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My Parents Play - Yoshi's Woolly World

Our friends in Europe have been enjoying Yoshi's Woolly World for quite some time. Here in North America, fans have been waiting quite patiently. Thankfully, that wait is almost over! Next week we can all enjoy the wonderfully woolly world that Yoshi inhabits this time around.

For today, I'm very happy to share some footage with you of Yoshi's Woolly World. It's not just any footage, though. I thought this game would make a great focus for a Parents Play episode, and that's just what I've put together for you. Believe it or not, my parents do pretty damn well this time around. Well, my Mom always does well, but this time my Dad holds his own. I'm just as surprised as you guys are!

GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - What does the NX need to be a hit?

Shopping for dress clothes is a very trying experience when you're a big guy that never dresses up. Not one of the best ways I've spent my time off, but it had to be done! Sad part is, I still have more to do! Oh well, I sure hope you guys enjoyed your night for me! See you in a few, short hours.

You can all me a Nintendo fanboy all you want. I would hope that longtime readers know that I do love Nintendo, but I am not a Nintendo apologist. I don't agree with/like everything the company does. With all that said, I'm putting forth this statement. I really do love the Wii U. It has some hiccups that irk me, such as game loading time among other things, but I really do enjoy the system a great deal.

It makes me quite sad to see that people didn't latch onto the Wii U. We all know that Nintendo systems start at a deficit when it comes to building buzz. There's a large portion of people that just hate what Nintendo does no matter what. They just don't like the company and are out to spread the bad word on anything/everything they do. Sure, Microsoft and Sony have their wars between platforms, but it seems like large portions of both sides team up to bash Nintendo.

It is what it is and time moves on. Nintendo had a huge hit with the Wii and has had a swing/miss with Wii U. That's why the NX is on its way to us. We're going to learn about it in 2016 and I wouldn't be surprised if we saw it release before the year closed out. Only time will tell, but you can be sure that Nintendo has been using that time to do all they can to make the NX a success. Having it receive a lukewarm response like the Wii U could make for some very troubling future moves.

It's easy to make features and plan out ideas. It's pretty much impossible to guarantee a success. Nintendo can only do what they think will draw in an audience and capture the imaginations of millions. That's why I have this question for you guys. What do you think the NX absolutely needs/has to do in order to become a success? What features need to be included to get people to pick one up? What elements do you have on your list of must-haves?

Hangin' with Mr. Koopman - NintenDaan Wednesday

Here's an important bit of information. Due to time zone differences, the wonderful NintenDaan will actually turn 26 RIGHT when his round starts today! I know...shitty way to start off your birthday. Both of us realized this just earlier today! I promise I wouldn't make Daan work if I knew his birthday would fall right in line with his usual Wednesday block! I'm not THAT heartless!

So yes, while it may be the wee hours of the morning for Daan, it's still the start of his birthday. Please send him all the wonderful wishes you can muster up! Either comment here or hit him up on Twitter!

He's got the site from now until around 10 PM ET. That's when I come back from dress clothes shopping (shudder) and get back to work. See you later tonight, gang!

GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - Should we do another week of Nintendo love?

I gotta do some fancy clothes shopping tomorrow. A wedding is coming up and I have no fancy clothes. Man, do I HATE dressing up! It's just not for me...but alas, it must be done. Not the most fun way to spend an evening off, but so be it. See you in a few, short hours!

Some of you might remember a feature we did on GoNintendo a couple years back. I was getting really fed up with some outlets that were putting together 'days' of hate or 'weeks' of hate when it came to gaming. They were putting together entire features aimed at spreading the hate that games/companies get. I don't care what company or game is being bashed. I felt like the idea was an absolutely ridiculous one. Why would you want to celebrate hate?

I found out soon enough why. Some of those outlets that put together hate features announced that they had their highest traffic ever when that content was being shared. I find that so deeply saddening that I can't even fully explain it. It goes far deeper than just the hate people have for video games, but that's a discussion for another day on another blog. Here we talk about games!

I've noticed that ever since that initial push, more outlets have been running with articles that aim to hate on all sorts of content. I really cannot stand the sight of that stuff. I won't knock anyone that enjoys the content or works on it, but it's not something I personally enjoy. I want to combat that with the complete opposite approach. I wanted to do a week of love and that's just what we did.

Quite frankly, I thought our week of Nintendo love was amazing. We had commentary from all sorts of people on Nintendo. I'm talking about well-known gaming personalities, celebrities and even Reggie Fils-Aime himself! I'm still deeply humbled/honored by all the people that participated. Now I'm thinking I'd like to do it again! The question is, would you like to see it?

Are you down for another week or two of Nintendo love features on GoNintendo? It would take the place of our End of Day thoughts for each day, and we'd have features written by all sorts of Nintendo fans. If that sounds interesting to you, please let me know!

GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - Last week's video content from GoNintendo

Man, I am not ready for another work week. The weekends just blow by. It's insane how quickly they go. I sure hope you had a fun one! Let's let's hurry up and get to another! See you in a few, short hours.

Finally got a chance to log on and do my End of Day thought! Comcast has been having issues tonight, but it seems like they got their act together. Now I can quickly share the videos we published last week! Hopefully you'll find them entertaining!

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 529

This show ended up being a two-man party. Nicky Hill and I had our fun talking about all sorts of Nintendo news. Of course, with Nicky hanging around, we had all sorts of weird questions and strange ideas. We wouldn't want it any other way!

Download the show here (thanks MoldyClay!)

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 529 records LIVE at 3:15 PM ET

We got quite lucky over here. We thought a hurricane was heading our way earlier in the week, but now it seems we've been spared. The show was going to go on either way, but now it'll be a lot safer! Come here and join us at 3:15 PM ET to watch the show, as well as chat with us (and other viewers) LIVE!

Click here to join our chat room!

GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - My Parents Play: Skylanders SuperChargers

A week with sciatic issues is a pretty sucky week. Man, now I get why people say this pain is really terrible! I'm hoping things clear up over the weekend. I just want to sit comfortably again! See you in a few, short hours.

I don't need to explain the Skylanders series to you guys. You already know what it's all about. On the other hand, my parents have no idea what it is and have never heard of it. That makes Skylanders SuperChargers the perfect game to introduce them to the series! Watch as they both try to wrap their heads around the game, toys, vehicles, battle mechanics and just about everything else!

Check out the whole series and all our other videos here!

GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - How 'into' games do you get?

My leg is still giving me trouble, but I think we're slowly getting there. I certainly hope that's the case. I'm tired of hobbling around! Another day of rest and a heating pad lies ahead. Let's hope it does the trick! See you in a few, short hours.

Having my parents play video games over the last few months has been a truly eye-opening experience. When it comes to my Mom, I knew she could play. I also knew she had some struggles, but she manages to finish most of the games she starts. Sure, there might be things that give her more trouble than what I'd expect, but she still gets the job done. So far, watching her play has been really in-line with what I thought. When I watch my Dad...I don't even know what to say.

When I was growing up, lots of parents would make comments about how games were stupid and you didn't get anything out of them. You just sat there and stared at the screen...and that was it. No mental activity, no movement of any kind, just blanks stares. Of course, we all know that's not true because we play games! It's usually people that don't play games that make those comments.

I was lucky enough to have parents that didn't say that stuff. My Dad may have never played or really understood why I enjoyed games so much, but he let me play. Now all these years later, he's starting to really play and see why I do/say the things I do about games. The absolute best part of all of this is seeing him understand just how much of a struggle some games can be, which leads to true excitement and joy when you best those moments.

Just the other day, my Dad was talking to me about how surprised he was with his body's physical reactions to the games he played. When he was playing, he said his hands would get super sweaty, he'd get sweaty in general, he'd feel his heart pumping and he was welling up with all sorts of emotions. My Dad is really in shape for his age and just got a clean bill of health, so there's no underlying issues to worry about here! He's just feeling what a lot of us gamers feel all the time. I know I've been there pretty often!

There are certainly moments when I play that I get really worked up. I don't get mad and yell at games, but I do sweat. I can feel my hands getting slippery. I can also feel my heart in my throat when I'm fighting a boss that is really giving me trouble. Those few seconds where you're close to beating a boss and also close to death...finally doing away with an enemy that you've tried at least a hundred times. When I land that final blow and win the battle, I feel like jumping up and down/screaming. It's pure joy and elation. I'm happy I made it past a troublesome spot, but I'm also super proud that I have the skills to get it done!

How into games do you get? Are you sweaty like I am?! Do you end up throwing controllers against the wall? Do you phase out everything around you and just immerse yourself into a game? Leave a comment and let us know!

Hangin' with Mr. Koopman - NintenDaan Wednesday

Daan comes in once again to rescue me from the site for a few hours. I could really use it today. I am having major sciatic issues and I need to find a comfortable position to sit in! I just want to sit and not hurt...that's my plans for the evening!

Daan has you from now until around 10 PM ET. That's when I crawl back to the computer and pick up where he leaves off.

See you all later tonight, gang. Hope you're having a great week!