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Female, United States

Sun 2nd Oct 2011

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Flowerlark commented on Nintendo Download: 26th November (North America):

Not interested in any of the new offerings. I'm not bummed that this update is sparse - it is a holiday here in the US, after all. But I did grab Kirby's Return to Dreamland last night. I wish Pandora's Tower had also been on sale, but hey, you can't have everything. Kirby's good enough! :3



Flowerlark commented on Editorial: Linkle May be a Clunky Introduction...:

One of the perks of my androgynous name (Lee) is that I can give any video game character my name without it feeling weird. Even though I'm a woman, Link has always had the name 'Lee' in my games and it works. I don't particularly mind playing games as a male character (except Harvest Moon... that can feel kinda odd since I don't prefer other women). More than seeing a female Link, I just want the series to try something different - Like play as Princess Zelda rescuing her childhood friend, Link, from Gannon's clutches. Or play as Dark Link in a journey that begins with serving Gannon but then he gradually becomes heroic and saves the day instead.

Don't get me wrong - I freaking love the Zelda series. It's what got me into video games to begin with. But sometimes I wish it could shake up more than the gameplay... let's shake up the character roles, too!



Flowerlark commented on Hands On: Getting Pinned Down By Nintendo Badg...:

I agree this game can feel addictive when the machines have badges from your favourite games. Fortunately I find it quite easy to complete a machine in 5 plays or less. It's quite rare that I don't snag multiples in one move. Sometimes I can clear all but one badge in a single move. So I think you get your money (or patience) worth if you really like decorating that homescreen.



Flowerlark commented on Nintendo Download: 29th October (North America):

Nothing for 3DS? Sadness. I was hoping for something spooky, although I guess it is kinda scary how much the 3DS has been ignored of late.

At least I have Yokai Watch to look forward to.

By the by, More Friends of Mineral Town is one of the best Harvest Moon games out there (in my opinion, anyway). There's very little difference in mechanics to Friends of Mineral Town, except a few tweaks. The only real change is that this is the girl version, so you play as a woman instead. Think of it a bit like different Pokémon games. Basically identical but you can woo different spouses.



Flowerlark commented on Nintendo Download: 24th September (North America):

Already pre-ordered a physical copy of Happy Home Designer. I'm disappointed to hear that there's no challenge to it (especially considering how hard it was to impress Lyle enough in New Leaf to get all the gold house parts), but the sharing will keep me obsessing over perfection, anyway.



Flowerlark commented on The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming t...:

Dang, I already got a NN3DSXL because I figured nintendo would just skip over us. I ended up importing the smaller model from Europe, which can be a huge pain in the butt thanks to region locking. Maybe if the black version of the smaller console comes here I'll think about swapping out my XL since my European one is white.



Flowerlark commented on Dragon Quest XI 3DS Screens Show Off the Blend...:

I'm a huge Dragon Quest fan, and I'm extremely frustrated that after the amazing DS entries, the 3DS has been forgotten in NA. At least I can get the PS4 version when that's released, but I would so much prefer it on the 3DS. The dual views of modern & pixel graphics are just too delicious! D: Sadface.



Flowerlark commented on Hyrule Warriors:

OMG YES!! I'm on the go a lot, so console gaming isn't very practical for me. I will LOVE having this on my 3DS!!



Flowerlark commented on Nintendo Download: 14th May (Europe):

I'm severely tempted to pick up Tale of Two Towns at that price for my PAL 3DS... It's my all-time favourite Harvest Moon game. Now if only Story of Seasons would come out in Europe so I can have it on both my NA and PAL systems.



Flowerlark commented on Review: Cube Creator 3D (3DS eShop):

I'm seriously considering this... I recently began playing Mincraft on my Vita and would like it on the 3DS. As that's not an option, this may be a decent enough substitute for my nintendo library. I'm disappointed to hear about the tiny maps (the maps on playstation Minecraft versions are already tiny compared to the PC and Pocket Editions, which have infinite worlds) and limited depth, but knock-offs can rarely stand up to originals.



Flowerlark commented on Nintendo Download: 9th April (North America):

Getting Etrian MD and Xenoblade at retail, so it's just a home theme for me! Might pick up Boxboy, though... Already DLed Pokémon's latest 'free'-to-play and am disgusted by the mobile approach, so will likely delete it shortly.



Flowerlark commented on Review: Story of Seasons (3DS):

Just got this in the mail after pre-ordering it! After the disaster of Natsume's Lost Valley, it's refreshing to get back to the real deal. But oh my gosh, a whole opening week of tedious tutorials??? I've put an hour into the game and am still not on my own farm yet. I know HM games are often slow to start, but this one is the worst so far for tutorials dragging on forever. I wish they'd stagger them more throughout your first spring then dump them all on you in the beginning. :/. Oh well, at least once I get past them I know I'll be having a blast!!



Flowerlark commented on Head Teachers in the UK Issue Warning to Paren...:

My own parents got around age rating issues with a very simple method:

I was not allowed to own any video games until I turned 17. I was permitted to play a couple educational games on the computer once all my schoolwork was finished, and only for 1 hour a day.

I know many people would view that as overly harsh and controlling... but honestly I'm glad they did it. I focused on school, art, and writing rather than battling digital monsters. While I love my video games now, I'm grateful my parents were so strict about them while I was still growing. I think I would not have had as much fun reading and learning if I had been distracted by games.

Back on topic: I do think this is a good idea to crack down on inappropriate content in the hands of children, but I can see the parents being outraged by it. Honestly if they would just not buy their kids violent or obscene games... it's common sense, people!



Flowerlark commented on Review: Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley (3DS):

I agree 100% with this score. This COULD have been an awesome reimagining of HM, but it lacked in polish & presentation. Had the graphics been good, the days longer, a town to visit, characters with actual charm, and farming less tedious (seriously, you NEED to be able to water more than one square at a time) it could have been great. But it felt unfinished. I was sick over a weekend and played this until fall year 2 (about 40hrs) just to try and see if there was anything good buried later in the game. Nope. I actually hope Natsume will make another HM game, but actually put time and effort into it. Because this idea had promise, just the execution failed all around.



Flowerlark commented on Nintendo Download: 19th February (North America):

Definitely getting Adventure Bar Story! Maybe Excave too. And also Pokémon Shuffle, though I'll NOT make any micro-transactions, as I feel this is not a good direction for Nintendo to head in. I hate IAP on my phone and avoid freemium games like the plague, though I trust Nintendo to make games that aren't rigged to scam as much money as possible out of you like oh so many iOS games do.



Flowerlark commented on Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the...:

I really didn't want another XL. No faceplates, less portable because it's less likely to fit compactly in your pocket / purse / bag, and poorer resolution due to being blown up. I liked my 3DS XL, but I was more than ready to move back to a smaller system.



Flowerlark commented on Soapbox: Portable Gaming Forges a Special Rela...:

I'm hardcore into handheld gaming, and I agree with Thomas in his article. My first experiences were some educational PC games. Not until I was 17 was I permitted to own a gaming console, and that was a Gamecube, with Wind Waker being my first game. I loved gaming on my GBA SP, my Wii, and my DSLite. I was easily considered a gamer, yet I wouldn't say I was a hardcore gamer until the DSi. There was something about that one... I just fell in love with it. There was such a huge variety of games from super casual to make-you-scream hardcore. Small DSi Ware to full retail DS cartridges... all in your pocket. I started playing every interesting-looking DS game I could get my mitts on. Now I own 3 DSis, (one blue, one pokémon white limited edition, one rose xl) and a whopping 250 DS retail games, plus about every decent DSi Ware. I love the 3DS very much, but I'm still ridiculously attatched to my DSi. Even though the 3DS or PS Vita can do so mych more, the DSi is by far and away my favourite.



Flowerlark commented on Xenoblade Chronicles X eShop Page Points to On...:

@Grumblevolcano Derp, I evidently had not had enough coffee, because my sleep-addled brain thought this article was about Xenoblade 3D. And I was like, even ps vita games max out at around 3.5GB!... so yeah. Awake now and 22.7GB for a TV console game is not as outrageous as for a handheld, haha.



Flowerlark commented on Former Nintendo Indie Champion Discusses the C...:

I guess I'm one of the very few female e-shop regulars. And by regular, I mean 'has downloaded hundreds of games.' So I'm not sure what that's about, but I do know that the e-shop definitely takes a great deal of digging to find stuff, especially older titles, unless you know the exact name of the game you're looking for. Also, I must say that NOE's e-shop layout is a good deal less cluttered than NOA's. NOA's feels chaotic and the names of folders/ shelves can be confusing at times. Something to think about, Nintendo...



Flowerlark commented on Hundreds of Limited Edition Majora's Mask New ...:

I kept checking Gamestop's website to preorder a MM edition, but they sold out so fast I missed it. Very angry, and will NOT be giving a scalper money. Nintendo needs to wise up. Limit ONE 3DS of a limited edition per customer!! Also, freakin' make more stock so this exploitation stops. I'm importing a standard white 3DS, which was already more than I should have paid. But I'm glad I did since NA isn't getting the standard and the only XL that I was interested in is now sold out before it was even released.



Flowerlark commented on Poll: Which New Nintendo 3DS Will You be Buying?:

I'm in the US, and am ticked off that we aren't getting the standard model. No awesome faceplates?? Come on!!!

Therefore I have an imported Australian standard white model coming in the mail sometime before the end of this month, which I plan to connect to the UK e-shop (I think that's possible, right? Don't I just select UK as my location and I'll get their shop?). I know I won't be able to play US games, but since I download everything from the e-shop anyway, that's not a big deal. Am going to hang on to my current 3DS as well so I can still play my American games.

Edit- fixed a typo. Blasted itty bitty phone keyboard! XD



Flowerlark commented on Pokémon Shuffle is a Match-Three Game With Sl...:

No thanks! I'm disgusted enough at iOS IAP bullcrap without my favourite gaming company adding to it. Even Playstation's DLC and micro-transaction make me angry. Once you have a game, items in it should be EARNED through dedicated play, not bought. Not only is it greedy, but IAP cheapens the game worse than using cheatcodes.

The only micro-transactions I will indulge in in games are ones like Disney's Magical World where even when you purchase a cafe or costume set, you still have to gather a lot of the materials within the game to complete the set. Or Fantasy Life where the DLC was a one-time expansion pack... though $9 did feel pretty steep. Good thing it about doubled the playtime and enjoyment I got out if it.



Flowerlark commented on Natsume Thanks Fans for Strong Launch of Harve...:

I didn't care at all for this game. I gave it a fair shot, but the graphics were hideous, and the gameplay slow and repetitive - even by Harvest Moon standards. There wasn't enough going on other than watering crops, plus the atmosphere of prolonged winter at the beginning is so depressing that it's pretty hard to power through.

By far the weakest HM game to me. But since it's not made by the usual developers, I'm not surprised.



Flowerlark commented on Poll: Which is the Best Pokémon Game?:

I am torn between HGSS and BW. I voted HGSS because I thought they were the most fun gameplay wise, but I love BW because there's actually some meat to the story, plus I really liked playing with all new pokémon. Sorry Zubat, Geodude, and Machop, but I really hate you guys...