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1:25 PM on 05.23.2015  

Top 5 N64 Games Video Format!

Hey guys I know I haven't really blogged that much but since school is done expect more of it!

For now take this Top 5 N64 video we made like a month ago and tell us your favorites!

I don't get the new format so here's the link

Top 5 N64 Games

#5 is DK64 spoiler ;D

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12:01 PM on 03.22.2015  

The APEX Journey: Day 3- Arrival and Results

Edit: I haven't posted this in mad long but since post-APEX I've won a few tourneys made like over $500 and was featured on the site Melee it on Me. It's kid of cool when people come up to you and call you a top player but I'm still no M2K in terms of fame.

I just have to keep gettting better.

The Arrival and Delay

Well, it's finally the big and important blog...the APEX Blog! I wrote this pretty much after I got home and man does APEX take a lot out of you; even if you are only just competing. The tournament featured over 800 Smash Wii U entrants and over 1000 Melee entrants and was hosted in Jersey, aka roughly an hour from Joey and I. Now, of course this is our first APEX and a our first national, be it that we have only been competing for 6 months, and of course the nerves were hitting me. Joey and I received our pool notifications earlier in the week and we spent our entire week researching our opponents (though not much was found haha) and learned we were going to have the first wave in the first pools, aka the dreaded 9AM pools!

So, that Thursday night we found a friend who had a room at the hotel (sorry I forgot the name), picked him from the train station,  ran into many big names like Sky Williams and others, and of course got our awesome pre-registration APEX badge. Honestly, we were just tired and excited for tomorrow, so we went to our room to train all night and prepare for our 9AM journey.

That Friday morning came and man was I excited and nervous at the same time. We reported to our TO desk followed by our pool locations, and saw the fantastic layouts they had everywhere. There were awesome HD monitors supplied by Gaming Generations everywhere, brand new Wii U's and GCN adapters supplied by Nintendo, an eBay scalpers dream. At 8:45am, Joey and I arrived and the odd thing though was the fire alarm was sounding off, though the TO's and us just ignored it, it delayed the pool starting for 15 minutes. Right as we were about to begin, (Joey and I had byes in our pools as we were ranked #1 and #2 respectively, though in different pools) we were told to immediately evacuate! The Fire Department had come to investigate the alarm, as it is there job.

HOWEVER! This led to the whole slew of events that everyone should know by now and I won't be going into full details. So here's a short bullet form of it

  • Fire Dept sees the event and deems the room unsafe from too much electrical output + no permits
  • APEX is cancelled for the next 7 hours, people are just roaming. Half shocked, half confused
  • Twitch saves the day gets new venue, Sky Williams says APEX continues tomorrow

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After a long trek back to NY to a 6AM wake up adventure to get to the new and further venue, GAME TIME WAS UPON US! I was still nervous, though not as nervous as I was going into the tournament. Joey and I parted to our waves and my rounds were about to begin. I watched the first match between the two kids I was supposed to fight and I was like.....wow this will be easy; and it was. It was a 2-0 vs the kid's Captain Falcon (and it doesn't hurt the my brother mains Captain Falcon either). The next round I had to fight vs a player Tohfoo, who played a good Shiek with great follow ups, just once again I played better and read better! My last fight was against some kid who got sponsored by Pastime Legends (a big Smash store sponsor, where M2K and dabuz are a part of) though honestly I thought he was overrated. He played Mario and though the games were close and he took game 2 off me (after a terrible start), I had an amazing comeback in Duck Hunt Dog stage game 3 to win the pool and and advance to the Top 128 (or as I found out later....wave 2).

Joey on the other hand, got to once again play on Team Sp00ky's stream (we know Spooky personally now but), and to make his long story short he also advanced out of pools!

Here's one of his matches

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Now to wait 12 hours!

The Atmosphere

I'm not going to lie, but at the Clarion Hotel (aka the first venue) I really didn't get a cool, awesome tournament vibe that APEX hypes itself up to be. But, going into Saturday and seeing the entire crowd for Melee, talking with VGBC's GimR (and seeing how he gets the pre-stream matches a hand massage), and just talking with many faces; it made me understand why APEX is the biggest Smash Tournament around. The place is crazy excited, some many friendly faces, great matches going on, a lot to learn, and just a great place for fans or players to just enjoy Super Smash Bros!

Also, to be honest, being at APEX makes me want to Melee more than it did any other Smash game. There's so much Glory and anticipation for Melee that honestly, I didn't know it was as big as it was. Like, you see big numbers on twitch but seeing that kind of crowd live...man it just makes the entire game better!

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However....

Wave 2 and Results

Like I said, 12 hours later! After watching many matches, seeing a lot of upsets and fighting to stay awake (since 6AM people!). They finally announced the wave 2 of pools and lucky me I had Mew2King and NinjaLink in my pool (along with Chudat and MikeKirby) but honestly, I wasn't nervous or anything for pool 2 I was just exhausted. Hauling around, wanting to squeeze matches in, cheering Joey on in Doubles (they almost advanced to top 32 one win away), APEX was draining me or just the lack of organization for such a huge event. I wanted to get fame and glory but none of that was happening, even with my victories.

By the time I fought in wave 2 it honestly was a blur and I played terrible, honestly it pisses me off thinking about it, but I guess the best Smashers just can go at anytime (even many big names didn't even make it out of wave 2 pools like FOW, Choco, Ally2Knight). However, I did get to see the salty suite live and became friend with the LIVING LEGEND HIMSELF PC CHRIS! (who said we can chill and he can teach me the Melee!); but alas once again it only spiked my Melee interest.

Hopefully I do better at EVO

yeah that's right I'm off to EVO, wish me luck!

Right now, post-APEX my Smash-muse is dead but I still semi-play I mean there are still tourneys to go to and money to win!

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8:32 PM on 03.04.2015  

The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask 3D Review Video Review SuperNintenBros!

Hey guys this is gonna be a video blog! I will be writing a readable review version for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D only after I 100% it. However, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy Billy and myself giving you the video review!

Don't forget to subscribe, like, comment, etc.

Enjoy!

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11:22 AM on 03.01.2015  

Some Things with Nintendo should do with Amiibo

Based on IGN's article reporting that Nintendo Amiibo's will be providing demos for Virtual Console NES and SNES games  I came to wonder one philosophical question...

WHY?

Look, I'm a huge Nintendo fan and I own every Amiibo that isn't named Marth or Villager and I seriously began to think that this makes little to no sense. Amiibo's cost roughly $12-$15 (if you can actually buy them in store) and a lot more for people having to buy their's off eBay scalpers. Now, one thing about demo's are they are generally, what's the word, FREE, and for Nintendo to essentially say, "hey why don't you buy this figure so you can play a demo" (which ironically costs more into the game) baffles me. In addition, Nintendo also offers demos of games in the game the Amiibo's are generally used for, Super Smash Bros. Wii U. 

So, as the good citizen and fan of Nintendo I am here are my four suggestions in what to add for Amiibo features!

1. Discounts on Virtual Console Games

My first suggestion is instead of demo's offered with amiibo's how about we offer discounts of game(s) from the amiibo we purchase? So, say that we buy a Kirby and/or Link Amiibo; therefore we get Kirby DreamLand or Legend of Zelda (NES) Virtual Console for $4.99 instead of the full price (or whatever is a lower > 20% than original price). The other idea is if you pack these games with the demos you wanted to give with each amiibo and after the demo ends it offers the player to buy the game at a discounted rate. People want amiibo's and adding discounts to popular and, of course, amazing games while purchasing Amiibo's only seems like a win-win to me.

2. 5% Digital Discount off Pre-orders

Going back to the discounts on the Virtual Console game, why not a small discount on future titles? I know it isn't very business-savvy but to offer say, buying an Amiibo for a future release (where the integration brings a lot more to the game), why not reward the consumer? For example, you buy/bought an Yoshi Amiibo and find out that Yoshi Wooly World is coming out; so, as per your Wii U reading the NFC figure, it offers you a chance to pre-order the game at $55 digital rather than paying the full $60!

3. Try to bundle them with games/or in series together

Look, we all know there are too many Super Mario characters to bundle into one game, but why not try to have those characters who have a recent release get an amiibo to get bundled with it. I'm not saying throw Kirby and King Dedede into a package of buying Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, but how about buying that game for an extra 8-10 dollars (less than the $12 of an amiibo) someone gets Kirby in the packaging/etc. I would definitely buy more of these games if it was a better chance of me nabbing and amiibo, along with an awesome new first-party game!

4. Have them come to life in the middle when you're not at home

Come on who doesn't like Toy Story, so the least Nintendo can do is make this happen! Also, we totally know that was the entire premise of Super Smash Bros. 64! They are just "dolls" on the kids desk but all of the sudden they start fighting? I'm on to you Nintendo!

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Michael Troina plays games for his Twitch Channel EVERYDAY @ Troyfullbuster and his Youtube Channel: SuperNintenbros  that is only if you want to watch awesome and funny gaming videos with full walkthroughs, unboxings, and laughs! You can also find Mike and SNB on Facebook by liking the page! Thanks guys!

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12:35 PM on 02.15.2015  

A New Year and an Update! School, Games, and Manga!

Hey guys and also Happy New Year to all reading this! Dang 2015 looks like its a got a lot in store for me; be it life, school, and of course games! To be productive lazy I'm just gonna categorize everything to make writing this and reading it ten times simpler.

School + Job Future

I can't believe I'm at the home stretch of school! ONLY ONE MORE CLASS!!!! You don't understand how excited I am that's it over; college made me hate school though at the same time it made me adjust to certain changes a persona must go through when they don't have a clear picture in life. I'm going to get my degree in Economics and right now I am planning on looking for a bank job coming out, an analyst job, or even *gulp* getting a Master's.

Right now the only things I have lined up for me after college is the fact that I know the head recruiter of Nintendo (you may have heard of them) though I will need a little bit more juice on my resume in order for me to really get their interest. And the other thing I have going is I have completed nearly all the steps to becoming a New York City Fire Fighter and while I never saw myself doing this, its an opportunity I cannot let pass up. Hopefully I'll figure out my life in a few months....*laughs nervously*

Games, Twitch, and YouTube

This is the important part that we all care about! So far I would say my gaming 2014 last few months came to a pretty bad end, in a way of slowing down and not playing that much and not beating that many games. It's not that I was bored (well I was due to The Witch and the Hundred Knight and Tales of Symphonia HD being terrible games that made me not want to play) but its just I was lazy/focused on other things. After the disappointing Mario Kart 8, I got back into it with many Vita greats like: Y's Memories of Celceta, Persona 4 Golden Velocity 2X, and Dangan Ronpa 2. Then I finally platinumed that crappy Witch and the Hundred Knight game to get my way to Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD where I am currently 1/3 done with the game (Terra completed, Ven now, Aqua last cause she's terrible and secret final mix ending).

But in reality the real reason I have been too slow on my games is due to my venture into pro Super Smash Bros. I got into the scene at the end dead life days of Brawl and from there met a few people like DKWill and XFIRE's Vinnie. Since the 3DS came out, my brother and I (Joey/Gohan and myself) have been nonstop grinding and in fact have gotten picked up from a team and met even more new faces, placing high in tourneys, meeting many pros (Keitaro, Nakat, Dabuz, and others are good friends now), and winning money! (at some not most lol) .  So, also blame my game progress on that! [this part is semi-irrelevant with the APEX blogs out]

SuperNintenBros has been on a halt of Let's Plays and more of random good uploads; we're looking to change that though we don't want to waste the classics while we're only at the mid 300's. Our goal is to hit 1000+ before we hit 9 months and we can definitely do that.

On the other hand our Twitch has hit over 1200 followers and we are seriously looking really hard for that sub button! It's my goal and I really want cool funny emotes where people can spam it and have mega fun with it! Twitch is really cool and Smash has been my ace in the hole, though sometimes I really can't take the people who come on the stream. But, once we get a lot and a huge following, I won't have to worry about viewers lol.

If you guys have YouTube suggestions or advice, please comment or message it to me! I would love to hear that, requests for games, or anything in general to get the cogs moving in the machine!

Anime+ Manga

Well this category is definitely the weak spot, for myself not in the genre itself! My anime/manga game has been pretty weak and has falling into never watching anything new and reading only Shonen Jump manga like Fairy Tail, Bleach, and the great One Piece. The other mangas I keep up with RARELY update: Noragami, Ao No Exorcist, etc. and it's mega hard to constantly go back and check them even though after reading one chapter I'm always hungry for more.

I did start the Kingdom Hearts manga, which makes you read left to right (wth!?) but I've been enjoying it plus its a bit more mature than the games which is cool (Donald curses and a few other things). I do recommend it to all KH fans and to others who are looking to get into manga, though at the same time I don't really count it as manga.

Anyone have any good anime to watch or a way to get back into anime? I wanted to watch SAO 2, DRRR!! x 2, and a few others but I don't know! Games have a little more priority than anime for me.

Well's that the yearly update, on Joey's side he's back from surgery (torn labrum) and spring workouts and the spring game are coming up for Football.

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Michael Troina plays games for his Twitch Channel EVERYDAY @ Troyfullbuster and his Youtube Channel: SuperNintenbros  that is only if you want to watch awesome and funny gaming videos with full walkthroughs, unboxings, and laughs! You can also find Mike and SNB on Facebook by liking the page! Thanks guys!

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8:02 PM on 02.03.2015  

The Road to APEX 2015 Day 2 Leveling Up

Part 1

Well I was originally going to part 2 up before the tournament but I didn't have time and well here we are the Monday after APEX.

The Release of the Wii U

Most of you guys know around myIGN that my brother and I got to meet Reggie Fils-Aime and play the Super Smash Bros Wii U version earlier than most. When the game officially launched, Joey and I were able to pick it up a few hours early from the Nintendo World Store (due to connections!) and man....that line if we would have waited. Seriously, it seemed even bigger than the Pokemon X & Y world release, as the block was jam-packed on both sides and I think even across the street! But, after a grueling ride back to Queens from Manhattan, getting home to play the glory that was the new Super Smash Bros was fantastic! The big thing though, was that KTAR XI was being hosted that weekend and that was the tournament to really make some noise. Over 300 entrants for Smash 4 and a lot of big names there, made it the place to be heard/found/seen!

Two days of training would never be enough, but the game was close enough to the 3DS (so we thought) that we thought we had some chance. Luckily, some of Joey's predictions were correct and a lot of scrubs were there so the competition wasn't that bad; but still big names like Jtails (who is a good friend btw), M2K, Keitaro, Dabuz, etc. were still going. However, the tournament organization was terrible and after we did the 4v4's, where we met TheRapture (stream coordinator for APEX), and Juice.Doom/Max Ketchum, as well as Gears of War legend/pro FatalStryke; we were forced to wait 8 hours before our pools were announced. The worst part was that Joey, our friend Rashad, and I were in the same pool due to no seeding! They let us fix that but both Joey and I lost in Losers Finals in our pools and got tied for 33rd, aka didn't make it to the Final 32/Smash Boards points/ VGBC stream. That loss stung and honestly pissed us both off to the point where we noticed that it was time to step our game.

Now, our first tournament for the Wii U in this new "power up mode" was actually two weeks after the release and KTAR XI, where a friend was hosting a local at a game store, in which we thought we would just give it a shot. Heading over, Joey introduced me to a Sonic he lost to at a tournament a month ago for the 3DS, Blue Terrorist. Joey said that kid was the road blocking us to winning some free money at the local scene. Ironically, Joey called it correct as I lost to BlueTerrorist in Winners Semis and Joey to him in Winners Finals and Grand Finals (after Joey beat me to get to GF). [Here is the tournament link] From there, we realized we needed to step up our game even higher from the 3DS; we started asking people about matchups, testing them out, and learning more tecs (like Perfect Pivoting). Joey went to more XFIRE locals and was training with Vinnie and DKWill to try and get to the next level, while I just practiced with Phil and myself when I had the time. The next tournament for us on the Wii U was a long island local, Smash the Halls, where we thought we were going to win until XFIRE Vinnie showed up. We hosted the tournament through our stream and I thought I was going to do bad, considering I didn't know the competition and the meta-game evolving, but that ended up not being the case. In fact, Joey said besides Vinnie there was another player to watch out for, Cyberman65, who Joey knew from XFIRE local's and a Sonic main as well. Both Joey and I defeated Cyberman65, and in fact Joey even ended up 3-0'ing Vinnie in Winner's Finals! However, Vinnie came back to beat me in Losers Finals, and resetted the bracket on Joey and then beat him 3-2 for 1st. So, once again we ended up 2nd and 3rd.

[The tournament: Smash the Halls link results here]

Joey's/Gohan 3-0 on Vinnie

My set/Troyfullbuster vs Cyberman65

It's about damn time and getting picked up by a team

The new year hit in and Joey and I were just hitting our Smash stride. We had our eyes on a big tournament hosted by TheRapture and Juice.Doom (now Max Ketchum) and streamed by Team Sp00ky (the famous FGC streamer). The tournament is hosted near Brooklyn and was the spot for the people who are the Nebulous crew (NinjaLink, MikeKirby, John Numbers) as their venue was down for repairs. The preparation was real and the tournament actually turned out to be huge with a $750 pot (250 bonus) where we had to cut people's brackets to keep it a large local 50 max entrants! That tournament, which you can find on YouTube, was where Joey went H.A.M. and could have done better than the 5th place he got ($50-70 bucks) because of an unlucky break on a counter in Delfino. Seriously, Joey got robbed and could have made it top 3 where competition also included Orion! (who Joey lost to in Winners Semis). That tournament for me made me realize my Rosalina and Luma weakness (blame Dabuz people) and honestly had me looking for a counter-character pick against her. Luckily, I got to watch a tournament that Joey and I didn't go to (bad weather) where famous Smasher ANTI, attended one of Keitaro's locals and bopped the competition! His match vs Dabuz was on stream and I watched how he won with Mario, and that really gave me the answer I was looking for; my secondary can beat this character!

During our whole time training, FatalStryke, who is apparently great friends with a lot of the Long Island guys, decided to create a Smash team featuring big names like: DKWill, Vinnie, KirinBlaze, ANTI, and more, asked if Joey and I wanted to join in because we've been working our ass off and he noticed us moving in the ranks. I know everyone wants to be picked up by ClashTournaments or VGBC first, but to be actually picked up by a team and getting team jersey's really meant a lot to Joey and I! Now, after being picked up our first ever tournament as a member of # iQHQ was upon us as that same friend was hosting a tournament at the same venue (the local). Word was BlueTerrorist was going to be there and this was a test for Joey and I, to see if we actually have improved.

Upon arriving at the scene, we also saw JohnNumbers there (the kid who beat Joey at the Next Level Team Spooky tournament by the lucky counter), and so we realized competition would be a little steeper this time.

Not that it mattered; as BlueTerrorist was "upset" right away in his first round! All that Sonic practice was for naught! And then John Numbers was upset by this player named 5 Salads, and everything Joey and I thought, as in who we would play and what strategies to use, was for nothing! I had to face 5 Salads as Joey waited for me in Winner's Finals, and much to my dismay 5 Salads was a Rosalina and Luma main. For game 1 I decided to go my main and use Diddy, in which I barely lost, but I counter-character picked and used the Anti strategy....and was able to win the next two games! My Rosalina troubles were over and man I barely won that game 2, that game was one of the most hype games I've ever played!

After Joey beat me 3-1, though I SHOULD HAVE WON GAME 3 with my Ganondorf over his Captain but blah...whatever. I had to fight John Numbers in losers finals where at first I thought I would use Sonic. Now, this game meant a lot more to Joey because he was still pissed at him for that loss, but I was the one who had to the avenging. Game 1 I got 2-stocked from his Shulk with my Sonic, so I went back to my main in Diddy and saw right through his strats. Boom, I won three straight as Diddy and I was going to Grand Finals with my brother! Guaranteed winner for one of us and the best part is we both would get in top 2! Joey went on to beat me handily in GF, as my emotions were low after such a high (that win was for Joey man!).

OUR WINNING BRACKET

Other than that Joey and I have made some new combo videos which we would love for you to check out and enjoy! TELL US YOUR FAVORITE ONES PLEASE! (don't worry I'll have another blog highlighting them specifically)

My combo video/Troyfullbuster

Joey/Gohan combo video

Now, we're off to APEX 2015 and sleeping in a friends hotel for the first day! Our first match is the first wave in the first pools at 9am! Wish us luck we want to make it out of pools and maybe even more!

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You can find Mike, Joey, and Phil at SNBGaming64 our YouTube channel for all our wacky adventures or catch us livestreaming on Twitch, just kicking ass and playing Smash!

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5:31 PM on 01.28.2015  

My Brother's and I Journey to APEX Part 1: The Beginning

Wow APEX is this week and I'm still a little shocked. This Friday and Saturday (and hopefully Sunday) you will be seeing the tags IQHQ| Troyfullbuster and IQHQ| Gohan competing at APEX, a Super Smash Bros. National Tournament! It's funny, I saw Joey and I (Mike) being there but to think it would happen this quickly is kind of cool. Yes, anyone can sign up for APEX but it's just that, our growth in the Pro Smash game has come far and we've only been at it for 6 months (which is funny because when we talk to other pros they are shocked we have only been playing for a short amount of time).

Before I get into other stuff let's talk about the beginning aka the Summer of 2014. Consistently playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl with my best friend Phil for the last 1.5 years, with inclusions of Joey (of course), and two other friends Rory and Sean; we finally thought it was time for us to compete in tournaments, we finally had the illusion we were good. Now remember two things: Brawl is considered dead and we have never entered any tournament ever, even a local. After playing nearly everyday and certainly every weekend, we went to the Best Buy E3 event and obviously were there to enjoy some demos of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS.

Here's an old Brawl matchup (don't sub to this Youtube channel! It's old and abandoned!)

Wait...that's not a tournament!

You're right because there was when we actually got into the tournament scene! Our friend Rory recognized a top 8 APEX finalist and Clash Tournament sponsored Vinnie (CT XFIRE| Vinnie) currently the #9 Brawl player in the entire world! From there we also met his friend, who was working the event, the found of XFIRE Long Island and head T.O. for APEX 2015 Dul (the Dul0R). After chatting for a bit and of course playing the demo, they told us to come down to deep Long Island for a tournament they were hosting to celebrate Brawl (well its second to last tournament). Unfortunately, I cannot find the bracket but let me tell you the butt whooping we all took there. I did a win a few compared to Phil, Sean, and Rory and Joey (who was the worst at the time) improved so greatly and did fantastic in both the mid-tier only tourney and the real one, but alas we came in the 13th-17th range (Joey and I).

From there the grind never stopped for Joey and myself and we told ourselves to forget Brawl and put all our money on Smash 4. From there, we bought a Japanese 3DS, got more friendly with big competitors (especially the Long Island people like DKWill, Mr. E, Vinnie) and really just played the game. The next tournament we went to I did a bit better than Joey, placing tied for 9th in a bracket with the said names and Mew2King, Jtails, and other big names. That tournament which was also hosted by XFIRE and in fact streamed by D1 (big-time Smash announcer) was where we first leveled up. (CrossFire 4 Bracket here)

However, even through all our grinding on the 3DS we never won any tournament on it, though Joey did get second place at a XFIRE local/weekly and won money! That marked the first time either Troina ever won money at a Smash tourney and/or even placed in top 3! It was such a great day and to see my brother get to that level at the time (it was October people! Smash 3DS had a life span of Sept-Nov). The 3DS for me was a stepping stone as I became good friends with Jtails and Clash Tournament's Keitaro (who is really awesome and friendly). It taught me to constantly improve and the speed at which pro's play at!

On a random side note, it makes sense to why his tag was Gohan, he's always been that younger one who just ascends to greatness, be it in football (D1 scholarship) or even Smash; however I can't let my little brother beat me for too long! And even though we're brothers my old tag used to be Goku, but now I rock Troyfullbuster, though occasionally will throw Goku on my Smash tag in a game. The reason is because Goku is my idol and has always trained to get stronger as well as be someone who fights for what he protects while being confident in himself; but that's a story for another time!

Here's our old 3DS Combo

Catch Part 2 sometime this week with the arrival of where we are now and where Super Smash Bros Wii U /the console version has taken us!

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Michael Troina plays games for his Twitch Channel EVERYDAY @ Troyfullbuster and his Youtube Channel: SuperNintenbros  that is only if you want to watch awesome and funny gaming videos with full walkthroughs, unboxings, and laughs! You can also find Mike and SNB on Facebook by liking the page! Thanks guys!

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7:05 PM on 01.19.2015  

My Super Smash Bros Wii U Combo Video!

Hey guys I know I haven't blogged in forever and I've been kinda busy at pro smash tourneys in the east coast as well as streaming and youtube and last semester of college....but no worries!

Cause I totally had time to make another Smash Bros. combo video that I hope you all enjoy!

Don't forget to like, comment, and find me and my team at SNBGaming64 or Troyfullbuster on Twitch!

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6:09 PM on 12.02.2014  

9539 Ft. Home-Run Derby Super Smash Bros. w/ Ganondorf!

Literally one night with my friend we decided just to play around in home-run derby and like magic...we came up with this glory lol.

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1:50 AM on 12.02.2014  

KH 2.5 Collector's Edition early unboxing + stream

I actually wanted to stream some KH3D since that is the only game not beaten on our stream (Kingdom hearts universe-wise) but since this literally came in one day early we obviously have to!

So here's a very bad unboxing video done by minus one man of our 3 man team so you should totally like, comment, and subscribe!

and don't forget to catch the stream!

HERE!

sorry guys the stream is over its 3am! lol

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11:24 AM on 11.21.2014  

Super Smash Bros. Combo (3DS) Video

Hey guys and Dtoid! I hope you enjoy this compliation combo video I've spent hte last week making with my friend/Youtube partner/brother. Enjoy!  And don't forget to sub and like!

I hope you all enjoy and share your favorites!

You know you want to front page this Destructoid....please

I'll be back with more Smash spam later in the week

Also wish me luck at KTAR XI on Clash Tournaments on Saturday <3

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4:57 PM on 11.16.2014  

I met Reggie Fils-Aime!! The Reginnator Himself! Oh also played Smash Wii U

*fun note before I forget REGGIE HIMSELF says he dislikes Majora's Mask and OoT/LttP are his favorites (made my day) enjoy the gameplay vids!

Yep that's right I freaking met the President and COO of Nintendo, Reggie Fils-Aime. Now, obviously we all are wondering, "How did this dope get to meet Reggie!?". Actually, the thing was one day my brother told Phil and I that Nintendo was holding a contest only for New York residents only for a few days and you had to write an email on why you want to meet Reggie. I was like okay, I've got nothing better to do and I wrote a about a 3 paragraph email; replies weren't expected until early November and this was mid-late October, but in all honesty I didn't think I was winning until I got a random email a week before the event. The email asked some follow-up questions and only 10 winners were selected...and there weren't allowed to bring guests. So unfortunately for my brother, he couldn't come.....

HOLD IT!

The best two lookings guys there behind Reggie!

He got an email on the last day they were noticing people of winners (Friday November 7th) and somehow two members of SuperNintenbros were going to meet Reggie and play some Smash early. The big thing in the promotion was not only meeting Reggie, but getting to hang out with him and fighting his Amiibo! Now, this isn't the first time we were playing Smash Wii U (as the Best Buy E3 event) but its the first time we were going to play it after months of Pro Tournaments for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS; in essence we had knowledge of the game.

Wednesday arrived and we went to the Nintendo World Store and they closed the entire upper floor because of the private event we were invited to! Once we got past the check-ins, there was food, Wii-U and 3DS set ups everywhere and of course this big guy who we all know...Dan from Nintendo Treehouse (he was there) but I mean Reggie! It was pretty awesome and surreal, he gave a brief introduction, joked as he always does (but it was funny as it was similar to the E3 Robot Chicken thing), and honestly wanted us to ease in the event and treat it like a normal thing. To clarify on the joke, someone asked about a new Metroid game and he goes yeah I've got it here...reached into his back pocket with his 3DS and then said we all couldn't play it! The Wii U's had Mario Kart 8 DLC (this was before it officially came out), Captain Toad, and in a special "living room" set-up two Wii U's with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Wii.

The first thing I did though was jump right to the Wii U with my brother and the best part they gave us GCN controllers with the adapters! In addition, the Wii U was set up with the new mode: 8-Player Smash. I grabbed a silver classic GCN (although they had the new one that is coming with the $99 bundle *more on that later) and man I have to say it felt fantastic. I love Super Smash Bros. 3DS and obviously playing pro smash 3DS with others and being on Clash Tournaments I know and understand the controls, but nothing beats Smash on a GCN controller. I do want to learn how to play with my GamePad, but picking it up and knowing the meta just made it all the better (yes the bias is clear!).

Thoughts on 8-Player Smash and the 'new' GCN controller

I thought 8-player Smash was pretty fun but

  • It's too easy to lose yourself even with your Tag/Name above 
  • I think at KTAR XI (this Friday hosted by CT and Apex) it will die there and we'll continue to have only dubz (doubles) and singles
  • It's a great mode to play with friends and items kinda still suck (bias) but might be necessary for it
  • The maps are amazing like that Kirby one....wow

Also, the freedom the game gives you to choose normal costumes even though you are on different teams (example blue link on green teams) which makes it even worse with a large amount of players. It's utter disarray in my opinion, and let's not forget that in tournaments team attack is on! We'll see how this plays out by next week!

Notes on the GCN Controller are that is feels cheap. No knock to Nintendo making that awesome black design with the Smash logo but when I picked it up it felt light and made of cheaper material than of that of the regular GCN controller (which I just used). The positive on it though is that the Matte finish on it feels great and the grip is fantastic.

Thoughts on Amiibo

Buy them.

They are amazing and simply awesome to look at as well! I got to see a Level 1 Mario grow up and learn from the fights he was in as well as vs a few level 50 Amiibo's. The Amiibo essentially is a living AI that constantly learning even at its "limit" of level 50. The Amiibo, as Dan from Nintendo Treehouse explained it to me, is learning your fighting style and a way to counter it as well. I watched it learn from me spiking it all the time to knowing it should air dodge there or it shouldn't overshoot a ledge and rather stay below it. In addition, even if your Amiibo is level 50, that doesn't mean its amazing. We at SNBGaming64/SuperNintenbros wrecked all of the Nintendo's staffs Amiibo's (same can't be said for the others), and watched it get back into another fight with progress. It was funny how Dan was joking how his Amiibo is now jacked up because of all the fighting he did with my brother and I!

Remember how I said Amiibo's are always learning, well Amiibo's also learn from the settings you play in. The Amiibo's we played were not that bad in 1v1's but when we at SNB decided to team battle two level 50 Amiibo's...well let's just say they didn't know what "team battles were". Also, playing with items or without effects your Amiibo's play style/knowledge on what items are and how to go for them. Regarding physical appearances and quality, they look great and are actually lighter than they seem! Word of advice though, don't throw them around in your backpack, they seem like they can break if handled poorly.

If you have any questions about Amiibo's please ask, I know more but don't want to spoil how amazing they are!

Final Thoughts/End

I had a fantastic time and actually got to talk with Reggie about not video games. He's an amazing guy and pretty tall though not that tall as I talked to him about how he got this job, what he was doing at college etc. He told me he wanted to be a banker as he was studying finance in college (like myself), got offered a job at Proctor & Gamble and really hit off from there. He grew up with his family and college by playing Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 though now he mainly plays his 3DS because he is always traveling, but he says he tries to practice for Smash but "he sucks". I do feel bad since he's always talking to like big-time nerds and/or having awkward conversations with them, but he might enjoy it. We actually talked to him about basketball and football and man he loves basketball with a passion! I think we went on 20 minutes for basketball and I could see the joy in his eyes with that!

Then we talked about finances, where he travels, work stuff (well I did) and after that I handed him my resume, which he gladly took and said no promises...though at the end of the day I saw him walking out with it in hand! Honestly, Reggie is an idol for me in the sense of I can achieve that goal/dream and he's a living personification of it.

We'll see where the future takes but right now all I can see is Smash Wii U (and a possible job at the Nintendo World Store!)

 Michael Troina plays games for his Twitch Channel EVERYDAY @ Troyfullbuster and his Youtube Channel: SuperNintenbros or YouTube Channel: TLMB Gaming that is only if you want to watch awesome and funny gaming videos with full walkthroughs, unboxings, and laughs! You can also find Mike and TLMB on Facebook or Mike and SNB on Facebook by liking the page! Thanks guys!

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