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Thu 14th May, 2009

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astarisborn94 commented on Masahiro Sakurai Shares His Positive Feelings ...:

I'd figure that I should mention that it was me that sent in the news tip. I've been following character speculation for three and a half years (June, 2011 to December, 2014) and just recently came back due to the Smash Ballot announcement. Being someone that really disliked how Nintendo Everything and GoNIntendo left off important part of the Famitsu column, I wanted to send news tip of the full article so that the users would get the full story.

This was a really good article overall. Sakurai mentioning how DLC is for the fans is very encouraging to hear and it shows that they really want to do everything they can to satisfy fans. I'm not saying we should expect 10+ DLC characters, but I don't think it's unreasonable to see say, eight or nine when all is said and done.



astarisborn94 commented on Former Rare Devs Playtonic Want Donkey Kong Co...:

@allav866: Neither Tiki Tong or Lord Fredrik are seen by most people as memorable. King K. Rool in comparison is very fondly remembered, given the fact that he has been the antagonist for nine games (DKC 1-3, DK64, Donkey Kong Land 1-3, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber, and Donkey Kong: King of Swings); all of which except Jungle Climbers are already available in either the Wii U or 3DS for purchase so it's not like people can't experience him. Plus Retro's Michael Kelbaugh (who is the president of the company) is following the Kremling Kampaigner Twitter which shows that they have not ruled out the concept of bringing them back. Odds are good that they (or someone else) will bring King K. Rool back for Donkey Kong Country Returns 3. The fans have been clamoring for King K. Rool's return; whenever that is in the Donkey Kong franchise or in Super Smash Bros. and he is probably the most wanted newcomer that has a chance to get in.

Also worth noting that DKC 1-3 and DK64 were multi-million sellers and Donkey Kong Country was the reason why the SNES won in North America. The fact that fans still remember him so fondly after all of these years and are doing everything they can to bring him back is not a sign of an obscure character.



astarisborn94 commented on Empty Slots on Super Smash Bros. Site Suggests...:

I think people are looking too much into this. It doesn't mean that six DLC characters will be it; all we know is that there's more DLC characters coming and that we get to vote for our favorites to hopefully show up.

It could be four, it could be eight, we just don't know and we shouldn't assume that six will be the number.

@YoshiTails the thing is that Tails is a third-party characters and Sakurai has specifically stated that they will be very limited for good reasons. I like Tails and think he would be interesting, but the last thing I would want to see is a spot wasted on a non-legendary third-party character that could go towards Bomberman, Slime, or better yet, a first party character people would care about (King K. Rool, Isaac, Dixie Kong, Ridley, etc.).



astarisborn94 commented on Review: Super Mario 64 (Wii U eShop / Nintendo...:

I will never, ever forget this game, so long as I live. The Nintendo 64 will forever remain my all-time favorite video game console and this was easily my favorite game on the platform. To this very day, I consider this to be my all-time favorite video game and there will be no other game that match this experience like this one did. Truth a breathtaking experience at the time; never to be repeated again.



astarisborn94 commented on Weirdness: Super Meat Boy Is Calling For Your ...:

Team Meat are same people that tried to bait Nintendo into adding Super Meat Boy into Smash in exchange for working on Nintendo platforms.

Of all of the calling for Indie characters (aka third-parties that aren't nearly up to snuff for playable considerations), the Quotes, the Shantaes, the Artixs, the Commander Videos, this is the worst. Unlike any of these, Meat Boy has no games on a Nintendo platform. What makes them think that advertising a character with nothing to offer on the Nintendo side will get Nintendo to add the character or to have them believe that they'll honor their promise? And even if I hadn't thrown my vote towards King K. Rool, the antagonist of the legendary Donkey Kong franchise, there's no way Super Meat Boy would ever get my consideration. Attention seeking at its finest.

Edmund McMillien would be better off suggesting Isaac from The Binding of Isaac Rebirth, which unlike Meat Boy, will actually get a title on a Nintendo platform. It still makes him a huge attention seeker who's insecure about his character being worthwhile in Smash, but at least Isaac has a minuscule history to present to Nintendo.



astarisborn94 commented on Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Reckons "It Would Be Co...:

I hope Nintendo will disconfirm Banjo & Kazooie very soon. It's not even twenty-four hours since the announcement and the Smash community has been swamped with discussions in regards to them being in Smash; a character that can't even get in Smash. Everyone voting for Banjo & Kazooie is wasting their vote that could have put in someone that could actually appear.

Banjo & Kazooie have no shot of getting in and this is coming from someone that loved both N64 games and would be excited to see them in Smash.



astarisborn94 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Flirtation With Micr...:

Today is a sad day for me; having just found out about this article tonight.

Video games nowadays are being plagued by abuse of DLC (Day 1 DLC, on-disc DLC), micro-transaction, online DRM, the increasing homogeneity of games, and other numerous crap that is killing the video game industry. I thought that Nintendo would stay out of shady business like this, but it appears as I was sadly too naive yet again.

As someone who has been gaming for seventeen years, to see Nintendo embrace micro-transaction in a way that rewards spending more money on a game to get more play time is heart breaking. They were the last company I would have expected to use micro-transaction but even they are getting into it and knowing what situation they're in, they'll be going even deeper into this.

To people defending micro-transaction and saying how Nintendo's usage of micro-transaction isn't all that bad, wasn't a big reason why we supported Nintendo was because they didn't pull garbage like this on us; that they wouldn't do games that reward spending more money to continue playing a game like Pokémon Shuffle? Now consider this; the Wii U at this point is tracking Dreamcast number; absolutely abysmal when considering how the Wii was such a phenomenon. The handheld market has also seen a massive decline over the past generation in comparison to last generation; both the DS and PSP were huge success stories; this generation the DS and Vita will be lucky to match the PSP. Next generation may end up being their last on both console and handheld front. Nintendo will probably not be able to support another handheld after the 3DS's successor (not the New 3DS). If the Wii U's successor ends up being as much of a bomb if not more so than the Wii U, Nintendo likely won't see a 10th generation console as profitable and go third-party. If that happens, Nintendo will end up being a shell of their former selves a la Sega.

I am so distraught with what has happened with the video game industry. For many years video games were easily my favorite hobby; the vast majority of my favorite memories of my childhood were made during this time. Some of my absolute earliest memories were with playing on my N64 when I was around four years old. Sadly, the best of video games have passed up and they will never come back again.

How Nintendo handled Pokémon Shuffle is yet another reason why I don't follow the modern video game industry anymore.



astarisborn94 commented on Wii U Players Won't Be Able To Join A Clan In ...:

Anyone crying over how Activision are screwing Wii U owners over don't realize that the Wii U is plagued with problems. Poor sales, hardware that is barely better than the PS3, Nintendo not stepping up to the plate to provide games that are good and sell well, weak online structure in comparison to PlayStation 3/4 and Xbox 360/One, etc., etc., etc. Activision is simply cutting their lost for when the game almost certainly underperforms. All blame should go to Nintendo for their failure to properly support the console.

@Falchion That is bull. The Wii had a lot of third-party support and many good third-party games that started on the platform or are exclusive. The Wii U has seen the worst third-party support of any Nintendo console and it doesn't help Nintendo's offering aren't up to snuff.

If Nintendo is smart, they'll scrap the console by late 2016 and go back to what made them so fantastic before the Wii U.



astarisborn94 commented on Capcom Europe To Axe More Than Half Its Workfo...:

@unrandomsam: COJ is the company behind the majority of the bad decisions Capcom has made. They turned Resident Evil 6 into a Call of Duty with zombies, they're making Breath of Fire 6 a game that doesn't remotely resemble the original, their handling of Mega Man been shoddy, and they screwed consumers over with Street Fighter X Tekken. The few bright spots Capcom of Japan has left aren't enough to cover the numerous blunder they had over the years.



astarisborn94 commented on Soapbox: Why Grand Theft Auto V Isn't For Me:

It's fine that Grand Theft Auto isn't for you. I'm not too interested in the franchise either. I can also understand that you have kids and how this impacts your view on the franchise.

But remember that Grand Theft Auto is just a game. Players have the choice to enjoy it and if they like it, good for them. If you don't like it, just don't let your kids play it or at least make them wait until they're seventeen. The game is marketed towards adults anyway, so it shouldn't be an issue that such a game is made as long as the people buying it are aware that simulating what's in the game is dangerous.

Also, saying that a remake is more worthy of a gamer's attention than a new game is just bad journalism. Grand Theft Auto V was a huge missed opportunity for the Wii U no matter how you look at it. Had the game actually came out for the platform and sold extremely well, it would have proven that third-parties can do well on the Wii U and it would significantly reduce the number of games that miss out on the Wii U. The console will be continued to be seen as a joke by a large portion of the gaming community and I don't think this holiday lineup is going to save the console from overall mediocrity. A LoZ remake only reinforce the stereotype that the Wii U is only for first-party Nintendo games along with you saying that it's not "suited" on Nintendo consoles.



astarisborn94 commented on Capcom Blames the Fans for Mega Man Legends 3 ...:

To be fair, this was the opinion of one spokesperson from Capcom of Europe; whom's branch doesn't hold nearly as much power as Capcom of America and Capcom of Japan. Still, looking back on this, it was very distasteful of the person to say such a thing.

Things may have gotten slightly better for Mega Mans fans this year (with Mega Man appearing in Smash as well as the Game Boy Virtual Console games coming), but Capcom still has a long way to go before they can fully recover their reputation. And with only $152 million left in the bank, Capcom can't afford to screw up much longer.



astarisborn94 commented on Talking Point: Considering the Methods and Mea...:

Review scores do have their positives in that if a person is just looking to see if a game they want looks good but don't have time to read the entire thing, they can scroll down and see the score and then read the reviews later.

However, the problem with scores in reviews is that it can bias the reviewer to review the game as if it needs X point to be good, which is a poor way of thinking. Games are not 8/10, 9/10, etc., they're subjective and as such, a score can't properly be provided.



astarisborn94 commented on Mighty No. 9 Wii U Stretch Goal Has Been Reduced:

At this rate, I'll be shocked if we didn't get Mighty No. 9 on the Wii U. The reduced stretch goal along with the dedicated Mega Man fan base should all but guarantee this to happen. I hope Inafune has some cool rewards afterwards as well.

As of right now, it is over 1.55 million.



astarisborn94 commented on Review: Super Street Fighter II: The New Chall...:

If Street Fighter II Turbo gets a 8/10, then Super Street Fighter II: The New Challenger should get a 9/10. It is the best deal that SNES owners could have gotten and regarding the speed issues, the game does gives you the ability to increase speed. It is not as fast as Turbo, but the game can get pretty fast.



astarisborn94 commented on Mega Man Creator Keiji Inafune Working On Spir...:

This just may be the first thing I back from Kickstarter. Definitely want this.

Glad it'll be on Wii U and PS3 (so I'll be getting it if it comes to consoles), but one question; why is this not coming to the PS4? Not that I'll be getting it, but I'm confused why they wouldn't want it on the latest platforms. Wii U is one, but wouldn't Mighty No. 9 maximize profit by being on the latest platforms?

@KeeperBvK: This. I like Keiji Inafune, but too many Mega Man fans spread this around as misinformation (if unintentional).



astarisborn94 commented on Not All Super Smash Bros. Characters Will Make...:

Those worried about this game having many cuts shouldn't worry. Sakurai has stressed that he hates cuts and doesn't like to do them; a contrast from his attitude pre-Brawl. Like I said before, this isn't even a confirmation that Brawl veterans will get the axe since he referenced to everyone, not just Brawl characters. Another thing is that on multiple occasions, Sakurai has stated he wants to include as many characters as possible.

I am very well aware of how hard it is to add and balance characters and I'm not the one here to expect sixty-five characters here, but if cuts do occur, they will be minimal.

I think the only one at risks are Snake, Sonic, Toon Link, Ike and Lucario and I doubt the latter two are going. I expect no more than three cuts at the end of the day.



astarisborn94 commented on Not All Super Smash Bros. Characters Will Make...:

This article is taking what Sakurai is saying out of context.

First off, Sakurai never confirmed cuts would be occurring, just reminding us it is a possibility. What he is saying is that not every character from Melee and Brawl will return. This does not mean we won't see the entire Brawl cast return.

Also, universal roster for the 3DS and Wii-U has been confirmed, although it is less due to size and more due hardware issues that they have to work around.

@SCAR392 (#49): Lucario is not a clone of Mewtwo. They barely share any similarities.



astarisborn94 commented on Rumour: Retro Studios Preparing Star Fox Wii U...:

I really want this to be true, but it just feels like something that is too good to be true, especially since the comments made on Official Nintendo Magazine was from one of it's employers.

Which sucks. I want something to hype beside Smash 4 before I put away the controller for good.



astarisborn94 commented on Prince of Persia:

I am honestly surprised that this game got in the Virtual Console. Konami published the US version, there were two defunct companies involved, and Ubisoft now owns it. There must have been some messy legal issues to get this game in.

Either way, if it hits here, I am buying it.



astarisborn94 commented on Japanese Virtual Console List - January 2012:

People can say all they want that we should be glad with what we have, but really, I feel as if there is a slightest issue with a game, Nintendo gives up on it immediately. To this day, I feel extremely bitter about the lack of Earthbound on the Virtual Console and I have lost all trust in it. And no, I do not think it will ever get back on it's feet properly.



astarisborn94 commented on Online Play Not Showing Up on the Radar of Sta...:

Why did people expect online play for this remake anyway? It's just that, a 3D remake that I could instead get the original off of the Virtual Console.

And for those saying that multi-player wasn't that important back in the day, that's a load of bull. Many games emphasize multi-player games, example being Duke Nukem 3D.



astarisborn94 commented on Chrono Trigger Does the Virtual Console Time W...:

Has anyone noticed that Japan has to pay for 900 points while we get it for only 800 points?

Square Enix must be nice to make up for the lack of titles they brought to North America during the NES and SNES era, although what they gave us were awesome.



astarisborn94 commented on Rumour: Wii Successor Won't Have a Traditional...:

Why are people criticizing Sony's and Microsoft's decision to actually have a decent-sized hardware? With the Wii, the internal storage is so small that Nintendo had to make a SD Card solution for this, as not many non-retail Wii games can be fit. Sony and Microsoft never had to run into this problem, all they had to do was update the hard drive limit when they wish and it really does help in the long run.

Nintendo needs to give us an actual hard drive, there is no excuse this time around.



astarisborn94 commented on Talking Point: Can Nintendo's Next Console Top...:

This is going to be very difficult to do, even if it betters SNES quality overall. Nintendo needs to pull out all the stops they can to appeal to both sides and do whatever they can to bring back the core gamers while preserving the casual gamers.

A difficult task to do, but it must be done to ensure that the next console will be successful.



astarisborn94 commented on Talking Point: What You Want in a New Nintendo...:

If Nintendo wants the core gamers they lost back, they're going to have to appeal to them as much if not more so then the casual gamers. Nintendo cannot feed off them forever. With that made, here are my long list of suggestions:


The console should not cost anymore then $400 max, otherwise, people will not buy. $300 or less is preferable, thought.

The Wii has an advantage in motion controls and reliability, but there are other areas where they need to improve.

  • An actual hard drive. This has kept developers away from the Wii. The hard drive MUST encourage developers to buy one, not steer away from it. Nintendo should start out with at least 100 GB and upgrade throughout it's generation.
  • NO ****ING REGION LOCK: Seriously Nintendo, there is no reason to region lock your games. All it does is infuriate your customers and drive people away from it. It even encourage piracy.
  • Be more powerful then the Xbox 360 and PS3. Not that hard to do while still keeping it cheap.
  • Be reliable: One thing I like about Nintendo consoles is that they are always reliable. Keep that tradition with the next console.
  • Let it be capable of multi-platform titles without gimping it down: Like I said before, I will not put up with inferior versions of a game. I expect Nintendo to at least make sure that even after the Xbox 720 and PS4 gets released that they can do multi-platform games.
  • Able to output HD up to 1080p. I would most certainly be in favor of this, although it's not nearly as huge as a concern as other issues.
  • 3D: I know it won't be their main support, but at least include an option for those who are rich and can easily afford 3D TV, especially glassless ones (I won't be able to afford one in the future, but I'm just suggesting it for those who can afford one).
  • Wii backward compatibility: This is a given for Nintendo, please don't go the way of the PS3 and remove it like Sony did with their PS2 support.

Offline/Multimedia features:

  • Let us design our own backgrounds. Loved this with the PS3. I always like looking at my McLaren F1 '94 from Gran Turismo 5.
  • mp3 support: Not many people care about AAC files nor know how to get them to play on consoles, so I would like for this to see a return.
  • 3DS compatibility: Enjoyed this a lot with the DS and the reason why I got Dragonball: Origins (Which I like).
  • DVD/Blu-Ray support. I have quite a few movies at my house that I like to watch, sadly with me not wanting to go to the living room and see it, doing so on the Wii was impossible. Make it so with the next console.

The most important part of a console, no question about it.

  • Less shovelware please. This has been a huge nuisance to the Wii and that alone gives the Wii a bad name.
  • Better third-party support: The Wii has received decent third-party support, but I would like to see Nintendo to reclaim the great third-party support they once had with the NES and SNES.
  • More advertising: Many games disappointed due to a lack of advertising. Nintendo needs to get third-party to support core games more and they need to support their core games more as well.

Virtual Console:
The Virtual Console for the Wii was pretty disappointing to say the least. There were so much potential in it and yet Nintendo didn't do the best that they could to ensure that it met up to people's expectations. So we need a complete reboot of it as I highly doubt it'll be in a healthy state right now for the rest of it's life.

  • They need to keep their promise. If they say they're going to bring a game to the Virtual Console, they need to do so. They are good with this for the most part, but it bothers me to no end why they put forth no effort toward ensuring that Earthbound licensing issues don't prevent it's VC release permanently. One game is not going to close them down permanently.
  • More moderate speed of VC releases. I want the service to actually be supported, not mostly be left for dead after a few years. By the end of the service life next gen, we should be getting at least one game a week. And yes, this can be done.
  • The following consoles should be supported: MSX (I'm fine if it only appears in Europe/Japan, although it technically did appear in the US), further arcade support (Meaning games up to Gamecube specs), Sega CD, Sega 32X, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, and Nintendo Gamecube.
  • Online multi-player for Virtual Console titles. Honestly, Sega is doing this, let other companies do the same as well.

Online Functionality:
I'm not expecting it to be up to PSN's and Xbox Live's excellent standards and I do think that the Wii's online is decent, but it still needs major improvements if we ever hope to have good online multi-platform games on a regular basis.

  • Keep essential online features free, while extra should be paid for.: If they make us pay for online on a repetitive basis, I will not ever use the online function. I am not going to put up with paying for online. They should implant it like Sony did with PSN.
  • Either removed Friend Codes (Preferable) or at least reduce it to one home ten-twelve digit friend codes. I'd be willing to deal with that.
  • Improve quality of downloadable titles. Very few people support the current state of WiiWare and even I think it needs improvement. For example, get rid of the ridiculous 40MB limit.
  • Most good online games should not be a lagfest: Most online games on the Wii are ruined due to this. Nintendo absolutely needs to deal with lags on the system.
  • More space for DLC: This should be obvious.
  • An official Nintendo headset: Not a huge gripe, but I would just prefer if they did this to satisfy core gamers.
  • The online shop: I like the appearance of it, although I believe it should look a bit better. Speed needs to improve by like a lot. Having more games appear on a screen would be great as well. Also, let us use PSN-like currency and 3DS as well.
  • Lobby for games. I like matchmaking and all, but lobbies would be great as well. Really like how it's implanted in Gran Turismo 5.
  • Let us text and voice chat. This has been a great feature on the PS3, it makes sense for Nintendo to do the same thing.
  • Demos: Honestly, this worked out pretty well for WiiWare, don't remove stuff that will help people make ends meet.
  • Be able to see what your friends are doing: I like how they're doing this with the 3DS, let us see that for the next console as well.
  • Cross game chat: Why hasn't this been given more suggestions? It isn't the most requested PS3 online feature for no reason.