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"Double Dribble" (Wii Virtual Console)


Let's be honest--if you don't know what "Double Dribble" is, you have never played video games before.

Now, that being said, while "Double Dribble" was a classic basketball video game back in the day, it has not held up well over time, because now, "Double Dribble" just ain't as sexy as it used to be!  Featuring eight random teams (all named by city, since "DD" didn't have the NBA license), "DD" is basically a run-and-gun fest that features 5-on-5 action, except that because the game's engine is so poor, it could never handle all five of either team's players on one side of the court at the same time...so, you never have more than 3-on-3 at any given time.


The big deal with "DD" was, is, and always shall be the ability to get close to the rim on offense, jump, and then let go of your jump/shoot button when your player is over the rim, triggering the always great "dunk" animation.  Even though there are only three separate animations, I still loved them all.  I did not like remembering that there is a missed dunk animation, too...it's the same as the other three, but it ends with the ball not going in.  Hilarious.

Not great, but for a measly $5 on the Virtual Console, totally worth it.  Just don't play for longer than about 10 minutes.

Rating:  eBay


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Bellview Rating System:

"Opening Weekend":  Buy this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why that's a good move.  A game experience that will almost guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end. 

"$40":  Usually after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly, or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new games.  Usually, that's about $40.  You'll feel good getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.

"eBay":  This game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from either half.com or eBay.  You also might let a friend buy this game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make them feel better.  Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy Seconds."

"Rental":  Like my cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something worthwhile.  For games in this category, this is the maximum amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.  Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.

"Dogshit":  Games like this should have never been released.  If you play this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the experience.  Further, if you can get this game for free, don't do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience for you!

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