Well, this is an unexpectedly random piece of news. Apparently, someone in Russia found you could open a Moscow Metro ticket gate by scanning an Amiibo on it. Here’s a tweet showing the process in action:
— Wario64 (@Wario64) November 27, 2014
So yeah. Apparently a Samus Aran Amiibo is enough to get you a free train ride in Russia, in case you’re somehow stuck there with no money and just a couple of Amiibos for company.
I’m sorry, but I almost have no words for how stupid this is. Basically, the writer of the article linked below wants Nintendo to fail, and complains that Pokemon is selling too well. Yes, really. See it for yourself:
To quote from the article…
The end of November period brought just about the worst possible news for Nintendo: The latest Pokemon games sold a dazzling 1.5 million units in Japan during launch week.
The company requires shock therapy to force its hidebound executives to abandon their preposterous opposition to launching Nintendo’s beloved franchises on iPad.
Nintendo is not crashing fast enough.
Yes. This moron is so freaking delusional that they want Nintendo to fail so they release games for iOS devices. You know, the market where the value of the average game is about a pound or less, and where Nintendo would make far less money than releasing games on their own hardware.
And they complain that Pokemon’s success is stopping that from happening, so it’s somehow a bad thing.
You know what? Anyone who believes this crud shouldn’t be writing about video games. They’re so literally beyond reason that gaming (and especially Nintendo) is too good for them. What a terrible joke this article is.
Known as Super Mario Sunshine 64 DS, it’s a ROM hack of Super Mario 64 DS that remakes Super Mario Sunshine in its entirety! Here are a few great videos showing this game’s take on Super Mario Sunshine’s unique levels:
But it’s not just your standard remake. Oh sure, the level geography and stylings are the same between the original game and this DS one (which is impressive given how much weaker the Nintendo 64 is than the Gamecube), but the levels have been redone with Mario 64’s enemies and obstacles instead of Sunshine’s. Don’t like FLUDD? Well then, you’re in luck; this is Super Mario Sunshine as it’d be as a completely traditional 3D platformer without the water gun gimmicks. And the same goes for the power ups. Got to love using Vanish Luigi, Metal Wario and the Wing Cap on Isle Delfino!
Thought this cute little game couldn’t scare you (or at least cause a bit of tension)? Well, meet Mummy Toad, the game’s equivalent of the Cosmic Clones from Super Mario Galaxy:
As you can see, it’s one heck of a creepy little character. And that music… well, that just adds more pressure on top of the chasing, right? Okay, it’s not as creepy as the one in that Doctor Who episode (and doesn’t give you just 66 seconds to live), but still, it’s a pretty tense encounter regardless.
What do you think about this mummy monster in Captain Toad Treasure Tracker?
Oh wow. This version of the Haunted Towers theme (played by the Dr. Annie B. Jamieson Elementary POPS Orchestra at the 2014 Magee Stringvitational) is absolutely amazing. Watch the video and hear it for yourselves:
I also liked the random skits they did throughout the performance. Like Luigi going to suck up a ghost with the Poltergust 5000, or the dancing Luigis as the end.
So yeah. Absolutely great performance guys! And that’s from someone who thinks Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon has one of the best soundtracks of all time.
Well, this is a nice little extra, isn’t it? Apparently, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire actually gives you a special message if you transfer Pokemon over from the original Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire games. Here’s a picture showing the message as it is in game:
— テトラ (@tetra_poke) November 25, 2014
It says something akin to the following:
We hereby praise you with this cerificate, for your unbreakable friendship and tight bond with [Pokemon name here]
From all members of Game Freak staff
Pretty cool reward, isn’t it? Nice to see they’re offering something for those fans who brought their Pokemon through all the generations up til now.
Think 3DS hacking is only used for piracy? Well if so, it might be time to think again.
Because renowned 3DS hacker smealum has now released his system for running unsigned code on the system, which allows developers and modders to make homebrew games and applications and have them run on the Nintendo 3DS system! What’s more, it’s apparently incapable of running ROMs of commercial 3DS games, meaning it’s got entirely legal uses that no one should have any real complaints with. Here’s a video showing it in action:
Here’s how it works. You get the kit from the site and add it to an SD card. Then, all you need to do is boot up a specific game called Cubic Ninja and scan a QR code. Just follow the instructions and hey, you get the ability to run homebrew applications on your system.
As you may know, the infamous GamerGate controversy has been running non stop for months now. Articles have been written on a regular basis by those on both sides. Attacks on social media have kept hitting record highs. Absolutely everyone you can think of (from gamers to mainstream journalists to Sean Malstrom to Wikileaks) is involved…
But here’s something very different. An opinion that’s likely quite rare online.
Nintendo should support GamerGate.
And so without further adue, here’s why Nintendo should just come out and support the GamerGate movement.
1. Because Journalists Hate Nintendo
It’s true. How many times have you heard the old ‘Nintendo is dead’ or ‘Nintendo is dying out’ line trotted out by the gaming press?
Hundreds of times. About as many times as the same press called gamers dead during GamerGate.
And on a similar note, how about some the other questionable things the press have done when it comes to reporting about Nintendo? Like the calls for Miyamoto to retire, the bashing of the Mario and Pokemon series as stale (by the same media who will often just happen to give the latest Call of Duty or Madden a fantastic review score at the same time) or the obviously silly complaints used to justify bashing great games, like the ones that Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon is too difficult (used to justify a 6.5 score on Gamespot) or that they can’t use some games controls?
Basically, the media seems to have a sort of grudge against Nintendo as a company. Maybe it’s because they’re not like their indie darlings and treat games as a form of entertainment rather than sad social ‘commentary’. Or because they completely destroy the also often trotted out lines about how ‘Japanese gaming industry is dying’ simply by existing? And hey, the social justice fanatics seem to like bashing them too, especially in regards to the Zelda and Mario franchises.
So why not respond in kind? Why not back up a movement which is apparently working to expose the gaming press for their hypocrisy and poor behaviour? Nintendo’s already experienced their ‘wrath’ time and time again, so they may as well go all ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ and be done with it.
2. Nintendo’s fans are mostly supportive or neutral to the movement
Seriously. Have you ever noticed how most of the gaming sites who back GamerGate have a connection to Nintendo and its fandom?
Gamnesia is a spinoff of a Zelda news site, and backs GamerGate.
Player Essence is a heavily Nintendo focused general gaming website critical of the media. It backs GamerGate.
And the list goes on. Of all the Nintendo sites I visit, many either back GamerGate or are at least neutral to the movement/against much of the gaming press. Perhaps because they’ve experienced the same kind of bullying from exactly the same figures in the media, except in regards to their favourite company rather than gaming in general.
They’re now available to buy in the US, Japan and Australia, which all saw the games released on November 21st 2014. Here’s the latest trailer for the games, done in a completely unique animated style:
Either way, you know the drill now. If you’re even the slightest bit interested in the Pokemon series, or need a new 3DS RPG in general… go ahead and buy the games right now.
It’s been a long time coming, but Nintendo have finally released Super Smash Bros for Wii U! Well, in North America anyway, where the game launched on November 21st alongside the first wave of Amiibo figures.
So yeah. Not sure what you’re waiting for, the game’s out now. Go and buy it if you haven’t already!