Talking Point: At E3 Nintendo showed up off new footage of Mario Galaxy (watch it here). Everyone remain calm, but Mario now has a bee suit.
Jeff: This, along with the discovery of agriculture and the initial reveal of the Wii, is one of the great milestones in human history.
Jeff: The game requires you to control Mario with the nunchuck while you point at things with the remote. It's hard to imagine how it's going to work, but I'm excited to look stupid trying.
Andrew: Plus you're upside down half the time and have to contend with gravity that changes and stars shooting at you from all directions. If Paper Mario is for people on acid, what is this?
Jeff: In his presentation, Nintedo president Reggie Fils-Aime commented that , "In many ways, this is the true follow up to Super Mario 64." If you were defending Mario Sunshine, you are now officially alone.
Andrew: They're definitely trying to make up for that one, and I want to play this more than I ever did Mario 64. Also, Mario can turn into a Boo that looks like Slimer from Ghostbusters.
Jeff: AHHHHHHHHH! In a year with a new Half-Life, Halo, Grand Theft Auto, Metroid, Tekken, Metal Gear, Guitar Hero, a full-band Guitar Hero spin-off, Smash Brothers, Contra, and who know what else, Mario Galaxy is still the game I'm most excited about. Though Harmonix announced Rock Band will offer full albums including The Who's Who's Next, so it's close.
Andrew: All we see these days are theatrical trailers for games. Mario Galaxy really stands out as something you know will be good just by looking at it. And as a sequel it is a huge departure from traditional game play.
Jeff: I just want to take a bath in that trailer. Is that strange?
Andrew: Can I join you in a bee suit?
Jeff: Now that's strange.
Jeff: No. It still costs 2 Wii's, and there still aren't any compelling games. Nothing personal, guys who developed NHL '08.
Jeff: The Playstation 3 is bleeding exclusive titles. Grand Theft Auto IV, Assasin's Creed, Devil May Cry IV, and Beautiful Katamari were at one time all PS3 only. Now they're multi-platform releases, or not coming to PS3 at all. Sony's really messed up when a Japanese ball of crazy like the Katmari Damacy franchise goes to an American console.
Andrew: It's kind of amazing how bad of a company Sony is. How does someone with such a long history of spectacular failures stay in business anyway? Unless you have a thing for Blu-Ray, there are three remaining reasons to buy a Playstation 3 Metal Gear Solid 4, Final Fantasy XIII, and because it will probably be funny in five years like Saturn is now.
Jeff: I write a weekly video game column, but Final Fantasy games are for a different class of nerd. Arguably Metal Gear, too.
Andrew: This $100 off will keep the PS3 limping along until the next generation.
Jeff: It's not like it's some bargain now, you're still talking about a $500 system that's tanking, badly. This is desperate. After two games and a second controller, you're still way over $600. And for what? Ratchet & Clank? Blu-ray DVDs of Mark Wahlberg's Shooter?
Andrew: According to estimates from Next-Gen.biz, Sony was losing $250 per PS3 before the price drop.
Jeff: It's remarkable that they have a machine with $850 worth of electronics inside, and I still don't want one. I still haven't seen a working Playstation 3 with my own two eyes. I remain skeptical they exist.
Andrew: I saw one once, it was very shiny and had two on/off switches.
Jeff: Buy me BoneStorm or go to hell!
Jeff: The ratings system is obviously broken. Shouldn't there be a way for violent games to reach those mature enough to enjoy them and kids sneaky enough to trick their parents?
Andrew: I like how the rating system works, M is for 17+ and AO is for 18+. I guess you're not allowed to virtually hit someone in the face with an ax until you can vote too.
Jeff: The Florida Attorney General called Manhunt 2 a "teen murder simulator."
Andrew: That's ridiculous. Wii Sports doesn't make you a tennis pro.
Jeff: Teen Murder Simulator is going to be the name of my hardcore band's first album. One thing that's getting lost in the mix is that the first Manhunt was, to be generous, a 6 out of 10. It was needlessly difficult and once you saw the canned murder animations, there wasn't much reason to keep coming back.
Andrew: Yeah, Manhunt was really just an exercise in gross-out visuals, and everyone got sued for it. It kind of boggles the mind that they decided to do it again and now cry foul.
Jeff: I completely support Rockstar's right to make and sell Manhunt 2, I just wish I was rooting for a better game. Does anyone even want Manhunt 2, or is this an elaborate hype campaign for GTA IV?
Andrew: Showgirls was a bomb, but not because of the NC-17 rating. Let me know if GTA IV is banned.