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SBox Quickie: Predicting the SNES Classic’s Games

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Last week we were all shocked, confused and filled with rage following the premature cancellation of the NES Classic Edition. It was a move so uncalled for, and fans were not silent about how the already rare novelty microconsole will be made even more rare despite the demand still being sky high. However, in the mist of this news came one fascinating rumor about what could succeed the NES Classic. A supposed SNES Classic is rumored to be released this Holiday season in the same vain as the NES Classic.

Of course, as it is a rumor, little is actually known about this system which may or may not exist. We don’t know if it will cost the same as the NES Classic, whether supply will be better, or, more importantly, what games will be included. Considering how good the library of the NES Classic is, we can assume the supposed SNES Classic wouldn’t be a slouch either. It’s fun to think about which games Nintendo will choose, which is why I thought I’d make my list of predictions while we wait for it to be confirmed. Continue reading SBox Quickie: Predicting the SNES Classic’s Games

SBox Soapbox: All About the Nintendo Switch (Livestream and More)

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By show of hands, how many of you were unlucky enough to live on the East Coast US during last night’s Nintendo Switch livestream? Tired ain’t ya? You know, there was a time when living here was the ideal spot for these gaming press conferences. You don’t have to wake up too early for the early day stuff, and even the somewhat late events happened during prime time 8 PM. Not the case for the Nintendo Switch event. Could be worse, though! At least I’m not in Europe.

Okay, mini-rant over. The point is that I indeed have seen the Nintendo Switch event the other night and have come to offer my thoughts on what was showcased during the show (and everything they left out for some reason). I realize that I’m probably the eleventh or so Nintendo Switch commentator you’ve seen today. Don’t worry. I’ll make it worth it by purely sticking to my reactions and thoughts, instead of repeating the news you’ve probably heard at nauseum the past 36 hours. If you aren’t aware of what was shown or just want a refresher of the show’s news, click here for the highlights.

Sorry if I miss something, by the way. I’ll only be covering the big stuff as well as some tiny little details that caught my eye. We’ll cover this event in three sections: system, games, and extras.

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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

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)

Watch: “Rumor: Nintendo NX Will Be Less Powerful Than PS4”

I’ll be on a vacation to Disney World this weekend. I want to get a post up before I go, and I figured I’d discuss the Nintendo NX. Hopefully I can make it happen this week or next week. Until then, enjoy this video.

I also have a post planned for the one year anniversary of this blog. I have an idea of what I want to do, and hope to get it posted Sunday. If not, expect it later next week.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

My Thoughts on Nintendo’s E3 2015 Direct

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

My Ideas for Nintendo Attractions at Universal Theme Parks

Recently, Universal Studios announced that they have secured a partnership with Nintendo. Joining the likes of Dreamworks, Marvel and Warner Bros, we will soon be seeing Nintendo themed rides at Universal Studios Orlando. While this isn’t the first time Universal has dealt with video game companies for attractions- they’ve partnered with Capcom and Konami in the past- this will be the first line of mainstay video game attractions at the park. Continue reading My Ideas for Nintendo Attractions at Universal Theme Parks

My Thoughts on Nintendo Direct (January 14, 2015)

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?

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SBox Analysis: The Amiibo Dilemma

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

SBox Soapbox: List of Games That Would Sell Wii U’s

The Wii U is the current generation underdog of gaming consoles. Despite the Wii U still being in second place in console sales (as of this post date), the system has a pretty sour reputation, brought on by its bad start, odd controller, under-powered specs, and lack of compelling exclusives.

The Wii U does appear to be at a turning point starting this final fiscal quarter. However, what Nintendo needs to maintain a good fight in this console race is heavy-hitting software. And here are a couple of games that I feel will undoubtedly be system sellers.

This is in no particular order. I write it as it comes to mind. In the comments of this post, let me know which of these would convince you to buy a Wii U. If you do have a Wii U, let me know which you’d like to see most.

Super Mario RPG 2

Just say the word and at least half a million Wii U’s will be sold before your very eyes. Super Mario RPG was one of the most renowned SNES games in existence. It still maintains a wide fanbase to this day. Even Geno, a character exclusive to this game, has a cult following all his own. He was even one of the more requested characters for the upcoming Super Smash Bros.

A SMRPG sequel would offer a lot to the Wii U. For one, Square Enix hasn’t a single Wii U game on the shelves yet. Games like Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III are too demanding to be ported. I don’t see a more fitting way to get into that market.

Sure Nintendo has two other RPG series for Mario currently, but this is by far the highest acclaimed. Nintendo also likes to appeal to nostalgia with their releases. This is considered a classic. Need I say more.

Earthbound

When I say this, I mean any use of the game. You can remake it, bundle the trilogy in an collection, or make a fourth installment.

All of the above are worthy of the RPG community’s attention. Earthbound is a beloved game that has potential.

Nintendo has been very timid with this series because it was commercially lacking when they brought it to the States. However, times have changed. Every Nintendo fan worth their salt knows the series now. If Fire Emblem can do well worldwide, why not Earthbound?

Metroid

Goes without saying, but it’s true. The triforce of mature Nintendo titles is almost conplete. There’s Zelda, Star Fox and Metroid. We have a new Zelda coming next year. Star Fox has been confirmed to be coming. Metroid is yet to be seen.

Other M did leave a lot of fans sour, but they’re salivating for more. I’m sure it’s on its way soon, but it should be stated that Metroid would be a system seller.

F-Zero

I do realize that Miyamoto has come forth and explained that he has no ideas for the series as of now. I am also aware that Mario Kart 8 has already stolen F-Zero’s antigravity shtick. However, you’d certainly attract attention when you eventually make a new installment.

I’ll admit that I’m not sure if it will be the biggest Wii U game ever. Though, I do know a lot of people who want a new F-Zero. So maybe this can sell a good number of systems.

Mega Man

Nintendo and Mega Man go together like bread and butter. Many Nintendo fans are Mega Man fans as seen by Mega Man’s appearance in Smash Bros. Put 2 and 2 together and you have a whole bunch of people giving you money.

This one is Capcom’s call though. I am obviously among the Mega Man fans who wants Nintendo to get the rights to the series. It’s far-fetched, but would be amazing nonetheless.

Mario vs Sonic

Notice the lack of “Olympic Games” in the title. Nintendo! Sega! We want a crossover in the form of a platformer. None of that minigame nonsense anymore.

Come on, how cool would that be? It’s practically seamless to create and would drive up sales like no one’s business. A platformer that fully captures the biggest mascot battle in all of gaming is totally doable. If you market it right and make it fun, you’ll have a hit.


Those are just my ideas. I think that any if these would spike sales of the Wii U to some extent, Let me know what you think though.