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Sun 23rd January, 2011

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ToxieDogg commented on Giana Sisters 2 In Development, Could Be Comin...:

For all the US people complaining about the patch...we got it in Europe ages ago and it was (as far as I'm aware) submitted to Nintendo of America at the same time so the delay is down to them. Might be worth directing your misplaced anger at Nintendo rather than by punishing the devs and threatning to boycott their next game.

I loved Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams, can't wait for the next one. :)



ToxieDogg commented on Review: Hyrule Warriors (Wii U):

@Arngrim If you've bought the DLC (which I'll assume you have if you're trying to access the Dark Link costume), then you just need to highlight Link on the character selection screen and hit 'X' (I think) to change costumes. It should say which button you need to press at the bottom of the screen ;)



ToxieDogg commented on Review: Hyrule Warriors (Wii U):

Received this through the post (early! :D ) today and I'm really enjoying it, but I also agree a lot with this review. I've not really played much Dynasty Warriors before either so most of the gameplay and game mechanics are new to me. I disagree about the music, for the most part it sounds excellent and in some places the game looks absolutely gorgeous. Despite not being a 'true' Zelda game, it still very much has the Zelda 'feel' and atmosphere, and it's still very enjoyable to play. And 'Adventure' mode is a wonderful homage to the original NES game that's had me smiling the whole time I've been trying it. The game also seems to have a lot more depth than it initially appears and there's loads of hidden stuff to find and unlock. Definitely glad I've given it a chance although I bet some people are going to hate it because it's different to what they're used to.



ToxieDogg commented on Sakurai Explains Reasoning Behind Removal Of I...:

@Ryu_Niiyama Ehhhh.....I don't know. As someone who's buying both versions, I'd much prefer any characters that can be in the Wii U version to be left in. The main appeal of the 3DS version for a lot of people is going to be more that you can play it on the move, not that it's got the exact same roster as the Wii U version. It's already got different stages to fight on so I doubt one or even 2 characters would make any difference's not like the bad old days where a fighting game on a handheld would lose half the roster for instance. Sakurai (and Nintendo) really don't need to do this, it's pointless. :(



ToxieDogg commented on Sakurai Explains Reasoning Behind Removal Of I...:

I'm not annoyed enough to boycott the game (that would be absurd) but I'm annoyed that they didn't just leave the Ice Climbers in the Wii U version. Why should the much more powerful HD version be limited by what they can do with the 3DS? It's that kind of backward thinking that makes people look at the Wii U as not being worthwhile competition to other consoles.



ToxieDogg commented on Watch Dogs Wii U Release Dates Confirmed:

@Trikeboy Thanks :)

I don't see how anybody can defend what Ubisoft have done here. Even they themselves must know they've messed up, just like they only had themselves to blame for the Rayman Legends fiasco last year. Ubisoft and other third parties could have made a decent amount of money on Wii U, had they treated their potential customers with a little more respect, instead of taking the childish 'Well it's THEIR fault, not ours!' stance when gamers react by not buying a million copies of their overpriced, very late, usually lazy ports.

I'm surprised the usual contingent of third party 'white knights' hasn't been on here yet defending Ubisoft with the usual 'They're a business, they have to make money' nonsense because for the most part it's been through their own decisions and misplaced assumptions that they've lost a lot of potential sales. Much easier to just blame everybody else though.



ToxieDogg commented on Watch Dogs Wii U Release Dates Confirmed:

Ubisoft: Let's release this game months later than the other versions, and put it up against major first party Nintendo releases during the holiday season as well! #ubisoftlogic

Wii U Owners: Meh, bought it months ago for my Xbox or Playstation, or can get it pretty cheap for my Xbox or Playstation now, or wouldn't be surprised to see it in a Steam sale soon. I'd rather buy Bayonetta 2 or Super Smash Bros instead.

Ubisoft: See! This is proof! Nintendo gamers don't want mature games! It's YOUR fault we're scaling back support for the Wii U.



ToxieDogg commented on Video: Watch These Teenagers As They're Expose...:

Someone already mentioned it in the Youtube comments section but the kid talking about '1080p Xbox One games' If kids don't even know much about the consoles they have today, you can't really expect them to know anything about the consoles of the past.



ToxieDogg commented on Video: If You Love Mario Easter Eggs, This Ser...:

A few interesting facts there, although any of us long term Nintendo fans knew them all already, right? ;)

Interesting point about the Chain Chomps originally being intended for Legend Of Zelda as one was featured in Zelda: Link's Awakening for Game Boy (with much more obvious references to it being like a dog) and the Super Mario Bros 2 end boss Wart also made a cameo in Link's Awakening under his original Japanese name of 'Mamu', whilst some other Super Mario Bros 2 enemies like Pokeys also appear at certain points. (Wart isn't an enemy in Link's Awakening though).



ToxieDogg commented on Bayonetta 2 Casting Its Spell In Europe On Oct...:

Preordered, and can't wait :D I've only played though the original game once, and didn't even pay for it ( gave it away as a freebie with Vanquish) so I don't mind laying out some extra cash here as it's a great game. Especially now, as it's been enhanced with Nintendo exclusive extras which should make it worth revisiting.



ToxieDogg commented on Shovel Knight Rated By The Australian Classifi...:

About time. I've asked this elsewhere, but why is it exactly that the localisation process is such a lengthy process for consoles when there was nothing stopping them making it available to the entire world on Steam back at it's original launch?

Why is there still insistence on consoles that the extra language options be added in? These could easily be patched in further down the line, all consoles have online features and the ability to update games nowadays.

I'm genuinely confused here. Shovel Knight already had a PEGI rating (7+) when it launched on Steam, so what's the deal? When the PC version was rated, did this not apply to the console versions (being exactly the same game) either?

I'm not trying to be an angry troll, I just don't understand it.



ToxieDogg commented on Sorry, Contrary to Rumours the New Nintendo 3D...:

Region locking sucks. I'm surprised to see so many people supporting it, but they're probably the same people who would find excuses for Nintendo even if Nintendo came out with a load of restrictive anti consumerist garbage for their next console like Microsoft originally tried with the Xbox One.

I do not bother with Japanese imports as I can't read Japanese, but there's a lot of games that either get released in the US that don't appear in the UK until months later (and vice versa) or don't get released at all. Back on the DS, I had to import games like Contra 4, The Legendary Starfy and Dragon Quest: Rocket Slime, on the Wii I had to completely miss out on games like Excitebots and the Kirby Anniversary Collection because my Wii isn't modded. I could go even further back in time and reel off a ton of US Gameboy games I imported as well. Historically it's never caused any issues for publishers or caused them to lose much in the way of sales so why the sudden restrictions this gen? As for localisation, there's been quite a few instances when games released in Europe have only been in English anyway....look at Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies on the E-Shop for instance. Do you see many complaints about it? No. Most people are just happy to be able to play the game at all.

Asides from money grubbing, trying to maximise profits and control regional markets there's NO excuse for it, none whatsoever.

On the subject of localisation, why is it that games like Shovel Knight can be made accessible to Europeans on Steam worldwide as soon as they're released in the US, but on the Wii U and 3DS they're held back for months and months?



ToxieDogg commented on Sayonara UmiharaKawase and Code of Princess Se...:

I'll definitely get Sayonara UmiharaKawase, not interested in Code Of Princess unless it drops to around £12 the look of it but it also looks a bit short, easy and a bit basic in terms of gameplay to me.



ToxieDogg commented on Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival Is Drag...:

@Bass_X0 'This version is better than the ones on the SNES.'

Wrong. Whatever new features have been added, it's controls have been gimped to allow for a four button system rather than 6 (neither of the 2 workarounds it offers work well enough to provide a fluid gameplay experience), the bosses 'win' quotes have been mixed up in the Western version, plus the worst game breaking bug occurs if you try to fulfill the conditions for getting to fight Akuma at the end of Arcade mode, which has always been one of the most interesting aspects of playing SSF2Turbo's single player arcade mode.....seems to be plenty of other glitches as well looking on GameFAQs such as Honda's super meter not filling up properly after using him for a short while, or a glitch that prevents you from being able to redefine the controls, and they all seem way too easy to accidentally activate to me. On top of this you'll probably only be able to play this version in single player mode anyway as the original version required 2 copies of the game, 2 GBAs and a link up cable.

I'll stick to the SNES version, thanks.



ToxieDogg commented on Resident Evil Revelations 2 Confirmed By Capco...:

I can understand it not coming to 3DS if it's a larger game than the first one, but coming to the Xbox 360 and skipping the Wii U? The Wii U version of the original hardly did any worse than the Xbox 360 version, on a console with a much lower userbase....and now that there's been more Wii U sales with Mario Kart 8 and (soon) Super Smash Bros, you'd think that there's d be an even bigger market for the next one.

I'll buy this on PS3 or PS4, I hope the Xbox 360 version absolutely bombs again and teaches Capcom a lesson about kicking it's Nintendo fanbase in the teeth. (sorry if that sounds harsh)



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo UK Outlines September's Dazzling Zeld...:

@Peach64 On the one hand I agree with you, but historically top Nintendo franchises like Zelda have always had a much, much longer shelf life and lasting appeal than most third party titles so they can get away with charging higher prices, just as they were able to get away with re-releasing Ocarina Of Time for the 3DS and charging £30 for it even though (3D visuals aside) it didn't have any more new content than the free Ocarina Of Time/Master Quest disc that initially came with Zelda Wind Waker on the Gamecube, and charging full price for Zelda Wind Waker HD on Wii-U which, as good a game as it is, is still a bit lacking in value when you can (for instance) get both Ico/Shadow Of The Colossus HD on one disc on PS3 for £20, or the entire Jak & Daxter or Ratchet & Clank PS2 trilogys on one disc in HD for the price of one game.

A lot of people will still pay top dollar for Zelda games regardless, Nintendo don't need to lower the prices.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Download: 4th September (Europe):

Probably just Sayonara UmiharaKawase for me this week.

Interesting to see Gargoyle's Quest 2 there, decent game though I've still got my original NES cart and I've never thought it was quite as good as the Gameboy original. Hopefully it's a sign that Demon's Crest is on it's way to the Wii-U VC at some point.



ToxieDogg commented on New Nintendo 3DS Models Announced:

'A port of the Wii RPG Xenoblade Chronicles is in the works which will only run on these new systems.'

Well, that's it then, I'm basically forced to buy one or miss out on games I'd like which won't run on my normal old 3DS or 3DS XL.

Bit annoying, when it's largely going to be the same as the 2 3DS's I already own asides from that. Feels like the Gameboy Color all over again to me. Just like the Gameboy Color though, I'll probably love the new 3DS XL once I've got my hands on one :)



ToxieDogg commented on Go! Go! Kokopolo Developer Explains Why It's B...:

Brilliant game, I've had it since launch and it's one of my favourite downloads. Whilst I can see why it's being pulled, the guy's comments do worry me a little for the future of gaming going all digital...

'as I reckoned by now everyone who wanted it would likely have brought it.'

I often download games from the different online services that are months, if not years old. Bit worrying that if the developer decides to just pull a game, then it's gone forever.unless it's somehow been archived somewhere.



ToxieDogg commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Coming In November, Features ...:

@Diddy_kong Took the words out of my mouth....first thing I thought was that they'll probably release a 'complete' edition of Mario Kart 8 next year once all the DLC is available....they've already released New Super Luigi U and (in the US at least) are releasing the NES Remix games on disc with gamers in mind who don't like downloading stuff.

More power to them I say. This is a great way for them to make even more cash out of their popular games. Nobody bats an eyelid when Microsoft or Sony do it, Nintendo need to move with the times too.



ToxieDogg commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against Re...:

I admit I have dabbled with piracy in the past but nowadays I never pirate any game that I can buy commercially. However, if my only option is fighting people on Ebay for a second hand copy, then I see no harm in else would we get to play these games that haven't been available for years and are now (mostly) just sitting on the shelves of collectors and hoarders? As others have mentioned, if the games then turn up on the Virtual Console, or have remakes made for the E-Shop/PSN/XBLA, then I'll pay to download it even if I carry on playing the rom on original hardware.

@WilliaintT If you're that desperate to play Final Fantasy 7 without being a pirate, you can download it legally for quite cheap from PSN and play it on your PSP, PS3 or Vita (if you've got any of those devices).



ToxieDogg commented on Poll: Which Is The Best Super Mario Platformer?:

votes for Super Mario Bros. 3

Super Mario World was the first one I played through, then played Super Mario Bros/ 3 on my sister's NES. It was honestly a bit difficult going back to Super Mario World after that, it felt a bit bare bones and featureless in comparison. even though it's still a great game.

As a very close second, I'd have voted for Super Mario Galaxy....first time in literally years (since the Mario/Zelda games on N64) that a game blew away my expectations like that,



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Download: 28th August (Europe):

@1BrightGamer Metroid already had representation, they were selling NES Metroid for half price last week. Nothing's been done with the other games you mentioned so far though. I think there's still a bit more time to go on the current deals first (Fire Emblem, Kirby and a couple of others).



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Download: 28th August (Europe):

I've already got 3DS Steamworld Dig,'s excellent, but I'll hold out for a bit of a discount on the Wii U version as it's a bit of a high price to double dip at.

The Zen Pinball DLC....I'll be waiting for a bit of a discount on that too. I've got ALL the other DLC so far, but I bought it during sales.

Other than that....I'm still waiting for Game and Watch Gallery 3 on 3DS VC. Have Nintendo forgotten about it?



ToxieDogg commented on Ubisoft Executive Talks Up Super Smash Bros. a...:

@GreatPlayer Rayman Legends is shorter than Rayman Origins?!? How so? It contains nearly every stage from Origins as unlockables on top of it's own new stages and the ongoing Challenge mode. It surpasses Origins in just about every way imaginable.

As for Ubi...I support them a lot. I have ZombiU and Rayman Legends for Wii U, and plan to grab Splinter Cell soon. I also have both Rayman games and AC Liberation on Vita, I've got alll the Assassins Creed games on PS3, AC Rogue preordered and will pick up Unity when I get a PS4. But that doesn't mean I don't think their tweet was idiotic regardless of whether it was a single employees opinion or not. A company like Ubi that riddles it's games with microtransactions really can't be taking potshots at Nintendo for free DLC and expect no backlash whatsoever. I'm also not entirely satisfied with their opinion that Nintendo gamers don't want 'mature' games when you look at the relatively huge flops on Xbox/PS like (for instance) Vanquish, Anarchy Reigns (the sequel to Madworld) and more recently Castlevania Lords Of Shadow 2. Does anybody take a look at the abysmal sales for those games and decide that Xbox/PS gamers no longer deserve 'mature' games? I will never understand the industry, nor people's blind defence of one company or another without the ability to see things objectively.



ToxieDogg commented on Somebody At Ubisoft Really Doesn't Like Mario ...:

Wow, all the white-knighting for Ubisoft is hilarious. As I and others have said earlier, we agree with Ubi in principle, but this is a company that has no trouble milking their customers for microtransactions...does being asked for cash every few seconds in a Rayman mobile game or expected to pay for decent weapons in Splinter Cell not 'ruin the magic'? They should be more concerned with their own practices than swiping at Nintendo. But I'm sure even more people will leap to their defence after this.



ToxieDogg commented on Somebody At Ubisoft Really Doesn't Like Mario ...:

The original tweet is correct, a lot of people do feel they ruin the magic a little. The thing is though, it's free DLC, not mandatory to use and Ubisoft just come across as the pot calling the kettle black given the amount of needless microtransactions in some of their games. Stay classy, Ubisoft. Just because you don't want to support Nintendo much anymore, doesn't mean you gave to start putting catty comments on Twitter like EA and their cronies :p



ToxieDogg commented on Activision Confirms That Call of Duty: Advance...:

@electrolite77 Ah, don't give me that. Madworld? That sold 0.74m globally on Wii. What about the sequel, Anarchy Reigns that was only released on Xbox 360 and PS3? It only sold 0.32m units combined on those two systems. Zack and Wiki not selling well was unfortunate, but Capcom's had massive problems across all platforms.....DmC, despite being a reboot of a hugely popular franchise and launched on both Xbox 360 and PS3 underperformed massively, and despite Xbox 360 having a much higher userbase than Wii U, Resident Evil Revelations HD didn't sell in much higher numbers on that format. Okami (even though I LOVE that game) was a massive flop on the almighty PS2 before it even came anywhere near the Wii. Need For Speed Most Wanted and Deus Ex both launched much later than Xbox 360/PS3 versions and at a time when both of those games could be picked up on Xbox 360/PS3 for £15 or less each....I know Deus Ex was the newer 'Director's Cut' edition, but that's besides the point. Assassin's Creed 3 or 4, which are very storyline driven games, were NEVER going to sell well on Nintendo systems as (asides from a splnoff on the DS), none of the preceding games were on a Nintendo console. I'll throw Mass Effect 3 into that mix as well, which was also hampered by the fact that at the same time they launched it on Wii U, they launched a compilation of THE ENTIRE TRILOGY on other consoles for almost the same price. Now which do you think is more attractive to any gamers who've never played Mass Effect before? Call Of Duty failing on Wii U was likely a casualty of the previous gen....thanks to the Wii being underpowered, the Nintendo versions gained a reputation for being heavily watered down ports so anybody really interested in the proper 'CoD' experience will have picked up an Xbox 360 or PS3, (followed by an Xbox One or PS4) and they'll have bought CoD for those consoles because it's what all their friends play CoD on. Although anybody would have to admit that Activision damn near stealth released CoD Ghosts on Wii U last Xmas, most stores either didn't stock it, or had barely any copies.

I'm not trying to make any excuses for Nintendo gamers not buying third party games but there's a multitude of reasons for it, including some very poor decisions by the third parties themselves. There's blame on both sides.



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

I think certainly all the NES titles (and possibly GBA games...we already know the 3DS can emulate GBA games fine) without exception should be cross buy. On the PSN store I can buy any PS1 Classic and be able to download it to my PS3, PSP and Vita, and play it on all of them for the one's absurd in this day and age that Nintendo expect me to pay twice to download the same game just to be able to play it on the go. The prices do need to be lower as well....over the last week, I've downloaded all 6 NES Mega Man games and Super Punch Out!, none of which I probably would've bothered with at their original prices.

The Mega Man discounts have also had another knock on effect for me (as I'd only briefly played Mega Man 4 before)....I've now gotten into the games quite a lot and will probably buy both Megaman 9 and 10 from WiiWare in the near future as well as the SNES Mega Man X VC games. See Nintendo? Sensible prices leads to even more sales.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Confirms Loads of "Veteran Fighters" ...:

GBA Fire Emblem and the original Kirby's Dreamland for me (already downloaded Kirby's Dreamland 2 and 3 a while back, didn't bother with the original game at first as I've played through it multiple times nice to revisit it for slightly cheaper though). I've been enjoying these discounts :)



ToxieDogg commented on Watch Dogs Will be the Only "Mature" Ubisoft G...:

Interesting comments here. I'm also interested to know how many sales of AC4 were physical copies and how many were people who took advantage of the offer to download it on PS4 for only £10 if you already had it on PS3, seeing as a lot of new PS4 owners last Xmas would have had little else to play.

I know ZombiU was a pack in deal with some Wii U Premiums at launch but AC4 was also packed in with some PS4s at a time when PS4 was in massively high demand. I wonder if Assassins Creed Unity will do quite as well? Rayman Legends didn't do very well on Xbox One, will Ubi deny Xbox One owners of 'non' mature games going forward?



ToxieDogg commented on Donkey Kong Jr. Math Arriving on the Wii U Vir...:

@IceClimbers Donkey Kong 64 contains Jetpac as a minigame though, and Rare do own the rights to that....they've made a suggestion in the past that Nintendo could just remove it and replace it with another game but of course that would involve Nintendo having to put the effort into actually altering a small part of the game and it doesn't look like they can be bothered. :(

The N64 version of Diddy Kong Racing contains a couple of characters owned by Rare (namely Banjo and Conker) so it would also have to be altered (in a similar way to how the Nintendo DS port was).

As for the original Donkey Kong Country games? I'm guessing Nintendo (perhaps) don't like the fact that they contain numerous Rareware logos and are therefore advertising a competitor as Rare are now owned by Microsoft. They could easily remove these, but again that would take a bit of time and effort that they seem unwilling to do :( I still don't understand why they had them on the Wii Virtual Console for a while and then removed them without reason, as Rare were long gone by then.



ToxieDogg commented on The Letter Version 1.1 Update Has a New Trailer:

Just remember that every time somebody downloads this garbage because 'it's only 50c', Treefall Studios pocket some more money and are laughing all the way to the bank. It is really sad that they've made a decent amount of money from this, very undeserved....basically rewarding them for nothing whilst many much better games aren't getting anywhere near the success they deserve. Watch the complete 5 minute playthroughs on Youtube and don't support this developer.

It is indicative of why mobile games in general have exploded in popularity though, people will buy any old crap if it's less than a buck or two :/



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

@Thulfram They released a patch for Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams in Europe, the gamepad sound works absolutely fine now.

I don't think it's been released in the US yet though as I've seen a lot of people complaining about it on Miiverse...apparently, they have already submitted the patch to Nintendo Of America so I don't know what the hold up is.



ToxieDogg commented on The Letter Plummets to a New Low With eShop Di...:

I'm also curious to know what the deal with their other game The Night Detective is? They ran a Kickstarter for it early last year that was successful (they were only asking for $750, and made a lot of wild promises that it would cater to the casual and hardcore gamer and feature boss battles etc, as in this video. The whole presentation of the game looked very amateurish at best to me.....

However it was delayed for a long time until they suddenly announced it was released last month. I've only been able to find a couple of mini player reviews but one of them seems to suggest that it feels short and unfinished

This is completely unacceptable. Eli's excuse for The Letter was that it didn't reach it's Kickstarter target, so what's his excuse for The Night Detective?



ToxieDogg commented on The Letter Plummets to a New Low With eShop Di...:

Meh. Eli's not released it in Europe yet. And hopefully never will. It's an interesting experiment to release something that only obviously took half a day to create onto the E-Shop for cheap to see how many suckers will be fished in, but I really don't think he deserves any more money out of this.