So, what am I looking forward to most the upcoming year? Top games list.

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Yes, it surely has been an incredible E3 for game announcements on Nintendo systems, including the upcoming 3DS. So which of these games made my list?

6. Metroid: Other M. This is Samus's first adventure following the Prime games. I'm still not completely sold yet on the controls, as wel as the pace of the game (there is a combination of first person 3-D, side scrolling 2-D, and more), but I cannot ignore the game's presentation. It will probably be the next Wii game I get.

5. Mario Sports Mix. Yes, I am a fan of Mario sports games. Heck, this game's announcement even got me playing past Mario Sports titles such as Mario Power Tennis and Mario Strikers Charged. It's looking like it will be a more in-depth version of Wii Sports with Mario characters in it.

4. Kid Icarus: Uprising. I will admit, I find Pit's SSBB voice to be really annoying, and it looks like he retains that voice in this game, too (ugh!) Still, like Metroid, I cannot ignore the presentation this game is going to provide, especially as a debut title for the 3DS that shows what the system can do. Since I'm not into remakes (good bye Star Fox 64 3D and Ocarina of Time 3D), Kid Icarus will be the game I get when I get my 3DS.

3. Donkey Kong Country Returns. Yes, more platformers! As a guy who really doesn't care too much for FPS games, I'm glad to see platformers back on the rise again. Many of the elements from the SNES DKC games right down the sounds of collecting bananas are being brought back. Granted, there are no Kremlings in this game, but that is only a slight mishap on what is other wise is shaping up to be a great game.

2. Zelda: Skyward Sword. The demo Nintendo did at E3 was a little embarassing, but reports from sources like Kotaku confirm that the controls will work just fine. The game takes a hybrid approach in terms of visuals, mixing the realistic grit of Twilight Princess with the more artsy side of the Wind Waker. The game's biggest draw is the use of the Wii Motion Plus for 1-to-1 sword and shield movements. Finally, a bigger game that takes full advantage of the Wii Motion Plus!

And the number 1 game I'm looking forward to is...

KIRBY"S EPIC YARN!!!! Yes, I am looking forward to this more than I am to Zelda. Why? Because much like the Wind Waker did last gen, Kirby's Epic Yarn is also getting a major visual makeover. A makeover that makes it one of the best looking games artistically this gen. However, Kirby's Epic Yarn takes a step above Wind Waker because the controls are also getting a makeover. Instead of sucking enemies, Kirby now uses Yarn to attach himself to them, getting their powers in the process. It's the underdog that stole the show for me. You can bet I was really happy when I learned that Gamespot gave thier "Best of E3" award to this game, it was much deserved!

How much do you think the 3DS will cost?

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I will admit, it looks really cool, but Nintendo was tight lipped on the both the release date (sometime before April 2011) as well as the price. I'm a little worried that this may end up costing more than $200 given the features it has, making it Nintendo's most expensive portable yet. How much do you think Nintendo will be charging for 3DS?

Pictures in signiture

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You have to go through a host site to post pictures on most forums, Gamespot included. Why is this? Why can't I download them directly from my desktop? This little obsticle has always frusterated me.

Nintendo receives my Wii.

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Finally! I'm currently getting my Wii repaired. I sent it off last Tuesday, and they received it today. There are problems with the disk reader that prevent my Wii from playing Wii games (it could still play GameCube games, though). Leading up to the failure, it would make a loud "hum" noise whenever it read a disk. That noise gradually got louder and louder over the months until it eventually couldn't read it at all. Due to the risk of losing data from a repair, I have data backed up on an SD card. Unfortunately, some data from games like Mario Kart Wii and Super Smash Bros. Brawl CANNOT be copied onto SD cards, so I risk losing all data from those games. It cost $75 plus $10 shipping to get the Wii repaired. I hope it was worth it.

Christmas time, Zelda: Spirit Tracks, and skiing!

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I've asked my uncle for Zelda: Spirit Tracks this Christmas. Of course, I won't get to open it until Christmas day, but it should be able to keep me company afterward, as I will be travelling to North Carolina to go snowskiing.

I'll be on the lookout for No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle come early next year. Loved the first game, and the second game looks even better!

I'm still on the fence about Red Steel 2. I hated the first game, but the second game looks vastly different from the first. I will wait for the reviews to make my decision.

As a fan of arcade Mario Kart style gameplay, I am pretty interested in Sonic and SEGA All Stars Racing. I've heard that the Xbox 360 edition is getting Banjo and Kazooie as exclusive characters. I'm hoping the Wii version also gets something. (Mario perhaps?!) The Wii version of the game will be budgeted at $40.

Holiday releases I'm looking forward too.

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There are currently two games that have my interest the most.

A Boy and His Blob: I just can't get over how darn cute this game looks! The whole "hugging the blob" really pulls my heart strings! The game is single-player only, and has 80 levels to explore. You control a nameless boy and you advance by feeding a white blob jellybeans. The jellybeans transform the blob into various objects such as a trampoline that allow you to naviage the levels. It's a cross between a platformer game and apuzzle game.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii: I'm an obsessive Mario fanboy, what were you expecting? This is an ehanced sequel of the DS game New Super Mario Bros. It has more levels, more power-ups, and the ability for up to four players to play at once; a first for a Mario platformer. It's also the first sidescrolling Mario platformer to appear on a console since the SNES. I currently have this on my wishlist for a relative to give me as a Christmas present.

I'm nearing the end of Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, and should have a review up soon.

Wii Motion Plus

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I got to use the Wii Motion Plus controls for Wii Sports Resort, and I gotta say I'm liking it. It really shows how bad I am at bowling (I can only bowl like 150 points tops as opposed to 250 points in the first Wii Sports). Yes, it does take some adjusting with, but I'll get used to it. I am about to finish Zelda: Majora's Mask for the VC and should have a review up soon. I'll be starting class in a couple of weeks, so I'll need to play as much as I can while I wait.


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I'm finally getting my hands on this game! I never actually played any of the original games, but I have seen numerous parodies on the franchise, including the infamousracial parody on YTMND called "N*gg* stole my bike". I hear that the game will be quite challenging, but I hope it is not frusterating. Next Level Games is known for their challenge. I could never finish the Striker Cup on Mario Strikers Charged to unlock Petey. I should have the game soon with a review coming shortly afterward.

Got a new sensor bar.

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I can finally play World of Goo now. Yay! I had trouble moving my pointer, and World of Goo's gameplay involves heavy use of the pointer. The new product is 3rd party, but works much better than the old sensor bar. The only downside is that the new pointer runs by batteries (I don't know for how long, hopefully it won't drain the batteries too quickly), but it is also wireless.

Donkey Kong Country 3 and World of Goo

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It looks like I've been going through a string of downloadable games as of late! I'm currently in the middle of Donkey Kong Country 3 and I plan on downloading World of Goo once I'm finished. People have been knocking all over me about World of Goo, even Nintendo themselves! (I got a letter sent to me on my Wii telling me to try the game out)

I'm starting classes on Monday, but I should still find plenty of time to play these games.

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