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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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Entries open: Tier-Based Vanilla Round Robin Extraordinaire

Entries for this tournament are currently open! See below for more details.

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a new tournament listing on Exion, but here we are! This is a large tier-based tourney, and trainers can send one amiibo per tier. However, we aren’t using Exion’s official tier list; we’ll be using this one, so be sure to familiarize yourself with it. I’d also like to add that Exion is not hosting this tour; it is being entirely hosted by Sir FfuzzyLogik, so all the credit goes to them! Here’s some more information regarding the tournament’s rules.

As mentioned, every trainer can send one Figure Player per tier. The tourney will start with a swiss-style round robin, and will advance into a double elimination bracket with the best five amiibo from each pool. For the first half of the tournament, matches will be played with 3 stocks, a 7 minute timer, and exclusively on Battlefield- and Ω-form stages. Best of three, too. For the second half of the tournament, matches will be played with the same 3 stocks and 7 minute timer, but Battlefield, Final Destination, Smashville, Lylat Cruise, Skyloft, and Kalos Pokémon League will be rotated as stages instead. Furthermore, the winners’ side of the bracket will continue to be best of three, while the losers’ side will be best of five. Grand Finals will also be best of five.

There are prizes, too! First place gets a $30 prize sent via Venmo and second place gets $15. Entries are due by August 8th, and you can sign up via this form right here. This tournament is a file submission competition, so if you need help submitting, feel free to check out our guide on how to do so. Thanks again to Sir FfuzzyLogik for hosting this tournament, and I hope you’ll all consider entering!

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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