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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wii U University closing its doors

We have reached the end of a "so-so" era in Nintendo gaming. I am referring to the Wii U and it's "so-so" sale numbers and products. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is going to be the last Nintendo produced game for the Wii U and in turn signals the end of the system. The system isn't getting brought out behind the barn and shot, there will still be games for sale for the system. The online features of the system will still be around such as online multiplayer for the likes of Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Brothers. It looks like it's all hands on deck for the Switch, with every viable option working on games and other things for the system.

It's a shame because the Wii U never really got a fair shake. The marketing for it was terrible since people not immersed with Nintendo couldn't tell the difference between the two systems. There was also the lack of people knowing the system was something different from the Wii. The main theme of the Wii U was that it was trying to get the "hard core" gamer back that the Wii/other Nintendo systems had lost. I am a Nintendo purest and really don't need to be convinced to purchase a Nintendo system. The way the Wii U was perceived, the system needed to change the mind of several "on-the-fence" game players.

Now as everyone at Nintendo are moving on to the Switch, it will be interesting to see how the company moves forward. Will the online service for the Switch be adequately priced and will they add a Virtual Console service at some point? Will the system be able to tread water with LOZ: Breath of the Wild as the catalyst carrying the system until Mario Kart 8 Deluxe/Splatoon 2/ and Super Mario Odyssey are available? Will Nintendo eventually decide to lower the prices of accessories for the Switch since at the launch, they look like they're way overpriced. It's gonna be a fun time for Nintendo and their fans! Could we get a new Snow Brothers and a real Mario RPG apart from the Paper Mario games. I don't see either coming but I can dream!

For one of the last times-Go Wii U Fighting Crayfish!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

8 Bit Observations #2

I think all Nintendo fans have come down from their Switch high so let's get into some more 8 Bit Observations. It snowed in New Jersey this past week so I'm going to talk about some of the better Winter/Ice/Snow levels in gaming. I may leave some off this grouping and it may seem all Nintendo but that's what I like and here we go!

Let's start with the Super Mario franchise. I consider the 6th level as one covered in snow. It's dark, it's cold( I assume) and there is snow covered platforms and a gray castle. All those signs point to snow! Mario 2 has the 4th level with the enemies that look like curling rocks, the Flurries. Tough jumps and whales to deal with make it some

 kind of winter setting. Maybe it wasn't a dream at all, maybe Mario and friends are in Vancouver. Then there's the ice level, also level 6 in Mario 3. I enjoy the over world music on this map. This level is one of the longer maps in the game and there are some tough levels.Super Mario 64 has some snow levels as well. I think of the iconic moments is having to race the penguin in Cool, Cool Mountain. You also had to deal with the ice and cold water in Snowman's Land. It looks like Nintendo has something they like and stick to it and that something is snow levels.

Snow Brothers is one of my all time favorite games for the NES. I can remember going to Blockbuster video and renting it all the time. Then it was in the bargain bin at Blockbuster and I knew I had to get it. The game doesn't have snow/ice levels in theory but you play the role of a snowman, who can throw snowballs. If that doesn't scream winter/ice/snow I don't know what does. In another instance, there aren't snow levels in Pokemon but there are plenty of ice type Pokemon.

Ducktales has some of the best music the NES has to offer. The snow level of the Himalayas has those pain in the ass rabbits and goats to jump over. You could also find Bubba to gain extra HP so there was your reason to explore. The Remastered version of the game keeps the toughness and good music and adds to it. The Snow Monster boss is larger than the NES version and is tougher too.

Mario Kart always has snow levels and it started with the SNES version, with Vanilla Lake. Back on the Super Nintendo, most of the Mario locations in Super Mario World were named after food or drinks. Vanilla Lake made it tough to get around the course with ice blocks and water all over the course. You could fall in the water and lose the race by a split second. Sherbet Land has become a mainstay in the Mario Kart games where the snow made it tough to steer. Penguins were in the way as well and could keep you from winning the race.

The Legend of Zelda has plenty of snow and ice levels. The Ice Cavern in Ocarina of Time was where you got your hands on the Blue Flame as well as the Iron Boots. Majora's Mask has you traversing to the city of the Gorons and you had defeat Goht to thaw out those Gorons. There was an ice dungeon inside the Dark World in LOZ: A Link to the Past inside Lake Hylia. A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time are two of my favorite games and had to be here.

That does it for these snow/ice levels in regards to the winter cold of New Jersey. Have anything ideas for a new 8 Bit observations or anything you feel I left off this list. When it snows again, I might be having this same conversation!







  

Friday, January 13, 2017

More of a following

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Switch Thoughts

The Nintendo Switch presentation was last night and some juicy info was left in its wake. For starters, we finally got the release date for the Switch as well as the price. It will be launching March 3rd at retail for $299.99$. This isn't that bad of a price considering what consoles in the past have launched for. Nintendo has always tried to keep their prices low enough to get the most out of their efforts. Another way to get the most out of their efforts is to release games people want to play. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be a launch title alongside the system and Super Mario won't be too far off. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is scheduled for an April release but Super Mario Odyssey won't be coming state-side until the next holiday season. A successful launch needs great games and Nintendo is banking on selling Switch units with the Legend of Zelda. Splatoon 2, Bomberman, Arms, and much more will be following the example that the Legend of Zelda sets.Another interesting thing is that Nintendo has built into the Joy Con controller a capture button. It's nice to see Nintendo getting into the likes of showing off screen shots to your friends using social media, similar to the PS4 share button. It was also mentioned that Nintendo is going to start a paid online service for the Switch, to play games online. There isn't much info pertaining to this online service but it sounds like it will start out free and then when the service is ready, Nintendo will implement the fees. Subscribers will get to download a Super Nintendo/Nintendo game for free each month but will have to buy the full version to keep it after the month. The classic games are said to have new features added in. I'm not sure how many people are going to want to pay for online features when they haven't had to in the past. Other systems/companies have already done this to their followers but Nintendo was slowly putting this plan into action with the likes of DLC add ons and minor in game purchases. Only time will tell if this is/was a good business move for Nintendo. 



Top games of the presentation/trailers released right after:
Super Mario Odyssey
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Splatoon 2
Xenoblade Chronicles 2( no mention if coming to USA)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Arms
Sonic Mania

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Hit the Switch!

Nintendo is bringing the masses more Switch info tonight. Come back tomorrow for thoughts and recap. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

GamerHub Reviews Done Quick


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

8 Bit Observations

This is a new weekly/bi weekly segment I'm thinking about bringing to the site. Let's see what happens and we can react from there. Enjoy the first installment of 8 Bit Observations. First, a brief breakdown of what I'm planning. This is will just random video game related things I notice during my day-to-day life as well as video game opinions/thoughts I have at the time.

While I was performing my duties as a Security Officer, I tend to be out on the road from time to time. During this time, I saw something interesting that caught my eye, tied to the drill of a pick up truck. It was a Crash Bandicoot plush and usually during the holiday season, you see wreaths and red noses on cars. A stuffed video game character isn't the first thing you think of when you see stuff stuck to the grill of a car/truck.

The next one is more common than you might think in the great state of New Jersey. I have seen my share of Super Mario being used as company logos. It could be for home improvement or plumbing. This image of Paper Mario looked like it was cut out and glued to the truck from the game. I think it was from Super Paper Mario as it also looked like a minor character from the game was also on the truck.

As I said I'll see how this segment goes. If you like what you see, leave a comment telling me what you think.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Dark Souls 3 Review

Head over to GamerHub.TV to see my Dark Souls III review. The game is really tough and you will perish quite often. Here's the link to the review and while you're there, check out the rest of the site

http://gamerhub.tv/reviews/dark-souls-iii-review/2016/04/04/