Things X 5 – December 2, 2013

by Francois Joron

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Wii U anniversary feature

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We are back to our traditional x5 posts. Just a quick note to let you know that the Wii U 1-year retrospective has not only been a huge success but also one of my most successful 4CR posts to date, which is pretty neat. Thanks!

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The book of Luigi

Game Paused, the fine folks behind the upcoming Every Day Is Play book are launching a brand new series dedicated to specific video games characters titled Game Icons. The first book will be all about our beloved Luigi.

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If having a slew of his own exclusive video games wasn’t enough, Luigi will get its own 40-page, perfect bound book with a foil-stamped cover. It will feature work from 32 artists like The King of Games, Scott Balmer and Momo & Sprits. The Year of Luigi cannot get any better than this.

Game Icons: Luigi is available for pre-order here and is expected to ship on December 10th.

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The Legend of AAAA

Among the incessant release of high-profiled new games and next-gen systems, I’ve taken the time to delve into a small cult Wii game; Fragile Dreams: Farewell to the Moon. Despite some annoying combat mechanics, Fragile Dreams is a fantastic curiosity of a game which features a great story set in a post-apocalyptic world with engaging characters while sporting great visuals and music. If you’re into unorthodox Japanese games, this one comes highly recommended.

While you character is traveling what is left of the world he lives in, you collect small objects that hold memories of their late owners. Some of these objects tell touching stories while other a pretty amusing, like this Famicom cartridge that unveils the story of a gamer and his unfortunate choice of a name for his virtual character. Here it is folks, the legend of AAAA:

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G-Style games on sale

Small Japanese developer G-Style is having a sale on its 3DS eShop titles, which include shooter Chain Blaster, Crazy Construction and, yes, something called Undead Bowling. I would suggest you take a look at Crazy Construction which, despite its shovelware premise, is a pretty fun puzzle game that ask you to stack piles of random stuff (cars, office chairs and the inevitable Moai head statues) as high as you can. That’s pretty much it, but it’s fun. The physics are great and dependable, controls are precise and the game is full of this unique Japanese flair including a nonsensical story. Check out the trailer below:

All three games have a demo available. Undead Bowling is stupidly fun too.

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Contra, Castlevania, Gradius Famicom mash-up

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While casually surfing the internet for used retro games, I came across Wai Wai World 2 for the Famicom, a Konami game released in 1991 that features characters from Contra, Gradius, Goemon, Simon Belmont from the Castlevania series and even Upa from Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa, one of my favorite NES games. The game apparently mixes platformer levels with shooting, driving and even puzzle levels. I don’t know if the game is any good, but I really want to play it.

This is a sequel to the original Wai Wai World that even featured Mickey from The Goonies and King Kong (???) along a bunch of classic Konami characters. The game (the sequel at least) doesn’t seem to be that hard to find as I’ve seen a couple of loose cartridges available online for a reasonable price.

Don’t forget, you can drop me hints on my Twitter account. Also, you are welcome to send me a friend request on my Wii U, my Nintendo Network ID is Jorf-Jorf. My 3DS Friend Code is 5069-3920-3758. If you want to snoop at what I’m playing on PS3 my PSN ID is l_am_error. Have a great week!

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