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A Cruce Salus

Male, 36, United States

Sat 9th May 2009

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Darknyht commented on Review: Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U):

I really hope this series continues on the NX, as this has become something I look forward to as I once did for Final Fantasy releases. Just knowing that they took a year just to map out the missions tells me they are doing proper franchise care on it to ensure the quality stays high.



Darknyht commented on Art: Halo Character Artist Gives Legend Of Zel...:

I'll stick with the Nintendo take over the overly brown dressed man with Spock ears attached. This is why I hope a live-action Zelda never happens. The character design just doesn't translate well. However, I will take an animated version.



Darknyht commented on Lost Reavers Developers Reveal More Details Ab...:

I don't have an issue with free-to-start. I think not having demos (or forcing people to demo kiosks when their system is capable of playing the demos) is bad marketing. I would have never touched any Fatal Frame game, but I tried it because it was free-to-start. In fact there is a long history of me purchasing games I tried first via demo. (Resident Evil 4, most Square-Enix games, Metal Gear Solid 1&2).



Darknyht commented on Shigesato Itoi on the Mother Series' Popularit...:

I have no problem with Itoi being done with Mother, but I do have a problem with Nintendo not continuing the series without him. If it is that big of an issue, spin the project off into another titled series that pays homage to the original while keeping that 60's Americana image.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 26th November (North America):

I just wish Nintendo of America would make the connection that poorly made mobile-turned-eShop games does not replace quality (or even poor quality) Virtual Console games. I really hope that for the NX that Nintendo goes to a Global release schedule for VC and takes it away from NoA.



Darknyht commented on Video: Let This Xenoblade Chronicles X Battle ...:

@Yorumi As I said, people change and tastes change with age. A few years ago I would have been right there with you. Now, I appreciate that Nintendo is not just like everyone else. I like having quality games that stay below the M-Rating line. It isn't that I am bothered by them or think they are bad games, just that for most of them the blood, sex, and language exists only for shock value or to make the game seem edgy or cool. Neither really interests me anymore.



Darknyht commented on Video: Let This Xenoblade Chronicles X Battle ...:

@Yorumi But have they completely failed? The Wii U console is almost certainly a failure, but that could be more due to a horrible name and poor marketing as much as anything else. The quality of their games is still there with examples of Mario Kart 8, Super Smash, Mario Maker, Super Mario 3D World and Splatoon. The 3DS is still profitable and looks to continue to be right now. The Amiibo line, as much as I hate them, are selling strongly. Nintendo still seems to have their magic.

I would also argue that if NX rumors are to believed, they are moving to improve their situation regardless of third party support (which is important but not as important as everyone believes). One of Nintendo's current problems is they have to support two unique consoles simultaneously. Imagine the Wii U library if Nintendo wasn't doing this constant dance trying to keep both the Wii U and 3DS afloat with software (or the other way around if you prefer).

So while I don't think it is all roses with Nintendo, it isn't doom and gloom either. I would also say that you, like me, fall more into the "core" audience and that means we are not the primary marketing target anymore for Nintendo. We are free to enjoy their games, but they will make compromises for the non-core gamer (like Yarn Yoshi's mellow mode).



Darknyht commented on Nintendo of America Confirms Its Black Friday ...:

Nope, nothing for me as I already own or the sale isn't good enough to get my interest. For the most part, it looks like all this sale does is price games about where they should already be. For example, Pikmin 3 has no business still retailing for $59.99 at this point and most of the Virtual Console stuff come in a bit on the overpriced side.

Back to waiting for Xenoblade Chronicles X to unlock while forcing my way through Bit.Trip Runner 2



Darknyht commented on Video: Let This Xenoblade Chronicles X Battle ...:

@Yorumi The book made it pretty clear that it was an admission that they couldn't. The statements came about after they were losing marketshare (and third party support), stuck in last place during the Gamecube era despite initially going after the "Core" audience. The book is "Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America" by Jeff Ryan and offered a lot on what Nintendo has done and how it affects what they do.

Basically they have always viewed themselves as an "Entertainment" company so their focus is on not being the biggest or fastest, but having the best, most entertaining games. The other part of their philosophy is to use "seasoned" technology to build those games. That is why just about ever console with the exception of the Gamecube was built on old tech used in a different way. Game & Watch was just LCD calculators retooled, GBA was monochrome because it was cheap, GBA was a portable SNES, DS was a portable N64, and Wii was "two Gamecubes duct-taped together" with basic gyroscopic controls.

Yet the games presented on all of those systems were at least novel and amusing. We may not like it as core gamers, but the top 20 biggest single-platform selling games are dominated with the likes of Wii Sports (82 mil), Super Mario Bros (40 mil), Mario Kart Wii (36 mil), Wii Sports Resort (32 mil), New Super Mario Bros (30 mil), NSMB Wii (29 mil), Wii Play (28 mil), Nintendogs (23 mil), Pokemon Red, Blue & Green (23 mil), Mario Kart DS (23 mil), Pokemon Gold & Silver (23 mil), Wii Fit (22 mil), Wii Fit Plus (21 mil), Super Mario World (20 mil), Brain Age (19 mil), Super Mario Land (18 mil).

So if you were Nintendo, which games and market would you be going after?



Darknyht commented on Chief NES Designer Describes Nintendo as an In...:

Nintendo is not an indie studio nor do they operate as a traditional "AAA" studio. I think @jobunker calling them "Arthouse" is getting closer to the matter, and i would almost say "Avant-Garde" is closer still. They tend to try to rethink how we interact with games and what kind of games will be fun constantly, forever seeming to push the boundaries. Game & Watch, Donkey Kong, NES, Online Gaming (look up the early attempts with NES and SNES), GameBoy, Analog Stick, Rumble Packs, Dual-Screens, Touch Screens, Motion Controls, Balance Board, and 3D are all examples. Most were not new technology, but technology applied in new and interesting ways to create new experiences.



Darknyht commented on Xenoblade X Developers Talk About the Game's C...:

Xenogears and Xenoblade Chronciles are the only two so far, but it seems that like Final Fantasy there are certain themes that appear in most Xeno games. So far I can see mech being involved somehow and usually a theme that speaks of mankind and the gods.



Darknyht commented on Video: Let This Xenoblade Chronicles X Battle ...:

@Yorumi It is more or less an admission that they cannot compete against the juggernauts of Sony and Microsoft directly, so they are indirectly competing by going after the audiences that the others ignore. The generally focus that I see with the Wii U is family together in the living room, with most games having a co-op feature. Think about the Japanese commercial of the younger kids making levels for their dad to try to beat.

This is the failure of the Nintendo Direct. They assume everyone will watch the Directs and see games like Xenoblade featured. Those of us that are interested will follow, while everyone else moves on. Meanwhile, other companies put effort in keeping their Xenoblade games in the public mind, including those that never heard of it before.



Darknyht commented on Poll: Nintendo's Free-to-Play Experiments - Ar...:

Pokemon Shuffle is the only one I have experience with since I play it on iOS. For the most part it is a fun experience, but I wanted to throw the phone out a window when I hit Mega Glalie and now Mega Gengar. Both seem to be designed to need either power-ups or extreme luck to beat, and in that regard they remind me too much of Candy Crush stages were it came down to complete luck or money to get past them.



Darknyht commented on Video: Let This Xenoblade Chronicles X Battle ...:

@Yorumi Nintendo advertises, but they are targeting the family/young kid audience. Most of the ads I see are when the television is on Disney, Cartoon Network or Nick. As a book I just finished pointed out, Nintendo gave up more or less on chasing the "Core" gaming community for the "Family" and "Casual" audiences around the time they released the DS.

As another story pointed out, Nintendo generally has this attitude that "Core" gamers that want their games like Xenoblade already know about it. So why advertise? I think the lack-luster response of Bayonetta 2 shows that to an extent they are correct. Those of the "Core" gaming crowd left with Nintendo either go elsewhere for "Core" experiences or just find what they little they give.



Darknyht commented on Video: Nintendo Kindly Reminds Us That amiibo ...:

I have gotten more value from my World of Nintendo 4" Link Action Figure I found at Target than any of the amiibo have given me. So far, my Amiibo have only managed a Spinner weapon in Hyrule Warriors, Two skins for MK8, and two demos for games I already owned. The Action Figure on the other hand has joined me on multiple trips so that my children can follow the Adventures of Link as I am on the road for extended periods of time.



Darknyht commented on Editorial: It's Not Fun to Criticise Nintendo ...:

I think it is partially due to a broken view of their games' value and their release schedule in general. They need to learn to take advantage of the VC and eShop to fill in the release calendar, plus do a better job of scheduling releases to not cluster on top of each other. There are/were 12 (well 13 if you want to count the Amiibo demo kiosk game) releases this year for Wii U. But due to their scheduling there were vast gaps of nothing.

The two big tentpoles of the year (Splatoon and Mario Maker) needed to be out six months apart from each other, not within 3 months of each other, and ideally there should have been three. The other retail releases: Kirby, Devil's Third, Fatal Frame, Yoshi's Wooly World, Xenoblade Chronicles X, and Mario Party 10 needed to be spaced out more evenly and not all clustered in the Fall/Christmas season. Some of them needed to be priced appropriately to what they are (Devil's Third is a prime example). The rest (Mario Tennis and Animal Crossing: Amiibo Cash-in) needed to be eShop releases like Art Academy and Mario vs Donkey Kong.



Darknyht commented on Poor Odds of The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth ...:

@Xenocity So, IBM is ending support for a processor that is still in use by servers worldwide (POWER8) and they are contracted to revise into POWER9 for two supercomputers to be built by 2017? Power Architecture is not going away as it is still used in server, router, and telecom technologies. It also resides in things like cars, planes, and consumer electronics.



Darknyht commented on Poor Odds of The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth ...:

Wait... So the game that can run well on my under-powered personal computer that is over 7 years old and uses an cheap integrated graphics chip, with no slowdown, is incapable of running on a home console released three years ago. Yeah, that doesn't pass the smell test.



Darknyht commented on EA CFO Explains Why the Company Doesn't Make W...:

I own Mass Effect 3 and it is an enjoyable game, but I owned the first two on Xbox 360. It irked me that there was no way to see the story I started, that all the DLC skipped the console and that other consoles got a complete (or more complete version).

This statement doesn't match with their actions. They pushed four hasty games out the door at launch and went silent. Their actions show that EA had decided to abandon the console before it was even in stores.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 19th November (North America):

@Bass_X0 The better question is why are we getting an inferior GBA port of a game already available in the Virtual Console when there is an amazing number of games waiting to be put on there from the DS and GBA library that are not ports? If I really wanted Street Fighter II, I already could get the original, Turbo, or New Challengers. The same with Super Ghouls & Ghosts. You literally have a slightly inferior port that costs the exact same as the original SNES title.



Darknyht commented on Video: Remembering Bubsy The Bobcat, The 16-bi...:

I imagine a sad little corner of Wreck-It Ralph's world where Bubsy is the president of the bad mascot club. Right there with Cool Spot, 'Noid, Aero and all the other '90 mascots that came straight from 5th circle of marketing hell.



Darknyht commented on Feature: Our Top 10 Wii U Retail Games - Third...:

In no particular order my 12 games for Wii U I recommend:

  • Super Mario 3D World
  • Super Smash Bros.
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
  • Splatoon
  • Nintendo Land
  • Pikmin 3
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Mario Kart 8
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • The Wonderful 101
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (yeah, that's a bit of a cheat)


Darknyht commented on Feature: Reflecting On Three Years With The Wi...:

I picked up my Wii U shortly after the bungled announcement of the Xbox One. It was a combination of irritation over the lack of features for Gold, the possible ending of used games on that console, and the change of focus for me in my gaming preferences. I wanted a console my small kids could be around while I played, and Nintendo is the only one that seems to care about family at all. I have rarely regretted my choice.

The Off-TV play has become the most important feature for me. The ability to take the console into the bedroom, plug in headphones and play some Monster Hunter before bed is great. The same with being able to enjoy the few less kid friendly games the console got before third party support dried up. I am going to find it difficult to go back to On-TV play with the next console.

As for games, Nintendo games generally are a safe choice both for entertainment value and for content. There has been frustration however, as it isn't that there wasn't content to release but that it was being held back for nonsensical reasons. The fact that I still cannot purchase the back-catalog for the Wii Virtual Console in the Wii U eShop is mind-numbing. Same with the fact that Nintendo hasn't taken more advantage of the eShop titles themselves to fill in release gaps.



Darknyht commented on You Can't Alter The Chest Size Of Female Chara...:

@PlywoodStick Nintendo Co. Ltd. who is the publisher of the game has say over what the developer creates. They have also empowered the Nintendo of America team to localize the game to conform with the culture and standards of that region. So it is Nintendo of America's right to change the game to meet with the PR Image they want to present as Nintendo to the region. It is the authority that Nintendo Co. Ltd. has given them to exercise and they have in this case in a way that some does not like.

If NoA thought it would be best to have everyone wear the same outfit regardless of inventory, it would be their right. No one bats an eye when they do this in a game like Animal Crossing, exchanging puns from one culture for another or putting in relevant holidays over Japanese ones. Likewise, they exercised that right by passing on Super Mario Bros 2 and bringing us Super Mario Bros USA and no one complained.

Personally I fall back on a bit of wisdom on these matters: Just because someone can doesn't mean they should, and just because someone can doesn't mean it is of value to society.



Darknyht commented on Editorial: Linkle May be a Clunky Introduction...:

If the official canon is to be believed, Link's spirit and Zelda's bloodline is cursed to be in conflict with the Spirit of Demise. There is nothing there that doesn't say that Link's Spirit has to be in a male (note it isn't even a descendant of Link, but someone with his spirit) nor does it say that it even has be a female Zelda, just one of the bloodline. That leaves a lot of room for creativity.

Now, it would be really silly to have an iconic character change that much. It would be like Lara Croft suddenly becoming Luke Croft. So I think for now, Linkle, the child of Link and Tingle (thanks NVC) is doomed to be a non-canon character or side-character.



Darknyht commented on You Can't Alter The Chest Size Of Female Chara...:

@Yorumi "@earthboundlink you could say NOA is forcing their personal political or moral values on us."

No. NoA's worldview is reflected in the art that they create and present. Since they are the owners of the work of art, they have say over it. Much like Greedo was allowed to shoot first (as moronic as that notion is). The same as your personal worldview is reflected in your words and creations.

NoA is not forcing you to participate in Xenoblade Chronicles X. No one in Nintendo shirts will kick your door in if you haven't worshiped the Golden Mario today. They are simply bringing the product that they believe will suit the market they are trying to reach.



Darknyht commented on You Can't Alter The Chest Size Of Female Chara...:

@Yorumi I don't blame ESRB for all of it, but they are part of the problem. ESRB controls a game's retail reach potential, just like the MPAA ratings do for movies.

Ultimately it is simply brand and image management. In North America, they want to cultivate a specific image and adjust content to fit it. They want to be the Disney of gaming. That is why the Christmas ad is a family going to the tree and not dude-bros playing Devil's Third, Fatal Frame and Xenoblade Chronicles X.

Perhaps, like Disney, they should invest in a separate distribution label for the more mature games and then this problem could go away. Just on the Wii U that would probably have moved Fatal Frame, Bayonetta 2, Devil's Third and Xenoblade Chronicles. It also would grant them some freedom to work on franchises left dormant possibly because of content like Eternal Darkness.



Darknyht commented on You Can't Alter The Chest Size Of Female Chara...:

@Yorumi Yep, I was completely unable to enjoy Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Fallout 3, and countless other games where I made an avatar because it was missing a bust slider...

As others have said, we are all jumping to the censorship by Nintendo conclusion without knowing for sure. It could very well be the ESRB required it for the rating. Heck, it is because of the ESRB that every Halo game is rated M because once a game in the series is rated that they generally will not lower the rating for any other game in the series. To quote one article I could quickly find about the issue (although I remember an old article going into much greater depth):

"Mirachi’s comment about “historical parity” carried curious connotations. He used the term “similar content,” so it’s most likely that he was referring to games with comparable amounts of violence (Gears of War vs. Bayonetta), but it could also lead one to believe that the most recently released Halo games are being rated as “Mature” simply because other games in the series were rated M as well. After all, what could be more similar in content to Halo: Reach than other Halo games?"

So I think it is fair to ask whether or not Nintendo wants what appears to be their flagship JRPG series permanently locked into the M-Rating, much like Halo has been for Microsoft?



Darknyht commented on Parent Trap: Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival ...:

@Gerbwmu If they really were concerned about franchise care, they wouldn't be doing games like this as a full retail release. We would be getting more eShop stuff. NES Remix 1 & 2, Wii Sports Club, Pushmo World were all franchise care. This is just shameless Amiibo pushing.

Excite series, Hotel Dusk/Trace Memory, Custom Robo, F-Zero, Advance Wars, and Golden Sun are all sitting there idle. Who would complain if they got 8 new tracks of F-Zero modeled after Mario Kart 8's F-Zero track with online play for $14.99? But instead we get a mini-game collection that requires a huge investment in things that only work for a two games (and a pathetic excuse of a virtual console demo kiosk.



Darknyht commented on Video: Here's How Much Those Data Packs for Xe...:

I guess this is mostly pointless for me since I have my digital copy sitting on the Wii U waiting to be unlocked. I have been waiting for this game since I managed to get ahold of and finish the last Xenoblade. I cannot wait to explore and wander in this world.



Darknyht commented on Talking Point: The Latest Nintendo Direct Was ...:

I would have been happier if the Cloud Smash announcement included any of the following:

  • A release of Final Fantasy VII on the Wii U
  • A re-release of the first six Final Fantasy games on Virtual Console (even the GBA and DS ports)
  • The remastering of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles for Wii U with online play.


Darknyht commented on Video: Nintendo Makes a Holiday Pitch for Wii ...:

I am just amused that with those two particular games installed, will there actually be room left on the console of anything else? Otherwise it is a decent commercial, but I think the main audience left the room a long time ago.



Darknyht commented on Poll: Did The Nintendo Direct Comeback Fire on...:

I know I should expect this as a Wii U owner by now, but the lack of content for the Wii U was painful. Europe appears to be adapting to the issue by ensuring that the Virtual Console is getting lots of Wii and 3DS games, but here in North America they seem to be fine with letting the console on getting a trickle of truly new releases and tout games that appeared elsewhere months of now years ago. But at least my wallet is safe.

I probably would have been interested in the two DS Zelda games since I never played them on the DS, but it will probably be Christmas of 2016 before NoA decides to release them (along with Metroid: Zero Mission and other VC games that released elsewhere).



Darknyht commented on Preview: Getting Lost in the World of Xenoblad...:

@JaxonH The size of games is one thing that the XBO and PS4 have as a problem. Unfortunately, technology for storage is shifting from increasing the size of internal notebook drives to "unlimited" cloud storage (with surprising limits usually) and faster flash based internal drives. It is something that consoles will eventually have to address if they truly plan on being physical media free.

One thing of hope for you, apparently there is a 2.5 inch 3TB HDD available now.



Darknyht commented on Preview: Getting Lost in the World of Xenoblad...:

@rjejr @JaxonH I think it was an okay trade-off decision by Nintendo. Those of us that care purchased one, re-purposed a drive for the need, or have just used a thumb drive (despite warnings). But I still know families with Wii U consoles that don't have them hooked up to the internet and only play games on disc.



Darknyht commented on Preview: Getting Lost in the World of Xenoblad...:

@rjejr @JaxonH I tried a laptop SATA drive in an enclosure with and without the Y-Cable without success. Also had issues with a self-powered HDD, but that was probably the drive since it was old. Currently I had a Toshiba external 3.5 HDD on it, but it required the Y-Cable to get enough power. Even now the quick launch does not work well.