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Monday, April 30, 2018

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Splatfest Part 1: Raphael vs. Leonardo!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Sigh... Well, there's a startling similarity here...

Japan's Splatfests in Splatoon 2 have been sponsored nonsense for basically the whole time they've been doing these, so they're used to Splatfests being dumb and immersion-breaking. Europe and the Americas less so, not since the bad days of the SpongeBob SquarePants Splatfest in the first Splatoon.

However, we're returning to those days. Not just returning. Not just doubling down. But we're tripling down on them: In the next three weekends, we'll have THREE Splatfests in a row: a tournament style series featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Round 1, for Saturday May 5th, features Raphael vs. Leonardo. Round 2, for the next Saturday (May 12) features Michelangelo vs. Donatello, though I don't know if that's the order that Off the Hook will support them in. Round 3, for May 19, will conclude the Splatfest tournament by having the winner of Round 1 and Round 2 face off. You'll need to go collect your Super Sea Snails on, like, Sunday. Quick, now.

Splatoon 2 Splatfest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael vs. Leonardo Raph Leo round 1 Off the Hook
“Who's your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle? Raph or Leo?”

Wait... before I tell you my choice... what the hell happened to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in those pictures?!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Nintendo's SUPER, SMASH-filled E3 2018 Plans

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - All you really need is Super Smash Bros., but Nintendo has that AND MORE!

This is it. In a month and a half, KoopaTV will go into E3 mode. Now we have a good idea what our E3 2018 will look like, at least from the Nintendo side. Of course, KoopaTV covers every company with a conference at E3, so this won't represent all of our offerings for E3 2018. But, look forward to...

Sunday, June 11 2018: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM Eastern, semifinals for the Splatoon 2 World Championship Tournament.
Monday, June 12 2018: 12 PM Eastern, a Nintendo video presentation. Nintendo hasn't come up with a fancy name for it yet.
Monday, June 12 2018: Shortly after the video presentation is Nintendo Treehouse Live! They'll begin with Super Smash Bros. for Switch, and are said to focus on just Nintendo Switch games between the 12th, 13th, and 14th. ...They'll probably show some 3DS.
Monday, June 12 2018: Sometime at night, there will be the finals for the Splatoon 2 World Championship Tournament.
Monday, June 12 2018: Sometime later than that, will be the Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018.

You may remember that we talked about both those E3 tournaments already, a month ago. Clearly, Nintendo's logistics have... made marginal progress. They know what days each tournament will take place, but they don't seem to yet know exactly how that Monday will happen.

Nintendo has pretty much made their whole E3 about Super Smash Bros., since their press release mentions it in almost every paragraph. Hm, I wonder how we'll theme the KoopaTV logo for this year...

In any case, when the time comes, KoopaTV will publish its E3 2018 Schedule, along with its new logo. Which part of E3 2018 are you most looking forward to? Is it Super Smash Bros.? It probably is. Too bad for Ludwig that they replaced the whole Best Buy E3 experience from years ago with Nintendo NY Store catering.

Compare Nintendo's E3 2017 planning here.
That semifinal time for the Splatoon 2 tournament runs in the same timeslot as the PC Gaming Show... 
Compare Nintendo's very similar E3 2019 plans here.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Kimishima is out; Furukawa is in: Nintendo's Done with Fiscal Year Ending March 2018!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - They're not only done (since March ended a while ago), but reported some information about it!

It's Nintendo financial reporting time! This time, the fiscal year that went from April 2017 to March 2018 is over, and now we begin a new fiscal year of April 2018 to March 2019. Nintendo is projecting some mighty fine numbers for that. They have sold 17.79 million Nintendo Switch consoles so far... and now they plan to sell an additional 20 million by the end of March 2019, along with 100 million Nintendo Switch games.

Super Mario Odyssey has sold an astonishing 10.41 million units, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold 9.22 million. By comparison, Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U has only sold a lifetime of 8.42 million units, and it was by far the best-selling game on the Wii U. My favourite, Splatoon 2, now has 6.02 million sales!

Here is a chart I made of the “bottom-tier” million-plus sellers:

1-2-Switch ARMS Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Kirby Star Allies sales figures Nintendo Switch April 2018
Featuring 1-2-Switch, ARMS, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and Kirby Star Allies.
Somehow, 1-2-Switch got a boost from the holiday season, so people bought it for Christmas.
Fortunately, no one bought or received ARMS as a Christmas gift.

Here's hoping Kirby Star Allies overtakes ARMS three months from now!

So, Nintendo and the Switch did very well. The 3DS still lives on by all of those remakes and ports announced in that March 2018 Nintendo Direct, though its forecasts are reduced significantly.

Before I discuss the new president of Nintendo, I have to make yet another comment about how Nintendo uses the word new, because Super Smash Bros. fans think that current (for now) president Tatsumi Kimishima's financial presentation proves that the Super Smash Bros. for Switch is a brand-new game built from the ground up. It doesn't prove anything. Take a look:

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

What's New in Splatoon 2 Version 3.0.0?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - As much as was promised.

A month and a half ago, we were promised Version 3.0.0 for Splatoon 2 in the March 2018 Nintendo Direct. It has now arrived as of last night, as promised. The Direct said there would be...
  • Over 100 pieces of new gear (fresh looks in time for spring)
  • New stages, such as Piranha Pit and Camp Triggerfish
  • Rank X
  • Callie's appearance in Octo Canyon 

All of those things are in this update (here are the patch notes). Not much else is a part of it besides bug fixes and weapon balancing. I'm not sure if it warrants a jump from 2.3.3 to 3.0.0. The second decimal is for bug fixes. The first is for new features, such as revolutionising Salmon Run (2.2.2 to 2.3.0 — I wrote about it recently and will refer to it in this article, so read up on my thoughts by clicking), or adding a whole new mode in Clam Blitz (2.0.1 to 2.1.0).

I guess the non-decimal number goes up when there is new gear in the update. I don't know why Splatoon's developers put that as a greater priority than new features, but there you go.

Let's talk about Callie. She appears if you've completed the story mode.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

End the “When Do The Developers Work On It?” DLC Purity Test

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - When you apply LOGIC to it, the purity test makes no sense.

Alternative sub-title: “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

When I read comments sections on forums and the like (but I haven't seen this on KoopaTV's comments section, either because I don't talk too much about it and you're on-topic, or you guys are smart), I read a fair number of gamers complain when game companies start working on post-launch downloadable content (DLC)... before the launch of the game. That's apparently a no-no to you gamers.

But if a developer starts working on DLC the day after launch? Suddenly, that arbitrary distinction becomes very meaningful to you... even noble.

Why? It makes no sense.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Good-bye, Puzzle Fighter

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Not that I really know anything about it, but now I don't ever have to!

Two months ago I wrote about CAPCOM's mobile-only game, Puzzle Fighter, in the context of Phoenix Wright becoming a playable character for it:
“CAPCOM has this mediocre free-to-play mobile game called Puzzle Fighter where you have to do gacha stuff to get the playable character you want. Phoenix Wright is now in the game! He looks absolutely hideous[. ...] Honestly, I have no idea how Puzzle Fighter works in terms of gameplay or if characters make a difference.”

Meanwhile, three days ago, CAPCOM Game Studio Vancouver announced on Capcom Unity that they are sunsetting Puzzle Fighter, with them shutting down the servers on July 31. (Three months and a week!) All the content after the 20th, including the game's soundtrack and Dr. Wily, are FREE! ...And in-app purchases are disabled today.

For music, here is Dr. Wily's Castle (part 1). ...There's no Ace Attorney in the soundtrack, which I guess is a disadvantage of being a DLC-only franchise in a low-budget game:

(Dr. Wily himself may be DLC, but not the Mega Man franchise.)

The reason that Jeffery Simpson, the CAPCOM Vancouver community manager, said that they would be ending Puzzle Fighter is so they could focus on Dead Rising. That's admirable, since that's what CAPCOM Vancouver was working on before becoming a CAPCOM studio. Perhaps they were just stuck with Puzzle Fighter and never wanted it.

The less of whatever this art style is, the better. Good news! (And maybe it'll signal a strategy for CAPCOM to focus less on mobile? ...Or is that too hopeful?)

Puzzle Fighter pink P sweater Phoenix Wright knocked out cry kicked Jill Valentine
“Mia! You've made our client cry!”
“Let him! That ‘P’ on his chest doesn't stand for [puzzle] anyways!”
(Picture source: Demonflip84)

Ludwig hates writing articles about when CAPCOM games put a focus on mobile, so he's more than happy to spend some article space on KoopaTV writing about the opposite occurring. If you have any experience with Puzzle Fighter, perhaps enough experience to actually be upset about it shutting down, feel free to comment about it. Just expect the KoopaTV response to be incredibly unsympathetic. As for Phoenix Wright's pink sweater, do YOU know what the P stands for?

Compare this mobile game end-of-life to Miitomo, which has had substantially more time to end than Puzzle Fighter in-between announcement and end.

Friday, April 20, 2018


By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The Nintendo Labo has released today. Don't fall for its trickery.

Today, Nintendo released their build-it-yourself-peripheral-toys-to-play-shoddy-software combination, the Nintendo Labo.

By... sheer coincidence, of course, today KoopaTV formally declares war against Nintendo Labo and urges all readers to not purchase it. Anyone who has already bought a Labo is urged to return it to your retailer and get a refund. 

Don't buy the Labo. It's as simple as that. That isn't... much of an article, so let's review what got us to this point, and why exactly the Nintendo Labo endangers the lives of you and (your?) children.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Planes are still SAFER than cars!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Don't let horrific recent events bias your opinions.

Since KoopaTV, and specifically by yours truly, is literally the only place and person on the Internet that wrote an opinion article discussing why planes are superior to cars for the Splatfest on that subject from the first Splatoon, some people are blaming me for the tragic plane death with Southwest Airlines Flight 1380. There was an engine failure that somehow cracked a cabin window, resulting in “uncontrolled decompression” that nearly sucked Passenger Jennifer Riordan out of the airplane. (This is why I never sit in the window seat, along with me being afraid of heights.)

She didn't fly out the plane, but she did die anyway.

This is understandably spooking people who would want to fly planes. Then people think about United Airlines and that guy being dragged off the plane even though he paid for his seat already. These scared people are turning to long road trips by car as an alternative... or even worse, by train. (If you're worried for your safety and sanity, DON'T RIDE TRAINS!)  Or... even worse than that... BY BICYCLE. PLEASE DON'T RIDE ONE OF THOSE!

While I can't address customer service in this article (there aren't statistics on how rude taxi drivers are, or how many Uber drivers are rapists and murderers), I can address safety. Planes still beat cars in that regard, and are still better than cars for all the reasons I discussed in that Splatfest article in the first paragraph.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Life as a Salmon Run Profreshional after Version 2.3.0

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The Splatoon 2 version that changed the Salmon Run experience forever.

Almost six months ago, I received a request from an anonymous reader asking me to write about Splatoon 2's most fun mode, Salmon Run. Obviously, I didn't feel a rush to take the request, but eventually I realised it was worth commentating on the topic, especially my thoughts on the difference between Salmon Run before Splatoon 2 version 2.3.0, and Salmon Run after Splatoon 2 version 2.3.0.

If you don't remember or know what happened with 2.3.0, look here for the change log. In terms of Salmon Run, here is the notable change:
Made it so that more Rank can be carried over at the start of the next job when the player has the title of Profreshional and a Rank of 100 or higher.”
Basically, if you reach Profreshional rank 100 to 190, you start at 100. From 200 to 290, you start the next time at 200. Etcetera until Profreshional 400 to 999, where you start at 400. As shown before the update in this article, if you were a Profreshional of any caliber, you'd start at 40. (For the uninitiated, Profeshional is the highest rank you can get (and it's trivial to achieve), and the number is the difficulty level. 40 is pretty easy. 400 isn't.)

So if I ended Saturday's Salmon Run at 400, then next time I play Salmon Run, I'll start at 400. Beforehand, there was mandatory scaffolding where you'd start at 40 and you'd get used to the unique weapon set for the rotation and how that goes with the map. Now, you better be ready from the first time you play that rotation, or you'll drop in rank. You might drop to 380 and never win again, so you'll start the next time at 300. It creates pressure to keep playing past the DAILY SUPERBONUS.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Way Out Outsells Expectations

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - We discuss the Friend Pass, and why EA is even funding this game.

I remember two things about Hazelight Studios, but they are the most important two things:

  1. Their founder, Josef Fares, is a coarse jackass, judging from his appearance at The Game Awards 2017.
  2. They were making and have now released their two-player mandatory co-op game, A Way Out.

A Way Out was actually very memorable from the Electronic Arts E3 2017 press conference. I cited it as the “most cool, innovative concept from EA's conference”. Usually I don't remember random games from E3 conferences I don't care about, but I remember A Way Out. Well, it released at the end of March, and has since sold over ONE MILLION COPIES.

I take issue with Mr. Fares's math, claiming that two million people have played A Way Out.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Let Tax Day 2018 Be The LAST Tax Day, EVER! Enact the FAIRtax!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - An income tax cut is great and all, but no income tax altogether is even better!

Just in case you're confused or not American — the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (President Donald John Trump's substantive tax cuts bill passed at the end of 2017) applies to next year's taxes, or Tax Day 2019. Tax Day 2018, which covers the taxes for calendar year 2017, isn't changed by the legislation.

If you look at the KoopaTV article on that tax cut legislation, you'll read in several places me bemoaning that it's not the FAIRtax, which is a national retail sales tax that replaces the income and payroll taxes. For a little more information, take a look at this quick video:

For a lot more information, including FAQs, lots of research (the FAIRtax is said to be the most researched tax legislation in the history of humanity), and more, check out the FAIRtax website at (Note their use of the best top-level domain.) Meanwhile, I'm going to spend this article telling you why I think the FAIRtax is the best tax plan and what America needs — and if implemented, there will never be a Tax Day ever again.

Update April 17, 2018: The IRS payment systems glitched up and people couldn't actually pay the IRS money today, so they're extending Tax Day to April 18th. I mean... they're making our argument for us that they should be abolished. /end update

Friday, April 13, 2018

Yooka-Laylee isn't Half-Bad...or is it?

By RAWKHAWK2010 - And is this seriously KoopaTV's seventh Yooka-Laylee article?

As someone who weathered the Yooka-Delaylee storm so that I could experience the game on Nintendo Switch, I'm at last prepared to provide my thoughts. Do I really want to? Well, not really. Reviews aren't really thing. It's why my Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney "review" is a gaggle of Miiverse screen captures. It's why my Paper Mario: Color Splash review hasn't happened and never will. But in this case...I suppose I must oblige:

Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter backer credits extra special thanks RawkHawk2010 R section
It's me! (Six paces above "Ray and the Family Dickinson".)

And with that,
Rawk's Review of Yooka-Laylee:

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Whatever the hell a Beyoncé is, keep it away from Nintendo!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I DON'T want Nintendo experimenting like this.

I don't want to hear your justifications for it. “Nintendo is trying to be edgier!” “Stop being a prude, Ludwig!” “You should be proud that Nintendo is pushing its envelope! Doesn't KoopaTV do that?” “This isn't even Nintendo; it's Ubisoft!”

I hesitate to actually embed this on my website. So I won't. I'll hyperlink to it. With a nofollow tag on the hyperlink. That'll show them. If you're brave enough, then see if you can survive the whole 66 seconds:

Just Dance Unlimited: Naughty Girl by Beyoncé - Official Gameplay Trailer - Nintendo Switch 

Since you're on KoopaTV to begin with, you probably don't value your own sanity that highly. Still, I'll try my best to describe what happened: In some apparent advertisement for Just Dance 2018 (and the game-streaming subscription service, Just Dance Unlimited), Nintendo and Ubisoft made and/or approved of a terrifying video of the #SASSY #NOFILTER Rabbid Peach from that awful Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle game that should've never progressed past being FAKE NEWS.

As you might expect for an advertisement for a bad dancing game, it's Rabbid Peach dancing to music I've never heard of. Apparently, it's from something called a “Beyoncé”, and that entity is quite popular on Earth. It's totally unknown to me why, because its song is atrocious to listen to.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Experience for yourself the Russian-American MISSILE Arms Race in this FREE BROWSER GAME!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Play Soviet Missile Run right here on KoopaTV!

The news cycle is moving so ridiculously fast — there are many events that I should be opining on but haven't gotten the chance to — but it's also important to look back on what has happened in the past to see how everyone got to the present situation.

That's... sort of what President Donald John Trump did in this tweet regarding the United States of America's current diplomatic relationship with Russia, as much as the normally non-reflective President can:

Just so you understand just how bad the relationships are right now, forty minutes earlier, the President tweeted this:

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Wii U — Consumer-friendly failure. Nintendo Switch — the opposite!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The market doesn't support consumer-friendly measures, I guess.

Here is a radical idea: Nintendo went from a very consumer-friendly console in the Wii U to one that... is decidedly less so, with the Nintendo Switch. The result? The Switch, last we checked, is stomping the Wii U's lifetime sales in its first year. Can't wait for Nintendo's annual report at the end of this April!

It's something I thought of as I was finally returning my Wii to its original packaging this weekend (consider it a grave), instead of having it sit around for years unconnected to anything and just collecting dust and taking up space. There are all of these Wii Remotes laying around, and if you go back all the way to Nintendo Land, you can see what Nintendo was trying to do. Since they sold a hundred million Wii consoles, and some multiple of that in Wii Remotes, then Nintendo would have a huge hardware and accessory base to work from for their next console.

And so they made the Wii U, which set out to have asymmetric gameplay experiences as its core selling point. Nintendo Land was supposed to sell that concept to the market place, bundled with every Wii U. The Wii U GamePad in conjunction with all the Wii Remotes out there would enable those experiences, and it was sort of correctly assumed that everyone in the world would have a bunch of spare Wii Remotes to work with. You didn't have to buy any new controllers!

Nintendo made a big mistake, though...

Monday, April 9, 2018

Reunion, and Turnabout Anime CONTRADICTIONS! Justice For All?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Let's focus on the Ace Attorney anime.

In one month, Funimation will release part two of season one of the Ace Attorney anime on Blu-Ray/DVD, featuring the plot of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All.

If you can't wait, or you just want to watch some free Ace Attorney content, you can go ahead and watch Episodes 14 and 15 (alternatively known as the first two episodes of part two of season one) on Funimation's website. Here is Episode 14, or Reunion and Turnabout — First Trial. Here is Episode 15, or Reunion and Turnabout — Second Trial.

(That first trial episode actually has no court case taking place at all! It's, as Dr. Turner Grey would say... FAKE NEWS!)

But the contradictions don't end there. No, they occur within the trial itself. There are plot holes much bigger than the mere bullet holes in the Kurain channeling costume's sleeves! (And folding screen.)

Friday, April 6, 2018

We might finally understand what Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - A forced fusion of ideas featuring Travis Touchdown.

You know, it took over one whole year since Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes was announced, but I think we — and Suda51 — finally understand what the game actually is.

The Wikipedia article for Travis Strikes Again helps clarify things, as does Suda51's comments on his guest appearance on Nintendo Minute:

(I did you a favour and started the embed right when Suda51 appears so you can skip all the other indie stuff, though indie stuff is highly relevant to understanding Travis Strikes Again.)

What is most relevant to understanding Travis Strikes Again is that it is not a “No More Heroes 3”, but it may be used to judge the demand on the Nintendo Switch (or anywhere) for a “No More Heroes 3.”

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Detective Pikachu Demo Thinks You're Dumb

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The only thing dumb is the game. You're just fine.

Today, Nintendo released the Creatures Inc-developed Detective Pikachu Special Demo Version. They want you to download it, and apparently your progress transfers over to the full game if you choose to buy it. It's unclear what makes this demo special — it's the only demo on the eShop for Detective Pikachu, so any adjectives are superfluous. (It's 1767 blocks on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, or 221 MB.)

Detective Pikachu Special Demo Version title screen Pokémon Nintendo 3DS
You'll have to deal with my camera quality with these pictures.
...Not that Detective Pikachu has great graphics anyway.
I just wrote about how, prior to the release of Detective Pikachu, I didn't understand how anyone could understand its appeal other than SAG-AFTRA members.

Now that I've played through the demo, what do I think of it? ...Well, like the game's actual plot, this isn't even going to be a post-page-break plot twist: Detective Pikachu is not good.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

ARMS Got Insight From Mario Kart 8, But... Is That Tenuous?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Mr. Yabuki was committing clickbait at GDC.

Mr. Yabuki, otherwise known as Kosuke Yabuki, producer of ARMS and also destroyer of Zerk in E3 2017, spoke at the Game Developers Conference 2018 to talk about ARMS in his session, “ARMS: Building Mario Kart 8 Insights into a Showcase Nintendo Switch Fighter”. (Watch it at the GDC Vault for free by clicking there.) Mr.Yabuki is not a no-name Nintendo guy — aside from directing Mario Kart 8, he also directed Mario Kart 7. He knows all about the Mario Kart series.

Still... I always thought that ARMS was designed to be a fighting game version of Splatoon, given all the similarities pointed out in the ARMS Direct that featured Splatoon 2 at the end. But Mr. Yabuki is telling everyone it came from Mario Kart 8.

I'll go through his presentation and give my thoughts.

The first thing Mr. Yabuki said is that Nintendo has a lot of prototypes of different game ideas, and one of those was, “What would a behind-the-fighter camera in a fighting game be like?” Most fighting games are 2D, like Street Fighter or Super Smash Bros.. The reason for that is that it's easy to judge the distance between your attacks and your opponent, but in 3D it's harder. You don't know if your attacks will connect, and people might go and never approach one another.

But... what if your attacks are guaranteed to reach?

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Splatfest: Individualistic Baseball vs. Collectivist Soccer

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Splatoon 2 just wants to know your favourite sport, but I turn it into philosophy.

Like WSB Radio, people don't tune into KoopaTV to hear sports talk. No one reading this knows that reference, do you?

Similarly, I don't think anyone reading this has a real personal stake in the differences between baseball and soccer. I've made up my mind on the question a long time ago — baseball, by far.

So when Splatoon 2 (in North America only — if this question was in Europe, people would respond very differently) is asking which sport you like more, baseball or soccer, for the Splatfest happening this Saturday (April 7, 2018), I sided with Team Baseball without hesitation.

Check it:

Splatoon 2 Splatfest which sport do you prefer baseball or soccer Pearl Marina
“Which sport do you prefer? Baseball or soccer?”

Why am I so strongly on Team Baseball, and similarly so against Team Soccer? It comes down to how each game is constructed, along with personal experiences with the sports — both in gaming and in real life. Allow me to explain some of that.

Monday, April 2, 2018

KoopaTV's March 2018 Review Newsletter

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - This answers what is going to happen with KoopaTV and KoopaTV's stuff.

After yesterday's proclamation, even though it happened on April 1 and not in March, it's probably best to talk about it to start this March 2018 newsletter.

The Fate of KoopaTV and LaboTV

Yesterday (on a SUNDAY, so you know something is unusual), there was an article published by what appeared to be King Bowser Koopa, describing how KoopaTV would be ending, to be replaced by a new website, LaboTV.

For the Sunday, KoopaTV was in this scary cardboard brown colour, which was presumably the LaboTV colour scheme:

Launching LaboTV on KoopaTV article brown cardboard Nintendo Labo
(The LaboTV logo was pretty cool, though.)

It turns out that this change in strategy did NOT come from our chief executive, King Bowser Koopa. It came from a cardboard imposter, Trojan Bowser!

Could it be that the forces of cardboard are teaming up to try to take over the Internet in order to promote the Nintendo Labo? Well, while we could not get in touch with the real King Bowser, we can be assured that Trojan Bowser is nothing but a fake.

That does leave the question of whether or not LaboTV would be much more successful than KoopaTV is, though. We're pretty sure the way we said we'd set up LaboTV would appeal to a much broader audience than KoopaTV does. That said...

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Launching LaboTV!

By TROJAN BOWSER - What was known as KoopaTV is fully transitioning to LaboTV.

Koopa Kingdom is proud to announce the best Internet hub in the world for all things Nintendo Labo: LaboTV.

The Nintendo Labo is releasing to the world this April 20th, and LaboTV wants to be there at the forefront. In the coming weeks, we'll change this domain name ( to, and the staff will have awesome new sections to the site. 

Already, you can see LaboTV's new logo, and the new color scheme/layout:

Nintendo Labo LaboTV logo fan site
LaboTV's logo!

LaboTV will formally launch when the Nintendo Labo does, on April 20th. LaboTV will be updated as often as there is content to update it with. Until then, look forward to...

Nintendo Labo News

LaboTV will keep you in the know for every bit of news that happens in the Labo world, straight from Nintendo! Or if any other company has news, then that will be just as valid, but also fact-checked.

Nintendo Labo Inventions

LaboTV will showcase your creativity by displaying the cool, novel uses for the Labo that you come up with! This includes the awesome things you'll make in the Toy-Con Garage.

Nintendo Labo Lifestyle

LaboTV is also very interested in how you use your Labo as a lifestyle decision. Are you raising your kids with Nintendo Labo? Have some cool pictures or videos with you using your Labo? Anything with you and the Labo, we want to know about!

Nintendo Labo Software Strategy Guides

For the software that comes with the Nintendo Labo Kits, LaboTV will dissect everything you can do in these interactive experiences, as well as any optimal decisions you may need to make.

These guides will be multimedia — text, pictures, and yes, videos.

Nintendo Labo CAD Repository

Broke your cardboard? Well, LaboTV will take submissions for any CAD (computer-aided design) files you may wish to share. LaboTV is agnostic as to what file formats you submit, but neutral STEP or IGES files will likely have the most impact with the general audience. With those, you could even 3D-print a good-as-new Labo!

LaboTV is even prepared to compensate you for your designs!

LaboTV Discord

We thought about converting KoopaTV's Intranet website and old forum, Planet Koopa, into a LaboTV forum for all of you to enjoy, but forums are on their way out anyway. We will be opening a public LaboTV Discord server once LaboTV opens because we want to be the premier Nintendo Labo community, and Discord servers are the modern way of doing that.

What About KoopaTV?

KoopaTV's staff will be moving full-time to support LaboTV. When I write full-time, I mean it. LaboTV will be funded by a Patreon, as well as advertisements. We anticipate a LOT more traffic —  traffic that can be monetized — with LaboTV than we ever did KoopaTV, so it will actually be able to self-sustain without infusions of capital from Koopa Kingdom's treasury. We hope to be able to support your love of Labo.

KoopaTV's articles will be archived on a read-only domain once it becomes May 6th. The KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program Round 19 will be allowed to conclude at the end of April and its winner will be honored with the prize, the $10 Nintendo eShop code. The KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program will then conclude, and LaboTV does not plan to have a comparable replacement.

The Last Word

We're going all-in with the Nintendo Labo with LaboTV. It's a new chapter in the staff's lives, and we hope you'll enjoy LaboTV as much as we will.

These footers won't exist on LaboTV articles. Just a heads-up.

It turns out that Trojan Bowser is a cardboard imposter, and LaboTV isn't King Bowser's true wishes! LaboTV is canceled, and KoopaTV is saved!
Because of the unforgivable act of pretending to be King Bowser and trying to end KoopaTV, KoopaTV has declared war on the Nintendo Labo.
The Labo cannot build cardboard constructs where there aren't any. A whole group built TROJAN BOWSER.
It's time to go heavy weapons on the Labo.
We can conclusively prove that Labo and Mario are teamed up.
The Labo was responsible for a whole train outage.
The shipping industry is responsible for the proliferation of Labo into homes and businesses.
The real King Bowser would be responsible for the real shutting down of KoopaTV, though he wouldn't byline the article.