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Thu 6th September, 2012

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Zombie_Barioth commented on Ocarina Of Time 3D Reportedly No Longer In Pro...:

Nintendo games generally don't drop in price much to begin with, so there is no "getting in cheap n' easy" anyway.:P

I think thats why its so noticable, Nintendo's games aren't usually cheap, but a copy of OOT 3D will easily set you back a good $60-$70. This is for a CURRENT GEN handheld, not something a generation or two old. There must not be too many copies floating around, on top of it being out of print and in high demand.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Rumour: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Demo To Be Distr...:

The problem with creating an all-media format is the same as every other one faced, getting people to upgrade. Unless it completely alleviates problems with existing formats, like DVD did for VHS, people won't see a point in it unless they're forced to upgrade.

The console manufactures won't adopt it until it becomes common place, or they lose the all-in-one media center aspect. The exception being another push like Sony did for Blu-Ray.

Most industries are probably going to push straight for a digital future over improving media formats, especially games since they're already closely following PC. The main improvements to flash will be in storage, since focusing on bigger, cheaper SD cards and SSDs for make more sense. Movie players and game consoles are the only devices that would even use a new media format.

I wouldn't be surprised if those industries start pushing to improve our infrastructure either, since that greatly affects their botton-lines. I'm not exactly for it, but the cable industry can't out-lobby the movie, game, and music industries combined.

That just what I think will happen though, I'm more of a best of both worlds kind of guy. I'd rather have both, but I know I won't get it.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Rumour: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Demo To Be Distr...:

Its the Turbografx16's game cartridge, which actually does look like an SD card.

Thats a good point, I don't think they want to completely redesign consoles around a proprietary format, never mind loose the all-in-one entertainment device aspect, which is what they think consoles need to do to remain competitive and relevant.

As for the cost, yeah, I know its plenty cheap, but like any corporation they still want to cut corners where they can. I think mass-producing disks still comes out cheaper. They'd rather just cut out physical media all together anyway.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Rumour: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Demo To Be Distr...:

@rjejr @JaxonH
From what i understand, the reason Amazon doesn't carry Nintendo hardware is something to do with how Amazon typically discounts stuff. I guess Nintendo didn't like them discounting things without their consent, probably that whole "it dilutes the value" thing they went on about before.

I second the Hu-Card idea, I've wondered that myself why the industry hasn't just switched to flash-based storage like the handhelds. the only reason I can see is cost, since while flash isn't expensive anymore disks can still be made for pennies on the dollar.



Zombie_Barioth commented on New Exploit Makes The 3DS Region Free Without ...:

It was, a lot of consoles from the PS2/GC/Xbox era and back were region-locked. For the cart-based consoles they used physical region locking, the console would be designed so only it's region's games would fit in the slot, but they were otherwise playable if you modified the hardware.

The Gameboy line wasn't though, and neither was the PSP. Not sure about the consoles.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Satoru Iwata Highlights Frustration at Missed ...:

You do realize that unlike Microsoft, and to a lesser extent, Sony, Nintendo have two different platforms to support, right? The only reason a series like Zelda is "annual" is your counting both handheld and home console releases. Obviously they can't stagger releases between them while keeping both install bases satisfied.

As far as over-using characters go, I have to agree somewhat. I don't think its bad that they reuse their characters like they do, but they need to space out the releases more. Believe it or not I think people DO get tired of seeing Mario all over, I certainly did when I was younger, it just felt boring and predictable after a while.

I do disagree about the GC controller though, never had any trouble with it, with the exception of one game. That being MGS: The Twin Snakes, and only because I'm just so used to the dualshock layout with that series, so it took a bit of getting used to. Of course, I'm also one of those odd-balls who like using "the claw" with the PSP, so I might just be less finicky than the average Joe.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Satoru Iwata Chipped In To Make Sure Super Sma...:

So you'd delay a game to remove extra content that doesn't actually effect the game's release schedule simply because you personally don't like said content? I seriously don't understand this sort of thinking.

Not only is that pretty darn selfish, its also pointless. Not only would you have to make people wait even longer, the game would be no better for it, your only depriving others of content they might otherwise enjoy.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Weirdness: The Pokémon Timeline Seems as Craz...:

I never said that makes them a timeline, I was responding to your claim that there were no such thing in Pokemon. The Pokemon timeline works exactly as you describe the Zelda one, theres a particular order in which they take place. Its not as detailed as the Hyrule Historia, but the Zelda games themselves don't really go into detail any more than Pokemon does.
Matsumiya did make an official timeline. As official as Game Freak cares to make anyway. The difference between Zelda and Pokemon is most games take place at or around the same time. Most of the events are supposed to take place simultaneously.

As for D/P, notice how they tend to retcon the new version into being canon? Thats the only reason Mega evolution doesn't exist there.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Weirdness: The Pokémon Timeline Seems as Craz...:

I think you missed the above posts, there is a timeline. They're not as detailed as Zelda, but they have prequels and sequels. After all, what do you think G/S and B2/W2 are?

Its basically-

Many of them happen simultaneously, and they do reference each other, such as the beginning of D/P being a search for a red gyarados in the lake.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Two Pokémon Game Boy Color Titles Dated For N...:

I think something is getting lost in translation here. It works for gen 3 and up because the way stats and generating Pokemon works the same way. All they really have to do is convert them to the same fomat as the new game.

For gens 1 and 2 its too different. Things like the personality value don't exist, so there isn't anything to 'translate' from if you will. That determines the ability, nature, and gender. The latter is determined by the attack stat in gen 2, the fomer don't exist.

When I said its "too much work" I mean for an 18yr old game selling for $6. They would have to remake the whole thing, which really isn't worth it. We're no longer talking about straight-up emulation anymore either. They'd be better off releasing FR/LG, and maybe an app like Pokemon Box R/S that connects to Pokebank.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Sharp Gearing Up to Supply 'Free-Form' LCD Scr...:

Thats a really good point, especially having buttons in the middle of the screen. Its possible that they have a smartphone-like design in mind, with actual buttons in place of virtual controls.

There are rumors of another x86/ARM device being made by AMD, so its also possible Nintendo has something to do with that. They use ATI/AMD for their GPUs, so its certainly possible they could take that partnership a step further.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Video: Today's Teens Simply Cannot Handle The ...:

Its funny, the main reason classic games were so hard was due to their arcade roots. They were really short 20-40min. games made insanely difficult to extend gameplay while guzzling quarters, but it was also that same difficulty that kept players coming back for more. Its just crazy how symbiotic that relationship was.

Gamers today just aren't quite as used to having to figure things out for themselves, like experimenting or trial and error. Its just not a skill they're used to using. Its not a generational thing either, I recall hearing reports that people in general are sorta "forgetting" how to do things without modern conveniences, and as a result of those conveniences attention spans are getting shorter. Many of us can't go a minute without our phone or some other device.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Video: The Top Ten Worst Designed Pokémon Ever:

Was this supposed to be some sort of joke? If so I think you tried a bit too hard to be funny. Seriously, Castform looking like a a butt is your best? Thats 6-year old level humor.

If it was serious though, if these truly are the "worst designs ever" I think its safe to say we have absolutely nothing to worry about.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Sega Looking To Turn Streets Of Rage, Shinobi,...:

Altered Beast could work as an anime, although I have no idea what sort of plot you'd get out of it that would be enough for one. Maybe go with a more PG version of Dance in the Vampire Bund's style, or perhaps something like Claymore.

I kinda like the idea of a Yakuza movie thats actually, you know, a yakuza movie. Its a no brainer for sure, but it works, and I find how to the point it is a bit funny. It doesn't have to be live action either.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Sony Pictures Is In Negotiations With Nintendo...:

To @Everyone worried about a conflict of interest or Sony trying to "ruin" Mario, you do realize that thats not how things work, right? These companies don't actually hate each other, and even then Sony Pictures is separate from SCE, they have nothing to do with one another beside both being owned by Sony.

Besides, you don't buy the rights to an IP and spend millions making movies of it just to purposely have them bomb to sabotage another company. Thats very self-destructive, especially for a company that doesn't need another division bleeding money, and both sides have a lot to gain from this. Mario is the most profitable game franchise in the world, why wouldn't Sony want to bust their butt making a Mario movie?

As long as its in the same vain as the Super Mario Super Show I don't think anything could go wrong. They just need to take advantage of the cast being a "troupe of actors" as Miyamoto put it, and be sure Charles Martinet voices Mario and Luigi.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Developer of Retro City Rampage Explains, Agai...:

The main problem is actually that with Wii Ware devs don't get any money until their games reach a certain threshold. I forgot if it was based in sales or the amount made, but either way he finished it for the sake of finishing it knowing he wouldn't get any money back.

I think that may be part of it. The game won't really gain much to make porting it worth the effort or financially, and he already lost enough on the Wii Ware version as it it.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Capcom's Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Infographic...:

Judging by how the franchise sells, obviously not.:P

Actually, the series didn't really take off until Capcom remade them for the PSP. Thats not why the games are popular anyway, at least in Japan, its the communication aspects they like. The slogan is literally "In the world of Monster Hunter, your never alone!".



Zombie_Barioth commented on Guide: The Best Cyber Monday Nintendo Deals in...:

Yea, I know, I meant that in general though, not so much Lego City specifically. It would actually apply to games like that even more, since the only thing different about Lego City is Nintendo published it.

I just believe its a problem with Nintendo as a whole. Their games are notorious for not lowing in price, so its not just games like this one.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Guide: The Best Cyber Monday Nintendo Deals in...:

You certainly are.;)

Thats been a problem with Nintendo for a long time now. Even back as far as the NES they've been known for price gouging, and people complained about how they're the only company not to lower the price of their games.

Now, I'm not saying they're not worth the money, I know that argument will come up, but even if its a different approach people won't necessarily find value in it.

Nintendo typically releases one gamer per series, so that one $60 game will be it for 5-8 years. Compare that to other companies, that release 2-3 games at $60 that drop in price over time. A lot of people would rather wait and have those 2-3 games for $60 than that one Nintendo game.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Nintendo Renews Patent On Multi-Platform Game ...:

Actually, the patent seems to be for a specific method of emulation to get the games performing like they would if done natively. So really, its more like they want the best emulation only available from their products like the Super Gameboy or GBA player.

Obviously your wrong about people not wanting Nintendo games on "poopoodoodoocacapoopledoople non-Nintendo hardware", older ones anyway, because plenty of people are indeed emulating them. The problem isn't emulators, they're considered legal for a reason, its that the method of obtaining games isn't always so.

There would be nothing stopping you from (legally) buying a digital copy of a game and emulating it on another device, likewise, theres nothing stopping Nintendo from making a name-brand emulator for them and making the roms only available on the e-shop either if they wanted.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Guide: Everything You Need To Know About Poké...:

This is easily one of the coolest features in the game, and I don't think too many games have put this much into catching monsters before. It feels like a logical next step for the series to me, sure it feels like s 'small' change, but its actually a pretty big one in terms of fleshing out the world and making it seem 'real'.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Offers the Best of Bot...:

Well, first off its Game Freak, not Nintendo. Anyway, I think thats what the spin-offs are there for. While they certainly could shake things up with the main series it would potentially alienate both old and new fans alike, and thats a big risk for something that clearly doesn't need fixing. No other series has been able to replicate the formula, which says a lot.

I think a lot of it also depends on why you enjoy the series. For someone who only plays from point A to B following the story like a typical RPG I can see why it might feel stale, on the other hand, those who dig deeper into the games might not. I'm reminded of the toy box analogy someone used to describe D/P, that the games were made so people could dump everything out and dig through to find what they find fun. I think thats the series's greatest strength.

That being said, I definitely agree about Ni No Kuni.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Hands On: Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter:

They could easily update the Wii U's firmware to allow for it to recognize the adapter and controllers, along with the games.

Just about any game that is compatible with the Wiimote and nunchuk should work with the Gamecube controller so long as it doesn't need motion or pointer controls. It has the same amount of buttons. Theres also no reason it can't work on the VC.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Announcement Of "Delta Episode" Brings More Le...:

I don't recall Cyrus ever stating that, only that the red chain unlocks their power. That would be similar to Groudon and Kyogre's primal forms most likely. It could be he, like other villians, view the bonds they create with people hold back their power.

Deoxys is a mutated virus, thats probably why it can change form at will, since they're very adaptable. It could be that Deoxys needs to be exposed to the meteorites to recharge and store energy, and if captured it can't freely return to do so.

As for a rivalry with Rayquaza, it was stated they were fighting over territory. They both reside or originate from space they would see each other as a powerful threat. They might draw energy from the same sources, meaning they would have to compete over resources. Being a virus might also trigger an instinct in Raquaza, telling it Deoxys presents some sort of danger to itself or others.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Target and Best Buy Nintendo Deals Live Now, K...:

No, when reading a headline the comma doesn't just mean pause, its telling you to stop.

As for the lag and crash, you mean it just locks up for a bit then starts working again? I've had that happen once in a while, not sure what causes it though. Same for the crash, I've had completely random websites crash Fire Fox for no reason.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Outlines Core Nintendo Philos...:

Yep, thats been a problem of theirs for a long time now. They try to turn a blind eye to the rest of the industry, yet when they DO pay attention they either don't understand it or act as if they know best.

I wonder if perhaps Miyamoto sees how he does it as being different somehow. Pikmin has a lot of cut-scenes, but they don't have any dialog, everything is left up to interpretation. Zelda has a lot but like you said they're done in real-time, so maybe he doesn't think of them as the same. The only big difference between their games and other is they don't use voice acting or prerendered cut-scenes, that could have something to do with it to I guess.

Come to think of it too, their original excuse for games being tied to an account was that physical games don't behave like that. It may just be PR nonsense, but they could be holding onto those old ideals and methods still. For gaming thats like the traditional way of doing things.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Outlines Core Nintendo Philos...:

"What the other companies are doing makes business sense. But it’s boring."

While I don't completely agree with him, I still find how candid Miyamoto is to be refreshing. Not too many people in his position (isn't he also a chairman?) would. At the very least, it shows he really does have a lot of passion for what he does.

Like it or not though a lot of people like those games hes calling "boring" (myself included) and they don't have them or alternatives. They can't provide them by themselves either, so they need to strive to get as many 3rd-parties on-board as they can, even f its not AAA.

I get the sense that what hes essentially saying is they're telling stories 'wrong'. Most devs use cut-scenes and voiced dialog to tell stories, and they tend to be separate from the gameplay. Nintendo's games typically leave it up to the player to discover in-game and by interpreting it themselves, like the father mourning for his son in ALTHP someone mentioned earlier, or Majora's Mask. They use cut-scenes and voice acting rather sparingly.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Target and Best Buy Nintendo Deals Live Now, K...:

These look pretty tempting, too bad its too soon to apply to OR/AS. Especially the Bestbuy one, but not enough to blow my money rushing out to save 20 bucks.

Because the Khol's deal IS for Black Friday, which is coming up so they're giving you a heads up. So no, this isn't click bait.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Game Freak Emphasizes Its Ability to Go "In De...:

I don't see how remakes are pointless simply because its Pokemon. The main series is the only thing Game Freak makes, and they only took them just over a year. There was a 4-year gap between gens 4 and 5, and X&Y came 3 years after, so all the games in-between had to have been in development along side them at some point. They probably could still make "X2/Y2" or "Z" no problem if they wanted.

Beside, the fact that they're putting so much effort into these remakes is a good thing, they the only ones not just making an up-scaled port. We don't know to what extent they're changing the story or anything either.

I think your focusing too much on the general outline, you could boil down every game like that, and I find the 'meat 'n potatoes' more important, but to each their own I suppose.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Game Freak Emphasizes Its Ability to Go "In De...:

Looking forward to exploring that added depth when they come out. Thats the cool thing about remakes like this, they can do the things they couldn't before or wish they had done but didn't. I loved the rural setting in these games so I'm also looking forward to seeing how they flesh that out and "create the feeling of nature".

Care to elaborate?



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

Its simple, people like variety, and not everyone likes the same games. The less variety the more you have to pick and choose between platforms to get what you want, and not everyone can own everything even if they do have the time for it. What if you like Mario AND GTA? or are a huge JRPG fan? You've got some decisions to make.

As for your question about finishing games, a lot of people don't, let alone 100% them. Thats why online-multiplayer is popular, or is pushed so hard, and is the original excuse for DLC. Some companies got the idea people get bored with their games and would trade them in 'too soon'.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Pikmin Short Movies Available to Buy Now on Wi...:

Actually, for a niche series, Pikmin did pretty well. Its sold 4.81mil. total so far, not counting digital. Your the one who looks silly right now making something out of nothing, that last part of your post is pretty ironic.

As for calling people "pathetic" you took that out of context. He was referring people the kind of people who can't be bothered to find what they want for themselves, those who need marketing to tell them what to buy. In other words, think of the people who buy Beats simply because they're trendy. They won't bother looking at other well-known brands that lack that fancy marketing.



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

Then comes the "but". Its just a nice, optimistic way of putting a positive spin on the fact that they don't have those games. You could easily rephrase it as "we don't have most of the big blockbuster games, but we do have Mario and Zelda and differentiated experiences".



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

Bloodborn looks the same as what exactly? The Last of Us and Assassin's Creed? Or do you mean the Souls series? What your saying doesn't make sense. They don't look the same just because they're all in the same perspective, by that logic, NSMB, DCK, and Kirby all look the same as well.

As for GTA V, what, are they supposed to NOT advertise whats new about these releases? Thats what people will be asking, whats new. GTA V is no more an FPS than The Elder Scrolls or Fallout are.



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

While I definitely agree personally, I also don't see why you can't have both. Why can't you have Nintendo's difference and 3rd-part games like Call of Duty? Even if Reggie actually agrees, thats some pretty obvious PR.

The big question is even if they did have that 3rd-party support, would people care after becoming so accustomed to Playstation and Xbox being the go-to for those games?



Zombie_Barioth commented on Pikmin Short Movies Available to Buy Now on Wi...:

They actually could support it through Youtube actually. Nintendo could host it on their channel for those who want it 'free' and for sale on the e-shop for those who want a copy. Studios like Funimation stream their content on Youtube, so why not? I hope they offer these on iTunes eventually too, why limit it to being stuck on consoles?



Zombie_Barioth commented on New Study Finds No Connection Between Video Ga...:

Its just typical reductionist science. They eliminate all variables in order to study just that one thing, as if it exists within a vacuum. Its a very 2-dimensional view of the world, they took the question as literal as humanly possible.

Do video games by themselves cause violence? No, not for a 'perfectly' healthy person, it can even reduce it. But what about someone predisposed to violence? Someone who has trouble distinguishing reality from fiction? Thats a variable nobody bothers to test, and for all we know the affects could be the opposite.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Expect To See More Spin-Off Titles Like Hyrule...:

I don't know about that. The main complaints I've seen against Hyrule Warriors are "its just a warriors game with a Zelda skin" and "its not Zelda". Neither have much to do with only having Zelda, quite the opposite actually.

In my experience, the people complaing about them 'only having Mario and Zelda' already have a bias against them. Even games like Captain Toad get dismissed for being Mario characters, and new IP like Splatoon for being "kiddie". Its not worth worrying about the haters, they won't be happy no matter what Nintendo does.



Zombie_Barioth commented on Sounds Like Super Smash Bros. Director Masahir...:

You seem to doing the exact same thing. Not that the controls for KI:U are perfect, but you assume that Miyamoto could do it better just for being Miyamoto. If people worship Sakurai lika a god, then what does that make Miyamoto? That man is held in higher regards than anybody else in the history of the industry.

What I get from interviews like this is Sakurai tries to do too much, he wants to be everywhere and do everything, but he can't. Hes probably used to being able to, since when he started you had teams of maybe 10-15 guys at most, now teams of 100+ are the norm. I think its pretty obvious that this isn't normal, Sakurai is the only dev known for being like this. Being so dedicated is part of why people treat him like a "god" by the way. Not giving himself a dead arm of course, but the over-all attitude.