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Friday, July 21, 2017

Splatoon 2 is Released!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Must-buy game for the Switch, and my gameplay thoughts.

Last Saturday, I actually began playing games on my new Nintendo Switch. I played The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and then once it was around 6 PM Eastern, I spent my night playing the Splatoon 2 Splatfest demo. According to the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app (it's substituting for an Activity Log), I played The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for 3 hours, and then the Splatoon 2 Splatfest World Premiere for 3 hours and 20 minutes. Of the two, I actually enjoyed Splatoon 2 more than I did with Breath of the Wild!

As I wrote yesterday, I played just enough to become an Ice Cream King and not one match more, and I played as the Splat Roller the whole time. Here's how my Splat Roller was at the end.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Splatoon 2 Splatfest Scoring System

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Team Division victories?

Last week, we got a very sweet, dessert-esque taste of how Splatoon 2 Splatfests will work. It's especially delicious because Team Ice Cream won. Given how dominating the Popularity score was for Team Ice Cream (76% to 24%), I get the feeling that they actually WON'T re-run this Splatfest.

We also got access to the official rules document for those Splatfests:

Splatfest 2 Splatfest final results three factors manual rules popularity solo division victories team
Three factors: Popularity, Solo Division victories, and Team Division victories.

If you remember Splatoon's scoring system, it was a function of Popularity and Wins. First, it was Popularity + (Wins * 2), but then the 2 became a 4, and the 4 became a 6. Regardless, percentages always mattered: The scores were a function of the percentage figures. You could be unpopular and still win.

Splatoon 2 changes that completely. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Wonderful 1237 Strategy Guides: Mike Huckabee

 By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Soft-spoken, and a lovely guitarist.

Ready for some music appreciation? Rather than write about leitmotifs again, I actually want to write another strategy guide for KoopaTV's amazing browser-based Flash game, The Wonderful 1237. The Wonderful 1237 features seventeen unique minigames, all from each of the seventeen Republican presidential candidates you will be competing with in the game as you try to become the Republican nominee for president. ...This one deals with one of those seventeen.

Y'all are familiar with the Wonderful Wednesday article about the game's endorsement minigames minigames, so you know about the nearly one dozen strategy guides I have written so far for each of those. This one is about the guy who was the former governor of Arkansas, an enemy of the Clintons, and a proponent of the FairTax: Mike Huckabee! I thought, back at the beginning of the primaries, that Mike Huckabee would go really far. He's great at talking. He's cool. He's experienced. He was even a Fox News contributor, so every Republican likes him. His favourable numbers were all high! Unfortunately for Mr. Huckabee, this support never happened. Fortunately for him, at least he's one of the top candidates in The Wonderful 1237.

Candidate Stats

Base stats and growth:
Beauty: 1 + (1–4)
Cool: 2 + (1–5)
Cute: 0 + (1–4)
Smart: 0 + (0–3)
Tough: 0 + (0–2)

Average untouched stats after 14 rounds:
Beauty: 36
Cool: 44
Cute: 35
Smart: 21
Tough: 14

Average likelihood of surviving Iowa if untouched:
Quite likely. (Mike Huckabee will have 14 delegates on average; need 11 to clear.)
The Wonderful 1237 Mike Huckabee versus fight minigame endorsement splash
“VERSUS... Mike Huckabee! Fight.”

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"Miiverse Ended!" Text Datamined: So What?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - What difference, at this point, does it make?

If I asked you a week, month, or months ago, “Do you think Miiverse is going to end eventually?” you would say yes. It's an intuitive, natural answer. All things come to an end, and Nintendo's social network is clearly on its last legs. It's not being supported by the Nintendo Switch. The console it was built for, the Wii U, is no longer being supported. The other system that's piggy-backing on it with a post-development integration that they never bothered to complete, the 3DS, is on its last legs.

It really shouldn't surprise anyone who has put any thought into it: Miiverse won't be around much longer. It served to bolster word-of-mouth and add value to a console that didn't have an obvious value proposition (the Wii U), and as a result, I've logged many thousands of hours into Miiverse. That dwarfs any actual game-playing I've done. Miiverse is what is keeping me using the Wii U at all, and it's actually still doing a pretty good job of that. Nintendo would much rather I spend my fun-time playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on my brand-new Nintendo Switch than screw around on Miiverse on the Wii U. I wonder how their IT administrators feel paying Amazon CloudFront lots of money every month to support shit-posting in the New Super Luigi U Community, and little kids in the Team Kirby Clash Deluxe Community who don't know that the game is LOCAL MULTIPLAYER ONLY. They also gotta pay companies like Emoderation Limited to do moderation work for them...

So why is everyone freaking out about text a dataminer allegedly found in Wii U system update 5.5.2 that indicates Nintendo is planning to end Miiverse? (Note: KoopaTV can't confirm this information, but that's not the point here.)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Good Thing ARMS Wasn't At EVO 2017!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Boy, that would've been a mistake. But there are some consolations.

When I wasn't playing the Splatoon 2 Splatfest demo on Saturday (congratulations to Team Ice Cream!), I spent the weekend watching the EVO 2017 fighting game tournament.

It was a great set of tournaments, and, man, that Super Smash Bros. For Wii U top 8 was intense. Congratulations to Salem on his win over ZeRo (aka Scarf Boy), who subsequently went and deleted his Twitter after being on the winner's side of the bracket. He lost the best of 3 out of 5 to Salem, and then he lost another 3 out of 5 after the bracket reset.

MVG Salem Wins EVO 2017 holding up trophy smile grin Bayonetta Super Smash Bros. For Wii U
Salem giving a big goofy grin as he is crowned the winner, while ZeRo's face is weirdly distorted in the corner.
(...Or he naturally looks disproportional.)

I wrote six months ago about EVO 2017, and how they had a community choice charity-driven Player's Vote. Back then, I advocated for ARMS to be the ninth game to be at EVO. This was before we actually knew anything about ARMS. Well, as a follow-up, here's how ARMS did at raising money:

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Splatoon 2 Demo Splatfest: CAKE vs. ICE CREAM

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - It may not be a REAL Splatfest (yet), but is it scrumptious?

Something KoopaTV learned very quickly in the past two weeks: The Internet will eat up anything Splatoon. So, the Splatoon 2 Nintendo Direct exploded in views, and KoopaTV's screenshots from that reaction log were seen all over the Internet, even used in meme pictures. (Without credit, of course.)

And so, I've gotten many requests from you folks to resume KoopaTV's thorough Splatoon Splatfest coverage, the last of which was the Callie vs. Marie Splatfest that set the stage for Splatoon's storyline. With what? The end of that Direct mentioned a Cake vs. Ice Cream Splatfest, playable in a special free demo downloadable from the Nintendo eShop TOMORROW. The demo, by the way, is effectively another Splatoon 2 Global Testfire. I told you guys there would be more.

Splatoon 2 Splatfest demo Cake Ice Cream join this team selection board
Team Cake vs. Team Ice Cream will be tomorrow, July 15, from 6 PM Eastern to 10 PM Eastern. Only four hours!

Since I mentioned story, know that the Cake vs. Ice Cream Splatfest, at least for this demo, is NOT canon. The Squid Research Lab states that nothing will carry over to the actual full game of Splatoon 2, and Super Sea Snails won't even be distributed. Therefore, it is not a real Splatfest, and will have no impact on the story.

Still, y'all want my opinion on these things. I'm pretty sure we'll be seeing the Cake vs. Ice Cream debate later on in Splatoon 2's life, but if y'all want it NOW, then I am happy to say I am firmly on Team Ice Cream. Here's why.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A New Perspective on Pikmin: Hey! Pikmin! Demo?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Arzest still sucks at game development.

It's Thursday. You know what that means? It's Nintendo eShop day! Today brings us a demo of Hey! Pikmin, a rather dreadful and Jeb!-esque title formerly referred to as “Pikmin 3DS (Working Title)”. It's that dumb Pikmin platforming game on the 3DS, developed by the reliably-mediocre developer, Arzest. (Best-known for running the Yoshi's Island series into the ground.)

At the end of 2016, I wrote an article asking people what happened to that Pikmin 3DS game, since everyone forgot about it. Since then, Nintendo themselves totally forgot about the 2D platformer by not even mentioning it at E3 2017.

At last, today brings a demo AND a SpotPass-generated push notification from Nintendo, referring to the game as “a new perspective” and “his first 2D platformer.” Will there be more? Would we want more? I guess I owe the game to answer that, since I did say not to forget about it.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Wonderful 1237 Strategy Guides: Rand Paul

 By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - If it was up to me, Rand Paul would be the president of the United States right now.

There are some very hot topics today: The Electronic Frontier Foundation is holding an Internet-wide campaign with technology sites to try to keep Net Neutrality. Former president Satoru Iwata died two years ago. Instead of tackling these tough topics, I'll instead write something I've been waiting for for many months: Rand Paul's strategy guide article for The Wonderful 1237! (Though, I will say that Rand Paul is cosponsoring the Restoring Internet Freedom Act that is terrifying the scaremongers in the tech community, and good for him.) Don't know what The Wonderful 1237 is? It's KoopaTV's amazing browser-based Flash game that features the 17 Republican presidential hopefuls from 2015 to 2016... and you! It's a great satirical simulation of the process.

Each Republican presidential hopeful, once they drop out of the race, will allow you to try to win over their endorsements and accumulated delegates with a minigame. More about those minigames in this article. This time, it's Rand Paul's turn, as I've been writing strategy guides on each of these minigames for months now.

Rand Paul is known for being THE leading voice for liberty in the United States Senate. I personally endorsed him when he announced his candidacy. In terms of The Wonderful 1237, Rand Paul has one of the highest end-game statistics, with great growths across the board. He also has the highest sum of base stats (at 8), and is the only candidate with 5 or higher base stats in something. As a result, Rand Paul has the highest average single statistic out of anyone in the game (his 47 in Smart). Rand Paul totally deserves his Smart power, since the guy is correct on almost every issue, and even had his own Rand Direct. It should be no surprise that he's incredibly formidable in The Wonderful 1237!

Candidate Stats

Base stats and growth:
Beauty: 1 + (0–4)
Cool: 1 + (0–4)
Cute: 0 + (0–4)
Smart: 5 + (1–5)
Tough: 1 + (0–3)

Average untouched stats after 14 rounds:
Beauty: 29
Cool: 29
Cute: 28
Smart: 47
Tough: 22

Average likelihood of surviving Iowa if untouched:
Quite likely. (Template McTemplate will have 14 delegates on average; need 11 to clear.)
The Wonderful 1237 Versus VS Rand Paul Endorsement minigame splash fight screen

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Nintendo Switch Amazon Prices, and Prime Day 2017!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Check back daily for another set of prices.

Well then. Yesterday's article had quite the sequel hook: Today I would reveal how I got a Nintendo Switch! Well, I purchased it from Amazon, an all-around great company. KoopaTV gives away Amazon gift card codes twice every year for the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program (and other prizes for the other months of the year, so be engaged all the time!), since you can get pretty much everything off Amazon.

But if you look today at the Amazon-instituted holiday, Prime Day, you won't find Nintendo Switch deals. In fact, you won't really find any in stock. The Nintendo Switch continues to be very elusive unless you are one of the lucky people who happen to look as Amazon gets a few more Nintendo Switch units in stock. I happened to be one of those lucky ones.

Here's the kind of Nintendo deal you can get off of Prime Day today:

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PRIME DAY DEAL: Save three cents on a New Nintendo 3DS XL, Galaxy style!
(It's somehow a best seller.)

You can get a lot of gaming headsets for a lot of money off, if you're into those.

You can also get a lot of savings on some competitor console manufacturer products... or wait for Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday. That's in only four months, anyway, and there will be new products out by then anyway.

So. Nintendo Switch. Here you go. I made this and will maintain it... indefinitely:

Monday, July 10, 2017

Ludwig Got a Nintendo Switch! Impressions Inside?!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - ...KoopaTV is saved! We can be a real Nintendo site now!

It only took four months, but I am now an owner of the Nintendo Switch. To be exact, the grey one, not this neon stuff. More on how I acquired it tomorrow. What's important now are my first impressions.

I got it on Saturday and didn't open it until Saturday night. Rawk and Kamek wanted me to do some lame unboxing video, which a Google representative once told me are the videos that get the most views on YouTube. I think it's weak content, so I'm not going to do it. I took pictures, though:

Nintendo Switch box opening Ludwig Von Koopa plushie Jigglypuff amiibo manual grey
Closed box...

The Nintendo Switch and the Joy-Con feel very delicate. I don't know how they expect us to treat it like a portable system. You can't fit it in your pocket or anything. If you put it in your bag it'll probably snap apart somehow. That said, I have no problems snapping the Joy-Con to the Switch.