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Wed 18th December, 2013

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A01 commented on Microsoft Once Had Some Pretty Wild Ideas, Inc...:


One executive of Microsoft thought they'd get the rights to Donkey Kong from buying Rare.

Microsoft, like other mega corporations, don't buy companies without knowing what they're buying. There might be idiots in the company, but so many people are involved when a company purchases another, there's no way a mistake like that could actually happen. That executive would likely have had nothing to do with the team that made the deal.



A01 commented on Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 1st April, With ...:

Every single time a Direct has been broadcast this late, it's featured mature content.

So, unless there's a new game announced, it's going to be Devil's Third. Which is great because I really want a release for that. Second most anticipated game after Mario Maker now that Zelda has been delayed.



A01 commented on Video: Using amiibo With Captain Toad: Treasur...:


I never mentioned DLC at all.

And playing with the figures, while a nice extra for children, doesn't affect the game in any way. So my point still stands.

I'm not against the figures. I'm collecting the Smash series, and probably the Splatoon series if that rumour is true. But gameplay wise, they don't and will never add anything that can't be done without them.



A01 commented on Video: Using amiibo With Captain Toad: Treasur...:


But saving functionality could be done with the internal hdd, usb drives or even memory cards if this was 2 generations ago.

Saving is not something that only nfc figurines can achieve.

There is absolutely no functionality that nfc figurines can provide that can't be done without it.

Would the games be better or worse without the figures? It doesn't matter. The point is, they could and would work perfectly fine without them.



A01 commented on Video: Using amiibo With Captain Toad: Treasur...:


Well, that's never going to happen.

Even Skylanders and Disney Infinity would work perfectly well without the figurines.

They're accessories that just offer a different way to do things. They'll never be able to do anything that couldn't be done without them.



A01 commented on Iwata: Embracing Smart Devices Has Made Us Eve...:


And that part is technically fine.

I don't like it. But it makes sense and could work.


Because there are no gamers on iOS and Android. The people that play games on those devices don't care about characters, IPs or even what games they're playing. They just happen to have a phone, that happens to have a few games on it capable of killing a few minutes while they wait for a bus or something.

You could replace Candy Crush with absolutely any Bejeweled clone on their phones and they wouldnt care. I'd wager a large percentage of them wouldn't even notice.

They just don't care what games they're playing. They just want a few minutes killed when they're waiting for something.

They won't say "oh, that Mario Runner game was good. I bet I'll enjoy the Mario Platformers. I'll just go spend £200 on the console and £40 on the game".

I'm sure Nintendo will make money from mobile games. But they will not get a single person to switch over to dedicated gaming systems.



A01 commented on Iwata: Embracing Smart Devices Has Made Us Eve...:

You will not bring a single person across from mobile devices to dedicated gaming systems. Not a single one.

If the mobile games produce revenue to help Nintendo, then fine.

But to think you're going to get people to switch from mobile devices to gaming systems is delusional.



A01 commented on UK Retailer GAME Opens Marketplace to Sell Gam...:

I went into a GAME shop a few days ago, for the first time in about 6 years.

It was horrendous.

Xbox One had about 60% floor space.
PS4 about 10%.
Wii U, 3DS, Wii and DS had 3 Shelves at the back of the shop, right at the bottom. Most of which was used Wii and DS games. There were 4 Wii U games on display. Smash Bros, Mario Kart, Wind waker HD and Captain Toad. The first 3 were priced at £54.99. Toad was priced at £39.99. Saw a couple of 3DS system boxes, but no New 3DS and no 3DS games.

The rest of the shop was filled with second hand electronics. Tablets, phones, iPods, etc. Like it was a damn pawn broker/cash converters.



A01 commented on Life of Pixel Developer Highlights Sales Figur...:

The idea of each stage using the graphical capabilities of each different system is really cool.

I will almost certainly pick it up on Wii U.

I don't know what they were expecting with PC sales though. If you're not on steam, you don't stand a chance. With very very very few exceptions. And even then, there's so much stuff on steam nowadays it's nigh impossible to find anything good. You really need to get featured on websites a hell of a lot.

Hope the Wii U sales will be better. At under 2,000 PC sales, I'd expect the Wii U to beat that on its own. I'd be damn disappointed if it didn't.



A01 commented on Euro Release Of BLOK DROP X Twisted Fusion Sel...:

14 Comments in and no one is insulting RCMADIAX. That is frankly astonishing.

That said, he's not allowed to reveal sales numbers, so you won't be getting any. Better than/worse than is as accurate as you're going to get.

After this game has been out a while, I'd be interested to know if its sales exceed the original Block Drop sales. Maybe a bit of colour can make a difference.

I'll be picking this up at some point. But not this week as I'm exceedingly poor right now.

I did just try to buy a Nintendo eShop card on Amazon with some amazon credit I have left over, so I could buy Stealth Inc 2 and this. But you don't seem to be able to get eShop cards on Amazon, anyone know why? I'm sure you used to be able to.



A01 commented on Nintendo Announces Fresh Release Details on a ...:


I remember reading somewhere that 90's Arcade Racer is being made by a one man dev team. So I'll forgive the long development time. Unfortunate to not even see a vague release window like Q3 or Q4 though.

New footage was released in Jan. So it's still coming along. It's been quite a wait though.



A01 commented on Viewtiful Joe Figure is Ready for His Close-up:


If they just made Vanquish 2 with Vanessa as the main character. I think they'd have made pretty much my favourite game that could ever possibly exist. Or P.N.03 2 with the Vanquish engine. Either way, they'd be the same game.

I loved that game so much. I have a P.N.03 tshirt custom designed by a friend. I played it so much when I had a cube. I had all the outfits unlocked, including the unnecessarily revealing Papillon Suit. Teenage me loved that suit.



A01 commented on Viewtiful Joe Figure is Ready for His Close-up:


I thought I was the only one that remembered and loved that game.

So much so, that I only just sold my copy of P.N.03 about a month ago. Despite having not had a console capable of playing it for years.

I would buy a Schneider figure in an instant. Name your price.



A01 commented on Tech Site The Verge Thinks The Wii U's Failure...:


Depends whether you're defining success by units sold or profit.

If it's units, critics aren't going to be satisfied unless Nintendo sells more than PS4 and Xbox One combined, plus an extra 10 million for good measure. But realistically, I think anything better than the Gamecube, would be considered successful by most people.

If it's profit, nobody knows. We don't know how much of a loss Nintendo are making on the system at the moment, or when they'll start turning a profit on the hardware.

In my opinion a console is a success if it's profitable, no matter how many units are sold. N64 and Gamecube are successes to me.



A01 commented on Tech Site The Verge Thinks The Wii U's Failure...:

It took 5 consecutive hardware failures to force Sega into software only territory. Nintendo has so much more money than Sega ever had and the 3DS is printing money DS style. If the Wii U fails, Nintendo aren't in danger of needing to go software only for a very very very long time.

Wii U seems to be improving slowly in recent months. Sales are getting better. I hope Nintendo can turn it into a success. At this point, it could easily go the other way though.



A01 commented on Hyrule Warriors Is Zelda Meets Dynasty Warrior...:


I'm not either. Graphics always come secondary to the gameplay, and I really do like the idea of Link in faster more action oriented combat. But the first thing that struck me when I saw this game in the Direct wasn't "oh, well that's a surprise", it was "oh, those graphics are downright horrendous" followed by being surprised at the games announcement.

They've got time to clean it up I hope. But lets not pretend these graphics aren't dreadful.



A01 commented on NES Remix Confirmed And Available Today on the...:


The NES games are far too much in the UK to begin with though.

I'm complaining about the UK price. I'd have liked to see it just £1-2 cheaper.

I'm expecting some eShop vouchers for xmas, so I'll probably pick this up next week anyway.