Monday, September 01, 2014

Mario Kart 8 - Cute Online Commentary!

So we had a lot of fun today recording some Mario Kart 8 Online with my wife at the helm while I played. She is a natural at this!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Miyamoto finally admits: Casual Gamers are "Pathetic"

In an interview with EDGE Magazine, Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of all your favorite Nintendo characters, had this to say about how he feels now about casual gamers in general:

"[These are] the sort of people who, for example, might want to watch a movie. They might want to go to Disneyland," he said.
"Their attitude is, 'okay, I am the customer. You are supposed to entertain me.' It's kind of a passive attitude they're taking, and to me it's kind of a pathetic thing. They do not know how interesting it is if you move one step further and try to challenge yourself [with more advanced games]."
In the days of DS and Wii, Nintendo tried its best to expand the gaming population," he said.
"Fortunately, because of the spread of smart devices, people take games for granted now. It's a good thing for us, because we do not have to worry about making games something that are relevant to general people's daily lives."
He may look nice and cuddly, but I think Miyamoto is pretty frustrated with how things have been going with Nintendo and the gaming community over the past 3-4 years or so. It started with the end of the Wii era and now it's in full effect with the Wii U. The casual crowd that bought the Wii could care less about what the Wii U has to offer, they don't care about Nintendo either. So in what many have predicted, Nintendo is going to push for the core market again, something fans have been waiting for since the end of the Gamecube era.

So basically, this is the Nintendo we are going to see in the next few years:

I think Nintendo fans can be excited for this, in fact little by little, this is what the Wii U is really like right now already.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mario Kart 8 DLC coming November 2014 & May 2015

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Two new downloadable content packs will take the world of Mario Kart 8 in directions the franchise has never seen before, while significantly expanding game-play options. The packs, which launch this fall and in spring of 2015, and are available for advance purchase starting Aug. 27 at $7.99 each (or $11.99 for both), deliver a ton of new content, including first-time crossover characters like Link from The Legend of Zelda franchise and both Isabelle and the Villager from the Animal Crossing series.

In addition to these two new downloadable content packs, a previously announced game update goes live Aug. 27 that adds a variety of new features, including three free Mercedes-Benz cars that players can race: the modern Mercedes-Benz GLA, the 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s and the legendary Silver Arrow of the 1930s. Go to to view a video of the in-game karts in action.

“More than 1 million Wii U owners in the United States alone are already enjoying the fun of Mario Kart 8,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Mario Kart 8 already includes the largest number of characters, karts and options of any Mario Kart game to date, and these amazing expansion packs give players even more choices.”

Each pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of currently available courses by 50 percent. The DLC packs include classic courses like Wario’s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii, as well as new courses, some taking place in the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. New vehicles will also arrive with each pack, including the Blue Falcon kart representing the F-Zero franchise in the first DLC pack.

Mario Kart 8 owners who purchase both packs starting Aug. 27 will get access to eight new colors of Yoshi and eight new colors of Shy Guy to race with immediately. To purchase the packs in advance, users with a broadband Internet connection can click the new “Shop” icon in the game or visit the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.

The DLC packs are scheduled to include the following:

Pack 1: The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 (Release Date: November 2014) - $7.99
3 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link
4 Vehicles
8 Courses

Pack 2: Animal Crossing X Mario Kart 8 (Release Date: May 2015) - $7.99
3 Characters: Villager, Isabelle, Dry Bowser
4 Vehicles
8 Courses

Pack 1 + Pack 2 Bundle - $11.99
6 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link, Villager, Isabelle and Dry Bowser
8 Vehicles
16 Courses

As a bonus for purchasing both packs bundled or individually, buyers receive eight new colors for Yoshi and Shy Guy. Those who advance purchase both packs can begin using the Yoshi and Shy Guy characters immediately.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Can Nintendo have another "DS" in the future?

With 153.99 million units sold worldwide the Nintendo DS is the best selling handheld video console of all time, only the PS2, with 155 million sales, can claim to be more successful. As big a success as the DS has been its sale figures have plateau, sale figures in 2011 were 151.06 million, so it is evident that demand is dying down.

There are numerous things that can be attributed to this stalling of sales but none are more relevant than the rise of smart phones. So can Nintendo fight back?

When we were youngsters the only handheld device that could keep us occupied on monotonous trips would be the humble gameboy, but with more and more parents having tablets in the house the youth of today are getting introduced to handheld games via the medium of tablet not DS. There was a time where Pokémon ruled the world but today it is the resurgence of Minecraft that has children entertained. This is extremely worrying for Nintendo as they are the only platform that Minecraft is not available on.

At the other end of the spectrum you have adults who in the past, especially with the hugely popular Brain Training, were inclined to getting themselves a DS. But nowadays everyone likes everything under one roof and in that regard the DS cannot hold a flame to tablets. People want to play games, just look at the popularity of Angry Birds, people want to watch TV, the iPlayer app is hugely popular, and more and more adults, over 4.3% of iPhone users in fact, like to bet on their mobile device, products such as iBet Matebeing just one of many popular betting apps. Adults no longer see the need for the DS to game when tablet games are more accessible and in their eyes, much better value for money. We also live in a society of convenience, naturally people want to use one thing for everything and last time they checked you couldn’t watch TV or place a bet with the DS.

The final nail in the coffin is the readily available gameboy emulators online. People can actually download gameboy games onto their mobile device. Games such as Zelda, Mario and Pokémon, the jewel in Nintendo’s crown, are all readily available to be downloaded onto mobile devices. Simply, Nintendo cannot compete with that.

The days of the DS are not over but it does seem that they are limited. The times are changing and sadly it seems that Nintendo cannot adequately adapt with the change.

Super Smash Bros 3DS - More Leak Discussion

So this is pretty concrete evidence that these leaks have been real the whole time. How about using the Duck Hunt Dog as your main character? Amazing.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Next Gen Nintendo Console with one controller?

On Nintendo's next console wouldn't it be nice to be able to play all it's games and most of the older games with one controller? This has started to become a little thorn in my side, so I choose to make a video of this topic and go over why the Wii U is really getting crazy with all the controllers.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Hyrule Warriors - Opening Hour and a half of gameplay

Without spoiling the story too much, I think it looks rather funny having all those lavish cut-scenes with only text with no voice acting. It is typical in a Zelda game to be like this but usually the cut-scenes are always in real time.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Super Smash Bros Roster Leak - Real or Fake?

So here we have the full break down of the recent "leak" of the Super Smash Bros roster. There seems to be strong evidence on both sides that this could be real or a fan fake. I'm leaning towards fake myself but you never know when you are dealing with incomplete games.