Of all my interests, I find myself gravitating towards a few fandoms and geeky phenomenon more than others in any given month. I am enthusiastically enthralled with many things, but here are some of the geeky stuff that caught my eye this month…
Loot Crate is a monthly subscription service that, for a good price, will send the “Looter” (as its subscribers are called) a box full of geeky items every month. They promise a $40 value in each box, which only costs about $15 per month, depending on which subscription plan you choose. (The Looter saves more money the more months they sign up for.) These items can vary from shirts and socks to action figures and comic books. I find that the quality of the box varies depending on the monthly theme, but I’m usually pretty happy with the selection. I am always excited when I see that black box on my doorstep and it gives me something to look forward to each month.
On April 1st, Nintendo released their latest Nintendo Direct and announced that players would now be able to vote on who they’d like to see added next to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. But this was no April Fool’s – Nintendo soon posted an official Smash Bros.Ballot on their website with four simple questions: your gender, what character you’re voting for, the title of the game that that character appears in, and your reason why that character should become a fighter. Greater representation in games is all about making our opinions heard, and this ballot provides the perfect opportunity to let Nintendo know that there are awesome women that would make a great addition to the game. Though the voting is now closed, this was a great step towards making games more inclusive, and we at the Daily Geekette hope to see some positive changes come from it. So, without further ado, here are the 6 female characters we’d like to see make it into Smash Bros.
Christmas may be over, but family and friends are still around – and I’d be willing to bet someone has a new console burning a hole through their pockets. What better activity to do with it than turn friends into enemies by beating the virtual bejeezus out of them? To facilitate this post-Christmas activity, I’ve come up with a list of the best games to play with others this holiday season:
Every year, I start my E3 journey with a confident estimate of how much it is possible to cram into a two-hour live presentation. Every year, I totally forget that I started with an estimate, revel in the glow of gameplay trailers, and then, realizing I’ve forgotten my estimate, decide scientifically (judging by the exponential growth in giddy levels) that it’s been blown out of the water. E3 2014 has not broken this pattern. The presentations of Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo all satisfied and surprised their respective audiences, though there may have been a few unexpected bumps along the way (I feel for you, Conker fans). Without further ado, let’s see what each has brought to the stage thus far:
When the NPD released its February sales report on Friday, many people may have been surprised to learn that Wii U sales were up 25% from this same time last year, with around 100,000 units sold since the beginning of the month. Nintendo reported that this jump was largely a result of the success of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which sold over 130,000 copies from its release on February 21 until March 1, making it the month’s 4th highest-selling game on an individual platform.
Why is this a surprise? Disappointment and looming financial disaster have been plaguing the Wii U since its release in November 2012. To date, its only sold 5.61 million units worldwide, a sad statistic considering the fact that 5.3 million PS4s have already been sold since the console’s release three months ago. In January, Nintendo revised its expected Wii U sales from 9 million consoles to 2.8 million, as a key hope for the system – the 2013 holiday season – resulted only in more discouragement. In fact, the Wii U has done so badly since its release that it has cost Nintendo the entirety of its 2013 profits. In concept, the Wii U seemed like a fascinating upgrade to its outrageously successful predecessor, the Wii. The GamePad brought with it a lot of integrative possibilities for gameplay and the time seemed ripe for upgrades to classic Nintendo franchises, like Super Smash Bros. So, what went wrong? Continue reading What Does 2014 Hold for the Wii U?→
It’s that time of year again! Flowers, chocolates, and tiny, naked babies with bows abound; displays of sappiness alternate with exhibitions of misery, and most people are just happy when it’s over. But here at the Daily Geekette, we’d like to take the time to celebrate the mess that is Valentine’s Day in as nerdy of a way as possible, because love comes in all shapes, sizes, pixels, and platforms. So, without further ado, here’s a list of some memorable video game relationships (and some relationships we included just because we love them):