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What I got for Christmas

I just realized that I haven’t posted about any of the Christmas presents I received from my wonderful wife, Rachel. Here’s what I got:

  • Nintendo DS Mario Kart bundle, with red DS
  • “Podcasting Hacks” book
  • “Digital Video Production Cookbook” book

How did she know what I wanted? They were all on my Froogle Wish List. :-)

The day after Christmas, we braved the mall (stupid!), and I picked up Nintendogs (Lab), Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, and Final Fantasy IV Advance. So you can imagine what I was doing while we were at my in-laws last week. :-)

I’ll be posting detailed reviews in the future, and talking about the stuff in the podcast. Maybe even do some video reviews. So far, I’ve been playing Castlevania the most. It’s a great game, and I’ve been a Castlevania fan since the very first one, playing all but a couple of them (the GBA ones, mostly).

Nintendogs is cool – I have a little lab puppy named Malcolm. Emma loves it, and it’s very cool to show off to the cousins/grandparents. When Emma gets a little older, I’m sure she’ll want one of her own. Cheaper and cleaner than a real puppy!

Mario Kart is fun, but I’m kind of sick of racing games. Once our broadband gets set up at home, and I have a reliable wireless connection, I’ll try out the internet racing aspect, which is what most people seem to like the most about it. The Mission Mode is pretty entertaining, though.

FFIV Advance is a remake/port of Final Fantasy II for the SNES, which is one of my all time favorite games. I’ve been playing through it, and the nostalgia factor is very high. Goes to show that you don’t need cutting edge graphics power when you’ve got awesome music and a powerful, well-written story. Still one of my favorite games.

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2 thoughts on “What I got for Christmas

  1. Wow Josh, sounds like we had similar Christmas experiences. My wife Carmen got me Mario Kart DS and a Sony PSP. I’ve been having a blast playing Mario Kart, and even did a couple of internet plays which seemed very responsive and zippy. I kind of like racing games (emphasis on games, I find racing simulators to be kind of boring) so I picked up Wipeout Pure for the PSP which is much prettier but not as much fun as Mario Kart. I also picked up a 1GB Memory Stick for the PSP so I could experiment with using the PSP for podcasting and video. I’ll be doing more with that later. The other present of note was a cheap car stereo which has the odd feature of having a USB plug for little flash drives. It will play WMA and MP3 files on ’em, and doesn’t skip even when I take my 4WD offroad. :-)

    I should do some reviews of these on my blogs sometime soon. Looking forward to reading your blog in the new year!

  2. Nice! :-)

    If you like racing games, you should definitely check out Burnout Legends for PSP (the DS version stinks). Burnout 3 is one of my favorite games on the Xbox – car crashin’, great sense of speed, etc., and Legends on the PSP captures the feeling perfectly. Can’t help but have a big dumb grin on your face while playing. :-)

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