Weekly Panda Roundup – Snipperclips Finale & Why I Love Anime Conventions

Weekly Panda Roundup – Snipperclips Finale & Why I Love Anime Conventions

Welcome to another Weekly Panda Roundup! How was your weekend? Ours was busy, but fun! Crystal Dragon and I spent another weekend out of town for an anime convention! After many weeks of teasing a post about why we go to cons, I’m happy to finally share the reason below. We also have some videos to share, including the Grand Finale of our Snipperclips playthrough! We have a special thank you message for everyone who’s supported us in this series, and some news for the future of our channel.

So without further ado, let’s round ‘em up!

What’s Next for Pandas at Play – Special Announcements & Thanks

Our YouTube Channel, Pandas at Play, will be going through some changes, but we’re still going to strive to bring you quality Nintendo focused videos with our fun, quirky selves! With our Snipperclips playthrough reaching its finale this week, we wanted to share some words of gratitude and announcements for what’s to come.

First of all, my sincerest thanks to all of you who have been following our Snipperclips adventures and my heartfelt gratitude to anyone who has been following our channel! All of this is only made possible because of your support, your viewership, and your kind words that keep us going. And I truly mean that. There have been times when I’ve honestly considered prematurely ending the Snipperclips series, and it was your kind words and my wife’s loving support that kept it going to completion.

As the channel has progressed, we’ve been evaluating what actually brings us fun from this. And while we love to play games together, playing it for a video brought about too many changes from the kind of leisure time we wanted. You see, we’re no masters of gameplay, no Games Done Quick speedrunners, and definitely not pro EVO tournament fighters. We’re just a couple who loves games, and the last thing we want is to no longer desire that. The reason why Snipperclips worked out so well for us is because it’s such a friendly game, open to all despite skill. For that reason, we recorded our playthrough and loved every moment of it. Snipperclips is seriously a special game, and I hope it’s visible from our videos.

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Much love to you for supporting our video series!

We’ve decided that moving forward, we’re looking to do more on-camera discussion alongside our review content as opposed to straight playthroughs. I apologize for anyone looking specifically for let’s plays, and I hope our other content is every bit as meaningful and entertaining. If there are any special games that would be great on video, we’ll definitely consider uploading a single episode of it, but otherwise, we’ll be shifting gears. I believe us simply talking to you about the games we love will help us establish closeness with our audience, and we’d love to discuss any topics you might find interesting.

As we are in a time of transition causing a lot of stress right now, our future on-camera content will be on hold for a while. I will still be posting weekly video reviews, but we hope you can patiently await for our full-fledged discussions to start! If there’s anything you’d like to see, please let us know!

Thank you from the very bottom of our hearts for your support! It means the world to me, and it helps drive us forward to continue bringing you fun Nintendo video content!

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Snipperclips Co-Op Part 12 – GRAND FINALE!

This is it! The Grand Finale of our co-op Snipperclips playthrough! We’ve gone through many puzzles, snipped ridiculous shapes, and cut it out, together! And now we come face to face with the final challenge, putting those blobbies to sleep! Come give us your energy for this ultimate brain stumper and stay for the surprise heartfelt ending!

Please be sure to read the first couple of paragraphs above for news about our playthroughs going forward. And also check out our special message here:

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all of you who have been following our Snipperclips adventures, whether you started here or were with us from the beginning. We’re humbled every day that you come watch our silly playthrough and even engage with it. You’re the reason we kept going, and we’re incredibly happy to have our full completed series on YouTube.

Look forward to both a Snipperclips review and a highlights video showcasing our best (worst) “clips!” If you’d like to see more of this kind of content, please let us know! And again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You all are the best!

AND CUT!

Now that the series is over, now’s an excellent time to find the full playlist starting at Part 1 – “Stabby Sticks” here: http://bit.ly/2nFmc5v

Death Squared (Switch) Review

Here’s my video review for SMG Studio’s Death Squared, a cooperative puzzle game starring colorful cube robots who must push switches and avoid deathtraps. How do the cubes stack up to other Switch puzzlers like Snipperclips? Crystal Dragon and I played a lot of this game together, and I’m excited to share my thoughts!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC Review

And earlier, I also uploaded my review video for the first DLC pack for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, entitled “The Master Trials” AKA hard mode with cosplay! Is the DLC Expansion Pass worth your time and money? I look at the Trial of the Sword, the harder Master Mode, and other new unlockable costumes including Majora’s Mask, Midna’s Mask, and Tingle’s Outfit. Tingle Tingle Kooloo Limpah!

Anime and Comic Conventions – Why I Love Them

Aside from games, one of my other major hobbies is anime. I’ve loved anime since I was a kid, and have seen many series since. I do my best to catch up with anime every season now, and engage in numerous events to support my fandom. One big way Crystal Dragon and I celebrate is by attending anime and comic conventions a year, sometimes traveling a good distance away. They’re usually fun times, with panels about the anime we love, game shows that test our knowledge, lots of merchandise to purchase and peruse, and lots of people in costume (cosplay). It’s a great way for us to meet others who have the same hobby.

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Meeting the legendary voice of Pokemon’s Ash Ketchum, Veronica Taylor

But that’s certainly not the only reason we go. Otherwise, why would we travel so far for these? One of the biggest draws for me is getting to meet voice actors from my favorite anime and games. Just like many follow actors/actresses from popular TV shows and movies, I specifically love the actors behind characters in animation. My admiration began back when the original Pokémon anime was first broadcast. No doubt I fell in love with the voices after listening to them everyday, like many of you probably did when you first heard them.

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Had to post one of Crystal Dragon’s favorites – Us with Ray Chase – voice of Final Fantasy XV’s Noctis

What fascinated me most about the original Pokémon voices was none other than the wannabe Pokémon master himself, Ash Ketchum. I was surprised when I first learned that he was voiced by a woman named Veronica Taylor. It’s a fairly common practice for women to voice young boys (Bart Simpson voiced by Nancy Cartwright, for instance), but the concept mesmerized me back then.

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My prized Pokemon VHS (that’s right, VHS) signed by Veronica Taylor (Ash)

Ever since, I fascinated myself with learning about all the actors in Pokémon, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, and other shows I was watching. Nowadays, there are plenty more new and coming actors, but years ago, there was a limited pool, so many voice actors were repeated from show to show. And for some reason, I loved that. I liked to recognize voices and figure out who was whom simply by listening to them. Just like many look up to celebrities in sports and films, I did so with voice actors, and the list of people whom I was a fan of only grew over time.

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Lots of fun things to do at cons, no matter what you’re into! We crashed this Yu-Gi-Oh! championship tournament during a con! It’s time to d-d-d-d-d-d-due!!

Fast forward to the first time I ever attended a con over a decade ago. I had the opportunity to meet two voice actors from the Meiji-era swordfighting anime Rurouni Kenshin: Sandy Fox (opening theme singer) and Lex Lang (Sanosuke). Having no merchandise from the show at the time, I had them sign my shirt. Though the autograph has washed away over time, my fondness from meeting them has not. Although I stopped going to cons for a time, those memories persisted, and I had always wanted more opportunities to meet more of my favorite actors.

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Front left to right: Brian Beacock (Monokuma from Danganronpa, Takato from Digimon), Colleen O’ Shaugnessey (Sora from Digimon, Ino from Naruto), Steve Prince (Ken from Digimon, Shino from Naruto). We got to have a one-on-one with Steve, which was an awesome opportunity!

Moving towards the present, having married my best friend and fellow anime/gaming fangirl Crystal Dragon, we started attending more cons as our marriage hobby. Before I continue my story, I’ll add that our home is filled to the brim with wall scroll (posters) from my favorite anime. It’s a quite colorful abode, and in every direction you look, there is an action-packed image of anime characters. We thought that it would be fun to try to fill these large wall scrolls with autographs. It began with our pirate anime One Piece wall scroll, which we wanted to fill with each of the main characters’ signatures. We sought out nearby cons just to meet the nine core members of the cast. Eventually, we decided to open it up to anyone who’s ever worked on the show, and also started bringing more wall scrolls from other shows with the intention of collecting autographs.

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Meeting the voice of Mario, Charles Martinet, was a huge moment in my life!

Thanks to our hobby and travels, we’ve been fortunate to meet many of the people who were important to me from my childhood. Some of the most wonderful people I’ve met are Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario whom I had previously written about here, Steve Blum who is the voice of Tom from Toonami and Spike from Cowboy Bebop, and Veronica Taylor, the voice of Ash whom I had admired since childhood. Meeting her was one of the most encouraging moments in my life, strengthening my resolve to make things better in my life and follow my dreams. Every one of these meetings have been meaningful, regardless of how short. Although we travel to collect autographs, we’d never do so without also personally meeting them, because it’s these interactions that have meant so much to us.

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We got to meet the nine main crew members of the pirate anime One Piece!

At present day, we still go to cons, having fun geeking out while seeking our favorite voice actors. Thanks to three years of congoing, we’ve completed a lot of our goals, including meeting every single one of the nine main cast members from One Piece and filling over a dozen other wall scrolls with multitudes of autographs. Even though we’ve seen a lot of these people multiple times now, we’re still starstruck that we get to meet childhood heroes along with new, amazing talent. At the same time, we’ve grown to know some of them as people, having gotten some extended time with some of them.

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For you Final Fantasy VII lovers – an Advent Children playmat signed by Steve Blum (Vincent) and Beau Billingslea (Barret)

Congoing and autograph hunting is now a big hobby for us, and we will continue to do it as long as it’s fun and rewarding. If you ever see a couple with a large pink armchair bag that holds wallscrolls, say hi because chances are it’s us autograph-seeking pandas! Thanks for letting me indulge you into something so meaningful in my life, and please be sure to let you know if you attend any geeky cons (anime, comic, Star Trek, game, etc.) and if you have a fascination for voice actors as we do!

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See you space cowboy. Bang. – with Steve Blum (Spike) and Beau Billingslea (Jet) of Cowboy Bebop

Next Time…!

Thank you so much for reading this week’s roundup! Look forward to another video on Thursday! And look forward to a special Snipperclips “Best Clips” video coming soon!

Have a great week everyone! Until then, see you next time!

How was your weekend? What games are you playing?

Have you ever been to any kind of fan convention whether anime or otherwise? Do you have any favorite voice actors/actresses? Have you ever gotten the opportunity to meet any of them?

What did you think of our Snipperclips playthrough? Any favorite episodes, puzzles, or moments? We’re putting together a highlight video of our best “clips,” so let us know!

What are your thoughts on the 1st DLC Pack for Breath of the Wild and/or Death Squared, whether you’ve played it or not? If you’ve played either, do you have any favorite moments?

Please share any thoughts or questions you have in the comments section below! Thanks for reading and watching!

Weekly Panda Roundup – ARMS, SNES Classic, & amiibo Podcast

Weekly Panda Roundup – ARMS, SNES Classic, & amiibo Podcast

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! If you’re celebrating any summer holidays like the 4th of July or Canada Day, hope you’re having a wonderful time! We had a vacation last week during a big time of transition, so this weekly roundup will cover the last couple of weeks, which brought us a brand new Nintendo IP, the revelation of the awaited SNES Classic, and a surprise podcast appearance where I talk about the joys of those lovely figurines, amiibo!

So without further ado, let’s round ‘em up!

Pandas at Play Video Announcements

Our YouTube channel is continuing to grow, and we owe it all to our wonderful subscribers and viewers. We will be making some changes and updates to our schedule following our new transitions. But we think they’ll be for the better!

For starters, we will be doing more on-camera discussions with each other and you all. We had already been starting that trend with last month’s E3 predictions and impressions. We’re happy to show off more of our personalities and enthusiasm through this new style, and we hope you enjoy it too! As always, please let us know what you think, starting with our SNES discussion below!

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Thank you as always for your support! It helps drive us forward and continue to bring you fun Nintendo video content!

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ARMS (Switch) Review

Who needs Summer when you have Spring Man? Here’s my review of Nintendo’s latest Switch game, ARMS! It’s a unique, colorful fighter, you use motion controls to punch others with stretchy limbs! In my review, I discuss how the game plays, if the motion controls work, and if it’s any fun. Does ARMS score a KO or does it need more training? Is this Nintendo’s next HIT? Let me know what you think of ARMS, whether you’ve played it or not! And if you have played it, who are your favorite characters to play as?

Snipperclips Co-Op Part 11 – Not Mario Galaxy

In Part 11 of our ongoing 100% co-op Snipperclips playthrough, we blast off with Silly Science while making Super Mario Bros. voice impersonations on the way! If only we could fly off to a Mario Galaxy! Watch us get Super Mushrooms, fight off UFOs, and meet the Action Cactus! Looks like Team Panda’s blasting off again! *ding*

The next episode will be a special one, so please look forward to it!

As always, you can start with the above episode or find the full playlist starting at Part 1 – Stabby Sticks here: http://bit.ly/2nFmc5v

Talk Nintendo Podcast – All Aboard the Panda Express

I’m so excited to share that I was recently on the Talk Nintendo Podcast a few weeks ago! The Talk Nintendo Podcast is a weekly podcast run by two great guys, Casey and Perry. I had a lot of fun coming onto their show to talk about amiibo! I love the little Nintendo figurines, and I enjoyed sharing about my ridiculously extensive collection! We also discuss Disgaea 5 Complete, ARMS, the eShop, and play a guessing game. You’ll also hear us sing a wonderful rendition of the catchy ARMS theme song! OH OHH OHHH OHHHH! I had a blast recording with these guys, and I hope you get the chance to check it out!

You can find Talk Nintendo Podcast on iTunes and on the above video. You can also download the mp3 for this episode (Episode 39 – All Aboard the Panda Express) and read the write-up here at Nintendo World Report. Finally, you can follow the podcast on Twitter @TalkNintendoPod. Thanks again to the guys for having me as a guest!

SNES Classic Reactions & Breakdown

It’s actually happened! Nintendo official unveiled the SNES Classic, seemingly out of nowhere and surprisingly after E3 was well over. The miniature Super Nintendo will come packed with 21 games, including the previously unreleased Star Fox 2! Crazy!

Crystal Dragon and I shared our direct reactions following the big news and discussed our thoughts on each of the 21 games. As I discussed earlier, this is the start of more ad-libbed on-camera discussions, and we sincerely hope you enjoy our new format! Please let us know what you think and what you’d like to see us talk about!

We’re overall excited for the SNES Classic, though we’re hoping that we can actually get one when it comes out on September 29. We came very close to missing out on the poorly stocked NES Classic, only managing to get one during the last run. Hopefully, Nintendo ups the stock for this limited edition item, so anyone who wants one can find it.

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Here are my brief thoughts on each SNES Classic game! For a more in-depth look with our commentary, be sure to check out the above video!

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars – Konami’s on board! Contra III is a fun game but also very hard. Thankfully, we’ll always have the Konami code…
  • Donkey Kong Country – Rare’s participating, sort of! We’re getting the original DKC, which is a stellar game in its own right, but we’re going to miss out on the superior DKC2 and DKC3. It’s a shame, but at least we got something from one of my favorite platformer series.
  • EarthBound – This game stinks! Joking, but Nintendo’s original marketing for this game would have had me fooled. I was so excited when this game was first announced on the Wii U’s Virtual Console, since it marked the first time I could play this quirky RPG with a modern setting. Now it’s claimed a spot on the SNES Classic. We need a GBA Classic and get Mother III next!
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If only we could also have included game cases!
  • Final Fantasy III (Final Fantasy VI) – Yes! One of my favorite Final Fantasy games is on the Classic! It’s a shame Final Fantasy II (FFIV) isn’t included, but at least we got something.
  • F-ZERO – Expected, but you know what’s not expected? A Switch F-Zero game. Will it happen one day?
  • Kirby Super Star – This was my most expected Kirby game, and it’s no surprise that it’s present. It was marketed as having eight games in one, and while that’s sort of true, I like to think of it more as one huge Kirby package.
  • Kirby’s Dream Course – Kirby golf! I thought we’d be getting Kirby’s other SNES platformer Kirby’s Dream Land 3, but this is also a fun alternate.
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – This had to be on here. Time to get the Triforce all over again!
  • Mega Man X – Glad a Mega Man made it! I expected this over Mega Man 7, but I’m surprised we actually got it. Thanks Capcom!
  • Secret of Mana – Very excited to play co-op thanks to the included controller. Great Square action RPG!
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Star Fox 2 is actually happening!
  • Star Fox – I actually haven’t played much of it, so I’m excited the SNES’ Super FX Chip issue was resolved so Star Fox could finally see the light of day once more.
  • Star Fox 2 – No one’s played any of this game! This is a crazy announcement, and I love that this previously unreleased title is included! A brand new SNES game in this day and age?!
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting – Glad Street Fighter II made it, and we even got one with the ridiculous subtitles included.
  • Super Castlevania IV – Castlevania representation! This game’s graphics were revolutionary back in the day, and I’m glad it made the cut for the Classic.
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts – I haven’t played this other scary platformer, but I’m interested in taking it for a spin.
  • Super Mario Kart – The original Mario Kart was a given. I had a lot of fun with this inaugural mascot racer a long time ago. It hasn’t aged perfectly, and I prefer the modern 3D ones like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but people ought to see the series’ humble roots.
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The original mini NES was cute, but I so want an SNES in my palm.
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars – This Square/Nintendo hybrid is coming, and I’m excited to play it again! I miss good old Geno.
  • Super Mario World – I actually reviewed SMW on here. I’ll just say this: I play this game at least once a year!
  • Super Metroid – It’s mindblowing that we’re in a year where both a new 3D Metroid Prime and 2D Metroid: Samus Returns are announced. It makes the legendary Super Metroid’s inclusion so much sweeter. Welcome back Samus!
  • Super Punch-Out!! – I love the Punch-Out!! series, so SPO!!’s inclusion is appreciated. It’s not my favorite iteration of the series, but it’s a fine one.
  • Yoshi’s Island – Finally, for the first time since the original release, the SNES version of Yoshi’s Island is going to be available. Like Star Fox, this game never made it to Virtual Console, likely because of issues with the SNES’ Super FX Chip. Although we got a GBA port, it’s not the same as playing the original.
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SNES Classic – Find it at your store, or probably not. Good luck!

Let us know what you think of the games included! Which games are you excited made it onto the system? Which games should have been included? Do you wish you had a time machine to go back with a frog and a robot to change the list of games? And did any of your predictions come true for the SNES Classic? Here was our original wish list, which we made back in April, if you want to compare any of our predictions.

Next Time…!

Thank you so much for reading this week’s roundup! A new video review is coming this Thursday! And look forward to some special Snipperclips news next time! Hope you all enjoy any summer holidays you’re celebrating! Happy Independence Day!

Have a great week everyone! Until then, see you next time!

How was your weekend? What games are you playing?

What are your thoughts on ARMS, whether you’ve played it or not? If you’ve played it, who are your favorite characters?

What do you think of the SNES Classic and its lineup? What games are you glad were included? Which games did you wish made the cut?

Let me know any thoughts you have in the comments section below! Thanks for reading and watching!

Weekly Panda Roundup – E3 Impressions of Every Conference

Weekly Panda Roundup – E3 Impressions of Every Conference

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend! Once again, ours was busy, thanks to a lot of big events lately — the biggest of which was my wonderful wife, Crystal Dragon’s birthday! Be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday! Of course, E3 was also last week, and we recorded a couple of videos to celebrate the exciting games conference. Plus, I have more impressions to share about each big press conference.

So without further ado, let’s round ‘em up!

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We are always retooling, and we’re excited to be working on some special new content moving forward. We haven’t figured out all the details, but we’ll be honing in on our strengths to make better videos. As always, we hope you look forward to our new ideas, and please let us know what you think!

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Nintendo E3 Spotlight Impressions & Reactions

To start off the E3 fun, Crystal Dragon and I recorded our impressions and reactions directly following Nintendo’s Spotlight presentation. This is our second video recording in a brand new style we’re experimenting with, in which we have an on-screen, more ad-libbed discussion. It’s definitely different for us, but we hope you enjoy our enthusiasm and excitement for all the new upcoming Nintendo Switch games! Please let us know what you think of our new style as we move forward and if you’d like to see more of it!

This next video is actually pre-E3 and covered our predictions going into Nintendo’s Spotlight event. How many of our predictions came true? How ridiculous were our guesses? Even though we now know what happened at E3, this video contains our wish list of ideas for the Switch. As long as they haven’t yet happened, it’s something we hope will happen! This is our first video with our new on-camera style, so we’d love to hear what you think!

Snipperclips Co-Op Part 10 – Rock-a-Bye Blobby

In Part 10 of our co-op Snipperclips playthrough, we continue our scientific field trip into uncontrolled chaos and silly science! We deal with red and blue jeans… err… blue genes and insomniac Blobbies. Do we have the science tools to put Blobby to sleep? Find out what this Nintendo-published puzzler is all about, and why we’re so enamored by it! This is one of our personal favorites and perhaps funniest episode so far so be sure to check it out, especially if you haven’t seen any of the playthrough already!

As always, you can start with the above episode or find the full playlist starting at Part 1 – Stabby Sticks here: http://bit.ly/2nFmc5v

E3 Impressions

I shared our Nintendo impressions in both video and written form above and in this post. Although I spent most of E3 following and writing about Nintendo content, I also checked out all the other major press conferences. Here are my impressions and some game highlights from each E3 presentation!

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Nobody calls it EEE though.

Sony

If I hadn’t seen E3 in the last couple of years, I think Sony’s press conference would have been amazing. Unlike Sony’s previous press conferences, this one had a clear focus on showing games, of which there were many. The downside is they were all games we had already seen last year. Sure, we now have a vague early 2018 release date for most of them (we’ll see if they make them), and the trailers looked great. But other than a Shadow of the Colossus remake reveal and a gorgeous Monster Hunter World trailer, the conference lacked that surprise factor that made us all drop our jaws in previous years. I understand the business decision to reveal all these games early on to get people to buy a PlayStation 4, but as a result, the show felt like a rerun. Also, out of all the games that have been revealed in past Sony conferences, I’m disappointed we didn’t see anything from the Final Fantasy VII remake. I reiterate that this wasn’t a bad showing, and I enjoyed seeing gameplay for Spiderman and Detroit. I just couldn’t help but feel a little empty once it was all over. Sony still has a great future ahead of it, but it’s really testing my patience with some of these games.

Originally posted here: http://www.darkstation.com/features/grading-the-show-e3-2017-sony

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Aaah! Real Monsters!

Microsoft

Microsoft’s press conferences tend to follow a tired formula of shooters, sports, and racing games, so I was pleasantly surprised to see a diverse lineup of (timed) “exclusives” and “world premieres.” There were some genuine surprises, particularly the Life is Strange: Before the Storm prequel that I’m now extremely excited about. I was also surprised to see things like Dragon Ball Z FighterZ, The Artful Escape, Super Lucky’s Tale, and the gorgeous new Ori game. One of the biggest points was the unveiling and price point of Xbox One X. Name jokes aside, I think it will be a decent console, and backwards compatibility with Xbox 1 (seriously, these names…) is icing. Although I think a lot of the new games should please Microsoft fans, there was little to convince me to want the Xbox One X. At least conference-wise, the show kept my attention for nearly two hours, which is a definite point for Microsoft.

Originally posted here: http://www.darkstation.com/features/grading-the-show-e3-2017-microsoft

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My goodness, this game looks gorgeous.

Ubisoft

This year, Ubisoft put on the best press conference it’s ever had. That’s not actually saying much; I haven’t really been impressed by any of its previous showings. Regardless, this one had a lot of heart, from the excitement of Shigeru Miyamoto appearing on-stage to show off the Ubisoft-developed Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle to the finale announcement of one of the most long-awaited games, Beyond Good and Evil 2. My excitement upon these two games’ official reveals made up for other lowlights, like the annual awkward Just Dance presentation. Seeing everyone on stage crying with excitement over their games’ lineup was a beautiful sight, and I could truly see the passion they claimed to have. Overall, while not every game was interesting to me, the overall presentation brought a smile to my face.

Originally posted here: http://www.darkstation.com/features/grading-the-show-e3-2017-ubisoft

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Still one of the best moments of any E3.

EA & Bethesda

I’ll be honest: I don’t really follow these companies. Both EA and Bethesda make solid games that are loved by many. I just haven’t really gotten the opportunity to get into them. Hopefully, in Bethesda’s case, it will change with Skyrim coming to the Switch. Not only am I looking forward to try the huge open-world game on my portable hybrid console for the first time, but I’m excited to use my Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild amiibo to get a costume for my character. It was a big Nintendo moment for Bethesda’s conference, and I noticed. EA has FIFA ’18 coming. I’m not too interested in the soccer title, and even less so since it appears to be a gimped version of what’s coming to other platforms.

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Yes, please!

Next Time…!

Thank you so much for reading this special E3 edition of Weekly Panda Roundup! On Thursday, I will be uploading a review. And next week, my wife and I will be taking a little vacation, so there will be no posts or videos. We will hopefully still get up our weekly episode of Snipperclips, but otherwise, we’ll be taking a brief break. Thank you for your support and understanding!

Have a great week everyone! Until then, see you next time!

How was your weekend? What games are you playing? What did you think of the videos? What did you think of Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, and others’ E3 big press conferences? Which games are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments section below! Thanks for reading and watching!