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Enough with the Mini-games!

April 19, 2007

Hey kids! Are you all pumped up for another mini-game collection? No? Well what if I told you it featured Bomberman! Hey, where you going?bomber

I recently ended up with a Japanese copy of Bomberman Land for the Wii after trading in my copy of Cooking Mama, which I got after trading in Warioware: Made in Wario (Japanese title). It’s like working backwards in the evolution of games. You can’t swing a nunchuk these days without hitting some version of a Bomberman game. But there is one thing that sets the Wii version apart from any of the others; It’s the worst version of a Bomberman game ever. Actually this could very well be the worst Wii game yet, which makes it the worst of the mini-game collections out there. In fact I will be very surprised if they do decide to release this game in North America at all.

You’ve got cut-scenes that can’t be skipped, and the opening one goes for nearly ten minutes! The graphics are hideous, and make you want to claw out your own eyes. They would have even been bad for a N64 game. Anyway, I could go on about the music and etc, but the real crime here is the mini-games. Not a single one is even wiimotely fun (sorry). One game has you shooting at rocks that fly from a volcano, as your character just stands there. I’d rather play duckhunt or that one in wii-play. Other games have you pounding on the A button to run. I mean come on! That’s how we used to do in on the Atari 2600. Not to mention you have to play through the asinine story to unlock new games.

Will the Wii continue to be a dumping ground for this kind of garbage? I understand that they wanted to show off what can be done on the system with Wii-Sports and Wii-Play. But I hope that Mario Party 8 or whatever number they are at, marks the end of mini-games.


14 Comments leave one →
  1. Alex permalink
    April 19, 2007 2:10 am

    Worse than Bomberman: Zero? I heard that was pretty bad.

  2. frisby permalink
    April 19, 2007 8:48 am

    Theres a Bomerman: Zero. Whole E Shit.

  3. April 19, 2007 12:27 pm

    I thought Mario Party was the granddaddy of all mini-game collections! I hope also that #8 will be the last one of them!

    The best Bomberman on Wii is the one in the Virtual Console.

    Bill, are you sure you didn’t rent the Bomberman movie, as opposed to the game?

  4. April 19, 2007 12:33 pm

    Nintendo can’t help it. I mean, the Wii is esentially a minigame orgasm! They’re having a problem with getting enough games to meet the hardcore’s demands (Zelda, SPM, annnnnnnd…that’s it), as well as the casual’s (Wii Sports, Wii Play, Rayman, annnnnnnnd….). Not to mention the fact that it’s easy to make games for the Wii that will sell huge, so there’s not much developer incentive to create epic games.

  5. April 19, 2007 12:37 pm

    Holy shit, there’s a Bomberman movie?

  6. April 19, 2007 1:27 pm

    No, I was kidding about the Bomberman movie… It’s just that Bill’s description of Bomberman Land sounded like one!

    But remember the first few months after DS launched? They were dominated by mostly gimmick-driven adaptations involving the stylus! It took a while for developers to figure out what to do with the new system…

  7. April 19, 2007 2:02 pm

    Damn, I kinda wanted to see that…

  8. Bill permalink
    April 19, 2007 9:01 pm

    Invisible Man: Yeah it did feel like watching a movie most of the time. The “game” tried to fill up time with long drawn out cutscenes.
    The only saving grace for the game at all was the classic Battle Mode, that had several ways to play and classic maps. But the VC one is good enough for that, so it doesn’t make it worth the 4,500 yen.

    Alex:I never played Bomberman: Act Zero, but I can’t imagine it being worse. I think that one got a hard time because they tried to make him cool or something.

  9. April 19, 2007 9:04 pm

    I’d like them to get to that DS stride hitting point now-ish rather than soon-ish.

  10. frisby permalink
    April 19, 2007 10:52 pm

    And online wifi…like DS had for a little while.

  11. April 20, 2007 11:34 am

    The Wii needs to step it up NOW though. All the DS had to compete with was the PSP, Sony’s new entry into portable gaming. AND it was 6 months after the DS launch. But now, Xbox360 has been out for over a year, and PlayStation3 is out. Sony and Microsoft have experience in the console market. Nintendo can’t really pull the same crap they did with the DS’s first year, because there are two powerful vultures circling overhead…

  12. dragoon permalink
    May 13, 2008 8:14 pm

    OMG u suck its like the best game eva!


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