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Mon 3rd June, 2013

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Goginho commented on Nintendo is Not Moving Away From Games For QoL...:

Reads title Whew, got worried there for a sec . . . NOOOT! :P

Anyway, I'm eager to see how this unfolds. Respect to the company who tries to focus on health-related products. We can always do with more of that imo..



Goginho commented on Feature: Five Nintendo 64 Games We'd Love to P...:

I think SM64 should remade for every upcoming portable :D That game is the only game that truly deserves a re-release from now until forever. I see it as a benchmark in video gaming. Everyone can play it and enjoy it; from kids to adults, casual vs. hardcore, amateur or pro, west or east... doesn't matter, it's such a perfect game in many ways, with its tight controls, high accessibility, simplistic concept, design and mechanics, yet fleshed-out and relatively meaty package.
It is definitely more than worthy of being released again on a more ideal piece of hardware at the very least, and I don't think Nintendo can go wrong in porting it over to a system where it "belongs" (no offense to the DS), shall we say. Natrually, the DS version with all the extras should be the candidate for that matter.



Goginho commented on Nintendo Looking To Offer Affordable Smartpho...:

It's a nice idea, but I don't think it'll benefit them much. I think people who play games on smartphones play them mainly because they're there. They have a smartphone, they're in the bus (or any waiting activity) and their smartphone gives them the chance to kill some of that boring waiting time. I personally can't see those same kinds of people going extra out of their way and getting a 3DS (which is probably pretty pricey in their minds, considering it only plays video games, unlike your typical smartphone) just for the fact that it can play smartphone-type games.



Goginho commented on Developers Outline Their Ideas for Nintendo's ...:

@Mus1cLov3r I guess I meant circle pads :P basically the thing we have on the 3DS now, whatever the specific term may be. It would be nice having two of those, placed symmetrically on the same axis if possible, and not some extra little nub that the New 3DS has (which is fine, but a normal one like the one on the left would be better imo).



Goginho commented on Developers Outline Their Ideas for Nintendo's ...:

@JakeOfAllTrades Naw man, it'll be fine ;) considering technology cheapens as it advances. Just look at TVs for example, and how the prices changed over time, especially in the past decade or so; full HD, ultra HD...4K... I think by the time the next handheld system from Nintendo rolls out, the prices will be reasonable for it to be in HD. It's just a natural progression imo, just how the Wii U did it. The Wii was the only system not in HD during its gen, and now where HD became a standard in nearly all homes they bring out a HD console, which has a pretty attractive price tbh (the GamePad is what gives it that noticeable extra bit of weight on the price tag, I would say).



Goginho commented on Gunman Clive Sales Pass 400,000 Across All Pla...:

I found the first one a bit better than the sequel, although the sequel has bumpin' music and an overall more varied soundtrack. This is an example of how eShop games should look, both in terms of pace and price.



Goginho commented on YouTube Stars Aren't Happy With Nintendo's Rev...:

Wow, so many comments :D
Anyhoo, people say it's "free advertisement" and that "Nintendo is being stupid" or primitive. I think it actually harms them more than it does profit, since viewers can simply just watch a game being played through without having to buy it and play it themselves. Trust, there are people like that, unfortunately. So I say, good for Nintendo, don't always do the things that everybody else does, be different. They think long-term, which is why they always survive. Who knows, this whole youtube-gaming thing might just be a fad that will die out quicker than we think. I mean, it already has become somewhat oversaturated and is steadily losing value and becoming uninteresting. Everybody wants to be a "youtuber", trying to earn a quick buck through cheap (and arguably lazy) ways *cough playing games. I respect the educational side of YouTube though, and the content creators that put a lot - and at times - an unimagineable amount of effort in providing entertainment (you know, not just buying the one-time equipment and sitting in a dark room playing video games, in a mediocre manner at that). Just goes to show how society's standards and priorities have become all messed up in the recent years. Media dictates what we should consume and what we should like. When young, liable, naive children see that subscriber number on certain youtubers, they subconsciously feel obliged to subscribe to them as well and pretend to enjoy their content in some cases. Peer pressure, I guess. The fear of not belonging to the masses, not being accepted and what not. The cool kids like this and talk about this, so should I.
In the end, I don't wanna be that person, but sittin' in front of a screen with a mic in front playing video games and shouting (keep in mind, without providing some sort of valuable information)... hmmm. Is it entertainment? Sure. Is it valuable entertainment? Not the least bit, I don't think.
All in all, I personally couldn't care less :P just as long as Nintendo keeps doing its thang and providing me with my fav games. It seems to me that YouTubers are just bitter about this whole Nintendo situation and that they don't feel that total freedom that they would maybe like to have or have expected with YouTube, so their main reasoning and justification ends up being, "oh, Nintendo doesn't want our money...they're behind the times" :D
Oh, and such advertisement can be negative, with youtubers who have great influence (especially on young, liable children) talking badly - and usually unjustified and biasedly - about the games the play, which would then put off a lot of the viewers, have them jump on a bandwagon of subjective and unreasonable hate. We all want to be cool, right? Follow that popular opinion ...Mario is for kiddies, say the kiddies ;)



Goginho commented on Feature: Five Key Reveals We Want in 2015's Fi...:

I'm mostly hoping for one or two big surprises, like a new, never-before-announced game. Of course, some progress on the Virtual Console would be nice too. Most likely won't happen, but I think it's definitely time to add that N64 and GC service. I wouldn't mind some information on that. Please, just something :P



Goginho commented on Gallery: Imagining What Banjo-Kazooie Might Lo...:

haha :D looks cozy. I would just add some more shading along the edges of that rug / floor to make it seem more grounded. It kinda appears a bit 'floaty' in some pictures.

Really wish someone would reboot this series, along with Conker and 3D Donkey Kong. At the very least, any game that covers this type of genre i.e. collecting, exploring... adventuring, basically.



Goginho commented on Mario Kart 8 Starting Grid T-Shirt Accelerates...:

It kinda looks bland. Maybe a different colour would make it stand out more, like clear white or something. I dunno what it is, maybe it's the picture quality or the model though :P wide hips, narrow chest ..doesn't present the shirt very well imo, so I'm on a dilemma about liking it and not wanting it :/



Goginho commented on Koji Kondo Outlines the Importance of Music in...:

It would be high on my list if nothing else was really coming out, but money-wise, I gotta put it lower (I mean, I gotta prioritize Zelda, Star Fox and Yoshi). Plus it seems like quite a time-consuming game. I'm a really creative person and love to do things like this - create stuff, but unfortunately I'm not in the situation where I can afford to spend a lot of time at the moment. Shame really, this would have been perfect for a younger self. Man, why couldn't I have the chance to experience this as a kid :(

Hopefully we'll see a portable Mario Maker that covers the handheld 2D Mario games, from Super Mario Land to New Super Mario Bros. 2, sometime in the future :)



Goginho commented on Nintendo Reveals New Wii U Footage and Details...:

@Einherjar Those are all really great ideas that could add a whole new layer to the strong franchise that LoZ already is. I'm sure there'll be plenty more surprises in form of new features that have yet to be revealed. I mean, I don't think many people saw the semi-automated horse-riding mechanic coming along with the slow-motion bullet time jump. I know I certainly didn't, and it seems like such a banale and simple inclusion, that it makes you question whether it is trivial or crucial, resulting in a groundbreaking addition to the series.
Most of the time you read about "big" and important - I guess typical - discussions and predictions like if the game is taking on a darker tone, the timeline placement, Link's preferred hand...etc. and the primary focus doesn't seem to be on gameplay elements, what new aspects Nintendo can include gameplay-wise in order to make the experience seem somewhat different and refreshing again, something they tend to do with each instalment, ex. Skyward Sword with motion controls - a big gameplay driver.

So all in all, I sense many more new, big and little, elements to come into play in this title. I mean, it's obvious they stripped down the environments of monsters and other usual points of interest i.e. towns, villages...etc. for demonstration purposes here, and yet people don't seem to realize that Aonuma's main focus here was to show viewers the scope of the world that will be present (as well as a brief look at a new combat element against three or so, most likely, tweaked enemies), and how it can take a long time to get from point A to B, thus claiming the game to be "barren" and "empty", too similar to Twilight Princess, and what not. Wouldn't it be awkward and inconvenient if they had all those enemies roaming around, attempting to attack Link, while Aonuma is simply trying to navigate through the forests with then intention of presenting and explain to us how grand the world will be? It would certainly be distracting imo.. Therefore I think that was their main purpose with this footage.
Now, I don't know much about game development, but I personally believe they have all of that designed and planned out, so all that's left is adding the corresponding objects into the designated areas, which is most likely not that time-consuming if they've already created them (the basis) and are waiting to be implemented. I dunno, but I'm not concerned about that like many of the commenters that can be seen :)



Goginho commented on Nintendo Reveals New Wii U Footage and Details...:

@Einherjar Yeah, I guess you're right. You may have a point about the change in gaming attitude / habits through the decades, but I guess they could keep the main storyline accessible to those gamers with little time at hand, while adding plentiful optional elements for those that do prefer to put in the time and tend to explore every corner and tackle every challenge available. The primary quest mustn't be changed for this to happen, and players have the option of 'just completing the game', should that be enough to them.

What comes to mind is Super Mario 64 ...spoilers, I guess?... where you can technically beat the game without collecting all of the Power Stars i.e. completing all missions available. 70 of the 120 Stars in total where enough to unlock the level with the final battle that results in the player freeing the girl, thus completing the main objective of the game, which leaves 50 Stars left to be obtained for players wanting to go beyond the storyline. After those credits played with that music the first time I beat Bowser for good, I felt accomplished and sad at the same time, yet excited that it wasn't truly over yet and that I'd get to continue controlling Mario, jumping and running around in all new levels :D

That being said, and I know the Nintendo team usually adds some lil' extra in Zelda games on top of the main campaign in form of a 50 floor challenge or something, such as Trecherous Tower, Cave of Ordeals...etc., but after every final battle in a Zelda game - after the ending cutscene and the credits, you have no choice but to push reset on your console (in some cases) and see your save file remain right before the final battle again, granted you do get a harder quest to take on in the more recent games. This brings up the feelings of happiness and sadness at the same time, in simple terms. Happy that I've reached the end, having had an enjoyable gaming experience along the way, and sad that it's over, maybe even feeling a bit empty, craving for just a bit more.

So, they could either jam-pack the game with plenty optional side-quests, mini-games and dungeons to tackle parallel with the main storyline, or they could prolong the gameplay experience in that they have you unlock a new area of the map with plenty Zelda-like things to do upon beating the main quest, or simply giving you access to locations just for eye-candy purposes, I mean dose visuals though :P chilling in Zora's Domain in HD with that soothing, ambient tune playing, jumping with the Zoras from high waterfalls, perhaps even having challenges with them, for example :)
I think Majora's Mask did this very well for its time (let's not forget, 3D game in the year 2000), where it had players playing the game in different ways. You could get all the masks if you wanted, help all the NPC's, or you could just do a barebones run through the game, taking on the final boss without having to acquire that powerful helping item, you know.

All in all, Zelda U is looking great, and it would be a shame if it ends up being an amazing and all-out worthwhile piece of entertainment that doesn't get experienced by enough gamers or people in general, leaving it underappreciated, possibly underrated. So, Nintendo should devise a way to increase its replayability as much as possible and, overall, make even the most average of gamers dusting it off and coming back to it years after and every once in a while even.
It would be nice though, if they could at least implement some extra unlockable / hidden environments to explore just for the heck of it after you reset the game upon defeating the main villain, for a refreshing change. The game doesn't need to be tricky or difficult like I said before, which, like you said, could alienate a bunch of people.



Goginho commented on Talking Point: The Legend of Zelda on Wii U St...:

I do wonder how they will play off the in-game time setting, like at what pace time flows and if you can influence it. Interesting to note is when Mr. Aonuma is showing the map on the GamePad, there is a "19:00" at the top of the screen, possibly indicating the actual time in the game (perhaps frozen for presentation purposes). It would be likely, as the sun typically sets at around that time in most places of the world, and the gameplay in the beginning is shown during a sunset / dusk period.
Also, it would be interesting if they included seasonal changes, as someone in the comments mentioned with the apples growing on trees being an indication for that. Hopefully they will at least have random weather effects to truly portray an authentic, living, breathing environment and playing field.



Goginho commented on Nintendo Reveals New Wii U Footage and Details...:

@Einherjar You know, the dungeon concept got me thinking. What if they make the challenges and puzzles super difficult and tricky to figure out, like in the old school games. The hook being that back then there was no way one could figure everything out alone, such as all those secrets in Zelda 1 (hats off to anyone who was able to), thus we relied on the word of other players, "adventurers" if you will :)
One unfortunate aspect today is that we have the internet when it comes to figuring things out by oneself, so a part of that cozy social nature in gamers is gone. I can imagine that many gamers have the tendency to look up how to progress in a certain area of the game, even if they're the slightest bit stuck. This is inevitable and there's no way around it today, but as a compensation, I feel that they should make Zelda U extra tricky - unforgivingly old school difficult even, not in the sense that the enemies are frustratingly nearly impossible to defeat, but make progression in the game one giant, confusing puzzle, like you said with the many entrances. Make the player work for it if they missed something and get that aha moment, and make said "work" be fun and interesting, and not feel like actual work that appears like simple, dull backtracking, reacting with moans and groans.

The footage is promising, as the gameplay appears very multilayered, in which you don't have to take the same path twice to get to a certain destination. Link riding Epona, I've noticed there were a number of branching paths and forks in the road, parallel and non-parallel, some take you higher up, along a ledge, others take you along a rocky trail, or through a wooded and grassy area. So we could well be seeing multiple entrances into dungeons.

I think if the game ends up being really difficult and tricky, then players that usually play through games just to have them finished and marked off their list, and ones that usually resort to using the internet to guide them through even the simplest of puzzles and situations, will rediscover the pleasure and satisfaction of being perplexed and disorientated for hours - days even, only to finally figure out the solution or find the way to progress by themselves.

The Nintendo team have nothing to lose with this, as I don't find the reasoning of a game being "too tough", not very accessible or gamer-friendly very justified, a trend we've gotten to observe lately where they state that they made the game with "beginners in mind" and what not, since we have the internet to help us when stuck anyways, should we choose to give in. And those that like a good challenge, that like to be puzzled for longer than healthy can be at ease :D It's a win-win situation in my books.
So, I'm hopeful for those tough moments, dungeons and locations with plenty options, plenty entrances, right and wrong, secrets so well-hidden that can only be discovered by accident and through trial and error...optional things that you simply can't figure out by yourself, but you hear about them somewhere, on the internet for example, years later and go, wow, gotta dust off the game again and try that :D



Goginho commented on Nintendo Reveals New Wii U Footage and Details...:

Well, there's not much more I could probably add here, seeing as how many comments there are already. But I will say this, the game looks absolutely stunning and looks to be very enjoyable. It appears very smooth and can only get smoother and more polished as it nears its release date, so let's keep that in mind and don't jump to conclusions about it being "empty" and whatnot.
All in all, I'm liking what I'm seeing, and I'm just really looking forward to play it.



Goginho commented on Review: Yoshi's Story (Wii Virtual Console / N...:

"There is almost nothing memorable about Yoshi's Story..." wow, speak for yourself, I guess? This game is far from that, as it left a huge mark on me. I remember nearly everything in it, despite not having played it for over a decade now (waiting for a Wii U Virtual Console release). So, all I can suggest to others is, screw this review and judge the game for yourselves if you ever get a chance to try it.



Goginho commented on Dear Nintendo, Please Let The Next Wario Land ...:

What about me? Do you even have to ask? :P
I don't think the chances of a new Wario Land outing are that slim. I think Nintendo just wants to get well into profit zone in order to gain the courage and make another Wario puzzle-platformer.
I'm very hopefuly for some Wario platforming action this gen.. My best case scenario would be if we'd get a remake of Virtual Boy's Wario Land for the 3DS (kinda as a means to test the waters a bit and see where Wario is at with the fans / consumers) and soon after a Wii U title. I mean, it seems like this is the perfect environment to release some of those aesthetically appealing and artsy Wario Land games, what with Nintendo having gone HD (not to mention, stereoscopic 3D - resulting in the perfect opportunity to revive old intentions and ambitions from the Virtual Boy era).
It's not like Wario is an unrecognised and unpopular character, so I think it ultimately comes down to timing. They'd need to get the timing right in order to get the game selling. I can only suggest at a high point when the Wii U does its best: maybe next year, when all those good games come out and / or would be out by then, maybe around the time of other puzzle-platformers, such as Yoshi's Woolly World, Kirby... then we could have a plethora of games containing many different pleasing, unique and creative visual styles at our exposure i.e. wool, material, clay...w.e... maybe even around the time when Zelda U starts getting ready for its release...I dunno, but I would love seeing one or two Wario platforming games this gen and it would be a darn shame if this sub-series dies out (which I see no reason that it should, as Wario always provides solid, top of the line platforming fun, perhaps one of the best).



Goginho commented on Eiji Aonuma Discusses Changes On the Way to Ma...:

@Luffymcduck Maybe you can play better under pressure? I know I can usually work more productively and accurately under some sort of pressure or time constraint, knowing that I have to get it done, you know, when you're on your toes and your senses are heightened and stuff. I guess I'm a last-minute kind of person :P