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Wed 8th September, 2010

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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.



edcomics commented on This Design For A "Game Boy Evolution" Sure Is...:

I'd like to see something very different from Nintendo, but not like this. My main beef with tablets and touch-screen phones is that they're vulnerable to damage in your pocket or handbag. I had a phone whose screen was damaged, and I still have no idea how it happened. It was simply in my pocket. What I do know is that the old flip-top phones never had that sort of issue. Those suckers were tough. I view a handheld game system the same way. I want it to be tough. Durable. Portable. I want it to fit in my pocket comfortably.

And, quite frankly, I would like it to be called GameBoy. That's one thing I like about this concept.



edcomics commented on Review: Life Force (3DS eShop / NES):

This is one of my top NES games. The soundtrack alone is amazing, but the level design and creature design is so cool. It's just a lot of fun. Though to be honest, I don't think I ever beat it without Game Genie. I'm such a cheater. But doing a quick Life Force Game Genie playthrough was always a ton of fun. Man, the box art is amazing, too. Such a great package. That's the biggest problem with these digital releases. You don't get the delicious Konami box art. You don't get the instruction manual with the hand-drawn character art on the inside. I love that stuff so much. The pack-ins were a big part of my enjoyment of a game back in the day.



edcomics commented on Nintendo Acknowledges Network Issues and Sugge...:

The whole "Free Digital Download" thing is a real mistake, in my opinion. I can't believe you can buy a new system "bundle" and then not have either a physical or digital copy of the game in-hand. You're buying a promise of a game, and right now people can't cash in on that promise. What a disaster. And then there's the eShop, etc... I want access, but I can't get on. shakes head Don't they plan ahead?



edcomics commented on Weirdness: Amazon Confirms Drone Air Delivery ...:

Actually, nothing is confirmed for 2015. I watched this broadcast last night on TV. The guy said 2015 is the earliest it could happen because that's when they'd receive the rules. He also said 2015 is "optimistic" and 4-5 years is probably likely... so that would be 2017-2018. Just gotta be careful when you say "confirmed."



edcomics commented on Nintendo Will Be "Careful" About The Artistic ...:

I'd love to see the original style of Legend of Zelda, or the more stretched-out style of Adventure of Link to make an appearance in the next big home console Zelda release. Back when those games were released, you had to use your imagination, but the game manuals provided enough reference to really flesh out the game experience. The technology now exists to better translate those character and create designs into CG reality, so I think it would make sense to give that a go.

As for other styles, I'm not against it. My initial reaction to WindWaker back in the day was negative, but after letting it sink in for a day or two, I changed my mind. I saw what they were doing, and I realized it could be really fun — and it was! I think it's probably time to retire or temporarily shelf the Ocarina style, which I'll say includes the more realistic Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword games. Those were pretty much a continuation of the style and concept art from Ocarina.

So either go back to Zelda's original design roots, or go for something completely new. That's what I'd be willing to pay money for.



edcomics commented on Review: Pinball (Wii U eShop / NES):

Gotta have it on the 3DS. I find NES Pinball to be extremely fun and relaxing. I have no need for it on the Wii U since my original copy and NES work fine. Having it on the go would be really nice, though. Make it happen, Nintendo!



edcomics commented on Talking Point: Marketing Wii U to the Masses:

@Dr_Corndog The problem is that every console is somebody's first video game console. The Wii U may be compatible with the Wii Remotes, but it doesn't come packaged with any at all. So the customer has to go out and buy not only a Wii Remote, but also a Wii Nunchuk if they want to use multiplayer... even though those aren't a featured part of the new system.

That's probably part of why some people still don't understand what the Wii U is. In the commercial, you see the family members using Wii Remotes, with only one person holding the Gamepad. It's just a bizarre setup

I recently started playing Rayman Legends with a friend, and I have to say the Gamepad features pretty much just get in the way of gameplay. I start a level using the standard controls, but at some point I have to stop and continue as Murphy on the touch screen. At that point, I'm pretty much controlling the entire game while my friend says "man, you're doing everything." It's just not balanced... and honestly, I'd rather be looking at my 55" TV to enjoy the HD graphics, rather than looking down at the Gamepad screen, having a kind of private type of game experience. While touch-screen controls are probably faster, there's little or nothing in Rayman Legends that couldn't have been achieved with a Wii Remote.

My other Wii U games really don't feature the Gamepad much at all, so there's nothing else to say. I think the biggest thing holding the Wii U back is... the Wii U. I'm ready for the next home console, Nintendo.