Back in July, we wrote an article about underrated gaming channels on YouTube. Listing everyone from BlueJackG to Slopes Game Room and Boundary Break, the article showcased some of the best unknown video creators on the site in order to help them get a bit more attention and a few more views.
And oh damn did it succeed. Ever since that article, we’ve had:
- Slopes Game Room hit the bigtime and reach a massive 22,000 subscribers!
- Boundary Break… well, break out and bring its creator an even more insane 50,000+ subscribers!
- Arlo make it to more than 70,000 subscribers
Plus a whole lot more besides! Basically, everyone featured became a YouTube celebrity since their inclusion in the list, to the point many of them actually got their videos posted on big name gaming sites Nintendo Life and Kotaku!
And so we’ve decided to write another article, with ten more underrated gaming channels you should check out and subscribe to right now. Let’s see if these guys can become as popular as the folk on our first one, shall we?
Current Subscriber Count: 934
This interesting, yet depressingly obscure video game discussion channel. Named Game Sharks, this channel has some very interesting videos about game design in Nintendo titles. Like this recent one about Paper Mario Color Splash’s battle system:
Yeah, it’s a bit more low rent than say, Extra Credits. But the ideas are good, and the presentation is decent enough that I do consider it worthy of a bit more attention. So give Game Sharks a chance, because the creator has some great ideas that I think more people need to hear for themselves.
But it’s not only game design channels that need your support here. Oh no, quite a few Let’s Play creators need a bigger fanbase too.
Current Subscriber Count: 1,006
Like this guy, whose videos I first found while looking for a Super Mario 64: Last Impact walkthrough. Yeah, he’s another LPer making Let’s Players of video games, but there’s an awful lot to really like about his work. Such as the unique subject matter (he records lots of Mario 64 ROM hacks):
The good picture quality, which provides for a nice clear view of the game being played, as well as the decent commentary that keeps the whole thing interesting. It’s just a decent Let’s Play channel, and one I feel could become the next big thing if a few more people subscribe and share his work.
But you don’t even need to provide commentary to make some great YouTube videos…
Current Subscriber Count: 22,934
Just ask Skawo, aka one of the best LPers without a microphone that I’ve ever came across.
Sounds odd doesn’t it?
Yeah, I thought so. The assumption nowadays tends to be that a Let’s Play involves voice commentary. But they don’t have to, and in fact text LPs used to be a huge deal in the olden days of Something Awful. Like this one here.
And that’s what Skawo does. He plays games like Color Splash, while making amusing text commentary and jokes about it in the form of ORLY owls and counters.
Which is then made better by how ‘meta’ most of his commentary is. For example, is the game trapped in a time loop like the Dark Bloo Inn in Color Splash? Then his commentary will initially loop as well, before suddenly realising he’s already said this part and something funny is going on in the background. Did a hurricane suddenly chuck Mario into a giant hole while Huey says something obvious? Cue the owl appearing… before getting blown off the screen.
Heck, you even had a credits sequences with the owls in! Like the one at the end of this Paper Mario Color Splash video:
It’s an amusing gimmick, and provides an otherwise low key video format an edge that keeps it interesting in every episode.
But text Let’s Plays aren’t the only thing on this channel. Oh no, you’ve also got ROM hacking videos too. Because you see, Skawo is also a pretty well known ROM hacker. He’s working on Newer Super Mario Bros DS and Newer Super Mario Bros U on the DS and Wii U respectively, as well as projects involving games like Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon.
A while back, Nintendo pretty much melted the internet by announcing a theme park deal with Universal Studios. Under that deal, new themed lands would be opening based on their franchises, with rides, shops and restaurants themed after Nintendo games and characters. Basically, it was every fan’s dream come true.
And now we have a bit more information about it. Namely, that it’ll be called Super Nintendo World, will be coming to the Japanese Universal Studios Park first and will likely resemble this amazing concept art:
So what will it be like based on that?
Well, to start with, it’ll be mostly Mario themed. Yeah, you probably figured that one out already. I mean, even that video with Shigeru Miyamoto had lots of New Super Mario Bros/3D World style scenery littering the background:
And the press release itself says it’ll feature characters and themes from the Super Mario series:
Super Nintendo World will feature characters and themes from the “Super Mario” series, which has continued over the years to win the hearts of devoted fans around the world
But the concept art here backs it up even more. There’s what looks like Peach’s Castle at the bottom, Bowser’s Castle at the top left, a Mario World style mountain near the top right and large pipes and blocks everywhere. Basically, it’s the spitting image of a Super Mario 3D World map screen.
Which is amazing really. I mean, if it looks anything like the image above, it will be the best looking area at Universal Studios. Period.
Disney themselves would be probably be jealous of this concept!
But that’s not all. Oh no, other interesting aspects are:
- That it’s not just Mario. Areas and rides based on other franchises are planned here.
- How all 5 senses will apparently be used. So smell, taste and touch will be integrated into some attractions?
- The costs and benefits. 50 billion yen ($432 million) in development costs? That’s dedication, though the 1.1 million jobs and 11.7 trillion yen it’ll bring Japan will definitely make up for it!
So yeah, there’s a lot being planned here. You can see more of it in the press release here.
Yet that’s still not everything! Oh no, in addition to a press release, we also had some interesting patents posted online. These two (Drift Racers and Boom Coaster) both seem to be tech for planned rides at Super Nintendo World.
Here they are:
The Drift Racer patent describes a system where the driver controls the speed/drifting and rider controls some other stuff to affect other racers. Like say, the karts in Mario Kart Double Dash.
Whereas here, the Boom Coaster is a rollercoaster with two tracks. One is the fake ‘visible’ one the rider sees, the other is underneath it and actually controls the vehicle. This lets it simulate jumps between portions of track.
As you can see, the former is clearly meant to be for a Mario Kart attraction, and the latter for a Donkey Kong Country mine cart one. Both of which sound like amazing rides, I must say!
But what do you think of it? Are you interested in trying out Super Nintendo World soon? And if so, what other rides and attractions do you hope to see?
Super Nintendo World Official Press Release (Nintendo)
Remember Let’s Play Video Games? That website which posted the (very credible) rumour about a Rabbids x Mario RPG crossover?
Well it seems they’ve found another interesting bit of news about the Nintendo Switch! This time, that From Software has a version of Dark Souls 3 working on the system. Apparently, this port will then be used to test the waters for the rest of the series, with other Dark Souls games potentially being released if it does well. These games will also come with all DLC included by default.
So yeah, it seems like we might see the Dark Souls series heading to the Nintendo Switch. But what do you think? Are you interested in the possibility of Dark Souls for the new system? And if so, what new features might it have?
Report: Dark Souls 3 Running on Switch (Let’s Play Video Games)
As promised yesterday, Nintendo showed off more of The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild during the 2016 Game Awards. And while the video itself was only about a minute look, it actually gives us a ton of new information about the world and its inhabits.
Here it is:
So what can we see in this trailer?
Well for starters, the thing a lot of fans have been wanting to see for a while; the towns from the game. Because as you know, Nintendo cut them out of the E3 demo. Why? To stop spoilers apparently.
But they didn’t cut them out this version. So now we get to see what a village full of NPCs looks like in this version of Hyrule. Which seems to be something akin to a small town in medieval Britain:
And while the actual villagers aren’t front and centre here, we get a small glimpse of those too. Like this guy in the background:
Or what appears to be Princess Zelda herself at the end of the trailer:
As you can tell, they look a fair bit like Link in terms of character design. And perhaps a bit like the characters from Skyward Sword in general appearance.
Oh, and talking of characters, we’ve got a real interesting one here. Namely, a bird like humanoid character:
Apparently he’s part of a winged humanoid species, sort of like the Rito in The Wind Waker. And well, based on the ship appearing overhead, it seems like the floating island/base might have something to do with their species too.
There’s also what appears to be seasons here too, as you can see from the autumn type tree foliage in the picture below:
No idea how this one works, it’s possible the game has a schedule it goes through. Like, with certain weather in each part of the year and various other effects on the landscape to boot.
And well, that sums up the trailer. Pretty interesting, eh?
Yeah. But that’s not all. Oh no, Reggie and Bill Trinen actually played the game during the event too, giving us this video:
Which shows a new character (he’s apparently a bard from that bird like species), and enemies using electric swords. These appear to be bigger than the Bokoblins, meaning that it’s likely at least one is a Moblin and the others are Lizalfos of some sort or another.
Add an interesting looking forest setting (considering it’s a bit thicker than most sandbox ‘forests’), and it gives a little hint at the fascinating beyond the Great Plateau in this title.
So what do you think of the trailer and the new footage shown in it? Does it make you more excited to play Breath of the Wild in 2017?
Interested in seeing the new Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild footage? Want to know what games win at the 2016 Game Awards?
If so, then you can watch the awards right here:
This is because like most events (such as Nintendo Directs and E3 presentations), the whole thing is being streamed on its official YouTube channel. So once it starts in about an hour or so, you’ll be able to catch everything via the video player above.
As for us? Well, it’s getting late here, so all coverage of tonight’s events will probably be done in the morning. But if you are still awake tonight, go and watch the awards and tell us what you think!