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MussakkuLaden

MussakkuLaden

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#1

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.

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#3

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.

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#4

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.

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#6

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.

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#7

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.

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#8

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.

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#9

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.

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#11

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).

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#12

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).

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#15

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).

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#16

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.

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#18

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.

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#19

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.

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#23

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.

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#26

MussakkuLaden commented on Talking Point: The Wii U eShop is Raising Toug...:

I would favour a quality control too, simply in the most basic way. It was less of an issue in the Wii Shop, but with it now being easier to port to the console and to publish (which is a good thing as such), there is a lot of real crap coming which could disappoint some casual gamers and hurt the reputation of the console. I don't mean that Nintendo should act like a dictator and prevent anything that serious gamers would consider crap - like those My Farm games, which are not totally broken after all, and seem to have their fans, as otherwise they would not release more and more all the time. But some games, like this letter title recently, they seem to lack any production standards... Having a certain minimum quality in the Nintendo shops would also be an advantage over completely open platforms like those on Apple and Android.

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#27

MussakkuLaden commented on Ocarina of Time Joins Hyrule Warriors With She...:

The number of playable characters is becoming quite crazy. It remains to be seen how different and balanced they play, but it's certainly a great fan service. Moreover, as even such fairly minor characters will be playable, I'm sure that some of the bad guys will turn up as bonus characters as well, Ganondorf first of all, perhaps even in different forms.
Now I'm wonderfing if some side characters from older 2D Zeldas may be playable too.

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#29

MussakkuLaden commented on Nintendo of Europe Launching Wii U Virtual Con...:

Nothing interesting for me among these 7 titles. Either I already own them in one way or the other, or they are not worth half their price. But if something like SMB 3 turns up the next weeks, I may consider getting one of the NES Remixes.

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#37

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

@Sparx What? There's a bonus scene in LA if you do a no death run? :O Uh, unfortunately it's one of the hardest Zelda games, so I cannot hope to ever manage that...
But I fully agree with you as regards the story. I'd like to include the game's really unique characters and find that the game is one of the most moving experiences I ever had. The music was great too.

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#38

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

@SKTTR Totally agree with you. In fact, leaving aside any comparisons what is the best Zelda game and things like (as it seems you either love or hate Majora's Mask, whereas, let's say, a ALttP, OoT, or TP have somewhat similar appeals), I think that Majora's Mask is one of the truly outstanding and unique games in video game history overall. Sure, a OoT is no less great and was even more influential, but what I mean is that a number of games are based on its near-perfect formula. Majora's Mask is truly extraordinary not only with respect to its time system, but also its setting and characters, especially for its time, 2000. In a line with games such as Shenmue, it is one of those titles you cannot purposefully evaluate on terms of good, perfect, best, whatever, but it's special in its own right, doing things no worse or better than others (although I for instance think that MM has the best dungeons in the whole Zelda series, but then again it's only four) but doing it differently, creating an experience no other game ever delivered.

However, I felt very happy that SS, while of course not copying MM's time system, is the first Zelda since MM to offer a town with deep and complex NPC relationships, echoing MM at least slightly in this regard. I really hope that the Wii U Zelda will continue like that...

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#39

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

It's always difficult to decide between Link's Awakening and Majora's Mask. Depends on the criteria I apply, but really I don't favor any more than the other. Number 3 is Ocarina of Time. While it has undoubtedly not quite the same status as MM or LA for me, it would however be unfair to call it a less great game.
Unfortunately, after MM no Zelda game of true greatness has been released. The three home console titles all had their individual strengths and shortcomings. I consider WW (no matter if HD or not) a low point in the series, though not a bad game as such, and since then it got gradually better. But SS still is far from the quality of the N64 Zeldas for me. All the handheld titles after LA were simply "very good" but not outstanding (leaving aside Spirit Tracks and A Link Between World's, which I haven't played yet). Personally I find nothing good in A Link to the Past and the NES Zelda's I cannot quite evaluate as I only played them way after release.
So for me, LA is the first truly great game in the series, and is it was followed by OoT and MM, the sum of those three games is the pinnacle of the series. Since then, each entry pursues to reach these heights again, though none really did. However, recent developments make me optimistic that it's still possible to happen in the future. WW, TP and SS were not fundamentally inferior anyway. Each had at least the potential in it to compete with the N64 classics. Unfortunately, each appeared in one way or the other unfinished.

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#44

MussakkuLaden commented on Animal Crossing 'Clone', Castaway Paradise, Co...:

There was already an Animal Crossing clone on a Nintendo console once, some witch-school-themed game for the DS, published in Europe through Konami. Forgot the title but played it once on the Games Convention way back and it left a very good impression on me. Nice graphics and design and it felt somehow tighter than AC, due to its witch theme and the idea purpose that resulted from it. Seemed to be very much addressed to teenage girls, though.

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#45

MussakkuLaden commented on First Impressions: Moulding Clay With Kirby an...:

What I like about the graphics of this and Yoshi is that they show that a much greater leap forward can be with a creative artistic approach, rather than mere technological progress. It's true that almost all AAA games these days pay much attention to their art style, yet in more than 9 out of 10 cases they arrive at a good-looking yet totally unoriginal "mainstream" look.

Edit: To be precise, Nintendo's approach to graphics (another example was by the way Skyward Sword's look) is not only a creative and interesting from an artistic perspective, but also because it entails simultaneously interesting technical twists, as one can see in the simulation of clay or yarn – substances that have not been simulated so often before.