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Male, 27, United Kingdom

Sat 5th April, 2008

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ToneDeath commented on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U No Longer Set fo...:

There'll be plenty of half-broken games elsewhere to keep people "entertained" this Christmas. I do hope Star Fox can do well on the Nintendo front though.

Delays are par for the course with the 3D Zelda games, and I was actually worried that the new one might be a bit rushed. Easter 2016 is a possibility then, but I won't be surprised if it comes out in November next year.



ToneDeath commented on Iwata: We Are Challenging Ourselves To Redefin...:

You know I guess that as long as we can look forward to sitting down with a Nintendo controller to play a new Mario or Zelda adventure then it's all good...

...but if I ever have to pay micro-transactions to wake up Mario because he's tired from too much jumping, I'm sure it'll depress me enough to put me off video games altogether (apart from retro stuff of course).



ToneDeath commented on Iwata: We Are Challenging Ourselves To Redefin...:

So now I can see a bunch of Pokemon Shuffle type games on mobiles making more money than anything on the Wii U and 3DS, and down the line Nintendo's mobile division swallowing up and giving up on the dedicated consoles and 'traditional' gaming experiences because it no longer seems worthwhile to them.

Make the most of the Wii U, because we may not get to play many more games like it has in the future.



ToneDeath commented on Video: Fan Manages to Port F-Zero to the Mega ...:

@Kirk I checked how to include YouTube vids here.

I've also just found a video that already combines some of the mod footage with the remix here, and while I'm at it an alternative Mute City remix that sounds more like an earlier Mega Drive game here.

EDIT: Just realised the recreated track is supposed to be Big Blue. Oh well, you can easily find Genesis style covers of that tune too.



ToneDeath commented on Nintendo Download: 12th March (Europe):

Very good week. I've been waiting for Metroid: Zero Mission so I can replay it as part of a "trilogy" with Super Metroid and Metroid Fusion.

Can't turn down Mighty Switch Force 2 for that price, though I haven't decided what format yet; if it's Classic Controller compatible then probably the Wii U version. I'll be looking to pick up 3D Outrun, Super Hang-On and Space Harrier too. Nice to see the Ace Attorney games reduced as well, though I'll have to wait a while longer.

I highly recommend Punch-Out!!, though you might still be able find the disc version brand new for under £10.



ToneDeath commented on Feature: Five Remastered Games We'd Love to Pl...:

I don't think the tiny buttons and circle pad would cut it for F-Zero GX, and the screen resolution is not really ideal for Pikmin. Any Twilight Princess remake/remaster should wait until the next generation if they bother at all.
I haven't played The Last Story yet, but RPGs tend to do well on Nintendo handhelds.

Eternal Darkness might be the best fit though, with an episodic structure better suited to shorter play sessions, slower paced gameplay that those tiny buttons can handle, and tons of new opportunities for insanity effects that take advantage of the 3DS hardware.



ToneDeath commented on Nintendo Download: 26th February (Europe):

I'll keep my eyes peeled for a review of Zombie Incident; it appears to be an arcade platformer with a metroid style map, originally developed to run on old MSX systems. Could be good for £1.99 anyway.

Edit: Based on CoderChild's track record on Nintendo Life I guess it's safe to assume this'll be a 7/10 game :)



ToneDeath commented on Iwata Asks Returns For The Legend of Zelda: Ma...:

Funny how all the best interviews with Nintendo staff are conducted by Nintendo's president! I guess your boss is the one person you really have to do well in an interview with, though I was worried that Aonuma was talking himself into a P45 towards the end there...



ToneDeath commented on 3D Streets Of Rage 2 Rated By Australian Class...:

Since watching that gameplay trailer for The 90's Arcade Racer I've been keen to play some of the early polygonal racers like Virtua Racing and Sega Rally (Namco's Ridge Racer, too). I expect it would be a bit more complicated to give them the same 3D treatment as their sprite-based games, but it would be cool.
If I'm really honest though I'd rather just have straight ports on the Wii U, but hey.

@OorWullie That's a bingo!



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

Wild prediction: Nintendo sees that their game is progressing well, offers to publish it and help finish it if they switch the main characters for the Duck Hunt Duo (which may need proper names to be about Gunpei and Zappy for the dog and duck respectively?).

Plus! A second player would be able to help by shooting enemies and destructable objects with a Wii remote, complete with zapper sound effects. Player one can do this alone if they opt to use the Wii remote and nunchuck combo. Also, the Duck Hunt amiibo would unlock something, perhaps a shooting gallery minigame, or a virtual Super Scope for the aforementioned Wii remote pointer functionality.



ToneDeath commented on Live-Action Netflix Series For The Legend of Z...:

Terry Gilliam to direct the pilot?
If I'm honest the only films of his I really like are Monty Python and the Holy Grail (which he co-directed) and Brazil. BUT those two films alone demonstrate his ability to depict a convincing medieval setting with limited means, give a sense of huge sale in his worlds and populate them with strange, often grotesque characters just like what we see all over Hyrule (and Termina).
The story would likely appeal to him too, seeing as he's been trying to make a Don Quixote film for a VERY long time.



ToneDeath commented on Weirdness: Hands Up If You Knew About the Supe...:

It was a nice thing to learn of a couple of years ago; would've been nicer to have learned it a couple of decades ago though!

Didn't we all feel clever though when we found the hidden stuff in 1-2? I'm also reminded of my parents yelling "Duck!" at me as a flame moved across the screen in a castle stage. As I was suggesting that they had perhaps gotten Super Mario Bros. confused with the OTHER game on the cartridge, Mario snuffed it and it was then explained to me that 'duck' also means 'crouch.'



ToneDeath commented on Video: 90's Arcade Racer Is Still Alive, And H...:

This developer obviously loves what he's doing, going the extra mile(s) to incorporate these different art styles. It'd be nice if it supported MP3 playback through the SD card slot so we can drive to our own playlists of 90's tunes and classic SEGA tracks...and if this game does well I'd really like to have a sequel or add-on with some rally racing!



ToneDeath commented on Weirdness: The Secret History of Princess Zelda:

@Dazza @RadioShadow Nice to know there ARE other Nintendo fans out there in the East of England :)
Just like in the GameCube days, it seems that most people like Nintendo games, they just don't want to be caught dead buying them. There's something about the company's image that's at odds with the British, but I don't know what Nintendo can do about it without sacrificing their integrity, ie: churning out brown shooters and broken AAA murder simulators (not that they can't be be fun too).



ToneDeath commented on New Screenshots for Rock 'N Racing Off Road Sp...:

@MussakkuLaden No, ReBoot wasn't a game (though for all I know there may have been one based on it) but a computer-generated animation for kids, back when that sort of thing was cutting-edge.
Those kinds of shows (Beast Wars and the Donkey Kong Country cartoon come to mind too) had a characteristic smooth and shiny look, with stiff, robotic movement for the characters.



ToneDeath commented on Video: Unboxing The New Nintendo 3DS Ambassado...:

Not too keen on the charge cradle myself; it seems far too fiddly getting the 3DS to stand up in just the right position for it to actually charge, and of course as soon as you walk away it's gonna tilt and break the circuit. Nothing wrong with just plugging the AC adapter in directly.



ToneDeath commented on Nintendo Europe Shipping Ambassador Edition Ne...:

...aaaaand I've caved in. Was supposed to be taking it easy on my bank balance post-Christmas too; darn you Nintendo!

I have to assume the New 3DS won't be eligible for the free game promotion though, even if we receive it by the 12th.



ToneDeath commented on Nintendo Europe Shipping Ambassador Edition Ne...:

I'm tempted, but...what if they then announce a really nice Majora's Mask limited edition New 3DS XL a few weeks down the line?

I was originally thinking I'd either get the black one and cross my fingers for a Korg faceplate, or just wait for a nice looking XL.



ToneDeath commented on Poll: Which is the Best Super Smash Bros. Game?:

I'm not too keen on the so-called 'Classic' mode, but other than that I'd say 'Wii U' for the sheer amount of content and possibly the best gameplay (faster than Brawl, but slow enough to feel more graceful than Melee).

That said Melee was the one that felt like the biggest leap over its predecessor, with amazing character models and so much more to do than 64. Melee must have been my most-played multiplayer game ever, and even though Brawl had even more crammed in, I guess it just didn't keep me coming back like Melee.

'Wii U' is looking good though, but the problem is these days it's a bit harder to get people in a room to actually play it.

So judging from this and the Mario Kart poll it looks like the Wii U console itself is shaping up to be a fan favourite...just a shame it hasn't caught on with the other 90% of gamers :(



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

I was expecting to pick Mario Kart DS, but although it has the mission mode and a proper battle mode I think Mario Kart 8 is probably better in almost every other area...and with more DLC to come and the scope for more updates in future it'll just keep getting better.



ToneDeath commented on Review: Duck Hunt (Wii U eShop / NES):

A compilation of this and other NES Zapper games (NES Zapper Remix?) may have been better. I've bought this, but purely for nostalgia's sake if I'm honest. Besides that and Smash Bros. fans wishing to see where the Duck Hunt Duo came from I can't really see much point in having it now, especially at over three quid.
The appeal of the original was using the zapper itself and the appealing cartoon designs of the characters. A Virtual Console version probably would have made a bigger impact on the original Wii when the pointer was more novel, even without the Smash tie in...still despite my cynicism, I'm glad it's out, and will probably grab Wild Gunman and Hogan's Alley if the come along too!



ToneDeath commented on Poll: Have You Been Able to Buy the Super Smas...:

I pre-ordered the game + adapter bundle on shortly after it became available to do so, but like many others I was told on the release day that it would be delayed until the 19th. So I cancelled it and popped down to Sainsbury's and got the standalone game instead for £39.99.

On a brighter note however, my Little Mac amiibo turned up today :)



ToneDeath commented on I ♥ Virtual Console: Monster Party Is The Wa...:

@TyGuy: This is easily the best quality video I've seen Nintendo Life put out, so here's hoping you and the site can produce more together in future!

It is a little odd however that the first subject of a series called 'I ♥ Virtual Console' is a game not actually on the service, but I guess it's something you really wanted to talk about, and I'm glad to have found out about it too.



ToneDeath commented on More PDP GameCube-Style Wired Fight Pads Pay H...:

We'll be swimming in Gamecube and GC style controllers by Christmas.

Don't know if I'll be able to afford them all but I'll want the black Smash Bros. pad (and possibly the white one Japan's getting too), the Luigi Hori pad and the DK pad up there.

...but my Wavebird will probably still be my favourite!



ToneDeath commented on Video: Footage Surfaces of Cancelled Wii Star ...:

I've been hankering for a Rogue Squadron 'best of' for years now, and it would be especially great on the Wii U, though these days it's the last console EA would want to put it on...though perhaps they could dig this up and dust it off for us as a goodwill gesture?



ToneDeath commented on Nintendo 64x64: F1 World Grand Prix:

The graphics were described as 'photo-realistic' at the time, which basically meant it was a bit drab and desaturated, but despite lacking commentary from Murray Walker it actually looked quite a lot like watching Formula One on the telly back then...especially if you squinted a bit.

It was in fact the sequel that I had, and I used to hold up the way it handled Monte Carlo as an example of how the N64 could outperform the PlayStation; whereas the city looked fairly solid and recogniseable on the N64, on the PS1 equivalents I had seen up to then the buildings would seemingly rise up out of the ground right in front of your eyes, at the last second.

I also seem to remember F1 World Grand Prix having a decent number of options to simplify the gameplay too. I've never really gotten on with the likes of Gran Turismo, but I had plenty of fun with this. The only thing I'd say probably lets it down now is the framerate.



ToneDeath commented on Reaction: Picking Apart The New Nintendo 3DS A...:

Interesting that they've brought back the Super Nintendo/Famicom colours for the A, B, X & Y buttons...makes me wonder if they're planning to give the Wii U a similar upgrade too, but as an excuse to re-brand the console and hopefully get people to actually notice it exists. (I wouldn't want them to drop the Gamepad, though it could do without the shiny fingerprint-magnet plastic).



ToneDeath commented on Talking Point: A Virtual Console Revival Could...:

NES, MS, C64 = 99p
SNES, MD, TG16 = £2.99
GBA, N64 = £4.99
DS, GC = £6.99

I don't think people would be sat on the fence about buying a game for very long with prices like that.
EDIT: @DuggyFresh Looks like we were thinking about the same prices, differing currencies aside.



ToneDeath commented on Video: Watch Our Handy Highlight Video To See ...:

Friendly tip: If you're going to be reading cues, or directly from the script, avoid putting the camera too close to your eyes, because the whole thing will come across as unnatural and distracting to the viewer if they can tell too easily that you're pretending to look into the camera but really scanning words above or below it. In fact, you may have had both the camera AND script too close to your face, as you even seemed to be a little cross-eyed at times.

Really, if you want to appear physically in a video like this, you'll want to pull the camera back to have your entire head in the frame (with a little space above it too) and perhaps your waist-upwards too to allow for body language and expressiveness with your hands too.
As well as this, you could move yourself to one side of the frame (think about the 'rule of thirds') and present your footage in a box on the other. It's an approach common to many shows and videos covering all sorts of topics, so you won't have to spend long searching YouTube for inspiration.

I hope I don't come across as too negative, I'd just like to see the videos produced by Nintendo Life grow to be as top notch as the writing (and taste in video games, of course). So keep at it!