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Same username as Nintendo Net ID

Male, United States

Lifelong Nintendo fan; current owner of a Wii U, New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 3DS XL, Wii, and GameCube. Former owner of an NES, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP, Nintendo 3DS, and Virtual Boy.

Thu 7th May, 2009

Recent Comments



JJtheTexan commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2015 - Q4 ...:

Oof. Some decent titles there to be sure, but this pretty much seals the deal as far as I'm concerned, for 2015 being the weakest year in the Wii U's lifespan and one of Nintendo's worst years ever in terms of major releases on its platforms. Frankly, it's only saved by Super Mario Maker and Splatoon (for those who play the latter; I'm not one of them but I can see why so many people like it).

Hard to top 2014, but what a letdown 2015 turned out to be.



JJtheTexan commented on Retro VGS Crowdfunding Campaign "Dead In The W...:

@ikki5 the Retro VGS would have absolutely no internet connectivity, at all. So, no updates, no patches, no DLC. It's physically impossible. If a game ships with a bug, it's broken forever. If you want DLC... well, you need to buy another cartridge.



JJtheTexan commented on Video: If You Want to Beat The Legend of Zelda...:

@James_mussell98 absolutely, get this game. It's one of the best Legend of Zelda games, easily the best Game Boy Color game, and belongs in most all-time best game lists. Challenging but not overwhelming; excellent localization with genuinely funny dialogue; memorable characters; excellent boss fights. And fun side-quests!



JJtheTexan commented on Talking Point: Star Fox Zero's Delay Could Be ...:

The Wii U was on its deathbed before the Star Fox Zero delay. SFZ wasn't going to sell many consoles this holiday. Nintendo may not even move a million more Wii U units before the end of the year.

SFZ, Xenoblade Chronicles X, etc. are rewards for current owners. There are probably a handful of PS4 / X1 owners who will finally pick up a Wii U this Christmas as a secondary console, but it's past the point of no return now that its two biggest upcoming games are delayed indefinitely (and possibly shifted to NX).



JJtheTexan commented on Mario Memories: Getting Creative With Mario Paint:

I love Mario Paint so, so very much. One of my favorite Super NES games. For a long time, I had hoped Nintendo would find a way to emulate it on Virtual Console by using a Wii Remote (or later the Wii U GamePad). Super Mario Maker is a far better spiritual sequel than I could have ever imagined.



JJtheTexan commented on Review: Mario Golf (Wii U eShop / N64):

Yes, but Nintendo later identified the golfer in the NES game as Ossan, which is Japanese for "old guy" or something like that. The golfer in the Game Boy version of Golf is clearly Mario.



JJtheTexan commented on Review: Mario Golf (Wii U eShop / N64):

@joel_couture "That being said, Mario Golf was effectively Mario's first foray into the world of professional sport - aside from Mario's Tennis on Virtual Boy..."

What? It's not even Mario's first GOLF game. He starred in NES Open: Tournament Golf, and Golf for Game Boy, prior to Mario's Tennis.



JJtheTexan commented on Gallery: Mario - A History of Power-Ups, Fashi...:

I HATED the Blue Shell suit in New Super Mario Bros. Difficult to control. Led to many unintentional deaths.

The Flying Squirrel Suit is probably my second-least-favorite in the entire series. Wonky controls and didn't really add anything new.

Super Cape and Super Leaf / Raccoon Mario (oddly missing from the above list) are the best power-ups EVER in any platforming game. Period. (Or full stop if you're British.)



JJtheTexan commented on Interview: Here's Your Chance To Ask The Voice...:

Do you play Mario games often, and when you do, do you mind hearing your own voice (especially in games where you voice multiple characters)? Or do you turn the volume down?

Xander Mobius (announcer for Super Smash Bros.) said in a recent interview he has to play with the audio muted... he got tired of hearing himself!



JJtheTexan commented on Wii U System Update Now Live, Finally Puts TVi...:

I think I used TVii twice. Nintendo probably wasted millions of dollars researching and developing the least-useful app on its flagship console. It didn't really do anything a phone, tablet or laptop can't do better, faster.

Now if Nintendo would spend some time getting rid of the nearly-as-useless Warawara Plaza and give us a functional, useful dashboard on startup, that would be great... but I imagine that R&D team is working on the NX.



JJtheTexan commented on Mario Memories: Super Mario RPG Opens Up The W...:

I often call Super Mario RPG my "gateway drug", because it was the first RPG title of any kind I ever played. Before then, I wrote off RPGs as "too Japanese" for my tastes, with unwieldy battle systems and overly-complex, confusing menus and item systems.

Then I played SMRPG and I realized how much FUN a turn-based battle system could be. The battle with Culex piqued my interest in the Final Fantasy series, too. So I tried Final Fantasy IV next. Then Chrono Trigger. And there was no turning back.

Fittingly, all of the above titles were originally from Square, so I've stayed close to those roots, but with EarthBound and Fire Emblem: Awakening under my belt, I'm still expanding my gaming horizons — and losing myself for hundreds of hours — all thanks to Super Mario RPG.



JJtheTexan commented on Nintendo Not Looking To Churn Out Yearly Seque...:

If Nintendo does one thing really, REALLY well, it's handle its core franchises. Annualized Mario Kart, Smash Bros., Super Mario Bros., Zelda, etc. would kill the creative minds that make those few-and-far-between releases so special.




JJtheTexan commented on Mighty No. 9 Delayed Until Early 2016:

Sigh. Here is my experience with games I've backed on Kickstarter:
Armikrog. for Wii U - estimated July 2014, PC version releases August 18 2015, Wii U version delayed indefinitely
Heart Forth, Alicia for 3DS - estimated May 2015, now TBA
The Deer God for Wii U - estimated September 2014, PC released February 27, Wii U delayed indefinitely
Timespinner for 3DS - estimated November 2015, most platforms delayed to June 2016, 3DS delayed indefinitely
Nefarious for Wii U - estimated July 2015, now TBA
Mighty No. 9 for Wii U - estimated April 2015, delayed to September 2015, delayed again to 2016
Yooka-Laylee for Wii U - estimated October 2016, we'll see...

I understand games will be delayed. It happens. Most Kickstarter developers are striking out on their own for the first time and can't really guess what kinds of problems they will run into.

But to be 0-for-6 on Kickstarter backing? Really?

Moral of the story: don't back games on Kickstarter unless you don't care if they are ever released.



JJtheTexan commented on Tomonobu Itagaki Outlines His Goals With Devil...:

I read the entire interview, and I have to say I'm disappointed in the softball questions the Famitsu writer posed. Do they always play so nice / patronizing with developers? No tough questions at all, which is really out of line given the mostly negative reception by Western critics (including this website).



JJtheTexan commented on Nintendo TVii Service Ends In North America On...:

(insert picture of Grumpy Cat)

I played with TVii a couple times when I bought the system at launch. I found it to be a vastly inferior experience to just using Twitter on my computer or phone. Hopefully, Nintendo has learned from this relatively minor error to just stick with games on consoles.



JJtheTexan commented on Industry Analysts Speculate On Nintendo's Futu...:

I really doubt they will hire an outsider. Someone from outside the Kyoto culture would immediately start doing what the Michael Pachters of the world want — go for broke on mobile; abandon proprietary consoles; go third-party; etc.

I expect Nintendo will promote either Satoru Shibata or Genyo Takeda. I think Reggie will take over NoA as its president.

Miyamoto-san would never accept the job, even if offered and strongly encouraged to do so. He's a creator, and he'd hate to give that up.



JJtheTexan commented on First Footage Emerges of Bandai Namco's Projec...:

So I'm guessing a Tomb Raider-inspired, online-only, 4-player co-op, with microtransactions to upgrade weapons, outfits, gear, etc.

I'll withhold judgment until after its full reveal, but I have to say it is encouraging to see ANY third-party exclusive being developed for Wii U.



JJtheTexan commented on Exclusive: Slightly Mad Studio Head Ian Bell S...:

I'd say it's slightly more likely we'll get Tomb Raider, Mortal Kombat, Grand Theft Auto V, The Witcher III, and Call of Duty: Black Ops III on Wii U.

More succinctly, no, I do not believe Project Cars will ever be released on Wii U or any other Nintendo platform. It is dead.



JJtheTexan commented on Project CARS Studio Boss Admits to Problems Wi...:

I'm incredibly disappointed, and not at all surprised. I just wish they had cancelled it last year instead of dragging it out this long.

I also wish Nintendo would make hardware that can handle cutting-edge computing demands. But they haven't done that since the Super NES, so I'm not terribly optimistic about the NX.



JJtheTexan commented on An Impressive 1.79 Million Players Have Crosse...:

I only just started playing FE: Awakening last week, right after I finally finished Majora's Mask 3D. It's my first-ever Fire Emblem game. So far... I'm hooked! Surprised by how easy it is to get into, and how beautifully and lovingly crafted everything is. It does help that I got my introduction to tactical RPGs via Project X Zone a couple years ago.



JJtheTexan commented on Waka-Waka-Well I Never, Pac-Man Turns 35 Today:

Unquestionably among the greatest games of all time. Arguably more important than Super Mario Bros. in terms of industry impact. Pac-Man set the stage for Mario and every major playable character to follow.

I'll always love the original game, but my favorite in the series is probably Pac-Man Arrangement. I sure wish Bandai Namco hadn't cancelled Pac-Man Museum for Wii U... sigh



JJtheTexan commented on Cyber Gadget's Retro Freak System Is Looking T...:

This literally looks like something I sketched in my school notebook when I was about ten years old. I concocted a console that would play NES, Super NES, Game Boy, Atari, SEGA, etc. games in one unit, with different slots for each cartridge type. I think I called it the "Ultra Game Master 2000" or something like that.

Kind of crazy that some other kid with the same idea actually made it happen all these years later!