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Fri 20th February, 2009

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Pahvi commented on Review: Hyrule Warriors (Wii U):

@Damo Wouldn't that apply to split-screen Super Mario Kart as well, then? Both have the a different view of the action, namely the back of their karts. It just happens to be on the same display. How would you separate that from the Luigi's ghost mansion attraction in NintendoLand, where the gamepad player plays a completely different role with completely different rules than the ones playing on the TV screen? I'm even be tempted to call Super Mario Galaxy's two-player mode asymmetric multiplayer mode of sorts.



Pahvi commented on Review: Hyrule Warriors (Wii U):

So - not great, but not a franchise killer either. A game that isn't as polished as first-party Nintendo titles and the presentation is about on par with older Warriors games. The terrain and models being of low detail - nothing new there.
Uses an engine that can't compare with what PS4 and XBox One could do - duh? Someone expected otherwise?
I agree that the music I heard in the trailers was not to my liking.

About in line what I expected - and I'm keeping my preorder coming.

Finally, something to criticize the review about: "the Wii U's unique asymmetrical gameplay possibilities at least give you a multiplayer experience which is thankfully bereft of split-screen shenanigans" - Asymmetric gameplay has nothing to do with one player using the TV and the other the gamepad while doing essentially the same thing, or I've completely misunderstood what asymmetric gameplay is about.



Pahvi commented on Ubisoft Confirms Just Dance 2015's Full Tracklist:

Six songs that I recognized. I am curious of the choreography for What does the fox say... probably not curious enough to buy the game, though - I think I've played only the first one even though I have the second one as well. Sorry, Ubi, but I prefer using two Wiimotes and not just one.



Pahvi commented on Review: SteamWorld Dig (Wii U eShop):

If you intend to finish the game once and then forget it, consider writing this game off altogether. I saw digging outside the hand-crafted dungeons as filler activity (pretty close to grinding, actually) that takes up most of the time spent playing. It took me 5 hours to finish the plot for the first time, and that was taking things slowly. There aren't all that many of those (assumedly) hand-crafted puzzle dungeons either and they're all rather short.

That said, the controls and graphics were spot-on.



Pahvi commented on Nintendo Download: 11th September (Europe):

Skipping the pinball game in favour of maybe someday buying Zen Pinball tables, and after being a bit disappointed with Steamworld Dig, I'll skip Teslagrad for the sake of it being another new eShop title.

Minish Cap gets my glowing recommendation.



Pahvi commented on Talking Point: Mario Kart 8's Diverse DLC Sets...:

Now the "buy MK8, get another game free" campaign started looking smarter: they also increased the potential customer base (=number of people with MK8) for MK8 DLC packs.

Before this, I thought it was mostly a desperation move of sorts.



Pahvi commented on Wii U System Update 5.1.2 Takes Stability to A...:

@NauticalCrimes Like I said, a pipe dream :) Although not for the game-by-game basis reasoning, since I'd see the Gamepad acting like a Classic Controller plugged into a Wiimote not pointing at the screen (the cursor in the menus can be moved with the Controller sticks). Then again, the Wii mode should hardly be their focus.



Pahvi commented on Wii U System Update 5.1.2 Takes Stability to A...:

@NauticalCrimes Re: Gamepad in Wii mode: other than displaying a copy of the TV screen and functioning as a second sensor bar - not to my knowledge? The buttons etc cannot be used in Wii mode. The TV remote feature does work, though, even in the Wii mode. That was a fun surprise.



Pahvi commented on Wii U System Update 5.1.2 Takes Stability to A...:

I downloaded my free MK8 game (WWHD) last week or so, and during the process I think the console froze itself for a moment. Or at least it let out that buzzer sound, before eventually resuming operations. Dunno if it was the eShop I had open at the time as well. Still, there was still unstability left, and maybe there still is.

I'm still hoping for the user interface enhancements to someday include Gamepad support for the Wii mode... pipe dream for sure. Especially with Mario running about everywhere.



Pahvi commented on Dolphin Up is Joining the Sea of Wii U eShop G...:

The start of the video looks like what I used to do in Ecco 1 when I didn't want to leave the opening stage.

That said, it's not trippy enough. There's Always room for more to-be iconic music, and this also could use a fair amount more of rainbows, narwhals and/or unicorns - metallic or not.



Pahvi commented on Nintendo Download: 21st August (Europe):

So, the NES Remix game discount bonanza is closing... it was fun while it lasted.

Still waiting for the big number of Spikes and Shovel Knight.

As for the titles mentioned in the original post, nothing for me. Maybe the Smash Bros discounts, if there are any, will change the situation.



Pahvi commented on XType Plus Arriving Today on North American Wi...:

@LawRulesAll Until you realize that the game requires at higher levels accurate maneuvering so that downscaling from the TV resolution to the gamepad resolution is going to be an issue. And "zooming in" so that the playing field is not shown completely isn't a good idea either.

That's my opinion on it anyway.



Pahvi commented on Nintendo Download: 14th August (Europe):

Metroid and Balloon Fight for me, maybe Wrecking Crew as well. If anything, these NES Remix discounts have made me buy half a dozen NES games on Wii U VC I otherwise wouldn't have bothered with. (Clu Clu Land, Kid Icarus, Punch-Out, Ice Climber, Ice Hockey off the top of my head). Even those are 5 sales as opposed to 0 sales.



Pahvi commented on Review: XType Plus (Wii U eShop):

Anyway - it took me about 16 hours of playing in two weeks before I got... fed up as playing for higher scores the game had become a chore rather than a fun pastime. That much gaming for 3€ is in my book perfectly reasonable.



Pahvi commented on Coleco Wants to Bring Back Their Version of Do...:

@WanderFan91 I'd like to see MSX on Wii U VC outside Japan. Penguin Adventure (looks a lot like Antarctic Adventure, and I played them both when I was a kid) has already been released there.

The system - at least in theory - supported two-button joysticks. In Nemesis (think Gradius), one button for shooting and the other for selecting the powerup.



Pahvi commented on Review: SHUT THE BOX (Wii U eShop):

I haven't played this game in any form, but it sounds a bit like solitaire. A lot of it is luck, but you aren't passively watching things happen.

Solitaire has its fans, maybe this will as well.



Pahvi commented on Review: XType Plus (Wii U eShop):

@lifer Ok, I just checked that two replays had different enemies for phases 1 and 2. So you're right on that account.

However, I disagree that procedural generation would, by definition, exclude the fixing of seed values for the pseudorandom number generator. See the Sentinel on CBM-64 or how Worms produce level maps from a character sequence. Or the galaxies in Elite 1.



Pahvi commented on Art: Controller Evolution Photo Series Hammers...:

One thing about the Wii controller picture is how close the Nunchuk and the Wiimote are to each other. The picture hides one "hidden" feature I really liked about this combination: it allows for a much more "open" posture for playing by not forcing the hands to grasp the same small piece of plastic in front of you..



Pahvi commented on XType Plus' Game-Breaking Bug Nearly Squashed:

I think I heard it came up when there were some hundred or hundreds of highscore table entries. Over a hundred tester/review accounts would be quite a few testers, even for two QA teams.



Pahvi commented on Hyrule Warriors Direct Reveals New Items and C...:

If I got it right from the video, the combo keys are more varied than in what I remember seeing in Dynasty Warriors 7 (or at least in the first campaign), essentially of type YX, YYX, YYYX and so on: (Y)^+ X.
I've barely started with One Piece Pirate Warriors, in which there already are combos of the type XYX (or whatever the Playstation controller keys are).
The NintendoDirect showed a combo something like YYYXXX. Maybe, maybe.

I now expect a fair amount of level grinding.