Because we crumple like middle schoolers under peer pressure, we're jumping right on your topic ideas from last week's Phone it In Friday. We won't be able to meet all your requests (Seriously, Tam? Stop making Harry Potter references? Were you drunk when you suggested that?), we've got loads of good stuff lined up over the next few months, starting with product reviews. (One of Tam's many good ideas.)
I opened up Mario Kart for the first time on Friday night and after playing for about 30 straight hours, this is how it looked (There's a lot of laughing in this video because Scout started chewing the tripod which messed up the sound which caused Amy to dart into the room and start making erratic hand gestures at Scout to stop the gnawing.):
Nostalgia: Three stars! I didn't play this game much growing up because I'm an old lady and it was regular NES with Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt when I was a kid. But I do remember it a little from college.
Fun: Five stars! There are about fifty-eleven different boards you can play on three different difficulty settings, plus it's one of the Wii games you can play against your other Wii-owning friends.
Graphics: Five stars! Seriously, for the past two nights, I've gone to sleep dodging Bowser and turtle shells and banana peels while giant flowers and waterfalls and statues of Princess Peach whizz past.
Ease of play: Three stars! The Wii controller is a lot harder to get a handle on than the more classic Nintendo controllers for Mario Kart. The Wii steering wheel doesn't really add much to the experience (although Amy would wildly disagree with me here).
Chance you will skive off work to play this game: Very good.
Recommended: Yes, absolutely. Then we can play together.
Edited to add:
Swear-inducing: 4 stars!