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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Marvel vs. Capcom vs. Franziska's Lash

By RAWKHAWK2010 - Let's focus on the fools.

On a day known as #InternationalWomensDay, in response to a hashtag known as #IfWomenRuledTheWorld, I once tweeted that I'd be perfectly fine with a woman owner so long as she was akin to Lady Palutena's beauty and not some misshapen unsightly beast. Elements of danger such as the Power of Caging were considered a significant risk that came with the territory of being owned, but recently I played through the original Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney trilogy and was introduced to what the word "danger" truly means.

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Franziska "Danger" von Karma?
...Or Franziska von "Danger" Karma?
(She'll decide when she's good and ready.)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Restocked and Much-Stocked Classic Editions; Nintendo Arcades?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Nintendo to have an actual physical supply of classic products people want, while infinitely supplying really old products no one wants.

In spite of my opinions, the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (or NES: NES) sold a lot upon release, making it a very difficult-to-buy collector's item. Then they discontinued it, because it was always meant to be limited. Now they have announced the existence of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: SNES Classic Edition (or SNES: SNES), and people are worried it will be as limited as the NES: NES — a problem, because there are justifiable entertainment-related reasons to buy one of these.

Nintendo is actually going to try to avoid a situation where they are not getting as much revenue as they otherwise could by... having a much larger inventory of SNES: SNES to sell. PLUS, they will be putting the NES: NES back in stock come 2018.

Amazing, right? (Let's just hope this doesn't take away from much-needed Nintendo Switch production, though since the price is falling rather precipitously for those, that means either the Switch's supply is healthier than a few months ago, or the demand is falling...)

It's fun how happy people can be that they have the opportunity to flood Nintendo with cash. But, you know what isn't amazing, and I don't think will get Nintendo much cash?

Friday, September 15, 2017

Not Even Apollo Justice, Ace Attorney, Can Defend This FAKE NEWS

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - With CNN reporters like Spark Brushel on the beat, you can't trust the press.

With only seven seconds of footage, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (3DS edition) got the least amount of air time of any game during Wednesday's Nintendo Direct. We still don't know anything new about it since CAPCOM announced the port a month ago. It was a useless seven seconds.

Even though there was only seven seconds of content, they were wrong about two things:
  1. Apollo Justice is NOT everyone's favourite lawyer. He's not even most people's.
  2. Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney does not explore Apollo's origins or backstory. You'll need to play Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice for that.
Since seven seconds of bad information was not enough, here is what Nintendo published in a press release for their Nintendo Direct:
“Two New Games, Two Beloved Series: The next game in the Ace Attorney series, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, launches in November. The action-packed Fire Emblem Warriors game launches Oct. 20 for New Nintendo 3DS systems only.”
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is not a new game. It is over nine years old. It is not the “next” game in the Ace Attorney series. The last new worldwide release of an Ace Attorney game was last year's excellent Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice. Before that was Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Dual Destinies. (In-between was Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, but not... canonically.)

Before that was Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, and that was a long, long time before KoopaTV started. It's not the next game in the series. It's not even the previous one. It's the previous game to the previous game's previous game. That's going real far back. Shame on Nintendo for putting this information in a press release. You know what I call that?



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The crusader against the fake news organisation CNN (“Credible Nintendo News” — “Corrupt Nintendo News” if you ask me) and CNN reporter Spark Brushel...
...President Donald John Trump!

Ludwig wanted to continue KoopaTV's meme war against CNN, and this is the result. He's astonished in general that Nintendo would make such a bold claim about Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney being a new game. Of course it isn't.

This is far from the first time that Nintendo's marketing communications outfit has put out demonstrably false information to promote a 3DS game.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Kirby Battle Royale: Copy Ability Poll!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - We're surprisingly all agreement that we want this ONLINE MULTIPLAYER KIRBY GAME.

With Nintendo making many announcements in yesterday's Nintendo Direct (read our live reactions to it!), we have a lot of things to write about. While Kirby Battle Royale is likely not the most important thing to come from yesterday, it is one of the most surprising. It's also tied to a time-sensitive event, so might as well talk about it sooner rather than later.

Kirby Battle Royale is yet more Kirby gaming content to continue Kirby's 25th Anniversary, which is a concerted effort to make me feel guilty for only listening to the Kirby franchise's awesome soundtracks without actually playing the games. It's a four-player game where you have Kirby fight other Kirby players, and perhaps some CPUs. Unlike Kirby Fighters Deluxe, it is in 3D. And unlike Team Kirby Clash Deluxe (and every other Kirby game currently in existence), it is ACTUALLY AN ONLINE MULTIPLAYER GAME!

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It's not only local wireless multiplayer, but ONLINE multiplayer! For real!
The official Nintendo website description says you actually need an INTERNET CONNECTION to play online!

We still don't know much about the game, but this was enough to get the four KoopaTV staffers logging yesterday's Direct to express purchasing interest in it. Super Mario Odyssey was the only other game to do that.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

KoopaTV's September 13, 2017 Nintendo Direct Live Reactions!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Featuring some fangirl service...

Welcome everyone to the KoopaTV live reaction log to Nintendo's Nintendo Direct: September 13, 2017 edition. This one is long and full of a lot of information. You can watch it along with us here:

Who is “us”? I'm proud to tell you we have a pretty full staff here to live react. There's myself, Rawk, Kamek, AND Vortexica. You thought most of those guys were dead, didn't you? Also, because I can and it was requested, I replaced their weird AIM screen names with their KoopaTV staffer names. Now you can actually follow it. Yay!

...It seems like today was the first time the four of us had a sustained conversation together in a long time, so it seems some members have some things to share...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Should The Number Nine Be Nixed?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - We discuss the results of skipping 9 and embracing 9.

One of Earth's worst corporations, Apple, had a big conference today that I didn't watch. They announced the iPhone 8, along with the iPhone X (otherwise known as the iPhone 10, or Ten — click that only if you need proof, 'cause that Apple video is INCREDIBLY PRETENTIOUS and unbearable). Two devices at the same time — the iPhone 8 will be released this month, while the iPhone X will be releasing November, 2017. The X is the more expensive one, starting at $999, while the 8 is also expensive, starting at $699.
All of those 9s in the pricetag make me wonder: There clearly is no opportunity for an iPhone 9, is there? Microsoft did the exact same thing in skipping from Windows 8 to Windows 10.

What the hell is with this nine-skipping? Is this COLLUSION? Am I missing something? Well, I'll try to investigate, but I'm more interested in if the number nine deserves to be skipped. Since this is a gaming site, I'll focus my thoughts around games.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Will Developers Maintain Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Support?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - It's how I want to play. Make sure the Pro Controller is compatible!

One of the biggest selling points of the Nintendo Switch is the ability to play the games when you want, where you want, and how you want. Here's how Nintendo words their marketing message on their site:
Nintendo Switch is designed to go wherever you do, transforming from home console to portable system in a snap. So you get more time to play the games you love, however you like.” 
I think I've just about reached the point where I have played 100 hours of Nintendo Switch gaming, with about half of it with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the other half of Splatoon 2. The Nintendo Switch won't tell you EXACTLY since there is no true replacement for all of the functionality of the Activity Log, but... it's sort of close.

Almost all of those 100 hours, besides that brief period of time where I played the ARMS Global Testpunch with the Joy-Con (and it played terribly with the Joy-Con as well as my preferred controller), have been with the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller on the TV mode. Everything else (especially that plastic piece of shit Joy-Con Grip) doesn't feel all that right.

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I guess I should take comfort that the Pro Controller is the face of Online service (not that we know much about it yet).

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hurricane Irma: CRISIS in Florida! Rawk Engulfed?!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - He was warned not to go, but noooooo.

Spoiler alert: This is another one of those “a KoopaTV staffer might be dead/dying” articles that we get on a disturbingly regular basis. (See the footer of this article for a list of all the ones I can remember.)

Have you noticed that KoopaTV staff member RawkHawk2010 has been a lot more prolific lately? He published three articles in the span of one calendar week at the end of August. (Read his takes on that solar eclipse, turtles in Dragon Ball, and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle that ended up being a top five recommended article in August) ...There's also a lot of stuff from him that are sitting as drafts.

As a reward (and to get him out of the way so I can take control of my own site's publishing schedule), we sent Rawk on a leisurely vacation to Florida! I mean, after all of that stress dealing with natural disasters with our KoopaTV office in Sierra Leone, a vacation in the tropical paradise of Florida is just the incentive a KoopaTV staffer should want!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Miiverse Downloading Your Post History FAQ!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - We interview a Nintendo customer service rep so you know what to expect.

As you already heard if you actively use Nintendo's Miiverse service, or read KoopaTV, Miiverse will be ending this November. It's a very sad thing for us, as we've discussed. There is, however, one upside: Nintendo is allowing you to download your post history. You can make a download request and read more about it here, assuming you are logged into Miiverse. (It's a shame that link will break in two months.)

Some important information from that:
  • You will be able to have all of your posts (text, images) and Screenshot Album images downloaded to a .zip file sent to your e-mail address associated with your Nintendo Account
    • Comments in your posts, in other people's posts, and private Wii U messages are not included
    • Your Nintendo Account and Nintendo Network ID need to be linked to one another, which you should have done anyway
    • If you violate the Miiverse Code of Conduct after requesting your post history, the admins may choose to punish you by not giving you the download. 
  • You have until now and when Miiverse ends to submit the request.

Nintendo has provided a Miiverse Service Discontinuation FAQ here. However, not all questions were answered in that. So, we went ahead and asked Nintendo more details about the downloadable post history feature.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Wonderful 1237: Voice-Acting and Sound Effects Video!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Nearly 15 minutes (!) of delicious voice-acting and sound effects. Mostly voice-acting.

After being teased for over eight months, KoopaTV is now ready to publish all of the voice-acting that went into The Wonderful 1237! It is the most amount of voice-acting that has went into any of KoopaTV's videogames to date, and probably for all time in the future as well.

Here, listen to it:

Want to know what I find interesting? Even though the game has 15 minutes of voice-acting (and a 15 second song at the end), the game is still not fully voice-acted. Capture the Confederate Flag was fully voice-acted and only got to 9 minutes. The Wonderful 1237 has almost fully voice-acted minigames (which, if you're interested in learning more about, click this article which also includes strategy guides/demos for all of the 17 minigames in The Wonderful 1237), but its cutscene/dialogue scenes in-between rounds are text-based.

Imagine how long this would be if it WAS fully voice-acted. ...Well, it would break the file limit of the game, since it's already 50 MB large.

You wouldn't know how much text is in the game unless you played it (play The Wonderful 1237 here!) and went through every round of the game. There's lots of character development too in that.

One other aside: I voice-acted everything in the game. I even voice-acted Roxy instead of Roxy voice-acting herself. You can call that whatever you want — quality assurance, consistency, being a control freak, or Roxy not having the time, equipment, or flexibility to submit voice recordings. I like to think I did a good job, though.

The entire The Wonderful 1237 is more than just a good job — it won KoopaTV's Best PC Game of 2016! That's actually well-deserved, too. This article falls under the Wonderful Wednesday series, which will be concluding with one more article after this one looking back at all of the marketing KoopaTV has done for The Wonderful 1237. You should play it on your Flash-enabled device, especially while it's still a special tab on KoopaTV's navigation. Plus, writing a review or filming a Let's Play of The Wonderful 1237 can win you absolutely massive points for the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program, where you can win money-equivalents in the form of gift cards!

The previous record-holder for the most voice-acting and sound effects in one of KoopaTV's games was Capture the Confederate Flag at 9 minutes.