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The hero of many fictional worlds.

Male, 17, United States

Dodger is an almost-adult who plays video games. He is from the American Midwest, but is currently stuck in Papua New Guinea, of all places. He got a 3DS for Animal Crossing: New Leaf, waited several very painful years and it was all worth it.

Tue 9th February, 2010

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Dodger commented on Nintendo's Italian Twitter Feed Shows off a Su...:

Makes sense for families with two or more kids. It is dumb enough that you have to buy more than one copy of handheld multiplayer games when one console game can do multiplayer. I need one copy of Brawl to play with any amount of people, counting rotation mode, but between myself, my dad and my sister, we will likely be buying 3 copies just to do a 3 player match. Oh well, it will still be worth it.



Dodger commented on Xenoblade's Shulk Confirmed For Super Smash Br...:

Now copies of Xenoblade can go up in price by another $50! I paid $90 for mine from Gamestop after 6 months of checking their website weekly. I was prepared to drive a few hours to get a copy for under the average ebay price of $150

But he does look like a fun character to play as. The different Monado powers look like they add a lot of depth and that up A attack looks pretty useful. They certainly got the dialog right. The dude never shuts up in either game. :P (but I do like Xenoblade, FYI)



Dodger commented on Nintendo Has Nothing to Say About Recent Smash...:

Of course they didn't confirm it. It very likely that it is a real leak, but while there is doubt, there is going to be discussion and free advertising. Is Shulk in the game or not? Why the heck would anyone want Duck Hunt Dog as anything more than an assist trophy? Is this the full roster? The gaming section of the internet is paying attention to Sm4sh, and that is good for Nintendo. They just have to play their part well. It is a bit hard for me to feel bad for them.



Dodger commented on Talking Point: The Wii U May be Best as One of...:

Going into college soon enough where my thoughts aren't on consoles that much. I can buy a wii again for me and relax a bit with that and my 3DS. I may get a Wii U someday, but so far, I am more than happy with Steam, a Wii and a 3DS. I would be more likely to get a Wii U in 2016/17 after all of these really good games are either out or canceled.



Dodger commented on Ubisoft Executive Talks Up Super Smash Bros. a...:

Ubisoft is noisy.

I have no real confidence that SSB4 will "save the Wii U". Melee is a dang good game that is still played today, and it is among the best selling games on that system, but it didn't exactly save the system. It still is remembered as a system that sold poorly. Brawl sold around 10,000,000, I think. I would guess around 5 to 8 million copies from Sm4ash. A solid selection of first party titles won't hurt, but what helped the Wii and what the Wii U needs isn't a sequel. Nintendo can make a game that makes normal people want the Wii U in their homes again.



Dodger commented on Meta Knight and Pac-Man's Full Move Set and Cu...:

There are a few questions here about move customization. There is more information at this link.

Minor spoilers ahead.
Each character will have 4 default special moves and 2 variations for each move. Mario's fireball is the example given on that page. Sakurai went through others for Mario, such as high-pressure FLUDD and scalding FLUDD. Another that comes to mind is Donkey Kong's storm punch. Some characters have alternative moves instead of variations, like Palutena or the Mii Fighters. Robin's variations will raise or lower the power of the move, giving more or less uses, like in Fire Emblem. Strong tomes and weapons have fewer uses. None of the variations can be used in online play with anyone. Smash Bros is a game about making better choices then your opponent(s), and adding all those variations to an online opponent's arsenal could really mess up the balance.

You unlock variations from collecting custom parts in battles or Smash Run. I don't know if a Mii needs custom parts. I don't know if collecting a custom part lets you pick a move to unlock or if the game picks one, like collecting a CD in Brawl.



Dodger commented on Nintendo Confirms Loads of "Veteran Fighters" ...:

Like last time, I still believe that it would be good to mark what regions the sale is for in the title, the tagline or the tags. Especially on a site that specializes in global Nintendo news, like this one.

But I hope these sales come to America. They aren't huge, but there were a couple games in both batches that at least someone in my family wants to buy.



Dodger commented on Review: Xtreme Sports (3DS eShop / Game Boy Co...:

@ColdingLight I don't agree. Europe pays a lot more for games and gets a lot of delayed releases. They have a worse rewards program. They have put up with 50hz games since forever. Plus, it seems to me like countries other than England get worse service. Other than that, they get some sales and we get some sales.

It is a bit hard to judge Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe based on a few third party downloadable games, even ones that are really good like Cave Story or Shovel Knight. It isn't either company's fault that any third party has to go through the ESRB and PEGI and work with different people. If they can't do much about release dates for a really good downloadable game, it seems a bit hard to judge one or the other for a delay in Xtreme Sports, a game where anyone would be justified in assuming it is a bad game.

Xenoblade is the only real example I can think of for NoA doing a worse job, and I still think it was alright to assume that an unknown JRPG may not sell well, based on how many others had flopped. They waited until they had proof that the copies they made would get purchased.



Dodger commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Ambitious amiibo Pla...:

I don't know what to think. I know what I think about their usage in SSB4 though. You use them on the character select screen only, making the toys interactivity with the game almost non-existent. So if they only are tools to unlock a feature, what do they unlock? A higher level cap for one AI character. A bit underwhelming. Nothing you couldn't do without including toys. Maybe other games will use them creatively though. Until then, the only reason I would want one or two is because they look nice.



Dodger commented on Tomodachi Life Stage Drops Into Super Smash Br...:

Cool stage, but it was first shown in that picture with Villager and Wii Fit Trainer a while back.

If you were to ask me which 2 songs should be included, I would pick the Title Theme and the Family Album/Credits theme because that was a good song that would fit in well.

Which handheld stage do I want to see? Bowser's Insides. Bowser's Inside Story was such a good game.



Dodger commented on Review: The Letter (Wii U eShop):

So like Dear Esther, but a lot worse? A bunch of walking around with little interaction with the world for the sake of uncovering a story, but with a really boring story?



Dodger commented on Rayman Trophy Revealed For Super Smash Bros. O...:

@SockoMario Pretending that you wrote a polite and pleasant post, I have absolutely no idea. This doesn't make sense either way. Why would a Rayman trophy be in if he isn't playable? If he is playable, why would they make a big fuss about a live stream just to spoil it the day before? I wasn't sure before and I most certainly am not sure now.



Dodger commented on Rayman Trophy Revealed For Super Smash Bros. O...:


Hmm. I can't see why the heck they would put a Rayman trophy in SSB if he isn't at least an assist trophy. Given that every fighter is a trophy too in SSBB, I don't think this confirms or denies Rayman yet. But it makes it a lot more likely. I already guessed Rayman, I won't rehash my reasons from the post I made.



Dodger commented on New Fighter for Super Smash Bros. to be Reveal...:

My Dad and I engaged in a bit of speculation regarding this 3 minute video. A 3 minute video isn't abnormal, but announcing it in advance is different than what they have done so far. They want people paying attention to this. I don't expect it will be a veteran character, which leaves a new Nintendo character or a third party character. After the attention that Pac-Man got, if it is a third party character then they most certainly want the media paying attention.

I can't think of many 1st party characters they could add that would demand this level of attention. I can think of 1st party characters, but not many people know about them. Paper Mario, Chrom, Shulk, Robin, Groose, Tingle, Ridley, Bowser Jr. Nothing that couldn't just be announced though.

What about third party characters? There are already fighters from Capcom, Sega and Namco. We thought of a few. They aren't exactly likely though .

My dad waa thinking along the lines of what would grab attention. After Miyamoto's playful statements suggesting that they could already be talking with Mojang, he thought it would be a good idea to announce Minecraft for Wii U and Steve for Smash Bros. Unlikely, yes. But it would get a lot of attention.

Level Five has given a lot to the DS. Professor Layton would be a possibility. His series is over though. I can see both sides.

Ubisoft has made a decent amount of games for Nintendo. I could see Nintendo making a deal with them that they would get a character in Smash Bros. if they continue to support Nintendo systems. Rayman is the logical choice. He has had games on Nintendo systems since way before Origins, even if you don't count the Rabbids. He could have a decent moveset and he seems likely to have games on Nintendo systems in the future.

But the best thing would be if they announced CDi Link.



Dodger commented on Review: AiRace Speed (3DS eShop):

I hope to pick this up sometime, as I loved Tunnel. I actually still play it sometimes. I wasn't as impressed by AiRace. The courses were kind of cool, but sitting down to play one, especially the tournament mode, took forever. Like, all Rainbow Roads and no Baby Parks.



Dodger commented on 3DS System Update 8.0.0-18 is Now Live:

@JuanitoShet Unfortunately, keeping a dsiware app open on the 3DS still is a lame option, since it keeps it from getting streetpasses or spotpasses. It would be a lot nicer to have a 3DS alarm. I used to use Photo Clock, because it came with a bundle I got along with two of the BrainAge DSiware games, but it wouldn't let me transfer them to my 3DS.

It sure is weird to jump a whole number for a stability update.



Dodger commented on First Impressions: Taking Sonic Boom for a Spi...:

Sonic doesn't need anymore friends. They should have just added Big the Cat instead of Sticks. There is a lot of game play potential in being able to let Froggy go into secret passages and team up for combat . They could just keep his voice actor from the old games. Best Sonic game ever, right there.

(in case it isn't clear, I'm not serious)



Dodger commented on First Impressions: Hyrule Warriors Is Zelda, B...:

I don't quite get the way the developers handled this opportunity. They get the once in a lifetime opportunity to make an action themed Zelda spinoff and it sounds like they didn't even try to make anything remotely Zelda like, besides character skins. If I was going to make a spinoff between Dynasty Warriors and Zelda, Zelda would get a lot more attention than the rather average Dynasty Warriors series. The opposite of the way it looks like they decided to handle this. If on top of that, they can't actually make it work well or look good, I probably won't have much interest. I hope they at least tried to put their finger on the elements that make a Zelda game.



Dodger commented on Feature: Our Weirdest And Most Wonderful Tomod...:

Pretty weird stuff, man. My best friend has asked Princess Peach out 5 times, but has been rejected because she is already going out with reformation theologian, Martin Luther. Hermione Granger got my parents to start dating, before going out with Groose from Skyward Sword, but I don't think she likes him much. Link is my lookalike's brother in law now. Waluigi got married to the Black Widow and they had a kid, named Walusha, a combination of Waluigi and Natasha. She inherited all of her father's good looks. Tony Stark got arrested for mixing hot mustard in with random dishes. The Doctor and comedian Jim Gaffigan are best buddies.

What a great game. So different for everyone.:D



Dodger commented on Feature: A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and...:

Storm Punch. The 12 moves thing is really cool. I certainly will be picking the one that makes stupid FLUDD do damage with boiling water. I wonder what ones can replace moves like inhale or Pikmin pluck.

But before this game is any good, I want to see Groose, Linebeck, Tingle, OoT Great Fairy, Iggly, Beardo, Lyle, Tom Nook, Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Lego Batman, Slippy, the Hulk, Master Chief, Waluigi, Frederick, Lissa, Tharja, Gordon Freeman, Waddle Dee, Ms. Pac-Man, John Egbert, Don Quixote, Vladimir Putin and Reggie as challengers. :D I've seen some sillier ideas on Miiverse, but that is to be expected, I suppose.



Dodger commented on Animal Crossing 'Clone', Castaway Paradise, Co...:

I suppose as long as there are some differences. I don't really care. I have no desire for a life sim that is visually unappealing, given how much time you spend looking at the same things. Wild World looked good fora ds game but City Folk was really ugly. That was just one reason I disliked it. New Leaf got it right. Tomodachi Life has so many strange animations and scenes. Harvest Moon: A New Beginning is about the worst a life sim can look before I lose interest. The bland green textures, clunky animations and terrible 3D get old, but the game is fun.

This game doesn't look good or sound that fun though. Too bad, I guess. Micro transaction filled, real-time farming games get old. I would take Harvest Moon over Farmville any day because I can pause or save Harvest Moon and put it down.



Dodger commented on Review: ATV Quad Kings (DSiWare):

Just buy Mario Kart DS if you own a dsi and want a good racing game. No more online, sadly, but the single player and local multiplayer are great. Unlike MK7 (which to be fair, is still a great game), they went out of their way to provide single player modes, with a custom rules mode, a challenge mode and in my opinion, the best battle mode in the series. I really should dig it out again sometime soon.

This looks pretty bland. At least AiRace had some good looking tracks, if you are really desperate for a dsiware racing game.



Dodger commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Defends Wii U Prospects as Sh...:

He isn't wrong. Sales may still not be phenomenal, but I certainly can see them going up.

I would like to be a fly on the wall while the MK8 devs talk about new ideas.

Dev1: What should we do with the gamepad now?
Dev2: Can we use it as a horn again? Pretty please?
Dev1: We did that last time, and only because you wouldn't stop bugging us!
Dev3: We could put important maps on the gamepad screen only to punish pro controller or wii remote users?

Don't get me wrong, MK8, great game.



Dodger commented on Nintendo Needs To Cut Wii U Cost To Capitalise...:

He isn't completely wrong. The system would sell more if the price was lower.

I see it this way, if you were starting an apple orchard, you wouldn't complain that you had to waste an apple to plant a tree because you get a lot more apples later. If they sold the Wii U for say, $80 less, they lose money on every system. But, you can probably expect every person who buys one to also buy 3 to 10 first party Nintendo games and now you have made it back. If they let the $80 per system go and gain say, another 100,000 to 500,000 customers buying 3 to 10 games a year, I would say that would be worth it.

I have little love for Ubisoft, but I think that is what he is trying to get at. One possible approach that Nintendo could take is to bite the bullet, drop the price and make getting a Wii U in your house really attractive deal. It may be the cheapest, but if all 3 are too expensive for parents to justify putting them under the tree this Christmas, the Wii U could have a nice opportunity.



Dodger commented on Eiji Aonuma Vows to Reduce Hand-Holding in Fut...:

I love Skyward Sword, but for all the creativity of the new puzzle designs, Fi spoiled too many of them.

Navi was okay. Simple hints that can be completely ignored are fine by me, and I like having a character to tell me what the names of the enemies are. Fi told you the solutions to the puzzles, exactly how to defeat the enemies and where any secrets were, sometimes without any choice.



Dodger commented on Talking Point: Mii, Myself and I - The Argumen...:

In my opinion, mii deserves to be in Smash Bros. based on its own merits as a character. They have been involved in 3 of the best selling games of the last gen, the record setting Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and Mario Kart Wii. This alone justifies them without any other games.

I expect to have a lot of fun with the Mii Fighters. I am happy that they are in. But I still can find things to complain about. If they are going to be in the roster, there should be a way to play using them online. First of all, on the Wii U, a system where random miis run across your screen and deliver messages from their owners, and a system where Mario Kart 8 is playable online using miis, this is silly. If you would be offended by a Hitler mii in one game, the same is true of another. If a mii with a crude drawing for a face or of a famous dictator would offend you beyond an eyeroll or a shrug, online gaming may not be for you. Because that is hardly the worst thing on the internet.

But even if they want to say no custom made miis in online mode, they could at least offer a few generic faced miis to give a move set to for online. For tournaments and online mode, if you picked Mii as your main. It just seems a strange decision after how many other games share miis over the Internet.

Oh well. I think some people are overreacting a little bit. They are as optional as Pink Gold Peach, as far as I know.



Dodger commented on Eiji Aonuma Plans To Shake Up the Puzzle Formu...:

Great. I like the series, but you get to a point where solving puzzles from the 1990s isn't even solving puzzles anymore because you know what to do. Skyward Sword was a great first step. The dungeons and combat were great, and this strength made the flaws in Skyrim's dungeon design even more glaring. However, Skyrim had such a great overworld that it made the linearity of Skyward Sword's overworld that much more clear. There wasn't any exploration. At all.

I still love both games. I wouldn't mind seeing a bit of the best of both worlds.



Dodger commented on Mario Maker to Include Additional Graphical St...:

@Sahashra I think you are seeing something that I am not in this article/comments thread. I just see an article about a Nintendo employee saying that there will at least be some ways to share levels in a level editor and some people talking about what features they would like to see in a level editor for them to be interested in it.



Dodger commented on Nintendo Download: 12th June (North America):

Turns out that I had just enough leftover for NightSky and Inazuma Eleven. I thought I only had enough for one, and was quite pleased. I was counting sales tax in my math but it didn't charge it. As the country I am currently in isn't even on the list, I haven't changed my region from Indiana and I used to have sales tax. I certainly am not complaining. Both of these games look great. If I wait until Tuesday, I can download them in town and get a much better price for the internet.



Dodger commented on Review: Inazuma Eleven (3DS eShop):

I think I will pick this up with the money I have left over from Tomodachi Life. Does it have a free play mode? Where you can just jump in and play soccer?



Dodger commented on E3 2014: Nintendo Won't Bring Live Twitch Stre...:

This is quite stupid on their part. One has only to look at how many Nintendo Let's Plays and Twitch streams there are to see that somebody finds it fun. More importantly, it is free advertising. Maybe Joe Blow isn't very interesting, but there are some very interesting people that do LPs and streams that get a lot of followers. I have bought more than one game because of Chuggaaconroy, myself.



Dodger commented on E3 2014: Quickfire Shigeru Miyamoto Video Focu...:

@Turbo847 In my opinion, Star Fox is to Nintendo as Guardians of the Galaxy is to Marvel. They both have dedicated fans and it is super awesome that they are being visited, but most people have never heard of them and they are just a tiny bit of of place next to their larger, AAA brothers. To most, I fear, Fox is that guy from Smash Bros. that has the move that warps you off of a cliff, no matter where you are. (seriously, what is with that move)

Personally, I am excited for both the adventures of Star Fox and Starlord.



Dodger commented on Feature: All Of The Vital Super Smash Bros. Ro...:

@zipmon Good information. I hope it is fun, as it seems like a lot of extra work to find these figures just to use them on one screen. I will see.

Wario really needs to be in the game because my little sister can't stand him. This makes him among my favorite Nintendo characters, of course.



Dodger commented on Feature: All Of The Vital Super Smash Bros. Ro...:

Being a Game & Watch main, I am still a bit nervous, but there are so many other good characters announced that I will find a new main if the father of Nintendo handheld gaming doesn't make it in the first handheld SSB game, on a system that lets you play most of his major games, through things like DSiware, the Game Boy collections on VC and both Club Nintendo collections.

I already am good with Toon Link, Olimar, Peach and Kirby, but Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, Pac-Man, Rosalina and Palutena all look fun. Plus Pit has a new move set that looks better than before. I am sure it will be among my most played 3DS games, and I likely will buy it again when I eventually get a Wii U.

The figurine mode still doesn't make much sense. I would assume that they are for single player mode, and that you can add them before a fight. The idea of buying one to have an AI character that can match you in skill and learn your play style is cool, but that could be done without figurines. They sure do look cool. I am curious to see how others use them. Especially Mario Kart. Yoshi, Peach and Mario are already in the game and ones like Samus don't make much sense, so I doubt it will be to unlock characters, which would already be dumb. Scanning a figure just to select it in a race is a boring way to interact with the figurines. But I am off subject.

The Mii Fighters were at the top of my wish list for new characters. I will have much fun with this. Making fictional characters punch each other. After all, isn't that why people play Lego games?



Dodger commented on E3 2014: Shigeru Miyamoto Confirms Star Fox fo...:

Well, that will be a fun game. Another reason to get a Wii U when I go back to the States.

I am pessimistic about the sales potential of the game. I doubt it will be a major source of sales. But that is no reason not to make it. They need games for the fans like us who read websites and play games like Metroid, Pikmin and Star Fox.



Dodger commented on Review: 1001 Spikes (3DS eShop):

To be fair, the lack of a major feature that is in one version and could be in the other could still be an annoyance, even if you hear about it in advance. Like Mario Kart 7 not having free play when the DS and Wii versions did. Although the two games have little to do with each other. They should make 1,001 Spikes Kart.

Not a game for me though. The Donkey Kong Country series is about as hard as I like my platformers. Sounds like a fun game to watch someone else play.



Dodger commented on Nintendo Download: 5th June (North America):

I do agree with @Rafx. It shouldn't be hard to take a rom and add it to Wii U and 3DS at the same time. They still haven't added any of the pokemon games for Gameboy. This is sad, because I want to buy them. I don't care about link cables or trading.

I don't see why they aren't adding a few vc games a week to the Wii U. Earthbound is good and all, but the wii VC library is so incredibly good that it shouldn't take years and a lot of repurchases to get anywhere close. Same goes for 3DS. I enjoyed the VC on the Wii enough that an even better Wii U Vc would make me want a Wii U even more.



Dodger commented on Nintendo Download: 5th June (North America):

I already have minish cap from the ambassador program. I can't say I love it. It isn't terrible, but I haven't had much desire to finish it. Lesson: Making the damsel in distress, the exposition fairy and most of the npc characters all incredibly obnoxious is not good world building. I wish somebody would turn Ezlo to stone too, and this is coming from someone who didn't find Navi annoying. The dungeons are quite clever though.

Tomodachi Life is for me. I have miis ready to add. I have been excited for it since the Nintendo direct and all the previews I have read have made it sound pretty cool. Maybe not as good as Animal Crossing, but I don't see why it has to worry about filling those Graciegrace priced boots when it is so different from Animal Crossing.



Dodger commented on Review: LEGO The Hobbit (Wii U):

I can't say that the idea ever sounded fun. Neither the book or the movies expect you to really tell the dwarves apart except for a few that repeatedly do things and Bombur. The Fellowship section of LtLotR already had an awkward amount of characters. It already seems pretty clear to me at least that two movies would have been a better decision and one, finished Lego game would be the way to go.

The glitches my dad and I are running into while playing the PC version of Lego LotR are crazy though. Falling into walls, boss fights that refuse to move on once they are finished, the ground not loading under your feet, making you fall into the void until you restart, falling out of the stage in Rivendell, Etc. When it works, it is good fun but major glitches are shamefully common. Lego Marvel sounds fun, but I am worried about the same thing happening.