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9:43 AM on 06.06.2014

Stop Guessing about Nintendo's E3

Here’s What’s Happening Next Week with Nintendo

This is a little late coming, but I’ve decided to fill you in with my Nintendo E3 predictions. First of all, let me say that I use the term “predictions” loosely as I am so confident that these will happen, you can take all of this as FACT. I’ll start with Smash Bros
• The official titles are Super Smash Bros. Fisticuffs and Super Smash Bros. Fisticuffs 3D
• The 3DS version will be an eShop exclusive and will launch this Tuesday, June 10
• All previous Smash Bros. characters will be returning
• Doctor Mario is a costume of Mario
• Roy, Mewtwo, Pichu, and Young Link are returning as a Melee Pack DLC
• There will be 6 additional newcomers as a timed exclusive for the WiiU version. These will be DLC for the 3DS in Spring 2015
• Each of the characters will eventually be made into NFC figures from now through holiday 2015
• A Smash Bros. WiiU bundle will come out this holiday featuring the system/gamepad, a copy of the game, the Gamecube controller adapter, 2 Gamecube controllers, a Mario NFC figure, and a Link NFC figure with an MSRP of $399.99
• The newcomers to be revealed are: Mii (shown off by having Reggie, Sakurai, Iwata, and Miyamoto in a fight), Chrom, Shulk, Palutena, Chibi-Robo, and Pac-Man

Now I will list the miscellaneous announcement during the week. Keep in
mind that not all of these will be announced on Tuesday, but throughout the week.
• Mario Kart is getting DLC
• This includes a pack of battle maps, characters, and tracks
• DLC packs of cross over characters will each include a character, a kart, and a track
• The ones revealed will be: Captain Falcon-Blue Falcon-Mute City, Fox McCloud-Arwing-Corneria, and Kirby-Warp Star-Dreamland
• Next Level Games is developing a new F-Zero to be released this winter
• Retro will have a trailer for a new Starfox game that won’t release until holiday 2015 the earliest
• New Starfox will be a blend of Starfox64 and Starfox Adventures gameplay
• New Zelda title for WiiU will feature a stained-glass art style
• Yarn Yoshi will release this holiday
• Animal Crossing WiiU will be announced and will release this holiday
• Gameplay trailer for SMT x FE will be shown. The game won’t lauch until an ambiguous 2015
• More gameplay of X will be shown. X is the official title. Pushed back to a Spring 2015 release date (in the states at least)
• The original Bayonetta will be available for WiiU starting on Tuesday as a download only
• Mario Maker is real and will come to both eShop platforms this summer. Content can be shared across platforms
• First in a line of Maker games to include Kirby Maker, The Legend of Zelda Maker, and Metroid Maker
• Mario Fit U to be released later this year
• NFC Mario can transfer fitness data to other Mario games
• Mario’s weight in MFU can be transferred to other titles (chubby Mario in Galaxy 3, for example)
• Speaking of which, Super Mario Galaxy 3 is set to come out Spring 2015
• Mother 3 is launching exclusively on WiiU eShop
• More HD remakes on the way:
o Super Mario Sunshine HD (Holiday 2014)
o Metroid Prime Trilogy HD (Spring 2015)
o Xenoblade Chronicles HD (2015)
o Chibi-Robo HD (2015)
o Twilight Princess HD (2015)
o Pikmin HD (2015)
• Majora’s Mask 3D releasing Fall 2014
• Majora’s Mask purple 3DS XL bundle to release at MSRP of $219.99
• 90 minute presentation is about Miyamoto’s new IP, a game about making monster movies
• Basic scenario is: you start with a small budget making indie movies, and as your popularity increases, you make B movies, and finally big budget blockbuster movies
• Takes full advantage of all 3DS features
• Waluigi Dance Off! To be announced for 3DS, launching later this year
• EBA-style game featuring Waluigi in a dance competition
• He is dancing to win the affection of Rosalina

Again, all of these are pretty much 100% confirmed, so look forward to next week.


12:28 AM on 01.16.2014

Nintendo Genre-Swapping

Let me begin this by saying, “I’m a Nintendo fan-boy.” I cannot deny it, so I won’t even try. Though I rarely speak for games and systems I have never played, that does not stop others on gaming sites from belittling my tastes. Fellow Nintendo fans know the feeling, I’m sure. I know Nintendo has its faults (what company doesn’t?), but I just can’t get enough of my favorite franchises. Many people will argue that Nintendo’s library isn’t diverse enough, and though I have my own opinions on the matter, what I really want to write about is the commonly raised complaint:

            Nintendo’s franchises aren’t diverse within their own series.
            I believe this is completely untrue. I have a hard time saying that A Link to the Past is the same as Ocarina of Time is the same as Majora’s Mask is the same as Skyward Sword. I have a hard time saying Kirby’s Dreamland is the same as Epic Yarn is the same as Canvas Curse is the same as Mass Attack. In fact, I could apply this same line of reasoning to almost any major Nintendo franchise (except maybe Animal Crossing, Pikmin and some other smaller properties).
            If you really dig deep, you can find some of the most unique experiences on Nintendo platforms. Ace Attorney, Elebits, Electroplankton, Elite Beat Agents, Rhythm Heaven, The World Ends with You, and Hotel Dusk come to mind. Actually, the reason I thought to write this article is because I just recently imported the sequel to Hotel Dusk, which was never released in the states (shame on you, Nintendo). As I was playing this game and reading comments that made ridiculous claims like, “EVERY MARIO GAME IS EXACTLY THE SAME!!!!,” I thought to myself, “wouldn’t it be cool if Nintendo would incorporate this gameplay style with an established franchise?”
            At first I figured Metroid could make a really interesting point and click adventure. She does a lot of environment scans in the Prime series, so what if she could use that to help her track down a bounty? She could still occupy the same types of environments, but the story would have more of a narrative and puzzles to solve.
            All of a sudden, I started thinking of some of these other crossover games: Pokemon Conquest, Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem, and Hyrule Warriors. What would an Elite Beat Agents-style Starfox game be like? Or how about a Legend of Zelda JRPG? Kirby needs a cooking game, Captain Falcon needs an open-world, GTA-style game, and Nintendo would make a killing with a Pokemon/Animal Crossing crossover.
            At any rate, these are the crazy ideas I come up with as a Nintendo fan. What do you think? Do you have any far out there ideas for franchise genre-swapping? For those of you that think Nintendo is stuck in a rut, would any of this change your opinion?   read

12:02 AM on 09.07.2013

Finding Out that Other M is Bad

I’ll admit that I am relatively new to the Metroid series. My first Nintendo system was the Nintendo 64, so naturally, I missed out on Super Metroid. When Super Smash Bros. came out, I was one of many children who reacted, “Samus? Who’s he?” When the Gamecube came out, there was more Smash Bros. and more Samus. Who is this guy?
Well, all my questions were about to be answered the next year, which marked the release of Metroid Prime and Metroid Fusion. First person shooters were all the rage and I knew I was supposed to like Prime, but that dual analog input just never flowed quite right for me. I made it past the first boss and stopped. I also got to try the original for the first time. That is a huge mistake for a novice. Fusion, on the other hand, was my cup o’ tea. Platforming, action, shooting, awesome character design. I was still young and inexperienced, so I couldn’t make it all the way to the end at the time (don’t worry, I have since corrected this), but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
After Metroid Prime 3 was released, a friend convinced me I had to try it. I told him I wasn’t crazy about Prime, but he insisted. I tried it, and I gotta say… it was awesome! I bought the game myself, played it, and bought the trilogy when that was released. I guess the point and click interface just seemed more natural.
I tell you all this because it is the entire history of my Metroid experience before the announcement of Other M. I remember the E3 trailer. Pure awesome… well, except for when that guy says, “remember me?” I honestly had to look up whether or not I was supposed to remember him. But that did not detract from how hyped I was for the new game. I made it my personal quest to finish all the Metroid games. That meant finishing Fusion, Prime and Prime 2, as well as buying and playing Super Metroid and Zero Mission. Fantastic games. I refuse to play Hunters because that demo gave me serious headaches, and I haven’t played the pinball game. At that point, I considered myself to be a real Metroid fan. I have even finished the original since my previous attempts. So, you could imagine how excited I was for Other M. I had it preordered and everything. Previews and early reviews were positive, and I was ecstatic, like I assume many of you were.
The day finally came for me to pick up and play Metroid: Other M, and you guys will never guess what happened next… I loved it. Another great entry in the franchise. Maybe it was a little short, maybe the cut scenes were a little long, and the lack of nunchuck support is a little ridiculous, but it was still tremendous fun. In fact, some parts of the game surprised me with how good they were. I complained about controls, but I never once had an issue with switching from third to first person. The game is absolutely gorgeous, and some of these enemies look seriously intimidating. Again, I loved it. I played it TWICE!
Guess what? It turns out that this game I had a blast with is really bad. Not just bad, but the worst game ever made. Turns out, Nintendo completely destroyed Samus’ character. Apparently, the series died when Other M was released. Even reviewers who had rated this game quite highly decided that they actually hated it only a few days later. Why? Because other people said it was bad? I hate to bring up review scores, but a quick search on Metacritic will show you that most of the reviews were positive and some were mixed. Not a single negative review. Yet, if you compare that to the user reviews, a quarter of players have decided that this is pretty much the worst game ever created.
So, what’s the point of all this? I’m writing about Other M only because of the new Smash Bros. stage which has been whipping up some controversy. I think what I’m getting at is, I still enjoyed Other M. I think there were a lot of people who DID enjoy Other M, but who have since decided that they hated it. Some people didn’t like it, and that’s ok. This is a call to all other gamers who had fun with Other M: it’s ok. You’re allowed to like a game. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to respond to hundreds of angry messages.
Edit: It's been brought to my attention that the original Prime games did NOT use duel analog. This doesn't change my feelings about them as not being able to move and aim at the same time would have driven me crazy.   read

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