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Tue 28th December, 2010

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DarkKirby commented on It'll be Possible to Catch All 719 Pokémon Us...:

With this Nintendo has also begun the process of banning the use of all older generation Pokemon online.

New Battle Spot rules.

OR/AS League: Open only for players of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. This league lets you only use Pokémon that were caught, hatched or distributed in Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire.

XY League: Open only for players of Pokémon X & Y. This league lets you only use any Pokémon, including those that were transferred from Pokémon Black, White, Black 2 or White 2.



DarkKirby commented on Wii U Owner Proves That Rejecting The End-User...:

For people saying "this only matters if you are a pirate" you are completely missing the point, this is essentially the same abuse as Sony saying you will never actually own this hardware you payed for, it is instead a permanent rental owned by them forever that they can do whatever they want with after you purchased it including the right to always brick it at their leisure without your consent or unless you always do as they say.

It's a completely anti consumer practice that Apple lost the right to do in court with smartphones because a company does not still own something that they sold, but Sony somehow succeed in for video game consoles, in turn allowing other video game companies the same right.

As Futurama put it...

Prof. Farnsworth: Oh God! I clicked without reading!
Cubert: And I slightly modified something I own!
Prof. Farnsworth: We're monsters!

It's a joke on this practice for those who don't know what Futurama is.



DarkKirby commented on New Nintendo 3DS LL Outsells Standard Model By...:

I think this is totally expected. Despite your last article promoting the "awesomeness" of the face plates, I personally couldn't care less about the face plates, I care about being able to see what's happening on the screen of the game I'm playing. The benefits of the comfier controls + bigger screen outweigh the disadvantages of the blurrier picture and slightly less portable system.



DarkKirby commented on The New Nintendo 3DS Web Filter Does Successfu...:

The parental filter shouldn't need a credit card to be disabled in the 1st place. If Nintendo wants to prove they are in no way seeking to profit off of this, they should return to money spent on unlocking the New 3DS in eShop money.



DarkKirby commented on Rumour: Nintendo Removed Tharja From Super Sma...:

It's more than just conjecture. There was a data dump of the 3DS cartridge which reveals that a Fire Emblem trophy was deleted, the space for it still remains, but it's blank.

Also, while Nintendo has always gone for the "family friendly" approach, it is very debatable if having a lower age rating actually increases sales. Some of the most successful games in recent history are intentionally marketed at an older audience, and still played and enjoyed by many young gamers, so the "younger" demographic is still not lost regardless, the only difference is the "child" could not purchase the game themselves, which for arguably most children, they would have gone shopping with their parents anyway, and only the most uninformed parents, and arguably overprotective parents, would discern between an "E" and a "T".

Also let it be known that both Brawl and Melee had a "T" rating, and there is no evidence that the rating detracted from both game's huge sales successes. Lower age ratings does not = more sales.



DarkKirby commented on Exclusive: Masahiro Sakurai on Planned Acciden...:

Despite the anti competitive undertone (or more) Sakurai always has had since Melee, most competitive players like Smash 4. And despite his claim that they didn't try "fixing problems with the last game" many competitive players are calling Smash 4 "fixed Brawl" or "what Brawl should have been", as well as the characters being the most balanced they've ever been, at the very least there doesn't seem to be the immediately noticeably terrible characters that always existed in past Smash games like Melee Kirby or past versions of Zelda and Bowser.



DarkKirby commented on Nintendo Region Locks Consoles To Get More Har...:

It's used to increase hardware sales, but it's more than that. Nintendo has always been obsessed with having an iron grip on everything, and controlling importing is part of that, and region locking being a part of licensing games in regions part of that.

It doesn't change that it's an anti consumer practice.



DarkKirby commented on Exclusive: TriForce Johnson Announces The Lege...:

I don't understand why people care or demand that all the Zelda games are in the same timeline, or is a divergence from the same timeline.

There was such a demand for one Nintendo actually made one up to satisfy people.

I do not accept things as canon unless they are mentioned/shown within the games. I don't care about what a developer says in interviews, if they manure up plot hole patches in them or whatever, if it's not actually in the game it's not canon.

Why do people have such a ridiculously hard time accepting that each Zelda game not directly linked to another by the story of the game itself within the game itself (like Wind Waker/Phantom Hourglass/Spirit Track) may just not be connected to the other Zelda games?



DarkKirby commented on Mega Camerupt, Mega Gallade, and Mega Sharpedo...:

I already saw coming that Wally's male Gardevoir (as it was set to always be male) would be changed to a Gallade but this still saddens me because it decreases the chances of Gardevoir getting new moves (like Quiver Dance).



DarkKirby commented on Talking Point: The Growing Role of The Treehou...:

At E3 the Treehouse employees said using the C-Stick for smash attacks in Smash 3DS/Wii U was cheating and you have to go after the person who's winning in a Free For All or you're also cheating.

Which is my main problem with the Treehouse, far too many of them are casual gamers, and many of them just bad at video games in general. And the Treehouse employee interview cut ins during the Bayonetta 2 Direct, it was clear a majority of them had no real idea what they were talking about.



DarkKirby commented on The Classic Mode in Smash Bros. 3DS is Bolster...:

It's great they they are making the Single Player more worthwhile even without a story but I hope they didn't neglect the online for it. They really, really, should have open lobbies with options and no friend codes, even though I still doubt they will.



DarkKirby commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Will Suppor...:

This news is a bit old, but the original thing that came to mind is if games that support the New 3DS don't naively support the Circle Pad Pro, if it works the other way around.

As in if games (the few there are) that support the Circle Pad Pro will support the New 3DS, like Metal Gear Solid 3.



DarkKirby commented on Poll: Tell Us What You Think of the New Ninten...:

The New 3DS is what the 3DS should have been from the beginning, with a Circle Pad Pro built in. The largest complaint everybody everywhere had with the Vita was the lack of a 2nd Joystick for camera control and Nintendo basically ignored all of that. Than to "apologize" they released the Circle Pad Pro only to shun it, make sure it was extremely difficult to get, and encourage developers to not support it.

New 3DS/ New 3DS LL/XL is a horrible name. Has Nintendo given up on coming up with names and subtitles?

Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart 8
Smash 3DS
Smash Wii U
New 3DS



DarkKirby commented on Reaction: Picking Apart The New Nintendo 3DS A...:

The 2nd Circle Pad (the nipple) for camera adjustment is extremely important. It's an important ability to have in practically any game with a 3D environment to explore. You can look at Lumiose City as an example of how ridiculous it is to not have camera control in a 3D environment. Nintendo has come up with workarounds in the past, but it's never been a substitute for just being able to move the camera. It's been one of the number 1 complaints about the 3DS from day 1, it's a system with stereoscopic 3D and has no 2nd Circle Pad for camera control. You shouldn't rule out shooters, yes, they aren't that popular on Nintendo platforms, and the ones that exist use the stylus, but I would rate FPS controls as such - Mouse and Keyboard > Standard Controller with 2 joysticks > Stylus Aiming. Many people complained that Kid Icarus was held back by its controls.

Also you should have more of these video discussions. But you need to do something about the background buzzing or static sound, maybe have some light music playing, but that's optional. If you want to get fancy have videos cut into the discussion showing what you're talking about.



DarkKirby commented on New Nintendo 3DS Models Announced:

All this and still no 2nd Circle Pad for camera control.

Why no 2nd Circle Pad Nintendo why.

Also, I hope the "improved hardware" actually stops games from lagging in 3D.

Well, this is good and bad news, with bad news being this almost guarantees there will be no new Nintendo handheld for at least 2 years.



DarkKirby commented on Nintendo's Unity Presentation Confirms Critica...:

You can think what you want about the game, and it's "message" (does nintendolife have a way to spoiler tag?), but this game was pushed into the spotlight in heavy part because the indie developers were friends with many of the gaming "journalists" who work for many of the mainstream gaming news websites and they gave it a lot of positive coverage without disclosing that fact.

I don't have a personal issue with the game, other than that it's boring, but the fact that it didn't become popular out of its own merit should be noted.



DarkKirby commented on Feature: The History of Super Smash Bros.:

I just want Smash 3DS/Wii U to be fast and offensive oriented.

Brawl was slow defensive play favored.

I didn't even know about how to correctly play Melee competitively until long after I dropped it, but it was always more fun than Brawl to play just because the game was fast and not SLOW like Brawl.

I was open minded when Sakurai said he was putting all the intentionally anti competitive stuff into Brawl, but it flat out didn't work out.



DarkKirby commented on Miyamoto States That Nintendo Is Sticking With...:

I don't care if Nintendo wants all their consoles to be or have "Revolutionary Hardware" if that's what they want to call it, but please, don't under power your consoles on purpose and make it as low end as you think you can get away with. I'd rather pay more money for a system that can keep up with the competition in terms of specs rather than less money for an system that is under powered and has "Revolutionary Hardware".

Don't make it one or the other. Just have both.



DarkKirby commented on New Legend Of Zelda "Only Possible" Thanks To ...:

While it didn't ruin it, I don't feel like the Wii-mote Plus and nunchuck actually made Skyward Sword better. In fact, until I learned how the controller was actually detecting inputs by researching online, they made the game worse.

It's the same in saying I don't feel like the GamePad is going to make a Zelda game "that much better". I'm not against Cell Shaded art like some, but I think the Wii U just being a overall more powerful system would have been more beneficial.



DarkKirby commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Confidently Outlines Nintendo...:

The games Miyamoto has had his hands in have typically been pretty far from what most would consider a hardcore game for hardcore gamers, even before the Wii and Nintendo went "full casual (even more then they were before)".

So this is a "I'll believe it when I see it" scenario. It's good that at least somebody at Nintendo is admitting that the casual audience doesn't give a crap about console/PC games anymore. It's all about smartphone games for them, and they aren't coming back. We still have Iwata, who apparently thinks it's a better idea to enter the health product business RATHER than try to appeal to hardcore gamers.