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Tue 31st Dec 2013

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Quirky commented on Poll: Nintendo's Free-to-Play Experiments - Ar...:

Badge Arcade is so cynically done, it is impressive. I like the rabbit's "voice". The difficulty is a bit weird. It's too easy/random for a freebie, with multiple badges per run, but if I were paying then it'd be too annoyingly random.

I think the badges themselves are utterly pointless and are not even very good looking. I have a couple of MH4U themes, and the Splatoon or Animal Crossing badges are hard to see on that background. They have terrible contrast and look grainy. The Mario 8-bit badges are OK, but I'm a bit sick of seeing 8-bit Mario now. He's been done to death. The only good badges are the ones that replace a few program launchers. Either way, I rarely turn off Monster Hunter 4 to see the home screen, so it's all a bit pointless anyway for me



Quirky commented on Next Splatoon Patch Drops October 20th, Rapid ...:

@MJKOP Tantatek took a hit actually - base damage down to 35 from 36. Still a 3-hit KO in most situations though.

This weekend's EU splatfest might have to be my fond farewell to the "OP" Luna Blaster after the blaster nerf that's coming. You don't see many blasters online, and now there'll be less reason to use one. Inkzooka's nerf is huge! It will fire at about half the rate if I understood the explanation. Double nerf for LB

Special Gauge charge for the leading team in Splatzone and the Tower controlling team is an interesting change. Seems like once you start dominating, it gets easier to win. Maybe.



Quirky commented on English Version of SplatNet Website for Splato...:

@pherret022 B+ and level 39. Actually Ranked mode is not too bad, maybe a bit intense. Skill-wise it seems fairly even as long as I stick to something effective like the 96 gal. I dropped from B back to C trying out the sniper weapons, never again!

The worst is Turf War, it seems to have odd pooling/ranking. The games are often spawn-point lock-ins with 70-10 victories. Checking the recent inklings afterwards in the plaza they are frequently A+, S or S+ players. My theory is that all the Bs are playing Ranked to rank up, and a lot of A++ are playing Turf Wars to not lose their rank.

Anyway, I get too salty playing therefore I think I've kind of mentally banned myself from Splatoon for my own good



Quirky commented on English Version of SplatNet Website for Splato...:

Huh, doesn't show much as I've not played Splatoon since I think the last EU splatfest. The reason? Everyone is too frickin' good nowadays! Only the real hard core inklings are still playing now and it's too frustrating to play against all these ace players.



Quirky commented on Guide: How to Unlock Plague Knight in Shovel K...:

I beat SK pretty much the week after the EU release, played the extra difficult new game+ until it became too much, and haven't played since. When Plague came out, it was unlocked right away as I'd got past the main game with Shovel but I've completely forgotten how to play the game. I struggled to get past even the first screen!



Quirky commented on There's Another New Map Coming To Splatoon:

This is great! It's been a new thing every week since the start. I'm so glad I got the game not long after launch. Jumping in now would be an inkredibly daunting prospect.

Agree with the rotations, they need shaking up a bit. I haven't seen newer maps like Camp Triggerfish or Moray Towers in Turf Wars since the last Splatfest. They always seem to be on when I'm at work. I'm fed up of it always seeming to be Walleye Warehouse on the rotation.



Quirky commented on Nintendo Confirms September amiibo Release Det...:

@grumblebuzzz I want the Splatoon content I don't care about the plastic figurines (I have no place to put 'em in my tiny flat anyway). I wish Nintendo would sell the unlocks as DLC. Or even better, I wish someone would hack the amiibo codes and sell rip-off reprogrammable fake-miibos (just the base-plate) that would unlock the in-game content.



Quirky commented on Here's Exactly What's Changing In This Week's ...:

Will the friends thing make it harder for forever-alones like me to get a random match up?

Nerfing the inkzooka seems like a good move, echolocator nerf seems harsh since that tends to be on worser weapons anyway, and the buff to megaphone laser wasn't needed (they're super annoying!!)



Quirky commented on Exclusive: eShop Publishers Are Dropping Relea...:

IARC on Android at least is shockingly easy to do as a developer. It seems strange that the Wii U/3DS would have one rating system while smartphones another. What's the difference exactly? The only thing that worries me is that the politicians get wind of IARC and clamp down on it, making devs there pay too. Remember that it is the job of these committees to perpetuate more bureaucracy, if everyone goes IARC they'll have to find another way to squeeze money out of the system.



Quirky commented on Marvel at the Launch Trailer, Live Music and T...:

Now this is the sort of DLC that I can support. More original content like this please Nintendo, with new levels and lots of new characters. Less of the micro-payments, pricey single-character DLCs (MewTwo), expensive outfits and amiibo-unlocks. Can't wait until the 23rd now



Quirky commented on Iwata: Embracing Smart Devices Has Made Us Eve...:

The worst thing this can do is to scare off third parties - "if not even Nintendo believes in their hardware, why should we make games for them?".

I play very little on smartphone games, they are so frustrating. Touch is a terrible input system for games, even the good ones.

Why now Nintendo? Why? Just when Amiibo was giving them a cash boost, the New 3DS, and some great new games recently.. Things were really looking up for dedicated portable gaming hardware. Then this bombshell ;_;



Quirky commented on Capcom's Ryozo Tsujimoto Feels Monster Hunter ...:

The MH4 demo is much better than the MH3 one. I know too much now after playing MH3, but all the n00b help at the start is far better than the 3 demo. That really threw you in at the deep end with no clue what to do. Starting with Jaggies is a good idea, because that's what the main MH3 game did anyway (well, you start picking mushrooms or something, but that would be a terrible demo!). I'm really glad I got MH3U despite the demo, so I hope 4 doesn't have the opposite pattern - great demo, bad game!



Quirky commented on Stats Suggest That UK Kids Are More Likely To ...:

Stats in my house suggest that the 3DS is more robust than a tablet. Bought a Nexus 7 about 18 months ago, broke this week by running out of batteries (now will no longer turn on or charge!). Meanwhile, a 3DS from 3 years ago is still going strong.



Quirky commented on Nintendo Download: 29th May (Europe):

Yeah, 60€ is pretty pricey for the download copy. I'm tempted because I'm sick of (little) fingerprints on CDs making them unreadable. But it's 10€ more than an online physical copy. I guess Nintendo do this to not annoy their retail partners - if you buy MK8 in a shop it'll be at least 55€, so a discounted dl version would mean shops may tell Nintendo to take a hike.



Quirky commented on New 3DS System Update 7-2-0-17 Now Live:

@Silent as a parent of 2 lads I use parental controls primarily for 2 things: to prevent 3D and to prevent accidental deletion of system data. 3D has always been declared as bad for kids under 7, and I always play myself in 2D anyway as I find 3D to require no reflections (darkness), a spotless screen as fingerprints and dirt really show up, and I can't really make it out at the best of times.

Back on the DSi, my eldest son deleted all the system data, which included photos, wifi settings, the browser and downloaded games. I had backups of the photos, and restoring the rest was easy, if a bit of a pain. On the 3DS there's even more stuff in there to restore after a wipe, so I'd rather be safe than sorry. On a related note, I wish game makers wouldn't make it so easy to wipe game saves. The Dempa Men, I am looking at you.



Quirky commented on Video: Capcom Unleashes a New Monster Hunter 4...:

@3dcaleb the demo doesn't do a good job as it throws you in at the deep end with little idea what to do. I did not really like the demo too much, but got the full game anyway and after watching a few youtube beginners guides I think MH3U on the 3DS is my fave game ever. I hope MH4 is as good, meanwhile I might be still playing MH3U until 2015.



Quirky commented on Super Mario McDonald's Happy Meals Hit the Fla...:

I'm pretty sure these are the same ones that were available from McDonald's in Spain about a year ago. At home we have the Yoshi, a Mario and a Luigi. They're surprisingly well made and have taken quite a beating.



Quirky commented on Monster Hunter Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto Emphas...:

@WillhamBoyGeniu I hate online too, but offline single player or offline local multiplayer is good. I've beaten most of MH3U solo and it is one of my all time fave games. I hope MH4U isn't entirely focused on multiplayer - a bit of balance when played solo would be good too (G Rank Jhen springs to mind, or some of the 4-hunter max arena quests)



Quirky commented on Nintendo Switching Off Wi-Fi Connection Servic...:

Heh, just this weekend I dusted off my Nintendo Wifi USB Connector to get the DS's Pokémon Diamond online and try and get a few missing 'mons (last time I played it was in 2007 according to the in-game diary). Twitchplays got me in the mood

From a techincal POV, limiting the DS hardware to just WEP connectivity was a really bad idea. It was outdated back when the console came out. I bet most modem-routers from ISPs come preconfigured with WPA nowadays - mine did and I don't fancy downgrading the security to WEP just for the DS. Besides, I doubt many people still play DS games online.



Quirky commented on Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl Com...:

I loved the first couple of EOs on the DS, but couldn't get on with EO3 or EO4 - the external maps made it less focused I think. On EO4 the edge-teleport trick made it frustrating to create a nice map, and I stopped playing after getting to about floor 3 of the 2nd main dungeon. This game's an enhancement of the original EO, so hopefully it'll be more back-to-basics.



Quirky commented on BBC is "Working to bring iPlayer" to the Wii U:

I guess this is UK only, right?

TVii in Europe in general is more or less impossible, as Nintendo would have to make dozens of deals with all the different channels. Then who'd do all the coding to get a channel up and running? Nintendo? Seems like a logistical nightmare.



Quirky commented on StreetPass Games Producers Tell Origins of Mii...:

@AlexSora89 I live in a major city in Spain, get the tube/train every day (with the 3DS on, obviously) and still have only finished a handful of puzzles. I see about 1-3 people per day. Plus my son at home most days, but he has even fewer pieces than me! It is a slog. I wish spending play coins didn't repeat pieces, it seems for every one I buy I get at least 2 dupes.