Time to Rewind with the Remix!


Written by: J.H. Longman

With New Year almost upon us, Super Mario Maker fans get to kick it old school as the two new NES REMIX courses are out and their prized costumes are just screaming to be collected.

Excitebike snatches up the #117 spot, leaving Birdo to grab #118 and each course is just a joy to play and for a few short minutes, I actually held the world record on both! Let’s fast forward to the descriptions!

 

NES REMIX (Excitebike):

“In the NES REMIX series, a variety of classic Nintendo Entertainment System games are given a new lease on life. This time, we’ve picked the Excitebike stages to recreate in Super Mario Maker! Hold the dash button and right on the +Control Pad from the moment the course begins to replicate the authentic motocross experience.”

 

NES REMIX (Super Mario Bros. 2):

“In the NES REMIX series, a variety of classic Nintendo Entertainment System games are given a new lease on life. This time, we’ve picked the Super Mario Bros. 2 stages to recreate! If you’ve played the original game, you’ll recognise many of the new locations and elements. In true NES REMIX style, it’s all very familiar yet somehow a little different!”

Now as for #119 and #120 they could quite literally be anything, but the fun is in the guessing so I’m going to go with Ryu.

Till next time folks. Keep up the good fight and Keep on Gaming!

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Let’s Talk Collections


No doubt many of us have made the most of Christmas this year and have been expanding our Gaming collections; whether it be actual videogames, collectibles & other merchandise. I too have been building up my own little collection over this last year with Christmas adding a little sweetener to pick up some nice goodies including a couple of Amiibo & some nice games too. So in this post I would like to share my collection with you. It is not the biggest nor the grandest but it is mine and I am proud of it.

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My collection now consists of nearly 20 Wii U Titles including, Super Smash Bros, Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors Yoshi’s Woolly World & Splatoon. Nintendo make up a large part of my collection but I also found a fond enjoyment from the Assassin’s Creed series, mainly III & IV because they are both on the Wii U as well. After trying to fight against the urge give in to popular demand, I began collecting Amiibo as well starting with all The Legend Of Zelda figures from the Super Smash Bros series and now I have indulged into the Super Mario series & Splatoon.

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My Old School gamer ways also have gotten the better of me and have coerced me into buying the accompanying Game Guides for many titles to aid me better in trying to 100% complete them.I know I could just look up any walkthrough and tricks online nut like I said before, I am an Old School Gamer and enjoy having physical guides to read & research from. It’s not just Game Guides I own, I own other gaming literature as well including Manga and other Videogame inspired novels.

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To be fair, I have only been accumulating all things Videogames & Nintendo since last year when I had moved out of the family home and into my own place. I was alway a fan since I was a kid but never really had the opportunity to go Big on collecting videogame memorabilia which is a great shame because I owned many Games consoles including the NES, N64 & Wii (though to be honest I did collect a lot of other things) but while growing up, circumstances arose which meant I had to either sell, give up or leave some of my stuff behind and now I am starting afresh with the Wii U & my ever growing collection.

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Well this is the rest of my little collection including some posters from various Gaming Magazines, The Official Nintendo Magazine of Spain and my latest joy, my very own personal Super Smash Bros Poster using the latest Art Work from the Official Nintendo Website depicting the final characters coming to Smash; Bayonetta & Corrin from Fire Emblem Fates.

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Well Guys & Girls, that is all from me for now. If you have any photos of your collections that you would like to share, please feel free to post them on our Facebook wall or tag us in a tweet on Twitter. You can even send them direct to us via our email miketendo64@gmail.com. Be sure to leave your name with each photo so we can credit you when we cover them in a follow-up article in a week’s time.

Until Next Time, Keep On Gaming!

Thank All You For Your Following (2015 in review)


Well guys & girls, it has come to the end of 2015 and with that it made sense to me and my team at Miketendo64, to wish you all happy Holidays and more importantly, Thank You. If it wasn’t for your loyal following to this blog, we probably would have given up momentum months ago. We have only been in operation since last May but since then we have covered all types of news & updates from the Big N this year. We have added reviews & interviews to our ever expanding Website and have even extended into Game playthroughs & Showcases via our Youtube Channel Miketendo 64.

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We really appreciate your support and following and we sincerely hope we can continue to bring you more news, reviews and other great features, to keep you informed and entertained for more years to come. To any of you who may be interested, the rest of this post is our annual report which shows all of our highlights and records for our website. Please feel free to give it a glance, it was because of you all that we Have anything to report at All. So, as I have said before and will say again, Thank You All and we shall look forward to keeping up our momentum for 2o16.

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Until Next Time, Keep On Gaming!

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Bayonetta gets Better at Christmas


 

Written  by:  J.H.  Longman

I was recently over at Nerdist.com reading an article regarding Bayonetta 2 and how it is the videogame equivalent of watching Die Hard at Christmas and at first I was like; “Yeah I can see that,” and because I’ve been itching to play it again for some time, I did play it over the holidays and I’ve got to say, Edwin Garcia was spot on with everything he said.

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When I think of the movie Die Hard, I see Bruce Willis, spending most of the movie running around in a pair of Jeans and a vest. Going through hell to ensure the woman he loved/loves is safe and of course, there’s all the one liners and watching Hans Gruber going out the window and falling to his death. Now when I think of Bayonetta 2, I naturally think of the Umbra Witch in the tight, revealing outfit, which can be changed for all kinds of attire, who literally goes through Hell, Inferno rather, to save her friend Jeanne and come on, almost every line of hers is a one-liner. Oh and then there is her version of the Hans Gruber free fall, which at the end of Bayo 2, is daddy and daughter teaming up to summon their most dangerous partners, which combined kicked Aesir into space. Now just what could be awaiting him in the vast unknown? Why it is Jeanne stood atop of her jet, and with her prey insight, she performs an Infernal summoning of her own, which soon chows down on the game’s main villain, who failed to avoid the beast whilst within the Earth’s stratosphere.

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No matter how you look at it, the game and the film, both have very strong similarities and give the viewer/gamer such a strange, yet enjoyable experience, one that you want to experience over and over. An experience that just has to happen at least once or twice a year and before you say Bayonetta isn’t “Christmassy” enough, Rodin makes an appearance dressed as Saint Nick himself, with presents for all. Guns for Bayonetta and bullets for the Angels and not only is it a game that starts with Christmas shopping, but it ends with it too. Only the big bad witch can go toe to toe with daddy, voyage into Paradiso and Inferno and still has time to save the world and finish off her shopping after being rudely interrupted in the first place. And let’s not forget, this is the kind of game where you can just lose yourself, distancing yourself from the chaos of the festive session and replacing it with showing Angels and Demons who is the baddest of them all and you know, surf your way into heaven and torture a couple of Angels when jetting around to the city. Be honest, the world of Bayonetta has more normality than our lives during this time of year.

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And everything is going to get so much better, because now with this realisation in mind and fact proven, it means come Christmas 2016, we can spend the seasons thrashing it out with Bayonetta 1, and 2 and then when we’re done completing story on both, it’s time to throw down with the relatives and play as her as you settle it in smash! All we need now is the official confirmation that Bayonetta 3 will be happening and that would really make my next Christmas.

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As always, till next time folks. Keep up the good fight and Keep on Gaming!

 

 

More Zelda Badges For All!


Written  by:  J.H.  Longman

Oh what a joyous day it is, the Nintendo Badge Arcade finally got some more Zelda badges in and this time, even Europe is on the receiving end and for us on this side of the pond, we’ve finally got Majora’s Mask!

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 Even better, the two free plays went a long way and got my Zelda badge collection started by netting me four off the bat and then there was the additional free play earned from the daily practice catcher, although I didn’t get any that time around, but still there’s a few days on the clock and plenty of chance to get the good badges rolling in and with a gladly spent couple of euros here and there, I should easily be able to get them all.

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On the other side of the globe, Majora’s Mask 3D is replaced with badges from Tri Force Heroes, so you can just imagine what’s on offer there. Whatever side of the planet you’re on, be sure to let us know just which badges you’re able to get. We love to hear from you and just think, if we’ve finally got Majora’s Mask now, we should be getting Wind Waker before the end of January. (Result!)

Till next time folks. Keep up the good fight and Keep on Gaming!

 

 

The Birdo & ExciteBike trailers are out!


Now just a few days away from bring able to unlock both Birdo and ExciteBike Mario Costumes upon completion of two separate NES REMIX courses, Nintendo can’t wait to show the pair off in their all new character trailers:

 

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ExciteBike:

 

And why give you two costume trailers when we can give you three? These weren’t the only videos Nintendo put out, as they also put out this one, which features every officially confirmed Mario Costumes, which of course means the Sky Pop does not make an appearance. Still let’s get to it:

 

 

 

Both Birdo and ExciteBike release in Europe on December 31st and expected to release late at night over in the States.

 

Link: The Legendary Time Lord


 

Written  by:  J.H.  Longman

We’ve all seen it, the beautifully done, crossover picture of Link, face to face with the Tardis. A picture of two of the most iconic series’ of both this and the previous century and if you think about it, maybe a Tardis appearing in Hyrule isn’t too far-fetched because just maybe that Hylian boy we all know as Link is actually a Time Lord, if not Doctor Who himself.

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Obviously he isn’t, but as far as both Zelda and Doctor Who are concerned, anything goes, but there are a lot of playful indications that such a fact is possible. For starters there have been multiple incarnations of both, such as a Link present whenever the lands of Hyrule, Termina and the rest, find themselves face to face with complete destruction. The odds of the heart of the Hero, being reborn at a time of crisis is just as likely as a single Link regenerating and hoping into a Tardis, flying to the location and era of his next adventure.

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Both Doctor Who and Link, love adventures, forever solving puzzles, rushing head first into danger, saving all those they could along the way and risking everything in a deadly head to head with those responsible for the present wake of destruction. Both have more than one heart, mind you the Doctor only has 3, Link often starts off with 3 and can have up to 20 depending on the game (greedy bugger, you can tell he doesn’t have a mother, he never learned to share.). Then there’s the fact that every incarnation of Link is different to those before him, with their own unique qualities, alongside the same key components that make Link, well Link, such as honesty, courage and a guiding set of morals, oh and that playful nature that loves to break pots.

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And let’s not forget that magical pouch of his that quite literally allows him to carry all manner of equipment, such as potion bottles, multiple bombs and other weapons. Not once have I ever noticed a cart being pulled by Epona, following closing behind him on all his travels, which possesses his entire equipment secured in one place and nor is there a slim, spindly secondary character, with a bag over his shoulder carrying it all. So clearly there is some magic at work, such as Time Lord technology hard at work, enabling everything to fit into his pockets rather nicely.

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Plus they both have a history that heavily involves music, such as second Doctor Who incarnation, who just loved to play a nice little ditty on his recorder, whereas Link has been known to jam it out on a flute, an ocarina, windpipes (all involve blowing, but that’s a joke for another day) and let’s not forget guitar and drums, among others. Both also have an arch nemesis who keeps on coming back, no matter how many times they’ve been defeated and destroyed, the Doctor has the Master and Link he has the Gerudo (Ganondorf). But the biggest things they have in common besides companions and often discovering known & unknown worlds & realms, but time traveling itself.

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Time and time again Link has found himself going both backwards and forwards in time, (Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Wind Waker and Skyward Sword, and Hyrule Warriors to name a few.) How can we be so sure it was pulling the Master Sword out of its pedestal that did it? Or playing a tune on the ocarina or stepping into a portal? He very easily could be darting off screen and jumping into a blue box and timey whimey zooming off to his next chosen destination.

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Still playful fantasy aside, until there comes a day the daleks make a cameo or its revealed the Master sword doubles as a sonic screwdriver, I doubt Link is of Gallifrey origins, but he definitely is a type of Time Lord, a Legendary one at that, what with all of his previous adventures and the ones still to come. I’ll be highly disappointed if Link doesn’t even go back five seconds in Zelda U, or cross into another dimension at least, not.

Till Next Time folks and remember, stay gameful and watch out for those Weeping Angels.

Why the NX needs Smash, Zelda and Splatoon!


Written  by:  J.H.  Longman

With 2015 almost over, 2016 is almost here, the Nintendo year where two home console Zelda titles will be released, along with Pokkén Tournament, Star Fox and if the rumours are true, the release of the NX and if that is the case, then it would be a really big mistake.

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The Wii U’s biggest problem was never that it wasn’t a good console, but the fact that upon release, it had no good games on it. The reason why it didn’t sell as well as Nintendo’s Wii was because when the Wii came out, it had Zelda, Smash, Mario and more. It had all the hard hitters and the likes of Mario and Link both made more than just the one appearance. Mario got two Super Mario Galaxy games and Mario Kart and the others, whereas Link got two Zelda adventures. Sure the Wii U has Super Mario Maker, New Super Mario Bros. Smash and come the end of next year, three Zelda games and Hyrule Warriors, the fact remains, a lot of them took far too long to arrive.

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A lot of Nintendo gamers put off buying the console purely because the games weren’t out and a lot of them, after having waited so long, are now put off buying the console, when next year they could be forking out for the next one, so as far as the NX is concerned, they really need to make sure their best games are on it. Even a 2017 release is too soon a release to ensure some great games are on it, unless they do something a little drastic. With the operating power the NX is believed to be possessed, it will take some time to make the games that will truly excel on it and if the rumours are true that the NX will not possess backward capabilities, then it is only fitting the likes of Smash Bros, Splatoon, Zelda Wii U and Super Mario Maker are all ported over to it.

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The time it would take to make the NX versions could take a few years, so why not buy themselves some time and make those games the launch games for the NX. Making all already released dlc available for the get go and release a series of four updates once every three months, new content that will keep us playing those games for a whole other year, while we wait on all new games to hit the shelves, but will they hit the shelves? More and more games, from the older consoles (handheld and home), are landing in the eShop and given what we know so far about the Nintendo Account and what we’ve seen from PlayStation and Xbox, the NX might just be a virtual console. No more physical games, no more discs and no more cartridges, just a whole load of data downloaded directly to your console, which of course would mean the eShop will be the only means of getting games to play on your console and yes that may enrage those of us who have Wii U games, but not if Nintendo were to do a game unlock.

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The physical copies of Wii U games have a virtual counterpart, so should we wish to be able to play them, it might be a case of where we’ve all synced our date to our Nintendo Account and are signed in to our Nintendo ID, we might just be able to transfer all our save date directly to our new console, and the game, which in all honestly, would come at a cost. Probably something between 5-10 dollars a game, but it would mean saving ourselves a few dollars by not having to completely buy a game we’ve already got. Plus by doing this, it makes the changeover more important because why would we need to buy a copy of NX Splatoon for say 60 dollars, when our Wii U version will work just fine. In the long run, it would be far simpler to upgrade Wii U games, into ported NX versions, as opposed to just having to buy an updated version.

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I’m really hoping it won’t come to that, the big adieu to backwards compatibility, but Nintendo have not ruled the possibility of not having it and as they have said time and time again, the NX will be nothing like the Wii and Wii U. It is to be different to anything we’ve seen and unique in its own right, but even if it is the greatest console to ever be created, unless it has some seriously great launch titles, it could still wind up being  almost as much of a flop that the Wii U is.

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But until Nintendo finally come out and give us official confirmation and announcements, we are all just left in the dark, with only a few pieces to the enigma puzzle that is the forthcoming NX.

Till next time folks. Keep up the good fight and Keep on Gaming!

 

 

What’s next for Super Mario Maker?


Written  by:  J.H.  Longman

When the new update came out, version 1.30 it brought with it plenty of new features, including world records and the web portal, but with everything we have seen so far, just what is next for Super Mario Maker?

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I’m not talking about a Super Mario Maker 2 for the NX, but just what kind of new content can we expect to see in the next update. The endless costumes continue to keep us guessing as to what the next lot be, but as for the actual game itself, as sweet as the new features are, they like those before them will soon lose their effect in time. More level backgrounds, like desert, would be a great addition as it will help usher in a new wave of levels, giving more range to the game, but given what we’ve seen, the likes of a desert or even a winter wonderland look like they will continue to be denied to us, so fingers crossed Super Mario Maker 2, let’s call it Luigi Maker, (Luigi will only get upset otherwise) will feature more background choices.

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But as for this game, I’d gladly settle for a new set of obtainable medals, medals that can only be obtained by achieving world records. It would after all give greater reason to strive so hard to obtain them and increase replay value. Sure bragging rights is reason enough, but bragging rights and a set of shiny medals will really make us feel smug and maybe in the course world, in the profile sub-screen, in-between Starred courses and Played courses, Record courses can be added. So that way when we beat the World record on a course, we can check back on it whenever we want, to make sure we still have the record on the level, or just to see how many current records we have.

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Another new feature they could include is of course enabling us to make levels that scroll from bottom to top, forcing the player to race to the top, or even faster Thwomps. Angered, red coloured Thwomps that just can’t wait to slam down on us that they are constantly thwomping, without needing to be activated by our presence. Oh and what about a function that would allow us to hide items, such as the P-Switch, inside enemies, such as Bowser Jr. to ensure we battle him instead of running to a tunnel, a door or just away.

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Now seeing as how we’ve covered functions and features, why not costumes? They are quite literally going in all directions, so within some reason, just what costumes should make it into the game. Nintendo said they wanted ones we would recognise the world over, so if they won’t give us Cloud, Steve from Minecraft, or Mr L, why not give us Kylo Ren. Star Wars is killing it right now and with so many music levels dedicated to the series, why not give us a character from it? It would certainly be an awesome touch and it wouldn’t just have to be Kylo Ren, almost all of us would gladly accept a Storm Trooper costume. Hell, even James Bond, aka Daniel Craig, himself thinks Storm Troopers are so cool that he actually played one in Episode 7. (He was the Storm Trooper Rey uses the Jedi mind trick on, to free her and leave his gun). You’ve got to admit, it would be freaking hilarious to see a star powered Storm Trooper charging full speed toward Bowser.

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Super Mario Maker really is a game where all bets are off and anything can happen and that’s what is so great about it and given the attention we saw Nintendo give Splatoon, I’m really hoping they do the same here. It’s exactly the type of love this award winning game deserves.

Till next time folks. Keep up the good fight and Keep on Gaming!

Should there be a Legend of Zelda Movie?


Written by: J.H. Longman

Recently I was over at Hyrule Herald, reading an article about Movie adaptations and how that they will never be perfect and honestly a lot of great points were made and it made me start thinking about a Zelda movie and seeing as how we never wrote anything on this matter, now is a great reason to do so.

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Not everything can be a winner and even some of the worst movies are not all that bad, but with the likes of the Super Mario Brothers film being the massive flop that is was and the “epic fail” TV series that was the Legend of Zelda, Nintendo really doesn’t have a good track record with films inspired by video-games and they’re not the only ones. Yes there are other films that were epic fails, like Doom, but there were plenty of comic book adaptations that sunk like the Titanic (the ship, not the film. The film was a Huge success) and it’s all for the same reasons, not enough research and it failed to stay true to the original content.

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Now as for an actual Zelda film, even as a huge fan, I honestly hope to God it never happens, even if Miyamoto has full creative control over it. No one knows Zelda quite like him and to let a production company come in and dictate what can be done and what can’t be, it would kill the film dead and run the risk of being a slap in the face to the magnificent franchise that is the Legend of Zelda. Link has been around for nearly 30 years now and the biggest thing about his character is the relationship he has to the gamer playing him. He may be our face, but his unspoken words are open to our own interpretation. His actions and reactions, although designed to follow a certain path, is still down to us to make our own choices. “Do I go to the forest temple? Or think ‘Hyaaaaa’ and go to the shooting gallery to win a heart piece?”

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 Link isn’t just the lead protagonist, the eternal hero, but the gamer personified and to be honest that is something you can never truly transfer over to film, and it’s actually the biggest part of the franchise, his world becomes ours as our breath becomes his. No matter how striking or brilliantly acted a possible film could be, Link will never be Link because Link is meant to be us and there would be no us in the film version. Secondly as far as a film goes, all of it has to be CGI, much like the Final Fantasy movies, and it can not be an adaptation of any games released in the series, not even Ocarina of Time or Twilight Princess. To attempt such a feat would be one of the hardest tasks you could endure because to do so would mean deciding between which elements will be implemented and which ones meant and even the smallest things are a lot bigger than first conceived in the long run.

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As well as action, compelling story and characters, Zelda is about learning, about puzzles and no film could ever capture the essence of that. A lot of people when they think about Ocarina of Time, they think about the water temple, about how hard, no film or TV show could ever capture that. Now as for Link’s lack of voice, what lack of voice? If you’ve actually paid attention, Link speaks without even needed to say a word, and he’s managed to survive long enough before his adventure even starts, he’s clearly interacted with Saria long before we ever laid eyes on her. How else would they be friends? But although it is a voice he haven’t “heard,” there is no real actor who could be cast for the role as each and every one of us have our own interpretation of how he sounds and should a film come out half of us will be disappointed. A lot.

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Miyamoto could spend ten years working on this, perfecting it to the tee, but every then, no matter all that hard work, even with an original story of its own that ties everything together, or at least a few of the games, the film will be a Tri Force Heroes, a new Zelda adventure that has left its fans divided and disappointed, whilst the other half cheer gladly. But the reality is, unless it is an original story, where the camera angles acts as Link’s eyes and occasionally offer glances of the hero, both his garb and appearance, and the careful research and time is lovingly put into the project, a Zelda film would just be a waste of time.

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The internet is full of animations of Link and his adventures, but the reason why they work so well is they makers didn’t have to compromise. Because they are true fans who worship the series and made sure the core elements were perfectly captured with every sequence, but these works are mostly short. Long enough to have the Zelda nostalgia, but finish long before they go off point. Some animations worth noting was the ongoing series, The Legend of Zelda: Unknown Origins. The series had a story that was completely of its own, but was tied to the series with the involvement of the Kokiri and Midna.

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However in modern day society, we tend to change our minds now almost as much as we change mobile phones and game consoles, so although a Zelda movie should be something left for later, or never, film adaptations of World of Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed are on their way and they could just turn out to be the game changers that make a great Zelda film possible. Either way, you should definitely check out the piece Why Film Adaptations Will Never Be Perfect by Dan Fryling, as it certainly makes for interesting reading.

As always, the views expressed here, are entirely those of my own and we are always keen to hear yours.

Nintendo’s Gaming News Weekly Round-up! Heroes and a Mother-load of Mario


Written by: J.H. Longman

Turns out this is becoming a regular thing, so it’s time to reorganize this a little, we can’t just throw random news snippets at you without some sort of order, so from now on, you can expect to see “Big Game News” nearer to the end of the piece, game updates and maintenance just before that and regular reveals and announcements right from the get go. As always, news round-up consists mostly of the news we, the Miketendo64 team feel is worth repeating!

 

Hyrule Warriors Legends (NEW COSTUMES):

Plenty of new costumes are coming to both Wii U and 3DS versions, costumes that draw inspiration from both Wind Waker and Majora’s Mask and just from the first glance, Phantom Ganon is hands down the best one, with Outset Island Link not too far behind him. Be sure to check out our buddies over at Hyrule Herald to see plenty of photos of the other new costumes!

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Pokémon GO (GYMS & BADGES):

Elsewhere in the world, it was announced this week that the augmented reality free to play, mobile game Pokémon GO, will feature Gyms, which can only mean one thing, BADGES! But should this not be the case, I guess those of us in Europe will just have to settle for Pokemon Badges from the Nintendo Badge Arcade as the likes of Mewtwo, Charmelon and Pikachu have taken up residence inside the machine and the Nintendo Bunny can’t wait to battle us and reward 2 free plays.

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The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (HERO POINTS):

Turns out, Super Mario Maker wasn’t the only Nintendo game to receive an update as the latest Zelda instalment got one too. Version 2.1.0 introduced the use of Hero points, a new feature that doubles as both an incentive to play more online co-op, where should you find yourself a level you didn’t vote for, you can earn points, which will unlock special powers for the Bear Minimum digs and more.

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Be sure to check out our full story on the matter right here:

New Update (2.1.0) for Tri Force Heroes

 

 

 

Super Smash Bros. Wii U & 3DS (SMASH BALLOT):

Last week it was the Final Smash Direct and the result of the Smash Ballot, and this week there’s still more talk on the Ballot, which received 1.8 Million, an impressive sounding fact in its own right but not so much when over 11.4 million copies of the game have been sold, which means that less than 15% of Smash Fans actually voted in the Fighter Ballot. So all of those who didn’t vote, have no real right to complain about who won the Ballot, even if it was the Illustrious Bayonetta.

Other Smash news this week consisted of another performance update for Smash Bros Wii U & 3DS to further balance some of the fighters. Link & Ganondorf, both from The Legend of Zelda series were a couple of those who were affected.

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You can see our article on the Smash Ballot, right here:

Smash Ballot got 1.8 Million votes

 

 

VIRTUAL CONSOLE (A WHOLE LOT OF MARIO):

Europe is in for a double dose of Mario as Super Mario 64 DS & Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars as both released on the 24th of December. But the Mario fun does not end there as Super Mario Galaxy is also out on Virtual Console.

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 Source: Nintendo of Europe (Twitter)

 

 

Super Mario Maker (UPDATES & NEW COSTUMES):

This week’s Big game news is of course Super Mario Maker, not only is this the week where update 1.30 came out, bringing us the Fire Koopa Clown Car, P-Warp doors, bumpers and the course web portal, known as “Bookmark,” but it is also the week where Amazon named Super Mario Maker its game of the year, three new costumes were announced for the game, with Captain Toad arriving this Christmas morning and the other two to come on New Year’s eve. It was also the week where at the very start of it, came the discovery of Mario Costume #112, when not only was a Data miner able to make the discovery of Super Mario Land’s Sky Pop plane, but also uploaded it as part of a level so the likes of the masses could see it and try out the costume in action. We were one of the first to break the story on this and like GameXplain, uploaded a video of the Sky Pop costume on Youtube, which did get a number of views, before it was blocked by Nintendo. (We’re sorry Nintendo, we know you wanted to keep it under wraps, but we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t).

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As mentioned, we did do a number of pieces of the SMM latest, which you can always catch right here:

Mario Costume #112 Uncovered

The Super Mario Maker Three-For-All

#112 Sky Pop Costume – Super Mario Maker   (Includes our video of the costume)

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Costume Leak Source: Reddit

 

With another week over, it’s time to turn our attention to the news and wonders the next one will bring and who knows, we might just do a complete round-up of 2015.

Till next time folks. Keep up the good fight and Keep on Gaming!

The Treasure Tracker is Here!


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Written by: J.H. Longman

 No longer do we have to wait for Captain Toad is here at last and his little maze is quite the delight! But as for the Sky Pop costume, the leaked outfit continues to elude us.

Announced earlier on this week, the latest event course sees Toad explorer Captain Toad, venture forth in an underground lair where Boos follow his every step, Hammer Bros wish to test the strength of his helmet and should you avoid both, there’s still the Piranha plants and Goombas to contend with. Captain Toad’s life rests in our hands, will you see him to the other side?

As always, you can catch the level description, directly below:

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

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The Treasure Tracker is Here!


Written by: J.H. Longman

 No longer do we have to wait for Captain Toad is here at last and his little maze is quite the delight! But as for the Sky Pop costume, the leaked outfit continues to elude us.

Announced earlier on this week, the latest event course sees Toad explorer Captain Toad, venture forth in an underground lair where Boos follow his every step, Hammer Bros wish to test the strength of his helmet and should you avoid both, there’s still the Piranha plants and Goombas to contend with. Captain Toad’s life rests in our hands, will you see him to the other side?

As always, you can catch the level description, directly below:

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

 “Search every angle in a puzzling adventure! In Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, the Toad Brigade’s lovable Captain, explores a variety of miniature Mario courses. And now he’s tackling a real Mario course in search of shiny golden coins! Usually Captain Toad can’t jump with his heavy backpack – can you clear this course without jumping, too?”

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With the Captain now ours and the Birdo and Excitebike costume waiting to be claimed next week, a single conundrum remains. “Will costume #112 keep us waiting, or will it finally become ours?” Only time will tell.

Till next time folks. Keep up the good fight and Keep on Gaming!

Smash Ballot Got 1.8 Million Votes


A little late coming but I though it worthy of a write up regardless. The Ever Popular Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS has got a huge following of fans, both old and new since its release last year and the Smash Fighter Ballot gave the game even more hype when fans of the game had the opportunity to vote for any Videogame Character they would like in the game. There were so many to choose from the likes of Banjo Kazooie, King K. Rool and even Master Chief.  The Winner of course, was Bayonetta who won first place in Europe and in the Top 5 in the US. The Smash Ballot was extremely popular, so much so that there was 1.8 million votes in total.

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Though I am personally pleased to see Bayonetta come the game as are many others but there are many more thinking “Huh? How?” And are quite skeptical about how Bayonetta even made it to the Top 10 let alone Top 5 in the US and No. 1  in Europe. Well to the masses who say “What The Hell?!” I think we should be asking why wasn’t there more votes? Up to September of this Year Super Smash Bros has sold over 7.37 Million copies Worldwide on the 3DS alone and 4.03 Million on the Wii U totaling a grand number of 11.4 million copies sold which, leaves me to wonder why there weren’t more votes as 1.8M seems small in comparison to 11.4M.

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I guess what I am getting at is that before we try to pass blame on Nintendo and Sakurai’s Team to the suspiscous and possibly “rigged” Win for Bayonetta in the Smash Fighter Ballot, we would be better at looking at those of us who didn’t participate in the Ballot as I am sure if more people participated, we would certainly be looking forward to another Ballot Winner. However, that was not the case and we are in fact having Bayonetta, not only coming to Super Smash Bros for Wii U & 3DS in March, but that she will also be getting her own Amiibo as well! To be perfectly honest, I don’t know what I am more excited for, probably the Amiibo, they have taken a hold of me.

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Until Next Time, Keep On Gaming!

 

New Update (2.1.0) For Tri Force Heroes


It was only 3 weeks ago (December 3rd) that we just received a BIG update (Ver 2.0.0) for Legend Of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes that gave us the Den Of Trials that brought with it 30 stages of ever increasing challenge and 2 new costumes; the Fierce Deity Captain Linebeck Costumes. Today we are treated with another update (Ver 2.1.0) which adds a brand new element to help struggling players complete the game. The list of changes are as follows

 

  • adds Hero Points, a new element meant to help players complete the game;
  • fixes various issues, in order to improve the gameplay experience;
  • introduces additional enhancements to improve the user’s experience and enjoyment.

So what exactly are these Hero Points you may ask? They are special points you can earn at the end of levels that you didn’t vote for in Local, Download or Online play but complete them regardless with other players. you can then use them to buy materials, special powers, and other goodies from the street merchant which will in turn help your game

I hope all you Tri Force Heroes out there are taking advantage of this beneficial update. Until Next Time, Keep On Gaming!

Source: www.perfectly-nintendo.com