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Female, 27, United States

Tue 10th June, 2014

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TheLobster commented on Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (...:

Personally I think this is a really fun game. Nothing has compelled me to play previous games in the franchise before, even though I've gotten some for free. But I've been having a blast with the level editor and going on Miiverse, playing other people's levels and sharing mine. The actual game is pretty decent as well.



TheLobster commented on Review: Pokémon Shuffle (3DS eShop):

I prefer this game to Trozei simply because I like the turn based aspect. I can barely beat any of the expert stages because they ARE Trozei. On the other hand I've made it to level 150 in the normal stages, caught all but six of the Pokemon, and S ranked nearly all the stages as well. Haven't spent a dime. It's not hard to progress on a free basis, it just takes a little patience. That said I would happily pay $5 or so for a fully unlocked version.

I don't find it amoral at all. F2P is here to stay and this is a nice example of it. Very polished game.



TheLobster commented on 3DS Browser Exploit Hackers Bypass Pokémon S...:

I can see why some people would do this. I've been stuck on Mega Glalie (level 120) for over a day and a half. I've even spent coins on the disruption delay and plus five moves and still lost. That stage is brutal. Some of the later stages seem like they are almost designed to make you spend money. I've had to go back and grind past levels instead, since I refuse to do that. Might as well S rank everything and be sure to catch all the 'mons I missed getting that far!



TheLobster commented on Reaction: Pokémon Shuffle Isn't Quite Microtr...:

Personally I really like the game and I think you guys are a load of whiners. There's nothing wrong with it and if it cost $8 and was completely unlocked from the start it would be a better game than Trozei, which I also have. I prefer the mechanics of Shuffle.

You don't like it, don't download it. You don't want to spend money on it, don't spend money on it, the end. It's not that hard. In my case I just take a break when my hearts are gone and then come back. I've gotten loads of coins and three gems in less than a day so I can't even say the game is very stingy on that front. If you want to play a simple game like this for longer periods of time there are other options out there for you; this one is for short bursts only which fills a niche in and of itself.

Nintendo is not going down the toilet and microtransactions are not the devil. Like anything else they are a part of life but they are a very SMALL part of life. And of gaming. And as others have said, in gaming they have always been around, or have you forgotten arcades? The idea is exactly the same, the delivery method is just a bit more sophisticated. I'm seeing a few people complain about DLC as well - DLC is just the modern term for "expansion packs." There. Done. Cleared that one up.

Basically my only complaint with Pokemon Shuffle is that it's on the 3DS and not on mobile devices. It would reach a much wider audience there and do Nintendo a lot more good.



TheLobster commented on Eiji Aonuma Explains Why Tingle is Such a Pecu...:

I personally loved the last two paragraphs of this article. It's so annoying that people feel the need to waste time with stupid questions (that by the way, only go one way, implying that there is a "default" answer). Tingle is Tingle. Aonuma probably had no idea anybody was even debating his sexuality, because why should we be doing that in the first place?



TheLobster commented on Meet Playtonic, A Studio Of Ex-Rare Staff That...:

Reading this comment section was... interesting. The biggest takeaway I get is that some of you all seem to think I should shoot myself in the head the minute I turn forty. After all, I'm a writer, and only young people are creative.

Fortunately, both for me and for our friends making the game, that's not really true.



TheLobster commented on Renegade Kid Reveals a Snippet of Information ...:

Well, Mutant Mudds was like one of the first major games on the eShop and I still see it pushed on the home screen now and again (or with very minor digging) so it's no wonder it's sold loads. Some of these other ones I've never even heard of, so it's no surprise they've not sold. What the hell is "Bomb Monkey?"

Honestly, in the misty far off times of early 2012, Mutant Mudds was the darling of the eShop. Do you remember what it was going against, though? Games like Freakyforms. Very different environment. (No offense to Freakyforms, I still have that on my 3DS.)



TheLobster commented on Nintendo Delays Financial Results Presentation...:

Iwata is sick, as many have said, move along, nothing to see here.

Speaking as someone who has stock in Nintendo I can understand why Iwata would be stressed. I put several thousand on them a few years back and am currently sitting on (for that stock) about $2,000 less than what I started with. Just because they had a profitable year, does not mean wine and roses. Iwata surely wants to turn things around for people like me! It would mean his company was doing far better than it is.

I know, Nintendo's not going anywhere anytime soon. I have faith. But a lot of other people don't and frankly, they could be doing BETTER.



TheLobster commented on Ubisoft Launches Yet Another Massive eShop Sal...:

Ubisoft is a weird subject with me. Honestly they have alienated me on every console (but especially Nintendo) and I don't want to support them anymore. But on the other hand they have made some truly superlative games (ACIV, Child of Light, Rayman Legends, Valiant Hearts) and I want them back on Nintendo putting those games out there because Nintendo needs the third party support. But then they release glitchy, broken, unfinished games on the other consoles and say it's too difficult to put women in and I'm like, "Good riddance!"

So I don't know, Ubisoft, I just don't know. And until I do, I won't buy.



TheLobster commented on Fry's Electronics Cancels Some New Nintendo 3D...:

I doubt this is all Nintendo's fault (surely some blame falls on retailers overpromising and the rise in scalping) but at the end of the day people are only going to remember Nintendo's hand in it. Let's face it, the end of 2014/start of 2015 is going to go down as the Time of Cancelled Nintendo Preorders and that's surely starting to lose them customers by this point. We're several months into this debacle. Nintendo needs to step up. They're the root of the problem and the most capable of solving it.



TheLobster commented on Nintendo Launches Beta of 'Creators Program' f...:

Two months turnaround on money is a massive turn off. Only being able to have Nintendo first party content on the channel for best profits is a huge turn off. Especially as that list of games is rather limited. They need to lighten up the restrictions to get it to work, allow second and third party titles, allow all current gen games at the very least (preferably all last gen games as well).

It's very difficult because I can see many channels wanting to get in on this but having to create subchannels just for their Nintendo stuff. I don't think Nintendo has to make it that annoying. I can understand them not wanting to promote channels that have Forza and Plants vs. Zombies and COD and Minecraft all mixed in, but let's face it - that's the best way for these people to earn a living off of playing video games (remember when our parents told us that was impossible?). Nintendo just has to face that reality.



TheLobster commented on This Is What Happened When A Kid Pitched Super...:

I don't have cool, "a company responded to my letter" stories like the rest of you! The closest thing I have to that is when my class wrote letters to deployed soldiers (this was in like 1997 so I have no idea WHERE they were deployed) and I was the only one who got a response. I got a card and a patch! Very cool. I remember everyone was surprised because my soldier was a woman.

Anyway, this was super adorable. Plus seeing the drawings really brings back memories. I recently unearthed a whole slew of scribbles for Nintendo ideas (mostly Pokemon, but there were some original ideas in there too) done by my best friend's brother and me. So this really made me smile.

The Lego thing was sweet, too.



TheLobster commented on Video: YouTube's Gaming Historian Takes Offens...:

Eh, I can see where people could be somewhat offended. However, it's not like Nintendo is putting Mario into blackface now. Are people too sensitive to this sort of thing? Yes. Were times different back then? Yes. Is this making a mountain out of a molehill? Yes.

In any case NL is not the place to be discussing this.



TheLobster commented on Weirdness: According To McDonald's, Mario And ...:

I don't watch much TV so I hadn't seen the commercial until it was linked up above, but damn if that isn't one of the best commercials I've seen in years! Heartwarming and gets the point across. For everyone asking what enemies becoming friends has to do with McDonald's, their slogan is, "I'm lovin' it," so I take that to mean in this context enemies loving each other for a bit because McDonald's helped them set aside their differences. A bit weird but the idea was obviously to play on the word "love" in their slogan. Obviously the food is so powerfully delicious that you love not only it, but you become very receptive to everybody around you as well. XD

It's cute! A+, McDonald's. I can't eat your nasty food and I don't want to anyway, but you sure know how to put an ad together.



TheLobster commented on Talking Point: Club Nintendo's Closure Is An E...:

I see (hope for) good things from the next program, because unlike the majority of you, I was pleased with what I got from Club Nintendo! My Platinum gifts were all great, bar last years; I got some great downloadable games, hanafuda cards, a gold nunchuck, shirts, 3DS card cases, CDs... Plus I know I'm forgetting stuff! Basically I got some pretty great Nintendo-themed loot out of it, and every year (until this one, sadly) I'd also go on eBay and get the Gold calendar for my desk.

I filled out the surveys truthfully as well, so... there's at least one other person, @rayquaza_master.

I'm very sad to see Club Nintendo go. That said they are definitely more of the past than the future. I think Nintendo can do great things. I'm hoping for cross-buy and a link with the NNID. I see a better handle on family accounts is requested. I'm also hoping they don't erase the database of our registered games and start at zero. And I'd like a name that's just as friendly as "Club Nintendo" was.



TheLobster commented on Nintendo of America Issues Non-Statement on th...:

I was recently at a con in Ohio and it was XLs, XLs as far as the eye could see. In the US you wouldn't even know they make a regular 3DS.

I'm not planning on upgrading mine any time soon but best of luck to those who are.



TheLobster commented on Pixel-Rich Action Platformer Adventures Of Pip...:

I backed this on Kickstarter both times. They didn't make it the first time and I'm glad they didn't because it really forced them to tighten the game and make it a lot better. This looks like it's going to be very slick.



TheLobster commented on Project Treasure Is Bandai Namco's Wii U Exclu...:

What I thought was funny is how they are naming it so far... "Project Treasure." Before I thought Project Guard and Project Giant Robot maybe had something to do with each other but I guess not, I guess that's just how they're codenaming things right now over at Nintendo!



TheLobster commented on Project Treasure Is Bandai Namco's Wii U Exclu...:

I'm not really interested but I don't understand why people have to s*** all over F2P games when they can get them... FOR FREE... and play them and never pay a cent and some of them are pretty good.

Oh no, wah, wah, I got free entertainment instead of spending $60, poor me!

I say give it a chance, guys. And exercise some impulse control maybe if that's what your problem is.



TheLobster commented on Pokémon Shuffle is a Match-Three Game With Sl...:

Chill out people. Microtransactions aren't the end of the world. You all act like Satoru Iwata just personally killed your dog.

Personally I agree with @Flopsy86 and @kensredemption. I can't be the only one out there who played Candy Crush for a couple of months without spending a cent. It's not that hard.

I'm going to download this and probably get a bit of enjoyment out of it. I liked Trozei (I appear to be the only one) so I'll probably like this as well.

I think it would perform better on the app store, but it's not on the app store. That's life. You guys whine too much.



TheLobster commented on Video: This Incredible Retro Gaming Collection...:

It's too bad he keeps it locked in his basement if he has a store, he ought to set it up in there and switch out what game it's playing like once a week or something. It would surely drive up traffic to the store as people came to see it. But of course there's always the chance of vandals breaking in, I suppose (not that there isn't that same problem at his house).



TheLobster commented on Reminder: Redeem Your Nintendo Network Deluxe ...:

I earned 3549 points so I got $35 free... A lot of that was from discounted eShop cards or free games like NSMBU so it worked out extra well in my favor. :) Plus of course I've been funneling the free codes back into the promotion the whole time!

I'm going to miss this.



TheLobster commented on Poll: Which is the Best Pokémon Game?:

Gens 1 (purely nostalgia at this point) 5 and 6 are my favorite. I had to go with X and Y over Black and White though because of the improvements it made. Though I loved how in gen 5 you met only Unova Pokemon until postgame. That was really cool. Really they all have their good qualities.



TheLobster commented on Poll: Which is the Best Mario Kart Game?:

It really surprised me to see MK8 had 100% of the vote - then I noticed the poll only had three votes. Anyway it was hard to choose between MK8 and MK64 but I think I had to come down on the side of the new because there's just more to offer. I've gone back to MK64 for over a decade and I can honestly see myself doing the same with MK8.



TheLobster commented on Game of the Year: Nintendo Life's Reader Award...:

MK8 was my GOTY but I have to admit I love Smash, of course. I think these two articles have finally convinced me to get Shovel Knight. Wii U or 3DS though?

@Murchuda I definitely like the slower paced games like Fantasy Life, Animal Crossing, and Harvest Moon! My dad is 75 but I can't convince him to play video games; he said he tried when he was younger and he wasn't any good so he he just gave up. I'm glad not everybody his age shared his attitude!



TheLobster commented on Nintendo Download: 25th December (North America):

The Lego Movie videogame is only $15, that's awesome! And there's Duck Hunt of course. It's too bad I picked up Darksiders II when it was $20 (like a year ago) because it's now $8. That's my only complaint. Otherwise this is the best week we've had all year. Very fitting! Merry Christmas!



TheLobster commented on Reminder: The Nintendo Network Premium Promoti...:

I only got six codes from this so far but I'm close to a seventh and very interested in some of the games coming to the eShop on Christmas so we'll definitely have to see about that! I loved this promotion and I wish they'd extend it, because $30 free was fantastic, I got a lot of great games for my Wii U (and later my 3DS, too) from it!



TheLobster commented on Review: Fairune (3DS eShop):

I was holding back on this because people on Miiverse seemed to be pretty stumped by it (unable to damage enemies, getting stuck all the time) but this review has made me change me mind. It sounds like exactly the sort of game I enjoy.