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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Wii U
« on: April 14, 2012, 02:34:53 PM »
Wii U having a docking cradle just makes sense, because not only could you charge the tablet easily, but also have it standing so you could use a Wiimote/Nunchuk combination at the same time...

NWR Forums Discord / Re: I'm going to Japan again
« on: January 13, 2012, 05:39:19 PM »
Be sure to bring your umbrella when you go to the hot springs!

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Official Club Nintendo Thread
« on: January 13, 2012, 05:28:00 PM »
It's simple. Hold R to drift, then quickly switch between hitting left and right to build up your boost. Once it's red, release to boost. Repeat throughout the course. It's easiest on turns, but on straightaways boost one direction, then the other.

It's not very classy to teach someone how to suck the fun out of a game... =\

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Wii U
« on: January 13, 2012, 05:25:27 PM »
Everybody WANTS a great software lineup at launch. But can they actually get one? Only the market can really decide how good a software lineup is, just look at the PSP Vita. It purportedly has an amazing launch lineup.

This really depends on what your definition of a great software lineup is.  Some people wouldn't mind having just one really good game, some want a half-dozen (even if they wouldn't play or even buy them all at launch), and of course everyone has their own favorite genres, which may or may not be represented.  Regardless, no matter how good a launch lineup is, or at least appears to be, there will be someone that complains about it...

I personally fall into the "one good game" category, though what I think would be more widely considered to be a good launch lineup is one where Ninty drops a single AAA game and tries to get as much third party variety (and effort, if possible) as they can.  I would think they have learned from 3DS' launch that they need to be a bit more proactive in getting third parties to have product ready, because even when they gave them a chance to shine third parties just twiddled their thumbs...

The new Retro member later stated that this "crowning achievement" of his has absolutely nothing to do with Retro's next game at all, though it's nice to see that Retro is starting to expand more.  They really need at least two fully-staffed teams for this upcoming gen...

Nintendo Gaming / Re: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
« on: January 10, 2012, 05:27:18 AM »
Well, if you could just outrun any of the Sirens there wouldn't be any sense of impending doom.  The sections are about using your previous knowledge about each environment to quickly traverse them and efficiently fill up your Spirit Vessel.  You have to plan ahead, deciding which tears to take and which to save for your return trip back out...

Nintendo Gaming / Re: 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
« on: January 03, 2012, 02:54:40 PM »
It's so so good. I really hope that developer makes another game like that for 3DS that is also released here in West. Audio Visual Novels are the best ;D

And Aksys better localize it if they know what's good for them!

Nintendo Gaming / Re: The OFFICIAL Big N rumor thread *bring your own salt*
« on: December 31, 2011, 07:30:46 PM »
But I do hope they opt for an SD card slot in the tablet if they intend for us to travel with this thing to a friends house so that we can bring our saves, Mii's, and even our apps/games with us to share with a friend while visiting.

From what I remember at E3, the Wii U tablet will have built-in flash memory for the purpose of saves and Miis.  I wouldn't count on the ability to share games, though...

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Official Club Nintendo Thread
« on: December 31, 2011, 07:24:58 PM »
Unfortunately it seems the best way to limit your losses is to save any post-July-expiration surveys for the next cycle.  I'm not sure I'd trust any remaining "years" left on a survey into account, else risk losing free coins...

Nintendo Gaming / Re: The Official 3DS System Friend Code Thread
« on: December 31, 2011, 06:49:34 PM »

Three years goes by fast, doesn't it?  I guess those that remember me can call this a pseudo-return of sorts, though I don't have nearly the time I used to have for forum antics.  At the very least I'd like to at last hold true to my promise to do some online gaming with the old crowd...


General Chat / Game Over: One final rant...
« on: January 24, 2009, 06:32:21 PM »
Okay, it's time to get something off my chest that is long past due.  Nintendo World Report is dying.

Or should I say, has been dying for a while now, and I feel it has been getting even worse over the past year.   Increasing bias and anti-Nintendo sentiment run free without consequence.  For example, in the recently-locked Final Fantasy topic, Ian derailed the thread with random trolls on the Wii's 3rd party support even though it had absolutely nothing to do with the topic at hand (which in fact had to do with the financial and managing issues FFXIII was facing) AND arguing that we were only making such claims because we were fanboys and wanted the game on the Wii.  Classy.  Pale's response?  To consider Deg and myself the trolls for reprobating Ian on his derailment, and then closing the topic.  Sounds like bias to me.  Well, whatever.  I shook that off just like the countless other times Ian has gotten away with it.  No skin off my back. 

Fast-forward to today.  Mario has been perma-banned by Pale.  Meanwhile, canker sore Ian still roams free.  Why?  Rants with opinions that change based on just what Ninty is doing.  Rants that complain about a single Mario-focused game in the face of a dozen other original games.  Rants that complain about Ninty's focus on casual games when they currently make up only 20% of Ninty's published Wii titles.  Can you actually find a productive post where Ian actually sat down in a topic with us and discussed something positively about a specific game?  Does no one find it odd that he tends to stay out of topics that bring tidings of good news about Ninty or that completely destroy one his prior rants?  Instead Mario is perma-banned for "personal attacks" that were most likely precipitated by Mario's frustration over getting constant warnings for stupid things while others get away with much worse.  It's sad to see a TRUE Nintendo fan banned over one who is clearly not, regardless of the circumstances.  Now I don’t mean to put the spotlight just on Pale, as this is only an example that illustrates my point and opened my eyes to what I should have seen for a while now.

I love games, I love talking about games, and I love discussing games with other people.  What I don't love is having threads derailed with random angst (such as the case where a certain mod plopped into the Wii Sales Thread only to say that the Wii was only selling to casuals and grandmas).  I don't love having to pussyfoot around mods with obvious biases towards HD gaming.  If I did, I'd post at GAF more.  But at least GAF has the excuse of not being Nintendo-focused.  I don't love game discussion threads being abandoned in favor of threads groaning about how casual games are killing gaming and the embarrassingly pointless Staff Blog board (which was created solely so the staff could supplement their bias even more).  That was what was so magical about Planet Gamecube back in the day; excluding Ian, everyone participated in game discussion and rants were few and far-between.  Over time, it was clear that the oasis was beginning to dry up.  First was the PSP fiasco, where mods like Rick and Dragona (the others, you know who you are) were clearly PSP-biased and made their points clear that they thought the DS would flop.  Great atmosphere that built up, guys.

Then came this generation.  I don't know if it was the result of the HD war, the change of NWR staff, just a lack of interest in games in general, or an amalgamation of the three and others, but the topics really do show.  Talkback news is usually late. Game-specific topics are full of information posts with little actual insight or discussion from other posters.  The topics with the most posts and discussion come from those that aren't even really game-specific, be it arguments about sales, "casual games", third party support, or any other drama-charged groanfest.  And all these topics do is destroy bonds between posters that should instead be tightening through enjoyable discussion.  From someone who wants nothing more than to see everyone enjoying positive discussion about upcoming games, it's really depressing to see how the site has crumbled, and it's clear to see why Mario (and others before him) gave up the ghost.  Why bother putting effort into a post when it's bound to be derailed by a third party support monologue?  Why bother putting effort into a post when no one even cares anymore? 

Am I being too harsh?  Yeaaaano.  I'm not.  It shouldn't be too much to expect a Nintendo-oriented site to be slightly Nintendo-biased.  But no, I'm only seeing the opposite these days.  So I'm sick of it.  It's not fun anymore.  Talking about games here is no longer fun.  I really wish I could force myself to keep doing it, but I can't; the atmosphere is too suffocating.  I tried my best to salvage what I could, but ended up staining my own hands with the hypocrisy of adding to the very rants I wished to destroy. 

And it's painful because I really do like most of you, and wish I could have gotten closer to those I'm on bad terms with.  It's been a fun 7+ years, and I thank all of you for all the (mostly) positive experiences, and wish all of you the best of luck in your respective lives.  For those of you that DO still try to keep positive game discussion alive, I also wish you luck here at NWR.  Perhaps you guys can bring the forums back to its former glory where I failed.  Oh wait, Silks is the Director now, never mind.

If anyone wants to get a hold of me for some reason, my email is Splush23 and you can usually find me on MSN Messenger in some form.  There are still a bunch of you I haven’t played online with, so hopefully we can fix that in the future.

One last thing:  Remember why you picked up the controller in the first place.  Remember why even after all these years you still hold it in your hands.  Cherish the games you like and don't let anyone tell you different.  And never, EVER, let the Nintendo fan in you die.  ^_^

Best regards,

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Indiana Jones Staff of Kings for Wii
« on: January 24, 2009, 09:30:03 AM »
In fact, I'd kill for a Zack & Wiki-type adventure game.  Unfortunately, it'll probably be closer to Tomb Raider:(

I'd rather they make an awesome action/adventure game and just port over the old Indy point-and-clicks to the VC... =(

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Cursed Mountain
« on: January 24, 2009, 09:21:23 AM »
Lovely screenshot update time!

The game is definitely looking better, particularly the main character model...

TalkBack / Re: Sega Reveals Pole's Big Adventue for WiiWare
« on: January 24, 2009, 09:14:54 AM »
I like the idea of an 8-bit game but they gotta change that name.  Pole's Big Adventure?  What do you play as a big metal rod?  Nah, that name needs to be changed for North American release.
It's a penis joke you friggin dense moron, the game is one big joke. In a good way.


Which is sadly why it won't be localized...

General Chat / Re: Circuit City to liquidate assets starting Saturday
« on: January 24, 2009, 02:00:39 AM »
haha thats whayt i meant i'm still drunk. downd 2 martini before a movie and decided to check out curcuite city before it stareted

Yep... =)

General Gaming / Re: Son of a hoe...My 360 is dead...AGAIN!
« on: January 24, 2009, 01:58:03 AM »
What, it broke in three months?  =(

Mine's what I guess is a second-generation system, having gotten it the March after the 360's launch date, and it's survived ridiculous gaming sessions of Oblivion, Mass Effect, Tales of Vesperia, and most recently Fable II...Hell, the fact that it survived my 100+ hours of Oblivion was surprising in its own right...

General Gaming / Re: Son of a hoe...My 360 is dead...AGAIN!
« on: January 24, 2009, 01:27:31 AM »
Wouldn't it be faster to count how many people HAVEN'T had one die?  I think I may be the only one... ='D

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Indiana Jones Staff of Kings for Wii
« on: January 24, 2009, 01:20:41 AM »
I approve of the next action/adventure Indy game that is long past due...Now to just hope that it's actually good... =(

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Tales of "Mothership"
« on: January 24, 2009, 12:54:53 AM »
hi, I just recently read that this tales of "mothership" is supossed to be the prequel to tales of symphonia,which is set durign kratos, mithos, yuan and martel's travel. The displayed character is supposed to be a young Kratos aurion.

You do realize that if this doesn't turn out true I'll have to hunt you down and use you as a sex slave, right?  Sorry, there's just no way out of this!

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Official Wii Sales Thread
« on: January 23, 2009, 07:27:52 PM »
Nintendo's dominance is very scary indeed. The Nintendo 64 showed us what happens when Nintendo gets arrogant; I just hope they learned something from that era. The Wii may be selling out in record time, but their success can be taken from them just as quickly if they make another big mistake.

"It seems more and more people are enjoying games instead of traveling or eating out to save money," said Iwata. However, he realizes that the current recession is a rare occurrence and stated that Nintendo is closely watching the market. "Nintendo workers who know only the good times of the company are increasing," Iwata admitted, "I hope to give them a sense of the potential critical nature [of the economic situation]."

Nintendo Gaming / Re: How much of your Wii library is 3rd party?
« on: January 23, 2009, 05:09:15 PM »
Bill what is that Heavenly Guardian game?

It's a spiritual sequel to Pocky & Rocky for the SNES...It's okay-ish outside of the meh controls...

Nintendo Gaming / Re: How much of your Wii library is 3rd party?
« on: January 23, 2009, 05:02:55 PM »
Upgrade time!

1st Party:
Animal Crossing: City Folk
Endless Ocean
Excite Truck
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Link's Crossbow Training
Mario Kart Wii
Mario Party 8
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Paper Mario
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Wario Land Shake
Wario Ware: Smooth Moves
Wii Music
Wii Play
Wii Sports

3rd Party:
Boom Blox
Heavenly Guardian
Kororinpa: Marble Mania
No More Heroes
Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition
Super Swing Golf
Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
Trauma Center: New Blood
Trauma Center: Second Opinion
Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure

Have gone from 56% 1st Party to 59% in the span of just less than a year...By the end of March that will shrink to 53%...

General Gaming / Re: I loves me my 360
« on: January 23, 2009, 04:54:00 PM »
So which "piece of crap" should I play first? Last Remnant or Infinite Undiscovery? =)

Infinite Undiscovery is a short game, so probably that first?

General Gaming / Re: Japanese style games going extinct?
« on: January 23, 2009, 04:50:42 PM »
Which is exactly why I didn't name them. I'm not a huge fan of RPGs (excluding some... Secret of Mana, Tales of Symphonia, Mother 3, The Mario RPGs...).

Can ya' name the colorful games on the 360, Bill? Ones that are not RPGs?

But you didn't even SAY colorful NON-RPGs!  Changing the argument is for-bid-den! 

General Gaming / Re: I loves me my 360
« on: January 23, 2009, 12:31:18 PM »
Well if you do, then it should give you some sort of indication in the contents of the box...

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