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Nintendo Download for December 29, 2011.
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December 29, 2011, 16:02:45
 
Can I buy a "V"? This week's Nintendo Download features a new 3D game!

eShop Exclusives
Bionic Commando
(Capcom, Virtual Console, $3.99)
VVVVVV (Nicalis, 3D Download, $7.99)

DSiWare (also available in the eShop)
Cake Ninja
(Cypronia, 500 points/$4.99)
Slingo Supreme (800 points/$7.99)

WiiWare
Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Big Ben Burglary
(Gamelion, 600 points)

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Posted: 12/29/11, 16:02:45    
 
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@Jargon The 3DS digital pad is seriously lacking but... in no way, shape, or form would I want to play a 2D platformer on a PC instead.


Posted by 
 on: 12/29/11, 18:25:27
@VofEscaflowne

Oh, okay. Some anecdotal evidence from a small group of an outspoken minority? That's no biggie, every system has one of those. I thought this was some wide-spread problem I was (somehow) unaware of!


Posted by 
 on: 12/29/11, 18:28:27
@rebonack

Well I just went by the review which mentioned that you use up and down to flip gravity. Unless if there's an option to use face buttons too.


Posted by 
 on: 12/29/11, 18:30:30
Zero said:
@Jargon The 3DS digital pad is seriously lacking but... in no way, shape, or form would I want to play a 2D platformer on a PC instead.

I would typically agree with you (and it's why I waited so long to play VVVVVV) but the game works brilliantly with a keyboard. You'd be incredibly surprised.

@VofEscaflowne

When I played on my Mac, I used the Z key to flip it, but up and down worked too. I imagine face buttons will be an option.


Posted by 
 on: 12/29/11, 18:31:45  - Edited by 
 on: 12/29/11, 18:32:51
I am also very unhappy with the 3DS's D-Pad. Sorry Grant!

Ultimately, the D-Pad is very "hard." I'm comparing it to my Lite's at the moment--it barely protrudes, it's quite a bit smaller, it's made of a harder material, you have to apply quite a bit more pressure to press it down, and as a result of all these things, switching between directions quickly is a pain (sometimes quite literally). Also, it's creaky and squeaky as heck for some reason. Err-ee err-ee rrrrrr. It's my number one reason for wanting a 3DS revision!

I was hoping for Wario Land today, honestly. I'm not sure if I'm sold on WWW...er, I mean VVVVVV...because the whole "flipping gravity" concept has been done a few times before (Mighty Flip Champs, Mega Man 5), and 8 bucks seems a little steep for this kind of game.


Posted by 
 on: 12/29/11, 18:37:35  - Edited by 
 on: 12/29/11, 18:38:36
The D-Pad will be one of my main incentives for immediately shelling out for a 3DS Lite (or, dare I say, XL?).


Posted by 
 on: 12/29/11, 18:43:57
rebonack said:
3DS d-pad sucks. Everybody knows this.

In that case, everybody is verifiably nuts. Whoever those people are, they don't know what a sucky d-pad is. Try playing any 2D game with the 360 d-pad, and then come back and tell me the 3DS d-pad is bad.

@TriforceBun, @Anand

Et tu?

..... you guys...!


Posted by 
 on: 12/29/11, 18:47:24  - Edited by 
 on: 12/29/11, 18:48:36
I don't think anyone here is claiming the 360 d-pad is good. Neither one is very good!


Posted by 
 on: 12/29/11, 18:48:15
Wow. Well, apparently I'm in the minority here. I still think you guys are crazy, but... it is what it is.

Did you guys like the d-pad on the DS/DSLite/DSi?

3DS d-pad is leagues better than the 360 one, though.


Posted by 
 on: 12/29/11, 18:52:23
I think d-pads in general suck nowadays, so even if the 3DS does have a better one than the competition that isn't saying much. But I did prefer my DS fattie d-pad to the 3DS d-pad. And neither of them can touch the SNES d-pad.


Posted by 
 on: 12/29/11, 18:54:17
@GameDadGrant
Stabby stabby...

If it's any consolation, the 360 D-Pad is also balls.

What's weird is that Nintendo has made so many GREAT D-Pads! Why do they try to reinvent a perfectly good wheel every time?


Posted by 
 on: 12/29/11, 19:00:23
@Zero

Oh man! The SNES d-pad! Man, have you played with that one recently?!?

SQUISHY!


Posted by 
 on: 12/29/11, 19:00:48
@Anand

You could say the same about their online games. Although I wouldn't call them perfectly good to begin with...


Posted by 
 on: 12/29/11, 19:03:14
DSi has one of the best dpads outside of the CC Pro and GBA Micro


Posted by 
 on: 12/29/11, 19:06:26
@GameDadGrant

If it makes you feel better, I still think it's about a hundred times better than the awful PlayStation (anything) D-Pad. That thing is rank.


Posted by 
 on: 12/29/11, 19:12:34
I've never played VVVVVV, so I just went ahead and bought it. I've heard the music and level design is quite good throughout.


Posted by 
 on: 12/29/11, 19:47:19
@Zero

Well, first, I assume you're talking about using a keyboard, which is an antiquated way of thinking about PC controls. I personally use a 360 controller for 3D games and a PSX controller for 2D games but the possibilities are basically limitless.

But nonetheless, I am using a keyboard for VVVVVV and it is clearly designed to be played as such. It doesn't control exactly like your average platformer since there is no jump, per se.

In fact I'd like to see if people are able to beat the room that took me an hour yesterday with a DPad because I imagine it would have been much harder.


Posted by 
 on: 12/29/11, 21:16:28  - Edited by 
 on: 12/29/11, 21:19:33
Hmmm.

Whatever the case I just don't do PC gaming so if I do pick it up I'll deal with the crappy 3DS digital pad. It's not too bad, I've played plenty of other games with it.


Posted by 
 on: 12/30/11, 01:17:45
Did Lufia come out and I missed it?

If it doesn't come out, I'm gonna have to buy a cartridge for "too much" instead.


Posted by 
 on: 12/30/11, 01:19:13
I played VVVVVV on Steam, it was pretty fun. Very challenging too.


Posted by 
 on: 12/30/11, 01:22:25
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