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onlyaman

onlyaman

Germany

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onlyaman

#2

onlyaman commented on Preview: Mario Kart 8:

NO REAR VIEW ON THE GAMEPAD?? Man, that is such a wasted opportunity for dropping banana peals, dodging incoming fire, etc. The lack of 2P play on the gamepad is equally baffling.

In Nintendo isn't going to properly use the gamepad in their flagship title, they need to just drop this "peripheral" and be done with it. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

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#3

onlyaman commented on Review: Witch & Hero (3DS eShop):

I have to say, I am enjoying this game much more than the review would have you believe. In some ways it feels like a simpler version of 'half-minute hero' combined with a top down shooter like geometry wars. There is actually quite a bit of strategy and skill required, and I find the grinding addictive for short burst on my train commute. It feels great to master the skill of efficiently guiding the hero while simultaneously aiming the witches fireballs at different parts of the screen. I would give it a 7/10 (especially considering how high most nintendolife scores are). I agree more with this review: http://squallsnake.com/review-witch-hero-3ds-eshop/

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#4

onlyaman commented on Nintendo Confirms Plans To Acquire Up To Ten M...:

I was one of those 719 foreign individuals. But no longer.... I sold during that temporary price jump earlier this month when people got excited about China, but before the drop from their bad earnings reports and projections. You can have your stock back Nintendo- good luck with it :)

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#5

onlyaman commented on $1.2 Billion Wiped Off Nintendo's Market Value...:

I sold my Nintendo stock a week ago, after the excitement about the opening of China's markets. I thought there might be a drop coming following Nintendo's quarterly report. Looks like I had excellent timing on this decision. Of course, buying Nintendo stock in the first place was... not such an excellent decision.

Still, small victory for me. I wish Nintendo all the best in the future. But I am glad not to be a shareholder anymore.

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#12

onlyaman commented on If Nintendo Did Make A Smartphone, We'd Want I...:

Clearly, the buttons should be on one side and the control pad (or 3DS-stlye slider) should be on the other. Otherwise games would be pretty unplayable (as they are normally displayed horizontally) and users would get ridiculous hand cramps.

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#14

onlyaman commented on Two Tribes Confirms Details of Three Titles in...:

I've been playing through all three of these on Steam- there was a very cheap bundle a while back. Despite the polished up visuals (and annoying music), TT1 definitely still feels like a Gameboy game. It reminds me of Catrap... not a bad thing. EDGE and RUSH are pretty fun and share a nice "Art Style" aesthetic. EDGE is more or less an isometric puzzle platformer... not so hard once you wrap your head around the controls.

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#16

onlyaman commented on Improved StreetPass and Nintendo Zones Coming ...:

@theblackdragon
Exactly! Streetpass is cool for encountering LOCAL Miis that actually crossed your path (even if not at the same point in time, thanks to the relay). If you spoof your home router so you can grab streetpasses from around the world (as @Dexter2015 suggests), you are just cheating yourself out of the true unique charm of the service. It is so exciting to visit a new state or country and meet new Miis from that place. By spoofing your router, you lose the personal element and streetpass becomes just like any other internet-based app. Plus, you'll quickly blow through those streetpass games you paid for.

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#18

onlyaman commented on New Kirby Game Will Be Blowing Up The 3DS in 2014:

@Bali
I also use the 3D effect ALL the time. I guess a lot of people out there must have screwy eyes, because I really don't understand why everyone doesn't love it. Aside from the drain on battery life, I... just... don't.... understand the opposition.

And Kirby is Nintendo's best mascot... the little pink puff that was never supposed to be. He started as a placeholder avatar, but the development team fell in love with that ball and decided to keep him. How can you not root for that?

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#20

onlyaman commented on Junichi Masuda Confirms That the Pokémon X & ...:

@Captain_Balko
I agree, almost every 3DS game looks amazingly better with the 3D on. In 2D, everything squishes together and looks all jaggy. The 3D makes everything so round and rich. Poor 2DS suckers.
@Shadowkiller97
Good to hear that the 3D is amazing throughout that game. It's interesting, for all the mediocre reviews of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, I didn't hear much about the great 3D effect. I wonder why? It's the the bee's knees!

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#21

onlyaman commented on Junichi Masuda Confirms That the Pokémon X & ...:

@ferthepoet
Completely agree. The graphics in X+Y look fairly primitive to me. Games such as Luigi's Mansion have managed WAY more with the 3D on. This is a really lame explanation, and it needlessly attacks the power of the 3DS. But you know, the graphics in all Pokemon games are pretty crappy relative to the systems they are released on. This just continues the trend. For some reason, Game Freak sucks at graphics, and Nintendo doesn't force them to get better. I guess "the kids won't know the difference".

The latest X+Y trailer made me briefly consider making this my first Pokemon game since red+blue, but with this news I am OUT. I play 3DS games to play games in 3D. That is a huge selling point for me. Experiencing the amazing 3D in the M+L: Dream Team demo literally sold me on the game- I'll be picking that up post-haste.

Game Freak... more like Lame Freak.

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#22

onlyaman commented on Soapbox: Why Grand Theft Auto V Isn't For Me:

I couldn't agree more. I would love to play a game with the scope and ambition of GTAV, but not when the goal is to murder, cheat, torture, and steal. Hell, I don't even play the Assassins Creed games or the new Tomb Raider. Exploring big environments sounds really appealing to me.... stabbing people in the throat- not so much.

Well said, Damien. Well said.

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#23

onlyaman commented on Iwata Asks Connects With The Team Behind Stree...:

@Koldur

SIGH SIGH SIGH :) hehe
Well then, you could have just said: "It is my understanding that all Nintendo Zones around the world, regardless of region, should be working as relay points as long as they have been set up correctly"

Thanks. I'll go look for different Nintendo Zones and see if one works.

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#24

onlyaman commented on Iwata Asks Connects With The Team Behind Stree...:

@Koldur

SIGH... as I said, I understand. Thanks again for nicely explaining how the relay system works. The theory is clear. The question is whether real Nintendo Zones in Germany are relaying hits. Has anyone IN GERMANY had any luck with this? Or has Nintendo not yet "flipped the switch" to enable the NZones to serve as relays in Germany? As I said, there are plenty of 3DS systems in my city and several NZones that I pass frequently... so my impression is that they aren't working. But maybe others have had different experiences?

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#25

onlyaman commented on Iwata Asks Connects With The Team Behind Stree...:

@Koldur

Sure, I understood your point, but it really only applies to making a fake Nintendo Zone on your router. As for the internet being "open" on real Nintendo Zones, that seems to always be the case by design. So I doubt that is the problem. The question is whether Nintendo has implemented the relay system with Germany's Nintendo Zones yet. I guess neither of us know the answer to that... maybe someone else has an idea?

I didn't say that you were cheating with streetpass... only that I don't understand why people would. Since you posted that link, I decided to voice my opinion on the issue. No need to take offense, though. Thanks for trying to help :)

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#26

onlyaman commented on Iwata Asks Connects With The Team Behind Stree...:

@Koldur

Uh, these are directions for spoofing a router so that it has the MAC address of a Nintendo Zone, thus creating a fake relay point at home (enabling you to steal relay hits from across the world). In my view, this is completely cheating and devalues the entire concept of streetpass. If you can get unlimited hits at home from all over the world, then what is the point of streetpass? Where is the joy in visiting a new country and getting hits from people in new regions? The neat part about streetpass is knowing that you were actually in close proximity with the other person. Otherwise, it would be no different than any of a thousand other online social games. Streetpass adds a human element. Also, if you cheat with your router, you'll plow through all those streetpass games in no time flat, completely missing the joy of accomplishment and wasting your money.

I recently streetpassed someone who had cheated like this and he already had maxed out his Warrior's Way/Streetpass Battle army. There was no point in challenging him to battle... nor did I respect his accomplishment. Where's the fun in that?

But this rant is not really related to my question. My question is, if I pass by a REAL nintendo zone (say, in an airport or at a store), shouldn't the streetpass relay just work automatically? If so, I don't think they are working in Germany yet. I don't have to log into the Nintendo Zone on my 3DS do I?

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#27

onlyaman commented on Iwata Asks Connects With The Team Behind Stree...:

@Koldur

Internet isn't open? Accept the agreement to leave data on the relay's MAC address?

Shouldn't relay points just work automatically when you pass a Nintendo Zone, like any other streetpass? I didn't think you had to actually log onto the Nintendo Zone and accept an agreement. That doesn't sound very useful.

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#28

onlyaman commented on Iwata Asks Connects With The Team Behind Stree...:

@Koldur
Are you sure that the Nintendo Zones in Germany are already functioning as relay points? There are a good number of people in my city with 3DS's (I get streetpass hits almost every day on the U-Bahn), but I still haven't got a hit from a Nintendo Zone. This would suggest that the relay points aren't operational yet.

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#31

onlyaman commented on Spin The Bottle Studio KnapNok Is Working With...:

I like Nifflas's stuff. Knytt Underground has some pretty trippy locations (hello, giant mushrooms) and a huge world to explore, but some of the platforming is infuriating!! Hopefully he dials the punishment down a bit to the more puzzle-exploration type of gameplay found in the earlier Knytt games and Nightsky.

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#32

onlyaman commented on Talking Point: F-Zero GX HD Could Boost the Fr...:

@Samurai_Goroh Completely agree! GX is my favorite racing game of all time. Amazingly fluid. I like this article's suggestions a lot. With a minimal amount of work, Nintendo could put together a very compelling HD GX that expands on the original game with the AX tracks, miiverse, 30-player races, and rear-view in the gamepad. They could sell it for $20 on the eShop and still make a tidy profit. For such a game-starved system, this seems like a no-brainer.

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#33

onlyaman commented on Wii U And 3DS Developers Share Their Thoughts ...:

Everyone talks about region-locking in relation to importing games, but there is almost no talk about another topic that affects me (and I'm sure a few other gamers out there) greatly. Region locking makes life very difficult for gamers who MOVE between regions. For example, I moved from the US to Germany two years ago with my 3DS. Since the console is region locked, I have to import physical copies of games from the US or stick to digital downloads. I can't just pick a game up at the local Saturn, etc. Furthermore, since the multiplayer and street-pass functions of most games are also region locked, I don't get to enjoy the full functionality of my 3DS. I can't game with people over here, and I can't get streetpass hits for any software other than the Mii Plaza. Really annoying... especially since I do get plenty of hits on the train! I have been a lifelong Nintendo gamer, but since I may be moving back to the US in a few years I had no choice yo pick up a REGION-FREE PS3. My PS3 is great- I can play games that I buy in the US and I can borrow European games from my friends here in Germany. And when I move back to the US, it will still work with all the software over there. Because of its archaic policies, Nintendo has prevented this Nintendo fanboy from buying a WiiU. That is bad business.

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#35

onlyaman commented on Satoru Iwata Refutes Claim That Nintendo Is "S...:

They'll just have to come out with a "Revolution" that quickly grabs the pubic's attention next time. Casuals are fickle and can be won over again. I think this new machine will have to ditch the Wii branding to really tread its own path. To Casuals, the WiiU just isn't exiting the way motion controls were. Easier said than done though... what will be the new revolution?

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#37

onlyaman commented on Soapbox: Why We Should Expect More From The Le...:

"Not only that, but Sony actually put it up as one of the games in the PlayStation Plus library, meaning it was free to anyone who was a member during the month of June."

FYI- Only Shadow of the Colossus was free. Ico was not included. But yes, I agree- PS Plus is the best deal in gaming right now (outside of crazy Steam sales).

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#38

onlyaman commented on Investor Approval Rating For Satoru Iwata Drop...:

@MeWario Yes, hindsight is indeed 20:20. At the time, a 3D screen sounded like the best thing since mashed potatoes. As it turns out, the 3DS is indeed amazing, but by the time everyone actually figured this out, the damage to Nintendo stock had already been done. The WiiU has dropped the stock a bit, but the biggest hit actually occurred after the perceived "failure" of the 3DS. With stock prices, public perception is everything- actual performance is much less important.

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#39

onlyaman commented on Investor Approval Rating For Satoru Iwata Drop...:

Never mind investors? I AM an investor. I bought big before the release of the 3DS and the announcement of the WiiU.... right before the stock took its biggest dive.

I still have the stock, though it is only worth a fraction of what it once was. I am holding onto the hope that Nintendo will capture the world's imagination again some day... I didn't say I was the smartest investor.

But for what it's worth, this investor is an Iwata fan.

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#42

onlyaman commented on Hands On: Seeing The World in Wii U Panorama View:

I agree that they should have been free. Nintendo needs more examples like this to woo casual consumers. That was the brilliance of Wii Sports- it was immediately accessible and included with every system. Charging for them on the eShop won't reach that audience.

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#45

onlyaman commented on The Story of an Abandoned Mega Man FPS, Maveri...:

Megaman is just as much about precision platforming through deathtraps as it is about shooting. If this was put together by the Metroid Prime team (and the HUD definitely seems to indicate this), then I'm sure they would manage to integrate interesting environmental challenges as well in much the same way that they did with Prime. But if fast paced shooting and in-your-face killshots was all this project was going for (and I didn't see much else), then NOOOO THANKS! Metroid Prime worked so well because it captured the exploration elements of the Metroid series so well. They captured the SPIRIT of Metriod, while translating it to a new genre. An FPS Megaman would have to do the same thing.

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#46

onlyaman commented on Talking Point: Warren Spector Asks, Where Are ...:

@ Reddaye ... Sure, he is a ham head. I'm not saying that he does't have good ideas or occasionally back good games, but he has a history of hamming it up. But honestly, I think that his priorities are mostly in the right place. Like Warren, I am also an old gamer who thinks that mainstream gaming has lost its way... we'll see what happens in the next few years.

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#47

onlyaman commented on Talking Point: Warren Spector Asks, Where Are ...:

@TruenoGT Despite what I just wrote, I agree that games are games, and that they are at their best when they realize and play to this fact. So huh, quite the contradiction. What a great medium.... it makes me feel happy to be alive in this time. And great comments guys... good reading, and much more thoughtful than on most websites.

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#48

onlyaman commented on Talking Point: Warren Spector Asks, Where Are ...:

I normally think that Spector is a ham head, given his past efforts, but YES he is right. Most of my most influential digital experiences these days come from the more experimental and risk-taking indie scene. It may take a few more years for games to catch up with the likes of Aronofski, Nolan, et al... but they are slowly getting there. With no help from EA. :p