Wednesday 4 October 2006
The idiot's guide to the dynamics of the last generation went as follows: Sony had the brand, Microsoft had the muscle and Nintendo had the content. By content, people usually meant character roster, and the rehabilitation of Tingle is the proof of exactly that strength.
An entirely minor, and mostly loathed, character from Majora's Mask, Tingle didn't seem to have much to offer. Like Wario, what he needed was a game that embraced his oddness and unpleasantness, and
At this year's Tokyo Game Show, we had the luck to sit down with a very talented man. Atsushi Inaba is a maverick game creator who's had his hand in a number of off the wall game titles. He first became known for the one-two-punch of Viewtiful Joe and the incomparably complex and obscure Steel Battalion (that Xbox game that required a $200 cockpit controller.) Now, he's back with two big hits: Okami and Phoenix Wright, and topping it all off with the absolutely off-the-wall God Hand. We've
Unnecessary colon aside, Scurge: Hive is an attractive game. You've got big, bouncy graphics that look chunky enough to peel right of the screen, and pulsing tunes to echo down the hallways of the space-techno environment. The red-haired heroine seems like an interesting enough character to get behind for a game, and her tag-along, living-computer buddy is ready to chirp in with updated maps for your bounty-hunting needs.
Then you realize that you've kinda played this game already. Your target
Well, of course you wanted to go to Tokyo Game Show - who wouldn't? But you didn't. Maybe sushi makes you retch, maybe an expensive plane ride and week-long jetlag didn't sound cool, maybe you were afraid you wouldn't be allowed back into the US all because of that mishap with the senator's daughter and that video. Whatever.
The point is, GamesRadar is here for you. Or, rather, we're over there for you. So park yourself right where you are and live secure in the knowledge that we'll tell you
It's not all about Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts. There's a new series in town, being worked on by the creators of the KH games and with a style very much its own. It's a Wonderful World - we'd expect the title to change in the US but we don't know to what, just yet - blends hip-hop street fashion and action RPG gameplay in unexpectedly cool ways.
The game, which is set on the streets of Tokyo and stars an even more stylish young crew than the Kingdom Hearts games, pits you against a plague
At TGS, we had an opportunity to sit down with Hiromichi Tanaka, Senior Vice President of Software Development and Tomoya Asano, Producer and talk about a title they both worked on: Final Fantasy III. Unlike last year's enhanced port of Final Fantasy IV to the GBA, FFIII is a full-on remake, and there's a lot to talk about, particularly as it has never been released in the US before.
Back when we last spoke about this game it hadn't been finished yet but now it has come out in Japan to great
What is it with Atlus and off-the-wall DS games? Last year's Trauma Center remains one of the handheld's most sought-after titles and October's Contact blends action-RPG fighting with cell phones and costume changes. Now we've got Touch Detective, a stylus-only mystery game that's nestled in a creepy Tim Burton-esque world.
The game's divided into four cases that you've got to piece together by collecting evidence and talking to everyone in sight. On the surface, the cases seem normal, but
Pokemon fans have been dying for some pocket monster magic for their Nintendo DS. It would be an understatement to say that the Pokemon games available for the system (Pokemon Dash and Pokemon Trozei) are not nearly as entertaining as the mainline GBA RPGs. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team is an attempt to address Pokefiends' real needs. Although it's a step in the right direction, it looks like it will fall short of the delightful RPGs.
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team kicks
Nintendo has done a fantastic job finding partners to bring characters from the Mario universe to the wide world of sports. It teamed with Camelot Software Planning for the excellent Mario Golf and Mario Tennis games. It teamed with Namco and Next Level Games for the entertaining Mario Baseball and Mario Strikers titles, respectively.
For its next trick, the company has partnered with RPG giant Square-Enix to make Marios hoop dreams a reality. In the vein of previous Mario sports titles, Mario
The last time GamesRadar looked at Crash Boom Bang! it was described as, "...like Mario Party, but without all that Mario." Now having actually played it... that pretty much said it all.
The idea here is that you and up to three of your buddies (you have to play through a single-player version of each game board against computer opponents first, in order to unlock them for multiplayer action) move around one of six different game boards. Depending which space you land on, you'll trigger a