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Thu 19th Nov 2009

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Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Review: Rival Turf! (Wii U eShop / Super Ninte...:

There is one hidden feature in this game that makes it a gem for me. There is a code you can put in to manually name every character in the game including the main characters and bosses. There is something really awesome about naming the weaker characters after people you don't like and naming the bosses after your best friends. Makes the game worth a playthrough.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Nintendo's Unity Presentation Confirms Critica...:

This is one of the most over-hyped games I have ever played. It is an incredibly boring experience. Just hours of rummaging through a family's belongings. Most of the family is under-developed storywise. The only character development comes from letters written by your little sister. Don't fall for the hype. Game is garbage.

In my opinion, the only reason it was critically acclaimed is because of the liberally biased press who want to promote the lbgtq community. If the game was identical in structure, but had a Christian theme about a girl discovering Jesus, the game would have been massacred by the press. Dear Esther was a vastly superior experience, but went under the radar. Ask yourself why that is.

And for those asking people to stop with the spoilers. This game came out a while ago, so if you don't want to read about spoilers then don't read the comment sections. Save yourself some money and skip this one.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Soapbox: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Lo...:

I'm enjoying the game so far. There is a subtle addictive element to it. I find myself looking forward to each new day to see what's new in all of the stores. But I do wish there were more mini games. I seem to be replaying the same ones over and over, and it seems a bit lazy on Nintendo's part to not have added more content. Sadly if Nintendo were to add DLC I would probably buy it, but considering how much content was packed into Animal Crossing New Leaf, there is no excuse for Tomodachi Life's lack of content. 8/10



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Direct Pointed to Anot...:

@Blackleg_sanji This
I really wish Nintendo would buy a western development studio to produce RPG's to compete with the Witchers, Skyrims and Kingdoms of Amalurs. Skyrim whether you love or hate it is massively popular. If only Nintendo would make an open world Zelda. Open world games are a huge craze along with games like Minecraft. Skyrim with mods is absolutely wonderful. An open world Zelda with mods would be the greatest game ever made.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Direct Pointed to Anot...:

@TheRealThanos Watching the Xbox One and the PS4 outsell Wii U this gen is going to be a slow and agonizing thing to witness. Nintendo started this gen with 14 billion in unencumbered cash. They are down to around 8 billion according to an article I read on this website recently. Now I don't pretend to understand all of the business aspects of a company, but I think it is safe to assume that Nintendo does not want to be in the position they are in now. The Gamecube was the least successful system Nintendo has ever produced (minus the virtual boy) and Wii U is trailing Gamecube in sales during the same time period. Now no one panicked back then because Nintendo was making a profit. We cannot say that today can we? Nintendo just had another operating loss. So unless something changes I really do not see how anyone could not be concerned about Nintendo's viability as a competitor in the home console market. Now the handheld market is a different story, so maybe I should have made that clear, but as a whole, the company is losing money. After Nintendo's latest briefing it seems painfully obvious that Nintendo does not have an answer. I sincerely hope I am wrong, but again, unless something changes I stand by my previous statement. Oh, and that bit about singing the praises was not directed at you and I apologize for not making that clear. That was directed at the people who keep saying everything is okay. Everything is as far from okay as it can be at this point. Thank you for your response.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Direct Pointed to Anot...:

@TherealThanos Reread my comment. I didn't say they were doomed. I am saying that their current strategy is dead in the water and in order for them to stay relevant in the eyes of console gamers things need to change. That means that there is a chance they can turn things around if they adapt. But I will not give this company any more of my money until they change. I honestly believe that singing their praises and living in denial not only hurts us and Nintendo, but the entire video game industry. I will not give Microsoft or Sony my money anymore either. Paying to play online is an affront to my sense of decency. I'm strictly PC this gen. I take that back. I might buy a ps4, but I will not take it online.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Direct Pointed to Anot...:

I've moved on from Nintendo. I never thought I would say that, but it is obvious to anyone with even a small degree objectivity that Nintendo is in over their heads. This is the third console out of their last four that didn't have enough third party support.

". . .so release gaps widen like they wouldn't necessarily do so in past generations." I am not trying to be disrespectful, but this is simply not true. Droughts like this were common in the N64 era and in the Wii era, with the Gamecube being the only system that seemed to have a steady flow of releases. I love what Nintendo has done for the industry, but they simply cannot adapt to the modern landscape with their current strategy. If Nintendo cannot adapt then I see them dying a slow and painful death from here on out.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Remake Request: ActRaiser:

This article put a big smile on my face. Actraiser was one of the more memorable SNES games for me as well. I probably completed it two or three times. I remember reading about the game for the first time in Nintendo Power magazine. The pictures in the magazine looked so awesome. At the time I didn't have a SNES. But as soon as I got one Actraiser was one of the first games I had to play. A 3DS virtual console release in 3D would be an instant buy for me. Hell, any of the Enix RPG's of that day would be most welcome.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Nintendo Still Seeking a Product to Define the...:

@Excep7ional You only offered two examples of third party games that either do not appear on PC (GTA5) or of a game that came to PC, but at a later time. The big selling point for PC for me is third party titles. Mass Effect, Fall-out, Elder Scrolls, Bioshock, Far Cry, Assassin's Creed and the list goes on forever literally. Every once in a while a game may come later like Alan Wake for example, but the definitive version of any such game will be the PC version. That being said, your original argument was cost, not convenience and not third party games. And I was simply pointing out a somewhat common misconception that PC gaming is this huge investment. Unless you are playing on multiple monitors or with resolutions higher than 1080p, the cost of PC gaming can be competitive with consoles, therefore making you original point invalid. But as stated in my opening point, I also disagree with the idea that PC gaming somehow misses out on 3rd party games.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Nintendo Still Seeking a Product to Define the...:

@Excep7ional $1000 for a PC is only necessary if you play at a resolution higher than 1080p. My PC cost $600 with tax, and it outperforms next-gen consoles. $600 dollars is cheaper than either next-gen consoles when you calculate the cost of paying to play on online over time. It's actually several hundred dollars cheaper if you own the console for six-seven years.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Nintendo Still Seeking a Product to Define the...:

This is the same old song. I would love to see games that give me an experience that is impossible to replicate on another platform. I loved Skyward Sword, but that nunchuck attachment didn't go far enough. Perhaps Nintendo can create a peripheral that sort of straps the gamepad to your wrist where is can be used as a shield. When you bring the game pad close to you; it soft pauses the game so you can go through your inventory.

Look, I'm not saying that my idea is necessarily a viable control option, but my point is to think creatively. There is so much untapped potential in the gamepad, and it is long overdue that Nintendo gives those of us that have not bought a Wii U an incentive to purchase one.

Right now my PC either performs as well if not better than the next-gen consoles. Mods alone keep me glued to my PC. Maybe Nintendo could give us the toolset for some of their games, so that the community can create content that extends the life of its titles. Can you imagine being able to create new attractions in Nintendo Land based off of Nintendo's franchises? A regular controller is not a viable way to do that, but a touch screen controller could do it no problem. I drool at the possibility of modding a game like Animal Crossing. Or how about user created quests and dungeons in Zelda?



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Poll: Have Your Say on Satoru Iwata's Nintendo...:

I am thirty five years old and have owned Nintendo stock since the late 90's. When the Wii and DS were in their respected primes I should have sold my stock, but I was so confident that Nintendo's next system would be an even greater success, that I held on. In hindsight that was a terrible move. I don't think I'll ever profit off of it now, so if Nintendo wants to buy my stock I would gladly sell it back.

I never thought I would lose confidence in the company that turned me into a gamer, but I have no hope for this generation anymore. I think the strategies Iwata has planned show an out of touch company that has very little chance of repeating the successes of the past. Nintendo is stagnating in the software department, and I am not seeing the new innovations that lead to new experiences. All I see is a company cannibalizing past ideas and trying to pass them off as new. Nintendo is out of new ideas it seems and I am very sad about it. After the recent briefing I've lost my faith in what was once the crown jewel of the video game industry.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Feature: Nintendo Games We'd Love to See in 2014:

@Jowy Yeah, it was a genuine response. Too bad we live in a world where compliments are construed as sarcasm, but I can't blame you. The trolls make it difficult (but not impossible) to have a civilized discussion. I happen to be a huge fan of the SNES era of RPG's and just you mentioning those games sent a wave of nostalgia through me.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Feature: Nintendo Games We'd Love to See in 2014:

I honestly think Animal Crossing Wii U would sell better than any of the games mentioned on the list. With an emphasis on social features it could be the killer app the Wii U needs. As long as Nintendo builds the game from the ground up, or at the very least add enough new features to make it distinctive from its 3DS cousin, I think it would be very successful. And I wouldn't mind more HD remakes either. Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2, Skyward Sword, Xenoblade Chronicles, heck I wouldn't mind a porting of the Resident Evil 4 HD with the option for Wiimote and Nunchuck, which is still the best way to play that game.

Some of the other games on the list I don't want to see until Wii U is in better shape. Metroid and F-Zero would be wonderful, but those games are not traditionally games that sell. Although Luigi's Mansion Wii U seems like a no-brainer to me. Whether the games announced are on the list or not, I look forward to all the amazing content of 2014. Nintendo platforms are still my prefered way to play video games.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Reaction: Nintendo Reminds Us of the Wii's Glo...:


I always loved the golf just the way it was. I especially liked the Wii sports resort upgrade from the original. It can be pretty difficult in the beginning, but if you're patient, you can regularly finish under par. I encourage you to give it another chance.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Soapbox: Why Grand Theft Auto V Isn't For Me:

It's about time someone had the stomach to say it. I feel exactly the same way. I couldn't finish GTA IV, because I didn't get any enjoyment whatsoever from being a criminal. Robbing the bank and then murdering police officers in order to escape is just not fun for me at all. I am going to be skipping GTA V, and I do not feel like I am missing a thing. Animal Crossing New Leaf is my new favorite game of all time, and I will be happily enjoying my peaceful utopia. I do not hate violent games, I just do not like being a villain. Give me the option to be an undercover cop, then I will revisit a GTA game.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Nintendo Misses Out on Nikkei 225 as Stock Slu...:

As someone who has held stock in Nintendo since the late nineties, maybe I can give a different perspective on this news. First I would like to say I am not panicking yet, but I am concerned. I bought stocks right around the time Majora's Mask came out and after a few years that stock went below ten US dollars (it is currently at $13.80). I almost sold them, but I am glad I didn't, because during the Wii/DS era the stock soared to $70 per share. But the fact that Nintendo's stock has lost so much value so quickly makes me worry a little. This holiday will be critical for Nintendo, and I think if Ninty has an anything but stellar holiday, they will be in trouble. The Gamecube, as much as fans adored it, was a failure for Nintendo, despite it being profitable. If Nintendo's stock goes below Gamecube lows, then what we have here is another failed console. Don't forget that the Gamecube had a more successful launch than Wii U.

I am not ready to sell, in fact I have half an urge to buy more stock, because Nintendo has come back from worse before, however, $13.80 is a $56 decline in just a few years, so I think we should all be concerned.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Should Aim to Produce ...:

I agree with this article completely. I wish I could only buy one console every generation. Back in the N64 days I was satisfied with that console and my PC. During the Gamecube era I couldn't just own one console if I wanted the Dragon Quest 8's and the Final Fantasy 10's. Same with the Wii era. I love the Wii, but buying a PS3 was a no brainer for the exact reasons this article exposits. Now in this new Generation I would still prefer to own one console, preferably Wii U, but unless Nintendo starts to produce "Genre defining storytelling experiences" I will have to buy a PS4 in addition to my Wii U, assuming they do not go the route of Xbox One.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Should Make EA Co-oper...:

I do not like EA any better than any of you, but I completely agree with this article. Wii U needs support and sadly, EA has enough franchises to fill in a much needed gap in current third party offerings. Mass Effect, Dragon Age, all of the sports titles, maybe a new Spore (I loved the original), Dead Space, Bulletstorm etc. With EA on board and between Ubisoft, Capcom, Activision and Nintendo's legendary 1st party games, I might only need one system this gen. If only.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Talking Point: An Open Letter To Nintendo:

I agree with most of the points here. Some Nintendo fans seem to be operating under the delusion that the abysmal sales of the last few months are nothing to worry about. It worries me a hell of a lot. These past few months are worse than any the 360 or the PS3 have ever had. Just because the 3DS turned around doesn't mean Wii U will have a magic turn around. 3DS didn't have any direct competition with Vita sales being weak. Wii U is not only competing with current gen (I say that because they share many of the same games) but will soon be competing with the PS4 and Nextbox. Nintendo is losing face among western developers and among a large contingent of core gamers. I believe Nintendo can turn it around, but until that happens, this letter is completely valid for pointing out existing problems. Regardless of the people in this comment section who disagree with this letter's point of view, the author's perception of Wii U's current status is representative of a lot gamers, and therefore should be taken very seriously.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Four Classics Available Now in the Latest Club...:

I just downloaded Kid Icarus, because it's one of those rare NES game I never got around to playing. At first I really enjoyed it, well for about twenty minutes. The game is more punishing then Demon Souls. I had nearly 1000 hearts through patient and diligent thinking while navigating level two. And I died and lost it all. And it is way too easy to die. If you fall of the screen, that's an instant death even if there is a platform right below. Gaming conventions like this don't translate to our modern day. It's more frustrating then fun and I am supremely disappointed. There are plenty of NES games that are still fun today, this is not one of them.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Nintendo's Stock Price Jumps Higher than Mario:

Still, as an owner of Nintendo stock, I'm still kicking myself for not selling during their prime. When the Wii and DS were at their peak, Nintendo's price per share was worth 70 USD. Now they are only worth around 13 USD and some change. Which bodes the question, what is that $110 referring to? It's most certainly not the price per share.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Castlevania: Lords of Shadow:

I wish I was eligible to win the prize, being that I know the answer to the question (I still entered). Good luck to all who are eligible and I hope whoever wins the game has a blast playing it.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Capcom: Resident Evil Revelations 3DS Sales Co...:

I blame this on Nintendo's sometimes hypocritical fan base. They say they want new ip's, more mature titles, and better third party support. But when amazing games like No More Heroes, Muramasa, and Sin & Punishment come out, no one buys them. I'm surprised to hear Resident Evil Revelations didn't do better. It's a solid game. In the USA it's only $20 new right now at gamestop. I bought it literally the day after I got my 3DS XL. I suggest anyone here who hasn't picked it up, to do so, and show some love.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Mass Effect Trilogy Could Yet Come To Wii U:

I say if you haven't played any of the Mass Effect series and own a Wii U, then go ahead and buy Mass Effect 3. Here is my reasoning (and it's a bit of an educated guess) : Look at Mass Effect 3 like you would look at Star War IV: A new Hope. Yes, you jump into the middle of the story, but you get a great piece of entertainment regardless of not experiencing the events leading up to it. Then when EA releases part 1 & 2, go back and play those with the mindset of experiencing a prequel saga (albeit a much better prequel saga than the Star Wars Episodes 1-3). If you wait and don't purchase Mass Effect 3 now, there might not be an incentive for EA to release the complete trilogy on Wii U.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Wii U Software Storage on USB Devices Detailed:

Sigh. I swear every time Nintendo does something right, they do something wrong. What is the point of having the 8gb system if it can't even play some of the retail games? I'm going to wait until Nintendo actually makes a 250 gb Wii U before I buy one. This is just ridiculous.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Wii U Won't Include Trophies Or Achievements:

This is definitely annoying, but not a deal breaker by any means. I do enjoy getting trophies, because it gives me the feeling of accomplishment, and bragging rights for people on my friends list, but games were fun long before trophies were introduced. Still, I wish Nintendo wouldn't be so stubborn. I mean if the fans want it, why not just give it to them?



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Hands On: Nintendo Land:

This game looks awesome, but I can never get enough people at the same place and the same time to take advantage of the five player games! My friends all of jobs, significant others and lives. Man I wish this game was playable online!



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Firebrand Games: "Nintendo Needs to Charm the ...:

I'm convinced that the Wii U will be a successful system, possibly on par with the success of the Wii, but I admit my point of view is a little bias. It's hard to predict how the market will play out. I think the Wii brand and the games that the world has grown to love (Marios, Zeldas, & Donkey Kongs) will be enough to lure people in.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Bing Gordon: Nintendo's 'On Track' to Primaril...:

This guy is full of it. In one paragraph he says Nintendo's going third party while at the same time praising them for their genius. Another convoluted statement by a person who has no better idea where the industry is going then the next man. And this is old news too. People have been predicting Nintendo going third party since the N64 days. I honesty don't see much changing for Nintendo as long as they're still making AAA class titles.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Dragon Quest X Advert is a Call to Arms:

This may be the one franchise I would opt to pay a monthly fee for. I certainly don't want to, but I've been waiting for this game for what seems like years. I have to play this game.
I wonder why you can't use SD card for the DLC.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on E3 2012: Miyamoto Talks Zelda Wii U Experiments:

Those saying Zelda needs an update act as if the franchise is completely stagnant, which it's not. Twilight Princess was stagnant, but Skyward Sword is a major step in the right direction. I agree that Nintendo needs to keep evolving the formula, but to say it needs a major update after the masterpiece that is Skyward Sword, is to ask too much. If you stray too far from the formula it ceases to be Zelda.



Ben_Rage_V2 commented on Talking Point: Why Skyward Sword Sales Failed ...:

Even though Twilight Princess had it's moments, I had trouble enjoying it on the same level as previous Zelda titles. It was simply more of the same which isn't inherently bad, but not mind blowing by any means. From my perspective, Skyward Sword isn't simply the finest Zelda experience ever made, but perhaps the best game ever made. As a child I always wanted to be the sword fighting hero like Aragorn or Conan. Even though I'm an adult now, Skyward Sword has allowed my childhood dream to come true.