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bonham2 commented on Feature: Our Top 10 Wii U Retail Games - Third...:

Where is Lego City Undercover? That game was #1 for me until Mario Kart 8 and all the DLC that followed. My list:

1. Mario Kart 8
2. Lego City Undercover (and I don't like Lego games usually)
3. Super Mario 3D World
4. Super Mario Maker
5. Splatoon
6. Zelda Wind Waker HD
7. Pikmin 3
8. Donkey Kong Country Returns
9. New Super Mario Bros U
10. Bayonetta 2

That's leaving off some pretty amazing games, but these are my favorite so far.



bonham2 commented on Feature: Reflecting On Three Years With The Wi...:

Oh man, I love my Wii U. It is currently my favorite system. I love the gamepad, and I love the pro controller. I have gotten a ton of use out of it between the 1st party games and all of the amazing eshop offerings. My biggest problem has been the lack of 3rd party support. I own a PS4 out of necessity because there are too many games that don't come out on Wii U. I will be getting an Xbone for the same reason in the near future. Still, the Wii U games that have come out have been amazing. I would love to see more support, but for what it is, I absolutely love it.



bonham2 commented on Random: Someone Loved Super Mario Bros. Specia...:

I was just thinking that this game would have made sense as a first Mario game on Atari 7800 or something. It seems like SMB was such a huge jump up from Atari games. This seems like a game that would've made more sense if it came out before the NES.



bonham2 commented on Donkey Kong Nearly Missed Out On Pixels Stardom:

I don't get who this movie is marketed towards. I'm a gamer that grew up in the 80s amd i used to live Adam Sandler, but I couldn't care less about this. The majority of women won't be interested. Most kids have no idea who Pac-Man or Q-Bert are, and the movie is rated PG-13. I just don't get it.



bonham2 commented on The Man Who Found The SNES PlayStation Thinks ...:

This system has now been featured on every single video game website that I frequent, so it's safe to say that millions of people are new aware of it. If it was fake, making so many people aware of it would be a huge mistake. If he sold it and it was discovered to be fake, he would be tracked down very easily. Additionally, he would already be trying to sell it, not looking for a power source. And why wouldn't he just fake a power source? It would be easy to fake a power source and fake a title screen. I have no doubt that this is real.



bonham2 commented on More Club Nintendo Goodies Coming To The Europ...:

I would be jealous that we don't get this stuff in NA, but I would be even more upset if they did because I already spent all my coins on games that I didn't really want. I never got that Luigi's Mansion statue, and the Toad lamp is awesome.



bonham2 commented on Video: Nintendo of America's Splatoon TV Comme...:

You guys are totally missing the point of the song. Yeah, it's absolutely horrible, but that commercial looks and sounds like every single toy cartoon ever. I was half expecting a 6 year old boy to shout "I win!" at the end. It's PERFECT for the target audience that is actually going to see this commercial (all Wii U commercials are on kid's channels).



bonham2 commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Problems With Trends and...:

I'm so torn on this issue. The adult in me sees this as a passing trend. I don't understand how/why these videos and their creators can make money off someone else's product without adhering to copyright law, free advertising or no. Nintendo has every right to protect their IPs.

On the other hand, my 7 year old son constantly watched these videos on YouTube for some reason. He and all of his friends are obsessed with Minecraft thanks to those videos. He was beyond excited for Mario Party 10 thanks to YouTube videos. I think you're right that this is something Nintendo should be embracing before today's kids lose interest in Nintendo. The day they lose the kids is the day Nintendo goes away.



bonham2 commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

Personally, I prefer the XL, but I get the frustration of fans. The problem I see is that they announced both models in the NA direct. They announced them, showed the face plates, and then never mentioned it again. They didn't clarify or apologize...they just ignored it until people started to question where it was.



bonham2 commented on Watch: Catch Up With the North American, Europ...:

@Hotfusion I agree. Every video I have seen of Xenoblade looks like an early 360/PS3 game. The character models in game and in FMV seem really stiff and choppy. There was a scene where they were swimming, and I think the water in Super Mario Sunshine looked better. The saving grace is the environments have some amazing art work and they seen to be huge.



bonham2 commented on Satoru Iwata Highlights Frustration at Missed ...:

I think it's pretty obvious. The gamepad was meant to be a home console/portable hybrid that they couldn't figure out in time. They are not releasing a successor to 3DS yet because they need more time to figure out the best way to release a 2 in 1 console/portable.



bonham2 commented on Feature: Time to Vote For Your Game of the Yea...:

Wii U Retail - Mario Kart 8 (haven't played Smash or Toad yet)
Wii U eShop - Shovel Knight (and that's saying a lot because Guacamelee and Child of Light were awesome)
3DS Retail - Bravely default
3DS eShop - Azure Striker Gunvolt
Overall - Mario Kart 8



bonham2 commented on Ocarina Of Time Began Life As A Remake Of Zeld...:

He doesn't hate it. He said it's his least favorite. I absolutely love Zelda 2. Obviously it doesn't feel like any other Zelda game, but if you stripped away the Zelda title, it would be considered one of the best NES games ever made.



bonham2 commented on Don't Worry, Nintendo Hasn't Forgotten About T...:

@MAB I have never purchased those games. But you know what...I MIGHT actually consider a game like Spelunker if I could play it on both consoles and download it on both my Wii Us and be guaranteed to keep it on my next console for free.



bonham2 commented on Don't Worry, Nintendo Hasn't Forgotten About T...:

"I do think what many of your readers don't recognize is there is significant work to take a game that was launched on a previous platform and make it compatible on the current platform, whether we're talking Wii U or 3DS"

This is the problem. Why would this take so long to do? If it's so hard to do, how did they pump out so many games for Wii each and every week? They obviously don't have the same commitment they once had to the VC. It's a real shame. They should have people working on this and only this. In addition, these games should be working on both Nintendo systems and all future Nintendo systems. At this rate, they'll have a pathetically small library by the time the next system comes out, at which point they'll just sell us Super Mario Bros all over again.



bonham2 commented on Feature: Our Top 10 Wii U eShop Games - Summer...:

NES Remix, NES Remix 2, Duck Tales Remastered, Mighty Switch Force, Wii Sports, & Dr. Luigi are all rehashes of older games. That's 6/10 (or 11 since they have two #10s. That's ridiculous when there are all those other games I listed that are getting no love.



bonham2 commented on Feature: Our Top 10 Wii U eShop Games - Summer...:

You guys definitely dropped the ball on this one. Look no further than your own review scores. Castle Storm, Giana Sisters, Ittle Dew, Cloudberry Kingdom (which I really didn't like), Nano Assault Neo, Unepic...each one of these scored an 8/10 or higher in your own reviews and easily top first four games listed here (10-8). NES Remix was great, but #1 seems kind of silly for a compilation of 30 year old NES games. And Runner 2 got old way too fast for my liking. If that even makes the list, I would put it around #10.



bonham2 commented on Play: Mario Kart 8 in the NLife Community GP -...:

I've been a defender of the coin item. I actually like getting it early on. But I went through multiple races yesterday without getting any other items. Like others have said, I'll be in first the whole time only to get battered by shell after shell right at the end. It's really frustrating. 2nd and 3rd place are getting three red shells while first is getting coins.



bonham2 commented on Play: Mario Kart 8 in the NLife Community GP -...:

I just finished. 6th place for now with 386 points (and I had some pretty stiff competition. I really wanted to break 400, but I had a few bad breaks towards the end finishing in 7th or 8th place due to poorly timed shell combos. I'm feeling pretty good about a top 10 finish though.

This was fun guys. NL should definitely do this again.



bonham2 commented on Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part One:

Lego City Undercover at #14?!?!! How dare you? Anyway, here's my list just for fun (sticking with the no eShop game theme):

20. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
19. Need for Speed: Most Wanted U
18. Injustice
17. Assassin's Creed IV
16. Nintendo Land
15. Sonic Lost World
14. Wonderful 101
13. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
12. Lego Marvel
11. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
10. New Super Luigi U
9. Batman: Arkham Origins
8. New Super Mario Bros U
7. Zombie U
6. Rayman Legends
5. DKC: Tropical Freeze
4. Zelda: WWHD
3. Pikmin 3
2. Lego City Undercover
1. Super Mario 3D World

1 & 2 were difficult to place. That's how much I like Lego City (and I normally hate Lego games). And I left out a bunch of games that I really like (and a few that I hear are good but I haven't played yet).



bonham2 commented on Video: These Are The Ten DS Games We Want To S...:

I don't think you get my issue. I get how the games will be used in place of the touch screen. In games like Contra 4 and Sonic Rush, your character will actually go from the bottom screen to the top screen in a vertical scrolling level. It's going to be really annoying constantly switching screens when they're switching every couple seconds. Also, some of the FMVs scroll between screens. Imagine trying to watch a video that way...I really don't think it's going to work that well.



bonham2 commented on Video: These Are The Ten DS Games We Want To S...:

Here's what I don't understand. Some of the games shown have videos that go from one screen to the next, and there are some games where the game screen is played on both screens. Contra 4 and Sonic Rush are examples of this. How could those games or any of the Zelda games be put on the Wii U. I just don't get it.



bonham2 commented on Soapbox: A Case For The Defence: Castlevania 64:

I played and beat Castlevania 64 as a kid and I remember liking it. It was extremely difficult...I used a strategy guide (which I'm not proud of). It certainly had it's faults, but I don't think it deserves the backlash it got. The final fight with Dracula is one of the most memorable boss fights from the N64/PS1 era.



bonham2 commented on We Cannot Continue Without Winning, But It's N...:

Why is it that everyone here has better ideas than the guys running Nintendo? Maybe it is time for a change.

How about a subscription based service like Sony's PS Now. It doesn't even have to be as good as their service. Just include all VC games. I would probably pay $10 a month for the rest of my life if it gave me access to all of the Wii VC games on my 3DS and Wii U. Then they could just continue to add to the list.



bonham2 commented on A Third-Party "Secret Developer" Gives an Insi...:

We have heard this argument before. This is just more detail. We know certain companies felt this way. If we're looking at a 3rd party developer that ported a game from PS3/360 to Wii U and was unhappy with the returns, I would think of 3 games/developers.

Ninja Gaiden 3 - this was developed by Tecmo Koei, so I think they speak Japanese.

Darksiders 2 - made by THQ, certainly possible but I didn't hear anything about missing features or even them complaining at all. Also, they didn't have tons of ideas for the gamepad that this developer mentioned.

And finally, Madden 13 - EA has been complaining about the Wii U since day 1. They had to drop tons of features that were on other systems and the game performed noticeably worse on Wii U than on other systems. That's my guess.



bonham2 commented on Parent Trap: Children Are Our Future, So Let T...:

As a father of four, I really appreciate articles like this. I also appreciate reviews here at Nintendo Life when they review it from the perspective of a parent or for the children. Too often other websites will review games and say they aren't challenging or the mini-games are too shallow and give it a bad score. Well, I don't care what a 35 year single guy that plays FPS games thinks about Wii Party U. Quite frankly, I have no interest in Wii Party U. However, I KNOW my kids will like it, so now I find myself checking out reviews.

As for games that hold their value, we still play Mario Kart Wii almost every night. My kids really like Nintendo Land now, although I am SO SICK of Mario Chase. I find myself buying games that I know my kids will enjoy playing or like Lego City, Rayman, Animal Crossing, etc.



bonham2 commented on Review: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Wii U):

I really didn't like this one. I was so excited for it because I absolutely loved Lego City (probably my favorite Wii U game to date...seriously). I had such high hopes for this one, but it just made me want to play Lego City again. As it was, I only played about 1/2 way through it before I traded it for another Wii U game.



bonham2 commented on EA's Financial Figures Reveal Dismal Wii U Sof...:

The Wii U doesn't have as many gamers as the PS3/360 crowd because it's still relatively new. Let's see what percentage of their sales go to the PS4 in it's first year.

There are still millions of Wii U's out there. If they could sell a game to 50% of the crowd, they would absolutely make money. The problem is they keep releasing half-assed ports. Not to mention, they keep putting down the Wii U and it's users. I bought Madden 13 (which sucked) and Need for Speed. If they put something out worth buying, I'll be's not going to happen though.