The Game Corner: February 2021. Featuring Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury.

Since I recently finished Sega’s Yakuza spin-off, Judgment, I immediately found myself going in to finish the next game I was closest to beating: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for Wii U. While I was around 20 hours in some weeks ago, I can happily say that I’ve finished the game!

In the midst, I’ve also been playing my fair share of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. Nintendo’s latest hit for the Switch brought forth quite possibly the best Mario game in existence as well as an expansion to the title. Though Super Mario 3D World, originally released for Wii U, was good enough to release standalone, the Bowser’s Fury expansion definitely sweetened the deal.

As always, I’m still playing Smash, Fire Emblem Heroes, and even finally picked back up my copy of Final Fantasy XV after three months of neglect. With that said, what are you playing this month?

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Finishing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD gave me clarity on an old favorite. Though I beat the original Wii release in 2006, I revisited the game on GameCube several years later. While I found the latter marginally better due to the controls, both releases of Twilight Princess featured a few glaring issues. Perhaps the biggest was that enemies barely damaged Link which trivialized combat throughout the game.

The HD remaster not only condenses these fetch quests immensely but gives you the option to bolster the enemy difficulty. Using the Ganondorf amiibo will double enemy damage. Playing on Hero Mode will not only boost enemy damage but also keep Hearts from spawning in the field. You could even quadruple the enemy damage by stacking the two if you like.

In one fell swoop, Nintendo not only managed to restore a classic in HD but fixed the most glaring problems the original title suffered from. Plus they even added the Cave of Shadows which is a new enemy gauntlet that you can tackle in Wolf form. You can view a list of changes here.

You earn this statue for clearing the Cave of Shadows.

This remaster makes Twilight Princess HD the definitive version of the game and one that will hopefully come to Nintendo Switch later this year.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

I might have said this before, but Super Mario 3D World is my favorite Mario platformer. Not counting the RPGs like Super Mario RPG and Paper Mario, it’s my favorite Mario game thanks to its incredible level of polished design. I honestly believe it’s on the same tier as Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel, all of which were designed by the same team.

You can play around with filters.

Nintendo not only ported 3D World to the Switch but even added a few quality-of-life improvements. Perhaps the most stunning is that you now move at 1.5x speed which streamlines the levels even more than before. Plus you can now play online with friends!

But let’s talk for a moment about the expansion, Bowser’s Fury. This new mode marries Super Mario Odyssey’s open-world gameplay with Super Mario 3D World’s controls and powerups. This new quest introduces an awesome, powerful version of the titular villain known as Fury Bowser.

With 100 Shines to collect, Bowser’s Fury offers between 5-10 hours of gameplay in this fun little campaign on Lapcat Island. It also includes offline co-op allowing a friend to play as Bowser Jr. to aide you. Whether you enjoy the Super Mario Sunshine references, the new music, or Odyssey’s gameplay, you’ll have plenty of reasons to try this lovable new expansion mode!

Final Fantasy XV

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve owned this game. I bought it in 2017 and have still only just cleared the first few chapters. Even worse is when I shelved it in November 2020 and only just started playing it again. Thankfully, re-learning combat wasn’t the rude awakening I was afraid it might be.

Sadly, the Naga was nowhere near as attractive as I was hoping for.

Right now, I’m about to storm an Imperial base to get the Regalia back. I finished the Ramuh trials and I’m looking forward to finishing this chapter as well. I’m honestly hoping to finish Final Fantasy XV before XVI comes out.

Super Mario Galaxy

Welcome to my guilty pleasure. I have already cleared 120 Stars on all three games of Super Mario 3D All-Stars. So why am I playing Luigi mode in Super Mario Galaxy? Either because I hate myself or because I love the game that much.

As I mentioned earlier, Super Mario Galaxy is one of my favorite games of all time. At the time of its 2007 release, one could argue that it was the greatest game Nintendo has ever released. Its Metacritic score speaks volumes about not just its quality but how well it has lasted throughout 14 years. 3D All-Stars remastered the title in glorious HD and it still looks and plays like a charm.

Wii version.

However, while I already enjoyed my run-through as Mario, Luigi mode is literally just the same game over again except you jump higher and skid on surfaces; a tribute to Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels. In the end, you get 120 Stars and unlock the opening level once more to collect one more star each: once as Mario, once as Luigi, for a total of 242 stars. No Grandmaster Galaxy or any such reward exists for doing so, either.

I literally did this years ago. Not once, but twice.

Fire Emblem Heroes

I subscribed to Feh Pass. I’ve continuously apologized to myself for the past week for doing this. After a year of resisting, I finally caved. With the amount of time I spend on this game, despite being F2P, I figured I might as well treat myself to some of the quality improvements. I already love continuously auto-battling through Tempest Trials+ without having to check my phone every minute as well.

Brave Ike made me do it.

Onto other modes, though, as usual, I know nothing of what I’m doing. I still teeter on Aether Raids Tier 19-20 and Arena Rank 17-19. I seldom play a number of modes, like Hall of Forms and Pawns of Loki. I figure since I’m finally subscribing to Feh Pass for $10 a month, I may as well try to get a little better at the game, right?

My current main team for general purpose and Abyssal maps.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

My on-and-off relationship with Xenoblade Chronicles 2 began since getting it in 2017 when it first came out. Unfortunately, I’ve just left this one largely on the backburner. It’s not a bad game and I even beat and enjoyed the first Xenoblade on the Wii. But when it comes to prioritizing my backlog, this one has scarcely been on my radar.

If you think I can’t juggle Xenoblade and Final Fantasy XV, you’re sorely underestimating me.

Thankfully, I decided to pick it up and play it for real. After a quick romp of re-learning some of the mechanics, I think I got a handle on everything for the most part. Blades, Cores, and all that complicated mess you don’t get in your standard JRPG really add to the learning curve. After 20+ hours I finally finished Chapter 3 and you know what that means!

I literally could not have picked a better time to get her.

I’ll be starting Chapter 4 soon. I enjoy watching the plot pick up from here. Hopefully, I can get Zeke soon and add him to my party. He’s my favorite character so far.

Zeke is represented by Cloud as a Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

I’m still kicking around online. In addition to tormenting myself on Elite Smash, I’m also playing in Best 3 out of 5 sets against noteworthy players. For starters, I managed to beat a notable DK player from North Carolina and one of my longtime rivals, KDK, in a set 3-2 using Terry. I also battled Deluxemenu and won 3-2 against his Bowser, but I’ve also lost to his Min-Min in two sets. Mr. E won 5-3 in a First to 5 and I fought a close set with NickRiddle which he took 3-2.

On the bright side, I’m feeling pretty good about this win. I lost to his Sephiroth hard with Roy but Terry gave me three wins. Can’t be mad about that.

I’ve been doing well with The Legendary Hungry Wolf online lately.

While I still don’t intend to enter online tournaments yet, I’ll still keep it in the back of my mind just in case. Right now, I enjoy playing with my friends and other high-level players in competitive sets. As long as I get to do that, I’m happy.

Oh, and before I forget, here are some clips I can finally share with you!

Punch, Punch!

Here’s MY Falcon Punch!

I’ll follow you to your grave.

Finally, here’s an Ike mini-montage I made last year with Aether spike finishes. It’s the one thing keeping Ike viable in this meta!

That’s all for this week’s Game Corner! What are you playing lately? Share in the replies below!

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Until next time!

Up and Coming Cosplayers with Gumiho: Pictorial

I have thoroughly enjoyed every single facet of this feature with Gumiho, and now we come to the last part of the feature:  The Pictorial.

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Rango’s Smash Column – Why Are You Not Using Wolf?

Welcome to the Smash Column! Last time, I pondered the idea that Ike might be the weakest character I use. Despite being the most skilled with him, the realization that he might be a B-Tier character with more than a handful of losing matchups dawned on me. However, he works so well against the likes of Pikachu and Bowser that even if he wasn’t already my main, I wouldn’t drop him.

This week, I want to cover the opposite side of the spectrum. Whereas many tournament players swear by Wolf being one of the best characters in the game, I’m on the verge of dropping him. While I cannot deny Wolf’s results in tournaments, thanks especially to Zackray and Larry Lurr, part of me wonders if he’s for me.

Who suits you?

While this is a topic I’ve discussed extensively in the past, I’ve learned that, naturally, you do better with characters that suit you. Just because players swear that Pikachu, Peach, and Joker are the top characters in the game doesn’t mean you’ll get top results using them. You might be more naturally inclined to use Snake, Palutena, or Wario instead. Even then, who says you need to use a top tier at all?

Ultimate is known for being considerably balanced compared to its predecessors.

With that being said, I love Wolf both in Smash and as a character in Star Fox. He’s a mercenary who answers to nobody but himself. Wolf O’Donnell is a total badass and one of the greatest rivals in gaming history.

In Smash, I love that he’s heavier than Fox and Falco, deals immense damage off his attacks, has one of the single best projectiles in the game, and KOs early off Smash attacks and his back aerial. With that being said, Wolf has been one of my secondaries since Smash Ultimate came out.

Okay, so why not use Wolf?

What’s wrong with me, right? Why not use a borderline top-tier character? Even Larry swears that Wolf is the among best characters in the game.

Truth be told, I’m kinda bad with him. I don’t exactly get Wolf. I’ve spent dozens of hours playing the likes of Roy, Chrom, Terry, and Bowser to know that they’re right for me. Likewise, I’ve spent dozens of hours playing Mario, Cloud, Lucina, and Incineroar to know they’re not right for me.

If Incineroar was a bit higher on the tier list, though, I might change my mind.

Even the few times I played Joker online, I realized that though he feels overpowered at times, I just don’t have as much fun using him as I do the rest of my characters. With that being said, I find Wolf more fun than Joker as well as the rest of the top tiers. Wolf has a fluid and flexible game with an overwhelming selection of options.

However, Wolf is not without his weaknesses. You do so much as miss a confirm and your opponent will survive to 150% or higher every time. Wolf’s approach to killing moves, however, comes from a rather linear and predictable path. You either get the early KO off of his powerful killing moves or suffer while your opponent survives to ridiculous percents and KOs you under 100.

It’s the same reason I stopped using Mario.

He’s not exactly ideal at KOing off the top either as most of his best KOs come from the ledge. In other words, unless you manage to strike a kill move under 100%, don’t be surprised if your opponent survives to ridiculously high percents.

Final Thoughts

All-in-all, I feel like I’m doing well enough using my current assortment of characters. I feel Ike, Terry, Roy, and Bowser cover each other’s bad matchups well-enough to handle the roster. Even up against a threat like Greninja or another Bowser, I don’t think it’s remotely out of Ike’s league to handle if they’re his -1 matchups. However, against the likes of Samus, Palutena, ROB, and others, I feel it’s wise to cover your bases.

On the flipside, it’s like I said before. I enjoy using Wolf. He’s incredibly fun and feasible. He’ll do well against the likes of Palutena, Shulk, Zero Suit Samus, and other problem meta characters. He isn’t perfect but he can definitely bring the heat.

Regardless, just as I continue to make the mistake of playing Incineroar online, I still enjoy using my casual characters from time to time. While I love playing Wolf online, as a tourney character, he’s teetering right now. Not because he’s bad but because he might not suit me as well as the others.

That’s all for this Smash Column. I hope you find these entries to be entertaining and informative. Hopefully, you can also glean some material to help step-up your game as well.

Finally, make sure to follow us on our social media links below. I’ll keep you updated on my Smash journey with next month’s column. Until next time!

Up and Coming Cosplayers with Gumiho: Interview

I admire cosplayers, and I enjoy not only their art, but learning what motivates them in it.  That is a big reason that I started this page in the first place.  That love has only intensified and manifested in our taking a more media direction rather than retail.

As the face of cosplay has changed, so have the types of cosplayers and how far the envelope been pushed.  There are new breeds of erocosplayers, fetish cosplayers, and lewd/nude content providers.  Some people may disagree, but I think that cosplay is making a full circle back to it’s first roots:  erotic roleplay.

Think about it.  The first place that a person really roleplayed in a well-known fashion was in erotic roleplay:  sexy strippers, wives dressing up as naughty Catholic schoolgirls, and of course sexy Halloween costumes.  In my guestimation, they even predate the Star Trek, Star Wars, and comic book geeks that started cosplay on this continent…but I digress.  ‘Back to Erotic cosplay.

Many of the erotic cosplay content providers are either busy making content, don’t really care for conversation, or some weird combination of both.  This is why it is so fortunate to find such a high profile cosplayer that not only produces so much great content, but is willing to sit down and share about it.

Ladies and Gentlemen, you are in for a treat.  All Cool Things™ would like to formally introduce you to Gumiho, also known as Gumiho.arts.

 

 

Your English is exceptional.  How many languages do you speak?  How do you speak this one so well?

 

 

Thank you so much for the compliment, I am fluent in German and English and I know a tiiiny bit of Spanish and Japanese, but not enough to speak it.  When I was little I was given lots of English books to practice reading with so I developed English skills rather fast, and most of my followers are English speaking, so there’s that.  Sometimes I even talk in English by accident to German friends. *uff*

 

 

 

 

I have to tell you: For a cosplayer that is out making such erotic content, you are remarkably polite!  In this climate of Patreons and OnlyFans, I get the vibe that most of the women are only in it for the money, and fake any warmth for the people supporting their art.  That’s really not a question in itself, but I was wondering:  What do you feel about your fellow erotic cosplayers that provide content like you?  Do you feel them a little cold or callus?  Do you really have an opinion?

 

 

Thank you, even though it saddens me to hear you made rather unpleasant experiences with other girls, personally, I know quite a lot of girls who have a great passion and love for this kind of content as well (: Sometimes I get across girls who are in it only for the money, and while it makes me a bit sad, as I then can’t share my passionate views about photo projects with them, I also think, who are we to judge, I’m sure there’s plenty of people who are stuck in other jobs except sex work just for the money; take retail work for example.  About personality:  There’s probably bad apples in every community, but most of my experiences with other girls were rather positive.  I love this job for several reasons, but one of them is definitely that I was able to met a lot of amazing and kind girls on the way.

 

 

 

 

This question can kind of go along with the last one.  While I have seen a few cosplayers that provide erotic content on free Onlyfans, like yourself, you are the ONLY one that I know does that as an alternative to their regular one.  This was another thing about you that earned some respect from me.  What inspired you to do this. (You really didn’t have to, and it’s kinda cool.)

 

 

Oh, that is actually surprising to hear! I know quite a lot of girls who have both a free and a paid OnlyFans, since it’s a great way to have at least one social where you don’t have to fear about shadow ban, weird algorithms or being deleted for too NSFW stuff.  Plus, I love having an alternative for those who can’t afford my paid OF, or who want to check the content out more a bit first, since this way I can still stay connected with everyone.

I can explain this with another example from around 2 years ago:  I used to have only Facebook and Instagram back in the day, and when my first posts started to get deleted (nothing too wild even, I wasn’t naked or anything), I had two choices:  Either put everything behind paywall and post only somewhat safe for work, or look out for other socials so I can continue to post free lewds.  I love sharing my photo projects so I wanted to post at least a part from every set on socials for free.  That’s why I opened up a Twitter.  However, even Twitter is shadow banning lewd stuff to death now, and my Reddit is really hard to grow, so a free OF was the perfect way out of this misery!  It’s my lewdest free social where I can post what I want (:

 

 

 

 

This is going to be a weird question, but it’s in response to a sort of weird answer given on your Cosplayer Score Card.  When asked if you do Nudes, you said “Half-Yes (boobies).” For “More than Nudes,” you answered “Half-Yes (I make softporn, but no full nude yet, who knows what future will bring.)” How did that come about?  How does that work?  LOL I think most people that would draw the line at boobs would not do softcore porn at all.  It’s like just your boobies are naughty, or you’re saving “that” for someone special.

 

 

Soo, this is going to be a bit personal, but quite frankly, I didn’t know how far I “could” go in the beginning of me opening up socials.  I’m not saying “want”, cause it has always been a dream to create similar content to the one that I consume and look at myself from other creators.  When I first made a Facebook page, (my first social ever) I was still in school and I didn’t really know what [kind of job] I would work.  I always assumed I would have a boss one day, and work a more standard job, so I didn’t want my boss to fire me for doing very sexy stuff.  I kept it to lingerie at first.  After about a year I finally made enough to realize, that maybe I could live off this.  By now, I definitely can and while my job can only be temporary due to it’s physical nature, I plan to stay self-employed as I can’t imagine not being my own boss.  So, my only limits now are what I WANT to do, without the fear of it affecting my work life negatively.  I also want to take it at my own pace and tempo.

I could see myself doing full nude or even porn, but I don’t have it planned out 100% yet, and I hope people will not pressure me.

 

 

 

 

A little birdie told me that your professional abilities go beyond your costuming and modeling.  Who does the editing for your pictures?

 

 

Yep, that’s me. c: Editing pictures is what consumes the most time in my job and honestly, a bit too much.  I would love to have more time to plan out big and complicated projects, get more into crafting or even streaming, so I might hire someone to help me with editing in the future.

I love editing, cause for me it’s some kind of magic or maybe “translation” to fully portray the vision of what I had in mind when I was in front of the camera.  I just wish it wouldn’t take so long, ahaha.

 

 

 

 

You have a true knack for modeling.  You radiate sexiness and cuteness in so many varying degrees.  You’re a natural, but what got you into cosplaying?  What made you then make that jump to erotic cosplay and content?

 

 

My, my, thank you.  The first question is answered easily though.  When I was still in school, (I was 15 I think) a friend asked me to cosplay with her together, and she explained what cosplay is to me.  I tried it, loved it, and didn’t stop ever since. ;3

For the second question:  I actually was interested in erotic content way before I got interested in cosplay!  Look at my old notebooks for school.  You’ll find them full with scribbles of tiddies and naked women. xD I was always fascinated by the beauty of the human body, especially the curves of women, (yup, I’m bisexual by the way) so it was only natural to me to combine my love for erotica with my love for cosplay (:

Actually, I also took erotic casual content before I took cosplay content, (of course I never sent that to anyone and I never will, cause I was rather young) so, my love for erotica was definitely first!

 

 

 

 

If you never discovered cosplay, do you think you would still provide erotic content?  Do you ever think about doing specialty porn?

 

Yep, 100% certain about that! I would also like to emphasize here that I would even create erotic content if it didn’t bring me any money, as I did in the start as well.  I would simply not be able to create as many projects as I do now.  Fashion, makeup, lingerie, paying photographers, accessory, props, renting locations, travel costs, and cosplay most of all, is all together very expensive.

 

 

 

 

Do you have a lot admirers and fans within your home of Germany, or is it more international?  Is there a country or countries that seem to give you the most love?

 

My follower base is mostly from the US actually, even though quite a few are also from Germany, yes.  I get lots of love in English and German, sadly I don’t understand what other languages have to say about me.

 

 

 

 

When it comes to cosplays, you choose very sexy characters and variations.  Do you have any characters that you think you might want to try outside your comfort zone?  ‘Any that you think people might be surprised to see you do? (I actually have the perfect cosplay for you:  The Jeff from Teen Titans Go!)

 

Oh, I think I actually pick a decent amount of non-sexy character designs as well, it’s usually the boudoir or lewd version of the character that I alter into something sexier.  For example, High Elf Archer from Goblin Slayer sure is cute, but I wouldn’t say her design is especially sexy (aka revealing).  I often make a full cosplay + alternative skimpier versions.

The only thing that’s kinda out of my comfort zone is guys (or in Jeff’s case, people who are supposed to appear male), so Jeff gets a no from me ;3 My first cosplay was a guy (Claude Faustus from Black Butler) but I’m feeling more comfortable portraying women as my face shape and body suits them more.

 

 

 

 

Other than photo shoots or content compilations, are there any other artists that you like to do work with?  Do you ever work other cosplayers for big costuming or prop making projects?

 

Oh plenty! DAMN YOU COVID for ruining my collab plans for 2021, there’s so many cool girls out there I want to meet but yeah traveling is tough rn.  I only meet up with some girls close (Germany, Belgium) to me every few months or so rn and we make sure we all are quarantining 2 weeks prior and take COVID tests.

And yeah I recently finally started to get into crafting more.  Dear Mikomi Hokina helped me with a big project I haven’t finished yet, but you will see when it’s done!  I’m a crafting noob so I still have plenty to learn!

 

 

 

 

What do you do when you are not cosplaying, modeling, or editing?  What do you like to do in your free time?

 

 

I read, (mostly fantasy/sci-fi) game, (mostly League and some Indie games on the side) draw, (mostly boobies) dance, workout, and I like to pretend one of my hobbies is writing, except I haven’t written in ages and I feel super bad about it.  I think last time I wrote was when I was still in school and that was… 2017, big oof.  I swear, one day I’m gonna write again. *cries*

OH, and I got into TikTok recently, so that’s something I also wanna explore more!  I wanna do those cool transition videos from couch potato to full dressed up glamour. ahaha

PS: Follow me on TikTok, I’m new there and need guidance. XD (@gumihocosplay)

I swear, there’s not enough hours in a day! It’s driving me crazy, why can’t I have 10 extra hours please…

 

 

 

 

Have you ever attended any conventions outside of Germany?  Are there any conventions in other countries that you want to go to?

 

 

Not yet, but I’d love to! I wanna go to Lucca Comics, (Italy) La Mole, (Mexico) Katsucon, (US) and MCM (UK) so BADLY ;_;

 

 

 

 

Are there any things you would like to accomplish outside the world of cosplay, modeling, and entertainment?

 

Yep, write and publish a book of my own.

 

 

 

 

If there was anything you wanted your fans and admirers to know, what would it be?

 

 

Thanks to you, I’m able to do what I do, and I’ll be forever grateful for that.  I couldn’t imagine my life without you, quite literally.  Any creator is nothing without their audience.  That gives them their stage.  It makes me incredibly happy to read all the motivation, good vibes and feedback from all of you, and I always appreciate constructive feedback too.

That said, here’s a special shoutout to my OnlyFans, cause I never experienced sweeter or more wholesome chats than there.  You guys are the MVPs, and proove the point you can release loads of stress to a person and respect them at the same time. ;3 ‘Makes me happy to make you happy by doing something that makes me happy, double the happiness for everyone, yay! <3

Now that you’re tired of hearing me say the word “happy” I’d like to close the last question of the interview:  Thank you for having me and I hope it was somewhat interesting to read. (:

~ Gumi

Nintendo Direct 2/17/21 featuring Pyra from Xenoblade in Smash!

Nintendo recently showcased their first Nintendo Direct in over a year. Featuring 50 minutes of footage, they unveiled several new games as well as the latest character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Pyra and Mythra.

 

With that being said, Nintendo featured 50 minutes of game trailers. You can check out the link to the Nintendo Direct below.

We will also cover a few of the choice announcements featured in the presentation as well!

Pyra and Mythra in Smash

First, the big announcement and quite possibly the most relevant in this Direct. Pyra and Mythra from the Nintendo Switch JRPG, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, will come to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!

While people have been fervently asking for the protagonists, Rex and Pyra, to get into Smash, the dream seemed to end since Rex became a Mii Costume in Smash. Furthermore, it seemed unlikely Pyra would get in alone as she’s tethered to Rex in battle.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (2017)

However, Smash broke the script once again adding not only Pyra to the mix but Mythra as well. Revealed as Pyra’s other self at the end of Chapter 3, Mythra can use light magic in battle. Also, while Smash 4 ended the Zelda/Sheik transformation ability, it seems character switching has returned with these characters.

Smash creator Mr. Sakurai will surely reveal a character showcase video in the coming month. Keep up with us as we update you with the Pyra/Mythra showcase in the near future. Look out for Pyra as part of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighter Pass 2 DLC next month in March 2021!

Project Triangle Strategy

From the team behind Square-Enix’s Octopath Traveler comes a new Strategy/RPG called Project Triangle Strategy. As with the former title, this one’s starting with “Project” in the title but will likely drop it from the final title.

Just so we’re clear, Octopath is designed largely by the team behind the Bravely Default series. The team was inspired by Final Fantasy V to create Bravely Default and Final Fantasy VI for Octopath Traveler. For longtime Square-Enix fans, it’s a no-brainer to see that Triangle Strategy looks and feels like a successor to Final Fantasy Tactics.

Final Fantasy Tactics (1998)

I’m curious about the name, though. Octopath Traveler not only featured eight protagonists but the word “OCTOPATH” represented their names. O for Olberic and Ophelia, T for Tressa and Therion, and so forth. Triangle Strategy may or may not carry on that tradition.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to this one. I love Fire Emblem but I have scarcely played another JRPG not named Final Fantasy Tactics or Shining Force. As usual for Bravely and Octopath titles, I’m also digging the character artwork as well.

On a related note, the team also developed an Octopath mobile title which has yet to release in the west.

Look for Triangle Strategy in 2022. In the meantime, you can download a free demo as well as submit feedback in a survey. Trust me when I say the development team listens. They’ve released feedback videos and changes for Octopath Traveler and Bravely Default II. So don’t be afraid to speak your mind when you’re done playing the demo!

Famicom Detective Club

Nintendo is remaking two murder mystery visual novel titles for Nintendo Switch. The Missing Heir and The Girl Who Stands Behind are full remakes of two mystery titles developed in the 80s for Nintendo Famicom, hence the name. As such, these titles never came to the U.S. despite receiving several ports in Japan.

It’s worth noting that Ayumi Tachibana, one of the characters, made two brief appearances in America. One of which was as a Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee. The other was as a Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Nintendo Switch is past overdue for a visual novel title. Titles like Ace Attorney, Hotel Dusk, and Zero Escape found success on the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS handheld systems. However, perhaps this will best scratch the itch for visual novel fans looking for their fix on Nintendo Switch. If you enjoy the sense of mystery and dialogue from games like Konami’s Snatcher, then this will definitely be a treat.

Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind will release on May 14, 2021.

Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection

Normally, I wouldn’t cover a compilation title as part of the major announcements of the Nintendo Direct. But when it includes one of the greatest action games in history, included in Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection, I must oblige.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma, the re-release of Ninja Gaiden Black and Ninja Gaiden for Xbox, features some of the cleanest, fastest, and heaviest hitting action in any game in existence. Easily comparable to the likes of Devil May Cry, God of War, and Bayonetta, Team Ninja’s key title features badass ninja, Ryu Hayabusa, out for blood and vengeance against the dark forces of Vigoor who attacked his clan.

Much like the aforementioned titles, you will get to equip a multitude of weapons that will suit various enemies and bosses. Furthermore, you can play this already challenging title on harder difficulties each time you clear the game. If challenging action is your thing, Ninja Gaiden Sigma is for you.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 also offered a quality 3D action experience. Unfortunately, I’ve only heard bad things about Ninja Gaiden III. While I find it doubtful that Team Ninja will restore or “fix” anything wrong with Razor’s Edge, I feel good knowing that a new generation of players will get to try out one of the best action games ever released. The real hope of this news is that we someday might finally get a Ninja Gaiden IV.

With that being said, expect the release of Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection on June 10, 2021.

Splatoon 3

Nintendo’s finale to the Nintendo Direct was Splatoon 3. Despite some novelty Splatfests happening in Splatoon 2, we had a “final Splatfest” over a year ago and, as such, Nintendo would no longer update the game. This was a surefire sign that Splatoon 3 was in development.

This one looks like it takes place in a western scene. Unlike the metropolitan utopia of the first two games, you’ll see a lot of dust and desert everywhere you go.

While I haven’t touched Splatoon online in a while, something about the campaigns always manages to pull me in. I cleared both the Splatoon 2 campaign and the Octo-Expansion, which while challenging, ended with the most devastating and difficult boss I have ever had the displeasure of fighting. Let’s hope that Nintendo never pulls a stunt like that ever again.

No.

Look for Splatoon 3 in 2022. We’ll keep you up to date with the latest game in the series as news turns up.

Final Thoughts

I’m feeling lukewarm about it honestly. Not because it’s by any means bad but I’m not sure I would have saved Splatoon 3 for the final part of the presentation.

Don’t get me wrong. I was hoping for something big like Metroid Prime 4 even though I counted on it still being too early in development to showcase just yet. But I’m still surprised Nintendo didn’t pick another IP to showcase at the end of their presentation. Let alone that Mercury Steam could work on another 2D Metroid game like Samus Returns, we could have had a new F-Zero, Star Fox, or even Kirby title like a sequel to Kirby Air Ride. This definitely ended on a weaker note than past Nintendo Directs.

Furthermore, Zelda series director Eiji Aonuma also shot down the possibility of seeing Breath of the Wild 2. However, he opened the possibility up that we might get to see the game later this year. If E3 happens, we might see it during June. Otherwise, it sounds like Nintendo is at least dedicated to having another big showing later in the year. As it’s Zelda’s 35th anniversary, it’s all but likely that we’ll get much more than Breath of the Wild 2 in a Zelda-themed Direct.

Meanwhile, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is getting a remaster and will retail for $60.

With that being said, I also want to mention Square-Enix’s unbelievable effort for both developing new games, like Triangle Strategy, as well as remastering titles like the visually-ageless Legend of Mana. Speaking of which, enjoy this final trailer of Bravely Default II before the game releases on February 26, 2021.

We will keep you covered on the upcoming releases for Nintendo Switch. Be sure to follow our social media links below!

Till next time!

Up and Coming Cosplayers with Gumiho: Cosplayer Score Card

 

Cosplay Name: Gumiho

How You Came Up With Name:  Gumiho is Korean and basically means “fox” (in the mythological world, especially), it’s similar to the Japanese word “kitsune.” I love foxes very very much, especially the magical ones from tales and legends, and Ahri, my first league of legends main, is also a kitsune, so it came natural. Kitsune was a name that was already taken a lot in cosplay world, so I dug up the Korean equivalent to this word.  I’m happy with how I can shorten Gumiho to Gumi now as a nickname :3

Other Known Aliases:  Gumi, my preferred nickname

Base of Operations:  Germany!

Years Cosplaying:  I started when I was around 15, I think.  I am 22 now, so that makes…7 years now?

First Cosplay:  ‘Claude Faustus from Black Butler.  I only took one picture of it; so sad!  XD

First Con:  ‘LBM (Leipziger BookFair) when I was 15.  I wore a kimono and cat ears; super cringe, but it was HELLA fun.

Cons per Year:  Before COVID, it was around 6.   I love cons!  Meeting friends, snacking overpriced stuff, buying cool stickers and prints from artists, connecting with followers aka having nice chats, taking weird selfies; ah, I miss it!

Make Your Own Costumes:  ‘Only partially, ‘can’t sew.

Make Your Own Props:  Partially, wanna get into prop making more in the future.

Do Your Own Hair:  Yeah.

Do Your Own Makeup:  Hell yes, I’m practicing that a lot.

Do Your Own Wig Styling:  ;For easier styles yes, for advanced stuff, nope.

Makes Your Own Wigs:  No

Bodypaints:  Sometimes

Favourite Cosplay:  Tough question:  ‘Maybe KDA Evelynn.  I love KDA so much!  I will make new KDA All Out Eve this year too.  :3

Number of times you have been to Dragon Con:  None, that con doesn’t exist in my country.

Patreon, Ko-fi, Onlyfans, Etsy, and/or Support Link:  Patreon:  patreon.com/gumihocosplay, OnlyFans:  onlyfans.com/gumiho, FREE OnlyFans:  onlyfans.com/gumihofree

Lewds:  Yes

Nudes:  Half-Yes (boobies)

More than Nudes:  Half-Yes (I make softporn, but no full nude yet, who knows what future will bring)

Social Media:  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gumiho.arts/, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gumihocos/, Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/gumiho/, Twitter: https://twitter.com/gumiho_arts, Discord: https://discord.gg/QJJWp6P

Domain of Your Own:  Yes! Need it to store my billions of cosplays!

Secret Super Power:  ‘Can convince myself to buy a new cosplay even if I promised myself a day before to not buy new ones till I finished some old plans…Wait, that’s like a super ANTI-power.  Maybe… ha I got it! Super fast reading.  😀 People are always weirded out by how quick I can finish books.

Cosplay at a Glance: Lada Lyumos

Today’s Cosplay at a Glance cosplayer is a fetish model, and of course, Patreon cosplayer.  I’ve actually been a fan of her work for some time and often mistake her name as “Lady Lyumos.” Lada Lyumos is yet another cosplayer that I have tried to contact to be formally featured on All Cool Things™, but ‘to no avail.  In fact, as far as personal Facebook profiles go, there are two “Lada Lyumoses,” and both are from Russia, but different cities.

In any case, here’s our Cosplay at a Glance cosplayer:  Lada Lyumos.

 

 

Name:  Lada Lyumos

Other Known Aliases:  Lada Lyumos Cosplay

Where We Found Her:  Facebook

What Stood Out:  ‘Her immaculate hair and makeup, combined with a great latex/leather aesthetic.

Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection: New to the Series? Here’s a Quick Primer to Get You Started!

Capcom is set to release their upcoming platformer, Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection, for the Nintendo Switch next month. First debuting at The Game Awards 2020, the upcoming title marks the first entry in over a decade. Known for its brutal and punishing difficulty, the Ghosts ‘n Goblins series continues to charm players with its soundtracks and monster designs.

This series features you playing as Sir Arthur, a knight who must rescue the Princess from the demons of hell. These hordes of monsters take many forms with some surprisingly twisted and terrifying for such a bright and colorful game. The end of each game features a showdown against the demon lord which usually comes from Biblical and mythical origins, such as Samael and Astaroth.

Much like Konami’s Castlevania, the series features a gothic horror approach albeit a bit more colorful and less bloody. Arthur can also equip different weapons which include throwing daggers and even firebombs which act like the series’ own Holy Water. 2D side-scrolling aficionados will immediately feel at home playing this title.

Did You Say Hard?

Yes, I did say this game is hard. It’s a daunting and unforgiving series dating back to the original Ghosts ‘n Goblins release in the mid-80s. Arthur can only take two hits before he’s reduced to a pile of bones.

Fear not because later titles, like Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts for SNES, offered easier difficulty levels and extra lives. For the unsuspecting player, though, Normal will rip them to shreds on just the first stage. Though, coming from Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, I can safely tell you that it is the hardest stage in the game before the final. The rest are moderately difficult but not spawn-zombies-in-your-face difficult. You can learn more about the difficulty settings and new modes here.

I’m not going to say something outlandish like “Ghosts ‘n Goblins is the Dark Souls of 2D platformers” even though that wouldn’t be far from the contextual truth. The series is, in fact, soul-crushing at times. Fortunately, Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts for SNES is quite fair in that it punishes your mistakes but rewards good play. It comes down to more than just stage memorization. Your reflexes, proper item choosing, and your ability to time your jumps carefully will reward your play in time.

Can I just say that I adore Shinkiro‘s art?

Curious About Trying the Series Before Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection?

If you own a Switch and have an online subscription, you have access to the NES and SNES libraries. As such, you can try Ghosts ‘n Goblins for NES and Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts for SNES. Unless Switch ever adds a Sega Genesis library ala the Virtual Console from past Nintendo consoles, you might have to emulate to get Ghouls ‘n Ghosts.

Sony’s PlayStation Portable also featured Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins which released in 2006. This was the first rebirth of the series before its long slumber. This title also added easier difficulties.

With that being said, I only recommend Ghosts ‘n Goblins on NES if you’re a complete masochist. You do not have a double jump and movement is much stiffer. If you want to play a quality platformer, then I strongly recommend Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts on SNES. It’s an enjoyable game with some great music and a reasonably difficult challenge for platforming enthusiasts. Don’t feel bad if you’re new to the series and want to try an easy difficulty either.

Brief Timeline of the Series

If you’re interested in the release order, take a look here!

Ghosts ‘n Goblins came out in the Arcades in 1985 and NES in 1986. Known for its tremendously difficult platforming action, the series would kickoff with Arthur rescuing the Princess from the clutches of the demon Astaroth.

Ghouls ‘n Ghosts debuted on Arcade machines in 1988. The sequel to Ghosts ‘n Goblins actually featured a backstory of a demonic genocide to include the life of the Princess. While ported on multiple systems, Ghouls ‘n Ghosts is perhaps best known for appearing on the Sega Genesis.

Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts came out on SNES in 1991. This key title featured quality-of-life improvements to control, giving Arthur a double jump, and began to round out the difficulty. The title received a Game Boy Advance port in 2002 as well featuring new level designs.

Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins is the first reboot of the series. Not affiliated as a direct sequel to any game, Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins brought the series to PSP in 2006. This version brought new difficulty modes which affected level designs. Plus it featured a new equipping system allowing Arthur to store his weapons. The title received a Japanese-exclusive re-release as well.

Capcom releaesed the ever rare Makaimura for Wonderswan in the 90s as well as two mobile apps, titled Gold Knights, for mobile devices. The series also spun-off into titles such as Gargolye’s Quest. This culminated into the popular SNES title, Demon’s Crest. Additionally, Capcom also developed the Maximo titles for PS2, a sister series which took the formula into 3D.

Final Thoughts

I’m eager to try Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection. I feel Switch has been hurting for games over the past year and Capcom’s helping inject some life (and death) into the library. Plus nothing feels quite as good as seeing an old franchise revived once more. We haven’t seen Arthur since his inclusion in Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite.

But Infinite is ugly so we’ll show you Marvel vs. Capcom 3 instead.

Capcom will also release Capcom Arcade Stadium for Nintendo Switch in February. This title will feature 32 Capcom classics including Ghosts ‘n Goblins and Super Street Fighter II Turbo. You can also choose to buy them in bundles instead of the whole game at once.

ACT Capcom Arcade Stadium

Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection will come out for Nintendo Switch on February 25, 2021. Within a month away, you may want to check out Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts and see what the fuss is about. Be sure to follow our social media channels below for our latest gaming content!

Until next time!

Famous Cosplayers at a Glance: Kristen Lanae

This cosplayer has also gained fame as a Twitch streamer and fashion model.

Famous Cosplayer at a Glance presents Kristen Lanae.

 

Name:  Kristen Lanae

Other Known Aliases:  None

Cosplay at a Glance: ChibiNeko Cosplay

Today’s cosplayer is a New Yorker, but for some reason, I thought she might have been from the UK…Anyway, yes:  She has a Patreon.

She’s the cosplayer with the original name (because no cosplayer ever has “Chibi,” “Neko,” or “Cosplay” in her name).  Cosplay at a Glance presents:  ChibiNeko Cosplay.

 

Name:  ChibiNeko Cosplay

Other Known Aliases:  Skyla Rayne

Where We Found Her:  Facebook

What Stood Out:  She’s thin and tattooed.