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  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo 9 days ago

    While I prefer the second, the work the first game did to establish a new universe was exceptional. From aesthetics to music to lore Bioware really nailed it. And, while the janky combat, asset reuse, samey exploration sections and frame rate drops mean the game really shows its age, it's still great space opera. Impressive, too, given it was Bioware's first HD game and they were still an independent studio at the time the first game was made.

    I'll have to replay the whole trilogy some time, but Mass Effect makes me sad now. I think that IP and universe are one of the great achievements of the last generation, and it's really sad to see Mass Effect have such an uncertain future today. I never tried Andromeda, but might do one day. Shepard's adventures are always going to stick with me though.

    Posted in The Top 25 RPGs of All Time #15: Mass Effect

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo 2 months ago

    While I have quite the backlog (19 SNES Mini games, Dragon Quests V, VI, VII and IX, Lost Odyssey), my Switch will keep me occupied. Just finished Axiom Verge, currently playing Mario Tennis: Aces and Ys 8, Wolfenstein 2 and Crash Bandicoot N'Sane Trilogy are on the way, I've got Golf Story to start, and Octopath Traveler pre-ordered.

    Add a bunch of other potential purchases - expansions for Mario + Rabbids and Splatoon 2, 15-20 indie games (Hollow Knight, Celeste and Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon at the top of the list), Okami HD, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate - and I've got more than enough. It doesn't let up in September, either, with Valkyria Chronicles 4 and Xenoblade 2: Torna out then. I'm actually glad the year-end offerings are a little thinner on Switch: Smash, Pokemon, Tales of Vesperia will do. Especially because I'm thinking of getting a Xbox One X...

    Posted in What Games From Your Backlog Do You Plan to Play This Summer?

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo 2 months ago

    I've spent the weekend with it and I really hope Nintendo and Camelot patch the game to clear up the menus so there's a proper course select and add more options to game modes. Right now you can only choose between tiebreakers or two game, two set matches. Absurd there aren't more options than that for single-player or local multiplayer at least. Similarly, three very short tournaments in single-player is a disappointment - there were 8 lengthier tournaments in the GameCube version, for example.

    Posted in Mario Tennis Aces Review

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo 3 months ago

    It would be pretty easy to keep random battles in certain areas - in some dungeons, for example - while eliminating them from the rest of the world map. Or, reverse the way the Safari Zone works and have several Safari Zone like areas which let you battle wild Pokemon the old-fashioned way but have the normal 'Routes' use the new capture system. That way you keep a livelier, fresher capturing experience for those simply following the story routes but give those who want a deeper experience (and plenty of grinding options) optional zones and areas where they can battle and catch wild Pokemon.

    Posted in Pokemon Let's Go Has Convinced Me That It's Time for Pokemon's Random Encounters to Die

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo 3 months ago

    @hiptanaka This year seems to have a particular focus on multiplayer - Smash, Tennis, Mario Party, even Pokemon Let's Go has the multiplayer angle. I suspect that's part of their desire to get multiple Switches into people's households; if there are more two and four player games, then more people are likely playing and experiencing Switch games and are more likely to want to buy a Switch. Similarly, these games will all strike a chord with the family market.

    Next year should be better for single-player focused games from Nintendo's studios and their development partners - Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Daemon X Machina, Pokemon Gen 8 and, hopefully, Bayonetta 3 and Metroid Prime 4.

    Posted in Mario Tennis Aces Review

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo 3 months ago

    Release dates for Smash, Yoshi, Fire Emblem; maybe a surprise game for October (Punch Out?); Star Fox Grand Prix to be real; new trailers for Pokemon Let's Go; teaser trailers for Prime 4, Bayonetta 3 (2019); and maybe a look at one or two more 2019 games - Animal Crossing is the best bet.

    Beyond that, with the usual Nindie reels and the time spent on third party games, there doesn't seem to be a huge amount of room for surprises at this stage.

    Posted in Nintendo E3 2018 Switch Games Preview

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo 3 months ago

    I am ready for a remake or spiritual sequel, but I'd like it on Switch. I wouldn't be surprised if one is in the works for 3DS, but it could come to Switch too, please.

    Posted in Link's Awakening's Soundtrack Was a Legendary Achievement on the Tiny Game Boy

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo 3 months ago

    *obligatory Switch port request*

    (I mean, I'll buy this on PC, but given the convenience, Switch is my go-to device)

    Posted in Suda 51's Killer7 is Coming to Steam This Fall

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo 3 months ago

    I fully expect what we'll get on Switch are dedicated apps for whichever systems Nintendo decides to bring over. So when NES games launch in September, you'll get the option to download the NES app and access the games through that. It might look a lot like the UI from the Mini hardware. Similarly, when Nintendo add SNES (which I'm confident they will, beyond that is anyone's guess), there'll be a dedicated SNES app. I expect there'll be an additional subscription fee for adding SNES to your Nintendo Online subscription; I can't see them allowing people to access dozens or hundreds of games from multiple consoles for $20 per year.

    It means Nintendo can retool the emulation and front-end they built for their mini hardware range and it also avoids something that is already a big problem: eShop visibility. The store front has been struggling for months with the rate of releases; frequent retro releases from Nintendo themselves would only complicate that.

    Posted in With Mega Man Legacy Collection's Switch Debut, Nintendo Needs to Reassess its Retro Priorities

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo 4 months ago

    A decent start. Some caveats to consider when looking at hardware numbers: hardware numbers in Japan have been fairly underwhelming so far this year. In the last few weeks Switch has accounted for 50 to 60% of hardware sales without posting particularly strong numbers, and PS4's numbers have collapsed since the Monster Hunter boom back in January. Both systems have solid, though unspectacular year-to-date numbers (~750k for each system), and it's clear that 3DS and Vita are on the way out now. I'm not sure what system sellers PS4 has coming later this year that would give it a shot in the arm, especially with Monster Hunter and Dragon Quest already out, but with Smash Bros and potentially Pokemon coming, Switch will skyrocket again at some point this year. It's also the case that April, along with October, tends to be one of the slowest patches of the year in Japan. It's Golden Week next week, so when sales numbers crop up in 2 weeks time, expect to see big boosts - for Switch and PS4 especially.

    If Labo is going to be a long-term hit, Labo's Golden Week numbers might even be higher than its launch weeks numbers. Nintendo's 'audience expansion' (touch generations and Wii series games) sold less than 10% of their lifetime sales in their opening week, so at this point it's far too early to judge how Labo will do. It can quite clearly go either way from here on out: Nintendo don't appear to have convinced many Japanese consumers to buy a Switch for Labo at the outset, but that also means there's a potential market for Nintendo to address in the months ahead.

    Posted in Labo Gets off to a Great Start in Japan, but Doesn't Appear to be a System Seller Yet