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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Does Dragon Ball really NEED a Xenoverse 2?

By RAWKHAWK2010 - (laughs)

Two Februaries ago I told KoopaTV's readers to expect an article on Dragon Ball Xenoverse. Well, that never happened. Not due to me getting lost on the Road of Life later that year, but instead mostly due to Dragon Ball Xenoverse just not really being all that great.

And it wasn't all that terrible either, which meant it wasn't good enough to praise or bad enough to decry.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse Rawkhawk2010 typo quality control Cell I almost had, him is prayers
It wasn't...Perfect.

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Black Knight's Memorial

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - He served his countries well. Both of them.

When we think of great fallen soldiers, KoopaTV's staff thinks of our own Koopa Troopas first. They were the subject of last year's Memorial Day article, so we wanted to talk about someone else to keep things fresh. 

So, our second great fallen soldier that we thought of was the Black Knight. You may have seen him in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, the two best Fire Emblem games. He's enigmatic, clad in ebony armour, and he's highly effective. He's also dead, which makes him a fitting subject for a Memorial Day article.

If you couldn't already tell, this article will have spoilers for Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. Heck, I've already alluded to some spoilers and I've just started! I know those games are nine to eleven years old, but I guess there are a lot of people who haven't played them that want to, based on their Amazon prices.

Amazon listings prices Fire Emblem Path of Radiance Radiant Dawn GameCube Wii Nintendo
You may be terrified of these prices, but you're also willing to buy all three of
Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, AND Fire Emblem Fates: Revelations.
All three put together are still inferior to Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.

We at KoopaTV are highly aware of supply and demand, so don't keep reading if you don't want to be spoiled. That said, you'll be missing out on a great and eye-opening tribute!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Mighty No. 9 is a Disaster; CAPCOM Isn't Doing Better

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Plus, even more robots than those!

Automation is all over the news. With presidential candidates such as Bernie Sanders proposing a $15 an hour federal minimum wage while simultaneously lamenting how high unemployment among black youths is (I'm sure he believes these are not connected in any way), businesses in low-wage parts of the economy are expressing how they're going to put robots on their work force to replace higher-costing humans.

We're truly in the era 20XX imagined in the Mega Man series. For the most part, robots are having an adversarial relationship with many humans, and that's something that'll be a subtle theme in this article.

It's a shame that Mega Man isn't doing anything nowadays, besides being redesigned into an awful-looking abomination for a strangely-plotted cartoon show:

Mega Man cartoon redesign 2017 Dentsu Entertainment Man of Action

Keep in mind that I enjoyed the Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon. I don't think this'll be anything like that, so it probably won't be worth watching. Oh well. Better stick to KoopaTV's content. (And hey, we have an exclusive video for you at the end of this very article!)

I was just writing yesterday about how Mega Man is being treated poorly by CAPCOM, and being redesigned into that crap above definitely qualifies. So, what about everyone's favourite totally-not-Mega-Man action hero, Beck, of Mighty No. 9? Turns out he's not doing well, either, somehow worse than when we last looked at him:

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Paper Mario: The Most Popular Plumber

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Fans like him more than the other forms of plumber.

I don't ever write articles complimenting Mario Mario. He's a terrible person. His brother is, too. I write negative stuff about him. Constantly. His creator, too.

That said, there's degrees of awfulness with regards to the plumber. Nintendo's child-focused site, Play Nintendo (which is still around, folks), held a poll on March 10 (“National Mario Day”), 2016 about “Which version of Mario would you want to meet on National Mario Day?”

Of Pixel Mario, Cat Mario, Baby Mario, and Paper Mario, which big-nosed diabolical jerk did fans want to meet the most?

Well, there's not much build-up to be had here since this article title spoils it. I took this screenshot on March 10, by the way. You can't see this now:

Play Nintendo National Mario Day most popular poll Pixel Cat Baby Paper
Paper Mario won by a large plurality!

The poll is currently being rerun (or maybe it's the same poll but renamed, but I could vote in it again, so...) past March 10. The results of that? Well...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Get a BB-8 Display, Donate to Charity: Watch Jareditton!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The exciting “get” part is only feasible if you're in New Mexico to pick it up, though.

I think New Mexico is getting a really bad rap in the news lately. Donald Trump just had a great rally inside a venue there (according to him), but everyone is only talking about what happened outside of it. Which was chaos, with protestors attacking Albuquerque, New Mexico police with rocks and bottles. If I were them, I'd shoot those scum. (People have been killed in self-defence, while getting away with it, for having less or nothing at all!)

Donald Trump New Mexico Albuquerque convention center tweet Twitter riot protesters thugs Mexican flag
Donald Trump's news reporting on the New Mexico rally.

If you only want to focus on the “thugs”, then yeah, it's a terrible place. But the big, beautiful rally inside represents the goodness in the hearts of many of the New Mexico people.

One of those is KoopaTV darling Jareditton. Jareditton is organising a charity stream on his YouTube channel, with the exact stream link here. Details can be found on this Facebook event, but we actually have details that his event page does not. Because I asked him.

We have the full story about the charity stream, but to get the critical information prior to the page break: It's 1 PM to 9 PM Mountain time this Thursday and Friday (May 26 and May 27). That's 3 PM to 11 PM Eastern. Watch it at his YouTube channel. The charity is Children's Miracle Network, and you can pick up a BB-8 display stand. It looks like this:

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

How Team Koopa Escaped Rio: Table of Contents

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The whole series laid out here for your enjoyment.

For the past two months, I've been releasing weekly installments of KoopaTV's original drama series, How Team Koopa Escaped Rio. It's so dramatic, so epic, so scrumptiously tantalising, that it gets the italicised treatment. I'm pretty happy with it.

So, I want to give the series the treatment it deserves by putting together this article which will function as a Table of Contents for the series. It's done now, so what'll follow should be everything. Read every linked-to article in order to get the full experience. This'll be up as a tab on the site for a while.

How Team Koopa Escaped Rio Mario & Sonic at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games Bowser Wendy O. Koopa Jr. Roy Larry Ludwig Zazz Zavok
Promotional image for How Team Koopa Escaped Rio, a KoopaTV special series.

Just a reminder: The How Team Koopa Escaped Rio series exists in the first place because I felt I needed to let you, the readers/viewers/players of KoopaTV, why we were on hiatus for ten days after April 1st from our normal publishing schedule. It's basically an apology from the KoopaTV staff to you guys for letting you down.

And because I feel so bad (and not because of any skill-related issues), I want to take this time to announce that I will not be participating in Team Koopa's training session in Rio this June 23rd, which will be represented by the Nintendo Wii U game Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. That means I will not be, to my knowledge, in that game. The events preceding How Team Koopa Escaped Rio are encapsulated in the Nintendo 3DS game, Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. I definitely am in that game.

...Yes, the names of the games are the same. That wasn't my idea.

I'm working out with Team Koopa management (aka King Dad) about whether or not I'll actually be in the Olympics in August of 2016.

Anyway, here's the Table of Contents. There are links to all of the readings, along with short, non-exhaustive descriptions of each. They may or may not count as spoilers, especially if you read all of the descriptions for each article and then read all of the parts. Don't do that. So, here you go:

Monday, May 23, 2016

Happy World Turtle Day!

By VORTEXICA - They have holidays for everything these days, but this one actually has a point.

You're in a desert, walking along in the sand, when all of a sudden you look down and see a tortoise crawling towards you. You reach down and you flip the tortoise over on its back. The tortoise lies on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over, but it can't. Not without your help. ...But you're not helping. Why is that?

Okay so now that we've got that tangentially turtle-related, comedically-bankrupt Blade Runner reference out of the way, happy World Turtle Day everyone!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Why Hackers Target Gamers and How to Protect Yourself

By CASSIE - Internet security for everyday people.

Until very recently, gaming was, for most people, a form of teenage entertainment. However, the rise of internet gaming platforms and MMORPGs has changed all that. I swear that I heard the Candy Crush Saga level-clearing tunes from the smartphone of a senior citizen sitting next to me on the subway this morning. It's official: People from all ages now engage in online gaming on their smartphone, tablet or PC. Games such as World of Tanks, EVE Online and Candy Crash Saga have made gaming a pastime for everyone. However, the rise of modern gaming has heightened the appeal of such platforms to cybercriminals looking for easy targets for hacking.

What makes gamers so easy a target is that, unlike other online activities, we tend to throw caution to the winds when engaged in playing our favorite games. According to the findings of professor of media psychology Frank Schwab, it is a scientific fact that computer gaming speaks to the rational cognitive and emotional systems thus influencing real life behavior and rational thought.

If you are like me, you can relate to that Yahtzee feeling of winning six games straight and beating your chest gorilla-like. Or is it just me who does that? When you are in the game, you are just in the zone; it is just as if the real world does not exist. More times than I'd like to admit, I've thrown caution to the wind and turned off anti-virus software for a better experience or gone trawling for hacks and cheats on suspicious websites.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

How Team Koopa Escaped Rio — Part 6

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Alternatively: Part Final.

The time has finally come to conclude this epic series. Part 5 ended with a really scared Ludwig (y'know, me) on a Thursday night. The whole Team Koopa that isn't Dry Bones or Dry Bowser are at Rio de Janeiro International Airport, waiting to be extracted from being in a Brazilian hellhole for weeks. That's Ludwig, Roy, Wendy, Larry, King Bowser, and Bowser Jr.

The journey started as Team Koopa went to Rio de Janeiro to practise against Team Sonic and Team Mario, but Ludwig (and possibly the other members) got infected with Zika, thanks to a member of the Deadly Six from Sonic Lost World, Zazz. He's a creep.

It's a total coincidence that there's the Deadly Six, there are six Koopas stranded in Rio de Janeiro, and this ends on Part 6. (Don't try to put all those sixes together, either, or you'll get something... demonic.) With that NOT in mind, let's start this part and ultimately conclude the story:

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Nintendo Going Into Movies? Awesome!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - It's like... Nintendo is actually listening to us.

For a year and a half now, I've been saying that Nintendo needs to do this movie thing. Sure, they've been doing short little animated films, but a full movie? That requires exponentially more time and effort, much more than what it'd take for the Star Fox Zero — The Battle Begins short.

Imagine a world where Shigeru Miyamoto is so caught up being a movie producer that he'd have no time to ever ruin a Paper Mario game or decide that F-Zero needs a gimmicky control scheme as a condition for its existence. So... in this future, Nintendo will be able to have its designers and lower-level creatives flourish, while we simultaneously get movies utilising Nintendo IP every few years.

Well, friends. This future may be upon us. It's reported that Nintendo is entering the movie-making business. For real. We're told to expect the first movie in two to three years. They're in talks with multiple movie production partners for “full-fledged filmmaking.” (That deserves an exact quote because it's great alliteration.)

You know what also deserves an exact quote?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Oceania + United States Pokémon GO Beta-Testing

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Canadians need not apply.

If you live in Australia or New Zealand and wanted to participate in the beta for Pokémon GO, you missed your chance. That's a bummer for the ~1% of people from the Oceania area who read this site (including Health), but hopefully Niantic Labs and The Pokémon Company's own marketing efforts reached you. ...Well, you might still have a chance to get in. You'll be late, but I guess they don't say you can't get in at this point with a late invitation.

But if you live in the United States? Now's your chance to sign up! Right here

For some marketing about what the beta, called a field test, is about, notice what the official Pokémon website has recently added at the end of its Pokémon GO page
Eligible players in the United States, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand are currently being invited to participate in a field test for Pokémon GO. The Pokémon GO field test will give users the opportunity to share early feedback and help improve the Pokémon GO experience.” 

If you want to join, though, there are a lot of conditions. Obviously, you need a smartphone. But it needs to be Android or iOS-based, so sorry Windows Mobile. It needs to be a certain level of smartphone. Playability not guaranteed. Let's see...

Monday, May 16, 2016

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice Release Date!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - ...Oh, and that name itself is new. Plus, eShop sales.

I have talked a couple of times about an Ace Attorney 6 that we've known to exist for some time. Well, no longer will we be referring to that as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 6, but as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice! CAPCOM provides us this English-language trailer:

The game (at least more than half of it?) will be taking place in the mysterious Kingdom of Khura'in. Quite frankly, I'm going to avoid having to spell that out for whenever I talk about the game now, and in the future. If there's something I hate, it's a ton of weird apostrophes. Accent marks? Fine. But... What the hell is a Séance? (...Well, that's apparently an actual word, and it's used correctly. Abraham Lincoln's wife, Mary Lincoln, tried to do them.)

It's better than when I was referring to it as a “water mirror” some time ago. And that guy-who-I-thought-was-a-girl is now named Ahlbi Ur'gaid, continuing this game's evident trend of apostrophes everywhere. (I said I wouldn't respect its pronouns and I still will not. Even though Wright literally says “If the boy has no lawyer, I will defend him, and prove his innocence!”)

I'll declare this now: If your name has an apostrophe in it, you're never going to even get nominated for KoopaTV's Game of THAT Year Best New Character award. So hopefully not every new character and place has one of those.

The logo for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice is better than the logo for Gyakuten Saiban 6.

Friday, May 13, 2016

How Team Koopa Escaped Rio — Part 5

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - With three groups of Koopas, which group will be the most productive?

Last week, I wrote that the red-hatted plumber and his blue hedgehog friend, Sonic, were goofing off somewhere in the Novotel Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont hotel, while myself, Wendy O. Koopa, Roy Koopa, Larry Koopa, Bowser Jr., and King Bowser Jr. were sitting like suckers in the Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport. (Did you know that place has, like, several different names?) If you don't know Brazilian locations, they're on totally different sides of Rio de Janeiro, home of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

So, last week's iteration, Part 4, of the How Team Koopa Escaped Rio series, was about how we're going to split up to hunt down the plumber, along with trying to see if the Santos Dumont Airport could get us out of Brazil.

You can click that and see links to Parts 1, 2, and 3 in the intro, or see the bottom of this post. I recommend reading this series in order. Makes sense, doesn't it? Anyway, let's go:

Thursday, May 12, 2016

KoopaTV: Three Years of Bringing the Fire!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - We're great, unable to be stopped, and burning the world to the ground. (In GLORY.)

Today... KoopaTV is three years old. May 12, 2013 was when KoopaTV was made, and now it's May 12, 2016.

I know I've written that I don't personally care for anniversaries, but the rest of you do. And we're a site for the people. (Just not by the people.) I've written about what KoopaTV is and what it means a bunch of times before this, and it really ain't different now. We take a significantly different approach to the gaming industry than any other roughly comparable website or publication.

Not everyone is even remotely comfortable with that approach, but for those folks that it clicks with? We hear that you love it. And us.

KoopaTV three year anniversary
(Marvel at our creativity.)

And our influence has gone global. Whether it be contributing in Japan's war against ISIS (and being internationally recognised for it), helping out the local economy in Sierra Leone by putting our Earth-based headquarters there, or being in Brazil to participate in the Olympics.

But our greatest contribution may be currently going on and you may not even be aware of it. But hey, that's what we're here for: Imparting important information to you!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Social Activity War: Fancy Party vs. Costume Party

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Worldwide party time?

Last week, it was announced that we're going to have another Splatfest. For the first time ever, the Splatfest will have all three regions competing simultaneously in the same Splatfest. So while Splatfests before were a way to have regional matchmaking in a game normally without it, this Splatfest will match people in America with those in Japan, like you'd normally get.

The Splatfest will start this Friday night and end Sunday morning. That's Friday the 13th to Sunday the 15th.

The theme?

Splatfest I'd rather go a FANCY PARTY COSTUME PARTY Callie Marie Splatoon announcement
It's another sponsored Splatfest, this time brought to you by Miitomo.
Yeah, I was just writing a few weeks ago about how the sponsored SpongeBob SquarePants Splatfest bothered me, partly because it was sponsored. The simultaneous, yet different Splatfest in Japan was also sponsored. We had a sponsored Splatfest before the Splatfest before that, too. So, for the majority of the Splatfests this year, they're being sponsored by something instead of the whimsical (yet deep) innocent kind of fun activity.

But it's not just any sponsor. It's from another department at Nintendo, since it's presented by the mobile game Miitomo. I was pondering what the goal of Miitomo was and if Nintendo was meeting it, but the most obvious conclusion is to bring the hollow mobile user space to Nintendo hardware. So what the hell is happening here? Why are you trying to get your dedicated console guys to Miitomo? We're already at the desired destination!

Well, whatever. We have subject matter to discuss. Would I rather go to a FANCY PARTY or to a COSTUME PARTY? 

And the truth of the matter? 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Pokémon Sun/Moon's Starters, Region, Release Date

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - KoopaTV's staffers take initial sides.

Though it wasn't a Direct, we got two trailers for Pokémon Sun Version and Pokémon Moon Version! We last had news of it back in February with the 20th anniversary Direct, where people thought it'd take place in a Singapore-based region.

WELL, IT'S CALLED THE ALOLA REGION. I DUNNO ABOUT YOU, BUT THAT SOUNDS LIKE HAWAII. (At least it's not Brazil. I'm sick of that place.) 

So. Those are the three starters. Read about them here. For a picture that's coincidentally the thumbnail:

Rowlet Litten Popplio Pokémon Sun Moon version starters starting
Photobombing guy in shorts, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio.

It's releasing this November 2016. When, exactly, depends where you live:

Europe gets November 23, and North America gets November 18.
Apparently, the ESRB is slacking while PEGI already rated it.

Japan has this beautiful marketing video following this shy little Asian kid who moves into Hawaii or something and makes friends through playing Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon with the local kids. It's apparently going to be the first of a series:

Monday, May 9, 2016

Bubble Burst Bernie? Sounds Like Something We'd Make

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - *snicker* I'd do it better, though.

You'd think I would have some level of respect for Stephen Colbert and his career. We're both political satirists, right? Well, you'd be wrong. I'm not a fan of him, his previous show, or his new gig at The Late Show. Though he did help (sort of?) Herman Cain out, once.

But, I guess we cross paths sometimes. Like this:

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert made a game? Yeah, even Gamasutra is reporting on it. Though their angle isn't on Colbert or Bernie, it's “lapsed game dev returns” to do something. Said developer is Darius Kazemi, who apparently spent a week working on the game. Other credits include The Late Show animator Tim Luecke, Bernie Sanders's voice, and The Late Show music guy Ballard C. Boyd. Produced (I guess?) by Late Show writer Rob Dubbin, who we apparently have to thank (?) for not having in-game purchases:

So... want to play it?

Friday, May 6, 2016

How Team Koopa Escaped Rio — Part 4

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - We finally encounter our traditional foe, one way or another.

The epic story last had Larry Koopa looking at the TV monitor in a different part of Rio de Janeiro International Airport (otherwise known as Galeão International Airport) than where Team Koopa was in Parts 1 and 2. I guess all of our activities were suspicious to the humans. You should read all three of those parts (in chronological order), because it's a great read and easier than me explaining all of the zany stuff that's happened in the story so far.

Anyway, Larry seemed excitable but unnecessarily vague. Fortunately, his weird behaviour functioned as a decent cliffhanger for KoopaTV article publishing purposes. Let's continue with the story for Team Koopa's escape from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after our Olympics training!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Everything Revealed in the Humble Friends of Nintendo Bundle

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Great deal. YUGE deal. Go get the deal. I did.

Over a week ago, the folks at Humble Bundle revealed the Humble Friends of Nintendo Bundle. It lasts less than five days as of today's publishing. (If you've read any other Nintendo site, you've probably already seen it advertised there by now. I'm just characteristically slow.) This is a collection of mostly-independent companies' games on Nintendo systems. Humble Bundle says it's “$224 worth of awesome games”, so I'll take their word on their addition skills. (I don't know if all the games included are awesome, though.)

Humble Bundle Friends of Nintendo all games selection Runbow Nano Assault EX Swords Soldiers II Citizens of Earth
It'll probably be over 130,000 bundles sold as of publishing, and over 1.25 million in dollars.
I haven't talked about Humble Bundle on this site before, but that's because they usually have their game bundles for Valve's PC Steam service and this is nominally (...isn't it?) a Nintendo site. It's quite well-known. But I'll give an explanation anyway. Basically, you get to choose the amount you're going to pay, and you get more stuff if you pay above a given price tier. There's also charity involved. You can choose what money goes to the companies and what goes to the charities, and you can give money as a tip, too.

Halfway through the bundle's duration, they added Swords & Soldiers II, Nano Assault EX, and Runbow to the “pay more than average” price tier. This joins Freedom Planet, Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure, and Citizens of Earth (you choose between the Wii U version and the 3DS version) in that tier. The >$1 tier has Retro City Rampage: DX, Affordable Space Adventures, and Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (you get both the Wii U version AND the 3DS version). The >$13 tier is Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition and Darksiders II.

Someone tell me if it's actually bad strategy to wait for that halfway mark to see what the remaining games are and THEN pay for it, or if it's better to pay for that average at the beginning of the bundle and get those games included later, even before you know what they are.

Well, if you were trying to cost-cut as much as possible, you'd just pay the minimum amount for all of these games, right? $13? Well...

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Make Koopa TV Again

By RAWKHAWK2010 - “Sorry to keep you waiting!”

Some time ago, I lost something of a bet. I claimed that Donkey Kong Countries 1, 2, and 3 would not last half a year on the Nintendo eShop, and if wrong my penance would be to dance in the streets with ethnic minorities. Well, for the past eight months that's exactly what I've been doing. I found the experience to be so surreal that I decided to remain with the ethnic dancers indefinitely, traveling far and wide as we shared the gospel of Gō Ichinose's Pokémon Diamond and Pearl compositions across the lower east coast. (Along with making choreography my canvas in ways that Ludwig could only hope to understand.)

But you know what they say, a thing isn't beautiful because it lasts. And this is no exception, because a short while ago my troupe of ethnic dancers was slaughtered in cold blood by wrathful beasts from a foreign land...... Also known as: The Illegal. And I'm 100% wholly dedicated to creating a future in which no one has to bear witness to the same unspeakable horrors.

Rawk Hawk Make America Great Again Donald Trump hat Paper Mario

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Super Contest Debate Primaries 2015–2016 Rankings

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Since Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are now their parties’ presumptive nominees...

I meant to do this, but I guess I never did. Okay, so back several months ago, KoopaTV endorsed treating the presidential primaries as a SUPER CONTEST from Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum. That meant grading each candidate in their debates according to Beauty, Cool, Cute, Smart, and Tough. So, we had some degree of coverage: We had articles on eight Republican debates until we got sick of it, and articles on two Democrat debates before we got sick of it. I think you all in readership land got sick of it, too, since those articles got less (or, zero) comments and views compared to the gaming-related ones.

But hey, I tried to connect it to gaming whenever I could. 

Anyway, today in Indiana, Ted Cruz suspended his presidential campaign. After, Donald Trump referred to Ted Cruz as “smart” and “tough” — Trump must have been reading KoopaTV. Now there are only two Republicans left, but one of them is just there because he doesn't know how to do math despite him claiming he's a genius because he's balanced budgets.

Bernie Sanders won the primary, but he's not going to be the nominee unless his wicked witch of an opponent drops dead or gets indicted by the FBI.

So. Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton. (Versus a Libertarian Party candidate, and that's very likely the person I'll personally endorse. Not KoopaTV as an entity, but just me personally.) One of those will be the next president of the United States.

But... how did they actually do in the debates? Well, according to KoopaTV... 

Monday, May 2, 2016

KoopaTV's April 2016 Review Newsletter

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - An awkward April, but WE'RE BACK.

If we still had alliterative titles for review newsletters, it'd be KoopaTV's Awkward April for sure. Our April got hit with a forced hiatus by the folks at Rio de Janeiro. This ruined a lot of things. We had a whole week of articles wiped out, and there was no Loyalty Rewards Program round running during April as a result.

For May, we want to get back on solid ground. After all, KoopaTV is turning three years old in less than two weeks.

But of the three weeks of articles that we had, they were still pretty good. So we can still do a Top Five Recommended Articles List (chronological order):
  1. How Team Koopa Escaped Rio — Part 1
  2. The Music of the Game & Watch Octopus
  3. How Team Koopa Escaped Rio — Part 3 
  4. REVIEW: Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge
  5. Nintendo's E3 2016 Might Be Good!

That's just my opinion, though. You're welcome to fight me over it, and it's pretty cool if you do because that's a testament to our article quality.

We're re-instituting the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program. Round 8 will run from May 1 (well, guess that passed without anything happening) to June 29, 11:59 PM Eastern. We're still deciding on the prizes, but because this will include E3 and our three-year anniversary, it will be MORE than just one $10 Nintendo eShop code. (As of 5/4/2016, it's going to be some combination of Amazon gift cards and game codes for Nintendo systems.)

Accordingly, there is now a KoopaTV Feedback Form Part IV and a KoopaTV Quiz Part IV. That particular page has also been updated to have clear, different sections for what's current and what is previous. Not that I think it was confusing before or anything.

By the way. If you want to help shape KoopaTV's legacy in a big way, check out ways (positions) you can join our staff, here! If you just want to marginally shape it, we encourage you to submit a guest article

KoopaTV turns three years old in ten days. That's sort of a big deal. Help KoopaTV's continued growth by sharing KoopaTV articles to folks you know! Or random people. Just try to keep it topical.

March 2016's newsletter is here.
May 2016's newsletter is here! It's a lot better than this one.
For last year's April newsletter, click here.
For next year's April newsletter, click here. It has headings.