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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

 

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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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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

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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.

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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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“Welcome to Mario Kart! Select your player!”

Spring 2014 is coming with countless surprises for the Gaming World and I took it upon myself to research all that there is to know about one of those wonders…

Mario Kart 8

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I thank whatever divine entity for giving me this to look forward to, especially after experiencing such a RUDE ASS winter that I swear has trained me on how to survive in the next Hunger Games.  #JustSayin’

Mario Kart is back and at full throttle!  Let’s start, shall we?

As we race towards the finish line, the courses will now be susceptible to anti-gravity!  Yes, it is exactly what you’re thinking and more.  Get ready to be right side up, upside down, and riding on walls!  Oh!  Did I forget to mention that while 360-ing through the convoluted courses in your new ATV you’ll be underwater and air gliding as well?  Being the first Mario Kart to be in HD (i.e., 60 frames per second) you’ll in for a visual treat on all possible angles.  Mario Kart 8 will also be the first in the entire series to debut music recorded by live performers!  Fancy!

Continuing on the poppin’ Mario Kart’s cherry train, the game also features a new speed booster turbo.  While experiencing anti-gravity you can perform a Speed Turbo which will grant your character a speed boost from bumping into other racers or from certain obstacles.

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Welcome to Bumper Kart!

What to do when upside down; your “friend” bumps you into oblivion; and you end up in 10th place?!  You RETALIATE!  THAT’S WHAT YOU DO!  Mario Kart 8 has added to its weapons repertoire the Boomerang Flower and the Piranha Plant.  If the item block gods bestow upon you the power of the boomerang, you’ll be able to throw the angular disk forward or backwards towards your enemies knocking over whoever comes in contact with it.  Don’t worry if you miss – the boomerang will fly right back to your hands and you’ll have two more chances to strike.  On the other hand, you might be granted the multitasking toothy plant.  Positioning itself on the front of your kart, Piranha will act as your body guard and speed agent.  It will lunge forward to chomp hard on not only your opponents, but also any items that pose a threat like shells or banana peels.  Bonus: with each chomp, you get a boost of speed.

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As if these two herbal avengers weren’t enough, there are rumors of two other unknown items.  In the screen shots below, taken from one of the trailers for Mario Kart 8 after item blocks were hit, you’ll see what it looks like to be a speaker box and the number 8.  No information has been relased regarding these items. Are they course specific?  Character specific?  Some type of bonus?  We will soon find out!

            

Mario Kart 8 also brings a roster of around 30 characters with brand new players to hit the race tracks.  Apart from the return of characters like Toadette, Shy Guy, and Waluigi, the spotlight belongs to the Koopalings!  For the first time ever in the world of Nintendo, Bowser’s main Koopa gang will be available as playable characters.  Meaning Larry, Morton Koopa Jr., Wendy O., Iggy, Roy, Lemmy, and Ludwig will be behind the wheel and ready steal the gold!

Charge!

How much racing can we expect from this new Mario Kart chapter?  How do 32 courses sound?  Pretty amazing!  Mario Kart 8 will feature 8 Cups (Mushroom, Flower, Star, Special, Shell, Banana, Leaf, and Lighting) hosting 4 courses each.  The 32 courses are composed of 16 remakes of previous Mario Kart courses and 16 new courses.  If you want a taste of 16 of these featured tracks, GameXplain uploaded a video on their YouTube channel for you to drool over.  But the fun doesn’t stop there…

Kosuke Yabuki, Mario Kart 8 director, reported that Mario Kart 8 will feature 2 Rainbow Roads.  Nintendo 64’s Rainbow Road underwent a beautiful remake which you can see in this trailer.  In addition, we’ll get a brand new Rainbow Road deemed “really spectacular” by Yabuki.  By now I am wondering how many times you read the previous sentences and what face you made due to the overwhelming fear of knowing you’ll have to encounter the colorful, demonic, and menacing pathway twice.  For your viewing pleasure however, here’s a link to IGN’s video comparing N64’s Rainbow Road and its Mario Kart 8 remake.

What else is there possibly to know?  Mario Kart 8 supports 4 local multiplayer and 12 players online.  The game includes Mario Kart TV – a feature which will allow you record any races deem worthy of sharing with others to earn you those bragging rights.  Item customization (e.g., having a mushroom only race) will be available as well as Battle Mode and Coin Runners game options.  Rumors regarding possible custom course creation and Double Dash appearing in Mario Kart 8 were shot down.  Nonetheless, Nintendo game designer, Hedeki Konno assured the aforementioned ideas haven’t been discarded for future development of a product which will “satisfy anyone, [himself] included.”

Mario Kart 8 is to be released on May 30th, 2014.  Confirmed geographical areas for release include Europe and North America.  Nintendo of Europe announced a limited edition collector’s pack which includes a Spiky Blue Shell model with the purchase of the game while North America will get a red game case.  Nintendo also announced Mario Kart themed key chains to be available at certain retailers when purchasing the game. MarioKart8_pre-sell_kyrng_Combined

 

Are you ready for the wonderful chaos of Mario Kart 8?

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Fanboy, New World Unlocked

 

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Get your bananas and coconuts ready!

The 20th is the D-day to go apeshit – DK style!

Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze is going to be released on February 20th, 2014 for purchase in America. Not only that, but Cranky Kong himself will be taking over Nintendo’s official twitter as part of the release. If it ends up being as fun as when Luigi took over Nintendo’s twitter during the celebration for The Year of Luigi, all of you die-hard fans of the Kong series are in for a treat!

Make rise for the Kong Family!

Donkey, Diddy, Dixie, and Cranky make a reappearance as playable characters each with their own unique abilities to battle against the Snowmads!  I would go more into detail, but I don’t want to spoil the excitement!  On a scale from frigid cold to tropical paradise, how excited are you?!  Are you ready to see what the Kong family has in store for us?  I know I am!

(Thank you Best Buy credit!)

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P.S. – Before you leave this wonderful gaming sanctuary, make sure you check out the links below – you can thank me later by commenting and sharing this post.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Official Trailer

Nintendo of America Official Twitter

Nintendo Official Facebook Page

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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in New World Unlocked

 

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Epic.  

That is the word Sony chooses to describe PlayStaion 4’s future.  Gamers all over the world have been teased by Sony in these past few months with statements such as “epic stuff” which “can’t wait for E3” would be announced in due time.  One of the most shocking reveals were the several tweets by Chicago born (woot!) actor, Todd Stashwick, who shamelessly posted a selfie where he’s wearing a sensor suit and picture of dummies on the floor accompanied by the hashtags #uncharted #ps4.  SONY YOU’RE KILLING US HERE!

Uncharted is one of the most recognized franchises by PlayStation, so certainly many where hyperventilating the millisecond their eyes devoured these:

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If that didn’t catch your attention, watch the released trailer below.  The overwhelming emotions that will want to burst from your chest will take your breath away.

As I wrote about it in my previous trilogy posts titled Let the console war begin!, PlayStation 4 slaughtered the competition and stayed on top since the beginning.  Xbox One does snag the title of “Fasting Selling Console” and the Wii U experienced a surprising boast with the releases of Super Mario 3D World and The Legend of Zeld: A Link Between World.  Nonetheless, with over one million units sold in North America in the first 24 hours, PlayStation 4 holds the title of Top Selling Console and is clearly a beast not to be overlooked.

What are your thoughts on the PS4?  Do you think PlayStation 4 will be overthrown at any time before the next Console War begins?  Let me know!

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Posted by on December 23, 2013 in Battle Royale

 

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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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