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Wed 1st July, 2009

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Rensch commented on Nintendo of America is Cutting the Price of Fi...:

Please, for the love of God, follow suit Nintendo of Europe. I still wanna buy Mario Kart 7, New SMB 2 and DK Country Returns 3D. Especially Mario Kart 7 is high on my wishlist right now.

I am wondering, though. Is this going to be one of those 'greatest hits' lines. That'd make perfect sense to me.



Rensch commented on Super Mario Bros. Deluxe Set For 27th February...:

The download code version should be available already. At least I got it. I'd say this is perhaps even better than the NES version also downloadable on VC. You can unlock The Lost Levels in this as well, but I believe they stripped some secret levels from that, so you might still be better off just buying that separately.



Rensch commented on CoroCoro Magazine Reveals New Rock/Fairy-Type ...:

I really hope they ditch those timed events and just make them permanently available. Why not make them available through Global Link to players who have accumulated enough Poké Miles or Dream Points or whatever? It would still require effort, but at least it would still be easier to obtain all Pokémon for those who didn't buy the game within the first few months after release. Heck, for all I care they make it paid DLC. Every generation they add more of these Mew-esque creatures that often end up being ugly holes in your Pokédex if you don't pay attention to those timed events.



Rensch commented on Hands On: Storing Pocket Monsters in Pokémon ...:

This is wonderful. The only things I find stange are a.) why the Poké Transporter is not fully integrated but a separate app and b.) why you can only use box 1 to transfer Pokémon from your DS games to Bank. You first have to put all Pokémon you wanna tranfer in Box 1. Why can't you just select from any box like with Pal Park and the Tranfer Machine?



Rensch commented on Nintendo Still Working On Bringing Game Boy Ad...:

I already have many of the games I really wanted for GBA. Still a few I am looking for, though. Kirby Nightmare in Dreamland (excellent remake of the already available Kirby's Adventure) Kirby and the Amazing Mirror, Wario Land 4 just to name a few.



Rensch commented on David Jaffe Is A Massive Fan Of Nintendo, But ...:

Still, when you think about it, if there is any video game brand at all that is like the Disney of video games, I think we can all agree that would be Nintendo. It's just as recognizable, just as loved by old and young and has similarly recognizable characters. Miyamoto really is the Walt Disney of video games.



Rensch commented on Feature: Our Favourite, Quirky and Baffling Po...:

@ Hunter-D You can only do that after bonding enough with it in Pokémon-amie. Don't forget that.

Just a few awesome things:

  • Putting a common Flabébé in Wonder Trade and getting a male Ralts in exchange.
  • Trainers saying memetic things like 'over 9000' and 'I can haz battle?'.
  • Check out the hedge mazes in the garden behind Parfum Palace from the balcony on the second floor. You will not be dissapointed.
  • Mega Alakazam, Mega Charizard, Mega Mewtwo, Mega Gyarados, Mega Aerodactyl, Mega awesome!
  • The PSS gives an unprecedented feeling of being part of a larger community...
  • ...which is now more accessible to both newcomers and fans than ever thanks to Super Training.
  • Eevee is freaking adorable in Pokémon-amie.
  • Finding a horde of Geodudes when one knocks the other four out by using its Ground-type move Magnitude in full derp mode.
  • The ghost in the hotel in Lumiose.
  • The sundial in Anistar City between 8 and 9 PM. Don't forget to find some of those Mega Stones, too. You have just one hour a day.
  • Searching for Pokémon not in you Pokédex in GTS...
  • ...while filtering out all the vile poké-scum looking for a lv.1 Groudon or Mewtwo.
  • The delightfully ridiculous cuisine of Lumiose City's exclusive restaurants.
  • Exploring the back alleys of Lumiose City which are full of trainers.
  • The Lumiose City detective story with Pokémon Platinum's Looker.
  • Realising you can combine the Lucky Egg with the EXP. Share now that the latter is not a hold item anymore.
  • Goomy, Froakie, Hawlucha and the mighty Tyrantrum!
  • Witnessing glorious cell-shaded battles for the first time.

Too bad they did bring that godawful Pokéradar back but not the Vs. Seeker. That's a bummer, but other than that. Awesome.



Rensch commented on PETA Clamours for Attention with Spoof Pokémo...:

What disturbs me about groups like PETA is how they try to apply human characteristics to animals and appeal to emotions humans have towards them. It really is much more about dealing with humans than it is about dealing with cruelty against animals.

BTW: I have always wondered what vegans feed their dogs. Isn't there meat in dog food? Is there vegetarian dog food, too? Is it OK for dogs to eat meat because they are animals?



Rensch commented on Talking Point: Pokémon X & Y's Grand Global R...:

I admit I failed to resist checking out the leaks, but at least it is better than it was for earlier games. Now that we have the games at the same day as Japanese players, much less will have been spoiled when you buy the game. With Black and White, you still had to wait until the game was translated in English. Now you don't have to wait for months, while learning everything there is to know before the game is even released.



Rensch commented on Review: Pokémon X & Y (3DS):

I am much more excited about these games than I was about the Black and White versions three years ago, which failed to truly impress me after playing them. Black and White 2 were a little more substantial, but very similar to the first games after playing through the main quest.

I am particularly curious about the Mega Evolutions and how much of an impact it has on the gameplay. (Please, Gyarados, have a Water/Dragon Mega Evolution)

Another feature I am excited about are those Fairy-type Pokémon. Apparently, many older ones are now part Fairy, particularly the Normal- and Psychic-type variations. They provide a good counter for Sableye, Spiritomb and those tough-as-nails Dragon creatures, which could only be countered by Ice and other Dragons before. Still, no good counter for Tynamo and its evolutions, unfotunately.

And I honestly can't resist Froakie.



Rensch commented on Review: Rayman Legends (Wii U):

I loved Origins and this is high on my wishlist as well. Rayman has always been a platform series with some very clever and wholly original gameplay elements coupled with sublime level design. They should make another 3D Rayman, though. We have not seen one of those in ten years. Especially Rayman 2 is a game that I played a lot in the past and one I return to very often because it just so damn fun to play.



Rensch commented on Review: DuckTales: Remastered (Wii U eShop):

My only real gripes with this game are the amount of cutscenes and the fact that the levels were rendered in 3D. The cutscenes should have been restrained to the start and end of the levels and it would be fine, even if you would still have to bring up the pause screen to skip them. The 3D-rendered environments felt out of place in combination with the pretty 2D sprites and backgrounds. While I liked the colourful textures on the 3D elements, they should have done it like Wario Land: The Shake Dimension or Rayman Origins. The levels in those games were made pretty much completely with 2D art and looked all the better for it. While the graphics in Ducktales Remastered are great, this really is the difference between an 8 or a 9 for me when it comes to graphics.

Overall, great game, though. 8 out of 10.



Rensch commented on Evidence of a Functional 3DS Flashcard Emerges:

"I use it only for backup"....said no one ever.

The whole updateable firmware thing pretty much solved the piracy issue. This new device can be easily countered by making system updates that block it.

Oh, and all the people denouncing video game piracy, and they have a pretty good point, obviously never pirated music or movies. Yeah, right. I just simply do not believe you.



Rensch commented on Feature: A Brief History of Pokémon - Part One:

Pokemon is the most addictive game ever. I remember being in the final year of elementary school when it came out. Within months everyone was into it, to a point where it became scary. Kids started stealing trading cards from the younger kids, resulting in them being banned from the schoolyard. I never cared much for them and got tired of the cartoon quickly, but I remained a fan of the game. That is where the whole thing started and getting a copy of it was great. This was the closest thing to being a real trainer. Not only that, but it turned out to be very addictive and well thought out. The Gold and Silver versions were even better and have not been topped ever since (except the DS remakes). Never was I so stoked for a game as in the spring of 2001. Bought Gold as soon as possible. I hope I can finally say the new X and Y versions will be better than the Johto games this October. Still stoked like a kid for it.



Rensch commented on Four New Pokémon Make CoroCoro Appearance for...:

The bird is really cute. The ability to ride that goat thing intrigues me as well. I wonder what the purpose to that is. Perhaps it will be similar to the roller blades shown earlier or the bike and the Running Shoes from earlier games. I wonder if it an HM move that works on land like Surf and Waterfall do in water.



Rensch commented on There's Still Plenty Of Interest In Older Pok...:

Traded in my old Diamond and two other DS games so I could get Black for ten euros. Later replaced Diamond with Platinum to get my Sinnoh kick. Also picked up Black 2 earlier this year. I really love playing all these old games. Each has its own unique world and different characters, making each game a unique-yet-familiar experience.