Reviews: Nintendo Capri Sun

His Ace Attorney series is hard to watch.

Tim is one of my favorite Let's Players. His commentary is actually rather charming, because it's as if you're sitting on a couch next to him. He often tells stories from his life than many people can relate to.

That being said, though, his Let's Plays of the Ace Attorney games are a chore to sit through, for several reasons.

1. Some of his quirks are taken Up to Eleven. There have been several episodes in which he is eating while recording. It's difficult to listen to, as somebody suffering from misophonia.

2. He glosses over a lot of important text. This is most apparent in the Bridge to the Turnabout episodes. He comes up with wacky theories while the in-game text refutes them. (see the "he hid his wound in the snow" incident for a good example of this.)

3. He seems to think intentionally mispronouncing words is funny. Take a shot every time he refers to Morgan Fey as "Morgan Freeman," or whenever he mispronounces the name "Apollo" or the word "glove." The "glove" mispronunciation may be unintentional on his part, though, because he consistently mispronounces it the same way.

4. Perhaps the most glaring problem with this particular series is the "'What' counter." Every time he delivers a Flat "What." or a Big "WHAT?!", a counter goes up, along with a sound bite. The problem is, this happens often, and the sound he chooses to use is much louder than the game's audio or his commentary. This becomes very distracting.

And the worst part of all this? His playthrough of 1-4 and 1-5 was great, and none of these problems were present! It's not like he's lost touch, either; his current LP of The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons is phenomenal. I don't know why his Ace Attorney Let's Plays are lackluster. One can only hope he improves with his future AA Let's Plays.

Surprisingly Good

The first lp of his I watched was Conker's Bad Fur Day, and I was immediately put off by the toilet humor so prevalent in his style. However, I really quite enjoyed his commentary, despite how often he got lost in the game. I honestly didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I came back to him about a year later and really started watching other lp's: Skyward Sword, DK 64, Majora's Mask, Super Mario Sunshine. And I really started to get it.

He isn't that good at video games. Well, let me rephrase that. He isn't that good at 3D video games as his depth perception can be quite off. He is quite good at 2D games. But that's part of what makes him so much fun to watch. He constantly makes mistakes and overlooks the obvious, making it feel like I'm watching a genuine person play the game. There was a comment on one of the videos that said that he was really dumb, yet really lucky, and I think that sums it up quite well.

NCS's style is also a bit off putting. He has some of the same style that was so prevalent in Conker's, but significantly toned down in other lps since that was part of the focus of that game. I've come to find I don't mind it so much and even can play along sometimes. He burps and farts and talks about picking his nose and other such nasty things during the lp, which is really rather odd for an lper on youtube.

But what really makes me keep coming back is that he feels like he's carrying on a conversation with the person watching. He talks about his life. He talks about his working on his videos. I get the impression that he's rather introverted in real life, and thus I can relate to him more. It's quite different from other lpers out there, and I think that's why he's become so famous. I watched a few videos of the runaway guys and I can never pick him out amongst the other two who are clearly rather extroverted, I don't know who they are. But that's ok.

His style isn't for everyone, but I know I can enjoy it. You might be off put by his toilet humor or his burping/farting while he's playing, but if you can get past that, NCS is an lper worth watching, if nothing else just for how different his style is. Also, you often get a real sense of "I know that feel bro," from him, which we can all benefit from.

Friendly, Funny, and an Amazing Gamer

Nintendo Capri Sun has repeatedly proven his skills as a gamer, coupled with warm commentary that makes him feel more personally connected to his viewers than is the case with many Let's Players. His work often gives off the feeling that, rather than watching a recording of footage from a game, you are actually sitting next to him and enjoying a conversation with him while he plays and you watch. While he has more than his share of hilarious moments, what makes him special as a Let's Player is the friendly vibe his videos give off.
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