Wild Card Friday: Politics or Prevarications?

With my Platinum Trophy Finally obtained for Katamari Forever, all this free time has suddenly become available to me.

Since that time, I have been thinking about the fate of this web site.  Do I continue with the same “Politics as usual” or do I merely reduce this site as a den of solitude to record all my literary musings? As it is, my site attracts more spam than what the average Hawaiian could eat in a day.

No real bloggers, political and non political alike who visit here, traipsing around the political mire and ooze of our slowly decaying country.  For the record, I only have one real person who visits this blog on occasion.

Should I continue with the political route, I’m afraid it would be just a futile charade that would be updated on a semi-regular basis.  Don’t get me wrong.  I do care about politics, and what’s going on in this country.  I just don’t think my fascination is sufficient enough to reach “junkie” status.

I respect the experts that go out of their way to dig up this stuff for us to sort through.  It’s just that they get paid for it, and well….I don’t.

I hearby dub this blog the Blog of Literary Musings and Prevarications (meh….>_< I REALLY need to work on the title!).  I will talk about politics now and then, but just on a less frequent basis. Oh, and my last words to say about this topic?  A eulogy for our dear departed site.

Walker on Politics – January 27, 2009October 16, 2009

This has been a good experiment, while it lasted.   It’s now time to move on to my true passion: writing. In closing, I guess I can say the pen is mightier than the politician.

Wild Card Friday – Tokyo Game Show 2009 and the Light at the End of the Tunnel….

That’s right.  TGS 2009 is in full swing, and it just started yesterday.  It  offically opens to the public tomorrow, so I may be reporting on what I find out then. In another news, I am just getting over the flu, so this update is going to be a quickie. I’ll see you later for more TGS updates.  If not, have a nice weekend!

Wild Card Friday – The Wait is Finally Over!

What wait?  Katamari Forever! While this game was supposed to come out in 4 more days,  I was able to get it early.  That’s right.  Gamestop just got it in today, so I drove to the mall and got my reserved copy. With that copy, I got a Prince cellphone charm.

It’s supposed to light up when I get an incoming call, but I can’t seem to get it working.  I also heard that it can do this by tapping it against something.  Granted, the trinket is cheap but at least it comes free with the preorder.

I also got a red DualShock 3 controller, so that I could do all the challenges in the game for the Platinum trophy.  One of the challenges requires 2 player vs. mode, so that should come in handy for that. With that, I’ll be playing a lot of Katamari tonight. Let the Katamari celebration BEGIN!

Wild Card Friday – One Million Roses….

For this week’s Wild Card Friday,  I will attempt to explain my 1,000,000 rose ordeal.

What words can describe the agony of rolling a katamari through a frozen ice rink in a seemingly endless circle, in a futile attempt to roll up one million roses?  Well, it began with my recent completion of We ♥ Katamari, the sophomore PlayStation 2 release that I played, in eager anticipation for the upcoming PlayStation 3 release of Katamari Forever.

Having virtually everything done on my mental checklist,  only one thing stood in the way of completing the game: those frickin’ roses.

Okay, two things needed to be done if you count the myriad of objects that I inadvertantly failed to collect in various levels, but that’s a picnic compared to those dang roses. Having pleased every fan in the game, the King of all Cosmos brings a rose to life.  And this tiny rose utters the most absurd request my ears could ever bear to hear:  One million red roses.

So I’m taken to the level, where I’m expected to carry out this ordeal.  Scads of roses adorned the snow covered landscape everywhere.  Single roses and bouquets of 10.  With the counter starting at 0, I think to myself “What the heck have I gotten myself into? This is going to take a long frickin’ time.

It then occured to me that I have completed this ordeal before.  Twice!  Once in 2005 and again in 2007.  This isn’t going to be so bad, right? My optimism faded when I completed 200,000 roses for the day.  Okay.  That’s 200,000.  But I still have 800,000 more of those crimson pests to collect!

The next day came, and then the next.  In each of those days, I coasted along, collecting 100,000 roses a day.  My count was now a slightly higher, but still low 400,000.  Not even halfway there. Then Wednesday came.  I thrust my katamari back into the sea of roses scattered around the frozen ice rink.  I languished in my room, rolling each thousand.  I rolled up a thousand, replenishing the roses with each reset.

I began to lose my sense of awareness with my surroundings.  All I saw was my controller and the screen.  The headaches began as my brain liquefied.    Roll a thousand.  Reset.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  Minute by minute.  Over and over.  The same route around the seemingly infinite rink of roses.

When the day was over,  300,000 more was rolled up.  700,000 roses now.  Almost there. The next day, I cruised along, much in the same way I did before.  Same level.  Same strategy.  Same speed.  Clicking the analog sticks up and down.  Making gradual turns to collect every bouquet of roses on my route.  Averaging 50 seconds per thousand.

In my adament pursuit to collect them all, my total was now 900,000.  Only 100,000 away from the million.  So close, yet so far away. The next morning was the home stretch.  The light at the end of the tunnel.  I inched my way forward and rolled each rose up, becoming ever closer to the million.

Suddenly, the moment was approaching.  I was at 990,000  roses.  Just 10,000 away.  A breath away from a million. Then it happened.  The climax.  The culmination of 16 hours of rolling all boiled down into a triumphant second of victory:  I rolled up a million roses.  The victory was signaled by a ridiculous anthem of bizarre absurdity.  An assorted cacophony of squeals, screams, and singing in Japanese. As I ran my crowned Prince to the other screen to save my game, I knew that it was finally over.  I have done it for the third time.   I have wasted countless hours, in a constant pursuit to reach the absurd goal of that little rose:  one million red roses.

There.  I’ve done it, you stupid rose!  I’ve done what you asked, so what more do you want from me?  If it’s more roses you want, I’ll burn you and your friends!  Understand, Mr. Rose? The trial is over.  The victory, won.  Just what is there left to do now?  Oh yeah, the objects.

And just as I said before,  the objects are a picnic. And now it’s time to feast, then wait in eager anticipation for Katamari Forever to come out.

Wild Card Friday – Video Game Speech and Katamari Mania

Not much to say this week, with this August coming to a close. I have been playing lots of Katamari lately in anticipation for Katamari Forever. I have 100% completed Katamari Damacy and I am currently working on We ♥ Katamari.

Other than that, I am preparing for a speech pertaining to (no surprise) my video game hobby. That’s it for this edition of Wild Card Friday.  See you next week!

Wild Card Friday: For Your Amusement, an Entry About My 25th Birthday.

Having my birthday two days ago and other issues this week, I have not be able to post anything new in the past week.  To make up for it, here is a post about my 25th birthday.  Enjoy!

Today is my 25th birthday!  Since it’s after 8:52,  I have already turned 25. For this year, it was a pretty typical setup for a birthday.  I ate at Genji and had beef gyoza, a super crazy roll, and Lobster Tail and Filet Mignon for dinner.

With it being my birthday, I got a 50% discount on the dinner.  The dinner of course, came with onion soup (or miso soup, which I will probably get next time), a salad with house dressing,  and the dinner, served with grillled vegetables, fried rice, and plenty of yum-yum sauce on the side.

At home, not expecting too many gifts this year, I received a Snickers bar, a Coleman light keychain, a $20 Marathon gas card, a $20 NCG cinema card, and 2 pairs of pants. Cake and ice cream followed.  It was chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, something that hasn’t been done since my 21st birthday.

To balance the chocolate equation, I had two scoops of Bryer’s vanilla ice cream. All in all, it was a good birthday.  Thoughout the day, I played Katamari Damacy.

I will now play some more. Just one more thing:

HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY

TO MOI!!!!! ^_^

(x-posted on LiveJournal)

Wild Card Friday: My Journey Through Middle Earth.

Having neglected The Lord of the Rings for much of the summer, I have decided to continue reading this book.  Simply put, this week’s Wild Card Friday will briefly touch on this matter, as well as addressing my absence from this blog.

First of all, I plan on continuing The Lord of the Rings.  The plan is to read 2 chapters a day.  At that pace, the book should be read in about a month.  Knowing how I have stopped reading this in the past, we’ll see how far this commitment will go.

In addressing other matters,  it is increasingly obvious that I have not left any news on this journal since last week.  Chalk it up to being too busy and having a life outside this journal.  Granted, the political climate can be frustrating at times, which is why I have not immersed myself so much in the blogs, newspapers, and broadcast news lately.

You’ll see more news here, I assure you, after I figure out the best way to go about this juggling act. To all of you in the blogosphere, have a good Friday. I’ll see you back on Monday…I hope.

Wild Card Friday – My Journey Back to Copia.

As I mentioned above, I will be making my journey back to Copia.  And so far, it looks like it’s going to be a long one.  For Wild Card Friday this week, I will be discussing my gradual return to Copia in the distant future.

For those of you who are not in the know with my story terminology, Copia is the world where the events of my story The Master’s Chronicles takes place.  In making my journey back there, you might be expecting another excerpt of my story.

Unfortunately, this is not the case.  In announcing my journey, I am referring to my gradual return to continuing on my story. Among other things that currently occupy my time,  I am in the midst of a story that one of my friends have written.  With them currently being in the country at the time, I willfully concede to undergo the task of reading every last page of their story.  An ordeal that could be completed in just a few short days.  The name of their story is Morgavia and I am reading Volume 0: The Chain that Links Two Hearts.  It is an invigorating story of high fantasy and adventure and I have only read the first six chapters in this eighteen chapter volume.

Another obstacle in my path is J.R.R. Tolkien’s magnum opus The Lord of the Rings.  Being almost finished with book 1  of the first volume: Fellowship of the Ring, I am not even halfway through the book yet. Even with these two stories diverting me from my journey, I am determined to reach Copia sooner or later.  While these stories won’t halt the progress of my story completely, they will only slow things down.

In the midst of reading these stories, gradual progress will be made on The Master Chronicles.  It just won’t be as fast as I want to see it. My, it has been a while since I last wrote anything.  In returning to my story, I feel like an artist returning to their easel and canvas.  Having a dried palette, the colors need some moisture added to them.  The trouble then comes with finding the right colors to use.

Before all this is formulated, they are faced with a daunting task.  What am I going to paint? What will I create? The pale pastels just won’t do.  Only the most vibrant colors will work.  They need that moment of inspiration that can’t be squandered.  Once it’s there, they have to run with it.  Just mix those colors, kiss the board with the paintbrush bristles, and create a masterpiece. So is true with me.

When that moment of inspiration comes, I must run with it and create the most vibrant colors imaginable.   And I must hurry, before that bursting flame of inspiration fades into oblivion. When I find that muse, I must capture it and bring it into submission before it escapes.  Because knowing this one reality shared among novices and great writers alike, they do escape.

Wild Card Friday – A Morsel of Katamari Goodness.

And man, was it good!  For this week’s Wild Card Friday,  I will share with you my adoration and excitement towards the much anticipated title for Katamari fans everywhere:  Katamari Forever (Katamari Damacy Tribute in Japan).

To begin, I went to the PlayStation Store and downloaded a demo for Katamari Damacy Tribute.  I then played the two levels that were in the demo.  Both of them were pretty good. The first level was a sprinkler level, where you water a desert with your katamari.  After playing a few times, I was able to get over 1,400 square meters, which gave me a score of 100.

The second level was a repeat level from Beautiful Katamari: Delightful Dirigible.  I replayed that level a few times, and was able to get 35cm9mm.  That also gave me 100 points for the level.

While Japan can enjoy this game right now, this was a good appetizer of what to expect in Katamari Forever in just a couple months.  It was no Schloss Cosmos, but I will be able to enjoy that in the distant future.  It really wet my appetite for Katamari Forever.  I can hardly wait!

Wild Card Friday – Spring in July….

For this week’s Wild Card Friday, I have decided to talk about what is probably going to be the briefest topic ever: the weather.

With the lower than average July temperatures in Michigan, I can hardly call this summer at all.  It is more like mid to late spring. With all this lackluster weather, I’m just wondering.  When is it going to be summer?  Even as I’m typing this, the weather is currently 67 degrees.

If this pseudo-summer has temperatures like this, it looks like we’re going to have a very cold winter.  And I’ll be shoveling the snow, in late September or early October. My favorite season of the year, wasted.  What a total gyp.

Wild Card Friday – Television Summer Survival Guide: 2009 Edition

While Summer is been seen as the season for going outside and doing some sort of activity, it is also a time where most stations have their regular shows go on hiatus.  When you come in from your Saturday or Sunday at the beach, the last thing you want to do is turn on your TV to a bunch of boring reruns.  To help remedy some of that, I have put together an unofficial guide to summer shows that I watch to hold me over until the fresh new lineup begins in the fall.  Without further ado, I give you the Television Summer Survival Guide: 2009 Edition.

First of all, I am well aware that Big Brother 11 has just begun and is in full swing.  Just to let you know, I DON”T watch Big Brother, and have no intention to.  There is waaaay too much drama on that show, which plays like a Summer soap opera.

Until Survivor: Samoa and Amazing Race 15 premires this fall, I will be keeping my distance from CBS’s primetime lineup.

For those of you who have a taste for adventure, Anthony Bourdain will embark on his latest culinary quest this Monday, with new episodes of No Reservations at10 p.m.  To usher in this season premiere, there will be a No Reservations marathon on Sunday.  Between the marathon and the new episodes, there is plenty of Anthony Bourdain to go around this summer.

Continuing in the week, ABC has an hour of Japanese game show hijinks.  At 9:00 on Wednesdays, there is a new season of I Survived a Japanese Game Show.  It is actually almost halfway through the season already, so if you want to catch up on all the action, you can watch the past episodes online.  The series follows 12 American contestants, who are flown to Toho Studios in Tokyo to compete in a series of wacky games on the Japanese game show Majide (本気で). 

The two teams compete in two rounds of games.  The winning team gets an “advantage” for the second round.  The team that wins the second round gets a nice reward, while the losing team is given a punishment.  The punishment usually involves them working at a Japanese business related to the winning team’s reward.  For example, if the winning team goes drifting, the losing team has to work at a Japanese gas station.  The losing team also must decide on two people that will play in the elimination round.  The winner stays, and the loser goes back home.  The sole winner of Majide gets 25,000,000円 ($250,000).  With more than half of the season remaining, I Survived a Japanese Game Show should make Wednesday nights more interesting.

So concludes my Summer Survival Guide.  Take it or leave it, there’s plenty of Summer shows to enjoy after a long day of work.  Until the fall lineup returns, I have just three words to say to Summer:  Bring it on.  I hereby declare boredom officially vanquished.

Wild Card Friday – Star Spangled Memories

For Wild Card Friday this week, I have decided to reminisce about how I spent the Fourth of July in the past years, since the Fourth of July is tomorrow. What I want to talk about in particular is my favorite part of the Fourth of July: the fireworks.  It doesn’t matter where they are.   I just know that if there’s going to be any Fourth of July at all, there better be fireworks.

I can recall fond memories of going up north and watching the fireworks by the lake at Vic’s Beach (It wasn’t really his beach, but that’s what we called it.)  During one year, when I was much younger,  some firecrackers got out of control.  I stayed near my family to make sure that I didn’t get hit by one.

During another year at Vic’s Beach, when I was older, I remember playing In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida there.  It wasn’t quite dark yet, but it led up to what I was looking forward to later.

During one year or another, I celebrated the Fourth in East Jordan, since my parents had this friend that owned hunting land with a camp site on top of the hill.  I can’t remember too much about the fireworks.  I just know that it was crowded and just as exciting as other years.

In a more recent year, I aaw the fireworks up north near Barton City.  This wasn’t Vic’s Beach but the show was still impressive.

Last year was a different year for fireworks.  Being in town, I saw the fireworks at the Tridge with a few people I knew.  This was probably one of the better shows that I have been to, only I heard that the fireworks in Bay City are better.

Thus ends the memories.  This year, I will be seeing fireworks at the tridge.  The Fourth isn’t just a time to be patriotic, but a time to sit and enjoy the show. Here’s to hoping that this year’s Fourth will be as good as all the others.  And like every year, it will end with a bang. Happy Fourth of July Eve, everyone!

—— EDIT: I actually ended up going to the Bay City fireworks, and they were FANTASTIC!!!!

Wild Card Friday – Strawberry Fields….Forever.

Departing from politics once again, the time has come once again for Wild Card Friday! For this week, I will discuss my strawberry adventure and will give you my remarks on the trio of recent celebrity deaths  this week.

First, I will share with you my strawberry quest. It started this morning when my mom wanted to go strawberry picking.  We had to go right away, as waiting would make it even hotter weather to pick them.

So me and my brother went with my mom and we drove to a strawberry farm.  I grabbed my rectangular carton and was driven out to the strawberry patch.

Once there, I got out and went to work.  I searched far and wide,  lifting leaves and carefully inspecting each berry.  They had to be perfect, and I would only pluck the good ones.  After sweeping my assigned row a couple times,  it was starting to get hot, and my carton was only about a third full.

With my brother and mom about finished, we all headed back with our well-earned crimson treasure.  They then got weighed.  Having a carton that could hold ten pounds, I only got about three and a half pounds.

Altogether, our bounty was 13 pounds of strawberries.   We paid for our reward, took it with us, and went home.

And now, my remarks on the triad of celebrity deaths.  They say bad things always happen in threes.  But I didn’t think the third would happen this quickly.

It started on Tuesday with Late Night television legend Ed McMahon.  I have expressed my regards in Tuesday’s entry, but I still find it unbelievable for him to go like this.  He set the stage for comedians like Jay Leno and Conan O’Brian.  Granted, he was just a sidekick.  But he was a really good sidekick, and a legendary one at that. After that, the rest happened pretty fast.

Farrah Fawcett died early Thursday afternoon.  Unfortunately, I don’t know too much about her.  She is kind of before my time.  One generation too late.  I do know that she was on a season of Charlie’s Angels.  Weird Al Yankovic also mentions wanting to buy her famous swimsuit poster on his Backstreet Boy parody, “eBay”.  Other than that, I don’t really know much about her.

Finally,  a celebrity death that would trump all the others in fame and adulation happened.  Michael Jackson was pronounced dead at 2:26 Pacific Time.   Upon hearing this news, I could not believe what I was hearing.  It almost felt like a dream.  Was this really happening?  I admit that I’m not a diehard MJ fan, but the very fact of him completing the death trifecta was shocking.  Three Aces of Spades in less than three days.  Michael Jackson was adored by many around the world, selling over 100 million of just his “Thriller” album alone.  My other memories of him come not from his music, but from the parodies of his music.  Interestingly, I have a third connection to Weird Al parodies.  Two of them, in fact.  Weird Al Yanovic has parodied him in two food-related parodies.  “Eat It” (A parody of “Beat It”) and “Fat” (A parody of “Bad”).

All in all, it was a shocking week of celebrity deaths, and Michael Jackson’s death really took the cake. Looking back on all the deaths this week, it has really brought to me an astonishing truth.  No matter how famous you are or will become, you can not take your wealth with you.

A life of fame becomes nothing more than a futile attempt to be enjoyed, loved, or cherished.  At the moment of death, all power is lost, and you become nothing more than a fading memory.  A memory that is only kept alive by a lasting legacy.

In summary, I would have to say that life is short.  Find the one important thing that matters and don’t let it go.  Hold it, embrace it, and cherish it. And I am glad to say that I have found this thing, and I am not letting go. R.I.P. Michael Jackson.  You WILL be missed.

Wild Card Friday – Video Gaming Meets Twitter

I don’t really have much for this week’s Wild Card Friday. What I recently found is a Facebook/Twitter site for gamers.  It keeps track of your gaming activity and the gaming activity of your friends. It’s called Raptr, and I just finished setting up an account.

If you are a gamer and you feel like signing for another social networking site, I suggest you try it out. That was the last card in this deck.  I should have a fresh new deck next week.  Until then, keep on gaming!

Wild Card Friday – My Voyage Through Video Game Nostalgia.

Ah, how I miss the old days of gaming.  Games were simple, more challenging, and the focus was on fun, not fanservice. For this week, I will share with you my trip down memory lane.  Well, sort of.  You will hear the rediscovery of the ancient console that shaped my video gaming past: the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

My journey started when my mom started playing with Wii Fit, one of the presents that she got for her 50th birthday.  In contrasting that game, I thought of the Power Pad, and how I used to play on that when I was younger. With that, I went out to the big garage and unearthed the old Power Pad.  I got out the NES and hooked it up.  I put in Athletic World and chose Expert mode.

Amazingly, after all these years, the pad was still working pretty well. I completed two rounds of that game.  One round was during the day, the other at night.  When I saw round 3,  I didn’t want to go on, seeing that the two rounds just keep repeating over and over.

Continuing on my journey, I played World Class Track Meet.  I played through the Olympics mode, but it wasn’t what I wanted.  I then played Tournament mode and realized that this was what I was going after.  This mode consisted of two events: 100m dash and 110m hurdles.

In the tournament, there were six opponents: Turtle, Bear, Horse, Rabbit, Bobcat, and Cheetah. All the opponents were a cinch to beat in the 100m dash.  None of them were any match against my 6.3 second time.  Not even Cheetah, who clocked in at 10 seconds.  The hurdles were the challenging part.

In a Michael Phelps victory, I beat Cheetah in the 110 hurdles.  His time was 13.90 seconds.  My time was 13.84 seconds.  I beat him by 0.06 seconds and got the gold trophy.  What an epic victory.

For the next leg of my journey, I put in Super Mario Bros. 3.  For this game, I took the fast track and got all three warp whistles: the first two in Grass Land and the third one in Desert Land.  With the whistles, I warped to Dark Land.  Using the limited resources I had, I got past all the levels and beat Bowser.

I then played a second game.  This time, I played the whole way through, with 28 P-Wings at my disposal.  Using them and collecting other resources along the way, they were more than enough for me to complete the game for a second time.  Quite the classic and still fun to play.

My last part of my journey brings me to Wizards & Warriors III – Kuros: Visions of Power.  This was a game that I took from my friend, since he didn’t want it anymore.  Frustrated, he threw the game in the dew saturated grass, saying that he didn’t want to play it anymore.  Since then, the game has been mine and I began my journey through the city of Piedup.

Having played through the whole game, I lost to the final boss.   I had to start all over from the beginning.   Determined to beat the game (as I had before in the past), I played through again and got to the final boss.  It was an epic battle.  I was on my last life and had only one unit of life left in my life bar.  One hit away from death.

Nonetheless, I hacked away at the last few units of Malkil’s life bar with my level 3 knight.  Suddenly, he died and I won.  Definitely one of the most epic battles I’ve had in gaming.

Thus ends my journey through the video games of yesteryear.  For those of you that missed out (all you younger people out there), some of those games can be bought for the Virtual Console on the Wii.  Play them, and enjoy all the classics that you missed.  Granted they’re not 3D, but are foundational in the games of the later generations.

Having finished this journey, I can say that it was an exciting one and I know one thing for certain. It definitely will not be the last one.

Wild Card Friday – The State of the “Big Three” is Looking Good….

I’ll say it again.  The state of the “Big Three” is looking good….for Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft, that is!  What did you think I was talking about?  Automobiles?

Shuffling through the Wild Card Friday deck, I have decided to talk about E3 this week. Yes, E3.  The video gaming mecca that developers, the press, and hard core gamers make their annual pilgrimage to.  Right in sunny LA.

I could ramble on about the conference itself, but let’s get down to business about the star attraction of E3: the games. Having the chance to look through some of the games, I was impressed.  2010 is going to be an exciting year for gaming.

Buy why wait until 2010?  Some awesome games are on the horizon and are slated for release in late 2009.  What are these awesome games?  Where do I begin?

Going by console, we’ll start with Sony. Sony has a promising and exciting lineup of games.  First of all, Katamari Forever is on its way, and will be rolling to the PlayStation 3 this fall.  The Japanese release, Katamari Damacy Tribute will release next month in July.  Next, for all you RPG fans out there, Final Fantasy XIII will be released in spring 2010 (Winter 2009 for the Japanese).   And we’re not finished yet.  Hideo Kojima has began development on a new Metal Gear Solid game.  Metal Gear Solid: Rising is in the works, so we won’t be seeing a release date anytime soon.  All I know is that Raiden will be the main character, and will probably focus on his storyline.

In the Nintendo realm,  Mario has not been taking any vacation.  In fact, he’s been busier than ever with the slew of Mario games he’s been working on.   The first one is New Super Mario Bros. Wii.  This game sounds a lot like its DS predecessor, but it’s a little different.  You and three others can play online as Mario, Luigi, and two different colored Toads.  I don’t know if there are other characters, but that’s what I saw in the video.  In addition to that, there are new power-ups, and you can pick up a character and throw them.  New Super Mario Bros. Wii will be released this holiday 2009.  Now this is only one Mario game.

The next one is Super Mario Galaxy 2.  Mario is back with more challenging levels.  But he’s not alone, as Mario will be able to ride Yoshi this time.  Bee Mario makes a run, along with some power-ups for Yoshi!  This is an exciting game, and it is slated to be released in 2010.

There is also another RPG planned for to be released on the DS called Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story.  All I know about this one is that Mario and Luigi will be inside Bowser’s body.  This one will be released on October 1, 2009.

I don’t have anything for Microsoft, as I don’t care much for their console brand, and I don’t own an Xbox 360 myself.  If you feel that this console should be covered, you can provide the upcoming news for any Xbox 360 game that will be coming out in the future (Most likely another Halo game.  As if that franchise doesn’t have enough hype already.)

All in all,  2010 looks like an awesome year for gaming, and that season will be starting as early as this fall.  E3 did not disappoint this year, and I’m so glad they didn’t. Thank you E3, and I look forward to a fresh new gaming season this fall.