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Same username as Nintendo Net ID

Male, United States

Lifelong Nintendo fan; current owner of a Wii U and a 3DS XL as well as a semi-retired Wii. Former owner of an NES, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP, 3DS and Virtual Boy.

Thu 7th May, 2009

Recent Comments



JJtheTexan commented on Preview: Mario Kart 8:

The game does look great, but I can't help but notice the elephant in the room - the second-straight major Wii U first-party release that does absolutely nothing with the GamePad.

I'll keep repeating myself until I'm blue in the face: the GamePad was a mistake; Nintendo doesn't even know how to use their own stupid gimmick; and they need to drop the GamePad, sell the system with just a Pro Controller and Wii Remote + Nunchuk with a modified OS that doesn't require the GamePad. Sell it as an accessory for the three games that absolutely require it. (Literally, three games I can name: Nintendo Land, ZombiU and The Wonderful 101.) Done. Move on.



JJtheTexan commented on Review: Clu Clu Land (3DS eShop / NES):

Yet another example of Nintendo's clueless inability to make Virtual Console a system-selling, game-changing service. When we could be getting more Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance or Game Gear titles on 3DS Virtual Console, we instead get a re-re-re-release of a poor, badly dated, shallow NES game already available on Wii and Wii U. Shameful.



JJtheTexan commented on Poll: Have Your Say On The GamePad's Role With...:

I'm surprised to find myself in such a small minority. I've owned a Wii U since launch, and I have come to believe the GamePad is an albatross, not a distinct and "vital" part of the experience. The system could be sold more cheaply and fare better if Nintendo reworked the firmware to function without the GamePad, and sold the console with a Pro Controller and Wii Remote / Nunchuck for $250 or less.

As it is, the GamePad is a needless accessory that drives up the price of what is a marginally more-powerful-than-last-gen console.



JJtheTexan commented on Review: Ice Hockey (Wii U eShop / NES):

Loved this game as a kid. Played it again on Wii Virtual Console a few years ago and realized this title has NOT aged well at all.

Frankly it only deserves a 5/10 if it's priced at a buck or less. For $5, you're not getting your money's worth.



JJtheTexan commented on Video: 3D Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Brothers Shoot...:

It's like Parodius Da! meets Yoshi's Island... though this title predates them both (I think).

Agreed with others - I LOVED every one of the previous SEGA 3D titles, and hope to see many more (assuming sales were strong enough to convince SEGA to keep 'em coming). And yeah, what happened to the Nintendo 3D Classics line? We got Kirby's Adventure, Urban Champion, Excitebike and Kid Icarus... and then nothing. I guess they devoted those energies to bringing out more Virtual Console titles... OH WAIT NO THEY'RE CLEARLY NOT BUSY DOING THAT.



JJtheTexan commented on Julius Caesar Will Be Taking the Battle to the...:

@wombatkidd they're both forms of entertainment, so they are certainly in the same category. Further, US copyright and trademark law protects names and identities from anything that sounds similar and could cause confusion to consumers. In this case, Mad Men is an exact copy of a well-known TV show. I'm not a lawyer, but I do work with intellectual property law and media cases on a daily basis and my job, and I can tell you this will not survive a challenge in the courts



JJtheTexan commented on Julius Caesar Will Be Taking the Battle to the...:

Sir Copyright Infringement used "Cease and Desist Order"! It's super effective!

Seriously, I like the game concept, but there is no way they'll get to keep the name. Both EA and AMC will come after them.

(For those unaware, AMC is the American network that airs a popular drama series titled "Mad Men")



JJtheTexan commented on Hardware Classics: Bandai WonderSwan:

Great article! Though I'm left wondering, what kind of a name is "WonderSwan"? No "wonder" they didn't release it outside of Japan... the marketing team clearly didn't want to come up with a name that would be acceptable in the West.



JJtheTexan commented on Nicalis Boss Tyrone Rodriguez Thinks The Wii U...:

Let's not miss Rodriguez's valid point here - we all know how awful sales of the Wii U are and that prospects for recovery look bleak right now. If the Wii U was $100 cheaper at launch, or right now, because it had just a basic Pro Controller instead of the GamePad, it would likely be far more competitive.

Yes, we can all come up with lots of great ideas for the GamePad. But the greater gaming community and developers / publishers have spoken, and they are not interested. A cheaper Wii U, or one powerful enough to legitimately compete with PS4 / X1 and get some decent third-party games would have been a better long-term strategy. The GamePad is, at best, a nice-to-have accessory, and at worst, an albatross that is helping keep the Wii U from being a must-own console.



JJtheTexan commented on Success of Twitch Plays Pokémon Raises Possib...:

I give a lot of credit to Twitch.TV for embracing this. While some sites would have responded to the stress on their servers / chat applications by shutting down the channel, Twitch used it as an opportunity to improve their overall product. That's a sign of a good company!



JJtheTexan commented on Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part One:

@Frapp Ah, but it's not just my preference... when Mario / Charles Martinet says it in-game in various titles, he says "Brothers"!

Same with Super Smash Bros. - the announcer on the title screen says "SUPER SMASH BROTHERS!!!" yet some people still call it "Smash Brose". Nails on a chalkboard to this American :P



JJtheTexan commented on Less Than 5% of Those Polled by the Game Devel...:

@rjejr and @tenten nailed it - this article misrepresents the data a bit. Firstly, the poll specifically asks about the developers' next game for release, not "all games currently under development". Heck, even Nintendo would have to answer that their "next game" is not for 3DS! (DKC:TF) Secondly, note the absurdly high number of "developers" working on mobile / tablet games. That's a completely different market and a different subset of developers. Any idiot with DIY app-building software can make a mobile game these days, and as "Flappy Bird" proved, they can just rip off existing concepts and have a best-selling P.O.S. on their hands.



JJtheTexan commented on AE Games Reveals Mad Men Football, High Impact...:

I like the concept, but the developer will be forced to change the name if the game ever comes close to an actual release. It's very easily confused with the TV series "Mad Men" - I actually assumed that was what it was until I got the "Mad Men" = "Madden" pun.



JJtheTexan commented on Talking Point: The Watch_Dogs Wii U Delay Demo...:

My thoughts are reflected by many other commenters:

  • Watch_Dogs isn't delayed. It's cancelled. I'll eat my hat if it really does come out for Wii U.
  • It doesn't matter whether you think Nintendo does or does not need third-party support for Wii U. It isn't getting any more. After SEGA finishes its Sonic exclusives deal, I imagine they'll walk away. EA is long gone. Take-Two says it's not making any more games for Wii U. Activision will probably continue to make a couple of licensed games and Call of Duty, but that's it.
    Who's left? Capcom? Konami? Done. Gone.

All we Wii U owners have left are Nintendo first- and second-party releases, and indies on the eShop. I don't regret my purchase, but I am completely resigned to the fact I need to get a PS4, X1 or PC if I want to enjoy a major third-party title.



JJtheTexan commented on Percy's Predicament:

Are y'all going to review this one? I'm curious if there is a decent game hiding beneath the hideous visuals. And my gosh, have you seen the developer's website? It's ripped right off of GeoCities circa 1999!



JJtheTexan commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Wii U Struggles Brin...:

I know we're all Nintendo fans here, but we have to be realistic. From a business perspective, this is a catastrophe. Iwata says he won't resign, and he wouldn't have to if he oversaw an American company - he'd have been fired by now. I have no idea why the Nintendo board has kept him on this long.

The biggest problem here is not Nintendo's failure to meet its projected sales for the fiscal year. It is Nintendo's total failure to create an install base. I will be shocked to see another third-party exclusive ever again on this system, and I do not expect any of the major third-party publishers — EA, Ubisoft, Capcom, Konami, Take-Two, etc. — to ever announce another game for the platform. Why bother? It's a guaranteed loss.



JJtheTexan commented on Inazuma Eleven Is Finding The Back Of The Net ...:

I'm guessing it will be eShop distribution only. I can't see this garnering a huge audience in North America... way too eclectic, even without the soccer elements. Also, some questionable design choices for the black / African characters in that anime clip that some Americans might find objectionable.



JJtheTexan commented on Review: 3D Ecco The Dolphin (3DS eShop):

I'll definitely pick this up, thanks to the Super Dolphin Mode. The original I played on Genesis was extraordinarily, frustratingly difficult. I've been extremely happy with all the SEGA / M2 classic 3D ports so far, and I hope they sell well enough to bring us more!



JJtheTexan commented on Talking Point: The GamePad and its Role Defini...:

I'm pretty late to the party and not wont to read all 166 earlier comments, so forgive me should I repeat someone else; but I believe Nintendo ought to consider a scaled-down version of the Wii U with just a Wii U Pro Controller and / or Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk. It will require an across-the-board system update for all current Wii U owners to re-create the OS so it can be easily used without the touch-screen (or better yet: allow 3DS owners to use those consoles as a sort of GamePad, if it's technologically feasible). A $200 Wii U would be possible without the GamePad.

Nintendo doesn't have much of an excuse here, as literally none of their own games except Nintendo Land and The Wonderful 101 require the use of the GamePad, and WaraWara Plaza is pretty useless as a start-up screen.



JJtheTexan commented on Nintendo Disables Swapnote's SpotPass Service ...:

Nintendo didn't make it clear whether this would also mean an end to messages from "Nikki" and various Nintendo personalities, so I just deleted all my old notes and permanently deleted the app from my 3DS. Freed up a little space since Nintendo obviously doesn't care about that particular service enough to make it work.



JJtheTexan commented on Wii Sports Club Will Download Automatically Wi...:

I'm actually pretty excited about this. I was already looking to replace my badly-scratched Wii Sports disc, but an HD version is so much better!

That and it's probably the only sports game we're ever going to get for this lousy console. :P



JJtheTexan commented on Nintendo Download: 17th October (Europe):

This is what kills me about Nintendo's handling of Virtual Console. We get like one title a week on Wii U, and there are literally THOUSANDS of good to excellent games out there to be made available, but what do they release? A steaming pile of crap like Urban Champion, widely regarded as one of their worst first-party NES titles. Every time I fill out a Club Nintendo survey, I chastise them for not doing right by Virtual Console.



JJtheTexan commented on Soapbox: Nintendo Could Have Ruled The Micro-C...:

Yes, this is a good idea - for Wii U. Release the entire Wii library digitally via the Wii U eShop, upscaled into HD with GamePad support, and you'll drastically increase the value of the Wii U. Sony is already planning to do something like this with PlayStation 4, allowing in the near future for gamers to stream PS3 and PSN games via the cloud.