It is the morning after. The morning after a seemly dismal Nintendo E3 performance. You would think that Nintendo’s showcase from their Digital Event was worse than that of their press conference in 2008. You would think that Nintendo showed nothing new, nothing exciting, nothing cute, nothing worth playing, but that is simply not true.
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Faif is a game that was created by the Argentinian developer Beavl for the December 2013 Ludum Dare. The theme of the year’s competition was themed, “You only get one.” After choosing 5 adjacent tiles you only get one! That is essentially how the game Faif is played. Since it’s original creation for the Ludlum Dare game jam; Beavl has added improved graphics and sounds, AI to battle against, a shop to buy spells and upgrades, music, and stability fixes. Faif is now available on Android and iOS.
The music. The level design. The fact that I have to play as Donkey Kong. That you have press select 3 times to get into a level. There is no SNES controller setup. Donkey Kong Island doesn’t look like Donkey Kong’s head. Rambi is the only Animal Buddy. No Take-Turn multiplayer. No K. Rool or Kremlings. That auto saves make lives pointless. You cannot skip checkpoints. The loading times for speed runs (the load times in general don’t bother me). That the game doesn’t have this song. I have nothing good to spend my coins on. The secret areas are all the same. No Miiverse integration.
Nintendo has been around for a long time; since September 23, 1889, when it was founded as Nintendo Koppai. This company has existed for a much longer period than what is commonly considered their competition. Sony, a fellow Japanese company, was started in 1946, and Mircosoft has only been around since 1975. You could easily look at these much younger companies and applaud them for all they have been able to accomplish is a shorter time, but it is Nintendo’s humbleness that sets them apart from so many other companies and is one of the things that I believe will keep Nintendo around for generations to come. Nintendo has been successful in bringing joy to people’s lives and creating its own unique culture. Nintendo is more than just a company and it has a legacy.
I went into Gamestop about a month ago, looking to preorder the Wii U. I was turned down. They said they couldn’t handle anymore Wii U preorders. I wanted to shell out my hard earned cash and they wouldn’t take it. Wow. I didn’t have a whole lot of money to blow anyway, so I pretty much at that point had given up on going for the Wii U (atleast for 2012).
Lately I had been reading about Wii U alot online, watching online video reviews, and just started getting really hyped for the machine. First off, that Wii U Game Pad is beautiful, sleek, and black. The screen is beautiful. Way back when I had no reason to believe that the GBA third pillar would fall, I had envisioned then what the next gen Game Boy would be, and that image in my head looks very similar to the Game Pad we see before us today. My guess at the time was that it would play Game Cube discs; not stream video from a console. In any case, I had gotten myself so hyped, that I figured I owed it to myself to go to Gamestop and play the demo unit there. I figured they must have a demo unit set up by now. I had some errands to run, so I decided I would do those after I checked out the Wii U. So I arrived there, messed with the demo unit, and figured what have I got to lose by asking if they had any. I went over, and my question went something like “you guys don’t have the Wii U, don’t you?” The response was “We do today, but not yesterday. You are lucky.” My heart went beating fast. Hold on boy. Remember you don’t have a whole lot of money here. You are gonna regret it later. I pulled the trigger, and my heart beated fast. I put all my errands on hold and went home quickly. That is my story for the day. Seeing that it is Christmas season, I figured it wouldn’t be easy to get one, but I did today. Lucky me.
Nintendo’s E3 press conferences always confuse me. I’m not the type of person that gets mad when they show things like Wii Fit U or SiNG (this make me think of CiNG and it makes me sad that Nintendo didn’t buy them when they went bankrupt). I just want there to be a better balance to what is showcased during the actual press conference. Something that could help address this issue is by fixing another issue I have, time management. Nintendo E3 press conferences usually have very slow speech, long pauses and Matryoshka dolls worth of introductions. Continue reading