Diehard Gamefan Flashback 01/07/2005: Encore Extra Stage #11

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Encore Extra Stage #11

Welcome to the first Friday of 2005! I’m Alex Williams, and I’ll be occupying this space for as long as I feel like.

Not much happening so far in the new year, which is how I like it. No school to get in the way of my gaming. Oh, and I have a Live Journal now! Check on it for the latest and greatest from me, which should be coming as soon as I stop talking about GTA: SA. (Damn game actually being good enough to meet some of its own ridiculous hype…)

The column’s a bit on the short side this week, but that won’t stop me from bitching about something I’ve been bitching about before. So, lets get started!


Something cool was announced a couple of days ago. It is something that is VERY cool, and very beneficial for both parties involved. However, Electronic Arts is one of those parties. So now, you’re going to hear me take something that really IS cool, and piss all over it.

You see, it was recently announced that the GameCube version of EA’s NBA Street Vol. 3 will contain something extra to compensate for the fact that it can’t be played online. It will contain MARIO CHARACTERS. Yes, it will contain an actual Mario team, consisting of Princess Peach, Luigi, and the super-famous red-capped plumber himself. These three will be able to go toe-to-toe with all the NBA greats in an incredible display of street-smashing basketball. For GC owners, this is a COOL feature.

And of course, I’m going to find something wrong with it.

You people are probably scratching your heads and saying, “What possibly could be wrong about something so cool?!? This is just like when Link was included in Soul Calibur 2. It was a COOL edition, even though he was broken as hell. This is no different!”

And it’s true; I guess you can say that. But you can ALSO say that N

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