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Darknyht

Darknyht

Male, 35, United States

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#1

Darknyht commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Emphasizes the Nintendo Diffe...:

@hydeks Steam is a competitor as they are a competing Video Game platform for PCs. Amazon is becoming a potential competitor because they are investing in gaming (hiring developers, etc.). While they are not console makers, they take talent from the industry and produce competing products (video games). Nintendo would be foolish not to at least pay attention to them somewhat.

Nintendo gets respect from me because they generally do not try to be an "also ran" company. They make decisions based on what they think will be unique and fun, not based on what everyone else is doing or current trends. To me, the other major console makers and publishers care more about playing on "pop culture" and flash in the pan profits than having solid gameplay mechanics that produces evergreen profits. Even when they manage to get the second correct, they hammer it with rapid fire sequels until players burn out on it.

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#3

Darknyht commented on Anniversary: The Nintendo DS is Now 10 Years Old:

That was the only system that ever got me to purchase four of them: DS, DS lite (2), and the DSi. It will always be somewhat special because it had one of my favorite games of all time: Retro Game Challenge.

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#5

Darknyht commented on Nintendo Secures Plenty of Nominations in The ...:

These awards are little more than an excuse for someone to plaster Game of the Year all over their re-released box art. I always find it amusing to find seven "Game of the Year 20XX" games sitting right next to each other on the shelves in stores.

It's sort of like all stupidity around the BCS Bowl games for College Football. You have teams that are barely over .500 celebrating like they are the champions because they beat another barely .500 team in the American Standard Toilet Bowl game.

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#6

Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 20th November (North America):

@Windy I guess it is a matter of opinion. I prefer to not have public chat over having it when playing since my experiences were mostly of man-children either singing into my ear badly or yelling/swearing at me because I was not playing "right" (right being defined as playing exactly as they would). It got irritating to have to leave the mic unplugged and totally mute people just to play a deathmatch, or to have random people show up with griefing as their only objective. So I was effectively paying $35-50 a year to be irritated and annoyed by random people.

My opinion is that while Nintendo has a long way to come with online connectivity, Microsoft's online community also has issues that are not addressed, especially in the FPS arenas.

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#7

Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 20th November (North America):

@rjejr The $35-50 a year I spent on Gold Membership irritated me. But only because I quickly soured on public online matches due to the community I encountered there. That really only left Netflix as the driving force for Gold Membership. I cashed out around the time of the horrible Xbox One announcement.

All that said, there are things I did like about Xbox. The fact a game purchase was tied to both my console and account, allowing me to take a game with me to play co-op with my brother on his console was something I miss. Being able to download trials from a browser at lunch to try when I got home. And as silly as it sounds, I miss my lightsaber and Peguins jersey on my avatar.

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#8

Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 20th November (North America):

@rjejr I normally don't even bother. I am getting too old to be standing at a kiosk in the middle of Target or Gamestop playing video game demos.

For all of the things I do not like about Xbox, the one thing they got very right was the requirement of a trial for every XBLA game and downloadable demos. Most of my game library on that console was due to being able to do that (and Gold Member sales).

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#9

Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 20th November (North America):

@rjejr I played a Captain Toad demo in a Super Target last weekend. There was also something for Smash there, but I am not sure if it was a video or a demo. Since I know I am getting Smash, I was more interested in Capt. Toad.

But I agree, any demos that appear in the kiosks should be available either immediately or shortly after on the Wii U. And please remove the stinkin' play limits on them, it's just silly.

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#11

Darknyht commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

There is room for improvement on Nintendo's part, but overall it is a solid console. I would give them a C+ overall.

I would love to see them implement cross-purchase support, a true account system in the eShop, and a more aggressive with both virtual console and indie games.

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#12

Darknyht commented on The Nintendo Wii U Is Better Value For Money T...:

@Yorumi I think given the choice, Ubisoft would have delayed all of the versions of both Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed. They needed income to survive, so they did a media blitz to sell copies before people knew how bad it was. Sega did something similar with the new Sonic games.

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#13

Darknyht commented on Nintendo Is Bringing Holiday Magic To Shopping...:

I would be happy if they just put the demos they put in the stores on the eShop. I don't want to have to stand in Super Target, Walmart or Gamestop just to try a game I am interested in.

The first thing I do when I purchase a console is try out the demos. It helps me figure out what games I want to buy and fills in that dry spell after putting down so much money on a console. The lack of them on the console (and their limited usage) probably hurts more than helps. A kid that is going to play a demo a thousand times is not financially able to purchase the game in the first place. Most of us that are, will buy the game if it really has us playing the demo that much.

Honestly, if they were really smart they would create a share play mode like the DS (and I assume the 3DS) had. If I own Mario Kart 8, let my friends download a version that lets them only play online with me using the base cart and koopa for custom races. if I own smash brothers, let a friend be able to join in and play 1 on 1 battles with a Mii Fighter against me. Make it so I can visit my friends Animal Crossing stage as a guest character and explore with them.

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#14

Darknyht commented on Captain Toad Producer Says Nintendo Never Full...:

I think people are really putting too much time and energy into this. Do we really need to know the genetic makeup and sociology of the Mushroom Kingdom people to run through it destroying their property and stealing their gold coins while hopped up on 'shrooms?

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#15

Darknyht commented on The Nintendo Wii U Is Better Value For Money T...:

For the moment what he says is true. Nintendo had an early start that allowed it to build a library of Nintendo published exclusives. However, eventually the other two will catch up.

What Nintendo does have is quality. My fear is that Microsoft and Sony letting games like Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed Unity, Wolfenstein, GTA5 and others through while requiring huge day one patches or horrible game breaking bugs is going to burn consumers out on video games. At least with Nintendo games, so far, the day I purchase is the day I play and patches are reserved for balancing and adding things.

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#16

Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 20th November (Europe):

I honestly think that the reason Watch Dogs delayed so long is that Ubisoft is incapable of developing a functioning game. I think that given the option, they would have delayed all the releases on both Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed: Unity. Basically anything they make gets a six month cool down period for me. That way they can fix the mess they release and most likely the price will be $29.99 or less by then.

Sort of sad, as I loved their Gamecube era work such as Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and Beyond Good & Evil.

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#18

Darknyht commented on Shulk amiibo Listed as GameStop Exclusive in t...:

@eleccross Radioshack used to be the place to find technology parts needed to build things. When that started faltering, they tried to become a general electronics store and then a cell phone store. And failed miserably.

Gamestop is a game store that sells used games. When they realized that physical game sales are going to go away, they have started branching out into cell phones and tablets. Much like Radioshack, cell phones and tablets are not going to keep them alive. Their core business model is slowly going to disappear and eventually they will do likewise.

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#21

Darknyht commented on Talking Point: The amiibo Range Grows, Yet Key...:

At the end of the day, there is more we don't know than what we do know. I am fairly confident that eventually we will see other Amiibo that are not in their Smash Bros. Trophy pose just because there is so many issues with those models.

I don't expect much more than what Disney Infinity or Skylanders provides. It essentially is a physical DLC pack in the form of a collectors item. Both sell you characters that are only mildly interesting and then offer the better figures as add-ons. At least Nintendo is not locking the game up unless you purchase $35 playsets or additional $13 figures to play co-op.

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#24

Darknyht commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Outlines Core Nintendo Philos...:

@Yorumi Nunchuck is an add-on accessory and is not guaranteed to be available. Personally I have three Wiimotes but only a single Nunchuck and prefer not to have to purchase more so that my kids can play a game of Mario or Mario Kart.

As for the number of buttons, does having complicated controls make a game better? It may allow for more complex interactions, but the design philosophy for Mario is bright and fun. Simple two button controls (well technically three button controls since the B button is used) can be figured out by anyone with only a little experimentation.

What would more complicated controls for Mario add past raising the barrier to play?

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#25

Darknyht commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Outlines Core Nintendo Philos...:

@Yorumi Last time I checked the Wiimote has no analog stick and both Mario games on Wii U still support that control option. Besides, people like me prefer to play with the d-pad even when the analog stick is there (especially with 2D Mario games).

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#27

Darknyht commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Outlines Core Nintendo Philos...:

I realized something last year when I was playing The Legend of Zelda; A Link to the Past. There is this moment where you find a small boy trapped in the Dark World. When I was a kid, I barely read what he said as all I was interested in was whatever I got from completing the quest. As an adult, I realized it was the tale of a grieving father and a lost boy's final moments.

Those moments are in a lot of Nintendo games.

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#28

Darknyht commented on Review: Costume Quest 2 (Wii U eShop):

I think this is a case where the game had to ship on a locked date regardless of the state it was in. I think once the patches are done, it will be a more solid game.

I did play and finish the game in about 7 hours to full completion, but I think that was roughly the length of time I spent on the first one. And outside the fun of a family friendly Halloween game, the replay value is somewhat limited.

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#29

Darknyht commented on The Man Behind Sega's Wonder Boy Series Hates ...:

That's amusing considering that my biggest issue with Sega games in general are the controls always feel loose and over-responsive lending a feeling of always being slightly out of control. And in the Wonder Boy series specifically it is the lack of momentum that just seems wrong.

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#30

Darknyht commented on Nintendo Aiming To Create A Stronger Bond With...:

Not really interested in this, but I would love to see the Miis on the Wii U gain the ability to have the accessories like they do in StreetPass. So my Amiibo unlocked MK8 racing outfit could appear in the plaza instead of just in the game.

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#31

Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 6th November (North America):

Disney Infinity 2.0 was the last purchase for me for the year. So far just messing around with it last night, I am much happier with it over the original. The unlock system actually makes sense (both in measure when you get an unlock and how it works), and the customization of characters makes the game a little more interesting. I expect many hours of fun with my kids with this.

Who knows, eventually I may even pick up a playset for it but right now I am happy having Mr. Incredible fill in for a Marvel Superhero.

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#32

Darknyht commented on I'll Take Zelda And Mario Over Sharing Call Of...:

@arnoldlayne83 There are numerous articles out there that point out that even a mid-priced PC from 2006 could match (or exceed) the Xbox 360 versions in quality. The issue is that on the PC side progress continues and developers take advantage of those advancements to do things like not optimizing the PC version (why bother, there is so much power available.) or increase the upper quality of assets. The console specs are locked and never change. Developers can learn new tricks to make the games look better, but it will still be the same outdated hardware in eight years (that goes for the Wii U also).

So I would argue that if developers did the same level of optimization on all versions of games a mid-priced PC purchased last year would be able to still equal the XBO and PS4 in quality eight years from now. But instead we get GTA5 locked at 1080p on consoles and 4k on PC.

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#33

Darknyht commented on I'll Take Zelda And Mario Over Sharing Call Of...:

@arnoldlayne83 I will always need to buy a new computer regardless every 4-5 years. I need it for things an Xbox One or PS4 cannot do. But I am fairly confident in my high-end desktop PC's ability to play the games you mentioned since the Xbox One and PS4 both use essentially an 8 core Laptop processor (raw power sacrificed for power efficiency and low heat) and a graphics card nearly identical to a Radeon HD 7700 or 7800 series. At most, I may need to purchase a new graphics card.

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#34

Darknyht commented on I'll Take Zelda And Mario Over Sharing Call Of...:

Here is the question that I believe MIcrosoft and Sony should have to answer. "Why do I need to buy your console when 90% of what you offer is playable by my three year old PC I already own, and can run at almost identical graphics settings (or better)?" Add to it that in most cases it is better because of an active mod community.

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#36

Darknyht commented on Feature: What We Want to See in the November N...:

All of the above, but I am most interested in the release date information. I already have four games on the must buy list (Smash Bros, Zelda U, Xenoblade Chronicles X, and Splatoon) and one on my watch list (Captain Toad). That almost finishes out my gaming budget for next year (aiming for $360 total).

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#37

Darknyht commented on Online Retailers Offer Huge Discounts on Super...:

@SteveButler2210 I have a 32 GB model, but mostly due to the included game at the time and it was black (which I prefer over the white). The first thing I did was purchase a 2.5" Sata HDD case (which required no tools) and Y-USB cable for about $20 on Amazon. I then stuck an old 300 GB laptop hard drive into the case and have never really given the matter a second thought again. Even if you don't have the Hard Drive, you can still add your own 250-500 GB drive for about $50-60 via Amazon.

I've come to the conclusion that much like the gamepad complaints, the storage space issue is ultimately little more than an excuse. If Nintendo had put a HDD into the Wii U, people would be throwing fits now that the size of the storage space was too small, if one crashed it was too hard to fix (or God forbid it had to mailed in), or that it was only 5400 RPM vs 10k RPM. Basically, they will just find an excuse to complain because that is what you do online (Disclosure: I sometimes do this myself without stopping to think about it). We never actually look at the freedom not having the HDD included gives you in deciding your own storage fate, just that it makes the console not live up to preconceived expectations.

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#38

Darknyht commented on New Nintendo Direct Airing 5th November:

@babyguess So we will be realistically getting release dates for products up until late May or early June. I am good with that since I need to start working on my gaming budget for next year. (Sadly Smash is now a January game for me unless money falls into my lap.)

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#39

Darknyht commented on New Nintendo Direct Airing 5th November:

Let's see what insane predictions we can make....

The Legend of Starfy Returns by Rare
Sin & Punishment U by Platinum Games
Project Guard is now Custom Robo U
Punch U Out!!! for Wii U
Pilotwings: Space
Project Guard is Five Nights at Mushroom Mario's, where you attempt to keep animatronic Mario and crew from stomping on your head.

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#40

Darknyht commented on Region-Locking May Be a Thing of the Past Soon...:

It would be nice. It would have been great to get the EU version of Xenoblade Chronicles at a normal price versus the overpriced US copy (thanks Gamestop).

I just hope it doesn't turn into everyone being delayed by the overly complicated ratings boards of regions.

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#45

Darknyht commented on Capcom Offering Spooky Savings In North Americ...:

@rjejr Just found the article. It was this month's Game Informer. The quote is, "Revelations 2 isn't in the works for 3DS or Wii U (likely due to Revelation's under-performing sales on those platforms)."

Do not know if I agree that boycotting the first one will send the right message to Capcom about the second one. It is not like the first one will be missing content, and it sort of validates their logic.

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#47

Darknyht commented on Feature: Ten Games That Are Perfect For Hallow...:

Costume Quest 2 is about as scary as I can tolerate, although I love Castlevania II: Simon's Quest and have come to appreciate the Metroid series. It is not that the games are scary necessarily, it is my own imagination gears up to overdrive and I just cannot take the tension I create for myself.

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#49

Darknyht commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Follow Microsoft's Lead ...:

@Yorumi Can you get your Nintendo fix on 3DS? Absolutely. Is the experience going to be exactly the same on the handheld as the home console? Not always, as there will be trade-offs for portability in the console power and storage capacity departments, and it is hard to gather a bunch of friends around the 3DS screen to share the experience.

I think the problem you are getting at is one Nintendo hasn't quite figured out, but is trying to. Most of us no longer gather around a television and play games with friends or family. Instead, most of us gather together online to play with friends and family scattered across the country or world. I don't think we never really get the full experience those Wii U games are designed for.

I see glimmers of it in Project: Guard. Where you can have a bunch of people watching over your shoulder shouting at you to do X or Y. I see it in Wii Sports Club and Super Mario 3D World when you sit down and play with the family. it's in NSMBU when my son is tapping platforms either to help or usually to accidentally hinder. It's having five people play Nintendoland where four are chasing the fifth around a maze while taunting each other. It's the eventually 8 player free-for-all tournaments that will happen on gigantic screens for people to watch and cheer.

None of that can you get on a handheld device with a small screen.

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#50

Darknyht commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Follow Microsoft's Lead ...:

@Yorumi It has always has been the case that the handheld console has smaller (or older) versions of the console games. The Gameboy library largely started out as bite-size versions of NES games that you could play on the go. Every Nintendo handheld since then has followed that pattern. But each offers things the other cannot do.

As I see it, the Handheld focuses on providing personal (gameplay) and semi-social (streetpass) experiences and the Console generally focuses on providing shared group experiences (couch co-op, asymmetric gameplay, backseat driving during gameplay, online play). To use 3D Land and 3D World, one is designed to allow you to play a 2D/3D Mario game on the go by yourself and the other is designed to allow you to play a 2D/3D Mario game with your family on the couch co-op/competitively as a shared event/experience.