The History of Gamecube

January 8, 2014

I may write mostly about science, and from the look of this blog, you might think that is my only interest. But I also like videogames. I mainly play Nintendo games and occasional PC games like Civ V. Anyways, I have found this fascinating article about the creation and lifetime of Nintendo Gamecube. There are a lot of information of the decisions the company made and the reason behind them. Basically, tons of stuff I didn’t know.

If you don’t know, Gamecube was Nintendo’s least successful console, and was mainly a niche platform for gaming. It had some great games, but like all post SNES Nintendo consoles, it suffered long stretches of time without software releases. In the case of the Gamecube, well, nothing could save it. Despite that, it managed to make a nice profit for Nintendo, even if the profit generated wasn’t exactly mind blowing. A lot of people who owned it look back at it fondly thanks to some excellent exclusive games.

Super Mario Bros. Analyzed

November 5, 2013

I recently found a pretty cool list of articles that analyzes the game design of the original Mario bros. I remember that I never got further than 6-3. Stupid old games and their lack of save points!

The Spirit of Videogaming

November 9, 2009

I have two interesting links relating to videogames.

The first one is on the status of videogames in my homeland, Venezuela. It seems like the Venezuelan government, oh so benevolent like always, is banning them as if they were weapons. Frankly, I don’t know how the Venezuelan people think while electing all of these people. Perhaps they are all corrupt. From what I have read on Venezuelan history and politics, the situation has always been precarious. I remember those times, school cancelled due to weeks of strikes and marches, or the coup which attempted to overthrow Chavez. And there was the riot which traumatized the country, El Caracazo, which happened before I was born. 

Oh well, not that it matters. Most games being sold in Venezuela are pirated, which I and my brother had a fare share of. You see, buying legal games in Venezuela is completely impractical for us working middle class family, and for the huge poor population of the country. I remember when a Gamecube used to cost 500,000 Bolivares, which is around 250 bucks. Thanks to that, I skipped a whole generation of gaming (around 6 years). Now, consider the huge number compared to the small dollar, though. It means the money is somewhat worthless and so getting that amount is just very expensive. Plus, all dollar transactions in Venezuela is done in the black market, so technically, the money is even more worthless. Now games cost like what, 500,000 and a console is around 1,000,000? That is madness, who would buy those stuffs except for the filthy rich.

The other interesting link is the interview of mainly Miyamoto (whom I admire, being father of videogaming and all) and Iwata, and other creative minds behind Nintendo’s awesome products and games. It tells you a bit about videogaming philosophy, their ideas, and what their thoughts are of the way things are going. Very interesting stuffs, so read up!

Oh, and before I leave, something funny that “explains” Mario’s crazy adventures:

(hat tip gonintendo)

E3 Game Convention: Lots of New Stuffs!

June 3, 2009

Wow, lots of gaming news this week! It is E3, which means the game companies will be displaying their next products. A lot of stuffs came out with the conference, including XBox’s interactive new camera, PlayStation’s camera/wand, and a show of Wii’s motion +.  Plus, they announced tons of new games. Too bad my Wii got stolen… Must… Kill… That… Person… *Drool* Anyways,  they showed things like Peter Molyneux’s interactive person using the XBox interactive camera, displayed new games like Mario Galaxy 2 and a new Metroid, and etc etc etc. Also, Miyamoto gives away a lliiiittttllleee sneak peek on the next Zelda, and they also announced Golden Sun, one of my favorite RPGs!

In celebration, here is my favorite Golden Sun soundtrack:

For this week, I am a happy gamer, until reality sets over me that someone stole my Wii and I go sulking again.

Has Nintendo Lost the Hardcore Gamers?

November 28, 2008

According to this editorial from IGN, this year hasn’t amounted to much, which I agree. The article doesn’t say an outright yes, what it does say, though, is that it is taking a bit too long for those types of games to be released. Also, the crap that the third parties are releasing are not helping. Seriously, have you seen the crap that the third party people releases! *cough*Ninjabread Man*cough* Anyways, it is an interesting article, so I thought I should put it up here. ^_^

Nintendo and Food

August 13, 2008

I really love it when they make food based on videogames. The ones below are a dessert that is like the stage map of Donkey Kong Country and the other one is a bulbasaur cake.

Cool, eh? There are more examples of that in, so you should check them out by searching it.

Nintendo Fanboy Schism

July 28, 2008

Some of you may have heard of this situation in the gaming blogosphere, which is quaking with 1000s of complaints against Nintendo. You see, after e3, a large gaming convension, a large group of Nintendo fanboys has been dissatisfied with the way Nintendo was treating them, while other believe that it was more logical for them to go casual and wait for the games they want. That is because Nintendo stopped showing hardcore games, and only catered to the casual first time gamers. I am sometimes irrational when I support Nintendo, but in this current situation, I feel like I have to go with Nintendo on this one. Make no mistake, I wasn’t happy with their conference, since it was kind of boring, and they didn’t show a whole lot of games. Also, the lady kind of got in my nerves. Anyways, they sucked. Read the rest of this entry »