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Thu 23rd Jul 2009

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Feld0 commented on Disney Epic Mickey Music "Will Make You Cry" s...:

Indeed. And to think we've then got the 3DS coming next year...

I haven't seen that vid yet, but I'm curious as to whether the soundtrack of Epic Mickey can really possibly stand up to the likes of Super Mario Galaxy.



Feld0 commented on Super Mario Design Documents Reveal Guns, Rock...:

I always questioned the rocket attachment for FLUDD in Super Mario Sunshine. I think we now know where it's from.

Now, as much as I love Mario the way he is now, I think it would be really cool if Nintendo at least tried a full-on, big-budget Mario shooter. They might have what it takes to change my mind about the genre.

Hmm...just thought of something. Nintendo is probably going to recycle the whole shooter idea in some form or another, even if they cut the guns (I honestly cannot ever see Nintendo going that route). While it's a little hard to come up with something for Mario, I think a first-person Yoshi game where you throw eggs in a 3D space might be possible.



Feld0 commented on Netflix Now Available in Canada:

Huh. Netflix is good and all, but I don't like the idea of having to pop a disc into my Wii every time I want to watch a movie. Then again...going to the video store and renting a physical DVD isn't that different, save for the car trip.



Feld0 commented on North American Club Nintendo Year Coming to an...:

I demand the SMG2 soundtrack as my platinum reward!
I did make my own rip of it (I have ways...) but there's nothing quite like having an official collectible CD of it with the cover and everything!

BTW, last year, I went for the Mario hat. It sits beside the nine yoshi plushies, two Mario Bros. figures, and countless Pokemon statuettes I brought back from my field trip to Japan. Makes for a pretty awesome bedroom when you add in the three CN Mario posters.



Feld0 commented on Iwata: 3DS Games May Cost as Much as Wii Titles:

Game Woman? [insert sandwich-making joke here]
Someone was bound to say something like that.

From what I've heard, Nintendo can slap any price they want on the 3DS and its games, and it's still gonna be a Wii situation where they're out of stock for two years.



Feld0 commented on DSiWare Will Not Be Transferable Unless Ninten...:

DSiWare, WiiWare, and VC games get registered to your Club Nintendo account, and it's possible for Nintendo to check what games have been downloaded on your specific system in case they're not showing up in your account or something.

All it takes is for them to take Club Nintendo a step further and turn it into this "account-based system" they're touting. Here's a laughably simple way to do it:

Any system you register and link to your Club Nintendo account (DSi, DSi XL, 3DS, Wii) will automatically be eligible to download any game registered to the account for free.

There. It's as easy as that.



Feld0 commented on The 3DS Might Make it in Time for Christmas Sh...:

It makes a lot of sense for Nintendo to release the 3DS by Christmas. I mean, that's when people are most willing to spend big bucks on bleeding-edge tech, right? If they waited till February to release it, most people will probably already have bought an Xbox 360 Slim to put under the Christmas tree, and won't be ready to lay down a few hundred more quite yet.

Further "first" posts will result in serious action - Moderating team.



Feld0 commented on 3D Video Chat Possible says Iwata:

Come on, Nintendo! Just kill the iPhone 4 already! XD

If they add a second camera to the inside, we've got a FaceTime competitor on our hands. If video-chatting through your phone can "revolutionize" the way you talk to friends and family, imagine video-chatting in 3D!

I always thought it was kinda funny that there's only one inner camera on the 3DS.



Feld0 commented on E3 2010: Your Chance to Salute the Best of E3:'re on a site that covers Nintendo. Therefore, they're handing out awards to Nintendo stuff.

Hm...Zelda: Skyward Sword, Kirby's Epic Yarn, or Donkey Kong Country Returns...such a hard choice!



Feld0 commented on 3DS Could Turn Pages as Well as Heads:

When they say that Apple's their competitor, they really mean it. So far, I've got a feeling that everything the 3DS has is meant to counter the iPhone 4, including this.

If Nintendo can somehow get a bunch of third-party support for this...



Feld0 commented on E3 2010: First Impressions: Donkey Kong Countr...:

This game's definitely on my Christmas list, and is gonna make saving for my $2000+ MacBook Pro that much harder.

I need to go back and play through the original DKC games sometime. I've only made it a few levels into the first one...



Feld0 commented on E3 2010: Reader Questions - Day One:

Judging by some of the screenshots I've seen, Mario Kart 3DS is a brand-new game.

The original DS was based on the N64, but offered somewhat nicer graphics; the 3DS looks like it's based on the Wii, but offers stereoscopic 3D graphics.



Feld0 commented on E3 2010: Nintendo 3DS:

@68 Actually, the previous DS's connected to the Wii using ad-hoc Wi-Fi, not Bluetooth. I'm quite sure the 3DS will do the same.

Seriously, I'm totally stoked for the 3DS!! I'm so gonna be there at launch!
I'd best start looking into those summer jobs now...



Feld0 commented on E3 2010: Paper Mario for 3DS:

w00t!! Paper Mario!! this the "new Mario game" Martinet was talking about in that tweet? I sure hope not, 'cause I'm still holding out for a Yoshi's Island 3DS...

Hmm...they announced quite a few Mario games there, actually. Paper Mario, Mario Kart, Mario Sports Mix...they could add one more to the list. Perhaps it will be announced at a smaller, more exclusive event together with Pikmin 3?



Feld0 commented on Super Mario Galaxy 2 Shoots to Number Two in U...:

@Raylax (#13): Seconded. Now...extend that statement to all professional sports, minus the Olympics (which I attended in person).

In any case, I'm glad to see SMG2 doing well. The first game fell a tad flat on sales, if I'm not mistaken.



Feld0 commented on Review: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (S...:

There's no word on a VC release from Nintendo, but if you consider my theory that we've got a sequel to the Yoshi's Island series on its way (they talked about it in the last podcast), it would make a lot of sense for them to release the VC version of this game together with its next installment.

@Hyper Knuckles: Give me five good reasons for that, or I won't believe you.



Feld0 commented on Review: Zoo Disc Golf (WiiWare):

Eh...I'm still not done with Tiger Woods '10. That game has an incredible disc golf mode in it, WITH MOTIONPLUS SUPPORT!! I don't see why I would need this crap.



Feld0 commented on Podcast: Episode 16 - Get Ready for E3!:

Hey, you guys actually read my e-mail!
But for next time, please say my name right. It's pronounced "fell-DOUGH," not "Feld-Zero."

If anyone's interested in knowing more about my speculation for this new Yoshi game, and all the clues I've found to its existence, I'm writing a huge, in-depth article about it on my personal site. Would it be OK for me to post a link (or e-mail it in to you guys, and hope it gets featured) when I finish it?



Feld0 commented on The Nintendo Era is Over, Tweets Former Final ...:

Jeez, none of the above 133 comments support this "theory." did.
Here's the 133rd one!

The iPad is a giant iPod Touch (or perhaps iPhone, if you get the 3G version). Yes, it CAN game, but the 6-year-old DS to this day, manages to provide a superior gaming experience to the whole iHandheld family.

Also, doesn't anyone else remember the days before the iPhone 3G, when there was no App Store? And no 3G? The very features that make the iHandhelds so desirable today? That's proof right there that they were never meant for gaming.

The current DS is doing better than the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad combined. I can only imagine what's gonna happen when the 3DS rolls around.



Feld0 commented on Get Heard on the Nintendo Life Podcast!:

smashbrawler331 wrote:

"i wanna see the third myster mario game 'that is not new super mario bros wii or super mario galaxy 2' that reggie talked about. everyone else seems to have forgotton about it..."

Putting all the pieces of the puzzle together, it makes sense for this to be the next Yoshi platformer.

Every 3D Mario game has had a corresponding 2D one so far:
Super Mario Bros. = Super Mario 64 (a revolution; kicked off the series)
Super Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels = Super Mario 64 DS (same game, but more levels)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (the "American" one) = Super Mario Sunshine (the "odd one out")
Super Mario Bros. 3 = Super Mario Galaxy (a return to form; harkens back to the original, but introduces a crapload of new stuff that boggles the mind)
Super Mario World = Super Mario Galaxy 2 (in a way, more of its predecessor; retains same basic mechanics, but has a different set of power-ups and [re-]introduces Yoshi)
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island = this mysterious third Mario game

It all makes sense, doesn't it? They can even give it a gimmicky name like Super Mario Galaxy 3DS: Yoshi's Planet, Yoshi's Island 3DS, or something like that.

This may be the more exploratory 3D Mario game everyone wants. They could replace the "galaxies" with "planets"; less-linear, more open worlds that beg to be explored so one can find all the little collectibles, like the original Yoshi's Island.

Besides, on the SMG2 start screen, you see Yoshi flying around on his own, separately from Mario and the luma. If they wanted to go for a cinematic effect, they would separate the luma from Mario, too, but there has to be a reason Yoshi is flying off on his own, especially when you take into account that you never, EVER see him doing his own thing anywhere in the game or the artwork. I like to think of it as a sign of things to come...

Gawd; I sound crazy, don't I?



Feld0 commented on Review: Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii):

Thank gawd I pre-ordered this! I'm only gonna have to wait out the line at my local EB Games!

But I have to wait out another night first... sadfaec



Feld0 commented on Nintendo Trademarks 3DSWare, DSMovie and Other...:

Please, oh please let there be a Yoshi's Island 3[DS] on this! The thought of seeing a YI game's stunning graphics in 3D makes me drool!

Maybe they'll use such a game as a demonstration of the system's abilities, like the original YI did back on the SNES...

Ah, don't mind me and my wishes for another full-on Yoshi platformer. I just hope Nintendo's gonna do a good job with the 3DS, and have the great games to support it.



Feld0 commented on myNotebook Huge Hit on DSiWare Service:

We're probably gonna get myCalendar or something next. If it's a calendar program, I'd love to see it integrated with the DSi's system software so that it would "ring" or something when you've got a reminder coming up, and would show upcoming events on the top screen or something.



Feld0 commented on Review: Solitaire (WiiWare):

Am I the only one that thinks that menu looks remarkably similar to iTunes' Cover Flow?

And, btw, this looks nice and all, but it would be FAR better suited to the DSi. After all, how many people honestly sit down in front of the Wii, thinking, "I wanna play some Solitaire!"



Feld0 commented on WiiWare Demo Program Proving Successful:

Now, if only they released demos of retail games...

For example, an SSBB demo that features a single stage and four characters in the standard versus mode. Not that it's really necessary, as the game is the very definition of popular, but you get the gist of it.

Or a demo of SMG with the first galaxy.



Feld0 commented on Review: Photo Clock (DSiWare):

Reminds me of the "Alarm Clock Pro" app on the iPhone, except that that one's WAAAAYYY up on the "Top Paid Apps" list, and this one's WAAAAAY down on its equivalent list.

Now, if Nintendo were to release a mobile office suite supporting MS Word, I'd buy it on Day One!



Feld0 commented on Miyamoto Keeps Edging Toward Hardware Design:

looks at picture
WTF? Is Shiggy wearing lipstick or something?

Yeah, I know he said (a while ago) something along the lines of "The next cnosole will be HD, but not all games will support it," using Wii Fit as an example of what would be in SD, and SMG or something as an example of a game that would be HD. But, I wonder: why the heck NOT make Wii Fit run in HD, even if it is only for smoother edges and sharper text, rather than any significant visual polish?
Even better: find some way to make (at least some) existing Wii games run in 720p. Technically, the Wii is twice as powerful as a GameCube, which already supported 16x9 480p. 480p->720p is approximately a doubling of pixels, so I think it would work out nicely.



Feld0 commented on Hardware Impressions: Nintendo DSi LL:

I think the D-Pad and the ABXY buttons are way too far up. I'm also surprised that the screens' pixels are barely noticeable. I can actually count the pixels pretty well on my (regular) DSi. Not that it's really a problem, though, when playing, unless the text is a puny font size. glares at DSi Browser
But I'm happy with what I've got. Besides, the $200 would be better spent on the likes of NSMBWii, Zelda: ST, and M&L: BIS.



Feld0 commented on Miyamoto Unsure if Super Mario Galaxy 2 Will I...:

@V8Ninja & aaronsullivan: Seconded.
@Chrono Cross: Seconded, too.
@Ren: When the game was announced, they said that about 95 % of the content in SMG2 is brand-new, and about 5 % is galaxies from the previous game with new levels added to them. Still remember that. And by the looks of the trailer, it's really true.



Feld0 commented on New Super Mario Bros. Wii Strategy Video:


**fumes in rage, contemplating the possibilities of importing from Australia*
**realizes shipping will take util Monday at the soonest*
**guns for the 242nd star in Super Mario Galaxy while waiting for a new Mario game*
YEAARRRGGHHHH! Must...wait...till...SATURDAY!!
**realizes he still hasn't finished Metroid Prime Trilogy*



Feld0 commented on Review: Metroid Prime Trilogy (Wii):

This would be worth $ 50 even without Corruption in it! Amazing deal, and loving every second of the games! Oh, and you CANNOT complain about the 60 fps framerate! Compare that to Halo and co.!



Feld0 commented on Review: Pokemon Platinum (DS):

I've put 150+ hours of blood, sweat, and tears into this gem, and I'm still discovering new stuff! Amazing value for only $ 34.99!

Incredible value aside, I think it's about time that the handheld (a.k.a. main series) Pokemon games migrated to full 3D battles. True, 3D models, textures, and animations for every Pokemon will take up a lot more memory on the cart than simple one- or two-frame sprites, but seeing as the carts themselves currently go up to 512 MB, and Diamond, Pearl and Platinum were only 64 MB, I think they can handle it no problem. And I don't want to hear excuses about the lack of DS horsepower. Titles like Metroid Prime Hunters, Super Mario 64 DS, Kingdom Hearts, and Mario Kart DS prove otherwise. Besides, it's already been proven that the DS has better graphics than the N64, which had 3D battles in the form of the Pokemon Stadium games! And I wouldn't say those looked half-bad! While we're on 3D, the only actual 3D in the game is the overworld and some VERY select building interiors. The sprite characters and items could live through, I guess (I'd prefer 3D models, though), but I think it's about time the environments shifted to constant 3D now!

Another gripe I have with Pokemon is the horrendous sound quality. To get what I mean, just start up the game and plug in some headphones or a decent set of speakers. Ewwwww... Sad, really, because the actual music is composed rather well, too. And the Pokemon sounds themselves could use a lot of work.

Full 3D both in and outside of battles may be a bit of a strain even on a 512 MB cart, but Game Freak is a talented team, and I'm pretty sure they could pull it off, especially if they were to take advantage of the DSi's doubled power and quadrupled RAM.

So there are my hopes for Pokemon Gen. V: retaining all the charm, gameplay, nostalgia, and lasting appeal of the preceding handheld games, but with the polish and audiovisual spectacles of the console titles! And an extra 150-200-ish Pokemon in the Dex won't hurt, either.