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Male, 26, Canada

Nintendo and Sony fan. Enthusiast of classic rock, heavy metal, jazz, and the blues. Probably a weeb.

Mon 5th August, 2013

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CaviarMeths commented on Fresh Bravely Second Details Highlight StreetP...:

Considering that Bravely Default's success in the West single-handedly caused the CEO of Square Enix to reevaluate the company's policies on localization, I have absolutely no doubt that Bravely Default will be out in NA/EU within in a year.



CaviarMeths commented on The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Shows De...:

@rjejr Japan just got the Halo Master Chief Collection, bundled with a special white Xbox One and a $100~ price drop.

It's pretty much the same value as November in NA, when the Xbox One was $350 with two games. Only... the Xbox One sold over 2 million consoles in America in November. So Japan's 1,300 is still pretty much dead in the water.



CaviarMeths commented on Former Sega of America CEO Talks Out on the Co...:

I still disagree that Nintendo should be offering full games on iOS/Android. That would seriously devalue their handheld line, their bread and butter. But I do agree that smart devices are a powerful marketing tool and should be utilized to their full potential. The suits in Japan are sniffing them and poking at them with sticks, trying to figure them out, and hopefully they eventually do.

They're about 10 years behind in internet years (the Xbox 360 had online down to a science day one back in 2005) and really need to close that gap. I see it as their biggest weakness right now.



CaviarMeths commented on The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, Monster...:

Nice to see such an increase over MH3U, but this series is still going to struggle to gain traction in the west. The game is designed from the ground up to be played on handheld with local multiplayer at meet-ups, conventions, after work/school with colleagues/classmates, etc, a style of gaming that westerners haven't really taken a liking to en masse.



CaviarMeths commented on 3DS Flashcard Users Playing ROMs Online Report...:

Nintendo spends money on combating piracy, money that will not ever see a return on investment. Steam and Netflix make money on satisfying a market of otherwise honest consumers who just want convenient, fairly priced products.

Almost no one would be downloading illegal ROMs on their 3DSs if Nintendo just made them available and priced them right.



CaviarMeths commented on Poll: Do Video Game Reviews Need To Have A Score?:

The problem with a score is that everyone reading it expects that you can directly compare one score to another, even if they're not in the same genre, don't have the same scope, goals, resources, etc. People could generally agree that Super Mario Galaxy, Journey, and The Last of Us are all nearly flawless games, but for some reason, you assign them all a number and people start flipping out.

And in that case, what becomes important is the actual body of the review, to find context for that score. If it comes to that, the score is rather unneeded in the first place, no? It doesn't really matter that SMG is a "perfect" game, what matters is why it's a perfect game, and you won't find the answer to that in a number.

That said, summaries or tag lines are probably needed. Most of the time, I don't want to read through a 500 word review about why a game is terrible and not worth my time. I have stuff to do. I only read full reviews about games that I'm really emotionally invested in.



CaviarMeths commented on Developers Outline Their Ideas for Nintendo's ...:

LOL @ open OS. Pigs will fly too.

Everything else sounds fine though. I too want better interconnectivity, local play, network features, account systems, etc, as well as better tools for developers. I like the way Jason Canam, Tim Dawson, and James Montagna think.



CaviarMeths commented on Sega's Digital Restructure Means 300 Staff Wil...:

If Sega wants to restructure around digital smartphone and PC releases, I don't care. They're a sad shadow of their glory days anyway. I just care about what happens to all the IP left laying around doing nothing. Please Sega, for the sake of your legacy, unload your properties like Yakuza, Valkyria Chronicles, Shining Force, and Phantasy Star onto a publisher who cares and don't drag Atlus down with you.

Hopefully someone else picks up Sega-owned Platinum IPs like Bayo and Vanquish too.



CaviarMeths commented on Three New LEGO Games Heading for Nintendo Hard...:

Definitely didn't see Lego JP coming. The first JP is one of my favorite films though, so I may not be able to resist.

And I love the MCU, but don't have any biting need to play through it in game form. Marvel Heroes is a good game and I haven't finished it yet, so I'll probably just stick with that.



CaviarMeths commented on Video: New Nintendo 3DS and XL Batteries Put t...:

Well, it's longer, but not really a significant leap considering that "improved battery life" is one of the marketing points. I mean, they're not lying, but still.

I would be more interested in power reduction in sleep mode though. Maybe it's Street Pass and Spot Pass, but the 3DS drains pretty fast while closed. In comparison, I can put my Vita in sleep mode for like 2 weeks and it'll still have plenty of juice in it.



CaviarMeths commented on The New Fire Emblem For 3DS May Be Arriving So...:

It's expected to hit Japan this summer. Awakening had an 8 month gap between JP and NA releases. Given that the series has kind of exploded in popularity due to Awakening and Smash though, it's probably in IntSys and Nintendo's best interest to be working on a localization alongside the development to get it out sooner. It's fair enough to assume less than 8 months this time.

So maaaaybe a holiday 2015 release. Summer 2015 in Japan = July-Sep, so even with a faster localization, a 2015 release might be a stretch. But still possible.



CaviarMeths commented on Hyrule Warriors Majora's Mask Pack DLC and Up...:

I dunno, this pack just feels lacking compared to previous ones. An alt of a character already featured and a gag character. Skull Kid would have been a good addition. The costumes aren't great either.

My season pass has already paid for itself, so I'll end the griping there, but I probably wouldn't buy this pack separately.



CaviarMeths commented on Wii U Enjoyed Its Best Ever Month of US Sales ...:

@Robotron2084 I had a bit of an opposite situation with Sony. Their Vaio 13 hybrid laptop was infamous for its great hardware... but inexplicably awful network adapter made by Broadcom. It had all sorts of incompatibility issues with other components and most Vaio 13 owners were stuck with a $1300 brick with no wifi/bluetooth.

After about 8 months on the market with no solution, Sony sold off its PC division and Vaio became independently owned. Within days, there was a fix for the Broadcom adapter. Maybe a coincidence, but a funny one. I do love my Vaio though. At least, now that it has onboard wifi/bluetooth.



CaviarMeths commented on Wii U Enjoyed Its Best Ever Month of US Sales ...:

@Robotron2084 "Sony, who tend to throw products out in bucket-loads irregardless if it'll sell or not ...; that's great for us consumers, but not great as a business decision"

Yeah, no kidding. I was just doing some research on smartphones and I got to the Xperia and am immediately confronted with this insanely huge list of models. They may as well have made a different form factor for every owner of a Sony Xperia! The Xperia Z3 is still a fantastic phone, arguably the best on the market now, but damn, they wonder why they're losing money in mobile lol.



CaviarMeths commented on Wii U Enjoyed Its Best Ever Month of US Sales ...:

So Nintendo is profitable, with margins high enough to continue course. That's $30mil worth of amiibo sold in the US in one month by the way, and probably a 30-40% profit margin for Nintendo. In other words, it just paid the bill for any of their current AAA games in production. Hell, it paid off the deficit from both Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2. Because toys.

That's important too here, because internet analysts like to spell doom and disappointment because Nintendo isn't "winning," or even doing as well as themselves in the past. But they're profitable, and making enough money to continue making worthwhile investments. That's why they're a business, that's why they've been a business for 125 years. Not because they're swimming in an Olympic pool filled with a few years worth of Wii/DS money.



CaviarMeths commented on Poll: Which New Nintendo 3DS Will You be Buying?:

Surprised so few people said "exclusive 3rd party games" for the last poll. Have you folks not played an Atlus or Capcom game on the system yet? They're fantastic!

Anyway, hanging onto my current 3DS until a price drop and limited edition Fire Emblem New 3DS.



CaviarMeths commented on Sega Confirms Global 3DS Release For Hatsune M...:

I'm not even huge on this type of game, but I might buy it anyway to support niche games being localized. On sale.

@Superstick Because that's what she is. She's a vocaloid, software designed to "sing" notes and tones that are inputted into a program. Think of it as a super advanced BonziBuddy.



CaviarMeths commented on Code Name: S.T.E.A.M Gets European Release Dat...:

Reggie yacking on for 15 minutes about N3DS stuff we already knew, then Bill comes on and says "Oh by the way, you can use the Fire Emblem amiibos in Codename STEAM," this is why I care about N3DS.

Though I'll wait for a price drop and/or a limited edition version for the new Fire Emblem.



CaviarMeths commented on Feature: Five Key Reveals We Want in 2015's Fi...:

I really hope the "and details" info on N3DS is kept to a minimum. Everybody watching the American Direct already knows all about the N3DS and NoA needs to stop pretending that we don't. Yes, we know it has face-tracking 3D, a 2nd analog nub, and a faster CPU. We've known for months. On with the games!