Last week I decided to get a new power cord for my Gamecube. The motivation wasn't so much wanted to play my GC games, but to try and keep my son away from the Wii, which he has recently gotten very interested in due to his discovery of Wii Music. The game is like crack with that kid. He's really into all things having to do with music so being able to play dozens of instruments and make videos is pretty much his idea of heaven. He never stops playing on his own either. Daddy usually has to pry the controller out of his hand and then gets accused of cruelty in the form of, "YOU'RE A MEAN DADDY!!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!"

So even without that I figured there'd be something on the Cube for him to play. He likes Mario a lot, but I don't really have any Mario games for the Cube.  What I do have however is a shitload of Sonic games.  Sonic Heroes, Sonic Mega Collection, Sonic Adventure DX, and Sonic Adventure II.  He knows a little about Sonic because he has a habit of stealing his sister's copy of Mario & Sonic at the Winter Games for her DS.  

Turned out to work, he's happy to play Sonic.  Unfortunately it took him a while to figure out the basic controls (heaven forbid a 3 year old sit down and listen to daddy explain).  I was kind of surprised by that, but as I think about it the DS and Wii were made for people who had no idea of how to play video games, so the transition to a traditional controller was tough for him.

After about a week he finally figured it out, and today he can sort of make his way around the games. He's not good, but he can get around and play through the easiest levels and he's happy with that. Of all the Sonic games he seems to enjoy Sonic Heroes the most. That surprised me. I expected him to play the old school games on the Mega Collection since they'd be easier to control.  But nope, it's all about Sonic Heroes - though sadly the team he plays with is either the cutesy team with Amy, Cream and Big the Cat and even worse... Team Chaotix or whatever that team with the Alligator and a bunch of other fucked up characters is called.   Guess that means no one likes Sonic anymore.

One last note though, as much as he seems to like the game it still comes back to the music. He's just as often going to the game's jukebox mode and just dancing to the music.

Posted by robio Wed, 11 Nov 2009 16:32:03 (comments: 13)
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Wed, 11 Nov 2009 17:26:58
"I don't really have any Mario games for the Cube.  What I do have however is a shitload of Sonic games."

You are a mean daddy!
Wed, 11 Nov 2009 17:36:23
Are you suggesting he give his son Mario Sunshine to play?

Now THAT would be child abuse!

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 17:47:41
The GC Sonic games weren't that bad.  In fact other than Heroes they're actually pretty good.  I do feel kind of bad for not having any Mario games for him to play, but I'll be damned if he's getting Sunshine.  We need something a lot easier. I'm considering Double Dash, but that game still sells for $30 at Gamestop and Daddy's love had about a $12 cut-off when it comes to getting games for him.
Wed, 11 Nov 2009 18:06:05
Yeah, last gen wasn't very friendly to the very young gamers.  Maybe Namco's 50th Anniversary Collection?  Actually, Game Boy Player seems like it would work -- GBA has a more appropriate selection.  This seems like an upside to the Wii, to be more inclusive for things like this.
Wed, 11 Nov 2009 21:42:10
Somehow this blog is going to turn into a blog about me right? Nyaa

Soon your son will be a Sonic loving gamer like myself. I always welcome new recruits into the Sonic army.

Why Heroes? You know what is funny, a little cousin of mine also got obsessed with Sonic Heroes. I was surprised cause it is one of the more complex to figure out and yet he picked up on it so quickly.
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 04:25:54
What kind of torture have you unleashed on your poor child?!
You don't want him to turn out like Vader do you?
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 05:15:42
3 years old? He should fit right in on XBL.  Does he scream profanities yet?
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 14:12:22
He doesn't scream profanities but he does cry a lot.
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 03:09:43
He's halfway there then!
Sun, 15 Nov 2009 15:52:59
So Dvader is your sons real father?
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