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Ep. 47 Is Nintendo Switch Doomed to Fail?

In this episode we have special guest Clint Maximus! He is very excited to have a simulated experience with milking cows in 1,2 Switch. Brian is here again, thankfully he wasn’t abducted by aliens this time around. Chris is angry about Nintendo’s online services, particularly the one month time limit to play the SNES or NES games that are part of the subscription.

Banana on!

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Ep. 43 Nintendo Stop Being Nintendo

 

Paul gives his opinion about killing floors. Chris talks about the difficulty of the unravel platinum. Matt is pissed off by nintendo’s mini NES stock shortage, because of nintendo little jimmy isn’t going to get his present. We name the playstation bear, in addition we ruin childhood cartoons. Make sure to send PSN friend request to Matt for him to finally play battlefield 1 and fail at it (PSN ID: infiniterewind).

Also Matt is still dying.

BANANA ON !!
PS: I give miss information about fantastic beasts -Chris Har

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Things to look for at E3 2016

E3 2016 is coming at a time where it seems like calling the Xbox One and the PS4 the “new generation” sounds crazy at this point. Now developers are fully in the swing of this iteration of hardware and though the excitement of the first few years of the new generation is dying down, a new excitement for high quality games is building.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what the gaming giants are coming out with in the next week when E3 starts on June 12.

Microsoft

Most gamers are familiar already with the idea that Microsoft is poised to announce a new “slim” Xbox along with perhaps an Xbox One “Scorpio” — an upgraded version of Xbox with potentially 4x the power of the 2013 Xbox One. These news stories are the biggest bombshells for Microsoft at E3, but beyond this the games that they’ve got in their arsenal are just as exciting.

Gamers have long deserved a quality Pirate game and very few have even attempted to create an original game in this style for over a decade. Rare is back in action looking for redemption and this comeback tour starting with Sea of Thieves is an incredible starting point. An open-world, multiplayer-focused adventure game set on the rugged seas is well deserving of some new information that gamers will certainly be privy to during Microsoft’s conference on June 13.

ReCore is another lesser known title just starting to come to the forefront since being announced at last year’s E3. This action-adventure game comes from some incredible minds — Keiji Inafune, the designer of the first 3 Mega Man games is teaming up with Armature Studio another developer who has plenty of high quality games behind them like Metroid Prime 3 and Batman: Arkham Origins.

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ReCore deserves to be brought to the spotlight with such prestigious developers working on it and an incredibly unique concept powering it.

Sony

Just like Microsoft’s next version of the Xbox One, the PlayStation 4.5 is expected to be the highlight of the show with the more powerful version of the console being prepped for more extensive use with the PlayStation VR. VR is certainly the future of gaming at least in some facet. The immmersion created is incomparable to previous gaming experiences and if Sony can capitalize and market their PS4.5 as a way to bring those VR experiences closer to life they’ll find success despite the not-totally-favorable idea of releasing an upgraded console midway in it’s life cycle.

The Last Guardian looks like it will finally come out with a definitive release date as well.

An infinite number of beautifully unique worlds seems impossible. But it's the reality of No Man's Sky.

No Man’s Sky is a bit of a concern with some having expected the game would be here by now, Sony and Hello Games will have to be careful if they intend to show any footage of the game — so as to avoid any bad publicity or resentment fans may have for its late release.

Nintendo

Is Nintendo even a real giant anymore? It’s certainly incredibly successful and has the greatest characters and history in gaming behind it, but with so little excitement being centered around it today it’s tough to imagine them having an overtly “successful” E3.

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Pokemon has taken center stage for the last year and The Legend of Zelda WiiU continues to be the biggest talking point for them. But is that enough to keep fans excited? Or will they actually release a more comprehensive breakdown of what the Nintendo NX is? Most signs point to no, but Nintendo always seems to have a knack for surprising people.


Check out The Platinum Achievement Podcast for a greater breakdown of E3 predictions along with a lot of other nonsense.

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl mod Project M development ceases

In what is being seen as a shock to much of the Super Smash Bros. Brawl competitive gamers, Project M — a fan-made mod looking to incorporate aspects of previous games into the Nintendo Wii Brawl release — has ceased development with no further work on the project. Those part of the voluntary development team will be disbanding.

“Again, it’s been an excruciating call to make, but it’s been made a bit easier by our satisfaction with the previous and final release, v3.6. We’ve spent six years polishing Project M, and rather than let it drag on through another several years of dwindling development and change-fatigue in the competitive circle, we’re going to consider our work complete.” – Project M last post

The devs are hoping to on to other projects and will soon reveal what the next steps for them will exactly entail, but the news of Project M’s end is disappointing for its fans who had seen no sign that a shutdown would be incoming.

Nintendo has always been stingy with protecting their trademarks and aggressively pursuing those who infringe on their content, but had allowed Project M to continue being used at a multitude of Super Smash Bros. tournaments.

Game attorney and business consultant Ryan Morrison has confirmed that the news of the shutdown is not related to any action by Nintendo.

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Paper Mario collides with Mario & Luigi’s universe in new 3DS RPG

Paper Mario has been a solid part of the Nintendo platform since it originally released on the N64 in 2000 — and especially so when Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door released on the Gamecube in 2004. A new Paper Mario game will coming to the 3DS in just two months.

Mario & Luigi Paper Jam is slated for a late January release on the Nintendo 3DS after it was elaborated on in the last Nintendo Directify Conference.

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While this is the second Paper Mario style game on the 3DS, Nintendo is counting on this one as a key feature in their upcoming push for the holiday season and beyond. It isn’t entirely in that classic style though. It’s a merging between the two universes — Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario. All three of them team up as they alternate between the worlds. And, yes, Mario and Paper Mario are actually different playable characters with their own set of puzzles and quests to do with each of them.

“Take advantage of Paper Mario‘s unique skills, like slipping through cracks, making copies of himself, and folding himself up.”

“Take down Bowser’s army of dastardly villains, solve puzzles, and embark on quests as a brand-new trio of heroes.” – Nintendo Direct

The game will have the same RPG style that fans have praised in the past of both the Mario & Luigi games and the Paper Mario games.

Paper Jam will retail at $39.99 and will also be available for download in Nintendo’s digital store on January 22.

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Mario, Luigi, and Paper Mario can chase Nabbit, race with Yoshi, and solve puzzles come early 2016.
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Puzzles take advantage of the different physics both universes have.
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Microsoft looking at Xbox Live memberships rather than consoles sales for success metric [Poll]

For consoles today the constant battle in market share is often what most people look to when analyzing which company is doing the best. The current status is pretty clear with Sony’s Playstation 4 taking a decisive lead over the other consoles of this generation — the Xbox One and the WiiU.

But Microsoft is shying away from the physical console sales to determine whether they are successful or not. Instead, the company will look at Xbox Live memberships to decide if they’re continuing to make progress as a major player in the console gaming industry.

The decision to switch to online subscriptions probably won’t affect the general gaming consensus that the PS4 is winning the race, but it seems a tad suspicious that Microsoft is going ahead with the switch just as the overall revenue for Xbox fell at the same time the revenue from Xbox Live went up.

And the news that Xbox Live revenue is on the rise while Xbox console shipments is stagnating is not surprising — especially for a Q3 report in 2015. Xbox 360 consoles are declining as it nears its 10 year birthday and Xbox One sales stagnate for gamers electing to wait for the holiday season for buying a $400 console.

Regardless of the decision, Xbox Live should be the cash cow for Microsoft with digital gaming on the rise. It grew by 6% revenue-wise with a 28% increase in its userbase (now at 39 million). The quality of the platform is what makes the Xbox One at all stand out against the PS4’s superior hardware and measuring the active users gives a more realistic idea of who uses their consoles.

But still with Sony and Nintendo still using shipments as their major success metric it will seem a bit odd when Microsoft shows off users rather the consoles shipped every quarter. It’s unclear whether the company will continue the quarterly reporting of console sales — or how often they’ll report them.

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Super Mario Maker sells 1 million copies worldwide in just two weeks

Super Mario may very well be the most important gaming franchise in the industry’s history, and fans new and old are quickly finding that Super Mario Maker is giving fans something incredible. That something is level creation, and fans are responding with 1 million copies of the game now sold through just the first two weeks of the game’s launch.

Game’s have slowly evolved with more and more of them incorporating user-generated content within the game.

Nintendo’s decision to follow the trend with Super Mario was able to create a huge level of excitement with fans now making intricate games allowing creativity to flourish and the amount of extremely challenging and satisfying games to be created on the classic 2D Mario landscape.

The game currently available on the Wii U is now offering over 2.2 million Super Mario Courses with over 75 million total playthroughs of those courses.

The touchpad and stylus are perfect for Nintendo to implement 2D level creation.
The touchpad and stylus are perfect for Nintendo to implement 2D level creation.

Taking advantage of the Wii U’s touchpad to make level creation seamless and easy and giving fans access to virtually all assets — settings, items, enemies, power-ups, and more — has proved to be extremely effective at encouraging people to both enjoy the world’s of others and inspire them to create their own.

Nintendo of America and COO Reggie Fils-Aime spoke about his own excitement for the title.

“For Mario fans around the world, including myself, Super Mario Maker was a dream 30 years in the making. The game has captured and unlocked the imaginations of gaming fans of all ages and brought their dedication to Nintendo to a whole new level.”

Super Mario Maker is available now exclusively on the Wii U for $59.99 both digital and physical.

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Digital gaming is on the rise; up 11% in August

Digital gaming is the future — or perhaps digital gaming is the present. As the disc-based, physical model of video games continues to shrink with the new digital-heavy approach of the Xbox One and PS4 it’s no surprise to see each month the market continue to expand.

SuperData‘s recent analysis shows nearly a billion dollars (exactly $979 million) were spent on digital games in the month of August — an 11% increase from where it was just one year ago.

PC gamers have been a steady source of revenue for digital gaming for many years even before the Xbox One and PS4 consoles with online stores like Steam and Origin.

PC gamers and console gamers accounted for $250 million of the $979 million and with many major titles like Fallout 4, Halo 5, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and more on the way, it’s a fairly safe bet to make this number is only going to go up.

SuperData suggests that this could be the biggest holiday-season yet for the digital gaming industry.

The latest Apple TV also comes into play a bit, and despite the excitement some may have for the additional gaming features in the console the limitations of the platform is far too great for it to take any sizeable chunk of the market.

SuperData explains that “…mobile gamers are just that: they prefer to play on their smartphone or tablet and are ultimately much less likely to switch to a large screen in their living room.”

The expectations for the Apple TV as a gaming console should be set very low. There is a slim-to-none threat of the platform threatening even Nintendo’s WiiU console let alone the major Xbox One, PS4, or PC gaming platforms.

Overall, gaming as a whole is in a fantastic place as a medium with the launch of YouTube Gaming helping popularity stay on it’s skyrocketing pace along with twitch.tv merging the video and interactive media together.

 

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Wii U experiences surge of popularity in recent months

It is no secret that Nintendo’s Wii U has struggled to find its balance. The Japanese gaming console has been the slowest selling console in the company’s history. However recent sales figures have brought a bit of good news. The Wii U’s home country, Japan has seen a surge of popularity these pasts few months.

Sales figures released by Media Create, a Japanese data research firm, has confirmed that Nintendo has sold 2,508,312 units in Japan since it’s November 2012 release. From last November until the present day, Nintendo has sold an impressive 500,000 Wii U’s.

In comparison, Sony’s PS4 has sold a respectable number of units in Japan — estimated to be 1.6 million consoles. As these Japanese consoles continue to enjoy great success in their native country, the American originated Xbox One struggled to even make a dent in the market there. The Xbox One has sold roughly 50,000 — 10 times less than the Wii U has sold there in just the last year.

The Wii U console is still struggling in the global market with even its creators not speaking to highly of it, waiting for it to make a similar turnaround

“…this system and this approach didn’t mesh well with the period in which we released it.” – Shigeru Miyamoto, Representative Director of Nintendo

Can this turnaround in Japan lead the Wii U to a comeback? Or will Nintendo’s in-development “NX” console keep consumers holding off?

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Mario, Yoshi, and other new Amiibos coming from Nintendo

Gamers have already been aware of some of the amiibos that are debuting this Fall but when those amiibos will come out and which ones will be apart of a bundle have been left unanswered until now.

On September 11, the Classic Mario amiibo will retail as a separate release from Super Mario Maker at $12.99, while the 30th Anniversary Mario Modern Color amiibo will only be available from the Super Mario Maker Wii U bundle for $299.99.

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October 16 will have a Yoshi Woolly World bundle that will come with the green Yoshi Yarn amiibo at $59.99. The pink and light-blue Yoshi Yarn amiibos can be purchased separately at $16.99 each.

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The Mega Yarn Yoshi can be scanned by placing one of Yoshi’s feet on the Wii U gamepad.

In addition to that, a Mega Yarn Yoshi, a giant green Yoshi amiibo made of yarn, will go on sale November 15 for $39.99. When the amiibo is scanned wile playing Yoshi’s Woolly World will activate:

  • Double Yoshi, a second Yoshi to use at any point in the middle of a stage
  • the ability to save a player’s favorite Yoshi pattern to the amiibo.

These are the same features that are also enabled by the standard Yarn Yoshi amiibos.

More characters from Super Smash Bros. are continuing to come out like the 3-pack of Mii Fighters on November 1 for $34.99, the Mewtwo amiibo being sold on November 13 at $12.99, and the Falco amiibo launching on November 20 at $12.99.

For Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, Nintendo will have Isabelle, Digby, K.K., Reese, Cyrus, Tom Nook, Mabel, and Lottie all become amiibos. As of right now both the game and the amiibos will be purchasable Holiday 2015 but a specific date has yet to be disclosed.eeeeeeIncluding the Yoshi variants, Nintendo will have 28 new amiibos this Fall and Winter which is 10 more than what was released last year during the same time. Amiibo collectors may have a more difficult time keeping track of store exclusives, bundle exclusives, as well as amiibos that become inexplicably hard to find. For those attempting ‘catch ’em all’, good luck.