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I was surprised when i saw your review of Odama, i never expected a C+.
I trashed the game due to clunky mic control and high difficulty...I guess i'd better try it again.
I couldn't have written them better myself. I agree with almost everything about Mario Baseball, but with practice I became a good batter. There's nothing in video games today that really compares to seeing Toad smack a go ahead Grand Slam. I think the mini-games are terrible, yet the one player game is oddly addictive. Base-running in the game is terrible.
Odama consumed me for a day or two. This line from your review is great: "My abysmal performance and lack of progress did not prevent me from playing Odama for hours on end." LOL. Amen brother! I played the game thouroghly until you get to the mountain stage that goes around 360 degrees. That bottleneck battle wore me completely out. It reminds me too much of Beltway Traffic on a Friday. Also, when you were successful in a battle... there was little satisfaction to it. Maybe that's how real war feels.
Also try out Battalion Wars and Chibi Robo when you have the time and the $$$. Those were some great original games released in the last year for the cube.