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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.]

Wed 20th February, 2013

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AlexSora89 commented on Devil's Third:

This. The problem with mature games on our beloved Nintendo consoles is that they pretty much disappeared as soon as the first Playstation came out. Although there were notable exceptions (Conker's Bad Fur Day and Body Harvest on N64, Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes - not counting the "Capcom 5" since they pretty much were the GCN era's Rayman Legends equivalent - on GCN, MadWorld for Wii and, before this, Bayonetta on WiiU), the mature games have always been overshadowed by Nintendo's usual fare because of just how few there are. In order to turn the table, Nintendo needs more mature exclusives, and needs them to come in droves - but that wouldn't suffice, as they wouldn't sell consoles without the Nintendo IPs coming out as well. Many Ninty IPs and just as many mature exclusives, that's how Nintendo will win back the crowd. But alas, most of the audience can't enjoy how fun a Mario game is without getting past it's not a "cool" bloodbath, and the companies keeping their franchises away from Nintendo consoles - sad to say - know it. However, there's still hope, as when it comes to all-ages good games, Microsoft and Sony combined can't even compete with Nintendo (I own a PS2 just for the first two Kingdom Hearts games, for the record, and I only use my X360 for what I call leech-gaming - that is, leeching off Microsoft's outstanding deals which got me more mature games than the amount of Nintendo games I could ever hope to snag for the same price - and for some fun mature IPs), so that's a good starting point.
Reggie said it once: "there's nothing wrong with having a little fun", or something along those lines. If more people can remember that as well, maybe they won't give Nintendo the cold shoulder like they're doing now.
Good thing Ninty's still on top when it comes to portables.



AlexSora89 commented on ​Star Wars Landspeeder Breaks Cover In Disne...:

I think of Star Wars automatically when thinking about Disney myself, instead, if only for the sheer irony of the movie originally being kind of a Fox thing, and we know how many Fox shows throw pot shots at Disney's expense (The Simpsons, Family Guy, you name it) and which comic book movie series keep leeching off something that's actually owned by Disney now (X-Men, Daredevil, Fantastic Four).



AlexSora89 commented on ​Star Wars Landspeeder Breaks Cover In Disne...:

Cars notwithstanding, which owes its only charm (and sequel-warranting success) to its merchandise. As the Nostalgia Critic pointed out: "they're cars, and... that's about it". Why more representation-worthy flicks like Ratatouille or A Bug's Life don't get recognition in Disney Infinity is truly beyond me.



AlexSora89 commented on Weirdness: Super Smash Bros. Fans Raise the St...:

In case anyone wonders again why Super Smash Bros is the greatest fighting series around. It was already a "more games in one" thing way back when the N64 entry came out, but it progressively became it even more (Melee, Temple Race), and more (Brawl, Subspace Emissary), and more, and more, and more. In case the Masterpieces don't cut it for you, there are even more game modes you can come up with yourself!



AlexSora89 commented on Nintendo Download: 29th January (Europe):

This eShop update, so far, is the best of 2015. I mean, Gunman Clive 2 on portables, and Metroid Prime Trilogy for 10€ (meaning 3,3€ for each Metroid Prime game) on WiiU, on the same day?!

Wow, this time around Nintendo pulled a Microsoft with the price-to-quality ratio, this actually looks like an Xbox discount. I call this thursday the "no-brainer thursday".



AlexSora89 commented on Kirby Fighters Deluxe & Dedede's Drum Dash Del...:

I said it before and I'll say it again: the standalone releases had their chance before Smash came out. But then, Sakurai's masterpiece came out first, and therefore I don't see the reason to buy Kirby Fighters Deluxe (as it should have helped me wait for SSB, which was my only reason to buy it after already own Kirby Triple Deluxe). To me, KFD has missed its boat.



AlexSora89 commented on Capcom Licenses a Mega Man Runner for Android ...:

I hope that whenever Gunman Clive 2 AND Mighty No. 9 come out, Capcom realizes how much (to quote an Italian saying) they've thrown the shovel on their own feet, and rush - pun not intended - to make a new Mega Man game.

Either that, or sell the IP to Nintendo. Who, in turn, will put the first new MM game into Sakurai's hands, and knowing what he did to Kid Icarus (heck, what he ALREADY did with Mega Man himself in SSB4), we could only hope for the best from then on.



AlexSora89 commented on Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Ninten...:

Happy holidays, folks. Whether any of you take a break, let me tell you, you have more than earned it for your hard work. The void left by the Italian Official Nintendo Magazine - when it went out of business last year - was a tough one to fill, yet you guys pulled it off brilliantly. I don't know if what I'm going to do might be enough to repay you, but here it is - my sort-of webcomic has celebrated Christmas today with a six-panel adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol, narrated in rhyme. While you might not be able to enjoy these rhymes as they're written in my native language, you can enjoy the artwork and the following translation. Provided you care about this little Christmas present, of course.

"A Bedbug Christmas Carol"

[Panel 1]
Once upon a time, one day during advent, in ye olde 1800s London, there was an old coot not smiling at Christmas' eve: Scrooge the greedy one, first name Ebenezer. (Caption 2) But that following night, the businessman would find more riches than any, on either sea or land.

[Panel 2]
He was sleeping peacefully, when all of a sudden, his deceased buddy's ghost popped up: Jacob Marley, here to announce that three more ghosts were about to come!

[Panel 3]
The first was the ghost of Christmas past, who showed him what's not, but has been. At first filled with bittersweet glee, when seeing his younger self, Scrooge later fell to a bitter realization, when he saw himself losing his carefree attitude, refusing her who more than money he used to love, before getting so greedy.

[Panel 4]
Then came the ghost of Christmas present, who showed him the scorn from the rest of the family, a nephew who he never paid a visit... because "Scrooge has other stuff to do!". But among the visions, the old coot was more worried about Bob Cratchit's son, whose dad worked for him. "Tell me, spirit, will Tiny Tim get better?" "If you won't change your ways, I can't tell you so!"

[Panel 5]
In the end, came the ghost of Christmas yet to come, confirming every dark omen: without money for healthcare, Tiny Tim, between an illness and another, one day died. Next to his [Tim's] tomb, he ended up suddenly in the one in which HE was to be buried! "Christmas", Scrooge yelled, "shouldn't be so sad! Tell me it's still soon enough!" "What's the crying about? You made it for real! You're the richest bedbug in the cemetery!"

[Panel 6]
The scary dream, after a thousand falls, ended in peace: Scrooge, alive and well, awake after such a crude lesson, was born again - he offered the poor a great Christmas dinner, paid for Tim's care, gave his dad a raise, and... here he is, he's coming at our place! Uncle Ebenezer is a good bedbug, why, those spirit made him an all-new guy!
Scrooge: "You comin' at my nephews' place? Ya know, they're not bad fellas at all!"
Tim: "Okay, Mr. Scrooge, but let me first wish everyone..."
Merry Christmas!... from Alessandro Bozzi and his bedbugs!



AlexSora89 commented on Video: Shovel Knight Is Digging Up The Tarmac ...:

So the indie-stry (sorry for the pun) has a tendency for titles to do cross-cameos. And this example is awesome. The "violent game" aspect is played up only to set up Shovel Knight's heroic arrival, accompanied by a rock remix of "Strike the earth!/Plains of passage.".

Surely, the Super Smash Bros. 4 trailers have taught a lot!



AlexSora89 commented on Nintendo Download: 25th December (Europe):

I've coined a term for buying a console later in its lifespan: "leech gaming". And given I'm broke more often than not, it's what I do.

So far, doing so with the Xbox 360 when its successor was about to come out has served me well. Doing so, although less so, with buying a WiiU just now instead of two years ago is paying off as well. Super Mario 3D World for me.



AlexSora89 commented on Cancelled Game Boy Advance Title Is Back From ...:


To me, the GBA Spyro games were the go-to portable Spyro entries until the PSP ports of the original PS1 trilogy (which, for us Europeans, meant waiting until December of 2012, although it was well worth it), as buggy as Season Of Ice was. As a whole, though, I can't say the GBA's been bad memories for me. "Bionicle 1 and Scooby Doo" means two games out of three you played were licensed games, and it's almost common knowledge that playing licensed games is often (but not always) asking for trouble. Even within the excellent range of first/second-party games, the only bad memories I have with GBA come from being unable to bring my Pokémon from Pokémon Gold and Silver to Ruby and Sapphire - a wound that the Pokémon Bank compatibility in the latter's remakes has healed already (completing the path of redemption started by FireRed and LeafGreen and continued in HeartGold and SoulSilver).

As for this game itself, it looks amazing. Adding to the comparisons to Rayman (for the enemies) and Earthworm Jim (for the protagonist), I'd draw one to Oddworld for the grim and gritty atmosphere, which for once is a good thing! The deserted world looks stunning on a GBA screen, and why the game was cancelled is truly beyond me. Hopefully someone will fund a remake of Overstorm via Kickstarter, maybe for the 3DS so we'll finally see a GBA game on 3DSes again (or at all for non-ambassadors).



AlexSora89 commented on Review: Meme Run (Wii U eShop):

After all the hate the game got in its announcement article here, I rushed here as soon as I noticed the review.
I'm not gonna lie: at this price, it's a no-go, but once it gets discounted (0,99 € would be nice), this little malevolent fiend is mine. Because it might be fun to see my meme junkie of a friend literally playing a montage parody.



AlexSora89 commented on Review: Big Hero 6 Battle in the Bay (3DS):

This reminds me of the PS1 Hercules tie-in Disney game, which was ironically - in JonTron's own words - freaking awesome. If I recall correctly, that one was made by Eurocom, which makes some dang sweet licensed games (although the best in the licensed game category is none other than Traveller's Tales, today best known as the Lego game developers) including the sublime Toy Story 2 game.

If only Disney bothered to hire the right guys. At least the movie itself, which I'll probably see next monday, is gonna show off all the Disney (and Marvel!) magic we all know and love.



AlexSora89 commented on Bethesda: The Time For Convincing Publishers A...:

Fun fact: I'd love to punch that smug smile of his now that I own both Skyrim and a 360: the game in question crashed within the first 15 minutes of gameplay, as soon as the first dragon arrived.

If you want to whine about Nintendo, you should make a working game first. In Nintendo games, more often than not you run into bugs if you're actively looking for them. To clarify - so you're making buggy games? Fair enough. You have the stones to criticize Nintendo after your big-budget game crashes within the first thirty minutes of gameplay? Screw you, Pete. Know your place.



AlexSora89 commented on Video: The Top 10 Mario Platformers, As Select...:

Some of those challenges were kinda annoying, that's all. But that's nothing compared to the blue coins in Sunshine - Nintendo should have just slapped "Buy a guide" on the game's cover. Seriously, those coins were so hard to find, that the game suggested the player to save. Heck, I had more fun with Luigi's Purple Coins in Galaxy, and that one took me Palutena-knows-how-many tries to complete. Among 64, Sunshine and Galaxy, the GameCube Mario game is the one I never felt the need to fully complete - it's an okay game on its own right, but if you compare it to other Mario, it just can't compete.



AlexSora89 commented on Gallery: Gorge Yourself on These Assets For Th...:

I didn't mean you're not allowed to complain, it's more of a matter of "why should we say then?", which is where my list of games that Europe never got started from. But then again, now that I've said my piece I realized I really shouldn't derail the article towards full whine-to-whine combat.



AlexSora89 commented on Gallery: Gorge Yourself on These Assets For Th...:

I knew such a rant on my part would cause some reactions at the very least, and maybe I overreacted a bit. It's just that, as bad as being left out is, in this thread many NA fans have made a mountain out of a molehill - and the bad part isn't this fact per se, but rather the background of NA not getting limited editions compared to Europe not getting games as a whole, for years. Even worse is how the fact that "a game that we didn't sell you years ago is NOW available" is considered a selling point, for example with - outside of the Nintendo spectrum - Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain Of Memories for the PS2, as it stayed out of Europe back in the day only to be included with Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix for the PS3 years later. You know, when companies do this... it feels like a mockery, rubbing in our faces the fact that the only reason we get this or that game is just because they decided so. Which is how all releases work, but... it's kind of different at the same time.



AlexSora89 commented on Gallery: Gorge Yourself on These Assets For Th...:

Now that I've blown off so much steam, I can be objective again - the art, right.
I'd point out that the character artwork is the same as the original game... but the new cover art would make up for anything.
The only thing I hope for is "A New Day" being a playable sandbox mode, akin to Another Day in The World Ends With You. A free-to-explore, post-game, lighter world and the nightmarish three-day cycle shouldn't be mutually exclusive.



AlexSora89 commented on Gallery: Gorge Yourself on These Assets For Th...:

My, my, how many rear-end-hurt NA fans. Listen to this Italian fan - until lately, being a European Nintendo fan has been no picnic, trust me on this one.
Let's recap, shall we? Shovel Knight? Came out just yesterday in our region, while you've been playing it for months. Remember WarioWare: Twisted? Yeah? Well, we don't recall it ever hitting our shelves. Neither we remember ever seeing Drill Dozer around here. Oh, but we did get Brawl... in summer, five unbearable, lousy months after NA. And what about Super Mario RPG? We only got it on the Wii, about fifteen years after its original SNES release in the land of the eagles. And speaking of Eagleland, what about Earthbound? An old - a masterpiece as it has ever been, but nonetheless an undeniably old title - game, sold as a system seller, again, this time around with the WiiU, going as far as marking that game's official release date as 2013 in the Masterpieces section of the European version of the 50-fact Extravaganza Direct for the WiiU Smash Bros.
I could rant about delayed releases - which at times amount to year gaps - for hours on end, but to make this quick, let's just say that NoE cuddling its customers a bit more than usual has been a long time coming.