I had the honor and pleasure of attending the wedding of my friends Zach and Melody. It was down in southern Indiana, right along the Ohio River in Leavenworth. It was a lovely outdoor ceremony. The weather was perfect and everything was just beautiful. See more pictures here.
At the continued encouragement of xnolenx and Tod at the office, I bought a Nintendo DS. They had each gotten one a couple months ago and have been encouraging me to get one also so I could join them in multiplayer games. I finally just went out and did it. With no Bemani or other music/rhythm games, it's a bit of a departure for my gaming habits as of late. However, I picked up Brain Age and Tetris and have been enjoying them very much.
I'm pretty impressed with the DS in general. Multiplayer is great fun, and the fact that only one cartridge is require most of the time leads me to believe they're more consumer fun focused than profit focused. Even online play is free. It certainly has me hooked in a way nothing in gaming other than Bemani has been able to do for the past few years. They must be doing something right!
I applaud Nintendo for promoting unique and different gaming experiences in a world full of "me too" and "more of the same." PS3 and Xbox360 each just strike me as "the next thing." But my impression of Wii is that they're trying to do something different, someting innovative, something new. I think the same goes for the DS. It seems to be a part of the Nintendo legacy, and I appreciate it. Look at the games I enjoy the most. I don't care about the fanciest graphics. I just want a fun and entertaining experience. I think Nintendo understands my type of gamer more than the others. I don't think I'm alone. I think they stand the best chance of reaching the people who are looking for some fun that wouldn't consider themselves to be "gamers." I sincerely hope they can continue to be successful in doing so.
Yes, that is SuperNOVA running on my DDR machine. However, it's the PS2 version. Of course one could argue that the arcade version is a PS2 version, too! ;)
At any rate, I'm having fun with it. It's not the real arcade version, but I at least get to play it on a real arcade stage. I still enjoy DDR...just the content had gotten pretty stale. It's nice to have some new material to play with in a game environment that I still like. Extreme has grown extremely long in the tooth, and there isn't a SuperNOVA machine within an hour of me.