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Thu 4th September, 2008

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cyrus_zuo commented on Fret Not, A World of Keflings Is Still On Its ...:

Day 1!
As for the pic, I get the intent of showing WiiU is next gen, but the execution of calling it out on the image is a little off - feel sad they're getting the opposite response of what they wanted here. I'm glad they are improving the game for WiiU owners and am looking forward to it!



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

Not a fan of SMB3. I had a NES back on the day, but was an early adopter of the 16-bit generation and didn't play SMB3 until after NSMBWii. I felt the later was far superior to SMB3. Honestly I think nostalgia is a big reason that game gets so much love, it's very limiting by today's standards.
I really enjoyed SMW back in the day, but Galaxy 2 is a platforming clinic I don't expect will soon be surpassed.



cyrus_zuo commented on Fifa 15 Coming to Wii and 3DS on the 26th of S...:

None of this makes sense.
It's just a roster update for 3DS and why not do a roster update for WiiU as well?
In fact, why not make a download only title for WiiU to avoid costs putting it in stores and to make yourself look like you are forward thinking as a company. Oh wait, it's EA, ignore that last part.



cyrus_zuo commented on Nocturnal Outlines Flowerworks HD Sales and Fu...:

I've never understood how to play this game well. My scores are pretty consistently the same regardless of what I try...
I like the co-op idea, but didn't really get into this one.
Still, I'm glad it did as well as it did for them.



cyrus_zuo commented on Guide: All You Need to Know on Mario Kart 8 Ch...:

"The super lightweights unfortunately don't have high odds of winning no matter what you do..."

I disagree with this. I almost always play light-weight, and I'm far more successful at it.
With the lightweights I can corner like a monster, which on many tracks will greatly decrease the amount of track I have to cover. On many tracks that will more than make up for the lower speed and as a bonus, when you get hit by a blue shell, you're up and on your way again quickly.
Cornering around the inside of a U-turn, just barely off of the grass and on the warning stripe has won me many a race ;).



cyrus_zuo commented on Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Flying Exclusivel...:

I heard the first one was pretty ok, and I really have a thing for I'll probably check this out at some point.
Doesn't the movie come out tomorrow?
Surprised the game isn't coming out at the same time. I've got to imagine that means they were way behind schedule. This fall is a bit on the late side for a movie game when the movie was released in the middle of summer.



cyrus_zuo commented on Review: Wii Sports Club (Wii U):

Baseball with the gamepad is a revelation, MUCH better than the original. So, so good!

Tennis is MUCH more competitive w/Motion+, but not as accessible as the original when it was just timing. It's not nearly as good a party game as the original, but it's better for long-term players.

Golf is Tennis x11! Way too hard for any casual player! No party play whatsoever! Rewards players who play it A LOT! Rewards them a LOT!

Bowling is essentially the same as Resort. Prettier, couple of new modes. Party pleaser. Fun single-player. Poor online title b/c it's a slow game.

Boxing I haven't bothered to try b/c of the reviews. Plus, Baseball! I'm way too busy playing it!



cyrus_zuo commented on Review: Monkey Pirates (Wii U eShop):

Played at GDC and was so disappointed. You watch it and you think "THIS is going to be fun." You play it and you're like "THIS has SO MUCH potential, but the multiplayer game design is really lackluster."
It will just make you wish for Bomberman or another great party game. A different, less haphazard game design structure and this game could have been a lot of fun. As is, it felt like a missed opportunity.
I hoped the final game might be more interesting, but the review doesn't make me believe it is. :(



cyrus_zuo commented on Nintendo Download: 26th June (North America):

Played Wii Sports Club: Baseball at E3.
LOVED the controls in the FIELD. I so so so wish they'd done more with them - throwing to bases (the same as to home plate) would have been the foundation for an amazing baseball game.
As is, I'm still super excited to buy this and play some more with it, but it's so tantalizingly close to amazing...



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

3DS is VERY short on First Party games this year...I don't know if I'll buy another retail game on the 3DS before Christmas! (that's a shock to me)
WiiU is getting a lot of focus :).
Wii Sports Club Baseball was one of my two surprises at E3. I really wish they'd taken it further, but the gamepad controls of pitching and fielding were both a revelation! They work very well to provide some uniqueness to the game.



cyrus_zuo commented on Feature: Our Top 10 Wii U Retail Games - Summe...:

Glad to see Game & Wario on the list.
I've never regretted buying that title and was surprised that the WiiU shows we've played it more than NSMBU!
Fun multiplayer game and lots of interesting usage of the gamepad. If you van get it cheap you should pick it up!



cyrus_zuo commented on Review: Pushmo World (Wii U eShop):

Only problem w/the original was it was too hard to share levels. I'm really excited for this release, and actually glad the didn't include Crashmo as I personally didn't like it nearly as much.



cyrus_zuo commented on Review: Ittle Dew (Wii U eShop):

Looks better in person.
Played this at GDC w/the Dev watching. I was "killing" monsters in one room and he asked me why I was doing that. It was a great question and feeds into the sensible intelligent approach to game development that the game has.
I was ready to buy it day one, but boy was the timing wrong. I'll pick it up this summer once the newness of mk8 has worn off.



cyrus_zuo commented on Nintendo Download: 29th May (North America):

Ittle Dew where were you in March or April?
My gaming will ALL be MK8 starting tomorrow!
I want you, but no reason to get you today...maybe this summer when there is another slow spot in the WiiU schedule.



cyrus_zuo commented on Hyrule Warriors Screenshots and Gameplay Detai...:

I'm with you. Hopefully Nintendo can get it under control before it hits the US. It's unfortunate that it's 2014 and we're still depicting women in games with the focus being on exciting a 17-year-old adolescent boy. I'm disappointed :(.
If I wanted that kind of juvenile gaming I'd have an Xbox.



cyrus_zuo commented on The Wonderful 101 Saving Wallets on Wii U eShop:

Got W101 months ago and haven't loved it yet. (Remorse)
On the other hand I've really enjoyed Game & Wario. Lots of wackiness = unique flavor of fun I keep going back to. Great pictionary implementation as well. If you play w/family/grandparents, it's a great pick-up.



cyrus_zuo commented on Smartphone Game Market Shows Impressive Growth...:

The 3DS should have RULED last year w/the lineup it had.
It didn't and that is why Nintendo, when they talked about how bad 2013 was talked more about their disappointments w/3DS than w/WiiU (even though WiiU's numbers were terrible).

I love Nintendo, but they're in a hard place. I treasure the games they are making and hope they can keep doing it despite of the struggles of dedicated consoles to be successful.

I worry that their new Quality Of Life approach is very out of touch w/their current market. In the US they are completely unable to sell to adults, and are in fact focusing their advertising on children to sell both the 3DS and WiiU. They've stated they feel they should do well in that demographic.

HOWEVER, the demographic that would be interested in QOL is a TOTALLY different demographic. It's a demographic already well-served and one they have no foothold in. I fear this approach is going to be very difficult.

Still looking forward to each game, and I spend WAY too much on Nintendo games and hardware...I am trying to support them myself to success...but...I recognize the struggles they have fitting between (finding an audience in-between) the phone gamers and shooter fans who buy xboxes.



cyrus_zuo commented on Wii Sports Club: Golf Adds Resort Course as a ...:

Golf club is the only game I've ever played where the video game is actually harder to play than the real thing!
Wii Sports Club is a weird beast. It gets rid rid of all the easy pick up and play of Wii Sports and adds shallow online and sometimes terrible controls (golf). I've been pretty disappointed in it :(.



cyrus_zuo commented on Nintendo Download: 13th March (North America):

Despite its rather generic name I think I got to give Bubble Pop World a buy just because the developer did something different!
It's rare a developer tries to step out of the box, and when they do I love to support the effort.
Heaven knows we could use more of it in gaming!



cyrus_zuo commented on Rune Factory 4 in Short Supply in North America:

Such a good game. Though I'm super excited to play the new Zelda, it's sitting on a stack of unopened 3DS games at my house b/c Rune Factory has owned my 3DS for months.
In fact I've stopped calling my 3DS a 3DS. I now call the 3DS the "Rune Factory player" (RFP). I'm applying for trademark ;).



cyrus_zuo commented on Video: Capcom Celebrates 10 Years of Monster H...:

I tried the demo on Wii and 3ds and really didn't get it.
I then organized a weekly group w/a series veteran, and have really enjoyed it.
MH is a game that is OK as a single-player, where it really shines is multiplayer w/friends. It's very core (skill-based) and a huge time sync.
If you've got friends to play it with I highly recommend buying the game while on sale. We play cross-play w/3 people on 3ds and 1 on WiiU.

Very underrated game outside of Japan.



cyrus_zuo commented on A Third-Party "Secret Developer" Gives an Insi...:

As much as I'd love a more powerful system, why would it increase sales?
The bias against Nintendo is not b/c of system power and being more powerful would simply cost Nintendo more money...which means losing more money.

There are 2 power focused systems already. Competing w/them by providing the same experience is a terrible strategy. Nintendo's approach of doing something unique is the right way to handle the situation. They need to be different to compete, that is the lesson of the N64 & GCN. Unfortunately, they may have picked the wrong uniqueness w/WiiU, but a more powerful console is a more wrong approach. You can't compete where your competitor's are already dominating.



cyrus_zuo commented on Review: Super Punch-Out!! (Wii U eShop / Super...:

Love the NES one.
The Wii one is the only Nintendo made game I sold last gen. Hated the formula on replay and disliked that there was only one way to dodge most of the enemy attacks and so so many fake out tells.
I haven't tried the SNES one b/c I figure it will be like the Wii one.



cyrus_zuo commented on Nintendo Dominates Festive Hardware Charts in ...:

@Yorumi: I do realize that of course there is limit to how many people would purchase a system. I also realize that the 3DS is on a slower selling trajectory in Japan than the DS was. Clearly there are more people who could buy a 3DS, but they are not buying it.
I also realize the Software sales trajectory for the 3DS is MUCH less than it was for the DS. I worry about the long-term success of Nintendo, b/c I love what they do. I recognize that due to the software released this year the sales results should be MUCH better and I worry what happens next year when Nintendo doesn't have the 2 biggest brands in Japan releasing for its platform.



cyrus_zuo commented on Feature: A Year in Development - Shin'en Multi...:

I'm probably the only one hoping the new FAST is different than the last. It was pretty, but I found the mechanic unenjoyable. Nano Assault remains my favorite Shin'en game, and it's frankly not close.
If they ever have gameplay that matches the incredibly high quality of their visuals the result will be an absolutely killer game!



cyrus_zuo commented on Nintendo Dominates Festive Hardware Charts in ...:

Numbers versus last year should be added to this weekly report, b/c they are meaningful.
3DS is down quite a lot over last year and is looking to finish ~700K lower in sale this year than last despite Pokemon and Monster Hunter 4. I'm concerned for the future : (.