I wanted to thank everyone for their wonderful gifts this year. I heard at least one family member express a desire to know how my wife and I spent our gift money, which reminded me to post how I spent the gift money I received last Christmas (2009) and on my birthday earlier this year.
Click past the break for a list of items I purchased with gift money this last year.
Kirby’s Epic Yarn for the Nintendo Wii has been receiving rave reviews, earning a Metacritic score of 91. The game’s simple gameplay, super-cute art, and excellent level design make it a blast to play.
I had started to think that Platinum King Jewels were a hoax concocted by malicious Dragon Quest IX players, but I finally collected a treasure map (Diamond Path of Woe Lv. 68) that led to a grotto with the legendary monsters on the 13th floor. Here’s proof:
Platinum King Jewels give approximately 204,000 experience points:
First, the bad news: Cing, the developer of both titles, filed for bankruptcy on March 1, making a North American release of Last Window highly unlikely.
Now for the good news: The Nintendo DS is not region-locked. This means North American DS owners can import Europe region DS releases and play the import games in their North American DS.
Hotel Dusk holds the honor of being the only game that my wife completed before I did (which is high praise for the game’s design, story, and characters). The little I’ve seen of Last Window promises more of the same, which, in this case, is a very good thing.
So if you enjoyed Hotel Dusk, like old school adventure PC games like King’s Quest or Grim Fandango, or simply enjoy a quality game with a good story, you can’t go wrong with Last Window.