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Sun 30th December, 2012

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MussakkuLaden commented on ​New FAST Racing Neo Footage is Set to be Re...:

Shin'en is certainly a likeable developer, and a very capable one too. However, aside from technical aspects and an overall feel of polish, none (of the rather numerous) Shin'en games I've played throughout the past generations truly satisfied me. There was something lacking, and this wasn't just originality (and even the great graphics had the problem of being bland from an artistic perspective). Sometimes the gameplay lacked depth (Nano Assault Neo). So I'm not really that excited about FAST Racing Neo. Admittedly, I never fully played the original, but that was because I found the demo to be a bore. It lacked what F-Zero or WipEout have: personality. Still, I will give the new game a chance, and I guess we can expect another demo anyway. 60fps are nice, I wonder if Shin'en may hit 1080p (but I assume they ain't trying). What's more important: Will there be a creative and/or useful usage of the Gamepad's second screen? If not, no buy.



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo of Japan Confirms the Tracks in the U...:

▪ Baby park (GCN) Okay.
▪ Ribbon Road (GBA) Looks great!
▪ Neo Bowser City (3DS) Meh.
▪ Cheese Land (GBA) Have desert courses ever been any good?
▪ Nature Road - Looks pretty good.
▪ Big Blue - Mute City, Big Blue..., while all the boring locations?
▪ Lingling Metro - Has potential.
▪ Animal Crossing - Great, certainly better than the Zelda-nonsense.

Unfortunately the greatest track from the Wii version is still missing: Maple Treeway. Though Nature Road seems to have a few things in common...



MussakkuLaden commented on Review: Donkey Kong 64 (Wii U eShop / Nintendo...:

I still think this game is underrated with a mere 7/10. Certainly, it has its share of flaws, yet besides being wholly enjoyable overall (something reflected in the score), it offers plenty of moments of true greatness. Also, all that criticism of backtracking and collecting: yes, it's true, but then again, one can enjoy the game without doing most of this. If you collect only half of the bananas, like I did back in the days, you still experiences an adventure that is bigger and better than almost any platformer up to this day. At least an 8/10 by any standards.



MussakkuLaden commented on Review: Super Mario 64 (Wii U eShop / Nintendo...:

While the fact that in Europe this is the 60Hz US-version, for me personally may even be a reason to re-visit this game after having owned and played the PAL original only, I am wondering: Does this mean, this version includes only English language, not the other languages of the PAL original? 60 or not, this would be a rather unwelcome loss for some.



MussakkuLaden commented on New Fire Emblem on 3DS Takes Shape as Two Sepa...:

I am still confused: If I buy the "white" version, I can still choose the "black" path, but once I have done it, the "white" one it will be locked? Or can I only choose the white path anyway, meaning that I do not truly have an in-game choice?
It's too early to say if anything is overpriced, or if we truly get two complete, distinct games. But no matter what, the whole thing seems rather confusing at his moment.



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 1st April, With ...:

We remember, this week there wasn't a single WiiU eShop release listed in Europe, not even a VC game. I'm sure the Nintendo Direct will bring some announcement and at least one game will be made available a few minutes later. In most of Europe it's practically already Thursday at that time of the Direct anyway.



MussakkuLaden commented on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U No Longer Set fo...:

I had never expected anything else (of which the recent release of MM3D was one reason). In fact, I was afraid that Nintendo may truly release this already in 2015 because of the problems the WiiU has. Now I'm relieved that they still prefer to make a truly great game, instead of just making a Zelda game. While the most recent footage looked impressive, it also looked extremely early and, given Aonuma's ambitions, not like something to be completed in a little more than one year. Furthermore, as ALL of the home console Zeldas past Majora's Mask gave the impression of being unfinished (not in the sense of being unpolished, but of being incomplete*), I hope that this won't be the case this time. And irrespective of the delay, by year's end we should have Xenoblade. With Zelda next to it, it had perhaps not received the deserved attention.

*I think I don't need to say anything about Wind Waker, which was by for the worst in this regard, and which was indeed released during a period when it was Nintendo's open policy to get out games fast. But also Twilight Princess had this problem: it's huge, but the last 2 dungeons all of a sudden being extremely generic and short (which is surprising due to the one year delay to hit the Wii release: obviously the work during that time really went almost only into the controls and, as Miyamoto said, a reworking of the earliest passages). Skyword Sword seemed quite complete and long, but at the costs of recycling a lot. Hence the recent Zelda games were always full of love in the earlier parts, full of attention to detail there, but some last 20% or so felt rushed and uninspired



MussakkuLaden commented on Game Jam Tasks Developers With Creating A Zeld...:

My words.
If the hype is big enough, Nintendo may actually want to consider this for the future. I don't expect anything official from Nintendo soon, but who knows what may be in 5 years or so. Nintendo needs to rely on its existing franchises, but it also needs to be original and infuse something new. Making Link female for an individual outing would certainly arouse interest, even in the non-gaming press. Naturally there would be haters, the obligator internet trolls with their obligatory blabla, their reactionary hate on gender, their cries for keeping the series true to the roots, though they miss no opportunity to criticise any outing of the series anyway. But apart from the fact that a female Link would arouse interest and lead to discussion of a series which, in spite of its enduring quality, isn't exactly "in the news" beyond the Nintendo community, I think that fans, both male and female (one should remember that the Zelda series in particular has a lot of female fans), would actually like the idea and would find something attractive and exciting in a female Link.
But like I also already said: If they choose a female Link for any game in the future, her gender should please not become the topic of the game. Link should simply be female, and that's it, as that's just the point: His gender doesn't really matter. And just BECAUSE it doesn't matter, he should finally for once be female.



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo Download: 26th March (Europe):

Those who don't already have it: Get the South Park pinball tables from the sale! Imo they are among the best tables Zen Pinball 2 has to offer, both in terms of gameplay and looks, and hence a must for every pinball fan. A must for South Park fans anyway. AND they are both very beginner-friendly, and thus recommended as a good place to start if you haven't been into pinball until now.



MussakkuLaden commented on Video: Nintendo Opts For Creepy and Mysterious...:

It's always the unique setting and atmosphere of this game which is usually emphasised. While this is certainly one of the reasons why I consider this game the best in the series, I'd like to add that in my opinion it's the pinnacle of the series in terms of gameplay, with regard to both its puzzles and the action.



MussakkuLaden commented on Three New LEGO Games Heading for Nintendo Hard...:

I am hoping we'll see Lego City Undercover 2 on the Wii U. As the sales were fairly satisfying, it would be weird if they would not bring a sequel which would require much less financial investments then the original and due to the higher install base of the Wii U now it could sell even better.

Out of the 3 games mentioned here, the Jurassic Park game certainly sounds interesting and could bring a truly fresh setting to LEGO. Also 4 movies should be enough to find some interesting scenes to turn into gameplay. If the game is better than the (admittedly rather decent) average among LEGO games, I may get that...



MussakkuLaden commented on Not Everyone is Thrilled That Metroid Prime Tr...:

Luckily, I got a used PAL copy in almost perfect condition, cardboard sleeve included, at GameStop in Germany for only 30 euro only last year. Little later I saw a NEW copy being sold at a reduced price for 40 euro at some second-rate electronics market; later I regretted that I didn't buy it in order to resell it (as I had no idea the game was so valuable, because, as I said, I got it for 30 at GameStop only a few weeks before). However, now I may be lucky, because if I still hadn't resold it, the price had dropped by now.



MussakkuLaden commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Flirtation With Micr...:

I don't see a problem until now. As long as only certain specific games are based on micro transactions, while all traditional "not free-to-play" games don't use them, that's okay. And even more so if the free-to-play games can still be played almost without disadvantages even without paying money - like in the case of that Pokemon game. It's obvious that Nintendo needs to make money with it in some way, while on the other hand it's obvious to me that I would not pay money for this game, no matter what the paying model. Hence, it being a free-to-play game almost without absolute restrictions at least gives me the chance to play it in contrast to not playing it. All fine so far.



MussakkuLaden commented on Poll: Which Current Generation Nintendo Soundt...:

I'd choose Xenoblade Chronicles. But actually I think that none of Nintendo's soundtracks in recent years was of true greatness. Just as video game music in general is losing its specific appeal. The last truly memorable soundtrack from Nintendo? Super Mario Galaxy perhaps. It succeeded rather well in combining what is merely "great music" with something that unfolds its quality through the combination with gameplay.
Nintendo had some great soundtracks during the GCN era though (Metroid Prime 1, Eternal Darkness). And N64 anyway.



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo Download: 22nd January (North America):

Punch-Out!! is a highly recommendable retro experience. While on the one hand side it may look like a lost opportunity with respect to the capabilities of the Wii – that is to say, it does offer the option to use motion controls, but those are nothing but a 1:1 replacement for the retro-style button controls, and are naturally slower – on the other hand side, it simply does everything right within the limits of that what it does. The gameplay is just like on the NES, but better, and certainly better than that of the SNES sequel. Graphics are simplistic but extremely charming. The only throwback is that beyond the campaign itself it doesn't offer anything. Hence after 10 or so hours, there is simply nothing left to do anymore (apart from, perhaps, playing the whole game again using motion controls, which makes it harder). While that was a bit of a problem originally, for 10 dollars it shouldn't be a big issue.
If you enjoyed Punch-Out!! on the NES, the Wii-version is an absolute most-buy. It stays 100% true to the original, while being ultimately better and up to modern standards. However, it'd disappoint if you would expect something like a modern boxing game on the one hand side, or an improved Wii Boxing on the other (as the motion controls in Punch-Out!! are in that sense inferior).



MussakkuLaden commented on Club Nintendo to Close, With Replacement Loyal...:

Okay, while the program was important in the past (while in Europe, it's climax was more during the GameCube era, with great offers such as the Zelda Collector's Edition, and not during the Wii era, as in Europe it didn't offer free games and the exchange rates for Wii points were not that great), it has become a bit uncomfortable recently, and somewhat strange in its existence alongside the Nintendo Premium program. With consoles now online, there are easier ways to register games. I suppose that the new program will be a sort of combination of Club Nintendo and Nintendo Premium, and, hopefully, the rewards will not get smaller.
Anyway, it seems I need to redeem a lot of codes this year. May exchange them for Nintendo Points, as I dont think there will be great physical gifts still coming...



MussakkuLaden commented on ​The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Downl...:

@Moon No, you don't remember correctly. ;-) In truth Majora's Mask had a SLIGHTY larger file size than Ocarina of Time. But only around 2 or 3 MB. Both games were released on a 256 Mbit module and filled it almost entirely.

Concerning the actual news. Really not surprising. Even a game like SM3DW on the WiiU is not that much bigger, while it the same time it was to be expected that MM3D would be considerably larger than the original.



MussakkuLaden commented on A Keen Retro Gamer Has Produced a Handy Virtua...:

I will try to explain it very clearly, as the question came up several times:

1. If you access the Wii Mode, NONE of the new WiiU controllers will work. Nowhere. Not the Gamepad (apart from showing an image on its screen), and not the WiiU Pro Controller. Even if the respective Wii game (no matter if retail, or Virtual Console) supports the Wii Classic Controller (Pro), control via WiiU Gamepad or WiiU Pro Controller will not be possible. Control via GCN-Controller and Adapter is not possible either, as this option is ultimately plugged in via the USB port and works differently from the genuine GCN-ports of the Wii.

2. Now, the case is slightly different with regard to the new Wii re-releases on the WiiU eShop.
a) If the respective game supported ONLY the Wiimote or ONLY Wiimote and Nunchuck originally, then the WiiU-eShop re-release will only support Wiimote (and Nunchuck) too. As with the Wii Mode explained above, the screen of the Gamepad is being supported as well, but control via Gamepad or WiiU Pro Controller will not be possible (all like above).
b) However, according to what Iwata said in the most recent direct (and what can be read on Nintendo's official websites): IF the original Wii title was playable with a Classic Controller (Pro), as for instance the upcoming Sin & Punishment 2, the WiiU-eShop-Re-Release-Version will also be playable with the Gamepad. At the moment it's not 100% sure if this will apply to all Wii-Re-Releases which supported the Wii Classic Controller originally, or if there might be exceptions. Also, it's unclear if the WiiU Pro Controller will be supported.

Remember: Playing a Wii title with the Gamepad* will ONLY be possible if two conditions are simultaneously met:
1. The title is downloaded in the form of a re-release in the WiiU eShop.
2. The title supported the Wii Classic Controller originally. Be aware that many titles did not support it, even though their control scheme make one believe so (as in the case of many first-party 2D-platformers).

a) Super Mario Galaxy 2 or Metroid Prime Trilogy from the WiiU-eShop: CANNOT be played with the Gamepad, as condition 2 is not met.
b) Physical copy of Sin & Punishment 2 or Pandora's Tower: CANNOT be played with the Gamepad, as condition 1 is not met.
c) Sin & Punishment 2 or Pandora's Tower from the WiiU-eShop: CAN be played with the Gamepad. However, as those who have played those titles on the Wii will surely confirm, playing them with Wiimote and Nunchuck is highly recommended, as those games require rapid aiming with the IR-pointer.

*Like explained above, until now only the support of the Gamepad is officially confirmed. As the WiiU Pro Controller has all the same buttons as the Gamepad, it doesn't seem unlikely that it may be supported too, but until now, there has been no mention of it, neither in the Nintendo Direct, nor on Nintendo's official websites.



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo Download: 22nd January (Europe):

Nothing for me this week. DKCR is surely quite good, but I have the original. Plus, I didn't even download SMG2 the week before, as I would need to buy a new eShop card for it and in spite of the seductive price, I have so many other games waiting to be played...).
DK King of Swing was quite nice when I played it briefly a decade ago, but even 7 euro seem a bit expensive for it for me personally...



MussakkuLaden commented on Talking Point: The New Nintendo 3DS Could Be a...:

I think I'll opt for the smaller one.
1. Even with the original 3DS XL, I always had the feeling the screens were a bit TOO big for a handheld console, as much as the console itself.
2. Lower price and infinitely superior design (even if it wasn't for the face plates).
No matter what, both models deserve praise for finally convincing me in terms of hardware (whereas the 3DS software was convincing enough a long time ago).



MussakkuLaden commented on Wii U Enjoyed Its Best Ever Month of US Sales ...:

The WiiU may no longer become a great success (and we know, the 2013 sales were surely low, so that the 25% rise is no great success either), but it's certainly nice to see that it's going upwards! With the amiibos now really gaining momentum and some more great titles coming (among them a few which will address audiences for which MK8 or SSB were not necessarily must buys), the year 2015 may continue the upwards-trend.



MussakkuLaden commented on Wii Disc Software Heading to the Wii U eShop:

I am surprised they are releasing DKCR now – as the 3DS version isn't too old. This may also be the reason why NoA is holding it a bit back...
I am wondering if the 4th, 5th, and so on, release is also starting with one week discounts, or if that applies to the first 3 titles only.



MussakkuLaden commented on New Screenshots for Rock 'N Racing Off Road Sp...:

@ToneDeath Do you mean Re-Volt?

Even for what it is, the graphics don't really look good. Look at the trucks on the first screenshot for instance... HD aside, a Wii game had not really looked worse. However, it may show a bit more love than some other eShop releases.

In fact, WiiWare offers some great games of this genre: Konami's almost unknown "Driift Mania" and the amazing "Rush Rush Rally Racing". Unfortunately both a price rather high (well, RRRR was a sort or retail-game originally).



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo Download: 15th January (Europe):

May get Axelay. For some reason it was absent on the European VC on the Wii (thought this wasn't such a big problem, with so many other great shoot 'em ups released), and with the new save feature of the Wii U VC, old-school shoot 'em ups are finally a little less challenging, so that I may actually see more than the first few levels.



MussakkuLaden commented on Review: Fire Emblem (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Ad...:

The game starts out great, but the last third of the campaign lacks ideas. Certainly, there is much to love about it, but some aspects appear half-baked. Also, while the introductory campaign presents Lyndis as a great, potentially interesting and loveable heroine, she gets then superseded (or at least complemented) by two absolutely average, a thousands times seen before, male heroes, of whom the actual protagonists features almost no personality at all.
I hope Sacred Stones is better.



MussakkuLaden commented on Here's a Handy amiibo Compatibility Infographic :

This cross-compatibility is surely nice and a great reward for those who already own one or a few of the amiibos, yet I think the for a lasting success Nintendo will need some game comparable to Skylanders or Disney Infinity In fact, the most logical step from a commercial perspective may have been to release SSB for free and let people use only these fighters whose amiibos they have, but of course that would have cause horrible, and justified, hatred from the fans. For the same reason, Nintendo cannot simply ground any existing series' title essentially on amiibo functionality. It can only be something entirely new, so that fans don't perceive it negatively. The question is if Nintendo has anything at hand for 2015... A new Animal Crossing may be a possible choice as far as existing series go, as it could easily include additional content related to almost any figure. But it doesn't seem so likely. A kind of sequel to Nintendo Land may be a possibility too, and could finally offer some true second-screen usage again. But... Well, I don't see something obvious coming. But if amiibos remain forever little more than gimmicks in the form of unlocking some skin or so (no matter how many games are compatible), the interest may fade soon enough.



MussakkuLaden commented on Review: Kuru Kuru Kururin (Wii U eShop / Game ...:

@Froggievilleus Certainly the 3DS would be capable of emulating those GBA titles, but I guess Nintendo intends to offer different platforms on the 3DS and the WiiU respectively, in order to make people buy both systems. The GBA titles seem to be quite a success on the WiiU and I guess Nintendo is aware that the success may be even greater on the 3DS, but this doesn't seem to be the priority now. At the moment, the release of classic DS games is only announced for the WiiU too, though the 3DS would be the more natural choice (irrespective of the fact that the originals can be played on it anyway). On the other hand, I would highly appreciate if the GB/GBC titles available on the 3DS-eShop would arrive on the WiiU – but again it seems that Nintendo wants me to buy a 3DS to play them. ;)
I certainly don't welcome this policy, but as to the "why", it really isn't so mysterious.



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo Download: 1st January (Europe):

Limited quantity, great quality.
Nice to see Fire Emblem SS arriving rather soon after its predecessor. If the latter succeeds in re-igniting my interest following a period of boredom (which I never experienced when playing the Wii U version; I am around mission 25 or so now), then I'll surely get the sequel too.
Having played F-Zero MV already back in the days, I was already waiting for Grand Prix Legend to turn up on the VC, as it's totally new to me. I don't feel in the mood for it now, but it's nice seeing such a lot of GBA titles arriving in the past weeks.



MussakkuLaden commented on Satoru Iwata Chipped In To Make Sure Super Sma...:

This confirms again one among the many things I always liked about Iwata as head of Nintendo: That he – different from Yamauchi and so many, many other presidents or managers – has professional insight (as well as true personal interest) into the products for which he is responsible.



MussakkuLaden commented on Poll: Which is the Best Mario Kart Game?:

Super MK: Never liked it, but perhaps that's because I played MK64 first.

MK64: Amazing game for its time, but a bit outdated from today's perspective.

MKSC: Decent. Rather boring, but for me still more fun than Super MK.

MKDD: Bad. Almost broken. And boring. BUT it had probably the best battle mode.

MKDS: Simply amazing. Maybe the second best of all MKs. However, the online mode had its problems.

MKWii: Practically perfect. Local MP was problematic, in my opinion, but everything else simply without the slightest flaw. Greatest track selection (or second greatest, MKDS had a great one too).

MK7: Played it only some minutes. Wasn't impressed at all. Lacked the typically MK feeling.

MK8: Uhm-hm. Somewhat lacks the typical MK feeling too, but it's still a great game for what it is. Unfortunately, the track selection is (together with MK DD) one of the worst of the series.

1. MK Wii - 9.5
2. MK DS - 9.3
3. MK 64 - 9.0
4. MK 8 - 8.9
...and then for a long time nothing.
5. MK DD - 7.0
6. MK SC - 7.0
7. Super MK - no rating
8. MK 7 - no rating