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If only 1-Ups were real… II

As if Nintendo did not suffered enough already when Nintendo’s 3rd President, Hiroshi Yamauchi, passed away at age 85 due to reported complications of pneumonia in 2013.  A dark cloud has once more set on top of Nintendo Land with the death of who was current President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata.

Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo 2002 – 2015

Iwata died at the young age of 55 due to a reported tumor in his bile duct.  Reportedly, the tumor was discovered in June 2014 and was successfully removed.  However, the cancer reappeared and took Iwata’s life on July 11th, 2015. I am in shock because it seems like yesterday when I was writing about how Iwata has been doing an exceptional job at keeping Nintendo’s name relevant in the industry.  Nintendo as to this date has not released who will be Satoru Iwata’s successor.  At the time, Nintendo is reportedly being managed Genyo Takeda (general manager of Nintendo’s integrated research division and Representative Director of Nintendo) and Shigeru Miyamoto (video game designer and producer) while awaiting the new President to be appointed.

Iwata’s journey with Nintendo started as a collaborator through his gaming developing role in HAL Laboratory in 1980, a Japanese video game developer in Tokyo. Through exceptional work on developing the EarthBound and Kirby series titles, Iwata became President of Hal in 1993.  During his time as President at HAL, he assisted Nintendo with the world famous titles of Pokémon and Super Smash Bros.  In 2000, Iwata began working officially for Nintendo in the corporate division.  If you have been paying attention to the dates, that means only 2 years after his start date he became President of Nintendo (and the first outside of the Yamauchi family).  How IMPRESSIVE is that?!  Pretty darn impressive if you ask me.  During his reign as President, he birthed various Nintendo’s smashing hits like the Wii gaming console and the Nintendo DS handheld – the latter being the second-best selling video game console of all time following the PlayStation 2.  Both systems (i.e., the Wii and DS) reinforced Nintendo’s relevance in the gaming world after the public not taking well the GameCube console (which I will never understand because it is actually one of my favorite).  Also during his years at Nintendo, Iwata was involved in the Super MarioAnimal Crossing, Metroid Prime, and The Legend of Zelda series – all which have become gaming phenomena.

Satoru Iwata was the definition of what it means to be a visionary – he believed in magic Nintendo brings to families and households around the world.  He took risks in attempts to keep Nintendo’s legacy as strong as ever.  For example, the sales of the Nintendo 3DS handheld console when it came out in 2011 were less than promising.  Moreover in 2014, the Wii U sales also spiraled down the drain.  However, what did Iwata do?  He VOLUNTARILY took a 50% pay cut of his salary in 2011 and 2014 to help buffer the lack of revenue from the 3DS.  WHO DOES THAT?!  An amazing human being who believes in his company – that’s who.

Satoru Iwata will always be remembered for his energetic, approachable, and positive attitude he portrayed whether in person, a presentation at E3, or a Nintendo Direct recording.  When he came on stage or on your browser window, it always felt like you were talking to one of your gamer friends in middle school – that level of closeness I believe is characteristic of being part of the Nintendo culture.  A testament to this is the massive support fans all over the world have expressed with his passing. It will only take you seconds to search “satoru iwata tribute” on a search engine and you will see countless threads and images solely dedicated to showing the love and appreciation for not only Iwata’s work, but for who he was as a person.

Iwata Tribute Example

 

Iwata tribute example

Nonetheless, Satoru Iwata, rest in peace.  May your beautiful soul and exceptional work be never forgotten.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2015 in Fanboy, Game Over

 

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Reborn Materia: FFVII

-Breaths heavily-

I can’t even even keep it together as I am writing this post!  It’s finally here:
Final Fantasy VII – The Remake

Sony is sure to keep PlayStation 4 on the map with this.  A remake for FFVII has been talked about for LONG YEARS now within gamers from all over advocating for such a masterpiece of a story to be retold through the power of new technologies.  I sustain the latter as a fact as the combined video count for the trailer surpasses 10 million views – more than various of the games trailers shown for E3 like Uncharted 4 and Halo 5.

It has come to my attention (sadly) that the new FFVII’s storyline will have drastic changes in comparison to the previous FFVII for the PlayStation. It rubs me the wrong way those kind of rumors are floating around (and I’ll be damn hurt to the deepest part of my core), but let’s be honest here: I am pretty certain that being able to play with such a beloved cast outweighs the fact of the story not being the exact same as it’s predecessor.  However, Tetsuya Nomura (Japanese video game artist, designer, and director for Square Enix), stated there are certain plots in the game will be left untouched.  Leaving us to think changes are to be expected.  Another one of the rumored changes was that the character list may be altered by adding and/or subtracting characters.  However, Nomura has confirmed the roster will be intact and moving on forward headstrong – YAAAAY!  Not saying I approve of changes, I am just saying it would be refreshing to not see them like this anymore:

With no release date yet, we can only sit and try to manage our anxiety and depressive symptoms while we wait for this wonderful for such treasure to materialize.  A release date of 2017 has been rumored.  Though it might be longer since Nomura is also working on Kingdom Hearts 3 which also does not have a release date – a handful for sure.

Are you ready?

What are your thoughts on this remake?  Are you excited as I am?  Let me know on the comments.  Also, remember to Like and Share.  See you around!

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Fanboy

 

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You only have weak masks…

Let me tell you a story…

Yes, you are not hallucinating.  Above is the trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – remake for the Nintendo 2DS and 3DS systems which is to be release in Spring 2015.  Although I am not that much of handheld devices anymore, I have to admit this game might just reanimate that dead passion.  Majora’s Mask if by far one of the most greatest and darkest games in the history of TLOZ games.  It is unbelievable to think such masterpiece was developed in around 18 months back in the year 2000.

 

The mask that was stolen from me…  It’s called Majora’s Mask.

It is said that an evil and wicked power is bestowed upon the one who wears that mask.

The game opens with a Salesman recounting his tragic loss of an ancient artifact stolen from him known as Majora’s Mask.  What happens next?  Of course you are asked to retrieve it to prevent the impending catastrophe…  Only having a span of 3 days to do so.  The power of Majora’s Mask has summoned the Moon to descend violently into the land below causing complete annihilation. Link must used his honed Warrior of Time skills and magic to save the world of Termina from an apocalyptic doom.  That’s the game in a nutshell. However, it brings so much more!  Throughout the game, you will be confronted with the social psyche of what individuals facing crisis exhibit.  For example, you will meet characters who are in panic because the Moon is about to kill everything in sight, while others are in complete denial and rationalized the the very end how the celestial body with the psychotic grin is not a threat.  I believe that aspect alone – raw human behavior – makes the game worth while.  Also, the game revolves around different masks you can acquire in your travels.  Each mask having it’s own unique story – whether depressing, heroic, or down right silly.  Another unique aspect of the game is how it does not feature Zelda, Hyrule, Ganon, or the Triforce; completely throwing a curve ball to its predecessors.  One final thing I want to make sure I highlight it the music.  Oh, how AMAZING the musical scores are!  Koji Kondo and Toru Minegishi were brilliant!  Do yourself a favor and if you do not want to buy the game, get the soundtrack – it will be an out of body experience.  That good.

 

As if the excitement to see this game reborn wasn’t enough, different limited edition bundles will be sold around the world.  Mainly, what you want to be looking out for is this:

Limited Edition Majora’s Mask 3DS (above) and Skull Kid figurine (below).

 

 

Have you ever played Majora’s Mask?  Are you anticipating this remake?  Let me know on the comments below!  Please, remember to Like and Share this post if you enjoyed it even a little.  I won’t lie: getting notifications on my entries make me feel and warm and fuzzy on the inside.

See you around!

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2015 in Fanboy

 

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After a day of Smashing…

HOLY SHIT!  If I’ve ever been at the border of experiencing full-blown mania, it happened yesterday – thanks Nintendo!  Super Smash FUCKING Brothers for the Wii U hit stores yesterday!  First thing you need to know: YOU CAN USE GAMECUBE CONTROLLERS!  Praise the Lord, Buddha, or whatever divine entity you believe in!  Yes, you need an adapting dock to connect to the Wii U to use the GC controllers, but whatever.  I’ll take anything that does not involve the fucking Wii Remote.  Can’t wait for that shit to die…  Anyhow, back to the game!  Super Smash Brothers for the Wii U, apart from having an impressive starting roster of 30+ amazing characters, is GORGEOUS!  That HD is no joke.  I probably played with every single character on each stage all in one night.  The aesthetics of this game go far beyond the last Super Smash Brothers game that I couldn’t contain myself – I needed to see it ALL!  Now for some highlights before I got back to spend the next hundreds of hours of my life playing this game:

  • Peach still sucks. I don’t understand WHY Melee Peach was not brought back. But she looks prettier.
  • Samus and Zero Suit Samus are two different entities, thank goodness. Now I can go about my day with not worrying dismantling armor.  The same with Zelda and Shiek.
  • Little Mac is actually surprisingly good.
  • 8-Player battles are a shit show – but in a good way.
  • Characters have much more skins and some are extraordinarily beautiful (e.g., Samus’s Light Suit).
  • Interactive stages are more brutal than ever before, especially Kalos Pokémon League:

Pokémon battles got real dangerous…  and quick!

 

Let the battle royale continue!

See you around!

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2014 in Fanboy, New World Unlocked

 

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Happy Hyrulian Birthday to me!

Quick post because it’s my birthday and I am about to go out and celebrate. So, apart from gloating on my existence today, I want to point out that one of the year’s highly anticipated games came out today – the day of MY birthday. Gamers, I present to you:

Did that trailer give you goosebumps or what?!  Not only will we be able to roam around Hyrule kicking ass with Link, but also we have famous characters like Zelda, Princess Ruto, Ganondorf, Midna, Darunia, Sheik, Fi, Impa, Ghirahim, Zant, (and not so famous) Agitha, and Lana as playable forces against whatever enemies we will face in the mystic lands.  Now will forever this game be immortalized along side my birth.  I’ll take it as a birth right!

What surprises will this new gameplay for the TLOZ series will have?  I guess I will tell you later once I devour this game on it’s entirety!  …Or you can pick up your copy and find out!

Are you doing yourself a favor and getting this game?  Let me answer for you: you will.  It’s an order.

See you around!

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Posted by on September 26, 2014 in Fanboy, New World Unlocked

 

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-Dodges Banana Peel- MK8 is #CRAZY!

Nintendo is at the verge of giving me a heart attack!

This trailer just gave me life!

Not too long ago, I wrote all there was to know about the upcoming Mario Kart 8.  HOWEVER, Nintendo decided to release an unannounced Nintendo Direct with the last pieces of the puzzle about the next chapter in the Mario Kart saga!  The remaining characters were revealed: the adorable Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach!  Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on that pink gold.  I always got enjoyment of beating people with characters people stereotype against like Peach because she’s “too girly.”  Can’t wait to make people eat my golden pink dust!

 

Talking about the “new and shiny,” Nintendo also released ALL of the 32 tracks in MK8 and I am here to list them for you because that’s what I’m here for.  Ready?

Mushroom CupMario Kart Stadium, Water Park,Sweet Sweet Canyon, Thwomp Ruins

Flower CupMario Circuit, Toad Harbour, Twisted Mansion, Shy Guy Falls 

Star CupSunshine Airport, Dolphin Shoals, Electrodome, Mount Wario

Special CupCloudtop Cruise, Bone Dry Dunes, Bowser’s Castle, Rainbow Road

Shell CupMoo Moo Meadows (Wii), Mario Circuit (GBA), Cheep Cheep Beach (DS), Toad’s Turnpike (N64)

Banana Cup: Dry Dry Desert (GCN), Donut Plains 3 (SNES), Royal Raceway (N64), DK Jungle (3DS)

Leaf CupWario Stadium (DS), Sherbet Land (GCN), Music Park (3DS), Yoshi Valley (N64)

Lightning CupTick-Tock Clock (DS), Piranha Plant Pipeway (3DS), Grumble Volcano (Wii), Rainbow Road (N64)

Since we’re listing tracks, let’s go over Battle Mode.  Now Battle Mode features modified tracks instead of arenas which include:

  • Moo Moo Meadows
  • Dry Dry Desert
  • Donut Plains 3
  • Toad’s Turnpike
  • Mario Circuit
  • Toad Harbour
  • Sherbet Land
  • Yoshi Valley

Also, remember these:

Please welcome the Super Horn and Crazy 8!  The latter is basically a grab bag of 8 items that surround your kart and you’ll be able to use them – pretty neat.  HOWEVER, that Super Horn though!  It serves as the ultimate offensive/defensive weapon.  Not only will the horn be able to blast opponents out of your way, it is said that the sonic blasts have the ability to destroy any shells heading your way – including the evil, dreaded, and diabolical Spiny Shell.

Spiny Shell

Oh, yes.  The Spiny Shell has met it’ match finally and it’s all coming to MK8!

The Mario Kart TV feature was also explained thoroughly,  MKTV will support voice chat in the lobby areas while playing with people online.  I believe that’s a nice touch by Nintendo because now you will be able to actually make connections to a more personal level.  Though I am crossing my fingers and it’s not dampened by pesky children cursing and being all sorts of inappropriate like on some famous FPSs…  Anywho, in addition to the voice chat, racers will be able to create scheduled tournaments accessible to the public!  No more worries about missing a tournament!  MKTV was firstly described as a way to share your videos with friends; however, Nintendo informed its fans that the MKTV videos can be uploaded directly to YouTube!  In a matter of seconds, you’ll be able to acquire praise and bragging rights from all over the world…  

GIMME THE SPOTLIGHT! 

Lastly, remember I mentioned how Europe was getting its own bundle pack with a cool Spiky Blue Shell collectible statue?  Well, no need to be jealous because North America gets it’s own special bundle too!  The same includes a black Wii U Deluxe (32 GB), a copy of Mario Kart 8 (not confirmed if it will be a disk or digital, a Wii Remote Plus, and a Wii Wheel for only $330.00!  But wait, there’s more!  People who purchase whatever version of Mario Kart 8 (i.e., disc, digital copy, or the bundle) and registers the game on Club Nintendo by July 31st of this year will get to pick a free copy of either Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, or Wii Party U!  So, for those of you who are still debating on buying the console, THIS is the time to act!

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Is it My 30th already?!

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See you around!

 

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Fanboy, New World Unlocked

 

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Happy 25th birthday, GAME BOY!

Happy birthday, Game Boy!

Today, Nintendo and Gamers around the world celebrate the 25th Year Anniversary of the Game Boy!

How old do you feel now knowing this!?  I’m feeling pretty old myself!  Nonetheless, it was a privilege to have had the opportunity to grow up in the same era as this wondrous hand held machine.  Who can forget the overwhelming excitement of holding the power to play legendary video games like Mario and The Legend of Zelda with no television?  Stealing double A batteries from whatever electronics you could (specially your parents’ television remote controllers) so you could keep catching your first 150 Pokémon or beat your sibling’s high score in Tetris?  Oh, the memories of that yellowish screen and the different shades of gray-to-black outlines…  THE NOSTALGIA!

 

Gunpei Yokoi (September 10, 1941 – October 4, 1997)

Gunpei Yokoi was the video game designer mastermind behind the creation of the Game Boy which sold around 100 million units worldwide.  First released in 1989, the device quickly became a favorite, especially with the smash hit Tetris, and hosted over 700 game titles.

Today we thank you, Game Boy, for being the predecessor that paved the way for the amazing hand held systems we get to enjoy nowadays.

Were you one of the lucky ones who was able to play on the Game Boy?  What Nintendo hand helds did you own?  Do you still own any?  How about old school cartridges?  Comment below – I want to know!

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Fanboy

 

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