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treeofmana

treeofmana

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#2

treeofmana commented on Here's a Rather Attractive Portable Nintendo 64:

Wow! Seriously, this deserves the recognition it is getting as the build quality and design is excellent. It pays homage to the source console and controller. It has one of the most elegant cartridge slots thanks to that rounded top. Love it! He does it again!

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#5

treeofmana commented on Super Mario Hopping Into McDonald's Happy Meal...:

For those bemoaning the food, two things: the beef quality tends to be better in your country and you don't have to buy the meal for the toy. I have often just asked for the toy when I have wanted it and they will sell it to you separately.

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#6

treeofmana commented on Nintendo Is Here To Stay And Will Do Very Well...:

@MrGawain I call nonsense on your comment. Amazon is certainly not relying on Nintendo's success. Not only does it have an almost limitless supply of physical goods to deliver, it has its own digital wares store and delivery system. In fact, I suspect this may be a genuinely unbiased statement.

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#8

treeofmana commented on The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary E...:

@DerpSandwich I totally agree. I was so disappointed I missed this the first time but wasn't in the financial position to get a 3DS. I really appreciate Nintendo offering this now. I feel this company treats those who play Nintendo products extremely well. I wish more would quickly buy into their latest hardware.

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#9

treeofmana commented on Nintendo Open To Applying Zelda: Link Between ...:

I'll add my support for Other M here. I think it was an excellent game in all areas other than voice acting and story. The gameplay was solid and the story was actually compelling but suffered because of melodramatic and at times unbelievable voice acting as well as inconsistencies with the inferred character development of past games. I would not dismiss the game as a whole based on those things alone. Also, I love the control scheme!

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#10

treeofmana commented on Two Tribes Development Studio Shuts Down and N...:

That is very sad news. I recently shared my praise for Toki Tori 2+ and Two Tribes via email and received a personal email thanking me back. It was a fantastic show of the kind of passion and groundedness Martijn and the team have and I'll be forever impressed. This is very sad and I wish them luck. I also urge people to pick up Toki Tori 2+ for Wii U.

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#12

treeofmana commented on Win The Prima Official Game Guide The Legend o...:

I'm not terribly optimistic about my chances but I would love to get this set. It's gorgeous. Both as a collector of books and of things Nintendo, I'm all over this. I just haven't yet been able to justify the expense. Thanks for the chance, Nintendo Life!

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#13

treeofmana commented on Site News: How was 2013 for Nintendo Life?:

Sometimes I forget that you're not officially connected with Nintendo. Yours is always the site I turn to for Nintendo news and reviews. Even if you aren't the first with breaking news (which sometimes happens due to time disparity between you and me on the west coast of the USA), I wait to read your take on things first. Thanks for the great work! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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#14

treeofmana commented on Gunman Clive Sells Quarter Of A Million Copies...:

I called this game superb and nostalgia inducing on iOS. I just got my 3DS in November and will pick this game up for it in the next few days with some eShop cards. In the meantime, this is what I wrote for the iOS version and I'm sure the 3DS version deserves even more praises thanks to the 3D effect and controls. Maybe there is extra content, too!

Gunman Clive is a truly polished game with a subtlety and peculiar humor and atmosphere entirely it's own. At first, I thought Sunset Riders with a sketch effect coat. But that doesn't do this game justice. In fact, it seems to pay homage to Mega Man and Metroid with its pacing and some of the angles you have to fire at enemies with. But platforming and "rescuing the princess" is all Mario and there are even terrific gravity platforming a la side scrolling Mario Galaxy levels. Some of the bosses made me think of Sonic the Hedgehog machines and one of the final bosses made me think of The Adventure of Link (the 2D side scroller) with even the music seeming to pay homage to that game.

But with all these excellent allusions to great games, Gunman Clie stands out as its own game. Perfectly balanced with a steady increase in difficulty, attention to detail and the ability to jump in without any explanation. With so many games demanding complicated explanations of their gameplay at the front, it's refreshing to have a game where the game design makes it immediately obvious what and how you are supposed to play.

You probably already guessed that I like this game and while it is a short romp, you will love it--especially if you are a retro gamer. The art and music complete what is a solid game with a quirky sense of humor. Though it is short, I don't think anything needs to be added to it. It is perfect as is and even sports some of the finest touch controls for a game of its kind to date (I played on an iPad).

What I will be looking forward to and willing to shell out a higher than average iOS game amount of cash for is a sequel. Until then, I think I will keeps this on my device for a replay soon.

Thanks for a great game and a great time. Peace!

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#15

treeofmana commented on UK Champion Sami Cetin Breaks World Record Bar...:

I want to thank you for sharing this video. It certainly inspires me to try some new techniques in this game. I've loved it since it came out. Two questions: 1. When and how did you first learn about the starting line boost for this game (it seemed similarly obscured in the initial game)? 2. Do you play with a standard SNES controller or is there another controller you prefer to do these precise runs? Congratulations!

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#18

treeofmana commented on Nintendo of America Keen to Boost StreetPass P...:

I'm out and about right now collecting. I think the weekend has so far yielded more hits than ever on my 3DS. Full disclosure: I've only had my system since A Link Between Worlds came out. I have really enjoyed all the games and the experience. It is so simple but works so well. I picked up the four extra games and find them a lot more fun than I thought they could be. They are really killer apps!

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#21

treeofmana commented on Production Fault Pushes Hyperkin RetroN 5 Laun...:

Bummer! I've got my eye on this machine. I like the idea of playing my retro games upscaled on the HD TV upstairs while the consoles are hooked up to a CRT TV downstairs. Also, I want to play my Japanese copy of Seiken Densetsu 3 without changing anything on my SNES or purchasing a Super Famicom.

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#23

treeofmana commented on Iwata: We Never Fear Failure And Always Seek T...:

I really respect the way Nintendo does its own thing. They don't respond quickly to trends. Some see that as a negative thing and maybe, at times, it can be. Still, it is nice to know that Nintendo is working hard to create unique experiences without kowtowing to the whims of the marketplace. Often that means Nintendo comes up with an experience so compelling we wonder how he lived without it and why nobody thought of it sooner!

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#24

treeofmana commented on Eiji Aonuma Wants the Wii U Zelda's Hyrule to ...:

@Goginho I like your ideas. I agree, I would be excited if the game that comes next makes us feel emotionally attached and completely immersed in this fantastic world. I remember feeling that way at points in past games and completely in some (like Ocarina of Time). I think the only thing I would add to your comments is that there needs to be a feeling of distance and closeness. Times where we actually feel claustrophobic and times where we feel completely alone. Perhaps when a dungeon or overworld feels too linear it takes away from the potential for both of those feelings. When I was younger, I remember the artwork in the A Link to the Past Player's Guide fueling my imagination. It was dynamic with intense amounts of mood lighting and complex creatures and settings. That was an artistic interpretation of the game world. Now it just may be possible to create in game with the technology out there. That would excite me a lot. Nevertheless, I'm sure I will be enamored with the new game. I trust Nintendo.

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#25

treeofmana commented on Soapbox: Nintendo Could Have Ruled The Micro-C...:

I think you make a compelling argument. In fact, even though we own a Wii and a Wii U, I would buy an additional micro console version of the Wii.

Right now the Wii U and the Wii are both hooked up in our living room. The plan is to move the Wii to the den with our older systems. However, once there, it will be far harder to unhook and bring somewhere. A micro console would be a great way to bring a fantastic gaming experience to friends' houses and to events.

Also, I would keep it in the living room when not traveling so that the Wii could use the main TV when the Wii U is using off-screen mode. If there was the HD upscaling mentioned in the article, it would also mean Netflix and Hulu Plus in HD could occupy the TV while New Super Luigi U occupies the GamePad. This would be a fantastic setup for us as we rely on our Nintendo products to stream video content to our TV. We do not have cable nor any channels over the air.

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#29

treeofmana commented on Out Today: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker...:

I will pick up my preordered Wii U bundle this evening. I really wanted a white system but the Zelda style and the value was hard to pass up. I do prefer physical copies of games, and as a veteran gamer I have a lot of cartridges and discs, but as I already have the Hyrule Historia and Wind Waker on GameCube in physical format, I don't mind not having these that way. I do have the physical New Luigi U already, though. And my wife and I plan on picking up the physical copy of Duck Tales!

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#30

treeofmana commented on DuckTales: Remastered Coming to Retail on Wii ...:

Oh wow! I'm so excited! This is my most wanted game on the Wii U right now. My wife and I preordered the Wind Waker Wii U bundle and we already bought the boxed New Super Luigi U so we can tide ourselves over until November 12. It was planned to be a digital immediate purchase but I prefer this option. Call me old school.

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#32

treeofmana commented on Review: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings...:

Rented this when it first came out. Purchased it used later on. As a huge Tolkien fan, I appreciated the music and opening atmosphere. All of the limitations you pointed out perfectly accurate. Still, I remember putting a mic up to my TV just to record some of the music and I have great memories of playing the Middle-earth CCG with it in the background. Thanks for the review. It's excellent!

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#33

treeofmana commented on First Impressions: Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adv...:

It's really too bad the didn't go with the more retro inspired, painterly and stylized look that was one of the options Namco had people vote on via Facebook. The aesthetic of the show and this game would have been instantly improved, I think!

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#37

treeofmana commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Wishes Nintendo Had "Done Mor...:

I didn't get the original Zelda until the sequel was out. At that point I got both of them together. Between the two, I gravitated towards the sequel. I really like the art direction and the side scrolling fighting. I never did beat it, though. That is, until last year when I went back and played it on my NES. I finally got through it and realized I must have become a better gamer somewhere along the line. :)

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#38

treeofmana commented on Molyneux: Nintendo Is "Brilliant" At Attractin...:

I think the problem with the idea that Nintendo should make their own phone is that Nintendo isn't a phone company. They are a video game company. The best they could do would be to make a good handheld system with phone capability. Truthfully, that isn't likely to shake up the marketplace. It's possible it could sell a little bit to a small crowd. Perhaps a younger crowd. It's very unlikely anything they could do would disrupt Apple's momentum unless the company shifted its focus to consumer electronics.

As for putting games on other platforms, I'm no game designer but I imagine it would require a lot of extra effort to learn the ins and outs of additional hardware. Perhaps Mario could exist on the iPhone but without the intimate relationship Nintendo has with its hardware I would be skeptical of its quality.

A strange and unlikely "what if?" that I'm not even totally sold on: Apple and Nintendo could form a partnership. Perhaps, a dedicated Nintendo controller that would work universally with iOS devices. Perhaps have Nintendo curate all games in the App Store splitting all gaming profits and sweetening the possibility of a few Nintendo games on that platform. Essentially, let Apple do what Apple does best in other areas of the iPhone and let Nintendo handle all gaming for iOS. Then open up the App Store games that use the Nintendo controller to be playable on the Wii U with the Nintendo controller. The quality of both companies tends to be similar. Even their design elements have become similar in recent years. I offer it as an entertaining thought. Nothing more.

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#39

treeofmana commented on Nintendo - Inclusion of Peach in Super Mario 3...:

Princess Toadstool is my go to character in Mario Kart games and I picked her a lot in Super Mario Bros. 2. I am probably the one who will play as her in this game while my spouse plays as Luigi (her favorite). This guy typing right now is excited about her inclusion…for him!

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#40

treeofmana commented on Tech Site T3 Predicts What The Nintendo Smartp...:

I hate to say it but I would no longer be interested in a phone like this. I have come to expect a level of computing power out of my iPhone that I don't see happening in a Nintendo phone. Not because Nintendo doesn't rock but because companies like Apple have been building an ecosystem and data centers for years and has a massive App Store that makes my phone a powerful companion for curating my personal information as well as for content creation.

A Nintendo phone would be awesome for games in theory because you would always have it with you but it wouldn't be the phone I'd always have with me so it's sole purpose is defeated. I'd have to carry two devices anyway so why not carry a handheld?

People have mentioned before that Apple and Nintendo should team up. I could see a hybrid iPhone that has physical controls and is the result of a Nintendo/Apple partnership. That would be something I could see having with me always because the two companies would (in theory) bring the best of their respective areas into one device. The problem is, I can't imagine a successful business stragegy in that because both companies would be wanting the majority of profits and since both have stict listening policies I'm sure problems would arise.

From the perspective of quality, design aesthetic and family-friendly image, Apple and Nintendo would seem to be a natural match. I just don't think it would make sense on many other levels from my outsider perspective.

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#41

treeofmana commented on Squids Wrapping Its Tentacles Around The 3DS a...:

This is one of my favorite iPad games. I highly recommend it to anyone interested and I am excited to try this on the Wii U. It may work on the 3DS really well, too. I'd like to see maybe a mini map on the top screen or maybe they could put some animation in the top.

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#43

treeofmana commented on Talking Point: The Next-Gen Console War is Wii...:

@Haywired, it's hard to argue that this won't be a bit uphill but I wouldn't be so quick to compare the Wii U and the GameCube. Even though I'm not a huge fan of Sony, the PlayStation 2 had a lot going for it. There was still a general excitement after the original PlayStation had appealed to mature audiences and wooed so many developers that used to work on Nintendo consoles. It seems like this generation is starting with people remembering Nintendo and the Wii's success. If anything, it seems to me to be the reverse of the situation the GameCube launched in.

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#44

treeofmana commented on The Story of an Abandoned Mega Man FPS, Maveri...:

It doesn't look like Mega Man to me. The realistic guns, bullets and armor just don't entice me. I can see a game like this working, but I think they would really need to reassess the style. This is too gritty in my opinion.

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#46

treeofmana commented on Rumour: Rayman Creator To Part Company With Ub...:

After seeing Ubisoft's last E3 presentation and then Ancel and his studio it just seems like they are already two entirely different entities. Maybe the team will find a home closer linked to Nintendo. That seems a better match.