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Eddsnake

Eddsnake

Big SNES, N64 & Wii fan.

Male, 35, United Kingdom

Proud owner of an NES, SNES, N64, Wii, Gameboy, Gameboy Advance and DS Lite. Playing Nintendo since Donkey Kong on the Game and Watch, circa 1986.

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Sun 3rd April, 2011

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Eddsnake

#1

Eddsnake commented on The World's Oldest Video Game Media Brand Is B...:

CVG Christmas 1991 was the first games magazine I ever bought. Reviews included Quackshot on the Megadrive, and Super Castlevania IV on this strange new foreign machine, The Super Famicom. There was also a big pull-out guide to the latest handheld games. As an 11 year old brought up on the Amstrad CPC464 and the Spectrum +2 and +3, who was only just about to get an NES as my first console that Christmas, all of the exciting new games inside the magazine were a revelation. It only seems like yesterday!

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#2

Eddsnake commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo Super Famicom:

The best console ever, so many classics:
Super Mario World
The Legend of Zelda: A link to the past
Super Metroid
Super Mario Kart
F-Zero
Pilotwings
Sim City
Super Castlevania IV
Streetfighter II Turbo, Super SFII & Streetfighter Alpha 2
Super Tennis
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja
Actraiser
Axelay
Super Probotector (Contra III)
Super Bomberman (brilliant with 4 players via the Multitap)
Starwing (Starfox)
Yoshi's Island
Super Mario All Stars
Cybernator
Kirby's Ghost Trap (Super Puyo Puyo)
International Superstar Soccer and ISS Deluxe
Donkey Kong Country
Secret of Mana
Super Ghouls 'N' Ghosts
UN Squadron

And then there are so many great games that were never even released in Europe, foremost among them:

Final Fantasy III (VI)
Chrono Trigger
Super Mario RPG
Earthbound
Gradius III

Still have mine in use, and as well as 24 games that were bought back in the day, I'm slowly working my way through the classics that were unreleased in Europe, or that I missed first time round, via the Wii and Wii U virtual consoles.

For me the SNES will probably never be bettered.

Eddsnake

#3

Eddsnake commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64:

@electrolite77 Good post, you seem to have a similar N64 library to myself. As you say the controller was actually very comfortable in the usual left hand on middle prong, right hand on right prong, layout. I can't remember using the D-pad much in any of the 21 games I have for the system!

SM64 was of course revolutionary, and the first time most people saw it in motion was a revelatory experience; seeing Mario move about in 3D after so many years of enjoying his 2D adventures was incredible. OOT was a bit dull and nowhere near as good as A Link to the Past in my opinion, but I expect I'm in the minority there. Lylat Wars/Starfox 64 was a superb game, as was Pilotwings 64, and in terms of sports games I played ISS64, Madden 64 and Mario Golf for probably a few hundred hours between the 3 of them. 2 or 4 player sessions of Goldeneye were always great fun and would be my abiding memory of the console. We also got a better version of Resident Evil 2 than the Playstation, and Perfect Dark was ahead of its time, although not as good as Goldeneye.

But the most obvious thing, looking back, is how many great racing games there were on the N64. Mario Kart 64, F-Zero X, F-1 World Grand Prix, Ridge Racer 64 and 1080 Snowboarding were all great, but Wave Race 64 and Excitebike 64 were incredible, with the analogue stick allowing subtle movements and precise control that wouldn't have been possible with a D pad.

A great console, although the graphics haven't aged as well as those of the SNES. 33 million consoles wasn't a bad effort: I'm sure Nintendo would be very happy if the Wii U ended up selling in similar quantities.

Eddsnake

#5

Eddsnake commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

Haven't got around to getting a Wii U yet, but will be getting one for Christmas (with MK8 and Bayonetta 2).

The limited Virtual Console is a real let-down for me (I was hoping for Saturn, Dreamcast, N64 and GameCube games), and other than the usual Mario, Smash Bros and Zelda updates there isn't much else that appeals.

I'll probably pick up Pikmin 3, Xenoblade X and Starfox, but new installments of F-Zero, Pilotwings or Wave Race would make me happy. A new Metroid game of some sort is needed too.

The lack of support from EA, Capcom , Konami and the other big third parties has also been a great shame.

Let's hope the Wii U has a bumper Christmas 2014 and can pick up enough momentum in the long-run to take it past 20 million console sales by the time its successor arrives.

Eddsnake

#7

Eddsnake commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Wii U Struggles Brin...:

Is it time that they dropped the Wii U Gamepad and sold the Wii U with a pro controller, marketed it along the lines of it being a 'Wii HD' and boosted the internal memory to 200 GB? Along with that, a price cut to £200/$200, alongside the imminent release of Mario Kart and Smash Brothers, would surely lead to another big increase in sales. As others have said they really need a unified account system ASAP, and to bring out 3 or 4 VC releases a week on both systems, and add VC systems such as the Gamecube, Dreamcast and Saturn. As it is if the Wii U can sell at near GameCube levels (20 million plus) it will at least be viable and they can bring out updates to the tried and tested franchises over the next 2 1/2 years to keep their 'hardcore' fans happy. Then they can launch a new home console for, say, November 2016?

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#8

Eddsnake commented on Site News: How was 2013 for Nintendo Life?:

Started coming here 3 or 4 years ago for the excellent virtual console coverage, but am visiting the site more and more now that IGN's Nintendo team is so threadbare. Keep up the great work guys.

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#10

Eddsnake commented on Mario Kart 8 Jump Festa Impressions:

@Mochtroid Agreed, the blue shell is a nightmare, haven't seen any sign of it yet, fingers crossed they've got rid of it. Or better yet what about being able to turn each item on and off in the options screen?

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#11

Eddsnake commented on Ashes Cricket 2013 Officially Cancelled as 505...:

Wow what an appalling game and what a slap in the face to cricket fans worldwide. I find it staggering that when there's a proven market out there (Brian Lara Cricket was a bestseller way back when on the Megadrive in the mid '90s and the PS2 in the mid '00s, and surely a half decent cricket game would now go down a storm in India) that no one can be bothered to give a cricket game the proper investment it deserves. Two years of development and that buggy mess (see YouTube clips) was the best they could come up with!!! Also surely going to the ICC and getting an international licence a la FIFA, so that they could include 10 or 12 teams and their actual payers, rather than just England and Australia and then giving all of the other teams made up player names and likenesses, must be a better idea. Here's hoping against hope that someone (Codemasters-give them a ring ECB!) will bring out a decent cricket game in time for the 2015 Cricket World Cup or the 2015 Ashes!

Eddsnake

#13

Eddsnake commented on Nintendo Download: 14th November (North America):

@DarkwingLz

That's not quite right, from what I remember the Wii VC was pumping out 2-3 games a week for the first 3 or 4 years of its existence, then went down to 1 release a week round about 2011, and the last release in Europe was a few months ago on the Neo Geo.

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#15

Eddsnake commented on Review: Super Castlevania IV (Wii U eShop / Su...:

Great review, got this for Christmas in 1994 and have been in love with it ever since. Great control (swinging from ledge to ledge with the whip is still so much fun), brilliant levels, beautiful graphics and an absolutely stunning soundtrack that still haunts me like no other game has before or since. A 10 for me! (Oh and it's much better than Rondo of Blood, 100%-ed Rondo on the Wii VC and was quite disappointed with it).

Eddsnake

#16

Eddsnake commented on Review: Goemon's Great Adventure (Nintendo 64):

I loved the SNES original and quite enjoyed the first N64 game, I don't think I ever realised that they released this game in Europe until I saw a Pal copy of it on EBay the other day, can't believe I missed it back in 1999! Hope it comes to the VC one day.

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#18

Eddsnake commented on Super Famicom Reaches 21 Years Old Today:

'All of this perfection occured, even though American gamers got screwed and did not receive classics like Terranigma, FF V, Tales of Phantasia, Secret of Mana 2, Star Ocean, and numerous others. None of these games arrived, and the SNES is still the greatest........that says alot!'

Nintygaming, surprised that no one else pointed it out to you but in Europe we got properly 'screwed' and never saw official releases of FFIII (VI), Chrono Trigger, Super Mario RPG OR Earthbound, as well as getting most games months after the US. I still love the SNES more than any other console though, in my opinion only the PS2 can rival it for the best library of games, and therefore the best console, there's ever been.

Eddsnake

#19

Eddsnake commented on Super Castlevania IV:

Got this for Christmas in '94 alongside Donkey Kong Country, and for me SCIV blew it away despite being 3 years older. The music is still the best I've heard in ANY game, so atmospheric, dark and haunting, and back then as a 14 year old it was actually pretty scary! The controls, with the eight way whip in particular, are superb and for me the graphics fit the game perfectly (and for 1991 must have been spectacular, especially the famous mode 7 rotating level). I've downloaded Rondo of Blood and played the original GBA Castlevania but for me this is a far better game than both of those, with greater control over the central protagonist, far better music, and a more direct pathway, with an admittedly easier but also much less frustratingly difficult challenge, whilst still being no cakewalk. Still need to play SOTN (and maybe Castlevania III?) to decide which is the best game in the series but for me this is right up there along with my other favourite SNES games SMW, F-Zero, LOZ:ALTTP, SFIIT, Super Metroid, LOTMN, Super Tennis and SMK. A fantastic game for a fantastic system (and don't be put off by the relatively uninspiring first couple of levels, this builds up to be a true masterpiece by the time you've finished it).