be the best it could be. And it didn’t take a remote and waggling controls to do it. If I were Nintendo, I’d revisit the old days and not just for Virtual Console ideas either.
5. Consistent peripheral support: It seems every generation Nintendo worsens in its support for its introduced peripherals. Instead of tricking consumers into buying pieces of add-on hardware that will never be fully encouraged, Nintendo should stick with ideas it knows will be used. A classic controller, much like the one released with the Wii, was a brilliant idea and should be kept. Throwaways like the e-Reader, GameBoy Advance Player and ancient SNES Mouse and Super Scope need to stay off the roster.
As a longtime gamer I’m hoping to see suggestions from this list make it into the corporate philosophy of Nintendo by the time this system is introduced. Here’s hoping for a great show and even greater new console.