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Mon 28th July, 2008

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AVahne commented on Unity on New Nintendo 3DS Will Utilise Latest ...:

Of course barely any of the features will be supported for 3DS, but anyway...shouldn't be too surprising that it's the latest version. As far as I know, Unity is extremely scalable. I'm assuming it can be used to develop games for smartphones from 2008 (like the T-Mobile G1) or 2009, so it shouldn't be too much of a stretch to support New 3DS.



AVahne commented on Fire Emblem: If Special Edition Bundle Sold Ou...:

I'd pay that much. Despite my complaints (also still extremely pissed at how crappy Awakening's DLC was), I'm a diehard FE fan. I just hope this game will be more like past FE games and less like Awakening, which I consider to be an overrated generic fantasy anime in FE clothing (not even that, considering the extremely stupid looking class designs).



AVahne commented on Nintendo Highlights Increased US Hardware Sale...:

Sigh, really too bad about Wii U. Sure you have fun games still, but no one should be thinking that these horrid sales don't matter. Nintendo is not going to pretend the numbers are horrible and just keep pumping out great games without an awareness of the problem.
This will most likely have an effect, either positive or negative, on the next console they make. Design, power, target audience, marketing, brand image, etc. Things can change due to sales performance of the previous system. If they didn't pay did't pay mind to these things, Nintendo would just turn into Sega 2.0.



AVahne commented on Video: Xenoblade Chronicles X May Have Been Su...:

Lighting definitely got worse, but there's a chance that it's just a different scene with more lights. Same explanation goes for the missing objects. The textures have always been absolutely awful, so having them be even worse was hardly noticeable.
Honestly I don't care how disappointing the game looks anymore. This is just the best the Wii U can do. It's not on the level of the other 8th Gen consoles, PC, and even mobile (as of this year, maybe late last year), but at least the games be fun.



AVahne commented on Crunchyroll Pre-Order Bundle for Etrian Myster...:

Whelp, got the package. Didn't notice that Mystery Shirt part, so I was expecting a Crunchyroll T-Shirt or a Etrian Odyssey one. It's just a Dying Light shirt.
Also was expecting a cute little phone charm or something for the mystery item. It's just DS shovelware.



AVahne commented on Akihiro Hino on Why Fantasy Life 2 is Not Comi...:

This sequel meant to be an escapism or relaxation game that can be played mostly casually. Most adults have access to a smart phone with only gamers having a portable. They're probably just wanting to try seeing if they can make more money on a mobile release.



AVahne commented on Video: Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power is Shap...:

Also Bloodbourne (oh wait, already out), Final Fantasy 15, Deep Down, Witcher 3, Battlefront 3 and other games I can't remember at the moment. None of those would be able to run on Wii U without ridiculously huge drops in quality.
Power is a problem with Wii U. Xenoblade Chronicles X has huge scale, but most other Wii U games with smaller scale don't look any better than that game anyway (once you get past the scale, XCX isn't all that impressive as the individual elements are just average 7th gen-level quality).
Even so, this game would probably be able to run on Wii U once they drop character model quality and shader quality.



AVahne commented on Video: Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power is Shap...:

It's called Artifacts of Power and has little golden triangle shards.
And the video showcases a dude with sword and shield running around swinging his sword like a madman.
Even if they have to tone down the graphics quality by a ton, how can this NOT be on Wii U?



AVahne commented on Analyst Thinks Nintendo Is Already Winding Dow...:

Not quite yet. Considering Nintendo is pretty much the only company making games for the Wii U, save for a few third parties that have been contracted by Nintendo, there's a pretty decent amount of games coming to Wii U. Most of which are exclusives. This year has just as much support as last year. Next year is when Nintendo will start dropping support quickly. It'll follow the trend of the Wii, where we basically get a drought until the next console (mostly in America, since Japan will still get some more exclusives and Europe may get some of them localized; NoA is trash). Considering Wii U sold much worse than Wii both in hardware and software (even after you block off all the shovelware sales), it may start the drought earlier. Sales for Wii U might not slump (even more) as fast as Wii did, since until just recently it was an unknown entity to most people on the planet and people are starting to take interest, but it'll drop off the radar sooner than later. What COULD help it at this point, though, is a price drop to $200. Price drops before didn't seem to have much effect, but now that people know that the Wii U exists and that it has great games you can't get elsewhere, a price drop would probably do wonders to its health. Wii U has now been cemented as a secondary console, so it desperately needs a secondary console price.
Nvidia is getting ready to release their Shield home console for $200. It's a device that uses less energy than Wii U, yet is more powerful. It can outperform Wii U while supporting all the latest APIs and engines (something the Wii U can't do) and it's still a relatively new platform, therefore it still has plenty of room to grow in terms of sales and awareness (while Wii U has peaked). I know Nintendo fans will attack me for daring to say that a device with a mobile chipset can outperform their precious Nintendo hardware or for believing Nvidia (yes they are full of crap, but it's a fact that their stuff improves and that mobile hardware is marching ever onward at such a ridiculous pace that game devs can't really keep up). My point is, Nintendo can position Wii U as an amazing value at $200, being both a great second console and a decent set-top box for the bedroom/living room/attic/etc.



AVahne commented on Video: Check Out Every Fire Emblem Intro So Fa...:

Awakening better gameplay? Please, Radiant Dawn ANNIHILATES Awakening in terms of gameplay. Only thing Awakening has over Radiant Dawn is supports.
Not trying to be antagonistic, but I truly feel that Awakening's gameplay can't come close to touching Radiant Dawn's.



AVahne commented on Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Takes Third Place in J...:

Expected as much. Still not too bad, but New 3DS needs a brand new, TRULY EXCLUSIVE game to help it sell. Make it the 3DS family's swansong, and make it awesome. There's still until the end of 2017 for such a game to release.



AVahne commented on Video: Lucas Visuals and Moveset Compared Betw...:

Let's see...they gave him a bit more polys, but mostly just to add a bit of dimension to his hair and that's it. Texture quality, like the rest of the game, it's extremely low, but they can probably get away with calling it an "art style". I guess crap texture quality (it's an eighth gen game with 6th gen level textures) and no textures aside from a diffuse color with some falloff can be considered a "style" nowadays. Whelp, at least that helped speed up development. If they were actually serious about building a Smash Bros game to take advantage of the Wii U just like past games took advantage of their host consoles (also the 3DS game), then it would've taken much longer to develop.



AVahne commented on New Fire Emblem on 3DS Takes Shape as Two Sepa...:

"Intelligent Systems and Nintendo SPD continue to impress their Fire Emblem fans"
Highly debatable. I'm of the mind that the people who are most impressed by the latest FE, Awakening, are newbies.

Anyway, this news annoys me a bit, but I do understand what they're doing and why they feel like experimenting with this kind of model. It's still annoying since Fire Emblem fans have already experienced multiple story lines IN THE SAME game. Anyway, I won't complain as long as these games each have as much content as Radiant Dawn. They've said that they're each about the amount of content as Awakening, but I feel like that's not much considering most of the game is just side story and DLC. I'll still go for the $90 LE bundle if that makes it stateside.



AVahne commented on The New 3DS Fire Emblem Will Force You To Pick...:

It seems picking a side means picking a game =_=
It seems Fire Emblem If will be split into 3 games: Black and White, with part 3 coming later. Unless each part is the length of at least the Elibe games (if not Tellius), I'm calling this a rip off.



AVahne commented on Game Boy Advance Given Up The Ghost? The Revo ...:

While it's nice to see RCG expand their product range and for Chinese device manufacturers to reach out more to the international community, I have to tell people to avoid this. It's $69.99 for a very cheap feeling device and non-perfect compatibility (had to research about that compatibility part as the unit I received last year came broken).
And about that last point, my unit arrived last summer broken, and the company that makes these things did not want to refund me or send me a new unit right away. I had to jump through hoops to do anything, and even after that it took OVER HALF A YEAR to finally get my refund. And that was after they went silent and seemingly went dead for a long while.
You're all better off getting a used GBA or DS, or one of RCG's frontlit GBA mods OR one of J-Bit's Game Boy Macros (DSes with either a broken top screen or broken hinges or both that have been re-purposed as beautiful GBAs).



AVahne commented on Atlus USA is Localising Stella Glow on Nintend...:

Might be nice game to play while waiting for Luminous Arc Infinity to come out over here (if it ever arrives...).
Funny how both games use a chibi art style. Considering gameplay looks similar (SRPG), I might finally be able to directly compare a chibi 3DS game to a chibi Vita game.



AVahne commented on Nintendo Begins Takedown Proceedings on Super ...:

To the people attacking this guy for hilarious reasons, ever consider this to be a learning project?

Though if that's the case, they're likely to want to get rid of it on the assumption that a learning project may have so many problems with it that it may damage the Mario IP's brand and image. Somehow.

EDIT: Editted this comment because Nintendo fans are the most volatiles of all the fanboys.



AVahne commented on Capcom's Gearing Up For a Major Monster Hunter...:

Monster Hunter fans follow the series wherever it goes to (mostly if it's on a portable). The series has its most fans on Sony systems; 3DS only has a bunch because many of them were forced to get one in order to play the newest MH games. I'd really prefer if they made MH5 for a system that has the power to allow the series to keep moving forward and evolve.