Last Friday I purchased a copy of the new Mario Kart 8 game for the Wii U. It’s something that I’ve been anticipating for a long time. After all, I’ve played almost every single game in the series, with the exclusion of some of the older DS/DSi editions. Now the complaint I have isn’t something I was completely unaware of before I purchased the game, but I was hoping for a better experience with the Battle Mode than I’ve had so far.
All three of the major consoles have released a new generation of systems. As an owner of the three older systems I had already decided that I would eventually purchase a Microsoft Xbox One and a Nintendo Wii U. It’s unlikely I’ll purchase a Playstation 4.
It may not be fair to judge a new console based on my experience with an older one but I just never used the Playstation 3 very much. I’m not debating whether or not it’s a great system. It is. But it just didn’t have very many games that I wanted to play (it had a rare exception here and there but overall it wasn’t a major draw for me despite it actually being my only console for a period of time).
Since the previous generation of consoles were first released I’ve put in far more hours playing Xbox 360 games than those of any other console. Yet, that’s not the first console I’ve purchased from the new generation. Yes, I do want one and suspect I’ll have one before the end of 2014, but right now I think the cost is too high. I’m just not eager to shell out $500+ for a console. I wasn’t even very eager to shell out $300 for my latest console purchase.
Which brings me to the topic of this post. Last Friday (Black Friday) I finally decided to go ahead and purchase a Nintendo Wii U. It’s likely that I would have held off on purchasing it if Nintendo hadn’t released the Mario & Luigi Deluxe Set, which I bought at Toys “R” Us. The cost of $300 for the set was something I could accept though a drop down to $250 would have been preferred. The kit includes the Deluxe system (32 GB instead of 8 GB) as well as New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U.
While playing a Wii game called Super Paper Mario I noticed some language in the cut scenes that seemed somewhat inappropriate for a video game that is geared toward adults and children. Specifically, the word “screwed” was used on more than one occasion. I guess it doesn’t have the same connotation as it did when I was a kid, but it still seemed a bit odd.
In a post of Super Paper Mario Wii Cheats one user, Overlord Goomba, posted a tip for making a lot of coins in a relatively short amount of time. The trick involves using a Catch Card SP to capture an Amazy Dayzee and then sell it at the card shop. Catch Card SPs usually cost 100 coins in the Flopside card shop and the Amazy Dayzee card can be sold in either card shop for 300 coins. This trick can be used to quickly max out one’s coins (and still have more cards in reserve).
Unfortunately, this trick requires access to level 5-2 and Flopside, so it’s not something that can be done early in the game.
Once you have at least one catch card (I’d recommend having two for the first trip) you’ll need to head to 5-2 and move through the star doors until you reach the door with the Yoshi statue. Just after the gap with the floating platform, but before the Yoshi statue, you’ll find an Amazy Dayzee in 3-D mode. As soon as you flip, just use the catch card.
I discovered an interesting cheat for Super Mario Bros 3 in Super Mario Bros All-Stars for Wii. Perhaps this is a bug or maybe even something that was by design. It may have existed in the SNES version though it’s been so long since I played it that I don’t remember. While running through World 1 I decided to save and see what happened when I reloaded the game.
When I reloaded the save I was disappointed to see that I would have to go through the levels again. But then I noticed that I had the same number of lives and the same items from before. I proceeded to play through World 1 and then stopped and saved before I got to the castle.
Using this trick I ended up with three warp whistles in World 1! I probably could have gained more but since I didn’t really plan to use them I instead started stocking up on items and lives. Using the old infinite lives trick on 1-2 it wasn’t long before I had several items and a good stock of lives before moving on to World 2.
My primary reason for buying it was to play one game: New Super Mario Bros. As of this post I’m in the fourth world of the game. Granted, that’s not very far considering I’ve had the system and game for a few weeks now. But considering the responsibilities that go along with being married, owning a home, and holding a good job… yeah, that’s not to bad. There’s also the fact that I’m playing some other games as well.
I’m not going to write about everything about the game that I think is great. Instead, the only thing that I think really needs to be mentioned is simply that it brings in all of the great elements of Super Mario Bros. 3 for the original NES.
Last summer I signed up for the single game subscription via GameFly. It’s the same concept as Netflix but for console games instead of movies. So far I’ve been very satisfied with the service. I have the same problems as with Netflix, but they’re not problems with the services themselves. My most common problem is simply not being able to devote a lot of time to gaming (much like movie watching) so I’ll often have the same game sitting at home for a couple of months.