in Articles, News, Video Games by Ali Al-Karam, Intern Team: Julio Camacho

 

Psycosis (left) and Steve Holt (right), after participating in the Best Buy Super Smash Bros. for Wii U event (yes, they know that those are Mario Kart 8 flags)

 

During E3, Nintendo held events at Best Buys across the US to promote the new Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. Fans that went to Best Buy during the event were able to play the same Wii U demo of the game that was being shown at E3 2014.

 

After the event, I met up with two Smash Bros. players who were excited to try out the new game.

 

Psycosis and Steve Holt both played as characters that are newcomers to the Super Smash Bros. series: Mega Man and the Wii Fit Trainer. Both characters were announced during last year’s E3, but they haven’t been playable until this year’s event.

 

On the way that Mega Man played as a character, Psycosis said that he was surprisingly heavy. “His charge was really powerful, and he just had kind of a long cooldown when he attacked. He’s a really hard hitter.”

 

Steve Holt described the Wii Fit Trainer as moving really quickly, but still attacking with high-powered melee moves that require precision.

 

Any time new characters are announced for Super Smash Bros., a common fear amongst fans of the series is that new characters won’t feel as original as they appear during gameplay. Psycosis confirmed that, despite both characters having arm-blasters, Mega Man definitely feels like a different character from Samus and plays like a different character as well. Steve Holt noted that the Wii Fit Trainer is unlike any other character she’s played as in Super Smash Bros.

 

On the topic of general gameplay, both Psycosis and Steve Holt agreed that the Wii U game pad controls were more intuitive than they expected. Gameplay moved slower than Melee but faster than Brawl; “it actually felt a lot like 64,” said Psycosis.

 

One really important mechanic of gameplay has changed in the new Super Smash Bros. game: edge-grabbing. A popular player dynamic in Super Smash Bros. Brawl was “edge-hogging,” a strategy where players grab onto the edge of the stage and stay there as long as possible to avoid being targeted by opponents. The new game actually punishes players for edge-hogging, as any player who stays on the edge of the stage will soon realize that they’re actually more vulnerable to attacks than if they were off the edge.

 

All in all, a lot has changed for the new Super Smash Bros., and the newcomers in the game are certainly as new we hope them to be. Psycosis did have one closing statement on the new Super Smash Bros., though: “It needs more Waluigi.”

 

Good thing Sakurai introduced Mii Fighters, eh?


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in Art, News, Video Games by Ali Al-Karam, Intern Team: Julio Camacho

During E3 2014, some new images of the new 3DS game, Pokemon Art Academy, were released by Nintendo. This new game, featuring art lessons, launches in the US October 2014. Here’s an official statement from Nintendo on the content of the game:

 

“In Pok√©mon Art Academy, players take on the role of a young
aspiring artist who enrolls in the Pokémon Art Academy to learn
how to draw Pokémon under the tutelage of Professor Andy.
Through ever-evolving lessons, players are taught the basics of
art, from simple shapes and coloring to more complex methods
like shading and blending. Along the way they are introduced to
various tools they will use to create their art.”

 

Here are the images from E3 2014, starting with the cover of Pokemon Art Academy:

 

 

Here’s the game’s official logo:

 

 

Also released was a picture of Pikachu in the art style being used to promote the game:

 

 

Lastly, several screenshots were included in the set of images:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More information on Pokemon Art Academy can be found here on the official Pokemon website.


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in Art, News, Video Games by Ali Al-Karam, Intern Team: Julio Camacho

Recently, new images were released by Nintendo for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire to promote the games which will be releasing on the Nintendo 3DS on November 21st, 2014:

 

First up is the box art for both Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire:

 

 

 

Next, we have some official character art. Here’s Groudon in his original form and the newly announced Primal Reversion form:

 

 

We also have new art for Kyogre and its new Primal Reversion form:

 

 

-as well as some size comparison images with Groudon and Kyogre’s size in comparison to their Primal Reversion forms and Pikachu:

 

Now, here are some illustrations depicting the map of Hoenn and scenes from the new game:

 

 

 

 

Lastly, we have some screenshots:

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, click here to go to the official Pokemon website.


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in Articles, News, Videos, X and Y by Marissa Flores & Anastasia Varisco

There are five new videos featured on PokemonXY.com. The newest video shows new gameplay footage of player characters walking around and riding on a Gogoat in Lumiose City as well as new 6th gen Pokemon battling. There are also videos containing information about the new Mewtwo form and Sylveon, and a trailer for Pokemon X & Y showing gameplay, the new starters, and X & Y’s featured Legendary Pokemon.

 

 

 

 

All of the videos can be watched in the Videos section of PokemonXY.com.


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in Art, Articles, Video Games, X and Y by Erik Navratil

PokemonXY.com has four new wallpapers available for download featuring content from the upcoming Pokemon X & Y. They’re available in four sizes: 1024×768, 1280×1024, 1440×900, and 1920×1200. Here are thumbnails of the wallpapers:

 

 

 

Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie, the new starters

 

 

 

A full, detailed map of the Kalos region

 

 

 

Artwork of many Pokemon and characters in Lumiose City

 

 

 

The new heroes of Pokemon X & Y

 

 

All of these downloadables can be found in the Wallpapers section of PokemonXY.com.


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in Articles, News, Video Games, X and Y by Erik Navratil

So far, eleven new Pokemon from the sixth generation have been revealed. These include the three new starters, Pokemon X & Y’s featured Legendary Pokemon, a new evolution for Eevee, a Pokemon resembling Mewtwo, and four other new Pokemon.

 

 

 

Chespin, the Grass-type Starter Pokemon

 

 

 

Fennekin, the Fire-type Starter Pokemon

 

 

 

Froakie, the Water-type Starter Pokemon

 

 

 

Xerneas, the Legendary Pokemon featured in Pokemon X

 

 

 

Yveltal, the Legendary Pokemon featured in Pokemon Y

 

 

 

Sylveon, a new evolution for Eevee of unknown type

 

 

 

A Pokemon resembling Mewtwo

 

 

 

Helioptile, a reptilian Electric/Normal-type Pokemon

 

 

 

Fletchling, an avian Normal/Flying-type Pokemon

 

 

 

Pancham, a panda-like Fighting-type Pokemon

 

 

 

Gogoat, a Grass-type Pokemon that’s large enough to ride

 

More information about the revealed 6th gen. Pokemon can be found in the Pokemon Section of PokemonXY.com.


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in Articles, News, Video Games, X and Y by Marissa Flores & Anastasia Varisco

The new player characters for Pokemon X & Y have been revealed:

 

 

 

The currently unnamed boy character

 

 

 

The currently unnamed girl character

 

 

Also, as can be seen in these screenshots, players will be able to choose between multiple versions of their player character: light, medium, or dark hair, eyes, and complexion.

 

 

 

 

In addition to this, players will also be able to change their characters’ clothes and accessories as the game progresses:

 

 

 

 

More information about the new Pokemon X & Y characters can be found in the Characters section of PokemonXY.com.


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in Articles, News, Video Games, X and Y by Marissa Flores & Anastasia Varisco

The new region to be featured in the upcoming Pokemon X & Y has been revealed to be named the Kalos region. According to PokemonXY.com, the region is “shaped intriguingly like a star.”

 

 

 

 

A high definition, more detailed map of the Kalos region can be found here in the form of a downloadable wallpaper from the Pokemon X & Y website.

 

The most distinct feature visible in this map is a large city near the center of the map with a tall tower sprouting from the middle of it. This city appears to be the recently announced Lumiose City. The Pokemon X & Y website has this to say about it: “The central city of the Kalos region is Lumiose City, a thriving metropolis filled with customers checking out its variety of shops. Many roads extend from the iconic tower at the city’s center.”

 

 

 

 

More information can be found in the Story section of PokemonXY.com.


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in Articles, News, Video Games, X and Y by Erik Navratil

There’s a brand new website from The Pokemon Company featuring content from the upcoming Pokemon X & Y games. The site contains info about Kalos (The new region for X & Y), new Pokemon (including starters and legendary Pokemon), and the new player characters in the games. In addition to the new information, the site also contains videos and downloadable content related to Pokemon X & Y.

 

 

 

 

Visit the new Pokemon X & Y website at PokemonXY.com!


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in Art, Fandom by HKim

Red Madness Sweetie


Sometimes our journey takes unexpected turns. Though we plan one path, life takes us in another. Things don’t always turn out the way we had imagined.

Even so, we can still move forward. The journey always continues. We just have to be willing to change.

Enjoy your Monday Laughs!
 
 

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