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ToxieDogg commented on Poll: Nintendo Minute Debate - Is Super Mario ...:

Super Mario Bros 3.

Taking personal preferences out of it, SMB3 introduced a lot more new things to the 2D platform genre than SMW did, and actually influenced a lot of things in SMW.

To say SMW was more influential than SMB3 would be like saying the chicken came before the egg ;)



ToxieDogg commented on Review: Donkey Kong Land (3DS eShop / Game Boy):

@b_willers Donkey Kong Land 2 shares the exact same overworld map and even stage names with the SNES game, but all of the stage designs are brand new....of the 3 games though, it feels like the one most closely related to the SNES version. Donkey Kong Land 3's overworld map has a lot of similarities but is not quite the same as DKC 3 and has a few unique features of it's own like the Time Attack option that unlocks after beating the game. It's well worth playing them both at any rate as they're extensions rather than direct copies of the SNES DKC games.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Download: 16th October (Europe):

Goddamit Nintendo....this is already going to be an expensive enough month for me already with the day one first print edition of Bayonetta 2, now you go and suddenly bring all the Donkey Kong Country games back to VC and Donkey Kong Land to the 3DS as well :p. Luckily, I've already downloaded all 3 DKC games on Wii VC, so I can upgrade them fairly cheap if I want. ;)

Nice to see some Hyrule Warriors DLC make an appearance too, as I've already paid for the season pass. :D



ToxieDogg commented on Captain Toad's Joined by Toadette in Treasure ...:

Can't wait for this, day one purchase for me. Not pleased about having to wait a whole month after the US but it'll give me something to look forward to playing in January at least. I'm more hacked off about Europe having to wait an extra fortnight for Super Smash Bros U to be honest. :p



ToxieDogg commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Release Dates Conf...:

@kwandar Probably, but what games that run on the Wii U are actually compatible with the bongo drums as a control input? The Wii U isn't backward compatible with Gamecube games so you can't play either of the Donkey Konga games or the Gamecube version of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat on it.



ToxieDogg commented on We'd Be Cheating Fans By Bringing Assassin's C...:

Come on Damo, I like most of your articles but that's just clickbait.

'Of course, that doesn't answer the question of why the Wii U isn't getting Assassin's Creed Rogue — a brand new "last gen" offering which is coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360 — when it received both Assassin's Creed III and Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag. Your guess is as good as ours on that score.'

So, nobody at Nintendolife thinks it's because the last 2 Assassin's Creed games on Wii U sold like crap then? I defend the Wii U and complain about Ubisoft a lot myself, but even I realise the facts there.



ToxieDogg commented on The Studio Behind Sega's Wonder Boy Series Mig...:

I don't want to fuel any arguements but I too prefer Wonder Boy In Monsterland to Dragon's just feels like a more pure arcade experience to me (given that it started life in the arcades) whereas Dragon's Trap is definitely more of a home console game. I still think they're both good games though so don't shoot me! :p

I'm quite sad to hear that Westone's gone into liquidation....I've played through many of their games over the years and really enjoyed them for the most part. The original Wonder Boy was one of the first arcade platformers I really got into, and I rate it as one of my all time favourites alongside Super Mario Bros. Nothing lasts forever, but feels like another part of my childhood has died. :(



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Download: 9th October (Europe):

Even if Nintendo don't implement cross buy into their VC games, I still don't see why they can't have the same NES catalogue available on both 3DS and Wii U...adding Gamepad support can't be that difficult, can it? I'd prefer to play Mighty Final Fight and Donkey Kong Complete Edition on my TV.

I'll probably grab Guacamelee and Aeternoblade whilst they're discounted, Fantasy Life's consuming most of my free time at the moment though.



ToxieDogg commented on Preview: Felling Titans in Monster Hunter 4 Ul...:

Although I'll be getting this, I still wish it was coming to Wii U as well....I've got both versions of Monster Hunter 3 and it's just so much easier to play on Wii U,...controls feel better and the fights against the larger creatures such as Deviljho seem so much more epic on a big screen.

But I'm sure this is going to be great. :)



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Confirms Two More Début Releases Com...:

The only real problem with Harmony Of Dissonance is the music...after the first area, it's absolutely awful and sounds as bad as something on the old Sega Master System (I'm deadly serious)......but the gameplay is brilliant with nice visuals and a really well designed castle layout.

Overall though, I did enjoy Circle Of The Moon and Aria Of Sorrow a little better.



ToxieDogg commented on Fantasy Life Makes Top 10 UK Chart Début as H...:

Hyrule Warriors I expect to sell a bit better once there's more stock available. Good debut for Fantasy Life, it's absolutely brilliant. I've hardly been able to put it down since last Friday :D

FIFA, I've got no interest in whatsoever. In fact, the last football game I bought was World Cup 98 on the N64. I won't criticise the lemmings that do pick it up though as I do exactly the same with the WWE games every year :p



ToxieDogg commented on Hyrule Warriors Limited Edition Sparks Huge Nu...:

@SophWii That's strange. Have you trying calling or emailing them about it? I also bought my Hyrule Warriors Limited Edition from Nintendo UK's site and I received it early (2 days before official launch) so there must be some kind of problem with your order.



ToxieDogg commented on Review: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS):

Can't wait for this....I just hope this doesn't cannibalise sales of the Wii U version. I hope the Wii U version's got some other trick up it's sleeve asides from just different stages to fight on and different assist trophies.

I'm buying them both anyway :p



ToxieDogg commented on Wii U Version of Watch Dogs to Miss Out on DLC:

@Ren. Ok, let me put it to you this you really think that if a publisher releases a game on a Nintendo system months later than all the other versions (long after all the hype has died down) for full price when the other versions can now be picked up cheaply, that they're really trying?

Do you think that if a publisher sets a release date for a game, then pulls the plug on it at nearly the very last minute in order to suddenly port it to rival systems and then sets a new release date for 6 months later right before the biggest game of the last few years (Grand Theft Auto 5) is released, then they're really trying?

Because I sure as heck don't.

I realise that GTA V wasn't released on the Wii U, but I'm guessing like myself that most Wii U owners have either a PS3, Xbox 360 or both.

Also, nobody would argue that PS4 is outselling the Wii U, but at the time of me writing this Wii U is still ahead of Xbox One globally in terms of total sales. After an initial good start when it launched, Xbox One slowed right down. It's recent Japan launch has been a massive flop.



ToxieDogg commented on Wii U Version of Watch Dogs to Miss Out on DLC:

@FragRed The normal life span of a Nintendo home console (asides from the old NES) before a new one is released is only about 5 years anyway. I expect Zelda U to come out next Xmas and if not, the middle of the following year. If Nintendo officially announced a new console was in the works after that, then it wouldn't be just that they were dumping the Wii U because it was making a loss, it'd be pretty normal for them.

In fact, I'd expect a new console announcement from Nintendo after Zelda U is released whether the Wii U is a big seller next year or not.



ToxieDogg commented on Wii U Version of Watch Dogs to Miss Out on DLC:

@Shambo Thanks. :) I'm absolutely fed up of the third party 'white knights' who come on here blaming Nintendo gamers for third party games not selling well on Nintendo consoles.

Nintendo haven't gotten everything right, the Wii U launch period was a big let down with poor advertising and the initial momentum slowing down to a crawl by the start of 2013, but they shouldn't be shouldering all the blame for the mistakes of other companies as well.

As far as Bayonetta 2 goes (I can't wait for it personally, got it preordered :D) it annoys the heck out of me that the same people who probably didn't bother to support Platinum's other games (like Anarchy Reigns, Vanquish) are pointing the finger at Bayonetta 2's launch figures in Japan and using it as an excuse to blame Wii U owners. Hypocritical in the extreme.



ToxieDogg commented on Wii U Version of Watch Dogs to Miss Out on DLC:

@Sadodi I can and will blame a lot of stupidity on the third parties.

Did you honestly expect games like Batman Arkham City and Mass Effect 3 to sell well, given that Batman Arkham City was out on Xbox 360/PS3 a whole year before and heavily discounted on those formats, and Mass Effect 3 was not only months late but also launched at the same time Xbox 360/PS3 got the whole trilogy package for nearly the same price?!?

Assassin's Creed 3 is a bit of a different situation, but it's also part of a series of very storyline driven games and the only previous installment of Assassin's Creed that had appeared on Nintendo consoles was a Nintendo DS spin-off.....gamers like myself who've been playing that series on another format just bought it for the other format instead (it launched on PS3 a month before Wii U was released, I'd almost completed it by the time Wii U was launched). Need For Speed Most Wanted U came months after the Xbox 360/PS3 versions and by then, those versions were selling for less than half price whilst EA wanted full whack for the Wii U port. Then there's Rayman Legends which had quite a lot of publicity and hype as an initial Wii U exclusive but then Ubisoft decided to not only needlessly delay it (alienating a lot of fans) but also give Wii U owners the Rayman Challanges App for free (undermining the full game, I saw a lot of posts on Miiverse from people who said they were happy just playing the app and not buying the full game) and finally launched Rayman Legends right after Saints Row 4 and just before Grand Theft Auto 5 pretty much dooming it to fail.

I could go on, ,but other people have also made comments. The fact is, whilst Nintendo haven't been perfect, third parties can't just expect their games to fly off the shelves on Wii U with little to no effort...on Playstation/Xbox they don't have much if any competition for the most part but on Wii U there's a load of superior first party releases to choose from like Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, Pikmin 3, Mario Kart 8 etc. and people can and will flock to these games if third parties shaft Nintendo formats with gimped/late releases.

Watch Dogs will fail, not just because it's a third party game but also because it's months after the iniitial hype has died down (it's not selling like gangbusters on PS4 anymore either), reviews for it weren't that great anyway, other versions can be picked up quite cheaply now and it's a gimped version with no DLC at Ubisoft are pretty much putting it up against a load of Nintendo exclusives like Bayonetta 2, Sonic Boom and Super Smash Bros U as well as games that are already out and will likely sell more at Xmas again like Mario Kart 8 as well.

As a side note, so called 'hardcore' games don't always sell well on other platforms either. You say you're interested in how Bayonetta 2 will do when it's released in the West? Take a look at other Platinum Games releases such as Anarchy Reigns (sequel to Madworld) released on PS3/Xbox 360....only shifted 0.32 million unts across both platforms combined globally. And Vanquish wasn't a huge seller either (despite being a brilliant game) so if Bayonetta 2 outsells either of those then it's been a relative success for them.



ToxieDogg commented on Super Smash Bros. Continues Chart Domination i...:

I wouldn't take too much stock in Destiny's sales figures either as it's a bundle game with both PS4 and Xbox One at the moment.....not saying it isn't selling well, but it's not selling quite that well.

True story....I wasn't really interested in picking Destiny up but I got a decent deal on a brand new PS4 recently and Destiny came with with, therefore an extra sale for Destiny it wouldn't have otherwise had. I've put some time into it but it's really not held my interest and I'm finding Hyrule Warriors much more enjoyable. I'm intending to just whizz though the main campaign (I'm 3 quarters done with it) and then sell it to CEX whilst they're still offering an OK price....I expect that there will be an absolute ton of preowned copies floating around soon.



ToxieDogg commented on Super Smash Bros. Continues Chart Domination i...:

It's up against Smash Bros 3DS and Yokai Watch 2 in Japan, what do people expect? Plus we'll know more over the next few weeks how well it really does, lets not forget that after a decent opening week in Japan, the original Bayonetta sank quickly down the charts like a stone. If it's total worldwide sales figures end up being much worse than the original Bayonetta's worldwide sales on either format, then I'll be concerned.



ToxieDogg commented on Developer Profile: Masahiro Sakurai:

I like some of the guy's games, but I don't see him as a 'god' or in the same league as Miyamoto. His ego clouds his vision and he thinks more of himself than the players when he creates a game, whether it's the silly hissy fit he had over cut scenes for Smash being leaked or the problematic controls that caused many people to have issues with KI: Uprising. Whilst a lot of gamers ARE spoilt brats, Sakurai doesn't seem to respond too well to any kind of feeback either if it goes against his original plans. I see him as a flawed genius. That being said, I wish him well and hope he takes a well deserved rest after getting Smash 3DS/U finished.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Download: 25th September (Europe):

YES! Game and Watch Gallery 3! Been waiting ages for that, so insta-download :D

Getting a physical copy of Fantasy Life. I might possibly get Art Of Balance for Wii U as I've got the 3DS version, depends how much it's discounted for though.



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.