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Monday, January 08, 2007

New Review XII

While there hasn't been much in the way of new posts here, there is a new review up on Final Fantasy XII.

Is it any good? Will it change your mind on the series? Take a look and find out.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy Belated Holidays

Wow been awhile anyhoo I hope everyone had a good holiday I spent most of mine setting up a new blog for 451 press. It's called Wii Rally and can be found at it's all about the Nintendo Wii. I don't kow when I'll be able to post on here again 451 keeps me pretty busy but we shall see.


Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Starry Starry Night

Last night during Monday Night Football was the debut of the brand new 60 second Halo 3 commercial. If you haven't seen it yet here it is.

I have read a couple of mixed reviews of the commercial so I thought that I would throw in my two cents.

As for the kids at the begging I get the point but for Halo it was really unnecessary they could have just shown the Halo 3 logo for 25 seconds and it probably would have garnered more of a response. Dramatic and action packed (well at least at the end) we also got our first glimpse at a new type of grenade the "Shield Grenade" and a new Convanent race. All in all the ad was successful in fact not a single member of my Halo2 community could log on to to register for the public beta because there was so much traffic. In conclusion I must say that I like this game ad more than that stupid "Mad World" Gears of War commercial that has been playing round the clock. To reiterate a previous comment "DAMN YOU CLIFFY B!!!!!"

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

FtBU Chats with NoC MM Farjad Iravani (UPDATE)

At a recent press event on Toronto I was able to sit down for a few minutes with Nintendo of Canada’s marketing manager Farjad Iravani to talk about Nintendo and their new console and how they think the Wii will be received by Canadians.

From the Bottom Up: How does Nintendo plan to build a community online?

Farjad Iravani: Well gamers can head over to and take advantage of our forums or sign up for news updates via email. The Wii’s virtual console will also allow messaging between virtual console owners. We are currently in the early stages of our online plan so do not have anything definite but there is the potential for growth a little further down the road.

FtBU: Friend codes or friends list what direction do you see Nintendo heading in?

FI: We are doing some things but I don’t want to speculate on specifics.

FtBU: Fair enough. The Nintendo Wii and WiiConnect24 will require users to provide personal information in order to use some aspects of the service. What is Nintendo doing to protect the personal information of their customers?

FI: We are taking “every step possible to obviously make sure when you purchase anything on the virtual console’s shopping channel your information is kept private” You can read more about privacy rules in the Wii manual or on the system itself. In term of games or your information that sits on the system we are taking precautions that for example when you send your unit back to Nintendo for replacement or maintenance we are taking special precautions so that A you get the games you have paid for and B that any information you provided on the system isn’t just sitting in a landfill somewhere.

FtBU: What kind of functionality can we see between the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo DS?

FI: They are capable of communicating with each other wirelessly but at this stage there are no plans for such functionality.

FtBU: Nintendo previously said that all virtual console game would be playable with the GameCube controller but now according to the Wii’s operation manual that is not the case and people will need to buy the “Classic Controller” to play some virtual console games. Care to comment?

FI: Well it’s kind of complex and what controller you use will depend on the game some games will use the GameCube controller others will use the Classic controller while some will use the Wii controller but it will be made clear when you purchase a game which controller it will require.

FtBU: Any idea of future Wii peripherals similar to Ubisoft’s steering wheel?

We are very focused on the launch at the moment and we have no plans for peripherals over and above what has already been announced. Things are wide open we have licensing agreement with companies like Ubisoft to develop 3rd party peripherals like their steering wheel.

FtBU: There are rumours of a second version of the Wii coming out in late 2007 which will allow DVD playback?

There will be a Wii option released in the 2nd half of 2007 that will be DVD capable it will be a second model in addition to the classic “Canadians” will have a chance at that point to buy the current model or the model that supports DVDs there will be a price difference but it will be available in the 2nd half of 2007.

FtBU: Do you think that Nintendo should focus on DVD playback or continue to focus on providing good gameplay experiences?

FI: We believe that for gaming to be successful that gaming quotient has to be great fun and people will play it. We do realise that some portion of Canadians that want to play the system and have the DVD functionality and that option will be available for them but we wouldn’t want to make everyone buy a DVD player. I would also like to point out that it will be a standard DVD player not the HD or BluRay standard.

FtBU: How do you see the Nintendo Wii competing in Canada against the other consoles that have come on the market specifically the PS3 and Xbox360?

FI: I think we will get a much wider acceptance with the Wii it has something for everyone whether you’re a hardcore experienced gamer you can spend days lost in Zelda or you could be the five year old that plays tennis all day. I think it does appeal to a much much bigger market and the numbers will be much more available and it will be in many many more homes this holiday season.

Well there you have it the future of the Wii in Canada. Thanks to Mr. Iravani for talking to us and Cohn and Wolfe for setting up the interview.

UPDATE: found link to press release from Sonic Solutions regarding Wii DVD playback

Buyer Beware

I was recently referred to a website by a reader. He said "If anyone is in need of Wii before the holidays, The GoodyMart has a few left." So I went to Goody Mart to check it out and was absolutely shocked at what I found.

Stay away from this website these List prices are very wrong and you should never pay more than 300 $$ for a Nintendo Wii.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Best of FtBU

For those of you who are new readers (in gaming we call you noobs) I thought I might do a little best of From the Bottom Up. Here are a few of my favorite posts.

and the infamous 4 part series

Why IGN Sucks posted 08/16/2006
Enjoy the rehash and if you like anything at all bookmark us or why not subscribe? Till next time happy gaming and reading.

!WARNING! Do Not Take Your Better Half Game Hunting!

Well the consumerist season is upon us. People spend more money between now and Christmas than they do the rest of the year but you already knew that.

Of course what every gamer wants for Christmas is one of the latest consoles be it a Wii, PS3, 360 or even one of the handhelds like the Nintendo DS or PSP. There is a slight problem with this list of gaming jewels, two members are extremely hard to come by at the moment.

My best friend Brad was out "Wii Hunting" on Saturday, running around all over town checking store after store looking for a console by the time he met up with me it was about 3:30 PM. He told me he had been looking all day with no luck. I then looked past him at his fiance who stood there with her arms crossed looking tired and none too happy with my buddy.

You see Brad made a crucial mistake that most gamers make. When women go shoe shopping they often go to many different stores these stores however are often IN THE SAME MALL. Game stores however are often limited to one, two if it's a big mall. So game hunting often requires a lot of driving and disappointment.

I can't see why any women would want to participate in a hunt for a product that will most likely be used by the dominant gamer in the house. So whether it's for a rare game or one of the hard to find consoles you are better off taking along your video game obsessed journalist friend than the women who can banish you to the couch.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

FtBU Preview Rainbow Six: Vegas

I recently had a chance to try out the next iteration of the Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six series at the Best Buy Games Summit in Toronto.

Take the crazy shooting of KillSwitch mix it with the gameplay of Battlefield 2 and throw in a bunch of squad based tactics and you'll come pretty close to the Rainbow Six: Vegas formula. Although my time was limited and I had only played one Rainbow Six game before, it looked visually impressive on the Xbox 360 so I decided to try it out and was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to just pick up and play and be a somewhat effective squad leader. I was most impressed by the cover system working in conjunction with the always great UbiSoft camera system. Progressing forward and then diving for cover never looked so natural. It was also responsive and allowed for really sneaky or run and gun play. However if you take a run at it and ignore the cover completely you'll be quickly met with an early demise. The AI is sharp and I mean like broken glass sharp. They'll pick your squad moving under cover from over 100 yards away and open fire when the time is just right.

I have high hopes for this game. The appeal is great and almost every FPS fan will find something they like about this one Rainbow Six: Vegas hits store shelves on November 22nd

You can get more info at

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

FtBU's first STAR!!!

I'm going to embarrass Brill for a moment I'd like to congratulate him on his recent publishing. Brill wrote a review of Mortal Kombat Armageddon which has been posted on you can view it at