Thursday, October 20, 2016

Nintendo Switch Announcement

At long last, the long awaited and infinitely hyped "Nintendo NX" was revealed as the Nintendo Switch. The reveal trailer is a little three minute video that shows off some games but mostly the versatility and the various features of the new system. The system will have tremendous third party support and will be launched in March of 2017. Unfortunately, I don't have much time right now to do any breakdown because of a project I have due tomorrow, but I will be back this weekend and I'll try to handle everything that's going on, between Pokemon and Civ VI and Battlefield One and now this too, its looking like a pretty hefty weekly update. Here's some stuff to look at:

Until next time, kcduckling out.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam Revival

Hello all! I don't know what it is but I am inspired to post more this week! Just the other night whilst in the laundry room, I decided to play Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam! The game that I felt like hyping up a lot only to be let down. I hadn't played it since its release in January, but I was actually pleasantly surprised by it! I think I just burnt myself out after I got it, so I will be carrying on with it this week before Civ VI's launch and be back this later this week with a little review action. Until then, kcduckling out.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Mario Kart - ranked

Recently, I have gone back and started playing both Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Mario Kart Wii again and it has inspired me to take a look back and rank the Mario Kart games from worst to best. This series has always been very dear to me as Double Dash!! was the first video game I ever played and Mario Kart Wii was the first game I ever bought with my own money. Here goes:

8. Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Mario Kart: Super Circuit is the little known entry in the series for the Game Boy Advance. Not much can be said about this game, it was the entry that brought the series to handheld, but other than that the game is dull and isn't much fun to play.

7. Super Mario Kart

Nostalgia aside, Super Mario Kart is a flat, unexciting game with very little to no fun or exciting courses. The game did start the franchise, but the game itself isn't that great of an outing.

6. Mario Kart 64

Mario Kart 64 marks the point in this countdown where the games go from "not very good" to "good". Mario Kart 64 is a great game, don't get me wrong, but compared to the other games, Mario Kart 64 can't quite compete with the other games ahead of it in the countdown. Mario Kart 64 was the first 3D game in the series and featured incredibly memorable maps such as its Rainbow Road and Yoshi Valley.

5. Mario Kart 7

This here was a tough call, because Mario Kart 7 made huge leaps in the series by introducing car parts to assemble your own race car, flying portions of track, and underwater portions of tracks. Mario Kart 7 simply just doesn't compete with its predecessor because Mario Kart DS was much more revolutionary.

4. Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Double Dash!! is an incredible game and is the only Mario Kart entry to feature two player coop racing within the same kart, an incredibly fun feature to use with your friends while playing. Additionally, Double Dash!! has some of the most memorable courses in Mario Kart franchise history: Baby Park, Waluigi Stadium, DK Mountain, Wario Colosseum to name a few. Also, the All Cup Tour is such a fun way to play through all of the courses still in Grand Prix mode.

3. Mario Kart DS

Mario Kart DS is by no means a wildly successful or popular game, but this entry in the Mario Kart series introduced some of the biggest staples of the entire franchise, including the first game with online competitive racing and bringing back retro tracks remastered, which still remains in the series to this day and is a massive part of every modern Mario Kart game, greatly adding to the depth, variety, and replayability of the game. As far as how fun it is and how much I enjoyed it, Mario Kart 7 is definitely in front of Mario Kart DS, but this game was simply too ground breaking to leave any further behind.

2. Mario Kart Wii

Mario Kart Wii is by far one of the greatest multiplayer games for the Nintendo Wii and to this day holds up as a fantastic multiplayer experience. Mario Kart Wii was so damn successful because of its addition of bikes, half-pipes, and tricks to add a whole nother level of gameplay to an already enjoyable game. Additionally, the motion controls and the addition of the Wii Wheel is a welcome addition that really successfully utilized the motion controls of the Wii and was surprising not cumbersome. Overall an incredible game that lost the number one spot by a very, very, very thin margin,

1. Mario Kart 8

Wow. Mario Kart 8 is just such a mind-blowingly great game that this was the easiest decision on the entire list. Mario Kart 8 carries over the flying and underwater sections from Mario Kart 7, as well as the car parts mechanic that allows racers to construct their own cars with no limits on size. Mario Kart 8 is by far, no question, the most gorgeous looking game I believe I have seen on the Wii U. Mario Kart 8 runs at a smooth 1080p, 60fps, and it is noticeable. Mario Kart 8 is beautiful game that manages to make even old SNES and GBA courses look incredibly good and its original courses are some of the best in the series, to site a few: Mount Wario, and who cares what else because FREAKING MOUNT WARIO. The one complaint about Mario Kart 8 is its god-awful character roster. I slam Mario Kart Wii for having Baby Peach and Baby Daisy forced in, but Jesus, Mario Kart 8 includes them as well as a Baby Rosalina, each and every one of the Koopalings, and a, I shit you not, Pink Gold Peach. Meanwhile, Diddy Kong and King Boo don't even make it in. This is one thing that I literally cannot stress in words: it baffles me to know what the hell Nintendo was thinking when they crafted this roster. It seriously confuses the crap out of me. Later DLC adds Link and Dry Bowser among others, which is great that they make it in, but seriously, where the hell is Diddy Kong? Apart from the character roster, Mario Kart 8 is a flawless game.

Weekly Update e.9

Back at it again with his weekly update, here's kcduckling on time for once! This is a big week for some highly anticipated games, let's jump in.

Civ VI, Battlefield One Release Week

We have almost made it to October 21st, also known as release day for two of fall's biggest releases for video games: Civilization VI and Battlefield One. After weeks of counting down and checking in on updates for both games, mainly Civ VI, I could not be more glad that they have finally arrived. Look for those games this Friday.

Pokemon Sun and Moon continues to unveil creatures

Pokemon has continued to unveil creatures, and this week's unveil includes evolved forms of previously unveiled creatures and new Alolan forms for Grimer and Muk. Full details for the new Pokemon can be found here, Pokemon Sun and Moon is now only one month and two days away.

Not enough to satisfy your hunger for the duckling? No worries, I'll be back later today. Although, because I have not yet had an opportunity to play Paper Mario Color Splash, I will be holding off on my Paper Mario article and instead be posting an article ranking the Mario Karts. Look forward to it,

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Weekly Update e.8

kcduckling back and on time for once! This week's update will be very lightly packed, as I had a post earlier in the week covering the main happening this week which was, of course, the new Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer. So, without further ado...

Pokemon Sun and Moon starter evolutions revealed

Big news in the Pokemon community as the evolved form of all three of the starters was revealed earlier this week in addition to a bunch of other stuff about the game, all of which is covered right here!

Please, for the love of God, stop with the NX rumors

This isn't news that is brand new this week, this is a plea to anyone in the gaming community to shut the hell up about Nintendo's next console, the NX unless there is actual information to convey. I love Wii U Daily but Jesus, just look at their rumors category and you'll see months worth of random guesses and rumors of what the NX will look like/have as games/perform like/other shit we don't know. But in general, seriously, just please wait for the official announcement. Thanks!

Paper Mario Post coming in hot

The post I'm working on for the current state of the Paper Mario franchise is coming along nicely and should be ready to post sometime this upcoming week. Look forward to it, as it will cover my impression of the new game and compare it to the past games as well as look at where I hope the series is going from here.

Pokemon really dominated everything else this week, including the very popular Pokemon Go app which also will be receiving an update in the near future. Update deets are found right here. See you next time, kcduckling out.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pokemon Sun and Moon Info Dump

God is good! On Tuesday morning, we were treated to a nearly four minute trailer for Pokemon Sun and Moon that was packed to the brim with information, so here is all of the information right here with the video included, of course.

First of all, we were blessed with the starter Pokemon evolution, and boy do I feel very differently about them. Dartrix is Rowlet's evolution and he is now moodier and has better hair. Overall, he's pretty cool. Torracat is Litten's evolution and I think that he is by far the best designed of the three. Brionne is Popplio's evolution and I am glad I don't choose water type starters, because whoof. This must be the water starter's cool down after creating Greninja, but more on him later.

Festival Plaza is the new social aspect of the game, and it looks eerily similar to Join Avenue from Pokemon Black and White in the aspect that trainers offer you services like training your Pokemon and buying good items. The trial captain Sophocles runs the place, and it looks like everything is payed for by Festival Coins which are earned by doing favors for people that visit your plaza.

Poke Pelago. Wow. Poke Pelago is where your Pokemon in the PC go while they're hanging out in there, and there are several different islands that each have different tasks for your PC Pokemon to do. The only island available from the start is called Isle Abeens, which is the Island where you can possibly find and catch new Pokemon that have been attracted to your island. From there, you will have to develop your other islands before you can use them, but once developed other islands include abilities that will let you find rare items like evolutionary stones and train your Pokemon.

The Z-Ring is all powerful, I guess. Not only can it execute Z-Moves, but it can also trigger mega evolution! The trailer showed Lucario, Kangaskhan, and Salamence all mega evolving, so perhaps this is hinting at their presence in Alola? Furthermore, this is not confirmed by the Pokemon company yet, but if I had to guess, since mega evolution and Z-Moves are both powered by the Z-Ring, I would speculate that you can use EITHER a mega evolution or a Z-Move in battle. Unless its VGC 2017, but we'll get to that later.

What's really cool is that Pokemon is going to release a special demo version again, just like they did for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Pretty freakin cool. But what's also cool is that for the duration of this special demo version, the trainer will have access to Ash Greninja, a special Greninja with an ability that whenever he knocks out a Pokemon, he will transform into Ash Greninja through his Battle Bond ability. This special Greninja can then be transferred into the full game upon its release.

And, of course, don't just take it from me, check this shit out:


In addition to all that glorious information in the trailer, the Pokemon Sun and Moon website was also updated with new details on a bunch of stuff, and one of those things was the Pokemon Global Link. The ol' PGL will be updated and reopened on release day: November 18th for Pokemon Sun and Moon. This update will bring about some hefty changes to the system.
For rating battles, there are four categories: single battles, doubles battles, special battles (variants of the aforementioned categories, the first special battle will be single battles featuring legendary Pokemon, Ash Greninja, and a few other normally banned mon's), and the new championship format. The championship format will be available day one for Pokemon Sun and Moon battlers and will use the rules set for VGC 2017, which doesn't look like it's gonna be horrible.
In addition to the rating battles, QR rental teams will be a new feature that will allow players to put their team into a QR code format and share it with other players to then use online.
Another new feature will be Global Missions, which is a common goal for every Pokemon Sun and Moon PGL user in the world. If this goal is achieved, well I would hope there is some type of rare Pokemon or item for reward, but there is currently no word on rewards. The first mission available from day one will be to catch a lot of Pokemon. Seems easy enough.
The last big feature mentioned for the new Pokemon Global Link is the ability to host your own Pokemon competitions. These can be hosted either online or nearby, with the difference being you either pre-approve a roster of players for online or you simply create a QR code for a competition and local players all use that code.

That's all for this update, here. Of course if you want more information, you can try out the Pokemon Sun and Moon website. There's always good stuff there. I think I'll have time later this week for my Paper Mario post, but I've already hit two in one week so I don't wanna get too crazy. Until next time kcduckling out.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Weekly Update e.7

Just a little late in true kcduckling fashion, here I am for the seventh installment of Weekly Update! This week I talk milestones, releases, and more. Let's dive in.

4000 Page views

 Wowsers Bowsers, baby, this blog just hit 4000 page views this last weekend and I'm pretty happy about it! The blog is a little over three years old, so I would consider that a pretty cool milestone there. But who cares other than me amirite? Let's move on.

Paper Mario Color Splash Release Week

The latest installment in the Paper Mario franchise comes out in stores and on the Nintendo eShop this week and I don't really care. It's a pretty hefty adventure it looks like and I know that a lot of reviewers are saying that the series has gained its witty and hilarious writing back after Sticker Star's disappointing adventure, but why I can't get excited for it is mostly because of the battle system. Call me old timey, but the sticker system really just doesn't work for me. I'll perhaps post later in the week giving my thoughts on the series overall. Look forward to it! For those that are getting the game, which I will neither advocate for or against, it comes out October 7th, or Thursday.

Obviously, Pokemon

Pokemon Sun and Moon had another new trailer today, but since it was technically this week, I'm not going to go into much detail here. I'll have a post later in the week really breaking it down. What I can tell you is that:
  • mega evolution is back, baby
  • mega evolution is banned from competitive play, baby
  • starter evos look good, great, and shitty... in that order
I'll be back later this week for Pokemon Sun and Moon breakdown, and if time allows, Paper Mario franchise thoughts. Until next time, kcduckling out.