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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 Editorial: It's Not Fun to Criticise Nintendo ...:

I purchased two Wii U games at retail this year: Kirby Canvas Curse and Super Mario Maker. There was nothing released between those two that did anything for me. (Splatoon is not in my wheelhouse.)

This was easily the worst year of the Wii U's short life in terms of game releases. 3DS didn't do a whole lot better. Xenoblade Chronicles X isn't going to change that much.

With Star Fox Zero and (probably) The Legend of Zelda on the way, next year looks more promising for Wii U.



JJtheTexan commented on Feature: A History of the Mario Tennis Franchise:

I know I'm in the smallest minority here, but I absolutely LOVED Mario's Tennis. It was of course the Virtual Boy game I played the most. I really hoped for something similar with Mario Tennis Open, i.e. court-level 3-D visuals, but it's just not really there. How I wish Nintendo would release Virtual Boy games on 3DS Virtual Console...



JJtheTexan commented on The Super Mario Maker Update Has Cleared Up So...:

Good on Nintendo fixing the invisible block exploit. I was encountering more and more troll levels taking advantage of it.

Not sure how I feel about the SMW springboard fix, since it seems like a lot of the extreme Kaizo levels were depending on it. Pretty harmless but oh well.



JJtheTexan commented on Nintendo and DeNA Smart Device Game Details Co...:

I'm not holding my breath. I don't want to be disappointed.
Maybe we'll see

  • Mario endless runner
  • Flappy Kirby
  • Yoshi match-three game
  • Zelda mini-RPG
  • Some sort of Mario Kart spin-off
  • Animal Crossing / Tomodachi Life Lite
  • Nintendo characters collectible card game (like Pokemon CCG or Hearthstone)

I'm almost certainly wrong in every guess, but that's the best I can come up with.



JJtheTexan commented on Lost NES Title Wonderland Dizzy Made Available...:

Played this for about an hour yesterday. VERY challenging. And as @Shiryu mentioned, no GameFAQs or Let's Plays exist (yet), so I was totally on my own. This would have been a memorable if not very high-replay-value NES title, had it ever made it to market.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but no Dizzy title was ever released on a Nintendo platform, correct?



JJtheTexan commented on Nielsen Game Rank Lists the Most Anticipated G...:

No Xenoblade Chronicles X? Surely it couldn't have anything to do with the fact Nintendo has done almost nothing to market it, right? (Though that applies to Devil's Third as well, and the overwhelming critical consensus is that DT is garbage.)



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 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.