I did not like these games.
I did not like them on PC.
I did not like them on TV.
I did not like them on the go.
I cannot, will not do-si-do.
Games I Gave Up On:
Super Mario 64 DS – I HATED this game. I know the Nintendo 64 was a much-beloved console with fond memories for many, but the few times I had a chance to play with one I just couldn’t get into it. I remember really not enjoying Super Mario 64 one bit – the way you moved in the game made me dizzy. When I stumbled upon the DS version in the store, I thought I’d give it another chance. I chalked the dizzies up to my not being much of a console gamer at that point, and since I really love the newer Mario titles I thought “hey, maybe this will be fun”.
I was wrong.
This game moves so unbelievably slowly that I wanted to kick myself in the junk just getting from one area to the next. If you really loved Super Mario 64 on the N64, maybe you’ll like this. If you’re unsure and just want a good Mario game to play, throw this away and grab The New Super Mario Bros instead. I promise you won’t be sorry.
Lego Star Wars II [DS] – The first time I played this game, I had no idea what was going on. I chalked it up to my being extremely tired and let it go. The next time I picked it up, I STILL had no idea what was going on so I did some research – turns out I picked up the wrong version of the game. Lego Star Wars is universally known to be awesome. Lego Star Wars II is universally known to be a steaming pile of a money grab. A stinky, stinky game.
Sonic Rush [DS] – Despite sounding like the newest fragrance from Axe, this game was not for me. I really wanted to like it, as my first “real” game system was a Sega Genesis I got as my “prize” for selling the most crap the one time in my life I ever worked retail. I have a soft spot for Sonic and all his pals, but I just couldn’t get into this title on the DS. It got great reviews and if you’re a fan of frantic side scrollers, check it out.
SimCity DS – I never played SimCity on the PC, but was bored and curious so I checked this title out. It’s not for me; micromanaging my city into success just didn’t appeal.
Resident Wiivil 4 – Again, not a series I ever played prior to this title. Curiosity made us pick it up, but after a couple hours of Leon skulking his way around Zombie Club Med we dozed right off. It got great ratings from real reviewers, but the series holds no pull for me.
Cooking Mama: Cook Off [Wii] – Fun on the DS, but didn’t translate well on the Wii due to the sluggish response time from the Wiimote. I’m looking forward to the portable Cooking Mama 2 though!
SSX Blur [Wii] – This one truly pained me to give up on. I am a huge, huge fan of EA’s SSX series and really wanted to love it on the Wii. However, due to the nature of the Wiimote, it was practically a different game – and one with a non-licensed soundtrack, something else I loved about the SSX games. I just couldn’t get into it. I’ll have to bide my time with the older SSX titles, and wait for the appearance of SSX 4 which was announced in January of 2005.
Planet Puzzle League [DS] – This game got great reviews everywhere, but I kind of hated it. It felt like a poor, boring man’s Lumines. I really tried to give it a chance because others seemed to love it, but every time I booted it up I felt like throwing my DS down and picking up my PSP. Fie on you, PPL. I think you are NO FUN.