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Nintendo Fanboy by Craig Kerbrat

If you know me, then you know I am a giant fan of Nintendo. My first gaming system was the NES, and some of my earliest memories are of playing various Nintendo games with my Dad, probably hindering progress more than helping it, but nevertheless. I've grown up with Nintendo and it's still a company that I love and support whole heartedly. 

So that's why I get so excited when they post these:

The latest Nintendo Direct does not disappoint. It opens up right away with the reveal of Mewtwo finally coming to the new Super Smash Bros. games. I've known this was coming for a while because, obviously, I'm a giant fanboy and bought both games on release. But the DLC is finally arriving in two weeks for Club Nintendo (RIP) members like myself, and at the end of the month for everyone else. 

They also announced the return of Lucas to the Smash Bros. series coming later this year, and new costume options coming for the Mii Fighter characters. They also announced a new ballot system where you can suggest future fighters to be added to the games which is kind of awesome. I might have suggested a Paper Mario character, 'cause I think that would be AWESOME.

They also mentioned a bunch of new Amiibo stuff, including more Smash Bros. Amiibo figures and a new downloadable software title that lets you play little demos of classic Nintendo titles. I'm still really not sold on Amiibo, but there were two interesting announcements that have made me change my mind a bit... 

When Yoshi's Woolly World gets released this fall, it's going to have knitted plush Yoshi Amiibo figures to go with it, and I've already decided that I need one.  Closer to the end of the video they also announced Animal Crossing Amiibo cards to go with a new Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer downloadable software title that I might also need. Curse my insatiable inner collector!

They also talked about upcoming indie titles and virtual console titles which were somewhat interesting, but nothing super exciting. They showed some new footage of the Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem crossover which looks kind of beautiful. There's also a new Pokémon Rumble World game which appears to be another freemium style game, and they showed another trailer for Puzzle and Dragons Z + Puzzle and Dragons Super Mario Edition, which I might need to buy.

The other fun announcement is a new update to the StreetPass Mii Plaza coming soon. They have a new VIP Plaza you can buy, plus two new StreetPass games, Ultimate Angler and Battleground Z. Obviously I'm gonna buy it all. How can I resist more StreetPass games?

All in all it was a pretty exciting Nintendo Direct. And I only mentioned the things that I am personally excited for.  The video is almost an hour long, there's lots in there. If you're a giant Nintendo fan like me, I suggest watching it. You won't regret it.

The new yarn Yoshi Amiibo! I  NEED  them!

The new yarn Yoshi Amiibo! I NEED them!

New Nintendo 3DS XL by Craig Kerbrat

Nintendo posted this today!

I always love these Nintendo Direct videos. It's like a mini E3 every time! So many fun announcements that get me excited to be a Nintendo fan all over again.

Of particular note this time, I really enjoyed the Puzzle & Dragons Z: Super Mario Bros. Edition announcement. It looks like it'll be a fun game. Pokémon Shuffle also looks like it might be pretty fun, although I really haven't played much of the last Pokémon puzzle game that came out.  So maybe not. But this one is FREE! Well, freemium. I'm really getting tired of this business model...

I am also interested in the new Amiibo figures announced. They finally have a Charizard one on the way, which is my favourite character in the new Super Smash Bros. games for 3DS and Wii U. I'm still resisting buying any Amiibo figures, mostly because once I get one or two, I'll want them all, but also because I'm really not sold on their functionality yet. They don't seem all that well thought out so far. But they're collectible, so I want them anyway. 

The rest of the games announced were interesting but not terribly exciting. The real news was the announcement that the New Nintendo 3DS XL is coming to North America on February 13th, which I have been waiting for since it was announced last year in Japan and Australia. I've been wanting to upgrade my 3DS to the XL for a while, but then I put that on hold when they announced the New ones in Japan. It's not a huge step up, but the bigger screen, along with extra buttons, more powerful hardware, and fun new features makes me think it's finally time to upgrade.

Anyway, that's it for now. I'm gonna go back to watching Battlestar Galactica. (Andrea Challenge: BSG Edition is under way!)