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Michael Powell

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  • Avatar for Neifirst Neifirst 16 days ago

    I brought in the Switch and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for my high school students on the last day of the year and you'd be amazed by how much impressed they were by tabletop mode. Unprompted, I had kids in two different classes actually say it would be cool if FIFA were on the system too! I have zero interest in it myself, but I thought it was interesting that there might be an audience there.

    Posted in Why I Can't See FIFA 18 on the Switch Being a Success

  • Avatar for Neifirst Neifirst 26 days ago

    Square Enix is not going to allow titles like Secret of Mana and Final Fantasy VI to be part of a $20/year subscription service, so let's just stop that speculation now. It will primarily be NES black box and puzzle games with limited online functionality added, and that's perfectly fine for essentially a 'bonus feature' of pay-for-online.

    Posted in Nintendo May Finally Be Getting Virtual Console Right With the Switch's New Subscription Model

  • Avatar for Neifirst Neifirst A month ago

    Well, here's your Monster Hunter XX for Switch: last month by Unknown

    Posted in Capcom's Wishy-Washy Stance on the Nintendo Switch Continues to Baffle the World

  • Avatar for Neifirst Neifirst A month ago

    As someone who grew up playing JRPGs like the original Phantasy Star series, Lunar, and 8-/16-bit Final Fantasy titles, it's so strange to seem them "competing" alongside games like Bloodborne and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

    Anyway, I found Xenoblade Chronicles, Skies of Arcadia, and Dragon Quest VIII to be far more enjoyable experiences than the Persona games, primarily due to their emphasis on overworld exploration and battling that was reminiscent of the early JRPG series mentioned in the previous paragraph.

    Posted in Axe of the Blood God: Nier: Automata for Game of the Year

  • Avatar for Neifirst Neifirst 2 months ago

    It was a $60 closed system that offered Nintendo no potential for future profit, but helped to keep their name in the headlines during the holidays. It's not really that shocking that it's being discontinued.

    Posted in So Long NES Classic, and Thanks for All the Aggravation

  • Avatar for Neifirst Neifirst 3 months ago

    @Xemus80 There's the explanation. Capcom knows people will double dip when it's made available for home consoles now, and then made for portable gaming in the summer time. This isn't too hard to figure out.

    Posted in Capcom's Decision to Keep the Disney Afternoon Collection off the Nintendo Switch Is a Load of Duck Feathers

  • Avatar for Neifirst Neifirst 3 months ago

    I haven't played it recently, but I beat the original Legend of Zelda (and the second quest) when I was in 4th grade. It couldn't have been that difficult. I'm loving Breath of the Wild so far for its similar lack of hand-holding. Just play the darn game and you figure things out eventually!

    Posted in Which Legend of Zelda Should You Play First?

  • Avatar for Neifirst Neifirst 4 months ago

    @guilhermeleroy10 Different author. There's no "USGamer" score. I am kind of surprised this wasn't reviewed by open world enthusiast Mike Williams though - maybe he's taking care of Breath of the Wild?

    Posted in Horizon Zero Dawn Review

  • Avatar for Neifirst Neifirst 4 months ago

    Whew...hang in there, Caty. I've never seen commentary like this is on USGamer before, which leads me to believe there are a lot of new registrants. I appreciate your insights here, but one thing I didn't see addressed was to what degree you need to complete sidequests to advance. Are the rewards / stat building they provide critical to completing the main storyline, or could you have been more choosy (in retrospect) and hence suffered less tedium? I'm going to pick it up regardless on account of its Pro support and the robotic dinosaurs, but I'd love to hear a response.

    Posted in Horizon Zero Dawn Review

  • Avatar for Neifirst Neifirst 5 months ago

    I watched it again just to be sure, but I think that Breath of the Wild might be the single best trailer I've ever seen. The Switch is going to be exactly what I expected: the Wii + a smattering of 3rd party offerings from those companies who typically supported Nintendo handhelds like Atlus and Square Enix. And that's fine.

    I preordered at Best Buy to be on the safe side, but I'd be perfectly fine with waiting until Christmas and getting the system along with Zelda, Mario Kart Deluxe, Splatoon 2, and Mario Odyssey too.

    Can't wait for the avalanche of US games journalist "think pieces" decrying the lack of indies and western 3rd party support beginning today...

    Posted in Reaction: This Was Pretty Much the Switch's Worst Case Scenario