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WaxxyOne

WaxxyOne

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WaxxyOne

#1

WaxxyOne commented on Review: NES Remix 2 (Wii U eShop):

Is the difficulty of the challenges actually lower or is it just that you're more familiar with the games on offer? I know the challenges I had the toughest time with on the first NES Remix were for games that I never played or only briefly touched as a kid — Games like Clu Clu Land (which I'd never heard of before Super Smash Bros. Melee), Golf and Ice Climbers gave me the most trouble, and it's probably not because of the challenges actually being that hard but more that I just didn't know what I was doing most of the time.

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#2

WaxxyOne commented on Nintendo Involved In Patent Dispute Over Wii U...:

From reading some of that patent, it appears to be for a device that can intercept and store video data being sent to a monitor so that the stored data can be displayed on a second screen and optionally zoomed, scaled, etc. It also specifically mentions being used with PCs and connected by physical wires. It does not mention using any kind of compression/decompression technology, cannot accept realtime video data except that already being sent to the primary monitor and not directly intended to be displayed on a second screen by the PC, and is touted as working independent of the operating system software running on the computer.

So, the ONLY similarity to the Wii U gamepad you are basing this suit on is that there are two screens which can show different data at once? Cause, here's the thing. To successfully demonstrate patent infringement, you have to prove that you were first to come up with the concept and use it in a real-world scenario.

I'm pretty freaking sure computers have been able to have 2+ monitors connected concurrently showing different content for quite some time, certainly prior to 2000 when this patent was filed. Now, I'm no lawyer, but I think I could have saved you a bunch of trouble....

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#8

WaxxyOne commented on Weirdness: You Can Now Play Zelda Really Badly...:

I tried this out for 15 minutes or so. There were only 15-20 people in the chat so the game was relatively stable, but still very hard to coordinate, especially with about a 30-second delay on inputs. Nevertheless it still felt way too good when we finally guided link into the first dungeon after 8 minutes of aimlessly wandering around the screen.

Is this the greatest new way to play games? No. Is it a fun experiment just to see what happens? Absolutely. Give it a spin for a few minutes.

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#9

WaxxyOne commented on VBlank Entertainment Planning Free Retro City ...:

@CrabGats I'm not talking about the indie developer that made the game. He's awesome. But you can't tell me Nintendo doesn't at least do a cursory QA pass before putting the game on their service. If it were something obscure I could understand, but not even selecting a menu option just shows this either wasn't tested or they didn't care.

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#11

WaxxyOne commented on NES Remix 2 Will Bring Even More 8-Bit Favouri...:

@MrCharles77 Did you even play the first remix? That's the best idea a game company has had in a long time and easily worth the $15, and most of those games weren't even that great. Remix 2 looks way better and is still only $15. But by all means, go back to your Call of Duty 72 1/2.

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#12

WaxxyOne commented on NES Remix 2 Will Bring Even More 8-Bit Favouri...:

@Gold All the games featured in the original NES Remix could be purchased on VC right from the games menu by selecting an icon on the screen. Remix 2 isn't coming out until April, Now what do you think that says about the release date of Super Mario Bros. 3 on VC? Hmm?

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#15

WaxxyOne commented on Feature: Nintendo Games Our Readers Would Love...:

I think Nintendo needs to change their strategy with virtual console on the Wii U. On the Wii, they were selling systems like hotcakes on the motion controls and Wii Sports alone, so they could afford to release a few VC games a week with really only one or two good ones a month. The Wii U is failing, and unleashing a large amount of great games from their back catalog can only make the system more attractive to prospective buyers. Leverage that library, Nintendo!

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#16

WaxxyOne commented on Speedrunner Alert - Majora's Mask Glitch Allow...:

I love insights like this into how the game was coded and how you can break the developers' carefully-constructed code.

I doubt you'll ever be able to use the song to warp somewhere there's not an owl statue, because I'm pretty sure the game just loads up a cutscene showing you arriving after you select a location. It most likely locks up when an invalid location is selected because the memory being pointed at doesn't have a cutscene in it.

Awesome trick, though.

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#17

WaxxyOne commented on Video: Learn How To Play Mega Man: The Board ...:

I don't know. Board games are hard to judge from a video, and it might be pretty fun once you're playing, but this demonstration didn't look that exciting. With a property like Megaman, the fun is in the flavor, and they didn't do much to add any that I could see. For example, the boss battle dice mechanics are pretty dry overall... 1-2: miss, 3-4: 2 damage, 5: 3 damage, 6: discard and take damage. Great, but how does that translate to the character of Ice Man? Why don't you come up with clever different attacks he could be doing and describe them on the boss card, rather than just having random die rolls equate to dry, uninteresting statistics?

If the game is polished up more and more flavor is added, they might have something. As it is I'll pass on this.

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#19

WaxxyOne commented on Dallas Tech Company iLife Thinks Nintendo Stol...:

I'm pretty sure I invented using motion for playing games when I came up with the idea of picking up two (2) plastic cubes with numbers on each side, tossing my arm around repeatedly to sufficiently randomize their orientation, and then releasing them onto the table or gaming surface (henceforth known as "THE SURFACE" — Microsoft, you'll be hearing from my lawyers as well) and using the resulting random number created by combining the two values shown on the top-most face of each cube to influence the board game I was playing.

This is bullpoopydoodiedoggiepooples, and I want my cut of Nintendo's profits too!
Please watch the profanity — TBD

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#20

WaxxyOne commented on Nintendo Ordered to Pay Royalties on 3DS Sales...:

This guy isn't a patent troll, he has a genuine grievance against Nintendo. As much as I hate to see Nintendo lose a legal battle, vilifying him for using the law as it was intended is certainly not helpful. Hopefully the award, if it stands, will not hurt Nintendo too badly or impact the future of the 3DS console and hurt gamers, but they really should have been more careful about how they implemented the 3D technology in the first place.

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#21

WaxxyOne commented on Nintendo Apologises for Nintendo Network Issue...:

@LastLife Has he called Nintendo support? I'm sure if he explained the situation they could reactivate the license on his old 3DS so the files on the SD card would once again be compatible. Worst case scenario, he'd have to send it into their service center so they could manually fix it.

Unless he wiped the SD card, that is...

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#22

WaxxyOne commented on Nintendo Apologises for Nintendo Network Issue...:

Sony gave away a couple games from a (very) limited list.... after keeping quiet about the fact that all of your credit card information had been stolen weeks earlier.

Microsoft tried their very best to ignore the red ring o' death until the backlash became too great, then extended the console's warranty specifically for the RROD issue and redesigned the console to reduce the chance of it happening again.

Nintendo's online services have intermittent issues for 3 days and you guys all want free crap. Come on. This may have caused some of you a minor inconvenience when you couldn't go buy a new game without waiting until morning when the service was available. Big freaking whoop. I'm sure everyone would like free stuff, but Nintendo is under no obligation to provide it, especially with an outage this minor.

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#23

WaxxyOne commented on Nintendo Network Services Now Starting to "Ope...:

The exact same issue occurred last year when people opened their Wii U on Christmas morning only to find out they had to wait for a 2+ GB system update to download before they could use their new system. There's a simple lesson to be learned here:

If you're a parent buying a Wii U (or any modern console for that matter) and planning to give it to your family on Christmas day, open that sucker up BEFORE XMas day arrives, get it online and patched up, and download the software and updates you're wanting to have when the kids open their shiny new gift on Christmas day. It doesn't matter what the service is, millions of people slamming it on the same morning is going to cause problems every time. Do the smart thing and plan ahead, people!

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#24

WaxxyOne commented on Pokémon Bank Withdrawn From 3DS eShop in Japa...:

@Peach64 I would rather deal with the eShop being down for a few days once a year than have to pay a fee every month in order to play multiplayer games, thanks. This inconvenience will be a memory in a couple days, but you'll still be paying for Xbox Live for as long as you want to keep playing the games. Sorry, I think the free service wins.

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#26

WaxxyOne commented on Video: Just Look For The U On The Box, Nintend...:

This is a good effort to show the differences and gives the great games the spotlight they deserve, showing just enough footage for people to get the idea and want to head online to look up more info. I think it's also important to show the Wiimotes in use to clearly show that this is still a Nintendo console and your existing controllers can be used. I don't care so much about the lack of the pro controller because it's an optional accessory and would probably remind people too much of an Xbox controller. Nintendo is the company that wants to stand apart and show people how they're different, not create unwanted comparisons between them and their competitor's hardware.

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#27

WaxxyOne commented on GamePad High Capacity Battery Now Available in...:

If this increases the gamepad's weight by more than a few ounces, I'll pass. I'd rather have to set the thing on its stand or plug in the cord once in awhile than introduce controller fatigue to an otherwise perfectly-balanced controller.

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#28

WaxxyOne commented on Rumour: Minecraft Is Already In Development Fo...:

It'd be cool to see MineCraft on the Wii U as I think the gamepad controls would do wonders for the crafting mechanic that had to be cut back for the 360 and PS3 releases. That said, I would only seriously consider this if it offered more than the other cut down console versions, such as expansive worlds (not size-limited to a certain region) and the newer PC features that were dropped to get those versions out the door.

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#29

WaxxyOne commented on Review: Wii Sports Club: Golf (Wii U eShop):

I appreciate the attempt at a more realistic golf experience, and the amount of holes to play is nice, even if some of the ones based on NES Golf are completely unrealistic. What is weird to me is, I'm a decent amateur golfer in the real world, but I'm terrible at this game. After struggling to figure out what I was doing wrong, I arrived at the conclusion that the Wiimote's angle throughout your entire swing is measured to determine the ball's trajectory, when in reality the only thing that should count is where the head is when it makes contact with the ball. Because of this strange decision on Nintendo's part, I find the only way I can play is to abruptly stop my follow-through once the ball has been struck, which in real life would ruin a proper golf swing. I hope they fix that in a patch because it tarnishes the whole experience for me and it's the reason I'm not going to be buying that sport yet.

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#30

WaxxyOne commented on Review: NES Remix (Wii U eShop):

@Henmii Oh don't worry, the wackiness is intact. It might not feature half-naked dudes showing off their chest hair and you don't have to pick anyone's nose, but some of the remixes are really bizarre, like the Mario Bros. level where the whole screen zooms way out, or an Excitebike track where everything is green and the screen periodically "pings" as if someone is scanning using SONAR. The qualify of this is really mixed for me. On the one hand I love the silhouette levels which remind me of Donkey Kong Country Returns and add a little challenge without taking you completely out of the zone. I also love the few cross-over challenges I've unlocked so far, but a lot of the "remixes" are just the normal game with funky graphic and sound overlays and don't really do much more than annoy you while you play.

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#31

WaxxyOne commented on Review: NES Remix (Wii U eShop):

I want to love this, I really do. I grabbed it immediately after the Nintendo Direct was over and enjoyed it for a couple hours. Then I started unlocking the crappy games. Golf, Pinball, Clu-Clu Land, Ice Climbers, etc. Playing those games is more like a chore than an enjoyable experience, and it really mars the whole experience for me. I would have loved to see more of the fan favorites from the NES era, such as Metroid, Punch-Out or Dr. Mario. The games included are all from fairly early in the system's life, and maybe that was intentional, but it means they had to reach pretty deeply into the grab bag of crap for some of the titles on display.

I hope this will be enough of a success for Nintendo that they will consider expanding it or put out a sequel with some of the better titles (or maybe the SNES version that everyone seems to want) because this idea has a lot of promise. It's just the execution that is somewhat flawed.

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#33

WaxxyOne commented on Sonic Lost World Gets Patched Up On Wii U:

Hm, actual gameplay improvements to a Sonic game after release? Unprecedented. I might have to give this game a try after all, though I was disappointed with the low review score when it came out. :(

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#34

WaxxyOne commented on Rumour: Smash Bros. Heading for a Spring 2014 ...:

Whoever started this rumor is being really, REALLY optimistic. At BEST the game could be released in time for next Christmas, and they'd probably have to rush it to make that happen. I doubt Nintendo even knows which quarter they'll be releasing it in. They might have a target, but this early in development that's probably going to shift.

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#35

WaxxyOne commented on Soapbox: Nintendo's Appearance at VGX Underwhe...:

I've never watched the VGA in any form because I could tell from a mile away it was mainstream BS to pander to an audience of imbiciles who like to think of themselves as gamers. As with most media, the creators of that show don't really take gaming seriously, and believe that if they just wallow in the negative stereotypes, they'll get the ratings they're looking for. The sad thing is, they're probably right. But if you're looking for an event that takes gaming seriously, this is not it, and it never was. I can only hope Nintendo does not repeat the mistake of agreeing to show up in the future.

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#42

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.

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#47

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.

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#49

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.

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#50

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...)