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Mon 29th November, 2010

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Dr_Corndog commented on Mario History: Mario Kart 64 - 1997:

"It's not necessarily regarded as one of the better games in the series now...."

It isn't? Most people I talk to love this one. I played it to death. It beats Mario Kart Wii, at any rate.



Dr_Corndog commented on Mario History: Super Mario All-Stars - 1993:

Twenty-two years ago, Nintendo would take not one, but four NES games, go through the trouble of updating the graphics and sound, put them all on a physical cart, and give them away--for free. Why? Because people viewed these games as outdated.

And now they're willing to pay for a single, unaltered version delivered via download. It's incredible how people's perspective towards old games has changed.



Dr_Corndog commented on Chris Prangar, Nintendo Treehouse Staffer Who ...:

I hope there was something in his contract explicitly forbidding something he did or said, because I don't think there's anything inherently harmful in his comments. If anything, he was defending Nintendo's practices, especially when it comes to localization.



Dr_Corndog commented on Nintendo Not Looking To Churn Out Yearly Seque...:

@Jimtaro I'd argue that the small library is more due to the fact that the Wii U is less than 3 years old, and the fact that Nintendo can only do so much themselves. What's there is great, though. I have about 8 retail Wii U games, and my Wii U sees as much use as my PC with ots huge Steam library.

(Please note that I have no illusions of the Wii U getting an F-Zero, however.)



Dr_Corndog commented on Nintendo Not Looking To Churn Out Yearly Seque...:

@ikki5 My point wasn't that each platform only sees one entry of each franchise, since that certainly isn't true. I was merely using some select examples to show that, in general, Nintendo spaces its core releases to keep them fresh, a point the very games you listed further supports.

Edit: That last part probably came across as an insult, which was not my intent. But it really is pretty silly to complain about the Smash DLC.



Dr_Corndog commented on Nintendo Not Looking To Churn Out Yearly Seque...:

This is why you can always throw out the "Nintendo just rehashes its series" argument like the garbage it is. To date, only one Nintendo plarform has had multiple 3D Mario titles, and each one feels distinct. Mario Kart, the critics' favorite whipping boy, only sees one release per platform. Because there is extra time taken between each release in a core Nintendo franchise, every entry feels worthwhile.



Dr_Corndog commented on Nintendo: Wii U GamePad Is The Only Real Innov...:

I'll give you that it's the only real innovation, and yes, Nintendo really dropped the ball on using it. Problem is, it's just not a hugely appealing thing, even when used well. I love it, but as a supplementary rather than primary feature. I bought my Wii U to play Nintendo games, not because the Gamepad wowed me.



Dr_Corndog commented on Guide: How to Get the Most Out of Super Smash ...:

Wow. No local tourneys? No proper trees in custom tourneys? Looks like this tourney update was definitely not worth the wait.

Guess we'll be sticking to pen-and-paper for all our tourneys. But hey, that's what we've been doing since Smash 64.



Dr_Corndog commented on Dark Pit and Palutena amiibo Are Retailer Excl...:

Retailer exclusives aren't nearly as bad a thing as people make them out to be. You think about how many people would want Dark Pit or Palutena compared to, say, Pikachu and Link, and you realize they just aren't going to sell as many. The retailers realize the same thing, which is why if every store could order these exclusive figures, then none of them would, for fear of having unsold stock left on the shelves.

Of course, that argument is moot if Nintendo can't meet demand in the first place. But then you have an entirely different problem.



Dr_Corndog commented on Wreck-It Ralph 2 Confirmed to be Smashing Its ...:

@Tender_Cutlet That bothered me about the first movie, to be honest. In particular, Sonic's relative prominence was a bit of a nitpick. Yes, I know he's been in several arcade games, but no one thinks of him as an arcade hero. And has he had any starring roll in an arcade game since his Adventure redesign?



Dr_Corndog commented on Poll: What Do You Want From Nintendo's NX Plat...:

@Jayvir Some people think that having a more powerful console will draw the third parties back in, but that's false. There's still the (largely substantiated) perception that only Nintendo games sell on Nintendo consoles. And there's the fact that Microsoft has established XBox as the brand for the casual, shooter-and-sports-loving masses, at least in America.