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GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - Are you a toys-to-life fan?

Thursday is upon us, which means it's time for me to find a game for my parents to play! I have no idea what to pick, so I'm going to pour through your suggestions again. Whatever it ends up being, I'm sure the choice will be great! See you in a few, short hours.

There always seems to be a vicious cycle with popularity. More often than not, you see something become so popular that it becomes popular to hate on it. The very reason people start to dislike something is because so many others really love it. I will never get why that is. I don't understand why someone would hate something because others love it. I can understand getting annoyed when anything is shoved down your throat at every turn, but does it really make sense to hate that thing? If I catch a trend that millions are into, it gives me reason to check it out! I know that if I like something, I'm always very eager to share it with others.

One of those popular things right now is the toys-to-life category. There's no denying that Activision hit on something really big with toys-to-life. Everyone thought they were taking a major gamble when they turned Spyro into a toy-related affair, but the decision really paid off. The Skylanders brand alone created what is now a billion-dollar industry. Activision still holds onto a huge chunk of that cash, but many others have come in to try and turn a dime as well.

What was once a brand-new market is now full with toys from all corners of the industry. Disney was quick to jump on the bandwagon with their Disney Infinity series, which seems to have done quite well for itself. LEGO is getting in on the action with LEGO Dimensions in about a month's time. Nintendo also gave the genre a shot with their ever-growing amiibo lineup, which is certainly a different take on the idea. Still, these are all well anchored into the toys-to-life genre, and there are many other examples out there.

I'm trying to gauge just how into/out of people are with this type of game. I'm not against toys-to-life in any way. I actually really enjoy the idea and am more than happy to buy a few toys for a franchise I enjoy. I'm not going to collect every figurine and I won't unlock all the game's content, but I'll certainly see a lot of what there is to offer. I also don't mind having the figurines themselves, as they always look nice to display! With that said, I know there's a vocal crowd out there that is very much against this current trend.

Are you into the toys-to-life category? Have you dabbled with it but fallen out? Are you still into it in a big way? What franchises do you support? Will you be checking out the newest installments in established franchises as well as the new contenders? Leave a comment and let us know!

Hangin' with Mr. Koopman - NintenDaan Wednesday

Happy mid-week to all you guys and girls. I hope you've been enjoying your week, whatever it's been filled with. I know it's a bit of a downer with school getting back in session, but hopefully this year is the easiest/best yet! Even though I don't go to school anymore, I still feel your pain. I wish I could make the Summer last longer for all of you!

Whether you're out of school/work right now, thank you for spending some time on GoNintendo. While I may be stepping out for a few hours, you'll be taken care of by the wonderful NintenDaan. He's a guy that knows a thing or two about hunting down the latest Nintendo news! He'll do an amazing job, I promise. When he's all done around 10 PM ET, I'll hop back on and pick up where he leaves off.

See all of you later tonight. Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday!

GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - What should the next Mega Man game be?

Middle of the week already? I've got no problem with that! I hope your week is going well so far. Let's keep it going and work towards that weekend. That's where the real fun is! I'll see you in a few, short hours.

While Nintendo fans still have to wait for the 3DS release, today we saw Mega Man Legacy Collection hit consoles. It's not like you need the collection to play the games within. Mega Man 1 through 6 have been released on all sorts of formats, including various Nintendo portables/consoles. The Mega Man series was a hugely important part of the NES' library back in the day, and those games helped build the brand into what it is today.

That doesn't mean the franchise couldn't do with a shot in the arm nowadays. While Mega Man was a big deal when I was growing up, he hasn't quite held onto that stardom in recent years. The brand has fallen on rough times and its glory days seem to be behind it. That's not to say that things couldn't change up. We could get a game that brings the love back in a big way, including attention from newcomers. Mega Man Legacy Collection is indeed a ploy to make that happen.

But you have to wonder what else is going on behind Capcom's closed doors. You know there are ideas being tossed around for the next Mega Man game. It's something Capcom has struggled with for years now. While there may have been a few spin-offs and visual overhauls, it doesn't quite seem like Mega Man has found his way to really take advantage of the hardware and gameplay opportunities that the platforms of today provide.

Where does Capcom take Mega Man to give him a rebirth in this generation? I personally love the old-school style and would love to see that continue forever, but I also recognize that new things need to happen to bring in different consumers. I just don't know what that could be! Do you have any ideas as to what Capcom could do with Mega Man? Leave a comment and fill us in!

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

Time to tackle another work week. I know a lot of teachers are going back to school this week. I'm sorry your Summer fun is over, but it's time to better the world once again! I'm sure you'll do great, as will your incoming students. Best of luck to all of you this year! See you in a few, short hours.

Another week rolls on, and with it we have some original video content for you. A sincere thank you to everyone that has subscribed to our YouTube account or just watches the videos in general. I know we provide lengthy content that might not be the best to digest on the go, but hopefully those that do watch find the time spent worth it. I recognize your dedication and really appreciate it a great deal. With that said, here's a couple more vids to sink some time into!

As many of you have seen, my parents dropped by to play Super Mario Maker last week. I made them a special level in order to test their skills. Wondering if either parent can make it through? You'll have to watch to find out!

We also had episode 523 of the GoNintendo Podcast this week. Had a new crew and some good convos this episode. I also get to show off my fancy new bandana that friends had made for my birthday!

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 523

Poor Lube...he tried to make it to this podcast, but his car decided to blow up instead. That means podcast duties were left to myself and Mom Brain. I think we did a mighty fine job! Hopefully you'll think so as well.

Download the show here (thanks MoldyClay!)

GoNintendo Podcast 523 records LIVE at 3:15 PM ET

Time for another lovely podcast, boys and girls! Lube has a brand-new car this week, so he managed to make it to the show. I think Kirby is going to be here as well! We'll see you all very soon. Well, I HOPE we see you! Just head back to this post at 3:15 to watch and chat live with us/other viewers!

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GoNintendo 'EoD' thought - Hands-on Super Mario Maker makes it hard to take your hands off

Thanks to those of you that tweeted/emailed/Facebook/Instagram messaged me for my birthday! You all are truly wonderful people. Made a special day just that much more special! Now after a hard day of partying (working, napping, eating pizza), it's time for bed! See you in a few, short hours.

Well...time for me to eat my words. I mean, it's not because I lied or anything. It's because I thought I knew myself, but I don't. All it took was some time with Super Mario Maker for me to realize it. I'm quite happy to have things turn out the opposite of what I predicted!

We all know that Mario games are fun to play. I mean, that's what we've been doing for a million years now. The real question is, would it be easy and fun to create those stages? When it comes to me and user generated content, I really do love playing it. I like to see what people do and how they can twist tried and true ideas into something new. As for myself, I've never been a creative one. I like to play content, not make it.

Obviously a HUGE part of Super Mario Maker is actually making the levels. I had plans to check out that content extensively, but it was the playing of levels that I had my heart set on. That's how I felt when I fired up the game to give it a go. I should have known Nintendo better, damnit. They always have a knack of getting me to enjoy genres that I don't usually get a kick out of. The Nintendo touch is in full effect in Super Mario Maker, and it's very easy for me to say that I'm super addicted to creating levels.

Want a good example of how much fun I'm having making levels? I sat down last night to give some levels a go and see what I could come up with. I just kept going and going...and going. When I finally put down the controller to head to bed, I realized the sun was out. It was 6:30 in the morning...I kid you not. I made levels ALL night long! I only did a little playing to test what I made, but most of the time I was creating. It was such a fun experience...way more engaging than I ever expected it to be.

I think that has something to do with how easy it is to create content. The control setup is about as simple as it gets. You really couldn't make it any easier. It's intuitive, responsive and ridiculously user-friendly. I never felt hindered while making levels. I didn't even have to learn a single thing about how stuff works. All the pieces just come together in ways that make sense. I guess this is even easier if you're familiar with Mario games, but even a newcomer should be able to pick this up no problem.

I cannot wait to share my full review of the game with you guys, but that's not coming for a couple weeks. There's so, SO much more to talk about. I want to go really into detail about all sorts of stuff...but that time hasn't arrived yet. Please look forward to that review, because I'm REALLY looking forward to talking about this more with you.

...and yes, we'll be sharing some official GoNintendo levels with the entire world.

...and yes, my parents will be playing the game for their video feature tomorrow!

Hangin' with Mr. Koopman - NintenDaan Wednesday

Yet again, we find ourselves on a Wednesday evening. I'm about to head off into the sunset for a few hours, but not before Daan comes in and hops in the saddle. He'll be here from now until around 10 PM ET. That's when I mosey back to the computer and pick up where he leaves off.

Hope you all are having a wonderful week so far. I'll see you all later tonight!

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

Happy Monday/Tuesday, my friends. I know some of you are back in school now, so I hope your first day went well! Sorry your Summer fun is over, but at least you can still play some games in your free time! Hopefully this school year is the best one yet for you. I believe in you guys! See you in a few, short hours.

Ah, finally time to return to this feature! Our Parents Play series took a small hiatus due to a number of circumstances, but now we're back in action! So happy to have it return and it seems like you guys are as well. With that said, let's get to the video content we shared with all of you last week!

As I stated, our Parents Play series is back! We took your suggestions and had my parents sit down with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. They actually did pretty well with it! Of course, the reason you watch is to hear them bicker with each other. That's where the true love comes through!

We also did the latest episode of the GoNintendo Podcast. Poor Lube couldn't make it this week due to car troubles, but Mom Brain and I kept the ship afloat. We also play my favorite game...guess the top 10 NPD! My apologies for any video issues, as our internet cut out during the early minutes of the show.

Thanks again to all those that support our YouTube channel and the content we create! We have more exciting things to come very soon!

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 522

Poor Lube...he tried to make it to this podcast, but his car decided to blow up instead. That means podcast duties were left to myself and Mom Brain. I think we did a mighty fine job! Hopefully you'll think so as well.

Download the show here!