Thursday, 30 August 2012

Goodbye Nintendo Gamer

Despite only buying the magazine since the relaunch back in January it saddened me today to read about the demise of Nintendo Gamer.

It's saddening for three reasons. 1) It's the end of the magazine, a magazine that I was enjoying buying and reading on a monthly basis. 2) It's another magazine that has met it's demise to the digital age and 3) It's the end of a twenty year era that started back in 1992 with the release of the still popular and excellent Super Play magazine.

After the demise of Super Play after 47 issues the magazine became known as N64 magazine, funnily enough for the release of the N64. It then morphed into NGC for the release of the Cube before becoming N-Gamer for the Wii and finally being relaunched as Nintendo Gamer which is it latest and last incarnation.

The full announcement can be read here.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

Back in December 2011 I wrote a post regarding a book celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda (the post can be found here). At the time the book was being released in Japan and for the past eight months it's stayed that way, until today.

According to reports at the book has been listed by Diamond Book Distributors as having a release date in America with the UK to follow. No news yet of the UK release date and price but our friends in America will be seeing it on shelves on January 29, 2013 with a price tag of $34.99. Sadly not in time for Christmas but at least it's finally being released.

As soon as the UK details are announced I will update the post and will most likely have a copy on pre-order before I've finished typing.

UPDATE: Amazon UK now have the book for pre-order at £22.09, a saving of £3.90

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Completed Games July 2012

Kirby: Power Paintbrush - DS
Kirby: Mass Attack - DS
Donkey Kong Country Returns - Wii

Three games completed last month with two being fun and brilliant to play and one not so much.

Kirby: Power Paintbrush was the disappointing one from the list. Had been after it for a while and was very pleased when I picked it up for so cheap but sadly what I found was a rather dull and uninspiring game with a control scheme that could be quite maddening. Kirby: Mass Attack on the other hand was a really fun game and for me a far better game than Power Paintbrush. A better control scheme, better levels and just overall a better game.

Donkey Kong Country Returns is an absolute joy of a game and is easily one of the best games that I have played this year. The difficulty of some of the levels is beyond words and I'll happily admit that I died a fair few times but that didn't stop it from being an absolutely brilliant game that is definitely worth playing,

Monday, 13 August 2012

July Purchases

It's been a while but it's finally time for a new post. It's round-up time for the purchases from July and pretty much everything was bought on the cheap, the priciest being a good ole English tenner for Gears of War 3.

The SNES/Wii Pad was previously shown here and I'm still pleased to have finally gotten one. Turok: Rage Wars, Eledees, Rogue Trooper and Gears were all from the Retro Gamer forum while House of the Dead and Exhaust Heat were both from Cash Converters. Exhaust Heat was only £2 and bar the blooming annoying Cash Converters price sticker is in pretty good shape.

Wii Music, Stranglehold and My Word Coach were all bought on a whim in a sale while Rayman Origins and Professor Layton were also both in a sale for £5 each, new and sealed. That's right, a crisp English fiver each in a sale. Last but not least Tomb Raider was bought by a friend as a Birthday present.