Can't remember there being a video game based on Greek Mythology that was good before God of War was released in 2005, I know that Crash Bandicoot 3 had a boss fight with Tiny set in the Greek/Roman period plus there was Disney's Hercules which was released on PS1, GameBoy and PC. God of War was released for the PlayStation 2 on March 22nd 2005 making it ten years since it was released and is the eleventh best-selling PlayStation 2 game of all time.
When looking at the God of War series the games themselves have a lot of memorable moments in gaming but my overall favourite game would be the first God of War. Not only the story was pretty good following the story of Kratos who is a warrior who serves the Greek gods of Olympus; when the game starts Kratos has been serving the gods for ten years. He kills the Hydra on behalf of Poseidon, but grows tired of his service and suffering. He summons Athena, who states that if Kratos performs one final act the murder of Ares and will be forgiven for killing his past mistakes. The more you play God of War more and more flashbacks will appear explaining what really happened to Kratos and his past before he became a servant to the gods.
First time playing God of War was around the same time God of War II was released in 2007 and the Official UK PlayStation 2 magazine had a demo for the first game after playing the demo I've wanted to play more of God of War than decided to get the game straight away, first time playing the game I didn't want to put the game down and also bought my 60 GB PS3 at the time which came with Resistance Fall of Man and MotorStorm ended up playing God of War more instead of playing my new games that came with the PS3. God of War was a third person action-adventure game but felt it had gameplay elements from franchises like Onimusha, Prince of Persia and Devil May Cry it did had some puzzles and platforming in as well.
What I really liked about God of War on how much blood and gore was in the game for a game based on Greek Mythology I was really impressed how SCE Santa Monica Studios kept a game this good and fresh. The button mashing you had to when it came to killing your enemies and monsters were really impressive to look at where at one point you could rip an enemy in half or drag one of the Hydra's heads to a broken ship and letting it get stabbed through the skull. Quick time events happened quite a lot as well just like Resident Evil 4 you had to keep a close eye on what would happen next and know what to do.
After God of War II was released Santa Monica Studios announced God of War III for the PlayStation 3 and a game for the PSP which was Chains of Olympus, however both God of War and II were released in HD for the PS3 with trophy support and also two years after the PS Vita was released they released God of War for the PS Vita. A movie was confirmed to be in the works since 2005 but there hasn't been a director and haven't any new information what so ever, a novel was released in 2009 the novel recounts the events of the game and offers deeper insights into its story including new characters including some stuff that wasn't in the game does get mentioned in the novel.
Did you play God of War when it was first released in 2005 and have any favourite moments?
Nintendo have officially confirmed that they are working on a brand new dedicated games platform, under development codename "NX". Nintendo however have not stated whether this is a home console or a handheld. There have been rumours and talks over the years that Nintendo making a smartphone but the idea on that might be a terrible one if you think about if it's both a phone and game console it be something like the N-Gage or even the Sony Xperia Play nice idea but the sales for both phones weren't that huge when it came to sales. The 3DS is still selling strong plus the help of the 2DS seems to be helping on sales too for gamers who can't stand the 3D effect on a handheld console and the New 3DS have helped sales too, the games that have been released for the 3DS since launch has already got a good library with games like Zelda: Link Between Worlds, Pokémon X and Y, Bravely Default, Professor Layton and Animal Crossing. Plus its StreetPass features has played a huge part for the 3DS, they are becoming really popular across the world like London, New York and Tokyo all of these are local community events.
The main purpose of the event and news was to explain Nintendo’s decision to enter the smartphone gaming market, via a partnership with smartphone games specialist DeNA. Nintendo's chief executive Satoru Iwata announce the hardware platform in order to assuage fears that Nintendo may move away from manufacturing dedicated game machines leaving just Sony and Microsoft in the console market. With the Wii U not being as successful as the Nintendo Wii was selling a 100 million beating both the PS3 and Xbox 360; games for the Wii U are still selling well since its launch with titles like Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Brothers and Super Mario 3D World.
I can understand that the Wii U will not be perfect to what the Wii was between 2006-2013 because it was family-friendly easy to play and of course it also had a backward compatible support for Cube games, you can play Wii games on the Wii U if you still want to keep your Nintendo collection. There are still games being released for the Wii U this year like Splatoon, Yoshi's Wooly World, Xenoblade Chronicles X and Legend of Zelda. If Nintendo does make games for the like of smartphones or tablet devices they would try and compete with both iOS and Andriod on its games, already Pokémon Shuffle was released on the 3DS nearly a month ago on the Nintendo eShop as a free download. This is just a Candy Crush game but instead it's based on Pokémon monsters requires hearts to attempt each stage, with the player able to recover up to five hearts by waiting a certain amount of time. You can also use coins to purchase power-ups, such as extra moves, prior to entering a stage. Extra hearts and coins can be purchased with jewels, which are either earned by defeating trainers or purchased using Nintendo eShop funds. The game supports internet connectivity which offers bonus items and special limited-time stages to those who want to check in, it also has StreetPass support.
I can tell that certain games from the NES, GameBoy, N64, DS and certain titles from the 3DS library appearing on both smartphones and tablets; than again Nintendo already has a tablet type device but its a controller pad for the Wii U if someone in house wants to watch stuff on the main TV you can still play games on your Wii U tablet. This is a huge step for both gamers and Nintendo if the worse comes to worse do we really want Nintendo making this move like Sega did after the Dreamcast? Lets just hope that Nintendo can change things around or at least have something good up their sleeves for E3 2015 in June.
What are your thoughts on Nintendo's announcement?
It's very rare that I would play First-Person Shooters in general when it comes to gaming, the only shooters I've enjoyed playing were titles like BioShock Infinite, Killzone 2 and Halo. But before I've played those titles there was a certain franchise I really enjoyed playing on the PlayStation 2 which was the TimeSplitters series, TimeSplitters 2 is still my favourite shooter and game in the series for its insane multiplayer matches, story plot going through various parts of time and the number of guns you can use.
It would be 10 years ago from this week that TimeSplitters: Future Perfect would be released which was March 21st 2005 and March 24th for UK/Europe. This was the third instalment in the series taking place after the events of TimeSplitters 2 playing the role of Sergeant Cortez, a time-traveling marine from the 25th century, as he attempts to go to the past to save the future. This does feel more like something you would see out of the Back to the Future series when it comes to time travelling and bumping into yourself from a different period of time.
Like its past two games you can make your own multiplayer levels and save them on to your memory card, plus this was a great idea to have in a game before uploading levels through online around the world like LittleBigPlanet. You can create your own rules and what kind of weapons you would have to have lying around including what weapons to carry; I remember reading and seeing some good level designs that were sent to Official UK PlayStation 2 and Xbox magazine on some of the levels that were made by gamers. Online Multiplayer was supported for both PlayStation 2 and Xbox having 2-8 players which did made an improvement for people who want to play online and not having to go over to a friend's house just to play some multiplayer matches up to 4 players. The GameCube version however didn't have online support but it still had everything else in the game.
In June 2007 a sequel was announced to be in development was which TimeSplitters 4, however has since been shelved due to difficulties selling the idea to potential publishers based on Future Perfect's sales after it was released. Haze was released a year later for the PlayStation 3 which was a worldwide release on May 2008 but however the reviews were disappointing to both critics and fans, it had some good ideas but weren't as great as they thought it would be. On December 18th 2008 it was reported that the studio Free Radical had shut down, though it was later confirmed that the company had gone into administration, leaving 40 of the original 185 staff still employed. There have been rumours that a TimeSplitters 4 was going to be released on the PS3 and Xbox 360 but nothing hasn't been mentioned since than; Back in November 29, 2012 it was revealed that a group of fans were given permission to develop a TimeSplitters mod using CryEngine 3. The project lead by Michael Hubicka stated that the ultimate goal is to make it TimeSplitters 4, it was announced that the development team would include some of the original members of Free Radical Design (now known as Crytek UK).
The game would combine earlier elements of the trilogy and be named TimeSplitters Rewind. Eventually gaining Crytek's approval, thanks in part to a 75,000-strong petition from players, the development team intended to use CryEngine 3. The team said that, although the engine will give it more of a modern look, they "didn't plan on fixing something that isn't broken." They were allowed to use original assets from the series, and will still provide the classic feel and look the original TimeSplitters games did. It was expected to feature a multiplayer mode, to be free of charge on the PC, and a March 2013 announcement planned to have a demo by December 2013. I still hope that there will be another TimeSplitters game on the like of Steam and PS4 sometime in the future but the chances on that happening are highly unlikely unless more and more people demand a new game in the series or at least a reboot of the franchise.
Would you like to see another TimeSplitters game in the future?
I can't remember the last time that Liam Neeson was in a good action movie from a Jedi to a CIA agent; Run All Night is an action thriller and was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra who has also directed films including Orphan, House of Wax and Goal II. Jaume Collet-Serra has managed to make Run All Night a good action thriller and Brad Ingelsby who written the film which overall making it feel that you wish that this was instead a novel than a movie.
Liam Neeson plays an aging hitman named Jimmy Conlon is forced to take on his brutal former boss Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris) to protect his estranged son Mike (Joel Kinnaman) and his family following the death of Shawn's son Danny (Boyd Holbrook). You would think that this feels more like mob film based on money and drugs however it's not, it might start off being a little slow after the first ten minutes but it later picks up on the plot actually thinking what is going to happen next. It is good that it tries to be a thriller as well when it comes to suspense and where a villain-driven plot where it presents obstacles that Jimmy Conlon must overcome.
Would admit that Liam Neeson actually does a really good job in Run All Night comparing to his last movies few action films he has been in pretty much after Taken was released in cinemas in 2008 this is where his career was on top but after that started to go a little downhill but after watching Run All Night it's like he's climbed his way back to the top when it comes to action thriller films. There's not much new in this tale of grim men staring, and then shooting, each other down, but this cast and crew know how to spin this yarn with efficacy and economy.
I know a lot of people loved District 9 when it was released in cinemas back in 2009, Neil Blomkamp was considering on making the sequel District 9 later in the future however his recent film Chappie that was released in cinemas both in the US and UK/Europe. With film stars like Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman and Watkin Tudor Jones you have no idea what kind of story plot Chappie has or what do you expect out of a film with those stars in.
I've only ever seen an advert for this on TV a few days back making me think that Chappie is trying to be one of those family-friendly movie robots like Wall-E or Johnny 5 does remind you of those robots as they try to fit in society with humans and not freaking them out because they are different. The film starts of being set in the near future; crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back which is why crime rates are up in that area of the world. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.
As a gamer you may notice that one of the robots you see in the film does remind you of another machine from another video game series once you've seen it you'll understand what I'm on about. I liked how Chappie tries to fit and wanting to be like normal humans with their every lives but in life you can't get everything you want, the film itself does kind of drag in and out a little bit on story plot its like Neil Blomkamp is just putting all the robot films together like Robocop, Wall-E, Short Circuit and Batteries Not Included all in and making a film of his own that people would keep talking about Chappie later in the weeks of release. I wouldn't say that it was either a good or bad film it did tried to be a watchable film at least if you are one of those people that gets certain sci-fi references or mech references this might appeal to you. If you are not sure in watching this film any time soon best is to either wait for a DVD release for it or watch it on half price day at your cinema.
It would happen to be fact 15 years ago that the PlayStation 2 was first released on March 4th 2000 in Japan and was still the best-selling console outselling both Xbox and GameCube during the 6th Generation of gaming during 2000 till 2008, it was January 2013 that PlayStation 2 discounted worldwide and the last three games there were released for the system were Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin for Japan and both Fifa 14 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 for the rest of the world.
With the success of the PlayStation outselling Sega and Nintendo nearly every person wanted one, Sony announced the PlayStation on March 1st 1999 the console was positioned as a competitor the Dreamcast which was the first sixth-generation console to be released. Despite Sony's announcement, the Dreamcast went on to a very successful North American launch later that year selling over 500,000 units within two weeks. Straight after the Dreamcast was released during Tokyo Game Show during September, Sony showed off some playable demos including Gran Turismo 2000 and Tekken Tag Tournament which showed off consoles graphic abilities and power. Back at the time it was really impressive to see how powerful games were on the system and how far gaming has come since than with both Gran Turismo and Tekken franchise. Sony even added in something that the Dreamcast didn't have which was a built-in DVD player where you can watch DVD's on the PlayStation 2 instead of a DVD player and a cheaper way in getting a DVD player back in early 2000.
The PlayStation 2 was launched in October 2000 in both North America and November in Europe. Sales of the console, games and accessories pulled in $250 million on the first day, beating the $97 million made on the first day of the Dreamcast. Directly after its release, it was difficult to find PS2 units on retailer shelves due to manufacturing delays. During its release there has been a huge range of game, accessories like SingStar and Eye Toy made an impact on sales that it made games fun to play with friends and family.
I'm pretty sure that for those who still own a PS2 guessing everyone had different tastes and their favourite games for the system. Here are my top three favourite PS2 games-
You could never really find the perfect game in life but Persona 4 really much had everything you would want in a JRPG game. Set in a Japanese high school and being transferred to a small town you start to find out on the mysterious rumours on the Midnight Channel where people can see their soul mates on the TV around Midnight but however as you progress through the story you find out that students are being thrown in the TV world and it's up to you and your friends to save them within a time limit after a number of days or they will die. Persona 4 is set as a traditional role-playing game you'll go through multiple dungeons you have to use Persona's in order to defeat enemies which are like monsters which you can summon each party member has a persona, the manifestation of one's true self, that they can use in battle. Each has its own unique Skills, and a specific set of strengths and weaknesses to certain attacks. Personas gain experience from battle and learn new Skills as they gain levels. The fun part about the game is that when you’re in High School or not in the TV you can Socialise with other characters in the game this is called Social-Links where you can hang out with your friends or attend an after school club more you hang out with them your Persona's will become stronger. Not only that the story based around Persona 4 really does teach you about friendship in general and that this is more to life and having friends is something that you have to treasure.
When I first heard of Kingdom Hearts it was mentioned in an article on how well it was selling in Japan, I think I did remember seeing a trailer for this somewhere after being shown at E3 2002. When I saw images and gameplay I was amazed on how awesome and seeing an idea a little similar to mine coming to life. I really wanted to get this game but didn't have a PS2 back then but however when my sister got a PS2 for Christmas, I had to buy this game but the one problem was that it didn't come with a memory card. After waiting a few months finally had the money and bought the game. Most of my summer back in 2003 I spent most of my time playing Kingdom Hearts, I really liked the simply story where Sora is stuck on an island and his two best friends Riku and Kairi want to get off the island and go on a real adventure. Meanwhile in another world known as Disney Castle Mickey disappears and leaves a message warning Donald and Goofy that darkness is coming and must find the KEY. Which turned out to be Sora after seeing his world getting destroyed by the Heartless and his friends go missing, Sora, Donald and Goofy embark on an adventure and find out who's really behind all this. Most of the worlds that were mentioned in Kingdom Hearts were really impressive and look totally similar to the films we used to all watch as kids. I'll admit that were some really good moments and boss battles; as it story progressed and progressed it got even deeper, I start to relies that the more you follow the story you learn that deep down you'll always have friends that'll be with you.
First time I've heard about the series was when I was at college and one of my friends I knew was a huge Capcom fan when it came to games like Mega Man, Street Fighter and Devil May Cry. My friend highly recommended the Devil May Cry series after watching some gameplay footage while my friend was playing the game during break because the college I went to had a PS2 in lounge; ended up playing Devil May Cry 3 to begin with and was my first I now the story goes from 3,1,4,2 I'm kind of glad I've went through that direction because I can tell how Dante has changed the story is set several years before the events of the first Devil May Cry in an enchanted tower, the story centers of the dysfunctional relationship between Dante and his brother Virgil. Dante has opened an as-yet-unnamed demon-hunting agency and his demonic heritage has not yet reached its full potential. What made game shine was how insane the difficulty had got when you were playing it from a higher level from Easy mode to Heaven or Hell mode which was one hit and it's game over for you; was a hack-n-slash action adventure game with many weapons to use, memorable cutscenes where the overall game itself made you want to come back for more.
There are other games I would mention but likely to be mentioning them in my future blogs plus amazed that it's been nearly 10 years since their first release in 2005.
Do you have any favourite PS2 games in your collection?
Only found out about the news last Friday afternoon after reading Facebook statuses on my phone while I was in a café, plus randomly shouted out "Dear God Nooo" mainly because Leonard Nimoy is well known for his role as Master Xehanort in the Kingdom Hearts series. However the Japanese voice actor Chikao Otsuka who did the role of the Japanese version of Master Xehanort passed away on January 15th 2015, meaning that both actors have now passed away could this mean that Kingdom Hearts III could be pushed back a bit on voice acting?
Leonard Nimoy might be known for his role as Master Xehanort in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep but everyone else will know him well as Spock from Star Trek (1966-1969) including the Star Trek Animated series; he's appeared on multiple TV shows and films as well. Leonard Nimoy played a role on two episodes of The Simpsons "Marge Simpson VS the Monorail" and "The Springfield Files" including two episodes of Futurama as himself but his head in a jar.
He even played the role of narrator in both Seaman (Dreamcast) and Civilization IV (PC) including playing a role in Disney's Atlantis as Kashekim Nedakh, the King of Atlantis. Star Trek Online plans to erect an official, standing in-game memorial next week to Leonard Nimoy, the actor who portrayed Spock for nearly 50 years. The memorial will appear following the sci-fi MMO's regularly scheduled maintenance on March 5, That's shorthand for "live long and prosper," the valediction Nimoy gave in performing one of pop culture's most iconic roles. Nimoy's death touched off a wave of public mourning, not limited to just fans of Star Trek or science fiction, in social media, comments to news posts, and also video games. His last tweet he posted on Twitter was- "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory."
Have any favourite moments in films, TV or games starring Leonard Nimoy?
When I watched the latest video of The Gist where Jess McDonell was talking about one of her favourite demos when she was really young, than talking about how games have recently been feeling broken, rushed increasingly raising their prices on games. That I can fully agree on after watching the video on GameSpot it is true that quite a lot of games that have been released over years have started to go downhill on various franchises, 2014 showed an example on how games have felt that have been just rushed not carefully looked and getting them released before the holiday sales.
We know demos are good example on what the game itself will look like before it's released, most demos are released on places like the Nintendo eShop, Steam, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network taking some space. Beta invites are another good example on how good the game itself might be even if its 3-6 months before release either sent out to a few lucky people online or paid a bit of money on pre-ordering the game before its release checking to see if there are any bugs or glitches or even see how well the online multiplayer is when it comes to internet connection speed and how quick the sever is. Not only that gaming expos or conventions play an important role where people like yourself would line up just to play this certain game before its released and maybe some free goodies after visiting their booth stuff like this happens at places like E3, MCM Expo, Play Expo and GamesCom.
This was before consoles like the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii were released demos were in fact on a disc which can hold at least a good 5-10 demos per disc but this came with a magazine which was our only way to finding out on what games were going to be released with the next few months or within the year. I did enjoy reading the previews and reviews on what games were going to be out during that time and this was before I had access to the internet in my own home or at school or even paying on GameSpot for news. But one of the most memorable magazines I remember at a young age after receiving my PlayStation during one Christmas, Official UK PlayStation magazine pretty much had everything on previews, reviews, cheats and of course what was on each demo which had demos for upcoming games being released 1-2 months before release and trailers making you hyped about the game and what to expect.
Most demos only had at least 1 or 2 levels in each game giving you choice which level you want to play first, they may contained spoilers if that level was happened to be in fact part of the game itself but it was a hard level to complete in the demo it gave you an idea where you needed to go or where you were heading; Metal Gear Solid demo was one of the good examples when it came to knowing where you needed to be next. Another feature that was included with the demo's was Net Yaroze which was a development kit for the PlayStation and a promotion kit to computer programming hobbyists from 1997 who want to make their own games; back than this felt like felt this was the only way to play indie games on demo discs from the Official UK PlayStation magazines but these were only arcade title games but they were fun and got you coming back to playing them again and again. Most of these homebrew games were pretty impressive there were games like Total Soccer Yaroze, Haunted Maze, Psychon, Rock N Gems and Super Bub they kept me coming back to the demos for more. If you were want to try and get your hands on a Sony Net Yaroze console are hard to find to come by at a very good price if you are willing to pay at a good price on ebay.
I do miss buying the old magazines I used to buy including the ones with the demo with them because when developers released their demos on discs it gives people like you building up hype on looking forward to a certain game within a few months or later in the year.
Do you think demo discs should make a comeback or do you have a favourite demo when you were young?
The Order 1886 will be released this week for the PlayStation 4 on February 20th worldwide but a few days ago there has been a lot of news, tweets and complaints on how short The Order 1886 is which could be completed within 5 hours or more and that's include gameplay and cutscenes altogether. However the developers Ready at Dawn who have made games in the past for the PSP for both God of War Chains of Olympus and Ghosts of Sparta and of course Daxter; when they were first released you could beat either game within 6 hours or more depending on what difficulty you play it on. According to the developer you can clock around more than 8-10 hours which is the same length you would get in other First-Person Shooter games.
GameSpot have just recently posted a feature article blog on their page discussing about the length of the game and is it worth purchasing at full price? I've managed to play a bit of the game myself which was only the demo at GAME Lock-in Event does look impressive it looked on a PS4, Ready at Dawn have done an amazing job on the visuals and cinematic look when it comes to cutscenes and gameplay when I was playing the demo for this.
After talking about this with a few people I know today this isn't the first game that has gotten complaints on how short it is at full retail price, just last year Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes was released on both online and in stores if you bought it on PS4 or Xbox One it was for sale for £40/$40 on release. You can beat the main story under an hour or more but there were more missions after clearing the main story but it did feel more of a demo than a game itself. However Ground Zeroes did give an idea on how well detailed and what the game will actually look if it was the full game itself but Metal Gear Solid V won't be released until Summer 2015. Yet another two games that were released on the PSN store were both Flower and Journey from ThatGameCompany released at a price under £10/$10, both games can be completed 2 hours in total and an extra hour if you want all trophies but both games were critically acclaimed for its outstanding visuals, art, soundtrack and winning quite a few awards Journey pretty much won Game of the Year for 2012 from most sites and magazines even though it's a very short game the shortest games can have some of the most memorable moments you'll see in a video game.
The complaints are still coming in based around The Order 1886 and is very likely that after the weekend its released stores like GAME, CEX or Grainger Games will have a lot of copies of it on pre-owned after people trading it for wither cash or store credit so staff at gaming stores may want to be prepared on how many people will trade it in. But when I was chatting to a few people today about it they had ideas on what you could be doing within them 5 hours and at around the same price as the game is-
Purchase the Blu-Ray edition of the original Star Wars Trilogy and watching them
Going to the cinema for a day and watching at least 3-4 films either in 2D or 3D
Reading the first four Game of Thrones books in one sitting
Learning how to play a musical instrument from a paid instructor
Buying a Pre-owned PSP/DS bundled with 1-2 game that has plenty of replay value and hours pending on what game it is
Then again I supposed that if people don't have time to play games that much due to work, studies or spending time with family, beating a game within 5 hours or more might be the best way for some if you have a lot going on with your life outside of gaming. This has been a good topic overall it's getting to the point now that newer games that have been released both last year and this year are starting to get shorter and shorter certain developers have tried to make games last longer more than 12 hours and when you look at RPG games they can take over 40 hours or more which is really getting your value out of your money. Not saying that The Order 1886 is a good or bad game it just really depends on what you think of the game and are you really getting your value out of it making you very likely that you may want to write a review of your own on your experience on The Order 1886.
Are you planning on buy The Order 1886 this week or do you think you are better off buying something else around the same price?
Launched around the same week as the New 3DS along with Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate on February 13th, Nintendo also released a free app on the Nintendo eShop which is the Nintendo Anime Channel. So far it has only been released in UK/Europe at the moment there has been no word on it heading to the US maybe later on in the year.
I know that most people like me would watch anime through various online sites like Crunchyroll or on DVD or even Netflix if you have a free month trail or a paid subscription, Nintendo Anime Channel is free download through your Nintendo 3DS or Wii U taking 200 blocks on your SD card. You will need a Wi-Fi connection if you want to watch anime on their channel just like what you do if you are logging-in to the Nintendo eShop; there is only three anime series to pick from at the moment with them being owned and released on Nintendo consoles and handhelds over the years.
You can watch Kirby: Right back at Ya! which has only 4 episodes, Pokémon Advanced Generation based on the two Pokémon games Ruby and Sapphire which also has 4 episodes at the moment and the third choice you have is Inazuma Eleven with only 2 episodes. I do hope that more episodes will be added to the channel later in the coming weeks and months because I found Inazuma Eleven quite enjoyable to watch after downloading and seeing what the channel was like; I was impressed how good quality was especially on the Nintendo 3DS, it's a shame you can't change it to Subbed if you wanted to watch it in Japanese but it does have the option to change the audio from English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch and Italian.
I would say that the Nintendo Anime Channel would be really handy to have if have trouble sleeping at night why not watch an episode from the channel, of if you have a good internet connection on the bus or train watching at least one or two episodes would be really handy and would pass the time especially if you have a delay in travel or stuck in traffic on a bus to work. I don't think Nintendo would charge people for using the service if more and more people plan on watching stuff from it but you may need to find a good website or know when the latest episode of your favourite anime or a certain episode won't be available on the channel if Nintendo adds more episodes or even other shows on the Anime Channel.
Another cool feature that would have been great but it would never happen due to other Anime franchises like One Piece or Naruto have released games on other consoles watching episodes of your favourite anime shows would have been a cool option but likely it would never happen so don't expect something like Hunter X Hunter 2011 or Seven Deadly Sins being there sometime soon. I can see myself using the Nintendo Anime Channel more often later in the future if it’s going to be a free app to watch anime whenever I want or even if I'm somewhere in a café or StreetPass meet I can easily see 2 or 3 people watching a certain anime through someone's 3DS at least in public.
Have you checked out the Anime Channel through your 3DS or Wii U?