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Friday, June 15, 2018

E3 2018 Conferences Tier List!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - From worst to best, all of the real company press conferences.

When someone asks me how E3 2018 went, I say something along the lines of, “Good, but not as great as previous years.” A lot of people don't even know what E3 is, and “Electronics Entertainment Expo” doesn't ring a bell either.

People who followed E3 2018 closely, like we did (for proof, check out our momentous and action-packed E3 Weeks 2018 Schedule), probably find that to be a non-controversial statement. I don't think there was anything overall mind-blowing or super-new that everyone had to get their eyes on or experience. Niche fanbases might be overjoyed about this E3 more than others (like if you're a Ridley fan), but here at KoopaTV, we rate conferences for more than just gaming content. Since we watch everything (again, see that schedule), we want the E3 events to be entertaining, even if we don't have a company's console or would ever actually go and buy the game.

Keep in mind that the header's “real company press conferences” excludes the PC Gaming Show (not a company) and Devolver Digital (not real), but it takes a liberal interpretation of “press conference” to include events without a stage or a physical audience. The press can be anywhere, even in Sierra Leone. (Like us! Except Kamek. He went to E3.)

Now, here are are the companies, ranked from worst to best. Then I'll go into detail about them, in that order. I won't be hyperlinking each of their associated reaction logs because you can go and pick them out for yourself in the E3 Weeks 2018 Schedule that I've been referencing in literally every article for the past calendar week.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

KoopaTV Live Reacts: Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018: Killer Queen Black, and BYE!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The FINAL LOG.

We obviously didn't know it based on how we reacted in the preceding log, and the log you can read in this article, but Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018 has ended.

The very last game shown is Killer Queen Black — outside of the normal Treehouse Live area — and then just like that, they're saying bye.

Well, guess Rawk and I will say bye, too. ...The other staffers aren't around (Wendy), are at E3 instead of Discord (Kamek), or are probably dead (RIP Vortex). In any case, I'll just drop off our E3 Weeks 2018 Schedule SINCE YOU'RE GOING TO NEED IT.

And now, the final log:

KoopaTV Live Reacts: Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018: Tennis, Octopath, and Smash!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Which is the weak LINK?

We got three games, here! Mario Tennis Aces doubles action, Octopath Traveler inaction, and some The Legend of Zelda-inspired Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Rawk is here and so am I, and so is our E3 2018 Schedule. With 25 or so reaction logs with very similar naming schemes because I'm an idiot, that schedule is mighty helpful.

KoopaTV Live Reacts: Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018: Super Mario Party; Kirby hats

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - About time he shows up.

Want to see a new mode for Super Mario Party? (Teams?) How about Kirby's new hats for Ridley and Inkling in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Then this Nintendo Treehouse Live segment is for you. (You can check out all the other ones, and anything else that happened in E3 2018, over here.)

Fellow KoopaTV staff member Kamek finally joins us during a Nintendo Treehouse Live segment this year, but he's not here as a live reactor... Hm...

KoopaTV Live Reacts: Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018: Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Very expansive DLC.

Are you a big fan of Xenoblade Chronicles 2? What do you think of that Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country announcement? Looks great, right? Well, how about 20 or so minutes of gameplay content to go with it? Plus, some news?

Rawk leads this log in terms of content. He took the pictures and did most of the talking, since he's the resident obsessive for Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

I'm the one who keeps the E3 Weeks 2018 Schedule up to date, though! And since it's me, you know that I'm doing my best.

KoopaTV Live Reacts: Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018: Arcade Archives and Starlink!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - New content in Day 3, confirmed.

Welcome back to the beginning of KoopaTV's Day 3 coverage of E3 2018. Once more, we'll be live-reacting to every moment of Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018. This log features Arcade Archives Donkey Kong, Arcade Archives Sky Skipper, Starlink Battle for Atlas, and new items, Poké Ball summonables, and Assist Trophies in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

It's a new day, so it's also a new time to plug the E3 2018 Schedule!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

KoopaTV Live Reacts: Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018: Leffen vs. ZeRo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The Super Smash Bros. family.

Everything at Nintendo's E3 2018 seems to begin and end with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Since Leffen showed up as a substitute at yesterday's Invitational tournament but didn't get to play, he makes up for it by appearing on the Nintendo Treehouse Live stream against ZeRo!

Thankfully, this is the very last log of the day. You can look back at all of the great stuff in the E3 2018 Schedule article!

(Thursday is also a thing.)

KoopaTV Live Reacts: Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018: Nairo vs. ZeRo in Mario Tennis Aces!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Mario Tennis Aces is pretty awesome, isn't it?

Not done for the day, the Nintendo folks at the Treehouse invite professional Super Smash Bros. players attending E3 to play the very competitive fighting-game-esque Mario Tennis Aces.

You know what I put here. It's Rawk and me, and here's the E3 2018 schedule. King Bowser is in the log and we cheer for him.

KoopaTV Live Reacts: Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018: Daemon X Machina First-Look!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - This determines the quality of Nintendo's diverse game line-up.

Recall the very first thing that Nintendo showed on their Nintendo Direct: E3 2018. It was a trailer for a brand-new game from Marvelous, called Daemon X Machina.

From then until now, we didn't know anything about this game. But now Nintendo Treehouse Live at E3 2018 did a segment on it. We (myself and RawkHawk2010) were there — virtually — to react to the segment. Since it was the very first thing in Nintendo's Direct, then that means they wanted this game to make a great first impression. (Though, it took them to the end second day of E3 to have a segment on it, and they have done a lot of segments so far, as you can see in our E3 2018 Schedule.)

So... what did we think? Well, take a read:

KoopaTV Live Reacts: Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018: In-Depth Octo Expansion!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Traversing through many challenges in this extended look into the Expansion.

By the time you're done reading this, the Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion will be available for purchase, for $20 on the Nintendo eShop. I know I'll be getting it. I'll be the only one in the reaction log below to get it, unless they sell it individually from Splatoon 2.

Let me know if you aren't aware of our E3 2018 Schedule yet.

They showed the Octo Expansion earlier today, as well, in terms of the story cutscenes at the very start.

KoopaTV Live Reacts: Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018: Mario Tennis Aces and Octopath Traveler!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Well worth the wait.

Do you see the tennis racket in our logo? If you don't, it's because you're reading this a week or later after it was published, which is okay. This is meant to be historical. But, anyway, if you want to see the logo we're referring to, and a lot more, head over to the E3 Weeks 2018 Schedule page on our site by clicking this.

So. Racket. That's because we were anticipating Mario Tennis Aces coverage. And, finally, we have some at Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018! Not just any Mario Tennis Aces gameplay, but the highly-anticipated story mode! Rawk and I are joining to fawn over the game, and then we wait for the Octopath Traveler segment to start. It eventually did, and we had a discussion on random encounters in RPGs.

KoopaTV Live Reacts: Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Donkey Kong Adventure

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The Rabbids had to come sometime... but Donkey Kong is here, too.

We really do not like the Rabbids.

Unfortunately, Nintendo and Ubisoft are teaming up to force the Rabbids and Donkey Kong to team up, and we have to witness this. “We” being myself, Donkey Kong fan RawkHawk2010, and Wendy. At least the tail-end of the log has some Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

You know by now that we consider the E3 Weeks 2018 Schedule to be a very helpful resource. Hopefully you do as well!

KoopaTV Live Reacts: Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3: Hollow Knight, Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - DLC content, the log.

Hour three of Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018. We're hanging in there, watching some interesting Hollow Knight (announced yesterday for Nintendo Switch and released), as well as the Splatoon 2 Octoling Expansion, which comes out tonight as announced yesterday!

In this log are yours truly, RawkHawk2010, Wendy, and friend-of-KoopaTV Ryu (or Mariosun90). You can tell from the log that I'm the only one on staff who likes the Splatoon series, but it looks like the Octo Expansion has gotten the interest of people who don't normally appreciate Splatoon's gameplay! You'll have to read the log to see what we think of Hollow Knight.

As the hours keep rolling in, we advise you to consult our E3 Weeks 2018 Schedule.

KoopaTV Live Reacts: Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3: Super Mario Party

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Plus returning favourites.

This time, Nintendo Treehouse Live was showcasing Super Mario Party, which aims to bring the estranged Mario Party series back to its former glory. King Bowser is now a normal playable character, so Rawk and I are rooting for him.

This log also has some information on Pokémon Trainer and the Ice Climbers in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! Check out our E3 2018 Schedule for more-or-less details.

KoopaTV Live Reacts: Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Challenge Battle Mode

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Welcome to Wednesday. Featuring a character cameo.

We're happy that, by reading this, it means you came back to KoopaTV after our adventurous Tuesday at E3 2018!

(Follow the whole E3 2018 schedule here!

Rawk and I are here to give you some insight on Xenoblade Chronicles 2's Challenge Battle Mode, and by that I mean Rawk, since he's the resident Xenoblade Chronicles 2 expert. As is typical for Nintendo's Treehouse Live so far, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has to show up in every segment, so that's first. But it features more King Bowser Koopa win screens!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Invitational Tournament Live Reactions!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The ultimate in Nintendo-conducted tournaments.

This reaction log represents the biggest event of all of E3 2018: Nintendo's Invitational tournament for the newly-named Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It features eight invited players from the Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. For Wii U communities, along with commentators. The tournament rules try to combine showing off the game, while also maintaining some degree of tournament normalcy. Can Nintendo pull it off?

I'm the one on the staff that cares the most about competitive Super Smash Bros., so I'm driving the log's material. My KoopaTV colleague RawkHawk2010 represents a dirty casual. Kamek shows up but contributes absolutely nothing. Ryu (Mariosun90) who isn't on our staff but made it to our Discord

You may wish to consult the KoopaTV E3 Weeks 2018 Schedule, so you have a sense of where we've been and where we're going for the rest of the week.

Splatoon 2 World Championship Grand Finals (Live Reactions!)

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - WITH SHOCKING ANNOUNCEMENTS AT THE END!

The pinnacle of competitive Splatoon 2 is right here. Recognised by Nintendo on their E3 2018 time. From the semi-finals that we sort of watched, it's Japan's GG BoyZ vs. Germany's BackSquids.

I'm engaged. Rawk isn't, ‘cause he doesn't care about Splatoon 2.


We're almost done with Tuesday — look at the E3 Weeks 2018 Schedule to know all that happened today and the rest of E3!

KoopaTV Live Reacts: Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018: Overcooked! 2 + Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Filler before the tournaments.

Do you want to watch some intense Overcooked! 2 action? Sorry, we did a terrible job live reacting to it. Sorry. We didn't do a great job with the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate action after. It's really filler, even from Nintendo Treehouse.

Ludwig and Rawk are lackadaisically paying attention. You should also check out the E3 2018 Schedule.

KoopaTV Live Reacts: Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018: Fortnite + Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Inkling gameplay)

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Dedicating a whole log to just Fortnite seemed cruel.

At first, it looked like we'd dedicate a whole KoopaTV article to being a reaction log to Fortnite, but Nintendo was fortunate enough to show Super Smash Bros. Ultimate right afterward for their Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018 series. So it's a combined log.

You're joined by me and Rawk. Ryu appears at the end.

KoopaTV's E3 Weeks 2018 Schedule is chock-full of making sense of all the content for E3 2018!


KoopaTV Live Reacts: Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018: Pokémon, Let's Go Pikachu + Eevee

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - We're not getting this game.

One bad thing about Nintendo Treehouse Live | E3 2018 is that we'll see a lot of content we don't care about. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee are two of those games, and they're the subject of this log. (Read this for why it's bad.)

Here to half pay attention is myself and Rawk, though Rawk is only talking about other stuff.

E3 Weeks 2018 Schedule!

KoopaTV's Nintendo Direct: E3 2018 Live Reactions; Sakurai Plays Ultimate

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The last conference of E3.

Possibly the most consequential event of the entire E3 Weeks 2018 is upon us: What is Nintendo up to? Will the Nintendo Switch rock it in 2018? Plus, the show immediately segues into the first session of Nintendo Treehouse Live, featuring Masahiro Sakurai playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Here to help try and answer that question are myself, RawkHawk2010, and why-is-he-not-staff Ryu, or Mariosun90.

Also here to help organise your E3 Weeks 2018 experience is KoopaTV's E3 Weeks 2018 Schedule! Great resource.

Monday, June 11, 2018

KoopaTV's Sony E3 2018 Conference Live Reactions

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - They tried something new and it blew up in their faces.

Traditionally, Sony has been making appearances at E3 as the egotistical, undisputed market leader. But with the resurgence of other console manufacturers in recent years and at this very E3 conference, what does Sony have in store for us for PlayStation 4? (And PlayStation VR?) Well, they decided to revolutionise their presentation method. Need to keep innovating to remain in first place, right?

Ready to end this night are myself, RawkHawk2010, non-staffer Ryu (we call him Mariosun90, but he wants us to stop that), and Kamek finally pops in for a log today! He's filled with valuable behind-the-scenes wizardry and insight for how much Sony's tech team really screwed up this conference. (Minor spoilers on how we perceived this conference.)

After this conference, the rest of KoopaTV's E3 coverage will feature on one company and their many events. Check out what those are in KoopaTV's E3 2018 Schedule!

KoopaTV Tries to Live React to PC Gaming Show, then Splatoon 2 World Championship Semi-Finals, then PC Gaming Show Again

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Mess of a log for a mess of two hours.

Remember when we dedicated a whole article to asking you whether or not you wanted us to watch the PC Gaming Show today, or the opening rounds and semi-finals of the Splatoon 2 World Championship? Here's where that comes to play.

Here for this confusing and undisciplined period of time (because not everyone wants to respect your wishes, fans), are myself and Rawk. Others wisely stayed away from this disaster of a log.

Though it wasn't followed for the creation of this log, in general, look to our E3 Weeks 2018 Schedule as your roadmap to E3 coverage.

KoopaTV's Ubisoft E3 2018 Conference Live Reactions

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Polarising French guys.

We never know quite what to expect when we're watching an Ubisoft E3 conference. They're the most volatile. It's very exciting and dynamic to spectate, and we're going to go through this 92 minute journey with you.

In this log we still have me, we still have Rawk, that Mariosun90 dude who isn't even our staff is here as Ryu, and Wendy took some time from her busy beauty nap to talk as well!

As is a common theme, the KoopaTV E3 Weeks 2018 Schedule is a great page to keep track of the flurry of content.

KoopaTV's Square Enix E3 2018 Conference Live Reactions

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - There isn't much to watch.

It's Monday, which is important since E3 Weeks 2018 extends past the weekend before E3. For this log, we're live-reacting to Square Enix's long-awaited presentation! They don't show up to E3 every year, you know, so they must have something really awesome in store for us!

We're joined by myself (of course), RawkHawk2010, and not-a-staff-member-but-in-our-Discord and Dragon Quest subject matter expert, Mariosun90! (Here as Ryu.)

Remember: You can be fully up-to-date on everything E3 2018 by bookmarking our excellent Schedule article.

KoopaTV's Bethesda and Devolver Digital E3 2018 Conference Live Reactions

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Does Bethesda deserve to be an E3 mainstay now? ...Does Devolver Digital?

With this year, now Bethesda will have FOUR E3 conferences in a row. That makes them big-league. Plus, they're learning from last year's conference by having it at a normal time of night. (See the bottom of this article for last year's conference.) That already makes my opinion of Bethesda higher than a year ago. Clearly, trending in the right direction is a positive.

Here to take you on Bethesda's journey are myself, RawkHawk2010, Kamek, and KoopaTV friend Mariosun90, in the log as "Ryu". (He was foreshadowed in a picture from the conference before this.)

For everything E3 2018, click here for KoopaTV's E3 2018 hub, the schedule!

Plus, we are also including the Devolver Digital “conference” in here, since Todd Howard just wouldn't stop talking in the Bethesda conference and it goes and cuts into the next one. Click here to scroll right down to it. It's nutty.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

KoopaTV's Microsoft E3 2018 Conference Live Reactions

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - We might eventually call it Xbox E3 2018, if not for the fact that everything is also on Windows 10.

It's time for the first competent gaming company of E3 to present their gamer-focused press conference: Microsoft! How will Phil Spencer, now Executive President of Gaming at Microsoft (up from Head of Xbox), impress us this year? Microsoft was definitely hyping up this conference, so they have a lot to deliver for!

Carrying this reaction log are myself and RawkHawk2010, with Wendy O. Koopa napping until the end.

Check out our full E3 Weeks 2018 schedule here!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

KoopaTV's Electronic Arts E3 2018 Conference Live Reactions

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The first E3 press conference of 2018!

This is it. The start of E3 2018! We are starting with what is historically the worst company to get an E3 conference, Electronic Arts. Will the company that is solely responsible for making E3 a multi-calendar-week affair continue their terribleness, or will they pleasantly surprise us?

(Take a wild guess before you read the log. You'll probably be right.) 

We're joined by myself, RawkHawk2010, and Kamek in our first reaction log of E3! (And also the first E3 that we're conducting via Discord.)

Also, check out our super handy-and-dandy KoopaTV E3 Weeks 2018 Schedule here!

Friday, June 8, 2018

E3 Weeks 2018 Schedule!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Your hub for everything Electronic Entertainment Expo, 2018!

Welcome to the finest place on the Internet for anyone who wants to follow the events of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3. This is the biggest gaming event of the year. This is where all the gaming publishers go and announce what's coming. Big waves.

KoopaTV's staffers are dedicating our time and energy to bringing you the E3 coverage you deserve — with truth and levity — so you don't have to watch it all yourself. Or, if you do watch it all, you can still read our coverage anyway. We have interesting perspectives. Plus, this is a fantastic historical document.

And so, without further ado, here is the logo we'll have during E3 Weeks 2018:


KoopaTV logo E3 Weeks 2018 tennis ball Miles Edgeworth Electronic Entertainment Expo
This year's KoopaTV E3 Weeks logo was made by Ludwig and edited by Rawk.
(Rawk did everything related to Miles Edgeworth.)
Click here for an explanation of the logo.

If you wish to watch all of the action as it unfolds, head to twitch.tv/twitch (all the conferences) and twitch.tv/nintendo (Nintendo Treehouse Live and tournament events). Alternatively, keep it to KoopaTV, since we will be reaction-logging everything! (Except for the semifinals of the Splatoon 2 World Championship, as decided by you guys.)

Thursday, June 7, 2018

We're Looking Forward to ACES and ATTORNEYS This E3 2018!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Aces Attorneys.

No one has asked me this year what I'm looking forward to for E3 2018. I assure you, that is not because my opinion has devalued in any way. People just assume that everyone's attention will be monopolised on “Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo Switch system.”

To that assumption, this website has an...

OBJECTION!

You should not ignore the fact that Mario Tennis Aces will play a decent-sized role in E3 2018 this year, with it featuring in the Nintendo New York store's plans. We loved the demo for Mario Tennis Aces and very much look forward to its release later this month. Since Nintendo went out and said that Mario Tennis Aces is key to the Nintendo Switch's success in the fiscal year between March 2018 and March 2019, then they'll want to promote it a lot at the biggest gaming event of the year.

You know which company's executives also mentioned a series we're excited for, that has a game releasing on the Nintendo Switch in that same fiscal year time period? CAPCOM. The game series? Ace Attorney. Whatever Ace Attorney presence that is coming soon hasn't officially been announced yet. E3 2018 is the perfect time to do that.

So. E3 2018. Tennis Aces and Ace Attorney. We may even get representatives from both in “Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo Switch system” with playable Waluigi and any representation of Phoenix Wright.

I will now have the rest of this article comparing Mario Tennis Aces and the Ace Attorney series. Get ready for some puns! And similarities.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Sushi Striker Needs 3DS Controls

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Switch Sushi Striker isn't satisfactory.

If you don't remember Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido from last year's E3 2017, that's okay. It was originally announced just for the Nintendo 3DS, but is now coming out on both 3DS and Nintendo Switch on June 8. It's an action-puzzle game where you connect moving plates of sushi on lanes to accumulate the plates so you can throw them at your opponent. When you connect the sushi plates, you're canonically eating the sushi. There's a whole story and a song that goes with the game, but I'm more worried about something fundamental: the controls.

Sushi Striker The Way of Sushido button or touch controls comic Nintendo Switch
Sorry, Nintendo Switch News application. This is a false choice. One of those control styles is completely nonviable.

Two weeks ago, Nintendo released a demo of Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido on the Nintendo eShop. I downloaded it on the Nintendo Switch, and found using the control stick for a game that is clearly meant for touch screens to be torturous, though I got to the end of the demo and wanted to keep playing since the demo ended on a cliffhanger. A shame about those controls, since the game seems to be otherwise charming. Oh well, I thought. Let's go download the 3DS demo and try that.

But there is no 3DS demo. It's a Switch-only demo. Why is there a demo only for the console that the game is an inferior experience on? Could it be because of this:

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Don't Judge a Game by Its Art: Pokémon Quest Is Even WORSE Than It Looks

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Let's finish talking about this crap game really quick.

The very first, and only, words I've written about Pokémon Quest is that it looks hideous and looks blocky, and that its art style sucks. All of that was a visceral reaction to its art style. But people, including myself, make a point about how — as Nintendo fans, we do not, or should not — judge games just by their graphics.

Point taken. So I downloaded Pokémon Quest on my Nintendo Switch and played the game. It's even worse than it looks. It turns out that it's really stretching the definition of an interactive experience.

Pokémon Quest boop swears cursing censorship robot cuss
Censored cursing is pretty much my reaction to the game.

Any comparison between Pokémon Rumble and Pokémon Quest needs to take a very important difference into account. Yes, both games involve sub-standard graphical styles. Both involve Pokémon going through maps with enemy waves and two moves. Both de-emphasise hanging onto individual Pokémon and getting rid of weak ones to acquire resources.

But only Pokémon Quest has automatic gameplay. Everything in Pokémon Rumble is controlled by you. ...Pokémon Quest is not.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Mario Tennis Aces Pre-Launch Online Tournament — Very Convincing Experience!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Mario Tennis Aces has been promoted from meme to real purchase contender.

Once upon a time (a little over a month ago), Nintendo described Mario Tennis Aces as a “key” and “major” title in their presentation overlooking the fiscal year from March 2018 to March 2019. I thought it was such a lame claim that I didn't even mention Mario Tennis Aces in the article.

From June 1 to June 3, the Nintendo Switch hosted a Mario Tennis Aces online tournament. It was sort of like a Splatoon Global Testfire or ARMS Global Testpunch, but much more engaging for reasons I'll discuss later in this article. This was the public's first experience with Mario Tennis Aces, and hey, it was free, so we all tried that. And it was... amazing. Two weeks ago I wrote that developer Camelot needed to rebuild their credibility. I say they have.

Friday, June 1, 2018

KoopaTV's May 2018 Review Newsletter

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - KoopaTV's May was awesome, even if it felt very short-lived.

May. Very fast month. Now it's June. That's E3 month. The Electronic Entertainment Expo (that's what E3 stands for, folks!) is the single biggest gaming industry event every year. As a website that talks about said industry every day, it's the month with the most eyeballs on our site.

And yet, this newsletter is about the month of MAY. To KoopaTV, May is more than just “that month that precedes June.” May is an important month for KoopaTV, and we hope that we showed that off by our diverse and awesome range of articles.

Top Five Recommended KoopaTV Articles of May 2018


Top five time. All of KoopaTV's articles are worth reading, and I think the staff outdid ourselves with the excellent content this May. I hope you agree. Check out these five examples of greatness, in chronological order:

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Koopa Bros. Have Been Compromised By Nintendo Labo

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - There aren't bad bananas in every bunch, but for this bunch? Yeah. Bad.

Remember the Koopa Bros.? They starred in Paper Mario. ...I also wrote about the Koopa Bros. just last week, so yeah, you better remember them. I compared them favourably to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who now have the distinction of being the subject of an article five weeks in a row. Can we get rid of these guys?

...Can we also get rid of the Koopa Bros.? KoopaTV has been investigating the incident where “TROJAN BOWSER”, posing as King Bowser Koopa, declared the end of KoopaTV in favour of a new site, LaboTV. We concluded that the Nintendo Labo itself was behind this corrosive activity — anything made of cardboard is susceptible to the Labo's control.

The best way to avoid having your constructed cardboard turn rogue is to avoid constructing cardboard to begin with. But why did TROJAN BOWSER exist at all? Well, through our investigations, we've found out that the Koopa Bros. created the cardboard TROJAN BOWSER — in a completely unauthorised action.

Paper Mario Trojan Bowser boss costume destroyed Koopa Bros.
The Koopa Bros. even lied to the enemy about King Bowser's opinion on TROJAN BOWSER.
(He never saw it, so he never loved it. Also, I don't trust double exclamation points.)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Pokémon 2018 Conference: Pokémon Quest, Pokémon: Let's Go, and the 2019 Future...

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Thoughts on everything Pokémon, going back decades.

Last night, The Pokémon Company had a really important press conference about videogames that we are to expect from the Pokémon franchise this year and next. Here is the full conference, on video, with an English voiceover:


(Here is the official written summary if you don't want to watch the whole thing, though some things I write about only come from the full video.)

The central narrative here is what Pokémon Company Tsunekazu Ishihara says at the beginning: Pokémon GO has apparently been downloaded over 800 million times. Try to wrap your mind around that enormous number. It absolutely dwarfs the number of people who have interacted with any other Pokémon medium, be it the games, manga, cards, anime, whatever. That's crazy, but also very unfortunate. I'll get into why throughout this article, which is handily divided into sections!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Star Wars Fatigue vs. Super Mario Fatigue

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Fatigue is real.

Back in the early Wii U days, Nintendo scholars were floating around the idea of “Mario fatigue.” That's the idea that Nintendo was releasing too many Super Mario platformers in a short amount of time. Spin-offs were one thing (and the GameCube notably had many of those in a short period of time), but platformers were supposed to be standard-setting events that influenced spin-offs to come. Big platformer release, then spin-offs to maintain the momentum, then another big platformer. That changed in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Especially with all the so-called “New” series of platformers (four in all — not even counting New Super Luigi U) along with two Super Mario Galaxy games, Super Mario 3D Land, and Super Mario 3D World. Eight games in as many years. (2006 to 2013.)

People tracked the fatigue by noting that franchise sales were decreasing over time, as people steadily got fed Mario platformer after Mario platformer. The originality of the game design and artistic assets was taking a hit. The fatigue didn't go away until Nintendo took a break and then released something completely different, with Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch. Now it's the best-selling game on the Switch.


Super Mario series timeline of release years fatigue
Look how CONDENSED that purple box is.
(Timeline creation credit: Wikipedia.)

That brings me to the other half of the article title: Star Wars
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Monday, May 28, 2018

Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth Chooses Death — By Europe

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Memorial for Miles Edgeworth.

You may remember two important court cases at the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017: The DL-6 incident re-trial, and the SL-9 incident re-trial. Both of these trials involved famous prosecutor Miles Edgeworth. What we didn't report on is that shortly after these trials, Miles Edgeworth had disappeared for a year. He only left behind what appeared to be a suicide note: “Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth Chooses Death.”

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“Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth chooses death.”
(He also chose Japanese, for some reason. Edgeworth's multilingual abilities are put to the test later in this story, though.)

For the past year, we all thought he died. It turns out that he fled to France, under the guise of “Benjamin Hunter.” (No relation to world-renowned association soccer star Alex Hunter.) As Benjamin Hunter, Miles Edgeworth tried to make it as a French prosecuting attorney (though I'm pretty sure that “Benjamin Hunter” isn't a very French-sounding name), but soon found himself on the defendant's chair once again in mid-2017:

Friday, May 25, 2018

Cappy Invading the United Kingdom and the Royal Wedding!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - And Vortexica is in danger. ...Again. ...Again.

A disadvantage to being royal is that you're obligated to keep tabs on all of the other royal families out there. That unfortunately includes the British Royal Family (house of Windsor). They're important in particular because Queen Elizabeth II hates us, after Koopa Kingdom annexed Alberta and mocked her. That hatred could fester into something bad for Koopa Kingdom at any time.

This week, one of Queen Elizabeth II's grandsons, Prince Harry, had a Royal Wedding with someone named Meghan Markle. Now that she's married, she's “Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.” I can't say I particularly care about any of this, but a lot of people throughout the world of Earth gave a big deal of attention to this... and it turns out, someone who isn't from Earth, too. A hostile alien. Someone who shouldn't be around Earth, but has been for some time now.

Cappy the Bonneter. Yes, that Cappy. The one that teamed up with Mario to crash the Royal Wedding between King Bowser Koopa and Princess Peach Toadstool.

I can say I particularly care about all of that.

Here's Cappy caught on camera in two pictures:

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Xbox Gaming Tournament at the Special Olympics — Not Real Olympics Event

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - eSports continues to approach the ultimate stage, but this isn't it.

Did you know that Microsoft is the Premier Partner sponsoring the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games? They want you to know that, because it helps make them look like a socially responsible company. To that end, Microsoft is hosting the first-ever videogame tournament that is taking place at the Special Olympics — this July 2nd in Seattle. KoopaTV will not cover it. We'll have our monthly newsletter instead.

Besides, who wants to watch “Unified teams” consisting “of an athlete with and an athlete without an intellectual disability”? They'll be playing Forza Motorsport 7, a game we don't care about. Here's what I said when Forza Motorsport 7 was finished being revealed at Microsoft's E3 2017:
“I'm supposed to be suffocating from this breathtaking Forza finish. But I'm still breathing.”
I suppose being alive is a better fate. Anyway, not only do I not care about Forza, but I'm not a fan of the Special Olympics. I trained quite hard for the Rio 2016 Olympics... which was a set of real Olympics with a high and existent skill floor. You can get official Olympics approval on the name, but the Special Olympics, by design, is the opposite of what the Olympics is supposed to represent. (And it's not diversity, unity, or climate change.)

However, it doesn't matter what I think about the Special Olympics — it matters that eSports are recognised as sports. So, let's look at the official list of 35 sports available at the Special Olympics...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

World Turtle Day — Comparing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Koopa Bros.!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - They're back...

Turtles, for the most part, are still a foreign concept to me. What is a Koopa to do for World Turtle Day, then? Well, for the past month, we've been dealing with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) every week. First it was Raphael and Leonardo. Then it was Michelangelo and Donatello. Then it was Raphael, again, and Donatello, again. It turns out that, legally, Donatello is the best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

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“Today we proved that Donnie is the undisputed king of the Ninja Turtles.”

I got sick of writing about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and you got sick of reading about them. And then... it dawned on me. For almost two decades, people have been comparing the Koopa Bros. to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to the point that they believe the Koopa Bros. are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle rip-offs! You remember the Koopa Bros., right? Well, here's a side-by-side comparison:

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Moe the Clown is Probably a Racist

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Boycott the Berry Big Circus!

If there is one thing that KoopaTV doesn't tolerate (and... there isn't just one thing), it's when people denigrate African countries.

For example, we wrote a whole article defending our country of residence, Sierra Leone, when President Donald John Trump allegedly declared it a “shithole.”

Lawrence “Moe” Curls, the current ringmaster of the Berry Big Circus out in California, had this outrageous comment to say about an African country... and we got it RECORDED:

Monday, May 21, 2018

Pick: PC Gaming Show vs. Splatoon 2 World Championship Semifinals

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - These two events conflict with one another. Which should KoopaTV react to... LIVE?

Check this out. I'm putting together the schedule for KoopaTV's inevitable E3 2018 coverage. That's important to plan in advance, since the Electronics Entertainment Expo in June is always KoopaTV's most trafficked month. Part of that is because we publish more in that month than the other months, and part of that is because that's when gamers are the most hungry for our content.

In the interest of transparency, we have a conflict to present: On June 11, starting at 6:30 PM Eastern, Nintendo will be running the Splatoon 2 World Championships semi-finals. On June 11, starting at 6:00 PM Eastern, the PC Gamer magazine will be hosting the PC Gaming Show. That's a clear time conflict, and based on last year's PC Gaming Show lasting 105 minutes, they're going to overlap.


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Which do we pick to live react to?

On one hand, this site doesn't cater to PC gaming. We're significantly more focused on console gaming. We also don't consider the PC Gaming Show to be an E3 conference, hence why it doesn't end up on our conferences tier list every year.

On the other hand, the Splatoon 2 World Championship semifinals is totally without consequence. There is no news that will be announced in there. Splatoon 2 is already out and has been for some time. If they want to drop an announcement for it that won't already be at Nintendo's presentation, they'll do so for the FINALS on the 12th. We haven't even been following the qualifier rounds, so it's not like we'll feel like we're missing anything. Plus, the non-Ludwig staff has demonstrated their boredom with watching competitive Splatoon during last year's Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational Championship.

If we miss the PC Gaming Show from its live broadcast, we can and probably will go back and still react to it. There WILL be news in there, even if the staffers don't personally care about it. Some other KoopaTV staff members also believe the PC Gaming Show will be funny.

If we miss the semifinals of the Splatoon 2 tournament, we're not going to watch its video-on-demand. It'll be lost forever to us. The other reason that the Splatoon 2 World Championship semifinals is somewhat compelling here is because it gives context to the finals round that we'll watch on the 12th, and because all of the Splatoon articles tend to get a high level of interest from readers. (Also known as: Splatoon consistently gets views and engagement on KoopaTV.) It also affects our rating for Nintendo's E3 2018 performance.

We're leaving it up to you guys, our readers, to tell us what to do three weeks from now. 

THREE. WEEKS. UNTIL E3 2018!


KoopaTV's staffers have a DIVISION for what to do, so the staff decided to just let you guys decide. Don't expect this level of transparency in the site's decision-making to carry over to many other areas of staff debate, such as the Game of THAT Year awards.


For Nintendo's full E3 2018 plans (as we know them as of May 21), click here.
The Splatoon 2 World Championship was announced here.