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Fri 24th December, 2010

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rushiosan commented on Mario History: Mario Kart 64 - 1997:

Ironically, Crash Team Racing (the first one on PSX) "cloned" many aspects from MK64 and turned out to be a vastly superior game under every aspect. I wish Nintendo could have learned something from this and improved the franchise, but it just got worse and worse gameplay-wise. MK8 is a big, frustrating mess, even if beautifully presented.



rushiosan commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against am...:

@Jimtaro What if, in the first place, there was no "premium" DLC? I miss the time when expansion packs were a fair way to keep playing a game you love, because they were brand new games or improved the original by a large margin. Paying $10-15 for an amount of content which could have been included as unlockables (characters, stages etc) is ridiculous.



rushiosan commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against am...:

Try to get an out of print amiibo and you'll see how necessary this piece is. Nintendo made big mistakes about distribution and exclusivity for some US stores. That isn't right, it is disrespectful. I hope this thing succeed and make a solution for using the extremely rare figures such as Shulk.



rushiosan commented on The Piracy of amiibo Now Seems Possible With t...:

That's fair. Try to grab a Shulk figure right now and you'll understand how low stock problems lead us to this point.

I totally support this until Nintendo decides to do something about the availability of these Premium DLC... I mean, collectibles.



rushiosan commented on Nintendo Removes Ironfall Invasion From 3DS eS...:

@VR32F1END You're right. Out of dozens of homebrews I've tried on DS and only Colors worth it. I won't count emulators because they're not original pieces of software anyway. But yeah, bring homebrews and emulators to 3DS, we need a way to play GBA and SNES since Nintendo is ignoring the demand.



rushiosan commented on Nintendo: Wii U GamePad Is The Only Real Innov...:

Innovation? PSP did that earlier with PS3. And if having a second screen on your controller was supposed to be innovation, Dreamcast did so with VMU back in 1998, which was used to display general game information on a LCD monochromatic screen such as life bars, maps, tips etc, at the same time you had to look at the TV screen.

Even the DS had the dual-screen concept (with also one being touchscreen) almost a decade earlier... and DSi also introduced cameras. In my opinion, this concept worked so much better on DS.

I can't seriously understand what's so innovative about it.



rushiosan commented on Masahiro Sakurai Tackles Criticisms of Bonus F...:

I personally liked such feature. It doesn't seem to have any interference in the standard abilities required to play the game, so why so many complaints?

It's totally different from forcing a player to repeat a cup over and over and over until you can get 1st place in all matches just because the game forces a luck-based experience against CPU AI that will throw any random item at you flawlessly. Why is it so hard to put "no items", "shells only", "bananas only" options on MK8 single-player grand prix? Not everyone is a fan of the chaos caused by item sorting.

Back to topic, as long as these features remain unobtrusive and DLC-free (a.k.a. microtransactions required to allow skipping such things) they're welcome.



rushiosan commented on Talking Point: Fatal Frame's Trial Version and...:

@burninmylight Nintendo simply quit my country, Brazil. We had 3DS and Wii U being officially distributed and supported here, let me say again, OFFICIALLY. But last year they simply changed the course. Wii U e-shop? Delayed, delayed and then cancelled. I bought their official Wii U system here, with all booklets, box and everything in brazilian portuguese and had no option but create a North American NNID so I could purchase games using an international credit card. Retail games are gone from shelves. Their support simply cancelled all hardware repairs, there is no Nintendo authorized place to send my Wii U or 3DS back if anything goes wrong, well, maybe US if I can contact a friend or two who lives there. Localization doesn't happen for many digital releases that are still available on brazilian 3DS e-shop, so some developers doesn't even put games on brazilian catalog, and they might decide to quit and remove games due to, eh, legal or marketing issues.

Do you think every Nintendo customer lives in US, UK or JP? Not everywhere their services work properly. If I ever need a repair on my system bought (let me say again) OFFICIALLY, I'm screwed. And yeah, sometimes, even if your system is sent to Nintendo, they may or may not wipe out the system memory. Depends on what happened to your system bro. You're left to your own luck. What about serious damage? Steal? Fire? Will your 200+ hour MH3U saves be able to survive that too? Why not a proper account system with cloud storage for saves, no matter if they charge a fee for that...

Meanwhile, Sony and MS are doing pretty fine here with a local digital store and localization. PS Plus, cloud saves, transferring from a system to another, cross purchases, everything. Is Nintendo even trying? Or are they refusing to see how digital game distribution really works?



rushiosan commented on Talking Point: Fatal Frame's Trial Version and...:

@Jayvir Extra money for an HDD + the games still cost the same digitally than discs, which will last for way longer than online services when the system retires. What's the bright side of going digital with Nintendo? Help me because I'm having a hard time to figure it out.



rushiosan commented on Talking Point: Fatal Frame's Trial Version and...:

If that's an eshop exclusive at all, I'm out. Digital purchases and basically any Nintendo online service is proven to be unsafe. You don't have a proper account system, they simply start shutting all the servers down when the console is outdated, they remove games from catalog for weird reasons, and poof, time to move on. If your console is defective and you need a replacement, say bye to saves and pray the customer support is comprehensive enough to let you link your NNID to a new system and get your purchases back.

This is ridiculous.



rushiosan commented on Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated ...:

@TheLastLugia I don't see many reasons to cheer up with 2015 Lineup. Splatoon is the best title so far, but still not aimed for everyone. I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would because a huge part of it is focused on multiplayer. Ending 2015 with only one relevant big release, which is about playing online, isn't good for most owners.

And no, Mario Maker isn't really attractive besides all the hype the media is trying to simulate. It's not a full Mario adventure, it's just a sandbox about creating levels to share online. It could perfectly be a cheap title for digital-only purchase.



rushiosan commented on Nintendo Announces Super Mario Maker Wii U Har...:

Great, it's Mario, it has skins from all past 2D games, it has online features... but this one is still a MAKER game, not even close from being a complete Mario adventure.

So they're filling the package with an artbook, Amiibo and stuff like that to justify the full price. There are better options for $50-60, or much better bundles if you ask me.



rushiosan commented on First Impressions: Getting Cosy With Animal Cr...:

I'm still looking for reasons to justify the existence of such thing as a full game (it could perfectly fit as an extra feature inside a potential Wii U entry) but I still haven't found any.

Nintendo way to earn extra money like always.



rushiosan commented on First Impressions: Trying to Believe in Devil'...:

Sorry, but taking multiplayer as the last chance for a game to succeed is the ultimate reason to avoid it. Not everyone likes (or even play) multiplayer, regardless of being local or online. If a game doesn't have enough effort put on single-player content, you better be avoiding it because... servers won't last forever! Specially Nintendo servers. Specially third-party servers running Nintendo games. Take Wii and DS as the best examples.

I see a major fail and a rushed migration to PS4 and XOne when sales don't reach expectations. It's a shame because this one had a lot of potential. It would sit nice next to my Bayonetta 2 discs, but oh well, I might throw my money on something else.

Can't wait for the review.



rushiosan commented on Review: Don't Crash (Wii U eShop):

For a dollar that would be absolutely fair. I don't get why people keep asking for somewhat complex games at that price range. You get what you paid for.

A single outfit piece in SSB DLC pack is half of that price and does absolutely NOTHING besides cometic.



rushiosan commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Strategy Needs to be Glo...:

Nintendo's policies are outdated and obnoxious. Why no account system? Why no proper cross-buy between platforms, specially VC titles? Why are we locked to a region for e-shop, retail games and systems?

My only reason to purchase their hardware is the first-parties. Even the build quality is cheap and far inferior to what we have in the market competing with them. I mean, their systems look, feel and play like expensive toys with very limited functions (multimedia, online, social) and dubious durability.



rushiosan commented on The Animal Crossing amiibo Range is Bigger Tha...:

This Amiibo madness reminds me so much of EA/Activision and their music game series... which ended up sinking after peripherals, games and ideas ran out of control, you had like a new release every one or two months.

We all know how it ended.



rushiosan commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Won't Be As Powerful As Pl...:

Yes, power DOES matter. That's why 3rd party aren't considering major releases for Wii U right now, like Ubisoft's and EA's multiplat blockbusters, apart from poor market relevance.

I'm not defending we desperately need Ubi or EA support, neither that I can't live without a simultaneous release of the new AC game (two per year basically), but you simply can't make a console which is technically distant from its two main adversaries and expect it will be a mass success aimed for "everyone". The "everyone" term Nintendo currently knows and largely uses is distorted and distant from what the big majority actually is expecting.

Saying it "won't compete with PS4 or XOne" is absolute nonsense. What? Will it be another market flop aimed for only a few gamers who enjoy their first-parties? For family? For smartphone users? I miss the time when a game console was basically designed... for gaming. Every kind of game.