Here’s what Kevin calls “One Minute of Awesome, vol. 1.” I assume that means there’ll be more. Catch Bonzuko’s own Jenn in the first couple seconds. http://www.youtube.com/user/KeitoshiCasey#p/a/u/0/76YyqFEF7Tc
Don’t I ever stop? Well, no, not really. Here, lovely lurkers: look at these two videos in a row and
realize the awesomeness that is Bonzuko stage combat training! Yeah! ~Jenn
Hm. What do you think of this? –> http://io9.com/5414133/omfg-theyve-made-real-lightsabers-kinda ~Jenn
I’ve posted info about upcoming action flick The King of Fighters before. What I found interesting then was Ray Park’s interview, wherein he cited loving being a stuntman but wanted to be the actor with the face, and also do the stunt parts too. I also liked how he described himself as the go-to guy for fights but not for jumping off of buildings and crashing cars and that sort of thing. That’s exactly the sort of action performer I consider myself to be, so it was cool to hear someone, well, more famous than myself talking the same way, also about being a geeky fan, just now on the other side of the comicon table. BUT:
…now that I’ve seen this trailer, I’m thinking, hm, well…okay, go ahead and click the link above and watch it, then come back here and add your two cents’ worth.
Done? Okay, here’s my opinion based on this trailer. <*bigyawn*lookslikea2Dfightingvideogameandnotaveryexcitingoneatthat>
Do you agree? Do any of these fights excite you, lovely lurkers? Why? (Trying to get you to un-lurk and speak up today. Have fun!) ~Jenn
From Season One of amusing TV show How I Met Your Mother. In this fight clip, Marshall has just taken the precious swords down from the wall, and he and roomate Ted argue over who gets the apartment when Marshall gets married. I chose this because it’s a swordfight, but in a modern context, which is unusual unless we’re talking Highlander. Also, I think it’s cute that they both keep stopping and marveling how fun it is to be fighting like this! ~Jenn
Team Bonzuko finished playing Mini Ninjas a while ago, but haven’t gotten around to posting our sage opinions on it till now.
In general, Mini Ninjas is a lovely game, with a simple yet pleasing plot, and user-friendly gameplay. I had read a while back that it’s designed mainly as a children’s game, and it’s apparent. But the things that make it kid-friendly are precisely the things that make it a good game for anyone to play. Here are a few reasons why:
- the cartoon-like art. The characters and sweeping landscapes of different climates are gorgeous–definitely the sort of environment that allows for pausing and enjoying the scenery.
- the exciting parts. A few white-water ninja-hat-rafting events, a treacherous ninja-hat-sledding bit, the searches for the secret shrines, having to figure out how to defeat the big bosses…all of these are just difficult enough that you get satisfaction from victory, not so hard that it’s frustrating, nor so easy that it’s not an enjoyable brain tease.
- the cute humor. One of the bosses is a giant samurai that sends deadly farts your way–you have to dodge his gas bombs as you figure out how to defeat him. The many cute animals throughout are delightful, and the sparse dialogue often gives a smile.
- the combat. This is the big one for us. Sure, you have a sword as main character Hiro (and other weapons as the others, like a hammer, a flute, and a bow-and-arrow), and you do have to hack and slash your way through hordes of tiny samurai, but! you’re not killing them. Nope, you’re freeing woodland creatures from an evil spell. Every time you defeat a samurai, they disappear with a popping sound and become the animal they used to be. This nonviolent approach is revolutionary–you don’t miss out on any of the sweet ninja fight action, but you’re not slaughtering either.
The thing about Mini Ninjas is that it’s got all kinds of real ninja lore as well as action: from tengu mentors to basket-headed priests to walking on strings of red lanterns for sneaking up on enemies, to big bosses that are embodiments of elements. We aren’t sure if anyone who doesn’t know a lot about ninja legends and mythology would dig it as much as we do, so if any of you lovely lurkers fall into that category and play it, let us know what you think.
Team Bonzuko played this game on the Xbox 360, but it’s available on PC and Wii as well.
The Bottom Line: Mini Ninjas (on PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii): **** out of *****
Thanks to stellar blog i09 for alerting us to the upcoming sword-and-sorcery flick Season of the Witch. Looks like some good old-fashioned gettin’-medieval-on-ya. Looks like some spooky horror action a-la the best parts of Name of the Rose (remember that one?). The broadsword fights I could glimpse look exciting, if a bit edited, but I’ll reserve judgment till I see em. ~Jenn