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Fri 17th Jun 2011

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Rect_Pola commented on EA CFO Explains Why the Company Doesn't Make W...:

I'm not surprised. I wouldn't be surprised if they were never planning to work with Nintendo at all and lied before to not look like complete jerks until their lack of involvement was validated. There's an argument about self-fulfilling prophesy, but the real point is AAAs (of EA's vein) in this market are all about playing it safe. They don't want to take risks in game design, audience, or format. So when a front runner is established, why wouldn't they devote their energy there? I'm sure they hated the Wii's dominance most of last generation, because the audience they know and love was all about PS3 and 360.

I expect they'll back NX for the first year. First wave will mostly be "see the awesome you've been missing?" last gen ports. They'll mix in a couple tokens, maybe even a few that aren't even doomed to fail. If NX isn't shaking up the establishment, then they can kick it to the curb and get back to work.



Rect_Pola commented on You Can't Alter The Chest Size Of Female Chara...:

An understandable choice. Within my understanding of US sensibilities, I can see the presence of "bust" being the only extra feature over body size getting called out. I can also see disabling it being specifically to avoid making a "young" character with a huge bust (again the slider is body size, not height).

By this point, Nintendo going out of its way to protect their squeaky clean image is par for the course. Out of curiosity, what is Nintendo's image in Japan where they don't bat an eye at these things...



Rect_Pola commented on Final Fantasy's Cloud Is Set To Cause Some Str...:

Huh, okay. Wasn't expecting him, but why not. He's one of, if not THE, most memorable protagonist in FF history. In a weird way, Smash is like how I perceived the Muppet Show as a kid, i.e. if you were anybody you did the Muppet show.



Rect_Pola commented on Video: Check Out a Graphical Comparison for Th...:

Very nice. It's weird to look back at how muddy the old visuals were. Or to see the new stuff on it's own and think, it looks as nice as your brain remembers it. Sort of. Even when it was new, I thought this was the closest to the "dirty" visuals of other realistic games Zelda had ever come.



Rect_Pola commented on Nintendo Is Unique, Different And Does Its Own...:

That's one thing Nintendo's always done well. They are MASTERS at limiting information. Except for the 3DS near-leak (of which I have no doubt punishments were meted and assassins were deployed) nobody's ever known anything they didn't want us to know.



Rect_Pola commented on Masayuki Uemura on How the NES Controller Came...:

@retro_player_22 What they hell is that thing in the bottom right corner? Whatever, moving on.

My family had a home computer thing with a similar load out to AVS. I also recall we had a Colecovision (with slick wood paneling), with a big dumb dial and an honest to god phone pad. I remember the films you slid over numbers in an attempt to show what the buttons did for each game. It was strange time.



Rect_Pola commented on Sega: Recent Sonic Games Haven't Been "Accepta...:

Option 1) SEGA stole Molyneux's marketing playbook
Option 2) They're turning a new leaf, throwing out the "rebuild the wheel" method of game design and trying to figure out what made 90's Sonic work.

The sad thing is how much 1 seems more logical.



Rect_Pola commented on Eiji Aonuma is Aiming For an Open World "Surpr...:

"With the end of the year approaching and The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes now out in stores, series producer Eiji Aonuma is clearly aware that the attention of fans is on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U,"

WOW, somebody give Tom an award for that turn of phrase.



Rect_Pola commented on The Wii U's Broad Audience Means Star Fox Zero...:

I get it, you're PR doing your thing; all coins are one sided and polished to a mirror shine. But will Star Fox's delay matter? In a word; Yes. In more; You bet your arse it'll matter.

This was supposed to be The Game this season. Maybe, MAYBE huge success with other titles will offset that demand, some might even be big, but all of them? They were never meant to fill that void. That's the problem with setting up a The Game, you don't really have a back up.



Rect_Pola commented on Review: The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes ...:

Mario made it work (sorta), Zelda not really.
Metroid's up next (unless they surprise us with multiplayer in Star Fox Zero).
Is this going to be their thing for a while? Experimenting with multi-player in all their franchises? I know Nintendo's late to the online party, but there's no shame in something only working in single player.

@IceClimbers Yeah, but that was people who "knew" what shooter was supposed to be, not realizing 3+ minutes with a single objective didn't really need it. THIS is a more drawn out puzzling where how well you interact is the lifeblood of the experience.



Rect_Pola commented on Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think ...:

I envision a 3DS like device on a charging platform (like the one that came with the original). You use the device like any old 3DS, but when you plug it into the platform, it becomes "the console" for playing on TV or with the post-wii controller family they have to keep alive for legacy's sake.

Ooo, maybe have it able to local connect with new 3DS for portable multiplayer.



Rect_Pola commented on Nintendo is Now 126 Years Old:

I agree with the last line. Be it for security or control, they have certain methodologies that worked fine with standalone cartridge machines, but are now increasingly clunky in the modern age.



Rect_Pola commented on Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Wii U eShop / GBA):

I really miss that puzzle-platforming style they don't use anymore. I don't dislike the mini marios (which I'm shocked haven't gotten some merch yet) or their quasi-lemming thing, but in changing the series to focus on them, they dropped the old game.



Rect_Pola commented on Apple Just Announced Its Own Wii, Almost A Dec...:

Um... Has everyone forgot how "Apple-y" people said Wii was designed to look like.

I don't know how well Apple will do, but I DO think adding game function into Apple TV is a better move than Microsoft trying to go the opposite way with Xbox.



Rect_Pola commented on Weirdness: The Bizarre Truth of Bowser Jr.'s M...:

So SMB3... my world... crumbles. There is nothin- HOLY POOPITYPOOP Bowser Jr's mother is actually a planned being?! Who is it? Is she as big and bad as Bowser? WHERE is she, and why didn't Jr. know about her?

Don't hold out on us! She'll be the first full grown female koopa. Assuming she is a koopa.



Rect_Pola commented on Mighty No. 9 Producer Shares Regret Over Delay...:

I don't mind the overlap, that's just smart business, but I do mind they presented the backing was to make the game exist when it was extra money. Even if the deal wasn't fully finalized at the start (which was suspicious from their lack of concern when backing stalled) they never changed the tiers to reflect the shift in direction.



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

It would be nice if they have her saving the troopers or something. After Other M, all I really want is a sign that they do in fact "get" who Samus is and how to portray her.

I think Extra Credits talk about a Hard Boiled Detective character is more along what I wanted a talking Samus to be like. "Unflappable; sarcastic; taking pride in [her] work; a [gal] who can take a beating and give one" Doesn't that sound right?

Since I'm on this train of thought, the Super Mario Adventures comic is still the best way to have a talking Mario in his core series. Light-hearted and a bit goofy, but when it's hero time, he's all in. Thus far, they've always had him a silent protagonist, but the writing in RPGs hold up that they know what they're doing should the time come.

Link... is harder. For one thing, each Link is unique so there could be a suite different personalities to bear the mantle (something I wouldn't mind if they ever took this road). Overall, I see the typical adult Link as Hyrule's Captain America (MCU).