Xbox 360: Merv Griffin’s Crosswords on XBLA (USA only)

Microsoft ends this years Xbox Live Arcade lineup in the worst manner possible, with a US only release of Merv Griffin’s Crosswords. Nothing for the rest of us. The game is 800 points. (Source: MajorNelson.com)

Merv Griffin’s Crosswords

From the Emmy®-winning creator of Wheel of Fortune® and Jeopardy®, and hosted by Ty Treadway, Merv Griffin’s Crosswords™ combines over a thousand unique and challenging crossword puzzles with fast-paced game show action in an incredibly entertaining game for the whole family. Step up to the podium and become a word wizard!

  • Puzzles galore: Become a contestant and play over 1,000 new crosswords including puzzles from the game show.
  • Themes: Play your favorite themed puzzles—movies, music, TV shows, and more.
  • Game modes: Step up to the podium and play as a contestant on the game show, or in any of four different game modes including Timed Mode and Daily Puzzle.
  • Difficulty settings: Become a word wizard and play Monday, Thursday, and Sunday puzzles in three difficulty settings.

Review: Animal Crossing – Let’s Go To The City

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Animal Crossing started its live on Nintendo 64 as Doubutsu no Mori (aka Animal Forest) in 2001, Japan. The game continued on GameCube (Animal Crossing) later the same year in Japan. US got the GameCube game in 2002, Australia in 2003 and Europe had to wait for 2004 to get the GameCube version. Nintendo DS also had its version, Animal Crossing: Wild World (aka Oide yo Doubutsu no Mori) which came in all region at the end of 2005. Again, Europe had to wait until Spring 2006 before we got our version of the DS game.

The game is called Animal Crossing: Let’s Go To The City in Europe, but I like the shorter US name better: Animal Crossing: City Folk. But enough of the history and game name.

The gameplay, graphics and music haven’t changed that much since the N64 version. But I don’t think that is a problem, since everything fit fine with the game.

You start with a small apartment and you have to work for Nook. You need to deliver different things around your town. And when you’re finished with 5-6 errands, you can do what ever you want. You need to earn money to pay of the mortgage. You can sell fish, fruit, shells and other think you find.

The game never ends. You collect insects, fish and dinosour skeletons which you can donate to the local museum. When you have played by yourself for a while, you want to travel or invite people to your town. You need a friendcode from people to travel to their city.

My code is: 0388-2615-7909, name: Frank and city: PalmCity. Native fruit: Pear.

I don’t like Nintendos way of handeling friendscode. But that is another discution. It’s fun to play online and it’s easy to communicate with others using the onscreen keyboard with Wii-mote (you could probably use a USB keyboard, but I haven’t tested that). If you have the Wii Speak (sold either with Animal Crossing or seperatly), you can talk to each other. If you don’t have it, you can hear them speak.

I like that you can press the 1-button an take a screenshot and save it to a SD-card. All screenshot in this post, is taken this way.

Is this a good game? YES. Does it offer anything new? NO. But I recommend it for old and new Animal Crossing players.

I have also posted a video of the countdown to 2009 in my Animal Crossing city.

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Play-Asia.com: Doki doki Majo Shinpan! 2 DUO – only US$ 39.90

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On December 21st, I posted that you could get Doki doki Majo Shinpan! 2 DUO [First Print Limited Edition Box] for Nintendo DS for only US$ 59.90. Well, Play-Asia.com have reduced the price further and it’s now US$ 39.90 – limited time offer.

You can also get Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 for only US$ 29.90, limited time offer. Good import price.

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Amazon.ca: Firefly: Season 1 [Blu-ray] only CDN$ 29.95

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Amazon.ca have Firefly: Season 1 on Blu-ray for only CDN$ 29.95 (~ qual to US$25 or £17) [normal price is CDN$ 119.98]. I don’t know how long this deal will last, and they’re out of stock at the moment, but will delivere when available. The discset is region free.

I haven’t seen Firefly yet, but I have the DVD-set still shrinkwraped. I heard the series is a great sci-fi show and will now wait for the Blu-ray discset to arrive.

Here is the discription of Firefly (taken from Amazon.com, since Amazon.ca didn’t have one):

As the 2005 theatrical release of Serenity made clear, Firefly was a science fiction concept that deserved a second chance. Devoted fans (or “Browncoats”) knew it all along, and with this well-packaged DVD set, those who missed the show’s original broadcasts can see what they missed. Creator Joss Whedon’s ambitious science-fiction Western (Whedon’s third series after Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel) was canceled after only 11 of these 14 episodes had aired on the Fox network, but history has proven that its demise was woefully premature. Whedon’s generic hybrid got off to a shaky start when network executives demanded an action-packed one-hour premiere (“The Train Job”); in hindsight the intended two-hour pilot (also titled “Serenity,” and oddly enough, the final episode aired) provides a better introduction to the show’s concept and splendid ensemble cast. Obsessive fans can debate the quirky logic of combining spaceships with direct parallels to frontier America (it’s 500 years in the future, and embattled humankind has expanded into the galaxy, where undeveloped “outer rim” planets struggle with the equivalent of Old West accommodations), but Whedon and his gifted co-writers and directors make it work, at least well enough to fashion a credible context from the incongruous culture-clashing of past, present, and future technologies, along with a polyglot language (the result of two dominant superpowers) that combines English with an abundance of Chinese slang.

What makes it work is Whedon’s delightfully well-chosen cast and their nine well-developed characters–a typically Whedon-esque extended family–each providing a unique perspective on their adventures aboard Serenity, the junky but beloved “Firefly-class” starship they call home. As a veteran of the disadvantaged Independent faction’s war against the all-powerful planetary Alliance (think of it as Underdogs vs. Overlords), Serenity captain Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) leads his compact crew on a quest for survival. They’re renegades with an amoral agenda, taking any job that pays well, but Firefly’s complex tapestry of right and wrong (and peace vs. violence) is richer and deeper than it first appears. Tantalizing clues about Blue Sun (an insidious mega-corporation with a mysteriously evil agenda), its ties to the Alliance, and the traumatizing use of Serenity’s resident stowaway (Summer Glau) as a guinea pig in the development of advanced warfare were clear indications Firefly was heading for exciting revelations that were precluded by the series’ cancellation. Fortunately, the big-screen Serenity (which can be enjoyed independently of the series) ensured that Whedon’s wild extraterrestrial west had not seen its final sunset. Its very existence confirms that these 14 episodes (and enjoyable bonus features) will endure as irrefutable proof Fox made a glaring mistake in canceling the series.