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Wed 1st July, 2009

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Rensch commented on There Are Now Over 600 DSiWare Games And Apps:

There's a lot of trash in there, but sometimes there's a real gem to be found. I hear the Shantae sequel is really good. I also thought the Rayman port was well done despite what NintendoLife said.



Rensch commented on Hardware Review: REVO K101 Plus:

If you already have a GBA system, it's probably a cheaper idea to just get a flash card for it. Still, considering you get this system and the card for such a price, that's a seriously good deal.



Rensch commented on Poll: Is It Time For a Fresh Alternative to th...:

Why do I have to buy the same games over and over again? Sure, you can send your old games over from Wii to Wii U, but why do I have to pay twice to get Super Mario Bros. on my 3DS as well as on my Wii U? It makes no sense other than milking money. The advantage of the Nintendo accounts should be that you can keep your purchases across different platforms or even generations. Instead of using the rich back catalogue of the Wii's Virtual Console and continue to expand it, they started all over again. WHY? The weirdest part is that they didn't do it like that with DSiWare. You can still get pretty much all of the old DSi Shop's games in the new eShop on 3DS. Why not do the same with the Wii VC and the Wii U VC? Or even the 3DS VC?



Rensch commented on Mario Kart Super Circuit Arrives on the Wii U ...:

This is one of the best Mario Kart games in my opinion. Some might look at it and think it a lackluster derivative of the console versions, but once you play it you will know this is just as great a Mario Kart game as any. It's absolutely brimming with content and one of the most fully realized games on the GBA system.

What I like in particular is the presentation. The GBA wasn't powerful enough to display fully rendered 3D worlds like the N64 could and instead had to rely on the classic Mode 7 technology of the original Super Mario Kart on the SNES. What they do very cleverly is taking the rendered art style of Mario Kart 64, but apply it to Super Mario Kart's flat sprite graphics. The result is a fantastic visual blend of both the game's predecessors.

Another neat feature were the retro tracks. You can unlock all of the old SNES tracks in this game, doubling the already huge amount of playable tracks. Nowadays we've come to expect a selection of old favourites in our Mario Kart games, but back in 2001 this was quite a surprise.



Rensch commented on Flygon Was Once Going to Receive a Mega Evolution:

Flygon is one of my Hoenn favourites. I was really surprised to find out it never got a Mega Evolution in the OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire games. They really shoud make a Mega Flygon in the next Pokémon game.



Rensch commented on Nintendo Download: 12th March (Europe):

Metroid: Zero Mission is fantastic. Its organic, natural environments contrast very nicely with Fusion's technological-looking space station. Both have a very different feeling to them, yet are distinctly Metroid.



Rensch commented on GBA Classics Sonic Advance And Mega Man & Bass...:

Mega Man & Bass is a game I am really curious about.

I don't it ever got released in Europe if I recall correctly. It's hard to find so it's good Capcom keeps up its solid VC support.

I do own Sonic Advance, which holds up remarkably well.



Rensch commented on Weirdness: This Video Uses Super Mario Bros. 2...:

As a person from The Netherlands, one of the original 'calvinist capitalist' countries, you can still see it in the work ethic of some people, despite most of them not being protestant or otherwise religious.

Some might even say this is where the problems Europe currently faces stem from. The north is traditionally protestant and considers certain luxuries to be something you must earn. The south remained catholic and therefor doesn't have this ethic as strongly, leading to differences in how people approach labour, money and how all these things relate.



Rensch commented on Ocarina Of Time 3D Reportedly No Longer In Pro...:

I don't know if second-hand copies are still easy to find here in Europe. I bought mine second-hand as the first title for my 3DS back in 2012, when it was still very easy to find new copies.

If you can't get your hands on a retail copy, do yourself a favour and download it. It's that good. While very little has changed, the visuals and interface are redone to great effect. It makes the classic even better, without really making it feel like a remake. Instead, it feels like it always looked like this, which is quite amazing. It's not unless you actually boot up the old version that you see how much prettier it truly is. This is because the style and colour of the original is very much intact. The unlockable Master Quest is also a wonderful and generous extra from Nintendo.

Normally I am not too excited about remakes, but in the case of Ocarina of Time, I don't care. It's a game I can enjoy over and over again. Let's hope the Majora's Mask remake is just as good.



Rensch commented on Poll: Which is the Best Pokémon Game?:

HeartGold & SoulSilver, easily. It's pretty much everything that Gold, Silver and even Crystal had to offer. Those were never really topped until they were remade with all the new features brought in by two additional generations of Pokémon plus a whole host of new features not yet seen before. The PokéWalker was a nice little freebie, too. Put a Pokémon on it and level your Pokémon while walking the dog or going out to town for lunch. It was genius.

Simply put, the best Pokémon games, but made even better. Fantastic game!



Rensch commented on Poll: Which Is The Best Super Mario Platformer?:

I voted for SMB3, which I think is objectively the best one. Personally I like the Galaxy games a lot, the second one in particular. World is great as well. I must admit that I haven't played NSMB Wii and U yet nor 3D World. The latter looks particularly amazing.



Rensch commented on Video: Hyperkin RetroN 5 Review - King Of The ...:

This looks amazing. One thing worth mentioning is that you can also play SEGA Master System with a special adapter. Kind of a bummer it doesn't play that standard but still worth remembering to get more out of it. I'd really like to get one of these.



Rensch commented on Cave Story 3D to Arrive on 3DS eShop in North ...:

As much as they shamelessly cash in on what started as a Freeware title, I want to try this because of the radically different presentation. Great to see it available for download as I can't find it in stores anymore.



Rensch commented on Mario Kart Month: A History of the Mario Kart ...:

The first one I played was the one on the DS, which blew me away at the time. The fact that you could play online was a novelty, but the execution was very dissapointing. Only half of the tracks were included (and the fantastically creative Waluigi Pinball course was not one of them for some obscure reason). With its first major online title, the Nintendo WFC immediately set its reputation for frequent disconnections. The snaking technique being exploited by so many people didn't really help getting into the online multiplayer, either. Thankfully the online experience we were waiting for was found in MK Wii and MK7. (The latter of which has Waluigi Pinball available for online play. It really is among the best Mario Kart tracks ever, you know.)

Still the DS version will have a special place in my heart. It brought back the retro cups first seen in Super Circuit and is still one of the best-looking games on the double-screened portable. I also liked how you could make your own decal, adding something personal to the online mode.

And it had R.O.B. the robot as a playable character three years before Super Smash Bros. Brawl. How awesome is that?



Rensch commented on Mario Kart Month: Clones And Alternatives to N...:

Konami Krazy Racers is oft-forgotten, but was a surprisingly solid package back then. It benefited from the fact that it was a launch title, unlike MK: Super Circuit, which launched several months later. While it lacks the sheer amount of tracks SC has, it does have several unlockable characters. That is a feature which had not yet been adopted by the Mario Kart series in those days. Finding all four of those hidden characters was actually a huge challenge if you didn't want to rely on or similar sites. I remember finding this game for a low price several years after its release. Sure had loads of fun playing this game on my trusty GBA SP in the summer sun. The funny thing is that I never played MK:SC until the DS had been out for years.