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How To Be Part of the Cheerful Ghostradamus Radio 2019 Predictions Episode
You're a gamer and as such have an opinion on things you'd like to see happen in gaming in 2019. Maybe you have a thought as to what might happen that you don't want to happen but you feel might anyway. Take those thoughts, write them down and send them to us in a few ways.
1. Send me a private message on Cheerful Ghost. This is a good way to send me your ideas and keep the surprise private for the other listeners.
2. Email them to me. You can get my email address on the Cheerful Ghost about page so send those predictions along!
3. Comment on this thread. It's an easy option but the surprise for some might be lost.
Retrospective on Our 2018 Predictions
Firstly, I'm terrible at telling the future of gaming. That's not gonna stop me from making more predictions this year but my one lone wish to see a Nintendo 64 Classic did not come true.
Will Ball got close with his Virtual Console on the Switch prediction. Virtual Console on the Switch is not coming but the online service + NES games is a start and Nintendo is only going to keep adding to it over time. Will was right on though, the Switch was the number one console of 2018.
Travis struck out wanting to know more about Final Fantasy VII remake. It seemed like such a slam dunk too, why wouldn't we learn more about the game? Cheerful Ghostradamus knows for sure.
I'll have to ask Adam about this prediction because I don't know enough about the industry to score it. "VR will continue to become more and more valuable in architecture and engineering design and presentation to clients."
Travis pretty much hit the nail directly on the head with his prediction about loot boxes save one detail. "While we certainly haven’t seen the end of loot boxes, the Star Wars: Battlefront 2 outcry will make EA rethink their purpose a bit and others will hopefully follow suit, making pay-to-win hard to find in a game you have to pay for up front." Whereas this murdered EA during that time, I'm not sure how much pause it's giving other developers?
At the time I found Wills prediction about The Last Jedi funny because we hadn't seen the height of the backlash yet. At that time it was fairly mild and it only got worse over time. I personally loved The Last Jedi and find the whole fan reaction to be quite sad not that people don't like a movie but the depths some go to voice that. That said, this didn't happen and it doesn't look like it will. "What would a Cheerful Ghost article be without some Star Wars? After the fan backlash of The Last Jedi, and JJ’s carefully laid plans being ripped apart, Lucasfilm will release a JJ Abrams’ cut of The Last Jedi. This will set up Episode 9 so it can be true to JJ’s vision. It will also make The Last Jedi the highest grossing movie ever."
Whereas I'm not going to cover each prediction I wanted to end on one that i'll just respond to with a chuckle. "Travis: Valve will learn to count to three and we’ll get news of either Half-Life 3 (unlikely), Portal 3, Team Fortress 3, CounterStrike 3, Left 4 Dead 3, or DotA 3."
Read them all below.
MCU Lore Because Why Not?
I'm not gonna pretend i'm the person with the most Marvel knowledge but it seems Captain Marvel's Kree connection is a huge focus on this trailer and I remembered something about the Kree from past MCU films so I looked it up.
Yondu had a line from Guardians of the Galaxy 2 about being enslaved by the Kree.
Yondu: "I was a Kree battle slave for twenty years when Stakar freed me."
Seems Ronan from the original Guardians of the Galaxy was a Kree and not a particularly nice one.
"They call me terrorist. Radical. Zealot. Because I obey the ancient laws of my people, the Kree, and punish those who do not. Because I do not forgive your people for taking the life of my father and his father and his father before him. A thousand years of war between us will not be forgotten!"
Are all Kree bad? Apparently not but it seems they aren't viewed well in the Galaxy so Captain Marvel might not be fighting for the right side? Who knows, but the movie looks incredible so I guess we'll see.
Oh and the "Something from my past is the key to all this" reminded me of George Lucas saying something similar about Jar-Jar Binks.
I'm pretty sure that's a hot take connection you won't see anywhere else so you're welcome for that and I imagine we'll see a Gungan crossover in the MCU soon enough.
"Anodyne 2: Return to Dust is coming early 2019 for Windows and Mac OSX. Much like Final Fantasy, there's no need to play Anodyne 1 to understand Anodyne 2's story, but longtime fans will find connections to Anodyne 1! It's also available on Steam."
"The Elder Scrolls: Blades will release in Early 2019 for iOS and Android devices. We are incredibly excited for you to play Blades and you can still sign up for Early Access at http://PlayBlades.com ."
If this speedrun historical breakdown isn't enough for you, strap in because in a couple days i'm going to post my final 2018 GDQ Express wrap up series and one run features Mitch and Grand Poo Bear speedrunning Super Mario Bros. 3 co-op!
"Few games have made an immediate impact quite like Half-Life. From the narrative, to the level design, to the numerous spin-offs and mods! The original 1998 PC gaming classic is well worth revisiting."
Earthbound by Ultimoice in 2:15: 57 Earthbound is a classic SNES RPG that can be completed incredibly fast due to some really obscure game bugs. In this years GDQ Express Ultimo speedran the game under the all photos category to a crazy speed of 2:15:57.
Donkey Kong 5: The Journey of Over Time and Space by theboyks in 7:02 Donkey Kong 5: They Journey of Over Time and Space is a bootleg Gameboy cart that recreates the first five levels of Super Mario Bros using the Donkey Kong Gameboy sprites and music from games like Pokemon pinball. The game is pretty terrible and looks quite difficult but Theboyks runs it flawlessly.
Star Wars NES by Indy in 11:30 Star Wars on NES isn't a particularly great game and if you're not as familiar with it this run by Indy is a good way to get aquatinted.
It's Strange Coming Back To The Console World And I Didn't Miss It
I've been away from the console world for some time focusing on PC gaming and the 3DS. The Wii U is a good console but I didn't miss the install times, slow load times and general clunkiness of these kinds of disc based IO systems. I'm used to the quick load times of physical NES and SNES carts or blazing fast SSD drives on my PC, Mac or Phone. Heading back to the Wii U is fun but lots of that fun is slowed down by way to long install and load times. Now that most of the games I want to play are installed and updated, it's mostly fine, but that initial hit is painful.
The Wii U And The 3DS
The Wii, 3DS and Wii U share a similar user experience. The ideal of channels started on the Wii and moved to the the Wii U but the best realization of it is on the 3DS. The Wii U and 3DS were released around similar times but the 3DS user interface is smoother and to me seems better. The only real difference is that the Wii U is slower to load things and not quite as intuitive as the 3DS. This might be because I have much more familiarity with the 3DS but the 3DS just feels better as system to me than the Wii U. The Wii U is functional and also very pretty but the 3DS is just a better version of what the Wii U is trying to do, which is make playing games fun.
The Best Part Of The Wii U
The best part of the Wii U are the first party Nintendo games and I wish there were more of them on the system. The lack of awesome games was the big complaint about the system in general, not that people didn't like it, just that it disappointed people in terms of what you could do with it. This isn't a problem with the 3DS and seems to be fixed by the Switch as well and it's sad the Wii U couldn't overcome it.
Super Mario 3D World
One of the first games I wanted to get on the Wii U was Super Mario 3D World and I picked it up on the cheap at this years Portland Retro Game Expo along with a raft of other Wii U stuff. Super Mario 3D World continues the fun Mario 3D legacy but brings up to 4 players on screen at the same time making for some manic-fun gameplay. The first thing I noticed when I played Super Mario 3D World was how beautiful this game is. Nintendo games in full HD are an incredible sight to behold and the Wii U is flexing It's graphical muscles to deliver one of the prettiest games i've seen in quite some time. The only thing that took me a while to get used to in Super Mario 3D World were some elements of the platforming because you need to keep track of your position to not fall to your death. In the end it's not too hard but when you add another player it can get much more challenging.
With Nintendo bringing back the best of the Wii U games to the Switch I hope they do similarly with Super Mario 3D World. It has some overlap with Mario Odyssey but if people want even more Mario platforming, 3D World is a great game to play.
First Impressions Wrap Up
The Wii U is a very interesting Nintendo console and doesn't seem to get much love from gamers and not much more from hardcore Nintendo fans. Because of this I'm really happy to own a Wii U and it's been really surprising to collect for it as it hasn't been very expensive. The Wii U is a strange system with a lot of quirks that I really find endearing. It's the first Nintendo system to do true HD and has some fun elements like a tablet controller that seemed to be done better later as the Nintendo Switch. But since I love weird stuff, the Wii U feels right at home under my TV.