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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 Nov 2013

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Action51 commented on Disney Infinity 3.0's Toy Box Mode Offers Blat...:

I think people are being defensive because Nintendo has struggled recently, and Splatoon is a genuinely popular new IP.

My first reaction on hearing this news was "are you kidding me, Disney"?

Then you watch the video and it's more of an homage that barely does more then approximate the general idea of Splatoon, and not some major implementation of a rip-off or anything too sinister.

I think the generally contentious attitude in console gaming has made us all a little wary of these things, but this looks mostly harmless.



Action51 commented on Rare's Gregg Mayles Reveals It Was Miyamoto Wh...:

As a cartoonist myself, I can really appreciate those concept sketches.

It's funny...I enjoyed many Rare games, but I always felt they really lost their mojo the further away from Nintendo projects they got. This sort of paints a picture of that...Miyamoto had a bigger hand in shaping one of Rare's biggest successes then we originally thought.

Makes sense.



Action51 commented on Poll: The Battle of the Nindies and Questions ...:

I think this is great, it's a way for Nintendo to build third party relationships from the bottom up, rather then try to compete to be the biggest subsidizer of mega-publishers.

For me, indies are where it's at right now. I see the stuff getting pumped out of the Ubisoft and EA and Activision studious, and I couldn't be more bored.

Games like Steamworld, Shovel Knight, Shantae, UnEpic, and Toki Tori have been surprise hits and welcome fresh air.



Action51 commented on Shovel Knight amiibo Confirms "Evolving" Relat...:


My main argument to counter this is:

When you bought Shovel Knight last year (or whenever) like most of us did...and you spent that $15.00, you got a great game that everyone loved and raved about.

If no Amiibo was made, if no new modes were created, if the game were left "as is"...we would all feel we got our money's worth and that the game was a real indie gem.

Now they want to make an Amiibo because a ton of people have been asking for it, and they add some bonus stuff in the game because that's what Amiibo do...and suddenly it's like Nintendo and Yacht club games went back in time to erase all the fun and value you got out of your $15 purchase.

This is what @JaxonH and others are talking about when they say people will defy common sense and logic to find reasons to complain...if this Amiibo never existed, you wouldn't think for one second that the game lacked anything (in fact we'd still be praising it), but now that they offer some bonus content, people are crying about a rip-off.

I'd say it's unbelievable, but this is gaming in 2015.



Action51 commented on Shovel Knight amiibo Confirms "Evolving" Relat...:


Clearly you are either a troll trying to get attention/reactions from people, or you are simply an incredibly entitled person who is rather ill-informed.

All of your weird little theories and justifications lose any credibility when you consider what would happen in more people did what you feel you are entitled to. Sure...movies and games still make money when some people pirate them, but about if more people did? What makes you so special and entitled?

Then you talk about MPAA propaganda?'m a creative person who has created physical and digital art, and I'd like to think the work and imagination that goes into the creation of such content has value beyond whatever non-producing leeches can take for themselves.

Should a lawyer's counsel be free because there is no physical product in your hands?

I don't know why I'm still responding to someone so devoid of facts and reason, and so ill-informed and entitled. Maybe you are just a really effective troll.



Action51 commented on Shovel Knight amiibo Confirms "Evolving" Relat...:


Are you a communist? If we were guaranteed a healthy income regardless of the demand for our intellectual property, then I can see how your self-serving justification for piracy would be legitimate.

However, most of us live in capitalist society and what you describe in your original post is based on 1) a device that does not exist 2) presumably does not have demanding energy requirements.

Your response is purely creating a justifaction for your piracy and sense of entitlement. If work...whether it creates a physical product or not...does not generate revenue for those who create it, they will cease to create that content and choose to devote themselves to activities that will feed their families and pay their bills.

It's pretty simple really.



Action51 commented on Shovel Knight amiibo Confirms "Evolving" Relat...:

@Bowser908 Imagine you invested a year of your life, tons of capital, and your own unique creative energy into making a film.

If I can download that film for free off a site in a digital format, then no big deal right?

All your hard work, investment, and creativity is mine to take as long as I have a means where no physical media or product is being taken from you, right?



Action51 commented on Shovel Knight amiibo Confirms "Evolving" Relat...:


Listen up folks:

Hey, I bought the game last year and I enjoyed it and we all raved about how great it was and how it was a really amazing little game, etc etc.

Now they come out with an Amiibo for it, and they add some bonus features for those who spend money on the product, and people are crying about crash grabs?

Did Nintendo and Yacht club use a time machine to go back in time and make Shovel Knight a less enjoyable experience?

Seriously, we bought Shovel Knight...we played it...we loved it. If they would offer no Amiibo and no new content, you would not be complaining.

Also: @TheRegginator

You ask: What about people who own other versions of the game?

I guess this is an incentive to support indies on Nintendo platforms...or does entitled gamer logic dictate that getting nothing is better, as long as you don't have the option of getting more with an Amiibo?



Action51 commented on Review: Legend of Kay Anniversary (Wii U):

I picked up this game and I'm loving it both as a fresh experience, but also a slightly nostalgic reminder of the games of the PS2/GC era.

If you like platformers and brawlers, it's pretty good, and you do get a nice arsenal of moves and enemies to keep it from being anything close to a button masher.



Action51 commented on Talking Point: Pokkén Tournament May Not Be a...:

Save us from talking points, lol!

You know what? It's extremely rare that one game 'saves' a console...Sure there are examples where one game thrusts a console into relevance (IE: Halo on Xbox, Wii Fit/Sports)...but this is usually not the case.

That being said: I am so sick of all the phony controversy around the Wii U and sales. It's become an unhealthy obsession for gamers on the internet, so much so that we have people on this thread claiming Smash is "disappointing" for only selling 3.5 million to a third of the entire console's playerbase. - Huge multi platform games rarely achieve that!

Anyway, this is a welcome addition to the Wii U lineup which has been graced with few, but decent quality fighters so far.

I'm glad it's an actual 3D arena like Bloody Roar rather then another 2.5D like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat.



Action51 commented on Fire Emblem Fates Looks Set to be a Single Rel...:

I don't get it...

I've played and beaten all the Western released Fire Emblem games except Shadow Dragon on normal difficulty, and I always found them to be fairly challenging without one being too much harder or easier then the others.

Now granted, I don't use strategy guides or keep notes or anything...and I used to play where I would restart a mission if anyone died.

I found it's much more fun to just play through and have no regrets if you lose a few soldiers along the way.

Some of the "purists" who feel the games are too easy on lunatic and have never taken 1HP of damage...they kinda frustrate me because I like to think I might be a slightly above average strategy gamer.



Action51 commented on Fire Emblem Fates Looks Set to be a Single Rel...:

I'm glad they're doing this if it's true.

I don't know if the west is ready to embrace a pokemon style red and blue version Fire Emblem yet, and I was annoyed that I would have to buy two carts to essentially replay and see everything, because I'd like to do both storylines.

I hope this come to NA like this as well.



Action51 commented on Tomonobu Itagaki Explains Why the Pro Controll...:

I love this comment section...

Right away we get told that the "NDF" will be filled with rage and that the "fanboys" will do this and that...

So "NDF" and "fanboys" are apparently anyone who doesn't hate the gamepad? Because I'm seeing people talking about their preference of game controller, but not a lot of rage...and the "pro gamepad" people are the most calm and rational despite being goaded by trolls.

Me? I own both the gamepad and the pro-controller and I like them both and feel they both have their uses.

Sorry people looking to create conflict...Itagaki's comments are more of a curiosity and conversation starter then a rage catalyst.

Better luck next time!



Action51 commented on First Impressions: Trying to Believe in Devil'...:

"Devil's Third seduced us in 2014, trumpeted as a mature exclusive that would change the way we think about action shooters, promising to be a system seller. "

Thomas...come on, man.

It's okay to trash this game, but don't pretend there has been any other major reaction to it other then "it look like a PS2 Game" from gaming media and the internet.

This hype you speak of...where was it?



Action51 commented on Review: Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (3DS ...:

For those dissing AVGN:

Have you ever actually watched some of his episodes?

Sure there is profanity and toilet humor, but there is also some interesting points and video game history to be learned. Watch his episode on "Pong consoles" or "Double Vision".

In his angry ranting, he actually deconstructs the flaws and processes that make a game terrible. For those of us that grew up in the 8 and 16 bit eras, it's quite cathartic to see him tear apart some of the games we wasted good money and time on!



Action51 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transfor...:

@k8sMum said:

"Part of the problem may be that ninty knows they will be forgiven anything."

Sorry...I had to do a spit take...

People are still salty over the N64 using cartridges...People are still salty about Other M, People are still salty about Sticker Star and Star Fox Assault...

"Ninty" is rarely forgiven. Even when they make great games, the sins of the past are never truly forgiven.



Action51 commented on Nintendo Apologises for eShop Issues Caused by...:

Wow, talk about first world problems.

It's not perfect, but it's really not cost effective to maintain a server structure large enough to handle these occasional rushes and peak downloads, if they occur every few months for a few hours right after announcement, and then for the other 99% of the time, they handle 99% less traffic.

This most certainly does happen to other platforms, whether hacked or not.



Action51 commented on Guide: Here Are the Live Nintendo-Related Stre...:

Hahah, love that shot from the extremely awkward Ubisoft presentation with Aisha Tyler.

Aisha Tyler is both beautiful and funny, and I loved her on Talk Soup and Archer...but I never realized she was such an amazon, and in stiletto heels she towered over those pasty Ubisoft devs, along with the lack of direction and the existing awkwardness of the live-stage show was actually kind of funny to watch for the wrong reasons.




Action51 commented on Hyrule Warriors Is Slashing Its Way to 3DS:

The obligatory negative from the wide world of Nintendo trolling seems to be "Oh noes, Wii U loses an exclusive!"....

A year later, and the game that very few people expected to succeed is getting a special 3DS edition. I really can't see the downside. Pretty much anyone who was gonna buy it on Wii U already has it, and for those with just a 3DS...good news.



Action51 commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Approach is Often Peculi...:

@EngieBengie - Why are you trolling here?

"Being different doesn't make you the best. Just sayin'."

Interesting comment considering the article does not say that (I guarantee you did not read it) nor did anyone in the comments above yours.

"TwilightAngel something I said bugging you, pal?"

Actual proof of trolling.

"So many people can learn something from just that last line you wrote."

I think you're under the impression that everyone is living under a rock, and we haven't heard the chorus of trolls, critics, detractors, fanboys, haters, clickbaiters and prophets of Nintendoom for the last how many years detailing every one of Nintendo's shortcomings in excruciating detail.

Even in an article like this, where the focus is on Nintendo's lighter side, we have you and others making sure everyone knows Nintendo isn't perfect and not selling as well as in previous eras.

Okay...we are now super-duper aware of Nintendo's sins and transgressions, mission accomplished, lol.



Action51 commented on Feature: Yoshi's Woolly World, Like Kirby's Ep...:

@Bolt_Strike - Whoa slow down there, buddy!

Have you actually played "Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze"

TBH, most of what you say comes off as:
"criteria that I wanted and expected for certain games was not met, therefore my opinion = these games are objectively bad"

This attitude of yours is very much in line with many modern gamers who have a hard time separating facts from opinions...It's ironic in fact that you accuse Nintendo of falling into patters and lacking innovation based solely on them not re-using mechanics from the games you liked better.

So essentially you feel they copied the "wrong" games.



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.