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Tue 7th April, 2009

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brandonbwii commented on Impressions: Nintendo Made The Right Call With...:

While I feel Nintendo needs games like this and the Fire Emblem series in order for me to stop thinking of them as 'that platform game company,' the demo was definitely a mixed bag. It certainly didn't feel good at the start with Henry and John, but by the 3rd map it was a LITTLE better.

Using the 'overwatch' feature when combined with a near perfect strategy on my part, it felt like the best moments of a stealth game. Heck, I would replay maps just refine my strategy to reach a more satisfying finish.

My problems though is that it looks like it will get old after awhile. The old gaming cliche of repetitive dialog is alive and well here. The visuals, while more crisp and detailed than I once thought, has hit-and-miss art direction. It's frustrating to not know what moves the aliens are making until they actually attack you. Lastly, is it just me or does hitting the weakpoints feel like it needs to be pixel perfect?



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

I personally feel Nintendo messed up with Rusty. I ended up buying everything but mostly to see the game through to the end. It would have been much better if you could buy it traditionally and haggle with fictional currency.

On the other end Sub Wars is an excellent use of the F2P model, especially after enough patches were issued. The model practically guaranteed that other players would be online, a problem that many 3rd string IPs suffer from on Nintendo platforms.



brandonbwii commented on Ninja Pig Studios Accused Of Stealing Pixel Ar...:

I knew this would happen to @ninjapigstudios eventually. When you create games like Meme Run there is bound to be some sort of legal issue surface.

Also ninja pig, your attitude and activities have not granted you any favors when it comes to people who would actually WANT to support you.

Thanks for the popcorn @RCMADIAX. As for this attack on @ninjapigstudios I have to present this in a way he'll understand: (seriously, I'm surprised no one has done that yet) ;)



brandonbwii commented on Reaction: Nintendo Direct Went Crazy With Reve...:

The video says Ironfall is a completely new announcement. Actually, it had been announced a long time ago. There was a trailer, which was mostly just a tech demo, that showed off the potential gameplay, AI, and high fidelity graphics that ran at 60fps with 3D on.

This is just the first time Nintendo discussed it themselves.



brandonbwii commented on Project Treasure Is Bandai Namco's Wii U Exclu...:

I actually mean this as a sincere question: Are there any F2P games from Bandai Namco that are worth playing? TANK! TANK! TANK!? Ridge Racer? Ace Combat? Anything? I'm not completely familiar with their recent products, but I've heard some pretty nasty things. especially with Soul Calibur.



brandonbwii commented on Review: Maze (Wii U eShop):

I feel the same way about quality and doing research. I mean it's not that hard considering Nintendo never really markets shovelware. Most of the games on the eshop splash page and in sizzle reels are of decent quality.

Unless you just go into eshop everyday religiously to see what's new or buy based on verified Miiverse user posts you shouldn't end up with so many turds on your hard drive.



brandonbwii commented on Tri-Strip Brings That Vintage Game Boy Feel To...:

The Wii U goes retro? Heh, like that's something new. Thank you @sc0ttgames for showing something the Wii U doesn't have plenty of.

Joking aside the puzzle aspect looks to be quite satisfying. Being able to adjust the color/brightness is nice but will I be able to play it in GB Pocket monchrome or just Game Boy green?



brandonbwii commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Confirms Playable Star Fox fo...:

The F-Zero comment is not an excuse. Like Star Fox they just don't have a big idea to make a sequel that could offer anything new. The GamePad allows them to take a new look at StarFox and give the franchise a much needed shot in the arm. The GamePad wouldn't offer any extra value to a F-Zero title and it's clear Nintendo doesn't want to make just another racing game.

I'm all for innovation and if a franchise for whatever reason doesn't fit, then don't use it. This makes a ton of sense when it comes to an IP that hasn't sold all that well. I just wish Nintendo would take an innovative approach to more games so they'd feel less samey (cough, Mario Kart, NSMB, cough).



brandonbwii commented on Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2015:

The list of 3DS games doesn't look that strong tbh. It's almost as if SSB for 3DS was the culmination of all the great games released. Maybe that means it's time for next-gen handheld hardware.



brandonbwii commented on Review: Plenty of Fishies (Wii U eShop):

The trailer doesn't make it look all that bad to be honest. The write up is the damning part. I still can't quite get behind all those that say more quality control is needed. As pointed out by @OorWullie, other reviewers gave it higher scores. This further shows how subjective quality can be.

Why enforce a level of quality control when you could have a potential hit on your hands and not even know it?



brandonbwii commented on Review: Plenty of Fishies (Wii U eShop):

Maybe Nintendo should offer more advice or somehow be more involved in more indie projects so we can at least get more functional games. These nindies need someone to consistantly upend the tea table.



brandonbwii commented on Feature: A Year in Development - RCMADIAX:

First off, SPIKEY WALLS isn't THAT bad. It serves it's purpose rather nicely: It's a score challenge timewaster that acts as a social gateway to Miiverse. It even recommends you post a screen of your personal best so you can give yourself a nice, intimate challenge with others through Nintendo's unique social network.

Secondly, I never get the whole Nintendo needs "quality control" debate. It's not like Nintendo actively promotes shovelware. I rarely see any piss poor excuses for games on the front eshop splash page. In fact, if you look at eshop sizzle reels there are very few games released from the montage that score less than a 6 here on Nintendo Life.

As long as Nintendo doesn't truly push these type of games on consumers they can release the most broken pieces of shovel they want. The time Nintendo has an interview with Ninja Pig Studios on their Youtube channel, THEN there will be cause for concern. As of now though, just let the bad games rot.



brandonbwii commented on Developer of Retro City Rampage Explains, Agai...:

It's a work-of-art IMO. It's just as fun as Chinatown Wars, has indie cameos, good writing (if you dig 80s references anyway), and a variety of game styles that rarely feel out of place.

It's still hard to believe this was mostly done by one guy. He's the next Pixel as far as I'm concerned.



brandonbwii commented on Developer of Retro City Rampage Explains, Agai...:

Has anyone ever stopped to think that what he said is truth and not some PR move? He is a one man team. It took him five years to make RCR and that's not counting all the ports he made to various platforms. His time is better spent working on something new.

Sheesh, I hate people giving indies preferencial treatment compared to major publishers, but some of you really need think realistically.



brandonbwii commented on Review: Heptrix (Wii U eShop):

It's simply referencing a popular phrase for a cereal commercial. With Trix there was an animated rabbit trying to take some cereal from kids. The rabbit would always get caught by the children no matter his disguise with the kids all saying simutaneously: Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids.

Other cereal american slogans include: Lucky charms are magically delicious and Frosted Flakes are Grrr-eat.



brandonbwii commented on Hollow Knight is a Bit Like Shovel Knight, Exc...:

Beats some of Nintendo recent name choices though. ;)

Aside from visuals that look a little too "flash" esque, the visual style is great. I hope some of the clunky looking aspects smooth out once funded. Unfortunately I still find it to be a terrible time to be a Kickstarter game. Still buying current games myself, leaving not much time to help fund some great looking projects. I likely can't pledge my support for a game until a good one is shown after March. :(



brandonbwii commented on UCraft Wii U Beta Plans Outlined as New Traile...:

Isn't amiibo basically a rip-off of Skylanders? Couldn't you make the same argument that Nintendo is taking an established idea and calling it "original?"

Nintendo has also made corny statements like this guy's "give me your hearts." Anyone remember "We're all about smiles?" YUCK!

Or is everybody hating because the guy comes across as a bit of a douchebag? If no one bought games solely on someone's attitude Fez and Braid wouldn't be a success. How 'bout those Braggarts that are Team Meat?

Just because modesty isn't every developer's strong suit, doesn't mean their games will be bad. UCraft looks great. It's hard to consider something like this a cash in since it takes time, money, and foresight to make something like this a success. This is not RCMADIAX people. This isn't someone who set out to make a mockery of the Wii U community for a quick buck.

This is someone who wants to deliver a deep, heavily community driven game and I'm all for it.



brandonbwii commented on Feature: How We'd Like to See amiibo Used in C...:

I feel that Nintendo should make compatibility from one franchise to another. It would be a neat workaround for the "one save only" limitation. Imagine an endurance test in Mario Party 10 based around how you updated the toy in Smash.

They could all have a similar update menu to Smash Bros. to keep compatibility consistancy and parity.



brandonbwii commented on Rumour: Has Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem B...:

Is this guy just saying it's cancelled because there's been no recent news on it? Wasn't Yoshi's Whooly World said to be cancelled by some sources (back when it was Yarn Yoshi)?

Considering Nintendo was practically blindsided by the success of both franchises I doubt this is true. At least I hope it isn't. The only thing that would cause a game like this to be cancelled is if Nintendo finds the user base too small on Wii U, not internal conflicts.



brandonbwii commented on Interview: Shin'en Multimedia on FAST Racing N...:

The only Shinen title I truly enjoyed is Art of Balance. The visuals are too vanilla for my taste in most of their games. I also hate that their games tend to start hard and only get harder. A much gentler learning curve would be nice, especially with their more ambitious projects like this one.



brandonbwii commented on South Park Tables Available Soon in Zen Pinbal...:

Welcome to Nintendo Life my Miiverse friend! Try not to be TOO preachy though.It can make you come across as a troll. It's never good to bring God into a discussion so maybe it's best to stay away from news stories involving games like Binding of Isaac, Bayonetta, Shin Megami Tensei etc.