How not to promote the Nintendo Switch Online service

Aka, Nintendo of America’s recent tweet foolishness.

Nintendo of America recently posted this on their Twitter to promote the upcoming Nintendo Switch Online service:

So their telling us that, with the new Nintendo Switch Online, we’ll be able to play Super Mario Bros. 3 online. A game where the two player mode is not simultaneous but instead is by turns.

Checking the full list of the first 20 titles that will be available, they could have selected either:

  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Mario Bros.
  • Balloon Fight
  • Ice Climber
  • Dr. Mario

All of those games have simultaneous multiplayer mode which would actually show the online service much better. But instead, they go with a game that goes by turns when switching player.

The only way NoA could have made this worse would have been if they had tweeted about playing The Legend of Zelda online.

(Btw, if you look carefully at Nintendo’s screenshot, the game isn’t even being played online but in single player mode, as noted by the player icons on the left. An actual online screenshot is at the bottom of this page.)

Unlocking Trygames version of Mega Man X5

Long ago, I bought Mega Man X5 for PC (Windows) through Trygames since I didn’t own a PlayStation. And of course, back then, everything worked perfectly fine. Today, though, that copy of Mega Man X5 is now permanently locked since Trygames is dead.

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Moments when MMX Legacy Collections block screenshots and videos

It was expected but I hadn’t really experienced it yet. There are moments in both Mega Man X Legacy Collections when the screenshots and video recording are blocked. Once it happened once, I knew all the places where it would happen. Btw, I’m guessing these features are also blocked in a similar way in the Xbox One and PS4 versions.

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MMX Legacy Collection 2 – Two X8 videos (and comparing with old ones)

Since I had those old Mega Man X8 videos already uploaded to the N Masters YouTube channel, I thought to myself, “Why not?”. So here are the new Mega Man X8 videos recorded from the X Legacy Collection 2. I decided to specifically record and upload these two already since they are the same content that was previously uploaded.

Loading times are surprisingly quick now. Also, the X Collections give me the excuse to record and upload more Mega Man X game videos to N Masters since they are all now officially in a Nintendo console. 😛

You can watch the previously recorded videos inside this post, btw. Those were recorded from the PC version.

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An old Super Mario Galaxy wallpaper

Here’s another old wallpaper I made quite a few years ago.  This one’s based on Super Mario Galaxy. At one point, it was available at N Masters but now it’s not available anywhere AFAIK.

https://linknm.keybase.pub/Downloads/Wallpapers/mariogalaxy.jpg?dl=1

Again, like most of the other ones, there’s no other sizes available. It’s a simple wallpaper but I like how it came out with the starry background effect I did.

Status update of N Masters, Makendou Central, and other projects

Here’s an update on the status of each of the projects/sites that I manage. The short version: Everything is still alive and updates and/or changes are planned for each thing. The long version is below:

N Masters

N Masters will be going through some big changes. I still haven’t planned well what will be done but one thing I know for sure is that the focus on news is going away. It’ll focus more on being a community for Nintendo fans. You can already see the idea partially with how I designed the latest Card Generator for the first Splatoon. The whole thing needs an upgrade, though, and more games will be added too. There’s other plans and ideas for N Masters too but I won’t talk about them until I really define how it’ll all work out.

One thing I can say for sure is that the temporary account system that was used for the first Card Generators will be going away. Everything will be managed through the SMF account system, like it is done in the Splatoon one. More news about it will also arrive later, but the idea is that everyone who has an old card and wants to keep it will be able to login to their forum account and merge it with their current card. Also, leveling cards may not be a feature in the newest card generators.

Makendou Central

As still pointed out in the site’s homepage, Makendou Central is under hiatus. The biggest change that Makendou Central will receive will simply be a visual redesign, the basic idea behind the website will still be same one. There will also be some reorganizing of the site’s sections just to make everything easier to browse around but no content will be removed.

NovaFan Games

The site will probably be redone, or at least visually redesigned. (It’s a WordPress install so it’s just a matter of deciding how it’ll look and finding the appropriate style/theme. 😛 ) Behind the scenes, though, there’s been some work on a future project. Can’T say much about it yet, though. There’s also some work being done for one or two smaller games that may eIther be released as miNi games or simply as prototypes that I used as programming practice. These mAy include references to the bigger project, though.

Finally, expect, Makendou Central to be the first website seeing these changes since I will also use that as practice for N Masters. NovaFan Games updates will come as soon as I feel they are ready and are unaffected by the website updates of the previous two.