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AlexSora89

AlexSora89

The Italian Nintendo/Sony gamer

Male, 25, Italy

Italian gamer belonging to both the Nintendo fanbase and - to a lesser extent - the Sony and Xbox fanbases. Currently holding out for the Gameboy Advance's official VC debut on the 3DS eShop. [Warning: my Facebook page linked below is in Italian.]

Joined:
Wed 20th February, 2013
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http://www.facebook.com/LeCimiciWebcomic

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AlexSora89

#7

AlexSora89 commented on Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away F...:

@UnseatingKDawg
Thing is, with the Game Boy Player (which I own) it makes sense, because none of the GBA games lose their primary feature: being portable. But once you buy a PORTABLE game on the WiiU, can you play it on your 3DS? No, of course. Which is the main issue I have with this. It's nauseatingly stupid, and makes sense only from a business standpoint on Nintendo's part, meaning that on a consumer's standpoint, it's a stupid disservice. I hope there will be great news for VC at this year's E3, and the delay for the Wii U Zelda title actually makes me feel more optimistic given VC titles are usually kept as damage contr--er, I mean, as surprises.

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#8

AlexSora89 commented on Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away F...:

This is just great. Sarcastically speaking, of course.
What's mind-boggling is that the Wii U has NES, SNES, GBA, N64 and NDS, while the 3DS is still suck with the barely-supported GB, GBC and NES.
I'm mad both for myself, as 3DS is my primary console, and for those who mainly use the Wii U, as Nintendo should support all retro consoles individually in my opinion.
And no, I'm not going to pay for a GBA game that needs me to be at home in order to be played. Not anytime soon.

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#9

AlexSora89 commented on Masahiro Sakurai Shares His Positive Feelings ...:

I actually was worried for the guy. DLC as a whole is - and should have been back in Brawl, as I said elsewhere - a perfect fit for Smash, but I also know Sakurai is pretty much fed up with all the work he's done so far. So I'm glad he's doing fine instead.

@97alexk
Why hello there, fellow Etika fan.

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#12

AlexSora89 commented on Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations H...:

Wait a second--it's like seeing a licensed game from the nineties again! I mean... back in the nineties, few games used cel shading or 2D graphics altogether, all cartoons in licensed games went 3D. Seeing this effect again made my nostalgia sense tingle a bit.

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#13

AlexSora89 commented on Super Mario 64 HD Triggers Surge Of YouTube In...:

@DTFaux
Not only that, the fanbase has an annoying tendency to sugar-coat the killer robots' malevolent nature as "wacky animatronics" as some sort of fandom in-joke. Too bad this also results in catching lurkers off-guard with the game series' true colors, which consists in jump scares every now and then, making the games' admittedly inventive premise (making a player scared of being startled rather than scaring him or her straight away) just another wave of cheap screamer pranks, right after Youtube was almost wiped clean of those (courtesy of the frame thumbnails in each video's own time bar).

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#15

AlexSora89 commented on Bravely Second Offers Over 100 Hours Of Gamepl...:

All this lack of news about a western release... a far cry from the earlier news about Project X Zone 2, where not only a western release was confirmed straight away, but they also wanted to include content with western gamers in mind. Then again, Square Enix has always cuddled Japan more to begin with.

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#19

AlexSora89 commented on Rumour: More Super Smash Bros. Code Digging Po...:

@blujay1524
Except Roy has nostalgic value. I'm a bit worried because of the Koopaling alt for Bowser Junior, but the guy actually has chances of making it in.
Now, despite Roy being my Melee main, I'm not mad if he doesn't come back; however, I still want him back just because of the Roy jokes in the Awkward Zombie webcomic (check it out if you still haven't).

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#20

AlexSora89 commented on Rumour: More Super Smash Bros. Code Digging Po...:

@bro2dragons

Actually, Capcom - being the Megaman disowners they are - wanted Ryu to get in the game instead, while Nintendo understandably pushed for the Blue Bomber. Given Capcom always wanted to cash in on Street Fighter even before Inafune's departure (see HD Turbo Edition Xtreme and the like), it's likely they wanted to include Ryu as DLC as part of the deal.

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#21

AlexSora89 commented on Rumour: More Super Smash Bros. Code Digging Po...:

Melee Fountain of Dreams (representing 3D Classics Kirby's Adventure this time around) and Brawl Skyworld (same for 3D Classics Kid Icarus for 3DS), pretty please.
Also, Melee Yoshi's Island (Super Mario Advance 2...?), Onett (for... Lucas... I guess?) and any cool stage that's not big enough to need a Wii U version-only embargo. Because the 3DS version has friggin' Gaur Plain for crying out loud!

@bro2dragons
Ask and ye shalt receive.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk_yOpDpRDo

@BaffleBlend
Watch your mouth, kiddo! Use inventive euphemisms instead (I came up with "Bovine fecal matter" earlier today), it's more fun.

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#23

AlexSora89 commented on Mario Kart Super Circuit Arrives on the Wii U ...:

I already have a home console version of the game. The console I use is called, um, Game Boy Player. I would buy this if made available on 3DS as well (even though I own one due to me being an Ambassador), but as I stated elsewhere, no, I don't plan to support a home console-only GBA Virtual Console anytime soon. Nintendo, announce the GBA Virtual Console for 3DS and then we're in business.

@WalupeachyTime
It's one of the finest MK games you're talking about, watch it.

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#24

AlexSora89 commented on Review: Yoshi Touch & Go (Wii U eShop / DS):

This is the only DS game I used to own but ended up selling. And this is saying a lot.

It's not like I actually care, however: it's a portable game on a home console now, after all. And I won't buy them anyway (not even Mario Kart DS, which is a masterpiece). Nintendo should port home console games to handhelds, not the other way around. The Wii U is hogging too many consoles already, the 3DS only has NES, GB and GBC. Come on.

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#26

AlexSora89 commented on Talking Point: Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Br...:

I call, er, bovine fecal matter on the whole "A game should be complete when I buy it" argument. Guys, it's about time Nintendo started embracing DLC for real. We're in 2015 and yes, downloadable add-ons are definitely a thing. There's no denying that Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8 are complete games on their own right, we can't stress that enough. However, the only real alternative to add-ons is waiting for each series' next installment in order to see new characters and settings. And quite frankly, it's a good thing Nintendo replaced an outright painful wait with a much more tolerable one. If Smash turned down DLC once again - as I feel they should have implemented them back in Brawl - we'd settle with the roster as it is, only to find ourselves crossing our fingers the next time an early SSB5 playthrough reveals the entire roster. It's about time we could see new fighters added to the game without waiting for another iteration in a series that takes years for each game to come out. As for Mario Kart 8, it has an even better quality to price ratio and I'm glad I got the season pass earlier, given the tracks that have been revealed lately. I don't mind the character pricing in Smash myself though, quite frankly. Yes, I'm aware that we paid 50 bucks (or euros in my case) for a game featuring just as many characters, but to me, paying five in order to see a character that previously could only be seen after the wait for a new game - provided he or she would be in the new game at all - is more than worth the price.

So, yeah. MK8 and SSB4 are already complete games on their own right, and DLC does the exact same thing it's supposed to do: breathe even more new life into them. Deal with it.

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#27

AlexSora89 commented on Pirate Bay Co-Founder Unable To Experience The...:

@ikki5
@GoneFishin
Precisely. Maybe we're supposed to laugh at his misfortune and appreciate the irony in all this, but I find myself unable to do that. Is piracy a crime? Indeed it is. Do pirates deserve the exact same level of discrimination and overall scorn that way worse criminals brought upon themselves? Well, no.

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#29

AlexSora89 commented on Social Networks Go Into Meltdown Over Apparent...:

I dunno guys. It's both likely and *un*likely at the same time. Why? Because if there's one console that's hogging all the older games, that's the Wii U. Twilight Princess coming out for the Wii U's Wii digital game (I'm not counting them as Virtual Console games for my sanity's sake) library makes more sense, considering all of the Virtual Console, um, consoles the Wii U has (namely, NES, SNES, N64, NDS, Wii and, grrrrrrr, Game Boy Advance).
But we need to point out that if there's one thing Nintendo has been generous about with the 3DS, it's Zelda. Let's count: OoT 3D, MM 3D, ALBW, Link's Awakening, two Oracle games, Minish Cap for Ambassadors, The Legend Of Zelda I & II, Four Swords Anniversary. There's more than enough TLoZ games on the system, but given Twilight Princess has already been a console swan song (GCN), this might still happen.

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#31

AlexSora89 commented on Poll: Would You Like Mario Kart 8 and Super Sm...:

Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. alike are series that should have embraced DLC as soon as the concept became mainstream, about time they did. Especially Smash Bros, considering how painful waiting for the next entry and the related character reveals is. I'm going as far as say SSB is pretty much born for DLC.

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#32

AlexSora89 commented on Video: Traveller's Tales Animator Proposes To ...:

If she said no, there would be a depressing Game Over screen. How depressing? Try the Medabots AX one. If anyone played the GBA brawler from Natsume and happened to lose all the medaparts for a given body part in either robot chassis, he or she knows what Game Over I'm talking about. That one puts the Rareware Game Over screens to shame.

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#35

AlexSora89 commented on Mewtwo 10-Man Smash Glitch is Stopping Some Fr...:

THANK GOODNESS I don't play Multi-Man Smash often. Today I've played with all the DLC that has come out, and after hearing this I won't be touching Multi-Man modes for a while. (Especially given Nintendo, God knows why, forbids players to copy their save data.)

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#36

AlexSora89 commented on Video: This 200cc Mario Kart 8 Comparison Foot...:

So Mario Kart 8 is turning into Crash Team Racing, huh.
Seriously, in case you missed that Playstation title, give it a try. That game was fast.
Which is fine in my book, given this means Mario Kart is tackling the one game that managed to... "outmariokart" it.

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#40

AlexSora89 commented on The Man Who Created Trollface Wants A Cut Of M...:

What's worse than a stupid game? An even stupider reason to take it down. It truly shows what kind of people dwell within the meme culture. If you create an image with the intention to see it copy-pasted elsewhere and basically create something that's in the public domain from the get-go, you have nobody to blame but yourself. Jeez.

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#41

AlexSora89 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Plans for DLC and Mi...:

@GrunkFace
Fun fact: I was this close to buying a Playstation Vita just because of PSASBR, which ironically beat Nintendo at their own game in one thing: releasing a SSB-type brawler/plat-fighter on a handheld before the SSB series itself could. But I'm so glad I waited for the 3DS Smash title instead.

Besides, in retrospect... yeah, you can't out-smash Smash. Part of its appeal is having Nintendo's more-or-less (the "less" being exceptions such as Samus and Snake for example) beating each other to a pulp - and the commercial for the first SSB title nailed it - but when you pull it off with a roster mostly consisting of grim 'n' gritty franchises, that magic is pretty much gone. If Sony had enough guts to negotiate the rights for Crash Bandicoot and Spyro The Dragon, it would have worked. But as-is, well, it didn't. They also should have ripped off the gameplay without any shame.

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#44

AlexSora89 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Plans for DLC and Mi...:

I figured out @Quorthon wasn't a fan of amiibos way back in our little argument in the European Nintendo Download earlier today. And I can understand that, but then again, Nintendo needs to know how to balance things between those who own amiibos and those who, like me, still don't: if amiibo support doesn't overshadow the actual content of games, then there shouldn't be any problem - those who don't own any don't miss out on much stuff, those who do get a nice but not indispensable bonus, and everybody pretty much wins. But it's gonna be tricky - it's cool that once users own an amiibo, the bonuses it grants apply to many other games, however this trend doesn't outgrow the content accessible to everyone. Disc-Locked Content (a derogatory term I've devilishly grown to love) wasn't funny way back when Capcom did it, and it won't be funny when (or, more optimistically, IF) Nintendo eventually overdoes it.

With the amiibo topic out of the way (at least for me, but it'd be fun if Quorthon had something to say about my post), let's talk about actual DLC. Two words: about time. Not only Mario Kart 8 got the pricing right, with one of the best quality-to-price ratios ever seen in a season pass (even according to my Xbox-loving friend, a frequent critic of Nintendo), but also, at long last, DLC is going to be a thing in Super Smash Bros. as well, where we should have been able to get some additional content way back in Brawl. DLC is perfect for any game were the number of characters is large and varied enough to get us to use the word "roster", especially with crossovers where characters from different places in a single franchise (Mario Kart) or characters from different games altogether (Super Smash Bros.) meet. And as much as Sakurai has earned his vacation already (look up "calcific tendonitis" if you don't know what I mean), I'm also glad SSB has bowed down to requests and embraced this concept at long last, because it just makes too much sense. As for other series, why not? New Super Mario Bros. 2 made good use of DLC as well (Gold Classics Pack, anyone?) and I'd be fine to see more Nintendo games expanding on what players already own... provided it fits (read: no expansions for a map in a 2D Metroid game, for example).

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#45

AlexSora89 commented on Nintendo Download: 9th April (Europe):

@Quorthon
Why didn't you say you were a developer sooner? No wonder my argument made you nervous! I'm sorry if I rubbed you the wrong way. And I agree with you on how Nintendo themselves made a dumb move with the WiiU name. And of course I can see where you're "coming from", as you said before!

Look, I'm no stranger to arguments on the internet, either (I used to snark daily on an Italian website where users post anonymously their secrets, and many people who defended the anonymous confessers got rather... aggressive). But as long as I find myself able to see (read: notice) the faults in anything I say, I can apologize without any problems, which is what I intend to do right now. As for me, see my first comment on this article - I don't support EVERY single one of Nintendo's choices, but I'm still a rather loyal fan ("loyal" as in "I still play Nintendo games", not to be confused with "I only own Nintendo consoles", as my Xbox 360 can demonstrate). So, no hard feelings, huh? In fact, I read your reply two hours ago when I was at my Krav Maga lesson, and the fact I cleared things up was a huge relief. And I look forward to see how you commented on the DLC article, which I'm going to comment right now. See you there!

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#46

AlexSora89 commented on Nintendo Download: 9th April (Europe):

@Quorthon
Good point, maybe my praise towards the Hörberg brothers is kinda fanboyish (to the point I agree with your statement about GC being worth five bucks), but then again they're more humble than the majority of the industry. And I'm not talking about Rockstar's usual output, either, as I'm well aware of the care that went into their games (such as the players' crimes being reported on the in-game TV in the latest GTA game, which is pure genius right there): Grand Theft Auto V is well worth the money it's sold for. And so is a Super Smash Bros. game, as the WiiU entry has been best described by youtuber Boogie/Francis as having "enough content to make you wonder if other developers are even trying".

Allow me to nuke any room for misunderstandings here - I'm not attacking the devs for the pricing. They created an excellent indie game, and it's okay if they sell it at that price. My nitpick here, as cruel as you might think it may be, is aimed at the title, rather than the price. Now, I know there's a fifties-ish sci-fi setting that needs an adequate feel, and I wouldn't mind if the wording of the title was spelt out in the opening monologue. The word "affordable" should be in any, any part of the game, just not the title. Seeing you quoted Pachter, I'll be blunt and put it on a purely economical standpoint - it's bad marketing, pure and simple. Being gaming the expensive hobby it is, especially during this long economical crisis, I couldn't even think of a single gamer who would notice a game called "Pricey Megaman Western Simulator" without running away from it before seeing that it's just two bucks, which is part of Gunman Clive's success. Heck, they could even have kept the word "affordable" and re-phrased the title, in order to make clear the game has an in-universe affordable ship: "A Cheap Starship"; however, while "adventures" refers to the ones the protagonists live, the word also suggests it's a metaphor for the game itself (for example, StarFox Adventures).

In any work of fiction, clarity in the interaction between the narrative universe in which the tale is told and the audience witnessing it, is key. Ever heard of Phalanx, a SNES shooter? Look it up, see that box art and wonder how you could ever think of a shoot-em-up.

Of course, anyone who works hard deserves to be paid, and ASA's devs are no exception; however, all the mockery ASA is getting is because of - to quote Heath Ledger's Joker - a very poor choice of words. Of course, anyone can title his of her own work of art whatever he or she wants (what with art being the epitome of freedom of speech), but must also be ready to face the consequences coming from any lack of clarity.

I seriously hope I didn't come off as either cocky or ignorant again, because that wasn't my intention.

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#48

AlexSora89 commented on Review: Super Mario 64 (Wii U eShop / Nintendo...:

@BLPs
I never really gave that inconsistency much thought until now.

That said, the DS remake will always be the best version in my book. Not just because of the graphics, but everything about it feels more complete. Or maybe I'm just that much of a Luigi fan, who knows.

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#49

AlexSora89 commented on Nintendo Download: 9th April (Europe):

@Quorthon
I think I speak for most people when I suggest all the rage about Affordable Space Adventures' price is because of the sheer irony in that title. Gunman Clive could well be titled "Affordable Western Adventures" and it would work. It's not because of the joke; rather, calling a game "affordable" is also kind of a statement.

Also, yeah, you mentioned Meme Run and not an even cheaper game like the aforementioned Gunman Clive? The latter's pricing is a slap in the face of the gaming industry on its own.

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#50

AlexSora89 commented on Nintendo Download: 9th April (Europe):

WiiU? More like Wii-hog-retro-consoles.
Maybe it may sound off-topic, but while the WiiU has Nintendo 64, Nintendo DS, NES, SNES and Game Boy Advance, the 3DS is stuck with GB, GBC and NES which are are barely supported anyway.
Just give us actually portable GBA titles, Ninty!