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brandonbwii commented on Gallery: Catch Up With Nintendo's Miitomo Reve...:

At first I thought I don't have enough friends for an app like this to work. Then I realized that we all have mobile phone. If this has compatibility with Wii U, 3DS, and hopefully Miiverse I can see myself actually getting some mileage out of this.



brandonbwii commented on Eiji Aonuma is Aiming For an Open World "Surpr...:

Sure I agree that a lot of their surprises has been hit-and-miss lately, but one of the few great surprises for me recently was A Link Between Worlds. I was not disappointed in the slightest despite questionable alterations. It's open ended nature, faster pace, controversial item selling/renting feature, and most use of rupees yet were all steller improvements.

I'm going into this Zelda with the hopes that they are going bigger and better for a console release. All the news so far looks like that will be the case. If there is in fact a gimmick or two that will likely be icing not a deterrent.



brandonbwii commented on Eiji Aonuma is Aiming For an Open World "Surpr...:

It really sucks that nobody wants any thing new, but just "sprinkles." To me it is so great when they take advantage of new hardware, even if they are hit-and-miss (cough DS Zelda cough).

GTA 5 was great but it was still a conventional sequel. I like Nintendo to surprise. And no, not all surprises are negative. Remember when nobody wanted Metroid to go first person? Nintendo has done more of the same lately and how well has that turned out for them...? Exactly.

Agree with your last comment 100%. If rumors are to be believed, though, the NX will be exactly what you described.



brandonbwii commented on Octodad: Dadliest Catch Has Been Delayed, Rele...:

You're the first Nintendo Lifer I've ever seen to say "I still hope will differ from its competition."

On topic: I agree. Too many developers are delaying their games on Wii U simply due to programing bugs. Perhaps if the NX uses the rumored Android technology...?



brandonbwii commented on BeautiFun Games' Megamagic: Wizards of the Neo...:

This looks pretty good. Another kickstarter project I feel deserves recognition is Super Micro Heroes.

It really speaks to the Runbow fan in me. Too bad it's Wii U is a stretch goal though,

Also worth mentioning is Gnomes vs. Fairies. It looks like part ARPG and part platform game.



brandonbwii commented on Minecraft: Story Mode Arriving on Wii U after ...:

IDK why anyone didn't expect, let alone be upset about, this. They announced the Wii U version later than the others, and the Wii U isn't very port friendly. Almost every Wii U indie game gets delayed and if not that, then they're released full of bugs. Therefore, it's not completely Telltales fault here.

Also have any of you even PLAYED a Telltale game before? Releasing it later is probably for the best considering the unfriendly Wii U hardware. I love Telltale, but they can't program worth a shovel.



brandonbwii commented on Release Of Wii U Exclusive Typoman Postponed:

I've noticed with Wii U at least, there is a bug that usually makes it's way into indie games that they didn't find in their dev kits. This has happened with games like Armillo, Runbow and Freedom Planet. At least, like the latter, their trying to fix the problems before release. The bugs typically aren't found until the game is ready to ship.



brandonbwii commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Wants to Produce Another Supe...:

I normally wouldn't want them to make another Mario Galaxy since it's unique hook is, well, not very unique anymore. Considering Super Mario 3D World is not nearly as good as the Galaxy games, though (though not nearly as bad as some people say is) , maybe a return isn't such a bad idea.



brandonbwii commented on Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash Will Support Plenty of a...:

Going to wait for reviews on this one. Doesn't Nintendo have enough platformers? Indie devs have filled the platformer void quite nicely so Nintendo should step out of their comfort zone a bit more.

It's not that this game looks bad by any means, it's just chunky. Still the style is charming as are the NPCs, though I don't know how many of the latter are in the game. If it can have a charming story like I hear previous installments had I may have to check it out. If it's just another generic platformer then I'm quite happy with my eShop collection thank you very much.



brandonbwii commented on Guide: 9 Tips for Playing Runbow:

One cool feature that @13AMGAMES fails to mention is that not only can you play online, but four local players can play against five others. I found that to be a great addition but it's strongly downplayed when the modes are discussed.

I haven't had many problems with online in NA since I saved to internal storage but there were some baffling moments. I picked Arena Mode for example only for the match to switch to King of the Hill and then, here's the doozy, I found myself in Bowhemoth Mode online with two other people before the game locked up and I had to hard boot my system. Maybe there's a hacker in the mist?

I must say Runbow is the most fun I've had with a game in a long time (Funbow?). It is a great celebration of all the indie content released on Nintendo platforms thus far. I must give extra props for them ONLY including games that were or are going to be released on Nintendo systems rather than seeing another Meat Boy or Spelunky cameo.



brandonbwii commented on Chieftain Bob Meets Gunman Clive, You Won't Be...:

I feel posting this as a news story was completely unessesary . I am losing more and more respect for Nintendo Life. It also bothers me when you said it's good after the controversy of Tomodachi Life that Nintendo allows this content.

How in the world is that a surprise. Nintendo follows their own rules. and if the ESRB deems content appropriate from a 3rd party then it can be on a Nintendo platform. Gone Home from my understanding had stronger homosexual themes and it was once coming to Wii U.

As a 31 year old Christian I've been trying to break my mental "programing" against same-sex relationships, so this content doesn't bother me. I think it was stupid to promote it on social media though as it would've been great for the ignorant out there to buy it and find this out later only to be pissed off with nothing they can do about it.

I strongly believe in equal rights for my fellow man. The problem I have with the whole same-sex thing is the feeling that a gay white man has more rights than a black man, gay or otherwise. This tends to be the case with both Hollywood and video games.

Sure Clive makes out with a Native American but I dare the developer to make the next game feature a black playable character. Yes, I am a bitter and envious man, I know.



brandonbwii commented on Nintendo's Awesome Super Mario Maker Overview ...:

I agree with you for the most part with whole 9 day thing. When it comes to unlocking stuff I don't think it has anything to do with Nintendo treating their fans like babies (although if you look a Miiverse, apparently many of them are. Also, if you count the final stages and amiibo Splatoon can reach levels of NES hard), as much as it has to do with them underestimating the complications of HD development. It's best to continue to bring people back to the old games than continue with yearly sequels or building new game engines. It will help them later when they have to market the NX.

That said I myself am annoyed by the approach to SMM. Game Boy Camera and Mario Paint were brilliantly crafted back in the day and most content was either already there or unlocked based on a logical progression system. This timed stuff makes absolutely no sense. With the aforementioned pieces of software Nintendo had things hidden through a bunch of menus that were fun to explore. There was a sense of wonder to it, a sense of magic.

To those defending the 9 day thing I ask what's the point of this? If you're a noob and easily overwhelmed (I myself fall in the latter category) why not have things be unlocked by progressing through Nintendo made levels? Heck even community levels? Some of the more obscure editing tools could be hidden behind achievements leading to a more active community asking questions on sites like Miiverse like "Wow, how'd you manage to get that feature?" That would be in line with Nintendo's old pre-internet word of mouth philosophy and it would work. Instead we get options delivered through a 9 day period. What if I still don't understand it within that time? This makes the "feature" completely arbitrary and pointless.

I have to disagree with your stance on Splatoon though. I like how they dole out content to continually surprise the player. Granted some options should have been available from the beginning. Namely Squad and Private Matches. Also the challenges shouldn't have been hidden behind amiibo. It would have made more sense if the challenges were there after you completed the main game with amiibo simply used to unlock outfits a la Mario Kart 8.

All that being said both games are so full of win I don't see the point in sweating the small stuff as they haven't been too extreme...yet. I don't see the point in dwelling on such a small flaw in SMM but I don't get the defenders either.



brandonbwii commented on Nintendo Download: 30th July (Europe):

There is ALWAYS development work. It's simply that Nintendo needs to up their resources. It would be great if they had more dedicated "divisions" to focus on a wide range of content on their services. As of now it's like their business is half-baked and all over the place.



brandonbwii commented on Nintendo Download: 30th July (Europe):

For me it's the discount on Elliot Quest. The reviews saying the game had too much meandering was a big turn off for me at first, but the Shovel Knight style Miiverse Journal being added in a Thursday update has sold me. I hope to view some very helpful posts so I never get stuck.



brandonbwii commented on Nintendo Download: 30th July (Europe):

Even though it is a perfectly valid complaint, I'm getting a little tired of people saying every week is crappy simply because there's no VC. It's like no one will buy anything if it's not an old 1st party game. Potentially awesome indie release? Who cares? Nintendo didn't release that 64 game I played 10 years ago! I guess they don't want my money.

If this actually reflect peoples buying habits, then it's like everything that @Quorthon troll has been saying about us "fans" is true. We will drink piss out of a cup if it has Nintendo's name on it, but completely dismiss it if it's 3rd party no matter what reviewers and bloggers say.



brandonbwii commented on Poll: What Do You Want From Nintendo's NX Plat...:

I want an innovative hook, hybrid handheld and console (while that's not a priority, I'm just tired of Nintendo spreading themselves so thin games are lower quality), and of course a wonderful unified system that includes Miiverse, eshop, friend lists, and club Nintendo in one interconnected package.



brandonbwii commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transfor...:

Nobody cared for it during the NWC when it was just called Blast Ball. Confirming it was part of a bigger mess and then slapping the Metroid name on it just added salt to the wound.

I think the big problem most have with the Digital Event is the lack of substantial announcements. Nintendo focuses so much on surprises during their directs every month that they ran out of things to show at E3. Hell if you were to count the digital event and several Directs that preceded it as part of E3, then they likely won the show again.



brandonbwii commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Tackles Metroid Prime: Federa...:

@Operative #1
I liked the action in Metroid: Other M actually. If you got rid of the cutscenes, pixel hunting and some other oddities. You were still left with a solid action game, just not a good Metroid game.

I still don't know what to think of FF. I'm all for online co-op, but with Triforce Heroes coming and me still playing Monster Hunter 4 with another Monster Hunter potentially coming this way, FF has no reason for existing. At least until I'm proven wrong with future details.



brandonbwii commented on Tablets Stole The Wii U's Thunder, Laments Shi...:

I don't want to be Debbie downer here about the NX, but it does not sound 3rd party friendly. I seem to recall a developer, I believe Bethesda but could be wrong, said that one of the biggest problems Nintendo faces is trying to keep their systems affordable. Typically in the sense that they want it to stay quiet. That somehow leads frustrating game optimizations.

Based on what I'm hearing of NX, it's going to be the same way.



brandonbwii commented on Tablets Stole The Wii U's Thunder, Laments Shi...:

Completely agree. I feel they need to do more to capture the imagine like the Wii did but somehow make it long term. Gamepad has it's cool moments like ASA and a handful of launch window 3rd party titles, but overall it's kinda uninspired. Definitely not enough to carry an underpowered system.



brandonbwii commented on Tablets Stole The Wii U's Thunder, Laments Shi...:

Why does everybody hate the Wii? The Wii was awesome. I also will say that 3rd party support is important but not AS important as other platforms. As long as they get enough parity that it's not a joke and continue with high quality 1st party games. They should do pretty well. There name can still mean something.



brandonbwii commented on Take More Risks With Your eShop Purchases, Ple...:

People tend to buy games with specific gimmick whether people want to admit it or not. 3rd party games, more so than Nintendo games, have a lot more to prove on Nintendo platforms to get sales. Unfortunately we get too many platform games. It's becoming overkill. We'll take risk when the developers take risks. Apparently Affordable Space Adventures is doing well. Runbow will like find success as well.

Also marketing is still a big factor. I was on the fence about FAST Racing Neo for example, but after Treehouse, it's reached my must-have list.