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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, as well as Super Smash Bros' long-overdue handheld debut on the Nintendo 3DS.

Wed 20th February, 2013

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AlexSora89 commented on Feature: A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and...:

Can't believe my own choice myself, but this week's winner is the Wii U pic.
It's not like I missed the Wii U pics, mind you - remember, less than two months ago it was the other way around - but Castle Siege was the Brawl stage by definition, thanks to the legendary 2006 trailer.
My worry, now, is that the Wii U version will hog lots of juicy content, and will ultimately end up getting all of the handheld version's stages. And boy, do I hope to be proven wrong.



AlexSora89 commented on Guide: How To Beat Everyone At Super Smash Bro...:

Not all Up Specials are alike. Some have more of a vertical reach (Mario, Little Mac), some have more of a diagonal/horizontal reach (Dedede, unless of course his Up Special in Brawl hasn't been changed in the fourth game), and other are just broken (Villager, Pit in Brawl, Peach).
Also, learn how to dodge. Hold the R button to keep a shield active; however, standing still with a shield on will ultimately result in it breaking (and that can be even hastened by other players' attacks), so you can do a few interesting things while you're blocking: press A (resulting in a grab), move left or right (resulting in a rolling dodge), or move down (in order to dodge on the spot). Shielding in midair, on the other hand, results in an air dodge.



AlexSora89 commented on Guide: How To Beat Everyone At Super Smash Bro...:

Each character has a special move triggered by moving the control stick up and pressing B at the same time. That's called an Up Special.
The key is chaining the midair jump (instead of slamming the control stick up, you can also press X or Y) that's left after being thrown off the stage (provided the hit wasn't strong enough to send you to the stage's limit, called a blast line) wisely, and using the Up Special only when you're sure to grab the ledge.
Alternatively, some characters (such as Link or, in the full game, Samus) have grabs (pulled off by either pressing L or by combining A and the shield, that is, the R button) with a way longer range than those of Mario or Megaman (who need an opponent to be close to them in order to grab), and said long-range grabs can be used in midair as a last-ditch attempt to grab the ledge.
Beware, though: a character who has either used an Up Special or an air grab will enter a helpless state if the ledge grab wasn't successful. The helpless state is shown as the character becoming darker in appearance and... well, helpless. Examples include Mario laying on his buttocks in midair, or Villager flailing his arms. (Villager is a great character to learn how to recover with, due to him having two excellent recovery moves - his Up Special and his Side Special, once you get a hang on either move.)
You can look up the words I've used on SmashWiki, where each one of them has its own article. Just don't expect to learn the competitive lingo on a whim (I haven't done that either).
Hope I've been helpful enough.



AlexSora89 commented on Guide: How To Beat Everyone At Super Smash Bro...:

I don't know. Super Mario 64 DS improved a lot an already magnificent game, and that's one of the smallest games, file size-wide (16 MBs, according to a list I've read somewhere); on the opposite side we have Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars (250 MBs or so), which made a GTA game possible with a top-down view and POLYGONAL graphics. Considering the 3DS version of Smash still uses a sprite-and-polygon mix (take a look around while pausing a match in the demo), I think the DS has no problems whatsoever handling a downgraded Melee or Brawl with Super Mario 64 DS' graphical engine.

Keep believing that and anything else in Zero Punctuation, then.



AlexSora89 commented on Guide: How To Beat Everyone At Super Smash Bro...:

As for the demo, I can say the lack of GameCube joypad input is not an issue with me, nor is the lack of a C-stick either. My experience translates almost flawlessly to the handheld, which only adds to my questions regarding why the series hasn't gone portable any sooner.



AlexSora89 commented on Nintendo Unleashes Wacky Super Smash Bros. For...:

Even the first commercial pointed out this game marks the series' handheld debut. Nintendo themselves realized how long overdue this is. And frankly, the fact Smash didn't debut on the DS five years ago is still beyond me, and keeps making no sense. Alas.



AlexSora89 commented on Mother 4 Is On The Way, But It's Not Being Mad...:

I don't get the enthusiasm behind the possibility of this project being shut down. I've known about Mother 4 for quite a while, and Shigesato Itoi himself said "for the next game, I'd rather be the player". And this is most definitely not a PETA stunt - Mother 4 is a long love letter to the franchise and its fans alike, treating the source material with nothing short of complete respect. Besides, it's not like Nintendo wants to do much with the franchise, either - Mother 3 is still a Japan-only thing, as pretty much everything else in the series, and the only reason we saw EarthBound getting a worldwide rerelease was the immense fan demand coupled with the fact it was used as a trump card meant to boost WiiU sales.
I hope Mother 4 makes it and sees the light of day.



AlexSora89 commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Sells Over ...:

Not surprised in the slightest. [insert smug smile here]
The Ninty higher-ups are either partying, or slamming their palms on their own foreheads for not making a portable Smash any sooner. I mean, a fun platform-fighter with an all-star cast reuniting folks from all over the Nintendo spectrum... made portable? It's taken fifteen years, no wonder it sold like hotcakes. Nonetheless, as I said before, hopefully they'll start treating Smash as one of their main franchises, because the attitude I've seen towards Smash so far is "Oh, and by the way, there's a Super Smash Bros. game coming". It isn't a secondary franchise to be mentioned after the newest Mario game or the next Zelda installment: it's earned its place in the front lines.
[raises a glass] To Super Smash Bros., one of the best game series ever made.



AlexSora89 commented on Sakurai Explains Reasoning Behind Removal Of I...:

I'll say, while I am hurt over the loss of one of my favorite characters ever since Melee, I can sacrifice them over the possibility of finally playing my favorite series on the go. Besides, my other three mains - Luigi, Sonic and Toon Link - made it in (and as starter characters, at that!), and while not being actually there himself, my other main, the Pokémon Trainer, is back as Charizard.

Already a pretty awesome result, although the Ice Climbers could well have been overhauled as a single character just appearing to be two (such as Popo occupying the foreground and Nana acting as his shadow in the background, and moving together instead of Nana being out of sync). Besides, we already have the IC on our 3DSes - in their own game. We'll still be seeing 'em, only they'll be in their own adventures. That, and Ultimate NES Remix, which should satiate our hunger for Ice Climbers and other Nintendo characters in the same game.

Brawl In The Family makes anything better. Too bad it's coming to an end.



AlexSora89 commented on Nintendo Download: 18th September (Europe):

As glad as I can be about being among the lucky souls who snagged the Smash Bros special demo, I have to point out the complete SSB is just about two weeks away, and there's still no sign of Kirby Fighters Deluxe.

About Theatrhythm, that's in my do-do list, but right now I'm saving my euros for Smash. Gonna get it later, maybe after the Hoenn remakes. And I can satiate my thirst for FF music with the first TFF game. I also have to point out that my next Indies Zero game won't be Curtain Call, either: I've set my sights on Ultimate NES Remix, if only for being the 3DS game in which Mario and the Ice Climbers will be featured together (sorry, fellow Smashers, but Sakurai pulled a Mewtwo on the Ice Climbers, as well as Wolf and Lucas).



AlexSora89 commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Brings Circ...:

Quoting a proverb from my homeland - Italy - "the man biting the dog is much more likely to make the news". As worried for my circle pad as I am, I've been enjoying the demo without any problems so far, and I guess the same can be said about the full game as well. The fact my Gamecube controller has endured Brawl and Melee before it might say a lot. As much as Smash might be tough on 3DSes, I'm pretty sure that's nothing that can't be prevented by being a wee bit careful.



AlexSora89 commented on The GameCube is 13 Years Old:

The GCN holds the honor of being my first Nintendo home console, and my second home console overall (the first one was Sony's well-known juggernaut). The game I got it with was Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, and while its lack of single races in single-player mode (something I perceive as even more of an issue in Mario Kart 7, where it outright makes no sense) left me unimpressed, when I got my first Smash Bros game - Melee - was when the magic truly began. I still own it as a side console to be used in the kitchen (the Wii inherited its legacy thanks to its retrocompatibility), which speaks volumes of the extent I've grown affected to it. As Tv Tropes puts it, it's "the little lunchbox that could.". All hail the Cube, guys!



AlexSora89 commented on Weirdness: Playing as Peach Online is Triggeri...:

Speaking of Germany, you reminded me of something I found out today. It seems someone in Germany has the European, complete version of the game ALREADY.
I'm not even kidding - use "smash bros" and "german" as keywords in Youtube's search bar, and make the filter show only the latest results.
I thought that after envying Japanese players, I would stop going green-eyed. I was painfully wrong.



AlexSora89 commented on Talking Point: The Super Smash Bros. 3DS Demo ...:

Nintendo should release demos for every major game, period. For three reasons:
1) Newbies. Newcomers to Nintendo consoles (or to console gaming in general) would feel a lot better without worrying about the dangers of buyer's remorse, and once they take the first bite out of a good Nintendo game, they'll make sure they have enough money to get the entire cake.
2) Nintendo always has surprises. Which is why no Nintendo fan should take anything for granted, in the good meaning of the sentence: before Super Mario 3D Land was released, gamers who never saw a trailer might well have rolled their eyes when they did as much as hear about a 3D Mario game with 2D Mario mechanics. Demos are safe (money-wise) ways of experiencing many different kinds of gameplay, which is why it's about time Nintendo clicked onto the fact demos have been, and still are, definitely a thing.
3) Even fans with an almost blind faith in Nintendo (like me, although skepticism finds its way as well when I'm waiting for a new game) need to ease their wait. And as much of a good thing the Super Smash Bros. special demo I just got was, I find it still came out too late. Better late than never, but getting it sooner wouldn't have hurt, either. The need to ease the wait for a new game is also the reason I wasn't impressed with the GBA Virtual Console games for 3DS Ambassador coming out after Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 - they would have helped a lot if they came out before the 3DS titles.



AlexSora89 commented on Weirdness: There Are Super Smash Bros. for Nin...:

I've been lucky enough to have been given this code by a friend of mine. I've been telling her I can't quite thank her enough for, like, an hour. Suffice to say, I stopped repeating "I still don't know how to thank you" ad nauseam once I started playing the game - don't get me wrong, it's obviously because it's so good I can't stop playing this little gem (and not because I take my thanks back, because--oh, scratch that, you get my point). If only it wasn't 3:30 AM here in Italy, I'd start playing again. I'm sleepy. Good night, fine fellow fans.



AlexSora89 commented on Demo for Super Smash Bros. 3DS Announced for N...:

Jeez, it's taking less for this demo to come out here than it did with Kirby Fighters Deluxe. The demo coming out later kind of justified the - ugh - limited number of uses, but still, Japan has already been enjoying the demo as well as the game itself now, so why the demo is coming out so late is beyond me, especially considering the little amount of text to be translated required.

Back to Kirby Triple Deluxe and regular Kirby Fighters for me, I guess. Bummer.



AlexSora89 commented on Standard 3DS Consoles Will Have Limited Online...:

I guess all the respect for us "ambassadors" got thrown out of the window. Just kidding - that already happened with the GBA Virtual Console being WiiU-only.

Oh, well, they want us to step it up, but the New 3DS is, in fact, a redesign, as far as I know. Nonetheless, I'll change my 3DS only when I feel the need to do so (and the battery might help in that regard).

Actually, I'm glad this series is finally making it to portable systems, so I'm not mad about this, if only a bit disappointed.



AlexSora89 commented on Review: Kirby Fighters Deluxe (3DS eShop):

Already said it, I'll say it again - no matter how good this beauty is, if it doesn't come out during the few coming pre-Smash weeks, then it won't have a reason to even be in my 3DS, especially considering the wait for the next Smash is what brought me to Kirby Triple Deluxe in the first place.



AlexSora89 commented on Talking Point: The Growing Role of The Treehou...:

I'm glad they're opening up so much. Before they did, all we knew about them was the fact they're the guys that kept this or that game in Japan only, although I reckon this is a really narrow-minded conclusion on my part.



AlexSora89 commented on North America is Getting the Limited Edition o...:

@ the staff (off-topic)
Speaking of "bummer", i was about to use a similar word but I remembered it's a swear word in British English; which reminded me of a question that is still... well, bugging me: why is "bloody" a swear word in the UK anyway? What's so bad about blood, aside from the fact it's not a good thing when it's not flowing in our veins?



AlexSora89 commented on Kirby Fighters Deluxe:

I'll be rude and say it right away - the only chance this game has to see my money is to arrive here in Europe before Super Smash Bros. Afterwards, it'll have missed the train. There are still three weeks to go.



AlexSora89 commented on Nintendo Treehouse Confirms 8 Hour Twitch Broa...:

[flails his arms around and bumps his shoulder on the wall]
[flails his arms around again and bumps his shoulder on the other wall]
[does the same with another wall]
[slams his forehead on the wall]
[breathes in] LONG!
[slams again]
[slams again]
[screaming in anguish] CCCCOOOOOOOME?!?!