Thank You for Playing

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  To go with the theme of the holiday, I want to share something that I was grateful for today.  Nintendo President Satoru Iwata unfortunately passed away earlier this year, but recently, the Gaming Historian YouTube channel released a video chronicling his life.  There is a lot regarding Iwata that I was previously unaware of, and I learned a lot.  Check out the video below.  It’s long, but very detailed and worth watching.

It’s inspiring to see just how much Mr. Iwata’s legacy affects people.  I think I can speak for more than just myself when I say that today, among our family, friends and other things, I am thankful for all of his hard work in shaping not only Nintendo, but the industry as a whole during his lifetime.

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My Top 6 Nintendo Direct Announcements

After a lengthy hiatus, Nintendo streamed a new Nintendo Direct, the first since the passing of President Satoru Iwata earlier this year.  This time, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime and Director of Product Marketing Bill Trinen were on camera sharing the newest information with fans.

The announcements were exciting as well as disappointing in some regards.  I’m going to focus on what I found most interesting rather than go through every piece of information.

  1. The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD

Nintendo kicked off the Direct with a game that is extremely dear to me.  Twilight Princess released on the Wii and the GameCube nine years ago, but that game was an experience I’ll never forget.  It’s unfortunate we’ll have to wait until March 4, but I’m more than happy to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the franchise with one of my favorite titles.

2.  Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow on 3DS Virtual Console

Nintendo seems to be using one of their old automatic money printing techniques as they announced that we’ll all be able to return to the 8-bit Kanto region on Feb. 27.  Not only can we play the games on the 3DS, but we can trade Pokemon and battle via wireless communication.

3. Star Fox Zero Delayed until April.

We previously had heard about the delay last month, and now we have a release date.  We did get some cool new footage of the transforming Arwings and Landmasters and a closer look at how the game will use the Wii U game pad.

4. Linkle

I’m not a Dynasty warriors fan, nor can I say that I am I interested in Hyrule Warriors.  However, it is noteworthy that Nintendo showcased a brand new character for the 3DS installment of Hyrule warriors named Linkle.  All we really know is that she wields dual crossbows and is a Hylian warrior in every sense of the word.  With an awesome design to complement her robust fighting style, I definitely would not mind seeing Linkle in some non spin-off titles in the future.

5. Fire Emblem Fates

We finally learned how Fire Emblem Fates will be distributed in North America!  The game will release in two different versions, Conquest and Birthright.  Both are unique games that tell different sides of a related story. There will be a third version titled Fire Emblem Fates: Revelations which “reveals” even more details of the story and will be available digitally.  We also get an awesome special edition that contains both versions with a few extra goodies.

6. Cloud is in Super Smash Bros

Trends right after Cloud's announcement.

Trends right after Cloud’s announcement.

I’m not really a Final Fantasy fan, and this announcement felt like it came out of nowhere.  Nevertheless, it was earth shattering news for a ton of Smash fans.  I don’t know how a character who’s only been on Nintendo platforms a couple of times got in, but it’s definitely a lucrative move.  I think James Chen said it best on twitter when he tweeted that Smash has become a playable celebration of games, and I agree that this inclusion furthers that sentiment.

So there you have it, all the Nintendo Direct news that I’m most excited about.  Nintendo fans have a solid amount of games to look forward to, and I didn’t even cover the new Splatoon content, new Pokken trailer or the new Dragon Quest that’s on its way. What are you most looking forward to?

Fun Stats about Game Consoles

Companies love to tout console sales, and the NPD gives us data on a monthly basis.  But a few days ago our friends at the Pew Research Center released some interesting demographics about console owners.

I found the following to be the most interesting:

  • More women own consoles than men — cool!
  • Roughly 40% of Americans own consoles — not bad!
  • Only 35% of high school students own consoles — they should go buy some more.
  • Only 37% of Americans with a completed degree own consoles, making me fear for my gaming time after I graduate.

Check out the information on the right.  Do any of these statistics surprise you?