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SahashraLA

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#1

SahashraLA commented on Nintendo Reveals Details on the Third Week of ...:

Naturally, the drive would be to get the annual 3rd party titles as well, but I think Nintendo would do well to fire back at EA, and maybe as soon as E3.
Something like..
'Hi, I'm Reggie Fils-Amie, here to share our latest systems.
Combining the portability of the 3DS with the second screen innovation of the Wii U, this is the most capable hardware we've yet created. Fully backward compatible with BOTH the Wii U and the 3DS, this is, in my opinion, the most powerful and versatile console on the market today.
Combining our talents with Matsushita and AMD, this is the result of hours conferencing with respected developers, like Atlus, Capcom, 2K, From Software and others.
And no, it won't feature Electronics Arts games on it. What is best for Nintendo, what is best for business is not to allow EA services on our hardware. As a result, we've come into a partnership with 2K, to bring the full catalog of 2K software to this system. Not only that, but this is now the exclusive home of NCAA sports, NBA basketball (2K purchases the NBA rights, similar to EA's contract with the NFL) as well as the exclusive home to 2K NHL hockey.'
Then some stuff about 32 player MK8, videos, demos and a price range of 500-600$.
Fully compatible with all Wii / Wii U controllers (including the Gamepad) and can use 3DS as a controller for all Wii U games.
No DS / Wii backwards compatibility.
Expanded media services: Amazon Prime, Crackle, Crunchyroll, Funimation, WWE, NHL Gamecentre, NFL Sunday Ticket.
And increased features set for Netflix, Hulu and Youtube.
Flash, Java, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMV, WMA and H.264 browser /media support.
Wireless and 10/100/1000 connector.
Stronger account based system.
Better Club Nintendo integration and more consumer input.
Finally an upgrade to customize the music, layout, and search options on current eShop.

SahashraLA

#2

SahashraLA commented on Nintendo Reveals Details on the Third Week of ...:

I know Soni's still to be featured, but I was digging around old sales info, trying to figure out where the Wii U sits, in comparison to the last two Sega consoles.
See, the Dreamcast had a VERY staggered release in Japan, going almost 2 and a half years before cancellation, with North America taking a year longer to debut with the same cancellation date. Worldwide sales: 10.6 million. Better than Wii U, but imagine if the Wii U had less competition and another year in Japan.
Versus the Saturn, well, let's just say the Wii U could do MUCH worse.
Over 3 and half years in the West and over 6 years in Japan and the console still failed to break the 10 million mark.
Side scrolling games, while still enjoyed, weren't exactly seen favorably, with the industry pushing 3D to the forefront and many 2D efforts were chided for their 'lack of immersion'. Games like Doom, Hexen, Half-Life, Quake, Unreal Tournament and other 'early' FPS' were still given the lion's share of the mainstream media's press coverage. Goldeneye on the N64 had been seen as Nintendo's answer to those critics. And Sega was 'stunning' with their near flawless arcade ports (Sega Rally, Virtua Fighter 2 / 3, Soul Calibur, House of the Dead).
The Wii U is in the middle of an unprecedented arms race, one where a computer company like Microsoft and an entertainment company like Sony are trying to create interactive movies.
The last time this strategy was employed, it gave birth to the 3DO, a system of sorts that flopped massively.
But maybe, just maybe, that example could be a hint as to Nintendo's next evolution. Proprietary hardware components in a varied range of products. One could be portable, another with Blu-ray. One could be PC like and involve media and TV. Another could be simplistic and used entirely for gaming.
Again, my idea is the HDS, or Nintendo Fusion.
4 core, 1GB GPU, 2 GB RAM handheld. 3DS backward compatible.
8 core, 2GB GPU, 6GB RAM basestation. Wii U backwards compatible.
Together, they could combine resources to play PS4 / PCquality software.
Keeping the eShop means the system starts with a previously established library and older games would load faster, play smoother and look better.
4 USB 3.0 slots, optical out, SDHC compatibility, 500 GB HDD (base) 32 GB storage (handheld).
Launch titles:
Luigi's Mansion 3, Super Mario Fusion (2D and 3D), Legends of Bioshock (3 pack), Metroid Fusion EX (Metroid Fusion remake with HD graphics and fully orchestrated music, as well as expanded gameplay and increased animations), NHL2K (system exclusive), Konami: Rebirth 2 (the Rebirth series gets sequels in the vein of Contra Shattered Soldier), Wave Race: Dark Waters (faster, more locations, online), Viewtiful Joe HD collection, Shinji Mikami Presents: The Last Haunting, Beauty/Decay (Mistwalker game with Yoshitaka Amano spritework), Sin and Punishment: Star Revenger, Darksiders 3 and Zombi2 (think Zombi U, over the whole of the UK, with tens of thousands of zombies, dozens of melee weapons and firearms, 5 -8 well developed characters to play as and a night / day cycle).
So 13 full retail titles and let's say, a promise of 20-30 additional VC titles the first month.
I don't even see Nintendo's next system using Blu-ray. Maybe something different. Like my prototype: Lite-ray. A proprietary drive that uses specialty 75 GB discs.

SahashraLA

#4

SahashraLA commented on New Nintendo 3DS Models Announced:

I've been looking to get a new 3DS since my old one kicked the bucket (drop effect..), but that second circle pad has been reconsidering that idea. I like the idea of the additional shoulder buttons and better screens (Xenoblade Chronicles sounds like a dream) in fact it's reminiscent of my HDS proposal I sent in this year to Nintendo.
HDS: a quad core, 1GB video, 4GB RAM handheld controller that could play 3DS / DS games on its own or connect to an 8 core, 2GB video, 8GB RAM base station to play PS4 quality titles. Alone, the base could play Wii / Wii U titles, using existing Wiimotes, Gamepads, or Pro Controllers.
Both systems would have built in storage (16GB and 500GB, respectively) and would continue use of the existing eShops.

SahashraLA

#5

SahashraLA commented on New Wii U and 2DS Bundles Announced, Rolling O...:

I've been really enjoying the box art for these bundles. It seems very smart to advertise the games and their artwork, rather than their atmosphere. Honestly, I was frustrated by the bundle art for alot of recent Xbox One bundles. Titanfall and Destiny both seem to hearken back to MW3's bundle art and that doesn't inspire much buying confidence, at least in my opinion.

SahashraLA

#7

SahashraLA commented on Nintendo Confirms Two More Virtual Console Tit...:

The N64 has alot of great games.. if you're into niche gaming. The Mario sports series didn't explode until the GC, there was no Metroid, alot of 3rd party games still skipped out and the controller put alot of people out (It is, in my opinion, the worst Nintendo has made, despite ergonomic improvements over both the NES and SNES).
Mario 64, Star Fox 64, Ocarina of Time, Pilotwings 64 (all 4 have received remakes and re-releases, some on multiple systems), Paper Mario, Ogre Battle 64 (rare), Sin and Punishment (rare), Yoshi's story, Super Smash Bros. (my favorite in the series by a mile), Majora's Mask, Mario Kart 64, Kirby: Crystal Shards, Mario Party 1-3, Goemon 64 (rare) and DK 64 are probably the most beloved.
There were some other fantastic titles too. I imported Evangelion 64 and it was grand. Vigilante 8, Resident Evil 2, Harvest Moon, Shadow Man, the first run of WWF games were fun and I was a sucker for Sub Zero's solo adventure in MK Mythologies.
Add in licenses from Mega Man, South Park, Tony Hawk and you had a genre defying library of games.
Despite it's shortcomings, the system's games made it memorable, even if for every Ocarina we got a Superman 64. Mace: the Dark Age was my guilty pleasure, a fact I revelled in while my friends enjoyed MK4.

SahashraLA

#8

SahashraLA commented on Nintendo Confirms Two More Virtual Console Tit...:

It's not that odd a release date actually. With Labour Day Monday here in Canada, people tend to watch Canadian football or (in my case) play video games.
It's a great day to do tournaments as fewer people tend to work Labour Day than other holidays.

SahashraLA

#9

SahashraLA commented on The Last of Us Fails to Overtake Yokai Watch 2...:

Hilarious, as once again, the focus is on Nintendo's hardware failures, exclusive to other systems, rather than put into perspective.
PS3 dropped over 55% this week! So much so that PS4 actually outsold it's predecessor.
And both are still lower than the Wii U.
Instead of positivity (Wii U, riding Hyrule Warriors' momentum, continues to lead home console sales, despite two top five releases for the PS4) it's negativity (Hardware sales for (sic) the previous week are more worrying).
Worrying because Hyrule Warriors needs to sell more systems, worrying because Hyrule Warriors is the first Wii U retail game in Japan since MK8 or worrying because everyone is doing poorly?
Commentary on these articles is becoming rather sensational.
For the record, 10k systems sold in Japan is equivalent to 100k in North America. So selling 28k systems in two weeks off the back of yet another Dynasty Warriors spin off is 'worrying'?

SahashraLA

#10

SahashraLA commented on Video: This Moody Trailer for The Fall Sets Th...:

The voice acting is well done, the dark atmospherics enhance the rather potent air of desperation and the controls are a nice mix of Metroid and point and click.
Truly, this is a point and click game for a new generation.
Combine the unique premise with rather engaging combat and it all makes for a standout title.
One of the eShop's best and a must buy.

SahashraLA

#11

SahashraLA commented on Talking Point: A History of the Sexualisation ...:

All I'm hearing is..
'blah blah blah gender roles blah blah objectification of women blah blah sexualized blah blah patriarchy blah blah oppression blah blah disrespectful.'
It's really just the SOS. It's just a different pile of it.
Again I say, as a man that lives in Canada that watches as his streets are overrun with women (aged 14-30, aka, the predominant GAMING audience) wearing Lululemon and other types of skin tight yoga pants, WOMEN ARE SEXUAL.
But if you were wearing a hundred pound space suit, you wouldn't be wearing a t-shirt and jeans under either. Men make huge.. no, MASSIVE issues out of the sexuality of a woman's dress attire when really, we're just blah blahing away our own personal preference and opinion.
You ever see a woman breastfeeding in public?
I've got an 11 month old son, I see it all the time. Our friends breastfeed their children. Is it a sexual thing? No, it's not.
Is the female body a sexual thing? It can be, yes. Is a fat Samus realistic? No. Is a trim, athletic Samus unrealistic? No. The proportions are off, but I know thin women with large breasts. Are Samus' proportions exaggerated? Of course, but it's a video game, not an interactive movie.
The new Tomb Raider? Interactive movie with a realistic Lara Croft, attempting to distance herself from a dozen titles where her breasts were enormous. It wasn't even a gradual change. And Lara STILL has a larger than average bust. In addition, that game features overtly sexual content, content that has never been present in Metroid.
This is the Dragon's Crown bs all over again. It's never about sexual actions or behaviour with Nintendo fans or even the company themselves. It's about appearances.
It's embarrassing to know that Japan can be so closedminded in somethings and yet light years ahead of western culture in sexuality and body image.
We're an insecure bunch of neanderthals that judge people by a glance, DESTROY our homeless, and hide in our homes in rags so we don't see a nipple or hear words like 'penis', 'vagina' or 'intercourse'.
For a society that revels in the pornographic industry, turning it into a billion dollar business, we sure do spend alot of times shaming ourselves and others.
Samus. Is not. A Real Living Person.
She's property of Nintendo. IT is property of Nintendo. Like Bravely Default, she be dressed however the designers want to dress her.
Just because OUR society flaunts half naked women everywhere (real and celebrity) means our media can't and shouldn't reflect that.
Ironic, coming from a European website, and it's multitude of European readers. Ironic, but so very much a United Kingdom point of view. The LEAST European country, trying to stand for it's own country is laughable. Spain, Portugal, Amsterdam, Paris, Belgium, Greece, Milan and so many others have great history AND an eye on the future. The UK is being left behind. In EVERYTHING.
Now, now I finally see why. This 'issue' is a glimpse into the entire country's mindset. Sex isn't something to be hushed, it's something to be celebrated, to be enjoyed. It's how each and everyone of us got here, so why does everyone cower behind their political correctness like Nintendo gamers, gamers in general, people as a whole aren't sexual beings.
It is the only thing in our incredibly short and often wasted lives that seperates us from the beasts: our desire for physical, sexual intimacy.
Hate it all you want, lie and say you've never felt that way. But don't take your prejudices out on some insignificant speck like a video game.
Have some tact and do so in a venue that makes sense.

SahashraLA

#13

SahashraLA commented on Feature: Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns...:

Speaking of Kickstarter influenced and inspired games, Tengami entered Lotcheck this weekend. Which means that sometime in September, Nyamyam's beautiful creation should be available to the Wii U masses!
Australia, Europe, North America, I'm lookin' at you guys!

SahashraLA

#14

SahashraLA commented on BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION Coming To The Wii U...:

NOTE: The following is compiled from Wikipedia records and deals with North American dates only.
Including retail and indie titles and NOT VC titles, 112 titles are slated for release in 2014. 99 other titles currently have release dates of January 1st or later.
Current estimations are that 50-65% of the 112 titles slated for release this calendar year will be delayed into 2015, with just 35-40% of all later titles prone to delay.
Which basically means that, outside of the Virtual Console, the Wii U will receive 40-100 pieces of unique software this year and 30-100 titles in 2015.
After analyzing each piece of software, I predict the Wii U will still receive 62 pieces of software this calendar year and an additional 145 pieces of software during calendar year 2015. Which stands to reason that 4 pieces of the currently discussed software will be delayed until 2016.

SahashraLA

#15

SahashraLA commented on Fifa 15 Coming to Wii and 3DS on the 26th of S...:

@Faruko
Blame Nintendo for the start..?
Why not blame Ubisoft for the lacklustre ZombiU, horrible Rabbids and god awful Just Dance? Why not blame EA for releasing Mass Effect Trilogy 4 months after the Wii U released (and on every other system), NFL and their gimped physics and online modes, FIFA for a 12 month old reskin (for full price)?
I don't blame Activision. Despite how I feel about it, they gave their series two entries to find success. That one's on Nintendo.
I also don't blame Ubisoft for AC selling like garbage on Wii U. Another on Nintendo.
EA QUIT without raising a single finger.
They dropped Nintendo BEFORE launch day.
So don't sit there and defend a company that likely almost killed itself when Microsoft repealed the DRM centered always online aspect of the XB1..
The others, sure, they've got just cause. EA? They've never had an excuse.
The entire company seems very biased towards PC platforms and parity across the board. I guarantee they're putting less effort into these 'games' (cheap ports) than you or I put into our comments.
Not worth the paper or plastic they're printed on.
Bioware made a great game in ME3. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Just too bad they let EA neuter them in the process.

SahashraLA

#16

SahashraLA commented on Fifa 15 Coming to Wii and 3DS on the 26th of S...:

Why is this on Wii? It's another retread of FIFA 12, the last time EA changed anything in the Wii version.
I can already buy the HD version of that game, it's called FIFA 13 and it's on the Wii U.
Sports can be fun and entertaining. Their games can be too.
But who thinks spending 60-70$ / year on the same game sounds like a good idea?
The rosters are generally outdated by the season's start, so most of the 'changes' prove pointless.

SahashraLA

#17

SahashraLA commented on Nintendo Download: 21st August (North America):

Well, I guess it's good this week isn't the greatest for Wii U. Easier to save for Steamworld Dig, X3 and some new pinball tables. I'm a pretty big fan of both Deadpool and Doc Strange and there's the Walking Dead table too! Should be a great week :)

SahashraLA

#18

SahashraLA commented on Talking Point: A History of the Sexualisation ...:

No woman would approve of this form of dress.
Right.
American Apparel, Lululemon, and places that sell slutty clubwear don't exist.
And if they're selling, it's only to repressive males buying it for the women.
Right.
Fact is, men think about sex more, but women are just as sexual (if not more so) than their male counterparts.
Women just tend to have different standards.
So overbearing, pushy men call them 'prudes' or drop lesbian slurs all about.
Women. Are. Sexual.
It takes two people to make a kid and birth control is everywhere. With 7 billion people on this rock.. I know women are sexual beings.

SahashraLA

#19

SahashraLA commented on Talking Point: A History of the Sexualisation ...:

Samus' image has been damaged far more by Other M's story (though the gameplay was still quite good) and certain older stories. Despite being a strong, almost predatory female and a trained killer, she has become too reliant on the males around her for vindication.
If anything, the proportions are off, but the outfits are more than appropriate for someone in her profession. The issues with Samus are a direct result of her inclusion in the Nintendo universe. Samus is as third party as a first party Wii U title is likely to get and Metroid may not make it's appearance until 2016, at the earliest.
The author of the article is dreaming if he thinks western culture isn't fueled by overt sexuality. The only difference is the genitals. Japanese media (gaming, manga, anime) is chock full of nudity! Japanese people don't actually care, as long as the artist doesn't draw pubic hair.
The truth is, yes, Samus' proportions have been sexualized, but Metroid has always been the big draw for 'hardcore' gamers. GTA, Tomb Raider, FF, DoA, wrestling games and many others (God of War comes to mind) have always been rather sexually focused, and they sell VERY well. Sexualizing Samus while retaining Metroid's core gameplay and exploration treads two grounds with precarious balance, but without 3rd party support, Nintendo needs enticing content for gamers that (frankly) aren't buying Mario, Mario Kart, DK, or Pikmin.
It's a blow to existing Metroid fans, undoubtedly and not a path I'd take, but if it's the only path that opens those avenues, it's something Nintendo's obviously going to consider. Many 'mature' titles have hit Nintendo's consoles in the past, it is definitely an audience Nintendo currently lacks (where the games are mature or not is an aside).

SahashraLA

#20

SahashraLA commented on The Pokémon Trading Card Game Is Coming To iP...:

Even with @SethNintendo's information, Game Freak is a developer that makes games exclusively for Nintendo (but not first OR second party) and licenses The Pokemon Card Game to external parties like Takara Tomy (in no way a first or second party company).
Let's look at it this way: Mass Effect 3 released for the Wii U, not Mass Effect Trilogy or both games. Why? Mass Effect 3, on its own was cheaper to port than 3 titles (3 titles that would have sold for the same price) and because Bioware didn't want the same series competing against itself.
If they would have waited, sales would have been diminished for ME Trilogy, due to the seperation in release dates.
The NFL's Monday Night and Sunday Night games receive the highest viewership ratings. Why? Those games aren't competing against other NFL games.
People talk alot about inter system competition, but realistically, the match is decided before the players take the field.
90% of consumers will NOT buy an 3DS, because it's not a phone. They can't browse Facebook or take stupid pictures and post them on Instagram. Their TMZ fix is limited and Twitter is basically non existent.
Just like 90% of people won't buy a camera now.
The 3DS is bigger and does less overall.
It costs money, not credit.
It's a lump sum and general consumers like making payments.
It might not be a worldwide thing yet, but North Americans seem to love debt.
And Americans love being in debt and never paying it off.
The REAL Pokemon games will NEVER not be on a dedicated gaming unit.
FACT.
But if 90% of consumers are an untapped market, why not port a useless PC app and try and get something out of it?

SahashraLA

#21

SahashraLA commented on The Pokémon Trading Card Game Is Coming To iP...:

So Nintendo gets Red, Blue, Yellow, TCG, Gold, Silver, Platinum, Snap, Colisseum, Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, Pearl, Gold remake, Silver remake, the GC game, Pearl, Black, White, Trozei, Rumble, Rumble U, Black 2, White 2, X, Y, Ruby remake, Sapphire remake and (potentially) an Emerald remake but one Pokemon game on iOS is inconceivable?
The Pokemon Company isn't Nintendo. It's an entity like Nintendo. It's merchandising characters, whether on cards, in games or on TV.
Think of Atlus. Same thing. They make ALOT of Nintendo exclusive games. But there's Atlus games out there that will NEVER make it out on Nintendo systems. Think of Sega. Same thing. Point is, at one time, a game like this would have been on Nintendo's system. But the 3DS has been flooded with Pokemon. They'd be competing with other Pokemon games on the same system!
Stupid!
The iOS is the iOS. The 3DS is the 3DS. BOTH platforms can exist, and simultaneous at that. Nintendo fans just get uppity because of the experience they get from mobile games. But that's what they're aiming for. Whoever expects hundreds of hours (even dozens of hours) of deep, fulfilling gameplay from their phone needs to have their head examined.
Good for the Pokemon Company for finally showing good business sense and developing an experience different from the traditional title and yet still true to theircreation.

SahashraLA

#22

SahashraLA commented on Don't Touch Anything Red Close to Release, Hel...:

I find that the only use I got out of my XBox's media player was the NHL's music track uploader. So then my songs would play in the game. We watch Netflix but also have a massive physical media collection (and no desire to digitize) including hundreds of vinyl albums. Our audio system is seperate from the video system, so that our movies and song look and sound better. The same tech doesn't work for every application, despite what Microsoft may say.

SahashraLA

#23

SahashraLA commented on Yet More Hyrule Warriors Details Coming This Week:

Nabooru is next. I'm calling it now.
She's a sage (outside of Saria, Rauru and herself, the others are all in), would probably use two swords, could access the Mirror shield and she's a strong, well known female character.
They could announce Groose at the same time to balance the estrogen.

SahashraLA

#25

SahashraLA commented on PDP GameCube-Styled Wired Fight Pad For Wii U ...:

The Wii U has 4 USB ports. Take off 1 for the HDD (or 2, if it's an actual HDD), 1 for the (almost mandatory) Ethernet adapter, and you're down to one or two. Having the GC controller adapter NOT come with a power adapter? It's ridiculous to expect 2 USB connections, even more so to go out, spending the 10$ or so to have the extension cable and power adapter.
Really, it's a terrible set-up, so the appeal of these GC style controllers is alot bigger than some might think.
Besides, when you can control 3 versions of Smash with these (N64 emulation, on the Wii, through the Wii U's Wii mode) who cares to use Nintendo's adapter anyways?
They'll probably just shoehorn those ones like they did with the Wii U Pro Controller: limited Wii U games support and zero Wii mode functionality.
With Nintendo not making Classic Pro anymore, I'll give them at least one sale.

SahashraLA

#27

SahashraLA commented on Orders Open For Xbox One in China as Nintendo ...:

What stops rich Chinese businessmen from exploiting the cheaper to make product and a) licensing 'official' rip offs, b) exporting to foreign markets to make huge profits or (worst case for Nintendo's piracy concerns) c) manufacture devices / procure code to vidtually eliminate software sales?
The Chinese have literally done all of this before. Movie theatres, video games, music.. they may have not started it, but Chinese piracy has cost the entertainment industry hundreds of billions.
Honestly speaking, I don't care what embargoes, treaties or hoops they jump through, enough cash and the Chinese entertainment industry's acceptance of video games will be the medium's end.

SahashraLA

#28

SahashraLA commented on Nintendo Download: 31st July (Europe):

It is going to be a LOOOOOONNNNNGGGGG time before Teslagrad hits Wii U. Why? European translations. As they're looking for translators, the game hasn't finished testing, so it obviously isn't at lotcheck.
That and it's also coming to the PS3, so that doubles the time.
I'd say December at the earliest.
Aside from a tweet from nearly a week ago, the company doesn't seem to care much about porting the title anymore.
At least we know games like Tengami (certified) and Pier Solar (Microsoft issues) might still make it before summer's end. MIGHT (I'm thinking September and October, respectively).
Rain Games, like various other Wii U indie devs, has fallen into the zero info / infinite delay cycle.
Games like Dieselstormers, Assault Android Cactus and Project Cars (projects that likely don't yet run on Wii U hardware) are most likely closer to release, even in the case of PC.
Nintendo, as with retail titles, is all alone in the digital sector. For now.
My anticipation for those titles has entirely faded as a result, replaced by Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta (and the movie).
Until Zelda U / XBX, there's nothing else I'll be picking up day 1.

SahashraLA

#29

SahashraLA commented on Nintendo Download: 31st July (Europe):

I had to vote nothing, though out of these, I'll be getting X Type. In NA, we're getting MMBN, so that'll be first for me.
I wonder what that music game that's coming out is like.
I generally hate music games with a passion though, so I guess I don't care.

SahashraLA

#30

SahashraLA commented on One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X Will Cram 85 ...:

The Super Puzzle Fighter games are the last chibi games I remember enjoying.
Then again, this is One Piece, a series I absolutely adore.
Even the filler gets a pass, as I enjoy all the characters.
Most every other animation out there has at least 1 (and usually 2 or 3) character I don't enjoy them having any focus in episodes.
Eg, I HATE Brian focused Family Guy episodes (they're usually quite political or religious and he's simply insufferable).
I don't enjoy alot of Naruto episodes due to various characters.
And Lisa Simpson is almost as unwatchable as soap opera garbage. Then again, the Simpsons have been gathering flies for years.
Gimmicks and couch gags are the highlights and they're just as tired now.
Zoro, Sanji, Nami, Luffy and Usopp will always be my favorite team, but Chopper, Robin, Brook, and Franky had aot of good moments too.
Franky lost the most appeal after the time skip, in my honest opinion, but I'd still rather watch 10 Franky episodes than one Brian episode.
I still hope that this would be the last season, as I've been waiting 6 years for the promised conclusion, but it doesn't seem likely.
Shonen Jump seems to get all the dead horse mangas (the ones that don't want to ever call it quits).
Toriyama did it and now Oda and others are doing it.
I love OP, I just want to finish collecting it.

SahashraLA

#31

SahashraLA commented on Capcom's Mega Man 7 Is Dashing To The Wii U eShop:

Hey @Darren_Calvert
TECHNICALLY, if we want to get into it, the game Mega Man 8 appeared FIRST on the Saturn and PS1, THEN it appeared on both the PS2 AND the Gamecube. Which, if I'm not mistaken, is a Nintendo system.
So, theoretically, if Capcom has released the game for a Nintendo system before, it could be done again.
This isn't a series that's as restrictive as you may think.

SahashraLA

#32

SahashraLA commented on Capcom's Mega Man 7 Is Dashing To The Wii U eShop:

@outburst
It's an old game, I'm sure an old review is still kicking around that isn't tinted by nostalgia or bias.
To put it simply, think Pokemon without battles or monsters for the 'playing as the kid' portions. When it comes time to fight, he logs in and MM takes over. Both the real world and the digital world are in the isometric viewpoint.
There's tons of customization and collectibles, making the game very RPGish. Heck, there's even hit points and 'levelling'.
The actual combat is performed in a 3 deep, 6 wide tiered side scrolling box.
There's not really any jumping, so speed and reflexes are key. Without jumping, the battles are just as strategic as the 2D games.
Naturally, there are those who can perform these battles flawlessly and detractors will argue it's far too easy to be a MM game. Me, I take it at face value: an introductory RPG with MM as the lead character.
Honestly, I only ever enjoyed BN2, but it isn't a terrible series. The controls are quick and precise and the speed centred battle system is fun when battling later enemies.
The beginning is a bit slow, but some later duels can get a bit tricky to figure out the right combinations.

SahashraLA

#33

SahashraLA commented on Curve Studios Is Bringing Spooky Puzzle Title ...:

Reading an excerpt of an interview done with the developers (may have been Nintendo Everything) the developer's praise of the Wii U's power over the PS3 made the gulf seem very wide.
In fact, combine that with what guys like Frozenbyte have said, and it would suggest the Wii U's '3rd party failures' comes from bad ports after all.
On the PC, where 8-32GB of RAM is becoming more common, PC familiar developers prefer the Wii U's emphasis on RAM. Console based devs (like EA and WB) prefer a proc based focus.
Which, to me anyways, does hint that carrying on PS3 development (and even 360 development, to an extent) won't be as convenient as Wii U development. At least for higher end indie teams with strong PC backgrounds.
Nintendo has even shown another feature of the Wii U: the ability to overclock / maximize assets through 'system' updates. Of course, for anyone familiar, the update seems to affect both soft and firmware. My original estimations of 50% overclock seems a bit far off, though from launch, I think it's improved at least 25%.

SahashraLA

#34

SahashraLA commented on Trine Enchanted Edition Will Be Casting A Spel...:

And to @Mercy_Lost, they're doing this not because of their indie status. But because of how much the new engine cost. Apparently, they've only just started making profit these last 6 months. They have the engine, why not exploit it? And realistically, it's not like it would take the full team to do so.
The artists, directors and sound guys wouldn't be involved.

SahashraLA

#35

SahashraLA commented on Trine Enchanted Edition Will Be Casting A Spel...:

Expensive? Spending 2-3k on a PC and paying the same for 300-450$ consoles would be a waste.
Expensive? When PC piracy is 10-15x worse than console piracy.
Expensive? When consoles use seperate dev kits that cost thousands.
Was it hard to play? I never found the original challenging until the final area.
But man, did touching the screen that much WRECK my Gamepad's screen. Scratch, scratch, scratch. GOUGE. Scratch, scratch, scratch. GOUGE.

SahashraLA

#36

SahashraLA commented on Skylanders Trap Team on Wii Will, Surprisingly...:

MK8 may have struck a match and Japan seems on board.
But really?
Destiny hits. Call of Duty hits. Arkham Knight hits.
And the Wii U's single match burns out and all it is is darkness again.
Like a tunnel with the dimmest light at the end, Nintendo will stumble through the next 5 months and then.. POOF! Smash Bros fails to sell systems, Xenoblade Chronicles X is cancelled, Zelda U is delayed and the Wii U dies before it ever sees the light of day.
Am I an optimist? No and I'm not a pessimist either.
I'm a realist that can see that putting faith in 3rd parties and praising what little support they offer is just standing in a shallow grave.

SahashraLA

#37

SahashraLA commented on Skylanders Trap Team on Wii Will, Surprisingly...:

I'd personally have more respect for Activision if they supported the Wii U with GOOD games.
Or hadn't killed off multiple 10-30 year old games companies, some just by acquiring them..
12 studios under their umbrella. 12 studios disbanded on top of that (good-bye Sierra, Neversoft and the Blast Furnace).
Seriously guys?
Skylanders, a subpar Goldeneye 'sequel', lacklustre Spiderman movie games, 50$ (!!) Angry Birds, the WORST Transformers games (no War for Cybertron, just some crappy tie-in games), and Call of Duty. Which, sadly enough, could be the best of the bunch.
No Destiny. No CoD this year. No Legend of Korra.
Yeah, Skylanders is really convincing me of their support.
Ubisoft DID delay Rayman Legends, but it still made it out.
There was also Splinter Cell and ACIV. Child of Light made it too.
NOW. Now is the time for us to judge who truly supports the Wii U. Now that both the XB1 and PS4 are approaching 1 year on the market, NOW we see who's really going to support the Wii U.
People talk about quality control like 3rd parties will flood back in once sales pickup. And here's a secret: they WON'T.

SahashraLA

#38

SahashraLA commented on Skylanders Trap Team on Wii Will, Surprisingly...:

There are two types of Skylanders enthusiasts: casual and collector.
The casual buys only what is necessary and maybe a favorite or two.
The collector buys EVERYTHING. Theoretically, a Wii U owner could buy the big set for a Wii owning friend or family member. They get the code for themselves and proceed to buy all the figurines they want.
From what I've seen, the starters come with one good figure and a mediocre one.
As figures contain additional maps and content, it actually makes sense for both parties.
The bonus for Activision? The know nothing Wii owners that don't know what Wii U is won't cost them anything extra. The code only costs them a sale IF it's redeemed. It's not like Activision's paying anything for the codes.

SahashraLA

#39

SahashraLA commented on Nintendo Serves Up Over Four Minutes of Awesom...:

The non-combat segment (hook shot, old school, Skulltula hunting) put it over the top for me.
Combat looks fun and some cool playable characters (not to mention the first time that half naked witch has shown up in a video) but I play my games for the hidden secrets (Shovel Knight and Guacamelee both had tons of hidden areas).

SahashraLA

#40

SahashraLA commented on Review: GAIABREAKER (Wii U eShop):

Scram Kitty isn't a shmup like I want to play a shmup.
It's an awkward platformer with shmup elements.
Soldier Blade, Bangai-o, Sin & Punishment, Gradius 3, Blazing Lazers, Radiant Silvergun, R-Type Plus.. THOSE are shmups.
Scram Kitty is closer to Contra than any of those.
GAIABREAKER looks like a poor man's Raptor: CotS.
I want an update to 1942!

SahashraLA

#42

SahashraLA commented on Nintendo Download: 24th July (North America):

Neko knows the Wii U better than any other indie, so Wooden Sen'Sey for me. It's beautiful, artistic, quick, smart and looks challenging.
And unlike so many 'broken promise' indies, it's HERE.
On the VC side.. wow, what a wasted chance.
MMBN next week but where's MM 5 and 6??
Master Reboot looks like what the Letter could have been (with better programming, artists, production values, and workable controls).
And really, after the terrible Hello Kitty and Hot Wheels racers, could STC really be so horrible?
It looks worth 10$, which is a quarter what those titles charged.

SahashraLA

#43

SahashraLA commented on Dragon Quest X All-In-One Retail Package Will ...:

Dragon Quest games have embraced Toriyama's art for YEARS. Over most of the Square Enix games (pre Square buy-out) as well as many non-FF (pre Enix purchase) Squaresoft titles.
Has anyone else heard rumors of the supposed Mario sketches Toriyama did for Mario RPG? I guess SS started it, suggesting the Japanese art was originally slated to feature interpretations on many of the characters featured.

SahashraLA

#44

SahashraLA commented on Nintendo Download: 24th July (Europe):

@Bass_XO
I think he means, what if the system physically stops working. Like, what if a person bought the import system and accidentally dropped it?
In the host country, the system can be backed up (maybe) and sent in for repair.
BUT, if the system was an import, things tend to get more complicated.

SahashraLA

#45

SahashraLA commented on Nintendo Download: 24th July (Europe):

Wooden Sen'Sey.. Because NoA is run by the stupidest people on the planet.
No MM 5 OR 6 release dates and no Battle Network until next week.
Frankly, I think I'm done with the systems they have on the Wii U's VC.
MAYBE MMBN2 or Terranigma, but those are big maybes.
Realistically, I don't think Sega or Square Enix will ever support it, nor do I think any of the 'updated' series (Contra, Bionic Commando, Strider, etc..) will ever come to the Wii U.
And, seeing as this will be Nintendo's last home console, you will never see another EA, 2K or Bioware game on a Nintendo console (I don't count Wii. It's dead).
The only exception MIGHT come from 2K's NHL series, but I seriously doubt it.

SahashraLA

#46

SahashraLA commented on Japanese Video Site Niconico Live Streaming Hy...:

It's strange, with the mask, I'm certain the witch is like Ghirahim (multiple forms). One idea I had for a Zelda villain was a twist on Midna. Someone smaller and not very threatening that matured and became one of Link's greatest foes.

SahashraLA

#47

SahashraLA commented on Video: Nintendo Minute Heads to Capcom For Rel...:

Nintendo should do with Capcom what they've done with Platinum and Sega: a handful of select exclusives. MH4 might seem like enough to some, but I'm talking Mega Man, Bionic Commando, Breath of Fire and Final Fight. NEW Mega Man, retro BC, PSO style BoF and an eShop update on FF (I'm thinking, well animated, incredibly detailed 3D sprites in the 2 stage, side scrolling design ala LBP).
Something different and still worthwhile.
RE is a Shinji Mikami series.
Let's let it die. He did.
DMC was never really a 'good' series. Over the top and slightly controversial, but nothing I'd consider 'good'.

SahashraLA

#49

SahashraLA commented on Japanese Video Site Niconico Live Streaming Hy...:

For me, @cdude, the first 40 minutes of Skyward Sword were boring, frustrating and rather obnoxious. Like Twilight Princess before it.
MAYBE, there are Zelda fans that want less BS in their storylines and more action.
I like a story that doesn't drag its feet for the first hour.
I LOVE Zelda.
I just kinda like DW.
But it's not some over the top 'historical re-creation' that KT usually tries to spin. The Zelda element IS the main draw. Honestly, I've played 8 or 9 of the games and there are alot of notable differences between the main series entries and the spin-offs.
With Nintendo's input (on weapons, content, music, animation, storyline and controls) it will be impossible to tell just how much the game differs from both the main series and the existing spin-offs.

SahashraLA

#50

SahashraLA commented on Yokai Watch 2 Maintains Dominance as Hardware ...:

Yokai Watch 2 could be the first game to sell 2 million units this year in Japan. Which, if you think about it in relation to YW, is crazy. If the first game had done such huge numbers, it wouldn't be that impressive. But YW2 has opened doors for Level-5 to turn the series into the next Pokemon / MH.
Not every year something like that comes along, that's for sure.