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Editor, gamer and bookworm

Male, 29, United Kingdom

Features editor of Nintendo Life since August 2011, editor since March 2014; love video games and Nintendo. I've previously completed two degrees in Literature and the History of the Book, which haven't been helpful at all...

Fri 28th August, 2009

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ThomasBW84 commented on Feature: Breaking Down Over 50 Must-See Things...:

@jariw True in those cases, but I still don't think this'll be one. There's a lot going on in this game, and thanks to the very welcome focus on 60fps I think this — like Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8 — will run natively at 720p but be upscaled.

Nintendo's not advertising falsely to say '1080p' due to the upscaling, merely adopting the same tricks as everyone else. To be honest, the game looks fabulous in the demos I've played, so I don't even personally care either way.

As also said in the article, it's just our thinking based on similar releases (ie, not enhanced ports of GameCube / Wii era games and graphical engines) from the past couple of years. Perhaps we'll be proven wrong, which will be just grand if so :)



ThomasBW84 commented on Review: Shantae And The Pirate's Curse (3DS eS...:

Ron wrote half a paragraph giving an opinion on the continuing jiggly boob design of Shantae, with the latter half saying (and I paraphrase) "if that doesn't bother you, then fine".

I think disagreeing with that and debating it is absolutely fine, but my view is that some of you are going WAY off on a tangent to argue about the topic in broader terms; talking about 'manipulation' and 'weak minds', or whatever, seems somewhat out of context here.

It's an opinion (shared by some others in the NL team, but not necessarily all) which is part of the scope when a reviewer gives their assessment of a game. I hope any debate around that one little bit of the review can at least focus on the text while acknowledging that, you know what, some feel that way about these topics and maybe the sands are shifting in SOME opinions.

Anyway, not much more I can say from my perspective — and of course some will disagree regardless — so I'll leave it at that. That's just an FYI that I won't be getting into an endless debate if I get 'copied' in replies because, simply, I think the context is being exaggerated by some of you, and I simply don't have the time right now.

As a final note, remember courtesy and respect for others, too, when expressing your opinions, otherwise the moderating team (and no, I'm not in it) will be getting busy, as I've been told some have already been using bad language etc.



ThomasBW84 commented on Video: How Much Faster Is The New Nintendo 3DS?:

@123akis Because we like to, and it's how we roll. It's how we approach content, to try and give news, reviews and features a fair shake in terms of being visible for a sensible amount of time, as well as simply stickying articles.

@BensonUii I think Nintendo's said it won't improve performance in that way in older games, but I'm only 95% sure of that. Something to check, maybe when the Aus models land.



ThomasBW84 commented on Two Pokémon Game Boy Color Titles Dated For N...:

@Joruus_Cbaoth An article is never late, it arrives precisely when it means to (brownie points for recognising the well-known movie quote).

But no, not really, we report stuff when we see it and / or decide it's something we want to write up, which we've only said a million times now over the years.



ThomasBW84 commented on Feature: Bayonetta - Creating Gaming's Combati...:

@Achoo To answer the first part, yes. We plan feature content for major releases in advance, and I don't care one jot what Metacritic something has when putting together content with the team; we follow our own priorities, not based on what review scores a game's had.

As for the New Super Mario Bros. Wii comparison, I didn't even work for the site when that was reviewed nearly five years ago. It's also an apples and oranges companion, plus a different reviewer etc.



ThomasBW84 commented on Feature: Bayonetta - Creating Gaming's Combati...:

@Achoo Because I didn't think it was worth a 10, and I think 9 is a very high score. It's VERY simple.

Also, more sites gave it less than 10 than those that did, if we want to look at it factually.

I'm delighted it's been so well received in reviews though, it's a fantastic game.



ThomasBW84 commented on Video: New Nintendo 3DS Unboxing And Hands On:

I concur with @antdickens, I really want one after having a little go of this model. I'll definitely be opting for this size, as it's a nice amount bigger than the old standard but still has nice sharp screens. And faceplates, I want them all. As @Damo said in his review, too, the stable 3D is fantastic.

At one point you can see me slaving away writing in the background while Damo plays Mr Spielberg. I think his morning was more fun than mine! Still, lots of plushy shots, so it was worth it.



ThomasBW84 commented on Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Super...:

@rjejr I don't believe Nintendo's absolutely clarified any titles to support amiibo on 3DS (just that amiibo will obviously be a thing on the portable), but with the New 3DS and the fact the Wii U version supports them, I'd be very surprised if amiibo doesn't feature in this game, even if it comes in a future update.



ThomasBW84 commented on Master Quest DLC Details Emerge for Hyrule War...:

@BossBattles Quite the conversation we're having here...

Lots of people have lots of body shapes, absolutely, was this character created to titillate some players? Yes, with an outfit and physique to do just that. We're having a joke at the developer's expense as that was clearly the intention, and I feel you're reaching to try and tie this into some kind of insult to women, especially considering I'm mocking developers producing designs like Cia.

It's part of gaming unfortunately, just as we get marines with watermelons for muscles and abs that you could grate cheese on. Will I hold off on joking about those characters because I and many others don't boast such chiselled frames? No.

I can't account for everyone agreeing when I have a pop at designs in games, but it's crazy (as anyone who knows me or the site as a whole) to try and suggest it's any more than a jokey tease at art design that is silly. At least, and it's probably because it's a Nintendo character, Zelda et al are still portrayed with some degree of class in this game.