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Yeah, we were quite confused about the engineer line. Wife thought it was the commander they met at that camp because who else had any screen time? It could be a breadcrumb for a future series, but such an odd thing to latch on to by the actress.

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I'm happy to hear more will come, this means that scalper demand should het slashed and so long as there is demand they will be making more. I'm content to wait it out until I can hop on there and buy one myself without waiting for preorders or rushing.

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TalkBack / Re: Splatoon 3 Announced: Coming In 2022
« on: February 18, 2021, 10:35:34 PM »
Sony and Microsoft extended their systems by releasing "stop gap" products in the Pro and One-X. There is no reason to not expect a similar solution from Nintendo.

I try to separate talks of "successors" from "upgrades". Absolutely convinced that they do not intend to release a non-Switch branded successor device for a good long while. This is the device they have commented will need to be disruptive and different in its design philosophy.

In the next year or so I fully expect to see a "New Super Switch Pro Plus" that has some minor performance and graphical enhancements that is backwards compatible and scalable. It also falls in line with the Apple release style of upgrading their devices constantly.

This allows them to always be telling the truth...from a certain point of view.

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It looks like something different. Hopefully they follow through on the process unlike Maleficent which failed at celebrating it's villain as a villain and gave her a sympathetic "misunderstood good person" plot. Feels like they are trying to channel a bit of crazy Batman villain vibes but not quite Harley Quinn levels of crazy. Also not sure if this is a prequel, sequel, or "different story entirely that is loosely based off of 101 Dalmatians".

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1. Zelda 35 Celebration! A new Zelda game is announced. One of the Wii U titles (Wind Waker and Twilight Princess, not both) will drop in celebration. Collection of the 3DS Zelda's (Ocarina and Majora) comes to Switch a la 3D All-Stars

2. Prime Trilogy is released when the date/release slot of Prime 4 is announced (example: Prime Trilogy is out now/this Fall and expect to continue the adventure in Prime 4 in Spring 2022!)

3. Something Star Wars comes to Switch that is not Lego. Both something from the old LucasArts catalog as well as something newer and/or original for Switch

4. New Pokemon game releases, either Gen 4 remake or Let's Go Marill/Mareep/Togepi/Pichu (Gold/Silver)

5. Waluigi comes to Smash

6. A non-Mario Kart racing game comes to Switch (Diddy/Donkey Kong Racing, F-Zero, Excite Trucks/Bots, or different property)

7. New mainline Fire Emblem is announced but not released this year. Only FE releases will be a re-release like with Shadow Dragon or a remake of an older game.

8. Banjo-Kazooie game is playable on Switch (either as an N64 port or the X-Box ones or through X-Cloud/Gamepass)

9. A new Switch model is released that is both in line with what us "core gamers" hoped for in a 'Pro' model while not quite being what we hoped for at the same time

10. Nintendo annoys us by not fixing the joycon issues until the lawsuits force them AND continues to use these awful "Disney Vault release windows" to create artificial scarcity

So I got the Star Wars one, though I already hate it because of the trailer. Its the clearly "edgy custom characters that are not trying to be like Fortnite" that tell me this will be awful...along with the developers being a notorious mobile/facebook game dev. So it will undoubtedly be a microtransactional vortex.

I kinda grazed on the Zelda one, and there may be more to it down the road, but got the wrong titles so far.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Place your bets on Feb 17th Megatons!
« on: February 18, 2021, 04:40:27 PM »
Time to get your bets in for the Nintendo Direct Megaton on 2021!

ZELDA
Mention of Zelda's 35th to pick up where Mario's ends, including some game announcements.
4 Swords Anniversary Edition will re-release on Switch.
New trailer and info for Breath of the Wild 2.

DLC plans announced for Age of Calamity.
3D Zelda games released not as an All-Stars collection (Twilight Princess, Wind Waker, Skyward Sword)
We get a DS Zelda Collection instead.

?We'll get another Direct down the road that is Zelda themed to cover more details.

MARIO
New Mario Party Announced. New Mario Odyssey/3D sequel announced.
Plan to rerelease Galaxy 2 either as an add-on for 3D All-Stars or stand alone.

Mario Golf Announced.

OTHER
Something Fire Emblem related is announced. Maybe a new Warriors game.
Another Wii U port is announced.
Something racing game related announced. Either DLC for Mario Kart 8 or Home Circuit (new racers for that?) or a different racing game like F-Zero or Excite Truck or Diddy Kong Racing.
Ports of Pikmin 1 & 2 with a reveal that Pikmin 4 is coming.
Fighter Pass expanded again in Smash
Pokemon announcement that is both shocking an unsurprising. Details will be lacking until a future Pokemon related Direct


Whelp, I was on the nose about the Mario Golf idea. Also got the Age of Calamity DLC, but was that ever really doubted?

Surprised with how there was nothing on the FE front.

Overall it was not a direct for me. It just felt like all of the missing stuff we were supposed to get last year but delayed due to COVID.

The AC stuff seems nice but not enough to really pull me back in just yet. I'm REALLY burned out on that game but may rejoin and time travel to catch the Jan/Feb/Mar events and content, but aside from the fact warp pipes serve a gameplay purpose it's all just "more items". I'm worried they aren't going to be adding new legitimate features (buildings, gameplay hooks like swimming, substantive NPCs, and new actual collections like the bugs and fish). Other than the quarantine effect there is a lot lacking from ACNH that I and other have forgiven because of the promise of being added down the road. I'll be really disappointed if we just get new seasonal items from time-to-time for the next year.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Place your bets on Feb 17th Megatons!
« on: February 16, 2021, 06:08:43 PM »
I just remembered that Nintendo did a video for Fire Emblem's anniversary just a week or so ago getting together a number of voice actors for the series and it seemed to tease something else was coming, so maybe we'll see two more anniversary celebrations this year and even more content from Fire Emblem dropping. Maybe we get the next in these not-VC not-Switch Online remasters of old Fire Emblem games?

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I wonder if Zelda anniversary news will be in this or if they will do that later in the year.

I think a little of both. They will kick off with acknowledgement of the anniversary and something releasing with it, but save the lion's share of stuff for a future themed direct.

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I made a separate thread for tomorrows direct specifically. No points awarded, but bragging rights abound.

https://www.nintendoworldreport.com/forums/index.php?topic=66457.0

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Nintendo Gaming / Place your bets on Feb 17th Megatons!
« on: February 16, 2021, 12:32:41 PM »
Time to get your bets in for the Nintendo Direct Megaton on 2021!

ZELDA
Mention of Zelda's 35th to pick up where Mario's ends, including some game announcements.
4 Swords Anniversary Edition will re-release on Switch.
New trailer and info for Breath of the Wild 2.
DLC plans announced for Age of Calamity.
3D Zelda games released not as an All-Stars collection (Twilight Princess, Wind Waker, Skyward Sword)
We get a DS Zelda Collection instead.
We'll get another Direct down the road that is Zelda themed to cover more details.

MARIO
New Mario Party Announced. New Mario Odyssey/3D sequel announced.
Plan to rerelease Galaxy 2 either as an add-on for 3D All-Stars or stand alone.
Mario Golf Announced.

OTHER
Something Fire Emblem related is announced. Maybe a new Warriors game.
Another Wii U port is announced.
Something racing game related announced. Either DLC for Mario Kart 8 or Home Circuit (new racers for that?) or a different racing game like F-Zero or Excite Truck or Diddy Kong Racing.
Ports of Pikmin 1 & 2 with a reveal that Pikmin 4 is coming.
Fighter Pass expanded again in Smash
Pokemon announcement that is both shocking an unsurprising. Details will be lacking until a future Pokemon related Direct

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Youtuber Emergency Awesome thinks that both Vision and Pietro/Quicksilver are golems animated by Wanda's memories of them, hence why Pietro only seems to recall shared memories and Vision only remembers what Wanda wants him to remember and that all the multiverse stuff is a red herring for now. He seems more confident of the 'obviousness' of that answer than I am though.

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Movies & TV / Re: HBO Max
« on: February 15, 2021, 02:17:44 PM »
Wait, you men it won't be a 2 or 4 parter? When did that change?

It probably makes sense to just get it over with. If the first part bombs they lose out on subscribers/interest for the latter episodes and potentially lose out on net subscribers from the folks waiting until all 4 release to sub but the bad word of mouth kills off those people's interest by the time the final part drops.

Or it's what Snyder wanted and I'm overthinking the decision.

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However, people keep asking her if she wants anything changed or "Isn't this what you wanted?" to her either ignoring the question or just looking confused. Again, that could be either her powers working without her realizing or outside intervention.

It could be a monkey's paw-type situation where she got her "wish" granted by Mephisto/some-other-power and so when they ask "Isn't this what you wanted?" its a subtle reminder from her 'benefactor' that she did ask for this and these are the consequences for her actions and decisions.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Special Edition Switch Consoles
« on: February 13, 2021, 06:08:29 PM »
Should include an option for "I customized mine!" because there are a lot of great and easy to implement custom mods that seem quite popular.

I picked Rise since I love MonHun, though I won't be double dipping on a console just yet. I'll grab the pro controller instead for this theme.

I do like the Pokemon Sword/Shield one, but would have preferred it in a full size switch. I like the colors of the buttons and sticks.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Super Mario 3D World Thread.
« on: February 13, 2021, 06:05:28 PM »
I was going to wait for a discount/sale since I own it on Wii U already but a buddy wants to get it to play together so I'll be getting that sooner rather than later.

This was a popular one to play with the family but never got too much time to do so since Wii Us aren't as portable so 95% of the game will be new to me.

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My hot take during the episode was that FoX-Men-looking Pietro is Mephisto/the big bad for the show posing as Wanda's brother to try and keep things moving where they are supposed to be. And I do still think that Agnes is part of the deal as well. Notice that act with Agnes freaking out in front of Vision was the thing that drove him to cross the border and forced Wanda to expand the reality. Their goal is to keep goading Wanda into expanding her reality altering hex until it is as large as they want it to be (Large enough to open a portal? Large enough to become it's own kingdom/country/power source? Take over and rewrite the world?)

Alternately my post-episode hot take: the Director (Hayward? Hayden?) is Mephisto and purposely goading Wanda to either get Vision back or get her to turn him into a living Infinity Stone.

Both takes could turn out to be sort of right. I'm glad the episodes are getting longer, because they leave us wanting way more and its going to be hard to keep all of the elements of the show with the shorter runtimes. It already felt like they weren't leaning as heavily on the "TV Era Tropes" this time as it was seemingly quickly forgotten once things started going bonkers. Makes me wonder how much of the Tropes we'll continue to see in the final episodes.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: poll: How many Wii U ports have you double dipped on?
« on: February 10, 2021, 02:43:22 PM »
If 3D World's online multiplayer is remotely functional than I'd say it's one of the more substantial Switch ports.

That might tempt me. I have the original but never got around to finishing it. Online co-op could help me along.

A buddy wants to pick it up to play together so if he gets it it definitely changes my plans on waiting.

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I'm assuming he meant hero death by that statement.

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Administration / Re: Now That's What I Call Safe Words 17! Sign-up Thread!
« on: February 09, 2021, 07:19:51 PM »
Lets Honk some Stonks!

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General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: February 09, 2021, 03:13:10 PM »
Turbo Tax 2020 has a specific section for Covid relief and should ask you what you received for each round of stimulus. I messed it up because I miss-remembered how much I got when initially plugging in numbers and when I corrected it I watched my taxes due go up so it does have a direct impact.

For context, I received the full amount each round but put less for the second one, so it gave me a tax break for the 'missing amount'. When I added it back in the number changed to remove the benefit. Taxes are so depressing for me and wife as we always tend to owe no matter what we do (and we get advice to assist us each year to make sure we are maximizing things).

As our original tax advisor stated: "Welcome to the middle class! You are too rich to benefit from what you used to benefit from, but too poor to afford living without those benefits". Our two rounds of stimulus are basically going to cover our 2020 tax bill. On one had we have been blessed, but on the other the system sure makes it a pair in some ways.

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Anyway, my working theory now is that Agnes might be trying to resurrect the Infinity Stones. Or at least one Stone...that is interesting, because Vision's Brain was the Mind Stone.

So the idea is truly resurrecting Vision (as opposed to reanimating him like he currently is) and restoring the mind stone as well for her to take? We already know that the stones aren't gone-gone since they could go to another timeline and take borrow those ones. Having the occasional threat of their return would be a way to bring back some major threats of the past. Though I could imagine it getting old if it becomes a too-often recurring plot.

I thought the stones could reform themselves since they are products of the natural universe? The atoms would just reassemble overtime somewhere randomly? Maybe Wanda is actually reassembling the stone(s) and not realizing it by altering matter of the universe?

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General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: February 08, 2021, 09:30:48 PM »
p.s. the COVID Stimulus Relief bill was also passed.
I didn't get the first 2, and I'm not holding my breath for the 3rd, but I read somewhere that those that never received their prior benefits should still be eligible to receive them.

Were you supposed to qualify for them? You can follow up with the treasury if you didn't get them and both can be applied as tax credits if you didn't receive them yet (this is according to TurboTax when I started plugging my numbers as I understood it).

My sister filed her taxes later in the year due to extensions and got the first one mailed to her after filing since it was her first year filing taxes, so that could also still happen to folks as well.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: poll: How many Wii U ports have you double dipped on?
« on: February 08, 2021, 09:25:06 PM »
I've got ports of games I'd never bought before on an earlier system like Pokken Tournament, FF7, World of Goo.

I almost counted those, but it didn't seem to jive with the intent of the thread. I'm sure folks would agree that most of the ports are great and desirable games on their own merit, so it makes sense to buy them on the new system instead of the old for the typical extra features and content as well as the expected improved performance. The only reason it would be preferred to buy the older title would be for the possible lower price of a discounted older system or for collectors sake.

Do others feel the same way or am I being too picky with the terms?

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Its tough, because on one hand, I'd love more content at once, but on the other it could become overwhelming and exhausting like it did for Arrowverse. It will also create a form of FOMO (fear of missing out) because of how rampant spoilers are across the internet. I'm also wondering if we as a fandom can collectively maintain the excitement levels long-term in a television format. With films you had one every few months or more so there was time to digest, decompress, and theorize. Now with the breakneck speed of one a week I see the youtubers struggling to keep up. Just watched an episode of FilmTheory about WandaVision that is already a bit out of date from 4-days ago and even that video had to be edited with corrections/updates from an episode that aired during the post-production.

Add more MCU shows to the mix and your interest as a viewer gets fatigued. ALSO add in other shows you want to keep up on and it gets even more daunting. I intent to follow the Star Wars shows as well so its already feeling like a LOT of television content from just one outlet, not even considering other outlets like Amazon and Netflix. Something is going to give eventually for me at the very least. I try hard to avoid spoilers but it gets harder and harder as shoddy journalism and youtubers vie for your attention by slipping spoilers into headlines and thumbnails. I've already blocked nearly every geek/nerd/fandom site on my Google Now news feed app in an attempt to protect myself. Its going to just become exhausting at some point like it did for Arrow, and once you take a break, it will become more overwhelming to try and catch up in the proper viewing order.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: poll: How many Wii U ports have you double dipped on?
« on: February 07, 2021, 12:24:27 AM »
Ports I owned on Wii U
Mario Kart 8
Lego City Undercover
Hyrule Warriors
Minecraft
Pikmin 3
Assassins Creed Black Flag

Ports I owned on Wii
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Swords & Soldiers
Okami
Super Mario 3D All Stars (Wii)

Ports I owned on other systems
The World Ends with You (DS)
Super Mario 3D All Stars (N64/GC)
Turok (N64)
Monster Hunter Generations (3DS)
Final Fantasy Chrystal Chronicles (GC)

I...own a lot more than I thought. And I can think of many more I plan to pick up one sale down the road. Guess I like having the portability and easy availability to play these without pulling out old systems.

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