Those of you with long memories will recall that we covered the first episode of The BitBlock's "Make Believe" series a while back. Focused on the idea of the Wii U Animal Crossing game we all really wanted (rather than the one we actually got), it boasted lavish production values rarely witnessed on YouTube.
While we haven't seen any other episodes since then, The BitBlock boss Josh Thomas has just released a special "Make Believe Digital Event" which - in case you hadn't guessed - pokes a little fun at the fact that Nintendo won't be holding its own video showcase at this year's E3.
The event follows the format of Nintendo's traditional "Nintendo Direct" broadcasts quite closely, and contains images and footage taken from forthcoming Make Believe episodes. These include an Animal Crossing fishing game, a mode in Splatoon which allows you to clad your inklings in clothes based on amiibo characters, a new Mario Party game which resurrects old mini-games and - possibly most exciting of all - a real Battle Mode arena in Mario Kart 8 based on Super Mario Sunshine's Delfino setting.
As before, the amount of work which has gone into these segments is stunning - Thomas has rendered everything to such a fine level of detail that you'd swear that Delfino course was the real thing. The whole video has clearly been crafted with a lot of love and attention, and is well worth ten of your trivial earth minutes.
These are actually quite impressive. They could be straight from Nintendo games.
Looks good, wish I could say the same about his choice of haircut
His Mario Party idea sounds fantastic. Although I would like to see some new mini-games as well.
I really hope Nintendo does a non-E3 direct... preferably soon. Like, tomorrow. Please?
When your fans are "making believe" what they wanted out of your E3 event, you know you've hit a new low.
It is now official. Nintendo hates money. Like, amazingly.
Wow. Amazing work. I reeeeeaally want...well everything here. Maybe Mario Party Deluxe the most. I actually felt excitment watching this, like I used to during cool reveals during e3 and such, but then I remembered none of this was real. This was both enjoyable, and painful. Like laughing, and crying. Why Nintendo? Why?
Splatoon Mario Kart 8 courses could be rad 😱😱😱
i like some of the ideas, like the Splatoon Amiibo, Mario Kart with Sunshine Level, and Mario Party Deluxe, although im not sure about the Animal Crossing one, kinda neat idea though. if Nintendo added more fishing tools in the mix.
I still do not understand why the Splatoon x Amiibo thing is not a real thing yet...
Very nice work.
@Shadowkiller97 Yeah, that one also really shocks me since Mario Kart 8 supported amiibo even though amiibo came out well after Mario Kart 8. I do not mind Nintendo not going crazy over having to make every amiibo work with everything, but sometimes I am disappointed when certain amiibo do not work with a game (like why does Roy do nothing in FE Fates? I mean you telling me they were not well aware he was getting an amiibo and did nothing? Mini rant over) or something like Splatoon where it is only Splatoon amiibo.
Alright, from what I understand this guy is a jerk, but...damn, these look good! Why can't these be real? I mean, these are actually good ideas!
@LegendOfPokemon Please, PLEASE let there be a direct soon! I just want something, ANYTHING.
@Wexter Yeah, I honestly have no idea why Roy doesn't work with Fates. It just seems...off. Speaking of which, why aren't Roy and Ryu compatible with Mario Maker?
Regarding amiibo and Splatoon, I remember in some article one of the devs mentioned they wanted Splatoon to be it's own unique thing, rather than start pumping full of Mario franchise stuff from the get go.
I'm afraid to watch this, I'm crying already. I feel like I've been waiting for Super Mario Sunshine HD forever, even the people mocking Nintendo are mocking me.
This man's ideas are more Nintendo-like than anything Nintendo has shown in quite awhile.
@NintendoFan64 @Wexter Roy released in Smash about a week before the Japanese release of Fates, while I'm guessing the developers knew about it beforehand I'd say Roy didn't get supported for one or more of the following reasons:
They were unsure if Roy would get an amiibo at first
Fates was already too far in development to add him in
The amiibo released too far out to be of relavance since it was about 9 months between Fates' release in Japan and the amiibo's release
A possible design conflict between using the Awakening Roy design, the Sword of Seals original, or the Smash 4 design that incorporates elements of both
They wanted to minimize the backlash they'd get for including amiibo support (since at the time, all the FE amiibos were near impossible to find)
They're going to wait till Corrin's amiibo releases and patch support for both of them together such that hackers can't access the Corrin amiibo content before it releases
Not sure which if any of these are true, this is just my logic. I hope that last one is true and we get them patched into Fates when Corrin releases.
nintendo hire this guy
@Porpoise I think you're overrating the impact of E3. Only a tiny fraction of the world's gamers go there and the rest sits somewhere else in the world and follows the news online.
If most people receive the E3 announcements online anway, what is the point of a dedicated E3 presence? Why not make a Nintendo Direct instead, which achieves the same thing but costs almost nothing.
Because in case you have forgotten - participating in E3 actually costs money (and I assume it costs a lot of money). So I think if anything, Nintendo is trying to save money instead of wasting it on the E3.
And those concepts... well they are, unexciting. Amiibo costumes in Splatoon? No thanks.
Also, I don't see the point of these concepts since they are not real. What good is that? I mean, other than that guy getting a lot of views on youtube (and therefore, ad revenue).
Well outside of Delfino Plaza in HD I wasn't impressed. And even that wasn't all that impressive, just looked like the level in SSB for U.
Fishing shanty was cool, but I don't play AC so I'm not sure what's going on there.
@Syrek24 Any real fan would be happy to see nice things about their favourite subject regardless who made it you seem to be the pretender here complaining about something that doesnt affect you #firstworldproblems.
As much as I can't stand the guy, he does make some impressive work.
The Splatoon amiibo costume idea definitely crossed Nintendo's mind. They probably decided against it because it would have been a bad look to pump Mario content into their new IP, and have it be behind a paywall. They wanted it to stand on it's own, which it certainly has.
I really really LOVE the Animal Crossing concept idea. I really want next Animal Crossing featuring :
1. Full HD with 360' camera angles (like Final Fantasy XII) so I can peeking what is behind something or enjoy the scenery (What a Wonderful World)
2. Fully customize of your town, your house, your villager house + location, who lives on your town , more space for villagers (up to 30 houses)and more important, NO FORCING to play to avoid move out. No MOVE OUT anymore, just like MySims. You can decide and pick also you can kick the villagers if you bored. Sometimes we need a hiatus for doing something else, not being slaved by a video game.
3. More serious mini games like Wii Party. Add a rhythm game by using K.K. songs with 3 level of difficulties + Racing games ala Mario Kart (Imagine, you compete racing with your villagers or with other players). So, there is a reason why should I play Animal Crossing HD.
4. DLC contents for unlocking secret areas with Nintendo themes.
5. More plants including exothic plants, crops for growing, more fruits + flowers and new feature is Cooking (Like Bokujou Monogatari series). You can sell your dishes or give to Villagers.
6. Fully character customize, from head to toe, color skin, hairstyle, clothes, and also VOICE (like MySims). So, your character not just only show body languange but also direct speech (Like MySims Agents Wii).
7. Add more commercial place like Theater (watching short movies), Game Arcade (Practicing mini games, also got ticket to redeem), Art Studio (Buy user interface display, song theme, calendar display, etc), Restaurant and Cafe, Hotel (Instead Campsite, Hotel can provide more random villagers to choose, just like MySims Hotel on Wii).
8. Make it simple conversation (Duh.... do you want to listen very long comments & explanations from Lyle or blah blah blah from any animals on Animal Crossing ?)
Hopefully Nintendo want to listen from the fan's hope. Please, Nintendo. We want to help you by offering nice ideas. Don't be so arrogant (sueing for whoever make Nintendo fan project). We just want Nintendo developing better games based from our ideas. I know Nintendo have their own ideas but listening to customer suggestion is really important to develop better games. Nintendo can see and realize there are so many Nintendo fans create homage or remakes (Music, gameplay concept, etc)and they put it on Youtube or any internet media. They're really LOVE Nintendo, they really want Nintendo making games with that quality so Nintendo must LOVE the customer. Being humble and want to listen is very important especially we know Nintendo is near of Danger situation.
@NintendoFan64 The guy IS a jerk, no doubt. He once called me a "butthurt fanboy" because I disagreed with him on a measly opinion.
You can already edit Splatoon costumes that work online with Wii U homebrew (TCPGecko or Cafiine), but the idea renderings in this video are extremely high quality. I especially like the Mario Kart 8 Battle Course one.
That metroid amiibo skin for Splatoon is a fail.
Who is responsible for putting together the actual designs? Because - all else aside - they are consistently astounding in their resourcefulness, imagination and detail.
This looks really cool. If only it were real...
@shani But that's the problem, people pay less attention to Nintendo Directs than E3.
For the record, amiibo outfits in Splatoon don't sound very exciting either, but it's the idea of fantasizing what it COULD, or SHOULD have been.
Keep in mind if Nintendo doesn't have any customers, they don't have any money. Customers keep them alive, and lately, they have been leaving because Nintendo keeps making bad decisions to cater to these customers. A game company is supposed to make games that the consumer wants. Genuinely. They haven't been doing that. The consumers are supposed to deal with it. And people are starting to leave them because of that.. A lot. It's rather telling that members of a Nintendo centered news site are leaving at an alarming pace. Don't you think so?
Sigh… The point is, they have been constantly been shooting themselves in the foot as of late, and they don't have the support of many people to justify it anymore.
Ugh. I don't get what I'm saying, I can't put it into words. Maybe you understand, maybe you don't. The point still stands, this should be an official Nintendo video for E3. This shouldn't be fan-made. Nintendo should have done this in the first place.
I follow the guy on Twitter. I don't know him personally , obviously. But from his tweets, he seems like a chronic complainer with no real need to offer constructive feedback. Thats not to say Nintendo is above any criticism. But it comes off as hollow and just internet bloviating when its all "I hate this, I hate that", "I'm not gonna even touch that game, but I hate it anyways".
With that being said, he's got some neat ideas. The Splatoon amiibo idea is pretty rad. And that Island Delfino battle stage is pretty impressive.
I really want Amiibo weapons-- they don't even have to be color copies with different bomb sets of current weapons. Have new weapons in there.
Diddy could have twin semi-automatic peanut pistols. Pit could have a sniper that could curve slightly. Dedede could have a hammer-themed roller that gets all around your character (90 degrees to the left and right). ZSS (and maybe Pikachu?) could have a quick blaster that didn't do a lot of damage but slowed down the character (like a mini-stun). Fox could have a super quick firing lazer that does not hinder movement at all. Bowser Jr. obviously would have a paint brush. DK would have a coconut bazooka. Marth could have a brush that when you went to "swipe it", it would dash forward sort of as a strike that killed (and of course had a delay afterwards). Zelda and Link could have lots of cool options. Kirby's tough but I'm sure they could think of something fun. Little megaman lemons that you can fire a short distance out in front of you but still move at a normal speed. You could even have fun with different bombs associated with Amiibo and then even mix and match the bombs and weapons of different Amiibo.
Splatoon is one of those games that have so many weapons already that it doesn't feel so much like "locking content just for plastic" as it is just adding additional content.
I'm freaking out! This is too amazing!!!! The Splatoon outfits look fabulous (especially Samus's) and that MK battle arena... I need!!!!
@shaneoh I like his hair...
@Syrek24 what has he done?
Honestly, the fact that he asks for Patreon support for these little wish fulfillment videos strikes me as... tacky? During my work shifts, I like to brainstorm what a modern interpretation of Mach Rider would be like, with elements like a setpiece involving speeding through a collapsing building, or an extra costume based on the PlayChoice-10 version of the game's ending, or a level editor with online sharing, or a deeper look into why Rider is even racing from zone to zone fending off the Quadrunners and looking for "survivors". Should I start asking for donations just to tell people about it?
All of it looks awesome! I really do wish that they would bring battle arenas back to Mario Kart. And give you the OPTION to participate in 2-, 4-, 8-, or 12-player battles! But, alas, we're all dreamers here...
Cool fan projects like these make me sad because it becomes increasingly obvious that the fans care more than Nintendo about their games.Its almost to the point where Nintendo should just fire themselves and let the company become completely fan-driven.
@TomJ I'm pretty sure saying that Xenoblade, Fire Emblem, etc aren't Nintendo games but rather weeaboo trash isn't constructive criticism. And yes, Josh Thomas has said stuff like that.
He's an attention seeker who parades his opinion around as fact, and then acts like a douche whenever people disagree with him. His attitude has become increasingly toxic ever since he was blacklisted by Nintendo for not following their rules.
I totally agree with you. It's very different to criticize something than just being disrespectful with uniformed statements.
I dont think Nintendo hates money -
They were rather surprised not too many people would buy their Wii U at launch and want to play nintendoland. That would have been easy money. Over time they realized they would need to bring out quality titles like mario kart 8 and not just remakes of old zelda titles - an impossible task. Right now they have shuffled all resources towards the NX and hope to make their money then.
@willobee Yeah that's true they wanted to see how Splatoon would do without leaning on any other franchises.
I think it's for the best, if a game series can be appealing without needing to lean on the past and Nintendo's franchises incorporated then perhaps they shouldn't need to. The same applies to the rest of the video, this Bitblock guy's nostalgia pandering is basically doing something Nintendo frequently gets criticised for...making the same thing over and over.
@KrakenSoup Considering Nintendo developers work for years on end on each project that's not particularly nice to say. It would like saying whoever made this pre-rendered concept/cover art for Mario Party DS cared more than the developers who made the game actually happen.
But a concept is just an image, video or sometimes(all those unreal videos) a lone character model wandering around a single environment, they don't have to truly be functonal or even something the final product could even possibly do(and a good show of this is any Ubisoft game where the reveal trailer 2 years before the games release looks better than the final game or The Last of Us' faked smart AI in the E3 trailer and not in the final game, Pokemon Battle Revolution's background environment destruction which was not in the final game).
I think the people that actually program and develop the games happen deserve more respect. You'd probably see many of the things in these fan concepts evaporate if the fans had to make them into a functional, interactive game.
Josh Thomas' work here is spectacular and his enthusiasm is admirable!
Despite all the criticism I wouldn't kick him outta bed though, WOOF!!
All cool concepts, a shame they are not something more T.T;
He need to pair up with someone for program at least a bit of those awesome models and maps, ack, this video made me want to try to rebuild those minigames in Unity XD
Why do people hate Josh Thomas? Is it really th Lamar Wilson thing? It's really not such a bad thing to criticize public figures, in fact i comes with the territory, you don't have to agree with him but it's his right to say it.
Or is the criticism of Nintendo? I'm a big Nintendo fan and although i don't agree with everything he says it's not bad to get different opinions on things and much of what he does say is true.
Honesty is not a bad thing, cowardice is, you may not like his perspective but i would strongly suggest it's incumbent upon him to share it. The thing in this world that inherently provides us with human value is our perspective, and the courage to share it is a valuable trait. Even if his opinions are ignorant nobody could ever correct them unless he stated them, so why try and dissuade people from voicing their perspectives? It only leads to more closed mindedness and the inability to have perspective improved upon by the value of pertinent and constructive criticism.
I would suggest it's better to be open minded about people and criticize the value of their statements and not person as a whole. It's fair not to value what he does because the content isn't interesting to you, but it's not fair to hate/dislike the person if the content is interesting to you but every/many opinions are unpalatable. It should simply make those opinions, not the person, something you dislike. Of course that doesn't mean you need to watch the content either, there's lot's of media for one to enjoy, but it's simply ridiculous to dislike someone as a person because you dislike their perspective on particular issues (assuming said perspectives aren't paramount to hate).
@Kevlar44 @TomJ From what I've heard from him on Gamexplain videos, his reviews/ opinion pieces, and some choice tweets from my friends, he seems to complain a lot about his views not being shared as strongly and how products of companies aren't aim towards his likings and point of view. A recent tweet complains about how Disney is wasting space on Start Wars attractions at their theme park. Another tweet saying that the fans of Nintendo care more about Nintendo and that they need to "get their act together". Saying that they should be ashamed of themselves, because they lack foresight and planning. He's gone on several videos saying that Fire Emblem and Xenoblade are "weeaboo trash games" because they have anime aesthetics and they weren't to his liking. Combine that with the whole videos/selfies in costumes or working out, arguing with people over their own opinions, and just his lack of self awareness, some people are just rubbed the wrong way from him.
@Kevlar44 @TomJ i liked him until very recently when i decided to interact with him on twitter, i simply stated that i wouldn't mind a female link and he then insulted me and then blocked me! It shocked me to say the least, I'll still like what content he produces but my opinion of his personality will be always scarred
@Kevlar44 I think its because of the fact that he treats his opinion like fact, gets mad when people disagrees with him, and doesn't like it when companies aren't catering to what he likes. He seems to be unaware that the "weeaboo trash games" are just games that don't cater to him.
@Syrek24 ,despite how he may act your not much better with your "lol I am too good for his video" without offering any insight other than "lol pretendo"like I said complaining about stuff that doesnt affect you is childish to say the least also people will assume you are just a blind fanboy.
@Syrek24 Look, it's apparent that the guy is a bit of a...phalic object, but to say that "true fans" have to constantly accept all of Nintendo's decisions, and aren't allowed to criticize them? NO! That is not okay! You have every right to criticize them whenever they screw up, and do not have to agree with everything they do (I thought that E3 2015 was terrible, and don't really like some of Miyamoto's decisions in recent years. I guess I'm not a "true fan"!). And besides, it's perfectly reasonable for some people to be a little upset with the company, since some of their decisions lately have been...questionable. Those mistakes they make every now and again? Yeah, they've been a bit more frequent than usual between this year and last year, Such as the entirety of E3 2015, their abysmal rewards program, Wii U pretty much being left in the dust for the remainder of the year, and several games that are bad, or just completely ignored fan-feedback (you know which ones I'm talking about). That doesn't make Josh's actions excusable (in fact, they're rather childish), but still, to say that people absolutely have to "roll with the punches", and pretty much have to agree with everything the company does...it's just ridiculous.
@NintendoFan64 I could not have said it better myself hats off to you good sir.
@Untempered-Link I never understood why people were against a female link the character by itself is a blank slate wich is why I praise games that do this when they have blank slate characters as protaganists.
I don't think that @Syrek24 was talking about not criticising. He was talking about constant bashing, which is a major difference.
You see it often enough that things get brought up again and again. Just say the name Miyamoto and people point to Sticker Star. Things like that. Isn't it enough eventually? Can't people, like, let it go?
I hardly come to this site anymore, but when I read some comments it feels like I've read the same comments by the same users like a year or two ago.
Is a character that has deeper relations to other characters a blank slate anymore, though?
This is the first person I've seen that actually "gets" Nintendo style when recreating their games. So many Unreal engine Zelda stages fail to get it for example. Awesome work.
If anyone is unsure why people don't like Josh Thomas, just take a few moments to peruse this alternate twitter handle of his.
And no, it's not a parody. He can claim it's not meant to be taken 100% seriously but when he's proven himself to be an absolute tool on numerous other occasions, I find it hard to believe these are anything but his genuine opinions.
@Rin-go not really Link himself doesnt have a personality he is the player just a set piece to set the adventure in motion any good writer can make up relations and how they react to said piece since link himself doesnt talk or ask questions it would have been a another story if he did ask questions or talked wich is why I am looking foreward to Zelda Wii U in wich he/she does.
I really dislike videos like this because all it does is bring up the pointless argument of 'Why can't Nintendo give us what we want'. Yes, everyone wants a proper battle mode in MK8, more meaningful incorporation of amiibo, and a new proper Animal Crossing. This is just reopening old wounds.
Even the comment of "the idea of the Wii U Animal Crossing game we all really wanted (rather than the one we actually got)" is unnecessary. amiibo Festival is not a true Animal Crossing, was never trying to be, and was only released to tide fans over. A true Animal Crossing would have required much longer development than amiibo Festival (unless it were an improved New Leaf which still took them three years with City Folk and I doubt they want to do that again) and would probably have just been moved to NX by this point anyway.
E3 is just around the corner. Hopefully some of this good stuff will become a reality.
Reminded me that MK8 still needs battle arenas. Maybe it's part of the rumoured new content?
Nintendo need to hire him
@Shadowkiller97 Because Nintendo is proving to be lazy... no battle Arenas is lazy as well. Blemish on an otherwise stunning game.
@Andrzej777 You're right. I just can't understand why they wouldn't show it off, let alone TALK about it during E3. That's something many people were depending upon. That was a bad decision.
Fell asleep during this video. Yes, fans want some new stuff that they like. Big news. Nintendo has moved on and is creating probably dozens of games for this NX or whatever it is, and putting a lot into the Zelda game which will hopefully be amazing - that takes a whole lot of work, and they still have lots of games coming this year, especially for the 3DS. I really don't understand the need for anything else.
@Porpoise Although this is just my speculation I think there's a very good reason the NX will not be revealed at E3. It's because of the reception of E3 2014, very much agreed to be Nintendo's strongest E3 in years where notably Nintendo did a massive reveal of Splatoon and the competitions' E3s were not considered too strong.
The result? Half the sites reporting on E3 failed to even mention Splatoon or Nintendo's games. Same case with E3 2011 & 2012 which lead to the "confusion" with the WiiU...however in 2013 when the 2DS was revealed out of the blue on a youtube video despite it's naming scheme gaming new sites were on point and knew what it was.
I think a reality of E3 and a reason Nintendo have been slowly stepping back from it is that they get buried under the big multi-platform game(Games like Destiny, Watch Dogs that get all the press at E3 and awards/nominations) and that journalists just prefer to report about anything but whatever they have to offer when the opportunity is there. If the NX was revealed at E3 2016 I have no doubt the PS4Neo, Xbox Scorpio and VR would divert attention no matter how good the NX reveal would be.
A dedicated event for the NX later in the year would probably be more effective as the news would be slower and the lack of competing information reveals would mean the message would be stronger(e.g. 2DS).
@Dr_Lugae Good speculation, quite a plausible theory. Perhaps that is the reason.
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