Podicus Wrecks #31 – A Mutant Named Xorn

In this episode, we have a follow-up to how terrible Anthony and J.R.’s brackets have turned out, we discuss writers being duly credited for the stories they write (2:09), this week’s “Better Know an X-Man” features Husk (7:32), Jacob gives us a lesson on the convoluted history of Xorn (12:47), and we wrap out by talking about some video games we have been playing (43:28).

Why I buy Nintendo consoles at launch

With the launch of the Nintendo Switch just a couple hours away here in the U.S., I thought I’d share something that has been on my mind today.  While taking a walk at work, I started thinking why exactly I jump on Nintendo consoles at launch, but not others.  For the record, I have bought the Wii, Wii U, and now Switch all within the launch window.  While I do own Playstations 2-4, I didn’t but any of them at launch, and don’t foresee buying whatever comes next from Sony at launch, either.  But why is that?

I like the Playstation.  There have been many games that I’ve enjoyed released for the Sony systems.  Many games I’m looking forward to.  But with each release, I never find myself in a hurry to buy the most recent one.  I usually wait until there are several games released that I am interested in.  Why the double standard?  With the Wii and Wii U, there was nothing particularly big coming out at launch that I wanted to play.  Sure, the Wii had Twilight Princes, but I could have played that on the Gamecube.  Likewise, now with the Switch, I’m only for certain getting Breath of the Wild, which I could also play on Wii U.  Yet, I find myself really looking forward to getting the Switch on my lunch break tomorrow.  (more…)

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild trailer

This was the game I was looking forward to seeing.  Sure, for a long while, Nintendo had said it was the only game they were showing at E3, but that didn’t matter to me.  It’s new Legend of Zelda.  I’m also not the type to get discouraged by delays.  When Nintendo announced the game wouldn’t be out this year, and would be launching on both Wii U and whatever NX is, I also wasn’t that upset.  I still have a Wii U.  It’s not going anywhere.  I feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of it, and I’ll probably buy an NX anyways, because I still love first party Nintendo.

But anyways, the game looks beautiful.  I love how the game looks.  It’s a cell-shaded look, but not as cell-shaded as Windwaker.  I think it’s a really good look for the game.  I feel like video games are getting to a point where, with the more realistic graphics, all games are looking the same.  I feel like you should be able to look at a screen shot without any characters, and be able to tell what game it is from.  Or at least be able to narrow it down to a couple games.

I haven’t had the chance to watch any game play videos, but from what I read, this game sounds like a bit of a departure from some traditional Zelda mainstays.  Like, there will no longer be the senseless cutting of grass just to get money and hearts.  You replinish hearts by cooking.  And hey, there’s now cooking.  It also looks like the special weapons may be gone, and instead, the “Sheikah Slate” will gain abilities.  There are other changes that you can see in the trailer below.  I am greatly looking forward to this game.