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Calendar, Night&Day A Lavish Display

A Lavish Display

Maybe you can beat your niece and nephew at Just Dance 4 on the Wii. Maybe you’re a So You Think You Can Dance junkie and host viewing parties at your place. Or maybe you’ve made up your own routine…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cathode Love

Cathode Love

“Television, the drug of the nation/Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation.” If you can name the first band to do that song, you ought to buy yourself a new Wii. (Hint: It’s not Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.) But television: Is it…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Blast Happy

Blast Happy

The words "user-generated content" usually mean you're about to encounter one of two things: an irritating Super Bowl commercial made by 16-year-olds, or another dramatic chipmunk. Still, people love this stuff. So it's no surprise that video-game developers are catering…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Castle of Shikigami III tests the bounds of Wii loyalty

Castle of Shikigami III tests the bounds of Wii loyalty

John Edwards might see two Americas, but this simpleminded little game enthusiast is more preoccupied with America's two Wii owners. One is the Nintendo fan: the cat who bought a GameCube, Nintendo 64, every incarnation of the Game Boy —…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Steven Spielberg goes direct-to-video-game with Boom Blox for the Wii.

Steven Spielberg goes direct-to-video-game with Boom Blox for the Wii.

Steven Spielberg may rule Hollywood, but in the video-game biz — the more profitable of the two industries, becoming more so with each passing year — he's a bikini-clad babe in Jaws-infested waters. Perhaps that's why in 2005, Spielberg, an…
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Home Entertainment, Game On There's more of the same in Mario Kart Wii, and that just might be plenty.

There's more of the same in Mario Kart Wii, and that just might be plenty.

This year marks the 16th birthday of Mario Kart, the landmark Nintendo franchise that consists of eight identical racing games and legions of fans who buy every one of them. And 16 years later, nobody really has a problem with…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Undead on Arrival

Undead on Arrival

If you don't remember a game called The Typing of the Dead, you're not alone. Released on the failed Sega Dreamcast system, this gory, hilariously titled arcade-style shooter was in many ways exactly like its popular counterpart, The House of…
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News, The Snitch WiiSex: 'Finally, You Can Have Sex With Your Wii'

WiiSex: 'Finally, You Can Have Sex With Your Wii'

Oh yeah. Wiii just got a whole lot sexier creepier: Behold WiiSex. It's a Wii-compatible doll with sensor-rigged orifices (yes there are three) equipped with "glowing lights and vibrations" that create scenarios the developers -- three soon-to-be-billionaire Stanford alumni…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Fuzzy Fights

Fuzzy Fights

Sometimes it's the terrible ideas — say, a TV show about nothing, or stirring corn into your mashed potatoes — that turn out to be genius. Super Smash Bros. landed on the Nintendo 64 nearly 10 years ago, kicking off…
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Iron Chef America: Coming To Wii Near You

In the very near future, Wii and DS players will have the opportunity to compete in Kitchen Stadium to become the next Iron Chef, complete with a digitalized rendering of "The Chairman" Mark Dacascos and -- we can only…
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News, The Snitch Super Smash Bros. Tourney Whams, Bams into SF

Super Smash Bros. Tourney Whams, Bams into SF

Good news for Gamers: Nintendo and Best Buy are hosting one of four nationwide Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournaments in San Francisco, leading up to a final tourney in New York City. It all goes down next Saturday, Feb.…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Wii's Samurai Warriors Offers Dull Swordplay

Wii's Samurai Warriors Offers Dull Swordplay

The very first time I saw the Wii's motion-sensitive "Wiimote" (and after my initial "wha-HUH?" reaction), a single thought bounced in my head like a toddler on corn syrup: Finally we're gonna get an f-ing brilliant light-saber game. It was…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Shift Happens

Shift Happens

When I was 12, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway totally screwed me over. After visiting the famed Brickyard and eagerly paying 10 bucks to take "a lap around the track," I was placed in a golf cart that putted around the…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Keep Dreaming

Keep Dreaming

The inevitable challenge faced by Wii developers is this: Can you create a game so spectacularly awesome as to prompt a gamer to even consider ejecting Super Mario Galaxy from his console? The gravy train is over; good luck looking…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Gaming's Greatest Hits

Gaming's Greatest Hits

Best Sleeper Hit: WordJong (Nintendo DS) — It may not sell like Mario, but this mishmash of Scrabble and mah-jongg hooks you like handheld crack. Already a word-of-mouth hit, despite being released only this month, WordJong is perfect for quiet…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Plumb Tuckered Out?

Plumb Tuckered Out?

There's no surer sign that a franchise is in trouble than when it blasts into outer space. So you were right to be nervous when Nintendo announced its plans to follow up the subpar game Super Mario Sunshine with something…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Mercury Meltdown Revolution Gets Wii Users all Wet

Mercury Meltdown Revolution Gets Wii Users all Wet

It must’ve been a scorching summer day when the game developer stared at his thermometer and realized, “Sweet sassy molassey, this would make a helluva game!” How else to explain the existence of the quirky puzzle series Mercury Meltdown? Debuting…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Bang Bang for Your Buck

Bang Bang for Your Buck

Whether it's $600 PlayStation 3s or the five bucks Nintendo shamelessly charges for 20-year-old NES games on the Wii's Virtual Console, gamers have gotten used to assuming the position when it comes to the costs of their hobby. So if…
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Jack In Now

Forget flying cars. By now, we assumed we'd be regularly jacking into William Gibson's cyberspace or Neal Stephenson's metaverse, if not the Mitchell Brothers’ World-O-Pleasure. Instead we have, what? The Nintendo Wii, Linden Bucks, Google Earth, and force-feedback game controllers.…
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Home Entertainment, Game On

Party Pooper

Billiards is one of the few sports that's as taxing on a computer screen as it is in real life. It's played in pubs, after all, and its legendary star was named "Fats." Unfortunately, most virtual billiard games are behind…
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