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ducktrapper

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#1

ducktrapper commented on Wii U Sales Show Promising Growth Courtesy of ...:

We finally bought a Wii U for Christmas, and to be honest I surprised myself because I had come to the point where I thought the console was one to skip. Our son had asked for PS4 but our budget simply wouldn't stretch that far. We got a basic Wii U in a sale at less than half the price of a PS4. I wasn't expecting to be massively impressed with the console but it has exceeded expectations. The Gamepad is much more user-friendly and much lighter than expected (I am sure countless people have remarked the same thing), the console runs smoothly and nowhere near as sluggishly as one review led me to believe; even better, the handful of games we have bought so far have all been excellent and from what I can tell the lack of third-party support has one obvious advantage: it means the Wii U will have a higher proportion of good quality software because we won't see the same levels of shameless cash grabs pretending to be software. The latter problem really marred the Wii for me - far too many lazy conversions or cobbled-together family games with remote waggle controls tacked on. I suppose we might have seen the same thing on the Wii U had the gamepad caught on like Nintendo wanted it to (endless Nintendo Land-like party games would have ensued and I think arguably Nintendo Land itself set a bad example of how the Gamepad might be used lazily, at least in a couple of the games).

Not that the drying up of third-party software isn't sad. It looks like a great console and I think developers who did produce games for it should not have concentrated on sequels to games available on other consoles. Still, my son is really happy with what he has played so far and he hasn't really complained. Unfortunately once he's played through the existing third-party software he's going to start feeling jealous of his friends with their Playstations and X-Boxes, and I think I'm the one in the family who recognises the superiority of Nintendo's own games (perhaps you have to be either very young or else grown-up enough not to find them childish, if that makes sense).

My only other real grumble is the poor implementation of Miiverse and the near impossibility of searching for friends in minority languages. But other than that - I love the console and I can only wish that a late growth in sales might lead to increasing support, even this late in the day.

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#2

ducktrapper commented on Video: Nintendo's Latest Story Trailer for The...:

Not interested in an update as I still have my original. Love the game to death, probably my favourite Zelda. Wonderful immersive story, much more story-driven than Skyward Sword. I never understood why some people rate it somewhat low.

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#4

ducktrapper commented on Review: Legend of Kay Anniversary (Wii U):

Bought this yesterday and it didn't take me long to regret buying it. I was looking for something along the lines of Ty the Tasmanian Tiger (which I loved) but I find Kay a very mediocre game indeed. It doesn't control well, the camera is atrocious, and it simply doesn't feel polished (Ty is extremely polished, BTW, and the controls are mega tight), and not worth the 7 euro or so I paid for it. I wish I'd played a demo first.

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#5

ducktrapper commented on Shovel Knight is Now Playable on Wii U Emulato...:

@kyuubikid213 Forgive the off topic question. Not sure I am permitted to do this, but I noticed on an older thread that you had been using a USB flash drive for storage for game updates. Did it eventually die on you or did it work out ok? I am in the same boat now - I want to run games off discs and have no interest in downloading digital titles, but large updates to games bought on disc are filling the meager storage space of my 8GB Wii u.

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#6

ducktrapper commented on 3DS System Update Adds Nintendo Network ID, Mi...:

After considerable time testing, repeated FIFA 12 3Ds crashes since I did the update yesterday. I can only assume it was caused by the update. Shouldn't there be a warning along the lines of 'update may cause problems with older software'. I hear that there was a problem with Ridge Racer too.

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#7

ducktrapper commented on 3DS System Update Adds Nintendo Network ID, Mi...:

Update finished this evening. Since then have been playing FIFA 12 on the 3Ds and it has crashed twice. Never crashed before. Are the two things linked, and if so can I do anything about it? Will continue playing FIFA to see if it happens again.

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#10

ducktrapper commented on Review: Jett Rocket II - The Wrath of Taikai (...:

Super Mario 3D Land: boundless invention, beauty, meticulous craft behind the level design. Video gaming pushed to the level of art.
Jet Rocket II: mediocre and forgettable, mundane levels, probably worth someone's money but for my money Nintendolife have been generous in their rating. Still, I think if you read between the lines you can see that they were underwhelmed with what is after all an ambitious download game.
Each to their own opinion. This is mine. No offence to anyone here.

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#11

ducktrapper commented on Review: Jett Rocket II - The Wrath of Taikai (...:

Mediocre is the word. Sadly I bought this on day one and the trailer made it look fantastic (in other words, it did its job). It is a pretty enough game to look at but it does not play well in my opinion. Not terrible, but the levels either feel empty (3d) or crowded with cheap deaths (2d). I never get a buzz from playing it, like I get from so many platform games (not just the superlative Mario games but from things like Mighty Switch Force or Super Little Acorns, both of which have very well designed levels). Not impressed with this one.

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#12

ducktrapper commented on Poll: As the PS4 Arrives, What Do You Think of...:

"I don't see how 3D World can't be considered as fresh as an exclusively 1 player affair as Mario Galaxy."
It isn't as fresh as Mario Galaxy. Mario Galaxy was a completely innovative approach to a Mario game. Mario 3D World is a sequel of sorts to Mario 3D Land. Lovely, but not a new direction.
"Saying that Super Mario 3D World has no innovation because it is based upon Super Mario 3D Land is like saying Assassin's Creed IV is a mediocre crossing between Caribbean Pirates Movies and a rehash of Assassin's Creed III."
Olmectron, you put them in their place! Who said that Super Mario 3D World has no innovation??!! Shame on them. It wasn't me, as you will see if you actually read my post. I am sure it will include lots of good stuff, and lots of surprises, but nevertheless it is a sequel of sorts to Super Mario 3D Land as I stated. See, something like Mario Galaxy is really innovative as it takes the series into a whole new direction. Same with Mario 64. Breakthrough! Eureka! Get it?

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#13

ducktrapper commented on Poll: As the PS4 Arrives, What Do You Think of...:

Sorry but I think claims that many people think the Wii U is just a peripheral or that people do not realise it is a new console are just ridiculous. Nintendo have used this excuse to try to smooth over its poor sales, but the plain fact is that the hardware hasn't impressed, and it is clear to most people that Nintendo's console seems a generation behind the upcoming big consoles. However, Nintendo still have the ability to reach a mass public through the power of their big guns like Mario and Zelda. The new Mario 3D World might make a difference but even with that it seems a case of updating an existing game to an extent rather than something completely fresh like Mario Galaxy. Same with Wind Waker. An all new Zelda game is called for. Games can make the difference for Nintendo.

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#17

ducktrapper commented on Review: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Wo...:

'it’s fair to say that the Zelda series has become a little stagnant in recent times'. Sorry, I stopped reading at this point. I appreciate the 10/10 and that is all I need to know, but the Zelda series has been brushing against perfection for a long, long time. Skyward Sword and Twilight Princess on the Wii, for example, are video games so good they are worth buying a console for. How many games make you feel that way?

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#18

ducktrapper commented on Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai Available ...:

I tried it out for my son who will be receiving it today. It took me about 10 attempts to get past stage 3. It seems to allow only one save file so I deleted the save data so he can play from the beginning. If he can't do that third stage, I will have to do it all over again (and to be honest I did it partly by being lucky). I think the developers should have made it a bit easier - the difficulty ramps up too quickly.

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#19

ducktrapper commented on Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai Available ...:

Downloaded it earlier and not very impressed. Jett Rocket handles stiffly, frustrating gameplay (only the third level and pixel perfect movment required), poor level design. Resemblances to Mario are superficial. A bit like comparing Rolf Harris with Michelangelo. Not terrible but nowhere near as good as it looks.

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#21

ducktrapper commented on Nintendo UK: Awareness Is The Real Issue With ...:

I have never personally met a single person who thinks the WiiU is a "Wii add on". They are simply unimpressed or uninterested in the console. When the Playstation 2, or 3, or whatever came out, nobody thought that each successive console was an "add on". Nintendo have been claiming this a lot recently but I think the only problem is that people are unimpressed with the hardware and Nintendo have yet to understand that it all boils down to their one great trump card - matchless games. More games, please.

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#22

ducktrapper commented on Review: Dillon's Rolling Western (3DSWare):

Bought this game about a week ago and since then I and my son have been hooked. I think you underrate it - it's wonderfully atmospheric, even if everything has to be done in a rush, and combines tower defence/resource management/fighting to a delightful degree. No problems with the controls at all . 10/10 from me.

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#23

ducktrapper commented on Review: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD...:

Honestly, if I had the money I'd buy a WiiU. Zelda games, in my humble opinion, are the only games that by themselves justify the purchase of a console. I adore this game, and would love to revisit it, and yes it is probably worth buying a WiiU for this even if there are a shortage of other games.