Projects Video Games

The Belmont Clan Lives!

Dracula X: Chi no Rondo!
Check that out! I have been searching for a long time to get Dracula X: Chi no Rondo (Castlevania: Rondo of Blood) on my Wii. It only saw a Japanese release when it first came out for the PC Engine (TurboGrafx-16) in ’93. It was remade recently for the PSP, but who has one of those? I heard from a podcast that it was out on Virtual Console for the Wii, but yet again, only in Japan. I spent a long time scouring torrents looking for a rip of it, but it wasn’t until about 2 weeks ago that I found a link to it on some obscure forum. Then came the task of trying to get it onto my wii. I have installed WADs before, but that was many moons (and firmware releases) ago. I can happily say after hours of internet research that I now have Rondo of Blood running on my wii. To answer some sceptics questions I know I could have gotten a rom and emulator for pc with almost no problems, but the Virtual Console emulations are near perfection and I like playing older games on a TV. Feels more natural. In closing, hooray for perseverance and a dash heaping spoonful of obsession.

Japan Video Games

Japan does it again!

I am sitting here watching the Nintendo press conference for E3 and the president Satoru Iwata comes up to speak. His English is not perfect, but pretty good. I have just come to the realization that all native Japanese trying to speak English automatically are unbearably cute. If you don’t believe me go listen to one yourself. Mr. Iwata was explaining how you can close the Nintendo DS at anytime and it freezes the game then you can open it back up and it will take off from when you closed it. Instead of stating that this technology has spoiled him he says, “I think I am spoiled.” It’s a little quirky which I think makes it so adorable. You might think that at this point I might sound like a chick, but basically you can forget that because you will be singing a different tune when you find I am correct. So if you can find a native Japanese who is learning English I suggest you listen up, and subsequently melt when you do.

P.S. Wii has me giddier than a school girl.

Video Games

In Nintendo Wii Trust

Nintendo released its official name for the Revolution. It’s called Wii (pronounced we)…..I know what you are probably thinking. What the hell is Nintendo thinking? I recently read Nintendo’s briefing on all this and the name kind of clicked. I actually like Nintendo’s choice although I wonder sometimes if they are just being weird for the sake of weird. Well here is the statement from Nintendo:

“Introducing… Wii.

As in “we.”

While the code-name Revolution expressed our direction, Wii represents the answer. Wii will break down that wall that separates video game players from everybody else. Wii will put people more in touch with their games… and each other. But you’re probably asking: What does the name mean?

Wii sounds like “we,” which emphasizes the console is for everyone. Wii can easily be remembered by people around the world, no matter what language they speak. No confusion. No need to abbreviate. Just Wii.

Wii has a distinctive “ii” spelling that symbolizes both the unique controllers and the image of people playing it. And Wii, as a name and a console, brings something revolutionary to the world of video games that sets it apart from the crowd.

So that’s Wii. But now Nintendo needs you. Because it’s really not about you or me. It’s about Wii. And together, Wii will change everything.”

Here is the official logo for Nintendo Wii too. Click the image for a link to the official website

I choose to keep my faith in Nintendo. They have never let me down before and whatever the choose to call their new machine it will still be completely revolutionary and amazing fun.