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Male, 29, Russian Federation

Fri 2nd May, 2014

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Noelemahc commented on Super Robot Wars BX Battles Its Way to Number ...:

@Platinumhobo With the crazy localization adventures of SRW W (reportedly built with the express purpose of being localizable for the West, then shafted because of GoLion/Voltron license-holders, which doesn't make it any less of the best modern Nintendo-platform SRW), I don't think that to be likely. The best we can hope for is either ATLUS taking another risk at localizing an Original Generations game — but we've already skipped three of those — or Bandai or someone else doing a Western Replacement Version using Transformers for example, like they did with Rise of Incarnates as a replacement for the unlicensable Gundam VS.



Noelemahc commented on Super Robot Wars BX Battles Its Way to Number ...:

@ollietaro It features robots from TV shows. It's the series shtick since the Gameboy original all those decades ago - it brings together robots from different anime and manga to do battle together. It's easy in Japan since Bandai holds the licenses for producing stuff based on those IPs, all of them.

Outside of Japan, it's a fustercluck since there's dozens of exclusively licensed distributors for each separate anime for each country.

That is why the only games to be localized were Original Generation games - those that featured ONLY mecha created by Bandai specifically for the series.

@ohako Come on, Mazinger is the most famous non-Gundam franchise in there. "Rocket Punch!" "Rust Hurricane!" and "Breast Fire!" are more famous that "Go Go Power Rangers" or "Cowabunga", I promise.

@Jimtaro Transformers Rise of the Dark Spark on the 3DS is a poor man's Super Robot Wars. It's still worth owning, though.



Noelemahc commented on Review: 3D Gunstar Heroes (3DS eShop):

@Moon the SEGA 3D classics are the cheapest games on the eShop, AND your friend will be able to play without yo-- aaah, is that what your worry is? That they would play someone else if they had their own copy?

@JaguarWong the lack of a fullscreen mode, I believe, was mentioned as one drawback.



Noelemahc commented on This iBookGuy Video Explaining How "Oldschool"...:

@AshFoxX it's actually also why so many GameBoy, GBA and DS games are well-regarded: they restricted what the game devs could do, and then we got gems that would push them beyond our imaginations for the technically-restricted platforms (I'm still amazed that Max Payne Advance ever happened).



Noelemahc commented on Review: LBX: Little Battlers eXperience (3DS):

@Moon Not enough 3DS games have local multiplayer either. I'd prefer we get both, but for some of us, local is a preference.

I second what @JaxonH said, however: the review could do with a more detailed description of combat, as it's a make-or-break factor for these kind of games.



Noelemahc commented on 3DS Homebrew Hacker Turns to YouTube App As La...:

@zionich But there's a catch-22, like with the oft-used "every pirated game is a lost sale" fallacy.
How many people would buy Japanese games if you needed to buy a Japanese 3DS first? Less than there would be if the 3DS was region-free.
I started importing 3DS games only when the region hack became available, and I'm sure Banpresto appreciates the extra sales, and will continue releasing Super Robot Wars for 3DS, and not moving to Vita entirely. I'm sure Arc System Works will be glad there's demand for more Kunio Kun games (as if there ever was any doubt) and will keep making them now that is has bought out the IP fully.

I would not have imported without the hack, I would have bought a Vita and imported for that, and Banpresto would go "oooh, more gaijins buy our games for Vita than 3DS, abandon Nintendo for a second time!"

Always look at the bigger picture, kids. It's never only the negative.



Noelemahc commented on Nintendo Removes Ironfall Invasion From 3DS eS...:

@ChronicMids as the ROM substitution hack from the browser exploits fixed as of 9.3 showed, you can actually do exactly that with half of the ROMset for GB/GBC and with most anything that doesn't need a special chip (VRC6, etc) on the NES/Famicom.
Copyrights are the larger issue here, but still, that ain't a reason why not all of Nintey's games are on VC yet, yes?



Noelemahc commented on Exclusive: MercurySteam Has Been Working On A ...:

@hiptanaka But none of the Lords of Shadows games were even marketed as Metroidvanias, what did you expect?

So, they debranded the project? If it keeps the Metroid gameplay conventions, that would be enough, as all the decent Metroidvanias on the 3DS are indie retraux affairs. We need something more modern here.



Noelemahc commented on Chris Pranger From Nintendo Treehouse Discusse...:

@ikki5 All of those are valid points, but Nintendo does have a say in what gets localized, it can nudge or quota publishers and it localizes third party titles by the dozen for Korea and China and Europe when localizers for Americas don't.

In fact, it was initially promised that they'd be the ones to bring SMTIV over to us before behind-the-scenes messes happened and we had to wait for NIS to do it.
I wasn't aiming at Nintendo's own localization effort - without it, Europe would be out of games to play, i feel - but at the fact that there's a lot of "who cares about worldwide availability, we'll bring it to NA only" sentiment among ostensibly international releasers like SEGA or CAPCOM (that said, the big C hasn't shafted us like others did).

The efforts of NIS feel like charity, really.
(B-sides: regionlock still has to go, and hacker efforts clearly indicate that Nintendo's early on claims about physical lockouts a-la NES10 were misinformation, there's no actual reason the 3DS or WiiU can't be region-free, eShop and all, a-la the Vita which can visit stores of any regions with minimal effort).



Noelemahc commented on Chris Pranger From Nintendo Treehouse Discusse...:

Oh for frak's sake, not this again.

Text-only localizations are a thing. Zero Escape only had dubbing in NA and sold plenty well in Yurop regardless.

Tons of fans complaining have pretty much forced Konami to start including original voices in Castlevanias beginning with Portrait of Ruin... Which may be why they shafted the Igavania trend quickly after that.

Better a good sub that a terrible dub, yes? Don't waste the budget on voices if you don't have to.
(malicious side-eyes at Devil Survivor Overclocked)

STOP IGNORING EUROPE. A ton of good Japanese games localized for NA got regionlocked out of sales for Europe, and that's not the gamers' fault, kids, nosiree.

I've said it since day one: Nintendo could triple its localization budgets if it would add a "give me the ability to play out of region carts" and a "give me access to out of region eShop" paid options in the eShop. As separate purchases, too, but with a combined price appreciably below the price of an out of region 3DS.

First, it fixes the current issue that region-free hacks stop out of region games from Streetpassing.
Second, Nintendo makes money from the service, can track which overseas games are popular where and guess what, BETTER LOCALIZATION CHOICES!

Maybe we won't have to wait for Rune Factory or Shin Megami Tensei for years to cross the darn ocean. Because we don't deserve to, and because, again, it makes localizers in Amerikastan lose out on potential sales.



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

I'm only 20% through my DS backlog, you guys. Don't even get me started on the 3DS one.
The console has plenty juice left in it, its biggest weakness is that Nintendo is deliberately (or stupidly) underutilizing its resources, such as the VC, as they seem to be doing only the things that would bring in Big Bucks Now (high-risk at times), instead of Stable Bucks Forever.



Noelemahc commented on Video: Learn More About Guitar Hero Live's Fes...:

My worry is that the FMV aspect will murder the one genuine advantage GH4-6 had over RB2-3: robust competitive local multiplayer.
Yes, you can sort of play to compete for higher points, but GH5 introduced a huge lot of convoluted competitive modes, one of them a Wii-exclusive asynchronous mode using the DS which could work if updated for use on the WiiU.
If these modes go, I'm afraid I'll stick with GH6 for my rock parties indefinitely.



Noelemahc commented on Feature: The Biggest 3DS eShop Games of 2015 -...:

Steamworld, hands down.
I see MM Collection as money-grabbery efforts to make money without making new games, I backed MNo9 so I'm getting it for that, and I'll wait on details for Shantae's remake as I have the DSi one already.

Also, second the Splatoon Lite ideas floated above: the 3DS was destined for 3D shooters, but it shouldn't be that homebrew port of Doom filling the void.



Noelemahc commented on Don't Worry, Samus Will Be In Metroid Prime: F...:

@firstnesfan There is a sequel to Super Metroid already, didn't you hear?

What I want is a sequel to Metroid Fusion, because now that Samus IS the last Metroid, you can just label the game The Metroid and make it about her fighting off bounty hunters gunning for her, among other things.
You got space for character development, as Fusion didn't delve into what the fusion did to her besides her immediate survival (nor did it ever show her out-of-costume post-fusion), you got a shifted conflict point, you DON'T HAVE TO MAKE ANY MORE INTERQUELS NOW, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.



Noelemahc commented on Humble Bundle Issues Official Statement About ...:

@ryanator008 Not really. This is a checks and balances thing regarding the disinterest curve. The number of people who are willing to pay the $300 is smaller than the number of people who are willing to pay the $100, AND would most likely be sufficiently larger to cover the missed opportunity from those who would have gladly paid $300 but now won't, because for some folks, it's a matter of getting a Japan-exclusive N3DS with unique cover plates at least as much as it is a matter of getting a J-region console.

Much like ignoring the "try before you buy" benefits of piracy, however, corporate entities keep thinking that coercing people to pay is more lucrative than seducing them into paying.



Noelemahc commented on Humble Bundle Issues Official Statement About ...:

I still posit that Nintendo could save face by offering unregionlocking as a paid eShop service.
"Don't want to drop in excess of $300 for a J-region console? Pay $100 to make yours multiregion*!
*- Carts only, no J-eShop access possible at the time of this writing."

They would earn SO MUCH MORE than they currently do on people who import consoles.



Noelemahc commented on 3DS Web Browser Exploit Allows Game Boy Color ...:

Kids, the kids on GBATemp already did the number crunchies for you:

Your best bets for a base game is Shantae or Super Mario Land 2 or Mega Man V, as they're the largest in their respective colours.
You can't load a ROM larger than the ROM of the game in your VC, which is sensible, after all.
So if you're after MGS, go get Shantae. Or get Shantae in any case, it's good gaming.

As for the region-free thing: Nintendo mentioned maybe doing it, but isn't doing it. We all know WHY they aren't doing it (it would blow up their currently existing restrictions on which limited editions are on sale in which country, for example; then there's the rating boards issue to work with, as ESRB is more lenient than the Australian and German rating boards, which means games that will get banned for those countries will get censored or not released at all for Europe, etc), the question is are they willing to step over that or not.

For now, having an exploit that allows region-free but not piracy is actually their BEST bet. Maybe they leave another security hole like it so the N3DS can make use of it as well, and just... leave it alone.



Noelemahc commented on New Exploit Makes The 3DS Region Free Without ...:

@belmont There's also Devil Survivor for 3DS (its sequel may or may not be spared the same fate), another ATLUS-doesn't-care-for-Europe victim, and the only-recently-released Rune Factory 4.

@BLPs That was a problem in the DS era, yes, when people would import US releases and EU releases would get canned BECAUSE EU RELEASES WERE PLANNED WITH A HUGE DELAY.
In the any era, there's still a ton of Japanese games that don't ever get localized for reasons other than "no consumer interest" (such as Super Robot Taisen and its ilk, since there are huge licensing issues).



Noelemahc commented on Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Br...:

@davidevoid There's significant changes in the demon line-up between the two games, new skills and more New Game Plus options (at least if you compare the DS versions; Devil Survivor Overclocked gained most of these from DS2), you have tons more companions, the relationships with them operate on a stripped-down version of the Social Link system from Persona which provides gameplay bonuses on top of unlocking endings as you make friends.

Vanilla DS2 also had more endings than vanilla DS (the branchiness of the prior game only happened in Devil Survivor Overclocked; and Record Breaker tops that with the almost-as-long-as-the-original extra story).

But yeah, I wish they'd do more with the top screen. Both of the Devil Survivor games felt like GBA games that got lazy DS ports to begin with.



Noelemahc commented on Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Br...:

One of the best non-fantasy TRPGs on the DS with twice the length?
I sincerely hope its arrival in Europe won't be as brutal as either of its predecessors (Devil Survivor Overclocked was released in Europe a year and a half later than in USAica, and Devil Survivor 2 itself half a year AFTER THAT).



Noelemahc commented on Squeeze Begins on NINJHAX Homebrew Exploit in ...:

@BLPs They had no trouble blocking DS flashcarts with DSi and 3DS software updates, as well as playing cat-and-mouse with the Gateway for a while which now sees Gateway users having to fiddle with emulated NAND to play newer games.

I'm not cross with them for cutting out homebrew options. I'm cross with them for not letting me play SNES games WITHOUT relying on homebrew.