Nintendo Wii continues to kick Xbox 360 and Sony PS3 around

According to NPD Group here are the top selling gaming system of 2007:

  1. Nintendo DS – 8.5 million
  2. Nintendo Wii – 6.3 million
  3. Xbox 360 – 4.6 million
  4. Sony PS3 – 2.6 million

Imagine what the numbers would have been had the Nintendo Wii been widely super-mario-64-ds-allavailable. They are still very difficult to find even a year after launch. I wonder how many people went looking for a Wii, couldn’t find one, and decided to buy a 360 or PS3 instead? 

Nintendo has proven once again that quality game play is king. Xbox 360 had the top selling game in Halo 3, but what must-have game was available on the PS3 that wasn’t available on other platforms?

Nice job, Nintendo. Now when can we expect the next Zelda game?

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The Worst Link Costumes of All time

Update: I wrote this post as a joke. I am not a Zelda fanatic although I’ve spent many hours playing the various Zelda games. If you can’t see the humor then please move on. All degrading comments will be deleted. Check out the comments section for some responses from people who take their Zelda very seriously which is cool. All comments are moderated so if your post is full of venom it just goes in the trash. Please keep in mind the title of my post….”The Worst Link Costumes of All Time”. You do understand that Zelda is a fictional character, right? I appreciate the few who took the time to explain cosplay to me. I’m not making fun of that in any manner. Read a few other posts I’ve written before calling me an idiot. I certainly didn’t set out to offend anyone.

My 4-year old son loves to play the Zelda games from Nintendo. He has a hard remembering to tie his shoes but ask him about any area or weapon or secret treasure chest stash in a Zelda game and he’s all over it. So for this past Halloween, Kim and I thought it would be fun to find a Zelda costume for him to wear. We both searched online and what I mostly found were bad costumes that made me laugh.

Here are the worst Link costumes I found:

Toothpick Link – Forget taking on Ganondorf and his armies of baddies, Link would have trouble cutting down limp grass with such a lame sword. Did this guy blow his entire wad of cash on those fancy tights leaving only enough money in the budget to pickup a sword at All a Dollar?

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Wicked Stepsister Link – No need for a sword or even a slingshot because this Link will scare away even the fiercest of enemies. Is that a name badge hanging off her tunic that’s covering a mosquito net?  Whatever the case she’s just about to sling a Deku nut your way. Heads up!

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Lackluster Link – I just get the felling this Link isn’t very committed to the adventure on which he’s about to embark. Maybe it’s the look on his face or the price tag dangling off the tunic, but this Link needs a pep talk by Navi or maybe even the Deku Tree if he’s to have any success bringing home the Triforce. For a second there I thought his arm was just very tan.

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Tin Foil Link – The Hyrulian Shield is one of the best defensive weapons in the game. Sadly, this guy decided to forego the genuine article for a cheap homemade replica that couldn’t block a single Deku nut. Even Mario looks displeased. I can picture this poor Link’s mom balking at the price of a real Hyrulian shield and telling her son, “Don’t worry, I’ve got all the supplies to build you an even better model!” There’s an area in Ocarina of Time where Link must deflect three Deku nuts in the right order. Sadly, they would break right through this guy’s shield.

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Eddie Bauer Link – This guys is the polar opposite of Tin Foil Link. His mom probably felt the authentic costume wasn’t rare enough so she mixed a bunch of Eddie Bauer clothing together to create this monstrosity. For starters, it appears his tunic began life as a long sleeve sweater until its arms were ripped off to create the cap. Link should be wearing a white shirt underneath his tunic, not brown. And what on earth sprouted from that sword? I’m pretty sure I own that very same belt I found at Banana Republic in 1994.

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Aqua Link – Two problems here: first isn’t this Link a little old to be taking the game so seriously? Just look at that pose. And second, isn’t green the preferred color when putting together a Link costume? I don’t remember Link sporting anything of the blue variety, do you? Also, it looks like he’s wearing 3 or more belts around his body.

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I Love the 80’s Link – The only thing more disturbing than this Link’s leggings, is the bikini-clad Princess Zelda. I’ve played most of the Zelda games and I don’t recall coming upon a Zelda with big boobs and hair that reached the floor. If the leggings weren’t a dead giveaway this was the 80’s version then the Vans he’s sporting should do the trick.

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Elfin Link – This guy’s shield and sword are first rate! But those ears have gotta go along with the cheat sheet he’s carrying. Maybe it’s an IGN walk-through? That shield is just killer though.

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Androgynous Link – This Link appears to be coming under attack from some trench coat villain in Reeboks. That wig is of such high quality that I can’t tell if I’m looking at a male or female here. Either way, that plastic bag just isn’t going to cut it as a bomb bag for the adventurous Link.

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The Vogue Link – How much time do you think his dude put into his Link costume? Check out that shield with leather handles. Or that leather breast plate sewn together with small leather patches. I wouldn’t be surprised if this costume was his eagle project. The one major problem with this ensemble is the scarf which looks foolishly out of place. Was it cold out and his mom made him roll with that thing before heading out to trick or treat?

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Pretty Princess Zelda – I saved this one for last because this Link and Zelda combo is just scary. Would you invite this lovely couple over to your house to party? I don’t think so.

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I’ve been replaced

My six-year old daughter, Luca,  and her four-year old brother, Lincoln,  like to play some of the older Nintendo games. They will play Banjo Kazooie, Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Yoshi’s Story and Luigi’s Mansion for hours on end, if we let them. image

When they are playing a game and run into an area they can’t pass, they will usually approach Kim and ask for her assistance. Kim is better than I am at these games and she’s nearly always successful in getting them unstuck.

Today, Kim was resting with the baby when Lincoln ran downstairs looking for help. He paused for a second realizing mom wasn’t around before asking me,  “Dad, can you help us get past the big baby level on Luigi’s Mansion?”

Just as I was about to head upstairs to help, Luca came running down the stairs. When she saw me get up from my chair, she said, “Oh dad, just Google the cheats for us”.

I guess my reputation as a gamer is waning or I’ve been replaced by a search engine.

Wii passes 360 in worldwide sales

Take a look at the chart below which represents total lifetime, worldwide sales of the big 3 consoles. (Found at VGChartz)

A few thoughts come to mind:

  1. The 360 has bombed in Japan. Less than 500K sold.
  2. Imagine how much further ahead Wii would be if they were available. They are still hard to find most places.
  3. Sony is barely in the game. Good thing they still have the PS2.
  4. Looking only at Japan sales, the Wii beats the combined sales of Sony and Microsoft.

It’s funny to see Nintendo and Sony swap places going back just a couple of years. Nintendo has shown that innovative games still rock and will sell well. People will pay to be able to play franchise games like Zelda and Mario that aren’t available on the other consoles.

I love seeing Nintendo kick some Sony and Microsoft butt. Nintendo is also the only company to make money selling their console. Both Microsoft and Sony sell theirs at a loss. Nintendo is in a good position to further their lead over the next year. Sony has no momentum and Microsoft is taking a $1 billion hit to replace defective 360’s, effectively scaring away many potential buyers.

Update: Microsoft wireless racing wheel overheats. Someone needs to start a contest to see who can guess the next 360 part to overheat. My money is on the HD-DVD player.

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EA CEO: Video games are boring, complicated

“We’re boring people to death and making games that are harder and harder to play”

EA Chief Executive John Riccitiello

Link to article at MSNBC

I certainly agree with Riccitiello that games are much too complicated these days. I was reminded this weekend what a joy many of the older games can provide when I picked up Super Mario 3 to play on the Nintendo DS Lite this weekend.

sm3 I love being able to pickup a game like Super Mario 3 and just play for 20 minutes or so. So many of the games today require a substantial time commitment, memorizing complex moves or turning to the web or books to decipher a map.

Playing a game like Super Mario 3 is like running into an old friend you haven’t seen for years yet within minutes you’ve picked up where you left off. The simple sounds, hidden areas and unique moves give this game so much personality. Highly recommended.

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