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Tue 6th March, 2012

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Haz commented on Nintendo Begins Takedown Proceedings on Super ...:

Janky demo directly ripping assets from an existing game and attempting to make a 1-to-1 copy of other existing game assets gets a shutdown notice. I forget why I'm supposed to care. Imagine doing this in the movie or business software industries, and maybe then you'll consider Nintendo's response less harsh.



Haz commented on Weirdness: Someone's Made a Super Mario 64 HD ...:

It's a pretty cool demo, but it definitely brings to mind the story of Nintendo spending a month just getting the movement and physics perfect in SM64, so that it would be fun to just play around with Mario in an open room with just a box in the middle. You simply cannot translate that level of refinement into a personal project.



Haz commented on Preview: We Take Aim at Splatoon to See if It ...:

Looks like a blast. I'm sure my MH4U group will get a lot of fun out of this game.

Alex, I enjoy the positive energy you bring to all of your videos. Videogames are supposed to be fun, yet so many games journalists always seem so jaded!



Haz commented on Interview: Nintendo's Hiro Yamada On The Chall...:

I was really hoping to be burnt out on MH4U by the time this releases. I'm 80 hours in now, and not getting bored yet, but I do want to finally play this game once it's on N3DS (I missed it on the Wii). Honestly the graphics on this look astounding for the 3DS.



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

I'm interested in how the new expertise in mobile will affect Nintendo's archaic social platforms. I've also been hoping for a unification of Nintendo's handheld and console platforms for some time now, so I'm extremely excited to see what NX is all about.



Haz commented on Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think ...:


Well if we don't see anything more until 2016, that would still put us at a minimum of 4 years after the Wii U's release before new hardware releases. Even if this is shown off in 2016, it could still be as long as 2017 before we see an actual hardware release. If you don't think Microsoft and Sony are already planning their next console releases, then you don't understand how this industry works.



Haz commented on Review: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (3DS):


More frustrating than that is when Nintendo does something new, but uses Mushroom Kingdom characters, and people drone about how it's "just another Mario game." Just because Mario Strikers, Mario Tennis, and Mario Kart have many of the same characters and locales does not make them the same games!



Haz commented on Nintendo Download: 12th March (North America):

I don't think demand for the GBA title can really be used to judge demand for the series in general. I love F-Zero X and F-Zero GX, and would pick up a VC release of either of those titles, but I don't really have any interest in the SNES or GBA titles.



Haz commented on Hardware Review: 8Bitdo FC30 Pro Controller:

I've been traveling frequently for work, and I've been wanting a controller with good inputs in a slim form-factor (it's a pain to try to stuff my Logitech F310 in my laptop bag). $50 is a bit steep, but I think this will make a great companion for my Anker microUSB external battery I keep in my bag for long flights.



Haz commented on Weirdness: eBay Trolls amiibo Fans With Gold M...:

I can't really agree that this is in poor taste. Allowing 3rd parties to sell each other things, sometimes things which would otherwise be difficult to find through normal retail means, is basically eBay's entire business. To eBay, this is a way of advertising that you can buy hard-to-find items through their service.



Haz commented on Study Finds That US Consumers Are Buying Wii U...:

No kidding. I play games to have fun. Sometimes I play for a great story or other reasons, but for those games I have a PC. I have lots of fun with my 3DS and Wii U, and thus those systems are used frequently. Meanwhile, my Xbox One has become an extremely expensive Roku box (only used for Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Video right now).



Haz commented on LastFight Looks Like The Power Stone Sequel Ca...:

If they can pull off some more interesting stage designs, then I will be convinced to check it out. Presumably that is their intention, because playing in one flat, box-shaped arena with only a few interactive clutter items will get boring quickly.



Haz commented on Clive 'N' Wrench Aims to Bring Back Those Rare...:

Well then... it certainly doesn't look good... Beyond the obvious graphical shortcomings, the character movement (even looking past the animation) looks off. How well the character controls, and how movement feels is critical for a platformer. If you can't get that right, everything else is pointless.



Haz commented on Nintendo Download: 19th February (Europe):

Somewhat disappointed in no discount for Kirby, but then again, I just bought MM3D and MH4U last week, plus I haven't finished MPT, so I have no shortage of games to be playing and should welcome the brief respite to my wallet.



Haz commented on Video: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Visuals Stand U...:

While the quality is obviously better in the Wii version, at least it looks like they're representing the art-style sufficiently.

Never got to play this on the Wii, so I'll definitely be picking it up for the N3DS if it releases in North America.



Haz commented on Review: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D ...:

This comes out the same day that I have 12 hours of flying to get back home. Normally I hate travel days, but this time I'm excited to have all those hours with nothing better to do than play a game on 3DS.



Haz commented on Week Three of the eShop Throwback Sale Goes Li...:

I can see how that would be frustrating. I think that in the US we take for granted that many products are priced off of the USD, and thus those prices are expected fluctuate along with our own economy, just as our wages and salaries do.



Haz commented on Week Three of the eShop Throwback Sale Goes Li...:

If you have an issue with consistency, then that is fine, but if your issue is just that the US and Canadian prices are different, you do have to consider the exchange rate. The price of digital items is based on what the seller perceives the market is willing to pay for the item. Also, the Candian price for Mario Golf ($26 as you mentioned) is still lower than the US price of $22.49.

In both cases, the Canadian price is better than the US one.



Haz commented on Week Three of the eShop Throwback Sale Goes Li...:

@DeQuimet Yes, $10 Canadian is less valuable than $10 USD. 1 Yen is also much less than 1 USD, but you wouldn't expect to buy something for 10 Yen which you would normally buy for 10 USD just because the numerical value is equivalent. Ignore the fact that Canada and the US both use "dollars", the only thing that matters is the exchange rate, which is based on the international purchasing power of the currency.



Haz commented on Talking Point: It's Time to Salute The Nintend...:

Fellow Ambassador here!

I love that Nintendo stuck it out and proved that there is still a strong market for dedicated portable gaming devices, albeit perhaps a smaller market than existed 10 years ago.

My hopes for the next generation of Nintendo platforms is the merging in portable and console, with the ability to connect the device to TVs and connect extra controllers to it as well. With Nintendo not competing in the GPU arms race, it is very likely that within a couple years' time, the technology will be small enough to achieve current-gen graphics in a 3DS-sized form factor for between $200-$300. In my opinion, that will be the best way to experience Nintendo: one platform, both portable and available on the TV, with HD and maybe even QHD capabilities.



Haz commented on Not Everyone is Thrilled That Metroid Prime Tr...:

A somewhat disingenuous comparison. The first two listings are for "New" (and presumably sealed) copies of the game, whereas the second two listings are for used copies in "Good" and "Very Good" condition.

The high prices of the first two listings are certainly influenced by the collectibility factor of having brand new copies. I imagine the used sales are in fact affected by the imminent eShop release, but sealed copies will continue to sell at high prices.



Haz commented on Battery Manufacturer Mugen Reveals Bigger Batt...:

This might be useful for my trans-Atlantic flights without power outlets. If I were to get one, it's likely that I would only swap it in before I leave for a business trip, and replace it as soon as I'm home.



Haz commented on Link’s Swimming is a Notable Change in The L...:

I'll admit, as a kid I spent a lot of time swimming around, and that will be missed to an extent. As an adult, I rarely have the gaming time to play so frivolously, so it won't be much of a loss for my MM3D playthroughs.



Haz commented on Review: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U):

Good on you for waiting to test the online component before scoring. I've been severely burned by The Master Chief Collection this month (yes I am also an Xbox gamer, please don't yell at me!).



Haz commented on Video: Teenagers Try Their Hand at the Origina...:

@Samuel-Flutter That's actually how I always held the controller. I had a weird callous on the skin between my thumb and index finger of my left hand as a kid because of how far my thumb would have to stretch to touch the analog stick. Everyone seemed to think my hand position was weird, but I was the best at Smash and Goldeneye amongst my friends.



Haz commented on SmileBASIC:

@GAMEandASH I think you're really, really overestimating the appeal of something like this. There are much better technologies these days for introducing people to programming, and even for creating simple shareable games (although maybe not on the 3DS). Other methods also don't require typing code on a touch-screen, which is definitely not an ideal instrument.



Haz commented on Don't Worry, Nintendo Hasn't Forgotten About T...:

I would be fine if I had to continue going into Wii Mode to play some of my VC games if I could at least use the Gamepad as a controller. It's nice that we can now use its display, but I'd rather not have to prop it up and use my classic controller in order to play in bed or while lying on the couch.



Haz commented on Review: 1001 Spikes (3DS eShop):

I picked this up for the 3DS so that I could play it during lunch breaks and on the go, and I like it enough that I may eventually grab the Wii U version if its ever on sale. (but I certainly don't feel like paying another $10.01 for a second copy). I think that anyone who enjoyed Cloudberry Kindgom will also like this game, although this game lacks the obnoxiously deceptive hitboxes found in Cloudberry Kingdom and exchanges them for traps and pitfalls that can only be discovered through trial and error rather than simply keen observation and planning.



Haz commented on Mario Kart Month: Nintendo Life's Team Shares ...:

A feature which has been very endearing to me is the little interactions between the racers, especially as you can see during the highlights. For example, if you honk your horn near another racer, it will startle them. When you watch replays, the level of interaction between characters almost makes it feel like you're watching a cartoon.