Nintendo Directly Killed Luigi in Aug 2018

Nintendo Directly Killed Luigi in Aug 2018

Luigi dead and this the last Smash game ever, thanks for reading my article!

No seriously, they didn’t give Luigi back his soul and this Super Smash Bros Ultimate reveals new characters.

Simon/ Richter – which are similar in fight styles but different animations.
Alucard – Dracula’s son is an Assist Trophy
Chrom – Echo fighter for
Dark Samus – Echo fighter for Sammus
Rathalos – The first character to appear as Assist Trophy & boss
King K. Roo

Dracula’s Castle with monsters from the Castlevania series. Hitting candlesticks gives you items
Great Bay
Shadow Moses
Living Room
Gaur Plain
Figure-8 Circuit
Flat Zone X
Pokemon Stadium
Garden of Hope
Brinstar Depths
Unova Pokemon League
Final Destination
New Donk City Hall – we did it y’all; we have a black character in Smash – he’s just playing instruments.

With these new stages added there over 103 however, since you can choose battlefield or omega form for each stage this leaves over 300 stages to play on. And now you can transition in between stages during matches. With the old school stages, they kept the nostalgia but upgraded the experience, choose up two stages. There are over 900 songs, all the songs are derived from each title that is included in Smash.

The number of stages in Ultimate vs previous Smash games

The most impressive thing I’ve seen from Ultimate is its training stage. It shows you the range of attacks and how far characters fly from damage. This will be a game changer. Adding this stage shows me they are working to make this game more competitive. Sudden death is even a bit different, the camera zooms in and you start at 300% to create a sense of urgency. There is a tournament mode, choose the number of players and a bracket will be created. Tournament mode allows up to 32 players.
Squad Strike, 3v3 or 5v5. You can play with three players or play on a three-person team.
Smashdown, the previously selected fighters won’t be available after that round. So the more rounds you play, the smaller the selection of fighters get. The single-player mode is now called classic mode.

Opinion Piece
I think they’re going to put Goku is Smash and then you’ll know that it’s the last smash.

Masahiro Sakurai, director of Smash Ultimate, is sick of y’all!! Smash community, he’s done with you; he has to be! He said here is everyone, here is all the songs and stages you could ever want, please don’t @ me! What

A Little Bit of a Read
I really want is his take on the Smash community showing their behind at EVO. During the grand finals, players were throwing games and the audience were throwing things at the players because they didn’t like the characters they were playing with. This is unacceptable. Bear, who was present during this mini tantrum during the Super Smash Bros. Wii U Grand Finals reset said,

It was the first game of the GF reset. The players began by holding B, at 30 seconds in I pulled up the rules due to the fact that they were stalling. As soon as it passed 1.5 minutes I issued a yellow card for stalling and told them they got to play it out.

If I was Mr. Wizard himself, ain’t no Smash tourneys – that’s it. You don’t get to show your whole behind and still get an invitation!

Capcom Puts SFV at the Forefront for Esports | junaEsports

Capcom Puts SFV at the Forefront for Esports | junaEsports

Capcom is committed to strengthening its endeavors in Japan and all over the world, said Kenzo Tsujimoto, chairman and chief executive of Capcom.

Street Fighter V is played in over 100 companies.”
Recognizing SFV popularity will help in running events Tsujimoto is using that to maximize global brand. he wants SFV to branch out even further. Remember that Street Fighter movie from the 90s, it’s still producing revenue and helping with sales and to put money into SFV marketing and the esports department.

Human resources are being dedicated to the expansion of esports. Tsujimoto wants to increase title lifespan by up to five years, which is weird because Marvel vs Capcom:Infinite is pretty much dead. Haruhiro Tsujimoto, President of Capcom, wants to open more stores and increase sales via the store. He feels running Capcom Esports Clubs will build more of a market for esports interest and hype. The stores will have IPs & game demos.

Capcom Pro Tour will be held at the Tokyo Game Show in September. We learned earlier this year that Esports will be the main attraction at the TGS. There will be a spot for the top ranking Japanese player, this is to build more moral for the locals.

Watch the full Capcom Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Results Presentation here 


Kotaku published an article, To Eliminate Match-Fixing In Esports, Pay Them More.
The article brings up some good points, like paying players more money, I’m always down for that. Some competitors are throwing matches because they are promised more money like 10-time Starcraft champ Lee “Life” Seung Hyun. He received $60,000 to throw two matches in 2015. His total prize money for that year is $110,000 because he was still one of the top players. That was a pretty hefty bribe. The article goes on to mention how gambling almost ruined professional sports like the NFL. However, gambling made it more popular. That’s how you get people to watch teams they’re not interested in like the Browns. Gambling helped esports and yes increased organized crime, but saying that gambling could ruin esports, is a bit of a reach. It’s hard to rig Overwatch, League and Dota because they’re sponsored by billion dollar companies. DraftKings is already getting their hands on League. Then people will want to watch teams like Cloud9, kidding, kind of.

Hong “Madlife” Min-gi announced retirement last week. Last seen on stage in 2017 at League of Legend tournament. A lot of people are saying Madlife is the reason they main support like Matthew “Matt” Elento, the support of the Golden Guardians. His name used to be MattLife. Everyone is saying how MadLife changed the game but he hasn’t been on a team in over a year. For someone who is so reverenced, well respected and a legend, why hasn’t he been picked up? Matt was the last person to play against him in the Summoner’s Cup. The ESPN article is comparing him to Steph Curry, how sway? Curry is still playing! We need to take better care of legends.

League Switches up the Game…the Industry

League of Legends is changing the nature of this esports title to make it a long lasting game. It turns out the North American League already has this system in place. The difference in the European market is the League is split up in many different ways. Marc Schnell said in an interview

Currently, we have 10 teams in the league, and they qualify to participate in the league through a secondary league below that. That’s the old system. We’re moving away from that to an entirely different model where we’re partnering with 10 teams. Those teams will be long-term partners with the league. The concept is that the league and the teams become business partners to build and improve on this product together.” This may help so that League doesn’t become a revolving door. Or we can keep players like Madlife.

Overwatch Says It’s Hammond Time! | junaEsports

Overwatch Says It’s Hammond Time! | junaEsports

Overwatch it’s Hammond Time!
Overwatch Here Revealed
His name is Hammond; he is genetically engineered and is a tiny fury genius. It seems to come from the Horizon Lunar Colony and is good friends with Winston? He may not even be a hero. What I do know is, he rolled in my heart with his ball of death. Check out the tech:

Souce: PlayVS Tumblr

Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) is bringing esports to high schools

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NHFS) and RIIL entered a partnership to start an e-sports league in Rhode Island. The NFHS is looking to roll out this program in 15 more high schools by this fall. How it works is there will be two seasons, Oct. through Jan and Feb through May. Seasons include pre, regular and post competitions. There are different games available, which require approval. The leagues will be coed and unlimited teams can be formed at a varsity level. This allows more students to compete in the league. And the students matches will be live-streamed and play in front of a live audience.

All of this is being made possible by Play VS, a company hrlping schools put together this league. The students are required to pay $16 a month participatin fee. The schools need to have access to internet and computers.

Source: Rainbow Six Siege Website

Rainbow Six Siege is on and popping
The Paris Qualifiers started on Jun 22 through Jul 2.
Yesterday two Brazilian teams went head to head, BootKamp Gaming and Faze Clan, 6-4.
Today French league Team Vitality bested Mockit Esports, 6-1.
If you’re in Europe, North America and Latin America you too can join the first stage of qualifiers. Starting June 30th tournaments will be held every Saturday. The better you perform the more points awarded. Either eight or 16 teams will advance to the next stage based off points. Stage 2 starts July 16. Get more info here.

Microsoft E3 Briefing

Microsoft E3 Briefing

Microsoft’s E3 press conference is today and they’re trying to unlock the most achievements! In the beginning Xbox head honcho, Phil Spencer promised us 50 games, 18 exclusives and 15 world premieres. We’re going to explore a few of these titles.

Let’s start with a moment of silence for the person who got fired from Walmart for leaking all those games! We thought it could’ve been a farce but it’s all been true so far.

Photo Source: News4C


Halo Infinite popped up with a trailer. It’s been a few years for since Halo 5’s release. Fans could see the gameplay, lore were good but, is Cortana coming back?

Next up is Ori & the Will of the Wisp, this game isn’t unheard of; we knew it was coming. It is a Microsoft Studios exclusive. We can put this in the exclusive pile.

Now we’re getting into the world pemired games starting with Sekiro, Shadows Die Twice. The trailer didn’t give us too much information about gameplay. However, we do know the game timeframe is 1500s Sengoku Japan. This title could be an action/adventure/rpg. This game is made by FromSoftware which also produces DarkSouls. Maybe it’ll be a similar game or they could be branching off into new terriroties. I do know that the Sumo kinned wrestler looks like a version of Borracho from Mortal Kombat. During the trailer he spit up or threw up green stuff over his sword. That alone had me interested and grossed out.

A few good things happening with Xbox GamePass. The latest released version of Fallout with becoming to the subscription. Todd Howard was super happy to announce that as well as Fallout 76 coming to Xbox.

Mothman was debuted in the trailer. during the documentary about Bethesda Game Studios recently released on YouTube there was a dev wearing a mothian shirt. Fallout 76 takes place in West Virginia. In WV folklore, Mothman is a thing. So it’s been confirmed Mothman is in Fallout 76 as well as there are actually some green fields that haven’t been completed desolated by the bomb.


I believe this was in response to the Battle Royale craze and the potential games that would be catering to this fan base. But this really resonated with me while watching the Life is Strange trailer
Life is Strange is coming out with more stories, the newest on ie Captain Spirit.

Personal statement: I’m not sure if his mom is one of the ladies from the past Life is Strange series but honestly, I don’t care. I never really cared for that series. When I saw this little boy, I knew he was going to be the next main character and I instantly thought, *sigh* “I cannot play any more games with only white people in ‘em.”

I know how it sounds but, imagine how I feel. I honestly can’t expect them to put Black women, men or POC in the Life is Strange series. I’m thinking this way because that series is the kind of “white people problems” we talk about. Many Black and POC people go through these struggles but we don’t see them in that role as much as we see white women.



Of course Crackdown premiered, again. It’s a new trailer this time. It says play with Gamepass at launch..but whens launch? Apparently it launches February 2019. I feel like the same people waiting on Crackdown 3 are waiting for Kingdom Hearts 3.

Photo Credit: Me

We’re thinking it but he said it!


Kingdom Hearts
Oh, speaking of Kingdom Hearts it’s coming to Xbox on January 29 as well as other platforms. In KH3 Elsa is have a Killer Frost vs Caitlyn Snow internal struggle.


One game I wanted to get into but never got a chance, Nier Automata is coming to Xbox with all the DLC, arriving June 26, 2018



Metro Exodus’ trailer is definitely entertaining. When it first started I thought, ‘Who is this white M’baku screaming from the top of the junkyard about taking back the land.’


Sea of Thieves Cursed Sails is an Xbox exclusive but not super new. The Cursed Sails is coming in July and Forsaken Shores is coming in September.



Here’s a real world premiere! We had an inkling another Forza was coming and we got Forza Horizon 4! I thought one of the drivers a darker complexion but, i think not. I was excited for that. A few unexpected things from Horizon 4 is the open world setting, quick chat response and the literal seasonal changes. With each season there are new events, experiences and a new take on forza horizon world. It will be available Oct 2, 2018 on Gamepass.

Microsoft Merges with 5 Companies

The initiative is a new Microsoft studio lead by Darryl Gallagher, formal head of Crystal Dynamics.
Microsoft merges with Undead Labs, which made – Into the Worlds; Playground Games, which made Forza & is bringing their expertise of open world engines. Ninja Theory, which made Kung Fu Chaos and Hellblade and Compulsion Games, which made We Happy Few.

PUBG new trailer & modes



Tales of Vesperia made its world premiere with it’s Definitive Edition. The remastered version of this RPG is accompanied by robust combat system, banging soundtrack and is coming this winter.

Division 2

had its turn in the spotlight. We had a chance to see a glimpse of actual gameplay.

Then the Head of Xbox Engineer team came out and announced a few more games for GamePass. We already know about Fallout 4 but there is also, The Division, Elder Scrolls and all Xbox Enhanced games are available today.

There were so many Indie Games there we didn’t get to see but here’s a list:
After Party, Fringe Wars, Below, Waking, Rajh, Super Meatboy, Sable & Dead cells

Session, another Xbox exclusive. It looks like a skating game. Maybe we need something to fill the Tony Hawk Pro Skater void.

DMC World Premiere

Capcom and Hideki Kamiya did it again, DEVIL MAY CRY 5! I was excited to see a black man in the trailer, even though, ya know… protagonist, Nero, is white. Hideaki T said, I waited 4 years for this, DMC is back!
It’s been 10 years since last DMC.
Capcom scanned fully costume models w/ tech by Xbox to make characters super realistic. I think that’s interesting because the girl with Nero looks like Sasheer Zamata & Amy Winehouse mixed together. Kamiya said this is the best game he ever made.

Aww snaps! Cuphead has new playable characters such as Ms. Chalice. There’s also a new Chief but I’m not sure if he’s a boss or character coming in 2019.

Dying Light 2 – survive the night.and the day – modern dark ages
Techland – Chris Avallone
new tech advancement – your choice can affect everything in the game, how it looks, how it plays. A little bit more than a choose your own adventure as the eco system reacts to your choices. One example given is completing a mission for faction gives the city more access to water but then maybe it becomes a dictatorship from that same faction

You know that character they putin Killer Instinct, Rash,… they’re getting a new game. Battletoads is a 3 player couch co-op. I think its funny it’s 4k and the drawing is great but it’s like putting Minecraft in 4k, why?

A game for pops….not your dad but a Gears of War game with pop figures. Oh, good, it’s just announcing new Pop Figures. GOW has a mobile game, Gears Tactics. Gears 5 takes place 12 years before the first Gears.
Gears 5
Working on cross platform game streaming play from consoles, to PC to mobile

CD Projekt Red – CyberPunk

I think it’s so weird they’re not showcasing the One X for their demo play throughs!
I hope with all these new studios we can get some POC & WOC characters.

junaEsports | PUBG Shows Salt Levels

junaEsports | PUBG Shows Salt Levels

PUBG Emerges from their Salt pile to Sue Fortnite

Fornite is making more with microtransactions than PUBG is making in game sales. PUBG is suing Fornite allegedly for copyright infringement. Epic games is being accused of copying the game mechanics and items. Ironically enough concerning this accusation, Fornite is getting vehicles pretty soon. Both games released in early 2017 however, Fornite didn’t create a Battle Royale option until September 2017. Epic Games broke a world record of more than 3.4 million players online at the same time, the initial record was 3.3 million created by PUBG. PUBG applied for an injuction against Epic Games Korea in January.

“We filed the suit to protect our copyright,” the company told the Korea Times.
Source Both companies are under the Bluehole umbrella and the firm said it’s a shame that that Epic Games released a similar game. Epic Games had a hand in PUBG success, the Unreal gaming engine used within the game is made by Epic Games.

*Personal Statement: There have been so many games that have done Battle Royale mode. PUBG is lucky H1Z1 didn’t sue them. Also! Knowing that PUBG was inspired by the Japanese film Battle Royale, did they get a check for the inspiration? What makes it weird is that Epic Games contributed to PUBG’s success. It’s like having a little brother you don’t want to surpass you. Instead of spending all that money in court use it to make PUBG great on Xbox and maybe sales will pick up again. Fornite is free and available on consoles. *


Combo Breaker

Man, what an exciting tournament filled weekend! Echo|SonicFox took it all against G01 but not before reminding him, ‘Don’t come for me.’ Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition’s number one champ is UYU\NL with RZR\Xian close on his heel at second. We all thought Xian was going all the way! He really earned his spot in top 8. The Street Fighter that was the event of the weekend is Street Fighter Turbo. We had a double proposal, at the same time. Competitive player, Tanya @killermiller, coming in 5th decided to propose to her boyfriend, @Eltrouble, Eugene Lin, who came in first. Eltrouble decided to propose to Tanya as well.

*The Combo Queens meetup at Combo Breaker introduced me to a slew of women in the Fighting Game Community. I’ll be posting a video from our meetup pretty soon!*


Overwatch Matchups

Tomorrow night, New York Excelsior goes head to head with Philly Fusion, Dynasty vs Dragons and LA Valiant vs LA Gladiators. Who are you rooting for, LA or LA?

This is Week 3 of Stage 4.