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Male, 31, Brazil

I've been a gamer since 1990, when I got my NES and Master System. I love Nintendo because they're are a haven of personality and witty gameplay in an era when everyone puts way too much stock on cinematics and gritty realism. Also a huge fan of Civilization and Magic Online on my PC.

Fri 19th April, 2013

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ricklongo commented on Sony Hardware Takes Charge of Japanese Charts ...:

@Quorthon That probably has to do with the Japanese market's preference for handheld hardware. In that same wikipedia page you linked, if you scroll down a bit, you'll see how the numbers for the DS and PSP in Japan dwarf other countries, even the United States.



ricklongo commented on Sony Hardware Takes Charge of Japanese Charts ...:

@Peach64 Actually, it paints a picture of the US market being the largest in the world by a big margin. The Japanese market is still the second largest in the world when it comes to overall sales, unless the UK has surpassed it in the last few months (which I doubt).



ricklongo commented on Preview: We Take Aim at Splatoon to See if It ...:

@erv Well, I'm certainly not sure if it's the game for me, being a new franchise and all. Still, it looks very fun, and Nintendo has historically put out games that turned out to be massive hits with me even though I was wary before playing them, so I'll definitely give it a try.



ricklongo commented on Preview: We Take Aim at Splatoon to See if It ...:

I'm certainly getting this one as soon as possible, but I must say some things are disappointing. First, like @rjejr, I was hoping for a more open-ended single player campaign instead of the strictly level-based affair it seems like we're getting. Secondly, couch multiplayer is absolutely needed. Sure, I'll give online a try, but I'm definitely more of a local multiplayer guy, and this game seems like it's perfect for laughing with friends over snacks at my living room.



ricklongo commented on Review: Elliot Quest (Wii U eShop):

This is such a lovely game. I intended to try and play through the entire thing this past weekend, but I was barely able to stop at home. Will keep doing it through this week.



ricklongo commented on Elliot Quest Patch Adds Several Additional Con...:

People who haven't gotten this game yet: get it. It's fantastic.

Oh, and by the way: the gamepad functionality for this game is great, as it lets you turn between inventory, map and an experience progress. I find it much better to touch an item to use it rather than pause the game.



ricklongo commented on Exclusive: Affordable Space Adventures Pricing...:

$20 certainly makes sense. I'm not sure this is for me just yet... I'll wait for reviews and more gameplay videos, but if it sounds like I might enjoy it, I have no problem paying that amount. Did so for Shantae and the Pirate's Curse last December and I don't regret it one bit.



ricklongo commented on eShop Games Added To The European Club Nintend...:

Oh, so Europe hadn't gotten the reward flurry already? I didn't know that!

I've been saving my last 500-or-so coins to see whether they will introduce even more rewards in the Americas up until the Club's closure. I hope they do.



ricklongo commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Heading For a Period of ...:

@C-Olimar That is the sort of people who wouldn't spend money on a console anyway; they'll stick to their smartphones, because those fulfill their gaming needs just fine. And if that's going to be the case, it's great if what they are playing there are actually Nintendo games. This gives money and brand awareness to the company, and, in the event that those people one day decide to get into more "serious" gaming, Nintendo is sure to be on their minds.

Of course, no one can say for sure what's going to happen, but this could be a genius move all around.



ricklongo commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Heading For a Period of ...:

@HyperSonixEXE "The Wii lucked out with its appeal of a simpler control scheme."

See, that's a huge pet peeve of mine. The Wii didn't "luck out". It was a genius move by Iwata and his team, appealing for a potentially expanded gaming audience. It obviously worked and as a result the Wii became Nintendo's best selling home console of all time. This wasn't a "fluke"; it was perfect market reading.

Now there are other problems to that line of approach (namely, the popularity of smart devices for the more casual gamers), meaning their Wii strategy won't work anymore. Thus, here's Nintendo responding, once again, to how it perceives the current market to work. It may work, it may not; we'll see. However, there is really no point in diminishing the merit of the Wii move, or resigning it to "luck".

And here's a disclaimer: the Wii is actually my least favorite Nintendo console of all time. But facts are facts.



ricklongo commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Heading For a Period of ...:

"What makes so many fans uncomfortable - I think - is that we're not sure what Nintendo will look like in a few years. It'll likely still be making many of the games we love on dedicated hardware, yes..."

See, at the end of the day, that's the only thing that matters to me.

I wish Nintendo the best of luck in the mobile arena, as long as that means expansion in the user base for the dedicated devices as well.

As long as Nintendo consoles are around, I'll be around. And frankly, I don't see that changing anytime soon.



ricklongo commented on Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think ...:

@sinalefa I don't think that's odd; Iwata used that as reassurance for people like us that they very much intend to support more dedicated gaming platforms in the future. Smart choice of words, too, because the amount of doom and gloom would be simply unbearable otherwise.

@rjejr To be honest, now more than ever I think a Direct this week would be a smart move. It would be throwing loyal fans a bone after the potentially intimidating mobile announcement.



ricklongo commented on Nintendo Working On New 'Dedicated Game Platfo...:

@Fandabidozi You know, whenever I think of the Fusion idea, this is the first thing I think about: a Pokémon main game playable on large flatscreens. This would certainly be a killer app for the new device if there will ever be one.

Anyway, I'm super excited to learn more about this, which is too bad, because it's gonna be a long wait. I'm thinking a 2017 holiday release, which would be just right to give both the Wii U and the 3DS a good life span.



ricklongo commented on Nintendo Set To License All IP to Mobile Publi...:

Sigh at the doom and gloom, LOL at people thinking Nintendo is going third party.

This is good news in the business end of things. As long as the Wii U and 3DS keeps getting great games at a good pace, I'm fine.

Also, fingers crossed that the NX is the console/handheld hybrid people have been speculating about. With mobile development a thing in the company, they really need to concentrate efforts when it comes to dedicated gaming devices, and a hybrid console would be perfect for that.



ricklongo commented on Talking Point: It's Time for a Nintendo Direct...:

"we certainly hope it's a genuine 'Direct', rather than a showcase for one game"

This is pretty much what I always want. Even if they're showcasing a game I'm incredibly excited about (like, say, Xenoblade X), I always want to see new surprises and trailers for other titles.

Anyway, I get a feeling next Wednesday will be the day. Fingers crossed.



ricklongo commented on The Happy Mask Salesman is Teased for a Reappe...:

I've been completely in love with the atmosphere of Majora's Mask for the past few days. It was one of the few Zeldas I'd never played, and it always intrigued me... and now I'm enjoying every minute of the experience.

Which is to say: anything that resembles this kind of mood will be a most welcome addition to any future games in the franchise for me.



ricklongo commented on Chrono Trigger Turns 20, but is Ultimately Tim...:

Fantastic game. It's part of a trio of RPGs that defined my love for the genre during the SNES days, along with EarthBound and Final Fantasy VI (or III, like we'd call it back in the day).

I would be ecstatic if Square Enix decided to release it on the Wii U Virtual Console.



ricklongo commented on Review: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (3DS):

@JaxonH Well, the "I whined and female dogged for new IP, this is a new IP, so I'm supporting it because I'm not a hypocrite" maxim doesn't really make sense for me. People want new IPs not just because they're new IPs; they want new IPs that interest them personally. Nothing wrong with wanting new IPs but not spending money when one comes along if it doesn't appeal to you.



ricklongo commented on Review: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (3DS):

As much as I want to support new IPs by Nintendo, I just can't bring myself to want this. The steampunk/comic book aesthetic just hasn't worked for me thus far, and the whole third-person tactical strategy schtick just doesn't seem appealing. I may still get it down the line, but my next few months are quite packed with stuff I actually want, so probably not anytime soon.

Oh well. Hopefully, the fact that I'm getting Splatoon day one makes up for this. ;)



ricklongo commented on A Cowboy's Tale from Nexis Games Rides to the ...:

I don't know where the vitriol is coming from, as I think this looks quite interesting for a indie title developed without the support of major publishers. It could definitely see some improvements, but I applaud the developer for his ambition.



ricklongo commented on Eiji Aonuma Talks About his Journey to Becomin...:

@Josaku Heh, if it were up to me, I'd have him repeat whatever mistakes there were in Wind Waker all over again. That game is incredible, and a favorite of mine in the series. Opinions, huh? :)

I do agree that A Link Between Worlds is fantastic, though, so I wouldn't say the quality of the series has been decreasing at all.



ricklongo commented on Harmonix Explains Why Rock Band 4 Isn’t Comi...:

It's sad, yes, because this is a big franchise that could thrive on the console. Myself, I do have a couple actual guitars, a bass, and a MIDI keyboard lying around that I'd much rather use to get my music fix, so I don't really care on a personal level.