What? You're looking at me like I'm supposed to say something here ...
For the 90% of you that guessed Super Smash Bros Brawl, ding-ding-ding. You're correct. I picked up SSBB a day later than everyone else (Monday the 10th, for those of you who'd prefer not to use your brain), and probably haven't played it nearly as much, but that doesn't change the fact that this game is freakin awesome.
I'm not even going to try and explain why this game is so great, because I wouldn't be able to put it into words. It's the same SSB you've always loved except with more levels, more characters, more content (i.e - the SSE takes about 8 hours to beat), and more freakin awesomeness.
So yeah, just thought I'd let you all know. Peace. 8)
As expected, I got an Xbox 360 for Christmas, and needless to say it's been dominating my time. With my 360 I got ...
Forza Motorsport 2 (came with console)
Marvel Ultimate Alliance (came with console)
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (Rental from uncle)
Call of Duty 2
1 Month of XBL
1 Extra controller
First I played Call of Duty 2, and have pretty much banged through the single player the last couple of days. I'm about 3/4 done, and it's incredibly awesome. I expected it to be rather bland, runningaround and shooting people while getting occassional objectives. I don't know why, it just feels really epic and almost movie like. After I finish it I want to try going through it again on veteran. I've played some of the multiplayer and it's really fun, it's just that you usually only get like five people at a time. Not bad, not great either though.
Next I played GRAW2, which isalso incredible. The single player is really fun, although a bit deeper thanI expected. The multiplayer however is super addicting. It's kind of tough since 2-3 hits will kill you, but once you get used to it it's really fun.
I started Lost Planet today, but while on the first mission I started craving GRAW. So I've still got that game to play, Forza, and Marvel. I'm gonna need a lot more time.
P.S. - My gamertag is DewRequired, if you want to play GRAW2 or CoD2 sometime send me a friend request.
[Disclaimer: The topic title that enticed you to click on my blog has absolutely nothing to do with my blog. Proceed soldier.]
It doesn't feel like a year, it hardly feels like half a year, but on this day exactly one year ago, I got the Nintendo Wii. Was it worth it? Heck yeah. Is it everything I hoped it would be? Kind of. The Wii is awesome, and in and of itself it's an incredible machine. Games like Super Mario Galaxy and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess prove that. The problem is that there simply aren't enough great games for it. If I had the money I would pick up games like Metroid Prime 3 (whichI will definitely be buying eventually), Medal of Honor: Heroes 2, Ghost Squad, maybe evenZack & Wiki, but it's just not worth it. Most of you are probably thinking, "It's Christmas stupid,what are gifts for anyway?!" but that's another reason why they're not worth it.
As planned, I will be getting an Xbox 360 for Christmas (i.e. - in less than 24 hours).As you could haveimagined, I'm super pumped. I'm getting the Pro Holiday Bundle which includes Forza Motorsport 2 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance. I'll definitely play Forza, not sure I'll dig into Marvel too much though. I've already got Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 and an extra controller. I've also got Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (which I'm rentingfor an extended period of time), andwill be getting Call of Duty 2tomorrow. I'll also be getting a 3 month XBL card.
So now how does this relate to the Wii again? Let's try explaining with a check list ...
Why OhhSnap Can't Get Any New Wii Games For A Very Long Time
1: OhhSnap has no money.
2: OhhSnap will not have any extra money from Chritmas.
3: OhhSnap will not be getting any Wii games for Christmas.
4: OhhSnap is getting an Xbox 360 and will use any money he has to buy games for it.
5: Wii games don't support "speaking in the third person" which OhhSnap is dissapointed by.
... I have no idea how I got onto this topic. Anyway, Merry Christmas everyone! Enjoy the food. Enjoy the company. Enjoy the presents. But most of all, don't forget the reason for the season. Jesus Christ's birth.
So here I am, about seven months removed from my last blog, still breathing, still playing games of course. A couple game related updates worth mentioning ...
I bought SSX Blur and Madden 07 over the Summer, they were on sale. Good games, nothing too amazing about them.
I played through Metroid Prime in August, for the first time beating it all the way through, and that's easily one of my favorite games of all time. Such an immersive game, I can't even begin to describe it. (Granted, I used a guide, but that didn't stop me from loving it )
I haven't bought a new game in months ...
... you know why? Because I've finally decided that I'm gonna get the 360. Yeah, I was gonna get it for my birthday, but I ended up buying an iPod video. (Glad I did, I love that thing) I also bought a digital camera over the summer (Casio EX-z75, I recommend it), so there wasn't much money left for a 360. So around August/September I decided I was gonna save up for a 360 and get it for Christmas. This is also means I have yet to play Phantom Hourglass (it brings me inner-pain to say that ) or Metroid Prime 3, but I'm set for buying the 360. I need to make around $30 and I'd have enough to buy ...
Xbox 360 Pro Bundle (w/ Forza & Marvel)
Then tragedy struck. I logged on to Gamespot yesterday and what was the #1 story? The Super Mario Galaxy review. So being a Wii owner what choice did I have but to check out the review? Then I see that Super Mario Galaxygot a 9.5, a 9.5! Only the fourth one Gamespot has given out all year, and tied for the best scoring game this year. So I watch the video review, check out the Gametrailers review, the IGN review, before you can say "Holy-Super-Mario-Galaxy-Batman!" I'm in love with Super Mario Galaxy.
Before this amazing event, I didn't plan on getting SMG in the near future. Mostly because it would have to wait until Christmas, and I'd be busy playing my 360 that I wouldn't want to turn on the Wii, but this games looks too good to wait 3+ months for. So here is my revised and totally fool-proof (or at least partially) plan:
Instead of getting GRAW2 ($40), I'll buy SMG ($50).
I'll still have GRAW1 to play, along with the two packaged 360 games and countless demos (I'm a sucker for free).
The end result? I've got an incredible game to play from Monday until Christmas while I shiver with excitement over getting a 360. And I'll only have to make $10 more!
And that's pretty much it. Although one final thing worth mentioning, The Bourne Ultimatum was incredibly awesome! If you don't buy the DVD (when it comes out), well, you'rea bad person.
In case you didn't already know based on the title, today (or yesterday actually) I picked up Super Paper Mario. *Trumpets Sound* I've only played it for about an hour so far, but it seems like a pretty fun game. I've actually never played a Paper Mario game before, so I don't know what to expect nor do I know if I'll enjoy the game. Flipping from 2D to 3D has proven to add a new 'dimension' (hah! pun intended!) to the game and makes exploring each section all the more fun. I'll hopefully have a review up within the next few weeks.
Up next on my list ... ah, yes ... teh Exbawx Threesickstea! Ok, I promise I'll never do that again. Anyway, the initial shock over the Elite has passed over me and now I'm certain I'll be getting the Premium (assuming I can scrounge up enough money). The only thing I'm really questioning right now is what games to get. There are three games (aside from GRAW2, I definitely want to get that) that I'm interested in. Major League Baseball 2k7, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, and Call of Duty 3 (or 2, not positive yet). If you've played any of them, your opinions would be appreciated.
That's about all I can think of for now. How's everyone doing?
First of all, handwriting is not my thing. Whenever I'm going to write something I usually just do it on the computer. Not this time. I'm pleased to say that I actually wrote this on paper before typing it up. So in conclusion, I want to thank Gamespot for inspiring me to write something. It's not much, but it's a step in the right direction for me. Now on with the blog ...
Today, Microsoft announced the Xbox 360 Elite, otherwise known as Project Zephyr. The Xbox 360 Elite will have an HDMI port and will come with HDMI cables. Neither of the above really effect me though since I don't have HDMI cables. The first thing that interests me about the Elite is that it's black. I think it looks much better than the white, especially the controller. ^.^
The second thing that interests me is the hard drive space. 120GB is alot more appealing than 20GB, don't you agree? The Premium X360 still has plenty of space, but having an option of 6x the amount of space would make anyone feel a little less confident about buying the Premium.
And then there's the fact that it's just $80 more expensive than the Premium. Not to mention that it's conveniently $20 cheaper than the PS3 20GB version. If the Premium gets a price drop than I'll stick with that. If not, I can guarantee I'll think about buying the Elite much more than once. And while I'm thinking about that, I'm sure I'll also think about the fact that I'd be just $20 away from buying a PS3. Then I get overloaded with confusion, and start back from square one. (Bear in mind this is just a prediction )
In the end I'll probaby end up just buying the premium, since it's still cheaper and covers what I need. In the mean time, mass confusion shall ensue! Prepare yourselves ...
Agents are ... GO!!! It's the strangest thing. By now, EBA's (Elite Beat Agents) songs are getting a little repetitive, I'm stuck on the same level, and I'm not that amazing at the game, yet still completely in love with it. It's just so addicting! When you nail a song (or even a fast section of a song) you get this feeling that makes you want to play all day. ^.^ I love my MKDS and NSMB, but EBA is rapidly moving up the ranks towards favorite DS game.
Next up, Super Paper Mario. After going to EBgames a few days ago and making $50 trading in old games, I've decided to spend my new found cash on Super Paper Mario (Wii). After reading the interview in NP about it, I'm really excited. I'm not a big fan of total RPG's so SPM is definately the most appealing game of the Paper Mario series so far. Unfortunately, I haven't played any Paper Mario games before this one. I want to pick up TTYD in the future, and maybe even the orignal Paper Mario if it comes out on the VC. Going back to SPM, I'm looking foward to the platforming part of the game and it seems like there will be minor strategy involved (switching from 2D to 3D to find secrets, new route, etc).
Also, I'm about three weeks removed from buying something off of the Virtual Console. The last game I bought was Ocarina of Time (bought it the Monday it came out, about 10 seconds after it came out ). While we haven't gotten many great games since then, I'd still like to buy a few in the near future. I definately want to buy Kid Icarus (again, thanks to an NP article).
I have a confession to make regarding the Virtual Console. I've never played Super Mario 64. When the N64 was going strong I was about 7 years old, and didn't really ask for new video games. Since it's been on the VC I've wanted to buy it, but there were more games that interested me. Do you guys think it would be worth it to spend $10 on SM64 if I've never played it before?
I'm also thinking about picking up Super Ghouls N Ghosts, because I've heard alot of praise for that game. But until I can scrounge up the money for the VC games I'm interested in, I'll be attempting to finish Kirby's Adventure on the VC and spending every spare minute playing EBA. 8)
Last night, I picked up Elite Beat Agents at EBgames. ^.^ It's such a fun game, and the songs are pretty cool too. I'm guessing it's gonna be pretty short lived though, hopefully I'm wrong. It's the first DS game I've bought since Brain Age, which I bought over the 06 Summer. EBA is long overdue ...
Also, Gamespot has updated the WYSIWYG editor. I think it looks really cool now, and thanks to the smaller text there's less scrolling in long blog posts. We can also now insert the date and time with ease ...
Pretty cool huh?
17Mar 07You know why? Because I finally downloaded Firefox on my laptop. Tabbed browsing is quite possibly the greatest thing on the internet. One thing that's annoyed me so far is that it doesn't show my level in my profile, and when I try to install Adobe Flash Player (which I believe is already on our computer ) it says the download failed. Anyone have any suggestions?
So rather than wasting the rest of this blog, I'll give some usefully useless information. Don't you feel lucky ...
I've been hanging around System Wars more lately. Maybe it's the lack of anything better to do on Gamespot, or maybe it's just my competitive nature. In the end though, I do enjoy it.
So yeah, that's pretty much it for now. How are you all doing?
Below is mostly just a list of games that I'm interested in buying in 07. (Not a complete list, but most of the games I'm interested in are below)
Super Paper Mario: I don't know if I want to get this game at launch, but it seems like it'll be well worth the $50.
SSX Blur: Yes, I know it's out already. It seems like a really fun sports/arcade game but $50? It's the only Wii game I'm interested in that's out right now, but I can't pull myself to spend that kind of money on a snowboarder. However, if you bring that price down to $30 or less I can definately see the light.
Super Mario Galaxy: Being one of the few people who found Super Mario Sunshine, I'm definately looking foward to SMG. The downside for me right now is we don't know when it's coming out. That makes it really tough for me to get hyped, but it's still a definite pick-up.
Elite Beat Agents: From what I've seen, it looks to be one of the most addicting games on the DS. For just $35, I don't see why not to pick this game up. (If I can scrounge up $15, I'll hopefully be getting it sometime this week)
Yoshi's Island DS: New Super Mario Bros is one of my favorite DS games, and Yoshi's Island is another platformer that seems to be a bit longer. Not overwhelmingly excited about this game, but if it's convenient I'd definately want to buy it.
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass: This one's a no-brainer for me. Handheld Zelda? Easily worth the price tag.
Ratchet And Clank: Size Matters: If it weren't for the announcement of this game at E3, I probably would've sold my PSP by now. The only real problem for me is convincing myself to buy it, since I have so many other games I want.
I'm sure there are other games I will be buying, but those are the big ones for me. (SSBB and MP3 are other big ones, but we don't know enough about them yet and they may even be pushed to 08) But, I plan on getting a 360 over the Summer and if there's a price drop I'll hopefully get a PS3 for Christmas (that's questionable, but I'm definately getting a 360). So, I'll list the games I would want for those systems ...
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2: I played GRAW at a friends house last Summer, and I absolutely loved the game. While I haven't played an insane amout of shooters, GRAW was certainly the best I've ever played. Since GRAW2 is now out and I'd assume that most online players would convert to the newer game, it would make more sense to buy that one.
Call Of Duty 3: Same situation as GRAW. Played CoD2 (at the same friends house ) and loved it. CoD3 got the same score, pretty similar feedback, and the online community will be shifting towards it so I'd buy 3 over 2.
Burnout Revenge: It was either Burnout or NFS, and I already have NFS for the PS2 so Burnout wins here. I've played the demo and it's a really fun, satisfying racer.
Major League Baseball 2K7: I haven't bought a baseball game since MVP 05 (such an amazing game, why must they loose their license ) but MLB 2k7 seems like a must have for me. I hear they hired a guy from the MVP staff to work on this game, and it's gotten pretty great feedback so I don't see why not to give this one a shot.
MotorStorm: If you took away Motorstorm, I have pretty much zero motivation to buy a PS3. I have absolutely no idea what it is, but I love MotorStorm. I've only played a demo but it's simply fantastic. If the PS3 has 3 or 4 more exclusives as great as MotorStorm, $600 would feel a whole lot cheaper.
Virtua Fighter 5: Fighting games are a genre that I've enjoyed in the past but never really got into. VF5 seems to be one of the best PS3 games available right now, so even if I'm not a 'huge' fan of the genre I'll still buy it.
NBA 2K7: Another demo that I enjoyed. Not positive about this one, especially if I'm getting the PS3 at the end of the year. If I'm gonna be dishing out $600 though, I want to have a few games to pick from.
That's about it for now, what are your thoughts on the games? What games would you like to get this year?
I've put many more hours into my home consoles, but thinking back, I'm one of the most avid handheld gamers I know. Aside from the Gameboy Micro, I own/owned every Gameboy. I had a DS, currently have a DS Lite, and own a PSP. While home consoles may have better graphics, franchises, and more games in general, I really believe that handheld gaming will eventually dominate the industry.
The most recent handheld phenomenon, the DS Lite, is one of the most popular and best selling in the history of gaming. Nine months after it's release, it's still very difficult to find. I went to the local EBgames a few weeks back (January to be exact ), in hopes of picking up Warioware: Smooth Moves. Someone else in the store (looked to be around 17-18 years old) was selling 5-6 old Xbox games, to contribute towards his DS fund. He asked the woman working at the counter if they had any DS Lite's in stock. She said they haven't had any for a few days, but are expecting a new shipment on Tuesday. She also preceeded to say they've been extremely popular, and that Nintendo is doing their best to provide customers with what they want. Unsurprised by the news, the guy bought Mario Kart DS (smart man!) and went on his way.
If that happened one or two months after the DS Lite came out, I wouldn't be too surprised. But seven months after is a pretty big deal.
Another big bonus it has over home consoles, is the fact that games are from fifteen to twenty-five dollars cheaper. I know for me, money doesn't come very easily, which makes a game that's $20 cheaper than another game all the more attractive. In the DS's cases, Nintendo has also been making quite a few top-of-the-line games.
From a satisfied Wii owner and hopefully a future 360 owner, I wouldn't be surprised (and would actually love) to see a gaming industry dominated by handhelds.
You can find previous entries here.
Entry 5: Death Mountain, And Zora's Domain
Up next on my agenda, climbing Death Mountain. With my bombs ready and Hyrulian Shield equipped, I was ready to go. First I had to bomb a few rocks which proved to be pretty easy. Next, I basically just ran across a long, long path. Since it is 'Death' Mountain though, I anticipated the catch. While running along the path, rocks would come down on me every so often. When that happens, all I needed to do was duck down and let my shield do the rest. Easy enough, wouldn't you think?
After I got to the end of the path I continued to climb up a wall, and despose of some spiders when need be. Once I'd finally gotten to the top, I bombed open the enterance to the Great Fariy's Fountain. Inside, the Great Fairy gave me magic power (which is a huge help in the game). Luckily, I didn't have to climb all the way down since my owl friend was up on the mountain too and decide to fly me down (I wish I could fly on an owl's tallons in real life ).
After landing in Kakariko, I proceeded towards Zora's River (which I somehow knew was the right way to go ). Using my nifty bombs, I opened up a path so that I could actually get in Zora's River. After that it was pretty much smooth sailing. Up a couple of ledges, across some water, and nabbing a few heart pieces here and there. Once I'd reached the source of the water (which was conveniently a waterfall), I played Zelda's Lullaby. This opened a path to enter Zora's Domain, and I was that much closer to the next dungeon.
After exploring through Zora's Domain a bit, I decided to try out one of the minigames there. Basically, I had to jump of a waterfall and collect the rupees at the bottom. The minigame turned out to be mind-numbingly easy, and I went back up to the waterfall to collect my prize. It turned out to be a useful prize indeed, Silver Scales to be specific. Thanks to these scales I could dive deeper under water. And as it turns out, I needed to dive to the middle of Zora's Domain to reach a secret passage to Lake Hylia (all this water! ).
Once in Lake Hylia, I noticed something underwater. So I dove, and picked it up. Turns out it was a bottle, with a note inside. The note was from Princess Ruto, the Zora Princess. I immediately returned to Zora's Domain to give it to the Zora King ...
After I showed the King the letter (which said something about Ruto getting sucked in by Lord Jabu Jabu, the fish ), he moved over a bit and let me proceed to Lord Jabu Jabu. I was so close to the next dungeon, I could almost taste it ...
For those of you that haven't played Ocarina of Time before, sorry for the lack of detail as to where I was and where I was going. I'm sure that must've been confusing. Hopefully the rest of you enjoyed it though.
You can find all previous entries here.
Entry 4: The Second Spiritual Stone
Climbing up Death Mountain was significantly shorter than I expected, but worth it once a reached the Goron's habitat (A huge hole in the mountain). Goron's are these creatures that consist of a potatoe-like body, two arms, and two legs. They also resemble rocks, which is kind of strange.
After talking to a few Goron's I proceeded to the bottom of their village to find Darunia, the Goron leader who had the Spiritual Stone I was looking for. After playing a catchy tune for him, he told me that I needed to get the Dodongo's out of Dodongo's Cavern if I wanted the stone. Sounds easy enough ...
After bombing a few walls to enter and to be able to go right (which I somehow knew was the right way), I found these lizard-like enemies that would explode after you kill them. After a while I decided to just avoid them since they were more of a pain than they were worth. Once I had navigated through a few obstacles, and stepped on a switch, I found myself back in the middle room. I also found that I could now go to the left portion of the dungeon thanks to that switch.
Once I had gotten to that side, I had to fight my way through multiple Dodongo's while lighting torches, not the easiest feat in the world. Luckily I was able to complete my task on my first try. After bombing a huge structure to use it as stairs (Link's a smart little kid) I found myself on the second floor, and that much closer to my goal. In the next room I had to bomb a huge wall, that had only a small platform for me to throw my bomb on. After a few tries I completed that, but not before getting slightly ticked off. In the next couple of rooms I needed to use my slingshot in order to advance, by shooting this eyeball symbols. Makes you wonder what people were thinking when they made OoT.
Luckily at the end of all that, I got a bomb bag to hold bombs of my own, which will definately be useful in the future. Next I had to go back to the center room but on the second floor, so I could bomb out the eyes of the Dodongo in the center room (don't ask). After completing that I proceeded to one of the last rooms in the dungeon ...
In the upcoming room All I had to do was move a few blocks to advance, and then move another one back to the middle room to press a switch and open the door to the bosses lair. Another simple puzzle, that left me feeling dissapointed.
The boss turned out to be a Dodongo (surprise, surprise) except it was absolutely massive, Link looked like he would be a snack for him. My method of attack was to throw a bomb in his mouth and then hit him with my sword when it blew up. The result? Another overwhelmingly easy boss. Once I was teleported out of the dungeon, Darunia was there waiting for me. He said I was now his brother, and had saved the Goron's. After his long speech he finally gave me the second Spiritual Stone and told me to go up to the top of Death Mountain before continuing my journey. Only one stone to go ...
Just a quick heads up, do to time constraints I'll be ending my logbook after the third spiritual stone. Sorry! Hope everyone's ok with this.
You can find all previous entries here. Possible OoT spoilers ahead, read at your own risk.
Entry 3: A Shield, Bottles, And Melodies. Oh My!
It would seem as though the time was nigh for me to head towards Death Mountain, but I had other intentions. My first stop was Lon Lon Ranch. After taking the two minute walk there (so tiring!) I entered the first building on the left. Talon was sitting down with three special cuccoos on his lap, and told me if I could pick them out of the pack of other cuccoos he'd give me a prize. I accepted his challenge, and on my first attempt completed it successfully. The reward was my first empty bottle, filled with precious Lon Lon Milk. And let me tell you, nothing is more manly than a little milk mustache here and there ...
Next I proceed towards the middle of the ranch, to find Malon humming a song her mother taught her. In return she taught me that same song called 'Epona's Song'. Epona is Malon's favorite horse, and when Epona's Song is sung (or played in my case) Epona will come running. Pretty cool, but not very useful at the time.
The next thing on my list of things to do was go find Saria. Fortunately, before going there I knew she was in the Lost Woods which made finding her much easier. After proceeding through a few puzzles and many deku scrubs, I found Saria sitting on a stump at the very end of the woods. She then taught me the catchy tune that she played on her own ocarina. Apparently the creative juices weren't flowing though, since the song is named 'Saria's Song'.
With most of my adventuring out of the way (for now), I decided it was about time I went to Kakariko Village, which is basically right next to Death Mountain. After gallivanting around a little, I found a lady who asked me to find her cuccoos that we're scattered around town. Of course, I said yes. After collecting all the cuccoos (using some strategy at times), I was rewarded with my second empty bottle. Unfortunately, this one didn't come with milk inside. v_v
I had to make one last stop before advancing up Death Mountain, and that stop was in the Graveyard. As soon as I entered I noticed tombstones. Suspicious, don't you think? o.0 I noticed one of them had flowers in front of it, so I decided to give it a little pull. Much to my surprise (or not), a hole opened up and I fell right on through. Luckily, in that hole was a chest, and in that chest was the Hyrule Shield. The Hyrule Shield is an upgrade from the Deku Shield in that fire won't burn it, which will be helpful in the upcoming dungeon. Unfortunately though, Link isn't strong enough to carry it so he'll just have to keep it on his back for now.
Next, I proceeded to the back of the graveyard where a strange triforce symbol was. I decided to play Zelda's Lullaby while standing on that symbol, and sure enough another hole opened for me to fall through (I've come to the conclusion that the Graveyard was rigged). After advancing through a few rooms, I learned the Sun's Song at the end. I was hoping for something like a new weapon of mass destruction, but that'll work for now.
I was now ready to ascend the likes of Death Mountain, wish me luck.
*Thunderous applause* Oh thank you! Thank you! ... On a more serious note, I woke up today with the joy of seeing 'Level 30' as my new rank. And to make it even better, the rank name is Wicked Sick! I mean really, what could Gamespot possibly think of that is cooler than Wicked Sick?! I for one hope level 30 lasts for a while, or at least until I get bored of it.
You can check previous entries of my Ocarina of Time Logbook by going here.
Entry 2: Princess Zelda
Once I had finished listening to Kepora Gebora (the talking owl) ramble on about how Hyrule Castle is to the North, I found myself in the vast area of Hyrule Field, free to do whatever I please. Even with all that freedom, I figured it was in my best interest to head toward the castle with haste. All that haste was wasted though, since when I was about half way there the drawbridge was closed as night time had begun. And to make waiting for morning much more unenjoyable, these little skull monsters popped up every five or so seconds. Once morning had finally come, I was happy to finally be able to enter the castle.
Rather than making good use of my time, I decided to tour around the Marketplace for a few minutes and see what was around. My first stop was the Archer Gallery. Even though I had just a slingshot, the shop owner let me play. I'm pleased to announce that after numerous failed attempts, I hit every target! For winning such a difficult game, he gave me an upgraded seed bag. Pleased with my performance, I left the shop. Just about everything else I tried was rather boring, so I decided to talk to some people (well, talk to one person). That person being Malon, who's father had fallen asleep by the castle. She practically begged me to find him! Well not really, but she did give me a chicken egg, which would eventually hatch into a chicken. But regardless, I continued on with my journey toward the castle. I wasn't surprised to see that there was a gate blocking me. After all, not everyone can see the princess. Luckily, there were vines to my right which I could climb up and use to avoid the gate, success!
After skillfully moving past a bunch of guards without them seeing me, I found myself on the side of the castle, with Talon (Malon's father) blocking me from advancing with his sleeping body. Once morning came, the chicken egg became a full fledged chicken and I used that to wake him up (so at least Malon wasn't completely crazy in giving me a chicken egg). After he rushed out, I pushed a couple of crates into a position where I could jump across them and into a side entrance of the castle. This secret agent stuff isn't so hard after all, maybe Link should try out for the next Splinter Cell game ...
Once I had entered the castle, and maneuvering my way through more guards, I found myself in the presence of the oh-so-young Princess Zelda. After establishing that I was in one of her dreams, she told me about the rest of her dream. She believed I was going to save Hyrule from the man in the peephole she was looking through. That man, was none other than Ganondorf who supposedly was loyal to the King of Hyrule. Zelda thought otherwise, and told Link to find the other two spiritual stones. With that I was about to leave, when Impa, Zelda's personal gaurd, stopped me. She taught me my first melody, Zelda's Lullaby which is used often in the game. This song supposedly has mystical powers and proves that I have connections with the Royal Family, sounds useful.
Impa than transported me out of the castle somehow, and told me that the next spiritual stone could be found in Death Mountain. What a welcoming name, don't you agree? While most people would immediately storm Death Mountain about now, I for one had other intentions ...
First off, today I downloaded Ocarina of Time off the Wii's Virtual Console. Since it's such a great game, I've decided to make a 'logbook' of sorts. To put it simply, I'm going to outline my adventures through the game right up until the ending. To see a complete list of previous entries, you can go here. And now, on with the entry ...
Entry 1: The First Spiritual Stone
I began by creating a save file, in which I was named Link (no surprises there). As the game starts up, I'm shown a brief conversation between Navi and The Great Deku Tree. To put it simply, I'm the chosen one and apparently the only kid in the forest (Kokiri Forest that is) without a fairy. The Great Deku Tree sends Navi to find me and become my personal fairy. The Deku Tree has special plans for me though, and Navi tells me that he's asked me to come find him.
And so, our adventure begins. As soon as I walk outside I'm greated by Saria who's a friend of mine. She's glad to see that I finally have a fairy, and tells me I should go find the Deku Tree immediately. Now having played Ocarina of Time numerous times before (as have the rest of you ), I knew Mido wouldn't let me through unless I have a sword and shield. After hours upon hours of adventuring (in reality, it took 2-3 minutes) I happened, to accidentally, find the Kokiri Sword in a chest. Wow, what are the chances?
Unfortunately, I would actually have to work a little to buy the Deku Shield which cost 40 rupees in the local shop. Why the shop was located in a tree, I don't know, but apparently it's a popular trend since I lived in a tree. I was once again aided by the fact that I've played OoT before, since I knew about a little trick that got you 5 rupees each time you did it. As you could imagine, that saved me 5 or 10 minutes. After buying and equipping my shield, I headed over to Mido who was shocked I'd found those two items. After wallowing in self-pity, he let me go see the Deku Tree. On the way, I saw a couple of Deku Babas which I disposed of quickly thanks to my 1337 sword skills (envy me, I know you want to). Those same Deku Babas released deku sticks after they died, which I'm sure will help me in my quest.
Once I got to the Great Deku Tree, he told me that a curse had been placed upon him and that I was to go inside of him and attempt to rid him of the curse (thank God he's a tree or that could've been ugly). So, being the brave 7 year old I am, I entered the Great Deku Tree with haste.
Ahh, Inside The Great Deku Tree. After wiping the drool of my mouth (I kid!), I advanced up a ladder located on my left. Once I had succesfully jumped over perilous, two foot gaps, I opened a treasure chest which contained a map. In the next room, after jumping past a block that crumbled from underneath me, I opened a chest to find my first item, the Fairy Slingshot! Despite it's not-so-manly name, I found it quite useful in getting out of the room. But I'm probably starting to bore you right now, so I'm going to fast foward to the part where I'm on the third floor, about to jump down in hope of breaking the spider web in the middle of the bottom floor.
Thankfully I have decent aim and landed dead in the middle of the spider web, breaking it instantly. I found myself in the bottom floor, and more specifically I found myself in water. So now I'd gotten myself out of the water and entered a door on my left. Inside was a Deku Scrub, which I easily defeated. He told me of some riddle about his brothers up ahead. So rather than boring you through useless details, we'll speed up to the part when I'm right outside of the boss chamber attempting to defeat his 'brothers'.
The riddle that deku scrub told me was "2, 3, 1, twenty-three is number one!" ... since there were three scrubs up ahead I guess the other guy wasn't all crazy, but after defeating them (the order that worked was 3, 1, 2) I don't see how the riddle pertained to any of this. So then I entered Queen Gohma's lair *insert spooky music here*.
I prepared myself for a tough battle, but after defeating her by using only deku nuts and my sword I found my self dissapointed, and slightly humoured by the fact that a 7 year old just put the whippin on this massive spider. Hah, I chuckle ...
After picking up my heart container, I exited the Great Deku Tree. He told me a story about Din, Nayru, and Farore, the godessess of Hyrule who represent the three pieces of the Triforce. Unfortunately, my efforts were in vain since the Great Deku Tree was still cursed and, died. But not before giving me the first spiritual stone, mission complete!
My next mission was to go to Hyrule Castle, and find Princess Zelda. On my way out of Kokiri Forest, Saria stopped me and handed me an ocarina, which I'm assuming will be used often. Apparently Link isn't very smooth with the ladies, as he slowly backed away and then broke into a run as if Saria had a gun to his head.
Finally, I was out of the Kokiri Forest and into the vast Hyrule Field. Little did I know, that my journey had just begun ...
I hope you guys enjoyed that, since it took a while to write. Now on a more serious note ...
I'm really enjoying playing through Ocarina of Time again (even if it is the 100th time). It's such a timeless game, that I've enjoyed every time I've played it. I'm really looking foward to seeing Death Mountain, Zora's Domain, Lon Lon Ranch, and so many other things. As great as other Zelda's were (more specifically TP), none of them come close to Ocarina of Time.
As I play through Ocarina of Time for the Wii's Virtual Console, I'll be writing about my experiences in my blog as I go through them. They will all be listed here, in chronological order, for you to view at anytime.
Ocarina of Time Logbook Entries
On this day, exactly one year and 15 minutes ago, I joined Gamespot. No, it's not a very important anniversary but a recognizeable one none the less. And in honor of that very anniversary, I present to you the first ever OhhSnap Quiz! *Thunderous Applause*
- What was the first union I joined on Gamespot?
- What was the original name of the first union I was leader of?
- How many unions have I founded?
- How many designing unions have I been a leader of?
- What three programs have I used to design sigs with?
- How many Nintendo consoles have I owned? (Portables not included)
- What two other compaines have I also bought consoles from?
- What is my favorite game series? (If you don't get this, -1 point for you )
- Name one of the charter members of my first union.
- What is the next console I plan on buying?
The quiz is purely for fun, so just post your answers as a comment below. You get a point for every question you get right, and whoever has the most points wins.
Also, today is my one year anniversary as a member of The Legend of Zelda Union! And I've been an officer of LoZU for a little over 1/3 of that time (Sep 9th was the exact day).
So yeah, that's pretty much it. Hopefully, next February I'll be around to do another one of these.
As most of you probably could've guessed, I purchased a few new VC games today. After buying 1,000 points (giving me 1,300 total) I bought Donkey Kong Country (SNES) and Kirby's Adventure (NES). I played DKC for about 30 minutes so far and it's actually a really fun game. The music and board remind me quite a bit of Super Mario RPG, which is another game I'm really hoping will hit the Virtual Console some time. Kirby's Adventure I only got to play for about 10 minutes, but it seems pretty fun as well. Right now I'd say DKC is better than KA by a little, but it's too early to tell.
On the downside of all that, I've hit the magical zero in Wii Points so my next purchase will have to be 2,000 points, since I buy at least two games at a time.
That's it for now, another short and primarily informational blog in the bag. Mission Complete.
I figured it's about time my profile got a makeover, and no better way to make it over than with Legend of Zelda pics. I've got a new banner, header, icon, and about me image.
So what do you all think of the new stuff? Out of it all, I'm most pleased with the icon. It's actually from Nintendo.com and is my default icon there as well.
Also, I've got a couple of anniversaries and landmarks coming up. The first one being Level 30, which is just 37% away. The second of which being TNP's one year anniversary, and third being my one year anniversary, which is in 3 days! I'll try to think of something special for it, but don't count on anything too fancy. So how's everyone's week starting off?