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Male, 36, United States

Sat 9th May 2009

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Darknyht commented on Rumour: Nintendo Has Plans to Localise Mother ...:

I enjoyed Earthbound, less so with Earthbound: Beginnings but I would probably pick up this just to complete the Trilogy. While I respect Nintendo for not wanting to play in someone else's creation, I do wish they would at least make the spiritual successor to the property. I dunno do something crazy like make the American's view of Japan Earthbound style.



Darknyht commented on Rumour: Super Smash Bros. Planned as NX Launch...:

@Bolt_Strike The problem with the Wii U was that the main gimmick (the gamepad) fell flat because most people couldn't experience it as intended (couch co-op) and there was no concession to the realities of western online gaming culture. The games are designed well if that gimmick is taken into consideration, but without that there is a lot of shallow gameplay. Eventually they realized this and have better designed the games to account for the culture differences. Those games have performed much better, but the games aren't necessarily the issue (although propeller hats are pretty uninspired and frankly dumb).

It was an issue in the Wii generation with best shown with NSMB Wii and co-op play. While 3D World addresses the technical issues of co-op play (drag you along bubbles and more space to move) without dealing with the culture issues (online vs couch co-op). Most people never actually use NSMBU's gimmick, the gamepad placed platforms. Personally, I ignored NSMBU and bought the much fresher feeling and more enjoyable NSLU as a standalone game.



Darknyht commented on Rumour: Super Smash Bros. Planned as NX Launch...:

@Bolt_Strike I don't disagree, but the argument was that Nintendo did something vastly different in how they built games. They really didn't. The games have the same foundation, it is just that the gimmicks/graphic jumps are not as profound. There are a lot of times that Nintendo is just checking off the boxes, but again that has happened for a while now.

Now on the positive, they are trying to change. Splatoon was a vastly different approach to a game for them. Mario Maker has pretty much destroyed expectations for a 2D Mario and provided people with tools to create some amazing things. Mario Kart and Smash DLC was them trying to figure out how to best use the tool.



Darknyht commented on Rumour: Super Smash Bros. Planned as NX Launch...:

@Bolt_Strike Zelda - collect three things to unlock something so you can collect 5-8 things before facing the boss. Expect a water, fire, wind, air, light theme.

Mario - complete 5 various tasks to collect coins/stars/red coins in each stage until you have collected enough to face the final boss.

Metroid - collect equipment that grants you access to more areas and progresses the story

Pokemon - catch 100+ monsters on your way to get the gym badges to win the pokemon championship

Animal Crossing - Sell anything not bolted down to Tom Nook to earn bells to pay off your debt while indulging your inner shopaholic nature.

Star Fox - Big Bad attacks planet, leading Star Fox on a multi-planet crusade to kill Big Bad.

Fire Emblem - Fight through various scenarios where you go from scrappy underdog to ultimate warrior. (Applies to Advance Wars)

Donkey Kong - Someone angered you and now "DK Smash"

Yoshi - Must randomly throw poop/eggs (depends on your point of view) at everything in anything in hopes to find all the collectables.

Xenoblade - Spend the rest of your life trying to find a random blue item that happens to be the correct random blue item, then repeat 4-20 more times to complete quest. (ok, that is an oversimplification but covers a lot of the padding).

Mario Kart - Everyone races because that's what we do. Tracks change, gameplay remains the same

Smash - new challengers, same game

Mario Golf - new courses, same game

Mario Tennis - New stadiums, same game

Paper Mario - slightly different story, but you will collect 7 things on your way to defeat the boss while using the exact same combat system developed for the first game.

Wario Ware - Here is the latest batch of controller throw inducing mini-games

Mario Party - New boards, same uninspired gameplay

So, exactly how did I oversimplify? The core gameplay for Nintendo games has been the same for a while. They all have relied on gimmicks or graphics to make them seem different. But guess what, everyone in the industry does it.



Darknyht commented on Rumour: Super Smash Bros. Planned as NX Launch...:

@Darknyht I am afraid that you miss the point entirely. The point is that Nintendo has done the same software on every console since the NES, and that since the N64 the majority of the games are pretty much the same game with something slightly changed gameplay wise. OoT, Majora's Mask, Wind Waker and Twilight Princess (and even Skyward Sword) are identical games put in slightly modified wrappers. All of them follow the same gameplay mechanics and progression. Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and even Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 are the same games with different gimmicks when you get down to it. Metroid has used the same progression in every game ever released, the only difference being that the Gamecube ones game you a first person view instead of a 2D one. F-Zero is the same game with different courses and Wave Racer was just a pretty tech demo to show off the new water effects (as was the original). Mario Kart has not really changed since the SNES days, yet you praise the GC one while smearing the Wii U version. Every console Nintendo releases walks the same path with software from Nintendo with a few variations on the tune. To criticize one Nintendo console on that issue inevitably points back to the exact same flaw in the others.

As for the third party support, how exactly did Nintendo cause EA to decide to push half-hearted ports of old (by gaming standards) software? Did Nintendo force Ubisoft to stop developing for the console or was it the fact that the product Ubisoft sold was inferior on the console and consumers recognized it as such? The same with Activision. Did Nintendo likewise cause the third parties not to play to the strengths of the console, or market properly to the demographic that purchased the console? Was it Nintendo's responsibility to ensure their success? I've pointed out before the insanity of EA not putting The Sims or SimCity on the Wii U, and the other two for doing similarly stupid things. Or do you have the twisted belief (like they seem to) that Nintendo should be shoveling truckloads of cash into their offices so that the emperors will grace the Wii U with their presence as Microsoft and Sony do?



Darknyht commented on Rumour: Super Smash Bros. Planned as NX Launch...:

@Yorumi I simply come at it from a much different perspective. You damn the console because issues Nintendo has zero control over (third parties not bringing games). I applaud Nintendo for the herculean effort they have made to put content on two consoles simultaneously while diversifying into genres/areas they are not entirely comfortable in, and all the while reaching out to third parties to allow them access to valuable IP because they want to provide you with diverse content. You gumble because of what isn't, focusing on the negative. I choose to enjoy what is, focusing on the positive.

I also think you cast the GameCube in Rose-colored light. The Gamecube had a OoT with boats, OoT with wolves, Mario 64 with watergun, Smash 64 rehash, F-Zero 64 rehash, Star Fox does Zelda, Star Fox 64 Rehash, Metroid does 3D, Mario Kart 64 now with two people, no DK, no Kid Icarus, Animal Forest (literally a N64 game) released on Gamecube, Luigi's Mansion (which no one liked on release), Pikmin 1 & 2, Donkey Konga (Nintendo does Guitar Hero), Eternal Darkness (Nintendo didn't own Fatal Frame then), Paper Mario with better graphics, Wave Racer strikes again, 1080 now with more slopes, Kirby races for you, Pokemon RPG done via corridors, oh... Now I understand, you really think Pokemon TV was the innovation.

Again, the difference you remember is that the absent third parties actually did publish stuff on the console. Nintendo has always done what it has done on the Wii U.



Darknyht commented on Rumour: Super Smash Bros. Planned as NX Launch...:

@Yorumi Then it just might be that Nintendo games are no longer your 'thing' and that is okay if that is the case. You know when you are going to purchase a Nintendo console, you are going to see a lot of platformers, Mario, and re-releases. It is just what they have done since the Gameboy (and went into full time during the GBA). It is like blaming the TG-16 or the Dreamcast for only primarily focusing on coin-op arcade conversions. It is the nature of the company and asking to be something they are not does not work for long.

I think Nintendo did a fantastic job of attempting to diversify given that third party vanished on the system almost immediately. They invested in games that were outside of their wheelhouse that in some cases worked (Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors) and sometimes didn't (Devil's Third, Fatal Frame). They attempted to create new franchises (Splatoon, Mario Maker, Captain Toad). They brought back loved games with the two Zeldas and the Wii games. They masterfully built on loved franchises (Mario Kart 8/Smash Bros). They also attempted to revive beloved franchises gone idle (Yoshi, Mario Party 10, Mario Tennis), and again some fell flat for being rushed. Nintendo essentially has done everything in their power to provide a large and varied library.

The last time a company attempted to cover all the bases was Sega. They did it with the Master System because they had to (everyone was locked into Nintendo's monopolistic contract) and again with the Saturn/Dreamcast. Just take sports for an example, it is a hard reality that outside of Playstation's console exclusive MLB game, there is zero baseball games outside of MLB's RBI Baseball (an arcade game) and an indie Super Mega Baseball. That entire genre is dead without a single publisher. The same for American football, basketball, hockey, and to an extent association football. The emptiness you feel is because there are no longer the mid-tier publishers left, not that the console is not capable.



Darknyht commented on Rumour: Super Smash Bros. Planned as NX Launch...:

@Yorumi Not really a huge Mario fan and I am extremely happy with my Wii U. Not thrilled with the mismanagement of the eShop/Virtual Console portions of the system, but that isn't a knock on the system as it is on NoA (and Nintendo's DRM policies in general). The only real complaint (if it is one) is that Nintendo focused too much on platformers, but that is somewhat akin to arguing that Sega focused too much on arcade conversions for the Dreamcast. Nintendo is going to focus on what they do best, just as Sega did in their time.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Confirms a Short Spell of Network Mai...:

News broke over on Kotaku that it was due to an exploit that let you introduce new elements in an online level, and have them show up in your run for World Records. Apparently someone found it after a user posted a 3 second run on a puzzle level that was impossible, told a YouTube streamer who validated it, and then pushed it to a Nintendo rep that amazingly responded (and took down the video that proved it as thanks).



Darknyht commented on The North American eShop Winter Warm-Up Sale C...:

Unfortunately there is nothing this week either that is on my must purchase list. I would recommend Earthbound to anyone that does not have it. Child of Light and Breath of Fire both also just a recommend, but with the acknowledgement that they are not for everyone. While they can be enjoyable, both suffer from some issues that come from their design.

Part of me wants to purchase Minish Cap, but there is just something about the look and feel of it that keeps me from pulling the trigger.



Darknyht commented on Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Pegged for North...:

@antipop621 If you want to cheese the game have Ramza master the squire class and use his cheer up ability which is glitched to permanently increase his brave stat. This means certain abilities like the samurai's sword grab ability has a 100% success rate. Regardless, it is vital to get Yell for a particularly difficult one-on-one battle you will eventually face.

As for Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, I will have to think hard on it. I like Final Fantasy Tactics, but the sequel introduced the rules/card system that seemed like it was there to punish and force you to play in ways that you might not care for.



Darknyht commented on Extended Super Mario Maker Network Maintenance...:

@Whopper744 I give out stars, but rarely encounter anything that isn't autoplay, just run, trolling (i.e doors to death), or just a pile of random crap dropped into a level. I star levels that feel like an actual Mario level or do something creative (and there is a fine line between creative and Super Mario x Super Meat Boy for me).



Darknyht commented on Hyrule Warriors Legends Secures Third Place in...:

I would be upset at the missing Wii U Hyrule Warriors content (and the locking of content behind a $50+ game), but after playing the main campaign and the original adventure mode for a bit, I went back to other games. It was fun, but it got repetitive fast without enough variety to hide it (look now I am smashing the same combos for this character skin). Where in something like Xenoblade Chronicles X or Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, there is a lot of repeating content but due to the mechanics it can completely change how you play (depending on weapons/skills and in the case of XCX there is a lot of varied activities to focus on)



Darknyht commented on Video: Collecting Every Wii Game Is Difficult,...:

@rjejr At least according to Wikipedia, there are 473 retail titles and 201 eShop titles. I believe that is not counting the Virtual Console, but it does include games announced but not released (including those with no release date in sight). So I would guess probably about a third of games on the Wii U.

I am amused by everyone saying that 100-150 good games is a poor library. Perhaps it is just my age speaking as I remember that you were doing great if you managed 10 games for a system total (good and bad) in your collection and managed to play another 20-30 via trades/loans from friends and family. Even at my most aggressive, I only managed 40-50 for any one system and that was mostly due to the Greatest Hits line that reduced the price to $19.99.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 28th January (Europe):

Good to hear that Square-Enix is finally appearing in the Wii U Virtual Console shop outside of Japan. Hopefully this will be followed by Final Fantasy I & II (GBA), Final Fantasy III (DS), Final Fantasy IV (DS or GBA), Final Fantasy V (GBA) and Final Fantasy VI (GBA). I will buy these in a heartbeat if they dropped on the eShop in North America and probably buy FFTA even though I prefer to original PS game over it.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Further Explains Fire Emblem Fates Lo...:

@luke88 Well again, speaking of my own faith and using a paraphrase: "Heaven can be entered only through the narrow gate! The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide enough for all the multitudes who choose its easy way. But the Gateway to Life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it."

I would rather miss out on stuff the world deems entertaining now, than spend eternity regretting my choices. I know it isn't an easy choice nor is it popular, but I believe the prize at the end of the race is worth more than anything else. Besides there are plenty of things out there that are enjoyable and entertaining that doesn't compromise my beliefs.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Further Explains Fire Emblem Fates Lo...:

If you are looking for a secular corporation to uphold your religious values, perhaps you might want to look at what you put your faith into. The world is going to behave as the world behaves, and at least for my faith I am called to be not of this world.

There is a simple solution to this, don't purchase games that disagree with your beliefs. However, most will just complain online and then purchase the game anyways. It is for this reason that rarely purchase M rated games. Does that I mean that I miss some things? Yes. But staying consistent to what I believe matters more than missing out on a game that injects adult themes for no practical reason.



Darknyht commented on GDC Survey Shows Declining Interest From Devel...:

@faint Not impressed by most western indies that "Support" the console. Shovelware is not support, it is dumping software on a platform. As for the rest, with the exception of a few the Wii U is a port if we have put our software on everything else or let someone else port it for us.



Darknyht commented on Another 17 Games Get North American eShop Disc...:

@abbyhitter That philosophy is a double-edged sword. Because enough people haven't bought games day one on the console, developers have walked away from the console. Meaning that most of the games have been purchased already because there are so few to choose from.

Now you can debate the reasons that those initial launch titles failed (along with the ones that followed), but lack of people purchasing them should be listed in the Top 3. That would only be worse if everyone followed the, "Just wait 'til it hits the bargain bin philosophy." I bargain hunt a lot, but it is generally for the games I am on the fence for, not the ones I know I want to have.



Darknyht commented on Another 17 Games Get North American eShop Disc...:

Well, since it appears I own most of the Wii U ones I am safe this week. I am not a fan of Rayman and it would take a much bigger price drop for me to be interested. I would recommend 3D World to anyone that doesn't own it, it was one of the few games I got my wife to play co-op. Game & Wario is also good for stupid group fun with a gamepad (Cronk Launcher and Draw).



Darknyht commented on Talking Point: The Allure of the Virtual Conso...:

Nintendo has an amazing service, it is just that there is such a cluster of copyrights involved in a lot of retro games that makes it difficult to get some of the good stuff.

Now what they do need to figure out and fix is release schedules. If a game drops in Japan and there is a NA/EU version then get it out the door. Double if there is a release in NA or EU. There is no real barrier to release elsewhere outside maybe a recertification. I've heard the excuses and they are very poor.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 21st January (North America):

@Capt_N I seem to recall that most of them were recreated in Super Mario Maker (, but there are a few that could not be due to missing some of the needed items or abilities. It also appears that some of them are in NSMB format instead of SMB3.

I'll be interested to see what is included in the eShop sales this week. I picked up Injustice last week (and sort of regret it, the controls never seem to work as well as Capcom's for me) at a great price. I really hope this is a sign of a change of things.



Darknyht commented on Video: Take a Look at the Wii U Versions of Ne...:

A little annoyed by them putting these characters behind a 3DS game purchase. I am interested enough to want to try them, but I have zero intentions of purchasing a 3DS/N3DS/2DS plus a game to unlock them. Especially given that the days of the platform are probably near the end.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 21st January (North America):

Well, I will be picking up the World of Keflings demo to see what the differences between the 360 version and this one is. I have been tempted before, but I rarely double-dip on games (unless they come at Humble Bumble Pricing).

That said, I am at least tempted to buy the GBA version of SMB3 for the bonus levels and the ability to save progress without save states. I would like to get a better feel of SMB3's design (especially the more advanced stages) since that has become my favorite version to build for in SMM.

Also a little torn on Minecraft: Story Mode. I have heard good things about TellTales' series and this is the first that somewhat interests me setting wise.



Darknyht commented on Rumour: Details of amiibo Features in The Lege...:

Amiibo were something that sounded so interesting when announced but have come to represent just about everything I dislike about modern DLC. Thankfully, I still have the original disc sitting on the shelf and apparently there will be no difference in the new game when you do not own the now to probably be scalped Amiibo. I look forward to the stories of the game being return sans Amiibo (or with Link Amiibo swapped in) to Wal-mart.

Mario Kart 8 DLC and Super Luigi U reminded me of the golden age expansion pack days of old, and gave me hope for Nintendo. Super Smash Bros and everything else (including this) just saddens, frustrates and sickens me a little.



Darknyht commented on The 3DS Virtual Console Pokémon Titles Won't ...:

Yeah, this makes a lot of sense. Trading issues, pokeball capture rate abuse, battle exploits, and probably a ton of stuff I am not thinking of could be introduced by save states.

As for GBA on 3DS, it is almost a moot point now. We are quickly approaching the era of the NX which if rumors are to be believed is a single, multi-use (home/portable) console.



Darknyht commented on Talking Point: Considering amiibo Features and...:

I was okay with this until the it became exclusive to the Wolf Link Amiibo. Having it be an amiibo like Link or Zelda that is fairly easy to find is one thing. To have it be a scalper's target amiibo that will prevent easy access is another. Part of the reason I was turned away from Splatoon was the Amiibo lock-out and the fact that one day that game will do very little once servers are turned off (especially without said amiibo).



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 14th January (North America):

@rjejr It seems to be an established method within Japanese media to name prequels Title: Zero. Metroid: Zero Mission was a retelling of the original Metroid with additional details we previously didn't know. Resident Evil Zero was the story that took place leading up to the events of the first game and explained how certain people got to the mansion before you. Fairy Tail Zero tells how the Fairy Tail Guild was founded.

Along those lines, I would gather that Star Fox: Zero would retell the story of Star Fox with additional details. But then Star Fox and Star Fox 64 have more or less told the same story already. I hope they have pulled a fast on on everyone and it will actually be the story of Fox McCloud's father.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 14th January (North America):

I will be picking up Metroid: Zero Mission. I cannot count the number of times I have attempted to complete the original Metroid (and failed), perhaps I will be able to finish the remake.

I was interested in Space Hulk, but I struggle with the $29.99 pricetag. Granted that is only $5 more than the current Steam price. I don't need to read the reviews, just need to debate if there is enough game there for me to justify the price. I like the concept but turn-based strategy can be hit-and-miss.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 7th January (North America):

@Deadzero3 I opened a forum topic (although I do not know if it ever made it past the moderators last week) on Nintendo's site asking them when the 20+ titles on the European eShop would appear here in the US. Not saying it is related, but three of them showed up this week.



Darknyht commented on Editorial: Let's Make 2016 a Year of Nintendo ...:

I think 2016 could be a good year if everything stays on schedule and Nintendo of America improves their track record in handling the VC releases. There is too many good games waiting to appear in the VC and a lot of exciting releases scheduled. Two Zelda games, #FE, Star Fox, and hopefully some surprises we know nothing about.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 7th January (North America):

I will give them that they are trying with the virtual console games at least. Granted two of them are the equivalent to the overpriced eShop shovelware they are used to peddling, but it is a start.

One of these days Nintendo will realize that eShop demos (and not play limited one) serve a purpose. The Kiosks are great a being a baby sitter for kids in the mall, but don't really reach the audience that has disposable income to spend (well, maybe Gamestop employees).



Darknyht commented on Get Ready for Light Gun Action in This Week's ...:

Well it's a start, let's see if they can keep this up over the next few weeks. I remember playing Bayou Billy as a rental as a kid because it was interesting (and a Konami game) and being completely frustrated by the cheapness of the game. This is from someone that owned and like Renegade.

I miss the days when Konami and Ultra Games were usually the best of the best.



Darknyht commented on Catalis Group Acquires Curve Digital To Create...:

Somehow this seems like a very large overreach. Curve Digital did some interesting indie titles, but their bread and butter is porting PC indie games to consoles. That doesn't sound like someone capable of being a major studio force.



Darknyht commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Can Exploit Its Rich H...:

I'll second @rjejr in saying that if the rumors are true and the NX/NN3DSXLT (or whatever they call it) play the same games this becomes a mood discussion. Evidence points to Nintendo being able to crank out around 24 titles a year. Currently that means 12 for Wii U and 12 for 3DS which results in a sparse calendar. But if we are getting two games a month for the system, we will be lucky to buy them all and the gaps between games we like will be smaller.

As for the remakes, they are nice and an easy way to put content on a system but at the same time so is the Virtual Console. I would rather them just invest in actually publishing that content at a reasonable price than charging me $60 yet again for Super Mario Bros: Wii U Edition, (now with Amiibo support).



Darknyht commented on Video: Catch Up With the Early Nintendo Goodne...:

These are always something I watch after fact since most of it happens while I am working, but they usually are really enjoyable. It was a speedrun battle of a free arcade game, Maldita Castilla, that sold me on the entertainment of these things.



Darknyht commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2016:

I will be looking forward to Zelda Wii U and #FE as my two big purchases this year. Until then, I have Super Mario Maker and Xenoblade Chronicles X to keep me occupied.

Project Guard looks like it might be fun with the family, but I doubt I will pick it up unless it is a $15-20 eShop title.



Darknyht commented on Poll: What Did You Think of Nintendo's 2015?:

2015 is the year I got Smash, Super Mario Maker, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, DK: Tropical Freeze, Batman: Arkham City, Indie Humble Bundle, and Earthbound Zero. So for me it was a good year, but for Nintendo it was a down one led by the horrible handling of the Virtual Console and poor marketing of games.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Dominates Festive Sales in Japan as 3...:

@msvt There are two major differences in the SNES and Wii U though. The first is that it is really hard to put an additional processing chip on a disc based game where the later SNES carts usually had additional tech in them. Second, Nintendo doesn't have great publishers like Square on board anymore to make great games like Final Fantasy.



Darknyht commented on Video: How to Get a Skell in Xenoblade Chronic...:

@shani The Skells drive a little better if you only move forward with the left stick and use the camera controls to steer. Granted, this is only marginally better. Just keep in mind that it is a temporary problem since once you get flight, it is rare that you ever drive again (unless you are conserving fuel).