By: Andrew Lister
Welcome to the next installment of Tuesday Top Five! From time to time I'll be coming up with a Top 5 spanning a number of geeky topics. With the theatrical release of the Sailor Moon R movie coming out soon, this week we recap the best of the best Sailor Soldiers/Scouts/Guardians/Senshi.
I'm not ashamed to admit it: I love Sailor Moon. It was one of the first animes that I ever watched, and it has stuck with me as one of my all time favorites. I'm not saying the 90s anime was a perfect show by any means. In fact, at times it was overly sappy, had ridiculous, predictable plots, and suffered from some not-so-great voice acting.
Even with its flaws, I loved Sailor Moon for its heroic story, cool transformations and powers, and its genuine story of friendship and love. It brought me many great memories and moments with friends, and it jump started my joy for anime. If I never watched Sailor Moon, I would have never found Sailor Business, and that means there probably never would have been a Tooning Japanese.
Sailor Moon has 3 theatrical films in its repertoire (and a really, really bad fan-made live action), and it was announced a few months ago that Viz, the company that has handled the new dub, gained the rights to the movies. Not only have they re-dubbed the audio with the amazing new voice actors and plan to release it on DVD, but they also are doing a limited theatrical run across the United States. It just so happens that I have tickets for Saturday, January 21st in Iowa City, and I couldn't be any more excited!
To celebrate the upcoming film, here's my personal list of the Top Five Best Sailor Guardians. If you're a fan of the show, let me know your list below in the comments, or let's debate it on Discord!
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By: Jason Stuart
With Smackdown coming off of two of their best episodes in the last decade, RAW had a lot to prove. Not only was RAW coming off a bad show, but they were following another top notch episode of Smackdown, and they were up against the National Championship game for College Football. RAW made every attempt to set themselves apart, advertising the US title handicap match as well as appearances by HBK and Undertaker. Did all the efforts of RAW swing the momentum back in their direction? Time to break it down and find out…
So those were my bests and worsts from RAW and SmackDown this week. I'd love to hear your opinions, so Join Our Discord or comment below and let me know what you think. Also, listen to The Rundown this week as I am sure I will be arguing some of these with my fellow co-hosts.
By: Andrew Lister
Today is a really exciting day for Nintendo fanboys! Nintendo surprised the world when it dropped a YouTube video seemingly out of nowhere that gave us our first look at their newest video game console, the Nintendo Switch. The hype comes after what many would consider a less-than-stellar performance of their last console, the Wii U. In case you somehow missed last year’s video, give it a watch below. You won’t be disappointed.
I could go on and on for hours about how excited I am for the console, but I think I’ll save a lot of that for when I finally get my hands on it in March. The goal of this article instead will be to focus on what we hope to hear from the official Nintendo presentation later today.
The System’s Cost
When the Wii U launched back in 2012, there were two different versions: the basic and deluxe set. The basic system came with an 8 GB hard drive and cost $249.99 while the deluxe, which came with a 32 GB drive and a copy of Nintendo Land, originally cost $349.99. At the time, Nintendo’s touted a lower priced system than their competitors Sony and Microsoft. Although some criticized Nintendo for putting out a machine that lacked the power of the Playstation or Xbox, the smaller price tag worked to Nintendo’s advantage.
This time around, Nintendo finds itself in a strange place. They’re releasing a new console far ahead of their competitors (unless you count the upgraded versions of the Playstation and Xbox), and the system will still not rival the specs of the Big Two. Since the PS4 and Xbox One have been out for some time now, Nintendo’s device will have to be about the same price. Rumors suggest the system may retail for around $249.99. Depending on the games, battery life of the handheld, and a few other key factors, this would be a more than reasonable price to debut the system.
The Wii U was not a powerhouse of a system. However, graphics and processing have never really been Nintendo’s focus. People don’t buy Nintendo for amazing, realistic graphics; they buy their systems for the innovative and enjoyable games. That being said, the Wii U ran a 1.24 GHz IBM Espresso CPU with 2 GB DDR3 memory and a 550 MHz AMD Radeon graphics card. When you compare this to something like the PS4, which has a 8-core AMD Jaguar with 1.6 GHz processing power and 8 GB GDDR5 RAM, you can see the difference.
Will the Nintendo Switch surpass the Playstation 4 and Xbox One? Probably not. If anything, this is a chance for Nintendo to play catch up and get on par with the other two systems. For those that get a hard-on for bigger processing numbers, this might be a turn off, but the important thing here for the Switch is to have a system that will be fun to play and get more third party support than its predecessor.
Sources have reported that the Switch will run the last-generation NVidia Maxwell processor. This means that the Switch will certainly not be the next big graphical phenomenon. However, it does mean that we will see plenty of options for third party developers that make more realistic games to showcase their products on Nintendo’s new system. Again, I don’t really need to see every fiber of hair or feather detail of my Pokemon to have an enjoyable gaming experience.
Nintendo lives and dies by its games. The Wii U suffered from a severe lack of both first and third party content. I’m not saying that there weren’t some great games for the Wii U, however. We got two really good Mario titles, Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8, Pikmin 3, Star Fox Zero, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, and the brand new franchise Splatoon.
As far as first party games go, we know that we’re getting the new Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which I’m more than excited to play. We also saw scenes of a brand new Mario title in the video above. Aside from those games, Nintendo has an opportunity to come out swinging with some surprising potential titles.
The last major Metroid game we got was Metroid: Other M back on the Wii. Can you imagine how in depth a new Metroid game could be on the Nintendo Switch? Splatoon 2 would be a ton of fun as well and could really build on the franchise. And what about a complete surprise revival, such as a new Kid Icarus or F-Zero game? I’d be down for a fresh take on old classics.
And since the Nintendo Switch is going to be part handheld system, what about games that were exclusive to the DS/3DS family? There have been whispers of a console Pokemon game, which would be amazing, but Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem could make for some really amazing games as well.
Above all else, Nintendo really needs to cater to and bring in third party companies. They need to aim to get at least some of the major releases that drop on the other two systems. This will ensure that more people pick up the Switch and help keep it alive longer. Sure, I’ll play old games like Skyrim on the Switch, but new games are key. Also, the ability to play many of these games on the may draw people away from Sony and Microsoft and back to Nintendo.
We already have a general idea of when the Nintendo Switch will reach store shelves. It was previously announced that Nintendo’s new console would debut in March 2017. Now that we’re in the middle of January, the big question is exactly when we’ll be able to collectively throw our money at Nintendo.
We can only hope that Nintendo has all their ducks in a row and is ready to release the Switch in early March. My only worry is that we get tonight's presentation and for some reason they move back the launch date.
Watch Tonight's Presentation
So when and where can we watch Nintendo's live broadcast about the Switch?
Well, Nintendo is streaming their broadcast live from their offices in Japan, so if you're in America, you can watch the stream on January 12th at 11 pm EST/8 pm PST. For our fans in the United Kingdom, you'll have to catch it in the wee hours of the morning at 4 am the next day.
You can watch the broadcast in one of three places:
Are you excited for the Nintendo Switch? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below or join our Discord Channel and talk in the #gaming section! I'll be back later this week with my thoughts on tonight's presentation!
By: Troy Boesen
Monday Night Authority Figures: When Sasha Banks won the Women’s Title on Raw, the show was built around it. It felt special. This show was built around Stephanie, Mick Foley, and The Undertaker. I get The Undertaker is a special dude, but to have the show open with Stephanie and Mick Foley and then to keep cutting back to them is exactly what is wrong with Raw. The reason why SmackDown Live is considered to be so good is that the show is living up to the idea that the product should be about the wrestlers and not the Authority Figures. Daniel and Shane play the role of supporting characters instead of being like Steph, who feels like she is the Main Eventer and everyone else is a supporting character in her storyline.
By Sal D.
2016 saw a ton of really great matches in the WWE. In the spirit of the New Year, here's my top 10 list of the greatest matches from the last year.
10. Sasha Banks vs Charlotte (C) vs Becky Lynch
Triple Threat Match Women’s Championship -Wrestlemania 32
The greatest women’s match in Wrestlemania history was also one of the greatest matches in 2016 for both the men and the women. All 3 girls showcased their talents and put on an incredible display of athleticism and storytelling. The crowd was into this match, and you truly did not know who would walk away with the championship. This match would have been ranked higher if not for involvement of the Nature boy, but still warranted a spot on this list.
9. John Cena vs AJ Styles (C) vs Dean Ambrose
Triple Threat Match WWE World Championship - No Mercy
Although strangely booked as the opening match on the card (I’m sure someone had to catch a flight), the match itself was incredible. Smackdown Live’s Top 3 performers put on a clinic with everything from high flying action to stiff brawling to innovative combination moves. The double submission spot when AJ taps out is great because both Cena and Ambrose can lay claim that they won. I have a feeling AJ will make this list again…
8. Kota Ibushi vs Cedric Alexander
2nd Round: Cruiser Weight Classic
The Golden Star is considered one of the best in the world. Cedric Alexander proved he’s on par. The match had everyone in attendance and at home on the edge of their seat and could’ve easily been the Final, had the brackets played out that way. Ultimately, Ibushi did not sign with the WWE, but Cedric did, just like the crowd chanted for at the end of this classic.
7. The Miz (C) vs Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn vs Cesaro
Fatal 4-Way Match Intercontinental Championship – Extreme Rules
To me, this is where it took off like a rocket for The Miz in 2016. Miz’s body of work in 2016 will be remembered for his scathing promos, but his in-ring performances were some of the best in the company and certainly his career. The match told a great story, including the in-fighting between KO and Zayn (more on that later). Sami hits a Helluva kick on Cesaro only to be pulled out of the ring by Owens. Miz sneaks in to get the pin? Brilliant.
6. The Miz (C) vs Dolph Ziggler
Career vs Title Intercontinental Championship – No Mercy
There is still no reason why this match didn’t close the show, BUT, booking aside, this match was a roller coaster of high drama and incredible selling. With Dolph posting on social media that he hired a new agent to handle “other career opportunities,” the Universe was split down the middle trying to predict the winner. Who would’ve thought that Dolph vs Miz in 2016 would not only steal the show, but set the bar for the rest of 2016.
5. Johnny Gargano vs Tommaso Ciampa
1st Round: Cruiser Weight Classic
What a hard hitting affair this was! The fact that these two are tag partners and brought it like that was amazing. Go back and watch the definitive moment in the CWC and try not to tear up at the end when Tommaso put his arm around Johnny after they just went to war to close out the 1st round.
4. AJ Styles vs John Cena
No titles, no stips, no extra people. Just 1-on-1 for bragging rights. The match that saved Summerslam was AJ’s greatest performance in his short WWE career and one of Cena’s best. So why not #1? 2 reasons: it lacked the drama of the top 3 and don’t leave your wristbands in the center of the ring unless you mean it.
3. Sami Zayn vs Shinsuke Nakamura
NXT Takeover: Dallas
The Underdog from the Underground and the King of Strong Style had the best match of the weekend, and that was WITH Wrestlemania 32 throwing 7 hours of wrestling at us the following night. Credit to both these guys who never once stepped foot in a ring together and still laid out an absolute classic. The trading forearms spot was a little bit too long, but that’s the only critique I can come up with for Nakamura’s NXT debut and Sami Zayn’s NXT swan song.
2. The Revival (C) vs #DIY
2 out of 3 Falls NXT Tag Team Championships - NXT Takeover: Toronto
Often times, 2 out of 3 falls matches can be predictable and cumbersome, but that was not the case in this match. Both teams told a beautiful story that culminated in double submission spot for the final fall. The journey leading up to this match set the table, and we all jumped out of seats when Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano won their first championships in a WWE ring. Kudos to the agent for this match as well because the tie-ins to the previous match at Takeover: Brooklyn II were intricated flawlessly. Here’s hoping both of these teams will someday showcase their talents at Wrestlemania.
1. Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens
Billed as the Final Chapter in this long and storied rivalry, this match had everything anyone could ask for. “Final Chapter” aside, maybe these two will “fight forever”…here’s for hoping. This program in WWE dated all the way back to NXT: R-Evolution almost 2 years ago! The revival of this rivalry began at Royal Rumble, and this was the culmination of seven months of these guys beating the hell out of each other at every turn.
This match took place immediately after the WWE draft, and the only thing that would’ve increased the drama, is if Sami was drafted to Smackdown. But regardless, I like slow burning, drawn out storylines, and these two made every bump in this match feel important. And the bumps they took were sick. That brainbuster DDT on the apron? I still can’t believe I witnessed that. But for me, the finish was the best part. One Helluva kick was not enough. Sami held a prone Owens up as the hatred bubbled through his veins. Knowing he needed to finish his rival once and for all, Sami delivered a devastating 2nd Helluva kick and pinned his bitter enemy in the center of the ring. To me, that’s the reason I’m a fan. Get me emotionally invested and take me on a journey. Don’t matter where I’m going, I’ll just enjoy the ride.
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