New Virtual Console games for Europe – Friday June 8

This is the three new titles we in Europe can download today:

Adventures of Lolo
NES – 1991 by HAL Laboratory – puzzle – 1 player – 500 points

“The Great Devil has threatened to destroy the peaceful country of Eden, so Princess Lala and Prince Lolo set off to seek help. But when Lala is kidnapped, Lolo must go it alone. As Lolo, use your intelligence and wits to brace the Great Devil’s trapladen castle and rescue Lala!

Adventures of Lolo is a classic puzzle game featuring 50 IQ-taxing rooms, each more cunningly designed than the last. To advance through each room, you must collect all the Heart Framers to open the treasure chest and retrieve the jewel inside. But it’s easier said than done…

Monster are out to stop you, and obstacles like trees, rokcs and rivers block your progress. However, by collecting certain Heart Frames you can earn Magic Shots that turn enemies to harmless eggs, which also serve as handy rafts. But beware: the enemies won’t stay in their shells for to long!”

Balloon Fight
NES – 1987 by Nintendo – action – 1-2 players – 500 points

“Originaly a hit in the arcades of the early ’80s. NES classic Balloon Fight puts you in control of a heroic balloonist. Simply, pop the balloon of your enemies before they pop yours!

Falling enemies will deplay a parachute, so hit them again to knock them into the water befolw or into the jaws of a hungry fish. But watch out, the fish has its eyes on you, too!

Balloon Fight also features a two-player mode with cooperative and competitive play, plus a side-scrolling survival mode called Balloon Trip.”

Dead Moon
Turbografx – 1991 by Hudson Soft – shooter – 1 player – 600 points

“This side-scrolling shooter include a total of 6 ‘scenes’, spanning areas from the Earth to the Moon. The story begins with a comet discovered in the vicinity of Pluto, headed on a collision course with Earth. Mankind narrowly succeds in diverting the comet’s course, and it crashed into the Moon. However, investigations into the damage uncover thath what hit the moon was not a comet, but a gigantic mothership!

Power-up your ship, destroy enemies and fight your way thorugh the bosses in an attempt to reach the Moon’s core to protect the Earth from alien invasion. Enjoy the uniwue world of Dead Moon, including various stages with beautiful backgrounds, a power-up system that increases your attack as well as your defence, and boss battles that reuire you to alter your ship’s direction to fight them!”

Video games is healty for you!

In the lastest June issue of Illustrert Vitenskap, a Norwegian popular science magazine, you can read a pice on how new technology can keep you healty.

I’ve tried to translate some of the paragraph that cover the consoles:

“Scientists calculate that one third of European children between 5 and 18 will be overweighted in 2010, and 10% of all children will be fat.Worldwide, 287 million children is in the dangerzone. And if you are overweighted as a child, the chances are big that you will be overweighted or fat as an adult.

When it comes to computergames, the progress is going in the right direction: games that want you to move. It can be dancemats where you have to follow the rythm and pre-defined dancesteps, or karategames where sensor reads your movements and move the character on the screen according to your movements. There are cameras that you put above your TV and connect to the console. The picture of you will show up on the TV and you can interact with things that happens on the screen. An example is EyeToy for Sony’s PlayStation.

Lately, the posibility to controll a playercharacter with bodymovements have been an importent part in the compettition between the console makers, and Nintendo with it’s Wii is on the front line. The controllers have motioncensors and can be used in many ways depending on the game.

If you play tennis, you hold the controller as a tennisracket and when you play golf, you use it as a golfclub.

The Wii console is very popular, even though the graphics on the console from Microsoft and Sony is much better. The Wii is more fun because you have to move. The secret behind the success is a small accelerometer. In each controller there is a chip that make the movements into electrical signals. Accelerometers was first used with airbags in cars. And now this technology is used in handheld equipment as cellphones and the controllers of the lastest consoles.

The chip can feel movements in all three dimentions, and the controller movement and posision is transmitted to the console. And it’s up to the game developers to use this information to controll the games in fun ways.
With the help from computers, it will be more fun and challenging to get the necessary exercise.”

SanDisk sansa e260

I’ve been using the SanDisk sansa e260 for some weeks now, and I realy like the this MP3 player. It have 4GB internal flashmemory (the e200 series comes in different siszes) and it have a microSD expansionport so you can add more if you need to.

Here’s a copy&past from SanDisk.com feature list:

  • Sleek, thin design with large 1.8” TFT color screen (176 x 224) for easy viewing
  • Strong alloy metal casing provides excellent durability and scratch resistance
  • Simple to use, backlit controls for fast device interface navigation
  • User replaceable and rechargeable Lithium Ion battery for up to 20 hours of battery life (Based on continuous playback at 128 kbps MP3; rechargeable batteries may eventually need to be replaced as they have limited charge cycles (which vary with use and settings)
  • Features microSD™ expansion slot for additional memory capacity
  • Supports SanDisk TrustedFlash and Gruvi content cards
  • Digital FM tuner*, on-the-fly FM recording, and voice recording
  • No FM-tuner (and no FM-recording) is available in Europe [not entierly true]
  • Supports Subscription Music Stores

The MP3 player is very easy to navigate with the selection wheel. The icon is big and screen is clear. In the menu, you have the following selections: Music, FM Radio, Photo, Settings, Voice and Video.

You can play music selected by Artists, Albums, Songs, Gengres, Playlists, My Top Rated and Recordings. It’s pretty straight forward. I would liked an option to play by Folder. The sound is very good and the headphones that came with the player is much better than others you get with players. In the Music Option (under Settings) you can select Music EQ. You can select from pre-defined settings: Normal, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Classical, Funk, Hip Hop, Dance, Full Base and Full Treble andCustom EQ. The player also support the PlayForSure DRM.

The videoplayback is very good even though the screen is small. Video have to be converted before you can play it on the player and you use the software that came with the player. The video is converted to 15 fps, but the playback look very smooth.

On the SanDisk website and other reviews I’ve read about the player, it states that the FM Radio is not available in Europe. That is not entierly true. I’ve bought the Sansa e260 and I got it with the radio. But that may have something to do with that Norway is not a part of the European Union (EU). Anyway, the radio was one of the reasons I bought this player, because I wanted to have option of listen to radio if I want to. The radio works well and you can even record from it.

There is also a voice recorder on the player which can be usefull. It records in mono wave files.

You connect the player to the PC with a USB cable. But it connects to the player with a custom port. I don’t like that. It would be better if they used mini-USB. There is two modes you can connect with: MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) and MSC (Mass Storage Class). You have to use MTP when you use Windows Media Player 10/11 to synch the player.

This may not be the best review/test you’ve read about this player, but I just wanted to let you know what I thought about it. SanDisk sansa e260 is a very good player and for me 4GB should be more than enough (of time beeing). I like that you can ad a 2GB miniSD card if needed. You have to use USB to charge the player, a standard charger would be best. But wall USB charger do exists. They player comes in sizes from 2-8GB, so you will find a player that suits your needs.

All in all. This is a great player which I highly recommand.

You can get the SanDisk sansa e260 MP3 player from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com




Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary

In 1996, the original Tomb Raider was launched. The 3D game design, controls and graphics were truly ground breaking for their time. Furthermore, gamers were also presented with a unique, female human playable character with which they could become emotionally attached, Lara Croft. The original Tomb Raider sold over seven million copies and is still heralded as an absolute classic and one of the best action adventure games ever. Tomb Raider defined the PlayStation and changed the way that people played games.
(soruce: Eidos Interactive )

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a remake of the original from 1996. I’ve never played that one, but are thinking of buying the Anniversary edition. It looks good. The game comes in three versions, for the PC, Playstation 2 and PSP. I would liked if they had made a Xbox 360 version. So I will probably buy the PC version.

You can get the game online from:
Amazon.com
Playstation 2 version $27.99 (NTSC)
PC version $27.99
PSP version $29.99

Amazon.co.uk
Playstation 2 version £23.98 (PAL)
PC version £17.98
PSP version £22.98

Play-Asia.com
Playstation2 version US$ 39.90 (NTSC)
PSP version US$ 34.90

New Virtual Console – Europe Friday June 1st

We in Europe got 4 new games to download from Virtual Console this week.

Kid Chameleon
Mega Drive – 1992 by Sega – action/platformer – 1 player – 800 points

“The local arcade is packed with kids, all lining up to play the latest, most realistic video game they’se ever seen. It’s called Wild Side, and it uses holographic images to immerese the player in a strange world. But there’s a problem – kids literally getting sucked into the game, and now several of them are trapped.

It’s up to you as Kid Chameleon, the best gamer in town, to get yourself sucked in so that you can defeat the game’s boss, and bring your friends back to reality. Throughout the game you’ll be able to take several different forms (Berzerker, Micromax, Maniaxe, Skycutter) which will make you much more powerful. The game contains more than 100 levels and 1850 screens, so your skills will definitely be put to the test.”

Streets of Rage II
Mega Drive – 1993 by Sega – action – 1-2 players – 800 points

“On the eve of the one-year anniversary of their defeating the Syndicate. Blaze, Adam and Axel met up drinks The morning after, Axel receives a frantic phone call from Eddie ‘Skate’ Hunter, Adam’s younger brother, who lives with him on the edge of the city. Blaze and Axel then find Adam and Skate’s house wrecked, and a picture of Adam chained to a wall at the feet of Mr. X.

The city has once again returned to its former nightmarish state, with the city streets, roads and parks swarming with criminals. Unable to contact their old friend in artillery. Axel and Blaze team up with Skate and Max Thunder, an old friend of Axel’s, to free the city and rescue Adam from the Syndicate’s private island. It is up to you to take down Mr. X once and for all!”

ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron
Mega Drive – 1993 by Sega – action/adventure – 1-2 players – 800 points

“A number of Earthlings hitchhiked on ToeJam and Earl’s spaceship on their trip back home after the first game, and now infesting Funkotron. ToeJam and Earl must serach out the Earthlings, capture them in large jars ans ship them back to Earth in rocket ships.

It is also your funky mission to find then beloved objects of Lamont the Funkapotamus, the source of all funk in the universe, to persuade him to return to the planet of Funkotron. Use the funk powers to assist in evading and capturing the Earthlings, such as the Funk Move and Funk Scan.”

World Sports Competition
Turbografx – 1993 by Hudson Soft – sports – 1-5 players – 600 points

“Play trogh a total of 18 Olympic events in this action sports title. Players complete in 6 categories of eventss that include: shooting, archery, rowing, swimming and track & field.

The game features and Olympics mode, where you play all the events over a course of a few days, and a Traing mode, where you can choose individual events to play. After practising in Training mode, go for the gold in Olympics mode and break world records! Depending on your play time and ability, you can enjo the game a number of different ways.

Gather friends and play in copetitions with up to 5 players and get even more out of this great game! (When battling with multiple players, you must connect the same number of Wii Remotes or Nintendo GameCube Controllers as the number of players. To play with five players, you will need at least one Nintendo GameCube Controller.)”