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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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.

[4:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sam is back.

[4:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And Roxy.

[4:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (but not ours)

[4:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Mari0 Tennis Aces.

[4:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Adventure Mode!

[4:01 PM] RawkHawk2010: Is Audrey just not gonna be here lol.

[4:01 PM] RawkHawk2010: Forest Edge.

[4:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Mari0-centric story.

[4:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Play as just him.

[4:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: boo

[4:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Not Boo the character, but "boo" the expression of disapproval.)

[4:02 PM] RawkHawk2010: I was about to clarify that for the audience.

[4:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Wario and Waluigi don't look healthy.

[4:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And not just Wario's belly.

[4:03 PM] RawkHawk2010: Would be nice if Nate Bihldorff localized this.

[4:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Wario's eye is whack.

Mario Tennis Aces adventure mode Wario Waluigi legendary racket dialogue eyeball
That's...not how eyes are supposed to work.

[4:04 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Now they're getting screwed up by the legendary racket with a tornado.

[4:04 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: DAISY LOOKS SCARY

Mario Tennis Aces adventure mode scary Daisy threatening Toad
Toad isn't smiling. He looks terrified. I mean, I'm terrified too, looking at Daisy.

[4:04 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: SHE'S GONNA KILL TOAD

[4:05 PM] RawkHawk2010: Daisy is considered an "important diplomat" by Toad.

[4:05 PM] RawkHawk2010: Everyone but Mario (and DK and Diddy?) talk.

[4:07 PM] RawkHawk2010: Spike sucks.

[4:07 PM] RawkHawk2010: .....

[4:08 PM] RawkHawk2010: Well, he won. >.>

[4:08 PM] RawkHawk2010: Spike just called Mario pathetic.

[4:08 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Good.

[4:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Another game over.

[4:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Mari0 is leveling up though.

[4:09 PM] RawkHawk2010: This stream isn't gonna go anywhere lol.

[4:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Mari0 has stats and the racket has stats.

[4:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well I like that it's hard.

[4:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: There are multiple rackets.

[4:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And I guess they all have different level-uppable stats.

Mario Tennis Aces racket stats experience level attack defense durability agility
Levels! Experience! Stats! It's a real adventure mode.

[4:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And the rackets have character design.

[4:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Petey Piranha boss fight.

[4:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Apparently he gets exhausted from rallies.

[4:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Petey Piranha laughs at you if you miss the rally.

[4:12 PM] RawkHawk2010: Petey snickers.

[4:12 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: In normal play, you Trick Shot to hit far away balls.

[4:12 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: In Adventure Mode, you Trick Shot to dodge attacks.

[4:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Petey Piranha poofed from existence.

[4:13 PM] RawkHawk2010: What was in that chest?

[4:14 PM] RawkHawk2010: Just experience?

[4:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Spoilers.

[4:14 PM] RawkHawk2010: Oh.

[4:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: They're going to Bay Ferry.

[4:14 PM] RawkHawk2010: Koopa: "What do YOU want?"

[4:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Koopa Troopa is bored and not shipping anything anymore.

[4:14 PM] RawkHawk2010: Koopa's an asshole.

[4:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Good.

[4:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Everyone should be to unpaying customers.

[4:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And there's Bowser symbols everywhere.

Mario Tennis Aces Bay Ferry ship level court
Koopa Kingdom has a vast ship network, importing bananas and various other goods.

[4:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: AND, YOU KNOW, DOOMSHIPS IN THE BACKGROUND.

[4:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Koopa Troopa obviously doesn't play tennis often.

[4:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: He's busy with his business.

[4:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Oh, they're going to another ship.

[4:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Vs. a Blooper in Savage Sea Course.

[4:18 PM] RawkHawk2010: Blooper >>>>>> Troopa

[4:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Blooper is destroying the plumber.

[4:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: He's curving the ball to the centre pole and having it bounce off it to Mari0's court.

[4:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Just to screw with the plumber.

[4:19 PM] RawkHawk2010: That mast pole will screw you over.

[4:20 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Bahahaha.

[4:21 PM] RawkHawk2010: got dayum

[4:22 PM] RawkHawk2010: I love Blooper in this.

[4:22 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Ya.

[4:22 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: You think he'll be playable?

[4:22 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: OH

[4:22 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Koopa Troopa and Blooper will be available in the main game as playable characters"

[4:23 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: There's an online tournament in July.

[4:23 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And August.

[4:23 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: If you get enough points you can unlock them early.

[4:23 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, that makes me want the game more.

[4:23 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Next up we have a "special guest" for Octopath Traveler.

[4:32 PM] RawkHawk2010: It's been like thirty minutes.

[4:32 PM] RawkHawk2010: "Special guest" must've gotten lost.

[4:33 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It's been ten.

[4:33 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But this has been a long break.

[4:33 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I appreciate it though.

[4:33 PM] RawkHawk2010: btw that Yoshi game officially got pushed to 2019.

[4:34 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, that's okay.

[4:34 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Probably why we haven't seen it.

[4:35 PM] RawkHawk2010: Fortnite has 2 million downloads on Switch.

[4:35 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: FINALLY BACK

[4:35 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Chiko is here.

[4:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Octopus Traveler" - Chiko

[4:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: With Rich.

[4:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And Square Enix Takahashi and another Treehouse guy, Ryan, and he's translating.

[4:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Not the pretend translator... those all went home." - Ryan

[4:36 PM] RawkHawk2010: aka not the Monolith Soft Takahashi

[4:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: There's another demo of Octopath Traveler releasing tomorrow.

[4:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I still never played the first one.

[4:37 PM] RawkHawk2010: I'll play the second.

[4:38 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: The second allows you to pick any of the eight dudes.

[4:38 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And have progress transfer to the real game.

[4:39 PM] RawkHawk2010: This font is gonna be too small for a TV.

[4:39 PM] RawkHawk2010: May not bother in that case.

[4:39 PM] RawkHawk2010: Unless there are settings to tweak that.

[4:39 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: May not bother even a demo?

[4:39 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: FOX

[4:39 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...as a trapped animal.

[4:40 PM] RawkHawk2010: Is it just me or does the music sound kinda depressing for a place that's not supposed to be depressing?

[4:41 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: The music is of a quieter volume than Smash in the background.

[4:41 PM] RawkHawk2010: That's probably making it seem weird yeah.

[4:42 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: H'aanit is pretty much a Pokémon Trainer by catching beasts.

[4:42 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And using them in battle.

[4:42 PM] RawkHawk2010: Yay pianos.

[4:43 PM] RawkHawk2010: Boo random encounters.

[4:44 PM] RawkHawk2010: Random encounters shouldn't be emulated these days no matter how nostalgic.

[4:45 PM] RawkHawk2010: At least not Pokemon cave-style.

[4:45 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Shield-stunned Fox.

Octopath Traveler H'aanit Forest Fox fight battle combat
Wild Fox McCloud got his shield broken and is vulnerable.

[4:45 PM] RawkHawk2010: Tall grass yeah fair enough.

[4:45 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Forest Fox)

[4:45 PM] RawkHawk2010: But I don't think that's the case here.

[4:46 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: So should everything be like Paper Mari0?

[4:46 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And be overworld only?

[4:46 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Square Enix guy is named "Masashi Takahashi")

[4:46 PM] RawkHawk2010: Or at least provide some element of control, even if it's wild grass.

[4:47 PM] RawkHawk2010: An entire game should never be a Pokemon cave.

[4:47 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, do cities and safe zones not count?

[4:49 PM] RawkHawk2010: Nah cuz I'd like to be in this environment without being susceptible to the RNG with every single step.

[4:49 PM] RawkHawk2010: (And without constantly applying Max Repels.)

[4:50 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "ran straight into a boss battle"

[4:50 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Random encounter bosses?

[4:50 PM] RawkHawk2010: MONSTER HOUSE

[4:51 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It's untameable and probably has rabies, so you can't capture it.

[4:51 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "I wasn't expecting to show a boss battle here and I'm not sure how to get out of this."

Octopath Traveler H'aanit boss battle Ghisarma forest
The ghisarma appears ready to respond to any attack...
(Appears scary.)

[4:51 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "I'm going to let him kill me so I have enough time to switch saves."

[4:52 PM] RawkHawk2010: Things went off the rails.

[4:52 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Will it raise their sales?

[4:53 PM] RawkHawk2010: We'll know...soon?

[4:53 PM] RawkHawk2010: No idea when this full game comes out.

[4:53 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: They switched saves to Therion the thief.

[4:53 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: He can steal anything from NPCs.

[4:53 PM] RawkHawk2010: He reminds me of RD dude.

[4:54 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sothe?

[4:54 PM] RawkHawk2010: Yeah

[4:54 PM] RawkHawk2010: Micaiah's friend.

[4:54 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Literally stealing "Iron Axe"

[4:54 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Yeah, Sothe.

[4:54 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: The beginning area it's easy to rob from the home town.

[4:54 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But further in the game it's harder.

[4:55 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Now the rogue is breaking into a mansion and fighting guards.

[4:56 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: With some deep fighting mechanics.

[4:57 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "I'm going to walk around and see if I can trigger some random battles."

[4:58 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Each character handles battles differently.

[4:58 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: So Therion is more item-dependent.

[4:58 PM] RawkHawk2010: See, random encounters in here?

[4:58 PM] RawkHawk2010: Maaaaaaaaaaan.

[4:59 PM] RawkHawk2010: I can't tolerate that.

[5:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: More Splatoon after this.

[5:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Not sure when they're done.



They're not going to be done for quite some time, so there's more logs to come for tonight!


The log before this featured a game we don't want to touch, lest it infect us.
Here's the more Splatoon! It's brand-new material.

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