Search KoopaTV!

Translate

Monday, July 26, 2021

Ludwig Von Koopa Lost the Men's Épée Individual at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Oops.

Team Koopa had timed our physical entrance to Tokyo's Olympics area so we could be quarantined for 72 hours after our arrival, miss the super-spreader and pretty boring Opening Ceremony, but then have me be able to participate in my big event: yesterday morning's Men's Épée Individual.

Ludwig Von Koopa Makuhari Messe Hall B Individual Men's épée epee Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
It's MY event! I'm destined to win! My face is there, you know.


Long-time KoopaTV readers (over the past...year and a half) know that I've been very publicly documenting my training in anticipation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Then the Olympics got postponed to 2021... so I took a long break from my training until it restarted at the start of 2021. I hope I've gotten the many readers of my fitness logs to feel a sense of camaraderie with the Team Koopa cause. So what happened yesterday?

Well, maybe I should explain the sport first. Olympic fencing is divided into twelve events, but there's really three (multiplied by the four factors of men's, women's, individual's, and team's). Those are Sabre, Foil, and Épée. They differ in the weapon you get (those three names are the weapon names) and where you're allowed to hit your opponent.

The sabre is meant to be slashed and/or thrust at people. You get a point when your sabre hits the torso, face-mask, or arms. Sabre fencing is subject to the rules of priority, or what happens when two people seem to hit one another at the same time. There's lots of things relating to parrying and counter-attacks and normal people can't really follow it. This is why the weapons and gear people wear are actually all electronic, to help referees make judgement calls.

The foil is meant to just be thrust to someone's torso (scoring only counts if the foil's tip hits someone). The target area is the opponent's torso. This also follows the complicated priority rules.

The épée is also a thrusting weapon, but the entire body of the opponent is a valid target. Priority rules also aren't a thing; if people hit one another at the same time, they both get points.


Saturday, July 24, 2021

KoopaTV's Live Reactions to Tokyo 2021's Olympic Opening Ceremony

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Watching from the safety of quarantined rooms.

As I wrote earlier in the week, Team Koopa is currently in a quarantined room at the Olympic Village submitting negative COVID-19 tests. The five of us (myself, Wendy O. Koopa, Larry Koopa, Bowser Jr., and King Bowser Koopa) don't have much to do, but we wanted to connect with the KoopaTV staffers not in Tokyo, Japan, so I reached out to the staff and got... just Kamek. Well, he's pretty knowledgeable and with a good eye (enhanced by glasses) for what to watch in big productions. So we're live-reacting to the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. I can't be there due to the quarantine, but I can at least watch my to-be competition.

We have previous experience live-reacting to Olympic Opening Ceremonies, including Rio 2016's and PyeongChang 2018's. We're watching via the United States stream ran by the awful NBC, who will never be able to put on a decent show. Note that the timestamps reflect Tokyo time, but of NBC's “prime time” 19:30 Friday slot. That means the Opening Ceremony had already happened in real-time in Japan way earlier in the day, but NBC wanted to put it on at night for Americans. ...And heavily edited.

[8:28 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "The Games of the XXXII Olympiad open in Tokyo with coverage of the lighting of the cauldron and the parade of nations from National Stadium. "
[8:29 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: In real-time, the Opening Olympics already happened. ...But we're watching it for the first time now. Including the KoopaTV staffers literally present in Tokyo. It's... complicated how that works. Blame quarantines.
[8:33 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Nothing is actually happening yet.
[8:34 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Even though I'm in Japan we're still watching FAKE NEWS NBC's coverage, so it's America-centric.
[8:36 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: They're acting like the Olympic athletes are going to a war and are very strained away from their families and wotever.
[8:36 AM] Kamek: Woot!

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Pay-to-Win or not, Avoid Pokémon UNITE!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Don't even download it.

You may remember that Pokémon UNITE was announced a bit over a year ago. Its introduction was... not well-received, largely because of two factors: MOBAs (multiplayer online battle arenas) are a bad genre of games and their fans tend to be awful people, and it's developed by Tencent, an agent of the Chinese Communist Party. Since then, Chinese Communist Party apologists have been in full force trying to convince people that Pokémon UNITE is gonna be the best game and it's wonderful that The Pokémon Company is green-lighting and publishing it with Tencent. They've even written a guest-post on KoopaTV with that very angle.

Now it's out on the Nintendo Switch, and will be releasing to mobile devices in September with cross-platform play. You'll need an Internet connection to do anything on the game, but Nintendo Switch Online won't be required. It's free-to-start but with plenty of potential microtransactions that can get you started and progressing much faster than people who won't pay anything, which can get you to a statistical advantage. Yeah, there's in-game currency (which you can acquire at a slow pace), but there's also a lot of performance-enhancing items or held item upgrades you can get by buying the premium currency (Aeos Gems), along with being able to buy access to new characters. Very typical for the genre. This is on top of cosmetics, some of which actually have a performance effect on Pokémon.

There is a complicated thing that I don't understand (which is intentional design) where you use real money to buy currencies which can get gems to buy tickets which get the performance-enhancing items. All those steps is basically the same steps criminal organisations do when money laundering. The metagame will be shaped by people who are spending large amounts of money.


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Strict Tokyo 2021 Olympic Regulations for Athletes

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Masks and quarantines and social distancing and no tourism...

You may be wondering when exactly Team Koopa Kingdom is going to Japan to compete in the Olympics. (And if you're wondering about Mario's team or Sonic's team, go to their websites instead. This is KoopaTV. For Koopas.) Well, we've read up on the 70-page Playbook for Athletes published by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The gist of the Playbook is that before traveling to Japan, we need to take our temperature every day for 14 days and monitor ourselves for Chinese Communist Party Virus symptoms. In the 96 hours (four days) prior to departing to Japan, we need to pass two COVID-19 tests (pass = negative score). We also need to download an Online Check-in and Health report App (OCHA)—you can see it has low reviews and is glitchy. Then there are many more rules once we get into Japan.

Our point of contact is an IOC-appointed COVID-19 Liaison Officer, which is abbreviated as CLO for the rest of that document. They're supposed to be taking care of this stuff so the athletes can focus on winning games, but they're less of a friendly assistant and more of a nagging jerk. They'll be holding us to an Activity Plan, which each team member has to fill out that includes all of their personal information, where they'll be staying in Japan, and the precise locations they'll be going to (only Olympic Games venues). Public transportation generally isn't allowed. Walking around also is not allowed. Our Activity Plan must be approved by the authorities, and we generally won't be allowed to change it. No one is allowed to go around to different areas in Japan. Olympic areas only. That means I won't be able to visit Nintendo's Uji City plant or Makishima Castle, for example.


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Learn from the The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles Development Timeline

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I don't mean learn project management lessons, but I mean what to learn as a fan waiting for news.

Reminder: The existence of The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles was announced just three months ago. Before then, people were worried about Ace Attorney ever getting anything ever again. In that short amount of time, we watched Ace Attorney publisher CAPCOM dedicate their E3 2021 presence to Ace Attorney—and KoopaTV rated that as the second-best session of all E3 2021.

Ace Attorney is in a pretty good place right now. But how did the fanbase let itself get into such a bleak spot? Well, thanks to some very recent developer blogs at Capcom-Unity published by localisation director Janet Hsu, we have an idea of the timeline. The key one is about the miraculous English dub—which while I still don't know how much of the game is actually voice-acted (less than all of it), it's clear the cutscenes are voice-acted, and between the two games included in The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, that might still be substantive.

The agency CAPCOM contracted with was SIDE's United Kingdom studio. Janet Hsu insisted it had to be in the UK because the game takes place in London, and she's all about that authenticity. She even specifically wanted Japanese people living in the United Kingdom, and... I'm not sure how many voice actors there are that qualify as that, but I imagine it's a very small and niche pool. Regardless, SIDE found at least two (Mark Ota and Rina Takasaki) for the two main Japanese characters, Ryunosuke and Susato.

But here's where the timeline comes in, before SIDE was even selected.


Monday, July 19, 2021

Nintendo Directly Addresses FAKE NEWS Bloomberg (OLED model) Hit Piece!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Don't trust FAKE NEWS Bloomberg. Or any media outlet that describes them as a credible source.

Remember last week I wrote about how FAKE NEWS Bloomberg was writing hit pieces against Nintendo because they're pissed at Nintendo for not willing their FAKE NEWS dream of the “Nintendo Switch Pro” into reality and instead announcing the Nintendo Switch (OLED model)? And, unfortunately, many media outlets that spread Bloomberg's original Nintendo Switch Pro FAKE NEWS spread Bloomberg's hit piece, as well.

In a very rare statement, Nintendo's investor relations account directly refuted Bloomberg's hit piece, which means the hit piece wasn't just a distorted and poorly reported attack, but it is also yet another example of FAKE NEWS. Read their statements for yourself, and I'll provide context on how important this is.



Friday, July 16, 2021

With the Steam Deck, will PC Elitists Still Think PC Gaming > Consoles?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - What are supposed to be the advantages of the Steam Deck?

Upfront disclaimer: I'm not a PC gamer and I'm biased in favour of console gaming. I've also been around a long time to hear many PC gaming vs. console gaming debates wherever gamers congregate. PC gaming proponents (henceforth called PC Elitists) tend to be very passionate.

Valve has announced the Steam Deck, a “portable” computer that is specialised to play your Steam library on-the-go. You can pre-order it now. It sort of resembles a Nintendo Switch if it got messed up in a car accident, and the comparison isn't lost on the news media.

Here's Bloomberg, who the day or two before published an anti-Switch hit piece because the Nintendo Switch (OLED model) doesn't support 4k graphics output (their intro article when the Switch was announced has the headline, “Nintendo Unveils $350 Switch With Display That Still Lags Rivals” and notes it lags by lack of 4k graphical output), writing very positively when introducing the Steam Deck with the headline, “Nintendo Switch Gets New Rival With Valve’s Portable Steam Console”. (Important note: the Steam Deck also isn't a 4K device, but it can be externally connected to a 4K or even 8K monitor. Unknown how well it actually performs on that.) They just really hate Nintendo. As do plenty of PC Elitists.


Steam Deck Valve hands-on portable gaming computer
Screen-grab from this IGN video where they interview Valve people.
The journalist claims that his hands are comfortable.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

After Bloomberg Was Exposed for Nintendo Switch FAKE NEWS, They're Publishing Hit Pieces

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Unfortunately, many other media outlets don't have the capacity to learn from mistakes, so they're parroting the hit piece.

I hope everyone didn't already forget that it was news outlet Bloomberg that published the FAKE NEWS that spread to a massive range of other media outlets that Nintendo would announce a significant Nintendo Switch hardware revision at or before E3 2021. No such announcement occurred. Finally, weeks after E3 2021 ended, Nintendo did announce a Nintendo Switch hardware revision: the Nintendo Switch (OLED model). However, the Bloomberg report and the other media reports made many claims about what the hardware revision was supposed to be, and the (OLED model) did not match their “journalism.” Clearly, their anonymous sources and “insiders” were very wrong.

KoopaTV called for accountability for those conducting journalism about the videogame industry to re-evaluate how they're doing things, given how much they were misleading not just gamers, but also big economic players. Remember, the FAKE NEWS wasn't just among niche gaming websites—some of the most mainstream business publications, like Bloomberg, were reporting on this. Somehow, the fact that Bloomberg's name was behind the false rumours made them seem much more credible. It's like everyone forgot what a widely reviled failure Bloomberg's founder and owner is like.


Unfortunately, it didn't take very long after the Nintendo Switch (OLED model) was announced—the very existence of which is a permanent and obvious black mark on Bloomberg's journalistic integrity  (note that Bloomberg's four values are “Diversity & Inclusion”, “Innovation”, “Philanthropy”, and “Sustainability”. There's nothing about integrity, telling the truth, or even accuracy)—for Bloomberg to lash out against Nintendo with a hit piece.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Luxury Watchmaker TAG Heuer Puts Ugly Red-Hatted Plumber on Limited-Edition Watch

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - And people are expected to pay for this?

While this doesn't have a Nintendo press release (not as of publishing, at least), Swiss luxury watchmaker TAG Heuer is launching with a Super Mario-branded luxury smartwatch—officially called the TAG Heuer Connected x Super Mario Limited Edition—that'll be sold for £1,800. Only 2,000 watches will be produced, according to watch industry outlet WatchPro. (This same outlet put their headline as “TAG Heuer teams up with Super Mario to get gamers off their sofas”, so they're... clearly not friendly to gamers. Or familiar with Ring Fit Adventure.) According to Roberta Naas, the self-described “first woman watch journalist in America”, TAG Heuer is entering into a “long-term collaboration with Nintendo”.

As an aside, I have no idea if the watch journalism industry is as stupid and bad at their jobs as the videogame journalism industry is. I know several gamers who think gaming journalism deserves special scorn, but most journalism, irrespective of niche, is like that. Regardless...


These smartwatches are packed with features thanks to having Google's software sweet embedded. That includes music, digital payments, a calendar, Google Translate, wellness monitoring (step-counting, heart rate), and apparently there's an integrated Golf App that would probably be there even if Mario Golf: Super Rush didn't exist. I would imagine navigating all of that on a tiny digital screen with tiny controls would be very undesirable, as someone who has never owned a smartwatch and hopefully never will. It also has five customisable watch faces packed with Super Mario references, including the main one being a likeness of the plumber. Here's a trailer...

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Analysing the ESA's 2021 Essential Facts About the Videogame Industry: Greater Connectivity

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Now political correctness is getting in the way of useful demographic breakdowns.

Today, America's favourite videogame industry lobbyist group, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), released the 2021 Essential Facts About the Video Game Industry report (archived version here in case they delete or move it later), the 2021 version of their annual survey series. (As opposed to two-thousand twenty-one essential facts. You might be able to come up with that many facts about the gaming industry, but they won't all be essential!)

In 2020's Essential Facts report, KoopaTV's big takeaway was that gamers were playing longer than before, likely due to the pandemic. 2021's survey was conducted in February 2021 (still pandemic!) with ~4,000 adult Americans. The headline you might read on other sites is “ESA Report: There are nearly 227 million players across all ages in the United States!”


I'd say the big takeaway for this is how much more people are playing together. Multiplayer stuff. Maybe part of that is that the popularity growth of games like Among Us would take place after the 2020 survey, and now many people are playing that together and talking like idiots in a weird coded language.

To be exact, in 2020, 65% of survey respondents said they play videogames with other people. That number jumped to 77% (on a weekly basis). While adult gamers played on average 6.6 hours a week online and 4.3 hours with others in 2020, that's increased to 7.5 online hours and 4.5 in-person hours a week in 2021. (No one's asked how much they play by themselves.) But it's not just quantity of hours. They're making friends, too.


Monday, July 12, 2021

Watching the Olympic Virtual Series (2021) Baseball Finals

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - You probably didn't watch any of it. Oh well!

While many people were watching soccer (or European football) yesterday (or were busy drunkingly rioting or something—I don't understand English soccer culture), I was watching the superior sport—baseball. But not just any baseball—the Olympic Virtual Series Baseball Finals. You may remember I wrote about the Olympic Virtual Series of 2021. That's the official International Olympic Committee-sponsored series of baseball, cycling, rowing, sailing, and racing... but done virtually. And for a couple of the sports, that involves actual videogames: Konami's eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 and Sony's Gran Turismo Sport.

These all already happened and were broadcasted on June 23, live from Konami's Japanese headquarters. I had just missed it because I forgot about it entirely. It doesn't help that I saw literally zero people or media outlets discuss this event or any of the Virtual Series.

The final four players in the baseball event played on PlayStation 4—which you can watch here if you wanted to join me (though I don't recommend it; there's better things you can do with 160 minutes. The commentators are English-speaking, however)—were MesiHARA (representing the USA), TAKU (representing Australia), SHORA (representing Cuba), and antimon (representing Mexico). These nationalities are an in-game only thing and not a real life one, because in fact, you have to be Japanese, South Korean, or Taiwanese to actually have and play the game and participate in this series. (And I think they're all Japanese in practice.) It's not discussed if this constitutes “cultural appropriation” for Team America or Team Australia to be represented by non-Americans and non-Australians. (However, according to Konami's website, “Teams are assigned randomly to players upon participation, and players must use the single assigned National team until the end of the Online Preliminary Rounds.”) Each games are only three innings long, unlike nine-inning baseball. It's a one-game set in a single-elimination bracket, too.

All of these players apparently have their established followings, play styles, and previous appearances in prior eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball games.


eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 home run Olympic Virtual Series semi-final MesiHARA TAKU
The first homerun of the semi-finals! (And it scored two!)
TAKU is setting himself up to be a force here.


TAKU easily defeated MesiHARA in the first game (2 to 0; MesiHARA couldn't even get one guy on a base). In SHORA vs. antimon, they loved throwing balls more than strikes, with both players facing off against a three-bases-loaded situation as a result. But no scoreboard impact until that third inning when Cuba got a run. Then another run. Mexico wasn't able to score, so SHORA won 2–0.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Ring Fit Adventure Fitness Log Week 46: Finalia, but in EXTRA FITNESS

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - The very last world of Ring Fit Adventure's Extra Fitness mode.

When this fitness log is getting published, the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games will begin in about two weeks. It is my duty as a prince of Koopa Kingdom who is also on Team Koopa's Olympic delegation to be as fit as I can so I can perform my very best in these games. I'll be fencing. It's basically set up in a tournament-style bracket. I'm amazing at brackets, as someone who has played in several of them for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. ...Yeah, I rarely win, but this is a different sport.

My training in Ring Fit Adventure's Extra Fitness mode—basically replaying Adventure Mode but with new dialogue, stronger enemies, higher-level Fit Skills, higher gym pass requirements (B rank to A rank) and no Town requests—has brought me once again to Finalia (World 23: Finalia). After beating the Four Masters from Hades last week, this week's world is officially called World 46: Extra Fitness Lv. 284.

Day one of the week began Sunday. Final boss Dragaux told me to get some last-minute training in, as he also needs some minutes to prepare himself for a final boss fight. ...Yeah, except it'll take a whole week to get to fight him. There's 16 courses in this world, so 15 of those are pre-final-boss preparation. That takes time, man. ...And if it isn't obvious, because I'm fighting a final boss, you should expect spoilers.


Ring Fit Adventure World 46 Extra Fitness Lv. 284 Dragaux dialogue Finalia unhinged
Both Dragaux and Ring have said that Dragaux and the Four Masters are at their maximum power.
I better be in that peak condition too. For the Olympics and to get through the final boss.


Not among those courses is the Town, which has no NPCs in it but the General Store Number 42 with patrons Honey and Hubby are there. They're selling the Galactic Jogger II (set bonus: Increases EXP earned by 5%—best bonus in the game) and the Crimson Phoenix II (set bonus: Recovers hearts with repeated knee lifts—among the worst bonuses in the game) for equal prices and they have equal stats. One exception: The Galactic Jogger II requires four Zircon (and that's exactly how many I have) while the Crimson Phoenix II requires two Zircon. Well, I'll be wearing the EXP-bonus outfit and not wearing the fan-service Armored Muscle outfit. Check out last week's log if you want to see the fan service. Even the stats are superior than the Armored Muscle's.

Now for the first course: Stadium Grounds. ...Most of these are named Stadium Grounds, by the way. Despite it being named grounds, the level is just a river rowing course with a lot of squatting required to get under low passageways. The one enemy fight is the Mini Dragaux Statue at the end. It's pretty much a harmless HP sponge, so just bring your favourite single-target Fit Skills of any colour and go through them until it crumbles. Every Mini Dragaux Statue will drop a Dragaux Statue Fragment. Anyway, after destroying the statue, there's now a split path to two different Stadium Barricades, each one marked as a miniboss fight...


Thursday, July 8, 2021

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin Released!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Trying out the demo and watching the Special Pre-Launch Program.

The Nintendo Switch demo for Monster Hunter Stories 2 released two weeks ago, and the CAPCOM-hosted Special Pre-Launch Program happened one week ago. I haven't really had the opportunity to play through the demo, and I didn't watch that webcast because I was busy waking up and working out. So by the end of tonight right before the game comes out, I've played some (but not all—it's a huge demo and I keep getting diverted by feeling like I must collect every item and enter many Monster Dens) of the demo and watched through the Special Pre-Launch Program from the developers, embedded below. (It's only 40 minutes long and the KoopaTV embed usefully skips the first half hour of nothing.)



If you want to know more about the game, watching the presentation explains the story and gameplay (and how it's improved over the first Monster Hunter Stories on the Nintendo 3DS) better than I can. Prior to this and the demo, CAPCOM pretty much left it up to Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3 2021 to explain and show off the gameplay.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Nintendo Question & Answers: 81st Annual General Meeting of Shareholders

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I'm so happy someone FINALLY asked these questions. It's a dream come true. But about those answers...

Usually, whenever KoopaTV covers the question and answer (Q&A) sessions between Nintendo and their shareholders or analysts, I like to make fun of them for asking stupid and redundant questions.

However, this time, many of the ten questions published in Nintendo's 81st Annual General Meeting of Shareholders were EXCELLENT. Now it's up to Nintendo to answer them well. I'll review those questions and Nintendo's answers in this article. You won't want to miss question number nine.

Question 1: Why does Nintendo assume 120 yen to the euro when other Japanese companies assume 130 yen to the euro?


Alright, this isn't the most fun question to open up with, but it is interesting if you understand its premise. Nintendo's financial projections for their fiscal year assume it'll cost 120 Japanese yen to get one euro. Right now, the foreign exchange rate is around 130 Japanese yen to one euro, and other Japanese companies seem to assume more adverse rates. Sony, for example, assumes 126 yen per euro (see page 24). Nintendo lists fluctuation in foreign exchange rates as a risk factor for holding Nintendo stock because significant fluctuations when converting currency can have a big impact due to the volume of sales Nintendo does in Europe.

Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa gave a complete non-answer as to why Nintendo believes the yen will be stronger instead of its weaker trend.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Here's What the Rumouring Media Got Right and Wrong about the Nintendo Switch (OLED model)

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Oh, and today there's a big announcement!

Today, Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch (OLED model). It's releasing October 8, 2021 at a MSRP of $350. Here's the trailer:



Quite frankly, it's the same thing as the regular Nintendo Switch, except if you use it portably it has a higher-quality audio output, a higher-quality screen, and a more competent kickstand. Same battery life as it's had since mid-2019. It's also incompatible with the Nintendo Labo due to a very slight size difference, just like the Switch Lite. When docked, there's... pretty much no difference. (Which makes it really weird that Ring Fit Adventure was in the trailer, as a game you'll only want to play while docked.) You can compare the specs on Nintendo's website side-by-side. You can also see there's one less USB port on the dock (but now there is a wired LAN port with LAN cable sold separately), but the docks are interchangeable between Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch (OLED model). The Joy-Cons are exactly the same.

I've read that some folks are disappointed at how... marginal this hardware revision is, because I guess they really wanted to buy another Nintendo Switch. I believe a big contributor to that mindset has been a thick sea of articles written by media outlets that have been telling people for months and years that a big and major Nintendo Switch hardware revision is coming. I recently published an article of my own that is a comprehensive list of all of the media outlets that claimed that there would be an announcement of such a revision made at or before E3 2021—which obviously didn't happen, since E3 2021 ended three weeks ago.

But besides announce a certain date of the announcement, those articles collectively also made many other claims about the substance of the hardware revision. I've summarised those claims and how right or wrong they were below:


Monday, July 5, 2021

The Weakness of those Born in the 2010s

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I guess it took them a year to grow up.

A year ago, I wrote an article about how I bullied a bunch of Zoomer (Generation Z) characters that began existence from 2000 to 2009 in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It was an event tourney. For some context, there was also a tournament on the 1980s (which I thought I should've been able to participate in) and a tournament on the 1990s (which I thought I should've been able to participate in if not for the 1980s). Those were all about three to four months apart (December 2019, February 2020, then June 2020).

Last weekend, there was a new event tourney: Born in the 2010s, dedicated to “stages and fighters from between 2010 and 2019!” (AKA super-Zoomers.) This was over a year apart from the previous one. Since the 200Xs tournament, Min Min, Steve, Sephiroth, Pyra and Mythra, and Kazuya have all been added as playable characters for an additional fee. Of those, Min Min, Steve (why is he allowed when Minecraft and its playable character existed in 2009?), and Pyra and Mythra were born in the 2010s, according to the tournament. Fellow DLC characters Joker and Byleth were also born then.

Since I haven't and won't buy any of those five DLC characters, my only character options were Lucina, Chrom, Dark Pit, Greninja, Robin, Shulk, Corrin, Inkling, Isabelle, and Incineroar. (40% of those are terrible Fire Emblem characters, and from bad Fire Emblem games at that! Another 20% are Pokémon.)


Friday, July 2, 2021

Ring Fit Adventure Fitness Log Week 45: Tropical Smoothies of HADES!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Featuring the SUPER ATTACKS of hell.

When this gets published, it'll already be July 2021—the month that the Tokyo 2021 Olympics is beginning. (Though that's at the end of the month.) I'm competing in those Olympics for Team Koopa, and this week's KoopaTV Fitness Friday will be the hardest test of my fitness of 2021. (And on the maximum difficulty level of 30...)

Let's explain what's going on. First of all, last week and Week 44 are different weeks on the calendar, and there's a good reason for that. For THIS week, I'll be playing Ring Fit Adventure's World 45: Extra Fitness Lv. 276—this is based off World 22: Land of Hades. Back when I originally played World 22, it was over the span of two weeks and it required six calendar days with a lot of time per day to get through the world. Story-wise, we're re-entering Hades, which is where the deceased hang out. We've been killing lots of stuff throughout the playthrough, so there's a lot to explore. Originally in World 22, this was all about the Four Masters receiving character development and exploring their personal flaws, with all four of them carving out their sections of the enormous world map.

Ring Fit Adventure Sweetie Hades Honey will eventually die
Honey's grandma seems really excited about her granddaughter eventually dying!


But in Extra Fitness, they've all already received their character development, so I wonder what they'll all say. When I started on Sunday, I got to eavesdrop a conversation between Sweetie and Snookums (grandparents of General Store owner Honey) talking about how they hope Honey is doing okay... and that they expect to be reunited with her in, uh, death, I guess. Really interesting that Honey's husband looks exactly like her grandfather. Anyway, the first level is the Exercise Paradise, which is the same thing as one of those pink flamingo levels we went through over a month and a half ago. Extremely notable thing—there's a Treasure Chest with the Tropical Smoothie Recipe—this is the final smoothie recipe of the game. The Tropical Smoothie is very overpowered, but right now, I cannot mix it.

Ring Fit Adventure Tropical Smoothie recipe
2 Pineapples + 2 Mandarin Oranges + 2 Papayas = Red, Yellow, Blue, Green Fit Skill attack power ↑↑
This is the only smoothie in Ring Fit Adventure that boosts the attack power of more than one Fit Skill category.
They give you this recipe before Mandarin Oranges begin to exist.


At the General Store Number 41 (you know, the Extra Fitness Hades branch... so how do they reconcile revenue and profits with the non-Hades-based General Stores ran by their granddaughter?), Sweetie and Snookums are selling one new item: the Jungle Gator II, which makes jogging and knee lifts easier. But I need two Zircon and I only got one.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

KoopaTV's June 2021 Review Newsletter

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - E3 2021 is behind us. There's more to come!

We got a lot to cover in this month's review newsletter, because KoopaTV had a lot of hip and happening things in the month of June 2021.

So much has happened in that month that we gotta dedicate this newsletter to review it. But there's some new things, too! So let's get started. Immediately.

KoopaTV's Email Subscription Moving Providers


As I wrote in the April 2021 newsletter, Google is a jerk and discontinued FeedBurner's email subscription functionality, where you'd put your email address and get KoopaTV articles sent to your inbox. That functionality ended July 1... which is today, so it's gone now and is no longer sending out communications.

I've investigated another service, follow.it. I've imported the active list of KoopaTV's FeedBurner subscriptions into follow.it.

You can join the list by filling out this form or clicking this link, which I should go and integrate around the site:

Never miss a new KoopaTV article!


You need to pay the service in order for what I consider basic features (like the email subject line having the article's headline on it instead of just being “KoopaTV - new message” on every email), but... I mean, I'd rather not spend money. Then again, I am spending a fair bit of money on the site already, and it's a couple of United States Dollars a month, so... We'll see. I'd like to hear your thoughts in the comments. I know for the folks who gave me feedback on the KoopaTV Feedback Form Part XXX that they'd recommend not paying anything, but there's actually... quite a bit more names on that list I imported than I expected to the point that I can be argued into believing it's worth it for a more pleasant experience.

July 4 update: I'm still receiving the FeedBurner emails, so I don't know WHEN in July 2021 it's going to end. Hm. But they did say the emails would cease this month.

Top Five Recommended Experiences of June 2021


KoopaTV had INSANELY good content in June 2021. The month was stacked, especially with E3 2021 bringing about more (and dare I say...better?!) content than usual. So the top five is really, really good. Peak KoopaTV:

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The Significant Splatoon 2 Splatter Ladder 2021—you can register now!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I knew this day would eventually come!

First of all, shout-out to the name “Splatoon 2 Splatter Ladder 2021.”

Splatoon 2 Splatter Ladder 2021 key art banner Battlefy NintendoVS
Say “Splatoon 2 Splatter Ladder 2021” three times fast.
...Hm, maybe I should've said to do it more than three.
(But three reminds me that Splatoon 3 was announced!)


Anyway, that's the new collaboration between Nintendo of America and eSports platform Battlefy, the latest collaboration since the Mario Tennis Aces North American Open February 2021. That... that was a long time ago. Folks thought Nintendo would never sponsor an eSports event ever again, but that was proven wrong a month ago when Nintendo announced a collaboration with PlayVS to establish a high school competitive gaming scene for Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. (That's still on a waitlist for more information/which high schools are entering, by the way.) So it was only a matter of time.

The last time Nintendo hosted a Splatoon 2 tournament on Battlefy was the Splatoon 2 North American Open December 2020. This tournament, open to Canada, Mexico, and the United States, never finished due to the finalists being hooligans and trying to make a dumb statement in “solidarity” with a movement that had no defined mission or goal besides being disruptive to Nintendo. They never showed up to the finals, so the tournament never finished. Understandably, that left a bad taste in Nintendo's mouth (and Battlefy's), though I guess the company held onto the trophies that were to be the prizes. Or never manufactured them. And by the way, it was never about the people's names being #FreeMelee and Nintendo not wanting to show that—you can look at the NintendoVS Challenge Cup December 2020 results held immediately after this event and all of the #SaveSmash and #FreeMelee names that Nintendo allowed on the leaderboard as my evidence for that.

But I guess over half a year passing is enough for things to smooth over, so it's time for me to explain what the Splatter Ladder 2021 is all about.


Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Version 12.0 First Impressions (AKA the Kazuya Patch)

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Most of the patch affects only people who've bought the DLC, and... I'm not one of those.

I'll try to make this short because I'm actually unqualified to really write about this, which is probably disappointing to anyone who clicked on this article expecting great analysis.

As promised in yesterday's dedicated presentation about Kazuya from Tekken joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, version 12.0 of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has released on the night of June 29 (American time). This has added several Tekken Spirits to the game and several new Mii Costumes if you pay for them. None of my Replays have been deleted.

There was also a balance patch with fighter adjustments. In terms of anything that might affect fighter viability, Marth got some improvements to his up-tilt and down-tilt, as well as his dash attack that you probably should still never use. All three Mii Fighter archetypes have had some special move buffs (specifically Mii Brawler's Flaming Mach Punch, Onslaught, and Soaring Axe Kick; Mii Swordfighter's Airborne Assault, Stone Scabbard, Blade Counter, and Power Thrust; and Mii Gunner's Laser Blaze, Lunar Launch, Cannon Jump Kick, and Absorbing Vortex). I do not plan to change my Team Rocket Grunt Ludwig Mii Brawler's moveset. Bayonetta got some improvements to further the ones she got exactly a year ago.

And then a bunch of changes to DLC characters, notably Banjo & Kazooie, Min Min, Pyra, and Mythra. I understand Min Min's at least. Her Up Special (Arms Hook) will grab the ledge slower, and her Up-Smash is slower, reflects worse, and has less launch power. I theorise this is because Min Min beat Sakurai in yesterday's stream.


Monday, June 28, 2021

Masahiro Sakurai Presents "Kazuya" in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate...With KoopaTV's Live Reactions!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - My objective is to learn his name instead of calling him Mr. Tekken.

As was foretold in the Nintendo Direct at E3 2021 a mere two weeks ago, today is when Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai gave a special presentation for the new downloadable character Kazuya from Tekken. Kazuya promises to be relatively complicated by Super Smash Bros. standards. How will the Tekken gameplay be faithfully recreated in a Super Smash Bros. environment, like Ryu and Ken's Street Fighter gameplay and Terry's Fatal Fury gameplay? (And Min Min's ARMS gameplay, though that's simpler than usual.)



[9:48 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMy8Ah4eQ8g
[9:48 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I think I figured out how to remember his name is Kazuya.
[9:48 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It's like... "Kazooie".
[9:56 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I feel like there should be waiting music. From Tekken.
[9:59 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Like, I dunno if my sound even works! (I mean, it does, based on listening to any other video, but...)
[9:59 AM] HeavyLobster: Let's Go!
[9:59 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: FAKE NEWS it hasn't started.
[10:00 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Okay now it's time.
[10:00 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: SWITCH SNAP.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Two Competing Vaccine Perspectives—Coming to Nintendo Switch End of 2021

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Which perspective do you relate to the most?

Normally, you'd expect me to publish an article about my Ring Fit Adventure progress as I'm training for next month's Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games as a member of Team Koopa. We've been calling it “KoopaTV Fitness Fridays.” But this week is different, and I wasn't able to do so. That's because of the Pfizer vaccine that they've given to every Tokyo 2021 Olympics team.

I've already written three weeks ago about the first dose I had... and I definitely had some side-effects, though they didn't stop me from completing World 42 of Ring Fit Adventure. But for the second shot... I was in the poor situation where my body was way too chilly and miserable for me to fall asleep, yet I lacked the energy to actually get out of bed. Bad combination. But I feel fine now. Still, I wouldn't have been able to do sufficient fitness during this week, so I just skipped it. Next week should be different.

Now, if you're going to KoopaTV for your medical advice (“Should I get vaccinated?”), I recommend you still keep going to KoopaTV, but find other, non-medical reasons to. However, I have noticed that there'll be two Nintendo-published videogames coming to the Nintendo Switch in the last quarter of 2021 with two very different perspectives on vaccines: Metroid Dread (October 8, 2021) versus Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Pokémon Shining Pearl (November 19, 2021).


Roserade Poison Jabs Chimchar Metroid Fusion Vaccine coronavirus COVID-19
Left: Chimchar's Vaccine Hesitancy.
Right: Samus's Vaccine Success Story.


In this article, I'll explore those perspectives and you can tell me in the comments section which one you think makes more sense to you.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Comprehensive List of Media Outlets that Spread Nintendo Switch "Pro" at E3 2021 FAKE NEWS

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Accountability. ...Unfortunately, this might become a list of almost every media outlet that exists.

We have passed the end of E3 Weeks 2021. That is significant not only for what was revealed and shown at the expo, but also for what wasn't. According to many media outlets, Nintendo was supposed to reveal (or have already revealed) a more powerful hardware revision for their popular Nintendo Switch system—variously referred to as the Nintendo Switch Pro, the New Nintendo Switch, or the Super Nintendo Switch. This has been rumoured and speculated by media outlets for years, ever since before Nintendo made a supply chain adjustment on the Nintendo Switch to give it a better battery (Model HAC-001 → HAC-001(-01)).

The most recent (May 26) crop of rumours and speculation came from business news outlet Bloomberg, which has reported these kinds of Nintendo Switch Pro rumours for years (2018, 2019, 2020) that still haven't come true, citing anonymous “people familiar with the matter” and claiming these “people” said that Nintendo might announce this more powerful Nintendo Switch at or immediately before E3 2021 so third-party game developers could benefit. This hardware revision is supposed to release for consumer purchasing in autumn of 2021. The same article then says that they got Nintendo's stock price to go up on expectations of the hardware revision—demonstrating that these rumours from supposedly trustworthy media sources have a bigger economic effect than just riling up gamers on Twitter. Of course... this expected ~E3 2021 announcement did not happen. We all watched the Nintendo Direct at E3 2021. It was focused on software.

Here's how the media works: When one source breaks a story, all of the other media outlets want to also pick up that story, lest they lose potential eyeballs and revenue for not having a scoop. Especially if they report it as a juicy “leak”, because consumers think those are really interesting even though they actually don't benefit anyone. The other outlets tend to assume that the first outlet did a good job with their reporting, so they don't verify the story using their own investigative prowess because that's really hard work and they need to be quick or no one will visit them. Instead, they just go and rewrite the original story in their own words and cite the first outlet—or perhaps cite another outlet besides the first outlet if they're, say, a much later outlet to report on the story. In time, the story spreads and it looks like there are a lot of outlets all saying the same thing, which makes something seem more believable to readers. (A common tactic for readers to know if a source is telling the truth is to read multiple sources—KoopaTV has written a guide on how to be a good consumer of media that explains more about why this is a bad tactic.) Late last year, I broke down how this works using a detailed example in a story about Fire Emblem: Three Houses sales numbers that, to this day, are still unverified. A random guy made them up with no sources, but one outlet picked up on that and reported it as true, and soon lots of other outlets copied the story, but the word changes from outlet to outlet made the information progressively appear to be more and more definitively true and even official. It's a good read if you want to understand how this works.


For this article, I'll briefly explain why KoopaTV is making a list of outlets that spread this unverified rumour of the Nintendo Switch hardware revision's existence and it being shown at/before E3 2021, and then present the actual list—in a relative order of worst to least-worst reporting. As of initially publishing this, the list isn't actually complete... but I'll also explain how you can help that.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Court Declares Scumbag Pokémon Sword/Shield Strategy Guide Leakers Liable to Pay Hundreds of Thousands in Damages

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I think they should pay more. (Though they probably lack the money.)

This story makes me really happy and giddy, so I'll summarise it. Back at the end of 2019, KoopaTV wrote about how The Pokémon Company International (TPCi) filed court documents to try to defend their trade secrets and take action against the anonymous scumbags who leaked the contents of the Pokémon Sword/Pokémon Shield Collector's Edition Strategy Guide to the Internet. That guide had information that was not known about the game, since unlike Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, TPCi didn't reveal every dang thing about the game before it released. This is so gamers could be surprised about the game when they play it, which is a more preferable way than being spoiled.

But, as I wrote, the jerks who did this were anonymous. I briefly mentioned in February 2020 that TPCi had hired private investigators and then didn't update you ever since.

So here's a summary of all the legal documentation: By March 2020, TPCi identified Bryan Garcia Cruz as the guy who posted the images and details to the public Discord server. Bryan Garcia Cruz was eventually cooperating with TPCi's investigators, though the CCP Virus apparently made this process take longer than anticipated. Then at the end of November 2020, TPCi was able to identify to the court a David Andino Maisonave. David Andino Maisonave is a guy who worked at LSC Communications, the printing company with the strategy guide's production line. (Coincidentally and unrelated to this, LSC had since filed for bankruptcy and were purchased by a private equity firm.) He took photographs of the contents of the strategy guide as it was going down the line (he was described as a “material handler”), despite LSC signing a non-disclosure agreement with TPCi and the production line being secured with cameras not allowed inside.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Two-Player LEGO Mario and LEGO Luigi with a WEIRD Trailer

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - (I wanted to try capitalising something besides LEGO in that headline.)

We knew that the “LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Luigi Starter Course” was “compatible” with the rest of the LEGO Super Mario series, but now we know that there is a two-player functionality (or Bluetooth connectivity) between LEGO Luigi and LEGO Super Mario. Or as the press release says, “any combination of the two figures” meaning two LEGO Luigis or two LEGO Marios.

Here's the promised “WEIRD Trailer” from the headline. Watch it, and I'll try to convince you how it's tied in with Mario corrupting the kids:




Monday, June 21, 2021

E3 2021 Virtual Portal Closing June 30

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Here's what was in the portal to begin with.

Ever since a month before E3 2021 when they announced that the whole special gimmick of E3 2021 would be their virtual online portal, we've been wondering how that'd manifest and what role it'd actually play in the E3 2021 experience. They opened registration a week or so before the event began to fans, with fans being able to access it only starting on the first day of E3. The media had access a week early.

It turns out that the media got to alpha-test the portal, and then when E3 actually began on June 12, all of the fans got to beta-test it and it didn't work. Almost no company (except CAPCOM from what we watched) ever gave lip service to the portal during the expo's proceedings. So with it not working and no one giving attention to it... we didn't factor it into our E3 Weeks 2021 coverage.

Now the portal will close on June 30. So what was in it?


Friday, June 18, 2021

Ring Fit Adventure Fitness Log Week 44: The Journey BACK to Hades... an Extra Time

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - This being a filler world means the most interesting part is that I did it during E3.

I hope you didn't just expect that I'd be using E3 Weeks 2021 just to sit around and watch gaming announcement streams. No, I put in some actual physical activity throughout that week—and today, on KoopaTV Fitness Friday, I'll prove it! Here's what I did in Ring Fit Adventure!

I'm still playing on difficulty level 30 of 30. Last week in World 43, we... went face-to-face with Dragaux consumption strategies. We need to prepare ourselves for that, and thus we're in World 44: Extra Fitness Lv. 269. This is based on World 21: Between Land.

I started on Sunday, after the two E3 presentations from that day left me feeling grumpy. Hopefully exercising helps relieve that. I inspected the Zircon stone that Dragaux gave us before Dragaux went and began emotionally eating everything (and everyone). It's the last item in the ingredients Catalog, though we are still missing things from it. I'm just now noticing that the new stones we got in Extra Fitness are just palette swaps of the old stones we got in the main adventure. Hmph. As for the story, it's totally a filler. We're looking for the entrance to Hades (at the end of this world), and Honey is back as well, looking to talk with her grandma. But it's very foggy.


Ring Fit Adventure view catalog Zircon stone last ingredient
Zircon is just a yellow Diamond, while Garnet is just a pinkish Sapphire.


The first course is Jog-on Bog. To my knowledge, there has never been a fun videogame level with bog in the name. If you disagree with me, let me know in the comments section.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

E3 2021: Company Presentations Tier List

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Write-ups of the worst-to-best.

With E3 2021 now over, that means we can reflect on the (calendar) weeks that just transpired. And unlike some bland losers in the mainstream gaming media, we're not going to shy away from sharing our opinions of what we watched on the basis of “everyone worked really hard!” In fact, E3 itself held an awards show (about itself) and in their view, Microsoft had the best presentation and Forza Horizon 5 is the official “most anticipated” game of the expo. ...As a warning, KoopaTV disagrees with that decision.

Here is KoopaTV's tier list, ordered from worst company to best company—and shout-outs to me using a reversed ordered list this time to minimise confusion:
  1. Verizon and Take-Two
  2. Ubisoft
  3. Square Enix
  4. Devolver Digital
  5. Microsoft
  6. CAPCOM
  7. Nintendo


Verizon and Take-Two Interactive


I'm grouping these together because they both happened on Monday and they have the same themes of not actually being about videogames and instead actually being about promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity (DIE). KoopaTV live-reacted to Verizon's but did not do so for Take-Two; nonetheless I did watch Take-Two's diversity panel afterward. It's basically just gibberish. Neither company has any core proficiency in this and they haven't explained how their company has anything to do with the space. I kept waiting for Verizon to tie their core business or presentation themes (how 5G networks will do so much greatness for the gaming industry) to DIE, but they never did. It was a bait-and-switch.

E3 isn't the right venue for those types of discussions. They should've saved it for Game Developers Conference (GDC), which happens to be next month and includes an entire “Advocacy” track. No general member of the public listens in to E3 for this stuff. Almost by definition there's no potential for a takeaway.


Take-Two Take 2 diversity equity inclusion panel discussion E3 2021 participants games for change
I genuinely tried to listen to the words of what the participants were saying for an hour,
but I really couldn't follow it. At least the character animations were amusing, especially Gordon Bellamy of Gay Gaming Professionals.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

E3 2021 Game and DLC Sales

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Who knows where you'll find the time, but this should help the money.

There have been many games talked about over E3 Weeks 2021. Most of them won't be of interest to any given person, but there should be several games coming up that you'll be interested in. I know that applies to me. But some of those games might not be coming out until way later in 2021, or 2022, or even 2023 if you're Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. So what if you want to buy things right now? Well, as is recent tradition, E3 brings big game discounts on digital storefronts!

First of all, on the Xbox, their big sale ends June 17, so you... better get on that. That includes Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy for only $20.09 as opposed to $30. But if you look over on the Nintendo eShop, you'll see the same game for only... $19.99! And that sale will expire June 22, 2:59 AM Eastern. The other Ace Attorney games back on 3DS are also on sale at the same prices they were on sale a month ago.

But there are a lot of other things on sale on the Nintendo eShop right now, from a dizzying list of publishers... including Nintendo themselves. Interestingly, this includes The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Paper Mario: The Origami King, Octopath Traveler (published by Nintendo on the Switch—I like the art style but I've heard very mixed things about the game itself...), and Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition all at 30% off. AND their downloadable contents (such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Expansion Pass and the Fire Emblem: Three Houses Expansion Pass) are ALSO on sale for 30% off. Usually DLC is left at full price and that's how they make up for giving you the main game at a discount.

Anyway, check out your wish list and see if stuff you want is on sale. ...And think quick before it ends.



Ludwig wants you to buy Ace Attorney if nothing else. It should help prepare you for The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, which he actually has pre-ordered the physical edition of. ...Very rare of him to do that!


There was a similar mid-June sale in 2020 with first-party Nintendo games, though which ones specifically were different.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Nintendo Treehouse: Live | E3 2021 KoopaTV's Live Reactions

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Some detailed gameplay scoops.

Continuing immediately off where the Nintendo Direct | E3 2021 left off is the Nintendo Treehouse: Live | E3 2021, where members of Nintendo of America's product marketing and localisation crew will show us some of the games that they showed off during the Direct, but in much greater detail.

This is the last reaction log from KoopaTV for E3 Weeks 2021. And it's the longest yet. Remember when Nintendo announced that Treehouse Live would only be three hours long? ...Yeah... it was over four hours long. ...So... let's see if you can get through this log...

In a rare display of concern for your user experience, I actually put together a table of contents:


Metroid Dread
Mario Party Superstars
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
Mario Golf: Super Rush
Shin Megami Tensei V
Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp
WarioWare: Get It Together!
Metroid Dread