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rjejr

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#1

rjejr commented on Feature: Yoshi's Woolly World, Like Kirby's Ep...:

@ThomasBW84 - "that hype levels for this platformer are relatively low."

Well, I think there are 2 main reasons for that.

1. Splatoon!!!! You've probably heard of it. I'd guess you've been dreaming of it but I don't think you've slept in 3 weeks. I'm impressed how much they've been promoting this. Seems like 5x their normal advertising and marketing budget. Hope it serves them well. Probably have some loose change from the sofa cushions left to advertise Yoshi.

2. This game was announce dalmost 2 1/2 years ago,Jan 2013. Taht's a logn time to be excited for a 2D platofrmer, nomae rhow cute the amiibo are. Feel sliek most of thei r2D platfromers get announced and are out in 6 motnshs to a year, 1 1/2 years tops. but 2 1/2 years for a 2D platfomer? Ho wlon gare we supposed ot sit on the edge of our seats? And really there have been literally months going by w/o any mention of the game. That's not how you build excitement. Maybe Super Mario Galaxy 3 can maintain momentum for 2 1/2 years, but not a 2D Yoshi that looks like a cross between 5 year old Kirby's Epic Yarn and 3 Little Big Planet games.

We'll probably get this when it releases - I'm expecting an August release b/c Nitneod said Fall and they have no concept of seasons. Well and Mario Maker is September. If they release it AFTER Mario Maker - which my kids have been dieing for going on a year now - we may just forget about it.

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#2

rjejr commented on The Most Recent Media Create Japanese Charts B...:

@faint - I'm guessing Media Create is retail only? How does Japan feel about digital downloading? Personally I only DL what I need to, but I'm old, and more importantly I have no idea how much Japan buys digital. Is Akihabara still a mecca?

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#4

rjejr commented on Reaction: There is a Positive Angle to Nintend...:

@Captain_Gonru @Grumblevolcano

Bill Trinen - he of Treehouse fame - also said dual Gamepad games were coming.

http://nintendoscene.com/2012/09/15/additional-wii-u-gamepads-to-be-made-available-when-duel-gamepad-content-arrives-next-year/

"“The dual-GamePad functionality, we expect to start seeing that in games sometime next year. Our feeling is, we’re not going to sell another GamePad if you don’t have something to use it with. We’ll make that available as an additional accessory when there’s content to support it.”"

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#6

rjejr commented on Reaction: There is a Positive Angle to Nintend...:

Reposting this from last night for @BLPs who must have missed it due to a trip to the hardware store. ;-)

"It's very fortunate, extremely important, words can't describe important, that Ntineod got that hour in, and that there seemed to be plenty of people who stuck around and played it, flawlessly on my end, so that when those articles do pop up, and they will, and deservedly so, it was down after only 8 minutes after all, and it took Nintedo 50 to get it back up again, but at least now Nitneod can say - "Look, we had a malfunction, we fixed it, everybody got to play for an hour, and that 2nd time around we showed we can keep it up." (sorry, can never pass up the easy double entendres)

Had that hour not come along - and I think the fact that it came up right at 8 and lasted an hour means they had it under control w/ some type of reset button - had they not got that hour in, or had that hour been filled w/ disconnections and down time, then this thing would be unsalvagable. Plus they had 3 showings 2 weeks ago which were fairly spotless. I really think this was just a freak thing. They'll take their lumps, but it's not the disaster it might have been.

Also, 9.42m Wii U had access to the demo, ALL at the same time. Even if Spaltoon sold 1m Day 1, Japan gets in the 28th, EU will get it while all of the US is sleeping, it's on a Friday so people have work and school. Their servers won't be as hammered as this "test" was. Even if the test failed their mulligan got an A. I'm surprisingly OK w/ it."

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#7

rjejr commented on Splatoon Global Testfire Suffers Major Problem...:

@Captain_Gonru - "that won't matter to those that want to find fault."

Yeah, it's very fortunate, extremely important, words can't describe important, that Ntineod got that hour in, and that there seemed to be plenty of people who stuck around and played it, flawlessly on my end, so that when those articles do pop up, and they will, and deservedly so, it was down after only 8 minutes after all, and it took Nintedo 50 to get it back up again, but at least now Nitneod can say - "Look, we had a malfunction, we fixed it, everybody got to play for an hour, and that 2nd time around we showed we can keep it up." (sorry, can never pass up the easy double entendres)

Had that hour not come along - and I think the fact that it came up right at 8 and lasted an hour means they had it under control w/ some type of reset button - had they not got that hour in, or had that hour been filled w/ disconnections and down time, then this thing would be unsalvagable. Plus they had 3 showings 2 weeks ago which were fairly spotless. I really think this was just a freak thing. They'll take their lumps, but it's not the disaster it might have been.

Also, 9.42m Wii U had access to the demo, ALL at the same time. Even if Spaltoon sold 1m Day 1, Japan gets in the 28th, EU will get it while all of the US is sleeping, it's on a Friday so people have work and school. Their servers won't be as hammered as this "test" was. Even if the test failed their mulligan got an A. I'm surprisingly OK w/ it.

@JaxonH and @aaronSullivan Sorry guys, it's late, I'm calling it a night, but I think that covered everything anyway.

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#8

rjejr commented on Splatoon Global Testfire Suffers Major Problem...:

@aaronsullivan - Yeah, you know me, Im quick to condemn and at the end of yhat first hour I was ready to write this off, but the hour of extended time went so smoothly I don't think it had anything at all to do w/ their servers not being able to handle the load, some circuit breaker just clicked or something. The SuperBowl lost power for 20 minutes a few years back, it happens.

Now, had that hour not happened... but it did, and it worked perfectly. So glad it did. :-)

Oh, that comment you made about the rollers no longer being OP as people have figured them out, I posted that same sentiment in the live feed during working part of the test. :-)

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#10

rjejr commented on Review: Swords & Soldiers II (Wii U eShop):

"we engaged in a 55 minute battle - they're typically under 10 minutes - before eventually fighting all the way to the right"

That's nothing, first time I played the original the last battle took me 3 hours. My wife can attest, I missed dinner, but I was determined. Turned out there was a simple thing to do and I misunderstood the directions. 2nd and 3rd time thru - I played it on easy, normal, and hard - it was much much shorter.

"We recommend the new dual-stick option, however - though baffling at first, it develops into an intuitive and effective control scheme,"

That's almost exactly word for word what Ronimo said when they ported the 1st game to PS3. I tried that demo and found it almost unplayable. A few months later they patched in Move support, so it played just like Wiiware, only in beautiful HD, so I bought it again, b/c by that time Wii games were hard to look at w/ my PS3 hooked up to the same tv.

For anybody on the fence who hasn't played the first, it's only $3 on Wii U, you can't go wrong at that price.

@sinalefa - Still undecided. Nothing in this review makes me think it's all that "new and improved" over the first to justify doubling the price from the original, or the HD PS3 version w/ both Move and ZR ZL control options for $10.

And I'm still annoyed the Wii U version never got the "sausage" DLC thats on Steam even though Wii U got the game years after the Steam DLC came out.

http://store.steampowered.com/sub/14770/

I'm guessing in 2 or 3 months they'll patch in Wii pointer support for single player, which is my preferred way to play, and I'll pick it up then. Who knows, by then maybe Nintnedo will finally have it's new "club" up and running so digital game purchases mean something special again - %, coins, stars, something. My game downloads feel so naked w/o something.

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#11

rjejr commented on Hands On: Disney Infinity Toy Box 3.0 Brings A...:

@aaronsullivan -

In my defense, I did imply 3.0 made 1.0 feel incomplete, on it's own I didn't say it was incomplete.

"From my perspective though it almost makes 3.0 look like 1.0 and 1 and 2 were alpha and beta."

Though that's usually the way I feel about new game series. The 2nd game always makes the first feel like a beta. Dark Cloud was a great RPG, but it felt like a tech demo after I played Dark Cloud 2. Even moreso for Uncharted 1 and 2 as I hated 1 but 2 lived up to expectations.

For me 2.0 had 2 big leaps over 1. I think the most obvious would be leveling up. Playing Lone Ranger I keep thinking - what am I supposed to do w/ all these sparks? The 2nd would be the house. I'm a sucker for home decorating and side quests. Though after awhile it was getting a bit repetitive, but I liked using Buzz and he saying things like - "Hey Porky, what are you doing here?" I really just can't get into the toy box in either 1 or 2, I don't feel like I have the time to make anything worthwhile. I don't play Minecraft for the same reason. Almost certainly won't play Mario Maker.

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#14

rjejr commented on The Most Recent Media Create Japanese Charts B...:

@faint - Still? I'm attributing it to some flaw in the human mind called "faith in large round numbers". I remember about 2 years ago posting on here that Wii U would hit 50mil (based on Wii's 100m and thinking half those people would upgrade for HD Sports). Now 15m seems more likely. :-p

Your guess will hopefully be a lot more accurate, whether Spaltoon makes it or not.

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#15

rjejr commented on Review: Ultratron (Wii U eShop):

@JaxonH - Sorry abut the divorce. Glad it wasn't due to pre-ordering, but I don't want to take a chance at being the first. It's all my wife's money, I'm a stay-at-home-dad, I always get her permission to spend it. Well except the $200 I get every year from relatives for my birthday, that's mine. Still debating the new 3DS XL.

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#16

rjejr commented on Reminder: The Final Splatoon Global Testfire i...:

@Captain_Gonru - Nobody is cooking anything if I don't go out there and build the thing. It was great Amazon delivered it so I didn't have to leave my house, but there are over 50 pieces in that box, and the directions are written like I wrote them, and every word is Ntinedo. Better than mowing the grass I guess.

@Dr_Corndog - Sad part is, that's not kidding, it's the truth.

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#17

rjejr commented on Review: Ultratron (Wii U eShop):

@JaxonH - Can't pre-order though w/o permission. You've never been married, have you? ;-)

Don't worry, I have you as my fall guy, remember when we became Wii U friends, I can make Splatoon all your fault. :-) If S&S2 had online vs that $20 would go over better.

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#18

rjejr commented on Video: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Blame Could L...:

@Einherjar - The worst game I've played recently by far, was Dreamworks Dragons 2. It wasn't even a game, you just flew a dragon around and island. That was it. There were a few other things thrown in but it was SO BAD. I swear if all the people in the world who criticize app games were stranded on an island playing only it the first thing they would ask for when they were rescued would be a smartphone.

So yes, I think shovelware sells if given the right license, and nobody criticizes it for it, and it doesn't dilute the franchise. Nobody is going to avoid the next Dreamworks Dragons game b/c of that sludge. but making a bad Sonic game risks the sales of future Sonic games. If the game starred the TMNT and sucked nobody would care and it would probably sell even better.

"But Mario never straied too far away from the beaten path."

SM3DW - open world
NSMBU - 2D mutiplayer
Paper Mario - flat single player adventure
Mario and Luigi DreamTeam - RPG adventure
Mario kart - racing
Mario sports Mix - a variety of sports
Mario vs Donkey Kong - puzzles

Strayed? Mario has been on more paths than Where's Waldo and Carmen Sandiego combined. ;-)

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#20

rjejr commented on Review: Ultratron (Wii U eShop):

@JaxonH - We're still leaning towards getting S&S2. I bought the U version for $3. And the Wiiware version for $10. And the PSN PS3 version for $10. And I think I spent another $1 on the iOS version back when I had an iTouch. So I don't feel like it averages out as well for me as it does for you. ;-)

If I can convince my wife to let us get Splatoon next week then we won't, if my wife holds fast on no Spaltoon then maybe we'll pick it up.

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#21

rjejr commented on Review: Ultratron (Wii U eShop):

@JaxonH - "Berzerk was your GotY back in '81"

Well to be honest, there wasn't a whole lot of competition in '81 b/c I was never any good at Defender. Phoenix was '80, Q-Bert '82 and Gyrus '83. After that I discovered girls and decided they were more fun to play with. :-)

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#22

rjejr commented on Video: Christopher Lloyd Revives Doc Brown Rol...:

@BulbasaurusRex - "a real clunker of a season finale"

Man that was close. I still have 4 episodes to go.

My wife and I discuss this all the time, and we think Arrow faltered in Season 2 b/c Tommy was the linchpin between everything - playboy Oliver, company involved Oliver vs Tommy the rich kid, Laurel, w/o Tommy there was no reason for anything. Even Thea sucked. And the miru kiru storyline - well my wife and I hate all things zombieish. And life on the barge was never as good as on the island, they replaced a villain in a cool mask w/ a super lame Dr. Just lame. And there were about 3 mid seasons episodes which were just awful - Suicide Squad, downtown bomber and 1 other. The League of Assassins is much better than miru kiru men, and Felicity is much better than Luarel as Olivers "no I can't". Even the excessive Flash x-over stuff has started to work in the 2nd half of the season.

Season 1 of Arrow was the best of all of them though, otherwise I woudln't be watching any of it.

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#23

rjejr commented on Video: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Blame Could L...:

I think putting Sonic in that game was mistake #1. I understand trying new things - Sonic Adventure is my favorite Sonic game - but as @Einherjar pointed out this game may have done ok as a random children's platforming budget title, but it just isn't a Sonic game. Those laser leashes should have been everyone involved's first clue.

I played the game for about an hour and it was enjoyable. I enjoy laid back exploration platforming w/ a stroyline and random NPC encounters. But it was never a Sonic game. I know they were trying to distance themselves from typical Sonic games by calling it Sonic Boom and linking it to the tv show, which isn't awful considering what passes or kids tv these days, but Sonic in videogames is too well established for that idea to work. I don't think the same concept worked too well for Ratchet and Clank:All4One either. That game was a million times better, but the R&C fans didn't think so.

They should have made this a Teen Titans Go game. That show is asinine but my kids love it, and they would easily fit into a team platforming game. Nobody would care that it was so broken and sucked then. Or TMNT, they seem to have more budget games than retail.

It was a bad idea from the start.

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#25

rjejr commented on Hands On: Disney Infinity Toy Box 3.0 Brings A...:

They really need to work on the racing, and from the video they haven't improved it enough. Driving in 2.0 was awful, like the car turned on a swivel in it's middle. I could barely get around the 1st track in the 2.0 hub world. Nice addition if they can make it fun to drive, big if.

Take-over looks like the normal playset play thru, even it's 3 hour length. I guess the big deal is that now different toys from different sets will work, like it should have been since 1.0 well all the parents were complaining their kids couldn't play co-op even w/ 2 figures b/c they don't work in each other's world. Heck even some Marvel toys in 2.0 don't work in the Marvel universe. That was always stupid, glad to see they fixed that a bit.

The new Hub world looks a lot like the old hub world in 2.0. A place for platforming, a place for racing. I'm sure it's an improvement, but it's an evolution, not a revolutionary change to the game.

Add them all up and it does bring some more variety and improvements, and that's great for kids who are really into the game. From my perspective though it almost makes 3.0 look like 1.0 and 1 and 2 were alpha and beta.
We will probably pick this up someday, I'm still ordering playsets for both 1 and 2 when I find them really cheap. And I've seen 2.0 starter packs for as low as $20 or $25. So I won't say never. But I think we're ready to move on to Lego Dimensions. :-)

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#26

rjejr commented on Hands On: Disney Infinity Toy Box 3.0 Brings A...:

@ChristopherM - Did Pixar "take-over" all of Disney? I always thought it was just a take-over of a section, perhaps Disney Animation or something like that, not the amusement parks or ESPN and ABC. Jobs may have had stock in the whole company but I thought Lasseter became head of Disney Animation. And while Pixar may have been a big chunk back then, Disney buying Marvel and Lucas makes it look like a much smaller part today. I'm sure in his head Bob Iger thinks he bought Pixar, not the other way around.

Though I suppose the fact that I've been deriding "Disney Infinity" as "Pixar Infintiy" the past 3 years kind of proves your point. ;-)

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#27

rjejr commented on Waka-Waka-Well I Never, Pac-Man Turns 35 Today:

Saw this on the local news this morning. Best part - after about 30 seconds of SSBU footage the blonde anchorwoman said - "That looks good, alI I remember of Pac-Man is a yellow circle chasing around some ghosts."

Nobody ever actually mentioned it was SSBU, but at least a Wii U game is getting some coverage on the news. :-)

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#28

rjejr commented on Reminder: The Final Splatoon Global Testfire i...:

@Captain_Gonru - Actually I need to learn to flip burgers for a living so I have enough money to afford to purchase videogames. The whole stay-at-home-dad thing has run it's course. Not sure if an M.A. in Sociology means I'm over or under qualified for that?

Kids have plenty of their own dough, I've just taught them to be frugal. My son was actually excited to see a $1 coupon for Skylanders in his Happy Meal at diner tonight, he'll be buying 1 tomorrow.

And if your flip burger comment was about my kids making their own dinner and had nothing at all to do w/ money for videogames, well just disregard all of the above. :-)

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#29

rjejr commented on Splatoon's Iwata Asks Interview Considers Its ...:

@IronMan28 - "but if you mean "anyone" I've mentioned it several times,"

Well obviously you don't count. ;-)

No, had I seen you mention it I would have replied to you w/ a "thank god, somebody has a clue" comment. :-)

Hope you enjoy S&S2. I'll be pestering you at some point in the future about it. We're still on the fence due to the price.

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#31

rjejr commented on Reminder: The Final Splatoon Global Testfire i...:

@Charlosa - Thats a strange choice of movie. Good strange, which for Nintendo makes it even stranger.

Im sure somebody in my house will be playing, theres 3 of us who want to play it. I have to figure out a good time for dinner since this runs 6-7 on the east coast, not ideal. Guess Ill let the kids play while I bbq and we'll eat at 7. Or maybe eat early at 5:30 and tske turns? Guesd we'll see.

The 1 and only good thing about Nintendo limiting our $60 game to a rotating 2 levels every 4 hours is the kids and I will probably get bored after a bit and be more willing to take turns. Though for $60 we really should be able to pick which of the 5 levels we want to play. 2 hour rotation is BS.

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#33

rjejr commented on Don't Starve: Giant Edition to Come With Extra...:

"The promotion of receiving an extra copy to pass on certainly seems generous, meanwhile; in theory you can do a deal with a friend where you both pay half the price, for example."

I'm just going to leave it alone. :-)

Well that video was much more interesting than I thought, reminded me of a cross between Little Inferno and Costume Quest. Everything I've read about it says this game is most certainly not for me, but I really liked the vid, especially the Godzilla vs Bambi homage near the end. Well made.

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#35

rjejr commented on Parent Trap: Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Makes Chess ...:

@sinalefa - You know, for once in my life I'd just like something to be simple. :-)

S&S2 out today, still on the fence waiting for the review. Splatoon next week, still discussing it. Was planning on taking the kids shopping tomorrow for PaDZ and the Mario Ed but now THEY want to wait and see. All they really want is Mario Maker but still no date (a month isn't a date) and now I'm wondering if that will be $40 or $60, retail or DL. Will there be a story mode or is it really just a level editor w/o a game?

OK, I'm being negative for no reason, stopping now. I have SUCH a headache.

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#37

rjejr commented on Nintendo Download: 21st May (North America):

@Ryno - "spend my money with Sony"

I thought you were saving all your money for Splatoon. ;-)

I bought the Mass Effect Trilogy for $4.80 on Monday. I'm only an hour in, and the game could really use a jump button after 50 hours w/ Xenoblade, but it does look good, and the dialog and voice acting is decent, so it seems like I'm in for a cheap go for a long time.

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#38

rjejr commented on Parent Trap: Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Makes Chess ...:

@Gerbwmu - "I can't believe she said yes....usually any gifts of money he gets goes straight to the college fund."

We're pretty good about splitting up our kids money between college fund, HS prom money (I'm scarred for life b/c I never went to a prom, it's going to be on my tombstone - Here lies rjejr, he never went to a prom) and spend money. That spend money does come w/ a lot of parental supervision, otherwise they would spend $200 each on Pokemon cards.

The 2 kids and I may end up going in 33.3% each for Splatoon, we're still working out what to do about the $35 amiibo though. It's about $103.25 w/ tax and probably not worth it. But is the game worth it w/o the amiibo locked missions? Hopefully they'll sort of have a review before next Friday, obviously can't be a complete review as 90% of the game is online, but we'd like to know how long single player is w/o amiibo.

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#39

rjejr commented on Splatoon's Iwata Asks Interview Considers Its ...:

@sinalefa - "while Splatoon is the opposite"

Yes, it's the opposite in that regard, but the basic formula is similar enough. If you look at the screen shots of the square tofu it looks very similar to DeBlob.

I'm not saying it's the same game, but just as it's hard to make a 3D platformer w/o somebody saying "Super Mario 64", or a FPS w/o somebody mentioning COD I just would like to see somebody somewhere acknowledge that there has indeed been a game before abut covering buildings w/ color. Just a little acknowledgement.

I suppose since Splatoon is ink based and DeBlob was paint based they are compeltley different games though ;-)

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#40

rjejr commented on Splatoon's Iwata Asks Interview Considers Its ...:

I really wish somebody somewhere would mention DeBlob. It was a 3rd person action platformer game about painting an open world. And it had a similar vs idea of whoever paints the most area wins. The first game was even a Wii exclusive. Nintnedo should remember the Wii, the system that sold over 100million units just last gen. The DeBlob game Wii exclusive was so good the sequel went everywhere.

But I've never once seen it mentioned.

2 player vs - who can cover the most area w/ paint:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLJjllmfkX0

4 player vs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee8Qcqw-Aig

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#41

rjejr commented on Parent Trap: Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Makes Chess ...:

@Spoony_Tech - Oh, my kids love posting stuff on Miiverse when they get accomplishments in HW, and new stamps. And I think they posted a bunch while trying to 100% SM3DW. A 20 level tower near the end is all but impossible. Not sure they ever read anything though, it's like graffiti for them. I've never thought of that as online, it's moderated and so lame. ;-) My wife - the Facebook addict - wont let them have accounts on there. My 12 yr old has a dumb cell phone for emergencies only.

Stupid question - what does Luig's Mansion have to do w/ online? I loved the first on Gamecube but haven't followed the 2nd too much since I'm still w/o a 3DS XL, my eyes are too old for the 3 we have, and my kids weren't intrested. They've played Kid Icarus forever but don't think they've ever played that online, though I know its a big part of the game.

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#43

rjejr commented on Video: Christopher Lloyd Revives Doc Brown Rol...:

@Captain_Gonru - I actually have no idea what Legends of Tomorrow is. When I read it the fist time I think I read it as last years canceled show Tomorrow People. AKA the show they got all the actors from for Flash. But thanks for the warning, I'll avoid it now. Actually heard a radio commercial in the car for Flash season finale on Tuesday and I was all "no no no no no I'm not listening" in the car. First - Grood. Can't avoid everything on my Hulu Plus episode list.

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#44

rjejr commented on Parent Trap: Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Makes Chess ...:

@Spoony_Tech - Oh man you are so funny. My wife said no yesterday, I think I've been complaining too much about the $60 US price lately, she actually said it wasn't worth it. Gives me a week to change her mind, I've already Wiifreinded Jaxon and Sinalefa just for that game.

Do you let your 8 yr old play online w/ his own account? My kids have had their own accounts since the PS3 days, at least 5 years now, but they almost never play online. Maybe SSB but that hardly counts, looks the same online and off. And Minecraft on the PC. I'm thinking Splatoon will be ok, which is probably 1 reason among many that they left out voice chat. I'd actually prefer they had it in just for people on the friends list - all 5 of you - but I'm not boycotting it b/c it doesn't have it. My kids have a 1st cousin, boy their age - a 5 hour drive away- and it would be good for them, he's actually the only other person we know w/ a Wii U. Poor poor Wii U.

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#45

rjejr commented on Parent Trap: Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Makes Chess ...:

@Spoony_Tech - "I just have to change up my strategy immensely when i do."

Does that mean let him win. ;-) I'm still on the fence for a new 3DS XL but I would certainly get this game if I did. Might have to wait until after Kid Icarus and Luigi's Mansion 2 though.

My 12 year old found out yesterday there's another SSB tournament at the high school next Friday - he goes to 2 or 3 a year - but he can't go b/c we have to go to Moving Up Day for his Hebrew school, he has his bar mitzvah in Oct. Poor kid was so bummed but he knew what's what so didn't bother arguing.

You getting Splatoon next Friday? (That's Moving Up Day so it reminded me. Last year for a Moving Up Day gift I got them MK8 which also came out that day.) I played the 1st 2 betas last week but didn't recognize anyone. Wii U actually keeps a list of everyone you've played w/, even all the MK8 matches, somewhere.

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#46

rjejr commented on Video: Christopher Lloyd Revives Doc Brown Rol...:

@Captain_Gonru - My wife told me about Supergirl and I immediately dismissed it. I have no idea what it will be like, but I assumed more like the later seasons of Smallville then the earlier ones. We had to stop watching that show when season 4 or 5 began and everybody seemed 5 years older and moved to Melrose Place. I blame Dawson's Creek for ruining all television.

Flash has really matured over the season. Can't exactly tell why but I was ready to stop watching after 4 or 5 episodes but the last few have been good. I think its gotten a lot darker, which I like. And Heat and Cold remind me of Buffy villains, which is a good thing. And Cisco's constant "frak" and other pop culture references, and the occasional 4th wall breaking - "remember when that happened on week 3" and "you come over every Tuesday night". It's like the writers and actors have finally figured out their comfort zone. They were trying way to hard at the beginning not to be Arrow, now they've just become "not Arrow" w/o trying. I still like Arrow better though. Season 2 was a horrible mess but season 3 has been a nice rebound. Ra's al ghul is 100x better than Slade and John Barrowman will always be Capt Jack to me.

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#47

rjejr commented on Parent Trap: Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Makes Chess ...:

Nice read Andy, as much about real life parenting - did ancient parents limit their kids chess playing time? - as it is about videogames.

My kids don't seem interested in this, not sure why. They both have been waiting rather impatiently for Mario Maker - at least we finally have a release month - and Puzzle and Dragons has them keenly interested. (I think the race to the bottom of match 3 games over more other interesting strategy games should be Thomas Whiteheads next editorial.)

A big problem w a game like this in our household is my 12 year old is really into strategy games - he's actually in the chess club at school and likes board games like Stratego - but my 10 year old is really looking forward to Splatoon and much more enjoys platforming. He's smart enough to keep up w/ his older sibling, even occasionally beating him at chess, but he'll still lose 9 times out of 10 in any strategy based game and that just isn't fun for him.

Wii U could really use more games like this though - 1 player on screen, 1 on tv. But they really do play better together on the same team. They were never big fans of Pikmin 3 bingo battles but have gold or platinum on every DLC mission, and we purchased them all.

I'll have them read this and see what they think.

rjejr

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rjejr commented on Minecraft Clone Cube Life: Island Survival Con...:

"60 percent off at launch"

Poor TW, after that last editorial this must be killing him. ;-)

Looks pretty - like JJ Abrams designed it - but I don't get the "whole new experience" part written over killing spiders w/ bows and arrows. I don't see anything new here except the reflective water and lens flare.

I'd be so happy if they made a level editor in Splatoon and all these clones went away. Poor Wii U install base can't kill Minecraft as it's on almost as many electronic devices as Netflix, but at least the Wii U world could have a real sandbox game of it's own.

rjejr

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rjejr commented on Bowser Jr., Dr. Mario and Olimar amiibo Now Av...:

@PinkSpider - "being trying to for a while now"

Did what, get surround sound out of my Wii U Games or Wii games? (Or something else entirely, I type way too much on this website.)

To get surround out of my Wii U games I actually went out and purchased a new surround sound system. I wasn't happy about it, but I knew before I bought the Wii U I would have to. On the bright side, it was only about $200 and sounds SO MUCH better than my old one. And now the old one is in my bedroom - no base speaker though - so I get 5 speaker sound out of my bedroom PS3.

For Wii games I think I set the Wii U to stereo and the surround sound system to some kind of fake or faux Dolby Digital. I'd need to check, it's been awhile, but it's not as easy as it should be, there are no audio settings in Wii mode on the Wii U.