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Tue 15th January, 2013

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Captain_Balko commented on 'Mr. Tetris', Henk Rogers, Discusses Game Boy ...:

I'm actually pretty decent at Tetris - I got Axis for 3DS and for a while I was in the top 100 for the fast line clear mode. I'm garbage at lasting a really long time because my brain shuts off after a while, but ask me to clear 40 lines and I can do it way faster than most people.



Captain_Balko commented on The Club Nintendo Rewards Are Confirmed for April:

Ugh, I've got Super Mario World on my Wii U already and I have Mario Golf for my N64, so I'm not really interested. Plus I'm not really into art games and the other one looks mediocre so I don't want those either. Oh well, I guess I'll just wait until next month... Again.



Captain_Balko commented on Auditions Open for Pokémon Championship Comme...:

This would be perfect for me if I was a US resident or played Pokemon competitively instead of casually. I've been told I'm good at speaking - somebody once said I had "charisma". Not sure how true it is, but I do know that I'm quick on my feet and rarely stutter, plus I get pretty enthusiastic, so being an announcer (for something I love like video games) would be a good fit for me.

EDIT: Fond memories of the announcer from Pokemon Stadium are rushing over me. Whoever gets picked should say stuff like "FISTS ARE FLYING IN THIS HEATED BATTLE" or "WHOAH! THAT'S THE WEAK SPOT!"



Captain_Balko commented on Video: Nintendo Minute Shows Off Two Courses i...:

Man, am I ever hyped for this game. Toad's Turnpike with the ability to DRIVE ON TRUCKS AND JUMP OFF OF THEM? Sweet. I can't wait, although I wish that they'd announce a limited edition for North America so I could pre-order it...



Captain_Balko commented on Feature: Bandai Namco Characters We'd Love to ...:

Ugh, I don't want to see any of them. Let's stick with Nintendo characters and only the most relevant 3rd Party characters, thanks. I didn't agree with Snake's inclusion in Brawl, and I hope he stays out of Smash 4. These Namco characters are even more irrelevant than Snake. Ugh.



Captain_Balko commented on Advance Wars Bringing the Battle to the Wii U ...:

One of the few major GBA games that I haven't yet played, certainly going to give it a buy. I'd also like to see Fire Emblem for GBA (not Sacred Stones, I've got that on 3DS, the first one) which is one of the only other great GBA games I haven't played.



Captain_Balko commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

@unrandomsam Now, the problem with that is that there are legal issues, and also the matter of reputation. Obviously my statement isn't the case when legal complications arise. Furthermore, a company must protect their reputation, and transitioning into pornography would be a hard blow to their image and therefore their ability to make money. A game like this is harmless - an incredibly minute amount of people in the target demographic would consider it "sullying" to have it on Nintendo's eShop and would stop purchasing from Nintendo because of it. But if there were no legal problems and Nintendo didn't have to worry about losing its good reputation, and there is a market for it (and I believe there is, because I read about somebody taking pornographic images and editing them and putting them on an SD card so they can be viewed in 3D on the 3DS camera), there should absolutely be pornography on the eShop. Such is Capitalism.



Captain_Balko commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

I'd like to throw in my likely controversial two cents -

So what if women are being objectified in video games? People in general are objectified all the time. If the audience is mainly male, and the developer will make more money by "objectifying", then so be it. The same thing happens in the reverse when it comes to men in romance movies / novels. I mean, have you SEEN those pre-teen girl movies like Twilight? The men are objectified constantly. Their shirt is off every ten minutes. And there is nothing wrong with that, because it's what the target demographic wants. In Capitalism, if somebody wants something, and you can make money by giving it to them, you GIVE IT TO THEM. That's all there is to it.



Captain_Balko commented on Little Mac Arrives as a Knockout Challenger in...:

I am more hyped than I've likely ever been in my life. The moment he was revealed I freaked out. I got incredibly worked up, even more than the initial SSB4 E3 announcement. YES. YES. YES! 100% WILL BE MY MAIN. AM SO INCREDIBLY EXCITED THAT I FEEL LIKE I'M GOING TO EXPLODE! THANK YOU SAKURAI! YOU ARE A GOD AMONG MEN!



Captain_Balko commented on Mass Market Price And Mario Kart 8 Will Revers...:

@Mahe Your talk about the "Zelda decline" is far too simplistic to be taken seriously. Yes, Skyward Sword was the worst selling 3D Zelda until Wind Waker HD, but that doesn't mean that this pattern will continue. Skyward Sword alienated people because of the motion controls and the Wii Motion+ requirement. It's one thing to buy a new 50$ Zelda game, another to have to but it and an additional peripheral that one might use only for a single game. I don't personally feel that way, but many of my friends did. Also, Wind Waker HD is a remake that was released on a poorly selling system. Obviously, because it's a remake (especially because it's one that doesn't offer anything substantially new from the original except for updated visuals) it will sell less than a brand new game, and additionally the install base is a bit pitiful, compared to that of the Wii.
If you take a look at Link Between Worlds, sales have been phenomenal. There is still widespread interest in Zelda as a series. It is relevant, and it will continue to be relevant in the future. Skyward Sword and WW:HD 'failed' for specific reasons, not because Zelda as a whole is on a decline. When Nintendo eventually releases Zelda Wii U, a whole new 3D Zelda game that will most likely avoid motion controls (and be playable on the gamepad), I predict that sales will absolutely soar. Chances are that it will do far better than Skyward Sword or WW:HD, because almost certainly won't include the mitigating factors that prevented those games from doing as well as they could have.



Captain_Balko commented on Matters Of Import: A Peek Into The Tragically ...:

I'm a massive DQ Fan, and it hurts that suddenly, no more DQ games are being localized. WHY? WHY? I would do literally anything for this game to be localized. My life is meaningless without it. Or at the very least throw us a 3DS game, preferable the DQVII remake, although I'll be happy with anything Dragon Quest.



Captain_Balko commented on Platinum Games Producer Hates "Pedantic Port-B...:

Um, if you want it so much, suck it up and buy a Wii U. Seriously guys. It's not that hard. There are a few interesting games coming out as PS4 exclusives and I only have a Wii U, but you won't see me crying to developers about it. Ugh. Honestly so many gamers are such babies.



Captain_Balko commented on Nintendo Download: 5th December (North America):

Honestly Nintendo, where is A Link to the Past for Wii U? I really want to play it. Ugh, might as well just get it for Wii from Club Nintendo and not play it until it's released on Wii U, pay the 2$ or 3$ or whatever it is to upgrade... I've never played it yet and I've really been meaning to since getting A Link Between Worlds.

I guess I'll probably get Sonic, because I do enjoy 3D Classics a lot. But other than that, pretty barren week.



Captain_Balko commented on Reggie Declares The Year of Luigi Will Continu...:

Well, the Year of Luigi itself isn't really continuing, it's just that products that have not been released yet (due to either time constraints or strategic planning that takes precedence to the time-frame of the year of Luigi) are Luigi themed.

Personally, though, I hope Nintendo picks a character to spotlight every year. For example, I'm hoping next year will be the year of Yoshi, since Yoshi's Yarn and New Yoshi's Island is coming out. This is an opportunity that I hope Nintendo takes.



Captain_Balko commented on PS4 and Xbox One Surpass Wii U Lifetime Sales ...:

I'm not sure that DKC Tropical Freeze is really a selling point for the console. I mean, I love DK as much as the next guy, and Retro is great as always, but it's not something that'll shift a lot of units. Nintendo fans that likely already have a Wii U will pick it up, but if you aren't interested in Pikmin 3, Wind Waker HD, or Super Mario 3D World, why would you buy a system for Donkey Kong? I don't see it as very plausible.

Smash Bros, on the other hand, is a different story, but Donkey Kong? Maybe in the SNES days, but certainly not anymore.



Captain_Balko commented on Review: Senran Kagura Burst (3DS eShop):

@DarkKirby Being politically correct has nothing to do with your freedom of speech. Are you free to go to a public place and share discriminatory views with people? In most first world countries with a constitution, yes, you are. Is this a good or respectful thing to do, is it ethically right? Of course not.

There is a difference between what you're allowed to do and what you should be doing. In creating a product, game developers have to be careful not to offend groups of people. It has nothing to do with freedom of speech, but rather with another, equally as vital pillar of Western civilization - tolerance and inclusion. When you make a game that promotes intolerance, you essentially exclude a group of people, as the game might very well upset them and detract from the experience. Alienating minorities is simply not good business practice (or ethical practice in general).

For example, if somebody made a game that was essentially a genocide simulator, would it not be okay for the reviewer to remark on how offensive it is and how much it detracts from his or her experience? At this point, it doesn't matter how good the gameplay is, how nice the graphics are, and how much content is in the game - if the game is incredibly offensive, none of this matters anymore, as the product cannot be an enjoyable experience for a great deal of people.

Obviously the examples you've given are times where this principle was blown out of proportion. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with a reviewer noting that something in the game offended them, especially if it is likely to offend others. A review should be able to say, "I disliked the way that Samus' character was portrayed because it made her seem like a weak woman, which offended me", or "the game portrays black people as savage, and nearly every enemy in the game is a black, and I found this offensive" because a review is supposed to be a recommendation of a game, and the reviewer cannot recommend the game to like-minded people because if the game offends them, it will undoubtedly detract from the experience. Should a minor offensive portrayal in the game cause the entire score to plummet? I don't believe it should. However, I do believe that because it affects one's ability to enjoy the game, it needs to be mentioned and possibly have some sort of effect on the score.

Concerning this game here, women might very well be offended by the way that it portrays them, and it is perfectly acceptable to state that in a review. Personally, I'm not interested in the game because it makes me quite uncomfortable, and I'm glad that the reviewer stated that some people might not be comfortable with it. If no mention was made to it, and I somehow bought the game without knowing what was waiting for me (which I'll certainly admit is quite a long shot, but still possible, I guess), the experience would be marred thanks to how uncomfortable it would make me. Because it's referenced in the review, however, I can make an informed decision as to whether it is worth purchasing or not.



Captain_Balko commented on New York Times Critic Identifies Super Mario 3...:

@KillScottKill I completely agree with you there. I have a large backlog of games on my Wii U that I really need to start whittling down. Friends with other systems have one or two launch games that will last them maybe a week or two each, and that's it for a while. The Wii U has a lot of fantastic games that, as you say, could last an entire year. Depending on how much you play, and what your genre interests are, it could last potentially longer (if you're like me and have limited time to play and enjoy virtually every genre, I'd say you could have enough games to play for at least a year and a half, if not two years).



Captain_Balko commented on Performance of Batman: Arkham Origins Wii U Ve...:

This actually surprised me. I remember reading that the Wii U version didn't suffer the same slowdown before cut-scenes that occurred on the other versions. Anyways, I've been enjoying it a lot, regardless of these "issues", although I did notice that occasionally a building would look really fuzzy when I go near it before the textures loaded properly, which was a little jarring to say the least.



Captain_Balko commented on Poll: As the PS4 Arrives, What Do You Think of...:

It's obviously too early to make any remotely viable predictions, but I think that in the next couple of years, the Wii U has a chance to get on top. The reason is the rise of "smart TVs".

Both the PS4 and (ESPECIALLY) the XBox One are focused on marketing their consoles as multimedia machines. This is where they will make the real money - not from "hardcore" gamers, but rather from people who do enjoy video games but are also looking for a multimedia "console" for their TV. Part of the allure of the PS4, that Sony is trying to play up on, is the social aspect, the fact that it has a blu-ray player, the emphasis on being able to browse TV shows and movies, and the ability to go on various internet based platforms (Netflix, Facebook, et cetera). Xbox One focuses on this even further.

If Sony and Microsoft respectively focus a lot of their resources on this aspect and predominantly market their consoles as a multimedia hub, they're going to be in trouble.The fact of the matter is, who would buy a "multimedia hub" for a large additional sum of money when a "Smart TV" gives you all of those features for much less and is actually built into the television? Yes, Nintendo has somewhat of a focus on these features too (Nintendo TVii, et cetera), but nowhere near the emphasis that either Sony or Microsoft puts on them. At the end of the day, the Wii U is all about games. Smart TVs cannot provide that sort of gaming experience, and won't be able to for quite a while. If the PS4 and Xbox One become synonymous with being a multimedia hub in the public, and are looked at less and less as dedicated "gaming" consoles (which is seemingly what their creators want to occur), they will be in trouble. Meanwhile, the public will see the Wii U as accomplishing something that Smart TVs cannot, and likely elect to buy a Wii U rather than a PS4 or Xbox One. Of course, this is dependent on Nintendo executing some strong advertising that focuses on games.

That's my prediction, anyways. As I said, it's far to early to make an accurate one, but it is what I believe has a decent chance of happening in this generation.



Captain_Balko commented on Review: Batman: Arkham Origins (Wii U):

As somebody who has only played Arkham City, I've really been enjoying this game so far (more of the same is perfectly fine by me, to be honest). Don't let the negative review discourage you from buying this if you're a Batman fan... Sometimes you'll notice that it lacks the polish of the other titles, but it's mostly been a great experience for me. I've been craving more Batman since I finished Arkham City: Armoured Edition, and this does well to satisfy me while waiting for the next one (which will hopefully still be on Wii U). I actually enjoyed the story, and especially seeing some of my favourite assassins from the DC universe in an Arkham game (Deathstroke is one of my favourite characters ever).

I'd say you should buy this if you're a DC Comics fan (especially a Batman fan, obviously), or simply enjoyed the previous Arkham games and are craving more. In my opinion, it's a lot better than the review makes it out to be.



Captain_Balko commented on Nintendo Releases Handy Wii U Comparison Chart:

@DarkKirby Tablets and smartphones don't provide the "family" based fun that the Wii provides, nor motion gaming, nor fitness games (a la Wii Fit and Wii Fit U), nor party games (that are great with friends or when multiple kids come over).

The "casuals" that buy smartphones and tablets aren't the same that bought the Wii. Usually, families with children bought the Wii, or sometimes adults looking to lose some weight. You're making the causal market seem one sided. The fact of the matter is, tablets and smartphones provide personal gaming while the Wii U provides a family experience.



Captain_Balko commented on Dragon Quest Monsters 2 Dated for Japan, Along...:


DQM2 was the game that made me love Dragon Quest. I had it for GBC. Such a great game, I figure we'll never get the 3DS or key-chains, but PLEASE, just let us have the game...

Why don't they just localize it and release it on the eShop? They're bound to make some money on that, there is a decent DQ fanbase here. Start with the first DQM remake for 3DS, then give us VII, then this... PLEASE.



Captain_Balko commented on Super Mario Galaxy Is Eurogamer's Game of the ...:

Such a fantastic game, in my opinion one of the finest ever made, and I'd certainly say that it's the best platformer ever made. When I first played it my mind was blown. It's just fantastic in ever possible way, could not have been more impressed by it.

Actually, I have a hankering to play it all of the sudden. Oh well, hopefully Super Mario 3D World will be good enough to satisfy my appetite for 3D Mario. If not, I might have to replay Galaxy again.



Captain_Balko commented on Nintendo Will Be "Careful" About The Artistic ...:

Skyward Sword was my ideal art style. I really hope they keep things bright, frankly the dark graphics of Twilight Princess were a turn off for me. I don't mind if Link looks like he does in the new Smash Bros or in the Wii U Zelda demonstration that was shown, but if things get super dark a la Twilight Princess I won't be a happy camper.



Captain_Balko commented on Nintendo Direct: Check Out the Japanese Daigas...:

@1upsuper Realistically I'll play pretty much anything, I really like Rhythm Heaven, Rockband / Guitar Hero, et cetera, but Elite Beat Agents remains one of my favourite games of all time. Also, I've looked at Ouendan, but from what I can tell it's mostly Japanese music, and what really made EBA for me was the music.



Captain_Balko commented on Feature: The Madness That Is Super Mario 3D Wo...:

I was one of the nay-sayers when this was announced, expressing disappointment at the game when it was first announced (and this is from a massive Mario fan since I was old enough to play video games). Slowly, it grew on me, and now I'm incredibly excited for this.

I'm just worried that my brother is going to get upset with me while playing because I'm the superior Mario player. Still, looks awesome, cannot wait to get it.



Captain_Balko commented on Data Says - Choose Squirtle in Pokémon Red & ...:

This doesn't make much sense to me. Obviously anybody who knows what they are doing is going to build their team with varied types from the beginning of the game instead of relying on their starter. Blastoise is the only one of the three starters who has a single type, and therefore gets a STAB bonus only for water moves unlike Charizard and Venusaur who get it for two types each.

Oh, and also, Charizard looks the coolest by far, so, there's that.



Captain_Balko commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Clarifies That Local Multipla...:

Local multiplayer is fine and dandy when cooperative, but I actually have more fun crushing my friends and sibling than helping them - competition trumps coop. Probably not the point of the article (online, blah blah blah, don't care) Actually, I like HINDERING my friends and brother in coop the most, but that's a good way to lose friends and get my brother angry with me... so I don't do it often.

Anyways, I much prefer local to online because online there are too many people like me that would rather troll and mess everyone up than continue. That's why I didn't like playing Little Big Planet online - If I was the last man standing, I literally just stood still with the camera on me flailing my arms around in a bizarre dance until everyone else got bored and quit. In local I'd end up with a bruised arm and without my controller if I attempted that.