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Sex: Never before lunch (ok, I'm a guy)
Age: 26 so far, and growing !
Country: Paris, France
Occupation: programming assistant and scriptwriter-wannabe
Plays Nintendo games since: 1989 or 1990, with the Game Boy anyway (I had a go at my friends' NES, but I never really liked it)
First Nintendo game ever played: Tetris on GameBoy
Visits Samurai Nintendo since: 2001
Registered in the forum: no
Last GC games played: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time
Which console(s) do you own ?
In chronological order: the first Game Boy, the Super Nintendo, the Saturn, the Playstation, the Nintendo 64, and the Game Cube.
What are your favorite GameCube games and why ? Are they among your all-time favorite video games ?
Surprisingly enough, I won't mention "The Wind Waker", which I finished only recently. Not that I thought it was bad, far from it; but I somehow expected a far better game given the history of the franchise and the power of the Game Cube. This one was merely "great" when it should have been "fantastic".
Instead, I must say I have been abashed by the first Prince of Persia, a major achievement in terms of gameplay, level design and graphics, and by Resident Evil 1, which is stunning and improved enough to be considered as a whole different game altogether rather than just a remake. But I can't say they are amongst my top favourites. As a matter of fact, I'm still waiting for THE Game Cube title which will twist my mind and mark my soul as other SNES, Game Boy and even N64 games have over the past. Resident Evil 4 perhaps ?
The mass question: what's the color of your Cube ? how many games and controllers do you own for it ? do you have a Game Boy Advance, a Nintendo DS ? do you play online or in LAN ?
In the right order: the usual purple, 5 games and one controller -the kind of games I like are not multiplayer ones- ; not yet but as far as the first is concerned, I intend to; definitely not.
Which characteristic (graphics, sound, gameplay...) of a game do you value the most ?
A good question indeed, thanks for asking sanjuro. I guess that rather than the graphics, although they are decisive as to my prior interest to a particular game and the game experience itself, what I'm mostly looking for in a game is an athmosphere, an adventure. I want the game to make me dream, laugh, scream with fear, it doesn't matter as long as it involves emotions (very much like a good movie actually). Of course, as I said, good graphics and solid gameplay are essential to this experience, but eventually, I tend to think it's mostly about game depth and fresh ideas. For instance, I won't ever buy a game just because it's "hype" or because there's a famous soccer player featured inside (the fact that I literally hate soccer helps a lot).
Anything you regret about the GameCube ?
Well, not enough games perhaps, and a more and more annoying tendency from Nintendo to dwell on the past by sucking the blood out of their franchises rather than creating new ones (I lost count of all the "mario based" spin off games). I would appreciate also if the guts of the GC were REALLY shown.
What sort of game would you like to see on GameCube ?
More and more conversions of old games ! And generally speaking, all the multi-platform games that every platform get, except ours! (Who said "Metal Slug 3"?) As for new games, more 2D games would be fine (RPG, platformer...).
Any gaming exploits ? Anything you achieved in a video game that you are particularly proud of ?
I'm neither a "high score", nor a "100%" freak. But I took great pleasure in discovering all heart parts and secrets in "The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening" on Game Boy, finding all 120 stars in "Mario 64" and finishing "Donkey Kong 64" at 101%.
What would you say to convince people to buy a GameCube ?
If you like games that have cool ads on TV and a lot of nice-looking cinematics, go buy a PS2. If you like games with gee-wizz looking graphics and an online option so the publishers can sell it to you twice or thrice, go buy a X-Box. If you like games, go buy a Game Cube.
Is there a not so well known GC title that you'd like to bring attention to ?
I don't think it has been released in France yet, but I've read about a nice and fun-looking game in the not-enough represented genre of third-person shooters. It uses the gameplay principles of "Metal Slug" and "Contra" with cel-shaded 2D, and the result seems pretty engaging. And it's cheap, too. The name? "Alien Hominid".
Would you like to say something to all the game makers at Nintendo Japan ? (they might read you !)
Well... keep up the good work guys, but don't forget the old recipies! there's a reason why they are always the best ones!!
Thank you for answering Samurai Nintendo's questions !
Interview done on February 1, 2005.
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