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Mon 23rd September, 2013

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DilMan33 commented on Talking Point: The Mystery of Devil's Third an...:

The Game is finished and confirmed for Japan and Europe as the article states.

The only issues I see is that, they maybe some American rights issues (however unlikely) or Nintendo of America might want to wait and give it a very small release, either because of their (voluntary?) guidelines or they just don't think it would do much good for them.



DilMan33 commented on Nintendo's Holiday Sales and Profit Set to be ...:

This is what's so great about Nintendo: they can do it all on their own content.

Meanwhile, you have Sony and Microsoft worrying about the each other doing 3rd party deals, in case they concede a big leg up to the competition!
And in some cases complaining that they don't own the IP! :)



DilMan33 commented on The Nintendo Wii U Is Better Value For Money T...:


What 'learning curve' does Assassin's Creed have?
It's just the same clumsy gameplay there's always been. Go here, look at the map, clear the map area icons, and kill with the same boring kids play two button combat!

Clumsy game mechanics, lot of filler information to make the game look complex and inferior quality all round.

I could say that for a lot of open world games. At the end of the day, the mechanics and the graphics are sub par and lacking in actual game design and quality.



DilMan33 commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

Let's be honest: it's not as good as the Gamecube.
Gamecube had at least a reasonable amount of 3rd party support.

Also, Gamecube had a variety of software. Super Mario Sunshine was unique, so was Wind Waker, together with Metriod Prime, Luigi's Mansion, F-Zero as well as the Resident Evil Remake, Zero, RE 4 and Killer 7.

Then you had Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, Waveracer and Super Monkey Ball.

And that's before Pikmin and Star Fox and strong Sega support.
It pains me to say it but the Gamecube is/was street's ahead. Although I still love my Wii U.



DilMan33 commented on The Nintendo Wii U Is Better Value For Money T...:

I agree with Reggie, the Wii U is the best value.

Little Big Planet 3? What's that, an inferior Platform tool? No thanks, I prefer to wait for Mario Maker!

Also, a lot of 3rd party AAA titles are nothing but hand holding, with on screen prompts telling you to do that and press X here!

I have nothing against storytelling in a game, but a lot of them just play like interactive movies, with little though to actual game design.



DilMan33 commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Outlines Core Nintendo Philos...:

I think games can actually have a in depth story and have great game design.

But sadly, these days the story and the graphics, as well as 'hand holding' are just too prevalent in today's AAA games from other big publishers.



DilMan33 commented on Genyo Takeda Discusses Nintendo's Hardware Future:

If Playstation and Xbox gaming business are unsustainable. The divisions are due for a severe downgrade. I can't see Microsoft and Sony at a merger table, trashing things out for a consolidation. That would be Nintendo's automatic unstoppable advantage.

Another question to consider is: are the cost barriers to compete directly with the Playstation or Xbox reduced enough, for Nintendo to take a chance, to at least grab more of the 3rd party pie?



DilMan33 commented on I'll Take Zelda And Mario Over Sharing Call Of...:

I think Nintendo gave a brilliant Nintendo Direct yesterday.

Maybe only Majora's Mask was only the real big announcement.

But look at the way Nintendo's first party equally treat the wii U and 3DS the same. One publisher, two platforms ... it really is remarkable! :)



DilMan33 commented on I'll Take Zelda And Mario Over Sharing Call Of...:

Nintendo have that scale and scope in their franchises, that simply Microsoft and Sony do not have.

There's no way the Xbox or Playstation could survive without 3rd party support.

Nothing new here at all. I'd rather be Mr. Miyamoto or Reggie, rather than Phil Spencer or Andrew House, who's real intentions long-term is to to push non gaming products.



DilMan33 commented on Satoru Iwata Outlines Nintendo's First QOL Pla...:

They have to diversify. They've done it sort of before with Wii Fit.

Systems are more than for playing games on it seems. I rather wish they would be like Sony/Microsoft and actually offer a video rental service though!



DilMan33 commented on Nintendo Returns to Profit as Wii U Sales Show...:

For me I am looking forward to Devil's Third.

So many good niche games on the wii U - well that can only be a good thing.

So what if it ends up in 'third place'? - someone has to be there. But what's more important is sustainability of the console, and I think Nintendo have overall played it very well.



DilMan33 commented on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Continues to Thrash ...:


Well, I am not sure what you mean, but there's definitely a difference in design philosophy between Japan and the rest.

The higher specs of the PS4 and the 'One' are almost entirety due to higher spec demand from North America and Europe.
Japanese developers would be currently content with the PS3 and Wii U level of specs.

Though I am looking forward to what Japanese developers do with the PS4. But my guess is that at the end of the day, it's just another system that accepts binary code, but produces a slightly better picture!



DilMan33 commented on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Continues to Thrash ...:

Xbox One – 728 (809) ??

Cleary Microsoft don't understand the market. It's not about high-end western style PC specs. It's more about great game design.

It's a trap that even Sony are falling into, with the Vita and now the PS4. Concentrate on game design that attract Japanese gamers first.



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.