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Male, United States

I'm a digital artist, wannabe game designer, and all around nice person. I love Nintendo and most video games.

Mon 4th November, 2013

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Action51 commented on Poll: Where Do You Stand On DeNA, Smart Device...:

The reason I'm optimistic is because this essentially gives Nintendo a way to play to a larger market and one of their strengths which is to make smaller, high concept games with tons of charm and personality.

I think of games like Mario Vs Donkey Kong, Wario Ware, Pushmo, Dr Mario etc...These are the sort of games that aren't embraced as openly by the "hardcore" gamers, but are highly accessible to everyone.



Action51 commented on Interview: Nintendo's Hiro Yamada On The Chall...:

I bought Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii on pre-order day one of it's release.
(which was a bit later then you Euro folks got it)

So there. lol.

Don't have a new 3DS yet, but OMG I can't wait for XCX on Wii U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Action51 commented on Video: Nintendo Shows Off Level Creation in Ma...:

God help me...

I love Fire Emblem and Advance Wars. I love Intelligent Systems. I love Steam-punk, and I love tactical strategy games...

But for the life of me, I can't figure out why everything about Code Name STEAM isn't working for me no matter how I want it to.

I think the art style is chunky and unappealing, the color palette makes my eyes bleed, the inclusion of lion men is confusing and doesn't work in my brain, the Abe Lincoln thing is kind of disrespectful...

I really, really, really, want to love this new IP from Intelligent designs...



Action51 commented on Review: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U):

2015 Game rating system:

10/10 - A good game!
9/10 - You probably won't be too dissapointed
8/10 - mediocre
7/10 - absolute unplayable trash

lol...just makin' fun of the people who get too worked up over the score, read the review and respect the reviewers opinion based on that, not the little number at the end.



Action51 commented on Card Format amiibo Confirmed to be Heading our...:

I'm happy for the card format.

Honestly, I bought a DK Amiibo and have it still in the box, but I don't have the room or desire to collect a bunch of figures at $13 a pop...and having to track down rare ones means the few I might buy I didn't buy because it's not worth the hassle.

So I'm looking forward to the cards. I grew up collecting comics and (American) Football and X-Men cards...I'd rather have a deck of quality cards then pay $13 for each figure.



Action51 commented on January NPD Results Bring Improvement for Wii ...:

@JaxonH - Yeah well said.

The console war people and Nintendoomers keep moving the goalposts on us. First it was going to be disontinued by 2015, then it would stop being supported after this or that was gonna sell less in 2014 then be quietly retired...

Now they're just content to remind us that it will be in last place...which is unfortunate, but as long as they can keep making great games and support it, I'll be happy with my purchase.



Action51 commented on Tomonobu Itagaki Gives an Update on Devil’s ...:

@SecondServing - I think some of the issue may be that we saw stuff from an old build geared to PS3/360...and unfortunately, it's going to be a big game with tons of content, so it won't have the level of detail found in a much smaller, more linear game like Call of demos and early footage are not going to impress.

I'm optimistic...but like you I'm waiting to see what the final product looks and plays like.



Action51 commented on Tomonobu Itagaki Gives an Update on Devil’s ...:

Having just finished the "Shadow Warrior" re-imagining on PC, I can tell you that a hackn'slash/shooter can and does work when a good developer makes it.

I had fun with Shadow Warrior, and now I'm primed and eager for more with Devil's Third!



Action51 commented on Talking Point: The New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo ...:

I think the merging of handheld and console is inevitable.

Despite the relative success of the 3DS, and the early success of PS4, it seems the struggles of the Wii U and PS Vita show us that it's becoming increasingly difficult to support two robust platforms in this day and age.

The New 3DS does feel a bit like a stop-gap measure, but if this is to keep the platform current and give developers better tools for the next few years, then it's not the worst thing that could happen. I'm certain most games will be 3DS and New 3DS compatible, and only certain "hardcore" titles will require the updated hardware.

Ultimately, If Nintendo can find an appealing way to merge console and handheld, they'll be leading the way into the next "gen" instead of playing catch up with the global conglomerates and mobile cash ins who have kind of stolen gaming away from the gamers.



Action51 commented on Video: You NEED To Play Metroid Prime Trilogy:

Just wanted to chime in on Other M...

I remember buying it, and thinking it was a fun game, but nothing amazing. At that time I wasn't plugged into the video game media online scene, so when I later went back to learn that people despised this game I was confused.

I thought the way they depicted Samus was just boring...but people freaked out. The reason I didn't love the game was for totally different reasons.



Action51 commented on Atlus Shows Off Terrific Launch Edition Extras...:

Oh god, is this like Shiren The Wanderer with an Etrian Odyssey skin?

I bought Shiren the Wanderer Mystery Dungeon for Wii ...and I really wanted to like it. It had nice graphics and animations, and I love a good dungeon crawl, but I could not bring myself to finish it.

The gameplay was dull, repetitive, and Cheap in the way that you are punished because it's tuesday and your hard work seems to be frequently discarded because it was a better way to stretch out the minimal content then to actually make a shorter, more satisfying game with an appropriate amount of content.



Action51 commented on Professional Super Smash Bros. Player Proposes...:

@GloverMist - IKR? I can understand all the pissing and moaning a little better, it's not simply that we get a bunch of Nintendoomers...but some deeply cynical people who can't seem to muster up anything positive to say even about something sweet and lighthearted like this.

Well I say: Congrats to the newly engaged couple, I hope they have a great life together!



Action51 commented on Review: F-Zero: GP Legend (Wii U eShop / Game ...:

My two cents:

I am a huge racing game fan, and I am a huge retro gaming enthusiast, but I am not a fan of retro racing games.

How does that work, you ask? (or not, but I'm gonna tell ya!)

Well, of all gaming genres, none have benefitted more from modern gaming technology and fully realized 3D graphics and physics then racing least the conventional drive/fly a vehicle around a track sort of racing games.

So while I love Mario Kart 8, Need For Speed Most Wanted U, ExciteBots: Trick Racing, and F-Zero GX...I am not a fan of this F-Zero, Mario Kart on SNES, Rad Racer, or just about any retro racer of this variety.

I still prefer old school Doom and Duke Nukem over many modern yeah.



Action51 commented on Review: Fire Emblem (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Ad...:

@MussakkuLaden - Wow!

I always thought the shift in story from Lynn to Eliwood and Hector was unfortunate, but you said it perfectly. We take a truly interesting character and place her in a background role for the benefit of two standard heroic rivals after saving her grandfather's kingdom.

While Fire Emblem's strengths lie in it's tactical gameplay and carefully constructed campaigns, it's a shame they didn't further explore her storyline.



Action51 commented on Nintendo and GungHo Online Entertainment Annou...:

"Why doesn't Nintendo go mobile?"
"Why doesn't Nintendo go mobile?"
"Why doesn't Nintendo go mobile?" appears Nintendo has once again defied expectations, and mobile has gone Nintendo!

Sounds cool, apparently this Puzzle and Dragons game is HUGE in Japan.



Action51 commented on Weirdness: Jimmy Fallon Missed Out On Dating N...:

Mario is clearly heterosexual (not that it matters), in fact...he's been accused of being a womanizer!

In reality, he just likes to date around...Pauline, Daisy, Peach, ...They're all very attractive women, but he seems to have settled on Peach for a long term relationship.



Action51 commented on Video: Shovel Knight Is Digging Up The Tarmac ...:

@ghosto - "Minecraft sells for $2 billion yet Road Rash is covered in cobwebs O_o"

What does that have to do with anything?

I loved Road Rash back in the day, and I have no interest in Minecraft. Some of these bitter lines of thinking are baffling.

Call of Duty and Pokemon are pretty much the biggest gaming franchises right nobody better dare make a Super Monkey Ball style game! - what?



Action51 commented on Review: Underground (Wii U eShop):

When I heard the title I thought of the Sneaker Pimps:

Take me down, 6 underground
The ground beneath your feet
Laid out low, nothing to go
Nowhere a way to meet

I've got a head full of drought, down here
So far off losing out 'round here
Overground, watch this space
I'm open to falling from grace

Calm me down, bring it round
Too way high off your street
I can see like nothing else
In me, you're better than I wannabe

Don't think 'cos I understand, I care
Don't think 'cos I'm talking we're friends
Overground, watch this space
I'm open to falling from grace

Talk me down, safe and sound
Too strung up to sleep
Wear me out, scream and shout
Swear my time's never cheap

I fake my life like I've lived
Too much, I take whatever you're given, not enough
Overground, watch this space
I'm open to falling from grace



Action51 commented on Video: The Top Ten Worst Designed Pokémon Ever:

Haha, funny video idea, but I found myself not agreeing with too many choices.

When I did agree, I agreed whole-heartedly!

Jinx and Executo(sp) are pretty stupid and creepy looking, but I actually like Barbaracle and Shroomish.



Action51 commented on Super Smash Bros. Grabs Third Place in NPD Cha...:

@jariw - Unfortunately for the always pessimistic crowd, they have created a bunch of conditions, stipulations, and numbers games in their minds and they can't just look at a piece of positive news without measuring it against these standards and then passing judgement.

When something does sell beyond expectation, like Amiibo...they make a new unlikely scenario and move the goalposts for what truly constitutes success.

Get ready to be scolded for daring to derive a small amount of satisfaction from a small victory here or there.



Action51 commented on Talking Point: What's Next For amiibo?:


There is an angle to Amiibo that is especially positive for Nintendo, and that is that in this age of ever-increasing digital game distribution, retailers will be making less and less money from the gaming industry.

After the hardware and maybe some peripherals, retailers may be utterly cut out of the picture for those going full digital. That's where Amiibo comes in and offers a tangible store bought property they can put on shelves and get kids dragging their parents in to look at, as well as collectors and enthusiasts of all ages.

So in that's better for them to leave it to retailers and incentive-ise them to keep that shelf space reserved for fast moving, high profit, Nintendo merchandise like Amiibo.



Action51 commented on EA Cancelled Wii U SimCity Title Before The Fo...:

"but...but...but...the third parties really wanted to support the Wii U, it's you Nintendo fans that are the problem"

Wow, this sounds like the sort of game that would do well on a Nintendo platform, but Nintendo isn't willing to subsidize and bend over backwards for nope! Here's a poor Madden port using an old engine and a full price Mass Effect sequel while the other platforms get the full trilogy remastered!



Action51 commented on Video: How Does Watch Dogs Wii U Compare To Th...:

@Damo & @kensredemption

Being totally honest and putting things in perspective: I don't believe Digital Foundry "make things up" or falsify data. There is no proof and I don't see any reason to make such accusations.

However, I do believe they have biases like any group of people might, and they tend to play up aspects of their benchmark tests that will draw attention to themselves, more then address the performance a typical user will experience.

Two examples of this:

  • Mario Kart 8: DF put so much emphasis on the 59th frame drop (or 64th frame repeat...) and even mentioned how once you see it, you can't "unsee it" someone who has edited video professionally and understands the importance of a single frame, I still have yet to notice that frame drop or doubling...and yes, I have a pretty good HDTV capable of running PC games at 120+ fps beautifully.
  • Bayonetta 2: While there clearly are occasional noticeable frame drops, I beat the game not once being affected or really noticing significant hits to performance beyond momentarily being less then ultra smooth and vibrant. Even at it's worst, Bayonetta 2 performs better then most major triple A releases. I am fully aware that it's only running in 720p with limited anti-aliasing which allows for a higher frame rate then say Assassin's Creed...but the article made it seem as though the technical issues were much more of a problem. Have you played Bayonetta 2? It's really fast and really smooth...period.


Action51 commented on Guide: The Best Black Friday Nintendo Deals in...:

I just want to ask kindly and respectfully to American readers that we don't go Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving day or evening.

Please consider this uniquely American holiday as a time for family gatherings and time to be thankful, and send a message to the greedy retailers that we don't have to ruin a holiday for millions of families so that we can get 25% off a crappy television set 18 hours sooner.



Action51 commented on Review: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U):

1 star! Wii U is last gen they should go third party the Wii was a fluke nobody cares about Mario they're going bankrupt no WIi U support past 2015 no F-Zero iwata is a zombie!!!!

Or maybe 8-9 stars I'd guess? whatever...looks like fun, good review!



Action51 commented on Talking Point: The Majora's Mask 3D Reveal Sho...:

There is a phenomenon that happens with every Nintendo direct:

1) Both fans and haters of Nintendo make wild speculations and predictions about what's going to be in the direct.

2a) After the direct, some of the fans act like they were betrayed by Nintendo for not pandering to their very specific wish-list, none of which was actually promised or teased.

2b) Haters make up reasons to hate Nintendo for things that no one ever asked for or had reason to expect. This time I saw a lot of "You should be outraged at Nintendo for not making Majoria's Mask on Wii U as well"...because apparently the last N64 remaster being on 3DS and Zelda getting a whole new original game in 2015 on Wii U isn't a thing? lol



Action51 commented on Feature: A Look at the Many Bat Suits in LEGO ...:

@Captain_Gonru - I was under the impression that the Wii U version would not have the DLC available.

If they want to make a special Wii U edition with all the day 1 DLC included, I'd be inclined to get it...but the quandry I face is that while I prefer to play Lego games on my console, I can get them on Steam for like $5 in less then a year after they release...



Action51 commented on Bayonetta 2 Falls From UK Charts After One Week:

I sometimes wonder how much money these "AAA" third party games make after their ad buys. Putting a commercial into heavy rotation during prime time or major sporting events as well as kids/teen/tween oriented programming as well as plastering them all over the internet has got to cost a lot of money.

We're talking millions. Some developers have admitted that the cost of advertising outweighs development costs sometimes.

I'd love to know just what kind of profit margins these games make after all the advertising expenses, and who pays for the ad buys.



Action51 commented on Watch the Sonic Boom Gang Try to Rescue a Cat:

People are really hating on this commercial?

I don't know how the game is gonna be (personally I think it looks decent, but I'm super wary of anything Sonic these days) but the commercial is cute and funny.

Don't let your hatred of Sega, Sonic, Knuckles re-design or whatever other baggage people seem to have cloud you from enjoying a simple, fun little TV ad.



Action51 commented on Bayonetta 2 Falls From UK Charts After One Week:

I went to pick up my copy of Bayonetta 2 on break from work pretty early on the day of it's release. There were a few people in line in front of me, one bought a Wii U and Bayonetta 2, and then I got my pre-ordered copy and there were maybe 2 left...of course they might have had more out of sight...

Mind you, this was the morning of it's release and at a fairly busy Gamestop.



Action51 commented on Satoru Iwata Outlines Nintendo's First QOL Pla...:

@Yorumi I know right!

Sony and Microsoft only do videogames...imagine if they dabbled in computer operating systems, portable devices, television sets, Blu-Ray development, major motion picture distribution, cloud servers, and business software!

It's almost like we're holding Nintendo to a different standard!



Action51 commented on Review: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Qu...:

Don ye now the nostalgia goggles!

I love this game, but I do get irritated between this game and Mario 64...the nostalgia crowd will eternally refuse to admit any games made after them could possibly be better or even in the same league.

For the record:

  • Super Mario Galaxy is better then Mario 64
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is better then DKC:2

Just sayin'...this is how it looks without nostalgia goggles hehehe



Action51 commented on Nintendo Boasts New 3DS is its Best-Selling Re...:

@Kirk - so cynical, :)

Anyway, it's possible that going back to GBA and GB micro etc...they simply don't have accurate sales data to compare. I'm sure they have accurate date for number shipped, and quarterly gains etc...

It's also likely that the numbers aren't even in the same ballpark. The DS is the best selling gaming device of all time, isn't it? That or PS2, right?