Daily Archives: June 19, 2015
Now I know the Wii U, and Nintendo at large, gets a lot of hate now a days, and rightful so at times. But if you examine the Wii U for what it is, there is a lot to like.
#5- The Gamepad is actually awesome- Did you see the footage of Star Fox. The gamepad can be so useful if the game calls for it. In the new Star Fox, the gamepad will be used to create a first person look while the tv scene is in third person. I found the gamepad very useful while playing windwaker. I also exclusively play SSBU with the gamepad. It is actually funny. I was afraid of the gamepad and totally stayed away from the Wii U because I thought it was clunky dumb and just awkward. I heard about SSBU and bought the Wii U like two years in advance just for SSBU. I played the Super Mario game that came with it and Windwaker and fell in love with the gamepad and the Wii U. Nintendo will keep renovating the gaming world.
#4- There is more third party involvement- It seems to be believed that third party companies refuse to make games on the Wii u. That really is not true. Now rather you consider these games to be good or not is of your own opinion but they have a good list of third party games. There is the Batman series, the assassins creed series, the lego series, the amazing spiderman 1 & 2, Bayonetta 1 and 2, Call of Duty, Skylanders, Disney Infinite, Resident Evil Revelations, Madden and NBA 2k, Monster Hunter, and more. Also this list debunks the thought that Nintendo only does kids games too.
#3- Virtual Console- A lot of people believe we should be propelling into the future of games and not take the time to glorify the old ones. I believe we can do both. If you do not know what the VC is, it is a feature on the Wii U that allows you to download old games, much like running a old rom on the computer. Their selection is nice and has solid games on it. The highlights are: Megaman 1-6, Kirby’s adventure, Super Mario Brothers 1-3., Ghost ‘n Goblins, Metroid, Castlevania 1-3, Donkey Kong 1 and 3, Mother 1(Earthbound Beginnings), Punch-out, Zelda 1 and 2. But there is a whole lot more too. It is a very nice feature. Most games will range from 5-10 dollars though.
#2- Multiplayer Games- A great story is always nice, but in todays gaming world multiplayer games are at the front of the gaming world. My first experience of multiplayer gaming: Playing my brother at 007 Golden Eye on N64 as well as Mario party and Mario Kart. And Nintendo is still going strong with multiplayer goodness. Mario Kart 8, Mario Party 10, SSBU, Nintendo Land, DK Tropical Freeze, and now Splatoon. Grab a buddy or go online and spend hours having some of the most fun you can have with a friend. Not to mention the Wii U’s online access is still FREE! My friend, who is not the biggest Nintendo fan in the world, said he would buy a Wii U just to try and kill me in the new Super Mario Bros game.
# 1-The Library of games- While the PS4 and the Xbox one try to lure you in with all the bonus features, and granted I use my 360 for crunchyroll 90% of the time on it, a console should be mostly about its games. I do believe the PS4 and the One both have some respectable games, but early on their biggest titles were just remakes of their biggest hits on previous consoles(Tomb Raider, Last of Us, and Halo Master Chief Edition). I know people will say Nintendo is just remakes of Mario and Zelda, but they really are not. I have played a Nintendo system every time they come out. The games are not simply remakes. Each addition brings nice new touches to the series. But as point 4 showed, they have the third party games to go along nice with the Wii U games.
So do not believe the hate on the Wii U. It is a great system. I have had mine for about two years or so and I am loving it. I can not wait for some of the big games they have coming out this year and next.
Daredevil on Netflix will be the topic of review today. There may be some spoilers but not any major ones.
For Starters: This is an origin story. This means you do not have to know anything about Daredevil to get into this series.
Highlights: What makes this Daredevil work is they can say and do whatever they want. I feel like this Daredevil would not exist in the movies. It is gritty, it is dark, it is violent, and all these elements work. I feel like it is a nice mix between the darkness of Batman and the adult violence and themes of Deadpool. The next thing I love about this Daredevil is the characters: Matt Murdock and Kingpin in particular. When Kingpin starts showing up the show gets really interesting. The action is fantastic and is what keeps you watching. Probably the best action scenes I have seen from a live action show ever. They are great. Episode 3 is a great example of this!
The Drawbacks: Okay, so I loved this Daredevil but it had its flaws. Namely, FOGGY NELSON. For me, he is biggest nuisance in the Marvel Universe. I am not the biggest reader of Daredevil comics but I have a handful of the old 60’s adventure and my feelings are the same. I havent seen a version of him I can stand. His only role in the show is just to take time away from Matt/Daredevil. Now do not get me wrong, when he is on scene with Matt, the duo are actually quiet funny. A good example of this is the flashback of them in college. If he is on scene with Karen or literally anyone else, it will make you want to just take a nap until Matt is back on screen, seriously. The first few episodes are watch Matt/Daredevil beat up baddies then flip to watch Foggy desperately try to get Karen to like him.The tip of the annoyance Iceberg is when Foggy gets mad at Matt and acts like Matt’s upset lover for like three episodes.
Favorite Episode: Episode 8 A shadow in the glass, and episode 7 Stick. These episodes have to be compared side by side, because they both provide insight to Matt’s,Episode 7, and Fisk, episode 8, back story. In episode 7, Stick comes along and trains Matt. This is such a huge turning point in the series because we see how Matt becomes Daredevil. Stick teaches Matt that sight is a distraction and that his blindness is not a curse. This is the building block for what makes Matt Matt. In episode 8, we see Fisk as a child. We see his family interactions, and they are not pleasant. We see the event that makes Fisk a heartless loner. These two events are what separates two men who are plagued by despair, pain, and hurt. After these episodes, the show just feels so real. The battle between Matt and Fisk is a lot bigger than rivalry and has a lot at stake.
Favorite Character: Not so much a shocker here, Matt/Daredevil. With Kingpin as a super close 2nd.
Least Favorite Episode: Episode 10 Nelson vs Murdock. I hate to put this as my least favorite episode. The series as a whole is very solid and does not even really have a weak episode. The episode just showcases some of the series weaker points. Those weak points being Foggy Nelson doing entirely too much, Ben Urich trying to win his own Netflix spin-off series, etc. This episode still has one of my favorite scenes: A flashback to my two favorite Avocados of Law.
Least Favorite Character: Foggy Nelson
Score: I am giving it an 8.5 for these reasons-Awesome action meets great characters, But, Foggy nelson interrupts the flow, it felt a little long to be an origin arc, and lastly I feel like the next season will be so crazy good. Season one is awesome and a definite must see, but I think the netflix series will keep getting better.