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Fri 20th February, 2009

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Pahvi commented on Shovel Knight amiibo Confirms "Evolving" Relat...:

Well, even if some earlier amiibo unlocks could have been called "essential content" locked behind a physical dongle (but still could've been argued against), I see little room for arguing otherwise in this case.



Pahvi commented on FAST Racing NEO Developer Shin’en Multimedia...:

I recall reading that Wipeout was not so much of a big seller but a title that created an image of the console. A "mature" game. I don't know how well F-Zero series sold, though, so hopefully the former's sales wasn't indicative of the market share.

So, I hope there won't be excessively high expectations on the sales of FAST Racing Neo.



Pahvi commented on Future Of Trine Series In Doubt Following Nega...:

I supported their previous PC titles (Shadowgrounds, Shadowgrounds Survivor, Trine 1 and 2), but I expect to skip this, at least for now... because I already got too many games to play as it is.

At least they didn't go belly-up yet, so they still got some hope left.



Pahvi commented on Ubisoft Announces Just Dance: Disney Party 2 I...:

@Tobias95 Oh dear - I just looked through the track list on the first Just Dance Disney Party - the first one. It includes not only Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious but also Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, The Muppet Show Theme and Under the Sea.

... I'm off to look for a copy of that game.



Pahvi commented on Nintendo Is Bringing Splatoon And More To The ...:

@Grumblevolcano I may have misunderstood your point, but doesn't 2015 have more upcoming Wii U releases, at least if you count Western releases for games that are already out in Japan. Xenoblade Chronicles X (I assume it hasn't been delayed?), Project Zero 5, Devil's Third and the odd 3rd-party titles (Just Dance, Rodea).



Pahvi commented on Ubisoft Announces Just Dance: Disney Party 2 I...:

I have never heard of the movies or TV series mentioned, but I suppose they could work well enough with children as the intended audience. I'm perfectly fine with this coming onto Wii and Wii U, even though I'm not going to pick this up.

@Tobias95 I wonder who has the soundtrack rights to, say, Mary Poppins? A Disney-produced movie and with many classic songs. Now that Disney owns the Star Wars franchise, I wouldn't be surprised by the eventual Just Dance Star Wars - there seems to be Star Wars anything nowadays.



Pahvi commented on Video: Xenoblade Chronicles Marches Onto The W...:

@JesWood13 I played the game on Wii mode of my Wii U from the physical disc for 33 hours. The eShop release loaded the same saves with no hoops to jump through. And the SMGalaxy 2 save games I had moved from my old Wii to Wii U's Wii Mode also worked when I bought the eShop version of SMG2.



Pahvi commented on Review: Endless Golf (Wii U eShop):

1) After reading that this was a very simplified game, I had a guess who had made the game. It wasn't by that company, though... but this just shows a potential image problem.
2) It sounds like it doesn't have wind and the terrain generator looks like it could use a 1D-variant of, say, diamond-square-algorithm.
3) Even then, I might be interested in giving it a go.



Pahvi commented on Wii U eShop Space-Themed Title Factotum Arrive...:

I can see a few potential pitfalls:
1) it may get mired in constant swapping of characters like Shiftlings did
2) With two characters on the move, there ought to be details to differentiate one location from another so that the player won't "get lost" and mistake one identical platform for another.



Pahvi commented on Xenoblade Chronicles X Wii U Bundle and Specia...:

@Einherjar I put in some 30 or so hours into it already - I got Riki as a permanent party member when I called quits. Of course, this means that I have it on physical media already It's just that the Wiimote-less CC replacements I have aren't all that good, which will suck if/when I want to continue on... but when I do want to continue, I'll get the game on eShop for the same 20e price and continue with my old saves.



Pahvi commented on If Nintendo Did Decide To Make A Smartphone, W...:

Another site reported this earlier, and I recall the controller addition being called a flimsy (agreed) and how the mass center is far from between where the hands are held, which is unnecessary stress to hold the controller in a suitable angle.



Pahvi commented on Blast Ball is Actually the Tutorial in Metroid...:

I started to play Metroid: Other M again from the start just now. Haven't gotten far yet. And I started thinking if this were "more acceptable" with Samus being one of the (non-playable) troops serving under Malkovich, wherever that would fit in the Metroid timeline.



Pahvi commented on Nintendo Gets Tough With Miiverse Bans, and So...:

Admins are (hopefully) humans in the end and they will make mistakes. Maybe they make more mistakes than they should, maybe they don't.

I'm fine with the proposed changes, except "if you receive an administrator's message". It should be "when".

EDIT: Unless one considers the Miiverse functionality a part of a purchase, similar to multiplayer functionality in some games and then getting permabanned.



Pahvi commented on French Retailers Are Cancelling Yoshi Woolly W...:

Would the damaged pieces be sent to a specialized store that sells goods that were superficially damaged? I mean, I bought a book that, I think, had been in a crate that suffered water damage. (This book was in pretty good condition.)

And they're often discounted, too.

Then again, I wouldn't be surprised if these were in this case just sent to be destroyed.



Pahvi commented on Here Are Your Eight Qualifying Nintendo World ...:

@bro2dragons Assuming there are equally many male and female competitors in a near-infinite pool and they're all otherwise identical and sampled from the same distribution, then the probability of the top eight being all males is 2 to the power of -8, that is, about 0.39%. Same as tossing a coin eight times and it always landing heads (or tails, if you like). Not what I would call a "pretty damn high". (Again, anyone, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong here - I don't consider myself strong in maths.)

@HollywoodHogan I might see your point. Since I made the hypothesis, I should be the one to provide proof for it. It's like me saying that the inside of a red brick is yellow and telling others to prove it (which is pretty difficult since we only see the surface of a brick.) As such, my reasoning hinges on an unfounded assumption and is less founded than the theories of ancient astronauts.



Pahvi commented on Here Are Your Eight Qualifying Nintendo World ...:

@Damo Wasn't the qualifying done with the Ultimate NES Remix or something? Generalizing maybe a bit too much here, I'd say that having played the games in the Remix to death already when they were new would've been helpful in ranking highly here.

I don't know whether this is true or not, but I'm under the impression that in the 80s and 90s video games were more of a boys' pastime than girls'. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

Bottom line: The lack of women and girls on the list of finalists may have partially been due to what the situation was decades ago.



Pahvi commented on Poll: We Need to Talk About amiibo - Where Do ...:

Locking noticeable content behind the Amiibos (Link with Hyrule Warriors, Inklings with Splatoon, Pixel Toad in Captain Toad) is a bad idea and with Splatoon, it can be called day 1 disc-locked content not all people can even purchase.

I'd rather see them as "useless" as they used to be rather than actually content locks not available for all.

I'd like to see "virtual" Amiibos introduced to the eShop - digital Amiibos that can be used as a figurine by opening the Home menu and picking which Amiibo to use. Or just Nintendo hurrying up with the NFC cards. Then again, I don't see the former being a realistic option.



Pahvi commented on Video: We Check Out The Squid amiibo Challenges:

I'm not fond of the build quality of the Inkling Girl and Squid Amiibos. I mean, the seam on IG's head is too obvious, and the seams around the "connection point" of IS's left long tentacle is even worse.



Pahvi commented on Talking Point: The Fragility of Buying Downloa...:

@mjc0961 Which is why I'm still preferring physical myself, even though Splatoon made me think twice. I wanted to point out that on Wii the games were always(?) "complete" experiences by themselves (DLC excluded), this no longer holds true on Wii U. And, to be fair... I kind of like the physical case on my shelf, even if it were empty.



Pahvi commented on Talking Point: The Fragility of Buying Downloa...:

Something I had previously written in a blog post... even if you buy the games today on physical media, you possibly won't have the same offline experience if you play it again in ten or twenty years, if the patch delivery system is offline.

Captain Toad won't let you use Toad amiibo without patching the game. Mario Kart 8 won't have the 200cc class. Hyrule Warriors will have level cap of 99 instead of 255 and no Cia, Volga or Wizzro to play as. And these are all free updates - not even paid DLC.



Pahvi commented on Review: Fullblox (3DS eShop):

Being able to actually walk around and inside a puzzle (hello, double-decker bus!) was fun. I have cleared only the first 130 or so fullblox (the first playground and 30 or 40 of the second), and for some reason, I've thought these have been easier than I remember Pullblox World having been (then again, I was stuck in Cheep-Cheep until past week, which may have coloured my view on it).

And as for the Fullblox name - I like it. The worst I can think of it is that it resembles Boom Blox, which was a fun game series in its own right.



Pahvi commented on Acro Storm Fuses F-Zero With Extreme-G, And It...:

I'll keep waiting for Shin'en's racing game. And maybe get back to their WiiWare game in the meanwhile.

That said, though - the deeper vehicular combat here may be an interesting addition. If someone took Speed Racer's car-fu, rivals and alliances and made them into a game with more content...