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Wed 8th September, 2010

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edcomics commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64:

WCW/nWo REVENGE — Greatest wrestling game of all time — N64 exclusive.

The N64 suffered from a thin library of truly good games, as most modern Nintendo systems do. Still, there was a lot of good stuff on there. I was pleased with the system overall.



edcomics commented on The 3DS Proves to Be a Popular Music Player in...:

I've actually really been hoping for something like this. I do have an old iPod nano, but I'd rather just put my music on my 3DS and have everything on one device. Having a Pandora app, or some other streaming radio app, would also be really useful.



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

It may be one of those things that just works for some people and not for others. I always had trouble with it. I had to be very methodical about using the controls, whereas others could just pick it up and go along with no trouble. For me, a game like Rayman Legends is a lot more intuitive, where I can make quick turns and not even really think about the controller as I'm playing. With Mario, it's just not as comfortable an experience.

That being said, I've never played Wonder Boy and thus can't comment on whether or not I agree with this guy's particular idea of what good controls and movement are.



edcomics commented on Nintendo Black Friday Deals Reveal New 3DS and...:

Even though I corrected myself almost immediately, I had to do a quick double-take after reading that title. "New 3DS." It's a confusing name, and when you see word bubbles that say "I'm new!" in an advertisement, it's going to make things confusing when the New 3DS actually hits stores. "What do you mean you want a new 3DS? You got a new 3DS for Christmas!"



edcomics commented on Talking Point: Platinum Games Has Secured a Go...:

I think that, because there are relatively few games for the Wii U compared to other home consoles, there's a tendency to rate those few exclusive games higher than they deserve. There's an element of "Aha! Finally!" when a game like Bayonetta 2 or Wonderful 101 is released.

The thing is, I was excited for both of those games... but when the demos were released, and I got my first taste of the gameplay, I realized the games weren't really as amazing as I'd built them up to be in my mind. Wonderful 101 just seemed like a mess to me. Bayonetta 2 feels like something from a bygone era, with floaty controls and animation that's hard to follow. Upon completing each demo, I didn't feel like I'd really accomplished anything.

I'm not saying nobody should like those games, but if people continue to complain about the limited Wii U game library, I can't blame them. Very good games on Nintendo systems are few and far between.



edcomics commented on Wii U Owner Proves That Rejecting The End-User...:

To make a comparison, you may be running a version of Windows that you're perfectly satisfied with. When Microsoft sends out an automatic Windows update, at some point you're forced to restart your machine and let the update install. After having done so, you might find some unpleasant changes to the way Windows works. There are a number of reasons to not want that kind of update. So when you're talking about a video game console, the situation is similar. In fact, one Wii U update made changes to the web browser, and really did not like those changes. I had no warning and no option to decline the update. I think it ultimately comes down to the modern problem of buying a device with an incomplete operating system. There's no guarantee of stability whatsoever. So if you would, at some point, prefer to opt out of some system update for the Wii U.... well, you don't have that option. If you don't accept automatic updates without warning, you can't use the machine... and there is something bizarre about that.

I suppose it's a matter of principle.



edcomics commented on The Club Nintendo Rewards for October Have Bee...:

I feel like there should be a way to trade coins for eShop credit, even if that credit can only be used on certain games. Actually, if the eShop is connected to Club Nintendo, perhaps your coin balance could show up in the eShop as you're browsing. Then, specifically on Nintendo products, there could be an option to use Club Nintendo coins/stars/whatever to pay for a game either in full or in part. Not sure that grammar makes sense, but I think you know what I mean.

Also, I agree with "Themes for Coins." It's such a no-brainer. I'm surprised Nintendo dropped the ball on that one. There's not even an exclusive Club Nintendo theme or anything. Poosville.



edcomics commented on New Nintendo 3DS Videos Show Off Compulsory Sc...:

@Steven1094 Yeah, Nintendo is good at naming their systems poorly. I can see that kind of confusion happening. I think "3DS+" or "3DS Plus" would be more clear — it's the 3DS, PLUS some new functionality. I'm sure there are plenty other good names that would work, but Nintendo went straight for the one that could cause the most confusion. Good job.



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

Low drop odds. It's rather frustrating. If all I need is a specific monster's tail, and I cut off that tail during combat, I should get the item I want. That unfortunately is not the case. One of the main problems I have with Monster Hunter is how, for a game that seems to focus on realism in many aspects, a lot of things just aren't realistic at all. If you kill a creature, you have the entire carcass. You should be able to carve any parts you want from it — not just a random handful. It's like saying you shot a 12-point buck deer, but unfortunately due to drop rate limits you couldn't claim the antlers.



edcomics commented on 3DS System Update 9.0.0-20 Is Now Live with Ho...:

It didn't even cross my mind, but of course they'll charge sales tax on these themes. I feel like everything is twice the price it should be (99 cents plus tax for polka dots?), so for now I'm sticking with Free Blue.



edcomics commented on First Impressions: Enjoying the Craft of Yoshi...:

I hope this game is so easy it pisses people off. It took me a long time to realize that I actually don't enjoy a lot of games. As a kid, I saw the box art and screenshots and wanted to dive into the worlds they were showing me. Once you start playing, though, it's this confined experience driven by conflict. I have enough conflict in real life. While it may be nice to have a challenge now and then, I find most times I just want to enjoy the digital worlds without all the hassle. I suppose that means I'm asking for a virtual reality experience, rather than an actual game with points and penalties. Points don't do anything for me. If I'm playing pinball, I couldn't care about the score. I just want to have a fun experience. The visuals and music are what I'm paying and playing for. Kirby's Epic Yarn, while still a pretty standard platformer, was a pleasant and relaxing experience. This new Yoshi game looks to be very similar, so I'm really looking forward to it.



edcomics commented on Final Fantasy Explorers Announced for 3DS:

This looks like it could be interesting, but it could also end up being like Crystal Chronicles. Most of the time when Final Fantasy and Nintendo get together, the results are pretty weak. I've always wanted a nice FF experience on a Nintendo system, though.... and action-RPG instead of RPG sounds good to me. All the FF content without the boring battle systems. At least, that would be nice. The whole class system sounds like it may be needlessly complex, which could ruin the experience. Whatever the case, I'll be keeping an eye on this.



edcomics commented on E3 2014: Wii U Legend Of Zelda Revealed, Confi...:

@aaronsullivan I'd say it's both... which is why I pointed out both items. Based on your comments, it doesn't sound like you disagree with me... except on the boundary between inspiration and copying. Homage is fine, but I feel (in my opinion) that these elements are too close for comfort, and demonstrates a lack of creativity on Nintendo's part.

The reveal that Link was inspired by Peter Pan is actually a disappointment, and it also displays a lack of creativity at the time. I think it's ok to take a little of this and and little of that as inspiration (that's to be expected), but with a now high-profile franchise like The Legend of Zelda, I expect a little more care to be taken to keep things original. I don't mind if something familiar is mixed in, but this just feels too close for me. The elements are too recognizable.

Of course this is only a criticism of the video they've shown, and likely won't apply too much to the game itself on the whole... but I think it's worth pointing out... which is why I did.



edcomics commented on E3 2014: Wii U Legend Of Zelda Revealed, Confi...:

I also feel like the wonder of huge open worlds is kind of an old thing now. I'm not saying I don't want that in a Zelda game, but I hope that's not their trump card. This mini-trailer also reminds me a lot of that opening action scene in Princess Mononoke. I know a lot of other movies, cartoons, etc have copied that scene, but I kind of expect more from Nintendo. I want to expect more, but more and more of their stuff is feeling like a rehash or a copy these days. I'm sure there's still room for this Zelda game to impress, but to be honest, I got bored about half way through Skyward Sword and never completed it... which for me was a big deal, because I've loved the Zelda series since the beginning.



edcomics commented on Weirdness: Luigi's Mario Kart 8 'Death Stare' ...:

That's pretty funny, actually. I hadn't seen the Luigi thing yet. Just a small note to point out for some people, though. The clip was aired on the Fox 5 network, which is actually quite different from the Fox News network. It's pretty clear they're joking about it and it was just included as a little bit of fun.



edcomics commented on Wii U System Update 5.0.0 Now Live, Adds Quick...:

I had just bought DKC: Tropical Freeze yesterday and was planning to play with a friend last night. I even made sure to download the software update ahead my guest's arrival. But when I booted it up to start playing, it was system update and gamepad update time (two separate updates?). Thankfully it went pretty quickly, but man... it seems like every time I buy a new game, I have to wait too long before I can start playing it. What is this, a Sony system??



edcomics commented on Review: Grinsia (3DS eShop):

I'm not sure this game was scored on its merits. It sounds like the reviewer is just suffering from old RPG burnout. If this was the first game available in the 3DS eShop when it launched, I expect the score would have been much higher. Maybe scoring is just too subjective in general.



edcomics commented on Feature: A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and...:

Is it just me, or is it hard to see the characters in the screenshot with Fire Mario? It's just that the backgrounds are so detailed, and you have this skinny character in the front. It's kind of hard to tell what you're looking at.



edcomics commented on Video: Behold The Difference Between Skylander...:

That second video is interesting. At first I wasn't paying close attention and thought the figure was actually on his desk, though I did notice the laptop screen had an artificial image. Once Food Fight appeared on the desk, it was clear that we had a paste-up job going on. Clever, though.



edcomics commented on Here's a Rather Attractive Portable Nintendo 64:

Dreamcast was a very good system, as was the N64. I would actually enjoy one of these suckers. Since data was saved on the cartridges, you could start a game on the home console, put the cartridge in your portable, and continue the same game on the go.

Unless I'm totally wrong about it saving on the cartridge. The brain is tired.



edcomics commented on Persona Q: Shadow of Labyrinth Soundtrack and ...:

I'm getting to the point where 3D graphics just aren't doing it for me. In a game like this, those little blasts of crisp 2D artwork are the most appealing part of the presentation. The 3D stuff just isn't doing it for me. I know it's the 3DS, but somehow it seems like we're stuck in PS1 land when it comes to the visuals.



edcomics commented on NPD Data Shows More U.S. Gamers Switching to D...:

What keeps me buying physical copies is... well... When it comes to 3DS, I'm a sucker for pack-ins like artbooks and soundtrack CDs. I like extras, and the download-only games don't come with that stuff. The Wii U games tend to not come with that stuff, but I'm just in the habit of buying a physical game. I don't want to buy an extra storage device just for downloads, and my 3DS SD card is always maxing out with my downloaded games. With more download-only titles like Senran Kagura Burst (in NA), though, it looks like the decision is being made for us.



edcomics commented on Video: Hanging Out With Arino In The Japanese ...:

Unfortunately, Arino's voice acting isn't as funny as his actual reactions in the show. I wish they'd use sound clips from the show to get lines with a funnier delivery. Maybe he's trying to sound like his kid self here. I don't know. It just doesn't quite work for me.



edcomics commented on Soapbox: A Case For The Defence: Castlevania 64:

I remember being frustrated with the controls and disappointed by some of the graphics. Parts of the game were extremely hard for me, but overall I thought it was a good experience. I never did play the version of the game that featured a playable werewolf character, but I wouldn't mind giving it a try. An HD remake of this game would be pretty fantastic, I think.