What Nintendo Character Am I?

If you ever need your eyebrows slimed, call us first.


It’s popular with the kids and it’s popular with the squids – SLIME! Simeon and Scott are here to play with slime (in a Nintendo-like fashion) for YOUR enjoyment. So play along and see if you can guess the characters that their slimy faces portray.

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Nintendo Slime Co-Op Challenge

You could call us “YouTube Trendsetters,” but… you’d be completely wrong.


#553 – Never seen a video like this before on YouTube, have you? We’re playing with Slime, and you can just chalk this up as a Splatoon video, alright? The object of the game is for us to get each other to guess Nintendo related characters, objects, icons and more, simply by manipulating stubborn slime with our bare hands. Should be fun, right?

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Nintendo’s New Approach to New IPs

Over the years, Nintendo’s franchises have continued to grow, but many old games (F-Zero, Ice Climbers) may not see a new entry, and a few games (Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., Captain Rainbow) will likely never get a single sequel. There are a couple new strategies they’ve started using that are really elevating the new IPs right out of the gate.

Free Content

They don’t even call it DLC because it’s not optional. Updating new games instead of asking people to spend extra money on something new and unknown is such a smart move. You can purchase a game at launch knowing you’re getting the full experience… over time. There were a few things that should have been in Splatoon at launch (TEAMS!), but the map and weapon additions every Friday after the game came out that continued for months kept me going back. There’s no way I would have bought all the content in that game (as I tend to like certain weapon types), but giving them to me for free convinces me to try them out and dig deeper into the game. They’ve already confirmed that new fighters, stages, and arms will be available in ARMS following launch, so I know I’ll be throwing punches for a while.

Free content = Ongoing happiness

Tournaments

Splatoon was featured as part of the Nintendo World Championship and now both ARMS and Splatoon 2 have tournaments at E3 2017. This builds so much hype around their games and shows off the competitive side as well. Looking from the outside, ARMS and Splatoon appear to be casual games, and can totally be played as such, but for the gamers that want a deep and challenging experience, there’s no better way to show it off than on a big flashy stage.

Nintendo Directs

Having a Nintendo Direct specifically dedicated to a game has done WONDERS for Nintendo. For the day(s) from announcing the direct until the actual stream, I see Nintendo fans going wild with rumors and speculation of what the Big N has up their sleeve. Showing off new stages and modes plus announcing new characters in ARMS has reignited a spark for that game in a lot of people (myself included). There have been a ton of posts on social media about which fighter is someone’s favorite and planning which arm combos they’ll use with said character.

The possibility of more Reggie is never a bad thing.

Global Tests

Both Splatoons have had a Global Testfire and with ARMS set to have a Global Testpunch this weekend and the following weekend, it’s bound to get even more people interested and talking about the game. While it would be nice to have longer increments to check the game out, I think it’s smart to give people a taste with set times to play. It whets your appetite for the game just enough to sell it to you and makes you want to play the title right at launch to get back into it.

Here’s hoping to the success of ARMS and Splatoon 2. With all the hype that continues to build around them, I don’t see them going anywhere in the near future… but only time will tell.

Splatoon 2 Global Testfire Impressions

At least this is one game that we can say Nintendo gave us early access to! Har har.


Did you enjoy the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire? We sure did! It’s kind of crazy that the game is already in a fully playable state so far ahead of launch. Hopefully Nintendo used this opportunity to spot any hiccups or shortcomings with servers, but our experience was very smooth! In this video we’ll talk about the stages, weapons, and controls of the surprising squid sequel to the Wii U hit original.

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Nintendo’s Top-Selling Wii U Titles

Nothing more thrilling than game sale figures, amiright?


You might be very surprised at the sales records that some of the best Wii U games set. While not regarded as a financial success by most, the Wii U platform was home to some of Nintendo’s most polished work. And the sales figures and various attach rates prove that! Come with Simeon and Scott for a walk down monetary lane as they look at some dollars and cents.

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How Nintendo Handles DLC

Season pass used to be a bad word – now Nintendo’s saying it all the time!


Breath of the Wild may be receiving perfect scores from around the industry, but its recent DLC expansion pass announcement was not met with as much enthusiasm. Simeon and Scott take a look at Nintendo’s downloadable content track record today before discussing the promise of added content for Link’s newest adventure. How are you feeling about the opportunity to pay to play more of Hyrule’s open world? Sound off in the comments below!

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Why is Switch’s Voice Chat Through A Phone App?

Voice chat – real, true, genuine, actual voice chat on a Nintendo system. Someone pinch me.


The Nintendo Switch is taking a little bit different of an approach when it comes to online voice communications… all of that data is going to be funneled through a new mobile app the Nintendo is publishing later in 2017. This is a strange choice, and isn’t something we’ve seen before in the gaming industry. Will it end up being a positive or a negative for those who pick up the new console/portable hybrid? Ryan is here with a Crew Cut to examine all aspects of the issue!

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Switch Games – Remakes/Updates/Sequels?

SplaTWOn, coming to a Nintendo Switch near you, March 2017!


We saw a good handful of games during the Nintendo Switch reveal trailer, but it wasn’t exactly clear which ones were new games and which ones are making a return from the Wii U console. We look at all the clues and present compelling cases for which games are new and which ones are definitive editions!

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R.I.P. Nintendo Wii U (2012-2017)

Play

*Raises lighter and sways*


There comes a time in every console’s life when it’s time to say goodbye. Today we bid farewell to the Wii U and remember fondly it’s brightest moments.

Music: “Wii U-logy” by Ryan Van Liere | Download MP3

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Splatoon Showdown

Who is the splattiest of them all?


Simeon and Scott have owed each other a Splatoon showdown for a while! We finally put each other to the test, but one of us might need some more practice…

Shot by Alex Campbell

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Game of the Year Awards (2015)

And the award for most inappropriate advertising goes to… Yo-Kai Watch!


2016 looks pretty promising for Nintendo, but before we get ahead of ourselves, the Crew gives out its rewards for best games this year!

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2015 Game Awards Reactions

Not everyone is special… but we are!



2015 is almost gone, which means it’s award show time. The Crew recaps a few highlights of this year’s Game Awards show.

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Confessions of a Smash Bro

Welcome to Crew Cuts, which have absolutely nothing to do with hair and everything to do with Nintendo!

Introducing a new TBC feature – Crew Cuts! Get to know the crew members on a 1-on-1 basis. Today, Scott discusses what he has been playing lately, shows his gaming setup, and looks at his total Smash Bros. for Wii U gameplay timer a year after launch!

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Splatoon Updates with Ryan

~ Oh I can tell that we are gonna be friends ~

Ryan is the third member of the Two Button Crew – our resident streamer and Splatoon expert! Scott and Simeon have some Splatoon questions for Ryan, Mario Maker questions, and details on our Amiibo giveaway – don’t miss any of it!

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Nintendo vs. Voice Chat

Nintendo struggles to perform the balancing act of protecting their young fans as well as meet the expectations of adult fans. Voice chat is one of those areas that Nintendo fans may have felt slighted, considering the robust communication offerings on other consoles. In this episode, we took an honest look at the situation and the implications of Nintendo’s recent decisions regarding voice chat. It’s a more serious episode and it was cool to see that the TBC show can be lighthearted and fun as well as contemplative and heavy when appropriate.

The battle between Nintendo and online voice communication rages on. Nintendo has dipped their toes in the water with recent Wii U releases, but completely excluded voice chat in others. What’s really going on with this situation? What do gamers want to see happen?

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