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Mikes

Mikes

Hello! :D

Male, United States

I'm just a friendly guy that likes to do a lot of things. I am also very passionate when it comes to the likes of video games (mainly Nintendo's). ^^

Joined:
Tue 16th July, 2013
Website:
http://www.maestromikes.newgrounds.com

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#2

Mikes commented on Mario History: Super Smash Bros. Melee - 2001:

Ah, I spent so much time playing Melee when I was a kid! I remember how my friend would always prefer to fight in teams, while I usually wanted Free-for-Alls. I remember how the cover used to have Mario vs. Bowser instead of the main one before I got a new copy. I remember that time when I unlocked Luigi, and woke my sister up just to tell her. I also remember the time where I thought I'd unlock Giga Bowser if I beat 'em. Good times! I wouldn't have cared much to play it as a high-skilled fighting game as a kid. I still suck in high-level play. Nevertheless, I somehow still know enough to take out my friends if I wanted to.

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#3

Mikes commented on Gorgeous Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Editio...:

@rjejr Thanks for putting in some realism. The art book is pretty much the only thing I'm really interested in. I wouldn't use the rest.
This special edition is neat, anyway. Even if I really wanted it, I'm already trying to figure out whether I should get Mario Maker, Star Fox, and Woolly World, or drop a game. I'm getting Xenoblade X for sure, though. Maybe I'll let go of Star Fox Zero. I never really played much besides Star Fox 64, anyway.

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#6

Mikes commented on Pokémon Brawler Pokkén Tournament Coming To ...:

As expected! Now that it's been officially announced, all I must do is wait.
Potential balance issues do not sit all that well with me, though, so I guess I'll wait to see how things go down in the future.

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#8

Mikes commented on Talking Point: Considering the Future of Ninte...:

D'oh. I took a quick look at the picture and thought a new Nintendo Direct was coming.
Anyway, as you can see, I'd like them to continue doing directs. I don't see why not. Sure, it'll be really different without Iwata presenting them, but I'm sure they can manage. Nintendo Directs were ways of keeping me moderately excited for upcoming game releases. I'd be disappointed if they discontinued them.

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#9

Mikes commented on Enter a Crazy Code to Unlock a New Character i...:

Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta? Super Saiyan God Super-What?
Okay then. Well, it's great that they have a demo. The last DBZ game I played was on the Wii. I let a friend borrow it, and I haven't bothered to get it back ever since.

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#11

Mikes commented on Nintendo's Awesome Super Mario Maker Overview ...:

Music creation?! Yesssss! It's now an instant buy!
Well, to be honest, I'm a bit disappointed it's only with note blocks. It would have been neat to have something like Mario Paint Composer. I guess that was too much of a dream. I suppose I can still make it work (eventually).
I'm not too much of a fan of waiting to get all of the features, but it's not that big of a deal for me.
I'd still prefer they gave us a composer tool, or somethin'. Custom music + custom levels = best way to express some creativity.

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#12

Mikes commented on Scathing Nikkei Report Hints At Shameful Treat...:

That is outright terrible. How can you be so totally fine with treating your employees that way? I've never really had much of a history with Konami's games, but reading this makes me want to ensure I don't support 'em. I hope things manage to work out for the employees.

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#13

Mikes commented on Video: Learn More About Guitar Hero Live's Fes...:

It's been a while since I've played Guitar Hero. GH3 introduced me to a lot of bands when I was little, which I appreciate.
I'm a little worried to give this a try, since I'm unsure if it'd mess up any coordination I have with an actual guitar.

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#15

Mikes commented on Nintendo's Corporate Social Responsibility Rep...:

Whoa. Those amiibo images seem a bit goofy.
"We must avoid a short-term outlook and always think about how we can make not only consumers, but also everyone involved with Nintendo, smile over the mid-to-long term."
It always brings a smile to my face to hear things like this. May Nintendo successfully move forward!
On another note, I'm actually still interested in the whole Quality of Life thing.

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#16

Mikes commented on Interview: 13AM Games on Getting Up to Speed W...:

After reading this interview, the game has gone from a "maybe" to a "must buy". I haven't been paying enough attention to indie games, as I've been pretty busy with trying to finish the ones I already have, but this definitely seems like a game I'd love to have!
It's great to see the bond that lies between the many indie developers. Reading about these kind of things in interviews is quite pleasing.

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#23

Mikes commented on Review: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Kn...:

I'm not surprised about the good score. August 4th? I've been living under a rock. I haven't even started Mystery Dungeon yet. There are still a bunch of other games I need to finish.
I guess this is the one Etrian Odyssey limited edition that I won't be getting, sadly. I'm still going to grab this game someday, though. Atlus has been putting so many games on the 3DS, it's crazy! They're all too good.

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#24

Mikes commented on Super Smash Bros. Version 1.1.0 Update is Now ...:

Ohhhhhhhhh snaaaaaaaap! quickly umplugged Wii U
The replays will be fine, right? Just making sure. I hope so.
Dang. I had the mindset that the update would come tomorrow in NA. It's a great thing I got an eShop card less than two hours ago. Anyway, I'm definitely looking forward to NL tournaments! Sounds like a lot of fun to play against other members.

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#28

Mikes commented on Review: KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker (Wii U eShop):

$8? Ick. Well, since it's on the Wii U, I probably wouldn't have gotten it anyway, since I have a computer to do that, and plenty of instruments around me.
Perhaps I'd be better off with a more fleshed-out utility from the 3DS eShop. There have been way too many times where I've come up with ideas away from home. Sure, I always write 'em down, but keeping what it should sound like exactly, through memory alone, almost always fails.

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#32

Mikes commented on ESL Announces Tentative Move Into Competitive ...:

That's pretty awesome! The rule-set is really great, too. I haven't used custom moves in a long time (almost forgot they existed), but it would have been nice if they allowed 'em.
I sure do hope it comes to North America. I consider myself pretty decent already, but c'mon — a free copy of Yoshi's Woolly World? I'd start practicing and studying character match-ups more intensively like crazy before they start! It'll be interesting to see how this one goes.

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#34

Mikes commented on Video: Nintendo Shines The Spotlight on Aya K...:

@97alexk Haha, oh wow, I see it.
This was a neat video. I'm not interested in either of the new Animal Crossing games, but it's cool to take a look at what things are like from another developer's perspective.
They're definitely right on the "don't be hesitant" part, although from personal views, it's a bit worrying. Imagine you're pretty confident about entering that line of work, but you then worry about everything you aren't aware of, like "What if ___ pops up and I can't debug it?" or "This isn't working and I'm not sure what the problem is!" kinda stuff. I'm no programmer or animator yet, so I have no idea how difficult or easy those things can be, but I'm pushing forward regardless.

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#36

Mikes commented on Exclusive: Project CARS "Simply Too Much For W...:

Never cared for Project Cars, and I still don't, but this is nuts. The cancellation is the least of my surprises, but just backing-out on those that funded the game for a Wii U version? Heck, if you knew you couldn't have handled it, you should have said this much sooner. Now you're saying it can't be done on the Wii U?
Well, I'm sorry for those that wanted/funded a Wii U version.

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#37

Mikes commented on Nintendo Releases Genyo Takeda's Full Eulogy ...:

It's definitely been a long, difficult week. During about half of the week, I still couldn't understand the fact that he passed away. My brain didn't seem to be taking it as fact. I knew the news, and my brain still expected him to be around like normal.
Emotionally speaking, I've been doing much better now. I'll never forget the charm he would always present, and the interesting directions he's taken the company. Hopefully his memory will live on forever. Well, it looks like I can give my lasting words and start moving on. Rest in peace, Iwata-san!

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#38

Mikes commented on Review: G.G Series VERTEX (DSiWare):

Gah! I keep seeing these G.G. Series games everywhere. Sometimes, I keep thinking you guys show the same old review with a different picture. They sure do keep their titles, er, consistent.
Anyway, I can't say this is my type of game, but good review.

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#39

Mikes commented on Talking Point: Competitive Gaming With Super S...:

I'd appreciate it if they keep supporting competitive gaming more (like how they're doing with Smash Bros.). While the recent Nintendo Smash events I attended were not really the best experiences, they should definitely push to do more things with them. If they started doing their own tournaments, I'd be happy.

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#40

Mikes commented on Interview: Amy Andersson on Conducting the Sym...:

It must have been great to be there. I wish I could go someday. Anyway, it's good to see how different the crowd's reactions are as opposed to those of normal classical concerts. It sounds much more lively.

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#41

Mikes commented on Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away Ag...:

Rest in peace, Iwata. My condolences go to your family and friends. Although most of us knew you as the CEO of Nintendo, most of us feel like we've lost a friend. Nintendo Directs really won't be the same anymore.

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#46

Mikes commented on Poll: Does Nintendo's Drive Towards Multiplaye...:

I was totally surprised when Federation Force and Tri-Force Heroes were given online multiplayer. That's really, really great. I'm not very interested in either right now, but I'm happy they're allowing online play.

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#47

Mikes commented on Hands On: Blast Ball Brings Crude Button Mashi...:

I agree. Blast Ball is definitely not the way to go if they're going to show off the game.
Anyway, all in all, as things were, it probably wasn't the best idea to reveal this game at the moment. People have been waiting some time for a new mainline game (although it's been about almost five years, it's not that many for me). Giving a spin-off without solidifying the releases of the main series makes most people freak out about "Where are all of the Metroid elements?!"
The spin-off itself probably isn't bad. I don't recall an agreeably bad game developed by Next Level Games. What is bad is the timing. Well, by timing, I mean "Have Metroid games been released steadily before this? Are we aware if there will be another one shortly/in a while?"
Take the spin-off, Metroid Prime Pinball from October 2005, for example. Not only were Metroid games being released at a normal rate, but it was also followed by Metroid Prime Hunters in March 2006, so I highly doubt there were many complaints about Metroid Prime Pinball. The most recent Metroid game released was Other M, and that was in 2010. If a new main Metroid game was in development and everyone knew, people would generally be indifferent to Federation Force, not oppose it as much, etc. You shouldn't give spin-offs without assuring your audience with the main games.
@IronMan28 has a point, by the way. I don't have much to say about that, since he put it perfectly.
Spin-offs are ways of broadening what a series is known for. However, with this timing, very few are willing to accept this game, so that's why everyone's so avid on having the elements of an average Metroid game. That fix hasn't been received in a while.
Despite NLG's history, I'm not sure if the game will be good, bad, have many Metroid elements, or lack many Metroid elements (although the Treehouse footage isn't doing much justice when it comes to elements). I will reserve my final opinions when the game releases.
Oh, and some people even say the name should have just been Federation Force, or something. This would have changed nothing. People would still have the same complaints.

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#50

Mikes commented on Bill Trinen Will Compete at Evo 2015 as a Supe...:

Neat! I'll root for ya. Just promise me you know how to Up-B!
I wish I could attend. Online tournaments are neat most of the time, but it'd be nice to have in-person experiences.
Oh well. Two more years 'till I can travel on my own!