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Hikingguy

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Hikingguy

#2

Hikingguy commented on Review: Lode Runner (Wii U eShop / NES):

This was one of my favorite games when I was a kid. It was hard, but fun. A few months ago I was playing it and my 6 year old kid was watching me and to my surprise he wanted to play. He had a lot of fun and he thinks the animation when you pass the level is hilarious. He really likes the level editor too.
Fast forward to a few days ago to when he saw this on VC (I figured that he would have totally forgotten about this game) and he has not stopped asking me to buy it. He normally enjoys older games, but to be honest, I was kind of surprised that he had so much fun playing this game.
I don't think he would be a good representation for all kids though. He does enjoys playing older games, almost as much as newer ones.

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#3

Hikingguy commented on Video: Nintendo Minute Debates Its 3DS Game of...:

I always have a hard time watching these two. They don't seem to flow well together. Mostly it is the guy. He is not very nice to her. He is always putting her down. I think he enjoys pointing out her faults. After going back and watching some older videos of them playing SM3D World, he is just mean to her. I am really surprised Nintendo keeps this duo going. Its just my opinion but Nintendo should keep the lady and find a replacement for the guy.

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#4

Hikingguy commented on Talking Point: The Time Is Right For A Nintend...:

@Ralek85 You bring up all good points.
But to be honest, I really don't know what Nintendo should do next. They need to bring something new to the table that will be the future. VR?
I like their dedication to making quality games. I don't think anyone in the industry can match them in depth and quality. Think about what Nintendo does, they make a console and they make quality games. I know Sony and MS make a few games, but nothing like what Nintendo does. And 3rd parties only make games, but no consoles. So Nintendo plays both sides of the coin. Where the others can mainly focus on one aspect hardware or software. So Nintendo is unique in that way.
But I do wish Nintendo would include a little more with their systems. For example, I don't watch many movies, so it would be nice not to need another device when I rent a Bluray. And I like they support local multi-player games, but why not incorporate more online into their multi-player games too.
I am not sure that Nintendo has fallen quite as far as Nokia, but they have most definitely been on a roller coaster ride since the mid 80's. But Nintendo has never really gone away. Because even when they did not have the best selling system, they always made excellent games. But on the other hand, Nokia would be gone if it was not for Microsoft.
Nintendo likes to take risks, but they always seems to be calculated risks. However, they seem to know when to pull the plug if something is not working, i.e. Virtual Boy.
I think the Wii U has so many advantages. But what makes it unique, I think, may hold it back. But you also have to wonder how much is politics behind the scenes that the public does not see?

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#5

Hikingguy commented on Talking Point: The Time Is Right For A Nintend...:

@Ralek85 What I meant by the touch screen craze was there was a time, not too long ago, when all phones had some kind of buttons. Be it a slide out dial pad or a QWERTY keyboard or some kind of input method other than basically only a touch screen. But I really think the Xperia was a great looking phone and I would have loved to have one. But I believe the Xperia was released when the market was shifting to only touch screens. So it was doomed from the start because of bad timing and Sony not telling people why they needed it. At that same time Smartphone users wanted Angry bird type games not precision platformers. But I could see people wanting the control that a controller can give them. I always read about people complaining about bad controls in phone games. But I really liked my slide out keyboard on my phones.
I think you may have misunderstood what I said, I would prefer function over appeal any day. Give me an ugly phone that works very well for what I want it to do, than an attractive sleek phone that is garbage. Heck, I still use my GBA because I like how it feels in my hands. I just wish it had a backlit screen. The SP was much to square and the DS is too square too.
I am not saying that I think that Nintendo should make a phone, I am just saying I would buy one if they did. Two completely different things.
I don't know if they could realistically compete unless they brought something totally new to the table, but like I said before, in 1999 no one would have predicted Apple Computer bringing Nokia to its knees either. Nokia was the undisputed King of mobile phones and Apple made computers that were in schools. The phone market is a very fast moving market. Tastes change quickly. So who really knows where we will be in 5 or 10 years. Thanks for your response!
But I really like that I don't have to turn my entire entertainment system on just to turn on my Wii U. The GamePad is great for that.

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#6

Hikingguy commented on Talking Point: The Time Is Right For A Nintend...:

@Ralek85 I completely understand your points. But call it blind faith or me thinking that there might be a market for a really good dedicated "phone/video game" device. But I think if anyone could do it, Nintendo could. Nokia failed with the N-Gage, I guess Sony failed, but there is a reason that Nintendo is still around after many, many other companies have fallen to the wayside. Nintendo knows how to make money even on a less than successful product. And they know how to capitalize on saving cash when they have a winner.
I am not really sure why the Xperia was such a failure, I would have loved to have one, but I never used a service that the phone was on. But I have to believe it had to be marketing and timing. I think, at least in the US, it was only sold through AT&T and around that time the whole market was moving away from slide-out QWERTY keyboards as a general rule. I believe the whole touch screen craze was in and any slide-out device was doomed. But I think time has passed and many people see the value of a dedicated "controller" if they want real control over games.
You might be right, but one thing is true, Nintendo would need to appeal to more than just people who play games. But I would bet if they market it right and maybe sell more than one version, it would sell.

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#8

Hikingguy commented on Talking Point: The Time Is Right For A Nintend...:

I would buy a NEP, Nintendo Entertainment Phone, or a NED, Nintendo Entertainment Device. But I hope Nintendo is thinking beyond what this article is saying. Nintendo needs to think about what the world will want in 5 or 10 years from now. That is what Apple did with its iPod. People buy "phones" for far more than making calls these days. I would guess that for many people, their "phone" is called a phone in name only.
However, whatever company does it right again, I want to be invested in them.

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#9

Hikingguy commented on Review: Sportsball (Wii U eShop):

I was going to pass on this game because I was confused by the videos they posted. I did not understand what the game was about and they did a really bad job tell me why I should get it.
But after reading this review I think I will buy it.

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#10

Hikingguy commented on Review: Pier Solar and the Great Architects (W...:

@SaGa_K Pier Solar was made as a cartridge for the Genesis/MD. It had optional use of the Sega CD for audio only. It is a very cool trick, you play the game with the cartridge and then if you choose you can switch to the CD for better audio. However, main game is still played on the cart.
If you want to read the history of the game, it started as a Sega CD game, but changed to a cartridge game in later development. But Watermelon kept the CD for optional Audio.
And of course it is a RPG, even the developers call it that. http://www.magicalgamefactory.com/en/factory/pier-solar_1/

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#12

Hikingguy commented on Review: Skylanders Trap Team (Wii U):

My kids are worn out with Skylanders after Swap Force. I am not sure if my kids are interested as much as they use to be. Swap Force was played so very little. Giants was played the most.
Although this is getting good reviews and they brought back a Skystones game, Swap Force may have taken the wind out of Skylanders for my family and friends. Maybe we will get it on discount, we all know it will be discounted.

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#13

Hikingguy commented on Review: Pier Solar and the Great Architects (W...:

By all accounts, this is a true modern retro game (recently made for a retro system first and then converted to a modern system). If you are a fan of 80's and 90's JRPG's you will feel right at home. If the Lunar series on the Sega CD, Chrono Trigger, or the Phantasy Star series are some of your favorite memories or you think those types of games would be fun, then Pier Solar will feel right at home. @SahashraLA and @8bitforever said it well above. This reviewer summed it up right in his conclusion (maybe he should have had two scores, a modern and retro), viewing this game through a 2014 lens maybe it does not have all the "modern" spin on everything, viewing it through a 90's JRPG lens, it hits all the right notes.
It is funny, because what the reviewer points to as negatives, I see as positives and are what I look for in JRPG's!
Playing it on the Genesis/MD with the CD attachment for sound is a real treat. Seeing your old system do things you never thought it could is amazing. But not everyone has a working Sega, so this is a great opportunity and for only $15, it is a deal.
I still say this game will not get the credit it is due. If Watermelon would have released it 2 years ago, this game would have been showered with praise. But today with all the "retro" type throwback games, it may get lost. I hope not.

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#15

Hikingguy commented on Review: Disney Infinity 2.0 (Wii U):

Swap force was enough for me to stop buying these types of games for my kids. I was given the opportunity to get the Disney Infinity 2.0 as a gift for my kids b-day, but I told them to return it and get Hyrule Warriors instead.
My kids are having a blast with that.

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#16

Hikingguy commented on Former Sega of America Marketing Director Divu...:

Wow, I lived through that time and after how many years I never knew that it was suppose to be a pun. And even after I knew it was a pun I had to read it over and over again, it took me a long time to get it. It's a bad pun. It's bad because Tales is not really known for speed.
I thought they gave him a nickname, similar to Dr Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik . To this day I don't understand why they choose to call him "Eggman". Dr Robotnik is such a better name! Tales is the better name for sure.

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#18

Hikingguy commented on Poll: Nintendo Minute Debate - Is Super Mario ...:

I would argue that the American version of SMB 2, even though it was kind of an odd entry compared to the original and SM3, might be just as, if not more influential on modern day SMB games. SMB 2 introduced how the main characters play, ie Luigi high jump, Mario neutral, Peach floating, Toad the way he is, in modern games play. It just seems like modern Mario games, such as SMB 3d World, have pulled a lot of material from SMB 2. Especially considering how many people would consider SMB 2 not as important in the hierarchy of the series. So many characters and player mechanics would not exist if not for SMB 2. And even the new Toad Treasure tracker games is very much influenced by SMB 2.

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#20

Hikingguy commented on Pier Solar and the Great Architects Landing in...:

I wish they would have released this game about 2 years ago. I fear that a lot of what they did back in 2010 has already been played out over the last 4 years or so. I think this game would have been more desirable about 2 years ago, but now it may end up as just another retro game lost in the masses. :-(
But you never know.

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#21

Hikingguy commented on Pier Solar and the Great Architects Landing in...:

@retro_player_22 Sorry to hear that you have not got your copy yet. Have they not done a reprint or was there an error with your order? I was lucky enough to get my order with the 1st round of reprints. The attention to detail with everything that came with the game is staggering. To be honest, it's on par or better than what you would expect to get from a game during Sega's heyday. I assume you like JRPG's from that time, so you will feel right at home with Pier Solar. Also, you will see your genesis/mega drive do things that you never thought possible. And if you have the CD attachment, find a copy of the CD Audio and then you get CD quality sound while you play your cartridge. It is a cool trick. I would love to have the directors cut to see what they updated. I really want the Dreamcast version, but I am not sure I want to spend another $50. $15 seems more reasonable, but a new game for the Dreamcast would be very cool.

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#23

Hikingguy commented on UCraft Developer Promises Extensive Features a...:

"We don't want your money. What we do want, is your heart".
Are you sure this isn't a Castlevania clone?
I would rather give you my money.
But I am sure I will get it if it looks half way good. But who knows if it will be enough to loosen the grip Minecraft has on my kids and their friends.

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#25

Hikingguy commented on Capcom Won't Greenlight Sequels If A Game Does...:

Capcom, Konami and a few others use to be my absolute favorite game makers. They put out a wide range of solid games year after year ( I am thinking of LifeForce, Contra, Jackal, Rush 'n Attack, Bionic Commando, Cannon Spike, Duck Tails, Street Fighter, Legendary Wings just to name a few). But now it appears like they are heading in the Activision direction. How many non movies game, annualized, or established series games has Activision made in the last 10 years, very few. Now we get the same game year after year. I guess the gaming community is partly to blame because they keep buying those games. But the other half of blame must come from the business management and not managing money and resources very well. Not even Mega Man? They use to put that game out all the time. Even my 6 year old likes Mega Man games.

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#26

Hikingguy commented on Developer Interview: How Two Graduates From No...:

They talk about their struggle and how satisfying it is to figuring out a problem on their own. That is a skill that is almost never taught these days. With the internet we find answers quickly and easily. But because of the lack of easy information for programming the SNES they are left to figure out solutions on their own. That kind of problem solving, for the most part, is a lost skill, that builds character that cannot be built any other way. Learning happens in the struggle. They will be better programmers and will have a better game because if it. If they can pull it off even half as good as Watermelon did with and Pier Solar. The game will be awesome!

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#27

Hikingguy commented on Nintendo Region Locks Consoles To Get More Har...:

Whether this guy is 100% correct or not, Nintendo has changed how they have historically done things in the past. I rarely buy imports, but Nintendo changed their policy for a reason. And that reason, at least from the perspective of this consumer, is not for the benefit of the end user. I have always been a Nintendo fan right from the NES days, but I have to say Nintendo has been making some very poor decisions over the last couple of years. I still prefer Nintendo over other their competitors but lately (the last few years) I wonder if that loyalty is justified anymore. I never would have bought a Sony product years ago, but their PS+ program over all is very consumer friendly.
The DS was the last hand held I have bought, and the Vita, with all the free games I have built up from the PS+ program, is looking better and better every day.

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#28

Hikingguy commented on Nintendo Shuts Down Screenshots in Mario & Lui...:

Nintendo did fine. The pendulum always swings one way or the other after something happens. It will swing back to neutral after some time. It seems the minority always ruins it for the majority. I believe they think they are funny. Nintendo should simply ban the people who posted the offensive material. It sounds like the steps involved made it so you had to know what you were doing. So there was no accident. They knew what they were doing and why they were doing it.

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#31

Hikingguy commented on Mario Kart TV Update Allows You To Check Up On...:

@bezerker99 Same here, I downloaded the updated and played 3 races. I like the on screen map, about time!! The game (and my $60) go right back on the shelf. I really wish I had more fun playing this game. Maybe I will play it when friends come over. On a side note, I still play Sonic Racing Transformed.

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#32

Hikingguy commented on EA Explains Why It's Abandoning Dedicated Hand...:

Obviously there is money to be made in the tablet/mobile market, but I wonder if this market is in it for the long haul? He talks about 2017 and 2018, what will the landscape be at that point? I guess EA thinks mobile. I rarely use my phone or tablet for gaming anymore. I have found that most games on those platforms are shallow and time fillers at best. I hop from game to game to find something that never seems to be what I want. But even at .99 if they can sell to millions who never play the game, they still paid for it, I guess.

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#33

Hikingguy commented on Pier Solar HD Delayed, Wii U Version Will Now ...:

After reading Watermelon's blog post (search for: "magical game factory"), the way I read it, the delay lands mostly on the shoulders of Microsoft and that Watermelon desires to make a "clean" release. WaterMelon does not want to cause another "failed certification" with them. Boo!
But if you read the rest of the blog it does sound like they are adding some extras and tying up loose ends from the original game. If you ever have followed Watermelon in the past, these guys are truly class acts and really only wanted to make a great 16 bit JRPG game that the fans will like. Since I've played the original, I will be getting either the Wii U, or the Dreamcast version. It will be fun to see what they added. They went above and beyond anything I ever expected a small company making a MegaDrive/Genesis game ever would do.

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#34

Hikingguy commented on Review: Shovel Knight (Wii U eShop):

A 9 is great, but normally for a game not to be a 10 there would need to be some scrutinizing. Did I miss something Nintendolife thought could be better? I have not played the game yet so I haven't formed an opinion. But what more could a retro inspired 8-bit game need to get a ten? Maybe make it free?
Or is it the mindset that nothing is perfect so nothing could be a 10?

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#35

Hikingguy commented on The Nintendo 64 is Now 18 Years Old in Japan:

@Cyberbotv2 I was thinking of maybe applying newer technology. I know SD cards can get very big and maybe even SSD could be used somehow. I don't know how large the older ROM's got, I own a genesis game that was 64 MEG. I don't even claim to know the industry, but I would think some low cost solution could be found that would have very fast read/write times. But I assume that optical disks cost very little. I might just be dreaming.

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#37

Hikingguy commented on The Nintendo 64 is Now 18 Years Old in Japan:

@minotaurgamer The Sega Saturn's issues had nothing to do with the CD component. My guess is because the CD was used instead of ROM of some kind, was the reason it was able to get as many games as it did. It was Sega's mismanagement at the end of the Genesis era and launching of the Saturn that was its demise. Also the Saturn was harder to program.
There is nothing ridiculous about it, if Nintendo would have used CD's they could have got more games from 3rd parties that needed the room.
Anyway, I think it would be great to have cartridges make a comeback as prices of similar technology fall and sizes increase. I would love to see load times return to zero like they were back then.
There is nothing like putting in a game and hitting power and then the game is immediately playable.

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#38

Hikingguy commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Defends Wii U Prospects as Sh...:

If times were not as they are now we would never have gotten the "free" game with Mario Kart and I highly doubt we would have seen Bayonetta 1 and 2 come as a set. I wonder if we would have even seen a game such as the NES Remix??
Sometime when a company's back is to the wall things works out for the customer's benefit. Nintendo needs to create value and they are starting to do that.

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#39

Hikingguy commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Highlights Importance of Chil...:

My kids love Nintendo. But another thing they love is Minecraft. Someone messed up with not getting that on Nintendo. Now my kid has a PS3 controller in his hands while playing Minecraft. :-(
Everything else is Nintendo. I am trying to doing my best.
He does like the original Zelda though. For some reason that game really interests him.

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#41

Hikingguy commented on Free Copy of Bayonetta Comes as a Separate Dis...:

@Ryu_Niiyama Thanks for your post. I think you are right. Although I have a feeling you may see that trend shift in the future as digital becomes more accepted. I wonder if people will resist digital because they can't sell it back? I don't sell many games, but if I buy a game that I really don't like, I like to have the option of selling it. I prefer disks over digital, but I also see the convenience of digital over disks. I understand Nintendo's mindset about this, but if their market is the casual gamer, Nintendo must understand that most casual gamers won't want or understand that they need a Hard Drive. My brother has the 8 gb hard drive and once his hard drive was full he just stop buying digital games. He just does not care. And I am sure there are others, like me, that are running out of plug in space. I would prefer an internal swapable hard drive like the ps3.
All that to say, I want both games on disk.

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#42

Hikingguy commented on Free Copy of Bayonetta Comes as a Separate Dis...:

@CaPPa The last time I checked the PS3 comes with a 500 GB hard drive.
wow, I just looked, and you are right, they now make a version with 12 GB that you can add a hard drive later. It looks like the hard drive you would add is internal, but still. I guess not everyone uses a hard drive.
I guess the industry does take some notes from Nintendo, but too bad it was last gen's hardware. But the other current generation systems don't come with anything smaller than 500 GB.
The only Current gen system I own is the Wii U 32 GB hard drive. I am just now starting to run out of room.

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#43

Hikingguy commented on FIFA 15 Is Lacing Its Boots For A Wii And 3DS ...:

@Hernandez No wiser words have been said. They have to answer to shareholders. And like it or not, people keep buying what they put out otherwise EA would change direction.
It is strange that a very popular sport only has 2 major players. But I guess this has to do with licenses deals more than anything.
But if you remember when EA boycotted the Dreamcast, Sega put out NFL 2K and it was a light years better than anything EA was doing with Madden at the time. Real competition is good.

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#45

Hikingguy commented on Free Copy of Bayonetta Comes as a Separate Dis...:

I like free games with other games! It is called value! With MK8 and now Bayonetta, I like the trend I am seeing!! I have not played the first one so this is a pleasant surprise.
I do find it confusing that on one hand Nintendo seems to be encouraging people to download games: by giving digital downloads away for free, the digital download bonus, and giving special treatment to downloaded games at Nintendo Club, would put two versions of the Wii U that had such small hard drives. It seems like they are sending opposite messages.
Nintendo must have got a smoke'n deal on hard drives (like we need to get rid of these really small hard drives so you can have them for free). I did not even know that they still made hard drives that small. When I look (and I am not looking very hard) it is hard to find new hard drives smaller than 80 GB. I simply do not believe that Nintendo could not negotiate for some larger hard drives at the same price point. Even 160 GB hard drives are $30 or less. And I am sure Nintendo could cut a deal.
There are a whole group of people, the casual gamers??, that don't want to worry about adding an external hard drive. They just want it to work. I know people who have the 8 GB version and they are just like, "well my hard drive is full, I can't download anymore games", and then never look back.
I think Nintendo missed an opportunity to save a few bucks. Anyway, I am running out of plug ins for things.

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#48

Hikingguy commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's GamePad Bet Could Pa...:

Nintendo needs to double down on the Gamepad. I use it nearly every day to play games and surf the web, ,on demand videos, extra... It would be nice if they could somehow add even the most basic apps such as Weather, calculator, news... But I see only 2 only real issues, the battery life and range. I have a long cord that I have close to it at all times, but a bigger battery is the only lasting answer. For the range, I don't know how they will fix that one. I don't know where the limitation is. But if Nintendo came out with a range extender I would buy it. Otherwise off tv gaming is great. I will wonder until the end of time why Nintendo did not include 2nd screen in MK8. It is one of the best features on Sonic Racing Transformed!

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#49

Hikingguy commented on E3 2014: Nintendo Reveals A Slew of New Traile...:

Pier Solar on the Wii U would be nice! The copy of the game I have has always been called Pier Solar and the great architects. The "and the great architects" has just been a sub title. I think the HD just indicated that it was not the Genesis/Mega Drive version. But I don't think Watermelon ever officially dropped the subtitle.

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#50

Hikingguy commented on Feature: Our Top 10 Wii U Retail Games - Summe...:

@kkslider5552000 I believe The Wonderful 101 will be one of those games that people will read about in a "Games you really should have played!" or "Games you might have missed on the Wii U." article years from now and they will find out that it really was a good game.
I firmly believe that is was a good game released at the wrong time. It fell victim to a period of time where people did not want to play a cartoony comic book looking super hero team game.
Maybe not a perfect example, but Wind Waker got a much better response this time around than before.