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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 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?



Action51 commented on Nintendo Returns to Profit as Wii U Sales Show...:

@Yorumi - I'm not sure I get this obsession with the Gamecube and victory dances...look, I called you out for overstating and misrepresenting what I said.

Repeating the same thing doesn't make it different now. If you aren't one of the "haters" - you know...the people who always attack Nintendo and want to see them do poorly - why are you defending them so religiously?

It's the haters who overstated the dire situation of Nintendo and told us the Wii U wouldn't last until 2015, not me. I always said I was cautiously optimistic and that good games will move consoles. I also said that Nintendo has a lot of work to do to improve their image...sorry if it bothers you that I am pleased at positive news.

The real question is: Why are you so angry about it?



Action51 commented on Nintendo Returns to Profit as Wii U Sales Show...:

@Yorumi said:

@Action51 well think about it though, for the most part this is only good news because of how terrible the system is doing. Sales don't make a system fun or not, I have a vita after all and love it, but I think it's a bit early to be doing a victory dance over barely passable sales. It's still tracking well below the GC and what exactly is going to reverse that trend?

Ahhh...the all or nothing approach, please recall that this was in the post you are responding to:

Look, it's a modest gain and the expectations were one is saying this is an unqualified turnaround and all the dark days are behind Nintendo.

So please don't mis-state my position...victory dance? Nope.
However, for all those who insisted Nintendo would be "dead" or "going third party" by this time are just full of sour grapes. There is something gratifying to be said for proving the haters wrong, even if it doesn't merit a 'victory dance'.



Action51 commented on Nintendo Returns to Profit as Wii U Sales Show...:

I'm gonna grab some popcorn and watch the haters, trolls, and Nintendoom choir's heads explode as they spin this away.

Look, it's a modest gain and the expectations were one is saying this is an unqualified turnaround and all the dark days are behind Nintendo.

However...this goes to show that despite being the David between two Goliaths, Nintendo can sustain themselves by doing what they do best: making great games!



Action51 commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Follow Microsoft's Lead ...:

Oh! - I have another theory...

I think the XB1 price cut is a bad idea since it's "temporary" will sell a bunch more XB1s over the holiday, but then what happens when the price goes back up?

People are going to hold off on buying one while they wait for another "sale".

I think it would be even worse for Nintendo.



Action51 commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Follow Microsoft's Lead ...:

Personally, I think Nintendo needs to just stick it out this gen on home consoles, keep making great games and building up positive perception and use their handhelds for the real profit making.

Nintendo console lifespans tend to ahve weak back-ends, so they can fix that by never stopping the parade of great titles. They'll have to think about that before they pull any support like they did with the Wii's last two or three years.



Action51 commented on Activision Retail Titles Are Coming To The Wii...:

While this news isn't groundbreaking, it does show a return of confidence and support for Nintendo's a good sign, but nothing to celebrate...yet!

  • Also these are Activision titles that kids who get e-shop Christmas cards are going to want to impulse there's that too.

At the same time, I really, really wish Nintendo would release an official HDD expansion accessory for the Wii U to take all the guesswork out of it for those who don't understand how it works.

My internal 32GB is filling up fast, I go mostly retail, but with most 3rd party titles being larger and less efficient then Nintendo developed releases, if e-shop is the only way to get certain titles in the future...then having a reliable HDD is gonna be crucial for many Wii U owners.



Action51 commented on Nintendo Download: 30th October (Europe):

I almost hope Falling Skies is terrible so I don't feel bad for not being able to afford it with Bayonetta 2 having sucked up most of my gaming budget for this month!

It kinda looks like a cross between Jagged Alliance and Front Mission...but we'll see!



Action51 commented on Video: Let's Play Bayonetta 2 With Lydia:

I had to stop watching because I'm so hyped up to buy this on Friday, and I don't want to see too much!

Like the video though! It's fun hearing Lydia try to keep up and describe the sheer insanity that's going on in the game, hahaha.



Action51 commented on Talking Point: Platinum Games Has Secured a Go...:

@Ralek85 - Right!

I saw it on Steam for $15(US) and I thought it was a mistake.

You have to give a game some slack when it's released at a fraction of the price of full retail. Not being a fan of the series, I'm passing, but at the same time...licensed property games are most often "meh"...



Action51 commented on Talking Point: Platinum Games Has Secured a Go...:

It's funny how people are trying to still say the Wii U has fewer games and that because of that they get rated higher by the industry.

Really? Are we talking about the same industry that loves to predict the doom of Nintendo and has been writing click bait articles (very successfully) for over two decades now? anything, the companies that do massive ad-buys on the same sites that review and hype their games might be the recipients of better scores, but in the end we really have no proof that these "game journalism" sites are on the take for anyone.

Thankfully Nintendo Life has been honest and up front with their scoring. I give their reviews much more weight then the big industry gaming sites.



Action51 commented on I Had No Idea If I Was Fighting Demons, Dragon...:

Enlightening interview...It's always interesting to hear he process that goes on with voice over work. Especially since I'm such a nerd and aficionado of animation, video games, anime, etc...

I liked Bayonetta's line delivery in the demo, so looking forward to this game!



Action51 commented on Nintendo Releases Drop in UK Charts in Face of...:

Yup the main diff between the USA and that we spread our sports games out over four main sports.

Football being the biggest, and Basketball being a close second, especially for video games because of the nature of the sport allowing an individual to control one of five players (instead of 11) and the fast back and forth.

Then there is baseball, but baseball season lasts like half the year and it's a slow paced game, so even though it's really popular and the sport most likely to be played by amateur athletes, it just doesn't have the fast paced action of football or basketball.

Finally, there is Hockey, which we share a love with alongside Canada. Hockey is traditionally a cold weather sport, and half the USA is cold while half is while in states like New Jersey and Michigan you have a huge Hockey fanbase...Arizona and Oklahoma not so much.



Action51 commented on Gallery: Enjoy a Cuteness Overload in These Ca...:

My big two games for the holiday season this year are Bayonetta 2 for Halloween and Captain Toad for Christmas!

Yes, this is looking really nice, even more refined then SM3DW!

@sinalefa - you nailed it. these small worlds and the characters themselves feel like they are so detailed and lovingly constructed with fluid animation and lively expressions.