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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Live Reactions to Microsoft-Activision Blizzard Acquisition Webcast for Investors and Media

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - This certainly wasn't what I was expecting to talk about today!

Hopefully you aren't hearing it here first, but Microsoft just announced their intentions to acquire Activision Blizzard, to close by the end of this year/sometime next year. The deal hasn't been fully approved, but it seems they're confident in it. Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, blogged about it here, and there is a Microsoft press release here. Near the end of the Microsoft press release was a link to a webcast hosted by Microsoft and Activision leadership intended for investors and the media, so I decided to join and live-react to it. I don't have a video on-demand of it because they apparently will make their recording (accessible only via... phone? Or Microsoft Teams?) disappear around January 28. Still, my reaction log below should do a good job both summarising what they discussed, as well as letting you know my own thoughts as they formed.

[9:00 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I'm listening to the conference call between Microsoft and Activision.
[9:00 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Satya Nadella (CEO), Bobby Kotick (CEO, Activision), Amy Hood (CFO Microsoft), and Phil Spencer (Xbox Gaming Head).
[9:01 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Largest acquisition in Microsoft's history.
[9:02 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: This makes the Zenimax acquisition look like a test run.
[9:03 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Satya is excited about "three billion people playing games" with 4.5 billion expected by 2030.
[9:03 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But it's still too complicated to play games, apparently.
[9:03 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Too many distribution constraints.
[9:04 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And Satya is saying "metaverse" multiple times.

Monday, January 17, 2022

No new Spirit Events in Smash Bros? Evil Ryu calls that FAKE NEWS!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Sorry about that.

A month and a half ago, KoopaTV published an article called “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: New Balance Patches, Spirit Events, and Event Tourneys are OVER!” At least one of those three items is incorrect reporting, because there is, going on right this moment as of publishing, a brand new Spirit Event for the Street Fighter 35th Anniversary that features a brand new Legend Spirit, Evil Ryu:

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Evil Ryu Street Fighter 35th anniversary spirit battle event
The actual fight is scary because Evil Ryu keeps getting Final Smashes.
...I won by exploiting his poor recovery.

I don't find the particular details about the fight or the spirit all that interesting (and I'm wondering why nothing happened for the Ace Attorney 20th anniversary), though there notably isn't reduced jump power unlike many other Street Fighter spirit battles. (Though it's still a stamina battle on an Omega form stage.) Evil Ryu has slightly more attack as a spirit than Akuma (which actually makes him the strongest spirit in terms of raw attack power in the game), but far less defense. Neither have slots for support spirits, but Evil Ryu has a Fist Attack ↑ ability while Akuma has nothing. I guess there's a sense of final-content privilege/power creep going on.

But the real thing to consider here is that just because Nintendo said that old events would be repeating—and they have been—that didn't exclude new content. They never said anything about new content. However, in his presentation featuring Sora, Masahiro Sakurai repeatedly said things like how the game is now complete and how the October content would be the very last downloadable content, and that included a summary at the end of all of the content in the game, including the number of Spirits (listed as 1,496 as of the end of September 2021, to be increased with the the Metroid Dread spirit event and then Sora's October 18 DLC... now it's 1,513). ...Spirits added to the game afterwards counts as downloadable content, so clearly Masahiro Sakurai continues to be an unreliable source, since Evil Ryu contradicts this.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate final DLC October 18 2021 Mii Costumes Fighters Pass 11
Final DLC means all downloadable content. Paid and free.

KoopaTV is far from the only outlet that put two and two together and concluded that, yes, new content would be done for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. But the difference between us and other outlets is that we already have recognised that Masahiro Sakurai is not a reliable source of information. We should have already learned this lesson from when I apologised before! And I'm personally disappointed in myself that my December 2021 article never brought up the point that just because content will repeat, that doesn't prevent new content from joining. It's such an easy caveat to make, and normally I like to write in caveats, but I just didn't do it.

I'm sorry.

Ludwig will not speculate if Evil Ryu will be the sole exception to there being new content, or if Evil Ryu will be the start of a new trend. You're free to think about that in the comments section, and if you accept or reject Ludwig's apology for publishing what would later become incorrect information.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Ring Fit Adventure Fitness Log Week 59: A Non-Vegan Cast

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The vast majority of players wouldn't get this far to know this about Ring and Dragaux.

Hello, and welcome to a KoopaTV Fitness Friday! Where I log my fitness adventures for everyone to read. In the name of good wellness.

When I entered World 59: Fitness Master Lv. 331 on Sunday, Dragaux was saying that I look pretty trained right now, and it seems like the Four Masters have done their job in getting me more buff. So he's just going to wait in one of the six Dragaux Stadiums and not tell us which one he's in. While Ring doesn't remember which one Dragaux is in (the bottom left), I do remember (and I pointed it out the last time we were in El Dorago, World 36: Extra Fitness Lv. 225, and I also want to 100% the world anyway, so I'm going to go to all of the wrong Dragaux Stadiums first. Just a note: Each of them are basically a miniboss fight, but with some minor level design (enough to fit three EXP Medals) and standard monster fight music.

Ring Fit Adventure World 59 Fitness Master Lv. 331 Dragaux dialogue sitting around doing nothing
I believe you were actually depressed about your stolen chocolate protein shake.
That's the real reason why you made no appearance in the last world, right?

I first went to the Dragaux Stadium on the far right, which has a level design of two long stairways you need to Knee Lift through into one Mini Dragaux Statue at the end. Even with a ↑↑ power smoothie, I barely miss out on 4RKO-ing the Mini Dragaux Statue, so maybe I need to wear an outfit that further boosts my attack? (Specifically, smoothies last for three turns, and then I did one and a half turns without smoothies to demolish the statue.) I focused on Chair Pose and Revolved Crescent Lunge Pose for that one. For the next course, I went all the way to the Dragaux Stadium on the far left, this time wearing the Volt Contender to boost the attack of my Abs Fit Skills. Of course, this Dragaux Stadium's level design packs all two of the ways Yoga Fit Skills are incorporated into a course: TWO Chair Pose Hold-powered cart segments (for maybe a minute each, depending on how well you hold it), and TWO Slinkbug segments where you must Tree Pose Hold for one minute each—one per leg. The fight at the end is a Mini Dragaux Statue and, surprisingly, two Gold Hoplins positioned in a way where you need to use a five-range Fit Skill to hit everyone at the same turn. I 4RKO'd the Mini Dragaux Statue with two five-range Fit Skills and two one-range Fit Skills (Flutter Kicks) and a rush attack that luckily activated, so... that messes up my damage experiment entirely. As a result, I went south to tackle the Rare Hoplin overworld fight (with two of them). I tried Planking them... too difficult. Apparently, Ring Fit Adventure asks for my butt to be higher than what a plank should actually involve. How Ring Fit Adventure wants you to plank (30 reps on difficulty level 30 for about 5 seconds each) is actually very antithetical to how you're supposed to do planks (a few of them per day but held for about 30 seconds each).

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Applying to Capcom Creators, and their unique terms and definitions

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Want to help my application? Let's see how welcome they are...

Last week, game publisher CAPCOM (maker of fantastic videogames like The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, which is currently on sale and was KoopaTV's Game of THAT Year 2021) announced a new programme: Capcom Creators. It's designed to help foster CAPCOM's fan community with support and resources, including beta access, merchandise, and other things. Well, I make CAPCOM content fairly often, especially for Ace Attorney. So let's look into this...

They have a multi-page Code of Conduct, with the pages all being variations and elaborations of this theme:

Capcom is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, parental status (including pregnancy), marital status, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), genetic information, political affiliation, socioeconomic status or background, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, computing experience, or clothing. Consider that calling attention to differences or making jokes about them can feel alienating.

Compare this to the Xbox Ambassadors Terms of Use:

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

CEO of (FAKE NEWS) Bloomberg leaves to start new media venture "Project Coda"

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - A new source of FAKE NEWS or will it be a legitimate source?

According to the KoopaTV Game of THAT Year 2021 awards, exposing the FAKE NEWS media throughout 2021 (particularly as it related to the Nintendo Switch and hardware revisions) was's best article series. A lot of that was about Bloomberg Media Group, a FAKE NEWS media company of which Bloomberg News is a part. Now it turns out that Justin B. Smith, the CEO of Bloomberg Media Group, has stepped down in order to create a new media venture with New York Times media columnist and former BuzzFeed News editor-in-chief Ben Smith. (The two Smiths are unrelated.)

Justin Smith recommends reading this Wall Street Journal report, while Ben Smith recommends reading this FT report. So let's examine those.

It appears their new venture, called “Project Coda” for now, will be a very multimedia publication aimed at general topics (as opposed to just business topics), with modern digital reporting besides just written articles, but also videos, podcasts, and other things you might expect nowadays from sleek, modern websites (not like this one). Certainly a higher budget and a bigger team than what KoopaTV has, though I strongly disagree that the written word is antiquated and obsolete. Their target audience are “200 million college-educated, English-speaking professionals” throughout Earth. This is apparently a big differentiator from other media outlets, which target mostly one country (like the United States), or they don't care about the education level of their audience. (KoopaTV, for example, targets Koopa Kingdom readers and mostly United States-residing English-speakers 13 (preferably 18) and up, without regard to education. As long as you appreciate our excellent writing quality.) This makes it have an “international focus”, though how they plan to do that differently than already-existing publications with regional offices and reporters is a mystery.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Nintendo New Year 2022 Sale, featuring The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Only on the Nintendo eShop.

You have checked out KoopaTV's Game of THAT Year 2021 series of awards published yesterday, right? Spoiler alert: The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles had a clean sweep of all of the gaming-related awards, being the best in everything for 2021. If you want to find out what you're missing, and you want to do that sooner rather than later, you're in luck: Exclusively on the Nintendo eShop right now (and not on any other platform's game storefront), The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is 25% off. It's $30 instead of its usual $40. In the United States, this sale lasts until January 17, 2:59 AM Eastern.

In the United Kingdom and Europe in general, it lasts until... uh... imminently, apparently, where it's also 25% off. (January 12.) I better publish this quick, then. Buy The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles at its discounted price. It's the first time the game has been individually discounted, since I am not counting when the Ace Attorney Turnabout Collection was on sale for $45 for the CAPCOM Holiday Sale 2021 that just happened. That collection, normally $60, contains both The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, and I considered it a 50% discount on just the Trilogy part.

Right now, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is the only Ace Attorney game on sale. There are many other games on sale for the Nintendo New Year 2022 Sale, ranging from crap like ARMS to otherwise solid titles (and somehow Shin Megami Tensei V is already 30% off despite coming out only two months ago), but The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is all that really matters.

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles Ryunosuke standing around staring into space Lord Stronghart
Don't be like Ryunosuke.
With just a little money (less than usual if you act now!), you can entertain yourself for many tens of hours (or 100+ like me) playing The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles!
...And if you are gonna stare at something, you could stare at KoopaTV articles, at least.

KoopaTV owes several people money that could go into purchasing The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, as part of the rewards portion of the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program Round 41. Apologies for the wait. The gift card codes should be delivered via email before the sale ends. Ludwig just needs to get Kamek to follow through on the purchasing!

Monday, January 10, 2022

KoopaTV's GOTY 2021 Awards!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Game of THAT Year 2021... and other categories.

After a weekend has passed since we published our Game of THAT Year 2021 nominations, plus other categories, KoopaTV's staff have decided on our Game of THAT Year 2021 winners. ...And I may or may not have ignored their choices in favour of pushing my own agenda. I won't tell you those details of how this got made, but you can feel free to take your best guesses.

While 2020 sucked, 2021 wasn't much better! So let's get right into the awards and not dwell on the year as a whole, since it's better to just forget it overall. At least the following all represent highlight(s)!

Videogame-related Awards for 2021

Best New Character

The winner of KoopaTV's 2021 Best New Character award goes to Magnus McGilded, of The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. Magnus McGilded is a spectacular character that should be a role model.

Magnus McGilded Great Ace Attorney Adventures open free competition capitalist society
I can see Magnus McGilded as a PragerU speaker or something.
This is also a lesson that today's capitalists ought to consider.

Magnus McGilded is a London philanthropist who has made his fortune through honest and morally righteous means. Unfortunately, just like with today's wealthy and upstanding upper class, a lot of lower people are jealous cretins and want to besmirch Mr. McGilded's name. Those include the game's new prosecutor, Barok van Zieks, whose first introduction to the player, as Ryunosuke Naruhodo, was prosecuting Mr. McGilded for murder. Yet Mr. McGilded proved himself to be the most capable defendant in Ace Attorney history, and he actually made van Zieks out to be quite incompetent. That's an amazing feat, especially considering that Barok is actually a top-tier prosecutor when compared to other Ace Attorney prosecutors. Mr. McGilded actually did research and helpfully contributed in advancing the NOT GUILTY goal. He also didn't sabotage his own case, unlike many other defendants throughout the franchise (and in other cases in The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles).

I don't want to spoil the case or the game, but as long as you remember that Magnus McGilded did nothing wrong, you too should find him worthy of Best New Character of 2021.

Friday, January 7, 2022

Ring Fit Adventure Fitness Log Week 58: If you eat me now, you'll get triglycerides!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I went to the doctor, shared my results, and avoided becoming a monster meal.

Hello again. Welcome to the first KoopaTV Fitness Friday of 2022! This log is based about Ring Fit Adventure's World 58: Fitness Master Lv. 328 at difficulty level 30 of 30, which is based on the map for World 35: Extra Fitness Lv. 222. Last week at World 57, we fought Allegra, Abdonis, and Armando after Dragaux got depressed from having monsters steal his chocolate protein shake. This week, it seems like we'll fight the last of the Four Masters, Guru Andma. ...Dragaux is still sad, I guess.

Ring Fit Adventure World 58 Fitness Master Lv. 328 Guru Andma enjoying golden years leisure beautiful area jealous
This is all of the exposition for the world that we're going to get until the boss fight with Guru Andma.
I feel like Ring is referencing something, but I don't know what.

To test our... brain, I dunno, the first course is Clever-Trick Temple. Within the first half a minute as the level is reminding us about pushing and pulling blocks around, there's a Treasure Chest with two Mixed Chard drinks that are superfluous. But a valuable Treasure Chest later on had 500 coins. Unlike the level this one is a clone of, Pushpull Temple, there's no Treasure Chaser segment. I won't be accessing World 58's Town/General Store for quite some time, it seems, so let's just go to the next level— Mt. Fearmenot, infamously the first course in this playthrough that uses Ring's Wings, which replaces running for repeated abdominal presses to fly through the air. Not much else to say, besides a Treasure Chest had a Peridot stone and I got triggered by the presence of one Pinwheel Door. (At least it's only one as opposed to dozens from the last level of last world.)

Actually, clearing Mt. Fearmenot gave me access to the Town, as well as many other parts of the world. I went to the Town and went on a shopping spree, using all of the Peridot stones I've accumulated thus far since it seems like we're done with Topaz... and I need four more to clear out the General Store's Peridot-requiring inventory. Hmm. Perhaps I'll find them in the Monster Den. ...No, but I found a Defense Drink in a Treasure Chest and a Topaz from an enemy drop. (By “done with Topaz” I meant story fights and Gyms will drop Peridot now... random chance may still have generic enemy groups drop whatever.) At the end of the course I had acquired the “Righteous Warrior I Poser” and “Threefold-Squat Ascendant” Titles, for doing a total of at least 2000 Warrior I Poses and doing at least 300 Squats, Wide Squats, AND Overhead Squats. Yeah, I brought the Overhead Squat to the Monster Den and wore myself out doing so, but at least I'm physically capable of doing it again. While I've maxed out on Warrior I Pose Titles, the next Title for those squats are doing all of those at least one thousand times each. Not going to happen. ...And I'm done for the day because doing Overhead Squats is exhausting, and I want to take a shower.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

KoopaTV's 2021 GOTY Nominations!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - And other categories.

The following nominations were decided and talked about in our Koopa Keep Discord server. Behold! (See the bottom of this article for the link to the actual AWARDS.)

The déjà vu from years past is intentional. (To be eligible, those running have to start their existence in the United States of America from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.)

And just so you remember, GOTY stands for “Game of THAT Year”. That's the KoopaTV touch.

But yeah, this isn't just about gaming, but also ourselves. ‘cause KoopaTV is art to be recognised and applauded, too.

KoopaTV Game of THAT Year 2021 nominations
This article is such a rehash of the 2019 one
that I just took the first 20, and copy-pasted it to make a second 20!

Videogame-related Awards for 2021

Best New Character

  • Ayumi Tachibana (Famicom Detective Club)
  • Magnus McGilded (The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles)
  • Raven Beak (Metroid Dread)
  • FU (No More Heroes 3)
  • Cutie The Elephant (It Takes Two)
  • Kazuma Asogi (The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles)

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

I don't have a problem with LEGO Luigi's mansion renovation projects

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Koopas aren't really involved, so...

You can be forgiven for watching this trailer and think that this is the only new LEGO + Nintendo set that just came out:

But here's the full list of new LEGO Super Mario items for purchase, and these don't include the new bundles they've devised:

  1. LEGO® Super Mario™ Luigi’s Mansion™ Haunt-and-Seek Expansion Set ($79.99)
  2. Luigi’s Mansion™ Entryway Expansion Set ($39.99)
  3. Luigi’s Mansion™ Lab and Poltergust Expansion Set ($29.99)
  4. Big Urchin Beach Ride Expansion Set ($59.99)
  5. Dorrie’s Beachfront Expansion Set ($29.99)
  6. Bowser Jr.'s Clown Car Expansion Set ($9.99)

Plus, you can (but shouldn't) try your luck with these $4.99 Character Packs, Series 4. You could get one of any of the following ten possibilities, with no guarantees which you might pull: