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Bolt_Strike

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#2

Bolt_Strike commented on Talking Point: A History of the Sexualisation ...:

I think it's fine to a degree, but with Smash Bros' designs they've pretty much crossed a line to where they've sexualized her beyond the point of practicality. First of all, there's the high heeled jet boots. The idea is pretty neat, and it fits her pretty well, but why do they have to be high heels? High heels generally aren't good for mobility. Second, I don't think it makes much sense for her to be showing off that much skin in her line of work. She's a bounty hunter, why would she bare her skin like that and make herself vulnerable? It doesn't really make sense for her to wear that kind of outfit.

I honestly don't mind a little sexualization every now and then, but this does seem to be a bit over the top. I think Zero Suit is where they should draw the line, pretty much anything else they do to sexualize her after that is just unnecessary and impractical.

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#3

Bolt_Strike commented on Talking Point: A Virtual Console Revival Could...:

I don't think we're really going to see this kind of pricing revolution occur this gen, it'd most likely be implemented for the next gen console and handheld when we'll be getting account based ownership and cross platform features.

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#5

Bolt_Strike commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Ambitious amiibo Pla...:

I want to see more of how they actually affect the gameplay before I decide whether or not I want them, Smash Bros. is a bad example because Amiibos just look like they play the game for you, and that's not really a good use for them.

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#7

Bolt_Strike commented on Heracross and Pinsir Distribution for Pokémon...:

About friggin time that the U.S. gets an event that isn't just some obligatory major event. I honestly don't even care that it's Gamestop, I'm just happy to have anything at this point. NA's been completely screwed over with events this gen, we've only gotten Blazikenite Torchic, Bank Celebi, and Fancy Vivillon, that's it. No Electabuzz/Magmar serial codes, no Poke Ball Vivillon, none of that stuff.

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#8

Bolt_Strike commented on Reaction: Nintendo's Drop in Momentum Is A Big...:

@DeltaPeng Lack of exposure to digital releases is definitely a major factor here. They're not very well advertised, you'll probably never know about them unless you visit the eShop itself or a gaming site, and the major developers usually don't give them much attention beyond a 30 second sizzle reel. The ability to purchase a download code definitely sounds like a good idea, and I think the major console developers need to give them more coverage as well.

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#9

Bolt_Strike commented on Reaction: Nintendo's Drop in Momentum Is A Big...:

@Yorumi Shrinking markets are never a good thing, especially in an age where costs have been continually rising. I don't think Nintendo can survive with just the "true" gamers nowadays, because that's basically what we're getting now. The sad fact is that us "true" gamers just aren't enough to drive a profit anymore, the casuals and the dudebros are much larger and they're the only markets that are capable of that.

You're right that the mobile market isn't really ideal at this point, but that's going to change at some point. Someone's going to come around and make a mobile device that's more gaming friendly with actual buttons, and it would most likely outsell consoles and handhelds by a mile. As for lack of quality control, that's happening in a lot of places, even the eShop.

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#10

Bolt_Strike commented on Reaction: Nintendo's Drop in Momentum Is A Big...:

@electrolite77 It was during the investor's meeting back in January, same time when they announced the QOL.

http://nintendoeverything.com/nintendo-q3-2014-earnings-investor-briefing-roundup/

"Nomura analyst now asking why Nintendo revamped its organizational structure to merge consoles and portable devices. Mr. Iwata says there was a huge technological gap in developing consoles and portable games in the past since portable devices run on batteries, but technological advances have narrowed the architectural difference between the two. He adds he doesn’t know yet whether the two hardware will be merged in the future, but the two will become more like 'brothers.'"

@IceClimbers I think it's more than that. I think people are becoming less and less interesting in dedicated gaming devices since you can easily buy a PC or mobile device at a comparable price that can do the same things plus more. And if that's true, it's even worse news for Nintendo because video games is basically all they know at this point.

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#13

Bolt_Strike commented on Reaction: Nintendo's Drop in Momentum Is A Big...:

@TripleGamer3K Forgot to mention my thoughts about a new 3DS model.

Yes, I think that could give them a slight bump for the rest of this generation, the 3DS has quite a few problems with things like battery life and memory that need to be addressed, and maybe they can throw in a few more apps if they want. I'd also like a second Circle Pad, but you need games to take advantage of it, so I don't think that's a very good idea. So I think an upgraded model should have the following improvements:

-longer battery life
-a better browser (the 3DS is just not powerful enough to load certain pages and lags like hell, IIRC this is caused by a lack of RAM)
-improved Wi-Fi/internet security protocols so you can use the internet in more than just your home or a Nintendo Zone hotspot (I'd like to be able to use the internet in a place like say, McDonalds or Panera Bread).
-Built in NFC reader for Amiibo compatibility

@Hernandez Nintendo pretty much confirmed a hybrid console isn't happening next gen, but they did say they're working on the next best thing: two consoles which share similar hardware, account based hardware, and crossbuy.

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#14

Bolt_Strike commented on Reaction: Nintendo's Drop in Momentum Is A Big...:

@Yorumi What makes me skeptical about them going the Steam route is that Nintendo likes to have control over the hardware. The problem is that going forward, I think hardware developers are going to need to offer more than what Nintendo is currently willing to. And not just in terms of specs, but also in terms of apps and features, it seems to be reaching a point where people just don't want a dedicated gaming device anymore, and if that's the case, then I think Nintendo could be screwed in the long term.

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#15

Bolt_Strike commented on Reaction: Nintendo's Drop in Momentum Is A Big...:

It seems like Nintendo is playing a zero sum game when it comes to releasing games for 3DS and Wii U, focusing on one console seems to result in neglecting another. In this case, they're focusing on Wii U and neglecting 3DS, which is a smart move in this situation because the Wii U needs a boost while the 3DS is doing fine. It just seems like nowadays it takes an exceedingly long time to make a full retail game and we're getting too few of them, even the PS4/One seem to be having this problem despite having all of the third party content in the world. I hate to be preaching doom and gloom here, but I think this is a sign that the console industry's days are numbered, it's slowly proving to be too expensive, less profitable, and more limited than PC and mobile.

As far as what Nintendo can do about it, it's going to be bad news for them if consoles don't sell anymore because I can't see them being ready to transition to PC or mobile anytime soon. But in the meantime, I think they just need to do what they can to keep the software output as high as possible, and alternate between 3DS and Wii U until they're ready to move into next gen. As far as next gen goes, I think what they have planned seems to be a smart move for them, use similar hardware for both their console and handheld so that games can be released and played on both as well as finally implementing cross buy, account based ownership, and their new discount system that they talked about. That should be enough to keep them in the game for at least another generation.

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#16

Bolt_Strike commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Continues to Evolve It...:

I'm pretty sure the reason they're not hyping Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire is because it's a by-the-books remake, not simply because it sells itself. If that were true, we wouldn't see anything like what they've done with Smash. There's just nothing to get hyped about other than the fact that it's a Pokemon game at this point.

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#19

Bolt_Strike commented on Talking Point: Should Nintendo Be Promoting Th...:

There is no way in hell Nintendo could possibly hope for the Wii U to be a tablet killer. For one, tablets are mobile platforms, you can take them out of the house with you, but with the Wii U you can't. Second, and more importantly, the people that buy tablets want more than just video games, they want music, movies, internet, apps, etc. Nintendo is not very good at this, they're primarily video game based, so they wouldn't be able to keep up in the mobile environment.

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#20

Bolt_Strike commented on CoroCoro Magazine Reveals Mega Metagross for P...:

Meh, once we found out there's going to be new Megas, we all knew Mega Metagross was happening. Because God forbid the Champion doesn't have his signature Pokemon megafied.

I'm more interested in the mention of new Pokemon in Hoenn, if that means an expanded Hoenn Dex, this is probably the biggest news about ORAS yet, and one I've been waiting to hear. The original Hoenn Dex wasn't bad per se, but it could definitely use some improvements.

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#21

Bolt_Strike commented on Video: You Really Don't Want To Know What Kids...:

That wasn't that bad, it seems like they respect the fact that it was good back in the day, but in a modern gaming world, they'd have no place. And that's true, a Game Boy would not be able to compete with stuff like the 3DS or the Vita nowadays. What annoys me the most is the ones that said they'd rather play on their iPad, because those kinds of games aren't "real" games, they're just quick distractions. It's sad that that's the kind of attitude that kids have towards gaming.

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#22

Bolt_Strike commented on Talking Point: With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Sti...:

I'm more or less satisfied with what was revealed at E3, so there's not much else they need to reveal for the time being. The QoL platform would be interesting to see, but I have a feeling it won't be revealed through a Direct, it'll be some larger, probably not even gaming related venue. More details on amiibo would be good too, I don't think they did a good job of demonstrating the in game benefits of using them with Smash Bros (since they basically play the game for you). Other than that, maybe some eShop stuff would be nice. I don't think they're going to be sharing much more info on retail games for a while and most of the crossbuy and service related things I think they won't get around to implementing for a few years, maybe not until next gen.

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#23

Bolt_Strike commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Explains His Belief That the ...:

I agree with his point, there's too much of a trend towards dudebro games, and while those kinds of video games do tend to sell, in the long run they're not good for the industry. I mean, look at E3 this year, most of the best games of E3 aren't going to be ready until 2015, and most of the big games that were shown were either minor teases or tech demos. Game development has become incredibly long and incredibly expensive, and the payout doesn't seem to be worth it because we're just getting games that look like 7th gen games. I think I smell a crash coming, the switch to 8th gen just doesn't seem profitable at all. Nintendo is smart to stay out of this race to bankruptcy, although the push for better graphics seems to be getting to them as well.

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#24

Bolt_Strike commented on Weirdness: The Peculiar Questions of a Typical...:

The expanding screens thing sounds neat, but it sounds like science fiction at this point, could something like that even work?

Also, the guy who says they shouldn't talk about video games is the biggest dumbdonkey on earth, if you don't know anything about video games, you shouldn't be investing in them, end of story.

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#25

Bolt_Strike commented on Talking Point: New Ideas, Not New IPs, Are The...:

@MrGawain I never said that Mario is NSMB, nor did I say that Mario as a whole is rehashy. My point is that all six of the NSMB games and 3D World games combined played similarly to each other. Sadly, after Galaxy came out, all but one of the Mario games we've gotten since then were of those two series. If you look at that period of time from about 2009 up until now, then you could definitely say that Mario has been same old, same old lately.

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#27

Bolt_Strike commented on Talking Point: New Ideas, Not New IPs, Are The...:

@MrGawain None of the NSMB games are particularly different from each other. Neither are 3D Land and 3D World for that matter. In fact, I'd say all 6 of those games are pretty similar, the only real difference between the NSMB and 3D series being that one is 2D and the other is 3D (which doesn't really amount much gameplay wise). Sadly, we've been overloaded with the NSMB and 3D series the past few years, so saying Mario is "same old, same old" lately is pretty justified. I can say the same thing of a few other recent Nintendo games (Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, Yoshi's New Island, Kirby Triple Deluxe) it seems like from 2010 up until now there's been a lack of new ideas.

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#28

Bolt_Strike commented on Talking Point: New Ideas, Not New IPs, Are The...:

This is what I've been saying all along, and it's something that I think Nintendo had been struggling with this entire generation until now. Most of the games have been incredibly safe, it's very refreshing to see Nintendo finally work with some new concepts, I think it'll breathe a lot of life into their lineup.

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#29

Bolt_Strike commented on Capcom Could Be Up For Sale After Shareholders...:

I agree that Nintendo would be smart to snatch up some of their IPs, Mega Man, Monster Hunter, and Ace Attorney would all be good fits for Nintendo (and Monster Hunter and Ace Attorney are already pretty popular on 3DS, so they may as well buy them up). IDK about some of the other IPs, I don't think Nintendo is interested in stuff like Resident Evil or Devil May Cry.

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#31

Bolt_Strike commented on Feature: A Cross-Platform Look At E3 2014:

Nintendo won by a mile, because they showed off tons of fresh, interesting games and everyone focused too much on shooters and other dudebro games. I am also getting sick of the dudebro mentality dominating the rest of the industry, it makes the games look samey and boring.

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#33

Bolt_Strike commented on E3 2014: Nintendo Hopes to Share Metroid News ...:

I've been waiting for them to announce a new Metroid Prime game for Wii U since the console launch, Prime would be absolutely perfect for Wii U (I really wish they'd have worked on it sooner, but better late than never). I also like Classic style too, so I'll probably be buying both. I also want to see a continuation of Fusion, there's some interesting things they can do in terms of gameplay and storyline with the changes made in that game.

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#36

Bolt_Strike commented on E3 2014: Splatoon Will Offer Team-Based Ink-Sp...:

@dkxcalibur The game was just revealed yesterday, and isn't coming until 2015. So yeah, they're just showing off the basic gameplay right now, closer to release we'll probably see more gameplay modes. In particular, I think a Capture the Flag mode would work pretty well with the gameplay.

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#37

Bolt_Strike commented on Poll: Your Favourite Showing from Nintendo Dur...:

Splatoon. Most of everything else was too casual/samey (Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker, Yoshi's Woolly World, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse), didn't show enough to get me excited (ORAS, Zelda U), or simply didn't interest me. Not to say that any of that was bad, but what can top a brand new IP with fresh, creative gameplay?

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#38

Bolt_Strike commented on E3 2014: Splatoon Will Offer Team-Based Ink-Sp...:

@rjejr I think people are just forgetting that the Gamepad is designed around asymmetrical multiplayer. I know I did for a minute there. Yeah, I'm hoping they at least have second Gamepad support by the time these games come out, that would at least make it more fair.

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#39

Bolt_Strike commented on E3 2014: Nintendo Rolls Out New Kirby Game Tra...:

This game is literally the lovechild of Canvas Curse and Epic Yarn. And like both of those games, it seems to be mainly filler to hold off Kirby fans for the main event that isn't coming for another two years (Squeak Squad and Return to Dreamland respectively). Still looks fun though, so I'll probably pick it up.

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#41

Bolt_Strike commented on E3 2014: Splatoon Will Offer Team-Based Ink-Sp...:

@rjejr I was just about to mention this. It's like they forgot that the Gamepad was originally designed as an asymmetric multiplayer device and they just went crazy with Gamepad features as if everyone could use them. Hopefully they'll at least design it so that on other controllers you can press a button on the controller to warp to other players' location.

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#44

Bolt_Strike commented on Round Table: Let's Discuss Our Hopes and Dream...:

@noctowl I know it's not a challenging game. But it gets even less challenging once you get to Lv. 100 because nothing can outlevel you then, and considering that it's a kid's game, they're not going to do things like improve the AI because that'd be more challenging than they'd like(and especially nowadays, where they won't even give trainers more than 3 Pokemon to make it easier for the kids).

As for the two regions thing, it certainly looks good on the surface. Two regions means twice as much fun, right? Wrong. The fact of the matter is you're not getting two regions' worth of content, you're getting one region's worth of content split into two. If you notice, Johto and Kanto are very small regions, even in HGSS where they actually expanded areas. Both regions are short and clustered, and neither of them have a lot to do. That essentially defeats the purpose of having two regions.

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#47

Bolt_Strike commented on Round Table: Let's Discuss Our Hopes and Dream...:

Wow guys, talk about unrealistic. Three regions, are you kidding me, I thought you guys were smarter than that. First of all, if we had two extra regions in a remake, they'd completely steal Hoenn's thunder. Second, you'd reach Lv. 100 about midway through the second region removing all sense of challenge from the game. And that's not even taking into consideration the new Exp. Share, which let's face it, is more than likely making a return. In XY, you ended up around Lv. 80 by the time you beat the Elite 4. Beating the Elite 4 in Hoenn and exploring whatever post game routes they're probably going to give us is probably going to be enough to grant you your wish of being able to reach Lv. 100 without grinding. So no, three regions is a completely terrible idea, and anyone who thinks more than two (and hell, I'd even say two regions is bad design) is a good idea is completely deluding themselves. It just won't work.

Also, Emerald did not come out one year after RS, it came out two years. There's really no precedent that determines when a remake or third game will release, it's basically just whenever the timing is right. Looking at how things are going now, I think we're probably going to get Z/XY2 next year, then a year break in 2016 when the new handheld is released, and then 7th gen in 2017.

I do think you're onto something with bundling in the original, though, but it's not a good idea for an actual remake as you yourselves pointed out. It'd be good for a sequel, where the storyline hinges on the story of the originals, and the older fans can play the original as a reference. But obviously they didn't do that this time, so there's no point.

As for what I'm hoping for:

-New post game areas. The islands near the Battle Frontier are perfect for this.
-More post game content in general. Make tons of Pokemon catchable, especially the ones that aren't catchable in XY. Add more legendaries that you can't get in XY, so there should be a good mix of 2nd, 4th, and 5th gen legendaries in post game. Lugia/Ho-oh would be perfect additions considering they already existing in Emerald (via Navel Rock, which they could easily just make a post game area instead of an event area). I could also potentially see Raikou/Entei/Suicune, Heatran, Regigigas, Cobalion/Terrakion/Virizion, and Tornadus/Thundurus/Landorus as possiblities. There should be no excuse for us not to have access to all of the legendaries from all generations if we're getting another 6th gen game after this, there's plenty of room for the remaining ones in ORAS and Z/XY2.
-An expansion to the Hoenn Dex, primarily for the purposes of adding variety for certain types that are lacking in it (Ice, Ghost, Dragon, and Fairy, the first 3 of which ironically are Elite 4 types who as a result are forced to spam duplicate Pokemon) and for adding variety to the distribution (most notably, having something other than the Tentacool and Wingull lines in the water routes).
-Maybe new Mega Evolutions? Groudon and Kyogre could be getting them, Sableye and Gallade could use some to go along with their counterparts, and the Champion battle would be a lot more challenging if he had Mega Metagross as opposed to Mega Aggron.
-Keep Contests, Secret Bases, and the Trick House. I loved all of those features.
-Create some new mechanics to work with 3DS features. It's an utter travesty IMO, that a series founded on communication couldn't find anything better to use Streetpass for than Poke Miles. Secret Bases would be perfect for this.
-In regards to the touch screen and 6th gen features, I think most of them are too important to the gameplay to be left out. The PSS is a crucial part of the online component now, that's probably not going away. Which also means neither is character customization. The roller skates were designed to take advantage of the 3DS' Circle Pad, so that's probably staying as well. Super Training, as you pointed out, is useful for EV Training. I could possibly see them remove Pokemon Amie if any of these because it's not as essential to the gameplay, but maybe they won't.
-Lastly, I'd like to see an enhanced storyline, using as much as they can from Emerald. Emerald's storyline made much more sense than RS's.

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#48

Bolt_Strike commented on Talking Point: The Nintendo Figurine Platform ...:

Well, the idea is certainly interesting, possibly even innovative. But as far as whether or not it will be successful? IDK, maybe.

Personally, I'm worried about the costs of this system. Skylanders and Disney Infinity, as Tom pointed out, is basically "DLC: The Game, Action Figure Edition". Nintendo does not usually sink so low as to engage in some of the shoddier tactics that other developers have over the last few years. The fact that these figurines are compatible with multiple games gives me a bit more hope in that regard, though, since a single action figure in this series would add much more value than the ones in Skylanders and Disney Infinity.

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#50

Bolt_Strike commented on Feature: What Can We Expect From Pokémon Omeg...:

I'd like to see them improve the Hoenn Dex. There was a distinct lack of variety in some of the types (Ghost, Dragon, and Ice primarily) that needs fixing. This is especially important for the Elite 4 battles, because those exact three types were chosen as Elite 4 types, and those battles clearly suffer from it as many of the Elite 4 are forced to use duplicates. I think increasing the Dex to about 250 and adding in those new types, new evolutions introduced in 4th gen (Probopass, Roserade, Magnezone, etc.) and other Pokemon that could help the variety (such as more Water types for the eastern sea routes) would go a long way to improving upon the originals.

Aside from that, I do think post game areas should happen (the islands near the Battle Frontier could be included to expand it into a new post game section that is somewhat of a combination of the Sevii Islands and Sinnoh's Battle Zone), and they're probably going to flesh out the storyline a bit (I would say include Emerald elements, but I think the trailer revealed the other day might throw that idea out the window).

I think what's most important is something Serebii didn't mention, which was the lack of side features to take advantage of the 3DS communication features (Streetpass, Spotpass, maybe even Play Coins), something that was very much lacking in XY. Fortunately, some of the side features of the original RSE could work well with the 3DS' features. Secret Bases would be good for Streetpass, where Streetpassing with another person will register their Secret Base in your game. And then there's the Trick House, which could change so that additional puzzles could be downloaded via Spotpass.

And speaking of communication features, I think a lot of what was introduced in XY is staying for this game because many of those changes are too significant to the gameplay to be removed. Obviously, we're going to see battle mechanics like Fairy type and Mega Evolutions stay (although the latter could possibly be restricted to post game). The PSS greatly enhances the online component for this game, and is overall just too convenient for the purpose of connecting with other players to the point that removing that functionality from the games will feel like a major step backwards. Character customization goes hand in hand with the PSS to allow those massive list of players to be distinguishable, so as long as the PSS stays, that will stay too. Roller skates were designed to take advantage of the 3DS Circle Pad and allow for grid-free movement, so that will most likely stay as well (it'd be interesting to see what they do with the Acro Bike as a result, since it has somewhat similar functionality to the roller skates). And then Super Training and Pokemon Amie enhance the battling, so I doubt they'll be cut as well.