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Friday, October 20, 2017

Video Capture Enabled! Nintendo Switch Update

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - By the way, using the word “capture” makes me scared.

Did you upgrade your Nintendo Switch to 4.0.0 yet? Have you used the new video capture feature?

...Have you used it successfully? Because I am having a lot of trouble with it for some reason. They make it seem so simple, but it's not. Not for me. You're supposed to hold the screenshot button down and then it captures the previous 30 seconds that happened in the game prior to you pressing the screenshot button.

But when I do it, it doesn't go the full 30 seconds. It seems to go a random amount. I don't get it. Some people complain that 30 seconds is such a short time, but I'd be happy if I can get to that full amount.

Technical issues aside, it works for other people, including other KoopaTV staff members. So let's talk about the feature on its theoretical merits. As usual with new Nintendo initiatives, there's a slick video that goes with it:

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney 3DS AND Ace Attorney Anime Release Dates!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Spoiler alert: Apollo Justice will be missing Miiverse's closing by WEEKS. 

Ever the important reoccurring character on KoopaTV lately, we have more to say about Apollo Justice. This time, it is 100% truth, since it is coming straight from CAPCOM and not Nintendo or Spark Brushell.

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney on Nintendo 3DS will be releasing this November 21 in the Americas, and November 23, 2017 in Europe. CAPCOM has also released a barely-watched “story trailer” for the game:


All of the comments on the video are about people wanting other games in the franchise localised. We at KoopaTV hear that message and agree with it, so please don't fill up OUR comments section with that. Think a bit more creatively than that, okay?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

This Isn't The Alola I Thought I Knew? Never Trust A Trailer!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Be very wary of the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon's trailers’ slick production values.

Since the announcement of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon, I have used KoopaTV as one of the Internet's bastions of skepticism against the promised re-glorification (via darkness and terror) of the Alola region. I just cannot have confidence in that much change occurring in a yearly sequel.

Yes, there are a few new locations (in different universes) and brand new thematic Ultra Beasts, but do not be so easily fooled! This new trailer from The Pokémon Company International states that this is not the Alola I thought I knew, but when you have an eye for getting past fluff...



I mean, they're literally still showing footage of stuff that was in the first Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon (everyone huddled in that room listening to Professor Burnett talk in the Dimensional Research Lab). Then the rest of the trailer is just cutscenes to generic epic trailer music. Spare me. Cutscenes are not significant new gameplay developments. Stop acting like they are. Some of these will be REPLACING content from the original Alolan adventures. It's not all additive. Plus, you could make the same kind of trailer production from the cutscenes of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, and be lead to believe that the Ultra Beast involvement is much greater than it really was. That, in fact, is what happened!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Change and Transitions. Hard! AIM and Wii U to Discord and Switch!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Maybe KoopaTV is suffering when its leader is a guy heavily resistant to change? Or is that part of our charm?

The world is changing at a very rapid clip, thanks to the proliferation of technology affecting every aspect of our lives, and the number of ways to fund start-ups and mature companies alike that are all trying to produce the next big life-changing technology are also increasing. And since all of these companies need to compete with one another, that just intensifies the pace of innovation.

What I'm trying to say with that generic paragraph is that I, as they say in the technology adoption life cycle, am a laggard. I'm a late majority at best. That means that I have a lot of trouble dealing with all of this rapid technological and societal change, which is a bit of a problem when I lead a website that writes commentary on technology and society. It's a very rich irony that beautifully textures the surreal intricacies of KoopaTV, but it can be very hard on me personally, as well as the site's popularity.

I used to make fun of the fact that there is an entire discipline called “change management”, but I think I could really use some of that. Right now, I'm stuck in two awkward transitions: The transition between Nintendo's Wii U and the Nintendo Switch, and the transition between AOL Instant Messenger and Discord for KoopaTV's staff communications.

Let's talk about the instant messenging first, since this conversation took place in our recently-made Discord server while I just got on our kind-of-deserted AIM [Koopa Keep] Blast looking to talk to folks:

Monday, October 16, 2017

No Excuse: Nintendo Switch Consoles Are PLENTIFUL and WELL-SUPPLIED!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Your only excuse now is “I'm poor and don't have $300 for a console that isn't bundled with any games.”

It was over-extensively covered by the media: Nintendo Switch shortages at launch! The demand far stripping the supply led people to believe the Nintendo Switch launch was rushed. Afterward, it was very hard for months to buy a Nintendo Switch, though I managed to do so in July.

In the interest of being better than the mainstream gaming media, rather than only covering when there are Nintendo Switch shortages, I would like to dedicate this article to telling Nintendo that they are doing a good job with supply vs. demand right now.

You can actually walk into a brick-and-mortar retailer and buy a Nintendo Switch in-person without reservation. Since evidence is everything in court... erm, articles, I have proof of this claim:

Friday, October 13, 2017

Look to Mario and Cappy to Solve The MICHAEL JACKSON MYSTERY!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Has Michael Jackson confused you for half a century? The simple explanation, courtesy of Super Mario Odyssey!

Ever since I've been alive and interacting with humans from Earth, people have been fascinated with Michael Jackson — a once in a lifetime entertainment figure with a truly unique style he could call his own. (I like to think I have this in common with him.)

Some Michael Jackson fans believe that he faked his own death and is still alive. Others believe that he was murdered. Many people (thanks to the FAKE NEWS media) think that Michael Jackson was a predator to children. Some people think he was an alien or a plastic robot. Some people think that our concept of “Michael Jackson” was actually several people swapping identities — a series of body doubles.

...Well, that last one isn't far off from the truth. 

Up until now, it's been unexplained how that could be the case, other than that SOMETHING is off about Michael Jackson's appearance over the years. Well, people have tried to explain it away by saying plastic surgery can pretty much do miracles (or ruin your life), or that Michael Jackson happened to have rare diseases. I think the more likely result can be found by looking and seeing what Mario and Cappy are doing for Super Mario Odyssey and the events leading up to it. The epiphany came from watching this bizarre music video from Nintendo for Jump Up, Super Star! I'll explain.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Not Just FAKE NEWS, But Now Nintendo CENSORS Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I think someone at Nintendo doesn't understand that they're acting against their own interests.

It is fairly common knowledge by now that Nintendo has made CAPCOM game Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney the target of a FAKE NEWS campaign. It's unclear to me why. Previously, I thought it was because Nintendo thought that making things up about Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney would help its Nintendo 3DS port — to be released next month — sell better. The game has a reputation of being a lesser-quality Ace Attorney game (...which still makes it a good game), so some false-founded fluff might fascinate folks on the fence?

I have recently learned that helping promote awareness of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney — an action that would ultimately result in some sales that wouldn't otherwise occur — is NOT Nintendo's goal. How do I know this? Look what happened to me on Miiverse — a service owned and operated by Nintendo — a few days ago:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Should We Sign Up For Bowser's Minions + Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The more I think about it, the more my answer is a decisive “no.”

There has been a question on my mind for the past 3–4 months since its E3 2017 reveal: Should I purchase Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions for the Nintendo 3DS or not?

I wrote it as “Bowser's Minions + Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga” in the article title because, let's face it, I care more about that sub-mode than the game being remastered. There is not any new content in the Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga portion, though the graphics are improved and the sprites have changed, and the music is all remastered to what I think is a better soundtrack. I mean, your competition is the Game Boy Advance's limited audio capabilities, so it's not hard to go up from that.

Still, I can pop in my GBA copy of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga into my GameCube's Game Boy Player at any time and play it on the TV, or I can purchase the Wii U Virtual Console port for $8 and get full Miiverse capabilities. What's in it to want to buy this 3DS remaster for five times the price?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Vampires vs. Werewolves?! Splatoon 2 Halloween Splatfest!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Civilised bloodsuckers vs. unsightly monsters.

After what feels like a while, we finally have another Splatoon 2 Splatfest to talk about! This will be the last Splatfest before that idiotic, useless day at the end of this month, so Nintendo figured to make this Splatfest a choice between two scary things that could kill you. (But then again, what can't kill you flimsy humans?)

Splatoon 2 Splatfest Vampires Werewolves news announcement Pearl Marina
It's Vampires vs. Werewolves, this Saturday! (October 14 to October 15.)
The vampire boy has a cool cape, while the werewolf boy is some loser in a fursuit and four eyes.

Am I on Team Vampire or Team Werewolf? Which should you be, as a Koopa-loving minion-to-be? Well, there's Koopa-related history with both vampires and werewolves... at the same time:

Monday, October 9, 2017

KoopaTV's Live Reactions to the NINTENDO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, 2017!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Everything you missed from Saturday... today! (On-demand!)

We teased to you the grueling Mario Kart 7 time trials that people would have to be experts in to participate in Nintendo's latest huge event: The Nintendo World Championships 2017! Now, there are 8 12-and-under people, 8 13-and-over people, and 8 let's-invite-them people all brought to the Manhattan Center in New York.

Returning champion John Numbers, victor of the Nintendo World Championships of 2015, is among the entrants. Zerk, the champion of the ARMS Open Invitational 2017 Tournament, is also a contestant, along with 22 other people that haven't made prior KoopaTV appearances. Also returning are KoopaTV's set of wonderful live reactors, being myself, Vortexica, and RawkHawk2010.

You can watch the action for yourself in this five hour long video, or you could just read our reaction log. Annotated with pictures! We become attached to and root for (and hate) various competitors throughout the log. Join our journey!

Warning: This is an extremely long log. Putting this together lags my computer, so who knows what it'll be like for you trying to read it.