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Tue 8th December, 2009

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belmont commented on Wii U Stretch Goal Seemingly Teased for Bloods...:

I would like to play this game on the Wii U (or the Vita) but I don't want them to downgrade their vision of the game. If they port it or pay to a team to do the port the game may be an inferior version. I will stick with the PS4 version.



belmont commented on Former Castlevania Producer Koji Igarashi's Ki...:

A Wii U or Vita version would be great but either of them may not help them create the game they vision due to technical specs. Anyway the PS4 is enough for me. Most SOTN long time fans are likely to have a PS4 anyway.



belmont commented on Talking Point: Is Konami About To Exit The Con...:

@Quorthon Seems that I may have been right though:
/QUOTE[Cox says that Konami gave the Castlevania license to MercurySteam, only to take it away soon after, as the publisher’s upper management considered the proposed new direction for the series “too radical”. Cox went to Japan with a video of Lords of Shadow to present it to Konami once more. The meeting consisted of Konami’s senior managers, and Kojima happened to be in attendance as well. Upon seeing MercurySteam’s demo, Kojima allegedly stood up and said: “This is awesome, why isn’t this Castlevania?”]
Thus without Kojima we had LOS but with him we have Castlevania LOS. I also enjoyed LOS (all 3 games) but seriously it wasn't Castlevania. You could put Kratos there and have the game work fine. In this sense the series were "ruined".



belmont commented on Talking Point: Is Konami About To Exit The Con...:

I really don't get all this Konami hate.
Why it is so bad to release only two games per year? Last year we had Lords of Shadows 2 and Pro 2015. Also they released some classics on PSP/Vita (Silent Hill Origins, Silent Hill SM, Gradius, the PSP Castlevania game et al). That's fine for me. Do we really need Konami to make a new Castlevania or Metal Gear per year like Pro?
This year we had Suikoden 1 and 2 and we will see Metal Gear TPP and Pro 2016. Seems enough.

As for Kojima I really enjoy his games but surely it was only Metal Gear. They have more games. Also Kojima was partially responsible for turning Castlevania to a God of War clone. Kojima can find a decent job elsewhere. Konami makes money from other gaming business in Japan and they already hire people for the next Metal Gear and may make a new Silent Hill anyway. They are not going anywhere



belmont commented on Streets Of Rage 2, Gunstar Heroes And Sonic Th...:

SEGA does what Nintendon't. Those 3D Classics play fantastic on the 3DS. Still they are somewhat pricy though. You can find Mega Drive game collections on other platforms cheaper.

Anyway I go for a ride on Outrun 3D!



belmont commented on Games Consultant Believes Nintendo NX Could Be...:

We never wanted motion controls or other strange gimmicks like tablet controllers (although I love off-tv and remote play). Just a good console, friendly to developers with strong hardware. PS4 recently proved that.



belmont commented on Unity Support Is Coming To The New Nintendo 3DS:

So more 3DS games is always good. However Unity games are already available in a lot of other platforms and I don't think the New 3DS has that much of install base to interest the majority of indie developers.



belmont commented on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U No Longer Set fo...:

Zelda U will be a release title on NX on 2017 and a downscaled version may be released in Wii U, just like Twilight Princess.

Jokes aside the scope of this game seemed just big for Wii U's hardware capabilities from the beginning.



belmont commented on The Nintendo 3DS is Now Four Years Old in Europe:

I got a 3DS for about 240 euros about a week before the price drop was announced and man I was surprised of how outdated it fell and of how super slow it was. However I never regretted getting it. It has some very cool games. The Layton ones are my favourite with Layton vs Ace Attorney being my favourite game in the system. Other great games are Resident Evil Revelations, Sonic Generations, Dead or Alive, Mirror of Fate,my Dual Destinies and the backlog of my old time favourites Game Gear and Game Boy.



belmont commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Heading For a Period of ...:

DeNA does what Nintendon't

Seriously, as noted in the comments, I am afraid that Nintendo hardware will become somewhat irrelevant even for hardcore games. Someone suggested that if the mobile department is successful shareholders may ask Ninty to abandon consoles, just like they asked for mobile development.



belmont commented on Nintendo Pitched For The Media Rights To Harry...:

Anyone remembers the two Harry Potter games that were released on the Gameboy Color? (Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets). They are two of my favourite games on the system. They were final fantasy style rpg games that followed the books (not the movies). Prisoner of Azkaban on GBA followed a similar concept.



belmont commented on Review: 3D After Burner II (3DS eShop):

I am a huge SEGA fan. SEGA somehow manages to troll its fans from time to time but I really like how handles the Classic games except the Game Gear ones.

As far as Mega Drive is concerned there is the huge PS3 Mega Collection, a cool PS2 and PSP (Vita) collection, almost all MD games are in Steam and Wii VC (not on Wii U VC though). Master System Classics are on Wii VC too. And we also have those cool 3D Classics on the 3DS.

However I would also want more Game Gear games, as some friends stated above. Even some Jap imports. There is Sonic Chaos, the second Tails game, Phantasy Star Adventure, Phantasy Star Gaiden and more. GG is really a cool console.

At some point SEGA should offer classic games from Mega CD, Saturn and Dreamcast.

Anyway waiting for Outrun next week. Outrun if one of my favourite games ever.



belmont commented on New Exploit Makes The 3DS Region Free Without ...:

@JaxonH Let me put it to somewhat more detail. When I said "worldwide" release I meant North America, Europe, Australia, other PAL regions and maybe South America. Japan was out. Just like how Steam somehow got it right. IOS and Android do this too. I am not sure since I never had an X-box but MS does the same I think. Same release date on all major western territories via Nintendo eshop and PSN. A unified rating system is not needed as proved by Steam. The only problem, as I see it, is translating the game in major EU languages but most people know English nowadays. A publisher that wants to translate a jrpg may do it, submit it to Nintendo or Sony only once and let the do the rest. Sony does this already for indie developers. I think a unified digital store for Ninty and Sony. Others have done it. It may be costly or unpractical but they surely can do it. Hope I made sense.

As for the Vita it may wasn't the best example but since it is the top chose these times for localizations I mentioned it.



belmont commented on New Exploit Makes The 3DS Region Free Without ...:

Region lock is a bad relic of the past (when TV sets were different) and needs to go away. This is the digital age. Games should be available on the same date, just like steam does. Both Nintendo and Sony have delayed games for stupid reasons like "QA" and "Rating" although the problem is not as huge as the previous years.

@JaxonH "Ultimately, region free consoles can lead to less localizations." I used to agree with you but now we have tons of localizations for region free platforms like the Vita with EU dates almost same as the US ones to avoid import. In fact the only notorious EU game delays from recent memory are SMT4, the latest Blazblue and the first Persona fighting game.



belmont commented on Wii Disc Software Heading to the Wii U eShop:

I don't want to complain, I really want to see some Wii games on Wii U, although I would prefer some third party games as well.

The problem I have is with Wii U VC. We were told that there is no way to play them on the Game Pad (without the WiiMote) without paying some extra money and know they tell us that we can and ask again for money. Those games are ports that the Classic Controller buttons are somewhat mapped on the Game Pad and the Wii games are playable without WiiMotes or the TV. Why can't we do this with all Wii VC games that we paid a lot of money to buy?



belmont commented on Retrospective: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish...:

@GloryQuestor Problem is that, as an ambassador myself, the GBA emulator is not so good. Some colours seem wrong, some games look very pixelated, there are no savestates and if you close the 3ds there is no sleep mode. They are good to give away for free but not so good to ask money for them. This is somewhat bad considering that the unofficial PSP emulator is better. Nintendo does not release half or broken products and unless they work on the emulator again the games won't be released. That seems not so possible now but maybe in the somewhat stronger new 3ds...



belmont commented on Nintendo Europe Shipping Ambassador Edition Ne...:

Got the e-mail! I am ambassador of the original 3DS and I have bought tons of VC games and retail releases from the e-shop or via GAME e-shop codes.
3DS for the most part, Wii VC and Wii U VC also.

However I am out of money and wanted an XL model since I find the screens in my original model small. The problem though is mostly that the quality is not that good. Long game sessions in the original 3DS give me a soft pain in the hand, another reason to get the XL model. Also 230 euros for very outdated hardware is a little too much.

Also I don't live in the UK. I buy from UK since Nintendo is not really popular here. GAME codes made buying games easy for me. Although I can pay I am not sure if they ship to South Europe.



belmont commented on Video: Hacker Demonstrates Fully Functional Ga...:

@StarDust4Ever I totally agree that it is super awesome to collect videogame figures. However I wanted to buy some and ended up not buying since they look like badly painted 10 euro toys not up to the standards I wanted from Nintendo. Now if they were somewhat better looking even if they were slightly more expensive I would me more interested.



belmont commented on Satoru Iwata Highlights Frustration at Missed ...:

I am afraid they will simply dump the Wii U after the next wave of first party games is released next year. Nintendo has this habit, they dumped the Wii while PS3 and 360 still get major game releases. They did the same with GC too.

Missing from the Wii U are the Ethernet port, a media player, a huge hard drive disk, blue ray support, more VC games (N64, GC, SEGA platforms), a proper OS (still it is very slowwwww). But the biggest problem is the lack of games. Still waiting for Xenoblade.

In the end of the day that I would definitely want for the next home system is the ability to transfer all my digital games, including my huge collection of VC games (when I buy VC instead of Wii U software something is clearly wrong with the system). Nintendo seems to offer BC with only the immediate previous generation but I would like to play all my VC collection in the new system, even those only playable on Wii mode.



belmont commented on Poll: Fake Wave 4 amiibo Images Make Us Dream ...:

OK so I went today to buy an amiibo or two. I don't care about extra game content. I don't play Mario Kart or Smash. I wanted some for collector purposes. I ended up buying none! I was frustrated of how low quality and cheap they look. Seriously a 9.99 euro marvel action figure is better painted. I also checked the Disney Infinity marvel figures and they were somewhat better than amiibo but still looked cheap. I may get some either way but way later for less than 10 euros or something...

As for a new figure Bayonetta. Obviously...



belmont commented on Shantae And The Pirate's Curse All Set For Fes...:

They have to learn what cross buy is at Nintendo. I don't know which version I would like more and I may end up buying neither.

Also what's the deal recently with PAL versions? Are we back in the 90's or something?



belmont commented on Feature: Batman Vs. Superman In The Battle Of ...:

All the Batman games were cool but you could change Batman with X hero (Strider on Ninja Gaiden). Due to the technical limitations you couldn't really feel that you were playing as the Batman. This was resolved only recently with the Arkham series. Even on the PS2 most Batman games were generic action titles although some were fun to play.



belmont commented on NINJHAX Exploit Is All About Nintendo 3DS Home...:

@kobashi100 Sorry I was talking more about "Gaming" android devices like xperia play, archos gamepad etc. Most of them cost 100-150 euros.

@BensonUii So you have never played homebrew games on PC, android or PSP? What is different trying it on a 3DS? There is nothing wrong with homebrew. Piracy is totally illegal though.



belmont commented on NINJHAX Exploit Is All About Nintendo 3DS Home...:

I always want to see what the homebrew community has to offer. Some years ago I got my second PSPgo for this reason. They were some excellent emulators and games. I still play with it time to time.

However now times have changed. You can easily use android devices for emulation and homebrew and this is far more convenient of risk of bricking you device, Nintendo blocking the exploit etc. Also you can also media players, internet and social media on an android device.

I may try this to see if there are some cool homebrew especially if it somehow helps to remove the stupid relic of the past called region lock.



belmont commented on Sony: PS Vita Is Better Than 3DS And The Wii B...:

@Bolt_Strike Last week with Tales of Hearts.

@Tobias95 I have more games than you on my Vita, including Plus games of course.

The "Vita has no games"is not true and it is Sony's fault that everyone believes this due to bad marketing. If someone likes games made in Japan, jrpg games, fighting games, indies he will love the system. Clearly Vita is not for everyone, maybe not even for an average game though.



belmont commented on Sony: PS Vita Is Better Than 3DS And The Wii B...:

Sometimes I think I am the only one in the world that loves my Vita and think it of my favourite gaming system. I love the countless rpg games and fighting games that it has and I can play my favourite psp (another personal favourite) and psone games on it. Also it has the best screen and controls I have seen. Of course I would love a new Metal Gear, Silent Hill, Final Fantasy or Castlevania, like what happened in psp, but I can bear without them.

I love my 3ds as well, I like Layton, Ace Attorney and Pokemon but it feels way outdated compared to the screen and web capabilities of the Vita. It may be that Ninty franchises don't appeal to me as they used to but that's a different story.

As for the second comment I enjoy the Wii U way less than the original Wii and my PS4. When I mostly play VC games something is clearly wrong.



belmont commented on Review: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire...:

Soar seems like time consuming and frustrating from what I understand from the review.

Anyway I also would like to know if the game is super easy, if the Frontier is included and if the extra plot that was advertised is somewhat interesting.

Another point is if the game works with Bank at launch, as promised.



belmont commented on Poll: Who'll Be Your Main amiibo Buddy?:

OK seems that I am the only one who sees no point in all this amiibo thing.
They are somewhat expensive (in Europe anyway) and it would be better to spend money for more game titles instead of buying amiibo.
Maybe I will just get one or two down the line for collecting reasons to go with other Videogames figures I have but I don't think I will ever use them in a Videogame.