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AirElephant

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#1

AirElephant commented on Acro Storm Fuses F-Zero With Extreme-G, And It...:

The lack of anything substantive in those videos should be of concern. The overall look isn't encouraging; my son (a college student) is turning in better looking assignments using the Unreal 4 engine. I wouldn't get my hopes up.

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#2

AirElephant commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Legacy Makes The Vir...:

Frankly, I'd just be happy if the VC went the emulator route. Let customers know that the emulations might not be "perfect" but adapt one of the best emulators (like SNESoid, NESoid, etc.) on the market and make it as solid as possible. Then give users a menu of every possible Nintendo title and let them go at it. Offer it as a subscription, "all-you-can-eat" service and I'd be there on day one.

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#4

AirElephant commented on Poll: Is It Time For a Fresh Alternative to th...:

I'm absolutely done with Nintendo's virtual console.

  • The prices are too high.
  • The selection is slim.
  • You must buy a separate copy for each hardware type.
  • They are anchored to the actual hardware you buy them on. (And the process of getting them off is tedious.)
  • You cannot remap the buttons to make game play more customizeable

I used to be a huge Nintendo supporter. In fact, I've spent tons of money on the VC in the past both on Wii and Wii-U. But the news that they're likely ending support for the SNES was the last straw. I can grab an old phone and turn it into an EXCELLENT emulator and play every game I want to for free. (And on a screen that beats the snot out of the low-res, bad viewing angle 3DS screen.) Would I pay for that same access if I could have every title I wanted? ABSOLUTELY! But I am sick and tired of waiting and paying and dealing with Nintendo's half-baked efforts.

I don't care if emulation is 100% perfect, I'm through with Nintendo's lame approach to old consoles. If I decide I really want the experience, GameStop's decision to stock old consoles and games will take care of my needs.

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#5

AirElephant commented on Treyarch Isn't Working on Call of Duty: Black ...:

I think that Nintendo's fans need to make peace with the idea that the Wii-U will remain a platform for Nintendo titles and little else. Fill in the corners with a few nice indie titles and a smattering of VC titles and the console has a decent menu to choose from.

I don't know where the NX will take us, but as long as Nintendo pumps out great games there will always be an open input on my TVs.

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#7

AirElephant commented on WayForward is Bringing Shantae and Friends to ...:

Playing games on the Apple Watch seems silly. You have a much, much bigger screen in your pocket that is designed to be on for long periods of time. The Watch is designed for brief use. Using it to play games will drain the battery so fast you won't make it halfway through the day. At least for the first generation of watches, or two, these games will struggle to gain any traction.

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#9

AirElephant commented on Gallery: Yarn Yoshi Is Just Too Darn Cute:

To: Nintendo:

Please. Please. PLEASE do not make ANY of the Yarn Yoshi Amiibo exclusive to any one retailer. And make a metric ton of the things. I promise you will sell every one. (The fact that they have a key loop means they'll be fun both there and hanging from Christmas trees in the years to come.)

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#10

AirElephant commented on Video: Super Mario 64 Leaps Onto Wii U Virtual...:

If there's a classic Nintendo game that's as badly in need of a remaster as SM64, I'd love to hear it. I refuse to buy a re-release of a game that is only marginally changed from its Wii incarnation for the price Nintendo is asking. It's ridiculous. Give me HD textures and 1080p and I'd be happy to shell out 3x-4x the price. But I can use my Club Nintendo points to get the Wii version and play exactly the same game.

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#13

AirElephant commented on North American Retailers Confirm Super Smash B...:

Let's just hope they don't pull this same exclusive garbage with the Yarn Yoshi Amiibos. Now, I'll DEFINITELY want at least the Green (classic) and Blue Yoshi figures. If I have to do this again with no assurance of a Green Yoshi, well...it won't be pretty.

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#14

AirElephant commented on North American Retailers Confirm Super Smash B...:

I'm just amazed that Nintendo agreed to make Ness an exclusive. It's just my opinion and observation, of course, but from the look of things Ness would clearly be the most popular Amiibo in that wave. (At least, that was my initial thought when the wave was announced yesterday.) You'd think that Nintendo would have been able to sell him widely and make more money than GS could possibly have promised.

Like others, I've been trying and failing to get to a page on GameStop. I have only one Amiibo so far--I'm not a collector--but Ness would be a nice one to acquire. Very frustrating and off-putting.

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#15

AirElephant commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

"So I feel for their PR department, at least." - Operative

I don't, not in the least. I've never liked Reggie (cue the boos) because he entered Nintendo as a marketing executive at Addidas. If anyone knows how to leverage fandom for profit, it's a shoe company. Reggie and his team are great at dissembling; they won't tell the truth if a lie will do. And I think their explanations thus far have been under-developed lies.

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#16

AirElephant commented on Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Fac...:

The cynical part of me thinks this is all by design. Americans hate to be denied. Tell them something is "limited" or simply not available and they will want it more. Nintendo WILL release the smaller "New" 3DS once the XL sales begin to taper off. They will bet that their hardcore Nintendo fans will either (again) trade in their (new) 3DS XL for the smaller unit or they will simply purchase an additional "New" 3DS with cover plates.

In that way, they can sell a significant additional percentage of units. They will sell to the people who didn't want the XL size AND they will sell to those that have it that are hardcore collectors and who might have skipped buying the XL at all had the smaller version been available.

Cynical? Perhaps, but with Nintendo working harder and harder to squeeze more dollars from a smaller number of consumers (microtransactions, re-released "HD" versions of old games, Amiibo that are collected more for their appearance than their function, and and soon small quickly-developed micro games) I have few doubts this is their strategy.

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#17

AirElephant commented on Video: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Visuals Stand U...:

It's hard to get too impressed by the tech in a 3DS which falls short of the Wii, which in turn was well shy of the power of the XBOX 360 and which is significantly less powerful itself than a modern cell phone chip like the Tegra K1. For what it is, it's good, but a handheld with a modern cell phone chip could present much more vivid and impressive visuals.

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#18

AirElephant commented on Talking Point: Star Fox for Wii U is an Ongoin...:

I feel, based upon his prior commitment to quality, that Mr. Miyamoto's being coy because the game isn't yet in a state that he feels comfortable displaying it. He's extremely meticulous and seems unwilling to simply release a game because it needs to be released. If Star Fox remains on schedule to be released this year, he'll show it at E3. It feels like they're still struggling, though, with where they want it to go I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if Nintendo announces a delay. Mr. Miyamoto won't let people see it if it isn't up to Nintendo's high standards.

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#19

AirElephant commented on Nintendo Download: 29th January (North America):

I sold my Wii-U last year but as the games keep rolling out, I've been pining to get it back. Metroid Trilogy was the last straw. Got a good deal on a new Wii-U on Ebay, so the system's on the way and I just bought the download code for the Wii-U version so that I can make 100% sure I have it while it's on sale.

At my age, I shouldn't be so impulsive but the Metroid series remains my favorite of all time. WIth Splattoon, Star Fox, and Zelda coming this year I just couldn't sit on the fence anymore. Bought an XBOX One so that my kids can play it when they visit from college (yes, I'm that old) but it sits collecting dust while I guarantee that I'll be playing every square inch of Metroid.

C'mon, Nintendo, now it's time to announce a NEW Metroid for the Wii-U At E3!

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#21

AirElephant commented on Review: Axelay (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo):

One of the best ever SHMUPS on SNES, bar none. If you even remotely consider yourself a fan of shooters you owe yourself a copy of Axelay. The effects were incredible for the time. SNES had some really great shooters!

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#22

AirElephant commented on Digital Foundry Ponders Next-Gen Hardware Opti...:

The NVIDIA X-1 Chip, coming out later this year, is said to be capable of about 1 Teraflop. That's a MOBILE chip with eight cores. The X-1 is roughly twice as powerful as the K-1 released last year. If their performance gains continue year-on-year it's very possible that the next Nvidia chip released in 2016 will be on par with or even faster than the XB1 and PS4. We're talking about a MOBILE chip that puts those machines to shame and can easily decode 4K video. It's entirely possible that Nintendo can release a handheld console that is capable of replacing both the Wii-U AND the DS AND perform better than the PS4 and XB1 ... all by 2016.

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#23

AirElephant commented on Moon Chronicles Developer Seeking Interest for...:

What a strange and unscientific approach. Their twitter account (@moonchronicles) has a grand total of 761 followers. Not only is that far, far below any reasonable number of potential backers, any community response would likely be in favor of such a project since they're already Twitter followers. It's hardly a realistic way to gauge wider interest.

The company should go the more difficult, and ethical, route and actually seek out real venture capital to fund their project instead of engaging the community in this half-a**ed way.

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#24

AirElephant commented on Nintendo Promotes $99 2DS Target Deal, Availab...:

Ayup. Every time Target does one of these sales, like they did with a trade-in offer for the iPad a few months back, they're out of stock almost instantly. It makes you believe that it's done to generate foot traffic, but that very few actual units are on hand to ensure Target has to take as little of a loss as possible.

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#25

AirElephant commented on Nintendo Reports Financial Losses As Expected,...:

The low targets make me think that Nintendo doesn't expect to have any new titles to announce at E3 that will be available during this fiscal year. Those three million systems will likely shift based solely upon Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. and the strength of the existing library. We will probably get a release date for X and a few lesser titles, but I wouldn't hold out much hope of a Metroid, Zelda, Star Fox, or any other key titles before next year.

Maybe we'll be surprised, but those targets are awfully low. By comparison, Sony's PS4 is already nearing the seven million mark even though the Wii-U had a year's head start. And there are major titles coming for the PS4 and XBOX, like Watch Dogs, Destiny, and virtually all sports games that are either greatly delayed for the Wii-U, or aren't coming at all.

What a dismal, dismal outlook.

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#26

AirElephant commented on Sleek Metal NES Analogue Nt Now Available for ...:

@ChrisT99
It's not difficult at all to find both a working NES and CRT. In fact, if you go to any retro store or flea market I'm sure you can get them to plug in the system/TV and verify that it's working. Clean the pins off with some rubbing alcohol and the NES will work for a long time, especially if you grab a top-loader. I'm with those that look at something like this as designed for the well-heeled consumer who wants the bragging rights that come with spending $500 on a retro console.

Personally, emulated consoles like the Retron 5 are just fine for me. And though I grew up playing these consoles, it's really hard to tell the difference unless you place the units side by side. Affordability trumps authenticity in my book.

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#27

AirElephant commented on Twisted Fusion Joins the Kickstarter Ranks, Wi...:

The art style is what throws me off. It looks like a very old-school action platformer, but the art looks all hand-drawn and not terribly stylized. If they went the Mighty Number 9 route or embraced a real 16-bit, pixel art look I'd be there. If you are going to promise me retro gaming, deliver!

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#28

AirElephant commented on Ninterview: TriForce Johnson - A Journey From ...:

Argh I guess I should have read the interview before mentioning the doc. I obviously DIDN'T read the interview because after watching the documentary, I have little interest in Johnson or his point of view. Having read the question above, a softball lobbed at Johson in the gentlest, most understanding way possible, my opinion of him hasn't changed. If you watch the documentary, he equivocates and justifies his actions just as he did above. Maybe the documentary did portray him in a skewed manner, but then again his actions speak as loudly as anything else in the film. Wong may not be a nice guy, but Johnson is no shining example either.

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#29

AirElephant commented on Ninterview: TriForce Johnson - A Journey From ...:

If there were downvotes, I'm sure I'd get more than a few for this but I really can't see Johnson as an inspiration of any kind. It's not only because of his fixation on video games, because most of us that read sites like Nintendolife are focused on them, but rather because of a documentary I watched that featured Johnson as a "manager" of a Street Fighter IV player, Justin Wong. Johnson comes across as manipulative, unrealistic, and egocentric at virtually every point. He yearns so desperately for the spotlight, but lacks the skill to attain it for himself, that he becomes the ultimate coattail-rider.

The documentary is called "The King of Chinatown" and you can stream it for free on Amazon if you have a Prime membership. I believe it's also on Hulu and and likely on YouTube as well. It's worth viewing if you want to see Johnson's behavior when not being interviewed by a friendly gaming site like NL.

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#30

AirElephant commented on Super Metroid is 20 Years Old Today:

Easily one of my favorite games of all time. I'm an older gamer, but I sure do miss the 16-bit era. There's something about pixel-drawn graphics that gives games a handcrafted feel that, while not realistic, lends it a fantasy element that is wholly missing from the vast majority of current-gen games. As others have said, though, we NEED a Metroid for Wii-U!

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#31

AirElephant commented on Nintendo's Expensive New Development Building ...:

I absolutely love it. It speaks to Nintendo's never-ending focus on responsible, practical game development. Too many companies want to waste money on outward appearances. Maybe the flashy, rockstar game developer types--you know, the volatile ones--want to be in big, gaudy buildings but I am glad that Nintendo tilts another way. It illustrates, yet again, long-term thinking where watching the bottom line like a hawk is key.

The building is only expensive because real estate in Japan is ridiculously so.

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#32

AirElephant commented on Video: Nintendo Wii Sports Club Trailer Goes F...:

@ferthepoet

I know I tend to be down on Nintendo, but it comes from my frustration with them and not their wonderful games. But one only needs look at the sales of the Wii-U and what's happening with the PS4 and XB1 to see that the Wii-U is not going to make nearly the dent the Wii did.

Last year, when the Wii-U went on sale you could go into stores days afterwards and find them sitting on shelves. There was never, ever a shortage of machines. However, just TRY to get your hands on a PS4 or an XB1 and every last place is sold out. Every one. Both systems are due to continue to sell out all the way through Christmas.

The commercials for both make them look exciting and next-gen. Almost every day there are fresh stories on Engadget and other gaming sites about the systems and what new things they're offering. On the Wii-U sites like this one we are getting...? Weak commercials? One key game (SM3DW), a bunch of indie titles that are also going to be out on the other systems and smartphones, the lamest Virtual Console titles and no additional key first party games until at least March of next year?

Nintendo is in a serious, serious world of hurt and weak commercials for games that demonstrate games that look only slightly better than what the Wii could offer are hardly going to compel anyone, young OR old, to buy. All grandpa and grandma are going to hear this Christmas is, "Can I have an XBOX One or Playstation 4?! Please?!!"

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#33

AirElephant commented on Video: Nintendo Wii Sports Club Trailer Goes F...:

The problem with the commercial is that it doesn't answer the, "Don't I already have that on Wii?" question. Nothing in that commercial tells any of the grandparents that bought themselves a Wii, which now sits collecting dust on their shelf, why it is they need a Wii-U.

Nintendo is TERRIBLE at selling this thing. If Nintendo's marketing took the form of a person, I'd be checking its wrist for a pulse. Good god this outdated.

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#34

AirElephant commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Safe and Family-Frie...:

@unrandomsam

Then Nintendo will never give you what you want. They just won't. They may get a few token games, as they're getting on the Wii-U, but as these companies realize that titles like COD and MW don't sell on the platform, you won't see any of these series on Nintendo systems anymore. It's just the way it is.

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#35

AirElephant commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Safe and Family-Frie...:

I think Nintendo should just come out and admit that they ARE a system primarily for children and their parents. They keep trying to convince gamers that they are a viable system for core gaming, but they simply are not. Nintendo itself will never produce the kind of violent games that late teenage and early twenty-somethings want to play, and the 3rd parties that make those games have largely abandoned Nintendo's platforms.

Embrace it and own it. They are the Disney of video game companies, and last time I looked Disney makes a ton of money. I got rid of my Wii-U because I've simply outgrown Nintendo, having recognized that they simply don't appeal to me at my age. Glad they have a shtick, though, and I hope it serves them. I just wish they'd stop pretending to be anything other than what they are.

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#36

AirElephant commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Ambitious Sales Targ...:

So they are hoping to sell in five months (FY'13 ends in March) 150% more systems than they sold in the previous twelve. Ambitious. I really don't think that the new Mario game will do that much, and nothing else short of Zelda or Smash Bros. will do the job. I think Nintendo will be lucky to get to six million, total, by the end of the fiscal year, especially now that the real competition will have arrived.

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#37

AirElephant commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Ambitious Sales Targ...:

@NbaJunkie
The thing is, Nintendo barely knows what to do with ONE GamePad, let alone two. I have been a fan of Nintendo for years, but I'm fist-clenchingly angry with Nintendo for the abysmal launch and support of the Wii-U. The system feels like an experiment, where their engineers rushed to make something that could head off the assault of iPads and similar tablets before they had any ideas for games that could actually make use of such a connection.

In the interim, they've lost virtually all significant 3rd party support and they didn't even have a decent queue of 1st and 2nd party titles ready to go. They are literally years behind the curve on development at this point, and flailing around for a strategy. And, as always, their Virtual Console and online support are terrible. There's no excuse for the lack of a unified online store or even decent player-to-player game play support. Sony and Microsoft have been doing it for years with great success and few of the problems Nintendo seems to think it's protecting its users from.

It's absolutely mind-boggling how inept Iwata and his engineers at NCL are. Iwata SERIOUSLY needs to go before he bows and apologizes yet again.

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#38

AirElephant commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Ambitious Sales Targ...:

Won't come anywhere close. Mario will be fun, absolutely, but unless it's revolutionary on the scale that SM64 was, it won't draw those numbers. Nintendo is also faced with the XB1 and PS4, vastly more powerful consoles made by companies that will be pouring a great deal of advertising into the Christmas sales season. I think Nintendo will be lucky to make half of its target.

What sucks is that Nintendo had more than a year's head start for nothing. They squandered twelve months without releasing ANY "must have" titles other than a HD retread of a Gamecube classic. Next year will be good, I'm sure, and SSB will lead to some sales, but I really doubt we'll be talking about Nintendo's turnaround even a year from now.

I have a Wii-U, but I'm actually hoping Nintendo kicks the system to the curb. The problem is that I don't know what they'd replace it with. I don't see the XB1 or the PS4 being all that exciting. The games look somewhat better, but they FEEL like prettier 360 and PS3 games. (And that's really what this first generation is.) I don't think any of the these companies really know what the next generation is supposed to look like.

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#39

AirElephant commented on Soapbox: The Wii U Virtual Console Needs to Fr...:

@Atariboy

Exactly. When you have a highly sophisticated emulator like Dolphin, engineered WITHOUT access to the actual code, running quite a bit of the software and allowing game saves and a emulated controllers, there's no excuse for a billion-dollar company like Nintendo not to have coded their emulator in a similar fashion. The translation of each title simply cannot take them that long, nor cost them that much. There has to be a strategy in play that we're simply unable to see.

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#40

AirElephant commented on Soapbox: The Wii U Virtual Console Needs to Fr...:

Oh, and the releases are horrendous this past month. I've bought quite a few VC titles, but nothing (NOTHING) interests me and paying $5 for an ancient NES Pinball game with one table? You are kidding me, right? Nostalgia only carries a man so far. Eventually he wants sustenance.

We have hordes of amazing, unreleased games like Crystalis, Space Megaforce, and HORDES of old arcade games that players aren't paying a dime for right now but are instead emulating via MAME or other programs. Would it really be that hard for Nintendo and third parties to work something out? Even $1 per game is better than $0.

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#41

AirElephant commented on Soapbox: The Wii U Virtual Console Needs to Fr...:

I think Nintendo needs to go the route of the PS+ and XBOX Gold programs, I really do. Put Nintendo's back catalog on a subscription model that also gives players enhanced online play, a shared library (why CAN'T I play the same NES VC title on my 3DS XL as I can on my Wii-U without paying extra?!), and a consistent roll-out of new titles.

Nintendo desperately wants the Wii-U to take off. To do so, it is already talking about farming more of its back catalog, including making HD updates of N64 titles. Imagine what a vast library of playable VC titles, available as a subscription on the 3DS and Wii-U, would do to stave off the encroachment from phone and tablet games would do.

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#42

AirElephant commented on Review: Wii Party U (Wii U):

Sounds a lot like Nintendo continues to struggle to justify the cost of including the GamePad in the system. In fact, it sounds like the majority of the game could have been played on the old Wii, albeit with non-HD graphics. Again and again I feel like Nintendo made a stunningly bad decision to create a system designed around a single GamePad. In fact, it sounds like absolutely none of the games that us the GamePad couldn't have been done using a similar solution to the second screen experiences offered on XBOX and PS3.

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#43

AirElephant commented on Nintendo Download: 17th October (North America):

Man, I'm so sick of Nintendo re-releasing Wii VC games as WIi-U games. Why, oh why, can't Nintendo start releasing NEW VC games for the Wii-U? There is a massive, massive backlog of titles that were never released for the VC, including innumerable arcade titles, and yet we get the same garbage again and again and again. Nintendo is ridiculously lazy.