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Wed 23rd January, 2008

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ejamer commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

Ratings are hard.

Right now, at this exact moment, Wii U still offers (for me) the best library of games of any current gen console - in part thanks to backwards compatibility with older Wii titles. But Wii U has hit it's high-water mark and is already clearly in decline.

C sounds about right to me, even though I love the system and look forward to playing many more games on it.



ejamer commented on The November Club Nintendo Rewards Are Now Up ...:

So yeah, I grabbed Kirby's Pinball Land from Club Nintendo. Gotta say, the NL review score is incredibly harsh.

Not everyone will appreciate old-school video pinball, but if you think you might (or have fond memories of games like Revenge of the Gator) then it's a pretty awesome freebie.



ejamer commented on Review: Kirby's Pinball Land (3DS eShop / Game...:

Harsh review.

Kirby's Pinball Land isn't a fantastic design and certainly doesn't compare well to more technically adept games that we have seen released in the last 5 years or so. However, it was a decent video pinball game at release and remains an entertaining diversion.

Initially I wondered if it had aged poorly... but after playing it again in person the game is as fun as I remember (although maybe a bit more simplistic). Anyone who enjoyed Revenge of the Gator or other old-school video pinball games shouldn't hesitate to pick this up now.

I disagree with the review personally, and find it interesting that NintendoLife has by far the worst review I could find online.



ejamer commented on Teyon Games Adds Text and Voice Chat to 3DS eS...:

Response seems pretty negative so far, and I agree that pricing at $8 feels high (especially when the app only works if other people buy-in too - price the app too high and you never get enough user base to make it worth using).

But this does fill a gap in the 3DS lineup. Nintendo has shown no interest in allowing communication of any type after shutting down SwapNote, which is a feature I sorely miss.

I'm curious to see how the quality is, and whether it includes the ability to send messages to offline friends or only when people are online at the same time.



ejamer commented on Loot Crate amiibo Details and Pricing are Conf...:

For what it's worth, this probably isn't Loot Crate's fault - at least not entirely. The pricing is flat out bad, but Nintendo may have had a strong hand in that number.

Oh well. Bad deal is bad. Good deals still exist. Life goes on.



ejamer commented on Loot Crate amiibo Details and Pricing are Conf...:

So basically MSRP for everything (including "bonus" items) in the package, limited to US buyers only, with no option for free shipping or ability to customize your order.

Hmm... Buying direct from online sources provides better value/selection, while various retailers are offering discounts or "buy 2 get 1 free" sales over the next couple of weeks. Unless the cinch bag and t-shirt are going to be really awesome, the Loot Crate asking price seems really hard to justify.

I'm not anti-loot crate, but this just seems like a bad deal. Hope people think it over before making a $150+ impulse buy.



ejamer commented on Konami Demands That Hardcore Gaming 101 Presen...:

Using all of the in-game graphics/artwork seems like enough to make this move legit by Konami... but it's still a very disappointing announcement. This book sounded all kinds of awesome. Too bad Konami couldn't just work out a reasonable licensing deal instead of shutting the project down.



ejamer commented on Nintendo Reveals 11 amiibo Super Smash Bros. F...:

So will Toon Link also use a pee colored support stick in the final model?

(Sorry Nintendo, but the differences between the first round of preview/production Amiibo models has me skeptical until we see a final model. The fact that so many of these figures still use support sticks is kind of worrying to me - it's like they didn't learn any lessons from issues the first time.)



ejamer commented on Review: Pixel Paint (Wii U eShop):

Not sure about the software - isn't it kind of pointless until there are decent export options? - but the trailer was AWESOME.

@vonseux No kidding. Miiverse is looking pretty good for this game - lots of great art being posted.



ejamer commented on Review: Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (Wi...:

By far my least favorite of the GBA Castelvania releases... but still a fun game. Surprised the score is so high but nice to know all three GBA games are easily available now thanks to Wii U Virtual Console.

(Now if only they'd find a way to get them onto the 3DS too...)



ejamer commented on Curve Digital Talks Over Stealth Inc 2, Wii U ...:

I'm a big fan of the games Curve has developed, and very glad to see them throwing some support to Wii U. My one complaint is timing: I'm broke, so why are they releasing these excellent games now? (One day, they will be mine!)



ejamer commented on Review: Mighty Final Fight (3DS eShop / NES):

I enjoyed this game much more than the "real" Final Fight. One of the best NES beat'em-ups, even if it's not one of the most well known. This is exactly what Virtual Console should be for: exposing long forgotten gems.



ejamer commented on Review: Donkey Kong Country (Wii U eShop / Sup...:

A few people have comment that this game is overrated/overhyped. Not a popular opinion... but I totally feel the same way.

It looked good (back in the day) but I've never understood why people felt the controls or level design were that good. Neither compare to a Mario platformer, for example. Maybe that's not a fair comparison since Mario pretty much sets the bar, but since it comes from the same publisher on the same platform it's impossible to ignore how much tighter and more creative one series is compared to the others.

That said, I did enjoy the sequels more than the original and the recent Wii/Wii U updates are pretty decent games. Nowhere near a 9/10 for me personally, but worth trying I guess.



ejamer commented on Mega Video Game Fan Aaron "NintendoTwizer" Nor...:

People complaining here that it's overpriced aren't wrong about the value of loose carts... but it doesn't seem like a bad value all things considered.

Think of it this way: if someone was going to spend tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on an "instant" video game collection, then that person would probably be rich enough to care more about convenience than getting the lowest possible price. (At least, that's my guess.)



ejamer commented on Square Enix's Latest 3DS RPG Final Fantasy Exp...:

@ekreig Should point out that my 3D slider broke off because I dropped the 3DS XL - not due to normal usage. I've actually heard of it happening to at least one other person under the same circumstances, but this shouldn't be an issue for normal people.



ejamer commented on More Minecraft Mania Looks Set for Wii U With ...:

I'd be more likely to complain about a flood of clones if the original IP owner had any interest in publishing on Nintendo consoles.

Mojang has clearly indicated they aren't going to do it, so it looks to me like there are other developers hoping to help fill that hole. Hard to tell yet if any of these clones will be worth playing. Very unlikely any will be as well developed as MineCraft... but them's the breaks.

(Disclaimer: I think MineCraft is an interesting novelty that has far outlived it's value as a game. Obviously others feel differently.)



ejamer commented on Koei Tecmo Europe All But Confirms Fatal Frame...:

NoA didn't bother to bring the (already translated) Fatal Frame 2 Wii game over, they didn't care about Fatal Frame IV, so I fail to see how this is a surprise either.

Disappointment? Yes, it's a huge disappointment. But not a surprise. On the upside, at least it's easy to get both Wii Fatal Frame games running if you care enough to make the effort and import the games. (I did.)



ejamer commented on Review: Star Wars Pinball (3DS eShop):

Purchased this on my original 3DS and found it difficult to play and not very enjoyable. But upgrading to a 3DS XL has changed things considerably... Wow the upgraded screen size makes a HUGE difference! And with fixed leader boards suddenly this game is easy to enjoy and recommend.

It would be nice to see an update or "second opinion" posted for this review, as I really believe the 6/10 score isn't fair at this point in time.



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

Swords & Soldiers is a solid game and well worth $2.

Bumpie's Party is also pretty cool and worth the discounted price, although not a type of game that everyone will enjoy. (Try the demo and find out if it's your thing!)

But since I already own those games, the only thing this week that has me interested at all is Armillo. Looks cool, but I haven't tried the game yet...



ejamer commented on Wii U Version of Watch Dogs to Miss Out on DLC:

Is Watch Dogs worth buying on Wii U? Probably not. It is being released much later than on other platforms, has no marketing behind it, has more limitations than any other version of the game, and received mediocre reviews. The only thing it has going for it on Wii U is a lack of competing software... oh wait, Smash Bros. Well, there you go.



ejamer commented on Kirby: Triple Deluxe Soundtrack Now Available ...:

Thanks! Sounds like it would convert to about 400 or 500 coins in North America. Not cheap, but a reasonable price for a nice physical prize.

Sure would be nice if NoA at least offered one CD through Club Nintendo to see how people react. So far the only soundtrack we've received is Majora's Mask as an end-of-year platinum prize, and quite frankly calling a collection of N64 short clips and sound effects a "soundtrack" is a real stretch.



ejamer commented on Kirby: Triple Deluxe Soundtrack Now Available ...:

How difficult is it to amass 2000 stars?

This is a pretty awesome reward. CD Soundtracks are my personal "most wanted" item for the North American version of Club Nintendo, but NoA doesn't seem interested in offering them. Getting free eShop games is never a bad thing though... so I'm not complaining.



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

My expectations for this game were low... but then the Treehouse showcase made the game look much better than I had thought. A middling review isn't a surprise. Unfortunately it doesn't help make up my mind about whether to buy.

Hmm... choices, choices. (On the flip side, Wii U doesn't have that many choices so I'll probably buy eventually regardless.)



ejamer commented on Review: Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight (...:

Played this on the original NES way back when it was originally released. Vaguely remembering thinking that the game was very good but had tough controls and a very high difficulty level. Expect that it will appeal to a very limited crowd today... but curious enough about reliving the experience that I'm considering giving a shot.



ejamer commented on From the Forum: To Buy or Not to Buy? SPIKEY W...:


Actually I think it's fine to release the game on Wii U, although it's not something that interests me so I won't be buying. It's cool that the developer is so open to discussion - especially when so many people seem to get upset so easily.

My dirty little secret? More games is always better, since I can just choose to ignore whatever doesn't appeal to me.



ejamer commented on September's Club Nintendo Reward Details Are C...:

Pretty nice month for me - I'm keen on both Kirby Super Star (assuming it comes back and the codes actually work) and Super Punch-Out!! Two new games at no cost to me? That's great news.

Shame that some people don't see anything they like or already own all the games, but the list isn't lacking in quality options. I'm curious about pricing though. Any guesses why Super Punch-Out costs 50 coins more than anything else?



ejamer commented on New Nintendo 3DS Models Announced:

Yeah. So I just recently bought a 3DS XL and am kind of disappointed about the timing now. Oh well.

If Xenoblade 3DS comes out here I'll probably rebuy (again) anyway. sigh



ejamer commented on Talking Point: A History of the Sexualisation ...:

So which one sells better? Is this change in appearance an ethical decision, or a business one?

My take is that the changes made exist to increase appeal with a specific target demographic. That doesn't mean they are deeply considered, moral choices - they almost certainly aren't - but it's very hard for me to argue that Nintendo has done anything to damage the image of the character.



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

Yep. Nintendo makes incredible games, but often comes up short with supporting materials and optional accessories. I've still got my e-Reader with a pack of Animal Crossing cards in my closet... sitting right beside the Kid Icarus AR promo pack distributed through Club Nintendo. Fantastic ideas, poor execution.

Here's hoping Amiibo does better than I expect.



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

I want to be excited about Amiibo, and am exactly the kind of gamer+collector that this should be targeting. The potential is there. It's all about execution at this point.

Unfortunately I have extremely little confidence in Nintendo - especially NoA - to handle the idea properly.



ejamer commented on Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack Poses...:

Are you gaming, with active bluetooth connections the entire time, when reporting that number? (If so, good for you!) The average tablet doesn't offer that kind of battery life, although I'm sure some do.

Regardless, that just affirms what I'm saying: if people are complaining about tablet battery life then they'd better be just as upset about the Wii U controller.