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Tue 29th Jan 2008

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bacchus commented on What Nintendo games do you want to see on the ...:

Faxanadu and Snake Rattle 'n' Roll.
I had to check wikipedia to find out which games nintendo had actually published. I was surprised to see Faxanadu as it doesn't feel like a nintendo game. It's gothic and it really stands out on the nes compared to all the other brightly coloured games. Definitely one of my favourite nes games.

Snake Rattle 'n' Roll was also a brilliant game even though it was not quite as cool as marble madness which came before it. Unfortunately, it was also developed by Rare so we might not be able to get that one.



bacchus commented on What Capcom games do you want to see on the Vi...:

Street Fighter 2010 and Trojan
I doubt either will ever come to the VC though. Trojan is pretty good fun, but I only really want it for nostalgic reasons. Street Fighter 2010 is brilliant, but unfortunately, not many people seem to agree with me on that one. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed though. I might be lucky.



bacchus commented on SnakeByte Christmas Compo - Win Yourself Some ...:

"I built a lab, secret in my loft
Superscopes are on hand to help me jack off
Pushing on my powerglove, in front of the screen
For many years, this had been my wet dream
Now I've reached it, I'm finally there
I am Robocop in my tinfoil underwear.
So alone, when people stop and stare
Like C3PO but with pubes and hair"

from the song Half-Man Half-Machine by the G.L.C.



bacchus commented on Review: Sudoku Challenge! (WiiWare):

What a pathetic implementation of sudoku. It can't of taken more than a few days to code this. There are so many ways in which soduko could benefit from a console implementation. It would be fun to be able to keep track of the average time it takes to complete a soduko. Ideally, you should be able to see various types of statistics to see if and how you're improving. This should then of course allow for multiple profiles and the ability to compare the statistics of each profile. Naturally, there should have course been an online component with the ability to compare the statistics against your friends online aswell. It should have had the ability to compete against friends online. This could have had extra features to make soduko more challenging. For example when competing against an opponent, if the opponent completed a square, then this could cause some of the numbers in your soduko to be permuted.
I think it's sad. There is so much which could have been done to make a wii soduko game more fun than the paper version.



bacchus commented on Microsoft Befuddled by WiiWare:

No, Chris Satchell is completely right. Nintendo have adopted an atrocious strategy.
Nevertheless Nintendo will probably still attract plenty of indie developers thanks
to two reasons. Partly thanks to the wii owner demographics, but mainly thanks to the
unique controller.
The reason being that it is much easier to write interesting, unique games when one has a
unique gaming interface to work with.

As for why Nintendo are wrong. (Although I thought it should be obvious)
Consider the comparable situation with films. Any old fool with a film camera
can make a short film and post it on youtube. A lot of them are rubbish, some good.
There are also loads of indie studios which crank out films. Some rubbish, some fantastic.
Then there are the safe, bland and derivative block busters made by the mayor
hollywood studios. Ok. some of those films are good too. Now, suppose the film medium was
controlled in the same way as it for games and we were prevented in from watching anything
other than hollywood films. Surely we only lose from that kind of situation.

Does it matter that crap like "Plan 9 from outer space" was made. No of course not.
You don't have to watch it. However by filtering out all the crub, one filters out
lots of gems as well.



bacchus commented on Talking Point: The State of Play of the Virtua...:

Here is a question for those of you who think Nintendo are being financial geniuses by making us wait for vc games. Suppose they did the same for gamecube games. Instead of making the wii 100% backwards compatible from day one; suppose that it was only possible to play 3 gamecube games on release day. Then as each week progressed, 3 more gamecube discs would be unlocked and become readable and playable. This would then be quickly reduced to 1 game a month, because the wii has a 5 year life span and we wouldn't want to run out of games would we? Does that sound smart? Be honest, it's a ludicrous idea and they are doing the exact same thing with the virtual console.

Personally I find it quite hard to come up with good reasons why Nintendo's vc policy makes financial sense. Conventional economic theory dictates that giving customers what they want is more profitable than not giving people what they want.

Would in my hypothetical scenario people buy more gamecube games than they would otherwise? Arguments by others made above would seem to suggest that people would buy all the rubbish gamecube games while they were waiting for games that interest them to become playable. Then when the games they are interested in become playable, they would fork out more money for these as well. I don't know everybody's psyche. However, I don't think it's a very convincing argument. It's more likely that people will just buy other games on other consoles. Then when the games which they were waiting for become available there is always a possibility that they will have lost interest since something more interesting has come along.



bacchus commented on Talking Point: The State of Play of the Virtua...:

Personally I find the drip feeding of vc games unbelievably infuriating.
What possible idiotic misguided justification does anybody have for preferring the slow release of games to having them all released immediately? Is it because we can't manage our own gaming habits? Is the problem that we would all buy our favourite games within a few weeks and then after 6 months be faced with the horrific prospect of buying games which we are less keen on? Is it somehow better to have to wait 3 years for our favourite game than it is to have the option of buying it from that get go? I cannot disagree more with Damo! Nintendo does not have to worry about the supply running out. If they had released 1500 vc games on day one and then didn't release a single other vc game for the wii ever then I would be perfectly happy.

The only possible reason that I can imagine Nintendo has for this infuriately strategy is they they think they can screw more money out of people by getting people to buy the inferior games in certain franchises by releasing the crappier games first. Nintendo probably thinks it can make 3 times as much money out of Street Fighter 2 by releasing the worst versions first. I doubt this works though. I bet most people who bought world warriors are not going to buy the new challengers. Instead they are just keep playing world warriors and be annoyed that the new challengers wasn't released first.

The same goes for other series. A single megaman game is probably sufficient for most peoples vc collection. So those gamers who bought megaman 1 when it was the only game available are unlikely to supplement it with megaman 2. They will just keep playing the inferior game. The only people who would buy both are the fans of the series who would have bought both regardless of how they were released.

I think Nintendo should realise that they are competing against homebrew emulators. While most people don't want to setup mame boxes or hack their playstations or wii's to play illegal roms, it starts to become tempting when it is the only option for playing those games. The vc has made me really nostalgic and has brought back memories of loads of games. I'd love to play Alien 3, Bionic Commando, Demon's Crest, Double Dragon, Earthworm Jim, Equinox, Faxanadu, Gods, Iron Sword, Out of this world, Populous, Strider, Street Fighter 2010, Snake's Revenge, Snake Rattle 'n Roll, Street Racer, Super Starwars, Trojan, and loads of games like that again. However the only way to do so is to hunt down those games on ebay or to either play the games illegally with an emulator.



bacchus commented on Commodore 64 coming to Virtual Console?:

I'm quite surprised that they are releasing C64 games considering that the C64 was primarily a home computer and not a dedicated games console. I hope this means that we could get games from other home computers as well.
It'd be great if they added the BBC micro! I'd love to play Citadel again.



bacchus commented on Win a Classic Controller! - Caption competition:

"Nintendo made a surprising u-turn on their family friendly image today, with the promotion of their controversial new transgender game: Dr Mario and sister Hyde. Play as either Dr Mario or his bipolar tranny identity in a fun medical adventure to convert Luigi's gender too. Minigames are said to include a Dr Mario minigame which uses the wii controller to perform several exciting new operations and a misandry minigame where the purpose is two jump on as many anatomically correct fruit as possible. Initial media reaction has been critical with Jack Thompson quoting ... (continued page 9)"