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Mon 23rd September, 2013

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DilMan33 commented on Wii U Owner Proves That Rejecting The End-User...:


Trouble is that if new anti-trust regulation laws were introduced for consumer video game consoles, the situation would get out of hand
Why do the 3 main platform owners restrict software to only their platforms? That's something that would also be brought up.



DilMan33 commented on Inquisitive Gamers Stumble Across Potential eS...:

The ability to access the the eshop over the web and smartphones/tablets is an good idea.
However the downsides are of course it could cause a lot of confusion. Imagine someone bought Xenoblade Chronicles for the 'new' 3ds on the web and then discovered that it's doesn't work on the original 3DS?!

While if you keep purchases always on the hardware of operation, the confusion is greatly reduced.



DilMan33 commented on Talking Point: History Shows Us That Nintendo'...:

Hiroshi Yamauchi , Gunpei Yokoi and Mr. Miyamoto were an awesome team and knew what they were doing, and strictly stuck to their tasks.

I hope that Nintendo will continue as much from a newer generation of technicians and executives.



DilMan33 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Brings Life to the 3DS...:

If we all go 100% digital, it means that Nintendo can easily keep the 3DS line going forever, by releasing more powerful upgrades. Software incompatibility ignorance is servery reduced.

I am glad that they are sticking with 3D!



DilMan33 commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Explains His Belief That the ...:

The Last of Us got so boring. I just about manged a second playthrough but honestly can't be bothered to ever touch it again. And there's no real reason to!

All that effort for little gain. What's more they now charge extra for an side mission and an extra difficultly mode. LOL! No thanks!



DilMan33 commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Explains His Belief That the ...:


God, why does someone always take serious offense, when criticizing GTA? And they always say the same thing: Have you played it? Have you tried it?

I have played it and actually have tried GTA V, the latest hit as well.

But I find that the series hasn't changed a bit, and still is absolutely disgusting as it always was!



DilMan33 commented on Nintendo Highlights Hundreds of Developers Wor...:


'AAA' development is really stretched.

At E3, Sony only had the re releases of Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us in the near term, everything else of quality was far away.

And more publishes are re-releasing titles for the PS4/One.

This is a concern.



DilMan33 commented on Shigeru Miyamoto States There Are "A Few" Zeld...:

As for 'Link between Worlds', the rent system would have worked if the prices were higher or it was harder to collect rupees.
In all, I just wished ' Link between World' would have been harder from the start, or at least an option for an 'Hero Mode'



DilMan33 commented on Stats Suggest That UK Kids Are More Likely To ...:


This article is about whether handheld consoles (or even any dedicated gaming hardware) can compete with Smart Devices. The answer is clearly: 'Yes'. Especially when the 3DS is more or less still the number 1 selling video gaming system right now!

I really don't see any issues with this, apart from it maybe a 'declining' market.

In fact I think 'smart devices' can actually help dedicated handhelds in particular in a way. Especially if it gets the customer used to buying online digital content on a large mass.

Also you have to take in Nintendo's business model for system releases. People initially buy Nintendo systems for one or two quality titles; then the install base grows from there with the library of titles increasing. This causes a chain reaction through word of mouth and then this further increases the install base/choices of titles.

It's completely different to the smart devices market.

Personally, I have faith in competitive free markets to know that quality always shines through. ;)



DilMan33 commented on Stats Suggest That UK Kids Are More Likely To ...:


Yeah, but people are failing to look at the overall picture here.

There are already billions of smart devices already out there, but just last week the 3DS was still the best selling gaming hardware console! (Certainly more than the Xbox 'One', which is doing poorly!)

Smart devices probably do have an impact, but it will never be a real games systems offering quality content. I really do believe that.



DilMan33 commented on Stats Suggest That UK Kids Are More Likely To ...:

Despite some people defending these smart devices, they really do need proper controls, and quality content. This would also cost more money, so these apps cannot be 'free' or ad supported for long. Even kids aren't that stupid, they understand that Mario and Pokemon are quality titles and the ones that realize this do ask for a dedicated handheld, the ones that don't well they are just not interested in it.

I just feel, these smart devices are at their limit. It probably has an similar affect, like PC gaming has on the home console business.

At the moment the gaming audience is overlapping between:
PC to Home Console to Handheld Consoles to Smart Devices

The whole industry may be stretched from 'AAA' development to smart device developers. It's a real fragmented market, that I don't see any major changes soon. Only a slight merger between Handheld and Home consoles is possible in the near future.



DilMan33 commented on Stats Suggest That UK Kids Are More Likely To ...:

This is why an Hybrid Home/Handheld console is an good idea, that will happen. We are seeing an indication of it slowly, with Playstation TV and Wii U emulation of the DS library.

I think that's the next logical step forward..................

There is a strong relationship between handheld/home consoles then people like to believe.



DilMan33 commented on Stats Suggest That UK Kids Are More Likely To ...:

no, it's reality. If a child never uses a joypad how would they make a judgement otherwise? Try thinking outside of your own experience and preference. The only thing that will matter to kids growing up with touch controls is whether a game is fun to play.
Hell d-pads and buttons aren't the best controls for all kinds of games either - I used to think the Nintendo NES pad was crap compared to a proper joystick!


Christ, with that sort of thinking, it's a wonder how the hell anyone got into d-pads and joysticks, analog sticks in the first place! Fact is these are still the best control mechanism for game play.

The sole touch-screen experience is actually very shallow and limited.

Nintendo competes in the gaming industry with other dedicated gaming devices. It really, doesn't compete with PCs/Tablets and Phones. How do N stay relevant in the handheld console space? By creating kick-ass games that shift systems.

And yes, as far as I am concerned some fundamental things never change, such as: creating harmonious content between software and its hardware.



DilMan33 commented on Stats Suggest That UK Kids Are More Likely To ...:

. A child that doesn't grow up using a joypad isn't going to miss it. It will be interesting to see how Nintendo continues to be relevant in this space.


Utter nonsense, unless you think the touch screen is the all supreme game mechanic for controls in gaming!



DilMan33 commented on Stats Suggest That UK Kids Are More Likely To ...:

Unless these smart devices can implement proper game controls, it will never top a dedicated games console/handheld.

I actually think there's going to be some sort of gaming crash too, due to over fragmentation of the market. Playstation TV indicates that even Sony want some kind home console/handheld merger and the Wii U emulating DS games points in the same direction.

With so many devices on the market, I really do think we are overstretched. Even PS4/One, home consoles are not safe, with increasing console/handhelds ports/releases.

Nintendo just need to stick with making gaming the most in depth and pleasant experience possible. People will see the quality. More importantly, there's a market for quality gaming.



DilMan33 commented on Nintendo Looking To Grow Wii U Audience To Tem...:

Wii U will probably get the odd AAA title release, probably later then on the PS4/One. But as everyone says its main focus is that these systems are designed for selling their own published content.

Nintendo has never released a system, where the top selling title was 3rd party published. I think that says it all really.

They care about their install base and selling their own content and then 3rd parties can join in. Which is how really a platform/publisher should see things. Microsoft and Sony have ulterior motives, that's got to do with these systems being mass media living room hubs. Nintendo is fighting against that sort of mentally.



DilMan33 commented on Eiji Aonuma Vows to Reduce Hand-Holding in Fut...:

Tutorials are fine, but hand holding to me is what you get in GTA. On screen prompts telling you to do this now and now do that!

Even MGS, which some people say is an interactive movie (I don't) doesn't give out on screen instructions, though it does tell you what to do via the team backing you up on radio.



DilMan33 commented on Sony Overtakes Nintendo In Global Hardware Sal...:

You mean it's taken Sony 8 years to get ahead on mainly the back of 2 'powerful' systems and Microsoft are nowhere in the picture?

Guess this just show Nintendo's overall strength more than anything.

(Actually, make that 3 'powerful' systems, the flop Vita is apparently a 'powerful' handheld! hahaha lol! :) )



DilMan33 commented on Talking Point: The Wii U's 'Relevance' Is Abou...:

You could tell at E3 2012 that Nintendo were not expecting the Wii U to match the sucess of the Wii.
I see no option for Nintendo but to continue to see out the Wii U for the next 3-4 years with compelling 1st party output. Then, what they do after that will be interesting.

Nintendo are investing in online services, like eshop, miiVerse and the latest Nintendo Network ID surely points that in the right direction.



DilMan33 commented on Mario And Zelda On Mobile Could Bring New Play...:

Once they get into the 'smart devices' business, there will be no letting go.The next Investor pressure will be micro-transactions up the a**!

Unfortunetely, this is what mobile casual gamers seem to be wanting! :( So something all 'real' game publishers should be avoiding, as there are so many mobile publishers operating on cow cash game designs as it is!!!



DilMan33 commented on $1.2 Billion Wiped Off Nintendo's Market Value...:

The stock is still up from last year.

Nintendo need to explain their sales decline and their loss. But stop blaming Iwata. Iwata found out what was wrong with the company in 2003 and fixed it. Again, things are f*** up, but instead of blaming people for the f** up. I wish people understand the reasons behind it!

I am sure Iwata will find out what's f***ed up and fix it! ;)

Personally, I think by building the Nintendo eshop and miiverse; things are going in the right direction as far as their digital ecosystem is concerned.



DilMan33 commented on Mario And Zelda On Mobile Could Bring New Play...:

Moving full versions of Ninty games on 'smart devices' won't do a damm thing, I am afraid.

I don't understand it. Nintendo already has the best selling video game hardware of last year. Moving them onto smartphones would just de-value their offerings. Besides Playstation mobile has not done a damm thing for Sony! And they are not exactly too keen to put Teraway or Gravity Rush or anything else that is a flop on the Vita to smart devices.

This after all the investment they have put into buliding their eshop. It just doesn't make sense at all. The future of Nintendo is their own digital ecosystem they are building. Invest in that, and take the losses now for future gain.



DilMan33 commented on Nintendo Has "Great Games" But Is Facing A "St...:

Microsoft is facing an 'Structural Problem'; even in the glory days of the 360, investors were calling for them to ditch the business, since it was not profitable enough over the long term periods. And when the business is profitable, the returns are not worth it.

And now the whole Xbox brand is performing even more poorly.



DilMan33 commented on Nintendo President Satoru Iwata "Has Earned Th...:

I wonder which of the investors are more powerful: Microsoft investors calling them to spin off the Xbox division (which would mean all the big budget clout the Xbox brand has will be over - no more big losses of expensive hardware and an cut-down 1st party line up) or Nintendo's so called investors calling for software to be published outside an Nintendo system??



DilMan33 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Wii U Struggles Brin...:

Sometimes, you just have to face up to the bad times.

No one talks about Sony and Microsoft losing $6 billion in the previous generation. Nor do they talk about the great sucess of Sony's PS2, in which during that period Nintendo was more profitable and the orignal Xbox was a total financial disaster.

Fact is that business models are changing and responding to those changes is going to require an greater investment, mainly in hard online infrastructure and building your own digital ecosystem.

But one thing Nintendo won't do is build a generic PC .x86 Box!! That would be the wrong thing for them and us.



DilMan33 commented on Talking Point: Claims of Wii U Third-Party Dev...:

What would be really difficult to accept for Nintendo: is an non-Nintendo published title being the top seller of their particular system!

I can't imagine it, because I don't think it has ever happened before and it would seem strange. It would hurt Nintendo's pride so much and they would lose their edge.