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Fri 2nd November, 2012

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bizcuthammer commented on Club Nintendo Rewards are Updated for January,...:

Probably just gonna wait and see what comes in February. These games will still be available then, anyway, and I don't need any of them right away given I'll be working through Mario Galaxy 2 and the Metroid Prime Trilogy for the next several weeks on Wii U. I do plan to download Wario Land II eventually, though. Already own Super Metroid, Super Punch-Out!!, and Mario Bros 2. Not that interested in the rest.



bizcuthammer commented on Wii U Enjoyed Its Best Ever Month of US Sales ...:

My only complaint about Nintendo's plans for 2015 is that there is absolutely no way I'm going to be able to afford all the stuff I want to buy :(. Some great games are going to have to go unplayed by me in favor of others because I simply cannot afford to spend that much cash. So games like Mario Party 10, Monster Hunter 4, and Kirby's Rainbow Curse are probably the likely cuts I have to make, and I definitely won't be picking up many (if any at all) amiibo, either. And it's unlikely I'll get a New 3DS until Christmas time, as well.

I really wish some of these games could have come out last year in the 1st half of the year when there was nothing but DKCTF on WiiU to play. Like Kirby or Yoshi's Woolly World would've been nice to have last year when WiiU had a very sparse lineup, rather than this year when the release schedule is jam packed with greatness.



bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 14th January, Wi...:

New 3DS release dates, special MH4U and Majora edition New 3DS XLs. Majora's Mask 3D release date. New info on Kirby Rainbow Curse, Splatoon, Yoshi's Woolly World, Codename STEAM and Mario Maker. Eshop titles coming soon. Details on Mewtwo DLC for Smash and Animal Crossing DLC for MK8. Those are all the things I think are safe bets. As for what I want to see but don't think will happen?

1. Release dates for Splatoon, Yoshi's Woolly World and Mario Maker.

2. New info and footage from Star Fox, Zelda U and Xenoblade X.

3. More DLC announced for MK8. Two more packs with Pikmin and Metroid featured would be awesome.

4. A surprise game announcement for 3DS. Seriously, aside from its initial lineup in Spring, it has nothing coming. Metroid? Mario 3D Land 2? Wario Land 5? WarioWare 3D? Donkey Kong 3D Land? I don't care. Something cool would be nice.

5. N64 and GCN games on WiiU VC already. At the least give us N64 games that you promised back in January 2013, Nintendo. Why has this taken so long?!?!



bizcuthammer commented on Weirdness: Japanese Rock Legend Gackt Has Fina...:

When I lived in Japan, the guy I learned Japanese from had at one time been Gackt's on stage tour drummer. He told me Gackt was a super nice guy, and a very talented piano player. I barely knew who Gackt was before then, so it's interesting to read this. Also, I now miss Japan.



bizcuthammer commented on Weirdness: Japanese Rock Legend Gackt Has Fina...:

@rtr0GMR1 why are comments like this necessary? If you don't like the story, don't read or comment. Obviously news is slow since the holidays just ended, so fun stories like this give us something to talk about. I mean, what do you want Nintendo Life to do? Make up 'news' stories when there aren't any real ones?



bizcuthammer commented on Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2015:

I'm most excited about Codename STEAM. But Majora 3D is on my wishlist as well, given I have a soft spot for that Zelda game.

My only issue is that I feel like the 3DS' release library is pretty bare bones right now. There are 6-7 games I'm really excited for on WiiU in 2015, and only 2 on 3DS. Hope we can get some more announcements like maybe a new 3DS Metroid or maybr even something like Wario Land 5.



bizcuthammer commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2015:

So many great Wii U games next year. Only problem is I can't afford all of them. Probably will have to cut a couple from my want list, which will likely end up being Kirby Rainbow Curse and Mario Party 10. Maybe Star Fox, too, if money gets really tight.

But yeah, definitely looking forward to Zelda, Xenoblade and Splatoon specifically. And I've dreamed of making my own Mario levels since the early 1990s, so I can't wait for Mario Maker!



bizcuthammer commented on Poll: Which is the Best Pokémon Game?:

I went HGSS because it's the new and improved version of Gold/Silver. And until they make another Pokemon with a postgame content as good as HGSS's (going to the Kanto region for 8 more badges, improved Elite 4, etc), that version will always win out for me. XY's postgame content was a joke, and it was much too easy.



bizcuthammer commented on Poll: Which is the Best Mario Kart Game?:

@WiiUSucks i voted MK8. I was 4 when the first one came out on SNES, and the only one i skipped out on was DD. Sorry if you disagree with me that 8 is the best, but dismissing its popularity in this poll as being only because of young gamers is kind of lame of you. There are several of us who have been around since the late 80s and before then that love MK8 just as much, if not more because we can see how much the series has evolved since its inception, than the younger generation.



bizcuthammer commented on Poll: Which is the Best Mario Kart Game?:

Everything about Mario Kart 8 is superior to all other MK games except one key area: Battle Mode. But i still believe it to be the best Mario Kart overall. MKDS and MK64 are my next two favorites. MKWii and MK7 would round out my top 5. And before any Double Dash fans flip on me, that one is actually the only MK game I never played. Yes, I am embarrassed to admit this.



bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo Rolls Out Kirby and the Rainbow Curse...:

While I love the art style, even if this game is only $40, that's still a bit much for me considering all the other games I'm way more interested in coming out next year. I won't be able to afford them all, so it's likely this one will get cut from my list. 28 levels of that type of gameplay is just too short for me to justify spending $40-60. There are $15 games on the eshop that have more levels than that.



bizcuthammer commented on Game of the Year: Nintendo Life's Reader Award...:

People are upset Smash won because it's the "boring" pick everyone expected... But isn't that the point? The game was so great and popular that it was obvious what people would choose. Why would we pick a lesser game just for the sake of it not being obvious? Yes, there were several other great games like Mario Kart 8 and Bayonetta 2. But no other game matches the sheer amount of content, replayability and general amount of fun and love that Smash has in spades.

Sorry if the pick is a boring one, but that doesn't make it the wrong one. Games that are head-and-shoulders above all others are always the obvious, yet correct, choice.



bizcuthammer commented on Game of the Year: Nintendo Life's Staff Awards...:

My GotY is Smash for WiiU. Shovel Knight would be number 2, closely followed by Mario Kart 8.

Smash and MK8 are two of the best online and local multiplayer games I've ever played, which is very impressive. Shovel Knight is my favorite indie game ever, and the best 2D platformer I've played since Super Mario World back in 1991.

2014 was a great year for Wii U in the games department. If only great games equalled millions of sales for consoles like it used to. Unfortunately we live in a world where undeserved hype sells better than truly great gaming experiences. But that doesnt mean Wii U's 2014 was nothing short of great. Here's to an even better 2015!



bizcuthammer commented on Super Smash Bros. Grabs Third Place in NPD Cha...:

I'm more worried about lack of details on 3DS sales. 3DS was keeping Nintendo afloat whike they squandered every opportunity to do well with the WiiU. If 3DS is struggling, that could be major trouble in the not-so-distant future.

Looks like Smash was able to provide a bump for WiiU, but not too significant. This is very bad, guys. Smash is Nintendo's most popular franchise with the hardcore crowd that couldn't care less about Splatoon, Captain Toad and Yoshi's Woolly World. If Smash didn't provide a meaningful boost to Wii U sales, then we're probably looking at a total of 15mil WiiUs sold when its life cycle ends in a couple of years.



bizcuthammer commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64:

While it'd have been awesome to have more 3rd party support (Square especially), the first party and second party games on N64 are second to none. Especially second party, which no Nintendo or otherwise console can match to this day. The output of great games by Rare in the N64 era was just incredible. Losing their IPs hurt a lot in the GCN era, as Nintendo now had only first party. But games like Mario 64, Zelda OoT & MM, Super Smash Bros, Banjo-Kazooie, DK64, MK64, Diddy Kong Racing, Mario Party 1-3, and Conker still get played at my house from time to time.

My PSOne, though, hasn't been touched in a decade, nor have any of its games except for Final Fantasy IX, which i play once every 3-4 years, as its one of my favorite JRPGs. But even then I use my PS2 to play it so i don't have to plug in the original console. PSOne was the place for JRPGs, but outside of a handful of those, the N64 topped it in every way in terms of library.



bizcuthammer commented on Talking Point: The Time Is Right For A Nintend...:

It is my experience that mobile gaming is the worst kind of gaming there is. Terrible controls, shallow games created just to grab a quick buck, and annoying F2P garbage. No thanks. My phone is used for texting, calling, social media, etc. i never use it for gaming because gaming on phones sucks. The only people who don't know that are people who've never owned a Vita or 3DS with which they can compare it to.



bizcuthammer commented on Rumour: Has Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem B...:

Good, I'm glad. I'd rather just have a regular Fire Emblem game. Not a fan of SMT outside of the Persona spinoffs. This was the one game announced in the January 2013 Direct that I couldn't have cared less about.

Hopefully now Intelligent Systems can focus their attention on either a new WiiU Fire Emblem or Paper Mario. Or even a new 3DS Advance Wars.



bizcuthammer commented on Research Firm's Black Friday Data Shows Wii U ...:

This is really the last year Wii U has a shot at redeeming itself from a sales perspective. If being the cheapest system out there, combined with having the best exclusive games, along with just having released Amiibo to great marketing efforts, and the hype surrounding Smash Bros... Then I'm sorry, but it's just simply never going to sell. If these numbers are reflective of all BF sales, then the Wii U may not sell 10mil units in its lifetime, which is less than half of what the Gamecube sold. While I love the WiiU, from a business standpoint, that would make it a tragic failure, and (should) cause Nintendo to completely reboot their line of thinking when it comes to hardware development.



bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo of America Announces Upcoming eShop '...:

@InfernoUprising sure. It's a very good game, witg tons of action and an entertainkng story, complimented by some pretty inventive uses for the GamePad.

That said, the game has received the scores it did (which I think are a bit on the lower side given how fun the game is) because there are a few frustrating flaws. The GamePad needs to be drawn on at times to activate certain powers, but there are many times when you're trying to do this quickly in the heat of action, and it mistakes what you're doing for either another ability or random doodling lol. Also, the characters are small onscreen, so at times when there is a lot of stuff going on, it can be hard to keep track of what you're doing.

One thing that isn't a flaw necessarily, but does factor into how one enjoys playing, is that the game is rather high on the difficulty scale. While it lets you choose your difficulty, even the easy mode can be challenging for those who are not as accustomed to frenetic action games like the ones Platinum makes.

Other than those things (which aren't game breakers, just a bit frustrating), the game is great. I've seen a lot of 7s in critic scores, and I think that's much too low. An 8 would be fair in my opinion, and I'd probably personally score it 8.5. Hope that helps!



bizcuthammer commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

I absolutely love the Wii U. My family has logged over 1400 hours on it, playing over 20 titles. That said, there are many reasons it has only sold 7mil, the primary one being that the system caters only to Nintendo's core fanbase, and practically no one else (I guess we could maybe include the 14 hardcore Bayonetta fans and the poor saps who still love Sonic to a fault).

Being a huge fan of Nintendo since the late 1980's, I adore the thing. It's one of my favorite consoles I've ever owned and easily has some of the best first party, exclusive games of any system out there. Games like Pikmin 3, SM3DW, Mario Kart 8 and Wind Waker HD are ones I still play over and over. Not to mention some great eshop titles like SteamWorld Dig and Shovel Knight.

I also love off-TV play. We have just one TV in our house, and so the ability to play games while someone else is watching a DVD is absolutely wonderful.

That said, the console itself is a classic example of Nintendo making something THEY wanted rather than what the consumer actually wanted. Underpowered, lacking in a robust online experience, no significant third party games, and utilizing another somewhat gimmicky controller, the WiiU just isn't very appealing to either the casual market that Wii attracted (which has moved on to smart devices), or gamers due to what it lacks in comparison to its competition. Thus, it is a console that only fans of Nintendo can really sink their teeth into and enjoy without complaint.

I love it, but giving it a C- grade seems just about right. Personally for me, it'd be a B+ or A-. But I'm a Ninty fan.



bizcuthammer commented on New Nintendo Direct Airing 5th November:

Probably about New 3DS, Amiibo function for games other than Smash, footage from Smash and Captain Toad, and hopefully some footage of stuff coming next year like Splatoon, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Mario Maker and Yoshi's Woolly World.



bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo 64x64: Banjo-Tooie:

@rodaco sorry, mate. Won't be happening anytime soon barring a miracle. Rare is owned by Microsoft now. So their non-DK games will probably never hit VC. That said, if you own an Xbox 360, you can download both BK games on Live's Arcade. Or you could do the best thing and buy the original cartridge on N64 and play it the way it was meant to be played.



bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo 64x64: Shadows of the Empire:

Anyone saying this game is worth more than a 7 is viewing it thru some pretty rose-tinted glasses. Sure in 1997 it was great, but only because it was the first time we could experience the Star Wars universe in a 3D game on consoles. It had a good sense of atmosphere and used a lot of sounds and music that came directly from the movies qe loved. Other than that, though, the gamr is mostly a mess. The intro level on Hoth is probably the only thing that actually works, and literally every other level is plagued by one issue or another. The boss fights are almost all extremely frustrating and annoying and the camera issues are probably the cause of several N64 pads broken in frustration. I love Star Wars and liked this game when I was 8... But even then I knew it had some issues. Replaying through it now is a chore.



bizcuthammer commented on Junichi Masuda Talks Pokémon Snap and Listeni...:

They really can't think of a way to evolve the gameplay to make it more interesting with a console whose controller practically begs to be used as an in-game camera?! The WiiU would be perfect for Pokemon Snap 2 with the Gamepad acting as a camera, being able to turn 360 degrees to view the environment, and interacting in unique ways with the TV and Pokemon around you. I'm no game dev, and I can think of 10 different ways to use the WiiU's features to enhance Pokemon Snap. There are no excuses, Game Freak. Just say you don't wanna do it if that's what it is.



bizcuthammer commented on Super Smash Bros. Website Introduces amiibo De...:

I think the amiibos look cool. But at $13 a pop I was hoping for a little more than just using them this way. Like... They just appear and fight? And you can equip them with gear? You mean kinda like every other character in the game that you DON'T have to buy a $13 figurine for?! I mean seriously. The amiibo feature in Smash Bros just seems very forced to me. Why would I want to watch an AI fight and level up when I could have way more fun doing it myself? And why pay extra for it? Seems like a giant ripoff to me.

I hope amiibos are used in more interesting ways in future games, cause right now they're just looking like glorified action figure collectibles.



bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo Confirms Development of Games That Wi...:

@DualWielding yeah cause Sony and Microsoft have never released hardware revisions before. Not like the Vita Slim that came out this year, or the Black 360s a few years back. Or the 3 different models of PS3 floating around out there.

Hardware revision helps boost sales when momentum slows down. Everyone does it.



bizcuthammer commented on Impending Japanese Launch Of Super Smash Bros....:

So the leak from a couple weeks ago was real like I thought it was. That means Bowser Jr, ROB, etc. are all in. I actually really like this roster, with a couple of exceptions (Dark Pit and Dr. Mario being in, Ice Climbers being out). It's the best roster in any Smash game so far, though, and I love that most of the newcomers aren't just clones like a lot were in Melee and Brawl. There's a pretty good amount of diversity among the almost 50 characters, and the game looks incredibly fun. Hope we can get the demo here soon.



bizcuthammer commented on Guide: New Nintendo 3DS - Everything We Know S...:

Only thing I'm upset about is I just bought a new 16GB SD card that won't be usable on the New system, and the New systems continue Nintendo's trend of offering dismal amounts of storage on the onboard memory card. So I'll have to buy another 16GB MicroSD card when these come out JUST to be able to do the system transfer, as I have well over 6-7GB of stuff on my current card.



bizcuthammer commented on Xenoblade Chronicles Coming to 3DS in Japan:

Huh. Well what I'll do, then, is sell my copy of Xenoblade on Wii for $100 online, and put that $ toward the new 3DS model and the game when they release next year.

I'm not a fan of the new model of 3DS getting its own exclusives. They're really forcing you to buy a system that you already have just to get one game. Unless their plan is to make multiple exclusives, in which case my question is... Why didn't you make this 3DS model from the start?



bizcuthammer commented on Poll: Which Is The Best Super Mario Platformer?:

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is my favorite game of all time, not just Mario. It is one of a handfuk of games I'd consider to be flawless. The first Galaxy, 64 and SMB3 are all in my top 10-15 games of all time, as well. The Mario series is a fantastic one, but unfortunately has seemed to stall since Galaxy 2 released. Guess it's hard to top that one.



bizcuthammer commented on Keiji Inafune Juiced Up Azure Striker Gunvolt:

@S3OL Not sure what country you are in, but if you're in the US, Nintendo America is selling refurbished 3DSs, 2DSs and 3DS XLs on their online store. Not sure about 2DS prices, but regular 3DSs are $95, and XLs are $135. Both are pretty cheap options, and well worth it imo.



bizcuthammer commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS File Size i...:

Good thing I bought a 16GB SD card back in late April. Still has well over 11GB left on it. Still not sure if I'll be downloading Smash Bros or getting the physical copy, though. Leaning toward digital, but I'm having a hard time parting with my love for physical media in favor of the convenience of digital. If they would make the digital versions even just $5 cheaper than physical, it'd make it easier for me, but the fact that the price is the same is kind of annoying.



bizcuthammer commented on Video: The 10 Best Zelda Games As Selected By You:

My personal top 10:
10 - Oracle of Ages
09 - Minish Cap
08 - Link's Awakening
07 - Link to the Past
06 - Twilight Princess
05 - Link Between Worlds
04 - Majora's Mask
03 - Ocarina of Time
02 - Wind Waker
01 - Skyward Sword

Love seeing what people's favorite Zelda games are. So much diversity in opinion, and a lot of deserving games!



bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo Reports Losses for Q1 of Financial Ye...:

When you only have one major game release on your home console in a span of 4 months, 500,000 units moved is really about as much as you can hope for, regardless of how good said game is. The lack of meaningful third party games is hurting Wii U, as is the fact that Nintendo is STILL focusing its support on 3DS over its struggling home console.

It bothers me because late last year, Reggie commented on how last year's WiiU sales were affected by the game drought the console experienced for several months after launch, which led to a loss in momentum. He went on to say that that same thing wouldnt be an issue for them in 2014, as they will now be able to put games out at a much more consistent rate. Um... What?

Reggie, 2014 at the end of July has seen just two major Wii U games release: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Mario Kart 8. Guess what? Thats the same amount as last year, when we just had Game & Wario and Pikmin 3. Sounds like he was just blowing smoke then.

Not to mention that the WiiU is seeing less first party releases in 2014 than it did in 2013, and it would seem as if Reggie just flat out lied. Look, Ninty, if you aren't going to create a console that third parties will develop for, it means YOU have to churn out new games at a much quicker pace. Or else your system loses momentum when it goes through ridiculous droughts like Wii U did from February 22 to May 29, and is currently experiencing again until Hyrule Warriors hits in late September. You can't expect a console that only sees one new release every 3-4 months to sell.