OUYA Gonna Call? Kickstarter, Evidently

August 9, 2012 in News

As of about 10 hours ago the OUYA Kickstarter closed at $8.5 million, from 63,416 backers. This is almost 9 times the initial $950,000 asked for, a success by any measure, especially considering some negative press stating that the project might be vaporware, or might not be able to realistically achieve its goal.

Now we wait and see if they can launch this thing by the March 2013 target date, and I’m sure the backers especially are eager to see what the starting roster of games will be. Well, whatever it is, it can’t be worse than the selection the PS3 launched with.

Anyway, congrats to the OUYA team, hope you realize your vision!

Twin Worlds: The Great Giana Returns

August 5, 2012 in News

In 1987, Rainbow Arts attempted to publish a blatant knock-off of Super Mario Brothers called The Great Giana Sisters, released on a number of home computers. This was great news for gamers who wanted to play SMB, but did not want to shell out for a NES.  Nintendo was not quite so enthusiatic about it though, and managed to lawyer it off the shelf shortly after release, with some versions never even making it that far. But to those who did manage to obtain the game, it holds some nostalgic value. Despite being a blatant clone it was fairly well received and featured music composed by industry veteran Chris Hülsbeck.

A curious thing happened around 2009 when Nintendo allowed a pseudo-sequel of the game on the Nintendo DS. However, the core mechanic of the game was altered slightly. Giana no longer had a sister named Maria, but rather came in two states; a cutey version, and a punk version – each with different abilities.

Now they are back again.

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