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Hee Ho!

Male, 30, United Kingdom

The son and heir of nothing in particular. I like games and toys, particularly toys based on games!

Tue 18th Mar 2014

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ottospooky commented on Rumour: Nintendo Has Plans to Localise Mother ...:

I don't necessarily believe the rumours are based on solid evidence because I'm cynical by nature but using my own judgement, if this doesn't happen then I'll eat my hat. And I wouldn't say that if I wasn't sure 'cos my hat is a deerstalker and the fur is hard to digest.
Everyone I have read that this Emily has revealed in the past has been based on logic rather than being wild and generally out of character for Nintendo. She clearly uses tactics adopted by apparent psychic mediums like Derek accora.



ottospooky commented on Rumour: Nintendo Has Plans to Localise Mother ...:

I'm not sure whether I believe the rumours but I think as far as being speculatory it's on the money.
I believe Nintendo will release the game on the VC. I believe the game to already be playable officially in English but perhaps not localised...



ottospooky commented on Capcom Is Bringing Mario Party To Japanese Arc...:

Arcades used to be about finishing your turn as quickly as possible so the next acne pocked youth can smash your pitiful score. Usually while you tried in vain to get the sand out from between your toes. That's my experience, anyway



ottospooky commented on Rumour: Super Smash Bros. Planned as NX Launch...:

Unless Sakurai has written his own cheque, found a cure for carpal tunnel and increased his work output by 200 per cent, this is not going to be a new entry in the series. More likely it's a port of the Wii U version with all DLC included, similar to how publishers treated 'remasters' Xbone/PS4 from previous generations.



ottospooky commented on Talking Point: Considering amiibo Features and...:

This is the way Nintendo are going to steer amiibo going forward - content locked behind physical toys. Like it or not it's here to stay.
Personally I prefer this to the sometimes pointless use of some amiibo features. It adds a bit of value to the figure.



ottospooky commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Can Exploit Its Rich H...:

Remastered games are the last refuge of either the fledgling platform holder or a publisher without games that are ready. See: the Last of Us, Uncharted Collection, Wind Waker HD, Twilight Princess HD. I'm fine with a few of them, but the early days of the PS4/XBone were filled with these titles and they continue to be released even now. Yeah Nintendo titles remastered for HD sound like an interesting and financially sound prospect but I'm not in this to contribute to the Nintendo profits - as a gamer I'd rather buy into brand new experiences.



ottospooky commented on Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection Is Getti...:

£50 for the collectors edition might be a little too rich for my blood but I am seriously considering it. I'm a fan of Wil's work and have been since the days of N64 magazine. However, he's definitely a figurehead of the SNES era, having done some amazing art work that is synonymous with the times in Super Play magazine, and it's great he's been commissioned to do this. I might just push the button on this as I am a sucker for sweet collectors editions like these. It's a shame that Wil isn't signing in these books, just 50 of the posters which are sold separately for £30



ottospooky commented on Video: How to Get a Skell in Xenoblade Chronic...:

Sorted my skell yesterday, finally. Getting to Basel lake to get the squashes was the most infuriating part of this game so far - and that's no mean feat in a game with so many random encounters with over levelled enemies. Don't get me wrong I love XCX - it's probably my game of the year across all platforms - but it is really annoying sometimes. But getting a skell licence seriously is really satisfying. I can start doing some affinity quests and stuff, grind a bit and experience more of Mira.



ottospooky commented on Video: Mother 3 Hits Japanese Virtual Console ...:

I think it's near inevitable at this point.... There would be uproar if it wasn't. The only drawback would be the cost implications of financing an English localisation, and the fact that there are a number of changes they might have to make to the game if it went West. However: The Nintendo of 2006 has moved on a lot from the Nintendo of 2006 and they're generally more likely to treat their audience as an adult audience. AND I believe deep down that a Western translation (an official one) is in existence... somewhere!



ottospooky commented on Poll: Did The Final Video Presentation for Sup...:

People seriously need to lower their expectations and start reading T's and C's around running polls:
1) the most popular character by votes was never gonna make it in because of licensing rules
2) who you pick doesn't make them eligible for the above reason.
Stop calling fix!! Sakurai clearly stated in the Direct that there were characters that were off the table from the outset.
I voted Goemon but it was never gonna happen.
Hopefully those who don't know Bayonetta will remember the character and this will help the proposition of further games in the series.



ottospooky commented on Nintendo's Move To Smartphones Helped It Top J...:

Good news but Japan has been on a downward trajectory as a world market for a long time now.
There really aren't that many Japanese companies with dominance in the west, sadly.
Nintendo need to be a viable force for power in the United States, Europe and China. They need to create awareness and attraction towards their IP.



ottospooky commented on Xenoblade Director on What's Next for the Seri...:

I rather like the combat system of the two games so I'd like to see an evolution of that for the next game. And yeah, I prefer the story based elements of the Wii game but all good. I'll take it. These games are super awesome.



ottospooky commented on Splatoon And Super Mario Maker Honoured At The...:

Off topic I know but Witcher 3 for best RPG?
Highest profile? Maybe. But the best? Nah.
Also, where was the big Nintendo reveal we were sort of promised? I've looked over everything and can't see a single Nintendo reveal or new footage. Bah!
Third and finally: I think Splatoon is worthy of best multiplayer: it's a breath of fresh air, it doesn't conform to the stale, slate grey COD crap that is the modern shooter, the whole family can have a go, it looks amazing, it doesn't require membership costs to take it online either. So yeah. Well done Splatoon!



ottospooky commented on Tatsumi Kimishima Discusses His Focus on Ninte...:

@khaosklub I can totally see that being the way it goes. I think the Nintendo of the next decade will be extremely different to that of the last thirty years.
I believe that characters will be licenced heavily in the west, and they will seriously want to unlock their IP, which is known to a few people but not enough.

I can't see any 'Please Understand' type moments, or this guy presenting any Directs in the future. Doesn't seem like he's gonna take prisoners. I reckon and a lot of the secrecy may be lifted from the way Nintnedo do things...



ottospooky commented on Book Review: The Untold History of Japanese Ga...:

I've only dipped into volume one - I've had it since last Christmas - but i feel qualified enough to say it's fantastic. If the second volume is more of the same then frankly it's worth your time and the money.
The author is knowledgable, the interviews frank and revealing. Even games you never knew are fantastic to read about. I hope people pick this up. Volume one is a mammoth tome, it offers value for money and it's very thorough. You'll be reading it for ages but it remains interesting throughout.



ottospooky commented on Shigesato Itoi Explains, Once Again, Why Mothe...:

@bro2dragons I think the general perception is that it's his baby. I'm not sure whether there's something in place legally but the script is certainly written by him and the series' charm and humour is undoubtedly attributed to itoi for certain. I think the notion of Japense perception of the west that's contained in those games also is the product of Itoi's imagination.
It would be like Metal Gear Solid without Kojima's input. (Wait a minute that might happen...!)



ottospooky commented on Shigesato Itoi Explains, Once Again, Why Mothe...:

The series is only a thing in the west because of the inclusion of Ness in Smash Bros. literally no one knew about Earthbound in Europe in the pre Internet age. Only those glued to gaming mags in the SNES era would have knew because of a disappointment the game never made it west. Earthbound barely sold in the US - it was a cult game that has caught the imagination of the relatively small cult that regard it as one of the best games of all time.
Itoi is a celebrity in Japan - Japanese fans know it was just a 'side project' for him which is why a lot of people over there love it. Video games are more in line with movies and music over there in terms of perception of that media.
There will never be a Mother 4 - Nintendo have only released the games on VC and acknowledged the series because of an outpouring of love awarded to the series by that small cult of Earthbound fans and because of those who wanted to play that game they read about on the Internet and was so out of reach for so long.



ottospooky commented on Review: Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U):

Must try harder, frankly. This is crisis management-driven attempt to pad out the holiday release schedule. It fails miserably. Who's even interested in tennis during the winter months? Surely this would have been more of a summer title



ottospooky commented on Gold Mega Man amiibo Will Not Be Coming to Europe:

The blue bomber doesn't even look right in gold, anyway. This is a total cash in piggybacking on the success of amiibo. They could have painted him any of the alternative costume colours from SSB and it would have looked miles better.



ottospooky commented on Amazon Lists Pokémon Red, Yellow And Blue At ...:

I wasn't expecting anything less due to the popularity of the franchise and the extra functionality through over the air trading. The physical games also command a his price on the secondary market so all in all justified in my opinion



ottospooky commented on Final Fantasy's Cloud Is Set To Cause Some Str...:

I don't quite know how to feel about this. It's certainly a megaton announcement, that one more thing moment that the E3 presentation sorely lacked.
I've never played VII because I've never owned a Playstation. And I'm sure there are other gamers that are in the same position. This announcement is certainly not aimed at us. But yet, I am happy because I can see the significance of this announcement... but is this Nintendo's way of appeasing third parties? We'll stick one of your characters in Smash Bros if you support our future ventures? I'm not sure.
And it goes without saying that this isn't the Ballot announcement. That will come in December. This was just a teaser, I suppose



ottospooky commented on The Legend of Zelda: Twlight Princess Is Recei...:

Aonuma previously stated that they experimented HD with WW and TP, and they went with WW because it most benefited from the high definition treatment. Therefore the I perceive this as nothing but a cash grab. That amiibo is nice though! I will buy the amiibo but I'll skip the game. I've played it twice and didn't much care for it the second time through.
Also, if you've got people thinking that the footage shown during the Direct is the original version of the title, then sorry but not a good enough effort!



ottospooky commented on Review: Rodea the Sky Soldier (Wii U):

I have a feeling that if I don't pick this up now i won't get another chance. It's sort of been released at the wrong time. And In any case the Wii version may not be included further down the line and that sort of sweetens the deal.



ottospooky commented on Video: Teens Discover That Finding A Weapon In...:

Every time I watch a kids/teens react video the impact is lessened slightly more than the previous. Yeah youre young. Yeah I'm old. Yeah it's weird that you were in kindergarten when I was in high school. You're being quite annoying, I'm just going to go ahead and turn this off...