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Darknyht

Darknyht

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Male, 35, United States

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#1

Darknyht commented on Talking Point: That Paper Mario: The Thousand-...:

I think that is the only Paper Mario that I really enjoyed, but I don't know if I would want to see Nintendo plundering another old game for handheld sales, especially not to re-release at full price (even if they update it some).

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#3

Darknyht commented on Iwata: Nintendo NX Will Surprise People And Ch...:

@JaxonH But there are those that do want to discuss those things and they have just as much right to do so here unless the moderators tell them otherwise. You have to be able to accept that or else you are going to make yourself miserable.

What you can do is contribute to the discussions that you want to see more of and ignore the stuff you don't. Keep in mind that everyone on here is probably at least interested in some aspect Nintendo and more likely than not gaming in general, and it's okay for us to have differing opinions on the little stuff (like screen setups in MH3U).

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#4

Darknyht commented on Iwata: Nintendo NX Will Surprise People And Ch...:

@JaxonH Also keep in mind that some of us have been gaming since before NES released. I cut my gaming teeth on the Intellivision and Odyssey II. We've seen the best and worse of Nintendo over the years. Nintendo is capable of doing awesome innovation on the hardware and software side of things, but too frequently their management prevents them from utilizing those things in meaningful ways.

At this point, there is good reason to be skeptical and doubtful of Nintendo's management. Their bad choices really exceed their smart ones. The Wii U is one of those things. It isn't a bad console, but the launch, name and first 1.5 year of it's existence was mismanaged. All of that served to kill it.

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#5

Darknyht commented on Iwata: Nintendo NX Will Surprise People And Ch...:

@JaxonH Just for the record, I personally I find that I hate having to look down at the gamepad to find stuff in Monster Hunter 3 (and most other games). I find that more distracting than having it on the screen. Even more so in that my favorite way of playing most games is in Off-TV mode with the Television turned off.

As I said to someone else, there is no "correct" way to play a game except to play so that you enjoy what you are doing. You personally like the second screen functions and nothing on the screen, but there are those who are just as valid in not liking that feature. I think you can advocate the advantages of using the second screen without implying not using it is completely wrong. If it wasn't a valid choice, why did Capcom bother to patch the game to include the Off-TV (single screen) mode?

EDIT: I guess I should clarify that rule applies to single player games. When playing online with others, you should play so that everyone playing can enjoy the game. Being a jerk online for the sake of your own enjoyment shouldn't be acceptable behavior.

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#6

Darknyht commented on Iwata: Nintendo NX Will Surprise People And Ch...:

@Cyberbotv2 I would guess that Nintendo felt that it almost had to announce there was new hardware to prevent investors from thinking they were abandoning it.

As someone else pointed out to me, I think that there will be Wii U activity until at least Holiday 2016 for the Wii U. Whatever game releases that Holiday season will be the swan song of the system. There will then be a final trickle of stuff in 2017 to finish off anything that cannot easily move to the NX.

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#7

Darknyht commented on Nintendo NX Will Be About Creating "Fun New Wa...:

I really wish that Nintendo would take a slightly different approach (well really an old approach) to the next console. Back at the NES launch there were two consoles sold (eventually I think there were three). One came with R.O.B., the Zapper, two controllers and Duck Hunt/Gyromite. The second just had two controllers and Super Mario Bros. Eventually there was the one that had the two controllers, zapper, running pad and three game combo.

To use the Wii U as an example for what the NX should be released as: There should have been at launch a family model that included something like: 32GB Wii U + Nintendoland + Sing Party + Wii Remote + Microphone; and a Deluxe model that included 32GB Wii U + New Super Mario Bros. U + Nintendoland + Pro Controller. One product focuses on family gameplay and the other focuses on traditional gamers, but neither is crippled by subpar specs.

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#8

Darknyht commented on Iwata: Nintendo NX Will Surprise People And Ch...:

@rjejr I think the communication problems are mostly NoA and NoE issues. I don't know if it is a control issue (well it probably is a control issue), but they seem to have their hands tied a lot more than NoJ does. Just look at the steady stream of crap coming out in Japan about Splatoon and Xenoblade Chronicles the past few months.

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#9

Darknyht commented on Iwata: Nintendo NX Will Surprise People And Ch...:

@gcunit The Wii motion controllers were and are innovative. It did something most only dreamed about up until then. The problem was/is that it found no real, purpose in gaming outside of niche applications. Developers never figured out what to do with it, and outside of Nintendo few ever did anything with the technology other than create those gimmicky controls that everyone hated.

I think had it come along when point-and-click adventure gaming was at the height of popularity it would have been useful. Same with light gun games, and certain precision sports (like golf). But Nintendo would have been smart to have included a pro-controller in the box so that more developers could have used it to provide more traditional gameplay styles. By not being in the box meant most developers ignored it's existence.

They did better with the Wii U by putting standard controls on the gamepad, but botched the campaign and probably had the industry motivation taken from them by behind the scenes XBO and PS4 development. Remember, big developers saw the hardware limitations of the Wii U compared to the other two long before the public had anything but rumors.

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#10

Darknyht commented on Iwata: Nintendo NX Will Surprise People And Ch...:

@Cyberbotv2 The Xbox Controller has more in common with the Dreamcast than anything Nintendo. A lot of Dreamcast people moved to Microsoft once Sega stopped the console, and Microsoft already had a lot of input on the Dreamcast because of the Windows CE partnership. The original ugly Xbox controller basically was a Dreamcast controller with a second analog stick thrown on it.

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#11

Darknyht commented on Iwata: Nintendo NX Will Surprise People And Ch...:

@aaronsullivan I've enjoyed my purchase, but I haven't entirely understood the general market negativity towards it. Off-TV mode means that I can play games without it being on the TV, and it was nice that I didn't have to purchase additional hardware to get it. I have small children and we choose to only have a single TV in the house. It isn't always available.

I was disappointed by the poor ports from the major third parties, but I've never lacked from something to play on the console. I've personally put more time into MH3U, Mass Effect 3, Deus Ex, Assassin's Creed III, and Batman: Arkham Origins than the Nintendo stuff. In fact, i expect that I will be playing MH3U until Xenoblade Chronicles releases (just started two days ago). And that only because gamestop graced me with a $10 coupon so I only paid $8 for it.

What people forget is that there is no "right" way to play games or proper games to be a gamer. My mom is as hardcore as it gets playing farmville and candy crush (all without spending money) and probably has put as many hours into that as some here state they played MH3U. Before that she played Night Stalker on the Intellivision through the night. She doesn't care what system a game is on, she cares if it engages her.

Nintendo will be fine or it will not. Whatever it does, it will put all of it's creative talent behind. Either people will love it or they will hate it. Personally, I would rather them pursue what they believe than what focus testing tells them. Ultimately I buy their games and products because I enjoy them. Isn't that what the hobby is ultimately about?

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#12

Darknyht commented on Poll: Where Do You Stand On DeNA, Smart Device...:

@abe_hikura Still not good for them to be replacing at this point. When your competitors' systems are lasting double the lifespan as yours it makes you look bad. Doesn't matter that if Nintendo sells cheaper, a home console is still a major investment and the now standard expectation is 8-10 years.

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#13

Darknyht commented on Poll: Where Do You Stand On DeNA, Smart Device...:

I am not sure that I am happy that there is the possibility of the Wii U being replaced after only four years, and it doesn't make sense to already be talking about replacing the N3DS. More information is needed either way.

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#14

Darknyht commented on Sega Producer Explains Exactly What Went Wron...:

I think Sonic's problem as of late has more to do with Sega attempting to please everyone over making the best Sonic game they can. Design by committee (or focus groups) is usually going to leave a bland or lifeless product when it is finished.

One of the most endearing things about Mario is Nintendo does what they think is best with him. That means that from the beginning Nintendo was unafraid to change things to make a new game. They do a great job of keeping the familiar, while still doing something different.

Honestly, I really wish they would have just made another Phantasy Star or Streets of Rage for Nintendo instead of forcing Sonic down everyone's throats again.

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#16

Darknyht commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Highlights Nintendo's Strengt...:

Overall, this cycle (and the Wii U) has a lot of similarities to the Dreamcast. Back then you had the industry leader in Sony, the former champ in Nintendo and the struggling Sega. Today we have leader with Sony, the former champ with Microsoft and now a struggling Nintendo. Time will tell if Nintendo ends up like Sega, but one huge difference is that Sega poured a lot of love and craziness into their console.

Overall, I think that the market for video games is headed for a crash. We are left with either "AAA" overhyped, overmarketed, under-delivered, and inflicted with sequelitis products or indie stuff. Unfortunately the indie stuff will not maintain the market except for the most hardcore gamers (in the original sense of that term, the true believers and lovers of the medium).

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#17

Darknyht commented on Swedish Newspaper Questions The European Relea...:

@Quorthon I think you would find that the prosperity gospel that Olsteen preaches has actually very little to do with the message of Christ. Any preacher that promises you that God wants you to have a mansion, fast car, a big bank, account and immediate, unending happiness on earth really should spend more time reading the book they claim to preach from.

Most of the first followers of Christ were poor, persecuted, and ended up either on a cross or in the belly of a lion (and praised God for the opportunity to have those things happen to them in the name of Christ). Christ promised eternal treasures in heaven, not worldly goods or fame (in fact, promised the world would hate you). But then most of the church's current problems boil down to an issue of love because our collective actions show that we love ourselves, the world and it's trappings more than we love God and others.

As for the game, I see this as where moral relativism, subjectivism, and Ann Rand's version of Objectivism start to fail. When everyone gets to subscribe to their version of the truth, then ultimately it is the mob/herd mentality that rules because there is no absolute authority to base a judgement on.

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#19

Darknyht commented on TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT, The Game Freak and ...:

Sad to hear, but ultimately this was SEGA's decision as publisher and possibly Nintendo's if they passed on it (which we have no way of knowing). I am honestly more interested in The Magic Circle coming to Wii U than this (I'm not holding my breath).

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#20

Darknyht commented on Remake Request: Super Metroid 3D on Nintendo 3DS:

@CTs_Lieutenant @Quorthon The problem of Metroid is that just about every Metroid game outside of the Prime series are little more than a Japanese take on the Alien(s) franchise. Metroid was heavily influenced by the original Alien movie. Metroid II draws heavily from Aliens (being sent to the homeplanet of the monster). Super Metroid takes plot points from Aliens 3. Metroid Fusion is their take on Alien Resurrection. The Other M pulls from all the above.

That means they have no where to go with it. Unless they want to introduce a Aliens vs Predator mashup in the Metroid universe, they have no material and seem to be really bad at telling a mostly original story (see Other M).

I've come to enjoy the Metroid series, including Metroid II. I would rather see Metroid II get released digitally as a remake (getting Zero treatment) before anything else is touched just because so many missed the adventure. It was also quite brutal to play (small screen, no map, confusing layout).

My preference however is that Nintendo move forward instead of constantly plundering the past. I understand that there is desire for that in the market. Yet I would rather them open up a shop dedicated to remaking eShop versions of titles instead of putting their best talent & resources on recreating the past. $15-20 on an eShop remake handled by a second party makes perfect sense to me, a $40-60 retail release handled by Nintendo first party just seems like they cannot think of anything better to create. That second one concerns me.

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#21

Darknyht commented on Remake Request: Super Metroid 3D on Nintendo 3DS:

I would kill for a Metroid game headed by ChAIR Entertainment (or just for Shadow Complex to get a sequel), but Nintendo seems to not know what to do with Metroid.

However, there is a new Aliens movie around the corner so they probably can get another game out of that material. Hopefully they also follow suit with Aliens and drop the last few (Fusion & Other M) from the timeline in order to get themselves out of the creative corner.

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#23

Darknyht commented on Gallery: Splatoon Development Updates Show Off...:

@Quorthon Per IGN there is no voice chat in Splatoon. Some of their staff had early access to the game and that was one of their biggest complaints. Nintendo apparently doesn't understand the appeal of voice chat in what will hopefully be a highly competitive team esport.

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#24

Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 12th March (Europe):

Looking forward to Metroid: Zero Mission finally reaching NA, but I am not in a huge hurry for games right now. I need to finish Metroid Prime Trilogy and am still messing around with Smash. After that I have quite a few games I need to return to and finish and an even bigger backlog to buy.

But it's one more for the bucket list.

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#27

Darknyht commented on Study Finds That US Consumers Are Buying Wii U...:

@Quorthon Nintendo does seem to get pricing better than most. I appreciate that they understand that not every game is automatically worth $60-70 (+DLC), and usually set a reasonable price for their games (Wii Party U and Game & Wario being two recent exceptions).

Their current model for DLC seems to be them trying to understand a market they have little experience in. I have confidence that eventually they will find that happy spot for most of it with the occasional screw-ups. I think the F2P Pokemon is one such screw-up, as was Pokemon Rumble U. Both seem to be rushed proof of concepts (F2P for one and NFC for the other), and I find it interesting that both came out of The Pokemon Company which Nintendo does not entirely control.

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#29

Darknyht commented on Study Finds That US Consumers Are Buying Wii U...:

@Quorthon Ironically when I took Game & Wario last year for my Club Nintendo reward I did not expect much, but it has somehow become the most entertaining family game in the house. We have wasted more time on the stupid microphone tricks, Sketch and the fling game than anything else collectively. (Disclaimer: Mileage may vary for others)

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#32

Darknyht commented on ​Feature: Say Hello To The CPS Changer, Capc...:

@OorWullie I also owned a Mini-disc player. It and quite a few blank mini-discs served me well for quite a few years until I purchased a second generation iPod for Mac. The quality was better, but the transfer process was a bit painful (my mini-disc player was one of the early models).

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#33

Darknyht commented on Iwata Remains Positive on the Future of the Wi...:

@IceClimbers Which is why I said that Nintendo needs to create more separation between what is the handheld game and what is the console version of the game. Having Super Mario 3D Land/Super Mario 3D World or Super Smash Bros for 3DS/Wii U competing with each other is not good for them. Most people will be satisfied by one and not bother with the other.

They should bring most of their franchises to both consoles, but make some franchises unique to each. And with the ones on both consoles make sure the gameplay/genres are not duplicated.

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#34

Darknyht commented on Iwata Remains Positive on the Future of the Wi...:

@reasonnotwhine "True, but what would be better: The console with one or two games that are actually finished and actually care about gameplay, or the console with the many games that have been rushed out, broken, full of DLC, horrible single player, and a very underwhelming experience?"

Sales data show that gamers are apparently quite tolerant of those things as they keep returning to the publishers/developers that create them and buy sequels, prequels and other projects from them. I mean just look at all those people who buy essentially a $60 DLC roster update to Madden and FIFA every year.

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#35

Darknyht commented on Iwata Remains Positive on the Future of the Wi...:

The problem no matter how anyone wants to spin it is that at the end of the day, Nintendo is now defined by what it doesn't get and not by what it actually has. We are in the twilight of the last generation, yet they are still getting new games that are not being bothered to be put on Nintendo's console. it is the starvation of these games that hurts the Wii U more than anything. Unless Nintendo can find some new third party developers to invest in the console in a meaningful way, the Wii U will become increasingly marginalized.

As for finding an audience, that is a more difficult battle. Why invest in a console that may offer a game or two in your choice genre when you can invest in a console that will offer many games that cater to your tastes? The value of the investment is just not there for most. It doesn't matter how many excellent games in total is there, just how many a potential buyer is interested in.

That doesn't concern me as I have a limited budget and prefer a wide variety of genres, but for any hardcore genre fan, outside of platforming, the Wii U is not the console they are looking for.

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#36

Darknyht commented on Satoru Iwata Highlights the Crisis and Opportu...:

@rjejr So many VCs games waiting to be sold that Nintendo does not own the rights to and in many cases the rights have switched hands multiple times or is now jointly held by multiple entities. Nintendo only holds about 5-10% of the back catalog and even their part has licensing issues.

They do need to be better about adjusting their prices on titles, but they also need to avoid being like Ubisoft and Lego games in that it makes little to no sense to purchase new because within 6 months it will be $20.

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#37

Darknyht commented on Former Sega of America CEO Talks Out on the Co...:

@Quorthon I believe Project Giant Robot has been scheduled for release this year. Project Guard will probably do the same the second half. But I expect both to be eShop releases and new IP.

I apologize if I made it seem like Nintendo was in control of those IPs. The point is that Nintendo has gone out of their way to ensure there is variety on their console, even to the point of paying to put it there. Yet, there is a limit to it, as you pointed out, in that they cannot keep releasing poorly selling titles.

I am not sure what else they can do to encourage gamers to purchase outside their comfort zone and try something different. This is even more difficult when there are two other consoles and PC gaming that is large enough to cater to these genre preferences year round. As I've said elsewhere, their situation is not helped by the 3DS and Wii U effectively competing with each other with content that is too similar.

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#38

Darknyht commented on Former Sega of America CEO Talks Out on the Co...:

I've come to realize that Nintendo has pushed a lot of "new" on the Wii U. Nintendo has so far published or announced: Nintendoland, Lego City Undercover, The Wonderful 101, Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 1 & 2, NES Remix, Splatoon, Devil's Third, Mario Maker, Project Giant Robot, and Project Guard. That is a lot of new (or unique) IP.

They also seem to be pushing a lot of different IP on the Wii U: Xenoblade Chronicles, Pikmin, Fatal Frame (unfortunately JPN only), Kirby, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Star Fox, Game & Wario, Mario 2.5D, Mario 2D, Zelda, Wii Fit, Wii Party, Wii Sports, and Mario Kart.

That is a stunning amount of content and variety. And it all has been released at multiple price points. To the best of my knowledge the Wii U is the only console putting $30, $40 and $50 titles out there in retail along with the $60 games. Then there are the $15-20 eShop titles and $5-11 Virtual Console offerings. I think if they were a little more aggressive in getting the Wii eShop and Virtual Console releases out there they would have a unbelievable value to them (and let's be honest they really only have control of 5-10% of the entire NES, SNES, GB, GBA, N64 catalogs, so there is a limit to what can be released without agreements).

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#39

Darknyht commented on Nintendo Confirms Another Miiverse Update:

My favorite Miiverse stupidity is when posting a video or screenshot you have to write or draw something or else it is considered a blank post and you are attacked by the admins for breaking Miiverse rules. I stopped using Miiverse for a while after that and only just started using it again.

My new standard for those things will be to put "I am writing this since the admins apparently cannot see the image/video posted and are confused into thinking this is an empty post."

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#40

Darknyht commented on Interview: Nintendo's Damon Baker on the eShop...:

@SuprisedStar I am not saying they cannot exist on the handheld, but that they need to be different than what is on the console. By different I mean more than it is just a graphical downgrade. Make a Star Fox Shmup for the handheld like Gradius, F-Zero a OutRun style racer, and Pikmin with a twist like was done in Nintendoland on the 3DS.

The issue isn't that the games cannot exist on one or the other, but that they are made way to similar for both. What they do now punishes those who own both a Wii U and 3DS by feeding them a double portion of the same game in a short period of time.

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#41

Darknyht commented on Interview: Nintendo's Damon Baker on the eShop...:

@Quorthon One of the issues Nintendo has is that they have great franchises but they tend to make them all very similar over time. What we love about the original releases were their uniqueness. But what we mostly have gotten is a regular beat of platformers and puzzle games.

I think they also need to decide what will be their portable franchises and what will be console franchises. Part of the problem you are describing is that the two platforms are too similar now.

Make the handheld home to franchises like 2.5D Metroid, 2.5D Mario, 2.5D Zelda, Animal Crossing, Golden Sun, Puzzle League, Kirby, Custom Robo and other franchises designed with the handheld in mind.

At the same time, make the home console focus on 3D Metroid: Prime, 3D Mario, 3D Zelda, Xenoblade, Splatoon, Yarn Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Pikmin, F-Zero, Star Fox, Fatal Frame, and franchises firmly devoted to the home console.

In essence quit trying to make the two so similar that you cannot tell them apart.

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#42

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

Given that I have a new HDD, I plan celebrating by trying the Citizens of Earth demo.

I think it is great that Kirby's Rainbow Curse is only $39.99 like Captain Toad. Having value pricing can only help differentiate between Wii U and the other two. If only they would find a way to either drop the console price or include additional storage in the box.

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#43

Darknyht commented on Interview: Nintendo's Damon Baker on the eShop...:

@Quorthon What you say is a little unfair towards Zelda. The formula has changed over time, the tropes haven't. It would be like saying Final Fantasy is just the same game because there is a world ending event, Cid, airships, chocobos, summons and moogles everywhere. Zelda gameplay might be getting a little stale, but so is most games with large numbers of sequels (including Call of Duty, which is why they started aping Halo).

Even with that, The Legend of Zelda plays vastly different than Adventure of Link. Link to the Past was different than the first two. Ocarina of Time was the first 3D Zelda and was followed by one spun the gameplay on it's head (while using the same assets). Wind Waker was on an ocean (and was as boring as being stuck in the middle of an ocean). Twilight was the reverse of the "What happened?" coin of Wind Waker and was closest in setting to Ocarina of Time. Skyward Sword was an origins story that went overboard on hand holding (from what I understand, haven't played it yet). The Link Between Worlds was again them messing with the formula.

They don't make drastic changes, but neither does most developers of successful franchises. For example, Rise of the Tomb Raider will not play that much different than Tomb Raider. They do tweak the gameplay to address what they see as issues or to introduce a different gameplay concept.

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#45

Darknyht commented on Eiji Aonuma Explains That The Legend of Zelda ...:

Zelda since the SNES days had plenty of optional things to do other than the dungeons. The issue is that the in between places were mostly barren and boring, especially since the N64 days. About the only 3D game that attempted to address it was Majora's Mask by having a smaller and more active world.

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#47

Darknyht commented on Rumour: Rayman Could be Planned as DLC in Supe...:

Ubisoft's announcement is that they have a completed Rayman to release to Smash Bros, but due to lack of sales of the console they will instead not release it at all (even digitally). But keep up your hopes that one day they will grace the console with the release.

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#49

Darknyht commented on Nintendo Goes Big On Download Games at IndieCa...:

There are so many good indie games out there that it boggles my mind that the eShop is so barren. I wish that Nintendo would have just served as publisher for the games if nothing else to get them. Sadly, they probably did but offered terms similar to what they did for the Famicom Disk Drive system.