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Tue 12th August, 2008

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TrueWiiMaster commented on Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets Ge...:

I love the show, and the game looks pretty good. That said, it's still a licensed game, so I'll wait for a review. Also, is "Big Grin" the European equivalent of Disney XD, or did they change the name since I stopped getting "premium" channels?

And is this the first time the UbiArt engine has been on the 3DS, or was Rayman Origins built on it?



TrueWiiMaster commented on Super Meat Boy May Be Coming to the Wii U:

Nintendo had the file limit in place from the beginning. Team Meat knew about it, and promised the game would come out on the Wii. They then proceeded to surpass the file limit, and blame Nintendo for not bending the rules for them when it couldn't come out.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Super Meat Boy May Be Coming to the Wii U:

I have it on PC from a Humble Bundle I got years ago, but even if I didn't, I have no desire to support this developer after the Meat Boy Wii debacle and the creation of BoI. So yeah, not interested.



TrueWiiMaster commented on The Pokémon Company Withdraws Settlement in L...:

Strange. As I understand it, unions have been exercising their right to free speech, including political involvement, for decades. They didn't just get that right in 2010. It was also my understanding that the government was unable to affect or censor churches in any way, despite them being organizations rather than individuals.

Actually, and ironically, the public has all of the say. The wealthy, incorporated or not, can only spread their message. It's the people who choose who gets elected. McDonald's being able to pay for political commercials doesn't change the fact that McDonald's doesn't get a vote in the next election.

The Patriot Act, unless I'm missing something, is about surveillance, not censorship, and the Espionage Act only allows censorship of things directly related to national security. So no, the government cannot just censor anything it wants.

With the rise of social media, that's becoming less and less true. These days there are probably more people on Youtube than who watch the news or read the paper. You don't need to be wealthy to be heard by thousands on Youtube. Wealth can act as a sort of megaphone to get messages out, but that's about all it can do. The people are the ones who vote, so the people are the ones with the power. The wealthy just try to convince the people of their message.



TrueWiiMaster commented on The Pokémon Company Withdraws Settlement in L...:

An association of people is a group of individuals, each with 1st Amendment rights. Besides, if only individuals have the right to free speech, the government would have the power to freely censor books, which are usually published by companies, not individuals. That would go for games, music, and movies too. It would also mean that unions could be banned from political involvement, which is a form of free speech, because they are groups, not individuals. Also, if the 1st Amendment only applied to individuals, how would that affect churches? They are religious organizations, not individuals.

Having money has no influence on what rights you have. Bill Gates, despite being worth more than The Pokemon Company, still has the same rights as you or me. Because he's so incredibly wealthy, he can better promote his speech, but his speech is no more and no less protected than ours. Wealth does not dictate rights.



TrueWiiMaster commented on The Pokémon Company Withdraws Settlement in L...:

After all this guy's doing, it's really not surprising. He used the Pokemon property to draw customers and make money. Even if his motives were just to have fun, he did it as a business and money was involved. Just like Walmart can't put out a commercial featuring Pikachu without permission, this guy can't put Pikachu on a flyer and say "come to my cafe". After they came to an agreement, he then went online and painted the Pokemon Company as something of a villain to get sympathy money, supposedly unaware that TPC might not appreciate that, and in response pull their relatively easy agreement.

Actually, that case recognized corporations as associations of people, deciding that their 1st Amendment right couldn't be infringed just because they were incorporated.

I don't think the morality here is so cut and dry. After all, the guy stole the Pokemon IP, which is worth hundreds of thousands of times more than the fee they agreed on. On top of that, it's not like he was just some random guy having a party at his house. He was doing this at his own business. It boils down to a small business stealing, inadvertently or not, from a big business, and the big business going relatively easy on him, but not just letting him off the hook completely.



TrueWiiMaster commented on The Pokémon Company Sues Fan for Copyright In...:

It seems harsh, but he was using Pokemon's IP to bring people in. Whether he profited from the tickets or not is irrelevant. He brought in customers using someone else's property, and charged them for entry. You can't do that.

To those saying Nintendo should have just sent him usable ads, that's not really how it works either. To protect their IP, they'd need/want significant control over the event (what was served, what was played, what was given away, etc) before they endorsed it. They might not want Pikachu to be the face of an event that features competing games, or which has an environment counter to the one Nintendo wants for Pokemon.

While I think Pokemon Co. should have let him pay over time, or even reduce the fee, they were in the right here. It was their property, and they have every reason and right to defend it.



TrueWiiMaster commented on This Is The Last Real Console Cycle, Proclaims...:

That's not entirely true. While I'm generally pro-PC for 3rd party games, there are reasons to go with consoles other than exclusive games. First, there's innovation. You'd never get something like the Wii, Wii U, or 3DS on PC, because a PC is just a rig with a keyboard, or a controller borrowed from a console. Then there's the consistency. My brother built a pretty great gaming rig a few years ago. From the beginning, it had issues running games, not because it couldn't, but because the games were optimized for different hardware or not optimized at all. As I understand it, that's not uncommon for PC's. Then there's price. His gaming rig cost about triple the price of a console, and while it can outdo the PS4, that's still a high price. And finally, there's the convenience. While you can do just about anything with a PC, it generally takes more effort and know-how than plugging in a console and starting a game. With consoles, you don't really have to do anything. With Steam boxes coming out, some of that could change, but I doubt all of it will.



TrueWiiMaster commented on This Is The Last Real Console Cycle, Proclaims...:

"This is the last real console cycle. I don't mean that Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo will go bankrupt and shut down - they will not. Each of them will make another console"
So basically, by saying this is the "last real console cycle" he meant this was in no way the last console cycle. Why do people still listen to this guy?

As for his point about switching to mobile platforms, even as tablets, and even android gaming boxes, get stronger, they still don't have the strength for big AAA gaming. They also don't have the consistent build (what works on one might be broken on another). Perhaps most importantly, the crowd he's talking about, the crowd who would buy CoD on their smartphone but not on a console, tends to be very cheap (hence not wanting to buy a console). Would CoD and FIFA really double their sales if they released at their console game price point on mobile devices? Almost certainly not. Even if they cut their prices in half, which probably still wouldn't be enough to get those sales, selling twice as many copies would yield the same amount of money, making it pointless. Realistically, to be competitive and attract those mobile users, they'd need cut prices to down to less than $15, maybe less than $10, at which point they'd need to sell not double, but quintuple the number of copies sold on consoles to make the same money.

Also, I'd like to point out that the PS3 was to the PS2 what the 3DS is to the DS, and yet the PS4 is moving towards PS2 numbers.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Talking Point: Star Fox Zero's Delay Could Be ...:

"However, few would argue that the Wii U has quantity as well as quality"
When it comes to exclusives, the Wii U has both quality and quantity. The problem is that exclusives are pretty much all it's getting these days.

It's disappointing that Star Fox is being delayed (though I'd rather they take their time and make it as good as possible), but honestly, I'm more excited about Xenoblade and Woolly World (which isn't out in America yet, and should probably be counted as a holiday release). And while they're not AAA games, Fatal Frame and Devil's Third are on the way too.

As for this holiday, I think Nintendo still has a good chance of doing well. Even though it's already out, Mario Maker is almost guaranteed to be a big Christmas seller, almost certainly a much bigger seller than Star Fox was ever going to be. There's a possibility Splatoon will do well too, despite its age.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Plight Of Syrian Refugees Highlighted Via The...:

Honestly, I think the video could have done a much better job of showing how difficult the journey would be, perhaps by making each "life" a different person, with the previous person still stuck in the problem they lost with.

And while the journey is certainly hard and dangerous, that really isn't relevant to other countries taking them in. While countries should give humanitarian aid when they can, their first priority should be their own people. Taking in tons of refugees is expensive, and comes with the risk of bringing in terrorists disguised as refugees. In this case, the vast majority of the refugees won't know European languages either, which makes it more likely that they'll just stick together, making a Syrian subculture within the European nations. I feel for the real refugees, who really are desperately fleeing the violence in their own nation, with no alterior motives, but I completely understand European countries not inviting, and even blocking, an invasion.



TrueWiiMaster commented on More Wave 5 amiibo Pre-Order Sale Windows Conf...:

It doesn't seem to be working now, but I don't think it's because it sold out. If something sells out, you can usually still see it, but it's not there at all right now. I think Amazon's having some problems or something. They're also telling me it has 6 reviews, but when I click on them, it says they don't exist.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Toon Link Will Reportedly Be Playable in Hyrul...:

I'm still kind of annoyed that Nintendo's basically making a GOTY edition of Hyrule Warriors (as in a complete-with-all-DLC+more package) but only releasing it on the 3DS. I want all of that content, but I want it on the Wii U, and I don't want to pay $100+ for it. Unless I see a particularly good opportunity to buy the Wii U game, or they make the DLC free, I'm probably going to hold off in the hopes of either a Wii U Legend Edition, or an NX Legend Edition.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Nintendo of America Makes Young Boy's Dream Co...:

I don't know if Nintendo had anything to do with it in the past, but they've had units like this where I live for over a decade. When my brother was hospitlaized with appendicitis back in the early 2000's, they rolled in an N64 and TV on a cart. More recently (4-5 years ago), my nephew got a similar cart when he was in the hospital, but with a Wii. For a kid stuck in a hospital bed, it really does a lot to lift their spirits.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Potential Massacre Averted At Pokémon World C...:

No, I don't, but that doesn't mean there will never be a time when people need to take up arms against a tyrannical government. Regardless of whether that time ever comes, the right to bear arms is guaranteed so that people can protect themselves and their freedom should either come under attack. So no, I don't think we're in immediate danger from the government, but I think the citizenry having the ability to fight back should there be a danger is an important right. As kind of an aside, I doubt the Germans would have thought their government was capable of the horrors the Nazi's committed 10 years before they came to power, either.

And again, guns are frequently used for self-defense, too. Many people have used guns to protect themselves and their loved ones. People use them to hunt, too, of course.

Globally speaking, most other countries don't have the same freedoms as the USA, and most other countries weren't born by escaping tyrannical rule with the citizens' guns.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Potential Massacre Averted At Pokémon World C...:

Assault rifles, as in the automatic rifles used in the military, aren't legal to own. The gun many people confuse as an assault rifle, and which is almost certainly what these guys had, the AR-15, is not automatic, and isn't very different from a regular rifle. Many people use them for hunting, and some people just like them better than traditional rifles. Because of its appearance, it has become the go-to example for gun control advocates, but it's just another semi-automatic gun like almost every other gun on the market. It's also worth mentioning that murders with rifles, including AR-15's, make up an incredibly small number of the murders in America. More people are killed with bare hands than rifles.

Feel free to tell the people who defended their lives and property with guns how "barmy" it is that they were able to do so. I'd ask you to say the same thing to Holocaust survivors, but they were disarmed before being put into concentration camps, so they weren't able to defend themselves. History has shown us time and time again the danger of being a disarmed populace. It's not some theoretical idea thought up by gun owners.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Potential Massacre Averted At Pokémon World C...:

That's both bizarre and disturbing. At least they got caught. Hopefully the police can get them for more than just possession.

To all the people bashing America and it's gun laws, the 2nd Amendment exists for a reason. If people are unarmed, they're defenseless. We can look to history and see numerous cases of disarmament followed by subjugation, including Hitler, Stalin, and various other regimes. On a more personal level, gun ownership allows you to defend yourself from other individuals, whether they be rapists, terrorists, murderers, or burglars, without relying on someone else to save you.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Director's Cut G...:

I'm not at all interested. If they put the DLC on the eshop, I might buy it, because the game was a lot of fun, but there's no way I'm going to buy it again, especially at almost 7 times what I originally paid for it (got it on sale for $6).



TrueWiiMaster commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Dismissal of Chris P...:

I feel sorry for the guy being out of a job, and a great job at that, but as he himself admitted, it was his own fault. I don't blame Nintendo in the least for firing an employee who spoke publicly, sometimes in a negative way, about Nintendo without permission. He didn't have the authority to say what he said.

And you don't need a $300 Japanese 3DS to play Project X Zone. It was released in America.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Editorial: Super Smash Bros. Should be Integra...:

I could see a version of SSB that included all of the DLC, and maybe all of the levels from both the Wii U and 3DS games, coming to the NX. It wouldn't be a remake so much as a "Greatest Hits" kind of thing, and it wouldn't be unlike Nintendo's recent decision to do pretty much the same thing with Hyrule Warriors on the 3DS (actually, Hyrule Warriors Ultra on the NX would be pretty cool too).

Aside from such "Ultimate" versions, I'd much prefer if Nintendo looked further back for games to remake. I'm still rooting for Mario Sunshine HD.

And as for Animal Crossing, the only way it will come to the NX early is if it skips the Wii U, or comes to both as one game. If Animal Crossing U came out in the the next two years, as it would have to, it would be too soon to release a new Animal Crossing on the NX in its first year. That said, and as much as I'd love a new Animal Crossing on the Wii U, the idea of Animal Crossing being a launch game for the NX does sound pretty great.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Weirdness: Revenge is a Dish Best Sold on eBay...:

Unless he cheated or something, which would be worthy of revenge like this, it sounds like she was the real problem in the marriage. She's clearly a very spiteful, jealous person. We'll never know what actually went on in their marriage, but her actions represent her, and they don't make her look good.

And what judge in his right mind awarded her the husband's games anyway? How does that make any sense?



TrueWiiMaster commented on The Square Enix Teases for Dragon Quest 3DS Lo...:

I'm definitely interested in DQ7, but I'm a little hesitant about DQ8, mainly because it's going to be a visual downgrade from the original version. I might still get it, though. I have it for the PS2, but never got around to finishing its long campaign, and no longer have my PS2 hooked up. The 3DS would certainly be a much more convenient way to play it.



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

We'll see. If it's coming in 2017, as many believe, its design probably isn't even set yet. I'd be surprised if Nintendo didn't make the NX about as powerful as the PS4, mainly because even at that level consoles can barely push 1080p, which is the next step from the 720p most Wii U games are restricted to. That said, if the NX is a handheld/home console combo, it might make sense for the system to be a bit on the weak side. Even just 720p would be a landmark for dedicated handhelds. If that is the case, though, it may not bode well for the system as a whole, as it would probably be little stronger than the Wii U.

In the end, I'm more interested in what it will do and how it will do it than in how many pixels it can push. 1080p would be great, but gameplay's always most important.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Hands On: Blast Ball Brings Crude Button Mashi...:

"but it still felt laborious and with all players taking the same approach it quickly felt like an evenly matched tug-of-war, with both teams making little to no progress and settling for stalemate."
That's basically why I don't like watching soccer. 90 minutes of playing and you end up with just a few goals. It sounds like Blast Ball at least captured that aspect.

Blast Ball is something I'd play, but only for a short time. It would probably be okay in local multiplayer, but online it would get boring fast, and I generally don't have 3 other people with 3DS's around to play locally. I'm more interested in the main campaign of Federation Force. At first I thought it was awkward and annoying that the next Metroid wasn't going to star Samus, but now I'm genuinely interested in what they'll do without her.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Project H.A.M.M.E.R. Exposé Reveals Torrid St...:

Meanwhile Retro and Next Level have had great experiences with Nintendo, and have never, that I've heard, accused Nintendo of any kind of racism/nationalism. The situation with Project HAMMER is/was unfortunate, but I think this is a case of each side blaming the other when both sides deserve some blame.

Some of those suits know more about game development than most developers.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Interview: Warren Spector on the State of Nint...:

"I got to meet Mr. Miyamoto twice. One time he put his hand on my shoulder and I instantly became a better designer – I heard the Zelda theme go off."
That's awesome.

I really enjoyed the first Epic Mickey, despite the lack of voice-acting and the bad camera. The personality and design of the game really shined through. I still haven't gotten Epic Mickey 2, but that's mainly because I haven't gotten around to it. I was pretty disappointed that the Wii U version lacked motion controls, and seemed pretty glitchy/laggy, so when I do get it, I'll be getting the Wii version.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Review: Never Alone (Wii U eShop):

Are these problems unique to the Wii U version, or in all versions? If it's just a rough Wii U release, maybe there's still hope for an update to fix the issues. It would be pretty disappointing if this is just how the game is, period. It looks like it had a lot of potential.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Mario Parody Kill The Plumber Rejected From iO...:

"No assets were stolen"
Perhaps, but I'm pretty sure drawing a picture of Mario and putting it in your game is still copyright infringement, even if you change the "M" on his hat to an "X". The game sounds pretty interesting, and could be legitimately fun, but they should use their own stuff rather than ripping off Nintendo's.



TrueWiiMaster commented on The Current State Of Virtual Reality Just Isn'...:

I think VR is cool, but I don't know if I'd want to use it in any significant way. I'd rather not become blind and deaf to the world while I'm playing video games.

When he was talking about the social aspect, he was probably referring to actual socialization. VR could be used for online connectivity, but at the cost of completely cutting you off from those around you while you use it. Nintendo has always promoted local multiplayer, and VR is the complete opposite.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Next Metroid Prime Home Console Title "Would L...:

I wonder if he intended to reveal as much as he did. Not only did he reveal that the NX is Nintendo's next home console, and that it will replace the Wii U in the next 3 years, but he also confirmed that Retro's not currently working on Metroid, which has long been rumored. He also suggested that the Gamepad will not be supported, or at least not be standard, on the NX, by saying that dual screen gameplay would be great, but probably won't happen since the game isn't being developed for the Wii U.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Iwata Vows To Listen To E3 2015 Digital Event ...:

"Do you think the Digital Event was really that bad?"
They announced only 2 new Wii U games, neither of which was a major title, and one of which (Animal Crossing Party) was a huge disappointment. The 3DS support was much better, but simultaneously disappointing, because the games it got were generally wanted on the Wii U. Yes, it was pretty bad.
Nintendo did show some genuinely awesome games, but they were all games we knew about a long time ago.

What I don't understand is why they left out indies altogether, especially after releasing the 9 E3 indie demos. They didn't mention the eshop or the Virtual Console at all. They also left out Project Treasure, Fatal Frame, Chibi Robo, and Mystery Dungeon, as well as the handful of 3rd party games the Wii U's getting, like the LEGO games, Just Dance, Disney Infinity, and Rodea. They even left out Bravely Second. There was also no mention of any New 3DS exclusives, or new special editions. The Direct could have been a lot better. In fact, it's so glaringly lacking that I think/hope there will be more coming as the live coverage continues.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Poll: What Did You Think of Nintendo's E3 Digi...:

The Direct was a big disappointment. Almost everything was previously announced, and the new announcements were the opposite of what people wanted. People wanted a Wii U Paper Mario, Animal Crossing, and Metroid Prime. Nintendo gave us a 3DS Paper Mario crossover, Animal Crossing Party, and Metroid Prime for the 3DS. They gave us the franchises we wanted, but not in the ways we wanted them, which might actually be worse than if they hadn't given them at all. To be clear, though, I do want Paper Jam, it just isn't what I wanted them to announce.

All that said, I still expect to see more announcements this week. Unlike its competitors, Nintendo's E3 goes for 3 days. There were key components missing from the Direct that have always been present (indies, VC, and the eshop in general). I'd be very surprised if they left things as they are. Within minutes of the Direct ending, they already announced that Platinum is working on Star Fox, and I expect more to come.