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Weekly Video Game Post–December 25, 2011

Weekly Video Game Podcast – December 25, 2011 <77 mins (52.6 MB)>
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  • Jamie Gore and John Teodoro
  • Podcast delivered despite being pretty awfully sick all week
  • I don’t hate Nintendo but for this podcast, I really hate Nintendo
  • Seriously Nintendo, make with the games on the Virtual Console…and bring back IPs like Pikmin, WarioWare, Advance Wars, and Kid Icarus (no, that Sin and Punishment knockoff doesn’t count) 
  • Speaking of downloadable games and hate, I really tear Sony a new one; do they not want me to use my PSP anymore?
  • Microsoft got off easy…lucky them
  • Continue reading for sales figures from the week of December 17th and other stuff (all sales figures come from www.vgchartz.com)

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A Space Shooter for Two Bucks! (Video Game Review)

Video Game Review
A Space Shooter for Two Bucks!
Playstation Portable (PSP Mini)
2010
Developer: Frima Studio
Publisher: Frima Studio

Few cheap games are actually worth their low price tag. The PSP Minis have been more miss than hit but there are still plenty of gems to be found. Frima Studio’s A Space Shooter for Two Bucks! is an incredibly fun game at its price point…which just so happens to be two bucks. It’s fun, enjoyable, and provides a cheap thrill that’s well worth it’s cost.

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Tetris (PSP Mini) (Video Game Review)

Video Game Review
Tetris
Sony Playstation Portable (PSP Mini)
2009
Developed by: EA Mobile
Published by: Electronic Arts

Tetris, in theory, would seem like a hard game to screw up but every year we are witness to a few horrible versions of the game. However, EA did an incredible job with their PSP Mini version of Tetris. The game plays extremely well. In fact, this is the best handheld version of Tetris since Tetris DX came out for the Game Boy Color in 1997.

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Monopoly (Video Game Review)

Video Game Review
Monopoly
Sony PSP (Mini)
2010
Developed by: EA
Published by: EA

Monopoly has to be my favourite traditional board game. Playing Monopoly through digital means has been touch-and-go. While there was a really good Monopoly game made for DOS back in the 80s, there haven’t been all that many good digital versions since then. Other than the most recent home console version for the Wii, Xbox 360, and PS2 which were made by EA, most versions tend to be on the atrocious side. The PSP Mini version is one that falls into the downright horrible category. It’s slow, boring, and essentially no fun.

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Madness Brewing Weekly Video Game Newsletter #002

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The second issue of the Weekly Video Game Newsletter is now up. It’s a bit heavy at 12 pages although that’s nothing compared to next week’s issue now that the site is back up and running as I’m working on several interesting articles. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to split next week’s issue in two and release another issue in later this week. It all depends on how busy I am.

Here’s what’s in this week’s issue:

Video Game Reviews

– Monopoly (PSP Mini)
– Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Wii)

Hall of Fame Inductees

– Duck Hunt (NES)

Other Features

– April Sales Figures
– Game of the Year Candidates from January 2010
– Results of First Round of Video Game Hall of Fame Voting
– Other Assorted Nonsense

Smashbreak (Video Game Review)

Video Game Review
Smashbreak
Playstation Portable (PSP Mini)
2010
Developed by: Sony
Published by: Sony

While most of the games produced by Sony under the PSP minis system have been extremely disappointing, Smashbreak is a nice treat. Although, it too is plagued with problems and ultimately will leave you shaking you’re head, it’s not bad enough to leave you violently frustrated. It helps that Smashbreak takes the simple concept of Breakout and turns it on its head. There are a lot of interesting aspects within this small game but the execution could have been handled better. Still, it’s not a bad purchase for only a few bucks.

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Legend of Kunoichi (Video Game Review)

Video Game Review
Legend of Kunoichi
Sony Playstation Portable (PSP Mini)
2010
Developed by: Sony
Published by: Sony

Legend of Kunoichi feels like a cheap cash-grab by Sony. This is a game where they’ll make money off of poor suckers who don’t know better (and people like me who like to review small downloadable games). Calling the game shallow would be an understatement. Essentially, this game is a waste of time, money, and memory card space.

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Digi-Tiles (Video Game Review)

Video Game Review
Digi-Tiles
Sony Playstation Portable (PSP Mini)
2010
Developed by: Sony
Published by: Sony

I was really looking forward to Digi-Tiles when it was released. I love puzzle games and I love math puzzles. To me, this seemed there was a great chance for success here. The problem is that I forgot that it was also a Sony published PSP Mini game. Not only was I disappointed with this game but it made me frustrated that I wasted a couple of bucks. Even when I dislike games, I never get angry that I spent the money on them (upset sure, but never do I feel rage). Digi-Tiles changed all that.

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