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Cinaclov

Cinaclov

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#1

Cinaclov commented on Standard 3DS Consoles Will Have Limited Online...:

The only game I've ever felt the need to use the internet browser for whilst playing is Pokémon X, just to quickly check things like when a move is learned or when an evolution happens. I can't imagine there'll be much desire to check things like that during 'Smash, and even if I do there are more than enough internet enabled screens around to facilitate it.

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#2

Cinaclov commented on Keep Your Eyes Peeled for this Orchestral Metr...:

There are quite a few Metroid albums out there already (ShineSparkers Harmony of a Hunter is one of my favourites, OCR's Relics of the Chozo is also worth a listen), but more is never a bad thing. Looking forward to it. Could you post an update when it's released?

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#3

Cinaclov commented on Shigeru Miyamoto's Pikmin Short Films to Make ...:

@DerpSandwich Same here, I was really looking forward to them as both games have a lot of potential for charming little animations (kind of like the shorts 'Uprising had near release). Instead they were really disapointing; I guess it's fair enough that you'd re-use the game assets but just editing together gameplay footage is about as low quality and far from my expectations as you could get.

It's for that reason I'm slightly cautious about this announcement, but ultimately I still think there's a lot of potential for short stories in the Pikmin universe and I'm looking forward to it. :)

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#4

Cinaclov commented on Limited Edition Steelbook Bundles Announced fo...:

Everyone talking about how hard everyone else gets it, remember that Europe are getting the game a week later than the rest of the world. Okay, yes the cases and figurines are cool and I *might have pre-ordered both when I only intended to get one (couldn't decide which though), but still, we have to wait a week longer to get it. All works out right?

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#8

Cinaclov commented on Poll: Which Is The Best Super Mario Platformer?:

Sunshine is my favourite, and whilst I think 64 or Galaxy2 are probably the best as overall platformers Sunshine always seems to be the one that gets forgotten so I voted for it. Turns out it currently has 10% of the votes. What do you know?

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#10

Cinaclov commented on A Pre-order of Sonic Boom Will Bag You an Excl...:

I didn't really enjoy my time with the 3DS version, it felt more like a Metroid-vania type game than a Sonic 2D platformer, but as I'm not a big fan of either genre I don't know as anyone should let my opinion sway them. I guess you'd get used to jump being on the B button. Eventually.

The figurine is a cool bonus though if I were interested in buying the game. The cynical part of me can't help but feel it's a reaction to the current negative attitude toward pre-ordering (partly caused by Sega's last Alien title) -if you're getting a figurine that usually costs a third of the cost of the game itself for free there's less perceived risk in pre-ordering.

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#12

Cinaclov commented on PDP GameCube-Styled Wired Fight Pad For Wii U ...:

The changes to the C-stick and D-pad look like they'd be good, but the rest I'm quite happy to pass on. It looks like a moderate third party effort, and I've had mixed experiences with those in the past. I'll stick to getting a brand new GC controller for Smash (with the added bonus of being able to use it for GC multiplayer)

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#13

Cinaclov commented on Ocarina of Time Joins Hyrule Warriors With She...:

I don't know if it's worth avoiding the spoilers for Sheik, Smash Bros Melee and Brawl ruin it as a matter of course. One of my old housemates was playing through OoT on my old Gamecube, got stuck at the Water Temple for a while (as you do) and said he was only keeping going through it for the plot and to say he'd finished it. Melee removed what was pretty much the only big twist, and he never bothered to complete it.

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#16

Cinaclov commented on Guide: The Biggest Wii U and 3DS Retail Games ...:

@Trikeboy I wouldn't have said so. There's a whole competetive multiplayer scene that goes with Pokémon and Europe looks set to be a week behind the rest of the world. Getting HW earlier is great, but I'd rather have Pokémon (or both) released at the same time.

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#17

Cinaclov commented on Pokémon Trading Card Game: XY - Flashfire Exp...:

@rjejr
It's not the time consuming aspect that puts me off, it's the money consuming bit. Me and my friends gave playing Pokémon TCG a go around about when D/P came out but it just cost so much; you have to buy all the cards to get started then keep buying them as new sets come out (you can't just keep the same old deck, older sets get rotated out of what's currently legal every few months for newer ones) and then you have to travel to events to make the most of it (or at the very least to a friends house :P).

Compare that to the videogame where you buy it for a one off payment (as opposed to lots of small ones), get all the single player enjoyment included as part of that as well as the multiplayer element with none of the additional costs (you don't even need to leave the house to play multiplayer). For that reason I completely agree with you; if they had the card game (either Pokémon TCG or the Smash Bros one mentioned) included in a videogame I'd be really up for it, but I can't justify buying loads of playing cards really.

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#18

Cinaclov commented on Video: Join Us For A Relaxing Weekend Drive Ar...:

Some of those tracks were barely recognisable; Wario Stadium in particular was one I didn't see the resemblance to until right at the end. Which is really good actually, I'd rather have newer feeling tracks than converted copies of stuff I already have on other games.

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#19

Cinaclov commented on Guide: How to Become a Pokémon Battle Tournam...:

@Fireninjastar This event just focused upon the videogame, and I assume as a videogame site it'd probably get coverage priority over the card game if there were a joint tournament anyway. There are plenty of sites out there that cover the TCG though if that's what you're interested in. And who knows, maybe nintendolife will cover the TCG as well when the UK VGC happens later this month?

As for everyone who's saying they've only had negative experiences with the community, that's really disappointing to hear. My own experiences have largely been really positive, and whilst I wont pretend that some people don't take everything too seriously I'd have said overall the competitive community is a really friendly and approachable one.

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#20

Cinaclov commented on Mario Kart Month: An Outsider's View Of Super ...:

I really dislike both the original and Super Circuit. The turning in particular is something I find really horrible, it seems to turn far too little at first before dramatically oversteering, and powersliding (hopping?) just doesn't seem to work. I've played both multiple times over the years but never for any extended period, so maybe I just haven't 'gotten it' yet, but I just don't understand how people enjoy something you can't control properly. That said, I am still glad people enjoyed the original so much, as it led to one of the best multiplayer franchises in gaming.

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#21

Cinaclov commented on Talking Point: What We Want To See From Ninten...:

You're recommending that the console goes download only? I think you've forgotten the PSP Go (as has everyone else, which is the point), and perhaps more notably, the Xbox One lash back. It's not quite the same situation as that, but enough of the same arguments carry over to mean it'd be foolish to go digital only.

That said, I can't see the emphasis upon digital downloads disappearing either, that'll only continue to grow, just not at the expense of the physical cart slot.

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#22

Cinaclov commented on Upcoming Child of Light Patch to Rename Diffic...:

@sevex Pretty sure you can opt out of that when setting up the Uplay account (or just not bother signing in with it, I don't think I have). And you can activate Igniculus's abilities by clicking the right stick, if that helps. I agree with the auto-save only though, that's something I don't like about many modern games.

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#23

Cinaclov commented on Review: Golden Sun (Wii U eShop):

"The soundtrack is fine and well-suited to the environments, but lacking in many real earworms that gamers will be humming ten years down the line."

Actually, I've found it has one of the most memorable soundtracks of any game. Some of Sakuraba's best work. Mention 'Venus Lighthouse' to anyone who played it through to the end, even if it were just the once when the game was released, and I bet they'd be able to hum its theme.

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#25

Cinaclov commented on Veronica Mars Star Kristen Bell Reveals Her Fo...:

It's scary how real life sneaks up on you. When growing up I had loads of free time but relatively little money, so games got replayed endlessly or traded in for new ones; I couldn't even hazard a guess as to how many times I've played through the pre-Twilight Princess Zelda titles. Whilst I haven't sold a game in years and can still afford to buy almost everything I want new, I have barely any time to actually play them. I bought myself a PS3 at the start of last summer, and since then I've completed one full retail title on the console. I sometimes wonder if it'd be worth just giving up on everything for a bit and just spend days catching up on my backlog...

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#26

Cinaclov commented on Ninterview: Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman on Mast...:

I don't know what people are doing to their Gamecube controllers, the only one I've had break on me was my original and that was because I wore the cable out by wrapping it around the controller too often (blame Smash Bros). It's definitely my favourite gaming controller ever. It isn't perfect (I don't play many FPS's but I can see why the L/R buttons aren't great for them, the C stick is a little small for my liking and personally I'd prefer the Z button to be like the Dualshock R1. And clicky analogue sticks are cool as well :P) but playing with iIt just feels... right. I haven't encountered anything as good before or since, and whilst it's great that it got another 5 years of life through the Wii it'd be a shame if the controller got abandoned now.

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#27

Cinaclov commented on Super Smash Bros. Will Run At A Silky-Smooth 6...:

That's pretty cool, and makes X and Y look even more embarrassing. Go into battle with two flying types (Moltres is the worst, it has to render both flying and fire animations) and the framerate struggles even in standard 2D, 3D is a complete mess. That a turn based game failed where a fighting game succeeds so fantastically is... well, as I said, embarrassing.

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#28

Cinaclov commented on Yoshi, Sheik, and Zero Suit Samus Confirmed as...:

I think the most significant part of this is that characters no longer change forms. It means both Zelda and Shiek get an extra move and I can play Samus again without having to worry about Smash Balls making her rubbish.

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#29

Cinaclov commented on Review: Rusty's Real Deal Baseball (3DS eShop):

"...The technological advancement of the 4DS by simply adding another number to the name of the console can be interpreted as a jab at the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One..."

I think you're perhaps reading into this a little too much. But if that's the route we're going then please can we over-analyse the Gameboy Horror from Luigi's Mansion?

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#31

Cinaclov commented on Pokémon Trading Card Game: XY - Flashfire Exp...:

@haniwa Up until B/W the TCG was actually really good at avoiding power creep, and then they just sort of went 'f*** it' and blew everything to stupid levels. If a Pokémon's got less than 170hp now it's susceptible to a turn one ko, it's pretty ridiculous tbh. Which is why I was interested in that Pyroar above, blocking all those fast overpowered basics that dominate at the moment.

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#32

Cinaclov commented on Guitar/DJ/Band Hero DLC Catalogues Getting Unp...:

@Dark-Link73 ...uhh, what are you talking about? The bit you quoted states that everything you've downloaded will still be playable after the deadline. Meaning it's downloaded, on your machine, and nothing's going to happen to stop you from playing it. It's just the servers providing new downloads that'll be stopped; you wont be able to buy any new songs to accompany those ones you've already got.

As for me, there's a part of me that wants to go and pick some stuff up, there's some good songs on there the last time I checked, but the infrequency that I play GH combined with the fact that this would require me to put funds onto my Wii means I'll probably pass. If I had VC points spare I'd probably use them up on this, but it's not something I'd go out of my way to take advantage of.

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#33

Cinaclov commented on Twitch Claims Victory in Pokémon Crystal:

@Pit-Stain Honestly, the sheer number of comments like this in the past for different sections that they then precede to blitz through means I have little doubt that any game that is put forward will be conquered. Wallace's gym is no more difficult than Jhotos Ice Cave, another section people were saying would never get completed in the run up to it.

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#34

Cinaclov commented on Soapbox: Nintendo Soundtracks - Where Are They?:

Gamefreak are actually doing really well on releasing the soundtracks to the Pokémon franchise. And whilst I agree with the article overall, I often find official soundtracks can be a little hit and miss -the original OST for Tales of Symphonia sticks out as a particularly bad one. It's over four discs, which is exciting because it's got everything included (not just a small selection as some do), but it's all just taken from the game, looped once, then fades out. No particular order to it either, which means there's almost no flow to it at all. Thankfully Namco have gotten better at it since then, and not every company has quite that 'stick it on a disc and sell it' approach (Final Fantasy OST's tend to be amazing) but if Nintendos efforts would be in any way similar to that I think I'd be okay just sticking to fan remakes. Which is more or less what I do now, and some of them are incredible. Theophany's Time's End is one of my favourite albums of last year, and GlitchxCity's Pokémon tracks are fantastic.

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#35

Cinaclov commented on Talking Point: NFC And The GamePad Can Succeed...:

"With NFC the potential for a Nintendo 'World', in which characters from various IPs do as they please in user-generated levels, is hugely exciting. With the principles of Infinity and Minecraft wrapped in Nintendo packaging it could be a huge selling point."

Yes! A sort of Smash Bros/Disney Infinity-like set up where you could buy 'trophies' similar to those from Smash Bros, scan them into a game and just... play. That's... I'm excited just thinking about it. And imagine if every piece of Nintendo branded merchandise in the future had an NFC bonus embedded in it or the packaging? You buy a soundtrack, the case unlocks that soundtrack in a game. Zelda Mangas unlocking artwork and weapons, or plushies unlocking characters.

I'd be bankrupt within weeks.

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#37

Cinaclov commented on Super Mario Bros. Stop Motion Pixel Art Kickst...:

@Nictendo64 And the time he invests in making it is worthless? I don't know the creator in any capacity so I could be wrong but it's entirely possible he's a freelance animator. If that is the case then the Kickstarter would basically be so he could focus on this without having to worry about living costs, other jobs, etc. It turns the project from a side show that gets worked on whenever he's free into a full time thing, meaning it'll be be finished quicker and have a much higher level of focus paid to it throughout its creation (hopefully resulting in a better final video).

That's all assumption, but as an animator that's what makes most sense to me.

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#38

Cinaclov commented on TwitchPlaysPokémon Causing Serious Problems f...:

Gens 1 and 2 of Pokémon won't ever get VC releases. At the most basic level that's because the internal mechanics shifted dramatically when R/S released, meaning the originals are completely incompatible with the newer titles. Add to that that both gens have received remakes and the earliest titles we are likely to get on VC are the GBA games. Even then I have serious doubts as to that happening, I think gamefreak would rather focus on promoting the newest releases or a remake or something.

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#39

Cinaclov commented on Nintendo UK Announces Pokémon X and Pokémon ...:

Any idea on the rules? I've had a look around the various sites but can't see anything. I'd assume it'd be similar to VGC confirmation would be good.

Edit: Found it, hidden amongst the T&C: "Prescribed tournament rules will adhere to the Standard Format Style, Double Battle Flat Rules as set out by the official rules for the VCG '14 Season, as written by The Pokémon Company International. A full copy of the rules will be available to you at the event and form part of these terms and conditions. Please read this document carefully before taking part."

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#40

Cinaclov commented on Buy A 3DS XL Or 2DS With One Of Six Games And ...:

I'd be jealous if I didn't already own the games from that selection I'm interested in (including Pokémon X, but it never hurts to have both versions of Pokémon, if only so you can double up on rare items and Pokémon ^_^)

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#41

Cinaclov commented on Soapbox: A Monster Hunter Obsession, and Why t...:

If I were still in school, with all the free time that that enables you with, I think I'd be all over the Monster Hunter franchise (just as my brother currently is). As it is I just don't have the time to invest, especially when I consider how many other games I've got to play through.

I bought a PS3 early last summer and still haven't gotten around to completing anything of substantial length (although I'm nearly there with Ni No Kuni :P). PlayStation Plus keeps passing new games to me (not that I'm complaining, I wouldn't get to try many of them otherwise) and the Final Fantasy games are also on sale on PSN at the moment, yet I haven't got enough time for any of it. So trying to get involved in a franchise that seems to require so much investment isn't something that I can see happening.

Unless I win the lottery or something. Which is unlikely; I don't enter. So if I did win it'd be a sort of Luigi's Mansion type situation, and probably wouldn't lead to much gaming time even then :P

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#42

Cinaclov commented on Video: Smash Bros. Characters Recast in an Att...:

@Benjelo I agree. Whilst I know full well how much time and effort goes into creating something like this (so it's difficult for me to be too critical) I think it's a big missed opportunity not to have villains like Bowser or King D' in place of the Titans in this (with Ganondorf as the armored giant? :D ). Especially as they're all posing in the video thumbnail that it starts with.

But otherwise my only real complaint is with how the different elements work with the pacing; It's a great idea having Pit fly in on the "wings of freedom" part of the song, but it would've worked so much better (and have been less work to animate) if it'd been a lingering shot of him soaring along, especially after the quick cuts leading to it. Instead the character did some complicated movements whilst flitting off and around the edge of the screen. In some cases simplicity works best. There's a few other small moments like that throughout imo.

But, as I said at the start, it's really easy to criticise something like this without considering that someone spent 6 months creating it, and overall I'd say it's certainly paid off. The animation quality is really fantastic and as a celebration of Smash' I've seen far, far worse.

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#43

Cinaclov commented on A Tokyo-Based Business Will Get Your 3DS Runni...:

I've thought in the recent past that it'd be useful for local multiplayer to be able to hook the 3DS up to a screen, especially for something like holding tournaments with Pokémon X and Y whilst there's no Stadium equivalent available. It's far easier for spectators to watch a big screen than huddle around two devices.

That said, it's otherwise something that wouldn't interest me and, as the article states, is probably a feature I wouldn't use as I'd end up looking at the two screens directly in front instead of splitting attention.

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#44

Cinaclov commented on Feature: 10 Nintendo DS Games We Want To See O...:

If they give it analogue control, Mario 64 DS would be amazing. If it's joined by a couple of other decent DS games by the time Mario Kart comes out I might well be tempted to pick up the console.

Not that I'll have any time to actually play it, especially around the time MK is released, but nonetheless...

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#45

Cinaclov commented on Preview: Japanese Gamers Get Their Free Super ...:

I probably wouldn't pay for it, mostly for the reasons stated (but also because I'm not that fussed about platformers of any kind and I already have Shantae to scratch that itch if need be) but considering it's free just for registering to the Nintendo Network I'm hardly going to complain. The amount of free games Nintendo (well, NOE at least) has been giving away the last few months is quite cool.

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#46

Cinaclov commented on Video: This Bravely Default Story Trailer Goes...:

@AyeHaley I disagree with you about the music, the soundtrack is one of the main reasons I was so excited about the game, but that's opinion so I can't argue that. The story however, whilst you're right that the main outline is as cliche as these things come, doesn't feel like a re-do as you play through it. One of the things I wasn't expecting but which works well is that the 'anti-crystal' group you're up against isn't set-up like in other RPGs where there's just one small group with lots of underlings. There's a hierarchy, regional power structures, clashes of ideology within that and different factions. Within that standard 'purifying crystals' outline is alot of interesting stuff.

Basically, what I'm saying is I don't discount the whole game because what you've heard of the overarching story is cliche. Because there's more to the game than just plot, and even if it turns out that it isn't your thing the battles and environments might still make the game worth it.

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#47

Cinaclov commented on Retro Could Work On Miyamoto-Led Project In Th...:

I find the constant wanting for Retro to make another Metroid a bit tiresome in all honesty; I'd love to see what they could do with another big franchise. I can't see F-Zero being their thing (feel free to surprise me :D), but Star Fox could be fantastic. Don't get me wrong, I think Metroid is a fantastic series, but it still makes up half of Retros gaming portfolio with Nintendo, give them some breathing room before going back to it imo.

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#48

Cinaclov commented on UK Retailer GAME States Ambition to be at the ...:

"UK Retailer GAME States Ambition to be at the Forefront Of Download Content Sales"

Well, when their only competition is often download shops themselves, it's not really that ambitious to be 'at the forefront', is it? When I downloaded Animal Crossing on 3DS I had a choice of either paying the £40 Nintendo were charging through the eshop, or the £35 (iir correctly) that Game were charging- that's it. It's good to have options, don't get me wrong, but equally don't be too pleased that you're the bigger fish in a closed off pond.

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#49

Cinaclov commented on Matters of Import: Grappling With Attack On Ti...:

Admittedly there isn't much in the article (thankyou by the way, I'm only about halfway through the series), but it might be worth putting a spoiler warning somewhere, if only for the one paragraph second from the end discussing Eren.