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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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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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Let the console war begin! Part II

Welcome back to LouCyo’s reviews!  In my last entry I summarized the how the PlayStation 4 clobbered the Xbox One.  No matter how you look at it, the PS4 won battle and there’s no question about it.  I believe Xbox is at the bottom of the food chain and will need an act (or several) of whatever devine entities out there to survive once all available consoles and games become available for purchase.  With that said, I can’t forget to review Nintendo’s E3 live stream – which HOLY FUCK it was SOO GOOD!

First up, Pokemon X and Pokemon Y – Cannot. Fucking. WAIT!  AHHH!  Admitting to a hiatus of playing pokémon, I’ve always been a Pokemon fan.  Heck.  Not to long ago I dressed up as Pikachu to an themed event (which I might add I looked adorable).  Nintendo’s presentation of Pokémon X/Y showed exceptionally enhanced graphics in comparison to the ones we are accustomed to on handheld devices.   Pokémon battles have been blessed with more animation and smoother illustration.  Nintento also uncovered the enigma revolving around Sylveon’s Type.  You ready for this?  Sylveon is a Fairy Type pokémon!  Yes.  You read right.  It’s time to brush up on your pokémon knowledge and battle strategies.  It was also revealed that Fairy is Super Effective against Dragon.  Though I am not too ecstatic about it, I’m relieved Sylveon is not any of the types I mentioned on one of my posts earlier this year titled Who’s that Pokémon?! It’s… … Sylveon…? – especially flying.  I would’ve punch a couple of concrete walls…  Nonetheless, an addition that was much anticipated by many since a new Type hasn’t been introduce to the world of pokémon for quite some time now.  New pokémon, new storyline, new world…  I cant wait to throw them pokéballs!

Can we take a second to discuss Super Mario 3D World?!  The best way to describe the level of elation I felt when Super Mario 3DW was announced is to compare it to 10 serious heart attacks combined because of the legendary essence the game embodies.  Super Mario 3DW took me back to my SNES games when I played the CLASSIC Mario Bros. 2 (which if you’ve never played it, find any means necessary to do so…   Even if it means your giving away your unborn child)!  In Super Mario 3DW you’re be able to select 4 iconic characters.  Apart from the obvious choice of Mario, you get to play as Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad.  Once you do, you’ll run through a 3D landscape stomping on enemies, climbing walls, and collecting coins. Moreover, Super Mario 3DW will offer is a Counter Operative mode which gives the game a nice twist.  Nonetheless, encompassing much of all the Mario-esque fun we love.  Super Mario 3DW will introduce “new power suits” to the Mario Bros. universe and one of these was the Cat Suit – this new suit will let the characters pounce on enemies; scratch foes in the face; and climb up walls.  I can only imagine what other wacky outfits Nintendo has in store.

Let’s move on to some good ol’ Mario Kart!  Wii U will let you enjoy the madness of Mario Kart 8.  The word madness doesn’t even encircle the wonderful chaos of this game.  You’re hovering over walls; gliding through the air; driving through water tunnels…  For goodness’ sake the absence of gravity is implemented in the game – insane!  And I love every single second of it.  The courses look beautiful and I can’t wait to see the character selection and Power Ups.

Yes.  The above picture is exactly what you’re imagining.  Nintendo officially announced that a new Super Smash Bros will be available on 2014 featuring 3 new brawlers: Villager (Animal Crossing), Mega Man, and Wii Fit Trainer girl!  Not much was revealed but we can all anticipated the epicness of this game.  I can’t wait to see the whole brawling crew, the new challenger modes, special power moves…  I’ll stop because I’m hyperventilating…

Above were the games that I believe will be the future highlights of the Wii U in the next upcoming months.  Nintendo presented several other games during their presentation, but I wasn’t really quite enticed.  For example, Wii Party U.  It’s basically Mario Party but with Miis.  You’re on a board; roll dice; move around the board; and play mini games after.  I prefer Mario Parties – they just look more fun and aesthetically pleasing.  Then the Wii Fit…  I go to the gym.  So yeah…  Moving on.  Nintendo did brought up third party games available for the Wii U.  However,  the majority of the games looked like games you can download to mobile devices.  If not, the games are already going to be available on other consoles – no sense of excitement or exclusivity.

Nonetheless, Nintendo always does a great job in keeping a strong fan base even when finding itself not being the most popular or having the highest selling numbers during this console war.  I was wondering why this is and decided to discuss it with one of my best friends in the whole wide world who is a gamer himself.  I believe my friend explained it beautifully. Here’s a snippet of our conversation:

Me: “Would you agree that Nintendo’s ability to stay relevant even when other consoles top the charts is because they overall present more likable characters than other systems?  I’m trying to decipher how Nintendo always seems to stay afloat in the midst of console wars. Like the fucking neutral party in world wars.”

Best friend: “I think it’s due to the fan loyalty it builds. It might not be the best at attracting new fans, but those who try it tend to at least buy their consoles due to the unique experiences they offer.  With other consoles you feel like a consumer. You are objectively deciding whether to buy their consoles based on the merits of their machines and their exclusives. But with [N]intendo it’s more like you’re choosing to join in the goofy fun of an oddball company.”

 

Where there you have it!  Are you excited for the Wii U now?  I know I am!  Let me know what you think. See you around!

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2013 in Battle Royale, Fanboy

 

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