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BXXL

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#1

BXXL commented on Eiji Aonuma Confirms Majora's Mask 3D Has Been...:

Woaw... what happened to the friendly, positive and educated community i could read on these pages a few years ago?

Just my two cents: 90% of the Zelda team was working on Link between Worlds and the future Wii U Zelda, while the three remakes were side projects made by a very small team under the supervision of an already very very busy Aonuma-san...

So, of course it took them that long, as it wasn't THE top priority, but anyway, they did it carefully, to please the fans and make things right. MM was an excellent game, but also a very difficult one that many people haven't finished back then, when there was no internet and FAQs all over the place...

The least we could do is give props to the work and the dedication of Aonuma-san and his team, as next year, MM for 3DS will be an awesome apetizer before the next big Zelda on a home console: a great year for the Zelda fans to say the least...

But "Complain" is the most popular game of them all, these days, right?

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#2

BXXL commented on E3 2014: Nintendo Hopes to Share Metroid News ...:

Imho, two games could really take advantage of the Gamepad in some really immersive way...

Fire Emblem, for the obvious way you could control all your characters with a simple touch before admiring the results of your strategy on the big screen...

And Metroid Prime to use the gamepad to scan, find hidden pathways, and really feel you're in Samus' head...

So hopefully, both of these "dream games" of mine will be made in a near future, with Nintendo teams takin' full advantage of the hardware possibilities...

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#3

BXXL commented on Reaction: Our Thoughts on Nintendo's Big Day a...:

A little bit disappointed with the lack of news regarding Retro and Intelligent Systems, and would have liked a couple of gorgeous JRPG's to add some variety to the Wii U line-up...

But otherwise, an excellent E3 for Nintendo, so much so that i changed my plan for my future home consoles: i've just ordered my Wii U MK8 pack on amazon, and will buy my PS4 sometime next year, when a few excellent games will (finally) be released for it...

I really thought the Wii U was in deep trouble, but now i may imagine it has its chance on the market, with at least 10 to 15 excellent games in the first half of its life... maybe it will be a Gamecube kind of success, but my Gamecube gave me a lot of fun back then, so nothing wrong with that... let's just hope Metroid and Fire Emblem will come next, tho... :)

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#4

BXXL commented on Talking Point: The Watch_Dogs Wii U Delay Demo...:

While i don't think Sony or Microsoft would pay anything to organize a 3rd party Nintendo boycott (they're already too busy payin' for their own exclusives, after all), a similar idea came to my mind lately...

When you look at last gen, Nintendo made the most money of it: 150 million DS, 100 million Wii, soooo many multi-million sellers of their own, plus all the fees on any 3rd party game sold... so, what if THE WHOLE GAMING INDUSTRY sees Nintendo as a too though competition, which needs to be weakened in order to gain a larger part of the global gaming pie?

Just think of it, and you know it makes sense... because Nintendo not only releases hardware with business opportunities, like Sony or Microsoft: they release games, like any 3rd party you could think about... they release VERY good and VERY successful games, and that's why many 3rd parties are maybe the ones who can't stand Nintendo's huge success anymore... the competition isn't only Microsoft or Sony in the hardware part of the business, it's EVERYONE in the software part of it...

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#5

BXXL commented on Nintendo Confirms Major Reductions In Sales an...:

@ DarkwingLz

No no, you read me correctly, and you read the sales figures correctly as well, i imagine... my personnal taste has nothing to do here, quite the opposite, as i find the controller quite interesting. I have nothing really against it but the price: but i'm a Nintendo fan, while most people are just regular buyers and players, simple as that...

Just think about it: a little bit more than 4 million copies after TWO holyday seasons, and with one of the most famous and internationally recognised "brand" in the electronic business, is simply awful... it didn't catch the imagination of potential buyers, its price wasn't attractive at all, while the tablet controller seemed like a strange add-on for their previous console which had nothing to do about motion-control anymore...

It's NOT my personnal opinion here: these are just facts, annoying facts if you're a Nintendo fan, maybe, but no point in being delusional, as the result is right in front of our eyes with these sales figures...

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#6

BXXL commented on Nintendo Confirms Major Reductions In Sales an...:

Many people are sayin' Nintendo keeps makin' the same mistakes, but i disagree: Nintendo has made some huge mistakes a couple years ago, and is now paying the price...

Simply, all they had to do was call the console "Wii 2" or "Wii HD", advertise it by telling people they could update while keepin' all their wiimotes and stuff... get rid of that costy controller most of the market doesn't care about, sell that damn thing 100 dollars/euros less right from the start: huge hit, even with the exact same "poor" line-up lacking the multiplatform stuff...

Now, i don't know what they can do about it: Wii was a cultural phenomenon, and Wii U has became quite the exact opposite, as nobody even notices it exists but the die-hard Nintendo fans...

I suppose they got to deal with it till' next gen, and hope 3DS will balance their incomes... that's all there is to say about it...

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#7

BXXL commented on Intelligent Systems Development HQ Image Emerges:

@ R_Champ

Thanks for the reminder, but yes indeed, i've played Xenoblade and Baten Kaitos, and even Disaster Day of Crisis... very fine games, especially Xenoblade, but their output can't compare to the quality AND quantity of InSys, as they release one game every two years or so...

But once again, i wish Nintendo had more teams like these under its wing... Platinum with some ex-Clover guys would be a good start, if their relationship evolves, and Treasure is also a studio i keep an eye on when it comes to good japanese games...

Plus, make some partnership deals with Atlus and Level 5 would't hurt either... or ask Square Enix to create a MMO for them: so many things Nintendo could do, but doesn't... and they have the money for it, sometimes i can't understand why they're so conservative and play it that safe...

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#8

BXXL commented on Intelligent Systems Development HQ Image Emerges:

Intelligent Systems is one of the best studio in the business, period... i've played most of their games over the years, and they never fail to please me, they're just top-top-class...

Now, if only Nintendo could have 5 or 6 teams like them in addition to all their already existent first and second party studios: more strategy games, more rpg's, more 3d puzzle-adventures, all made with the same "intelligence"... a man can dream, right?

But Intelligent Systems is certainly one of the main reason why i'm still into buying Nintendo's consoles while i'm now way over 40... alongside the best Marios and all the Zeldas and Metroids, of course...

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#9

BXXL commented on Soapbox: Even With The Arrival Of PS4 And Xbox...:

Well, the point of this article is pretty obvious, as the PS4 line-up is so far totally irrelevant and doesn't attract me at all. My plan is to maybe buy one in 2015, when i can do some catch-up and pick games games that are really my cup of tea...

Buying a brand new console is in fact never a good idea, and now i have given myself quite a simple rule: wait for at least 5 must-play games, and 5 should-play games... plus a first hardware price drop, added to a decent promo...

BUT, after one year on the market, i must say the WII U is still way off the mark TOO: one must-play title, Mario 3D world, and two should-play titles, W101 and Pikmin 3... and a console price still way too expensive for so few games...

So, my last "hardware remorse" was buying a 3DS on day one, with all that ambassador non-sense because of the early price drop, and even more remorse when 3DSXL was released not so long after it...

I'll never forgive Nintendo for that, even if now, i enjoy my 3DS anyway... and so, i have no fanboyism in me anymore: i don't want to pay full price for good games, i want to pay full price for excellent games, and i will wait to do so as long as it takes...

And i'm sorry, but Wii U will rely on 1st party alone, when PS4 will rely on many talented 1st and 3rd parties around the world, so chances are the PS4 will satisfy me way easier and faster, despite its lack of Nintendo greatness... lets' not forget that the PS+ deals are usually awesome, too: it helps and adds great value in the balance...

In fact, the only thing that could change my plan is an exceptionnally great new Zelda or Metroid, which could count as 2 or 3 must-play games on its own... :)

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#10

BXXL commented on Reggie Fils-Aime: Petitions Don't Affect Ninte...:

What a terrible, short-sighted view...

I remember the last years of the Wii, and how bored i was with it: for two years if not three, all we had was Skyward Sword, then these Rainfall games, and then... nothing at all... and then a terrible first year for the Wii U too... and lets' not forget about the start of the 3DS...

When i compare this to the PS3 in 2012, 2013 and even still further in 2014, it really puts a shame on the multi-billion profits corporation i used to love so much...

So OK, that kind of game (Xenoblade) won't be a multi-million seller, but releasing it is called FAN SERVICE, and RESPECT for your customers who don't care about the "casual experiences" which sell far better and way, way, way easier... you know, that type of customer who were happy to learn that Monolith was part of the Nintendo's family: why buy Monolith if you don't want to release their f*** ing efforts ???

And because of that terrible Wii's end of life, and that terrible 3DS start, and Nintendo's general attitude towards more "core" oriented games, made by them or not, this is why someone who plays since the Game & Watch days, bought nearly all Nintendo's consoles day one or in their first year as long as he may remember, isn't going to buy a Wii U for some time soon, if ever... because gamers care, and gamers remember...

You want your "numbers" for your Wii U, Reggie? Go ask the casuals, then, cos' i'm sick of that attitude: Nintendo made billions and billions of cash in only 5 years, so you have the financial shoulders to support some 1st quality games to expand your catalog, and thus your userbase... want to stay close to your precious dollars? Well, you have the right to do so, just as i have the right to not contribute anymore...

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#11

BXXL commented on Former Naughty Dog And THQ Head Jason Rubin Sa...:

In recent years, Nintendo has sold 100 million Wii's and 150 million DS, and THQ has gone bankrupt... is there anything else to say, really???

I'm often very critical with Nintendo, when it comes to some of their business strategies, but one thing is for sure, they're the most succesful console maker EVER: they sell high quality consoles which last for years and years, and they sell high quality games you may play for years and years... hard to be more relevant than this in a video game industry with so many d***heads full of themselves...

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#12

BXXL commented on Nintendo Most Likely To Produce Gaming-Centric...:

It's the kind of innovation i thought about since the Wii U announcement, but i also think Nintendo has missed an huge opportunity with this generation: the integration between their portable and home consoles should have been total, which means the Wii U tablet should have been the next Nintendo portable, or the 3DS should have been build as an alternative controller (with the wiimote) for the Wii U, with a dual sticks design...

That sort of integration and "complete" system, with all Nintendo games playable on the run and on the TV, would have been HUGE for Nintendo... maybe in a few years, maybe... if it's not too late...

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#13

BXXL commented on Soapbox: When It Comes To Software Support, Th...:

I'm a little bit late to react, and maybe what i'll write has already been mentioned by others, but this article is an intellectual fraud: what can you say about the future generation when you only consider (and know) the games released between late 2013 and summer 2014 at best?

If you want to know where's the problem with the lack of great third party games on Wii U, it's certainly not by reading ultra-simplified statements like "both consoles are likely to be populated with the same glut of “dudebro” first-person shooters, shiny racing games and almost indistinguishable sports titles". That's just as stupid as those who pretend you only find kiddy and casual games on a Nintendo console, period...

No, if you want to really face the problem, you have to ask yourself if your Wii U will be able to play the "future gen equivalents" of great strategy titles like Valkyria Chronicles or X-Com Enemy Unknown, the next groudbreaking series like Bioshock, Dishonored or Mass Effect, the future RPG's classics like Ni No Kuni or Dark Souls... etc, etc, etc...

And the answer to that question is NO, and this comes from someone who doesn't care about most shooters, racers and sport titles: i've always been an action-adventure/rpg/platformer type of gamer...

And when it comes to platformers, i know Nintendo will have the upperhand... but i know that most of the more "creative" and original future games won't appear on Wii U... because the hardware isn't powerful enough, because the online system isn't on par, because the userbase won't be massive enough, because publishers know that userbase give most of its money to Nintendo only... or maybe because all of these reasons at the same time...

Don't get me wrong, i still love many of Nintendo's best series, even if i also have the impression to play the same line-up from one console to another... but without a PS3 this gen, i'd have missed MANY excellent games... i'm a kind of "old-school" gamer now, well over 40, and what i'm still looking for are games that bring something new on the table, games with solid gameplay, but also with amazing universe, great story, unique atmosphere, awesome visual style, grounbreaking online features, etc...

And the fact those kinds of 3rd party games will be missing on Wii U is not a small problem, it's THE problem... not for me (i'll buy a PS4 when these new great experiences willl be released), but for Nintendo and its public image amongst all types of gamers, not only the usual Nintendo fans...

I don't want Nintendo to survive as a parody of itself, in a kind of niche of its own surrounded with naphtaline: i want it to be more "open" and to mature alongside the previous generations of gamers, and a good start would be to offer a larger choice of gaming experiences, thanks in large part to those 3rd parties, and also thanks to some of their 1st and 2nd party teams... but maybe am i asking for too much?

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#14

BXXL commented on Iwata: We Are To Blame For Poor Wii U Sales:

@TreonsRealm & @Saleemra

Well, i suppose you're both right, there's a kind of double standard in the third party games proposed on the Nintendo home consoles vs the ones found on the Sony/Microsoft consoles...

Even if yes, Saleemra, there are MANY gems to be found elsewhere (in my case, PS3, as it's the only "other" console i own): Valkyria Chronicles, Ni No Kuni, Dishonored, Bioshock, Mass Effect, Bayonetta, Journey, X-Com, Enslaved, the Shadow of the Colossus/Ico collection, even the two Little Big Planet or the two Arkhams, plus the soon to be released Puppeteer or Tales of Xillia, to name some of the more obvious ones...

But on Wii, how many copies have Little King's Story sold? Muramasa? Okami? De Blob? Zak & Wiki? Red Steel 2? The Tales games? Or even 2nd party titles like Sin & Punishment or Xenoblade Chronicles? Compare the sales of all these very fine games (all in my beloved collection) with any 1st party title, and it's a pitty...

Little King's Story was particulary disastrous, when it's one of the best game i've played on Wii: the dev' team even went out of business, and i was prayin' Nintendo would move to make them 2nd party, but no, all that talent has been wasted...

So, does it pay to make exclusive, quality games on a Nintendo home console? Looking back to history since 64 and GC thru Wii and now Wii U, i'm not so sure... and the Wii sold more than 70 million units back in these days: it wasn't due to a lack of potential buyers...

Which bring us back to the point i was tryin' to make: it's a kind of vicious circle where Nintendo fans focus on Nintendo titles, and where third parties focus... on the other home consoles! If Nintendo doesn't try to give its home console a kind of "universal appeal" for both the third parties and the core gamers, i think they loose opportunities, and we miss some excellent games (or have to buy another console to play them)... if all the best multiplats were released on Nintendo's home console, in addition to all the great Nintendo exclusives, success would be much easier to find for Nintendo, believe me...

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#15

BXXL commented on Iwata: We Are To Blame For Poor Wii U Sales:

@TreonsRealm

When you compare the small userbase of the other (past or future) consoles with the one of Wii U in the mind of most third parties, you forget one very important element: on a Nintendo console, most devs know that nearly 75% of the sales will be monopolised by Nintendo's own titles, which leaves them with no room to make decent sales, and thus profits, which is the minimum they're askin' for...

For the moment, with a 3.5 million Wii U userbase, none of them could expect sales beyond 200.000/300.000 copies at best... and that's why then don't even want to think about it anymore... even with a Wii U userbase of 10 millions, their games would stuggle, cos' they're always an after-thought for most Nintendo fans... it's sad, but it's the truth...

That's why i also think the Nintendo's strategy to rely heavily on its own titles to drive the userbase is wrong: it's a double-edged sword, their consoles should be more open to third parties, with all types of gamers in mind and all types of games represented, thanks to those third parties that could fill the holes in Nintendo's line-up...

If the only demographic concerned about Wii U are the usual Nintendo fans, it's a vicious circle if there's no mass market attracted by something like Wii Sports, and no "other" core gamers due to the lack of variety and choice in the line-up...

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#16

BXXL commented on Iwata: We Are To Blame For Poor Wii U Sales:

At its actual price, the Wii U is too expensive to be a christmas gift in most families: one of the reason Wii was such a success was its price, perfect for an impulse buy... 250 euros/dollars is the sweet spot for the "mass market"...

And with core gamers, Wii U could still be the perfect second console, but at its actual price, people will (maybe) buy it in second place, after PS4/Xdone... if the price of the Wii U is significantly lower, then some gamers with a limited budget would buy one this year, and THEN wait one or two years before purchasing one of the other two, maybe after they have a price cut...

So once again, who will buy Wii U then? The usual Nintendo fans: those who still haven't got one, and not even all of them, because of the price, and the lack of "must-haves" in the 2013 line-up...

Really poor thinking once again, Iwata: you begin to see the problems, but you still don't find any solution that could make an impact in a near-future... and solutions are needed FAST to change the Wii U's perception in the gaming industry...

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#17

BXXL commented on Talking Point: E3 Exposed the Strains of Ninte...:

@dew12333

Fair reply, and yes indeed, if people want something else, they'll buy something else... but you can't ask this website and some of its users to have nothing but positive things to write about Nintendo, cos' it would be a fraud, and would resume to blind fanboyism...

I've always appreciated Nintendo on the "artistic" side of things, if you will, but on the business side of things, they're far from perfect, and i sometimes expect that they learn from their past mistakes, and improve with time... sometimes they do, sometimes they don't, but if you really like them, you wish for the best, and thus for any kind of improvement... that's all i'm sayin'...

On another subject: Nintendo was the company that made me love videogames when i was a very young child, and i've loved many of their games over the years... but if like me, you really love videogames, for the fun, the beauty, the experience, or whatever they may give you, then there's no shame in finding the same fun, the same beauty, the same kind of experiences or whatever, on any other console or gaming devices...

That's the reason why i also enjoy Ni No Kuni, Valkyria Chronicles, X-Com, Bioshock, Dishonored, Journey, Little Big Planet, Bayonetta, and so many others on my PS3... personally, i'd prefer to live in a world where all games can be played on the same device, just like all cd's or all dvd's can be enjoyed with the same device... and chances are my most trusted brand for that device would be you know who...

But as Nintendo only gives me access to a very small portion of the great games created today (which means their own, and nearly nothing else), they don't give me any other choice than at least buy one or two other gaming devices... i'd like to find all my gaming needs on both their handheld and home consoles, but it's been a long time since they haven't tried to do that, and that's why i'm sometimes very critical...

But it doesn't mean i hate them, or that i've lost my "faith": it's just that Nintendo consoles SHOULD be the only ones i need, and COULD be if Nintendo just improve things, mostly on the third parties front, and even with their first party titles: offering customers more choices and more variety is never a bad thing... but of course, this is only a point of view, and you have the right to have a very different one... :)

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#18

BXXL commented on Talking Point: E3 Exposed the Strains of Ninte...:

@dew12333

So for you, be a Nintendo fan is just say everything they do is wonderful, and nobody has even the right to critisize any of their decision?

Well, i don't know how old you are, my dear friend, cos let me tell you that with time, the Nintendo's rollercoaster never ceases to amaze you, in both very positive and very negative ways... and this is comin' from someone who've seen it all since the Game & Watch days...

Nintendo has always made VERY, VERY bad mistakes, and it's the role of their "real" fans (and websites like NL) to try to tell them the truth, even if sometimes, it's not what some other fans want to read/hear...

Plus, never forget that "fan" comes from fanatic, and being fanatic is never a good thing, for you or anyone else...

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#19

BXXL commented on Talking Point: E3 Exposed the Strains of Ninte...:

Once again, a great article by Thomas: very well written, and very well argumented...

This week, i reacted to some articles by bringing the exact same kind of points: Nintendo made tons of money on both Wii and DS, yet seems to not have invest anything to expand its staff force, first or second party, or even to secure one-time partnerships with talented third parties...

OK, they have a brand new building in Kyoto where all their Kyoto teams will be gathered with some brand new equipment... but they have to get used to it, their staff force hasn't changed, and they just can't do everything on their own for BOTH the 3DS and Wii U...

Another question: why launch the Wii U in 2012 then? Maybe because "the company that doesn't pay attention to its competitors" (cough, cough) didn't want to enter the market side by side with the other two, don't you think?

But anyway, the last two years of the Wii's life were AWFUL... with the exception of Skyward Sword, plus Xenoblade and Last Sory comin' late to western countries (and we had to ask, A LOT, remember?), Nintendo released NOTHING on it... for two years! Just compare the Wii's last years with the PS3 last years...

So you could think, OK, they had all that time to prepare awesome, epic games for their next home console, but in fact no... because they had to save 3DS first!!! Another console launching way too early for its own good...

Two in a row, with the exact same problems: they rely heavily on Nintendo's shoulders to secure success, when Nintendo hasn't really changed for years...

3DS have found its place on the market, due to its uniqueness, and the lack of competition in the handheld market, but Wii U on another hand, is facing a much thougher competition...

In the end, i think that it will please the usual Nintendo fans, and that's it: back to the Gamecube situation... which is a shame, cos' Nintendo had all it takes to be N°1 again this gen, if the right decisions were made in 2009, 2010: improve their first party staff situation, buy a few talented studios to improve their second party lineup, and release a really powerful console to attract all the usual multiplats, and secure a place in the third parties mind...

Now the chance's gone, and it will be a though generation for Nintendo: games with higher budgets, sold at the same price, and in less quantities, equals bye bye huge profits... but i'm no shareholder, i'm just a long-time Nintendo fan, so... i suppose it's not really my problem... but anyway, i feel kinda sad PS4 will be my main console this gen: SNES nostalgia, i suppose...

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#20

BXXL commented on First Impressions: Donkey Kong Country: Tropic...:

My main issue with the Wii U lineup (and thus this game also) isn't the lack of quality, but the lack of variety: too many platformers, and not enough "epic" action/adventure or rpgs...

And dont get me wrong: i enjoyed DKCR on Wii... but THREE years? Three years for a 2d platformer, and nothing else developped, as stated by Retro's big boss? C'mon, most "epic" action/adventure or rpgs found on any console take two or three years to be made...

So my perception is (and i think it's shared by many) that the HUGE talent of Retro is wasted, because Nintendo doesn't want to please the actual Nintendo fans who're into "epic" games, or attract any other core gamer who's into "epic" stuff... they just keep rehashing the good ol' fun of their platforming IP's, add Kart and Smash Bros, and think we will all be satisfied... and sorry, but that's not my case, and i'm not the only one...

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#21

BXXL commented on Reggie: Nintendo Aiming To Increase Wii U Thir...:

@ferthepoet

Exactly! 2 or 3 years in its life, Wii had already a 60 million+ userbase, at the time the combined userbase of PS3+360, and in the last half of its life, the 3rd party situation stayed exactly the same, because of the hardware not powerful enough for ports, the control method too different to port easily or make creative exclusives easily, and a totally different demographic with many people buying party games, musical games, sports games and kid-family friendly games...

And now, with a console struggling to reach its first 5 million consumers, Reggie thinks history won't repeat itself? Well, he's right, because Wii U won't reach 60 millions EVER, because there's no Wii Sports and its huge mass market appeal: it will be the Gamecube all over again, with maybe 20 to 30 million consoles sold at the end of this gen...

Personnally, i loved my Cube, and there were plenty of GC games i still love today, but you have to know what you're dealing with, and tell the truth as it is: the Wii U is a niche console for the usual Nintendo fans, a console where Nintendo 1st party games will make profits (but moderate when compared to Wii), and where no other company will have its place... it's fine, if most Nintendo fans enjoy it, good for them, if Nintendo thinks it's a good business model, good for them...

But after a gen in which both their handheld and home console have sold nearly 250 million copies, in which they made billions and billions of profits, and in which they were leading the market, i think Nintendo lost an historic opportunity to be the main actor in this generation: 3DS will do very fine, Wii U will do just fine, but their new home console should have been the PS2 of this gen, with a wide variety of games which appeal to ALL types of gamers, and not a niche console or second console at best...

Now, am i a "REAL" Nintendo fan if i analize things that way? I think so... but what do i know, right? :)

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#22

BXXL commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Wii U Lineup Makes C...:

@R_Champ

What people like you and Cruznbaby85 are writtting is so close-minded that it makes me feel bad to be a Nintendo fan, and a daily follower of NL...

If you read carefully the arguments made by many in this TALKING POINT, you'd realize they have some points, and that there's no use in such kiddy remarks... cos you know, X and Bayonetta are only two games, and even if they're really great, it won't be enough to give most gamers the need to buy a Wii U...

And on the other consoles, it's not all about stupid and boring shooters, either: there are many action/adventure (missing on Wii U), many rpgs (missing on Wii U), many strategy games (missing on Wii U), many survival horrors (missing on Wii U), many good sci-fi shooters (missing on Wii U), etc, etc...

So It's not really wise to ask some long-time Nintendo fans to jump board, when it's actually Nintendo who should be "on board", and give us way more choices and diversity in a time where gaming has way more choices and diversity than ever before...

I'd like to add that i don't understand how some Nintendo fans just can't be more critical of Nintendo... not on the artistic side of things, but on the business side of things: Nintendo made BILLIONS and BILLIONS of profits thanks to DS and Wii, thanks to YOUR money, MY money, and the money of all the others...

And how has that money been invested? Did they release a console powerful enough to make multiplats a normal, automatic thing? No... Did they invest in creating more 1st party studios to be able to release more games and cover a wider range of games, on both the 3DS and Wii U? No... Did they buy very talented studios to expand their 2nd parties lineup? No... Did they create some deals with some of the most talented 3rd parties out there, to get more exclusive games? No...

The main problem with Nintendo is that they think their old business model (small teams, very big profits) can live forever without any change. But as actual games take more time to be made, especially if you want to make creative stuff and good looking stuff at the same time, the 2000-3000 game creators they have won't be able to create ALL the games needed for a really "WOW" lineup on both the 3DS and Wii U...

As Reggie just repeated today, they rely heavily on their 1st party titles to build a userbase, but if those are not enough to build a userbase beyond the usual Nintendo fans? Who's to blame? The gamers, or Nintendo? Just think of it, cos thats why i'm talkin' about in this TALKING POINT...

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#23

BXXL commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Wii U Lineup Makes C...:

@ RIC616

Bayonetta, Wonderful 101 and X were awesome, and the higlights of this year line-up (or future 2014 line-up, for two of them), but the problem is: is that enough to convince the non-Nintendo usual fans?

And i'm afraid 3 games won't be enough: add an epic new Zelda or Metroid, plus two other great rpgs and a handful of action/adventure or strategy games, and THEN, most gamers could have seen the Wii U as a must, and the perfect "second console" alongside PS4, by example...

But 3 games like these, 18 months after launch, and the near total absence of third parties support give most gamers not such a great impression... and i still don't understand why Nintendo hasn't used a small part of all the billions in the bank to anticipate this gen, and be there in full power... i just can't understand, as even their internal studios had a hard time to produce enough quality games for their new console...

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#24

BXXL commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Wii U Lineup Makes C...:

I understand the point of the article, but i still feel this line-up will only attract the usual Nintendo fans and the people who want some "family fun", and won't attract the mainstream audience the way Wii did, or won't attract the "core" gamers due to a lack of action/adventures, rpg's and more "modern", mature themed games...

My overall impression is "ok, great games", but is also "ok, here we go... again": there's no real surprises here, the same franchises do come back, many platformers, as usual, and Nintendo doesn't fill the holes with some third parties collaborations and/or exclusives, or new IP's, or new "epic" stuff, so yeah, even a Nintendo fan like me may not be totally convinced... which means there's a problem, somewhere: maybe in me, of course, but maybe not...

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#25

BXXL commented on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Hopping T...:

@dumedum

Well, my point was clear and simple: too many games look the same from one console to another, and even from handheld to home console, so i feel saturated with some franchises, and the 2d platformer genre in particular...

Don't get me wrong, i've enjoyed Rayman Origins and DKCR on my Wii, really 1st class games in that style... it's just that these still feel very fresh in my memory, and i want to play other games, and enjoy NEW things, not only with a "new" in the title, if you know what i mean...

Specifically, i want more action/adventure games, more strategy games and more rpg's, i want to explore new worlds, to discover new gameplay ideas, etc, etc... for me, the Metroid Prime trilogy is one of the best creation in videogame history, especially with the wiimote controls, so a new 3D Metroid would have been perfect...

But i'm not whining, it's just that (imho, of course) Nintendo plays it too safe, in a time where i'd like them to be adventurous and creative: bring a new inventive IP like they did with Pikmin many years ago, reimagine old franchises in the way Prime did for Metroid, or Galaxy did for the past 3D Marios... or come back to some old favorites, like Mario RPG (i dream of a sequel made with Level 5, by example)... or something unique, graphically and story-wise, like Okami was in its days... or Little King's Story, not that long ago... or Skies of Arcadia, many moons ago... or Shadow of the Colossus... well, you get the idea: something big, something new, something unique, but something to keep the faith...

Right now, with the exception of X and Bayonetta 2, the line-up of the Wii U leaves me cold... maybe the style of games i want will be more easily found on PS4, but for me, the "average" western games or japanese games often lack the fun, the gameplay ideas and the overall quality that Nintendo brings on the table when at its best... so i wish for the best of the "two worlds", if you like...

That's why i still expect many great things from Nintendo, but then, maybe i expect too much, or maybe my tastes are not enough mainstream and are not synonyms with "automatic very, very big profits"...

But one thing's for sure: i'm tired of buying nearly the same line-up with each new Nintendo console... and i play on Nintendo consoles since the Game & Watch, so, really, don't get me wrong: i have some good reasons...

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#26

BXXL commented on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Hopping T...:

As many of you, the new game by Retro was THE game i was expecting the most, and what a disappointment this is...

Of course, it won't be a bad game... but i never had the feeling of such a repetitive line-up for years... if a single word could define Nintendo these days, it's REHASH: played Donkey Kong Country on Wii, here's another... played Super Mario 3D Land on 3DS (my least favourite 3D mario ever) and here's the equivalent for Wii U... played Wind Waker 100% three times, and this HD remake doesn't look that different (a testimony of the quality of the original, but still)... played all the Mario Karts, and here's the 8th one... played all the Smash Bros, and here's another one...

Every single game gave me that "déjà vu" feeling, with the exception of the Wonderful 101 (but that one doesn't really interest me) and the X from Monolith (played Xenoblade for over 150 hours, so...), plus maybe Bayonetta 2 (i like the first one, too, so it helps).

But the overall feeling i have is "oh no, not again"... maybe i'm getting too old for Nintendo, maybe i'm expecting too much, maybe i need more creative and "mature" games froms devs like Monolith, Treasure, Platinum, Retro, Intelligent Systems... but the games created by Nintendo's EAD & Co, well, they don't give me that "must play" sensations i've had for over 20 years now...

Really strange to feel so disappointed with such a good line-up, really... but that's how i feel, don't blame me...

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#27

BXXL commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Should Aim to Produce ...:

After reading some reactions here about "mature" games, id' like to add, i'm all about "mature" games when we're talkin' about storytelling, themes, characters' psychology, etc, etc...

Mature games seems to mean violence and brainless action, for many people, but in fact, they're talkin' about very immature games, made for very immature people... i have sometimes the same impression with the Hollywood blockbusters: most are made with one target audience in mind, the middleclass american teenager who wants action and doesn't want to think too much about anything...

I'm a fan of sci-fi, by example, and the creativity in sci-fi books (Dick, Banks, Herbert, Clarke, Le Guin, etc, etc) is waaaay beyond the one found in most sci-fi movies... and most sci-fi videogames! And it's the same for heroic fantasy, and don't get me started with most JRPGs: stories full of clichés, cliché characters, poorly written dialogs, etc...

So what i expect from the videogame industry is a new kind of creativity... i know games cost a lot of money, and have to be successfull, but is this a reason to avoid more complex stories, with more political/philosophical background, by example?

To come back to movies, besides the "brainless" blockbusters, you also have excellent ones, and then you also have way more genres, and many excellent directors with a vision, a style, a purpose, an opinion, or simply, a great story to tell... from Tim Burton to Martin Scorcese, from Stanley Kubrick to Christopher Nolan, from Takeshi Kitano to Jim Jarmush, etc, etc...

What i'd like in videogames, is the same kind of diversity, the same kind of artistry, and the same kind of "maturity", if it makes any sense...

(and sorry for my poor english, and for being too long!)

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#28

BXXL commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Should Aim to Produce ...:

First: this is one of the best article ever published by NL, and i read you nearly every day for quite some time: great job!

And i have to agree: Nintendo is becomin' a niche, a very fun and very well executed niche, but one that will mostly please... Nintendo lovers and fans...

My first Nintendo memory dates from the Game & Watch days, i'm now 44, and i still enjoy most of their best games, essentially for the great gameplay, the inventive level design, and the perfect controls...

But i'm 44, and sometimes, i feel like something's missing in Nintendo games, even in the ones i do prefer (most Zeldas or the Prime Trilogy directly come to my mind)...

And that's why i also own a PS3, cos i don't want to miss other great gaming experiences, like Bioshock, Dishonored, Enslaved, X-Com, Valkyria Chronicles, Mass Effect... the Uncharted trilogy is for me way overrated, and i have yet to play the Last of Us, but i get your point...

And i really hope Nintendo gets your point too, cos' i just can't understand why a company so successfull, with billions and billions in the bank, doesn't create more games, doesn't have more studios, doesn't make more deals with talented 3rd parties, and doesn't try new things in new genres, and not only in the "nippo-centric" ones and the "family-kid friendly" ones...

Nintendo must realize that most of their 80s and 90s fans are now people in their 30's and 40s: they were at the start of our love and passion for videogames thanks to all the classics they've created, but they just forgot one thing: grow old with us, mature with us, follow us...

But there's still time, and as you said, gaming is quite a young art form, and so much has still to be done... let's just hope Nintendo will stay relevant, and will keep on pushin' new ideas and creativity... otherwise, some good old "formulas" will get older way sooner than they think...

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#29

BXXL commented on Talking Point: Lessons to be Learned, Again, F...:

All that situation would have been avoided if Nintendo had made the right decisions a few years back, at the peak of the Wii/DS success wave... Nintendo made billions and billions of profits, and already had a treasure chest of billions build upon two or three decades... and what have they done?

Did they create new teams? Did they buy talented 3rd party studios to improve their own staff force? Did they secure any exclusive deals with 3rd party partners? Did they create a console powerful enough to attract all of the most important studios out there?

OK, they have invested in a new building in Kyoto, with larger and more modern offices, and they try to form some young japanese devs in intern, as many of their biggest devs are now closer and closer to retirement, but is it enough to release a constant flow of AAA games on TWO modern consoles?

Modern games take time to be made, as gamers want great gameplay, great graphics, great story, good lenght, solid multiplayer and/or extra online modes... and i'm sorry, but Nintendo is still not prepared, and lives in the mirage of its glorious past and the way their games USED to be made (very small teams, very big profits)... and without a solid 3rd party backup, that "drought" situation just can't magically improve...

Of course, they will continue to make excellent games, and Nintendo fans (and i'm still one, despite my critics) will be happy with the 5 to 10 "must-have" 1st party games each year on 3DS and/or Wii U... but most of the other gamers, and of course the rest of the world, will just move on...

And it's a shame, as Nintendo had all the tools (and all the money) to be once again the main actor in the console-side of the videogames industry... now, it's there to be taken by Sony once again (hopefully not by Microsoft)...

Such a shame, as i'd love to buy only ONE home console and ONE portable console to play ALL the best games made each year... not gonna happen, now or in a distant future, i'm afraid... or maybe if i play less and less with age? Yeah, not such a great alternative, i must say...

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#30

BXXL commented on Lack of "OMG" Idea Explains Borderlands Wii U ...:

I've just finished Borderlands 2 on PS3, a few weeks after playing the first Borderlands too, and ONE thing was always on my mind: too bad i can't play these games with the wiimote, with controls similar to the ones of the Metroid Prime Trilogy...

And that's my main issue with the Wii U: i read most of the comments here, and everybody's talking about what? The pro controller, which would provide the exact same experience as on PS360, and the Gamepad, which is nearly the same with a bonus screen...

I'm usually not a fan of FPS, Bioshock and Borderlands were the only "alternative" games in that genre that attracted me lately, but Nintendo had something truly great and unique with the wiimote, just ideal for FPS, and now, with the Wii U, it's like all the efforts will be made for the Gamepad, and the wiimote will be left behind and mostly forgotten, like it never even existed, and that's a real shame...

I still can't understand why Nintendo just hasn't released a "Wii HD", with even more power to be sure the best multiplatform games will be ported on it, now and in the years ahead... the Gamepad has increased the costs, but i'd have prefered a console which, for the exact same price, could rival the next Sony and Microsoft offerings, with the wiimote plus (and a pro controller) as the main control methods, simple as that...

Now, i'm sure i may have to buy (once again) two consoles in the next cycle, as the Wii U will miss tens of games i'd like to play as well... why can't a Nintendo console be the only console i need to play the best games out there? I still don't get it, after all these years, and now three generations in a row...

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#31

BXXL commented on Ubisoft Boss Thinks Wii U Is Cheap, But Is Sti...:

I can't say i'm happy with the way GAMES are (over) priced: Monsieur Guillemot could maybe show the example, and sell Ubisoft games for 30 euros instead of 60 euros? (/sarcasm)

I really don't get why the industry stay with that "model": selling games at a very high price (60 euros) the first year, and then make a "cheap" edition (usually 20 euros) later... if they want better global sales, just sell new games for 30 euros, once and for all, and we'll be able to buy more games, right from the start, instead of waiting for some 2nd hand copies... but what do i know, right?

Anyway, it's curious how Nintendo is always the one to blame: when the PS3 was sold 600 euros, i don't remember any editor or big 3rd party dev makin' any comment... double standard, i guess?

Wait for the prices of the PS4 and X720, and let's hear what he'll have to say THEN...

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#32

BXXL commented on Feature: Nintendo Life's Top 20 Wii Games:

Little King's Story and Okami, not even in a top 20? C'mon, guys, what's wrong with you? I read you for so many years, and usually love your reviews, so this almost feels like a shame...

Anyway, these games are of course excellent, or quite nice at worst, but as i've played most of these (and many many others), i'd just say Metroid Prime Trilogy is my N°1: best controls on the console (if not ever), and sensational value with two and a half masterpieces for the price of one...

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#33

BXXL commented on Guess What? Michael Pachter Isn't a Fan of The...:

How can that guy keep his job? He's been wrong so many times in the past, i mean, in any firm out there, such an incompetence would see him fired in less than a year, and nobody would want any of his "expertise" anymore... except of course, Sony or Microsoft...

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#34

BXXL commented on NPD: US Consumers Want a Hot Item This Xmas, B...:

It makes sense, as the "mainstream audience" won't be able to find any Wii U in stores: all the pre-orders have been purchased by the die-hard Nintendo fans, and Nintendo can't produce enough consoles to satisfy a huge demand anyway...

But by the end of 2013, we'll know for sure if there's a huge demand, or not...

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#35

BXXL commented on Reggie: Big Guns Focusing on Future Wii U Proj...:

I really hope Retro is working on another Metroid: a big, epic, immersive and incredible 3D Metroid... in more than 30 years of gaming, i consider the Metroid Prime Trilogy on Wii as the best game(s) i've ever experienced, and it's by far the best controls EVER...

No doubt, these guys could work on a great Zelda, too... but Aonuma's team is doin' a fine job, and i'm sure they'll come with the goods in a near future...

But so far, the best use of the Gamepad i could imagine is in a 3D Metroid, used as a scanner alongside the Wiimote for the other controls...

So, if there's ONE game that could really push me towards Wii U, it's not even a new 3D Zelda or a new 3D Super Mario (even if they would be welcomed), but a new 3D Metroid made by Retro, simple as that...

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#36

BXXL commented on Reggie: $299 Is Strong Value, And Is Going To ...:

They won't be able to sustain that kind of price that long: Wii was like a cultural phenomenon, and created such a demand that they could have sold it even at a higher price during its first two years...

But since then, the market has changed, and also, there has been the 3DS "pricing disaster"... that's the main reason why i don't want the Wii U at launch: cos' the 250 euros i've paid for the 3DS are still a very fresh and very painful memory... and i know i'm not the only one...

Also, the free-to-play model is on the rise, and i understand why Nintendo wants to stick with their old good business model: but we, as consumers, need to put some pressure on them, make them understand some things need to change, as we can't be treated like milkin' cows for ever and ever...

If you add the pressure created by all the other gaming companies out there, Sony, Microsoft, Apple, Steam, whatever, i'm quite sure we'll see that price goin' down at the start of 2014, and the same could apply to the pricing of their games, now $60 instead of $50, even downloaded...

That "business model" needs to change, otherwise Nintendo will (once again) only sell consoles to their most dedicated fans, while the mainstream market will move elsewhere... and they'll very deeply and sadly regret it...

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#37

BXXL commented on Bayonetta 2 Dev: Wii U Exclusivity Isn't a Snu...:

It's a good move by Nintendo, and REAL fans of that game should enjoy the fact that Nintendo made it possible... otherwise, there would be NO Bayonetta 2 AT ALL, because one or two million copies doesn't seem to be enough for the big guys of the videogames industry lately... and THAT tells you something about the actual state of this industry...

And about the reactions of all the so-called "hardcore gamers", what's new here? Wii and DS were my primary consoles this gen, but i had to buy a PS3 (not that long ago, and at a reasonnable price) to play... Bayonetta, Little Big Planet, Valkyria Chronicles, Journey, Tales of Grace, Uncharted 1+2+3, God of War III, and in a few months, Ni No Kuni...

Now, because THEY have to do the same thing in the opposite way, it would be a shame? That's a very strange kind of double standard, while it's not a big deal, as the same has happened with Mass Effect, by example: the first was on 360 only, the second on PS360, and the third is on Wii U also, so what?

When Sony or Microsoft try to have some exclusives, or create a separate and so-called "hardcore" HD gaming market, it's cool and totally normal, but when Nintendo does the same, it's a shame because it's not released "on a real console, but on a toy"?

WTF? These so-called "hardcore" gamers are the ones who should feel the shame, cos' there are great games on each console, and if you don't want to buy each one of them, then STFU and play on what you've got...

And the lack of consideration they had for the Wii, while titles like the Metroid Prime Trilogy, the two Zelda's and the two Galaxy's bein' some of the most brillantly designed and control-friendly games EVER, just proves these guys haven't got a clue about "hardcore" gaming, and lack any sense of respect to one of the greatest, if not THE greatest company, in videogames history...

All that said, i don't want to buy Wii U at launch, so i won't play Bayonetta 2 till' 2014-2015... but as i did the same for the first one, it's OK: it's good to know it will be there, waiting for me...

But i know, all these spoiled kids and crying babies don't even understand the word "patience": they've got to have everyting immediatly, as if the whole wide world turned around their little consumerist ego... pfffff, and that's the youth of today? It promises great tomorrows...

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#38

BXXL commented on Round Up: Wii U Launch Window Games:

My wallet "will be ready" in 2014 or 2015, when i'll find the console for less than 150 euros, and titles like Rayman Legends or Bayonetta 2 (and i guess, many more) for less than 15 euros in a second hand shop... THAT will be a good deal...

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#39

BXXL commented on Talking Point: The Importance of the Wii U Pre...:

@Boo_Buster

Well, i'll just say i play Nintendo games since the Game & Watch days, which should tell you something about my age, and my experience... and after all the games i've played in my life, i think i know the difference between a bad game, an OK game and an excellent game: don't care if it's made by Nintendo or anyone else, basically... but true, Nintendo has an history of makin' many excellent ones, with great gameplay, great level design, and great controls...

But that wasn't my point: my point is, i've spent thousands and thousands of dollars on Nintendo products over the years, i've bought nearly all their consoles on day one or at least in their first year, and for the first time, i won't... because no, it's not a "must have" for me, and a handful of good games plus will not make the deal for me...

This doesn't mean i won't buy their console: as i've already written, i'll wait, and will maybe resist till 2014-2015, and its first huge price cut... and the only games i may buy "full price" are the next Zelda, a new Metroid if it's as good as the Prime trilogy, and the next Super Mario if it's as good as the two Galaxy's...

But no, i won't buy that console on day one, just thinkin' these games will be out one day, in a distant future... i've done such an error many times, but not anymore: which doesn't mean i've lost all my respect for Nintendo as game makers... i've just lost my respect for Nintendo as a business company, and i don't force anyone to follow my logic, btw...

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#40

BXXL commented on Talking Point: The Importance of the Wii U Pre...:

"Must have", "must have"... i hate that expression... nothing is a "must have" (except but food, house, etc), and especially NOT brand new game consoles...

I've bought the DS (phat), the Wii, the DS (lite) and the 3DS on day one, and i still don't know why... especially with the 3DS: how many months have passed, and still... 3 games in my "collection", the only 3 i'd call... "must have"...

What a pity... 250 euros (340 dollars) plus 3x40 euros (170 dollars), that's 510 dollars for 3 games, 170 dollars each game... (yeah, i know, i'v got 20 downloadable freebies: most were already in my collection, so what???).

And back to the Wii's first years, i was so excited by that console, i imagined tons and tons of great gameplay ideas, and a list of impressive masterpieces to come...

Six years after, i've bought and played maybe 70 games, 25 only are still in my collection, and 10 only are games i could call masterpieces, or "must have"... yeah, it's not bad... but it's not that great either, especially when you consider 2/3 of these 10 masterpieces were made by Nintendo (once again), with usually a wait of months and months between each of these...

So yeah, you can fool me once, you can fool me twice, but with age and experience comin' my way, don't expect to fool me anymore, Nintendo... i'll buy the Wii U in three or four years: when its price is cut, when at least 10 games look really incredible (and yeah, may be considered by me as "must have"), and when i can find most of these in a second hand shop...

That's what i'm doin' to Sony with my brand new (ex-must have 5 years ago 600 euros console) PS3, btw: i've paid it less than 200 euros, and i have a great time playin' excellent games i've paid 8, 10, 12, 15, 20 euros each...

Yeah, "must have" is really a stupid expression: if you have the patience to wait and find the best occasions, gaming is then 3 times more affordable, and feels even more fun...

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#41

BXXL commented on Talking Point: Wii U and the Next Generation o...:

I still don't get why people expect most of their games to look like any sci-fi blockbuster movie or any high-end animation movie...

Just take a look at what Pixar is doing to create a 90 MINUTES movie close to perfection: they need 4-5 years of hard work (à la Zelda, btw), involving a HUGE budget. Because they know they may afford it, and they'll make profits anyway: tens and tens of millions of people worldwide will pay movie tickets and will buy their dvds...

Now, if you believe the videogame industry can afford to release AAA games lasting 40 to 50 hours with such a high-end graphic quality (plus of course great story, great level design, great controls, great camera, great online play, etc, etc), and do it every two or three years for each big franchise out there, and do all that for a very reasonable budget on a brand new platform they must get used to every six years, i'm sorry, but you live in fantasyland: such games would need 10 million sales to begin being profitable, and everytime a game fails, another studio would go bankrupt!

If that's what you want for the future of the videogames industry, be prepared to play $0.99 games on IOS/Android or some free-to-play games full of ridiculous DLC, because that's all that's going to be left with such a business model... plus all the Nintendo games done with the right budget in regards to their sales, of course... :)

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#42

BXXL commented on E3 2012: Our View of Nintendo's E3:

Nintendo has missed an opportunity, but imho, not in this year's E3 but in recent years...

A small example will be better than a long speech: many fans were expecting a new reveal by Retro Studios, and rightly so as the studio is easily in Nintendo's Top 5 teams... but with the fortunes Nintendo has made thanks to Wii and DS, tens of billions in 5 or 6 years, they should not rely on a few development teams, they should have build/bought many others....

If Nintendo had three or four Retro Studios, three or four Intelligent Systems, and the double of their own EAD teams, by example, THEN they could produce (and show at E3) the amazing line-up which could blow us away...

We all want games with creative gameplay, incredible lenght, amazing graphics: but in this day and age, such games take two, three, four years to be made... if Nintendo doesn't expand its production force, it won't be able to offer all the goodies needed to provide the two consoles a very strong line-up. And as we all know, third parties won't help, or only minimally...

Ubisoft is this year's exception, but once again, Nintendo needs three or four strong partnerships like this to really impress the gaming community. With all their money, i just can't imagine how they don't offer more friendly deals with all the best third parties: by example, get some good exclusives and then offer the promo for these titles, or at least be assured to get all the best multi-platform titles in the making...

So that was i wanted to say: the missed opportunity was made way ahead of this year's E3, and Nintendo needs to change strategy and invest massively if they want to secure a good place in gamer's hearts. A big Zelda game every 5 years, a Mario Kart for each console, and some very fine (or very average) 2D or 3D Mario's just won't be enough forever... even for a 20 years-plus fans like me...

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#43

BXXL commented on Iwata Defends Identical Digital and Retail Prices:

This is ridiculous: if i pay a game 50 euros, i still may resell it once finished (as i do for the 2/3 of the games i play), and get at least 30 or 35 euros back in my favorite videogame shop, which does a great exchange program... with downloads, i find myself with stuff i just have to keep, and won't play again...

What's the value here? Kill the second-hand market and make even more billions, in Nintendo's point of view? I'm sorry, but the second-hand market is vital for me, otherwise, gaming would be a luxury i just can't afford... i buy half of my games second-hand, i resell 2/3 of my games in second hand, that's the only way to keep my budget reasonnable... if downloads cost the same price, there's absolutely NO value in downloading anything, just like with all those overpriced Wiiware and DSiware stuff i regret to have purchased, but even worse as the price is here three or four or five times more expansive...

No, if that's the future of videogames, i prefer to stop playing, it's that simple...

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#44

BXXL commented on Feature: The Best Games on GameCube and Wii:

These are great games, and i've played most of them... and there are a few more good ones for each console, but not that many...

And that's what bothers me: something like 15, or maybe 20 great games... in 5 years... for each console? Is that really impressive? Is this something we can cheer about? 3 or 4 excellent games each year, with some years way better than other, very boring ones?

I know Nintendo must rely on its own, as most 3rd parties never seem to involve, and i know Nintendo's task force is limited, as they also release many good handheld games... but after months and months of wait in the last 10 years, it's hard for me to say Gamecube and Wii gave me total satisfaction, even with all the great Zelda's, Mario's and Metroid's, and a handful of others...

My point is... will i still buy the next one, Wii U, with passion and impatience? With no console Zelda in the next three or four years, and no Metroid Prime or Mario Galaxy on the horizon, i guess you know my answer...

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#45

BXXL commented on Analogue Stick Add-On for 3DS Revealed:

53. TwillightPrince

Exactly what i was thinking... for sure, a redesigned 3DS will be made, and all the early 3DS buyers are screwed... not even the 20 free games (which i've already played to death) are gonna change my feelings, that's for sure...

I keep buying Nintendo consoles for Zelda, Metroid and the best Mario's, but this time, that's for sure: Nintendo won't trick me in the future, as i won't buy anything after the Skyward Sword...

Maybe i'll rent some games for my Wii and my 3DS, and that's it: tired of giving them so much money, they don't desearve it anymore...

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#46

BXXL commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Makes Bold Move with t...:

The real problem isn't the move they just made, it was the timing and the pricing of the original launch: a 3DS released in may/june for something like 200 euros/dollars (and with a more "dense" line-up in its first six months) would not have struggled to make its place on the market, simple as that...

Of course, a lot of us know that kind of problem, as the first year of both DS and Wii on the market were exactly the same: only a handful of exciting games (if that), and wait, wait, wait... this time, due to the high entry price, most people have chosen to wait BEFORE buying the console, not after: that's the only big difference, but it has made a huge impact on Nintendo's profits...

But in my opinion, the real trouble here is Nintendo's way of doing business. The market has changed, but they want to stay the same (control freaks with a greedy price model), and ask the customers to adapt to them: bad idea...

Most "average" games don't have that 40 euros value, and 250 euros for a portable console is quite a luxury many parents just can't afford for each one of their kids... and why buy additional hardware when smart phones offer an "all-in-one" solution with many games offering great value?

Nintendo has to change, and just can't expect everyone to stay faithful, just because they've made some of the best games ever. They're still excellent developpers, maybe still the best in their colourful style: but on the hardware side and the business model, this isn't the 80s or the 90s anymore... i hope they finally get it, now...

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#47

BXXL commented on Wii U Striking Balance Between Performance and...:

It makes sense... 250 euros for a 3DS is already way too much, and a lot of people are complaining about it, so we can't expect a "mega-hyper-console" sold with a digital tablet for less than 500...

And what would be the point? The graphics can't improve dramatically past a certain limit, and with a 25Gb disc, there's enough space for high-quality games in HD: so, if it's on par with PS3, and the price is somewhere between 300 and 400, tablet-controller included, that's OK...

Otherwise, it would be a niche product, and most of the gamers concerned by that niche are already busy playing on PS360 with a vast library of games, so it would be a failure... Nintendo would be very stupid to go that way, when a good quality/price to please many different kinds of gamers is the best way to go...

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#48

BXXL commented on Wii U Uses 25GB Discs and Lacks GameCube Compa...:

I don't understand the people complaining about BC: you may still use a Gamecube or a Wii for all your old GC games, nobody forces you to have a single console only... with a Wii now sold 100 euros/dollars, and maybe even less in a couple of years, it's not really a problem for the next 10 years, and you still may find an old GC still working nicely for maybe what, 20 bucks?

So c'mon... what would be the point in having 4 GC connections on the Wii U? Raise the price even more to please not even 1% of the users, who will still have all the hardware they need to play these games anyway?

I swear, if the Nintendo headz really had to listen to all their fans, these guys would become crazy, as anything they do seem always too much or not enough for some of you...

BXXL

#49

BXXL commented on Nintendo Expected Higher 3DS Sales:

A few years ago, i was very excited when the DS and Wii were launched, but now, i just don't care anymore for any new Nintendo console...

The reason? I've been really disappointed by the Wii and DS libraries (both retail and downloadable): lot of potential in the new hardware ideas, but at the end, only a few real masterpieces, really worth the price, and even the other "good" games i've enjoyed seem way too expensive in retrospect...

Over the last 20 years, i've given Nintendo thousands and thousands of euros, but now i don't want to spend even more money that way: gaming has became a kind of silly luxury, and it's time for that "business model" to die... most games are worth 20 to 30 euros (and 10 euros max by download), and we should be able to find them even cheaper after a year or two on the market, just like any CD or DVD...

I hope the competition will force Nintendo to lower the prices of both their softwares and hardwares: till then, i'll see what the competition has to offer, and play the best games i can, at the best price possible...

BXXL

#50

BXXL commented on Profits Down 46% As Nintendo Makes $1.3 Billion:

The most important thing is that in the last 6 years, Nintendo has made billions and billions of profits, more than ever before... so the company is VERY healthy, no matter if profits are now down...

In the meantime, even if the 360 or the PS3/PSP are no commercial failures, i'd like to see the exact numbers, and see if the initial losses are now something of the past... but one thing is for sure: the profits made on these consoles just can't compare to the ones made by Nintendo...