Saturday, April 26, 2008

Podcast Episode III

Leave Luck to Us is proud to present Episode III of its podcast. A good solid hour of content including stories on the rumored successor to the DS, Nintendo's profitability, Wii add-ons, Virtual Console releases, Pikmin III, Nintendogs, Okami, and Mario Kart.

Sorry in advance for the noise on the recording. Also I sound like I'm recording from the bottom of a bucket. Oops. We'll get it right eventually but the content makes this 'cast well worth the d/l.

Help yourself. (Rapidshare/MP3/30MB)

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

NES console crammed into an NES cartridge

Here's a mod that demos how electronics can shrink over the years. French modder Kotomi took an NES on a chip and shoved it into a Super Mario Bros. cart. He did an amazing job too. The cart looks great with its switches and ports modded in. Nice Dremel work mon frere.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Diary Girl

Enjoy this review for Diary Girl from guest reviewer Suri:

Why it sucks:

1. You can only type 300 characters a day in an entry

2. The games it comes with to play are booorring i.e. match game
3. The other features are boring (a clock, calculator and paintmode)

It's kinda good cause you get to personalize the front of your diary and it has that wicked password to keep ratboys out
and the girl you design to look like you is kinda fun but you have to keep playing with all the other boorrrring features to unlock new outfits ..( and new games)

The actual journal part is the best cause you get to add 3 emoticons for each entry;
one is a smiley face depending how you feel that day, one is a weather icon and the other is
a reminder for that day. And you can flip back to any day by just going through the calendar and tapping on it. But 300 characters isnt enough. they should take away all the other stuff and just make it a diary. There's a chatroom too but your friends have to have the game to talk to them.

If Diary Girl would have space to hold all my secrets it would be a girl's dream.

I give Diary Girl a 4/10 on other websites but on Leave Luck to Us I'll mark it as a "Sell."

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Megaman in Stained Glass

This Megaman stained glass window would be perfect in the cathedral of Nintendo: The Nintendo World Store at 30 Rock.

Unboxing the Super Famicom Wii controller

Now here's a controller the Vanilla Assassin is sure to approve of. A classic controller for the Wii based on the Super Famicom gamepad.

Legend of Zelda: $37.99

Nostaligic scan of a what I think is a page out of the Sears catalogue showing the original LOZ listed for a cool $37.99. The catalogue states that the NES's "two microchips" renders "true-to-life graphics."

Friday, April 18, 2008

Kojima disappointed with PS3 hardware

Looks like the PS3 hardware is already hitting brick walls. Kojima states he's disappointed in the hardware on which his masterpiece Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots is to appear. I guess he swallowed Sony's mumbo jumbo about the BS3 graphics capabilities:

"But when we actually started developing the game, we realized there were a lot of restrictions. I remember saying three years ago that we wanted to create something revolutionary, but in reality we couldn't really do that because of the CPU.

Wow, 2 years in and we're already hitting brick walls on the PS3? That was a short cycle. Good thing us Nintendo fans only worry about gameplay and not pretty pixels. How long until Kojima "retracts" his statements? I'm guessing as long as it takes the Sony suits to find his phone number.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Miyamoto Tribute Page

Gaze upon the pure majesty of this Shigeru Miyamoto tribute page.

Johnny Lee's Wiimote hacks

Johnny Lee draws several standing ovations at TED2008 for his Wii Remote hacks. Great stuff including using the controller as a whiteboard, touchscreen, and a head-mounted 3D viewer.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Nintendo adds another skull to its belt of skulls

Has Nintendo killed Xbox 360 in Australia? Reports are that retailers there are considering dumping the console from their inventories because their consumers see no "value" in the 360 anymore. Besides, the little white box from Nintendo is generating more than enough profits to cover off.

The Golden Wheel

For reasons known only to themselves some gamers are apparently down on the Wii Wheel that will be included with the upcoming Mario Kart Wii. Some users are vowing to toss the new peripheral and instead take up their 'cube controllers. Nintendo CEO Saturo Iwata (Iwata-san to fellow Nintendites) has let it be known that those who try to master the wheel now have a reason to do so: wheel users will display a white wheel icon above their Miis in online games and those who have won enough matches will sport a golden wheel icon.

Miyamoto also had some thoughts on the wheel: "When someone using the GameCube controller gets passed by someone with the Wii Wheel icon, they’re really chagrined. When you can get a great time using the wheel, you’ve got a lot of bragging rights."

How Nintendo makes the video game industry look good.

Excellent article from c|net about Nintendo's stature in the video game biz. Bonus points for including a quote from Chicago White Sox backstop AJ Pierzynski about Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Podcast II: Electric Boogaloo

A week late but well worth the wait! Leave Luck To Us Podcast II: Electric Boogaloo. Technical problems prevented us from getting this online in time. And we lost the last six minutes of the 'cast somehow. Even without the ending this is a highly entertaining Nintendo radio show. This episode runs over an hour and includes segments on Goldeneye, Wii Fit, a special game by Vanilla Assassin, Reggie's big announcement, Wii shortages, Nintendo's financials, and so much more! Download this now because a winner is you! Check out our new pictures of our studio too!

Download the 30MB MP3 from RapidShare.


Introduction bumper by Vanilla Assassin
Engineering by Mars

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Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection

I wanted to have reviewed this game by now but I can't find it anywhere. Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection is harvesting a basketful of good reviews but the game is near impossible to find in the wild. Anyone have any luck in finding this title in a bricks and mortar store? I even had my sister down Stateside today and she came up empty handed.

Sam and Max coming to Wii!

I try not to do it but I had to use an exclamation point at the end of the above headline. Sam and Max has been announced for the Wii! Not sure if this title will be exclusive to the White Box but let's cross our fingers.

GameStop spent all its money on videogames. Nintendo ones.

According to this report, the majority of GameStop's purchasing power went to stocking its stores with fine Nintendo products.

You need an analyst to tell you this?

Analyst: Nintendo's Wii to outsell the XBox 360 and PS3 combined in 2008. Save your money next time and just ask us here at Leave Luck To Us. We would have been happy to let you into the loop for nothing.

Rumble Pak turns 11

The Rumble Pak, another Nintendo innovation to the world of video games (along with the D-Pad and thumbstick) turns 11 this year. IGN has an article on the "original mover and shaker, now a double digit midget." In related news, Sony is proud to announce that their new controller, the Dual Shock 3 now supports rumble. Congratulations Sony.

Wizard needs food badly! A new Gauntlet?

Gauntlet is being readied for everyone's favorite handheld. Gauntlet DS can be expected to drop around June 30th and is based on the original arcade classic.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Barnyard Blast Tip

Hey hey Nintendo Brothers and Sisters, boys and girls, cats and dogs...

So there seems to be some tech difficulties in Leave luck Land. So i thought i'd do what i do best in the meantime, act like a clown.

So Barnyard Blast. Here's a little tip for those of you who might be pissed off at the eyeball. Don't use your guns or dynamite. but rather use your whip. I kept trying the guns and it barely scratched it. The dynamite kept missing my target. But the whip takes it's energy down in chunks.

Thats about it for now.


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Warped Zone by Vanilla Assassin

Hey, hey everyone,
Assassin here.

So for those of you who listen to the Podcast, have learned that i don't sell, trade or even throw away my games. I never have. But i have fallen victim to doing something far more disturbing.
You see i grow attached to my games and yes even to crap titles. Problem is i have lost a few games in the past. It's quite the disturbing feeling. I mean how am i supposed to cook chicken spring rolls without my cooking mama game. Yes i have lost my kitchen-in-a-pocket, which makes me somewhat sad. Also, I can't find Sea Monsters. Which i' m not losing much sleep over.

But the worst is the following; i lost Animal Crossing Wild World. It's in my room somewhere but i don't know where. Here's my setup. I sleep on a mat on the floor. Reason for this is so that nothing can pull me under my bed at night. Beside my head is a jacket with a soft interior where i rest my DS and a game or two. A couple of days ago my room was stone cold. Don't get me wrong, i love the cold but as i was crying from it's pain, my tears were rolling down my face in the form of cubes. I didn't know what to do, so in my dazed zombie state i reached for this jacket, in the dark and must have flung the game into who knows where. It could have very well bounced off the Burger Time Arcade beside my window.
So, i' m kind of bummed now. It's been a couple of days and i don't care which character moves out except for Mitzi. She's due for packing her boxes by now. So if I find my game and find that Mitzi has left....i' m officially calling it quits with Animal Crossing Wild World.

I'll keep you all updated on progress or lack there of in finding the cart.
That's about it for now.

If it ain't worth the dime, it ain't Nintendo.