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Let Us Play: 30-01-2016

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Brothers and Sisters of the Congregation of the Game, welcome back to an All-New Let Us Play. It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted a gaming related article on [Badly.Productions], but I have been trying to keep up with regular updates through social media. If you want to keep up with the news and my perspective on that, on a day by day basis, you can follow me on FACEBOOK or TWITTER, though I would suggest discretion with my twitter account as I do talk about social politics a lot there. So if that doesn’t interest you, just stick with the Facebook account, and there you’ll find regular updates, and screenshot galleries from when I’m gaming.

So the way this is going to work is pretty simple. Throughout the week, I will be collecting news stories related to gaming, and on the Friday of every week, I’ll write up between three and five of those stories and give my ten cents on them before posting the completed article to [Badly.Productions], hopefully on Saturday. I’ll also be aiming to include a number of new releases that interest me, similar to how I used to do Big N Breakdown. At least until that series comes back again. It’s that simple, but very different to the way I used to do Let Us Play articles in the past. Ultimately, [Badly.Productions] does not have the focus necessary to be a true news site, especially in the area of gaming, but that doesn’t mean I’m not interested in giving my thoughts on recent events. As with most of my articles, there will be a Nintendo bent to the topics I cover, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be talking about other things in the gaming industry or the wider gaming community.

One thing I hope you all keep in mind, is that sometimes the dates will be different in my articles that what you are expecting in your region, especially in the new releases segment. The reason for this is because I am in the Europe/Australia region. Please understand that I won’t be covering the same new releases for multiple regions, only my local one.

With that in mind, and with no further ado.

Brothers and Sisters… Let Us Play!

detectivepikachu

detectivepikachu No this isn’t a joke or April Fools. I had to check my calendar a few times too, but it’s true. Nintendo recently revealed a new Pokémon game for the 3DS. In Great Detective Pikachu: The Birth of a New Duo you play as a Pikachu and a young boy who solve crimes in a detective noir kinda game. And it doesn’t seem to pull any punches, one of the cases they show in the trailer is a murder victim.

What’s weirder about this game is that Pikachu can talk.

What’s weirder still is that over 23,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org to try and get Nintendo to sign Danny DeVito as the voice of Pikachu if the game ever gets a translation.

What is happening? Am I even awake?

I knew Nintendo were going to be doing something out of left field for the Pokémon 20th Anniversary, but this is so far out of left field we’re crossing county lines! But hey, if it’s good, it’s good, and I’m not one to say no to a Pikachu Detective voiced by Martin Weir from Get Shorty.

Check out the trailer here.

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smashbrothersYesterday a twitter user by the name of Dr. Serkan Toto (@serkantoto), a gaming business analyst and consultant for Tokyo based Kantan Games, Inc. revealed in a couple of tweets, that Smash Brothers was going to be a launch title of the upcoming Nintendo NX. At the moment the information has not even been verified, however, it is this guy’s job to watch and predict movements in the video games industry, and he has been reliable in the past with other leaks.

The way I see it, there is a good chance that we aren’t talking about a new game here. More likely we’re going to be seeing the release of a “Complete Edition” style port, bringing Smash Brothers over to the NX, with all its current DLC in the package. Nintendo are not the kind of company to screw over it’s fans by getting them to buy all this DLC, and then force them to buy a whole new game less than a year after the DLC ends. Nintendo will supposedly be concluding the Smash Brothers DLC for 3DS and Wii U, after the release of Corrin and Bayonetta in February, so a “Complete Edition” port makes sense in that regard. Additionally, Smash is not the sort of game that Nintendo have been able to successfully keep quiet in the past. We know that Masahiro Sakurai is currently working on a project, and that could very well be updating the game for the new system.

Speaking of the new system, last week it was revealed in the Wall Street Journal that Nintendo may be releasing the NX in two parts, firstly as a hand held device, and secondly as the home console. Dr. Serkan Toto, also talks about this, stating that Nintendo recently received a shipment of “mini-displays” supposedly for the hand held component. There has always been the rumour that the next Nintendo console will attempt to integrate the home console and portable console market, making both devices two parts of the whole, and out of all the games on the current generation, Smash Brothers is the one game that seems prepared for this, with the game released across two consoles, and the capability to use the 3DS as a controller for the Wii U version. Smash Brothers may have been designed with the functions of the NX in mind. So again, this really makes a lot of sense.

Finally, a bit of rampant speculation.

One of the issues that was discovered early on with Smash Brothers on the 3DS, was the lack of power to be able to have multiple versions of the Ice Climbers AI running simultaneously. With the upgrade from 3DS to NX, it’s not just possible but highly likely that the Ice Climbers issue can be resolved. Could this mean that what Sakurai-san is working on currently, are new characters?

The last Smash Brothers update in December stated that it was the last dedicated Smash Brothers Wii U and 3DS update, that doesn’t mean it was the last time we would get an update to Smash Brothers, and it certainly doesn’t mean we won’t get further updates on the NX.

I think this is the right move for Nintendo to make right now. We have a great Smash Brothers game, that can only get better with the upgrade to a new system. They don’t need to release a whole new Smash Brothers, when they can port the current one, tweak it and polish it, and continue providing updates through the next console generation too. Port the best games of the Wii U to the NX, and let the legacy continue.

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mightyno9It’s just becoming par for the course with this game.

Back in 2013, Keiji Inafune, legendary games designer and the creator of the Megaman series, decided to go his own way, and created an independent games development company called Comcept USA, LLC. The first game on the table was placed up on kickstarter, touted as the spiritual successor to the Megaman series, that Capcom have long disregarded. It took only a couple of days for the kickstarter to reach its goal of $900,000 US, and before the kickstarter campaign came to an end, they had accumulated a huge $3,845,170 on kickstarter and a further $201,409 US via paypal donations. As the final numbers came in, the Kickstarter update went up, titled: “The wait is almost over… (Then the real waiting begins!)” referencing the opening of the Mighty no9 Community forum, and of course the “real wait” for the game. And oh boy, they weren’t wrong. The initial release of Mighty No 9 was set for midway through 2015. It’s now February 2016, and we are told that it is yet again delayed until “spring”.

I am a fan of Megaman, and so I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the Mighty No 9 kickstarter. I knew that the kickstarter would succeed, but I wanted to be a part of it, I wanted to show my support, but I’m starting to get the feeling that the support we showed, isn’t being rewarded. Comcept have already started work on a TV series, and released concept work for a second Mighty No 9 game, with gameplay supposedly more like Megaman Legends. To me this just sounds like, we’re too busy working on other things to finish the game you’ve already paid for.

Cummon Inafune-san, please, prove me wrong.

totalbiscuit

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I want to talk very briefly about someone I respect greatly. John Bain, AKA TotalBicuit The Cynical Brit. Just recently TotalBiscuit posted his final blog on SoundCloud, where he talks about leaving social media for good. There’s a lot of sceptics out there saying “he’ll be back” and others saying that it’s all a show for sympathy. The fact is that TotalBiscuit has decided to turn over all his social media accounts to someone else to manage on his behalf, because he’s sick and tired of the crap that keeps being flung his way. He’s one of, if not the BEST video games critic/journalist around today, he fights for consumer rights, and rallies against censorship, bad business practices and demands journalistic integrity in the industry, and people treat him like shit for it. We’re not just talking trolling, but insults, threats against him and his family and death wishes. On top of all that the man is dying of terminal liver cancer, and living in perpetual pain. Seriously, if you give him shit for his decision to leave all that nonsense behind, and spend his remaining years with his wife and kids, you are a damn monster!

Let TotalBiscuit be. He doesn’t need this, and he doesn’t deserve it.

John, I respect and admire your decision man, you are undoubtedly an inspiration to me. My thoughts are with you and your family. I know it looks bleak, but I’m still holding on to hope that something can be done, that you can still beat this!

All the best brother.

newreleases

  • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance hit the eStore this week, and fans of the niche series rejoiced! I don’t know if it was just the UK where I was growing up, but the FF Tactics games were always incredibly hard to find. I’m looking forward to playing this series for the first time! This is good timing too, as Ramza Beoulve, the main protagonist of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance was recently revealed as a new character in Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade.
  • Also from the eShop, the Wii U finally goes full multi-media platform with a new app called Sense. Sense is a music and digital radio streaming service, that claims to be able to play the right music for your mood throughout the day, drawing from playlists that you create from its available tracks. Unfortunately, despite the application being out for two days now, I’ve yet to actually be able to log in, to be able to give you my first hand impressions. While the app itself is free, the eShop page also states that there are in app purchase so I wouldn’t expect much by way of free music streaming.
  • Today sees the release of the Animal Crossing Amiibo – Wave 2, featuring Blathers, Celeste, Resetti and my favourite Kicks. Also being released today is the next in the Smash Brothers Amiibo line up: Lucas!

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That’s all for now unfortunately. This article was a lot longer, but I ended up cutting out a particularly long news entry that was about half of the total word count. That segment isn’t gone though, and I’ll be updating that separately in the very near future, as an addendum to this one.

Until next time dear siblings,

Peace and High Scores to you all!