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A Cruce Salus

Male, 36, United States

Sat 9th May, 2009

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Darknyht commented on Bandai Namco's Project Treasure Is Now Called ...:

I will go out on a limb and say the "free to play" aspect will follow the setup of Tank! Tank! Tank!. There will be single level with limited plays allowed until you purchase something. Worse would be for it to follow the Ace Combat Inifinity model that requires serious grinding on three plays a day.



Darknyht commented on Minecraft: Story Mode is Heading to Wii U:

So what we are getting is a Telltale Game wrapped in a Minecraft skin. That is a bit different than Minecraft. I will probably pick up episode one on sale like I have with all the other Telltale Games over the years, but I probably will never get anything past it.

At this point, I am up against my budget for the year with Xenoblade Chronicles X and Super Mario Maker on the must purchase list. With all the recent announcements of eShop and VC games, something is going to get pushed back.



Darknyht commented on Kerbal Space Program Is Landing On The Wii U e...:

@rjejr It's a physics based space-ship, space exploration sandbox. They basically modeled the solar system and you build ships to explore it. They recently added in missions and goals that you can use, but I think the sandbox stuff is the primary joy of it.



Darknyht commented on Rumour: XSEED Less Than Happy With Nintendo's ...:

This sounds just about as silly as the stupidity happening over the McWhopper. Basically a business deal that may or may not have gone down may or may not have resulted in hurt feelings.

The logic as to why escapes me because by all appearances a digital only release makes the most sense, much like the digital only release of Fatal Frame. These are niche titles that while they fill out the software library for the Wii U, they will remain niche titles. The only reason Devil's Third may do better is because it basically is the only new game in town outside of Splatoon.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 27th August (North America):

The most appealing thing for me was Vs. Excitebike, but I am at least tempted by Disney Infinity 3.0 if the upgrade price is once again only $20. It is almost worth it for the improved driving and toy box games, although I am very tempted to buy the Original Trilogy characters.



Darknyht commented on Review: Devil's Third (Wii U):

The bad reviews are getting me interested in this game. Where will this rank over all? is it Yaris and Superman 64 bad or either BK Games and Eat Lead bad? Because one is playable and the other is not.



Darknyht commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against am...:

I think it is silly how difficult it has been to find amiibo, and even more insane how rare ones go to "exclusive" retailers that might not even be present in a community. I despise that content gets locked behind them such as Capt. Toad's additional mode or the Splatoon levels. Even more stupid is that content is locked behind specific Amiibo. And worse of all is that the games seem to taunt you with the fact that said content is there and you will never access it.

Ultimately I look at the Amiiqo device like a modern Game Shark or Action Replay. I used those to access locked content such as the NES games in Animal Crossing that Nintendo never bothered to release codes for. This is just unlocking content that Nintendo likewise made artificially difficult to access. To an extent I feel the same way about the other Toys to Life games, it's artifically holding content I paid for hostage until I pay an extortion fee to "unlock" it.



Darknyht commented on Future Of Trine Series In Doubt Following Nega...:

I bought Trine 2 on sale when I bought the Wii U and trudged through it, but there was a point where the game stopped being fun and started becoming frustrating. The controls just didn't work smoothly enough for the platforming and the combat seemed forced a lot of times. I could easily see how those issues would become bigger in a 3D environment.



Darknyht commented on Talking Point: Pokkén Tournament May Not Be a...:

@rjejr I would say the platform, but the problem is the codename is covering more at the moment. We know that whatever the next home console will be, it will not be called the NX. We also know that publishers will support multiple generations of hardware if they believe it will turn a profit. My best guess is that Dragon Quest will be one thing on the 3DS/N3DS and a completely different creature on the NX platforms and PS4.

Here is why I hang my hat on that: Mr. Iwata was quoted saying, “Home consoles and handheld devices will no longer be completely different, and they will become like brothers in a family of systems. Still, I am not sure if the form factor (the size and configuration of the hardware) will be integrated. In contrast, the number of form factors might increase. Currently, we can only provide two form factors because if we had three or four different architectures, we would face serious shortages of software on every platform.”

“To cite a specific case, Apple is able to release smart devices with various form factors one after another because there is one way of programming adopted by all platforms. Apple has a common platform called iOS. Another example is Android. Though there are various models, Android does not face software shortages because there is one common way of programming on the Android platform that works with various models. The point is, Nintendo platforms should be like those two examples.”

To me that points to NX primarily being a shift in OS that will bring about a family of consoles that are based on the NX Platform.



Darknyht commented on Talking Point: Pokkén Tournament May Not Be a...:

@amiiboacid The Wii U is not really a dead console in that the company that still is supporting the product, but it is a dead console as far as the general the gaming public's perception is concerned. Because the market for the console is so small, all that is left now in retail third party support is the Toys to Life segment (which is huge but results in few actual titles), Lego games (which is going away to become the previous), and the scattered remains of the music/rhythm game craze. There is smaller developer support but it likewise is shaky.

That isn't to say it isn't a good console, because as I said before it is. But the position that the Wii U finds itself in leaves it forgotten or mocked by most and loved by the niche market it has made for itself. In that regard, it has joined the club that the Gamecube and Dreamcast belong to.



Darknyht commented on Talking Point: Pokkén Tournament May Not Be a...:

@rjejr I honestly believe that the NX isn't a console but a platform and brand. Just like iOS is a platform and for the Apple mobile brand. There will be a NX Handheld and a NX console, but there will be a single OS powering both. I am fairly sure that currently they do a lot of double work programming for both 3DS and Wii U, even when it is the more or less the exact same game on both (At least that I what I gathered from the stories about SSB development).

I look at how little they have done with the N3DS, it is basically a DSi in that there is extra capability but very little developed exclusively for it. It is essentially something to give the diehards to purchase until the next real console appears. And purchase they will, just like most likely bought a 3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS and a special edition 3DS device or two. it's the same thing with Xbox 360 and how a portion of their base bought three, four, or more consoles due to red ring, new models, and/or modding purposes.



Darknyht commented on Talking Point: Pokkén Tournament May Not Be a...:

@rjejr I think the gamepad cost is the boat anchor around their neck that prevented any meaningful price drop. It was a high risk move that didn't pay off as technology outpaced them. I love the gamepad for the Off-TV play, but it honestly isn't enough to justify the cost to the console.

In retrospect, I think the Wii U with a Pro Controller in the box, with the gamepad as an accessory that promotes Off-TV play and optional add-ins like Smartglass might have found better success in the market. Then the console could have been competitively priced and the gamepad would have been the niche thing it has turned the console into.



Darknyht commented on Talking Point: Pokkén Tournament May Not Be a...:

@rjejr A price drop probably wouldn't help much at this point either. I think the price drop might have helped had it been done right around when XBO/PS4 announced their prices. Had they reduced the Basic model to be $199.99 at least it would have helped. Probably the smarter move would to have put the "Deluxe" model at that price. Just remove the pack-in game or replace it with a demo disc from the kiosk. I also might have put out a new model that upped the storage for $249.99 maybe with a pack-in game around that same time.

Anything now feels like it would be just showing the death of the console has come and a fire sale has begun. I would probably be at least trying to undercut the competition on pricing by putting out a Player's Choice or lowering the top tier pricing to $49.99. Even if it would be symbolic at this point.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Confirms Super Mario Maker Console Bu...:

So I will try Fatal Frame's extended demo, and start saving my pennies for Xenoblade Chronicles X and Super Mario Maker. As much as I like Splatoon, I am still hesitant to buy shooters on a console without a large Single Player mode because servers on consoles tend to disappear (or the audience does).



Darknyht commented on Poll: Is Pokkén Tournament The Wii U Release...:

I am sure that it will be big for the Pokemon fanbase, but I don't think it is going to take the fighting scene by storm. It may inspire some die-hard Pokemon fans to purchase a Wii U, but it isn't going to change the fate of the console.



Darknyht commented on Pokémon Brawler Pokkén Tournament Coming To ...:

@Yorumi I've come to the conclusion most people read a story feel they have nothing to add to the conversation other than "Yeah" so they just move on without saying anything. I've done it enough times myself.

My experience is that in the comments you get a lot of people that just want to throw rocks and tear down anything that doesn't agree with them. They don't want to discuss so much as conquer while professing to be open minded. When they are confronted with opposition that they cannot shout down, they start jumping all over grammatical errors or "logical flaws" to marginalize the differing view. Nothing anyone says will change their minds, so it best to just let them have their say and move on.

As bad as it is here, it is worse on political forums or sports forums.



Darknyht commented on Pokémon Brawler Pokkén Tournament Coming To ...:

@Yorumi It is probably a contributing factor as much as it is a factor that the Wii U versions of titles get gimped for lack of storage and online. Nintendo and third parties need to recognize that they operate in a world where the more hardcore gamers will own multiple consoles (and a PC), and will purchase accordingly.

I think the excitement has to do also with the synergy the franchise being put into the engine brings. I never gave Samurai Warriors a second thought because nothing about it interested me. I did give Hyrule Warriors a thought because I like Zelda. Now I will give Samurai Warriors a look because I enjoyed the gameplay that Hyrule Warriors was built upon.



Darknyht commented on Mario Paint:

@Calllack It was a drawing game that shipped on the SNES and included a mouse & mousepad. There are a ton of references to it in the new Super Mario Maker game. I still have the mousepad and use it with my laser pointer mouse.



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

I will wait to see what Capcom puts on sale, but even then I am pretty broke right now. That said, I still have more games in my backlog than time to complete. Most of the Humble Bundle, Earthbound: Beginnings, MH3U, and Hyrule Warriors are all keeping me busy right now.

There are times I miss my childhood where I only got a game every few months unless I borrowed from someone else.



Darknyht commented on Video: Did You Know Gaming? Looks at Dr. Mario...:

I always enjoy this series, it one of the few subscriptions I actually keep up with on YouTube. After watching this episode however, I really want to know what gameplay advantage Mario got by being a Centaur? Did he break out a claymore and start slaughtering koopas?



Darknyht commented on Preview: Rekindling Platforming Passion in Sup...:

All of the little nods this game has to Mario Paint just makes me wish that Mario Paint would get released as a Virtual Console title with this. Just throw in USB Mouse support and let those of us that owned the game enjoy the memories. Me and my friends would spend hours building silly NES Zelda dungeons or stupid songs with it.



Darknyht commented on Video: Things Go Bump In The Night In This Leg...:

I will probably be buying Disney Infinity 3.0 if they have an update version on sale, it is just too good of a deal to pass. However, I haven't purchased a figure since the original purchase. I have the original 3, Lightening McQueen, Elsa, and Toy Story figures. Not a single 2.0 Character and likely none of the 3.0.



Darknyht commented on Talking Point: Considering the Future of Ninte...:

I think the Directs need to continue, as they are the Nintendo Power of this generation. Like NP of it's day, a good Nintendo Direct is one that introduces new upcoming products (maybe in more detail than an E3 announcement), interviews creators, offers gameplay advice or challenges, and builds community.

In fact, I would want to see it evolve into something more akin to the Nintendo Channel. Offer up a "volume" every quarter or month and let us go hands on with previews and demos. Put up a special Miiverse section where we can give feedback, ask questions, share artwork and post impressions of it. Maybe take a poll about what Virtual Console games they should bring out (and clearly communicate when and why it isn't possible).

They are so many possibilities to not only honor and continue, but build upon what Iwata did.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Announces Another Run of the Splatoon...:

@rjejr Maybe they will figure the demo download thing with the NX. I think the way they handled the DS Download Station and Nintendo Channel was closer to the right way. They could have put an app/channel/software on the eShop featured a different demo/demos depending on the console's available storage (user definable to pull the latest demo or everything in the kiosk "volume") with some videos.

This meets in the middle for players and Nintendo. New Wii U owners can get a taste of something new every month or quarter, and Nintendo gets demos that are only available for a limited time.



Darknyht commented on Mario History: Super Mario Bros. 2 - 1988:

This game fostered my love of Luigi, but I do remember being a little disappointed at the vast difference between SMB and this. It was almost as bad as the frustration that was induced by Link's Adventure. But I played it, beat it and then did my best to master it since it was the new game at a time when games came few and far between.



Darknyht commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Dismissal of Chris P...:

@SetupDisk I don't disagree. Corporate America and our government has done just about everything they can do to turn back the clock to the 1920's.

@PlywoodStick Perhaps not everywhere, but I also am in the non-profit sector and that is specifically listed as a reason for possible discipline, including termination. I am not free to speak about my employer's business with impunity.



Darknyht commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Dismissal of Chris P...:

@Pandaman This is the problem in a nutshell. Chris Prangar was not hired to talk to the public about Nintendo. Chris Prangar was hired to do something within the walls of the Treehouse branch of Nintendo. In that hiring process, Chris Pranger most likely was required to read an employee manual and sign an "Employee Code of Conduct" and even possibly an NDA. Chris Pranger willfully violated those terms and broke his contract with Nintendo. Hence why Chris Pranger rightly places all blame for his termination on himself and his own personal failure.

If Chris Pranger had done what he did with three of his drinking buddies in the privacy of his living room with no recorder, he would be going to work at Nintendo today. Had he chosen to anonymously post to a forum, he probably would still have a job today (although he and his co-workers would probably all collectively take heat for it). Instead, even in the best possible light, he chose to publicly identify himself as a Nintendo employee and then speak Nintendo's business in a way that presented him as company representative.



Darknyht commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Dismissal of Chris P...:

@SetupDisk Thus is the corporate landscape of the US right now. There is a ton of people willing to do your job for less money out there, so corporations are capable of playing fast and loose. Don't like it, well the next candidate will do it and lick our shoes as a bonus. Since our government has dismantled or weakened most regulation over business, and top earners in general, there is little or no consequences.

If I did what Chris Prangar did, I would be fired from where I work. I would guess that most of us would be fired from where we work. It isn't a matter of NDA, it is a most likely an issue of him violating the "Employee Code of Conduct" portion of the employee manual he signed (possibly without reading).



Darknyht commented on Mario Memories: How Super Mario Land Made Me A...:

When I got my Gameboy that first year I had this, Castlevania and Tetris. At the time this was an impressive game and I spent a lot of time with it. Looking back on it, I don't remember it as fondly but it is still an impressive achievement.



Darknyht commented on Mario History: Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Lev...:

I started playing it with Super Mario Bros. Deluxe on GBC, but never did finish it (and lost the GBC shortly after that). If I ever get the opportunity to pick up Super Mario Bros. All Stars I might give it a go again.



Darknyht commented on Chris Prangar, Nintendo Treehouse Staffer Who ...:

I feel bad for him that he lost his job, but I am sure he was well aware of their policy on doing that sort of thing. On the other hand, Nintendo could do a lot to resolve the bad image in certain areas by just being more open about it. Pranger raised valid concerns on translating games (in a poor way however), and Nintendo could help itself by explaining seemingly stupid decisions like the inconsistancy of the Virtual Console releases between regions.



Darknyht commented on Mario History: Super Mario Bros. - 1985:

@Konda You would be thinking of the Magnavox Odyssey, and later the Home Pong, Telsrar and Nintendo Color TV Game from the 70's if you want the start of the industry. I got started as a kid with the second generation (Intellivision and Odyssey II) along with the C-64 (although that probably is considered third gen) when it came out and remember the crash to an extent.

Nintendo NES and the Sega Master System brought about the comeback of the industry when they started the third generation. And as I said, Super Mario Bros 3 was probably one of the best made games for the NES system.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 13th August (North America):

Anyone know if Pandora's Tower has gamepad support? If it does I might be interested eventually. Otherwise, there is nothing this week I am overly interested in.

@Mus1cLov3r The frustration is that the eShop is a mess and a bit of a joke when it comes to the Virtual Console. Currently North America is over 100 Virtual Console games (182 vs 327) behind Japan. While there are some games that just never made it over here, there are others like NES & SNES Final Fantasy games and Metroid; Zero Mission that have no good excuse to not release. Then there is the absence of the Turbo Graphics-16 library from the US Virtual Console, especially considering their availability still in the Wii Shop.

Finally for people like me, there are Wii games that we are interested in purchasing but don't want to pay a insane markup on the used copy. For example, I want to play Skyward Sword since I missed it but I cannot bring myself to pay $50 for a game that eventually will hit the eShop for $20.

But hey, we get the privilege of paying $7.50 for a game that is free on Android and iOS.



Darknyht commented on Mario History: Super Mario Bros. - 1985:

I remember going to a friends house to play this and being hooked. It was unlike anything I had played at that point (Intellivision, Odyssey II, and C-64). It wasn't long after that I got my own NES under the Christmas tree. While the Legend of Zelda game that was there with it became my favorite, Super Mario Bros was still a joy to play and a masterpiece of level design.



Darknyht commented on Mario Memories: Being Taken To A New World In ...:

@CosmicYoshi65 Part of the fun of both SM64 and especially Sunshine was finding out how to get where you were not supposed to be with the F.L.U.D.D. or new ways to get to the goal you are addressing. I was exploring an open world. To me Galaxy felt more restrictive, like I was walking in a walled garden.

As for the sound and graphics, they are nice but don't replace gameplay for me. If they mattered that much to me, I wouldn't have gone with the Wii U this time around.



Darknyht commented on Mario Memories: Being Taken To A New World In ...:

I beat the first Galaxy on a rental and have never looked back. I made the mistake of buying Galaxy 2 for $10 on the Wii U and have only started it twice. They just feel like a regression after Super Mario Sunshine introduce new gameplay elements. The F.L.U.D.D. gave new puzzle options while Galaxy brought a Bee Suit and tiny planets.



Darknyht commented on Editorial: Paper Mario is 15 Years Old Today, ...:

I own this game on the virtual console thanks to Club Nintendo, but I unfortunately started the series with Thousand Year Door. I've managed to struggle through Super Paper Mario but haven't been able to do the same with the original. There is just something about N64 games that bothers me.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo: Wii U GamePad Is The Only Real Innov...:

I think at the end of the era, when the Nintendo WIi U is as old as the Dreamcast is now, it will be remembered much the same. The gamepad was never fully used to it's potential, even by Nintendo. Just some of the games I couldn't understand why they were not on the console.

SimCity, The Sims, FTL, Sanctum 2, Magic the Gathering, Torchlight, Worms, Dungeon Defenders, Uno, Hasbro Family Game Night, Monopoly, Assassin's Creed: Rouge, King's Quest reboot, Command & Conquer, Total War, Football Manager, and I probably could go on for a while.

Needless to say there were a lot better games out there that Sega, EA, Ubisoft, and Activision could of brought to the table or revived and found success on the console. Instead they wanted to have the Wii U be exactly like the other two.



Darknyht commented on Video: Say Hello To The SNES Game Which Ships ...:

The Super Gameboy was the best piece of hardware I ever got for the SNES. What most people fail to understand is that it made the Gameboy games actually playable in an era when the Gameboy was saddled with a horrible blur inducing LCD. It was also easier to convince my parents to purchase a $30-40 Gameboy game over a $60-70 SNES one. At that point the Gameboy stuff was very close to the NES I grew up with so it was something I could tolerate.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Not Looking To Churn Out Yearly Seque...:

@Jimtaro Part of that is Nintendo has A-Rank, B-Rank and C-Rank franchises.

A-Rank (Guaranteed on the Console): Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Pokemon, Smash, Mario Kart, Animal Crossing (for portables)
B-Rank (Might be on a console): Metroid, Fire Emblem, , Star Fox, Wario, Yoshi, Pikmin, Xenoblade
C-Rank: (One offs or rare appearances): Everything else.

The reason for this is simple. Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, and historically Donkey Kong has sold easily double what anything else has. Mario Kart and Smash pulls in big numbers while Animal Crossing found an audience on portables.

As for their sports, no one is going to buy Nintendo makes generic Tennis games. Nintendo isn't going to put down the cash for licenses to get real players, when they did it was out of a western development house that was closed in the early days of GameCube. But people will buy Mario Tennis or Mario Golf because of Mario.