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treeofmana

treeofmana

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#3

treeofmana commented on Peculiar Outfits and Details Revealed for Twil...:

@PvtOttobot Excuse me, what?! Fat?! Oh dear.... I'm definitely on the side of things where I think the state of the sexualization of women in media is negatively affecting us. I present this comment to illustrate my point. Really, though. I don't mean to be mean. I just can't look at Midna and say she's fat in this portrayal for the life of me!

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#4

treeofmana commented on I'll Take Zelda And Mario Over Sharing Call Of...:

I absolutely agree it is better to have the unique Nintendo franchises than the shared games. Of course, the ideal would be to have both. Still, I don't mind missing out on some of the other experiences out there in exchange for those that I know I will truly enjoy. There are a few games I'd like to eventually play that are exclusive to Sony and Microsoft's current generation but I am kept more than busy with all of the great titles coming out on Nintendo platforms. Since I only chose one modern console, Wii U was it and I have no regrets.

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#5

treeofmana commented on Gallery: Gorge Yourself on These Assets For Th...:

@Kirk I think both these updates look like they only have very minor graphical changes compared to the original but going back and playing the original proves they are actually pretty big. Also, I'm someone who utilizes the 3-D effect all the time and that makes these games all the more intriguing. Finally, while pixel art does have an artistic quality that early polygons don't quite have yet, both these games don't feel dated in my opinion. The core gameplay and storytelling are still fantastic! I would have no problem calling both N64 Zelda titles works of art.

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#6

treeofmana commented on Nintendo Aiming To Create A Stronger Bond With...:

I say why not? This has some serious potential and I really enjoy my Mii. I think they are the best designed avatars in gaming. I actually use mine for some of my social media already thanks to the SD card saving feature on modern systems.

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#8

treeofmana commented on Nintendo Outlines Generous eShop Publication P...:

I am looking forward to seeing some of the excellent games that are out there coming to my preferred platform and my favorite system to collect for. I do think it is a little sad that the Nintendo Seal of Quality ship has officially made it to the open waters. I think it's interesting to consider the cultural differences between the NES era and now. I'm going to guess a lot of that has to do with the ERSB and the open, Wild West mobile markets creeping into our expectations. The price of some great games being some terrible and objectionable ones at times. But I think this is a positive move for Nintendo as a company.

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#10

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

@Kirk Whoa! Cool your jets. I think the article made a few quick and clear points that are quite valuable. Many parents might think to get this game for their kids but might not want the sexualized nature of Shantae and the crew to be on their kids' system. Regardless of how much you see sexualization in your media to be an issue, there's no denying its present in this game. And your link doesn't help. Belly dancers are sexualized! I'm sure an average boy in puberty wouldn't complain about animated busts however parents might wish to have a little more active role in raising their kids to have healthy images of women.

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#11

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

@Koapa I'm not sure where the idea that pixel art work is somehow both inferior to and easier to create then 3-D polygonal graphics, but it's wrong. I would be willing to bet more time was spent on the art and graphics in this game then truckloads of polygon-based games. It's a different type of art that is no less demanding and perhaps more so in reality. I would not pass this game up based on perceived value because of its graphics if I were you.

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#12

treeofmana commented on Eiji Aonuma Wants Mario Kart 8's DLC Master Cy...:

Thinking of the new Zelda's trailer, I actually could see this fitting. There is that cool bow and arrow set plus the monster is actually a machine. I wouldn't be surprised if the new installment either chronicles a Hyrule at the peak of its civilization much like an Atlantis (remember, it even ends up at the bottom of the ocean!) or a sort of new history cycle after the fall of our own like in Secret if Mana.

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#16

treeofmana commented on Ocarina of Time gets a 2D Makeover:

I know this is a fan project, but I get so frustrated with repurposed, competing art styles and anachronistic graphic effects in these sorts of things. It's great that those working on this have been experimenting and putting a lot of effort into it. I'm sure they are building some great skills. Still, I won't be downloading this.

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#18

treeofmana commented on Video: Watch These Teenagers As They're Expose...:

That was very entertaining if not a bit difficult to watch. I mean, I love Nintendo and the NES and it's hard to imagine young people who don't get warm-fuzzies when they look at it. Also, I flat out disagreed with some of the statements made but I can't deny it's an old piece of tech that is outdated. It just happens to play very well designed (if not technologically cutting-edge) games.

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#19

treeofmana commented on Review: Demon King Box (3DS eShop):

Oh. And as for the M rating, there is no clear nudity. There is one throw away scene of one of the characters bathing but more skin is covered by opaque steam than even a bathing suit would. There are, however, scantily clad demons and more than a few sexual innuendos and overt scenes involving a lustful henchman hitting on one of the demons unless I just misunderstood the poor translation.

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#20

treeofmana commented on Review: Demon King Box (3DS eShop):

So I saw the price, the art style and the ratings given on the eShop and took the plunge before your review was up. I enjoyed it start to finish. The poor translation is troublesome and one of my personal pet peeves. However, in this case, that is my biggest complaint as otherwise, it is a short romp that is a fun experience. For a couple bucks, I'm glad I picked it up.

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#21

treeofmana commented on Talking Point: A History of the Sexualisation ...:

I am disappointed by the comments that simply choose to dismiss this article and the need for discussion. Thanks for writing it. I think it was well put together. As people have pointed out, tight fitting athletic wear makes a degree of sense for Samus to wear under her suit but the question is why would she be out of her suit? I think the answer is obvious when you consider her exaggerated proportions (yes, boys, most women do not look like the screenshot of Samus from the new Smash Bros.). The answer: capitalizing on or placating raging hormones.

Nintendo has an opportunity to further hone Samus' character into the unchallenged strongest and most fleshed out woman lead in gaming and I for one would like that to be the inspiration for future appearances of Samus. We have plenty of generic, slender and buxom, scantily clad female characters. We don't need to have another one only helping objectify women for gamers young and old.

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#22

treeofmana commented on Bayonetta Download Code Included With Retail a...:

I purchased the linked to hard drive (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003MVZ60S?pc_redir=1402519619&robot_redir=1) off of Amazon because I needed it for the Mario Kart 8 promotion. I have been very pleased with it. It matches the Wii U system design and is intended for use in a media center so ventilation has been good in its small home. It's self-powered with 1TB, USB 2.0 and is pretty reasonably priced I think. I hope this helps any of you looking for hard drives!

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#23

treeofmana commented on E3 2014: Nintendo Won't Bring Live Twitch Stre...:

@Evenmoresteven I would agree. I think there has to be commentary or else why would you have it online? Enjoy the game. Heck, that even seems to get into the tricky area of free use. Is it really free use to straight up stream a game without adding anything of value? (Please note: this is a knee jerk response that is open to critique and input.)

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#24

treeofmana commented on E3 2014: No DLC In The Works For Content-Rich ...:

I'm sure it will be awesome for fans to enjoy both on the same console but as someone who didn't have a means to play the original as I stuck with Nintendo during the last generation, I represent the group that I think most benefits from this: new entrants to the Bayonetta series. I'm sold! I couldn't be more pleased with how this collaboration is turning out. I have a feeling Bayonetta 2 is going to be lauded. Maybe it will bring a few people over to the Wii U, as well!

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#25

treeofmana commented on E3 2014: LA Times Reveals Hot Scoop of New Whi...:

Wow, oh wow, oh wow. That is pretty sad. I mean, I know people who don't particularly care about video games shouldn't expected to know all the ins and outs, but this is beyond acceptable for any journalism outlet. I've seen blog posts by middle schoolers that are more accurate!

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#29

treeofmana commented on Renegade Kid Moving On To A "New Experimental ...:

Honestly the new game sounds far more enticing to me whereas I wasn't interested in the horror game at all. I am scared by the genre. I thought horror games sold well though, so 10% seems low. Maybe others wanted RK to create more of the games they have done really well making. I know I'm always craving solid sides-scrollers.

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#30

treeofmana commented on Chasing Aurora Dev Is Considering Bringing Sem...:

Please! Please! I really want it on Wii U. I've been so tempted to get it on Steam but have not because my gaming experiences are so much better on our Wii I keep holding out hope. I'd probably end up getting both at some point but I'd prefer to play it first on the Wii U. I can guarantee this game would have at least my sale. By the way, Chasing Aurora is a fantastic game and worth getting if you don't have it yet.

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#32

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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#35

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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#36

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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#38

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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#39

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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#40

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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#42

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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#43

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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#44

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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#45

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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#48

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!