Panda Roundup – E3 2018 Impressions & Panda Updates

Hello everyone! Welcome to another Panda Roundup! I’d call this a “Weekly Panda Roundup,” but I haven’t actually done one since last July… Oops. That being said, I hope to be able to do this somewhat more regularly in the future, or at least every few months or so. This roundup is devoted to my E3 2018 Impressions as well as some general updates. You can see what my wife Tiffa “Crystal Dragon” and I thought of the Nintendo Direct E3 2018 presentation and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the video below!

 

 

 

 

 

Here are our impressions and reactions immediately following the Nintendo Direct E3 2018 Presentation!
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Weekly Panda Roundup – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Snipperclips, and Free Comics

Hi everyone! Mr. Panda here with a new edition of Weekly Panda Roundup! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I’ve got some great videos and stories to share, so please enjoy your stay as we round ‘em up!

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Video Roundup

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Top 10 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tracks

In our latest video (and also my 50th post here on WordPress, yay!), my wife Crystal Dragon and I ranked our Top 10 favorite tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. There are so many great ones, and it was hard to choose. But we think you’ll enjoy the 10 amazing ones we picked out. Please let us know what your favorite tracks are too! We’d love to know what you think!

Snipperclips Co-Op Part 6 – Sleeping with the Fishes

Part 6 our co-op playthrough of Snipperclips is up! In this episode, we continue the second world, Retro Reboot! In this episode of our co-op playthrough of Snipperclips, we solve more puzzles hook, line, and sinker, while making bad jokes! It’s probably why we ended up sleeping with the fishes. Check out the fun below! As always, you can start with this video or from the first episode here.

Please be sure to check it out! CrystalDragon did an excellent job helping me edit this one, so be sure to show her your support. She truly is wonderful!

You can find the full playlist starting at Part 1 – Stabby Sticks here: http://bit.ly/2nFmc5v

Snake Pass Co-Op – Playing with Separate Joy-Cons

Unfortunately, we hit a snag with some of the videos or the series, and we weren’t able to upload an episode of our Snake Pass series, in which we play together while holding separate Joy-Cons. As it turns out, using a webcam and recording Snake Pass was deemed too ridiculous for our computer to handle. While we are figuring things out, we are going to be changing the schedule for our Snake Pass series to every other Saturday. Please understand.

Until then, please enjoy our latest episode, where we struggle to coordinate our shared controls to the point where we were able to include a death montage! You can see our hilarious faces on camera, so enjoy!

You can find the full playlist starting with the first episode here – http://bit.ly/2pezKUq

What I’ve Been Playing

I’m still playing through Mario Kart 8 Deluxe! I was finally able to unlock Gold Mario by getting the gold in every cup at 200cc. And let me tell you, it’s quite hard! If you thought 150cc was fast, 200cc is ridiculously lightning-quick, and braking is a MUST. That’s not even mentioning the cruelty of items and the crazy computer players constantly ganging up on me with blue and red shells. Is it worth it to get the Gold? The character of Gold Mario is a fun novelty, but don’t lose your mind over it! He’s only a palette swap!

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Take that Pink Gold Peach!

I wanted to extend an invitation to play together! My Nintendo Switch friend code is SW-3611-4684-6706. Please feel free to add me and we can race or try out the improved Battle Mode together online! We can also play other games online if you wish!

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Add me for fun Switch multiplayer! SW-3611-4684-6706

Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day was this past weekend! As the name suggests, you can walk into comic book shops and pick up free comic books. The idea is to get customers into their local shops, and shops have been packed the last few years I’ve gone.

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Our Free Comic Book Day haul!

This was our haul this year. Neither of us are actually huge into comic books, but we love several things, represented here. First of all, as you may already know, we’re huge fans of anime and manga (Japanese comics). And as Nintendo fans, we’re obviously fans of The Legend of Zelda. Naturally, when we saw the free sampler for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess manga, we had to snatch it! I own the original Ocarina of Time manga and am glad to see the series is still going strong with Twilight Princess. Our highlights so far are Midna’s wonderful manga form and Link’s handsome boy look. Plus, he talks in the manga!

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Ok, Link looks really cute here…

Then, there’s Attack on Titan, whose mainstream popularity has exceeded what we could have expected from modern anime nowadays. This particular anthology collects western artists’ fan comics based on the franchise, and it’s interesting to see a different take. For instance, the stories deal more with life circumstances or personal stories as opposed to the high-stakes Titan fights from the original. Besides that, we also like Avatar (James Cameron’s giant smurf version, though we also enjoy The Last Airbender) and The Simpsons. In fact, I’ve recently been introducing old seasons of The Simpsons to my wife who had never seen it! It’s such a rush laughing out loud to all the classics!

We’re also fans of Marvel, although we aren’t very familiar with the comics. We, like many of the moviegoing public, are fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films like The Avengers, Captain America, and most recently, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (pictured below). I’m not a big movie person at all, unless it’s an anime movie. But I will sit through and actually enjoy Marvel movies. I know they’re all practically the same movie, but I feel comfortable watching their trademark blend of action and quippy comedy. I also like the idea of having a serial timeline between different movies. It makes it more epic when they come together for the group Avengers films.

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Had a fun time watching this last weekend! What did you think?

Though we only have a casual fandom to Marvel’s actual comics, we want to try getting into them sometime, especially since we already watch the movies and play board games dedicated to those classic heroes. The comic we got for FCBD, Secret Empire, features a juicy storyline about Captain America and his possibly suspicious allegiances. Color us intrigued. Assuming they don’t adapt any of these storylines to the separate film universe, we’d love to get more into western superhero comics in general. If you are into Marvel or DC, let us know what you think are good, recent storylines to get into!

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Racetrack

Next Time…!

Thank you so much for reading this issue Weekly Panda Roundup! On Thursday, I’ll be posting my latest video review! And look forward to the latest hilarious episode of our co-op Snake Pass Separate Joy-Cons playthrough on Saturday! Until then, see you next time!

How was your weekend? What games are you playing? What did you think of the videos? What are your favorite and least favorite tracks in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? What are your favorite comics, manga, or superhero movies? Thanks for reading and watching!

Weekly Panda Roundup – Snipperclips, Zelda, and your name.

Round ’em Up!

Hi everyone! Welcome to the first edition of Weekly Panda Roundup! Why is it called that? Clearly, pandas are so wild that they need to be rounded up, of course! Just kidding.

In Weekly Panda Roundup, I will share the week’s latest videos from my YouTube channel. It gives me a way to post them without making a separate article for each one. Plus, I’d also love to talk about the individual videos and share any stories, which I wouldn’t be able to do otherwise.

But that’s not all! I want to use this space to talk about updates – whether about the channel, site, shout-outs, or miscellaneous recent happenings. For instance, in this weekly roundup, I’m sharing a spoiler-free mini-review of an anime movie I saw this weekend, your name. (Kimi no na wa.).

Basically, I’d love to chat with you all. So please feel free to let me know how you’re doing, what you’ve been playing, and whatever you want to talk about.

Without further ado, let’s round ‘em up!

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We have a hot, fresh, new intro to our channel that we recorded (sang) together! You may recognize it from something that’s not quite Nintendo-related, but we went with it anyway. Hope you get a kick out of it! You can see it in the beginning of our Snipperclips video posted below.

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Pandas at Play – Snipperclips

Part 2 of our playthrough of Snipperclips is up! If you haven’t watched the premiere episode, you can start with this one or catch the first part here. In Snipperclips, my wife and I play as paper-thin U-shaped creatures who must cut each other up to solve unique puzzles. In this episode, we continue playing through World 1, making scoops and getting spooked. Turns out Snipperclips was darker than we thought!

You can find the full playlist starting at Part 1 – Stabby Sticks here: http://bit.ly/2nFmc5v

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Spoilercast

We also posted a spoilercast for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Please don’t watch this video until you have finished Breath of the Wild. If you’re still working your way through it or haven’t played it, save this for when you’ve seen the credits. And when you do, we hope you enjoy our discussion on what we thought of the story and spoilerific elements of this amazing Zelda game!

Share any spoilerific thoughts on the video’s comments section to avoid spoiling anything for readers here. Thanks!

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your name. Spoiler-Free Mini Review

Makoto Shinkai’s your name. (Kimi no na wa.) finally arrived in the States last Friday, and I was fortunate enough to find it showing at a theater near me. The movie shares a similar body-swap premise with Freaky Friday but elaborates far beyond that, giving substance to this comedic trope. In your name, boy-and-girl leads, Taki and Mitsuha, wake up one morning and discover they’re in each other’s bodies. However, they’ve never met, which makes resolving the situation much more complicated. Though I found the teenage swap situation humorous, the story shined when it looked past that and revealed the deeper meanings behind the switch.

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Stunning from beginning to end

To say I was moved by this film is an understatement. From beginning to end, your name. grabbed my heart, constantly twisting it as I experienced the rollercoaster lives of these two star-crossed teenagers. The amazing time-lapse visuals and a particularly beautifully animated sequence amazed me in a way only Ghibli films had done prior. And the music by Radwimps fit very well, offering both catchy alternative-rock vocals and breathtaking piano arrangements. I didn’t want this experience to end. But when the credits rolled, all I wanted to do was discuss the movie and catch everything I missed. Though I won’t spoil it, one of the biggest revelations in the movie made my heart skip a beat. Shinkai pulled out all the stops to transform a great movie into an excellent one. I love your name. This is rare for me, but I’d actually be willing to rewatch this masterpiece. With jaw-dropping presentation and a heartwarming story, I would easily call your name. one of my favorite anime movies of all time.

For reference, I watched the dub version. The voices were spot-on, and the performances by Michael Sinterniklaas and Stephanie Sheh were wonderful. Though there were some rough bits with some specific translations, I thought they handled those parts as well as they could. Either way, I highly recommend catching your name. if you haven’t already!

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Movie might have made me cry…

Next Time…!

Thank you so much for reading my first Weekly Panda Roundup! On Thursday, I’ll be posting a brand new game series of Pandas at Play, where we’ll be playing a very fun Switch game in a unique way that fits us! And there’ll be a nice surprise on the video, and I think you’ll like it!

How have you been doing? What have you been playing lately? What did you think of your name. or any of the videos? Let me know in the comments section below! Thank you so much for your support! Have a great week!