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?
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.
Normally, when you hear about fan games, you expect to see something a bit… retro. Like an 8 or 16 bit game from the early days of gaming.
But A Tribute to DKC… is very different. Not only is it a full blown sequel/remix of the Donkey Kong Country series, but it actually has fully modeled 3D graphics in the style of Donkey Kong Country Returns or Tropical Freeze! Here’s a trailer for the game, in case you don’t believe me:
Isn’t that just stunning? It’s literally a full blown Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze style game… being released online for free. What’s more, it’s absolutely LOADED with setpieces and other cool looking gameplay elements, like falling trees, chases by Arich from Donkey Kong Country 3, riding a giant Necky across a sunset… You even blast back and forth between the background and foreground, like in Retro’s games!
And graphically? This is pretty much what Returns or Tropical Freeze may have looked like on the Gamecube. Heck, if you were one of those people disappointed by bright colours and a lack of Kremlings, this is probably what you wanted Returns and Tropical Freeze to actually look like.
If you want to see more, head to the full post via the link below…
From Capcom no less, which is an interesting choice of developer. But yeah, apparently they’ve been doing a ‘location test’ for an arcade version of Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon, known only as ‘Luigi’s Mansion Arcade’.
Here are some pictures showing it in action:
So what do we think about this? Well to be honest, we’re a bit confused about the whole deal. Keep reading if you want to know why…
But while such articles are indeed common online, we like to think our fact lists are the most interesting of the lot. Instead of posting about how SMB 2 wasn’t a ‘real’ Mario game for the millionth time, or how Mario is somehow a communist because he wears red and has a moustache, we like to post… some more interesting bits of trivia about the series. So here it is, our seventh list of Mario facts that you probably… no wait, definitely didn’t know. Enjoy!
1. Fahr Outpost is Nintendo of Europe’s HQ
Yes seriously. In the German version of Paper Mario 2, it’s called ‘Großfrostheim’. Get it?
Above: Nintendo’s European HQ in Großostheim.
It’s a pun on Großostheim (and frost), which happens to be where Nintendo of Europe’s HQ is based. Guess those Nintendo of Europe folk really like the cold war and Soviet Union!
What? Just kidding. Chapter 7 was a big reference to James Bond, the Soviet Union and Spy fiction after all…
2. Super Mario 3D World references Panel de Pon
As many of you probably know, Super Mario 3D World has a few levels that reference the Legend of Zelda series, in the form of tiles you activate to form a picture of Link’s sprite.
But did you also know that these levels reference Panel de Pon? Yep, the official soundtrack calls them ‘Panels de Mario’ and ‘Panels de Link’, a clear reference to the the Panel de Pon series and their naming.
3. Paper Mario 2 References Itself
As said via a Toad in Petalburg:
Anyway, I saved up for a new game…
The sequel to “Paper Mario”! I just got started, but it’s
a blast so far.
Try it for yourself and see!
He then continues later with:
I’ve been playing “Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door” like crazy lately…
I wasn’t sure at first…
But that game is AWESOME! I just beat it! Every chapter! Totally cool ending!I
loved it. So worth the money!
Think there’ll be a sequel?
Yeah, talk about some in game self promotion! He then talks about how he needs more time to review it properly, which acts as a nice unintentional ‘take that’ to Gameinformer and their mediocre 6.0 score for the game.
As you probably now though, tensions between gamers and gaming journalists are at breaking point. Thanks to the Gamergate controversy, the entire gaming world has quite literally turned to hell and people on almost all sides have shown themselves to utterly awful individuals in all sorts of ways.
But now, things have reached an all new low. Behold, some very, very disturbing proof that many individuals fighting against gamers are actively malicious, sociopathic individuals:
Didn’t feel like going through that? Well, how about this summary. We have:
Gamers being compared to ISIS and the KKK. Because apparently, internet criticism (and some internet trolling) is equivalent to actual murder and terrorism.
Comments in support of bullying (during the national anti bullying week to boot).
Mockery and attacks on people on the Austistic spectrum. I guess social justice only refers to those you like, right?
Actively mocking the casualties of wars in Iraq and Syria.
Casual racism, which again completely tosses the so called ‘social justice’ terminology out of the window.
More death threats. Because apparently, the best way to respond to being victimised by death threats is to make threats/have your ‘fans’ make threats against others in return
Yeah, I’m done here. We’re done here. From now on, I am actively boycotting sites like Kotaku until the people involved in the above comments get permently removed from their jobs. And while most of our affiliates are decent people who are either baffled by recent events or actively critical of them, I am also going to remove all links to any website that dares do any of the above or actively bully and harass gamers. If you act like the people shown above, you do not deserve to succeed in gaming or ‘journalism’. Period.
In Super Smash Bros 4, obviously. The general gist seems to be that your Amiibo characters gain in levels every time they fight, and learn to do things like mimicking opponent fighters and their strategies. Here’s Nintendo’s official ‘guide’ on how the Amiibo system works in Smash Bros:
Your Amiibos are read and turned into ‘figure fighters’ that can battle either with or against you. In other words, if you’ve got an empty character slot on the screen and scan an Amiibo via the NFC touchpoint, it appears in said slot as ‘My [character name]’.
The more your Amiibos fight, the higher their levels gets. The maximum level one can be is level 50, and each level increase boosts their attack power and defence.
They also pick up strategies from opponents, meaning that their AI learns to adapt to what you or your enemies do to counter them. So as shown, if your opponent blocks with their shield, the Amiibo fighter mimics this and then grabs them to bypass said tactic. It’s kind of like the rumoured ‘learning’ ability AIs were supposed to have in Brawl, except… you know, it actually exists.
You can equip them with the equipment found in game, like you can with custom fighters. They also learn to fight differently based on their raised, becoming attack, defence or speed focused respectively.
Well, isn’t this interesting? In a case of embracing video game memes and Mario Kart 8’s Luigi Death Stare fad, the people over at Halloween Costumes.com have now gone and made a pumpkin carving based on it! Here’s a picture showing it in action:
It’s certainly a unique idea, isn’t it? I mean, a Jack-o’-lantern with Luigi’s mean looking face on it? And based straight off an internet meme? That’s sure to get some attention from the trick and treaters knocking on your door in the evening!
So yeah, if you want to carve your own Jack-o’-lanternbased on the Luigi Death Stare, go ahead and download the template from their site. And maybe some of the other ones too, if you’re a fan of Ghostbusters or Game or Thrones…
Or, if you don’t know what an Occulus Rift is… it means that someone is remaking Super Mario 64 in Virtual Reality form! So you’ll be able to play a perfect remake of the Nintendo 64 classic, in first person, while wearing VR goggles! Here’s a video showing what they’ve got so far:
As you can see, it’s nowhere near complete yet (Mario’s arms are really messed up, and the viewpoint needs some work), but damn, it’s definitely an impressive remake. Remember, this isn’t a ROM hack. What you see there was made from scratch in the Unity game engine, including all the original title’s physics engine.
Over the last few years or so, Game Freak and Nintendo have been making a big deal about Mega Evolutions. And with everything from legendaries and pseudo legendaries to joke characters getting them for all kinds of reasons, speculation has been pretty high about what future species will get them next.
So here are they are. Here are ten more Pokemon that I predict… no wait, guarantee will get Mega Evolutions in the foreseeable future.
Why? It’s God, that’s why. I mean, it created the Pokemon universe. So if any Pokemon out there has the potential to Mega Evolve into some sort of super powered monster, this is definitely it. Not to mention that in recent years, Mewtwo, Groudon, Kyogre and Rayquaza have all overtaken it in terms of stats due to their own Mega Evos. So I suspect we’ll see a new Arceus Mega Evo that boosts its up to a base stat 800-900 level in order to overtake Mewtwo again.
Well, we’ve had most of the other pseudo legendaries get Mega Evolutions. Tyranitar and Garchomp got one in Pokemon X and Y. Metagross and Salamence are getting them in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
So it only makes sense that the very first one ever seen will get a Mega Evo too. Especially when it’s a Pokemon as popular among the fans as Dragonite.
And the design/abilities? Well, that’s a good question. Some people think we’ll get some Fairy type monster which increases the whole ‘cute’ factor even more. Some think we’ll get a Dragonair like Eastern Dragon, where there’s more focus on a snake like body with wings that the more traditional ‘dragonic’ appearance Dragonite’s normal form has. But either way, it’s pretty much guaranteed that we’ll get one at some point or another, and that it be absolutely awesome.
Next on the list, a Pokemon so powerful it apparently moved mountains… well, assuming it got five turns to prepare first.
Put simply, Regigigas is just desperate for a Mega Evolution. And with its currently crap ability and epic backstory, it seems like it really will get one. Taking it stats up a bit further than ever before and giving it an ability that really shows off its full potential (like say, No Guard), a Regigigas Mega Evo would mean this supposedly super powerful legendary golem would actually live up to its name and description, being a metagame changing monstrosity just perfect for play in all the best tournaments.
As you may know, certain parts of the gaming media have been… a little too quick to write off gamers. Calling gamers ‘dead’ and ‘irrelevant’ and various other things, they act like the recent Gamergate controversies show that gamers are some minority who shouldn’t be catered for any more.
But the truth is different. Indeed, I don’t think gamers are ‘dead’. What’s really dying off is gaming journalism and the gaming press. The idea simply has no feasibility in this day and age, and as I’ll explain below, is very much on the way out.
So here’s why this is the case. Here’s why it’s gaming journalism that’s dead, not gamers…