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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

2020 Presidential Debates: Trump vs. Biden, Night 1!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - A historical night and exchange?

I'm already supposed to have published KoopaTV's endorsement for president of the United States for 2021, but, you know, game-related stuff happened and I'm obligated to write about that first.

For now, you'll have to be in suspense for who we're supporting in the FIRST general election debate, between Republican Party incumbent President Donald John Trump, vs. Democrat Party challenger Joe Biden! Excluded from the debates, because it's a two-party racket, is Libertarian Jo Jorgensen.

Word on the street (which street? Not mine... someone else's) is that President Donald John Trump didn't even practice or rehearse for the debate, while Joe Biden has been studiously preparing. That's probably a disaster waiting to happen and I don't recommend taking the President's approach here for any upcoming important event in your life, even if he feels like he gets all of the practice he needs fighting the FAKE NEWS media. (He obviously doesn't, unless he thinks he comes across well to the voters after exchanges like these at the bottom half of the article?)

There's two ways to evaluate a debate performance. One, the candidates’ substance. If you remember the Democratic National Convention vs. the Republican National Convention, it's clear which campaign has the capacity to run on substance. The second is the candidates’ delivery/personality, which is unfortunately what many Americans make their decisions on. Practice and rehearsal can help both factors!


Monday, September 28, 2020

Phoenix Wright's Small Tokyo Game Show 2020 Cameo

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - ...Let CAPCOM know you want more than a cameo by filling out their survey!

In July 2020, I reacted to the news that Ace Attorney franchise director Takeshi Yamazaki left CAPCOM by stating that the seventh mainline Ace Attorney game (which has not formally been announced yet) must already have been in development for years, since Mr. Yamazaki has had no game credits since 2016's Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice. Therefore, he likely left after his role is done, and that CAPCOM will prove this right by announcing this “Ace Attorney 7” at the Tokyo Game Show 2020, which just concluded over the weekend.

“Ace Attorney 7” did not show up. It was never on the schedule to begin with, and it didn't make any surprise unannounced appearance. The most that the Ace Attorney series got was appearing on this shirt a CAPCOM presenter was wearing:

CAPCOM characters shirt Tokyo Game Show 2020
You can see Phoenix Wright in the O, short for, “Oops, there's no Ace Attorney!”


It's still a more tasteful shirt than, uh, this shirt that also appeared on stream:

Friday, September 25, 2020

The Nintendo Corporate Management Policy Briefing Questions & Answers, September 2020

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I've been hoping for good questions. Did we get them?

You probably don't care about the particulars, but Nintendo did something relatively unusual a week ago and held the “Corporate Management Policy Briefing for the Fiscal Year ending March 2021.” In prior years, Nintendo holds their Corporate Management Policy Briefings alongside a quarterly earnings result. This time, they just decided to make it its own random thing. And in September. Why? I dunno. But we're gonna hear about their six-months earning release in November. That's soon. But for some reason they just couldn't wait. We now have six questions and answers to play with, alongside a massive 56-slide document that explains Nintendo's corporate management policy. To anyone who knows about Nintendo already, there's not much new in there, besides stats like 26 million (unhappy) Nintendo Switch Online members.

Let's talk about the questions, then. Spoiler alert: They almost all suck, and this article will end remarking about that and the real questions that should be getting asked.

Question 1: Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit


Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit looks like it will be a unique integrated hardware-software entertainment title. Can you talk a little about the concept and how it was developed? Also, what is your approach to the Nintendo Switch software lineup going forward?

For those who don't remember, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit was the mixed reality title shown in the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Direct, with the racing happening in your room with Kamek and the Koopalings starring as your opposition. Obviously that got the attention of myself and Kamek, who were live-reacting in the log.

The Nintendo Switch, according to Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa in his answer, is in “the middle of its lifecycle,” and it's been out for 3.5 years so far, so look forward to more games to come. The only other interesting tidbits are that they're collaborating with a New York gaming/breakthrough technology company, Velan Studios, and Nintendo has a European development subsidiary called NERD (for Nintendo European Research & Development).

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Rocket League: Now Free-to-Play. Is that a yay?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Free, as opposed to paid-for. Brought to you by Epic.

Once upon a time, in late 2017, I wrote an article on behalf of the whole KoopaTV staff asking if we should make Rocket League our go-to online multiplayer game. After all, even though not everyone at the time had a Nintendo Switch, it had cross-play, meaning we could all play together. Rocket League was all the rage back then. By early 2018, we all had picked it up. Then we never played it together, for various reasons. By the time it was the end of 2018, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate had released to fulfill many of our online multiplayer needs (still does to this day), and everyone forgot Rocket League existed.

Personally, I should've seen that I wouldn't like a car-soccer game coming. I'm not a car person. And I strongly dislike soccer and associate it with socialism. But that doesn't explain why the game never clicked with me gameplay-wise. I mean, something about this isn't riveting in long (>15-minute) stretches of time:



I had paid 15 to 20 dollars on Rocket League back then (and regret it), but starting yesterday—and likely due to the influence Epic Games has had on the game since acquiring developer Psyonix in 2019—Rocket League became a free-to-play game. It has micro-transactions (an in-game aesthetic item store with a very complicated system of “Credits” and “Blueprints” that I don't understand and never will personally interact with), but this contrasts with the previous model of a base fee plus a zillion DLC packages of aesthetics. Since it's now free-to-play and those DLC packages were discontinued, players get dumped the contents of those DLC packages for free the first time they start the game, along with “Legacy”-quality items and some other stuff. I'm not quite sure what that means, but my car looks like this now:

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

After TWO Years, Nintendo Switch Online is Still Unsafe and Anti-Consumer with Auto-Renewal Policies

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I think it's time we try to get some activist energy here, because this is terrible. They don't learn.

Congratulations to Nintendo. There are now over 26 million members for Nintendo Switch Online, and a lot of that has been driven by Animal Crossing: New Horizons. With somewhere around 61.44+ million Nintendo Switch consoles sold, that's a decent attach rate.

And they've managed to get all of these members while having one of the most anti-consumer, unsafe renewal policies. I'll go into detail in the article, but first, I'll note that starting today, Nintendo Switch Online members in the Americas are getting Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Mario's Super Picross, The Peace Keepers, and S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team. In true Nintendo fan fashion, people are happy about getting Donkey Kong Country 2 since it's been on their beg list, but they're upset that there still isn't EarthBound. Also, they're now upset over the lack of Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, since Japan just got it. No one was asking for it before then. Americans just want stuff all the other countries have, like Super Famicom Fire Emblem titles and socialised medicine.


Anyway, speaking of other countries, let's talk about the Nintendo Switch Online renewal policies, which Nintendo has been under investigation for in the United Kingdom for almost a year and a half with apparently no public progress. KoopaTV regulars know that the KoopaTV staff are part of one Nintendo Switch Online Family Group that renews every October 1. (And if you win this KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program round, 34, you get to be part of it for a year starting November 1.) You already know that you have to set up automatic renewal by default, and with a credit card/PayPal that's automatically stored. You can turn off automatic renewal right after. But did you know that manual renewal is apparently not a thing? Observe the steps I have to go through to renew the family group membership:

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

What is the NintendoVS Challenge Cup September 2020, and what's it mean for future Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I'm literally the leading expert on Nintendo-sponsored Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments, so here's what I know.

If you've turned on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate lately and gone online, or maybe you're looking at the right Nintendo social media account, you see there's a new tournament mode called the NintendoVS Challenge Cup September 2020. If you try to interact with it, it'll ask you to read a lengthy rules/terms and conditions document, and then you can join it.

What is the Nintendo VS Challenge Cup September 2020 tournament? How can you do well in it? What happened to Nintendo's prior Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments in partnership with Battlefy? And are there alternative tournaments if you wish for something with prizes but not ran by Nintendo? This article will answer all of those questions... and more.

What is the NintendoVS Challenge Cup September 2020?


The official description is as follows:
Get ready to test your Super Smash Bros. Ultimate skills in the NintendoVS Challenge Cup September 2020 tournament! Whether you’ve mastered the perfect shield or just prefer to stick to specials and smash attacks, hop online during the tournament and jump into the action. The top 20 players will receive My Nintendo Gold Points to redeem on Nintendo eShop.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Microsoft (Xbox) Buys ZeniMax Media (Bethesda and company)

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - What could this mean? ...You won't find the real answer to that here, not yet, but I have some other thoughts.

This morning, when Heavy Lobster posted in KoopaTV's private Discord server that “Microsoft bought Bethesda.” (the bolding is my doing, not its), I thought it was a bizarre joke. A morning giggle. But, no, it's real. Here's Microsoft welcoming Bethesda to the family, and here is Bethesda saying why Microsoft is the perfect fit. ...Perfect, as long as 7.5 billion dollars are exchanged.

My first question/thought is what happens to PlayStation 5 exclusives* (*also available on PC) DEATHLOOP and Ghostwire: Tokyo. The plans with those are going to remain, and then it's up to Microsoft on which Bethesda games get to see other consoles besides Xbox and Windows PC. Just want to note that last week, we saw Xbox Game Studios’s Ori and the Will of the Wisps go on Nintendo Switch, so, yeah. Microsoft is going to get the revenue even if they're sold on other systems, just not as much revenue as if it sold on their own.

My second thought was happiness that we no longer have to sit through a dedicated Bethesda E3 conference every year. Well, assuming the Electronic Entertainment Expo continues to exist. It sure didn't in 2020.

Smart people who know how to read press releases will know this has to do with getting Bethesda's games on the Xbox Game Pass, and giving them first-party Xbox Game Studios treatment of a day one release on said Xbox Game Pass. And as I briefly mentioned during the Xbox Games Showcase (which I'm referencing due to the lack of an actual article about Xbox Game Pass), “Xbox itself is just Xbox Game Pass now.” If that's the impression you have, that's the point.

Now, consider this theory...


Friday, September 18, 2020

Super Mario 3D All-Stars has Launched...and...

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - ...and I don't care, though Kamek does, at least.

You would think, from KoopaTV's live reactions to the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Direct, that no one on the staff would bite on Super Mario 3D All-Stars. I mean, despite playing all of them (and probably BECAUSE I've played all of them), I have no nostalgia for Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and/or Super Mario Galaxy. In fact, I notoriously dislike 3D platformers.

Seriously, it's a rookie mistake to think a site that's operated by Koopa Kingdom and has Koopas all over it would be fans of the plumbers’ games. Anyway, here's the launch trailer, though it's nothing special:



However, despite Kamek claiming just two weeks ago that $60 for Super Mario 3D All-Stars is “a little exploitative, especially during a pandemic. AND it's a limited release [until March 31, 2021]? [...] My emotions... yeah the price ruins it.” He went and bought it anyway today, physically, as well as a “Super Mario 3D All-Stars: Skin Set” for his Joy-Cons/grip. ...Yeah, tell me more about being exploited... Maybe he REALLY wants that My Nintendo Super Mario Bros. collectible pin set, too, which requires you to buy Super Mario 3D All-Stars. (It also suggests that you ought to participate in that mobile game Mario Kart Tour, which is on a whole other level of exploitation. And unlike the entirety of Super Mario 3D All-Stars, I'm unfortunately in Mario Kart Tour as a gacha pawn.)

Actually, as I was writing this, Kamek insists the skin came free with his purchase, which is bizarre and doesn't make sense to me because the manufacturer likes to sell these things for $20. Now I don't know what's going on.


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase | September 2020: The MONSTER HUNTER Direct!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - This was much more interesting than what I was anticipating.

We have had a July 2020 Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, as well as an August 2020 Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase. We know what to expect from these: Third-party companies (non-Nintendo) showing upcoming Nintendo Switch titles and making announcements.

However, we (...or, at least, I) didn't expect the twist from today's Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase | September 2020. It was immediately followed up with a dedicated Monster Hunter Direct!





I'll write about all of the non-Monster Hunter stuff first, and then get to the real part of the article.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

KoopaTV's Live Reactions to the PlayStation 5 Showcase

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Scroll to the end if you just wanna know the release date and price.

After Sony's embarrassing PLAYSTATION 5 THE FUTURE OF GAMING conference from three months ago, which was big on grandiose statements and light on details, the company is trying again with the less risky title of “PlayStation 5 Showcase”, which will be our big view into the company's release for PlayStation 5, this holiday season.

Join myself and Heavy Lobster as we watch and critique Sony's second try at convincing us that the PlayStation 5 is the console to buy.


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

What happened to Shinzō Abe? Who is Yoshihide Suga? Does Cappy have to do with it?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I'll address all of those questions, but only answer some of them!

You may be paying attention to politics in the United States of America, as well as the many nasty things China is responsible for, but don't let that distract you from what's going on in other parts of Asia. Namely, Japan. I'll fill you in with information you could've gotten yourself with a quick search (or maybe you're here BECAUSE you did a quick search), PLUS exclusive information you won't find anywhere else.

What happened to Shinzō Abe?


Shinzō Abe has resigned as Japan's Prime Minister after being in power from 2006 to 2007, and then 2012 to...well, now. Note that 2006 to 2007 length—Japanese Prime Ministers are supposed to be in power for four years. However, Shinzō Abe resigned then, and has resigned now, due to health issues with lifelong ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune disease. That's a scary way of saying, “your bowels are inflamed with breaks in the intestines, and your immune system attacks your own body and food instead of malicious pathogens.” (Other autoimmune diseases include Celiac Disease, which I have. Obviously, if your body's disease-fighting system is busy attacking itself, instead of actual diseases, you're weaker for it. Bad during a pandemic.) It's usually not fatal, but it can be a very inconvenient condition for a world leader to have due to bloody symptoms that are gross to describe here. (You can bet I'm not including a picture of this in the article.)

Who is Yoshihide Suga?


Yoshihide Suga was Shinzō Abe's Chief Cabinet Secretary from 2012 to now. The Chief Cabinet Secretary, among other things, holds meetings with the media, as well as coordinates the other cabinet members/functions in the government. Shinzō Abe himself was a Chief Cabinet Secretary prior to becoming Prime Minister, so it's apparently a powerful position. (Note it's different than the Deputy Prime Minister, though that's even more useless than an American Vice President, since they don't get to automatically become Prime Minister if they're...out.)

Not much is actually known about Yoshihide Suga. He's portrayed by fans as the son of a farmer, which doesn't mean anything. He's also a hard worker, like... everyone else in Japan. Also like everyone in Japan, he has ties to the yakuza (Japanese equivalent to the mafia). Like Shinzō Abe, he's a right-winger who likes deregulation and is upset about slow government bureaucracy. His stances on foreign policy are a question mark, since Chief Cabinet Secretary is a domestic duty that doesn't do much with other countries.

That last bit is important, because Shinzō Abe was doing big things in foreign policy, namely trying to be President Donald John Trump's best friend for a close United States of America relationship, and trying to disassociate from China. That last bit includes incentivising businesses to specifically move manufacturing operations out of China, as well as expanding what self-defence means for the Japanese Self-Defense Forces.


Does Cappy have to do with it?


Well... that's unclear. Yes and no. Let's talk about together.

Monday, September 14, 2020

End "National Video Game Day"... Both of Them!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - These “_____ Day”s are scams.

I do not respect the celebration of anniversaries (including birthdays) or reoccurring special events on the calendar. Over the weekend, September 12th was celebrated as “National Video Games Day” in the United States. I saw a conversation between two people that went as, “Happy national video game day!” “Wow, has it really been a year already? It feels like video games day 2019 just happened.”

The reason it feels so recent is not because you remember 2019, but, in fact, you remember “National Video Game Day” from July 8, which is another day “celebrated” in the United States.


Why are there two of these days? Well, there's some ill-explained explanation out there, but it's not important or interesting and it doesn't make sense. According to Calendarr.com, some dude named David Earle submitted it to the Chase's Calendar of Events, which is a publication (founded 1957) that puts among its buyers “thousands of libraries” and the media. They have a Wikipedia article that only has a few total edits on it, but I guess they meet a notability standard to have been not deleted for over ten years. They describe themselves this way:

Friday, September 11, 2020

Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo: Profiting off Chinese Forced Labour (Uyghur Internment!)

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Will anything ever change?

The mainstream media has not been reporting this as loudly as they should be (and you can speculate in the comments section for the reason why, though there will be many other things you'll find yourself wanting to comment on by the time you read through this whole article), so I'll do it: China has transferred tens of thousands (some sources say a million—it's hard to have exact counts on anything when it comes to China) of ethnic minorities into “re-education camps”, including Uyghur/Uighur Muslims—where the humans are locked up and are forced to labour in factories that produce familiar products.

KoopaTV shouldn't normally be your source for anything relating to human rights, since we tend to care mostly about Koopas and not humans, but this actually directly impacts the videogame industry. ...Though even if it didn't, we'd want to talk about it, if only because we're sick of, and disgusted by, the actions of the Communist Chinese Party.

For this article, I'm going to summarise the Australian Strategic Policy Institute's lengthy and dense report on the topic. (If you're wondering what that is, the ASPI was founded by the Australian government and partially funded by their Department of Defence. See their full list of funding sources here, which includes some of the companies with problematic supply chains.) Refer to the source if you want more detail, but I'm gonna try to make it more approachable for the audience that reads the site, just so you can understand what's going on. There's also a complete list of companies that benefit from the labour camps in that report, but since this is KoopaTV, the names I'm writing here are familiar entertainment giants like Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Oculus, Amazon, Apple, and Google.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Ever Notice How Indeedee are Similar to Teletubbies?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Cursed content warning...

You can go ahead and blame serebii.net's Pokémon of the Week series being of Indeedee over the weekend for this. Otherwise, I wouldn't pay Indeedee, from Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shieldgames that I refuse to buy—any second thoughts. But man, look at those hips...that shape... they're so familiar. Something is welling up inside of me, repressed from decades past.

Indeedee is the Emotion Pokémon. Its horns give it special empathy powers, and they are extroverts that gain energy from others being happy. Male Indeedee are said to be good valets (or butlers), and female Indeedee are allegedly good babysitters (or maids). Do I think, say, King Dad would leave Bowser Jr. in the care of an Indeedee and feel confident about it? Nah.

But millions of Earthlings have left their kids in the care of these things called Teletubbies that highly resemble Indeedee. I've seen their work on television a few times. (I'm implying usage of television as a babysitter.) They're really dumb, but they physically resemble Indeedee. Like Indeedee, the Teletubbies’ horns have special powers and are actually antenna for receiving broadcasts. Teletubbies also say their own name a lot, much like many other Pokémon. Indeedee are Psychic types, and those are commonly associated with aliens (which the Teletubbies are). They all got big bellies/wide hips. See for yourself:


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

No More Heroes 3: Now "shooting for a 2021 release date"

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Even Travis Touchdown didn't think it'd be released in 2020, pre-CCP Virus!

A wise man at the end of 2019 once said, “2020 release? Huh, good luck.” That was Travis Touchdown when No More Heroes 3 for Nintendo Switch was announced, still developed by SUDA51 of Grasshopper Manufacture. It turns out that Travis Touchdown (the series protagonist) and his sentiment were spot-on, according to a just-published tweet by Grasshopper and Suda51.

Here is the statement in text form:

This is Goichi Suda from Grasshopper Manufacture, with an announcement regarding the postponement of the release of No More Heroes 3.

Reading through the comments of fans on social media, we know 2020 has been a very tough period for many of you. To everyone who has been waiting for further news and release date confirmation ever since the reveal of the trailer for No More Heroes 3 at TGA at the end of 2019, I would like to offer my sincerest apologies.

All staff members at Grasshopper have been working as hard as possible on developing the game in hopes of releasing it in 2020, but the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have unfortunately proven to be a real body blow to our schedule, causing unforeseen delays in development. Now that we have managed to get back on our feet with development, we have decided to focus on prioritizing quality, and to therefore push back the final release date.

Very sorry once again. We hope that everyone who has been waiting patiently for No More Heroes 3 can understand and accept this decision, and we will continue to put every effort into the title’s development as we shoot for a 2021 release date.

In other and hopefully better news, we are extremely pleased to announce that Darick Robertson — of The Boys fame, and of whom I am personally a huge fan — will be joining the project to provide illustrations for the game. We will be posting some original illustrations, so please be sure to check them out. Please stay tuned for key art from Darick himself, as well as further announcements and news regarding No More Heroes 3.

SUDA51 [NO MORE HEROES 3 Director]
A few things to point out there. One, I would think that SUDA51 wouldn't have to read fan comments on social media to know that 2020 has been a very tough period for many people, unless he's one of the aliens that are apparently in No More Heroes 3's antagonist squad. Two, he is “prioritizing quality”, as opposed to, say, finishing the game at its original scope. I wonder if that indicates that No More Heroes 3 will be smaller than originally intended, but what remains will be of better quality. (This will likely manifest as a fourth-wall breaking joke in-game.) That... should be a net positive, especially given my reservations on the No More Heroes series in general after the last game.

And three, they say they are shooting for a 2021 release date. ...I just want to note that leaves it open for being delayed to 2022. Or beyond!

No More Heroes 3 coming soon 2020 release delay 2021
That Japanese apparently translates to the
“2020 release? Huh, good luck.” Though with another question mark.



Ludwig always figured something was suspiciously going on with the No More Heroes 3 development after it failed to appear in the July 2020 Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, as well as the August 2020 one. He has no issues whatsoever about the game being delayed, but figured it's newsworthy. He does not know who Darick Robertson is, but hopefully he has cool art.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity: The Breath of the Wild DLC That Should've Been?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Now they can focus on the storyline.

After much searching on KoopaTV, I've noticed I've never really put much effort into writing my thoughts on KOEI TECMO GAMES's Dynasty Warriors series, which extends to Hyrule Warriors, other than me not caring for their gameplay. At all. That said, with all of the ports of Hyrule Warriors, the most a Hyrule Warriors game has ever gotten from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild were costumes for Link and for Zelda. That leaves a big gap.

Similarly, there isn't KoopaTV content about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's expansion pass, besides this article written before The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild even released denouncing the expansion pass (which, despite the thrust of it being that expansion passes being on sale before you even know what's really in them is a bad thing, turned out to be prescient that it actually was a bad deal, content-wise). We did at least have a guest article from early 2018 that was tangentially upset about the lack of content in The Champions' Ballad from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's DLC Pack 2. (Though the article was FAKE NEWS in that the writer promised to talk about it further at a different date. Still hasn't happened yet.)

I mentioned those two topics above because today, Nintendo announced not only the next Hyrule Warriors game (this time, it's new and not yet another port), but it's ALSO the prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The real prequel. The one that The Champions' Ballad was supposed to be but wasn't. Here's the announcement trailer plus developer commentary, followed by MY commentary:


Monday, September 7, 2020

Don't Put Multiplayer-Required Achievements in Games

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - These are the worst kinds of achievements, besides that one Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy requiring Pikmin save data.

Last week, I accomplished an amazing achievement: A 249/256 Heroic Rank in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe!

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe heroic rank 249 no wireless quests
Heroic Rank: 249/256.
Total High Score: 115075. (Without use of Attack Potions.)

The difference between that heroic rank and the one portrayed in my very popular The Optimal Way to Play Team Kirby Clash Deluxe guide from 2017 (Heroic Rank 237/256)? In the years since, at a rate of 14 Gem Apples every 12 hours (and I was definitely not optimal at picking up my apples, especially since the game tries its best to be a pain in conveying information) I bought out all of the weapons from the shop AND upgraded all of them to their deluxe version. This requires needing a lot of Gem Apples (the wait-to-play mechanic), as well as Rare Fragments, though Rare Fragments you'll get from normal gameplay.

All that is left are seven missions. One of them is “Complete all of the Heroic Missions.” The other six?

Friday, September 4, 2020

Kamala's Continuous Californian Corrupt Cop Culture

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Enabling criminality among prosecutors’ offices across California.

It is the duty, by Californian law, for the Attorney General of California to “see that the laws of the State are uniformly and adequately enforced.” The Attorney General directly supervises all district attorneys, sheriffs, and other law enforcement officers in how they do their duties, including investigations and prosecutions.

Kamala Harris, whom is currently running for Vice President of the United States, was California's Attorney General from 2011 to 2017, and was also the district attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011. She has years of experience as a prosecutor of great authority... but is it a good record?

Tulsi Gabbard memorably and succinctly summarised Kamala Harris's record as a “top cop” prosecutor in this debate clip from the second primary debate. Watch this if you get nothing else from the article:



In the span of this article, I'll cover what Tulsi Gabbard was referring to in some more detail, plus some additional facts and Kamala controversies that even Tulsi couldn't cover in her limited response time! That includes a story that KoopaTV has been following for years: the SL-9 incident.

Remember, the information in this article is Kamala Harris's record. This is the majority of her experience as a public official. This is why she believes she should be president of the United States, and what she is “proud” of:

Thursday, September 3, 2020

KoopaTV's Live Reactions to the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Direct!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - A lot is happening, and then it all ends March 31, 2021!

After (privately) believing that anything around a Super Mario Bros. 35-year anniversary had to be FAKE NEWS, Nintendo pwned me by suddenly, without warning, uploading a “Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Direct” this morning.

Kamek said early in the morning that he wanted to live-react to it with me, which meant that I had to go through the whole day and avoid other people and social media and whatever so I wouldn't be spoiled. I tried to also get my sister, Wendy, on this live-viewing party, but she kept giving me weird excuses like wanting to raid and “might be heading out to eat in a bit”. Hmph. So it's just me and Kamek reacting to this today:


While this Direct's existence pwned my expectations, will its contents end up pwning my wallet as well? In other words, do we care about the products mentioned in this? Find out from our live reactions!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

There's a Mario Tennis Aces North American Open September 2020!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Though I dunno if I can actually attend it. (But I'd like to.)

Recall the Mario Tennis Aces North American Open July 2020? Then remember that I played in it and it was really fun (and I did relatively well)?

Well, if you have Mario Tennis Aces already (and maybe if you and your friends enter the Splatoon 2 tournament this weekend you'll win that and get Mario Tennis Aces as a prize?) and want to do something fun with it, check out the just-announced, Nintendo-sponsored (and administered by eSports platform Battlefy) Mario Tennis Aces North American Online Open September 2020, taking place Saturday, September 19:
Mario Tennis Aces North American Online Open September 2020 banner logo Battlefy
Click here for the direct link to the sign-up and tournament information.
The ruleset is the exact same as before. You'll be randomly seeded in a single-elimination bracket playing best-of-three (first to two set wins) tiebreaker mode games (first to win seven rallies as long as you have two more rally wins than your opponent = winning the set) on one of four randomly-selected Marina Stadium courts, which have no hazards on them but have different properties affecting ball speed and bounciness. You may use any character. The prize for getting in the top 8 is 2500 Gold Points, or the equivalent of $25 in the Nintendo eShop.

I just have a bit of a timing conflict...

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

KoopaTV's August 2020 Review Newsletter

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Good-bye, summer. Hello...uh...well...

There is a lot going on in the world... and it's moving faster and faster. August just went POOF, and the rest of the summer with it. That means that whatever transpired on KoopaTV has also passed... in a blink of an eye! I mean, it's hard for me to wrap my own head around it, so it's probably harder on you. (Or maybe you just aren't thinking about these things.)

KoopaTV's Top Five Recommended Experiences of August 2020


Every article on KoopaTV is worth reading (or in one instance on this list, gazing at), even the many not featured in the following list. But if you need focus and an emphasis, here are the top five recommended KoopaTV experiences published on August 2020, presented in chronological order:
  1. Small Battlefield Update (8.1.0) Implications for the Smash Bros. SceneSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate got a new update in August 2020, and Ludwig actually put in research that no one else has done. That's respectable.
  2. Enjoy This Cute Wooloo Drawing by Momo — We love showing off guest art... who is a cute Wooloo...yes you are...♪ Please check the Wooloo out here.
  3. Epic Games vs. Apple: Is Apple a Monopoly or Not? — The Epic vs. Apple lawsuit is going to have huge ramifications for the entire gaming industry, and I doubt this'll be the last time we'll write on it. Given that, read up on the background of the case and potential interesting paths it may take.
  4. Let's Talk About the Biased Media Smear Tactic: "Without Evidence" — KoopaTV continues to detest biased media outlets trying to present themselves as down-the-middle fact-providers, and provides a bunch of receipts about the insidious “without evidence” phrase you'll find among media outlets.
  5. Ludwig Von Koopa Wins "A Most Regal Battle" — Ludwig got REALLY excited about being included in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's A Most Regal Battle event tournament, and he goes on a whole thing about how important being a noble is to his identity, and why Shigeru Miyamoto is trying to take that away. 

You should probably anticipate the ratio of articles containing American political content to all KoopaTV articles to increase in September 2020 and October 2020. There's just so much to say and so very little time to say it. We have a country to influence! Please understand. (And try to enjoy it.)

Monday, August 31, 2020

Gamers Playing Longer in 2020 vs. 2019... and other ESSENTIAL FACTS

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Plus, data-driven stereotypes about women who play games.

It is a new year, and our favourite gaming industry lobbying group, the Entertainment Software Association, is out with a new report: 2020 Essential Facts About the Video Game Industry. Like when I wrote the article from last year about the 2019 version, there are far fewer facts than 2020, but the facts that are there have some useful demographic information about the gaming scene in the United States. Of particular interest in this article is where there are wide variations between 2019 and 2020, likely due to how the Chinese Communist Party Virus has changed the landscape, obviously in more ways than just physical vs. digital distribution.

Back in 2019, my headline was that Millennial men dominated the console space, while pretty much every other demographic group focused on “casual” games on smartphones or games like Solitaire on the PC. This year, the ESA wanted to put some social media into female gamers, and we'll get into how that was not received well in a bit.

First, major differences:

Friday, August 28, 2020

The DonCon Experience, Part 2

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Four nights of... varying experiences, but a mix of mostly policy and just a touch of fear.

Disclaimer: I definitely have a strong political bias, but I still feel like I can present coverage of The DonCon Experience (Part 2, for 2020) in a fair & balanced way, at least according to my principles. Fortunately, there was a lot of substance presented from August 24 to August 27, so we have actual concrete things to discuss, as opposed to feelings-based, visceral affairs like DonCon 2016 and BideCon from a week ago.

The Republican National Convention of 2020 has just concluded, and I watched almost every bit of it, with the exception of the one or two times I fell asleep. They had lots of speakers, most of them on a stage, one at a time. ...Except for the closing acts on Wednesday and Thursday, where they said screw the CCP Virus, let's put everyone in the White House Rose Garden. Well, I hope that doesn't turn out to be like what happened to Herman Cain.

Anyway, I'm not going to do a play-by-play, but I will say that President Donald John Trump, and his surrogates, put on quite a show. There were cool features like a naturalisation (citizenship-granting) ceremony, a presidential pardon, and a round-table of former hostages freed by the United States. There were no awful live performance artists, but there were plenty of “real people.” Some other commentators might focus on the few awful speeches like Kimberly Guilfoyle's speech (the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. and former Fox News personality shouted negative nonsense into the microphone) and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's bomb-throwing stupidity, but not here.

DonCon 2020 was, on balance, uplifting and focused on positive policies (which I'll cover below the page break) and the achievement of THE AMERICAN DREAM, which wasn't featured in BideCon. Most of the negativity was around the ongoing urban riots going on around America (and associating Joe Biden with them, which is partially true in that BideCon didn't address the riots at all), and mean things Joe Biden (or the people said to be controlling him) will do, like raising taxes and defunding the police. (The extra money won't go to lowering the national debt, for your information. Neither party cares about that.)

Thursday, August 27, 2020

He May Be a Super Fighting Robot, but Mega Man Ain't a Math Robot

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - But there are math games on sale too.

You decide, readers of KoopaTV: Is this a case of false advertising, or is it just incompetence?

I speak of CAPCOM's Nintendo Switch Mega Man Franchise Sale, which began August 25, and ends at September 2, 2:59 AM Eastern time. It promises: “Get equipped with your favorite Mega Man games on sale up to 60% off for a limited time!” Here's the screenshot:

Mega Man Franchise Sale August 2020 Nintendo Switch eShop false advertising
Let's take a look at those prices.

I've summarised the sale into the following table. See if you can spot the contradiction all by yourself before reading onto the rest of the article:

Game TitleOriginal PriceSale PricePercent Discount
Mega Man Legacy Collection$14.99$9.8934% off
Mega Man 11$29.99$14.9950% off
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2$19.99$9.9950% off
Mega Man X Legacy Collection$19.99$9.99 50% off
Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2$19.99 $9.99 50% off
Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection$29.99$22.4925% off

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Rhythmic Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase | August 2020

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - There's an irony here...

Last month, Nintendo had the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase | July 2020. It was widely disliked, if YouTube's Like:Dislike ratio is to be believed. If you read through my thoughts, I didn't think it was worth disliking.

Today, Nintendo tried this mini partner Direct thing again, with the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase | August 2020. Click here for their press release, and if you really want, watch the embedded video below. ...There's also a very iffy YouTube Like:Dislike ratio on this one, and unlike the July version, I'm one of the Dislikers: 
 

I'll explain why over this quick summary of what happened:

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Inkopolis Saved? The Chicken Still Predated The Egg!

Squidwig KoopaTV avatar By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Same result. Almost exactly the same way.

According to these KoopaTV notes, Inkling citizens participated in the sacred Splatfest ritual on March 2018 to determine which came first: the chicken or the egg?

Oh, sorry for the in medias res. This is Squidwig. Ludwig is out to pasture. ...For now. Watching some convention thingy. I decided to take over his KoopaTV administrative account to write an update on a concerning matter that's been afflicting Inkopolis Square: The rerun of Splatfests, but with no indication that the event is being repeated. It's happening like it's the first time ever. To everyone in Inkopolis Square who doesn't research historical accounts like KoopaTV, the Ketchup vs. Mayonnaise Splatfest a few months ago appeared to be the first Splatfest we've ever had.

Besides the issue of gaslighting, this completely subverts Inkopolis law, which dictates that the winner of the Splatfest is legally recognized as superior, and is given that very important legal status. In the case of Ketchup vs. Mayonnaise, the original winner was Mayonnaise. The new winner is Ketchup.

Last weekend, there was another one of these Splatfest reruns, asking if chickens came first, or eggs. The result? Team Chicken won. Which team won the first time around? Also Team Chicken. The original and new winners are the same, and, for now, the status quo is maintained.


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Pearl references Article 3, Section 2 of Splatfest Law, stating that winning a Splatfest is proof of the victor's superiority over the loser.

In 2018, Team Egg won the Popularity vote with 58.70%, but Team Chicken won Solo wins with 52.66% and Team wins by 56.30%. In 2020, Team Egg won the Popularity vote with a slightly lesser 58.08%, but Team Chicken won Normal clout with 52.46% and Pro clout with 52.65%. Don't try to compare Solo/Team wins with Normal/Pro percents, because the clout-based system doesn't work quite like that.

The Popularity vote, however, is almost unchanged. I think that means that none of the Inklings knew that this was a rerun, or else it should've been dramatically different—which seems to be the intention. Why? I still don't know... Though we don't know the vote breakdown among the Octarians, which now are allowed to participate compared to the first time. Is that how they plan to remake civilization? Rerun old Splatfests with this new voting foreign voting group, and then have them take over? We voted to stop that already... but what happens if it happens again?


Squidwig dreads what further Splatfest reruns may occur in the future, and how they will reshape Inkopolis Square for the worse.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Ludwig Von Koopa Wins "A Most Regal Battle"

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - That's me! I'm a prince! And that comes with responsibilities.

Among several events from the past weekend was Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's A Most Regal Battle online event tourney. Here's a copy-paste of the description:
“This tourney features royal fighters, be they demonic or otherwise, duking it out on castle stages!

The further you advance, the better the spirit you'll win!” 

(Note that the use of the verb “duking” is a pun, since as a noun it means a male member of the nobility, while as a verb it means beating someone up.)

I don't know why they put emphasis on DEMONIC royal fighters, but the limited roster includes Princess Zelda of Hyrule; Princess Peach of the Mushroom Kingdom; Princess Daisy of Sarasara Land; King Bowser Koopa, Prince Bowser Jr., Prince Ludwig Von Koopa, Prince Roy Koopa, Princess Wendy O. Koopa, Prince Lemmy Koopa, Prince Larry Koopa, Prince Iggy Koopa, and Prince Morton Koopa Jr, all of Koopa Kingdom.

A Most Regal Battle Super Smash Bros. Ultimate event tourney Ludwig Von Koopa winner champion
I AM THE MOST REGAL BATTLER.
Well, besides King Dad, of course. He gets a screenshot, too, later in this article.

Friday, August 21, 2020

The BideCon Experience

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The number one message of the Democratic National Convention of 2020? Empathy...

In the tradition of 2016's ClinCon Experience, KoopaTV will be bringing you fair & balanced impressions of the 2020 Democratic National Convention that just concluded. It didn't really take place in a single location—thanks to the Chinese Communist Party Virus (and the CCP went basically unchallenged throughout the four nights of the convention)—so people spoke widely dispersed across the United States of America. In fact, every state and territory got some representation with the roll call segment.

True to the BideCon nickname, the first two nights were pretty much an irrelevant, painful waste of my time. (With the sole exception of me bring pleasantly surprised at Sally Yates's sweet Southern voice on Tuesday.) The action really picked up on Wednesday night and Thursday night.

Ash's Goodra Bide white beam Moment of Lumiose Truth gym battle Clemont Luxray
Bide: “The user endures attacks for two turns, then strikes back to cause double the damage taken.”
By the way, anticipate several more videogame references throughout this article. This is KoopaTV, after all.

Wednesday was almost entirely dedicated to women, but they weren't just any women. They were some of the worst people in the Democrat Party. Keep this in mind, since there's a particular woman they didn't invite to the convention that I wish to complain about later in this article. (This probably comes across as sexist, but it's not my fault that the Democrats purposefully elevate the worst people of a particular gender, as opposed to the best.)

Included in the set of wicked people are former presidential candidate and videogame censorship crusader Hillary Clinton, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, and Fraudulent Elizabeth Warren. The last of those had a really interesting backdrop that was far more memorable than whatever she actually said:

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Subnautica Surfacing to Nintendo Switch

By KAMEK - Explore while the world is STILL quarantined! 

It feels like it's been years since I splashed down on Planet 4546B. The survival game Subnautica has been one of my favorite recent gaming experiences (read my Subnautica review here). This is more impressive when you consider what it's competing against: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Stardew Valley, etc.

I've been very selective with my games as I've gotten older and each one has been important to me.

I'm pleasantly surprised and happy to announce from the Nintendo Switch Indie World Showcase that Subnautica AND its sequel Subnautica: Below Zero (in development) will be released on the Nintendo Switch in early 2021. You can add them to your wish list now.



There's tons to see and check out! Explore and discover what really happened on Planet 4546B.

I'm not sure how well it'll run in terms of on-the-go portable playing. Most Subnautica sessions of mine lasted one hour or more; even then I ended up turned around a bit remembering what I was intending to get done.

Regardless, this means that you can now play Subnautica on any current gen console AND PC (how I experienced it). This game has my personal endorsement and you can check out my deep dive (Hah!) HERE.


Kamek, an ever ardent explorer, has enjoyed all the games previously listed and recommends you try them all. ESPECIALLY since the world has clamped down on actual exploring lately.


Also from the Indie World Showcase was a wholesome-looking game called Garden Story.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Nintendo Switch will be (officially) “Coming Soon” to Brazil

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Though it certainly hasn't stopped Mario from making appearances in Brazil. Or unofficial Nintendo Switch consoles.

A long time ago, back in January 2015, I was going to write an article called “Custo Brasil Strikes Nintendo”, with Custo Brasil referring to the crazy cost of doing business in Brazil as a foreign company, thanks to import taxes (tariffs) that were well over 50%. There's a draft that's been sitting around but I never finished or published it that was going to make the point that government policy has a direct impact on people's ability to play videogames, since Brazil's taxes were the direct reason why Nintendo pulled out of directly selling Nintendo products Brazil in 2015.

But, hey, now it doesn't matter. The Nintendo Switch is officially coming to Brazil... “soon”, thanks to Brazil lowering their tariffs. Remember, tariffs hurt consumers (such as gamers), and in this case, they existed solely for Brazilian economic protectionism, without even a benefit of sticking it to hostile countries like China.

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Source: The Nintendo Brazil Instagram account.
It's unclear why there is a Nintendo Brazil Instagram account that's been actively messaging about Switch news
when they haven't been directly selling the Nintendo Switch.


Now, there are definitely Nintendo Switch owners in Brazil already. I know and am friends with some of them, because you can import them from other countries. And if you go to Nintendo's Brazil site right now, it's not really about getting Nintendo hardware, but it is focused on getting digital software like Nintendo Switch Online and building a digital games collection, which you could do during the past few years. You know, if you happen to be enough of a Nintendo fan to acquire a Nintendo Switch already through other means.

Anyway, this is good news. Let's just hope that Nintendo's official presence puts an end to the post-2015 unauthorised visits by Mario into Brazil, doing things like burning turtles and capturing visiting heads of state. Personally, I don't want to go to Brazil ever again.



Ludwig wonders if he can get an interview with one of his Switch-owning Brazilian friends and if that would even be interesting content. He'll show this article around and see if it'll spark some interest from that. That Custo Brasil article is never going to see the light of day.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Garden Story Coming to Nintendo Switch

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - It's cute and has much-needed grape representation.

There was a 23-minute Nintendo Switch Indie World Showcase today. I didn't watch it live, but in the read-out of the more than 20 games mentioned in it, one stuck out to me: Garden Story, developed by Picogram (it's unclear to me if this is a small company or just one person's online handle with they/them/their pronouns) and published by Rose City Games. It caught my eye mainly because of the art/character design. Take a look:
 

Described in press materials (and one's own mind) as “wholesome”, Garden Story has you playing as the grape Concord, Guardian of The Grove. The community is “broken” and needs to be restored, which includes gardening, building, and fixing things. There is an invasive “Rot” that needs to be stopped, as well as inhabitants you ought to do favours for and fruity and froggy friends to make. It's actually a big theme that Concord helps others and others help Concord, and this isn't an individualist affair.

Garden Story Concord Maraschino beta shore guard duty help
Concord is asking this Shore-guarding fellow, Maraschino, for help. (Or is sorry to bother them.)

Garden Story will be releasing sometime in 2021 for an unknown price. There's a demo on Steam that I haven't tried as of writing this. Perhaps I should get on that and report back my thoughts. But Garden Story has actually been developed for years (since 2018) and has been announced since last year, so it's good that Nintendo is giving space for people—including me, who otherwise hasn't heard of it before—to know it exists.


Ludwig has a highly favourable opinion of purple-coloured grapes, so that likely is a strong influence on why Garden Story captured his attention. He will either be a lazy Koopa and assume the demo will be on Nintendo Switch, or he'll go to Steam and play it through there. By the way, this probably won't be the last thing on KoopaTV you'll read about announcements from that Indie World Showcase, since there was one other announcement that another staffer is very interested in...!


Also in the Indie World Showcase: Subnautica is coming to the Switch.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Let's Talk About the Biased Media Smear Tactic: "Without Evidence"

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - And when they do present evidence, where's the credit?

You may have seen this headline/sentence format on news sites, assuming you're doing the right thing and are educated on what's going on in the world before heading over to KoopaTV:
“[Politician], without evidence, [makes claim presented as scandalous by outlet]”

And, let's be frank, unless you're on a politically right-wing site trying to parody the mainstream media (and you bet I've done that at least once on KoopaTV when I wrote, “The idiot moderators tried to start a gender war between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren by claiming, without evidence, that Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren that a woman can't win the presidency.” [emphasis added]), the politician in brackets is a member of your country's right-of-centre party. In the United States, that's the Republican Party. The purpose of saying someone says something “without evidence” is that you want to discredit them. It's a form of media bias, especially when not applied consistently.

I don't have any evidence indicating which outlet started this “without evidence” media trend started or the date it began, but I tend to associate it with the international news outlet Reuters. (KoopaTV does not recommend using Reuters as a source of information.) I have a list of Reuters article examples later in this article and why the phrase is absurd, but let's first get this video embed out of the way of the best example of a politician actually providing evidence and how spectacular that went (warning, video was edited—not by me, mind you—to make it an Ace Attorney reference):