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...and here's what I think of it so far. ^_^

Last week, I was having a particularly crappy day, and I was like, I need something to lift my spirits. And, since I've wanted a Wii U for a little while now, I decided to go ahead and get one. Better late than never. >_<

:star: FIRST IMPRESSIONS :star:



I *really* like it. I mean, it feels so good to play. I was worried that the controller would be big and heavy, or feel too wide (like I was playing with a cereal box or something :lol: ) but thankfully none of that was true. The controller is surprising light in the hand and feels really good! Also, the 'play games while looking at the gamepad instead of the TV' thing that I thought I would never use, I use ALL THE TIME. I often play in bed and when I get too sleepy, I just put the controller aside. It's been really cool! So far, I'm loving it!

:star: SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD :star:



One of the games that came pre-installed in the system (the other being NintendoLand) was Super Mario 3D World. Let me just say -- it's fantastic. Just mind-blowingly fantastic. The art design, the music, the controls, the power-ups, the absolute joy in everything that's happening -- just freakin' amazing across the board. I'm already at World 3 and look forward to playing more! Wow, it's so good. It feels really good to be really into a game again, and have it be a platformer! Quite frankly, they don't make games like these any more, so to see one that is done this well - is just fantastic. No exaggeration - it brought tears to my eyes. It's just wonderful. :heart:

:star: DONKEY KONG COUNTRY - TROPICAL FREEZE :star:



I also picked up this game and started playing it. I must say -- I'm a bit disappointed. Especially since the original Donkey Kong Country for the SNES is my **favorite game**. I started to second guess myself - "Maybe I don't really like 'Donkey Kong Country' after all". Of course I still love it, but it made me stop and think: Why was I not connecting to this game? Here are a few of the reasons I came up with:

1.) In the Donkey Kong Country games, I exclusively played as Diddy Kong (not Donkey Kong). Diddy is faster and in my opinion controls better. But in this new game, that's not an option. Thus, I have to play as Donkey - which annoyed me more than I thought it would.

2.) The controls are not immediately intuitive and wonderful (like in 'Super Mario 3D World'). It's 'A' or 'B' to jump (that's fine), but then it's 'X' to roll AND ground-pound. So, I often end up unintentionally rolling off something if I haven't completely stopped moving. And the momentum with the roll is HUGE. It feels like something akin to Super Meat Boy - I really don't like how 'turned to eleven' the momentum of the roll-jump is.

Then, it's 'ZR' (right trigger) to hold onto vines or pick something up. So, when jumping from vine to vine, you need to hold down 'ZR' but at times you need to hit 'X' while holding 'ZR' down, and then pressing 'A' to jump off --- ugh --- the controls very quickly felt unnatural and overwhelming. What's interesting is that 'Super Mario 3D World' has an IMMENSE amount of variety - but never once felt overwhelming (at least not yet - I haven't beaten it).

3.) The level design is not what I wanted (I hope this improves as the game goes on). Clearly it's good - but it relies more on memorization than seeing situations and adjusting/changing behavior based on what you understand.

If Mario felt like this... I honestly would have taken the system back. I'm so glad that I have at least ONE game I love on the system right now. Looking forward to getting 'Bayonetta 2', 'Splatoon' and 'Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker'. :) And I think 'Super Mario Maker' comes out in September. I hope that's good. ^_^

Anyway, just sharing some thoughts and hope you all are doing well. Much love and I'll talk to you soon! :D

Mike C

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roerow Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow love your art style!
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MichaelCrichlow Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Thanks kindly! Glad you like it! :D
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Atlas0 Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Heya! Not sure if you've heard of this Xbox 360 game called Super Time Force, but it's sick; it's a side scroller with some bossing game mechanics. They've got the demo up on Xbox Live, and I thought it'd be right up your alley. Maybe check it out if you can :)
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MichaelCrichlow Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
Hey, mate! Yeah, Super Time Force is awesome! I played it a little while ago. I didn't get very far, though. That game is hard! >_< Super-cool mechanic of rewinding time and playing with past versions of yourself, though. :) Very stylized art (sometimes I found it difficult to follow, actually >_<). Thanks for the suggestion! Please pass any more cool games my way!! :D

Hope you've been well, mate. Talk to you soon! :)
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Atlas0 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, the difficulty totally surprised me. I found each level taking a little bit longer and longer than I thought it would. :lol:

And sure thing! I wasn't sure if you'd played it or not already, but great minds think alike I guess. lol
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Aburameclanhead Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Student Writer
Happy Birthday! :party: :ahoy:
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MichaelCrichlow Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
Thank you! :D
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RCWikkydArtist Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
:clap: :cake: Happy Birthday! :cake: :clap:
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MichaelCrichlow Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
Thanks so much! :D
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RCWikkydArtist Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
You're very much welcome!
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