So Nintendo's new Direct basically said "lol Smash Bros. 3DS may be fun but it's really a joke compared to the Wii U version lololololol." Seriously, battles up to EIGHT PLAYERS, DLC characters (Mewtwo!), an amazing looking stage builder, glorious, glorious music, and more new modes than you can shake a stick at (some, like Smash Tour, look like meaningful changes to the Smash formula, while others, like painting, look like stupid fun for the heck of it, which is great!).
I was excited for Smash Bros. Wii U before, but now that it basically makes the 3DS look like little more than an appetizer, I'm more excited than ever.
But can we just get Dixie Kong in the game now?
I admit that I wasn't too big on the first Bayonetta when I first played it (I let the whole "sexism" argument get to me I guess, but I've since came to the conclusion that Bayonetta's is more humorous and, in a weird way, female empowering than a lot of other games), but the series has grown on me.
As anyone here knows, Bayonetta 2 scored Gamespot's eighth ever ten (reminds me of the days when Edge Magazine and Famitsu used to be so protective of that top score), so now I'm really interested. I've enjoyed basically every other game GS has rated a 10 to some extent (though I'm not sure I ever played Tony Hawk 3), so again, interested.
I've preordered my copy and will hopefully be picking it up ASAP. Between it, Smash Bros., the tragically-undermentioned Captain Toad and Hyrule Warriors (which I still need to pick up), the Wii U is all but having its way with my wallet.
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
After searching high and low for a theater that was showing Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, I finally managed to find one! I saw it last night, and what a gorgeous film! The whole movie is like watching watercolor sketches in motion. It's absolutely stunning.
I know this year hasn't exactly been great for animated films (The Wind Rises was released as a 2013 film even in the states), the two most popular/acclaimed animations this year were How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Lego Movie, the former (like its predecessor), being decent but by-the-books and lacking any real imaginative spark, while the latter I found to be obnoxiously hypocritical and impossibly overrated. But even if this year had been a great one for animated films, Princess Kaguya would still be the best animated output. Hopefully Big Hero 6 can bring in another great 2014 animated film so that Kaguya won't be completely alone.
As I wrote in my last blog, that "best games ever" list is going smoothly. I've had a lot going on so I haven't always had the time to write it, but hopefully it won't be much longer.
In other news, I should be making a new website/blog soon. I'll still keep the old one around and update it from time to time, but I'm hoping to make my new site something special. My oft-promised new site will be primarily about video games and animated films (of course), and hopefully that won't be much longer either.
Also, after finding something of a loophole in Youtube's rulebook, I think I will soon be able to make an all new channel and (hopefully) get money from it eventually. If you remember, I was going to make some kind of game-dedicated Youtube channel some time ago, but after Google cut off my payments (for reasons that STILL haven't been explained to me), I kind of lost motivation (yeah, I could do them for fun, but if you had started making money for making stupid videos only to have that privilege taken away you'd be disheartened too). But now I'm going to try to go through with it (once I think of the kind of videos I will make). Yeah, I'll have to start over (my old channel isn't going anywhere though), but at least I have the opportunity to earn something from Youtube again.
So yeah, I'm doing stuff. Aren't I great?