Nintendo Switch Console Reveal

Nintendo finally announced more details about their new main console this morning via YouTube. They released a live action trailer showcasing the different features of the new console. The console seems to be an evolution of one of the main ideas behind the Wii U: having the utility of a tablet-like device to be used as a screen.

Customers will be able to dock their device at home and play on their tv; they will also be able to undock the tablet part of the console and play on the go, much like the 3DS handheld side of Nintendo’s gaming console line up. The default controller can be taken apart and reattached to either side of the tablet; which makes it resemble other portable consoles like the Sony Vita. Apparently the controllers can also be used unattached to the tablet, allowing the user to prop up the tablet at a distance and use the controllers like wii motes.

The trailer also shows situations where players can play with local multiplayer, either on the same device or on multiple tablets. The trailer showcases multiple players playing Mario Kart on a single device, NBA 2K17 on two devices, and Splatoon with 8 players playing in a tournament setting! The games shown were Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, Skyrim, Mario Kart, NBA 2K17, Mario (it looks like a new title in the main line of games), and Splatoon. The ports of older wii u titles sporting what looks to be new additions to game play.

Overall, I’m excited. I can’t wait for it to release, but I really hope that the Nintendo Switch delivers on what it promises.

Check out my impressions video here!

Pokemon TCG and Evolutions Pre-Release

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I decided to buy into Pokemon TCG and give the competitive scene a shot. My goal now is to place in the top percentage at a Regional placement tournament nearby. It has always been a long dream to actually perform well at the competitive scene for Pokemon. I’ve joined one VGC before, and watched another as a participant; school and life always used to get in the way though. I wanted to spectate at the Pokemon TCG World Championship Tournament this year, since it was actually very close by. However, with the delayed announcement that it wouldn’t be open to the public, my dreams were crushed.

My original purpose was to buy into the game as cheap as possible, but I soon realized that would only get me so far. I built a Charizard deck, but it didn’t perform as consistently as I liked. So after purchasing two sets of the Rayquaza vs Keldeo Battle Arena Decks (check out my overview here), I decided to single out cards to make one of the top decks. I also replicated it on the online format, so that I can go against a lot of the top decks in the meta. I am still testing my build out; I’ll hold comments back on which deck that I am building for now.

More details to come soon!

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Resurrection of Facebook Page

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Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Just wanted to do a quick post announcing the return of my Facebook page. What I said in my update video before is still relevant, and this will probably not effect too many people. I’ve recreated my Facebook page under a different URL. It will just serve as a simple page that redirects to the other “arms” of my creative content machine. It will also allow for an easy way for my audience to experience my media or connect with me, especially if they aren’t on my other social media platforms.

In any case, thank you for the continued support. See you in the next video or podcast!

 

Weiss Schwarz – Interview with WGP2016 Qualifier!

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This is going to be the audio version of an interview I hosted with one of my close friends. He plays within our TCG group and qualified at this year’s Weiss Schwarz Regional Tournament. This interview was produced by me and uploaded on the TriggercheckWS YouTube channel. Check out the conversation, especially if you’re familiar with Weiss Schwarz!

Happy Monday everyone!

Weiss Schwarz WGP 2016 Regional Qualifier Interview

Episode 4 of the Podcast

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Just uploaded episode 4 of my podcast show. The quality is a bit different this time around since Danny and I recorded off my phone when we were on the road. Please note that there is a slight error in the recording: it was actually episode 5 and 6 of Pokemon Generations this past week. I’ll leave it at that! Spoiler warning ahead, please watch the episodes if before you listen to our discussion!

Podcast Episode 4

Pokemon Video Game Championship Series 2017 Season News

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New rules for this year’s VGC format was released today via the Pokemon website. Rules state that all battles will be played with Pokemon Sun or Moon. It will be Double Battles and Alola regional Pokemon only. Z-Crystals (one time powerful moves) and Mega Stones are not allowed. These rules, as well as the Pokemon game play trailer released today, confirm that Mega forms are back in the game. This contradicts my initial assumption that Z Cystals would have replaced Mega Pokemon introduced in Pokemon X and Y, as I stated in episode 2 of my Podcast.

Some legendaries and mythical Pokemon will be banned, including Solgaleo, Lunala ( the game mascots), and Magearna. Hopefully the legendaries that will be allowed  won’t be roamers, and will have 3 of the 6 Iv’s maxed already (like the event pokemon in X/Y and AS/OR). That will help immensely in soft resetting to get the right competitive forms. There is a 10 minute player time system, which I believe is a timer associated per player, and not an overall 10 minute clock a la fighting games like Smash Bros. (It has been awhile since I played WiFi battles so I’ll have to check). In whole, some sort of time limit is always welcomed to reduce slow play.

I’m definitely excited for these changes, and will be actually trying to compete this season. Luckily a regional for both TCG and VGC will be happening relatively close by, and hopefully I’ll be able to place in the top percentage. High hopes and a long road ahead, but I’m sure it’ll be fun.

Do any of you have plans to participate in this year’s TCG or VGC season?

Check out the official link for more information.