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Hikingguy

Hikingguy

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Hikingguy

#1

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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#2

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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#3

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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#4

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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#6

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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#7

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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#8

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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#10

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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#11

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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#12

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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#14

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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#17

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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#18

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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#19

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.

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#22

Hikingguy commented on Wii Sports Club Retail Version Hits North Amer...:

About time. I know this will be the best version of these games, but I hesitate to run out and buy this because this will be the 3rd time I am buying a few of these games (Bowling, Golf).
But this is a great game for some family night fun.

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#23

Hikingguy commented on Review: Double Dragon II: The Revenge (3DS eSh...:

@Urbanhispanic When I was a kid, the arcade version was fun and I had high hopes for the home version. The NES version of both games took the fun out of the game and replaced it with a laborious march to what felt like something less than fun. There is difficult and fun, Castlevania or Contra (I could name many more), then there is difficult and not fun, Bayou Billy or Double Dragon (I could name many more). These were games that had all the elements to be fun and I really wanted to like it but it fell short. This was one of those games that I so badly wanted to like as a kid (the 1st and 2nd game) but I was so disappointed by the NES versions I lost all interest in the series. I did get the new version Neon (for free) and played it for a little, I liked all the 80's references. But I did not care for the art style and I stopped playing. I guess we can't like them all. Thanks for taking the time to reply.

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#24

Hikingguy commented on Miiverse Tells the Tale of a Broken Mario Kart...:

a year from now no one will care if someone got the game 4 days early. It will just be a funny story you tell how you "found" it before it was suppose to be sold.
I suppose if Nintendo wants to be jerks they could not give the free game to all those who got it early.

But it does kind of spoil the spirit of any midnight releases planned.
Have fun Mario Karting.

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#25

Hikingguy commented on Review: Double Dragon II: The Revenge (3DS eSh...:

I remember buying Double Dragon games on the NES and being totally disappointed. Double Dragon was such a huge thing in the late 80's and the NES versions were such a let down for me as a kid. That kind of disappointment is not forgotten. My hopes of saving quarters while playing Double Dragon at home were quickly squashed. In my opinion, a 6 is being generous. Sorry, but there are better beat'em ups to spend your money on.

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#26

Hikingguy commented on Interview: Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuk...:

@BLPs I do not own MK7, did MK7 have you collect coins? Because I know Sonic Racing Transformed has you collecting coins. It seems like ideas are being borrowed all the time and then used slightly differently. I like that. It pushes the games to new heights! But I am very disappointed they did not include the second screen for 2 players. Sonic got that right! I don't like split screen if I can avoid it. If the game is good enough, maybe a second Wii U with the Mario Kart bundle might be in my future. Happy Mario Karting!

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#27

Hikingguy commented on Interview: Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuk...:

@BLPs I am sitting at 180 stars and I am stuck But I keep playing. I find that some events are easier than other. For some reason the tank, drift, and traffic are the ones that give me my issues. I have B class for all but the A and S class on those I find challenging. The other challenges I've had no problem getting the S.
Between Mario Kart Wii and Sonic Racing Transformed, Sonic is the better of the two games. We will have to see about Mario Kart 8. But I hope that Mario Kart 8 is better because I want to see what Sega will put out next. I hope they push each other to make the games better. But it sounds like most people are really liking Mario Kart 8 so I am not worried.

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#28

Hikingguy commented on Interview: Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuk...:

@Funny_Moblin I am a sega fan from way back, so I know all the characters real well. It is a great game. I also hope that Mario Kart 8 is better, but I then hope that Sega out does Nintendo on thier next one! The Panzer Dragoon Level is one of my favorites. I love the games on the Saturn and I always hoped they made another game that was not on a Xbox.

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#29

Hikingguy commented on Interview: Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuk...:

@HappyMaskedGuy As I have gotten older and now have young kids, I totally agree. My taste in games has changed and I don't play the FPS anymore, I guess in reality I only played them a little and was burned out pretty quick in the past. I prefer all the games you listed over a game where the main goal is to get the best "head shot". But there is a market for people who want to buy it and I guess I would prefer people putting digital holes in people than real holes. I can always hit restart. But I agree with your point totally. Maybe that is why I buy the Nintendo systems over the other systems.

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#30

Hikingguy commented on Interview: Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuk...:

@unrandomsam I Agree, Burning Rangers is hard, very tight corners and not all racers are best suited for that course. Between Sonic Racer Transformed and Mario Kart Wii, my opinion is Sonic Racing Transformed is a better game, even if just by a little. I hope that changes when Mario Kart 8 is released. But then I hope Sonic Racing releases a better game in a few years, and on and on. But Sonic Racing has come a long way in only 2 games. I am stuck at about 180 stars. Getting to 200 is a challenge for me.

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#31

Hikingguy commented on Interview: Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuk...:

@HappyMaskedGuy I agree and disagree. After playing both series a lot, there are things that both games can learn from each other. For example, in Mario Kart Wii, flipping in the air has very little technical aspect besides wiggling the control to get a speed burst, but in Sonic Racing Transformed at first I was disappointed that I could not just shake my controller, but over time realized that HOW you flipped, up, down, or left or right, greatly influenced where and how you landed. I ended up preferring Sonic or Mario in this case. I don't have a 3ds so I don't know what Nintendo did there, but allowing to change directing while drifting in Soinc is better than the single direction drift Mario Kart Wii. But Mario's levels design, I am talking in general here, is more thought out. But the level design was greatly improved from the 1st to 2nd Sonic Racer. However, I was think I was able to play Mario Kart Wii longer before I started to get burned out of the game. There are arguments for both and I enjoy both very much. I can't wait to play Mario Kart 8, I know Nintendo will bring a whole new level of fun.

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#32

Hikingguy commented on Interview: Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuk...:

@Mega719 I agree, if they could take the best of both game and put that together, it would be one fun game. There are elements I like from both series. I have been currently playing Sonic Racer Transformed for months so I hope transitioning back into Mario Kart will be easy.

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#33

Hikingguy commented on Hyperkin Finally Shipping Its Retron 5 Console...:

@Morph Agreed. The concept is rock solid but I think I will save my money right away to see if it really is what they says it is. I like the idea of playing original carts, but with the old hardware really getting outdated, this idea is really close to a perfect solution. As long as it works.

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#34

Hikingguy commented on PDP Confirms the GameCube-Inspired Wired Fight...:

I guess the picture is not of the controller in the article, but of another controller. Either way, I want the controller in the picture.
My first thought when I looked at it was an old Sega controller. It looks like a combination of the 6 button Genesis, the standard Sega Saturn and the Saturn 3D Controller that came with game Nights. Those were by far some my favorite controllers of all time. I love the 6 button layout. It allows the thumb to easily roll to the upper and lower rows quickly. Great for street fighter. I will buy this for sure.