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E3 2017: Thoughts on Sony and Nintendo presentations

Sony had their presentation Monday night, but I was feeling too bad to do anything but watch and take notes. Overall, they didn’t show what I most wanted to see, and there wasn’t anything that got me too excited. I had wanted to see a new Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer, Ni No Kuni 2 or The Last of Us 2, though I guess I should be thankful I didn’t see the latter in case of spoilers (I’m still playing the first game).

They showed expansion packs for Uncharted and Horizon Zero Dawn and while I plan on playing both in the future, expansions don’t interest me on their own, unless included in GOTY editions or have a good deal (for instance, I did buy both Witcher 3 expansions, because they were loaded with content). I’m not at all interested in Days Gone. I’ve tried Monster Hunter in the past (MH4U specifically) and it wasn’t really for me, I find it too difficult. Shadow of the Collosus seems to have made a lot of people happy, but I’ve never played it and still don’t think it’s the game for me personally. Marvel vs Capcom Ultimate though? Yes, though it wasn’t “new” as I knew of it already. The only negative I have on the trailer is that it didn’t really show what kind of game it was. There was a single VR game that I wish wasn’t VR; that game was Moss. It was adorable with the mouse warrior! You’d think I would have read Redwall with how I reacted (note to self: read/listen to the Redwall series already). Detroit Become Human looked interesting (I’m a cyberpunk fan), and Marvel Spiderman was a nice surprise.

Now let’s talk Nintendo! This is what I was most excited about and they did not disappoint! I loved EVERYTHING. So let’s get started!

1. Rocket League is coming to Switch, which is awesome though I haven’t played. This fact might make me change my mind though. It will also have exclusive customizations and cross play with other platforms. I can see this being popular for Switch users.
2. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 still has British voice actors! I loved that about Xenoblade Chronicles and will definitely be picking this one up. And yay, there are still Nopons!
3. KIRBY! Not until 2018 but still makes me so happy.
4. METROID PRIME 4. Every fan has already heard about it but hooray for the confirmation, I hope we get actual footage in a future direct or next E3!
5. YOSHI! He’s felted this time, in a cardboard diorama world. The crafty geek in me loves this as much as I loved Yoshi’s Wooly World.
6. Fire Emblem Warriors makes me think I really need to start Hyrule Warriors this weekend.
7. I’m not really planning on buying DLCs for Breath of the Wild, but maybe if there’s a sale or something. There’s so much to do without and I’m nowhere near finished so it’s no rush for me.
8. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has me sold, even if rabbids are annoying. I like everything I’ve seen.
9. Super Mario Odyssey. Does anything need to be said? I NEED a Switch before it comes out, come on Nintendo, make them more available!

These were announced after the Direct, but nevertheless I’m going to buy both. Metroid Samus Returns is a gorgeous 2D Metroid remake of the 2nd game, but more than just a remake. And the Metroid amiibo is perfect, hope I can get my hands on it. The other game is Mario And Luigi Superstar Saga remake + Bowser’s Minions.

Overall, Nintendo did awesome this E3, while the others were sort of lackluster in comparison. The future of gaming is bright and I have WAY too many games to play already but I don’t care. What was your favorite thing about this E3? Did you watch any of the tournaments?

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TTT: Top Ten Games That Made Me Smile in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! This week is a freebie, meaning the topic can be whatever we want! I decided to focus on games this time. So this is my list of Top Ten Games that made me smile in 2015 (and yes, it is two days late). Not best or anything, but they were games that brought me joy during a difficult year. Though some of these are favorites, others are not but will probably always make me smile when I need it.

Fantasy Life
Fantasy Life is so adorable and addictive, I’ve fallen in love with this game. There’s loads of content to keep you busy for hours, and DLC you can add that gives you a whole new area after finishing the story. It was the highlight of my holiday in December, even if I played more of it in 2016 technically.

Bayonetta 2 - Nintendo Wii U
Bayonetta 1 + 2 combo pack was very fun. Although I’d gotten it at the end of 2014 for my husband, I didn’t play it until 2015. And when I did, I had a really great time with it. No link for this one as it’s currently not available at a decent price, but it might still be around in physical stores.

Mario Kart 8 - Nintendo Wii U
Mario Kart 8 was something I got back in 2014, but of course kept playing in 2015. Every time I play this, I’m grinning. It’s a great mood lifter! Also probably the best Mario Kart to date.

Lego Harry Potter 1-4 was my birthday gift, and having missed the HP world and never getting to play this because I’d heard of the bugs, I was so glad to get this DRM-free version on sale. So far as I played, I didn’t run into much problems, and I enjoyed getting to experience some parts of the books again (I just reread the 2nd book via audiobook, and hope to continue listening to the rest as rereads).

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl - Nintendo 3DS
Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millenium Girl is a game I got when it came out, but it took me getting Fafnir Knight to prompt me to actually get into this one. And I love it a lot, as I did Fafnir Knight before I switched to this one. I should finish it this year so I can get to Untold 2, but I have a ridiculous amount of games to play, so who knows!

Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. - Nintendo 3DS

Puzzles & Dragons is just a fun casual game, that’s highly addictive.


Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is a game I honestly wasn’t sure about, but when I saw the collector’s edition for only $45 at a convention, just a few months after its release, I couldn’t walk away. From what I played, I enjoyed it, until I realized how slowly I was progressing, which put a damper on things. But still, the pet pig and those felynes sure did provoke a smile out of me, and I might return to it from time to time.

Terraria is another game I had before 2015, but learned how to play in 2015, and enjoyed. I like Sandbox games quite a bit, as it turns out (which is why I got excited on Twitter this morning when I saw Starbound is now on GOG).

Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash with Chibi-Robo amiibo bundle - Nintendo 3DS
Chilbi-Robo Zip Lash got a lot of dislike, but I couldn’t help myself. And I couldn’t play this game without a silly grin on my face. Sweet as the candy and snacks you collect, Chibi-Robo wormed his way into my heart, despite the negativity surrounding it. I adore this little robot and hope we’ll get to see more of him.

Super Mario 3D Land
Super Mario Bros 3D Land is a game I waited a long time to play, mainly because I’d wait for Black Friday to try and get a copy, as Target would discount it to $15. This year I had luck on my side, as I was able to grab it before it got sold out like it did in previous years. And it’s quite fun. I look forward to Mario 3D World when I can eventually pick that one up. 🙂

Honorary mention would be Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer, because I’ve loved designing spaces since the original Sims. However, it didn’t make my list simply for the absolute lack of challenge. It’s basically just a sketchbook for designing, but there’s no real point. Still fun though, but I felt I couldn’t add it to this list because of that.

*Amazon links give me a small monetary kickback if you choose to buy from them. GOG links don’t, but I prefer sending people there over Steam and these are the versions I have.*

Waiting on Wednesday: Book and Game Edition!

I’ve decided I will be doing this tag, but with a little twist. I’ll be featuring not just an upcoming book, but also a game. This might evolve to also mentioning a movie at times. However, you can always count on a book and a video game, which could be for any platform, as I’m not going to break it down. Anyway, what am I excited for this week? Read on!

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff has been on my radar ever since watching videos from BEA 2015 (Book Expo America, if you’re not familiar). This book looks so AWESOME and I am kind of a sucker for books written in a non-traditional, more experimental way (which is why I’m forever attracted to House of Leaves but am too much of a wimp to actually read the whole thing). It comes out on October 20th, though I don’t know when I’ll actually get to buy it. However, I’m eager to read this one!

Here is the synopsis: It follows a girl named Kady and she has a typical life until her planet is under attack from an unknown enemy. She manages to escape on a ship, with her mom on another and her ex-boyfriend on another. While their trying to escape their planet Kerenza, the enemy is in pursuit and at the same time a virus is spreading through one of the ships while the main ship’s AI goes haywire. It just seems like a fun ride and I love sci-fi and space operas, so I’m excited. I actually haven’t read sci-fi in quite some time, so this will be a nice foray back to the genre.

For games, I’m actually listing two that are technically out already. However, they’re still brand new, so it still applies. Both games are for 3DS.

Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash with Chibi-Robo amiibo bundle - Nintendo 3DS

The first game to mention was one I learned about back at E3 week, so if you read my Nintendo post, you might remember this title. That game is Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash. It actually was released on October 9th. I preordered this game with the amiibo figure, despite not having a New 3DS or NFC reader, but it was a good deal and the amiibo is adorable (also, I plan on getting a New 3DS in the future, so it will be used, just not right now). I just couldn’t resist the cuteness of this platformer, and I love collectibles in these types of games, so I’m looking forward to trying to collect all the snacks available. It should be lots of fun. Reviews have come out that were unfavorable, but I still think I’ll enjoy it for what it is.

The other game I went to mention actually released yesterday (the 13th). It is Legend of Legacy which I heard about through Atlus, since they’re the publisher. It was actually developed by a studio I never heard of, but includes former members of Square Enix and Level 5. When I heard the writer of Chrono Trigger was working on it, my interest was piqued. I have a love for JRPGs admittedly, and I look forward to adding this one to my collection. There are 7 characters to choose from, each with their own side of the story, so you have to play through the game 7 times to get the full experience. When I play games with multiple endings like this, I usually never end up playing them all, but I’m okay with that. The focus is on exploration, and you can freely progress through the game rather than having your hand held throughout. Anyway, I hope it will end up being a great game, but check it out if you find this interesting at all.

Nintendo Digital Event at E3 2015 – New Games Announced, More Info on Known Titles

Nintendo started off with a skit featuring puppets…similar to how they started off last years’ with Claymation, except that the puppetry didn’t show up in a game like Claymation leading to Kirby’s Rainbow Curse. This led to the first Star Fox trailer.

Star Fox is officially named Starfox Zero and given a launch window for this holiday season. I want to say it’ll either come at Thanksgiving or at Christmas time; I don’t see it coming any earlier than that. It does not support online multiplayer; the focus this time is on the single player experience. Regardless, the game looks great and I’m excited to play it. The Arwing also transforms, which is kinda fun.

Reggie then sat down with Activision and exclusive Skylander/Amiibos were introduced. They have Hammer Slam Bowser and Turbo Charge Donkey Kong, and they hold data for Skylanders and whatever game you use the amiibo version for (which is a simple turn of the base). These work with the new Skylanders Superchargers game for all Nintendo versions (Wii U, Wii and 3DS).

Then they announced a new 3DS game in the Zelda franchise, Zelda Triforce Heroes. It plays much like Four Swords, but with 3 Links instead of 4. You work together in 3 player co-op and this does have online multiplayer so you can have play sessions with your online friends. If you play single player, you simply switch between control of characters. I rather like Four Swords, so this is a game I’m looking forward to. It is slated for Fall 2015, so just a few more months!

Hyrule Warriors for 3DS was leaked a bit early, but we got to see a trailer and the actual name of Hyrule Warriors Legends. The game includes DLC characters from the Wii U version and includes new characters, one of them being Tetra. It has a launch window of first quarter 2016. I still need to get the Wii U game, but I might just end up with both.

Remember Blast Ball? It’s a side game that’s part of a new game called Metroid Prime: Federation Force. Apparently a lot of fans are disappointed by this, but Federation Force looks like a very fun FPS. I want another Samus Aran focused game as much as the next fan, but I know this is a game I can enjoy to. It’s slated for 2016.

We saw Fire Emblem Fates (originally seen under the Japanese title If) and it’ll be on 3DS in 2016. Next we saw the Fire Emblem X SMT crossover, which still doesn’t have an English title and given the same 2016 window. Hopefully it won’t be long before we see it again.

One of my happy moments was seeing Xenoblade Chronicles X get an official release date. It comes out on December 4th. If you have a Wii U and love epic, open world RPGs, this is a must buy. I’m seriously so excited for this!

Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer got a release date of September 25th, 2015. It comes with an amiibo card to start you off, and the first series of cards include 100 characters with more to come later. I love interior design, so I’ll probably be picking this up.

Fans have been wanting Animal Crossing on Wii U… Nintendo answered in a way no one expected. Disclaimer here though: I honestly didn’t see a traditional AC game on home console, I believe that simply won’t happen due to the real-time aspect being much easier on a handheld. If we got an AC game that was anything like the traditional ones, it would have had to change to in-game time. Instead, they gave us a board game called Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival similar to Mario Party and Fortune Street. I personally love board games, virtual and physical, so I’m still going to enjoy this.

Yoshi’s Wooly World hits stores on Oct 16th, Super Mario Maker arrives on September 11th. To Level-5 fans, they got the announcement of Yokai Watch finally localized for NA and Europe, something people have been wanting. I didn’t know anything about it, but after watching Treehouse play, I’ll be picking it up as well. It’ll be out sometime this holiday season.

I’m finishing this post with two new games announced for Spring and Holiday 2016 respectively. First, there’s Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam, combining both series into one action-packed RPG. There’s a lot to like if you played any of the previous games from Mario and Luigi or Paper Mario, and it’s on my list. Then they announced Mario Tennis Ultra Smash for Wii U, which I’m decidedly less excited about (I’m not really a fan of the tennis games).

Overall, I’m fairly happy. There are certainly more games coming, such as Fatal Frame, but they were left out of this event. However you can see trailers online. Like always, the full video is posted below. I’ll be posting on Square Enix tomorrow. Thanks for reading!

Nintendo World Championships 2015 – The first in 25 years

Yesterday I watched this live, expecting loads of fun and I was not disappointed. It was far more exciting than any sports event I ever watched and the final round had me on the edge of my seat, reacting to every moment. It was a great show, and I’d love to see them do it regularly. Not yearly, but perhaps every 4 or so years. It was exciting and perhaps the best form of advertising Nintendo could have done.

We didn’t expect any premieres here, but Nintendo is always doing the unexpected. So they premiered an upcoming 3DS game (not sure if it’s New 3DS exclusive or just general 3DS) called Blast Ball. It has a Metroid style, but it’s a futuristic soccer game with mechs and an energy ball. You have to shoot the ball with your gun to get it into the opponent’s goal and try not to let it hit you or you’ll take a lot of damage. The game is 3 vs 3 and looks like a “blast” to play, but I’m not sure how much content is there. Of course, I had the same initial thought about Splatoon, so there should be a good single player campaign and plenty of unlockables to make it worth it. I’d definitely like to learn more about the game.

The final round revealed the new name for Mario Maker, which is now Super Mario Maker. The levels shown have definitely improved my original thoughts on the game and now I want it. Good job Nintendo. Also those levels were insane, but super fun to watch. I recommend watching the whole event, but if you don’t have time, skip ahead to see Blast Ball and then make sure you catch the Super Mario Maker levels. The full video is below:

A Gaming TBP of Sorts: Also Known As “Quick, put in all the Nintendo Codes!”

In case you hadn’t heard by now, Club Nintendo is shutting down to make way for a currently unknown, new rewards program. So over the weekend I put in all the codes which weren’t plugged in yet in anticipation of the influx of reward options. Now I don’t HAVE to play these games, but I do want the points from post-play surveys to put towards a downloadable game. As the saying goes, you either use it or lose it, and who would want to miss out? Of these games, I only actually played one, but would like to revisit it anyway. Otherwise I haven’t played any of these. As with books, I’m notorious with buying games at discount prices and then letting them sit for when I’ll eventually get around to them…if I do. It’s a bad habit, but I’m never without options.

Anyways, so this month’s To Be Played (at least 1 hour of each, or enough to take the survey) is below.

Super Mario Galaxy – This one I’ve played a bit of, but wouldn’t mind playing some more anyway.

Zelda: Skyward Sword – Looking forward to this, but kind of feel like I won’t love it as much as Windwaker and Twilight Princess. I could be very wrong and I hope that I am. Guess I’ll find out.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn – Having luckily found a physical copy, I’m definitely excited to check it out.

Zelda: Phantom Hourglass – Not too sure about this one being stylus controls, but Zelda is always worth trying.

Brain Age 2 – Won’t spend much time with this one, as I had 1 and mainly got it to have a handheld Sudoku again. Might be better than the first game, but I’m not expecting much. It was a $3 pick up over the summer.

If you’ve played the Zelda games and the Fire Emblem game, let me know! Also, what game do you think I should start with of these three? And which of these games should I make the effort to play to completion over these next two months?

As for reading, I’m still working on Lailah. My explanation for that is I’m the type of reader that reads best in silence. Currently, I’m in a fairly noisy environment, which really makes it hard for me to read. This bums me out honestly, but the situation should change in the next few months, hopefully. So my plan is to finish Lailah and read a couple of graphic novels to catch up on my reading goal. On the plus side, at least I’m finding a lot of time for games as noise level doesn’t bother that activity.

The Story of How I Became a Gamer

While I’m pretty obviously female as you can tell by my videos and icons, I certainly have my own story of what made me a gamer. I had a friend in elementary school and he had an NES system. I would go to his house after school pretty regularly. Even though I was a “girl” (this was back in the 90’s after all), he decided one day that I could play with him on the NES after we got bored doing origami. So he introduced me to Duck Hunt and it was pretty much the coolest thing ever back then. I was so amazed by it, just sitting there and having essentially an arcade game to play at his house. Seriously, Duck Hunt blew my little kid mind back then. We spent hours taking turns shooting those darn ducks. It was also the moment I knew that I loved Nintendo (many years later, I now have a Gamecube, N64, DS Lite, 3DS, Wii U and a bunch of Club Nintendo stuff too). Later I was introduced to the Zelda series at my best friend’s house, as she had an SNES with A Link to the Past, though I didn’t properly play a Zelda game myself until Windwaker. Those are my first console memories outside of a Commodore, which I played with my neighbor (Bubble Bobble being the game of choice, along with a game that I cannot remember the name of sadly).

So what made me call myself a gamer? It’s a toss up really. I sunk many many hours in Diablo 1, solidifying my absolute love for RPGs. I spent probably even more time with The Sims. The first Sims game offered so many hilarious situations and me and my friends were addicted. Seriously crazy things happened; I had a house where I made Sims of me and my friends and we all had husbands and lived in the same house. Two of the husbands fell in love with each other, leading to constant fighting between our sims. And the situations would just get weird; it was always a soap opera when I played. And then Halo 1 came, ensuring the fact that I needed games in my life and did not want to go without.

All of these games have given me very positive memories, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that. In a way, like books, these games kept me going in a time of darkness and turmoil. It’s not so much where I played them or what we ate when playing (I’m not really even sure, but M&Ms and potato chips stand out in my mind), or drinking soda (though I’ve cut that habit long ago now) while playing, but just the fact that these games connected me to friends, brought me much laughter, allowed me to be a kid and gave an escape from the bad stuff I was dealing with.

If someone were to create a personal nostalgia crate for me, it would probably include a plush of one of the Bubble Bobble dragons, a zapper gun or USB gamepad, a bag of M&Ms, a soundtrack of classic Nintendo songs, and a classic game or two (looking at you, Kirby Nightmare in Dreamland).

I was recently introduced to Man Crates, a small company which sells one time gift boxes catered to men, wooden crates that include their own crowbar to open them. Among their most popular boxes is the Retro Gaming crate (they also have a Super Retro Gaming crate). I did not receive any compensation for writing this blog post. If you’re interested at all in what the Retro Gamer Crate or Super Retro Gamer Crate include, check them out at http://www.mancrates.com.

Nintendo Direct January Wrap-Up

Today was an unexpected Nintendo Direct! I crawled out of bed in time to watch it live (was at 6 AM for me). I wasn’t going to watch it live, but just happened to wake up at 5:30 and knew I wasn’t gonna fall back to sleep anyway so it worked out.

Anyway, lots of exciting stuff was mentioned, showed, and given release dates along with a new announcement of the next game in the Fire Emblem series for 3DS. A reminder to myself that I should finish Fire Emblem: Awakening, at least before this one comes out. Of course, I’m in the middle of so many games right now it’s kind of ridiculous, and I’m constantly starting more.

The biggest news was the release date for the New 3DS XL for NA, and confirmation that the regular New 3DS is not coming to NA (so no fun face plates for us). I’m not too bothered since I wanted the New 3DS XL as my upgrade. I know this is upsetting for some though (as well as the name, wish they’d changed it for NA, but it’s not going to stop me from getting one). I look forward to the better 3D; it’s a feature I think I’d use all the time if the new system has really improved it. Also look forward to the processing power for speedier loading and just the size. I have the regular size 3DS, so I can’t wait for the bigger screens. It retails at $199.99, starting with Red and Black colors. There are also two bundles (Majora’s Mask and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, both are beautiful). I really want this, but since I can’t afford a bundle right now, and I want more color options (I have a black DS Lite and my current 3DS is red, so I really want a different color), I suppose I’ll be waiting. Hubby wants one too so there’s that as well.

I am excited that Majora’s Mask comes out the same day, February 13th. Hopefully I’ll be able to pick it up, as I’ve never gotten to play it. Though technically I have the Gamecube port, it’s just not accessible right now. And really, I like old games remade with better graphics, I can’t help it. I still want to get Ocarina of Time 3D and Wind Waker HD for that reason.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse comes out on my birthday, which is February 20th. I love that Claymation look and I’m excited based on that, besides being a longtime fan of Kirby.

Mario Party 10 was announced for March, along with a Super Mario wave of Amiibo. It does allow you to use the Smash figures, but you’ll lose your Smash data if you do. So I guess I’ll have some repeat characters, when I can actually afford amiibo (I chose expensive but fun hobbies…).

NA is getting the Puzzle and Dragons Mario Edition in a double pack (comes with Puzzle and Dragons Z), which reminds me of Puzzle Quest, a game I loved. So I will most likely pick this up at some point.

Pokemon Shuffle is a free to play downloadable 3DS game coming next month, so I’ll probably do that. Haven’t tried the other FTP game (Steel Diver: Sub Wars) because it didn’t interest me. But I could try this one.

Splatoon was announced for May and you can customize your character! I swear, I’ll be spending time enjoying trying on the different outfit options. That makes me seem so girly but hey, clothes are cool in games (in reality, I don’t like shopping for clothes).

Another huge thing is Wii games on the eShop. I already have the Wii games I wanted, but this is still a good thing, especially for fans of Metroid. Super Mario Galaxy 2 is available now on eShop, with the other games announced being Punch Out (Jan. 22) and The Metroid Prime Trilogy (Jan 29). If a Wii game supports classic controller, you can use the Wii U Gamepad instead; also you can play Wii games from the Wii U menu now, which is great.

Xenoblade Chronicles X has a new trailer, still no date besides this year. I’m thinking Fall release, but this will be a day one buy for us.

Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars has cross-buy, so if you get the Wii U version, you’ll get a code to download the 3DS version and vice versa. It looks like a fun little game, and I haven’t tried any in this series but I really like the idea of cross-buy.

There was a section highlighting some upcoming eShop games. The Xenoblade port for the New 3DS was given a release window for April. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has a release date of February 13th, as you might have guessed by the bundle.

My favorite eShop game announcement was Ironfall, as it was a game I heard about from its beginning. It’s very impressive for being made in Assembly language. It looks like a very fun shooter too.

If you want to see what else was talked about or see some gameplay, check out the Nintendo Direct video below!

Nintendo Amiibos: Praise, Analysis and A Criticism

Nintendo’s take on the NFC figure as seen in Skylanders and Disney Infinity has been hyped due to the fact that they can be used across multiple games. These “toy to life” figures are really quite nice, with detailed features to make any Nintendo fan happy to have on display, while keeping kids happy as well. I do like the attention given to character outfits, such as Peach and Zelda’s dresses. The box presentation is fun, and the instructions are clear and simple.

I received two Amiibos this holiday, one for me and one for my husband. We have Peach and Samus. I haven’t yet taken it out of the box, but I do plan to. At 12.95 apiece, one might say they’re expensive. Though despite functionality, I’d proudly display them as figures on a shelf when not in use. With that in mind, the price seems reasonable.

What doesn’t seem reasonable is how hard it has been for people to get their hands on these characters. Nintendo did not have enough supply to meet demand; not the first time the company ran out of supply, as we have seen this exact thing before (i.e. original Wii consoles). However, my criticism comes from several issues. First are the rumors having gone around about certain Amiibo figures being “limited” and possibly “discontinued” (you can read more about that in this article). While figures like Wii Fit Trainer may not have much function outside of Smash Bros, they should still be available.

If this is how Nintendo responds, then they are pandering to scalpers instead of the common fan or parents. I for one really want a Marth figure, as I love him as a character. I was hoping to get one when I had a bit of extra money; of course this figure is nowhere to be found now. One could blame the Christmas rush for this, but that’s not the whole truth. The amount of opportunistic E-Bayers who managed to swoop in and buy many figures is ridiculous. It begs the question: Who is Nintendo targeting with the Amiibos? Are they targeting collectors? Or are they trying to target families, children and the common fan?

At this point in time, it certainly feels like the former. Another major criticism goes along with that; retailer exclusivity. If you want the Rosalina & Luma figure then you have to buy it from Target, if you want Lucario then you must buy from Toys R Us, if you want Shulk then you must pre-order from the evil emp- *ahem* Gamestop. There are also Best Buy exclusives. As a consumer, I HATE this with a passion. Store exclusivity does not in any way target kids or their parents. No, Nintendo should not always pander to family and youth for everything, but we cannot forget that NFC figures are first and foremost TOYS.

An argument to this could be that the common parent and kid will just want the iconic characters being Mario, Luigi, Peach, DK, Yoshi, Link, perhaps Kirby, and Pikachu, and that those characters will always be available. Except that they aren’t even now. I could not find Link, I couldn’t even find Mario or Luigi. This could be due to Christmas. However, the fact is that some kids might want Lucario. Some kids might want Rosalina if they played Super Mario Galaxy. Some might want Meta Knight (Best Buy exclusive). The fact that Nintendo isn’t even allowing these to be purchased directly online from them is even more limiting. Also, not all Nintendo fans are rich enough to pre-order every figure they want; should they be hurt by this?

I don’t have a solution. I can only express my discontentment over how the Amiibo situation is being handled by Nintendo. I’ll always be a fan, but I don’t always agree with their business practices. I’m not one of those fans who go “Nintendo is perfect and can do no wrong” while ignoring or denying any of the problems. All companies have problems, no company is perfect. However this decision is less consumer-friendly than I’d like to see from a company I respect. While I don’t play Disney Infinity, I would prefer their business model for selling figures, as there is no problem with finding the Disney characters you want of those that have been released.

How do you feel about Amiibos? Do you find the situation problematic, or do you not care? What do you think of the NFC figure trend as a whole?

Poker Dice Solitaire Future – A Simple Single Player Yahtzee Game

Poker Dice Solitaire Future is another casual game from RCMadiax, which I received a while ago through #GamesMatter, courtesy of both RCMadiax and IndieGamerChick. I love this little game because it’s like a Solitaire version of Yahtzee, my favorite dice game. The categories are pretty much the same, except that the final category is labeled “5 of a kind.”

This game is addictive if you like dice and poker at all. It’s a game of luck, certainly, but it keeps you rolling to see what you’ll get. The object of course is to get the highest score. It doesn’t save your scores though, so if you want to make it a competition between friends, you’d have to write down your score as each person takes a turn playing. If you don’t have any options, you can choose a category to take a red chip, which will give you no points and let you roll again. Each category has 4 chips and the game doesn’t end until each was clicked on 4 times.

I did encounter a few issues. Sometimes the sprites flicker during play, which is mildly annoying but no big deal. I did encounter a bug though. If you max out on 3 of a kind, 4 of a kind, have 2 5 of a kinds, and taken 2 reds for 5 of a kind, that’s where this problem can occur. After achieving those conditions, a 5 of a kind was rolled. There was no possible category available, but the game was stuck highlighting 5 of a kind and would not accept a click in another category to take as a red. Clicking on it did nothing, so the only thing to do was manually end the game and start over. Another bug is that if you click on the roll button while the dice are still rolling, you lose a roll (you get three at a time).

At the time I received the game, no one had yet gotten a perfect score. Then I did! It was awesome; I went a little crazy on Miiverse lol. Here’s the screenshot from that win, which I took with my camera.

All in all, I enjoyed it more than Shut The Box. It is currently available for 69 cents, so I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who likes this kind of pick up and play game.

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