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Tue 26th May, 2009

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darklinkinfinite commented on Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Director's Cut G...:

Seems a bit much for a game that's been out a while. I picked up the game a couple of weeks ago when it was on sale for less than $5. I love physical releases and would probably consider buying this at $20, like the Duck Tales physical release, but $40 is a bit much. Fortunately I see this getting discounted rather quickly.



darklinkinfinite commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Dismissal of Chris P...:

This is in no way out of touch with the with the current industry. I work at a small mobile game studio here in the states and I had to sign an NDA when I got hired. Basically I'm only allowed to repeat what's already publicly available on our company's LinkedIn page; ie not much.

I would imagine Nintendo's NDA is similar, if not much stricter so a breach such as his is most certainly grounds for dismissal. This kind of secrecy is at the heart of pretty much any developer and publisher in the industry.

The reason Iwata, Reggie, and, Bill Trinen do what they do is because they are spokespeople for the company. Its their job to talk about the company and I'd wager that what they say is curated. Pranger's job in no way involved speaking with the public. He recognizes it was his fault and I find it disappointing that so many news outlets play so ignorant of the fact that this is SOP for any company, not just gaming companies, in order to tell the sob story that this man was unfairly dismissed and that Nintendo is backwards and out of touch.



darklinkinfinite commented on Suda51 Isn't Done With No More Heroes and Trav...:

I actually got to meet him and speak to him at Comic Con. He's a really cool guy and seems very excited about his work and earnestly appreciates his fans. I had him sign the manuals for all my Suda51 games and got a photo with him.

I asked him about No More Heroes as well and he said, through his translator of course, that it will be a long time before we see another no more heroes (jokingly 10 years) so when he makes it people can have nostalgic feelings about the series.



darklinkinfinite commented on Epic Indie Sale For Wii U eShop Is On Its Way ...:

@rjejr I would imagine that part of it is wanting to nuture an environment where indies (basically third parties) can succeed. Nintendo's long been accused of overshadowing other developers on their consoles and if Nintendo games went on sale too often, that'd be the only thing people wait for.

That said, Nintendo games do go on sale; they just had a big 30% off sale for E3. They're not exactly price cuts but they're certainly not excluding their own games from sales.



darklinkinfinite commented on Not Everyone is Thrilled That Metroid Prime Tr...:

Meh, collectors in all fields complain when something is reprinted/reteleased. I understand the frustration but at the same time, that's the risk of collecting for profit; markets and interest shift and something could sell for hundreds one day and pennies the next. It certainly isn't the company's responsibility to maintain the value of someone's collection. I'm a big collector of many things but I collect them because I like them and I would love to think that I can sell some of it off in really tough times but I would be fine if it wasn't worth anything special because I bought them for me, not because I can resell.



darklinkinfinite commented on Hyrule Warriors DLC Costume Sets Now Up for Gr...:

I got Hyrule Warriors and I beat the main story in like two days but there's just masses of content left!

I would love to see a sequel that adds more battlefield command aspects using the gamepad. I'd love to be able to order groups of troops so vacate their keeps and attack or defend areas of the map, outposts, keeps, or key characters that I select. Maybe add more unit types like infantry, archers, cavalry, that are strong/weak against other types and maybe add some proper seige gameplay with catapaults (I know the current game kinda splashes some of that here and there), battering rams, etc.

I love Hyrule Warriors but I'd also love for Nintendo and Team Ninja to take it further and make a sequel that's the Melee to the original Smash Bros.



darklinkinfinite commented on December's Club Nintendo Rewards Aim to Bring ...:

@Samurairu My guess is that NoA is trying to phase out physical rewards completely, except for limited, game specific stuff like the current Smash Bros poster. The fact that they made this year's Elite rewards just a selection of downloadable games instead of something worthwhile is a big indicator, I think.



darklinkinfinite commented on North American Club Nintendo Replenishes Its P...:

Man, I miss the days when Club Nintendo had cool stuff at different price levels. I still have the 2 exclusive Game and Watch collections for the DS and the replica Game and Watch Ball system. I wish that the glory days of the Nintendo Power catalog was relived on Club Nintendo. Soundtracks and cool merchandise but not it seems NoA is content to just throw unremarkable digital games at us and assume that's enough to get people excited. I've reached Platinum Status every year since the program started and my very first platinum reward was a digital game, Doc Louis' Punch-Out and even for a digital reward, it was interesting because it wasn't available elsewhere and still felt special. I sold this year's platinum reward on ebay and sent club nintendo an email saying how disappointing this year's rewards were.

I think its been said somewhere above but Club Nintendo's current physical goods aren't anything people are trying to get and instead are just leftovers that have been there for years that nobody wants. Everyone is reluctant to spend their earned coins on that crap so whenever something semi-interesting is available, people flock to it and whatever pitiful quantity was stocked is sold out in hours.

Club Nintendo's only saving grace are the game specific-promotions like the eShop credit for Fire Emblem, the soundtrack for OoT and upcoming Smash Bros, the bonus game for Mario Kart. Outside of that, Club Nintendo isn't worth it anymore.



darklinkinfinite commented on Previously Teased Alone In The Dark: Illuminat...:

While it had more than its fair share of problems (that opening car chase -__-) I really think Alone in the Dark did some amazing things. The dvd-like ability to skip ahead or jump back in the game was a nifty idea, and I really liked the weapons/item crafting and the music is one of my favorite soundtracks from last gen. I think one thing that really hampered it was its open-world nature as I think the linear-introductory building level was some inspired gameplay.



darklinkinfinite commented on The Club Nintendo Reward Details Are In For Au...:

I'm guessing they upped it to 8 games since their physical rewards are practically non-existent and they show no signs of wanting to replenish them. I'm guessing the only physical rewards they'll add going forward are going to be limited stuff that sells out in half an hour because that's what people are gonna wait to spend coins on instead of digital games that they can get at any time without getting off the couch.



darklinkinfinite commented on Nintendo Goes Download-Only With The 2014 Club...:

If they had released the NES Remix 1 + 2 physical disc as a Club Nintendo exclusive, I would've totally been all over that and praised them for a great reward. But offering up a bunch of games that I could whenever I want (if I didn't already have them) isn't much incentive to participate in their rewards program.

These rewards don't say, "Thank you for supporting us, here's something special!". instead it feels like: Untitled



darklinkinfinite commented on Nintendo Goes Download-Only With The 2014 Club...:

I'm incredibly disappointed with the rewards this year. I'm not a fan of digital rewards in the first place and now they've made the entire year-end reward selection digital? I'm sorry Nintendo but this in no way encourages me to reach Platinum again next year and I've reached Platinum each year since the system started.

It wouldn't be so bad if the digital rewards were at least special in some way. I was perfectly happy with Doc Louis' Punch-Out but I don't have much interest in this selection of games that I could get at any time for a lot less effort and loyalty than it took to reach Platinum status.

Heck, Club Nintendo in general has been circling the drain for quite a while with its dwindling selection of rewards and incredibly limited availability of new items. Those Epic Yarn patches have been there for four years and I can't see many people caring to get greeting cards.

I'm sorry but this is a big fail. If anything, I'll get Game & Wario and sell the code on ebay to buy a retail copy (even if there will be a difference to cover).



darklinkinfinite commented on It Doesn't Look Like We'll Be Seing Sega Games...:

@CaviarMeths I bring up the virtual console all the time on my surveys as well. I just hate Nintendo's short-sightedness in their handling of the Virtual Console. The fact that each and every game had to be updated specifically to work on the Wii and now again to work on the Wii U is asinine. I tend to cut Nintendo a lot of slack but given that the Wii U was starved for content and attention for a good long while, having the Wii's entire VC console library incorporated into the Wii U shop would've been quite the boon. Instead, we had Nintendo trying to make a big deal out of Wii VC titles being released on the Wii U. Super Mario Bros 3 should've been there at the Wii U VC's launch and all the time wasted on re-releasing the Wii's games could've been focused on getting new games on the system. Now Nintendo's focusing on GBA and DS games and I feel the updating of the existing back catalog will be lowered even further in priority.

The reason I'm so upset about the VC games being easily updatable and in the current shop as opposed to their availability in some legacy mode is in what that means when Nintendo releases their next system. Will it still have a Wii mode to allow access to the Wii's amazing library of VC games? Or will Nintendo spend another 6 years updating and rereleasing its VC library yet again?



darklinkinfinite commented on Philips Claims Wii And Wii U Infringe Two Of I...:

@MadAdam81 Technically the Wii Remote contains an infrared camera not simply a sensor.

The Wii remote basically functions like the Move in reverse. Where the Move has a stationary camera tracking a moving reference (the colored ball), the Wii Remote uses a moving camera (the IR camera within the Wii remote) to track stationary reference (the IR emitters in the sensor bar).



darklinkinfinite commented on Philips Claims Wii And Wii U Infringe Two Of I...:

@bennjerryuk As I understand it, you can patent ideas even if you lack the means or the intention to make use of them. This is what gives rise to cases where a patent for a very broad idea is patented and can later claim several products infringe upon it. Or they can be general and obscure enough that you can formulate a similar idea completely independant of the patent but still be considered infringing.

I've been told te system is different in other countries. My friend in australia tells me patents there are issued for products instead of just general ideas, meaning you have to have the idea and show some intention to make use of it.



darklinkinfinite commented on Satoru Iwata Explains "Conservative" Wii U Sal...:

I think this really shows why Nintendo won't be able to build any real momentum for the Wii U; they're basically banking on 2 games more than 6 months apart. The Wii U has a bunch of good games but its getting a worthwhile retail game months apart and you really should be seeing 2-3 worthwhile retail games a month. Those numbers can't possibly be reached without third-party support but Nintendo seems to be the only one making Wii U games.

The lowered sales projections make sense but I'm not hearing anything from Nintendo describing any plan to improve the Wii U's situation. This statement's basically saying "our two big guns should help us reach these incredibly reduced numbers.". That's fine but I would love to hear about Nintendo meeting and working with third parties to find a way to bring more games to the platform instead of Nintendo thinking it can do anything significant by itself.



darklinkinfinite commented on Nintendo Looking To "Harvest" 3DS Success To A...:

I love my Wii U but I think the best Nintendo can hope to do with it now is get by. I can't see it becoming any sort of success. They said it themselves, momentum is hard to build up and they can't build it alone and they're really the only ones making any significant titles on the platform. They had Donkey Kong in February, then nothing really notable for 3 months until Mario Kart at the end of the month. After that we're waiting until winter until Smash Bros. They've announced Bayonetta 2, X, and Hyrule Warriors but even if they all happen to release in 2014, which I REALLY doubt, that's still less than one game a month. That's not how you build momentum. You build momentum by giving players multiple major releases each month. This way players don't have time to finish a game before another awesome game is showing up at stores and new ones are being announced. And you keep that going.

I just can't imagine the Wii U ever being in that kind of situation. Nintendo makes amazing games , the problem is that the ripples in the pond are long gone by the time they throw another stone. Especially now when the 3DS is their clear moneymaker, its even less likely that Nintendo will invest heavily in improving the Wii U, when any fruits of that investment is years away and instead invest further in the 3DS to ensure that it stays afloat.



darklinkinfinite commented on North American Club Nintendo Update Closes Dow...:

if they want to keep giving away physical items then they really need to step things up. Most of the physical items have been there for years and are mostly things people probably don't want to spend coins on (folders and washcloths?). Anything good that pops up is usually sold out in a few hours, if that.



darklinkinfinite commented on Nicalis Boss Tyrone Rodriguez Thinks The Wii U...:

@sdelfin Yeah Nintendo did make money off the carts but as far as gameplay goes, they weren't so incredibly necessary that the switch over to them at that point was such an inevitable thing. The main advantages of the cd were the storage space and the cost. Storage wasn't really an issue unless you were adding FMV and cd-quality music, both of which despite considerably increasing the production value of a game, don't necessarily add too much as far as gameplay goes and whose prevailence would've been difficult to foresee. As an example, despite coming in late in the N64's lifespan, Resident Evil 2 on the N64 fit onto one cartridge what took 2 cds on the playstation and did so with improved character models and textures at the expense of fmv and sound compression.

There's definitely a financial edge to most of Nintendo's decisions as well; just as you mentioned with the cartridges. The Gamecube didn't use dvds but a proprietary format based on dvd that Nintendo controlled, just as the Wii U doean't use blu-rays which means they don't have to pay licensing fees.

I do kind of wonder about the Wii and HD. My view on that is that with so much riding on the Wii U's motion control that they didn't want to invest additional resources in something that wasn't absolutely necessary at that point. And HD really wasn't at that point. HDTVs weren't really the norm just yet but I doubt that Nintendo didn't know they'd have to go HD eventually but decided to do it once it was the norm as opposed to being there during its emergence. To an extent I think they bet the right way since outside enthusiast gamers, I don't think many people really care as much about 1080p or even 720p gaming.



darklinkinfinite commented on Nicalis Boss Tyrone Rodriguez Thinks The Wii U...:

@AtlanteanMan Its true that the SNES was the last Nintendo system with great third party support but I'm going to have to disagree on a few points of your interpretation of its history after that point.

The N64 certainly was not a "road less travelled" console, except perhaps the controller, which still had the d-pad, shoulder buttons, and 4-6 action buttons that were standard at the time. Using CDs as a storage medium for games was basically a new innovation at that time. If anything, the N64 was far more conservative than it should've been. Cartridges were a proven technology and had served Nintendo well for two consoles prior and had worked fine for companies for years before Nintendo entered the video game market.

The Gamecube was again also a very conservative system. The GBA connectivity was little more than an experiment and was never a defining feature of the console, similar to the Super Game Boy on the SNES or the Game Boy Transfer Pack on the N64. Yes they existed and it showed that Nintendo had a greater propensity to experiment than other console makers but they were never defining features of their respective consoles. If anything, the Gamecube's Achilles' heel was its smaller storage medium. DVDs were also new around the time of the PS2 and Gamecube era and Nintendo seemed to learn something from the N64 and did switch to the new format but didn't dive into the deep end and instead took a half step with its smaller, dvd-based discs. Otherwise the system was very much in line with what was expected of a game console at the time. With Microsoft joining the race at this point, there were now 3 consoles with very similar capabilities on the market and their libraries were very similar. The gamecube at this point may not have been getting every third party game but was still getting multiplatform games including major titles like Splinter Cell.

If anything, I would argue that the N64 and Gamecube taught Nintendo that being conservative was not the way to success and that they should be getting in front of the next big innovation. A tactic which payed off very well for them with the Wii. Motion Gaming may not have endeared itself with the hearts and minds of every traditional gamer but it was a resounding success. It made Nintendo money hand over foot and for the first time in a long time, its competitors were playing catch up with Nintendo as each introduced their own motion control system to their system (Move and Kinect) and made a big push to make them a major part of their platforms as opposed to them being small experiments like Nintendo did in the past with GBA/Gamecube connectivity.

The Wii U was simply a continuation of that kind of "embrace the new" type of thinking that previous console generations have conditioned Nintendo towards. No it did not pay off this time as it did with the Wii but as an idea it has a lot of potential and even this idea has seen its competitors trying to incorporate their own versions. the xbox has the Second screen functionality and the PS4 continues to use the Vita as a remote device (an idea they started with the PSP which you could argue inspired some of what the Wii U has done but whose origins can go back further to the GBA/Gamecube experiments). Sure, this time the competition isn't pushing these features as hard as they pushed motion control but I wonder how that would be different had the Wii U found greater success.

The point is, while its easy to sit here and claim that making a console just like everyone's is the key to success, we're looking from the POV of the consumer wheras these companies have to make these decisions years in advance where the state of the future gaming industry isn't so clear. Going by their history, its easy to see how Nintendo felt the Wii U was the way to go and if we step back for a moment, its just as easy to imagine that the Wii U COULD'VE been a massive success, one which its competitors would've been scrambling to imitate.



darklinkinfinite commented on Airtight Games Feels That Murdered: Soul Suspe...:

@JohnRedcorn The game has gotten consistently high reviews and has been compared to RE4 Wii Edition where an already excellent game is made even better by the implementation of the console's unique features and is currently on Kotaku's list of the 12 best Wii U games.

How did it sell? I'm pretty sure it sold horribly for reasons I already mentioned in my previous post. Square basically sabotaged the Wii U release and I don't doubt that Square or any other 3rd party will take it as evidence that the Wii U market can't support their game, regardless of whether it is a valid example or not.



darklinkinfinite commented on Airtight Games Feels That Murdered: Soul Suspe...:

I'm glad to see Deus ex has been mentioned a few times as a counter-example to his excuse. Deus Ex, a game originally released just 4 months after the Wii U was announced, designed for completely different platforms, is considered one of the best games on the system today despite not having been originally designed for the Wii U. Sure the fact that it was released two years prior, never given a firm release date before being unceremoniously delayed, and being ported to other platforms to be sold for nearly half the price of the Wii U version MIGHT have affected awareness and sales -__- but that doesn't detract from the fact that Deus Ex was an amazing game made even better by intelligent implementation of the Wii U's unique features.



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

@ICHIkatakuri while Simon's Quest was a departure from the original, it was really SotN that established the template for subsequent 2D games (really aside from the layout and magic systems all subsequent Metroidvania games were basically the same thing). Simon's Quest does fulfill the basic requirements but I've always thought the additions were more adventure-like and that the game still maintained a lot of the feel and major mechanics of the original game and the free roaming aspects were more used to connect the levels(mansions) whereas SotN and later games changed the formula to the point where it did away with stages altogether and the game focused more on equipment and level-gaining than the platforming and simple-combat of earlier games.

At least that's how I've always looked at it.



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

Castlevania 64/Legacy of Darkness are some of my favorite games in the series. Oddly enough I never really felt it was terribly flawed and certainly not broken. Even when I was younger I never had any particular difficulty with the camera or the controls.

It certainly isn't as refined as SotN but I like it far more than that title since I'm not fond of the Metroidvania format in the first place (I'm not saying SotN is a bad game, I recognize that its a great game but its far from my favorite, personally).

What the 2 N64 games really did, which blew my mind at the time was how it surrounded you in these amazing locations. I simply would not enter the hedge maze at (the in-game) night because it absolutely terrified me. The Villa location was simply amazing. The Tower of Sorcery was beautiful. I loved the clocktower and the stairway to the castle keep isn't matched in any other Castlevania.

I also loved the story and the characters. Actrise and Rosa in particular help define the hero characters and this design for Death, aside from looking a little fat, is my favorite in the series. Renon is also one of the best damn shopkeepers in gaming, right up there with RE4's Merchant. I really loved the entire Cornell/Ortega arc and how Cornell's story ties into Reinhardt and Carrie's

Could the game be improved? Of course it could. But as a 3D Castlevania I think its the best interpretation of the classic 2D format (not the newer Metroidvania 2D format) the series has seen. Subsequent 3D attempts have been far more action oriented and frankly, in the case of Lament of Innocence and Curse of Darkness, offensively monotonous.

And really anyone saying the N64 games are the worst games in the series has not played Castlevania Judgement, which does everything wrong except the music.



darklinkinfinite commented on Feature: Nintendo Games Our Readers Would Love...:

I would love for Nintendo to find a faster way to port VC games to the Wii U and make is sustainable so that we don't go through this crap again with Nintendo's next system. I've already given up on the Wii U's VC ever being as great as the Wii's and if they wipe the slate clean and start over with a new console...



darklinkinfinite commented on The Rockman X Sound Box Album Set Includes Fou...:

I won't be importing this but it reminds me of the Castlevania soundtrack boxed set that I did import. Each of the discs had a letter on the front of its case and altogether they spelled out "Dracula the Immortal" and I think there might have been a bonus disc as well.



darklinkinfinite commented on Club Nintendo Rewards Are Updated for December:

Club Nintendo really needs a fresh batch of new rewards. They're down to like 10 physical rewards and 4 digital ones (3 of which are screensavers -___-)

It kind of feels stagnant. Not only are there very few prizes left, but those prizes have been there for a long time. In the rare cases something new or interesting is added (3DS XL cradle, Link Between Worlds poster set), they're sold out within days, if not minutes. Probably because everyone's waiting for something worthwhile to show up.

I was hoping Doc Louis Punch Out and Grill off with Ultra Hand were the start of a trend of exclusive Club Nintendo games but that never happened.

Very few prizes actually reflect Nintendo's current consoles. There's an Animal Crossing DS game case which can't hold 3DS games, a Wii Remote holder (really?). Where's the Wii U and 3DS stuff? Heck the monthly downloadable games are rarely 3DS or Wii U specific. They label some of the VC games as Wii U but only because the Wii U can emulate the Wii game, not because you're actually getting Wii U specific software.

I'm getting less and less excited about Club Nintendo and I think Nintendo is as well. You'd think they would promote each new game release with some sort of exclusive prize or anything. The Pikmin 3 tote bag was nice but its an exception, not a rule that keeps Club Nintendo exciting.



darklinkinfinite commented on New Batman: Arkham Origins DLC Arrives, Major ...:

I went back to finish Harley Quinn's Revenge after finishing Origins and I immediately missed all the little refinements introduced in origins. I also found out how Bland and Mediocre Harley Quinn's Revenge was. I certainly hope any story dlc in origins is several steps above that mess.

I kind of hope the dlc touches on Catwoman a little bit since Arkham City totally did her a disservice by just sticking her in some fluff missions to sell $10 online passes.

Some other things I'd love to see touched on in dlc might be Dick Grayson as Robin (He's Nightwing by Arkham City and Tim Drake's taken over as Robin), maybe taking Barbara Gordon a bit further down the Batgirl path (she has to have a crimefighting career and become Oracle by Arkham Asylum), and also touch on some of the other villains as well. I thought the Blackgate Escapees missions were a missed opportunity to silently sneak in some cameos like Zsasz, Maxie Zeus, or the Ventriloquist. There are a few villains I'd like to see Batman introduced to in some dlc, like Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow, Mr Freeze, Harvey Dent turning into Two-Face, oh or they could re-introduce Sin Tzu as a rival to Ra's Al Ghul that Batman lands in the middle of. That could be neat.



darklinkinfinite commented on Video: Get Lost In Space As We Take You Throug...:

I was a bit scared seeing bits of this scene in the trailers. Seemed like it would be kind of silly and Moonraker-y but I thought it was executed well by establishing a future were space is militarized and that you're stationed in space when it is attacked instead of some weird, "let's chase this guy into space!" plot point.