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Male, 27, United Kingdom

Retro reviewer for Nintendo Life, and loving it!

Tue 9th October, 2012

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MegaWatts commented on Swedish Speedrunner Breaks Record For Fastest ...:

@DerpSandwich I think there's a lot to be said for the amount of effort and time that goes into finding these glitches (which you don't really see in the streams). While a legitimate playthrough could be fun, there comes a point very soon where people are probably only shaving seconds off previous records, and they're spending umpteen hours doing it. I actually played through Ocarina of Time with a friend in a single day a few years back and it took all day and most of the night. While it was fun, I didn't feel like doing it again in a hurry, especially when I've other commitments in life getting in the way.

With the discovery of new glitches, there's the potential for huge gains in terms of reward. Not only that, but it adds another layer in that the people doing these things are actually taking the time and effort to truly understand how the game works and explore it in ways which no conventional guide or walkthrough has covered.



MegaWatts commented on Review: Quake II (Nintendo 64):

@AhabSpampurse It's one of those setups where once you get used to it, it really delivers! I'm also left-handed (but normally play with the standard right-handed setup in games), so it doesn't feel too alien to me!



MegaWatts commented on Review: Cube Tactics (3DS eShop):

@Kaze_Memaryu with regards to the enemy having unfair advantages at the start, they're meant to. The missions are scenarios which you have to work out how to beat, often from a position of weakness (at first).



MegaWatts commented on Review: Cube Tactics (3DS eShop):

@Philip_J_Reed That's a very good point you make regarding stalemate situations - I actually wish I'd mentioned this as it was an issue that cropped up a few times.

Glad to hear you're enjoying it though! I was quite surprised by the quality of it to be honest!



MegaWatts commented on Review: Kung Fu Rabbit (3DS eShop):

@ricklongo what exactly is the bad meaning of the expression? Because a bad mobile game to me would be one with poor controls, in-app purchases and lots grinding to reach milestones. Kung Fu Rabbit has none of these.



MegaWatts commented on Play: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate With Nintendo ...:

@shigulicious That's true, but that in itself can be a real confidence booster. Some players come up against the Barroth for the first time and find it nearly impossible. But if you can help take it down, make it seem feasible and help them get better armour (so that they aren't punished as much when making mistakes) then I think it has a positive impact overall!



MegaWatts commented on Soapbox: A Monster Hunter Obsession, and Why t...:

It's a real tough call on Capcom's part if they are indeed looking for ways to make the series more appealing to Western gamers. Personally, I think it's perfect as it is; the clunky combat, movement and long-winded item management/usage actually make it a far better game. It takes some getting used to, but once you know what you're doing, it's easily one of the best gameplay experiences you can currently have. Words cannot describe the immense amount of satisfaction that is felt when emerging victorious after battling a huge, vicious monster for thirty minutes.

It's a shame that there's this increasing need to make games simpler, more immediately friendly, because players can no longer be bothered to invest the time in learning how it works.



MegaWatts commented on Capcom Reportedly Planning Western Release of ...:

I think that if we got this as well as Monster Hunter 4, I'd probably die from excessive hunting. Having sunk the amount of hours that I have into MH3U, I just don't see how I would have time to do other things like eat or sleep.



MegaWatts commented on Review: Mario Bros. (3DS eShop / NES):

@minotaurgamer As the site's N64 fanatic, I can assure you that "artsy-movie-like HD graphics" are the least of my concerns; give me good gameplay any day of week! Sadly, I just don't think that Mario Bros. is a very playable or entertaining experience today, that's all.



MegaWatts commented on Video: Xbox One vs. Nintendo 64:

@CaviarMeths I completely agree with regards to Perfect Dark being better than GoldenEye 007; that title truly was groundbreaking. But to compare The World is Not Enough to GoldenEye borders on insulting!

GoldenEye is dated, but still very much playable. It takes some getting used to, but we've played matches in the NL office and never was its age a problem when it came to our enjoyment of it. Given that it offers a much tighter local multiplayer FPS experience than most modern shooters, I'd say that it does hold up in some ways.



MegaWatts commented on Review: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Wo...:

@Marshi At no point in the review did I say that. What I said was:

"’s fair to say that storytelling has never been the series’ strongest asset just by itself, and rather what it truly excels at is progressing the gameplay and creating fun player experiences that work within the confines of the series' renowned settings and themes."

I accept that people play Zelda for the story, even I like to follow the story. What I'm saying is that I don't believe the stories are the strongest element; in my view they're actually quite basic, but are perfectly suited for the style of gameplay and progression that Nintendo always aims for with Zelda games.



MegaWatts commented on Review: Wii Sports Club: Tennis (Wii U eShop):


"Boxing. Great game in the original but lacking precision and calling for WMP support – on BOTH hands! Well, we'll see how smart Nintendo is."

They've actually already done this for many of the activities in Wii Fit U, so I'm hoping that they'll do it for Boxing too when it comes out! Will be a missed opportunity otherwise!



MegaWatts commented on Review: Wii Sports Club: Tennis (Wii U eShop):

I think Tom raises some very key points about the software. Personally, I've been having a fantastic time with it; my housemate and I have been playing doubles online and we'll really get quite into it. That said, it has its flaws (online hasn't been too bad for me though in terms of lag) and it's still not fun to play in single-player (apart from the mini-games!)



MegaWatts commented on Wii Party U and Wii Fit U Deliver Major Increa...:

It'll be interesting to see if Wii Party U has this effect in other regions (once Nintendo get around to sufficiently advertising it that is). I've always believed out of the entire line-up of games this holiday, it's the one which has the best chance of selling the Wii U difference.



MegaWatts commented on Poll: Is Nintendo's Wii U Advertising and Mark...:

I really do believe that the only thing holding the Wii U back at the moment is exactly this. The marketing has been practically non-existent across the globe. Never mind that people might not get the Wii U; 9/10 of them have absolutely no idea what it is. Moreover, I don't honestly believe it's that hard to promote — everyone I've shown it to or explained it to has understood exactly what it is.

In the UK, I think one of the major problems aside from barely advertising the system is that the advert we have seen do absolutely nothing to a) identify what exactly the Wii U is and b) show off any of its unique features in relation to the game that's being advertised. The Wind Waker HD ad was just gameplay clips with a couple of review snippets — utterly pointless. Show us the benefits of the system, Nintendo, and why we should be buying it. It's one of the most basic principles of advertising, which an expensive and qualified marketing team should understand. Heck, even a 20-second ad just showing off-TV play would help set it apart from the rest.



MegaWatts commented on Review: Pinball (Wii U eShop / NES):

"There just isn’t that much to say about Pinball. It’s a small piece of history, teaching us what home console video games were, before they knew what they could be — a lesson that can fully be learned by most in one sitting."

I most certainly couldn't have summed this up better myself. You're a real craftsman with words, @DRL. I completely agree with what you're saying; I think Pinball would attract my interest on the basis of it being what it is (a now somewhat archaic rendition of a pinball video game), but I highly doubt I'd have as much fun with it as I would have done back in the late 80s.

Great review!



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

Awesome that it downloads through SpotPass - hopefully at midnight on day of release so it's ready for me to jump into the next morning!

I really do think this will be a big hit in my house over Christmas - sure, we've played it all before but it's just so easy for players of all skill to understand.