Do you remember the first time you heard those down-home old-timey Russian folk songs while dropping blocks into stacks, trying to clear the screen line-by-line? Yeah, me neither. But I remember how simple Tetris was – back in my day – and how much fun it was with such a simple formula. Somewhere between the game’s first playable version in 1984 and now, Tetris got more and more complicated when variations of the game landed on different systems. Somewhere around the original Xbox generation, I got sick of wondering what changes I’d have to endure with the series. I just wanted old Tetris back.
Well, my hiatus has been broken by Tetris Axis for the 3DS (by Hudson Soft, published by Nintendo) – and while it’s not a perfect game, it’s a great experience that can be amped-up or dumbed-down to your liking. And this isn’t just a game for you to play alone – there’s plenty of party modes that you can play with your kids that’ll keep you guys busy for a long while.
We’ve got some exciting news today – we’re starting an 8BitDad Podcast! We’ll discuss some articles from the previous week, some stories we didn’t cover on the site, and …
Well, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, more popularly-known as E3, came to a close yesterday. They’re not letting anyone in anymore – believe us, we tried to get back in and play dumb. Oh, sure – there will still be parties and events around Los Angeles that should torture commuters in the city for another couple of days, but as of tonight, the oasis of games and goodies in the Los Angeles Convention Center will disappear until their release dates.
No doubt, you’ve heard about some great stuff swirling about the game industry. There’s new systems, handhelds, games, apps and services. But as a father, it’s hard to parse through the “important” stuff.
Allow us to cut through the crap for you, and let you know about a couple of things that stood out to us at this year’s E3. We’re by no means telling you about everything. Actually, we’ve only got a small snapshot of E3 for you, but we felt that these are some awesome titles to look out for. Also check our gallery (at the bottom of every page) for screenshots of all the games we mention.
Now that the current-generation Nintendo DS is sailing out the door and the 3DS is just a couple of days away from kicking us in the eyes with 3D handheld gaming, we thought we’d go back through some of the best DS games for fathers and kids – that you’ll probably end up playing even when your kids aren’t around. Also, your pocketbook (do people even have those anymore) will be pleased to know that the 3DS does in fact play DS cartridges – so if you do get your hands on a 3DS this weekend, you don’t need to feel pressured to buy a launch title if there’s not something that immediately grabs your fancy.
Pro Tip: Something will grab your kid’s fancy, so stick around for a couple of upcoming Nintendo 3DS game previews after our look at some excellent last-gen DS games you can enjoy with (or without) your kid.
I’m a fan of the Kirby franchise. I didn’t play the games “back in the day,” but rather, started playing them in college with the help of Funcoland‘s NES game section (in 2001, that was a total score). The simple platform action, coupled with the powerup-sucking mechanic did not suck. Years later, even DS releases such as Kirby Super Star Ultra and Kirby Squeak Squad held my attention and did moderately well with critics.
Kirby’s Epic Yarn is…well…different.
Initially intended to be a game for the character of Prince Fluff, Nintendo suggested (with the help of the Yakuza, I’m hoping) that developer Good-Feel make the game into a Kirby game. And when faced with the Yakuza, who ever declines?
Kirby’s Epic Yarn is not a bad game at all – it’s very well done. But despite the major game press giving it a resounding average of 90%, one can’t help but feel like Kirby’s Epic Yarn is lacking something.
Nintendo turned 25 on the 18th.
A sobering realization of how we’ve grown, how we’ve changed and how we’ve evolved. It’s a reflection of what looked possible for the future when we were kids, and what the future of technology could potentially supply and entertain our imaginations.
Today is a new era.
We have 3D movies, hoverboards and flying cars. It’s a time where we can sit down and watch the Cubs finally win a World Series at Cafe 80s with a hot special and a Pepsi Perfect. These are the best years of our… hold up.
Oh right, nothing has changed. Oh well, f*ck it.