How does Mega Man establish a series? | Evolution of Mega Man | Episode 1

What gameplay mechanics and other features does the first Mega Man game include that make this game special enough to span more than 20 years worth of video games?

The next episode will cover Mega Man 2, and how it built off of the original game and improved the formula and fixed the first game’s flaws.

This video series was created on a whim. Sunday night of this week, I thought about doing it and just went with it. Originally it was supposed to be one big video, but after four pages of script and only getting through Mega Man 2, I knew I was going to have to split it up.

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Whats wrong with the term Hidden Gems? – VLOG

I just wanted to start a discussion on the term “Hidden Gems” and see what everyone else thinks.

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10 Affordable Hidden Gems for the Super Nintendo

Why do hidden gems lists? Because they’re fun dammit!

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Is Mega Man X3 as good as X1 and X2? | Mega Man X3 Review | The Braselspective

My triumphant return to big ass videos! This is the longs I’ve gone for awhile and man it feels good to be back. This was a VERY long edit and I had projected it to be out 2 weeks ago, but the editing process took forever. I really like how everything turned out, though.

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Nintendo Doesn’t Want Your Money – NES Classic Edition


So Nintendo announced that they’ll be releasing a cheap method to play NES games on your modern TVs by way of the NES Classic Edition. This miniature NES contains 30 preloaded NES games and will have an NES replica controller using the same connectors that Wii remote peripherals such as the classic controller and the nunchuck use.

People are asking why Nintendo didn’t announce online connectivity or a built in cartridge slot, saying that this little novelty system will fail without support to play more than those 30 games. Sega put a cartridge slot on their Genesis repro, why hasn’t Nintendo? It’s a very easy answer. To cut costs and keep the system at it’s $60 price point. To put it in perspective: a NES usually goes for about $50, and a copy of Super Mario 3 – included on the mini NES – is about $20. That alone pays for the device.

This isn’t being aimed at hardcore retro game enthusiasts. It’s being marketed towards the person who played NES growing up, but hasn’t touched games in years. This could be the dude next door who spends most of his time in his yard or playing with his kids. Or the woman who was a massive Mario fan in her early years, but stopped playing games when she hit high school. This is a cheap way to expand Nintendo’s brand recognition and hopefully pull in some of those people it lost over the years.

Adding extra functionality would take more time and more production costs to produce, inflating the price. Sure, Sega’s Genesis reproduction was cheap, but Nintendo isn’t about cheap quality over composite video. If they were going to do it, they’d do it WELL, and that would cost more. This system is likely running a modified virtual console emulator, meaning development time on this product was likely negligible as they already have that technology ready to go.

$60 for a novelty item that could provide a decent amount of fun is reasonable. $100 to $150 for a niche item that includes online functionality and a cartridge slot for those people who kept their NES games around is not going to appeal to the same audience. Simple as that.

Nintendo is aggressively looking to bring back those customers they lost when they released the Wii U, those people who don’t actively game very much. “Filthy casuals”. This comes as no surprise as Nintendo also recently released their widely inclusive Pokemon Go, which a ton of people are playing, including a good number who don’t actively game on traditional devices anymore. You may also want to look into this article at Gaming Rebellion, where Matt Schultz talks about how former president Iwata talked about bringing gaming to everyone in 2014, not just gamers.

So what I’m saying is that if you’re reading this article, you’re probably an invested video game enthusiast, and Nintendo likely isn’t looking for YOUR money.


—Thanks to Derik Moore for the line about a used NES and SMB costing more than this device.

Prediction: Xbox Scorpio will have exclusive games…eventually.

Microsoft unveiled their latest two revisions of the Xbox One, (or what I lovingly call the Xboner…I know, old joke, just can’t stop typing it.) the Xbox One S, and Project Scorpio. The Xboner S will feature slightly better processing power and a smaller footprint than the original Xbox One, with the ability to play videos or Ultra HD Blu-Ray in 4K, but it’s not playing games at that new level of visual sweetness. (I’ve never actually seen a 4K monitor or TV…does it look that much better?) Yesterday (June 15, 2016), Mr. Phil Spencer, head of the Xbox division at Microsoft, said that the Scorpio will do nothing for gamers who don’t have a 4K TV, suggesting that the games will essentially look the same, just with an upscale to the higher resolution. He even went so far as to say that if you don’t have a 4K TV, than you should settle on getting an Xbox One S. (Seriously just about typed Xboner there again.)

Today (June 16 2016), he “clarified” his comments, stating that the Scorpio will absolutely have a visual impact on Xbox One games versus the older model console for players on 1080p TVs. In addition to that, the new hotness will be four and a half times more powerful than the original Xbox One. But don’t worry, any games that come out on the Scorpio will be playable on the ol’ Xboner.

Phil Spencer, probably.

Phil Spencer, probably.

Yeah, I don’t buy that.

My guess is that this is one hundred percent a soft generation leap for the console market. Sure, all games on the Scorpio when it is released will also be playable on the Xbox One for NOW, but give it a year or two, and we’ll start seeing Scorpio exclusives. Once households across the world and mass media have started embracing 4K TVs, the Scorpio (and likely the PS4 Neo) will already have an install base with a good number of early adopters, making the launch of the next generation of consoles that much smoother. Then in another year, Scorpio exclusive games will outnumber Xbox One games, and another year after that, no more Xbox One.

Hell, it may even take TWO new consoles to fully move away from the Xbox One. That’s how the cell phone market does it. You still saw people running around using their iPhone 4s when the iPhone 6 was released. Apps still worked between the two pieces of hardware, but more and more, those apps aren’t supported on the older phones.


This may all be old news to the people who have been really following this closely. I just figured I’d write out my thoughts on here. And after writing out most of it, I found that even the head of Xbox Operations, Dave McCarthy, says this will wipe out generational upgrades for console gamers. Everyone is saying consoles are getting closer and closer to PCs have it wrong. Consoles are becoming smart phones.

Competition Cartridges | The Braselspective | Nintendo World Championships and others!

This video was originally supposed to be a short and sweet list video, but I got ambitious. When that happens, I take WAAAY too long to finish stuff. The end result was worth it, I thought.

I decided to go ahead and do all the voice over in live action for two reasons: 1) to give everything a consistent sound. 2) to sound a bit more natural when delivering lines. I think it worked well, but I forgot to turn off the AC… -_- I’m such a freaking audio n00b.

I want to thank Game Trader II and Charlie Shaw in particular for giving me the idea as well as a lot of material and information for making this video. I’m incredibly excited to hit up the Missouri Game Con in August. If you get a chance, go swing by their store in St. Charles.

Onto the Credits:

JJ Hendrix – How I Got Nintendo World Championships Gold

Patrick Scott Patterson – 1990 Nintendo World Championships Recap and Finals

ars technica – Gold Cart Sale info – NWC 1990 Repro

Nintendo World Championships 1990 GameFaqs Strategy by BSulpher

JJ Hendricks – Nintendo Promo Tape: Campus Challenge 1992
(Includes 1991 footage)

RacketBoy – Behind the Sale: 1991 Nintendo Campus Challenge Cartridge

Mega RetroMan – NCC1991 Turtle Spam Method NCC 1991 Repro

Mario Wiki Information

SNES Central Information DKC Competition Cart Info Sega Blockbuster World VG Championships II

Missouri Game Convention


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