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Let’s Talk #33: What do you want to see from next week’s Smash Bros. presentation?

On Tuesday, Nintendo will be holding another Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS presentation. We know that this will be the final broadcast for these Smash Bros. titles, and we’ll be hearing more about Cloud. Nintendo has teased other information for the event, and we’ll almost certainly hear about the Smash Ballot. It should be pretty big given that this is the final Smash Bros. presentation!

So what are your last minute hopes for the stream? Is there any character you’re particularly pulling for? Is there a new stage you’d like to be added? Sound off in the comments below!


Highlights from last week’s topic: What are you playing? – December 2015

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Let’s Talk #32: What are you playing? – December 2015

It’s the first weekend of a new month. Specifically, December has now rolled on in! So we want to know: what are you playing? Tell us in the comments below!

As for me, I’ve been a bit quiet with gaming as of late. I did start up Fantasy Life, but I’m just a few hours in. I like what I’ve played thus far though!


Highlights from last week’s topic: Have you tried out Nintendo Badge Arcade?

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Let’s Talk #31: Have you tried out Nintendo Badge Arcade?

Nintendo Badge Arcade hit the Japanese 3DS eShop in December 2014. It wasn’t until last week though that the app came out in the west. Now that it’s here, have you given it a shot? Do you believe it was worth the wait?

I admit I’ve been checking in on Nintendo Badge Arcade daily since its release. What’s funny about that is how I’m interested in the collective aspect more than anything else. I’m not really a creative person, and I don’t intend to load up my home menu with badges. There’s something there though that I keep coming back to. I boot up the app, visit the practice catcher, and usually use my free play. It’s easy and quick enough to get the job done! I can’t say I’m inclined to spend any cash on Nintendo Badge Arcade, however.

Now share your thoughts with us in the comments below! What do you think of Nintendo Badge Arcade?


Highlights from last week’s topic: What did you think of this week’s Nintendo Direct?

Let’s Talk #30: What are you playing? – November 2015

On Thursday, Nintendo finally presented a new Nintendo Direct. Fans were waiting a long, long time for this one.

The new Nintendo Direct was light on brand new game reveals, but there were still plenty of noteworthy announcements. Zelda: Twilight Princess HD was finally confirmed. The original Pokemon games are finally coming to the 3DS Virtual Console in February. Two Dragon Quest games are heading west next year. And the big one: Cloud is coming to Smash Bros. There were other things mixed in as well like Splatoon gear/maps, new/free DLC for Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, and Pokemon Picross. Heck, we even saw a few more seconds of Zelda Wii U footage, which I think came as a surprise to many.

What did you guys think of the latest Nintendo Direct? Are you satisfied with what was shown? Or were you left wanting more? Any thoughts on specific announcements? Let us know in the comments below!


Highlights from last week’s topic: What are you playing? – November 2015

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Let’s Talk #29: What are you playing? – November 2015

It’s the beginning of a new month (close enough anyway, right?). November is upon us, and there are only a few months left in 2015. Tell us what you’ve been playing or what you intend to play soon!

As for me, I just wrapped up Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. Great, great game. I’ve talked about how atrocious my backlog before, and the fact that I only beat this game a couple of days ago further shows that! Within the past few weeks I’ve also been playing a bit of Lumines: Electronic Symphony, and some of Dillon Rolling Western which I wasn’t enjoying too much.


Highlights from last week’s topic: Has your opinion on Nintendo’s November Wii U releases changed?

TruExtent

I think the line up has potential but they are focusing my the wrong things. I don’t care for AC Amiibo Festival and I have a feeling the new Mario Tennis will only generate so much interest.

Everyone is forgetting Xenoblade X.

If Nintendo wants to generate more interest this holiday, they need to market the hell out of Xenoblade to the level that Microsoft is pushing Halo and Ubisoft pushing Assassin’s Creed. From the very few times I look at a TV if I see a video game advert, it’s one of those two games; I never see Nintendo’s stuff. If Xenoblade can’t cut it, maybe Devil’s Third can (with the right marketing). I feel an action game will have far more potential than a party game and an arcade sports game.

Meanwhile, the 3DS should be just fine.

Steve793

Nope not really. Wasn’t interested in them before, still am not.

For me, the Mario sports series are just meh. I personally wish they didn’t exist and Nintendo had made sports games using new IPs with new characters and such, instead of just putting the Mario IP on it. Think of it this way, that would mean more characters from different series for Smash… But, they could have had a Mario Team, a Zelda Team, etc for in-game opponents or have Mario, Link and Fox as surprise characters. That’ll never happen, so whatever. But seriously, for sports games, I’d rather go outside and play the actually sport than do it in a video game, especially tennis. Then again, I’ve only played Super Sluggers, and while that was alright, I wasn’t hooked, but I could still be persuaded on Mario Sports games, but I’d still rather see new sports games with new characters.

And since I’ve never played an Animal Crossing game, and don’t particularly care for Party games like Mario Party and such, I’ll be skipping this, and playing my backlog until Xeno X.

JuleyJules

Not at all. Wasn’t interested in whatever is coming in November before especially a tennis game with no motion controls. Do we really need another Wii Party U/Mario Party 10 style game on Wii U with other characters? The whole rolling the dice by using amiibo was a pain in MP10 and quickly turned everyone I know off of it. Still not interested now. They need to step it up to keep people interested until the NX comes out imo.

ecoutercavalier

I can’t really justify either purchase yet. Amiibo Festival seems like a lazy excuse to make AC amiibo. I’m not sure what I would want out of an Animal Crossing themed board game, but what they came up with just isn’t doing it for me. Even with the new modes that have been announced I doubt I could convince a group of friends to play it more than once.
Mario Tennis looks sort of bland, but I’ll forgive it if we find out that there are loads of good mini-games or a compelling tournament mode. I like the amiibo support. If I’m not mistaken this is the first game that allows you to use amiibos in online play. It’s not necessarily enough to play perfectly if you haven’t bothered training your amiibo, but if you have then it might be able to cover some of your mistakes. It’s very cool in concept, but I’ll wait to see how balanced it is before passing any judgement.

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Let’s Talk #28: Has your opinion on Nintendo’s November Wii U releases changed?

Nintendo is bringing out two more Wii U games next month: Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash and Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival. Before this week, both were shrouded in mystery for the most part. Nintendo hadn’t really said much about either game since E3, which was odd given how we’re under a month away from release.

With Mario Tennis, things started out particularly strangely. Nintendo showed off a trailer confirming a few more characters, but that was pretty much it. Perhaps they heard some of the complains, since just a few days later, we received another trailer and press release that shed more light on the game. We now know that there are things like amiibo support and online play.

Nintendo showed the Board Game as just one mode in Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival at E3. Thanks to new information shared this week, the Desert Island Escape, Balloon Island, and Quiz Show modes are now confirmed.

How do you feel about these two titles? Has any of the new information/trailers/videos swayed your opinion at all?


Highlights from last week’s topic: Have you ever been to a convention or expo?

LordDisco

I go to Tokyo Game Show every year I can, and it’s one of the highlights of my nerd-life for the entire year. This year, especially, was a dream. Tons of great swag, and I got to play a lot of cool games, including Star Wars Battlefront, Monster Hunter X, Hyrule Warriors Legends, a sweet Oculus Rift demo, and a few indie games.

The atmosphere is also so much fun. Everyone there is trying to have fun, and in the 6 years I’ve been going, not a single year do I recall any negative confrontation or fighting. It’s amazing that a crowd of over 100,000 at a given time can keep such a fun-loving, caring, and nerdy environment.

I only hope for future Tokyo Game Shows that Nintendo will make their presence known. The past many years, especially, has just been third-party support, which really doesn’t help promote their hardware. You’d think Nintendo would make a showing at the biggest game show in their home country, right? Right?!

Vigilante_blade

The only convention I have ever gone to was Otakuthon, which is an anime convention. It’s fun, and I like it. I also went to the gaming festival called Arcadia in Montreal, but I admit it wasn’t that great. I went to play Brawl’s demo at that time, but after playing it, I didn’t really have any fun, and was really bummed about it. There wasn’t a lot of game and most of the new stuff was Ubisoft-related. While not a great con, it did have a funny moment where they had the brilliant idea of giving energy drinks and Axe body spray to everyone on the venue… Let’s just say that after the Nintendo reps had finished throwing swag at us, they were prompty sprayed with Axe by a mob of angry fans. They had to get every single fan in the building and open every door and window. It was a mess, but funny nonetheless.

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Let’s Talk #27: Have you ever been to a convention or expo?

Last week, Comic-Con was held over in New York. That’s just one of several conventions/expos throughout the year. There’s obviously E3, though that one is admittedly difficult for most folks to get into. There’s also the San Diego Comic-Con earlier in the year, a couple of PAX shows, and IndieCade just to name a few. If we’re talking about conventions outside of the states, Gamescom, TGS, and Eurogamer Expo are some names that you guys may recognize.

So have any of you had the opportunity to attend a convention or expo? What was the experience like? Do you plan on attending anything in the future? Or maybe you’re just not interested in what’s out there at the moment? Sound off in the comments below!


Highlights from last week’s topic: What are you playing? – October 2015

Sean Patterson

I’m still playing Bayonetta 2 a lot, but lately I have also been playig Freedom Planet since it released. Great game!

Also been playing my old Sega Game Gear again for some reason… I enjoy the hell out of it though. Sonic Drift 2 is hard as heck.

SnowChillWolf

I have been playing Mega Man Battle Network 2, I am about halfway through the game. I am also playing Mega Man Legends on the Vita, but switched to the PS3 version because my hands was cramping. Moreover, I am playing Metroid Fusion on my AGS -101 Gameboy Advance SP.

Rwokkefeller

I’m currently playing through the newly released Persona 4: Dancing All Night. The story is actually deep and meaningful, and the game as a whole feels like an actual sequel to Persona 4, which I didn’t really feel from the Arena games.

On the Nintendo side, I’ve been slowly working on Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 and Senran Kagura 2, though I don’t know if I can break free from P4D long enough to dabble in these games again anytime soon XD

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Bandai Namco has reduced the cost of several Wii U and 3DS games on the eShop over in North America. You can get your hands on Tekken Tag Tournament 2, One Piece games, and more at a lower price.

Here’s the full lineup:

Wii U

One Piece: Unlimited World Red – $19.99
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 – $19.99
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition – $19.99

3DS

One Piece: Unlimited World Red – $19.99 (was $29.99)
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy+ – $19.99 (was $39.99)
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 – $19.99 (was $29.95)
One Piece: Romance Dawn – $29.99 (was $39.99)
Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle – $19.99 (was $29.99)

Keep in mind that these prices won’t expire, as they’re permanent drops.

Let’s Talk #26: What are you playing? – October 2015

A new month is here! I’d love to know what everybody has been playing as of late, or intends to play in the weeks ahead.

I’ve been focusing on two main games really: Super Mario Maker and Ys: Memories of Celceta. Ys has been getting most of my time, but I’ve still been playing Super Mario Maker regularly. It’s fun to just boot up the game and mess around with a few levels. I’m not at all creative myself, yet I’m still finding a ton of enjoyment with it.

But what about you guys? What’s everyone playing these days?


Highlights from last week’s topic: Nintendo and movies

windstar

I think an animated Mario would be great. We never got a proper one, I think everyone would love to finally see that.

Kira – HylianKeyblade

I think a Zelda movie done by Studio Ghibli could be really interesting and there would probably be a lot of high quality work there ^^. Of course the Zelda movie then have to be in a anime format and I think the Zelda series can suit a anime look pretty well :-).

I do think Nintendo should start making movies more or at least anime/animation series to attract a new young audience like Pokémon and Youkai Watch have accomplished. Also I think it could be pretty cool to see Nintendo characters come to life through animation again ^^. (If done right).

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Let’s Talk #25: Nintendo and movies

This may seem like a slightly strange topic to discuss. After all, Nintendo hasn’t really been involved with movies too much. We all know about the infamous Super Mario Bros. film, and you can even bring up The Wizard. I suppose the Pokemon movies technically count as well! But aside from these examples, Nintendo hasn’t done much in the film business.

Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka both spoke a tiny bit earlier this week about casting for theoretical live action Zelda and Mario films. Because of their comments, I wanted to expand on that into a bigger site discussion this week.

Which Nintendo property would you be interested in seeing when it comes to movies? Would you prefer it to be animated rather than live action? Are you for or against Nintendo being more proactive with films? What are your thoughts about Nintendo and movies in general? Let us know in the comments below!


Highlights from last week’s topic: What do you want to see from the next Nintendo Direct?

Burning Gravity

What I don’t expect:

– mobile game footage
– NX info

Why? Because I’m not… actually, let’s not go there.

What I might like?

– Showing footage of all upcoming games for 2015.
– Zelda U footage.
– No Star Fox footage, wait for that game to get more polish since they’re delaying it and all.
– HWL, GIR#FE trailers (for 2016).
– New Pokken Tournament character, but this seems a bit unlikely since it seems like they’re handling this pretty separately thus far
– No Metroid or anything else 1st-party 2016 not already mentioned. (Except potential new announcements.)
– 3rd-party stuff: like, getting AA6, PXZ2, etc. news, even if it’s only in the Japan Direct, would be nice.
– Rhythm Heaven localization, PLEASE.
– Quick indie game reel. Yes, I like and appreciate these. IMO showing off all the great Wii U (and 3DS, I guess) eShop games is generally a good idea and is a great way of saying “hey, we have other cool things too besides 1st-party stuff, if you’re not sure what to check out, here are some ideas!”

– It’s not going to happen, but I’d like if they showed short clips of games like TLoL or Stella Glow, just like 20 second clips even, but yeah, no. That’s just me wanting these games to get more attention. Not a realistic or logical request, really.

– One new game announcement, as said, because what’s a Nintendo Direct without that? And I guess nowadays, we usually get amiibo news and/or some extra weird announcement, like some spin-off game or some collaboration or new title on the eShop or something, lol… every little thing counts, yeah? I do like being surprised by Directs. 🙂

Darrin W. Harr II

Zelda U news. Don’t get me wrong, I’m looking forward to Tri Force Heroes, but I really want new screenshots, even small tidbits of information. I’m not as angry as some about the delay, seeing as it will hopefully end with a more polished game, but I just want to know more about the game itself.

Vigilante_blade

I just want them to include several updates for Mario Maker, like Luigi, slopes, lava and water in any levels, new enemies, etc…

I’d love to see some nice third parties like a port of Metal Gear V with some sort of extra, or Persona 5. They need some killer exclusives.

I’d love to see a new game or something.

I also want them to clarify which controllers works for each upcoming games. I’m tired of finding out the week of its release or having to ask industry contacts.

Kallumsmarties

Just something positive. I miss watching a Direct and being so hyped and excited after. I think they should focus games owards holiday and 1st quarter of 2016. Probably want to talk about the new loyalty system as well which if it is going to be what I think it will be then it will be awesome.

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