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E3 2015: Nintendo Direct: Reaction – A family of gamers

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E3 2015: Nintendo Direct

The kids and I were eagerly anticipating Nintendo’s E3 show. We all raced into the living room at 1 minute of, kicked on AppleTV, went to E3.nintendo.com on my iPhone, and grabbed a seat on a sofa for the about-to-start livestream.

So many games! What a jam packed hour! Muppets. StarFox, Mario, amiibo, Zelda, Metroid, Fire Emblem, and more!

Here’s a recap, and our reactions.

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Top E rated video games for kids – 2012

Today is Cyber Monday, and there’s only 28 days left until Christmas! Time to get cracking on holiday shopping. While the older crowd is playing Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Halo 4 and Assassin’s Creed III, you need some ideas for games for kids 10 and under.

The hottest video game item right now is the new Nintendo Wii U, just released on 11/18. The Wii U Basic/White has a retail price of $299.99, while the Wii U Deluxe/Black’s retail price is $349.99. I’m looking to buy one for our family for Christmas, but they are sold out everywhere – online and in stores. Checked eBay this morning, and the average selling price of a new Wii U deluxe is $900! One actually sold on 11/22 for $12,700!  Insanity. Again. The same thing as when the original Wii was released – everyone snapped them up to sell on eBay, and none were available to buy and wrap up for Christmas. I’ve got the phone numbers of 5 local stores on hand, and am hoping to get lucky and find one at retail price before 12/24. *crosses fingers* (For week of 11/8, Nintendo sold 400,000+ Wii U’s, 300,00 Wii’s, 275,000 DS’s, and 275,000 3DS’s.)

Here are my latest lists on the top selling and top rated video games that are appropriate for kids – all with an ESRB rating of E or E 10+. Everything is sorted by console, to make it easier for you.

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Top E rated video games for kids 2011

Note: This list is from Christmas 2011 – for my list of top E rated video games for kids for Christmas 2012 click here.

Only 33 days until Christmas!  While the Mature crowd is playing Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, you need some ideas for kids’ games.

Here’s my latest list on the top selling and top rated video games that are appropriate for kids – all with an ESRB rating of E or E 10+. Everything is sorted by console, to make it easier for you.

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Top E rated video games for kids

I’m a bit overdue, but here are my latest lists on the top selling and top rated video games that are appropriate for kids – all with an ESRB rating of E or E 10+.  This time I sorted by console, to make it easier for you.

Top selling E rated video games

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Top E rated video games for kids 2010

Note: This list is from Christmas 2010 – for my list of top E rated video games for kids for Christmas 2012 click here. And for my list of top E rated video games for kids for Christmas 2011 click here!

There’s only 46 days left until Christmas, according to eBay’s new countdown-to-Christmas clock – time to get cracking on holiday shopping plans.  Here are my latest lists on the top selling and top rated video games that are appropriate for kids – all with an ESRB rating of E or E 10+.

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What’s Hot: Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

There’s a new Zelda game coming!  Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is a new 1 player, action-adventure wii game with a planned release date of early 2011.  A prequel to Ocarina of Time, Skyward Sword will feature integrated, true 1 to 1 sword fighting using the wii MotionPlus, new weapons, and a new targeting system.  Holding the Wiiremote (with MotionPlus) is your sword, and the Nunchuk is your shield.  Graphics will be a colorful, impressionist art style – a mix of Twilight Princess and Wind Waker like a painting come to life.

As the story begins, Link is just an ordinary boy in Skyloft, a group of islands floating above the clouds.  He discovers the Skyward Sword and is caught up in an adventure, traveling between Skyloft and the world below.  Mysteries abound, and the Skyward Sword is more than just a sword.

If you want to know more, I recommend checking out an excellent article by girl gamer (yeah!) Audrey Drake, at IGN.com – Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and the Great Gold Hype:  Link’s back! 5 reasons you’re not excited, and 5 reasons you should be – which addresses concerns by Zelda fans that the latest Zelda games have been too simple and too cartoonish, and the unimpressive, jittery demo at E3 2010.

Check out Nintendo’s E3 Network site for videos, images, interview, hands-on demos, and tips & tricks for game play.  In the video of Iwata Asks (by Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo Co.), where he interviews Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto and head of development Eiji Aonuma, they talk about the importance of creating a beautiful, challenging, and dense game that Zelda fans will love to play.  They also talk about integrating the wii MotionPlus into swordplay, to create a game control system that “just feels right” to the player.

Even though the E3 2010 Skyward Sword demo did not go well, after the press show  an attendee from PC World was able to try out a demo of the game, and found the controls were precise, fluid, and intuitive. 

“After playing for a few minutes and realizing just how right the controls felt, that desire to see things pop at crazy-high resolutions faded completely away.”

Me?  The kids and I can’t wait to try out the new game-play mechanics and check out the weapons (mechanical  flying beetle thingee, whip, bow, slingshot).  I do miss the fact that my favorite weapon of all time, the hookshot, doesn’t appear to be part of Skyward Sword.  But still, we’ll get to battle enemies, break some pots, solve some puzzles, and wander around exploring Hyrule, and if that’s not enough – the origins of the Master Sword will be revealed.  I have faith that Miyamoto-san and crew will deliver  an enjoyable, unique, and challenging gaming experience – something familiar, and yet something new.  And, as Audrey from IGN says:

“Whenever a new console Zelda installment is about to hit the shelves, it sends a shockwave through the gaming community, setting hopes afire across the globe. A Zelda release date is like a holiday, 20 Christmases rolled into one. Because it’s not just a new game. It’s the next coming. The next Zelda.”

A sidenote, in the spirit of Halloween…  A couple of years ago, all my boys went trick or treating dressed up as Link, with green tunic and cap, Hylian shield, and Master Sword.  It was a lot of work.  And it was awesome.

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How to connect your Nintendo DSi to your wireless network

To fully take advantage of Dragonquest IX’s online features, we had to connect each boy’s DSi to our wireless network, which turned out to be a little tricky.

First a little info about wireless protocols:

WPA is the newest, strongest, and most widely accepted protocol for wireless connections.  Everything between the wireless piece and the computer (wireless access point) is encrypted using WPA.  There are 3 – 4 different types of WPA (pro, home, etc.), but most importantly, WPA hasn’t been hacked yet.

WEP is the original encryption protocol.  It’s much weaker and has been cracked, so it’s not used as often.   You wouldn’t want your household network/laptop using WEP, as it’s been hacked, and your data could be intercepted and maliciously used.

The Nintendo DSi used only WEP.  Most computers and routers can be set up for WPA or WEP, but you must choose only 1, because a single router can’t use both at the same time.

The way we solved this problem was we installed a separate router that supported WEP, and turned it into an access point, by disabling all of its router functions.  This enabled us to use WEP to connect the DSi’s to an access point, so they’re on the network and have Internet access.  All without endangering the security of the other computers in our house, which still wirelessly connect using WPA on our original router. 

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