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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Favorite Video Game Companies: Top 10

Picks By Michelle Lynn Tackett & Shawn Tackett

Michelle

It is not hard for me to think of my top 10 favorite video game companies, (this includes the devs and publishers, 1st, 2nd or 3rd party). This list is based on how much we love the companies games, and how many games are in our collection. So, here we go.

10: Bethesda, I love Bethesda games. Skyrim and Doom 2016 are my favorite Bethesda games, but I also love Fallout 4. My favorite Bethesda game is Skyrim.

9: Sega, Ah, one of the old timers. Sega has revolutionized gaming a lot of times and created some of the best games ever for a console. If I had to pick one favorite game, it would be Sonic Mania Plus. What a love letter for Sonic the Hedgehog fans.

8: Namco Bandai, I love their fighting games so much. Soul Calibur, Tekken and Dragon Ball are all legendary. I also love the Dark Soul series, but nothing gets me excited like a Namco/Bandai fighting game. My favorite Namco/Bandai game is Tales of Vesperia.

7: Capcom, Capcom makes some of my favorite games of all time, from Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, Mega Man, Street Fighter and Resident Evil. They have some of the best franchises of all-time and make quality games on a regular basis. My favorite Capcom game of all time is Mega Man 11.

6: Square/Enix, SE is one of the best when it comes to JRPGs, games like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger have kept SE in business for decades. My favorite SE game of all time is Octopath Travler.

5: Intelligent Systems, One of the best RPG makers of all-time. Paper Mario and Fire Emblem have some of the best RPG entries of all time. Intelligent Systems live up to their name. They know how to make quality games. My favorite Intelligent systems game of all time is Fire Emblem Awakening.

4: Platinum Games, One of the best when it comes to action games. Platinum have made classics like Madworld, Viewtiful Joe, Bayonetta and Nier. Their upcoming Nintendo Switch game called Astral Chain looks amazing. Favorite Platinum Game, Bayonetta 2.

3: Retro Studios, They have only made 6 games, but wowzers! What games they are. They have done 3 Metroid Prime games, 2 DKC games, and Mario Kart 7 is a triumph of level design. Metroid Prime destroyed GTA for game of the year in 2002. My favorite Retro Studios game is Metroid Prime.

2: Monolith Studios. the most talented people from Square left in 1999 and formed this company. They make some of the best games on the market. They have helped with BOTW, Splatoon 1 and 2, and of course, the Xenoblade series. My favorite game of Monolith Studios is Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

1: Nintendo EAD, was there ever any doubt? Masters of design and philosophy of how games should be made. No company makes better games than Nintendo. From Mario, to Pokemon, Zelda, Splatoon, Metroid and others. Nintendo is above the rest when it comes to excellent games. My favorite Nintendo game, too many to count!

Shawn

10: Panic Button, if you need a great Switch port, go to Panic Button! They do incredible Switch ports pushing the console, showing what it can do. Favorite game, Doom 2016.

9: Square/Enix, I love their colorful JRPGs and SE has tons of them! Dragon Quest Builders is my favorite game.

8: Limited Run Games, they bring out lots of indie darling. Favorite game, Golf Story.

7: Nicalis a company not afraid to take chances with creative and different games. Favorite game, the Binding of Isaac.

6: Namco/Bandai they have so many good fighting, action, rpg and classic games. Favorite games, Namco Museum, Smash Ultimate and Tales of Vesperia.

5: Retro Studios, one of the best in the industry, creating great games that revolutionize genres. Favorite game, DKCTF

4: Monolith Soft, one of the best studios around. So much talent and experience. Favorite game, Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

3: Good Feel, they make Yoshi games, do I need to say anything else? Favorite game, Yoshi’s Crafted World.

Platinum Games, they are so creative and imaginative. They make some of the best games you’ll ever play. Favorite game, Bayonetta 2.

1: Nintendo EAD, from Koizumi, to Miyamoto, no one has the talent that ?Nintendo does. They’re the best around. Favorite game, Mario Odyssey and Mario Maker 2.

Who are your favorite video game companies?

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How Sega Can Rise Again

Back in the 90s, Sega and Nintendo ruled video games. Until Sega made some bad moves and quit making hardware after the Dreamcast didn’t sell. Everyone thought Sega would be the dominate third party after they quit making consoles to focus on making games as a third party publisher. It didn’t happen and in Sega’s new financial report. They saw a dip in revenue, which isn’t good. What can Sega do to recover and be a powerhouse again.

Focus On Your Popular IPs

Not just Sonic either. Sonic Mania was a huge success for Sega. It was Sonic returning to his roots as a 2D side scroller and it worked to perfection. Huge sales and great critical acclaim followed. That’s great, but you need more than one game to help your company. Why not do a new Phantasy Star? Not just online either. Single player JRPGs sell great as well. Take Persona 5, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Octopath Travler for example. Don’t think that Phantasy Star always needs to be an MMO. Single player JRPGs do sell.

Let’s not forget Virtual Fighter. Why not make a new Virtual Fighter? That series was awesome. Panser Dragoon, Jet Set Radio, Gunstar Heroes and Virtual Racing! Sega, you have a plethora of gems for franchises. Don’t waste your time focusing on mafia games all the time!

Embrace the Nintendo Switch

It’s ok to make games for the Playstation 4 and X Box One, but the Nintendo Switch is on fire, especially in Japan. Hey Sega, you are a Japanese company and it would be unwise to focus on the PS4 so much, when the Nintendo Switch is dominating Japan right now. Look at Namco and Square. They have benefited from making a lot of games for the Switch. Take the hint Sega, and look at how well Sonic Mania Plus and Puyo Puyo, Tetris have done on the Switch. Take the hint Sega and lastly, put Persona 5 on the Switch. Not a half baked Dynasty Warrior clone, but the actual game. The Switch has a portable aspect and that makes it so appealing to play big games like Persona 5. You are leaving money on the table Sega. Don’t do that, it’s bad business.

Manage Your IPs

Stop making 3D Sonic games that everyone us split on. Stop making Phantasy Star an MMO only and make sure your big IPs release with a steller game each time. That will build up consumer confidence and trust.

Aggressive Marketing

Let people know about your games. Advertise the games to let gamers know about them. It’s what helped ylu Sega compete with Nintendo back in the day. Your aggressive marketing. Let gamers know Sega is back and they brought some great games for them to play.

I want go see Sega make a big comeback. I grew up on them and I love a lot of their games. Oh, don’t forget Super Monkey Ball either. With games like that Sega, you can make a roaring comeback and be the huge 3rd party publisher everyone predicted you to be. Bring back your old classics, embrace the Nintendo Switch and Market your games. If you do this, you will be one of the top third party publishers in the industry. Come on Sega, you can do this!

Link: https://www.google.com/amp/s/mynintendonews.com/2019/04/30/sega-says-company-refocusing-on-existing-franchises-and-a-multiplatform-approach/amp/

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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

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