Xbox Live Wednesday: Mr. Driller

Mr. Driller

If you’re a fan of the classic arcade game, Mr. Driller, you can pick up Mr. Driller Online this week on Xbox Live Arcade. The game features the same single player gameplay you’re expecting but also online play which will allow you to go online in split screen battle mode or team-based tag battle. You can get it for 800 Microsoft points.

Still Alive For Rock Band is Free This Week

John Coulton

The popular song from Portal, “Still Alive” from John Coulton is scheduled for release for Rock Band this week on the Xbox 360 and it will be completely free. Since their will be no content added to the Playstation Store until it’s re-launch, PS3 owners will have to wait for a few weeks still. Unless it’ll be available through the Rock Band in-game store, which is doubtful.

Playstation Store Update In the Upcoming Weeks

Playstation Store
According to a post on the Playstation Blog, the Playstation Store update is right around the corner. Mid-April is the date given. The new store looks to be much more maneuverable and navigation friendly. This will be highly welcomed in my household. The only bad part about this update is that there will be no content added to the store from now up until the update of the store. Once the Playstation Store re-opens, content will start to reappear. I’m really looking forward to it.

Wii-Kly Update: Old, Old, Wonder Boy and a Boring Racer

Two more games have been added to the Virtual Console this week. The one worth mentioning is Wonder Boy. This game comes from the Sega Master System, meaning this game really is a vintage title. Not a bad choice. The second game being offered this week is Cruis’n USA. Not much to say about this one. You probably remember it as a racing game where the only thing really exciting was the ability to do a wheelie in the car during a burnout. Weeeeee! Check out the full press release below.

It’s a week of fun-filled firsts at the Wii™ Shop Channel. Each of the latest game offerings represents the first title in a memorable series that has influenced many subsequent titles over the years. Whether you prefer high-speed drives or side-scrolling adventures, it’s clear that these classic games have lasting appeal. What’s more, Wonder Boy is the first-ever Sega Master System title to be made available via Virtual Console.

Nintendo adds new games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time every Monday. Wii™ owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points™ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:

Cruis’n USA

Cruis’n USA™ (Nintendo 64®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): Ever felt like driving to the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Rushmore and the White House in one day? Well then, gear up to put your racing skills to the test in a frantic trip across the United States, following a route that you won’t find on any map. Whether it’s the rolling hills of Appalachia, the flowing cornfields of Iowa or the crowded tunnels below Chicago, you’ll find yourself too focused on the intense racing action to worry about the scenery. Get started by picking from a garage full of cars to find the one that best suits your style—if you’re good enough, you’ll even find a few hidden ones to round out your selection. Then choose one of three different playing perspectives and get ready to hang on tight. With five difficulty levels, the ability to remove traffic or other racers, and two- player simultaneous racing, it’s enough to make you forget all about finding that next rest stop. Just watch out for the cows, OK?

Wonder Boy

Wonder Boy (Sega Master System, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone—Comic Mischief, 500 Wii Points): As Tom-Tom the Wonder Boy, it’s up to you to rescue your girlfriend Tanya from the vile clutches of the monster that has kidnapped her. To do so, you must navigate a series of worlds in a race against time to reach your goal. Along the way, you’ll battle foes and collect fruit that will add to the amount of time you have to complete your mission. You can also receive helpful power-ups from various eggs, but make sure to avoid the bad eggs and poisonous mushrooms that sap your precious vitality. Find the magic doll in each level to open up hidden areas, and make it to the very end of your journey to rescue your one true love.

Old Grandma Hardcore Hates Mario Galaxy

Old Grandma Hardcore is Bored

Surprisingly, there are a few people in this world who hate Super Mario Galaxy, and Old Grandma Hardcore is one of them. She actually seems to hate it, not just dislike it.

“I hate this fucking game. I feel so stupid playing it, it’s a kid’s game for fuck’s sake and I can’t.. get.. the fucking… CANNON to line up- GODDAMMIT!”

That sucks. I thought the game was a lot of fun. I guess everyone couldn’t like it though.

PS3’s Condemned 2 Having Audio Problems

If you purchased Condemned 2 for the Playstation 3, you may have noticed some audio issues with the game. More specifically, the sound is dropping or will “snap.” Sega has stated that they know of the issue and are working on a fix, and that if you are experiencing the problems, you should try switching the HDMI cable to AV. That’s a crappy solution, but at least the sound will stay intact.

DIY: Nintendo 1up Cakes

1up Cakes

You see video game themed cakes and baked goods all the time on the internet, so I think it’s about time you try it for yourself. David Hayward originally created these 1UP cakes for the one year anniversary of a Nintendo DS night where he lives and decided that everyone else should experience the fun as well and has let loose his recipe upon the world. Check out his blog for the link.

Smash Bros NES Demo

So, what would Super Smash Bros look like had it landed on the NES? Nobody knows, but the character selection screen would be fairly awesome. I would love to play this.

Network With Others In the Game Industry

Bruce Everiss

If you work in the video game industry, you should network with others in your field. Today Bruce Everiss, of Bruce on Games, sent out an invitation to network with him through LinkedIn. What a great way to socialize with other people who have the same interest. Who, knows, you may even meet some contacts somewhere down the line who can get you in the biz.