Remembering a departed friend

Today wiped me out, waking up early and scrambling to write up stuff from Nintendo’s conference, so I am at last ready to reveal the dark truth behind GameSpite’s new (ish) bloggers: to give me breathing room in which to slack off. But, if you’d like, you’re free to read what I came up with today at work:

  • R.I.P. Game Boy 1989-2008: Heartbreaking, but I knew I’d be writing this eulogy sooner or later.
  • Punch-Out!! first impressions: Rather obviated by the fact that the trailer this was based on has been released online. But hey, if you’re that tiny percentage of the Internet who would prefer to read rather than watch, this article is for you.
  • Sin & Punishment 2 first impressions: Probably the best thing ever to come from VIrtual Console was the fact that Nintendo was forced to recognize that, oh yes, America does want hardcore Treasure shooting goodness. Bangai-O Spirits has restored my faith in the developer’s ability to create a great sequel; this is going to be great.
  • Mario & Luigi 3 first impressions: I’m not entirely sure this preview is accurate, but it was written based on brief video impressions. Forgive me if I misinterpreted NIntendo’s cryptic visual missive.

Now: scroll down and read the great commentary everyone else came up with today.

10 thoughts on “Remembering a departed friend

  1. I play my DS at work on my lunch break, and darn near everyone there calls it a Game Boy. The brand may be dead, but the nomenclature lives on! For now.

  2. What is this about Treasure sequels?
    Bangai-O is just like Ikaruga and Guardian Heroes Advance, what set out to be a sequel turned into a re-invention.

  3. I don’t look at the lack of a GBA slot as being the death of the Game Boy so much as the DSi arriving with an irreparable physical defect that makes it a stillborn.

    That said, the first thing that crossed my mind when they announced a camera was: port of Metal Gear Mobile?

  4. Dang, I want to read your eugoogoly for a GameBoy, but I can’t access 1Up from work. Guess I should actually do something productive, then.

  5. The brand may be gone, but I’m sure hoping the games do live on as downloadable content. A robust GBA/GBC library is really the one thing that would make me consider upgrading to the DSi within a year or two.

  6. I enjoyed the Game Boy piece. It’s nice to see that someone whose judgements on the matter I can trust is also becoming put off by the new Nintendo, too. Before, it felt like maybe I was just a horrible misanthrope recoiling into his childhood to escape the banality of his adult life. And that may well be true, but at least it’s not just me and the beardoes now.

  7. Man, you trick me into doing your work ’round here for you, and then you go and put stuff up on some other website I can’t even read at work.

    R.I.P. Gameboy.

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