In the past two weeks, I've been playing Mario Kart DS for the Nintendo DS. So far, I've already wona ll of the different cups on the different Engine Classes. An interesting feature is the online-multiplayer mode, using the Nintendo WFC, which allows you to play against people from all over the world. One of the most common opponents I fac online are people from Japan, which is evident by how popular the Mario series is in that country, despite Nintendo losing two consecutive console wars from 1996-2006. This is definately a video game you don't want to sell after completing it millions of times.
Hyrule's Winter is Holodrum's Summer
Along with the recent activity on the go-kart racing track, I've been playing The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons for the Gameboy Color. With my prior experience with the other half of the GBC Zelda spectrum, which is Oracle of Ages, I'm having a real good time. It's really interesting how you can use a rod to change the season from Fall to Spring with just two taps of a button. One particular note with the Oracle games of the series is that you have exclusive features that can only be accessed by playing the games on a GBA instead of it's native GBC.
Cartography--The Wave of the Future
THis month, I upgraded my GameTap account (http://www.gametap.com), so I could finally play some Might & Magic: Secret of the Inner Sanctum. Interestingly enough, due to how large the game is, which would even make the likes of Oblivion and Fallout 3 jealous, one has to draw up his/her own maps of the areas he/she will be going to, by means of using a ball-point pen and some graphing paper. So far, I got most of the Sorpigal ground level map charted out. From there, I can look to see where to go for future reference.
A Boy Named Sue, as made famous by Johnny Cash, 1961
The Backloggery live stream (http://www.backloggery.com) went stir-crazy lastSunday night, as staff member Drumble was playing the obscure NES game Battle of Olympus, which gives you the option of naming both the Hero and the Herorine of the game. After a vote for names of the female character, "Xavean", which is the name of another Backloggery staff member and is male, was picked. I'll bet you guys who hadn't watched the stream that the real Xavean was somewhat upset by this, but as a well-known Greek philosopher once said, What won't kill you will only make you stronger.