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WiFi Nightmares – are Friend Codes really a solution?

No matter which games you decide to play online, there will always be someone there to mess up the good times. The notorious Halo after-battle-chats have plagued parents’ thoughts for a long time. Now, after buying a child friendly game console, the Wii,  their thoughts may have been inaccurate about child friendly WiFi. Recently on the Infendo Forums, user Alucard posted a picture of the &...

Mario Strikers Charged – Dirty Tricks Vol. 1

So, you’ve had Mario Strikers: Charged for about a week now, and you’re still getting trounced online. I’ll admit to having barely touched the single-player portion of this game, but here are a few cheap tricks I picked up in between my beatings. Trick #1: The FOILED BY BANANA TECHNOLOGY maneuver! Charge and fire a shot at the goalie to earn yourself an item. If it happens to be ...

Play Mario Strikers Charged tonight 11pm EST!!!

Alright, Infendoians! Come play Mario Strikers Charged tonight at 11pm EST. All are invited. Ensure that your friend codes are properly entered in (codes here), and we’ll see you chronies in a bit…

The video game media’s obsession with sameness

I was browsing the Gamerankings.com site today, seeing how my favorite game of the moment, Mario Bros. Strikers, is doing, and I couldn’t help but notice how busted the current “rating” system is. Don’t be confused, I’m not defending Strikers, or any Wii game for that matter, while simultaneously bashing fine games like Ninja Gaiden Sigma (PS3), which I single out onl...

UPDATE: Mario Strikers kicks mucho trash (awesome)!

There’s no need to be coy. Mario Strikers Charged is the freshest, best-looking, best presented, best sounding, and funnest game I’ve played on Wii in a long time, maybe all year. Granted, I’ve only played it for the last 45 minutes, but I’m already sold on all counts. And yes, Wii is officially online and it’s a lot of fun. Not perfect, but at this price (free), I lo...

So you say Metroid Prime 3 isn’t online…

Metroid: One of the most innovative single player experiences ever created for a system. It spawned countless side scrolling adventures in its wake and features one of the most jaw dropping “WTF?” moments in gaming history. As with all timeless series however, it found itself in need of a remake, and today it exists as a FPS (and with good measure — Metroid Prime is the third bes...

Nintendo’s Wi-Fi at 5 million users — let’s keep it in perspective

My my my. What do we make of today’s online news? Seems Nintendo’s completely free Wi-Fi connection service reached 5 million users. To me, this represents the abysmal failure of the Friend Code system. Yes, class, that was sarcasm. But only a *little* sarcasm, not my usual levels by any means. I’m certainly not going to say these numbers mean Nintendo has a wild success on its h...

Nintendo’s top five most popular online games

Nintendo announced in a press release today their top five most popular Wi-Fi games as follows: Animal Crossing: Wild World Mario Kart DS Metroid Prime Hunters Pokémon Diamond Pokémon Pearl What’s been your favorite online game so far, and what are you most hopeful for?

Madden 08 on Wii loves online features

Game Wad is reporting that the following features will be included in Madden 08 for Wii when it’s released on August 14: Real-time ESPN ticker updates Online tournaments Worldwide quickplay multiplayer matches Promised roster updates not just for the 2008 season, but 2009 as well Mini-game party mode, with 22 mini-games Miis are used in minigames To echo the sentiments of Eddie Inzauto, R...

Did Nintendo just trump Xbox Live?

The Mii-specific Friend Code news from today has, expectedly, brought the panic prone and rumor mongering hordes of the Interwebs to a tizzy. I realize I’ve posted on it already today, but new information has surfaced that required I revisit the topic with some topical freshness.

Mario Strikers Charged goes online, and then some

Ok, Ok, Super Mario Strikers is already out in the Europe this week. I get it. But did you know its online component was adopted en masse faster than the German language was by France during World War 2? (a tasteless surrender joke, I know, I know) The Tanooki tells it like it is: For the week ending May 27 (yesterday), online activity for Nintendo WFC games was as follows: 1. Pokémon Diamond ...

Every Mii has a Friend Code

A French interview meticulously analyzed by 4cr reveals the Friend Code mystery, such as it is, has grown ever deeper. G – And what about the Mii-specific codes? Each Mii created generates a Mii code which never changes. This code will be used for all online games in the future. Now, this doesn’t mean that Nintendo will retain a list of your friends from game to game – instead, specific Miis...