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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2013-07-26 05:19:33
Self-plug: The second episode of our fantasy football podcast is live, and it comprehensively covers drafting strategy. I'm still learning on the job how to podcast and I will get better at it, but the info is solid. I also promise to build a webpage for it in the coming...let's say, weeks.
It's the year 2013. Why does Nintendo insist on forcing us to pick fruit one at a time, and then individually pile them together one at a time in our inventory screens?
Alex over at Software Slump has been on a Nintendo apologist crusade. Most recently, he vouched for (the admittedly classic) Earthbound and challenged the necessity of next-gen consoles, even though he purchased a Wii U. Alex, does that mean the Wii U isn't a next-gen system? ;)
I used to vociferously defend Nintendo as well, but they have neglected me over the years, and I am now largely returning the sentiment. (Note: I no longer have any interest in mobile gaming; I much prefer to read when I'm killing time while out and about. My attitude is therefore born entirely from their home systems.) This neglect takes two primary forms:
1) Beginning with the N64, they began to all but spurn third-party support. This makes their functional libraries miniscule compared to their competitors at Sony and Microsoft. For every passable game on Nintendo home consoles, there is a wealth of playable titles on the other systems. If you want to discuss the number of top tier tent pole titles, Nintendo closes some of the gap with their powerhouse first party games, but...
2)...their marquee titles blur together. I have no doubt that the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U will be terrific. I also have no doubt that it'll be an entirely too familiar experience that won't retain my attention. I <3 Legend of Zelda something fierce, but Skyward Sword, Twilight Princess, and Wind Waker (despite its extraordinary art design) all blur together as totally-similar-but-not-quite-as-satisfying-as-Ocarina of Time in the gamer mindshare. Can anyone even tell the Fire Emblems apart anymore? I adored my first experience with Animal Crossing, but new outings fail to capture my enthusiasm because I'VE DONE ALL THIS STUFF TO DEATH ALREADY.
The exception are the two Super Mario Galaxy games, which truly did wow me with a brilliantly *fresh* Mario experience. All their other stuff is terrific...if it's your first time with them. Whichever Animal Crossing you play first will be the best time you have with it. Same goes for all those other franchises I mentioned above. Aside from Galaxy, Nintendo hasn't floored me since Metroid Prime - ELEVEN YEARS ago.
Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2013-07-26 00:21:42
Diplomacy VII - Spring of 1459