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#442 Building up Hype for Bayonetta 2

It was another weekend and another weekend has come and gone and with that I spent my free time playing Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8 online play, and more of Pokemon White. But one new game I was playing the Demo of the Wii U exclusive, Bayonetta 2. consider it warming up my Wii U for some amazing titles come this holiday season.

I have played through the demo of the game twice, and even though it is just the prologue but it is full of constant, no context, combat. Right out the gate the game asks me to fight off waves of angelic mechas and monsters on a jet plane which speeding through a main square of a city. After you think it’s done, the demo leads you to the giant King Kong style boss fight where you fly around fighting a giant monster as it climbs up a skyscraper.

The game makes the promise of continuing that level of intensity throughout the entire game and after playing through the demo twice I realized that the kicker of the demo is that the entire sequence is only the prologue of the main game, meaning I played a part of the game that is not even in the main game and combat.

I am literally counting down the days

I am literally counting down the days

The game demo is not the only reason I am excited for this game, because if you have been paying attention I have been casually mentioning this game, Pokemon ORAS, and Super Smash Bros as a few games on a very short list of games I am eagerly waiting to be released for this upcoming holiday season.

One of the reasons why I want this game is that since I played the Deadpool game I have been waiting for another fun near mindless beat em up game that was also entertaining to play through, while I only scored bronze medals and a few silvers one the different stages in the demo there is the option for me to improve my combo mashing skills while not impeding my advancement through the game. Bayonetta 2 is also an excuse to boot up my Wii U for another game, my poor console has been sitting in my room, waiting for a new game to play, since my initial games I bought with the device from a few months ago.

But the biggest reasons I can not wait for, well lack of a better words, the fan service that Platinum Games has added to Bayonetta 2. While I have been trying hard to avoid any spoilers to the main plot I been going actively looking for all the Nintendo inspired Easter eggs added to this game. The most noticeable is the special unlockable Bayonetta costumes inspired by some of Nintendo’s characters, that offers different play styles or by using the classic sound files from Zelda and Mario games.

Metroid for the Wii U confirmed?

Metroid for the Wii U confirmed?

As I said in Be MOP #392 I love it when the game developers adds those little things like this into their game because it shows that they are confident or the game is polished enough to allow the creation, design, programming, and implication of these nonessential bit ans trivial content and nods to the player into the game

Also I won’t be so above it all to say I really want to play through Bayonetta 2 because it is a Wii U exclusive. Because of Nintendo’s decision to fund Platinum Games for a sequel, this experience  denying it to all other gamers. It is childish but I call it the annoying brother syndrome, wanting something because you know others can’t get it.

This is a first time I get to play a third party exclusive mature console specific game with no hopes of a cross platform port. This is a new feeling for me.


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#392 Loving the little things

Since last weekend that I bought them, I have not been playing Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8 every moment I can in my busy, busy schedule. I might talk more about Mario Kart at a later date when I get through enough of the game but as for Super Mario 3D World, it is just like a Super Mario 3D LAND, which I have already wrote about before( Be MOP #349) but with more room to expand in content, design, and beauty now it got a console release.

 No Wii U screenshots right now because I just haven't been able to use the screenshot feature yet but I will for future Wii U posts. Also MK8 is slowly become as enjoyable as MKDD

No Wii U screenshots right now because I just haven’t been able to use the screenshot feature yet but I will for future Wii U posts. Also MK8 is slowly become as enjoyable as MKDD

 

One thing that keeps me loving and coming back to these games are all the little things that the game developers adds to the game. I mention on my Twitch stream that I will instantly become a fan of a game or TV show or any other form of media when I see the creators adding these subtle, almost cosmetic Easter eggs to their products.

One of the reasons I like Infinite Crisis is because that game has so many kill quests or special dialogue hidden in the game that are only unlocked when allied champions are passing each other, when champion help assist another champion with a kill, or when certain champions kills an enemy in a match. Currently with all the current champion pool, and depending on your team compilation and what map you choose to play on, you get to hear about a half-dozen special dialogue between your team and the other team.

Its like everyone has something to say to each other it makes the matches feel more alive

Its like everyone has something to say to each other it makes the matches feel more alive

 

The Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated show had a throw away scene in one of the early episodes where a Daphne humming a short bit of ‘The New Scooby-Doo Movie” theme song when sewing a bit of cloth on top of references to other Hanna-Barbera shows

Mario Kart 8 has the now internet famous Luigi Death Stare, and a collection of other facial expressions when a player pass another racer but my favorite little feature about this game is that by the final lap around a race track you get to see all the tire marks on the roads, showing you exactly where you and everyone else previously drifted around the turns.

Batman the Brave and the Bold was the all time champion for hiding little things in its show. Almost every episode had a secret nod to obscure parts of DC Comic’s history that only a dedicated fan would get, while still setting out its goal of being an entertaining kids show that sets to introduce various side DC heroes and villains to the new generation of viewers. The moment I knew that this show was amazing was when in, “Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!” where the episode casually tossed a reference to one the first few scenes in DC Comics’s Crisis on Infinite Earths where Batman sees the ghostly image of Barry Allen’s Flash’s dying moments.

 

That was when I know that this campy little Super Friends-eques show transcended into something truly amazing

It was this moment when I changed my opinions of the Brave and the Bold from a campy little Super Friends show snip off into something truly amazing or outrageous 

 

I love when the creator adds these little references, nods, or Easter eggs into their works and I usually end up following the rest of the series and becoming a loyal fan because the product shows a level of polish that can only be achieved after perfecting everything else in the initial product which is a pretty tall task. which is why it is so rare to see in television and videogames to the point where it should be applauded when ever you see it happen.

 


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#391 Finally, Finally Bought a Wii U

Consider this a follow-up to my last blog post. Friday I made it known my desire to finally own a Wii U after following Nintendo’s E3 presentation and seeing what all the games they have in store.  But just talking about action means nothing, it is performing on the action that does anything important. After banking my most recent paycheck I then went on a grand adventure of traveling around 5 stores I finally found exactly what I wanted: A limited release Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle and a copy of Super Mario 3D World.

Just getting hyped from the E3 presentations means nothing if you do not act on that hype.

This was one of my first few ‘major’ strictly entertainment purchases I have ever bought and the first console I paid for by myself.

 

I paid for the new console with my money but it is bought for the family. As I said before I bought this console for two reasons those amazing Nintendo First Party Exclusives and the Local Co-OP and I got exactly that, and the moment my brothers picked up the controllers the real fun began.  What’s amazing is that in 3D World, just like Super Mario 3D Land, the game has no tutorials everything is explained in brilliant in game level designs and drop in Co-op meant that my brothers can join me at any point in the game, especially when they start talking smack after I failed several times trying to collect of the green star collectibles.

And having just one person who is playing next to me on the couch brought me so much more excitement and fun than any 32 man FPS maps

And having just one person who is playing next to me on the couch brought me so much more excitement and fun than any 32 man FPS maps

 

This entire weekend I have been playing Co-Op with my brothers in Super Mario 3D world, that is until the rest of my family kicked us off the TV so everyone else could catch up with the most recent Fifa matches, And at that moment the gamepad feature to play the Wii U games on your controller without any quality or frame drops.

But the fun and games does not stop there, after registering my console and two games I was able to then download Zelda: Wind Waker HD because of Nintendo’s current Mario Kart 8 promotional give away and I was then able to pick up the Wii U port of Mario Party 2 from the recent boosts of Club Nintendo’s rewards points.

For about $390 I was able to get a current gen system, two controllers, and four Wii U games that I have been wanting to play with others for a while all while lowering my barrier to entry for the next Super Smash Bros game. Which looking back is an amazing bargain and after playing the games I can say it was worth it.

People on the campaign trial can say many things about me but I am not finical irresponsible

People on the campaign trail can say many things about me but I am not financially irresponsible

 


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#390 Finally, Finally Buying a Wii U

E3 ended this week and this is the first time I ended up being swept  by the hype train. I have been heavily following E3 for a few years now and while past few E3s have been entertaining to watch, none of them have made to actually act on anything after the ceremony has closed. That stops this year because this one expo have made me excited for future games and get me excited enough to finally commit to a physical purchase. Sometime this weekend I am going to make plans to buy a Wii U with my most recent paycheck. It is no surprise that I am a bit of a Nintendo fan for a while, I was raised in a Nintendo house and even though I have moved towards PC gaming during the Wii/PS360 generation, I still have a special place in my gaming heart for all things Nintendo. This year it looks like Nintendo released and announced enough projects to finally got me to get me interested.

For recap Nintendo already has the incredibly popular Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, and Wonderful 101 under their belts going in to E3. During this past week Nintendo shown off a handful of new Brawl characters, more information on the Bayonetta sequel, A new Zelda title, and  whole bunch of new IPs for the console, which is exactly what a struggling console would need to get its second wind.

and the award for the most out of left field game announcement goes to.....

and the award for the most out of left field game announcement goes to…..

 

I have said it before that while the PC will always (or has the potential to) be  more powerful in every way to any console but the one thing that console always have over PC, besides the first party exclusives,  is the ability to comfortably host and support local Co-op game play. The reason I was raised in a Nintendo family was because we did not have a family computer and the Nintendo device had the history of established multiplayer videogames, which was almost a mandatory feature in our big family to make sure there was the least amount of bickering over who had control over the T.V and my family had a blast spending countless hours playing and replaying games like Super Smash Melee, Kirby Air Ride, Mario Party, and Mario Kart Double Dash.

We didnt even use the proper race tracks in this game, Kirby Air Ride was only used for the free roaming city mode

We didn’t even use the proper race tracks in this game, Kirby Air Ride was only used for the free roaming city mode

 

My plan is, over the weekend to find a store with a Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle, along with Super Mario 3D World, download my free copy of Zelda wind Waker HD and spend the weekend having nothing but CO-OP fun with my family and friends. I will damned to say if I not just a little bit excited to own and play on a new console again. I guess Nintendo did success or even going as far as saying they won E3 in my eyes because they got me to view the Wii U as a proper console, and showing me enough quality content of what they already have,and what projects are in the works to justify the cost of buying another gaming device.

 

Although this weekend I am spending quite a bit of my paycheck on Nintendo games, I just hope that is no other event coming up requiring even MORE money on videogames.

uh oh.....

uh oh…..

 

 

 


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#368 My Comments on the Best Mario Kart Game Ever Made

The newest Mario Kart game is on it way out from production cycle to hitting the shelves and with that comes another reason to buy a WiiU . But as we eagerly wait for this latest 60fps current generation racing game I want to take this time to cast our eyes to the past and talk about the best Mario Kart game in the series and why -for me at least- every game after it is a disappointment.

This post was long time coming, foreshadowed in Be MOP #328

This post was long time coming, foreshadowed in Be MOP #328

 

Imagine it is the year of 2003 and my family just received our Nintendo Gamecube and my brothers and I were all excited to get our hands on the newest multiplayer Mario Kart game. We had the N64 before the Gamecube so we were use to our favorite Nintendo characters rendered with 3d models, but what we were not prepared for was the next (at it’s time) gameplay for Double Dash.

If you do not remember, or could not figure it out from the title of the game, Double Dash introduced the new mechanic for each player to choose two characters to race with, imagine an Extreme edition of the buddy system. Ever from that young age (middle school) I knew that the Double Dash gameplay mechanic was something special.

On top of the new upgraded graphics, and expanded roster of racers, each character had a special -personal- item that only they can get from the item boxes. Between the personal items and the light/medium/heavy weights system you had to  weigh your options of what to do even before the race actually began. Can you justify building your team with two special items you wanted if it meant sacrificing  the ability to choose the kart with the desired stat you wanted.

each character had their own counterpart, so if you are racing with a friend each of you could go for the same build.

Each character had their own counterpart, so if you are racing with a friend each of you could go for the same build.

 

More importantly if you were clever enough you could also try to countering your opponent’s character picks, in our family this one Mario Kart game was reaching dangerously close to competitive Pokemon or Mario Party levels of complexity and strategy.

So many fights and arguments were sparked from this game in my family that my parents stopped buying the newest editions

So many fights and arguments were sparked from this game in my family that my parents stopped buying the newest installments

Not like it mattered, my go to pick was always Peach and Birdo, a weird combination but between Peach’s orbiting hearts that not only absorbed any enemy projectiles but transferred it into your inventory and Birdo’s  homing egg that hatch three helpful times once it hits an enemy that is ahead of you it created a perfect balance of attack and defensive items.

After I went through all the amazing game changing chances to gameplay from Mario Kart 64 to Mario Kart Double Dash, imagine my disappointment when my family picked up Mario Kart Wii.
This game regressed back to one characters, with generalization of the special items and this is not mentioning the motion controls built in the game. While I have complained about Nintendo in the past about choosing which features and extras to add and drop in the next generation of Pokemon (Be MOP #319) the change from Double Dash to Wii was a flat out regression of gameplay in the racing series. The only good that came out Mario Kart Wii was that it made me love the Wii’s backward compatibility.

it is a harsh thing to say but the strategy behind Double Dash just made it so much more fun to play thank MKWii.

It is a harsh thing to say but the strategy behind Double Dash just made it so much more fun to play than MKWii.

 

But that was games was ten years ago and from the screenshots and videos I seen of Mario Kart 8, it looks like it might woo be back to playing Mario Kart games with my family and friends when I eventually buy a WiiU.
While I am do not regularly go to the internet to beg gaming companies for current generation remakes of my favorite videogames but it would not mind a WiiU re-release of Double Dash as a belated ten year anniversary celebration.

 


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