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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Real Explanation of Shinzō Abe and Mario

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - A Closing Ceremony ReCAP.

Allow me to first say this: No matter what was going to happen in Sunday's Rio 2016 Olympics Closing Ceremony, we were going to publish it. I mean, we published the Opening Ceremony, and the only thing THAT was notable for was being really long. All of these mainstream gaming news and Nintendo news websites — which I won't hyperlink but you know who they are, and they know who they are too — are only talking NOW about the Olympics because they're opportunists. They weren't committed to it before. Meanwhile, KoopaTV has been covering the Rio 2016 Olympics since 2015 in great depth and from every angle, especially since multiple staff members were going to be participants.

Some people wondered why this site would do that. Why would we do something so out-of-step, so out-of-line with our media competitors? Heh. First of all, you never want to be identical to your competitors anyway. And second, you can now see the benefits of KoopaTV's authenticity in its coverage of topics. This extends to some of the other so-called “questionable” topic choices we've covered. They all ultimately have tied back to gaming, and we've had the subject body knowledge and expertise that no one else has had. 

With all of that said, and as we all know by now, there were extremely interesting things happening in our Closing Ceremony log starting at 9:26 PM. Because National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is taking down every video it can of the interesting Tokyo part, we have to embed this tweet which has it:

Aside from Pac-Man showing up for no good reason (in his usual inevitable fashion), it appears as if Japan's Prime Minister and upstanding right-wing conservative (Liberal Democrat, in Japanese terms) Shinzō Abe... transformed into Koopa Kingdom's Public Enemy #1 and evil terrorist Mario! And then showed up in Rio de Janeiro.

Yes, he did transform. However... we will make the case that it was not voluntary. In fact, it's an extremely concerning event that we should all brace ourselves for!

Monday, August 22, 2016

KoopaTV's Live Reactions to Rio 2016's Closing Ceremony


I cannot believe it. What can I not believe? Read our log. (Or wait for tomorrow's article, which'll be dedicated to it.) This isn't clickbait. Seriously.

KoopaTV's staff (or, three of us — myself as Nintendork 13 13, RawkHawk2010 as RawkHawk2010, and Kamek as Ultralink1) live-react to the CLOSING CEREMONY of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The part controlled by Brazil's culture? Well, mediocre. But then they hand off the Olympic stuff to Japan midway. And...that is where things get DRAMATICALLY more interesting. And important.

...And even Nintendo-related. And not just from us making tangents, but the SOURCE MATERIAL does it. So, here's the log:

Friday, August 19, 2016

Crabrawler's Punch-Out!!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - No, this isn't KoopaTV's 2016 videogame, but that'd be cool DLC, wouldn't it?

You know, I remember at the end of the Team Skull article eight days ago, I wrote, 
“That's about all the info worth commenting on. What do YOU think? We'd love to hear YOUR comments in the designated comments section. Talk to you guys next Pokémon news release! ...Just kidding, I'll actually talk to you tomorrow on (Unless those are the same day, with how frequent these releases are getting.)”

So, like, that was totally a joke and not something serious, but it turns out my levity had some truth to it. Yesterday I wrote about Turtonator being discovered in Alola and he's great. And now today? I'm writing about four new Pokémon also discovered that you can use for the first time this November in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Take it away, The Pokémon Company International:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Turtonator Joining the Shelled Pokémon Family

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Our pro-turtle stance continues.

It may feel filler-y to dedicate a whole article to the announcement of only one new Pokémon, but this particular Pokémon makes it worth it. Who was revealed today for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, and why is it special?

Meet Turtonator. It's explosive. Its trailer says so:

Turtonator is the Blast Turtle Pokémon, with the Shell Armor ability. Turtonator are Fire/Dragon types, the type combination that people say King Bowser Koopa would have if he was a Pokémon. He sports the same posture of hiding his belly as Blastoise, and for good reason: Turtonator's stomach is its weak point!

Turtonator has a special move, Shell Trap. It's basically a hotter version of Counter that probably has a base power (with a Fire type) instead of just doing double-damage. Turtonator uses this move a lot in its native environment, the volcano, as it pretends to be a rock while other Pokémon presumably try to eat rocks. I don't know.

Regardless, Turtonator now brings us to six discovered fully-evolved turtle Pokémon. You can now have a full team of them. Here's a group photo of this spectacular, hypothetical line-up:

Pokémon Pokemon turtle tortoise species Turtonator Torterra Carracosta Shuckle Torkoal Blastoise fully evolved group picture artwork
Left-to-right: Turtonator, Torterra, Carracosta, Shuckle, Torkoal, and Blastoise.
The only generation not to contribute was Generation 6, which has some explaining to do.

We strongly support this all-turtle lineup, and hope that there are more to come in the future. Generation 7 has filled its quota, though.

...And if Turtonator isn't already fully-evolved, then we'll issue a correction to this article and a new picture.

KoopaTV feels like it has a special connection to turtle Pokémon. Maybe you can guess why. Are you excited about Turtonator? Will you use one? You're definitely getting Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon right? Do you think it's weird there have not yet been any details on the differences between the two besides the cover Mythical Pokémon?

KoopaTV just celebrated World Turtle Day back in May. It was a sombre celebration.
The turtle Pokémon lineup is proportional and to-scale, similar to Ludwig's art of Alolan Exeggutor to Exeggutor.
Check out the Pokémon news released a week ago about Team Skull!
The very next day, FOUR new Pokémon were revealed! No turtles.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Interview With Karen Straughan on Defend Anita Sarkeesian

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - A discussion on Anita Sarkeesian, Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian, and Defend Anita Sarkeesian.

Remember Defend Anita Sarkeesian, KoopaTV's videogame released at the end of 2014? When KoopaTV was scanning its web presence, we came across this video by prominent YouTube anti-feminist Karen Straughan:

Here is a description written by herself about herself from her inactive blog:
Karen Straughan is a 45 year old divorced mother of three who's been writing on gender issues and pissing off feminists since 2010.”
If you go to 22:47 of the embedded video, KoopaTV's page for Defend Anita Sarkeesian randomly appears, and it's linked-to in the description. So, what are we doing there? KoopaTV decided to interview Ms. Straughan with this e-mail, sent July 12, 2016:
Hi Karen Straughan,
I'm the head guy of, a website you kinda featured in your YouTube video, "The "Twitter harassment case" | Part 1: The Internet vs Bendilin Spurr". KoopaTV and our flash game, Defend Anita Sarkeesian (which you nicknamed "Shoot Bendilin Spurr" in the description) got to show up in the segment after your narration as part of a contextless (?) montage at the end, but we got a url in the description anyway. Thanks for that.
I suppose our question is this: Why were we/our game in the video if we weren't discussed at all? What was the point you were trying to make/support with the inclusion of Defend Anita Sarkeesian?
(We'd like to publish your answer/our conversation on our website as an interview, if you don't mind!)
To our surprise, she replied the same night, almost immediately:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Rescue V: The Fearless Color Defenders!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Clearly, with these Toads involved, the Paper Mario series is not in danger.

The Fearless Color Defenders doesn't specifically refer to KoopaTV's staff, the same group of folks that were stunned by Nintendo's E3 2016 presentation of Paper Mario: Color Splash and then stood out among the entire Internet when they wrote an article defending the game from its hordes of detractors.

This will be the another complimentary article for Paper Mario: Color Splash. Not because some higher force is MAKING us, but because the game deserves it. Just take a look at this trailer Nintendo just put out, involving some special heroic Toads:

The Rescue V refers to five Toads. (Oh no! FIVE TOADS! TRIGGERED!) These Toads believe that they are the REAL protagonists instead of that miserable Mario. That makes sense to me, since Mario is evil and all.

In fact, Mario is so dastardly that he not only is taking most of the credit, but he's taking ALL of the credit! 

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Electoral Map of the Splatoon Summer Splatdown!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - If you don't have Splatoon yet, then... what's with you?

Perhaps because Splatfests are officially over, the Splatoon team likely had a team meeting and discussed their options. Splatoon is losing the attention of many Nintendo Wii U owners. Sure, it outlasted many other games in terms of spotlight (who talks about Pokkén Tournament anymore?), but has its time come?

No! Only a little over a third of Wii U owners have bought Splatoon, according to the Wii U selling 13 million consoles and Splatoon selling almost 4.5 million copies. So what will Nintendo do?

It's time for Rounds 8, 9, 10, and 11 of the Splatoon Global Testfire! (For mention of Rounds 1–3 and my feedback on the testfires, look here. Round 4 mentioned here, while Rounds 5–7 teased here.) And according to Nintendo's press release, it's the same format, basic weapon choices, and limited basic maps as over a year ago. The game has changed a lot since then thanks to a steady stream of patches and updates, but it's back-to-basics to try to entice folks to join. They even made a trailer for it, deemed the “Splatoon Summer Splatdown!” There's something really interesting about it, too:

Friday, August 12, 2016

You Can Buy M Rated Games Digitally Underage on Nintendo, Plus Ace Attorney Sales and Demo!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Nintendo DOES listen, and now is your best time to buy into Ace Attorney.

You need to be aware of two concepts to understand how important this information is: 

  1. Nintendo renovated their online (Internet, not from the eShop application) digital store relatively recently. 
  2. KoopaTV waged a major initiative to get Nintendo to allow sub-17 year old 3DS eShop users to purchase M-rated games if their parents allowed it, to parallel brick & mortar purchases. Because of how Nintendo Network IDs and the eShop worked, this was impossible even with parental permission. This ultimately ended in a Nintendo representative more-or-less suggesting for younger users to call them and say they entered their birth year wrong when filling out their NNID, prompting the Nintendo customer service person to change the birth year to an older time.

That second point was always a temporary, awkward roundabout way, pending Nintendo making real change.

Well, as of point #1 happening, that real change happened. (KoopaTV made a real difference in the world, folks.) This was confirmed by Miiverse user and huge Ace Attorney fan Maddie, who is an under 17 years old fangirl who has been wanting to play Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Dual Destinies for several years now. Take a look:

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Meet Team Skull in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I already met them in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky.

We just talked about new Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon news ten days ago. ...So? It's not enough! More news dumps means more articles on those news dumps, and I'm happy to oblige because the November-bound Pokémon Sun/Moon are among the top three games KoopaTV is anticipating that'll be released in 2016. (The other two are Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice in September, and Paper Mario: Color Splash in October.)

For a summary of the news dump, Nintendo of all companies put together a press release. And, naturally, we'll embed the video version of the release right here:

That thumbnail has a lot of action going on, so let's break it down. And by let's, I mean me.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Super Smash Bros. For Wii U Tournament in the Rio British House!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - It's an unofficial Olympic event in an official venue.

I'm pretty proud of Super Smash Bros. For Wii U. It's getting on one of the highest stages out there. The International eGames Group has worked out an agreement with the British House in Rio de Janeiro to have the Rio de Janeiro eGames Showcase 2016.

Here's an explanation of what that even is, from that hyperlink:
The showcase will feature some of the leading eSports personalities in the world taking part in a showcase of SMITE and a full international Super Smash Bros. tournament.”
That's a MOBA (so who cares) and SUPER SMASH BROS.! It'll be taking place August 15 and August 16. According to the British House — the official housing arrangement for Team Great Britain — here's the itinerary for those days (I assume the times are Brazil time):