Thursday, September 27, 2007

Is Wii the new Dreamcast?

Sega traditionally has always been considered the more artistic video game company, particularly during the era of the Dreamcast. Some amazingly unique games came out for the system (Space Channel 5, anyone?) that are fondly remembered by gamers today. Unfortunately for Sega, their timing was just wrong and no one was receptive to the creativity that seems to be making a comeback today.

Sega has quietly announced that the cult hit, Samba De Amigo, is making a proud return on Wii. No dates have been announced, but I'm glad that for once Sega is taking a leaf out of my book and doing what the console was intended for. What's of note here is that SdA is joining another revived cult hit, Nights into Dreams, on the little console.  Rumors are also circulating that a new Space Channel 5 is also in development as well.  This begs the question - is Wii going to be the new, successful Dreamcast? Are Sega's creative juices going to flow again thanks to wide acceptance and a control scheme as unique as a pair of maracas? Only time will tell but I bet that some seriously unique games are going to be breaking TV screens from rogue Wiimotes.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Kingdom Hearts 3....Projects.

The intent of Digital Stardust isn't to become another IGN or Gamespot, however games that catch my eye will receive the occasional mention on here between all the other things I post.

How many of you don't have a PSP? A PS3? Unfortunately the jig is up if you're a fan of the Kingdom Hearts franchise. has unearthed some information from various magazines regarding the future of the series. Kingdom Hearts Zero is rumored for the PSP, featuring the story of Terra, one of the characters from the KH2 Final Mix Bonus trailer as well as one of the KH2 Final Mix bonus bosses. Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories 2 is rumored for the DS, no information on what's included there. Lastly we have the mysterious Kingdom Hearts (Unnamed Title) rumored for the PS3.

Details are sketchy regarding these titles but if you hop over to that link up there you'll find magazine scans with new screenshots including several with Terra, Roxas and Axel, Sora and King Mickey, and Organization XIII.

Keep in mind that these titles have not been formally announced, and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if the systems beneath the titles decide to switch around as it wouldn't be a wise idea to place a main title on a handheld when the console install base is a lot larger. A formal announcement is expected at Tokyo Game Show 2007, currently in progress.

I don't know about you, but I'm going to need to get a PSP again...and a PS3 of my own. Maybe.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Hot game: Worms Open Warfare 2

I've always been very skeptical of the Worms games on consoles and portables. It just seems like they don't transfer well and given the critical failure of last year's Worms Open Warfare it seems like the series was doomed for portables. I'm happy to say the Open Warfare 2 is definitely a step up and initial impressions lead me to believe this could be among the most cherished of all titles in the series! Between a good single player campaign and an extensive online mode the game can please everyone - even with single cartridge play! 

IGN has posted a good review as has GameSpot. So if you're looking to kick some ass using the classic bazooka or if you prefer the more exotic Buffalo of Lies check out Worms Open Warfare 2 for the Nintendo DS and PSP.