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Tue 11th March, 2014

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jariw commented on Link amiibo Compatibility Confirmed for Hyrule...:

@sinalefa I interpreted it the other way around when I read it a couple months ago: that the SDK would be able to detect and read/write to any Nintendo Amiibo. But now I can't find the quote I was thinking about, so perhaps I just got it all wrong.



jariw commented on Link amiibo Compatibility Confirmed for Hyrule...:

@sinalefa It's probably a late decision made by Tecmo Koei, not a decision made by Nintendo. Someone (Reggie or Miyamoto) said that they would open up Amiibos for 3rd party developers. It would be cool to see if indie games could do something innovative with them.



jariw commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Live Nintendo Dire...:

@LavaTwilight The Facebook announcement says "50 new things", which I personally interpret as "things that weren't in the 3DS version". For example, I would consider the Photo Editor to be a "new thing", since we haven't seen it in action and how it has changed compared to the Brawl version.



jariw commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Amazon Listing Say...:

I'd say this is an intended leak from Nintendo. This comes after the Sakurai interview saying that they're working on an announcement that will be available soon. What they need to do now is to create a buzz before the announcement takes place. What better place to do that than Amazon? They revealed the marketing text to Amazon after that, with only the board game as the big news.



jariw commented on The Photo Studio in Super Smash Bros. for Wii ...:

It'll be great! I doubt that this feature (or the Stage Builder) will be anything similar to the limited user interface that Brawl had. The Gamepad is so much more well suited for these kind of editing tasks.



jariw commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Announcement Revea...:

@ikki5 If you believe you can be a manager for a product like SSB U + SSB 3DS within a timeframe of 4 year period by working office hours, you need a reality check. And if you think Japanese game developers are well paid for their work, you might need another reality check. You might also want to look in the book "The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers Volume 1" for the unnaturally long list of Japanese game developers who have died in pretty young years.



jariw commented on Super Smash Bros. Fans Teased Further by New M...:

I think a SSB U Nintendo Direct is pretty close now, since Nintendo can't post many more teaser shots like the one today before people get annoyed about the teasing. The 3DS had the embargo for reviewers set to one week before release, IIRC. Nintendo will probably use a similar approach for the Wii U version, so that would mean 5 weeks until reviews appear. And I guess Nintendo wants all modes, stages, feature, etc to be known well before that.



jariw commented on Gallery: Enjoy a Cuteness Overload in These Ca...:

The Tokyo EAD has clearly built on their knowledge from SM3DW, with more details with surfaces, reflections and light sources. This game seems to be set more in dark places than 3D World, to make use of Captain Toad's lamp. If the Tokyo EAD is actually working on a new Mario game for the Wii U as the rumors say, I really look forward to that one.



jariw commented on Review: Bayonetta 2 (Wii U):

@MadAdam81 Having played both Hyrule Warriors and the Bayo 2 demo, the graphics differences between these 2 games are huge. And dropping from 60fps occasionally down to 40-45 fps (in places where gameplay doesn't matter, if I understand the reviews correctly) is quite different to dropping to the levels in HW local 2-player during crucial gameplay.



jariw commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014 - Fal...:

I'll probably get everything on that list, except LEGO Batman 3 and Watch Dogs. Might get LEGO Batman 3 as well if the Wii U release is good. There's one here in the family who's really dying to know the release date on Art Academy.



jariw commented on Review: Art of Balance (Wii U eShop):

This is a great game. The most challenging is the Endurance mode, which is very competitive.

@Sceptic Local multiplayer where everyone use Wiimotes is great on the TV. And the graphics is a bit nicer on the TV than on the Gamepad.

@akaDv8R Check the Shinen's Twitter account. They have posted quite a few details lately on FAST Racing Neo, but no release date.