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AirElephant commented on The Pokémon Company Withdraws Settlement in L...:

Also, those noting that TPC isn't prosecuting fanfic and original drawings have to realize that fan art can fall under fair use laws. Most probably don't qualify, but I suspect that TPC largely ignores them because they actually promote the brand in a positive light. I'd imagine that you don't see much Pokemon erotica or pornographic artwork because TPC would legally ban it.

I can see why TPC might object to this event as much due to the presence of alcohol, considering Pokemon is largely aimed at children, as it is in defense of its copyright. If I were them, I might see it as a negative association.



AirElephant commented on The Pokémon Company Withdraws Settlement in L...:

The amount that The Pokemon Company was suing for was $4,000. Ramar set up a Gofundme site to raise the money. I'd suggest reading the site to see how you feel about his behavior.

Personally, I think he handled the issue immaturely and could have raised the money without having to cast TPC as the bad guys. His lawyer did him a disservice if he didn't advise him to be more discreet about raising the settlement money.



AirElephant commented on Talking Point: Why Does Investor Confidence in...:

Mr. Kimishima ran Nintendo of America between when Mr. Arakawa returned to Japan and when Reggie took over. It was not considered a very dynamic time. He seems to be a nice fellow, but certainly not a visionary or leader that will return Nintendo to the top of the heap. Investors have seen what Mr. Kimishima could do at NOA and realize that NOJ isn't going anywhere until they find a permanent, dynamic replacement.



AirElephant commented on Video Game Voice Actors Contemplate Strike Act...:

It's a market. If their talent is important to the sales of a game, the publisher will likely pay them well. It's obvious when a company hasn't used quality actors, and when they have. Competition for good actors should be all they need to negotiate their pay and working conditions. This sounds like more of a move by established actors to prevent competition in a market where the barrier to entry is low. Why pay Wheaton big money when you can pay an unknown actor with a great voice much less?

All this would do is increase costs to consumers. The problem for voice acting is that in most cases there are plenty of people that can do the job. Only a few, like Billy West, are irreplaceable and they are paid well for their work.



AirElephant commented on This Is The Last Real Console Cycle, Proclaims...:

Which is why I spend much more time on Nintendolife than Wiiudaily. The difference in the quality of the articles is substantial. If you want to see a site that simply generates hyperbole in return for clicks, go there. I'm glad the guys here have a bit more integrity.



AirElephant commented on This Is The Last Real Console Cycle, Proclaims...:

It really depends upon whether or not console makers can do what Nintendo did with the Wii and create a new, unique gaming experience that cannot be replicated using generic hardware.

I am amazed that people seem so taken with the PS4 and XB1, which are nothing more than highly-customized, low-end PC's. There is literally nothing that can be done on one of those consoles that cannot also be done on a decent PC or, increasingly, even one of the newer STB's from Amazon, Apple, or Google. (The mobile chips, while not as powerful, are increasingly able to produce visuals that are "good enough" for most gamers on 1080p TV's.)

Pachter cannot possibly predict whether or not the gaming companies can create new interfaces or use existing technologies in unique ways. None of them want to go the SEGA route and become mere content producers for Apple, Google, and Microsoft. I expect that the next cycle will still come and that the companies will push themselves much harder to create consoles that do unique things. And gamers will benefit.



AirElephant commented on The Retro VGS Wants To Revive The Glory Days O...:

Oh, and just to be pissy I scrolled down and saw how they were so proud of their working "prototype" controller when all it is a black Interworks "Controller Pro U" for Wii-U.

That controller runs about $25 on Walmart and I bet a wired version, featuring fewer components, would be even cheaper to manufacture. It seems pretty clear that they're buying components off the shelf from companies willing to sell them items (the Jaguar mold, the Interworks controller design) and are slapping them together. With something like the Raspberry Pi costing $40 full out and providing all the power a console like this needs, where in the h*ll are they coming up with a $300 price tag? The other components, like the pin slot and power supply, can't possibly cost much.



AirElephant commented on The Retro VGS Wants To Revive The Glory Days O...:

I'm with those that think that nostalgia can only carry you so far, and that the amount of nostalgia in the retro community isn't enough to carry this project across the finish line. The CPU is ARM, which makes me wonder what the system OS will be (it's unspecified but I highly suspect it will be an Android or Linux implementation.)

It won't play other carts, only VGS carts designed to work with the system. And games start at $30 for the crummy ones and slide up to $60 for games like Gunlord. Why would I pay $300 for this console when I can buy a used Dreamcast and a copy of the game for about $110?

The pack-in game is made by a retro outfit that is ENDLESSLY hawked by Gamester81. I used to watch his YouTube channel until I decided I was both tired of trying to understand what he was saying as well as being sick of him always pushing games his retro company makes. They're about on par with the F2P games in the Play store, albeit without the cartridge.

There's no way this project gets funded. None.



AirElephant commented on Mario Memories: Getting Creative With Mario Paint:

Ah Mario Paint. What a weird, yet wonderful addition to the Super Nintendo library. It just reminds me of how hard Nintendo tries to do new things and is, in its own way, a perfect topic on the day Nintendo releases Mario Maker.



AirElephant commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Challenge With Super...:

You know, they could do it as a hologram and I wouldn't care. The only thing that makes Mario more or less enjoyable to me is the control. I hated it when the Wii Mario introduced "waggle" and I hated it when the DS version made me use the stylus. Keep the control simple and direct so that I don't have to think about what I'm doing with my hands and can concentrate on what's on screen and I'm happy.

I dearly hope the NX ends the obsession with gimmicks (touch screens, dual screens, motion controls, and stylii) and we go back to basics. If they do that Nintendo can have my money. ALL of my money!



AirElephant commented on Review: Pixel Slime U (Wii U eShop):

Inkling, you're absolutely right. They are different games. How could I have gotten that so wrong? Sorry. In fact, "Don't Crash" is a game that also appears on It appears that it's one of those HTML5 games, just like Pixel Slime, that a more capable programmer licenses to various mobile companies. You can therefore play it all you want for free.

Still, neither are RCMADIAX's games. It should have been clear when the quality went up sharply from what he'd before.



AirElephant commented on Review: Pixel Slime U (Wii U eShop):

As always, it seems the developer's philosophy is, "Put in the least amount of effort required to qualify the product as a 'game,' release it at the lowest possible price point, and hope enough people impulse buy it to turn a profit."

The quality, and i use the term lightly, of these products are little better than those of first-year computer programming students.



AirElephant commented on If Nintendo Did Decide To Make A Smartphone, W...:

Ugh, no. No. NO! Retro is great, yes, but that just looks cheap and the snap-on gamepad looks frighteningly fragile. The leverage that one could put on that edge would quickly damage those connectors.

The main problem I have with all of these homebrew designs, though, is that the designers have no understanding of electrical engineering and therefore while they can make a clean-looking outer shell, there is no consideration of the placement of chips, screens, etc. that would dictate whether or not such a design was even feasible.

Also, I'd MUCH rather see a design that places the D-Pad/Analog stick and buttons to the side (like the PSVita) instead of below the screen. Holding the gamepad from the bottom not only makes it uncomfortable for those with bigger hands, where exactly are you going to put the triggers?

I'd LOVE to see a Nintendo smartphone, but not one that looks anything like this.



AirElephant commented on Review: Land it Rocket (Wii U / Wii U eShop):

Heh. I wonder how many more times they'll re-make the old Lunar Lander game? Yeesh. The mobile gaming shovelware continues. I dearly, dearly hope the NX has a deeper library and doesn't lean on the mass proliferation of cheap "indie" titles to compete.



AirElephant commented on Speculation Grows That AMD Will Provide the Ni...:

To each his own. Though I recently traded in my Wii-U, since I just wasn't interested in the games right now, I will still consider buying an NX on day one if the price and features are right. The problem for me is that I strongly dislike the Wii-U GamePad and I fear that the NX will end up being a portable system (with screen) that connects to the TV either directly or via a Miracast-like dongle.

If that happens, I'll be just as disinterested. But I'm not going to make up my mind until I know much, much more. I also sold off my XB1 so performance and power aren't my primary concern. The NX has to be a fun, exciting idea and I dearly hope they greatly revamp their game purchase pipeline.

We'll know in less than a year.



AirElephant commented on The Famicom is 32 Years Old Today:

I was just watching the Game Historian YouTube video on Super Mario Bros. 2 yesterday and it got me thinking to how big the difference in graphics and technique was between Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3. The NES/Famicom was such a well-designed system for its time and it's nothing short of amazing what great developers were capable of doing with it. I still look back on those days with great fondness.



AirElephant commented on Talking Point: E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Devel...:

I am not putting much hope in the idea that the NX will be anything more than another Nintendo "compromise" console. I'm expecting a souped-up handheld with graphics slightly better than the Wii-U could muster, but still nowhere near as powerful as the PS4. Nintendo's recent history suggest they'll put an effort on budget and a new gimmick rather than producing a truly powerhouse console. So disappointed in Nintendo.



AirElephant commented on Hands On: Logging More Flight Time With Star F...:

I dearly, dearly wish Nintendo would stop forcing us to use their specialty controls and give us a wide array of options instead. When I first bought the Wii, I greatly looked forward to the New Super Mario Bros. game but I dropped it like a hot rock when it forced me to "waggle" the Wiimote to use Maro's propeller hat. There was nothing whatsoever that was fun about that. What I wanted were the better visuals and creative, new levels.

I fear that I won't be buying StarFox for the same reason. While I COULD get used to the controls, I don't wish to play a game that I have to fight to overcome my initial trepidation to enjoy it.

I re-bought the Wii-U for some VC titles and games like StarFox and Zelda, but with Nintendo abandoning the SNES on VC, StarFox looking like a dud to me, and Zelda in the distant future I'm struggling to see why I want the system anymore. i'm also considering dumping my XB1. Perhaps I've just outgrown consoles, as painful as it is to admit.



AirElephant commented on The Current State Of Virtual Reality Just Isn'...:

It's interesting that folks are mentioning the HoloLens when all I've been reading after this week's E3 is how disappointed reviewers have been with the difference between the prototype and the near-final version. Because Microsoft wanted to untether the HoloLens, the field of view has been substantially reduced. As a result, the feeling of "immersion" is significantly reduced.

Reggie could be pulling a Ballmer--recalling when Steve Ballmer addressed the new iPhone dismissively--and that Nintendo will miss the VR revolution. But it's also possible, as the HoloLens seems to be proving, that the technology still isn't mature enough to be mainstream.

Personally, I see VR at the same place that Kinect is and was: it's fun technology, but not essential. And I'm not sure I'd rather spend long playing sessions with weighty goggles strapped to my head or in front of a gigantic, 40" 4K monitor. (I'm inclined to think the latter.) VR might be fun for awhile, and it will certainly have a "wow" factor, but I'm not sure it's poised to change gaming.



AirElephant commented on Yu Suzuki's Shenmue 3 Could Yet Come To The Wi...:

It could, but it won't. Face it, the Wii-U is dead for all third party games. All it will get until Nintendo finally commits the mercy killing it deserves are first and second party titles and ports of Indie titles from smartphones. That's it.



AirElephant commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Could Use Google's Android...:

I am fascinated at this possibility. I've thought for awhile that Nintendo could co-opt the Android OS. One of the biggest issues with Android is that there is no standard for gaming, especially when it comes to external controls. You can buy any of a host of bluetooth gamepads, but few except perhaps the Moga approach the quality of a Nintendo controller.

Nintendo could easily use AOSP instead of Google's implementation giving developers who are already familiar with Android the ability to easily code for the platform or port to it without having to bow to Google's whims. Face it, most of the indie titles on Nintendo systems are ports either from other systems or from IOS and Android mobile titles.

If Nintendo DOES do this, there's a really good chance they could greatly influence the development of the Android gaming platform which, let's face it, will eventually eclipse consoles. I'm looking forward to see how or if this develops.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.)



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.



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, won't be pretty.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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!



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!



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.



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.