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Wed 21st April, 2010

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sillygostly commented on Pokémon Rumble World Arrives On The 3DS eShop...:

Boo! I hate the idea of this being a F2P game. I paid AU$60 or so for Super Pokémon Rumble when that was released, and it feels ridiculous that what appears to be a superior version is not being offered as a full retail release.



sillygostly commented on Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem Wii U Cross...:

Some people are impossible to please.

I was blown away by the brief preview that we were given, and I knew immediately what it was when I noticed the anime aesthetic and the brief moments of Fire Emblem style combat. It looks part open-world, part tactical RPG, part dungeon crawler. I'm pumped. :D



sillygostly commented on Collector Cases for amiibo Secure Kickstarter ...:

These Kickstarter campaigns have gotten completely out of hand. It's absolutely obscene that people are essentially paying up to fund the business plans of others. Whatever happened to actually giving to the needy?

Sad, sad, sad...



sillygostly commented on Animal Crossing, Yoshi and Dragon Ball Z Bring...:

Bloody hell, Nintendo. That Yoshi theme is friggin' adorable. I thought I could resist these themes considering how overpriced they are, but I won't be able to resist the Yoshi one if it comes westward.

I can't see the Dragon Ball Z theme being released simply because there has not been a single Dragon Ball Z game released outside of Japan (surprisingly), which only makes me hate Bandai even more as they haven't been bringing ANY of their big franchises (Dragon Ball, Digimon, Tamagotchi) outside of Japan, not even as eShop exclusives, while they continue to churn out their crappy near-annual Pac-Man releases. =/



sillygostly commented on Nintendo Of Canada Hikes Up amiibo Suggested R...:

They retail for $17.95 in Australia (no word yet on a local release of the Gold Mario, though I suspect that it will come eventually), and some stores were selling them for $14-$15 when they were initially released, but nowadays, the best offer we're getting is $17 each. -.-

If they had launched at that price, I probably never would have bothered, but Nintendo has us hook, line and sinker now. =P



sillygostly commented on Pokémon Rumble World Rated By the Australian ...:

The "online interactivity" portion of the rating is not necessarily indicative of the presence of an online multiplayer mode. The most recent Cooking Mama and Gardening Mama games on 3DS were rated G with the consumer advice "Caution: Online interactivity" and to my knowledge, the only online functionality in these games is SpotPass related, and I strongly doubt that the publishers/developers are going to distribute content that is going to exceed the parameters of the G rating anyway (which makes the conspicuousness of the warning even more baffling).

Similarly, Pokémon Shuffle was rated G for "Very mild violence, online interactivity" simply due to the presence of future updates that cannot be issued a rating (such as the Mew, Meowth, Lucario challenges). Pokémon Shuffle contains no multiplayer modes whatsoever (unless you count the week-long Lucario challenge).

I wouldn't expect a MMORPG Pokémon Rumble game to come out of this… yet. Games that take place entirely online usually receive the consumer advice "Online content variable", as was the case with the World of Warcraft games, among other MMORPGs that do not immediately spring to mind.



sillygostly commented on Rumour: Warner Bros. is Working on Building a ...:

If they were smart about this, they'd incorporate this toys-to-life concept by including this functionality in their upcoming standard LEGO products (in the form of say, a card, or a portal that can "read" certain types of LEGO).

As it has been mentioned before, there is an over saturation of the toys-to-life concept as it is. There is no room for more of this any more than there is room for a fourth home console or third handheld on the market. The only reason I'm supporting amiibo is due to the promise of a wide range of games supporting the figurines (plus, they're easily the coolest figurines on the market today). And with the first party release schedule being pretty sparse, I'm assuming that I'll end up buying most, if not all of them, and that almost all upcoming retail titles will support amiibo in at least some way.



sillygostly commented on Review: Mario Party 10 (Wii U):

The game overall sounds quite underwhelming (which is a shame because I was really looking forward to Bowser Party), but perhaps they are saving some of their big guns for a future Mario Party release (which I expect will be released sooner rather than later). Nevertheless, I intend to get this, but I don't think that I'll get much mileage out of it.



sillygostly commented on Review: Mario Party 10 (Wii U):

@Angelic_Lapras_King : Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, Toad, Wario, Rosalina and Donkey Kong are playable characters. While the Super Smash Bros. series Wario amiibo is not due for release until late April, there are rumours of Super Mario Bros. series Wario, Rosalina and Donkey Kong figures expected to be released in the near future.



sillygostly commented on Video: Mario Party 10's Bowser Party & amiibo ...:

I've never been particularly keen on the home console instalments of Mario Party 10, but I'm keen on this mainly because of 5 player multiplayer, and the amiibo integration makes this one feel more than a board game than ever before. I wish that they had called it Bowser Party as a change of pace (or even Bowser Party: Mario Party 10).



sillygostly commented on Video: Mario Party 10's Bowser Party & amiibo ...:

@Captain_Gonru : In terms of functionality, "Smash" Mario and "Super Mario" Mario should be identical (i.e. the data in the NFC chip should be exactly the same between the two variations as well as any future variations that may be released, such as the leaked Gold and Silver Mario amiibo figurines). I strongly doubt that you'd be able to use two or more of the same character in the game as I don't believe that that has ever been permitted in any previous Mario Party games.

The amiibo can be distinguished by the system as they have their own unique ID data written to them (including Mii/Nickname data) and you should be able to use as many identical amiibo figures in say Super Smash Bros, but in Mario Party, where each player needs to be distinguished by a separate character, I don't believe that this will be possible in Mario Party 10.



sillygostly commented on Video: This Harmless Exploit Will Help You Gra...:

@sleepinglion : It would be nice if using Play Coins guaranteed a new piece every time, or if we had to option to pay more coins (say, 5) for a guaranteed new piece and maybe a premium for the coveted "pink" pieces (say, 20-30 Play Coins each).

I don't think that this would "cheapen" the experience due to the sheer number of puzzle pieces that are now available. Late 3DS adopters certainly have their work cut out for them. I've had my 3DS since launch and I'm struggling to keep up, especially now that I'm no longer studying in the city.



sillygostly commented on Review: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (3DS):

I hated the demo at first due to the limiting controls, but it was much more enjoyable with the Circle Pad Pro or the C-stick on the New 3DS. If I hadn't tried it with one of the alternative control options, I wouldn't have considered this game at all.

I'm not into the steampunk aesthetic at all, but I have a good feeling that I'll enjoy the full game knowing that Intelligent Systems is behind it.



sillygostly commented on Nintendo Unleashes Three More Pokémon 3DS HOM...:

The second one is called the "Mate" theme. A little odd that they would use that word in Japanese. =P

I LOVE the first theme though with the Ecruteak City music and classic Japanese aesthetic. The "mate" one is nice too but a little bland. I'm disappointed though that they all use the same Pokémon Centre healing jingle whenever the system "awakes" from sleep mode. They have thousands of sound effects at their disposal. Couldn't they have chosen something else? Rayquaza's cry for his theme would have been particularly nice.



sillygostly commented on Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush to Roll Into ...:

The name changes may be confusing for Australians because up until the release of the 3DS, all Nintendo games were, for the most part, U.S. versions. Ever since we've been paired with Europe, we've been getting the European releases of games (including Virtual Console releases; meaning that these emulations are not necessarily the versions that we remember).

We originally received the U.S. versions of Kirby: Canvas Curse, Pokémon Trozei and the like, however, their sequels in Australia are the European versions; Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush and Pokémon Link: Battle respectively.



sillygostly commented on Remake Request: Super Metroid 3D on Nintendo 3DS:

@Bolt_Strike : I was not disparaging all remakes. I simply do not see the need to remake a game such as Super Metroid, which, as you've stated, does not have any significant faults. It was a fine game over 20 years ago and it is still a fine game even by contemporary standards. I'd rather Nintendo devote their resources to financing a new game. All but the DS Metroid games are now readily available. Any remakes at this point would be completely redundant.



sillygostly commented on Remake Request: Super Metroid 3D on Nintendo 3DS:

No. More. Bloody. Remakes.

The game is already available on Wii and Wii U. In an age where old games are being rereleased on modern platforms (cough Virtual Console), I see absolutely no point in these remakes. If they can somehow port SNES games to the 3DS, then sure, go for it, but I'd really love to see a new 3D Metroid game in the spirit of Metroid Prime Hunters on the 3DS. It's been nearly 9 years since its release (!!!) and a follow-up is long overdue. We're already four years into the 3DS' lifespan and there is not a single new Metroid game available on the platform.



sillygostly commented on Nintendo Download: 12th March (Europe):

I'm going to be royally pissed if 3D Out Run isn't released in Australia. It doesn't appear to have been classified yet, meaning that it's either delayed, or SEGA aren't going to bother releasing it at all.

There's the slight possibility that the ACB forgot to add it to the database (as it has a number of missing entries), but I suppose I'll find out on Friday.



sillygostly commented on Poll: Which 2015 Nintendo Blockbusters Should ...:

@mjc0961: The amiibo unlockables in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. hardly constitute "critical" game content. They allow you to play with characters that have appeared in other Intelligent Systems games. If anything, the Fire Emblem characters are being artificially shoehorned into the game without any need for them to actually be there. The fact that they're included at all is merely a bonus, similar to "day 1" bonuses that are issued to players of many other AAA games nowadays.

If you don't own the figurines, you can just borrow somebody else's (if you know anybody that does) and just scan them in order to unlock the content. I'm sure that the characters only need to be scanned once (similarly to the outfits in Mario Kart 8), and if your characters die in-game, they're gone for good anyway.



sillygostly commented on 3D Out Run Developers Talk Over Bringing Class...:

I have a bad feeling that this won't be released in Australia. It hasn't been issued a classification yet (unless they forgot to add it to the database) and its due for release in a week. I love Out Run and I'll be super pissed if they leave Australia out. =(



sillygostly commented on Nintendo Confirms Wil Wheaton as Voice Actor f...:

Stand By Me is his only role that springs to mind.

I hate celebrity stunt casting so this doesn't appeal to me. Every animated film with an "all star cast" is a lesser film for it IMO. I'd rather that proper voice actors with a shred of versatility in their vocal range be given parts like this.



sillygostly commented on Harmonix Explains Why Rock Band 4 Isn’t Comi...:

And so the cycle continues…

If anything, I have been more willing to buy games this generation since Nintendo made the switch to HD. I had given quite a few third party games a miss last generation as I knew that developers weren't putting in as much effort as the 360/PS3 versions. I wanted to give Assassin's Creed a chance but I suspected that Ubisoft wouldn't support the Wii U in the long term so I gave it a miss (and we all know how that turned out).

What exactly was there for Harmonix to research? Aside from Project C.A.R.S. (which will also be a late release and sell badly as a consequence), there are literally NO upcoming third party games whatsoever. We're not even given the option to buy any third party games for publishers to be able to tell whether or not they'll be successful, even after the small spike in Wii U sales following the releases of Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros.



sillygostly commented on 3DS System Update, 9.5.0-23, Goes Live and Br...:

@crzysortagamer : I often turn the 3D off because the poor frame rate is simply aggravating. If they can't do something right, then they shouldn't do it at all. I've played both X and Alpha Sapphire and I have enjoyed them, but they are not up to the standard that I have come to expect from Game Freak.



sillygostly commented on Weirdness: Fan Creates Custom amiibo of Sonic ...:

I'm keen on buying all of the amiibo, but I would draw the line at something like this. Sega has caused irreparable damage to the Sonic franchise in my eyes. I'd rather they put the series to rest and either develop new IP or reboot some of their older IP (Alex Kidd, anyone?).