Monthly Archives: September 2015

So happy!! Woke up this morning to see that my @youtube channel hit 500 subscribers. So happy and appreciative of all your support citizens of Avina Vlogs! You guys are the best. In honor of this milestone, be on the lookout for a new episode of the Writers Corner podcast tomorrow, and a new weekly video on Friday where I debunk 5 myths about writers. Here’s to the next milestone, 1 K subscribers! You guys are the best! ❤️ #milestone #subscribers #youtube #youtubers #500subs #youtuber #youtubechannel #youtubelife


A two week addition of the week in photos calls for one of my favorite songs off of the incredible Haley Reinhart’s first album. The song is called “Hit the Ground Runnin’”.
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I’ll never forget the morning of September 11th, 2001. Waking up first and going downstairs to watch tv, only to find the news talking about an attack in New York. I remember waking my parents and sister, and the four of us watching in horror as the towers fell. I remember spending hours not eating or leaving the house out of fear. I remember finally getting food, and sitting down to watch the President address the nation. I also remember the unity of the country and the strength of our bond. Today, I will join the rest of the world in remembrance of those who lost their lives that fateful day. #neverforget #911memorial #september11

Last night I had dinner at @tonyromas for the first time in 12 years. Now that may seem insignificant to some of you, but it means a lot to me because this restaurant was my grandparents favorite place to go when I was a kid. The memories I have there will always be with my grandma, who is so sweet and loving, and my grandfather, who is no longer with us. It was a very nostalgic dinner, and I am glad I still have those memories with me. ❤️❤️ #tonyromas #selfie #selfies #selfienation #memories #grandparents

Got this awesome Smallville Season 11 comic book, sealed and unopened at the @citywalkla yesterday. So happy to be starting my collection of comics! @dccomics #smallville #season #dccomics #comicbook #collection #citywalkla

Shovel Knight Gets His Own amiibo! First Indie Game with amiibo Compatibility

One of Several Indie Announcements Made During Nintendo’s Nindies@Night Event

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– During a presentation at Nintendo’s Nindies@Night event at EMP Museum in Seattle, Nintendo made several announcements about the future of independent games on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems. These announcements included the reveal of a Shovel Knight amiibo figure from Yacht Club Games that unlocks exclusive features for the hit game on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, making it the first indie game to support amiibo technology. Other reveals at the event include the upcoming launch of Kerbal Space Program for Wii U early next year with exclusive features and functionality, first-look Wii U debuts for Hive Jump and FAST Racing Neo multiplayer game play, along with exciting details concerning each of these anticipated Nindies.

For the first time, exclusive to the Wii U version of the game, players can scan the Shovel Knight a …
For the first time, exclusive to the Wii U version of the game, players can scan the Shovel Knight amiibo and take on Shovel Knight’s quest cooperatively with a friend. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Not only do we have a robust slate of indie games launching in the Nintendo eShop, but these games also contain features that can only be found on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS,” said Damon Baker, Nintendo of America’s Senior Marketing Manager of Publisher and Developer Relations. “Creating an amiibo that’s compatible with all current and future Shovel Knight games shows that our strong relationship with independent developers is constantly evolving.”

“It’s been a great honor to work directly with Nintendo, creating a Shovel Knight amiibo that sits beside their most beloved characters,” said Yacht Club Games. “We are elated to expand the world of Shovel Knight, and to keep developing unique game-play experiences on Nintendo’s platforms.”

For the first time, exclusive to the Wii U version of the game, players can scan the Shovel Knight amiibo and take on Shovel Knight’s quest cooperatively with a friend. On Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, the amiibo can be used to level up and customize Shovel Knight with new visual enhancements, relics and abilities. These abilities can then be used in new, exclusive amiibo challenge levels. To top it off, the amiibo figure will be supported in future Shovel Knight games.

Yacht Club Games also revealed that the free DLC for Shovel Knight that lets players play as fan-favorite enemy Plague Knight will launch in September. Shovel Knight can be purchased in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS for $14.99. Packaged retail versions of the game for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will also be available in North America this October.

Graphite Lab and Black Lantern Studios showcased the first playable version of Wii U-exclusive Hive Jump, demonstrating exclusive features for the platform. Hive Jump is a fast-paced multiplayer action platformer for up to four players. Players engage in run ’n’ gun combat with swarms of aliens, all the while avoiding traps and collecting resources. The developers discussed how the Wii U Game Pad would be used in the game, as well as plans for amiibo support, which will be included when it launches in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U in early 2016.

To talk about FAST Racing Neo, Shin’en Multimedia joined the presentation to discuss multiplayer game play. FAST Racing Neo earns the title “Fast” by throwing players into a futuristic racer with hyper-fast anti-gravity vehicles. Up to four players can race against each other in split-screen local multiplayer, with up to eight racers able to participate in online multiplayer. (Additional controllers are required for local multiplayer.) FAST Racing Neo will launch exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U before the end of the year.

Squad’s Kerbal Space Program, with the help of Flying Tiger, was announced for Wii U and will launch early next year. A physics-based space flight simulator, Kerbal Space Program allows players to manage their own space program by building and flying spacecraft. In the Wii U version of the game, players can control their ship from inside the cockpit using the Wii U GamePad controller, as well as create flight plans with the touch screen and steer with motion controls. The critically acclaimed Kerbal Space Program will launch in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.

Nintendo also announced the latest content refresh to the Indie Game Revolution exhibition hosted by EMP. Visitors to the Seattle museum are now able to experience new award-winning Wii U games, including upcoming and recently released content like Typoman (Headup Games / Brainseed), Year Walk (Simogo / Dakko Dakko) and The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (Nicalis, Inc).

In all, 19 games were available to play at the Nindies@Night event at EMP Museum, showcasing a variety of content for all attendees. All these upcoming games and updates coupled with recent efforts like Nindies@Home further reinforce the growing support Nintendo has shown for independent developers. With numerous other indie games launching on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in the near future, fans will always find a wide variety of Nindies to play on Nintendo systems.