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Friday, November 17, 2017

Sexual Misconduct of the Real Roy: Roy of Pherae!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Let's clear up who the Roy is that women everywhere should be scared of.

All you hear in the news is that some new Pokémon games came out, and that there is an epidemic of sexual misconduct by the universe's royalty. But the biggest culprit of all the royalty? A ROY. Yes, a royal Roy is the biggest sexual deviant of them all. I just want everyone reading to know that this is not the Roy I think of when I think of Roy. No, it is a human of the continent of Elibe. This human is the marquess of Pherae within the country of Lycia. Yes, I am talking about THAT Roy. He doesn't have a proper last name, but I think “Roy Pherae” will do.

KoopaTV has done a full investigation to clear the name of any Roy that may mistakenly be seen as the bad guy in all of this. That's what happens when the real culprit goes by Roy with no middle name. In the course of this investigation, we've talked with several women that Roy Pharae has done bad things with and to. At the end of this article, we have a very clear message to the world regarding Roy Pherae.

The contents of this article might be disturbing to some people, since it deals with sensitive topics from real victims. Then again, if you consume the news, you should already be accustomed to this.

About Roy

First, let's go over what we know about Roy. He first appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and then showed up in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, alternatively known as “Fire Emblem 6” or “Fire Emblem: Fūin no Tsurugi” or “Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals”. Roy is the son of Eliwood, who is the son of Elbert and Eleanora. Roy grew up frustrated, stemming from his mother's decision to not continue the Pherae lord trend of beginning one's name with “El”. He also had a foster brother named Wolt. Roy grew up being raised by two old men: an old warrior named Marcus, who also served Eliwood, and an old merchant named Merlinus. When KoopaTV asked Eliwood about his interactions with Marcus, he recalled this quote from Marcus back when Eliwood was not even an adult:

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A New Mario Movie by the Makers of MINIONS?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Also known as Illumination Entertainment.

According to the Wall Street Journal, which cites an anonymous source because people aren't supposed to know about this, Nintendo and Universal are “close to an agreement” on Nintendo licensing the Super Mario Bros. IP to the guys who made Minions, Illumination Entertainment. This would follow Nintendo's licensing agreement for those Universal theme parks.

Now, keep in mind that two and three-quarters years ago, the Wall Street Journal also reported that Nintendo had agreed to have a live-action The Legend of Zelda series on Netflix. We never heard about that ever again.

Nintendo to Bring Mario to Big Screen Wall Street Journal article business movies Ben Fritz Takashi Mochizuki Illumination Entertainment
Left: Front page of Wednesday's Wall Street Journal, Business & Finance section. (Story below-the-fold.)
Right: Second page, continuation of the front-page story. (Still below-the-fold.) Features Cappy.

That said, this makes sense with what was earlier reported a year ago about Nintendo being interested in going back to movies. “Full-fledged filmmaking” was the choice quote. Everything in that article has pretty much come true, according to this Wall Street Journal report, down to Creative Fellow Shigeru Miyamoto being name-dropped as someone who is working very closely with the negotiations and will be working closely as a movie producer.


One note: Just because the studio doing the movie is behind those rotten Minions, doesn't mean that every movie they will ever produce will be like that. Movie studios can be versatile. But, if they are going to be in that style, at least hopefully that crap stays in the theatre and not in the games. ...But if Illumination IS a crappy studio (why would Nintendo sign to work with them, then?), then Shigeru Miyamoto will have to micro-manage them even closer than he would a competent group. That means other people will do the actual gaming stuff, and that means more Super Mario Odyssey and less Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

Ludwig could have made this article substantially longer, but he doesn't want to inflate this article with filler content like the Wall Street Journal's authors did with their article. That article is mostly about how Hollywood has been trying to get videogame intellectual property deals and how those are a hot thing for them, even though Hollywood films based on games tend to suck.

Hollywood doesn't understand gaming in general, which is how Pixels was made. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CAPCOM Executives Know Ace Attorney Exists?! Coming To Nintendo Switch?!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Ace Attorney sees the C-Suite and says, “See? Sweet!”

Let's get right to it. The legendary Ace Attorney series from CAPCOM — no stranger to publicity on this site — will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch within a year or so from now. How do I know? A CAPCOM executive said so in Japanese, and people say it translates to this outcome. Not just any CAPCOM executive, however, but Haruhito Tsujimoto, the President and Chief Operating Officer of CAPCOM. (He's also the son of the founder and CEO.) Chief Operating Officers are high-up there in the chain of command. They're basically the second-in-command in terms of the stuff we care about. They tend to be very high-level and not deep in details.

The high level for CAPCOM is to release Monster Hunter often, and in as many places as possible. So they are making this Monster Hunter: World game and they showed it at Sony's E3 2017. Then we thought it would appear at Nintendo's E3 2017, but instead it was Mario and Cappy capturing a T-Rex. Through all of this, CAPCOM hasn't really done much for the Nintendo Switch, sticking to the Nintendo 3DS, like with Monster Hunter Stories recently and Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney next week.

That looks to change, and in the most astounding confirmation. I mean, think about it. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mirror Is The Most Popular Kirby Copy Ability? Round 2!?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Are my tastes in Kirby's copy abilities more mainstream than I anticipated...?

Exactly two months ago, we told you about the Kirby Battle Royale: Kirby Copy Ability poll that was hosted by Nintendo. It lasted for a few weeks, I voted every day for Mirror, and that's all we heard. Yippee, 25th anniversary.

Now we know the results... and Mirror won! Mirror will now be added to Kirby Battle Royale as a copy ability, and there is a really underwhelming wallpaper you can download to your computer or smartphone.

Kirby Battle Royale Mirror Copy Ability desktop wallpaper
This is kind of lame. It's my current wallpaper, though, because I was using my previous one (Pokémon 20th anniversary Mythical Pokémon) for way too long.

Here are the top ten abilities per the poll:

  1. Mirror
  2. Yo-Yo
  3. Sleep
  4. UFO
  5. Plasma 

And then in an unknown order there are the Wing, Cook, Missile, Sword, and Suplex abilities for spots 6 to 10.

But wait... there's MORE! There's a ROUND 2! A FINAL VOTE!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Sci-Fi Vs. Fantasy: Genre Preference Splatfest!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I support the fantastic option.

Check Splatoon 2's Inkopolis Square right now — a new Splatfest has opened for voting! Yeah, Nintendo doesn't want you to abandon Splatoon 2 just because a new must-have game got released a few weeks ago. Depending on how you vote for this Splatfest, you can support said game!

What is it? On one side, we got Team Science Fiction lead by Pearl! And on the other side, there is Team Fantasy lead by Marina! 

Splatoon 2 Splatfest Team science fiction versus fantasy Pearl Marina news
The battle of the genres: Science Fiction versus Fantasy!

Let me tell you straight-away: I'm supporting Team Fantasy in this article and for the Splatfest. I don't trust something that is written as “Science Fiction” but is abbreviated as “sci-fi”. Where the hell did that hyphen come from?

I also see this Splatfest as a rematch between Art vs. Science, which is the Splatoon Splatfest where I supported Team Art. I'm not saying that science and science-fiction; or art and fantasy are exactly the same, but I'm pretty sure that you should get, like, at least 90% of the same people on each team. It's basically, “Okay, Art is legally considered to be better than Science. So, what kind of art would Team Art and Team Science make?”

Friday, November 10, 2017

Don't Tread On Me? Don't #MeToo Treddon!

By RAWKHAWK2010 - Let's examine abuse properly.

Some have expressed concern with the #MeToo campaign and how it ignores due process. Did the sexual harassment really happen? Did the victim really not express consent to it? Did Paper Mario really need a story? Usually no one really knows.

That said, here's an easily-understood example of what's definitely harassment vs. what's definitely not:

Thursday, November 9, 2017

5 Commentaries to 5 Nintendo's Six-Month Financial Results (Term Ending March 2018) Briefing Questions

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I could talk about all fourteen, but I do intend to sleep tonight.

It is that very delightful time of year again: Nintendo is halfway through their fiscal year, and Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima fielded questions from the always unintentionally-hilarious investors and analysts. I'll give my analysis on FIVE of the most interesting of the fourteen questions.

There are some points I need to make based on the other bits of investor relations information, so we can all be on the same page as the funny investors. First, Nintendo announced that they are revising their forecast of planning to sell 10 million Nintendo Switch units from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 to... 14 million Nintendo Switch units! That means they will plan to have sold almost 17 million Nintendo Switch consoles by the end of March 2018, which will surpass the lifetime sales of the Wii U.

Second, ARMS is the worst-selling first-party Nintendo title on the Nintendo Switch, at 1.35 million units. This trails 1-2 Switch, which has 1.37 million units... which seriously trails Splatoon 2 at 3.61 million units. Third, there are no longer more copies of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold (4.70 million units) than there are Nintendo Switch hardware sold (7.63 million units).

Then there was Tatsumi Kimishima's financial briefing/presentation. Lots of topics there, including big emphasis on mobile. However, the most interesting part for me was this pair of charts:

Nintendo Switch Gameplay Trends docked vs undocked chart usage by household gender buyer ages
I want to know a regional breakdown for the Docked vs. Undocked chart, and I want to know what's up with that 3% N/A gender breakdown in the Usage by Household chart.
I'm one of those 20% of people who only play Docked.

With all of that background in mind, let's go into the investor questions! Spoiler alert: The investors didn't ask or care about Miiverse, the Wii U (which was considered That Which Must Not Be Named), or even the 3DS. It was all Nintendo Switch and mobile trash for them. That should put things into perspective and should give rationale for why Nintendo shut down Miiverse.

Nintendo requests that I hyperlink to the Q&A document they have, which sounds like a good idea even if they didn't ask

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Miiverse Has Now Been Discontinued — Stories From NNID PrinceOfKoopas

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Looking for NNID PrinceOfKoopas? He writes here.

After months of apocalyptic atmosphere, Nintendo's second major attempt at an online forum has been discontinued. No more Miiverse.

I spent my past weekend taking screenshots of the many times we have embedded a Miiverse post on KoopaTV, and then replacing the embed with that image, to make sure KoopaTV's own functionality isn't irreparably damaged. Through those very manual efforts I once again became quite cognizant of the role that Miiverse has played on KoopaTV, having co-existed alongside KoopaTV throughout our own lifespan. Now we will out-survive Nintendo's social service.

It's not just content and posts that we've used on many KoopaTV articles, including as recently as Monday's. It's also not just having a handle on how real Nintendo fans feel about what's going on — the community pulse. But, quite frankly, a lot of KoopaTV's best readers came from Miiverse and were smart enough to get from there to here. Let's hope any Mii who wants more of me can figure out to come here. And there should be a lot of people, because I'm pretty damn popular on Miiverse for someone who can't draw and doesn't shit-post. I'll get to my own Miiverse stuff at the end, but you're probably more interested about how this affects you.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

KoopaTV's Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Direct Non-Live Reactions

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Can we really feel Xenoblade Chronicles 2, or are we submersed in apathy?

Today at 9 AM Eastern Nintendo showcased a ~17-minute Nintendo Direct exclusively on Xenoblade Chronicles 2. No one was able to attend the live viewing of it, but fortunately for us (and you, so you can follow along), video-on-demand exists. Rawk, Vortexica, and myself all non-live reacted to this Direct!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Daylight Savings Time Withdraws. Abolish It Permanently, President Trump!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - We're interrupting our regular anti-DST cadence to bring this special interview.

Since 2015, KoopaTV has written an article every March bashing Daylight Savings Time, accompanied by a request for it to be abolished. For this year's (2017) article, we wrote directly to President Donald John Trump calling for him to abolish Daylight Savings Time in the name of Making America Great Again.

He never replied. It's been almost eight months now.

Why do I expect a reply? Well, aside from the fact that I AM a foreign almost-head of state (and President Donald John Trump is responsive to us types of people), we got a response from former President Barack Hussein Obama back when we sent him a letter. It took him a little over two months to reply back, and we considered that a long time.

I said that I would publish President Donald John Trump's response to our first letter, but since it doesn't exist and now Daylight Savings Time is taking a respite (until March 2018, if nothing changes), we figured that perhaps President Donald John Trump's extreme-vetting and work on THE WALL that cut KoopaTV's article production by 40% back between February and the end of April perhaps got our first letter lost in the mail. Now that we are well back into our one-article-per-weekday flow of things because America's legal system keeps staying his immigration orders, I sent him a new letter. Read it below.

Friday, November 3, 2017

New Donk, New Donk: A KoopaTV Adventures Special

By VORTEXICA - Also, Vortexica explains why he's not dead.

Hey! It's me, Vortexica! Long time no see!

No, I am not dead (as seen by the above). There's been much speculation and rumour about my whereabouts over the past year. Now I can finally tell all...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Pokémon Ultra Sun/Moon: Meet Team Rainbow Rocket?!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - They're trying very hard to change my opinion on these games by literally throwing the entire franchise history into one game.

I think I made my opinion on Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon VERY clear in my previous article about those games. It appears that Game Freak and The Pokémon Company International were listening closely to what I was writing. While most other people on the Internet's response was that it was clear that Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon would be very different than Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, I still maintained that they would be the majority-same.

I have changed my opinion, so consider this my apology article. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon will be different than Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon in many ways. Not VERY different, mind you, but I'll say more than 30% different, which was the threshold I gave myself in my previous article for when I'd admit I'm wrong. Even if there will be a lot of shared content, I will admit that it appears that the ATMOSPHERE and CONTEXT that the identical content will exist in will be different. Perhaps I should've figured that out when Hau and Lillie switched facial expressions.

Anyway, all of what I'm saying derives from this new trailer, along with updates to the official Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon website:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

KoopaTV's October 2017 Review Newsletter

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - A lot of changes, and a big opportunity for you.

We are entering the last two months of this INSANE year, 2017. Long-time readers know that KoopaTV gets in a very giving mood around this time, but you should hold on a bit before we get to that.

After all, October had some changes to the KoopaTV formula of success that are very impactful, so it's best to cover those in this newsletter.

KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program Round 16 RESULTS!

Before we get to the highly-anticipated holiday season round of the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program, we need to close out Round 16. Well, here are the results:

  1. Kody B. — 65 points
  2. Nandin Lopez — 45 points
  3. ShinyGirafarig — 25 points
  4. Lheticus Videre — 24 points
  5. Samantha Lienhard — 21 points
Only the first-placer, Kody B., will get a prize for Round 16: A $10 Nintendo eShop card! Yippee. This is unlike Round 17 (announced below the fold immediately following the next paragraph) which will have MULTIPLE PRIZES to give out! Awesome!

Special shout-outs to Nandin Lopez who didn't even get in the top 5 scorers in the mid-round results at the end of September. He managed to get to second place through good comments, a guest post (which made its way to our Top 5 Recommended Posts), as well as filling out KoopaTV Feedback Form Part XII and KoopaTV Quiz Part XII, where he scored a 6/6! (See below for information to the 13th edition of those!)