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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 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 Review: DK: Jungle Climber (Wii U eShop / DS):

Despite the faults listed in this review, I might actually enjoy this. I actually find non-traditional controls to be a plus. I wonder if I can find this at Gamestop or smaller trading store.



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.



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

I guess I should have seen this coming. I mean, he doesn't show up to E3 because he's STILL recovering from a surgery he had over a year ago? He probably already knew his fate by then, the poor man.

Iwata, you will be dearly missed. You revolutionized the game industry with your philosophies of expanding into a blue ocean, and opening the world to gaming with the Nintendo Wii, and your Iwata Asks and Nintendo Directs gave us invaluable insight into the games we all know and love. Thank You.



Nicolai commented on Poll: What Do You Want From Nintendo's NX Plat...:

There should be an option to vote for a Holiday 2017 release. I want to focus on my Wii U for as long as possible before worrying about NX.

If the rumor is true about the NX being less powerful than PS4, then you can kiss your dreams of 3rd party support goodbye. By the time PS5/Nextbox come out, it'll be less powerful than the last generation. No 3rd party developer is going to want to make games at such tiny fractions of speed for the NX.



Nicolai commented on Interview: Splatoon Co-Director Tsubasa Sakagu...:

I would definitely buy Squid Sisters amiibo!

I also like transcripts. I'm often in situations where I'm in public but not talking to anybody, and watching something with sound would be disruptive to people around me. A video is only useful if I can just listen to it in the background, and with this video, I have to read the translation anyway.

@ULTRA-64, It might also be good to add a couple players on each team, too, so it's not so empty.



Nicolai commented on Updated Club Nintendo Game Card Case Now Avail...:

I'm kinda glad that Club Nintendo discontinued quickly here in the US. I spent all of my coins when the first rewards went up, and now I don't have to worry about something cooler coming up that I should have bought.



Nicolai commented on Reaction: The Concept of eShop 'Early Access' ...:

@Spoony_Tech Not necessarily, because the game was already finished and we were guaranteed all of those modes when we paid for it. At the rate they're releasing it, it's not like they're scrambling to finish them and put them out. All they're doing is pacing it slightly. By no means is there any doubt that we'll get those modes, and the process is much quicker, so no one has to wait, really.

The problem described above is about there being no guarantee of a truly finished game when people pay for it, because the developers simply haven't worked on it yet.



Nicolai commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transfor...:

That's actually the exact opposite of why I was angry after the direct. I was surprised by how little there was that was new. Federation Force was probably the coolest thing in the direct, but they hardly showed it off. Other than that and Triforce Heroes, a more cooperative take on Four Swords, we got ANOTHER party game, a Mario Tennis that just adds Mega Mushrooms, a Star Fox that seems way too similar to StarFox 64, a bunch of previously seen games, and a Mario & Luigi crossover with Paper Mario, which seems to just blend the two games together without adding anything. Maybe they'll show what's new in future directs, but I was expecting to see it during the biggest presentation of the year.



Nicolai commented on Splatoon Version 1.3.0 Update Due on 30th June...:

I've always found the Aerospray more of a challenge to use (a good challenge, though). Whenever I switch to a longer-ranged weapon, I tend to do much better, because I don't have to go so far into enemy territory in order to ink around. Plus, I've taken out my fair share of Aerosprayers no problem. I think they're only so overused because short-ranged aggressive weapons are more dangerous and therefore so much more fun to use.



Nicolai commented on Masahiro Sakurai Confirms That Recent Super Sm...:

@PaperMario64 Yeah, I tried the Inkling costumes, and it's just not the same. They really need to be shooting ink; it just doesn't feel like Splatoon when they're shooting electro-balls and firey explosions.

I understand that technically, SSB.Wii U would probably not be able to let you paint the stage in ink for spacial tactics (maybe for the next installment?), but they should at least be shooting ink and using special moves from the game.

Unfortunately, I don't think Inkling is the most popular choice. It would be lucky to be number 3, cuz I'm sure Banjo Kazooie, King K. Rool, and Ridley will beat them out, and those are just the new characters.



Nicolai commented on Splatoon Has Inked 1 Million In Sales Since It...:

@Yorumi I can't help but disagree about the maps. Each map I've played has different rules for high-ground and low ground, different advantages for different weapons, different impediments (I'm just now starting to memorize the general positions of the fork lifters in Port Mackeral).

It's true that there is a slight weapon imbalance, but there's also a shifting metagame. Throughout my playing experience, people have gone from overusing chargers to overusing Aerosprays, and now it's those mega-splatrollers (which people quickly found ways of countering that throughout my session).

Maybe it's my general lack of fps experience. I've played my fair share of Halo and CoD back in the day, along with a few others, but maybe it's just because you're a pro. Are you finding it too easy now?