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  1. 12 points
    I just wanted to say a special merry Christmas to everyone who participated in Secret Santa this year and thank you - you guys generosity despite everything is really great and I'm really happy that we've made a tradition of this. Enjoy your holiday everyone!
  2. 9 points
    The Ultimate Mario Fan

    Introductions thread.

    Ciao paisanos! I don't intend to be as active here as I was on NSider2 but since I know a fair amount of people here, I thought I'd swing by. My Mario collection has over doubled since the NS2 days and I've since been archiving for MarioWiki. I have some Mario stuff that isn't even public online yet, like movie scripts, import oddities, and development prototypes. You can also often find me on my Twitter or Backloggery. One of these days I'll upload my collection but maybe not here as I don't want to crash the site. I don't intend to be here much after all the drama of NS2 but I hope to add some Mario fun nonetheless. Age and experience have mellowed me but I still hope and expect mutual goodwill and treatment here. We're all here cuz we love video games, 'nuff said! @(;o}D For those who don't know me, I like Mario. A LOT. Like, think "obsessed." Mario is my love, Mario is my life. And Nintendo's recent masterpiece, Super Mario Odyssey, feels like a love letter to superfans like me!
  3. 9 points
    Instead of the usual lists of my favorite games of the year I thought I'd change things up a bit with a whole awards list for the best titles of 2017, chosen exclusively by me. "But Eliwood," you say. "Isn't this essentially exactly the same as the previous lists, just with a different title and now you don't have to rank your favorite games?" To that I say: quiet you. With the launch of the Switch, 2017 has been an absolutely incredible year for Nintendo fans. Not only have we seen some fantastic entries in beloved franchises, we've gotten a consistent stream of excellent indie and eShop releases to fill out the year. If you played the Switch as much as I did this year you've been busy indeed with one fantastic game after another, and this list doesn't even contain every single top-quality game released in 2017, just some of the ones I played. As far as launch years go, this one is hard to beat, and I look forward to what Nintendo has in store for the Switch's future. Best Multiplayer Game: Splatoon 2 Nintendo is starting off the first year of the Switch with several of its biggest IPs, including their most recent smash hit, Splatoon. This unusual take on third-person shooters is just as addictive on the Switch, especially with the new co-op focused mode Salmon Run (which is still sadly limited to specific times, but is always fun to play). More stages, more weapons, more gear—for the most part Splatoon 2 is simply more of what fans loved of the first game, though for the most part that's enough. Online battles are just as frantic and fun, and the recently released Clam Blitz adds a fresh take on the more strategy-focused ranked battle modes. Splatoon 2 is only slowly addressing some of the annoying quirks of the first game—a recent update finally allows players to switch equipment without exiting the multiplayer lobby entirely—but if Splatfests are any indication the squid spirit is just as strong as it was on the Wii U. Best Co-op/"Oops I Accidentally Just Killed You" Game: Nine Parchments For a game that is meant to be cooperative, it sure is easy to kill your teammates in Nine Parchments. But that's half of the fun in this Gauntlet-style wizarding adventure for up to four players. The other half is the variety of spells that promises huge replay value, since your approach to each battle can vary wildly depending upon which spells you have available. Although the game supports online multiplayer it's really the couch co-op that captures the spirit of the game as you try to coordinate attacks with three other players in this hectic but entertaining adventure. Best Remake: Metroid: Samus Returns The Metroid series continues to have one of the most absolutely vexing release schedules out of any Nintendo IP. Granted, on a global scale, Metroid isn't as popular as Nintendo's other huge franchises, but for many fans the absolute silence between 2010's Metroid: Other M and 2016's Federation Force (both of which were met with mixed opinions from critics and fans) was a dire period indeed. So imagine everyone's surprise when, at E3 2017, Nintendo not only announces an upcoming Metroid Prime 4, but a remake of Metroid II, releasing in just a few months, and it turns out to be fantastic. Metroid: Samus Returns blows the original out of the water—granted it was a Game Boy title but still, Samus Returns captures the same sense of discovery and challenge with beautifully fluid action and thrilling boss fights. The wait for a new Metroid title was excruciating but the next generation of Metroid is off to a fantastic start with Samus Returns. Most Purely Joyful Game: Super Mario Odyssey For all of the years that they have produced Mario games, Nintendo has always managed to keep one important tenet in mind: games should be fun to play. Super Mario Odyssey lives up to this philosophy in every aspect of the game. The environments are a blast to explore, the creatures you can capture are charming and used in inventive ways, and unearthing one hidden moon after another makes for a wonderfully addictive adventure. The freedom you have in exploring and collecting moons not only gives the game a perfect sense of pacing, it speaks to the philosophy of the Switch itself. Play where you want, however you want, but you're guaranteed to be having fun with Odyssey. Bonus Award: Best Song - Jump Up, Super Star! I couldn't mention Odyssey without touching upon the delightfully catchy theme song. The vocal track is definitely a change of pace for Mario but like the game itself it oozes fun and positivity—I don't think it's possible to listen to it without at least bobbing your head along to the beat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4xW9aCg2zY Best Excavation Game: SteamWorld Dig 2 Did you know SteamWorld Dig wasn't Image & Form's first game? They had two games released prior to the 2013 title, but neither gained as much traction as a game about digging for gems in an increasingly sprawling underground labyrinth. Thank goodness Dig became as popular as it did though, because Image & Form has been delivering gold ever since. SteamWorld Dig 2 is every bit as addictive and entertaining as its predecessor, and adds just enough new gameplay elements to keep the adventure feeling fresh and unique. It's always impressive to see what talented developers can make fun in a video game—in this case digging, collecting, and selling gems—but SteamWorld Dig 2's addictive charm speaks for itself. Best Hope for Future Remakes: Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia It's a pretty great time to be a Fire Emblem fan. This year alone saw a remake for a game that was never released in English, a spin-off action game, and even a mobile game that pays homage to the franchise's long history. And Shadows of Valentia is a pretty great remake, one that finds a very delicate balance between the old quirks of the original game and some new features that help make the experience a bit more modern and a bit more unique. Best of all, this may pave the way for more remakes. After all, there are still several Fire Emblem games that were never released outside of Japan, and now would be the perfect time to introduce them to the rest of the world. Best Surprise Delight: Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Seriously, who could have predicted that those bizarre rumors of a Mario/Rabbids crossover would be true, or that the end result would be such a fun game? Kingdom Battle came completely out of left field: a turn-based strategy game starring Mario and Rabbids, with an incredibly deep movement and shooting system as well as some serious challenges. Honestly the best part of Kingdom Battle may be the fact that it isn't just a goofy crossover game. This is a genuinely difficult, engaging, and rewarding strategy game, one that fans of the genre will absolutely love—even if it does have the occasional fart joke. Best Use of Construction Paper: Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! Speaking of surprise delights, I doubt anyone could have predicted that this odd little co-op puzzle game would turn out to be one of the highlights of the Switch's launch library. Snipperclips is charming, challenging, and wonderfully inventive in how it gives you just enough tools to overcome the game's tasks, but only if you're able to think up clever solutions. For a long time the game's only downside was its short length, but recent DLC has given players another chance to snip through even more unique puzzles. Best City Building/Action-RPG Combo: Ever Oasis And here's another surprising little game in a year filled with big name Nintendo titles. Ever Oasis may not have the star power of Mario, Zelda, or Metroid, but it has plenty of charm, and an unusual combination of gameplay elements that end up working well together in a satisfying loop. Build up your oasis to attract residents, venture out to gather materials to stock residents' shops, earn currency for shop sales, use currency to build more shops—it's a simple cycle that perfectly scratches the itch for both city-builder fans and action-RPG fans. Those players will find themselves pouring hour after hour into Ever Oasis. Bonus Award: Cutest Characters Seriously, look at these guys. Adorable. Best Challenging-but-Addictive Game: Has-Been Heroes Another early eShop title for the Switch, Has-Been Heroes puts a unique spin on the Rogue-like formula with its three-lane real-time strategy combat system. When you step back to look at it all, there is a lot happening in Has-Been Heroes, and all of it makes it easy for you to die. Repeatedly. But the mark of a good game is one that compels you to keep playing and keep retrying, and that's something that Has-Been Heroes manages beautifully. Best Confusing RPG: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 There are two things you can say about every Xenoblade game: they have gorgeous, massive environments to explore, and they have an incredibly complex battle system with a dozen little aspects that you need to keep track of at all times. Thankfully while playing these details aren't too confusing, but boy are these games intimidating when you just look at them from the outside. Still, once you put some time into it (and each Xenoblade game can last over a hundred hours) Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a deeply engrossing RPG adventure, one that hits plenty of JRPG clichés but is still a blast to simply lose yourself in. Best Time-Looping Game: The Sexy Brutale I'll be honest, I'm a sucker for a good murder-mystery. But what makes The Sexy Brutale stand out is the combination of several murders, all repeating within one looping day, and a central mystery tying all of them together. The stylish art design and catchy soundtrack certainly help draw the player in as well, but discovering more about the overarching mystery bit by bit is what makes The Sexy Brutale such a compelling adventure. Best Not-Quite-Monster-Hunter Game: Monster Hunter Stories Switch owners are still waiting patiently for some word on a localized Monster Hunter game for Nintendo's latest system but in the meantime 3DS owners get to enjoy a spin-off creature-collector RPG that turns the normally massive, frightening monsters into adorable companions. It may not have the same intensity as the main series but the charming Pokémon-style adventure has the kind of depth that RPG fans will enjoy, even as they curse at their monster companion for using the wrong attack in the midst of an intense battle. Most Therapeutic Game: Fire Emblem Warriors Tell me it's not satisfying to tear through hundreds of enemies at once. Musou games may be pretty formulaic when you compare them to each other, but each one gives you that absolutely satisfying feeling of raw power by taking on entire armies by yourself. And to be fair Fire Emblem Warriors does a fine job of balancing the action gameplay with a bit of the strategy that Fire Emblem is known for. Practically every level has a whole variety of objectives to cover and enemies charging toward you at once, so you have to keep on your toes to handle all of them. Mix in a few fan favorites from the Fire Emblem series and you've got a game that is beautifully action-packed with tons of replay value. Best Murder Clean-Up Simulator: Serial Cleaner A stylish 70s setting, a protagonist with a hip 'stache, and pools of blood to mop up with a vacuum cleaner. Serial Cleaner isn't your typical video game, mostly because you aren't the one murdering anyone, it's just your job to make sure all of the evidence is neatly cleaned up before the police can get to it. Putting aside the unique setting for a moment Serial Cleaner is an excellent stealth game, one where you have to rely upon precise timing since you don't have any fancy gadgets to help you get out of a sticky situation. It's challenging, but rewarding when you make a clean getaway. Best New IP: ARMS In a year where Nintendo delivered hit after hit from its core franchises, ARMS is a good reminder that they can do just as well with a brand new IP as well. And like Splatoon in 2015 this game doesn't skate by on just the Nintendo branding. ARMS is a genuinely inventive take on one-on-one fighting games, which really only makes the game's popularity all the more impressive. Here is a game where players have to completely learn the ins and outs of a unique fighting system, especially if players opt for the motion controls—arguably more challenging but clearly how the developers envisioned the game. No matter what control challenges the game presents though the depth of gameplay, colorful characters, and continuous free updates have grabbed fans worldwide. We'll see if ARMS ends up with the same lasting appeal as Splatoon but so far it's off to a strong start. Best Old-School Throwback Game: Thimbleweed Park Point-and-Click adventures get back to the basics of video games, when puzzles were esoteric and required combining every item with every other item just to see if anything might happen. Thankfully Thimbleweed Park isn't as tedious as that, but it will still challenge your puzzle-solving skills, especially as the game progresses and more and more locations, items, and characters are added to the mix. From the graphics to the humor to the puzzle design Thimbleweed Park is a love letter to the genre, one that pays homage to all the best (and quirkiest) aspects of 80s computer gaming. Best "Oh Yeah That Came Out This Year" Game: Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King Anyone else forget that the 3DS Dragon Quest VIII port came out this year? To be fair the Switch's launch in March kind of overshadowed any other gaming news for a while, and Dragon Quest VIII launched in mid-January of this year, back when people were still working through the influx of holiday titles. But even if it was easy to forget about Dragon Quest VIII is everything that fans love about RPGs and the Dragon Quest series, along with a few new features that make the long RPG grind a little faster. P.S. It was quite a year for remakes/ports on the 3DS, wasn't it? The "Move Over, Cooking Mama" Award: Battle Chef Brigade Here's another oddball game recipe for 2017: one part side-scrolling action, one part match-3 puzzle, a pinch of Iron Chef influence, and you've cooked up one of the most charming titles of the year. Battle Chef Brigade is kind of the type of game that you have to play to understand, but once you get a taste for it you'll be hooked instantly. The timed battles are wonderfully engaging and challenging, and even across the game's short length the developers have crafted a fascinating little world for the brigade to inhabit. The game was only released a few weeks ago but hopefully the developers are already working on a second serving. Game of the Year 2017: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Yeah, I know, not much of a surprise here. But anyone that has played the game will immediately understand why it has swept up so many game of the year awards. Breath of the Wild is an incredible achievement not just for the Zelda franchise but the open-world genre as well. Just like Super Mario Odyssey the freedom of exploration is an absolute joy—few video game experiences can compare to those hours when you leave the Great Plateau and see the entirety of the game's world laid out before you, just waiting for you to dive in. Like the original Legend of Zelda and Ocarina of Time, Breath of the Wild will stand as a landmark title in the franchise for being both a breath of fresh air for the series and yet also a natural progression of the original game's open gameplay.
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  5. 8 points
    chickadee

    N4A Secret Santa 2017 (Sign-Ups Closed)

    CHRISTMAS IS HERE FUCKERS thank you so much and please don't worry about the shirt size - it fits fine! theyre both so soft and a bright kindness on an otherwise kinda sucky day today thank you so much, @Reilly!! i cannot wait to wear this shirt every day for the rest of my life
  6. 8 points
    Kodiack

    N4A Secret Santa 2017 (Sign-Ups Closed)

    Thank you so much for the gift! NieR: Automata is a game that I've quite been looking forward to playing! Several of my friends played this game earlier in the year and have very high praise for it. I had a couple of them message me as soon as I booted the game and the first thing they recommended was that I install FAR to really get the best experience, heh. No doubt I'll be fully enjoying this! Sounds like I'll need to dedicate a few days to fully appreciate the game. My friends all seemingly became hermits during the time that they spent with it.
  7. 8 points
    Thank you so much for the gifts, internet Santa @ace! I'm very much looking forward to playing them. This Secret Santa was a really positive experience, especially for my first time doing it. So thanks to everyone! I look forward to participating next year as well.
  8. 7 points
    Reilly

    Fire Emblem Heroes

  9. 7 points
    I'm happy to announce that, with all 16 participants in this year's Secret Santa event having shared their gifts, this event now comes to a close! Thank you again everyone for your participation, something as special as this can only be run with all your interest and cooperation. It's been a pleasure for me to organize this and ensure everything went accordingly for another year here at Ninfora, and I'll be looking forward to next time. Until then, may the new year bring you all good health, happiness, and prosperity!
  10. 7 points
    Finally got my Switch going yesterday and start playing Warriors, good mindless fun with FE characters. Thanks again @Isotope!!
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  12. 6 points
    I also improved my car today that adds about 50 horsepower
  13. 6 points
    ace

    The Old Tower - N4A Chat Thread, January 2018

    Tomorrow is Magfest and I’m excited. I’m packing now and I’ll be heading over to my friends house soon enough
  14. 5 points
    not to be lame but u guys are great and i love u all!! except for u Bryan i love u double bc u deserve it
  15. 5 points
    NoA PR - Nintendo Switch Becomes the Fastest-Selling Home Video Game System of All Time in the U.S. You can read the full press release at the link but simply put Switch is on fire and Nintendo is eating good with all the fixins'. We're talking beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, lamb, ram, hogs... YOU NAME IT! From launch and through the period comprising its first ten months on the market the Nintendo Switch sold more in that span of time than any other home platform in history. It even beat out the Wii which sold around four million in the same timeframe. The Wii! And that one was a monster in and of itself when it hit nearly 12 years ago. (good gosh, its already been nearly 12 years since then!?)
  16. 5 points
    Igneous42

    Fire Emblem Heroes

    "Hello fellow Camillas, we talking about our dear sibling Kormuin?"
  17. 5 points
    ilaidz

    Introductions thread.

    Hey everyone! I used to be a member of Nsider and Nsider2. I honestly don't remember what my screen names were, because it changed a lot... But that's okay! Time for a fresh start anyways. I used to be one of the 2 or 3 people that frequented the Legacy board, especially on Nsider2. Been out of the loop here for a while, but I'm looking to get back into talking about and playing some games with people, so definitely hit me up if you're ever interested in playing/talking Smash, Mario Kart, Splatoon, Pokemon, Rocket League, Overwatch, or really anything! Also interested in software development (what I do for a living), game dev, competitive Smash (especially Melee), board games, collecting retro games, and the NBA. Good to be back!
  18. 5 points
    Isotope

    N4A Secret Santa 2017 (Sign-Ups Closed)

    Everybody, have a very Merry Christmas and have a Happy Holidays! I hope your day is full of relaxation and love!
  19. 4 points
    Eliwood8

    Doom Review

    Of all the games to release on the Switch in its first year, who could have predicted that Doom would grace Nintendo's portable/console hybrid? Not just for its M-rated content, but for its specific brand of brutal and bloody M-rated content that truly revels in its own gory combat. Doom is a unique brand of visceral action and, putting aside any comparisons to how the game might run on other hardware, Doom on the Switch delivers on all fronts. As the game begins you awaken in an empty room in a research facility on Mars. The Union Aerospace Corporation has opened a portal to Hell in order to draw power and solve Earth's energy crisis, but wouldn't you know it, demons have poured through the portal and are decimating the facility. It's up to you to stop the rampaging demons and send them back to Hell. For a Doom game, you might assume that's enough of a plotline, and for the most part that's all you really need to know, but there are still more details that make the game's infrequent cutscenes pretty interesting. The player character may not be terribly deep—though it is a nice nod to the series that you are once again playing the iconic Doomguy, this time called the Doom Slayer—but the game's universe is interesting and worth exploring. There's one thing you should always expect from a Doom game: tons of vicious, bloody action. This latest entry in the series doesn't disappoint on that front. In addition to the general mayhem of gunning down hordes of demons, Doom features brutal melee finishers called glory kills. You need to be up close and personal with a dazed demon to execute the attack, which can be dangerous, but in addition to just plain looking cool glory kills reward you with health, so they can be worthwhile attacks. They also speak to the fast-paced philosophy of this Doom game. This isn't the type of FPS where you hide behind cover and snipe your enemies from a distance. You need to be constantly on the move, gunning down monsters, punching them in face, and dodging their attacks. The rapid fluidity of battle can be disorienting at first—glory kills in particular can be a little rough on your eyes since, when the animation finishes, you often end up looking in a different direction than where you started—but after a bit of practice with it the hectic nature of the combat is actually quite satisfying. It's visceral action, and exciting to play from the first enemy encounter to the last. The bane of modern FPS games is corridor level design. Too many shooters put you on narrow paths where you dash from cover to cover, popping off shots between waiting for your health to regenerate. Doom has none of these weaknesses. The level design here is fantastically elaborate, with branching, interconnected paths and tons of secrets to find. You're never at a loss for things to investigate, which is an all too rare treat in FPS design anymore. The secrets are well-worth finding as well. Doom has quite an elaborate upgrade system, from weapon mods to health/armor boosters, and taking the time to survey your surroundings often rewards you with such upgrades. The only annoying aspect of Doom's exploration is that oftentimes there are points of no return with no warning, and with the auto-saving checkpoint system you can easily accidentally lock yourself out of sections of the map in each level. It's not a terrible hassle to replay a level but it is rather inconvenient. In addition to a pretty lengthy single-player campaign—which also has the added replay value of multiple difficulty settings and a score-chasing arcade mode—Doom offers online multiplayer. Many of the usual multiplayer game features are available here, including old standbys like Team Deathmatch and modern features like leveling up to unlock new equipment. There are also a few unique features as well, though these can be a little daunting to new players, such as the ability to transform into a demon during a match. However, the fast-paced action of Doom's gameplay makes for a somewhat rocky multiplayer system. Any slight delay between players can really make things rough on your aim when everyone is zipping around so quickly. Your mileage may vary depending upon your internet connection but in my experience the gameplay seemed to be too fast for the actual multiplayer infrastructure. Visually, Doom is everything you would expect. Several levels literally take place in Hell, and the landscape is suitably demonic, and the monsters themselves are delightfully horrific (though still clearly based on classic Doom enemies). Overall though the game's setting doesn't lend itself to a ton of variety in the visuals, which is a bit of a shame since what you do see looks pretty great. And of course the fast-paced action is complemented by a heart-pounding soundtrack—just the kind of intense music you want while tearing demons apart with a chainsaw. There is one huge problem with the presentation though, and it's a glitch that is still prevalent two months after the game's initial release. Occasionally the sound cuts out entirely, and other times you'll get a sharp blaring noise for a split second. These issues can pop up seemingly at random, and you'll have to restart a checkpoint to fix the audio when it goes silent. These glitches may not affect the gameplay but they are extremely distracting when they happen in the middle of a fight. Doom is everything you'd expect it to be: an intense FPS with brutal combat around every corner. What might be surprising though is how well that formula is used in this game. This is far from mindless action. The fast-paced gameplay is thrilling but it also changes the way you approach battles and encourages a true understanding of your surroundings. The level design makes exploration not only rewarding in terms of power-ups but engaging in its own right. The multiplayer system is somewhat less unique and exciting but it still scratches an itch for a bit of classic competitive gameplay. Aside from a few technical issues Doom on the Switch is an intense and intensely satisfying experience. Rating: 8 out of 10 Demons
  20. 4 points
    Gold

    The Old Tower - N4A Chat Thread, January 2018

    Stop?
  21. 4 points
    Astlyr

    Political Containment Thread

    This tweet's aged well.
  22. 4 points
    Although I want a Smash 5, I also want a Smash 4 port just because it's a good enough game where I'd like to have it on Switch and not have to fire up my Wii U to play it. Plus, since there are two different versions of it, they could be consolidated into one really good definitive edition. Minimum effort pitch: -Based on Wii U version -All 3DS stages -All 3DS trophies -All 3DS modes (mostly Smash Run) -All DLC characters, stages, music, Mii costumes -Ashley's Song V2 added to the international versions of the game. Not sure why it wasn't in the first place. -More palette swaps for Bowser Jr. and Olimar/Alph -Reorganize character select screen More effort pitch: -Returning characters: Wolf, Ice Climbers. I'm also not going to turn down Snake, Young Link, or Pichu, particularly since I wouldn't imagine the latter two would take a lot of effort to add. -New characters: Inkling, Spring Man Ribbon Girl. Add stages for these characters, of course. -More returning stages. I'd mainly focus on Melee, since most of the good stages have been added from Brawl and 64 doesn't have that many. My top picks would be: Saffron City, Metal Cave, Fountain of Dreams, Green Greens, Mute City, Great Bay, Princess Peach's Castle, Spear Pillar, Frigate Orpheon. -SSB64, Melee, and Brawl versions of Final Destination and Battlefield. Because I dunno, I think that would be cool. -Japanese and English voice options for characters where applicable -Update Palutena's Guidance -Custom moves for DLC characters (I don't really care about custom moves; this would mostly be for the sake of making everything equal. Also, make it so that you can't unlock the same custom move twice because that shit is stupid. Honestly they should just make all of the moves unlocked from the start.) -Returning items: Cracker Launcher, Red Shell, Parasol, Flipper, Barrel Cannon, Cloaking Device. Re-add the possibility for generic enemies to spawn from crates because I miss that. -Alt-costumes for characters, limited in that they don't add other characters as alt costumes. So PoR Ranger Ike, OoT Ganondorf, Fusion Suit Samus, Dry Bowser/Tuxedo Bowser, whatever else.
  23. 4 points
    Vey

    Introductions thread.

    Heya, I used to lurk the site but I've never created an account and I figured it's about time I did :3 So yeah, can't wait to get comfortable around here lol
  24. 4 points
    Getting settled in now. Just finishing the new PC updates.
  25. 3 points
    EH_STEVE

    First Look at Nintendo Labo

    Alright, I've some time to digest this, and I'm okay with it. I think it's great. I mean if you look at some of the toys they're making for kids these days there's definitely a shift towards building the grassroots knowledge of basic programming and engineering, prepping the workforce of tomorrow to function alongside an automated world that will need these skills. Something not many of us had when we were quite young as from Lego et al. What they've done here is show cased the untapped technology of the Switch and its Joy-Cons and made these DIY kits to give kids (and they did straight up say for kids) something they can build, create, and then see it in action with a software title. It's brilliant. Will it sell well? Who knows? But it has massive potential as a lot of the toys that have these type of features are fairly expensive, so there is definitely a market for it. Throwing the Nintendo name out there would definitely help. Given that these kits do require a different type of project team behind them, it doesn't seem like we're losing any of Nintendo's resources from other game development and how far they take it is limited only by the technology they've now shown us. Once people have played with these I wouldn't be surprised if the torch was passed, per se, to indy developers making their peripheral/games and seeing cheaper and more variety kits become available. Nintendo has introduced a new way to game to the industry, like they've been known to do, now it's up to the industry to see where we go next. Bravo, Nintendo.
  26. 3 points
    Destiny Hero

    First Look at Nintendo Labo

    Holy shit. I am shook. Nintendo's done a lot of far-out stuff over the years, and this blows them all away--combined. I've never seen anything like this. Saw the presentation and read Nintendo Life's hands-on account: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2018/01/hands_on_the_future_of_gaming_is_cardboard_thanks_to_nintendo_labo This is crazy. A real feat of engineering, and Nintendo revels in explaining how it works. When I was about five, I got a transparent purple Game Boy Color. One of the reasons why I've turned out to be such an analytical and curious person is because I could look inside of the Game Boy and see how it worked--look at the games and see every pixel arranged. Labo is that times a hundred. I really hope I'm able to give my kid(s) something like this. Closing thoughts: I just saw the price. And. Ouch. I guess it's fair considering this includes video games and such, and it's definitely still worth its price and more. Just not what I expected.
  27. 3 points
    Eliwood8

    First Look at Nintendo Labo

    When they said "kids and kids-at-heart" I thought it might be some kind of toy, but I wasn't expecting DIY cardboard peripherals! I'll admit though, if I was a little kid I'd probably beg my parents to get me all of these. And then probably play with them for a few days and forget about them. Edit: Press release: It actually does seem pretty impressive that they can do all this with the Joy-Cons. I'm still not going to buy these though.
  28. 3 points
    OH MAN SOMEONE UPLOADED A HIGH QUALITY VIDEO not pictured is me losing my shit about 10 feet to the left of this guy
  29. 3 points
    Nintendo has filed a trademark for 1080°. Could we see a new 1080° game on Switch? Well, if your going to make a new 1080, then why not do a new Wave Race as well? Anyway, 1080 on the N64 was great, but 1080 Avalanche on the GCN is where it's at! That thing is awesome, especially the music. I'm surprised that a first party game has licensed music, let alone some kick-ass bands. I love Avalanche's style ....And that intro video when you first boot the game.... Aww FUCK yeah!!!!
  30. 3 points
    Im more preferential to Luigi green myself.
  31. 3 points
    ace

    The Old Tower - N4A Chat Thread, January 2018

    I need to track this person down and either fuck them or kill them. Probably both.
  32. 3 points
    Tyranogre

    SacAnime Winter 2018

    You know the drill. Dragon dildos, day 1: I also asked Laura Bailey whether she gave any advice to Alexis Tipton when she took over the role as Lucina. Laura replied that she hasn't heard Tipton's Lucina yet, but that Tipton had done a great job on another "inherited" role of hers (Kid Trunks from DBZ). However, Laura concluded that she would love to reprise Lucina in the future, as she knows how much Lucina means to the fans. More either later tonight or tomorrow.
  33. 3 points
    Hard times Hard life Its not easy being a cat in 2018
  34. 3 points
    Got a call from the bank about a mortgage. I'm likely going to be buying a house very soon! So excited!!
  35. 3 points
    @Reilly i got my gift my dude and i would have taken pics but the ups dude delivered it literally as i was leaving for work lol i will take pics either tonight after work or tomorrow!!
  36. 3 points
    K

    N4A Secret Santa 2017 (Sign-Ups Closed)

    Holy shit that's a really nice view, nice and green.
  37. 3 points
    ace

    N4A Secret Santa 2017 (Sign-Ups Closed)

    yo I'm a dumbass and posted in the wrong thread.
  38. 3 points
    merry Christmas everyone!!! I hope all you nerds have a relaxing and fulfilling day, whether you celebrate it or not
  39. 3 points
    everybody's going away for a week so i'm going to be alone again on christmas to compensate, my roommate got me a switch so it's gucci
  40. 3 points
    Internal reports estimated damages of tens, possibly hundreds of cents in lost revenue from potential sales of NES Golf.
  41. 3 points
  42. 2 points
    IU

    First Look at Nintendo Labo

    I like the concept of the Labo, and do plan to get the Variety Toy-Con at launch. The piano, motorcycle and RC cars all interested me. If the fishing rod tied mini-game is an expanded version of what was available via the 3DS's AR Cards, I think I could get some time out of that as well. The biggest thing though is probably the piano. I've been interested in games like Electroplankton and enjoyed creating my own tracks in WarioWare D.I.Y. I think the piano Toy-Con in combination with some note taking and smartphone recording could connect with me creatively on top of the push for these Toy-Cons to be personalized. Nintendo clearly advertised the Labo for kids, but I think it can connect well with adults interested in DIY projects, engineering or those in a creative block. The Labo, more so in terms of the Variety Toy-Con set, combines several of my hobbies, so I don't think it'll be $70 wasted.
  43. 2 points
    EDH best format
  44. 2 points
    That shirt I got him last year should have the ladies crawling all over him
  45. 2 points
    but i'm a dad so i know what i'm talking about i'm also like a real dad because i haven't seen you before and have no involvement in your life
  46. 2 points
    Chrom

    Smash DLX / 5: what happens now?

    I think Smash Bros. is still happening in some form. It's the kind of game people are asking when, not if. It also makes sense for Nintendo to continue porting Wii U games to Switch and you shouldn't be surprised if they keep doing so after Hyrule Warriors and Donkey Kong. That said, I wonder if they may go about a new version of Smash Bros. that is essentially a middleground between a port and an all-new game. It could work as a solution to entice as many consumers regardless if they played it on 3DS/Wii U already or not.
  47. 2 points
    Zangoose and Seviper have rotated. So Seviper is now available in North America.
  48. 2 points
    This will be a legitimate list of complaints and appreciation with my viewing of The Last Jedi. I'll start with the negatives: -Leia survives the vacuum of space and stays alive. Would've been grander if she just died. Now there's a huge white elephant in the room. -Luke throwing away his lightsaber and wanting to be left alone. Just gave a huge middle finger for those who watched the last movie. And if he didn't want to be found, who made the map in the last episode? -Those udder things. Ewww... -Those birds. Great, first the Ewoks, now... something for Chewy to get distracted with. -Was it really necessary for Rey to talk with Kylo Ren when his shirt was off? It's revealed Snoke is the one doing that, but... was Snoke trying to make him look sexy?... -Yoda looks ugly as heck, or maybe that's just me. -The code master turned on Finn and Rose. Ladies and gentlemen, we wasted about twenty minutes for time that could have been spent on more time with Rey and Luke or just being in a better plot! -Rey comes from a family of nobodies. Great... the whole anticipation of who she really was... just ruined. There were FAN THEORIES of who she was related to. -Snoke died. Not only that, but he looked a lot more intimidating in the last movie. He's no Palpatine. -Phasma died. I thought she was going to have a bigger part in this film! She's no Bobba Fett. -The point of going to the Rebellion base was completely moot when the battery ram came! A long build-up to a big failure! -No one helped the Resistance in the end. The distress call failed. So, it's a film of... running away? I remember the Rebellion was much better than this! -Tried to be like ESB, but it failed in some regards. What I loved: + The Rebellion is fading in numbers. Could make the impact in the next movie much more thrilling. Though, I thought there was going to be a big surprise attack in the end. + The Empire has the means to track the Rebellion through light speed! ... But, that reminds me of Spaceballs. + R2D2's recording of Leia. Luke is now Obi-Wan in this situation. + Poe Dameron. Unlike Han Solo, who only risked himself to save his future wife and the most luck on his side, Poe Dameron's actions and risks came with heavier consequences. And knowing how well that went for Han Solo, Leia has every right to demote him. Because she lost him, and hates that she might lose more. + For all the hatred I give to the code master storyline, I do like Rose. She portrays the fans. She thinks highly of Finn for saving the world, even though he's modestly trying to do his job. She has an adventure with her idol and even goes riding those animals with him. Haven't we once dreamt of being whirled away into a spacial and fantastical universe? + Luke trying to deconstruct the Force's purpose (because most fans just think it's flashy stuff than really remember what it really is meant to be) and why the Jedi is archaic. And Yoda's message too. The Jedi way has been a failure in the past, and needs to change. Or else... it could make another Anakin! +Rey's inner turmoil. Kylo Ren's inner turmoil. I thought both could have pulled off a wonderful double turn, even if it didn't happen. But, the suspense was real. + Kylo Ren's tragic backstory. Luke almost killed his nephew to save the world, but that meant losing Ben, who meant everything to him. It's much better than Anakin's soppy melodrama in the prequel trilogy. + Kylo Ren and Rey fighting the Elite Troopers. And... + Kylo Ren isn't as easily persuaded to come back to the right side like Darth Vader... AAAAND... + Kylo Ren makes a good point of wanting to let the past go. So far, what was fresh thirty or so decades ago has made these films feel like the Original Trilogy, and it seems like there's nothing new here. They're treading the same ground. And the reason why I'm disappointed Rey didn't turn is because that would've been more SHOCKING. Luke would've had to save the world from monsters of children he accidentally made! And that would've been more dramatic and interesting! That would've made this ESB legendary! Or, my double turn theory for that matter. Still... + The moment the two tried to grab Luke's lightsaber was brilliant. With equal force. AND... + The small ship going through the big ship with pure silence to boot. What other movie in the series does THAT?! There was a poster one one of the theater doors where the movie was playing in. It said it was supposed to happen. I think it's because maybe one of the customers thought it was strange. + Luke distracts the Empire long enough for the Rebellion to escape. Not only that, but he died on his own terms, and made a huge nod to when his father killed Obi-Wan. And there's two moons when he dies, like the two moons he sees in A New Hope when the epic music plays with the sunset! (Thanks other fan for that nod!) If Yoda can come back in spirit form, maybe Luke can too. Heck, maybe Luke can finally reunite with his pals on the other side. I might've hated that it didn't turn out the way I wanted it to be, but moments like these are great. It's my fourth favorite movie of the bunch, and with good reasons. Empire Strikes Back has been one of the boldest movies in all of history with its turns. A New Hope brought endless possibilities of what could be in space, and gave us a world to be a part of. The Force Awakens, although like A New Hope, surprised everyone, because we never expected more after the prequel garbage. There was more hype for that movie than Phantom Menace! And this movie is better than The Jedi Returns is because... of the Ewoks, and a slighter sillier approach that made the prequels infamous.
  49. 2 points
    I don't think my Secret Santa ever revealed themselves. Whoever it was, I got a chance to listen to it recently. I love it! I don't have enough music of this style in my library. Thank you!
  50. 2 points
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