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GloryQuestor commented on Nintendo Download: 18th December (North America):

After checking out the game, I think I will grab Fairune, although not right away.

Interesting to see Mega Man Zero appear, but not on 3DS? Well, since Mega Man Zero Collection exists, there might be a case there. Also glad to finally see Metal Gear Solid SE3D appear on the shop — anyone on the fence about that one shouldn't be, especially when the New 3DS arrives in NA.



GloryQuestor commented on Review: Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire (Wii...:

I agree with everyone here — what is keeping Nintendo from putting GBA and SNES classics on the 3DS? It is more than capable of handling both, yet they won't even come out and admit it.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: All we want from all of these companies is the true reasons why they make the decisions they do. If gaming history has proven anything, it's not the bits or the technical aspects of a video gaming platform, it's what you can do with it. I just wish Nintendo would be the company that levels with its user base and shows up all of these other software developers that want to be on the shiny new hotness rather than build a quality product on a proven legacy platform. :(



GloryQuestor commented on Review: Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire (Wii...:

I have the cart still, and it's currently a permanent fixture in my Gamecube Player.

Now if only the original would show up on the 3DS eShop, that would be great. We got Pokemon TCG, now we only need the original Pokemon Pinball to go with it. :D



GloryQuestor commented on December's Club Nintendo Rewards Aim to Bring ...:

Sadly, the 3DS options are still lacking: only 2 DSI and 2 GB VC? Ehm... not really that interesting, although I think I will jump on Radar Mission. I played it back when it was originally released, and thought it was an amusing hybrid Sub Action/Battleship Clone. I'm eager to give the game a replay after all these years. :)

Truly, the only must-have recommendation on the list would be Kid Icarus 2, and everyone should grab it while they can if they never purchased it before.



GloryQuestor commented on Nintendo Download: 4th December (North America):

sigh Not liking that NES Ultimate Remix is $30. I would have been more interested at $20, since it's only a certain number and not the whole combined package (which I really think Ninty could have shoehorned into the download).

Nothing else here for 3DS says "must buy" except for the ATLUS sale offerings. :



GloryQuestor commented on The November Club Nintendo Rewards Are Now Up ...:

Tokyo Crash Mobs for me, if only because it's the only 3DS game on that list (and in lists for months now) I don't have or didn't already get via Club. :|

Seriously, Nintendo ... we want something to spend these coins on, and you started phasing out the really good physical prizes and recycle the same game lists over and over. Please start giving us MORE, not less! >_<



GloryQuestor commented on Nintendo 64x64: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o...:

btw, if you are an N64 collector, there's plenty of reasons to get your hands on the gold limited Collectors Edition of the game more than just being the first-run copies. The gold carts still contain the content that was later cut in the gray cart, GC, and N64 re-releases (like the crescent symbols on the boxes and some changes in music). It's Ocarina of Time as it was intended to be, not as it turned out later.



GloryQuestor commented on Video: Take a Look at All of the 3DS HOME Menu...:

I really like the ALBW one. Bought it right away, and never going to change it out (unless there's another Zelda one). Not sure about the other themes — I thought that the Mario Jumping one was fun to watch, but the black and white pattern ones seem very headache-inducing. @_@



GloryQuestor commented on Nintendo Download: 18th September (North America):

Legend of the River King 2 for me.

I'm also surprised to see such low indicators for it. It's one of the better RPGs for the GBC, refined greatly from the original release, and you won't find an RPG quite like it (other than the original). If you especially like the Harvest Moon series, you should give it a look.



GloryQuestor commented on Nintendo 64x64: Cruis'n USA:

I did like Crusin' USA at the time it came out. Unfortunately, not only did first- and third-party racers eventually overtake it in popularity, but it's sequel Crusin' World is probably the worst racer I've seen on any platform, which taints the original's namesake.



GloryQuestor commented on Nintendo 64x64: Hybrid Heaven:

I used to own this, and found it to have an interesting story but overall was not a game I really liked. I also thought at the time it was mentioned that Hybrid Heaven was intended to be part of another Konamiverse, but now I can't quite remember which. :-



GloryQuestor commented on Square Enix Wants To Bring Dragon Quest VII To...:

I echo the sentiments of many here who say that translation shouldn't be the issue. I agree that they already have a baseline English script with the PS1 version and a lot of fans who could volunteer to do translation work just to see this come out internationally, so what excuse is there really?

Right now, I see DQ as SE's best line. Final Fantasy has been grating on me lately — the last installment I played all the way through was X-2, and Dissidia 013 and my steelbook copy of XII are collecting dust figuratively. After hearing comments on XIII and XIV, I don't even want to try them. On the other hand, I consistently pop in DQ games into my 3DS every time I get. Between the tight storylines, balanced system, and Toriyama's artwork influences, DQ I - IX remain my all time favorite RPG games ever.

Another thing SE Japan could do is pull a Capcom: Don't worry about physical cartridges and make it eShop exclusive for international release. If Capcom is doing it to save money, why can't SE?

In the end, yes, they are running a business, but every business (especially a long-time one like theirs) should realize that you have to take the most risks to eventually earn the most profits. DQ VII isn't even a risky proposition, it's one of the major franchises they are known for and they already have what they need to get halfway to international release. Whoever is telling them different should be fired. :-|



GloryQuestor commented on Natsume Confirms A-Train: City Simulator For 3...:

I still have the original A-Train from back when it was published by Maxis, and it was a good transportation management game. I'll bet the series has gotten even better since then, so I might be willing to give the new A-Train a try. :)



GloryQuestor commented on Review: Mega Man II (3DS eShop / Game Boy):

I'd agree that 3/10 is a bit harsh for it. The static sliding sprite isn't much different from NES MM3 and above, and you still have to give CAPCOM props for fitting what they could on the original Game Boy, especially considering it's an early generation cartridge game. Sure, it's very far from the perfect MM game, but I thought the control was good and the graphics were cleanly presented on the Game Boy's original display, and are really crisp here on the VC version--the screenshots show that more than anything. It deserves at least a 5 for these reasons. >_>



GloryQuestor commented on Pokémon X & Y Happy Meal Toys Heading to Nort...:

@User1988: Happy Meal toys are quality ... over in Japan. But they have a sponsorship partner in BANDAI Namco there.

Not sure who they have making the toys in North America or Europe, but they need to either step up their game or find a partner in a more professional toy maker. -_-;



GloryQuestor commented on Game Boy Advance Games On The Wii U Virtual Co...:

@Senario It's not that people want to be negative, but they really are doing things half-baked. "Multiplayer support on all VC titles" is a pretty good marketing tool for Nintendo to pitch, even one that might sway a lot more customers their way. "VC crossplay with 3DS" would also serve them pretty well, since you could sell more of both systems that way. Instead, they seem to be rushing this out the gate without giving it time to be refined and making it single player, with no mention of 3DS support.

From an objective, business perspective, it's a bad misstep on their part that won't sell more systems or win more customers. If they can't make these options happen, they need to provide their customers with a solid reason why. Even if it's overly technical, it's still something that customers could at least base an informed opinion on, rather than the constant negative speculations. :(



GloryQuestor commented on Nintendo Download: 13th March (North America):

I'll probably get Steamworld Dig, now that it's at a good price point.

Right now, I agree that Nintendo's a bit ... fractured. They keep pushing SNES and GBA to Wii U, when the 3DS is clearly the system of choice and it could handle both. Same with a lot of VC and titles on 3DS that still haven't jumped onto Wii U. Both of them could benefit, but right now, neither are.

(And yes, I'm frustrated about SMB3 delay as most everyone. Another example of Nintendo fumbling in terms of VC. -_-; )



GloryQuestor commented on The Club Nintendo Rewards Are In For March:

Already have Kid Icarus: OMAM, and it's easily the best of the three, worth getting if anyone's on the fence about it. Number Battle looks interesting, although I already have more than enough puzzle games right now and will wait a bit longer to see if a better deal pops up.



GloryQuestor commented on The Denpa Men 3: The Rise of Digitoll Is Sprea...:

I really like dungeon crawlers, and I liked the 1st DM game (although it was a bit too simplistic).

When I read that the 2nd one finally added in more activities, more item types, and a larger world, I've wanted to get it for a long time now. With the sale on, it's finally time I check it out. :)



GloryQuestor commented on Nintendo Download: 20th February (North America):

Got Weapon Shop de Omasse, and so far, I like it. It's not the first game to twist classic RPGs around with item sellers (Dragon Quest IV's Torneko and Recett did good jobs of that, too), but it's still a very welcome change — and a pretty nice RPG nostalgia trip. :)



GloryQuestor commented on Review: ARC STYLE: Solitaire (3DS eShop):

2 games? Seriously?

sigh — Games like this really makes me wish that someone would bring a very extensive solitaire game to the 3DS eShop at some point. Hoyle 2: Solitaire on PC brought 28 different versions and QQP's Solitaire's Journey brought 105 variations, so why can't someone out there get us something akin to those games on 3DS at some point?



GloryQuestor commented on Review: ARC STYLE: Solitaire (3DS eShop):

It's decent for the price, although I would put Digital Leisure's 5-in-1 Solitaire well above this one. Monte Carlo is an interesting twist, however, which made me wonder why every company so far has limited the amount of solitaire games to 2-6 games rather than throwing in the 28+ I've seen done before (as in the original Hoyle 2: Solitaire for PC). :



GloryQuestor commented on Pac-Man Museum Reportedly Cancelled on Nintend...:

"Delay in development"? Sorry, but I don't buy into companies giving the end-user's weak reasons for why something that they previously and publicly announced is abruptly cancelled. Too many companies are doing it now, and it has to be just as frustrating to many of you that a company can't act mature enough to provide a concrete reason.

tbh, I think every game company out there really needs to take a good, long look in the proverbial mirror. They need to see that we aren't mindless rabble or sheep, but mostly mature and rational people who would probably accept a reasonable justification as to why a particular project is scrapped. Even if it's a bit technical, it'd still be the truth.

(And yes, being a classic gamer myself, I was waiting on this project to play on 3DS. The user base on 3DS is more than enough to support this game, so "Namco-Bandai" needs to explain this cancellation a lot further.)



GloryQuestor commented on Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Reduced to $19.99 on...:

I had played the 3DS version demo and liked it, but not enough to pay $40. Now that it's half off, I think I'll finally go get it. I like solo adventure games and I do know some friends that still have the 3DS game, so it works out on my end.

I think of it also as a good primer for when MH4U 3DS comes out, which will probably be more refined and (hopefully) more Metal Gear 3D-ish in its one-stick gameplay, or at least a better touchscreen camera control. >_>



GloryQuestor commented on Project X Zone Price Slashed To $20 On The Nor...:

Since I own (and have played in the past) quite a few of the main games of the characters represented here, it was a must-buy for me, as it would be for any Japanese video gaming fan.

In particular, I like that Kite and Blackrose are here, since I've noticed that .hack is starting to get pushed aside with the anime release of Sword Art Online and getting more forgotten as newer fans come in. (Even though SAO is the older of the two, it's nowhere near the multimedia juggernaut that .hack was.)

Also, one of the biggest cameos for me is Tron Bonne, since a long time ago I played through The (Mis-)adventures of Tron Bonne for PS1 and now miss it all over again. I really wish CAPCOM would just give her more games. :(



GloryQuestor commented on We Cannot Continue Without Winning, But It's N...:

Sorry, but I don't think Nintendo's future is in the Smartphone / Tablet market.

  • A lot of Nintendo's games require precise controls that are responsive and easy to manipulate. Smartphones and tablets are really bad at this. I have Sonic the Hedgehog on my iPhone, and it's really tough to keep your thumbs in the right place to move it properly (also ending up obscuring the screen when trying to control it). Nintendo's titles would end up being the same mess of a control scheme, and that hurts the game, not makes it better. Even if you created a "zone" for the control setup, that means less screen space for the game itself and controls that are still dodgy.
  • The 3DS has expandable memory via SD cards and is usually more dedicated to gaming than applications and photos. There are many smartphones and tablets that still do not have SD support and your gaming space is easily squeezed out by all the other stuff (photos, videos, and applications) that you use your smartphones & tablets for.
  • Analysts see the future their way, not really with informed decisions. There are many that have made quite a few wrong predictions in the past, and here they constantly espouse the "smartphone/tablet gaming is the future" mantra. If what they are saying would be true, then why are Microsoft and Sony also still building (largely) gaming machines and Valve encouraging the building of "Steam Boxes"? Also, if smartphone gaming were so profitable, then why didn't Sony's Playstation Phone idea take off? You can't really separate the sales of smartphones/tablets as to if they will be use largely for gaming vs. being used for other things, unless there are some surveys out there being done.

In my viewpoint, I prefer smartphone games that are made just for smartphone touchscreens (like Angry Birds and Infinity Blade). I just don't think that Mario or Zelda would work well in this format. I hope Nintendo continues to hang in there and keep doing what they are doing. They've survived quite a bit in the past, they will survive this.



GloryQuestor commented on Review: Life Force (3DS eShop / NES):

For those who haven't played this one, it's one of the greats of the NES era. Life Force is removed from Gradius in many ways, the biggest being the top-down stages — it's not just a vertical shooter, but also a HORIZONTAL one. I liked the level design quite a bit. I've known quite a few gamers who wanted to see this game have a proper sequel that never really materialized.

So, shooter fans just shouldn't wait on Gradius or overlook this real NES gem. Get this — you won't be disappointed.



GloryQuestor commented on Nintendo Download: 9th January (North America):

Pokebank finally showed up as a TBD section in the NA 3DS eShop this week, so it's at least some hope it's going to appear sooner rather than later. With the Flipnote Studio video mysteriously disappearing, that's probably being written-off for NA release.

My only guess as to why SMB3 is so long delayed might be the 3DS VC isn't set up to support the "custom MMC3 (Memory Management Controller) ASIC" that the cartridge version used. Like all emulators, the VC can only go as far as the hardware emulation it supports, which for NES might only be the original formats (MMC1 and regular MMC3). Because SMB3 used custom chips, it's probably harder to adapt than they realized? >_>



GloryQuestor commented on Review: Uncharted Waters: New Horizons (Wii Vi...:

I have the PC CD-ROM "Special Edition" version of this game, and it's still a game I pick up and play occasionally. Haven't played the SNES version, but if it's largely the same, it's worth getting.

What I found most interesting about this game is that the in-game music for both Uncharted Waters and this sequel were all done by Yoko Kanno. The Special Edition includes some great full-length instrumental music tracks that really showcase what she was going for in the games.



GloryQuestor commented on Pokémon X & Y Patch Now Available On The 3DS ...:

Seems like it's more than just the save game glitch. From :

"Update Details:

  • Prevents the occurrence of a rare issue in which players are unable to resume playing after saving their game in certain areas of Lumiose City. Players already affected by this issue will also be able to resume playing normally after downloading and installing this update data.
  • Prevents errors which sometimes occur when using certain functions of the GTS (a feature allowing players all around the world to exchange Pokémon)."

So everyone should get this patch, even if they aren't encountering the save bug.



GloryQuestor commented on Weirdness: If Pokémon Battles Were in First-P...:

I could see that quite a bit of the scene work was "inspired" from the first season anime episode where Pikachu battles Bulbasaur before Ash catches it. It was a lot of fun watching these scenes recreated from a different perspective. :)



GloryQuestor commented on Poll: Did You Pick Up Pokémon X, Pokémon Y o...:

I've been playing since the very beginning (Pokemon Blue being my first) and have been buying at least one game of every generation since. I really got into Pokemon for what it is: a fun experience of raising your own creatures and training them to be ready for anything. Once in a while, you don't mind familiar, retro experiences (especially when you are a fan of Dragon Quest), but the reason I got Pokemon Y was because we finally get a truly upgraded and modern mainline Pokemon. It took this long to finally get this, and I didn't want to miss out. :)



GloryQuestor commented on Rune Factory 4:

My first impression is that it's the best of the RF series so far:

  • The characters are nice and varied, and having them come along with you on adventures is a nice twist. Having a map that tracks residents in town is very nice, although the face icons are tiny, even on the XL.
  • Combat is no longer a clunky mess with bad timing — now it feels a lot like you are in control. The variety of weapon styles hasn't changed much, but you are given most of the basic weapons early on, so it's a matter of preference which style you want to go with.
  • The biggest surprise was the multi-carry ability. You can stack up to 9 of the same item and carry all of them around (although it drains RP faster). This makes harvesting and collecting lumber & stone much faster than it ever was before. Also, if you select a group of items, it will only gift one at a time to a resident rather than sacrificing the whole bundle. It's clearly the one change I'm most impressed with.

So, overall, I'm really looking forward to seeing what more this game has in store. :)



GloryQuestor commented on Atlus Reaches Out to Fans Regarding Acquisitio...:

@Memeboy3 Sega Sammy is a producer of various pachinko, pachislo, and other types of arcade machines. It has been mentioned that, with ATLUS now a subsidiary, they might start using ATLUS' characters and game elements in this side of the business. A fully licensed and originally developed Persona pachislo would actually be kinda cool. :)

Sadly, it's something we won't see internationally, unless said machines are imported or digitized into an iOS or Android app for sale. :(



GloryQuestor commented on Atlus Reaches Out to Fans Regarding Acquisitio...:

Overall, from a business perspective, I don't see any problems on the horizon with this relationship:

  • Seems like they had an understanding and/or a prior business relationship before all of this happened;
  • If Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft would have picked them up, you could kiss their multiplatforming efforts goodbye, as each of these companies would have locked them into their respective console base;
  • Sega Sammy created a subsidiary wall (Sega Dream) just to make sure that they could not directly be in control of ATLUS' decisions; and
  • Japan (and ultimately the rest of the world) will end up getting more games and entertainments with ATLUS branded characters, which is great marketing potential (and needed profit infusions) for both companies.

So, ATLUS apparently now remains the same third-party multiplatform game producer it was before. I see this right now as a win-win for a lot of companies.

Finally, in terms of Nintendo, since Sega and Nintendo are entering a cooperative relationship, we'll most likely see more of ATLUS on 3DS and Wii U than we would have before. This will only help Nintendo where it really needs it — getting some solid Wii U RPGs out in the market would boost sales. Can't argue with that, either.



GloryQuestor commented on Video: Want To See Just How Much Better Zelda:...:

Even though I like the outdoor environments on HD, the indoors are just way too bright in contrast. The visual on the interior of the Forsaken Fortress we're shown is just really bad ... the dark environments that set the mood are replaced with lifeless lighted environments that seem rather dull and uninspired.

I really hope that this isn't how you're going to remake it, Nintendo. If it is, I'm sticking with my GameCube version. :|



GloryQuestor commented on Say Hello To The Nintendo 2DS - A 3DS without 3D:

@Rei7 I agree with you. Too much negativity for a console that actually looks like it might do things right for a change.

Biggest and possibly best change — the placement of the controls. There are a lot of games out there (especially Virtual Console games) that work much better through the D-Pad, but even the 3DS XL tends to cause some discomfort. With the controls more towards the middle of the device, I think that might actually reduce some thumb cramping.

Anyone who has a DS or original 3DS should consider this a must-buy. It's XL-sized, the price is really perfect for a handheld, many don't like the 3D option in general (myself included), and even if it can't fit into a pocket you can put it in a backpack or attach a hinged keychain and hook it on your belt. Definitely not worth all the drama, people. :(