My thoughts on Super Mario Run

Last week Nintendo was at the Apple event, and they had a big reveal. They revealed Super Mario Run for iPhone and iPad. It marks the first time that Mario can legally be played on a smartphone. The game is going to be released this December.

Super Mario Run has three different modes. In the first mode you get to play through challenging courses. In the second mode you get to compete against others using play data, and the third mode allows you to create your own levels.

I think it’s awesome that Mario is coming to smart devices, and I think it will definitely help Nintendo. I can’t wait to try out the new game when it launches. Will you be downloading Super Mario Run when it launches this December?

Source: Nintendo

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Nintendo at E3 2016

Nintendo focused heavily on their new Legend of Zelda game at E3. The new game is called The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. It is an open world Zelda game that is coming out in 2017. It looks like it is shaping up to be one of the most expansive Zelda games yet. The trailer shows Link climbing up walls, hunting animals, fighting goblins and cooking. It also shows off a new kind of rock monster enemy. I watched some of the game play as well. Link has a stamina bar for running and climbing up walls. Link can also use a cool new item that can magnetically pick up and move things in the environment.

They also revealed more details for the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Moon game. The new game will have a new battle mode called Battle Royal. Battle Royal is a free for all four player battle mode. It looks like it will add a new element to the game. Nintendo also announced three new Pokemon. They showed us Pikipek, Yungoos and Grubbin

Nintendo revealed the release date for Pokemon Go Plus. It will be coming out in July 2016 and it will cost $35. The mobile app is shaping up to be pretty cool. The game will allow you to catch certain Pokemon based on your location. When it first comes out it will focus on the original 150 Pokemon. The game will allow players to level up their Pokemon with candy.

Nintendo showed off a variety of other games, but their big focus this E3 was Zelda and Pokemon. Some of the other games they showed off include Paper Mario Color Splash, Box Box Boy, Mario Party Star Rush, Dragon Quest 7 Fragments of the Forgotten, Ever Oasis, Yo-Kai Watch 2, Monster Hunter Generations and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. I was disappointed that they didn’t say anything about the Nintendo NX. I don’t think Nintendo had a bad showing, it just wasn’t anything spectacular. I am excited for the new Zelda game and I can’t wait to see more of it. What do you think about the new Zelda and Pokemon games?

Source: Nintendo

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Nintendo NX Update

Nintendo recently revealed that the Nintendo NX will be coming out in March 2017. The Nintendo NX is the company’s latest effort at a new console. They also revealed that Zelda Wii U will be coming to the NX. The game is delayed to 2017. Zelda Wii U has already been delayed before. I am disappointed that the latest Zelda game is delayed again. However I think that releasing the NX in 2017 gives the company more time to flesh out the system. It also gives them more time to create a truly unique open world Zelda game. What do you think about the latest Nintendo News?

Source: IGN

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Nintendo Direct Updates November 2015

Nintendo had a lot of news to share on Thursday. They announced several new games and concepts. Cloud from Final Fantasy is coming to Super Smash. The original Pokemon games are coming to the 3DS virtual console and Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is being released next year.

Nintendo also announced that a new Super Smash direct would be coming in December. It is great that they keep adding to the expansive game. It is interesting to see Nintendo put Cloud in the game considering he comes from Final Fantasy. Nintendo did not reveal that this character was from the smash ballot. What do you think about Cloud being in Super Smash?

It is awesome that Nintendo is re-releasing the original Pokemon games that I grew up with. They also revealed a Pokemon Picross game and they announced Shadow Mewtwo in Pokken Tournament. I can’t wait to play the two Pokemon games that got me interested in gaming.

Nintendo also revealed that Zelda Wii U is still coming out in 2016. They really like to make Zelda remakes; it looks like Zelda: Twilight Princess will be re-released in 2016. I wish Nintendo would remake other games, for example, Mario Sunshine. What do you think of all this Zelda news? Nintendo had several other announcements and updates in the Nintendo Direct. It is great to see Nintendo get back on track, and it will be interesting to see what they do with the NX.

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Super Smash for Wii U Review

Nintendo is well known for two multiplayer games that come out every generation. These two games are Super Smash and Mario Kart. What makes these games special? Is it the characters, the customization, the courses, or is it the joy that comes from defeating your friends? I would argue that it is a combination of these things.

Super Smash is Nintendo’s staple fighting game and the hype behind it is real. I first played Super Smash on the N64, and it was truly the first game I fell in love with. Super Smash for Wii U builds upon the previous Smash games. It takes the best characters and stages from Smash 64, Melee and Brawl.

The game also brings in some new characters and stages. Super Smash Bros for Wii U is the first game to include Pac-man, Mega Man, Bowser Jr., Rosalina, and Villager from Animal Crossing. The game also introduces several other new characters from Nintendo’s archives. Some of the new stages include Mario Galaxy, Coliseum and Skyloft. These new characters and stages really add a lot of variety to the game.

My favorite character is Roy; he returns from Super Smash Bros Melee. I really like his speed and his fiery attacks. The cool thing about Roy is that he was released as DLC. This opens the possibility for future DLC characters and stages. So far, Nintendo has released four DLC characters and three DLC stages. The characters that they have released include Roy, Lucas, Mewtwo and Ryu from Capcom. I want King Boo from Super Mario to be in the game!

The latest Smash Bros is the first game in the series to be released in High Definition. It looks amazing, and it really brings Nintendo’s history into focus. The game has great characters, a lot of customization and incredible stages. Every time I defeat one of my friends in Super Smash it brings me back to my childhood. This game makes owning a Wii U totally worth it. I strongly recommend Super Smash for Wii U.

9.5/10

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What I liked at E3 2015

Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony showed off a variety of games at this years E3 Conference. There were several games that stood out to me and I can’t wait to play them.

Microsoft showed off Halo 5: Guardians, and the gameplay looks great. The trailer makes it seem like the player will be hunting Master Chief. It definitely seems like a different take on Halo and I can’t wait to jump into the action. There is also a new multiplayer mode called Warzone. This new mode allows ups to 24 players; in the past Halo games have only supported 16 players.

I also liked what I saw from Starwars Battlefront. The visuals and sound effects are superior to the original Battlefront games. One of the trailers showed multiplayer battles on Hoth and they include AT-AT’s and AT-ST’s. They also include X-Wings, Tie Fighters and Snowspeeders. It is great that vehicles are returning and I can’t wait to get into the action. The game play footage also showed that players can play as Jedi and Sith when they activate a power up. Everything looks really polished and this is my most anticipated game of 2015. However, I am disappointed that there is no campaign mode.

Many Nintendo fans were not impressed by Nintendo’s E3 Direct. However, I liked several of the games that they showed off during their direct. I liked what I saw from Star Fox Zero. It looks like the player can transform their ship into several different vehicles. This new mechanic looks really cool and I think that it will add a lot to the gameplay. It has been a while since Nintendo has released a main series Star Fox game. I also thought Mario Maker looked like a lot of fun. Nintendo is giving the user a ton of different assets and tools to use. It looks like the player can randomly drop Bowser in the middle of any level. This game looks crazy and I can’t wait to see what other people create. I am also pretty excited for the new Mario Tennis game. The player can get a power up that makes them grow huge. I have always enjoyed the Mario Tennis games and hopefully this one delivers.

What was your favorite game at E3 this year and what games are you excited for this year?

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Nintendo Announces Super Smash Direct for June 14th

Nintendo revealed today that they will be showing a mini direct for Super Smash Wii U and 3DS. It will air on June 14th at 7:40am Pacific Time and 10:40am Eastern Time. It will be hosted by the creator Masahiro Sakurai. The video presentation will go into detail about the new DLC that is coming out on June 14th. The new DLC includes Lucas, Splatoon Mii Fighter costumes and the Miiverse stage. I hope that Sakurai announces some new Super Smash DLC for the future as well. Some character predictions include Roy and Ryu. What would you like to see from the Super Smash direct?

Source: IGN

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Lucas Joins Super Smash on June 14th

Nintendo of America revealed the release date of the new character, Lucas. Lucas will be coming to Super Smash Wii U and 3DS on June 14th. He is the second Earthbound character to join Super Smash Wii U and 3DS. Lucas was in Super Smash Bros Brawl and it will be cool to see him return.  He will be paid DLC and he will cost $4.99 to own in both games. Will you be getting Lucas when he comes out on June 14th?

Source: Nintendo’s Twitter

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Nintendo Teaming up with DeNA to go Mobile

Nintendo recently announced that it will be creating mobile games for smartphones. Nintendo will be partnering up with DeNA to create these new experiences. It is going to be different to see Nintendo Franchises on mobile devices. However, Nintendo is not giving up on their core business. Iwata announced that Nintendo is working on new hardware codenamed NX. I think it is going to be the next generation home console and I hope it is powerful.

Is going mobile a mistake for Nintendo?

It is definitely surprising to see Nintendo go this route since they were so against it in the past. I actually think that it is a good idea for them to go mobile. It will get the word out about different Nintendo Franchises. I also think that it will help keep Nintendo’s profits up as they transition to the NX. I hope that going mobile brings a new awareness to Nintendo.

What Nintendo games would work well on mobile?

I think that the WarioWare games would be fantastic on mobile. The games are quick and quirky, and I think that makes it a perfect fit for mobile. I also remember playing WarioWare Twisted on the Gameboy Advanced and it had really good motion controls. Nintendo also stated that they would not remake old games. They want to focus on the hardware that they are developing for. Nintendo is a smart company and I can’t wait to see what they do to shake up the mobile space. They did start the revolution of handheld gaming.

Source: IGN

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Unboxing Super Smash for Wii U

Super Smash for Wii U came out back in November. I purchased the game a day before it came out and I finally uploaded the epic unboxing. In the video, I also unbox a Marth amiibo, one of the NFC figures that Nintendo released. I will continue to release Super Smash Bros videos, so be on the lookout.

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Shovel Knight Review

When I first downloaded Shovel Knight I didn’t expect it to be anything great. I was wrong this retro looking game is amazing. The object of the game is to defeat the Evil Enchantress and save your lost love. It is an intense Platformer. The story is simple and basic but the level design is not. It reminds me of classic games like Mario and Mega Man. I am surprised at how new and fresh the game seems.

Shovel Knight 1

I really like how Shovel Knight uses a shovel to attack enemies. Shovel Knight can use his shovel as a pogo stick, a weapon or he can shoot magic out of his shovel. As the player progresses the levels get exceedingly more difficult. I really enjoy the retro music and sounds in this game. I also like how the player can increase his magic and health. It makes the game more interesting.

Shovel Knight 2

I don’t like how the primary button in this game is set to B; I am always trying to press A. I also don’t like how the player can run into enemies when navigating the map. It is frustrating and I often lose my focus when this happens. I know this is supposed to emulate past games but it is just annoying. I don’t like the boss battles, because the bosses are not very interesting. Most of them seem to be derived from Shovel Knight himself.

Shovel Knight 3

This game is a must own for any Wii U owner. It is an instant classic and it emulates past games like Mario, Mega Man, DuckTales, and Zelda 2. I enjoyed blasting enemies away with my shovel and playing through the various levels. It is not an easy game by any means. I give this game a 8 out of 10.

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