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               The suspense leading up to the release of one of the most anticipated video games ever is at an all time high. With daily updates at the SSB Brawl website, much has been revealed but not all the questions have been answered. Will Sonic make a cameo in the game?, who is the final boss?, just how many characters will actually be playable? We may only speculate, but the website has offered enough content so far to keep even the most casual Nintendo fan drooling. From what we know, it is obvious that this game will top its predecessor Melee with little or no effort at all.

               First is the aspect of graphics. No the graphics on the Wii are not HD, not even close to the Xbox 360 or PS3, and not really “next gen” persay. But the aspect that matters most in a game is the gameplay itself. Who wants a game where the only memorable moment is looking at the pretty scenery? Super Smash Brothers Brawl will bring something fresh, something new and something just right to Nintendos long lived fighting series. Although the graphics certainly won’t turn any heads, from the screenshots they will most definitely look amazing compared to Melee. Donkey Kong’s fur comes alive with motion, Link breaths as his shirt ripples in the wind and Samus’s armor shines with metallic wonder. The highly updated graphical improvement over the Gamecube’s Meleee is obvious, and serves as mere icing on the cake on the whole.

                The real powerhouse in the game will be its highly addictive gameplay, load of characters and amazing storyline. We do not know much at this time, other than the existence of something known as the “Subspace Emissionary,” which is the story of the game. It looks promising, but I for one am looking forward to the online multiplayer action. What can be more fun than slashing down people overseas as you sip on water and nibble crackers on your couch? Exactly, absolutely nothing. We still have to wait until December 1st, oh the agony. Until then SSB Brawl’s official website ( http://www.smashbros.com/en_us/index.html) will continue to add more characters that are newcomers to the game. Besides Diddy Kong, Zero Suit Samus, Snake, Metaknight, Pokemon Trainer, Ike, Wario and Pit we have no idea. Anyone could show up to join the brawl this time around.

                 If there is one thing we know for sure, it is that this game will offer all the gut splitting, insane aerials, wicked specials, button mashing, combo executing and all out smashing you have come to expect from the SSB franchise. Let us hope that Nintendo has crafted yet another gem in their long line of masterpieces.

 SSB Brawl


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                  I recently saw a video of the E3 video game expo 2007 featuring Nintendo guru Miyamoto showcasing the new WiiFit game for the Nintendo Wii. The new kid on the block features a white scale-like balance board that comes with the game itself. The board utilizes wi-fi and sends a signal to your machine which can then read a multitude of your body’s characteristics. As you stand on the board, a display will pop-up showing your BMI (body mass index), posture, and a slew of other stats. The weight feature is only one of over 30 or wiifit_logo1.jpgso activities a player can participate in with the game. There are muscle exercises that utilize the wiimote and actually feature a virtual person on the screen doing the stretch as you do it. From aerobics like stepping exercises to more uniform stretching, the combinaiton of the board and wiimote enable a player to perform an array of different activities usually not associated with video games. Nintendo is going a very interesting route with this new addition. Never before have video games really seen a direct “exercise” game that had broad appeal. (DDR being the closest I can think of.) I think the game will either be a hit or miss for Nintendo, and it will be interesting to see how many adults really utilize the Wii health program. Nintendo has always been known as leaders in innovation and creativity, and it seems they have truly come up with yet another completely original and enticing idea for a video game. We can only wait and see what the future holds for fitness on the Wii.

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