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Captain_Gonru

Captain_Gonru

Gamer for life.

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#1

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

@MarvinTheMartian Speaking for myself, I had railed on the lack of voice chat in a couple of the preview articles, but no one cared. For me, it's pretty much a deal breaker. As it was with Splatoon. Others, seemingly, are less bothered. Or really love connecting with strangers on Skype. Not sure which.
@TheDavyStar I asked that when this review was first published, and have yet to get a response. Let me know if you fare any better.

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#2

Captain_Gonru commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Continues to Shift Its...:

@JaxonH Fair point. But if we're discussing Nintendo and what THEY can do to win back consumers, these are niches they need to find ways to fill. I can't fathom they look at one of those titles and say "well, that's why people need more than one console". There is clearly a market. GTA V just past the 57 million copies sold mark. 57 million! Yes, that is across five consoles, but even if you divide it up, does Nintendo have ten million copy seller?
And of course I'm not implying that Nintendo needs (or wants) a game with that sort of content. But taken from a strictly gameplay standpoint, the "sandbox" genre has been largely overlooked. Perhaps the new LoZ will fill that gap. I'm very hopeful.
But again, while we can say "I've got a PS4/XB1 for that", that is not a solution they can have.

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#3

Captain_Gonru commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Continues to Shift Its...:

@JaxonH Very true. A couple of my oldest friends and I have been playing various games on Xbox for years now. It filled the hole that was left after we went our separate ways and couldn't play Goldeneye while grown more.and more intoxicated. Ah memories. Fuzzy, hazy, muddled memories.
And neither Nintendo nor any of their "Nindies" (I really hate that term, btw. They're smaller third parties, end of story) has an analogue to the open-world co-op fun of Mercenaries 2, Crackdown, or GTA Online. Monster Hunter is as close as they've come, and that still lacks the truly open-world part (not knocking it, mind you, just citing a difference).
It's THAT experience that I want from the NX. Give me a game where I can hop into an environment with my friends, and we can shoot the breeze (with our voices, please, like other systems have been seamlessly doing for years now) while traversing the world, doing as we please.
That is a meal Nintendo has yet to serve up.

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#5

Captain_Gonru commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Continues to Shift Its...:

@Windy While I don't disagree with your premise, I would ask if you hold "traditional" DLC is the same light. Because there are virtually no games left on the "other" consoles that don't have some content locked behind Season Passes and DLC. An argument could be made that, with amiibo, you at least get some THING for your money, not just unlocked data.
Again, I don't wholly disagree with your idea. I hate games that seemingly cut content solely to sell it to you later, if not Day One. So I am just asking the legitimate question, do you have the same embargo in place for those games, too?

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#8

Captain_Gonru commented on Gorgeous Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Editio...:

@rjejr I've somehow managed ; )
In all seriousness, I just don't like the way they do business. The recent articles about the corporate environment are nothing compared to the ones about their distribution centers. There's a level of callous indifference at work with them that turned me off to them permanently years ago. What's sad is that those stories didn't get the same kind of traction in the popular media that the corporate ones did. Probably because no one cares about the people in the warehouses like they do about the white color folks.
Sorry. This is a really irksome issue for me. If you want, search engine "Allentown Amazon Warehouse". Depending on which site you used (and if Amazon's check cleared), you might have to scroll down past the job listings. If you want your faith in humanity challenged, skip down to the part where they had ambulances at the ready in the parking lot to take away the people who collapsed from heat exhaustion. Because, y'know, ventilation is expensive.

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#11

Captain_Gonru commented on Netflix Update Goes Live on Wii U:

Wait, so the description of what you're watching won't be on the GamePad anymore? That's kind of lame.
The profiles thing means nothing to me, since my wife and I watch mostly the same stuff. And I can scroll to find the one or two things that are just mine.
The deal breaker, though, will be the keyboard. It is still there, right? When Hulu did an update and removed it, I was furious. Who thought that was a good idea?
As for the 3DS version, I've never had any major complaints. Except, of course, that we never got the 3D movies we were promised before it launched.

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#16

Captain_Gonru commented on Review: ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimensio...:

I've found it to be a fine value for the cost. Even before the update (I'm in NA), I had fun with it. Yes, the sound and visuals aren't spectacular, but they are serviceable. I tended to only play one map per session, so I can't comment on the fatigue factor the reviewer mentioned.
Overall, if you like the genre, this does a good job of representing it for the price. If you don't, this likely won't sway your opinion.

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#19

Captain_Gonru commented on Kerbal Space Program On Wii U Is The “Defini...:

@AtlanteanMan Here here
I would go one step further and call for a proper RTS title, too. How do we not have a Battalion Wars yet? GamePad for overhead map + TV for individual unit control = totally awesome game. You could even do splitscreen multiplayer with up to four people on the TV and one "General" on the GamePad.
#missedopportunity

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#20

Captain_Gonru commented on Nintendo UK Sends Out Free Photos With Animal ...:

@rjejr You know, I actually entertained that notion at one point. I took it further, imagining Happy Home Designer as an "add-on" software pack, giving you something to do with your townsfolk while you were on the go.
And this is where my biggest issue with these two "games" stems from. Here are two great examples of activities that could have been added to a main series Animal Crossing game that would have grown the franchise without compromising what the core game is.
So Nintendo is CAPABLE of innovating, but instead chooses to release software which so clearly exists solely to shift amiibo. It just smacks of greed, at its worst, or a disconnect with its fan base at best.
And that stupid board game doesn't even look fun. I challenge anyone to convince me that this has more entertainment value than a preschool board game like Candy Land.

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#23

Captain_Gonru commented on Minecraft: Story Mode is Heading to Wii U:

@TheWPCTraveler I see where you're coming from. And the Telltale Minecraft game is the first game they've done based on a game (or did they do Sam and Max? Okay, ONE of the first), so it still remains to be seen how well that style of game works with another game franchise. It might not, of course, but the engine would still be Wii U-ready, thus allowing ports of the rest of their library, for a start.
As for the likeliest Nintendo franchise, I guess it would be Zelda, right? The puzzle elements could stay, just with less combat. Not NO combat, obviously, but less. Maybe even a Zelda-focused Zelda? This is all blasphemy, I know, but since we're playing the What If? game, I think it's all fair game.

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#24

Captain_Gonru commented on Minecraft: Story Mode is Heading to Wii U:

@TheWPCTraveler On the surface I'd agree. But, I would have said the same prior to playing some of the Mario RPGs, too, and they did a more than serviceable job in applying a story to a franchise that never had more than a skeleton of a narrative to begin with.
I'm not even trying to suggest that it's good idea. But, the pure adventure genre is poorly represented on consoles as a whole, and Nintendo's specifically. The GamePad seems well-suited to point-and-click adventures, and I'm surprises we haven't seen more already.

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#25

Captain_Gonru commented on Minecraft: Story Mode is Heading to Wii U:

@rjejr Well, it's not the strangest move, but it is odd. A few thoughts:
1) This isn't to gauge interest in Minecraft. Of course there is interest. The clones in the eShop and common sense would answer that question without the expense of porting to the "incompatible" Wii U.
2) Telltale wants to do more on Wii U, but this is the easiest way in. Yes, there are a relative few who would buy Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and/or Wolf Among Us. But comparing those numbers to the all-ages cash cow that is Minecraft makes this an easy first effort.
3) If it sells, we'll get lots more. Even forgetting the games listed above, we could still get HD Back to the Future (or even Season 2, if they're reading my dream journal), Wallace and Grommit (highly underrated, if you ask me), or something even cooler that we can't imagine yet. Like...
4) Could we get a Telltale game based on a Nintendo IP? Combine this news, with the renewed "movie" interest, and perhaps a narrative-driven Nintendo exclusive game could happen. The engine, as others pointed out, would be in place. It would only take Nintendo playing along to see something like this take shape.

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#26

Captain_Gonru commented on Nintendo UK Sends Out Free Photos With Animal ...:

@rjejr In my retail sales days, the off-tv play moved more units than any one game ever did. I think aF would be a fine tool for selling XB1s or PS4s. As in, "hey, with either of these, you don't ever have to worry about accidentally downloading this steaming pile of a "game" onto your hard drive".

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#27

Captain_Gonru commented on Review: Runbow (Wii U eShop):

@rjejr This was among the Nindies@home promo, the demos for which, as I understood it, were only available during said promo period. So my "again" was in reference to them making the demo available to those who didn't take advantage during the time allotted.
Of course, I haven't gone back into the game pages in question to check, having kept the ones I was interested in when I first DLed them. Perhaps there was some detail I missed, and it was just the 15% that was on offer during the original promo period.

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#28

Captain_Gonru commented on Nintendo UK Sends Out Free Photos With Animal ...:

It's so odd that THIS seems to be the only use they have for the AR functionality of the 3DS these days. I sold two of my friends on the merits of the system based solely on AR Games shortly after the system launched. Since then, there's been two games I can think of that used it.
Another wasted opportunity.

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#29

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

I'm still intrigued, but have questions. Are the Golden Eggs obtainable for free at all? I know you said there was some for free, and some after achievements, but that still sounds finite. Is it at all like Jewels and Hearts is Pokemon Shuffle, where you can get a few over time? Or are you really only given the first few, and then none after?

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#33

Captain_Gonru commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against am...:

As I said before, Nintendo could end this right now by releasing an app for Wii U and N3DS that does all the "legitimate" things this does. That would leave those who get this to only be using for getting something they didn't pay for, which as I recall, is called "stealing".
Failing that, Nintendo is effectively giving it's endorsement to those who wish to rip them off.

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#34

Captain_Gonru commented on Teyon's First Wii U Game Combines Real Time St...:

I'll keep an eye on it. Those are two genres I enjoy.
It is odd that we haven't gotten more RTS games on Wii U. I get that we won't see a Command and Conquer game (thanks, EA), but has that genre really fallen that far off? I would think the GamePad as overview map would be perfect for such games. When I first saw it, I immediately thought of Battalion Wars.

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#35

Captain_Gonru commented on Future Of Trine Series In Doubt Following Nega...:

I absolutely loved the first two games, and cheerfully paid full price for both in the eShop. And would do the same for 3 if given the chance. However, the day they officially announced that no Wii U port is happening, I guess I'll just have to get it on Steam.

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#37

Captain_Gonru commented on Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and amiib...:

@MadAdam81 The issue there, however, is that they'd still be able to count me as a download. When they brag about how many people got it, there won't be any delineation of those who DLed and hated it, and those who actually liked it.
And maybe when more details emerge about it, I'll find some level of fun that piques my interest. But the info so far looks just awful. This isn't even Mario Party, where you actually do something. This is Candy Land, or Chutes and Ladders, where you take your turn, the board does the "playing" for you, and then you pass the controller. No thanks.

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#41

Captain_Gonru commented on Review: Woah Dave! (Wii U eShop):

I really enjoyed this game. Having grown up in the Atari age, it is a genuine throwback to that era. I get why some people wouldn't like it, as it certainly isn't for everyone. But for those of us that cut our teeth on those pre-NES arcade titles, this feels like a lost relic of that period.

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#42

Captain_Gonru commented on Splatoon and Super Smash Bros. Lead a Lonely F...:

@deemdadim There's a contingent of consumers who buy their sports game (or games) of choice annually, and little else. I've got a friend, for instance, who buys Madden every year, and NBA 2K pretty much every year, but nothing else outside the occasional big release (he's getting MGSV, as an example). And this group is large enough that it pushes these titles to the tops of sales charts. Which, in turn, encourages companies to keep churning them out year after year without any substantial changes, since hey, they keep buying them anyways.

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#46

Captain_Gonru commented on Collectors Rejoice, Rare amiibo Figures Are Ge...:

@rjejr Good points.
And, as we discussed before, "Nintendo Direct" might be no more. But, that doesn't preclude them from another name for the same premise (I'm liking "WedNESday" at the moment). Honestly, they just need SOMETHING. There are far too many questions floating around, and your less hardcore consumer isn't going to chase answers. They're going to shop elsewhere. This ambiguity was cute a few months ago, but the retailers are already transitioning from "Back to School" to "Halloween", so their window of opportunity to stir up interest in any of these "fall" releases is closing damn fast.

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#47

Captain_Gonru commented on Nintendo 2DS Drops To $99 In North America:

@rjejr I genuinely don't know what to think any more regarding the next Club Nintendo. I haven't been holding back waiting for it, as there was a line in the scant bit of info that was actually released about it talking about it involving both future and past purchases. Which makes sense, honestly. They'd be shooting themselves in the foot by not giving SOME credit to those who bought without incentive to do so, reward-wise. Granted, their foot does seem their favorite target of late, but still...

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#48

Captain_Gonru commented on Mario History: Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 ...:

Wario Land was probably my second most played game on my GB (after Tetris). I had every treasure piece except one, which I knew where to get, but couldn't seem to get the key where I needed to. I'm hoping to eventually rectify that on the 3DS VC version, which I'm taking my sweet time finishing.
Hotel Mario, and the Philips CDi in general, hasn't been something I've been able to easily get my hands on. I'd like to at least try them at some point, just to be able to say I actually have.

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#49

Captain_Gonru commented on Collectors Rejoice, Rare amiibo Figures Are Ge...:

@aaronsullivan See, I'll buy my Little Mac regardless. And he'll get opened, so the packaging isn't a huge deal to me for that specific item. I'm more wondering in general if they'll have any sort of "Second Print" labeling. The few of these I'm willing to "collect" in the more traditional sense either got bought when they were new, or aren't getting bought, because #%*#$ those scalpers.
And @rjejr, they need like three NDs at this point. Heck, they could justify one just to make this announcement themselves.

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#50

Captain_Gonru commented on Nintendo 2DS Drops To $99 In North America:

@rjejr True. And those are two reasons I prefer the XL (the third being that sweet, sweet bigger screen).
Slightly off-topic, were you about to bribe one of your kids to load Woah Dave! onto their system, so that you could get the Wii U version free?