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Wed 8th Sep 2010

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edcomics commented on Wii Street U Service Being Discontinued In Mar...:

I've actually really enjoyed this app, even though it sorely needs some updates. Well, instead of updates, we're getting discontinuation and removal from the eShop. Sounds about right for Nintendo. As a Day-One adopter, I feel like my Wii U experience has been a major letdown. Interesting ideas weren't quite ready at launch, and were never fully explored or implemented. The Wii U has really turned out to be a gimmick machine. The tablet/TV interface is great for web browsing, but beyond that there's nothing that really stands out about it. Big letdown.



edcomics commented on Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition Owners ...:

I only just tried using the USB stick and found the whole thing to be rather odd. The stick looks fine and has nice, blue LED lights when connected to a PC. Getting the the connector inserted properly was trickier than it should be, though, and the whole software setup is rather bizarre. I would have much preferred an audio CD to this, which is literally 10 hard-to-access WAV files.



edcomics commented on Video: Check Out a Graphical Comparison for Th...:

I'm sure this looks great on an HD TV compared to the Gamecube version (which is what I originally played). Strangely, though, some scenes (such as the cloaked Princess standing by the window) lose a bit of the creepy atmosphere in the HD upgrade. There was something about that visual distortion that kind of... made the game what it was. The Gamecube version still looks great on CRT, so I probably won't go for this at all.

This makes the fourth Zelda remake: Ocarina of Time 3D, Majora's Mask 3D, Wind Waker HD, Twilight Princess HD. It's fine, I guess, but combined with stuff like Triforce Heroes, I feel like the Zelda franchise is getting watered down.



edcomics commented on Gorgeous Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Editio...:

The art book and art card feature such classy artwork, but the game case and box make Xenoblade Chronicles X look like just any old run-of-the-mill robot action game. That art card should be the cover image for the game, like how the old Konami NES games featured painted cover art.



edcomics commented on Enter a Crazy Code to Unlock a New Character i...:

@Tsurii Well, things have picked up since the movie's in American theaters this week. I think tonight is the last night, though. I had the whole blue hair thing spoiled a month or two ago because I visited an online store that had a preorder for the figures. The only way for us to avoid spoilers 100% would be to live in Japan and see the movies right when they're released.



edcomics commented on Enter a Crazy Code to Unlock a New Character i...:

@Tsurii Sadly, there's no part of the recent film that hasn't been spoiled already. The promotional material and product preorders are widespread and feature all the new transformations. I wouldn't get too upset about it, though. The way things are presented in the animation, there's no big reveal or explanation. It's really just a new visual gimmick.



edcomics commented on Video: Mario is Unreal in This New Take on The...:

This is what a current generation Mario game should look like. Not necessarily the environment details, but definitely the level of detail and polish we see here. Mario's hanging out in the past. In fact, a lot of Nintendo games are. Even Splatoon looks more like a Wii game than it should, with all the rough edges and pixels. Nintendo doesn't put enough into their graphics. They just try to fudge it all the time and hope people don't notice... but it's hard not to notice when most Nintendo games look like they belong in the previous console generation.



edcomics commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transfor...:

When it comes to Animal Crossing.... the heavy promotion of home decoration in New Leaf almost turned me off entirely, as it made it seem the entire game was about that. Thankfully, in the final game it was only one piece to the overall puzzle. Unfortunately, Happy Home Designer has taken just that one aspect of New Leaf and turned it into an entire game, abandoning most of what made New Leaf so enjoyable.

It seems like Nintendo is increasingly interested in relying on gimmicks, and applying those gimmicks to existing properties. Miyamoto, etc, don't seem to care about the worlds of Metroid or Zelda. They just focus on gameplay gimmicks. Then, when they lose interest in one gimmick, it's on to the next. It's like how Nintendo abandoned motion control in favor of the super gimmicky "asymmetric gameplay" of the Wii U. It's like there's a cycle of discovery, obsession, boredom and abandonment within Nintendo.



edcomics commented on Parent Trap: Woolly Yoshi amiibos Finally Turn...:

If done right, almost any toy can house some kind of functional chip inside. Voice chips have been hiding in action figure feet since the turn of the millenium. It just comes down to the size and shape of the chip, and where you can (or want to) hide it inside a toy.



edcomics commented on More Club Nintendo Goodies Coming To The Europ...:

Sheesh. Europe gets all this cool stuff. I hope the next iteration of Club Nintendo will be more universal and offer the same rewards in different regions. That Goodbye Coin sounds interesting and I wonder if it's coming to North America... but having spent all my coins already, I'd be out of luck unless they send one to everyone for free. That would be pretty snazzy, but I won't hold my breath.



edcomics commented on Fossil Fighters: Frontier Stomps its Way to No...:

Ugh. I'm totally disappointed by this game. The first two games were rough around the edges, but they had charm and fun gameplay. In Frontier, the 2D character art is beautiful, but that's where the beauty ends. The graphics are muddy and glitchy, with your vehicle flickering in and out of view during gameplay. The audio is muffled and even breaks up at times when the volume is turned up. The visuals and mechanics for fossil cleaning are ugly and uncomfortable. The old cleaning process was fairly intuitive. This new version just doesn't feel right. Then there are the battles, where the HUD obscures the Vivosaurs on the top screen, and we're robbed of the fun action and "death" scenes from the previous games. The lower screen interface is also rather bland and ugly. There was a nice rhythm to the first two that's lacking here. It's not just that it's different. It feels damaged, rushed or incomplete. Overall it's just an ugly experience. I had hoped this would really be the next step, where Fossil Fighters would really come into its own, but it's really just a step backward. I'm trading it in ASAP. Seriously, I would rather play the original Fossil Fighters from scratch than continue with this new game. Huge disappointment.



edcomics commented on Square Enix's Failed Attempt At Combining Game...:

@GloryQuestor Hmm, that's a good example. Another thing about .hack is that, at the time, it was something fairly new and fresh. These days we have Sword Art Online, Log Horizon and a selection of other similar stories to choose from, and only certain series become real hits. If Square had focused on creating something with a unique theme and visual style, they might have had more success, but it seems pretty obvious they were trying to replicate the success of other series aimed at kids. At first glance, it's easy to mistake this art style for any series in the same vein as Cardfight Vanguard. At least, that's how I see it. I could be wrong. I'm not saying it's bad at all, but it seems to have been a rather large miscalculation.



edcomics commented on Club Nintendo Goes Rewards Crazy With Final Up...:

You know, after the initial adrenaline rush, I'm not seeing a ton of physical rewards I'm excited about. I went ahead and ordered the calendar, because that's a cute item you can't buy elsewhere. I already have a game case and 3DS pouch... and I'm not sure about the puzzle. Maybe I'll just relax and cash in for game codes later... though I almost feel like I should get Grill-Off with Ultra Hand just for the heck of it



edcomics commented on Weirdness: Legendary Composer Koji Kondo Drew ...:

The thing is, at the time there was no internet. Using obscure foreign music as the inspiration for a game soundtrack must have seemed harmless. It's really interesting how obvious the ripping is after listening to these tracks. Still, I can't fault the guy too much. I doubt he expected the games to become so popular in the West and for the "secret" to get out. I'm actually more pleased to be introduced to Deep Purple as a result.



edcomics commented on Nintendo's Revival of Animal Crossing: New Lea...:

I played the heck out of that game and nearly exhausted all its features, with around 200 hours of gameplay. I did lapse, however, and was brokenhearted when my favorite villager was gone when I returned to town. sigh Anyway, I feel like Animal Crossing is a game where DLC would be totally justified, allowing for land expansion, a wider variety of crops to harvest and animals to catch, and an ability to lock in your favorite villagers!

I do like the idea of a home console version of Animal Crossing, but I feel it would make the BEST sense to have it be cross-platform, so you can access your town from either the WiiU or 3DS. I'm not sure how difficult it would be, but it would be so satisfying.

I was skeptical of Animal Crossing, but after taking the plunge I was extremely pleased with the purchase. New Leaf is one of the most enjoyable game experiences I've had.



edcomics commented on Weirdness: These Push Guards for the New Ninte...:

I could use one of these for my XL. The game card is in a pretty terrible location. Even if the game only pops out one out of every 250 times, it's still too many. Most cameras and other small devices have an SD card cover, so a gamecard cover would have made a lot of sense to include on any version of the 3DS. I wonder exactly how well something like this item would work, but it may be worth trying out.



edcomics commented on Sega Confirms Global 3DS Release For Hatsune M...:

@ollietaro Well, that was a bizarre stylistic choice. Oh wait, Yorumi said that already. Since we got Senran Kagura on 3DS, I figure we can get full-sized Vocaloids. Either way, this is a good step forward for Nintendo. I mean... the gap between regions isn't that wide anymore, especially when it comes to pop culture. We've known about Miku and Vocaloid for years in the West. Similarly, KanColle (Kantai Collection) has become popular outside of Japan. I don't know if there are any plans to branch out with console games for that property, but if they do I would hope Nintendo would get on the ball. They just seem late to the party more often than not.



edcomics commented on Video: Brand New Xenoblade Chronicles X 'Explo...:

Exploration is the primary reason I'm buying this game. I'm a bit concerned about the story and characters, but nothing can be done about it at this point.

@rishisquid If it's anything like Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii, you'll have plenty of control over the camera's angle and distance.