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BaffleBlend

BaffleBlend

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BaffleBlend

#2

BaffleBlend commented on Rumour: Fresh Sources Suggest Shovel Knight Is...:

I really hope this rumor isn't true. The pretentious "Indie canon" that thinks it's so high and mighty doesn't deserve the attention of a Smash rep.

And by "Indie canon", I consider Shovel Knight, CommanderVideo, Shantae, Meat Boy, The Player, and Scram Kitty to all be from the same series since they all show up in any indie release ever nowadays. The indie canon is "indie" in name only.

BaffleBlend

#8

BaffleBlend commented on Nintendo Download: 16th July (North America):

@Olmectron : NoA IS unambiguously more heavily affected by Iwata's passing than NoE, because Iwata took up the position of CEO of NoA as well in June 2013, which means there's a pretty significant gap in operations right now.

NoE has its own regional CEO and wasn't struck as directly as NoA and NoJ were.

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#15

BaffleBlend commented on Talking Point: Metroid Prime: Federation Force...:

@DarthNocturnal It's not a valid reason, though. Look at Melee's intro, for goodness' sakes. Nobody complained that he was barely larger than Samus there.

There are plenty of reasons he could have given. Even "I just plain don't like him" would have been more acceptable. But the reason he gave was flat-out silly. And this was after teasing people who wanted him and leading them on for pretty much the entire development period.

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#17

BaffleBlend commented on Talking Point: Metroid Prime: Federation Force...:

I'm not a fan of Metroid, at all, and I don't like its fanbase, either. But even I thought Nintendo was pretty much spitting in everyone's faces by showing this off.

It's like the Yamcha of Nintendo IP's – still more than strong enough to blow most others out of the water, but is made into such a joke by its own team at every opportunity that nobody can take it seriously as a contender anymore. First Other M, then Sakurai's relentless spiting of Ridley for Smash supporters, now this. It's like they're trying to blow up the fanbase on purpose.

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#20

BaffleBlend commented on BBC iPlayer Finally Arrives On The Wii U eShop:

My anglophile mother would go berserk if this came to the US.

...and I wouldn't complain, either, since though I'm not as obsessed with the UK as her, I do like "Hancock's Half-Hour", "Cabin Pressure", and all that...

BaffleBlend

#32

BaffleBlend commented on Poll: Is It Time For a Fresh Alternative to th...:

I still think the "backing away from the SNES" thing is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard, even by Nintendo's standards.

If they don't want people to pirate things, then they have a responsibility to keep those things legally available

BaffleBlend

#36

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

Honestly, this is just striking me as foolish. Virtual Console games, with few exceptions, take no effort to develop because the games are already finished; all that has to be done really is licensing.

There is no excuse for the Wii U VC having such a tiny catalogue.

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#45

BaffleBlend commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Dreamcast:

I was too young when the DreamCast was discontinued to have owned one, but I know enough about it to know that it was seriously ahead of its time, and I never understood why it just up and vanished.

Really, I still don't. It was a good console.

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#49

BaffleBlend commented on Interview: Choice Provisions on the Nindie Sce...:

@aaronsullivan:

Let me start off by saying, yes, I was being way too harsh. Sorry.

But, well... I still have to vent a bit. Sorry.

@ Platformer genre dying out: The New Super Mario Bros. series has been the butt of so many jokes for pretending and insisting that the general consumer base is still interested in platformers. There's really only three categories of platformers left; New SMB, indies, and straight-up remakes/rereleases.

@ A good portion of the characters being a bunch of nobodies: Yes, that's definitely true. To name a few examples, Captain Falcon was only included for pragmatic reasons, being a texture swap of the placeholder character in the game's pre-alpha build, "Dragon King: The Fighting Game". Ness's inclusion confused everyone, as EarthBound was a notorious commercial flop until his being in Smash generated demand for it. And Pikachu and Jigglypuff? Red/Blue had only come out not even a full year prior yet in the West. And that's just from the N64 roster.
If you ask me, though, indie titles go a bit beyond the scope of even Smash's very loose rules for inclusion. While a case could be argued for CommanderVideo due to his historical role in helping Nintendo catch up to the downloadable market via being the poster boy of WiiWare, Shovel Knight and Meat Boy are much more Xbox and PC characters than Nintendo characters. I haven't seen anyone who doesn't already have a Wii U get or even consider getting one for Shovel Knight; they just get it on Xbox Live Arcade or Steam.

@ The retro nature of the games: I'd probably be a bit more forgiving if they abandoned the retro aesthetic, personally (like Runner 2 did; though I still don't really enjoy the bit.trip games much at all, R2 getting its own art style instead of riding on Cave Story's coattails like the first bit.trip series did made me gain slightly more respect for it.), because like I said, nowadays, it's just an excuse. It's like how "Steampunk" turned into "Gluing random gears on stuff"; "Retro" just means "Cheap & Low-Res" now.

But what I'm mostly ticked about when it comes to these characters is the pretentiousness and audacity that the developers show by demanding that people vote for the characters that they made. Honestly, to me, it sounds no different from, "I made an OC. Look how awesome he is. Make him canon."

BaffleBlend

#50

BaffleBlend commented on Interview: Choice Provisions on the Nindie Sce...:

They don't have the "legendary" status third party characters need to have to make it in. They're just a bunch of pretentious little hipster games that think they're all that and a bag of orange juice just because they have pseudo-retro graphics. It was novel back when Cave Story first came out, but it's become so widespread that it's really just become a cheap budget-saving excuse that's stopped impressing us years ago.

I don't hold a high opinion of them, at all, is what I'm saying, and those developers should stop pretending that we won't completely forget about them in a couple of years.

Shovel Knight? There's a reason the platformer genre as a whole died out.
CommanderVideo? Bit.Trip games are better suited for a smartphone than a console.
Meat Boy? HE'S NEVER EVEN BEEN ON A NINTENDO CONSOLE. Yes, he's had cameos in WarioWare D.I.Y. and Retro City Rampage DX, but that's hardly the same thing.