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Mon 23rd September, 2013

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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.



DilMan33 commented on Super Mario 3D World Struggles Against PS4 Tit...:


Yes, another Mario game... that's all Nintendo 'haters' do. Why are you wasting your time here? It's clear that you appreciate Nintendo games and we all want Nintendo to be doing great but there are no easy answers.

Do you remember Super Mario Sunshine being too different and not like a Mario game.. and the game was not well recieved, despite the great design?
So Nintendo just can't win. People want the same and yet they want it to be different.

At the end of the day, Nintendo does not ask for any favours from any consumer and they compete in a very open competitive market.



DilMan33 commented on Super Mario 3D World Struggles Against PS4 Tit...:

Nintendo competes by being UNIQUE. Not by being a PC in a Box, with ripped off Nintendo controller designs!
The last 10 years of Nintendo's sucess should tell you that.

UNIQUE both in hardware and software design! That is what they are.

Not knocking the One and the PS4, but even they know they have to watch Nintendo's back, just in case.



DilMan33 commented on Super Mario 3D World Struggles Against PS4 Tit...:

Nintendo prefers to be that small Japanese card company that shocks the world from time to time.

And that is what they are good at. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. But their games are absolutely fab, and the core gamer will always know this. I know I will always support great games.

Personally, I don't want Nintendo to be like Playstation or Xbox and lose focus on the core gaming business. Don't forget Sony/MSFT are in this business in order to sell us something else and build their network media services!



DilMan33 commented on Super Mario 3D World Struggles Against PS4 Tit...:


The balance sheet?! Ignoring the fact that Microsoft has never made a profit out of Xbox and the PS3 completely wiped out all profits from the PS1 and PS2.

Which is why people say Nintendo is 'irrelevant', rather than going bust!

In market share terms, they've lost ground and possibly losing ground, but the bottom line is still strong. In fact they are probably still going to post a profit in the years end, while Microsoft and Sony will hide their losses.



DilMan33 commented on Super Mario 3D World Struggles Against PS4 Tit...:

The whole world at the moment is Playstation territory. Even the One is gonna have a hard time going against it!

But Knack is a Crap SCE Japan Studio title! Why couldn't have ICO or Shadow of the Colossus sold better? Of course the final figures aren't in yet, and Nintendo may well bundle Mario 3D World in the future.

But who cares? I know that Nintendo overall are in a strong position and a good game is a good game, despite sales figures!



DilMan33 commented on Former Naughty Dog And THQ Head Jason Rubin Sa...:

I hate it when people say this sort of stuff. It's like saying that no-one should be able to challenge Sony or Microsoft, because they are getting 'higher' sales!

When you look like that, it should sound really stupid.



DilMan33 commented on Poll: Nintendo and the Wii U Fight For Your At...:

Nintendo should do well enough, but you can't compare the Wii U to the PS4/One, it's just now in a different space.

Sometimes and in fact a lot of the times, bad games outsell the really good ones and unfortunetely we may be seeing that right now. But the quailty of Nintendo should shine through after the hype of the PS4/One has quieten down if never really totally dissipating.



DilMan33 commented on DFC Intelligence Lowers Wii U Lifetime Sales F...:

Very high, Ps4 and XB1 sales could also result in higher wii U sales. Especially, if the PS4/XB1 titles become generic and boring. Don't forget that the Wii U will almost likely to be always cheaper than the PS4/XB1.

An incredible industry................



DilMan33 commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Clarifies That Local Multipla...:

errr, well, personally I don't think online modes work for every game and for co-op Mario things could get difficult with lag, in such a fast response platformer.
But when Nintendo do decide to make a platformer that plays fully online, it should be done perfectly and that requires designing the game from the ground up with online in mind. This requires lots of additional tests and servers, so it's not something that can be pulled off easily.

You also want to avoid high profile server crashes, that have occured from other apparent high quailty publishers.



DilMan33 commented on David Jaffe Is A Massive Fan Of Nintendo, But ...:

This is just so stupid, it beggars belief. It's pre-school talk.
No company would be able to buy out Nintendo for a start. And certainly no company would be able to run it viabley at this point in time.

If worse came to worse, I see Nintendo being a subsidary of a conservative Japanese corporation like Panasonic. But Nintendo are such a strong business, acquirement by a larger corporation is absolutely not even an option.



DilMan33 commented on Soapbox: The Wii Changed The Face of Gaming, B...:

Nintendo tried to incorporate the Wii U gamepad in various different ways that just confused the hell out of industry 'insiders'. I remember the video 'Iwata Asks', when the system was first announced in which Mr. Miyamoto says, that the Pad can be used in lots of ways and 'lots of ideas'!

Now I love Mr. Miyamoto but the problem is we need to be told how we are going to use it, plain and simple, not give out, 'lots of ideas'.

Unfortunetely, Nintendo's main idea was family, multi-player gaming like Nintendoland or Game and Wario. And with just one gamepad, it is just too complicated for developers to grasp, nevermind the gaming audience. And so that failed and we are left with a console; waiting for Nintendo to come up with ideas on how to use the Gamepad properely. Because sure as hell, 3rd parties are not gonna focus on it! They just want to program in simple PC .x86 architecture with traditional controls. Personally, I think the Gamepad is great for single player games, but it changes the developers mindset too much.

In short Nintendo were not ready to launch the console and were not ready for full HD gaming eithier. Now that will change, but man they are getting a lot of flack for it now.

Would have thought Nintendo would have learnt the lesson with the 3DS. You need your core franchises to make the most out of the system you are selling. That's Nintendo at its best.



DilMan33 commented on Sonic Can't Quite Dash Into the UK All-Format ...:


LOL, I can't really answer that! It's just like an RPG, except you catch monsters and catching all of them can be a challenge and getting to master the battle system and coming up with strategies can be difficult, particular when you go online with other people!
I am only on my 2nd badge, but the game is sort of mixed between casual and core, in my opinion. (Pokemon Y)

What surprised me the most is the range of monsters, items and locations. I just intially thought it would be one simple town and all you do catch monsters out in the field and then you come back. But no, there's a lot more to it than that! Much more! Also the Online elements are intergrated very well within the game, it's all in one place so to speak.

Along with the most memorable music in a game I've heard in a long time, I would say you should play it at least once and try to conquer this 'kids' game; it can't hurt and see if you like it.



DilMan33 commented on Wii U Isn't Getting Need For Speed: Rivals Tha...:

Wii U just can't get a 3rd Party, which is a shame. But as the install base, hopefully grows some 3rd parties will need to take a chance.

I think it's a missed opportunity that there are no big upcoming big guns for the 3DS from EA or Ubisoft, despite the system being the best seller in the United States for the past 5 months.



DilMan33 commented on Zelda: Wind Waker HD Release Triggers 685% Inc...:


I think you are right. Nintendo is just going to keep developing top titles for it. The only place where you can get Nintendo games in HD is on the Wii U. That's for sure.

There won't be another console from Sony/Microsoft for another 7 years at least, if never after the PS4/XB1. And I don't think these consoles are as powerful as they say they are. They are likely to get more support but at the same time they are both pushing indie titles; which is strange for such 'powerful' systems! :)



DilMan33 commented on Zelda: Wind Waker HD Release Triggers 685% Inc...:

For the wii U it's pretty much a long term step by step build up. After Mario Kart 8, there should be a good install base.

The first goal must be to get pass the Vita. Which is an awful and the most overrated gaming system ever produced!



DilMan33 commented on Nintendo UK: Awareness Is The Real Issue With ...:

There is major cross-over between the 'core' and 'family' audience, especially now that Nintendo have made the HD transition.
A lot of the upcoming Wii U releases this year would be considered for the 'core' gamer. The irony is that many core gamers want the system for under £150!!! This is ridiculous and shows that core gamers can be so stupid!

And what’s the difference between the 3DS and the Vita? Apart from the Vita having crap games; does having FPS make your system more 'core'??? Seems like it.



DilMan33 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Catch-22 With Retail...:


Of course not everything is good. If you think New Super Mario Bros 2 / 3D Land are 'awful' - you should check out Jak and Dextar on the Vita. PS2 ports that don't even work properly. That's Sony QC for you! That's what I am scared off!! Things could get very bad!

I just want well made quailty games; that's unique and I will pay full price for it. And I think Nintendo is still the place for this.



DilMan33 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Catch-22 With Retail...:

If the quailty is there, expect to pay a higher price. If publishers want to charge more, make sure the work is exceptional.

If anything, there's a opportunity to learn from the Nintendo model, for other publishers. Don't expect everything to be cheap as chips on Steam or where-ever eithier.



DilMan33 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Catch-22 With Retail...:

I am more concerned about the quailty of a title and uniqueness I am paying for. A lower RRP price tag usually means less and less in this regard.I hope the days of a $60/£40 price tag aren't passe.

I would happily paid full price for games, as long as they have depth and quailty.

Thoes people that complain thar Zelda WW HD being too expensive, obviously don't see the quailty of the release. Certainly can't compare it to half baked Sony efforts like Jak and Dextar or God of War remasters!

A full price Ninty AAA title is usually worth 5 'AAA' titles Sony can come up with!



DilMan33 commented on Iwata: We Never Fear Failure And Always Seek T...:

It's worth noting that all three platform holders are feeling the strain at the moment, so Nintendo have done well in this changing and uncertain time.

I am not quite sure there's space for either the Xbox One or the PS4; I think one of them will have to go. And I think Sony should exit the handheld console market, because I don't think they will ever understand it.

As long as Ninty has quality gaming in their DNA; they will always shine through.



DilMan33 commented on Iwata: We Never Fear Failure And Always Seek T...:

Meanwhile you have Sony trying to standardize controls and push the cloud.

The trouble with Sony is that they come from a multi-media DNA concept for the industry, while N obviously have a core game DNA built into it. It's so obvious when you try out their respectful handhelds.

The Vita is a powerful handheld, but my god, does it suffer from slow down/bad QC (even on first party titles) on a lot of games and it shows and it matters!!!!