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Male, 35, United States

Sat 9th May, 2009

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Darknyht commented on Weirdness: Sony Fan Creates Petition In Hope O...:

On one hand, there is probably a small kid that was very sincere in his request. Much like those that wanted Super Mario on Sega Genesis. I feel bad that he is now getting the full unyeilding mass of snark from the internet.

On the other, that is really just a silly idea. Like Super Mario on Sega Genesis....



Darknyht commented on Poll: Nintendo Minute Debate - Is Super Mario ...:

Super Mario Bros 3 introduced the world map, mini-games, power-up storage, flight, the Koopa Kids, Bowser's new look, Kuribo's Shoe, the Frogsuit, and was the biggest plot point of The Wizard. Super Mario World (or any other mario) could not have existed as it did unless Super Mario Bros 3 happened.

The only thing that Super Mario World had was better graphics, sound, and Yoshi. But all Yoshi serves as is a throwaway life preserver to keep Mario alive.



Darknyht commented on Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty Wii U Delay Seems to b...:

@SahashraLA I believe that you would be happier with a Microsoft or Sony console. They are the ones that are going to chase the flashy specs and shove everything including the kitchen sink into their console. They are also the ones that will charge you an high dollar for the privilege.

Nintendo on the other hand chooses a concept and a price point. Then they build the best piece of hardware to execute that concept that the price point can afford. They do not appear to care what the latest bleeding edge tech is, because they seem to realize that in a month that tech will be outdated and surpassed by the PC. They focus on delivering the best experiences they can with their product, not using marketing to sell crap.



Darknyht commented on Review: Donkey Kong Land (3DS eShop / Game Boy):

Owned this game as a kid, and it certainly was easier to play on the Super Game Boy Player. Just not having cramped controls or LCD screen blur helped immensely. I never did manage to defeat the last boss however.



Darknyht commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Announcement Revea...:

@Spartacus3765 Clones are sometimes can develop into great characters over time. Ken Masters is a great example. Akuma, Gouken, Sakura, and even Dan are little more than clones of Ryu, yet how often do you hear people complain about it? Capcom took a great template and then tweaked in various ways to produce variety. In Mortal Combat has how many different colored Ninjas now?



Darknyht commented on Nintendo 64x64: Paper Mario:

I never played this on the original console, but was attempting to play it on Wii Mode. I've struggled due to playing the Gamecube and Wii versions first.

That said, I wanted so hard for them to do a Paper Luigi during the year of Luigi, especially if it showed what happened during The Thousand Year Door.



Darknyht commented on Video: Footage Surfaces of Cancelled Wii Star ...:

I heard an interview on IGN's Nintendo podcast with the President of the company talking about this game. At the time they had three projects going at the same time, this one being self-funded under the blessing of Lucasarts. The other two projects crashed due to the publishers going under (one was a superman returns game, the other a new publisher) during the financial crisis.

Lucasarts told them that if they went bankrupt they would just walk into court and claim the project. Despite every attempt on Factor 5's part, they went bankrupt. Lucasarts walked into court and collected an essentially completed game. It is now in the hands of 'Top Men' (probably at Disney).



Darknyht commented on Nintendo 64x64: Perfect Dark:

I guess I will be odd man in saying I was not impressed with Perfect Dark 64. Granted I played the port of it years later on the Xbox. It just didn't seem to be on the level as other games released around the same time like Deus Ex.



Darknyht commented on Video: Let's Play Mario Kart 8 With Lydia:

@Quorthon It bothers me too, but it is on the moderators to deal with it. Ultimately you cannot legislate or shame people into morality, all you do end up doing is chasing it into the darkness.

You can educate them, but there has to be a relationship or mutual respect first or else they will tune you out. Directly attacking them with put them on the defensive and/or escalate the problem so that ultimately nothing will change.



Darknyht commented on Video: Let's Play Mario Kart 8 With Lydia:

@Capt_N It's not being hit with something, as that is part of the game. It is the piling on that it sometimes likes to do to you, especially if you have managed first place in the first three races. It's like the game wants to ensure that the final standings are going to be super close.

@Quorthon Try to keep in mind that a segment of male gamer population is at an age where their mental maturity has yet to catch up to their physical maturity. Unfortunately there is also a segment of the male population that this event will never occur, gamer or not.



Darknyht commented on Weirdness: Monster Hunter Series Producer Deni...:

Not Monster hunter, but I sometimes feel that Xenoblade Chronicles was notorious for the same thing due to the low drop rates and arbitrary situations required of sometimes critical material. That was until I learned to farm more efficiently through save game reloading.

So it isn't just Monster Hunter that can give you that feeling.



Darknyht commented on Bayonetta 2 Demo Now Live In The European Wii ...:

I wish Nintendo did this for more of their stuff without you having to go into stores. I felt stupid standing in a Gamestop at a kiosk just to demo Hyrule Warriors when it should be just as easy to do so from the comfort of my couch.



Darknyht commented on Capcom Won't Greenlight Sequels If A Game Does...:

@ricklongo Ubisoft adjusted to the fact that the Montreal government is not handing out as much cash to game developers. It is easy to produce a lot when someone else is paying the development costs. However, I would say their business model still depends a great deal on government handouts.

Capcom is basically saying that they cannot afford to finance games that cannot make a profit right now. I would argue that to automatically cut of a series just because of a bad work doesn't make sense long term as every series has a stinker in it's history.



Darknyht commented on Turns Out The GameCube Controller Adapter Won'...:

@Yorumi I used hack as a generic shorthand term to describe them modifying the hardware hooks to allow the additional input/output to the gamepad. I am sorry for any unintended confusion.

As for the why Nintendo does this (or anything), I am sure there is a logic to it (somewhere). I think sometimes they are completely surprised by what users like about their systems and games. If enough feedback on the matter comes in and there is a simple solution, I am sure they will implement it as they eventually did in the past when the quality and performance standards were met.

I still think most people will be happier if you just purchase PDP Wii U Fight Controller which plugs into a Wiimote, is styled like a Gamecube controller, has the missing buttons, and works as a classic controller in both Wii and Wii U modes.



Darknyht commented on Turns Out The GameCube Controller Adapter Won'...:

@Yorumi I will try this one more time quoting wikipedia, "The Wii U's Wii Mode is a fully virtualized Wii system, with all of the limitations and privileges thereof." In other words, just like how your Wii became a GameCube when you put a GameCube disc in the disc slot, your Wii U becomes a Wii when you launch "Wii Mode."

I am sure they could probably manage a hack like they did to get the display, audio, sensor bar fed to gamepad; but I am not sure that it is worth the cost or effort.



Darknyht commented on Turns Out The GameCube Controller Adapter Won'...:

@manu0 For Wii mode it gets even more complicated than a simple firmware updates. When a game is running, it has direct control over the system and it is really running the Firmware that is on the disc (each firmware update is saved seperately so backward compatibility on old games don't break). So if Smash Bros is made with firmware update 25, only firmware up to update 25 is loaded when the game starts. Mario Kart Wii could be running firmware update 31. So patching in a USB Gamecube Adapter becomes a very difficult if not impossible task without patching the games themselves (which I am not sure is possible on the Wii).

The Wii operates completely differently than a PC. On a PC the OS is always present and your software runs on top of it. With the Wii, once you launch your game the OS is unloaded and the software loads in it's place.



Darknyht commented on Turns Out The GameCube Controller Adapter Won'...:

My understanding is that the Wii U essentially turns into a Wii when put into Wii mode. Unless they do a firmware update on the Wii mode to accept the USB converter, it won't work. I don't see the them putting the effort into something like that for a minority of Wii U owners that play Wii Mode and want to use a Gamecube controller.

On the Wii U side, just about every game I thought about last night would not work with a Gamecube controller. Batman: Arkham Origins/City, Deus Ex, Madden 13, Mass Effect 3, Call of Duty, and basically anything that made use of the zL, -, Home button, or clicky L and R sticks.

What I am confused about is why they didn't just update the design like PDP did and make a Wii U Gamecube Pro controller? At this point, I am more interested in them than the official one.



Darknyht commented on Video: Here Are Some Fun Facts About The Might...:

@Nintenjoe64 There are probably some serious programming barriers between hackers starting up a Gamecube disc and making it actually playable and emulated perfectly. Controller input (USB adapter vs hardware sockets) and memory card functionality (Flash vs Memory Card input) could take some work to re-code.

That said, I would do a happy dance if I could purchase the original Animal Crossing, Smash Bros Melee, and other classic GCN games.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Announces amiibo Release Dates and Ne...:

@gatorboi352 They may be a fad, but it is a decent enough statue to place on a desk along with my WVU Football helmet, Pirates baseball bobblehead, and pewter original Anakin Skywalker (old guy, not bad prequel Anakin) statue.

Having played Disney Infinity, I will give Nintendo credit for making this work across multiple games. I like that my Link Amiibo will learn Mario Kart, Smash Bros, and Capt Toad (and hopefully more importantly, fine tune to my skill level) to become either an awesome co-op player or my worse nightmare challenger. Plus who knows, there may be a Nintendo Land game down the road that let's you take Link and Shulk on a grand adventure in the Mushroom Kingdom to defeat the invading Mother Brain and her minions.



Darknyht commented on Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Begins North Am...:

I am glad to see that Nintendo of America is bringing back the "budget" retail price point on their consoles. It is helpful when you are a family on a strict budget. Now they just need to revive and revitalize the Nintendo Selects program with some Wii U/Wii goodness ($20 Wii and $30 Wii U titles). Make it easy and appealing to get either the Wii U or Wii Mini and play the best each has to offer without having to scrounge in used bins.

While I am wishing for unicorns, let's get Metroid Prime Trilogy re-released as an eShop title that launches from the Wii U menu.



Darknyht commented on Video: Here Are Some Fun Facts About The Might...:

This was a great console and I hate that mine was stolen. Even after the third party support dwindled for it, it still produced some great hits. I also understand Nintendo's frustration that although they had the most powerful console (and proved it time after time outside of tech demos), the entrenched install base of the Playstation and the American marketing strategy by Microsoft doomed Nintendo's system as a "kiddie machine" not for serious gamers.



Darknyht commented on We'd Be Cheating Fans By Bringing Assassin's C...:

Chicken or Egg. Third party games sell poorly on Nintendo consoles or Third Party games on Nintendo consoles are lazy, inferior ports. Ubisoft doesn't want to even be bothered to do a bad port, and I fully support them in their efforts.

If I am ever really interested, I can always buy my government subsidized game for PC once it drops to $19.99 three to six months after launch.



Darknyht commented on Video: Début Footage of UCraft Aims to Show M...:

@Einherjar We will probably just have to agree to disagree. I don't remember them ever focusing as much on Dante's crotch/junk in his entire four games as I have seen of Bayonetta's in just the trailer footage. The Bayonetta trailers really need a Hawkeye Initiative like treatment with Dante in her place. That may make it a little easier to explain.

To be fully honest, I never really gave it any thought until I got married and had a daughter. Around that time (I was a new dad freaking out a little, as I grew up in a family of all boys) I read a book called "Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters" which talked about how much influence a father's choices and actions (even non-vocal ones) can have on their daughter's self-image. Since then, I have tried very hard to be more aware of how she may view what I am (or am not) doing.



Darknyht commented on Video: Début Footage of UCraft Aims to Show M...:

@Einherjar I agree that adults should be able to tell the difference, but studies show that kids and teens are not always able to. That is why ESRB and other rating systems are supposed to exist, but they are far from perfect (and publishers learn to manipulate them like studios do for movies). It is the reason that a plugged in parent is vital.

I don't have a problem with Bayonetta existing, but personally I find too similar to something like the Queen's Blade anime. The sexual provocation is the point, and the character traits are the dressing that provides the stage. It's like arguing that Keeping up with the Kardashians exists on television because of their sound business sense.



Darknyht commented on Video: Début Footage of UCraft Aims to Show M...:

@Einherjar If you want to go there, it is also a large part why I don't have cable, use Netflix. In general limit television and together with my wife decide what all my children can watch. I don't like the zombies my kids become when they get too much television. But I do agree that the "Damsel in Distress" trope is just as bad as the woman acting out a male created power fantasy of how women should look and act.

For me it is the difference between the Samus Aran of most Metroids and the Samus Aran portrayed in Other M. Samus Aran was always potrayed as the "Hunter" that the Space Pirates fear. She goes solo into somewhere no one else dares and kicks butt. And while you get the fan service for a quick completion, it is not the primary purpose of the game or character. On the other side, Other M cheapened the character and turned her into a little more than a male power fantasy.

The same goes for violence. There is violence that carries weight to it and there is violence that is nothing more than voyeurism. Luke Skywalker probably killed tens of thousands of soldiers when the Death Star exploded, but Lucas didn't show slow motion closeups of them being incinerated. On the other side there is Saw where the voyeurism of the violence and blood is the point and the paper thin plot is just a means to present it. But violence is a part of our world, my children will understand that. However, I will not revel in Roman coliseum-style violence (extreme violence as entertainment) nor do I want to teach my children to find pleasure in it.

Bayonetta despite being a strong character is less than a Samus Aran. Bayonetta is defined mostly by her voyeurism and sexual provocation, and her strong attributes is required so that she can be voyeuristic and provocative. Samus Aran is written to be strong and powerful, and with the exception of the Other M the exploitation is keep in the background.



Darknyht commented on Video: Début Footage of UCraft Aims to Show M...:

Whoever is interested in Minecraft at this point already has Minecraft on multiple platforms, be that Windows, OS X, Linux, Java platform, Java applet, Android, iOS, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Raspberry Pi, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, or PlayStation Vita. Putting Minecraft on the Wii U or even 3DS will not make that much difference now. At least a good clone has the chance to do something different or unique to the formula.

@gage_wolf @Einherjar Neither Bayonetta 2 nor Minecraft will make a difference long term for the console. Minecraft for the reasons above. Bayonetta because while the action and gameplay is great, the sexual exploitation does turn people away. No matter how great the gameplay reviews, at the end of the day it is not something my young daughter needs to see her father playing because I don't want her thinking that is an acceptable way to dress and behave. Nintendo is the console that sells and targets to families.

From what I am reading, Fatal Frame 5 is having a similar problem. Instead of focusing on the gameplay aspects that fans like, they spent more time dumping fan service into the game to the point of importing the "boob physics" from Dead and Alive 5 and creating situations that completely break any suspension of disbelief in the game. Again, no matter how interested I may be in the gameplay or story, the developer's choice to focus on that alienates potential audience (and my daughter will never see this in my house). Also, I doubt I am the only console owner/parent that feels this way.

So in truth, neither will be huge system sellers for different reasons. Bayonetta 2 has a some amount of potential to sell hardware to the die-hard Bayonetta fanbase, but it is niche and thus limited.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 2nd October (North America):

Since I do not own a 3DS, this will be a quiet week for me. But then, I am still trying to complete Xenoblade Chronicles. I am 100 hours into it, so am at the last leveling/side-quest completion grind. Maybe by the time I am finished Smash for Wii U will be out.



Darknyht commented on Super Smash Bros. Slams the Competition Yet Ag...:

Wanted to add that I just saw a story on Kotaku that Fatal Frame is being hammered by Japanese fans for being too erotic and going overboard with the fan service to the point of distracting from gameplay. That may have something to do with poor sales also.



Darknyht commented on Super Smash Bros. Slams the Competition Yet Ag...:

This is the problem and delima with niche titles like Bayonetta and Fatal Frame: they are needed to fill out a genre catalog, but cannot carry a console on their own. I am afraid that they both will suffer the same fate as Wonderful 101. Those that like them will love them, and everyone else will mostly ignore them.



Darknyht commented on More Minecraft Mania Looks Set for Wii U With ...:

@ekreig You are being too generous. XBLA required a slot purchased by a publisher which prevented most indies from appearing. This is starting to look like the Xbox Indie Marketplace. While there were some gems there (Cthulhu Saves the World, Arcadecraft, and DLC Quest being some of them), it mostly was filled with cruft.



Darknyht commented on Ocarina of Time gets a 2D Makeover:

That was painful. The original line in English was "yes, I will pass away soon..." not "yes, I will kick the bucket soon..." This isn't quite a demake (they tend to be more serious in their handling of the material) nor a parody (it isn't satirizing anything), so it mostly looks like a bunch of kids (or adults) were just screwing around and posted it to YouTube to kick up hits.

It also doesn't show important things like how they will show the difference between Young and Teen Link when the time travel occurs.

EDIT: If anything it shows me why Nintendo is so draconian and protective of their IP. While a simple translation choice or other small changes seems minor, it can completely change the tone of the product. Go look up Star Wars Guardians of the Galaxy Style Trailer to see a good example.



Darknyht commented on Wii U System Update 5.2.0 Brings Folders, New ...:

Glad to see the update. I hate having to cycle three screens to get to something, especially an older Virtual Console or Retail/eShop game I haven't been playing lately. Plus, I can finally shove all those useless space takers that came loaded on the system (like parental guide) somewhere.

@unrandomsam more like a filing cabinet. It doesn't reduce the clutter, but allows you to organize it and a more constructive way.



Darknyht commented on Koei Tecmo Europe All But Confirms Fatal Frame...:

@Quorthon As others have said, a lot of those are Famicom and Super Famicom titles that were part of Japan-centric add-ons or had licensing issues (much like Earthbound did). Others like Sim City 64 were just bad games (in Sim City 64's case it did not help that it was on the N64 DD). Get past of that and you still have an issue of a small team of translators that are forced to pick what they believe will be the most commercially available.

Fatal Frame is ultimately very niche. I can understand (although I question) the reasoning for skipping it. I think they could eShop release it with English text and subtitles; and still have good sales, another exclusive, and earn gamer goodwill from fans.

What I really do not understand, is why Nintendo of America has passed on other titles. Especially when the translation work had been finished by Nintendo of Europe.