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New York Comic Con 2013- Personal Experience Day 1 & 2 (Thurs-Fri)
3:25 PM on 10.17.2013
Legend of Zelda (NES) Video Review--TLMB
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LegendofMikeandBill/TLMB Unboxing of Pokemon X&Y 3DS XL
2:10 PM on 09.29.2013
My Favorite Grand Theft Auto Moment: Getting Owned by the Army
11:45 AM on 09.22.2013
LegendofMikeandBill/TLMB Unboxing of The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD Limited E
10:30 AM on 09.21.2013
Ni no Kuni Review PS3
12:16 PM on 09.08.2013





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Hey what's up guys my name is Michael Troina. Future GameInformer or IGN editor
I am a hardcore avid video game player, I love watching anime and reading manga.
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This past weekend (Oct 10th through the 13th) I went to New York Comic Con and enjoyed the full experience for the FIRST time ever; that is if you don't count my half-day Saturday only from last year. New York Comic Con was even better this year, from all the new games being displayed, the tournaments constantly being held, the fact that my childhood friend Marc (soon to be TLMB guest) was there and taught me about the shows and panels...oh and the fact that I was there for 4-days on a Press Pass for free!

For those not caring for the personal experience be sure to read the next blog ALL about gaming (from the PS4 to Xbox One, to the upcoming holiday games and how I feel about them).

[Part 2/Day 3-4] (non-clickable for now)

[NYCC Gaming]

Thursday

To start things off in typical me-fashion, I got there pretty late on Thursday. In fact I think it was about 5 or 6 o'clock when I arrived at the Javits Center. There I met up with Marc where we demoed a few games and he broke down the layout of NYCC this year for me. With the limited time I was there on Thursday I played mainly Nintendo games ranging from Wii U games like Super Mario 3D World and Mario and Sonic at the 2014: Winter Olympic Games to the upcoming 3DS titles like: Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds and Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate and Pokemon Y (no wait I already had it!).

From there the Show Floor closed and Marc informed me there was a comedy show hosted by Comedy Mutants being played in the main stage. I, to tell you the truth, didn't expect much nor anything from the comedy show, but it may have been one of the best shows I was ever at. Comedy Mutants is hosted/ran by Brian Posehn with other comedians who each get a 20 minute segment. The lineup for NYCC 2013 on Thursday was: Mike Drucker (a writer for Late Night on Jimmy Fallon), Myq Kaplan, Baron Vaughn, Janeane Garofalo, and of course Poshen himself.

Mike was pretty funny, while Myq was alright (though his last joke was fantastic). Baron Vaughn was the ABSOLUTE funniest guy of the night; I had to go to the bathroom but didn't want, rather could not, because of how hard I was laughing with this man's standup. He did everything right from being a man and choosing cereal in society to even talking about 90's Disney Cartoon Theme Songs igniting a crowd singing DuckTales with him!



Unfortunately, following Baron was the most unfunny and actually painful to watch/listen to Janeane Garofalo. She couldn't keep track of what she wanted to do, she would start something and never finish it, but altogether it was not funny at all and made me sleepy. Following a dreadful 20 minutes, we had Posehn come up to stage to talk about "how stupid and fat he is" and he did just that, but a very humorous twist. He had the biggest nerd-appeal, from what I could tell being in the crowd, and he delivered. The now writer for Deadpool comics (one of them) was spot on hitting jokes about The Avengers to him being a 70's Star Wars guy and many other things. I highly recommend trying to see these guys or trying to find a video or podcast of the show.

Friday

Friday was more or less the same for me. I kind of woke up late due to playing Pokemon Y all night, so I got to NYCC at around 2pm-3pm. During the day I found my way looking around for things, like grabbing Luffy posters, to getting Bleach pins, and of course demoing more games. My list games on Friday included Dragonball Z: Battle of Z, Shantae and the Pirates Curse, Strider (2014), Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze, and of course more Super Mario 3D World. There are so many things I wanted to buy but alas I am just a poor person and also a frugal human being so I couldn't really bring myself to buy anything...BUT THESE AWESOME DRAGONBALL Z OFFICIAL SCOUTERS! I got three, as per the set instead of individual buys, so I got the green, red, and blue visor ones! They are amazing, honestly, I can't describe how cool and awesome they look and feel.

Other than that I chilled a bit in the Press Lounge Friday, trying to connect to WiFi which was impossible. I also went to the Adult Swim-Robot Chicken panel, where I saw a preview for the Christmas Special and new season. As well as Seth Green and Mike announcing a new show called Uber Mansion; which looks very funny. Friday, I was a bit tired to be honest, so once the show floor ended, we tried to get into a Cosplay contest to see people's costumes but it was already packed by days end. There Marc and I went to the Neon Genesis Evangelion showing the NGE 3.3 movie, but we left after there was a delay and the fact we haven't watched any NGE ever. So, that night we took the long way home going to the Nintendo World Store Pokemon X/Y Midnight Event Party.



Wow was that place packed...honestly blocks were filled, the cops were even working it! There was a DJ, demo booth stations, statues of the legendaries/covers, and of course costumes. It was in all honestly, just a mass of people, even little kids and their parents waiting for the release or just trying to be a part of the party. But I think everyone was there for the 2DS (kidding).

Well this was pretty long...get ready for the best part in Part 2 aka Saturday and Sunday!
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TLMB is back with another review coming at you! This of course of our second completed game on our channel: The Legend of Zelda...the original!

We go through the story, music, gameplay, how we feel it stands overtime and of course the overall score! So is this all-time classic worth an eShop buy or a replay?

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Pokemon X & Pokemon & don't launch for another two weeks but that didn't stop Nintendo from releasing a special edition 3DS XL in honor of the game. While, it didn't come with the game, unfortunately, it still is an amazing looking system.
Join TLMB/LegendofMikeandBill as Billy finally gets to do his first unboxing!

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"Hey Nico want to go bowling?"

"NO!!" I raged at my screen as I called in a helicopter and destroyed my cousin's apartment.

OK, that's not really my favorite GTA moment; in fact I don't have many since I'm more of a greenhorn in Grand Theft Auto. See, my moments in Grand Theft Auto actually came on the first Playstation with GTA and GTA II. 

The games were much more simpler then....or well the only game in which I had no clue in what I was doing. I knew there was missions, dodging the cops, jacking cars, the usual works from Grand Theft Auto (not to mention running over people was very easy in these two games). GTA was like this game where I would play if I was stuck in games like Final Fantasy or trying to 117% Spyro.

Alright, onto my favorite GTA moment: Getting the 6 Stars/Heads Wanting rating so the Army comes in to destroy you. 

When I first saw my older brother get a 4-head bounty and how the game was basically out to destroy him; I actually thought that it was pretty awesome. The game honestly felt like it was programmed to just destroy the user. So with that, my brother and I had a competition see who could get the 6-head bounty and who could survive the longest.




Suffice to say it wasn't even close because the second I got the bounty all I remember was seeing a missile straight from a tank blow me up! It was hilarious but awesome at the same time, I never saw such hectic-ness in one game! I don't think I ever played GTA right and while I didn't like IV that much, it is still a series I respect. The game is just out there and let's the player get lost in his own world, very much like I did when I played GTA II.

If you just wanted to skip to the end and not read, my favorite moment is getting shot in the face with a tank missile; just cause I was the greatest petty car-thief of all time!

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Forgive me for being sick so my voice is meh but guess what TLMB just got! The Wind Waker HD Limited Edition Wii U!
Of course we do our usual unboxing routine plus telling you what's next on the agenda (Pokemon 3DS XL unboxing next week!)
Also, the finale of the Joey Sayonara MMGM is being uploaded tonight so be sure to catch that!
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TroyFullbuster
12:16 PM on 09.08.2013

Ni No Kuni, the DS game turned into a PS3 game that non-Japanese gamers knew about, but never knew when they would get it. Three years after its release in Japan, Level-5 studios published and developed Ni No Kuni; a game also featuring the handiwork (as well as help in development) of one of the most famous animators of all-time, Studio Ghibli (creators of Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, etc.)

The big catch to this game is it is referred to as a "JRPG from the 1990's". The game combines many elements featured from those elder JRPG games and melds them into a way that makes it seem familiar but at the same time fresh. Many gamers feel today that the JRPG's have become either very watered down, making it easy for almost any player especially veterans or insanely niche. Ni No Kuni is able to bring today's generation of gamers and gameplay altogether to meet that of nearly two decades ago when JRPG's were at its prime.



Ni No Kuni's story has to do with the adventure of a young thirteen year-old boy named Oliver. and his journey into a whole new, undiscovered world. Oliver is from Motorville, a very 1950's-eqsue town, where he lives with his mother, his best friend, and other citizens of the old-school town. Oliver is a simple child who doesn't really garner the spotlight, like many JRPG hero's, and he isn't very powerful; he is just a normal boy living his life. Unfortunately, after a few couple of unforeseen incidents, Oliver finds himself alone and depressed, that is, until he meets/saves his faithful companion throughout the game Mr. Drippy. Mr. Drippy is a fairy from this other world and tells Oliver that only he has the power to save his world from an evil wizard known as The Dark Djinn Shadar.

Overworld and Battle Gameplay

Ni No Kuni, being an RPG, is divided into main types of gameplay: overworlds and battle. The overworld in Ni No Kuni is set into three parts: Towns, Oliver's World/Motorville, and of course the overworld itself. Starting with the overworld in Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, the game does not contain randomly generated battles. All enemies (known as familiars), are visible to the player at all times. Enemies have the ability to notice you as well and due to this some may chase you, depending if you are weaker or a close level to them, and others may run away if you are stronger than they are. The game takes a cut from Earthbound/Mother 2 as approaching an enemy from behind will give you a preemptive strike on the enemy and vice versa. You mainly travel around the world by walking to each area, but as the game progresses you find multiple ways to travel such as obtaining a ship to travel the seas. On the ocean the same rules apply, although you can't see what type of familiar you will fight in the depending/ensuing battle.



Every town in Ni No Kuni contains four things: The Inn, Weapon Shop, Item Shop, and Errand's Building. All four areas are vital parts to Ni No Kuni; the Inn you must stay at if you want to get maps for the area (provided in your Wizard's Companion). The Weapon Shop and Item Shop are self-explanatory areas. The Errand's Building is basically the sidequest spot of Ni No Kuni. Unlike most JRPG's, sidequests are usually requested by random NPC's that you have to find in different areas, or they are time-locked and some go away, etc. In Ni No Kuni, Errand's are divided up into bounties and errands, and can be accessed at anytime. More specifically, errands are available after beating certain bosses/temples, but you can return to do errand's at anytime you want to in the game. Every job request is accepted in this Errand Building and sometimes the errands can only be activated by reading the errand board (similar to Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door).

What makes Ni No Kuni special is the fact that there are two things: the ability to travel to Motorville (and the importance it plays) and your Wizard's Companion. Ni No Kuni has two worlds, but each world is connected by its people, where they are called soulmates. Early in the game you meet a girl who joins your party named Esther. Esther was affected by Shadar's magic because he cursed her soulmate, who lives in Oliver's world, Myrtle. Because of this, many sidequests and main-quests of the game, have Oliver consistently going back and forth from his world to the other world. Now, the Wizard's Companion is like your guidebook for being a wizard. This book is an important part of the game because certain puzzles can only be figured out by actually reading this book! The book also states general facts about enemies and monsters (like weaknesses, best equipment) and is a constant source for players who are looking to better their party.

Now, the battle gameplay of Ni No Kuni is a more live-action RPG with a bit of turn-based influence. In a way more concise, it would be Pokemon with a second to think for your commands. Each battle you can either command your player (Oliver, Esther, etc.) or one of three familiars from your party. The attacks range from an auto-attack for a set-time, to a magic attack (where battle time freezes as you select your command), to defending and items. It is possible to also dodge without using commands, as physical attacks need to be performed by actually hitting the player, so if you are far away and select Attack, you or the enemy have to get in range in order to attack you. So, unlike Xenobalde Chronicles, when you are no where near an enemy and still can get hurt, in this game staying away or running around the battle field for time works as a strategy,

In the game there are many types of familiars, and like Pokemon each has a type they are weak against and effective against. In addition, each familiar has a set attribute like one can be a fire and heavy type familiar, that can only use certain equipment. These types of monsters are usually slower and more powerful, although still weak against storm or ice opponents. Also, like Pokemon, each familiar can evolve up to a third form! By leveling up, your familiar can reach a max level for that species and you must feed it stones to evolve its form. Evolving also resets the levels of the familiars (so be careful to not evolve before a boss!) and sometimes may change the type of familiar it is.

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Ni No Kuni's soundtrack is done by Joe Hisaishi and Rei Kondoh. The soundtrack is beautifully done in many areas of the game, especially in the beginning, although it is a step behind the usual music we here in games like Final Fantasy. My favorite track of the game is the Arie Recollection [clickable]. Graphics for Ni No Kuni are an obvious step up from its DS version, but are very Wind Waker-eqsue. Not in a sense of cel-shading, but you can see the animation features in most of the character models, making them look more like fantasy than reality. The landscapes and towns are gorgeously done and really bring that fantasy-movie feeling whenever you walk into a town. Also, for those fans of animated Studio Ghibli movies will love that some of the cutscenes are drawn and animated for the player to watch and enjoy. Replay-value of the game is not high, but completion wise is very high. The game offers many post game sidequests in addition to a way to unlock the game scenes and movies if you are up to the task.

Overall

Overall: 9/10

Ni No Kuni is a fine entry into the JRPG franchise and a very enjoyable game. While a bit easy to many JRPG vets, the story and addicting sidequests would get anyone hooked to this game; plus we get animated scenes from Studio Ghibli! The game is about 40 to 50 hours long and double that if you want to platnium the game like myself. While the ending didn't do it for me (hurt the score), you still are able to find a connection with all of the characters and grow to love them (especially Mr. Drippy!)

Pros:

   Fun sidequests
   Great music/great to look at
   A smooth game that any gamer can get, RPG fan or not

Cons:

   If you don't like grinding (well for the trophy)
   A bit slow at first
   Ending

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Michael Troina plays games for his Youtube Channel: LegendofMikeandBill that is only if you want to watch awesome gaming videos with full walkthroughs, unboxings, and news-updates! You can also catch TLMB on Facebook so make sure you like us or on WordPress!