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Wed 8th September, 2010

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edcomics commented on Gorgeous Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Editio...:

The art book and art card feature such classy artwork, but the game case and box make Xenoblade Chronicles X look like just any old run-of-the-mill robot action game. That art card should be the cover image for the game, like how the old Konami NES games featured painted cover art.



edcomics commented on Enter a Crazy Code to Unlock a New Character i...:

@Tsurii Well, things have picked up since the movie's in American theaters this week. I think tonight is the last night, though. I had the whole blue hair thing spoiled a month or two ago because I visited an online store that had a preorder for the figures. The only way for us to avoid spoilers 100% would be to live in Japan and see the movies right when they're released.



edcomics commented on Enter a Crazy Code to Unlock a New Character i...:

@Tsurii Sadly, there's no part of the recent film that hasn't been spoiled already. The promotional material and product preorders are widespread and feature all the new transformations. I wouldn't get too upset about it, though. The way things are presented in the animation, there's no big reveal or explanation. It's really just a new visual gimmick.



edcomics commented on Video: Mario is Unreal in This New Take on The...:

This is what a current generation Mario game should look like. Not necessarily the environment details, but definitely the level of detail and polish we see here. Mario's hanging out in the past. In fact, a lot of Nintendo games are. Even Splatoon looks more like a Wii game than it should, with all the rough edges and pixels. Nintendo doesn't put enough into their graphics. They just try to fudge it all the time and hope people don't notice... but it's hard not to notice when most Nintendo games look like they belong in the previous console generation.



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

When it comes to Animal Crossing.... the heavy promotion of home decoration in New Leaf almost turned me off entirely, as it made it seem the entire game was about that. Thankfully, in the final game it was only one piece to the overall puzzle. Unfortunately, Happy Home Designer has taken just that one aspect of New Leaf and turned it into an entire game, abandoning most of what made New Leaf so enjoyable.

It seems like Nintendo is increasingly interested in relying on gimmicks, and applying those gimmicks to existing properties. Miyamoto, etc, don't seem to care about the worlds of Metroid or Zelda. They just focus on gameplay gimmicks. Then, when they lose interest in one gimmick, it's on to the next. It's like how Nintendo abandoned motion control in favor of the super gimmicky "asymmetric gameplay" of the Wii U. It's like there's a cycle of discovery, obsession, boredom and abandonment within Nintendo.



edcomics commented on Parent Trap: Woolly Yoshi amiibos Finally Turn...:

If done right, almost any toy can house some kind of functional chip inside. Voice chips have been hiding in action figure feet since the turn of the millenium. It just comes down to the size and shape of the chip, and where you can (or want to) hide it inside a toy.



edcomics commented on More Club Nintendo Goodies Coming To The Europ...:

Sheesh. Europe gets all this cool stuff. I hope the next iteration of Club Nintendo will be more universal and offer the same rewards in different regions. That Goodbye Coin sounds interesting and I wonder if it's coming to North America... but having spent all my coins already, I'd be out of luck unless they send one to everyone for free. That would be pretty snazzy, but I won't hold my breath.



edcomics commented on Fossil Fighters: Frontier Stomps its Way to No...:

Ugh. I'm totally disappointed by this game. The first two games were rough around the edges, but they had charm and fun gameplay. In Frontier, the 2D character art is beautiful, but that's where the beauty ends. The graphics are muddy and glitchy, with your vehicle flickering in and out of view during gameplay. The audio is muffled and even breaks up at times when the volume is turned up. The visuals and mechanics for fossil cleaning are ugly and uncomfortable. The old cleaning process was fairly intuitive. This new version just doesn't feel right. Then there are the battles, where the HUD obscures the Vivosaurs on the top screen, and we're robbed of the fun action and "death" scenes from the previous games. The lower screen interface is also rather bland and ugly. There was a nice rhythm to the first two that's lacking here. It's not just that it's different. It feels damaged, rushed or incomplete. Overall it's just an ugly experience. I had hoped this would really be the next step, where Fossil Fighters would really come into its own, but it's really just a step backward. I'm trading it in ASAP. Seriously, I would rather play the original Fossil Fighters from scratch than continue with this new game. Huge disappointment.



edcomics commented on Square Enix's Failed Attempt At Combining Game...:

@GloryQuestor Hmm, that's a good example. Another thing about .hack is that, at the time, it was something fairly new and fresh. These days we have Sword Art Online, Log Horizon and a selection of other similar stories to choose from, and only certain series become real hits. If Square had focused on creating something with a unique theme and visual style, they might have had more success, but it seems pretty obvious they were trying to replicate the success of other series aimed at kids. At first glance, it's easy to mistake this art style for any series in the same vein as Cardfight Vanguard. At least, that's how I see it. I could be wrong. I'm not saying it's bad at all, but it seems to have been a rather large miscalculation.



edcomics commented on Club Nintendo Goes Rewards Crazy With Final Up...:

You know, after the initial adrenaline rush, I'm not seeing a ton of physical rewards I'm excited about. I went ahead and ordered the calendar, because that's a cute item you can't buy elsewhere. I already have a game case and 3DS pouch... and I'm not sure about the puzzle. Maybe I'll just relax and cash in for game codes later... though I almost feel like I should get Grill-Off with Ultra Hand just for the heck of it



edcomics commented on Weirdness: Legendary Composer Koji Kondo Drew ...:

The thing is, at the time there was no internet. Using obscure foreign music as the inspiration for a game soundtrack must have seemed harmless. It's really interesting how obvious the ripping is after listening to these tracks. Still, I can't fault the guy too much. I doubt he expected the games to become so popular in the West and for the "secret" to get out. I'm actually more pleased to be introduced to Deep Purple as a result.



edcomics commented on Nintendo's Revival of Animal Crossing: New Lea...:

I played the heck out of that game and nearly exhausted all its features, with around 200 hours of gameplay. I did lapse, however, and was brokenhearted when my favorite villager was gone when I returned to town. sigh Anyway, I feel like Animal Crossing is a game where DLC would be totally justified, allowing for land expansion, a wider variety of crops to harvest and animals to catch, and an ability to lock in your favorite villagers!

I do like the idea of a home console version of Animal Crossing, but I feel it would make the BEST sense to have it be cross-platform, so you can access your town from either the WiiU or 3DS. I'm not sure how difficult it would be, but it would be so satisfying.

I was skeptical of Animal Crossing, but after taking the plunge I was extremely pleased with the purchase. New Leaf is one of the most enjoyable game experiences I've had.



edcomics commented on Weirdness: These Push Guards for the New Ninte...:

I could use one of these for my XL. The game card is in a pretty terrible location. Even if the game only pops out one out of every 250 times, it's still too many. Most cameras and other small devices have an SD card cover, so a gamecard cover would have made a lot of sense to include on any version of the 3DS. I wonder exactly how well something like this item would work, but it may be worth trying out.



edcomics commented on Sega Confirms Global 3DS Release For Hatsune M...:

@ollietaro Well, that was a bizarre stylistic choice. Oh wait, Yorumi said that already. Since we got Senran Kagura on 3DS, I figure we can get full-sized Vocaloids. Either way, this is a good step forward for Nintendo. I mean... the gap between regions isn't that wide anymore, especially when it comes to pop culture. We've known about Miku and Vocaloid for years in the West. Similarly, KanColle (Kantai Collection) has become popular outside of Japan. I don't know if there are any plans to branch out with console games for that property, but if they do I would hope Nintendo would get on the ball. They just seem late to the party more often than not.



edcomics commented on Video: Brand New Xenoblade Chronicles X 'Explo...:

Exploration is the primary reason I'm buying this game. I'm a bit concerned about the story and characters, but nothing can be done about it at this point.

@rishisquid If it's anything like Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii, you'll have plenty of control over the camera's angle and distance.



edcomics commented on Satoru Iwata Highlights Frustration at Missed ...:

Integration between home console and handheld would be the most appealing next step for me. There are already some examples of that, but it's not really simple or intuitive, and it involves buying two copies of the same game. Making each console game available on handheld, and vice versa, would be a huge step forward.

Now that we've had the touch-screen feature, I would hate to lose it. I don't use it a lot in games, but for apps and internet browsing it's invaluable. I really would not want to go back to cycling through a TV keyboard with the directional pad after just being able to tap quickly on the Gamepad with a stylus. A lot of people are praising the GameCube controller, but I don't think it was as good as people are saying. The button layout was pretty crazy, and the location of the Z button was really uncomfortable for me. There isn't anything missing from the Wii U Gamepad. It's a perfectly good controller that happens to have a screen in the center of it. My only complaint is, again, the Z button location. The PS2 controller was most comfortable with its R1 R2, L1 L2 layout.



edcomics commented on Reminder: The Nintendo Network Premium Promoti...:

Oh no. I better check to see if I have any codes on there. I forgot about the promotion for a long time and only starting using my earned codes recently. It was sort of odd to have to go to a separate website to claim a code, and then travel back to the eShop to enter it. I feel like it should have just been incorporated into the eShop itself from the start. Oh well. Nice while it lasted. I probably got around $20 or $25 credit through the promotion. Maybe more.



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.