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JJtheTexan

JJtheTexan

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.

Joined:
Thu 7th May, 2009
Website:
http://jjthetexan.kinja.com

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JJtheTexan

#1

JJtheTexan commented on Nintendo Goes Download-Only With The 2014 Club...:

The biggest problem for me, as a Platinum member and heavy buyer, is that I already own ALL of those games except three, and those three are titles I was never interested in to begin with. I guess I'll take Game & Wario because it's there, but geez I already had to settle for the somewhat similar Wii Play U as my freebie with Mario Kart 8 since I already owned all three of the other free choices. :/

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#2

JJtheTexan commented on Sony: PS4 Is "Welcoming Back" Wii Owners Who S...:

If I ever do buy a second current-gen console to compliment my Wii U, it will be a PS4. I am already very interested, though, in the PlayStation Vita TV, and I plan to pick one up probably early next year. I can get caught up on many of the Sony and third-party franchises that way. But I have so many Wii and Wii U games in my backlog pile, I don't know that I can really make room for an entirely new disc-based console!

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#3

JJtheTexan commented on Poll: Which Is The Best Legend Of Zelda Game?:

Other posters may have said this, but I think you really ought to combine the original and remake titles: Ocarina of Time and Ocarina of Time 3D, for example; Wind Waker and Wind Waker HD; Link's Awakening and Link's Awakening DX.

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#6

JJtheTexan commented on HullBreach Studios Bringing New RPG, Tomeling,...:

This needs to stop. Seriously. "Percy's Predicament" looks like garbage. "HullBreach Uncloaked" looks like the CG stuff we made in the lab when I was in high school... IN 1996. This tripe looks WORSE than shovelware. I'm all for Nintendo opening up the eShop to indie developers, but I mean come on already — it shouldn't be a freaking testing ground for mom's basement devs who just want to be able to put "game published on Wii U" on their resumes.

I have no idea what the gameplay is like, and I don't care. I know graphics aren't everything, but literally every screen shot I've seen from this studio looks bleeping awful. For crying out loud, there's more production value in "Funky Barn"!

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#7

JJtheTexan commented on Atari's "Corporate Comeback Strategy" Includes...:

This recent story in Wired will tell you all you need to know about the "new" Atari: http://www.wired.com/2014/06/atari/

Quick summary: Atari is going all-in on mobile, free-to-play and freemium, repurposing its classic titles as "social" with in-game payments, and an absolute stance against ever publishing on consoles again. "Games, of course, will still be part of Atari’s future. But this time, Atari is targeting the mobile and online gaming markets, not consoles. In other words, says Chesnais, 'no boxes.'"

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#8

JJtheTexan commented on Review: Pac-Land (Wii U eShop / NES):

@ToxieDogg beat me to it — this game has one of the worst control schemes EVER. Though it does predate Super Mario Bros. and the controls actually mimic the arcade version, which was just three round buttons — jump, move left, and move right.

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#10

JJtheTexan commented on Don't Worry, Nintendo Hasn't Forgotten About T...:

Talk is cheap. Nintendo is sitting on a gold mine and they're going after it by using a pickaxe instead of an industrial drill. I've said it many times — Nintendo's mistreatment and neglect of Virtual Console is inexcusable and the most-easily remedied problem with the Wii U and 3DS.

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#11

JJtheTexan commented on Don't Worry, Nintendo Hasn't Forgotten About T...:

Talk is cheap. Nintendo is sitting on a gold mine and they're going after it by using a pickaxe instead of an industrial drill. I've said it many times — Nintendo's mistreatment and neglect of Virtual Console is inexcusable and the most-easily remedied problem with the Wii U and 3DS.

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#14

JJtheTexan commented on Grezzo Seeks New Employees Asking If They Want...:

My take-aways from this:

1.) If the job listing really does refer to Majora's Mask 3D, they haven't even started development and we're likely 18 months or more from release.
2.) It probably isn't for Majora's Mask 3D.

Nintendo has gotten a lot better at listening to fans, but I don't think this is coming any time soon, if ever. We do enough remakes nobody asked for, like Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, though.

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#18

JJtheTexan commented on E3 2014: Yoshi's Woolly World Details Revealed...:

The game looks all right but the re-reveal / presentation freaking clobbered the momentum from the otherwise (mostly) brilliant Nintendo Digital Event. They should have kept this to a 90-second sizzle reel. The whole yarn store interview thing was BORING.

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#19

JJtheTexan commented on Review: Mr. Driller 2 (Wii U eShop / Game Boy ...:

You can't go wrong with "Mr. Driller W" in the WiiWare section of the Wii Shop, and the DSiWare title "Mr. Driller: Drill Till You Drop" is just as good. There's really no reason to pick up this GBA version unless you're a completionist or a huge "Mr. Driller" fan who wants to share scores and such on Miiverse, since the other two titles aren't Miiverse compatible.

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#23

JJtheTexan commented on HullBreach Studios and Cthulhi Games Retract C...:

I think this is good news. Clearly, HullBreach doesn't have the ability to actually create what the original Sadness was supposed to be, and wanted to do something completely different. Hopefully whomever does actually buy the IP will create an immersive 3D survival horror / puzzle game as the initial creators intended.

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#24

JJtheTexan commented on Exclusive: Lost Wii Game, Sadness, To Be Reviv...:

So... this is Sadness in name only, then.

I'm extremely skeptical, given I've seen nothing of Ex Oblivione, and the aesthetics of Hullbreach: Uncloaked leave a great deal to be desired.

If the Wii U has too much of anything, it's indie 2D platformers in development.

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#26

JJtheTexan commented on ARC STYLE: Baseball 3D:

Hope to see a review of this soon. I watched the trailer on the eShop and I honestly don't know what to think of it.

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#27

JJtheTexan commented on Review: Mega Man II (3DS eShop / Game Boy):

I must be the only person who really liked this game. I guess it's because I was a kid and it was so easy as to be very accessible to me, whereas most of the other Mega Man titles were too difficult for my liking. And I LOVE the soundtrack! I must have a brain injury or something.

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#28

JJtheTexan commented on Feature: Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns...:

I'm a backer of Source, but it sure doesn't look like it has much of a chance of getting funded. It's too bad, because the game looks marvelous. Hopefully a publisher will pick up the rights and make it happen; development looks to be fairly far along, so I doubt the husband-and-wife development team will give up entirely.

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#29

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.

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#31

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.

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#32

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.

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#35

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.

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#36

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.

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#37

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

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#38

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")

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#41

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.

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#43

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.

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#44

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!

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#47

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

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#49

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.