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Bucbanzai

Bucbanzai

No matter where u go there you are

Male, 53, United States

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#1

Bucbanzai commented on Interview: Image & Form CEO Brjann Sigurgeirss...:

It is a fun game. Pick it up if you haven't already. A nice combination of exploration/mining sections will little a platforming/puzzle sections every once in a while. He had an interesting comment on the long sales tail of the game. I wonder if that is more common on the 3DS than on mobile. because the games aren't coming out a fast the ones that rise to the top stay up a little longer and drop slower.

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#3

Bucbanzai commented on Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate ...:

I haven't played a lot of Castlevania games but I did enjoy this version. From what I understand there isn't as much exploration as in the older games but you still have a good bit to explore. The map arrows help so it never becomes frustating. I enjoyed the combat. It had a lot of action was fairly frantic. I definitely wouldn't call it cerebral by any stretch. the boss battles were classic with visually great boss' and because you played 3 different characters throughout the game it gave more variety then you usually see in this style game. My only complaint was I felt it a bit short. But I played through it again and still enjoyed the combat plus you were able to continue adding new attacks so it made the same battles different.

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#4

Bucbanzai commented on Star Wars Pinball Confirmed to be Bringing the...:

I love the Zen studio pinball games and look forward to the Star Wars Tables, but I wish the would update the engine for the 3DS so you can just add the new tables as DLC like on the PC, android and IOS instead of seperate games for each set of tables.

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#6

Bucbanzai commented on Round Table: Let's Talk About the 3DS:

I have been amazed at how many games I have bought for my 3DS as well as how much I play it just when I have 10-20 mins here and there. I don't need the 3d to play any of the games but it ands so much to the immersion when playing I can't imagine being without it. The depth makes me feel more a part of the action. The battery is the biggest disappointment of the whole thing. My whish list of games that are out is huge and the new ones coming out are simply going to add to it.

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#7

Bucbanzai commented on Poll: Do You Follow and Watch Rival Console Re...:

Same here. I managed with just a Wii. I don't know if I will get a next gen console yet or not. I still have Wii games to get through, as well as a ton of PC games, and I play more on my 3DS than on any of my consoles. Once I see the pricepoints and features of all 3 I will decide. That's how I did it last time as well, and based on the motion controls and lower price point I went with the Wii. Don't regret it, as I've said I have more games now then I have time to play.

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#8

Bucbanzai commented on Konami Releases Strategy Portal for Castlevani...:

I beat at a 100% and it took about 20 hours. I am not the best at these so I can definitely see it taking a little less, I find it hard to believe only 6 hours unless they were replaying it after leveling up. When going back to get a 100% it was definitly easier to play through the early levels with max HP, Magic and all the attacks unlocked.

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#9

Bucbanzai commented on Talking Point: Warren Spector Asks, Where Are ...:

I think he is too focused on the main stream. Movies in the main stream focus on Action, Comedy and Family. Only rarely do they stray outstide those 3 areas in the main stream. Life of Pi may be a rare exception but Argo is just a real life action movie, Simiar to Apollo 13. It has a "social conscience" but was selected because it would make a good action/adventure movie.
Main stream games with a moral concscience have been in mainstream and may not be as recognizable as such because of the medium. The Sim City series promotes a strong social/economic understanding rewarding those who practice correct ones and punishing those who abuse the values. Sim stories such as Animal Crossing and harvest moon promote social responsibilty as well ecouraging strong relationships and work ethic. Unlike movies which are narative based and have a "perspective" they are told from games leave the choices up to the gamer. If the game leads the gamer too much they no longer feel in control and lose interest.

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#15

Bucbanzai commented on Nintendo of America Offering Free Retail Game ...:

sounds like a good time to upgrade. i was just checking the trade in prices on my 3ds and old DSI XL to upgrade to a 3ds XL. I have already preorded Lugi's Mansion, so when it comes in I will upgrade and go for this deal. Already have SM3DL so will go for either Star fox or Professor Layton.

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#16

Bucbanzai commented on Latest Figures Show The Video Game Market Is C...:

Video gaming is following the same path as the Movies, but instead of theater vs DVD/Blue Ray its Consoles vs Phone/mobile gaming. The big franchises keep coming out but people are slowly getting bored with them. Few people want to try new franchised unless they are at a budget price, and like theaters and DVD's a lot of people are happy simple cheap entertainment on the phone and don't feel home consoles offer enought of an upgrade to make it worth the cost of the games and systems. Add to that the fact that even new systems won't add a lot to the Graphics, there as good as a majority of the people feel they need and aside from the Wii U there is no inovation in control, there is just no incentive for non core gamer to invest.
Games and consoles witll go on just like movie theaters go on but the audience will shrink except for the bid franchises just like the movies.

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#17

Bucbanzai commented on Gunman Clive Developer: 3DS eShop Is "Healthie...:

you should read the thread on NeoGAF as well it has more details. The game is a good deal and I give hime props for release it at the same price for all markets. Most games of this type always play better with button controls. I've finished 3 times with three characters, and that took about 6 hours, but I will be going back to it to try to reduce the number of lives I use and add some no damage runs because most the levels are a lot of fun to play

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#18

Bucbanzai commented on Molyneux: "I Struggle To See Anything Amazing ...:

I think everyone is looking at it in a rather skewed perspective. You seem to be looking at the double screens from strictly a single player viewpoint. From that view point he is somewhat correct. A single individual will get little looking back and forth between the two screens. The strengh of the 2nd screen and Nintendo has struggled to provide insight into is one player focus' on the gamepad while the others have a shared view of the enviroment on the TV. This is hard to grasp until you play it with a group. Playing as a single player offers only limited motion control or map options most of the time.

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#19

Bucbanzai commented on n-Space Not Happy With Heroes Of Ruin Sales Fi...:

The story was the same for me. I had it on pre-order then saw all the reviews. The demo was just OK. I really wanted it for my daughter and me to play together but at $40.00 each it was too much for what I thought I was getting. In addition I was planning on, and did by Kingdom Hearts a couple of weeks later and had just bought Theaterhythm, so the budget was tapped. After the not bad but underwhelming reviews, I held out. If the price drops to $30 at some time I will reconsider because I still think it will be fun to play together.

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#20

Bucbanzai commented on Quarth is Blasting Onto the 3DS Virtual Consol...:

I remember this game. You had to clear through wave of blocks coming down at you. each shot was one bloack you had to use the shots to complete rectanges to make them disappear. the blocks coming down were in various patterns and you could look for the key blocks that would make the entire sections disappear or you could blast away and fill them in with speed. The game awarded bonus' for doing it with less shots and as the game spead up that was the only way you had time to complete them.

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#21

Bucbanzai commented on Rodney Greenblat: Nintendo Works on Creativity...:

I think everyone is mixing up the messages of creativity and extending the audience. He quite clearly states that he see' no lack of creativity in any of the game makers. Rather he sees a lack in the demand for anything new in their respective audiences. A majority, not all, there are always exeptions, but a majority of them what what they have but bigger or better.
He is applauding Nintendo not for being more creative per say but for reaching out to more than their current audience by saying - this isn't the same thing everyone else is doing give it a try. by doing that you are "reaching a new audience that doesn't have the same predetermined expectations of what their games should be like. Now you can introduce new concepts with an audience that is expecting something new not the same but bigger.
That is a risk that few companies are willing to take. When the Wii came out everyone said it was underpowered and couldn't make the next bigger better game. That's not what Nintendo was trying to do, I don't think. They took a bashing from current game players who say the system wouldn't provide bigger and brighter, but at the sames time opened a new audience who found out they might enjoy games afterall. Thus game the mini games, the dance games, the resurection of group games.
new as he noted the phone and tablet market are similar. You have a new audience without the preconcieved expectations of what a video game should be so you can introduce newness with less risk, because to the audience almost all of it is new..

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#23

Bucbanzai commented on Bonsai Barber is a Snip at 150 Coins on US Clu...:

I agree with many others on the board. This may not look like anything special but the cute characters, the variety of collectibles and the variety of stlyes to cut as well as the various problems you can encounter, all make it very enjoyable to play.

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#24

Bucbanzai commented on New Super Mario Bros. 2 eShop Bonus Confirmed ...:

Nope, I am all for downloadable content but with 2 3DS' in the house, mine and my daughters. It is more reasonable to buy the game at retail so we can trade it back and forth rather than have to download it twice. Now if Nintendo switches to family accounts so we can either both play it, or trade easily electronically it would make more financial sense.

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#26

Bucbanzai commented on Kid Icarus: Uprising Fails to Fly in UK Charts:

I havn't played it myself and I have heard the controls are harder to adjust to for left handers but my 13 year old daughter loves it and has had no trouble with the controls whatsoever, she doesn't use the stand either. I wonder if the size of your hands has a big impact on how easy it is to adjust to the controls.

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#27

Bucbanzai commented on Kid Icarus: Uprising Fails to Fly in UK Charts:

I havn't played it myself and I have heard the controls are harder to adjust to for left handers but my 13 year old daughter loves it and has had no trouble with the controls whatsoever, she doesn't use the stand either. I wonder if the size of your hands has a big impact on how easy it is to adjust to the controls.

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#28

Bucbanzai commented on Talking Point: 3DS Depends on Nintendo Titles ...:

I think Nintendo systems have had a reputation for being used by more casual games and 3rd parties have had a hard time getting great sales on their core titles. This has been at least partially true, but I believe the 3DS has been making gains in this area. SSFIV3D was a great starting title as the DS never had a serious fighting game. RE:Revelations is another great inroad, especially since it is so well optimized for the 3ds. I bought it myself even though I have little time to play it now to make sure the designers know the customer is out there. I am hoping MGS and Tales of the Abyss will help identify the 3ds with core games as well as casual.
The e shop may look Nintendo heavy for 2011 but with VVVVV, Mighty Switch force,and Mutant Mudds all looking like they are doing well I think it might change this year. Nintendo may still dominate there with Pushmo and other releases but at least we are seeing a good response to 3rd party on the e shop