Bonus fantasy

Final Fantasy V Advance (opens in new tab) has only been out for two weeks in the US, but Japanese are just about to get their hands on the sequel. Final Fantasy VI Advance is a remake of the 1994 classic - and like all of the other GBA FF remakes, contains a fair bit of improvement. Destructoid (opens in new tab) has gathered together some screens that show two of the game's most notorious characters - General Leo and Emeperor Gestahl - as playable party members. If you're a fan of the game, that means a lot; if you're not, it's not going to make a difference. That's kind of how these things are.

New summons and bosses are also on offer (check the comments to the story for a handy link showing some of the bonus content the original Destructoid post left out.) We haven't gotten a full confirmation on this stuff yet, and the game isn't quite out in Japan, so we'll have to wait and see. If so, this stands to be the best version of one of the most-loved games in the entire series.

Everybody Wii

The Wii has been making the rounds on TV, so we're not too surprised that it popped up on last night's edition of The Colbert Report.Joystiq (opens in new tab)has the clip (courtesy ofYouTube (opens in new tab), of course.) In it, Colbert declares the Wii the "number one threat this holiday season" because it's so "addicting." Then he proceeds to kick the crap out of aNancy Pelosi (opens in new tab)Mii - for those not paying attention to politics, start. She's in line to be the next Speaker of the House, so you should know her name. Cute, Colbert. Really cute. It's some of the best Mii-on-Mii action we've seen yet.

Tradin' bits (opens in new tab)reports thatElebits (opens in new tab), due out in about two weeks from Konami, will be the first game to make use of the Wii's touted Connect24 feature. According to the blog - in a story taken, originally, from Japanese game mag Famitsu - the game will allow you to trade edited levels with friends or send photos of your Elebits. Could be cool, depending on how the game turns out; we're going to have a hands-on up soon, so stay tuned. We're happy to hear that this feature is ready to go so quickly, too, and in a non-Nintendo-made game.

Bending it

Now for something really off the charts. Hardcore game enthusiasts aren't just into playing and beating the crap out of their favorite games or collecting the rarest. No, some - with a more artistic aim - are into changing the very way these games are played. Circuit bending is the act of modifying electronics to produce effects never intended by the creators. A group of Japanese enthusiasts put together a "Visual Bending Workshop" showing the effects of these techniques on classic game consoles like the NES. Head over tothis blog entry (opens in new tab)to check out some pics of the hacked up guts and YouTube videos of the results. Now these are more than a bit dry, and totally in Japanese - but if you like to see cutting-edge, left-field game art in action, you can't go wrong.

New screens
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Medieval II: Total War (PC (opens in new tab))
Online Chess Kingdoms (PSP (opens in new tab))
RoboBlitz (360 (opens in new tab),PC (opens in new tab))
STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl (PC (opens in new tab))
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii (opens in new tab))
Tomb Raider Anniversary (PS2 (opens in new tab),PSP (opens in new tab),PC (opens in new tab))

New videos
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Metal Slug Anthology (Wii (opens in new tab),PSP (opens in new tab))
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Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom (PS3 (opens in new tab))
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Warhammer: Mark of Chaos (PC (opens in new tab))

November 28, 2006