Monday, December 29, 2014

Best Quotes of 2014

Well it's that time of year again.  One that takes an entire year's worth of work to complete.  That's right it's time to once again go down a list of the strangest, dumbest, and most bewildering quotes that have happened throughout the course of the year.

As always, these quotes will remain anonymous as to not overly embarrass those who said it.  Without any further yacking from me here are

The Best Quotes of 2014

“I need Vitamin C like a fat Scottish man needs a kilt…ok then like a sumo wrestler needs a diaper."

“Ricky Martin, he seems kind of laid back and tropical.”

“1 Corinthians 15:51 says ‘Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed’ … that should be the Bible verse for the nursery!"

“Aww look they’re giving girls hope like ‘Maybe one day I’ll be able to play in the NFL too’ … nooooo… no you won’t" 

“Have you taken her down the stairs yet?  I just love it when puppies try and just end up face planting”

“This right here is why you have guy friends.  They can move your heavy stuff and all they want in return is pizza.”

“You’re never comfortable with someone till you can share your life’s story naked.”

 “See?  He’s Manlove in my phone”

“Let’s face it… human babies are ugly."

“The things that come out of his mouth are almost as great as the ones that come out of mine. He just doesn't puke up the greatness... he more dry heaves it.”

“They had less foreskin on their manly bits”

“Women’s Walentines Wunch”

“Look at me long enough and you’ll see a bloated Mark Wahlberg”

“My spirit animal is a fictional stoner.”

“He needs a haircut and shampoo.  I was about to ask him if he wanted to take a shower before he left.”

“There are goldfish in the back…Well they’re from Aldi so they’re not Goldfish brand… and they’re shaped like penguins”

“Geez, he talks faster than a flapper on a duck’s ass

“Dave birthed Justin Bieber?!?!”

“He wrote …well it looks like ‘Trombone in hand was chubby.'"

"My York peppermint patties smell like bengay. I feel like I'm eating old people now"

“He sounds like a chainsaw mixed with a Keurig machine" 

“Well I found Nickelodeon. Looks like a show for slow children."

“I met with my prayer group buddies at Main Meal partly because you really need to pray before eating Main Meal.”

“My family and I went to this lesbian restaurant…LEBANESE I MEANT LEBANESE restaurant!"

“Cats are connoisseurs of excellence.  Despite what we witness of them licking themselves they have a palate of utmost sensitivity.”

“The way I remember it is... Easter Bunnies Get Down At Easter.”

“This is the sound hole and this is what it does.”

“Cocoa Pebbles are the answer to life”

“When Daniel decided to go all vegetarian God decided to bless him but when Cain went vegetarian it was all like screw you buddy”

“Turkey is hot.  You know when you pull the turkey out at Thanksgiving it’s really hot.  Well, the country is too.  I’m from the south so we know hot.”

“Everyone in the wedding party has to learn to Foursquare Dance”

“We’re breaking new ground here and making Nick seem normal”

“Abby and I have this in common I think… you know when a dog gets really excited and they pee a little?  …….well when we get excited our voice gets high”

“You all are laughing cause you know you don’t like people “

“I can’t tell if Porterfield Highway smells like skunk or camel”

Oh well. She gets enough food for an army… an army of Fat Bastards”

“I didn't know Taylor Swift was called out in the Bible!  ‘You sing trivial songs to the sound of the harp and fancy yourselves to be great musicians like David.’ - Amos 6:5 NLT"

“Playing that game is like doing cocaine.  It’s ok if you do it every now and then but it can easily get away from you…ok maybe that’s a bad example cause you’re technically not supposed to be doing cocaine."

“Nothing says Christmas quite like Onion Powder and Worcestershire Sauce.”

 “Is that Jesus pole dancing?”

“You mean your spiritual gift isn’t telepathy?  It’s mine!"

“Wake Forest couldn’t beat Science Hill High School…it’s pathetic!”

“I want to read the dirty poems but it won’t load them!”

“Apparently Jesus was prone to narcolepsy, he was sleeping on a lot of boats”

“…bristly like TL Berry”

"LOOK! It's a Penis!"

That's all for 2014.  Here's looking forward to another year full of awkward, strange, and stupid

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ghost's Angry Reviews: Super Smash Bros 3DS

This is your standard spoiler warning.  If you don't want Super Smash Bros for 3DS spoiled then I suggest you read with caution or just simply walk away.

Ghost here, thanks for joining!

I'm going to stop apologizing for the length of these reviews.  You should know by now that I'm very long winded and put a conclusion paragraph or two at the end for the TL;DR crowd

I'd like to tell you a quick story.  Way back when I was just a little bitty boy, living in a box under the stairs in the corner of the basement of the house half a block down the street from Jerry's Bait Shop....wait....wait no that's Albuquerque by Weird Al!  Sorry.

It was Christmas of 2000.  I have just gotten a Nintendo 64 with my allowance.  I was only... you know... four years late but hey, I got it none the less.  It was a special combination box that had the N64, Pokemon Stadium, and a special Cool Porygon pokemon trading card.  I no longer have the box but I do have all three of those pieces and let me tell you it was SWEET

Having spent the last four years playing with simple handhelds only, it felt great to finally get my hands on a home console.  I played it constantly.  Christmas came around and Dad realized that I would probably want more than a couple games for my new console and asked me which one or ones I'd like as a present that year.  I had seen that Pokemon Snap had come out but I didn't think my dad would have known enough to get it for me by name so I instructed him that the one I wanted had a little yellow rat on the cover.  That was easy right?  So later that week, he asked me to come out to car to double check that he had bought the right thing before my grandmother wrapped it up for Christmas.  "I got one with a yellow rat on the cover like you said." He told me as he opened up the trunk and handed me the box.
Well....he wasn't wrong

Obviously this was not what I was expecting, however after reading the back and knowing that I liked Mario and Pikachu I decided to tell him to keep it.  I'm so glad I did.  The Super Smash Bros series is not only one of the best fighting franchises available because of the focus on fun rather than random blood and gore, but it's honestly been a driving force that changed parts of my life.  I gained several friends who I still have to this day because of this series and if nothing else I will be eternally grateful for that.

That being said we're not here to talk about all that... we're here to talk about this latest installment of the Smash Bros franchise
On October 3rd 2014, American and European consumers got their hands on the 3DS version of the latest Smash Bros installment.  I'm sure some of you reading this may wonder what Smash Bros is.  I'll let Mii Einstein explain

 "Super Smash Bros is a fighting style game in which you take various characters from Nintendo's most famous franchises or games and pit them against each other.  There isn't a health meter like games such as Mortal Kombat or Soul Calibur.  Instead you have a damage meter and the object is to fling your opponent out of bounds or off the screen entirely.  Although there is an amount of skill involved, the focus of this series is more on fun and nostalgia."

So is game worthy of the hype and praise that the rest of the series has gotten, or is this yet another handheld game for the trash bin?

We'll do this in Categories as there is a LOT of content in this game.

We're going to start with the characters included in this game because without characters there would be no game modes or no game whatsoever.  And I'm going to bring this up now so I can get it out of my system.
This.... that is all.  Screw you guys.  Seriously.

That probably won't be the only time I mention Mewtwo but I'll try to contain my constant annoyance for the purpose of this review. that we've taken care of THAT.  Smash Bros for 3DS holds a varied and fairly amazing roster with 49 total characters (51 if you count each variety of Mii as a separate character).  I'm slightly impressed that they were able to include this many on the small 3DS...even if there are clones padding out the total...and even if they cheated for Metroid and Legend of Zelda by separating existing dual characters, but I digress.
Excuse the potato quality - There is no screenshot functionality on this portion so I used my phone

Don't worry I'm not about to talk about every single character so I'm going to make some generic statements that will remove a few.

1. Some characters are essentially the same as Brawl, the previous installment.  There may be a couple changes here and there to balance them out some but if you remember how they handle from Brawl then you should have minimal trouble here...let's see that gets rid of....
2. Some characters are new or changed more significantly.  You will probably have to spend some extra time to understand how they work (or in Shulk's case a LOT of extra time) but overall they are decent enough to understand or not worth talking about.... that gets rid of...
3. Three characters are Clones.  I was going to throw a fit over Dark Pit and especially Doctor Mario (cause if any veteran missing in Brawl should return it should be Mewtwo the only original character cut from brawl) but after playing as these three, they are actually better than their originals which has redeemed them somewhat...So I'm not going to bother.  Let's eliminate those

There that gives us a good 15 to talk about. Please note that your experience may differ slightly.  Everyone has their own play style and characters that more easily fit them.  For example I think Shulk is awful but I have a friend who obliterates me off the screen with him.  So keep that in mind that this is just what I've been impressed with or found lacking.

The Most Impressive Characters
Bowser - Bowser has been given a major overhaul for the better.  Since Melee he's been fairly powerful but too slow to really do much about it unless he just gets lucky.  This time around his speed has almost doubled.  His power has increased a fair amount and his side smash has changed.  If you were winning matches with him before you definitely will now!  He's one of my best this time around...which given my record means he'll be mysteriously missing from the next installment.

Zero Suit Samus - Jokes about her clothing or why her rocket boots needed to be high heels aside...Zero Suit Samus' role in Brawl was to be an inferior version of Samus who stalled till she got the Smash Ball again.  She was only chosen by hardcore gamers (the kind who picked Olimar without pikmin to shove it in your face how good they are)  or the Rule 34 crowd.   This time however she is a force to be reckoned with.  Her range, power, and jumping ability have been increased dramatically.  She's still just as fast and can delay characters as easily as before but now that delay can be followed up by easy KO's from her side smash or Up Special.

Little Mac - Little Mac is my Brawl's Wolf.  I didn't really care one way or another that he was included.  I didn't figure he would be worth picking up in the first place.  However once I started playing as him my opinion changed almost immediately.  Little Mac is tiny and his air game is practically non-existent. He only has any sort of lasting power on the ground.  However his extreme power overcomes this with ease.  His regular smash attacks can easily KO faster than most other characters if not all of them.  He has a move that leaves him unable to be knocked around for the duration of the move and once he gets enough damage or hits he can instantly KO any opponent.  His biggest downfall is his lack of anything in the air.  Once you get knocked far enough away from the platform or high enough you might as well just die.  His Side special can also cause you to fly off the end of the platform with no way to recover.  He's not for everyone but he's great for me!

Bowser Jr. - This is a character I wanted to be in Brawl.  He may be later than I wanted but it was well worth the wait.  Smash Bros tends to praise Mario for being "THE" balanced character.  Someone who anyone can pick up and run with; the default for everything.  Honestly I believe that's cover for making a character have some fairly useless moves and not be as great as they can be.  Bowser Jr. is the one character who I would say has everything you could possibly need and every move is good.  He has speed, multi-hitting attacks, powerful attacks, projectiles... the list goes on and on.  He truly has everything that a balanced GOOD character should have.  But that's not the only thing that makes him stand out.  While most other characters have their alternate appearances as different genders or color swaps, Bowser Jr's Alt Costumes are the 7 other Koopa Kids!  Each with their own name and voice actor!  How awesome is that?!

Noteworthy Characters (For Good or Bad)
Ganondorf - Ganondorf has always been a bit of a special character for the Smash Bros series.  He was a much needed inclusion and to this day remains the only character to be purely evil (Unless Hyrule Warriors proves me wrong).  He's been in several Zelda games by now and has shown various types of powers such as purple dark energy closing around someone, tossing lighting balls, and fighting with swords.  So of course his moveset has included.... nothing of the freaking sort.  Instead he became a clone of Captain Falcon and an inferior copy to boot with him being slower than a sumo wrestler in a vat of molasses.  Ok yes they gave his punches that purple dark energy but seriously they weren't even trying.  Sure he's got #thatPOWER but that was about it... until now!  Ganondorf's speed has been increased ever so slightly.  Just enough to allow him to be a formidable choice for many people now as opposed to the elite few *coughDamancough*.  That's not the only difference that stands out.  With the inclusion of custom moves we are able to finally give Ganondorf his sword to attack with.  Sure it's only one attack but man does it feel good to have an attack that actually fits the Gerudo King!  These improvements may be small but he's proving to be a far superior character to his previous incarnations.

Palutena - There are two things this character is notable for.  Lesser-so for her apparent pole dancing taunt (seriously was that necessary?) and more-so for her Custom Moves.  Similar to Ganondorf, the custom moves you can select are a big portion of what makes Palutena an interesting character.  Many custom moves across most of the characters are just slight variations of existing ones such as Mario's fireball going faster or being larger.  Palutena however has a completely different moveset depending on what you select for each special attack.  It's so incredibly varied that if you are playing with custom characters on then you will have absolutely no idea what kind of Palutena you are up against.

Robin - Robin's complicated but not as complicated as I originally thought.  It's great to see someone from Fire Emblem who's not a strict sword fighter and it's also nice to see that we can play as both Male and Female Robin.  However something to keep in mind is that Robin's magic will run out eventually.  If you repeatedly use his special attacks then he will drop his book leaving him pretty much without special attacks for awhile.  The same happens with his sword.  Eventually the lightning magic on it is gone and is replaced by a regular blade.  Not to worry, the magic replenishes after a time but I'd use more smash attacks than special attacks so that you aren't left needing to recover back on stage but with no magic.

Duck Hunt -First of all I'm just going to come right out and say it.... Duck Hunt is the name of the GAME NOT THE DOG! If anything this character should be called Duck Hunt DOG.  Second of all, there seems to be only one kind of player who regularly chooses Duck Hunt.... trolls.  Not the  "oh he he" kind who annoy you then run away.  No I'm talking about Troll Lords whose whole existence hinges on the pain and misery of others.  Their goal is to use Duck Hunt not to win as they most certainly will lose most matches they enter; instead their goal is to make your experience as painful as humanly possibly.  Because Duck Hunt's moveset is the kind of bizarre and borderline erratic that makes Mr. Game and Watch's quirky moveset seem like that of a well mannered gentleman.  Gunshots that go off in every direction (and not in the same direction), projectiles that can sit on the stage for a while before exploding or being shot, NES men shooting you from random locations, and recovery that makes Brawl's Pit envious.  He's very confusing and difficult to master but makes for one heck of an annoying opponent.  Of course what else should I expect from a character who's most famously known for doing THIS

Megaman -Megaman almost made it on to my crap list despite, like Palutena, having custom specials that are completely different moves.  However, it seemed like most of the time I was getting angry with the game it was over Megaman, Wifi, or Smash Run (i'll get to those two later).  Why was I getting so angry with this character?  When I would choose him as my character I performed decently well and was relatively competent.  There was nothing outstandingly bad about him so I started to really pay attention when I got annoyed.  It wasn't when other people were playing as him either it was only when Megaman was being controlled by the computer AI that I was getting pissed.  Then I finally noticed why.  Whoever programmed Megaman's AI can kick himself in the head.  Megaman is a ranged fighter and his standard A shoots out three small bullets from his arm cannon and can be done while he is in motion.  Unlike Fox's blaster, Megaman's bullets do some knock back damage which normally wouldn't be a problem unless you are charging up a smash attack.  It never fails... if you're on teams or if it's a free for all that an AI opponent Megaman will become the bane of your existence.  When Megaman notices you charging up a smash attack against any character on the screen at all he will haul butt over to you and start shooting bullets to make it fail.  Literally I've witnessed him standing on the opposite end of a stage on Level 1 difficulty just enjoying the view minding his own business but the second I start charging a smash attack against another opponent... "MY PEOPLE NEED ME!!"  He rushes over, shoots me three times quickly, then scurries off.   Seriously?!  Screw that!

The Crap-List Characters
Sheik - First off I want to say that I understand Sakurai said that he wanted people to be able to focus on one moveset only which is why Zelda/Sheik and Samus/ZSS were separated and why only Charizard came back.  I understand that fully but at the same time I can't help but think Sheik's separate slot took away from the potential for a new Zelda character that got Assist Trophy Zone'd like Midna, Skull Kid, or Ghirahim.  Why did I not bring this up when I was talking about Zero Suit Samus?  Well that's because ZSS got better by this choice.  Sheik didn't.  Sheik's now standard chain has been replaced by a deku bomb.  While this choice is more lore friendly (when did we EVER see Sheik with a chain that electrocuted people?) but I kind of think it was a misfire because of the delay in the explosion and the distance you have to maintain for it to hit the right spot on your opponent.  Speaking of hitting the right spot... Sheik's down special has changed to this sort of jumping heel slam sort of move.  It does a fair bit of knock away damage and causes you to flip back even further away than you were to begin with.  This causes a multitude of problems because this move not only has to be done at the exact right distance away or it fails (expect a lot of failures) but it also puts a ton of distance between you and your opponent.  Sheik is a character who performs best up close.  At high damage if an opponent is not KO'd by this move you are sent so far away that nothing in your arsenal can even think about hitting him.  It's just... not good.

Pit -The charm about Pit was his ability to spam people to death and glide away from them.  Yes he was annoying but that was identity; it was his M.O.  They decided to take this away from him.  Pit's Up special is no longer the Wings of Icarus but rather some sort of blastoff in a single direction.  He can no longer glide causing his wings to be even more useless.  His side B is no longer the spammy buzzsaw of death but is instead a slower and more powerful slamming move with some item from Kid Icarus Uprising that i'm too lazy to look up what it is.  Now I know what you may be thinking.  "Hey if they replaced something that was only there to spam and rack up damage with something that can actually KO wouldn't that be an improvement?"  You would think so...but unfortunately Pit is punished for this new very formidable move by having his smash attacks become weaker.  However, the one thing that angered me the most was his Up smash attack.  I am physically standing right next to an opponent and can see his blades go through the head/shoulders of the opponent but yet it doesn't hit them cause I'm not in the exact spot I should be.  No... just no.

Ness -Saying Ness is a difficult character is like saying the internet is full of morons.  Everyone knows this.  Ness has always been an oddball and a difficult character in comparison to the rest.  Every new game I keep forgetting just how difficult he can be but this time around they actually have made him worse.  Ness has never been a fast character but they turned his fast smashes and tilt attacks into slow smashes and tilt attacks.  They still have the same power as before and may even have some extra range but good luck getting them started soon enough to be able to execute without being grabbed/attacked by an enemy.  I spent a whole match trying to aerial down a no less than 30 times and hit nobody every time.  Basically Ness has turned into another troll character because the only one I've seen on wifi doing any good with him was a spam master.  All he did was spam PK Fire and PK Thunder to shoot himself from one side of the stage to the other racking up kills while everyone else actually battled.

Olimar - Olimar is meant to be difficult by nature; he's meant for more "advanced" players to use him.  However, that's no excuse for making him worse.  Olimar always carried around five pikmin so that he would never be left "with his pants down" in a situation.  For example: his down smash would send a pikmin flying in front and behind him at the same time. If he had five then he could do this two times fully and the third would be a single pikmin only but that was usually never a problem as the first set had gotten up and returned to him so he could continue with his smashing action.  This time around his Pikmin count has been shortened to three only giving him less to work with and forcing him to be more open to attacks.  His Up special is something I'm on the fence with.  In Brawl his Up special caused the pikmin to form a sort of whip that he could grab a ledge and recover but could also attack people far away for a good bit of damage.  Everyone complained that he needed better recovery because you had to be almost spot on with Brawl's version but removing it all together and replacing it with two winged Pikmin lifting him with no attacking power doesn't seem like the way to go either.  There has to be a middle ground to make a more rounded character.  True story - I attempted to beat All Star mode on easy with him 10 times and lost.... ON EASY.

Metaknight -I will admit that Metaknight was overpowered in Brawl to the point that he was legitimately banned from competitive play.  I knew they were going to weaken him but this is just too much.  His power has been reduced and the range of both his tornado and his smash attacks is utterly ludicrous.  I was standing beside of another character almost touching them and used the tornado but it didn't hit the character at all.  It's like attaching a knife to some dude's stomach and telling them that they must stab someone with the knife without moving their feet or losing their balance.  And speaking of impossibly bizarre visuals, I spent a good thirty minutes or more of playing at Metaknight in Training mode trying to figure out why his Down special was only a teleporter and didn't actually attack anymore.  Turns out it still does but you have to keep the button held in for a monstrously long time or else it just teleports you.  Bizarre.  There's nerfing and then there's just destroying a character and Metaknight was destroyed.

Random Side Note - I've been playing this game since it first came out and I still don't know what Wii Fit Trainer's Down Special does.  I get this buzzing error sound and a defeated look on the trainer's face most of the time but then sometimes I don't as if the move is a success for unknown reasons but nothing actually happens.

The single best inclusion in Smash Bros to date

I'm not leading in to a joke here.  I'm serious.  Including Miis as fighters is probably the single best decision of the entire game if not the entire franchise.  Why?  It's because these characters were taken just as seriously as a standard Nintendo character.  This game has set a priority on customization and you can't get any more customized than this.  You can choose any Mii character that you or anyone else has created.  You can give them one of three fighting styles: Fighter, Sword Fighter, Gunner.  Each fighting style has three completely different attacks for each of the four specials, and you can customize even further with outfits and headgear.

These character are also very strong and can be a major threat depending on the play style and the moves chosen by the individual playing it.  You just might get your butt handed to you by one of these guys.  Which can honestly be a bit embarassing/annoying/hilarious when the screen says  this game's winner is Prof. Oak!  What happens with these guys is completely up to you.  You can be as completely serious as you want to be.
Or alternately you could be as utterly ridiculous as possible.

Stages & Items
Normally I wouldn't say anything about the Stages and Items as they are usually balanced and make little significance but this time I do have a few things to say....

Every Smash Bros game has that one stage or two that someone dislikes; that much in inevitable.  However Smash Bros for 3DS holds the distinction of being the only entry in the franchise in which I have a real problem with the stages selected.

To begin with, I want to point out something excellent.  Each stage has a Final Destination form meaning there are no gimmicks just a different look to Final Destination.  It's pretty great and an excellent edition just to shake things up a bit.  Although at the same time it's kind of pointless but I DID get tired of looking at the same Final Destination stage so this is pleasing.  Also the Tamodachi Life stage is fairly humorous as it picks random Miis from your 3DS and places them in the apartment building to often times comedic effect.  Lastly the Kirby stage is absolutely brilliant!  Use it and use it often.

Now on to the bad...I love the inclusion of past stages.  It's always fun to go back to old smashing grounds to fight a new battle.  In Melee and Brawl these were considered "extra" stages and not part of the regular offering.  There was a sense of  "There were some really beloved stages from the last game, let's toss in the favorite ones for people to enjoy."  What made this better was the simple fact that new versions from those franchises was created as well.  This time around, 1/4th of the stages present are old stages or slightly tweaked versions of the old stages such as Pictochat.  That may not be so bad but they at least gave us new stages for the franchises they brought old ones back from right?  NOPE!! The following franchises are ONLY represented by old stages: Donkey Kong, Samus, Yoshi, Star Fox, Game and Watch, WarioWare, Pikmin, and Sonic.   Disgraceful!

Second of all is the fact that several of these stages are just plain cheap and encourage you to play the Final Destination version of them ONLY.  The following are a few of my personal annoyances.  I won't list a whole lot cause some of my complaints are just nitpicks
  • Jungle Japes - The river's speed has increased to the point that if you happen to barely touch it you might as well not even try to jump back up.  You're going to die
  • Mute City - When standing on a car it can suddenly just leave the stage with you on it.  Sure it does give you a warning but nowhere near enough time on occassion.
  • Arena Ferox - Watch out for anything hanging from a chain.  If the stage starts to shift form you'll be killed by them suddenly rushing upwards at the speed of light
  • Tortimer Island - There is WATER all around the island yet you can't swim in it???  You can swim and be carried away in the Jungle Japes stage so why drop the ball here??
  • Find Mii and Wily Castle - Bosses appear on these stages and do far more damage to you than you can do to them.  Defeating them doesn't give you anywhere near enough of a reward
And lastly this is something that Smash Bros has had a problem with for a while but for some reason I only noticed it now.   WHY ARE THERE SO MANY MARIO STAGES?!!!  I mean I know Mario is the flag ship for Nintendo but do we really need 1/4th of the stages to be Mario stages?!  Yes I am counting Mario Kart, Yoshi, and Wario as Mario games because that is where they originated.  Mario characters only take up 15% of the roster so why do their stages take up 25% of the stages?!  Brawl was even worse because they had even MORE Mario stages than this.  What gives?!

I'm going to cut straight to the point and say that items are extremely overpowered in this game.  I've always played with items on in the previous games because I've always sided with the "fun" side of the game.  Items were always a little bit of assistance or something to up the mayhem.  It was never enough to cause one person a significant advantage but rather a slight bit of luck that could be overcome with an equal bit of luck or genuine skill.  THIS TIME however if you are lucky enough to have enough items spawn near you, you WILL win.  Items this time have changed the game from skill based to purely luck based.  Between the bullet bills blasting across the screen, the Steel Divers that cause explosions as soon as you touch the bullet, The Hocotate Bomb that causes 1/3rd of the stage to explode, The X bomb that reeks havoc no matter who you are, and the Spiny blue shell which does what it does best (I can hear the Mario Kart fans crying now), you'll be wanting to toss your 3DS across the room

But those aren't the worst.  There are 4 items that are the worst.
  • The Ore Club is a large stone club with an eyeball that does a large amount of damage when smashed but also creates a tornado to carry them off screen.  
  • The Gust Bellows which blows wind in the direction the user is facing.  It doesn't matter how heavy your character is, it will be tossed off the edge of the screen.  Want to use a special move or jump to get back on screen?  Tough luck!  It has enough wind to keep you pushed away and ensure you die.  Your only hope is a stray bomb or another fighter taking your opponent's turned back as an opportunity
  • Beetle - This thing latches on to you and lifts you into the sky.  It's pretty much an instant KO if you have more than 30 Damage on you.
  • Cucco - You know those chickens from Zelda who kill you by mauling you in hoards if you attack one of them?  Well these pains in the butt do that exactly.  If you get smacked by a Cucco then you'll get a good 30 some of them slamming down on you for the next...what feels like an eternity.  To make them even more annoying if you toss one and it misses someone then YOU get attacked by them.
An interesting and poor decision that was also made with these items is the lack of a frequency control.  In the past we were able to be overloaded with items or only have a few appear occassionally.  Now it's only On and Off.  Way to make improvements there! Do yourself a favor and play with items off.  No exception.  Your nerves will thank me.

Game Modes
There is simply far too much content for me to talk about at length.  I don't want to write that much and you don't want to read that much.  Instead I'll focus on things that need attention.

For many people, Online mode will be the one you end up playing the most.  I personally know very few people who I see on a regular basis who own this game or a 3DS at all so Online is a necessity.  This time Online is split up between With Friends, which allows you to have customized characters and customize everything as if you were in the room with your opponents, and With Anyone where only default characters are allowed.  Additionally, With Anyone has a "For Fun" and "For Glory" mode depending on how you want to play your game.  There are plenty of options to choose from to dictate the type of game you'd like to play at that moment and that honestly makes it a great feature that has improved upon Brawl.

Only one thing remains... how steady is the online?   Well let's try to join a game For Fun!
Hmmmm.  Well any game's wifi can hit a snag occasionally.  Let's try again
....ooooook annoying but let's try this one more time

SERIOUSLY?! Is this going to happen THIS OFTEN??!! Let's try ONCE MORE!
THERE!! Finally!

The Wifi tends to be 50/50.  You'll either have perfect connection with absolutely no problems from start to finish, or you'll have a Wifi Error multiple times followed by extreme lag in the actual battle.  And the community's reaction is very similar.  Some people praise the online because it hasn't errored out or lagged any while others are experiencing what I just did above most times they try to get online.  It's still better than Brawl's Wifi so I can't complain that much.  Even if it was as bad as Brawl's what can you expect from a free service? 

Classic Mode
Classic Mode has gone through a semi-massive overhaul.  The first immediate change we see is how you set the difficulty level.  You now have to wager gold coins against the computer in order to raise or lower the difficulty.  The next major change is that you can choose the easy blue, moderate green, or challenging red path.  The Red Path will give you greater rewards.  Yet another major change is the wheel of rewards at the beginning of each battle which may grant you with multiple trophies, power-ups, special moves, or it may give you a big load of absolutely nothing.  Classic Mode appears to be more difficult than previous versions of the game so don't take it lightly especially when facing the brand new boss at the end of a high difficulty run.

All Star Mode
There isn't a great deal of change to the way All Star mode is handled.  You still go from one stage to another defeating multiple enemies with only one life.  The noteworthy thing this time around is that you fight characters based on the year their original game came out.  Therefore you start out against the likes of Mario and Pacman and end up fighting Greninja and Shulk.  Thoroughly enjoyable!

Street Smash
This one's a bit of a weird one.  When you street pass people with this game you'll end up with a token of theirs on this battle field.  With very simplistic commands the goal is to knock other tokens off the platform while countering attacks made towards you.  Seeing as how I already mentioned that I know very few people with a 3DS, this mode is effectively useless for me but it may be fun for you.

I've saved this next one for last on purpose.  We've already met the single greatest inclusion in Smash Bros to date with the Miis... now it's time to meet the single worst inclusion in Smash bros to date...

Smash Run

Ladies and Gentlemen...this is it.  This is the crowning jewel of crap and terrible decision making.  There are very few games that I have played that come anywhere close in comparison to the sheer amount of awful that is found here in this game mode.  On paper it seems like an excellent idea and when I saw this being announced I was excited!  However the execution of this idea is entirely botched in pretty much every area imaginable!  I'm not exaggerating.  It's that terrible.

What IS Smash Run?  You choose your character and have them run around a maze defeating generic enemies from the various franchises represented in Smash Bros including Polar Bears from the Ice Climbers who had to be removed from the roster cause the 3DS couldn't handle them.  Defeating these enemies will drop various stat boosters.  The more difficult the enemy the more stat boost you will get. This will continue for five minutes and once that is done you will be pitted against three other opponents (local players or CPU only) in a challenge that utilizes your boosted stats.

That sounds like a load of fun right?  I thought that sounded like a lot of fun...WRONG.  The enemies that appear in this game mode are FAR too strong; even the weak ones take multiple hits to defeat.  There are certain enemies that force you to hit them with special attacks or with the flying bodies of other enemies.  There are even stronger enemies that not only take a good two solid minutes of your five to defeat but also strike you through your sheild thus making your sheild completely useless.  Invincible enemies??  You bet your sweet booty there are completely invincible enemies that not only don't tell you they are invincible but show up entirely too often or the game even randomly teleports you to an area where an invincible enemy is for no foreseeable reason at all.  Want to know how overpowered these enemies are?  I was killed by a single attack from a plasma wisp... you know those floating fire things from Kirby?  I was KO'd off the screen by a plasma wisp when I was still at 0% damage and the attack only did 12% damage to me.  KO'D BY THAT!! That is ridiculous.
Speaking of showing up too often... on top of these enemies being incredibly strong they appear far too often and in the same spot.  It's not uncommon to find 6 or more enemies in the same location all firing and swinging at you thus turning you into nothing but a ragdoll and eventually killing you with no means of escape.  Once you die the stats you have worked so hard to pick up and slaved away at all these overpowered creatures depletes because why should we have a pleasant gaming experience?

 But that's not the worst of it all.  Hard games can be fun and challenging and I understand why hard games exist.  But this abomination is more than hard... it's RANDOM.  That's right, every so often the game will change the rules of the world and blow wind hindering or helping you, it will randomly protect you or randomly cause an army of bullet bills to appear around you causing the aforementioned ragdoll action.

Here's the cherry on top.  The challenge at the end of the five minutes is COMPLETELY RANDOM AS WELL.  Oh yes brothers and sisters... You can run around and getting all the stat boosters you want but there's no way of knowing which stats you will need to use in the final challenge.  You may have gotten a lot of attack but WHOOPS you're competing in a race that needs speed.  You may have gotten a lot of speed but UH OH you're in a climbing competition now that needs jump.  OH so you grabbed a lot of jumping power?  Let's put you in a standard smash battle against those guys who grabbed all that attack and defense.  There's no way of planning the kind of enemies you need to track down.  There's no way of knowing what bonuses you need to make sure you grab for the challenge ahead cause it's 100% random.  That, my friends, is a load of crap.

Let me explain it this way.  Imagine putting a 4 year old in a labyrinth.  Now fill that labyrinth with rabid animals, angry gorillas and lions, professional body builders, and the entire United States Marine Corp... all of which want to kill the 4 year old.   After several minutes of the 4 year old gathering supplies from the enemies he has outsmarted to make himself stronger.  He ended up with several weapons to make his attacking power on-par with his enemies. Now that the time is over he is teleported to a new area and told that the only way to survive this ordeal... is running a 5K race while juggling pumpkin pies.  He looks over and his opponents are The Flash, a man with an armored car, and a man with a jet pack while the 4 year old is running on foot.

It's like a game of Killer Bunnies.  Killer Bunnies is a card game where you have to have rabbits that attack people, you have to ensure you have enough food and water to take care of the rabbits you have, you have to buy golden carrots, you have to make sure there are enough backup rabbits in your hand, you have to employ strategy most heinous against your enemies and potentially play for up to three hours but the winner of the game is not based on the skill of playing the game.  Skill only allows you to reach the final portion of the game.  The winner is based off of who has the correct golden carrot card that matches one which was randomly selected and placed in an envelope at the beginning of the game.  So you could have been mastering the game but lose to the dweeb who barely scraped by in the end game cause he was lucky enough to get the correct golden carrot.

That's pretty much what Smash Run is.  I would avoid it unless you are incredibly bored, beyond amazing at the game, or get pleasure from painful experiences.  It's too bad that this mode is the "easiest" way to get the most custom moves unlocked for your characters.

You know how people say "there's nothing like a home cooked meal from mom/grandma cause she makes it with love"?   All gag-inducing Hallmark card garbage aside there is a ringing of truth to it.  If someone is passionate about something, the product or end result they create will show this passion and love.  Even if it's nowhere near the greatest thing you've ever had, you appreciate it more and enjoy it sometimes even more because there's just that soul to the food/product/whatever that is impossible to fake.

That's what I feel about Super Smash Bros for 3DS.  Yes there are flaws.  Yes they made a couple of massive misfires *coughMewtwo&SmashRuncough* but I can forgive it because I can tell a lot of love, passion, and joy went into the development and creation of this game.  Trying to accurately represent so many franchises and so much of Nintendo History is a daunting task and could easily have been half-done but you can feel the passion put into this game.  You can almost see how they painstakingly made sure everything was put in there a certain way as to not ruin people's favorite characters.  I can visualize Sakurai being legitimately disappointed at having to remove the Ice Climbers because of the 3DS limitation.  It's something that other games which have tried to cash in on the Smash Bros success just don't have.  There's a reason PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale was not that great.  There's a reason that TMNT Mutant Smash Up is only "ok."  It's because the Smash Bros team has put so much of themselves and their passion into the game that it almost eliminates the bad.

If you've never played any games of this series then you are missing out on something magical.  These games are special almost to the point of being precious.  It's a must buy! They are a ton of fun.  Even with the misfires they have put into the game and even how bitterly angry I got with Smash Run I never stopped playing.  It's a joy that you don't often get with gaming and maybe you too can find other people who enjoy these games and make some life-long friends.
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Ghost's Angry Reviews - Top 6 Improvements Animal Crossing Needs

This is Ghost, thanks for joining.

As per usual this is going to end up being longer than originally anticipated.

Animal Crossing... It's not very often that you see people talking about this game series, however if you ever actually met a fan you'd wonder why.  For those of  you who don't know, Animal Crossing is a Nintendo series that is basically "My Chibi Sims with animals for kids!" ...for lack of a better word.

In Animal Crossing you are a new resident to the town of Whatever You Want To Call It.  And as a new resident there you get set up with a brand new tiny house that you can decorate to your liking.  You can upgrade your house by earning money and purchasing expansions; you can meet and become friends with all your animal neighbors.  There's fishing, bug catching, fossil collecting, flower breeding, tree planting, an island to explore, stores to see and upgrade, and in the newest game you are the Mayor and you can customize your town with new attractions and chose where they go.   It's really a town ready for you to mold it into your own little paradise.

If that description seems rather boring to you, well, there's a reason for that.  Animal Crossing is one of those strange entities where there is very little standard "excitement" that you would normally expect out of a video game.  It's very laid back and kind of "cutesy."  A fairly large majority of modern gaming audiences either don't know or don't care anything about it but those people who do love these games love them with a passion that is hard to contest against.

Ultimately it is that passion that drove me to start reviewing and talking about video games and movies in general.  I love Animal Crossing.  I have been playing it since my parents randomly bought it me one Christmas.  It's hard to explain what's so wonderful about these games but it's the driving force behind this.

That's enough intro, let's dive right in to ..

The Top 6 Improvements that Animal Crossing Needs

Why top 6 only?  Well I'm glad you asked.   The Animal Crossing developers and programmers are always seeking to make improvements to their games.  The original game for the Gamecube was very nice but somewhat crude in its execution.  With each installment they add new things and fix existing problems.  If they were simply making carbon copies of the same original game then this would easily be a top 10 list.  Before we jump into the improvements that need to be done, I think we should take a look at some of the progress they have done and measures they have taken to make these games better and better.  Let's take a look back at the four big ones that they have already fixed.

The Town Being in Small Grids 
OMG the original Gamecube game was great but it was such a pain in the butt.  Why?  Do you see the little grid lines on the picture?  You could move freely within the box but then you had a small camera shift into the new box when you wanted to travel around.  Not only that but to make your town "perfect"  You had to make sure there were the proper amount of trees and flowers IN EACH BOX.   Now they have upgraded it to not only have a smooth fluid motion across the whole map, but getting a perfect town only counts for the ENTIRE town not each box.  Excellent Work!

Axe Gambling
You can purchase axes in the game for the purpose of chopping down trees to make your town better or do whatever you need to.  Unfortunately the axe breaks after a very small amount of uses.  The way to get around that is to get the GOLDEN AXE!!
*sigh* NO... NOT THAT
There that's better
As you can see in the second image there, the gold axe will never break!  You can chop down as many trees as you would like.  In the old games you'd have to toss an axe into a fountain.  The figure on the fountain being some sort of Animal Crossing god will get annoyed and ask you what you threw in.  The result of what would happen was random.  You could be truthful and she'd give you a golden axe for your truth.  You could be truthful and she just give you your axe back.  You could be truthful and she keep the axe cause she's pissed.  You could lie and get all three outcomes as well.  It was all up to chance.   Now however you simply get the golden axe by purchasing 50 saplings from the garden shop.   Easily done and not left to chance.  Excellent work again!

Paintings Left to Chance
Just like Axe Gambling but even worse.  For those of you who don't know, there is a museum in your Animal Crossing Town that puts on display fossils, fish, bugs, and famous paintings for all to see.  You simply find something that's not in the museum and donate it.  The slowest one to fill is, of course, the artwork gallery.  

You can come across the artwork by many ways.  Friends giving you stuff, fellow neighbors selling you their painting, or more commonly purchasing them for a large sum of money from Crazy Redd the fox.  The only problem is that Redd is a swindler and will quite often sell you forged paintings that the museum will not accept.  They become effectively worthless so you've just wasted hard earned money for nothing.

What made it worse is that it was all up to random chance.  You just purchased the painting and had no clue if it was real or a forgery until you took it to Blathers in the Museum for him to inspect.  However thankfully in New Leaf this has changed.  You can examine semi-closely the paintings and statues and can see notable differences between the real work of art and the forgery meaning it's no longer up to random chance.  Yet another step in the right direction!

Mr. Resetti
Throughout your adventures in Animal Crossing, you come across many colorful characters that are generally very nice and serve a purpose in helping you.  These animals are as follows: Tom Nook the Raccoon and his nephews Timmy and Tommy who run shops, The three porcupine Able Sisters who run the clothing store, Pelly the Pelican who runs the post office, Tortimer the turtle who can sometimes be the mayor.. or just some lazy elderly guy on a beach, Blathers the Owl from the Museum, and a whole slew of more fun and imaginative characters....
Mr. Resetti's only purpose in the game is to yell at you.  Seriously.  That's IT.  The production team of this game wanted to discourage people from stopping the game without saving and re-setting the world.  You can see the obvious appeal.  You accidentally sell that good piece of furniture or you destroy your rare blue roses so what do you do?  Just start the day over again.   The production team want you to play carefully and live with your accidents as well as victories so they created Mr. Resetti.   When you quit without saving this guy pops up and starts screaming at you.  I mean literally screaming.  Sometimes his dialog takes up half the screen!  He scared children by being so mean and petty.  I remember one time I lost power at my house briefly which was enough to shut off my game.  Next thing I know, here comes Mr. Resetti not only yelling at me, but forcing me to repeat an apology to him with EXACT punctuation and capitalization.  If you missed something then you had to do it all over again.

In New Leaf however, he is a much more humble and sad creature.  The first time you quit without saving he shows up and kindly asks why you didn't save. He's understanding of whatever choice you select and explains that he's down and out because the world has been rough and he's out of a job.  This will be the one and only time you see him unless you save up the money and build him a Surveillance Center in which he'll show up in his usual angry behavior.
LOL YEAH RIGHT  keep dreaming and enjoying that unemployment check, jerk!

But you all weren't here to see what changes they have already made were you?  You all are here because of what the title says... or because I linked you to this article with the expectation of you reading it.  Well... on to the main coarse. 

6. Make the Dream Suite Worth Something
Those playing New Leaf will notice a brand new feature that was added. the Dream Suite.

The Dream Suite allows you (for 500 bells) to hop into bed and dream of another town.  Within this town you can see what other people around the world have done with their town either by Luna picking one randomly for you or you searching for a town yourself.  Within this town you can run around, utterly destroy the place, or just generally hang out and see what other worlds look like.  It doesn't matter what you do, it's just a dream..

And There lies the problem with it.  The only thing you can do is look around at what other people have done.  You might be able to get a pattern if the creator of the town has any on display, but if there are items on the ground, you can't take them home.  You can't even catalog anything.  It's completely useless.

How to Fix it?  Well making it worth anything would be a start.  Let's say for a moment that instead of it being a dream it's like the world is frozen.  Frozen in an instant of time.  Safe and hidden away... exactly...

Sorry... been watching a bit too much Doctor Who again

However the idea of Time Lord Art would be an excellent one to make the Dream World worth something.  Let's say for example that you could bring back something other than a pattern from your excursion.  You could easily make it so that you couldn't exploit it too much.   
Here's an example.  Let's say the Dream Suite works like a bit of time frozen (till it's updated)  Whatever is lying around on your town and whatever time you update your town it stays that way any time that a person visits the town.   So I create a town and place 10 pieces of furniture outside on the grass and it's spring time.  You can come there and fish all you want and pick up all 10 pieces of furniture but you can only bring 2-5 items back with you.  Or perhaps you can only bring non-droppable items with you such as bugs and fish but any furniture you get will be cataloged so you can order it.  Something like that.  ANYTHING to make it actually worth something instead of a waste of 500 bells!
If it's so utterly useless then why was it placed so low on the list? 

Well, it actually comes down to the fact that Animal Crossing has some brilliant (albeit twisted) imaginations around here.  It is the community and the occasional random town you can encounter that makes it all worth while.  Just take a look at this.
 Creepy and awesome at the same time

5. Stop disabling single player aspects in multiplayer
One of the greatest things in these games was the inclusion of Multi Player.  Granted you can't do a WHOLE lot in multiplayer still but it's much better than single player only.  Single Player Only can get very tiring and the game gets old fast.

That being said... One of the continuing annoyances with these games is that once you open your gates and allow people into your world to play with you, many of the single player aspects just stop working.  You can't scan a QR Code or create a fabric whatsoever.  If you have a guest animal in your town, many of them won't work whatsoever such as Gulliver.  Meaning that if you want to do anything that has anything to do with single player action then you have to boot everyone out, do what you need to then let them all in.
WHY?  There is absolutely no reason for it.  If there is more than one person in a town what I'm doing with my game shouldn't affect the ability of another person to do whatever they want to.   This needs to stop and you need to have full single player ability during multi player.

4. Make the Island as Customizable as the mainland
New Leaf added what is, to date, the greatest enhancement to Animal Crossing... being the Mayor.  What does that mean?  You get to start public works projects to add things such as coffee houses, pyramids, bridges etc to the town wherever you wish.  It adds a great level of interest to the game and a great level of customization.

And then there's the Island which made its debut in the original game and didn't appear again till New Leaf.  The island is an awesome inclusion that helps you with exclusive items and gaining a lot of bells.  However the island is tiny...absolutely tiny and there is absolutely no customization at all.  Things would be so much more amazing if you could customize the island or even have a summer home on the island that you could decorate in whatever manner you wish.  This would increase the playability of the game as well as overall enjoyment.

3. Wifi Marketplace
One of the most exciting parts about Animal Crossing is getting to go to another person's town via Wifi and looking through their stores to purchase items not in your town.  Or even greater is the ability to just simply trade with other people across random towns that you don't even know by utilizing places such as Animal Crossing Community.  You can find just about anything your heart desires becoming a member of one of these communities.

However what if that was eliminated all together?  What if there was a marketplace you could go to where people had items up for sale or trade so that you can search for whatever item you need without having to hunt around and ask people for things?  

Pokémon decided to include this functionality back in 2007 so why couldn't Animal Crossing.  Amount of data shouldn't be a problem because there are far fewer details to keep straight than that of a standard pokémon.  Sure there's going to be some jerk asking 9 Million bells for one item just because they can but I believe the overall addition would be an excellent one in helping people get the items they want.

 In fact, they included something in City Folk that could have been utilized for this purpose if allowed to grow.  The Auction House in City Folk was where items would go up for sale and you as well as people who visit your town via wifi could bid upon them.  Whoever bid the most would receive the item.   Well this could have been upgraded for New Leaf (or the next game) to be a wifi action house where you could search for items and the like.   Don't you hate when they remove stuff that could have been utilized?

Speaking of that...

2. Stop Removing Good Features
Don't you hate it when there are excellent features or parts of a game that get removed for no reason whatsoever??
Don't get me started...

Few things drive a fanboy/fangirl crazier than when a company just decides to remove a feature, character, item, or any of the like for absolutely no reason whatsoever that they can tell.  This list would have been a longer one but since three improvements are actually just bringing back old things I decided to combine them.

A. Wifi Mail System
Have you ever been playing a game and you found a really awesome item or set of items that you'd like to give a friend just because they are your friend or some other simple reason.  So you keep these items in your inventory till that point that you can give it to them.  However then comes the long road of nothingness.  They don't get on the game at all.  They disappear entirely.  They don't respond to your Skype messages for days and days and days and when they finally do talk to you it's about how they've played another game at nights with some dude from Florida instead then start ignoring you for days on end again... not that I'm speaking from experience here

But anyway... where was I?  Oh Yes!

Animal Crossing allows you to send mail to your future self, animals in your town, or other people IF you are in their town via wifi.   Wouldn't it be so awesome if you could just mail the items you found for your friend to their game WITHOUT them being online?   Oh that's right... you could in City Folk!   Now i realize the Wii system is one that would more or less be online 24/7 and the 3DS is not but if the wifi mail system acted similarly to the pokémon GTS or some other way to store them till the person gets online to check them.

B. Voice Chat
If you've spent any time on Animal Crossing you'll realize that the character limit for talking with the keyboard is atrociously small.   Heck, I even had to call my own town "Galifrey" rather than "Gallifrey" because of the character limit.  It's ridiculous.  People need a better way to communicate over these games.  City Folk gave us that with the Wii Speak, an accessory that was basically built ONLY for Animal Crossing in all reality cause that's all anyone used it for.  It was great!
With the Wii system giving an additional item JUST for speaking on Animal Crossing City Folk, you'd think with the game going to the 3DS which already has a microphone built in to the system they would have voice chat there as well right?

WRONG!   It got cut from the game entirely for again no real reason.  I suppose you could go so far as to say that it was to help avoid creepers showing up and talking to your kids but you should be watching your kids more closely... and plus if they included the Wifi Marketplace then there would be even less of a need to visit with random people!.   They even included an ITEM that would have been perfect for the use of voice chat!
But nope.. no voice chat for you

C. Classic Games
This is one I don't see making a return but I had to mention it anyway.  You wanna know what made the original Animal Crossing for the Gamecube absolutely AWESOME??!!  It was the inclusion of classic NES games as furniture items THAT YOU COULD PLAY
That's right.  Once you found one of these NES games you could load up Animal Crossing, go to your house and play any of the following games: Balloon Fight, Baseball, Clu Clu Land,  Clu Clu Land D, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong 3, Donkey Kong Jr., Donkey Kong Jr Math, Excitebike, Golf,  Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros, Pinball, Punch Out!!, Soccer, Super Mario Bros., Tennis, and Wario's Woods.

 At this point in my gaming life I hadn't played many of these games so I can't tell you how many hours I logged to Animal Crossing because I was busy playing Balloon Fight, Donkey Kong, Ice Climber, and Super Mario Bros.  It was mind blowing that they would include these things in the game.

File sizes for the old games is infinitely tiny and wouldn't fill up that much space at all.  So why don't they include these??    OH THAT'S RIGHT

Yup why on earth would Nintendo decide to just give you these old games and be awesome like they used to be when they can charge you money to purchase them again.   From a business standpoint it's genius.  By putting things up for sale on the E Shop rather than putting them on Animal Crossing you're still making a profit off a game made from the mid to late 80's that you literally had to do NOTHING with... and still make profit from it.

However from a consumer standpoint....

Anyway, I'd love to see the old games come back but I know they never will.

1. Hairstyle and Color Selection
This is probably the #1 complaint I hear most often (now that Resetti was sent to the bench.)   In the later versions of the game there is a poodle hair stylist that runs "Shampoodle"  For 3000 bells you can change your hair style and hair color.   It sounds pretty awesome and can be awesome if you can decode what all the questions and lever bars mean.

In order to get a new hair color and style you have to select on a bar how formal or how casual you want your hair.  How high up depends on the styles that you can end up with.  How you answer each question she asks you narrows it down to a single style.  The color is then selected which is either a question or another side bar.   The result can be quite gorgeous/handsome if you know what you're doing and you get what you want.  But more often than not... you don't get what you're hoping for.
No it is NOT spectacular.  I look like Grandpa Cranky Kong's butt

There should honestly be a  "I know what I want" setting where you just TELL HER what color and what style you actually want rather than playing trial and error or trying to decode a guide online.  I mean if you go to a hairdresser in real life you don't sit down and go "yeah i want something kinda casual that's stylized and I can't tell you whether or not it's for a date" and suddenly you get a haircut.  NO you tell him/her exactly what you want and that's what they attempt to create for you.  Simple and easy.   So honestly Nintendo  make this change.  I'm tired of wanting this

But ending up with this

And that's it for my admittedly longer than I intended list.  If you have any ideas of stuff that you think they should include then write a reply and let me know.

This is Ghost fading into the darkness.
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