Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Satoru Iwata We Will Never Forget You!


It was a very sad day when we learned that President and CEO of Nintendo Satoru Iwata had passed on. It was a huge and sad surprise to find out he had died so suddenly and at the young age of 55. He was very important and likable public figure at Nintendo and all of us fans will miss him. I want to take a moment to write my thoughts about the passing of such an iconic figure of the video game industry. I wanna talk about the day it happened, about some memorable Iwata moments, his life and career, and what he and Nintendo in general mean to me. This article is for you Iwata!!


a great leader

A Sad Day:


Mr. Iwata passed away on July 11 2015. We all found out about it the following day on the 12th of July. I went into Facebook like I do all the time, but was shocked to see a post by Kotaku that announced the passing of Satoru Iwata at age 55. It featured a small statement by Nintendo saying:

"Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth"

A day of silence


He died of a bile duct growth, cancer I suppose. And I couldn’t believe it! It was a shock for my friends and me. A few minutes after I found out I got a Facebook message from “G”, and a while later I got a text from “Troche”. Everyone was surprised and saddened by the news. As the day went on I noticed more friends and acquaintances posting their reactions to Iwata’s passing. Every big Nintendo fan I know was surprised by the events that had transpired that day. It affected the entire gaming community because every gaming website you can imagine was posting the news and reacting to it. Fans all over the world were making videos, articles, and fan art [wow, those fan arts hit you right in the heart and right in the soul!]. The Entertainment world as a whole felt the loss because even non-gaming sites were covering the news. Even the “Hollywood Reporter”, a TV and Movie magazine, posted about it online. You could say that the gaming industry and gaming fan base stopped that day. In a way I believe it did stop.


the entire entertainment industry felt his loss

A Bit About Iwata-San:


Chances are that most of you reading this already know quite a bit about Mr. Iwata. And there are always Wikias and other resources that you can go to learn about the life of Iwata. So I will keep this part of the blog post short. Satoru Iwata graduated from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and then got a job at “Hal’s Laboratory”. This video game company would go on to become synonymous with Nintendo. At “Hal” Iwata programmed various games such as Balloon Fight, Earthbound, and Kirby’s Adventure. He migrated to Nintendo’s Main headquarters and slowly worked his way up the food chain. He became the fourth president of Nintendo in 2002 when long time Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi stepped down as president. Iwata oversaw the console and handheld eras of the Gamecube, GBA, Wii, DS, Wii U, and 3DS.

Young Iwata San. As he would say, "I was cool".

Ballon Fight

Kirby's Adventure

Earthbound!

Iwata- The Face of Nintendo:


Most big companies have bosses who don’t show their face for the company. Or when they do we end up learning they are soul-less corporate leaders, boring suits, douchebags in a nice suit and tie, etc. Iwata was none of that. He has been for many years one of Nintendo’s most recognizable faces. He always showed up for big events like “E3”, and was the host of the “Nintendo Direct” videos (for 4 years!) He would introduce the videos and end them as well. He would always bow to the camera and audience and say that Nintendo was addressing their fans by bringing the news DIRECTLY to us. He would always raise his two hands to his head and then extend them towards us.


"directly to you"

Iwata also had a series of Q&A’s called Iwata asks where he would interview Nintendo developers about their upcoming games. He was never afraid to step in front of the camera, or behind a microphone. This fearlessness was definitely a contributing factor in why he became so popular. He was likable, kind of goofy [like so many Nintendo public personalities], and passionate about gaming, games, and gamers.


Check out the "Iwata Asks" page at Nintendo.com!!



Iwata does the "Skyward Sword" interview

Iwata interviews Aonuma and Miyamoto about "Skyward Sword"


It will be weird not seeing these two together on screen again!

Classic Iwata Moments:


During his days programming games Iwata was something of a “super programmer”.  Shortly before chaning from development to management he worked on Smash Bros Melee. The game was buggy and would not ship in time. Iwata went in and began the debugging process and then oversaw the team finish up the process. He got the game out on time. He also saved Earthbound’s map scrolling feature. Iwata was also responsible for putting the Kanto region into Pokemon Gold and Silver, which seemed impossible due to cartridge space but he made it happen.



He made Kanto possible!

Iwata made it possible for Melee to arrive on time!

Iwata impressed everyone At GDC in 2005 when he gave a keynote speech in English [not his native language of course] and while having a sore throat. It was there where he said his now famous lines, “On my business card I am a corporate president. In my mind I am a game developer. But in my heart I am a gamer”.



"In my mind I am a gamer"

It’s hard to forget when Nintendo revealed the 3DS. Iwata was greeted by Mario who jumped out of the 3DS and placed a mustache on Iwata’s face. Later on he would be sucked into the 3DS where he and Miyamoto where chased by Bowser as Reggie watched and laughed. Don’t worry Reggie got what he deserved. Bowser burned Reggie!



 3DS Reveal!

Run Iwata! Run Miyamoto!

And who can forget Miyamoto almost sucking Iwata with the poltergust during the "Year of Luigi"? Or The Non specific action figure recurring joke during the Wii U's first year?

Luigi!!! 

Nintendo loves creating recurring jokes!

Nintendo has had a rough few years recently, partially due to the lack of sales of the Wii U console. In 2013 it seemed like the company would be forced to layoff many employees due to the massive operating loss. Iwata would have no such thing! He did everything he could to keep most if not all of his employees. He even took a 50 percent cut on his paycheck! How many company heads treat their employees this way? Sadly very few! We need more Iwatas in the world!


Iwata, Miyamoto, and Reggie

Remember the "It prints Money" Meme?


Awesome group of people!

Nintendo had a pretty good E3 in 2014. They revealed Zelda Wii U for the first time, showed more of Yoshi’s Woolly World, highlighted the first wave of Amiibos, and much much more. But nothing about their E3 was more memorable than the Iwata vs Reggie fight. It was probably the most memorable moment of that entire E3 week. They revealed the existence of Mii Fighters by having Iwata and Reggie [President of Nintendo of America] fight in an over the top live action brawl and then at the end they morphed into miis and thus the mii fighters were revealed. It was so much fun seeing Iwata and Reggie beat the crap out of each other. Reggie punched Iwata and made him spin in the air. Iwata flew into Reggie and hit him in the gut with his head, at one point they punched each other at the ridiculous speed of Dragon Ball Z! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!


FIGHT!


iwata about to face Reggie

Reggie about to face Iwata

KO Reggie!

Nintendo’s show at E3 2015 was less successful in terms of big reveals than the previous year’s show. But Nintendo never fails to put on a memorable show. Their focus this year was Starfox [and Mario Maker]. They opened up the show with a hilarious segment made with puppets made by Brian Henson and the "Jim Henson Company". Iwata, Reggie, and legendary game developer Shigeru Miyamoto where are played by puppets but voiced by the real people. The puppets transformed into Fox, Falco, and Peppy from Starfox. That was a great way to reveal a game.


banana joke! 

Iwata's title card 

 dramatic walking

 transformations!

These 3 were a great trio, especially in puppet form!

Sadly Iwata did not go to that E3. Unknown to us fans he was having health issues at the time. He passed away several weeks after that E3.


Unless I'm mistaken this was Iwata's last E3 

Why we love Iwata, in Conclusion:


Iwata was funny, he was quirky, he was fearless, but most of all he was genuine. He showed us who he was. There was transparency and sincerity every time he went on stage and in front of a camera. He was one of those public figures that even though you don’t know him you still get attached to him. He won the hearts of all Nintendo fans, myself included! I will miss Iwata San! I will miss him when I see future Nintendo Directs, and every time E3 comes along. I know Miyamoto, Reggie, Aonuma, Trinen, etc, will continue to do great work. But a part of Nintendo was lost with Iwata’s passing. And we Nintendo fans will never forget the most likable President of any videogame company. Rest in Peace Mr. Iwata. You will be remembered though your public appearances, through your games, and through all the great work you did as president. My condolences to iwata’s family and friends and to all Nintendo Employees!







Rest in Peace Mr. Iwata

Satoru Iwata 1959-2015


Thursday, May 28, 2015

E3 2015 - Hopes and Predictions

Every year we count down the days till summer because we know E3 will be there! And every year we create insane expectations and make a list in our heads of games we hope to see (both games we know are in development, and games we want announced). Here is my list of Games (and other topics) I most wanna see at E3. Both games I know will be there (like Star Wars Battlefront), and games I hope get announced (F-Zero!!!). Some of these "hopes" are ones I have had for years but I still haven't gotten them yet. Example: The Last Guardian. Also, you're gonna see a lot of Nintendo stuff on this list. Let's start!


Rare's new game:

Rare and Microsoft swear they are working on something big. What is that game? I don't know. But I hope to find out at this year's E3. I don't wanna get my hopes up, cause Microsoft has Rare making Kinect game and other small things. I doubt it will be something as awesome as Playtonic's Yooka-Laylee game, but maybe I will be surprised by Microsoft!

 Will Microsoft reveal a new Banjo-Kazooie?

Can't wait for Playtonic Game's Yooka-Layle

Disney Infinity 3.0:

STAR WARS! Anyway, here's some context for my dynamic with Disney infinity. I have never played Disney Infinity before. I like many of the toys so I have been wanting to buy some for a while now. The "Amiibos" are already costing me a lot. And "Amiibos" are not the only toy line I but cause I'm big into toy collecting. So to a certain point I have avoided Infinity. That will no longer be possible. STAR WARS is coming! The Starter set for Infinity 3.0 has Anakin and Ashoka from Star Wars: The Clone Wars" (Hell yes!!).

Gameinformer cover 

Disney Infinity 3.0 comes with Ashoka and Anakin

The two gameplay packs that have been confirmed are Original Trilogy and Prequel Trilogy focused (Twilight of the Republic and Rise Against the Empire). Both packs feature different styles tf gameplay, including vehicle stages like Pod-Racing and Space Dog-Fights. On top of that, all the figures that have been revealed look great! I can't wait! Here's hoping they do Star Wars: Rebels and The Force Awakens in 2016!

Prequel Trilogy/Clone Wars Era 

Original Trilogy era  

Can't wait to get the figures!

The Last Guardian:

I remember watching the Sony Press Conference live in 2009 when they revealed The Last Guardian. it was a great conference, and that moment was one of the show's highlights. The game looked gorgeous and like all big Playstation fans I instantly fell in love with the Griffin-like creature. But it's been 6 friggin years and still no Last Guardian. Will we see it this year? Maybe. They say it's still in development. Lets wait and hope.


looks gorgeous 

I hope the game comes out... someday

Resident Evil 7:

While it's true that we have gotten many Resident Evil games in the last few years, most have been remasters of older games (Starting with RE 4 in 2015, RE 1 in 2015, and they just announced RE 0 for a 2016 release). And the new games have been a part of sub-series called "Revelations". I haven't played those yet, but they seem really good. But it is time for a numbered game in the series.

Need to play the Revelations series

They might wanna consider having a rebooted universe instead of making a seventh game in the series. It's more than 7 actually, considering all the games not accompanied by a number. I would still like to see games in the original universe. No reason there can't be various canons. Or just stick with the original for now. Just don't abandon the original universe Capcom, keep it alive!

Masterpiece

I would like a return to horror, like the "Revelations" games have done. Something like Resident Evil 4's style of play, where action meets horror. I like that third person camera and the improved controls of more recent entries. First person would be an interesting new arena for RE games, but maybe as an option instead of as a replacement (like in GTA V).

RE 5 was a good game. an action game yes, but still good.

Remasters for PS4:

We need more remasters for PS3. Don't stop with Last of Us and God of War 3. Bring the Uncharted, Resistance, Killzone, and Infamous games to PS4. As well as the entire Ratchet and Clank series and all other platformers [Sly, Jak, Lil Big Planet]. They should do with the PS4 what they did during the PS3 era in terms of HD Collections. And it's time for the PSN store on the PS4 to start rebuilding the epic PS3 library. We need PS1 and PS2 classics on the PS4 [in HD!!!].

Bring collections to PS4!

Sony first party reveals:

Sony has been depending a lot on third party exclusives this generation. Just look at their strong partnership with Bungie and their Destiny game. And that's totally fine, but I want them to still continue to be the great company they are in terms of their first party titles. I love the variety they bring to the table in terms of gameplay, graphics and art styles, genres, etc. I hope they reveal some more first party games this E3. Maybe even some New IP's, and some revivals (bring back the Jak series and Syphon Filter, etc etc).

Give us more games Sony!

Resistance 4:

There is no dormant Sony Franchise I want to return more than Resistance. Time for a fourth entry in the series. Five if you count the PSP game. Or will they reboot and start over from scratch. Whatever the case we want to kill more Chimera. Make it a long game Sony. Longer than the 2nd and 3rd game. Maybe not as long as the first one, but long nonetheless. Bring back Split screen co-op for the main campaign like in the first and third game. Make it online as well. I think it was also online for Resistance 3, but with the first game it was only offline.

I want to kill some Chimera again! 

Fall of Man is still my favorite in the series

Ratchet and Clank remake and movie:

The Movie and game have been delayed for 2016, but that still doesn't mean they can't show something. Last year they had a trailer for the movie and the reveal that they were developing a remake of the first game. Give us another trailer for the movie, and our first look at the new game! Long live the Ratchet and Clank series, my favorite Sony Franchise!

 Movie!!!

Can't wait!!

Virtual Console reveals and sizzle reel:

Nintendo hasn't done a bad job with the Wii U's virtual console. They have even surprised us with systems we weren't expecting like the GBA and DS handhelds. Their next step is to show more support for the platforms they have, AKA more games. I hope they show a sizzle reel at E3 with upcoming games for 2015, and announcement for Gamecube Games in 2016. Wrap up the SNES and NES library with key games like Super Mario RPG, Mario All Stars, and third party games like Contra 1. Bring on Metroid Zero Mission and finally bring Mother 3 to the States. N64 and Wii need a lot of support (why did they skip Galaxy 1 and go straight to number 2?). They need to bring N64 games they skipped on the Wii's Virtual Console, like Pilotwings 64 and Mario Party 1 and 3.

 Give us Pilotwings 64!!

Time for Mario RPG to arrive on Wii U 

The UK already has Zero Mission, bring it to the states and to other territories as well!

More Nintendo HD remakes and remasters:

Nintendo has done an excellent job with remakes like Wind Waker HD, and the N64 Zeldas and Star-Fox 64 on the 3DS. Time for more remakes and remasters. I would love to see those 3DS remakes brought to Wii U. I wanna play Ocarina and Majora and Starfox in HD! But I don't expect many reveals for E3. Super Mario Sunshine would be a good idea for their next HD remake. It is the year of Mario's 30th anniversary after all, and Mario Maker isn't enough in terms of celebrating 30 years of Mario! Plus, Sunshine doesn't even need to be remade from scratch. Remaster it in HD, put it in widescreen, and maybe tweak the lighting system like they did in Wind Waker HD. Shouldn't cost too much or take over a year of development time. I think Gamecube games should be remastered in HD instead of just ported over in standard def and 4:3 aspect ratio, same goes for Wii games. and many N64 games deserve remakes. I want Mario 64 in HD!!!!!

 Gorgeous remaster

 Time to remake Mario 64 in HD!

Bring the 3DS remakes to consoles!

Uncharted 4:

Uncharted has been pushed to 2016, but Sony really really needs to show the game at E3 in a big way. There is no way they can "win" E3 without showing a new trailer with awesome cinematics and gameplay, as well as having a great demo on the show floor. Uncharted trilogy was amazing. It was my favorite Sony series during the PS3 era, and I can't wait to play the fourth entry in the series.

 looks great

PS4's killer app!

Star Wars Battlefront:

I have been waiting years for a third Battlefront game! I know battlefront will be at E3, and I know it's coming out this holiday season. So why am I getting more and more pessimistic. EA has made me feel this way. There is a lack of split screen offline multiplayer. The entire game is online. We can't even play offline instant action against the games AI. It's all online, all multiplayer, all the time. DAMMIT!!!!! EA needs to understand that people still hang out and play games together in the same room and using the same console on a single TV. And that people also like to play.... alone. I wasn't expecting a sinlge player story mode, but at least instant action and other single player stuff. And it seems like it only has 12 maps, so prepare to waste a lot of money on obscene amounts of DLC. I am pumped about the first person mode, and the current gen visuals, etc. But I'm so mad at certain things that it just pisses me off. But I am still dying to play it.

Stormtrooper!!

Also, I would love to see what else EA is cooking up with the Star Wars universe. What is Amy hennig, formerly of Naughty Dog, working on at EA? I hope we find out!

Third and First person! 

Epic poster!

Star-Fox and other confirmed Big N titles:

Took you long enough Nintendo! But it's finally coming! Star-Fox returns! I hope it has a big and memorable campaign with many stages to play and various vehicles to use. I hope they do on foot sections again and do a better job at it this time, but I'm not expecting that for this game. I just hope it's good. I hope it's not a rush job. It needs to play well, look good, and sound good. Nintendo gets cheap sometimes. Look at Pilotwings Resort and how it recycled Wuhu Island from Wii Sport Resort and used Miis instead of original characters. It needs to blow me out of my mind like Mario Kart 8 did!

 Miyamoto plays the Star-Fox tech demo at last year's E3

Miyamoto announces he is making Star-Fox 

The Star-Fox team will return this year, 2015!

Also, can't wait to see more of Yoshi's Wooly World (looks so gorgeous), Mario Maker (reveal the graphics for the All Stars SNES games!!!).

Gorgeous yarn art-style

Legend of Zelda surprise:

Nintendo already pushed Zelda for 2016, and said it wouldn't be at E3. But could they change their mind about not having it at the show? Im not referring to a playable demo. All I need right now is a trailer! Even if its mostly story stuff and all cutscenes instead of gameplay. I love cinematic trailers!!!! Just show me something. Maybe reveal the game's title!

 Can't wait to see Nintendo's approach to "Open World"

Link!!!

HUGE NINTENDO REVEALS:

And here's hoping for some big game reveals from the Big N.

Here's an important question, What is Retro Studios working on?

IP's Retro Studios has worked on

Will Nintendo reveal a new Metroid Game? if so, 2D or 3D? Will it be F-Zero for Wii U? A sports game like Punch-Out, Waverace, or Pilotwings? A 3D Donkey Kong game for Wii U? Animal Crossing for Wii U? A new 3D Mario Game? We will know come June 16 at 9 am!!


Bring back these franchises and others you have ignored too much Nintendo!! 

F-ZERO seems to be the most requested sequel from Nintendo's under-appreciated franchises

Conclusion:

I wanna know what your list is! What confirmed games are you excited for? What surprises are you hoping to see at this years E3? Which conference are you most excited to see? Let me know!!

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Take care everyone! Thanks for the support! Till next time!

-Robert "djtitoflow"

[May 28, 2015]