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ARMS Testpunch Thoughts

Hi guys! As you may know, this weekend marks the first ARMS global testpunch. Similar to the Splatoon testfire, this little demo is meant to give us a demo into the online features of the game.

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If you’ve missed the latest ones, don’t worry! There will be more next weekend. I really wanted to blog about this one, because it does seem like a big part in the Nintendo Switch’s life, but there doesn’t seem like much to say.

ARMS is a fighting game meant to utilize the motion controls on the console. The idea is to KO (knock-out) your opponent.

So, did I play this weekend? Yes. For like 10 minutes, and 3 fights. As you may have already gathered, I’m just not interested in this one. So dis-interested that in fact, I’m not even very motivated to write this post.

I wanted to try out the testpunch to maybe improve my outlook on this game, but it failed. To me, it seems boring. Too easy, and too little. The maps seem small and you can’t really ‘explore’ them as you’re 1-1 fighting. I don’t know enough about the characters to say much about them, but nothing really appealed to me.

As for controls, they seemed confusing. This game should be simple, but the controls took that away for me. I did the tutorial a couple of times, but I still couldn’t get to grips with it at all.

Did I like anything about this? Actually, yes. I presume the type of match you join is random, and I ended up in this kind of volleyball type-thing at one point and I actually kind of enjoyed it. A little slow, and I still wouldn’t pay this kind of money…but it was more enjoyable than just 1-1.

Overall? I don’t know how such a boring, repetitive game can be so confusing at the same time. I might try this again next weekend, but it’s still not appealing to me at the moment.

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April 12th: Nintendo Direct UK Discussion & Overview

Hi guys! As I’m sure you know, Nintendo streamed a brand new Nintendo Direct last night. I’ll talk a little about what happened in brief, and follow up with my opinion/thoughts.

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Let’s start with Nintendo 3DS announcements!

Hey! PIKMIN: Pikmins first 2D platformer will come to Nintendo 3DS on July 28th, along with a new Pikmin Amiibo figure.
Ever Oasis: Defend the worlds last Oasis with Water Spirit Esna, coming to 3DS on June 23rd.
Monster Hunters Stories: A brand new RPG in the Monster Hunters series, coming to 3DS this fall.
Yo Kai Watch 2: Don’t miss the chance to get an Extravagant Crank-a-kai Set and a glitzy coin by using the code SP@RKL3S in game!
Culdcept Revolt: A new strategy card meets board game mash up, releasing on September 1st.
RPG Maker Fes: Create your own RPG and share it online with your friends. RPG Maker Player will be available free on the 3DS eshop and the full game will be available on June 23rd.
Miitopia: A fantasy game for your Tomodachi Life friends, available 2017.
Fire Emblem Echos: Shadows of Valentia: New free and paid DLC, offering new maps and dungeons (No release date yet).
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe: A free to start game available on the 3DS eshop NOW!
Kirby’s Blowout Blast: 25 plus stages of a brand new 3D Kirby world, available this summer exclusively to Nintendo eshop.
Kirby multiplayer/action game (untitled): Available this winter and currently in development.
Devlish Brain Training: Remember this DS classic? Well, it’s coming back in a Devil form to 3DS on July 28th.
Super Smash Bros Amiibo: 6 new Amiibo figures completing the Super Smash family will be available on July 21st!
The Legend of Zelda Amiibo: 3 new Link Amiibo figures based on Link from past games will also be available on June 23rd!

My thoughts on Nintendo 3DS: I can’t lie – it’s a lot. In my opinion, it’s time for the 3DS to be taking a back seat with the release of the Switch. But still, they’re doing a great job with the amount they’re releasing.

They have a strong calendar for all types of fans, but I will say one thing. Why would I play a 3D Kirby game, when I could just play a 3D Mario game? Why would I play a 2D sidescroller when I could get Super Mario Bros for a fraction of the price? It’s time for something fresh and interesting, not copies of games that were successful for different fandoms.

The only games I’m interested in at the moment are Devlish Brain Training and Ever Oasis, but I’m not definite about purchasing them!

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Now onto Nintendo Switch announcements!

ARMS: We found out a lot about ARMS during this direct – including weapons that will be available, modes we can play and a short preview of gameplay and maps that could be used. We also saw some of the characters, including one based off Ramen. ARMS will launch on June 16th.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: New battle maps, plus new characters, karts and tracks from the start than any Mario Kart game ever before! Online mode will allow you to play with 11 other players on randomised tracks. Battle Mode will switch between classic Balloon Battle and all new Renegade Roundup. You can also play with friends in a friend room, or create an in game tournament. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches on April 28th.
ULTRA STREET FIGHTER II: The Final Challenges: All new HD graphics offer a new, fresh feel, featuring 2 new playable characters. Local and online multiplayer will be available, and you’ll now be able to play in 1st person mode! This game will be released on May 26th.
Minecraft: The PC game is coming to Nintendo Switch! You’ll be able to play in Survival and Creative mode, with friends or alone. A Super Mario Pack will also launch on Nintendo Switch eshop this May 12th, with the full game. A hard copy of the game will be available at a later date.
NEOGEO Arcade Archives: A collection of arcade games coming soon, including Samurai Showdown 4 now available.
Sonic Forces: A brand new Sonic game, where you have to save the world from the evil Eggman! Releasing on Nintendo Switch this winter.
Sonic Mania: A new installment in the classic series, including new and existing stages. Coming to Nintendo Switch eshop Summer 2017.
Project Makuru: A puzzle/panel flipping game, available in local multiplayer or online. Releasing on Nintendo Switch eshop this summer.
Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star: An intense action game, launching on July 21st.
Disgaea 5 Complete: A tactical game with distinct characters. A demo will be available on Nintendo Switch eshop soon, with the full and limited edition game launching on May 26th.
Puyo Puyo Tetris: A demo of this new, fresh edition of Tetris is now available on the Nintendo Switch eshop!
Monopoly: This famous board game is coming to Nintendo Switch this autumn, perfect for multiplayer.
Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition: A brand new game in the classic series, offering a solo and local co-op mode, launching 2017.
Sine Mora EX: A stirring tale of honour and morality, available on Nintendo Switch this summer. Complete with a local co-op and versus mode.
Battle Chasers: Nightwar: An RPG inspired by the comic book series and classic RPGs, releasing late this summer.
Payday 2: Intense co-op action as you climb the criminal underworld. Available later this year.
NAMCO MUSEUM: A collection of classic arcade games, including multiplayer favourites for local co-op. Launching on the Nintendo Switch eshop summer 2017.

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Splatoon 2: A new mode will be available in the sequel of the popular Splatoon, called Salmon Run. You’ll be able to collect power eggs to achieve rewards, which we’ll know more about soon. New Amiibo figures will also be available for Splatoon 2, which you can befriend in game.
These friends will remember your favourite weapons and outfits. You can also swap with the Amiibo figures outfit! A new selfie mode will allow you to share photos of your characters on social media. The game will also be compatible with old Splatoon Amiibo figures. The new Amiibo figures and full game will be released on July 21st!

My Nintendo Switch thoughts:
To me, ARMS is still not interesting. I can see how they’re trying to keep it fresh, but it still looks like it could get boring pretty quickly. I just don’t think it’s worth the money.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is one I’m definitely getting. I wanted Mario Kart 8 for Wii U, but I never bought a Wii U and now I’m kind of glad I didn’t. This will be my time to play, and I can’t wait. I can see they’ve worked hard on this to change it and keep it interesting for new and old players of the series.

I was a long time player of the PC version of Minecraft, and my brother played since Beta. I loved the game, and I am tempted to purchase it for Switch and get back into it with some new friends. I’m not too bothered about the Super Mario Pack, though.

Although I’m not interested in Sonic Forces, I loved Sonic Rush as a kid. If Sonic Mania is an okay price, I’d definitely be tempted to purchase it and delve back into the classic feel.

I have to say, the Monopoly game looks interesting. I think it’d be great to play as a family or with friends, as long as it’s at a reasonable price.

Splatoon 2 still looks like a definite purchase for me. I really enjoyed the demo, and the new features shown in the direct just cement my decision to pre-order it.

Overall direct thoughts: As you can see, I’m not very interested in even half of this stuff. The games I listed for the Switch (apart from ARMS), are the only ones I’m even remotely interested in purchasing. I’m also a little disappointed they didn’t mention the upcoming Rime, which looks like a possible game to add to my Switch collection. I also noticed there was no mention of Super Mario Odyssey, which could be a massive game for the Switch, if it’s marketed right. This direct would have been a great opportunity for Nintendo to hype it up a little more.

As a lot of fans have pointed out, E3 is just a couple of months away. In one way, I’m expecting a lot. In another, I can’t imagine that at this point they’ll have a lot to say. They packed a lot into the Direct last night, and that could jeopardize the opportunity for them to make big announcements at E3. But you never know, maybe Nintendo have something surprising hidden, just waiting for an announcement opportunity. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

If you reached this sentence, well done! It’s taken me at least 2 hours to get to this point in writing this post 😛

What did you think of the direct?

Nintendo · Outings & Events

Nintendo Switch Presentation: What We Know

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“Nintendo Switch is a brand new kind of home gaming system which offers a wide diversity of play styles”

Hi everyone! I’m sure we’re all very excited after seeing the Switch presentation and maybe pre-ordering the console. FYI, I actually have just ordered the gray version from GAME!

I’m going to be looking at the Nintendo Switch in two parts. Today I’m going to take an in depth look at the hour long presentation in this post. Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing more of my personal opinion over on Tea Pusheen. There’s a lot to get through, so let’s get started.

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March 3rd 2017 is the date we’re looking at, people! Gosh, that’s so close.

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The Switch RRP is $299.99 for US and £279 for the UK.

Online connection

An interesting thing I noticed is the ability for smart devices to connect to the Switch and be able to interact through it.

But a disappointing note is the paid online service beginning in fall 2017. I’m presuming that until then it’ll be free, which will provide us with a 6 month (about) ‘trial period’.

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Nintendo Switch is not region locked

It’s what we’ve all wanted – a region free console from Nintendo!

Modes

Nintendo Switch doesn’t just offer one play mode, there’s several!

  • Play games on TV in typical video gamestyle
  • Tabletop mode – stand up with kickstand and play with Joy Con detached from screen
  • Attach Joy Con for handheld mode

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Joy Con controllers

A big part of the Switch is the brand new Joy Con controllers. Let’s look at some features of them:

  • To use the Switch in handheld mode, take the sSwitch out of the dock and slide in the Joy Con controllers either side of the screen.
  • The basic style when playing on TV mode (with the Switch in the dock) will be the Joy Con controllers attached to a Joy Con grip.
  • There will be left and right Joy Con’s, each with analogue stick and button
  • Each Joy Con will also include the classic ABXY buttons, with an NFC reader/writer on each controller.
  • A new square button on the left controller will take screenshots with video capture planned for the future. The right equivalent will include a square home button.
  • There will be three colours for the Joy Con controllers – gray, blue and red.
  • L&R buttons are on the side of the controller, which is the top if you’re holding it with two hands.
  • Two controllers will be available with each Switch
  • Straps will be attached to the Joy Con for your wrists. This is similar to Wii remotes.
  • Each Joy Con includes an accelerometer and gyro-sensor which makes independent left and right motion control possible.
  • An infrared motion camera in the top of the Joy Con can sense the distance, shape and motion of nearby objects – including how far away a hand is and whether that hand is in the shape of rock, paper or scissors.
  • Joy Con can convey realism with HD rumble. This includes vibrations in the controller that are so detailed you can even feel how many ice cubes are in a glass.

(And *breathe*)

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Games

In the presentation we saw a number of different games. Let’s take a look at some of them.

1 2 Switch – from what I can gather, this will be mini games using the Joy Con controller that can be completed without looking at the screen.

Arms – a fast-paced fighting sports game featuring extendable arms. Two Joy Con controllers per person will be needed to play this – with a split screen mode for the TV.

Splatoon 2 – will include new battle stages, weapons and moves. Joy Con and Pro controllers can be used on TV or handheld, with gyro controls if needed. Online and local battle will be available.

Super Mario Odyssey – new 3D open world Mario! The trailer showed many parts, including a city, forest, underwater, desert and a turnip world? Night and day.Cap character released for Switch.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – This new addition to the Legend of Zelda series has definitely been the most hyped for the console. Ever since the teaser trailer for the Switch, people have been obsessed. We’ve received teasers and photos, but now a full (very captivating, I must say) trailer and release date! As hoped, Breath of the Wild will be released alongside the Nintendo Switch on March 3rd.

Other new games include Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Fire Emblem Warriors, Dragon Quest 10 & 11 and Dragon Quest Hero’s 1&2

Releases

1 2 Switch – March 3rd

Arms – Spring 2017

Splatoon 2 – Summer 2017

Super Mario Oddysey – Holiday season 2017

Breath of the Wild – March 3rd

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3rd Party

Apparently, there are over 80 switch games currently in development. Some of the 3rd party companies partnering with the Switch are Square Enix, Atlus, Sega, Bethesda (Skyrim), Grasshopper and EA (FIFA).

Notes:

– Each Nintendo Switch will include a console, 2 Joy Con controllers (with wrist straps), a Joy Con grip, HDMI cable, a Nintendo Switch dock. The console is available with either gray or red/blue Joy Con controllers.

-Battery life will be 3 1/2 hours to 6 1/2 hours depending on game. Also, you will be able to play while charging with USB type C cable

-The Nintendo Switch will include local multiplayer and online play, but you will have to pay for online play after fall 2017

-I noticed in a trailer in the presentation that play featured Minecraft (and Storymode), Lego games, Farming Simulator and Sonic. At the end, we also saw other logos like NBA and FIFA.

Thanks for reading! I’ll be back tomorrow with my opinions in a video.

Outings & Events

Comic Con | December 2016

Hi everyone! Today’s post is a little random – I’m going to be talking about my trip to Comic Con on Saturday. I’d been once before, but this was the first time I dressed up!

As you can see, I went as the beloved Totoro – whiskers and all! It made for a hot and sweaty day, but it was still very enjoyable.

I spent way too much money, starting with this adorable little Snorlax!

Most of my money went on this beautiful kimono-style top, but I just couldn’t resist it!

The lovely Kawaii shop Tofu Cute had a stand, so I went over for some Pocky & my first taste of this awesome drink! I love the bottles.

I also picked up some make-your-own standees at their stand, which are now proudly on my bookshelf.

I also begged a stallholder for this gorgeous bag for my friend – it took a while to find the right stall but I’m so glad I managed to get one! We both love the movie so it was a great find.

Other than that, I saw a Ghostbusters talk and some of the Cosplay competition. It was a really enjoyable day, and my friend and I are already planning our Cosplay for next time!

Thanks for reading! Have you been to Comic Con, or are you planning on going?