Nintendo Games Make Me Happy: Why I Love Nintendo

There are lots of things I love about entertainment, but Nintendo games are the tops. Nothing gets me excited like a Nintendo game. From Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, to Fire Emblem, Yoshi and Kirby. Nintendo games have given me thousands of hours of entertainment. They’ve helped me deal with bullying and going homeless. I am gonna tell everyone why I love Nintendo games so much, and why video games bring joy to the world, not suffering.

BTW, this article is not to put down Sony or Microsoft. They make games that make people happy as well. My blog is about why Nintendo games make me happy.

The Characters
I love the character, Mario, Link, Yoshi, Kirby, Eevee, Pikachu, Samus, Shulk, Rex, Donkey Kong, Dixie Kong, etc. I could keep going. I love the colors, most Nintendo games are colorful. Bright colors help with my depression and anxiety. I feel at ease when I play. 2 of my favorite games are Pokemon Let’s Go and Yoshi’s Crafted World. I want to live in these worlds and have fun. Mario is like a regular person (except for the growing big from mushrooms and other magical powers), Link is often an orphan who grows up to have special powers. Samus lost her parents at a young age and was raised by the Chozo people. I think this helps add to the appeal of Nintendo characters. They’re relatable. They aren’t big muscle-bound brutes who crush things with their hands, (they do that with the help of special items ok)? Nintendo characters are us, the player and we connect with them. Although Link doesn’t speak, we get to be Link. We are him! We get to be a real hero who saves the day. What can be more fun than that?

The Worlds
The Mushroom Kingdom and Hyrule are two of the best worlds in any entertainment form. Hyrule even has mythology full of cultures and different technologies. Other Nintendo franchises follow this, like Fire Emblem, Metroid, Kirby, and Yoshi. Star Fox has great mythology as well. The Lylat System, with all of the cool creatures and Talking animals who fly ships! You can’t get that anywhere else.

Tradition
Nintendo has been around since the 80s, so it is easy to form an attachment to their games. Zelda, Mario, and Metroid have been around since the middle of the 80s. Star Fox, F-Zero, and Yoshi have been around since the 90s. I am glad Nintendo is making more new IPs, but I would be sad to not see new games from Mario, Zelda or Metroid. I am glad Nintendo respects their tradition.

They Lift My Spirits
When I was homeless, I went through some dark times and had dark thoughts. My 3DS kept me company and would keep me from thinking bad thoughts I would have so much fun playing Pokemon Y, Zelda Link Between Worlds or Fire Emblem Awakening. People may not understand, but Nintendo games have given me so much comfort and made me feel safe when I was dealing with a lot of adversity. It broke my heart when I had to sell my 3DS and Wii U just to get some food. I know I had to do it, but I was really in a sad place. I had nothing to pick my spirits. I promised myself I would not do that again, and I haven’t. Nothing makes me happier than going to a store and buying a Nintendo game.

Final Thoughts
Nintendo games are so much fun, I still play older Nintendo games. I have played Super Metroid, Super Mario World, Link to the Past, Metroid Prime, OoT, and Mario Galaxy so much, I have them memorized. Go try a Nintendo game, you may find your next favorite game.

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Why Dragon Quest XI S Will Be the Switch’s Best Selling 3rd Party Game

Even over Mario+Rabbids. I think Dragon Quest XI S will replace it as the Switch’s best selling 3rd party game. Here are 3 reasons why.

1: Japan

Dragon Quest is bigger than Final Fantasy in Japan. This game could top 2 million alone in Japan. Dragon Quest is only behind Pokemon Smash, and Splatoon when it comes to popularity. That’s quiet an accomplishment.

2: No Ordinary Port

This is like a new game. It has tons of new content, I will name a few of the new features. A 16-bit mode, new story elements, full Japanese voice acting, new creatures you can ride on, a horse racing mode and full orchestrated music. I haven’t touched the surface of the new content in this version. It’s staggering!

3: It’s a huge RPG you can play on the go.

Those are very popular on the Switch. Games like Skyrim and Diablo 3 have done big numbers on the Switch. Also, games like Octopath Travler, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and the Final Fantasy games have done great as well. This will be an attractive game to those consumers who need a new RPG itch to scratch.

Square put a lot of effort into this game. The graphics are close to the PS4 version and there are so much new content to warrent a purchase, even if you’ve bought it on the PS4. This will also show people who don’t think 3rd party games can sell on the Switch just how big a game like this can be. Buy this game Nintendo fans!

Sales projection:

Japan: 2.2 million

Europe: 700k

America: 1.2 million.

Other areas: 200k

Overall: 4.3 million physical and digital.

Links: https://gematsu.com/2019/06/dragon-quest-xi-s-list-of-additional-elements-and-improvements-dlc-voice-drama-and-more-detailed

https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/dragon-quest-xi-s-echoes-of-an-elusive-age-definitive-edition-switch/

https://nintendoeverything.com/dragon-quest-xi-s-switch-vs-ps4-comparison-screenshots/nggallery/image/comparison-2-3

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Direct Hype!

Who’s ready for the big Pokemon direct tomorrow? 15 minutes on Sword and Shield. I’m so excited!

Link: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cnet.com/google-amp/news/how-to-watch-pokemon-sword-and-shield-direct-to-reveal-more-about-nintendo-switch-games/

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/06-05-2019/

Pokemon Sword and Shield Direct: What To Expect?

The Pokemon company is going to have a Pokemon Direct next Wednesday. What can we expect to see from this? The presentation is supposed to be 15 minutes long, and fans are wondering how much new information will be presented. I got a few ideas, so let’s get to it.

Character Customization

This one is kind of obvious, but you can expect Pokemon Sword and Shield to have some character customization. I think this game will go further than the typical Pokemon game. I think they will add in the ability to customize eyes, lips, faces, height and weight this time around. Wardrobe would be nice too. I would love to outfit my girl with a nice dress. Make it so no1!

Connectivity

They will probably detail a lot about how players can connect and trade Pokemon. I think they’ll put in trading with Pokemon Let’s Go and Pokemon Go. I don’t think a lot of time will spent on this, we know Pokemon is all about trading and connecting to other players.

Game play Details

Don’t expect too much, but there will be some details about some of the new game play and how it will evolve from past Pokemon games. Some gamers are not sold on the game so far. They think it looks too much like the past games, so it is imperative that they show why lapsed fans should buy this game.

Release Date

Expect a middle of November release date. The week before black Friday. That would make sense this being the big holiday game for the Switch.

Then someone will tell everyone thank you for joining them and to expect more news in the future. Then some fans will complain about not enough info, and people like me will tell them. “You do realize they will tell more as we get closer to the release date?” Debates will happen and I’ll roll my eyes. Enjoy everyone, just keep your expectations in check and you’ll be fine.

Photo Courtesy of: https://comicbook.com/gaming/2019/05/22/pokemon-sword-and-shield-graphics/

Detective Pikachu Review

Ratings: 1 Star: Get me outta here! I hate this movie! 2 Stars: A decent movie bogged down by some issues. 3 Stars: A good movie that is close to great. 4 Stars: A real winner! A wonderful movie that needs to be seen. Video game movies do not have a good track record when it comes to movies based on them. From Super Mario Bros to Mortal Kombat, video game movies have been examples of how NOT to do movies based on popular intellectual properties. Can Detective Pikachu break the curse? Let’s find out. Characters The characters are getting mixed reactions and I don’t understand that. Tim is a very relatable character who struggles with his confidence and the effects of his father not being in his life. Lucy is the plucky reporter in training who helps Tim along the way and of course Detective Pikachu himself who steals every scene he is in! Detective Pikachu is one of the best characters I have seen on screen in a long time. Ryan Renolds is gold! His comedic timing and light touches do miracles in bringing Pikachu to life. It shows what a wonderful actor he is. I do think the villains could have used some fleshing out, but they do their job to help drive the story along. Justice Smith does a great job of showing the insecurities and vulnerabilities of a young person trying to find their way. Lucy could’ve used more screen time, she’s cute and energetic, but she doesn’t have enough screen time to develop her character. Hopefully, a sequel will help flesh her out. There are some good characters in the movie, but Tim and Pikachu are the standouts. Story The story is getting some criticism for being too predictable, but some of the criticism isn’t good. I won’t give too much away, but it does have a standard hero story. There isn’t a lot of big surprises, but did Endgame have any twists or original story? Not many movies have original stories anymore, so I judge if the story works in the context of the movie. Does the story work? Yes, this is a simple introduction that helps establish what this world is and why we should care. It has a human story that anyone can understand and the story makes sense. We do know that Tim is trying to find out what happened to his dad and only Detective Pikachu can help him. What I liked is how they didn’t bog the story down with too much plot. The story is easy to follow and is easy to understand, even if you’re not a Pokemon fan. Directing Rob Letterman directed this movie and he did an excellent job. I liked the Eastern influence he bought to the movie. It had some Blade Runner vibes with the nighttime scenes. I have heard Grace Randolph and other reviewers mention this as well. He does a good job mixing light and dark tones together. One minute the movie is a lighthearted family movie, the next it’s a dark film noir mystery. The use of close-ups helps with driving home the emotional scenes. You can see the pain with the close-up shots. No tricks or fancy camera work just solid, simple directing that lets the scenes play out. The action scenes are easy to track and the pace is just right. Screenplay Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, Rob Letterman, and Derek Connolly wrote the screenplay. The movie has sharp writing and touching moments that work well together. Tim’s problems are treated with real emotion and not as a punchline as some movies do, (Avengers Endgame, I am looking at you). I can see some of the internet fan people going off about how there are not many Pokemon battles, (this is a movie called Detective Pikachu, it’s not meant to be the anime). It is based on the 3DS game. It didn’t have Pokemon battles in it. This movie is more of a detective movie and the screenplay wisely focuses on the journey and knows when to place the action and laughs. There are some Pokemon battles, but they’re not the main attraction. Family content Is this a good family movie? Yes, it is. There are only three curse words and it isn’t even bad. A few jokes have some adult themes, and there is some scary action, but other then that; there is nothing in this movie that would offend anyone. This is a PG movie and it doesn’t have a lot to upset families. I would recommend children over the age of seven go. Some scenes might be too scary for little children. Flaws Every movie has flaws. The biggest complaint I have is the running time. It is only 1 hour and 44 minutes long. With all of the Pokemon and human characters in the movie, it should’ve been over 2 hours. The movie moves at a fast pace and there isn’t enough time to get to know some of the minor characters. Also, the villain should’ve been more fleshed out. I do hope the sequel gives us more time with them. Other than that, I can’t find anything to criticize. Final Thoughts Detective Pikachu is a great family movie. The real star is Pikachu himself. He is so snugly, adorable and cute you want to reach through the screen and hug him for hours! The other Pokemon look great too. From Jigglypuff to Squirtle and Psyduck, they got the looks of the Pokemon right and their personalities. This is how you do beloved video game characters in a movie. This is how you don’t upset a fan base so much that they want to grab pitchforks and torches, go to Hollywood and riot. The makers of Sonic the Hedgehog could learn a lot from this movie. This is how you make the fans happy, this is how you make a great family film that doesn’t insult the audience and gives people their money’s worth. Score: 4 Stars A snugly wuggly grand slam of an adorable family movie that will put you in a good mood. If you love Pokemon or just good family movies. Go see this movie now! Photo Courtesy of: https://thepopinsider.com/interests/movies-interests/detective-pikachu-valentines/

Avengers Endgame Edges Out Detective Pikachu

Avengers is estimated to make 63 million, which is good enough for 1st place. Detective Pikachu made nearly 59 million which is good enough for 2nd place.

Worldwide, Avengers added another 100 million and Detrctive Pikachu made 105 million. John Wick 3 comes out next weekend, will it topple Avengers? We’ll see.

Link: https://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=4508&p=.htm

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Nintendo is For Everyone (Even Kids) And That’s Good .

Ever since Nintendo censored the blood in Mortal Kombat back in 1993, a perception has been made that Nintendo is only for kids. They make out it’s bad to have video games for children. It isn’t.

Besides, video games should be for as many people as possible. Not just a small group of white males who like to beat their chest about being the most, “hardcore” gamer alive. Give me a break.

Lots of adults play video games with a cute animated look. Pokmon has tons of adult fans, so does Mario and Donkey Kong. Judging a video game based on it’s aesthetics and not it’s gameplay is very childish. Think about this, what games have mostly teens who like to cuss out other people while playing. Mario Kart? No, Call of Duty.

Lastly, who has censored more games in the recent years, Nintendo or Sony? Sony. A nude scene in the Devil May Cry 5 was censored on the PS4 version. They removed the light that was covering up her backside after the backlash, but that don’t change the fact that Sony has been cracking down on Nudity, while Nintendo has been more willing to let Nudity fly on games for the Switch.

The past is the past. Let it go. Nintendo doesn’t censor games like they did on Mortal Kombat. A lot of fans were scared Nintendo was gonna censor the blood in Mortal Kombat 11. They didn’t. 1993 is the past people. Nintendo has a diverse line up of games. Games for kids, teens and adults. Who cares what the game looks like. You can have fun with any game, no matter what it looks like.

Getting people while they’re young is smart, they will grow up with your brand and remain loyal. It’s a smart tactic for any business.

Links:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/kotaku.com/report-sony-has-new-stricter-guidelines-for-sexual-co-1834093769/amp

https://m.ign.com/articles/2002/11/06/why-sony-censored-bmx-xxx

https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/187276-pokemon-sun/74302335

Photo courtesy of: https://newatlas.com/nintendo-switch-family-review/48335/

Yoshi’s Crafted World Review

Some companies’ video games make you smile. Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man and Kingdom Hearts come to mind. However, no one makes games that will bring a smile to your face like Nintendo. They know how to hit that sweet spot with charm and cuteness that will win you over. Games like Mario, Kirby, Toad, Luigi, Pokemon, Animal Crossing and Yoshi will bring a huge smile to your face and you won’t be able to stop smiling.

Yoshi has had some great games over the years. Yoshi Island and Wolly World stand out as great games that still hold up. I think we may have the best Yoshi game since Island with Yoshi’s Crafted World. An incredible platformer with some challenge, but tons of collectables and an adorable style that’ll keep you smiling for weeks! Let’s get to it.

Graphics

The graphics are so darn cute! I can’t get over how adorable and cute the graphics are! The crafts sparkle with color and each item really looks like it was well, crafted. As for the “blurry” backgrounds, they’re done that way on purpose. You are supposed to really look for the hidden items sprinkled through the backgrounds. Giving the background some blur, helps hide some hidden items. It forces you to take your time and really look for them. I had no problem with the developers doing this. The frame rate is steady and clean, so you don’t notice any hiccups which is good.

Level Design

Each level has a personality. You will not see levels that repeat themselves, (cough Days Gone), sorry I had to get that boring level design of Days Gone out of me. From outer space levels, to big towns and haunted houses, (which are my personal favorites). Each level has a unique theme and this theme is executed to perfection. This game has some of the best level design I’ve seen since Super Mario Odyssey. That’s high praise indeed. Each level is packed with hidden goodies that you’ll want to find. It becomes an addiction! Unlike some games that make items a chore to find, (Hi Anthem, we’re looking at you). Yoshi’s Crafted World makes finding items a joy. My only complaint is, I wish there would’ve been two more worlds. Five worlds is nice, but I would’ve put seven in myself.

Gameplay

The gameplay is simple, but has some depth to it. Yoshi can fire into the background and you can move the cursor, (I like that myself). Yoshi has his flutter jump and bum stomp. I would’ve liked a few more moves for Yoshi, but it doesn’t take away from the game. as far as the challenge goes, no, it’s not Dark Souls, but it isn’t meant to be. It isn’t a cake walk either. I have died a few times, especially when trying to find all the collectables. Not every game is meant to make you throw your Switch against the wall. Yoshi isn’t that type of game.

Music

The music for Yoshi’s Crafted World is getting mixed reviews so far, but I personally like it. There are some cathy tunes, especially the main theme which is hum worthy. I guess it depends on your taste in music, it does have a more sublte approach to it.

Flaws

More moves and worlds, I said that eariler. I also would’ve liked more uses for the outfits Yoshi collects. I know they add protection, but nothing else. I would have liked it if they had different functions. Some could help you jump higher, some could help Yoshi run faster, etc., you get the point. That’s pretty much all the flaws I could find.

Final Throughts

Yoshi’s Crafted World is one of the best platformers on the market. Some complain it doesn’t break new ground, but who cares! The gameplay is great, the graphics are beyond charming and the amount of collectables is astounding! This is a great single player experience, or you can have a friend join in for the fun. You will easily spend at least 30 hours finding everything. Yoshi is about having fun exploring giant levels with clever design, and Crafted World is a home run in that department. With fun boss battles and tons of collectables, you’ll spend hours having fun and smiling all the way.

My score: 10 out of 10. A glorious platformer that holds its own with Mario Odyssey. A must buy.

Why Is Anime So Popular?

In the 21st century, Japanamation (or Japanese Anime), has exploded in popularity. Names like Miyazaki, Hosoda and Shinkai mean as much to animated fans as Pixar does. What is causing this? Let’s take a look!

Different Style

Anime has a distinct style that allows bigger facial expressions and over the top humor that wouldn’t work with western style animation. This can lead to bigger for audiences and it can convey different story telling methods to the audience.

The Forgotton Hollywood Category, Drama.

Let’s face it, Hollywood don’t do good dramas anymore. Some independent movies can do it well, but big budget dramas are almost dead. In Anime though, it’s alive and well. You feel the pain the characters do, movies like Kiki’s Delivery Service, Your Name and Ponyo will have you in tears when they feel pain, and cheering when they are happy. Drama when it’s done right can be so rewarding.

Less Cynical

Aren’t you tired of cynical movies? Don’t you want movies with real heart and sincere emotions? You get that a lot in anime. Wolf Children is a great example of a loving family who works to stay together and you really know that the family loves each other. It is real and the characters don’t wink at you to let you know it’s a game. This makes you more invested in the story and the characters.

Great Escapism

When you turn on TV or go to You Tube, you can come across so much harsh reality. We all need to deal with it, but too much can bring you down. Watch a sweethearted anime movie. You can see relatable characters overcome obstacles and hardships. You’ll see lots of gentle stories like the Secret World of Arrietty. What a sweet story about a loving family who happen to be small and how they deal with it. You’ll feel so good after you watch it. Forget your problems for over 2 hours and enjoy. There are other movies like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Ponyo that will make you feel great after watching them.

Imagination

Oh the things you can do with animation. Spirited Away is a great example of this. You’ll see creatures you’ve never seen before and a world that will make your sensors go wild. Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro are packed with imaginative images that will fill your mind with gorgeous colors, character designs and weird creatures which will blow your mind. You’ll feel like you are on cloud nine seeing all of these incredible images.

Diversity

Anime has a lot of different sub-categories. Some are wild sci-fi, sexy, some are dark and some are wonderful family movies. You don’t get a lot of adult animation in the west (adult swim used to, but not now), anime knows there are fans who crave adult animation. Vampire Hunter D, Death Note and Akira are great adult animes that are smart, dark and edgy for older . Then you got cute and wholesome animes like The Castle in the Sky and Summer Wars that are great for the whole family.

Relatable Characters

No matter how wild the images or creatures, anime gives you very relatable characters. Taki and Mitsuha from Your Name, are typical college kids who are trying their best to get by. Working jobs, going to school and trying to balance their home life. Who can’t relate to that? Even though there is a sci-fi element, the movie never forgets to give us characters we can relate to and care about. Wolf Children is another great example of this. Hana, Yuki and Ame are a typical family. Yuki is a regular housewife who is trying her best to raise her kids on her own. This makes the drama real and we feel for them when something happens. No matter how outrageous the story.

Traditional Animation

Remember when Disney did movies like Aladdin, the Little Mermaid and the Lion King? Nearly all western animated movies are CGI now. Don’t get wrong, I love CGI, but there is something about hand drawn animation that is appealing. The colors are brighter, the textures pop and there is a quiet charm about it. Princess Mononoki, Your Name and A Silent Voice can stun you with beauty in ways CGI can’t. The gorgeous colors that will make your eyes do somersaults and the fluid movement that will cause your brain to work overtime. Hollywood has forgotten that a lot of people still prefer hand drawn animation to CGI. Anime is one of the few places where someone can get that nowadays.

Final Thoughts

For all of the reasons above, Japanese Anime is gathering a huge following in western Countries now. It isn’t just movies or tv shows either. Video games as well are showing a growing interest in anime. Games like Persona 5 and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 both have sold over 2 million copies. America is taking notice. JJ Abrams is remaking Your Name, (please let it turn out to be good), and stores like Walmart are carrying more anime. This is great! If you haven’t checked out anime, do yourself a favor and check some out. There is something for everyone. Long live Anime!

Links to some of my favorite anime:

https://www.amazon.com/Your-Name-Blu-ray-Michael-Sinterniklaas/dp/B074R4KSTM/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?crid=14AP5PSLP62RF&keywords=your+name&qid=1556481013&s=gateway&sprefix=your&sr=8-3

Links to Anime becoming popular:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/comicbook.com/anime/amp/2018/05/03/anime-overseas-popularity-study-released/

https://www.infoplease.com/us/arts-entertainment/manga-and-anime-japanese-invasion

TV Shows:

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.snaptubeapp.com/how-to/anime/japanese-anime-movies.html

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu Reviews Are In. The Video Game Movie Curse is Finally Over!

The early reviews for Detective Pikachu are in and they’re glowing. This is gonna be a Pika powered hit. For the movie analyst who think this is not gonna be a hit. A huuuuge hit. I predicting this to he the family movie hit of the year!

Photo courtesy of: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/1056011-detective-pikachu-leads-the-pokemon-in-new-international-posters/amp

Link to article: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2019/04/early_impressions_of_the_pokemon_detective_pikachu_movie_are_amazingly_positive