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Mon 21st Jan 2008

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BulbasaurusRex commented on Square Enix Offers Black Friday Deals, Live No...:

I would consider "Chrono Trigger" and "Final Fantasy IV" at those prices, but when you add shipping it would still be cheaper to grab the SNES versions off the Wii Shop Channel. Is there anything extra in those DS ports that would make it worth paying a little extra and settling for playing on a small screen?



BulbasaurusRex commented on Video: Let This Xenoblade Chronicles X Battle ...:

@Yorumi Um, other than dropping a dedicated Adventure Mode and local tourneys (which is somewhat balanced by the addition of online tourneys), Smash4WiiU has the most content yet. Aside from more characters, stages, and music choices; the aforementioned online tourneys, Smash Tour (love it or hate it, it's still new), Master and Crazy Orders, custom moves and equipment, Omega Stages, 8 player battles, amiibo functionality, and added coop to some modes (as well as online battles that don't always lag) are all brand new additions.

I'm with you on All-Star Racing Transformed having the edge over MK8, though.

Oh, by the way, with the advent of smartphones, I don't think it's even possible for a dedicated gaming handheld to sell as well as the older ones anymore. Sure, we know how better button controls and deeper portable games are, but the casuals who bought the DS in droves and even the older GameBoy line to an extent don't really care to see the difference. I think the 3DS has done quite well to sell as well as it has and kicked Vita's butt so hard Sony has given up completely on the handheld market (well, unless the come up with their own smartphone, since they are a broader electronics company).



BulbasaurusRex commented on Video: Let This Xenoblade Chronicles X Battle ...:

@LasermasterA Like I said, I can understand if someone prefers subs for the quality of the voice acting. I just don't get the "original language" argument, as that implies the actual content of the lines, with which I generally find the dubs to have the advantage for the reasons I stated. Personally, I only watch subbed if there is no official English dub or for certain animé like "One Piece" and "Fairy Tail" where the English dub is so far behind that I don't have the patience to wait for it.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Xenoblade X Developers Talk About the Game's C...:

You know, I loved the first Xenoblade so much that I really should look into their other games like Xenogears and Xenosaga.

EDIT: PlayStation exclusives?! Aw, man! There is a DS remake/compilation of "Xenosaga I & II" as well as a DS RPG called "Soma Bringer," but they haven't been localized.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Video: Let This Xenoblade Chronicles X Battle ...:

@LasermasterA I can buy the audio quality argument (although English dub voice actors are generally better than they used to be) but not the idea of it being in the original language unless you actually know the language. Most of us don't, so we have to rely on subtitles, which usually contain grammar errors, inconsistent name romanizations, and confusing untranslated Japanese references.

On the other hand, English dubs these days usually do a very good job with their translations while keeping more of the Japanese culture intact while still substituting appropriately (or censoring) when necessary, plus they provide official English name pronunciations when they contain L's, R's, or unusual vowel placements. We're no longer in the days when companies like 4Kids would routinely Westernize the names, completely bastardize the dialogue with American slang and references, and censor entire plot elements.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Poll: Nintendo's Free-to-Play Experiments - Ar...:

The badge arcade is too stingy with its free plays and isn't much of a game to begin with. Otherwise, I'm quite happy with these games. I play all three of them every day and haven't spent a cent on any of them. If the Badge Arcade ever comes out with an exclusive theme I want, then I'll go ahead and open my wallet, since it's just like buying any other theme while getting a bonus of five free plays.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Donkey Kong Champ Billy Mitchell Loses Legal B...:

@Ralizah I'm definitely with you there. Whatever happened to more mature shows (relatively speaking) like "Generator Rex" and "Sym-bionic Titan" (the latter of which was tragically cancelled way too early)? The only thing I still watch on Cartoon Network is the Pokémon animé.



BulbasaurusRex commented on EA CFO Explains Why the Company Doesn't Make W...:

While they have somewhat of a point, you could make the argument that if EA and other third parties hadn't jumped ship so early just because the Wii U got off to a slow start (nor provided it with those mostly inferior or gypped ports early on), the install base would be much bigger. The 3DS also got off to a slow start including an embarrassing early price cut, but look where it is now.



BulbasaurusRex commented on RCMADIAX Announces Skeasy, Expected to Release...:

I really wish he would make more games that actually have a way to win instead this lame "last as long as you can until you lose" nonsense that I thought had died with 80's arcade games. Until then, I'll just stick with "SHUT THE BOX."

On the bright side, at least he finally fixed his broken caps lock key.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Humour: The Pain Of Being A Wii U Owner This C...:

"Mario Kart Wii" does feature better graphics and more karts, characters (although with too many baby and dry characters), and tracks, as well as motion controls and bikes that aren't all that great of additions; but it also has an absolutely terrible Battle Mode, hardly any other local multiplayer options, overall worse track design, and the worst item balance in the entire series. Its one shining beacon was online play, but you can't do that anymore.

Perhaps, but sequels to established franchises are what generally appeal and sell most to the average fans. In any case, the Wii U does also feature "The Wonderful 101" and several other new IPs on the e-Shop.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Pokémon Red, Blue & Yellow Are Coming To The ...:

@Adamario Well, I guess it took until now to finally get it right. Perhaps they may go back and add in the functionality to the other VC GameBoy games that use it, although it's not as essential of a feature as it was for these particular games. As for Pokémon Bank, the old Pokémon are still incompatible with the newer games after they overhauled the EV and IV system starting with the third generation.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Pokémon Red, Blue & Yellow Are Coming To The ...:

@Calllack Well, it depends on your preferences, as they each have their strengths. R/B allow you to choose between Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle; while Yellow forces you to take Pikachu. R/B let you capture Pikachu on Route 2, while Yellow gives you special events to obtain one of each of the other three starters. Your Pikachu in Yellow can't evolve, but it follows you around and allows you to check its happiness. Yellow has some color in its graphics and some more accurate Pokémon sprites in some cases. Yellow alters many of the gym rosters to more closely resemble the animé (yet still doesn't give Blaine a Magmar), which makes the Vermillion, Celadon, and Vermillion gyms a little easier. There are also a few other animé nods in Yellow such as battles against Jessie and James and Chansey nurses in the Pokémon Centers. The Missingno glitch was fixed in Yellow (although the Mew glitch still works). Yellow has a few moveset changes, including making Pikachu's moveset much stronger (such as learning Thunderbolt naturally) and giving Charizard the ability to learn the Fly HM. Yellow has an extra link battle mode only playable against others copies of Yellow. Finally, if you can somehow get a Pikachu that knows Surf (which will be a lot harder without access to Pokémon Stadium and several old cheat devices), Yellow gives you access to a special surfing Pikachu minigame.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Site News: A Brief Update on Our Mario Tennis:...:

@MIDP They probably figured that if players wanted to do that kind of local Mario Kart multiplayer, they'd all sit in front of a TV screen playing a console version. If you're on the go with one or two other people and decide on some local handheld Mario Kart, you're not going to have the time for a marathon gaming session.

As for the Smash Bros. tourneys, didn't you try the predefined tourneys? Those tell you how many players are currently signed up for each one. Plus, they finally let you play stock matches online in some of them.

You are absolutely right that these games could use more online options, but the same could be said for ANY Nintendo game with online play ever made, even the third party ones. I don't know if there are some over-restrictive policies in place or what, but it has gotten very annoying with how Nintendo can't even keep up with 90's PC games in this area.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Feature: Our Top 10 Wii U eShop Games - Third ...:

Wow, you know it's a tough competition when "Child of Light" doesn't even make the cut.

@gcunit If that's your complaint with "Child of Light," then don't bother with any RPGs that utilize random encounters. At least the encounters here can often be avoided when necessary.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Humour: The Pain Of Being A Wii U Owner This C...:

@khaosklub You could say the same thing about any video game sequel that always keeps the franchise name in the title. I'd imagine the average fans would recognize a sequel by a different number or subtitle as they would with any other video game or movie like "Halo 4" or "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

I'd beg to differ in the case of "Mario Kart Wii." It's completely outshined by "Double Dash" or even "64" now that the online play is kaput.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Site News: A Brief Update on Our Mario Tennis:...:

@rjejr That still doesn't explain why they're phasing out the Wiimote in their Wii U games even though it's clearly the better motion control scheme in certain genres like the aforementioned sports games and first person shooters. Sure, they wouldn't work anymore on the NX if it's backwards compatible with Wii U games, but that just means you'd have to settle for the GamePad or traditional control schemes to play those games on the NX or just continue to play them on the Wii U, just as we had to give up GameCube controller functionality (save for one specific exception) to play our Wii games on the Wii U. Oh well, I'll just continue to dream about those wonderful long-lost days when I could play "Conduit 2" online.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Site News: A Brief Update on Our Mario Tennis:...:

@Nintenjoe64 I hear ya. It's like some companies (including Nintendo themselves via Splatoon) have forgotten that the Wii U still supports the Wiimote. Heck, we haven't had a good hardcore baseball sim since "MVP Baseball 2005" on GameCube unless you count "Nicktoons MLB." At least "Wii Sports Club" finally allows us to use Wii MotionPlus Plus to swing a baseball bat, but it's still an unlicensed bare-bones tech demo.

Well, at least 2K Games's horrible exclusive contract ran out after several years of very lousy releases, but now the exclusive contract is in the hands of Sony, so now we get diddly squat (although at least they know how to make good baseball games if you do happen to own their console). Why MLBPA, why?



BulbasaurusRex commented on Site News: A Brief Update on Our Mario Tennis:...:

The online infrastructure for Nintendo games is always lacking in appropriate options (when they bother to include an online mode in the first place), and not just because they don't have a comprehensive account system. For example, can anyone name a single online Nintendo game; console or handheld; first party, second party, or third party; that lets you create public lobbies (and no, those pitiful excuses for custom Smash Bros. "tournaments" don't count)?



BulbasaurusRex commented on Humour: The Pain Of Being A Wii U Owner This C...:

@khaosklub "Mario Kart Wii" absolutely sucks in comparison to "Mario Kart 8," and the Wii U version of Smash Bros. is also a pretty big step forward for its franchise. "Super Mario 3D World" may not be unique in comparison to "3D Land," but that's a 3DS game, so it is pretty unique in comparison to any Wii Mario game. Then you've got "Yoshi's Woolly World," "The Wonderful 101," "Lego City: Undercover" (which is unque compared to previous Lego games), "Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker," and some e-shop games like "Child of Light" and "Freedom Planet." We've also got "Xenoblade Chronicles X" (a much expanded sequel) just around the corner with Zelda, Star Fox, and Pokken Tournament dropping early next year. If the Wii is your only console, then you can also throw in the two Bayonetta games as well as multi-platform releases with quality Wii U ports like "Injustice: Gods Among Us," "Assassin's Creed IV," "Tekken Tag Tournament 2," as well as e-shop games like "Ducktales: Remastered," "Shovel Knight," and "Guacamelee." There are still plenty of reasons to upgrade to a Wii U if you know where to look.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Humour: The Pain Of Being A Wii U Owner This C...:

@ikki5 Since when are epic AAA JRPGs niche? Nobody ever says that about the latest Final Fantasy game.

Technically, Xenoblade did get a mention in the rap, just not in connection with the Christmas lineup part. My bigger concern is how they're claiming the NX is coming out next year. There is absolutely no evidence of that, and considering we were only given an early reveal of the codename with absolutely no other info to date, I still think a 2017 release is much more likely with the first real details given at E3 2016.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Video: Watch Kids React To The Original Pokém...:

@happylittlepigs You actually prefer fat Pikachu? I haven't heard that one before.

@Arcamenel How so? He sent all his previous Pokémon save Pikachu to Prof. Oak and got a new outfit and traveling companions just like he did for every region since Hoenn (although it is nice to see Wobbuffet back with Team Rocket). Personally, I think it's better that way than when they had to come up with excuses for him to dump his old Pokémon when he took most of them with him to Johto.

Anyway, I first started watching during the second half of the first season and have been watching ever since. While the first season does have some pretty iconic moments and episodes, you can't deny that they often screwed up the various attack rules and mechanics. They also annoyingly had half the gyms just giving Ash their badges and some gym leaders giving him a handicap by just calling back a Pokémon for no reason. Once they got to Johto, they did a much better job with it (including enforcing the 4 attack limit), although they'll still make a mistake on rare occasions. As for the gym and league battles, those episodes have since become the highlights of the show with incredible displays of battling with Ash coming up with at least one brilliant stragetic move each time he wins.

I was of course disappointed when Cartoon Network dumped the old voice actors when they took over partway through the Battle Frontier (especially the horrendous test case with the "Master of Mirage Pokémon" special), but I've gotten used to it, and at least Pikachu's voice actress has always been the same since they reuse the Japanese voice in that case.

With the way the show is designed to follow the video games, I wouldn't be surprised if the show lasted for over 30 seasons at this point. When all is said and done, it will be interesting to see which winds up with more seasons, "Pokémon" or "The Simpsons."



BulbasaurusRex commented on Hands On: Getting Pinned Down By Nintendo Badg...:

It's a decent enough incentive to launch it everyday to play the practice machine and any free plays I get, although I couldn't care less about most of the badge options available so far. Though, the only way I'll ever spend any money on this thing is if I want any of their exclusive themes, since it's essentially the same as buying a theme from the theme shop with the bonus of 5 additional plays on the badge catcher machines.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Pokémon Red, Blue & Yellow Are Coming To The ...:

Well, what do you know. I didn't think this would ever happen, but they pulled it off.

Now Red and Blue are completely outclassed by FireRed and LeafGreen, but I highly recommend Yellow version for any nostalgic Pokémaniacs out there. I'm happy with my actual copy of Yellow for as long as the save battery holds out, but this great news for those who never got to try it out.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Review: Stella Glow (3DS):

I loved the demo, so this is definitely going on my Wishlist. I was particularly impressed with how every single line of dialogue is voice acted, unlike "Fire Emblem: Awakening" where they only mix and match the voice acting with the context of the lines from a limited pool of mostly simple voiced lines.

By the way, are we sure Hilda isn't secretly a guy in drag? "Her" top (for lack of a better word) leaves "her" chest almost entirely exposed, which they could only get away with because there's absolutely nothing there!



BulbasaurusRex commented on Review: Rodea the Sky Soldier (Wii U):

I thought you might've been exaggerating how bad the camera is like people tend to do with the "Sonic Adventure" games, so I took a look at your gameplay video on Youtube, and yep, that is a very wonky camera. I'll pass, at least on the Wii U version.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Valhalla Game Studios is Being Sued Over a Tra...:

I don't know if they really have a case. "Valhalla" is a name from Norse mythology, so can it really be trademarked in the first place? As for the logo, due to the mythology involved it only makes sense to use a Viking longboat, which along with the fact that they're both in black and white are the only real similarities between them.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Feature: Why We're Still Playing... Pokémon G...:

Well done. You've nailed most of the points about what make these games special and revolutionary (although you forgot to mention the hold items).

That being said, there's really no reason to play these over HeartGold/SoulSilver. You get DS graphics, access to Pokémon and attacks from later generations, mechanics from later generations like Abilities and the move-specific physical/special stat, all the acorn Pokéballs now work properly (about half of them were bugged in the original releases), you're not missing much from Crystal Version (unlike the fun features from Yellow and Emerald that were left out of their remakes), online trading and the ability to transfer to later generations, and most importantly your save battery won't die on you.

By the way, the Internet was already quite strong back in 2000. I learned about all the new Pokémon and game mechanics online, and I wouldn't want to waste time experimenting within the game itself, anyway.

EDIT: Oops, the DS online functionality has been shut down. Oh well, there's still plenty of other reasons on my list after you scratch off that one.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Site News: Nintendo Life Turns 10 Today:

Congratulations! I started back with "Virtual Console Reviews," since that was the only place that reviewed every single VC game. From there, I was a day one reader of "WiiWare World" and then learned there was an affiliated site that posted general Nintendo news, so I started reading that one as well. Then there was the merger, and the rest is history.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Super Smash Bros. Fan Provides a Suprisingly D...:

I don't care much about most of these ideas, but I do agree that we should have more online options, local tourneys, and separate custom move / equipment selection.

To add to my personal wishlist, bring back predefined landscape pieces in custom stages for people like me who can't draw worth a darn, and combine the pool of shared custom fighters between the Wii U and 3DS versions while giving us more search options for both custom fighters and custom stages.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Feature: A Pokémon Retrospective: Generation ...:

I think you're overstating the effects of the IV and EV overhaul. It's not that big of a mechanical change, especially for those who don't bother to train with them. While that in addition to the new Abilities, Natures, and Double Battles were some significant changes, I think they pale in comparison to the mechanics changes made in Generation 2, which introduced two new types and made a few other changes to the type chart (which in addition to many of the new added attacks greatly increased the balance between types in general), breeding, hold items, time based events, and fixed most of the glitches and broken strategies that were commonplace in the first generation.

Personally, Generation 3 is my least favorite of the bunch. While the new GBA graphics were great, and it had some nice new additions such as the Running Shoes, Abilities, and Double Battles, there were also plenty of problems.

Overall, I think these were the worst designed bunch of new Pokémon. While there are always some winners, there are also too many I just don't really like. While the 4th Generation did have too many evolutions of previous Pokémon and too many Legends, I still like most of them. The number Pokémon and attacks had also reached a degree that it became incredibly tiresome to complete the Pokédex pre-online trading, while the antiquated type-specific physical/special split became really annoying before the 4th Generation took care of those problems.

As for the new games, I do have to agree with IGN that there is too much water with all of the Surfing and Diving they make you do. The Pokémon contests were lame. They locked stuff away behind that flop of an e-reader system. Dividing the story between both versions was stupid. Finally, there was very little to do post-game. Thankfully, at least "Emerald" saw fit to correct the latter two issues.

I do have to give props to the spin-offs, though. "Colosseum" and "XD: Gale of Darkness" were both excellent games and the only full RPG console Pokémon games we've ever received. We also got an excellent portable pinball game and the beginnings of several quality long-running spin-off series. However, "Shuffle" is so much better than any of the "Trozei" games simply because most of the stages aren't time-based.



BulbasaurusRex commented on Review: Konami Krazy Racers (Wii U eShop / GBA):

"the handling is almost identical other than the lack of power-sliding techniques" - This alone tells me this game is c***. "Super Circuit" is the worst Mario Kart game I've ever played thanks to its extremely loose turning ability, and apparantly this game is even worse without even a powerslide to help you out. How could anyone ever manage to make a turn without flying off the road every time?



BulbasaurusRex commented on Video: Jessica Chobot Is Samus Aran In This La...:

@Vriess No it wasn't! The CGI was pretty good, but they made her face look like it had more craters than the surface of the moon! It was also weird how the Chozo apparently left her messages in her own voice and image.

Anyway, if we could guarantee it would be done right (read: not gonna happen), I'd love to see a Metroid movie. Better yet, make it a series of 4 films. The first one adapts the backstory manga and the original game with the Zero Mission expanded ending. The second one adapts the Prime Trilogy (could be cut if necessary). The third one adapts "Metroid 2" and "Super Metroid." Finally, the fourth one adapts "Other M" and "Fusion" (while fixing the dialogue in Other M and having Adam authorize the Varia Suit as soon as she sets foot into the volcano area).



BulbasaurusRex commented on Pokémon Hoopa Distribution Confirmed for McDo...:

Wow, there's a lot of complaining about McDonald's food here! While I agree they have low quality burgers (albeit priced accordingly), they do have good chicken (as McNuggets, Selects, or a variety of sandwiches), fries, apple slices, and ice cream, oh and a great frozen strawberry lemonade during the summer.