SEGA Survey Asks About Crossover Choices…

Do you like seeing Sonic in Super Smash Bros? Or the Mario and Sonic Olympic Games? Do you ever wish to see yet more crossovers involving the Sonic the Hedgehog series and third parties?

If so, well SEGA seems to hear you loud and clear. Because on their latest survey, the company asks what franchises the user wants the Sonic the Hedgehog series to have a crossover with.

And the choices?

Well, that’s where it gets ‘interesting’. Behold:

sonic survey

Seems like SEGA’s going for all the internet popular franchises here. They list My Little Pony, Disney, Looney Tunes, Adventure Time and even Dragon Ball Z among the possible series that Sonic could have a crossover game with! It’s like the company are reading Sonic the Hedgehog’s Twitter account and taking it a tad too seriously! Heck, why not add Five Nights at Freddy’s and Minecraft too? You’ve got everything else that’s popular online there!

Either way, here’s how I suspect each choice would go down:

My Little Pony X Sonic the Hedgehog: Oh god, the internet was basically keel over and die under the weight of all the flame wars. People are already getting sick of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic references in their games and media due to the brony crowd, and a crossover like this would just get buried under a flood of Youtube dislikes.

Adventure Time X Sonic the Hedgehog: Well, it’d be less controversial than My Little Pony, that’s for sure. Still not sure how it’d actually work in game format though.

Pixar X Sonic the Hedgehog: A Sonic the Hedgehog game where he meets the cast of Toy Story or Monsters Inc or The Incredibles would certainly be unique, and hey, the latter does at least have someone with super speed in it. But would Disney agree to a crossover with only Pixar characters and elements? They seem to be merging Pixar with the Disney animated universe at the moment…

Capcom X Sonic the Hedgehog: It’d make one hell of an interesting fighting game, I’ll say that right now. That said, I can also say a Mega Man crossover working, given how Eggman/Robotnik and Wily have worked together in the past.

Looney Tunes X Sonic the Hedgehog: Huh, that’s a strange choice for a possible crossover premise. Though maybe him racing Speedy Gonzales might work out well. As might a team up with Taz or an adventure involving Wily E Coyote and the Roadrunner.

Disney X Sonic the Hedgehog: Well, Disney Infinity isn’t a thing any more. Guess this could be a pretty good alternative.

Nintendo X Sonic the Hedgehog: A crossover platformer, racing game or other type of non party game would work well here. After all, they did try and put Mario in Sonic All Stars Racing at one point, and fans have been clamouring for a Mario/Sonic platformer for a while now.

Dragon Ball Z X Sonic the Hedgehog: Wasn’t this Super Mario Bros Z? That had Sonic and friends in it too. Still, this one could work on a thematic level, since Super Sonic is basically a Super Seiyan in all but name.

So there are definitely some interesting possibilities there, if SEGA decides to pursue them in the future. They might even decide to make a game which crosses over with more than one of the choices, if Sonic Lost World’s special levels are anything to go by:

But what do you think? What series do you want to see Sonic cross over with?

Source:

SEGA Survey Asks About Sonic Crossover Games – Gamespot

Super Mario Maker’s Costume Problem

Ever since the game’s launch date, Super Mario Maker has gotten a steady stream of new Mystery Mushroom costumes. Some are based on new games, like The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD or Mario & Luigi Paper Jam. Some are based on rereleases and big events, like the Pokemon starter forms. And some… are just based on other random stuff out of pop culture.

But there’s one problem with all these costumes. One problem that’s just really, really irritating me now, and seems to show one of the biggest issues with modern Nintendo.

Namely, they’re all too focused on the Japanese market.

Seriously, look at some of these choices:

  • Arino Kacho from GameCenter CX.
  • Mario from Super Mario Kun
  • Necky, the Famitsu mascot
  • Chitoge Kirisaki from Nisekoi
  • Yu Ayasaki from Daigasso! Band Bros P
  • Donbe from Shin Onigashima
  • Babymetal, a freaking Japanese girl band

huh characters

Above: Do you actually recognise any of these folk with using the list above?

Who outside of Japan actually recognises most of these choices? Really?

Oh wait, no one.

And that’s the problem with these stupid new costumes. They’re all based on franchises and celebrities and bits of pop culture that are completely freaking irrelevant outside of Japan. No one knows nor cares who most of these choices are, yet they’re thrown in the game anyway.

How about instead, we get some characters we recognise?

Like Mario and co from the Super Mario Bros TV show? Or the live action movie?

SMBSS Cartoon

Above: Many people’s childhood.

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Is MH Nintendo’s Next Handheld Console?

No, not Monster Hunter (though a lot of people have made that joke already). Basically, there’s a Japanese ‘Traders Web’ article which mentions a possible Nintendo portable console codenamed MH, which has gotten people hyped over the idea of a 3DS successor.

But as prominent industry analyst ZhugeEX says, this is not a confirmation of anything. There’s no word from Nintendo on the possibility of such a system and there’s evidence either way for something like this being in development.

Instead, what we’ve got is a prediction for what might happen, made to give investors an idea about what the company might be doing in the future. Or in other words, the NX is coming. Nintendo has always made a handheld to go with their home consoles. Hence by any logic, a handheld is coming at some point too. We’ll just call it ‘MH’ because we need a two letter codename to go with it and that’s as good as any.

Does that mean we won’t get a new handheld console?

Not at all. In fact, I’m pretty confident we will get one at some point, and presumably quite soon. 3DS sales aren’t as good as they once were, the cycle is coming to a close and Nintendo generally does like to release their portable consoles within a year or so of their home system. What’s more, the idea still makes business sense for now. Why? Well, because Nintendo tends to make a profit on their consoles, and their handheld ones are no exception to the rule (3DS as the initial sole exception so far). There’s also the fact that the company collects licensing fees from companies who release games on it, they take a share of the money spend on games for the console and they make more money from people buying their games there than they often might on mobile. Well, at least in the short run, the revenue made on Mario games sold at 40 quid a pop is pretty sizeable even without the sheer number of users on mobile platforms.

And hey, they also make more money of us too. Don’t forget that part. A lot of Nintendo fans will happily buy the same game on multiple systems. A lot of gamers in general will buy similar games on multiple systems. Nintendo thanks you for buying Super Smash Bros on 3DS and Wii U, or New Super Mario Bros on DS, Wii, 3DS and Wii U! 10 million or so of you bought New Super Mario Bros 2! Another 5 million bought New Super Mario Bros U! There’s real money in releasing the same thing on two different systems, even if the mobile market is getting bigger than the console one!

Either way, the ‘MH’ is not confirmed and there’s no proof that Nintendo is working on it. We’ll likely be getting a new handheld games system from the company, but there’s nothing to say that this is it.

Source:

Translation of Trader’s Web news mentioning Nintendo’s new portable console MH – BlackKite on Twitter

Opinion: The Seven Most Controversial Video Game Announcements

Apparently one of the Paper Mario videos was stolen, so I’ve updated it to the latest version. Thanks to the Loney Goomba on Twitter for making the video in question! And to main_gi for reporting it!

Usually, most criticism of a game or show tends to happen after it’s been announced for a while. Like say, when a new trailer shows off a character that everyone immediately dislikes. When the game is released and turns out to be broken to hell and back. Or heck, when the game just turns out to be utter crap and doesn’t live up to early expectations.

But then, you have the times where it all goes pear shaped right off the bat. Where for good or bad, the fanbase/public/internet immediately hates a new game the minute it’s been announced. Maybe it doesn’t look very good and people’s expectations are sent crashing through the floor. Maybe it’s nothing like the original and the fanbase now wants to storm the developer’s office in an angry vigilante mob. Or hell, maybe the reveal was done in such a batshit insane, stupid way that marketing experts worldwide are smashing their heads into the wall at just how poorly thought out the trailer was.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQa9zWK5XJA

Above: Just your stereotypical angry mob!

And that’s what this is about. Here are the six most controversial video game announcements. The games whose trailers and announcements were so poorly done that the internet collectively lost it minutes afterwards.

Wii Music

So let’s start off with an extremely infamous game. Back in 2007 to 2008, the Wii was on top of the world. Super Mario Galaxy and Mario Kart Wii were doing great, Super Smash Bros Brawl had been released to mass critical acclaim and well, everyone thought E3 2008 was just going to continue the trend. Afterward, we’re on top of the world! What could possibly go wrong?

This.

After one hell of a boring, mostly uninspired E3 presentation, Nintendo announced a mystery game.

Cue Wii Music. Or more accurately, cue a ‘band’ of Nintendo employees badly trying to play the Super Mario Bros theme by waving Wii remotes around on stage:

In one foul swoop, any chance of Nintendo doing well at E3 that year was blown straight out of the water. They’d do better in the next one (thank you Donkey Kong Country Returns!), but in 2008, Nintendo was the laughing stock of E3.

Oh, and what become of Wii Music?

Not much. No one really gave much of a damn about it, it got discontinued really quickly and as of now, even Nintendo has basically forgotten that it even exists.

Banjo-Kazooie Nuts and Bolts

Which brings us onto this game. One which a significant portion of the Banjo-Kazooie would prefer to forget. And to be honest, it all came down to one thing:

Bad expectations.

Basically, trailer 1 for ‘Banjo-Threeie’ promised a normal Banjo-Kazooie game. Okay, we never got to see any real game footage, but it showed Banjo and Kazooie using their special moves to try and break into a locked room and gave glimpses of a HD version of Spiral Mountain:

Unfortunately, that’s not what we got. Instead, we got this:

Oh boy. Suddenly, our (maybe second) favourite platformer star was driving vehicles and doing random missions in strange and somewhat generic worlds, with the actual platforming few and far between.

That didn’t go down well. Why? Well, imagine if you saw a new Metroid game announcement, and then it turned out it was Metroid RC Car Racing. And was an online only, multiplayer focused title.

Metroid Prime Federation Force

Above: We’ll get to that.

Of course, the controversy when the game actually came out (hello LOG basically saying old school Banjo was crap and that kids nowadays would never play it) made the trailer controversy look tame, but it wasn’t well received regardless.

That still, it still got better received than…

Young Conker

Two Rare series in a row? Yep, and if you think what Rare did to Banjo was bad enough, just wait till you see what they did to poor old Conker:

Seriously, what the bleeding hell is that thing? It looks like a dehydrated rat in a space suit! That’s not Conker! It’s got the same voice, sure. But the game doesn’t look to play like a Conker game, the characters look horribly off model and absolutely no one thinks it’s a good idea.

And if you think I’m exaggerating here… well, just look at that dislike counter. 1000 or so likes compared to nearly 25,000 dislikes. That’s not so much a vocal hatedom as much as just about everyone’s who watched it thinking it’s terrible! Even die hard Rare fans couldn’t manage to defend this thing!

On a more positive side, some negatively received games can turn out to be really good…

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Elite Beat Agents Might Be Getting a Sequel?

Quite a few DS owners might remember the game Elite Beat Agents. Meant as a Western sister game to the Japanesw rhythmn game Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!, it was hugely popular in its day and got some great review scores back in 2006.

Unfortunately, activity in regards to its series has been… slow at best over the last decade. Indeed, since Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 in 2007, the series has basically been on hiatus for years on end.

But could thing be changing? Possibly, since popular gaming site Polygon got a chance to speak with the game’s director Keiichi Yano. What did he say when asked about the possibility of another game in the series? This:

I have a great relationship with Nintendo. I think, as with many of these types of games that have this following and at some point they come back, I think there will be a right time when it feels like [the series] should come back. A lot of times, the platform will dictate those kind of things.

I think, as with many of these types of games that have this following and at some point they come back, I think there will be a right time when it feels like [the series] should come back. A lot of times, the platform will dictate those kind of things.

I’d certainly love to make another version of it, and hopefully it’s on the next platform

So what does it all mean? Well to be honest, it means that the game could get a sequel if the console seems well suited for one.

And what kind of platform could that be?

Well, the original one was on DS, which was a touch screen focused system aimed at a wide audience that wanted quicker and easier to play games. So my guess is either a system with an interesting new gimmick that makes this kind of game more creative or one aimed at an audience like the DS’. Could it be the Nintendo NX? Possibly, though we can’t take any set in stone confirmation from the quote above.

But what do you think? Do you want a new Elite Beat Agents game? And what system should it be released on?

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