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Tue 8th December, 2009

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belmont commented on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U No Longer Set fo...:

Zelda U will be a release title on NX on 2017 and a downscaled version may be released in Wii U, just like Twilight Princess.

Jokes aside the scope of this game seemed just big for Wii U's hardware capabilities from the beginning.



belmont commented on The Nintendo 3DS is Now Four Years Old in Europe:

I got a 3DS for about 240 euros about a week before the price drop was announced and man I was surprised of how outdated it fell and of how super slow it was. However I never regretted getting it. It has some very cool games. The Layton ones are my favourite with Layton vs Ace Attorney being my favourite game in the system. Other great games are Resident Evil Revelations, Sonic Generations, Dead or Alive, Mirror of Fate,my Dual Destinies and the backlog of my old time favourites Game Gear and Game Boy.



belmont commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Heading For a Period of ...:

DeNA does what Nintendon't

Seriously, as noted in the comments, I am afraid that Nintendo hardware will become somewhat irrelevant even for hardcore games. Someone suggested that if the mobile department is successful shareholders may ask Ninty to abandon consoles, just like they asked for mobile development.



belmont commented on Nintendo Pitched For The Media Rights To Harry...:

Anyone remembers the two Harry Potter games that were released on the Gameboy Color? (Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets). They are two of my favourite games on the system. They were final fantasy style rpg games that followed the books (not the movies). Prisoner of Azkaban on GBA followed a similar concept.



belmont commented on Review: 3D After Burner II (3DS eShop):

I am a huge SEGA fan. SEGA somehow manages to troll its fans from time to time but I really like how handles the Classic games except the Game Gear ones.

As far as Mega Drive is concerned there is the huge PS3 Mega Collection, a cool PS2 and PSP (Vita) collection, almost all MD games are in Steam and Wii VC (not on Wii U VC though). Master System Classics are on Wii VC too. And we also have those cool 3D Classics on the 3DS.

However I would also want more Game Gear games, as some friends stated above. Even some Jap imports. There is Sonic Chaos, the second Tails game, Phantasy Star Adventure, Phantasy Star Gaiden and more. GG is really a cool console.

At some point SEGA should offer classic games from Mega CD, Saturn and Dreamcast.

Anyway waiting for Outrun next week. Outrun if one of my favourite games ever.



belmont commented on New Exploit Makes The 3DS Region Free Without ...:

@JaxonH Let me put it to somewhat more detail. When I said "worldwide" release I meant North America, Europe, Australia, other PAL regions and maybe South America. Japan was out. Just like how Steam somehow got it right. IOS and Android do this too. I am not sure since I never had an X-box but MS does the same I think. Same release date on all major western territories via Nintendo eshop and PSN. A unified rating system is not needed as proved by Steam. The only problem, as I see it, is translating the game in major EU languages but most people know English nowadays. A publisher that wants to translate a jrpg may do it, submit it to Nintendo or Sony only once and let the do the rest. Sony does this already for indie developers. I think a unified digital store for Ninty and Sony. Others have done it. It may be costly or unpractical but they surely can do it. Hope I made sense.

As for the Vita it may wasn't the best example but since it is the top chose these times for localizations I mentioned it.



belmont commented on New Exploit Makes The 3DS Region Free Without ...:

Region lock is a bad relic of the past (when TV sets were different) and needs to go away. This is the digital age. Games should be available on the same date, just like steam does. Both Nintendo and Sony have delayed games for stupid reasons like "QA" and "Rating" although the problem is not as huge as the previous years.

@JaxonH "Ultimately, region free consoles can lead to less localizations." I used to agree with you but now we have tons of localizations for region free platforms like the Vita with EU dates almost same as the US ones to avoid import. In fact the only notorious EU game delays from recent memory are SMT4, the latest Blazblue and the first Persona fighting game.



belmont commented on Wii Disc Software Heading to the Wii U eShop:

I don't want to complain, I really want to see some Wii games on Wii U, although I would prefer some third party games as well.

The problem I have is with Wii U VC. We were told that there is no way to play them on the Game Pad (without the WiiMote) without paying some extra money and know they tell us that we can and ask again for money. Those games are ports that the Classic Controller buttons are somewhat mapped on the Game Pad and the Wii games are playable without WiiMotes or the TV. Why can't we do this with all Wii VC games that we paid a lot of money to buy?



belmont commented on Retrospective: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish...:

@GloryQuestor Problem is that, as an ambassador myself, the GBA emulator is not so good. Some colours seem wrong, some games look very pixelated, there are no savestates and if you close the 3ds there is no sleep mode. They are good to give away for free but not so good to ask money for them. This is somewhat bad considering that the unofficial PSP emulator is better. Nintendo does not release half or broken products and unless they work on the emulator again the games won't be released. That seems not so possible now but maybe in the somewhat stronger new 3ds...



belmont commented on Nintendo Europe Shipping Ambassador Edition Ne...:

Got the e-mail! I am ambassador of the original 3DS and I have bought tons of VC games and retail releases from the e-shop or via GAME e-shop codes.
3DS for the most part, Wii VC and Wii U VC also.

However I am out of money and wanted an XL model since I find the screens in my original model small. The problem though is mostly that the quality is not that good. Long game sessions in the original 3DS give me a soft pain in the hand, another reason to get the XL model. Also 230 euros for very outdated hardware is a little too much.

Also I don't live in the UK. I buy from UK since Nintendo is not really popular here. GAME codes made buying games easy for me. Although I can pay I am not sure if they ship to South Europe.



belmont commented on Video: Hacker Demonstrates Fully Functional Ga...:

@StarDust4Ever I totally agree that it is super awesome to collect videogame figures. However I wanted to buy some and ended up not buying since they look like badly painted 10 euro toys not up to the standards I wanted from Nintendo. Now if they were somewhat better looking even if they were slightly more expensive I would me more interested.



belmont commented on Satoru Iwata Highlights Frustration at Missed ...:

I am afraid they will simply dump the Wii U after the next wave of first party games is released next year. Nintendo has this habit, they dumped the Wii while PS3 and 360 still get major game releases. They did the same with GC too.

Missing from the Wii U are the Ethernet port, a media player, a huge hard drive disk, blue ray support, more VC games (N64, GC, SEGA platforms), a proper OS (still it is very slowwwww). But the biggest problem is the lack of games. Still waiting for Xenoblade.

In the end of the day that I would definitely want for the next home system is the ability to transfer all my digital games, including my huge collection of VC games (when I buy VC instead of Wii U software something is clearly wrong with the system). Nintendo seems to offer BC with only the immediate previous generation but I would like to play all my VC collection in the new system, even those only playable on Wii mode.



belmont commented on Poll: Fake Wave 4 amiibo Images Make Us Dream ...:

OK so I went today to buy an amiibo or two. I don't care about extra game content. I don't play Mario Kart or Smash. I wanted some for collector purposes. I ended up buying none! I was frustrated of how low quality and cheap they look. Seriously a 9.99 euro marvel action figure is better painted. I also checked the Disney Infinity marvel figures and they were somewhat better than amiibo but still looked cheap. I may get some either way but way later for less than 10 euros or something...

As for a new figure Bayonetta. Obviously...



belmont commented on Shantae And The Pirate's Curse All Set For Fes...:

They have to learn what cross buy is at Nintendo. I don't know which version I would like more and I may end up buying neither.

Also what's the deal recently with PAL versions? Are we back in the 90's or something?



belmont commented on Feature: Batman Vs. Superman In The Battle Of ...:

All the Batman games were cool but you could change Batman with X hero (Strider on Ninja Gaiden). Due to the technical limitations you couldn't really feel that you were playing as the Batman. This was resolved only recently with the Arkham series. Even on the PS2 most Batman games were generic action titles although some were fun to play.



belmont commented on NINJHAX Exploit Is All About Nintendo 3DS Home...:

@kobashi100 Sorry I was talking more about "Gaming" android devices like xperia play, archos gamepad etc. Most of them cost 100-150 euros.

@BensonUii So you have never played homebrew games on PC, android or PSP? What is different trying it on a 3DS? There is nothing wrong with homebrew. Piracy is totally illegal though.



belmont commented on NINJHAX Exploit Is All About Nintendo 3DS Home...:

I always want to see what the homebrew community has to offer. Some years ago I got my second PSPgo for this reason. They were some excellent emulators and games. I still play with it time to time.

However now times have changed. You can easily use android devices for emulation and homebrew and this is far more convenient of risk of bricking you device, Nintendo blocking the exploit etc. Also you can also media players, internet and social media on an android device.

I may try this to see if there are some cool homebrew especially if it somehow helps to remove the stupid relic of the past called region lock.



belmont commented on Sony: PS Vita Is Better Than 3DS And The Wii B...:

@Bolt_Strike Last week with Tales of Hearts.

@Tobias95 I have more games than you on my Vita, including Plus games of course.

The "Vita has no games"is not true and it is Sony's fault that everyone believes this due to bad marketing. If someone likes games made in Japan, jrpg games, fighting games, indies he will love the system. Clearly Vita is not for everyone, maybe not even for an average game though.



belmont commented on Sony: PS Vita Is Better Than 3DS And The Wii B...:

Sometimes I think I am the only one in the world that loves my Vita and think it of my favourite gaming system. I love the countless rpg games and fighting games that it has and I can play my favourite psp (another personal favourite) and psone games on it. Also it has the best screen and controls I have seen. Of course I would love a new Metal Gear, Silent Hill, Final Fantasy or Castlevania, like what happened in psp, but I can bear without them.

I love my 3ds as well, I like Layton, Ace Attorney and Pokemon but it feels way outdated compared to the screen and web capabilities of the Vita. It may be that Ninty franchises don't appeal to me as they used to but that's a different story.

As for the second comment I enjoy the Wii U way less than the original Wii and my PS4. When I mostly play VC games something is clearly wrong.



belmont commented on Review: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire...:

Soar seems like time consuming and frustrating from what I understand from the review.

Anyway I also would like to know if the game is super easy, if the Frontier is included and if the extra plot that was advertised is somewhat interesting.

Another point is if the game works with Bank at launch, as promised.



belmont commented on Poll: Who'll Be Your Main amiibo Buddy?:

OK seems that I am the only one who sees no point in all this amiibo thing.
They are somewhat expensive (in Europe anyway) and it would be better to spend money for more game titles instead of buying amiibo.
Maybe I will just get one or two down the line for collecting reasons to go with other Videogames figures I have but I don't think I will ever use them in a Videogame.



belmont commented on The Man Behind Sega's Wonder Boy Series Hates ...:

SMB controls are somewhat clumsy but it is easy to learn them. Some think happened with lots of 2D platforms back in the day. Latest Mario games have smoother controls. However, even though The Dragon's Trap is one of my favourite games ever, it is not that the controls were perfect (in the Game Gear version anyway).



belmont commented on I'll Take Zelda And Mario Over Sharing Call Of...:

@JusticeColde Good luck playing Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid and more jap games, especially jrpg games if you are only a PC or Steam user. That's the basic reason why a lot of people prefer consoles.

As for Reggie what he says doesn't make sense. I don't know about XBox1 but PS4 has some interesting exclusive games like the Lost of Us, Drive Club, Killzone, Knack, PT and more psn titles. Also we have plenty Mario and Zelda. Seems like annual releases like other major games (cod etc).

As for the Wii U it is a cool system but when I only buy VC games on it something clearly is wrong.



belmont commented on The Next Batman Game Is Arkham Knight, And No,...:

@Superiorspider I didn't think I would like the Superior series however it has me hooked. It is time though that Peter should come back since Superior started become somewhat boring and I am glad they are returning to Amazing. Also @turtlelink stated a FACT!

@SparkOfSpirit @Senario There are two problems with gaming PC's. Firstly you need to buy stuff for them every year or so with a cost maybe more that PS4. Secondly you can't play Final Fantasy 15 or randon j-rpg or j game on it.

@Hy8ogen I have a Vita, it is slowly becoming my favourite gaming platform and, including PSP and PS1 classics, I may have more than 100 games. Most with the Vita feel the same and buy a lot of games. Vita has low hardware but big software sales that are off the usual charts since they are mostly digital.

@Dark-Link73 I have thought too what you stated but after reading an article from an unknown developer that claimed that porting PS3 games to Wii U was not so easy I sort of changed my mind. Seems that Wii U has a similar architecture to PS3 but is somewhat more GPU based while PS3 is way more CPU based.

@element187 I don't think it is that easy. Even X1 is not capable of playing some PS4 games on 1080. Wii U has different architecture and massive 3D open world games need, except for graphics, other things like better AI and more that next-gen consoles are more capable of producing, see Killzone for example. This may be the way FF15 become a next-gen title.

As for Batman I will surely get this game sometime. I liked all the previous games on the series and I am a huge comics fan.



belmont commented on Platinum: Nintendo Has Been The "White Knight"...:

@MadAdam81 @element187 @Xilef To be honest I don't really care about Bayonetta 2 since, if the games turns up good, I will get it on my Wii U, that is basically untouched recently. I think we will enjoy this game. However the commercial failure smells from a mile away. Wii U has a relatively small install base and those "mature" titles tend not to sell that good on Nintendo consoles. Ninja Gaiden 3 was published by Nintendo yet sometime later a more "complete" version was released on PS3. Also Microsoft paid for the development and published Mass Effect, yet it somehow ended up on PS3 some years later. There are more examples of exclusives been lost.



belmont commented on Platinum: Nintendo Has Been The "White Knight"...:

I may gat it depending on the reviews but I will afraid that almost no one will buy it like what happened with Wonderful 101 and more "mature" titles like RE Revelations and Mirror of Fate. In the end they may also be some Director's Cut version on PS4 in 2 or 3 years.



belmont commented on Dedicated Video Game Platforms To Remain Ninte...:

@ledreppe I really look forward to a unified platform too. Sony has somewhat already done it with the cross-buy and cross-play/save with the Vita. It surely is good to buy a PS1 Classic or a retail title and be able to play with no additional cost to both home and portable consoles.

In the end I wondered why someone, especially Nintendo with its successful handhelds, has not tried a unified platform yet.

However I just want more games from Nintendo since they have lots of studios working for them. Also something somewhat more modern would be good. Useless gimmicks and this QOL does not interest me that much.



belmont commented on Console Wars Book Paves The Way For Movie Writ...:

Till this day the best adaption of Console Wars is Hypedimension Neptunia.

As usual for Europe SEGA was more popular here back in the 90's. I actually preferred SEGA due to the arcade ports and stupid policies of Nintendo on games like Mortal Kombat. Also j-RPG games (personal favorite genre) were pretty much non existent in Europe back then. I played the crap out of both Game Boy and Game Gear though.



belmont commented on Bravely Default Producer Outlines a Continued ...:

For the sequel they need to fix two things. Firstly the bad looking chibi styled graphics that look like pixelated mess that they keep them for some strange reason since 4 heroes of light. Also they should not censor the plot in the localization. I enjoy jrpg games but the possibility of censorship holds me back and I have not bought the game yet.