To celebrate having more than 5 podcasts, we drank mibrosas and argue a good deal about Amiibo. Business as usual here.
Podcast 3 is finally edited and ready for Primetime!
I don’t know how many of you are familiar with “The Best Page in the Universe”, but its creator and sole author, Maddox, has been posting his opinions online for 15+ years now. Being the author of one of my favorite internet articles (if not the favorite), “Contra 3: The War the World Forgot“, I was absolutely dumbfounded to find out he is now posting video opinions that are as relevant as ever. Here is his take on the Spider-Woman variant controversy which just makes me want to drink the tears of feminists everywhere. Enjoy!
Nintendo has not had a “traditional” Nintendo direct since February, and by traditional I mean a presentation where they discuss a variety of games and make a small number of new announcements to keep the tide of information flowing. I feel like we have seen more information being dropped in press releases as of late compared to the past couple of years, where the Nintendo direct was the primary outlet for information. We have had a Smash Brothers, Mario Kart, Tomodachi Life, and Hyrule Warriors direct here in the states (a Yokai Watch 2 direct was Japan only). That said I expect to have some new information about Bayonetta 2, but I don’t really expect anything mind blowing. Personally I feel as though they have sweetened the pot dramatically by giving you 2 games for the price of one. That said, predictions and wants after the jump. Let me know in the comments if you think I am way off base.
A new Nintendo 3DS called “New Nintendo 3DS” and “New Nintendo 3DS LL” were announced in the Japanese Nintendo Direct this morning. The handheld includes a built in circle pad pro (looks kind of like a laptop nub) and includes ZL and ZR buttons, faster internals, NFC reader for Amiibo support, and if interpreted correctly enhanced 3D viewing (angle?). The price given at the end of the direct is 16000 ($154) yen for New 3DS and 18800 yen for New 3DS LL ($180). I swore up and down I wasn’t going to buy any new 3DS models, but I never thought they would upgrade the unit to run faster. Some of these changes indicate to me Nintendo is admitting they made some mistakes.
Holy bang for your buck Captain Rainbow! Ahead of the incoming Mario Kart 8 patch that includes new features and Mercedes DLC carts (free of cost) Nintendo dropped news of their DLC strategy for Mario Kart 8. This has surpassed my expectations in just about every way. TL;DR 16 new tracks, 8 new cars, and 6 new characters at either $7.99 for each of 2 packs or $11.99 for the pair. Hit the jump for the full lowdown on what is included so far.
YouTube has apparently yanked the videos that surfaced early this morning of 3DS Smash. The videos featured 2 new characters, in action, and looked pretty legit. The original leak came from a poster on 4Chan claiming to have the final roster and was heavily scrutinized by the Smash community. That same poster followed up with the videos today. If you go look at /r/SmashBros right now, you should be able to get the lowdown on what characters were leaked and the arguments for real and fake, however given the video evidence at this point chances are this is the real deal. I won’t post it here because I am disappointed in myself for looking. The game comes out in Japan in less than 3 weeks (9/13) so we shouldn’t have to wait long to find out.
Having been beaten by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles disaster for the previous two weekends, Guardians of the Galaxy has resurfaced as the number 1 box office film this past weekend. This puts the domestic gross for the film at just over $250 million making it the top grossing summer film (previously held by another Michael Bay disaster, Transformers: Age of Extinction). It is estimated that by Friday Guardians will pass The Winter Solider as the year’s top grossing film which currently sits at $259 million. All eyes are on Marvel going forward, can they keep the streak alive? Check back here for the latest Marvel Studios news.