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Wed 13th November, 2013

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Stubborn_Monkey commented on Poll: What Did You Think of Nintendo's E3?:

It was good. It could've been better, (especially if it had more Zelda Wii U in it.) but I am satisfied with what I saw. The Robot Chicken skits were actually pretty funny, and while the Iwata vs. Fils-Aime fight went on for a bit too long for me, it is good to know that Nintendo keeps making fun of itself at the biggest event of the video game industry (remember when Miyamoto appeared on-stage wielding shield and sword at the Twilight Princess reveal ten years ago?). Reggie's speech about that "having fun" is what's matters to Nintendo was somewhat corny and PR-ish, but I like to believe that the Big N has that kind of philosophy deep down, on its core.

The Treehouse staff livestream was also a good idea, as it was to bring some of the developers of the games to have a closer look at them; and the Smash Bros. Invitational was alright, too. All in all, a good show.

I don't like the question about who "won" E3. I don't like to see it as a competition. Each developer has its own offers and each one of them should be appreciated on its own right. I like Nintendo, it's what I'm interested in; but I wouldn't say Nintendo "won" E3 just because I'm not interested in what others had to show.



Stubborn_Monkey commented on E3 2014: Nintendo Hopes to Share Metroid News ...:

A portable 2D Metroid would be great. One with strong emphasis on exploration, like Super Metroid. I really liked Metroid Fusion, but right now I'd prefer it to be a more open experience than that game. If they are afraid this might alienate younger players, they could introduce an entirely optional help system; I'd love to have a vast world that gives the player as much freedom as possible to traverse it.

That being said I don't think a 2D Metroid is in the works right now. I do suspect, however, that a 3D Metroid game is being developed by (who else?) Retro Studios, and that it will be released for Wii U around Q4 2016.



Stubborn_Monkey commented on E3 2014: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., A Brand New IP...:

This being Intelligent Systems, first thing that comes to mind is Advance Wars and Fire Emblem, but the emphasis on Third-Person Action makes the game sound closer to Batallion Wars.

Modelled after American super-hero comics with a retrofuturistic setting? Sounds very interesting, but I'll wait until I see it in action.



Stubborn_Monkey commented on E3 2014: Hyrule Warriors Not Part of Zelda Tim...:

Hmmm. I don't really know how I feel about this. When I first saw Hyrule Warriors I wished it was non-canon, but just leaving it out of the timeline doesn't feel right. I like to think that there is some sort of order, some cohesion in the Zelda franchise.

It is true that the timeline was already incoherent and contradicted itself in several ways, with each new game release rewritting the story to a bigger or smaller degree... but in the end, you could always come with an explanation of your own (or other's) to reconciliate all the storylines into one big world. Saying "it never happened" feels too cheap.

And sure, I know it's a fictional world and that it doesn't have to make sense all the time, but trying to craft a world is part of the fantasy, part of the fun, as much as talking to that weird vendor in the alley or getting lost in an ancient dungeon.



Stubborn_Monkey commented on Reaction: Our Thoughts on Nintendo's Big Day a...:

It was good. I liked everything I saw.

My only complaint is that there should've been MORE. More Xenoblade, more Yoshi, at least something about Starfox, and, of course, more Zelda. It was understandable though, as those games are most likely still too green for serious display.

There were also pleasant surprises: Splatoon feels very fresh, and I was surprised by the warm reception the game had. Kirby was funny and charming. Capt. Toad looked nice. Mario Maker will surely bring to Wii U ruthlessly punishing levels. Lots of fun to be had overall.

And if you thought there wasn't much on the 3DS... hey, that console is already, uh, consolidated in the market. It is the Wii U the one who needs most attention right now. It is hard enough to sell a single console that relies almost exclusively on First-Party efforts to do it with two.



Stubborn_Monkey commented on E3 2014: Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire ...:

When I first saw the trailer with the kid exploring the sorroundings of a lake, I thought it was another Zelda announcement. Seconds later I was proven wrong.

Omega and Alpha, eh? Nintendo is getting more daring with the religious references. The days of Devil World not being released in America are long gone!



Stubborn_Monkey commented on E3 2014: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Announ...:

Captain Toad: proving you don't need to know how to jump, attack, run, or just be able to do anything other than breathe and walk to star in a game. As someone who loved SM3DW, I'm perfectly okay with it.

This one looks like an eShop release.



Stubborn_Monkey commented on E3 2014: Hyrule Warriors Will Be Crossing Swor...:

I didn't like this when it was first announced last year, but now it looks way better. Good job, Tecmo-Koei and Nintendo.

"You'll be able to play as your favourite Zelda character." If Grandpa Ulrira isn't playable I'll be extremely dissapointed.



Stubborn_Monkey commented on New Donkey Kong Trailer Grabs Attention as Eur...:


He is all shadowy and evil-looking, so, yes, I would bet that he's the leader of the Snomads.

Regarding his identity, well... this is a wild guess, but perhaps there's a reason to be so mysterious about him...

Viking K. Rool.

Nahhh, it won't happen. He didn't appear on Returns, so...

Also, Funky Kong's taken Cranky's role as shopkeeper... and perhaps he will be a fifth unlockable character?



Stubborn_Monkey commented on New Donkey Kong Trailer Grabs Attention as Eur...:


Contrary to popular belief, Nintendo does indeed own both the Kremlings and the Kongs that appeared on DK64. Has everyone forgotten that PAON developed games that included Kremlings as enemies? They even designed new ones for Barrel Blast/Jet Race!

Characters created by Rare that got their own games, like Banjo or Conker, are another thing, though. That's why they were replaced in the DS remake of Diddy Kong Racing.



Stubborn_Monkey commented on New Donkey Kong Trailer Grabs Attention as Eur...:

Same release date as the US, oh yes.

Was that an... ice dragon, turning DK Island into a frozen nightmare? Also, the Direct broadcast showed what I thought was Donkey celebrating his birthday (he had a cake with a candle and everything.), so sooner or later, those Snomads are going to pay for ruining it.

By the way, the music during the first seconds of that video sounds like DKC2's Krook's March. You can tell David Wise is composing the soundtrack.

@Giygas_95 No, it's like Returns; player 1 is DK, he carries the other Kongs on his back.



Stubborn_Monkey commented on Wii Sports Club: Golf Swings Onto the Wii U eShop:


That actually looks... I don't know how to describe it, but I certainly don't have the money it costs. Ah, golf, the sport of kings and bored executives...

...wait, actually, isn't chessboxing the sport of kings? Ah, no, it's the sport of crazy people (that's why several kings practiced it.).


A joke? No, Sir/Madam, I was dead serious in my statement. No game will ever transmit the thrill of putting like that one.



Stubborn_Monkey commented on Fresh Details Are Sucked Up for Kirby: Triple ...:

Triple Deluxe is getting more attractive with each new video.

Dedede's mini-game sounds pretty good to me. In fact, I'd like to see games starring Nintendo villains. Like King Dedede's Dream Land. Or a Bowser game, they almost did it with Bowser's Inside Story... to be fair, I'd be happy with a new Wario Land.



Stubborn_Monkey commented on Dr. Luigi announced for Wii U eShop:

It may or may not be Lupus.

Dunno what kind of health system they've got in the Mushroom Kingdom, but those plumbers seem all too happy to go around popping pills... then again, they've saved the land several times...



Stubborn_Monkey commented on Nintendo Network 3DS Promotion to Offer Free S...:

OH YEAH. If you haven't played SMB Deluxe, I TOTALLY recommend getting this; it's got the NES classic, a challenge mode that's simply amazing (and infuriatingly difficult sometimes.), a race mode against Boo that's quite fun, and plenty of secrets to unlock (coughlostlevelscough.). It also has lots of stuff to be used on the Game Boy Printer. A pity we won't be able to do anything in that regard in the 3DS.

It's an excellent offer, but I hope this is released worldwide as a normal purchase, because it's well worth paying for. Really, it's just that good.



Stubborn_Monkey commented on Hyrule Warriors Is Zelda Meets Dynasty Warrior...:


Yes, I know Nintendo always supervises his properties, and of course Retro is under their control; after all, Ninty owns the studio.

It's just that Zelda is a bit too... distinct to get a crossover a la Pokémon Conquest. It doesn't feel right to me that foreign characters are arriving to Zelda's universe, and it isn't because they're from a third-party franchise. I wouldn't like Mario or DK or Samus appearing in Hyrule "just because". Hell, I wouldn't like them appearing at all.

Smash Bros and the occasional Link cameo are one thing, but this...



Stubborn_Monkey commented on NES Remix Confirmed And Available Today on the...:

Link in Donkey Kong. Mirrored Super Mario Bros starring Luigi. Zelda/ Dynasty Warriors crossover. Sonic in Yoshi's Island. Luigi pretending to be a doctor. And, for a moment, what I thought was Kirby in Mario Kart.

Today the world of Nintendo has gone a bit upside down, huh?

Also, this game is quite costlier in the US? Sorry about it, but that's good news for eurotrash like me, I guess. Makes up for decades of being dead last in terms of release dates.



Stubborn_Monkey commented on Hyrule Warriors Is Zelda Meets Dynasty Warrior...:

We all saw it coming. It was obvious.

Alright, today's WTF gaming moment left me a bit off, because a crossover of Nintendo's most well-known IPs with Tecmo's.... not-so-well-known IPs is not so tasteful for someone who likes to have fictional universes clearly diferentiated.

Nintendo has crossed over with other companies in the past (Pokémon Conquest, Sonic and Mario in the Olympic Games.) and will do it again in the future (SMT x FE.), but leaving Hyrule in the hands of a third-party developer... doesn't sit down well with me. Guess i'm a purist snob.



Stubborn_Monkey commented on Nintendo Confirms That Smash Bros. Isn't Lined...:

Yeah, I think Yoshi will launch in Q1 2015, they didn't even show it at this year's E3 because it still was in early development. X by the end of the year would be ideal, a nice addition to the MK/SSB combo for Christmas. Zelda on Q4 2015.


I think Tropical Freeze will be $50, less than the usual price for a Wii U game, $60.



Stubborn_Monkey commented on Nintendo Confirms That Smash Bros. Isn't Lined...:

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: Q1 2014
Mario Kart 8: Q2 2014
Bayonneta 2: Most likely Q3 2014
"X": Q3, perhaps Q4 2014
Smash Bros: Q4 2014
"Yarn Yoshi": Q4 2014, maybe even 2015
Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem: 2015

NOTE: These are guesstimates. Stubborn_Monkey does not accept any responsibility for any loss or increase of hype in the reader.



Stubborn_Monkey commented on Wii U Hardware Sales Take a Significant Leap i...:


No, I don't believe that there shouldn't be consoles and that everything would be peaceful without between the Big Three. In fact, I believe the competition is actually good, it keeps the industry healthy. I was just making a half-hearted attempt at "humour".

Oh, and people (including myself, of course) will argue over anything, no matter how trivial.