Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Know Your amiibo! Episode 1-3: Yoshi

Super Smash Brothers Wave 1, amiibo 3 - Yoshi
Franchise: Yoshi (Introduced via Super Mario)
Debut: Super Mario World (1990)
Creators: Shigeru Miyamoto; designed by Shigefumi Hino
Major Releases: Super Mario World, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Tetris Attack!, Yoshi's Story, Yoshi's Touch 'n Go, Yoshi's Island DS, Yoshi's New Island

When it comes to companions, dinosaurs are not exactly the first thing that comes to mind, unless you are Mario!  Yoshi is one of the multiple heroes of the Mario franchise to emerge into his own series.  His life began as an idea for a power-up in Super Mario Bros.' development, but he would actually debut in Super Mario World.  With the great success of his egg-tossing adventure Yoshi's Island, Yoshi became his own franchise, complete with a number of spin-offs in the puzzle world and even a light-gun shooter!  While his newer games have been given mixed reception, Yoshi is still a prominent character in the Mario universe and has at least one more big adventure yet to come.

Yoshi we encountered a number of issues.  We had to get footage of more than a few handheld games, and we also had a couple games we didn't own, which complicated matters a little.  Thankfully, we were still able to get things together in this episode.  We did have to hold back a second to reedit the Future sequence, thanks to the Nintendo Direct from early April, but it could have been worse.  And who cares?  We get plush Yoshiiiiisss!

Join us next time for something a couple steps away from Mario and Yoshi...

Monday, April 20, 2015

Third Rate Game Play: The Legend of Zelda: WW SD / HD [Part 5: Tower of the Gods]

Game: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker SD/HD
System: Nintendo GameCube / Wii U
Developers: Nintendo EAD / EAD and HexaDrive
Publisher: Nintendo
Player: Tony / Alex
Experience: Tony has beaten it a few times. Alex has not.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Know Your amiibo! Episode 1-2: Peach

Super Smash Brothers Wave 1, amiibo 2 - Peach
Franchise: Super Mario
Debut: Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Creators: Shigeru Miyamoto; further designed by Yƍichi Kotabe
Major Releases: Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2/USA, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Paper Mario, Super Princess Peach

You cannot have a hero without someone to save, right?  Well, Peach happens to be that person about 90% of the time.  Princess Peach is the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom, and for some reason Koopas find her particularly intriguing enough to kidnap all the time.  However, she has been able to duke it out against villainy, herself, when given the chance.

Note that this episode was completed before Mario Party 10 released, so its including in Future is explained by that.

Like with Mario, this required a lot of playing of older games.  We had to purchase Super Princess Peach, which I had all but completed in a rental before, just to ensure we got footage of the game.  Honestly, I found her to be rather interesting a character to cover, because she has a lot going on that most people might not see.  I mean, she has probably been in more video games than any other woman out there, and her moveset covers a lot of different influences, even if most of it originates from Super Mario Brothers 2, itself another interesting tale.  Anyways, onto the next part.  Hope you enjoyed it!