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What's so bad about being a fanboy?

Male, 30, United States

I'm one of those old school gamers who hates cutscenes and intrusive tutorials. Give me no sword, no map, two buttons and a cave.

Fri 7th June, 2013

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earthboundlink commented on Round Table: Let's Talk Super Smash Bros. For ...:

I really don't understand people who want more story in this game. What story could possibly make sense with this group of characters pounding each other? That's true for almost any good fan service game like this. It's about the wackiness that ensues when characters from different universes collide and fight each other. I think I must be the only person who thinks that the roster is kind of too big. I've invested a ton of time and I still don't think I've played as everybody.

Agree that Smash Run is fun for a quick diversion, but not a big selling point of the game. I also don't really feel like I understand it. I also haven't really spent much time customizing characters or playing online. The Miis are a fun addition, but I don't spend much time with them.

Finally, I seem to be the only one whose favorite single player mode is All-Star Mode. I love the idea of having a character test their mettle against a ton of the greats from the history of gaming.



earthboundlink commented on Feature: Bayonetta - Creating Gaming's Combati...:

@AlexOlney LOL, well that explains that. While it's still kind of gratuitous, at least there's an in-game explanation for her frequent nudity. I'm not knocking the concept (other than to note its gratuitousness, which you kind of understand and accept going into this kind of game), I'm just a n00b who didn't understand all of this based on the demo. I'm actually glad it's explained, and the whole "powerful woman clothed in her own hair" does have a very witchy vibe.

And really, while the hyper sexualization in the game may draw critics (I have my concerns, but think there are worse offenders than this game, which at least features a strong female lead), you don't hear too many people talking about the over-the-top blood explosions of the game, which are actually not even as bad as the gore and violence of other games.

And I'm getting pretty far afield in justifying my consideration of purchasing Bayonetta 2, but I think the real social problem of video games has less to do with random sex and violence than with the glorification of real, actual war. American commercials for Battlefield and Call of Duty and those types of games depict regular people having a blast killing people (often each other) in war zones, usually eating Burger King or Taco Bell or whatever fast food tie in the game has paid to get. That's a truly disturbing thing, and I can't believe people who have actually been in real wars don't say anything about it.




earthboundlink commented on Feature: Bayonetta - Creating Gaming's Combati...:

@dkxcalibur Same here, definitely felt like button mashing, but some elements of timing that were fun. Half the time I couldn't really figure out what was going on, but I can't say I didn't enjoy it. I did not expect her clothes to disappear so much during the fighting, which I found kind of gratuitous. I assume there's some game universe explanation for this? It seems like her clothes and her hair are intertwined with her attacks somehow? I could definitely tell that it was developed by the same folks who did Wonderful 101, which I also enjoyed, and which also fits every one of the knocks I describe above (gratuitous sexualization, button-mashing, rampant/confusing onscreen action). I've been on the fence about diving into Bayonetta because of an already huge backlog, but I like the relatively short length (of course, apparently I should play the first one too).

Ultimately, I think I'll probably end up buying the game, if for no other reason than to prove there is a market for non-first-party games on Wii U. The solid review scores, two-game pack in, and the intense demo have convinced me to overcome my sense of grown-up shame at playing a game where an impossibly proportioned woman repeatedly becomes naked while shooting giant demons with guns from her boot heels.



earthboundlink commented on The Club Nintendo Rewards for October Have Bee...:

Wow. A smattering of things I don't want and things I already have. Oh well, I'll keep my coins handy for any cool future things that may crop up. I'm still sore I didn't get the gold nunchuck. Maybe they'll bring 3DS themes and New 3DS faceplates to the rewards catalog. That would be pretty sweet, and then I will be glad I didn't invest more into VC games for Wii U that I already have for Wii and could theoretically get for a buck or two.



earthboundlink commented on Hardware Review: The New Nintendo 3DS Is The B...:

Am I the only one who is psyched for speedier home screen performance? Although my launch 3DS runs Smash just fine once it's loaded, it takes an eternity to load. Likewise, when closing Smash, the whole system has to reboot and it takes a while to load up all my games. Plus Miiverse, browser, and other features are all much slower at this point than just using my phone. Zippier performance would make the whole system feel more fun to use.



earthboundlink commented on Review: Bayonetta 2 (Wii U):

Downloaded the demo, haven't checked it out yet because of Smash, which I can never seem to put down. Honestly, descriptions of the game sound so insane I wonder if my old school gamer sensibilities can even handle it. I struggle with the insanity of Wonderful 101 (which I love, but which sometimes gets a little too over-the-top with its button mashing and gratuitous sex references in what otherwise feels like a children's cartoonish universe). I generally tend to gravitate toward simpler, calmer games.

Still, I'll try the demo and see if it appeals to me. Do franchise fans tend to believe the demo is a good example of the game?



earthboundlink commented on 3DS System Update 9.0.0-20 Is Now Live with Ho...:

@Quorthon Pretty sure Japan showed some Monster Hunter themes. I'll bet we get those with the release of Monster Hunter 4 stateside. Also, in 2015 I bet we start seeing these as Club Nintendo rewards.

Now that folders look like old school "?" boxes, I'm more inclined to use them despite the 1-letter descriptions on them.



earthboundlink commented on 3DS System Update 9.0.0-20 Is Now Live with Ho...:

Picked up the 8 bit jumping Mario. Seems to fit my old school gamer image and my black launch 3DS. I like the background music and NES-style sounds.

I'm sure they'll bring themes to Wii U eventually. Of course, Wii U just got folders... But still, I bet this comes in a Wii U update sometime after Smash Bros. releases. January 2015 at the latest.



earthboundlink commented on Miiverse: Super Metroid - Too Taxing For Today...:

i'm one of those without enough time to get through all my games. But I still only like to use online guides once I've beaten the core game myself, in order to go back and unlock all the stuff that's worth unlocking. For example, I will beat Mario 3D World, go back and get as many green stars as I can, and only then, when the game ceases to be fun and becomes frustrating, do I resort to the Internet.

I will also resort to the Internet during the course of a first playthrough if 1) I am hopelessly lost or continue failing for a period of days that causes me to not want to play anymore (there are certain levels or bosses that are cheap or obtuse, and being stuck just makes me want to play something else and wastes the rest of the game); or 2) The thing I am looking up is a general explanation/concept of the game. For example, in trying to get into Monster Hunter, I really needed to spend a lot of time reading general strategies and understanding the game's myriad little systems, items, areas, etc. It softens the learning curve, and lets me get more into the core of the game. Similar situation for Assassin's Creed 3. Getting into a series late can be daunting, because the developers often assume a lot of knowledge about the game's story or mechanics. The Internet helps with that.

Point is, as an old school gamer I try to strike a balance between efficiency and exploration. You gotta have a code.



earthboundlink commented on Nintendo Download: 25th September (North America):

@sinalefa I'm with you. No need for fan service with Smash on the horizon. BTW, does anyone know if Smash will be downloadable for the 3DS, or is it too big? I know it's going to be a little gimped on the non-"New" systems (that STILL don't have release dates in the U.S.!), so I didn't know if they would make it an eShop download or not.

I would definitely prefer to have Smash as a download, because otherwise it may never come out of the cart slot, precluding me from ever playing any of my other cart games.



earthboundlink commented on Review: Hyrule Warriors (Wii U):

Think I'll hold off for now. I May try to catch it on sale at some point. I like fan service a lot, and that's mostly what this is, but with Smash Bros. just around the corner I have plenty on non-canon fan service headed my way. Plus, my backlog doesn't need any more additions.



earthboundlink commented on Nintendo Confirms Development of Games That Wi...:

Improved 3D, bigger screen on the smaller model, second thumbstick, and speedier menu/online is really all they needed to sell me on it. Got my black 3DS at launch and it's getting a little stale/worn.

Also, @mjhopkins81 is right. This trend goes back to the original Game Boy, which had multiple iterations released, continued with the Game Boy Advance/SP/SP+/Micro, DS/Lite/DSi/XL, and now they're doing it with the 3DS.

The real outrage here is that Australia/New Zealand are getting this before the west!



earthboundlink commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Brings Circ...:

I wonder what the overlap is between people who have had this problem and people who broke their TVs with Wii remotes. Maybe we should all get squishy 3DS covers in case some folks start flinging the system into others' heads.

Also reminds me of the iPhone 4 antenna, when people were concerned that if they held the phone is some very specific way, their signal would drop slightly. Could it be better? Yes. Is it worth a whole "controversy?" No.



earthboundlink commented on Feature: Introducing The New Challengers in Su...:

MEGA. MAN. One of the greatest gaming mascots of all time, and far and away my favorite third party mascot. Who among us gaming in the 80s and 90s didn't wonder what would happen if Mega Man, Mario, and Sonic all ran into each other in a game?

Kind of concerned that there are too many sword-wielding folks in the game, but there are just so many other diverse characters (and let's not forget those from the original Smash), that I think it will be okay. Glad they finally called up a magic wielder from Fire Emblem.

Finally, if the Duck Hunt dog is in the game, they should let you sub him in for the punching bag in the home run contest. I've been wanting to beat the stuffing out of that dog for decades.



earthboundlink commented on Nintendo Download: 4th September (North America):

I remember having Street Fighter 2010 back in the day, and I didn't realize it was actually supposed to be related to the fighting series. I just figured they were two unrelated franchises that happened to have the same name (note that young version of me didn't really know much about developers and marketing). Also, I remember that game being pretty tough.



earthboundlink commented on Weirdness: In An Alternate Universe Danny DeVi...:

I seem to recall reading once that the original script had a kind of a weird, dark vibe, and the studio execs thought it wouldn't work for families and kids, so they tried to rework the whole thing in a couple of days, causing a seismic shift in the directing and staffing. The result was utter nonsense, but still retaining an odd darkness that just felt out of place given the ridiculous plot and overall sense of silliness.

It was a terrible, terrible movie. I would have liked to have seen the original treatment, because I think the concept could work.

Just once, I'd like to see a good video-game-to-movie transition.



earthboundlink commented on Poll: Tell Us What You Think of the New Ninten...:

I've got a black launch 3DS, and the top screen is looking pretty worn from the bottom screen rubbing. I use mine as a music player to save phone storage space, and carry it with me on a daily basis. It really shaped up to be an awesome system after launch. Never could convince myself the XL was worth the upgrade cost, but this new set does the trick.

I don't really understand the hate from some. The system has been out since 2011, and Nintendo has a long history of revised intra-generational hardware in its handhelds.

I mean, look at the Game Boy. There was the original, the "Play it Loud" version, the Game Boy Light, and the Game Bpoy Pocket. That doesn't even count the Game Boy Color, which was another system entirely. Then there was the Game Boy Advance. IN that family there was the GBA, GBA SP, the GBA SP+, and the Micro. Then there was the DS, the DS Lite, the DSi, and the DSi XL. Really it's kind of crazy we've gone this long with only the original 3DS and the 3DS XL.

I don't like the name for marketing reasons, but oh well. I know what it is and I won't be confused. It's not my job to be Nintendo's marketing department. It does feel like a missed opportunity. FWIW I also dislike the name "New Super Mario Bros." and have from the first iteration on the DS. It should have been called Super Mario Bros. 4 or some such, and link it to the traditions of its forebears.

I would have accepted 3DS Plus, 3DS Lite (to the extent it is actually lighter or smaller, which may not be the case, although this might have created confusion in the XL model), 3DS Slim, 3DS Advance, 3DS Pro, or something to that effect.



earthboundlink commented on Xenoblade Chronicles Coming to 3DS in Japan:

Never had the chance to play this one on Wii, and you can't really find it anymore at a reasonable price, so PLEASE BRING THIS TO NORTH AMERICA!!! The inclusion of Shulk in Smash paves the way perfectly to bring the game here, just like Marth/Roy did for Fire Emblem all those years ago.

I only bought Fire Emblem for GBA because of the Melee characters, and now it's one of my favorite Nintendo series. Even though Xenoblade already came out in the US, it can get wider distribution on the 3DS.



earthboundlink commented on Nintendo Shows Off 38 "Kisekae Plate" Changeab...:

Anybody else remember the Gameboy Micro? It had changeable faceplates. I actually really enjoyed that system. Had a black system, black faceplate. It was slick.

I've thought many times about upgrading to an XL, but I'm one of those weirdos who actually carries his 3DS around with him everywhere, so I actually like the smaller size. The new little one is a perfect compromise, and I LOVE the colored buttons. PLUS, faceplates? Aww yeah.

I'm thinking white 3DS, red faceplate, à la #011 (I'm a grown up and I don't want to look TOO silly playing on the Metro, otherwise I might have to get that 1up mushroom)



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

It's not the new daisy duke Samus that bugs me, but the whole overly-sexed zero suit samus character is a bit much. Not even that I'm against Zero-suit Samus conceptually, just that I think they overdid it a little with the heels and Barbie-style fake-looking waist. I just think it takes away from Samus in her awesome power-suit look. If we wanted another version of Samus, why not the Fusion suit? I'm not outraged or anything, Zero Suit Samus is just too much of a good thing, I think. The Shorts are actually a little better, I think, because it's more like a reference to the "Justin Bailey" suit, which is from the original game.



earthboundlink commented on Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pr...:

You know, I think you could argue that characters from outside the Mario universe have been in MK for a long time. Donkey Kong is only barely in the Mario universe, and Diddy really only gets in by extension through Donkey Kong. And R.O.B. was definitely from outside the worlds and lands of Mario.



earthboundlink commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Coming In November, Features ...:

Link in a Mario Kart. My life is better than it was before I saw that.

I think this kind of DLC is a great idea for games like Mario Kart where the core gameplay wouldn't change from version to version, just content like characters, tracks, etc. It would also be great for sports games getting roster updates.

This could also be a great way to expand on something like Super Mario 3D World, and they've already done DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U that makes the game bigger. These are all games where the core concept stays the same from version to version, and there's no need to release Super Mario 3D World 2 when you could just have it as a really big DLC pack.

Moreover, think about the cool promotional ideas, etc. for a game like Smash Bros. You can add new characters and stages to go along with releases of new IPs or new games. For instance, a new Link costume and stage to go with the release of Zelda U. It's both a gold mine and a fun idea.

There's a limit of course, but I would LOVE to see this continue to keep MK8 alive for the duration of the Wii U's life. Especially little promotional freebies to accompany new releases, like "Buy Star Fox U and get a free Arwing Kart in MK8" or something like that. Just spitballin' here.

I DO NOT want unfinished games released for the sake of selling DLC, but I just don't see Nintendo doing that. They HATE releasing unfinished games.



earthboundlink commented on Masahiro Sakurai Outlines the Challenges of De...:

These delays have been commonplace with Nintendo since the earliest days when people began caring about video game release dates. They have always put forward aggressive deadlines, and when the deadlines are not met, they push them back for the good of the game. They do it with consoles too. I remember I almost spent my money on a Playstation back in the day, but held out for the 64. One of my better decisions, I'd say.

They have always had an undying commitment to quality and polish. It's why so many of the old games are still fun, and why so many of the old systems still work. People can disagree as to whether Nintendo makes the best games (subjectively speaking), but it's hard to argue against the fact that they make the most polished games. And you can argue with Nintendo's marketing strategies, but you can't really argue with their dedication to their products.



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

I've thought about the Sonic Wii U game. I've heard mixed reviews and thought the demo was a little cramped, but not bad. Sale might push me over the cliff since I've got some leftover Nintendo cash on my account anyway that's been burning a hold in my digital pocket. That Sonic Zelda DLC made the version of me from 1993 melt into little drops of happiness, and I'd love to actually play it. If nothing else, it looks like some nice fan service.

Then again, Hyrule Warriors is coming down the pike, which is basically just packed wall to wall with fan service, even if the game itself looks a little mindless.



earthboundlink commented on Feature: HD Remasters That Would Be Perfect fo...:

@aaronsullivan Waverace64 was so much better than Blue Storm. I mean, Blue Storm was okay, but it was just... too much or something. Too many characters/coaches, etc. It's like it was trying to be F-Zero on jet skis. The original was just so calm and intense at the same time. One of my top 5 games from the 64 era. I don't even think I want an HD remake. A 3D remake, however...



earthboundlink commented on Feature: HD Remasters That Would Be Perfect fo...:

Definitely should focus less on the Wii library (which is already playable on Wii U) and more on the GCN library. I also don't think N64 rehashes are out of the question for 3DS, since Nintendo has already done Ocarina of Time and Starfox 64. Bringing them to life on Wii U in HD would indeed take some work though.

So focusing on the GCN library, I think out of this group, F-Zero is my top choice, but agree with others that Mario Sunshine and Starfox Adventures would be great. I think Pikmin 1 and 2 would be great. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door might work and not be too difficult to pull off. I don't think it will be another Zelda game (they've already released OoT3D, WWHD, LbW recently and Hyrule Warriors is coming soon), but it's probably going to be within one of the big franchises with playable Smash Bros. characters.

What about an HD 2D game from the olden days (a la DuckTales remastered)? There's a ton of room for awesome sauce there.



earthboundlink commented on Feature: Ten Wii U and 3DS Games That Are Perf...:

I've been rocking Shovel Knight, DKC:TF, NSMBU, Mario Kart (seriously, how did that not make this list? Is anything more summery in the video game world than go kart racing?), Earthbound (for the umpteenth time), Child of Light, Assassin's Creed 3. My Poor 3DS has been neglected, except the occasional tooling around in the side missions in Awakening (seriously, that may be the best game Nintendo has made in years). But Awakening is so hard, I can't seem to beat it. May need to start over and play on normal to beat it. Can't seem to do it on Hard. And here I thought I was a Fire Emblem pro...

Nevertheless, my rehash of Earthbound and trip through Child of Light have reminded me how much I love to settle in with a good RPG. Very heavily considering Bravely Default. Screenshots look really amazing.

Man, there are so many good games for me to finish, and so many good ones to play again. It's really kind of daunting especially when the epic time suck of two versions of Smash Bros. is just waiting out there in the near future.



earthboundlink commented on The Hyrule Warriors Artbook Catches The Eye Wi...:

I like the idea of another character who is female and acts and fights like Link. She would pop up periodically to fight him kind of like Proto Man used to do in Mega Man 3, or how Lucina crops up as "Marth" in Fire Emblem Awakening, forcing you to fight her some before you find out who she is and what her role is in the story.



earthboundlink commented on Adventure Mode Details Revealed for Hyrule War...:

If the arenas are based on the actual grid squares from the original game, that would be an incredibly cool touch. I'm sure that's not the case, and at best they are "themed" after the original areas. But man, it would be cool to crush baddies in the original Hyrule brought into glorious 3D.

Haven't been sure about this game from the beginning. I'm not familiar with the underlying franchise, and I hear it's mostly mindless mashing, which is very un-Zelda. But then again, the game seems to be a giant heaping pile of fan service, which pleases me as a fan. It might be fun to do some mashing as some of these kind of arbitrary characters from various Zelda games. I mean, Darunia? Yes, please.



earthboundlink commented on Kotaku Says YES to the Wii U - Rejoicing Begins:

Good to see good press for the Wii U. It really is an excellent console with a pretty steady stream of good to excellent games. Picking it up now will open up a pretty awesome world of games to the buyer.

And I'm glad to see they're sticking with the gamepad concept (not that I thought they wouldn't). There's still so much potential to be met with the controller.



earthboundlink commented on Review: Wii Sports Club: Baseball + Boxing (Wi...:

Thinking about taking the plunge and buying the whole set, though games like this I don't really want in physical copy. Minigames like this are best when you can just flip to them quickly without changing discs. These are always fun to break out at parties and when friends come over. Problem is that my game backlog is already massive and I have no time to complete the ones I'm currently playing. When the 3DS first released, I couldn't imagine this would be such a problem...



earthboundlink commented on Miyamoto Thinks That Nintendo Are in a Genre o...:

@GreatPlayer I just don't get it when people say Nintendo repeats itself too much. It's true that it has recurring characters that have existed for a long time, but there are new IPs coming out all the time. Splatoon is the most recent announcement, but don't forget things like Pushmo, Steel Diver, Dillon's Rolling Western, Sakura Samurai, and Wonderful 101. That's just the new IPs I can think of from this generation off the top of my head.

But Nintendo saves its premium work for its AAA IPs that everyone recognizes. Go to any random stranger and ask them about Assassin's Creed, Gears of War, Battlefield, etc., and they will probably not know what you're talking about. They will know who Mario is. So Nintendo puts its best efforts into the IPs that will get great recognition and not languish in the bargain bin because people didn't want to take a chance on them.

And other than Mario, I can't think of any character who is used more than twice in a console generation of 5 or 6 years. And that's only if you count all games involving Mario as the same series (Mario sports, Mario Kart, and Mario Platforming are pretty much only linked by similar aesthetics).



earthboundlink commented on Ubisoft Runs Another eShop Discount Bonanza in...:

@Spoony_Tech Also considering ACIII, as I'm kind of a Revolutionary War nerd. Also, never played an AC game before, and I understand the intro phase of this one is longer, which annoyed longtime fans, but would actually help me as a n00b. Got a $5 eShop credit from the Digital Deluxe Promotion too, so $10 is pretty cheap for a game like that.

Anyone want to warn me off ACIII? Keep in mind I never played the franchise before.



earthboundlink commented on Nintendo TVii Update Adds New Features and Imp...:

Okay, I really need help with TVii. I cannot find where I can add streaming providers to my play options. In all the pictures there is an option for it on the TVii user menu, but I don't have that option on mine, just my TV provider. Is this some kind of glitch or am I just completely missing something?



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

@biglittlejake Well, young'un, let this old timer tell you what it was like in the olden days.

Your explanation how to play the game was called the "instruction book." It was an actual, literal book that came with the game. Once you've read that, and you understand buttons and movement, you turn the game on. You're standing in an area with three directions to go, along with a cave you can enter. You go in the cave, hoping for some explanation of what to do next. In the cave is an old man, who hands you a wooden sword and says "It's dangerous to go alone. Take this."

The sword is helpful, the advice is not. Your only option is to head north, east, or west (south is blocked by a wall). Everything that happens after that is exploration and discovery. It was impenetrable, difficult, and glorious.