Mario Strikers Charged!

I picked up Mario Strikers Charged today. I think it’s the first Wii game I’ve bought for myself since launch day. (RAYMAN RAVING RABBIDS and SSX were both gifts.) And I noticed something:

I once played sports in school. I hated practice with a passion. I just wanted to play.

Now that I’m in my thirties, I can’t wait to enter the practice mode of MSC to learn how the heck I’m supposed to use all these controls. I think there’s one button between the Wiimote and the nunchuk that doesn’t get used. (That’s the “2″ button on the Wiimote. “1″ is pause, as I recall.)

Yes, I even read the instructions now. My mother, at last, will be so proud. How many of our mothers would look over our shoulders when we were playing a video game growing up and ask, “What’s that?” “I dunno, Mom. You just need to pick it up.” “Didn’t you read the manual?”

I just pray I have the coordination left to figure out how to use my left thumb to move the character, my left index finger to make a lob pass, and my right index finger (I think) to indicate a pass to begin with. ALL AT THE SAME TIME!

Man, I thought the original version of this game was exercise for my fingers. . . .


6 Responses to “Mario Strikers Charged!”

  1. Chris Hunter
    28. August 2007 at 19:40


    You old fart!

    When I go play games with peoplenow, which isn’t all that often, I MAKE them take me to the practice part of the game!

    Feeling old here…

  2. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    28. August 2007 at 21:20

    You NEED the practice now, though. It’s not like games of old where there were two buttons and a joystick or crosspad. It’s all too complicated NOT to practice.

    I miss Pong. And Burger Time.

  3. Phil Foxx
    28. August 2007 at 22:51

    Heh. I was just thinking about Burger Time the other day.

    On the subject of video games, have you listened to Wil Wheaton’s keynote address from the Penny Arcade Expo? has the download link in Monday’s blog entry. Very NSFW language, but I can’t help but see my younger self in Wil’s stories about growing up as a gamer.

  4. Inhumans99
    29. August 2007 at 11:27

    The best edition of Burger Time was the Intellivision version, even better than the arcade. I spent a ridiculous amount of time playing Burger Time on the Intellivision system, that and the Dungeons and Dragons game…so much fun.

  5. Jeff
    29. August 2007 at 12:29

    First game since launch day? Wha???? No Twilight Princess?

  6. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    31. August 2007 at 21:29

    Jeff – Nope. I’m not into those long adventure games at this point. I was happy with Wii Sports at the start. My only mistake was in buying the ultimately disappointing Monkeyball game. UGH

    Inhumans — The Intellivision version of Burger Time is the ONLY version of BT worth playing. Everything else is a cheap knockoff.

    Phil – I’ve heard good things about that keynote. Thanks for reminding me that I need to listen to it. . .