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Tue 12th Aug 2008

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TrueWiiMaster commented on Nintendo of America Confirms Its Black Friday ...:

I'm definitely interested in some of those indies, but I'll pass on the retail games. It takes a better discount than that to make me go digital on Nintendo retail games.

Does anyone know if Never Alone was ever updated to fix the bugs and improve the frame rate?



TrueWiiMaster commented on Rumour: A Class in Bravely Second is Supposedl...:

It's not going to keep me from getting the game, but this seems like a particularly significant and awkward change. I don't know why people think it's offensive to use traditional Native American clothing or images. I think the idea that such images are offensive is itself offensive, and possibly racist.

Also, if the Redskins change their name, it won't be to "avoid causing offense". It will be because the government revoked their trademark. Personally, I'm hoping they stick with their current name and symbol. Little known fact: the Redskin's icon was actually suggested and created by a Native American leader (Walter Wetzel, former president of the National Congress of American Indians). Before that it was just an R.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Poor Odds of The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth ...:

Sounds like developer incompetence/laziness to me. The Wii U is obviously much stronger than the Vita, and really, the Vita should have no problem playing this game. With a competent developer behind it, it would probably even work fine on the 3DS.

Nintendo's file limit was in place from the beginning. Team Meat knew about it when they promised the game, and then proceeded to make a game that wouldn't fit it, and blame Nintendo for a rule they chose to ignore.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Amazon Lists Pokémon Red, Yellow And Blue At ...:

I'm glad that these games are finally coming to the eshop, but this price is ridiculous. With Earthbound, it was just a $2 increase, a mere 25% up from the typical SNES price. With these games, we're talking about a whopping 150% increase in price compared to other Game Boy games. I would have been okay with an extra couple bucks, since they added wireless, but more than doubling the price is just too much, especially since most people probably won't even use the updated feature (myself included). Unless I fall into some hype/nostalgia, I won't be getting any of these games at those prices. I could just play Fire Red on my DS, or the original on my GBA (if the save still works in the cartridge).



TrueWiiMaster commented on Editorial: Linkle May be a Clunky Introduction...:

Since Link is an established character (yes, I know it's technically a different Link in most games) I'd prefer he stay a he. It would be interesting to play a game, or part of a game, as Zelda, though. I think if they want a female protagonist, they should use one that's already female.

As for choosing a gender, I'd worry that that would limit the game to some degree. Unless games are specifically built for it, like Mass Effect, having a gender option means the game cannot have gender-specific relationships. Those may not be common in Zelda games, but I want the creators to be able to put them in easily if that's what they want.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Humour: The Pain Of Being A Wii U Owner This C...:

This year has had some awesome games, but the total still sits at about 3. It has to be one of the slowest years any Nintendo system has ever had while still current. That said, Xenoblade still looks awesome, and I'm looking forward to the games coming to the Wii U and 3DS next year (plus the real NX announcement).



TrueWiiMaster commented on Preview: Getting Lost in the World of Xenoblad...:

This game looks awesome, if more than a little overwhelming. My biggest concern is the quests. I thought the quests in the original could get annoyingly tedious. I really hope the quests are better in this game. That said, I definitely plan on getting it. I'm just deciding if I want the regular or special edition.

Was it removed by NoA or NoE? NoA does use NoE's localization's sometimes.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Nintendo Download: 12th November (North America):

I got Girls Like Robots a while back in a Humble Bundle, and I had a lot of fun with it. I thought the humor and gameplay were great, and thought it would be a good fit for the Wii U, so I'm glad that it's finally coming to the eshop.

That said, because I already have it, I probably won't be getting anything but free demos this week (unless something cool comes from the Direct).



TrueWiiMaster commented on Parent Trap: Oft-Forgotten Wii U Features That...:

I think these kinds of features, along with free online play, are a huge, and missed, marketing opportunity for Nintendo. The convenience of letting your kid play games (or stream videos) on the Gamepad while you watch TV, the savings in using Wii games and accessories, and the variety and nostalgia on the eshop are too often overlooked. Add in free online play and its lower-than-the-others price tag, and the Wii U is definitely the best value of the current consoles. You may get "free" games with PS+ and Xbox Gold, but never having to pay a penny to get everything from your console is a major selling point, imo.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Get Ready To Blast Off With Space Dave!:

I didn't think I'd like Woah Dave!, but it came with the Humble Bundle, so I got it. It's a surprisingly fun and addictive game, and the music is great. I'd definitely be interested in Space Dave.



TrueWiiMaster commented on More North American Women Own A Games Console ...:

The survey should have asked if they played a home console, not just if they owned one. Depending on the person/question, just having one in the house could be considered owning a console. It doesn't mean they play the console, or even that the console is theirs. Media outlets always seem so eager to say women play games as much as or more than men, but they never have anything to back it up.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Nintendo Is Making Female Characters Cover Up ...:

Eh, I really don't care. I wasn't buying this game for specific costumes. I was buying it for its enormous, beautiful world, epic plot, and great gameplay, and they remain intact. In general, I'm against censorship, but I'd count this up as localization more than censorship.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Nintendo Expecting Mobile Business To Eclipse ...:

I can definitely see that. With the hundreds of millions of mobile devices out there (or has it passed a billion yet?), it's not so unreasonable to expect massive profits from some of the most valuable IPs in the world. That said, I hope the incredible potential for profit that mobile offers doesn't pull Nintendo to the dark side.



TrueWiiMaster commented on CyberGadget's Ridiculously Well-Equipped Retro...:

So it can't play NES games? That seems like a strange design choice. That alone would push me to the Retron 5. I'd rather have NES compatibility than the PC Engine, Turbografx, and SuperGrafx. What I really want, though, is a Retron 5 with added N64 support. When that happens, I might finally buy one of these clone systems.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Rumour: More Evidence Mounts of Twilight Princ...:

I'd love to get Twilight Princess in HD, but I wish they'd give some non-Zelda games remasters/remakes for a change. This would be the fourth Zelda remake this gen (Wii U and 3DS), and while I love Zelda, I also love Mario, Pikmin, DK, Metroid, and various other Nintendo IPs that rarely, if ever, see real remakes. It would be great to see Mario Sunshine HD, DK64 3D, and/or Metroid Prime Trilogy HD.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Zelda Fans Vent Anger At Nintendo of America O...:

I don't really see what the problem is. I wouldn't have even known it was based on a meme if not for this article. I'd imagine that other people who aren't into memes, and future players who haven't heard of this meme, will be the same way.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Editorial: It's Far Too Soon to Go Download-On...:

I pretty much always prefer getting hard copies of Nintendo's games, but I'm not against getting digital games, especially in cases of digital or nothing, which might apply to Fatal Frame. That said, I'd be very against the NX only supporting digital games. While downloading games can be convenient (even if it's often slower than going to the store), the digital market tends to be more expensive outside of major sales, and there's always that worry that, for one reason or another, you'll lose access to the games in the future. There's also a chance that the games will become unobtainable in the future due to a closure of the digital shop, so if you don't get them while it's open, you won't be able to.

I disagree with the attack on the Wii U's internal storage, though. The fact is, if the Wii U had come with more storage, it would have cost more (unless Nintendo took a loss). If that's what you want, you shouldn't have a problem paying more for storage now, since you saved money then. At least now, three years later, your dollars will buy more GBs than they would have then.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Nintendo Download: 22nd October (North America):

I would definitely get Costume Quest 2 (been waiting for a sale) but I got it for $6 on PSN back in August. I'd love to have it on the Wii U, but I'm not sure I want to double dip, especially when I bought (and started) the PS3 version so recently. I will be downloading the demos, including Fatal Frame, though.

That's like saying removing an illustration from a book makes it less complete. The costumes were never important, and their absence has little to no effect on the game or its content.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets Ge...:

I love the show, and the game looks pretty good. That said, it's still a licensed game, so I'll wait for a review. Also, is "Big Grin" the European equivalent of Disney XD, or did they change the name since I stopped getting "premium" channels?

And is this the first time the UbiArt engine has been on the 3DS, or was Rayman Origins built on it?



TrueWiiMaster commented on Super Meat Boy May Be Coming to the Wii U:

Nintendo had the file limit in place from the beginning. Team Meat knew about it, and promised the game would come out on the Wii. They then proceeded to surpass the file limit, and blame Nintendo for not bending the rules for them when it couldn't come out.



TrueWiiMaster commented on The Pokémon Company Withdraws Settlement in L...:

Strange. As I understand it, unions have been exercising their right to free speech, including political involvement, for decades. They didn't just get that right in 2010. It was also my understanding that the government was unable to affect or censor churches in any way, despite them being organizations rather than individuals.

Actually, and ironically, the public has all of the say. The wealthy, incorporated or not, can only spread their message. It's the people who choose who gets elected. McDonald's being able to pay for political commercials doesn't change the fact that McDonald's doesn't get a vote in the next election.

The Patriot Act, unless I'm missing something, is about surveillance, not censorship, and the Espionage Act only allows censorship of things directly related to national security. So no, the government cannot just censor anything it wants.

With the rise of social media, that's becoming less and less true. These days there are probably more people on Youtube than who watch the news or read the paper. You don't need to be wealthy to be heard by thousands on Youtube. Wealth can act as a sort of megaphone to get messages out, but that's about all it can do. The people are the ones who vote, so the people are the ones with the power. The wealthy just try to convince the people of their message.



TrueWiiMaster commented on The Pokémon Company Withdraws Settlement in L...:

An association of people is a group of individuals, each with 1st Amendment rights. Besides, if only individuals have the right to free speech, the government would have the power to freely censor books, which are usually published by companies, not individuals. That would go for games, music, and movies too. It would also mean that unions could be banned from political involvement, which is a form of free speech, because they are groups, not individuals. Also, if the 1st Amendment only applied to individuals, how would that affect churches? They are religious organizations, not individuals.

Having money has no influence on what rights you have. Bill Gates, despite being worth more than The Pokemon Company, still has the same rights as you or me. Because he's so incredibly wealthy, he can better promote his speech, but his speech is no more and no less protected than ours. Wealth does not dictate rights.



TrueWiiMaster commented on The Pokémon Company Withdraws Settlement in L...:

After all this guy's doing, it's really not surprising. He used the Pokemon property to draw customers and make money. Even if his motives were just to have fun, he did it as a business and money was involved. Just like Walmart can't put out a commercial featuring Pikachu without permission, this guy can't put Pikachu on a flyer and say "come to my cafe". After they came to an agreement, he then went online and painted the Pokemon Company as something of a villain to get sympathy money, supposedly unaware that TPC might not appreciate that, and in response pull their relatively easy agreement.

Actually, that case recognized corporations as associations of people, deciding that their 1st Amendment right couldn't be infringed just because they were incorporated.

I don't think the morality here is so cut and dry. After all, the guy stole the Pokemon IP, which is worth hundreds of thousands of times more than the fee they agreed on. On top of that, it's not like he was just some random guy having a party at his house. He was doing this at his own business. It boils down to a small business stealing, inadvertently or not, from a big business, and the big business going relatively easy on him, but not just letting him off the hook completely.



TrueWiiMaster commented on The Pokémon Company Sues Fan for Copyright In...:

It seems harsh, but he was using Pokemon's IP to bring people in. Whether he profited from the tickets or not is irrelevant. He brought in customers using someone else's property, and charged them for entry. You can't do that.

To those saying Nintendo should have just sent him usable ads, that's not really how it works either. To protect their IP, they'd need/want significant control over the event (what was served, what was played, what was given away, etc) before they endorsed it. They might not want Pikachu to be the face of an event that features competing games, or which has an environment counter to the one Nintendo wants for Pokemon.

While I think Pokemon Co. should have let him pay over time, or even reduce the fee, they were in the right here. It was their property, and they have every reason and right to defend it.



TrueWiiMaster commented on This Is The Last Real Console Cycle, Proclaims...:

That's not entirely true. While I'm generally pro-PC for 3rd party games, there are reasons to go with consoles other than exclusive games. First, there's innovation. You'd never get something like the Wii, Wii U, or 3DS on PC, because a PC is just a rig with a keyboard, or a controller borrowed from a console. Then there's the consistency. My brother built a pretty great gaming rig a few years ago. From the beginning, it had issues running games, not because it couldn't, but because the games were optimized for different hardware or not optimized at all. As I understand it, that's not uncommon for PC's. Then there's price. His gaming rig cost about triple the price of a console, and while it can outdo the PS4, that's still a high price. And finally, there's the convenience. While you can do just about anything with a PC, it generally takes more effort and know-how than plugging in a console and starting a game. With consoles, you don't really have to do anything. With Steam boxes coming out, some of that could change, but I doubt all of it will.



TrueWiiMaster commented on This Is The Last Real Console Cycle, Proclaims...:

"This is the last real console cycle. I don't mean that Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo will go bankrupt and shut down - they will not. Each of them will make another console"
So basically, by saying this is the "last real console cycle" he meant this was in no way the last console cycle. Why do people still listen to this guy?

As for his point about switching to mobile platforms, even as tablets, and even android gaming boxes, get stronger, they still don't have the strength for big AAA gaming. They also don't have the consistent build (what works on one might be broken on another). Perhaps most importantly, the crowd he's talking about, the crowd who would buy CoD on their smartphone but not on a console, tends to be very cheap (hence not wanting to buy a console). Would CoD and FIFA really double their sales if they released at their console game price point on mobile devices? Almost certainly not. Even if they cut their prices in half, which probably still wouldn't be enough to get those sales, selling twice as many copies would yield the same amount of money, making it pointless. Realistically, to be competitive and attract those mobile users, they'd need cut prices to down to less than $15, maybe less than $10, at which point they'd need to sell not double, but quintuple the number of copies sold on consoles to make the same money.

Also, I'd like to point out that the PS3 was to the PS2 what the 3DS is to the DS, and yet the PS4 is moving towards PS2 numbers.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Talking Point: Star Fox Zero's Delay Could Be ...:

"However, few would argue that the Wii U has quantity as well as quality"
When it comes to exclusives, the Wii U has both quality and quantity. The problem is that exclusives are pretty much all it's getting these days.

It's disappointing that Star Fox is being delayed (though I'd rather they take their time and make it as good as possible), but honestly, I'm more excited about Xenoblade and Woolly World (which isn't out in America yet, and should probably be counted as a holiday release). And while they're not AAA games, Fatal Frame and Devil's Third are on the way too.

As for this holiday, I think Nintendo still has a good chance of doing well. Even though it's already out, Mario Maker is almost guaranteed to be a big Christmas seller, almost certainly a much bigger seller than Star Fox was ever going to be. There's a possibility Splatoon will do well too, despite its age.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Plight Of Syrian Refugees Highlighted Via The...:

Honestly, I think the video could have done a much better job of showing how difficult the journey would be, perhaps by making each "life" a different person, with the previous person still stuck in the problem they lost with.

And while the journey is certainly hard and dangerous, that really isn't relevant to other countries taking them in. While countries should give humanitarian aid when they can, their first priority should be their own people. Taking in tons of refugees is expensive, and comes with the risk of bringing in terrorists disguised as refugees. In this case, the vast majority of the refugees won't know European languages either, which makes it more likely that they'll just stick together, making a Syrian subculture within the European nations. I feel for the real refugees, who really are desperately fleeing the violence in their own nation, with no alterior motives, but I completely understand European countries not inviting, and even blocking, an invasion.



TrueWiiMaster commented on More Wave 5 amiibo Pre-Order Sale Windows Conf...:

It doesn't seem to be working now, but I don't think it's because it sold out. If something sells out, you can usually still see it, but it's not there at all right now. I think Amazon's having some problems or something. They're also telling me it has 6 reviews, but when I click on them, it says they don't exist.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Toon Link Will Reportedly Be Playable in Hyrul...:

I'm still kind of annoyed that Nintendo's basically making a GOTY edition of Hyrule Warriors (as in a complete-with-all-DLC+more package) but only releasing it on the 3DS. I want all of that content, but I want it on the Wii U, and I don't want to pay $100+ for it. Unless I see a particularly good opportunity to buy the Wii U game, or they make the DLC free, I'm probably going to hold off in the hopes of either a Wii U Legend Edition, or an NX Legend Edition.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Nintendo of America Makes Young Boy's Dream Co...:

I don't know if Nintendo had anything to do with it in the past, but they've had units like this where I live for over a decade. When my brother was hospitlaized with appendicitis back in the early 2000's, they rolled in an N64 and TV on a cart. More recently (4-5 years ago), my nephew got a similar cart when he was in the hospital, but with a Wii. For a kid stuck in a hospital bed, it really does a lot to lift their spirits.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Potential Massacre Averted At Pokémon World C...:

No, I don't, but that doesn't mean there will never be a time when people need to take up arms against a tyrannical government. Regardless of whether that time ever comes, the right to bear arms is guaranteed so that people can protect themselves and their freedom should either come under attack. So no, I don't think we're in immediate danger from the government, but I think the citizenry having the ability to fight back should there be a danger is an important right. As kind of an aside, I doubt the Germans would have thought their government was capable of the horrors the Nazi's committed 10 years before they came to power, either.

And again, guns are frequently used for self-defense, too. Many people have used guns to protect themselves and their loved ones. People use them to hunt, too, of course.

Globally speaking, most other countries don't have the same freedoms as the USA, and most other countries weren't born by escaping tyrannical rule with the citizens' guns.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Potential Massacre Averted At Pokémon World C...:

Assault rifles, as in the automatic rifles used in the military, aren't legal to own. The gun many people confuse as an assault rifle, and which is almost certainly what these guys had, the AR-15, is not automatic, and isn't very different from a regular rifle. Many people use them for hunting, and some people just like them better than traditional rifles. Because of its appearance, it has become the go-to example for gun control advocates, but it's just another semi-automatic gun like almost every other gun on the market. It's also worth mentioning that murders with rifles, including AR-15's, make up an incredibly small number of the murders in America. More people are killed with bare hands than rifles.

Feel free to tell the people who defended their lives and property with guns how "barmy" it is that they were able to do so. I'd ask you to say the same thing to Holocaust survivors, but they were disarmed before being put into concentration camps, so they weren't able to defend themselves. History has shown us time and time again the danger of being a disarmed populace. It's not some theoretical idea thought up by gun owners.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Potential Massacre Averted At Pokémon World C...:

That's both bizarre and disturbing. At least they got caught. Hopefully the police can get them for more than just possession.

To all the people bashing America and it's gun laws, the 2nd Amendment exists for a reason. If people are unarmed, they're defenseless. We can look to history and see numerous cases of disarmament followed by subjugation, including Hitler, Stalin, and various other regimes. On a more personal level, gun ownership allows you to defend yourself from other individuals, whether they be rapists, terrorists, murderers, or burglars, without relying on someone else to save you.