With that out of the way, let us talk about one of the major factors he brought up; the number of variables involved in typical mage gameplay compared to warrior gameplay.
What does a mage have to keep in mind during combat? Usually, MP cost, cast times, and damage. Compare that to your average Igarashi melee hero, who not only has to select between a plethora of weapons based on several factors(until you get an overpowered weapon that is), but also has to keep in mind swing times, when to backdash, when to take the risk of swinging it, when to execute criticals, whether to combine it with a subweapon, and since they're more likely to take hits, they also need to worry about armor and damage dished out by the enemies they fight, not to mention stray projectiles.
With all of the above, maybe what makes fewer people prefer mages to warriors in a CV game is perhaps not that they aren't powerful, but that their gameplay is generally more engaging because of all the factors above? Maybe the key to making them more interesting to people is actually to make their gameplay more engaging and deep by looking into this? I'll leave you to think that over.
Hey Dev, we discussed about mages a few times in the Bloodstained channel.
You've then justly felt that in Portrait of Ruin, things were made so Jonathan was favored over Charlotte. A poll over this, on who is used as the main character could be interesting.
Charlotte, no matter how magically strong she is, requests some time to prepare her spells, also known as channeling time. It's a bit like wondering who fully used the spells in CSOTN. Different approaches for the same goal.
Myself I am used to slash creatures with a sword (most usually a hit and run tactic)... the same choice occurs in RPGs unless I am sure I will never run out of MP. Nothing is worse than having casting interrupted by a monster attack.
There is also that idea that melee and ranged always was more common than magic in the classic CV games. Just ask the Belmonts regarding it.
Still my favorite non-ultimate castlevania weapon. (source: Castlevania wikia)
Brainiac: I'm a little surprised at no Chrono Trigger, though everything else is indeed awesome, especially Star Fox 2.
Jun 26, 2017 12:51:18 GMT -6
qaantar: I'm sure that's a Square-Enix issue (notice no FF II (IV) or III (VI) either).
Jun 26, 2017 13:33:22 GMT -6
qaantar: Although Secret of Mana is on there.... hrm.
Jun 26, 2017 13:34:25 GMT -6
purifyweirdsoul: eh? FF3 is on there, and SM RPG too.
Jun 26, 2017 13:38:03 GMT -6
Brainiac: Eyep. I kinda figured it would be one or the other for the Final Fantasies + Secret of Mana, SMRPG, and Chrono Trigger. Admittedly, that would have been about 20% of the games rather than the current 1/7th being Square, but still, it's a decent collection.
Jun 26, 2017 13:46:14 GMT -6
Brainiac: Though I almost wonder if the current company wishes they could redo the logos and a few other things rather than leave them all as is.
Jun 26, 2017 13:46:51 GMT -6
qaantar: Oh sweet, I missed that! Nevermind then.... (:
Jun 26, 2017 13:47:07 GMT -6
purifyweirdsoul: It's really surprising to me how so many people honestly don't know that FF3 = 6 loool
Jun 26, 2017 14:10:10 GMT -6
Galamoth: Personally, I'm more familiar with the later re-releases of the earlier FF games. FFVIII & FFX were the first games in that franchise I've played & completed.
Jun 26, 2017 14:28:08 GMT -6
Galamoth: Hence why I'd associate "FF3" with the actual FFIII, and not the original NA release of FFVI.
Jun 26, 2017 14:28:45 GMT -6
purifyweirdsoul: yeah, but I'm sure you know that actual FF3 wasn't a Super Nintendo game.
Jun 26, 2017 14:31:36 GMT -6
purifyweirdsoul: Maybe some people do think that. It seems almost prevalent that anything pixelated = 8-bit these days. *eye roll* ...it'll actually be nice to finally have something "retro" that is obviously not just NES/that era.
Jun 26, 2017 14:33:13 GMT -6
thrashinuva: it's SNES classic, not Super Famicom classic. "FF3" is FF6
Jun 26, 2017 17:47:22 GMT -6
Galamoth: ^Many more where that silly arcade game came from.
Jun 26, 2017 18:05:58 GMT -6
purifyweirdsoul: I've never seen that game before...looks like Altered Beast meets the X-Men arcade game. lol, when they transform they do the Colossus super, and when they're in beast form they all do Nightcrawler's.
Jun 26, 2017 18:37:17 GMT -6
ghaleon: It's a sh ame they didn't put seiken densetsu 3/secret of mana 2 on there
Jun 26, 2017 21:06:51 GMT -6
ghaleon: I find kirby's dream course to be an odd choice. I actually love that game but I don't know anyone else who has even tried it =P
Jun 26, 2017 21:07:41 GMT -6
ghaleon: honestly I wish there were more games like it
Jun 26, 2017 21:07:48 GMT -6
lovelydumpling: Seiken Densetsu 3, I agree about that one
Jun 26, 2017 21:27:06 GMT -6