The Great 2011 Holiday Haul

I get my jollies from finding games marked down like this. I actually scored this one for $14
Before I begin, I must clarify that by “holiday” I am referring from the month period between mid-December and mid-January. Truth be told, there was only one game waiting for me under the tree Christmas morning (Mario Kart 7), but I did acquire quite a number of titles with Christmas/birthday money and the after holiday sales. But enough of that, on to the games!
That’s a lot of Wii games…

Amazingly enough, all of the games I purchased are not included in the above picture. Not pictured are Alice: Madness Returns, Shadows of the Damned, Rayman Origins (all three received from a sweet Twitter friend who works at EA Australia), Cursed Mountain (which I bought today), and Fatal Frame II, which is currently en route (an online order). Oh, and it’s also worth noting that Sakura Wars~So Long, My Love~ was also given to me by another awesome Twitter friend who happened to have an extra copy. I cannot wait to try it out!

Out of all my purchases, I’m most excited for Little King’s Story and The Legend of Starfy. I have been waiting to find a copy of Starfy new for $20 or less for ages now, and I got mine for $14! Oh, do I love a good deal. Little King’s Story is quite hard to find in Australia these days, and I scored it for $13 used at an EB Games, but since I traded in the copy of Mario Kart Wii I got with my Wii console (sad, I know, but I don’t think I’ll play it now that I have MK7. Anyone want an extra Wii wheel, feel free to ask in the comments), I got it for free!
Endless Ocean 2Cursed Mountain, and Rayman Origins are the only games I’ve played so far, and Rayman Origins is really the only one I’ve spent a significant amount of time with. I won’t go into too much detail, but as I mentioned in a previous post, it’s definitely one of my favorite games that came out in 2011!! As for Endless Ocean 2 and Cursed Mountain, I’ve only played about 1 hour of each, so I can’t really give my impressions of those yet. With Endless Ocean 2 I have to say I was a bit disappointed by the above water sequences, and some of the goofy tasks it has you do, like fend off sharks with a signature Wiimote waggle. The scuba diving (which is the meat of the game, of course) is great fun, though. Cursed Mountain has a really great atmosphere so far, and I’m really digging the icy mountain setting. I’m a chicken when it comes to horror games, though, so I don’t want to play it by myself, or in the dark! Way to ruin the mood, I know…

How come no one told me there was a Princess Apricot in Little King’s Story?
Clearly she is going to be my new favorite character
So, I know it’s a bit late, but did any of you get any games over the holidays, or make any game purchases that you’ve been enjoying lately? January’s a good month to catch up on one’s backlog, I think. So, what have you been spending your time with?

About Anne Lee

Also known as apricotsushi. Anne can be written with the kanji for apricot (杏), and sushi was the most quintessentially Japanese thing I could think of when I was 13, resulting in my goofy, albeit memorable, nickname.