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Male, 31, Brazil

I've been a gamer since 1990, when I got my NES and Master System. I love Nintendo because they're are a haven of personality and witty gameplay in an era when everyone puts way too much stock on cinematics and gritty realism. Also a huge fan of Civilization and Magic Online on my PC.

Fri 19th April, 2013

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ricklongo commented on Miyamoto Talks Up Star Fox Wii U's "Fun And Un...:

"Glorified tech demo"? Come on, Nintendo Life, why the vitriol?

I'm personally quite excited for this. I've never been huge on the series, but I have great memories of Star Fox in the SNES. Plus, as much as I don't think stories are completely unnecessary as Miyamoto seems to suggest every so often, gameplay still accounts for the prime reason why I buy video games, so I'm pretty positive this will be great.



ricklongo commented on Mega Man Zero Arrives Along With More Discount...:

Never played Mega Man Zero before! As a huge fan of the franchise, I'm glad to finally have a chance.

As for the sale, all is fine and dandy, but what they should really do is release a all-in-one pack. Say, Mega Man 1-6 on Wii U for 10-12 bucks.



ricklongo commented on Review: LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Wii U):

After getting Lego Marvel Super Heroes for the Black Friday e-shop deal and getting utterly disappointed, I'm not touching any other Lego games that don't include the words "City" and "Undercover" on their titles.



ricklongo commented on Donkey Kong Land Rated And Ready For North Ame...:

@thesilverbrick Well, after the Microsoft purchase, Rare has developed games for Nintendo platforms, such as Viva Piñata for the DS, and that was published by THQ, not Microsoft. Then again, it should be noted that Microsoft had no dedicated handheld gaming device to compete with the DS; when it comes to home consoles, it's a very different panorama.

Truth be told, I don't think we'll ever see another Rare game on Nintendo platforms - even on handhelds, since Microsoft might consider the Windows Phone as competition for the 3DS.



ricklongo commented on Donkey Kong Land Rated And Ready For North Ame...:

Seriously, it seems NoA likes to torture us. Land but no Country? Come on!

@AlexOlney True, but there are so many great IPs they still own. I'd love to see a collaboration with Nintendo to release a new Banjo game on Wii U and Xbox One, for example. I mean, Mojang keeps working on Playstation versions of Minecraft even after the buyout, right?



ricklongo commented on Feature: Time to Vote For Your Game of the Yea...:

Reading through posts here, I'm delightfully surprised to see Tropical Freeze get so much praise. I though I'd be sort of an outcast here in my love for that game.

It makes me sad that GotY awards seem to just gloss over 2D platformers these days.



ricklongo commented on Feature: Time to Vote For Your Game of the Yea...:

Best Wii U Retail:
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. I still don't think it tops Diddy's Kong Quest, but it's an awesome game nonetheless. Best 2D platformer I've played since the SNES era. Smash and Mario Kart 8 are runners-up.

Best 3DS Retail:
Fantasy Life. Ridiculously addictive with some pretty neat ideas. A close runner up would have to be Bravely Default, which, at 102 hours, is the most-played game in my entire 3DS library.

Best Wii U / 3DS Digital:
Shovel Knight. Old school trappings with modern design sensibilities. Great graphics, music, and overall atmosphere. Guacamelee is a close runner-up on Wii U.

Game of the Year:
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze



ricklongo commented on December's Club Nintendo Rewards Aim to Bring ...:

The fact that Wii Virtual Console rewards is still a thing boggles the mind.

As for the actual selection, not interested. Yet again. Nintendo really should start offering more recent virtual titles. I'd be all over something like Stick it to the Man, which is a game that I've been meaning to get but is way too far down my list of backlog priorities to really happen.



ricklongo commented on Video: Today's Teens Simply Cannot Handle The ...:

@Einherjar @Larryislife I also disagree with Larry. Today's easier games have more to do with how video games have become much more mainstream. In every art form, from music to movies to painting to (yes) video games, there are going to be "easier" stuff catered to a less die-hard crowd. Obviously, this doesn't mean that sort of product is going to be inherently bad, but it also doesn't mean that "kids these days" are less likely to enjoy a harder game.

I'd wager the percentage of new gamers who could enjoy tougher challenges has stayed pretty much the same if we're talking global population. That number has obviously decreased when we tackle the actual gaming population, but that's because, like I said, the mainstream appeal of gaming has grown so much over the past decades.



ricklongo commented on Video: Today's Teens Simply Cannot Handle The ...:

See, I don't buy it. I recently discovered that my girlfriend's nephew, who is six years old, fell in love with the NES Mega Man games. I was quite surprised, but then I remembered: that's exactly what happened to me when I was his age and, like him, had no previous gaming experience.

The problem isn't "kids these days", it's kids who get their introduction to gaming with dumbed down crap.



ricklongo commented on Video: Nintendo Minute Debates Its 3DS Game of...:

My 3DS game of the year is either Shovel Knight (which, ironically, I didn't play on the 3DS) or Fantasy Life. I'm 40 hours into the latter and it's a true gem of great game design. Then again, that's Level-5 for you. I hope it turns into a franchise, because the potential is certainly there.

Honorable mention to Bravely Default, which, endlessly grinding final section notwithstanding, was pretty great.



ricklongo commented on Sony Pictures Is In Negotiations With Nintendo...:

@LUIGITORNADO Fair enough. Still, we know next to nothing about the project. If it happens, there's definitely a good chance the result could be good if Nintendo keeps a tight presence during the creative process.

And by the way, "ruined" Spider Man? The Amazing Spider Man isn't exactly a great movie, but the third film of the previous trilogy has to be one of the worst pieces of crap I ever spent my money on. If anything, TASM salvaged the franchise.



ricklongo commented on Nintendo Download: 11th December (North America):

@rjejr @sinalefa I got a feeling that our big holiday Direct will come in January this time around. Not sure why; I guess with all the new footage premiered on the Game Awards last week, there's a chance they consider that sort of work done for December already.

Whenever it happens, I'm hoping for at least one new Wii U title. We got Hyrule Warriors last year around the same time, and the 3DS got Majora's Mask in the last Direct.



ricklongo commented on Review: Alphadia Genesis (Wii U eShop):

Pier Solar aside, the last time I remember NintendoLife giving an RPG a 6 was with Costume Quest 2... and that's way more than a 6 for me. So who knows, maybe I'll enjoy this one too.

I'm pretty sure I'll get both this one and Pier Solar at some point, it just won't be now. Smash U and Fantasy Life are poised to take pretty much all of my gaming time this December.



ricklongo commented on Warhammer 40,000's Seminal Space Hulk Is Drift...:

I'm a huge fan of turn-based strategy; not so much of gritty sci-fi. This means I'm kinda torn.

Either way, I hope this succeeds on Wii U. Who knows, maybe one day we'll get a Civilization or Might & Magic Heroes port.



ricklongo commented on Feature: The Long Evolution of the Pokémon Tr...:

Having just replayed TCG on the 3DS, I'm surprised we haven't seen something similar yet. I won't ever really collect the cards IRL (especially given that I play Magic the Gathering), but I'd be all over new video games using them.



ricklongo commented on Soapbox: Sonic, It's Time to Talk:

I'll always think highly of Sonic's first two Master System outings, especially Sonic 2. Everything after that, for me, went from ho-hum to flat-out terrible. It's sad, but I guess I'm used to it by now.



ricklongo commented on Video: New Rodea the Sky Soldier Footage Shows...:

If it's going to be not too graphically impressive, let's hope at least they take the cue to make the game run at a pristine 60 FPS. That's really a big deal when it comes to frantic action games.

And please, PLEASE, no motion controls.



ricklongo commented on Review: Thomas Was Alone (Wii U eShop):

Intriguing review. I gotta say I wasn't thinking much of this one from trailers, but now I'm definitely curious. I'll add it to my scarily large e-Shop backlog.

Waiting for the A World of Keflings review, by the way!