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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Friend Bounce Returns to Kirby Star Allies!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - It's unclear if Nintendo knows that the Friend Bounce ever existed.

Today, Nintendo of America announced some news about Kirby Star Allies via this tweet:

You see that, right there? They proper noun Friends, but refer to them as allies. What are these guys actually called?! Anyway, here Kirby apparently carries around a portable trampoline made out of a spider web, and the friends/allies/helpers/partners can jump off that and be able to get a good lift from it with some invincibility/damaging frames.

Much like Kirby having Copy Ability-based Helpers to assist him coming from Kirby Super Star, the Friend Bounce concept also comes from there. Observe:

So why does the header question if Nintendo knows this feature came from another game, and what is with that video's quality?

Monday, February 19, 2018

Details on the Nintendo Labo Kits!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Do these more details generate more Labo interest?

I told you in my Nintendo Labo announcement analysis article that I don't particularly care about Nintendo Labo, but I don't hold anything against you if you care. (Normally, I'm more judgmental.)

At the end of last week, apparently to distract from their Bayonetta re-re-release, Nintendo released three (3) new detailed, longer-form videos on the Nintendo Labo. These answer a lot of questions I've had about what exactly you'd be getting if you commit to the Labo's purchase prices, and the value the Labo imparts on its players and builders.

I think the most logical way to present you my thoughts is to just go through each video one-by-one and give commentary. I've embedded each of the videos under their respective header, of course. It's the least I could do. As you watch the videos, don't pay attention to how the Nintendo Labo music is basically a remix of the gym theme from No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Bayonetta On Switch; Bayonetta Off Smash?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - She's out of control, and now on a Nintendo Switch near you.

Last weekend's Michigan-based Super Smash Bros. For Wii U major tournament, Frostbite 2018, featured a lot of Bayonetta in the top ranks. I'd know; I spent that weekend watching the tournament. Here was the top 8:

Source is PG_Spike of Panda Global Stats.
Meanwhile,  today Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 were re-released (or re-re-released), now for the Nintendo Switch. A lot of Super Smash Bros. fans were quite unhappy when Nintendo announced Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2, and the new and upcoming Bayonetta 3 at The Game Awards 2017 (I was upset just having to watch The Game Awards at all). Many were mad ever since Bayonetta won The Smash Ballot via an asterisk, and then were mad when she finally became purchasable for $5.99, which they saw as pay-to-win.

Less than a month later, the developers released a balance patch targeted at nerfing Bayonetta. And yet... the Bayonetta metagame has furthered much farther than I anticipated after her release, back when I thought Ryu had more combo potential than Bayonetta. Now Bayonetta is unanimously considered the best character in the game. People want her banned, and they personally hate her, to the point where they are upset that her series is staying alive.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Reviews in Review: Get Rid of the Number Score?

By LITTLE FRUINI - Numbers don't tell the full story. On a scale of up to 10, do you agree?

Numbers can be used for everyday activities: the date, the time, and of course, the score. As it’s the new year, it’s typical to look back on the many successes and failures of the year, and of course, I can’t neglect reviews, the very things people look back to give a product a number, typically between 1 to 10.

These scores given can easily be outdated in a matter of time. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is pretty much known for having highly-rated scores. What point am I trying to make out of this? Its Metacritic score is a fantastic 97! This pales to a score within the 70s, which should be considered the average for video games. However, a 97 is not a 100, so there should be some games with a higher score…

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Kirby Star Allies... Friends... Helpers?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - What are these guys called?

If you have noticed a greater concentration of Kirby-based content in the past month(s) or so on KoopaTV than in the past, it's not a coincidence. We're considering Kirby Star Allies to be the next big Nintendo Switch game we'll collectively indulge in. We're totally impressed by it, and it's poised to break my long stint of supporting the Kirby series but not actually buying its games.

I have one problem with Kirby Star Allies so far, and it's a big one: what are the partners called? Are they Allies, as the game's title suggests? Are they Friends, as the name of Kirby's Friend Heart ability suggests? Or are they Helpers, as Kirby Super Star has previously called them?

Kirby Star Allies Friend Heart ability Nintendo Switch news
FRIENDS... in ALLIES. With the Friend Heart ability.
They proper-nouned Friends there, so... that could be it.

I'm telling you, this is really important. One of the best new modes from the remake of Kirby Super Star on the DS, Kirby Super Star Ultra, was Helper-to-Hero, and it got it so right. Note the name of the mode.

If Kirby Star Allies can't figure out what to call Kirby's partners, then they won't be able to make a name for a mode where you can play as one and go through an arena. If there's no name, there's no mode. If that mode doesn't exist, then Kirby Star Allies will be missing a huge opportunity as the game that is having partners make a grand and important return since Kirby Super Star.

From videos the Japanese site has released, they have a lot of solo adventuring where you are playing as a non-Kirby character. I hope that's a real thing and not just for demonstration. I want them to flesh this out!

Kirby Star Allies Broom Hatter Cleaning ChuChu copy ability
I didn't want any Valentine's Day themes in this article, but...
YOU CAN PLAY AS CHUCHU! (...Or Broom Hatter with ChuChu.) YAY!

This article doesn't appear to have much substance to it, but there is a lot if you think about it. In any case, Kirby Star Aliies is sure to continue to get attention at KoopaTV as writable things about it occur. Ludwig may or may not be jealous of Kirby's ability to make friends of his enemies so easily, since Ludwig only seems to be able to keep his enemies as his enemies, and then his friends start to hate him, too.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

What Does NVIDIA SHIELD Say About Nintendo's China Strategy, and GameCube/Wii Virtual Console?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - (Spoiler alert: nothing.)

Following Nintendo's financial results for the nine-months-into Fiscal Year Ending March 2018, they held a Q&A with their laughable investors.

There was a question about Nintendo's business possibilities in China. Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima gave a non-answer about how China is big and important but that Nintendo products “are unavailable there at the present time.” Kimishima then expressed that Nintendo would like the Chinese to experience Nintendo products the way other countries do.

That brings us to a request we got back in December 2017 to write about the interesting Nintendo-related product release in China. I think Kimishima's non-statement is just what I was waiting for to make an informed article.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Money Is More Important Than Love: Splatoon 2 Splatfest!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The pro-Love, anti-Money team relies on tired canards.

For Valentine's Day 2018 (a day that I have no intention of acknowledging on this website when it happens this week, though the other staffers may have something else in mind), Nintendo of America has decided to make the Splatoon 2 Splatfest for February 2018...

Splatoon 2 Splatfest Money or Love Pearl Marina introduction
MONEY VS. LOVE! Which is more important to you?
By the way, it occurs on Saturday, February 17 2018.

If you got your Splatfest information from certain non-KoopaTV places, you may recall that for Halloween 2015, in the original Splatoon, Japan had the exact same theme — though the graphics for money and love were different, and the order was Love vs. Money instead of Money vs. Love. Guess they wanted to go out of their way to make sure Callie and Marina got Team Love, while Marie and Pearl got Team Money.

If it will affect your decision, let me tell you right now that Team Love managed to beat Team Money in that Splatfest. Money won the Popularity vote (with 53% vs. Love's 47%), but Love got more Wins with 51% to 49%.

That said, this will be North America and not Japan (they have different value systems), and the scoring system for Splatoon and Splatoon 2's Splatfests are completely different

If you want to see Money vs. Love in the United States among Nintendo fans, then the most relevant poll is the Wii's Everybody Votes Channel poll conducted on August 2007. Love was deemed more important by 79.1% of respondents, with Money only getting 20.9%. That was right before the Great Recession, so maybe Money got a dramatic buff in the decade since.

As for me, I've always been on Team Money. I'll tell you why, and why the Team Love guys got it wrong. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

KoopaTV's Live Reactions to the PyeongChang 2018's Opening Ceremony

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I'm watching for Cappy; the others for attractive exotic Olympic girls.

We cover the Olympics on Earth because of the disturbing intersection of Earth and our world that has been going on, and the Olympics are the most high-profile event the entire world takes place in. It's attracted the attention of our nemeses, Mario and Cappy, in the past. That makes watching the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Olympics a very value-added activity for KoopaTV.

Part of what is great about our reaction logs is that you get to see the immediate and oftentimes brilliant analysis from your favourite KoopaTV staff members (and all five of us appear in this log) on-the-fly with no filter, and probably in a way you would not have thought of by yourself.

The log includes our geography knowledge, the frustrating ordeal of having to watch this via NBC (versus the BBC and the CBC), geopolitical analysis between South and North Korea, the creepiness of targeted advertising, our opinion on female athletes' looks... and... well, you'll have to get through the whole thing to see if Cappy got involved. Plus, a lot of videogame references. A lot.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Yoshiaki Koizumi Talks Toad's Top and Mario's Love Life

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I have an issue with the questions and answers...

It looks like Nintendo decided it would be a good time for some softball interview questions with Super Mario Odyssey producer Yoskiaki Koizumi. Just for fun, I guess. Little did they seem to know that they would cause quite a stir.

Take a watch below, as Mr. Koizumi continues to be captured by Cappy as he has been in all of the other times we've seen him. Cappy just has a lock on Japan, doesn't he? Yeah, don't try to convince me that Japan is such an awesome place.

This thumbnail is especially horrifying:

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Rawk's Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Experience

By RAWKHAWK2010 - Ace Attorney, Versed by Mii!

Hey dudes.

After being moderately impressed by Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Dual Destinies but then finding myself so totally lost in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney that I stopped during the butler chapter and would return every few months only to make it past another two lines of dialogue, my 2013/2014 foray into the franchise probably didn't last as long as Ludwig would have hoped. What happened to the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy I bought on sale three years ago with the intention of starting? What happened to the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice I bought over one year ago during release week that I also had the intention of starting? Well...I dunno, actually. Had I really been that turned off by that one obnoxious Layton witness who wouldn't stop playing his stupid minstrel guitar while testifying? (Because he can totally take that G-string and shove it.)

A combination of three factors finally got the ball rolling, in which I booted up the series and played through THE ENTIRE LOCALIZED THING in less than half a year. I was basically inspired by 1) the Ace Attorney anime opening and my covers of it, 2) Ludwig telling me to do something with The "Miracle" Never Happen for Trump's impending doom (in which the "Miracle" actually DID happen), and 3) Trump's dismissal of James Comey from the Federal Bureau of Investigations which got me in the mood for some legal drama.

Once things started they never really fell off, and thanks to Miiverse I'm now in possession of hoards of archived commentary (covering the original trilogy, SoJ, and parts of whatever else was Miiverse-able) that I can now subject the entire world to! (MWAHAHAHAHA!) I call it "Rawk's Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Experience." We at KoopaTV think it's a good implementation of a Miiverse post archive, and shows what happens when Nintendo doesn't pull an NSider and delete everyone's shit. After all, I probably spent just as much time treading through Miiverse's gruelingly-slow UI on my non-New Nintendo 3DS as I did on my non-bannable NSider posts.

Oh yeah, and after at least half a year of me thinking Funimation canceled/forgot they were doing it, Part One of the Ace Attorney anime English dub finally landed last month. You should go watch it somewhere real fast so that you can have certain voices in your head as you read. Courtesy fragment:

So without further ado, part one of Rawk's Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Experience!:

defense ready Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Trilogy 3DS Miiverse Capcom Nintendo