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Monday, November 12, 2018

Kamek is Saving the People of New York in Spider-Man PS4!

By KAMEK - We're Live!

As promised. Tonight Kamek is proud to present to you a small adventure into Spider-Man (for PS4).

I've been making personal progress with the game when it comes to story mode. I'll be doing my best to avoid plot and stick to what the game has to offer in terms of the city.

Watch the video on demand here:

Watch Kamek Saves New York from kamekkoopatv on www.twitch.tv


(RIP Stan Lee. And Spider-Man. Multiple times.)




Kamek displaying a rare side of him we don't see often:



Kamek once wrote an article about why Amtrak shouldn't exist and why trains are bad. Well, here's his point being proven:



Kamek will do his best to continue to produce gaming content while compositional pieces such as articles are being worked on!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Round 3 & 4 Picks: GameFAQs Character Battle X

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Once this is done, there will be the Finals Division.

As of publishing, Round 2, Division 7 is still happening in the GameFAQs Character Battle X, which is the GameFAQs semi-frequent popularity contest about who the best videogame character is. (And if you want to know all about Round 2, click here.)

Vote here: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/

The main bracket began with 128 characters, but by the time Round 3 starts, it'll be down to 32 characters. Then for Round 4, it'll be 16 characters — Round 4 is alternatively known as the Divisional Finals.

After that, it's the final stretch of the contest: The Finals Division, where eight of the historically strongest characters battle the eight divisional winners. But that'll be covered in a later article.

Due to the scheduling of the contest (Round 3 has four battles in one day, and Round 4 has two battles per day), I'm grouping Round 3 and Round 4 in one article. That means you should check back to this article once the Divisional Finals happen to read my opinions about who should advance, and who I'm voting for. That's free DLC!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Welcome Piranha Plant and Koopa Paratroopa to the Spotlight!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - You're both looking fantastic in your respective roles.

I wish to continue the themes that I started mere weeks ago about Non-Playable Characters (NPCs). I think that the NPC meme is no longer something that is dominating any narrative or conversation, so KoopaTV's article going after this NPC bashing must have been rhetorically effective. Furthermore, it was proven correct a week ago in two different ways, which I'll write about in this article.

Piranha Plant was announced to be an additional playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Koopa Paratroopa (henceforth mostly referred to as Paratroopa) became a playable character in Mario Tennis Aces. Here are my generous, love-filled thoughts on both of them:

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

With Nintendo Deciding Smash Ultimate DLC Characters, Will Fortnite Get In?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Reminder of Nintendo's priorities.

Apparently in the past, character selection in the Super Smash Bros. franchise was just up to the series director, Masahiro Sakurai.

I'll get to my thoughts on a certain new character that appeared in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct at the beginning of the month in a later article (I'm thinking tomorrow), but right now I want to address the five unannounced DLC characters that the Fighters Pass will comprise of:


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass those who are confident in its value should purchase it
Only those who are confident in its value should purchase the Fighters Pass.
If Nintendo is calling all the shots for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC, what do you think Nintendo's decision criteria is? And by Nintendo, think the executive-level team. Well, Nintendo just put out a commercial two weeks ago that should illuminate their thinking:


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Vote Republican For Mid-Terms 2018

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - (Pokémon) Let's Go to the polls.

The last time I wrote a KoopaTV article about asking people to vote in the mid-term elections (back in 2014, the last time mid-term elections existed), there were very good results. The Senate flipped from Democrat to Republican control. Republicans won more seats in the House of Representatives. Republicans even did better in gubernatorial elections.

I don't consider myself to be a partisan hack, but I am an ideological one. Still, in yesterday's article, I was prepared to endorse an Independent over a Republican in a particular Senate race, but I couldn't. The Independent didn't respond to this media outlet's inquiry attempt, and they don't seem to be running an actual campaign. Yeah, like I'm going to endorse that. The Republican (and the Democrat) didn't respond either, but no one really expects them to since they don't need media exposure like the Independent does. Meanwhile, KoopaTV's endorsement could've doubled that particular Independent's total vote count!

Well, the Democrat's campaign actually said they would respond, and then lied and never did.

Let's be specific: don't vote for Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts.

Anyway, at least in federal-facing races, Democrats exist to raise your taxes and obstruct President Donald John Trump. Not to actually get anything done. In state-facing races, the Democrat candidate most likely wants to raise taxes, promote illegal immigration, and have their state Attorney General sue President Donald John Trump's administration over everything and anything. They're all coordinating.

Quite frankly, there is a small list of things that President Donald John Trump's administration should be sued over, so I'm not advocating for one-party rule over every state house in the United States (not that a KoopaTV article can get, say, a Republican to win the Senate election in California — you literally can't vote for a Republican). But every Democrat (except Joe Manchin sometimes?) who is acting like they're actually going to work to accomplish an outcome beneficial for you is campaigning in bad faith.

I've been talking a lot about voting lately. Voting in Splatfests. Voting in the GameFAQs Character Battle X. The mid-terms are more important than those (unless you don't live in the United States or live in Inkopolis, then yes, voting on a race war is pretty important).

Go vote! 


Ludwig didn't actually write anything in this article about what makes the Republicans good and worthy of your vote. Part of that is because it's hard to generalise the hundreds or thousands of political battles that will be decided today (despite Ludwig generalising about Democrats), and part of that is because many Republicans also suck, but just a little less than Democrats.

Monday, November 5, 2018

No Political Party's Candidate Wants To Be On Record About Daylight Savings Time

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Massachusetts Senate candidates are dodging the number one issue.

If you reside in the United States of America (and you're in one of the vast majority of the states), I ask you: did you have fun adjusting your clocks because of Daylight Savings Time ending? What about again in March when it started? It's already coming back soon.

Sure, you “gained” an hour of sleep (or late-night game playing), but it was all unnecessary had the government not intruded on the sacred (and confusing) idea of time to begin with back in March. KoopaTV has been trying to get a citizen uprising to abolish Daylight Savings Time around the North America and Europe for several years now, and it comes down to each country's legislatures.

This election cycle, I decided to try to get an interview with the one Senate candidate in the United States most likely to agree to an interview with KoopaTV: Mr. Allen R. Waters, Independent (write-in) candidate from Massachusetts. Maybe you can see why I thought he'd agree to an interview when you read what I sent.

On September 7, 2018, I sent this e-mail to his campaign:

Dear Mr. Waters,
We're KoopaTV, one of the most innovative videogame websites out there. We would like to have a far-ranging e-mail interview with you, spanning topics like the FAIRtax, party politics, freedom of speech and gaming, as well as some miscellaneous, personal questions about your background and interests.

While we are a videogame commentary site, we have significant presence in global politics, especially the United States. (And, of course, we have readers in Massachusetts.) We've interviewed fellow FAIRtax supporter Herman Cain, have endorsed the FAIRtax ourselves (in collaboration with Americans for Fair Taxation), and, to be fair & balanced, have hosted a guest article written by none other than Bernie Sanders.

Please consider the request. We'd publish the entire interview on KoopaTV, and of course, promote it (and by extension, you).

Thank you,
He responded with...

Friday, November 2, 2018

Round 2 Picks: GameFAQs Character Battle X!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - It continues.

The biggest and most important of its kind, GameFAQs semi-rarely runs a big contest about best characters or best games. For 2018, it's Character Battle X, the tenth character contest. We've been keeping track of it in this index, but Round 1 is about to end as of publishing.

Many of my Round 1 picks have actually advanced to Round 2, which makes the decisions slightly more difficult than the fodder-filled Round 1. But in many cases, it's still a pretty easy pick. You can try to convince me one way or the other for my Round 2 picks below.

There are 32 matches in Round 2, and GameFAQs goes through 4 matches a day in Round 2. That means this article will be relatively short-lived, but no less impactful.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

KoopaTV's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate November Direct Live Reactions

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The most important Direct in history?

Today, Nintendo and Super Smash Bros. series director Masahiro Sakurai are out to dispel with some fictions about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Thus, we have a Direct that has perhaps more riding on it than any other in history. But it was at an awkward... 10 AM Eastern time, which results in some hardships for everyone. But with all the FAKE NEWS out there, and the future of the Nintendo Switch in the balance, this is not a Direct that could be missed. And so the KoopaTV staff reacted to it.

Pay attention to the many sub-plots involved in this log. All of our staff members, plus Discord groupie Ryu (otherwise known as MarioSun90, not to be confused with Ryu the Street Fighter) are here, since we all recognise the importance of this Direct. I'm at work trying to watch the Direct and react to it without getting caught. Rawk fully expects Banjo-Kazooie. Kamek got a flat tire. Wendy doesn't even have a Nintendo Switch. Witch Princess... wants to make a bunch of Ace Attorney references, which I suppose makes her the hero of the log!

Watch the Direct with us, embedded below, and read along our comments!



Wednesday, October 31, 2018

KoopaTV's October 2018 Review Newsletter

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The biggest site announcement in years. That, and more!

You all want to know winners and rewards and whatever, but I have far more important KoopaTV news to share. So without further self-promotion and filler, here's this header to chomp on:

KoopaTV Is Changing Our Publishing Format and Focus


We have been listening. Not just to you (though that's important), but to one another, and to the Internet as a whole. Demographics are changing. Trends are changing. Our own lives are changing. Sometimes too fast. KoopaTV has strayed quite a bit from its original intention, and I think it's finally time to change course again to get closer to both that intention, and to a product that people might expect from a gaming commentary story like KoopaTV.

Effective Monday November 12, KoopaTV will be changing our publishing schedule. Now it will be appointment reading:

  • Monday — Kamek
  • Tuesday — RawkHawk2010
  • Wednesday — Wendy O. Koopa
  • Thursday — Ludwig Von Koopa (me!)
  • Friday — Witch Princess

We are also changing our focus in the content formats of our articles. You may have noticed lately that KoopaTV has been promoting streaming gameplay content more. Those aren't random acts on our part. We recognise the variety of ways that Internet people are consuming content — younger generations are afraid of reading words, for example — so our publishing philosophy is now this: if a staffer enjoys making content a certain way, go for it. Don't want to write a blog article but you'd rather stream instead? Go ahead. ...Just write something on KoopaTV to let people know to watch the stream, and put the videos on demand here so people who miss it can still enjoy it.

KoopaTV exists to spread truth & levity about the things we care about. We have a narrative, a story we want to tell, that permeates all site activities. That's not tied to just one particular format.

To make it clear what is what, we'll be introducing a new category to the site — Game Streams, and we'll be retroactively updating previous articles with this new category.

Here's another thing that's changing: If a staffer misses their day and nothing is published on KoopaTV that day... then oh well! It'll just be empty then. Of course, we'd like to have content every weekday, but you know, sometimes things happen. At least you'll know which staffer to track down and yell at.

Some weeks, the schedule might be broken if there is a particularly time-sensitive event, such as something we need a Reaction Log for.

It's a big change, but we want to showcase our other staffers’ diverse talents more. Please understand. ...And if you have any questions, ask away in the comments section. Now, then, onto the next header (which also includes more information about the change!):


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Rawk's Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations Experience

By RAWKHAWK2010 - There may be fake news, but my experience was great and real.

Today, the Funimation Simuldub of Season 2 of the Ace Attorney anime begins. Since it covers Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations, now is the best time to showcase my Miiverse archive of that game!

Now is also the best time for you to vote for Miles Edgeworth over Luigi in Round 1 of the GameFAQs Character Battle X contest. He won't win, but you can make him look better than not!

(Spoilers for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations follow. Obviously.)

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations Doug Swallow bad news
I totally didn't plan (see date of the Miiverse post) that my first image would talk about Fake News,
which is in the beginning of the intro of the Season 2 anime.