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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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The Zeries of Zelda

The Zeries of Zelda

These first two months of 2015 have brought much promise to the land of Gaming across all platforms.  And now, we are taking over the television realm!  …Or maybe not, but we’ll play along as much as we can because, well, we can.

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It has been rumored that a partnership between Netflix and Nintendo has sprouted and a The Legend of Zelda live action series is in the works.  It has definitely been a “Break the Internet” phenomenon earlier this month.  People being both excited and fearful.  Why is that, you might ask.  Well, let’s say Nintendo does not have a “hot” record when it comes to adapting their games to the screen.  For example, we can recall the cartoon series for The Legend of Zelda and the one for Mario Bros.  We also have the Mario Bros. movie which I am still battling my own brain cells in attempts to forget I watched the whole thing at one point in my life.  All of the above…  No.  Just no.

Though skepticism is all around, I for one will stay positive.  There are marvelously well-done movies involving fantastical and magic aspects that can serve as inspiration like The Lord of The Rings and Harry Potter.  On that note, there’s also a wonderful group of photographers and film makers under the name The Zelda Project who have done a beautiful job in bringing the world of Hyrule and its inhabitants to life. I encourage you all to check them out.  Moreover, The Legend of Zelda’s storyline has a great plot and characters full of life. I am certain Nintendo has the budget to make this series phenomenal and groundbreaking.

There is one major challenge I believe the team involved in the creation of this series will have to face: Link’s personality.  Throughout the games (and I’m not counting the cartoon series because no) Link’s personality is more of an extension of the player.  You get to decide what to do; when to do it; and how to do it.  We don’t even know how Link’s voice sounds except for his sighs and grunts.  He’s a very blank pallet – that can be very easily fucked.

But what do you think about this Zelda series?  Do you think it will happen?  Would you binge watch?  Let me know on the comments below!  Also, remember to Like and Share.

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Posted by on February 28, 2015 in New World Unlocked

 

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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!

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Posted by on November 22, 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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Basically, in Ganondorf’s words, “What they can possibly hope to achieve?”

“I’m allowed to say, ‘meh.'”

That’s the attitude Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo of America, has towards the PlayStation 4 and XBOX One systems’ game lineups.  He appears to feel there’s no threat en route to the Wii U because when in a console war “it’s all about the games.”  Reggie embellishes the latter statement claiming Nintendo’s ownership over unique and legendary franchises like Zelda, Mario, and Donkey Kong – and he is right…  To an extent.

I agree the titles mentioned above are indeed beyond greatness; however, I believe there’s a line between maintaining a positive attitude and beginning to sound bastardly cocky – which I feel the latter is what’s happening to Mr. President over there.  I understand being passionate about a console – as I am a Nintendo fan myself.  However, it’s not a real necessity to diminish others’ work, especially with no facts supporting such devaluing indications.  Don’t get me wrong, if something’s a piece of crap, I can acknowledge it and call it what it is: crap.  Nonetheless, as I wrote in my entries Part III – PlayStation 4: “The most powerful console” and Let the console war begin! Part III, NEITHER of Wii U’s rivals are opening with only “meh” category games.  N-E-I-T-H-E-R.

Reggie’s allowed to say “meh,” but that doesn’t take away the fact of it being a distasteful comment directed to the work of numerous individuals and marvelous gaming franchises.  It all makes it seem like if it’s not Nintendo, it sucks.  And that’s far away from the truth.

So what do you think about Reggie Fils-Aime’s expressions?  You already know mine, but I’m interested in yours.

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Posted by on October 3, 2013 in Battle Royale

 

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