Nintendo Super Mario Bros. (hardcore tricks).

Could anyone teach me half of what does guys are able to do. The classic 1up trick that I never been able to do is actually possible on the [New Super Mario on DS](http://youtube.com/watch?v=Jm-N8N_d4bw). And what's up with all those guys jumping backwards? * [R.Yoshizawa (aka. Pom)](http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8658737307706425746&q=super+mario+5min) * [Trevor Seguin](http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5361142907041218272&q=super+mario+5+minutes) This guys also knows a lot of excellent tricks. Although he takes his time in this video, he really show much [he masters the game](http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8027372280039633351&q=super+mario+walkthrough). please comment below with HOW to do these.

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Posted in , | Posted on 17 Nov 2006 05:34by somekool |

Nintendo World 2006 in Osaka, Japan (and japanese highways)

So I have finally been there, again. I was not too sure, since I knew it would be very similar but just busier then [Nagoya](http://blog.somekool.net/articles/2006/11/07/nintendo-world-2006-in-nagoya-japan). But Mihoko could not come to Nagoya, so she had not tried the Wii yet, poor girl. And I convincer her. Plus I really wanted to try few more games to help get my mind set on what to buy. Actually there is something I think I forgot to tell you about [Nagoya](http://blog.somekool.net/articles/2006/11/07/nintendo-world-2006-in-nagoya-japan). I think I already told you I went to Nagoya by train or maybe some [photos](http://gallery.somekool.net/v/Japan/2006-11+From+May+To+November/2006-11-03+Nintendo+World+2006+_Nagoya_/) I took told you so. But there is one little thing I forgot to say, Is how many DS I saw in the Train. Although I had to cross two [prefectures](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prefectures_of_Japan), from Minute One, I saw kids playing with the DS in the Train. I mean, there is always bunch of people with cellphones, PSP and DS. but that day. it was impressive. Closer I was getting to Nagoya, more DS, geeks and even female geeks are boarding the train. This was cool to see. Girls playing DS in the train have a different dress code. I'll let your imagination craving and not say more. For Nintendo World in Osaka, click on to read more.
So I succeeded to wake her up at 7h30 and we left at 9h. As I did not have time to check time schedule and were a bit late for the train anyway, we decided to Drive there. Well, I drove to Osaka. Driving there was sure a huge fun. It ended up being more expensive than expected though. Close to 9000 [yen](http://xe.net/) in Highway fees. Kinda crazy. Anyway, I cannot do differently than talking about it since it was so cool. It was only my third time I was driving in Japan. I drove around [the main Okinawa island in August](http://blog.somekool.net/articles/2006/08/16/le-tour-dokinawa) and to Nara last week. Today to Osaka. Along with the few pictures I took of the Nintendo Conference, there is a few of the Highway which might or not be interesting. I always said that in Western Canada: "there is no such thing as an Highway" at least compared to the real thing we have on the East coast. But now, I gotta review my statement, They got the real thing here. There is huge wall around the highway, like it would keep the sound inside, improve aero-dynamism, prevent face-to-face accident and what-not. They really got this future look to it where you drive in a circular tunnel. I don't think there is any cops. There isn't really any way for them to hide on the side or get in a various places. Maybe they catch you on camera and surprise you at the told gate. but as far as it look like, we are paying to get on the highway and we are not going there to get assled with cops crap. Plus, the speed is regulated with the quantity of people driving on that day. You know what, It's getting close to midnight now, still need to take my fabulous Japanese Bath. I know how patient my readers are, so I will just continue with the Video game stuff on a separate post tomorrow. Cheers. As a consolation gift, the [few pictures](http://gallery.somekool.net/v/Japan/2006-11+From+May+To+November_001/2006-11-12+Nintendo+World+2006+_Osaka_/) I have taken. And for those you wants to the punch of the story before everyone. No, I did not win one of the 100 Wii they were giving away, this time either.

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Posted in , | Posted on 12 Nov 2006 05:00by somekool |

Nintendo World 2006 in Nagoya, Japan

So, last Friday I realized a long time dream I had. Going to a video game expo, in Japan. It's one of those reasons I'm in Japan, and Nagoya is only 1h15 and 1620 yen of train away, how could I not go. The event was from 9am to 4pm and I was pretty excited so I took the train as early as possible. Going there was pretty easy, even though it was my first time visiting Nagoya. I got there around 9h30, had breakfast at the station and the first train on Aonami line was leaving at 10am. so It was a perfect timing. 10h30, I was sure inside. That's about the best I could do. First thing I learned when I got inside... They were giving away 100 Wii to the visitors. We receive some kind of lottery number when we arrive and we can check if we have a winner number as we leaves. Now I was excited, hehe... read on for details ....
It was a bit different than I has expected. Actually, now that I think about it, I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting. but they had about 200 Wii on demonstration, if not more. and many many DS you could play with. So without asking myself too many questions, I put myself in line to try out Tennis from Wii sports. Let's get a feel of the Wiimote as fast as possible. First the Wiimote is much smaller that I had imagine. It about the same length as a DS Lite. It feels totally comfortable in the hand. I had a hard time dealing with my excitation, the Japanese instructions and analyzing this remote to get as much as I could of the gameplay. I unfortunately got beaten. The other geek found some trick to throw a spin. Seriously the ball was really going much faster when it was doing it. So that means there is a lot of possibility with this new style of gameplay. Especially these are only the first generations of games for this console. Games always gets better and better on the 2nd and 3rd year. It was both our first experience and overall, we were pretty equal I think. It was very important for me to try Wii sports as it does not come with the system in Japan. You have to buy it extra for 4800 yen. So I really wanted to know if I wanted to buy it or not. Tennis is fun, If I had it I would sure play. But If I have to choose 2 or 3 games between the 30 games available at the launch. I'm not sure this is the one I'll pay for. Especially US people consider getting it for free. I might end up getting a copy for 5$ on ebay. That said, many times I read US people feel sorry for us in Japan because we don't get Wii Sports "for free" but they forget they pay 250$ for the system while we only pay 25000yen. It might look similar, but its about exactly a Wii Sport different ;) So really, the difference is that we have the choice, while you don't. I think Nintendo wanted to have a price that looks similar everywhere. Or It's a conspiracy with the Japanese government to make people believe (slowly) that the US dollar is equal to 100 yen. Another big reason, is because in Japan we get a game called はじめのWii. Which kinda means "Beginning with the Wii". So buyers, depending on their age and experience are most likely gonna get one of the two games to start with. While, only Wii sports is available in America to have this Wii educational purpose. Then I tried Wii sports Boxing. That one I had a huge time. And I sure beat this other amateur, hehe. It was so much fun and my body temperature really increased. I was so hot after this 6 minutes trial. I made a comments earlier this week [on a blog post at IGN complaining about Wii Sports](http://blogs.ign.com/Matt-IGN/2006/10/30/35384/p13). The guy rather have a bad opinion on the game but while some of it might be true, I think he exaggerates a bit. Anyway, Boxing was awesome. and for this one game, Wii sports is worth it. but then other boxing-only games are coming out. so who knows what am I gonna buy. Then I went to Zelda, they had about 8 Wii running with Zelda on it, but unfortunately it was too busy. They required special ticket for that game, which were unavailable since 11am. Crazy... it was sure very busy. That is only Nagoya, I can't imagine Osaka next week and Tokyo near the end of the month. Too bad, I went to Mario Galaxy which was very very interesting. Mario Galaxy was twice special, because it is not available at the launch. We had an demo disk probably made especially for this event. There was a countdown in the game so we cannot play more than 6 minutes, while the other games (full version) did not have that. There is a lot of people and Japanese people are quite precise when it comes to this. Everybody has to get the same thing. So nobody complains about injustice. So the game requires you to do quite special movement. It is definitely different from the side-scroller we all know. Killing enemies can either be done by pointing at them, shaking your hand, taking and throwing objects at them (a bit like fishing) and of course jump onto their head. The you often gotta travel from a planet to another, which is very easy to do and very fun at the beginning. Pointing and shaking your hand. there is tons of different new moves you gotta learn compare to the sports games, which can only be sports games. I had a very good time playing Mario Galaxy. And this title sure brings a new type of gameplay onto the table. That's it, I was tired of the crowed after that and starving to death for two good hours. So I decided to leave a bit earlier. After all, it was my first stop in Nagoya, I had to checkout the city a bit more. And I, unfortunately, did not win one of those 100 Free Wii they were giving way. But hope is not gone, next Sunday, in Osaka, Nintendo World 2006 part 2 is taking place. I expect it to be very similar. So I'm not 100% sure to go, but I might to try few more games. For those you like pictures, I took a few.... [http://gallery.somekool.net/v/Japan/2006-11+From+May+To+November/2006-11-03+Nintendo+World+2006+_Nagoya_/](http://gallery.somekool.net/v/Japan/2006-11+From+May+To+November/2006-11-03+Nintendo+World+2006+_Nagoya_/) enjoy yourself...

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Posted in , , | Posted on 07 Nov 2006 01:29by somekool |

Compulsive Buyer

So I went to [Joshin](http://www.joshin.co.jp/) tonight as I needed a Air Duster for a long time to clean up my laptop keyboard. What I didn't see, the new [Jet Black Nintendo DS Lite](http://ds.thenetbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/02/february9.jpg) was coming out today. Yeah. I didn't even know about it. but I see this beautiful shiny black [DS Lite](http://www.nintendo.com/systemsds) stating its fresh from today. I thought "Ok, I'm gonna go crazy and buy it right now". So I did. I bought the [New Super Mario Brothers](http://mario.nintendo.com/), Indeed. and [Project Hacker](http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/adhj/index.html). Who changes, really? These are gonna be good for my japanese reading skills. ![Nintendo DS Lite Black](http://ds.thenetbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/02/february9.jpg) let's play ;)

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Posted in , | Posted on 02 Sep 2006 07:32by somekool |

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