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Hyrule Warrior’s first DLC pack has it’s DLC revealed.

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Hyrule Warriors DLC pack revealed Epona not to long ago. Now we know everything coming in the first pack and our horse isn’t the most exciting thing in the pack. 

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First off we have the story mode and as I thought the extra story is based around the 3 characters were getting patched in. It will have 5 chapters and from the looks of it not a lot of spoils to collect.  I don’t know if this means they start out with more heart pieces or if they just want you to snag them all in adventure mode. Regardless it should be fun to have a story from Cia’s perspective. 

Speaking of Cia her and Lana will both be getting an Guardian of Time outfit with connects to one of the games earlier plot points. To avoid spoilers i’ll leave it at that. I like the observe of time outfits although it’s almost a waste to not be throwing more actual Zelda throw backs. However, this pack seems to be the Hyurle Warriors pack as opposed to being anything really Zelda heavy (minus epona).

The new adventure map is mostly meant to bring hearts and weapons to the three patch characters. It has special “Master Quest” rules like no healing and the such for each map. I doubt they get actual new weapons since they weren’t mentioned in the DLC’s descriptions but it’s possible they were sneaky with this one given that this pack and the patch are coming out next to each other. 

They also showed off a trailer for Cia and she looks like a lot of fun to play as. Id name the individual DLC prices that they have listed on the site but the Japanese prices are more expensive on every end and I can’t predict where they will get scaled. The season pass for this DLC is 20 bucks and it’s most likely pretty worth it given adventure maps size although were yet to see the full extent of these DLC maps.  

Smash Bros 3ds pre release thoughts

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So this thing above was a think people were doing. They are the characters I want to play the most in the order I want to play them. I figured that was as good as any way to get into my thoughts about Smash 3ds before actually playing the game. Watching steamed footage and playing the demo for as long as I have I have a lot of thoughts about the game before even going in. I feel like this game had so much more potential then what it ended up being. It seems like it has a lot of awesome stuff but nothing is taken to it’s potential highest level of awesome. Nothing doesn’t miss a chance to just barely miss a chance at being amazing. Like I said I think things are good just not at the high points they could have been at with what they were featuring.

Let’s start with alternate costumes, very few characters have them. Maybe it wouldn’t bother me as much if Bowser Jr didn’t have every color be an alternate costume. Their was just so much potential to use alternate costumes on characters. Like why isn’t Daisy an alt that gives a name, she has a big enough fan base but is not really important enough to ever be a Smash Bros character. If she got the Alph treatment she could be in and still not really mess with the flow of the game. Megaman’s alt colors reference power colors instead of stand out Megaman character. Pac-man doesn’t have a Ms. Pac-man alt, Ness doesn’t have Lucas, Links colors are all pallet swaps, they really just crushed the potential they had for things. More so with alternate moves, I really wouldn’t have minded at all if Fox just had 4 colors that were Falco and with custom moves they played the same (I mean they didn’t even bother to change his final smash). 

Speaking of custom moves while a few characters have an amazing set of custom moves like Palutena the majority just have minor variants of their moves. While in a fighting game that makes a difference, it isn’t as cool and doesn’t live to the potential of these characters. Mario has tons of moves they could have called back to, as does kirby, and many other characters. Megaman gets some nice change ups but they are really just prettier variants. Custom moves could have been something amazing to make a character like how you most identify them with. Then with the clones Custom moves for Marth and Lucina are exactly the same! 

So, clones, and the roster as a whole. The roster is bigger then ever, that’s math, if the roster in brawl wasn’t trash then this roster can’t be ether. Counting the Mii Fighter as 3 characters makes the roster 51 characters to brawls 39. Still we have several characters cut from the roster, transformations are separate slots, and 3 cloneier clones. I hate that Dr. Mario is in, lots of people like them because they are smash fans. I hate him because I think that he isn’t worth of representing a slot even in the same way Pitoo and Lucina are. Pitoo and Lucina are important to their games and are characters introduced in a game that revitalized a franchise. Dr. Mario is a puzzle game they threw Mario ontop of to make some cash. A good puzzle game but not worth of having a slot. I’m a little annoyed at Bowser Jr. as well because we just have way to much Mario. Mario has 7 characters that are put in the Mario umbrella, and you could debate that Yoshi also belongs as a Mario character, he is even placed with the Mario characters in this roster. So you could say it’s 8 characters vs Pokemon’s 5 with is the next biggest series. Pokemon actually lost a character and Zelda with is also at 5 characters didn’t gain anything just had Sheik and Zelda gain a new move. I’m happy with a lot of the additions or at least neutral about the. I got Lucina, Robin and Palutena with were the characters I wanted most even if Lucina isn’t the way I would like her. I think the roster is good it just falls sort of great.  DLC could come in and if it’s free id count this as adding to the roster. If it costs money I don’t count it because it costs extra money and the packaged product I payed for first is the roster that needs to excite me. 

The features in this game also seem to have been nerfed, removing control of item frequency, several staple modes, no online in smash run, and it’s really just riddled with odd choices. Custom moves being banned from online doesn’t really make sense given how most are just slight tweaks, Mii Fighters being banned online also just makes 3 of the slots really not there. I can’t help but think they gimped this game in order to make the Wii U version seem better while hardly putting any work into it. 

At the end of the day, i’m buying Smash 3ds, I can’t not buy it, the hype in my heart is to real. However, if their aren’t dramatic levels of upgrade when it comes to the Wii U version then I’m not buying it. Originally my plan was to buy both but I’m not going to drop 60  more dollars on the game if it doesn’t feel like it’s a worthy Wii U game and takes that leap from good to amazing. This has all been my thought after viewing coverage, streams, and all that. When I actually play maybe I’ll feel like the amount of time I get from the game justify’s a purchase of the Wii U version, maybe playing it I won’t be bothered by the cut content. I’m still very excited to go out and buy that game and I intend to play that sucker until Bayonetta 2 comes around. 

Pokemon Phantom Gate Highlights

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Leavanny: It’s first attack allows the Pokemon to attach two Pokemon tools from the deck onto two Pokemon without tools on them.  If startling megaphone rotates out before she does and rare candy stays in the format, then maybe it will be a viable card to tech in order to give key Pokemon their tools. 

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The TCG designers really most like pyroar because they gave this Pokemon freaking catcher as an ability. Drop a Fire Energy then switch in a Pokemon. This gives decks running fire a massive heavy hitter on the bench. It’s a pretty useless attacker but this nails in the coffin for grass decks and anything with weakness to fire. Honestly the ability is so strong that I could see tech fire energy and this into decks focused on just dealing heavy damage. This has synergy with blacksmith and who knows we might get another card that can let us use fire from the discard. 

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This card is pretty interesting, it’s costs  are high, it’s a stage two but it has potential. It’s first attack does 60 and lets you drop an energy from the opposing Pokemon for each heads you flip until you flip tails. Removing energy is really strong in the game so that’s a pretty solid ability. Then it’s second attack does 160 to anything with damage on it. Their are several ways to set up minor damage to the right benched pokemon or to spread 10  damage around so this could make a solid pair with that kind of stuff as well. Not many Pokemon sit above 160 hp. 

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This card is interesting, it’s first attack allows the player to attach three energy from their opponent’s discard pile to their opponent’s Pokemon as they like.  It’s second attack does 50 damage plus 10 for each attached. The second attack really isn’t worth much given the extreme amount of energy needed to KO a Pokemon unless weakness is being thrown into play. Against fire based decks it could have potential but 3 energy is a pretty heavy cost to attack. The first attack might be able to fuel some other kind of gimmick deck but who knows?

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Now that extended format for Pokemon is a thing this Pokemon has some potential. It’s attack does 30 times the amount of energy discarded to attack. Using the Eles to reattach the energy you discard could make it where you could consistently hit at higher numbers with an none EX.  However, I think it falls just short of being able to do massive damage. If it was 30 plus 30 for each it would be way better hitting with a full bench of else for 170 a turn after a muscle band. Instead it deals 140 after a muscle band not letting it OHK things and with only 90 hp it will die to stuff. Maybe as a one of each line just so you can counter pyroar? 

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The Crowbat line once again deals damage to the bench. First as golbat you get to deal 20 to a pokemon then as Crowbat you get to deal 30. I could see this working with a scoop up and stall strategy applying lots of pressure. Not likely a super competitive deck but it’s a thing.  

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With spirit link being in the game could this be a competitive mega? It’s attack does an opponents attack but at a cost of 3 energy it’s unlike you are doing it for less then what they are. It just makes this a bigger version of that Pokemon. Maybe with spirit link, 220 hp, and the special psychic energy this could be competitive with the right partner. A Pokemon to move damage off of Mega Gengar could make it to bulky to be taken down. None attacking decks would crush the plan but I could see some deck making this card work. 

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This card negates all abilities of none psychic Pokemon as long as it’s the active. I could see something working with this but for now I think Garbotoixin is a better ability in the game. Maybe a deck with Dusknoir, this guy and Acelgor? It’s worth noting with the new psychic energy it can retreat for free. 

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Not a great card but with the new energy it could potentially use it’s first attack with puts three cards from the discard to the deck with no limit on what. Then if it lives run away but it is unlikely to live after so ehh. Still no limit card recovery is cool. 

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If this Pokemon is going to get knocked out you can flip a coin and if heads it knows the opponents Pokemon out as well. It’s attack puts 6 damage on the bench in any way you like. This could be worked with fliptini to damage the bench heavily then let a clean attacker have a 75% chance of dying while you have already set up the bench to get wrecked. 

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When this has a grass energy attached it has 200 hp. That is a lot of HP for a Pokemon to have. It’s attack is just 10 damage times the cards you have in hand but 200 HP could make a nice card to take damage counters. 

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Putting an energy on this Pokemon puts the opposing active Pokemon to sleep and that’s already pretty good. It’s second attack does 60 times the number of heads you get on the attack. You can flip for as much energy as you have attached to this Pokemon. I could see this being a an odd deck in extended play using Dark Patch, Sayble, and fliptini. Since you have fliptini you can run catchers put targets to sleep, recycle the items and really just do a lot of work. Potentially this card could also be partnered with this gets Hydragon to ramp energy for it’s attacks in order to get more flips. It only needs three heads to get a KO on anything competitive in the game.  So at 4 energy and a fliptini you just have to make 3 out of 4 75% chance flips. 

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It’s first attack lets you add a supporter and the second can deal 120 damage. It’s not great but maybe just maybe it could see some play with the right partners.

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I mentioned this card earlier it’s ability allows the player to put dark energy from  the discard to the active once per turn. Energy ramping is really good but is is a stage 2. Still I could see this card taking hold in the game so long as a desire to play some dark stuff exists. 

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Discard three cards from your own deck. This has potential to set up for stuff. In extended play it could make Ho-oh a lot more consistent.

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Not sure if this is good or not it’s a 30 hp sub pokemon that you can discard during your own turn at any point and doesn’t give a prize. It has potential for stall stuff. 

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You attach this card to your opponents Pokemon and it takes one more colorless energy to attack. The way the competitive game is played that is pretty solid. Although I don’t think this is a fantastic hard I could see this card being a serious pain to some decks. 

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Not a fantastic card as a supporter but it does let you drop a special energy or pokemon tool from a Pokemon. 

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Both players discard their whole discard pile into their deck. This card isn’t exactly practical but I could see it being played. It could disrupt discard set up and refuel decks that extend super fast. 

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"Each player’s Psychic Pokemon pays 1 [C] less to attack." That is pretty good. I forgot it existed when writing about the Pokemon but this does make some attacks free like the crowbat line no longer needing to run energy if they keep this in play. 

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A stage one that lets you attach metal energy from the discard to the bench once per turn. Steel now can find their own version of a Rayel deck. It’s an amazing ability on a stage one Pokemon but the new Pyroar does threaten this cards playablity. 

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This can’t be damaged by Pokemon with special energy on them meaning most decks attackers won’t be able to hurt it. It’s attack does 40 + 20 for each steel energy on it so I doubt it does a lot of one hit knock outs but it can still do a fair amount of damage. It can pretty reasonably deal 100 damage before a muscle band with Beldum as a partner Honedge could hit 160 pretty fast. 

Bronzong makes this puppy a viable Pokemon. It’s first attack does 60 and if an EX was the thing it hit the ex can’t attack. It’s second attack can deal a nice 170 with a muscle band at the cost of discarding two metal energy. This cost hardly hurts when with two brozong on the bench it isn’t really a cost at all. A nice 180 HP and powerful attack could make this the primary attacker of a steel deck. 

This stadium makes it to where steel types can’t get statuses inflicted on them. This could be a really solid card depending on where the meta of the card game goes at the very least something that doesn’t hurt to run as a counter stadium to all the stadiums that could be running around the game. 

Let’s talk about this smash Rumor

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So last time I took a popular rumor not very seriously I was wrong so this time I want to give this heavier consideration. The rumor is just a text based rumor and it could just be me being hopeful but I believe this is possible. The rumor is most likely true but I will consider it real for now. So the Major part of the rumor is that syncing the 3ds and Wii U version gives Ridley, Dixie, Impa, chorus men and mewtwo as playable characters. These are all characters that deserve to be in the game regardless of who id prefer.  Then we have the Tower of Smash, a mode where you go up 100 floors with a party of 4 one stock characters.  They claim event mode is cut but Co-op all star, co-op classic, tournament mode, break the targets, stage builder.  The challenges are apparently to be themed based on series showing an image when you finish it all. The leaker claims 55 stages are in the game 15 of with are brought in from previous games. Lastly claims a November 21st release date for the Wii U version in america. I’ll go over all this in detail in the order I spoke about it. 

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So the leaker gave small details on each character. Ridley apparently lacks wings without activating his up B with gives him wings. It sounds interesting and I think he could be a pretty fun character to control. I wonder how long his wings would work and how exactly they would. Chorus men is something I hate because I was very against the gamerstu leak and that bias hasn’t left me. However, they sound cool in the game and I could see them being fun to play as. Dixie is a character I’ve wanted to see in smash for a while since in the Donkey Kong country series she has been playable 3 of 5 times with is as many as Donkey Kong.  I think she will play pretty well and the apparent mix of skills of her family is cool. Impa is a character that I really started to enjoy more during my Hyrule Warriors research. I hadn’t really played to much Zelda and never really got far enough in any game where she was a warrior. Really she has a lot of amazing talents in the series and I think she could be totally separate from sheik. Lastly, we have Mewtwo who would be a returning character and that’s pretty awesome. I think all of us Pokemon fans want to see mewtwo in action.

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So Tower Mode is a thing the leaker claims will happen and i’m shocked I didn’t think of it in my post thinking up modes for smash wii u.  The person gave a lot of details on the Tower of Smash. You select a party of 4 going to one on one matches each floor. You are totally healed between rounds and can freely switch characters. The match can have a whole lot of gimmicks but the big deal is Bosses appear every 10 floors, These bosses include some awesome ones like Dyna Blade and Mecha Dragoon. You can restart at any 10th floor level you have reched and continue. This mode sounds pretty amazing and honestly i’m really excited to try this mode if it’s real. This isn’t buying another 60 dollar game levels of awesome but if this is true then so are the character and that would put it at that level. 

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Now we have the returning modes. Break the targets is to go back to being based on individual characters with will be pretty cool. Tournament mode is no surprise but I do hope it’s upgraded. Stage builder returns and is lo longer limited by theme. That’s everything that really matters from what the person leaked and that’s about all the changes I really wanted. The co-op stuff is cool but Id hope the Tower of Smash also had a co-op option. Id like to see options to the kind of tournament hosted being able to switch from Swiss, double elimination, single elimination and maybe a few other options. 

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Then we have the final bit, the November 21st release date has been heavily rumored for a while now. It’s not unlike Nintendo to put up a 3ds and Wii U release on the same day but two megatons like Smash Bros and Pokemon does seem a bit less likely. I can see this happening but it also kind of says they don’t have super high hopes for Smash Bros. Pokemon OR/As is obviously going to steal away more of the thunder because people can be playing smash bros on the pre-order pick up line. Id love for this release date because it’s just a bit earlier then I expected but honestly they need to push it up to when ever the Japanese release is. We have a nice long part of November without Nintendo games so why not push up smash. Well regardless we will know about all these rumors truth very soon since the very latest the game comes out is December. 

New yugioh ban list, Raigeki returns!

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Before I talk about the ban list let’s see the new cards added to it. 

Limited:
Glow-Up Bulb
Infernity Archfiend
Raigeki
Soul Charge
Super Polymerization

Semi-Limited:
Blackwing – Gale the Whirlwind
Gorz the Emissary of Darkness
Ceasefire
The Transmigration Prophecy

Unlimited:
Coach Soldier Woflbark
Magician of Faith
Formula Synchron
Reinforcement of the Army

So Raigeki a card no one thought was coming back came back. I remember pretty recently, while mostly joking aruging that the card could come back to some people talking about the ban list. i told them that any card could come back if it doesn’t cause an FTK. Raigeki still doesn’t deal with Shadoll Midrash or a lot of other meta decks. With the power creep these banned cards are now really just solid cards. I’m really sad to see Super Poly go to 1 since fusion based decks are my favorite and I love to run 3 super poly in my decks. I’ll have to deal with running one since it really isn’t that bad of a thing. Soul Charge is at one with is good although I wouldn’t have minded it just being banned. It’s cool to see Rota back at 3 and Ceasefire to 2. Formula at 3 could maybe bring back Quasar since we also got glow up bulb and a reprint of Quasar. 

Final round of the Nintendo Eshop sale

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So we reached the final week of eshop sales and we have a lot of games going on sale. We have Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze as the biggest one from the Donkey Kong section. I actually reviewed that game and liked it a lot. I think returns 3ds is alright and the rest Id say are games that should be free anyway but what ever. 

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On this section we have Animal Crossing New Leaf with is a fantastic life sim and most likely better as a digital download then owning it retail due to the just pick up and play thing it’s got going on. I’m a bit suprised at how pricy Star Fox 54 3d is considering it’s like an “HDed” up version of 64. Pikimin 3 is a game I haven’t got to play in single player yet so I can’t really comment on how good it is but people I know who have played it have enjoyed it. I really like Kirby’s dreamland 3 and still have my SNES copy of it and I also enjoy Kirby and the amazing mirror. I don’t really want to whip out 5 bucks to rebuy kirby and the amazing mirror but I might, maybe, not likely. Pac-Man’s ghostly adventure is also a video game. 

Smash’s US Open Tourny

So on the 4th at 11am several GameStops nation wide will be hosting 64 person single elimination tournaments  It will function very similar to the 3ds tournament at comic con with the matches being 4 players and items on. Only this will never change even the final round being 4 players items on. Arena Ferox, Battlefield, Final Destination, Tomodachi Life, and Yoshi’s Island in both their forms will be legal stages. Only characters that are on the default roster can be played with so no Duck Hunting or clones. The matches are on a 6 minute timer (Or shorter if your GameStop is running behind) and decided by score not stock. This tournament is only happening at 15 GameStops so it’s very unlikely that it’s a tournament near you given 50 states in america and I know two are happening in Texas. Nintendo World will also be in this tournament despite not being a GameStop. Their is only one winner and that winner will win a lot, two round trip plan tickets to New York for the nationals, a copy of smash, a 3ds xl, 2 nights at a hotel of Nintendo’s choosing, and lastly a 250 buck visa giftcard (With would most likely cover two days of food in New York XD).  Personally, i’m let down by how few locations have this and the size of the brackets.  I’m lucky enough to live very close to one of the locations so I will likely be entering with my brother. Wish me luck because with the rule set they are using that will be a major factor. Long live the items on meta!  

(Source: smashbros.nintendo.com)

Eliza comes to Skull girls and Persona 4 reminder

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So September 30th is a big day for anime style fighting game fans.  Eliza the long awaited free for a few months DLC character will be releasing (on the PSN, XBL is being a hassle apparently). That will also be the launch of Persona 4 Ultimax and not but a few days ago Arcana Heart and Naruto had their new games release.  Eliza really appears to be an amazing character from a design stand point and she looks like she will play in a rather fun way. I also wanted to take this time to remind people that the on disc DLC characters for Persona 4 Arena Ulimax will be free for a week excluding Margret. I highly encourage anyone with a passive intrest in the title to download the dlc so they can buy the game when it’s price drops, like all fighting games prices drop down, and not have to pay for content locked on the disc.  Get all this free dlc while you can and enjoy punching people.

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New 3ds is set for a November 21st release in AU and NZ

It’s as the title says Australia and New Zealand on the 21st of November. However, the Australian Nintendo direct confirmed that America and Europe won’t be getting it until 2015. This is rather odd considering the system exists and will be a thing on the 11th of October  in Japan and now the 21st in Australia/New Zealand. AU and NZ are considered PAL region 3ds so people who really want it in the EU can import from these regions. They also confirmed Xenoblade is coming to the region in 2015 likely to be in sync with the European release to make people feel more forced to buy it in that region.  I’ve grown less and less of a fan of the New 3ds since I heard about it thanks to region locking and the many other flaws that are coming along with it.  I’m not sure why these regions are getting it first but it could be that they can charge inflated prices in these regions? I’m not to sure but it’s happening so people in AU and NZ you will finally get something first (Well second but I mean beating Japan on a japanese console release). 

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