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Thu 7th Mar 2013

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Stark_Nebula commented on Mario Kart 8's Hackers Open Up Over Their Plan...:

These two seem to have some integrity, but if others know that it is possible to exploit MK8, they may take a harder look at it. If they find it, then it'll be up to the "rediscoverers's" discretion on divulgence of the exploit.



Stark_Nebula commented on Advance Wars Bringing the Battle to the Wii U ...:

Japan, lucky as usual, will get both Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising for the same price as we will get the former because it was released on a combo-cartridge in Japan. Not to mention AW2 isn't even confirmed for VC at this point. :/



Stark_Nebula commented on Investor Wants Nintendo To Create Mobile Title...:

"Just think of paying 99 cents just to get Mario to jump a little higher."
I wish people that weren't game designers - heck, how aren't familiar with game design - could just leave it be. Breaking a game's balance by slapping on some new gimmick to make money is ignorant. I hate investors; they don't even have knowledge of what they're even investing in. They simply look at the $ sign.



Stark_Nebula commented on Now There's a Kirby You Can Wear:

They have really cool merch, but with the Yen standing fairly well and the Canadian$ not so much, it's not something I could get at the moment. Even if I had the money, like readyletgo said, it's almost all sold out! I look forward to something F-Zero related though.



Stark_Nebula commented on Talking Point: F-Zero GX HD Could Boost the Fr...:

@SonataAndante #41 100% that. It's like the case with Kid Icarus and the first New Super Mario Bros. game, no one knows these dead games/genres will appeal to anyone because there aren't any on the market.

Now, as for the article itself, I will agree that gauging the market with GX or an HD port would be wise and alleviate any financial issues from the GC days. But if they go all out, I hope they simply make a new F-Zero. If the experiment fails when they could have simply made a new one, then I'd be sad. Hopefully, as I've said many times, by 2015/16, they will celebrate F-Zero's 25th with a new Wii U or 3DS title. Also, side note, AX is not "completely" inside GX. You've been repeating my early editor's notes from TCRF. The only AX remnants are the Checkpoint/Countdown timer, menus and graphics. It lacks A LOT of what makes AX unique. If you want to experience AX first hand, google Quadforce.



Stark_Nebula commented on Talking Point: F-Zero GX HD Could Boost the Fr...:

@SmearyToast #1 "No! We need to keep them working on those (bi)-annual Mario and Zelda releases! Because they're already working on it!" F-Zero GX has been out for 10 years today. I think it has some leeway with those "new IPs".

@Eien1239 #2 Hardware to Software sales (H/S sales) F-Zero X 1:29, F-Zero GX 1:33. Everyone blows it up as if it under performed, but it is on par in terms of profit considering X was on pricey cartridges.

@Dogpigfish #3 Opinions.

@Savino #10 Perhaps it is dead, but this is talking about an HD re-release. Remember in 2006 when the side-scrolling platformer genre was dead and Nintendo came out with New Super Mario Bros.? It revived an entire genre from the grave. The thing is people didn't know they wanted it so bad. Same story with Kid Icarus.

@Bass_X0 #14 Perhaps as a spin-off, but F-Zero is about the thrill of speed. After all, the name comes from the F-Zero Grand Prix. F-Zero anything else isn't actually F-Zero. I'm all for something new, just something that fits a little more.

@Savino #18 F-Zero has 4 difficulties. X had 24 tracks (36 with the EXpansion Kit) and GX had 26 tracks aside from 9 Story Mode missions. Sure, you had to put time and effort in, but Challenge is the seed of reward in these games.

@Samurai_Goroh #19 1080p is a long shot. Lots of Wii U games come out at 720p 30fps, so I wouldn't get my hopes too high. Even if it's possible, the best bet is 720p. It'd help out multiplayer a lot.

@unrandomsam #21 There are no cheap wins in F-Zero.

@Kodeen #22 Sega was a publisher (AX) and development house owner. Amusement Vision made the game and have since dissolved. Sega Japan might pull it off, but Sega of today is not Amusement Vision of 2003.

@DrSlump #28 "No more remakes! New IPs!" You could release a new F-Zero today and pass it off as new IP for the current generation of gamers. If you don't like the game, fine, but let me tell you: It has been a long time coming.

@Azikira #32 You can be a fan of things you haven't played. I'm a fan of Skullgirls yet I've never played it.

@unrandomsam #35 AX is the incomplete version of GX with missing sound files, more generic sounding boost effects and a custom made physics engine for a steering wheel which it's peripheral counterpart costs upwards 100$.

@Shambo #42 It's a nice thought, but weapons don't mix with F-Zero. It's not a part of the game's core and would detract from what's makes the game iconic in the first place.

@KaisreGX #43 F-Zero has been becoming relevant starting this year, so I would not say it is overrated. You just happen to read a website where the authors are all huge fans of the game. It's one of the few games you can never truly master. CGN, a world record holder for many things in GX, told me himself: Despite how good he is (5 years of serious involvement), he will never master the game. Longevity in itself. Fun because you will always find challenge in it.

@Shiryu #45 More content would be nice, but then again anything at this point would be nice.

@Samurai_Goroh #47 You can unlock all AX content in Gx without an arcade machine. Beat Story Mode on every difficulty and you'll have all AX characters, and beat Master for all 4 cups and you'll unlock the AX cup, then beat AX on any difficulty to get Sonic Oval.

@KaiserGX #49 You DO have to memorize the tracks to be great at it. The game is about speed, but it is just as much about memory of the track layout.

@rmeyer #52 Opinions. Most people would be happy to say that they enjoyed them all for what they're worth and not perception of what they should be.

@JebbyDeringer #64 " I'd much rather see a new game that an expensive re-make of a game I already own." Do you know what it would cost to make a new game in comparison? And while I see your point of "focus", GX focused on Gameplay, hence all the cheesiness of everything else. You won't find sleeker tracks and controls anywhere else.

@Sanquet #67 Rare is owned by Microsoft but it is a Nintendo owned IP, so Nintendo has all the rights.

@Doma64 #74 Despite note there not being a solid "Death Race" mode, Chapter 4 "Challenge of the Bloody Chain" is in essence it.

@Kaze_Memaryu #90 Unfortunately X only appeals to 40% of the F-Zero crowd. They'd need to bring the last F-Zero to light to truly get a sense of what everyone thinks of the franchise. Using a game 5 years older won't have that same effect as getting GX up there.

@DudeSean #103 Clock in more hours than a JRPG and you'll get why it's so high on so many people's lists.

@yttrium13 #113 Despite what everyone says, GX didn't sell horribly. I posted the same ratio as X and arguably had more revenue in comparison, though the budget was higher. All in all, it wasn't a flop, but sub-par at worst in terms of sales.

@element187 #139 It sold 650 000 copies worldwide.

@MegaWesgarth #141 I was thinking the same thing if they had to pair up with anyone.

I am aware this post is tremendously huge. Sorry about that.



Stark_Nebula commented on New Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies Trailers Re...:

This could spring up a pretty good discussion on the rating of games versus the subject matter of books. In many ways, Ace Attorney is like a novel, filled with stories of crimes and murder. The irony is that the educational system often promotes classics with such subject matter for 8th and 9th graders but is never frowned upon, while the opposite may be true for this. I'm not saying 10 year old should play it, nor am I saying this game is in the same way a "classic" with superb writing, but I'm sure a lot of book-loving teens would enjoy the story this game has to offer because it did not limit itself as much/in anyway.



Stark_Nebula commented on Satoru Iwata Refutes Claim That Nintendo Is "S...:

I think everyone puts such a high expectation on Nintendo above everyone else. You wouldn't see this criticism for Sony or Microsoft, but because it's Nintendo "Oh, they're not doing good at all! They're going to have to drop out of the market." Either way, I'm going to have fun with the GameCube 2.



Stark_Nebula commented on Feature: When it Comes to Games, What's in a N...:

There's Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (NA) and Advance Wars: Dark Conflict (EU). I'd argue with the titles here, but since both games got different localisations, the storyline is actually different in both games (EU's being closer to the JP script). So in this case, I'll give the benefit of a doubt to the title reflecting their respective interpretations.



Stark_Nebula commented on Investment Expert Feels Nintendo Earnings Miss...:

I believe they are greatly underestimating Nintendo's hubris.

Another thing I want to stop: can investors stop comparing all of Nintendo's sales to the Wii/DS era? That was a crazy good point in Nintendo's financial book. But the reality is we should be looking at SNES/GC sales figures. I see Nintendo toping ~50 million Wii U consoles sold if they get it right on the dime and perhaps +60 million 3DSs if the momentum keeps up (with Pokeon X/Y on the way). Keep things level headed. Nintendo isn't owner of the 100+ Million Units Sold Club.



Stark_Nebula commented on Soapbox: Why We Should Expect More From The Le...:

I enjoy your arguments. There quite well done, with a discrepancy or two. I think you'd like to know that changing the winds direction is about 50% faster (it skips the the animation where you play the song after you conduct it) and sailing is about 2.5x faster (a little more than "slightly faster"). Also, like many have pointed out, they added a lot of shaders and visual effects.

I feel you with the "what could have been", but to counter that, had we never known, we wouldn't be disappointed at all. In light of that, I think it's a less valid argument. The game feels complete. On the other had, if we got a Super Mario Sunshine remake, with there being 4 scrapped levels (Warship Island, Lacrima Hotel, Erto Rock, and Fire Shrine) and the fact the game threw in 24 blue-coin-obtained shines (a sign of the game's rushed development), then I'd be a little more disappointed. With that addition, the game would feel whole. Wind Waker, however, holds it's own.

All in all, I'd still get it, though I'd need a Wii U first. I hope those who haven't played it on GC will now. I can't wait for Cosmo and Demoon9's speedruns.



Stark_Nebula commented on Satoru Iwata - "There Are Some Reasons Behind"...:

Self-important fans make this brouhaha. The vocal group we are stands as the minority and we need to get that. We may be the most passionate fans, but we do not move the industry today.

While I see no point in region-locking, other consoles still have it too. Xbox 360 has no JP support (thus no point RL-ing anyway) and PSN is still only tied to one region per console. Besides, those crazed enough to pursue unlocalized games will go through the hoops of buying a JP/NA/US console or resort to homebrew/modding.

@MeowGravy "Does not listen to minority (passiontate/crazed fans/fanboys). He's so out of touch of running a multi-billion dollar corporation." I'd like to see you try.



Stark_Nebula commented on Fan Campaign Starts for Princess Zelda to be G...:

The majority of those campaigning are not game developers, let alone Nintendo developers. They made the Zelda series with gameplay at the forefront - story comes second for them, and they've said it plenty. Zelda is not playable because Link is easily manipulable for interesting gameplay, focusing on adventure and puzzle solving, using an array of tools. He lends himself amazingly to that while Zelda does not.

Another thing I'd like is for everyone to give some thought before reacting. I'm tired of people jumping on bandwagons because they got motivated moments ago. The whole Feminist Frequency being largely a factor, I presume, has me irritated at the lack of knowledge that goes into making games for gameplay. The amount of times "Damsel in Distress" has been used since is f***ing annoying. People need to get off their high horse and soapbox and start thinking dynamically about the situation, not what they perceive at first. Let the thought sink in before imposing it on everyone else.



Stark_Nebula commented on The Pokémon Company Lays Down The Law On Chea...:

@3Daniel I understand that and agree, but take it with a grain of salt. Even if they were to implement cheat flags, softblocks and checksums, you could once again use cheats to modify the memory in addresses XYZ to be off. "Give them an inch and they'll take a mile." Nintendo won't say it's safe because it would not deter anyone from cheating. Not to mention, if the system is perfect, they'd detect a fake Pokemon and prevent trading.

@XD375 @DarkKirby (#64) I disagree. I see the issue as too difficult to obtain truly good Pokemon. If it were easier, than a lot of people wouldn't need cheat devices to get powerful Pokemon. If they made an easy to assess IV chart and EV acquisition weren't such a pain, than who would really need Action Replays and whatnot?

@lilpieri The issue is pertinent to online more so than just with the game. It sucks the fun out of it. If everyone had an even playing field, than it's fine. But if someone has a cheat device and the other doesn't, than that person is underprivileged. The people who cheat only care about victory, while others just want to play for fun.



Stark_Nebula commented on The Pokémon Company Lays Down The Law On Chea...:

It's quite the brouhaha down here. Let me get something straight.

@Azikira @SkywardLink98 @3Daniel There's a lot of ignorance about how these devices work so let me clear this up. Using cheats cannot transmit any harm to another file. The way these devices work is by patching RAM addresses temporarily. It looks for the location entered in the cheat code and replaces it with new code put into RAM. RAM is no-volatile and only affects the save file if you save (and only corrupts if you royally mess up and save).

They can't track anyone down because cheats don't change anything about the Pokemon. If they truly hacked stats up past the limit, the Pokemon's header checksum will detect if it's illegal (impossible stats) and re-writes it to something else. It's a fail-safe from development that acts as glitch and hack protection. If you've ever heard or had a Bad Egg in Gen III, that's what happened.

Point is, they say those things to deter the general public from cheating. That's fine, but it's made to sound worse than it actually is. In no way can you get corruption/banned if you do not use cheats yourself.



Stark_Nebula commented on Miyamoto Unsure Nintendo Can Make Another "Gre...:

@Haywired XD Sorry about that! I just think that deviating from racing to an open-world would undermine the core of F-Zero. I re-read your comment and missed the "spinoff." I guess it'd work in the right hands, but I'd still rather see a new F-Zero. Hopefully EAD works on that or Wave Race after MK8.



Stark_Nebula commented on Miyamoto Unsure Nintendo Can Make Another "Gre...:

@Haywired No. :1

@GreatPlayer The similarities are coincidental. Sumo made SRT, Amusement Vision made F-Zero GX. Sega was more of a publisher and division owner.

(@ I forget) X has a 1:29 hardware/software ratio. GX has 1:33. Both are pretty good. GP Legend had a 1:520 ratio. That's what's called a failure.

@element187 Yes. F-Zero at 720p is the most it'll do, even at the end of the Wii U's lifecycle. Everyone forgets that Nintendo is big on local multiplayer. 5-player on 1080p would never happen. Everyone remember: GX had problems starting at 2 players, and tons at 3. 720p with 5 will be hard enough to pull off.

@50%ofEveryoneHere I agree that GX had better controls and track design, but X had amazing aesthetic and character - something GX does not have. I love both equally for different reasons.

I have tons of things to say, but I'd need hours to iron it out. However, I plea that everyone asks for a new F-Zero. If we lower the bar that's all we'll get. I would say just all storm Miiverse and ask them to release the EXpansion Kit on VC. That'd help the wait. F-Zero's (JP) 25th is in 2015, that looks like the earliest we'll get.

The only thing I'll point out Miyamoto on is that I that believe he isn't using the proper mindset. F-Zero is built on 3 things: what you feel, what you see and controls. Stop thinking of Gameplay Mechanics, just think of things that would help the core elements. Bypassing that may lead him to better, more harmonized game ideas.

My book will be out sometime next year.



Stark_Nebula commented on Nintendo Falls Under Further Pressure Regardin...:

All you people should care just a bit, after all, we're talking about other human beings being forced to work. Should Nintendo do better? Yes. However, it's not as if once they stop, the issue is fixed. Regardless of your position, the underlying problem is not any of these companies using Conflict Minerals but the country of origin's situation. They should focus more on changing Congo's current crisis than getting companies to embarque on a boycott. It's like putting a bandaid on for a mental wound.



Stark_Nebula commented on Not All Super Smash Bros. Characters Will Make...:

To all those that would do away with Jigglypuff; it will never happen. The Pokemon Company would actually remove all Pokemon characters should they remove her simply because she is a smash hit in Japan.

Personally, I'd do away with any clone character. There will be minimum one representation per past franchise included. @Garo - Ness isn't going anywhere.



Stark_Nebula commented on Iwata: We Are To Blame For Poor Wii U Sales:

@Varia01 Metroid is hardly being ignored. Yes, perhaps it did not get a fully-fleshed 25th anniversary, but you have to understand that there are other big name IPs that have been long forgotten by Nintendo. It's been a little less than 3 years since Other M. If you ask me, 5 years is a decent amount of time to wait - not fun, but worth it. Not to mention, they're almost certain to go back to it sooner than later, which isn't the case for Starfox, F-Zero, Advance Wars, Wario Land, etc. Have a little patience, others have been waiting 5-10 years.



Stark_Nebula commented on Impressions: The Best Buy "Nintendo Experience":

I really enjoyed it. Every spot was booked by the time I got there, but they made it so those not on the list could play as players 2-4 depending on the game chosen, hence I got to play both Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8. Perhaps the best part was talking to the people in attendance.

Over here in Ottawa, the lines were non existant, just everyone gathered around the one demo station watching people play and talking amongst each other. The only thing I would of done better is more demo stations - 1 was barely enough.

I hate making long posts, but as for the eShop demos, it will likely not happen because of fear that those with the know-how will find a way to bypass the demo and have access to the entire ROM. Not because they will play it, but because they'll screw around with something they shouldn't. I know I'd try to find stuff and post it to TCRF once the final release came out.

Lastly, for anyone who missed the events or could not make it, there should be a cross country tour where you can play the demos again. It's coming back here at the end of the month. Hopefully they'll have more than 1 station.



Stark_Nebula commented on Nintendo - Inclusion of Peach in Super Mario 3...:

@skjia I didn't get to play 3D Land, but I can say that the multiplayer certainly makes it feel different. Single player might be different (and dull), but if you have some friends near by, then it'll be a boatload of fun for sure. It's really a cross of the core gameplay of 3D Land mixed in the odd and fun aspects of Super Mario Bros 2 (US). Not the most original Mario game ever, but it stands out.



Stark_Nebula commented on Nintendo - Inclusion of Peach in Super Mario 3...:

I went to one of the Best Buy events and I have to say that I take back my lack of interest in the game. Seeing it in person and playing it is much, much different. While I didn't get to play as Peach, there's definitely something enticing about these unique controls schemes. I didn't play with the cat suit, but the visuals and sounds are very good; something that doesn't come across well in the trailers.



Stark_Nebula commented on Exclusive: Zelda's Aonuma: We're Looking Into ...:

Hey everybody!? Guess what!? If they released Ura Zelda for the DD back in the day, EVERYBODY would buy it (and the DD too!). You know why? Because we like the idea of expansion packs. They did it with the F-Zero eXpansion Kit and people bought it for the price of the game itself. There's this stigma that goes with DLC, but if they made a games-worth of content like Super Luigi Bros. U, then paying 30$ (lump or total) should not be an issue.
Everyone thinks DLC is to screw people over, and it's not. It's a service to the fan, giving them what they ask for: more. Yes there's a price tag, but guess what? Work isn't free. And the companies that take advantage of DLC to screw you over are greedy. Nintendo isn't the same, they do have dignity and pride.
Just remember: they did it before and everyone loved them for it. It's the name "DLC" that's peeving you off. Just think of it as an Expansion Pak. Happy now?



Stark_Nebula commented on Sakurai: New Super Smash Bros. To Strike A Bal...:

I'm a Melee and Project M type person, so this is great to hear. I've never really cared for strict tourneys and whatnot, but this is exactly where I want to see Super Smash Bros. go. It doesn't have to be ultra-hardcore, it just needs to keep up the pace and not be a flight simulator like Brawl.



Stark_Nebula commented on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Hopping T...:

I'm rather surprised and, not because of the game itself, disappointed. They could have resurrected an old IP or made a new one. The game looks great, but I can't help but feel that their talents are being squandered for the "SEQUELS!!?!" mentality.



Stark_Nebula commented on The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD Sails Onto ...:

Despite the new speed sailing, I'll probably just use normal sailing majority of the time. The point was to admire the ocean when sailing, not to boycott it because "it was boring." It was part of the experience. It'll come in handy for post-game collecting, though. But we had the Ballad of Gales for that.



Stark_Nebula commented on Super Smash Bros. Footage Revealed, Mega Man I...:

The game looks good, but I fear we'll have another Brawl moment - the game will be amazing until you go to Melee and back. Remember how much of a deal Melee was? I'm glad to see Mega Man included, as well as the Animal Crossing Villager. I just hope they don't F up the Event matches and Classic mode again.