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Male, 23, United States

I'm Nicolai! Half Squid, half Kid, and I always use doduo as my profile picture for absolutely no reason at all! Check out these 8-bit remixes I made of Splatoon songs:

Fri 6th June, 2014

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Nicolai commented on The Next Splatfest in North America is About H...:

@MitchVogel, Ah, I see. I'm a very patient person, so I guess I've always overlooked the security process. Even as a musician, where they're guaranteed to think my French Horn is a weird metal death machine, and I get stopped and searched at every terminal I take it into, it's still worth it to see what it looks like above the clouds.



Nicolai commented on The Next Splatfest in North America is About H...:

Wow, I saw this theme and immediately thought "who in their right mind would choose cars over a plane?" and the reviewer and first 2 commenters say car. I mean, really? What more amazing thing is there in this world than flying?



Nicolai commented on Super Mario Maker Passes One Million Sales:

@rjejr, yeah, but I'd say that Mario Maker's living up to expectations, if it is indeed selling around the same speed as Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon. Both Mario Maker and Splatoon are turning out to be two of the more popular titles on this system, and will have no problem getting to NSMB.U's total sales at this rate, years down the line. What more could you expect?



Nicolai commented on Super Mario Maker Passes One Million Sales:

"This is a 2D sidescroller w/ MARIO in it, shouldn't we have expected it to do at least as well as new IP kid-squid Splatoon?"
I think that's more due to Splatoon selling unusually well rather than Mario Maker selling unusually bad. I'm not sure how verifiable, but according to a post on the Splatoon Thread, Splatoon is selling faster than Mario Kart 8 at this time after its launch.

However, I still don't think that Mario Maker has the same appeal to the casual market as a traditional Mario game, because it requires too much out of the player to play the main part of the game.



Nicolai commented on Preview: Fabulous Fashion and Questionable Gam...:

Bummer. I was actually looking forward to this, but I don't know if I'm going to like it with these shortcomings. I think I'll be fine using the visual messages, but the backstory that sounds like it's from a Kirby game. At first, I kinda liked how abnormal the plot was, but the more I read into it, the more it just sounds downright silly, like it's cheap satire. The worst thing out of all of this is the poor level design, if that is indeed true.



Nicolai commented on Reminder: There's Only One More Week Left To V...:

Inklings ftw.

Though I have this nagging feeling that they aren't give us any official results per se. The way the poll was set up was kinda strange. Do they have an efficient way of categorizing and tallying the votes? Grouping together those that voted for K. Rool and those that voted for King K. Rool, or those that voted for Inking vs those that voted for Inkings, or Inking Girl? I have a feeling they might just survey small section of the votes, and guess from that.



Nicolai commented on This Is The Last Real Console Cycle, Proclaims...:

The end of console cycles may happen sometime, but it's not happening next gen, and cloud gaming isn't going to boot it out. I think it's more likely that we'll have a longer console cycle, when people grow tired of buying a new machine every 5 years, and companies just have to try to support their current console for longer. But people still buy iPhones every two years, so it's not happening any time soon.



Nicolai commented on Review: Explody Bomb (Wii U eShop):

I would love to defend GamePad multi-tasking gameplay, but seeing as this looks like a pile of dung, I'll pass. No background music, the Flappy Bird naming convention? It's one of the many games that exist simply because people will download anything, despite minimal production resources. Still, I have a hunch that I wouldn't mind the challenge of paying attention to two screens as much as the reviewer.



Nicolai commented on Feature: Have You Played... ZombiU?:

I might pick it up for $5, just to scratch my frugal itch. I'm not really into survival horror, but if it was as low as $5, I might not even miss the cash. I can't find it for less than $13 if you add shipping costs, though, so I'd rather spend that money on some indie title.



Nicolai commented on Video: Ocarina of Time's Kakariko Village Gets...:

I made fun of this when they tried to do Mario, but this is actually a wonderful experience! All the building were the same buildings from Ocarina of Time, but it all looked great, with the leaves falling, the puddles of water, the realistic parallax of the mountains in the background, and the music he used just tied it all together!



Nicolai commented on New Nintendo Controller Patent Features Rotati...:

Nice idea you just snagged, Nintendo! I'm open to that.

On a separate note: Shall I be the one to state the obvious? Okay, here it goes. The patent doesn't require Nintendo to only use two face buttons. The only point of the patent is the scrolling shoulder buttons, and it has nothing to do with any lack of features.



Nicolai commented on Talking Point: Tatsumi Kimishima Is A Safe Pai...:

He seems qualified, but I feel like I won't truly trust him until I hear him talk. I hope I can hear him in an interview, or a presentation, and see what kind of person he is, or what his philosophies are. If he was at Nintendo of America, he should probably have some good English.



Nicolai commented on Apple Just Announced Its Own Wii, Almost A Dec...:

I thought that this design was more similar to the Wii U Gamepad, with it's screen that can search and display information about your show seamlessly while watching tv. It's like what Nintendo TVii could have been.



Nicolai commented on Pikmin 4 is "Very Close to Completion", Though...:

Eh, let it be on NX. It'll be good for the NX to have a solid launch title. We've already got a Wii U Pikmin game. Though I certainly won't complain if it's on Wii U, and I have less of a reason to buy the NX right away. It might encourage them to make it a different-enough experience, if they release it on a platform that already has one. But all the Wii U really needs is a Zelda game. If and when we get that, I can consider my Wii U library complete.



Nicolai commented on Weirdness: Bask in the Madness of The Legend o...:

It's like this weird world, with a princess that may or may not be Zelda, where a strange generation of the King is directing 3 hero's who might not even be Link. It's like a Zelda game that might not even be a Zelda game! All this ambiguity, it's such a weird way to deviate from traditional Zelda, but I kinda like it.



Nicolai commented on Men Suspected of Planning Pokémon World Cham...:

God, I hope they're both guilty. That kid is awfully young compared to the other. What if that eighteen-year-old had no idea the other was bringing weapons? Even if he was, he's still at that impressionable age. Who really knows what was happening before this?

Something like that would just make me madder at Stumbo, if he wrapped an innocent minor into this jail sentence for no reason.



Nicolai commented on Splatoon eSports Tournament Series To Be Launc...:

I think Splatzones would be the best mode for this. Anything but turf wars, as turf wars isn't as intense. Everything is the same until the timer runs down, and is sometimes circumstantial. In ranked battle modes, winning is always a clear achievement and a monument to teamwork.



Nicolai commented on Nintendo Announces Another Run of the Splatoon...:

@Pod But my guess is that there will be some people who are already experienced at the game, but will want to download the testfire just to knock some easy targets for fun. Especially for people like me who are frustrated by how good everyone is online, cuz man, do I get my butt kicked in this game!



Nicolai commented on Masahiro Sakurai Tackles Criticisms of Bonus F...:

@Captain_Gonru I guess it depends on how much it matters. It's really a balancing act. Give it too much purpose, and players who don't want it feel like they have to. But give it no purpose, and even those who want it will feel like they're wasting their time. I guess I would have to play the game in order to see how much impact it has on gameplay.



Nicolai commented on Masahiro Sakurai Tackles Criticisms of Bonus F...:

"...and it's hard to disagree with Sakurai-san."

I actually find it very way easy to disagree with him, though I agree with him in this instance. I didn't do every little extra in Pokémon X, and I still had fun. I understand that some people are completionists, and feel the need to complete every aspect of the game, but that doesn't mean that developers shouldn't include something unusual if a portion of their audience might be interested in it.



Nicolai commented on 3DS Can Last For Another Two To Three Years In...:

"It could last 10 years... if they just produce the right games."
Yes please! The 3DS is a great system. Producing a new console every 5 years is like tradition, but it's not even necessary at this point. I wouldn't mind a neat gimmick and way better specs for the next home console, but for handhelds, upgrades don't really matter that much. It would be nice to not have to keep buying handheld consoles.



Nicolai commented on Splatoon's Big Update Will Also Include New Mu...:

Great! Since my YouTube channel is all about turning Splatoon music into 8-bit retro music, I was getting worried that I would run out of music to work on way too soon. I mean, I'll eventually move on to other games, but I can't get enough of Splatoon right now



Nicolai commented on Nintendo NX Might Be The First Social VR Platf...:

I don't think so. Sounds interesting, but I don't think the average casual gamer is willing to put something over their heads and distract them from everyone else in the room. Just creating multiplayer games for it wouldn't make it social enough. It would have to be something that is very easy to put on and doesn't shut off all of the light in the room (which wouldn't be totally immersive, and would actually defeat the purpose of a VR headset).
Maybe if they had attachments you could add on to the controller that shut off more light for single-player games, that might work. I dunno, call me a nay-sayer but Virtual Reality just seems like something that is entirely a closed-off experience.



Nicolai commented on Video: This Fan-Made Yooka-Laylee Animation is...:

I loved everything about it! The animation, the personalities, the voice actors, etc. I don't understand what happened at the end, but judging by the comments, I suppose I should have played more Banjo-Kazooie.