Monday, December 4, 2017

Secret of Greed

 
It was announced today that the Secret of Mana remake is going to have a limited physical release that is going to be exclusive to GameStop stores in the US and EB Games stores in Canada; physical copies will also be available at "all participating retailers" in Latin America. This is going to cause madness for fans of the series that would prefer a physical copy over a digital copy. The scalpers are going to scoop them up as fast as they can and resell them on Ebay for three times its MSRP.

It also doesn't help that it's GameStop who has the exclusive rights to the physical rights. GameStop is known for some shady practices. One of GameStop's most recent ideas was taking all of their new copies of Odin Sphere Leifthrasir and opening them up because their used copies are $40 while their new copies were priced at $30. They also had a surplus at their warehouses but were only sending 1 copy to each store to create a false sense of rarity to justify their price increase. Let's not also forget their "bundles" of items that no one wanted that came with the NES Classic last year. These bundles were priced at nearly $200, while the NES Classic's MSRP was $59.99.

I feel that between the scalpers, GameStop's greed, and real fans of the series that this game will increase in value rapidly due to the limited supply and the high demand.  If fans are frustrated by what happens with Limited Run Games, then just wait until 2/15/2018 to see this circus that will be coming to your nearby GameStop or EB Games. If you are a fan and don't want to pay over retail for this game then I highly recommend pre ordering this game, otherwise good luck trying to get it cheap in the future.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gotta Cash Them All

I have about 20 hours into Pokemon Ultra Moon so far, but something has bothered me about it and I think I finally figured it out.I like it way more than the original Moon. I felt at the time (and still do) that the original Sun and Moon were rushed, unpolished, and felt like things were missing that should be there. I felt cheated by Game Freak/Pokémon Company about it.Ultra Sun/Moon is basically the “Crystal/Emerald/Platnium” version of this generation, but it felt like all the things that were missing from Sun and Moon were finally added. I feel cheated because if they delayed the original Sun and Moon by 6 months or so they could have released these as Sun and Moon.I feel like they rushed Sun and Moon because of the Anniversary and Pokémon Go Mania  last year, then released this one (their original vision that couldn’t be finished because of time constraints) this year, almost 1 year to the day later. I felt like it was a cash grab last year. It felt like Game Freak and the Pokémon Company did something that I would expect from Electronic Arts, but not them.I have always played the latest version of Pokémon up until the next version were released. Sun/Moon were the first ones that after I finished them I didn’t keep searching, battling, capturing, or even playing. I liked it at the time but something always felt off about it which caused me to stop playing it. This seems to be the reason why the game didn’t hold my interest as much as earlier versions had.I hope I’m wrong about this, but I don’t think I am.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Nintendo 64 Classic

I think we can all agree that the Nintendo 64 Classic is definitely going to happen. This system will most likely have less games than the Super Nintendo Classic being the games are a larger file size and it will have HDMI. I hope that Nintendo will include the Rumble feature that debuted with Star Fox 64 and that it comes with 4 controllers. If it comes with 4 controllers and Rumble, I can see this retailing for $99.99. Here is what I think the most likely choices are for the Nintendo 64 Classic when it is announced.
  1. Super Mario 64

     
  2. Donkey Kong 64


  3. Mario Kart 64


  4. Mario Party 2


  5. Pokemon Snap


  6. Wave Race 64


  7. Super Smash Bros.


  8. Paper Mario


  9. Banjo-Kazooie


  10. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time


  11. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards


  12. Mario Tennis


  13. Yoshi's Story


  14. F Zero X


  15. Star Fox 64



Honorable Mention:
Goldeneye


While I hope that Nintendo can get this game on the Nintendo 64 Classic, I think it is extremely unlikely due to licensing issues with Rare and MGM over the rights to James Bond. If Goldeneye is on the Nintendo 64 Classic, then this is an automatic buy. 


Do you agree or disagree with my choices? Comment with your picks.


Friday, September 15, 2017

PewDiePie & The No Good, Very Bad Word

Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg or as the world knows him, PewDiePie is in another storm of controversy. During a live stream of the game Playerunknown Battlegrounds, PewDiePie said a racial slur and then laughed after saying it. While some gamers having been sticking up for him saying “He said it in a gamer rage”, but that still doesn't make it right. Every person who is reading this article has probably said something they regretted in their life, but there are two major differences about PewDiePie.

The Live Stream Incident NSFW: Language Warning 

The first one is that PewDiePie is a public figure. Being a public figure comes with the responsibility of being a role model for your younger fans who may not know that word is not proper. Kids tend to emulate who they look up to and we don't need kids walking around using that word because their favorite YouTube Star used it and thought it was funny. As a YouTube Creator he should know the demographics of his viewers and at least be semi-aware of some major world news events that are impacting his viewers lives. Racial tension has been a major hot button topic recently in the United States, especially with the events that happened in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The other major thing is that this is not PewDiePie's first brush with highly offensive material. This past January, he posted a video with the message of “Death To All Jews”. He said it was a joke saying that the site he hired the actors from “would do anything for five dollars”. That video caused PewDiePie to lose his deal with Disney. After his Death To All Jews scandal, Neo-Nazi websites such as The Daily Stormer proclaimed themselves as “PewDiePie's #1 Fan Site”. In the past he had also posted a few other videos with Anti-Semitic messages including one that depicted a man dressed as Jesus Christ saying, “Hitler did absolutely nothing wrong”.


It's players like PewDiePie that gives gamers a bad name and reinforces the stereotype that every gamer online only talks about sleeping with your mother and calling you derogatory names. Actions like these from celebrities like PewDiePie have given power to racist terms and the ideological of the far right. We as the gaming community need to stand up against this type of racism and lead the march that will help make the world a more peaceful place for gamers and non-gamers alike.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Super Nintendo Mini Classic Wishlist

With the discontinuation of the NES Classic, there has been major spectulation of a Super Nintendo version going to be released in the future. This is a list of the most likely titles that will be included on it (along with some wishful thinking too).

 

Star Fox

 

 

Super Mario World

 

 

Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

 

 

Super Mario Kart

 

 

Chrono Trigger

 

 

Super Mario RPG

 

 

Super Castevania IV

 

 

Contra III

 

 

Super Punch Out

 

 

F-Zero

 

 

Pilotwings

 

 

Yoshi's Island



Super Metroid



Kirby's Dreamland 3



Super Ghouls N Ghosts



Super Double Dragon



Donkey Kong Country

 

 

Donkey Kong Country 2

 

 

Donkey Kong Country 3

 

 

Breath of Fire

 

 

Harvest Moon

 

 

Mega Man X3

 

 

Final Fight

 

 

R-Type III

 

 

Super Bomberman

 

 

Secret of Mana

 

 

Illusion of Gaia


 

Final Fantasy III (Final Fantasy VI)

 

Earthbound

 

 

Tetris Attack

 

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

The following three titles will most likely not be featured on the SNES Classic due to lack of demand or licensing issues, but I felt they needed to be mentioned.

Killer Instinct

 

 

EVO: Search for Eden

 

 

Secret of Evermore