By: Andrew Lister
Nintendo has done it again. Just when you think they couldn't come up with yet another outside-the-box concept (pun totally intended), they release a very strange, yet really impressive idea upon the world.
That idea is Labo. Stupid name aside, Labo turns toward engineering and the world of edutainment to create a brand new experience that pairs elaborate cardboard creations with the Nintendo Switch.
Yeah, you read that correctly. Nintendo is producing a series of cardboard diagrams that you put together to play video games in completely different and creative ways.
How creative, you ask? Well, during the trailer we saw the creation of a working cardboard piano, fishing rod, motorbike handlebars, camera, and remote-controlled robots. And that's not even mentioning the super cool VR-esque robot get-up that allows a child to literally play a game as a Transformer.
At first, you might ask yourself, "Is Nintendo really trying to sell us cardboard?" Yes, they certainly are. However, Labo is far more than just cardboard. It's an opportunity for kids to use their imaginations and do something different and more active both with their bodies and their minds. Video games are often looked down upon for their sedentary nature; they are blamed as negative influences. This flips the script completely and will fuel young minds toward engineering and figuring out how things work and are made.
And let's make an aspect of that perfectly clear: Nintendo said ahead of the announcement that this was something "crafted for kids and those who are kids at heart." This wasn't something meant for adults or hardcore gamers, and that's completely fine! Also, I totally see what you did there, Nintendo. "Crafted" for kids, eh?
So how exactly does all this work? Well, Nintendo's Joy-Con controllers not only have built in HD rumble, but the bottom of the right Joy-Con includes an IR sensor. Put simply, it is advanced technology that can determine distance and detect the shapes of objects. It's a feature that has been underutilized up until this point, but now it can be used in a number of really unique ways.
For example, the Labo piano works by inserting the Joy-Con with the sensor facing inside the box. When you press a key, the reflective tape on the keys are picked up by the controller and then transferred directly to the system, which plays the note. You can even add in filters that change the sounds made on your Switch, providing different ways to play music.
Nintendo Labo launches on April 20th, and you can pick up two different Toy-Con packs (a genius name, by the way). The first pack is a collection of five different creations: RC cars, fishing rod, house, motorbike, and piano; the second one is the complete and complex robot kit. The set of five will sell for $69.99, and the robot kit will be $79.99. Not only do you get the cardboard kits, but you get a physical copy of the gaming software.
While this may not be something for everyone, I commend whoever at Nintendo cooked up this crazy idea. This project screams Nintendo and showcases the company's continued innovation beyond its competition. Instead of chasing Sony and Microsoft to 4K and VR, they consistently change the definition of what it means to be a gamer and what their hardware can do. I hope these sell well, and I'm looking forward to what else might come out of their secret Lab...o.
By: Andrew Lister
It's hard to deny that 2017 was easily Nintendo's greatest year ever. The launch of the fastest-selling console in US history, the Nintendo Switch, brought the company that Mario built back from the brink of collapse after the Wii U years. It's not just the dual nature of the console, but the release of games like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey sent sales to the moon and back (pun intended). On top of that, they released a number of other amazing games and even managed to make the SNES Classic easier to find.
So where does Nintendo go from here? How could they follow up such a landmark year? What games will drop throughout 2018?
Fans wouldn't have to wait long because on January 11th, Nintendo dropped a surprise Nintendo Direct Mini, a 14 1/2 minute barrage of previews leading into the start of the new year.
Before we dig into my impressions, I do have to note how strange the days leading up to this Direct really were. A ridiculous number of leaks and rumors flooded the internet weeks before this Direct, and instead of confirming that a new Direct was indeed on its way, Nintendo decided to troll their fan base a bit. Rather than tweet out a date, they sent out cryptic images, such as Chibi Robo engulfed in flames and other bizarre retweets. Other companies got on board, too, sending their own fire-based images, and the internet was left puzzled and amused.
So with the Direct Mini out, let's talk about some of my overall impressions. As always, feel free to leave your own thoughts in the comments below or discuss all things Nintendo on our Discord channel! Click the link below to get started!
Happy Halloween, everyone! If you're like me, you're a fan of October. The hot temperatures of summer have finally gone away, it's blanket weather, and there's lots of scary stories and movies to immerse yourself in.
The Questionable Endeavor Network is one of the best places to check out some of our Halloween and horror themed podcasts, videos, and articles! Below is a short list of things that you can go experience right now and get in the mood of the spoopy season!
Watch a Scary Movie with Slasher Sanitarium
Are you a fan of horror movies and television? If so, let Caretaker Troy of The Slasher Sanitarium be your guide through the ins and outs of some of your favorite horror media. Below you'll find links to some of my favorite episodes, including his take on the cringe-worthy Final Destination movies and the horror-comedy Betelgeuse.
Experience an Original Frightening Tale
Looking for something new and terrifying? Look no further than The Shadowvane Podcast. Might I suggest that you start with the first episode of our original series Progenix Labs? Or how about one of our Classic Tales of Terror, such as the Edgar Allan Poe classic "The Raven" or a Lovecraftian masterpiece like "Dagon"? You'll find all sorts of terrors within. Listen...if you dare.
Horror-Themed Wresting Reviews
Some people might consider big men in tights to be a scary sight already, but if you are a fan of the sport, you know that sometimes the wrestling itself can take a back seat to the over-the-top theatrical elements. Listen to shows about Halloween-themed PPV events, such as the NitroMania Podcasts's review of the 1995 Halloween Havoc.
Or how about experiencing the greatest wrestling streak in history by listening to the first episode of Season 4 of New Blood Rising! I mean, they're talking about a wrestler that is apparently some sort of undead zombie.
Games That Will Scare You Senseless
Looking for something more visual? Go check out the newest series of playthroughs over at Nerd CTRL! The crew is playing Outlast as well as Layers of Fear! Will they scream like little kids, or will they manage to keep their cool? Watch and find out!
Other Scary Episodes!
Can't sleep from watching or listening to all the other scary stuff? Check out these other Halloween-themed epsiodes from some of our other shows: Taco Tuesday Podcast, Tooning Japanese, & The Reanimetor Podcast!
No matter how you celebrate Halloween today, make a bit of time for one of our many programs! And if you like what you hear or see, share this article or the shows with your friends!
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. This week I'm tackling the upcoming Nintendo Direct presentation and what I'd most like to see revealed!
The rumor mills started last week about a potential Nintendo Direct presentation coming sometime this week. When I heard about said Reddit rumor, I wasn't expecting much in the way of truth. Nintendo has already released a ton of games and information lately, so what else could they talk about so closely removed from E3?
Well, I'm glad to say that I was completely wrong. A brand new Nintendo Direct is dropping on Wednesday, September 13th at 6 pm EST, 3 pm PT. Nintendo stated that we'll get information regarding the next several months of games, and it's almost certain that they will focus on their upcoming massive title Super Mario Odyssey.
Given the fact that their Direct will be 45 minutes long (much longer than their E3 presentation, by the way), just how are they going to fill all that time? My mind has been brewing and formulating lots of great possibilities, but below are my Top 5 most desired announcements from the Big N!
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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. This week I'm sharing my love for the Nintendo Switch by giving my personal five best indie titles!
The Nintendo Switch has been out for about four months, and the system has already shown that nothing can keep the company that Mario built down. Even though the Wii U (despite it being a solid and fun system) wasn't the success that Nintendo was looking for, the Switch has already sold nearly 5 million systems in a short amount of time. That number will only increase as we have a Mario + Rabbids RPG and Super Mario Odyssey launch before the Christmas season.
Even though most people are going to buy first party games like Breath of the Wild, Arms, and Splatoon 2, there are a number of indie games available to play via the eShop. Sure, most of these games have already been released on PS4, XBox, or PC, but the Switch's ability to play on a big screen AND on the go makes indie games a perfect match for Nintendo's newest console.
Below you'll find my personal Top 5 indie games currently out on The Switch. As always, let me know your favorite indie games on the system below in the comments or on our Discord. By the way, you can enter to win a $25 gift card over on our #contest channel on our Discord! Join today and vote for your favorite Questionable Endeavor show!
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By: Andrew Lister
While going through Netflix a few months back, I noticed something strange. The first two seasons of Lucha Underground had been added. Maybe I just missed this somewhere along the line, but this was a new revelation for me. I've heard good things about the promotion, but as I barely have time enough to even keep up with the WWE, I never had the chance to give Lucha Underground a watch.
So as I sit down to start watching the premier episode, I figured I'd write an article chronicling my viewing experience.
Click the link below to keep reading!
By: Andrew Lister
Today marks the official second day of E3, yet as always we heard from tons of companies days before with big announcements. If you missed it, I've already talked a bit about my thoughts on EA and Microsoft's presentations, and I wanted to follow up with even more talk on some of the other companies.
While I'm champing at the bit to talk about Nintendo, I figure I should at least give a little love to Bethesda and Ubisoft, who had some interesting games to show off.
To read the article, hit that link below!
By: Andrew Lister
A year ago we launched the Questionable Endeavor Network. I honestly wasn't sure where it would go (if anywhere), and in just one year we've grown so much and have you all to thank.
The first article that we posted a year ago centered around E3 2016. It's cool to go back and read my first articles on E3 (which can be found here and here) and make it to this year's E3 and start brand new articles.
I'm a huge fan of E3! As a gamer, I get so hyped spending the days before the conference watching prediction videos and making my own predictions. The week of E3 I'm glued to my phone and TV watching YouTube and Twitch to catch all the big conferences.
So far we've seen big reveals from EA, Microsoft, and Bethesda. Seeing as how I'm a huge Bethesda fan, I'm going to tackle it in a separate article and focus this one on the former two companies.
So what stood out the most for better or worse? Click the link below to read my full thoughts!
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