Pokemon Snap 2: Now or Never Scott's Thoughts

Pokemon Snap was an unexpected hit on Nintendo 64. Not only did it gather a cult following, but it went beyond that and achieved mainstream popularity.

It was a really simple game; basically an on-rails shooter with a camera instead of guns. Your “head-shots” were awarded based on how centered the pictures were, and you had items to help lure certain monsters out of hiding and into the frame. A truly excellent spin-off.

Nintendo fans haven’t stopped clamoring for a follow-up since it was released. Between then and now we’ve successfully argued our way into getting Earthbound localizations, Operation Rainfall RPGs, a 2D Metroid sequel, and more. But no sign of Pokemon Snap 2.

The Pokemon Company knows that it’s popular. They have heard their fans. Sun & Moon featured a bare-bones mode that nodded to Snap gameplay, but nowhere near enough to satiate the fanbase.

Look, I want a proper Pokemon Snap 2 as much as the next guy, but if we don’t get it on Switch, you can safely let go of that hope.

This is the generation that Nintendo is listening. They’re hungry and scrappy after the financial failure of Wii U, and they’re putting their best foot forward with Switch to provide gamers the experiences they’ve been asking for.

If Nintendo and The Pokemon Company don’t team up to make this happen in the next few years… I’m sorry, it’s just going to live on as a fond memory.

Now or never, Nintendo. Your move!

Pokemon on Switch, Huge Splatoon 2 Update


Nintendo just blew the roof off Splatoon 2 by adding in a ton of new content, as well as feature we’ve been asking for since the original’s launch: fast gear swapping. We’ve also got news on the direction GameFreak will be taking Pokemon on Switch, and more! It’s a big news week so buckle up and hit the play button.

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Pokken Tournament DX – I Choose You!


Simeon and Scott scored a copy of Pokken Tournament DX on Switch, so it’s time to battle it out and see how the updated version holds up! There are some odd choices for local multiplayer, so the Crew will test out which one is best for competitors, while showing off all the awesome new additions to the roster!

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BotW DLC News, Namco & Square Exclusives!


It seems like Switch is actually picking up steam with third-parties! Sounds like a lot of exclusives are under development right now, just like Breath of the Wild’s winter DLC is! That, and more on this week’s installment of Nintendo news.

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Switch is Selling, But 3rd Parties Aren’t Buying


Do you want the good news, or the bad news first? (Well, too late – we already recorded this episode.) As you’ll see in the video, the good news is that Nintendo is on a huge roll with hardware sales. The bad news is, some third parties are still holding out before committing to support the system with games. Will it be too late by the time they get on board?

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Pokken Tournament DX Impressions (PAX 2017)

I think I discovered a pattern… this guy always let me win Round 1 and then spanked me!


#597 – Pokken is back! We played the original on Wii U, but now the Switch is receiving a deluxe inversion that includes all the arcade characters, plus a newcomer! Scott challenges a Nintendo rep in this video, so forgive him if he gets spanked. At least you get to see four playable characters in action that weren’t available on the Wii U version!

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Fun with Fusing Pokemon

When Hitmonchan is not Hitmonchan…


What’s better than two Pokemon? One Pokemon made by mashing the two together! We’ve explored the mad science that is Pokemon Fusion!

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Caption This! Nintendo Photo Challenge

We apologize. But not really.


#508 – Oh dear. We’ve done it… we’ve gathered the internet’s most awkward Nintendo screenshots and we’ve put horribly hilarious captions to them! See if you can top ours by leaving your own in the comments.

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Pokemon Card Showdown – TCG Battle!

The resolution’s not bad – your eyes are just not working properly today!


#503 – Simeon and Scott used to play Pokemon cards before they played much video games. Those were the… old days! And today we’re going to relive some of that fun, while Simeon uses a legacy Pokemon card deck and Scott challenges him with a brand new set of cards. Watch as they attach energy, play trainers, evolve, and kill each other by flipping coins.

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Pokemon TCG: Old Vs. New Cards

Basic Pokemon Charizard, I choose you! Quick, use Fire Spin for 1 colorless energy!


Simeon and Scott are fans of Nintendo and Pokemon from the golden age. They’re “gen 1ers” if ever there were any. So, naturally, this episode is based entirely on singing the praises of the first few expansions of Pokemon cards and bashing everything that’s come out in the last decade… NO, not really, but there’s a little bit of that. ;) Game Footage Credit: CGRundertow, TheJWittz

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Desert Island with One Video Game | NF + TBC

Thank goodness for unlimited electricity on desert islands.


We’ve all been asked some form of this question before: If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you take with you? This time, your only choices are video games, and you have unlimited power supply but no WiFi. Yes, the choice is tough. But Simeon and Scott thought this through and have come up with some of the strongest candidates. What game would you take? Comment below!

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The Nintendo Experience: Powerful Portables

Nintendo not only revolutionized the home console market, but time and time again, they’ve proven to be the best in the portable sector of gaming. We’ve already talked about several landmark portable titles for the Nintendo Experience: Pokemon Red and Blue and Pokemon GO. These games shaped the way we game on the go (pun intended), and reached far beyond the game to rock the shape of pop culture. These two games were not an isolated incident, and I would like to showcase two more games that are near and dear to my heart.

The first is one of the first games I ever owned personally: Game Boy Camera. To many, even those who loved it in its time, the Game Boy Camera is a joke. Compared to what we have at our disposal nowadays, it is. The resolution was bad, everything was in grayscale, the editor was primitive, the memory was limited to 30 photos, and, if you were looking for it to be a game, you would be sorely disappointed.

Something I will never forget, however, is reading my brother’s copy of “The Guinness Book of Records 1999” and seeing that this odd-looking Game Boy cart was currently the smallest digital camera in the world! I felt like a spy as a kid! It was a novelty, and there were enough menus in the game to navigate and not use (because I was never able to get my hands on a Game Boy Printer) to keep me occupied for a long time. Also, Miyamoto dancing!

If that’s not revolutionary enough to make it a must-play for Nintendo fans, I don’t know what is.

I think it’s time we talk about the real game-changer: Tetris. Tetris was a system seller, plain and simple. It got everyone who touched it into mobile gaming. It was accessible to people of all walks of life… unless you shun technology… I suppose. It’s simple, easy to pick up, and tough to put down. It is one of the best games ever. That is, until, Nintendo outdid themselves.

Here’s that 8-bit-“ish” art style that worked so well.

Tetris DS is the best game ever. I mean, Tetris was already the best, but they found a way to improve it. It had all of the puzzling proficiency of its previous iterations, but they made it streamlined. The multiplayer was great, the art style was perfect… What more could you ask for? I consider it the best version of the best game hands down, and I urge you: if you haven’t played it, pick it up. Like, right now. Why are you still reading? Oh, you already have it? Good.

Best of: Realistic Pokemon

Realistic Pokemon IRL video, anyone?


Oh, Fan Art. You never really disappoint, do you? There’s always something awesome, detailed, thoughtful, and mildly creepy. In this installment of the TBC show, we’re going to be taking a look at the very best Realistic Pokemon renditions, from artists that have taken the cute, adorable, and lovable anime-styled Pocket Monsters and converted them into truly horrifying, believable beasts that could be seen in the real world. Grab your favorite pillow and hold it tight for comfort, and when you’re ready, proceed…

Check out Realistic Pokemon Devianart

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Hidden Meanings in Nintendo Names

Good luck never thinking of Mexi-tots whenever you hear about the three legendary bird Pokemon.


Sneaky, tricksy Nintendo and their sneaky, tricksy localization Treehouse. We’ve identified a number of meanings that were hidden inside seemingly innocent names… names of Pokemon, names of Nintendo games, and more. Some of these you may have heard before, but we guarantee your mind will be blown at least once during the course of this video!

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What’s At the Nintendo NY Store?

Tickets to NY, please? This is somewhere we can conceivably hit up before our flight to Japan for Super Nintendo World…


It sounds like a dream: an entire multi-level store dedicated to our favorite brand, Nintendo. But it’s not a dream – it used to be the Pokemon Center, then it was Nintendo World, and now it’s Nintendo NY. And in case you were wondering, it’s based in New York. This magical retailer is run by Nintendo staff, and is decorated to the nines in Nintendo themed goodness! Baby teethers? Check. Games playable before they are released? Check. Guest appearances from famous Nintendo staff? Check. We need to visit this place.

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Dank Nintendo Memes

Sorry Karen – we still love you, but you already got your own entire video.


Memes, memes, a magical fruit. They make the Internet go round! Well, we’ve gathered the best of the best when it comes to the world of Nintendo. We’ve identified the funniest, the truest, and the in some cases the ugliest Nintendo memes to make you laugh. Don’t scour Google Images, don’t search Reddit – everything you need is right here. We’ve done the “work” for you. Sit back and relax some good old internet culture humor!

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What are Second Party Developers?

Ironically, some of the best Nintendo games were made by outside developers.


First party, that’s Nintendo. Third party, that’s everyone else – right? WRONG. There’s an inbetween status that developers can achieve by meeting certain requirements and penning certain deals with the hardware publisher. Tune in as Scott and Simeon investigate the topic, as well as discuss each and every major 2nd party that Nintendo has enlisted.

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Game Theme Hum-Down #3

This is probably our last time trying this game. We did way better our past two attempts!


We thought we were better at this game. It’s where you hum the tune to a Nintendo or 3rd-party game and try to get your buddy to guess the game. Well, we didn’t do so hot this time around but it might be even more entertaining to our viewers this way!

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What if Garfield and Pokemon had Babies?

Omagarf. It’s totally a thing now. Oh. My. GARF!


With all the hype circulating around Pokemon Go and Pokemon Sun & Moon, it is important that we stop and appreciate the smaller things… like Garfemon! Would you believe that an artist has been taking to Tumblr and updating his list of Garfield-Pokemon monster mashups every day? It’s unbelievable! These artistic creations combine the best of both the worlds of Pokemon and Garfield in ways you could never imagine. We’ve collected the best ones yet to show to you, and be sure to check out the rest at garfemon.tumblr.com!

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