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Mon 28th July, 2014

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dronesplitter commented on Nintendo 2DS Drops To $99 In North America:

They recently sold refurbished 2DS systems for a lot cheaper than this even on the nintendo store site. 2DS is a very cheap system with a bad build as far as I'm concerned, so I'd pay like $50 at most for one in good shape but picking one up $99 retail is not bad, I guess.



dronesplitter commented on Review: Excave II : Wizard of the Underworld (...:

I waited for this to go on sale. It's on sale for $5 and I bought it, finally. So far, not bad. Based on the reviews, this version is much better than the original in terms of larger inventory, better dungeons, etc. Sure, it's a simple game but at a price that makes it akin to picking up a Nintendo made streetpass game, this gives you a pretty decent dungeon crawler at about the same quality and none of the annoyance of having to streetpass people to play. Had Nintendo made it, it would get more coverage and I'm sure you'd see a lot of praise for it proclaiming it a great value.

So far, I'm at the city section fighting rats and slugs. I have already found some cool weapon drops and exclusively playing the male warrior because I like his weapon types. The magic types in this game are well animated, not to mention the elemental system extends to your swords and bows, so you can hit weakness with or without focusing on magic if you would rather equip a shield.

I say give it a try. I'd love if it had a way to customize weapons; something like Dark Cloud 2's weapon customizing would be both familiar and addictive. Sadly, the blacksmith seems so far to only allow you to repair what you find in dungeons, not actually make a weapon to your liking.

EDIT: The Underworld Tower (unlocked upon completing the main game) really makes this game so much better. It ups the challenge considerably and forces you to rethink how you play the game even. You still do the basic mash A stuff but you have to switch weapons far more often to take advantage of elemental weaknesses, you have to manage your health with HP drain more, you have to shield effectively almost every step of the way, etc. It's a great mode if the main game seemed too simple in challenge. It also more than doubles the length of the game because you will progress pretty slowly through this extra mode (as you learn how to deal with the extra challenge). I just unlocked a sword called Earth Sword for getting 260 items in my Encyclopedia.



dronesplitter commented on Big Update For Cube Creator 3D Arrives This Week:

This sounds a lot better. To be honest, I wanted to buy this at the introductory price but I wasn't confident if the updates would really come. I'm starting to think I will be buying this at the higher price now, but that's fine. Being wrong here is a good thing.



dronesplitter commented on Review: IRONFALL Invasion (3DS eShop):

@MC808 That's bad? It's 30fps with 3D on, that's dang impressive, actually, and you just have to play for a bit and you'll be used to it. Yes, as soon as you enable it, you notice because you were just playing at a solid 60fps in 2D. Either way, it's a technical masterpiece that this runs at the rates it does.



dronesplitter commented on M2 Initially Felt Porting Streets Of Rage 2 To...:

I wanted this a week ago, I just can't stand the wait!!!!!
Also, give me Sonic 2 and Gunstar Heroes NOW

I'm buying stuff like Azada, that's how starved I am for eshop stuff. Doesn't help that Nintendo totally quit trying after 3D Urban Champion to scratch the 3D itch many gamers have.



dronesplitter commented on Review: Tappingo 2 (3DS eShop):

Bought the first one. It's not bad, definitely a way to relax and make a nice picture, but these are so easy to complete. Anyone that expects a challenge to their puzzle games, you should only look at this for the chill factor, I think.



dronesplitter commented on Weirdness: Revenge is a Dish Best Sold on eBay...:

I'm laughing my ass off because I actually see her point. He should value his own wife enough to not lose her and not, at least according to her, treasure his video game collection instead. Of course, he said, she said, and all that. Maybe he's not the bad guy at all but she sounds especially vindictive here for it to be unjustified. I'm pretty upset reading the hate expressed towards her in such an immature way by the commenters, though. Those are her games now...and besides, at least she isn't burning them, people.



dronesplitter commented on ​Early Adopters of Xeodrifter Actually May N...:

This is disappointing after the initial claim we would get a Wii copy for being early adopters...maybe just have Nintendo send out e-mails to those NNIDs with codes for the Wii U version? Honestly, despite any technical issue here, they could do that for sure. Even on miiverse it can auto detect which NNIDs actually bought the game vs. those that are just posting without having played it.

Is Jools deferring to someone else on this and just making a convenient excuse since he promised something they no longer feel he should deliver and it's their call? I hate to ask that at all but...any technical issue here sounds like a bad excuse when there are ways to do this.



dronesplitter commented on Blast Ball is Actually the Tutorial in Metroid...:

This kind of confirms that it's still not the Metroid we want. Still sounds like they are using Metroid mostly in name here; honestly, most of what he talks about could be done without borrowing the Metroid brand to give it some hype and immediate sales. Nintendo is for sure transforming their IPs but they are being transformed into more casual experiences, this is just hitting home more than usual.



dronesplitter commented on There Are Now Over 600 DSiWare Games And Apps:

The ones I enjoyed pretty well:

Pinball Pulse: The Ancients Beckon
Zelda Four Swords (wish the single player mode could be better)
I'll even throw in Aura-Aura Climber even though I haven't touched it beyond maybe an hour of time put into it.



dronesplitter commented on Veterans Of 3DS Title Xeodrifter Will Get The ...:

I admit that peviously when it was 3DS only that $10 was asking a tad too much for it (I picked it up for 50% off as soon as I saw it have a sale). With cross buy, though, I think that's a really nice value. Had I seen the future, I would have been less concerned about the $10 price knowing that cross buy would come - maybe even some extra content added at some point?



dronesplitter commented on Nintendo Is "Exploring" The Idea Of Early Acce...:

I don't much see the point and I don't think it fits a big gaming company at all but hopefully they know how to implement in a good way and it amounts to nothing more than a little experiment. Also, what advantages would there even be to this? I don't think it would help Nintendo but we'll see.



dronesplitter commented on Review: Dr. Mario (3DS eShop / GB):

I pulled out my cartridge for this and played it on my GBA to get color instead of monochrome and that really helps (Nintendo won't let you add color on 3DS VC for these, wow, what a missed opportunity). I did it because I just bought Dr. Mario Miracle Cure and wanted to see how the old GB title held up



dronesplitter commented on Review: Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure (3DS eShop):

This sounds like one of the best values a Dr. Mario game has ever offered, costing not much more than buying it as a NES VC (but with lots of new content and online play). Since I usually never buy Dr. Mario games, this one is getting my attention as a great value.



dronesplitter commented on Review: Driver: Renegade 3D (3DS):

This review really gets it right.

Despite the good parts (decent graphics with a nice frame rate, decent variety in cars and driving physics), this game is too much of a letdown to ever pay more than $10 for and if you only have the patience to do the story mode, it's not even worth that (story mode is awful...ugh).

As for career mode, it has some good qualities and a lot to do when it comes to setting records and unlocking new vehicles. However, one major complaint I have is that battling the AI in this game is a clunky, even broken feeling experience. You either end up with a car that explodes in the first 20 seconds or you win out and get into first place where it's ridiculously boring to be since the AI can't ever come close to catching up with you if your lead becomes comfortable (and it will).

So, as much as I would find it much more interesting if this driving game had a fun car battling system, instead I have to race by myself in a relatively empty feeling city with only the occasional random car or two that's out for a drive while you're racing bad guys that can't keep up. This game is lacking in some very important areas, ruining much of a chance that the player will have any fun.



dronesplitter commented on Super Metroid Was Planned As An Extra In Metro...:

Can't say I blame them, and Retro wasn't going to waste time making a fully functional emulator on their own time just as a bonus, so they tried using third party code but Nintendo didn't like that. Programming in support for NES Metroid without any third party code was a lot easier so they did that.



dronesplitter commented on Gawk at the Dragon Quest VIII Promotional Post...:

After playing Dark Cloud 2, a lot of other PS2 rpgs just don't matter to me anymore, heheh. Spheda was great, building the Ridepod was amazing, and the dungeons and town building are pretty neat (dungeons improved over the first game for sure, but I liked the town building more in the first Dark Cloud just because the pieces were custom to that town and so were the people).



dronesplitter commented on Review: 3D Thunder Blade (3DS eShop):

@Kirk Thanks, I appreciate that you found my comments to be of value here. I could have been a tad over zealous in how I stated my difference of opinion but no offense was intended, just a show of support where I felt many would be left feeling unsure of ever trying this great game.



dronesplitter commented on 3DS Hack Removes the Need for Flashcards to Pl...:

Piracy is a toxic form of gaming that hopefully the young ones will look back on after they've had their fun and realize it didn't benefit them. I guess the only potentially good thing here is that flashcard sales may take a hit and close up shop. Wishful thinking, though.



dronesplitter commented on Review: 3D Thunder Blade (3DS eShop):

@ECMIM I'm loving these, they are wonderful games each and every one. Thunder Blade has actually got me hooked more than Galaxy Force II, probably because I don't have to worry about running out of energy during a run, hahah. Based on my short time with them, I can easily see how playing these in the arcade left an indelible impression on people, as well as the amount of praise they all get even now from fans is substantial.



dronesplitter commented on Review: 3D Thunder Blade (3DS eShop):

Reading the review again, though, these criticisms feel like they are just falling back on what gamers feel is the conventional wisdom regarding these arcade games and how they have been historically remembered more than giving it a fair shake. Why no mention of the boring story for Out Run? Or how the controls can be just as frustrating in Galaxy Force II?

Bottom line from me and then I say no more, this game has the same quality if not more put into it from M2 and the source material, IMO, is a great arcade experience you'll put hours into perfecting. I'm playing these Sega arcade games for the first time with the 3DS releases, by the way



dronesplitter commented on Review: 3D Thunder Blade (3DS eShop):

@vonseux I realize you weren't referencing my post (and may not have read my post) but the 10 minutes is a decent estimate of a complete run, I think. I have a full run of Thunder Blade saved to a replay already (default difficulty, 3 star difficulty and 3 lives) and it's 9 minutes and maybe 20 seconds, IIRC. My full run of Out Run in my best replay (high score of 30,380,840) is only 6 minutes and 4 seconds.

Of course, it took a few hours of practice to do that Thunder Blade full run (hours for Out Run as well) and I had to use a credit in the 4th stage so it wasn't a single credit clear (that 4th stage in Thunder Blade is like the trench run of the death star, lol).

I've only seen just a small bit of the Special mode in this so far but it feels like a new game to me in a lot of ways and the entirely new section added to the game that was made exclusively for this release is a great reason to own this port.



dronesplitter commented on Review: 3D Thunder Blade (3DS eShop):

Donjwolf already said what I think a lot of were thinking here as fans, and I agree with his sentiments wholeheartedly.

Did you know a full run through one of Out Run's routes is only about 6 minutes including the small part at the end and when you input your initials (and yet I've logged...about 15 hours since I bought it on my 3DS, wow). Thunder Blade has closer to 10 minutes for a full run, but, no, there aren't branching paths like Out Run which admittedly was a great feature but not necessarily enough to say that Out Run is worth $6 and Thunder Blade is not. Content really isn't the issue at all, it's whether or not you can enjoy the basic gameplay as much to keep at getting those high scores. A lot of gamers could make the "mistake" of buying one of these arcade conversions, playing once or twice, and then complaining that they were ripped off for only getting 30 minutes. In truth, these classic titles can provide an endless amount of fun for those that care to play them with the perfect run in mind - which you'll never actually do but you may get close to it and surprise yourself.

I bought this before the review but decided to see what NL thought of it and it's just as much fun as most of the arcade games that are part of these 3D classics releases, don't let this score make you think otherwise.

Also, the gyro controls are a novelty that I actually really enjoy. While I don't care to play with the gimmick of having the moving cabinet in view, I do think that moving the 3DS to fly through these stages at full speed is a great experience (not necessarily for your best score runs, but for when you're just having fun). Out Run should have included the gryo option as well but sadly didn't.

This game is a blast, check it out. 8.5/10 if you were curious how I'd score it, not that the score should matter much but this 6/10 here is not really consistent with giving Out Run a 9/10 (same reviewer too).



dronesplitter commented on Review: Retro Game Challenge (DS):

Second RGC game is better but this one is great as well. Star Prince is a lot better than Gun Duel and is the best game in this assuming you can enjoy a good shmup. I actually beat the RPG in the first Retro Game Challenge but it's mostly nothing but a very long grind (true to life for that era).

The challenge a day mode in RGC2 is a wonderful idea, I still play it daily because of that.