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A Cruce Salus

Male, 36, United States

Sat 9th May, 2009

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Darknyht commented on We Can't Release Virtual Console Games Any Fas...:

Yeah, I call BS on this. 311 Virtual Console games available on Wii U in Japan to the 175 Virtual Console games available in the US. Someone is dropping the ball over here because the text swap can't be that difficult.



Darknyht commented on Blast Ball is Actually the Tutorial in Metroid...:

@Kaze_Memaryu The Federation Forces are much like the Imperial Forces of Star Wars. Remember, Star Wars regularly showed Stormtroopers that couldn't hit a main character or a planet the size of Endor. They also showed them decimate a rebel force on a ship in the first movie and demolish a major rebel base in Empire, and throughout the entire trilogy are seen as a dangerous threat despite the aforementioned lack of precision aiming. Plot often sacrifices what is the described reality of the setting.

EDIT: To reinforce the point here is a quote from the first Star Wars. Obi-Wan: "These blast points.... too accurate for Sand People. Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise." Yet for three movies we see Stormtroopers who miss every shot on main characters (unless the plot calls for it) and in the first prequel we see Sand People make high-precision shots on a high-speed pod racer.



Darknyht commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Asks for Fan Trust With Metro...:

@AlexSora89 Yeah they would rather have you pre-order the game so that you can get the Gamestop exclusive "Bikini Samus" skin for your character than possibly ever offering up a demo again. (unless you want to ackwardly stand in a Gamestop or Best Buy if your local demo kiosk is lucky enough to not be broken)

The thing I have most enjoyed about the Nindies @ home bundle is that I have been able to go back and try some of the previews a second, third, or fourth time. I can do so because I am not terrified of having to stop and losing a precious limited play chance. In some cases, a few games have won me over on the second or third try as I got more comfortable with it.



Darknyht commented on ​Miiverse is Getting a Massive Redesign this...:

Well, it's a change. I think we might be getting closer to something useful for an individual such as a log of what you have done. It was a nice idea in a lot of games, but didn't do much since it quickly got buried when posted.

To have a section that actually logs what you did and when could be very useful, especially if there is an API to access it. It would be possible to build an engine to track progress of games and the equivalent to achievements then. That would actually be an interesting use.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Is "Exploring" The Idea Of Early Acce...:

I am not sure of "Early Access" ala Steam is a good idea, but providing it like they did with the "Nindies @ Home" bundle does make sense. Much like the Humble Bundle, I would have never given any of those games a second glance but now a few of them (and their developers) are on my radar.



Darknyht commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transfor...:

@ALEC_EIFFEL Please don't attack the person instead of their points. @FireFrog4 raises valid points. Animal Crossing has become stagnant. If you think about it the DS and Wii games are essentially the same game, and the 3DS on has not brought a ton of innovation. Now some of that is by design, but I think even the developers are realizing they have put themselves into a corner and don't know where to go next.

As much as I don't like the idea of Animal Crossing: House Arrest on 3DS and Animal Crossing: amiibos Play Candyland, they are at least giving fans of the franchises a visit with friends while they try to figure out their next step. Do you want the 7 years of silence Metroid got?

As for Metroid, it's been a long time and it is disappointing not to continue Samus's story. But the last game out for her was a disaster and they don't want to pull the character from the creator. So instead they are focusing on an aspect of the universe they can change and grow. Let's see what interesting things they can do with it.



Darknyht commented on Talking Point: The Mystery of Devil's Third an...:

It's strange that it is missing, but it also has taken a lot of heat over the past year due to the visuals. E3 is about showing your best and Devil's Third is frequently compared with PS2 games. I don't think it is time to hit the panic button yet.



Darknyht commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transfor...:

People seem to miss that the Wii U has followed the path of the Dreamcast more than any other console in terms of sales and content. Like the Dreamcast, the Wii U is almost solely dependent on games developed or published by Nintendo. So also like the Dreamcast, the Wii U has caused Nintnedo, like Sega before them, to basically throw everything at the wall and see what sticks.

They have to do this because they have to fill in all the genre gaps not being met by third parties. We got Devil's Third, Bayonetta 2, W101, Captain Toad, Splatoon and Hyrule Warriors because they badly needed games like that on the console. Nintendo's strength is platformers, not action, FPS, or even TPS.



Darknyht commented on Next Level's Super Mario Spikers Was Canned Be...:

I wish Nintendo would have grabbed the rights to the developer that made games like Super Dodge Ball, World Cup Soccer, River City Ransom and Renegades. I think a Mario themed version of Super Dodge Ball and a Volleyball game that follows that structure would have done well (in fact there was a volleyball game built in the franchise).



Darknyht commented on Working On F-Zero Wouldn't Have Been My Idea O...:

I think the difference between Nintendo and EA being over you would be world's different. EA sounds to be a cold corporate entity that just squashes the soul out of you, while everything I see about Nintendo is that they just want their products to be fun and only step in to offer guidance to make it a characteristic Nintendo title.

I point to Eternal Darkness, Metroid: Prime, Splatoon, W101, Devil's Third, Fatal Frame, Captain Toad, Bayonetta 2 and countless other new properties that Nintendo has allowed to go in unique directions.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 25th June (North America):

Star Fox Command has me interested, but with no extra funds for a while it is nothing for me.

@manu0 I am more than a little curious about the "DSiware" that is being released in 2015. Partially because I am not sure who is still buying the stuff and partially because who still sees it as a viable market?



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Gets Tough With Miiverse Bans, and So...:

My only issue with Miiverse was due to Mario Kart 8. I tried to post a video of a race, but didn't bother to write anything (because the video was self-explanatory). I got hit for posting an "empty" post. To me that is some downright, think-skulled, draconian adherence to the policy.

The only part that irritates more is that I am still stuck a year later with a notification about it that will not go away.



Darknyht commented on Talking Point: E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Devel...:

I don't think this is entirely NX development starting. Nintendo is always trying to keep two plates floating at the same time. What I saw was the opposite of last E3. The 3DS/N3DS got a lot of attention and the Wii U was left with scraps. Give them 9 months and the focus will switch back in a panicked attempt to shore up the Wii U.



Darknyht commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Tackles Metroid Prime: Federa...:

I read this and then I connect it to the fact that Nintendo wanted a launch F-Zero for the Wii U only to have it fall apart (with who knows what else). I will give Nintendo the benefit of the doubt that they both know we want a Metroid and are trying to give us a Metroid. Sometimes things don't work out as intended.



Darknyht commented on Tablets Stole The Wii U's Thunder, Laments Shi...:

@Yorumi The era of the Gamecube is not the same as now. Most people didn't buy every console out there back then. They picked one and stuck with it.

There are always more factors involved that "exclusives" and those vary from person to person. For me it was the DVD player and backwards compatibility. Price never entered into the equation.



Darknyht commented on Hyrule Warriors Producer Confirms More Charact...:

I am trying to understand this, but everyone is hyped for the opportunity to repurchase a game they own roughly a year after it released just to get access to a few additional characters? This is basically Nintendo figuring out a way to get everyone to purchase the game at launch and then cheer mindlessly for the privilege of repaying for the GotY edition.



Darknyht commented on Music: Tissues At The Ready For This Yoshi's W...:

I don't think you could set the bar any lower by picking Twilight to put this up against. Unless you are measuring the amount of awkward silent staring time. If you are doing that, then Twilight is the king (although the main actress cannot look someone in the eye for more than a few milliseconds).

CREDIT: Honest Trailers on Youtube.



Darknyht commented on Tablets Stole The Wii U's Thunder, Laments Shi...:

The biggest failure of the Wii U was not the price but the storage and online functionality. I think they looked to the Xbox 360 S model with 4 GB onboard and thought it would be enough, not realizing it was a console near the end of it's life. 4 GB was okay (especially when usb Flash drives could be used) for 2010, but not for moving forward.

The online issues have been well documented. From account management to online interaction, Nintendo has been behind the curve and stubbornly refuses to move forward.



Darknyht commented on Feature: Our Impressions of the Full Nindies@H...:

Rive and Extreme Exorcism were the two I enjoyed the most. Extreme Exorcism had the Super Crate Boy feel to it while Rive seemed to be an enjoyable bullet hell.

I also was interested by Typoman, but it felt a little too much like Limbo in setting and atmosphere while missing something of the charm.



Darknyht commented on Take More Risks With Your eShop Purchases, Ple...:

Well based by my exposure to the Humble Bundle, it appears the eShop is full of..... platformers (puzzle and survival) and endless runners. That isn't to say there are not fun indies on eShop, just that don't complain about favoring a single genre then mainly feature that genre in your big push.

The other issue is when you are releasing games that are already old, don't expect people to rush out and repurchase. Especially at a full price when they are regularly vastly cheaper elsewhere.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Is A Slave To Its Past Success, Says...:

@Zach It is hard to take the critic serious when he has contributed very little to the industry as a whole and his company has done little to innovate it. It is more like a small fry trying to make news by sniping at a perceived weak industry giant.

Nintendo obviously is not trying to just please their fans. If they were, we wouldn't be seeing all the grief they are getting for the directions they have taken Star Fox, Metroid, and amiibo. They have been innovative and have attempted different things, but outside of the hardcore fans little recognition is given. How many copies of Bayonetta 2, W101, Fatal Frame and Devil's Third do you think will sell? I will guess they will sell about as many as Eternal Darkness, Geist and the "Mature" games of the Gamecube generation when Nintendo last tried to please the "hardcore" gamer.

If there is an anchor around Nintendo, it isn't innovation but attempting to support two consoles simultaneously. Once again, we see that all development has shifted from the Wii U focus of last year to a focus on N3DS this year.



Darknyht commented on Editorial: Cheer Up, There Are Some Exciting G...:

I think that the Metroid Prime: Federation Force reaction is silly. It is no different than when they released Metroid Prime: Hunters or Metroid Prime: Pinball. I think it could have helped a little had they announced a new 2.5D Metroid, but after the reception of Other M I doubt that will happen anytime soon.

The same for Star Fox Zero. It is nice to see them attempting something different with it. While I am not wild about the gamepad aiming, it is an interesting idea that I've only seen attempted in X-Wing: Alliance with the Cargo Transports. I also would prefer them to focus on the gameplay over the graphics.

Yoshi's Wooly World (like Kirby's Rainbow Curse) looks very interesting and stylized. Neither are my cup of tea, but I probably will get them and be just as surprised as I was with Capt. Toad and DKC: Tropical Freeze. Nintendo's mastery of the platformer is just unbeaten. The same for Super Mario Maker.

You also have them reaching out into the Mature audience again with Devil's Third and Fatal Frame. This makes the second and third attempt on the Wii U to reach that audience. That is a small step for them that shouldn't be discounted.

Finally there is the DLC plans for Splatoon, Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. While you might not be a fan, they are trying to keep their most popular games fresh by using it. The same with Super Mario Maker.



Darknyht commented on Poll: How Excited Are You About Nintendo's E3 ...:

My two must have games were announced last year (or earlier). I am interested in Yoshi's Wooly World and Star Fox Zero, but the rest of interest me very little. I will not own a 3DS/N3DS anytime soon and nothing here convinces me otherwise.

The same for any amiibo 'games' that require an investment of over $100 to get all the pieces and still is little more than Candy Land in terms of gameplay. Skylanders and Disney Infinity both also land in that particular category and I believe Lego: Dimensions does also.



Darknyht commented on Talking Point: Metroid Prime: Federation Force...:

I don't own a 3DS/N3DS so this game matters very little to me ultimately. But looking at it I get more of a Metroid Prime: Hunters vibe than a true Metroid Prime vibe.

The core Metroid games should be about those core themes: Isolation, exploration, etc. However much like other successful franchises have done, there should be growth in the franchise. The Galactic Federation is a prime candidate in that world to explore more deeply: the culture and the military. It is not like they automatically call in Samus everytime there is a crisis.



Darknyht commented on Poll: What Did You Think of Nintendo's E3 Digi...:

I think they kept too much behind the curtain and focused too heavily on titles that previously have been announced. I didn't need to see Xenoblade Chronicles X, Yoshi's Wolly World, Fire Emblem, or SMT X FE trailer. What I needed to see was Devil's Third and Fatal Frame in action. I wanted to see a little more than a title that might exceed Amiibo Tap in uselessness and being uninteractive (AC Board Game) and Mario Tennis 6.



Darknyht commented on Don't Worry, The Legend of Zelda is Still Comi...:

@BinaryFragger Games get delayed and with a game the size and scope of Xenoblade Chronicles X does that surprise you?

@rjejr I wish they would do something like that with the Amiibo, in fact that was what I thought they were going to do. Then it shifted to thinking that they would let you create a virtual AI to co-op or compete with in their games. Then I saw the outfits for Mario Kart 8 and realized there was so much potential left on the table...



Darknyht commented on Super Mario Maker's Packaging Sure Looks Pretty:

@rjejr I like the idea of this, but my level building skills are lacking and my appreciation for Super Meat Boy style platforming is next to non-existent. I find joy in playing challenging levels, not ones requiring frustrating levels of precision. It's part of the reason that I've lost interest in roughly half of the Wii U Nindies in the Humble Bundle.

To the moderators. I am unsure of the changes, but your site is really performing badly on Chrome right now. It has been for roughly a week. Random jumps to ads at the top when scrolling and a lack of automatic updates to posts.



Darknyht commented on The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Pricing and Feat...:

I've owned the PC version of this for a while and it was barely played there, so I don't see me running out to buy this on Wii U. It's the same problem I have had for most of the newer announcements.

I would have to be an extreme fan of the game, the gameplay be unique, or have a situation like Trine where my PC only barely runs the game to be convinced to repurchase. So far the only game that has even come close to that was World for Keflings, and even there it is on the bottom of an extremely long list of things I haven't played.



Darknyht commented on Sega Is Focusing On 3DS For Sonic Boom Because...:

I think they should just double down on the bad programming and make the title "Sonic: BOOM!!!!". Turn it into a endless runner/rouge-like where the premise that Sonic is futilely attempting to run away from the fatal programming errors and bugs.



Darknyht commented on Yup, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 Is Definitely S...:

There are three big reasons that Wii U is not getting this game. First, sales numbers does not justify it. Second, the porting process makes it too expensive to port it (see first point as to why). Third, the storage capability is not there to set the product up for DLC (Which unfortunately helps fuels sales).



Darknyht commented on Video: Check Out What Can be Done in Art Acade...:

@Yorumi It probably varies with school and teacher. I took Art I-III in high school and it did a basic job of introducing various styles and techniques, starting with basic shapes and advancing. However, I am a very technical artist mainly with skill in capturing what I see, I almost completely lack the ability to create from my mind's eye. I also by far most comfortable with pencil or charcoal. So by Art III, I realized I couldn't really go much further in the direction they wanted to.

On the other hand, I cannot operate two things independent of each other musically which is why I cannot dance or play a drumset. Instead I had to settle for learning the cornet/flugelhorn.



Darknyht commented on Video: Check Out What Can be Done in Art Acade...:

@Yorumi I've learned that there are three types of people when it comes to arts. Those who are naturally talented, those who are technically talented, and those will no talent in it. The easiest example of this would be those that naturally are gifted at singing and can harmonize and do other things without real thought. Then there are people who can be trained to sing. Finally, there are those that cannot carry a tune in a bucket.

Most people can be technically talented at drawing, it is just that most do not want to invest the time or have the opportunity to be instructed in a way that they can understand. It's good to hear that Art Academy does a good job presenting technical drawing in a different way that makes it more accessible to people.



Darknyht commented on Latest Wii U System Update Removes TVii On Eur...:

TVii had potential it never reached. Among the biggest negatives was the remote built into the app was inferior to the quick remote, the scheduling is slow to load on a good day, and app integration never worked properly

Everytime I start up my Roku stick I am left to wonder what could have been with TVii. They seems to have figured out what Nintendo never was able to.



Darknyht commented on Curve Is Bringing RageSquid's Action Henk To T...:

I like what Curve Digital does, but I really cannot get excited about this game. NES Remix, Bit.Trip 2 and OlliOlli have given me my fill of endless runners. To be honest, Canabalt still fills in that gap nicely.

Perhaps the next one will be something more interesting to me and not already in my Steam collection.



Darknyht commented on Interview: Nintendo of America's Damon Baker o...:

@Captain_Gonru You can always redeem and then just download from the download history at a later date. I know this because my router was acting up when I attempted to redeem and The Fall didn't auto add to the download list. Had to go in manually and "Download Again" from the history.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 28th May (North America):

I picked the Humble Bundle this week for $25. Don't Starve might be a purchase, but I generally am not a rouge-like fan. Splatoon will probably be the choice for June since Xenoblade will not be out.



Darknyht commented on Humble Bundle Issues Official Statement About ...:

@Vader_MIB Every Humble Bundle I have downloaded has allowed the game to be directly downloaded DRM-free from the Humble Bundle site. When I started, most of the games did not have Steam keys (granted there was no Steam on Linux which I was using at the time). They offer the Steam Keys as a convenience for those that want them, but they are not required.