Nintendo Direct 4/30/14: Mario Kart 8

Well, Nintendo really decided to let April go out with a bang this year, huh? Their third Nintendo Direct of the month is dedicated to Mario Kart 8, coming out in exactly one month!

I guess they wanted to do different themes for each Nintendo Direct this month. While the Smash Bros Direct was more straight-forward, and the Tomodachi Life Direct was like a newscast, this one is done with the premise of a guy flipping through Mario Kart-related channels. So there are weird commercial-like segments, like Mario Kart Memories (showing epic fail moments) and History of Mario Kart (showing some of the previous MK games). These range from slightly informative to pointless, and tolerable to annoying. But I'm just giving a brief overview of what stuff was shown, so I'm just ignoring all that.

The final three characters were revealed here: Miis (predictable), Baby Rosalina, and Pink-Gold Peach. Baby Rosalina is self-explanatory, and Pink-Gold Peach is basically a Metal Peach. I'm... not sure that should even be a thing. The four new items are Boomerang Flower (throws a Boomerang up to 3 times, it comes back to you), Potted Piranha Plant (chomps up nearby enemies and hazards), Super Horn (creates a shockwave that damages nearby enemies and destroys nearby hazards), and Crazy Eight (similar to the Lucky Seven from MK7). Kart/Bike customization is also returning, with even more options, and there's a new vehicle type: ATVs (All-Terrain Vehicles).

The online mode now has 4 modes: Worldwide, Regional, Friends, and Tournaments. You'll be able to host tournaments whenever you want, customizing all the details, like what date, time, courses, items, etc. You'll also be able to chat on the lobby while you're waiting, both with text and voice chat. Finally, you'll be able to customize your replays and share them on the online mode's Mario Kart TV, as well as Youtube.

Overall, I'm much more excited for Mario Kart 8 after this, considering they're finally giving us new details about the game. It'll be coming out on May 30th, exactly one month from now as I said.

HBM, signing out.


Bleach Manga Update: Gremmy's a Faggot (and more)

So hey, it's been quite some time since I did a post about Bleach, right? So I figure I might as well do that now that the most recent fight seems to be over. Of course, spoilers for the manga up to this point.


Batman Arkham Origins DLC: Cold, Cold Heart

So it's been a while since I've talked about DLC. Well, since the newest Batman: Arkham Origins DLC, Cold Cold Heart, just came out, it's only fitting that I talk about that, now isn't it?

This story takes place a week after the events of the main story of Arkham Origins. Bruce Wayne is holding some awards ceremony at his mansion, when suddenly some goons burst in with Mr. Freeze, demanding the guest of honor. After Bruce takes out some thugs and suits up, he goes after Freeze, but soon discovers he'll need a different suit, and gets a bulkier Extreme Temperatures suit. With this suit, maybe he stands a chance against Freeze...

Really, you only get most of the bottom half of the map to explore, since the bridge is closed. All around, there are also frozen victims you can free, Anarky followers causing riots, and Anarky symbols. Collecting all those shouldn't take too long. The new Batsuit also comes with upgraded Batarangs, which can be charged with heat.

Overall, this DLC is pretty short. You can complete it in a couple hours, there's not much to do after you beat it, but it is good for what it is. I don't know if I'd say it was worth the wait, but I can at least say it's good.

HBM, signing out.


What I Want To See At E3 2014

Hello to all of the people. E3 is going to be happening in about 2 months, and I haven't really heard much about what we should expect out of it this year. So here's my post of some of the games I'm hoping to see there.


HBM's Top Ten PS2 Games

Hello, all the peoples. So, I was playing some HD re-releases on the PS3 the other day, and I began to wonder what my favorite PS2 games are. Well, here's the list I came up with. Like always, it's only games I've actually played.


Nintendo Direct: Tomodachi Life Reaction

Surprisingly, Nintendo has already released a new Nintendo Direct. It's a short one, about a new game called Tomodachi Life. This game was released in Japan last year, and has done so well that Nintendo is bringing it to other countries.

This game takes place on an island with all kinds of activities to do, but there are no characters at the beginning. That's because you have to import your Miis from your Mii Maker plaza to the game. You can customize them quite a bit, giving them their own names, personalities, and even voices (provided by a text-to-speech program, but still, pretty cool). As you populate the island with more Miis, they begin to interact with each other and do more crazy and silly things, like put on a concert, develop relationships (possibly even love triangles), and have really weird dreams. It's almost like a Sims game, but with Miis!

Overall, I'm fairly interested by this. I've been wanting more kinds of games that focus exclusively on Miis, and this looks like a good step in that direction. Tomodachi Life is coming out on the Nintendo 3DS on June 6th. I know I'm gonna get it.

HBM, signing out.


Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct: 4/8/14

Hey guys. It's been a while since there's been any Smash Bros news. So of course, when Nintendo revealed that they would do a Nintendo Direct dedicated entirely to the new Smash Bros, we all got hyped as fuck. Let's see if boarding the hype train was a good idea in this case, with an overview of the Nintendo Direct.