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February 14, 2010

Winter Games review

There is one gaming company that I do remember from the 80’ies, Epyx. They made a lot of good games. One, which I’m very fond of, is Winter Games on Commodore 64. The games was released on ‘all’ formats under the sun. And since it’s time for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, I thought it was time to digg the game up and make a small review of it.

This is the emulated Commodore 64 version on Nintendo Wii’s Virtual Console (only available in Europe I think).

Winter Games have 7 eventens, detailed bellow. The games was released in 1985 and is 25 years old this year. Is the game still good? Yes, I think so. The graphics is quite blocky by todays standards. But all those 8-bit games have some sort of soul that many new games don’t have. Remember that these games ran on a 64 Kb computer. It’s amazing what they achieved with so little memory.

The characteristic C64 sound brings back good memories. The game emulates very well, it only lack a Tac 2 joystiq.

Under my YouTube-video, you will see a small description of each event.

Hot Dog

This is a freestyle event. Make your twist and turns and try to land stright.


Find a nice pace with the left button to get a good rythm of your skier. Watch your heart rythm since you will get tired and slow down uphills. It will also be harder to hit your target while shooting. This is one of my favourite events.

Speed Skating

This event is pretty easy. Find a good rythm with the left and right buttons, and you will win easy.

Figure Skating

You have 1 minute to do your jump and spins. Sounds easy, but you have to land stright to get good score from the judges.

Ski Jump

The key in Ski Jump is to time your jump right, have a nice flight down the hill and try to land standing. As you see in my video, this is something I’m not good at.

Free Skating

My only criticism to this game is that this event is the same as Figure Skating, except that you now have 2 minutes to do your athletic movements.


This is my other favourite event. Learn the curves and when to press the button, and you will do great.

In other words: Play some Winter Games. It’s still a great game after 25 years.

October 23, 2009

Nintendo launches Connection Ambassador in Europe

Filed under: blog,Nintendo,videogames,Virtual Console,Wii — Tags: , , — technofranki @ 22:51

If you’re lucky and live in Europe and have a lot of friends and family who have still not connected their Nintendo Wii to internet, you can now help them and earn Nintendo Wii points. The more you help, the more points you earn. Helping 10 persons gives you 5000 points, 20 person helped gives you 10 000 points and you can download every Virtual Console game for free.

The Nintendp Connection Ambassador Promotion was launched in Europe on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009.


Here is some of the pressrelease from

By becoming a Connection Ambassador, players can gain up to 10,000 Wii Points by encouraging friends and family to get connected to the Internet with their Wii.  Each time a friend or family member connects for the first time to the Internet with the help of the Connection Ambassador, both the Connection Ambassador and the person they helped will receive 500 Wii Points.

If you help 10 people connect to the Internet, you reach Gold status and can download ALL Nintendo-published NES games for free on Virtual Console as well as receiving a total of 5,000 Wii Points. If you connect a maximum of 20 people to the Internet, not only will you attain Platinum status, you will also receive a total of 10,000 Wii Points to spend on WiiWare games and can download ALL NES, Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 games on Virtual Console for FREE.

How do I become a Connection Ambassador?

  • Enter the Wii Shop Channel
  • There is an icon on the Wii Shop Channel entitled ‘Connection Ambassador Promotion’
  • Select this icon and you will be prompted by two icons: one showing that you are the Connection Ambassador (or the Helper) and the other icon showing that you are the ‘Person Who Was Helped’
  • Select the Connection Ambassador icon
  • You will be prompted to enter the Wii Number of the person you have helped.
  • You must do this within 30 days of when the person you have helped, has registered their connectivity using your Wii Number
  • Once both parties have registered, you will have received 500 Wii Points on your  Wii Shop Channel Accounts to spend in the Wii Shop Channel

What do I do if a Connection Ambassador helps me connect to the Wii Shop Channel?

  • Enter the Wii Shop Channel
  • On the Wii Shop Channel welcome page there is an icon called ‘Connection Ambassador Promotion’
  • Select this icon and you will be prompted by two icons: one showing that you are the Connection Ambassador (or the Helper) and the other icon showing that you are the ‘Person Who Was Helped’
  • Select the ‘Person Who Was Helped’ icon
  • You will be prompted to enter the Wii Number of the person who has helped you connect
  • You must do this within 30 days of accessing the Wii Shop Channel
  • You will be asked to fill in a short questionnaire
  • Once both parties have registered, you will have received 500 Wii Points on your Wii Shop Channel Accounts to spend in the Wii Shop Channel




May 8, 2009

WiiWare & Virtual Console – Europe – Friday May 8, 2009

Filed under: Virtual Console,WiiWare — Tags: , , , — technofranki @ 23:29

This is what you can download from th Europen Wii Shop Channel on Firday May 8, 2009

Fantasy Zone II
Master System – 1987 by Sega – shooter – 1 player – 500 points – age 7+

Rainbow Island – Towering Adventure
WiiWare – 08/05/2009 by Taito – action – 1-2 players – 800 points – age 3+

May 1, 2009

WiiWare, Virtual Console & DSiWare – Europe – Friday May 1st, 2009

Filed under: DSi,Virtual Console,Wii,WiiWare — Tags: , , , , — technofranki @ 00:23

This week, Europe finaly got Dr. Mario on DSiWare. I will get that game. Here is all the new games on DSiWare, WiiWare and Virtual Console in Europe on Friday May 1st, 2009.

Galaxy Force II
Mega Drive – 1991 by Sega – shooter – 1 player – 800 points – age 7+

Bit.Trip Beat
WiiWare – 01/05/2009 – Aksys Games – arcade – 1-4 players – 600 points – age 3+

A Little Bit of… Magic Made Fun: Funny Face
DSiWare – 01/05/2009 by Nintendo – magic tricks – 1 player – 200 points – age 3+

A Little Bit of… Dr. Mario
DSiWare – 01/05/2009 by Nintendo – puzzle – 1 player – 500 points – age 3+

April 3, 2009

Wii: Virtual Console – Europe – Friday April 3, 2009

Filed under: Virtual Console — Tags: — technofranki @ 08:27

This week Europe got one new Virtual Console game to download on Nintendo Wii.

The Legend of Zelda: Major’s Mask
Nintendo 64 – 2000 by Nintendo – action/adventure – 1 player – 1000 points – age 12+

March 20, 2009

Wii: Virtual Console – Europe – Friday March 20, 2009

Filed under: Virtual Console,Wii — Tags: , — technofranki @ 10:09

There is one new Virtual Console game this week, Friday Macrh 20, in Europe.

Super Punch-Out!!
Super Nintendo – 1995 by Nintendo – sport/boxing – 1 player – 800 points – age 12+


February 21, 2009

Virtual Console – Europe – Friday February 20, 2009

Filed under: retro,Virtual Console — Tags: , , , — technofranki @ 15:21

This week Europe got two new Virtual Console games.

Wolf of the Battlefiled
Sega Mega Drive – 1991 by Sega – action/shooter – 1 player – 800 points – age 12+

Following increased outbreaks in terrorism an insurgency using guerrilla warfare, the US Goverment has decided to hire a group of highly trained mercenaries. Their job: to carry out secret missions behind enemy lines. To go where no ordinary soldier would dare to go.

Based on the popular arcade game, MERCS for the Sega Mega Drive lets you play as a MERC on these dangerous missions, and also adds an Original Mode, allowing players to choose from 5 different MERCS. Take no prisoners as you shoot your way thorugh enemy forces, drive jeeps and tanks, and battle against huge bosses to accomplish you mission.

Winter Games
Commodore 64 – 1985 by Commodore Gaming – sports/winter sports – 1-8 players – 500 points – age 3+

Picture this: You’re an athlete at the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, Canada. And you’re about to move across snow and ice with as much speed, strength, endurance and grace as you can muster in the blustery cold.

Listen up, team. You’re here, at the winter portion of the world’s foremost amateur sports competition. You’ll match your skills against the top athletes from around the world. Be proud. Today you stand among the elite few whose courage and stamina will be tested by these Winter games.

Can you hear that? A fanfare of trumpets sounds as the Winter Games flag is slowly raised. Thousands of white doves are symbolically released, to fly to the countries of the world with the message of peace – and the news that the Winter games have begun. This is it, team – your chance to go for the Gold!

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