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  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo 6 days ago

    Good write-up. Nintendo seemed to be moving towards a unified account system but have complicated it unnecessarily with 'Nintendo Switch Online', their voice-chat options and the Switch Online phone app being a necessary part of the experience for users wanting voice-chat, lobbies etc. Surely it would have been far less work to keep the Nintendo Network branding, incorporate unified user accounts under that, and go ahead onto Switch with that? Similarly the voice-chat debacle was easy to avoid. Stick a microphone on the Switch and allow people to use bluetooth headsets. But again, Nintendo overcomplicate things. What's worse is that soon Nintendo will be charging for this overcomplicated, poorly thought-out service that lags behind rival platform holders.

    I was able to use voice-chat with Advance Wars: Days of Ruin/Dark Conflict when playing against friends 9 years ago on a Nintendo system using the DS's in-built microphone. It's embarrassing Nintendo have gone backwards in this regard. It won't stop me from buying a Switch at some point, but unless there are serious improvements or extra features, I definitely won't be bothering with Switch Online and a subscription.

    Posted in The Slow, Stumbling History of Nintendo Online Support

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo 15 days ago

    I finally got round to Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, and have beaten the Elite Four on that, and will be finishing Final Fantasy 7 tonight. After that it'll be Owlboy and Jade Empire, if I can get the Steam version of the latter working. I've been trying the fixes suggested on the Steam forums to no avail.

    Depending on how quickly I get through those, and whether or not I can start Jade Empire, Final Fantasy IX is waiting too.

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: What Game Are You Playing for JRPG July?

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo 17 days ago
  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo 21 days ago

    @franciscovillarrealh Yeah, it was confirmed there will only be characters from a few entries in the series. Given the vast quantity of DLC for Hyrule Warriors, I fully expect we'll see regular DLC drops that increase the number of playable characters and which add characters from different Fire Emblem games.

    My major disappointment with the Hyrule Warriors DLC was the lack of new single-player campaign content (after they released the prequel missions, and I never bought Legends). It'd be great if they expand Fire Emblem Warriors by adding a new campaign in a few months that features characters from lesser-known Fire Emblem games.

    Posted in Fire Emblem Warriors Adds New Weapons, Old Heroes

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo 22 days ago

    Speaking as someone who loves Zelda, I'd have to disagree with many of your complaints about Breath of the Wild. I'd agree that more enemy variety would have been welcome, and a couple more 'traditional' dungeon type spaces would be great. Even moreso, a wider variety of overworld bosses would have been even better. One-off overworld bosses, rather than repeated variants, would be amazing. While there might not be traditional dungeons, there's more puzzle-solving than any other Zelda game, because the designers don't hide challenges and puzzles purely within the constraints of dungeons, and they don't hide them purely within shrines, either. And, on top of that, Hyrule Castle - the closest area to a traditional dungeon - is utterly brilliant. Then there's Eventide Island, the actual Labyrinths, the forest trials, the Shrine of Wisdom and the Typhlo Ruins. In the next Zelda game I wouldn't hide orbs (or their equivalent) in 120 shrines, but have shrine-like areas built into the overworld more elaborately, like the Typhlo Ruins etc.

    That being said, I completely disagree on pretty much every other point. The characters are memorable; not just the champions, but supporting characters like Robbie, Paya, Hestu, and, best of all, Prince Sidon and Kass. Kass might be my favourite ever Zelda NPC. The notion that Breath of the Wild plays on nostalgia more strongly than previous games is something that really rings false to me, especially when you consider (brilliant) entries in the series like Ocarina and Twilight Princess, the former of which retreads aspects of A Link to the Past, and the latter of which apes Ocarina for its first half. Which Gerudo, Goron and Zora characters are as fleshed out as Daruk, Mipha, Sidon, Urbosa, and Riju? Which previous Zelda has single-handedly contained Ganon in Hyrule Castle for a century, or resented her duties? There's more to story and narrative than what's told in the cut-scenes, too, and I wonder if you missed some of the more subtle, but rewarding world-building.

    Breath of the Wild steps away from so much that the series has done before, and it even dilutes nostalgia by having this version of Hyrule so far removed - thousands of years removed - from previous games. Zelda's lullaby is a subtle string melody that might appear when you're travelling the overworld, and not the major harp/ocarina arrangement we've heard in key story scenes for the last 25 years, for example. There are echoes of the rest of the series, of course. There always will be because the Zelda games are archetypal variations on a theme, the Hero, the Princess, and Evil. Breath of the Wild and Skyward Sword - at opposite extremes - prove that. This is a myth that's either re-told or re-performed through the ages, and in Wild, many people have forgotten the most basic elements of that saga. The Zora have forgotten it was Ganondorf that Ruto sealed, and the Gerudo might know one story tells Ganon took the form of a Gerudo, but they don't know that Ganon originally was a Gerudo. I agree it's not perfect, but to me it is one of the all-time greats.

    Posted in Breath of the Wild's New DLC Is More of the Zelda That's Harder To Love; Plus Okja's Child-Like Joy

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo A month ago

    To be fair, Nintendo of Europe will likely release about 12 copies of this across the entirety of Europe. It's really cool, though, and I look forward to fighting tooth and nail to get my copy.

    Posted in How Come Europe Gets Such a Cool Metroid: Samus Returns Special Edition?

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo A month ago

    I feel like a winner. I've seen enough to convince me to buy a Switch when I can afford it, I've got a steady stream of software coming to my 3DS, Xbox One and PC. Cuphead and Ori 2 look great, Sea of Thieves is hopefully a return to form for Rare, Mario Odyssey is zanier and more inventive than I was expecting, Mario vs Rabbids is somehow a legitimately interesting, good-looking game, and 2018 is (already) shaping up to be a strong year across all formats.

    Most importantly of all, Metroid and Beyond Good & Evil are back! It might be a while before we see Prime 4 or BG&E2 hit store shelves, but Samus Returns in 3 months. Exciting.Edited last month by Unknown

    Posted in The Winners and Losers of E3 2017

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo A month ago

    I'd hope that Prime 4 and Pokemon are late 2018, really. Nintendo should have enough software for Switch that they don't need to rely on announcing 2019 titles this early in the system's life-span, especially given both games aren't being developed by Nintendo's internal structure, EPD. That would mean 2018 has Pokemon, Metroid Prime 4, Yoshi, Kirby and Fire Emblem. Not a bad start, by any means.

    Posted in Mario, Metroid, and Pokemon Have Nintendo Nicely Setup for 2017 and Beyond

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo A month ago

    To be honest, I'm glad Retro aren't handling this. It means we get both Metroid Prime 4 and a new Retro Studios game on Switch.

    Posted in Retro Studios Isn't Working on Metroid Prime 4

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo A month ago

    Well, that was disappointing given all the rumours of Stars for Switch. There's a slim chance, if that game exists, it'll be announced next week, but it seems Eurogamer got it wrong when they reported the leak last year.

    Posted in Nintendo Pokémon Direct: Preview, and How to Watch the Presentation