'Mario + Rabbids' Is A Strange And Pleasant Gamer's Surprise

'Mario + Rabbids' Is A Strange And Pleasant Gamer's Surprise

Ubisoft's take on Mario is completely bonkers and kind of awesome.
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When the first image from the upcoming crossover game “Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle” leaked online the internet seemed to heave a collective groan. At first, glance most assumed the Nintendo Switch exclusive was a cheap cash grab, a marketing nightmare attempting to blend the almost endless appeal of Mario with whatever the hell it is that people like about the Rabbids. In the minds of many gamers, myself included, the Rabbids seem like an early version of “Despicable Me’s” cringe-inducing Minions, with a similar focus on simplistic character design, shouted gibberish, and overdone slapstick to construct a sort of forced charm. Leading up to Ubisoft’s E3 2017 conference I had mostly written off “Mario + Rabbids” as what would likely be some sort of party game or a half-baked imitation of classic Nintendo gameplay. Thankfully I, along with many folks around the net, have been proven wrong.

Ubisoft’s choice to open their show with “Mario + Rabbids” elicited an audible scoff as I watched the always awkward attempts by company heads and game developers to be earnest and playful on the E3 stage. Even as they brought out Mario’s creator Shigeru Miyamoto I remained fairly skeptical, though I admit by that point I was pretty amused with the whole thing. “Why on earth would they give so much fanfare to some cheap crossover?” I wondered. Then they got to properly introducing the game.

A Mario game with Ubisoft characters that had RPG elements mixed with a turn-based, squad tactics combat system. Basically, a Nintendo "X-Com" done by the guys behind the "Tom Clancy" games. I honestly almost did a double-take at that point. Of all the completely bonkers ideas in the gaming industry, this was one I would never have imagined. The real kicker? It looks fun. Like, a lot of fun.

The colorful chaos of a wrecked Mushroom Kingdom provides the backdrop for this surreal spin-off adventure. Familiar elements of Mario’s world are strewn about in decidedly unfamiliar ways, constructing a series of exploration zones and cover-filled arenas to act as battlefields for the tactical combat to play out. There is a distinct amount of character and cartoonish fun present in what we’ve been shown so far, keeping the Rabbids’ personalities from overtaking the game’s presentation while still allowing for zany antics.

Seeing the turnaround of public opinion online has been an odd pleasure in and of itself. I personally have seen quite a few comments admitting that they, like myself, had misjudged the game and were pleasantly surprised by, even excited for, “Mario + Rabbids.” That sort of wholesome honesty is rare and just plain refreshing on the ever-contentious world of the web. Even if the game turns out to be less than stellar it is nice to see a few friendly discussions among gamers every once in a while.

While “Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle” likely won’t be some groundbreaking video gaming experience that defies the genre, it does seem on track to defy all early expectations that painted it as lackluster and superficial. I sincerely hope that it can deliver on its promise of thoughtful gameplay mixed with a sense of sheer fun and simple sincerity.

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Nintendo's Newly Filed Patent Is Beginning To Raise Eyebrows Within The Gaming Industry

With a new patent filed by Nintendo, many are trying to speculate as to what Nintendo has in store for the gaming industry.
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Ever since video games have gone from local arcades to the comfort of our living rooms, Nintendo has been at the forefront of the video game industry. While the Nintendo has excelled at producing quality in-home video game consoles, the company seems to be the only company seems to specialize in producing exceptional handheld consoles that gamers can take on the go. Now, in recent years, the console that Nintendo has produced has featured technology that is not as powerful as some of its rival consoles like the PlayStation and Xbox. The Nintendo Switch, for example, is nowhere close to being as powerful as the Xbox One. However, the amount Nintendo Switch consoles sold is already competing with the amount of Xbox One consoles. A lot of people are curious as to how Nintendo stays afloat within an industry that typically has technology that is much more powerful. Well, it comes down to one thing: innovation. Nintendo”s ability to produce innovative consoles, such as the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo Switch, keeps the company relevant my captivating gamers all over the world.

But is Nintendo already working on something new despite the Nintendo Switch being one of the companies best-selling consoles?

With all the reports that Nintendo has filed new hardware patents flooding the internet, it is easy to assume that they are. The new patents Nintendo filed hint that Nintendo is working on multi-screened technology that would allow users to transfer data from one screen to another with ease. While it is easy to assume that Nintendo is planning on using this patent to work on new Nintendo Switch functions that would provide unique gaming experiences, sources like The Know believe that the patent is evidence that Nintendo is working on a new device that will serve as a predecessor to the Nintendo 3DS. As the Nintendo 3DS has been Nintendo’s dedicated handheld system for quite some time now, this is a plausible theory. The Know even has a theory that the patent may even be for a mobile device. Again, this theory is very plausible when you take the fact that mobile games are contributing to most of the video game industry’s revenue into consideration.

Nintendo has always been a leading company of innovation within the video game industry. While the company tends to lack in sheer power and graphical capabilities it always incorporates captivating functionality in its technology that enables the company to compete with the other video game powerhouses such as Sony and Microsoft. With the recent reports the Nintendo filed new hardware patents flooding the internet, gamers are going to become more and more anxious as to what Nintendo has up its sleeve. Considering Nintendo's history of producing entertaining gaming consoles that utilize cutting-edge technology, if the patent is more than just a concept it almost guaranteed to be a success. Gamers can only hope that spill the beans as to what the patent is for during this years E3 video game conference.

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You Blocked Me, But I'm Over It

Sometimes being blocked is a way of dodging a bullet.
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So, this week's pondering goes into the department of being able to block people online. There are times when people overstep their boundaries and it seems like the easiest way, and depending on the person, it is. I consider myself as someone who doesn't want to be a threatening presence online, and I'm not, but I figured something out yesterday.

I was on Instagram, and I followed someone who I considered to be a friend of mine, but I see nowadays, that this person was someone I felt inferior to, and I always needed to see what she was up to, when she was never worried about me. Anyway, I remade my Instagram recently to start fresh and for some reason, I had it on my mind to follow her and she blocked me.

What am I gonna do? Sit here and cry? You blocked me for your own reasons, but you're one less person I need to deal with. One less person I need to be aware of because I don't question who I am. It's a loss on your part, because I only mean well. It's a waste thinking about it because there's no way to change it, your problem is yours, not mine.

I'm getting a little crazy here, but even though we can look at people blocking us as a bad thing, maybe it's a sign of people we shouldn't deal with. You don't always know the underlying reason. Maybe you feel like you're inferior. Maybe you think I'm weird because I'm confident. It's not my job to figure out how your mind works, because I have better things to do than to worry why you feel a certain way.

I have this weird thing where I don't like having block lists on my accounts. If I've blocked certain people in the past, I always have a valid reason, but I've never been someone who feels superior to make someone disappear. I'm the fool that will literally send you a note apologizing for having the right to view posts. I don't want to brag, but I think it should be considered that I'm taking the time to write when it doesn't benefit me, and I don't expect it to. It's a reflection of me, not one of you.

This turned into a bit of a rant, but I don't like to be someone who holds grudges over petty things when there are better ways to channel your energy. Don't waste it on people who are weird with you. If you don't want to deal with me, I don't want to deal with you. It's that simple.

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