Just ordered Xenoblade (Wii) directly from Nintendo; it's probably 1 of the last 2 Wii games I'll ever want to buy; ended up spending $10 more than expected, but Nintendo's really the only outlet to get it from, now.
Donkey Kong Country Returns, I'll probably wait for around Christmas time, see if the price drops off at all; enjoyed a romp through of the previous SNES games recently, and I watched footage of the game, so I'm really looking forward to it.
Absolutely NO inkling to toss cash on either New Super Mario Bros. Wii or Super Mario Galaxy 2; the former seems like a pale imitation of SMB3, and SMG2...is the same game as the first; might as well just stick with the first.
I've been hearing people railing Legend of Zelda ~ Skyward Sword for one reason, or another, most notably a game breaking glitch that Nintendo had to release a patch for. Other people have been just saying that it's really boring and uninteresting to play.
Saw a 2-hour Let's Play! of The Last Story, and all the poorly-done cliches they hit just made me face palm too much. Also, apparently, you don't even need to press the button to attack; you just approach the enemy, and you attack automatically. I like having button-mashing in my hack n' slash action RPG, thank you. In other words, probably won't bother with that, either, unless I'm that bored, don't have any other game to play, and feel like I can spend the money without bankrupting myself.
Steam rocks my world. Without it, I'd just be playing the same NES and SNES over and over again; I've actually managed to beat quite a few titles that I never was able to before.
From seeing numerous ROM hacks (but not actually having played one yet), I'd like to learn programming, if only so I can take my favorite NES and SNES games, create ROM hacks, and design my own levels, etc.
I'd like to create an RPG using the graphics from Final Fantasy II (SNES) or Secret of Mana (SNES). The Secret of Mana game I'd create would be about the world during the time that Mana was used widely as a power source, and the war that threatened the destruction of the world.
Speaking of Steam, I've come across 3 games that remind me a lot of the Atelier Iris series, not just from the anime look, but to the bright, cheerful fantasy medieval visuals and cheerful music; login into Steam, and you'll be able to download very generous demos of each game:
Chantelise ~ A Tale of Two Sisters: 3D action RPG; character sprites are 2D cel-shaded against 3D environments; camera centers around your character. Pretty basic hack n' slash mechanics. (http://store.steampowered.com/app/70420/?snr=1_5_9__300)
Fortune Summoners: Pretty basic action RPG; controls might prove to be a little dodgy, seems to be a delay between the time you launch an attack, and recover from it, but the other aesthetics of the game make me willing to put up with it. (http://store.steampowered.com/app/20351 … 1_5_9__300)
Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale: Top-down view, action RPG. Run a shop to pay off the family debt, obtain merchandise by trading and buying in town, or hiring adventurers to raid dungeons for you (who you play as while in the dungeon). This one came personally recommended from a friend, and I saw an internet review about it (if I could only remember where I saw that). (http://store.steampowered.com/app/70400/)
I'm basically going to playthrough each demo for as long as it lets me, before buying the full version, but I've enjoyed each game so far.