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Jacktendo Selects: My Top 6 Switch Games of October 2017


Hello and welcome back to Jacktendo Selects, the monthly Miketendo64 feature where I go into my Top 6 Switch games of the month that just ended and talk about the game I’d happily recommend and the one I’m looking forwards to this November!

 

So to get things underway, having been played and reviewed, here is my list of the Top 6 games that made it onto my list this month both photo and written form: Continue reading Jacktendo Selects: My Top 6 Switch Games of October 2017

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The Miketendo Strip: Issue #31: Super Fire Mario Emblem Odyssey Warriors


Once again, it is time for another edition of The Miketendo Strip and as tempting as it would be to hit you with another of our Miketendo Mash-ups instalments, we felt like doing a comic for once, so here’s what happens when you cross Super Mario Odyssey and Fire Emblem Warriors: Continue reading The Miketendo Strip: Issue #31: Super Fire Mario Emblem Odyssey Warriors

Jacktendo Selects: My Top 6 Switch Games of September 2017


Hello and welcome back to Jacktendo Selects, the monthly Miketendo64 feature where I go into my Top 6 Switch games of the month that just ended and talk about the game I’d happily recommend and the one I’m looking forwards to this month!

 

So to get things underway, having been played and reviewed, here is my list of the Top 6 games that made it onto my list this month both photo and written form: Continue reading Jacktendo Selects: My Top 6 Switch Games of September 2017

Jacktendo Selects: My Top 6 Switch Games of August 2017


Hello and welcome back to Jacktendo Selects, the monthly Miketendo64 feature that’s about to get a formula face-lift. Continue reading Jacktendo Selects: My Top 6 Switch Games of August 2017

Let’s Talk About… ARMS (And the Lack of amiibo)


If you’re reading this, it means you’re visiting the Miketendo64 website and it is Let’s Talk About time!

But what is Let’s Talk About? Well it’s our feature series that continues to evolve and as part of its evolution, we’ve taken it public, so that instead of just me or Mike Scorpio and I doing all the work, discussing all things Nintendo related, now you too can join in and have your say. So in light of that and eager to strike up yet another instalment, we took to Facebook and invited members of the groups Handheld Gaming Network and Nintendoholics to weigh in on the subject of ARMS and amiibo and this is the responses we got:

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So Let’s Talk About ARMS. While amiibo themselves might not be a good fit for it, how do you feel about ARMS amiibo cards that act similar to baseball cards as they have the stats and that of a fighter on them?

Responses from Handheld Gaming Network:

Conner Amays: I don’t understand why “figures wouldn’t be a good fit”? Although the baseball card idea is neat, I don’t see why figures sound like a bad option.

Konner Bowen: Figures could be great. If they implemented certain non-game breaking power ups or additional weapons that weren’t overpowered or just cosmetic then people would love them.

DeAnne Williams: I like the figure idea more. I have hundreds of AC amiibo cards and I’m not going down that route again. Trying to trade and sell duplicates is a pain. It’s not as fun like card trading was as a kid when you could trade pokemon cards at school or with your friends. It is too time consuming and schedule conflicting doing that as an adult. Not to mention the cost of it all.

Rebekah Rose Jordan: If I were getting amiibos, it would be figure. Like DeAnne Williams, I have AC amiibo cards, and while they are neat and serve their purpose, I remember trying to trade duplicates and driving an hour out to east Jesus nowhere and no, I’m too old for that garbage.

Responses from Nintendoholics:

Trintin Chlok: I think that amiibo could be cool. And if each one came with a few detachable fists. So that way if you got them all you could mix and match. I’d get some.

Angelika Papasodora: I think the amiibo cards would be a great idea for Arms. I personally would like figurines better since I have started on an amiibo collection, but not everyone has the room for them. Collecting the amiibo cards are easier and efficient, and you could even put them in card sleeves and trade them. It would be cool if they did different art for the characters as well.

David Beaudoin: I would buy amiibo so hard. Also, they could easily utilize amiibo. Let you save your ARMS configuration to take with you to your friends’ house!

Anthony Reynolds: I really want amiibos. The cards can kick rocks. Bring me sweet sweet plastic. Also ARMS is an amazing fighting game. I think Splatoon has overshadowed it a bit. But people should really give it a chance. Great game. Online is fun. 2 player local play kicks ass. Characters are sweet. Definitely original.

Brian Irizarry: ARMS amiibo figures with detachable fists that can come in a blind bag would crush my wallet

(In response to Brian Irizarry:) Anthony Reynolds: Do not ever tell this to Nintendo. We’ll all go bankrupt.

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Like I said, the discussions were short, but the responses were golden and since a whole lot has been said and I have yet to have the chance to have my say, I think it’s time I weighed in with my own comments.

I have never really been into the whole amiibo phase. Yes I do indeed own some, such as my still-in-the-box Rider Link and Guardian Breath of the Wild themed amiibo, but I’m not an amiibo collector and despite that, I was a bit disappointed amiibo wasn’t announced for ARMS. Granted it’s an entirely new thing and everyone could have hated the fighters so making amiibo could have turned into a huge loss for Nintendo as no one would want to buy figurines of characters they hate, but Nintendo could have least made amiibo cards of them.

They would be cheaper, could have been designed to be like baseball cards with fighter stats and possibly even their bio on one side, but it didn’t happen and it’s a shame. The amiibo could have been used to unlock additional ARMS, or even save your favourite loadout, so when you go round to a friends, when someone else, like your partner, has your Switch, at least by scanning in the amiibo card you can play as your favourite fighter, in your preferred colour, with your favourite ARMS, without having to go through the hassle of choosing everything.

But even if the amiibo cards of ARMS served no function at all, they’d still be worth getting as each one would be special and can easily be packaged up, like Nintendo did with the Animal Crossing cards. Sure they’re a hassle to collect that way, but what amiibo isn’t hard to get? Time and time again the ones we want sell out almost immediately, so why should it be any different with the cards? Also by going with card form, it would be a nice throwback to the time when Nintendo did cards of the Smash fighters when the original 64 game came out. (Those cards were awesome.)

Yes actual figurines of ARMS fighters would be better, especially of the ARMS were all interchangeable, but were that the case, not every fighter might get an amiibo. In fact only 5 might get that privilege, which wouldn’t feel right. This would have to be one of those times where it is all or nothing, as in all fighters get an amiibo figurine or none of them do and while it would be a little too costly and a bit of a financial risk, the risk is considerably less with amiibo cards, so I am disappointed it didn’t happen. But who knows? Maybe we’ll get lucky and when a sequel rolls out, so will a series of amiibo dedicated to it. (A boy can live in hope right?) Until such time though, ARMS not having amiibo is a wasted opportunity and nothing can possibly change that!

This has been another of our revised instalments of Let’s Talk About. Thank you reading. Thank you for supporting the series and if you wish to join in with the conversation, you can do so below by leaving a comment.

Until the next instalment, keep on gaming!

The Miketendo Strip: Issue #23: Super Mario Possession


If you’ve come here seeking a laugh, you’ve come to the right place. I am avlongman9 and I am the illustrator of The Miketendo Strip! and today we have a new instalment for you to enjoy!

 

With E3 taking place last week, there was plenty of Nintendo news and footage to sift through and one of the biggest walkaway facts is the fact Mario can possess anything he throws Cappy at, so naturally we dedicated a comic strip to that: Continue reading The Miketendo Strip: Issue #23: Super Mario Possession

Jacktendo Selects: My Top 6 Switch Games of May 2017


Hello and welcome back to Jacktendo Selects, the monthly feature in which sees me count down my favourite games on Switch in the month that they came out and reveal the game I’m most looking forwards to from the following month!

 

Just like I did in the previous instalment, I will be once again revealing my Top 6 Switch games that met my rules! “What rules are they?” you may wonder, well a game can only appear in this list, if I have personally played it and reviewed it. It will also need to be a full game, which means the likes of May’s Disgaea 5 Complete Tetris demo will not be featuring an appearance, but the full game sure is! Continue reading Jacktendo Selects: My Top 6 Switch Games of May 2017

Inti Creates Go Above & Beyond with Blaster Master Zero’s Version 1.2 Update


By now there is a good chance you’ll have learned about the Blaster Master Zero update that comes to Switch today, but what you may not know is that news was under embargo.

Inti Creates specifically sent out the information and requested those they sent it to, to sit on the information until the embargo lifts and then post it at the site’s leisure, but not everyone listened and sure we could have done the same, but we are not like that. The version 1.2 update may be “old news,” but it was news that wasn’t meant to drop until now, so regardless of the fact you may have read all about it by the time you read this, we’re going to post it anyway, whilst obeying the embargo as that’s just the kind of website we are. So without further ado, here’s everything there is to know about the new update that is available now on Switch and comes to 3DS tomorrow:
Continue reading Inti Creates Go Above & Beyond with Blaster Master Zero’s Version 1.2 Update

The Miketendo Strip: Issue #19: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Does Fast and Furious


If you’ve come here seeking a laugh, you’ve come to the right place. I am avlongman9 and I am the illustrator of The Miketendo Strip! and today we have a new instalment for you to enjoy!

 

When faced with the decision of what we should do for Issue 18, we considered doing a Mario Kart theme, but soon decided against it because we didn’t feel like doing a Mario Kart themed strip at the time, but with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launching this very week, we could no longer put it off. So we embraced Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and gave it a little bit of a Fast and Furious flavour and you can see our finished result right here: Continue reading The Miketendo Strip: Issue #19: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Does Fast and Furious

Let’s Talk About… Snake Pass (The Indie Game I Just can’t Get Enough of)


Hello to you all, I am Jack Longman, and this is yet another written instalment of Let’s Talk About, the Miketendo64 feature series, where Mike Scorpio and myself express our views and opinions on all things Nintendo! Be it a singular game, a game series in general, consoles or even Nintendo’s latest activities, you can count on us to cover it in Let’s Talk About!

 

Being as though this is a written instalment, it does of course mean that its bye-bye Mike & Jack Discussion and hello full-on Editorial/Monologue, by yours truly and in today’s piece, it’s original, complexing and the indie game I just can’t get enough of! Let’s Talk About Snake Pass! Continue reading Let’s Talk About… Snake Pass (The Indie Game I Just can’t Get Enough of)

Jacktendo Selects: My Top 10 Switch Games of March 2017


Hello and welcome to the first instalment of Jacktendo Selects, a new monthly feature in which will see me countdown my favourite games on Switch in the month that they came out and reveal the game I’m most looking forwards to from the following month!

There won’t always be 10 games listed in every instalment, but for this instalment there is! But there are some rules. A game can only appear in this list, if I have personally played it, reviewed it and if it is a full game, so the likes of Splatoon 2’s Global Testfire Demo will not be featuring an appearance. Continue reading Jacktendo Selects: My Top 10 Switch Games of March 2017

[Review] Diving Head First Into Adventure (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)


Hi there, I’m Jack Longman, the Editor-in-Chief of Miketendo64 and armed with a Nintendo Switch to call my own, Miketendo64 is now putting out Nintendo Switch related reviews to match all our other Switch content! Having already reviewed the console itself, in today’s piece we’ll be reviewing one of the Switch’s launch titles, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild!

Image result for the legend of zelda breath of the wild Continue reading [Review] Diving Head First Into Adventure (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)

Let’s Talk About… Super Mario Run (It’s Time For a Big Content Update!)


If you are reading this, then it means you have come here expecting to check out our latest instalment of Let’s Talk About, but I’ve got some bad news for you. This is not a written edition! And it’s not a video version either! Welcome to another LTA Podcast edition, the kind that allows you to listen to what we have to say whilst doing other things. In today’s piece, it can be played with just the one hand. It took a gaming series loved by many to a new platform and its release on Apple devices annoyed a good few of us! Let’s Talk About Super Mario Run! Continue reading Let’s Talk About… Super Mario Run (It’s Time For a Big Content Update!)

Let’s Talk About… Breath of the Wild (Why the Expansion Pass is a Good Idea)


If you are reading this, then it means you have come here expecting to check out our latest instalment of Let’s Talk About, but I’ve got some bad news for you. This is not a written edition! And it’s not a video version either! Welcome to another LTA Podcast edition, the kind that allows you to listen to what we have to say whilst doing other things. In today’s piece its announcement caused an uproar. It adds even more content to an incredible large game and it’s something that got us talking! Let’s Talk About Breath of the Wild! Continue reading Let’s Talk About… Breath of the Wild (Why the Expansion Pass is a Good Idea)

Let’s Talk About… #SwitchWeek (The Next Miketendo64 Theme Week)


If you are reading this, then it means you have come here expecting to check out our latest instalment of Let’s Talk About, but I’ve got some bad news for you. This is not a written edition! And it’s not a video version either! Welcome to another LTA Podcast edition, the kind that allows you to listen to what we have to say whilst doing other things. In today’s piece its self-promotion, its spoiler packed, and it’s our latest Theme  Week! Let’s Talk About #SwitchWeek! Continue reading Let’s Talk About… #SwitchWeek (The Next Miketendo64 Theme Week)