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fixjuxa

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#1

fixjuxa commented on La-Mulana Canned for North America, Europe:

Ha! That figures. Kinda pissed about this considering it should've been released ages ago. What a joke. Am I really supposed to believe Retro City Rampage is actually still coming? Might as well throw that on the "canceled" pile too.

"But no matter what, La-Mulana will be released on WiiWare," a blog entry said at the time. "We don't want any speculation suggesting otherwise." Just found this on another site. Makes the cancellation even more irritating.

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#5

fixjuxa commented on Japanese Virtual Console List - August 2011:

I want Adventure Island II for the NES badly as well. I've been enjoying Super Adventure Island and New Adventure Island a lot lately, but Adventure Island II is the only one I really played as kid.

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#7

fixjuxa commented on Super Adventure Island:

I should've gotten this before New Adventure Island. Compared to that game this ond is a bit of a let down. Master Higgins is too damn slow and there's no run button. In New Adventure Island, Master Higgins is quick and agile. Here he's a sluggish buffoon.

NAI almost plays like Bit.Trip Runner where you blaze through the levels full spead ahead. Sometimes you have to stop, but much of the game can be played by sprinting straight ahead and following the fruit as it pops up in front of you. That whole concept is lost here because the fruit is ever-present on the screen. It doesn't appear and then disappear like in NAI. It still provides with you a cue as to where to jump etc., but there's no kind of quick thinking or reacting involved, and something is lost because of that, I think.

Moreover, you can't even play it in the same manner because you only get nine lives to beat the game. Bah! It's still fun, but New Adventure Island it ain't.

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#8

fixjuxa commented on Super Adventure Island:

I should've gotten this before New Adventure Island. Compared to that game this ond is a bit of a let down. Master Higgins is too damn slow and there's no run button. In New Adventure Island, Master Higgins is quick and agile. Here he's a sluggish buffoon.

NAI almost plays like Bit.Trip Runner where you blaze through the levels full spead ahead. Sometimes you have to stop, but much of the game can be played by sprinting straight ahead and following the fruit as it pops up in front of you. That whole concept is lost here because the fruit is ever-present on the screen. It doesn't appear and then disappear like in NAI. It still provides with you a cue as to where to jump etc., but there's no kind of quick thinking or reacting involved, and something is lost because of that, I think.

Moreover, you can't even play it in the same manner because you only get nine lives to beat the game. Bah! It's still fun, but New Adventure Island it ain't.

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#9

fixjuxa commented on Review: Super Turrican 2 (Virtual Console / Su...:

I downloaded both Super Turrican and Mega Turrican quite some time ago and I would say I prefer the Genesis iteration...but they're both really fun. Finally downloading this one. I don't expect to be disappointed.

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#10

fixjuxa commented on Review: Robox (WiiWare):

I agree with ChristinaAguilera. I'm loving the demo. I'm really surprised by the how much charm and style it has. I'm not too wild about the fact that there's no map, but I still think I'm going to buy it.

I think it's bogus to say the game doesn't control well. It's just a slower paced platforming game as far as I can tell. It's like Super Ghouls and Ghosts style platforming, minus the double jump (at least at this point). Even the difficult seems similar to SG&G.

And comparing the game to Paris Hilton because it's all looks and no substance seems way off-base to me at this early stage of the demo too.

Finished the demo. Bought it. Good thing they put out a demo. I'm pretty sure I had put off getting the game after reading this review and then never got around to reading any other reviews.

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#12

fixjuxa commented on WiiWare Super Meat Boy Gets Canned:

****! I'm so irate! ****! Guess I won't be playing this then. They couldn't have released it in some form or another on WiiWare? After all that time they just throw it in the trash and give us nothing? What a bunch of heads.

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#15

fixjuxa commented on Review: Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii):

I gotta admit, I've never been that big a fan of Donkey Kong Country games, I enjoyed the first one back in the day, but when I revisited it many years later it had lost most of its luster. But I've really be thirstening for a challenging 2D platformer since both La Mulana and Super Meat Boy got delayed, so I decided to give this game a try. And holy hell if it's awesome! Best Donkey Kong Country game by far, I think.

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#19

fixjuxa commented on First Impressions: Super Meat Boy:

This has the potential to be my favorite game of all time, I kid you not. The amount of classic gaming nostalgia that seems to be available here has me smiling for ear to ear. I'm a sucker for most classic, 2D gameplay but tough-as-nails platformers are far and away my favorite games to play. This **** is gonna be awesome!

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#20

fixjuxa commented on Super Mario Collection Special Pack Revealed:

And Nintendo's propensity for cashing in on lazy rehashes of classic titles hits a new low, which is really saying something considering their history for such crap. I guess one could argue that charging $20 for a GBA version of just one of these games was a bigger travesty but I think the fact that they selling us the same old games yet again makes this new collection the bigger kick below the belt.

I'm as big a fan of 2D Mario platformers as the next guy, but in my book, anyone that buys this is a consumption-addicted chump. Aside from the soundtrack and the art book there's nothing here that 99% of Nintendo fans haven't already paid for at least once. And how many of us have paid for these games multiple times? The number of people who are drooling over this thing are evidence of the fact that Nintendo continues to excel at getting people to pay for the same content again and again. Oh but hey, this time it comes with an art book and soundtrack!

Seriously people, they've taken what should be an $8 VC release, thrown in an art book and soundtrack that probably cost 4 cents per disc to produce, put a special wrapper on it and are charging $30 a pop for it. It's insulting, really.

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#21

fixjuxa commented on Steve Wiebe Reclaims Donkey Kong World Record:

Didn't Billy beat the record awhile ago and then quit even though he still had a couple guys left and a number of levels to go before the game crashes?

I wonder if Steve Wiebe is divorced yet. In the movie, his wife didn't really seem all that thrilled with his constant chasing of the record and he's still at it a few years later. She can't be happy.

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#23

fixjuxa commented on Review: Art Style: light trax (WiiWare):

I agree about the online leaderboard comments from an earlier post. It really oughta be there. But I feel bad complaining about a $6 Art Style game. They're the best damn bargain on WiiWare and the game's are good at worst and brilliant at best. I'm glad a number of these bit Generation games have reached a new audience via WiiWare. They're phenomenal and deserve to be played by a wider audience. I need to download this one soon as I'm sure I'll love it. Gotta finish .BitTrip Runner first.

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#24

fixjuxa commented on Review: Art Style: light trax (WiiWare):

Dotstream had a different mechanic where you began each race with a certain number of boosts(three I believe) which you could use after the first lap was complete...I think. The boosts doubled as your lives (i.e. the number of times you could hit an obstacle) and you could gain more by directing your light beam into a pit stop area at the very end of each lap. Each second in the pit stop area gave you an additional boost/life. I almost always skipped it.

And like someone else said, you gained speed by positioning your line next to a another line.

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#25

fixjuxa commented on Review: Art Style: light trax (WiiWare):

I imported Dotstream some time back and absolutely loved it, so it doesn't surprise me that this has scored well. With it's minimalist style, it always felt like a kind of F-Zero for the Atari 2600 to me. Sure, multiplayer would've been nice, but just like F-Zero, the main attraction is the brutally challenging, twitch-racing of the Grand Prix mode. If light trax is anything like dotstream, the harder tours require near memorization of the tracks if you want to make it to the end, again...just like F-Zero.

I'm not sure I would call dotstream "just as much a puzzle game as a racing game" so it'll be interesting to see if I come away from light trax with that impression. I'm doubting it.

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#26

fixjuxa commented on Review: BIT.TRIP RUNNER (WiiWare):

This game is amazingly fun but it's certainly not perfect. The game's design is tailor made for online leaderboard competition and yet...nothing. 9/10? Sure. 10/10? Absolutely not.

Also, what's with British people and the word "whilst?" It sounds so damn ridiculous and stitled.

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#27

fixjuxa commented on La-Mulana Test Play 4 Video:

I"m a sucker for anything 2D so the initial preview of this piqued my curiousity some...but I wasn't sure it was something I would be downloading. I'm completely sold now. This looks really good. And pretty unique at that. Definitely buying it. The original is 15-20 hours long?!? Nice.

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#28

fixjuxa commented on Select Downloadable Games Available for Purcha...:

"Hopefully they heard all that negative feedback from Cave Story's release. I mean, paying 20 bucks to buy it when it was 12 was lame,"

Okay, I'll admit it's lame that you can't buy the exact the amount of points you need to buy something but to say you're paying $20 to buy a game that cost $12 is a little disingenuous. After you buy Cave Story you still have 800 points left with which to buy another game. Basically you're being forced to buy two games when all you really wanted was...which still sucks.

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#29

fixjuxa commented on Review: Castlevania The Adventure ReBirth (Wii...:

Sadly, there's no debug mode in the US version of Contra Rebirth and I doubt it's there for Castlevania either. Why the hell is not included in the US version...or do I have to access it some other way?

No save or password feature is just lame. I still downloaded it, and I like it quite a bit, but it pisses me off that I have to leave my Wii on and I can't play anything else unless I want to start the game over. Getting to Stage 5 on Normal with 3 lives is no walk in the park. Starting over would require hours of replay just to get back to where I am. Seriously, I enjoy old school gaming as much as the next guy but not including a save or password features is inexcusable in 2010.

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#30

fixjuxa commented on Review: Castlevania The Adventure ReBirth (Wii...:

What I want to know is how hard this game is compared to Super Castlevania IV? I ask because I downloaded SCIV some time ago and I still haven't beaten it and almost certainly never would if not for the suspend feature of the VC titles. I've spent probably 7-8 hours to get as far as I have and there's no way I'd ever have reached this far if I wasn't able to stop playing and rejoin my game in progress at a later date.

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#31

fixjuxa commented on Nintendo Download: Toasters, Rainbows, Catchin...:

I just played Eduardo for a couple hours with a friend and we finished half the game. I was a little underwhelmed by the videos I'd seen so I cranked it up to Crazy-hard right out of the gate. Pretty lame that on the easier difficulties you don't die from a single hit. Anyway, we both thought it was pretty fun. The difficulty is kinda sketchy though. We spent a good hour trying to beat the fourth level, only to blow through the 5th and 6th level on our first try. What the?

If you're into run and gun games, stuff like Contra and the like, and have a friend to play with, definitely pick it up. Just make sure you crank the difficulty up to hard at the very least. I like that you can grab any enemy and any projectile and use it as a weapon. And the spear-chucking carrots are just hilarious. The lack of proper boss battles is kind of disappointing but what are you gonna do? The art style is definitely cool and I thought the music was quite rocking.

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#32

fixjuxa commented on Eduardo the Samurai Toaster Release Date Trailer:

Umm, guys...this is a run n' gun shooter. Local co-op does not mean split screen, it just means you've got to play on the same system. This game will definitely not feature split screen gameplay. All players will share the same screen.

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#33

fixjuxa commented on Review: Bit.Trip: Beat (WiiWare):

A suggestion for a future sequel:

What this game needs is something akin to the practice mode in Gradius V in which each stage is broken up into a smaller number of sections for practicing purposes. Once you reach the beginning of a particular section in the standard mode, that section is unlocked in practice mode. That way you can practice something that's at the end of a stage without playing through the entire stage in order to reach it.

As it stands I find myself making very slow progress with the end of Descent and it's annoying that I have to play through a majority of the song over and over again in order to practice the part I'm having trouble with.

Other than that, and the occasional blending of the orange paddle with the orange blackground, this game is fantastic. I didn't expect to like it at all, but I'll be damned if it isn't exceptional.

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#34

fixjuxa commented on ColorZ - New WiiWare Puzzler:

Good luck playing this one by yourself. Anybody ever try controlling two characters at once while playing a shmup? It's damn near impossible.

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#35

fixjuxa commented on Review: Gradius ReBirth (WiiWare):

[i]fixjuxa seems to have quited while he was ahead.
Glad everyone's enjoying this. General opinion seems to be 6-8/10 making it a good buy for 1,000 Points.[/i]

Well, I hadn't planned to comment further but since I've been called out for "quitting" I guess I will.

Sure it's possible that, as Corbie said, a fan might overrate the game, but I still think it's better to error on the side of a game being overrated by a fan of the series than being underrated by somebody who never really cared for the series in the first place. Plus I think that often times fans of a particular series are the hardest to please because they have a certain expectation of quality given that they enjoyed the previous games. In the end I still think it would be better if WiiWare World didn't let a person review a game when they already have a negative predisposition towards it. At least give the game to someone who expects to like it for what is, or at least what it's expected to be, which in this case is another 2D Gradius shooter.

We can't always pick and choose that carefully, not to mention that we have no way of knowing every reviewer's exact likes and dislikes when it comes to video games.

There's no way to know? How about asking "Hey, what are your thoughts on Gradius games? Oh, you never really liked them much? Okay, we'll get somebody else to do the review then." Seems easy enough to me.

And I'll state again, I really have no problem with the score or what the reviewer said in the review. I only have a problem with the idea that people that don't like a particular franchise are being assigned to review games from that franchise. The whole idea just seems backwards to me.

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#36

fixjuxa commented on Review: Gradius ReBirth (WiiWare):

I don't care about the score it received. I'm just making the argument that it's a bad idea to assign somebody to review a game from a series they don't care for because the only people this caters to is people that probably won't like the game anyway. That's it. Can anybody explain to me why it would be preferrable(or at the very least tell me the upside)to have a person who isn't a fan of a series reviewing a game from that series? It just seems illogical to me.

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#37

fixjuxa commented on Review: Gradius ReBirth (WiiWare):

This is why you dont give a game hype because it will end up crapy

Yeah, but the guy who wrote the review doesn't even like Gradius. Have you played Gradius? If you have, and you enjoyed it, you'll like this because it's more of the same with some new stuff sprinkled in here and there.

I simply don't understand the logic behind assigning the review to someone who's predisposed to not liking the game . Why would you not cater to the people who are actually interested in buying the game(i.e. fans of the series) and get someone who likes the series to review it?

The reviewer has admitted that his favorite game in the series is the one that strays farthest from the classic games that hooked most fans. Why in the world would you assign this person to review a game that's basically an homage to the earlier 8/16 bit classics? It just doesn't make any sense. Of course, I understand that people are going to review games they'd rather not play, like all the shovelware that's constantly popping up. But don't ask a guy to review a game from a series he doesn't like because it's just dumb and serves the interest of no one, because what's the point in saying "I've never really like this series so this game doesn't really do much for me. 6/10". What would be better would be a review that says "I've always like the Gradius series and this is a good/bad Gradius game".

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#38

fixjuxa commented on Review: Gradius ReBirth (WiiWare):

I reviewed it because it was my turn to review and this was the game that was released.

It was originally supposed to be Bit.Trip.Beat but it was pushed back so I didn't get to do it. It had been awhile since I reviewed a game as we were trying to let the new reviewers get their feet wet. Whatever they assign me, I review.

Is this really how you guy's operate at WiiWare World? I gotta say, that's a bit disconcerting. Games should be assigned based on preference and taste, not on some schedule. It really doesn't make any sense to have someone that doesn't like Gradius reviewing a new Gradius game. A review done by a fan of the previous games would have been much more helpful, don't you think?

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#39

fixjuxa commented on USA WiiWare Update: Evasive Space:

If I were reviewing this game I'd give it a 9/10. 2D games that used the IR pointer in unique ways is the first thing I started thinking about when WiiWare was announced. There's so many possibilities I find it mind-boggling we haven't seen more quality games that use the IR pointer to great effect. Lost Winds is the only other game that comes to mind.

Anyway, I love this game. It doesn't play like anything else out there and I think the reason for that is the controls. This game would be no fun on an XBox 360. Controlling your 2D ship with an IR pointer is a distinctly different experience(and in the case of Evasive Space, more fun) than playing it with a d-pad or analog stick. Instead of holding a controller in both hands and twiddling an analog stick under your left thumb, you're more likely to sit in a chair with your elbows tucked to your side, or braced on your lap, while you grip the wii remote with two hands so you can aim more steady and make faster, more crisp movements with your wrist. This is all the difference in the world. It's make the game feel different than most other games and because it works it makes the game more enjoyable.

So there it is, my review. 9/10. And to the folks at High Voltage:

More please.

Also, just in case somebody from High Voltage IS reading this: Was this game at all inspired by the minigame on Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz where you race the monkeys through 2D, top-down mazes? Because that minigame controls just like Evasive Space's maze levels.

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#40

fixjuxa commented on USA WiiWare Update: Evasive Space:

I love all the people coming down on this game because it's not some other release they were waiting for. Had you actually taken the time to download it you would likely find that it's a pretty fun and unique little title.

It certainly doesn't play like anything I've played before and the controls, while they take a little getting used to, work perfectly and really give the game a unique feel. It wouldn't be nearly as fun if you played it with a d-pad or analog stick. It's really quite surprisingly how proficient you get with the seemingly hard to handle controls. With a little bit of practice you'll be zigging and zagging through mazes, and dodging asteroids like a champ.

I like that there's different levels with different physics as well. The open arena style levels have physics that remind me of those moon lander games because you keep a lot of your momentum after you let off the accelerator.

Like most WiiWare games though the game makes me think "Geez, there's so much more they could do with this concept". But what do you expect when you're only paying $10? For my money the game is easily worth that. If you're into classic 2D gaming you should pick this up. There's a good chance you'll like it.

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#41

fixjuxa commented on Mega Turrican:

I downloaded the SNES game a couple weeks after it released and I find this version to be far superior, most noteably in the level design department. The levels in the SNES game are boring and very uninspired compared to what Mega Turrican has to offer. Plus, this game has a grappling hook, which is quite a bit more fun to use than the freeze ray from the SNES installment. If you only download one of the two currently available Turrican games on the VC make it this one.