WTF Friday: Nintendo November 2018 Direct

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Is this a new post category? I dunno. Definitely have a lot of thoughts on the latest Nintendo Direct, many of which I’m not sure how to feel either way. Hence the general, “Wtf” feeling.

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So, there was a Nintendo Direct yesterday focused on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the last one before the game is finally released. I had to wait until I got home after work to see the direct, but Rachel did tell me the gist of it during my lunch break.

Honestly, while I wish I could watch the directs live with my sister instead of being at my day job, I am always highly entertained at Rachel’s animated reenactments (voices and acting included).

Rachel posted her thoughts on it right after the direct was over, but I have a few of my own. I didn’t think the direct was too bad… not the best, but it wasn’t too bad.

I believe the direct had many new, unexpected aspects to the game, aspects that made me raise an eyebrow and go, “Wtf?” Don’t get me wrong, I’m still optimistic about Ultimate, but I’m definitely interested in seeing how these new features will pan out.

Some new fighters were revealed — Ken, Incineroar, and… Piranha Plant (free for a limited time!).

Okay. They’re not bad. If we needed another brawler, I would have rather had Chun-Li from Street Fighter rather than Ken as another female fighter, but I won’t complain. Incineroar isn’t too bad, and I know Rachel is excited to see that Pokemon as a fighter. Piranha Plant was completely random but I think it’s a cute character… for a limited time.

Speaking of the characters, definitely not sure how I feel about the DLC. In today’s day and age of video games, DLC is normal, despite how much I am not a fan of it. I’d rather pay for the whole game at once rather than shelling out an extra thirty bucks or so for more content. On the other hand, Geno may be a DLC character, so of course we’re going to buy the fighters pass.

I totally went “Wtf?” at the adventure mode with the big bad force just Thanos-snapping all the fighters out of existence EXCEPT FOR KIRBY. I laughed at seeing the pink puffball avoid getting disintegrated (along with Rachel telling me, “Yeah, the whole chat was going, ‘RUN KIRBY RUN!’ and then cheering when he was shown to be alive.”). Kirby is to Smash Bros. Ultimate as Tony Stark is to Avengers 4, apparently.

Definitely went, “Wtf?” at seeing the evil clones (?) of the characters that we have to go save and hearing the theme song (it has lyrics!).

All in all, though, World of Light doesn’t look bad at all. It seems like a fun adventure mode, and I’m actually really excited to see all the different kind of video game characters that make cameos as spirits in the game! There were plenty of times that I was cooing over seeing characters that I completely forgot existed in the videos. I definitely found it amusing to see all the Pokemon — do you think they have every Pokemon in existence as spirits?

The online mode seems to have gotten a nice revamp from previous installments as well, and I like the measures Nintendo has taken to ensure that matches remain fair, both in rules and player strength. It’ll be great to actually test it out with some friends!

What did you think of the Nintendo Direct? Who do you think will be the five DLC characters?

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Nintendo Direct – November 1, 2018

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday & first day of November!

We’re kicking off the month in a fine way with a brand new Nintendo Direct and more information on Super Smash Brothers Ultimate.

After a night of trick or treating, we’re in for a real treat! (Sorry, but not really.)

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate is coming out for the Nintendo Switch on December 7th, 2018. There’s so much hype about it and we’re all super excited. I want the months to take their time, but I can’t wait for the game to come out.

Honestly, when Nintendo had a Smash direct not too long ago, I thought that would be it until the game game out. Sure, we’d have a few leaks here and there, but they showed so much of the game and its features that I honestly didn’t think Nintendo would have anything new to add.

Well, I was wrong. They added a lot. But honestly, I feel kind of indifferent about the whole thing. I was really hyped in the past Directs and now? I just feel like, “Okay. That’s a thing.”

Don’t get me wrong – I’m still really looking forward to the game and I know it’ll be a ton of fun. Nintendo just, as usual, threw in some curve balls.

Needless to say, but – if you have not watched the Direct, this post will contain spoilers. Read on at your own risk.

Three new fighters were added giving us a total of 75. Two of those fighters opened up the Direct – Ken from Street Fighter and Incineroar from Pokemon Sun & Moon. Ken looks great, but I have to admit I didn’t know how much I needed Incineroar as a playable character until now.

First two minutes of the Direct and I was super excited. Then my excitement waned for the rest of the show.

The roster will start small like the original Nintendo 64 game, which I like. It will allow me to play as different characters, ones I wouldn’t normally start with. Plus, it’ll be a fun journey to unlock everyone else.

Each character is getting their own Amiibo as well, so I’m looking forward to adding to my collection.

However, instead of collecting trophies in the game (let’s be real – the Amiibo are the trophies to collect except it’s real money), there’s something else to collect from pretty much every single game known to man.

This is the mode that was blurred out in the previous Smash Direct that Nintendo said they weren’t revealing yet. It’s called Spirits. There are Spirit characters which you can collect by fighting certain characters. They can latch onto your fighters and give them special power-ups.

That’s the basic gist of it. There’s a whole lot more to it, but I won’t go into it just now. To be honest, the whole thing was kind of confusing to me. I’m looking forward to trying it out. I do think it’s a cool idea and I love having the ability to find more characters. I mean, Polterpup was one of the spirits. Characters you forgot existed are spirits. You can’t go wrong with that. Each has their own class based on their powers – novice, advanced, ace, and legend. They also have certain strengths that have an advantage over others strengths.

(I love how I said I wouldn’t go into too much detail and then I did.)

Nintendo paid a lot of attention to the online mode. You can battle wireless locally or online. There are a ton of online modes such as elite battles, smash tags, a short messaging system, spectator mode, co-op online, battle arena, and more. The online battles are matched depending on your rank, location, and preferred rules so matches are fair and even.

This is, of course, a way to get people to buy their new online service as well as the app. They’ll be coming out with a special Smash Ultimate app in 2019 called Smash World. There will be more details on that at a later time.

Next, they announced more assist trophies. Isaac from Golden Sun, Black Knight from Fire Emblem, Thwomp from Super Mario Bros, Spring Man from ARMS, Wily Capsule from Mega Man, Flies and Hand from Mario Paint, Tiki from Fire Emblem, Vince from Art Academy, Guile from Street Fighter, and Akira from Virtua Fighter. This gives us a total of 59 assist trophies.

Nintendo then went onto to explain others modes and features such as the help section and options. Century Smash and All-Star mode are back, which is exciting. Those are good ones. You can also replay your battle data and create videos out of them. There will also be challenges to gain rewards as well as a record of your stats.

As mentioned before, you can gain gamer tags by online battles. You can then trade those tags for gold because there is now a shop mode in Smash where you can use your gold to buy music tracks and the like. Yeah. So that’s a thing.

Next, they added new outfits for the Mii fighters. I never play as the Mii fighters and don’t really care too much for them. However, I did enjoy the new costumes. There’s Yiga Clan, Splatoon 2, Ribbon Girl, Chibi Robo, Ray MKlll, and Toy-Con.

Here’s where the Direct got really interesting… they announced DLC. There will be five packs of DLC, each one containing a brand new character never in Smash before (obviously because they’re all already there), a brand new stage, and a brand new music track. Each pack will be about $5.99, which means you’re paying $2 for each giving you a grand total of $30. Or you could buy all five packs for $25 and save $5. They’re not announcing what’s inside the packs though. You just have to take a chance at the mysterious characters.

I have to admit, I’m disappointed by this. $25-$30 for five extra characters, five extra stages, and five music tracks doesn’t seem that bad. But the game is already $60 which means we’ll be paying about $90 for this game alone.

Am I still going to buy it? Probably. But that’s how Nintendo sucks you in. I’ll buy it because I know it’ll be good, but I really wish this could just be a gift from Nintendo.

They are giving us some sort of gift, however, but only if you pre-order the game. This is where the third character comes in. Piranha Plant is joining the fight. Random, right? I think it’s cool and I’m looking forward to playing as him. Although, he won’t be fully developed for another few months until after the game is released, which I find kind of odd.

Finally, Nintendo ended the Direct with a bang. They announced a new adventure mode. They asked, “where did the spirit characters come from?” They showed the intro to the adventure mode (Nintendo has certainly been going on a killing spree with their characters lately…) and it looks great. I’m certainly looking forward to that and checking out what caused the adventure mode. There were Master Hands everywhere and it was completely creepy and awesome. The adventure mode is called World of Light. So, we’ll see how that is.

That was the basics of the Direct. It wasn’t as hyped as I thought it would be and I wasn’t as excited for the new announcements as I had hoped. Still, I’m looking forward to getting the game and trying it all out. I’m sure it’ll be great and a lot of fun regardless.

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Friday Favorites: Smash Direct

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

The Super Smash Bros Direct this past Wednesday was filled to the brim with exciting information on the development of Smash Bros. Ultimate. While my greatest wish for the game hasn’t been granted yet, I’m still pretty damn pleased with what we have seen!

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Chrom

He’s finally in the lineup! Sure, he’s an echo character, but he still finally made it in the lineup! Awakening is one of my favorite Fire Emblem titles so, while I don’t believe we need another swordsman or Fire Emblem lord, it is a nice treat to see Chrom make an appearance other than be in Robin’s Final Smash (which actually begs the question… will Chrom still be part of Robin’s Final Smash? Or will Robin appear as Grima?).

Stages

The stage mechanics seemed to have gotten a nice overhaul, and all the effort looks as if it’ll pay off. All the stages having omega forms? Throwback stages to the original N64 installment? Stages morphing into others? Having the option to turn the hazards on and off? Yes, please!

Music

I don’t listen to the radio much these days. My coworkers and cousins talk about concerts and random country singers and I have no idea what they’re saying other than a vague recollection of, “Yes, I think I’ve heard of that guy before.” My Spotify playlists are made up of video game soundtracks and covers, so when I saw the music collection that is going to be in Smash Ultimate, I loved it! Not sure if I’ll ever have the courage to take the Switch with me for a portable player, but being able to have my own playlist filled with Nintendo tunes on in the background while I’m working will be great.

New Assists and Pokemon

It’s great to see Knuckles and Krystal there for assist trophy cameos! I would have loved to see them as echo characters, if not fighters in their own right, but I’ll take them as assist trophies. Abra looks like a deliciously fun Pokemon to unleash on the stage, and it wasn’t a surprise to see the Alolan legendaries. Seeing Mimikyu made us go, “Awww!” to “OH GOD!” very quickly, haha!

What were your favorite parts of the Smash direct? Anything you were hoping to see?

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Our Thoughts During The Super Smash Bros Ultimate Nintendo Direct

For once, we were able to watch a Nintendo Direct live! We’ve been looking forward to know more about Super Smash Brothers Ultimate since it was first announced.

This is just a bulleted list of what our thoughts were as we were watching the Nintendo Direct. Keep in mind, this obviously contains spoilers. So, if you didn’t watch the Direct, do not read on.

Introduction

First, that intro was dope. They definitely couldn’t have done that better if they tried. Throwing Luigi into the new Dracula’s Castle stage was perfect. The introduction of Simon and his echo character, Richter, from Castlevania was well done.

We’ve never played Castlevania before, but do have a few games with the Nintendo NES and SNES mini, so we’ll have to try those games out soon.

New Characters

Simon and Ritcher look like amazing characters. Both seem so smooth and powerful and we’re eager to give them a try.

Chrom from Fire Emblem and Dark Samus were also announced as echo characters. We’re excited for Chrom and having another Samus thrown into the mix is great as well.

Lastly, they announced King K. Rool at the very end of the direct. This is a character we’ve hoped for – or at least thought would be cool to have – so we’re surprised he’s actually part of the roster now. We’re excited!

Stages

We have a feeling this game is going to take up a lot of space on the Switch, but that’s fine. We’re going to be able to revisit old stages from as far back as the original Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo 64. Not to mention brand new stages such as Dracula’s Castle announced in the beginning of the direct, which looks like an amazing stage.

Stage Perks

All the stages are available from the very beginning of the game and they’re all available for 8-player matches, which is amazing. We no longer have to limit ourselves to certain stages if we have more than 3 friends (rare, but it does happen).

The stages can also morph, which means you can play on two stages at once. You can pick which two stages you want and throughout the match, the stages with morph from one to the next adding a little more variety and challenge to the match.

Music

We’ve always wanted to have soundtracks to every video game we play. Though when games have the tracks listed in the settings that we can listen to, we never do. We can’t bring it with us. Well, now we can. We can bring over 800 gaming tracks with us as long as we have our Switch with us. And we’re excited about that.

Items & Assist Trophies

They’ve added quite a few new things in this department. They’ve added new Pokemon for the Pokeball item, two new swords, a bomb, and Rachel’s personally favorite – a banana. Why that hasn’t been a thing before, who knows?

The assist trophies all look great as well. Though, we’ll admit, we would have loved to have Knuckles as an echo character to Sonic, if not his own character. The moon from Majora’s Mask though is so clever and definitely should have been added long ago.

Modes & Such

They talked about the Classic mode as well as the Tournament mode. They’ve added a new Smashdown mode which eliminates characters after you’ve played as them. This allows you to try out different characters and, if you’re playing with others, allows you to rush over to certain characters before your friend does.

Overall

We were pleased with the direct overall. We’re looking forward to Super Smash Brothers Ultimate to come out now more than ever. We’re eager to test out the new characters, check out the awesome new modes, and play on the various stages.

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The Best Nintendo Direct Ever

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

It’s weird to get back into the swing of things after a weekend away at EGLX. Something excited happened over the weekend though and that would be the latest Nintendo Direct.

Nintendo put on a Direct on Friday, March 8, 2018. I always get excited about the Directs and, like most people, I get my hopes up for certain games and features. Then the Direct happens and nothing I wanted was announced.

I have to say, however, this Direct was the best one so far.

I was hoping for my usual:

  • A brand new mainstream Animal Crossing game
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • A brand new mainstream Pokemon game
  • Super Smash Brothers
  • A new (good) Paper Mario
  • A new (good) Mario Party
  • Virtual Console features
  • YouTube, Twitch, and Netflix

Did we get all that? No, of course not. But I was still super excited for what they announced this Direct. It was filled with fist-pumping and excitement rather than disappointment.

My favorite highlights for the Nintendo 3DS:

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

I still haven’t played this game or any of the Mario & Luigi games. I still hope to though. It seems this game as the same as the last with some newly added features. I’ll be getting it at some point to finally play.

Detective Pikachu

We all knew about this one, but I can’t wait for it to come out. This isn’t a mainstream Pokemon game, but I’ll take any new Pokemon game at this time. Plus, we know they’re working on something else anyway.

Luigi’s Mansion remake

It’s not Luigi’s Mansion 3, but at least Nintendo hears us when we all say we love Luigi’s Mansion. While I love the Gamecube graphics (sue me) I look forward to playing this old classic on the 3DS. I’m still keeping my hopes up for a third game though… maybe they’re working on one for the Switch and this, in a way, is like a teaser.

My favorite highlights for the Nintendo Switch:

Octopath Traveler

We finally got a release date! I’ve played the demo and have been eagerly awaiting more information about this game. They added two new characters and it’ll be out July 2018.

Captain Toad

I loved this game for the Wii U. However, it was too short for me. I wanted more. This seems like a remake with a few extra levels built in. I’ll be getting it. I just hope there’s a good amount of new features added.

Undertale

I’ve never played Undertale, though I’ve seen play-throughs and have heard great things. Kris just downloaded it from Steam and have started playing through it herself. I’ll be getting a copy of this for the Switch though. I’d love to see it on the big screen.

Last, but not least:

Mario Tennis Aces

I was never much into the Mario sports games. I have a couple of them but never really played them that often. This game looks good though. I’m excited to give it a try.

Super Smash Brothers

I don’t think I need to explain this one. People are wondering if it’s a port, remake, or a brain new game. I believe it’s a brand new game with it’s “working title” and also new added characters (such as Splatoon) and Link’s silhouette looks like BOTW Link. It’s a new one, people. We’re excited.

Did you watch the Direct? Did you love it as much as I did? What are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments below!

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