Last thoughts on E3

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I’ve been thinking about what was revealed at E3 last week, the good, the bad, the great, the things that made us go hmm.. (puppets)  and It’s led me to this decision.  Video games are art, they’re entertainment, and they’re here to stay.

Let me start by showcasing my favorite reveals from E3.

Cuphead on Xbox One’s ID@XBOX
When it comes to the argument of video games being art,  There were a few games at E3 we can now point to  and have validation in that argument.  Cuphead is one of the games.  You play as Cuphead a cartoon character who much like Micky Mouse’s Steam Boat Willy is a cartoon come to life,  and it’s one of my favorite games of E3.  
ReCore on Xbox One
ReCore was a breath of fresh air during an E3 that was full of reboots, sequels, and retro games.  It’s actually great to see Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune’s creative influence set free from Capcom,  If you listen to our podcast you know my thought’s on Capcom lately.  But just to see him creating new games and properties is great to see, and this game looks fantastic.  It’ll be neat to see how each robot can be changed with each core, and how the environment changes with each storm.
The Last Guardian on Playstation 4
Another case can be made as a video game as a work of art,  This game was announced at E3 in 2009 for the PS3, it was all but forgotten by Sony.  This was one of the reasons I purchased a PS3, the game never came, however Sony says that the game was so graphically intense that they needed to push it to the PS4, Will I get a PS4 for this game,  I may eventually but with the other line up that Sony had it’s making me want a PS4 
Horizon Zero Dawn
Another strong candidate for Sony,  The only thing with Sony’s press conference was that most of the games that were announced have a release date in 2016, Which is great for people who don’t own a PS4 yet because we get to wait and not miss many new games that are made by Sony.  Horizon is one of the games that has that quality that makes me want a PS4, much like The Last of us was a clincher for me buying a PS3.  Giant robotic dinos and animals being hunted by bow and arrow in a stealth game sounds great and looks amazing by the early look we got at E3.  
Mario Maker on the Wii U
Mario Maker is something I’ve always dreamed of doing since I was a kid,  In fact, I always would draw levels like the creators of Mario used to do when the planned a level out.  I did it with Mario, Mega Man, Donkey Kong you name it.  I don’t own a Wii U, but this game makes me really want one.  I do have a 3ds, so I might just bide my time and see if they announce anything for it instead.  But with no Zelda on Wii U it makes me question if it’s worth buying a Nintendo system.   This game was definitely a bright spot for Nintendo along with Star Fox and Yoshi’s Wooly World.  Since they announced the new system would be coming out, I’m not sure it’s the right time to jump into a Nintendo Console.  
With all the games that were announced at E3 these were my favorites.  There were way too many to mention all of them, but I was slightly disappointed in the lack of Red Dead Redemption.  Maybe Rockstar will see that Red Dead lead the way as far as what gamers wanted to be backwards compatible on Xbox One,  Maybe it’s time for a new Red Dead game.  Maybe next year… Maybe later this year some news will come… Till then I’m going to happily play what games I have and what’s coming down the pike this year.  

Nintendo E3 Event

For this long time Nintendo Fan Boy, the Big N has of work.  I’m a Wii lover, but haven’t jumped on the Wii U bandwagon just yet.  So I’m looking for that reason to pick up my “secondary” console.

Here are the highlights

Star Fox Zero

Nintendo starts off in the best way possible.  Puppet Reggie and company are preparing and turn into the Star Fox characters, and then a mini-doc about the development of the game.

We’re treated to some background on the Star Fox series and it’s roots in Japanese culture.  Star Fox Zero is bringing back the walker from the unreleased Star Fox 2!

amiibo update

Reggie talks with a representative from Skylanders, who have worked on a new Bowser figure that works with Skylanders and Nintendo games!  There’s a switch at the bottom that changes from Skylander to Amiibo mode.

Amiibos must be the most widely supported toy/game line out there.  It’s the widest range of games, and most sought after figures from what I’ve seen.  And I have been impressed with what Disney Infinity has already been doing!

Zelda: Triforce Heroes  

This is the Nintendo 3DS multiplayer you would expect, but with a a focus on co-op instead of a party mode, and some additional elements based on…fashion?  The clothes you wear give you abilities.   I feel like Mortal Kombat X on my iPhone does something similar….

Zelda Hyrule Warriors Legends

Of course there’s a Nintendo 3DS version!  Bringing in DLC characters and Windwaker elements.

Super Mario Maker  

A LOT of time was dedicated to this one.  After seeing some of the Nintendo World Championships clips, I’m sold on the concept, and it’s coming out shortly.

Aside from this, there were scores of oddly Japanese originals and franchises that Nintendo seems to always showcase that I don’t know are missing the mark.  They have something with Animal Crossing, getting a new game, even if one is a party game, for their systems.  These titles seem very niche, but I guess that makes their console the destination for these sorts of titles.

Did Nintendo win me over?  Not really.  One Twitterer reminded me there was no Pokemon.  I have to imagine they HAVE to be all over the new mobile initiative!

So what did you think of Nintendo’s presentation?  

 

Nintendo World Championship Recap and Smash Brothers Direct

Nintendo World Championship Recap and Smash Brothers Direct

Nintendo started the day(and e3) with a Super Smash Brothers Direct. They announced several dlcs available today and some to come in the future.

The ones available today include Ryu, Roy and Lucas to come to Smash Brothers as of yesterday. Which brought down the virtual store for a little bit. Also every Smash brothers character is getting an amiibo figure to be released at a future date. They also announced Mega Man, Virtual Fighter and Tekken costumes for the mii fighters, Marking the first time that the 3 major fighting game franchises are in the same game. Free online tourney mode is coming this summer.

They also announced that several stages are making a comeback to the smash brothers game. The Zelda level, the Mushroom Kingdom, and the dreamland levels from melee are being released today. As well as a Miiverse level that will feature comments from the Nintendo community in the back ground.

Right before the Nintendo world Championships took place Nintendo had yet another announcement for today that rocked the gaming community. Earthbound Beginnings was announced and released earlier today on the Virtual Console, which I imagine brought the store down again. Marking the first time this game has been released in the west since its original Japanese release 15 years ago.

25 years since the last Nintendo world championships happened. Today they came back. 16 players entered the arena. 1 player was left standing. 8 players qualified at participating locations across the us, 8 were selected by Nintendo to compete. This double elimination tournament had 4 regular stages of competition.

nwc imageThe first round featured 4 on 4 games of Splatoon in which 4 losing players got dropped to the underworld elimination level 1. Which was a speed run of Legend of Zelda. The first player to make it to the end of dungeon 1 is safe the other 3 were eliminated. The next round was a world premier of a new game called Blast ball. This game is a mech game with soccer type rules. Shoot the ball into the goal to score. Again the 4 lowest players in this level dropped to the Underground elimination stage which for number 2 was the first person to beat motherbrain and escape the world first made it to the next underworld elimination round to fight for redemption.

The 3 stage was a Mario Kart 8 3 race cup with the top 3 players moving on and the final elimination stage came next with the top player moving back to the main level. With 4 players left this final round had the top two players moving on to the final round after declaring dominance in Super Smash Bros wii u. The top two players, Cosmo and John Numbers moved on to the final round. They had to face off in 4 rounds of…Mario Maker! The Nintendo treehouse made some of the most sickening and difficult levels one would ever see. Super Mario brothers, SMB 3, Super Mario World, and Super Mario Wii u were the themes. The first 3 rounds were survival/speed test. The player who made it the furthest or the quickest(the latter proved to be the case) received a 15 second bonus in the final round, which ended up being a 15 second advantage overall for John Numbers after the first two levels evened out.

The final level was a race to the end. The first player there was crowned the Nintendo World Champion of 2015. This ended up being John Numbers who took home the very nice trophy presented by Shigeru Miyamoto who also gave the final two players autographed 3ds.

trohpyOverall, while I didn’t agree with the team based play in the first couple of rounds I think the Nintendo World Championships brought something back to the gaming world. I think we have a few more years of this at least! Stay tuned to Insertcointobegin.com for E3 coverage.

 

Mini AwesomeCast: Nintendo’s Next Step

From AwesomeCast.net:

Nintendo has announced the upcoming “NX” console is in the works, and an upcoming membership ecosystem encompassing their consoles and mobile devices with DeNA coming up. What could be in the works for Mario’s parent company?

Source: Nintendo isn’t giving up on consoles, promises to unveil a ‘brand new concept’ next year 
Nintendo Partners with DeNA to Make Smartphone Games with Nintendo IP 

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Boss Battle 126: Super Mario: The Agent of Our Demise

Super Mario Bros Teaches SkynetThis week on Boss Battle 126, we have our cast of Bobby (@bobbyfjtown), Chachi (@chachisays) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron). On this weeks show:

  • We discuss our gaming achievements from the past week. :50
  • We answer the listener/viewer question of the week:  What was the most difficult video game level you have ever played? 8:30
  • In Video Game Themed Things From the Internet:  We look at steamleft.com, A Mario version of Skynet and a GTAV produced Star Wars trailer. 11:20
  • We discuss the mobile game Crossy Road. 20:00
  • We talk about gaming news like a Borderlands bundle coming out ( 26:20 ), Nintendo announcing the end of Club Nintendo ( 33:40 ), a Dragon Age: Inquisition data map and a Lego RPG.  33:43
  • We discuss the Steam broadcasting service. 38:25
  • Lastly In our Final Round discussion, we talk about how we like to experience gaming. 39:00

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Rizz Rant: Super Smash Karts 8!

Being the only one of the writers to have obtained both a Wii U AND a copy of Mario Kart 8, when the new DLC packs were “leaked” earlier in the week, there was a part of me that was excited and then there was a part of me that was even more excited than I should be.

Knowing the awesomeness that comes in random DLCs like this, I started to think back and then I came up with the same answer that Guest Rizz DJ Lunchbox had on Boss Battle this past Tuesday: Why did it take so long?

Why are we just now getting the Super Smash/Mario Kart cross overs now? The two games have been mainstays for Nintendo since the glory days of the Nintendo 64 and each one got better and better and better, yet no one over in Nintendo thought of this? No one? Not even you, Reggie?!

For shame!

To gain business, one must do crossovers like this (see: Scorpion in Injustice) to get people’s attention. THAT’S WHY SUPER SMASH BROS. WORKS, PEOPLE! In this current game, you’re going to have Mega Man v. Pac Man v. Sonic v. Little Mac. That’s Capcom v. Namco v. SEGA v. Nintendo. Four of the biggest companies are NOW in YOUR GAME! Cross branding helps people buy your game.

FINALLY, though, Mario Kart and Nintendo is seeing their ways and know that Pink Metal Peach or driving a Mercedes through Rainbow Road. NOW YOU CAN PLAY AS LINK AND GET MORE EXCITED FOR THAT HYRULE WARRIORS GAME THAT’S GOING TO BE PRETTY DAMN GOOD TOO! MORE MONEY FOR NINTENDO!

However, it begs the question why did they stop it at Link and the Villagers (which sounds like an awesome Doo Wop band)? Kirby unavailable? Little Mac? You could throw him on an actual speedy bike that you don’t have to constantly press a button to move. Falcon? Star Fox? Pikachu? Get the whole gang out there! GO CRAZY!

YEAH! LIKE THAT!

Also if the rumors were true, I would have rather seen Dr. Mario and Nurse Peach in this game instead of Tanooki Mario and Peach in a kitty costume, I have just spoiled someone’s weird Dr. Mario fetish so I am going to stop right there before I have to look up Dr. Mario fan fiction. OR throw a curve and give us Metal Wario or Metal Waluigi.

So…what kept Nintendo this long to cross-promote on another game, like they did with Smash Brothers? Who would you like to see in the game? Leave it in the comments below.

 

 

Throw Back Thursday: Astyanax

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On the latest episode I stated that Silver Surfer was our generation’s Dark Souls.  The more I thought about it, The more I remembered playing a game that was very similar to the style of Dark Souls. While there are two very different versions of this game, we’re going to focus on the Nintendo version.  Astyanax was a Nintendo Entertainment System game released in 1990 by Jaleco,  The game was set in a dimension called Remlia, and focused on a 16 year old High School student that was transported into the dimension along with a fairy named cutie to rescue Princess Rosebud from the evil wizard Blackhorn.  While the game had a very fantasyesque story it was a very difficult game.  The boss battles and even the levels themselves were tough enough to be one of the most difficult NES games of the era.

AstyanaxBoss1astyanaxboss2I think if this game was remade today I think the bosses and difficulty level of Astyanax make this game as close to Dark Souls as a game would be today.  There were many bosses in the game that were fantasy themed bosses like Medusa and Dragons and skeletons.  With the added elements of the fairy maybe you could throw a lighthearted style of graphics like Legend of Zelda, a cross between Dark Souls and Legend of Zelda would, I think, be the best way to present this game in today’s generation of consoles. With how the weapons would be upgraded and potions and everything else, I think it would be a success. How would you remake this classic NES game?  Have you played this game?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 On second thought, I still think Silver Surfer is our generation’s Dark Souls…

Silver Surfer

 

 

Boss Battle 104: Sexy Choir

BossBattle104 - Walt RibeiroThis week on Boss Battle 104, we have our cast of Bobby (@bobbyfjtown), Chachi (@chachisays),  Sorg (@sorgatron) and special guest Walt Ribeiro (@waltribeiro) from ForOrchestra.com.  On this weeks show:



 

  • We discuss our gaming achievements from the past week.
  • Walt Ribeiro from For Orchestra talks about his gaming background.
  • In Video Game Themed Things From Around The Internet…net…net: Twitch Pokemon, A GTA glitch and Dark Link.
  • In things you should be made aware of, we talk GameStop overhauling their trade in process, a Resident Evil HD remake and Gannon being playable in Hyrule Warriors!
  • We talk about things that annoy us in video games.
  • How we would remake Little Nemo.
  • Information on Assassin’s Creed Rogue.
  • Lastly In our Final Round discussion, we wonder if music in video games were more important in the early days or more important now.

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Throw Back Thursdays: Little Nemo The Dream Master

Welcome to the first edition of Throw Back Thursday on Insert Coin To Begin, In this series of posts I will look back on some fond favorites, be it games or other things related to games, of the early and later days of video games.  I will tell you a bit about the game and if it could be made on the current gen systems.  The first game we’re looking at is Little Nemo: Dream Master.  So without further ado…

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Little Nemo: Dream Master, was a Capcom Nintendo Entertainment System game based on the Japanese animated movie, and Comic Strip about Little Nemo.  The game, which was released in 1990 in the United States, The game was a platformer that followed the main character (Nemo) and his adventures in Dream Land,  Once Nemo’s head hit the pillow he could go anywhere and do anthing with the help of some candy and a few animal friends.  Nemo gained help from animals such as a frog, a gorilla, a salamander, and a mole by either riding on, or in them… yes I said in them… It was a dream after all and Nemo, one he fed them candy could become the frog and the mole,  The game’s object was to collect keys to open a door in each level, the game was very dificult with many enemies per stage… It was a Capcom game after all.

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So the big question is, How can this game be brought back to life in 2014?  Well if Capcom wanted, or anyone that wanted to re-make this game, the answer I believe is pretty simple.  Instead of making it a platformer, Why not borrow from a recently released game that has a similar look.  Ni No Kuni: The Wrath of the White Witch a game that was recently released for the Playstation 3 as an RPG.  This would be the perfect style of game for Little Nemo to become.  With the vast array of enemies and the Studio Ghibli like style of animation that the game showcased back in the day,  It would be a perfect fit for today’s games.  The animal friends can work like summons like in Final Fantasy games with different types of candy giving Nemo unique buffs.  The game can expand on the story of the film and comic strips and give gamers clamoring for Nemo to come back a new game to look forward to.

Do you remember playing Little Nemo: The Dream Master?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments and whether you think this game could be remade again!

Watch Here For the New Smash Bros. Character (UPDATE!)

Today it was revealed that Fire Emblem is going to have a HUGE impact on the world of Super Smash Brothers.

With the reveal of Captain Falcon (someone who, honestly, should have been announced MONTHS ago), Nintendo has announced that Lucina, Chrom and the Fire Emblem Avatar, being named “Robin” will also be JOINING THE FIGHT *CHING*! A cool thing they did for Robin is, like in Fire Emblem, you will be able to choose whether Robin is going to be male or female. What is not known if it’s just going to be a skin or a totally different character.

Are you happy with these three being in the game? Who would you have in Super Smash Bros? I still want my Stwongbaaahd!