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DrRandle commented on Soapbox: Portable Gaming Forges a Special Rela...:

I love handheld consoles but if this transfer process between the 3ds and new 3ds is any indication, I may never use a Nintendo handheld again. This has been an unacceptably difficult process, and it looks like I've lost all of my save data for no identifiable reason, as neither my old 3ds or new one will read any of the 20 gigs of data. I've lost 12 years of pokemon collecting, 2 years of Animal Crossing, and countless hours of other games. If this is how Nintendo rules the platform, then it's no wonder mobile is taking over the mainstream.



DrRandle commented on Poll: Would You Buy Grand Theft Auto V On Wii U?:

Not even a little bit. I think the GTA series in general is really overrated. On top of that, I would be more inclined to play an open world game like that or Saint's Row on my PC, which can handle it -way- better.



DrRandle commented on We're Getting Digital Right On 3DS And Wii U, ...:

@ToxieDogg They -did- go the standard HDD route. You just buy your own rather than one that has Nintendo's name on it. That's more manufacturing cost on their end for something that's easier for us to buy anyway. They're trying to keep their costs down, and this helps keep -everybody's- costs down.



DrRandle commented on We're Getting Digital Right On 3DS And Wii U, ...:

They've got some areas to improve on, this much is for certain, but I think they're doing some things absolutely right.
-Nobody seems to be amazed by the fact that you can download Wind Waker HD 2 full weeks before the physical copy of the game releases. Am I the only one that thinks this is huge for the digital age of people being able to buy the game as soon as it's gold instead of having to wait for disc production? They were the first to have Day 1 digital downloads with every title (at a certain point, it wasn't right away of course) where as Sony still claimed that the odd title getting that benefit was headline news.
-I like buying my memory separately. I don't know if I'm in the minority, here, but being able to get as much as I feel I'm going to use, and pay the dirt-cheap price for non-proprietary devices is a -huge- plus to me. I remember shopping to upgrade my 360 HDD and it was over 100 bucks just for a lousy 120 Gigs. No thanks. I just spent 100 bucks on a 2 TB drive for my Wii U.
-MiiVerse. I would argue nobody has created an immediately connected environment like this. Sure it's a glorified message board, but it's built into the system, it's easy to share and easy to access. Microsoft had nothing like it, and Sony had "Home." Which. Yeah. It was Home.

Plenty of room to improve, yeah, that single account thing is big for me, but I think they need to get more credit where credit is concerned.



DrRandle commented on Capcom Employee Outlines Details on Mega Man L...:

Would I rather have never known about it? Yeah. Yeah, I'd rather have never been given the chance to have one of my favorite franchises revived and then cut a year later. When they announced MML3, I was out of my chair. I was a kid again. It was brilliant. When it was cancelled, I was nearly in tears, and all of that positive hope and emotion went south.

Transparency is fine and good but honestly if you're not going to follow through with your own statements of providing a prototype and let us show you the support with our money, you've only shown us how little you care about what we want.



DrRandle commented on Soapbox: Retail Games Cost Too Much To Downloa...:

@SanderEvers Not the ones that have already been reduced, no. But that's because after 6 months, nobody wants to pay full price for most games anymore. Except Nintendo games, traditionally, and a handfull of others. That's why I still, to this day, cannot go into a GameStop and find a new copy of Mario Party damned 9 for less than it was when it released. Well maybe now since that new one released what, last year? two years ago? I gave up, but the fact is it lasted for a long time.



DrRandle commented on Soapbox: Retail Games Cost Too Much To Downloa...:

Nowhere in that article did it show that there's any -actual- precedent for what you want, though.
You got Last of us cheaper, congrats you found a sale. Sony charged me 59.99 USD for it. They charged me full price for PlayStation All-Stars when I bought that a couple of weeks ago as well.
I'm really glad you found places in town that sell NSMBU cheaper, but that's not the case here. My gamestop, best buy, and others, are all still up at 59.99 USD. It's MSRP. Nintendo's not lowering it below MSRP. If other retailers wanna take the hit, that's their business.
Also Steam does not sell games cheaper at launch. I had to pay 60 dollars for Bioshock Infinite, Resident Evil 6, Remember Me, and any other game I can't think of that came out this year. Full price. Sometimes games come out cheaper by 10 bucks. That's not because it's digital: if you go to Sony or XBOX, it's the same 60 dollar price tag. And if you go into a store, it's 10 dollars cheaper on PC. Why? Because nobody is buying on PC, so they need to lower the price because that's the only chance it has of selling. (
Yes, we all know and love Steam Sales, but they're just that - sales. And anyone can have sales, they're anomalies, not the standard. As soon as this ends, BioShock Infinite, Skyrim, and Tomb Raider all go back to 60 bucks. Never mind the price of season passes up front.
So no, Nintendo's doing fine. They're priced to sell inline with their retail buddies. They even give awesome rebates in the form of the rewards, if you got the deluxe WiiU, and they do have games go on sale time to time. I don't see them doing anything wrong.



DrRandle commented on Pachter: Nintendo Has Lost Its "Mojo":

"They're not going to sell a lot of consoles if they don't have games like FIFA and Battlefield and Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto." That's funny, because nobody bought the half-cocked versions of any of them on Wii, and yet that console still sold well. Hmm... Maybe Pachter has no idea what he's talking about, as he never has!



DrRandle commented on First Impressions: Yoshi's New Island:

Ehhh.. I think it's better than GBA games by far. Go play the GBA Yoshi's Island and come back, and there's definitely a world of difference in the quality of the textures, etc. Now, that said, I do think that the style is a little off, for me. It's very painterly, versus the original's crayonbox. But we'll see.



DrRandle commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Curious Decision to ...:

It looks to me like they're selling a game that is based on the concept of StreetPassing, and nothing more. Buy if it looks cool to you, don't if it doesn't. I don't see how a 'gross' argument can be made for monetizing something they made; they're a business, that's what they do.

Also keep in mind that this is probably to help pay for that StreetPass via networks thing they're looking into.



DrRandle commented on Rumour: Best Buy's Wii U E3 Demo List Revealed:

Anybody that was hopeful of a new 3D Mario or Smash Bros. being at this event was setting themselves up for disappointment. I'm honestly surprised about Wonderful 101, I thought for sure it was going to be Game and Wario.



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

So we don't want Nintendo to make Nintendo games, we want Nintendo to make the games that everybody else is making? We don't want Nintendo to make it's unique games with crazy interesting gameplay and unique sense of humor and style, we want them to make the same gritty games that everybody else is already making?



DrRandle commented on Ian Livingstone: Nintendo Should Have Their IP...:

I don't understand this sentiment. Why is it that everybody wants Nintendo to put their exclusive games on every other platform, but nobody wants Sony and Microsoft to go multiplatform. Where's the logic here? Tell ya what, when Halo and Infamous are on WiiU, I'll go ahead and accept that Mario should be on the XBOXUno and PS4.



DrRandle commented on Nintendo Claiming Ad Revenue On YouTube User-G...:

Let's Play videos as Advertising is the same thing as Pirating as Advertising. I'm honestly surprised nobody's tried to sue these people yet for publicly displaying their entire game. If you tried to put The Avengers on a Youtube video, your account would be blown out of the water. People are making money off of showing an entire copyrighted product. That is against copyright laws, pure and simple. The fact that Nintendo's trying to make a little money off of this is easily the -best- thing they could do to step into this situation, and letting it continue unchecked isn't an option. People need to understand what legality is involved here, and that Nintendo is doing the nicest thing they could be in this situation.



DrRandle commented on CNN Money: Nintendo Is "Tone Deaf" To Industry...:

I love the part where he says "Look how successful other companies have been posting on mobile devices" and then doesn't site Sony or Microsoft, who never post their games on other people's products. They don't have the luxury that companies like Square do, because they have to be seen supporting their own devices. But yeah only Nintendo's "out of touch" because of it, the other guys get a free pass because they make games about shooting people in the head all the time, I guess.

And Nintendo's not courting indie developers at all, nope. I mean it's not like 2D Boy published a game on there. Or like Bit Trip Runner 2 was on there. Or Toki Tori 2. Nah, no indie titles there. I'll just go back to the xbox indie channel and- wait. Does anybody actually know how to find that thing, again? Oh there it is, way in the back. Time to play me some Avatar Zombie Drop31523



DrRandle commented on Feature: Ten Smartphone and Tablet Games We'd ...:

I wrote up an op-ed piece about this exact same thing in the months leading up to the WiiU's launch. Doing this is a brilliant move. The question of "Why buy it on the WiiU when I can get it on mobile?" is easy. What's cheaper, an iPad 5 or a WiiU? Plus the ability to play some of those games with buttons sounds like a great idea, to me.

I'd also like to see all of Kairosoft's titles make it over to the console. Game Dev Story is a favorite.