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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.

Friday, October 6, 2017

An AIM-less Era: AOL Instant Messenger Ending This December

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - We are eminently qualified to comment on this story, since we're literally the most affected organisation in existence.

This afternoon, when I logged into AOL Instant Messenger to talk with my Koopa compatriots (thinking that the worst thing to complain about today was my new Miiverse violation relating to Sexy Poker), I got a disturbing AOL system message:
“Hi there! We wanted to let you know that AIM will be going away on December 15, 2017. Until then, you can continue to use AIM normally, but as of December 15, AIM will be discontinued and you will no longer have access.

Thank you for being an AIM user - we loved working on this product for you. Learn more here:”

I also received an e-mail saying much the same thing, though a bit longer with more details. It started off with this:
We see that you've used AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) in the past, so we wanted to let you know that AIM will be discontinued and will no longer work as of December 15, 2017.”
Now, I have a lot of problems with these messages, and, of course, a very big problem on my hands. KoopaTV does ALL of its communications via our storied [Koopa Keep] AIM Blast, which has been in operation since January 2011. There is a massive amount of history there. Perhaps we should have seen this coming, with what AOL did to AIM Version 7.5.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Travel Beyond Alola in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - ...Not to any familiar region, but to creepy wormhole places.

Forget walking through a series of varied natural environments with a Pokémon at your side (or stuffed in a Poké Ball attached to your belt). Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon want you to ADVENTURE THROUGH AN ULTRA WORMHOLE while riding on a legendary Pokémon. I guess that's taking Ride Pokémon to the next level? Here, watch the trailer that The Pokémon Company International released and this will make more sense. Maybe.

You can travel to where the Ultra Beasts natively live and battle/capture them. I'm irritated by the implicit double standard: When Ultra Beasts go and invade Alola from their world, it's considered a massive crisis and the humans that allowed such wormholes to be opened are villainous criminals. When humans go and invade the Ultra Beast world from Alola, it's considered a game feature and an awesome opportunity. As far as I'm concerned, both invasions threaten the local ecosystems and are bad for the environment, and everyone should leave each other alone and stop going through wormholes.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wii Shop Channel Closure Announcement! About Time!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I hope no one freaks out over this.

After what will be over 12 years of operation, Nintendo will finally do what I thought they have already done years ago: Close the Wii Shop Channel.

That's the Wii. You know. Nintendo's home console from 2006 to 2012. It had Nintendo's first digital marketplace and its own currency, Wii Points. Consumers will be able to add Wii Points to the Wii Shop Channel (which may not be converted into fiat currency, refunded, or transferred to the Nintendo eShop) from now until March 26, 2018. Then, the Wii Shop Channel will be closed for all purchasing and redownloading as of January 30, 2019. You also won't be able to transfer your Wii data to your Wii U as of January 30, 2019... which is something to note, since I never transferred MY Wii data to my Wii U. Speaking of the Wii U, you will not be able to access the Wii Shop Channel when your Wii U is in Wii Mode.

The Wii Shop Channel featured all sorts of neat stuff, such as the Virtual Console and WiiWare. WiiWare was Nintendo's first foray into giving independent and low-budget developers an avenue for digital distribution.

While the Virtual Console was awesome on the Wii and was a big part in me getting to play a lot of different games I otherwise wouldn't have, I actually associate a WiiWare game with the entire Wii Shop Channel. Do you know what that WiiWare game is? Well, I'll tell you. Let me know in the comments section if you got it right before you peek at the answer.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Culdcept Revolt Looks Interesting. Should I Get It?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - In this article, I don't answer the question posed in the title.

Today, Culdcept Revolt released on the Nintendo 3DS in America, to little fanfare. There isn't even a Miiverse community for it... and no one really knows what Culdcept is. Or how to pronounce it. All I know is that the main theme was heavily remixed by series composer, Kenji Ito, for inclusion on the Punch-Out!! Boxing Ring stage in Super Smash Bros. For Wii U. Compare the original theme to the remix and they're... quite different. But the inexplicable inclusion of this awesome theme from a game no one's ever heard of into my favourite stage in Super Smash Bros. certainly piqued my interest. (By comparison, Tomorrow's Passion from Captain Rainbow, while also on the Boxing Ring stage and quite niche, is something I'm already aware of and it's actually Little Mac's theme from Captain Rainbow. That song has a reason to be there.)

Culdcept soundtrack Super Smash Bros. For Wii U music remix song Kenji Ito Nintendo
Don't underestimate the power of great music to get someone interested.
(Note the Ludwig silhouette.)

So now I'm interested in Culdcept Revolt, but I don't know anything about the game. Here's the launch trailer, which tells me the game is a card-based board game with a story mode and decent character designs (drawn by Kinu Nishimura, who also did the character art for 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors and Virtue's Last Reward... but not Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma, which explains why it has worse character designs than its predecessors. Anyway...):

Monday, October 2, 2017

KoopaTV's September 2017 Review Newsletter

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - There's a special guest-writing promotion for Ace Attorney this could get a prize.

Let's talk about what happened on KoopaTV during September 2017, shall we? There's a lot I want to promote in this space... opportunities you can only find on KoopaTV! Enrich your life, right on this site! Since I want to help myself help you, I'll start with things relating to the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program first, which I suggest you make yourself very familiar with if you enjoy winning FREE STUFF.

Mid-Round 16 KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program Leaderboard

  1. Kody B. — 24 points
  2. ShinyGirafarig — 16 points
  3. Lheticus Videre — 15 points
  4. charssie god — 10 points
  5. Samantha Lienhard — 8 points

These are disappointing and atypically low numbers. I don't think my expectations are too high here. If you guys are trying to mindgame one another by waiting for the end to make a big push for points (which I'll get to how very shortly, not that I endorse this as a strategy) and being afraid to take much of a lead or make a noticeable run for points, then, uh, that's a strategy, but it goes against what the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program is supposed to do in terms of generating activity (and it's a risky way to get that $10 Nintendo eShop card code). You'll also be depriving yourself opportunities to affect the site's content and give our staff feedback.

We'd also be deprived of you. We like you. Don't do that. Remember, getting points is as simple as leaving non-anonymous comments on the site. Or, if you like big-ticket values...

The Ace Attorney Guest Posting Contest

For THIS MONTH only (and last month, but no one submitted anything in September), submit a guest post to KoopaTV with the goal of your article being to get a newcomer to want to buy Ace Attorney games and get into the franchise, and you will get 150% more points for the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program! 

The rules and guidelines are the same as any other guest post (and you can read more about that here), and you can of course submit guest posts about any other topic during this time period. There's just a higher incentive for this particular topic during this particular time.

Say you write an outstanding guest post. 10/10. You'd get 15 points times 1.5 (rounding UP!) for 23 points. That's certainly enough to rocket you up to the top of the leaderboard. PLUS, you should fill out KoopaTV Feedback Form Part XII and KoopaTV Quiz Part XII for even more easy points. (Point values can be found on the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program page.)