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LetsGoRetro commented on Game Jam Tasks Developers With Creating A Zeld...:

@aaronsullivan @khaosklub

You both make a very good point that a female Link could save a female princess. A kind of silly oversight on my part when stating my points of view.

To Aaron, I do suppose there are females that would be frustrated about everything you mention. This conversation is on the verge of entering a "non-gaming" conversation and I would really like to avoid where that could potentially end up, hehe.

I consider my views "old fashioned", others can and do consider them "ignorant" and "shovinistic" (I'm almost positive I misspelled that). I am not in the "men and women should be able to do absolutely every single thing the other does in all circumstances" camp.

I think nature and biology is very telling as to who should be doing what- There has to be SOME reason men are born with much more muscle and naturally are much more aggressive, no?

Ok, so I've officially taken the conversation right where I earlier stated I hoped it wouldn't go, hehe. Anyways, to any females (or males) offended by my points of view, I apologize. I would enjoy a female-led Zelda game a tad bit less, but my opinion is no more important than you who would enjoy it a tad bit more, so hopefully we both get our games made in a way that maximizes our enjoyment! :)

Happy gaming, all!



LetsGoRetro commented on Game Jam Tasks Developers With Creating A Zeld...:


Yes, I do think there are probably female players who feel the same as I do, in reverse. However, I would guess that there are less female players who feel this way than male for reasons such as:

1) Growing up with every lead being male, we're just kind of used to it.
2) In real life, men tend to be the ones who would do the things that make up most video games (war, fighting, etc.)
3) Women may feel they're kind of stepping into a "man's world" when they play games, the same way many women probably feel when they play a sport, or get involved in organized fighting.

Again, I don't know any of this for a fact, and as time goes on it does become more common for women to do the things I mention above, but I'm just answering your question(s).

I think the simple solution is to do what many games do and have a Male/Female option at the beginning of the game. All it takes is a few extra drawings and animations and it becomes a possibility. Zelda tends to be about saving a princess, so it would require them to switch it to something along the lines of a female saves a male prince. To me, that's silly, but if it increases the enjoyment for a female player (or any other player), than who am I to say it's a bad idea?



LetsGoRetro commented on Game Jam Tasks Developers With Creating A Zeld...:

I just have to be honest, I don't care if every single other member in my party is female, but it takes away a little something from the game for me if the main character is a female.

It depends on the game of course. FF3 is an ensemble piece, so I didn't mind it at all, but in a game like Zelda, where it's all about one character, one hero, one you, it.. Just wouldn't do it for me.

Sorry to be "that guy"...



LetsGoRetro commented on Study Finds That US Consumers Are Buying Wii U...:

These are all good reasons to own Nintendo consoles, although their #5 would be my #1. As far as the discussion about Nintendo being "kiddie", I agree. But to me, it's not the things like the games being colorful or the content, because Nintendo games have always been like that.

To me, the "kiddie" part is how over the past 10 years Nintendo has added an extra layer of "cute" to it's already colorful stuff. Every character speaks like a squeaky toy, there is a "toy like" gloss over everything in the Mario games.

I was playing Skyward Sword with a buddy of mine, and we got to the part when you first go down to the surface and have to find those 3 creatures by dowsing, and the "cuteness" level was actually uncomfortable. Each creature squeaks and squeals and wiggles and jiggles and you can literally just imagine a group of little kids playing it and laughing with glee. My friend and I kept awkwardly looking at each other, thinking "Kind of weird that 2 30 year old guys are doing this right now..."

Legend of Zelda, Adventure of Link, Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time... were colorful, but you didn't get the feel of "This was specifically made to appeal to kids" like you do with the new stuff. They were just games that had color.

Nintendo goes out of it's way to add the kid-like touches to it's games nowadays, in my opinion...



LetsGoRetro commented on Eiji Aonuma Explains That The Legend of Zelda ...:

The writer hit it head on when he mentioned how it is about how things unfold and tasks are laid out. I love the old style of RPG's of "find a town member, he'll tell you something as a hint, so you go do it". REALLY disappointed that things are moving towards "Do you accept this QUEST? PUT IT IN YOUR QUEST LOG! KILL 10 DEER!"

I don't want to feel like I'm "accomplishing tasks", I want to feel like every move I make is progressing towards saving the world. This was the 1 gripe I had with Xenoblade, and a recent screenshot showed me XCX will also do this, which really disappointed me (Still my 2nd most anticipated game, next to ZeldaU)



LetsGoRetro commented on Video: Nintendo Minute Shows Off 'Super' New L...:

This game should be pretty fun, but after this, I really hope Nintendo goes for an "epic" style game, ala Mario 64 and the Galaxies. Either Galaxy 3 or a whole new concept, but I hope the feel they go for is epic over cutesy. SM3DW and this are SMOTHERED in "look how cute everything is!" and it takes away from the feel of the game, imo. (The games are still good, just not on the level of the absolute classic Marios)



LetsGoRetro commented on Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric Speeds To Earlier Re...:


I apologize for coming at you out of left field, but take a chill pill, friend. Always jumpimmHg down editors' throats for what they posted, or didn't post. Stressing over release windows like the world is going to end if Smash and Captain Toad come January 3rd vs 2014. These are only video games, my friend, and I can assure you, "Holiday 2014" means "in time for christmas, to catch the Holiday sales", despite your childrens' elementary school calendar including January in the kids' Holiday break. Can you find an example of a game being announced as Holiday and coming out the following January, barring delays?



LetsGoRetro commented on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Expo Banner Raises Q...:


I didnt say anything about MH3u, i said that THIS game is a monster seller, as it sold a ton on the 3ds and thats all i have to judge it on.

Does it mean itll automatically sell well on wii u? Of course not, but its always good to have a game that is proven to be popular come to your system.


I was not aware that such a standard existed, but thats silly that it does. Im all about supporting nintendo (well, most gaming, in general, but Nintendo is my fav)



LetsGoRetro commented on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Expo Banner Raises Q...:

@mrmario02 @avahne

And all the others. Why the heck would you not want a (pun intended) monster selling game on Wii U.

Wii U is a big year away from having a breakthru. 2015 can very likely be that year with Zelda U, Xenoblade X, SMTx FE, and StarfoxU.. as well as possibly MH4u n DQX.

Why would you NOT want theae huge, content filled, robust adventure games on the console. These are the games to appeal to the other kind of gamer that Nintendo doeant traditionally attract. I cant fathom someone wanting them to NOT come...



LetsGoRetro commented on Ubisoft Executive Talks Up Super Smash Bros. a...:

Ab A buddy of minr i went to school woth was on the cover of one of these dancing games a while ago. I think it eas xbox360. Hes black and the girl with him is white. Weirdest shock of my life seeing that lol. Never played a dance game, tho. Im 6'5 s dancing isnt really my thing lol



LetsGoRetro commented on Watch Dogs Will be the Only "Mature" Ubisoft G...:

@Tysonfury @jenkje

It does not matter that you guys had that experience, frankly. Ubisoft isn't saying "We dont think even one person got turned onto the series by us putting it on wii u"

They are saying they are not profiting from doing so. I dont think theyre lying for the fun of it, or to really stick it to nintendo fans. They are a business and their goal is to profit. If they dont profit then they cant afford to pay the staff to maket these games. We all know what happens then.

Ubisoft had put its foot in its mouth a couple times but its a poor move to villainize (not talking about you two here, just what ive read) a conpany that really, really tried to support this console with MULTIPLE releases.

"So WHAT we dont buy the games! Keep financing and making them for us!"
I see your point, as it is kind of unfair to you as someone who has beens supporting the company to be lumped into a category of gamers that doesnt show support, but thats more a victimization by the wii u owners, not ubisoft.



LetsGoRetro commented on Video: Take Another Look at Ganondorf and Adve...:

I'm very behind, so please somebody, fill me in. Am I to understand Hyrule Warriors is coming with an "Adventure Mode", which is a new 8 bit Zelda??? Do we know any details, like isit a new a map as opposed to a redo of Zelda 1 or 2? Or length, etc.?The video seems to allude to 8 dungeons...? Somebody, please fill me in or link to somewhere I can learn everthing we know about this mode! Thank you in advance!!



LetsGoRetro commented on British Tabloid The Sun Brands Gaming "As Addi...:

This just in.. Lifting Weights, Spending time with people you care for, laughing at a joke, and going to nightclubs all as addictive as Heroin. Why? Because they raise dopamine levels just like heroin!!!!

Dopamine levels rise as a result of you being happy, enjoying yourself. So if that's the reason for it being as addictive as heroin, then anything that makes you happy is, haha.

What's next? "New Report suggests intentionally making yourself unhappy to not get addictive to rising dopamine levels associated with happiness". I haven't slept tonight and it's now quarter to 6am so maybe I'm not making a ton of sense because I'm exhausted but this article just seemed so STUPID! (Not on NL's part, but on whoever created it in the first place)



LetsGoRetro commented on Fi Confirmed For Hyrule Warriors Along With Sk...:


Not quite sure what that is.

I really hope we get some additional male characters, as there are plenty to choose from in the series. Rusl from TP (I think that was his name), the old guy that trains you in Wind Waker, your uncle from Link to the Past would be incredible, I think. Skull Kid would be an obvious choice. Groose. The instructor from the Knight Academy who is also your... Uncle, is it? The one who is rumored to the owl reincarnated (I'm rusty on my Zelda knowledge). Playing as any of the villains who aren't in-game villains would be incredible.

Destroying people as Ganon. Slapping hundreds of people into little paintings that fold over and shatter as Yuga. Being Ghirahim and... And... Being Ghirahim and catching.. Other.. guys'... Swords with your hands....? Ok, maybe not Ghirahim. But how awesome would you feel when you unlock THE IMPRISONED and you get to stomp around the battlefield?

Fighting telepathically as Sahasrahla... I'm talking way too much but it's only because there's so much potential here that I hope they tap even half of it. Aonuma was stressing the whole "playing as a female within the Zelda world" thing earlier in the year, which is cool. Very cool. Just have some other guys too, as I'm not personally a huge fan of playing as women, and I'm sure I'm not alone in that.

One woman I think would be cool to have in there is Marin, fighting with the gift of song! Putting the opposition to sleep with a song of relaxation or bringing animals under your control with a song of persuasion. Wanting Marin has nothing to do with the fact that I was a sappy little kid in love with her 20 years ago, either!!



LetsGoRetro commented on Shovel Knight Has an Unlockable "Butt Mode":

Im at a point where a "new 2d platformer in the style of the old 2d platformers" really has to be something special to appeal to me. They were awesome when they first re-appeared- I loved rediscovering 2d Mario, Cloudberry Kingdom was very fun for me for a few weeks, etc. Their reemergence was great for a couple years, but it's getting to the point I'm getting sick of them a 2nd time now. This game (atleast the little bit of the playthrough I watched) does not appear to do anything special to separate it from all the others doing what it does.

I hope retro 2d RPG's become the next "it" genre for indie developers. Games like the SNES and PS1 classic RPG's.



LetsGoRetro commented on First Impressions: Getting Creative With Mario...:

Everyone who is saying everything is coming in 2015, that's not really true. While a ton of the best stuff is, check this out--->
2014: Smash, Xenoblade, Bayonetta, Captain Toad, Hyrule Warriors, Dragon Quest X ( I THINK I heard this is coming to US, am I wrong?)..
whereas 2015: Zelda, Mario Maker, Starfox, Yoshi, Kirby, Mario Party 10, MK vs DK, Splatoon.
... That's 6 games to 8. Pretty even....



LetsGoRetro commented on Eiji Aonuma Plans To Shake Up the Puzzle Formu...:

I dont know why people want to play as Zelda so bad. Maybe in a few side missions but playing as the hero Link is what this series IS. We only average one home console game every five years so if they take Link out of a whole game to play as Zelda then I don't get to play as my buddy Link for a whole decade! No way!!! Give ke Link everytime with other characters alongside him, but don't remove myLink!



LetsGoRetro commented on Nintendo's E3 Plans Are Outlined Further, With...:

Hyrule Warriors, Smash Bros. U, Bayonetta 2, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, Xenoblade: Origins (Rumored.X name), Yarn Yoshi, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, Pokken Fighters, a possible Monster Hunter 4u reveL, and likely a reveal of another major franchise installment or 2 (Starfox? METROID?) .. and all this BEFORE the confirmed Zelda U reveal???

Nintendo can do everything wrong and still smash EVERYONE at e3 with that lineup!!!!!



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LetsGoRetro commented on Feature: Nintendo Moments You Never Saw Coming:

Wow.. seriously, NLife... This article has to be the most disappointing piece you've ever done when applying the following formula: POTENTIAL - EXECUTION OF FINISHED PRODUCT = RESULT.

I clicked on the link excited to read a long list detailing the exciting surprises my favorite company has given us over it's 30-plus years in the gaming industry and I'm "treated" to a total of FOUR things Nintendo's done in the past.

Seriously, Ivysaur being a playa le charcter ranks among the top four surprises for the author of.this article? Sorry that I'm being so mean but this wa s such a lame read (moreso a "skim").

Ths correct title of this article is "Four things Nintendo has done, off the top of my head". This was so bad!



LetsGoRetro commented on Hyrule Warriors Set for Summer 2014 Release in...:

It wouls be awesome if your saved data for thia could link into zelda u. Maybe open up an optional area or two. Or allow you to start with an item you normally wouldnt get until later to access areas earlier. Similar to suikoden 1 2 n 3, or I guess more appropriately, the oracle games



LetsGoRetro commented on Sleek Metal NES Analogue Nt Now Available for ...:

Im not a tech guy so can someone explain to me and/or link to an example showing how 1080p is beneficial to blocky nes games. Wouldnt the game have to have been programmed to take advantage of the technology. It's not like nes graphics are goi ng to magically change to wii u graphics. Why does this matter??



LetsGoRetro commented on Nintendo Direct: Special Mario Kart 8 Direct S...:


As far as the programming, if they can program somethingbas large and complexbas a Zelda world, this shouldn't be nearly as hard. And they've had a LOT of time on this game, which is why it is so polished and gorgeous. As @rjejr suggested, this game is likely why there's been such a game shortage. A huge team has probably been working on this, many of them really learning hd programming and specifics of the wii u architecture on this game.



LetsGoRetro commented on Nintendo Direct: Special Mario Kart 8 Direct S...:


Wrll, how I originally picture it was: When on walls yyou'd move the joystick up and down, which is pretty simple and easy to adjust to, I would think.

When upside down, the controls would really be the same, the model (sprite? Character?) Would be upside down. So if you push left, he goea to your left. Right, to your right. He juat is upside down.

My fear is focusing on children scared them off from doing it(I dont want hear that a game with baby pink peach and baby characters giggling and squeaking isnt focused on kids. It's not ONLY for kids. Im gonna play the heck out of it and im 30, but it is FOCUSED on kids.

I just wished the antigravity added actual gameplay elements.



LetsGoRetro commented on Nintendo Direct: Special Mario Kart 8 Direct S...:

5 minutes through and my biggest fear has officially been confirmed: The camera turns with you when you go on a wall or ceiling, thus, completely nullifying the fact that you're even doing it. I have been saying this for months, and no one has agreed with me, and I can't figure out why I'm the only one who feels this way. Between the 3 and 5 minute marks they explain that they did the camera this way "for the most comfortable playing expert experience" and that "but if you watch on replay, you will see you were ACTUALLY on a wall or ceiling".

Am I the only one that thinks that's kind of lame? If you're on a wall or ceiling, it'll just look like you're on the floor like normal, until you watch the replay THEN you can zee what actually happened. Then what's the POINT? Camera view, gameplay, NOTHING changes. You can't even barely tell.

I'm not saying it won't be a fun or good game, I'm just disappointed that it's hook is nullified pretty much. It would be like if it Double Dash they said "You're only going to see a single car when you race, but on the replay you'll see someone was actually with you in another compartment, they were just invisible!!"



LetsGoRetro commented on Nintendo To Market Mario Kart 8 Through The En...:


What makes you so sure Smash will not release before Christmas? I say it's more likely that it does.

1 There is no other (known) smash hit Christmas game (no pun intended). Sure, X or Bayo is possible but Ninty likely wants one of it's own.

2 I think they would want the 3ds and Wii U versions to be fairly close, atleast the same year



LetsGoRetro commented on GameStop Plans to Close Around 120 Stores in t...:

I live in the Boston, MA area (North Shore) and off the top of my head, all within a 20 min drive from me: 2 in Peabody, 1 in Saugus, 1 in Malden, 1 in Everett, 1 in Somerville, 2 in Woburn, 3 in Burlington. If you have a car it's very easy to find one so I imagine they won't be going the "way of the Blockbuster" anytime soon.



LetsGoRetro commented on Nintendo Confirms The Mario Kart 8 Premium Pac...:

@hortencio Oh dude I was gonna be so mad if u typed out the owl's secret plan without even a spoiler reference. I believe the sequel was initially announced at Comicon after the infamous 6th toe reveal (When they announced the rhino in the background had a 6th toe)

Ps4 fans "oh look, the world is so big and lifelike with awesome effects and graphics and I can do literally anything I want including get all my frienda to play with me in a giant online incredible world" LOL NO THANKS!



LetsGoRetro commented on Nintendo Confirms The Mario Kart 8 Premium Pac...:

Really excited about the U's future. Between Tickle the Squirrel 2, Bop It, and Zippity Games' announcement that Sandwich Maker 3d will allow motion control support to both slice the meat and cut the crust off the sandwiches, I'm really happy to be receiving new experiences.

I feel bad for PS4 owners who are excited for the same old experiences like Metal Gear 5 and The Division. It's all just rehashed and recycled ideas.

I have a really good feeling we'll get the chance to experience a new 2d platformer by the end of 2014. They'll probably announce it in a direct and then save a big announcement about it for e3 like a playable character or the background color of the character selection screen.

Once that 2d platformer is announced I'll be hotly anticipating the next first bor second party game which luckily shouldn't be any longer than 18 to 24 months from then, which will probably fly by cuzbi'll be busy playing any of the 2-4 third party games that release in that time.

It's a good time to be a U'er! :)



LetsGoRetro commented on Nintendo Confirms Five Games That'll be Playab...:

Not surprised that they wouldn't show much at a small show right before e3. If Ninty hits it out of the park there, with lots of great footage of Zelda U, Smash U, Bayonetta, Hyrule Warriors, Yarn Yoshi and X, along with a couple surprises after just having released Mario Kart, I'll consider the Big N "back in the game"

I really hope Yarn Yoshi is 3d, along the lines of DK64 and not just another Yoshi's Island. And Zelda U NEEDS to be "the next big thing", to people other than the Nintendo diehard.