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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 Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the ...:

Couple of comments/observations:

1) As far as damaging the eshop, one of the biggest culprits are the publishers themselves. I can't tell you how many times I've seen an indie game released on the Wii U eshop at full price the SAME WEEK it goes on sale on Steam for a fraction of the price. (Recent example, Ultratron)

  • Releasing these games late on the eshop is already a problem, but then discounting them on other services the week of release?...Is a recipe for disaster on the new platform.

2) I blame mobile, F2P, emulation, piracy, and all the methods by which many of us consume entertainment for little to no cost.

  • Not sure what the solution is here: People love free stuff. People who used to steal physical media from stores took risks and faced legal consequences...stealing intellectual property digitally pretty much goes without any real consequence.

3) People will pay $120 for "premium edition" day one games from the big hyped up publishers, but whine if they have to pay a buck for a quality game that doesn't have big-budget, "next-gen-ish" graphics.

  • Marketing works...and the key demographic they target will spend all their disposable income on the latest hype, then turn into Mr. Thrifty when it comes to all other gaming experiences.


Action51 commented on Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Is Skipping E3...:

Oh god, brace yourselves for the wild conspiracies and hate.

Thankfully this website and our community here is pretty good overall and I'd like to join those who wish good health to Mr. Iwata and his family if that's what keeps him from E3 again this year.



Action51 commented on Reaction: Nintendo's E3 Plans are a Perfect Bl...:



Did you watch Nintendo's E3 coverage last year? They had a big Smash Bros competition, but that didn't stop them from releasing a great digital event...and then following it up with 3 days of treehouse events, demos, interviews, and coverage...and they plan to do that again this year.

You're throwing the baby out with the bathwater here...check out some of the articles here on this site, you'll see that E3 is going to be much more then the World Championships.



Action51 commented on Wii U and 3DS Continue Improved Sales in the U...:

@Peach64 - let's take a look at some of these things being said in perspective:

1) You throw your weekly fit over people not being doom and gloom over the numbers. You say 43 thousand in April is "terrible"...

  • I'm gonna say nope. 43,000 isn't good or great, but it's not bad either. Here's the thing...The Wii U is over two years old, and stuck in that mid-spring game drought.

We're talking about a console that many people wrote off, and the gaming media and have been actively betting on it's downfall since shortly after it's launch.

If we're being honest, we should be saying...under the circumstances, and at this point in it's life with everything going against it, that it's endured...43,000 is....Okay. Just Okay.

2) I have heard a lot of conspiracies about third parties, but none of the ones you describe



Action51 commented on Here's The First Round Of Songs Confirmed For ...:

Of Monsters and Men "Little Talks" is an amazing song...but it's not really much of a guitar jam. Same with The War on Drugs "Under the Pressure"... both great songs.

After the gut wrenching badness that was the 00's, I'm glad to see there's some quality indie/alternative rock being made again, and that some of it is even breaching the mainstream, but I think the age of "guitar rock" ended sometime in the late 90s...



Action51 commented on Gallery: Fresh Xenoblade Chronicles X Footage,...:

@starman292 A quarter of the way through? It's hard to say...

What area are you on? There is soooo much more game to see then what you've seen at level 27.

As for the artwork, I love the look of these mechs. They don't do anything radical in their design, but they're all designed extremely well.



Action51 commented on Natsume Has Eight Game Boy Advance Titles Prep...:

Yes, excuse me....but I believe Mineral Town has all the friends it needs right now, and does not require anymore, thank you.

If Natsume doesn't hold the Lufia GBA license, then who does? I'd love to see that come to VC.



Action51 commented on Review: Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (Wii ...:


I certainly hope you're trolling, or you just don't like AVGN...

This is an actual well-crafted, challenging, platformer with appropriate 8-bit style graphics, amazing chiptune soundtrack, and tons of homages to the AVGN show and the terrible games he reviews.

If you stripped away the foul language and Nerd show humor, you would still have a fun, but incredibly challenging shooter/platformer game.



Action51 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Turns to Classics, DLC...:

Just an observation:

I think there is a lot of anger and disappointment in the post-mobile "8th gen" of gaming, and Nintendo is taking a lot of the flak for it...some deservedly, some unfairly.

For all the outrage and disappointment in the Wii U, I'm looking around and wondering where is all the compelling software on any platform?

Let's face it...the indie scene and the 3DS are the most interesting facets of game development right now.

I think people were expecting Nintendo to swoop in and "save gaming" but instead they launched the first of the underwhelming "next gen" consoles and it turned out to be a marginal improvement over last with even more fickle support from third party mega-publishers.

Long development times, mediocre releases after months of hype, and a race to the bottom in pricing and marketplace exposure...this is not just a Nintendo problem, but they're certainly having the toughest time adapting.

People need to reign in their expectations a little, unless you can honestly tell me that you were totally satisfied with this year's Ubi, EA, and Activision releases as the mind blowing "next gen" wonderment we were promised.



Action51 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Turns to Classics, DLC...:


This is going nowhere fast, as I suspected it would.

First off, I don't think you are "superior" I think you come off as though you believe you are, and you are extremely condescending to anyone who doesn't share your Nintendoom™ script.

There's nothing more I can do but repeat what I've already said about that, so take it under advisement or disregard it...I'm just telling it like I see it, man.

You do sound like a broken record, you keep insisting anyone who isn't as full of cynical anger at Nintendo as you are is delusional... That was my point, and you do seem to confirm this with every post, but I suppose you've gotten so used to doing it you've become oblivious to it.

Broken record thing...yeah...I feel that too. Anyway...that's all I got, have a good one.



Action51 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Turns to Classics, DLC...:


Your post says one thing, but your previous posts and history say another. You may not even realize how negative and condescending you have become.

Either way, I wouldn't take the time to comment unless it were something that I found to be repetitive and insulting.

You clearly leave many with the impression that not only are you unhappy with everything Nintendo does, but that you feel yourself superior to anyone provincial and delusional enough to feel otherwise.

Just saying.



Action51 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Turns to Classics, DLC...:

@MasterBlaster - Okay, sounds like you're here to get attention and troll.
@Quorthon - Aren't you just super enlightened then?

" They also finally see how insufferable so many Nintendo fans can be in their absurd denials of reality."

I think you need a few extra scoops of condescending to hand out to the fanbases of every platform and a few to the gamers of this generation in general.

Let's just make something clear, not everyone is going to enjoy gaming the same way. I used to own Sony console, but I see nothing in their last two that appeals to me or makes me want to own them when I'm capable of putting a PC together.

What's the difference?

  • You won't find me on Playstation related boards complaining about every little decision that Sony makes now that they've lost my interest as a consumer and I've moved on.

I think you have to let it go...if you aren't a fan of Nintendo consoles then that's fine...but I have no right to tell people who like Sony or Microsoft or Ouya...or whatever consoles how foolish they are, and I'm so tired of self-righteous attention seekers like you who try to tell me what I'm supposed to like.

We get it...Nintendo is terrible and you are better then us for realizing it. Just let me go down with my Nintendoomed™ ship in peace.



Action51 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Turns to Classics, DLC...:


For a free bonus feature experiment, you sure seem upset, like you had to pay money for it, or that this was only added by removing something else that was promised when you bought your Amiibo.

This is what frustrates me so much about today's gamers: so spoiled and cynical you have to gripe about a totally free, optional thing that you would have never missed in the first place.

"what? Free tacos included with my soup and salad bar? I bet they don't even have fresh jalapeño lame."



Action51 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Turns to Classics, DLC...:

@Achoo - Never underestimate the rapid response of paid astroturf trolls and hardcore Sony/MS fanboys...

It's funny....for how irrelevant and doomed they tell us Nintendo always is, the big N sure seems to draw a lot of attention and take up a large amount of time and energy from these doom-sayers and haters.



Action51 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Turns to Classics, DLC...:


Wow dude, your long post reads like a script of every negative, anti-Nintendo talking point.

I kind of question why people like you even stick around a Nintendo related seem to be unhappy and cynical regarding their every product and decision.

My advice would be to sell your Nintendo products (if you even have any) and try a different gaming platform for the time being.

I get that there is plenty of room for criticism of Nintendo, but when a person seems to have reason and inclination to trash every little thing they do as predictably as Tuesday following may be time to move on and find a healthier pursuit that doesn't leave you mired in constant disappointment.



Action51 commented on Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 1st...:

I personally thought this was a great direct, but then I'm a huge RPG fan, and fan of Atlus and Intelligent System (esp Fire Emblem) games, so it was awesome for me.

It was nice to see a lot of support for Wii U and thet they actually listened to a lot of fan demand: Localizing Fatal Frame and Splatoon Amiibo to start with!



Action51 commented on Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 1st...:


I knew it, I said that we'd see nothing new to announce (N64 doesn't count because they said it was coming a long time ago), no star fox and a long time ago, I said Smash DLC was coming, people denied it and argued with me and well, here it is.

You didn't get SMT xFE and Fatal Frame announced in your territory?

Sometimes I wonder if people just enjoy being negative or looking for negatives to point out.



Action51 commented on Talking Point: It's Too Early to Write Off the...:

@Darknyht - with that reasoning, I can't imagine how infuriated you are by most western mega-publishers and their online only arena shooters, more DLC then game releases, or 4-6 hour linear campaigns.

Am I right?

edit: and these aren't "budget" titles...these are $60 (+season pass) full retail priced!



Action51 commented on Talking Point: It's Too Early to Write Off the...:


"Damned if you do, Damned if you don't" -is an old expression meaning that some people will dislike your efforts either way.

Mainly I'm talking about the gaming media and the overly opinionated but under-informed trolls who plague message boards. Some people set out with the agenda to trash something, and they will literally contradict their previous positions to do it. The gamepad was a prime target for these people.

Any game that implemented unique gamepad use was a "gimmick" and every game that didn't use the gamepad beyond maps or off-TV play was a "missed opportunity"...and there are never enough games or uses to "justify it's existence" while they lament the fact that they "just want normal input".

If you post on message boards or read articles on major gaming sites, then I think you know what I'm talking about.



Action51 commented on Talking Point: It's Too Early to Write Off the...:

@NebulaGamer - Oh! And if you want to speculate based on past precedents:

A) I don't believe Pikmin 3 was ever announced as an upcoming Wii game...they simply took more time to upgrade it to a (rather stunning) HD affair and then released it on Wii U.

B) More closely resembling our current situation, I'd compare the Twilight Princess scenario where a Zelda game was released at the tail end of a poorly selling console (sound familiar) to get a re-release on the Wii soon after that.

This (scenario B) is far more likely, and then you can accuse Nintendo of "milking" their fans and "double dipping". At the end of the day, we still don't even know what the heck the NX is going to be and won't know for some time I imagine.



Action51 commented on Talking Point: It's Too Early to Write Off the...:


...Just because there are games in production for said console, doesn't mean that the company has not given up on it.

That's kinda exactly what it means...The rest of your post is just pure, astroturf speculation. I love how we're supposed to assume the worst until we hear the facts, but you're awful quick to call people with more grounded expectations based on better information as not seeing "reality".

If you turn out to be right, then I'll deal with that reality when there are actual facts to back it up.



Action51 commented on Talking Point: It's Too Early to Write Off the...:

@unrandomsam - What are some of the games that require only pro controller input for additional players?

Are there any?

Otherwise, it's more like with Guitar Hero and Rock band from last gen...a game here or there simply requires it's own control input for whatever reason.



Action51 commented on Talking Point: It's Too Early to Write Off the...:

@outburst The gamepad is a "damned if they don't, damned if they do" device for the likes of some of Nintendo's "critics"...

If any game doesn't utilize the gamepad in an extensive or unique and integral way, then the gamepad is a "waste" and a "missed opportunity"...but if any game uses the gamepad beyond optional control input or basic off-screen play and inventory it's "gimmicky" and "I just want normal controls"...

You can't win when the goal is to spin a negative even if it contradicts previous criticisms, and judge every game as though it's the only game on the console.



Action51 commented on Talking Point: It's Too Early to Write Off the...:


...And, if you want multiplayer on Wii U, 300 wont cover it.

I can play Mario Kart online without any additional costs or purchases...same with Bayonetta and several other titles.

If you want to play -local- multiplayer it's going to cost the same on all consoles - the cost of additional controllers. If you want to play online multiplayer on PS4/XB1, you'll have an additional monthly fee to access the online components of most games.



Action51 commented on Talking Point: It's Too Early to Write Off the...:


Past patterns in the console industry do not dictate future patterns. This website is littered with reference to previous generations of Nintendo and Sega consoles, as if what happened 20 years ago absolutely must continue to play out in the same way now and in the future.

Oh my god, you nailed it. I get so sick of people (especially haters and fanboys) making these proclamations based on some sort of unchangeable time loop where what happened in 1997 with the N64 is bound by fate to happen again!

Every console and it's life-cycle is unique.



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.