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!

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!

A breath of Breath of the Wild’s WILD Experience

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Author: Blake Biehle 

In this post, I’ll be sharing what I think of Nintendo’s approach to a truly open world game. Before I get into the details, however, I would like to share my opinion of the game thus far. Now that I have owned the game for a few weeks, I have a much better grasp of the overall gameplay and what exactly this game has to offer. As of now, I have clocked over 50 hours of Breath of the Wild. With confidence, I can say that this game STILL lives up to the hype. This was mentioned in my previous post, but also was before I really dove into the game’s roots. Now I KNOW what I am talking about.

I am still amazed that this game has so much left for me to do, even after clocking in so any hours. Constantly, while exploring BotW’s massive world, I’ve been finding new areas to explore, more side quests to dive into, and I don’t feel the least bit overwhelmed. Usually with other open world games I’ve played like The Witcher 3 or Skyrim, I get so flustered due to all of the quests thrown at my side, and the constant need to explore every corner of every area of interest the first time I visit. The design of BotW, however, somehow prevents this from happening for me. It’s like I am just going with the flow. Whatever I find interesting at the time, I explore it. If there’s a side quest nearby, great, I’ll do it on my way back from claiming that tower or invading that enemy base. The ingenious design creates a flow for the player that feels natural, while also not bombarding the player with objectives they MUST complete.  If you don’t feel like invading that base, there are tons of other areas to explore, things to do. For this reason, BotW will always be one of my favorite games of all time.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild HYPE

Author: Blake Biehle

legend-of-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-titleThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, arguably one of the most anticipated games of 2017, is just around the corner. I don’t know about you guys, but I haven’t been this hyped for an upcoming game in a VERY long time. The Legend of Zelda has be an extremely successful title from Nintendo since the first installation of the series with the NES. This game will be no different. In fact, I’m fairly confident that Breath of the Wild will be their most successful LOZ title to date.

The fact that this game will be on two separate consoles, the Nintendo Switch and Wii-U, alone makes it a worthy contender. Not only that, but it’s also taking a fresh stance on the series. There hasn’t been a single 3D LOZ game that has been open world, at least to this size. Wind Waker, the Legend of Zelda’s Gamecube title and later HD remastered Wii-U title, was also open world but to a much smaller scale. It is nowhere near as huge.

Another completely new aspect of the game is voice acting. Never before have we ever had proper voice acting for a Legend of Zelda title. The immersion will be out of this world, especially for a Zelda Game. With these promising aspects, I can’t wait to see what Nintendo has whipped up for us this time with our hero Link.

Potential *NEW* way to pre-order the Nintendo Switch

Author: Blake Biehle

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Can’t get your hands on a Nintendo Switch pre-order? Bummed that you missed your opportunity just hours after they opened? Don’t lose hope, there may still be a relatively easy way to obtain one! I, among others, carelessly waited days after pre-orders opened, and was bitterly disappointed. Thankfully, this relatively easy option may still be around for everyone.

I had heard from a separate online source that Walmart was still giving out pre-orders if you simply ask for one in the electronics section. Minutes after I heard this information, I made a quick stop to my local Walmart. To my surprise, they did. However, I was told that only at midnight would they would give out the Switch pre-orders. Is this the same for all Walmart stores? I honestly have no idea. After hearing this information I assumed that there would be a long line for Switch pre-orders. I mean pre-orders that still exist over a week after they already sold out? Madness. I needed to get there early in order to ensure my success.

In response, my friends and I arrived at our local Walmart a solid hour and a half before pre-orders opened. Surprisingly, no one was there. We camped out around the electronic section flocking the desk to make sure a line wouldn’t form behind our backs (yes we were that paranoid). Surprisingly, by midnight that night, no one had showed up other than us. We all managed to get our Switch pre-orders locked and loaded easily. All we had to do was wait around for over an hour. That sure beats showing up to the store who knows how ungodly early, not even guarantying a console in possession on release day.

The employees at the electronics desk said that they were handing out pre-orders at midnight each night for a while, so if you are still looking for a pre-order you should ask your local Walmart. I’m not sure how long these will be available or if this technique even still works, but I would ask as soon as possible nonetheless. They may only be doing this for a couple more weeks.

Good luck everyone on hunting for those Switch preorders! If you managed to get a pre-order this way let me know in the comments below! I’m curious to see if anyone else has had the same success as I have.

The Nintendo Switch – Switching Generations

Author: Blake Biehle

As many of you Nintendo fans and gamers alike are aware, Nintendo’s next inventive console, named the Switch, is just around the corner. This extremely unique and intriguing machine has been all the buzz for months now after showing its first preview trailer in October last year.

As of a little over a week ago, Nintendo had their official Switch presentation. Within this presentation, the Switch was exposed inside and out. They talked about the control scheme of the console, all of its features, its $300 price tag, release date of March 3rd, and many games that will be coming out for the console over the next year.

To be honest I’m eager to dive into Nintendo’s next generation. It’s about time the era of the Wii and Wii U come to a close. Finally Nintendo can open new doors to substantial 3rd party support and find a more appealing control scheme for gamers. One of the biggest flaws of the Wii U was its lack of support from 3rd parties. There just weren’t enough games to flock more gamers to the system. Now that Nintendo has a powerful console and a gimmick interesting enough to persuade 3rd parties and consumers alike, the Switch’s future is filled with promise.

Not only that, but the Nintendo Switch also has a decent lineup of games along the way. We have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, one of Nintendo’s best launch titles for any of their systems, Arms, which in my opinion looks like crazy competitive goodness, Splatoon 2 in the summer, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on April 28th , and Super Mario Odyssey, finally a new 3D open world Mario game! These are just a few of the many promising games the Switch has to offer over the next year.

As you can probably tell, I’m absolutely ecstatic for the Nintendo Switch’s release. Are any of you guys excited for the Switch? If so what games are you most hyped for? Leave a comment below!