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Sun 20th January, 2008

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Raptor78 commented on Review: Advance Wars (Wii U eShop):

I would have to disagree in regards to the game pad. The ability to play OffTV was the reason I decided to go with the wiiU. I waited until all 3 systems were released and after trying them it was the gamepad that swung it for me. I hold no allegiance to Nintendo as I always were a staunch Sega supporter up until the Dreamcast died a death. And I have often supported multiple systems. But in my opinion I think the Gamepad was the right direction for Nintendo to go with. The prices of the GBA virtual console are a bit high but that doesnt affect the quality of the games. My most played 3DS game happens to be a GBA Ambassador game.



Raptor78 commented on Nintendo Still Seeking a Product to Define the...:

I fit into the older gamer demographic. I'm 36 and have been a gamer all my life and pretty hardcore with it, and by hardcore I don't mean big flashy graphics and cut scenes or FPS etc. What the gamepad offers me is the ability to keep my game playing even when my family want to watch the TV. Off TV play IS the best thing about the wiiU and U don't mean that in a negative way. I and the kids have other consoles on TVs around the house but I prefer playing multiplayer games on the main family TV and the wiiU fits that profile perfectly. We are also a family of 3DS owners so whatever Ninty do to connect them together will be much appreciated. The long and short of it, Off TV play was something that I didn't know I wanted until U had it and now I don't know how I managed before.



Raptor78 commented on Tomodachi Collection: New Life Currently Being...:

I played the original Tomodachi Collection on the DS and although I didnt understand what was going on it seemed fun and piqued my interest... to hear it is being localised on the 3DS is great news to me. Ive enjoyed the new miiplaza games, suprisingly the Gardening one was me most favourite and I could see myself getting into thisin short bursts. However I hope it doesnt guilt you into having to play everyday like Animal Crossing does,if I miss a couple of days on that it puts me off playing it because of how they respondand chances of villages moving on etc. Eventually it becomes a chore to pop in and check on everyone each day.



Raptor78 commented on Pac-Man Museum Reportedly Cancelled on Nintend...:

Its all about install base at the moment.They need to make sure they have as much chance of making a profit as they can.I am suprised that 3DS has been cancelled but can completely understand the wiiU. I have a wiiU and love the system (using it to write this) but just as there is no xboxone and ps4 versions coming out I pretty much thought there wasnt enough wiiUs to justify this title. It is a pity too,but it looks like its beging to become a trend on all three of the newest systems with delays and cancelations. Smaller install base means smaller chance of making profit and the newer systems would probably need bigger budgets than the older more established systems.



Raptor78 commented on Nintendo of America Issues Refunds After Warne...:

It sounds like many 3rd party publishers are pretty much treading water these days with very high production costs which means the have to sell extremely well to make any profit. If the install base isn't there, then they already know they are going to make a loss. It affected other consoles at the beginning of their life cycles, look at the PS3. Now that it has a good install base developers a bringing a lot to it. If Xboxone and PS4 have a slow uptake of hardware then games will be delayed or cancelled until they know they can turn a profit.
I don't blame Warner Brothers, its nothing personal against Nintendo. At least Nintendo is doing right by its customers and refunding where necessary. What Nintendo needs to do is get as many wiiU's into peoples homes and then its up to the developers to make a decent game with a decent budget. The wiiU is a solid piece of Tech. Its just badly advertised.



Raptor78 commented on Nintendo to Step Up Character IP Licensing, In...:

I remember some Mario Kart Kinex sets... but it would be nice to see some official Lego or even Megablox sets based on some of their larger IPs like Zelda and Mario. Mabey even tie things in with Smash Bros. and have smaller sets based on the different IPs within Smash Bros.



Raptor78 commented on The Nikkei Reports Potential Nintendo Smartpho...:

I think if Nintendo have supporting apps and games on smart devices like Microsoft it could work. But I don't think they should sell out and release full titles that would be suicidal. I Know that Smartglass is just an app that acts as a crappier version of the wiiu gamepad but it was just an example of Microsoft using smart devices. Nintendo could release other use full apps relating to their systems, most Obvious being the miiverse app... And mabey an app to allow you to conect to the wiiu chat from devices other than wiiu so it can be a bit more accessible.... By the way Kinektimals works really well on a tablet and unlocks additional content within the Game. My kids play it from time to time.



Raptor78 commented on The Nikkei Reports Potential Nintendo Smartpho...:

Microsoft has a couple of decent xbox spinoff android games like Kinectimals. Also they have the smartglass app and the xbox live app. The apps support rather than replace. If Nintendo manage to go down this route it shouldnt affect hardware sales and may make them more apealing instead.



Raptor78 commented on The Nikkei Reports Potential Nintendo Smartpho...:

I remember when they brought out the internet browser Nintendo used to have Flash demos of some of their games like "zoo keeper" "Mario vs Donkey Kong" and that Zelda/Tingle game and probably a dozen or so other small games... And they were playable in the Wii browser. They were basic games but wet your appitite... Some were completely different from the game it was advertising like a hungry hungry hippo style Kirby minigame.



Raptor78 commented on The Nikkei Reports Potential Nintendo Smartpho...:

I wouldn't mind companion apps to go along with wiiU and 3DS games. A bit like the Animal Crossing app on the wiiU. Or... If they released mini game apps that are a different experience from the game it is supporting but rewards you for playing the mini game within the retail game if you link it to your NNID. The next Bravely Default could do with something like this instead of the street pass village.



Raptor78 commented on Nintendo of America Keen to Boost StreetPass P...:


1. Streetpass adds another level to most games and is optional not essential. You don't like it you don't use it simple as.

2. Many 3DS games have online play, some of which incorperate the streetpass feature for those that don't actually get streetpasses (eg. Resident Evil Revelations gives you RE:R Streetpass data from people you play online with. and other games like Mario Kart adding Miis of those you pass to your Plaza)

3. You must have an unusually large 3DS XL as my 8 year old daughter has no problem carying hers around.

...and finally I don't remeber you ever saying anything positive on this site so I guess you are just trolling my good sir and as such I will end my conversation with you here.

...anyway in regards to Streetpass on the whole. I used to try and take every opportunity to pick up hits at events and when I was shopping in busy / urban areas etc, but actually found I got more hits in more local / rural areas so I think this must be down to the 3DS conecting to free wifi spots over Streetpassing other 3DS's. Since Nintendo set up these free wifi spots as Streetpass relays I get many hits a day from these and with the added bonus of getting worldwide hits aswell. Hopefully with a lot more atention to these relays Streetpass will take off in a really big way.



Raptor78 commented on Talking Point: Miiverse Can Promote System Uni...:

Quite a few 3DS games have had patches available from the eshop, I dont think it would be unreasonable to think that a game like Animal Crossing that already has the ability to take photos and such, have an update that alows better miiverse integrtion.



Raptor78 commented on Talking Point: Miiverse Can Promote System Uni...:

I think until they make a non game specific community or letting 3ds owners post to their own private feeds then a lot of game communities will get spammed with random stuff... Just because there's no where else to post it...
And in regards to posting photos, it works in the same way game notes work. You pause the game, open miiverse and when you post a message you get the option to add the picture from the paused game.



Raptor78 commented on Soapbox: Even With The Arrival Of PS4 And Xbox...:

The best console and the biggest leap from its predecessor in the latest generation has to be the 3DS :D... but in regards to the big three home consoles the wiiU does seem to be the one to offer a bigger improvement over the other two. PS4 and XBone doesn't have any titles that make me want to splash out that much cash at the moment and I think it will be at least a year and a few price drops before I consider one or the other, and this coming from a MASSIVE fan of the Dead Rising series. Dead Rising 3 is great but not worth shelling out so much cash for.
Gone are the days you can get everything you want from one company, I myself had the wii as my main last gen with a 360 to cover the rest of my needs, and it looks as though this gen its going to be the wiiU... backed up once again with the 360, at least until PS4 or the XBone can convince me otherwise.



Raptor78 commented on Review: 3D Super Hang-On (3DS eShop):

Used to love the arcade game (ride on version) but wasnt too great at it even though I kept going back to it. This 3DS version really manages to bring back that feeling thanks to the cosmetic additions and plays as smooth if not better than the original... The game is short and repetative but ideal for a handheld device. I have played this in a lot of short bursts since buying it and thanks to the optional A.I difficulty, I feel like I have got a lot better at playing it since 1987 ;).lol



Raptor78 commented on SEGA Offers Atlus Its Dormant IPs and States T...:

I would love to have Phantasy Star pretty much rebooted on two fronts... Atlus coming up with a new Phantasy Star RPG series, much akin to the original series and Sega rebooting the Phantasy Star Online series. I would happily play the RPG's on the handheld 3DS and a new PSO could be a killer online game for the wiiU providing it was more like the original Dreamcast... Gamecube era rather than the later blue burst, universe kind of game.



Raptor78 commented on Video: This IronFall Tech Demo is Rather Impre...:

I expect it will be a short but sweet eshop title with a reasonable pice in a hope that other companies will buy and use the game engine for much bigger retail titles.I dont mean this in a nagative way, the engine looks amazing and as im a fan of the over the shoulder gears of war shooter style game rather than first person shooter games I cant wait to see how this evolves, I just imagine that with so much effort going into the engine that the game may be a little shallow. Still excited though!!! :D



Raptor78 commented on Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition Isn'...:

I thought they would have had second thoughts about releasing it on the 360 after Microsoft messed up with the digital download which resulted in everyman and their dog downloading the full game for free. I never bothered with it but I imagine the number of sales they would have lost from the people that did may have put them off using Microsoft ever again.



Raptor78 commented on Events: Nintendo Life At Eurogamer Expo 2013:

Would loved to have come but London is so far away.
Any chance of a Streetpass Tour of the UK going to all the major cities?
Like when Nintendo used to tour with the handhelds to promote the original 3DS. I got loads of hits then.
Anyway, im glad to see how well it went. Congratulations on a successful event.



Raptor78 commented on Wii Karaoke U by JOYSOUND to Threaten Neighbou...:

Sounds similar to the Karaoke app on the Xbox, which isnt such a bad thing. I think it works pretty well and prefer having the option of paying for units of time for a massive library of songs instead of buying retail with mabey about 40 or so songs which you may sing about half if your lucky. Pay per play works well for when you may have partys and suchlike. I hope its a success for Nintendo.



Raptor78 commented on TowerFall Creator Has Been Approached By Nintendo:

As an Ouya backer you find that the Ouya has quite a growing little collection of indie games like this and Nintendo could do well keeping an eye on some of these developers and offer them good work on the 3DS / wiiU. Currently Ouya has a kick starter financial incentive for exclusive Ouya games but only ask for 6 months exclusivity... just enough time to work out any kinks and port it to a Nintendo system.



Raptor78 commented on StreetPass DLC System Update Finally Hits Nort...:

The best game of them all is the least obvious.... the Gardening game. The only reason I got it was because I wanted the other three and it was the same to buy the full package. Once you get past the boring initial stages of the game it becomes a massive Gardening / RPG experience. I do the change date trick on my 3DS to rack up tons of coins a day to spend on this game. The one I play the least is Mii Force which is good but doesnt really evolve as much as the other games...

In order of preference (after playing them is...)
StreetPass Garden
StreetPass Mansion
StreetPass Battle
StreetPass Squad.

...also its worth playing the games to unlock the full Costumes instead of just the hats for your mii. Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Yoshi... etc. I cant wait to see it they have a Metroid Outfit.



Raptor78 commented on Feature: Robust DLC Ensures That Fire Emblem: ...:

Ive got all the packs so far and have three saves on the go... one where im playing without DLC, hard and classic etc. The other two im using the DLC to grind etc, but with one of them is purely for the purpose of raising the offspring what I want with the right abilities etc. Overall im having a blast ith the game and I dont feel like a cheat as such because im still slowly working my way through the game in the way its ment to play (albiet resetting the game when a character dies ;D )
The Champions pack is a bit dull and easy so far, but the Golden Pack is good for grinding and the Scramble Pack seems to be the best of the bunch so far with plenty of events and conversations etc and a decent bit of difficulty when playing at the lower levels and your trying to build relationships. Im really looking forward to the other two Scramble maps.



Raptor78 commented on Out Today: Fire Emblem: Awakening (Europe):

Recived my Pre-Order from Game yesterday... sure it was a £1 dearer than most other pre-orders but the free Art Book was definitely worth the extra. Ploughed through to chapter 5 and bought the full Champion Pack (£2.99) so at least im covered DLC wise for the next few weeks. Although part 1 of the Champion Pack is currently Free for anybody who isnt sure about getting the DLC.



Raptor78 commented on Review: Crimson Shroud (3DS eShop):

...oh and the writing in the game is amazing, when I read the ending it was... no, don't want to spoil anything, but it was certainly worth slogging through the final boss for.



Raptor78 commented on Review: Crimson Shroud (3DS eShop):

The second play through is really worth the effort... it makes the first play through seem like a Tutorial. The enemies really step up their game and the battles need much more stratergy and thus even simple dungeon fodder like Goblins take a lot longer to defeat, better rewards though for your efforts... somebody posted elsewhere that the original version had a new game++, not sure if I will be able to make it through the new game+ but it would be interesting to know whether the eshop version will have the same option.

@Falk_Sturmfels... you need to get an artifact from one of the battles with the undead. Before you select your loot from the battles take your time to read the info that goes along the top of the bottom screen when you highlight an item, it will give you an idea of what your looking for. A big clue is that the object you need is something to do with the darkened room. ;)



Raptor78 commented on Review: Liberation Maiden (3DS eShop):

Liberation Maiden is short but incredibly fun. But there is a lot of unlockable achievements to keep going back to the stand alone stages for. It is a high score arcade game and I didnt mind the price because what you do have seems to be of a really high quality and the 100% voice acting and the Manga animation are a nice bonus.
You do get the feel of a retail game from this and if they add a lot more stages and possibly an online element to this they could well make a stand alone retail title rather than a single downloadable title or part of a retail compilation.

Im really looking forward to Crimson Shroud next ;) ...
hell, I wish they would just localise Guild 01. :D



Raptor78 commented on PETA Targets Pokémon Black & White 2 in Lates...:

Ahhh PETA again. Don't worry they never mean any harm... they get a good bit of press, Pokemon gets some good press everyone wins.
Even bad publicity is good publicity! PETA know this and know they will get a panning from Nintendo supporters but at the same time they will be popping up in posts all around the net and mabey even pick up a few new PETA supporters along the way.



Raptor78 commented on Kevin Butler Actor Seen Near Wii Console... So...:

What confuses me is why they (Sony) allow One Direction to do the 1D in 3D short videos and adverts for the wii and 3DS and they cant allow an actor not even claiming to be Kevin Butler in the advert.
I understand by allowing One Direction to produce these videos and adverts will also shift their (Sony) albums and singles whilst promoting games such as Mario Kart but at the end of the day One Direction IS a Sony Product promoting whats considered a rivals product and Jerry isnt allowed to use his OWN face in another advert.

And yeah I know Sony music isnt the same as Sony games but it just seems ironic that they let their star performers be Ambassadors for a rival company even going as far as releasing promotional gold pant miis... mabey Nintendo should release a special "Jerry Lambert" gold pant mii. ;) lol

I just dont understand Sony sometimes.



Raptor78 commented on Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Earns Passing Rank ...:

I quite like Rhythm games but I wasn't too impressed with the demo for this game, but hey that's what demos are for. I'm glad that it made it into the charts though, just because I wasn't impressed only ment it didn't tick the boxes for me... heres hoping for a 3DS Elite Beat Agents game in the future. ;)



Raptor78 commented on Satoru Iwata: 'Deep' Online Services May Have ...:

It seems that Nintendo will want to get as many people online so generally everything will be free to pull the consumers in, but I dont think they want to put off big developers like Capcom from offering charges for their services and in the long run it will probably encourage those developers to offer their own private servers via Nintendo's online services for mabey a small game related fee. After all im sure Nintendo have mentioned that with the wiiU they were looking into those "freemium" type games which will offer free play but with the option of purchasing additional content. Mabey we could see a World of Warcraft sytle MMO on the wiiU system which may be free a low levels but would require a subscription at higher levels... thus pleasing both the casual and hardcore audiance.



Raptor78 commented on Feature: Sharing Some Hits at a StreetPass Event:

Cities are far from being the ideal place to get streetpasses...
I havnt got from any of the times I have been to London and thats the Capital city, only ever had a few from Leeds and Wakefield... most of them I get are from Towns such as Pontefract.
I have 181 hits with a population of 288 and im quite satisfied... my logic for why it is so hard to get them in cities is not down to lack of people with 3DS spotpass on etc... Its down to all that free wifi available because I have noticed when im contected to the internet via spotpass I am unable to recieve streetpasses, and large cities seem to have loads of free wifi spots unlike small towns.



Raptor78 commented on Heroes of Ruin Demo Hits North America Next Week:

If this is the same as the Euro Demo then it has some good and bad points...
the good is, online and offline available in demo (up to 4 players), A full main Quest with smaller quests and a good side quest, TWO of the four character classes to try out with character customisation.
The bad is that we only got 6 plays of the demo!!! …oh, and no voice chat and a level cap of 4.
Its the first demo where I used up all my plays and we only got it a week before the game came out, you guys will have to strerch it to two weeks...

oh, and I dont think the online will be compatible with the full game because the quest isnt quite the same as the one in the main game.



Raptor78 commented on Review: Heroes of Ruin (3DS):

There is a lot of emphasis on playing through with all four types and 6 hours is quite a quick run through... taking it steady and doing daily challenges while going through it took me nearer 10 hours solo... so I wouldnt look at it being a 6 hour campaign, it feels around a 30+ hour to 100% four characters and then daily / weekly challenges and online multiplayer will add even more.



Raptor78 commented on Review: Heroes of Ruin (3DS):

I for one have enjoyed my time spent in the world of ruin. There have been a lot of negative comments around the web, mainly from people who stormed through the game instead of enjoying it... so it must have been entertaining enough to plough through the whole thing in the first place. N-Space themselves have seem to do their best at responding to these concerns and critisisms which can only be a good thing.
It isn't the perfect game, it has a lot of minor faults and things but its entertaining and does a damn good job of it too. For those people who havnt yet got it such as the US and were looking forward to this title, stick to your first instinct but be prepared for a short main game. There is plenty to do with the daily challenges and such like and online works really well and is fun... but then again the amount of money I used to through at the arcades playing Guantlet was stupid so i love these little multiplayer hack n slash games.
Overall I think it was a good review. :)



Raptor78 commented on Nintendo Continues Software Dominance in Japan:

I preordered Heroes of Ruin and It didnt turn up until Monday, however I checked out all the shops near me and non of them had recieved the game so it may be down to lack of availablity rather than it being a terrible game...
...anyhoo, ive been loving the game plenty of crap to collect on it, daily challenges are fun and I dont think that the non spawning bosses are a glitch... they are dead how many times do you have to kill a boss. The point is when a quest is complete you cant do the quest again, afterall you already have the reward and to complete some of those quests you have to kill a boss. So it doesnt seem like a game breaking glitch to me its just how the game works.
You get to have four save slots anyway and when your playing online you play it in the hosts world so if they have the boss in their world you will get to fight them all over, and with all the different combinations of skills and stat boosts, character equipment, etc. Its worth starting over again anyway so I dont find replayability an issue.
To sum it up, it isnt the greatest game in the world but I have found that it is well worth the money and you get out of it whatever you put in. This game didnt sell well down to shops not stocking it rather than a bad game.



Raptor78 commented on Heroes of Ruin Demo Available This Week:

The WiFi multiplayer works well but its a shame that they had to omit the voice chat because I played a game last night where the other three players were running around like headless chickens after we had completed all but the main quest because I was unable to tell them where the final boss was and I was waiting there ages before the host of the game decided to end the session. I understand that demos dont have all the features of the full game and im gratefull that online multiplayer was included, I just imagine that the game will play so much better when we can talk to each other.