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[E3 2014] Nintendo Direct Live Reaction


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Last year, Nintendo skipped the traditional press conference in favor of doing a Nintendo Direct presentation. While the idea sound, their use of UStream’s service saw some viewers, including us, experiencing lag, skipping, and entire reveals just not airing. However this time they’ll be using Twitch as their main streaming service. Steam technicalities aside, Wii U sales haven’t been too hot for Nintendo since last E3. While there would be upticks when certain games released, sales would be back down to their previous levels. One of the heavy hitters, Mario Kart 8, saw sales of the Wii U increase in the U.S. and Europe, but now so much in Japan. On the 3Ds side, things are stronger than ever with games like Tomodachi Life, Bravely Default, and Shin Megami Tensei IV releasing on the handheld. But now it’s about the future. Who will be the next challenger for SSB4? What will X’s final name be? And when the hell will we finally see some Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem action?

Note: due to last year’s incident with Youtube’s Content ID system hitting us as we were streaming the Sony Conference on Hangouts On-Air, we’ll only be showing our ourselves as we watch the conference, without the conference feed itself. Sorry for the inconvenience.

[E3 2014] Sony Press Conference Live Reaction


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Next up is Sony’s time in the spotlight. Sony dropped the mic last year when it took jabs at Microsoft’s DRM policy with withe their Xbox One. The PS4 launch was strong, but not a lot of big games have come out for it, at least not exclusively. While the PS4 leads in the graphics and hardware department, there are still some that are hanging tight to the 7th generation as games are still releasing on the PS3 and Xbox 360. On the Vita, while it is getting the identity as the Niche Gamer’s Handheld, sales of the Vita are still a little slow to move. They did reveal the new Vita slim however, but it still needs that big game that moves the handheld in the sales department. What will Sony show off to attract more people to their newer systems? Will they once again drop the mic like last year? Or will they be on the receiving of said mic dropping?

Note: due to last year’s incident with Youtube’s Content ID system hitting us as we were streaming the Sony Conference on Hangouts On-Air, we’ll only be showing our ourselves as we watch the conference, without the conference feed itself. Sorry for the inconvenience.

[E3 2014] Microsoft Press Conference Live Reaction


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It’s that time again, E3 is about to begin! Like last year, Microsoft will be kicking off the conferences, and they’ll have to make up for a lot. Last year saw them getting a lot of lip from Sony’s conference, and their old DRM policies were making fans shy away from their newest console, the Xbox One. But it’s a new year, and many things have changed. There is a Kinect-less Xbox One on the horizon, dropping the price of the console down 100 dollars to $399 US, same as the PS4. Now the question is, what will Microsoft show to convince fans to come back to Xbox?

Note: due to last year’s incident with Youtube’s Content ID system hitting us as we were streaming the Sony Conference on Hangouts On-Air, we’ll only be showing our ourselves as we watch the conference, without the conference feed itself. Sorry for the inconvenience.

[NYCC 2013] Hands-on with Dustforce

To the corner of the Capcom booth was a demo of Dustforce playing. Intrigued by what he was seeing, Steve tries his hand at this indie platformer. He only had very little knowledge of the game, posting a single song from it on Night-Time Listenings. How did Steve like Dustforce? Click play and find out!

[NYCC 2013] Hands-on with Super Mario 3D World

A new 3D Mario platformer is upon us, and this time it’s taking after the 3DS outing. Super Mario 3D World expands on the foundation of the previous 3D Land game and adds two more characters in the fray, Peach and Toad. Mario is your standard character. Luigi can jump higher than his brother (with the trade-off being low traction). Peach can float for across the air a la Super Mario Bros. 2. And Toad can run faster that any other character. Gameplay can be done on both the TV and on the Gamepad’s screen.

Hit the jump to see gameplay of World 4-2 with James.

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[NYCC 2013] Hands-on with Strider

It’s been over a decade since the last Strider game came out on the PS1 (and Arcades). Since then Strider Hiryu stuck to the shadows, showing up here and there in the Marvel vs. Capcom fighting games. But now Strider’s back in an all new game. Now he’s got more moves at his disposal, and the stages, at least this one, are much longer than its predecessor. And as you’ll see in near the end of the demo, the Ouroboros from Strider 2 also makes a return, and this time puts up a better fight than it did in the previous game.

[NYCC 2013] Hands-on with The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

The Zelda series returns to its roots once again with The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Taking place after a Link to the Past on the SNES, Link returns to Hyrule to vanquish the evil that lurks these lands. This time, he’s able to merge with the wall, turning corners to traverse once unreachable areas, and even scale the outside of a castle’s walls. While not available in this demo, A Link Between Worlds also allows players to rent out items from Ravio’s shop and to tackle any dungeon in any order.

[NYCC 2012] Hands-on with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

NYCC has come and gone, and we have some gameplay to show you. First up is the next chapter of the Donkey Kong Country Returns saga, Tropical Freeze. The Tikis are toast, but a new set of baddies has arrived and kicked DK out of his home. This time around The camera plays a bigger role, swerving around our heroes as they’re transported to the next section of a stage and not staying strictly 2D.

Gamepad control was not ready for this demo, so Wiimote+Nunchuk was the controller of choice. It played just like DKCR in this regard. Hit the jump to see some mine cart gameplay.

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[E3 2013] Microsoft Press Conference Live Reaction

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Today is the day that’ll shape the future of Microsoft’s newest console, the Xbox One. Reaction so far has been less than enthusiastic, with news of used games being limited somehow, required internet connections, privacy and Kinect, and a complete and total lack backwards compatibility, even with XBLA games. Microsoft said that this conference is all about software. What will they show that will sway the public opinion of the Xbox One in the right direction?

The press conference will begin at 12:30PM EST. The above embed is a live reaction of us watching the conference.

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The Wired Fish Podcast S4 – Episode 10

In this episode of the podcast, we discuss if another Videogame Crash is imminent and is it can help out the videogame industry. Then we talk about the games we’re playing at the moment.

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The Wired Fish Podcast S4 – Episode 9

In this episode of the podcast, we stick to our word and talk about Story Modes in fighting games. Afterward, we talk about how relevant E3 is to the the community and industry in this day and age.

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The Wired Fish Podcast S4 – Episode 8

A pretty big Nintendo Direct happened recently, and in this episode of The Wired Fish Podcast, we talk about it.

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The Wired Fish Podcast S4 – Episode 7

Welcome one and all to Episode 7 of The Wired Fish Podcast S4. In this episode, we talk about the sudden and unfortunate demise of LucasArts. Next, we tear into the comments made by now-former Microsoft creative director Adam Orth.

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The Wired Fish Podcast S4 – Episode 6

Ahoy Fellow Fishes to another Wired Fish Podcast! In this episode, look back on the Skullgirls Indiegogo campaign and get hyped up for its success. Not only did Skullgirls meet many of its goals, it also meant that Mane6, the developers of the C&D’ed Fighting is Magic, get to use the Skullgirls engine for their new fighting game. After that, we delve into the small, niche, and indie gaming scene and wonder how these guys are doing so well compared to the AAA scene.

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The Wired Fish Podcast S4 – Episode 5 (2 Parts)

We’ve got two things to talk about today, and the first one is very serious. It was speculated (then revealed after recording) that the shooter at Sandy Hook, Adam Lanza, used first-person shooters like Call of Duty to train himself how to use a gun. Then again, the guy had a huge cache of guns in his basement and was quite nutso. Still, that didn’t stop the press from latching on to the videogame violence headline. This is what we’re here to talk about.

After that, talked bout PAX East game reveals. One of the biggest reveals was DuckTales Remastered. WayForward’s handling development, which makes us all the more giddy. What else at PAX East filled us with this kind of excitement? Well, you’ll have to load up part 2 after the break!

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