Q&A — 4.24.17

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Question: What Neo Geo games are you playing on your Switch?

Neo Turf Masters is a must own game if you’re looking for something that is pick-up-and-play. There’s a small learning curve, but once you get past that, the game is such a blast. As someone who doesn’t typically buy golf games, it gets a high recommendation from me.


Question: Which Switch game are you looking forward to most?

Super Mario Odyssey. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a 3D Mario title that emphasized on exploration. ARMS is another game that I’m very excited about.


Question: Are there any Nintendo franchises that you’re losing interest in?

I have completely lost interest in the Mario & Luigi RPG series from AlphaDream.


Question: What is the key to re-energizing the Star Fox franchise?

Nintendo needs to rethink the conventions of Star Fox. Similar to how Breath of the Wild rethinks the conventions of Zelda. Similar to how Metroid Prime rethinks the conventions of side-scrolling 2D Metroids.

The future of Star Fox, in my opinion, is the following:

  • An emphasis on online multiplayer dogfights
  • Remove the rails: Ability to fly anywhere in your arwing.


Question: Was it a mistake for Nintendo to sell Rareware?

The N64 years reminded me of the relationship between Pixar and Disney during the early 2000’s. Pixar was always brainstorming brand new ideas like Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, and Finding Nemo. Meanwhile, Disney was cranking out direct-to-dvd sequels like Lady & The Tramp II, Cinderella II, The Little Mermaid II, etc.

During the N64 years, Nintendo played it super safe by creating sequels and spinoffs to all of their SNES games: Mario Kart, Star Fox, Pilotwings, and F-Zero. Rareware, on the other hand, was always creating brand new IPs — Killer Instinct, Perfect Dark, Jet Force Gemini, Blast Corps — and new characters like Banjo, Conker, and Joanna Dark.

Fast forward to today. Nintendo has become much more aggressive about creating new intellectual properties and new characters.

  • ARMS (fighting game) feels like a decent replacement for the loss of Killer Instinct.
  • Splatoon (multiplayer shooter) feels like a decent replacement for the loss of Goldeneye/Perfect Dark.

Nintendo doesn’t need a new Rareware. They just need to continue creating new characters like Rareware did during the N64 years. Splatoon, ARMS, and Ever Oasis are all positive steps in the right direction.


Question: Were you joking on Twitter when you said Princess Peach has a gun in the heavily rumored Rabbids game?

They’re not realistic guns, they don’t shoot bullets. They are sci-fi cartoonish guns that shoot lasers, energy beams, and things of that nature. Characters can even have arm cannons ala Mega Man/Metroid. The game isn’t trying to be edgy like Shadow the Hedgehog. It’s meant to be super wacky in a cartoonish Looney-Tunes sort of way.