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Sat 23rd February, 2008

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Airola commented on Poll: Which Is The Best Legend Of Zelda Game?:

The first Zelda is my favorite. No other Zelda game has been able to present such a great sense of mystery and dread.

I love The Adventure of Link too.

I feel that A Link to the Past wasn't really a refined version of the first Zelda, but a whole new type of a Zelda game. And after that and Ocarina of Time, all Zeldas have been different versions of each other. In my opinion, the first two Zeldas are their own entities and should not be compared to the others. They are their own "genres" of Zelda-games that haven't been done ever again since they were released.



Airola commented on Someone Has Beaten The Super Mario Bros. Speed...:

@CaviarMeths I believe every time he seems to slow down or do something that looks like he could do it better, he is actually doing it the most optimal way. Like sometimes you have to do something a few frames slower so that you will be able to be a few frames faster later.

The most obvious part is the trick in 8-2 where he stops for a few seconds in the last stairs, but by doing that he is able to lure the bullet bill near the flagpole and use it to make a glitch happen that will help him go through the game a tiny bit faster.



Airola commented on Nintendo Download: 22nd May (North America):

@brandonbwii Yeah, I remember weeks where there were something like one or two games TOTAL on both machines and not a single VC game. I understand that not every game is everyone's cup of tea, but I can't see how this week could be weak, no matter what the tastes are. To me, this week in US is OK at least. Not that it matters to me as I'm from EU, but still.



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

Wii Fit U was delayed to Winter 2013.
It was then released first in November as a digital eShop version (both EU and NA) and as a retail version in December (EU).

Winter 2014 does NOT mean it has to be released only after the 22th of December.

Also, there were rumours and fears that both of these versions were going to be delayed to 2015. Now it's not happening, and even better, one of the versions is going to be released in Summer! Yet people find all kinds of things to complain about.

We don't even know yet the full details of the games. I'm sure they'll tell more at the next E3. They will tell us about the ways both versions are connected to each other, and I assume they will announce some Wii U exclusive modes too.



Airola commented on 3DS Enjoys a Major Hardware Boost in Japan as ...:

@JohnRedcorn I think that the point is that the sales of PS4 have been declining much much much much faster than the Wii U did. All signs point out to the possibility of the total PS4 sales ending up being even less than Wii U. That's is a situation that no-one though would happen.

There are people who rejoiced when the Wii U started to sell badly. There are people now who are bitter about that and are rejoicing when the mega-seller in other parts of the world is selling badly in Japan.

Personally I'd hope all consoles would sell as much as possible, and I'm glad they sell even something. I try to see even the 360 sales as "well, that's 304 more happy 360 players in the world" :)

However, the fact is that PS4 is selling very poorly in Japan. Sure, Wii U is selling even worse, but PS4 has been declining waster to poor sales than Wii U did, and that is worrying. Of course, that doesn't take away the fact that PS4 sells wonderfully in the rest of the world. It has broken all the records, but the Japan situation is really bad.

Let's hope both PS4 and Wii U end up selling better. Heck, the rise of Vita is a miracle in itself, so perhaps that's possible for other consoles too. I personally have no interest getting Vita ever, but I'm glad to see it slowly rising up.



Airola commented on Two Tribes Shoots Down the Possibility of Toki...:

@sillygostly Well, at least they offered the Steam version for free for those who had bought the Wii U version. The Steam version has the level editor. I'm kinda embarassed by the fact that I took that offered Steam version but haven't even tried the level editor yet, though...

I kinda understand the frustration of the customers. Even though it was disappointing that they didn't put the level editor on the Wii U version (and that those tweets have a bit of a bitter tone to them) Two Tribes is still one of the better companies that has made games for the Wii U and it's kinda sad to see them get this much negative response though. It's kinda understandable but sad at the same time.



Airola commented on Two Tribes Shoots Down the Possibility of Toki...:

@DefHalan I guess it being on a Humble Bundle was basically part of the proble. I recall them saying that it sold very well at the launch on Wii U. After that people mostly only bought it when it was on sale.

What comes to the Steam version, I guess its launch wasn't too good. Worse than on Wii U. And people seemed to buy that one also mostly when it was on sale. And with Humble Bundle where people mostly pay one or two dollars for several games, the money they got from the bundles was not nearly enough.

They also said that the game machanics of Toki Tori 2 just isn't for today's gamers. While there are people who really loved that approach, there were way more people who didn't like it at all. I'm one of those who really appreciates what they did with the game. I haven't even finished the game because I got into a too hard puzzle for me, but I'm one of those (rare?) people who don't care if they finish the game or not, as I think that there should be more games where only the best players are able to get to the end. I'm happy to admit defeat in a game, and that's what I did with Toki Tori 2. And I love that game.

So, basically there were two things that led Two Tribes to this situation:
1. They made a game that was different from what the majority of people nowadays want from a game.
2. Most of the money came through sales that didn't pay enough for a company like Two Tribes. I guess these Humble Bundles are only good for one or two man game companies, and for the companies that create these sales.



Airola commented on Two Tribes Shoots Down the Possibility of Toki...:

@ThreadShadow Have you tried Zelda Forever?

It's a fan-made game available for free on PC. It's quite like what you described, but not exactly (there's not much variety on items, for example). Surely it has a bit of an amateurish feel to it, but it's actually quite good. I enjoyed it enough to finish the whole game.



Airola commented on Pure Chess DLC Will Be Available Day One, And ...:

I guess the best way to do these "DLC at launch" things would be to offer the game as two types of purchase. You could get the whole package at, say, 9.99. If you don't want to pay that much, you could purchase a cheaper version with less content but with the possibility to purchase the rest of the content in small chunks with a price that would add up to being a bit more than the full package.

That way it would be tempting for many to buy the full package because it would be a bit cheaper, and there wouldn't be this DLC issue people seem to have here. And at the same time if someone isn't interested in paying 10 euros for the game, would be tempted to get the game for less money and decide later if he would want to buy the additional content.

I personally see no fault in how it's now done, but I think this could be a good thing to try (assuming that Nintendo even accepts systems like that).

It wouldn't be essentially much different from how it is now, but I think there could be a psychological effect for those who have deep issues with paying models like this.



Airola commented on Majora's Mask "Time's End" Music Beautifully R...:

I don't quite understand why the Majora's Mask songs need any remixes or reimaginations.

I don't understand why people feel the need to hear digital compositions as live orchestra renditions with choirs and "real" instruments. It just isn't the same without that synthesizer strings sound. It's like trying to play Twin Peaks music with live orchestra; it's ok, but live instruments just don't have the same ethereal quality to its sound than synthesizer is capable of.

Well, I think I shouldn't be putting down other people's efforts and downplay what people seem to enjoy, but I just feel a need to "defend" these certain sounds people often seem to think are just imperfect versions of real instruments even though in my opinion the synthesizer string sound is an instrument on its own and absolutely perfect for many situations.



Airola commented on Review: Spot the Differences! (3DS eShop):

I quite liked the WiiU-version and quickly checked the rating of this and at first thought why they would give this such a low score. Then I noticed the price point while reading the review... Ugh...

The price of $5/4,99€ is OK-ish on the Wii U, so how on earth they can ask twice as much for a game that has lot less puzzles to solve. These can be surprisingly addictive games, but not enough to justify that big of a price.



Airola commented on January's NPD Results Show Improved Software S...:

@Lebon14 That graph has info from the first January of each console. So the WiiU part is from January 2013 and the X1 and PS4 infos are from January 2014.

Yeah, the drop after two first months of WiiU was really huge, and it's actually quite a shock to see the sales Xbox One dropping nearly as much, and PS4 dropping a lot too. I'd imagine the consoles that have the biggest launches ever in video game history (both sold around a million at lauch which is absolutely amazing) would had way more stable post-holiday month, but now it seems all of these new consoles are seeing much bigger drop in people's interest than anyone dared to expect.

PS4 was the biggest seller in January, but it sold only about 270k, which is only decent at best. There is a reason Sony says only "our platform was the #1 seller in January." If they would give hard numbers, it wouldn't be impressive in the slightest.

Well, surely both Sony and Microsoft are doing way better than Nintendo, but the percentage of the drop, especially on xbox, is horrible conserning the hype and amazing sales the systems got at launch.

The indies will be the winners this generation. If the systems are getting good sales only during holidays, the big studios can't afford making big titles that have at least five times as big budgets than what they had 10 years ago.



Airola commented on Wind Waker HD Wii U Bundle With Two Extra Game...:

"This page shows the last 100 transactions of 1038 sold. "

It was 1029 sold when I first opened the page. Then it was 1038 just a minute or two later. Now it's already probably more.
(yep, checked it, it's now 1046)

If the seller really has that many bundles for sale, good luck packaging them and sending them away one by one :)



Airola commented on Talking Point: Is There A Future For The Wii U...:

I never ever again want to use a console OS without a touch screen. Navigating the menus is way easier and faster with the touch screen than with pressing buttons.

Also, off-tv play is way too convenient for this to be scrapped off.



Airola commented on Review: Super Mario 3D World (Wii U):

@GreatPlayer Apparently the "post-game worlds" are difficult, so you perhaps should check it out even though you might be under the impression that the game is easy. Some have even said that some of the levels after the end credits are some of the hardest levels ever seen in a 3D Mario game.

Also, I heard a podcast where people were saying that the final boss is the best final boss in any Mario game ever.



Airola commented on Wii Party U and Wii Fit U Deliver Major Increa...:

By the way, it really seems that these bundles are doing their job somewhat well. It's a good sign that at the same time in Japan the sales grew quite a lot and the Mario & Luigi U bundles have been sold out at Target and Gamestop in the US. And I know that the Wind Waker bundle has sold well in Finland (or at least way better than any previous bundle since launch).

Now, it might not mean anything in long term, but it's definitely way better sign than constantly selling only 3000 weekly in Japan and having trouble to sell anything in Europe.



Airola commented on Wii Party U and Wii Fit U Deliver Major Increa...:

According to Famitsu, WiiU sold 40,118.

Also, Famitsu seems to list digital purchases too. In their list Wii Party U has sold 79,715 including digital downloads. So, basically that 37,371 mentioned in the list made by Media Create is how much people bought Wii Party U as a stand-alone game. The rest are of the sales are from the bundles.



Airola commented on Ubisoft: Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag's Team...:

@Pachterkid So you didn't read the news. You didn't read what rjerj wrote, and you didn't read what I replied to him.

This was about the crowded battle scenes with framerate problems. Not about freezing issues. The PR guy commented only on those crowded scenes and that they have specifically tried to fix that, and that they have overcome it and are proud of it. Rjerj said the PR guy only mentioned that they've tried to fix it, when in fact he was saying more. That was what I wrote. That was what you didn't read.



Airola commented on Interview: Designer Luc Bernard Talks Wii U An...:

Oh my! I had completely forgotten Luc Bernard!
He was the Phil Fish of 2008! Or perhaps Phil Fish is the Luc Bernard of 2013!

I remember him quitting the video game industry at some point and I recall there being some kind of controversy about him back then. He was a personality.

I'm happy to hear about him again :) I'm glad he's still around.



Airola commented on Review: Spelunker (3DS eShop / NES):

When you learn how this game's insane controls work, it's not too bad. The atmosphere is really good. The title music is great.

I have a really odd fascination towards this game, and I don't mean any kind of ironic approach towards the badness.

It just is better than what most reviews make it out to be. Easily at least 6/10.



Airola commented on Review: Farming Simulator 3D (3DS eShop):

I've had the demo for a long time now. My sister's kids loved playing it so I bought the retail version when the playing counter on the demo started to reach zero. Paid 20 euros for it, and that was on sale! I think 10 dollars is a fair price for this. I've got some enjoyement of it myself too, but kids really seem to love it.
This is a fantastic game for the times when things in life get stressful. It gives a nice sense of relaxation that not many games give. I would rate it 8 or 9. It is great for what it is. I don't think a simulator based on a farm could get much better than this.



Airola commented on European Gamers Bemoan PAL Version of Super Me...:

I can't see how those subtitles could annoy anyone. Come on, people! That's only the INTRO TEXT. I bet most people don't read even the English text and as soon as the actual game starts you don't have to see those subtitles ever again (except perhaps the end congratulations text might have subtitles).

This really is a nonissue.



Airola commented on Wii U Virtual Console Launch Lineup Is Revealed:

Yeah, this is absolutely disappointing.

That's basically 4 games:
Donkey Kong Jr.
Ice Climber
Super Mario World

I will upgrade my Super Mario World for 1,50e, that's for sure, but those other three games are something I would only buy if they were 1-2 euros.

The only way this would be worse, is that Super Mario World would be replaced by Urban Champion.

Not only are the four other games available already on the Wii U eShop, but you can actually buy ALL of them already on your Wii U via Wii Mode's Shopping Channel. I guess most of those who have the Wii U had Wiis too so most of us have been able to buy these games already. Why would I excited for Excitebike being on launch when there is way more interesting 3D version already available on 3DS?

I am really easy going with Nintendo and understand even their more foolish actions, but this one seems to be a lost opportunity. I've been thinking that the drought of games doesn't matter much because the VC for the Wii U will arrive soon and it should alone sell the system, but with a VC launch like this Nintendo is just making people even more uninterested.



Airola commented on Game & Wario Brings Mayhem to North America on...:

You can see a video of each minigame on the Nintendo Japan site:

Each of those smaller pictures on both sides of the big Wario brings you to a page of each game. By clicking on the round black&blue thing in the bottom right corner you can see a video of that game.
There are 16 different games and you can see videos of all of them. Some of them look pretty "meh" but some of them look surprisingly interesting.

For those who are thinking that 16 minigames in a "warioware" game is not enough, there is one minigame that actually has lots of those microgames in style of the previous Warioware game. The Western release has this game named as Gamer, and there you play as a child who tries to play games in secret. Those games are all new microgames and you get to play them all by yourself.



Airola commented on Review: Toki Tori 2 (Wii U eShop):

LOL, I'm actually really excited about everything the review criticized it about :D
The best game I have ever played is the infamous La Mulana, and I have a feeling that this one will give me an experience that's a bit like that.



Airola commented on Toki Tori 2 to Launch With a Discount:

Pretty disappointed to see the price being 15 euros (that 1,5e discount doesn't help much). I was anticipating it being 10e max.

Oh well... I've been waiting for this game ever since I finished the first on WiiWare. There was a time when I lost my interest when I they talked about the sequel for the first time (it seemed to be completely different from the first and needlessly complex), but I got my interest back later and after it was told that it would be structured in a "metroidvania" style and seeing new videos I was again waiting for this game like nothing else. Seriously, for me it has been THE game to wait for Wii U for a long time now.

I am definitely going to buy it day 1. I've been saving a bit of money in my eShop account just for this. My savings there are only about 7 euros though, but that's enough to soften the 13,5e price a bit.

Can't wait!

I feel like an heel complaining about the price :D



Airola commented on Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Makes Its Debut in U...:

Don't forget Darksiders II.
It's been a good seller at which is a UK based store. Its price has been under 20 euros for quite a while now and I've seen it getting out of stock too. There's been quite a demand for it as it has been taken back in stock and it's been their bestseller a long time now.



Airola commented on Talking Point: Review Scores and Unwinnable Ar...:

I guess I more often look at the score first and then read the review, but if it's a game I've been waiting for a long time and hugely interested in it, I usually read the review and try to do my best to keep the score a secret until I've read the whole review.



Airola commented on Watch Dogs Confirmed For Release On Wii U:

They CAN'T be on par with each other. The amount of memory alone makes all the difference. Sure, the machines can have graphics that are on par, but the memory allows a lot more stuff happen on screen and I'm sure PS4 versions run more smoothly. Like, for example, with Watch_Dogs I'm sure there will be much more people and cars driving around in the PS4 version, and of course it could allow more "hacking interaction" in wider areas. If the Wii U wants to handle that, its graphics have to be gimped. Or if they want to use the same quality graphics, they have to reduce the amount of stuff happening.

That's not exactly a huge thing though. It doesn't make the games overly different comparing to Wii U, but the machine is quite a lot more powerful which will be shown in games that need a huge amount of stuff happening in the game world all the time. But on games that don't need that kind of stuff, I think at least graphicswise the machines could be more on par.



Airola commented on Watch Dogs Confirmed For Release On Wii U:

Yes, a developer of the game told that PS4 version will have everything "more" than the PS3 version. More people walking around and stuff like that. The city with its people will be more immersive. I wonder how much "more" of everything there will be compared to Wii U version. I'm quite interested in seeing how the Gamepad will be used. It's definitely a good selling point on Wii U if it's implemented well enough.



Airola commented on Tank! Tank! Tank! Available Now in European Wi...:

I think this is great.

I've had no intention to buy this game even though I've had a little bit of interest in trying it. It's quite clever to make this "F2P" and put one DLC into a bigger discount. That way they quaranteed to get at least 1.99e from me instead of zero. Bought the Kong Mode just because of the sale. That mode actually was the one that interested me the most (which isn't much, but at least it got a tiny bit of my attention). It may well be that even if I don't end up liking this that much, I will buy the rest of the DCLs in future. It's definitely more affordable to me to pay 2-10 euros a month rather than the full price immediately.

Sometimes I feel a bit sad for the developers that the games are so expensive that even if I would like to try the games and support those who make these games, I can't because I can't afford paying the full price. Well, now I can support them in a smaller scale and eventually they might get the full price from me too if I decide to buy the rest in following months.



Airola commented on Balloon Fight On Wii U Reportedly Running At 5...:

This whole 50hz thing doesn't matter to me at all. I can't understand people who are yelling Nintendo is treating them badly. I mean really... A video game that was originally released in Europe in 50hz is again released in 50hz. OHMYGOD the world collapses and Nintendo is inhumane and treating the fans like poo!!!111 Go live in Africa for a while and see if this problem really matters.

In my opinion, this doesn't affect the gameplay of Ballon Fight at all. It just doesn't matter.

Oh well, I've never been into graphics or speed, so I might not be the best person to comment on this. I still watch VHS tapes and play my games on my 16 years old CRT television. I don't care if it's HD or SD. I don't care if it's 60hz or 50hz. I just play the games, solving the puzzles and clearing the obstacles. Well, I have to admit though that after hearing Mega Man tunes in their original speed, the music in European versions sound reeeeaaalllly slow.



Airola commented on Broken Rules "Had Higher Hopes" For Chasing Au...:

The only reason I haven't bought it is the price. I'm sad that I missed it on sale. I was actually once going to buy it but saw that the price had got up to 11.99 euros. Didn't buy it.

I put 20 euros on my account and bought Nano Assault Neo for 9.99 (which, by the way, is an excellent game!). At the moment I would've bought Chasing Aurora for 9.99 as I had just about that amount left in my account. Right now I'd probably buy Mighty Switch Force instead of Chasing Aurora, but if it would be 4.99, I would buy it instantly. There's no doubt about it. If it would be 6.99 or 7.99, I might consider buying it but even for 9.99 I might not buy it.

So, just drop the price and you might see wonders in the sales numbers!



Airola commented on Wii U Software Sales Are "Struggling":

I've got Mario U, ZombiU and Nintendo Land. I had Mass Effect 3 for a moment, but didn't like it at all so I took it to Gamestop and traded it to NintendoLand.

I think the prices are way too high. Most of the Wii U games in Finland seem to cost 70 or 60 euros (about $93/£58 and $80/£50). That's insane!

I'd like to buy some of the downloadable games, but those are a bit too expensive too. I sadly missed the sale for Chasing Aurora. There's no way I will pay 12-13 euros for it as I would need to put at least another 10 euros to the account. I've bought Nano Assault Neo which is a great game and its price is the highest possible to be tolerable (just under 10 euros). Give me more games with 2-10 euro prices in the eShop and I'll gladly pay for them.

And they really should lower the price of downloadable retail games too.

Oh well, even if the retail game swould be cheaper I don't think I would buy much as there are only two games that are even remotely interesting me; Scribblenauts and Tekken, and even those should be somewhat cheaper for me to want to buy them.

But then again, it could be so that no matter how cheap the games are, we will continue to want them to be cheaper. We might be spoiled like that.