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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 Ubisoft Expects Watch_Dogs To Be One Of The Bi...:

@AJSjedi - "Just curious, what are your thoughts on watch dogs wiiu? Think it will be cancelled?"

I think Ubisoft will string Wii U owners along with promises until they finally determine whether it will be economically viable and then release it or cancel it based on that.

Ubisoft is like that "friend" you had in school who would hang around only as long as you had food and beer. It gets pretty annoying quickly.



Action51 commented on Rumour: Ubisoft Working On 2D Prince Of Persia...:

Depends on whether or not Ubisoft can release it without a million delays, reversed promises, and doesn't alienate fans of every console that doesn't have the largest immediate install base.

While they release a better product then EA, Ubisoft's marketing decision are becoming increasingly infuriating. We'll see how this one shapes up.



Action51 commented on Ubisoft Expects Watch_Dogs To Be One Of The Bi...:

@AJSjedi - I don't think Ubisoft will ever "officially" drop support for the Wii U and burn all bridges.

Not while Just Dance and Rayman games continue to sell respectably on Nintendo platforms. I have a feeling "Child of Light" will do pretty well on Wii U also since it's got a smaller development cost on an existing engine. They won't have to sell five million to see profits.



Action51 commented on Ubisoft Expects Watch_Dogs To Be One Of The Bi...:

Spare us the hype!

Oh my god, I'm tired of hearing about this game and by now it just looks like an overhyped generic modern day Assassin's creed style game.

With all the hype and all the delays, this game will either have to be simply amazing, or Ubisoft will have to pay off most of the gaming media to push this thing...gamers are losing interest and highly skeptical.



Action51 commented on Nintendo Download: 17th April (North America):

Now that Super Mario Bros. 3 has been released on both 3DS and Wii U, what will the next thing that the internet suddenly demands be released next or Nintendo is the worst thing ever and makes puppies cry?



Action51 commented on Talking Point: Amazon Fire TV is an Early Warn...:

@64supermario - I was thinking the XBONE tried this marketing strategy and came up with a box that irritated many "hardcore gamers" through it's inclusion of Kinect 2.0 and focus on TV for it's early marketing. At the same time, the "dudebro" image and hefty price tag of $500 + annual subscription fees scared away casual consumers and streamers,

In the end, I think this Amazon Fire console is more of a competition to Apple, Roku, and those who still use their Wii as primarily a Netflix box.

Will an Amazon Fire II with more powerful hardware and stronger gaming "cred" be another console challenger? That's very difficult to predict.



Action51 commented on Microsoft's Ken Lobb: Metroid Prime Wouldn't H...:

@Zombie_Barioth said:

"Back when the PS1 launched Sony even effectively banned 2D games to show off the console."

Wow really? From what I've read the PS1 was actually created as something of an ultimate 2D platform and it's architecture was designed around that. The launch lineup contained both 2d and 3d games.

Are you sure you aren't talking about the N64?



Action51 commented on Microsoft's Ken Lobb: Metroid Prime Wouldn't H...:

@SahashraLA - Part of what you say is fair and true, but also some of it is a little ridiculous.

You have to look at the fanbases of each game, and what Nintendo has done with them in the past. First of all, the Starfox fanbase is one of the worst, and the cries for a new Starfox are mostly from internet fandoms who don't really care, but repeat stuff they read on forums. Same with F-Zero. The F-Zero fanbase didn't embrace the Excite Truck or Excite Bot franchises.

I think you have the metroid fanbase all wrong. If you remove the story and narrative elements from Other M, you are still left with a short, linear, inferior Metroid game with a control scheme that feels more situationally gimmicky then immersive. Also, when Metroid Prime released back in 2003, FPS games weren't the juggernaut they are today.

The main point of contention I have with you is, how is this any different then the fanbase of any other popular game? Take Assassin's Creed for example...every game gets picked apart and criticized. Halo? God of War?...all these games have unpleasable fanbases too.



Action51 commented on Mario Golf: World Tour UK Pre-Order Bonus Lets...:

Kind of a shame Nintendo doesn't spring for a PGA license and then plug their golf games on 3DS during the US Open.

It's also hard to explain to an older crowd that doesn't follow gaming trends just how amazing a Nintendo golf game in true 3D without special glasses is compared to their crappy smartphone apps on a TV commercial.



Action51 commented on Yoshio Sakamoto Striving For "New Entertainmen...:

Other M wasn't terrible, but it came at a time when the fanfare and excitement over the Wii was waning, and I've posted before about how the tides of pop culture, gaming media and Nintendo themselves have been working against the big N since 2010, and sort of hit a peak in early 2013.

Same reason Zelda: Skyward Sword and New Super Mario Bros. U get a lot of hate. They were released within that window.

Anyway, I really really hope Tomadachi Life does give the Sims a run for it's money. With later Sims installments being known as system resource hogs with a staggering and confusing amount of overpriced's the perfect time for Nintendo to swoop in and use the knowledge gained from working on titles like Animal Crossing to attempt to unseat EA's life simulator.



Action51 commented on Weirdness: Now You Can Transform Your GamePad ...:

I heard an interesting take on these peripherals and motion controlled steering on a game related podcast recently.

They mentioned that kids seem to like the Wii wheel, because they don't actually drive a car, and don't expect resistance and the boundaries of an actual motor vehicle steering wheel.

These peripherals seem to offer that natural resistance and physical boundary that adults and teens who drive cars will come to expect.

I like it!



Action51 commented on Review: Conception II: Children of the Seven S...:

@FantasiaWHT -I immediately thought of Sakura Wars.

Well, I was interested in this game, but I have one major sticking point. That you send in small children to do the fighting. Yes, I get that they are magical mutants, but it just seems like it would have been better to have them be grown ups. Perhaps the girls themselves would be the combatants and they join you directly.

I've played dating sim hybrids before, the afore mentioned Sakura Wars and Rune Factory Frontier...but this game just seems a little too weird and the gameplay elements too segmented.



Action51 commented on Review: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Del...:

"Nintendo doesn't treat third parties very well"

Often, third parties treat Nintendo fans quite poorly too.
Looks like this game was a double cash-grab...and much like their refusal to patch Origins itself, WB games has decided to abuse Nintendo fans instead.

Even for $20...a bad and buggy game is a bad and buggy game.

Good review...I was thinking about this game and wondering why it was getting negative reactions. I know these issues all too well cough Mirror of Fate cough Arkham Origins....



Action51 commented on Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshid...:

Couple of points:

1) I call BS on getting "I love PS" removed. I've mentioned liking various systems and games on Mii Verse and didn't have any trouble at all. I have a feeling he might have been pushing his brand a little too hard...not a big deal, but I see people saying stuff like that all time.

2) I don't mind the moderation. There's a lot of kids on there to begin with, but secondly...aren't there enough places online where you can be angry, mean, use foul language, and call people names? Can we have one place where we must behave like nice people?

3) @ledreppe You have a "spoilers" button you can use for posting those.



Action51 commented on Nintendo Shows Off Upcoming Golden Sun and F-Z...:

Golden Sun is a well made series, but I found it to be extremely boring.

It carries over a lot of the baggage early console JRPGS are known for like a very linear story, fetch quests, backtracking, and limited party customization.

The Djinns were cool, but even their progression felt very limited and scripted.



Action51 commented on Wii U Version Of LEGO: The Hobbit Taking Sligh...:

@memoryman3 - Obviously opinions are subjective, but the N64 is the ultimate rose colored glasses nostalgia console. The Wii U is better is pretty much every conceivable way in my opinion. This includes comparing the Wii U's great gamepad to the horrendously designed and hideous to look at N64 "price gun" controller. The Gamecube was a highly under-rated console with a library that rivaled the PS2 in quality where it lacked the sheer quantity of releases.

It gets a little annoying hearing the repetitious trashing of the Wii U on the very thread where we see even loyal third party developers that have enjoyed profitable successes in recent years on Nintendo consoles making decision akin to sales sabotage on the platform.

It's quality over quantity, and the Wii U library may not be large, but it's got some great gems already, including what is arguably the best Lego game to date in exclusive Lego City Undercover.

Even with all their healthy third party support, the other consoles don't have much to rave about. The latest console "gen" has been mostly a huge disappointment, with the Wii U providing some of the few notable highlights.



Action51 commented on Nintendo Provides Some Context to 2013's Tomod...:


....all I know is that Nintendo is insensitive and hateful and wrong for not including same sex couples!

...and if they do choose to include them, they are wrong for forcing their agenda down our throats and mocking traditional values.

The Internet.



Action51 commented on Nintendo Direct: Nintendo Shows Off The Peculi...:

I'm really surprised at the positive reaction. The entire time I watched this video I thought of how awkward and incoherent the presentation was.

Granted, this is not my style of game, and I'm not a bit fan of life sims or Animal Crossing, but this direct bordered on creepy and it didn't tell me much about how you actually go about doing things. What is the actual hour to hour game play like?



Action51 commented on Renegade Kid Releases Early Gameplay Footage O...:

This is very cool, a high profile full 3D game like this could propel renegade kid from being an "Indie" to being a legitimate AAA developer.

I like that the game isn't super realistic, but instead has something of an artistic flare that makes you not care about number of polygons or teraflops.



Action51 commented on Wii U Version Of LEGO: The Hobbit Taking Sligh...:

@dumedum - The two week delay by itself is not the problem, and the problem is not with Travelers Tales, the developers.

My problem is the greater pattern at WB games and their continued abuse of customers who spend good money on their products because one system (the Wii U) wasn't an instant cash cow for them.

I understand the need to turn a profit, but you don't create customer loyalty by half-assing releases with missing features, delays, lack of patches, and canceled content...especially when those customers have supported your products in the past and made you money on other Nintendo platforms.

By the way...LEGO Lord of the Rings was fairly buggy on's one of the last Wii games I bought, and while it's a decent game and I enjoyed some of the new additions, it did occasionally freeze up or leave me stuck in areas with broken transitions.



Action51 commented on Wii U Version Of LEGO: The Hobbit Taking Sligh...:

This is a real shame for a number of reasons.

First, "last gen" the LEGO games sold very well on Nintendo consoles despite the myths and "low attach rate" stigma.

Secondly, it seems WB games is punishing Wii U owners for releasing buggy and incomplete games (Batman Arkham: Origins), and delayed games even from franchises that DO sell well on Nintendo systems.

Honestly, this delay and the way WB treated us with Origins (Which I made the mistake of pre-ordering)...makes me lose confidence in their products. I own many LEGO games including Lego City Undercover on the WIi U.

Next time WB whines about sales on the WIi U, think about how they are screwing over an actual, loyal, money spending customer like me because the Wii U platform wasn't an immediate cash cow for them.

Pretty crappy WB....pretty crappy.



Action51 commented on Nintendo Is Working On The Next Mario Game, Bu...:

@Ichiban - I agree. Mario fans and Nintendo consumers aren't like the CoD and Madden/FIFA crowd. We want occasional releases that are amazing and play many other genres in the meantime, we don't just buy 1 or 2 annual franchises and never even play the 6 hour single player campaign.

However, there is one ray of hope here...this could be a Mario themed RPG like Seven Stars?



Action51 commented on Dracula Is Cursing The Japanese Wii U Virtual ...:

Guys...Gals...everyone....listen up...

This game...Castlevania III: Dracula's one of the greatest games of the 8-bit era. While it can be unmerciful in it's difficulty, it does offer multiple paths and combinations of powers and abilities via the spirit companions and selectable routes of travel.

If you like action games, and you have never tried this, do yourself a favor and grab it! I would rank this game directly alongside Super Mario Bros. 3, Megaman 2, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Contra, and Final Fantasy in contention for greatest 8-bit era game.



Action51 commented on Nintendo eShop Developers Teaming Up in Plan f...:

Excellent idea!

Even though Nintendo has been embracing indie developers since the DS and Wii days, somehow Sony has managed to steal a lot of the thunder for being indie friendly.

People always complain abut Nintendo's lack of marketing and low visibility, so here is a way to promote these small developers that are finding success on Nintendo platforms.

I mean it, this is a really, really great idea...I hope it is a success.



Action51 commented on Subtle Character Design Changes Spotted for No...:

Westerners still seem to be a little more squeamish regarding depictions of masculinity it seems.

Big boobs, skin tight outfits, cleavage, chainmail bikini? CHECK! long as it's a female character!

Actually, it's funny...because western audiences don't seem to mind musclebound, shirtless, stubble faced, square jawed heroes in their games...



Action51 commented on Super Smash Bros. Hitting 3DS This Summer, Wii...:

@Emblem - tell me about, even the sites known for being Sony fanboy click-bait heavens had a far better reaction to this direct.

@boynerdrambling - yeah, I think it's because the forums here are smaller and you can get more "bang for your buck" with viral marketing posters and the general self-appointed "Nintendo Nemesis" who really think they are on some holy crusade to destroy Nintendo. You know the sort, lol.



Action51 commented on Wii Classic Controllers No Longer Being Manufa...:

@outburst - Get one or two classic controller pros while you can still find them. They are pretty cheap and they are not essential, but very nice for certain games.

  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Arc Rise Fantasia
  • Samurai Showdown Anthology
  • Castle of Shikigami III
  • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

These are games that use the classic controller well, but it's not required.

I do think they are needed for certain VC games, but for retail games I think you can get away with Wii Mote or Wii Mote + Nunchuck for everything.



Action51 commented on Super Smash Bros. Hitting 3DS This Summer, Wii...:

I went over to one of the bigger, all platform video game sites to see what sort of insane whining, trolling, hating, and general cries of Nintendoom would be found on their Smash Direct threads...

To my utter amazement and shock, I found pretty much nothing but excitement and positive comments from people who were psyched up and talking about their favorite announcements. Even the negative comments sounded more constructive and were often accompanied by a positive or two.

I'm not a huge Smash fan myself, so i thought the direct was pretty cool, but it seems the greater video game community and Smash fanbase at least here in the USA is pretty excited.



Action51 commented on Super Smash Bros. Hitting 3DS This Summer, Wii...:

@Psyclone Normally I don't go for the whole created expectations and then disappointment thing that goes with any Nintendo announcement, this was a game specific direct...they should have given release dates. It's not the end of the world, but it was kind of a missed opportunity.



Action51 commented on Super Smash Bros. Hitting 3DS This Summer, Wii...:


Also, that direct was okay...I'm not a huge Smash fan...more excited for Monolithsoft X.



Action51 commented on Video: This Is Why You Should Never Allow Mari...:

People keep mentioning the dangers of leaving your console on, but what if I left it on for Tekken Tag Tournament, think Christie, Julia, and Nina Williams might come out?

How about need for speed most wanted? I could live with a new Jaguar or a Lamborghini Diablo sitting in my driveway...



Action51 commented on Video: This Is Why You Should Never Allow Mari...:

The most impressive thing is a subtle thing, he got the lighting and tracking of the CG objects to mesh so nicely with the real world video. That's why this looks so impressive.

Also, it's pretty cool. Loved the giant Bullet Bill smacking down cars!



Action51 commented on Castlevania Composer Michiru Yamane Joins Flyi...:

@TreonsRealm - Yeah, just shows how wealth inequality has become such a large issue it's even effecting video games.

For this Hamster game...looks a touch too cutesy at first glance, but if it's like a Wonder Boy in Monster World, or Battle of Olympus style side scrolling action RPG with music from the composer of great Castlvania music, I'm willing to give it a shot!

Castlevania is a series known for some of the greatest video game music of all time, so her input should not be taken lightly. Look what David Wise did with Tropical Freeze. I can't remember the last time a Soundtrack stuck in my head like some of the tunes from DK:TF...okay it was Xenoblade!

...but my point is that great video game music has in many ways become the new "pop" music as popular music generally seems to fail and flail around looking to impress a cynical audience that steals everything digitally now anyway.