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Wed 22nd May, 2013

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Technosphile commented on Analysts Wonder If Super Mario Can Save Ninten...:

The only proven way to make money on mobile gaming is free-to-play with endless microtransactions. If Nintendo doesn't realize this and releases a quality game on mobile with a $19.99 asking price they will fail miserably. Mobile players don't really want to play a game, they want a brief distraction while they sit on the toilet/ride the bus/wait for their meal at a restaurant.

Something like Rusty's Real Deal Baseball is the best option. A Mario platformer, which I guarantee Nintendo would never allow as a free to start download, is a bad idea.



Technosphile commented on Review: Tecmo Bowl (Wii U eShop / NES):

@Darknyht a better question would be: what is good about it? Developed in the west, it is a cheap imitation of what Tecmo Bowl is supposed to be. The classic mode is the same as the DS version, which in turn is the same as the SNES version, the worst of the first four games. The modern mode is hideous. No license of course, that almost goes without saying. But most of all and most damning is the fact that the Edit mode, the one thing that could have saved it, is awful. Its more egregious of a failure with the DS version, but the fact that nothing was done to fix it says it all for who was behind the modern zombie Tecmo Bowl games.

@Dankykong says a lot about the unique gameplay. Practically every single football game made ever since takes the same sim game approach, with the view always from behind the line, and never any music or whimsy. Tecmo Bowl NES, and to a much greater extent Tecmo Super Bowl NES, were lightning in a bottle.



Technosphile commented on Feature: Have You Played... ZombiU?:

Owned it since January 2013. Completed it in both modes with one survivor.

Its basically a hugely underrated classic, and Nintendo fans should be ashamed of their having not supported it. Consider your current situation with the Pii U and ask yourself: would any major publisher create a AAA exclusive Wii U title today?



Technosphile commented on Review: Tecmo Bowl (Wii U eShop / NES):

@Blastcorp64 Konami's Run & Gun games are JPN developed licensed NBA titles. In terms of games with an NFL/MLB/NBA/NHL license, the pickings are indeed slim, however in the glory days of Japanese game development many games based on those sports were made in Japan.

This also highlights a key difference in the way Japanese and American game developers view making sports titles. American devs make sims, with micromanaging of depth charts and an fervent desire to make it "realistic". Japanese developers make them fast and arcadey, like an action game with a sports setting. The Tecmo Bowl series is probably the single best example of this.



Technosphile commented on Review: Tecmo Bowl (Wii U eShop / NES):

Couple things here--

One, are you implying player names are present in this Wii U version? That is not made clear in this review and would be a huge boon for Tecmo fans; to my knowledge this would be the first version of the game with player names present since the Game Boy version almost 30 years ago.

Two, it had nothing at all to do with "the most popular teams" making the cut. These are the playoff teams from the 1987 season.



Technosphile commented on Nintendo Confirms Super Mario Maker Console Bu...:

Let me get this straight: Fatal Frame is getting a nice LE edition in Europe, but no disc version at all in the US; while Devil's Third, which they didn't even want to publish, will have a physical release here?!

Nintendo of America is a blight on this company. Just incompetent.



Technosphile commented on Chris Pranger From Nintendo Treehouse Discusse...:

@Wolfgabe "things would need to be changed"

No. They don't. Cultural differences shouldn't have any effect on anything. This weird obsession with not offending white people, or not upsetting white parents, or altering "Japanese things" in games so that white people will get the joke/reference/point that certain Japanese video game companies have is so bizarre to me. What Hollywood film is ever changed to suit a certain audience's cultural makeup? Practically none. They subtitle it and that's that. So the guy watching in Hong Kong doesn't get the joke about Rabbis performing circumcision. Who cares?

This Chris Pranger sounds like an ass, towing the company line just like Reggie, and Bill, and every other NoA guy who thinks he has all the answers and that the fans know nothing. Hey Chris Pranger, how about you not worry about localization, and just tell your bosses to remove their retarded region lock so we can make up our own minds?



Technosphile commented on Review: 3D Streets of Rage 2 (3DS eShop):

God bless M2 for including all region versions in one release. Blaze's panty shot, long hidden from the west because WON'T SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN, is gloriously present and zero apologies are made for it.

It's interesting, then, how this comes shortly after the censored, Poison-less US version of Final Fight One was once again foisted upon western players; with no option for us to make up our own minds as grown adults with what we want to see in our 2D beat em ups, and say so through our wallets. Even almost 30 years later, Sega is still cooler than Nintendo.



Technosphile commented on First Impressions: Trying to Believe in Devil'...:

@LztheQuack What are you even trying to say in this post? The rumor, true or not, was that NoA wasn't going to publish the game in the US because reasons. Fan uproar, and lo and behold, they are publishing the game in the US. There is even precedent for them doing this with Xenoblade Chronicles, which they stubbornly drew out for a long while before caving. They actually listened to their fans and I will buy Devil's Third for them doing so. What problem can you possibly have with this?



Technosphile commented on First Impressions: Trying to Believe in Devil'...:

@NintendoFan64 if content is included in one version but cut from another, then it was never truly offensive enough to warrant being cut at all. Regional differences in video games are often based on a perceived cultural attitude about violence or sex--and I am much more offended by someone deciding that I can't handle seeing Tharja's panties than just, you know, seeing Tharja's panties.



Technosphile commented on First Impressions: Trying to Believe in Devil'...:

@NintendoFan64 good luck with what? Spending my own money how I want to? I think I'll be fine.

If you need regional censorship explained to you I would suggest using Google. And you do realize grown adults should be able to decide what is "okay" or offensive, or not, on their own without having some corporate ethic decide that for them, right? I mean you do realize that?



Technosphile commented on Shovel Knight is Coming to Retail:

In fairness it should be something like the God of War level on Sony and Battletoads on (ugh) Microsoft console versions. With that in mind, the more obscure, the better--crossing a third party character with Mario or Zelda is a boring cliche at this point.



Technosphile commented on Talking Point: The Mystery of Devil's Third an...:

Things are definitely not looking good for a US release of Devil's Third. Seems like the explanation for this is one of two things: either its believed that the game will flop and isn't worth publishing, or some of the game's content is making Nintendo of America wring its Puritan hands once again. Based on past history, the latter is much more likely; particularly if the company plans to go ahead with a physical release of Fatal Frame U, which is as surely to bomb in sales as Devil's Third would or will.

Nintendo of America is second only to Capcom as the worst US division of any Japanese gaming company. From inept marketing to senseless translations to impotent censorship, NoA has a lengthy track record of hampering games with some sort of applied regional flaw before they are even released. It might even be better to for NoA to keep their pure, white, virginal hands off of Devil's Third, since Fatal Frame is surely to have all of its "risque sexual content" ripped out of it by the Catholic chur--pardon me, The Nintendo Treehouse.

All this nonsense just makes me yearn harder for the day the Wii U is hacked and I can play Japanese versions of games on it and cut Nintendo of America out of my life forever.



Technosphile commented on Exclusive: We Almost Got A Wii U F-Zero Create...:

I can honestly say that not being whored out to a western dev is the best thing that ever happened to F-Zero and, in turn, me.

For every Luigi's Mansion 2, there's a western Final Fight reboot, and worse. Japanese games should stay Japanese.



Technosphile commented on Feature: Our Impressions of the Full Nindies@H...:

Only Lovely Planet seemed interesting; I mean really, how many hokey 16-bit sidescrollers do indies need to make?

Lovely Planet is lovely. Unique, fun, hectic, great music and presentation, and above all an original idea in an indie game. Was very surprised it is Indian-developed, quicktequila is based out of Dehli.

Can't wait to play the final version, though I could on Steam right now. Also, screw gyroscopic aiming, I just want Pro controller support.



Technosphile commented on Nintendo Is A Slave To Its Past Success, Says...:

You know what Nintendo needs more of? Splatoon.

You know what Nintendo needs way less of? Zelda Triforce Heroes.

New IP, new ideas, younger development talent. In fact, guys like Miyamoto, Aonuma, and Tezuka are just holding the company back at this point.



Technosphile commented on Poll: How Excited Are You About Nintendo's E3 ...:

@kensredemption don't read that the wrong way; Microsoft's conference seemed to hinge on backwards compatibility for their own failing console, and in retrospect Sony's was a lot of smoke and mirrors. Just saying that the little Nintendo presented was lackluster, at best.

And part of that is thanks to, as you said, last year's awesome E3 Direct. Crazy to think that this time last year they showed Splatoon and the NX--uh, pardon me--Wii U Zelda and had the kind of positive press that Sony is now enjoying. What a difference a year makes.



Technosphile commented on Poll: What Did You Think of Nintendo's E3 Digi...:

If you say that was good, or even passable, you a drone of the lowest order.

How Nintendo can hear people begging for a new Metroid and then present them with some goofy sports thing is just baffling.

This was proof positive that not only does Nintendo not understand where the industry is or is going, but they don't even understand their own audience's wants. They kept trotting out those muppets like it was cute or funny, then ended with a 10-minute montage of YouTube idiots. Completely out of touch.



Technosphile commented on Metroid Prime: Federation Force Is The Metroid...:

The cringe in this Direct is off the charts. Nobody wants any of this except Star Fox.

See, Sony heard what people want and are delivering it. Nintendo hears what people want and just make whatever garbage they feel like. It is why they deserve to fail.