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Male, 28, United States

Sat 17th August, 2013

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ericwithcheese2 commented on This Mario Kart 8 Badge Set Brings Some Extra ...:

@Krambo42 To each his own. I think this appeals to diehard collectors. There needs to be stuff on there that anyone and everyone can enjoy.

The North American Club Nintendo has been dry of physical rewards for a long time (aside from that Smash Bros poster set). I'm not sure I would get this, but it would be nice to at least have the option.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Review: Tetris Ultimate (3DS):

I loved Tetris DS! It was such a great game with real fan service that made this Nintendo fan thrilled.

I liked Axis well enough (and I still play it) that I don't think Ultimate is worthy of $20 when there are so many other games this holiday season.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Anniversary: 20 Years Ago Today, Rare Resurrec...:

Talk about pushing a console beyond expectations! This game was a breakthrough in graphics and sound, surpassing systems that were supposedly more powerful like the 3DO and Atari Jaguar. The soundtrack is still beautiful - I love the underwater theme in particular.

I used to have nightmares about the mine cart level.



ericwithcheese2 commented on The Nintendo Wii U Is Better Value For Money T...:

The Wii U has the benefit of having one of the best reviewed games of the year as an exclusive (Bayonetta 2) and two big buzzworthy titles in Smash Bros and Mario Kart 8 - which I do consider buzzworthy still thanks to the very well received DLC.

It does hurt that the Wii U misses these huge third party games that seem to be coming out on every other system except the U. Today has a ton of hot titles coming out, none of which are on Wii U, giving the perception that it is lacking and out of step with the gaming world today.

I do hope that the sales boost that Smash Bros provides and a bigger 2015 release calendar will convince a few third parties to come back.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Weirdness: Zac Efron Issues "Settle It In Smas...:

While it's clear that this was penned by Nintendo, I think this is great publicity. Anything that helps get the Wii U name out there is a good thing. It at least aims at a demographic that isn't all family friendly with the following he has along females and others thanks to the rowdy Neighbors movie.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Video: Nintendo's Wii U Holiday Commercial Kee...:

I don't think it's that bad of an ad. Nintendo's bread and butter are families, and that is who this ad is trying to reach. It's wise to do an MK8 ad because Smash Bros basically advertises itself right now, and MK8 is old enough that its good to highlight another highly rated family game that some may not be aware is out who are just looking to buy the system now.

The SM3DW bundle would be the only bundle they advertise because the MK8 bundle is exclusive to Wal-Mart and they probably want these ads to be fitting for all retailers.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Free Sonic Boom 3DS Theme Now Available For Do...:

I enjoyed the 3DS demo and I think that game will end up being better than the Wii U version. It just doesn't feel like a true Sonic game - its slow and lacks all the classic Sonic attitude. It is a solid platformer though, and I think the 3DS version will suffer by association with the Wii U one.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Nintendo Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary:

Happy Anniversary, Nintendo! From your humble beginnings of making playing cards, you have always stood for the definition of "fun". You've been making lives more fun for well over a century! The entire industry owes a debt of thanks to you!



ericwithcheese2 commented on Review: SPIKEY WALLS (Wii U eShop):

I don't think a 4/10 is too high of a score. It does serve a purpose as being a simple-minded time killer, and that offers a lot of replay value to some people. It's easy to bash a game like this as a throwaway, and I thought @JakeShapiro did a good job of being level-headed and balanced.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Zen Studios States That Wii U Pinball News is ...:

This is good news. They make great pinball games, and the Plants vs. Zombies table is a favorite of mine. I'm a patient person as I know the Wii U isn't high up on any third party publisher's list, but its good to know that content is still coming. :)



ericwithcheese2 commented on Review: Soon Shine (Wii U eShop):

This review is so good, its almost Too Much and makes me wannabe one who never gives up on the good times. So move over other mediocre games and let me give this one a holler!



ericwithcheese2 commented on Capcom Is Remastering The GameCube Resident Ev...:

This would not sell well on Wii U. According to sales figures, the REmake only sold 1.35 million and RE4 1.7 million on the GameCube. Those are very low numbers for two games that were expensive to produce and critically praised. I also think the limited storage space on the WII U internal memory may play a small role because they could be thinking "Our games don't sell on Nintendo platforms, so what are the chances they would buy a download only title with their already low storage space?"



ericwithcheese2 commented on Reaction: Nintendo's Drop in Momentum Is A Big...:

I think it is quite understandable that the 3DS is lagging behind last year. It had a year to die for in 2013 with top quality, system-selling titles spread throughout the year. Animal Crossing was out this time last year and that proved to be more potent than anything on 3DS so far this year. The well is a bit dry compared to last year, so the hardware sales reflect that.

They do need to get on the stick and announce some big titles in development though for 2015, however.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Interview: Console Wars Author Blake J. Harris...:

I have read this book twice - it is that fascinating to me. I actually think the narrative style that Mr. Harris chose to write in makes this a better read for me. It reads like a personal diary of secrets and candid interviews rather than a dry, third-person point of view. I learned a great deal from this book, and I thought I knew about everything there was to know about the "Console Wars".



ericwithcheese2 commented on Book Review: Console Wars - Sega, Nintendo, an...:

I should also add that I was actually quite surprised when this book shifted its focus away from the Nintendo vs. Sega in certain chapters. The Console Wars have been written about so many times, so it was also refreshing to learn about the internal battles Sega of America had with Sega of Japan... I really did learn a lot and it gave me some more insight/sympathy towards SOA's struggles and eventual downfall.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Book Review: Console Wars - Sega, Nintendo, an...:

I have this book and I personally thought it was a very good read. Some of it may be open to question about its authenticity, but we shouldn't forget that this book has extensive input and interviews with people such as Sega'sTom Kalinske and Nintendo's Howard Lincoln. I found it to be quite fascinating - especially since I was a big Sega fan back during this era, and I learned quite a bit from it.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Remake Request: Burning Rangers:

I really regret not buying this back in the day because I had given up on Saturn by that point and refused to buy any more games for it by then. I should've known better!



ericwithcheese2 commented on Poll: Have Your Say on Nintendo Direct Bonanza...:

Nintendo Directs are great, but they are mainly catering to people who already love Nintendo. They don't do a lot as far as reaching other gamers, unless its a particularly buzzworthy game like Smash Bros that ends up trending on Twitter for days after.

They need to do a big E3 presentation this year. I could understand last year's E3 Direct because they didn't have a lot to announce, and they would have had to compete with two new systems. But the Direct stream was very very laggy and buggy for most people and was not a hit among people who became frustrated with it.

They have games to announce and show off this year. And they have games that will resonate among E3 attendees, like X, Bayonetta 2 and Smash Bros, among others. By not having one last year, despite valid reasons, it came off to a lot of people that Nintendo was just throwing in the towel. I don't mind if there is a Direct to go along with it - possibly afterwards to expand more on what was announced at a E3 Press Conference - but I feel we need to have a big presentation this year. Nintendo is very capable of getting huge responses from the crowd (E3 04 anyone?) and I think they could do it again this year.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Feature: Looking at the 3DS Revolution on its ...:

The 3DS is my favorite gaming hardware. With its Street Pass and other out-of-the-box fun, it is an amazing system that I am so glad got past its rough launch. It was last year's highest selling game console and that says quite a bit even if sales were winding down on last generation's stuff.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Sonic Lost World Gets Free Legend of Zelda DLC...:

I enjoyed Lost World. I think it could have been better, but I didn't think it was as bad as some people said it was.

However, these DLC packs (Yoshi and now Zelda) just pushes this game into a new level. That trailer alone is amazing! And the fact that it is free?? Icing on the delicious cake.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Super Mario Bros. 3 Is Warping To North Americ...:

I wonder if the reason these GBA games are coming out on Wii U instead of the 3DS is because half of those games were part of the 3DS Ambassador Program? Nintendo said they had no plans to release those GBA Ambassador games on 3DS for the general public as they were perks to appease those high paying early adaptors.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Major Wii U Retail T...:

I see no downside to free demos on the eShop, and I wish Nintendo would demo out their bigger titles. Just because a game like Super Mario 3D World has a high attach rate doesn't mean everyone is going to buy it. Those still on the fence could be persuaded by a free demo of an introductory level. It could certainly help a game like Tropical Freeze since a number of people may think it's just more of the same, but a love for it could be rekindled by a trial version.