Posted by: | March 28, 2009

My Speech Class Presentation

Cell phones have cameras; binoculars have cameras; PC’s have cameras; but what about video game systems? Leave it to Nintendo to come up with that. They are coming out with a new product called the Dsi. It has a wider screen, better Wi-Fi capability, and not just one but two cameras. One is a snapshot camera and the other, a video camera. But they are not ordinary cameras. You can take pictures of friends and you can manipulate the pictures on your screen; for instance you can draw a mustache on your friend’s face.

Nintendo, which provides entertainment for kids of all ages, has developed incredible technology over the past twenty years. Today I will be reviewing that history and highlighting some of their most memorable and commercially successful products. Nintendo innovatively develops technology continually coming out with new products to improve on their old ones. The beginning of the video game world as we know it now, started when Nintendo introduced arcade-style games you could play at home.

First, in 1985, they introduced the Nintendo Entertainment System, which we call NES. It’s an 8-bit video game console that allowed you to play a variety of video games that you could play on separate cartridges. It helped revitalize the US video game Industry after a few years of public disinterest. The NES sold 60 million units. You could play games like Mario and Zelda.

In 1989 Nintendo introduced the first handheld video game system called Game Boy. A handheld video game system is a console, small enough to carry in your hand. The small controller and minimized screen are all connected on just one console. Since the introduction of Game Boy well over 150 million units have sold worldwide. The first game cartridge made for Game Boy was Tetris.

In between 1990 and 1993, Super NES hit the markets featuring 16-bit technology and had more processing power so Nintendo could make more games.

Nintendo 64, or N64 for short, followed with realistic 3D visuals. The 64 stands for 64-bit technology. Super Mario 64 was the first game for the system and is such a popular game that Nintendo has it for current systems. The object of the Super Mario 64 game is for the characters to go through mazes to save Princess Peach. It’s popularity is probably based on it’s 3-D effects and character moveability (rather than only moving up and down and side to side like in the previous Mario games, the characters can now spin and flip and jump off walls.) Another reason for the game’s popularity, is that the characters are so cute and appealing and the music is catchy.

I had an N64 one time, along with Star Fox 64. It took me a week of constant playing to beat the game and I really enjoyed the game so much. The object of the game is that players must take on several challenges to reach the remote planet Venom, home to the evil interplanetary emperor Andross and then battle him. But I didn’t keep the N64 too long. I bought it on Ebay and it smelled like cigarette smoke so I sold it on Ebay. But soon I got a Wii, which I will tell you about soon, on which you can play N64 games.

Then, in 1998 and again in 2002 Nintendo updated their original Game Boy with the Game Boy Color and the Game Boy Advance. They were no longer black and green screens, instead they were colored screens. That is why it’s called Game Boy Color. And they were the first systems to feature colored screens.

In 2001, its seems everybody went out and bought a Game Cube for Christmas. It sold well over 21,000,000 systems that year. Previous game consoles such as N64, SNES and NES had used bulky cartridges. But the new Game Cube was the first system to use discs instead. This is why it was such a big seller. The Gamecube’s competitors are Microsoft X-box and Sony Playstation 2. Gamecube is child friendly, with games like Mario and Kirby. More often Gamecube’s competitors, the X-box and Playstation had adult, violent games.


Released in 2004, the Nintendo DS a new handheld system, featured two screens. That’s what the DS stands for; “Dual Screen”, one being a touch screen. Also, it had a microphone and built-in WiFi capability. This means for some DS games you could play with other people around the world and even talk with people or you can even talk with your friends if you assign friend codes. The screens were hard to see so Nintendo made the DS Lite with a built-in light. I sold my blue color Nintendo DS on Ebay because old DS’s are still in demand. Surprisingly I got $86 for my DS and they originally sell for $129.00.

And the most recent and popular game console: the Wii, which features wireless controls, internet access, and interactive play. For example: while holding the controller you could pretend you are bowling, playing baseball, tennis, boxing, or golf and you are actually controlling the characters.

I’m so excited about the DSI which will be released for sale on April 5th. It will sell for $179. You won’t be able to play the old Gameboy games on the system because there will be no Gameboy slot, instead you can download the games as well as Gameboy Color games with a points card system. A points card allows you to download old games from old video game system which cost money. The DSI does have a feature that allows you to take pictures of people standing side by side and see how they resemble each other.

Wouldn’t it be cool if Nintendo added a phone to the system?

Posted by: | March 19, 2009

New Pokemon Japanese Set

The set is called, Pulse of the Frontier. The base set reprints or should I say, Wizards of the Coast reprints are, Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos. The shinies are Relicanth, Yanma, and Milotic. The Lv.X’s are Blaziken FB Lv.X, Electrivire FB Lv.X, Staraptor FB Lv.X, Absol G Lv.X, Rayquaza C Lv.X, Garchomp C Lv.X, and Charizard G Lv.X. But the Charizard and Garchomp you can only get in the Theme Deck.pulse-of-the-frontier-absol-rayquaza1

Posted by: | March 17, 2009

Pokemon Platinum Party

On March 21, Nintendo will host a blowout launch celebration for the game at the Nintendo World store in New York. Pokémon fans will be able to demo and purchase the game a day before it’s available in other retail stores. Rockefeller Plaza will become a Pokémon fan’s paradise with a myriad of Pokémon activities, including game-play kiosks showing off the game and its online capabilities, the “Pokémon Platinum Plunge,” where Pokémon fans will get a chance to win a copy of the Pokémon Platinum Version video game, and opportunities to take photos with their favorite Pokémon characters. nintendoworldstore1

Posted by: | March 16, 2009

New DS System

There is going to be a new DS model called, DSI. It has a wider screen, better Wi-Fi capability, and not just one but two built-in digital cameras. They are both snapshot cameras, but, one is in the front and one is in the back. It will sell for $169.99, and you won’t be able to play the old gameboy games, instead, you will be able to download them as well as Gameboy Color games, and DSIWare games. But, the most exciting thing about it, is that it will be released on April 5th, which is the day after my Birthday.dsi1

Posted by: | March 15, 2009

Codes Wanted

I have this Wii game called, Animal Crossing City Folk. It is a Fun game, I have over 1,000,000 bells as well as alot of cool furniture. So, just send a comment if you want to exchange Friend Codes.

Posted by: | March 15, 2009

Pokemon Giratina (Orgin Forme)

This is the cool new Pokemon, Giratina. It is the main pokemon in the game Platinum.giratina_origin1

Posted by: | March 15, 2009

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Regigigas

Since March 8, there was a special event for the Pokemon video games Diamond and Pearl at Toysrus. It’s attacks are: Icy Wind, Rock Slide, Iron Head, and Crush Grip. But, one last thing about this Incredible, Amazing, and Spectacular Regigigas, if you transfer it to Pokemon Platinum, you will be able to go to different caves to find Regiice, Registeel, and Regirock.regigigasevent1

Posted by: | March 14, 2009

My Favorite Pokemon

My Favorite Pokemon ,well, has to be a dragon-type such as: Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Flygon, Altaria, Dragonite, or possibly Salamence. Yes, Salamence is my favorite because, when it comes to dragon-types Salamence is the coolest. But, I did have a Salamence card from Secret Wonders, but the edges were torn, so I took it back to the store and got another pack, but I just got a weak Ampharos 1/132. But sadly, I just have only one Salamence card from Stormfront (Below).48180182_59341

Posted by: | March 11, 2009

Pokemon Rotom Forms

rotom1These are the new Rotom Forms that will be featured in the Pokemon Platinum video game. They are also featured in the japanese ( and yet America) set called Bonds to the End of Time.

Posted by: | March 9, 2009

Pokemon Shaymin

shaymin11This is Shaymin, it is a Pokemon that starred in the new movie Giratina and the Sky Warrior. I watched the movie several times and I think Shaymin is one of the cutest pokemon (but I still think Chimchar is cute). As I wrote in my other post about Shaymin coming to America Soon, I wrote that Shaymin was going to appear in the new TCG set Platinum (I managed to find to Rare Shaymins as well as Shaymin Sky Forme Lv.X. Soon, in about 2 weeks, the new Pokemon Platinum video game will be in stores and it will feature shaymin as well as Giratina.

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