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Who would you elect to be the next Smash Bros. DLC character? photo
Who would you elect to be the next Smash Bros. DLC character?
by Jonathan Holmes

Nintendo's April Fools Nintendo Direct was no joke. While there wasn't a whole lot there that would interest people who aren't existing fans of the publisher, there was something for just about everyone who already enjoys Nintendo's brand of game design. It announced new modes and costumes for Mario Kart 8, new StreetPass games, re-confirmed the Fire Emblem/Shin Megami Tensei crossover, showed off a new amiibo card-focused Animal Crossing title, promised a patch to help make Code Name STEAM a lot more fun, teased the localization of Fatal Frame V, and all while jamming an amiibo into every open orifice while laugh/crying until the veins in their heads and necks exploded in to a cascade of blood

Figuratively. 

As great as that all sounds, many would likely tell you that the presentation peaked early with the multiple Smash Bros. announcements. Mewtwo will join the game as DLC in just two weeks. Mii characters are getting new costumes based on Xenoblade, Majora's MaskMega Man X, and more. Lucas will be available for purchase as DLC in June. To top it all off, we can now vote for who we want to see appear in the game as DLC in the future. Nintendo made it clear that our votes will not be the only thing that determines how the Smash Bros. roster will continue to grow, but just knowing that the potential for more of our favorite characters to join the fight has much of the internet freaking out, present company included.

Here are a few of the characters that we'd love to see as Smash Bros. DLC. 

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12:00 AM on 04.02.2015

Am I going to be in 1001 Spikes?

[Update: Nicalis also confirmed that the game is definitely coming to Europe.] It's no secret that 1001 Spikes was one of my favorite games of 2014. It's also one of my most anticipated games of 2015. There's been an update i...

Jonathan Holmes

11:30 PM on 03.31.2015

Fake VR boob goggles showed me that 'two party politics' are no good for gaming

Last week, Steven Hansen did a news story about some fake boob-infused videogame consoles that Marvelous made up to promote the next Senran Kagura game. I did a video about those videos for our YouTube channel, and it w...

Jonathan Holmes

9:00 PM on 03.30.2015

A lot of people want a game about Black Steampunk Sherlock Holmes

This concept art for a new Sherlock Holmes game isn't new. Former Starr Mazer artist Christina Antoinette threw it together a while ago, but for whatever reason, it's found new life on Twitter over the past few days...

Jonathan Holmes

8:30 PM on 03.30.2015

Japan's premiere indie game festival teams with Indie Megabooth

Just yesterday, James Mielke appeared on Sup Holmes to talk about his work at Shinra Technologies. EGM, 1up, Q Games, Q Entertainment, and (you guessed it), BitSummit, the little Kyoto indie games convention that has altered ...

Jonathan Holmes

3:00 PM on 03.29.2015

Milky Holmes is finally a reality with James Mielke

Today Sup Holmes we welcome James Mielke, formerly of 1UP, EGM, Q Entertainment, Q Games and now of Shinra Technologies. We're going to be talking all about his long and illustrious career. Get to know us!~

Jonathan Holmes





10:00 PM on 03.25.2015

Do you consider Playboy to be a 'legitimate gaming news outlet?'

As I was editing a video recap of Steven's news post about fake VR boob goggles, it struck me how deeply breasts have ingrained themselves into the world of videogames. How many arguments about sexual objectification vs. sex...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 PM on 03.24.2015

Daisy swings a mean bat in this fan game mock-up

People want more Daisy. The Iconoclasts' Joakim Sandberg already showed us his plans for an adventure starring Sarasaland's finest. One particularly passionate fan even wrote a lengthy article in first person about why Daisy...

Jonathan Holmes

7:00 AM on 03.23.2015

Dave Oshry, one of gaming's biggest charmers, wants to be less like Saul Goodman

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] Last  Sunday on Sup H...

Jonathan Holmes

2:45 PM on 03.22.2015

Sup Holmes explodes into Aether with Tyler Glaiel

[Update: Show's over folks! Thanks again to Tyler for hanging out with this. The rerun should be up this week. In the meantime, here is a cute Bombernauts trailer.] Today on Sup Holmes we welcome Tyler Glaiel to the program....

Jonathan Holmes

8:30 AM on 03.22.2015

I tried to recreate the Attack on Titan intro with amiibo

Thanks to my incredible skills with Windows Movie Maker and the volunteer help of a few shirtless hunks, I present to you the grand finale of Samba de Amiibo season one. It's an almost shot-for-shot recreation of the intro t...

Jonathan Holmes

2:47 PM on 03.15.2015

Sup Holmes rises for charity with Dave Oshry

[Update: Thanks to Dave for being on the show! We'll have the rerun stitched together for you soon. In the meantime, he's a trailer for Super Galaxy Squadron.] Sup Holmes is going live with David Oshry (Rise of the Triad...

Jonathan Holmes

1:00 PM on 03.15.2015

Did a clown who farts in a Porta Potty win PAX East?

Last week on Sup Holmes, I ranted to David Fox about how his game Zak McKracken is the greatest point and click adventure about subversion of corporate power structures, empathy,  and opening your eyes to the world...

Jonathan Holmes

12:00 PM on 03.15.2015

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD features school girls Vs. dragons on ice

Our full review of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is coming up tomorrow, but in the meantime, here is some off-screen footage of the game to get you thinking. As a lapsed fan of the series (the last main series Final Fantasy game I...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 AM on 03.15.2015

David Fox on forming LucasArts with George, writing with Douglas Adams and more

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] Last Sunday's Sup Holmes i...

Jonathan Holmes



Samus asks Nintendo for a new game photo
Samus asks Nintendo for a new game
by Jonathan Holmes

Nintendo is famous for frustrating some of their diehard fans. The irony is, those fans are only frustrated because Nintendo is doing a lot of things right. It may not let us buy a lot of their products, and it often takes its time with releasing the games we want, but the fact that we want those products and games in the first place speaks to Nintendo's skill at maintaining its relevance.

More than anything though, it's Nintendo's poker face that seems to bother people the most. It sometimes seems unaware of what fans want, but is that just an act, or is it just unwilling to tip its hand when pressed to tell us what it's up to?

Having spent the entirety of PAX East in the midst of an identity crisis, Samus finally broke down and demanded that Nintendo show some emotion. Does it love her anymore? Is it ever going to give her a starring role again? These are not easy questions to answer. The man fielding those questions on Nintendo's behalf was none other than Kit Ellis, co-host of The Nintendo Minute and Metroid superfan. While it's tough to top the signing of a Purple Pikmin, I think Kit did an equally excellent job in managing this bizarre encounter. Thanks again, Kit.

Without meaning to, Maddy "Samus" Myers and I ended up turning this What Samus Wants PAX East 2015 coverage into a full on spin-off of Samus and Sagat, complete with a three-act narrative. If you watch it from the beginning to end, the story is sort of reminiscent of Zoolander. That's pretty cool I guess.

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