Some quick hits -
Finally got my PS3 back, and officially inaugurated my Super Street Fighter IV game. The bad news is, I seem to be worse at it than I remembered. I'm especially bad at the timing required to link moves into actual combos. That said, I should prove pathetically easy pickings for anyone who wishes to try me (if you can get through that is - Angela was kind enough to send me my first-ever game invite, and I had no notification in-game; it wasn't until I checked my friends and messages after a round of Trial Mode that I even found her message. As I wrote back, Angela, I'm very sorry about that). I got an arcade stick I might try to see if it'll improve my chances, but seeing as I've never used one in my life before, that's a very big if.
Rocket Knight was good. It's not quite in the same class as the original RKA, but really, it's not trying to be the same game at all. I managed to finish it on my first playthrough, on the last bit of health of my last life on my last continue, which anyone who's been gaming for a while will tell you is the best way to finish any game, ever. The laboratory stage is probably the best in the game, in every way it can be - design, music, setpieces, etc. The only real quibbles I have are A, the fact that FAR too many times, enemies will spawn directly where you're standing with little to no warning, resulting in cheap damage, and B, that one stage with the frozen rocket gimmick. I'll never understand why developers insist on stages that hamper or remove the elements that propel the rest of the game forward. It's more often annoying than actually challenging. Those points aside though, it's an entertaining game that echoes its legacy without shamelessly repeating it. I recommend it.
I don't care a fig for the lukewarm press, 3D Dot Game Heroes is my front-runner for Game of the Year as of this moment. My file is just barely over 5 hours in, but nearly all of it has been spent with a jack-o-lantern grin on my face. The homages and satire are sweetly presented and the game itself has probably the truest explorer's heart of any Zelda-style game since Link's Awakening. And there's even an Arkanoid-clone minigame! I tells ya, it's like I talk in my sleep, and they had spies write everything down.