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Thulfram

Thulfram

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#2

Thulfram commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Offers the Best of Bot...:

@dbobo Very interesting comment about Ni No Kuni vs. Pokemon. I haven't been able to get into Pokemon, but I absolutely loved Ni No Kuni (PS3 version), mostly for the art and story, but admittedly I enjoyed the extra perk of raising familars and battling with them. Looking back, that is one of the most enjoyable battle system I've ever seen. For those of you who haven't played Ni No Kuni, you run around in a circle with three characters and their three pets, battling monsters. Literally you feel like you are in a 3D space and you have to keep on your toes to either stay near or far from your friends and enemies.

Has anyone played the DS version of Ni No Kuni? Does that have the same battle system? Since it only came out in Japan, I haven't played it, but it is the first reason I've seen to learn Japanese. :-)

Anyway, I'll give the new Pokemon a spin, but I'll still be wishing there was anything as cool as Ni No Kuni. But whether Level 5 and Studio Ghibli will ever collaborate again is a good question.

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#3

Thulfram commented on Video: Let's Play Bayonetta 2 With Lydia:

I really enjoyed this Let's Play episode, especially the honesty and surprises about how the game opens. Knowing that will make it easier to buy it and play it.

Quick question for anyone: this comes with Bayonetta 1. Can I play that off-TV with my GamePad? I'm assuming I can with Bayonetta 2, but what about Bayonetta 1 - is it "True Wii U"? (Be true to your Will U and it will be good to U"!

Amelia Pond?

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#4

Thulfram commented on RETRO Game Magazine Well On Its Way To Funding...:

Agree with @unrandomsam and @Warruz. RetroGamer is just plain awesome. I honestly don't think there is a better magazine (except Nintendo Power) for games. If someone wants to read it, you can get it online from Zinio for $46.99. The print version for US folks is pretty expensive and I can't afford it!

How can you not love a magazine with the banner "OLD!" across the top?

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#6

Thulfram commented on Review: ZaciSa's Last Stand (Wii U eShop):

This game is pretty cool, actually, as a variant on Tower Defense. I don't care about the graphics. Are there any other "tower defense" games for the Wii U? I felt this one was pretty original.

Has anyone been keeping track of which games are done with the Nintendo Web Framework? It looks like most of the ones I've seen were done with Construct 2.

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#8

Thulfram commented on XType Plus Arriving Today on North American Wi...:

I don't get why there isn't off-TV support for everything. I was ready to buy this but now I can't. Like if most everyone else can do it, why not these guys?

Did they ever get the off-TV sound fixed for Gianna Sisters Twisted Dreams?

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#12

Thulfram commented on Latest Wii U System Update Allows Console To C...:

The one thing I wish they would do is to let me buy and play (or at least play) Wii games on the Gamepad.

I understand this might not be easy because Wii games are designed to be used with a WiiMote, but many of the Wii games (and the Wii Virtual games) can use a regular constroller, and maybe the rest could let me remap the GamePad to emulate a WiiMote.

I have a crappy little TV and can't afford a big one so I wind up playing most of my Wii U games on a GamePad but there are plenty of Wii games I want to play there too!

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#13

Thulfram commented on Talking Point: The Wii U eShop is Raising Toug...:

Really nice article and I look forward to more on this subject. As someone who buys a lot of Wii U games, I have to say that the quality is much better than DSIWare/WiiWare (which I also bought a lot of). Over time it looks like a lot of the DSiWare/WiiWare folks learned their trade and are now doing better games for the newer platforms.

One thing I'm tracking is which Wii U eShop games are done using Nintendo Web Framework (and which of those are Construct 2) and which are Unity. Unity is certainly easier than writing native Wii U games, but Nintendo Web Framework (especially with Construct 2) are much easier. I've been surprised there aren't more NWF games since there are now tons of HTML5 games out in the wild.

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#14

Thulfram commented on Yokai Watch "In Consideration in a Big Way" Fo...:

@unrandomsam The game is about a kid who finds a wristwatch in the woods. The watch enables him to see ghosts. He uses this power to help people who are haunted by bad ghosts. But with a light touch and centered on the world seen by kids.

In the hands of Level 5, it can only be wonderful and great. Just look at the art and story for Ni No Kuni, Dragon Quest IX, Professor Layton, and Attack of the Friday Monsters. Stories with positive values for and about kids.

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#15

Thulfram commented on Nintendo Download: 10th July (North America):

@accc Yes, the two previous Rabi Labi games were enough reason to make Rabi Labi an instant buy. If another Witch's Cat comes along, I'd buy that too!

There are really cool innovative games hidden among the lower-priced indie games.

Although, are these Indie games or just games from a not-well-known developer in another non-US/UK country?

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#16

Thulfram commented on Nintendo Download: 10th July (North America):

@DerpSandwich I really like Witch & Hero and already have bought it for my 3 3DS machines. It was this game that made me convinced that some games really need a better manual. If I hadn't read a specific tip on Witch & Hero, I wouldn't have figured out how to keep playing. It's really a unique kind of game and I keep going back to play.

With a little more care, this game could have found a wider audience!

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#17

Thulfram commented on Scirra's Construct 2 Engine to Support Wii U N...:

Well, I liked the game I bought last night. I find it an interesting and innovative mechanic. I just wrote about it on the Construct 2 site at https://www.scirra.com/forum/another-c2-game-on-wii-u_t109799. So maybe you want to go over there and share your experiences. I'm sorry that Ashley hasn't been supporting the Wii U.

Is there any way to summarize what you had to scale back and what you did? The game plays just fine in its present state. Did you have any problems with "lotcheck" or other Nintendo rules and regulations?

I'm looking forward to your new game. Will you still use Construct 2 and will you (I hope) do it for Wii U?

The other Construct 2 game on Wii U seemed to go through fine. Blok Drop U and just had an update recently.

Are there any more Construct 2 games on Wii U? I am very curious about this. I've been doing Construct 2 games for Firefox Phones with no problems, but that's a different animal.

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#18

Thulfram commented on Scirra's Construct 2 Engine to Support Wii U N...:

@AnD4D You applied for your license in February and your game appeared in the Wii U eShop and I bought it yesterday. Your game is great and more than worth the price. Fun!

Why such a long delay?

I am a big fan of Construct 2 and have written some tutorials on using Construct 2 to create games for the Firefox Phones. Here are my first three tutorials:

http://firefoxosgaming.blogspot.com/2014/04/bouncing-ball-in-construct-2-game.html

http://firefoxosgaming.blogspot.com/2014/05/paddlefox-for-firefox-os-in-construct-2.html

http://firefoxosgaming.blogspot.com/2014/06/platform-game-using-construct-2-game.html

Even though these are for the Firefox Phone, it is really just HTML5 and would be very similar to the Nintendo Web Frameworks. The screen size would be the only difference.

Construct 2 is very easy to use and doesn't need any programming experience. If you want to make a game for Wii U, this is probably the simplest way to go!

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#19

Thulfram commented on Mario Kart 8 Sells More Than 1.2 Million Units...:

I just looked at Amazon in the US (where I live) and the reviews are very, very positive. Out of 155 reviewers, 122 rated MK8 as 5 stars (the best). The rest were pretty evenly split: 14 at 4 stars, 7 at 3 stars, 3 at 2 stars, and 9 at one stars. Amazon also has a flag on their page saying that Mario Kart 8 is the #1 best seller in video games!

So it looks like most of the US is buying the game, and there isn't a combo package for Wii U + MK8 yet.

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#20

Thulfram commented on The Legend Of Zelda: Minish Cap Will Be Sizing...:

I am super thrilled! This game is so cool and my favorite Zelda of any kind! I'm playing it right now on my GameBoy Micro and I'm almost through the Palace of Winds. If you've never played this one, you're in for a treat. The story is unique and so are the puzzles. You have to shrink down and use all kinds of weapons, sometimes switching them in rapid order.

And this game is TOUGH! Precise timing of flying jumps with crows trying to knock you down, gathering all kinds of kinstones to unlock things, and a really bizarre talking hat that gives you hints when not complaining about how dark or cold it is!

If I ever get into cosplay, I'd wear the hat!

@maceng - I've been thinking about seeing if I could buy a 3DS with Ambassador games on it.

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#21

Thulfram commented on Review: Metroid Fusion (Wii U eShop / Game Boy...:

@Thulfram Well, I'm slow but Nintendo is slower. Where is the Minish Cap for the Wii U (in English)? I'm still slogging through Minish and playing it on the GameBoy Micro. But I want it on every Nintendo console. Every one.

I just made it to blue portal in the Palace of Winds with one heart left!

Come on, Nintendo, bring out the Virtual version (on the Wii U or the 3DS). Heck, if I could figure out how to be an Ambassador, I'd have it made. Oh, well, back to the Palace of Winds!

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#25

Thulfram commented on Review: Metroid Fusion (Wii U eShop / Game Boy...:

@AcesHigh73 Minish Cap! Minish Cap! Minish Cap! I'm in the middle of playing this, just finished the Fortress of Winds. This is a very fun but tough game. Amazing puzzles, and a fascinating mechanic of shrinking down to tiny size and dealing with the Minish!

I think this is very early in the Zelda timeline and a really cool game. I have felt for years that some of the very best Nintendo games were on the GBA!

Hey, Nintendo, let's have a race. See whether I finish Minish Cap on the original, or you put it on the Wii U!

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#26

Thulfram commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Saturn:

I remember the Saturn primarily for Panzer Dragoon Saga. I keep hoping somehow it could be ported to anything. What a game! 5 disks of living in a truly alien world and battling by riding on deadly dragons. I finished it. Later I was hard up for money and sold it and now regret it. Lot of cool Saturn stuff, not so much for the Dreamcast, except for Skies of Arcadia, and lucky for all of us, that was redone on the Game Cube!

At least I have the music for Panzer Dragoon Saga, but why won't someone recreate it? I heard a rumor that someone had destroyed all the code/assets, but I can't believe that even Sega would allow that to happen. Heck, it would probably run great on a 3DS!

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#28

Thulfram commented on Video: This Bravely Default Story Trailer Goes...:

@Spoony_Tech I get the impression that Etrian Odyssey Untold has a bit more story built in, so I might give that a try. I just read somewhere that Level 5 has registered a name in the US for a RPG. I want another game as good as DQIX or Ni No Kuni. Thanks for answering. This board is really full of Nintendo-smart people!

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#29

Thulfram commented on Video: This Bravely Default Story Trailer Goes...:

@Marshi This does help a lot. The demo doesn't really have a story and I need a story to keep playing an RPG. I'll definitely give it a try, and it's nice to know that the StreetPass is good for this. It certainly was amazing for Animal Crossing and that Mii-whatever shooter. THANKS!

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#31

Thulfram commented on Video: This Bravely Default Story Trailer Goes...:

@unrandomsam
Nice list. I've played a lot of the DQ on PS2, loved DQIX on DS, Solatorobo is a forgotten gem. I need to look at Radiant Historia again. I really want more new RPGs to come out for the 3DS. I played through the demo of Bravely Default but it seemed too easy. I want something like Ni No Kuni but there isn't anything else like that. Any other recommendations?

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#32

Thulfram commented on iPhone Gaming Controller Could Mean "The End O...:

These new controllers (Logitech and MOGA) are approved by Apple and are using their new iOS API for controllers. A lot of iOS games are really hard to play without a controller (I'm thinking of the Zelda ripoff OceanHorn) where your fingers get in the way of the screen. So they may catch on, although at $100, that's pretty expensive, so they may not catch on. And, it looks like they will make the iPhone too large to fit in your pocket!

Phone memory is pretty restricted. I had one of those Xperia Play phones and it was a total waste because it had barely enough memory to play more than a few games and run basic apps. I liked the idea of a slide-out controller like they had, but it just didn't have the memory to sustain anything.

If you want real game play longer or more deep, the 3DS is the way to go. You can't get even a tenth of the experience on any phone that you can from the 3DS. The new Zelda, Dragon Quest IX, Pokemon X, Animal Crossing, those games last forever!

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#33

Thulfram commented on Interview: Dakko Dakko on Scram Kitty and his ...:

I'm sure a major source of inspiration was "The 2D Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character" (great title). It had the character crawling on the walls and ceilings and moved very fast, but in a way you could work with. I really wish they would bring that to the Wii U also. They also did "Floating cloud god saves the pilgrims" (a cool strange fast shooter). Both were Sony games, but should really be on Wii U. I guess that explains the new title, "Scram Kitty and his buddy on rails." Their titles aren't dull and neither are their games. Treasure! Gunstar Heroes! Ikaruga! (But with a little bit more humor.)

Octopus is already on Vita - not sure about Floating guy. Both are really fun, fast, and really tight.

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#34

Thulfram commented on Dakko Dakko Cautiously Shares Sources of Inspi...:

I'm sure a major source of inspiration was "The 2D Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character" (great title). It had the character crawling on the walls and ceilings and moved very fast, but in a way you could work with. I really wish they would bring that to the Wii U also. They also did "Floating cloud god saves the pilgrims" (a cool strange fast shooter). Both were Sony games, but should really be on Wii U. I guess that explains the new title, "Scram Kitty and his buddy on rails." Their titles aren't dull and neither are their games. Treasure! Gunstar Heroes! Ikaruga! (But with a little bit more humor.)

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#35

Thulfram commented on Video: Here Are Some Reasons to Love Animal Cr...:

I played the DS version and now I'm heavily addicted to the new one for 3DS.

@TheOneHacker Not everyone likes every game (not even me). But this isn't exactly a game you try to "win" and the point is to just explore and see how it works. I find it a great way to get away from my hectic daily life.

If you follow a few simple guidelines, you can have a great town. Write letters to the other characters, talk to them, pull weeds, and (with this version), do public projects. I just funded a bridge.

There's a trick to making money. At night, go to the island and catch bugs. They sell very well. I'm averaging 100,000 bells a day without much trouble.

I also like arranging my furniture, just like I did in Ultima Online.

So enjoy it for what it is.

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#36

Thulfram commented on Review: Chain Blaster (3DS eShop):

This looks cool and I bought it.

Can anyone recommend any other space shooters (shmups?) on the 3DS (or Wii U?). I've always avoided them because I had bad reaction time, but that problem seems to be clearing up.

I started thinking about space shooters after having a lot of fun with Mii Force.

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#37

Thulfram commented on Review: Witch & Hero (3DS eShop):

This game has really gotten under my skin and I love it. I didn't understand some of how it worked for a while - when you die, you don't lose your weapons and armor, and you keep half of your money. So dying isn't such a problem, and you will die a lot! I also didn't realize (until I read this review) the hero can regain hit points faster if you wiggle him around fast.

I still can't figure out the "magic sword". I have beaten the "Get the Magic Sword" level several times but I still don't have the magic sword. Is this a problem of translation/presentation? Do they just mean you'll want to get the magic sword eventually, or what?

The game could definitely be improved upon but is still fun and addicting, in an RPG masochistic way. I stayed up half the night last night just doing that "one more go" kind of thing. Brilliant!

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#38

Thulfram commented on Iwata: Japanese Third Parties Investing More I...:

Three words: Ni No Kuni. This game belongs on Nintendo. It was written for children (and originally appeared on the DS in Japan). Take Level-5, add Ghibli, and you have a masterpiece that you will never want to leave. I loved this on the PS3, but imagine it on the Wii U. While you play the game on your TV, you could be reading the Wizard's Companion on the GamePad. A perfect use for the Wii U.