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jdarrell commented on Review: Blek (Wii U eShop):
jdarrell commented on Review: Classic Card Games (3DS eShop):
They removed the local multiplayer from this version? o_O I never used it, but that's weird. (Edit: Then again most people would rather use an actual deck of cards)
@Magrane Unless you're expecting certain features, or for the AI to play like humans, I think you should still consider this. It looks like this version still has all those games. I have over 2000 hours on the Overload version, mainly playing Spades.
Edit: for Crazy Eights it seems if you enable twos the only option is "pick up two or play a two." And Go Fish seems to play weird, can only play 4 of a kinds instead of pairs.
jdarrell commented on Review: Best of Board Games - Mahjong (3DS eShop):
I guess publishers have run out of names that start with "A" and have moved on to "B"?
jdarrell commented on Poll: Do Video Game Reviews Need To Have A Score?:
You forgot an option, Steam user reviews are using the even smaller yes/no scale
If there was only one review site, and it was very thorough and consistent, then a 1-100 scale would be a tool for more precise reviews. A three rating is clearly better than two, and two is clearly better than one. However, more people are reading more reviews, so with a 1-5 scale or label system they can focus their thoughts on comparing the subjective opinion of each review (instead of automatically trying to compare scores).
Edit: What I mean is, before people compared the score to the score similar games got to guess how good it is. Now, we forget about other games and read multiple reviews for one game that we compare to each other; but we can't keep track of if an 88 from one site/reviewer is actually better than an 89 from a different site/reviewer.
jdarrell commented on Review: Best of Mahjong (3DS eShop):
@AshFoxX I don't have this exact version, but there should be three colours of the traditional tileset, a poker tileset (as seen in the screenshot), an egypt tileset (similar idea to traditional, but you can tell things apart a bit easier), and an "easy" tileset (mostly numbers).
@Donjwolf When you run out of matches, the game asks you if you want to start a new game or shuffle. Shuffling adds 10 seconds to your time.
By default, no tiles are highlighted, but the lower layers get slightly darker to make it easier to perceive depth. The highlighting removable tiles is optional. It's a feature I love and the dsiware version didn't have it so I remember commenting about that in a forum topic here, only to see you and the review for this version mention they hate it
jdarrell commented on Review: Lucadian Chronicles (Wii U eShop):
The game surprised me with how much variety each card has considering how simple the gameplay is.
Most other CCGs I've played everything feels the same, and then an expansion comes out with everything basically being more powerful versions of what I already have.
In league, leveled up non-mages don't seem to gain enough HP though, which imo is making magic attacks overpowered.
jdarrell commented on Review: Best of Solitaire (3DS eShop):
@alLabouTandroiD If it's like the other versions it'll record your quickest time and win/loss % for each game.
In the version I have, for some of the less popular games I randomly sometimes have to hit undo then redo to "win", and I'm not sure but some high scores may have erased or didn't record (I probably needed to save to record, or I'm imagining the whole thing). I personally barely notice those things, but thought I should mention.
jdarrell commented on Review: PUZZLEBOX setup (3DS eShop):
Nice, sounds like a unique game for a low price.
I have the Classic Games Overload version, have easily played it more than everything else on my 3DS combined.
jdarrell commented on NF Magazine 2015 Renewals & New Subscriptions ...:
@retro_player_22 You're only making one payment. Currently this Kickstarter campaign is the only place you can buy a subscription for their year 3 issues. If the campaign doesn't raise $55,000, everyone gets refunded.
jdarrell commented on Review: Nobunaga's Ambition (Wii U eShop / Sup...:
I wish I knew how to play this game, too late for me now though.
jdarrell commented on Feature: Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns...:
Stash was also funded, no idea when/(if?) they'll port it to Wii U though.
It's a free-to-play turn-based MMORPG currently at 50% being made with Unity. They re-launched the campaign after looking at funding options from Ouya, Nintendo, and Sony. After they finish the PC version, they'll make an Ouya port (5 months exclusive), then they have the Wii U listed as a console to port to. Have no idea if they'll actually do the ports though since I can't think of any f2p MMORPG's on Ouya or Wii U...
jdarrell commented on Capcom Releases Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -...:
@WaLzgi I was saying most console games are going to have a premium price because the people who buy them aren't willing to go digital only, even if the specific game is digital only.
Of course iOS is still usually cheaper than (digital only) PC ports, but at least it's somewhat of a surprise there.
ios versions are always going to be cheaper until Nintendo stops using retail carts.
jdarrell commented on iPad Title Castaway Paradise Does A Pretty Con...:
Haven't played Animal Crossing so I don't know how much they've copied here, but there's similar "rip-offs" on the eshop.
Which Animal Crossing game are they copying the most?
jdarrell commented on First Impressions: Moulding Clay With Kirby an...:
I think this is going to be the best platformer on the Wii U for me, wish it was this year.
jdarrell commented on Review: Another World - 20th Anniversary Editi...:
Today I learned if you buy the Sony version, you get the Apple version for free because they actually care about their customers, and vice versa. (sarcasm)
jdarrell commented on E3 2014: Nintendo Won't Bring Live Twitch Stre...:
I'd bet their customer service doesn't want to deal with parents complaining that their Wii U used up all their bandwidth uploading stuff to Twitch.
jdarrell commented on Weirdness: Conan O'Brien Plays Super Smash Bro...:
He could make a game called America's 2nd President if he wants.
jdarrell commented on GameCube-Style Wii U Controller, the WaveDash,...:
When was the last time there was a 3rd party controller that didn't have significant quality problems?
jdarrell commented on Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition Confir...:
@NImH Flashback is relatively smooth. Another World/Out of this World is a nice minimal adventure, but expect short and bizarre gameplay.
jdarrell commented on Review: Abyss (Wii U eShop):
Could be smoother, if there were other $2 games on the eshop I would recommend passing on this.
jdarrell commented on Nintendo Download: 17th April (North America):
My activity log play time for classic games overload is 2006:01
jdarrell commented on EA Boss Peter Moore Apologises For Frostbite's...:
The only offensive part I saw was calling this Gen4
jdarrell commented on Feature: A Round-Up of the Best Nintendo-Relat...:
Mario Kart 8 delayed to add Captain Toad as a character. Nintendo Direct tomorrow about the Year of Captain Toad.
jdarrell commented on The Wonderful 101 Saving Wallets on Wii U eShop:
When I tried it, it seemed like a game I wouldn't want to play more than one mission at a time, which would make the digital version much more convenient. I'd rarely spend more than $20 on a digital game though.
jdarrell commented on Wii U System Update 4.1.0 Available Now:
Before the first few updates, I had a few freezes in NintendoLand
(and some of the apps)
jdarrell commented on Industry Veteran Peter Molyneux Warns The Indi...:
Meh, in 5 years more indies will probably become mobile developers occasionally porting games to other systems.
jdarrell commented on Record Attendance At GDC 2014 With More Than 2...:
@Chubblings: That's true, but in the Oculus Rift case, I think they're targeting late-2015 / early 2016 because of that. There's also even a 2nd version of the dev kit recently released that I assume somewhat reduces those problems.
VR headsets are optional add-ons, what one person calls a flop can still be a success. Especially for Sony who cares more about being competitive than selling VR headsets. And I doubt there's anything stopping a USB PC headset from being able to support Wii U.
jdarrell commented on Two Tribes Shoots Down the Possibility of Toki...:
Toki Tori 2+ was an unlockable game in Humble Bundle 10, unlockable games receive a significantly lower amount of the revenue. I'd imagine the only reason to make a game unlockable or in other bundles would be to hope for good sales following the publicity.
jdarrell commented on Walmart Announces Foray Into Pre-Owned Games:
I've got a feeling whoever made this decision hasn't actually done any real work in a Walmart electronics department before.
jdarrell commented on Little Inferno Has Sold A Million But Gamers D...:
"'Dream bigger!', okay!" starts building larger fireplace to burn the real Sun
I one-upped them and realised there's an entire galaxy out there, take that hipsters! But didn't get the feeling old message at all.
jdarrell commented on Former Criterion Boss Alex Ward Laments Issues...:
Plus they were counting on future Sonic/Sega games, not future EA games, so why downplay Sonic Racing Transformed which was still getting a lot of good words at the time?
Nintendo probably didn't market it specifically because it was an EA game.
jdarrell commented on Pokémon Battle Trozei Is Match Three Puzzle A...:
Looks interesting, I hope it ends up being fun.
jdarrell commented on Watch_Dogs Delayed Again on Wii U, Will Arrive...:
If child of light still gets released on april 30th, I'll go with a conspiracy that ubisoft gave up on wii u retail and wants it to fail so that the industry will move more towards digital games
jdarrell commented on As The Maker Of Flappy Bird Withdraws His Crea...:
@nintendorocket FlappyBird has visuals that are almost exactly like the random screenshot I posted, just change the blue hills to mini-skyscrapers, make the sky lighter blue, and then modify the clouds. I couldn't make something more similar to SMW if I tried.
I wish the graphics didn't look like an unoriginal clone to me (why use pipes in a 2D game that has a flat dirt ground with a strip of green across the top, a light sky background with bushes, and a coin sounding effect). If you're using green pipes, it's because you remember them from the Nintendo series.
Edit: It's interesting though that games with "bird" at the end of the title have become popular.
jdarrell commented on Final Fantasy VI On Android Is Pricey and Look...:
I think I'd prefer the darker presentation of the original, but for the price I'd want new graphics and can just rely on nostalgia. New players can go back and replay the original I guess, so good enough.
jdarrell commented on A Link Between Worlds Early Japanese Sales Sur...:
Was there a digital bundle in Japan?
jdarrell commented on NES Remix Miiverse Contest Cancelled Due To Em...:
Not expecting a patch, erasing peoples' high scores doesn't sound like it'd be worth the effort. Especially since you only have one top score per level and there's no leaderboard.
jdarrell commented on Review: Wii Sports Club: Golf (Wii U eShop):
I'm having fun alternating short games between this and tennis.
jdarrell commented on Feature: A Year in Development - Image & Form:
The moral of this story is: when bribery fails, blackmail people by threatening to kill off their character
jdarrell commented on Video: Just Look For The U On The Box, Nintend...:
The narrator sounds like he's saying Wii Sports Glove. Then it briefly shows someone putting a glove on for Golf...
NES Power Glove required for Wii Golf confirmed. (I'm joking)
jdarrell commented on Reggie Cuts North America's Biggest Wii U Fans...:
@CaPPa I've seen people say it's in Canada too.
It's a Club Nintendo reward for a pizza party, so I wouldn't be surprised if saying several people play your games, liked party games, or that you've recommended a lot of games has something to do with it.
jdarrell commented on Weirdness: UK Store GAME Creates Christmas Din...:
How long does it stay good for? Could make an interesting collector's item.