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Sun 23rd January, 2011

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ToxieDogg commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2015 - Q4 ...:

Just a thought...would all those who want tons of AAA titles released on Wii U this year actually have the money to buy them all or the time to play them?

I'm not defending the Wii U's line up, but let's have perspective here. I've got PS4 and XB1 too, but there's no way I can get all the games I want for them until some price discounts and me clearing my backlog a bit. And that's on top of the Wii U stuff I like the look of.

No new Zelda (Wii U at least), Starfox or Metroid this Xmas is a blow but it gives Project Zero, Rodea and Xenoblade a nice chance to shine...titles that people would othewise ignore or just wait until New Year sales anyway.



ToxieDogg commented on GAME Sends Out £10 Gift Cards and Apologises ...:

I was one of those charged 7 times but I was refunded straight away, same day. I thought this was a nice enough gesture on Game's part personally. I've been playing a lot of Shadow Of Mordor recently (but have the original release, not the newer Game Of The Year Edition) so I used the £10 to get the Season Pass for half price.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Download: 1st October (Europe):

1001 Spikes looks fun, but not £13.49 fun. And the amount of time Nicalis have taken getting it published here is quite frankly ridiculous.

Race The Sun is worth a look if you've not already played it for free on PS+



ToxieDogg commented on Review: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (...:

This 'game' (for want of a better term) exists solely to encourage people to buy amiibo cards, as it completely lacks substance and challenge. Absolutely mind boggling that it would be awarded even a 7/10, given that's a higher score than many decent 'proper' games have received in the past.

I'm all for Nintendo trying new and different things, but this is a blatent cash grab, and using one of their most successful IPs to do it with.



ToxieDogg commented on Review: Explody Bomb (Wii U eShop):

I like that they tried to use both screens but it also shows one of the Wii U's major weaknesses in that it's near impossible to keep track of both TV and Gamepad screens at once. This game might be a lot more fun on a DS with the screens being smaller and closer together.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Life Weekly: Star Fox Zero Delayed Un...:

@Aneira Any delays in an already sparse looking release schedule are only going to make Nintendo look like an even less attractive proposition for new Wii U buyers, lead to less sales, hurt Nintendo overall and possibly lead to them being less likely to release the kinds of niche games I like in the future going forward.

So yeah, I care. On a personal level though, I do have plenty of games in my backlog to play through.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Life Weekly: Star Fox Zero Delayed Un...:

Sad to see Starfox delayed. On the one hand, it seemed to have a mixed reaction after the E3 reveal so it's probably for the best to make it a better game overall. On the other hand, I still liked the look of it and it does leave a hole in the Wii U's holiday release schedule, in Europe at least (we've already had Yoshi's Woolly World here)



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima to Stick ...:

@rjejr They've done a fair few ND's centered around the 3DS too . I think the main purpose of them is to sell games (and amiibos) rather than just consoles. I'll miss them if they go completely because they're usually a first look at new collector's editions of new games and release date announcements.



ToxieDogg commented on Mario History: New Super Mario Bros. 2 & U - 2012:

Anybody who has a problem with the controls in NSMBU is just god awful at playing it. They're absolutely fine as is, and holding Y to run and B to jump is the exact same as Super Mario World....which most people continuously vote as their favourite Mario game ever.

Whatever you may think of the level designs and other things that make up the game as a whole is subjective, and people may have plenty of other valid reasons or opinions as to why they don't enjoy NSMBU, but there are no problem with the controls whatsoever. None.



ToxieDogg commented on Review: The Swindle (Wii U eShop):

I like the look of it, but way too short and samey looking for that price. I didn't think Steamworld Dig was worth it's initial price point either though, unfortunately.



ToxieDogg commented on The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Hits Europe on 2...:

It's OK...not a bad game but certainly not a 'great' one. I didn't enjoy it anywhere near as much as I thought I would do though after all the rave reviews and hype everybody else gave it. I got it as a PS Plus game last year....after a couple of hours I couldn't be bothered with it anymore.

Would much rather play something like Idl Dew to be honest.



ToxieDogg commented on GAME Apologises for Super Mario Maker Pre-Orde...:

@datamonkey They did exactly the same to me, but with Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga on the Gameboy Advance!

The save file showed that someone had been playing it for 24 hours. I took it back to the same Game store less than 24 hours later to show them, and their excuse was 'it came from the factory like that!' I couldn't believe what I was hearing! They didn't offer me a replacement so I pretty much demanded 'one that didn't come from the factory like that then' and tested it on my GBA in front of them, and that was one of the incidents that has almost completely stopped me buying anything from them unless I absolutely have to.

I reported them to Watchdog as well at the time, but they replied basically just telling me just not to shop there if I didn't like how they treated customers. GAME really need to be investigated by an undercover reporter I reckon.



ToxieDogg commented on GAME Apologises for Super Mario Maker Pre-Orde...:

Funny how a lot of people are quick to trust Amazon again after the fiasco with Super Smash Bros Wii U and the Gamecube adapters last Xmas Just goes to show that this will likely blow over for Game as well, even though this has been a disgrace by any company's standards.



ToxieDogg commented on Chieftain Bob Meets Gunman Clive, You Won't Be...:

I fully support equal rights for all, and am completely in favour of gay marriage being legal everywhere. Just want to put that out there.

That being said, I honestly don't understand the need for this, the same as I dislike any fan fiction that portrays established heterosexual characters as gay. Would gay people be comfortable if there were suddenly a trend in fan fiction to try to portray established gay characters as straight, and then be told 'deal with it, stop being hateful and judgemental' if they voiced an opinion?



ToxieDogg commented on Mario Memories: Super Mario Bros. 3, Still Bri...:

My favourite platformer ever. Absolutely love it. I did also love Super Mario World, just not in the same way. I much prefer the music in SMB 3, even the map screens for each world have character, and I really didn't like the 'spin jump' feature in SMW. It felt like a cheat move that enabled you to destroy koopa shells, buzzy beetles and some enemies in one hit and for me, it removed a chunk of the overall challenge. Yeah, I know you can choose not to use it for the most part but the temptation is always there SMB3 has a much better range of collectibles and power ups than SMW too.



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

Super Mario World will always win, even though Super Mario Bros. 3 is the better game. That's the way it will always be.

I still think SMW is a fantastic game, but it just isn't quite as varied or challenging as SMB3 in my honest opinion.



ToxieDogg commented on Review: SENRAN KAGURA 2: Deep Crimson (3DS):

I don't mind people having personal opinions. Opinions are like buttholes, after all.

What I do have a problem with, is that no matter how much people say 'This review is only one person's opinion!', it's representative of the view of the whole website, and as such will actually influence whether people people buy the game or not. We all know there's people out there who won't buy any game unless it gets a glowing review from a site they visit a lot, and a bad review putting people off can potentially mean poorer sales and no more sequels to that game being made.

That being said, It's cool if the reviewer only thinks this is a 6/10 game, but with the site having awarded the first game 8/10, it should be made much clearer in the review as to how this game compares to the previous one, and whether it is at least as good (if not better) than it so existing fans will at least have some kind of proper gauge to go by. Does the reviewer of Senran Kagura 2 only consider the first game to be a 6/10 game as well? Or an even lower score?

Because unless it's the same person reviewing both games, giving the first on an 8 but the second one only a 6 when it apparently has a few more features and an online co-op mode looks extremely inconsistent.

The troll comments from the reviewer about popcorn and coffee very early on in the thread don't help either. It comes across as him deliberately writing a slanted review to annoy certain people and then sitting back and watching the car wreck. Classy, very classy :/



ToxieDogg commented on Review: Devil's Third (Wii U):

Granted MGSV isn't coming out on Wii U, but I'm aiming it more at the multiformat sites, Nintendolife's review isn't the worst one I've seen.



ToxieDogg commented on Review: Devil's Third (Wii U):

I'm enjoying it quite a lot so far. Best game ever? No. But a solid 7.5 or 8/10 for me. I've seen a couple of (very) minor framerate issues when there's a ton of explosions on screen (such as an airstrike) and that's it. Controls are absolutely fine, I'm not understanding reviewers complaining about the camera or aiming at all. The visuals, whilst old fashioned at times, are still definitely a cut above PS2 games and actually look extremely impressive in some instances.

It's got elements of Gears Of War, but mostly reminds me of a cross between Ninja Gaiden and Max Payne. I really hope gamers in general listen to word of mouth from other gamers more than they do 'reviewers' this weekend. As I've said, I'm pretty sure it's partly a political backlash towards Itagaki acting like an idiot on social media, or the need to make a game look worse than it is so that they can then get away with claiming Metal Gear Solid 5 is the best game ever next week



ToxieDogg commented on Review: Devil's Third (Wii U):

Just done the first section myself, and honestly? Seems like an extremely fun action game so far. Camera controls are really good, and I'm not experiencing any major issues gameplay wise, or with the graphics.

I don't know why there's been a massive smear campaign against this game (is it some kind of political agenda because of the violence, or because of Itagaki's (admittedly poor) attitude towards people pointing out faults with the game or what?) and it's pretty sad that a lot of people who would have given it a go are going to be put off because of it.

GameCentral Metro awarded it 2/10 and that's pretty absurd,



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

A physical copy of Devils Third with the Ivan TShirt for me, and I've already paid for a Senran Kagura 2 Happy Boobs set (should get it Thursday, I've had an update about it). I am really interested in QUBE too, but as I'm also likely to pick up the Gears Of War remaster on XB1, this is already an expensive enough week for me.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Removes Ironfall Invasion From 3DS eS...:

I don't see why people who defend region locking always turn it into a Japanese language/localisation issue.

Localisation will always be required for certain games. Even with region free systems, most gamers in the west simply don't speak or understand Japanese. My issue (and most other people's) with region locking is that it often prevents English speaking countries from getting the same games. Let's look at examples. Why weren't Excitebots or the Kirby Dream Collection released over here in England on the Wii? It's ridiculous that an entire country has to miss out on games because Nintendo can't be bothered to localise it into French, German, and Spanish, right? And why didn't America get Disaster: Day Of Crisis (still one of my favourite Wii games) or Another Code R amongst others? In fact, America very nearly didn't get Xenoblade Chronicles thanks to region locking, even though it had been fully localised into English.

Think about that one the next time you defend this outdated, draconian policy.



ToxieDogg commented on Mario Memories: Playing Super Mario Bros. 3 In...:

I'm from the UK but my love of Nintendo stems from much earlier than SMB3...whenever we had a family day out I was always fascinated by arcade machines, and 2 of my favourites were Donkey Kong and Super Mario Bros. I used to play every DK clone on the ZX Spectrum I could get my hands on and even had the old MB board game. So when the NES launched here, that became my console of choice over anything Sega offered. Yes, I was that 'one' kid in the street playing Nintendo stuff. My old NES still also works, those things are built to last. I've even recently successfully disabled it's lockout chip so I could play a few US only releases...TMNT 3: The Manhatten Project is such an awesome scrolling brawler



ToxieDogg commented on Soapbox: It's A Tragedy That Rare Replay Isn't...:

One thing I will say now I've gotten my hands on this compilation...until they patch the controls, Jet Force Gemini is near unplayable on the Rare Replay compilation, for me at least. They've remapped the C-buttons to the right analogue stick, so when you go into 'aim' mode, you aim with the left stick and move with the right stick. It feels alien and counter intuitive to just about every other dual analogue shooter ever made where you move with the left stick and aim with the right stick.

It would have worked much better if you could have replicated the original N64 controls and remapped the C-buttons to ABXY, but unfortunately there's no option for that. It feels so horrible to control on Xbox One that I'm doubting it was even playtested. Apparently there's a patch due out for it soon, that's how bad it is.

The other games all seem fine so far though.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo Download: 6th August (Europe):

@SetupDisk I really didn't enjoy Journey at all. One of the most overrated games I've ever played. Felt pointless and barren for the most part, I had no real idea what I was meant to be doing and because of the random encounters with other players and extremely limited communication it allows, I felt no inclination to interact with anybody else.

I'm glad other people enjoyed it but it really wasn't for me.



ToxieDogg commented on Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson Bursts Out Onto ...:

Happy Boobs box preordered. Bring on the hate from SJWs

I actually really enjoyed the first game, regardless of the nature of the content it's just an extremely fun slice of Japanese madness.

As a big fan of Onechanbara, I've also got the latest PS4 game preordered too.



ToxieDogg commented on Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated ...:

@arnoldlayne83 I watched the Youtube video you linked to, and whilst it makes some very interesting (and valid) points, it's still full of flawed logic. The guy presenting it says that Resident Evil sales have 'remained stable' since the series became more action orientated. Really? Take a look at the bar chart that flashes up on screen as he says that (and also what we already know)....Resident Evil 6 sold barely half of what Resi 5 sold, and is the lowest selling Resi game since Resi 3 (which is what caused them to shake the series up in the first place). And then the presenter laments the fact that Final Fantasy 13 sold more than Final Fantasy 3 & 6 combined....which is hardly surprising, given that there are a lot more gamers around the world than there were back then, and also up until Final Fantasy 7 the games weren't being released outside of Japan and the US.

Looking at gaming trends isn't always as simple as just comparing sales figures.



ToxieDogg commented on Poll: Where Do You Stand on Miiverse and Its P...:

Used to really like Miiverse, but getting my posts falsly flagged for spoilers a few times and the moderators suddenly issuing me with spoiler warnings without any proper explanation as to what I'd done wrong really soured my enjoyment of it. Just can't be bothered posting on there at all now for fear of false flagging. For instance, somebody was asking if it was worth buying Mighty Switch Force HD as they had it on 3DS already. I replied that it had extra stages. Got flagged as a spoiler, and I was issued with a warning.

Meanwhile, immature kids keep using the stamps in Super Mario 3D world to create unfunny Mario themed 'fart' jokes, and a lot of the communities are full of posts blatantly telling people exactly where all cool secret stuff is, or how to find it, and the moderators do absolutely nothing about them. Extremely annoying if you forget to change your Miiverse settings and the childish jokes/spoiler posts appear all over the loading screens in the middle of your games.



ToxieDogg commented on Negative Reception For Devil's Third Is Due To...:

This reminds me a little of the time that Edge Magazine wrote a negative review about Sonic Lost World, with the reviewer complaining for the most part that there was only one button to jump and a lot of the time Sonic's homing attack didn't work properly. The reviewer awarded the game 4/10.

Or in other words, the reviewer hadn't realised that there were 2 jump to just do normal double jumps and the other specifically to do homing attacks. I've played through Sonic Lost World myself, and whilst the game has other issues, problems with the jumping and homing attack mechanics not working properly wasn't one of them....they were absolutely fine for me.

I'm still prepared to give Devil's Third a chance. Itagaki sounds a bit like a petulant child here. But so does Damo.



ToxieDogg commented on Tomonobu Itagaki Explains Why the Pro Controll...:

Whilst I don't dislike the Gamepad, for me I don't think it's ergonomic enough for long play sessions. After an hour or so playing Splatoon, both of my hands hurt like hell (and I've got fairly large hands), whereas I can manage playing games quite a lot longer using the Pro Controller if I've got time. The Gamepad just isn't a nice shape to hold for too long....too blocky. The original model of the 3DS really hurt my hands as well, and it reminds me a lot of that.

Great for everybody who has no problems with it, but I'd much rather use the Pro Controller wherever the option is available.



ToxieDogg commented on Multiple Sources Point to Nintendo of America ...:

I'm not disagreeing with Nintendolife's impression of Devil's Third (even though I'm still picking it up), but all this is part of the reason why most third parties have ditched Nintendo.

Is Devil's Third really much worse than most third party games that have released on the Xbox 360 or PS3 over the last few years?

The big problem here is that the moment a third party develop a game for a Nintendo system that's deemed to be 'not Nintendo quality' (and let's face it, very few third party games are), then pretty much every reviewer slates it, Nintendo themselves even refuse to promote or highlight it much and it goes on to sell poorly, alienating more third parties and reinforcing the old mantra that only Nintendo games sell on Nintendo consoles.

If Devils Third had been developed for Xbox or Playstation, you can bet that it would be getting hyped and people would be excited for it, regardless of whether it was a bit 'janky'.

Now, I'm not saying we as Nintendo fans should drop our standards....far from it. But there is a place and a market for games like this and we should be accepting them more, rather than tearing them to shreds before they've even been released, or we've even had a few reviews at least to compare, and then wondering why hardly anybody is making games for Nintendo consoles anymore.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away Ag...:

@Windy Wait....what?!? You got a ban? You didn't do anything wrong! Crazy.

At least the negative comments and trolling have now ended. As for me, I'm still feeling a sense of stunned disbelief at what's happened. A guy on Youtube posted a clip of Iwata playing his own game Balloon Fight on Game Center CX and he just just seems like such a likeable down to earth and humble could easily forget you were talking to the President of a huge multinational corporation and hang out with him and have fun. There will definitely never be anybody else quite like him



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away Ag...:

@Windy It's hard not to feel emotional on a day like today, I wouldn't beat yourself up too much over it. To a lot of us, and I'm sure you as well, Iwata wasn't just the boss of Nintendo. Even before that, I remember seeing his name often coming up on the credits of games that I played and it was cool to finally be able to put a face to that name when he took over from Yamauchi in 2002. And since then, he's been a really cool, hands on guy....always heavily involved with any new thing Nintendo developed and always putting himself in the firing line (for better or worse) in terms of company publicity and marketing.

We might not have known the guy personally but he always felt like 'one of us' gamers in a way that, even though I also have a lot of respect for guys like Phil Spencer at Microsoft....they just don't.

It's an extremely sad loss for anybody who's had any real love for Nintendo games over the last 20 years, and as for any of the trolls and idiots who are posting negative comments anywhere on the internet today....well, you can pretty much count them on one hand. That's a true testament to how well Iwata will be remembered.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away Ag...:

Nearly 24 hours worth of consistent trolling and baiting comments on a tribute thread from the same person. Wow, that's sad. Best for everybody to just act like this child no longer exists and stop feeding his ego.

I just hope that moving forward, Nintendo doesn't lose the sense of fun and creativity Iwata bought to the company. He obviously had a real passion for the brand, and games and hardlware that are pure fun that anybody can pick up and play, and kept this focus the entire time he was in charge. He stuck to Nintendo's core principles even in the face of tough and evolving competition from Sony and Microsoft and that's something to be admired. He's been an inspiration to millions of fans around the world, and whatever Nintendo do next I hope that they keep some of Iwata's spirit alive.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away Ag...:

It's a cool story indeed. Look at the amount of cash that the DS, DS Lite, DSi, Wii, 3DS and Amiibo have generated for Nintendo, all under Iwata's leadership. Most other companies would kill people for that kind of revenue. The only misfire on his record is the Wii U.

But yeah, according to you he wasn't up to running Nintendo. Whatever.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away Ag...:

Iwata was at the helm for the launches of the DS, Wii and 3DS.....if that means he 'almost destroyed Nintendo' then you clearly don't understand how business works.

I feel sorry for you more than anything. Here you are on a Iwata tribute thread, checking back in regularly and making more comments than many other people here. Obviously Iwata's death has affected or upset you quite a lot to make you care so much.



ToxieDogg commented on Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away Ag...:

@Mona-Reggie There isn't a need to talk like that. A lot of people might have wanted him to be fired, but nobody at all wished this to happen to him.

As a long time gamer and near-lifelong Nintendo fan, I'll hugely miss Iwata. He was a fantastic, creative talent, and I'll always appreciate his work on a number of classic games like Kirby and Earthbound, as well as being at the helm for the launches of the DS, Wii, 3DS and Wii U.

My mother died of similar complications a few years ago (at 63 years old) and it still sticks with me how ill she was during the last couple of months...55 is certainly way too young to go and I can only hope that Iwata's passing was a little less uncomfortable for him.

RIP Iwata-San, and thanks for all the memories. Huge condolences to his family and friends too.



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

Already have Kirby Mouse Attack on DS (ridiculous name, BTW...they should have gone with Squeak Squad like the US) and Kirby 64 on Wii VC...might upgrade Kirby 64 at some point.

Getting a physical copy of Yoshi's Wooly World with the 3 different coloured Yarn Yoshi amiibos...that's about as much as my wallet can handle for now. I've even had to sacrifice getting Batman Arkham Knight this week because of it.



ToxieDogg commented on Pokémon Shuffle Receives Yet Another Code for...:

I thought I was going to hate it, but I've managed to get up to stage 105 so far with all Pokemon caught (asides from the EX stage ones) and not spending any cash at all on microtransactions.

The 500 free coins you get every day really help.



ToxieDogg commented on Rare Replay on Xbox One Will Include 30 Games,...:

@SnuggleMon I agree with you about Conker, I prefer the original N64 version too. Fortunately, I'm lucky enough to still have my launch copy.

I'm still buying this set though, because there's other games on there such as Battletoads, Blast Corps and RC Pro AM that I'm interested in seeing in HD (and if the ports are any good) and it still sucks for other people who've been longtime fans of these games on previous Nintendo systems and would like to get this compilation but can't, because they don't have Xbox Ones.



ToxieDogg commented on Mighty No. 9 Features on Wii U and 3DS Version...:

Needs Classic Controller support, or I won't be buying the Wii U version. I've discovered recently (whilst having to use it to play Splatoon) that my hands are cramping up badly having to use the Gamepad for any extended amount of time.