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Super Mario Bros Crossover Will Bring You Back to the Future

I’ve said many times over the years that I’m only a casual gamer. I don’t play any of the new-fangled games that you guys seem to be addicted to. I enjoy a few hours of Tetris, sure. However, I have to admit I miss the old days. I LOVED the original games that I lost myself in for hours: Asteroid, Super Mario Brothers, Donkey Kong and even PitFall. These classic games are hard to beat, even with the amazing graphics we have in games today.

Thank god we now have Super Mario Brothers Crossover to keep me sane. The game is a remake of the first Mario game, but with six playable 80s-era characters. This awesome little slice of heaven mixes the classic platform levels with the variously controlled platform heroes from other franchises.

You’ll find some pretty cool characters to play around with, including Bill R from Contra (who shoots directionally) and Mega Man with his blaster. Samus from Metroid will turn into a ball and drop bombs. Mario is still starring as himself, of course. The cast is rounded out with Link and Simon Belmont from Castlevania.

I admit I’m already hooked. God only knows how long this game will be available, so I’ve been playing every chance I get. It may sound too “old school” for you based on my description. However, that’s exactly what I like about it so much. This game takes me back… while bringing me right smack into the future at the same time. Can you imagine the gaming possibilities if other games you love were to combine characters as this one has?

All Search Terms Should be Treated Equally

Religion is a touchy subject for many, and Google apparently knows that. If you Google the words Christianity is, you’ll see some interesting results. The second one asks “Is Christianity Absurd?”, while a few results down, you’ll see a proclamation of “Christianity is Stupid”. This holds true for many different religions when you Google the same types of phrases.

However, you won’t see sites or results like this when you search for things related to Islam. Google is apparently blocking all search suggestions like this for Islam, but why? Are they removing any chances of someone being offended by a search suggestion? Are they covering their proverbial rear ends?

Have we really reached a stage where search results have to be filtered, due to the fear that someone might be offended enough to start a war? Do we need to censor virtually everything we say and do in order to keep the peace in this World? What are your thoughts?

What else have you read online today that is interesting or intriguing?

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What is the Ultimate Portable Console Emulator?

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I’ve done videos about the Nintendo DS, the Sony PSP, and even the iPhone. I’m not a gamer, even though I like to play games. I also love gadgets and gizmos as you know. I have here a portable device that allows you to play games, record your voice, watch video and even comes with a calendar! I bet you’re wondering now what it is, aren’t you?

The Wiz lets you run Atari ST games, Commodore 64, NES, SNES, Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, NeoGeo, Flash Games and more too numerous to mention. The Wiz can do a host of other useful things besides gaming. It can play video files including MPEG4, Xvid and DIVX. You even get a built-in e-book reader!

The Wiz does not come with any emulator software or game roms pre-installed. When you first unbox the Wiz, you can play the built-in Flash games, but that’s all. You have to download the free emulator for the console or system you want to emulate. Then you have to unzip the software for it and copy it to an SD card. Don’t forget to include some game roms, or you’ll have nothing to play!

If you want bragging rights, let your friends pull out their PSP or DS. You can whip out a Wiz and play something that is totally over the top. You know you want one! You have to have it!!

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Where to Play Tetris Online for Free

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Tetris is my favorite game of all time. I still love buying new versions to play on just about any platform. I recently discovered that Tetris is finally online – in an official capacity! Tetris Friends is a website that allows you to play your favorite game – and mine! – for free.

You don’t have to register to play, but registering gives you a lot more benefits, such as being able to earn Tokens. Use Tokens to unlock more Tetris games and accessories. Most accessories are little enhancements to your playing experience, such as new Mino and Ghost designs.

There are several different game modes, both of the single and multi-player variety. Each game offers a fresh twist to the world’s most popular puzzle video game. You can create a profile for yourself if you choose, share your scores with others, and even have a chance to land yourself on the site Leaderboard.

I still remember the first night I played Tetris on the old Nintendo NES. I was Tetrisized. That’s what they called it! It’s where you close your eyes, and can still see the game. I was hooked from day one – all those years ago.

Tetris Friends is totally worth it… SO AWESOME! I will be playing Tetris until the day I die. Actually, I hope I’m playing Tetris when I die! I love it that much.

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Lux-Pain DS Game Review

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Once again, my friend Michelle is helping me out by playing a game and reviewing it for me! She’s a gamer – and we all know I am not. Michelle is an RPG fan. She says that Lux-Pain isn’t so much an RPG as it is more of a storyline-based game. You don’t get to go where you want to go, as you would in a traditional RPG.

The story is interesting, in that it has to do with your world, and a separate world. You go around different areas, meeting different characters, and figure out what’s going on with the storyline. Your character has superpowers, allowing him/her to see if there’s something weird going on with other characters.

Michelle really likes the fact that she can use her superpowers on the “wronged” characters to try and erase the bad spirit, uncovering even more of the storyline. With much of the game looking like Anime, she says that people who are into that genre will definitely get into the game quickly.

The game is more of a mystery story, rather than one where you would collect armor and change your character. You will mostly go around collecting spirits and such, gaining experience, at the beginning.

If you’re a fan of this type of game, you’ll enjoy this game quite a lot I think. It’s very different from what most people think of when they think of an RPG, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun! If you like getting into storylines, then Lux-Pain is for you!

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Making Synth Music with the Korg… on the Nintendo DS

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I’m having so much fun playing with the Korg DS10, a cartridge available for the Nintendo DS. If you’ve ever wished you had a Tenori-ON to play with, you’ll be interested in this game! It will provide hours – even days – worth of fun!

The Korg DS10 lets you create your own unique sounds with tons of on-screen controls, or by starting with a template. With two synth parts and four synth/drum parts, you can create both synth and drum lines!

One of the coolest features is the multi-player mode. Up to eight people can connect via the wireless link to perform as a group. Each Korg DS10 can be played as its own instrument or they can be given a part to create an entire band. This lets you create an unlimited amount of applications.

Additionally, people who have created new riffs and songs can exchange their session data with other users. It’s even possible to send session data in advance to your friends, so you can all play together!

What more could you ask for? Hours of interactive (or on your own) fun. The only limit is your own imagination.

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Nintendo DSi Unboxing and Review

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Here we go – the Nintendo DSi! I unboxed it prior to recording the video, because my live audience couldn’t wait. My first impression is very positive, because I really like the matte finish. It’s nice and light, which means it’s quite portable.

There are two cameras on the Nintendo DSi. I took a very nice picture with the front-facing camera. It’s very Wii-ish… the sounds, the UI and the touch screen.

When I was playing with the camera, I was having a lot of fun. You can play with the image dynamically before you even take the photo, and of course edit it after if need be. You can distort the image in real-time before ever taking the snapshot. You can take pictures using either the inward or outward facing camera and chose from 11 different lenses to customize your shots

I love the sounds and the visuals. The number one reason I would recommend the Nintendo DSi over the regular DS is the simple fact that everything just sounds and looks so great.

You can download exclusive games, clocks and calendars via the Nintendo DSi Shop. If you register online, you get like 1000 points to use, as well as a few free games! Nintendo DSiWare games and applications will be available at a range of values, starting at 200 points.

Overall, I am already in love with my DSi. The UI is great, even if the Internet connectivity isn’t thus far (at least on my connection). Give me your own thoughts on the DSi, or any other gaming system that you prefer.

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Isn't the Wii Fit more Fun than Real Exercise?

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Ponzi decided to record my first attempt at exercising with our new Wii Fit. The crowd roaring at my attempts was an added bonus. Someone isn’t thinking properly, though. Who says I’m “unbalanced”?! That’s not true! I’m perfectly balanced… or am I?

Wii Fit is a video game developed by Nintendo for the Wii console. An exercise game, Wii Fit consists primarily of exercise activities utilizing the Wii Balance Board peripheral.

The balance board measures a user’s weight and center of gravity. The software can then calculate their body mass index when told the user’s height. The game has roughly 40 different activities, including yoga poses, push ups, and other exercises. Furthermore, Wii Fit allows its players to compare their fitness by using Wii Fit’s own channel on the Wii Menu.

Wii Fit tracks a user’s “Wii Fitness Age” through a body test basing the result on the user’s current age, weight, and balance.

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I am going to keep using Wii Fit, as it definitely does what it claims to. After an hour, I’m sweating, my muscles are sore — I’ve exercised. And I’ve set some personal-best records, and maybe unlocked some new games. It’s fun. The hardware is a great idea — I just think the software could be worlds better. Luckily, since Nintendo seems to be trying to get third parties on board (cough), I bet we’ll see a better virtual-exercise-regimen game before too long.

How much easier can getting into better shape be? This is a fun way to get healthier, so why not give it a try?

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Am I Sexier than the Wii Fit Hula Hoop Girl?

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Ponzi recently went out and bought Wii Fit. She decided I needed to set up my own profile, so I decided to let all of you watch. Apparently, I have an excellent center of balance! So what do you think? Am I sexier than the Wii Fit Hula Hoop Girl?

Wii Fit combines fun and fitness into one product. It can change how you exercise, how you balance, and even how you move. Wii Fit is a combination of fitness and fun, designed for everyone, young and old. By playing Wii Fit a little every day, you, your friends, and your family can work towards personal goals of better health and fitness.

Wii Fit includes four training modes and more than 40 exercises and activities designed to help improve body balance and fitness.

  1. Yoga Learn Yoga poses that tone muscles and improve posture.
  2. Strength Training These workouts are designed to build and tone your muscles.
  3. Balance Games These games will help develop your sense of balance.
  4. Aerobics Aerobics are exercises that help your body burn fat.

Wii Fit is not only good for your health, it’s also a lot of fun.

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Have you Tried the Wii Zapper Gun Yet?

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I know a lot of you still love playing Duck Hunt when you have the chance. It’s hard to find the game, or the things you need to play it. I wonder how long it’ll be before Nintendo releases Duck Hunt for the Wii. After all, they have a Zapper now! I bought one of these recently for Ponzi, because she loves to play ‘gun games’.

The Wii Zapper will bring together your Wii Remote and Nunchuck into one cool device. You can use the Nunchuck to steer, and the Remote to zap whatever needs to be destroyed. The Zapper is simple to put together. All you need to do is slide your Wii Remote above the trigger, and then put the Nunchuck on the back… and you’re off!

The Zapper comes with Links Crossbow Training. This is a great game, and one of the first ones I was addicted to. Since the game is included, you can start Zapping immediately. I’m a fan of Nintendo. I’m a fan of zapping things. And now.. I’m a fan of the Wii Zapper.

What kind of Zapping sound do you make? Let me know what you think about the Wii. Are you addicted?

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