So Rovio, you finally got off the Angry Birds fixation and decided to release a different game for once? Will Amazing Alex reach the same level of popularity of their previous blockbuster hit? Well, those crazy Angry Birds fans will jump all over this, but will the average mobile gamer fan buy this? Watch the video review below by TouchArcade and you’ll see it’s a fun game, but essentially it’s a clone of Incredible Machines, Casey’s Contraptions, et al. It doesn’t have the same addictive feel as Angry Birds. I do see the fun in it, and Rovio does perfect the physics/contraptions genre, and it does gets very challenging at the higher levels, but I’m left with a meh. I’ll pass till it drops from $0.99 to free in a few months.

Come on, Rovio, gimme something more creative! What are you doing with all the millions you got from the Angry Birds franchise?!?

Mario Tennis Open for the Nintendo 3DS came out May 20th, but have you seen the best feature of the game yet? You can play the original Super Mario Bros by hitting a tennis ball against a wall. Yes, sounds weird until you finally see it in the video below. It’s nostalgic! It’s strange! But it’s fun!

The ball acts like it’s Mario, breaking blocks, picking up power-ups, and smashing enemies. If you hit a mushroom and your tennis ball becomes “super” and gets the ability to break blocks. The Super Mario Tennis feature is one of four “special games” included in the game.

For the first time in the Mario Tennis series history, this version offers full online multiplayer – both singles and doubles. It also has local wireless multiplayer, and these features will gives the game continuous life, even if this simple packaged pick-up-and-play game is not deep in terms of gameplay.

So, is Angry Birds Space the same old thing? Thankfully no; it actually introduces some new mechanics of weightlessness / gravity into the play control, giving it a fresh new feel. The graphics have been improved, and the level designs are fun and interesting. The same addictive gameplay that everyone enjoys is back. Some say that this is the most entertaining of all the Angry Birds games!

Is it worth getting? Watch IGN’s review below and decide for yourself.

The iPhone version is $0.99, while iPad’s HD version is $2.99. Android’s is $0.99. PC fans can get a free, ad-supported version, or ad-free version for $5.95, Mac users are $4.99.

This video review by IGN shows some of the beautiful graphics of AB:Space.

That’s a lot of Angry Birds!

Thanks to Earth Station One for the post.

Scroll down for the amazing Augmented Reality!!

As you know, I blogged about a hard-to-resist Deal of the Day for the Nintendo 3DS. Sorry wifey, I gave in. And boy, for $100, this is a great value! Bought two games that came to $80, Super Mario Land 3D and Kid Icarus: Uprising. Now here are some thoughts on the system.

  • The 3D is amazing!  (depending on the game of course). The included games within the 3DS (wait till you try AR Games!) really take advantage of it, and so do both Super Mario Land 3D and Kid Icarus. And remember, if the 3D effects are a little too much, it can be easily turned down or even off.
  • There’s a LOT of preloaded software this time! You can make and play music, take 3D pictures and 3D video (REALLY!), and edit them. You can even play Augmented Reality (AR) mini-games using the six packed-in AR cards. These AR games really show off the 3D effects well! You won’t believe your eyes when you first try them!
  • The device includes an accelerometer and gyroscope, for more modern motion-sensitive game control without additional peripherals. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time uses the motion-sensing hardware very well!
  • It comes included with a 2gb SD card! And of course the AC adapter, which you can use while playing if you play for more than 3 hours straight (cuz you know, the battery dies after just 3hrs). Oh, and it’s already charged up for you the first time right out of the box!

I can understand the criticism the 3DS got when it first came out ($250 price tag, low battery life, very few games). Well, this is the best time now as there are many great games out and for $100* for what you get, this is the deal of the year! *limited time only

What games, you say? See further below.

Must-get games that are currently out on the platform: Super Mario Land 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Super Mario Kart 7, Super Street Fighter IV 3D, Nintendogs + Cats, Pilotwings Resort, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Rayman 3D, Super Monkey Ball 3D, Samurai Warriors Chronicles,  Ridge Racer 3D, Ghost Recon Shadow Wars, Star Fox 3D, and soon to be out Professor Layton: Mask of Miracle.

I am very tempted on this Deal of the Day!! CDN$99.99 for the Nintendo 3DS, for the portable system! First, you buy the 3DS at Walmart for CDN$119.00 (online/in-store), then, at Nintendo’s website, you print & mail in the receipt to get $20.00 back from Nintendo! (Print the Mail-In Rebate here).

Some say the Walmart price is a temporary sale (I went over to EB Games who’s still selling it at $169). Also, the $20 cash back is only good till April 16, 2012 (don’t lose the Walmart receipt!). So you snooze you lose!!

By the way, for $0.97 more if you order online at Walmart.ca, you can get it shipped to your home!!

So what do you think? Should you go and buy it?? Deal of the WEEK!

There are 4 colours at Walmart.ca - Blue, Black, Pink, Red

You know, when the 3DS first came out only 1 year ago in March 2011, the price was $250!!! Then the deep price cut came in July 2011 to $169, and now $119! That’s a 48% price drop in 12 months!!! (that kind of drop in that short of time may be a record for such a highly touted game system)

Why get it now: It’s OMG cheap!! You may have to wait another two years for the next 2nd-gen 3DS to drop this low in price. The 3D effects are amazing, and you don’t need to wear stupid glasses!

Why wait: The 2nd generation 3DS is just around the corner. Rumours say it’s going to include longer battery life (1st-gen is only THREE hours per charge!), and a built-in 2nd analog stick (the current add-on 2nd analog stick is fugly, and $20 extra, unless you buy the combo game pack).

edit: I had to get it, especially for only $100, read my review here.

edit#2: Sale is OVER! Price back up to $169. That was quick!! You snoozy you losey!