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Tue 15th February, 2011

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bluedogrulez commented on Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think ...:

I too wonder about the distinction between platform and device. Is Big N contemplating an internet based game site (like Steam) that is accessible via console, PC, phone, tablet and handheld? I am (still) a fan of the tangible over the intangible, so I hope that is not the case. But for now, just happy Big N is continuing to modernize.



bluedogrulez commented on Project CARS:

By way of an update, from the official website:

"When is Project CARS released?
April 2nd on all platforms in Europe, April 2nd on PC in the US and April 7th on PS4 and Xbox One in the US.
Wii U and Steam OS versions then follow in 2015. Pre-order right here!"



bluedogrulez commented on Talking Point: Five New Year's Resolutions for...:

This may be less of a macro issue than those identified, but it is critical: Amiibo integration. The Amiibo are a fantastic idea, but the implementation has not been strong (low supplies and hoarder demand = false sense of achievement). Big N, the amiibo need to be playable characters in a range of games if they are to have any measurable long-term success.



bluedogrulez commented on Platinum Hopes to Bring "More From Bayonetta" ...:

I think the Bayonetta series will stay a Wii U/Nintendo exclusive given its relationship with Big N. I would be shocked to see a sequel before 2016, but certainly a DLC in 2015 would not be surprising.

And Y-E-S to Bay-amiib-o !!!



bluedogrulez commented on Activision Expands Skylanders Line-Up With New...:

@KoiTenchi: It has been announced for from time that there would be more elements, and for a shorter time, that the elements would be Light and Dark. At release, the game featured gates that could not be opened.

@all: loving the Bayonetta references. And yeah, a Bayonetta amiibo with SSB DLC would be sick! ***RUSHES TO STORE; ONLY FINDS LOKI AMIIBO LEFT :..( ****



bluedogrulez commented on Activision Expands Skylanders Line-Up With New...:

So word is Santa will put Trap Team, a bunch of traps, and some Trap Masters under our family Christmas tree. And then there will be these MUST HAVES for sale immediately after Christmas. One word for Activision's marketing here: Savvy.



bluedogrulez commented on Feature: Time to Vote For Your Game of the Yea...:

It's Mario Kart 8 all the way. Saved and transformed the Wii U.

I love Bayonetta 1 and Bayonetta 2. Both worthy as well, but when I think about how MK8 has boasted my Wii U gaming to a (hopefully) daily occurrence, it's no contest.



bluedogrulez commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64:

Love my N64s (NTSC and PAL), love the unfairly maligned N64 controller (b/c as a kid, the NES d-pad was just weird and gave you Nintendo thumb), love its manageable library full of gems. IMHO, Star Wars Episode I Racer is the retro best vehicle racer out there, super fast, nice learning curve and amazing environs. And Sin and Punishment, my other N64 fave, is astounding in a Bayonetta what-the-heck-is-that-coming-at-me-now?!?! way.



bluedogrulez commented on Nintendo Serves Up An Infographic For Its "The...:

If you haven't played Bayonetta 1 or 2, you are missing out on two extraordinary titles.

This chart is clever, but a short TV ad with a family of 4, or 4 friends playing MK8 and Smash Bros would move way more units. I've been to so many houses recently of young families, still rocking the Wii having no idea what the Wii U or MK8 is about. And darn it, they would love it if they only knew.



bluedogrulez commented on Blinking Light Win Means You'll Never Have To ...:

Look, I hate the blinking light as much as the next guy, but IMHO, this would not solve the problem. The light blinks because the pins separate. The pins separate (AFAIK) because of inserting and removing carts over and over again. Add to the mix that some cart boards are thicker than others and the user tendency to leave carts in for months on end, and you have a recipe for separation that will not be solved by the side-load solution. But cool to see others keeping the NES alive.



bluedogrulez commented on Feature: Five Reasons To Choose Wii U This Hol...:

@jeb_leeds : Yes, but the criminally underrated NSMBU is even more so.

It IS about the games. MK8 and Bayonetta 2 (plus 1) are simply brilliant. And for the family, there are so many options like 3D World and other non-exclusives like Skylanders and Infinity, that get serious play here. Wii U = great console.



bluedogrulez commented on Soapbox: Sonic, It's Time to Talk:

I'm no Sonic historian, but I enjoyed Sonic Heroes (Gamecube), which does not seem to get much credit from those down on Sonic. I did have the original on the Genesis, but was partial to Mario. Fast fwd many years and there is Sonic again on my MK Double Dash preview disc; enjoyed it and soon ordered the game (which apparently sold pretty well). Great music, plenty of speed and varied gameplay (flying, cars, rails, etc.) to present that 3D platformer as a fun and cleaver Sonic game.

I did demo Sonic Lost World on Wii U. Terrible. Did have hopes for Sonic Boom, but this review and others scream avoid. Too bad.



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

If Sunsoft was able to publish "Sunman" as intended, Superman may have had a more representative showing on the NES. Still trying to track down a copy of that repro . . . .

I'll add to the chorus on The Adventures of Batman and Robin being a very impressive SNES game (even today).



bluedogrulez commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

Solid B+. Shocked anyone could give a system with MK8, Bayonetta 2, NSMBU, Super Mario 3D World as EXCLUSIVES a C-. Throw in off-screen gamepad play, the stellar Wii U Pro controller, the MK8 updates, Skylanders for the kids, and the prospect of some excellent upcoming physical and VC releases . . . honestly, the system should finally be given its due.



bluedogrulez commented on Konami Demands That Hardcore Gaming 101 Presen...:

It's his picture of THEIR CREATION. Of course it needs to be licensed. A lot of retro stuff gets a pass from Nintendo and other because they simply don't care about the property anymore. Like it or not, Komani has the exclusive right to exploit its own creation. It's too bad for fans (and the author), but Komani shouldn't be condemned for asserting its rights over a key franchise they have spend decades developing.



bluedogrulez commented on Nintendo Outlines Confusing amiibo Save Data L...:

I think it is a bit early to get upset or disappointed with the Amiibo. It is obviously an evolving idea (I guess you could be upset about that), but look at the way Big N has supported the Wii U in terms of frequent system updates, DLC, etc. Sure the Amiibo have a limited use ATM with MK8; raise you hand if you know for sure it will be like that come in May of 2015 DLC#2. There may also be data storage workarounds as TW mentioned. I can see customers buying 20 different Amiibo before buying a duplicate; and I think Big N knows that.



bluedogrulez commented on Bayonetta 2 Falls From UK Charts After One Week:

I'm in the US. My Gamestop received a total of 4 copies (including 3 pre-orders). When I told the Clerk I was there for my copy of Bayonetta 2, the Clerk responded, "Ok, what system?". Offered as anecdotal evidence of perhaps serious marketing and supply-side issues.



bluedogrulez commented on Satoru Iwata Outlines Nintendo's First QOL Pla...:

Laugh it up, but when you hit 35 or 40, and especially if you have kid(s) waking you up for a variety of reasons, a good night's sleep is (1) way more necessary to function the next day, and (2) hard to come by. I would love the assistance . . . may help me figure our when I really need to end my night time gaming sessions . . . .



bluedogrulez commented on Bayonetta 2 in North America Comes With a Rath...:

The question remains whether North America will get two separate cases packed in a cardboard box, as the game was sold in Japan. I read somewhere (probably here!) that a Nintendo exec. stated there were be no difference between the NA and Japan release in this regard. Fingers crossed (and pre-ordered, Day 1 acquisition regardless).



bluedogrulez commented on Review: Castlevania: Dracula X (Wii U eShop / ...:

Surprisingly, I disagree with most of this review. Drac X is a great game. The soundtrack is not just good, it's fantastic. The Level Two design you complain about can be mastered with some work, so its more about game difficulty than poor design. Remember, games used to demand that you get better by trial and error before being permitted to progress. And make no mistake, its harder than NES hard, but that actually provides one incentive to buy it on the Wii U VC: Save states are totally justified in this one.