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James Temperton

Sex: Male
Age: 16
Country: Sussex, England
Occupation: Writer for Cubed3 / Student, Journalist

Plays Nintendo games since: 1990
First Nintendo game ever played: Duck Hunt

Visits Samurai Nintendo since: I don't... sorry !
Registered in the forum: No

Last GC games played: Resident Evil 4, Donkey Konga, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
Which console(s) do you own ?
GameCube, Nintendo DS, GBA: SP, SNES, Dreamcast, GameBoy, PS2.

What are your favorite GameCube games and why ? Are they among your all-time favorite video games ?
Resident Evil 4: This is possibly one of the greatest games I have ever played. The graphics, the gameplay, the overall polish, it is just so awesomely well produced. When I reviewed it I listed it as the second best game of all time (behind Ocarina of Time) and I stand by that statement, it is insanely good.

Metal Arms: Glitch in the System: Not many people will know about this game, but it has to be one of the best on the system. A quiet release for a quite brilliant game hurt it sales-wise, but those who play it will love it. Itís basically a quirky shoot-Ďem-up adventure where you play Glitch, a cute little robot hero. It looks wonderful, it has some brilliant characters and the action and intrigue is non-stop; a widely ignored classic.

F Zero GX: When I got the Japanese version on import I was blown away, through all the confusing menus and rules (which I simply couldnít read) was a real gem of a game. Rock hard and at times impossible to beat this is a game that occupied a huge amount of my time; it looks stunning and is lightening fast. Ignoring the slightly lifeless multiplayer and you have one of the greatest racing games of all time.

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 ?
I have a black and a purple GameCube at the moment, although the one hooked up to my PC is black. I have four controllers and about fifty games. And yes, I do indeed have a GBA and a DS. Online, on a Nintendo console? You must be joking...

Which characteristic (graphics, sound, gameplay...) of a game do you value the most ?
Gameplay. Whilst the other aspects are important, a good looking game isnít fun to play, a good sounding game isn't fun to play, a long lasting game isnít fun to play, but a game with good gameplay is fun to play. Look at titles like Tetris and the Polarium title soon to hit the DS. Both are real gems, and look painfully simple. Gameplay makes a game what it is, pure and simple.

Anything you regret about the GameCube ?
That Nintendo only ever used it as a tester unit for the Revolution. It is painfully obvious that the unit hasnít been exploited fully, it has masses of untapped potential and it is horrible to see this going to waste.

What sort of game would you like to see on GameCube ?
More innovation for sure. There are too many middle of the road games, I want to see more titles like Viewtiful Joe, Donkey Konga and Zelda: Four Swords.

Any gaming exploits ? Anything you achieved in a video game that you are particularly proud of ?
Completing Ocarina of Time seven times was quite an achievement I feel !

What would you say to convince people to buy a GameCube ?
Resident Evil 4, nothing more.

Is there a not so well known GC title that you'd like to bring attention to ?
Metal Arms: Glitch in the System. If you want to know why, scroll up this interview for my synopsis of it.

Would you like to say something to all the game makers at Nintendo Japan ? (they might read you !)
I await the Revolution with baited breath, the GameCube-test-run better have been worth it...

Thank you for answering Samurai Nintendo's questions !

Interview done on February 8, 2005.

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