Do you remember rhythm games before Rock Band and Guitar Hero popularized and killed the genre for many gamers. It was a time where this genre embraced whatever the strange and weird ideas that came into the developers heads. These were unique gameplay experiences without the additional investment of plastic instruments, dance pads or motion tracking cameras. Elite Beat Agents came early in the Nintendo DS’s life cycle and when Guitar Hero was just making is way into gamers minds. It also used covers for popular music but it’s the gameplay and presentation that makes it stand out in gamers minds.
My Club Nintendo annual reward has just came in even though the prize was announced July this year I believe. What takes them so long, I don’t know. This year’s reward is a set of 25 buttons featuring characters and items from Super Mario Bros. Now I just need to figure out a place to pin them all.
For those of you who don’t know what Club Nintendo is, it is a system where you enter PIN’s found licensed Nintendo games and downloaded games if you link your account to their site. You will have to answer quick questionnaires about how you heard and what you think about their games before you get your coins. Coins can be used towards items in Nintendo’s store such as posters and bags. Earning 300 coins will gain you Gold status and 600 for Platinum. Prizes are announced at the end of June and those who have accumulated enough for Gold or Platinum status will be sent the gift.
If you happen to own a bunch of Wii, DS or 3DS games and haven’t thrown the piece of paper with the PIN then go to club.nintendo.com and give it a look and see what you like.
Link is back in Nintendo’s signature The Legend of Zelda franchise. I’m going to cut to the chase right now, Skyward Sword is a good “Zelda” game even great. The problem is we have been spoiled with games like Batman Arkham City, Uncharted 3, etc that are action packed and throw you in the action right away. Zelda takes a while before the real adventure starts and the game’s action isn’t as nail biting as shooters or brawlers. Another hard sell is people without a Wii or Wii Motion Plus. Zelda is an adventure game designed to be lengthy and always has. If you are fine with that and even if you need an additional investment for Wii Motion Plus Skyward Sword is well worth your time.