Bad tidings

A new friend approaches, with bad news for the gang.

Episode 8


E3 2013 – Nintendo Direct


News came out right before E3 that Nintendo would not have a present conference this year. Instead the company has decided to release a E3-special video for Nintendo Direct giving you some information on upcoming titles. The game manufacturer known for their first-party game franchises released the Wii-U console late last year, being the first hardware from the eight generation of gaming consoles on the market.

The Nintendo Direct video starts of with a trailer for upcoming Pokémon X and Y for the portable gaming device Nintendo 3DS. This latest edition to this ongoing RPG-series introduces a new Fairy type as well as a tamagotchi-like mode called Pokémon Amie. The game is set to release October 12th.

A follow-up to the 3DS title Super Mario 3D Land for the Wii-U was given a trailer. Super Mario 3D World will be coming out this December and this Mario title features four player co-op play. And the latest addition to this game is a new suit for Mario which let’s Mario dress-up as a cat.

That’s not all from Nintendo’s flagship character but a new Mario Kart was also given a trailer, showing off the impossible gravity breaking level layout for Mario Kart 8. This latest game in the classic Mario Kart racing-series will be coming out on the Wii-U console in spring of 2014.

There were also two trailer shown for Wii Party U and Wii Fit U, two titles which originally were suppose to get released during the spring/summer period of this year. Due to some unforeseen events after the release of the new console an apology was given out together with a new release. The release of Wii Party U got pushed back to October, and Wii Fit U to December of this year.

For all the creatively talented Nintendo fans out their who has shown their love and appreciation for the company through different paintings posted to Mii-verse, the Nintendo social network, there were a new paintings app announced. Art Academy will give all the Nintendo fans better creative-tools.

A whole list of third-party supported games as well as a list of Nintedo E-shop games were also presented during the video. Approximately twenty different titles coming out for the two devices were shown and given released dates for the coming future. Games such as Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins and Sonic Lost World.

A trailer for the HD-remake of the beloved Game Cube Zelda-game Wind Waker was also shown. With a new graphical make-over and improved Tinkle Tuner-features this Wii-U game might be something to look forward. The game is set to be released this coming October.

The Wonferful 101 was a Wii-U game which got revealed during last years Nintendo E3 press conference. The features a small army of super-powered beings fighting from a top-world view against attacking enemies. You control this army and direct their attacks by drawing on the Wii-U touch-pad controller. The game is set to release on September the 15th.

Donkey Kong is one of the key characters in Nintendo’s line-up besides other characters such as Mario or Zelda. The latest 2D side-scrolling platformer Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, featuring the monkey, will be coming for to the Nintendo Wii-U console this coming November.

The witchcraft empowered female witch Bayonetta will be coming to the Nintendo hardware in the sequel Bayonetta 2. This gun-heeled equipped bad-ass developed by Platinum Games in this trailer shows of her new costume and hair-cut. This raunchy Wii-U title will be available sometime next year.

An unexpected surprise game to the Wii-U games line-up was presented through a new game trailer. The game developed by Japanese game studio Monolith Soft shows of mecha gameplay set in a open-world game environment. A name for the game hasn’t been announced but the game trailer hinted at a 2014 release. So look forward to be picking this game up at a game store near you in 2014.

And lastly a new trailer for the upcoming game in the Nintendo fighting game Super Smash Bros. was shown. It’s a true-to-form game now available for the Wii-U as well as the Nintendo 3Ds-console. Some new additions to the character select-screen includes the main character from Nintendo management game Animal Crossing and Mega-man from the famous platformer series with the same name.

Next generation and WDPDWTWTD?

So, I finally have a new computer. Which means that I can play Dota on the highest graphical settings. Awesome. But since I got a next-gen rig it feels a bit sad. Also I messed up the perspective in the comic :/. Perspective and anatomy, every hobby-cartonists worst enemy. But hey, today we introduce a new homie, the 4½th one. Captain. He’s a cat, which you might have noticed. And he’s got all those strange and messed up quirks that cats do have. We’ll explain that more in future comics.

I’ve also been playing some Tiny Tower last week. It is a strange game, but it really makes me understand my landlord. I don’t care the least for who lives in my apartments as long as they have good grades. If they are unhappy, what does it matter as long as they pay the rent? A sinister little game.

There is a question that has been bothering me the last week. “Why don’t people do what they want to do?”. We all have things that we want to do, but somehow we don’t.  For example, I’ve wanted to be a writer for like, ever. Even if that ever isn’t more than 8 years. I’ve yet to write anything longer than five pages. So why don’t we do these things that we dream of? It is weird. I guess that this blog is something of a reaction in this general direction. Doing something we want to do, because we want to. It is scary though. In all kinds of ways. Who might read our blog? Who won’t? What will they think of our crappy comics? Will they laugh at our language skills?

I guess that it is fear that stops people from doing the things they want to. But other reasons I can think of are because you realize you don’t want to do something or you lack the momentum for one reason or another.

So what would I do to change this? Momentum is defined as mass * velocity. And velocity is distance/time. To increase our momentum we need to do more things (increase mass), bring things farther and decrease the time it takes us to do it.

Then courage, to overcome fear. Knowledge to understand the things we might not want to do. Maybe faith in the things that we want to do.

Well, it seems to me this post took on a bit of a philosophical attitude.