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Sun 23rd January, 2011

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ToxieDogg commented on Playtonic's Project Ukulele Becomes Yooka-Layl...:

I'll have a look at this. I'm not a kickstarter fan in general but there's been a few excellent games as a result of it so far (ie Shovel Knight) and this seems like the sort of thing it'd be worth me investing in :D Banjo Kazooie is pretty much my all time favourite game :)



ToxieDogg commented on Renegade Kid Twice Pitched Silent Hill DS Proj...:

I might be in a minority, but I actually really enjoyed SH: Homecoming (not gotten around to Downpour yet). Don't think a DS Silent Hill would've worked at all though. Wayforward is a developer who's games I usually like a lot more than Renegade Kid's, but SH: Book Of Memories on the Vita was mediocre at best, little more than a very watered down Diablo clone (but nowhere near as fun) with a poor storyline and atmosphere. I just don't think Silent Hill is suited to handhelds.



ToxieDogg commented on Treyarch Isn't Working on Call of Duty: Black ...:

@Einherjar It's an interesting way of looking at the situation but I think you're wrong. Injustice: Gods Amongst Us had a fair amount of DLC. Resident Evil Revelations had a fair amount of DLC. Recently, Watch Dogs had DLC (although not the last bit). Think Splinter Cell: Blacklist has DLC as well?

The only reason Batman Arkham Origins didn't have DLC was because they didn't think it was worth creating for the Wii U version when it wouldn't sell. Criterion didn't bother to put any DLC together for Need For Speed Most Wanted U for the same reason. With Batman: Arkham Origins, they couldn't even be bothered including the multiplayer mode on Wii U.



ToxieDogg commented on Tales of More Super Smash Bros. amiibo Pre-Ord...:

@Kat Whilst I agree with what you're saying (I really do!), part of me is glad Shopto have put the prices up to £20 for normal amiibo. Whilst it's nearly double the £10.99 original price, it's nowhere near as bad as the £50+ prices the scalpers charge on Ebay, and doing this may put quite a lot of the scalpers off...if they have to buy for £20, then they may not be able to afford to snag so many and their profit margins will be lower unless they charge absolutely ludicrous prices which I think even the most naive people would think twice about paying. It sucks, it sucks massively and the scalpers have ruined this for everybody but I'd rather pay a little more for them from a proper online store than 6 times the price from a scalper.

At least I'm hoping it'll put some of the worse scalpers off.



ToxieDogg commented on amiibo Tap Gets A New Title In Europe, Availab...:

I'm the same as @Alundra-1988 and have a full set of amiibo that have been released...just one of each for me, and I'm also not a scalper.

I hate to say it, but some people are just sounding really bitter about not being able to get amiibo they want and letting it cloud their opinion of this app. It's just a bit of harmless Virtual Console advertising/marketing fun, nothing more. If you've got no use for it then just don't download it.



ToxieDogg commented on Interview: AVGN Adventures Developer on Influe...:

@mjc0961 Completely agree with you. I had a screenshot of the Rush titles screen (you know, that puzzle game where all the graphics are literally just blocks) moderated because I played it just before Xmas and noticed a Santa Sleigh flying around the screen...I thought it was a cool easter egg and so decided to tell everyone else. Got marked as a Spoiler. I even argued against it and they just replied back that they'd rechecked it and it IS a spoiler. No explanation given.

A friend of mine had a screenshot moderated as a Spoiler because he posted a picture of his house in Animal Crossing with a piggy bank ornament in and commented about how cool it was that you could deposit cash into it.

Meanwhile, the Super Mario 3D World community is full of fart jokes that little kids have made up with the in game picture stamps, and nobody seems to care. It's quite frankly bizarre.



ToxieDogg commented on Tales of More Super Smash Bros. amiibo Pre-Ord...:

Here's one for you. On one of the Facebook groups I go on, I was commenting last night about how the Official Nintendo Store had dispatched my amiibos for this week and I'd received confirmation emails (at least I hope they've been despatched, I won't be 100% happy until I've actually got them)...other people also commented that they were receiving the same emails and a guy I know who had preordered Ness from the Offical Nintendo Store at the same time I did suddenly got an email to say his had been cancelled! No explanation given, and he'd only preordered one of them.

He called Nintendo this morning and was basically just told (in a nice way) 'tough luck, no Ness amiibo for you!'. He's now given into temptation and purchased one from a scalper for £35, but it's an absolutely atrocious and ludicrous situation.

Then I heard about what Shopto had done from friends on another group.

Surely there must be some kind of protection for consumers here? This is very nearly treating your customers like dirt. Somebody, somewhere must have some kind of legal power to be able to force Nintendo to issue some kind of proper apology for this mess. It just isn't good enough.



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

@outburst Thanks, man :) Nintendo still haven't gotten back to me with regards my email query, but I did as you suggested and they were on the site on my Club Nintendo account as you said. Just the Mario Kart DLC to wait for now then, looking forward to it :D



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

Mario Kart 8 DLC for me. And hopefully Mewtwo on Super Smash Bros too. Nintendo haven't bothered sending me my Mewtwo codes yet, and haven't so far answered my emails. Looks like I'll have to phone them and have a rant. :p



ToxieDogg commented on Review: Donkey Kong 64 (Wii U eShop / Nintendo...:

@KikReask I completely agree with you about the camera controls, it's because DK64 is just emulating the old N64 version 'as is', digital button camera controls and all which feel really awkward on an analogue stick. Best advice I can give you is to hit the ZR button when playing and then redefine the controls....put the N64 'A' and 'B' buttons onto 'B' and 'Y' on the Wii U Gamepad, and then put N64 C-Left and C-Right onto 'X' and 'A' on the Gamepad, and use those 2 buttons to move the camera left and right....feels much, much smoother and more natural. It still doesn't solve the problem of still having to use the right analogue stick for C-Up and C-Down, but it alleviates some problems at least.

Super Mario 64 on Wii U has the exact same camera problems too.



ToxieDogg commented on Official Nintendo UK Store Announces Pre-Order...:

Earlier was the first time I missed getting any of the Smash ones from the Official Nintendo Store. For starters, I was working all afternoon anyway so would've found it difficult to hover on the site all afternoon. For seconds, I did actually manage to get onto the site at 3.02pm, only to find out that they were already sold out (at least on my screen they were) because Nintendo had lied and put them up 20 minutes earlier. And then shortly afterwards, there were loads of preorder sales popping up all over Ebay for £60+ each. Well done Nintendo. You played right into the scalpers' hands there by not sticking to the announced time. I'm genuinely happy for the the real collectors and fans who managed to get their orders in though.

Luckily for me, I've managed to get both shopto and GAME preorders in for all the ones I want, hopefully I'll get at least one of each and any duplicates I get I'm selling for cost price to people I know genuinely want them. This rip off nonsense has to stop, and Nintendo need to take responsibility and start manufacturing more of these things. The demand is there, they must realise this from the amount of preorders there are and all the comments on social media, and the sheer profit they'd make from the ones they do sell would outweigh the costs of any they don't.



ToxieDogg commented on Those Yoshi's Woolly World Yarn amiibo Are Up ...:

@Lions are absolutely fine, so long as you live in the UK. I've never had any issues with them and they always deliver things really quickly, most games I receive a couple of days before official launch. I'm actually a Gold account member with them.

I don't know what it's like for people who live outside of the UK though. Game have recently slapped a ban on exporting amiibo because of the severe stock shortages it contributes towards in the UK. Might be that shopto are doing the same.



ToxieDogg commented on Each Splatoon amiibo Will Unlock 20 Special Ch...:

@outburst Don't be absurd. Not everybody wants to buy amiibo, and not everybody can get them before they sell out. Obviously the people who are lucky enough to get the amiibo wouldn't have to pay twice for the Splatoon DLC as it would be included with the amiibo, but it would be a nice option for people who can't get hold of them before they sell out, or just want to unlock the missions without having to go out and buy a plastic figure. What about the people who download Splatoon digitally and can't get a Squid amiibo because they're only being sold with physical copies of the game in Europe. Do you think it's fair that they get locked out of content, out of a game they probably paid the same amount for? I just want all the content in any game to be an option for everybody even if they have to pay for it, you're just being antagonistic and arguing with me for the sake of it and going on about Xbox One and PS4 which I didn't even mention.

It's nothing like the situation you mentioned with Wii Sports, nothing at all. Apart from when the Wii very first launched, have you ever heard of nunchucks and Wii remotes completely selling out, so that even if people want to pay for them they can't buy them to play their games with? So what you are saying is, theoretically, if Nintendo released a game that only used Wii Remote controls, but nobody (who didn't already own one) could get hold of a Wii Remote because they'd quickly sold out and Nintendo weren't manufacturing any more (just like what has happened with some of the amiibo), then it would be OK for people for people to buy the game but not have any option of being able to play it properly because Nintendo wouldn't provide an alternative option for the sold out controller? Such as DLC they could pay for to let them use another controller? That's complete nonsense logic..Look at Super Smash Bros for Wii U....they sold it at launch with a limited supply of Gamecube controller adaptors BUT provided plenty of other control options for people who couldn't get hold of one. That's the right way to do it, when you're selling something that will be in limited supply.

And I didn't make the hotdog comparison, that was Quorthorn. Learn to read posts properly, or don't bother replying to me.



ToxieDogg commented on Each Splatoon amiibo Will Unlock 20 Special Ch...:

@Quorthon People are suckers for physical rewards and collectibles though. Tell people they've got to pay to download content to add to the game they've already paid for, and many of them will complain. Give them a free toy to go with it though, and they think it's awesome. Many people are even buying these things who don't have a Wii U, or any of the games Amiibo are compatible effect, they're buying DLC for games they don't own. Or even buying 2 of them, one to keep in the box.

As I said, I agree with you in principal, and I do think that the game content should be made available on the E-shop for everybody. But you can't fault the genius behind it. It's bad for customers, great for making Nintendo a pot of cash though.



ToxieDogg commented on Feature: The Best Alternate Reality Super Nint...:

@Kirk Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts on the SNES is basically the third game in the series that started will Ghosts 'n Goblins and then Ghouls 'n Ghosts. It's a shame Capcom didn't make it clearer at the time that it was an actual fully fledged sequel rather than just an enhanced port of Ghouls 'n Ghosts. All well worth playing and all as hard as nails...the original game is one of the hardest 2D platformers I've played but it's still a lot of fun.

@Magrane You can unlock the original TMNT arcade game on TMNT 2: Battlenexus on Gamecube (I assume that's the game you meant?) but it's not a great port of it....all music, speech and sound effects have been removed due to copyright reasons at the time and all you hear is a generic looped music track throughout the entire game. TMNT 3: Mutant Nightmare allows you to unlock the original arcade version of Turtles In Time, which does have sound effects and speech, but all the music has been altered and the cool 'Pizza Power' intro sequence has been removed unfortunately. :(



ToxieDogg commented on Each Splatoon amiibo Will Unlock 20 Special Ch...:

@MoonKnight7 They're not easy to find here in the UK either. They should at least have Splatoon DLC available on the E-Shop for slightly less so everybody has a fair chance to unlock everything in Splatoon even if you can't find the amiibo.

I don't think it would harm the sales of amiibo either...there's plenty of people who like collecting them (many more people than who actually own a Wii U or any compatible games it seems), many of those will seemingly buy 2 of each (one to open and use, one to keep boxed) and plenty of other people who will buy them just to scalp them. It'd be nice to know that anyone with an internet connection can still get full enjoyment out of the game they've paid for though if they're not into the whole amiibo craze.



ToxieDogg commented on Each Splatoon amiibo Will Unlock 20 Special Ch...:

@Quorthon I agree with you in principal, but at least people are getting a physical product for their money. There'd be a lot less whining and complaining about paying for Season Passes and on disc DLC if you got little collectible game figurines to put on your shelf when you paid for them.



ToxieDogg commented on Each Splatoon amiibo Will Unlock 20 Special Ch...:

I like the idea, but they should also make the content available on the E-Shop. It's like DLC, but not making the DLC available to everybody as there likely won't be enough Amiibo to go around (again).

Luckily I've got preorders locked in. I would be pretty angry though if I couldn't get the amiibo, and there was no other way of unlocking the content in the game I'd paid full price for.



ToxieDogg commented on Review: Super Mario 64 (Wii U eShop / Nintendo...:

It's a good game, but I wouldn't award it any more than 7 or 8 now. Before I get attacked by trolls for having a personal opinion or telling me I suck at games, I'll explain....I do still really enjoy Mario 64, but BLP made a lot of valid points about it above. Plus also, no other controller feels exactly right with it apart from the original N64 controller. Been playing it on Wii U recently and the default control scheme for the camera is HORRIBLE, You'd think that the right analogue stick would be great for controlling the camera but don't forget this isn't a port, it's just emulating the N64 version...therefore the camera controls are digital, not analogue. Trying to use the right stick to move the camera feels clumsy, clunky and very awkward (exactly the same problem with Donkey Kong 64 on Wii U too) and I've had to use the 'change controls' option to remap C Left and C Right to X and A on the Wii U gamepad. That feels quite a bit better, but then there's still issues with having to use the right stick for C Up and C Down. Crounching and long jumping doesn't feel quite so comfortable either due to the shape of the Wii U Gamepad or Pro Controller (I've tried both).

To enjoy Mario 64 at its best, you really need to be digging an old N64 out and using an original N64 controller to play it with, otherwise the control issues at least knock a couple of points off the overall score for me.



ToxieDogg commented on GAME Launches UK Pre-Orders for Splatoon amiib...:

@StarDust4Ever have put a block on international orders with regards to amiibo, so if you're in the US you won't be able to preorder any from there, not even using a UK forwarding address (they're onto it).

On the one hand I feel bad for people who can't get them anywhere in the world, on the other hand I'm glad that they had preorders available for more than 5 minutes this time to customers who actually live here :p



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo's Official UK Store Opens Pre-Orders ...:

@RIDE88 lol, same here...I've got 3 Greninjas and 2 Palutenas showing up on shopto now, I only actually want one of each but I daren't cancel any of them until the site is working properly again.

If I click on any of them now, it just says 'You have already reached your preorder limit for this item', so presumably it will only give us one of each and there won't be a huge stack of them turning up at my house in a few weeks. If it's not sorted itself out by the end of the week though, I'll give them a call.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo's Official UK Store Opens Pre-Orders ...:

Got the game/Squid amiibo preordered from Nintendo (missed the 3 amiibo bundle) and both Boy/Girl amiibo preordered from're showing up on my preorders but I've had no email to confirm it yet which is a bit worrying.

Why do they do this?!? Most people are still at work at 3pm. They need to organise this better and have more stock available. As it is, are currently only selling boy/girl Splatoon amiibo separately in a bundle with a copy of the game and T-Shirt....pretty bizarre that they're not selling the amiibo separately.



ToxieDogg commented on Fantasy Life 2 Is Skipping 3DS In Favour Of Sm...:

I don't play 'proper' games on my phone at all...not because I think all phone games are awful, but I just don't enjoy the control schemes on them for the most part. I hate touchscreen only controls and they only really work well in a select few games like Ghost Trick. I've really enjoyed the first Fantasy Life on 3DS but if they don't port this game to a proper handheld, they've lost at least one customer here.



ToxieDogg commented on Video: Donkey Kong 64 Tumbles Onto Wii U Virtu...:

The camera controls feel clunky on both DK64 AND Super Mario 64 if you play them on Wii U Virtual Console...that's because they're just emulating the original N64 releases 'as is', with digital button camera controls and all....the camera controls on the original games weren't analogue, only the character movement.

I've found that using the 'change controls' option and remapping 2 actual face buttons to C Left and C Right makes controlling the camera feel a lot better and smoother on both games.



ToxieDogg commented on Gallery: Wii U Owners React to Screenshot Remo...:

Miiverse is way too heavy handed. I received a warning for posting a picture of the menu screen for Rush, because it's a 'spoiler' apparently. And when I argued against it, they insisted it was a spoiler and deleted the post with no reason given as to why. I'm still confused about that to this day.

Meanwhile, the Super Mario 3D World community is full of fart jokes and other similar visual gags you can make up with the in game unlockable Miiverse stamps. They hardly ever seem to be checked or moderated, and appear all over the loading screens as you're playing unless you disable Miiverse content altogether. That's fine though, it's a Nintendo published game, right? One rule for one....yada, yada yada.

The parental controls should block anyone underage from accessing adult communities, the same as they block anyone underage from being able to download the game in the first place. At least that's what we were led to believe after the whole shambles when they were only allowing adult games like Zombi U to go on sale for about 3 hours a night in Europe a while back, and I don't remember anybody supporting Nintendo about that.



ToxieDogg commented on Gallery: Wii U Owners React to Screenshot Remo...:

@outburst When Nintendo allow screenshots for games like Bayonetta 2 (and don't try to tell me the content isn't 'as adult' in it, I've played through it), it comes across as hypocritical. But, oh wait....Nintendo actually financed and published Bayonetta 2, so that's fine then. Apparently.

You can't really compare Nintendo Life to Miiverse. Nintendo Life aren't part of a bigger online community that has these adult games available for download, and specific communities set up for them. It would be just as absurd if Nintendo Life did have a section where the game was available to download and set up a community dedicated to the AVGN game, but then censored comments and pictures relating to it.



ToxieDogg commented on Gallery: Wii U Owners React to Screenshot Remo...:

It is silly. Any kid who's interested in AVGN can go straight onto Google and look him and the game up, with completely unrestricted access through the Wii U's web browser.

Nintendo needs to wake up and smell the coffee. As much as I love them and their games, their archaic attitude is costing them customers and stopping them from competing properly with MS and Sony in the home console marketplace.



ToxieDogg commented on Review: Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (Wii ...:

Been waiting for this, and I'll grab it when it comes to Europe....just feel like it's a game that should be experienced on a Nintendo console.:) I've been a fan of his Youtube videos for a while so it'll be fun looking for all the nods and references to them.



ToxieDogg commented on Retrospective: Sega's Streets of Rage Series:

@OnionOverlord As I say, personal ppinion. I didn't just say 'I don't like the games' like so many on here often do, I explained why. And nobody should have to wait until there's a few positive comments for an article before they disagree with it.

I said I liked the second game, but it's the only one I do like. And I much prefer Capcom and Konami's brawlers. Each to their own.



ToxieDogg commented on Retrospective: Sega's Streets of Rage Series:

Hugely overrated series. The second game is good, but the first game always felt similar to an 8-bit game even back when it was first released, and the third game has a weird as heck soundtrack, mostly boring stages, and the Western release had the difficulty ramped up way too high.

I much prefer Turtles In Time or Final Fight 3 to any of the Streets Of Rage games. Always have, always will.



ToxieDogg commented on Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Reckons "It Would Be Co...:

Even though I'd like to see Banjo and Banjo Tooie back on a Nintendo console, are there really that many people here who don't have an Xbox 360? They're dirt cheap now as well, just download the Banjo games (and Perfect Dark) on that, the Xbox 360 ports at least make proper use of the second analogue stick for camera control. Anybody played Donkey Kong 64 on Wii U VC? As much as I enjoy the game, just mapping the N64 C buttons to the right analogue stick rather than revamping the control properly is HORRIBLE. It's extremely tricky rotating the camera left and right as you have to hit the directions dead's so bad that I eventually redefined the controls and put C Left and C Right on 2 of the Wii U controller face buttons (X and A) just to make the camera more controllable. Same for Super Mario 64 on Wii U VC as well, it's just been ported 'as is' rather than with modern controllers in mind.



ToxieDogg commented on Pandora's Tower And Sin And Punishment Coming ...:

@ricklongo It does actually support the Classic Controller.....It honestly plays really well with the Wiimote though, can't imagine being able to aim around the screen anywhere near as quickly and accurately with the Classic Controller once things on screen get really busy.

Not sure if this means that Nintendo will bother to incorporate the Classic Controller controls into the Wii U gamepad. Hopefully they will.



ToxieDogg commented on Pandora's Tower And Sin And Punishment Coming ...:

Already got them both, they're both must buys for people who missed out on them the first time though. A shame that the leaderboards for Sin & Punishment 2 died alongside the old Nintendo Wi Fi Connection service, there were some crazy scores on there.



ToxieDogg commented on Head Teachers in the UK Issue Warning to Paren...:

Where does this madness end?

For instance, I'm playing through Final Fantasy XIII-2 on my PS3 at the moment. The game is rated 16+

It's barely violent at all (asides from firing spells at monsters), features no blood or gore, nothing in the way of sexuality or nudity...if my 10 year old nephew sees me playing it, should I be expecting a knock on my door from the police?




ToxieDogg commented on New Nintendo 3DS Region-Free Exploit Now Tweak...:

I wish Nintendo would just leave these region free exploits be. Most people wouldn't use them anyway, they don't allow copied games to be run and it'd just help out a few people like me who want Atlus games without having to sit and pray for an EU release or buy a US 3DS just for a couple of games.



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

One of the biggest problem for the Wii U has been wasting it's year head start over the PS4/Xbox One, or maybe it shouldn't have come out a year before them at all. Now it's looking like the Wii U has a barren release schedule this year compared to the others, whereas in actual fact it has a much, much stronger back catalogue and everybody seems to be giving the PS4 and Xbox One a free pass for having probably the worst launch years of any consoles ever (and yes, that includes Wii least Wii U had big guns like Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Lego City Undercover, Pikmin 3, Zombi U and Super Mario 3D World during 2013).

I've got both a PS4 and Xbox One and haven't bought anything for either of them since last December...The Order...well we all know how that's turned out, I don't like the look of the 'piecemeal' format of Resi Revelations 2 at all (will wait for a price cut) and the timing of Bloodborne is bad (I've spent my spare cash this month on amiibo instead :p ) But I'm not crying about it because I've still got Shadows Of Mordor to finish off, still having fun playing GTA5 online, still playing Titanfall.

Surely there can't be that many people who have played every good Wii U game out and don't have a backlog? This isn't like the early days when there actually wasn't a load of decent Wii U games out already. Mind you, I'm speaking from the perspective of somebody who's still quite happy to even go through my Xbox 360 and PS3 backlog when release dates are spread out.....currently I'm enjoying Final Fantasy 13-2 for the first time....seems a lot of people completely lose interest in anything more than a month old these days and constantly whine and complain when things they're looking forward to get delayed a bit :/



ToxieDogg commented on Planning On Downloading Xenoblade Chronicles 3...:

Perhaps this will convince Oddworld Inhabitants to stop messing around and get Oddworld New & Tasty released on the Wii U E-shop. Anyone who wants to download games knows that they have to buy more memory than the tiny amount of free space Nintendo provide with their consoles



ToxieDogg commented on Review: Metroid: Other M (Wii):

It's a bit silly how people complain about the storyline and voice acting and say the game should have a lower score because of's still a brilliantly designed Metroid title with great gameplay.

Then on the other hand, you have The Last Of Us with mediocre, dull gameplay and those same people think it's worthy of it's 10/10 scores just because it has a good story and voice acting. I think a lot of people play games for the wrong reasons.



ToxieDogg commented on Sega Producer Explains Exactly What Went Wron...:

Speed wasn't the problem. Plenty of games are fine without a main character that goes way too fast (that's why other 3D Sonic games can be a chore to play)...the problem was it was full of glitches (once the 'infinite Knuckles jump' glitch was discovered, the game pretty much became a laughing stock), the level designs weren't that great, the music was poor, most people didn't like the new character designs, etc.

I'm one of the people who bought it at launch knowing full well that it was going to flop, enjoyed it for what it was but I can still easily see why it failed. If the game's producer can't see why it failed, then it's no wonder Sega are in financial difficulty and reduced to making mobile games to try and scrape a quick buck back.