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Sun 30th December, 2012

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MussakkuLaden commented on Artist Reimagines Nintendo Characters Through ...:

The Zelda one looks great, but will only be noticed as what it is by Zelda experts - of which I don't know many. From that perspective, the Mario one looks more interesting and will be my choice when I can order one.

Mario and Pac-Man are to most interesting characters to be re-imagined in art anyway. But while Pac-Man is almost only associated with drugs and fear, Mario receives a more diverse treatment among which there are great things (and here one of few that succeed in re-imagining Peach too).



MussakkuLaden commented on Sharp Gearing Up to Supply 'Free-Form' LCD Scr...:

In order to pursue a somewhat coherent strategy and to ensure backwards capability as far as possibility, it would certainly not be surprising, if Nintendo makes once again THE SCREEN the innovative feature of the new hardware. Admittedly, in contrast to the glorious days of the DS, the focus on screen-related innovation with the 3DS and WiiU was not really that successful, but this does not need to be a bad omen for the future. Firstly, an handheld will need a screen anyway, so it's certainly not a bad idea to pursue innovation in an element that is obligatory (in contrast to the second screen of the WiiU), also because it has become almost impossible to introduce something entirely new (like the touchscreen of the DS or the motion controls of the Wii). Furthermore, with other companies having taken the lead as regards virtual reality, both visual and in terms of moving controls, it seems unlikely that Nintendo would make those domains the focus of their expected innovations.



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo Download: 11th December (Europe):

Pretty great week! The South Park tables are a must buy for me and RE Revelations is finally being sold at an interesting price. PKMN Pinball might be interesting too, but there are many other great GBA titles which I still haven't downloaded...



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo Reportedly States That No First Wave ...:

If the demand is there and the prices create a sufficient profit, it'd be stupid to discontinue anything. Not really surprising.
I guess most rumours about discontinued figures or hardware originate from people who want to make a profit by re-selling stuff which is currently unavailable.



MussakkuLaden commented on South Park Tables Available Soon in Zen Pinbal...:

4,99 EACH or both together!? That would either be rather expensive or suprisingly cheap... o.O

No matter what, I find this a great announcement! Especially the "normal" table looks amazing. Just yesterday I've been playing South Park 64 and Chef's Luv Shack on the N64, and it's nice seeing that a Nintendo console finally receives some South Park treatment again.



MussakkuLaden commented on Review: Tetris Ultimate (3DS):

No matter how good the gameplay, it's rather sad that for more than one decade no publisher has taken the efforts to surround the core gameplay with something as ambitious and beautiful as The New Tetris on the N64 delivered.



MussakkuLaden commented on Video: Early Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric Footage...:

It may not say a lot about the quality of the game yet, but the visuals in that video look quite horrible. If it wasn't in HD, one could nearly expect that on the Gamecube (compare it with some Crash Bandicoot game for instance). Ouch.



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo 64x64: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o...:

I believe that from today's perspective, Majora's Mask is the better and the more original game. But I still find the last sentence of NL's review somewhat unfair. At the time of its release, OoT was at least as ambitious as MM was about 2 years later. Only many things it introduced have become so common now, whereas MM remains fairly unique. But this is nothing you could blame OoT for.



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo 64x64: Rocket: Robot on Wheels:

Err, well. Given the praise NL already gave this game in their feature some days ago, its appearance on this list may not be so surprising. But a 10 out of 10? Wow. Okay, time to give this one a try.

So tomorrow there'll be Zelda OoT. Or not? Considering the last couple of days, everything seems to be possible. :P



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo 64x64: Wipeout 64:

Ah, well. I suppose this own had deserved to get more attention. The cover is horrible, though. Doesn't give a hint of the great art style Wipeout is famous for (see the cover of the Saturn version for instance).



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo 64x64: Donkey Kong 64:

Well then, 3 games left... I think we all know that OoT will be #64. ;)

While I absolutely appreciate that NL included some underdogs in their list, some great games will necessarily be missing... Only 2 of the following can make it:

1. Some multiplattform titles. Rayman 2!! And, indeed almost as good, Tonic Trouble. The once highly praised Shadow Man (though in my opinion a relict of the past, like Turok 2). The superb Star Wars Episode 1 Racer (the best thing the film produced). Resident Evil 2, well, better known on other platforms. Harvest Moon 64 - imo the best HM ever. Ogre Battle 64 - forgotten, in spite of its Virtual Console release. The New Tetris - best tetris ever. WWF No Mercy?
2. Nintendos own games. Ridge Racer 64 - okay, will not make it. Kirby 64 - doesn't deserve it, I think. But Yoshi's Story absolutely does.

My guess for the last 3 games: Shadow Man, Yoshi's Story, Zelda OoT. In this order. ;)



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo 64x64: Donkey Kong 64:

Dear Nintendolife,
when the list is complete, please add an option to the overview, by which the list can be ordered alphabetically. That would make it much easier to find a title.
Thanks. :)



MussakkuLaden commented on Review: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Qu...:

I don't doubt the qualities of the game, but personally I don't like its setting. Back in the days, I absolutely hated the first couple of levels on the pirate ship. That's why, for me, DKC3 is the more interesting game, though "objectively" it may be a bit weaker.



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo 64x64: Wetrix:

The idea is great indeed. I found it great back then, but never go the chance to play it until recently. Where it's still a great concept. But then..., the gameplay reaches its limits fairly quickly and then is plainly chaotic.



MussakkuLaden commented on Review: Arrow Time U (Wii U eShop):

@TG1 That is not entirely true. The seal did involve some degree of true quality control back in the time. It's true that the NES had a lot of bad games, but compared to open home computer platforms, a certain standard was met. This surely didn't mean that the games allowed to be released were necessarily "good", but they were quality and they met certain criteria Nintendo saw as important. This is still the case today, seal or not. Hence, while the seal ensured some degree of quality, I guess a game with a comparable "quality" as Arrow Time may still have been allowed to be released even then.

@Specter_Twilight But you misinterpret just what you quote. The quote precisely says EVALUATED and licensed. Whereas it does certainly not mean, like you say, that Nintendo had distributed it.

@thaantman True, but I think Nintendo does that already. Games like this, you do not see them advertised in the eShop, but merely mentioned on the list of new releases. Considering that many games like this do not even get one rating, they do not seem to sell so well. Good games, by contrast, are fairly prominently presented in the Shop. That is a big difference towards the Wii Shop Channel, where each release was presented in pretty much the same way. Now, bad games like this appear almost invisible anyway. Therefore I consider the problem to be much smaller than some people make it.



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo 64x64: Top Gear Rally:

Played this game only fairly recently, as I heard it'd be good and I enjoyed some other titles in the Top Gear series. But I was thoroughly disappointed and (though not the major problem for me personally) I cannot understand how this game has "great graphics". What about the sequel, btw? Never played it, as it's so rare.
If one Top Gear game deserves to be on the list, I'd say – no, not Overdrive! – Hyperbike! One of an impressive number of great motorbike racers on the N64. Impressive for its graphics, its speed and the complete openness of its off-road tracks.



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo 64x64: Jet Force Gemini:

Funny circumstances how I got to play this game. When I first read about it in magazines, like the Club Nintendo magazine or the like, I was not even a tiny bit interested in it. Some while later, more or less by chance I bought a magazine which included a 100-or-so pages walkthrough. I read through the whole, first because I had nothing else to do, later because it was so well-written and exciting. It got me interested in the game and suddenly, when I read the reviews and things again, I found I must have that. And so I did, and it was amazing.
My hint at those who never got into liking this game: Try playing it with a walkthrough. With a game as hard and long as this one, using a walkthrough, perhaps even permanently, can really increase rather than diminish the fun.



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo 64x64: Turok: Rage Wars:

I don't quite understand why NL includes a game on their list when they give it a mere 5 out of 10. It was the same case with F1 World Grand Prix.
Don't get me wrong: For me, personally, F1 needs to be included (though perhaps rather it's sequel), and MAYBE Rage Wars deserves it too. But then I would also give those games better ratings. I just can't quite follow why NL includes games which in their opinion are at best average.



MussakkuLaden commented on Feature: The Making of Rocket: Robot on Wheels:

The problem with this (and some other good, "forgotten" games of its time) was that even at the time of its release, the art design (especially of the hero) was somewhat questionable. And, of course, the N64 in particular offered a great number of similar exploration platformers.
By contrast to some other games I never played, I had utterly forgotten that this one even existed. But reading all that praise now, I may give it a try.



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo 64x64: Pilotwings 64:

Talking of Paradigm, I hope F1 World Grand Prix (II) will not be forgotten in this special. Impressive for it's time and both realistic and fun, with a really unique scenario mode. In my opinion the best Formula 1 games of all times (when regarded in relation to the hardware and release date).



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo 64x64: Pilotwings 64:

Talking of Paradigm, I hope F1 World Grand Prix (II) will not be forgotten in this special. Impressive for it's time and both realistic and fun, with a really unique scenario mode. In my opinion the best Formula 1 games of all times (when regarded in relation to the hardware and release date).



MussakkuLaden commented on The Hyrule Warriors Artbook Catches The Eye Wi...:

I am requesting a female Link for quite a while. However, I think that nothing about Link's personality and hardly anything of his look should change then. Rather I'd find a Link like that in the new WiiU Zelda appropriate, who could actually have either sex in terms of his look, and simply make him female.
However, Zelda and Ganondorf should not change, as I find their respective sex essential for their character (and their names clearly denote them as female and male respectively).
But Link was always some sort of blank space, a character closely associated with the actual player (hence the name Link or the possibility to enter one's own name, and hence the lack of dialogue on his part). Furthermore we know that in many titles of the series, the "Link" is indeed a different person, with entirely different backgrounds (whereas Zelda is, though one of different reincarnations too, always the royal princess of Hyrule, and Ganondorf may indeed be the very same person throughout time, merely changing his appearance). There is no reason or obstacle why a future reincarnation of Link should not be a female (while at the same time there should not be made a big fuss about it; a feminization of the character would be entirely the wrong way).



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo Download: 14th August (Europe):

Wow, those Ubisoft-Discounts are really damn nice and with only a few exceptions indeed below the retail-prices! At the moment I have neither time nor space for those games, but surely some great offers are among them.



MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo Download: 7th August (Europe):

Mach Rider for 3.99. So Nintendo really allows variable price tags for Virtual Console games generally and aside from some special releases, after they already introduced this with the GBA VC. Good thing. Mach Rider for instance always looked quite interesting to me, but as with many other "small" titles, 4.99 had been too much.



MussakkuLaden commented on Review: Master Reboot (Wii U eShop):

Hmm, the art style looks downright horrible. But then the overall presentation and the ideas look really interesting. If that ever drops to 5.00 or so, I may give it a try, especially as it's a pleasantly short game.



MussakkuLaden commented on You Won't Need To Track Too Much Treasure To B...:

A budget price is what I was hoping for, though I didnt really expect it. I'm very interested in this game, but then I had not bought it at full price. But then again, until today I got each first-party Wii U title for a maximum of 45 euro (e.g. MK8), in most cases 40 euro (e.g. Pikmin 3), on day one. But I don't expect to get this for 30. 35 rather, so I may wait.