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Joy-Conspiracy Theory: From NES Classic Edition to the Switch

The rumor mill was turning out countless theories as to what the console would be, the media was in a frenzy constructing click-bait articles, and everyone and their mom was waiting to see what the next Nintendo console.

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Before its announcement, codename NX, the Nintendo Switch was one of the most eagerly awaited pieces of hardware in recent memory. The rumor mill was turning out countless theories as to what the console would be, the media was in a frenzy constructing click-bait articles, and everyone and their mom was waiting to see what the next Nintendo console, the one that in their eyes would truly make or break Nintendo for real this time, not like the Wii U, or the Wii, or the DS, or the GameCube, or the N64, or any of the other consoles that the public thought was heralding the end of Nintendo.  Nevermind that the Wii U, if underselling, was turning a profit and Nintendo owned the portable console market with the sensationally successful 3DS.  Fans and haters alike waited with baited breath to see what Nintendo’s next project would be.  And then, when everyone was anxiously awaiting any information on NX, Nintendo did something unexpected…they took to social media and announced the NES Classic Edition.

No one saw this coming last July, and the internet was bubbling with anticipation.  With a scheduled release date of November 11, it was slated to be the perfect holiday gift.  Between the NES Mini’s announcement and release, the Switch finally emerged from the shadows, at least in part, and once more the internet was manic.  Then, continuing our journey through time until the present, November 11, 2016 finally rolled around and no one was able to get their hands on the new NES.  It seemed like Nintendo had only shipped five worldwide, and Target, Walmart, and GameStop were only getting measly unit counts under ten, or, in more cases, under five, with each progressive shipment.  Questions arose and still persist: did Nintendo not anticipate how popular the product would be?  Were their resources too divided amongst existing products, the upcoming Switch, and this surprise project?  Or was Nintendo nefariously under stocking for the sake of building publicity and artificial demand for a product resulting in the unceasing buzz around the console, not unlike some people’s claims about early Amiibo sales?  Put your tinfoil hats on because the truth is far more odious…Nintendodious…

Nintendo used the NES Classic Edition as bait when in reality it was fishing for something much larger, Nintendo Switch adopters.  By intentionally sacrificing sales of a smaller project priced at only $60, couldn’t Nintendo drive preorders for the Switch?  I know, it sounds scandalous, ludicrous, ridiculous, but look at all the evidence.  Before the NES mini launched, Nintendo revealed the Switch.  Then, the NES Classic is impossible to come by all through the consumeristic holidays.  Days after winter break, the NES Mini still evasive as ever, the Nintendo Switch presentation reveals the price and release date of the console and preorders go live, at least in North America.  What’ll be truly telling is once the initial waves of Switch consoles have sold if NES Classic Editions start showing up on shelves, once the Switch sales inevitably slow and the Big N has finished milking the initial hype all consoles generate upon release.  And if it does happen, it won’t be because Nintendo, having finished the monumental task of launching a console as well as shipping house developed games for said console, are suddenly more available to address other products and market issues.  Nor will it be because Nintendo doesn’t want a smaller project to interfere with potential sales of a larger venture, oh no, it will be because they’re market masterminds and there’s more money to be made.  The audacity, a business wanting money!

I’m totally kidding with all of this (or am I!?!?!), but the Switch’s upcoming arrival on the market leaves a lot of questions about how Nintendo will proceed with other projects, namely the NES Classic, potential future “Classics” label products, and the portable market.  Beginning with the NES Mini, can Nintendo afford to adequately stock the still red hot retro console when its sales might obstruct Switch sales with the console launch under two months away?  Nintendo couldn’t have developed the Classics label for the NES Classic alone, so when would be the ideal time to launch a second Classics product, perhaps the SNES Classic Edition?  Hopefully, Nintendo has considered this and has developed some reason to purchase both products or one over the other.  Perhaps if all of these titles are purchasable on the Switch for the same price or owners of the NES Mini can somehow re-obtain them on the Switch, allowing them to suddenly be played on the go and co-op to be performed with both Joy-Cons, the NES Classic won’t be a hindrance to the Nintendo Switch, but a supplement.  The same can be said of any future Classics project, which is hopefully in development.

In terms of the portable market, in an interview with Wired, NOA President Reggie Fils Aimé claimed the “3DS has a long life in front of it,” with many major games in development for the handheld.  He continued, “in our (Nintendo’s) view, the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo Switch are going to live side-by-side.”  He reiterated that the Switch, while portable, is, at heart, a home console.  While that may be Nintendo’s intention, one doesn’t have to look further than the transition from the Game Boy Advance to the Nintendo DS to see a time when Nintendo presumed it was generating another pillar in its company, when, in reality, it was replacing one.  While Nintendo might not want to give the impression of exiting the home console market in favor of the portable, the Wii U did sell notably fewer units than any previous home console while the 3DS continues to own the portable market.  Is there a future where the Switch is rebranded as a portable console that you can play on your TV so Nintendo can continue to dominate that branch of gaming?  Hopefully, that’s never necessary and Nintendo can convey adequately to the consumer its vision for the Nintendo Switch.

While nothing is certain, in the past, Nintendo was probably overly modest over duplicitous when it came to projected sales, and presently the developer is probably in less jeopardy than the exaggerative public tends to believe; but undoubtedly the future of Nintendo is a fascinating one and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Tim is not the droids you are looking for. He resides quietly in the Emerald City where he can often be found writing, reading, watching movies, or playing video games. He is the Xbox editor for Goomba Stomp and the site's official Pokémon Master.

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Watch Ninja On An Episode Of Family Feud

Don’t miss the moment Steve Harvey meets Ninja for the first time.

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Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is heading up a team on Celebrity Family Feud this weekend, but it’s not the first time the famed Fortnite streamer has appeared on the show.

Long before he reached household name status in the gaming community, Ninja appeared on the televised game show Family Feud in 2015, when he and his family went on a three-day winning streak before losing to the Beams family of Hendersonville, Tennessee.

With Blevins now appearing on an upcoming episode of Celebrity Family Feud, we thought it would be fun to revisit those earlier episodes which have now all been uploaded online.

Regardless if you like Ninja and/or the show, you’ll get a kick out of watching his introduction when he tells host Steve Harvey that he’s a professional video game player who travels across the country and competes, playing video games. The reaction on Harvey’s face is priceless since nobody at the time could have ever guessed how popular Ninja, not to mention streaming video games, would eventually become.

Watch the videos below. Enjoy!

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Check Out the Explosive First Gameplay of ‘Kerbal Space Program 2’

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Gamescom 2019 brought with it a host of surprising game announcements and updates on existing games. One of the most unexpected announcements was the reveal of Kerbal Space Program 2, the sequel to the viral, totally accurate space simulator that first released on PC back in 2011.

Now, shortly after its initial reveal, Gamespot has gone live with the first gameplay of this much-anticipated sequel. Fittingly enough, the footage showcases all the spectacularly explosive spaceships, interstellar exploration, and intrepid Kerbal explorers that the series has become known for.

It should be noted that the footage is pre-alpha, so although the gameplay does show some issues with frame rate and graphics, those should be polished up before the game’s full launch on PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2020.

Here’s the full description of the game, courtesy of its official website:

With the original Kerbal Space Program having become one of the most beloved games of all time and now bigger than ever, Kerbal Space Program 2 has been fully redesigned from the ground up to meet the demands of modern and next-generation space exploration, all while maintaining the monumental foundations of the first game. Build a space program, construct powerful spacecraft, design resource-gathering colonies, and much more to uncover the secrets of the galaxy. A plethora of exciting new features will captivate veteran and returning players, as well as usher in a whole new wave of Kerbonauts to the ingenious and comedic world that has entertained millions of players.

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Netflix Releases Teaser for ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’

The Netflix Television Event will launch globally on Friday, October 11

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It was on September 29, 2013, that Breaking Bad came to an end with the final episode of that series, “Felina” in which Walter White evades a nationwide manhunt in order to return to New Mexico and deliver the remaining profits from his illegal methamphetamine empire to his family. Knowing cancer will soon kill him, Walt revisits his former acquaintances to settle his affairs and prepare himself for the conflict and his death. When the credits rolled, audiences believed it would be the last time they would see many of these characters and while we did get a spinoff show in Better Call Saul, one character who hasn’t returned in any other show as of yet is Jesse Pinkman. That’s about to change…

Netflix announced on Saturday that it will release a new Breaking Bad movie that will center on Pinkman (Aaron Paul), who was last seen in the TV series speeding off in a stolen Chevrolet El Camino to parts unknown.

The film, titled El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, was written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, and will be released on Netflix on Oct. 11. The film is also expected to be broadcast at a later date on AMC, the cable network where the TV series was originally shown from 2008 to 2013.

Official Synopsis:

The Netflix Television Event El Camino: Breaking Bad Movie reunites fans with Jesse Pinkman (Emmy-winner Aaron Paul).  In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.  This gripping thriller is written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad.  The movie is produced by Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Charles Newirth, Diane Mercer and Aaron Paul, in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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Watch the Trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’ the First Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ Series

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Thanks to the arrival of the D23 Expo, Disney has revealed the first trailer for its long-awaited Star Wars original series, The Mandalorian.

Created by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), the series is set after the events of Return of the Jedi and follows Pedro Pascal as a mysterious, gun-slinging Mandalorian bounty hunter who navigates the seedier side of the Star Wars universe.

Along with Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian stars Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Taika Waititi. The first season of episodes will be directed by filmmakers like Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow.

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Here’s the official description of The Mandalorian:

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

The Mandalorian begins streaming on Disney+ on November 12, 2019.

Check out The Mandalorian trailer below.

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Soundtrack Gets a Vinyl Release

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While we don’t publish music news or music reviews here at Goomba Stomp, we are huge fans of vinyl and since we cover film, we figured this announcement would interest some of our readers.

Back in 2017, Jordan Peele’s Get Out topped our list of the best films of 2017 and while the year isn’t yet over, there’s a good chance his follow-up Us, will land somewhere on our best of the year list as well. There are many reasons why we love Peele’s ambitious sophomore film including for the suspense, cinematography, performances, and direction, but one thing that doesn’t get enough praise is the soundtrack by Michael Abels. And if you like us, love the original score, you’re going to love this bit of news.

After giving his Get Out soundtrack a vinyl release last year, Jordan Peele is now doing the same for the soundtrack to Us.

WaxWork Records announced the news earlier today and if you’re planning on buying a copy, you don’t have to wait since it is now available to purchase through the label’s website.

The soundtrack, which received a digital release earlier this year, features composer Michael Abels’ score, in addition to songs from Janelle Monáe, Minnie Ripperton and the “Tethered Mix” of Luniz’s “I Got 5 on It” that appeared in the film’s first trailer. The album artwork was created by illustrator Edward Kinsella and features an interactive die-cut mirror board back cover, a heavyweight art print and an exclusive essay from UCLA Professor, scholar, and activist Shana L. Redmond Ph.D.

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