D23: What We Learned, Part Four: Everything Else

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Okay, so this is the catch-all, kids.  What doesn’t fall into the movies or theme parks comes here, to this humble final installment.  This will be presented in the order in which I care:

Yesssssss.

Yesssssss.

  • This was it for me.  I’ve always liked the idea of Kingdom Hearts more than the Gameplay, but if you toss Rapunzel and Baymax in, I’m buying.
  • Baymax appeared all in black, with the idea being that this was the original Baymax who sacrificed himself to save Hiro in the film.
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Rey and Finn. Finn is holding a blaster, not a lightsaber. Hmmmmm.

Disney Infinity 3.0

  • Confirmed new characters: Peter Pan, Spot (but not Arlo- The Good Dinosaur) Finn and Rey (The Force Awakens) Judy and Nick (Zootopia) and Hulkbuster and Ultron (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Confirmed new playsets: Marvel Battleground and The Force Awakens
  • Four player will be enabled for the Marvel playset
  • Disney MagicBands will unlock the famous Partners statue from the Magic Kingdom.

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Magic Kingdoms

  • Mobile app that lets you build your own theme park
  • Will have plot elements- Maleficent and company decide to wreck your theme park, because that’s what they do now.

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Star Wars Battlepods/ Battlefront

  • These were showcased as an immersive video game experience.
  • These are already out in the wild, incidentally.  I’ve seen one in person in Ocean City.
  • They’re a little claustrophobic, and one player called them “like a movie I sort of interacted with.”
  • There’s going to be a Darth Vader skinned PS4 released with Star Wars: Battlefront

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  • Lasster’s ridiculous Hawaiian shirt collection was on display, and they’re actually pretty neat to look at.

 

 

 

Pretty Nerdy Warriors: Part 2 of our E3 coverage

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Thought we were done talking about Hyrule Warriors? You were wrong.

On top of handing us a roster of mostly female playable characters, the outfits on these women are sensible and practical while still looking great. This is a big deal in the video game world which is tends to cast mostly males, and when we do get female characters, they’re often hyper sexualized and running around in skimpy armor that would be of no use in battle. Seeing properly battle-ready ladies is a welcome breath of fresh air.

Legend of Zelda has rarely had a problem with their sexualizing of female characters, but one can’t help but worry that it’s only right around the corner and with a collaboration we don’t really know what to expect. Imagine the relief when we got to see our ladies and their outfits.

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Let’s talk about Impa first. We know her mostly as Zelda’s Sheikah mentor and protector. She has two major appearances in both Ocarina of Time and Skyward Sword (as well as minor appearances in Link Between Worlds and as Impaz in Twilight Princess). In both OoT and SS she’s a fierce warrior and has helpful advice for Link. She’s always ready to go with armor, weapons, and a calm demeanor.

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Let’s talk about our beloved Princess Queen Zelda next. (ed: as of yesterday, it was announced that Zelda would have ascended the throne come Hyrule Warriors and would in fact be Queen.)

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Now, we’ve had the chance to see Zelda fight before in the Nintendo game Super Smash Bros. There she’s wearing an unaltered version of her usual gown that we see her appear in during Legend of Zelda. Everyone can probably agree fighting in a full length ball gown is at the very least impractical, if not just downright ridiculous.

Her updated look in Hyrule Warriors could have easily been boobalicous and sexy, but here we see that it’s not. It’s practical while still managing to look regal and pretty. The designers gave her the best of everything when they could have given her the worst.

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And finally, everyone’s favorite imp and princess of the Twilight, Midna! The designers seem to be working under the old saying “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” with Midna’s look. The biggest difference here is that the wolf isn’t Link transformed but rather seems to be a beast summoned from the Twilight Realm to aid its princess. If we didn’t know better this could just be a screenshot of Midna from Twilight Princess for all she’s changed. She’s looking good and ready to join Link once again in the fray!
All these ladies are looking fine and ready for a fight. September’s gonna be a good month.


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