On today’s The State of Aether, we’ve got Amazon woes, the new One Punch Man video game, and deciding on an avatar and house in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
Start Your Free Prime Trial; Never
So I pretty much caved last weekend and preordered Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night from Amazon after they marked it down to $32. Came close to getting the PS4 version at the store, but held off in hopes of playing on the go with my Switch which is quickly becoming my destination for all 2D platformers. This is great and all, with one little caveat.
Typically, I finalize any game purchases about a week or 3 days prior to the launch date. This has never been an issue up until now as Amazon has normally honored the request and gets it delivered usually by the street date or the day after. Now it seems they are now only offering Free Shipping in 5 - 8 days for a pre-ordered game/product unless you have Prime. I got the same options when I tried adding Super Mario Maker 2 and one other item that doesn’t even release until next month.
Not sure if this was a one time issue where I simply ordered too close to release day or Amazon is just being stingy as hell with its shipping. Not a deal breaker for Bloodstained since the discount doesn’t seem to be offered elsewhere, but with Mario Maker, it just doesn’t make sense to wait on it when I can get it elsewhere on release day for the same price AND be playing this weekend.
One Punch Man: A Video Game Nobody Expected
If you haven’t heard already, there is a One Punch Man video game coming out, which raises all sorts of questions. How do you make a video game out of a character who’s most notable trait is he can’t be defeated? I don’t have the answer, but Spike Chunsoft and Bandai Namco seem to be eager to be the first to try.
We’ve been seeing a lot of Anime based fighters in recent months from Dragon Ball FighterZ, My Hero Academia (editor’s note: I’m not typing the actual name it was localized to, which is still awful), and most recently, Jump Force, which brings me to my next point. Are we getting too many anime fighters?
It seems Bamco has a monopoly on the anime video game market since I rarely see anyone else publish anything remotely connected to Shonen Jump. I feel like this is a topic worth exploring in greater detail because there are a lot of great properties that almost always seem to be regulated to fighters (Arena/3D in particular) or Musuo (Warriors) titles. I might be in the minority, but I would love to see a bit more variety, which is why I’m holding out that Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot breaks the mold somewhat.
Question of the Day: Choose an Avatar/House
This may not be for a while, but an earlier question posed today got me to thinking about Fire Emblem: Three Houses and what avatar I should choose. This is the first time I’ve played the role of an “instructor” in a game. Though the female avatar has a cooler design, I’m digging the male’s fashion sense. It may just end up coming down to something simple as which voice I prefer, but the short answer is I don’t know yet. Hell, I’ll probably wing it when the time comes. I’m open to suggestions.
But I am totally flying under the Black Eagles banner.
Who will you be playing as and what house will you represent?
...Not Dead Yet.
Track: Main Theme | Artist: Unknown | Album: Fire Emblem: Three Houses Original Soundtrack