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Tony_342 commented on Nintendo Releases An Awesome Mario Kart Infogr...:

Every time I think about Mario Kart Super Circuit, I always think about the way red turtle shells worked in that game. Instead of throwing them behind you, you could simply drop them on the ground. Whoever was the first person to pass by it, it would make this "beep beep beep" noise, then start following that person until it hit them.

I've been hoping they would bring that ability back for years, but I suppose it would make it too easy for the person in first place to hold onto their lead.



Tony_342 commented on Review: Rusty's Real Deal Baseball (3DS eShop):

"The technological advancement of the 4DS by simply adding another number to the name of the console can be interpreted as a jab at the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One."

That didn't occur to me, although it makes sense. Initially, I interpreted the "Nontendo 4DS" to be more of a reference to all of those knock-off products that you often see in Chinese stores, such as the "Chintendo Vii" or "PolyStation."



Tony_342 commented on Nintendo Shows Off April's Game Boy Advance Wi...:

I've owned Metroid Fusion since the day it came out. I play through it once or twice a year. I bought a brand new Game Boy Micro in October 2012 mainly just to play through Metroid Fusion and Zero Mission every now and then. I have the Ambassador version on my 3DS.

I will be buying it on Wii U the day it comes out. It's just a fantastically fun game. Fusion and Zero Mission are probably the only GBA games I'll bother to buy for Wii U's Virtual Console service. Well, if they ever release Drill Dozer, WarioWare Twisted, or Rhythm Tengoku, I will definitely get them - but that's probably not likely.



Tony_342 commented on Poll: Have Your Say On The GamePad's Role With...:

That last question if kind of hard to answer. I never use the GamePad's Off-TV functionality, period. So, I don't think the GamePad is important at all for GBA games, for example. But it's obviously completely necessary for DS games because of the touchscreen.



Tony_342 commented on Nintendo Download: 27th March (North America):

Well, that's it for March. The eShop Avalanche continues to be delayed. There were about 7 or 8 original eShop games I was looking forward to that were supposed to come out in February and March. It's a shame that all these games keep getting delayed. They were supposed to tide us over until Mario Kart 8 comes out. At this rate, Mario Kart will be out around the same time or even before they will, and then nobody will pay any attention to the little indie games. I appreciate that they're taking their time to make sure they release a polished product, it's just a shame they couldn't have come out sooner.

Maybe we'll have something next week to go along with the GBA games.



Tony_342 commented on Nintendo Download: 13th March (North America):

I have to admit, the funds in my eShop account and I are starting to get a bit impatient waiting for The Great eShop Avalance of Early 2014 to begin. First it was supposed to start in February, and now March is halfway over. I said before that it looked like March and April were going to be jam packed with eShop releases, but now it looks like it's going to be April and May (probably because there are no major retail releases during that time - until the very end of May, that is).

Perhaps I should call it "The Great eShop Blooming of Early 2014", since it will be Spring when it starts. But that doesn't really have the same ring to it.



Tony_342 commented on Watch_Dogs Wii U 2014 Release a "Possibility",...:

I had this game pre-ordered on Wii U, but I cancelled it after the delay. I may still wait for the Wii U version, I don't know. If I do buy the PS4 version, though, I will be buying it used so that it doesn't count towards the sales numbers and Ubisoft gets none of the profit from my purchase. I would have gladly bought it brand new on Wii U.



Tony_342 commented on Month Of Kong: The Making Of Donkey Kong Country:

@erv I thought the exact same thing when I finished that level. An 82 Metacritic score for Tropical Freeze is ridiculous for a game that is so good that it actually chokes me up at times from its sheer brilliance. It's probably my favorite Wii U game so far - I'm enjoying it even more than Super Mario 3D World (which has a much higher average review score).

Great article, really enjoyed reading it.



Tony_342 commented on Video: The Legend of Zelda Brings the Epic in ...:

Does it not seem incredibly strange to anyone else that these people think they can take something that another company made, alter the perspective, and then give it away for free? Do they really think that there's nothing wrong with that?

V There is a pretty big difference between making a "clone" of a game, and using actual assets from a game that someone else made, changing it up a bit, and acting like it's yours to give away. V



Tony_342 commented on Shinji Mikami Prefers The Sega Version Of Alad...:

I would imagine the only reason Mikami prefers the Genesis version is because he worked on the SNES version for so long that he became sick to death of it.

I've never understood the opinion that the Genesis version was better. The SNES version was far, far superior in practically every way. The actual gameplay was much more fluid and fun, and the level design in the Genesis version was horrible. Playing them back to back makes it very clear that the SNES version is an obviously better designed game. Honestly, by comparison, the Genesis version - aside from the animation - feels like it was thrown together at the last minute.



Tony_342 commented on Nintendo Patented an "Illumination Device" for...:

Oh, yeah, I remember seeing this a few years ago. It seems like a neat idea, but I didn't think it would ever come to fruition. I doubt very many people would be interested in buying it. If they could have built it into the sensor bar, that might have been pretty neat - obviously with the option to disable it, if you wish.



Tony_342 commented on Interview: Renegade Kid on Moon Chronicles and...:

I have five games on my 3DS eShop wishlist and four of them are being developed by Renegade Kid.

@LittleIrves I don't think you'll be able to start with Episode 2. I believe that the additional episodes are essentially DLC, meaning they won't work without the code and basic assets in the first episode that are required to run the game. That's why Episode 1 is $8.99 and the others are $1.99. I could be wrong, but I think that's how it works.



Tony_342 commented on Interview: Shin'en Multimedia on the Wii U Dif...:

"Also, are you utilising the camera to allow pointer controls on the GamePad...?"

I hate to nitpick, but...the camera? The GamePad has a sensor bar built into it - one infrared light on each side of the camera lens. The camera isn't sensing the Remote, the Remote is sensing the infrared lights.

Anyway, good interview. Really looking forward to this and Fast Racing Neo.



Tony_342 commented on Exclusive: Shin'en Multimedia Bringing Art of ...:

Called it! I knew it was going to be Art of Balance, and I'm very happy with this. I've had "Art of Balance HD" on my own personal wishlist for months now. Those screenshots look absolutely gorgeous. I'm pleased to hear that it includes both touchscreen and Wii remote controls, and local multi-player should be fun.

I would like to point out that, "Ugh, another remake" isn't really a fair thing to say. Art of Balance Touch! on 3DS included all the puzzles from the WiiWare original, plus an entire game's worth of new puzzles - it doubled the content of the original, essentially making it more like a sequel than a remake. I'm really looking forward to seeing how the new physics engine makes this game feel.

Also, I completely agree with @Zach777.



Tony_342 commented on Shovel Knight's Nintendo-Exclusive Social Feat...:

It would be nice if they would do some sort of "Cross-Buy" -type program for this game. Buying one version could give you a download code to get a significant discount on the other, or something like that.

Because I can't decide between HD or 3D.



Tony_342 commented on Nintendo Reveals Release Windows For a Host of...:

I will be eagerly awaiting the reviews for most of these games - especially Shovel Knight, Wooden Sen'SeY, Ittle Dew, Armillo, Scram Kitty, Teslagrad, and QUBE. And I will definitely be downloading Treasurenauts and Moon Chronicles as soon as they are made available.

Good to know there will be something to play on Wii U between Tropical Freeze and Mario Kart.



Tony_342 commented on Mario Kart 8 Drifting In For a May Release:

That's two months later than it should be. Although, really, it's about a year and a half later than it should be. I was hoping for March, since that's when PS4 and XBOX One will be getting what many consider to potentially be their "Killer Apps" (inFAMOUS: Second Son and Titanfall).

When the 3DS was experiencing its troubles, Iwata considered speedy development of Mario Kart 7 "an act of emergency." I wonder why he didn't feel the same with Wii U and Mario Kart 8.



Tony_342 commented on Mass Market Price And Mario Kart 8 Will Revers...:

@zool That's true, although I'm not really sure what your point is. If you think Nintendo hasn't already done that, then I don't know what to tell you. For every game that we know about, I'm sure they've got 10 more in development (or planning phase) that won't see release for years. Just because they haven't announced a game that will come out in August 2015, doesn't mean that they don't have a game in development that will come out in August 2015.

If your point is that they have to make those investments NOW, without knowing whether they will pay off (depending on the state of Wii U), that's true too. Nintendo considered the GameCube a failure and they continued to support it with fantastic games for years, so I don't think fans have anything to worry about with Wii U. If you're talking more from a business standpoint, Nintendo can always make simpler, more cost-effective games to offset potential losses or even turn them into respectable profits. They also, can always cancel games or just scale back their designs for games that are already in development if it comes to that - if they see that there's no way they'll be able to make their money back. The safe thing to do is to make those investments now (which, of course, they've already done) and just play to their best options as they arise.

It's been a long, long time since any Nintendo system has enjoyed strong third-party support. The Wii had some decent third-party support, yes, but mostly it was just cheap shovelware. Let's be honest here, at this point in time, people haven't been buying Nintendo systems for third-party games for many years. I don't think Nintendo's lack of third-party support is going to change anytime soon. That's unfortunate, because things would definitely go more smoothly if they had other games to fill in the gaps between first-party releases. But those third-party games aren't the reason why people buy Nintendo systems, and I don't think they ever have been or ever will be.

Sorry if I missed the point of your post.



Tony_342 commented on Mass Market Price And Mario Kart 8 Will Revers...:

@Mahe My point was simply that Nintendo shouldn't give up on Wii U. I'm aware that sales aren't what they should be, but a system that sells nearly 500,000 units in a month (even if that month is December) shouldn't be "given up on." Especially considering that those sales came in a month when two brand new competing systems had just come out. Positive growth, however small, is something on which momentum can be built.

Also, whether or not those games I mentioned make any meaningful use of the GamePad is a different discussion (and you definitely have a point). Metroid not being announced isn't my point. Skyward Sword not selling nearly as well as it should have (it was an absolutely fantastic game) isn't my point. The point I was making is simply this: The Wii U is a Nintendo system. People buy Nintendo systems to play Nintendo games. Nintendo has a lot of great franchises, and MOST of those franchises haven't seen installments on Wii U yet. So, I don't think Nintendo should give up on Wii U before they've given it everything they've got.

But I do agree with your point that there should be more games that make creative, innovative use of the GamePad. Either that, or make it an optional accessory and drop the price of the system. They could make some changes to the firmware (and how it uses the GamePad) and sell the GamePads separately. There are a lot of options they could explore, but like I said, that's a different discussion.



Tony_342 commented on Mass Market Price And Mario Kart 8 Will Revers...:

@zool I've had the Wii U from day one, and as I said, I feel that the system is only just getting started. My point is, there are a lot more big games to look forward to than there are big games that are already out. I think the Wii U still has a future.



Tony_342 commented on Mass Market Price And Mario Kart 8 Will Revers...:

I wouldn't go as far as saying that "Mario Kart 8 is the Wii U's last chance," but if that game doesn't boost sales respectably, then this system truly is in bigger trouble than I thought.

Still, I'm amazed that some analysts have recently been calling for Nintendo to give up on Wii U entirely. This is a Nintendo system that:

A) Just saw its best month of sales
B) Hasn't had a Donkey Kong game yet
C) Hasn't had a Mario Kart game yet
D) Hasn't had a Super Smash Bros. game yet
E) Hasn't had a Metroid game yet
F) Hasn't had an original Zelda game yet

I mean, the Wii U is a great system with a handful of very entertaining games. But considering all the games that HAVEN'T come out for it yet, you can't really blame people for waiting to buy one. The way I see it, this system is just getting started.



Tony_342 commented on Nintendo Was Dead To Us Very Quickly, States E...:

"We don't really make games for kids."

Neither does Nintendo. To my knowledge, Nintendo has never sat down and said, "Ok, let's make a game specifically for children." They make games for everyone.

This is a perfect example of big, Western publishers not being able to think for themselves. They always just follow suit, doing what everyone else is doing and copying other's successes. It reminds me of when Nintendo showed off Wind Waker for the first time, and all the third-party publishers thought that it somehow meant that the GameCube was solely intended to be a console for children just simply because the new Zelda game had "cartoony" graphics.



Tony_342 commented on Weirdness: When Publicity Pictures Aren't Wort...:

I can't believe the amount of people misinterpreting the look on his face as "unimpressed." He's very clearly making a "Who's the man?" or a "Let's see you beat THAT!" -type gesture. People generally don't do that with a smile on their face.

There was nothing at all wrong with posting this picture on Twitter.



Tony_342 commented on Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Figurine Spooked Of...:

I thought they were going to be taking pre-orders on this until March. I was planning on using the coins that I would get from registering Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze in February to order this.

...Good thing I changed my mind, registered my two 3DS XL systems instead, and ordered it four days ago. :)

This should have been a Platinum Reward, though. And I think they asked about 300 to 500 coins too much, really. Still, what else would I use those coins on - shoelaces and bookmarks? Screensavers and cleaning cloths?



Tony_342 commented on System Maintenance Targeting Wii Sports Club S...:

Golf was always my favorite activity in both Wii Sports games, by far. I'm really looking forward to playing Wii Sports Club: Golf. Here's hoping that, sometime in the future, they release new courses as DLC. I'd gladly pay a few bucks for a new set of 9 holes every few months.



Tony_342 commented on Here Are Some Attractive Black Friday Nintendo...:

As @NotEnoughGolds already mentioned, Toys R' Us is doing a Buy One Get One 40% Off deal on ALL their video games. I would also like to point out that this deal also counts pre-orders. So, you can pre-order games like Watch_Dogs and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and get one 40% off. Also, they're offering free shipping on all orders over $49.

I ordered Super Mario 3D World, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and Wii Party U, and pre-ordered Watch_Dogs, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and inFAMOUS: Second Son and saved $68.



Tony_342 commented on Review: Jett Rocket II - The Wrath of Taikai (...:

This review is pretty much spot-on. As a huge fan of Shin'en - and as someone who loved the original Jett Rocket - it pains me to say this, but I was pretty disappointed by this game. Now, that's not to say it's a bad game, because it certainly isn't. But it could have been so much better. It pales in comparison to the first game, I think.

The 3D levels are empty and boring, the way you fly backwards 12 feet every time you take damage is incredibly annoying, the 60 fps framerate is hardly noticeable considering how slowly Jett actually moves, and having to press two different buttons to perform a double jump feels...a little strange.

Having said all that, it's still a pretty decent platformer and you can certainly do worse for $8.99. I just hope that if and when Shin'en make a Jett Rocket 3, it's much more like the first one, and much, much less like this one. A proper sequel to the first one on the Wii U eShop could be fantastic.



Tony_342 commented on Nintendo Addresses Confusion Surrounding Wii U...:

The "We already have a Wii, Sweetie-kins" part reminds me of the first time I ever saw / played an N64. It was at a mall with a friend of mine. We were 12 or 13 at the time. There was a kid (maybe 8 years old) in front of us playing Super Mario 64 as we, and his mother, watched. He eventually said, "Mom! I want this for Christmas!" She said, "You already have a Nintendo." To which he replied, "Yeah, but this is a new one." Then, she said these words that I will never forget: "What's the difference?" My friend and I looked at each other like we couldn't believe what we had just heard. We had both been standing there in absolute amazement at what we were seeing (three dimensional games!), and couldn't understand how she could be so utterly unimpressed.

To be honest, still to this day, I don't really understand how somebody could go from 16-bit, 2D games to fully 3D, polygonal worlds and not think, "Wow! This is a technological marvel!"



Tony_342 commented on Weirdness: Nintendo Goes Old School With a Mah...:

A few months ago, I imported a premium Nintendo Hanafuda deck from Japan. It's a great collector's item. I wish Nintendo had continued their "toy company" business alongside their modern video game business. I would buy a lot of their toys just for myself!



Tony_342 commented on Former Video Game Destination Blockbuster Vide...:

I will miss this store. The one in my town shut down a couple years ago, and I've had to rent all my games and movies from Hastings since. Also, we could really use another place to buy games right now, as I refuse to ever set foot in Walmart ever again after the way they treated me recently (refused to honor their own advertised sale price). Worst customer service experience I've ever had.

Thanks for the memories, Blockbuster.



Tony_342 commented on Just Dance 2014 UK Commercial Lands Ubisoft An...:

Very silly. It takes 5 seconds to look up the lyrics on the Internet (and another 5 seconds to find out that Nicki Minaj's real name is Onika Maraj). Plus, this song has been all over the radio and television for almost 2 years now.



Tony_342 commented on Eiji Aonuma Wants the Wii U Zelda's Hyrule to ...:

It always seems like people have their own idea of what the "perfect" Zelda game would be. I want this, I want that, give me this, don't give me that...

If you asked me what I want from a new Zelda game, I wouldn't be able to tell you. I don't have any preconceived notions of what the next Zelda game should be, or what I want it to be. All I know is that I want a new Zelda game. Give me a new Zelda game and I'll be happy.

I've never played a Zelda game that I didn't enjoy immensely. Personally, I trust Nintendo to make the Zelda game that they want to make. And THAT is exactly what I want.



Tony_342 commented on Well, Here's an Awesome Tanooki Mario Statue:

Agreed. Fifteen inches is really unnecessary. If they made it about 5 or 6 inches tall, they could drop the price significantly. And if they charged fifty bucks for it, they might actually sell some of them, because nobody in their right mind is going to spend 200 dollars on something like this.



Tony_342 commented on Poll: Would You Buy Grand Theft Auto V On Wii U?:

I've already bought it on PS3, but if given the option, I would have bought it on Wii U. I would imagine that a big, open-world game like this would greatly benefit from a system that has 4 times as much RAM. Also, I would rather buy a new game for a new system that I'm still going to be playing in 5 or 6 years, rather than a new game for an old system that's about to become obsolete in a couple months.



Tony_342 commented on Samus and Link Figma Figurines Finally Battle ...:

I've been thinking about these figurines for months now, and I finally decided to order them. I got both the $50 Samus and Link. While I still think that fifty bucks is a pretty ridiculous amount of money to ask for a plastic action figure (15 or 20 dollars would be much more reasonable), I just couldn't get these things out of my mind. I've always wanted some nice figurines that I could display on my desk. And Link and Samus are my two favorite Nintendo characters from my two favorite Nintendo franchises. I'll admit though, considering how expensive Legend of Zelda related statues and figurines have been in the past, these things are actually a pretty decent deal, comparatively.

They really are beautiful.



Tony_342 commented on "No Plans" For Ambassador Program Following Wi...:

I'm happy that most people commenting on this story seem to be taking this news like rational adults. Expecting an "Ambassador Program" for a system that has been out for almost a year, and has only dropped in price by $50 is very silly.

Some other people have said that our "Ambassador Program" is the 30 cent Virtual Console games. I would go even further and say that our "Ambassador Program" is that we've been playing the system longer than everyone else. The time I have spent playing Mario, Nintendo Land, ZombiU, Assassin's Creed 3, Pikmin 3, Mutant Mudds Deluxe, Runner2, Nano Assault Neo, Little Inferno, etc. for the past several months is easily worth $50.

Obviously, in the world of consumer retail, things that have been out for awhile become cheaper. I'm happy to see that most people here seem to understand that this is how the world works, as opposed to taking the news like a bunch of sheltered, whiny, entitled 6-year-olds.



Tony_342 commented on Reggie Has Seen The Xbox One And PS4 Launch Li...:

I absolutely agree with Reggie. The XBOX One has shown me nothing that makes me want one (I've never had the slightest interest in any XBOX system, and am still baffled how the 360 has managed to sell so well), and while I'm looking forward to the PS4, the only game that I'm actually interested in is inFamous: Second Son. And that's not even a launch title.

The Wii U has a much, much better lineup for the next several months than those systems do (and I'm not even interested in Smash Bros.). The 3DS has been the "hot" system for the past few months, and it certainly looks to me that the Wii U will be the "hot" system for the next several months. Perhaps not in terms of sales (maybe, maybe not), but definitely in terms of big, appealing game releases.

Just my opinion, obviously. But I can certainly understand why Reggie would say this, because I genuinely feel the same way.



Tony_342 commented on 3D Gaming is Very Much A Part of Nintendo's Fu...:

I hope they really mean this. Because after playing handheld games in 3D for over 2 years now, I'm not interested in playing handheld games that AREN'T in 3D. I would be very disappointed if the successor to the 3DS (and 2DS) wasn't capable of stereoscopic 3D.



Tony_342 commented on Say Hello To The Nintendo 2DS - A 3DS without 3D:

This seemed ridiculous to me at first, but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. It's essentially a 3DS for kids under 7 that aren't supposed to use the 3D. And they won't be able to break the hinges or anything (obviously because it doesn't have hinges). It looks very sturdy.

Yeah, this isn't such a bad idea, really. A 3DS for kids. I just wonder if that's how they'll actually market it.



Tony_342 commented on Interview: Dan Hess on Composing the Pilotwing...:

I've had the hang glider music in my head the whole time I've been reading this. The music in this game really is wonderful. In fact, I think I'll go grab my Pilotwings 64 cartridge and play it for awhile to sample all the different tracks.

Also, personally, I think Monster Games did an excellent job with Pilotwings Resort. It has a very different feel, yes, but it's a delightful little amateur flight simulator. It's still one of my favorite 3DS games, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who owns a 3DS (play it with the 3D depth slider all the way up!).