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Sat 27th October, 2012

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mookysam commented on Fans Are Translating Dragon Quest VII On 3DS B...:


There were a lot of the Jedward ones on TV. The thought of them still makes me cringe.

I still think DQ7 will get a release. Square-Enix have been releasing the mobile ones and are now localising Dragon Quest Heroes, so they haven't completely abandoned the franchise in the west. If nothing else Nintendo have a pretty barren release schedule and could localise this like they did with Bravely Default and Fantasy Life.



mookysam commented on ​Here's A Sneak Peek At The New Theatrhythm ...:

I'd love for this to come to Europe (along with DQ7 and the DQ monsters remakes :-D) I'm not sure I'm keen on the character designs compared to the originals though. In Theatrhythm Final Fantasy it was so the different art styles of the original games could be homogenised, but the Dragon Quest designs have always been consistent.

I reckon this could see a mobile port...



mookysam commented on Clive 'N' Wrench Aims to Bring Back Those Rare...:

I miss the genre. I recently played the first Spyro and though dated in some ways it was still good fun.

It seems there has been quite a lot of focus on side-scrolling NES styled platformers in recent years, so it is nice to see the N64 era platformer (complete with chunky visuals!) get a bit of attention from indies.



mookysam commented on Feature: Five Nintendo 64 Games We'd Love to P...:

F-Zero X would actually be really, really nice in 3D so that would be a particularly good candidate for me. My vote has to go to Super Mario 64, however. That game is glorious. I wonder if Nintendo have anything planned for the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros...


I'd love a Donkey Kong 64 remake (or virtual console release!) They could replace the Rareware coin and Jetpac arcade mini-game.



mookysam commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

I can understand the disappointment many feel. Yes, it's disappointing when something you have been looking forward to is not released in your region - this is something Europeans can particularly sympathise with. However, I can't help but feel the several thousand internet forum-goers are but a drop in the ocean in the grand scheme of things. In any case, petitions and pleas for the release of certain products do not always translate to comparable sales and companies have been stung by this in the past. For a business with known problems maintaining profitability in recent years is it worth it? I believe, however, it is more an issue of allocating stock globally than anything, with respect to their streamlined manufacturing capabilities.

If folk want to boycott buying a New 3DS at all, that is their right, but the XL is still a lovely piece of hardware that people shouldn't miss out on. :-)

Anyhoo, Thomas nice balanced article as usual.



mookysam commented on Pokémon Shuffle Available to Download Right N...:

The gem prices are too high, but I have no idea how it compares to the pricing structure of Candy Crush Saga. Are the coins streetpass coins? Also, how does this game compare, gameplay wise, to Pokemon Link Battle?



mookysam commented on Nintendo Download: 19th February (Europe):

Castlevania! I've wanted the physical version for absolutely ages but it is rather hard to come by. I won't get it right away but it's nice to know it's there.

What is the Castlevania price in GBP?



mookysam commented on Soapbox: Portable Gaming Forges a Special Rela...:

I love handheld gaming. There's something wonderful about having everything you need to game self-contained in one little unit and I'm still legitimately impressed by it. Handhelds have the ability to be suck me into my own little world more than when gaming through the TV partly because I am less prone to distraction. I actually rarely game away from home, but it's nice to sit or lie comfortably without having to be tethered to the TV. If I need a break but can't turn the game off I can just put a handheld to sleep and not worry about wasting electric.

I've been gaming on handheld platforms since the GBC and these days find that they command more of my gaming time, on average, than any of my home consoles. I'm especially fond of the Vita but my favourite handheld of all time is the DS.



mookysam commented on Meet Playtonic, A Studio Of Ex-Rare Staff That...:

I absolutely loved mid-to-late 90's Rare (and Viva Pinata :-D) This could have real potential given the talent involved and how 3D platformers are pretty much non-existent these days outside of Mario. A Wii U release would be nice to pad out the library. :-)



mookysam commented on Link’s Swimming is a Notable Change in The L...:

I really liked the swimming in the original. It made traversing the great bay area very quick, which was handy for a certain part of the game involving some eggs. This change will bring Zora Link in line with Goron Link's fast movement ability, however. I wonder if they'll place magic pots around to compensate?



mookysam commented on Feature: Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - To...:

I have particularly fond memories of playing Nintendo games at Christmas. My Dad got me an N64 for Christmas '97 and I can remember how wonderful and amazing Super Mario 64 was, as well as Diddy Kong Racing (especially the Christmas themed tracks!). My favourite series to play at Christmas is Zelda. I loved playing Majora's Mask when it first came out and spent all day Boxing Day playing it whilst stuffing my face full of mince pies. :-)



mookysam commented on Nintendo 64x64: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o...:

As per my review I think it's a brilliant game. :-) I play a lot of older games and find that dated graphics and whatnot are not an immediate deal breaker for me unless they horrifically affect the playability. There have also been big advances in game design thanks to technological improvements, but that doesn't mean older games can't be enjoyed on their own merits.



mookysam commented on Feature: Nintendo Life's Horrifying Halloween ...:

I played a little Resident Evil (playstation) on my vita. I was actually surprised that something so old and dated looking was able to make me jump. The controls certainly take some getting used to. I'll continue playing it this weekend but only at night. Bwahaha.



mookysam commented on Poll: What Did You Think of Nintendo's E3?:

I think the Treehouse coverage was a stroke of absolute genius. Extremely engaging, informative and showing actual detailed gameplay. It even sold me on games I wouldn't normally be interested in. I hope more companies have rolling coverage like this next year.

I couldn't select a favourite reveal. Nintendo had a very strong showing. Zelda is of course very exciting, but Xenoblade X's gameplay demo at the Treehouse really impressed me too. That world was enormous!

Who "won" E3? I think Nintendo had the best show versus the other two platform holders traditional conferences. Nintendo showed lots of gameplay and lots of exclusives. Across the board it seems as though 2015 will be a stellar year for gamers.



mookysam commented on Poll: Your Favourite Showing from Nintendo Dur...:

Zelda looks absolutely gorgeous. Only a small trailer but it's impressed me the most out of anything I've seen thus far. Hopefully we'll see a little more over the next few days.

Xenoblade X looks like it is shaping up very, very nicely. The trailer didn't particularly wow me but the live demo really showed the game off well.



mookysam commented on Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This...:

On the handheld front I'm still playing Final Fantasy X HD. Nearing the end of the story, but mainly doing side stuff - currently capturing monsters for the arena. I also started a replay of Ocarina of Time 3D which I play when my vita is charging.

Console wise I'm replaying BioShock Infinite on 1999 mode. The worst part so far was the very beginning because I hadn't yet got the shield or access to gear (clothing that grants various passive abilities), but other than that it's not giving me too much trouble.



mookysam commented on Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This...:

My main focus is Final Fantasy X on the Vita. It looks great and and runs very smoothly. I also like the music remixes! Excellent remaster and a perfect fit for the vita, too.

I'm also slowly progressing through my replay of BioShock 2, this time on hard (which is actually a piece of p***). I wanted to replay it before I play the Bioshock Infinite DLC.



mookysam commented on Mario And Zelda On Mobile Could Bring New Play...:

I've said it before and I'll say it again; they're missing a trick not putting select NES and SNES games on smartphone devices. They could integrate NNID in app to facilitate cross-platform support. Buy the game once and play it on any device (unlikely, but still). They could even do "taster" games that sample their big console and handheld franchises to encourage uptake of the "proper" versions. It doesn't need to open a floodgate. Sony and Microsoft both have smartphone apps that let you see friends, messages, trophies etc and even connect to their consoles. Nintendo could do something similar.



mookysam commented on Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This...:

I hope to finish Far Cry 3 this weekend. I didn't like Far Cry 2, but this is greatly improved. On the handheld front I've got back into Mario and Luigi Dream Team Bros. after several months of being sidetracked by Pokemon and Zelda. Nearing the end now, and when I'm finished I may start Guacamelee on the Vita. :-)



mookysam commented on Nintendo Confirms Major Reductions In Sales an...:

Sadly, not really a surprise, but the fact that this will be a second year of losses doesn't bode well for Iwata. The Wii U has sold appallingly. The 3DS, whilst selling reasonably strongly is still not doing nearly enough to prop up the whole company, and it arguably shows signs of having peaked in Japan, its strongest market. Western sales must be far below its predecessors.



mookysam commented on Talking Point: Is The Castlevania Series Finis...:

I really enjoyed the first Lords of Shadow on its own merits, but it was very far removed from traditional Castlevania. For all intents and purposes, the classic franchise is dead. Moreover, if Lords of Shadow 2 underperforms, that might be it for the franchise altogether.

I'd be sad if they never made a Japanese-styled Metroidvania again, but that's increasingly looking to be the case. What is curious is that many indie developers are now filling the gap left in the market by Konami and even Nintendo (with Metroid).



mookysam commented on Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2014:

My vote goes to Yoshi's New Island. It looks delightful and exactly the sort of game I've been missing.

Fingers crossed for a European Shin Megami Tensei IV release at some point this year. Same goes for the elusive Dragon Quest VII. All in all I don't see 2014 being as strong as this year for the 3DS, but that's okay. I have a lot of games to catch up on!