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Avengers 2 and Yooka-Laylee

Some quick opinions.

Avengers: Age of Ultron:I saw The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and although it was overall enjoyable, I found it to be weaker than the first one. I know I'll be hated by nerds everywhere for this, but I was never sold on Ultron as the villain. James Spader's performance was great, but the character had a very underwhelming buildup, and he kind of fell too far into the "machines > humans" cliche. One thing I loved about the first Avengers was that it reused a villain, meaning that it could just get to the Avengers without needing to introduce a new bad guy. I can't help but feel Avengers 2 would have benefitted if Ultron was at least mentioned in a past film. It also didn't flow as well as the first one. The original Avengers was two and a half hours, but it was enough fun throughout that you either didn't notice or didn't care. But Age of Ultron can feel slow at times. There's also just way too many characters, and some previously established character relationships feel randomly retconned.

Of course, this is only going by one viewing, and comparing it to a movie I've seen multiple times over the last three years. Maybe if I watch it again my opinion will grow, but for now I feel that it was a fun, action packed movie that falls flat when compared to its predecessor.

Yooka-Laylee:Although the announcement that the "spiritual successors" to Banjo and Kazooie would be the less inviting pairing of a chameleon and a bat, once I saw more of it I was sold. I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but Yooka-Laylee is actually the first Kickstarter project I've backed (if the Toejam and Earl Kickstarter is still up I'll totally donate to that!). It looks like everything that Nuts & Bolts should have been. I was willing to pay as soon as I saw the footage, but once I learned that the score will be composed by both Grant Kirkhope and none other than David Wise (my favorite gaming composer) my money magically disappeared from my wallet and went straight to Kickstarter!

Super Smash Bros. Character Suggestions

With Mewtwo soon to be released as a DLC character in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS, and Lucas now being confirmed to return in June, Nintendo has now given players the option to vote for other potential DLC characters on the Smash Bros. website. I've already voted a number of times, and it's a very simple process. Just name the character, the game or series they're from, and provide a short explanation why that character should be in the game. Hopefully this will actually put in a great DLC character or two in the future.

So far I've voted for Geno, Fawful, and of course, Dixie Kong, who should have already been in the series in Brawl.

I strongly suggest we all band together and continue voting for beloved, obscure characters. But if anyone votes for any more of those freaking Kid Icarus characters, I'll have you committed to an asylum.

Zelda Wii U Delayed

It's not too surprising to hear that The Legend of Zelda on Wii U has been delayed. It would be harder to think of a major Nintendo game that wasn't delayed than one that was. Delaying games is what Nintendo does, and you have to respect them for that. There aren't many companies in any fields who would sacrifice immediate profit for a better product. So kudos to them on that. Hopefully this means they can take extra time to double up on Zelda Wii U's Wind Waker-ness, and iron out some of the Skyward Sword-ness.

Of course, Zelda's absence means Nintendo will need something big to release towards the end of the year, since they usually like to deliver something big as a "Christmas game" in any given year (except 2008, when they released Smash Bros. Brawl and Mario Kart Wii early in the year and decided that was it). Some gamers are of course yammering that Nintendo doesn't have anything else to release this year, because apparently to these people Splatoon and Mario Maker just don't exist.

Nintendo's 2015 lineup without Zelda certainly takes a hit, but the two aforementioned titles, as well as "smaller" games like Yoshi's Wooly World will still keep things interesting.

However, one thing I don't understand is that Zelda Wii U will be a no show at E3. Does this just mean it won't be on the show floor? That would be understandable, since the delay may mean it just won't be ready to be shown off in a playable capacity. But does Nintendo mean it won't have any presence at E3 at all? It seems a bit baffling that they couldn't cook up a trailer or something.

The big question though, is what game gets the November/December spot on Nintendo's calendar? Mario Maker still doesn't have a release date, so I suppose it's possible it could be held off for the end of the year. But with Splatoon and Wooly World coming in just a few short months, it seems weird that Nintendo would wait that long for another major Wii U release. It might be safe to assume Mario Maker gets a release sometime during the Summer, and perhaps Nintendo will do what they did in 2013 with Mario 3D World, and reveal a big game at E3 that will be released by the year's end. Hard telling what that could be. A 3D Mario seems unlikely at this current time (but again, 3D World just kind of showed up so who knows), perhaps it could be the new Star Fox that was promised last year, should Nintendo stick to their word and show the game off at E3 this year.

But if not Star Fox, what else could it be? A new Mario RPG (hopefully one that doesn't pull a Sticker Star)? Another new IP to compliment Splatoon? Perhaps the Project Big Robot demonstration can be turned into a complete, compelling game.

Whatever the case may be, it will be interesting to see how Nintendo fills that very noticeable hole they now have at the end of 2015.