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WaxxyOne commented on Weirdness: Amazon Plans Drone Air Delivery Ser...:
WaxxyOne commented on Rumour: Cranky Kong to be Fourth Playable Char...:
Bonus points if he chucks barrels as some kind of special attack.
WaxxyOne commented on Weirdness: Super Mario 64 Corruptions Yield Hi...:
It really shouldn't shock anyone that you can cause some seriously messed up stuff to happen just by changing memory location values randomly. It's the digital equivalent of giving someone a lobotomy... weird stuff is going to result every time, and of course when the game is 3D, a lot of it is going to revolve around incorrectly placed textures, vertices and character skeletons.
WaxxyOne commented on iPhone Gaming Controller Could Mean "The End O...:
Hmm... Methinks "fool" is a great name for these idiots.
WaxxyOne commented on Nintendo Download: 21st November (North America):
Super Mario 3D World and A Link Between Worlds on the same freaking day? Well, there goes all of my money and free time for awhile.....
WaxxyOne commented on Video: Nintendo Unleashes New The Legend of Ze...:
I will always prefer the one that shows of gameplay over dumb live-action segments that make the game seem cheesy.
WaxxyOne commented on Nintendo Land Has Been Removed From the North ...:
Well this seems 100% backwards...
WaxxyOne commented on Nintendo "Would Like to Enrich" Its Virtual Co...:
I'd really like to see Nintendo do more to embrace their classic games. The fact is, whether it's legal or not, simple emulation has been available for a long time. Good emulators even take that farther by adding multiple save states, numerous graphic filters and color options for systems like the Gameboy. Meanwhile Nintendo keeps peddling games that aren't modified from their original releases in any way, though at least it was nice to see them add proper save state support for the 3DS and Wii U (even if it is only one slot).
What I think Nintendo could do better is to offer something those emulators can't — additional content and features to classic games. To use a simple example, Excitebike could allow users to save a large number of custom tracks, and distribute them online over Miiverse or through some other sharing method. This could move the game out of novelty category into something with an active, thriving community, and that's just one game. It was also very disappointing when rather than expending a little bit of extra effort to make Oracle of Ages/Seasons link with each other when they're both on the same device, they instead opted just to kill all system link interactions in the game, and left it up to the player to figure out how to transfer codes from one game to the other. They didn't even enable the Gameboy Advance features, for crying out loud! (I can access both features on an emulator, by the way)
Nintendo has a great treasure trove of classic games and they have been pretty successful in utilizing them to make cash, but it'd sure be nice if they embraced those classic games instead of lazily throwing them onto the service and expecting people to continuing paying for the exact same thing they released 30 years ago.
WaxxyOne commented on Weirdness: Shiny Pokémon Finder Takes No-Hand...:
Cheaters gonna cheat.
WaxxyOne commented on EA: Being Voted The Worst Company In America W...:
Let's see. What could EA have possibly done to get themselves recognized as the worst company of all time? Well...
1. Forced development teams to hide their own name so the only thing the player sees is either EA or EA Sports (unless your Maxis, in which case you're too big of a developer to keep hidden).
2. Created a sweatshop development atmosphere which grinds developers and testers into the ground before unceremoniously dumping them at the end of the development cycle.
3. Released games with rampant game-breaking glitches unapologetically, then adopted the policy to drop support of their games one year from the release date.
4. Created a policy of releasing the same sports titles year after year with minor updates past the change in jerseys and player numbers.
5. Was the first 3rd-party company to start charging customers for DLC that should have been included in the original packaging.
6. Crossed the line more than any other gaming company with what types of game content to consider DLC — including tutorial videos.
7. Proved they don't care at all about game balance by offering premium and preorder content that gives online gamers a blatant edge over opponents packing the base game.
8. Insulted Nintendo gamers by releasing terrible ports and sports sequels that literally changed nothing but the title screen.
9. Dropped the Wii U as a platform before it had a chance to gain any steam, thus further helping to ensure it never would.
10. Lied about said dropping of the Wii U as a platform with endless platitudes talking about all the games that aren't actually being released to the system.
I don't know, EA, it seems like you just got a bad deal, huh? If you want to make me happy, go bankrupt. In the meantime don't let the door hit you in the donkey on your way out.
WaxxyOne commented on Review: Arcade Classics 3D (3DS eShop):
@LunaticPandora Both of those games were in arcades. As mentioned above, Bust-A-Move was a Neo Geo title, which of course was present in many arcades. Admittedly, Tetris started life on the PC, but because of the time it came out and its popularity, an arcade version was inevitable. I had one in my local arcade growing up. (Admittedly that was in the 80s...)
WaxxyOne commented on Video: This IronFall Tech Demo is Rather Impre...:
It looks pretty, but if the game is no good that won't matter much. We'll just have to wait and see.
@LunaticPandora Well, if they'd done them right, Bust-A-Move and Tetris are arcade classics. Bejeweled, not so much.
I think it's most insulting that developers still think they can slap together bad clones of old games and peddle them onto the eShop where people will buy them. It's not like you can't easily find ways to play the originals of all of these games through other means, and unlike this pile of garbage those versions are actually enjoyable. The failure to even implement a proper high score screen for arcade games just takes the cake — you have to seriously try hard to be as incompetent as these idiots.
WaxxyOne commented on The Wii Mini Will Arrive in the U.S. in November:
I wonder if they've altered the code of Mario Kart Wii to hide the online functionality, and if so if they did it in any kind of competent way (or are we talking Oracle of Seasons/Ages-style disabling that leaves the omission glaring?... "Go talk to that snake about connecting your systems to transfer items. (Except that you can't, so don't.)")
WaxxyOne commented on EA's Financial Figures Reveal Dismal Wii U Sof...:
Only EA would be stupid enough to make the following logical leap:
1. We don't have faith in Wii U, so we're not going to release games on it.2. See? Nobody bought the games we didn't release.3. Obviously we were right.
WaxxyOne commented on Video: Star Wars Meets Nintendo In This Stunni...:
OMG, awesome! I nearly died laughing when they ran into that gossip stone. So many references indeed.
WaxxyOne commented on Wii Sports Club Will Download Automatically Wi...:
This is a great idea. I realize there might be some people who would rather have control over what takes up their precious bits-o-mega, but I'm not one of them. If you're going to let me play it free, then by all means stick it on my system so I don't have to wait.
WaxxyOne commented on Retro City Rampage to Utilise Circle Pad Pro:
Hm. May have to get a Circle Pad Pro just for this game. I will have to think about this.
WaxxyOne commented on Rayman Legends Lands With A Thud At Japanese R...:
Ahahahaha! How's the taste of just desserts, Ubisoft? If this had come out within the first couple months as the promised Wii U-exclusive it was supposed to be, I can't help but think those numbers would be much more satisfactory. Oh well, maybe the watered-down versions you pushed to last year's consoles will make up the difference for you? Yeah, probably not.
WaxxyOne commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Clarifies That Local Multipla...:
I am with Nintendo that these games are best played in local multiplayer. That said, I wish they would add the option for online because sometimes it's not feasible to get the people you want to play with in the same room, house or even city. Nintendo should let the players decide whether they want to use online, because the endless excuses of "Well we didn't think this was a game you'd want to play over the Internet" is getting old.
The Wii U has the potential to be Nintendo's first console that really embraces online play. It's 2 generations late to the party. Nintendo, please step it up.
WaxxyOne commented on David Jaffe Is A Massive Fan Of Nintendo, But ...:
Disney, where originality goes to die? No thanks.
WaxxyOne commented on Aonuma Demonstrates the Challenges of Creating...:
@Kirk: Seriously, Aonuma decided he wanted to create a Zelda game that exactly recreated the look of ALttP, and he decided that one of the most important things was to keep the same perspective. You can call that an error in judgement all you want, but it was his call to make and I (and a lot of other people I'm sure) think the results look just fine. Keep in mind he was under no obligation to provide this glimpse into the development process and if he hadn't we wouldn't be having this discussion either.
Also, I don't want to burst your bubble or anything, but your ability to form a dissenting opinion and post it online doesn't make you special, as that is in fact what everyone arguing with you is doing. The core difference is no one else seems to be arrogant enough to refer to their own opinions as fact or belittle someone else for not sharing your world-view.
WaxxyOne commented on Wii U Isn't Getting Need For Speed: Rivals Tha...:
And given how crappy Most Wanted was, nobody cares.
WaxxyOne commented on Review: Sonic Lost World (3DS):
What?! A sonic game that shows promise and then turns out to be mediocre garbage?!! For only the 20th time in a row?!! Shocking!!
WaxxyOne commented on Eiji Aonuma Explains Why The Legend of Zelda I...:
I think Nintendo is on the right track for this franchise, even if the little kid in me is constantly wishing for a Wii U Zelda title RIGHT NOW DARN IT!!
Ahem. Nintendo has showed love to the franchise with updated releases and VC rereleases while focusing on bringing out a new original title once or twice per console. That's probably the perfect system and I hope it doesn't ever change.
WaxxyOne commented on Just Dance 2014 UK Commercial Lands Ubisoft An...:
Who are these people that see a commercial, think they here a "taboo" word, and immediately pick up their cellphones so they can tweet about how offended they are? Don't you have anything better to do? Could you at least be bothered to look up the facts before posting misinformation? Ignorant people piss me off so very much...
WaxxyOne commented on GAME Offers Music-Playing Chest With A Link Be...:
I...... NEED.... THIS!
WaxxyOne commented on Michel Ancel: The Biggest Surprises Seem To Co...:
This man speaks truth. Nintendo is all about innovation and trying new things. The unfortunate truth is that means that sometimes your new stuff is a flop (see: Virtual Boy). But, it also results in some truly epic moments that further advance the gaming industry (see: Wii).
What kills me is the people who can be heard bemoaning Nintendo for it's "terrible" Wii U console these days when they were all on board when the original Wii hit the shelves. They're the same people benefitting from Nintendo's gaming innovations that inspired things like dual analog controllers, force feedback, motion control (and Kinect which is basically the same thing), etc. I shudder to think what would happen if Nintendo stepped out of the hardware market as some suggest they should do. Who would Microsoft and Sony copy then? Each other? Great, then I guess I'll look forward to the PlayStation 7 and Xbox Zero-Point-Two-Five in a couple decades, each featuring controllers that haven't changed since the PS2/360, selling for $900 a pop and whose best game is Call of Duty 133: Modern Warfare 17: Black Ops 4 1/2.
WaxxyOne commented on Weirdness: Uh-Oh, That Guy Who Likes To Microw...:
Made a nice little bonfire, if that's what you're into I guess. Personally I think I'd have more fun playing with my 2DS than roasting it in a microwave, but I guess if you've got money to burn.... heh heh.. get it? Burn Oh, I crack me up.
WaxxyOne commented on GamePad High Capacity Battery Available Now in...:
We need facts! How much extra weight does it add to the controller? Does it increase fatigue over long play sessions? How much extra time do you get for using it? If the extra battery hours are enough to counter the added weight, I might pick this up. That said, since the Wii U is not a handheld console, limited gamepad battery life generally doesn't impact me that much. When I'm done playing, it goes right back on its charging cradle, ready to go the next time I get a hankerin' for Zelda or Mario. The only time I've seen the battery light flash has been after all-day gaming session with my family and friends and that hasn't been often or inconvenient enough to warrant this, particularly if it makes the controller twice as heavy.
WaxxyOne commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Catch-22 With Retail...:
I totally understand Nintendo's position with their pricing model — you don't want to undercut your retailers and risk ruining relationships that, for now at least, are vital to their continuing success.
What I would suggest to Nintendo, however, is to do exactly what those retail stores do with their titles — put them on the shelf for full price for the first 3-6 months, then have targeted sales for $5-10 off or buy-one-get-one-50%-off specials, then move them to the bargain bin with a permanent 50% mark down. Why is Sonic & All-Stars Racing still $40 on the eShop when I can find it marked down to $25-30 at local stores? At this point Nintendo would not be undercutting their retailers any more than they're already undercutting each other, and I can't see that seriously hurting them.
Honestly, if they could go all-out ridiculous and do the types of sales Steam gets away with, I think people would jump on board a lot faster, and once you've got people used to buying digital games, it becomes easier to convince them to buy future games that way as well. As that happens, your reliance on physical retailers becomes less and less over time and then this whole argument becomes moot.
WaxxyOne commented on News Site Claims That Zelda "Takes A Dim View ...:
Yay for getting cheap attention by poking at a popular game with the racist/sexist card! While he's at it why doesn't he examine the sexist themes in Halo or accuse Mario of being a white-supremist?
This moron proves he doesn't even understand the material he's accusing. Let's take a look at some of those claims, shall we?
Let's see... The game is racist because the Gerudo, who live in a desert, have darker skin than those who don't live in a desert. Let's ignore the blatantly-obvious reason for that for a moment. So, he says this is clearly racist because the Gerudo are the "bad guys." That's funny, because during the game you get help from one of them, end up becoming a member of their organization, oh, and the one that helped you earlier? Yeah, she becomes one of the freaking sages who at the end of the game entrap Ganon in the Golden Realm, an act without which he would have continued to reign as the evil king. Just because the villain happens to be a member of one of the in-game races does not inherently make that entire race "the bad guys."
Okay, what's next? Oh right, sexism. How laughable. So let's see all the ways the female characters in the game directly refute this bizarre claim:
1. Before the story even begins, Link's mother sacrifices her own life getting him to safety in the Kokiri forest. Without her, he dies and there is no one to stop Ganon.
2. Saria provides Link with help in the form of his first ocarina, one of the tunes required to advance in the game, helpful tips throughout the game as needed, and she becomes a second of the sages who as already mentioned save the world at the end of the game.
3. Impa provides Link with another useful ocarina tune and gives him helpful advice to continue him on his quest.
4. Zelda provides Link with much necessary aid in procuring the sacred stones needed to access the Temple of Time, and also provides him with the ocarina later. After Ganon takes over, she then proceeds to directly aid Link in her alternate Sheik form and provides invaluable wisdom needed to defeat Ganondorf, as well as hooking Link up with several vital ocarina tunes. It is also her magic at the end of the game which allows Link to deliver the finishing blow to Ganon's beast form.
5. Malon teaches Link another tune for his ocarina that is very helpful in advancing the game, and introduces him to the horse without which he would not be able to progress. (By the way, the horse is also female.)
To say that the women in Ocarina of Time just sit around and wait for rescue is ridiculous to anyone who's actually bothered to play through the story. One of the most iconic sequences in the game features Link sneaking through a fortress run exclusively by women in a quest to save male workers they captured. Did he conveniently forget that when writing this trash?
Idiots and their opinions are a dime a dozen, and nobody with any brains is listening. This person should go back to the dark hole from which they crawled and never speak again.
WaxxyOne commented on Nintendo of America Selling Wii Remote Rapid C...:
Yeah the only issue with this is that I'd have to get a kit for each Wiimote, when all I really need is one charger and 4 of the battery packs. They should really consider selling those separately.
WaxxyOne commented on Review: Myst (3DS):
Wow, this is disappointing. I have always been a fan of the Myst series and seeing it treated this way disgusts me. There is literally no excuse for not taking new stills in 3D since if nothing else the 3D data from RealMYST could have been used. And not using the touchscreen to point and click with? What were they thinking?!
WaxxyOne commented on Video: Proof That Pokémon + Dubstep = Not Qui...:
Lucky freaking Pokémon...
WaxxyOne commented on Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut Final...:
Can't wait to see the Vita/SmartGlass features be ridiculously cut down or clunky compared to the GamePad so my friends at work will stop claiming that somehow those are going to make it obsolete.
WaxxyOne commented on Parent Trap: Nintendo 2DS Family Stress Test:
It's amusing to me that the lack of 3D is considered a feature at all. Oh sure, I can understand picking it up for less money as a tradeoff for not having 3D, but for it to be a selling point is just so backwards. Especially since despite Nintendo's warnings, no health agency in the world has warned that using it can cause damage to young player's eyes.
I know the 3D feature gets a lot of flak, either because of the supposed "risks" or that it just isn't worth it, or whatever, but for me it's still a huge selling point for the system. When a game uses it correctly, the difference is night and day: you can see objects in 3D space more clearly, the image appears sharper and games become easier to play, as well as simply adding some cool factor to the experience. Anybody who says 3D is just a gimmick should pick up one of the Zen pinball games on the system. Play it for 10 minutes with 3D and then try going back to 2D for 5 seconds. You tell me whether it makes a difference being able to see objects in 3D space on a cluttered pinball machine. After using the 3D feature, 2D just looks like a mess and following the action becomes so much harder, even when playing an HD console version on the big screen.
My hats off to you, you strangely unwanted and marginalized feature of the **3D**S.
WaxxyOne commented on Nintendo Considering Cross-Buy eShop Purchases...:
I think Nintendo should definitely do this, yes. Even if they charged a modest fee for downloading the same game on another device, I would most likely take advantage of it. For example, right now I am not considering getting Smash Bros. on my 3DS at all. However, if I could grab it for $5-10 after purchasing the Wii U version, it would be incredibly tempting, especially if there are decent cross-platform features.
WaxxyOne commented on Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass Confirmed f...:
Yay! Finally us Wii owners can buy a game and then spend even more money buying the content that should have been included with the original game! Alright!!!!!
WaxxyOne commented on Online Multiplayer Comes To The Super Nintendo...:
Um... Won't lag be an incredibly huge issue with this? With two separate systems running separate games in response to inputs received at separate times.... **shudder**
I don't even want to think of that kind of nightmare.
The reason Nintendo hasn't done this is because you can't just hack something together like this and expect it to work online. You have to change the games to add prediction and error handling, you don't just wave a magic wand and every game suddenly works.
For example, if the network hiccups for even a few seconds during a Mario Kart match, what should the emulated system do? Assume the player is not pressing anything and send their kart careening into a wall? What then happens 2 seconds later when the correct inputs are belatedly received? Suddenly your game is out of sync. The correct handling is for the program to presume that the player will continue to press the same buttons as they were during the "last known" good packet, then when the correct packet is received with their updated position, it needs to be prepared to adjust their kart to where they now are in reality. No games made for the NES/SNES have code that is prepared to handle these occurrences.
WaxxyOne commented on Nintendo Direct: Check Out the Wii Fit U Direc...:
Giving the game away for the cost of the Fit Meter to existing Balance Board owners is a brilliant move. I was watching this pretty much disinterested until they announced that. Now I have to decide if it's worth $20 to give Wii Fit another try. Clever Nintendo...
WaxxyOne commented on Wii Sports Club Takes The Competition Online W...:
$50 for unlimited access to all five games is not unreasonable given the package they're putting this in. Allowing you to pick and choose which games to pick up just makes it even sweeter! I don't see how anyone could fairly complain about the pricing model. Try all the games for a day for free, if you're still not certain about a particular sport you can get another day for $2. (I don't see many people taking advantage of this) If you like it, drop $10 on the table and it's yours.
WaxxyOne commented on Poll: Would You Buy Grand Theft Auto V On Wii U?:
Not putting this out on Wii U is a major mistake of Rockstar. I've no doubt the game will be considered a smash hit anyway, but there are so many opportunities that the Wii U could deliver for them and it's a shame they gave the system a pass.
First off, the Wii U is currently the leader in hardware performance, so they could push so more polys or spend those extra resources adding enhanced special effects or sharper textures, which would also bridge the gap between now and the inevitable PC release. Secondly, the game pad could make juggling between the 3 main characters a snap, allow you a great map view or hold HUD elements so the main screen doesn't have to be cluttered, or just let you take better aim with a sniper rifle or similar weapon.
A sandbox game set in a major city is also a great place to try out Miiverse integration. Imagine being able to come across graffiti of other player's Miiverse postings on buildings or tunnel walls in the game.
On Nintendo's side, the game would go a HUGE distance in proving that Nintendo isn't just about kid games. They should have made every effort to woo this game onto their system.
WaxxyOne commented on Burnout And Need For Speed Studio Criterion Do...:
What? A development studio owned by EA canning employees to improve their bottom line? Say it isn't so!
This is why everyone needs to boycott EA.
I don't believe that this is the studio's decision for a second. You don't lay off a bunch of your staff and feel good about it, but you've still got to spin it as a positive change anyway.
WaxxyOne commented on Hometown Story's Character Episodes and Intera...:
Another example of why mobile phone gaming is not true gaming.
WaxxyOne commented on Weirdness: Robots Play Classic Nintendo Music ...:
@Nintonic If it was just music, it would have turned out better. Trying to replicate the sound effects as well resulted in some pretty rough noises, but it was neat to see the full game audio replicated in real time nonetheless.
Also, if you're against machines producing music for you, I'm assuming you don't listen to music on the TV, radio, PC or some other electronic device that is reproducing recorded tones in real time? Because it's effectively the same thing.
WaxxyOne commented on Nintendo Tested Two Other Zelda Titles in HD o...:
Nintendo made the right choice. I certainly wouldn't mind seeing more Zelda titles remade in HD (though I'd rather have an original title first!) but Wind Waker HD was the correct title to start with. For one, it's older than those other two so stands the gain the most in terms of a graphical update. Another reason is the opportunity to streamline the game to remove some of those minor annoyances that cause the original to age poorly. Finally, it came out on the Gamecube, limiting the potential audience whereas the other two were on the Wii, a system that founds its way into many more households.
WaxxyOne commented on Video: Want To Know Which Version Of Street Fi...:
@JJtheTexan The screen size is unchanged on the Wii U emulated version.
"The upper and lower portions of the screen are covered in black bars, shortening the vertical length of the game screen (the PC Engine and Genesis ports also added these black bars). This was done to compensate for the reduced size of the character sprites and make the change less noticeable to players."
WaxxyOne commented on Hands On: Toki Tori 2+:
I bought this game on sale awhile back because I liked Toki Tori on the Wii and the review here gave it good marks. I was quite disappointed with it after seeing that the stage-based puzzles of the previous game were gone and replaced with an endless series of stages with seemingly no overall goal and no story or assistance to be found. After getting stuck on one of the puzzles for hours and having no clue if I was even in the right place, I gave up on it.
It sounds like I need to update and start over and see if I can make sense of the game now. Always happy to give a game a second chance if the developer is willing to own up to their mistakes and release an improvement like this one. Here's hoping I'll be able to enjoy the series once more!
WaxxyOne commented on Video: The Wind Waker HD's New Features Are Sh...:
Ready for Hero Mode from day 1, and looking forward to the fast sail as sailing from island to island was probably the dullest part of the game.