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Toad Number One! Wahoo!

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Thu 29th Jan 2015

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Toad commented on Toys "R" Us Teases More Exclusive amiibo in No...:

I've refused to buy store exclusive amiibo. All the ones I have so far have been available at all retailers. I still refuse to buy store exclusive amiibo because I think it's a really stupid practice. The way I see it, I get to save a few bucks. If any of the imported ones ever happen to be close to MSRP, I may consider getting them, but I will never give in to store exclusive BS.



Toad commented on Video: New Hyrule Warriors Legends Trailer Sho...:

Is anyone sure the release date won't be that much later? Yoshi's Woolly World came out in July in Japan, June in other territories. We're still waiting for it here in North America. I wouldn't be too surprised if Hyrule Warriors Legends was a May release.



Toad commented on Talking Point: Tatsumi Kimishima Is A Safe Pai...:


I agree. I don't understand why some think a higher age is disadvantageous. That's ageism. If anything, the opposite is true. The greater the age, the more experience, the more wisdom. Only time will tell in which direction Mr. Kimishima will take Nintendo, but I am certain his approach will be conservative (i.e., safe) and mindful of Mr. Iwata's approaches that made him so popular and successful.



Toad commented on Some Western Splatoon Players Would Prefer Not...:

I love playing with players across the world, particularly those from Japan. It's such a great way to have connectivity between players across the world on a Nintendo console. I have never experienced any lag or "connectivity issues" when playing with players from Japan.



Toad commented on Freedom Planet Release Bound by Bug:

So, they don't test this on retail consoles before readying a release date? I find that a bit strange, because it could potentially lead to unforeseen circumstances like this. Regardless, my initial interest in this has dropped dramatically.



Toad commented on Hardware Review: Awesome Super Mario Inspired ...:

$275 US dollars (hehe) is way too steep for a watch that's difficult to tell time on. The units and hands are so small. What's with having only two hands, anyway? I do like the graphic and its rotary design. It's just not worth the steep price. Not even my Adult Wallet is heavy enough for that price.



Toad commented on Genyo Takeda The Likely Choice For Nintendo Pr...:

Mr. Takeda is a strong candidate and would be potentially as instrumental as Mr. Iwata in the role of president. I remember reading an Iwata Asks with Mr. Takeda in it, and I quite enjoyed his thoughts and views on game design as it pertains to hardware development. I don't understand the negative comments about his age. For a man with his amount of experience and accomplishments, he's not going to be so young. It is a natural side effect of wisdom. I'd gladly have someone in his mid-60s lead Nintendo after Mr. Iwata than some young guy with half the experience and half the achievements.



Toad commented on Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away Ag...:

This is so shocking and saddening. Even as a grown man, I'm close to shedding tears. He's touched the lives of so many people all over the world through his charm, his wit, his humor, and his energy for life. He spread happiness to others. That was his job, and he did it so well. He loved it. You could see it. In every Nintendo Direct, he spread his happiness directly to us. I hope he knew how much happiness he gave to so many people. I will surely never forget it. He still lives with us forever through his timeless gifts, the video games he gave us.



Toad commented on First Impressions: Our Maiden Flight In Star F...:

I haven't seen Star Fox Zero in person, but from the videos I've seen, the graphics look great. They do require some polish, and I imagine that as it nears its release date, the polish will improve some of the graphics before it ships out. I am also glad to see the gameplay takes after the infinitely fun Star Fox 64, not the critically panned Star Fox Assault.

However, it seems that's where the good things end. Like others, I am dismayed that the GamePad is forced upon the player. It's ludicrous to expect the player to look down at the smaller screen during gameplay. I don't understand this "precision aiming" they keep talking about. I am shocked that a man like Mr. Miyamoto is not concerned about change blindness. Visually, you cannot stare down at the GamePad to aim and then look back up to your television without consequences. As the writer of the article said, you lose your place; the visual field has changed. It disrupts with gameplay.

It is more shocking that they would force the GamePad at a time when the Wii U is ready to take its leave. It's very clear from Nintendo's recent language that its successor is well on the way. The Wii U was not able to gain any traction to create a wildly popular device for everyone like the Wii was able to. The concept just didn't work, and they kept supporting the concept not working by releasing games that took no good advantage of the GamePad. The only game that used it efficiently was Wind Waker HD. Super Mario Maker also uses it efficiently. But now is too late, and all of the other titles they chose not to show at E3 this year are clearly going to be shown next year when the successor console is revealed, which will undoubtedly not have a dual-screen concept. So, why push this on players now with a game that fans have been clamoring for since two console generations ago? Let us have Pro Controller support! Drop the need to run 60 FPS on the GamePad in order to support better in-game graphics. These fixes would be so welcomed.



Toad commented on Eiji Aonuma Discusses Idea Origins for The Leg...:

It was obvious that the name Termina came from the Latin terminus. It was, however, less obvious where they got Majora from. It's not as if they made up a new word, so it's a bit puzzling to hear that they got the name from an amalgamation of two completely unrelated words. I always assumed they just took it straight from the Latin, though the meaning was still not clear.



Toad commented on Talking Point: It's Time to Salute The Nintend...:

Elegantly written article!

I've been a fan of handheld gaming since the Game Gear, the original Game Boy, and the Nomad. When the Nintendo DS was announced, I was highly skeptical. I was one of the ones who quipped about the necessity of a second screen just to show a status menu. I never thought it would become more popular than the Game Boy Advance. And although the DS initially had an outpouring of experimental games, as others have mentioned, which I was not fond of, the more traditional games that came out later in its lifespan were phenomenal.

With the release of the 3DS, Nintendo continued with their traditional style of gaming. I was blown away by the graphical capabilities, firstly. They're better than GameCube and even Wii graphics. I still can't believe it. It's amazing how much technology can improve in merely a decade. Nintendo really made the 3DS to be a modernized Nintendo handheld, with its wireless capabilities, social interaction (Miiverse and StreetPass are outstanding), the eShop (the ability to download exclusive digital games, Virtual Console goodness, demos), and its superb library of games.

The 3DS is easily the best handheld gaming device ever created, in my opinion. To be honest, I've always found home consoles more preferable than handheld ones, but with the robustness of the 3DS, I find myself playing my handheld more than my home consoles or my PC games. I love it so much that I have a few of the limited edition consoles in addition to the alternative iterations. I am highly anticipating the release of the New 3DS XL in North America next month and a few more years of 3DS gaming goodness.