Joker in Injustice 2? How did he come back to life?

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Posted by Pascal C.

The Joker has been added to the official character roster. It does not come as to much of a surprise considering he is the most popular villain in the batman universe but, his role in the story of injustice 2 does bring questions. The joker was killed by superman in Injustice 2 so it is a little confusing on why he is still in the story mode. Sure with supernatural characters like doctor fate and futuristic characters like Braniac that question could be answered with resurrection or time travel but it is still fun to think about the possibilities that the Nethrealm team comes up with.

The joker’s game play was shown and he seems to play pretty much identical to the past Injustice 1 joker aside from a more flashier super move. What does seem new and cool is the number of costume changes that the joker has access to. Injustice 2 is focusing more time on customization with the characters and the joker has the best costume options so far.

Nintendo Switch – The Soulless Console

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Author: Blake Biehle

I love my Nintendo Switch, but does anyone else agree with me when I say that the Nintendo Switch has by far the least amount of personality of any Nintendo Console? Most of this post will be nitpicking, but I believe it’s important to point out. I want it to feel like a NINTENDO console and not anything but.

First of all, when you first boot up the Nintendo Switch, you’ll notice that it is DEAD silent. There is no home theme music to be heard! I’m not sure if this will be added in the future, but I sure hope it is. I used to always leave my consoles on so I could just relax to Nintendo’s charming jams. They were always just so Nintendo-like. Speaking of a lack of jams, when you open the Nintendo Switch eShop, once again, the dead silence is back with a vengeance. For whatever reason, Nintendo has not even added any shopping music. With the home menu, I could understand. Maybe some people don’t want to listen to music when they just want to launch their game and go. But when you are SHOPPING, music NEEDS to be a necessity. How can you remove the shopping theme Nintendo? You’ve been known to add such charming music to your menu’s and I miss them! The Nintendo Switch even hides the mii app. You can’t access it immediately from the home menu, you have to look in the options to access it. The switch quite literally has no apps for you to enjoy, no news channel, or miiverse, nothing. It just seems so empty. I’m sure Nintendo is working on fixing this, but it still was rather disappointing, at least for me, considering I actually loved looking around on all of their apps. It made it feel like I was a part of the Nintendo community.

My theory for this lack of a soul, would be that they wanted to ship this console out on time for Breath of the Wild. This was a smart move if that is so, because honestly, not too many people bought it for the Wii U. I know there was a decent amount, but the main appeal for that game was the fact that it was being sold at launch for a new console.

Do you guys feel the same way about the Switch’s lack of character? Leave a comment if you agree or disagree below!

Super Smash Brothers WILL be on the Switch… right?

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Author: Blake Biehle

Super Smash Brothers for the Switch with all included DLC from both the Wii U and the 3DS versions. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? All stages from both games, and maybe some new characters could be added to the roster (Ice Climbers or maybe even Wolf). This is my biggest wish to Nintendo. Honestly, it would be foolish NOT to do something along these lines. This is an instant GOLD MINE for Nintendo. It makes perfect sense to me, and I truly believe that we will hear an announcement on some similar scale at Nintendo’s E3 direct. I have my reasons to believe this too, which I will state below.

Let’s go over the facts shall we. First of all, Super Smash Brothers has been one of Nintendo’s best-selling games of all time. For every single iteration, Super Smash Brothers was always considered to be one of the most sold games for their consoles. Not only that, but the latest iteration for the Wii u is, at least in my opinion, the best in the series due to its extremely polished gameplay and huge and entertaining cast of characters. It would be a complete waste for Nintendo NOT to port it to the Switch! I love my Wii U, but let’s be real, it was a pitiful thing to call a console. It suffered for a lot of reasons I won’t go into, but if this game was brought to the Switch, I believe Nintendo would make a massive profit.

My final reason to believe that Super Smash Brothers for the Switch will happen is none other than the game that was just released, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This game is quite literally a copy and paste of Mario Kart 8 but with more polish, new game modes, maps, and characters. This is my strongest reason to believe that Super Smash Brothers for the Switch will happen. Why wouldn’t SSB get the same treatment as Mario Kart 8? It did almost as well in terms of sales!

Anyway, I hope I lifted your spirits a little bit. I’m sure a LOT of us are disappointed that Super Smash Brothers is not available for the Nintendo Switch YET. Do you guys feel the same as I do? Do you think I’m crazy? Let me know in the comments below!

The Nintendo Direct on 4/12

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Author: Blake Biehle

As many of you know, Nintendo streamed a new Nintendo Direct earlier this month on April 12th.  This direct conveyed an abundant amount of information in just 35 minutes. Quite a few surprises in there as well.

First, I’ll start with the 3DS info. I’ll simply name the games that I am most excited for because the list is huge. My most anticipated games from the list of 3DS games that they showed us are Pikmin 3DS (there has never been a mobile pikmin game before so that’ll be exciting!), Monster Hunter Stories (A game that allows you to capture and train monsters in order to battle others in turn based combat), an update to Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valencia (Very excited for the new Fire Emblem game!), And lastly we have the new Kirby game, Kirby’s Blowout Blast.

Now I’ll move onto the Switch information. This is the information I was most excited about from the Nintendo Direct. One of my most anticipated games for the Switch was Arms, and they left a hefty amount of details for that game in this direct. For one, they announced a new character Min Min, a girl who has noodles for arms (I love her). Not only did they introduce a new character, but also mentioned new abilities that can be used throughout every Arms match. Every character has their own unique ability they can use in a fighting match. They also announced a 2 v 2 battle mode, which before was unheard of! Lastly, they finally announced a release date, June 16th! Sooner than I expected for sure.

The other game that they showed off that I’m sure many of us were excited about is Splatoon 2. With this demonstration, they showed off a new game mode called Salmon Run, which looks like a multiplayer co-op horde mode. This mode looks really addicting and I can’t wait to see what they add the new mode.

That concludes all of the big information that was provided for the Nintendo Direct on 4/12. What did you guys think of the Direct? Did I leave out any information that you were excited about? Leave comments below!

Why I’m bummed Z-Moves replaced Mega Evolutions

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Author: Blake Biehle

Before I begin, let me explain that I thoroughly enjoyed the Pokemon Sun and Moon series. It was ingenious of Nintendo to mix up the Pokemon formula quite drastically. It kept the series feeling fresh, even with its 7th generation. However, one feature I am still bummed about that they scrapped, was mega evolutions. I’m sure they had their reasons, primarily the fact that Z-moves were being introduced, but it would have been very cool if they could somehow include mega evolutions into it all. I’m not sure if this is a popular opinion, but I believe that mega evolutions have much more potential for creativity and strategy than Z-moves. Z-moves just seem like an overpowered cool move that you can use on your opponent at any given time. I know that there is strategy implemented with them, like when you should use which specific Z-move on your team against a specific opponent, but in my eyes, it is rather underwhelming. It is a singular move. With mega evolutions, some Pokemon that were previously considered unusable, became competitively viable! It also gave them a brand new transformation, and sometimes your type would change depending on the mega evolution. I thought mega evolutions were a fun mechanic, and I’ll always be a little bummed that Pokemon Sun and Moon will never offer new mega evolutions. Hopefully in future iterations of the games they’ll see a return.

Anyway, that’s my opinion on Mega Evolutions and their replacement, Z-moves. Do you agree with what I had to say? Do you disagree? Why? Leave a comment below!

What makes Kirby so dang enjoyable? (part 2)

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Author: Blake Biehle

This is part 2 of me breaking down why Kirby games are so dang enjoyable. If you want to read part 1, click here. Alright, let’s continue!

Reason number three for why Kirby games are so enjoyable, at least in my opinion, would be the fact that there is a wide variety of moves for each special power of Kirby’s. This reasoning does not go for all traditional Kirby games, but a large majority of them allow Kirby to use more than one move with any special ability. It is this wide variety that I adore with Kirby games. It just adds a whole new aspect to how you can play the game. There is a lot of discovering what moves work best around which enemies, and creates a lot of replayability.

And last but not least, we have my final reason for why Kirby games are so dang enjoyable. Now this reason might be due to the fact that I have an extremely short attention span, but it is a strong reason nonetheless in my eyes. Kirby games are EXTREMELY fast paced! There is no tutorial, you just drop in and go. Not only do they just drop you in, but the Kirby levels are usually pretty short. This is in order to keep the experience from getting stale with long drawn out levels. I absolutely adore the fast pace of Kirby games. I am always constantly entertained with these games and they always leave a smile on my face. The OST also enhances this fast pace and upbeat gameplay. Kirby OSTs are always filled with very energetic and catchy tunes that you can’t NOT hum to. These are the kind of songs that will haunt your dreams at night due to the catchiness so watch out. The OST further amplifies that sense of quick pace though because it just adds to the energy released throughout the game.

Well, that concludes my reasons for what makes Kirby games so dang enjoyable. Hope you liked it! Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments below!

What makes Kirby so dang enjoyable? (part 1)

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Author: Blake Biehle

Kirby has been a beloved series among many Nintendo fans for years and years. But what makes this game series so enjoyable? It seems to have a very simple formula, i.e. sucking up enemies to take their powers, but people can’t seem to get enough Kirby. This is because it is a consistent formula that WORKS well and can be mixed up in a variety of ways that keeps players interested while also enjoying the things that made them love Kirby games in the first place.
Firstly, one reason that Kirby games are so lovable, is the fact that Kirby games always make sure to have more than just the core gameplay. There always is some form of collectables, mini games, and more. As a kid, this is HUGE. It gives off a sense of satisfaction for the amount of content that is provided. Essentially, you’ll never be bored. Kirby games are good at keeping things fresh.

Another reason, would obviously be Kirby’s gimmick in every game, the ability to steal your enemy’s powers, and use them as your own. This power is so cool, because you get to choose what ability you want. And not only do you steal their abilities, but their outfit as well. If you absorb the ice mage’s ability, not only will you have an ice wand, you will also wear an ice crown on your head, and change to the color blue. As a kid, I thought this was an amazing feature, and I just wanted to witness Kirby’s outfit with every special power.

And that concludes part 1 of what makes Kirby so dang enjoyable. Part 2 will be out soon! Do you agree with what I said? Do you have a different opinion of Kirby? Leave comments below!