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Teacher; gamer; brony

Male, 23, United States

Yo. I'm a huge game collector (and obviously a huge Nintendo fan), a HUGE brony (adult fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), and a high school history teacher in North Carolina.

Sun 23rd June, 2013

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ElkinFencer10 commented on First Impressions: Trying to Believe in Devil'...:

I'm still going to pick it up to give it a shot (and support what few mature titles the Wii U gets), but this is extremely disappointing. The problems, though, are not Wii U hardware; there are games that look just as good and better that run flawlessly. The problem is that the developers clearly don't know how to program well for Wii U and (I suspect) didn't work hard enough with Nintendo to resolve performance issues.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Won't Be As Powerful As Pl...:

I'm not convinced that NX, whatever it is, will be a traditional console. I think it'll be something that releases in addition to Nintendo's home console. Even with the woefully underpowered Wii, it was still significantly stronger than the strongest console of the previous generation (the Xbox), and the Wii U is significantly stronger than the strongest console of this past generation (PS3). Nintendo may have made the questionable decision not to play the hardware arms race game, but they've always at least surpassed the strongest of the past generation; they're not going to release a 9th gen console that's weaker than the PS4. Even by Nintendo's standards, that doesn't make a lick of sense.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Rumour: ZombiU Is Shedding Its Wii U Exclusivi...:

It'll flop. ZombiU was great because it used the Gamepad well, not because it's actually a good game. It wasn't a bad game, by any means, but it's nothing memorable. It will sell "okay" at best. Not to mention that this is just a big insult to Nintendo.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Disney Infinity Producer Brands amiibo Stock S...:

I don't know if I'd call it "rude," but I do agree that it was short-sighted and needs to remedied immediately, and it's clear that part of it is Nintendo's own doing. There are Mario, Bowser, and Peach figures out the wazoo, but March and Little Mac are as rare as gold.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Nintendo Download: 4th June (North America):

I really wish Nintendo would embrace cross-buy like Sony (or maybe it's the developers; I'm honestly not sure who would make that call, so I guess I shouldn't point fingers).

Anyone know what Witch & Hero's discounted price is?



ElkinFencer10 commented on Video: We Check Out The Squid amiibo Challenges:

I managed to pick up Splatoon at Gamestop Friday. I had to go online to get my amiibo 3 pack, but I was lucky enough to be able to get one from Walmart's webside. As loath as I am to give Walmart money, it's better than paying scalpers $60 on eBay.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Review: Splatoon (Wii U):

This game is fantastic. Trust me, even if you're not a big fan of shooters, you're missing out if you pass on this game. One of my friends described it as "the Mario Kart of shooters," and I think he was spot on. It's great fun.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Could Use Google's Android...:

Like most here, my initial reaction is DEAR GOD, NO, but like others have said, Nintendo never goes with the crowd; even if they did use an Android OS (which is find extremely unlikely but admit that it's possible), but would definitely do so on their own terms and in their own style.

@rjejr You're spot on with the Dreamcast Windows CE analogy; despite the Dreamcast's tragic fate, that was one of Sega's best decisions for the console since it made it so easy to port and develop games for it. Android can work for Nintendo's next console (which I'm still not convinced is what NX is), but I think they'd opt for a different OS if they were going to use a 3rd party's software (which, again, I find unlikely).



ElkinFencer10 commented on Guide: Tips On How To Become A Squid Hotshot I...:

My hype for this game is overwhelming. Teaching today is going to SUCK since all I'll be able to think about is picking up Splatoon. =P

Does anyone know if Turf War is the only online game mode? I was only able to play the demo for about five minutes, so I haven't actually gotten to play around with it much.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Deep Silver Parent Company Koch Media Trademar...:

I asked a question. That's all. I didn't attack the publisher; I simply asked if the name is a coincidence or a tie to a parent company. If I "attacked" anyone, it was those two individuals, and if you'd like, yes, I can give a whole list of what they've actually done. I vote and buy with my conscience, and I think that David and Charles Koch are unethical in the way their political contributions affect legislation, so I don't want to use my money to support their corporation. I don't see why you're getting so upset.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Interview: Nintendo of America's Damon Baker o...:

I think that's probably a LOT of it. It's also worth noting that Nintendo of America has traditionally been willing to take bigger risks and have more outlandish marketing ideas than Nintendo of Europe and especially the more conservative Nintendo of Japan. Granted, that dynamic has begun to shift over the years, but Nintendo is still a Japanese company, and Japanese businessmen (think their board of directors) are typically cautious and conservative about new marketing ideas.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Deep Silver Parent Company Koch Media Trademar...:

So, this may be a stupid question, but is Koch Media owned by Koch Industries (the American buy-every-election-and-kill-democracy David and Charles Koch)? It may not seem important to a lot of people, but it will actually make a big difference on whether or not I buy any games associated with that publisher.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Exclusive: Slightly Mad Studio Head Ian Bell S...:

I agree with you on just about everything you said for the most part; most games designed for PS4 and Xbox One shouldn't be expected to run on Wii U. My exception to that is when a game series has proven it works VERY well with the gamepad's gameplay - the Arkham series, Call of Duty, or the Warriors series, for example. I would like to see those games released for Wii U, even if they're graphically dumbed down, so to speak (think Call of Duty for Wii; watered down versions of those games weren't ideal, but they worked fine).

What DOES piss me off, however, is when a game is released on weaker hardware (PS3 and 360) or - as is the case here - has already been promised for Wii U (as has been said before, they put the Wii U's logo on the ads; that takes it from a "maybe" to a promise as far as I'm concerned).



ElkinFencer10 commented on Exclusive: Slightly Mad Studio Head Ian Bell S...:

forum user Godnimon - "And answer me, have you been overpromising with the WiiU version all this years? Because that is a fact that I´m definitley not ignoring."

Ian Bell - "Yes."

Even the head developer admits that he promised more than they're delivering. Regardless of any "maybe" they insist on, the guy in charge of the whole thing admits they promised a product they're not delivering. That's unethical business practice.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Exclusive: Slightly Mad Studio Head Ian Bell S...:

I'll repeat what I said yesterday - all of these indie developers should just say "We're releasing for PC, (in size 1 print) and maybe (back to regular font) Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Atari Jaguar, Super Nintendo, Sega 32x, TurboGrafx-16, Sega SG-1000, 3DO, Apple Pippin, and NeoGeo Pocket Color." Clearly Slightly Mad has proven that as long as you claim you said "maybe," you can make whatever promises you want and break them whenever things get difficult.

Would it have been a stellar, blockbuster version on Wii U? Of course not. Neither were any of the Call of Duty releases on Wii, but all of those sold well enough and made a profit for Activision. The same would have been true of Project Cars. It would never have outsold the PS4, Xbox One, or PC versions, but I'd bet my left kidney they'd have made a profit.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Capcom Is Bringing The Nintendo Exclusive Resi...:

Very well said. I still love my Saturn. =P My only addition would be to note that there is a difference between the Gamecube and Wii U (aside from just the sales number themselves); Nintendo never lost money on the Gamecube (to the best of my knowledge; please correct me if I'm mistaken). The Wii U, as much as I love it and think it's a truly brilliant system, has been Nintendo's biggest failure because they, for the first time since the -shudder- Virtual Boy, have actually lost money on it (though they've turned that around, thank goodness).

I agree, though, and I was mostly joking with my "kick to the nuts" comment because your point was spot on and absolutely valid. It just hurts, as Nintendo fans, to acknowledge, though I am proud of most of this community for being willing to acknowledge Nintendo's failures; that puts us a step above Fanboy-Tier, I think.

Honestly, though, if you look at it objectively and long-term, it's not the worst thing for Nintendo not to have the same games as the other consoles. It's FAR from ideal, but try to look at the bright side, small though it may be - no one will ever accuse the Wii U of being the same as the Playstation or Xbox. Nintendo's consoles, for better or for worse, are the only consoles in the past two generations that have truly had their own personalities rather than the "Playstation360" sameness.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Capcom Is Bringing The Nintendo Exclusive Resi...:

I think you've got it right with everything overall balancing out. Also, just for the sake of being pedantic and trying to save any shred of the Wii U's dignity I can, it's technically sold a sliver more in 2.5 years than the Saturn did in 3 years. Splitting hairs, I know, and for all intents and purposes, it is exactly on par with the Saturn, but man, pointing that out is just a kick to the balls...Factually right, but low blow....=P



ElkinFencer10 commented on Capcom Is Bringing The Nintendo Exclusive Resi...:

For most gamers, this would be true, but for some of us long-time Nintendo customers (please forgive me if you're one of those; I'm not trying to make assumptions about anyone), it goes beyond just ability to play. I have a Wii, a Wii U, a PS3, a PS4, a 360, an Xbox One, a DS, a 3DS, a PSP, a PS Vita, and an extremely powerful gaming PC, for example; I'm not want for ways to play this, but I've been a Nintendo enthusiast since I was in Pre-K, and I remember when my PS2-owning friends were green with envy of me and my Gamecube for REmake and RE0 (I was one of the eight people on the planet who didn't have a PS2 when it was current).

So tl;dr, for most gamers, yeah, if you have a way to play it, you're happy, but Nintendo gamers tend to be a different breed of gamer who love the company and its consoles and get upset when a game releases for everything but a Nintendo product. You probably knew that already, as do most readers, but I'm in a soapbox mood; forgive me. =)



ElkinFencer10 commented on Capcom Is Bringing The Nintendo Exclusive Resi...:

This pisses me off. I mean, I can't say I'm really surprised, but between Revelations 2 (the original was originally a Nintendo exclusive), the REmake (originally a Nintendo exclusive), and now this used-to-be Nintendo exclusive? It's infuriating.

I don't have a problem with games not being multi-platform - it's the lack of multi-platform releases that gave old systems their unique personality as opposed to the Playstation360 phenomenon we've seen for the past ten years - but when it's for literally everything EXCEPT Nintendo, that pisses me off. I understand the economics of it - hell, I TEACH economics for a living - but it still pisses me off on an emotional level.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Project CARS Studio Boss Admits to Problems Wi...:

This is not surprising, but it is complete and utter molletes con queso. If you promise a Wii U port on your Kickstarter, you find a way to deliver on that promise. Otherwise why not just promise Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, N64, Colecovision, Vectrex, TurboGrafx-16, Magnavox Odyssey 2, and Mattel HyperScan and just say "Oops, sorry guys, turns out we have no idea what we're doing. We're making it for PC instead." Part of the problem is Kickstarter, I think - find a way to enforce the fulfillment of these promises or force a refund to the backers - and part of the problem is developer ethics. I understand that it's sometimes harder than you anticipated to develop for a certain console, and I get that it gets really expensive, but if you promise a release on a platform, you are ethically bound to deliver on that. I realize that I'm an unusual idealist, but we as gamers really ought to DEMAND some basic level of ethics for our medium instead of allowing ourselves to be shafted and bent over by every "our bad" developer and "give me every penny you have and then some" publisher.

I have little interest in racing sims - kart racer master race - but I was planning to pick this up on Wii U to support the console and support developers willing to put a game on the Wii U. I now have zero interest in Project Cars; I'll just stick to Forza for my occasional racing sim fix.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Talking Point: The Fragility of Buying Downloa...:

I always buy physical, and worries about this are part of the reason. Even games that I downloaded before I was aware of a physical release - Duck Tales Remastered and New Super Luigi U come to mind - I tend to buy again physically. I'm planning to do that with Mighty Number 9.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Minecraft Clone Cube Life: Island Survival Con...:

Well. You sold me. Even if it's a sweet lie, saying that you're Nintendo gamers and care about Nintendo gamers is enough to convince me to buy the game. Thanks for supporting the Wii U!

Even if it's just a Minecraft clone, that doesn't mean it won't be awesome. I'm looking forward to this, for sure.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Video: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Blame Could L...:

Make bad games? lol

In all seriousness, though, I love Sega with all my heart - almost as much as I love Nintendo - but they have a history of screwing up what should have been great (Sega Saturn comes to mind), so I feel sure that even if they don't get 100% of the blame, they deserve the majority share.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the ...:

Since so many people are bickering like my high school freshmen students, I'll skip the part where I read the comments already posted and just leave thoughts. Please note that I don't have any statistics to back this up; these are just my personal thoughts and feelings on the matter and may very well be quite off-base. Please take it as such.

It's always seemed to me that most "Nintendo gamers" - at least the ones who buy their own games - tend to be more old fashioned in that we want physical games. Certainly there are many of us who download full retail titles, and there are lots of gamers whose main platforms are Xbox and Playstation who also insist on physical releases, but at least from my limited experience, Nintendo gamers insist on physical retail copies the most strongly. With that comes some hesitation for eShop releases. I, personally, will impulse buy a physical game that looks even remotely entertaining for $20 or $30, but I am guilty of exactly what this article talks about in a lot of ways; unless it's really cheap or I know it's good, I'll usually pass on eShop titles. Cuff me, officer; I'm guilty as charged.

If I may just address the couple of early comments about Nintendo gamers not supporting 3rd parties (one of the few comments I did read), I must respectfully disagree with that....mostly. I think that (again, this is just my personal experience) while it's true that Nintendo gamers are often somewhat adversarial towards 3rd party developers, it's more from a sense that we've been wronged by their neglect of the Gamecube and especially the Wii than some inherent "I only buy Nintendo games" ideology. I very much feel this way, but as an economics teacher, I'm also aware that allowing myself to fall into that and act on it would help further the problem since (another earlier comment mentioned this) the markets are determined by supply and demand (Adam Smith got at least that part of "Wealth of Nations" pretty spot on), and if Nintendo's gamers don't demand third party titles, there won't be any. If they aren't released for Nintendo's console, we'll get pissed off and hold more of a grudge, so on and so forth into eternity.

With that said and in the interest of not adding to the flames of this...."discussion"....I'll say again that these were just my thoughts based on my personal experience. Having not talked in detail with every single Nintendo gamer out there, I don't claim these to be the end-all-be-all reasons the game market on Wii U is the way it is. These are just my observations and thoughts.



ElkinFencer10 commented on UCraft is a Wii U Exclusive Once Again:

I'm glad that it's going to be a Wii U exclusive, but the Minecraft fad is really on its tail end. I mean, every Wii U exclusive the system can get is good, but this isn't really cause for excitement like it would have been two years ago. I might still give it a download, though, depending on what the price is.



ElkinFencer10 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Modest Sales Targets...:

@Savino @justlink @ricklongo
Yeah, the Dreamcast isn't the best analogy. The Dreamcast's lifetime sales are just a little over a million ahead of the Wii U's, but the Wii U is still being strongly supported by Nintendo after two and a half years whereas the Dreamcast was discontinued entirely after three. Granted, Nintendo hasn't been bleeding money left and right for the past six years like Sega had been, but still, the Wii U is a much stronger console long-term than the Dreamcast was. The Dreamcast's biggest problem was that people - customers, retailers, and developers - didn't trust Sega. Developers may not be supporting Nintendo the way we'd like them to, but Nintendo's customers are still extremely loyal, and while it's not a blockbuster name like Playstation or Xbox anymore, retailers aren't abandoning the company.