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Mon 23rd August, 2010

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Tops commented on Zero Escape Volume 3 Will Tell a New Tale on 3...:

Can. Not. Wait. I'm really excited for this. 999 worked as a standalone story, but VLR really left me wanting a more satisfying conclusion. Really hope part 3 doesn't disappoint! I'll be eagerly waiting :D



Tops commented on First Impressions: Digging Up Details on Harve...:

I'll be honest, I really hope the Wii U version doesn't use the same graphical style. It can (and arguably should) look a lot better than that on a home console. Natsume should be looking to push themselves and set some solid standards. It doesn't have to be mind-blowing, just more than a cheap-looking 'retro throwback.' I believe they can do it and I hope they do.



Tops commented on Natsume Promises a Return to Basics in Harvest...:

After having seen the footage presented at E3, I'm not really digging the 16-bit aesthetic. Hopefully that won't be what the Wii U version looks like. I'm also not a fan of them reusing all the same characters from TLV. Give me new people to learn about.



Tops commented on Interview: Warren Spector Discusses Game Choic...:

Very interesting piece. I like that it has more substance than the usual interviews given to just promote an upcoming game (even though those are good too, and have their place).

It's great to just hear him speak candidly about his past work and philosophies toward making games.



Tops commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U eShop Games of 2015...:

FAST Racing NEO and SteamWorld Heist are my most anticipated. I'll probably get Heist on the 3DS though. RIVE also looks good, I just want to give the demo another go before deciding on it, and The Next Penelope looks super stylish so I may look into that as well.



Tops commented on Talking Point: E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Devel...:

I think the best thing to do at this point is to show off the NX at E3 2016 (as Reggie alluded to in the digital event) and then release it holiday 2017. I think holiday 2016 would be too quick a turnaround and leave the Wii U with too short a lifespan.

The problem then would be sustaining a decent stream of content for the U throughout 2016 and most of 2017. The only two games I'm looking forward to coming in 2016 are Zelda and SMT x FE. I really hope there are a couple more surprises coming, even if they're considered smaller titles.



Tops commented on Hyrule Warriors Producer Confirms More Charact...:

I sincerely hope that any characters added to HWL will also come to the Wii U version as additional DLC without needing to buy the portable version. I don't want to buy the game again.

edit: lol, ninja'd by @Cloud02. Glad we share the same sentiments, though.



Tops commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Retail Games of 201...:

1. Yoshi's Woolly World
2. Xenoblade
3. Super Mario Maker
4. Star Fox Zero

It's funny how Tom mentioned his hope that overexposure to Yoshi's Woolly World doesn't make people feel jaded toward it by the time it's released. I've actually avoided all its Treehouse Live segments to avoid potentially feeling that way myself. I want to be able to explore each level without thinking I've seen it before. All things considered I absolutely can't wait for it!

I've also cut back on the amount of Xenoblade content I watch as well, for the same reason. The world looks so awesome that I can't wait to check it out and meet all the characters that inhabit it. It looks like a great deal of fun.

Super Mario Maker to me has always seemed like a game I'd either end up getting immersed in far more than I would have thought or trying out for a bit and then never really going back to. I still feel a bit torn between the two perspectives but the NWC really did do a great job of showing off the title and getting me excited for it. I may not get it at launch but I'll probably feel inclined to try it out at some point before the end of the year.

Star Fox Zero looks underwhelming in some ways but at the same time I think it still looks like fun to fly around and shoot stuff. I've actually never played a Star Fox game, so I'll be reading a lot of impressions to see if it makes sense to jump into the series with this one.



Tops commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Approach to amiibo is In...:

I think amiibo are really cool as figurines and had so much potential but stock issues really have ruined it for everyone. I would never buy a game that relies on them as heavily as that AC board game, because that's just a headache waiting to happen.



Tops commented on Video: Star Fox Zero - What We Know So Far:

Hmm, never played a Star Fox game. I have to be honest though, I'm not big on games that rely on replayability rather than campaign length. I like a meaty game to dig into and progress though. Maybe I'll try to find a copy of 64 3D or just download it.



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

This may have been a disappointing E3 but I looked over my game list and there are still a good number of titles I'm looking forward to. Just got to keep things in perspective.

edit: Good call on the 'not for me' option. Also, is there any way to see how many people voted?



Tops commented on Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories Heading to Wii...:

My biggest problem is that, if I recall, The Lost Valley was also supposed to be a "return to the series' roots" and it never lived up to that. The mention of actual tool upgrades is good as a bare minimum starting point and I'm sure there will actually be a town this time but I hope they realize how much TLV lacked on top of that.



Tops commented on Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 3 Won't Include Z...:

I love Link and Zelda's HW designs so this is a bit of a blow, unfortunately. I'll still get the game if it's good, but I was already leaning toward giving it a miss as the series seems better-suited for a big screen, console experience.



Tops commented on Humble Nindie Bundle Allows Wii U and 3DS eSho...:

@rjejr Meh, the bad timing of the releases is making the S&S price look worse than it otherwise would have when comparing the two. Why not single out any of the other $15-$20 eShop games? (I'm one who likes to nitpick prices too but I think this is the wrong angle to take on the issue) Though I also realize you're saying that cheekily.



Tops commented on Talking Point: Retro Gamers Beware, PAC-MAN 25...:

@ThomasBW84 Thank you for not feeling the need to preface the article with a statement on how you will break into the first-person and just doing it. Makes the read more enjoyable without the reminder of journalistic standards and yada yada. Good call. :)

On topic: I'm interested to see what Nintendo comes out of but am not overly worried or optimistic either way. It may be a side offering worth checking out but probably not.



Tops commented on Nintendo Download: 21st May (North America):

Wow, the irony of all the negative attention the pricing of S&S II has been getting and then seeing it released alongside a handful of cheap (in quality as well as price, by the looks of them) eShop releases. That is not a criticism of Ronimo Games by any means, merely an observation in line with the larger issues surrounding the eShop. Looking at what the other games offer, I have no doubt S&S II is by far the best product out of the bunch.

I'll be looking into downloading it (or maybe trying out the first one at the very least and seeing if I want more) and I hope it does well for the team behind it. :)