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Male, 31, United States

Mon 21st January, 2008

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BulbasaurusRex commented on Feature: A Pokémon Retrospective: Generation ...:

@KTT Why do you think the gameplay is getting more child-friendly? If anything, it gets more complex with each generation with additions such as hold items, breeding, the Steel and Dark types, abilities, natures, double battles, the attack-specific physical/special split, hidden abilities, triple and rotation battles, and now the Fairy type, Mega Evolutions, and sky and horde battles.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Double Dose Of Sin & Punishment Arrives On Nor...:

@Mario_maniac Well, they kind of needed to keep the increased import cost for those of us updating from the Wii to Wii U version. Otherwise, they'd either have to give out the update for free, or they'd have people complaining about it being cheaper for new Wii U purchases than the combined cost of the Wii version and the Wii U update.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Mario History: Super Smash Bros. - 1999:

That's still one of the best commercials Nintendo's ever made.

Anyway, I miss the powerful throws this game had. In the sequels, grabs and throws devolved into a minor tactic for racking up some quick damage when close in or to get past a shield, but it's very rare to actually KO someone with it (aside from suiciding with Donkey Kong). However, in the original game, those throws had some real launching power to them, which made them much more fun and rewarding to use.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Review: Devil's Third (Wii U):

Not that I was ever interested in this game in the first place, but why do all the Wii U shooters ignore the Wiimote and Nunchuck? They keep forcing awkward dual analog and gyro controls on us, yet the best FPS controls are right there and still compatible with the Wii U, yet the developers refuse to give us the option! Just because the GamePad is the Wii U's primary innovation doesn't mean it's the best gameplay option for every game, just as there were plenty of Wii games that controlled better with a Classic or GameCube Controller than a Wiimote and Nunchuck.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Double Dose Of Sin & Punishment Arrives On Nor...:

@Mario_maniac While it's true that the voice work of the original game was already in English in its original Japanese release, there are still localization costs beyond just translating the menus. As for the European imports, you don't think Nintendo can just magically convert them into the PAL format or add additional European language support just by snapping their fingers, do you?

Anyway, these are welcome inclusions, and I certainly enjoyed the first game when I downloaded it back in '07. However, while I still have yet to pick up "Star Successor," I can easily find used copies of the physical game for less than $20.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Mario History: Mario Kart 64 - 1997:

@Minotaurgamer MKWii has no multiplayer Grand Prix, forces you to use the annoying bikes on 100cc Grand Prix, has a lot of overly gimmicky original courses, the character selection is too focused on babies and dry characters, and the Battle Mode completely sucks by restricting you to timed team battles in mostly overly gimmicky arenas. Now that the online play has been shut down, it's completely inferior to its predecessor "Double Dash." At least MK8 fixed most of these problems (although the Battle Mode is still pretty lame, and the character selection is still a little too heavy on alternate forms), but I think Sega has stolen Nintendo's kart racing crown over the last two console generations, especially where local multiplayer is concerned.
My full rankings are: Double Dash > 8 > 7 > 64 >> Wii >>> Super Circuit
I haven't played the other two, although I bet the SNES original would be down with Super Circuit due to their similar playstyles.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Gallery: More Details, Characters and Artwork ...:

Still no Soul Calibur characters? Why hasn't that franchise made any appearances in any way on Nintendo systems since "Soul Calibur 2" on GameCube?

By the way, who's the blue-haired (blunette?) chick? She looks like Kaname from "Full Metal Panic."



BulbasaurusRex commented on Potential Massacre Averted At Pokémon World C...:

It sounds like they weren't planning on actually doing anything, but that's a terrible joke, especially when you do have the illegal guns to potentially back up the threat. They need to roast them on some kind of murder conspiracy charge in addition to the illegal firearms charges to show people that these kinds of threats shouldn't be tolerated.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Mario History: Super Mario All-Stars - 1993:

@WaveBoy I'll give you the TV argument, although the GBA Player makes it a moot point, but it's always been quite a challenging game (although SMB3 may be even worse). I've never gotten past World 3 on the GBA version, and I don't know if I could beat World 2 on the SNES version without VC Restore Point abuse.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Pokémon Brawler Pokkén Tournament Coming To ...:

@DualWielding Do you act like this whenever Mewtwo hits Jigglypuff with Shadow Ball or Greninja with its psychic attacks in Smash Bros. (or Charizard hitting Jigglypuff with its Dragon Rush custom move)? While it would be a nice bonus for the type matchups to be in effect, it's not really necessary for this type of game. What's wrong with Tekken, anyway? Besides, most Tekken characters stick to traditional physical fighting moves, while there are plenty of more unorthodox Pokémon-style attacks available in this game.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Pokémon Brawler Pokkén Tournament Coming To ...:

1 And Nintendo said, "Let there be Pokken Tournament upon the Wii U once new life once again springs upon the northern half of the Earth, that whosoever should purchase this game shalt pummeleth their neighbors and kinsmen with various Pokémon in glorious HD from the comfort of their own homes. And the masses shalt call this fun."
2 And the gamers rejoiced.

@Grumblevolcano The arcade game is already out in Japan, so there's no point in shelving it when the Wii U really needs another high profile title (alongside Zelda) in its early 2016 lineup. They admitted to revealing the NX early for reassurance alongside the mobile announcement and haven't revealed a thing about it to date, so I highly doubt it's coming before 2017, anyway. Nintendo always starts working on their next system (console or handheld) shortly after the previous one's release.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Disney Infinity 3.0 Goes Big With Star Wars Co...:

While "Disney Infinity" can't be beat with the sheer amount of nostalgic characters and franchises on offer, it's just not enough of an actual "game" for my tastes. The main focus is on the Toy Box mode, and I have very little interest in simply fooling around with that kind of tinkering. Meanwhile, the adventure mode is very bare-bones compared to any of the Skylanders games, while it has yet to be seen what exactly Lego Dimensions is offering on that front.

Basically, if Disney combined their vast collection of beloved characters, worlds, and franchises under their umbrella with a well-made version of the Skylanders toys-to-life game formula (complete with awesome voice acting and with as many of the original actors as they could get), I would be all over it, but I just can't get excited over what "Disney Infinity" has actually become.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Mario History: Super Mario All-Stars - 1993:

@John_Enigma I'd think it's because SMB2 had completely different gameplay mechanics (being a reskinned outsider and all). The different graphical styles in Super Mario Maker all use the gameplay of the New Super Mario Bros. games at their core, after all, so it really wouldn't make sense to see Mario running around Subcom jumping into POW blocks and stomping on Shyguys and Birdos.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Mario History: Super Mario Land - 1989:

"it's worth acknowledging that any launch release faces a challenge in utilizing a system to its full[est]," except for 'Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader.'

Anyway, while it's the weakest of the 8-bit Super Mario platformers (well, aside from Lost Levels), it's still a very good game compared to its non-Mario contemporaries. I was finally able to play it thanks to the 3DS Virtual Console and enjoyed it quite a bit.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Review: Onimusha Tactics (Wii U eShop / GBA):

Using modern slang in a historical setting like that is actually pretty funny. Translations that make me me cringe include bad grammar and/or spelling, but I like this one.

That being said, I'll still have to pass on this quality title as simply another casualty in a numbers game. There are simply too many other good RPGs and SRPGs to take up my time.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Review: Swords & Darkness (3DS eShop):

Well, I tried the demo, and the review is spot on. You're slow as molasses (outside of dashing), jumping is useless, and the item use commands are overly complicated. (And yes, Gary19862004, these aspects are much worse than in the "Streets of Rage" games. This is especially frustrating when you get caught in between two enemies.

Meanwhile, I find myself grinding for gold against the same enemies with exceedingly high health bars (which aren't even visible) over and over until I can buy enough upgrades to tackle the boss.

It's a real shame, as the graphics are good, the actual combat mechanics are really good, and the enemy AI is excellent. They just screwed up on the movement mechanics and some of the design principles, otherwise it would've been a decent game (although the voice acting is also horrible).



BulbasaurusRex commented on Review: Swords & Darkness (3DS eShop):

@Stu13 You know, there are reasons why certain activities are made more unrealistic in video games than in real life. Would anyone want to play an Ace Attorney game if it were an accurate representation of being a criminal defense lawyer?

I wouldn't care much about unoriginality or repetativeness in this genre, but the review makes the gameplay sound really sloppy and just not very much fun. Since they did give us a demo, I will give it a go before I make a final decision on this game.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Early NX Reveal Was To "Reinforce Commitment" ...:

So parents can't afford to buy their kids a games console, yet they can afford to buy each one a smartphone? Sigh, this is why middle school kids keep getting in trouble at school with their phones. They shouldn't need any kind of cell phone until they or their friends can drive.

What's that, they want a portable device that can go online? Just get them a (2/3)DS. True, some advanced online content won't work, and it requires a wi-fi signal, but that's good enough when combined with the much superior control scheme options and games library.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Review: Flick Golf 3D (3DS eShop):

Well that's disappointing. Why would I want a barebones golf game where you don't actually play golf? I'll stick to "Let's Golf 3D," where one of the minigames is actually similar to what you get here but with superior button controls.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Chris Pranger From Nintendo Treehouse Discusse...:

@Technosphile I'm sorry, but you're rather in the minority here. While an argument could be made about possible race issues, they still don't want to get sued over it. Meanwhile, most people (myself included) do want the various Japanese cultural references properly localized. It's not just jokes; some rather basic references just make no sense to most Westerners.

As for subs vs. dubs, I can respect a desire to hear the voices as originally intended, and some dubs are rather poor through either the translation or the quality of the voice actors. However, if it is a good dub like in "Xenoblade Chronicles," the majority of gamers (once again, myself included) do prefer to just listen to the lines in their native language. It's not about which is objectively better but of which best appeals to the masses, otherwise VCR cassettes would've never supplanted Beta in the pre-digital video market.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Chris Pranger From Nintendo Treehouse Discusse...:

@Nico07 I highly doubt Nintendo would approve of a fan translation. They'd want a translation over which they have personal control. Throw in the massive Japanese cultural references and the still relatively niche popularity of the Mother series in the West, and you can see why they didn't do it. I bet they lost a bunch of money when they did localize Mother 2 as Earthbound, and while the series has gained visibility in the West since then through word of mouth and Smash Bros., it wouldn't have been enough as it was in the case of Fire Emblem. Although, the fact that they have now localized Mother 1 does provide a measure of future hope.

As for Xenoblade Chronicles, while they ultimately underestimated its market, the sheer scope of the game and all of the voiced dialogue did make it a rather expensive localization. If there wasn't any voice acting, the probably would've done it no problem. Still, as an epic yet ultimately mostly traditional (just with some novel and unique new gameplay mechanics) JRPG with hardly any cultural issues, I think they really underestimated its appeal, as several JRPG franchises such as Pokémon, Final Fantasy, and Tales have always sold rather well in the West.

As for those suggesting that they just provide subtitles, you guys are the very niche market to which they refer. The very people who would be willing to settle for subs are a rather small collection of hardcore animé (and the like) fans with interest in niche games that still wouldn't be worth the cost to localize even without touching the voice acting, especially since such games are usually full of Japanese culture that once again only that same small group of Japanophiles would prefer in the original context.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Review: Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeri...:

Sorry, but just as with Fairune, I've just got too many superior RPGs (and SRPGs) to get through to take a chance on this one.

Let's see: Beaten main storyline but still playing: Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, Fire Emblem: Awakening

Started but not beaten: Pokémon Y, Xenoblade Chronicles, Earthbound, Golden Sun, Citizens of Earth, Project X Zone, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, Military Madness: Nectaris

On my Wishlist: Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Golden Sun 2, Advance Wars, Advance Wars 2, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger

Anticipated future releases: Xenoblade Chronicles X, Fire Emblem: Fates

Maybe one of these days: Code Name S.T.E.A.M.

Sigh There are just so many great JRPGs that take so long to play.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Review: Mercenaries Saga 2: Order Of The Silve...:

@Magicpegasus Project X Zone, Code Name S.T.E.A.M.?

It sounds like a very competant SRPG at an excellent price, but I've already got my hands full with superior games in the genre in "Project X Zone," "Fire Emblem: Awakening," and eventually "Fire Emblem: Fates" (along with all of my traditional RPGs I either play or want including but not limited to the Pokémon, Xenoblade, Golden Sun, Final Fantasy, and Earthbound franchises), so I'll sadly have to pass.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Scathing Nikkei Report Hints At Shameful Treat...:

@skylangford That reminds me of a Simpsons episode where Mr. Burns outscourced the labor force for the nuclear power plant to India with only Homer left on the payroll as their American manager (naturally, he had to move his family to India for the job). However, once Homer gave all his Indian employees standard American benefits packages, Mr. Burns could no longer save any money that way, so he fired them all (Yay, we get severance pay!) and moved operations back to Springfield.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Movie Review: Pixels Proves Once Again That Vi...:

This could've been an enjoyable guilty pleasure comedy, one where you're not supposed to think too hard about the semi-nonsensical plot, but the use of Sandler's juvenile-style "comedy" is what kills it for me. Not only that, but there are also three other idiots acting the same way. I may eventually check this out on Redbox, but I'm not going to the theater to watch four grown men act like idiots while tossing out lame toilet jokes and insults at each other.



BulbasaurusRex commented on First Impressions: Learning to Fly With Rodea ...:

Dual analog flying? Well, that sucks! Why couldn't they have used the left stick alone for the flight angle with gyroscopic camera control (that switches to an automatic behind-the-back camera on the ground with occasional slight adjustments made with the right stick)?



BulbasaurusRex commented on Review: Santa Factory (Wii U eShop):

Wow, the entire testing department (which sounds like it was three little kids and someone's granny) should be fired for this debacle! More importantly, how the heck did this mess of programming pass quality control?!



BulbasaurusRex commented on Review: 3D Streets of Rage 2 (3DS eShop):

It's a brilliant game, but I don't know if this is worth double-dipping just for the 3D, though. I never had much trouble beating the game even alone, so most of those extras don't really appeal to me, plus the original version already includes some fun extras via cheat codes.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Vote For The Next Character To Appear In Disne...:

@shaneoh I don't think Disney actually owns any rights to "Gargoyles," though. They merely had the distribution rights at one point to air it on the "Disney Afternoon" and again years later on "Toon Disney."

Wow, there's a lot of good choices there, and I can't believe some of them like Goofy, Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, and Beast aren't already in the game. I'm also a big fan of Kim Possible (Where else does the heroine completely overshadow her male partner/boyfriend in skill? Okay, besides the first "How to Train Your Dragon" movie, and only in pure physical combat in that case.), but in the end I've got to give props to "the terror who flaps in the night." Go Darkwing, better than any other Disney duck, whether its Donald, Scrooge, or even the Mighty Ducks (live-action, animated, or real life)!



BulbasaurusRex commented on Donkey Kong Nearly Missed Out On Pixels Stardom:

Reading between the lines, it still sounds like an enjoyable film for gaming fans. You just need to remember not to take the plot too seriously.

Besides, I find most Best Picture nominees year after year (with rare exceptions like "Star Wars") to be nothing but boring dramas and chick flicks. You rarely ever see even the best action/adventure, fantasy/sci-fi, comedy, or animated movies (my preferred genres) get that kind of recognition. Heck, I consider "Citizen Kane" to merely be a decent movie about investigating the infamous life of a rich jerk with confusing timeline jumps (and yes, I have seen it).



BulbasaurusRex commented on EVO Players Loved Hyperkin's New GameCube-Insp...:

It's definitely something I'll consider getting down the line. I've got a Hori GameCube-esque Classic Controller, but it doesn't have the GameCube face button design and of course needs to be plugged into a Wiimote.

There is a good reason for the analog triggers on the GameCube Controller, you know. Some GameCube games such as "Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader" and "Super Smash Bros. Melee" tie two similar yet different commands to the analog triggers depending on whether they're pushed in part way or all the way. However, with GameCube functionality not an option, I understand why most people prefer digital triggers.