Converse In The Ninjaverse Episode 27: That Itch You Can’t Scratch


 

Converse In The Ninjaverse Episode 27: That Itch You Can’t Scratch

We’re back, just like that rash that you can’t talk about! After The Ninjaverse took a week off JD joins us on CITN for a hostfull episode. This week we talk about 3D jellyfish, Bayformers, classic video games, some Borderlands 2 stuff, Robocop’s puzzling suit, and MORE! As always you can follow us on Twitter (@halfazedninja@thecriz76@s3prototype@theninjaverse) and look for The Ninjaverse on iTunes, Stitcher, Facebook, our Cafe Press shop and Tumblr. You can also drop us a line at theninjaverse@gmail.com. Enjoy!

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2 Ninjas 1 Podcast Episode 26: THE BORDERLANDS 2 SPECTACULAR!


2 Ninjas 1 Podcast Episode 26: THE BORDERLANDS 2 SPECTACULAR!

Hey everyone! This week we did a special video podcast because I was in Dallas with JD for the Gearbox Software Community Day! We will have the audio version of the video up in a day or so so that all of your itunes links stay in order. Plus, we wanted to show off some of our swag 🙂

Anyway, here’s our first ever video podcast of 2 Ninjas 1 Podcast:

As always you can follow us on Twitter (@halfazedninja@s3prototype and @theninjaverse) and you can find The Ninjaverse on iTunes, Stitcher, FacebookCafe PressTumblr and the Ultness site! You can also send us an email at theninjaverse@gmail.com. Our intro music Dynamite Punch done by Mark Dago (@markdagomarkdago.bandcamp.com) off of the free download Kill Screen. Listen and Enjoy!

Converse In The Ninjaverse Episode 26: Travelling In The Way Back Machine!


Converse In The Ninjaverse Episode 26: Travelling In The Way Back Machine!

Keeping it brief since this show is hella late going up and I just landed in Texas. This week we discuss the legacy that Michael Clarke Duncan has left, Jerry Lawler’s condition and the death of G4TV. But we also do some Time Hopping with memories of the 80’s like Action Park!

As always you can follow us on Twitter (@halfazedninja@thecriz76@s3prototype@theninjaverse) and look for The Ninjaverse on iTunes, Stitcher, Facebook, our Cafe Press shop and Tumblr. You can also drop us a line at theninjaverse@gmail.com. Enjoy!

 

Oh Nintendo, What Are You Doing? (*UPDATED*)


Nintendo has lost their damn mind…

First, let me preface this by saying all of these details are for the Japanese launch. Things may (and hopefully will) change in other territories.

Ok, so Nintendo had an event in Japan announcing the Wii U details over there. Let’s start with the news that’s not going to hurt your wallet first. December 8th is the date the Wii U is set the debut in Japan and the two first party Nintendo games that will be launching with it are New Super Mario Bros Wii U (is it really new anymore?) and Nintendoland (which is not the sequel to the film Adventureland). No surprises there.

They also detailed a little bit about Nintendo Network Premium. Apparently it’s going to work like a sort-of rewards/discount program. Game purchases and DLC will be 10% off and, from the sounds of it, the more you purchase the more you save. I’ll touch more on this in a second.

Now here’s where stuff starts getting a little nutty. First of all, the Wii U will NOT come with a sensor bar. Nintendo’s reasoning behind this is that purchasers of the Wii U probably already own a Wii (the Wii U is backwards compatible with the Wii). Interesting, but this is the first clue of Nintendo showing it’s shortsightedness.

The pricing is the second clue. Nintendo is expecting the Japanese to trade in kids from the looks of the Yen and US conversion rates.

The Wii U is going to come in two flavors, Basic and Premium. The basic set includes the console (in white), Wii U gamepad, AC adapter, HDMI cable and 8GB of internal flash memory (but you can use SD cards to increase your storage) and costs 26,250 yen which converts to about $337 bucks.

Now lets talk about the Premium model. The Premium model includes a black console and gamepad, 32 GB of internal storage, AC adapter, HDMI cable, a gamepad dock, console stand and a 2 year subscription for Nintendo Network Premium. This one will set you back 31,500 yen, or $405 bucks.

The thing that strikes me as interesting is that 2 year Nintendo Network Premium subscription. As of right now there has been not mention of how, or if, Basic purchasers can get the Premium subscription. Also, the fact that it’s a limited subscription makes me wonder what the cost will be when it’s time to renew.

But, you know what else Nintendo loves? ACCESSORIES!

Let’s start with that extra Wii U gamepad (even though the system doesn’t support dual gamepads at launch). That will set you back 13,400 yen, or about $170. ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY DOLLARS FOR A FUCKING CONTROLLER? I can by a 3DS for less than that! The Game Pad Pro (ya know, the one that looks like the Xbox 360 controller) will cost 5,040 yen, which is about $65. That’s a little more reasonable.

You remember how the Wii U doesn’t come with a sensor bar? Well Nintendo is offering a a bundle that includes the Nunchuck, Wiimote and Sensor bar for about the same cost as the Game Pad Pro.

Now, like I said earlier, ALL of these details may possibly change for the US and European events. Our buddy Brittney is actually attending the Nintendo Press Event at 10am this morning so keep an eye on blondenerd.com for details of her misadventures in NYC. New York won’t know what hit it.

My predictions? I think the system is going to weigh in at $300 and $350 for the Basic and Premium editions, respectively and the extra gamepad is going to be $100. And at those prices? No fucking way is this thing going to be a hit.

Let me leave you with and old Ninjaverse proverb:

Man can not live on Mario alone.

(*UPDATE*)

So the US details are out and I was dead on with the price of the system. Look like they are going with $299 and $349 BUT the Premium system is going to come with NintendoLand. Both systems are going to come with the sensor bar (unlike Japan) and they are going to be available November 18th.

Oh and Bayonetta 2 is a WII U EXCLUSIVE?!? JD is none too pleased about that but it’s an interesting move. No word on a Zelda or Metroid though other than a Metroid zone in NintendoLand.

They also announced Nintendo TVii (isn’t that cute) that puts TV on your Wii U. You know, like you can do on your 360.

So what do you guys think? Is this making you want the system or do you not care?

YEEHAW!


So in a few days I will be boarding a plane and heading to Dallas for Gearbox’s Community and assorted other stuff. I’m going to be crashing at JD’s house for a few days and my plans while I’m there include checking out Gearbox (and asking Randy Pitchford if there’s going to be another Duke Nukem game that isn’t going to be shit), attending the Borderlands 2 launch party (Woot Woot!), playing a little Aliens: Colonial Marines and eating like it’s my last days on Earth. This thing is first on the list:

IT’S THE SIZE OF AN ARM!

This, my friends, is the Freebirds Super Monster Burrito. According to JD I can put whatever the hell I want in it. It’s glorious.

We will be taking TONS of pictures and video from the event so make sure to follow our Twitters (@halfazedninja@s3prototype and @theninjaverse) and we may break in our youtube channel this weekend too!

Also, since when did airlines stop giving meals on flights? This is like a 5 1/2 hour flight and they want me to get by on a half a can of soda and a bag of chips? That’s some bullshit!