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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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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.

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Posted by on January 30, 2015 in Fanboy

 

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Mario Kart 8 – A Review by Lou-Cyo

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Warning: As always, my reviews WILL contain spoilers as they’re crucial for thorough discussions.  However, I encourage you to read anyways.  Just because you can.

Overview: Mario Kart 8 portrays in essence what the title implies – Mario and various assortments of karts.  Classic Mario game characters battle it out through 8 cups (translating into 32 different tracks) with fireballs, shells, boomerangs, and much more to obtain 1st Place and bring home the gold!

Gameplay: Mario Kart 8’s gameplay is relatively the same as previous titles.  You have your accelerator, brake/reverse, item, and drift buttons.  Easy to remember.  Players get two options as to how to steer: 1) the use of the joystick or 2) actually steering with the control.  Items continue to hold a big part in the game since a Banana Peel can stand between you and a gold trophy.  IGN compiled a nice list of the items which you can take a look if you’re curious.  Nonetheless, I want to give an honorable mention to the wondrous Super Horn.  This magnificent item has the ability to destroy the fucking Spiny Shell by pulverizing it with its sound waves.  It has made my life so much better and worth living…

 

Mario Kart 8 also features air gliding and anti gravity. The latter not only let’s you race on ceilings and walls, but also gives the opportunity to speedboost when bumping other characters or special obstacles.  Gliding and anti gravity happen automatically when reaching certain parts on each course.  The camera follows you the whole time, so don’t fret thinking you’ll suffer motion sickness.  The goal of the game is simple: place first to win all the gold trophies you can.

Lou-Cyo’s Reaction: HOLY SHIT!  The minute I saw the intro on my screen, I knew this game was a must have.  To say the graphics are beautiful is an understatement.  Nintendo was not playing when highlighting numerous times the fact that Mario Kart 8 was the first in its saga to be in high definition.  The characters, items, courses…  The smoothness of the illustrations make the pixels seem tangible.  A treat to the pupils as you glide through the courses after exiting anti gravity zones.

You remember how 150cc was MAYBE a tad hard in previous Mario Karts?  Mario Kart 8’s 150cc poses a real challenge.  If you’re anal like me and need every single unlocakble in the game, prepare yourself for overwhelming emotions ranging from crippling anxiety to irrational rage when attempting to place 1st on every track on 150cc.  I cannot even count how many times I got CLOBBERED with a plethora of shells when on the LAST LAP of the LAST COURSE and SECONDS away from the damn finish line.  Thinking about it makes my skin crawl with anger…  But in a good way!  Unlocking the characters and kart parts in this game is such a treat.  I enjoyed getting the Koopalings the most. Do you remember them from Mario Bros. 3?  Apart from the blissful nostalgia these characters embody, they get a cool HD touch up!

The game features mirrored racetracks to spice things up once you have collected all golden trophies the first time around.  The online gaming options have expanded to phenomenal degrees by letting players customize tournaments.  You have control over basically everything – from the race difficulty to what items and karts are allowed.  Meaning you can have a 150cc races with only Mushrooms to be used.  Can you imagine that in any of the 2 Rainbow Roads featured in this game?  Sounds deliciously evil and fun to attempt!  I recently got to play MK8 with 3 other people and the fun never stopped.  We played for hours and the adrenaline was pumping nonstop.  Mario Kart 8 is a game that will make you come back again and again.  No matter if you’re alone, online, or with friends.  I give Mario Kart 8 a 10/10.  The game is just too much fun.

Have you played Mario Kart 8?  What are your thoughts on the game?  Let me know on the comment section.  I wanna hear from you!

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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Total Score

 

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

 

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Pokéfans! Use Rest!

Be like Snorlax.  Nintendo and myself will appreciate it.

As I was browsing the Nets, I stumbled upon countless tweets from pokéfans around the world who are in an full blown OUTRAGE.  The reason behind such anger: not having access to Nintendo’s Pokémon Bank.  What is this Pokémon Bank exactly?  Well, thank goodness you’re here so I can break it down for you!  …Or you can watch this video to get the overall idea if you’re lazy.  You can’t say I don’t love you.

The Pokémon Bank (or as I already nicknamed it, Pokébank) is a downloadable on-line cloud software for the Nintendo 3DS system that will tremendously enhance the Pokémon Storage System (i.e., system where Pokémon trainers store their Pokémon digitally) as we know it.  Along with the Pokébank, players will have the option of downloading the Poké Transporter – through Pokébank – which provides one-way transfers of Pokémon from Generation V games to the Generation VI games.  Pretty cool, huh?  And it doesn’t stop there!

Pokébank constitutes of a PC with 3000 extra units of space (100 Boxes with 30 spaces each) available for trainers to store their Pokémon for an annual fee which will vary from country to country.  Players will earn (and retrieve through in-game option Pokémon Link) 100 Poké Miles or earn Battle Points when Pokémon are deposited into the Pokébank.  The Boxes can be organized into 10 different groups at most and Nintendo has added a filtering system to search through the Boxes with ease.  For example, you can filter your search by Types or Species of Pokémon.  The bank will also allow you to transfer whole Boxes at once.  How fucking cool and convenient is that?!

(Warning:Make sure Pokémon that are to be deposited are NOT HOLDING anything.  If you attempt to deposit Pokémon which are holding any kind of item and your bag is full, the item will disappear!  FOREVER!)

Now that you all are well informed, let’s get to the drama!  The Pokébank and Poké Transporter were first released in Asian territories like Japan and South Korea on December 25th, 2013.  It was announced by Nintendo that by December 27th, 2013 territories including the U.S. would have access to the advanced storage system.  However, the excitement was shut down early.  Because of the massive volume of data trafficking regarding the download of Pokébank by players, the Nintendo Network went haywire and it was shutdown.   Nintendo Network was back up and running a few days later on December 29th, 2013, but the Pokébank was no longer available for download.  Countries not included in the December 25th release date did not get a chance to download the software.   It was not until January 21st, 2014 that the Pokébank became available once again for the countries in which the software was initially released – and many went insane.

Thousands upon thousands of angry tweets and posts oozing irritation were fired at Nintendo by pokéfans shaming the company to no end.  For all of those who are contributing to this bashing, I have one thing to say: give it a fucking rest.  Stop acting like it’s the end of the fucking world.  Nintendo staff is probably freaking out over the whole fiasco and instead of getting support and understanding, all I’ve been reading is the exact opposite. I understand the eagerness and overwhelming excitement of having such resource, but come on!  This is the type of situation that can demolish a company’s fame.  Do I believe Nintendo’s fame is in jeopardy because of this?  Not really.  But it rubs me the wrong way to read people’s posts proclaiming their love to Nintendo in one paragraph and indicating how the company’s a piece of shit the next.  Writing how stupid Nintendo is for not anticipating such issues and their profiles read something around the lines like Nintendo 4Life.  Stop.  Stop and be like Snorlax.  Nintendo and myself will appreciate it.

What are your thoughts about the Pokébank?  Are you excited for it?  What do you think about the pokéfans’ vendetta because of the Pokébank delay?  I want to know!

See you around!

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2014 in Fanboy

 

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Remember, remember… The 22nd of November!

November 22, 2013 is certainly a date many Nintendo followers are looking forward to.  Nintendo has created a beautiful selection of unique pixelated universes for us to indulge in and I’ll be more than happy to take you on a tour.

Super Mario 3D World

I already talked about my hype about this game for the Wii U in my Let the console war begin! Part II post.  HOWEVER, it is no problem for me to recap the awesomeness of this game and add a little something extra.  SM3DW is essentially the first 3D multiplayer platform presented by Nintendo.  You will have the option of choosing between Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad – each with their own unique abilities – to tackle the new 3D world.  Toad is the fastest at everything.  Peach can float on air for a few seconds.  Luigi jumps the highest of them all, while Mario is the overall.  In addition to classic powers like the one obtained by touching a Fire Flower, SM3DW will feature new power ups and power suits like the Cherry (whatever character will duplicate when coming in contact with it), Hammer Bro Suit (which lets you embody the powers of a Hammer Bro), and Cat Suit (that lets you pounce on enemies and climb up walls).  Add sleds, baseballs, cannon block helmets, piranha plants, Rosalina…  And, oh, so much more!  SM3DW promises hours, upon hours of fun whether you’re tackling it alone or with friends!

Mario Party: Island Tour

Continuing on the Mario Bros. train, let’s take a minute to wrap our heads around the new Mario Party available for the Nintendo 3DS.  MPIT will take your favorite characters to play in board game arenas with around 80 minigames.  You’ll get to use your 3DS features in imaginable ways in an attempt to clear the challenges ahead as flawlessly as possible and make your way to the top – being crowned the Superstar.  Not much was released about MPIT, butno need to fret.  Why?  Because when has a Mario Party game been a bust?  Exactly.  Never.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Now, this game I am undoubtedly thrilled about.  TLOZ: ALBW for the Nintendo 3DS will present a new game dynamic completely different than what Zelda gamers are accustomed to: you can choose the order of which dungeons you want to tackle with no apparent linear gameplay.  How is the possible?  In TLOZ: ALBM you are aided by a mystical character named Ravio who will let you rent key items needed to complete certain dungeons.  You decide to either smash switches with a powerful hammer to start off your quest or take a hold of the magic wand and set your enemies ablaze.  Link also gets this cool and new ability where he is able to plaster himself inside walls as if he was some sort of painting and (thanks to the power of the Triforce of Courage) he can travel within the walls.  New allies.  New dungeons.  New villains.  Can it get sweeter than that?  Well, yes.  Yes, it can.  To honor the game’s release, Nintendo will have for a limited time a TLOZ: ALBM themed 3DS XL!

How SICK is this?!

Ugh…  I die…

Hope you enjoyed the nice little tour!  See you around!

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2013 in New World Unlocked

 

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