I was long proud to be one of those few lucky individuals who still had a working Super Nintendo. The old gal served me for a good two decades before I started to notice something was a bit off. The SNES was always a pretty reliable console. It rarely froze. On the large part, it just did what it was made to do. (The only real issue was when I accidentally touched the cartridge while it was turning on and corrupted all my Donkey Kong Country 3 save files. Woops.) Until I started to notice it, this slight bounce in the picture. Every few seconds, the screen would do a small bounce that I had never noticed before. The games were still more than playable, but it was baffling. And a bit worrying. Continue reading The Fateful Day: What Happened to My SNES
Continuing with our January reblogs, you might have missed this fun post from Hatm0nster listing memorable bosses from the very memorable Sly Cooper. Be sure to catch it now!
Top 5 Most Memorable Sly Cooper Bosses
To view the original post from April 29, 2013, click here.
Image by Flickr user: theogeo
The Sly Cooper series introduced us to quite a few colorful enemies during its tenure on the PS2. From pirate frogs to clockwork birds, if you can think of an unlikely combination of animal-criminal, you’ve probably seen it while playing one of the Sly Cooper games. With such a arrangement of baddies, you’re bound to have some standouts, characters so out there or cool that you can’t help but remember them.
Continue reading [REVISITED] Top 5 Most Memorable Sly Cooper Bosses
Hello and Happy Year’s everyone! While the general saying of this time of year might go something like “In with the new, out with the old,” here at UWG, we’re all about celebrating our storied past. Every Thursday this month, I’m going to present to our wonderful readership a post from our archives. UWG has been around for almost two years now, and during that time, we’ve accumulated hundreds of posts from a myriad of great writers. As time would have it, some of those posts have been overlooked and/or under-appreciated. Each week we’ll be revisiting one such post under the title signifier “[REVISITED].” These posts will contain links back the original article, so please feel free to like and leave comments on either (or both!).
To get things started, let’s go back to early April 2013 with a great post from The Duck of Indeed that kicked off her series on the generation of consoles that included the Gamecube, the PlayStation 2, and the Xbox.
I’m considering getting a Wii U in the near future, and yet, to be perfectly honest, I don’t really want one. I don’t see anything too appealing about it, and I’ve been largely uninterested in new video games being released anymore (which is why I’ve been busy playing games from 15-20 years ago as of late). Nevertheless, with the imminent release of a new “Super Smash Bros.”, I’m buying the darn thing anyway because I know that’s one game I won’t be able to pass up, as it was the very game that finally pushed me into getting the Wii some years back. Continue reading The Duck Prepares for the Wii U
Today is the last day of my series of posts on what I like and dislike about the last generation of consoles, the Wii, the 360, and the PS3. While I loved the PlayStation 2, I actually didn’t have any intention of getting the PS3 because Naughty Dog was still refusing to make any more “Jak and Daxter” games, the “Kingdom Hearts 3” release date was nowhere in sight, and because I could just keep up with the “Final Fantasy” games on the 360. And then, because of a sale on used games at GameStop, I bought myself a few PS2 “Ratchet and Clank” games, causing me to really get into the series. And that’s when I found myself with an unstoppable need to buy the PS3 and catch up on all the “R&C” games I had missed. Nevertheless, at first, my PS3 didn’t have much to motivate me to play it aside from a few short “R&C” games, and I wondered if I may have wasted my money. The console did become much better, however, when I added to my collection “Portal 2”, “Rayman Legends”, and the Final Mix version of “Kingdom Hearts”, and now I’m starting to really love it. Not as much as my PS2, but it still turned out to be a pretty grand console. And now, I present you with my pros and cons for the PS3! (With the focus, again, on gaming, and information found on Wikipedia.) Continue reading The Duck Discusses the Wii, 360, and PS3 Generation: Part 3-Sony Still Can’t Think of Creative Names
Not long ago, I published a post discussing what I like and dislike about the Wii, and seeing as the next console of this particular generation that I bought was the XBox 360, it makes sense for Microsoft’s console to be the subject of the second post in this series. It’s a funny thing, though, how I got this console in the first place, because I am more of a PlayStation fan than an XBox fan, so it would stand to reason that I would have been much more inclined to purchase a console made by Sony over one made by Microsoft. Unfortunately, at the time, the PS3 was much too expensive, and it didn’t have any games I really cared for yet that weren’t already on the 360 (this was obviously before I became a “Ratchet and Clank” fan…). Since the games I wanted at that time were all on the 360, plus that console would also allow me to play any new “Halo” games, this became the next console I added to my gaming family.
And when I first started playing the 360, I was immediately impressed with the graphics, which were way ahead of the Wii, and even though the first two games I played were not as good as I was expecting (“Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts” and “Sonic the Hedgehog”, the 2006 version, shudder, gag, shiver), I did have a good time playing “Halo 3” (even though it was short) and “Final Fantasy XIII” (despite its flaws), the latter of which came with my console. (I even got this little waste of time thing on one end of the console that says “Final Fantasy XIII” on it. Jealous?) Plus, I was just pretty thrilled that this new XBox had “Final Fantasy” games as part of its library now, as during the last generation, only the PS2 had such an honor. My game collection was further improved with the addition of “Halo: Reach” and “Halo 4”, which were awesome, and I even had the pleasure of expanding my game library with over 40 Sega Genesis games on “Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection”. In the end, I ended up really enjoying my 360, and I loved it way more than the original XBox. And now, anymore of my thoughts on this console will be listed below. (As usual, my main focus is on gaming, not the other features the 360 has to offer, and extra info was found on Wikipedia.) Continue reading The Duck Discusses the Wii, 360, and PS3 Generation: Part 2-360 Boxes
You all remember how, when this blog first got started, I wrote a series about the pros and cons about the GameCube/XBox/PlayStation2 generation, don’t you? Well, actually, you may not because that was a while ago. But, believe me, I did. And now that I have had a good amount of experience with the last generation of consoles (the Wii, XBox 360, and PlayStation 3, of course), I decided it was time to write a series of posts on what I find good and bad about these three awesome consoles. To start, the console I’ve had the longest, the Wii.