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LittleIrves

LittleIrves

United States

Contributing writer at Kill Screen. Season One author at Boss Fight Books

Joined:
Thu 7th May, 2009
Website:
http://killscreendaily.com/archive/author/jon-irwin/

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LittleIrves

#2

LittleIrves commented on Interview: Nifflas Takes Us On An Affordable S...:

One of my most anticipated games. Love the atmosphere and concept. And why haven't more people used the touchscreen as a "make-your-own-controller" like they explained? Steel Diver on 3DS does something similar, but it seems like there's so much more that could be done. Hopefully this motivates other indies to get crackin'.

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#3

LittleIrves commented on Tomodachi Life Demo Hitting The North American...:

The charm of this game isn't apparent in the first hour of play, but in the days after that when you finally have some people in your apartment and the relationships and drama start to unfold. Stick with it if you've tried it and weren't blown away. It's a slow-burn game. With plenty of weird, LOL moments along the way.

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#5

LittleIrves commented on Video: Nintendo UK Sets Its Sights Firmly On T...:

I didn't understand what the first kid said at all.
But yeah, at Christmas my nephew played on an iPad mini, my cousin's kids had a Kindle Fire and a smartphone. Mobile's a big problem for Nintendo. Advertise away to the kiddies...

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#7

LittleIrves commented on Nintendo TVii Update Adds New Features and Imp...:

Weirdly, I think TVii is most useful to those without cable. We use a digital antenna to get Over-the-Air broadcast for free, so we don't have a fancy TV Guide built-in to our channels. But I've used TVii as a simple digital guide to see what's on and it works fine. (At least, it did before the update. Haven't tried it recently. But hopefully that functionality hasn't been dropped.) It's... okay. But nothing like the BIG DEAL they tried to sell it as.

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#8

LittleIrves commented on Wii Fit U Update Adds New Features, Extra Chal...:

Glad to know they're still updating older software. I wish they'd provide more Panorama Videos, personally, but I bet they didn't sell too well...?

I pop into Fit U every week or so. The Trampoline game is one of best uses of the GamePad screen, IMO, even if it's not essential.... love looking down and seeing the ground zoom away from me. Really adds that sense of vertigo.

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#10

LittleIrves commented on E3 2014: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., A Brand New IP...:

Huh. This definitely has the feel of a 'Game that Americans Should Like' what with the steampunk + lovecraft + Honest Abe thing. Personally I'm not into those first two things as much as some, but the idea of a new kind of game from Intelligent Systems excites me WAAAY more than if they'd announced a remake.

And all y'all shrugging over the screenshots: You should know better that 3DS screens always look horrible. Link Between Worlds looked underwhelming too, but the game's beautiful. We'll see what happens. Quite an interesting week for the Nintendo faithful...

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#11

LittleIrves commented on E3 2014: Quickfire Shigeru Miyamoto Video Focu...:

Really intrigued by both "Project" games right now. Love how Nintendo has flipped the idea of action genres by messing with the pace/control, first showed in Steel Diver. An FPS becomes an underwater sub game w/ slow-moving torpedos. And now Giant Robot, a one-on-one fighting game that becomes a mech sumo match that focuses on leverage. Wha! Why not, I say. Why not.

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#14

LittleIrves commented on Wii Sports Club Baseball and Boxing Arrive on ...:

For me, Wii Sports Club has been a big surprise... amazed how much Tennis benefits from being online, and I love the simple/novel GamePad usage in Golf. I agree that it'd be nice to have a visual upgrade, but I have to imagine they're working on a "for-real" Wii U Sports package, similar to Resort. These games were not built w/ the GamePad in mind. These are clever retcons. I'll definitely be buying Baseball and trying Boxing.

(And for those that knew how to play, Boxing was pretty amazing and controlled fine even in 2006. Just because you can waggle doesn't mean you should.)

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#15

LittleIrves commented on Star Fox's Iconic Blue-Marine Is Descending To...:

Ooh. This might bring me back to the Sub Wars waters. I went Premium soon after it came out and haven't regretted it, but interest wanted after a dozen or so hours. Which is still a good value in my book. Would love to get back into it. And the #StarFox usage on the tweet? That's gotta mean something...

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#16

LittleIrves commented on Double Fine Is Bringing Costume Quest 2 To The...:

I liked Costume Quest. Surprisingly didn't love it. But the art design and theme are lovely, and I'm quite happy they decided to add Wii U. Hopefully a good sign. I know most 3rd parties have jumped ship, but if devs like Drinkbox (Guacamelee) and Double Fine are bringing over their games, I'm less chuffed about all the bloated massive "blockbuster" titles that Wii U will miss. Give this game a shot, y'all.

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#18

LittleIrves commented on Review: The Denpa Men 3: The Rise of Digitoll ...:

Really enjoyed the first one, but skipped the second one. Might take the plunge back into Denpa'ville. Whenever I go into a certain bathroom at my work, I remember the times I captured Denpa Men in the stall (there was a particularly strong one there for some reason). Worth it for that alone.

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#19

LittleIrves commented on Mario Kart Month: Keeping the Mario Kart 8 Rac...:

As much as Nintendo has been dipping into the DLC waters lately, I don't see them selling course packs for Kart 8. Especially since they need to hold onto other Retro courses for Mario Kart 9, 10, etc. I could see something like NSMB2 with its Coin Rush modes. Maybe sell Challenge Packs, kind of like how Pikmin 3 works. But full-on cups with original or HD-ified retro courses? No way.

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#20

LittleIrves commented on Fresh Nintendo Wii U Patent Looks Like a Wii M...:

If you're interested in music and know what the software can do, Wii Music is NOT in fact a casual experience but a fairly in-depth song creator with a ridiculous amount of nuance and subtlety. The original was demonized by those who never played it or failed to understand what the point of the game was.

I really really hope a Wii U sequel/enhancement comes out. And it's times like these that I'm glad Nintendo is mostly focused on Japanese market and does not cater to Western fans.

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#22

LittleIrves commented on Nintendo To Welcome 3000 Fans For Live Super S...:

This sounds excellent. Having the amped up crowd will be great, too, with everyone "ooh!"ing and "ahh!"ing. And in a situation that finally makes sense, instead of a bunch of press cheering for some franchise reveal. Hope this goes well.

(They should give out Wii U demo discs to everyone in attendance, too. That'd sell a few systems I bet...)

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#25

LittleIrves commented on Rumour: Wii Sports Club Japanese Retail Bundle...:

@Nintenjoe64 Finally, someone with a bit of sense! Wii Sports Club: Tennis is a knock-out online. The matches are swift, the control works beautifully if you know what you're doing, and things can get really intense. Even the Miiverse cartoon bubble posts can be brilliant if you draw your own and time them well during the replays. This game flies WAY under the radar. Can't wait for Wii Sports Club to be a full retail game. Hope it catches a few more eyeballs that way, 'cause it deserves more.

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#30

LittleIrves commented on Kosuke Yabuki Explains That Every Mario Kart i...:

@Luigifan141 Umm.. is that a real question? Or a sarcastic quip that I don't want new things like unique arenas in MK8? I'll assume you're being sincere: I would prefer the newcomers, especially Little Mac (of course)!

And hey, I'd love new arenas in MK8, too. But what is there is still a fun, new way to enjoy the tracks.

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#31

LittleIrves commented on Kosuke Yabuki Explains That Every Mario Kart i...:

(And for what it's worth, I was a Battle Mode skeptic... but it works! They just feel like giant arenas, really. And doing U-turns and stopping to hide behind trackside obstacles is great fun. Even just exploring the track you normally zip through is a good reason to play Battle Mode. I'm a convert. Check my Miiverse posts at LittleIrves/Cakes.)

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#33

LittleIrves commented on Video: Nintendo Goes For The Female Pre-Teen V...:

@Dreamcaster-X I'm.... pretty sure they don't expect us to believe it's a real talk show.

But yeah, I agree that could have been a lot worse. But I also think they need to hit up the adult demographic for this, too. Kind of like they did when Mario Kart 7 released. There's weirdos all around, from age 6 to 66!

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#34

LittleIrves commented on Review: Mach Rider (Wii U eShop / NES):

I took a chance on this one and am really enjoying it. So far revisiting the Black Box NES titles has been one of the best surprises from my time with Wii U. (For whatever reason I didn't try them on Wii's VC...)

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#35

LittleIrves commented on Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Software Bundle C...:

You guys don't seem to understand what a Limited Edition is.
Nintendo is very good at making sure their products retain a kind of significance or value, whether that's through maintaining full price for longer or keeping certain special items a rarity. Pumping this out to every Best Buy in the country would just lessen its appeal.

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#38

LittleIrves commented on Guide: Getting Into The Swing Of Mario Golf: W...:

Just entered the first World Tournament... -7 for now. Had some opportunities to do some serious damage but just missed a few putts. Gotta improve on that score in a few days.

The online aspect will really elongate this game for me. Really enjoy video golf but the three normal courses went by quickly, and I don't love the Mario-ified holes as much. Good luck to you all and see you on the green!

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#41

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

So... haven't watched this yet, and I want to, BUT I don't want to see a bunch of new courses and surprises. Do they reveal everything the game has, or do they intentionally hold back a full circuit, or not show off every single retro course? 'Cause I want to be surprised come launch day and it's oh-so close now. Is this another Super Mario 3D World SpoilerCast, is what I'm asking?

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#43

LittleIrves commented on Mario Kart 8 Club Nintendo Promotion Offers a ...:

To those North Americans who already have three of the four games... Wii Party U is great fun! Don't hesitate. It's worth the download just for the GamePad-only games, and that's a tiny part of the package. With friends, Name That Face and Do U Know Mii (or whatever it's called) are super-fun, too.

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#44

LittleIrves commented on Satoru Iwata Speaks Of The Need To "Redefine" ...:

Unfortunate that so many people are upset about a decision to improve consumer's quality of life. Isn't that what games do anyway? He's not talking about force-feeding us broccoli. He's talking about new and unique forms of entertainment we haven't seen yet. We have no idea what QOL even means. So how do so many people know they'll hate it, or that it's not for them?

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#45

LittleIrves commented on Review: Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS):

Jon, you're so handsome. I mean: Good review! A "7" is a positive score, people! I do wish there were more Drum levels, but as a bonus side game, I guess that's hard to complain about. Will be considering this once I exhaust my time with Mario Golf...

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#46

LittleIrves commented on Download Developer Hits a "Brick Wall" When Tr...:

@World
"I think Sheffield is doing nothing worse here than being a bit ethnocentric. Like many people, he just assumes that the American way of judging a professional's quality by whether or not they could "have a beer with him/her" is universal... Not every culture cares about, or dare I say wants, that level of openness from people in positions of power."

Yes. I thought this same thing when I read the article. "Why would I care about getting a beer with some exec?" You hit the nail on the head with emphasizing that Nintendo has a different rule-set in place than Sony/Msoft. Maybe it'll negatively impact their business. But, as you say, "there's more at stake for Nintendo here than just a bottom-line." Sheffield and other Western devs would be wise to remember that.

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#48

LittleIrves commented on Castlevania: Dracula X And Mega Man 5 Hitting ...:

@Mrclaycoat I always wanted to play either Gate of Thunder or Lords of Thunder. Lords looked more impressive, and was a later game so that makes sense, but the space theme of Gates interests me more than the fantasy of Lords. I fear I better pull the trigger soon before either of them drop off the Wii Shop...

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#49

LittleIrves commented on Nintendo Teases a Wii Karaoke U Miiverse Contest:

I've got my Sing Party mic all ready to go if this ever comes out in North America. It really, really should. Although maybe the licensing is too expensive for popular songs here?

Although what I really want is Wii Music U. <<crosses fingers, toes>>

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#50

LittleIrves commented on Yoshio Sakamoto Striving For "New Entertainmen...:

Add my vote to the Pro-Other M contingent. Thought the 3rd person/1st person gameplay was fascinating. I could give a lick about the story. The production values were top-notch, too. Would rather they give us something interesting and new than a shinier, same-y game we've already played.

Anyway. Can't wait for Tomodatchi Life. Not sure if it'll truly unseat the Sims or AC:NL over here in the west... but if it finds a comfortable audience and people appreciate it, I'll feel better about humanity again.