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Wed 20th Oct 2010

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Zausimo commented on Review: Lucadian Chronicles (Wii U eShop):

I downloaded the game / demo for the 10 coin post play survey for the fading Club Nintendo program, but I stayed for the fun! Been playing this for close to a month now, as even with the free version there is always something to do each day.

In regards to the online portion, there really is a significant amount, with daily challenges (PvE essentially), league matches (32 player brackets where you set up your team from your stash of cards, with regular matches played out within the league automatically), and most entertaining Draft Mode.

In Draft mode, you and an opponent draw from four packs of six random cards (alternating the packs on each draw) to make up a 12 card pool. Then you use these 12 cards to make your best team, to try to win the best two out of three rounds.

Since there are counters to most cards, it gives you a chance to change your set up if you lose your first round, keeping in mind that you've seen most of what your opponent has available to them (on what you didn't draw during the draft). Excellent mix of strategy and skill, with a good dose of luck and randomness to give newbies (like me!) a chance now and then.



Zausimo commented on Advance Wars Bringing the Battle to the Wii U ...:

I'm currently playing Black Hole Rising on the GBA (yes, I'm a decade behind on handhelds), and I'm loving every minute of it. Haven't played the first GBA iteration, so I would definitely get this when possible.

Also add me to the pool of people hoping there is some sort of revival of this series on the Wii U (or at least a more interesting take on the Battalion offshoot).

I know it wouldn't be a system seller, but I'd also be up for Intelligent Systems making a SRPG in the Paper Mario Universe, just more strategy experiences on the Wii U either way, please!



Zausimo commented on Wii Party U Bypasses the Wii U eShop in Launch...:

For those that keep up on Club Nintendo in the US, they post Intend to Buy surveys for their first party Wii U games, both digital and physical copies. They never put up the digital version, just the physical copy survey for Wii Party U.

I thought this meant that they weren't intending this to be available as a digital download, but I'm sure that will change somewhere down the line.



Zausimo commented on Review: Wii Party U (Wii U):

I loved the original Wii Party (its better than MP8 IMO, never played MP9 though), so I'm glad to hear the quality has been retained in the sequel.



Zausimo commented on Soapbox: Why Grand Theft Auto V Isn't For Me:

Couldn't read all of the comments, but obviously a good soapbox topic to pick based on the 500+ responses, Damo. I can sum up my feelings on GTA (and just about a majority of the AAA multiplatform titles nowadays) pretty succinctly.

I played them when when I was a teen, a bit in early college, but by the time wife + kids came around, it was time to grow out of them and into more family friendly affairs.

Games are meant to be played together, and I wouldn't feel comfortable with titles like GTA for the article listed reasons. Especially not when there are plenty of other equally entertaining options out there that keep things more accessible. Though I don't condemn games like GTA, strokes for different folks.



Zausimo commented on James Pond Franchise to Return With Crowdfundi...:

I remember playing and liking the first two releases on the Genesis / Mega Drive, with the sequel being the superior release in my mind. It's nice to see some old 90's title characters get a reboot, but still not entirely exciting to me either way.

I still hope it does well if it ever materializes.



Zausimo commented on GameStop Accused of Re-Printing Xenoblade Chro...:

Reprint or not, I have no arguments on the price they set. I'm not going to defend everything that Gamestop does as a company, but this makes sense. If they were to price it around $50, you can bet that a vast majority of the buyers would be those intent on reselling the game for profit, which the game easily sells for $100 online if in good condition.

If they didn't set a high starting price, those individuals who would actually want to play the game would be right back where they were before these copies surfaced, resorting to eBay and Amazon.

As FiveDigitLP mentioned, there are many opportunities to cut that $90 price tag down to $70, or even $60 if you know how to work the current promotions and are a PUR Pro member. When you factor that into it, it is a pretty good deal, especially since you can easily return the game if you don't think its worth that much (can't say that so easily about other online sites). And I would say with my time so far, the game is definitely worth $70 or more.

Hate GS if you want to, but all they are doing is taking more profit for themselves away from those who are intent on flipping copies by setting a higher initial price.



Zausimo commented on Soapbox: Mobile And Tablet Gaming Is Creating ...:

Putting aside any bias in the article that may irk you, the main point is valid. The current generation of gaming is more interested in low investment in skills and more emphasis on instant gratification, and the majority of iOS gaming attributes towards that (not all, mind you).

You can even argue that console trends with a high degree of cutscenes are also to blame, with companies focusing more on creating a movie-like experience than developing a deep and rewarding gameplay system. There are too many corridor shooters and auto-healing games out there that are facilitating story completion rather than gameplay immersion. Mastering the game is no longer a priority.

Both these types of games and smart phone / tablet gaming are essential pieces of the gaming landscape, you just have to think of the bigger picture this is all painting (which we won't really know its true impact for some time).

All in all, this was probably one of my favorite reads on NL in some time, thank you Damo!



Zausimo commented on Retro Studios: "After Donkey Kong Country Retu...:

It really made sense for them to do another DKC, utilizing the assets from DKCR to save on development costs and cut on the production cycle (which I'm sure they are working on something else concurrently). It sells well, and is something that has not been tapped out as much as Mario has. It may be another 2D platformer, but if companies didn't do sequels in short succession, we wouldn't see improved titles such as DKC2 (which is still mostly regarded as the best entry).

I loved DKCR, so I'm all for this (especially since the David Wise news). Plus as I've said before, this will give Retro more 2D experience to properly handle a 2D Metroid (which is long overdue more so than another Prime).



Zausimo commented on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Hopping T...:

@Steamboat_Willie The David Wise news is icing on the cake for me. I was interested in what I saw with the trailer, but now hearing that makes me that much more excited. DKC and DKC2 had stellar soundtracks, though DKCR was just good, but not great (and had very few original pieces).

IMO, excellent music is very crucial in making a title a classic, which has been lacking in some recent Nintendo releases.



Zausimo commented on Club Nintendo Rewards Updated for May:

@Ryno In March they offered Paper Mario from the N64, now this is Mario RPG from the SNES, different games. Though Paper Mario was the pseudo sequel of the SNES title, so I can see the confusion.

Definitely getting SMRPG, debating on Maboshi's Arcade (I passed on it last time it was offered).



Zausimo commented on LucasArts Shut Down By Disney:

I think the only thing I am going to miss is the death of their "Gold Guy" logo, such a fond memory seeing that little guy in the corner of the box art in the early 90's. For the record, Fate of Atlantis was probably my favorite game associated with them.

Star Wars games will continue to live on regardless, so no need to go Chicken Little about this.



Zausimo commented on Feature: The Wonderful World of Multiplayer Ad...:

Odd that they have the Super Mario Kart banner for the SNES multitap (which didn't support it), a better substitute would be Secret of Mana, which was the only game I've ever used it for.

Sorry for the nitpicking Thomas, great article nonetheless.



Zausimo commented on Talking Point: WiiWare's Vital Role in a Retro...:

@Will-75 When I first saw the article, escapeVektor was the first title that came to mind as well (after the BIT.TRIP series of course), so it's lack of mention in the main article is a bit confusing.

Although I do like their selections (Bubble Bobble Plus is another one of my favorites), Vektor was more worthy of the limelight than most, especially since he's made his way to 3DS and Vita now.



Zausimo commented on Feature: We've Unboxed A Wii Mini So You Don't...:

@eigafan Thanks for that tidbit of information, the 480i output only really squelched any desire I had for getting one of these in the future. I could live without the wifi and SD card support, but decreasing the resolution is a death knell for my interest.

Looks awesome, though.



Zausimo commented on Nintendo Has No New Wii Games In The Pipeline:

@Starwolf_UK I'm betting on the same thing, that Nintendo will still be releasing some more Selects titles in 2013 for the Wii. It only makes sense, as all they have to do is come up with a new cover art and just reprint some of the classics. By comparison, Gamecube had about four times the amount of Player's Choice games, though that included a good amount of third party games.



Zausimo commented on Official Youtube App Launches On The Wii In No...:

@Krimbatize It doesn't look like we'll get any coins, as it doesn't even show up in my Club Nintendo registered products. I tested this by downloading the Youtube channel and a demo from the shop channel yesterday. The demo is already listed in my registered titles, but no Youtube Channel.

And I was hoping for some free coins as well.



Zausimo commented on Nintendo Is Holding Back Wii U Titles To Maint...:

Well, lets look at the history of the Wii launch + 1st year in terms of 1st party title releases (NA release dates):

Nov '06: Wii Sports, LoZ TP, Excite Truck
Jan '07: WarioWare Smooth Moves
Feb '07: Wii Play
Apr '07: Super Paper Mario
May '07: Mario Party 8
Jun '07: Big Brain Academy Wii Degree
Jul '07: Mario Strikers Charged
Aug '07: Metroid Prime 3
Oct '07: Battalion Wars 2
Nov '07: Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn, Super Mario Galaxy, Link's Crossbow Training

I think they already space out their releases and they certainly do not 'tend to release too many titles at the launch', as Mr. Iwata puts it.



Zausimo commented on Feature: Reinventing Nintendo's Major Franchis...:

@MYCO (and @singie1 to some extent) Battalion / Advance Wars really needs to be brought back into the fold, especially on the Wii U with the gamepad. Though Pikmin 3 will be in someways similar, an RTS / 3rd person shooter hybrid with Battalion Wars on a larger scale would definitely be awesome.



Zausimo commented on New Super Mario Bros. U Confirmed as 1080p, Or...:

Just to reiterate what TruenoGT pointed out earlier, the reason why Nintendo 1st party titles will be more than likely 720p is to have the extra processing power for the 480p gamepad screen (which seems to be an active feature in all 1st party games), while still maintaining the 60 fps on the big screen.

Honestly in any case, 720p and 60 fps on the big screen would be much better than 1080p and ~30 fps, as a smooth running game looks miles better than a higher definition game IMO.



Zausimo commented on The Best Damn Half Time Entertainment You'll E...:

Excellent video, only gripe I have (which is nothing to blame on the band) is that out of all the cool retro homages, the guy in front of him takes a picture of the Halo logo. Not saying it didn't look great, but I guess that's the age we're living in...



Zausimo commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Would Love to See GameCube Ga...:

They will have VC GCN games, no doubt, but I'm guessing by their current price model ($5 NES, $8 SNES, $10 N64) that the price point for these games will be in the $12-15 range. At that point I would honestly prefer a disc-based release with a true HD remastering for a $20-40 price point, as I doubt they would do that for a VC release. Plus with a physical copy they can add more features to justify the higher price, and also physical copies actually have sales and drop in price over time.

Just my two cents, disc based GCN re-releases with HD remastering and additional features is what I would prefer.



Zausimo commented on Nintendo: Wii U Basic Bundle Designed To Attra...:

I think the 'Basic is for the core' argument will make much more sense in about a year or so, when not only all of the advertised 3rd party games will be released (plus more obviously), but also a few more 1st party IPs from Nintendo are available as well. Gamers will regularly own two or three consoles, and will sometimes even purchase a console just to play a few AAA exclusive titles. For them, the cheaper price will offset the extras they don't care about, or become more cost effective down the road (software prices drop much more readily than hardware prices, cheaper third party accessories, cheaper external storage solutions).

At launch day, I think it's safe to say that the Deluxe model is just the better value, and judging at the presales, it's what most people will prefer. Again, one year down the road, this argument will be much more compelling.



Zausimo commented on Nintendo Land's Balloon Trip Breeze Drifts Int...:

While this does look fun, after looking at the video, am I the only one who thinks this is a bit too frantic for the tablet controller, that it will be hard to concentrate on both the main screen and the tablet at the same time?



Zausimo commented on Rodney Greenblat: Nintendo Works on Creativity...:

The way I see it, this is the key quote from the article:

"The question really becomes how to open up video gaming to a wider audience. Nintendo works on this question 24/7. Playstation and XBox have little incentive to do that."

The article headline paraphrases and includes the wording 'Creativity and Originality', which honestly is very different than the quote above and is causing a lot of the confusion. Opening up to a wider audience simply means promoting and pushing genres equally across the board (with some new ideas here and there to draw in the non-gamer). Not to be made as a general statement, but when I ask my PS3 and XBox 360 owning friends and family members, nine times out of ten they are currently playing one of three genres: FPS, Western RPG, or Cinematic Action/Adventure. Occasionally I hear racing and sports, but for the most part the first three dominate the genres selected by my (limited) sampling pool. That's not to say that PS3 and XBox 360 lack a variety of genres to choose from (which they have a wide selection for sure), but I rarely hear games like Journey or Catherine being mentioned by the face to face general populace.

Nintendo gamers (either by choice or by necessity) generally own a wider variety of genres, since they can't rely on the big budget third party titles that the HD consoles get. This leaves the door open for Nintendo to market towards a broad (and sometimes niche) audience (see Nintendo published titles like Endless Ocean, Sin & Punishment, Fortune Street, as well as their own developed titles Punch Out, Smooth Moves, and Rhythm Heaven Fever), which result in a variety of titles Wii owners will purchase (again, almost in necessity due to lack of the big name third party titles).

So that is my take on it, Nintendo consoles and handhelds are easier markets for lesser third party titles to penetrate, and Nintendo follows suit by publishing / developing games that normally would not get attention otherwise. PS3 and XBox 360 already have a good market pull in the aforementioned genres, so in turn Sony and Microsoft's products go along with the demands of that market.



Zausimo commented on Capcom: The Next Gen Doesn't Start With Wii U:

Not much more to add to the conversation, though I think everyone can stop analyzing technical specifications when it comes to classifying console generations. The PSone, Sega Saturn and N64 were all considered consoles in the same generation, yet the graphical capabilities of each system were very different, with the PSone being the worst tech-wise, yet came out on top that generation sales-wise. Even tossing in the '64-bit capable' Atari Jaguar system in that same generation (3 years earlier than the N64), technical specs alone do not classify a generation.

I agree with most of the comments here that Capcom's quote is being taken out of context, the next console generation will not fully begin until the Wii U actually has other competing home consoles released in a similar time frame.



Zausimo commented on Reward Yourself With Smash Bros. on NA Club Ni...:

A great reward for sure (one I won't be getting since I've played the N64 version enough, plus I have melee on hand should the desire arise), but the cynic in me is wondering if NA Club Nintendo is offering good (but pricey) awards such as these to drain the coin economy down before offering the gold nunchuck again. I guess I'll see with the next few games released...



Zausimo commented on Fluidity: Spin Cycle Ramps Up The Weirdness in...:

This game still looks awesome, however the PAX demo video is very telling and separates this from the original in many ways. Each puzzle room is broken down into separate levels, in which your performance is ranked based upon collection rate of the water droplets and time taken to complete the level.

Its looking a lot less like metroidvania and more like a standard puzzle platformer, but again it's looking great nonetheless.



Zausimo commented on La Mulana Adventures Onto North American WiiWa...:

Seeing as how it's been a full year since the WiiWare service has received another purchase worthy game (IMO, MotoHeroz last year in September), this is definitely great news.

I wonder if anyone can confirm the 1000 points cost, as that would make it even more desirable. I think this will have the DLC Hell Temple for an additional cost, but $10 would be a great starting point for the base game.



Zausimo commented on Feature: 20 Years of Mario Kart:

Mario Kart has always been the most memorable to me when played couch multiplayer, which divides me on which is my favorite...
1) Super Mario Kart with my older brother growing up
2) Super Mario Kart 64 with my high school friends (so many wasted, enjoyable nights)
3) Mario Kart: DD with my then girlfriend, now wife (we still play this from time to time)

I have yet to play more than 5 minutes of MK Wii, but if I had to choose, I would say my most favorite MK is DD in terms of its true co-op play. Here's hoping that in another 20 years we'll still be playing MK in its newest iteration.



Zausimo commented on Team Ninja Interested in Another Nintendo Coll...:

Other M articles certainly have a way of generating comments, don't they?

In my own quick summary I loved Other M for the parts that were good (general gameplay, boss fights, graphics, mixture of gameplay modes (2D, third person, first person)), enough so that I could ignore some of the groan-worthy dialog. Keep in mind I thought the story and cutscenes were entertaining, I just feel like with the actual dialog progression we warped back to 1996's Resident Evil level of presentation. In reference to the parts I liked, TN was responsible for that, so I would give them another stab at it.

One (minor) thing that needs to be gone in any sequel are those high heels on Samus' Zero Suit. Equal parts illogical and sexist, such a dumb idea...



Zausimo commented on Fluidity Is Your New Club Nintendo Reward:

Even though this game was one of the first rewards offered, if any of the previous awards had to be repeated, this is clearly the best one to do so. I actually emailed Nintendo back in mid-January (after the offer expired to get this) to bring back Fluidity as an option in the future. It looks like I wasn't the only one that suggested this, so thanks for reading the emails Ninty!

Also, another thing to keep in mind that hasn't been noted much on here is that the rewards are no longer a monthly basis, but a bi-weekly reward listing. This means more games per month, which means less annoyance if the title currently offered is not your cup of tea.

As for the next eligible WiiWare title to come up in the future, maybe I'll suggest the currently overpriced Pokemon Rumble, there aren't many other titles left that they haven't offered...