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Friday, October 21, 2016

The Power of Science is Staggering! Incredible! Amazing!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Technological advancements (as documented by Pokémon) and our favourite games.

When it comes to the videogame that I think really got me into gaming, I am inclined to say it was Pokémon Blue. Readers would recall almost 500 articles ago that I started gaming on the Nintendo Entertainment System with a Super Mario Bros. bundle. However, me starting to be a gamer and me being hooked into this for life (at least, so far) are two different times. So, Pokémon Blue, despite me giving it and its diehard fans (the Genwunners) a really tough time nowadays, was still an amazing experience at the time. I believe it was my first roleplaying game, and I also believe that the whole RPG genre, as complicated as RPGs are to define, is much more immersive for me and more demonstrative of what gaming is all about compared to platformers.

As a result, I got into a lot more games because of Pokémon Blue, and spent considerable time invested in the franchise then. I got the trading cards, watched the anime, bought the Pokémon Master Trainer board game, and discussed it openly with the locals. My Nintendo NSider Forums screen-name, ANTIROCKETCLOUDY, is a result from LARPing Pokémon. (I'm not gonna go into that further unless requested, 'cause I have an article to write.)

Nowadays, while my fascination with Pokémon is still strong as ever (that's why we've been writing about it, oh, I dunno, every week or two on KoopaTV for months now?), I've put Pokémon Blue behind. I even voted Super Mario Bros. 3 over it in a hypothetical GameFAQs Best. Game. Ever. 2015 bracket, though now I'm not really sure why I did. Pokémon Blue is just so technologically backwards in every area possible, and future games in the franchise have improved so much that Pokémon Blue is pretty much unplayable today. It's that much of a difference, and I'm not blinded by nostalgia that I can't see that.

It appears that Game Freak recognises the steady progress of technology with the Pokémon franchise, which is why they always have the fat guy at the beginning of almost every main series RPG talking about the latest in Pokémon series technology. I've compiled a list of his quotes below in chronological/generational order, because I think documenting this progress is important:

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Grand Reveal of the Nintendo Switch (Formerly NX)

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I... really am at a loss for words on this.

This may be the most pressing and relevant embedded-YouTube-video-then-react article in the past quarter for KoopaTV! For many months, people have incessantly been demanding news from Nintendo about the Nintendo NX, demeaning any other announcement from the company as irrelevant. 

Personally, I'm still satisfied by my 3DS and Wii U, so I never understood why people got so worked up over the lack of official NX news.

Well, WAIT NO LONGER. Nintendo has finally announced the identity of the Nintendo NX, now called the Nintendo Switch! Here is the official press release, and here is their OFFICIAL DEBUT TRAILER:

(I recommend reading the press release first, or you'll be like me and have no idea what the hell is going on.)

Now that I've watched the trailer, read the press release, and then watched the trailer again while making notes, here are my official first impressions about the Nintendo Switch! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

KoopaTV Judges the LAST Trump vs. Hillary Presidential Debate

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - And by last, I mean “third.”

We thought Donald Trump did awesome in the previous presidential debate between him and Hillary Clinton, but his poll numbers are perilous anyway. That's a direct result of the mainstream media focusing on absolute garbage and falsehoods about Donald Trump, instead of focusing on the actual issues that matter. (And on those issues, Hillary loses every time.) If they were at least unbiased and still garbage, they'd give equal time to Hillary and the Democrat Party's criminal/ethical issues, but they're not. They're totally biased and rigging everything.

...And we've been too focused on talking about videogames to give you a play-by-play of the news you'd miss if you only got your news from the mainstream media. That's why we tell you to look at certain other websites!

Anyway. Final debate. October 19, from 9 PM to 10:30 PM, between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. For the first time ever in a general election presidential debate, someone from Fox News (Chris Wallace) will be moderating. This suggests a possibility that the debate might actually be one-vs-one (Hillary vs. Trump) instead of two-vs-one like the first debate, or three-vs-one for the previous, second debate. And she NEEDS that extra help from the media to win anything, as Donald Trump so eloquently expressed it:

(Hillary joins Marco Rubio on the Trump list of people who couldn't get elected dogcatcher.)

Tonight is the last opportunity for the billionaire to squeeze pocket money (up to $25) from this site's webmaster! Does he need it? No. But it's part of KoopaTV's scoring system for the debates. (See the previous debate articles for an explanation.)

And now, for the debate reactions: 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Playing the Pokémon Sun and Moon Special Demo Version!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Little did I know the part before the page break would be the best part of the experience.

Remember when I was groaning about the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon SPECIAL DEMO that was announced two weeks ago, that nonsensically will feature Ash-Greninja? Well, that future-tense is now present-tense, and that Special Demo Version is now released! According to Nintendo's official website (where you can download the Special Demo Version, along with the Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo 3DS), it gets its own set of italics as a full-fledged, separate product.

Well, I'm downloading it now. It's 3058 blocks (apparently about 382 MB, if you care), and free, of course. The icon is this cool-looking Poké Ball that has its top part split between red and blue. It took me only 5 minutes to download!

Super-cool Pokémon Sun & Moon Special Demo Version icon on my
super-cool, FREE Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice
3DS Home menu theme for downloading the Apollo Justice: Asinine Attorney DLC

You not only can transfer Ash-Greninja to your full copy of Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon, but also other stuff, when you buy it when it comes out in a month. What kind of stuff? Well, I'll find out when I play the demo! Which I'll start doing right now, and the rest of this article will be my reactions to it.

Monday, October 17, 2016

No Nostalgia For Fifth Generation 3D Polygons

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - And there shouldn't be.

For decades, Nintendo gamers have always declared their belief in “gameplay over graphics.” That said, before the Wii, Nintendo console systems were always ahead of, or met the graphical standards of, gaming consoles of the day. But if you go back another decade before the Wii, you were in the fifth generation of consoles: The 32-bit/64-bit era of the mid-1990s and on. This was when consoles were just starting to enter 3D graphics, slowly leaving behind the 2D stylised sprites of the 8-bit and 16-bit eras. This was when consoles were boasting so-called realism in graphics. 

As anyone who was around back then knows, the first 3D games were far from realistic-looking, not to mention they had terrible cameras. They were a blocky, polygonal mess, filled with penguin hands. There's a reason when a guest poster wrote a review on Metal Gear Solid (the original one on PlayStation 1), he didn't mention anything about the graphics. Because they look like this:

Solid Snake Metal Gear Solid facial features lack of face faceless PlayStation 1 PSX
I admit that not having facial features helps your stealth out.

That's why so many characters back then had gloves incorporated into their character designs. It makes character modelers’ jobs a lot easier when working with hardware that can't render individual fingers.

So, take this thought experiment: Indie developers love to have their games in 8-bit or 16-bit styles. Could an indie game possibly sell well if they purposefully go for 32-bit or 64-bit graphics? Did you think about it? Want to know my answer?

Friday, October 14, 2016

Meet Silvally, Tsareena, and Others in Pokémon Sun & Moon!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Going back to a 10-year old debate, and looking ahead to a new beauty.

It's been a whole week since the last article on Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, when the evolutions of the Alola Starter Pokémon were revealed. You know the game comes out in a month, right? It's the last unreleased game of the year that KoopaTV has dedicated a lot of focus on, so yeah, you should expect that we pay attention to it.

Meanwhile, I expect that YOU will pay attention to this trailer released today by The Pokémon Company International.

All of the new names to learn: Silvally, Hakamo-o, Kommo-o, Steenee, Tsareena, Ribombee, Alolan Grimer, Alolan Muk, Olivia, and Ilima.

So, what have we learned about Silvally

Thursday, October 13, 2016

You Need Things For Color Splash Boss Battles

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - It's unfortunate.

While almost everything else in our post-E3 analysis and defence of Paper Mario: Color Splash's right to exist and be liked came true, this has not: 

See the screenshot above? There is a Fan card at the very left, a bit off-screen. At the right, there is another Fan card — a replica. We know nothing about replica Thing cards besides the above screenshot, but it proves that you can have more than one Thing card in your inventory at once. Whether replicas are exact copies or are weaker remains to be seen, but this already seems to solve a problem, does it not?

All the Intelligent Systems team needs to do is make the overworld puzzles not totally weird that you have to look up the solution to figure out the team's logic. Also, make boss battles either possible without needing to use Things, or make them not a total pushover if you do use them. That's a balancing issue, though. Not a fundamental game design issue.
At least, in the Treehouse Live segment they actually said, ‘this game does a great job of equipping you with the tools you need, and you need to instead of blindly charging into battle, think about what you have in your arsenal.’ The double usage of the “need” may turn people off, but pros should consider it a challenge. After all, if Paper Mario: Sticker Star didn't ‘need’ characters or story, does Paper Mario: Color Splash ‘need’ Thing cards to win boss battles?”

Okay, PARTS of that are very true. The game DOES do a good job making sure you know you have the right thing. There is a dedicated, unique Toad in Prism Plaza just for that purpose, and a Toad right next to him to make sure you can acquire that Thing by buying it with your overflowing amount of coins. This also makes the whole guessing-the-game's-logic point null, since, at least so far, it's pretty obvious what you need to do.

So, the wrong part? Well, the article's title should tell you, and I'll go into detail. Keep in mind my experience is solely up to obtaining the Big Red Paint Star. So... things could change, and hopefully they do. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Announcing and Launching KoopaTV Adventures!

By VORTEXICA - Watch the first episode here!

We've had lots of quality video material coming out lately to complement our articles, but now Rawk's not the only one making new audio-visual content for KoopaTV. Brought to you by Tea Storm Studios (that's me), on a budget of about 50p, the debut episode of an all-new photo comic video series: KoopaTV Adventures!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fiction Can Influence so Please Stop Overshadowing Girafarig (Also Pictures From My Vacation)!

By SHINYGIRAFARIG - You can see how much I am obsessed about giraffes here.

Last month on September 14, 2016, I traveled from New York City to San Francisco, California, for a babymoon with my husband. So why have I chosen California as a place for a vacation? Well, let's just say that I was influenced by Splatoon and their adorable interpretation of squids. I wanted to see live ones up close, but the problem is that there are barely any aquariums that have them. An aquarium I contacted said they have a very short lifespan so it is considered not worth it to have them. I also read somewhere that they are very high maintenance — so a combination of short lifespan and high maintenance means aquariums do not want to devote their funding for them. I did land on one of the few aquariums in the U.S. that has them, the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

If you clicked that, we can see that three of the cephalopods on that list are squids. But, if you click on the “Common Market Squid” or Hawaiian Bobtail Squid button, it says on their pages they are not on display. Only the bigfin reef squid says it is on the exhibit called “Tentacles.” If you click on that link then you get to this:

Monday, October 10, 2016

KoopaTV Judges the Second Trump vs. Hillary Presidential Debate

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Donald Trump and Crooked Hillary fight once more.

Last night, October 9, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump sparred off once more in the second presidential debate between the two. This is a so-called Town Hall, with actual undecided voters in St. Louis asking questions, channeled by the moderators who know everything in advance. If you're still undecided, there's something wrong with you — and that's why all of the undecided voters looked like total misfits.

I just finished beating Case 5 (the last non-DLC case) of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice right before this debate has started. Despite Donald Trump's incredible struggles and adversity this weekend, KoopaTV still steadfastly is behind Donald Trump. Just like Phoenix Wright, Apollo Justice, and Athena Cykes believe in their clients to the very end in the pursuit of the truth, KoopaTV believes in the Donald J. Trump vision. He, and only he, is the candidate of truth and levity.

We have no other choice, folks.

Of course, BEFORE this weekend, Ludwig actually went and donated the money he's pledged to Donald Trump's campaign after the first presidential debate and the vice-presidential debate.

Donald Trump online donation website double offer
We're not going to double the donation, though.

And by the end of this article, you'll see how much MORE money Ludwig is pledging to the Trump campaign.