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Monday, March 10, 2014

Ludwig In The February Direct

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Hopefully this explains my hiatus.

I'm going to admit that the KoopaTV hiatus message might've been a little bit too reliant on being a giant Ace Attorney reference and did not focus enough on actually giving a substantive answer on why I threw away KoopaTV's momentum for a whole month right at its peak performance.

Well, if you watched the Nintendo Direct that happened in February 2014, that's the real answer why. Apologies on not having a Reaction Log for it, but the gist is that we were very pleased by it. Here's an embedded video of it (there's another video coming up so don't actually watch this unless you haven't seen it before):

Let's get straight to the point of this article:

You know, this is the first time that you'll be able to play as me in a videogame. Hopefully you don't abuse that by spending hours driving me off Rainbow Road. Initially, I wasn't going to actually buy Mario Kart 8, since I haven't liked where the series has gone after Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. In fact, I still don't. But that's not important. Here's where the advantage of being an established IP really kicks in: You can get people to buy games solely based on certain characters being in it. You can't do that with a new IP.

So obviously, I'm in Mario Kart 8. I've never gone through the process of being playable in a videogame before, so I had to work closely with Nintendo to go through the legal process for that. You know, exactly what I didn't do when I put other people in my games. That's a new experience, and it turns out that paperwork is time-consuming. As a result, I didn't have time to actually write articles.

That might sound self-serving to you. "Ludwig took a break from revealing the truth about the game industry so he could sign some legal documents relating to being in Mario Kart 8?!" ...Hey man, there were a LOT of those documents. A lot of them non-disclosure, too, so I should shut up about this. I tried to give a hint about what's to come when I wrote about getting my driver's license. Too subtle? You haven't seen those non-disclosure agreements, man...

Mario Kart 8 Koopalings group photo Lemmy Iggy Roy Ludwig Larry Morton Wendy
Coordinating this picture alone took weeks and stunt triples. I mean, just think of what happens to Lemmy when he lands.

By the way, I mentioned earlier that I'm going to be buying Mario Kart 8. You'd think that since I'm in the game, Nintendo would send it to me for free, but they kind of need every actual sale they can get right now. Iwata personally told me to "please understand". I asked for a review copy of the game for KoopaTV, but Iwata just laughed.

If you really missed Ludwig, then you should've followed him on Miiverse because he still posted there throughout the KoopaTV hiatus. You should follow him now if you haven't already at NNID PrinceOfKoopas.

For more information on how Ludwig's siblings get abused in promotional material, look here!
Ludwig gets an entire Direct dedicated to him. Or so he likes to think, anyway.

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