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Fri 20th February, 2009

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Pahvi commented on NES30 GamePad Brings Old School Control To iOS...:

So it has tilt sensors built-in then? In theory interesting, since I'd like a good wireless pad for playing Wii VC games.

Not sure about the "good" part and the design of the controller is still painful.



Pahvi commented on Feature: Ten Wii U and 3DS Games That Are Perf...:

@SphericalCrusher: The first one is less a game than a petting aquarium, whereas the second adds various game mechanics to it (leveling up diving and salvaging skills), limited air tank capacity, actually aggressive wildlife that need to be fended off. Even worse, I can't choose which song to listen to in the sequel.

I kind of miss the relaxing atmosphere of the first game. I have played the sequel for only about 6 hours, so I don't have a solid opinion on it yet.



Pahvi commented on Review: Armillo (Wii U eShop):

Somehow, I have the impression this is in part what the last stages of Bit Boy!! was supposed to be like... even though I've never played any of the Bit Boy!! games.



Pahvi commented on Bayonetta Download Code Included With Retail a...:

Physical for me. Sidenote: this pretty well decreases the preowned Bayonetta 2 physical release value, since the code most likely has already been used by the original buyer. Not my problem though - the only Wii (U) game I've sold/given away was Metroid Prime 3 and that was after getting Metroid Prime Trilogy.



Pahvi commented on Feature: Our Hopes and Dreams for E3 2014:

The best hope is something we don't know yet. A new Mario, Zelda, Metroid - ehh, these only cement Nintendo's reputation as a Mario factory. On the other hand, Nintendo has presented new IPs - at least Pushmo and The Wonderful 101 - so they can do it.

Some deluded thoughts:

Watching Platinum Games' XBoxOne exclusive Scalebound reveal video, I was thinking, "Is this a Platinum Games take on Monster Hunter?" but I kind of doubt that would be a working combination.

Then, giving the makers of Xenoblade Chronicles a chance with an open-world Zelda would be a thing... except we wouldn't see the final game until the next console generation at the earliest.

Exciteful 101 - nah.

An indie take on classic shoot'em-ups somehow mixing in the gamepad would be an interesting thing.



Pahvi commented on Review: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (W...:

As of last two weeks, this is my favourite Zelda game.

While the world map here isn't large, it just means that there's not nearly as much pointless walking around that needs the rolling ability to make the traveling tolerable.



Pahvi commented on Review: Mr. Driller 2 (Wii U eShop / Game Boy ...:

So how does this compare with Mr Driller W on WiiWare, as in, should one just get the WiiWare game instead for a bit more money at the cost of the ease of launching it from Wii U menu and playing on the Wii U gamepad?



Pahvi commented on Wii U System Update 5.0.0 Now Live, Adds Quick...:

"System updates will now automatically install after download when the Wii U is in Standby"
I'm not at my Wii U right now, but I usually cut the power (essentially pull the plug) after powering down the system (either by gamepad or the console power button). Is this standby-mode something I can choose to avoid, since I'm pretty sure turning off the system during an OS update is a very bad idea.



Pahvi commented on Mario Kart Month: The Developers Who Tried To ...:

Not late (around 1993 or 1994) after Super Mario Kart, on PC there was Wacky Wheels (Beavis Soft/Apogee), and Skunny Kart (?/Copysoft). I remember trying out the demo/shareware versions of them and preferring WW over SK. (I didn't have SNES, so I had to make do with these.)

For me, Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed was notably more fun than MKWii. I have yet to try and see if I prefer MK8 over Transformed or not.



Pahvi commented on Nintendo Announces The GameCube Controller Ada...:

... so if GCN games that require analog buttons come Wii U VC, we'd also need to buy more hardware... at least the adapter, often also a controller. I have trouble seeing digital GC games selling like hotcakes even for that reason alone. (Any idea how SNES games sold on Wii VC as compared to NES games, since I think they didn't work on Wiimote/Nunchuk combo alone?)



Pahvi commented on Review: Klonoa: Empire of Dreams (Wii U eShop ...:

Now that I've played this for two worlds' worth, I don't see how this stands out in the sea of indie puzzle platformers that have been coming out lately. Sure, it was an early contender in the genre, but we don't drive automobiles from 1890s today either.

Still, I think the level design here is more complex than in the Wii remake, so that's a plus for this over the Wii game.



Pahvi commented on EA Releases Lengthy List of Online Services to...:

@KeeperBvK I might want to toss SkyHeroes alongside Party as well - but the others I really liked and I'd love to see more games in the vein of Kingdoms and Agents.

I think this is, again, tied to the Gamespy thing going down... and if I read correctly on Eurogamer, even Neverwinter Nights 1 and 2 on computers are going down.



Pahvi commented on Review: NES Remix 2 (Wii U eShop):

@brewsky Personally, I see the lower difficulty level and the smaller number of challenges as major reasons to rate this lower than the first one. Even if the games remixed are now better.



Pahvi commented on Video: What Could Xenoblade Chronicles Look Li...:

If a game were to be made in HD for Wii U (which is, I assume, one reason these "What if" videos), Sin & Punishment 2 would not be the game. It'd practically require the players to have the Wiimote => even smaller potential userbase.

Still, it's fast-paced enough that the low-poly models and low-res textures might not be that visible. This brings me to my next thought: if I didn't think Sega might get upset, seeing Sonic Colours in HD would be nice. Some might even find it better than Sonic: Lost World...



Pahvi commented on Review: Mach Rider (3DS eShop):

I never liked this even back in the early 90s when I played it. By the standards of mid-80s the score might be a fit, but today I feel 7/10 is too much,



Pahvi commented on Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This...:

Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe (PC) - great chiptune soundtrack, simple game design, short game rounds and plenty of challenge.
Rune Factory Frontier (Wii) - after having the game for several years, I finally got around to playing it and I'm loving it. Still only on the 21th of Spring of the first year, though.



Pahvi commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014 - Spr...:

@King47: Not any more - 50-50 split with Hyrule Warriors now :)

EDIT: (And the HW vote was me.) So - Bayo2, X, Hyrule Warriors, Sonic Boom, NES Remix 2, FAST Racing NEO are the only ones I'm interested in trying out. I hope the FRN will have a good amount of content to it - Nano Assault Neo did not. Bayo2, X and Sonic Boom are all too largely unknown quantities. NES Remix 2 I'm very interested in after being hooked with NES Remix 1. Hyrule Warriors is the only one anywhere near to being a definite purchase, since I'm pretty fond of the Warriors games and it's often pretty clear what to expect from them.



Pahvi commented on Review: Clu Clu Land (3DS eShop / NES):

After rainbow-starring all CCL levels on NES Remix, I wasn't interested in the least to return to it. A lot of my time with those levels went into struggling with the controls before actually getting to the puzzle part (how to accomplish the goal fast enough). So, yeah - I hated the controls. Furthermore, it sounds like the original game mode is far less interesting than the puzzles built on it in NES Remix.



Pahvi commented on Poll: Have Your Say On The GamePad's Role With...:

I realized yesterday when I was sick and stuck to bed that I could've played VC games with the GamePad rather than turning myself to watch the TV — if I had been in shape to play anything. But even then, that's hindered by the GamePad being so large and heavy. So I ended up just surfing the web with my Android tablets instead.

EDIT: I was trying to make the point of having a kind-of mobile console application for the gamepad even in the same room with the TV the Wii U is connected to, and that mobile console games on Wii U VC fall short of where they can be played even in such circumstances compared to them on the original mobile systems.



Pahvi commented on OutRun Confirmed As The Next 3D Classic Racing...:

... despite just buying a PS3, all these 3D classics are making me think of getting a 3DS. Even though I'd play it only on my sofa, straight in front of my home consoles, and the 3D classics are so far the only games I'm interested on the system.

/me goes to listen to Magical Sound Shower on YouTube



Pahvi commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Major Wii U Retail T...:

@PinkSpider: I play, say, NES Remix, Warriors Orochi 3, Tank!Tank!Tank! and NintendoLand rather than SM3DW.

As for the topic: More demos even on high profile releases would be nice indeed - after getting burned hard with one new release based on just reviews and the hype, I'm twice as shy about other new games and very much doubting all the other ones I previously had slated for purchase (Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors).

Resident Evil Revelations (or whatever the game was) I bought only after trying out the demo. W101 I bought regardless of the demo. LEGO Marvel demo put me off enough to delay the purchase for the foreseeable future.

Another thing I'm thinking is how the lack of demos connects to review embargoes or comparable actions on new releases (I'm thinking of Yoshi's New Island based on the review scores - never tried it myself). While I think it's pretty unlikely Nintendo would publish something comparable to Aliens: Colonial Marines, I see little justification for having blind faith for any release being above forgettable (in personal opinion) "just because it's Nintendo".



Pahvi commented on Round Table: Let's Talk About Nintendo in 2013...:

... so what DID change in SM3DW from the impressions/preview post, referred with the "REHASHHH" comment?

I got my WiiU only in August or September, and so I missed the software drought. LEGO City Undercover was the first game I have about ever cleared with 100%, Sonic: Lost World was challenging to the point of being rage-inducing, TW101 I pretty much forgot after noticing that it was nigh unplayable on my then-small TV (and I haven't gotten back to it), and getting Rayman Legends for 20€ would've been the perfect ending for the year... if the eShop hadn't crashed and burned this week.



Pahvi commented on Nintendo Acknowledges Network Issues and Sugge...:

Managed to buy Ducktales Remastered and SMB3 just now (EU). While for me personally this was just a nuisance (I actually could give Eldritch on PC a fair go), I can see the point in being very vocal in complaining about this.

I'm not an expert on web services, but couldn't they have rented extra (virtual) hardware for a week or so from, say, Amazon Web Services?



Pahvi commented on Nintendo Acknowledges Network Issues and Sugge...:

Thankfully the eShop sales last for two weeks, wasn't it? went practically down for a few hours when they said Fallouts 1,2 and Tactics could be added to your account for free. Steam went practically down just today/yesterday for some time as they told Left4Dead 2 was likewise free to add to your account (an offer that is still ongoing for almost 4 hours or so).

But - definitely not a good first impression for new Wii U/3DS owners, especially if this means they can't download the first Wii U system update (if it isn't patched to the latest version already at the factory).