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Tue 7th April, 2009

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brandonbwii commented on Guide: 9 Tips for Playing Runbow:

One cool feature that @13AMGAMES fails to mention is that not only can you play online, but four local players can play against five others. I found that to be a great addition but it's strongly downplayed when the modes are discussed.

I haven't had many problems with online in NA since I saved to internal storage but there were some baffling moments. I picked Arena Mode for example only for the match to switch to King of the Hill and then, here's the doozy, I found myself in Bowhemoth Mode online with two other people before the game locked up and I had to hard boot my system. Maybe there's a hacker in the mist?

I must say Runbow is the most fun I've had with a game in a long time (Funbow?). It is a great celebration of all the indie content released on Nintendo platforms thus far. I must give extra props for them ONLY including games that were or are going to be released on Nintendo systems rather than seeing another Meat Boy or Spelunky cameo.



brandonbwii commented on Chieftain Bob Meets Gunman Clive, You Won't Be...:

I feel posting this as a news story was completely unessesary . I am losing more and more respect for Nintendo Life. It also bothers me when you said it's good after the controversy of Tomodachi Life that Nintendo allows this content.

How in the world is that a surprise. Nintendo follows their own rules. and if the ESRB deems content appropriate from a 3rd party then it can be on a Nintendo platform. Gone Home from my understanding had stronger homosexual themes and it was once coming to Wii U.

As a 31 year old Christian I've been trying to break my mental "programing" against same-sex relationships, so this content doesn't bother me. I think it was stupid to promote it on social media though as it would've been great for the ignorant out there to buy it and find this out later only to be pissed off with nothing they can do about it.

I strongly believe in equal rights for my fellow man. The problem I have with the whole same-sex thing is the feeling that a gay white man has more rights than a black man, gay or otherwise. This tends to be the case with both Hollywood and video games.

Sure Clive makes out with a Native American but I dare the developer to make the next game feature a black playable character. Yes, I am a bitter and envious man, I know.



brandonbwii commented on Nintendo's Awesome Super Mario Maker Overview ...:

I agree with you for the most part with whole 9 day thing. When it comes to unlocking stuff I don't think it has anything to do with Nintendo treating their fans like babies (although if you look a Miiverse, apparently many of them are. Also, if you count the final stages and amiibo Splatoon can reach levels of NES hard), as much as it has to do with them underestimating the complications of HD development. It's best to continue to bring people back to the old games than continue with yearly sequels or building new game engines. It will help them later when they have to market the NX.

That said I myself am annoyed by the approach to SMM. Game Boy Camera and Mario Paint were brilliantly crafted back in the day and most content was either already there or unlocked based on a logical progression system. This timed stuff makes absolutely no sense. With the aforementioned pieces of software Nintendo had things hidden through a bunch of menus that were fun to explore. There was a sense of wonder to it, a sense of magic.

To those defending the 9 day thing I ask what's the point of this? If you're a noob and easily overwhelmed (I myself fall in the latter category) why not have things be unlocked by progressing through Nintendo made levels? Heck even community levels? Some of the more obscure editing tools could be hidden behind achievements leading to a more active community asking questions on sites like Miiverse like "Wow, how'd you manage to get that feature?" That would be in line with Nintendo's old pre-internet word of mouth philosophy and it would work. Instead we get options delivered through a 9 day period. What if I still don't understand it within that time? This makes the "feature" completely arbitrary and pointless.

I have to disagree with your stance on Splatoon though. I like how they dole out content to continually surprise the player. Granted some options should have been available from the beginning. Namely Squad and Private Matches. Also the challenges shouldn't have been hidden behind amiibo. It would have made more sense if the challenges were there after you completed the main game with amiibo simply used to unlock outfits a la Mario Kart 8.

All that being said both games are so full of win I don't see the point in sweating the small stuff as they haven't been too extreme...yet. I don't see the point in dwelling on such a small flaw in SMM but I don't get the defenders either.



brandonbwii commented on Nintendo Download: 30th July (Europe):

There is ALWAYS development work. It's simply that Nintendo needs to up their resources. It would be great if they had more dedicated "divisions" to focus on a wide range of content on their services. As of now it's like their business is half-baked and all over the place.



brandonbwii commented on Nintendo Download: 30th July (Europe):

For me it's the discount on Elliot Quest. The reviews saying the game had too much meandering was a big turn off for me at first, but the Shovel Knight style Miiverse Journal being added in a Thursday update has sold me. I hope to view some very helpful posts so I never get stuck.



brandonbwii commented on Nintendo Download: 30th July (Europe):

Even though it is a perfectly valid complaint, I'm getting a little tired of people saying every week is crappy simply because there's no VC. It's like no one will buy anything if it's not an old 1st party game. Potentially awesome indie release? Who cares? Nintendo didn't release that 64 game I played 10 years ago! I guess they don't want my money.

If this actually reflect peoples buying habits, then it's like everything that @Quorthon troll has been saying about us "fans" is true. We will drink piss out of a cup if it has Nintendo's name on it, but completely dismiss it if it's 3rd party no matter what reviewers and bloggers say.



brandonbwii commented on Poll: What Do You Want From Nintendo's NX Plat...:

I want an innovative hook, hybrid handheld and console (while that's not a priority, I'm just tired of Nintendo spreading themselves so thin games are lower quality), and of course a wonderful unified system that includes Miiverse, eshop, friend lists, and club Nintendo in one interconnected package.



brandonbwii commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transfor...:

Nobody cared for it during the NWC when it was just called Blast Ball. Confirming it was part of a bigger mess and then slapping the Metroid name on it just added salt to the wound.

I think the big problem most have with the Digital Event is the lack of substantial announcements. Nintendo focuses so much on surprises during their directs every month that they ran out of things to show at E3. Hell if you were to count the digital event and several Directs that preceded it as part of E3, then they likely won the show again.



brandonbwii commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Tackles Metroid Prime: Federa...:

@Operative #1
I liked the action in Metroid: Other M actually. If you got rid of the cutscenes, pixel hunting and some other oddities. You were still left with a solid action game, just not a good Metroid game.

I still don't know what to think of FF. I'm all for online co-op, but with Triforce Heroes coming and me still playing Monster Hunter 4 with another Monster Hunter potentially coming this way, FF has no reason for existing. At least until I'm proven wrong with future details.



brandonbwii commented on Tablets Stole The Wii U's Thunder, Laments Shi...:

I don't want to be Debbie downer here about the NX, but it does not sound 3rd party friendly. I seem to recall a developer, I believe Bethesda but could be wrong, said that one of the biggest problems Nintendo faces is trying to keep their systems affordable. Typically in the sense that they want it to stay quiet. That somehow leads frustrating game optimizations.

Based on what I'm hearing of NX, it's going to be the same way.



brandonbwii commented on Tablets Stole The Wii U's Thunder, Laments Shi...:

Completely agree. I feel they need to do more to capture the imagine like the Wii did but somehow make it long term. Gamepad has it's cool moments like ASA and a handful of launch window 3rd party titles, but overall it's kinda uninspired. Definitely not enough to carry an underpowered system.



brandonbwii commented on Tablets Stole The Wii U's Thunder, Laments Shi...:

Why does everybody hate the Wii? The Wii was awesome. I also will say that 3rd party support is important but not AS important as other platforms. As long as they get enough parity that it's not a joke and continue with high quality 1st party games. They should do pretty well. There name can still mean something.



brandonbwii commented on Take More Risks With Your eShop Purchases, Ple...:

People tend to buy games with specific gimmick whether people want to admit it or not. 3rd party games, more so than Nintendo games, have a lot more to prove on Nintendo platforms to get sales. Unfortunately we get too many platform games. It's becoming overkill. We'll take risk when the developers take risks. Apparently Affordable Space Adventures is doing well. Runbow will like find success as well.

Also marketing is still a big factor. I was on the fence about FAST Racing Neo for example, but after Treehouse, it's reached my must-have list.



brandonbwii commented on Nintendo Is A Slave To Its Past Success, Says...:

They need another new IP like Splatoon ASAP. Also the lack of sales on Codenamed STEAM isn't lack of marketing necessarily, it's just not that great a game. Intellegent Systems other series are far better overall and I think this may be majority of opinion. Otherwise it would grow due to word of mouth.



brandonbwii commented on Nintendo Is A Slave To Its Past Success, Says...:

I love Nintendo innovating with hardware. They just need reason to exist which the GamePad doesn't offer. They needed something bigger like, idk, something cool that the competition isn't doing, but still good.

Wii was great. It complemented the high end systems well. The thing was, though, it's innovation offset the idea of raw power simply due to the controller.

I feel with the gamepad, it wasn't enough to make a system with last gen technology. It was more complicated for the masses and those that might've appreciated the controller is too busy playing XBone or PS4 with their sweet, sweet graphics.

The gamepad, simply, was made for more sophisticated games but the Wii U is not a sophisticated system.



brandonbwii commented on ​Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Confirmed...:

What do the naysayers have to say now? As I've said before to @Quorthon, the whole "3rd party games don't sell on Nintendo" is irrelevant when your crowdfunded. Not only are we getting a version of the game, it sounds like it will be fully featured (graphics make take a significant downgrade due to outsourcing, but that's not what I focus on when playing). Keep up the good work IGA and Armature.



brandonbwii commented on Parent Trap: ​Splatoon Gets Family Tested, ...:

I've been rather down on Nintendo for not including voice chat, but after video, I can see how that benefits it's family-friendly nature. Sure Friend Chat should still be on the table, but it's quite fine without it.

For those that say "mute button," how do you know that your kid is going to use it? I guess you could disable it in the OS or something, but why should you have to password block your kid from playing a kids' game?



brandonbwii commented on Curve Digital Reiterates Commitment to Wii U W...:

Lone Survivor was awesome. Not scary, but a great challenge that really got me to think. Excellent sound design as well. Personally I would have preferred 'cel' animated sprites like MSFHD but the game as whole, right down to the atmosphere, was survival horror bliss.



brandonbwii commented on The Latest Miiverse Update Has Users In An Uproar:

I laughed heavily on that. As a 31 year old who frequents Miiverse, I hear you. There was a moment I found funny when there was the heated debate of voice chat in Splatoon. Everyone wanted the option but if Miiverse is indicative of the sorta players who will be playing Splatoon, then I can't blame Nintendo for wanting to leave it out, LOL!

There's Wii U Chat or, even better, Skype for that kinda interaction.



brandonbwii commented on Wii U Stretch Goal Seemingly Teased for Bloods...:

They may use a partner company for porting purposes and it will likely be a different engine altogether. I hope there's an enthusiastic secondary party that may work on Wii U when the goal is reached. Much like how Renegade Kid pushed for Mighty no. 9 and even Yooka-Laylee to be on 3DS.



brandonbwii commented on The Latest Miiverse Update Has Users In An Uproar:

A lot of people bring up that stamp idea and while it sounds fantastic in theory, I truly wonder how practical it would be? Would you really want to flood of random stamps in a specific community? What if the game is M-rated? If Nintendo adds an age gate, are you still free to use stamps from games geared more toward kids in the adult-centric community and vice versa? There's just so many variables.

Even if everything is kept squeaky clean like it is now, would you really want the stamp of a gun someone earned in a FPS in your community for the latest Mario game?



brandonbwii commented on The Latest Miiverse Update Has Users In An Uproar:

I just tried it and I don't see the problem. If there was some sort of downtime when you click the arrows then yeah, there would be a problem, but it's near instantanious and you can see how many long it's been since their last posts (as it's always been).

Activity feed is now less crowded and faster. I guess I don't use social media that much, but I actually don't see how it's not BETTER than before.



brandonbwii commented on Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the ...:


"I'll say this: I'm an avid Nintendo fan. I love their games- pretty much all of them. In fact I think the number of Nintendo games I DON'T like could be counted on my left hand.
I also love 3rd party games- but mainly just the elite few that really shine on the same level as Nintendo's own games."

Finally someone here actually feels the same way I do. So much win! Nintendo is one of the few companies that still focus on how a game "feels" to the player. Be it waggle, button, or vibration. Sure we can all complain that a game like Splatoon has fewer modes than other shooters, but how many other games "feel" so satifying just pressing a button or exploring a map?



brandonbwii commented on Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the ...:

I miss the Wii days. A time where "gamers" opinions barely mattered and it was stronger for it. Sure not everything was a winner but if every developer were to succumb to the "I hate waggle" mentality, nothing would ever get done.



brandonbwii commented on Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the ...:

My God, whenever I see over 100 comments on NLife I know that you're there trying to start a riot. If you don't like anything Nintendo WHY IN THE WORLD DO YOU POST HERE?

1. 3rd party games are usually worst on Nintendo platforms

2. Sales of 3rd party games are erratic, not poor.

I look back on Wii and see the games that were a success. They were the fully featured games that took advantage of the hardware: Early Tiger Woods and PES games, the fully featured NHL 2k10, Shaun White: Road Trip, a couple of Star Wars games etc.

The biggest problem, if you can call it a problem, is that sales went down sequel after sequel. I wish that would happen on other platforms, it would mean more innovation. Yes 1st party almost always sales better but why is that a problem? Link doesn't always sale either know-it-all. Look at Skyward Sword. Again ERRATIC sales. Not poor. I'm not making excuses, I'm stating the obvious.

Also, for you to call out the fanboys, what are you exactly? You're likely like me, over weight and siting at the computer cause you have nothing better to do. You pride yourself on being the anti-fanboy so much you actually RESEARCH everything Nintendo has done wrong in the past. You really need a hobby.

Since I don't want the admins to completely dismantle me I'll stop with the personal attacks. As for us "fanboys" I find many even on this very site to be bitter over the lack of games like Beyond Good & Evil 2 never showing up and even expressing how the lack of sales for ZombiU is a crime.

Apparently whatever fanboys you're speaking of don't exist on the internet, so who are you calling out exactly? What is your point?



brandonbwii commented on Ronimo Games Explains Pricing for Swords & Sol...:

Looks like @Quorhon is making this about Nintendo and their fans again. Ugh, can't he give it a rest? This is nothing about Nintendo it is about what's right.

Also I'm surprised no mentioned the lack of online play that the cheaper PSN version had. You're paying double price for a game with slightly better art.



brandonbwii commented on Former Castlevania Producer Koji Igarashi's Ki...:

Nintendo owners have every right to be upset. The whole "Nintendo fans don't support 3rd parties" argument doesn't even hold much weight here as the game is crowdfunded. This means that it's worth putting forth the extra effort for a port if it receives enough dough just to make sure ALL fans can are happy.



brandonbwii commented on Project Giant Robot Will Be Out Sooner Than Yo...:

Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one that likes the Wiimote. Compared to that the Gamepad is a backwards thinking abomination IMO. That said I do tend to enjoy games that focus on the Gamepad like Affordable Space Adventures. Wiimote was just so inventive with endless possibilities while ideas for the Gamepad have been pretty much exhausted since launch.