Nintendo Is About To Do To The Fighting Genre, What It Did To The Online Shooter

Back in May 2015, Nintendo released a game for the Wii U by the name of Splatoon. This is primarily a 4v4 online shooter, but instead of the main goal being to just kill as many people as possible, your objective is to paint, or “ink” rather, as much of the map as possible with the use of paint buckets, guns, paint brushes and rollers. There are a ton of weapons as well as gear, which boosts your abilities.

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The most unique part is your character can turn into a squid and move quickly through the cover of your own ink. Sounds pretty original, right? Well that’s because it is absolutely one of a kind. And it is easily the most fun online game I have ever played. I hate online shooters, I really do, but the moment I saw this, I couldn’t wait to play it, and I still play it all the time, two years later. It’s unique take on the genre, colorful art style and superb gameplay has really revolutionized the genre in a way.

Now here we are in 2017, the Switch has been released, and on June 16th, we are getting a brand new ip from Nintendo once again. Again it is for a genre I am not very fond of…fighting.

But Nintendo has given this genre their own bit of flair and have produced something that looks to be quite extraordinary, colorful, unique, content packed and extremely addicting. I of course am talking about Arms, the game where a bunch of unique and interesting characters with extendable arms beat the crap out of each other with a wide variety of…boxing glovish things called arms.

Needless to say, nothing has ever been done remotely close to this game, and it looks absolutely amazing. Again, a game in a genre I show little to no interest in has me barely able to contain my excitement! I am sure this is going to be the best fighting game ever, (in my opinion) just as Splatoon is my favorite shooter.

Nintendo just keep proving that they can take any genre, especially ones they really have never dabbled in before and produce something unexpected, unique, and most important of all, fun.

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But don’t take my word for it, especially since the game is not even out yet and I am really just making an awful lot of assumptions. But check out this Nintendo Direct. It will show you practically everything you need to know.

As a bonus, this summer Splatoon 2 is coming out, and that looks to do nothing but take the perfection of the first game and make it better. Be sure to check that out as well!

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Dragon Ball Super American Release?

 

If you are an avid Dragon Ball fan, then you likely have been watching English subbed episodes of Dragon Ball Super as they air every Sunday. It has been over a year since it debuted in Japan, one season is over, they are in the third saga and yet we still have no word if there is even going to be an American version with the returning voices of our favorite cast. I am sure there will be eventually, but what are they waiting for? Though I’ve watched all 35 episodes so far, I would immediately watch them again, for watching English dubbed versions is almost like watching a whole new show, and to me will really hit home when I hear Chris Sabat voicing Vegeta and Piccolo, Sean Schemmal as our beloved Goku. I will feel like a kid growing up all over again and I. Can. Not. Wait!

For those who have not seen it, it is a great show. It has a slow start to it, but really picks up after several episodes. The first few suffer from poor animation quality as well, but this too is remedied fairly quickly. But other than that, it feels like another season of Dragon Ball Z. My first thought upon watching was, “Wow, it is like they never stopped making them.” It unfortunately keeps up with its infuriatingly slow pace to build suspense and wonder, and leaves you completely hanging on the edge at the end of each epsiode, forcing you to wait an entire week to see what happens next, just like when we were kids. I find myself longing for the day when I own the complete series on Blu-ray, so that I can just binge watch until my heart is content, just like I can do for DB, DBZ and GT.               

The series takes place right after the defeat of Majin Buu, so Dragon Ball GT did not happen yet, but there is no telling if it ever will run up until the events of GT, or erase it completely, which I am sure many fans would prefer the latter.

I urge any fan to watch the subbed versions, but if you can’t handle watching shows in foreign languages like so many people I know, then just know that you are in for a treat when it finally airs here.

 

 

 

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