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IceRod

IceRod

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IceRod

#1

IceRod commented on Masahiro Sakurai Explains Why Mewtwo Isn't Pai...:

I do think they should do DLC, but they should keep it simple: a few extra characters or a couple of stages with each pack, similar to the Mario Kart 8 DLC. My character choices: Chrom, Midna, Groose, Bayonetta, and (I know this one is a long shot) Simon Belmont. Imagine attacking the other characters with a whip and throwing crosses at them!

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#2

IceRod commented on Konami Demands That Hardcore Gaming 101 Presen...:

It seems like Konami is just being difficult here. I doubt they would win if there were to be a lawsuit.

A little off topic, but wouldn't it be amazing if Simon Belmont and Alucard were playable in Super Smash Bros.?

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#3

IceRod commented on Review: Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhea...:

@MAB I don't know what your problem is with the 3DS, but it is still the best dedicated gaming handheld out there. No, it does not have Vita's larger and prettier screen, but unlike Vita, it actually has dedicated original software coming out for it that is only available for it. I admit that so far in 2014 3DS has not been blowing it away on the software front, but its gaming library as a whole is great overall and will only get better with time. I know you would rather have your vaunted Sega's handheld, but they will never be making one again, so be happy with what you get. 3DS is the only thing keeping Nintendo afloat right now, so it would be nice if you would stop trashing it in every article.

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#4

IceRod commented on Intriguing Data Helps Explain Nintendo's Smart...:

@berserker99 @unrandomsam I agree with unrandomsam to a point. Look at Windows: I can remember countless Windows Vista ads from years ago, and one can now easily see the inundation of Windows 8 ads recently, both problematic operating systems with a bad reputation, but I can't recall many XP or Windows 7 ads, because word of mouth sold those products. However, like berserker99 says, a company like McDonald's that has been on top for a while will stay on top if it continues to put money into advertising. If you don't have something that can sell itself, then you NEED to advertise. The Wii falls into the "so innovative it sells itself" category, while the Wii U does not. The Wii U needed advertising badly, and even if Nintendo ramped things up considerably, it is possible it will be too late to really light people's interest. The PS4 though is not all that innovative, but good word of mouth and massive advertising helped it sell a ridiculous amount considering how few games it actually has.

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#6

IceRod commented on Intriguing Data Helps Explain Nintendo's Smart...:

@unrandomsam There is nothing wrong with a European site being Eurocentric, unless that site intentionally goes out of its way to represent American interests, like this one does when listing U.S. releases in the eShops every Thursday. I definitely believe you when you say this site is not negative enough for you, but do you mean by that the authors of the articles? Like they are too easy on Nintendo or something?

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#7

IceRod commented on Intriguing Data Helps Explain Nintendo's Smart...:

@antonvaltaz Yes, that is the one. I did not realize that so many of the participants were from the U.S. You would not know it from their gaming past - at least half of them admitted early on they had never owned the system. Regardless it was an ill-conceived article: it is hard to celebrate the nostalgia of something when you have never experienced it originally....

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#9

IceRod commented on Intriguing Data Helps Explain Nintendo's Smart...:

@kyuubikid213 Don't waste your time on Mahe - he will inevitably leave something negative about the GamePad on around 90 % of articles.

I am relatively new to Nintendo Life and have enjoyed it so far, but it has two major issues: 1.) a severe Eurocentric bent and 2.) trolls everywhere in the comments.

To the first complaint I get that Nintendo Life is trying to serve both American and European audiences, but how does it hope to do that without almost any American writers? This deficiency really reared its ugly head during the roundtable devoted to the NES' anniversary, as almost no one in the roundtable had owned that console since personal computing and Sega were much more prevalent in the '80s than Nintendo apparently. Since I grew up in America though I did own a NES and have so many fond memories with it and its games. That roundtable should honestly be looked upon as an embarrassment by the site as well as a call to action by the site to hire writers from both sides of the pond.

To the second point there are so many trolls here that it makes it a horrid experience to read the comments usually. What is worse, these trolls have become so predictable at this point, always whining about the same things. For example:

Mahe - The GamePad sucks! Me: We get it already! I love the GamePad, but even if I didn't, Nintendo made its choice, and they aren't going to drop it any time soon. Pick up a Pro controller already and give it a rest.
MAB (formerly MadAussieBloke) - Sega is dominant to Nintendo and everyone! The 3DS isn't that great! Me: Sega is a pale shadow of its former self. It has put all of its resources into Sonic, and it can't even get that right most of the time. The 3DS is arguably one of the best consoles out right now, and millions of people disagree with you.
Unrandomsam - Almost everything is terrible! If a game is not 60 fps it must be awful! Almost every game is too easy, except for some Donkey Kong and old school Sonic games. Mario games suck! Bravely Default is overrated! Me: You are the most negative poster on here by far. You post on almost every article, and it is almost always negative. Nintendo is going through a rough patch, and its fans don't need to be dragged even lower by someone always spouting doom and gloom. 60 fps is nice to have for sure, but there are plenty of games that look great without it. I never once while playing Super Mario 3D Land said "ooh, I wish this would play faster." You are very much in the minority on needing this. Yes, a lot of Mario games are easy to beat, but if you want to collect every coin and star then things get much harder. I do wish games were harder like in the NES era, but still, I am happy with the creativity and new gameplay innovations in these newer games. Bravely Default is awesome to me, and I am sorry you are disappointed in it. It is much better than the console Final Fantasys have been in years, and I am enjoying it very much. Even if you don't like it, you don't need to badmouth it and pass off your personal opinion as if it is everyone's. Let others decide for themselves if they will like it.

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#10

IceRod commented on Nintendo Releases a Quirky YouTube Campaign fo...:

@Anneke You need to get a 3DS! It is the cheapest system out there with arguably the best library of games of the last year. There are just so many games to choose from: Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Pokemon X & Y, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Fire Emblem Awakening, the Professor Laytons, and many amazing games by Atlus. That is just the tip of the iceberg too. Now is the time to jump in.

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#12

IceRod commented on Weirdness: Resident Evil Creator Shinji Mikami...:

Willow for NES is actually a great game that has aged very well. I still own my boxed NES copy and have beaten it several times. It is still playable now and has a Zelda feel to it. I actually loved the arcade version as well, although I really loved the movie, so I am probably a little biased.

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#13

IceRod commented on This Video Brings Back Festive Sega Memories o...:

@MAB Did you actually read my post? I loved the Sega Genesis, and I have enjoyed several games over the years on Sega systems (the Shining Forces, Sonics, Phantasy Stars, Shinobis, and even some of the licensed games like Aladdin, Quackshot, etc.). Sega is definitely a shadow of what it used to be, and you insulting the 3DS and its games every chance you get is not going to change that....

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#14

IceRod commented on This Video Brings Back Festive Sega Memories o...:

@MAB aka Mad Aussie Bloke, first off, why did you change your name? To throw off the scent of those who hate your troll-ish posts? Second, we get it, you are a Sega fan first and Nintendo second. On top of that you don't think the 3DS is that great. The problem is, your opinions are just that: yours. The 3DS is already easily the best handheld Nintendo has ever put out and continues to amaze. I personally loved the Sega Genesis, but objectively the SNES still had a better games library, the best of all time in fact in my (and many other people's) opinion. Very few people will put the Genesis library in the top five of systems' libraries, although obviously you are an exception. But again it is your opinion. Yes, it is too bad Sega went out of business, but you should be thankful that Nintendo has systems that Sega can release its new games for, which pale greatly in comparison to Sega's '90s output, but I digress. The bottom line is you shouldn't be putting down Nintendo, or Sony and Microsoft for that matter, just because Sega is not around any more. They had their chance with the Sega Saturn and the Dreamcast, and they blew it. You coming on half of the articles on this site and praising almighty Sega and putting down the other companies is fanboyism at its worst, annoying, and just comes off as sour grapes.

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#15

IceRod commented on Retail Company Rakuten Highlights the Wii U an...:

@ Kirk The problem with some of your ideas is that they are just not possible. The Wii U playing BluRays? Like Nintendo just has to send out an online patch to change the internal framework of their system? The system either came with the kind of laser needed to read BluRays or it did not, and obviously it did not. And they can't add that in now because 1.) cost and 2.) Then they would be fragmenting their user base, with some people having that capability and others not. It is just bad business. Honestly I think the media playback idea is highly overrated, and most people who really care about such a thing will already have a BR player or a PS3 - I know I do. I bought a Wii U because I want Nintendo's games, and that is what I have already gotten and will continue to get. Sure, the system has gotten off to a slow start, but 90 % of Wii U owners have probably not gotten more than a handful of games, and I am already behind on buying the ones I want. Not to mention the ones we already know are coming next year.

The bottom line: I have never been disappointed by a Nintendo home console yet (and no, I did not own the Virtual Boy). I am sorry you were let down by the Wii, but that seems to be a vocal minority argument held by "hardcore" gamers. The Wii had some awesome games (Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, Skyward Sword, Twilight Princess, Madworld, Muramasa, Lost in Shadow, Super Paper Mario, Metroid Prime 3 and Trilogy, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Wii, Wii Sports and Resort, Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, Zak and Wiki, Punch Out, Sin and Punishment 2, etc.), and if they were not good enough for you, I really don't know what to say. Maybe you just don't like the kinds of games Nintendo specializes in and would be better off with one of its rivals' systems.

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#16

IceRod commented on Reggie Fils-Aime: Petitions Don't Affect Ninte...:

I do think that petitions on this large scale are paid a LOT of attention by Nintendo, despite what Reggie says. While we did eventually get the Operation Rainfall games, I believe Nintendo of America made a huge mistake waiting so long to bring them over. 2011 was a wasteland on Wii while everyone was waiting for Skyward Sword to hit. These games could have kept us busy and proved that the Wii was still a living and viable system. Reggie is a marketing guy, so he should know that perception is key, and those games came here simply too late.

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#17

IceRod commented on Reggie Declares The Year of Luigi Will Continu...:

I am surprised the article did not include Mario and Luigi: Dream Team as one of the highlights of the Year of Luigi. I know it has both the brothers in it, but considering the fact that it is Luigi's dreams they enter, he gets more attention. Plus it was a really enjoyable game.

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#18

IceRod commented on New York Times Critic Identifies Super Mario 3...:

@JaxonH I completely agree with you. I really think that it might help to list all of these games out so people can see how many great games there are for the Wii U:

Super Mario 3D World
Super Mario Bros. U
Super Luigi U
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
Pikmin 3
The Wonderful 101
Wii Party U
Scribblenauts Unlimited
Scribblenauts Unmasked
Rayman Legends

All of these have been reviewed well. Then you have the other games that are maybe not so great but still might be enjoyed by you:

Sonic Lost World
Sonic Racing Transformed
Game and Wario
Zombii U

And finally the multiplatform games like Assassin's Creed IV, Batman Arkham Origins, etc. Not to mention downloadable titles like Toki Tori, Edge, and Virtual Console titles.

Overall I feel the Wii U has a very healthy catalogue, and in the next year we will have the following (not counting what Nintendo has still not announced) to look forward to:

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Super Smash Bros. Wii U
Mario Kart 8
X
Bayonetta 2

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#19

IceRod commented on New York Times Critic Identifies Super Mario 3...:

@GamerJunkie I do understand you are mentioning everything, but I feel you come off a little biased in favor of Sony. I myself own a PS3 and Wii U (had a Wii and PS2 before that, so I feel I can make fair comparisons as well). I love both the Wii U and PS3, as they offer different and unique libraries of games. Now will I get a PS4? Probably, but definitely not this holiday season. Probably not until a year or more from now, when it actually has good games on it and the price comes down. Yes, PS Plus can give you games to play right out of the box, but you can get all of that on the PS3, plus a working BluRay player, plus an awesome game library. I just haven't really heard of any reason to upgrade to a PS4 yet, especially if you already own a PS3.

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#20

IceRod commented on New York Times Critic Identifies Super Mario 3...:

@GamerJunkie Actually since the PS4 does not have backwards compatibility, it will not get you very far for the games you "must have" like Ni No Kuni and Grand Theft Auto V. You will actually need a PS3. But great job constantly leaving messages about the PS4 on several articles the past few days. If Sony is not paying you, they really should be....