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SBox Quickie: The Pokémon Direct Was a Stupid Idea!

Tuesday morning was an exciting time for Pokémon fans as Nintendo made a surprise announcement of a Pokémon-themed Direct. That was a huge deal for Nintendo for quite a few reasons, but it also comes at a very interesting time in Nintendo’s history. Seeing as Nintendo has just recently released a new console capable of both home and portable play, everyone’s minds naturally went to one possibility. Could this finally be the day Nintendo announces a Pokémon game for the Switch? Could this finally be the day Pokémon gets a long-awaited home console treatment? Could this be Pokémon Stars as people were calling it?

Well… no. Continue reading SBox Quickie: The Pokémon Direct Was a Stupid Idea!

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SBox Soapbox: Predicting the Nintendo Switch’s Games (S-Z)

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For those joining in for the first time, this is a continuation of a previous post where I run through Nintendo’s list of third-party developers and predict which games they will either develop or port to the upcoming Nintendo Switch. If you’d like to start from the beginning or are looking for a specific developer that on the list, please refer to the bottom of this post for links. Otherwise, welcome back!

My apologies for the final part taking much longer than the other parts. College decided to take over my life this week. Though after all the hard work, tears, and bloodshed (mostly bloodshed), I have returned to finish what I’ve started. We’ve already covered 29 of the companies on the list, which leads us to the final 8 developers: Starbreeze Studios through Warner Bros Interactive. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Predicting the Nintendo Switch’s Games (S-Z)

SBox Soapbox: Predicting the Nintendo Switch’s Games (L-S)

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For those joining in for the first time, this is a continuation of a previous post where I run through Nintendo’s list of third-party developers and predict which games they will either develop or port to the upcoming Nintendo Switch. If you’d like to start from the beginning or are looking for a specific developer that on the list, please refer to the bottom of this post for links. Otherwise, welcome back!

We are about half-way through the list discussing everyone from 505 Games through Konami plus the addition of DeNA and Epic Games. Remember, I’m not covering the last two rows fully. So, today I’ll be covering the next 9 developers on the list in one of the most fun parts of this series of posts, all letters L through S. And for clarity sake, I’ll cover Starbreeze in the next part for the sake of time. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Predicting the Nintendo Switch’s Games (L-S)

SBox Soapbox: Predicting the Nintendo Switch’s Games (E-K)

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For those joining in for the first time, this is a continuation of a previous post where I run through Nintendo’s list of third-party developers and predict which games they will either develop or port to the upcoming Nintendo Switch. If you’d like to start from the beginning or are looking for a specific developer that on the list, please refer to the bottom of this post for links. Otherwise, welcome back!

In Part 1 we covered from 505 Games all the way to Codemasters and also included DeNA. That means we’re about a quarter through the list. This time we’ll cover the next 11 companies ranging from letters E through K. Remember, I’m totally skipping the bottom two rows with the exception of DeNA and Epic Games, and I’ll be discussing Epic Games in this part. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Predicting the Nintendo Switch’s Games (E-K)

SBox Soapbox: Predicting the Nintendo Switch’s Games (A-D)

We’re just a couple weeks removed from the official reveal of Nintendo’s seventh home console and/or sixth handheld console: the Nintendo Switch. So far, gamers and fans are taking to it pretty well with the majority of early reactions being hesitantly enthusiastic. We don’t know everything about the system yet, but we at least know enough to start answering some of the Switch’s remaining questions. What? You thought the speculation period was over? Not a chance.

One of the most discussed aspects of the Switch, aside from horsepower, is its game library. It was hard in the beginning to discuss the console’s library due to us not knowing that much about the console. We had an idea of it being a hybrid system, but didn’t know how it would look like or Nintendo’s plan for both first and third party support. Fortunately we have seen it for ourselves, and Nintendo was even kind enough to provide a full list of third-party developers who are confirmed partners of the system.

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Currently, about twelve games have been confirmed for the system. Using this expansive list that Nintendo provided and the little we know about the console, I’m going to predict some of the games I believe will eventually come to the Switch. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Predicting the Nintendo Switch’s Games (A-D)

My Thoughts on the Nintendo Switch Reveal Trailer

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This week was an excellent time for trailers, particularly long overdue trailers. Earlier this week, Rockstar treated us to the gradual reveal of Red Dead Redemption 2. Then we got a sneak peak of two upcoming Marvel movies: Guardians of the Galaxy  Vol. 2 and Logan (aka Wolverine 3). Though I feel it all pales in comparison to one of the year’s most overdue announcements. Yesterday morning saw our first look at the Nintendo NX… whoops, can’t call it that anymore. We got our first look at the Nintendo Switch. Continue reading My Thoughts on the Nintendo Switch Reveal Trailer

SBox Soapbox: Nintendo at E3 2016 | Was it a Good Idea?

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As many of you probably already know, Nintendo took a different route to E3 this year. Not only have they opted out of a traditional live press conference, but they even opted out of their newest tradition of a Nintendo Direct presentation. Instead, they stuck to their other recent, albeit less popular, E3 tradition of a two day live Treehouse event. The first day of the event was about 25% Pokemon and 75% Zelda. The second day was a little mix of everything, mostly things we already knew about, though. The presentation clocked in at about 10 hours for both days. They also had a booth on the showfloor, where the attendees were able to play all one of Nintendo’s upcoming games.

This decision was rather polarizing when it was announced last month. Some called it cool, more people called it stupid, but most people would prefer the word “odd”. Honestly, it’s something only Nintendo would do, but why do it? What were they thinking? Was this whole approach even a good idea? This year, instead of doing a recap post like I did for Microsoft and Sony this year, I’d like to spend some time discussing Nintendo’s E3 2016 performance, analyzing the show’s concept and execution rather than the actual contents of the show. Hopefully then we can gain an understanding of Nintendo’s thought process this year. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Nintendo at E3 2016 | Was it a Good Idea?

My Thoughts on Nintendo Direct (3/3/16)

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It’s time for another Nintendo Direct. It’s been quite some time since the last Direct and quite some time since we had any Nintendo news that wasn’t NX rumors and speculation. In this Direct, which many consider a bit of a let-down, we basically got a roundup of Wii U and 3DS games coming in the first half and even end of 2016. I personally liked the presentation even though there wasn’t too many big announcements. But what they did announce was enough to hold me over until their undoubtedly huge show at E3. Continue reading My Thoughts on Nintendo Direct (3/3/16)

SBox Quickie: Amiibo Names

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I recently got my hand on some more amiibo figures, and have been faced with the difficult task of assigning each a name. This is a dubious and stressful duty as I face the pressure of making the names as clever and imaginative as possible. There are so many variables to consider. Is your name original? Is it clever? Do I go for a pun or should I just name it whatever? How many people are using that exact same name? The struggle is sometimes too real to bare. Alas, I do it anyway, because it’s fun.

Today, I thought I’d share with you some of the names I’m currently using for my eight amiibo and share my ideas for amiibo I don’t have yet. You know, because I plan ahead. Continue reading SBox Quickie: Amiibo Names

My Quick Thoughts on Cloud in Super Smash Bros. (Announcement)

Congratulations Nintendo! You have just obliterated every Smash fan’s expectations in under three minutes. This is probably the most pivotal characters reveal yet. It changes everything. Whatever we thought were pipe-dream before Thursday night are suddenly realistic. Something tells me that this ballot is going to be very interesting. Continue reading My Quick Thoughts on Cloud in Super Smash Bros. (Announcement)