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hephiroth

hephiroth

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#1

hephiroth commented on Mario Kart Month: An Outsider's View Of Super ...:

Yes, Super Mario Kart is the oldest of the series and has some quirks, but it's amazing to me how much they got right in the first go 'round. The fact that they included the item system, cups (and their unique points system), battle mode speed boosts, power slides, and more, all in the first game...well, it's pretty impressive in my book.

I actually was playing this one tonight for my blog, as I'm doing some retrospectives on the Mario Kart series, and I was impressed with how fun the game remains to this day. The only big downside for me is that it only supports two players. The four player madness of later Kart games is what makes the series so sticky, but it was definitely not possible on the SNES.

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#2

hephiroth commented on Review: Abyss (Wii U eShop):

Yes! A $2 game that is a nice, solid 7/10? This is exactly the type of impulse buy that Nintendo needs to be actively courting to add to the eShop. $15 just isn't a throwaway amount, as an example, and sometimes those "I just took a risk and got it" games can be the best.

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#3

hephiroth commented on Possibility of SNES Remix and Other Remix Titl...:

I would love to see this! I've been hesitant to download the NES Remix due to the cost, but I keep hearing better and better things about both games. Maybe I'll grab the first one to help support the SNES cause. Although, honestly, I wouldn't mind a jump to N64 Remix!

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#4

hephiroth commented on Review: Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island ...:

Yeah, I'm really not sure why this isn't the SNES version. I guess the extra levels are cool, but it would have been cooler to add the extra levels into the SNES version/engine.

Speaking of SNES, I just played The Lion King game on it for the first time. It really doesn't compare to any of the Mario games (I guess this is technically a Yoshi game), but it sure was great-looking. It was just hard in a way that a game like Yoshi's Island avoided. Yoshi's Island certainly has difficult sections, but they never feel cheap or impossible...sometimes The Lion King felt that way.

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#5

hephiroth commented on Talking Point: What We Want To See From Ninten...:

Haha, yes; I was thinking more about "on the go" purchasing. Right now, someone can decide to pick up a game cart while they're out at the mall. I suppose Nintendo Zone hotspots work, but I was just trying to make the point that it's not the same as an iPhone, which can get online virtually anywhere for someone to buy a new game.

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#6

hephiroth commented on Talking Point: What We Want To See From Ninten...:

I agree with a lot of this, but I don't think Nintendo will completely disregard physical media. I, personally, would be fine with it, but a few things will, in my opinion, prevent it:

1. They are unlikely to include, let alone force, a cellular data plan into the device, meaning it will be WiFi only. This means that there will be a percentage of users who never connect it to the internet.
2. Lots of parents still don't want to give their kids access to a credit card or understand how to password protect eShop purchases.
3. Lots of holiday giftgivers want a physical "thing" to wrap up.
4. Nintendo (and all the console manufacturers) want to keep retailers happy, and shelves with boxes are part of how they do that.

I think console manufacturers will always be hesitant to release a machine with NO option for physical media, no matter how popular digital purchases get, especially when it's a machine intended to sell to a lot of kids.

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#7

hephiroth commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's E3 Plans Are Full of...:

This certainly paints an optimistic picture, but I worry that Nintendo won't deliver in the right way for this to succeed. As with any E3 appearance/presence, there's a really difficult balance to strike between coming off as a goofy shill and capturing the hearts and imaginations of gamers with the promise of that "next big thing that only your company can bring." Nintendo has certainly had its fair share of both ends of that spectrum, so a great hype video, while hilarious, isn't enough to sell me that they'll nail it.

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