Sack BoySunny days! Oh those sunny, sunny days,

Ain’t nothing better in the world you know, than lying in the sun with your Nintendo…

Well, maybe you ought to keep it in the shade 🙂

It’s a hot summer Sunday afternoon here in Vancouver. So the good Doctor thought now would be a perfect time to catch up on the video game news with another edition of ‘Power Up!’.

It’s hard to believe that the Sony Playstation 3 title Little Big Planet has been out for not quite a year. This highly creative, imaginative, award winning platform style game just passed a major milestone – one milllion user created levels! To mark the occasion, Sony Computer Entertainment released a video that showcases a range of levels crafted by talented players:

What surprises me is that there are so many people out there who own a Playstation 3! One of the original comments about Little Big Planet was that it seemed the sort of title you might find for the Nintendo Wii.

Speaking of Nintendo, they announced some very interesting titles at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) last month. New games are coming out that make use of the Wii balance board. There are approximately six million boards currently in North American homes thanks to sales of Wii Fit. If you’re a fan of Sega’s Super Monkey Ball, then prepare to be challenged by Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll, coming out in 2010. The game play is controlled by using the balance board.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 for the Wii was introduced, featuring Mario, Yoshi, and all the characters we know from the Mushroom Kingdom. It astounds me that I’ve known Mario now for…28 years! I’ll never forget that first fateful meeting beside the butcher counter of the local corner grocery store at  the Cadboro Bay shopping village in Victoria back in 1981. If I only knew then how my infatuation with Donkey Kong would lead to getting involved in the video game business…

And finally, a game for everyone’s inner pirate to roam the seas and plunder the islands for treasure and glory! Telltale Games is unleashing new episodes of the classic adventure comedy Monkey Island for the PC and the Wii. It’s fair to say that this series, originally created by Lucas Arts in the 1990’s, is renowned for its clever use of comedy and all things piratical. In this installment, Tales of Monkey Island, our swashbuckling, wet behind the ears hero Guybrush Threepwood and the love of his life Governor Elaine Marley confront the maggoty, treacherous, overly ripe zombie ghost pirate Le Chuck.

Adventure, gold, romance, and monkeys! Arghhhhhh! Tis’  the pirates’ life for me!

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