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Re-Wii-Inventing the wheel

 by Robert Rios III

When we last left our pal Mario, he was battling the wretched Bowser to save Princess Peach from certain doom, and while that much has remained constant for the better part of 30 years, get ready for a warp tube to the future.

Before I get into just what that means, let’s take a look at the games for the Wii console that took this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) by storm.


The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword a little bit Ocarina of time, a little bit Windwalker, in all new challenging ways to get your Link on. New intricate puzzles using the entire 360 degree environment will have your brain testing your Legendary Zelda skills. Just keep in mind precision is everything and your success depends on how well you wii-eld your sword and sling your bow and arrow. This is definitely the BEST Link adventure to date!

Wii Play: Motion Family fun is the target for this game which includes a more refined version of the standard Wii controller.

Kirby Wii while the last time I played Kirby was during the first gen Gameboy days, our favorite pudgy little pink ghost pal is back with a vengeance, in this full-fledged adventure. This time however, he’s not alone, with up to 4 players simultaneously playing.


Fortune Street. What happens when Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong and the entire Nintendo gang hit Vegas? Well since we can never tell, the closest we’ll get is right here on Fortune Street. It takes casino style video gaming with a twist of Monopoly and bit of Yugioh and Pokemon in for good measure, rolls the dice and mixes it up into this board game brought to life on screen.

Every few years, all major platform gaming systems tend to go through some kind of transformation, or upgrade, releasing new and innovative ways to play. The Wii brought us motion gaming, leaving Sony and Microsoft playing catch up with their eventual releases of PS Move and Kinect; now with the rising popularity of mobile phone and tablet device gaming, while some see Nintendo as struggling to keep up with their new non-console competition, they have yet to factor in two things, the sheer popularity and familiarity Nintendo’s loyal fans have to their classic titles, and two… Enter Wii-U due out next year.


Part console controller; part handheld device – total next generation of gaming technology in your hands. Just from the demo above, you can imagine the possibilities; and while some may compare this move to Sony’s latest upgrade to the PSP, the Vita. However, when you factor in the amount interactivity between the handheld unit and the console, Nintendo definitely has the 1-up.

Suffice to say 2012 will be a monumental year with the release of the Wii-U, and along with the rest of the exciting content Nintendo’s is releasing, maybe… Just maybe the Mayans meant the dawn of the new age to be the Age of Mario.

Events Director, Robert Rios III


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of
the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


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About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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