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Nintendo Direct Bombshell
Nintendo Direct unveiled a bunch of big announcements the other day, the highlights being a HD remake of Wind Waker, announcement of a new Zelda, a new Yoshi's Story game, a new 3D Mario game, a new Mario Kart game, and a new Smash Bros game to be unveiled at E3 this year. Other info like a possible sequel to Xenoblades, updates on Bayonetta 2, and a forthcoming WiiU firmware update that'll alleviate some of the sluggish load times and unlock the Virtual Console (as well as the announcement that Gamecube games and GBA games will be possibly sold in the eShop).

Quite a lot of info, but here's my question. Why is everyone surprised at it? I've lived through every console generation with Nintendo and I can honestly say, a lot of this wasn't really a surprise to me. Like, yeah of course they're gonna make a new Smash Bros, Mario Kart, and 3D Mario game. It's friggin' Nintendo. Why is that a surprise? It's not like those are second tier franchises like Metroid or Star Fox which may or may not get a console release... they're THE BIGGEST franchises Nintendo owns and we're only 2 months into the WiiU's launch. Of course we're gonna get those games.

Are the people freaking out just really young and don't understand how console generations work? Or did people honestly think Nintendo of all companies wouldn't milk their franchises for all their worth?

On Copyrights
It's taken a while but I have come to terms with the fact that I can't dictate where my content gets posted online. 9gag, Reddit, Memebase, tumblr, etc. If people like something I do, they're gonna share it with friends with or without my permission.

In the past I used to get annoyed at this (especially after seeing what happened to theoatmeal when he requested his stuff be taken off a lol website), but these days I just don't care. Trying to maintain a semblance of control on every work of art I've created is both a full time job and also limits the ability to gain new fans.

So these days I'm pretty much chill with whatever you want to do. If you wanna post my art anywhere or use it for a project, by all means be my guest. I only request that if you are gonna post my art somewhere at least give me credit or a link to the original source. As long as you aren't making gobs of money off it, I really don't care where my stuff ends up... Unless it's DA cuz my art is already here on DA and there's no earthly reason to repost my stuff here.

We cool on that?

Science Proves Trolls Ruin Everything!
Fun little article over on escapistmagazine.com. We all know trolls cause a problem, but now we have SCIENCE to back it up! www.escapistmagazine.com/news/…

Found the article quite fascinating, especially this little snippet:

Everyone who read a rude or derogatory comment quickly became more secure in their original beliefs. Most interestingly, the troll's stated opinion had no effect on the reader's reactions; it was the hostility itself that made everyone less rational. To scientists, this behavior bears a strong resemblance to the theory of motivated reasoning, which states that humans are emotional first and rational second. This means that if you're presented with a balanced and well-reasoned idea, you'll probably ignore the details if someone is hurling out inflammatory comments nearby.

Can't say I'm surprised, but it is comforting to know the science behind it!
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Flyffel Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student
"Are the people freaking out just really young and don't understand how console generations work? Or did people honestly think Nintendo of all companies wouldn't milk their franchises for all their worth?"
Eh? They said even in the ND that it should not be a surprise.
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Ardhamon Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The Nintendo thing caught me by surprise. I loved the fact a new Yoshi game is coming out as well as a Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei crossover. I also love the fact that Earthbound is finally getting a Virtual Console release in Japan as well as this big announcement that the creator of the mother series is making.
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Paladin343 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's actually utterly fascinating. I am so bringing that up in psych class first chance I get.

Also I think it's a shock to people because, yes, people don't really get console generations. I'm not quite old enough to have lived through all of Nintendo (no offense intended), but being limited by money and ethics to emulated SNES and GBA games (I swear, I'd get 'em legal if I could), and seeing the people around me, I can get it. It happens everywhere. Introduce something too different too soon and people don't want it, unless it appeals to the perfect and sizeable niche of people who didn't already have something they're familiar with. That's a huge crapshoot.

Therefore, big businesses with successful franchises have no reason to do anything too terribly different-- too different and they lose their fanbase, and there's no guarantee they'll pick up enough new people to justify. Their best bet is in sequel after sequel after sequel.

However, that's a shock to people (in either the OH YAY NEW INSERT-FRANCHISE GAME sense or the Wait, Seriously, More of the Same, Whoda Thunk? sense) because for the former, they haven't gotten to the point where they're tired of the same old thing recycled, and may never. Good for them, on such foundations are franchises built and maintained.

The second set of people are shocked because... Possibly because there has been a lot of innovation, recently, in the independent-game crowd, and thanks to the internet, those games are much more widely available to a general audience. And that general audience (barring our beloved Franchise Foundation group) has discovered that they like innovation. So looking back on, say, a new MarioKart-- there's only so many ways you can drive a virtual car, so many places you can put a car, so many hazards you can hit or bonuses you can get. There's very little innovation in that.

So the shock comes from a mix of not understanding supply and demand (you outlined that pretty well) and the conflict in a business between the safe course and the fun course.
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Flyffel Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student
You cann get SNES games legal on a Wii, you can get a Wii for like $40 nowadays...
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Paladin343 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That assumes that I have forty dollars to spend on something like that. Sorry, I've considered all my options.
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Flyffel Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student
You don't have 40 spare dollars? ô-o
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Paladin343 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
College student living off campus with an old, used car that runs on premium gas. Need I say more?
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Sarru-san Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I didn't know of the theory of "motivated reasoning"! =0
I've just thought for a long time that it's common sense. xD
Even if you're making a valid point, if you're being a snide jackass about it, no one is going to listen.
They're just going to pick up "This guy is being an asshole" and go with that.
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woohooligan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Mmm... yeah, first time I'd heard the term "motivated reasoning", but that's in keeping with previous studies on the subject of polarization.
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Kapten-N Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
So trolls are the reason that religion is not yet dead on Internet.
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marydemauro Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Goodness, what happened to theoatmeal when he made that request?
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He got sued by their lawyer, leading to an ongoing battle for about a year before theoatmeal finally won.
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marydemauro Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
HE got sued? Man!
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Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
An HD remake of Wind Waker? Awesome! That’s my second favorite Zelda game and you don’t even know how much I suffered when I lost it. I’m also glad that they’re going to include GB game and Gamecube games in the virtual console as well since there are a lot of games that I wanted but was never able to get such as Metroid Fusion and the Starfox games for the gamecube. I’m also looking forward to downloading Super Mario Sunshine which was also one of my favorite GB games (my nephew scratched the disc and I wasn’t able to play it anymore). Hopefully I might get the Wii-U next year if the price goes down enough.

I sure wasn’t expecting a new Yoshi’s story game but I’m glad they’re making one since Yoshi’s story was one (and still is) one of my favorite games :excited:
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lulucanpy Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm wondering if that firmware update will fix the Wiivuzela (screen freezes, machine makes a loud vuvuzela-like noise, all you can do is unplug the machine).
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sordragon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
SCIENCE!
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RuffPuff Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
There are suprised people? Didn't the man presenting the Wii U Direct even say they knew people wouldn't be suprised? O_o
I dunno~
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Hinata-teh-Lefty Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Photographer
I'm not usually surprised by what Nintendo does because usually, it's something good no matter what. It's cool when they announce something though! I am excited about Gamecube and GBA games possibly being on the shop though!

The art "sharing" only happened twice to me, but it's still pretty annoying. If it gets to be a bad problem, I'll probably have to quit trying to stop it.
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AlanSteenhouwer Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Hooray for science!
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Drunken-Dark-Soul Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this Journal.

Ive come to lose my love for Nintendo over the years.
It keeps bring back the same old things time and time again.
and they can, because people gobble it up like hungry-hungry hippos.

Like one time some bitch told me "Video games are too weird and violent, there needs to be more Mario games"
never in my life have I wanted so bad to punch the quiff producing lips off that cunt's face.

since then Ive died inside. I just cant bring myself to Nintendo.


on another note...
much love to the "So, You're A Cartoonist?" series.
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Terios-The-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
All I could think about this was pokemonpokemonpokemonpokemonpokemonpokemonpokemonpokemonpokemonyesgood
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NBbowler Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Of course they'd be making a new Mario Kart, Zelda, and 3D Mario. Doesn't mean we can't get excited about it! And I'm surprised they're already unveiling the new Smash Bros so soon. Since they already confirmed that there'll be one for both Wii U AND 3DS and that they'll interact somehow, I'm rather looking forward to seeing what they'll have to say about that.

And I'm rather surprised at the new Yoshi's Story game. Already got the title theme playing in my head!
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SasheraDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I was heartbroken when there were roumers of Brawl being the last instalment in the smash brothers series, but im super excited that there still continuing it! now I just need to save up and buy a WiiU... :paranoid:

Its just one of those games you can pick up and play with friends whenever you feel like it :aww:
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TriforceBoy Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I wasn't surprised about the news regarding 3D Mario, Mario Kart, Zelda, Monolith Soft's new game (which had an awesome trailer, by the way), and Smash Bros.; we pretty much knew announcements for those games would come eventually. What caught me off guard was the new Yoshi game (by Good-Feel!!!), Zelda Wind Waker HD, and Shin-Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem (with the announcement that Nintendo will be doing more similar crossovers/collaborations).
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Celia-Alva Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm just excited about the Fire Emblem X Shinmegami possibilities!!!!
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RookieOwl Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm actually surprised science proved this was right .... very interesting
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ArtistofChaos Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to see Bill Nye explain the "Trolls Ruin Everything" research.
I always thought he explained things the best.
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redzer0fox Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Didn't surprise me at all. everyone knows the rehashed versions would come eventually. didn't expect the playable games at e3 though, was a nice surprise.

Really glad I didn't buy the Wii U yet though. :)
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PixellPunk Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think it's more people are excited more than surprised. The HD Wind Waker was good surprise though. I was hoping for it so much that it felt like a pipe dream.
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Jope-san Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
bigger surprise is Shin megami tensei X Fire Emblem.
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CannedMadMan66 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Shin Megami Tensei is coming to Wii U? Sweet!! Is it gonna be anything like Nocturne or another edition to the Persona series?
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Jope-san Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem so I have no idea. Probably strategy rpg (genre which I do not like that much)
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CannedMadMan66 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Whoa, its gonna be a crossover of the two!? That's gonna be epic!!!
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TheGod2B Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I wanted a remake of majoras mask. The saving thing needs to be fixed. And yet, they don't do it.... TnT
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DaemonStalley Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The only things that surprised me about the Nintendo anouncments was Wind Waker HD, the possible Xenoblade sequal and Fire Emblem X Shin Megami Tensai. Although Yarn Yoshi was rather a pleasent reveal as well.
I think people just get excited when stuffs confirmed, even if they're basically confirmed anyway - announcing new Mario games will always make people happy, despite the fact that we knew it was going to happen anyway.
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kaput6no Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   Digital Artist
:iconhuhnoplz:

Aaaand another paragraph about trolls...
Sometimes I believe that you're your own troll... :no:
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XGYellow Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I wasn't the least bit surprised by the Smash Bros., Legend of Zelda or Mario Kart releases. I was surprised, however, by the new RPG coming out ('X'?) and the HD remake of Wind Waker. Also, I'm shocked that Nintendo is serious about getting titles that will either be on the PS3 and 360, or getting titles that would otherwise be on those systems (like Bayonetta 2 and Arkham Asylum).
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ArothWolferos Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
F-Zero...

*crosses fingers*
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Passin Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Interesting news.
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Queen-Evil-Fluffy Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
You forgot to mention the announcement about Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem.
Although I wish more details were given about that one. ;-;
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Mmkaay Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I was only surprised by Yoshi's Story, lol.
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Kitsune7Ryuk Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I remember the time when "being a troll" did not just mean "posting a comment you don't like".
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How the times they have changed...
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MilesDaFoo616 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I don't think they're surprised as much as they are excited
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ZippyDSMlee Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
BWC or GTFO FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A new Super Smash Bros. game? Sweet! :D

Eh, what can I say? Trolls are douchebags.
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Kayru-Kitsune Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting on all 3 notes!
I would like to add on the copyright thing that, as a tool to ensure that people who care enough to want to know who made these comics CAN find out, you ought to add your dA account URL, or at least your name, to the bottom or some edge of the comics. I understand why you might not want to for big art, or for stuff that Brentalfloss claims, but as far as the comics that are your own, it's a wise thing to do.
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mandalorianjedi Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Most people don't actually know what online trolls are. They are commonly referred to as anyone online causing trouble with disrespect or being simply someone just being a jerk, but that is not true. The definition is rather specific. It's someone who makes an off topic comment or action with the intent to cause emotional responses, most commonly anger or laughter. You can't really call what they write even a real opinion.
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ZozeyC Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I'm just sitting here hoping... HOPING... for a Kirby Air Ride 2. :c
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xDark-Stormx Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Woah, people still like that game? :D (I mean this in the best way possible, everyone I show it to don't see the appeal. I, on the other hand, still love it)
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