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Ninfest Says Goodbye For Now. Thank You For Playing!

Posted by Streex on October 21, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (2)

Hello Ninfest Nation. It brings me great sadness that I'm going to put Ninfest on hold for an indefinite period of time. Life has gotten too busy for me to continue to run the site by myself. Maybe down the road I'll find myself with less responsibility to get Ninfest running again, or maybe I'll find a group of Nintendo enthusiasts that want to run the site with me, but right now it isn't feasible. Over the past 7 years it has been fun discussing Nintendo with you guys on the forums, marathons, and podcasts, so it sucks that it has to come to this. I hope to put on another marathon next year, but this year it just will not happen. This site has been a part of me for so long, it almost feels like I'm losing a family member.


Of course there are many other great Nintendo sites out there, and Nintendo will continue to bring the goods for years to come, so I'm sure I'll bump into some of you down the road. I will continue to play games on my Wii U and 3DS, so if you guys want to stay in touch, please look me up on Miiverse. I'm Streex. :)  

 

I guess there is only one way to properly send this post out. Play on, Players!


Amiibo Pre-order Fight Is On Now

Posted by Streex on September 17, 2014 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Want to get a good drop on the Amiibo madness when they arrive later this year? Then you better get on it! Stores like Best Buy and Amazon have already opened the pre-order floodgates so you can guarantee youself a nice collection at launch. Each Amiibo will cost $13 and the starting lineup includes Peach, Donkey Kong, Fox, Kirby, Link, Mario, Marth, Pikachu, Samus, Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, and Yoshi. In case you're new to this announcement, each character can be used in 5 games that we know of at this moment, and you have the ability to level up their stats to 50.

Fred Meyer Knows When Super Smash Bros. On Wii U Is Coming

Posted by Streex on September 14, 2014 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Retailer Fred Meyer has just released preorder cards for Super Smash Bros. on Wii U with a release date of November 21. Release date confirmed? Well, there is an asterisk stating that the release date is subject to change so I would still consider this a rumor, even if they are printing and selling these as confirmed. If Super Smash Bros. were to release on this date, then that would place it a week before Black Friday, making it a perfect launch right before wallets are wide open. No word yet from Nintendo on this.

Super Smash Bros. Takes Over Japan

Posted by Streex on September 13, 2014 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Super Smash Bros. is out now in Japan and the masses took over the stores. The line in the video below looks like a November Black Friday crowd, but this is all for one 3DS game in September. Out here in North America, all we can do is look on in awe as we wait for our turn on October 3. There's no doubt that if you have a 3DS, you need to own this game, and it should also help hardware numbers push past the 50 million mark by the end of the year.

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Podcast :: Webisode 42: The Gravest Ninfest Adventure Breaks New Ground...and Buries Us In It

Posted by Streex on September 10, 2014 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

September is always great because it marks the beginning of gaming season! The time of year all the games we've been waiting for finally arrive, along with even more big news. A New 3DS and New 3DS XL have been announced, a major Super Smash Bros. leak, and must-have Mario Kart 8 DLC on the horizon, all revealed in the last week? It's time to get excited. In this month's show we go over what was added to the site, what we're playing, the news, games coming out this month, poll results on if you have ever intentionally destroyed one of your video games, game review on Skylanders: Giants for Wii U, current top ten selling games, contest results for the Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Treasure Pack, 4th Annual Call of Duty Marathon details, retro review on Super Castlevania IV for Super NES, and your emails. Put down your homework and join us for the Nintendo hour. And Play on, Players!

Listen to the podcast here, on the home page, or on the podcast page, where there is also download and subscription options.

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Bayonetta 2 Nintendo Direct Info Dump

Posted by Streex on September 5, 2014 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Today Nintendo thought it was time to go over a few new details about the upcoming Bayonetta 2, and it looks like we'll be getting even more outfits to wear. To go with the Peach, Link, and Samus outfits, you can also dress up as Fox McCloud and Daisy. The outfits themselves do more than make you look different, because each will grant you special abilities. The Samus suit will let you Morph Ball, battle with Arwings in the Fox McCloud suit, rupees appear wearing the Link suit, and Bowser's limbs help you out when wearing the Peach suit. 

Along with a myriad of outfits to try on, that will be available in both Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2, a new online co-op mode called Tag Climax was revealed that will allow you to fight as Bayonetta, Jeanne, or Rodin. Since the game doesn't come out until October 24th, there's a good chance we may get a few more surprises in the coming weeks.

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Marathon :: Our Call of Duty Marathon Kicks Off Oct. 25. Help us reach $1,000!

Posted by Streex on September 3, 2014 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

It's Marathon time again! This time we will be playing Call of Duty games for 24 hours starting at 8:00 am PST on October 25th. You can watch and chat with us on the Marathon page or on our Twitch page. Our goal this year is to raise $1,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Tell your friends and family about this great cause, and when and where they can watch. Once the Ninfest donation page is set up, we'll send out another post. Then you can help the kids by giving your friends and family the link to Team Ninfest, and let's see if we can hit our goal!

 

Streex and Triz will be playing several Call of Duty games throughout the 24 hour marathon. The playlist isn't finalized yet so there is still time to put in your request! Send an email to gamer@ninfest.com and let us know what Call of Duty games you would like us to play. The final playlist will be posted here at the beginning of October.

 

To everyone that donates, or watches and chats with us during the marathon, we thank you! Let's make this event another memorable one while helping kids across the nation. And remember, your donation is tax-deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids. For more information visit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals or Extra Life.


Contest :: We Have a Winner for the Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Treasure Pack!

Posted by Streex on September 3, 2014 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations Samantha, you are our newest winner! For this contest, we had you guys tell us what your favorite Final Fantasy music was for a chance to win the Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call treasure pack, which includes a copy of the game and a baby Chocobo vinyl decal. From the four entries we received, Samantha's name was picked at random. We will share what all of you wrote on the September podcast. Congratulations again Samantha, and thank you to all that participated!

Review :: Pokemon Ruby Version

Posted by Streex on September 2, 2014 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

One of the best Gameboy Advance games ever to come. -Review by Streex


Pokémon is a brand that has spawned many products which include lunch boxes, shampoo, food products, toys, movies, TV shows, comics, clothing, trading cards, and a lot more. Even now in 2014, the franchise is stronger than ever. One of the things that I really like about the game is that you don't even have to know the history, or play previous Pokémon games, to enjoy. Anyone can just pick it up, play it, and feel comfortable with it. It is one of Nintendo's best on-going series.

 


The controls are good. They are very responsive and set up well. Overall, great controls. The gameplay is fairly simple. You go across the huge world, catch Pokémon, trade Pokémon, train Pokémon, level up Pokémon, battle Pokémon, and anything else that you need to do to gain the rank of Pokémon Master, which will take a long time.

 


Pokémon Ruby Version is actually one of two games that are basically the same except for minor differences. Pokémon Sapphire is the twin brother of this game, something Nintendo has done with the series since the beginning. When you start out, you have a choice of three different Pokémon to start with on this long journey that you will happily endure (after you do a few tasks). You have a choice of Torchic, Mudkip, and Treecko. After you pick one, the game begins.

 


At first you have no Poke Balls, so all you can do is go around and battle and talk to people. When you start out, your Pokémon will only have a couple of attacks and they are really weak. To build up your Pokémon's attack strength, you need to battle more and more, or use a Rare Candy, which is an item that automatically makes a Pokémon level up one point. As you level up a certain Pokémon, that Pokémon can learn new attacks, which can be used in battle. You can only have 4 attacks at a time so you need to figure out which ones you like best. There are a few different attacks for each Pokémon that can be learned.

 


After a while of talking to people, battling, and other things, you will finally get a Poke Ball. The fun now begins. This is where you have to start catching Pokémon, training them, and getting ready to battle some of the bigger bad-ass trainers in the game (a trainer is someone who, well, trains Pokémon).

 


When you battle, a screen comes up that shows the two Pokémon that are battling. You can call back a Pokémon or run away at any time during a battle. When you call back a Pokémon, you can enter another Pokémon in a match against the one that you were just fighting. A Pokémon's life is based on a hit points system. Each has hit points and loses life according to how skilled your Pokémon is and how skilled the Pokémon that attacked it is. To recover Pokémon, you send them into their poke ball and bring them to a Pokémon Center, or use a potion on them.

 


Anyway, back to the battling. Each player takes a turn to select an attack. Sometimes, Pokémon can block attacks that are done by a Pokémon that are lower in level than them. You take turns until one dies or one trainer loses all of their Pokémon. To attack, highlight the attack you want to do and select it. That's about it. In addition to the previous game's battle systems, there is one big addition; the abilitity to battle more than one Pokémon at the same time. You can have 2 on 2 Pokémon battles, which is extremely fun. The battle system is very addicting.

 


When navigating the world, you can go inside some houses, caves, and other areas. You can interact with people too and talk to them or battle them if they want to. Each town has their own training gym. In a training gym, you will have to face Pokémon trainers of great skill. If you beat them, you will get rewards like items or new abilities. These abilities are used to reach more towns. Some abilities you'll need are strength and surf, but there are a lot more. The environment looks very detailed for a GameBoy Advance game from the moment you set foot in Littleroot City. Overall, the level designs are creative and unique from one another. The Pokémon and character models are also top tier.

 


Even though it probably doesn't sound like it, there really is a lot of depth to the game and a lot of things to do. If you want, you could just go around and catch Pokémon, explore the world, talk to people, and battle. Once you beat the game, you still have to beat the game with 2 other Pokémon from the beginning. This adds to the replayability. Now, just start over and train some more. You can have multiple saves, so don't worry about losing your game data. The replayability is high just like all Pokemon titles. The game is easily a fifty plus hour game on your first time through. It takes a long time to complete and master every aspect of the game. It will take you even longer to catch all 151 Pokémon too. To add even more replayability, you can link two GameBoy Advances together and battle or trade Pokémon with friends. This is really fun when both opponents are evenly matched trainers and good at the game. Overall, the replayability and the gameplay are both fantastic.

 


There really is no story. At the beginning of the game, you first type the name that you want to call the trainer that you play as. Throughout the game, you are just on a quest to be a Pokémon Master and the best Pokémon trainer in the world. There are some side quests though. Dr. Birch, the main Pokémon guy in Littleroot that has a niece will battle you several times throughout the game. Your ultimate goal is to beat everyone at the Pokémon League.

 


The graphics are very good. Everything looks detailed for a GameBoy Advance game, and on the GameBoy Advance SP, it looks even better. The music and sound effects are impressive through the tiny GBA speaker, although the music will probably get on your nerves after a while. By no means is it bad, you just have to listen to it for long periods of time.

 


Overall, this is probably one of the best games ever made. It is exciting from the first hour through the hundredth hour. If you still have a GameBoy Advance lying around, give this game a shot. You will enjoy it immensely. Pokemon games haven't changed too much over the years, but it's always nice to go back and experience the roots of the series. With that said, this is one of my favorite games on the GameBoy Advance.


Pros:

+ Excellent graphics

+ Running shoes speed up gameplay

+ Excellent battle system


Cons:

- Lackluster Pokémon contests

- Lack of character animations in battle

- Little variety in gameplay


Bottom Line :: BUY!

review also located on review page

Poll Results :: Has the death of a video game character ever impacted you emotionally?

Posted by Streex on August 30, 2014 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The votes have been tallied. We asked you if the death of a video game character ever impacted you emotionally. 15 votes arrived, and we have a tie! With 5 votes each, "Yes, I've been moved to tears over at least one in-game death" and "Sort of, I've felt a bit sad, but got over it quickly" are the top vote getters. There's nothing wrong with a little emotion, and I'm glad you guys weren't scared to show it. I've came close to tears. My eyes swelled with them enough to blur my vision, but the drip never followed. It was a heart-breaking part in Tales of Symphonia towards the end that did it to me. Thank you everyone that voted. Here's a complete rundown of how the voting went.

  1. Yes, I've been moved to tears over at least one in-game death - 5 votes (33%)
  2. Sort of, I've felt a bit sad, but got over it quickly - 5 votes (33%)
  3. Sure, I've cried out loud many times over the years - 3 votes (20%)
  4. Not really, I don't get emotionally attached to game characters - 1 vote (7%)
  5. Not at all, and I hate it whenever a game attempts to stir my emotions - 1 vote (7%)

For our next poll we ask you, what do you think of Nintendo's announcement of the New Nintendo 3DS? Check the side bar on the home page and kindly put in your vote. We'll tally the votes at the end of September.

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