Joker and Hero amiibo have been unlocked

Last night, we made a major breakthrough — and long story short, the Exion team has crafted working files of the Joker and Hero amiibo that can be used on any Nintendo Switch console! Compatibility for Joker and Hero was added in Version 8.1.0, but their figurines don’t release until October 2nd. That means we’ve got access to Joker and Hero two months early, and it also means we’ll have credible, tested guides available for each character before they even release. You’ll be able to read best practices for training both Joker and Hero on the day they come out!

This follows a similar occurrence in 2019, in which Pichu was spoofed and access almost three months before release. We do have preliminary Joker and Hero training guides available, and plan on updating them once more before release. When we do, they’ll be brought to the front of the main page, so don’t worry about missing them! In the meantime, I would like to thank Supernova for greatly assisting in spoofing these characters and helping us access and analyze them months in advance. Feel free to check out his YouTube channel for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate mods and amiibo training content. For more information on Joker and Hero, check out the Exion Discord server.

Training the strongest Captain Falcon amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

I’ve been running the Amiibo Dojo since August 2015 (the longest-running amiibo training site, wow). Yes, its name has changed, but at heart, Exion is still the same site it was five years ago. What, then, does this have to do with Captain Falcon? A lot, actually. Over the course of those five years, one specific character has contributed to the spread of amiibo training misconceptions — and yes, that character is Captain Falcon. His very existence seems to inspire a “flashy”, “disrespectful”, and “combo-heavy” playstyle. Bad news: amiibo can’t do any of that. If you’re looking for your disappointment of the day, you’ve found it!

Thanks to Blank for contributing Captain Falcon’s training information!

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Paper Mario: The Origami King sets a new standard for the series

A while back, I wrote up a short post on my first impressions of Paper Mario: The Origami King. It’s been almost two weeks, and I’ve just about wrapped up my playthrough of the game. I can say this with confidence: I believe The Origami King is Nintendo’s strongest Switch release this year. Though, considering its rather barren lineup (especially if you take out Animal Crossing), that might not be saying much.

Still, though, I’ve got to hand it to Nintendo. They could have rather easily ported Paper Mario: Color Splash to Switch, but instead they built a brand-new Paper Mario game that far, far exceeds its predecessor. Please note that this will be a spoiler-free review; we won’t be going in-depth on any specific plot details. If you’re still on the fence, hopefully this post can help you make a decision!

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An Animal Crossing: New Leaf Retrospective

Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released for Nintendo Switch in March 2020. Wait, wrong game? Nope, hold on for one moment. New Horizons was released to incredible success. It had the strongest launch the Animal Crossing series has ever seen, bringing the franchise to perhaps its highest point yet. In my personal opinion, though, I think New Horizons is missing something. Something that Animal Crossing: New Leaf on Nintendo 3DS absolutely had. What exactly is it missing, then? If I had to explain it in a few words, I’d say soul, but it’s not really that simple.

For many players, Animal Crossing: New Leaf was their first time playing an Animal Crossing game. It was my first game in the series too, and what an entry point it was. Today, we’re going to break down what makes New Leaf so much different than New Horizons, and why… it might actually be a better overall experience!

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First impressions of Paper Mario: The Origami King

Most gaming sites always start their Paper Mario posts with a riff on the current state of the series… so let’s continue that trend in proper fashion. The fact is, Paper Mario changed after the release of Sticker Star on the Nintendo 3DS, which could be seen as a soft reboot of the Paper Mario franchise as a whole. We’ll get this out of the way right now: Paper Mario: The Origami King is in no way a “return to form” for the series. That being said, I’ve played the game for several hours, and I’m honestly quite impressed with it. If you’re on the fence about whether to buy this game… maybe reading some of my opinions will help? Or – the most likely scenario – maybe it won’t. This will be the first of potentially several posts I write on Paper Mario: The Origami King, so let’s get started!

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