Posts Tagged ‘Nintendo’

My one of a kind offshoot mini post on some tech news, so this time its on Nintendo Co Ltd plans to launch a new model of its DS handheld game series by March 2011 gear that allows users to play three-dimensional (3D) games without using special glasses.


The Japanese firm’s new portable player will be able to play titles created for previous DS models and will be launched in the financial year starting in April. Nintendo, which competes with Sony Corp and Microsoft Corp in video games, declined to give details such as price and launch dates, but said more information will be announced at the E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles in June. Sony plans to release 3D titles for its PlayStation 3 game console in time for the planned release of its 3D TVs in June. That game console can be upgraded to become 3D-capable using a software update.

Back to most loved interest, off course gaming, as we all know the vast majority of games wither quickly on the store shelves, long forgotten only months or even weeks after their release. Such is the fickle cycle of offering games to the shopping public. Other games, however—the rare, few, proud titles that become classics—enjoy life long after they seemingly should have disappeared from the public consciousness.

The list of such titles is too large to present here, but includes gems like Falcon 4.0, Freelancer, Baldur’s Gate, WarCraft III, Counter-Strike, Allegiance and many, many others. What makes games like these stand the test of time? They generate massive amounts of user loyalty via a number of routes: Excellent gameplay, ease of modding, support from the developer or publisher, and probably a host of other factors.

So lets look at 10 such games: Games that just won’t die. These are titles from times long past, especially in terms of the digital realm.

1. Diablo II
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment


Widely hailed as the greatest action RPG of all time, Diablo II has legions of clones and followers, but none have come close to gripping the enthusiasts as much as Blizzard’s powerhouse. You can get both Diablo II and its expansion, Lord of Destruction, plus strategy guides, event today..

2. WarCraft III
Developer: Blizzard Interactive
Publisher: Blizzard Interactive


It’s not pretty, with its pinkish background, but Planet Warcraft’s WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos area is full of information on Blizzard’s long-living real-time strategy. WarCraft, of course, was one of the most appealing RTS titles in the era of the original Command and Conquer and Red Alert titles. Eschewing tanks, soldiers and machineguns for orcs, axes and arrows, it mixed clever humor into the RTS world and saw instant success.

3. Battlefield 1942
Developer: Digital Illusions (better known as DICE)
Publisher: Electronic Arts


When you think of DICE’s amazing Battlefield games, often one concept comes to mind:
Desert Combat. Widely considered the greatest mod for any of the Battlefield games (which include Battlefield 1942, Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142, and expansion packs), this BF1942 mod is stunning to play.

4. MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries
Developer: FASA Studio
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios


Mech games haven’t been the same since MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries. The BattleTech franchise fizzled after its release, though it should be noted that Smith and Tinker, a company founded by FASA pioneer Jordan Weisman, bought up all of the rights to FASA IPs from Microsoft. The latter’s MekPak 3 features more than a score of new mechs, new weapons, new maps, and lots of other goodies to keep the dream alive.

5. People’s General
Developer: SSI
Publisher: SSI


The news page of the People’s General site hasn’t been updated since 2002. You can, however, still get the game and a number of mods at the link above. Note that most of the links at the site linked above are dead, but the downloadable are still available yup for free… Each of the downloadables you’ll find contain links to a number of scenarios and campaigns from the US Civil War to World War II and more—just jump in and start playing

6. StarCraft
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment


It’s StarCraft; what more is there to say about it? Blizzard overhauled the languishing RTS genre with this amazing sci-fi magnum opus. Instead of featuring two or three mostly-similar races, it went way out on a limb and made the factions extremely different: the Terrans, Protoss and Zerg require unique thinking to master. Some observers, however, have noted the curious resemblance to some of the races from Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe.

7. Fallout
Developer: Interplay Productions
Publisher: Black Isle Studios


Fallout isn’t Fallout 3. The original is a top-down RPG with very few action elements. While the two share the same funky, post-apocalyptic spirit, the original still has a number of loyal followers. We tracked one down and chatted via IRC to find out why, oh why, would you still play the old, graphically inferior original when Bethesda’s masterpiece is so popular?

8. Baldur’s Gate (and BG2)
Developer: BioWare
Publisher: Interplay


The Infinity Engine, a top down RPG engine that was the basis for many a game in years past, remains hugely popular. Forget Neverwinter Nights 2; some players still feel the Baldur’s Gate series is the pinnacle of role playing on the PC, period. If you’re still into BG or its sequel, Baldur’s Gate 2, or any of the expansions, or Icewind Dale, or what have you, you owe it to yourself to visit the Pocket Plane Group, a site dedicated to keeping the Infinity Engine alive with mods galore.

9. Freelancer
Developer: Digital Anvil / Microsoft
Publisher: Microsoft


Freelancer started life as an ambitious, spiritual sequel to the seminal space shooter Privateer. An oddball combination of space action game, trading and exploration, with a nod towards roleplaying. The game featured a mouse interface for flying and combat, unlike previous similar games, which usually required a joystick to be successful.

10. Mario
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Publisher: Nintendo


Well I am think do I need an explanation for this game, The Mario series is a series of highly popular and acclaimed video games by Nintendo, featuring Nintendo’s mascot Mario and, in many games, his brother Luigi. Gameplay in the series often centers around jumping and defeating enemies. The games usually feature simple plots; the most common theme is that of Bowser, the main antagonist, kidnapping Princess Peach, whom Mario saves and this will be a game our great grand children will continue to play…