Yoshi is back, y'all! I was super excited to get to see Mario again during my hands-on time with Super Mario Galaxy 2 at yesterday's Nintendo Q1 media summit, but I have to tell you — I was even more excited to see Yoshi! The dynamic duo is back together in SMG2, and this time, Yoshi has to get acquainted with the gravitational pulls of space.
I got a few minutes with the game after the press conference, and although the controls are pretty much the same for Mario, you will need to incorporate the pointer to grapple items for Yoshi to eat. The game feels really familiar — but totally fresh — and comes with some new bosses and planets to explore, as well as new tools like the drill, which lets you tunnel your way through planets to get more prizes and pass certain obstacles. Yoshi's appetite will also have him eating some new plants and items that help him fly and move at hyper speed, among others.
Don't get me wrong — these levels may be fun, but some of them were pretty tough! I'm looking forward to the game when it hits stores in May, but until then, check out some screenshots and the official trailer when you read more
New to the game: more tools (including new modes to get through planets) and the return of Yoshi, who can fly when he holds his breath. There are no pricing details yet, but the game will be released on May 23. Check back soon for video and more news from the Nintendo Summit.
- New Wii Weights help you tone up faster while you game — Oh Gizmo!
- What's worse: LCDs or ereaders? — Gizmodo
- Get those Google Buzz privacy settings under control — Switched
- NBC has a whole lot of cable at the 2010 Olympics — Dvice
- The new Ford Edge goes geek — Crave
- Detect leaks before your gadgets are destroyed with this tool — Unplggd
- Canon introduces four new PowerShots just in time for Spring — Crave
- I'm drooling over these '60s style Star Wars travel posters — io9
- Is Facebook really trying to get into the email game? — Switched
- From Wiiitis to Wii fractures: a guide to Nintendoid medical conditions — Gizmodo
- The BirdBox Alarm Clock turns your iPhone into a working cuckoo clock — ChipChick
- A closer look at the Canon T2i DSLR — Dvice
Sometimes getting healthy can be a dangerous thing, even when playing a video game. Being sore after an intense round of Wii bowling isn't too unusual, but a young girl recently suffered a foot fracture while playing Wiii Fit. Yowza!
The 14-year-old girl fell off of the Wii balance board, probably while doing one of the yoga poses that requires a bit of balance from standing on one leg. If you're unfamiliar with the Wii balance board, it's an accessory you stand on like a skateboard that allows you to mimic real life balancing moves, twists, and turns. Besides Wii Fit, the balance board is also used in skateboarding, snowboarding, and rock climbing games.
This girl is definitely not alone. During an intense game of Wii Tennis, a friend of mine was hit with a Wiimote. The remote came flying out of her opponent's hand and hit her squarely on the jaw. I'm curious . . .
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- All the Apple Tablet rumors condensed into one handy guide — Gizmodo
- Could this be the Tablet OS in action? — Be Geek
- Netflix is finally coming to the Wii — Joystiq
- Firefly fans, rejoice! New Firefly anthology coming our way — Io9
- New Jawbone Icon headset leaked, looks pretty much the same — MobileCrunch
- AOL is laying off 1,400 employees, but hey, they get to keep their laptops and Blackberrys — Silicon Alley Insider
This side of my family isn't particularly into video games like the other side is (it obviously took them long enough to jump on the Wii bandwagon!), so I decided to start off simply, teaching them Wii Bowling. My grandmother has been bowling maybe twice in her entire life, but she knows how the game works. I figured it wouldn't be too hard to teach her the motions since it requires pushing only two buttons and a nice, easy arm movement. I was right! After a 30-second lesson, Grandma was bowling strike after strike, and finished with an impressive 153 — ahead of both me and my tech-savvy sister.
The rest of the family got in on the sports action, too, including my 3-year-old niece. While she didn't quite understand bowling (though it was easier once we let her stand on the couch to get a better view of the TV), she was a whiz kid at MarioKart, which is coincidentally one of our favorite games from growing up.
I'm not sure who I'd say learned how to play faster, though Grandma totally impressed us all with how quickly she picked it up . . . and now my niece won't put it down! I guess we know what everyone else in the family is getting next year.
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We can all use some quality time with our family this time of year, so bond over the heat of your gaming console, and one of these family friendly video games that will keep everyone entertained while the holiday feast is being prepared.