Nintendo at E3 or Smash at E3?

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When Nintendo said that they would be giving us a look at the new Super Smash Bros. for The Nintendo Switch, boy did they mean it. We were treated to the kind of in depth look that we would expect from a Nintendo Direct. Nintendo didn’t hold any details back during it’s presentation a few minutes ago. Before, we delve into Smash, let’s talk about a few of the other announcements…

  • Daemon X Machina: Was the very first game shown during the conference. The cel shaded mech style game didn’t give a lot of info other than a 2019 release window.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Will have new DLC coming soon titled Torna The Golden Country. This of course if free if you purchased the expansion pass.
  • Lets Go Pikachu and Eevee was shown briefly with emphasis on The Poke Ball Plus attached which is sold separately. This add on will come with mythical Pokemon Mew already caught.
  • Super Mario Party was announced for release on October 5th 2018. This new game will allow friends to connect their Switch consoles for competitive and co-op play. This is something that I can say I really haven’t seen anywhere before.
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses was revealed for a release in 2019. I really thought we would get something this year.
  • Indy titles were on display as well with Overcooked 2, Killer Queen Black and Hollow Knight being shown.
  • Other titles included Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, Dragon Ball Z Fighterz, Mario + Rabbids Donkey Kong DLC and more.
  • FORTNITE: Did I forget that Fortnite is not playable on the Switch TODAY? The game that I felt should have opened the presentation as thrown in the middle for some reason

The presentation went fairly fast leading up to Super Smash Bros Ultimate. The new Smash for The Nintendo Switch will include every fighter that has even shown up in a previous game which is huge. Nintendo did a great job in introducing the character along with their numbered entry into the series. The narrator of the video then described the changed in each character from previous games. All the way down to the facial changes in Wii Fit Trainer. We were then shown new super moves, then power ups, then stages…it seemed like it would never end.

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I skimmed through most of the comments throughout the presentation on IGN and most of us were overwhelmed with the information. We didn’t expect to be presented with that much info. I was even growing tired and I enjoy playing Smash. There was no mention of Bayonetta, Metroid, Pokemon RPG or even Yoshi. Nintendo put everything into Smash and while I know it’s going to be huge but, us true Nintendo fans wanted more. Smash isn’t the only game that matters this year…or is it?

-Chay

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Bethesda and Their Odd E3 Press Conference

Bethesda and Their Odd E3 Press Conference

Yesterday afternoon I was pretty upset that I had to miss The Bethesda E3 Showcase last night. I had a prior engagement scheduled but, my E3 anticipation level was on ten all day long. Microsoft gave what I would call one heck of a show. Sure a lot of the games were multi-platform titles and the exclusives were a lot of the tried and true titles. This isn’t an article about Microsoft though. Point is…Microsoft set a tone and I was more than ready for Bethesda to knock it out of the park. I just finished the press conference here at work and I don’t know how to feel.

The event began with Rage 2 and I am very happy with what was shown. It reminds me of Mad Max mixed with Doom which makes for an interesting setting. A lot of different locations were shown which tells me that Bethesda is really fleshing this game out. I am really looking forward to move information and this will be a day one purchase for me. Let’s add Doom Eternal to the bandwagon because Doom is one of my favorite franchises ever. The fact that they are working on a sequel gives me even more to look forward to. Besides these two games, I feel dragged through an hour of mediocrity.

Elder Scrolls Legends, Online, Blades and even VI is too much Elder Scrolls. I know its popular but, if they skipped a year or two of Elder Scrolls I would be more than happy. Quake Champions seems dated to me. I have Prey but, I haven’t played it yet. I know it’s a decent game and I did expect to learn of new DLC. I may give it a shot this weekend. Wolfenstein 2 is awesome but, I didn’t finish the game. I also expected new DLC. FallOut76 is where I realized that I am probably just not a Bethesda guy at this point. I just didn’t jump out of my seat with applause which brings me to the underlying issue here. Why was everyone begging for applause?

From the very start of the event with Pete Hines, each and every presenter felt the need to bring applause out of the audience. It felt as if they need confirmation that things were going well. Compare this to Microsoft where Phil Spencer gets massive applause for just entering the room. Over at Sony, Shawn Layden gets the same treatment. What was the purpose here? From a viewer standpoint it seemed as though everyone was waiting on an Elder Scrolls VI announcement and if they didn’t get it, this would have been considered a failure. Well…at the very end they delivered with a quick trailer and everyone stood on their feet in applause.

After it was all said and done I now have two games to look forward to. A rather dry showing by Bethesda in my opinion. I hope next year they don’t have to drag a reaction out of the audience. It should be a natural thing.

-Chay

 

EA ANNOUNCES NEW FOCUS ON STREAMING GAMES

EA ANNOUNCES NEW FOCUS ON STREAMING GAMES

It isn’t surprising that EA announced a new focus on video game streaming during their E3 press conference today. Video game streaming has grown immensely over the last few years and EA already has a subscription service in it’s EA Access platform. EA Origins (which is exclusive to Xbox One) allows players to stream games from the EA vault directly to their Xbox One consoles. Part of me wants to run away from streaming games but, I’m very optimistic about the potential.

I AM A CONSOLE GAMER

As a 30 year old gamer, I have seen a lot change….a lot! The first game system I played as the NES and we have come a long long way from 8-bit goodness. One thing that has never changed for me is my love for gaming consoles. I still camp outside for video game consoles even knowing that I can just pre-order one online. The satisfaction of having a brand new console in your hand at the earliest moment still puts a smile on my face. There is no other feeling like it. And this is part of the reason that I struggle to embrace streaming for the games I play. The other reason being that I enjoy collecting my physical titles. I have over 500 games in my game room and I’d be crushed to have to give that up. There are always more retro titles to buy though.

EASE OF USE

EA is thinking about the future as any forward thinking business should. Streaming has its advantages and its tough not to take notice. Why get up from your couch to purchase a game when you don’t have to? For me it’s the feeling of having something physical in your hand. For young kids today, it’s about getting things fast. Thinking back to my childhood, I would of loved for a download option for games. Asking my parents to drive me to the local video store every Friday became a pain. Even worse was that they didn’t always take me. Streaming is brilliant.

THE FUTURE IS CALLING

This past week Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot commented that there would be one last console generation. His feeling is that the need for in home hardware will diminish. Streaming will take it’s place and lead us into the future. This statement resonates with me because I also feel that streaming is going to take over gaming. It reminds me of the CD’s and MP3’s. Early on it didn’t seem like a threat but, fast forward 20 years and CD’s are hardly sold in stores. Does it make sense to need a physical disc when you can download the full game onto a drive?

MY RESERVES

Let’s say hypothetically I decide to make the jump to digital. Are my games completely secure in the cloud? I would say no because, technology isn’t always stable. A server could fail, a license could expire or more importantly a company could decide to cut support in a game altogether. We’ve seen more than our fair share of games pulled from online stores. I myself feel that the games I play should be mine. Though i do own my games, I don’t always have free reign when a cloud is involved. I could go into online gaming but that would be a story for another article.

IN CONCLUSION

I’ve purchased a handful of titles digitally but, I’ve purchased two in particular which serves my optimism for digital games. State of Decay 2 and Detroit Become Human are awesome games that I really enjoy. I still place a higher focus on my physical titles but, I have to say that its amazing to pre-download games and play immediately at launch. I m also signing up for EA Access today. There are a few games that I would love to play but, I wouldn’t spend the money on. I hope I’m not becoming the type of person I’ve always complained about. I want it today, and I want it right now…..I am so disappointed in myself. EA I will be keeping my eye on you.

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1000 Subcribers on Youtube!

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Its has been a while since I’ve updated this blog. A little over a year ago, I started to create Youtube videos on a regular basis. It was never intended for me to make anything of it, just more of a hobby than anything. As of late, I have been getting a lot of awesome feedback from a lot of awesome people. They are helping me to realize that I have the ability to create some really good content. I myself just need to focus and put in the needed work. I recently reached my 1000 subscriber milestone and that was affirmation that there are people out there that do enjoy my content. In 2018, I have plans to do so many cool things on my channel and most importantly I get to have fun with it!

SNES Classic Launches on 9/29/2017

SNES Classic Launches on 9/29/2017

What can I say other than OMG!!!!!

As a lifelong Nintendo fan, I live for these special moments where classic gaming comes to the forefront. I grew up playing Nintendo games with my friends daily. Before Microsoft and Sony came into the picture, Nintendo had all of my attention. Sure Sega was around but, they were big meanies in my opinion. Sega did what Nintendon’t and ran themselves out of business. I do have a lot love for Sega don’t get me wrong. Nintendo is my heart though. They just announced that the SNES Classic Edition is set to release on September 29th 2017. Many people probably aren’t excited for reasons I will explain shortly but, I myself am ecstatic.

The SNES Classic follows the release of the NES Classic from 2016. The NES Classic was a mini version of the original Nintendo console packed with 30 classic games. I didn’t go to Target when they opened on release day because, I figured I would be able to just pick on up at anytime. Well, it became the hottest item of the Christmas holiday. Not only were they sold out at my local Target; they were sold out all over the country. People were waiting 10+ hours in the blistering cold to get their hands on one. I was one of those people (maybe not 10 hours for me but, hours before store opening all the same). When I finally got my hands on one I felt like I had finally won! Here we go all over again!

Nintendo is the only video game company that knows how to create rare items. Many people complain about them not making their products readily available. Sure they have stock issues and have historically. I can’t remember a time when a Nintendo system didn’t have a stock issue. That is completely fine with me because, Nintendo creates rare, timeless gems. Only 2 million NES Classics were sold. If they were openly available, Nintendo may have sold double, triple even quadruple that given the demand. Instead the system was discontinued after just 5 months. Another rare gem for the Nintendo fans in the world.

The SNES Classic will come with 21 pack-in games (9 less than the NES) but, these aren’t your run of the mill titles. Please see the game list below:

  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario Kart
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Super Metroid
  • F-Zero
  • Star Fox 2 (never released)
  • Super Punch-Out
  • Street Fighter 2 Turbo
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Mega Man X
  • Kirby Superstar
  • Final Fantasy III
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • Star Fox
  • Yoshi’s Island
  • Super Mario RPG
  • Contra III
  • Secret of Mana
  • Earthbound
  • Super Ghouls and Ghosts

I am genuinely excited to have another piece of my childhood back. A lot of these games I have physical copies of but, I currently don’t have an SNES system. THIS IS AWESOME!

Microsoft and Xbox Deserve A Lot of Credit

Microsoft and Xbox Deserve A Lot of Credit

This was my view from the Microsoft E3 Press Conference this past Monday in Los Angeles. I can’t say that I’ve ever experienced something as cool as what Microsoft did for me last week. The road to the show wasn’t without it’s own issues although. From having a ticket, to not having a ticket, to the entire trip being in jeopardy; it all worked out pretty well in the end. Let’s start from the top.

Every year, the E3 Electronics Expo comes to L.A to showcase the video gaming technology. This is the first year that E3 has allowed the public to buy tickets to the show as in previous years, only media have been allowed entry. I jumped at the chance to experience my first E3. I was able to secure tickets the minute they went on sale. Microsoft announced their own separate event called “Xbox Fan Fest”. This is something that they have done for a few years now for die-hard Xbox fans. They give gamer’s a chance to experience their newest games away from the massive lines on the show floor. Only 400 tickets were available through an online ticket system and I was one of the lucky few. That is until Microsoft sent a second email out stating that the system let more than the allotted amount in and all tickets had t be voided. Despite the frustration, I tried again on the rescheduled date and received a page time-out error. Even more frustrated, I emailed Xbox support and they rewarded me with a ticket to FanFest!

A lot of gamer’s missed out during the second go round.┬áThis is the one issue with social media is that issues bring loads of added attention and the pool became a lot bigger than it was initially. Information was few and far between leading up to the date. It wasn’t until the week of the event that I received my code and information email. With anticipation building, Fan Fest was just around the corner. Since I was a young kid, I’ve watched the major game companies like Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have these really cool press conferences with live music, entertainment and most importantly great games. Going into everything, I wondered if my first experience would be everything I hoped it would. The morning of the event, I took my first Uber ride into downtown L.A and I stood in my first of many long lines of the week. I made it to the Fan Fest.

Microsoft greeted everyone with a pre-party. We were given an early lunch, custom t-shirts to wear with our Fan Fest lanyards. We were then carried over to the Gallin Center on Microsoft’s expense. The picture above is exactly what I saw when I walked into the arena. From the television to my eyes, the set looked utterly amazing! I couldn’t believe my eyes let alone how close I was to the stage. The entire event was very organized and calm. The fans were enthusiastic about Xbox and so was I. On a huge 4K screen I was one of the first people witness the Xbox One X in person. Following the press conference, we were taken back to the pre-party location that had been transformed into an after-party. Full service open bar, custom hat making, free food, free games and more. At the end of the night I walked away with a backpack full of Xbox goodies and they weren’t cheap either.

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The following night we were treated to a preview of all of the upcoming show floor games. We got to play them all before they went public the next morning. Once again a full open bar, food, snacks, games, and personal time with developers, and the people that made it all happen. Microsoft deserves a lot of credit for creating an unmatched experience that I don’t think anyone could imagine. They even provided the unlucky folks that weren’t able to score tickets from the first round free 3-day expo passes. No one truly lost as an Xbox fan this year.

In conclusion, I have to show a new respect for Microsoft and people that run the show. Not only did they create magic, but they set the bar really high. This is an experience that I will never ever forget. Despite all of the trouble to get there, in the end it was well worth it. Thank you Microsoft and Xbox for all of the hard work you put forth.

NES Classic and the trouble of getting one!

NES Classic and the trouble of getting one!

It is not secret that Nintendo’s NES Classic is the hottest item of the season. Well that and the Hatchimal but, I’m not interested in that. I never knew that the NES would become one of the hard to find items. I mean it’s a $60 system with 30 pre-loaded games. If you ask a lot of people, they will tell you that no item at $60 should be this difficult to find. I’d like to look at it a bit differently.

This past Sunday I decided to take my chances with the Toys R Us restock. I got myself up at 4 am with plans to arrive at 4:30 am. I arrived as the 29th person in line or so I thought (more on that later). Toys R Us opens at 8 am in my area so I figured 3 1/2 isn’t too bad of a wait. It was pretty cold but, everyone was in good spirits. The Store Manager arrived around 6 am or so and he took a look at the line. At this point I would of estimated a good 75 people had shown up. He came out at around 6:15 and he walked the line twice. The first time he walked the line was to count how many people wanted Hatchimals. The second time was to count The NES numbers. On both occasions he cut the line about 10 people behind where I was standing. Everyone else was told there were no more and to head home. He went back into the store and informed us that he would hand out tickets at 7:30.

Fast forward to 7:30 and we are waiting for our tickets. You can imagine my mood when I was informed that the NES tickets were all gone just 4 spaces ahead of me. I stood in line since 4:30 and was told that I was counted for and now the systems are gone. Not only me but the 4 people ahead of me, and the 10 behind me. I was not going to take no for an answer. The manager said that even though he told us that we were counted, families may have had people in their cars. This means that he has to offer a system to every person in line. He wouldn’t acknowledge that created a false expectation. I got a little angry and I raised my voice at him because, he should of know better. You can’t count people at 6:30 and come back an hour later to hand out tickets. Too many people have showed up to hop in line with friends and family. There is too much room for error there.

He told the ticketed folks to head into the store and wait at customer service. There were six of us outside, who stayed in our line and waited for him to return to us. Everyone behind us has dispersed and began to swarm the guy. At one point he told us to just forget about it altogether. I asked him if we could be added onto a wait list. His answer was no because he wasn’t sure if he would get anymore in before December 25th. I didn’t care when it came in, I just wanted to ensure that I received one. I asked more then a few times until he broke down and said that he needs to obtain approval. He went into the store and came back out with good news. They found an extra box on the truck but, only three are in the box. So by courtesy, the three people in front of me get systems. They head in and we continue to hang out. One of the lucky people were part of a couple. The wife stayed behind because, she wanted one for herself.

More potential good news struck as we were told that another box of three may or may not be on the truck. Instead of giving them to the next three, he wanted to put everyone’s name into a hat and draw them. I said no way…we are still standing in our original formation.Once the people behind us realized that the couple ahead of me were standing in line for two, they totally turned on the wife. They didn’t want her to get a system and told the manager to raffle off her box. I gently pushed her forward as he told us to go wait for him inside. I didn’t want her to get into an argument with anyone…you’ve gotten this close and you don’t need to mess that up.

Once inside we waited for about a half out and finally!!!!!!!!!

I was able to put my hands around my NES Classic. Our hard work paid off. If I wouldn’t of stood there and fought with him, someone else would of gotten my system. Just goes to show you that standing your ground can truly pay off when it’s right. I wrapped my system and plan to open it on Christmas morning. For those of you who are still searching, stay strong. Target gets them in small batches throughout the week and Best Buy is planning a nationwide restock on November 20th. Please don’t get caught up the the EBay resale gimmick paying 3x the price. There was a guy in the front of line willing to sell his for $200 bucks. I told him if he needed to wait in line for a chance to make $140 profit then maybe he needs to find a better paying job.

Good luck out there!nes-pic