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GloryQuestor commented on Review: Navy Commander (3DS eShop):

The article was a little Battleship-hate, which I do not understand. I still like playing Battleship now and again, and this game would be fine if it were not so overpriced. :(



GloryQuestor commented on Video: Watch the Original Master Sword and Hyl...:

@ikki5 Not to the level that Baltimore Knife & Sword does. Most prop houses create beautiful replicas that have no thickness or edge to them, but all of the items featured on "Man-At-Arms" are fully-functional and combat-ready: All of the swords they make are sharp-edged and the shields use the right kind of material & thickness to withstand blows.

I really like the sword variant they did. Since their main source for the shorter Master Sword was ALTTP, it makes some sense, considering the Link wielding it is usually still a preteen and the final tempered form of the sword in that game is a red/golden sword (which I haven't seen done before).



GloryQuestor commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Heading For a Period of ...:

@PlywoodStick It's a good quote because it encompasses the spirit of Nintendo as it was way back when, and still to this day. How has Nintendo survived so long in both good and bad times? Because they are Nintendo.

Think about it: Do you see that many people discuss the legacy of the PS3 or Xbox 360? Not as much — as consoles, they really just came and went, out with the old, on with the new. But the NES, Gameboy, SNES, GameCube, N64, and even Game & Watch all pop up again and again, all the time. That's a legacy that no company has ever matched, and no other company seems to be anytime soon.

Nintendo has always cemented itself into the entertainment consciousness from generation to generation, and this new deal is the next step in regaining the mass market into the Nintendo fold. This isn't so much a new direction as it is a return to their roots as an entertainment company first, and every Nintendo fan should be happy about that. I can't wait to see what comes of QoL and the new, more connected fanbase.



GloryQuestor commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Heading For a Period of ...:

"I don't think the other companies understand that they do not have what Nintendo has. It is why we will grow. Maybe the growth will not always be as fast as it has been, but it will continue." - Minoru Arakawa, NOA founder (from "Game Over" by David Sheff, 1st Ed.)

Still relevant today as it was when Arakawa said it over 20 years ago. :)



GloryQuestor commented on Nintendo Download: 19th March (North America):

I definitely want to get my hands on Fossil Fighters: Frontier at some point, as I'm still making my way through the first two games and like them a lot. Can't buy it myself right now, though it's an easy recommendation for Pokemon and other monster arena fans looking for something a little different. ;)



GloryQuestor commented on Square Enix's Failed Attempt At Combining Game...:

@edcomics Similar projects did work that way, though. The best example is the .hack franchise.

The .hack story begins with .hack//SIGN anime, the prequel of the main .hack saga on Playstation 2 (which included the interquel anime .hack//LIMINALITY), then goes into a manga (.hack//Legend of the Twilight). There were also some light novel "filler" that retold the PS2 games' story from another perspective (.hack//Another Birth) and a prequel to the story itself (.hack//AI Buster).

The reason why the original .hack worked lies in having a very strong foundation story to build upon and the right fan base to plug into the experience. It's hard to replicate such experiences, as these companies are finding out, and BANDAI did later when the .hack "Conglomerate" tried to replicate the experience with G.U. (to rather mixed results overall).



GloryQuestor commented on 3DS System Update Shuts Off Web Browser Exploi...:

On topic, this was sadly inevitable considering the exploit could cost Nintendo quite a bit in revenue. I also wanted to start seeing region-free gaming officially supported, so it's too bad Nintendo couldn't leave that particular part alone, or find a workaround. In this instance, they eventually need to wake up and listen to what their consumer base in the 21st century want from them. :(

Off topic a bit, those who said that re-releasing old Pokemon is missing two unique points: Pokemon Yellow and Pokemon Crystal. Even if you can't trade Pokemon, both of these games (being "third games") had a lot of additional storylines, good mixes of Pokemon to catch, and special features that made them great standalone releases. If there are any old Pokemon Nintendo should put on VC, it's these two.



GloryQuestor commented on We Have World War II To Thank For This Insanel...:

@Captain_Gonru It was released in Japan, on February 7th, 2013. The problem here is they announced their preference for re-releasing DQ on mobile (read: iOS & Android) platforms a year later, which is why there has been no news on any DQ 3DS releases, not even the NES versions. With Bravely and Theatrhythm doing well internationally, they might be changing their minds, but so far there's been no word. Even if they do eventually release it internationally, it'll probably end up on phones first. :(



GloryQuestor commented on We Have World War II To Thank For This Insanel...:

@SuperCharlie78 Unfortunately, I doubt DQ7 will be anywhere near a 3DS, since all of the DQ re-releases were on iOS and Android. Squeenix's Yuu Minake: "We've always wanted to have [Dragon Quest] available on the most popular console or gaming machine available at the time. If you look at the modern gaming scape, a lot of people play games on the mobile platform. That's why we felt Dragon Quest would be appropriate to bring to that very popular game device, [mobile]." (quote from )

I'm really just as sad about this mindset they are in. I would love to see these versions of DQ 1 - 3 put on 3DS eShop format someday, and with TR FF (and soon DQ) looking to make waves, it could be possible they may change their minds. Only time will tell.



GloryQuestor commented on Excave:

@cbkummer There's quite a lot of item drops. The challenge becomes how much you take in to the dungeon every cycle and what to prioritize, because your inventory space is pretty limited.

As for the items themselves, they do give you a lot of flexibility how you want to do combat. For weapons I really like the dual blades (hits multiple enemies in a group) and bows (as noted above, I like the penetration aspect). The swords and rapiers are pretty good for more close target precision — it's all about what weapon you would prefer. There are also various magic books to collect, so if you want to focus on magic it gives you that option. I also started finding special messages and map pieces, but so far haven't gotten far enough in to see what these lead to. You also get accessories that you can add more than one of to focus on a particular aspect — greater attack, greater speed, etc.



GloryQuestor commented on Excave:

After playing the game for a few hours, I found it to be a simple yet fun dungeon grinder. You choose which of the two main characters you want to be, outfit them appropriately, dive into the dungeon, defeat monsters & collect items (including special keys to unlock more of the dungeon), exit, repeat.

For an on-the-go game, this is actually a nice way to do your dungeon delving in short bursts. I like the tight controls of this one — wielding a bow proved easy to aim and it was not jumpy or sensitive at all, while the melee weaponry is varied and being able to switch on the shield no matter the weapon works seamlessly.

If you are looking for a deep story or RPG elements, so far I have not seen much of that. The intro is about all I have seen for any sense of story, and there is no experience or leveling other than equipping stronger-starred weapons, armors, and boost items. There are boss creatures, and the first one you encounter is deceptively simple but could be a problem for the unprepared, but it leaves you wondering how far the experience can be held before boredom of repetition sets in.

Melee weapons also tend to break when you use them too much, which is annoying since you have to quickly swap out the weapon for another via dragging with the stylus or your finger. This is also why I feel the bow class is the best weapon in this game, as it never needed repair whenever I have used it and the arrows penetrate through creatures.

Overall, this is a good game of the quick adventure type — despite the melee annoyances and being really short on story, it is still an engaging game that is meant for short burst, on-the-go adventuring gaming with some progression as you play. It all depends on how much you enjoy grinding and item-leveling as to if this will keep your attention.



GloryQuestor commented on Club Nintendo Rewards are Updated for January,...:

@Reusinck I'm not thinking of myself, as I definitely do not have thousands of coins. For those that were loyal enough to have that many coins, however, shouldn't said loyalty at least be compensated if what Nintendo offers in the last days is not enough? (We also don't know if Club Nintendo might already have such an offer lined up...)



GloryQuestor commented on Video: A New Game Theory for Pokémon Lore Get...:

Even though ORAS was the first direct claim of multiple dimensions, it isn't the first time we see it in the X/Y universe. The X/Y anime had an episode where Ash and Pikachu get lost in a "mirror" dimension found in the Cave of Mirrors.

Also ... could this be the answer as to why Ash never ages? Maybe we're seeing multi-dimensional Ash Ketchums every few seasons ...



GloryQuestor commented on Club Nintendo to Close, With Replacement Loyal...:

It was really a good promotion while it lasted. For a time, the physical rewards were well worth the effort — eventually, I got one of the small cloth bags, the messenger bag, Game & Watch Collection 2 (still sealed up), and two of the 18-card cases through the promotion. The Platinum Rewards also have been more than worth their weight in ... well, platinum.

So, in the end, I'll really miss the system for when it offered these really great loyalty gifts, and can only hope that the replacement system will be even better.



GloryQuestor commented on Club Nintendo Rewards are Updated for January,...:

Nice list, although I already have all the 3DS games. Still, anyone who wants to get these games, and does not have them yet, should do so now — all 8 are worth getting, especially if you have coins to spend.

I agree with KnightRider666 — no matter how many coins are left over, Ninty should convert them over to some sort of credit, rather than cancelling them outright. Those retaining thousands of coins shouldn't just have them disappear in a snap if Club Nintendo's final offerings aren't enough to spend them on. >_>



GloryQuestor commented on Review: Best of Solitaire (3DS eShop):

The review is right in that it's not a perfect experience, though I would recommend this to anyone on the sheer notion of being able to play 40-50 times more solitaire variations than any other iteration on the eShop to date. You can only play enough Klondike, Freecell, Golf, and Pyramid to realize that you're missing out on other great variants like Canfield, Calculation, Yukon, and Beleaguered Castle. At the price they offer for it, this opportunity more than makes up for the failures in the interface.

Now, if we could get a version of solitaire with this many games and a really nice, polished interface...



GloryQuestor commented on Hands On: We Check Out The New Nintendo 3DS XL :

Hmm... might be on board for this, if GameStop decides to do another swap discount promo.

btw, I just now checked on 32GB microSDs, and they all dropped down below $20. If you plan on getting a New 3DS, you should buy your SD now while the prices are so low.



GloryQuestor commented on Best of Solitaire:

Decided to give this a try, and I really don't regret it.


  • It has pretty much what I found lacking from other solitaire games on 3DS — a huge variety of the most popular solitaire games, even the more obscure but yet well known, like Canfield.
  • Controls are pretty fluid. Pick cards up, put them down with stylus, and it all works perfectly (unlike some other 3DS solitaire games that were either too loose with placement or way too restrictive as to where to drop cards)
  • The large amount of rules you can change with each game does tailor the game to the player's strengths.
  • The music is very nice, and there's quite a selection of music tracks--more than you would expect.


  • The top table really didn't do much to enhance the experience, as most of the concentration will be on the bottom screen (I usually turned on the "Stats" option to cover the top table up completely).
  • Some games didn't have enough options to make this truly "open" rules, but these were minor nitpicks.

Overall, this is worth the asking price. It's slightly more expensive than most of the other solitaire offerings present on the eShop, but for that extra bit you are getting a ton more solitaire favorites and a lot more options than those could ever provide. If you like solitaire, this is your choice to get. :)



GloryQuestor commented on Retrospective: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish...:

I agree with many here — even though the original Ambassadors were lucky to get it on 3DS, that Nintendo is not giving it a 3DS release robs many other gamers of the experience in playing it. 3DS owners shouldn't have to buy a whole new console to play a game that has been proven to play on 3DS. This is especially true now, when Nintendo is already thinking ahead to the next console. I'd rather wait for what's next.



GloryQuestor commented on Capcom Licenses a Mega Man Runner for Android ...:

The game looks nice enough, and I don't mind the Powered-Up graphics style — I still replay Powered-Up on my PSP consistently. If it does well, then good for Capcom. I agree with the ragers, tho — we all want to get some more "classic", mainline experiences.

Since Capcom isn't going that route, though, it's nice to see so many outside of them keeping the spirit of the franchise alive: Inti Creates with GunVolt, Ifaune with Mighty 9, and all the great games available from talented, die-hard fans.



GloryQuestor commented on Two Tetris Titles Pulled From the 3DS eShop in...:

...and sadly, as long as Ubisoft has console rights to Tetris games now and the others are being pulled down, does this also mean it's highly unlikely that we'll ever see Tetris DS show up in any VC form in the future? Now that is truly sad news, as Tetris DS is arguably hands-down the best Tetris version on any platform ... now seemingly never to rise again. :(



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

I've played almost all of them first-run, and it's tough to make this decision. Since the basics of Pokemon have never changed, singling out one title amongst them is a hard choice. Even though it was only the third game, Yellow was one choice I initially considered, based on utilizing the anime story and having Ash's Pikachu as your starter. The only problem is there isn't much more to it — it's still Red/Blue otherwise.

The only one that really stood out from all the others was the Gold/Silver/Crystal line, for one important reason: It is the only Pokemon game where you crossed back into Kanto in order to face the gym leaders & Elite Four there. No other game in the series presented the Pokemon world as being connected to each other — they all stayed self-contained in their little countries and never presented challenges in the old countries, not even the newest games. There's a world out there to explore, but Game Freak seems a bit afraid to show it, and as a result, post-game play hasn't been as great as it was in Gold/Silver/Crystal.

So, because it allows multi-country challenges, but also for being the current best of the various revivals for DS & 3DS (IMHO), my ultimate choice is HeartGold/SoulSilver. It's the Pokemon games that provide the extensive cross-country post-game adventure people would want, but revised in a manner that vastly improves upon the original.



GloryQuestor commented on Review: Mega Man Zero (Wii U eShop / Game Boy ...:

@unrandomsam @LasermasterA I have the collection, and it's definitely the preferred version you want to play. In addition to having all four games in their original difficulty, it includes a "easy mode" that combines all four games into one long campaign and starts you off with a ton of perks that make the game less of a grindfest. Anyone who has a 3DS should track the Collection down instead of paying into this one game.



GloryQuestor commented on Review: Fairune (3DS eShop):

This is as close to Ys as we will probably get on 3DS. It's fun and well worth the price of admission.

btb, what wasn't mentioned in the review (and in case it was overlooked) is that you can zoom in the main screen through the Options. The zoom is a bit more pixel-y, but it was nice to see that included.



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. :-|