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Male, 31, Canada

Gaming since the 80s. Systems I currently own: NES, Master System, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, GBA, GBA SP, DS, DS Lite, DSi, DSi XL, 3DS, 3DS XL, New 3DS XL, 2DS, PSP 1000, PSP 3000, PSP Go, Vita

Mon 2nd December, 2013

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BinaryFragger commented on RCMADIAX Takes to Twitter to Outline New Strat...:

"There is a stigma attached to my name on the Wii U eShop that I only make cheap software. Hence resulting in lower sales."

That's because your games ARE cheap software!
Why would I buy your shovelware when I can play Gunman Clive, Mighty Switch Force, Steamworld Dig, Retro City Rampage & Shovel Knight?

Earlier this year you said that low quality games are the new normal and we should get used to it, You were wrong about that and that's why your games are not selling.



BinaryFragger commented on Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures Looks Set For...:

Finally! The game is difficult and certainly not for everyone but fans of old school platformers should check it out.

Also, kudos to Nintendo for allowing the game on their system (unlike Binding of Isaac). If people object to the violence and foul language, they can simply not buy the game.



BinaryFragger commented on Iwata: Nintendo NX Will Surprise People And Ch...:

Very similar to what Reggie said in 2011:
"It'll change the way you game personally, and change the way you interact with your family and friends"

I'll believe it when I see it. I hate to be so negative towards a company whose products I've enjoyed for nearly three decades but Nintendo is becoming a all-talk, no-action company. They love to make bold claims without following through with them.

Prove me wrong, Nintendo.



BinaryFragger commented on Poll: Where Do You Stand On DeNA, Smart Device...:

"I think they had to release info on NX to adress fears that they were going Sega with the announcement about dena. The thing that sucks is it hurts enthusiasm for the WiiU."

It's no secret that companies are continuously developing new hardware (you can be certain that Microsoft and Sony are already planning their next consoles) and I realize that Nintendo made the announcement to boost consumer confidence, but the Wii U will suffer as an unintended consequence. I find it pretty sad that were spending so much time discussing their next console when the Wii U is barely 2 years old. The Wii U is a good console but the NX announcement is stealing the spotlight from it.



BinaryFragger commented on Poll: Where Do You Stand On DeNA, Smart Device...:

I'm happy that Nintendo is at least trying to evolve their business model. People here like to say "Nintendo has billions in the bank, they can go decades without making profit" but Nintendo needs to make changes now before its too late. You don't want them trying to adjust their business model when the company is crashing and burning. Now is the right time.

On the other hand, going mobile is a catch-22, as others have previously mentioned. If the mobile games are good, people will not run out and buy a $200 dedicated gaming system.



BinaryFragger commented on Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think ...:


Sure, people buy Nintendo consoles to buy Nintendo games, but isn't it nice to be able to get other games too? If you want a recent example, the DS had amazing third-party support, covering every genre imaginable. Dragon Quest IX became a phenomenon in Japan.

That's the point I was trying to make earlier. In the 80s and 90s, buying a Nintendo console meant that you had access to Nintendo's amazing titles, AND all the other genres, such as fighting games, sports games, RPGs, and so on. You didn't need to buy two consoles, and the NES and SNES were not just secondary consoles as what is happening with the Wii U.



BinaryFragger commented on Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think ...:

"third-party software has NEVER been a selling point for Nintendo hardware"

Third-party support was the main reason why the NES destroyed the Master System in sales. Sure, the best-selling titles were mainly Nintendo's, but plenty of third-party games sold 1+ million copies:

Ask anyone what their favourite NES games are, and aside from Mario, Zelda and Metroid, you can be certain that they'll mention 3rd-party games such as Mega Man, Contra, Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior.

It's the same with the SNES:

That system is well-known for JRPGs, mainly from Squaresoft.

The Master System failed because only SEGA made games for it. It's very similar to how only Nintendo is making games for the Wii U.



BinaryFragger commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Heading For a Period of ...:

Great article, Thomas.
Ever since the Wii U started to fumble, the fanboys have been sticking their heads in the sand saying "Nintendo is fine, they have billions in the bank, they don't have to change anything." It's clear that they need to make some changes while they're still financially stable and still relevant. They absolutely cannot wait until they become completely irrelevant.

It reminds me of when Porsche introduced the Cayenne SUV about 15 years ago. The Porsche purists were outraged that the company was making a large 4x4 truck but SUVs were all the rage at the time (and very profitable). As a result, Porsche's profits skyrockets because of the Cayenne. The company is now richer than ever, allowing them to develop new supercars, such as the Porsche 918.

If Nintendo's new mobile venture is successful, the revenue virtually guarantees that they'll keep releasing new consoles.



BinaryFragger commented on Nintendo Set To License All IP to Mobile Publi...:

"when did Iwata or someone from Nintendo specifically say that Nintendo would not make games for mobile devices?"

"Nikkei's article contains information previously stated by Mr. Iwata during past press conferences, including statements which relate to Nintendo's willingness to make use of smart devices to promote our products.
However during such past announcements Mr. Iwata has also stated that Nintendo's intention is not to make Nintendo software available on smart devices and as such, we can confirm that there are no plans to offer mini-games on smartphone devices."



BinaryFragger commented on Guide: Everything We Know So Far About Nintend...:

"Nintendo is rapidly losing relevance for a big part of the market and they have to do something."

Many people like to say "Nintendo isn't going anywhere, they have billions in the bank" but they need to do something now before it's too late. After all, even giant companies can fall (remember Kodak?)

They need to expand their business, and I do believe that amiibo and mobile are steps in the right direction.
Revenue generated from mobile can ensure that we keep seeing Nintendo consoles and dedicated handhelds.



BinaryFragger commented on TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT, The Game Freak and ...:

For everyone saying GameFreak is backstabbing or betraying Nintendo, we don't know the whole story. Maybe GameFreak pitched the game to Nintendo and it was rejected, so they shopped it around eventually being picked up by Sega.
After all, Pokemon was originally rejected by Nintendo when it was pitched in the early 90s.



BinaryFragger commented on Harmonix Explains Why Rock Band 4 Isn’t Comi...:


"Well, they were polite and honest about it. I really respect that. Good communication."

Agreed. I applaud Harmonix for being honest about their decision instead of making excuses. It's a shame that people here are still ripping Harmonix a new one, though. Game developers just can't win. When a developer gives a BS reason for not porting a game to the Wii U, people complain and demand honesty. Yet the same people still complain when a developer IS honest.



BinaryFragger commented on Talking Point: The Limited Edition Battle With...:

What about the limited editions of Hyrule Warriors and Mario Kart 8, which were only available at Nintendo World Store in extremely limited quantities?
I don't expect Nintendo to make millions of copies but making less than 500 is just asking for scalping.



BinaryFragger commented on The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Shows De...:

Seeing those strong Vita numbers shows just how badly SCEA is ruining the Vita in North America.
I love my Vita but I would love it even more if Monster Hunter: Frontier G, God Eater 2, Phantasy Star Nova, Phantasy Star Online 2 and Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki were localized.



BinaryFragger commented on Nintendo Held Back Western Launch Of New 3DS D...:

Can Iwata make up his mind? This is what he said in 2014:

"The overseas markets are different from the Japanese market in both their stages of popularization of Nintendo 3DS and their market characteristics."

First it's because it's a different market. Now it's because of stock shortages. Pretty hard to take Nintendo seriously when they keep flip flopping around with their answers.



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

" their own words they've acknowledged that this decision would be a big let down to their fanbase. This sets a risky tone for such a company and it's incredibly disrespectful to those who have supported them up to this point."

That's what I find most worrying about their decision. Now that the casual fanbase has moved on (proven by the Wii U's lackluster sales), the core fanbase is all that's left. For them to say "ya we know your pissed, oh well haha" is astonishingly bad PR.

People here like to say it's not a big deal because the New 3DS is not much smaller than the New XL and that we can put decals on the XL but it's not the point. The problem is Nintendo's crappy PR.



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


I agree that perhaps we're jumping the gun a bit. Anyways, I waited until 2006 to buy a DS and 2009 to buy an Xbox 360, so I have plenty of patience. I have an embarrassingly large backlog of games to play so I can wait.
I'm actually planning on getting the New 3DS XL eventually but I'm just waiting for other colours to be released (hopefully the gorgeous blue one).



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

"You are entitled to complain if a company doesn't provide you with the product you want or provides a poor service."

I find it funny how wanting to give Nintendo our money makes us "entitled" and "whiners."
Nintendo doesn't want to take our money yet the problem is with us. Yep, makes sense.

What's even funnier is people on this site complain all the time when a game is not localised or not ported to the Wii U. But when Nintendo refuses to release a product, it's the perfect decision and we absolutely cannot question it. Lord Reggie knows best and he's infallible.



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


"learn to live with Nintendo's decision"

Remember when Microsoft first unveiled the Xbox One? People were unimpressed with the DRM and the fact that they're was no way to get the console without Kinect. People complained, Microsoft listened.
I'm not saying the same thing will happen with the New 3DS. We're probably the vocal minority, but I don't see anything wrong with letting Nintendo know that we disagree with their decision. If me wanting to give Nintendo my hard-earned cash makes me a whiner, so be it. I'll just spend my money elsewhere.



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


Market research is not always correct. Remember, this is the same Nintendo that thought they're would be no western interest in Xenoblade Chronicles (now were getting a remake and a sequel, not bad for a game that we supposedly didn't want). Or who thought $250 was an excellent launch price for the 3DS. Or that the Wii U would sell up to 9 million units per year. Or that gamers didn't want online games back in the Gamecube era.

Maybe NoA is right about the New 3DS. But there's the possibility that they're wrong.



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

"We voted with our wallets when the XL soundly outsold the original."

The original 3DS quietly disappeared from store shelves once the XL was released, so of course it sold well. Then they'res all the 3DS XL bundles and limited editions, as well as 3DS XL black Friday and boxing day promos (you rarely, if ever saw the original 3DS get discounted). Nintendo marketed the crap out of the XL and abandoned the original model to the point where the original model was no longer mentioned on their website. They completely erased its existance. No wonder the XL sold so well. It was the only model available until the 2DS was released.



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


The 2DS is also sold in Europe and Australia (I think Japan is the only country that didn't get it).
What's odd is, the American Nintendo website only shows the 2DS and New 3DS XL. They'res absolutely no mention of the 3DS and 3DS XL, so adding a third variant would not be confusing:

Yet Nintendo's European website shows ALL of the 3DS variants: 3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS, New 3DS and New 3ds XL:



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

"Nintendo is so clumsy at connecting with their target audience that the damage has already been done."

I agree about that 100%. I'm really puzzled about how they admit that they expected blowback from their core audience and that the won't win us over. The core audience is all they have left!
Winning new customers is easy. Getting them to keep buying your products is not. Case in point, look at the hot-selling Wii followed by the disastrous Wii U.

As I've mentioned before, I DO understand why they're only releasing one model here. I'm sure they're are valid reasons. What I hate is the "who cares what our loyal customers think" attitude.
I've been playing Nintendo games for almost 3 decades but it's increasingly becoming more difficult to remain a loyal customer with the Wii's early demise, the Club Nintendo discontinuation and now this.



BinaryFragger commented on Reaction: Pokémon Shuffle Isn't Quite Microtr...:


I agree, it's ridiculous how much money these games can syphon out of people's wallets. But hey, minors are limited to "only" €100 per month! Those $60 AAA games that so many people say are too expensive look like real bargains in comparison.

I'm just surprised that some people actually defend this. They call Microsoft greedy for charging $5 per month for Xbox Live but a puzzle game with $47.99 microtransactions is ok.



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


I agree about the price. Here in Canada, the New 3DS XL is $230, which is fairly pricey, especially compared to the Vita which for $200 gets you Borderlands 2, an 8GB memory card and a charger.
A $170 New 3DS would be a nice sweet spot between the $130 2DS (often discounted to $99) and the $230 New 3DS XL.



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


Well said.
I was pretty annoyed when Damon Baker from Nintendo said "the core audience... we weren't going to win with them on that decision." I thought that was a really silly thing to say considering that the only people who still buy Nintendo products are their core customers.

First they discontinue Club Nintendo then flat out say that they don't want to win us over. Strange that that they seem to no longer care about customer loyalty. Don't they remember the last time that they focused solely on gaining new customers instead of catering to the core audience (in other words, the Wii)?



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

I do understand the reasoning behind Nintendo's decision but I still don't agree with them.

They say the 3DS XL vastly outsold the regular 3DS, but the same is true for all the other territories. Also, the regular 3DS was quietly discontinued once the XL was released.
The 3DS XL has already been discontinued in Japan and it's no longer mentioned on NoA's website, so the "we don't want to confuse people" excuse is also BS.
If the lack of retail space is the reason, they can sell it at like they did with Xenoblade Chronicles.

Nintendo doesn't seem to know which direction to take with the N3DS. A few weeks ago, they were saying that the charger is no longer included because they expect most people to already own an older 3DS. Now they're talking about expanding the user base. Make up your mind, Nintendo.



BinaryFragger commented on Nintendo Download: 19th February (North America):


Chrono Trigger – Frog’s Theme
Final Fantasy V – The Dawn Warriors
Final Fantasy IX – Vamo’alla Flamenco
Final Fantasy XIV – Nemesis
Legend of Mana – Echoes of the Spiral
Live a Live – Megalomania
Nier – Kaine/Salvation
Nier – Song of the Ancients
Romancing SaGa – The Conflict
Romancing SaGa – The Ultimate Confrontation
SaGa Frontier 2 – Misgestalt
Seiken Densetsu 3 – Swivel



BinaryFragger commented on Interview: Nintendo's Damon Baker on the eShop...:

I too am tired of it. Although I actually enjoy Mario and Zelda, I want more than that. I want racing sims. I want hockey games. I want Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Final Fantasy, Dark Souls, and so on.

I find it really strange that the folks at Nintendo think that they can properly support a console by themselves. Think back to the NES, when besides Mario and Zelda, they had third-party gems such as Mega Man, Castlevania, Ninja Gaiden, Final Fantasy, Dragon Warrior, etc.
I enjoy my Wii U but its game lineup contains many large gaps.



BinaryFragger commented on Interview: Nintendo's Damon Baker on the eShop...:

"We also want their shooters, sports games, but we want them done right on the platform. So we are going to continue focusing on quality and things that make sense with our audience"

Yet you allow crap like Meme Run. The eShop is beginning to look like Google Play and the App Store.

"But we had to think about expanding the user base, we had to be able to market it and make it easy to pick up for consumers."

Does Nintendo really expect to expand the user base by giving consumers less choice? I'm also confused by the statement because they earlier said they're not including a charger anymore because they expect most New 3DS owners to already own a 3DS. Also, if you want the New 3DS to be "easy to pick up," include everything that is needed in the box.

I love Nintendo and I've been enjoying their products for nearly three decades but I really think they're out of touch. I'm also getting tired of them flip flopping around.
They talk about quality versus quantity yet the eShop is littered with shovelware. They said they would get third-parties on board for the Wii U, then changed their position to "who needs CoD, we have Mario and Zelda!"
They want more people to buy their handhelds yet give their biggest market less choices.



BinaryFragger commented on Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the...:


I find the 2DS very comfortable to hold, too. I bought one despite already owning a 3DS and 3DS XL and I absolute love it. I have tendonitis in my wrists and playing the XL becomes very uncomfortable, sometimes painful after an hour or two of playtime. I experience no such problems with the 2DS.



BinaryFragger commented on Card Format amiibo Confirmed to be Heading our...:

"This is exciting news for amiibo fans who have struggled to obtain some of the more collectable figurines"

Sure, because a piece of cardboard is a nice substitute for a collectable figurine.

The cards are great for people who like the amiibo figures for the game content that they unlock but are pretty useless for those who like to display the figures.



BinaryFragger commented on New Nintendo 3DS Launch Sales in the West Surp...:

The numbers don't really surprise me as this upgrade actually brings numerous improvements compared to the old XL, where the only change were bigger screens.

I can't help but feel that the numbers would be even higher if both models were released in North America.
Here in Canada, the New 3DS XL is $230 which is a bit pricey, especially compared to the Vita, which comes with Borderlands 2, an 8GB card and charger for $200. A $170 New 3DS would be a nice price sweetspot between the 2DS and New 3DS XL.



BinaryFragger commented on January NPD Results Bring Improvement for Wii ...:


Even when third-parties properly support a Nintendo system, their games flop. The following third-party Wii games all sold poorly:

Elebits, Little King's Story, MadWorld, No More Heroes, NBA Jam, TrackMania, A Boy and His Blob, Arc Rise Fantasia, NiGHTS, Lost in Shadow, Klonoa, The Conduit, Rayman Origins, Muramasa, Red Steel 2, Final Fantasy Crystal Bearers

All good games that flopped yet somehow it's the fault of the third-parties...