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FX102A

FX102A

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#1

FX102A commented on Marvel at the Launch Trailer, Live Music and T...:

Big Blue at 200cc with the sound bar turned way up? My face is at risk from being blasted off by the amazingness of this!

A reminder of the release date would be nice NL. I just hope it's not the long weekend in May as I'll be on holiday.

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#4

FX102A commented on Games Consultant Believes Nintendo NX Could Be...:

@Quorthon The Gamecube versions of those games were not exactly widely available and Majora was so unstable that considering it's time management mechanics it was nigh unplayable. I gave up after loosing hours of progress multiple times. The Wii VC version was better but still a little wonky.

New IPs have begun to appear from Nintendo like Project STEAM and Splatoon and hopefully they'll set the groundwork for new entries. But I still want to see established franchises seeing new releases with new features, but hopefully keeping what was good. I'd love to see a new 2D Metroid as its been so long since the last one but I'd also love to see a new Metroid Prime'esque game or even something completely new (as long as the spirit is kept).

I mean, it's not like other companies aren't simply taking what was successful and just doing some tweaks and perhaps a new coat of paint. I'm sometimes tempted to rename Bloodborne as Demon's Soul V4.30 Remastered Victorian Edition. Is that a bad thing? No. Demon's Soul was a great game and it's pseudo sequels expanded and refined the ideas it set; but the overall structure and gameplay remains very much the same. Same can be applied to so many series. Uncharted, Halo, Gears of War, Elder Scrolls, Civilisation, etc. Just because something has been around for a long time and has produced a plethora of successful titles based on a few franchises doesn't mean they should just stop.

To say Nintendo fans only want the same stuff is both narrow minded at frankly a might petty. New IP's have been on our wish lists for years (thankfully they're finally listening) but to simply chuck out established characters would be silly, especially as they also provide an element of exposure and good ideas that have worked very well this far. They could change the exterior and yet the gameplay would just remind people of the other franchises. Many other companies seem to be happy to change the outer layers but leave the inner workings the same (and then people seem to actually fall for it and think it's something "new"). Release a game with Mario or Zelda on the cover and it gets called a rehash regardless of any new ideas, game mechanics, etc it may have.

I hope recent events will result in a happy medium whereby we get a good balance of new properties and developments of the old ones. But don't create new properties just for the sake of it looking different.

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#5

FX102A commented on Games Consultant Believes Nintendo NX Could Be...:

@Quorthon There is a difference between a game with similar names and a game that plays practically the same and is released every calendar year. Using Mario as an example, I consider all his 3D adventures (excluding the one remake on the 3DS and only direct sequel on the Wii) as unique experiences in their own ways. A game like Super Metroid? Well yeah I'd love that, seeing as it's been nearly a decade since the last one (Zero Mission) rather than 6 months I hardly see that as a bad thing. At the end of the day, I couldn't care less about the outer layers as long as the internal mechanics see some change; especially if I've seen the same thing again and again. Of course Nintendo aren't innocent there too. They did overuse the 2D Mario games for a while and thankfully after SMBU, they seem to have put it aside (even though that one was one of their best).

To say Sony "evolved" I honestly feel is laughable. I see it more as a refinement, which is practically why I've yet to buy a PS4. There is practically nothing that hasn't been done before that's unique to the console, it's just been refined. If that's what you want then cool, they've identified what the market they are aiming for wants and have succeeded in grabbing it. If Nintendo wants to seek out another market then that's okay in my books too. It's risky, but frankly I've always held greater respect for those that take the risks and seek out new products.

I will make 1 admission, as much as I like he Wii U and its Gamepad, I saw it as kind of a filler console. Basically the Wii was faltering, Nintendo needed a new console, saw Tablets were the thing at the time so boom, tablet based home console (we'll sort of). I knew it wasn't gonna sell but at least it provided something different and I'm glad it existed.

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#6

FX102A commented on Games Consultant Believes Nintendo NX Could Be...:

@FragRed You do speak the truth, "hardcore" gamers who have gamed for many years will have their comfort zones and the mainstream hardcore crowd in particularly will remain in them (those that basically live of the yearly iterations of annual franchises).

As for Sony and the PS4's touchpad, I saw it as a more conservative and safe form of innovation, a small new feature within a tried and tested controller. The PS4 has several new features but I don't consider it a large departure from the norm. The remote play by a friend is its biggest new feature in my eyes but I hardly consider it groundbreaking or even worthwhile. Kind of like deciding to take the bus somewhere instead of driving yourself.

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#7

FX102A commented on Games Consultant Believes Nintendo NX Could Be...:

Basically this is why even at the low points, I always have some faith in Nintendo. They don't so much as dance to their own beat as in go out exploring on their own even after others have found something good.

One thing I've learnt over time is that technically a large proportion of the potential market doesn't even know what it wants until it's presented to them. People will say "consoles with regular controllers" simply because they believe it's what they and the "market" in their view wants. But sometimes other products have occupied that segment of the market and merely chasing it would reap limited rewards or people will say they already have that, so why bother?

The truth is, most of us are "morons" who really don't understand the technology, the potential or even what it is that will fulfil our desires. We say we want a specific product when in reality we just want to be entertained through an interactive medium. There are many ways that desire could be fulfilled and whilst there may be some existing ideas, there could be previously unimagined ideas that could do the job even better. They just need the chance to search for it. I didn't think I'd want to play games like Mario Galaxy, Metroid Prime 3 and Pandora's tower with motion controls until after I played it on the Wii. Now I would never dream of it. So as I said, rather bluntly, we are really all too stupid to know exactly what is needed (and those who say they know exactly what they want and that their idea is the right one are either blind, selfish or imbeciles).

History is filled with those who dream & search yet are constantly ridiculed. Even with its flaws, I see Ninty in the same way. My only hope is that it finds that which it is searching for and it turns out to have the potential it seeks.

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#8

FX102A commented on Capcom Announces Monster Hunter Stories for 3DS:

Like several have said, despite several attempts I just couldn't get into the mainline MH series. Playing as a nameless hunter and basically going round hunting animals to get materials to make better equipment to hunt even bigger animals. Rinse, repeat, try again (with some changes in enemy attack patterns). I could see the appeal, but it didn't apply to me.

This on the other hand, with names characters and potential for more story, has me intrigued. I do wonder how the battle system will be.

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#10

FX102A commented on Analyst Thinks Nintendo Is Already Winding Dow...:

I honestly would be extremely surprised if Zelda Wii U also appears on the NX, especially since we have absolutely no flippin clue as to what the NX is. A Wii U replacement? A 3DS replacement? An all new amalgamated platform? Nintendo has delayed many games in the past purely to ensure quality. True, Twilight Princess also became a Wii launch title but just coz it happened once does not make it a trend.

There's always a chance for a companion launch of a similar title on the NX IF it ends up being closer to a portable (one of the big issues recently with Nintendo titles is the lack of big launch titles. Honestly, I think the N64 was the last Nintendo console to launch with a truly original, exclusive and critically acclaimed title).

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#13

FX102A commented on GAME Launches UK Pre-Orders for Splatoon amiib...:

On the issue of price, ShopTo have also raised their prices for the latest wave to ~£15 each. I guess it was bound to happen considering the popularity.

With the 4 June figures being on my order, its gonna be a a bit pricey for me. However once they are done, I think that's all the SSB characters I want so I may get a break for amiibo (well, apart from awaiting a Shulk re-issue).

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#16

FX102A commented on Pokémon White Makes Surprise Appearance in UK...:

I did buy a copy of Xeno 3D but only for the faceplates and theme (which I've yet to receive my code for, time for an email to Ninty).

The game I guess will remain as a collectible as I much prefer JRPGs on the big screen and just about everywhere has said the same: it plays very well on the 3DS but the Wii version remains the dominant experience.

They really should have added extra content onto the 3DS version as this may have made owners of the Wii version willing to replay it.

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#19

FX102A commented on Game Jam Tasks Developers With Creating A Zeld...:

Whilst Link was originally meant to be kind of a blank slate for the player, hence his name, I personally think Link has evolved enough naturally over time that he basically developed into his own character and thus Male (his inclusion in Smash Bros is one thing). It still surprises me that Ninty continues to allow us to name Link in the Zelda games and I hope for the day he has a voice and personality in a future title.

That said, there's nothing wrong with Nintendo creating a completely new female character and make her the star of a future Zelda game with Link in a secondary role. I'd love to play that.

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#21

FX102A commented on Sega Producer Explains Exactly What Went Wron...:

Ok time to say something controversial:

Screw focus groups and screw people's opinions. The majority of people (just like the general public when discussing politics) don't know what they want or even what's best for them. The aim is simply to create something good and then convince the people they need it.

Obviously there is the risk of creating crap and convincing people they need it too, but it's two sides to every coin.

It's like every time there's a sliver of hope that Sonic could finally crawl out of the pit on some genuine good ideas, they change it all round and end up throwing him down again.

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#22

FX102A commented on Please Don't Hate Japan For Getting More Amazi...:

I just have the three Ace Combat themes at the mo (at 80p each they were a steal) but I would most likely jump at a few of these.

And I never even owned a Sega system!

Surprised we've yet to see a SNES, N64 or GC theme yet.

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#23

FX102A commented on Review: Metroid: Zero Mission (Wii U eShop / G...:

Being pay day and the fact that I need to get me some eShop credit anyways, I might pick this up. Playing on the Gamecube GBA Player with the Hori SNES style pad is cool but the Wii U Gamepad is just so comfortable for these 2D games.

That and it's an amazing game.

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#25

FX102A commented on Swedish Newspaper Questions The European Relea...:

The funny thing is, this game introduces the first male playable character and yes, his clothes rip off in battle leaving him flushed and embarrassed, bare chested in his undies (well according to the Japanese Trailers).

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#26

FX102A commented on Nintendo Download: 12th March (Europe):

I'll be picking up all the Mighty Switch Force's plus some of the 3D Sega classics; whilst tempted by Zero Mission, seeing as I own the cartridge and a GBA player for my Gamecube, I question if it is needed. If only the Gamepad signal would reach my bedroom, then I definitely would.

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#27

FX102A commented on Poll: Which 2015 Nintendo Blockbusters Should ...:

I personally think Nintendo should offer all unlockables by Amiibo as DLC, perhaps released after the amiibos. Mainly because there is some unlockables I would like but I don't want to spend the extra money for the amiibo itself (as nice as they are I am sticking to selected series for my amiibo collection to keep it manageable and affordable).

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#28

FX102A commented on Speedrunner Conquers Super Mario 64 in World R...:

@Espy No you're not the only one. I don't really rate speed runs involving glitches very highly (though I'll commend the skill involved in attaining the glitch).

To me, it's kind of like winning at a sport by exploiting a previously unnoticed gap in the rules, yet it was never intended to be allowed.

I'm always more impressed by those who are able to complete speed runs when constrained by the rules and boundaries set (and imagined) by the game's creators.

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#29

FX102A commented on Fans Are Translating Dragon Quest VII On 3DS B...:

They said the same thing about Bravely Default and what did it sell in the West after Nintendo localised it? Like 700,000+?

Oh wait this is Square Enix we're talking about, the company who dubbed 3.4 Million sales in 5-6 months as a failure.

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#32

FX102A commented on Weirdness: An amiibo Fan is Living the Dream W...:

Really should have gone with a 3D cel-shaded image for the back card. Still it's a great job and a sign of love for the series from its creator.

Personally I'm not a fan of Toriyama's character designs, which basically means I've completely skipped Dragon Quest.

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#33

FX102A commented on Feature: Five Remastered Games We'd Love to Pl...:

Whilst I love JRPG's I'm not a fan of when they take grandiose home console JRPG's and put them to the small screen.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D may play very well (heck I have preordered it) but I highly doubt it'll be able to recreate the jaw dropping, awe inspiring moment when the piano intro kicked in when I first played it, nor the mixture of satisfaction, happiness and tears I had during the ending theme song. Not with the 3DS' speakers at least.

So I went with F-Zero GX cos we need one and I think short, sharp and very very fast races would work on a portable in 3D.

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#34

FX102A commented on The Legend of Zelda New Nintendo 3DS Cover Pla...:

"Don't worry about your data running out, you can survive one day at work without mobile internet."

That's what I said to myself this morning!

What's worse, the only reason I used up the Internet was because my phone switched from wi-fi to 3G last night when on YouTube.

Oh well, I doubt the black one would have looked best on my Ambassador 3DS; plus I got the Xenoblade one on order so don't feel toooooo bad.

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#35

FX102A commented on Xenoblade Chronicles 3D HOME Theme Emerges, Fr...:

Well I preordered the game bundle. A tad expensive at £53 but I was planning on getting the game eventually and I really wanted the Faceplates.

The lack of selling the faceplates alone means either Nintendo really wants to push this game or it prevents large numbers being bought by scalpers (or a bit of both).

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#36

FX102A commented on Club Nintendo in Japan is Full of Delightful T...:

Hope that MK8 CD makes it to Europe before the whole stars catalogue ends. Already picked up 4 CD's from there. I only wish the Smash one would have made it as I couldn't really afford to get both games at the time.

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#39

FX102A commented on You'd Better Get a Bigger Micro-SDHC Card for ...:

The original release remains my favourite game of the last generation. Would like to buy this just to own it but I fear if I wait for a price drop it may go out of stock first.

Either way, definitely will go physical. Tends to be cheaper and I just like having something tangible in my hands. Kinda feels like it's got value (even though it's the data inside that's the real value).

That and shelves of games gives me more satisfaction than a hard drive.

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#40

FX102A commented on Review: Mega Man Battle Network 2 (Wii U eShop...:

I own all but this one. The series had it's quirks but I just loved it. Hope to pick em up and play them again.

My only gripe was the use of the English voice actors in the DS re-release of 5. They sound way too old for the characters. Thankfully the GC game kept the JP voices.

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#41

FX102A commented on Nintendo Download: 19th February (Europe):

Like almost everyone else, would have bought Kirby's adventure if it had been a 1st week sale.

I guess it's zilch for me this week as I already picked up SMTIV on sale not too long ago.

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#43

FX102A commented on The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses...:

The 25th Anniversary Concert of 2011 was nothing short of stunning. A night to remember. By luck I was able to attend the first Symphony of the Goddess concert and whilst it was very good, it kinda felt of more of the same with a few extras but lacking that special oomph (lack of Aonuma, Kondo and Z. Williams was noticed).

In a nutshell if you haven't been to a previous one or you simply adore Zelda music to the highest heavens, you'll most likely have a great time.

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#44

FX102A commented on New 3DS HOME Themes Confirmed for Majora's Mas...:

I want all three of those Ace Combat themes but I want a physical copy of the game so I guess I'll have to shill out the £1.50 or so for each one.

Digital has its pros but for me personally, they're outweighed by having a physical copy (of course the best would be having both).

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#45

FX102A commented on Review: Mega Man Zero 2 (Wii U eShop / Game Bo...:

@JaxonH I can see both of your arguments but perhaps a little history first.

Basically, we in Europe were historically shafted big time in past generations with waiting times of up to 6+ months after U.S releases and in many cases no release at all. Yet we pretty much just sat down patiently with a bit of a grumbling.

In recent times, whenever a game gets released in Europe first before the U.S., many American gamers are quick to cry "foul" for having to wait that little bit longer. I can sort of understand European gamers being a bit annoyed at having to see this during the few rare cases the U.S. gets something "later" after living through it for years themselves (that and possibly a small sense of "now you know how we felt for so long").

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#47

FX102A commented on Nintendo Lists Formally Tested Micro SDHC Card...:

I practically live by Sandisk for their Compactflash card on my DSLR so I went down the same route with a 32GB Extreme. Probably overkill but at least I feel peace of mind. Doubt I'll fill it up as I only ever filled up half of my previous 16GB SD card in almost 3-4 years.

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#48

FX102A commented on Gallery: We Have Take-Off With These Ace Comba...:

@JaxonH It plays like the classic Ace Combats on the PS1 / PS2 with a few tricks added and some customisation inspired from the PSP titles. It's a pretty standard yet still enjoyable Arcade Flightsim with a good variety of missions, large assortment of jets, unlockables colour schemes (beyond those shown above), elite enemy ace squadrons, local score rankings and a few branched campaign paths (though they return to the main story path so only a single ending).

All in all I like it a lot but I'm biased cod I love the traditional Ace Combat series. The advantages of this version over the original other than Amiibo support is you can use the c-stick to look around (helpful in dogfights) and the rudder can be mapped to the extra shoulder buttons rather than the d-pad, allowing simultaneous three degrees of motion, which helps a lot in aerial combat.

Arguably its biggest flaw is lack of any form of multiplayer (if that's important to you).

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#50

FX102A commented on Gallery: We Have Take-Off With These Ace Comba...:

....the need......to buy some more Amiibos!

Ok, bad wordplay aside, I'm getting really confused here. They originally showed off a few skins saying 2 (Mario & Bowser) would be unlockables in game, the other 4 or so needed Amiibos.

Then they say all can be unlocked in game, but then they reveal much more in a trailer including multiple schemes from certain characters splitting them up between those that are in game and those they imply "need" Amiibos.

Now we hear they all can be unlocked at Amiibos merely provide a shortcut.

Forgive my whining but can we have some official clarification Bandai Namco!!