I saw this video on Facebook that had been shared by a member of a group I am in and I was not prepared for the overwhelming Feels that came whilst watching it. It is the song KING by Lauren Aquilina which is good by itself but when it is blended with artwork of “The Legend Of Zelda” it becomes an rollercoaster of feels as waves of nostalgia and emotion come over you while the story and artwork of Ocarina Of Time, Majora’s Mask & Twillight Princessis played in front of your eyes and the progression of Link as The Boy Without A Fairy to the Hero Of Time and ultimately The Hero’s Shade. It wells up the eyes every time I watch it. Call me sad, call me lame but watch it first before commenting, see if it doesn’t affect too 😉 I have attached the video below for you all to enjoy.
I have just checked out the launch trailer for Splatoon, and I have to say that it had made more of an impression on me, than all the other trailers that have come out to build up the hype. It makes me think that maybe Nintendo should have led with this trailer to begin with, it shows all of what you can expect in the game without giving too much away. The “Squid Kid” trailer was ok but I found it more of an Put-Off than a Put-On and I actually lost interest in the game. However, this new trailer has re-piqued my interest and now the game is a possible reconsideration for me. If you haven’t already got the game and are still sitting on the fence like myself. I recommend watching this trailer before making a decision. It may be just the right amount of motive to help influence your decision. If you are considering buying the game or even the Amiibo to go with it. You can use the links provided below to go to your Amazon region. Good Luck and happy hunting!
There are warnings that stock is in very limited quantities including the Splatoon Figures, Silver Mario and even Pac-Man.
The Amiibo Collection Craze is at an all-time high as nintendo fans will literally rob their grandmother’s jewelry box to pay extortionate amounts of money on these plastic figurines. it is quite possibly the biggest craze we have seen since the Pokemon Trading Card Era. Wave four is now available in North America with Wave 5 approaching after Summer, the suspense to possess your favourite characters is now even greater as the limited supply means even more competition to possess them. Amazon has the Wave 4 Amiibo available as we speak in 30 minute intervals, make sure you are ready and that your bank credit is ample.
Starting today at 2pm Pacific time, Amazon will open one Amiibo-per-customer buy listing every 30 minutes until all nine of this wave have gone live. First up is the Pac-Man Amiibo in the Smash Bros.Amiibo series, that will surely be quite popular, what with the Nintendo-Namco crossover appeal. The rest of the amiibo will follow suit and will include all of Splatoon figurines (which will apparently unlock some “challenge” modes depending on the figurine), The silver-coated Mario will be after, Lucina and Robin from the Fire Emblem series, Mario’s long time nemesis and evil twin Wario, and last but definitely not least is the long awaited favorite of the pokemon series; Charizard.
The Dr. Mario amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. Series is now available for pre-order at Amazon.co.uk for the 17th of July at the price of £14.35. If you want to get you hands on this guy, you better act fast as he is currently not available on any other store or website and with yet again limited stock and high demand, it won’t be long until the Doc is in early hiatus. I have included the link below on this page so you guys don’t miss out on the chance to bag him and add to your growing collection.
It seems that the UK supermarket Asda has lost the love for all things Nintendo as it is going to stop selling DS, 3DS, Wii & Wii U games in just two months time. In light of this news it means that you pick up some fantastic bargains as ASDA has slashed their retail price for these games and you can now get them for ridiculously low prices. If you type in ASDA WiiU into the search bar on http://www.hotukdeals.com it has tons of offers including Mario Kart 8 for £20, Luigi’s Mansion 2 for £10, and some Wii U Bundles for around £180.
Asda apparently stopped selling the Wii U console in July ’13, however it seems now that Asda has no more plans sell any more Nintendo products in the foreseeable future. To date there has not been an official announcement to explain why they will not continue to Sell Nintendo products. However, if you are a big Nintendo fan and reside in the UK, make sure to check out your local Asda to see if you can get your hands on some of these great games at bargain prices.
If you have read my last interview about Zach Snyder and his upcoming Web Series “Nintendo The History,” You may be interested to know that he has launched a Vlog Update on Youtube to help give you more details on what this new Web Series is all about. Please check it out via the link below, this series is definitely going to be good fun to watch and very entertaining.
The latest advertisement videos for “Yoshi’s Woolly World” just make you want to say “Awwwwww!” with big puppy dog eyes. I saw these videos on the Wii U UK Facebook page and I just had to share, I am now seriously thinking of getting one of these little guys even if I don’t buy the game itself but just to have a cute little yarn-made Yoshi Amiibo to look at every day. The videos below show the many different coloured outfits that you can unlock for your Yoshicharacter in the game and also that all the other amiibos can also unlock outfits for your Yoshi. Just imagine a Bowser or Samus Aran themed Yoshi, doesn’t that sound pretty cool. Well I shall leave you to enjoy the videos at your own leisure.
With the internet being a powerful entity that can bring people closer together from all around the world, it enables us to interact with other amazing people across the globe that we would otherwise wouldn’t have been able to without this now essential commodity in our lives. The internet has given birth to many wonderful things including Google, Youtube and Blogging which, all have enabled us to discover another part of the world and the people that inhabit it all from the comfort of our own homes. However I am not here to big up the internet but to provide Nintendo related articles from Nintendo themselvesand their fans. I have added a new page to my blog to give fans an opportunity to talk about their Nintendo inspired projects, including videos, videogames and other products of their creation. Today I have had the privilege to talk to Zachary Snyder and his Project “Nintendo The History.”
Mike – Thank you for agreeing to do this Interview Zach. It is a pleasure to have you here and to talk about your up-and-coming project “Nintendo The History”
Zach – Well first off, I want to thank you Mike Scorpio, for giving me the opportunity to do this interview. We’re a small group, with a big idea, so the only way we’ll make it is by word of mouth and I’m glad to be featured on your blog!
Mike – You are very welcome Zach, I hope that we can get the ball rolling for you and generate some fan interest for you. So tell me, what inspired you to create this web series?
Zach – It actually started about 3 years ago, after I had my music YouTube channel up and running for almost a year, I decided that I wanted to start doing Let’s Play videos. I got this idea one night to create a series in tribute to Nintendo’s History and I wanted to incorporate as much info as I could into each episode and make it entertaining as well.
Mike – That sounds really interesting because there are not many projects like this that really dive into the history of Nintendo. Are you doing it alone or do you have a team working production with you?
Zach – I’m glad you asked, I currently do have a team of 3 other people working with me. As our Researcher, Mike Brothers, is a Video Game Speed Runner and an aspiring Let’s Player from New York. As our Script Writer, Damian Floyd, is a writer from South Carolina who is a student at ITT Tech for Computer Programming; he is also writing his own Anime Styled Sci-Fi Novel. As our Editor, Andy Bundy, is an editor/actor from Ohio and just graduated from Cedarville University with a Film Studies degree; he also hosts his own YouTube channel named “bbundy09.” And of course, I’m Zach Snyder and I am working towards my degree in Music Education from Furman University. I’m a musician and a composer and I hope to be in the video game industry writing music one day. I have also been doing Let’s Plays and Music Covers/Original Songs on YouTube for the past 3+ years. I am the director/producer/voice actor of the show Nintendo the History.
Mike – You have a well rounded team that seem highly capable for this project and your background in music intrigues me most. Are you a fan of Nintendo?
Zach – Most definitely! Between the iconic characters and the storylines to my favorite part – the music. There’s just something about what Nintendo does for video games that inspires me so much, not only in creating this series, but also in writing music for video games.
Mike – That is really cool that you really appreciate the music in the games, I think it is what helped make the games so iconic. What was your first Nintendo experience?
Zach – It actually wasn’t until I was 10 years old when I received my first Gameboy from my uncle and cousin for Christmas. I started playing Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and I loved every bit of it.
Mike – So you are a Zeldafan as well? that will make this next question interesting. Are you a Home Console Gamer or Handheld?
Zach – Honestly? I’m not a man of discrimination, I like both, as well as, PC gaming. It all just depends on where I’m at and how much time I have to determine what game I’m gonna play.
Mike – I couldn’t agree with you more. time management and gaming go hand-in-hand these days. OK, lets talk about the funding for your projects. You are currently trying to raise funds on kickstarter, how is that going for you?
Zach – Well, Kickstarter didn’t go too well. After about 15 days and no donations, I just decided today to cancel the funding campaign. However, I did start a Patreon page today and I believe it will go a lot better, especially in the long run. So, if you wanna check that out, please go to https://www.patreon.com/Sebijingames we would greatly appreciate it!
Mike – I will definitely look into that as I am sure our readers will too. As regards to the actual series, are you going to start out with a pilot and gauge reactions or are you going to release a whole first series?
Zach – I like that you brought this up! On Facebook there is a new group called “Nintendo the History Fan Club” where anyone that is interested in the series can join. As we release updates during the production period, I hope to have bits and pieces of the first episode shown, so that we can get feedback from the audience before the First Season premieres in September.
Mike – So we can expect at least the first episode in September. Will you be uploading only to Youtube.com or do you have any other video hosting sites?
Zach – Right now, my only plan is to upload on YouTube. I’m also considering uploading them on ScrewAttack’s website. At the moment, I don’t know anything about other video hosting sites policies’, so I can’t promise that they’ll be on other sites, unless the fans want them there.
Mike – Well we will look forward to seeing the videos on those websites. How far into the history of Nintendo will you be diving into? From the origins of Mario & Donkey Kong or to the original Trading cards?
Zach – Another great question! We plan on starting in the first episode with the beginnings of Nintendo’s History with the original Trading cards (Hanafuda cards) and toys. In the 2nd episode, we’ll talk about the arcade games, which will bring us to episode 3, where we’ll start with the NES and bringing these games to home consoles. Over the seasons, I really hope to cover everything up to today’s newest games.
Mike – That is great, your series is going to be quite comprehensive. Now, about the trailer for your series. We have seen the trailer but it doesn’t tell us much about the series, do you have a sneak preview for us as to what we can expect from the series?
Zach – I agree, the trailer doesn’t specifically say much, but I will say this: Get ready to have fun watching, get ready to laugh and get ready to be informed. One of our main goals in creating this show, is to not make it a boring documentary. And I’ll say that as the main character in the show, I will do something to completely erase Nintendo’s History from the internet and it will be my duty to fix that throughout the course of the season/series.
Mike – OK, so there will be a little bit of drama to the series as well keep viewers entertained. Will the series consist mostly of video clips and screenshots with narration or will there be more physical interaction with a cast of researchers/experts?
Zach – Most of it will be video clips and screenshots with narration, with this type of show, we can’t really get away with not being typical in that sense. However, we’re working on figuring out how to do live action bits, as well as, comedy skits. Picture a sitcom plot, with the information from a documentary and put it in the format of a variety show – That’s “Nintendo The History”.
Mike – At least we know what we can come to expect from this series. Have you produced/directed a web series before?
Zach – Yes I have, but not as big as this. Nintendo the History was my first idea 3 years ago and I went along with a couple people then to create 4 episodes, but people got busy and dedication wasn’t really there, which is why it’s taken so long to get to where I am now. As far as other series, I was the recruiter for a Let’s Playing Community back in 2012 called “FourForgottenFangs” and was able to bring in about 250+ members, which helped create the show “The New Member Zone.” I also created a show that allowed viewers to do some sort of challenge in a video game in the show “Mission Accomplished” (which I hope to bring back). And I’ve recorded over 20+ Let’s Plays, 100+ music covers, which add to about 500+ videos on 2 YouTube channels.
Mike – That is a lot of videos. Youtube must have a private server just for you. Will you be taking elements from previous projects to add to the production of this Project?
Zach – Yes I think I will. If it’s one thing I’ve learned about being on YouTube, is that you’re always growing and learning what works in the past and applying it to the future. As I mentioned above, Nintendo the History had 4 episodes. I liked how it was delivered, but I’m taking it to the next level with the second shot at the series. I produced an instrument album back in February of 2014 (which is on iTunes) and I intend to use some of the songs as part of the soundtrack, when I don’t use actual Nintendo songs.
Mike -So we can expect around 4 episodes in total for “Nintendo The History,” I particularly like that you have produced some of your own music for the show as well. If your Web series is extremely well received by the public, would you consider continuing the project as a professional career?
Zach – I definitely do! While I will still be working towards getting my Music Education degree from Furman University, I intend to get in the industry to write music from Video Games, as well as, continue running this show. If we are received well by the public, I will hire on more people to help work on this show and I’ve also got a couple of other projects that I hope to show to the public in the future 😉
Mike – Well Zach, thank you so much for your time and for answering all my questions. I sincerely hope that you can get the funding that you need to produce your web series and I am definitely looking forward to seeing the results of what I think is going to be an amazing series that will really captivate both viewers and Nintendo fans alike.
If you would like to know more about Zachary’s Web Series “Nintendo The History” please feel free to click on the links below and also to keep up to date on Zach’s and his team’s progress.
I have been waiting for this game for download ever since it was announced to come to the Wii U eShop on April 30th. It did arrive however, only to the NA Virtual Console in the Wii UeShop. Us folks in Europe however have had to wait 3 more weeks for this title to come over to our shores. At Last we can finally enjoy Paper Mario 64 to the full on our own consoles without the graphics going berserk when playing via PC emulation. My first experience with this game was though PC emulation and flickering background graphics aside, I did thoroughly enjoy the game. I do love the turn-based strategy involved that gives it an edge over all the other Super Mario games. The Wii sequel did not do this game justice as it was missing that turn-based battle mode that made the game interesting and fun.
I know that I will be playing this wonderful game aLOT over the next few days as I really enjoyed its gameplay and graphic layout. If you have been looking for a fun innovative turn-based strategy game and own a Wii U, I suggest you download this game from the eShop too. For more details on Paper Mario, you can find out at www.Nintendo.co.uk
Ok, So who has already participated in the Global Testfire of Splatoon? Those that haven’t yet (like myself), will have the opportunity to participate Saturday 23rd May at 23:00 GMT (or Sunday 24th at 00:00 GMT+1 for western Europe. Check your Nintendo region site for more details) in one final Testfire before the grand release on 29th May. I for one am not extremely hyped for this game. For some reason it just doesn’t appeal to me, even though I do love a good shooter game. I will however give the game a proper go this weekend before judging something that is a unique take on shooters/paintball/squids. I am certain that there are a lot of people really looking forward to this game and they deserve to enjoy it.
Though I have not bought into the hype that has been generated around this game, I am intrigued to see what it has to offer its players. Who knows, maybe I will convert, as a wise person once said “Try Anything Once, Before Passing Judgement.” If you have already experienced the game, please feel free to leave your comments at the bottom of this post. I am genuinely interested in what others have to say about this game and what they expect from it. If you have not participated yet but would like to, you can download the Global Testfire software on the Wii UeShop. I hope to see you guys on the battlefield and remember “Make Ink, Not War” 😉
I have just received word via our twitter account that the Ganondorf Amiibo from Wave 5 of the Smash Bros. Amiibo Series (And ‘The Legend Of Zelda’ Obviously) is now at last, available for €12.95 at GAME España for pre-order online at http://www.game.es
There is still no news on when Palutena, Dark Pit & Zero Suit Samus Amiibos will be available for pre-order but I have just reserved my Ganondorf Amiibo this afternoon after scouring the internet, online shopping sites & social media for the last 2 months since the last Nintendo Direct on April 1st (Video Link Below). For those of you that live in Spain, do not miss your chance to reserve this finishing piece for your Zelda Amiibo Collection, I know I won’t 😉
GAME Stores in the UK have now made Wave 5 Amiibo available for pre-order. Non UK residents can still preorder online and non-registered buyers can sign in as guests, but you will need to have a valid credit card to make the purchase, (I have a VISA Electron which is acceptable but for some reason the website does not like my card) 😥 So if you are looking to purchase Zero Suit Samus, Palutena, Dark Pit and/or Ganondorf, the time is now before the scalpers get their hands on them. They will become available to buy direct and for delivery on 30th June, according to the Game.co.uk website so don’t miss your chance to bag these beauties now. attached to this post is the link to take you direct to the game.co.uk wave 5 Amiibo pre-order page.
Mario Kart 8 is a prime example of DLC done right. With a fresh array of race courses, new racers including Link & Villager and new vehicles and mods to spice up gameplay and racing styles, The Replay value of this game is constantly being extended, the layouts and designs of the courses are astounding to look at, rich in colour and the graphics are amazing. The latest free DLC has really got players going, going at speeds unimaginable before in other games that is. Now with the new 200cc racing mode, gamers will be going out of their minds trying to control their vehicles at speeds that are next to impossible to maintain on tracks that they have aced on previous modes.
In my opinionMario Kart 8 has by far been one of the most frustrating yet rewarding games on the Wii U to date. The game has a way of making Go-Karting, that is supposed to be fun and enjoyable and contort it into a twisted, masochistic punishment of the soul. In no other world is it possible to fire of a Red or Green shell to hit the racer in front of you and have it majestically, and defying the general law of physics, ricochet off the race course wall and hit you head on instead. Whats worse is that once the inevitable has happened, you become a magnet for every other racer’s items and therefore will be left in 12 place with no chance of winning and to make matters worse, when you finally get a item block, you get lumbered with either a banana or a coin that will not provide a single advantage on progressing, especially on the third lap. Best of all, if you somehow manage to avoid all the carnage behind you and end up in first place, guaranteed there will be a blue shell with your name on it, blazing down the course with a strict purpose of ending your hopes and dreams of earning a 3 star gold trophy and having to accept a meagre bronze trophy instead.
With that in mind, I still enjoy the game and especially enjoy playing online with other players across the globe. There is no better feeling than a podium finish (particularly when finishing in first) when playing region and global races. There is an up-welling of pride and satisfaction when kicking the proverbial A$$ of other people around the globe. Even better is the chance to play the new DLC courses with others and learn their techniques to mastering each track to put to your own use in Local Grand Prix. Mario Kart 8 has not failed to deliver fantastic DLC and I hope it will continue to bring out new tracks and racers. I would definitely like to see a ‘Battle DLC’ at some point as I feel that it is the only game mode that is truly lacking to provide entertainment to the players.
What kind of DLC would you like to see for the game if Nintendo were to create more? What characters would you like to race as or courses to make a reappearance? What are your experiences with the game so far? Let us know in the comments section below.
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