MAN AT ARMS Tony Swatton may be familiar to Nintendo fans after he forged Link’s master sword in his YouTube show (click here to view that video; it has surpassed an impressive 2 million views). Now he has returned to a Nintendo franchise by creating the much-requested Honedge from Pokemon X and Y. A lot of the technical terms in the video will probably go over your head, but it’s still very cool and very interesting. And JWitts, who was previously featured in a YouTube Spotlight, makes an appearance at the end. Enjoy!
Back in 1994 the Super Nintendo Entertainment System was at its height when Squaresoft released Final Fantasy VI. The game carried one of the most revolutionary pieces of music written at the time being an operatic theme. So advanced, in fact, that the Sony developed SPC700 sound chip couldn’t actually produce a vocal track.
This remix maintains the spirit of the original piece while pushing the production into rock opera territory, any fans of queen’s bohemian rhapsody will be pleased with the amount of vocal harmonies being used as well as the guitar leads. Jake Kaufman’s piano playing is incredible while Tommy Pedrini’s vocal quality and range does the original piece justice. Highly recommended.
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Nintendo of Europe announced a limited edition Mario Kart 8 software bundle for release this spring. The bundle includes a spiky blue shell collectible and a copy of Mario Kart 8. Europeans can buy the set when the game releases on May 30. No word yet on a U.S release, but don’t be too surprised when Nintendo spills the beans.
Source: Nintendo via Joystiq
Welcome all to episode 303 of Infendo Radio, with Harrison Milfeld, Holly Fellmeth, Colin Crompton and myself, Lewis Pugh.
On this weeks show we have What we’ve been playing (covering Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, BLOX DROP U and some GBA classics), we then move onto the Nintendo News covering the latest events such as the shutting down of the Nintendo WIFI service and we finish up with our Final Feature: What is Retro Studios working on? Join us for some grand speculation and surprising answers on what the team that created Metroid Prime may be up to!
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Masahiro Sakurai, director of the upcoming 4th installments in the Super Smash Bros. franchise, has revealed a new stage for the 3DS version on Miiverse: Tortimer Island. For those of you who have played Animal Crossing: New Leaf, you’ll recognize the locale as the island resort where Tortimer (the old mayor from previous AC games) spends his retirement conducting tours and soaking up the sun. Sakurai himself has visited the tropical getaway “countless times to catch bugs.”
Sakurai’s pic of the day (shown above) gives a small idea of what surprises the stage may hold. What do you think about the latest reveal?
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To quote Tom from Toonami, “I’m back bi…”well, you know the rest.
I know I have been away a while, and some of you might miss me. So, before heading right into this weekend’s discussion question, I thought I would update you on what I have been up to. For starters, I am not only spending time with my wife and kids, but I am also working full time, going to school full time, and writing as much as I can. I am sure that some of you know that my writing has been focused on the Horror genre (Mikeisapoet has been a victim in one story that is awaiting publication), but I also dabble in other types of writing. Currently, I have thirteen short stories published in twelve books (Click here if you would like to see where), I have about seven more awaiting publication with signed contracts, and on Tuesday I received a contract for my first book deal. I am pretty excited to now be a part of J. Ellington Ashton Press, as their newest Fantasy/Young Adult author. I still have a ways to go before the actual publication of FINAL REVERIE, which pays tribute to Final Fantasy in sorts, but I accept the challenge with open arms.
Now, enough about me!
I have been reading over many comments on the posts here, as well as on other gaming sites, and everyone seems to have an opinion on why a console is bad. However, there is rarely comment on what is good, or what would make a good console. So, let’s play a hypothetical game here. Looking back at all consoles from the beginning of gaming until now, each console has had at least something that has made it innovative. Those innovations did not always work (ie: Power Glove), but they paved the way for future technologies (ie: Wii Mote). Looking back, we have all had opinions on what would make a console better. Some would like to take features away, some want to add more.
So, let’s build Nintendo’s next console from the features the features we love from all consoles of the past, updating them to today’s technologies.
For me, I would like to keep it simple. In form factor, I would like to see a call back to the NES era casing, upgraded with new materials and much shinier and in our face. Internally, I would take the power from all current consoles, meld them together in the perfect conception of strength, speed, and intellect (The Usain Bolt of consoles, if you will). I would see a robust online gameplay, that is free to use, and is profitable via non-gameplay impacting DLC, such as new outfits, weaponry that is not legendary in power, etc. I would keep the gamepad (sorry Lou) because it is an amazing controller that deserves much more respect than it has, but allow dual Gamepad play. Most importantly though, I would put the majority of focus on the games. Let’s be real, buying a console for its power is like buying a taco for its shell. Sure, the shell is nice and all, especially when we have the option for hard or soft, but the ingredients are really what makes it a taco. The games are the ingredients to the console that we feast upon.
What does your Frankensteined next gen Nintendo console look like? I think we will call it the Nintendo Bolt, after Usain.