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)
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
Yesterday, I got my Ness amiibo in the mail from GameStop. For those who don’t know, amiibo are figurines sold by Nintendo which can be used within Nintendo’s games. Unfortunately, they’re notoriously understocked. Luckily, anyone involved in the amiibo hunting knows that the past week has seen some restocks on some of the hard-to-find figures, and the first to do so was GameStop followed by Target and Walmart.
I was unaware of this until an email alert came on. I couldn’t believe my eyes. After all, Ness is a “unicorn” (collector’s term meaning “beyond rare”) among amiibo. GameStop’s servers were going crazy upon this news, but somehow my phone superseded it and allowed me to make the purchase.
It’s been two days since I got it in the mail, and the question that’s been on my mind was this: Do I open it? Continue reading SBox Soapbox: To Open or Not To Open… (A Collector’s Struggle)
This week is E3 week- the annual event where miraculous gaming announcements practically reign from the heavens for our viewing pleasure. Need I say more? Nope, I’d rather just start talking impressions on what was shown.
This time, we enter Day 2 with the last console manufacturer’s conference, Nintendo- who like always is being hipster by making a Nintendo Direct. There is no predictions post this time because of time constraints, so I’ll get right into things. Continue reading My Thoughts on Nintendo’s E3 2015 Direct
Well, it’s been a while since I made a legitimate post on here. Outside the 2 updates and the movie countdown, I’ve been a quiet one. Half a month has passed, so now’s a better time than any to get officially back to normal for the New Year. Nintendo Direct’s are always a fun thing to discuss.
I was pretty excited for this honestly. My main motivation and hope was that they’d be talking about Mewtwo in Smash Bros. Unfortunately, no such thing occurred. Ah well, there’s always next time.
The clear star of the show here was the “New” Nintendo 3DS. Amiibo also got a good showing as well as Fire Emblem (which is a good change of pace). A decent wealth of information to work with. So let’s actually get to it, shall we?
Continue reading My Thoughts on Nintendo Direct (January 14, 2015)
With Skylanders and Disney Infinity proving incredibly profitable with their combination of toys, collectables, and video games, it was up to Nintendo to try and 1-up them (pun not intended). So Iwata said, let there be Amiibos, and so it was.
Amiibos are little statues of various Nintendo characters, generally three or four inches tall. With NFC technology (the same used to scan cards and coupons on your smartphone) they have to ability to interact with select Nintendo games, namely Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. They serve various purposes depending on which game you use. In Smash Bros. they are trainable representations of you, but in Mario Kart 8 they create character costumes. Not to mention, they look fantastic on a shelf or desk. These run you $13 a pop.
In recent weeks, these have started to cause a stir. Nintendo is now orchestrating a serious supply and demand problem with certain figures. Continue reading SBox Analysis: The Amiibo Dilemma