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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 Bandai Namco Announces Pac-Man and the Ghostly...:

This looks like a Mario/Sonic wannabe...the colorful characters and silliness should make this a nice game for kids.

Still, as a fan of old school gaming I am always hoping Pac-Man will one day get a game as good as original Pac-Man or the lesser known, but very under-rated Pacmania.



Action51 commented on The Nintendo eShop Is Like Paradise, Says Imag...:

@CanisWolfred No, it makes perfect sense.

Such's a wonder the gaming industry hasn't had a full blown collapse.

He's talking about how Nintendo e-shop isn't bloated with "free2play" and crappy 99 cent apps that compete directly with the works of dedicated and talented designers like Mr. Sigurgeirsson.

I'll pay a few bucks for a solid game created by skilled artists and coders. It's the convenience of the internet age, crybaby entitled gamers, and the ease of piracy that lead us to the sorry state of the video games industry and the rise of mobile/f2p.



Action51 commented on The Nintendo eShop Is Like Paradise, Says Imag...:

I have to laugh at all the negativity here.

First @8bitforever : If you link your account to you Nintendo network ID, Nintendo has been noted for being really great at recovering all your paid for and downloaded purchases in the case of hardware failure. I think the only thing you lose are your Street Pass tags.

Okay, now really what Brjann Sigurgeirsson is saying here is exactly why I defend Nintendo and get annoyed at people taking cheap shots or obsessing over sales data. It really is a shame our instant-gratification culture doesn't recognize how sometimes less can be more, and quality trumps quantity.

This man works on QUALITY titles, and he should be rewarded by gamers who enjoy his games on platforms that deliver a true gaming experience. I know there can be shovel and bloatware on Nintendo platforms, but they've been doing a better job of filtering it lately.

The other thing he says is true also, Nintendo gamers...while we may not be the majority...appreciate good games and are willing to pay for them. We don't put up with buggy, glitchy, microtransaction hellscapes.

Now don't get me wrong, I love the convenience of STEAM, but I've been burned a number of times on incomplete, buggy, games that weren't even worth the $1-$5 paid for them during big sales...these are games that often go for much more. I don't regret a single e-shop purchase sitting on my 3DS or Wii U.

So yeah...great article. Brjann Sigurgeirsson is right on!



Action51 commented on Popup Dungeon and Hover: Revolt of Gamers Both...:

These "kickstarter" drives are starting to get out of hand.

They are acting like the major third party developers and essentially demanding no risk be taken to publish a game. $100,00 is a lot of money to just say you'll port a game. Then there is no guarantee the game will be good, and they already have their they have low risk and only more reward to think about.

I dunno...



Action51 commented on New Details Rise for Transformers: Rise of the...:

@JaxonH - Yeah, a grid based SRPG sounds good, and I'm impressed with Wayforward's work on many projects. However...I'm skeptical about giving my money to anything associated with those god-awful movies.

@memoryman3 : Just remember that Wayforward did Ducktales Remastered, Shantae, Mighty Switch Force, and are capable of great games...when they are given the time and resources to make them.

If Wayforward puts out garbage, it's likely for lack of funds or meddling from the license holder . We know they are capable of great things.



Action51 commented on Review: NES Remix 2 (Wii U eShop):

Having bought the 1st game on a whim directly after the direct, I was very pleased and I feel I've gotten my money's worth out of it.

Definitely a day 1 for part 2. If you're a fan of Wario Ware, or just love some of the actual classic games, I'd reccomend these remix titles. There is a surprising amount of content in the first one, and it's a good game for off-screen couch play.



Action51 commented on Review: My First Songs (Wii U eShop):

I find it annoying when Nintendo allows shovelware like this on the Wii U. One of the highlights of the U has been it's lack of success has kept the amount of shovelware way down compared to the Wii.

On the other hand, it's kind of annoying when people get too upset about this. This looks like a bit of a rip-off with the small song list which all happen to be public domain. I have no problem with games for small children because Nintendo systems tend to draw a lot of older gamers who have bugs me when these games for small children are of poor quality.

With all that being said, I do have one question for the is possible the game would respond differently to children's voices rather then an adult male? ...I'm not defending a shoddy game package, but I'd be curious to know if it makes a difference.



Action51 commented on Abyss Will Find the Depths of the Wii U eShop ...:

I had my eye on this one, I'm pleased to see it's out soon and so cheap...hope that doesn't mean it's not complete or lacking.

On the other hand, I've picked up games like Toki Tori and GunMan Clive for $1.99 and was highly impressed.

Wow, this is shaping up to be anything but a drought in the e-shop. GBA on VC, Nes Remix 2, Child of Light, and now this!



Action51 commented on Poll: Have Your Say on Nintendo Direct Bonanza...:

I'm not a fan of the stage shows, I think they have the potential to do more harm then good. Corporate PR people on a stage in front of cynical game media nervously trying not to screw up.

Maybe they can satisfy those who want a live show by coming on stage, saying hello to the bored unresponsive crowd, and then showing all the sizzle in a pre-recorded direct.



Action51 commented on NPD Results Bring Solid 3DS Numbers as Wii U S...:

@Peach64 said "...Nothing has changed. In the US it's done pretty much the same as last March, and in Japan it's doing quite a bit worse, selling 5,500 units this week compared to 10,000 for the same week last year.

People on here don't seem to have any context for what are good or bad figures..."

Now, I am not saying any of these numbers are good, but you just stated that sales in Japan this week are down a huge amount from last year, then go on to bring up "context"...Well "context" is important.

  • Didn't we just have a whole big deal where ALL hardware sales are down across Japan because of a bump in sales tax?

  • Here is the article from the previous Japanese sales report where the Wii U sold over 13,000 units. (and roughly 10,000 the week before that)

Again, not to be accused of "celebrating" any of these numbers, but you brought up context and then proceeded to compare numbers without the important context of the bump and drop caused by the sales tax increase.



Action51 commented on NPD Results Bring Solid 3DS Numbers as Wii U S...:

@KennyPowers - No one is "celebrating" anything....relax.

I said the Nintendoom squad would find a way to jump on the small ray of positivity, and you did not disappoint. If anything, you are being overly emotional in demanding everyone manage their expectations downward to suit your negativity parade.

Remember when you...John jumped all over me because of the numbers last time, gloating because that one week from last year sales in Japan were down?

Now the numbers are up slightly for one month in the USA, but we can't mention it!

Again, no one is "celebrating" anything and you did this same thing last time accusing me of being emotional/butthurt/rustled or whatever. Just relax, let's keep this about the topic, not about personal attacks.



Action51 commented on Feature: Looking at the 3DS Revolution on its ...:

3DS is a great little system, and despite the odd claims of people saying they never use the 3D slider, it's really something that makes a game pop when implemented well.

Speaking of games, that is easily what makes the 3DS such a great system. Unless you are only concerned with resolution and horsepower...and that's fine...but for the rest of us, there are many quality games and an impressive selection of A+ bona-fide instant classics.



Action51 commented on Review: My Exotic Farm (Wii U eShop):

@AkinaChan - Sadly, I think the company that makes Rune Factory went bankrupt after Rune Factory 4 for 3DS.

That's quite sad and probably means no more console Rune Factory games. I loved Rune Factory Frontier, and thought Tides of Destiny was okay...I would love a Wii U Rune Factory too, but I don't think we're gonna get one. :(



Action51 commented on NPD Results Bring Solid 3DS Numbers as Wii U S...:

@Unca_Lz - I remember one friend of mine had a Dreamcast, but at that time I was all PC and hadn't bought a console since PS1 and Game Boy Advance.

He urged me to get one because they were like "50 bucks and you can get like 3 games for 25 bucks at Gamestop or Electronics Boutique" (at the time before Gamestop bought all those up around here).

I haven't seen that guy since about 2000-2001, so it was pretty soon after the release. I remember playing Crazy Taxi and some Capcom fighters on his Dreamcast. It was a pretty cool system for it's time, but I was all into Diablo 2 and Neverwinter Nights and Divine Divinity and all those awesome PC RPGs of the era.



Action51 commented on NPD Results Bring Solid 3DS Numbers as Wii U S...:

@KennyPowers - Wow, your gif really makes your point! I'm so mad at your gif

Have I been trolled? Should I be mad...bro?

Seems like the only thing that really gets some people riled up is people who remain positive because they like a console and realize that despite low sales numbers, Nintendo is going to be just fine so long as they can get their act together by the end of this "gen". You've really put a lot of weight on the numbers themselves, why does that small increase make you so mad that you have to post gifs and get all personal about it?

Wii U so mad?

Just enjoy playing games and stop being so upset that everyone who owns a Nintendo console isn't crying over the negative sales data that brings you joy.

You could also look at it like this: In a traditionally slow month with few major software releases in the USA, Nintendo managed to move over a quarter of a million pieces of hardware that have been available for over a year or a lot longer. There are no major holidays in March (except St Patty's Day) and few announcements as game companies start holding all their big announcements for E3. Menawhile the big two console competitors are still only a few months old, and Microsoft in particular went against the grain and launched their big "killer app" called Titanfall accompanied by several bundles and price drop incentives.

Hey, just a thought: Both you and "John Redcorn" picked a name and avatar of a promiscuous character from a TV show, both get angry and push negativity towards the Wii U very hard, and both post troll-ish Gifs when attacking others.



Action51 commented on NPD Results Bring Solid 3DS Numbers as Wii U S...:

BTW, I heard that number of Dreamcasts thing, but it was also mentioned that the Dreamcast was in blowout mode and selling at like $50-$100 by this time.

Retailers were just trying to recoup losses at that point. Unless I'm mistaken.



Action51 commented on NPD Results Bring Solid 3DS Numbers as Wii U S...:


Quick everyone throw your Wii U out the window and set it on fire, abandon hope all ye who enter, the end is nigh! EVERYONE PANIC!!!!!!

These numbers should make the Nintendoom club a bit more tight in the pants.

I remember when some people jumped all over me for mentioning the Wii U seems to have turned a corner on it's image somewhat, and in a month with no big releases, it's done 4.5% better then last year. Quick! Someone find a reason to crap all over that little ray of hope! Numberz numberz numberz!!!!



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.