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Sun 23rd January, 2011

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ToxieDogg commented on Cave Story is Finally Coming to the 3DS eShop ...:

Wow, just wow. I thought Nicalis has quietly shelved this in Europe. What is their actual official excuse for the massive delay? I'm sure I've read something on here before where they were complaining about Nintendo Europe making it difficult (?) for them but it's strange how very few (any?) other E-shop publishers seem to have any notable problems....



ToxieDogg commented on Castlevania: Dracula X And Mega Man 5 Hitting ...:

Rondo Of Blood's better than Dracula X but Dracula X (or Vampire's Kiss to us Europeans) is still good and has more or less completely redesigned stages. Hopefully will appear on the European VC at some point.

@PinkSpider No, it never did. The only ones that did come out on the Wii Shop are Castlevania 1-3 NES, Super Castlevania 4 SNES and Rondo Of Blood PC Engine CD, as well as Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth on Wiiware.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Download: 17th April (Europe):

@KennyPowers Because I already know it'll be a good game (based off the others) and I'll just be ruining the anticipation and partly my first day enjoyment of Mario Golf World Tour when it's released by having already played it :p If I was in two minds as to whether or not to buy it, then I'd try a demo but it was always going to be a day one purchase for me. Same with Etrian Odyssey Milennium Girl, I've already played other games in the series and enjoyed them, no need to spoil the fun of playing the new one at launch by playing a demo a couple of weeks early. :p



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Download: 17th April (Europe):

Not a great week for me. Already have Mario Golf World Tour and Etrian Odyssey Millenium Girl physical copies preordered so not really bothered with the demos. Already have Epic Mickey on 3DS (thought it was OK) and the Wii version of Epic Mickey 2 so not interested in those either. And already have Giana Sisters, and original carts of Golden Sun GBA and Castlevania 3 NES (along with a Wii VC download of the latter) so will probably ignore those for now. Ho hum. I'm still patiently waiting for Game and Watch Gallery 3 on the 3DS VC, not sure if it'll ever arrive though :(



ToxieDogg commented on Feature: The Castlevania That Konami Doesn't W...:

How are people defending this rubbish over LoS?

I'm sorry, but I remember playing this game back when it was first in arcades in the late 1980's and it sucked (pun intended) back then as well, with it's extremely unfair credit/continue system and poor level design (although the music was always great)...I didn't realise it was part of the Castlevania series until I played the original NES game and remembered the similarities...but the NES game was so much better in all areas.

I've played nearly every Castlevania game and whilst LoS isn't my favourite, it's still a very well put together action game. Whether you think it's average or not, it's better than Haunted Castle. This isn't about 2D Castlevania vs 3D Castlevania, Haunted Castle is just a bad game regardless.



ToxieDogg commented on You Can Now Pre-Order eShop Games Via Nintendo...:

@Dark-Link73 Urandomsam is correct, if you preorder games online here in the UK then you often get them cheaper than the release day price, and sometimes (depending on popularity) I've known games to actually increase in price....for instance, I got Luigi's Mansion 2 for around £28 preordered from release it was about £30....a week or so later when it was topping the charts, they'd put the price up to £32.



ToxieDogg commented on Here's a Rather Attractive Portable Nintendo 64:

My first initial thought was 'WANT!' but then then the next thing I thought was it'd be great to play Mystical Ninja 64 and Duke Nukem 64 on the move.

Both of those games use Controller Paks to save. I can't see anywhere on that thing for Controller Paks to slot into :(

EDIT: Oh, hang on, the specs say it has switchable internal memory/rumble. I'm back to wanting one now :D



ToxieDogg commented on Wii Classic Controllers No Longer Being Manufa...:

@Captain-Falcon You'd have to check the back of the boxes. I haven't got AC4 on Wii U (got it on PS3 instead) but SM3DWorld definitely allows you to use it, as does Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Need For Speed Most Wanted U as I was playing those with my friend over the weekend. Some newer games like Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze only support the Wii U Pro Controller though.



ToxieDogg commented on Inazuma Eleven GO Shadow & Light Kick Off in E...:

They need to reprint some more copies of Inazuma Eleven 3 Bomb Blast and Lightning Bolt....they weren't even released that long ago and they're already near impossible to find. I've only seen Team Ogre on Nintendo's own online store as it is.



ToxieDogg commented on Donkey Kong Country Trilogy To Be Pulled From ...:

@ernielew1984 First off, Nintendo don't develop or publish the Mega Man games, that's all down to Capcom what happens with them, and secondly there hasn't been a main console that's used cartridges since the N64, unless you're including handhelds. Mega Man 9 and 10 honestly don't take very long to download (a few minutes at most) unless your internet is really. really, really, really slow.

As for the Donkey Kong Country games, I still don't understand why they were removed....seems to be no reason for it whatsoever. Rare developed the games but they're completely owned by Nintendo, unlike, say, Diddy Kong Racing which had Banjo and Conker in as characters (owned by Rare) and Donkey Kong 64 which contained 'Jetpac' as a playable minigame (another IP owned by Rare)...although in the case of Donkey Kong 64 I can't see why that one thing completely restricts Nintendo from re-releasing their own game and maybe can't be removed. It really is dumb, as the Donkey Kong Country series is one of the most popular franchises Nintendo has.



ToxieDogg commented on Little Inferno Has Sold A Million But Gamers D...:

I did kinda see the message that the developers wanted to portray, but (and this goes for certain other storyline driven games too) I don't see how they expect the majority of people to 'get' it when it's presented in such an ambiguous manner.

Thought it was a very average and overrated game too. Take away the storyline and what's left is something that is barely more interactive than those rubbish Wiiware fireplace simulators. Certainly not worthy of being purchased for full price.



ToxieDogg commented on Koji Igarashi, Best Known for the Castlevania ...:

The Castlevania series wouldn't have suffered too much in the way of declining sales if he hadn't tried to mess with it too much...his 2D games were excellent, it was just Castlevania: Lament Of Innocence, Castlevania: Curse Of Darkness and (especially) Castlevania: Judgment that were a bit....rubbish (arguably the 2 N64 Castlevania games as well, but I didn't think they were quite as bad as many people say they are). I do like the recent Lords Of Shadow games by MercurySteam but they'll never in a million years be as good as IGA's 2D classics.



ToxieDogg commented on Review: Yoshi's New Island (3DS):

I think LindsayPez has smacked the nail right on the head, that's exactly what I think of Yoshi's New Island as well, and I've got/played through all of the Yoshi's Island games along with Yoshi's Story. The biggest crime this game is guilty of is being almost completely unoriginal, it's still a lot of fun to play and an improvement over Yoshi's Island DS (even though I enjoyed that as well). It's a shame at times that people put such blind faith in what one or two reviewers say. I take Edge Magazine's reviews with a pinch of salt now, they were the same magazine that marked Sonic Lost World down because it was 'too hard' (it isn't) and had dodgy controls (it doesn't, the reviewer hadn't read the tutorial properly and didn't understand the difference between A and B button jumps).



ToxieDogg commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

And the parents/soccer moms brigade strikes again. Sorry Damo, but you found the content acceptable before when looking at it as a gamer, it's no good now getting on your high horse looking at it as a parent.

It's up to parents to protect their own kids, not the rest of us.



ToxieDogg commented on Super Smash Bros. Director Masahiro Sakurai Se...:

@BinaryFragger I can't speak for others but Titanfall's a tricky one....I don't hate the style of game at all and it looks gorgeous but it's not a system seller to me at all. Why? Because it looks like an extremely shallow experience, basically multiplayer and nothing in the way of storyline, character building, anything like me, it's just the modern day equivalent of Quake 3 Arena. I can still revisit Quakes 1, 2 and 4 and enjoy them...Quake 3, not so the online component has dwindled, it's exposed the game as a pretty looking but empty shell. Hopefully in a couple of years we'll get a sequel which will be the game the first Titanfall should have been, but this isn't it IMO.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Releases an Extended Gameplay Trailer...:

I don't understand why many people hated the DS sequel...I loved it, and even it's soundtrack. It wasn't quite as good as the SNES original but it was a very good second's only big failing to me was that it played out across both screens and sometimes that could get a little too tricky given the gap inbetween the screens sometimes helped to hide enemies. This already looks like it addresses that by keeping the action on the top screen only, and I'm expecting it to be a lot of fun. :)



ToxieDogg commented on Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part Two:

@Rafie I felt it was fair to comment about it, considering that a lot of people always jump on these threads and attack the Wii U for having a lack of games, when those same people have very likely bought one (or both) of the other machines.

Other than that, I've nothing against Playstations or Xboxes....I'm a gamer, I play games not consoles.



ToxieDogg commented on Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part Two:

I have them all asides from Mass Effect 3 (really not interested) and Splinter Cell Blacklist, the only differences being that I've got Assassin's Creed 4 on PS3 (pretty much just as I've got all the other Assassin's Creed games on PS3 as well) and Resident Evil Revelations on 3DS (not felt the need to double dip and get the Wii U version as well).

I find it quite funny when people say 'The Wii U has no games' and refuse to buy one, but then quite happily run out and buy a PS4/Xbox One which have......which has well what exactly? All I'm really seeing on PS4/Xbox One is a bunch of games I can get for consoles I already own (Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360) but have to pay an extra £10-£15 a time for, for slightly better(?) graphics. Meh.

People complained bitterly when there was a games drought for Wii U last year, but there's the exact same games drought going on with the supposed 'next gen' now (bar some ports of Xbox 360/PS3 games) and yet people are lapping them up?



ToxieDogg commented on Nicalis Boss Tyrone Rodriguez Thinks The Wii U...:

Not read everyone's posts but I agree with a lot of sentiments I'm seeing here.

That being said, I'm more interested in whether Nicalis will actually bother releasing 90's Arcade Racer on the EU E-Shop as they have an extremely poor track record (where's Cave Story + ?) and have also blamed Nintendo for making things difficult for them to release things in Europe as well, even though tons of other publishers seem to manage it just fine. 90's Arcade Racer was funded by a Kickstarter,campaign right? So I'm assuming that there's a least a portion of backers from Europe in the mix....hopefully they'll actually get this game they've invested in and the rest of us Europeans will get a chance to buy it.

My heart sunk when I saw Nicalis had stepped in to publish it, to be honest.



ToxieDogg commented on Senran Kagura Bursts Into The UK Top 40 While ...:

Bought them both :)

Think it's a real shame that with Senran Kagura Burst, all the attention has been about the 'controversial' content but not the actual game itself which is a really fun, well crafted brawler with some hilariously OTT play mechanics....I managed a 1512 hit combo at one point and I'm sure I could've managed more had my concentration not slipped for a split second. I think the levelling up system's been really well implemented as well. People are deciding whether or not to buy it just purely based on how amusing they do/don't find the subject matter, which is a little sad.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Switching Off Wi-Fi Connection Servic...:

@odd69 How many of those millions actually use the service though? Let's all be honest here, for every Wii owner that played Mario Kart online all the time, there's probably a hundred or more that never bothered. Like all those people who played Wii Sports in old people's homes or the families who just got together to play Just Dance at Christmas or whatever. Same with the DS.

People keep complaining that Nintendo's online service is old, archaic, outdated. But then complain when Nintendo make steps towards sorting it out (the Nintendo Network) and shutting down the old service. Bunch of whiners. How many people really miss the old Xbox Live now? How many people still play PS2 games online now? How many people will honestly care about Nintendo switching this off in a year or so's time?



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Switching Off Wi-Fi Connection Servic...:

@Peach64 You're trying to make out Nintendo are possibly more ruthless than Microsoft? Don't make me laugh, that's nonsense logic. :D

I'll restate what I said because you're twisting facts to suit your own opinion. The original Xbox Live service started in November 2002, ended in April 2010 7.5 years later. The Nintendo Wifi Connection started in November 2005...and it's still running now in February 2014 and still will be for a few more months. That will make about 8.5 years by my reckoning, and not only that but it will have been over 3 years since the 3DS launched. As for the Wii, well the Wii's been around since the end of 2006 so the Wii's had a good innings with it, and had access to the Wi Fi connection right from the start of it's shelf life

By comparison, the original Xbox was launched late 2001 (early 2002 in Europe) but there was no Xbox Live until the end of 2002, and by 2005 its pretty common knowledge that Microsoft basically killed the original Xbox and had any games in development ported to Xbox 360 instead.

As you quite rightly point out, Nintendo are a business, they can't keep these services running forever. But I think Nintendo gamers have been given much more of a chance to make use of the Wi Fi Connection (not just with Mario Kart, but also plenty of other stuff like tons of free DLC for the DS Layton games, Inazuma Eleven, Dragon Quest IX etc. for example) than original Xbox gamers were with Xbox Live.

Not only that, but Nintendo online services have been completely free so far, whilst people have always had to pay for Xbox Live. Go figure.



ToxieDogg commented on Video: The Dubious Charm Of Senran Kagura Burs...:

Currently playing it ;) (received my preordered physical copy yesterday).

It's a bit sad that the racy content has overshadowed the gameplay in the way it's a really fun brawler with a silly, amusing storyline and crazy 1000+ hit combos that are surprisingly easy to pull off.

Anybody I think who's buying the game for any other reason than the gameplay or a general interest in quirky/anime style titles really needs to get out of the house more, or at least spend some time looking at pictures of real people ;)



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Switching Off Wi-Fi Connection Servic...:

@Peach64 How so? The original version of Xbox Live launched in November 2002 and was axed in April lasted for 7.5 years.

The Nintendo WiFi network launched in November 2005...we're now in 2014 and it's still available for a few more months.

All they removed last year was WiiConnect24, which hardly anybody used much anyway. And even so, they'd kept it running for a reasonable amount of time.



ToxieDogg commented on Wii U Lifetime Sales in Japan Overtake the Xbo...:

@unrandomsam If I like the game, then I'm quite happy to hammer it for collectibles...I've 100%'d the single player element of Assassin's Creed 4 (including all the Abstergo Challenges as well, asides from one). Likewise, I think DKCR Tropical Freeze is great (better than the original DKCR even) and I'll likely put the time into unlocking as much as I can in that (same as I've done with Super Mario 3D World). Generally though, once I've played through the main stages and finished the story, unlocking the extras is just something I come back to now and again in between other games and won't keep me entertained for extended periods at a time so I do need other games to keep me engaged in the meantime. Fully agree with you about Rogue Squadron 2, I thought it was much better than Starfox Assault (which I felt was a massive disappointment asides from how nice the visuals were).



ToxieDogg commented on Wii U Lifetime Sales in Japan Overtake the Xbo...:

@JaxonH It's not the multiplatform releases that bother me though, it's just third party support full stop...any games other than first party Nintendo releases will dry up if there isn't perceived to be a market for them.

On saying that though I do mostly agree with everything you've written (and things you've written in the past) so it's all good. FAST Racing Neo and Scram Kitty are probably the 2 most interesting looking upcoming games to me on any system right now, both Nintendo exclusives. I think some people tend to forget about the Nintendo E-Shop and it's awesome selection of exclusives at times.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Download: 27th February (Europe):

I'm getting a physical copy of Senran Kagura Burst (preordered) and I'll download Knytt Underground as I've not gotten it yet.

I like the look of Aeternoblade, so I'll put it on my watchlist and wait for a discount.

Darksiders only £9.99 brand new from GAME at the moment. :p

Nintendo still haven't sent me my free Super Mario Bros DX code that I'm entitled to...I've emailed them but their reply said unless I've not had it by the 28th, then they won't do anything. I'm pretty sure I'm the only person now who's not received their code :(


@Luffymcduck I feel your pain :( That makes 2 of us then. :(



ToxieDogg commented on Weirdness: Samus Aran's Metroid Backstory Re-i...:

I'm a fan of Brentalfloss's work and I've been watching videos on his channel for years now, but That was awful, didn't work. :( Went against everything the character of Samus is. She's a lone wolf, fiercely independent. She has feelings but not to the extent where she'd let herself get tied into a relationship like that.

In one way though, it does make me glad that Hollywood never made a Metroid movie. This is a real vision into how awful it could have been, folks.



ToxieDogg commented on NPD Data Shows More U.S. Gamers Switching to D...:

I still don't think 'all digital' would work for all games. It's one thing having the convenience of downloading, say, a 1-2gb indie game now and then but quite another if everybody's expected to download 10gb+ files all the time. And game sizes are increasing, not shrinking.

And then there's always a portion of the market that won't ever have their console online at all, or will barely ever have it connected online.

Until everybody has super fast internet and download caps/limits become less of an issue, then physical copies won't be going away.



ToxieDogg commented on Retro Studios Outlines "Symbiotic Relationship...:

I think Tanabe's idea of 'keeping the difficulty as high as the original Donkey Kong Country games' is a little bit skewed to say the least....none of the original trilogy were anywhere near as difficult as DKC Returns....Diddy's Kong Quest is challenging, yes, but DKC Returns can be absolutely unforgiving and even brutal at times.

I still think DKC Returns is a superb sequel and can't wait to play Tropical Freeze but they're definitely much harder now than they used to be (not something you can usually apply to modern games much ;) )

@aaronsullivan Rare didn't make this game (or the previous Donkey Kong Country Returns), Retro Studios did it. Rare were taken over by Microsoft several years ago now, unfortunately taking some of their best IPs like Banjo Kazooie with them :(



ToxieDogg commented on Feature: What We Want to See in SNES Remix:

Even if this game did get made, would it have any Donkey Kong Country content in it? There seems to be no explanation from Nintendo as to why the DKC trilogy were silently removed from the Wii Virtual Console...whatever Nintendo say about having 100% the rights to it (as opposed to some sort of co-ownership with Rare), why would they do that? And why did Donkey Kong 64 never appear on VC?



ToxieDogg commented on Soapbox: A Case For The Defence: Castlevania 64:

I've always liked Castlevania 64 and bought both versions of it (the other being Castlevania: Legacy Of Darkness)...never really understood the hate for it. The camera's a little off at times but no more so than 90% of other games. It's also hugely atmospheric, the stages are well designed and it had good replay value with the multiple storyline threads.

Hope some more people check it out as a result of this article. :)



ToxieDogg commented on Inazuma Eleven Shoots And Scores On The North ...:

Meh, I picked up a complete physical copy for only £5 from CEX anyway. But extremely strange that it's not on the UK E-Shop and Level 5's official statement on the matter is flimsy at best. Why do we have to have a different bunch of voice actors for UK/US versions that are all spoken in English language anyway? Absolutely absurd, a complete waste of time and money and creates stupid barriers like this. Of course, Inazuma Eleven isn't the only series Level 5 do that with, it's happened with the Layton games as well so if the earlier DS games are every made available for download we might never see those on the UK E-Shop either despite how UK-centric the Layton games are, lol.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Is Here To Stay And Will Do Very Well...:

I see him mentioning the 3DS a couple of times but he doesn't actually mention the Wii U at all. Hmmmmmmm.

The success of the 3DS isn't being disputed by anybody, it's the problems with Wii U sales we're all worried about.



ToxieDogg commented on Guest Blog: Shut up! Nothing is Wrong With The...:

@Kirk How is that in any way a fair view of the market though, to add the combined sales of two other systems against one? Most people did not buy both an Xbox 360 and PS3 as the vast majority of the games available on each are the same. And in terms of individual format sales, the Wii destroyed the pair of them hands down for years.

Similarly, I'm not denying the success of either the Xbox One or PS4, but most people aren't buying both of them, so it's ridiculous to use their combined sales figures to try and make the Wii U situation look even worse than it already is.



ToxieDogg commented on Guest Blog: Shut up! Nothing is Wrong With The...:

Hugo's hit the nail on the head there IMO, I've said similar things myself before. I also feel that Nintendo should be targeting smaller developers as the future of gaming, innovation and getting the most out of hardware like the Wii U rather than relying on the tired old dogs like EA and Activision who are only really interested in the most powerful consoles with the highest userbases. Nintendo really should've have their online account system sorted out YEARS ago though, really no excuse for how poor it is in this day and age, especially when everybody else (Sony, Microsoft etc) seem to have done a great job with theirs.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Download: 30th January (Europe):

Probably the worst week I've seen yet. I've already got Bit Trip Runner 2, Toki Tori 2+, Giana Sisters and Mighty Switch Force HD, and MH3U on both Wii U and 3DS. Nothing else there interests me.

Agree with the other guys, the support for the VC is pitiful and I don't understand why. Can they not at least give us Game & Watch Gallery 3 sometime? We've already had the first 2.

I've recently had to buy another Xbox 360 (old one died) so it's probably a blessing in disguise to stop me spending any more money really. Plus I still haven't downloaded Knytt Underground or UnEpic yet.



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

@Peach64 Mario Kart has reached a much, much bigger audience since then though on the DS, Wii and 3DS who are extremely likely to be interested in the Wii U version. Sales figures for Mario Kart Wii don't lie. ;)

I'm not saying Mario Kart 8 will be the saviour of the Wii U at all, but the general public are much more aware of the IP now than they were 10-15 years ago when Playstation was still far and away the dominant brand.



ToxieDogg commented on Ace Attorney Collection Coming To Japanese 3DS...:

Still got my original DS carts (along with Apollo Justice and Miles Edgeworth) but I'll be tempted if this comes to the West. Easily one of my favourite series of games ever, just recently finished Dual Destines and the DLC case, loved it :)



ToxieDogg commented on Sakurai Reiterates That There'll Be No Subspac...:

I said it before, but I think Sakurai is being extremely childish with regards to the leaked cutscenes. I've never seen Smash Bros is a game I've always intended to buy, I've purposefully avoided spoilers. I'm sure plenty of other people who buy it won't be obsessives who've followed every single inch of the game's delopment online either. Sakurai's just acting like a big baby, picking up his ball and going home...'wahh wahh wahh, some people saw the cutscenes before they were meant to, therefore nobody's getting to enjoy them anymore.' :(

I'm sure the game will still be great, but it's still going to feel like it's missing content that should've been included.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Download: 23rd January (Europe):

Want UnEpic, but haven't bought Knytt Underground yet thanks to the E-Shop Xmas sales and NES Remix, so I'm going to have to wait another week or so now until I've got the cash for either of them. :(

Doesn't help that I'm trying to save for Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze on top of a few other games that I want all seem to be coming out at once at the end of February like Senran Kagura Burst on 3DS, Castlevania LoS 2, Tales Of Symphonia Chronicles and er....Rambo: The Videogame on PS3 (it looks so cheesy and ridiculously OTT violent that I HAVE to play it, lol).

Then there's Prof Layton vs Phoenix Wright to look forward to at the end of March :D



ToxieDogg commented on We Cannot Continue Without Winning, But It's N...:

The days of mom and dad buying Nintendos for the kids is over, mom and dad are likely the main gamers in the house now and what appeals to them will be what they buy, and what their kids end up playing on. Only ever putting on ads during kids shows doesn't do Nintendo many favours as the adult is just likely to buy their kid a cheaper alternative (3DS, Xbox 360, PS3, original Wii, tablet) rather than spend around £300 on something they won't be using themselves.

There's loads of people I know of who used the excuse of buying an Xbox One/PS4 'for the kids' for Xmas when it's actually more for their own use. ;)