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30, United States

Ex-EA Games and BHG employee now making educational software for kids. Twice the pay and half the hours- but I do miss game design. That's why I'm an active member of the IGDA, and meet with local indie developers as much as possible.

Mon 22nd October, 2012

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russellohh commented on Video: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening H...:

The scary old lady enemies at 8:07- when I did it nearly 20 years ago, instead of them throwing what looks like the little boy, they fired Bowwow out of their mouth (it replaces the crystal/rock attack) Little old ladies, spitting angry, metal dogs with giant teeth.

It was the stuff of nightmares.



russellohh commented on Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away F...:

Every year or so, I imagine what would happen if we traveled to a parallel, alternate Earth and asked our counterparts what happened.
"You guys still have WAR?"
"Oh no, the asteroid completely missed earth, we're all super highly evolved dinosaurs. That's why we're several millenia ahead of you technologically".

And my new favorite "Oh, you guys on Earth-10 only released like 10 SNES games? Yeah, we just hired 100 out-of-work programmers to port our entire SNES library onto the Wii U. We LITERALLY made 10 trillion dollars the next day. We took over Apple, Microsoft, and Sony a month later. We're taking over all the cellphone companies next, too!"



russellohh commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 Available to Download ...:

@Kaze_Memaryu Cheese Land was a little boring, but I disagree completely on the Animal Crossing Track. The Zelda map was a generic castle, with rupees, and a master sword.

The Animal Crossing level has Resetti popping out to attack you, fruit trees you have to shake to get items, and balloons you have to hit to get weapons. THrow in the named villagers from the game, not just generic NPCs but actual named characters, and the seasons, and it feels EXACTLY like driving around in Animal Crossing town.

You shake the trees to get items out for crikeys sake!

That's like, half of Animal Crossing right there.



russellohh commented on Reminder: New StreetPass DLC Games Offer a 'Th...:

@TerrapinJess Not even things as large as PAX, either! Or, as industry-specific. The Washington DC cherry blossom festival, Otakon, Animemazement, even just local colleges all have thousands of 3DS owners walking around. A $19 bus ride through NYC got me thousands of hits- only 10 of which were from the actual Nintendo store.



russellohh commented on Reminder: New StreetPass DLC Games Offer a 'Th...:

Anyone else REALLY wish streetpass games could hold more people? The limit of 50 people in Fire Emblem isn't too bad, but it takes me weeks to sort through 20 Animal Crossing passes- and I got about 1,500 last week. In November, I get about 10,000 street passes-

and my game lets me save 10 that I need to try and use up before it will take anymore.
I can't imagine they take up that much storage!



russellohh commented on Akihiro Hino on Why Fantasy Life 2 is Not Comi...:

@Kilroy Ehhh. Pirating on the 3DS is incredibly easy- pirating on iOS takes effort, and if the game is 99 cents-$15, not worth it. Micro-transactions are incredibly hard to pirate/fake, which is part of why the model works so well.

As for copycats- Fantasy Life is one of the 5 or at least 7 best RPGs I've played in 30 years, and that includes Fallout 3, Mass Effect, Earthbound, and Chrono Trigger. Fantasy is right up against Mario RPG and Final Fantasy 6 for next place. Copycats? Copiers? Knock-offs?

Balls, I hope so. Haven't played a game this good in 5 years....



russellohh commented on Fantasy Life 2 Is Skipping 3DS In Favour Of Sm...:

@Quorthon During the days of the SNES, he was great with games. He just never mastered analog controls, especially thumbsticks. Rather than a subtle motion to slowly move the crosshairs or drive his vehicle, he always kinda smashes the stick all the way left, than all the way right. In FPS, he always either shoots the floor or the ceiling, and in driving games..well.
Some controllers have last years with him, others...not so much.



russellohh commented on Fantasy Life 2 Is Skipping 3DS In Favour Of Sm...:

@Quorthon Yeah, but not like this one. Rocketfish, RareCandy i think, those cute mario and yoshi wii u gamecube looking controllers for smash bros- they're all similar to an xbox controller, but this one actually FEELS right

I have a best friend who used to go through a controller every few months at my house, so I started just getting the cheaper third party ones. 99% feel like crap. This one is actually really nice



russellohh commented on Fantasy Life 2 Is Skipping 3DS In Favour Of Sm...:

As much as I dislike 99% of smartie phone games, the few by large teams based on triple A titles (Phoenix Wright, World Ends with You, XCOM, Civ Rev) have all turned out nicely.

Considering Fantasy Life is in my top 10 of all time, maybe even top 5, I'll be getting this day one.

I really, really hope it allows bluetooth controllers- Gamestop has a $9 Android controller that's identical to a 360 controller



russellohh commented on Review: Story of Seasons (3DS):

So glad its not ...terrible. An 8 or 9 would have been great, but alas.

I'll likely get it boxed or used on sale. I was burned too badly by the digital version of Bravely Default (I've broken 3 bones in my life, and I'd rather re-break the last one than re-play the last 10 hours of that game again), along with Hometown Story.



russellohh commented on Gallery: These Artistic Recreations of Women C...:

@Einherjar I know right?! Ugh, eff those OTHER websites, that are against racism, and the laughable depictions of women in 95% of video games. Where's the lonely, unloved, single white supremacist extremist going to get his video game news NOW, with out all those icky races or women's?!



russellohh commented on Gallery: These Artistic Recreations of Women C...:

@NintendoFan64 Ugh, i KNOW. Her game about talking mushrooms, kidnapping snapping turtles, murderous pipe plants and flying cloud monsters I've been fine with, it's totally serious, but.... a GUN?! Just like the thousands of bullet bills already in the game, or the bazookas the toads talk about? THAT'S the line where I can't take it seriously anymore!



russellohh commented on Review: Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley (3DS):

Natsume finally gets the chance to make their own Harvest Moon- its garbage.

Final Fantasy creators get their chance to make their own Bravely Default- the last 10 hours are dreadful and make me unwilling to ever buy another digital game.

The Harvest Moon creator goes out on his own to make Hometown story- a terrible game I've never been able to play a full hour of.




russellohh commented on Review: Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley (3DS):

@DarthNocturnal I used to buy every Harvest Moon as soon as it came out, but I stopped awhile back. The GBA and GC ones really were the best. I also loved Back to Nature. I realized that in one game, I never did get married due to a broken heart event I think, and in another, I've never had a kid. Even though I stopped playing them years ago, I recently went back and decided to 100% complete every old one before I even glance at the new ones.



russellohh commented on Nintendo’s Free-To-Play Experiment Pokémon ...:

@Kaze_Memaryu If the current rating is 4.1, and you have a 1 star rating, and it gets flooded with 5 stars, it'll hit 4.99- not exactly NEGATING the 1, but certainly making it meaningless.

But, your review is for a game you admit to not playing, so I can't imagine it gave any meaning to anyone.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to write an essay about what it's like to be Emperor of Earth.



russellohh commented on Nintendo’s Free-To-Play Experiment Pokémon ...:

@Kaze_Memaryu HA! "I only downloaded it so i could give it a low rating, without having played it, not understanding how automatic downloads work, and generally just being a troll".

I have 5-6 3DSs at my house right now. I think I'll use all 5 to give it a 5 star rating, just to negate that nonsense you just spouted.



russellohh commented on Iron Combat: War in the Air Bringing Mech Batt...:

@Kaze_Memaryu At 22 seconds through the rest of the video, they repeatedly turn and face the camera. Not only can you tell them apart by the different color outfits, but even their hair and facial structure are clearly different as they fly around.

Are you maybe watching this on a phone or something? At 22 and 38 seconds, not only can you see their faces, but their arms, legs, and...yeah.

It's a game about two people that can fly. The entire video shows two people wearing shiney suits, flying.



russellohh commented on Nintendo Download: 12th March (North America):

@OMC79 I bet it works out better for them that way. There are WayForward games i think look good, but ehh i'll wait til they're on sale. Pikmin, Wario Wii U? Eh they look nice, but $60 each, pass.

$10 for an Atlus RPG? $15? Who can say no!

I own every Atlus title and have likely beaten only one.



russellohh commented on Review: Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (Wii U ...:

I always heard I'd enjoyed Fire Emblem, but always put it off. I finally tried this game when I got it via the Ambassador program.

Three days later, I finally turned off my 3DS and collapsed from exhaustion.
One month later I owned every American release.

The day this comes out on eShop is the day I call out of work early.



russellohh commented on Weirdness: eBay Trolls amiibo Fans With Gold M...:

@Quorthon Ehh sorta. Nintendo fans maybe made 1/3 of the mess, the rest is all Nintendo. I live in one of the most densely populated parts of the country, and there were.....7 Lucarios within 70 miles. For well over 2 million people in this area.
Every other house on this street owns a wii, yet every third city has a lucario amiibo.

BAD Nintendo, BAD!



russellohh commented on Weirdness: eBay Trolls amiibo Fans With Gold M...:

@DTFaux Not exactly. The items are still in demand and in short supply because they are wanted. You can't go to a store and buy 100 copies of 1886 or whatever it is, and sit at home laughing manically that people will now pay $200 for the game- no one wants to pay $20 for it. Sure, the $12 Lucario i bought a friend might be worth $30 to someone in the parking lot, now that toys r us doesnt have it anymore, whereas it was only worth $12 to them if the store still had it in session. But in the end, the only toys r us within 15 miles only had 2 lucarios. The supply is Nintendos fault, and the demand is Nintendos pride.

Waking up at 6am and sitting outside a toys r us half snoring before i have to get to work is just friend love, and you better appreciate it, mister.

You know who you are.



russellohh commented on Weirdness: eBay Trolls amiibo Fans With Gold M...:

@Quorthon Agreed. I've sold 2 amiibos, 2 Majora's, and another item I think not out of pure greed, but I had an extra amiibo during a sale, and I had pre-ordered Majora for friends knowing it would sell out long before they could afford it, or find it.

Each item i listed at $9. Within minutes, one amiibo hit $35.

The Majora hit $150 within a day i believe. That's not the scalpers- that's Nintendo fans screaming "i have $150 to spend on this game, and if you only have 146, tough #%@%".



russellohh commented on Review: Pokémon Shuffle (3DS eShop):

@6ch6ris6 I found that hard to do, honestly. Even playing it for 5-6 minutes at a time, with 3-5 hours between each session, I ran out of time. I let my hearts energy things recharge overnight, to full, and fought a boss- pokeball broke, so you have to restart. Ran out of energy and was asked to pay money within seconds.

Trozei is well worth the purchase.



russellohh commented on Former Sega of America CEO Talks Out on the Co...:

I see Nintendo more as a beloved grandmother, kindly making delicious cookies in her oven. She charges $2 for them, and $1 for accessories, like milk. Her neighbors Sonya and Mark&Sofia put whiskey in theirs, and charge $30 for the accessories, like proprietary...cups, and season passes to more cookies. The whiskey is to make the cookies MATURE, they say. For adults! Yet, all you ever see eating them are alcholic frat boys. Grandma Nin's cookies never grow up, but they never make you feel like buying a Tapout hat, either.

Grandma Nin is happy you like her cookies- she's been making them the same way for 30 years. And although your tastes change over time, the nostalgia, the quality, the family-friendly nature of her cookies never lose their appeal.

Unfortunately, come the holidays, Grandma Nin never knows how many cookies to make. Sometimes she makes square purple ones, and they don't do as well compared to the black chocolate S2 cookies Sonya makes. Other times, she makes small white ones, and everyone in America owns at least one.

The smaller one, the dual-chipped cookies, does insanely well. Several years later, the 3-chipped cookie does well, but sells 1/3 as many. So, she makes too many one year, at too high a price, and has to give it away much cheaper just 3 short months later. In fact, she actually lost money on ingredients. Too much compeition from these new, casual cookies- bite sized, 99 cent pieces of chipsAHoy garbage that taste like angry birds and farms.

Grandma can't adapt to this changing world of low-quality shovel flatware, so she does what she can do best- makes quality cookies at a reasonable price. Sure, it took her way too long to get online, and Voice Chat is way beyond her- don't try to Skype your grandma, kids. Just drop by, or send her a letter.

As for the action figure line she made, based on her favorite cookies, and yours?


Grandma Nin shouts.
It's not her fault she keeps selling out- she had no idea people would scalp so viciously her precious little cookies in the shape of italian plumbers and friendly dinosaurs.



russellohh commented on Nintendo Download: 19th February (North America):

@starmarx39 It actually feels way less strategic to me. Since you can't flip two pieces that aren't going to cause either to clear, you can't set up stack or X shapted or giant + shaped blocks, then clear them all with a single piece.
Now you can only move a piece if its next motion will make it disappear.

You can't even switch XY to YX if you feel the need, unless XXYX becomes XXXY. That's literally the only way you can flip pieces.
Rough estimate? It limits your score by 70%, making it much harder to receive hearts.



russellohh commented on Reaction: Pokémon Shuffle Isn't Quite Microtr...:

@FaustoM That makes me the saddest panda. I realized yesterday that i never do that- swap one so it clears on two different parts of the screen- i think mostly because there are far more points to be had making a 8 or 12 or 16 combo super drop.

Which happens in this game, but randomly, and by accident.
So...crappy micro transactions, little skill, no strategy.

Turns out Nintendo closed Club Nintendo reviews for new games just so they wouldn't have to sit through 5,000 pages of
is the worst
you've ever had Nintedno

and i own a virtual boy.