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Ernest_The_Crab

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#1

Ernest_The_Crab commented on Nintendo Might Not Be Making More GameCube Con...:

@Tasuki Nintendo does not do manufacturing. They outsource their manufacturing process for hardware just like their competitors. Considering how powerful Foxconn is (they make most of the more popular hardware devices out there including Apple devices) they have ALOT of power as a supplier. I wouldn't be surprised if they don't feel like adjusting their processes quickly for mass production of the adapter for one company, especially one as small as Nintendo (compared to the other customers of Foxconn.

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#2

Ernest_The_Crab commented on Review: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U):

Not surprised. Both Smash Bros Wii U and Melee have scored lower than Brawl. Funny thing is, the lack of an "adventure mode" has not been enough for the Wii U version of the game to be off by more than 1% point from Brawl.

Also, the original Smash Bros has a score of 79 in case anyone wants to make the argument that it is impossible for a Smash Bros game to score below an 80.

I wouldn't be surprised if we get an actual adventure mode. Though chances are if we do it'll probably be a DLC.

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#4

Ernest_The_Crab commented on Talking Point: Super Smash Bros. Can Finally R...:

@rjejr See that's up to the developer in this case though. EAD is an internal dev team and were in charge of Mario Kart 8.

Sakurai is a contractor and frankly Namco is 3rd party. Considering the ill will between Iwata and Sakurai caused by the surprise Smash Bros announcement during E3 and considering that Sakurai is a pretty famous game designer, I'm pretty sure Nintendo is being very careful not to aggravate him.

Sakurai is most likely not the one whom would be losing out if the contract isn't renewed. Considering how Nintendo's competitors haven't really been able to do a cross over game with the same recognition level or following as Smash Bros, chances are he would be swiftly picked up for his Smash Bros. work alone.

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#5

Ernest_The_Crab commented on Talking Point: Super Smash Bros. Can Finally R...:

@rjejr I'm not sure why you'd need to "hope" they aren't charging for those things. Pretty sure all of those aspects are just delayed. Considering how heavy of an emphasis they want to put on tournament play this time around (and the fact they are hosting tournaments themselves) that mode will most likely be free, well unless Sakurai wants to not follow the precedent Nintendo has set for that kind of thing in Mario Kart 8. Same thing with sharing.

The stage on the other hand is most likely going to be free as Sakurai showed it before talking about paid DLC AND didn't mention anything about restricted distribution like he did with Mewtwo. That doesn't mean that it might not end up being paid DLC but chances are very low with the given evidence so far.

@dumedum That would be more of an issue if it was Amazon as a whole. Nintendo doesn't have any problems with Amazon outside of the American branch of the company. The last time I checked, the Americans aren't as big about buying online as their UK compatriots.

Sure it would translate to some sales lost, but it would be doubtful that it would amount to "millions of sales" unless you mean in terms of pure revenues and not actual units sold.

Also, the dispute had something to do with the 3DS when it first came out. The portable wasn't originally doing well and Amazon wanted a bulk discount comparable to Walmart's when buying 3DSs from Nintendo. When Nintendo refused (kind of understandable when you're already in a bad spot with your investors), Amazon sent back huge amounts of 3DSs back for "screen scratching" problems. Apparently, these were warehouse stored 3DSs so it appeared rather suspicious and hence Nintendo got real annoyed at them. To give you more context with this, Amazon seems to have the occasional problem with keeping Sony and Microsoft consoles in an undamaged state while in their warehouses as well.

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#8

Ernest_The_Crab commented on Masahiro Sakurai Explains Why Mewtwo Isn't Pai...:

@Dipper723 There's a twitter message from Nintendo UK that seems to suggest that he'll be purchasable separately.

https://twitter.com/NintendoUK/status/525415360242393088

There is a promotional period for getting him for "free" if you have both versions of the game (if you were going to buy both games anyways).

Ignore my first comment, I'm confusing myself with something a buddy was talking about. He told me that Nintendo would be giving out Mewtwo codes early to double dippers in November for some kind of beta test.

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#10

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

@Quorthon However, anyone can tell you that both the Gamecube and the N64 fell off steeply in support. They both started with higher numbers and hence were front loaded.

To say that Nintendo needs to get out of the home console market due to ONE console doing poorly (and frankly not in a row) is pretty asinine as well (that's not saying that the A ratings are not asinine). They have had bigger failures than the Wii U. One only needs to reach back to their first 3D console attempt (Virtual Boy) to realize that they came back stronger after it. Interestingly enough this seems to be a pattern for all of the console makers in the industry since its birth.

I'll wait until I see what they have in store for their next console before I decide to make a judgement, rather than making an uneducated early prediction on the overall company.

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#11

Ernest_The_Crab commented on Sony: PS Vita Is Better Than 3DS And The Wii B...:

@Takerkaneanite6 That's some pretty expensive shovelware when you think about it. The potentially higher dev costs may make it not very cost effective to put out shovelware compared to the Wii. Not to say it won't get shovelware, but chances are it'll be less percentage-wise.

@unrandomsam Really? I'm actually surprised. I thought with the hardware they have in place for the PS4 there shouldn't be any issues at all running at 60fps.

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#15

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

@rjejr It's certainly possible since Sony made that mistake as well going from the PS2 to PS3 transition and Microsoft did the same this generation.

The biggest problem, as I mentioned before, is that they don't know whom their target market is. They've been flipping back and forth for this generation so far. You can hardly market the HARDWARE without knowing whom the hardware is for.

It's the biggest problem with a blue ocean strategy. Many companies that have had a hit with blue ocean generally cannot pull it off more than once (and a successful application of this strategy is also pretty rare). Blue ocean revolves around the whole premise that you curve out a section of the market that is either under-served or does not exist. After they pulled off a successful application with the Wii what happened? Their competitors started to butt into that area as well. It was no longer a "blue" ocean. Also, it didn't help that tablets pushed into that territory as well.

They fell into the trap, that is a blue ocean is no longer a blue ocean the second time around. That was their biggest mistake. They figured they could do a second blue ocean with the Wii U without realizing that the same market conditions no longer existed (happens a lot with blue ocean strategies, seems to be the norm).

Do you happen to know how much bigger Sony and Microsoft are than Nintendo? They have HUGE economies of scope (product lines can be used to fund/produce other product lines). This saved money can be used on massive marketing campaigns. This isn't even going into the royalties both of them get from setting industry standards.

Nintendo has effectively two product lines, portables and home consoles. They incur huge R&D costs and don't have any royalties on the same level as their competitors nor comparable production capability. Frankly, it's a miracle that they are still in business (I guess "leave luck to heaven" has another meaning here) considering the size of their competitors.

Are you REALLY expecting a marketing campaign on the same level as Sony and Microsoft? Nintendo most likely have to pick and choose which games get advertising and also how much advertising.

Also, a quick note, Apple can pull it off more than once but only because of one factor. Their brand. A quick search of the widest known brands will come up with Apple as king of brands (though Google isn't too far off). However, only time will tell if they manage to stay strong. After all, after Jobs originally parted ways with the company, at least two different CEOs came into power and both of them failed to pull Apple out of the bog they were stuck in. It wasn't until Jobs came back that Apple started coming back into power. Let's face it, it was Jobs that made Apple, so to speak, and it won't be for a least a couple of years after his death before we see what that really means for the company...wow that went longer than I thought it would.

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#16

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

@rjejr You don't seem to understand that there's more than one way to market. The Wii is quite literally a textbook example of a successful blue ocean strategy, so much so that it is referred as such in a number of reputable business articles such as the Harvard Business Review (which is used in many universities for case studies).

Having NO idea of marketing would result in a complete failure of a blue ocean strategy as it's pretty much a requirement to curve out a niche in a new market. Someone had to figure out to package Wii Sports with the Wii not to mention Japan DID NOT have the game packaged with the console.

Also, I ONLY mentioned the Wii as it was the most recent example. I could reach back all the way to the NES and SNES days when they had a considerable and bitter rivalry with SEGA. If they didn't have marketing back then, you really think they would be in business now especially when SEGA was out to destroy them back then with their ads?

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#18

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

@rjejr Well I don't think they don't know how to sell a console. The Wii kind of destroys that argument. The problem is more likely that they don't know who their target market is with the Wii U. They knew who the target market was with the Wii.

If we're talking about one console/portable hybrid I suspect it would have a "cradle-like" console design that has more powerful hardware on it but cannot run without another component which would form the base for the portable portion of the system (which would be able to run on its own).

So sort of like the portable system would be the n64 and the rest of the "cradle" hardware would be the expansion pack (I would that makes sense).

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#20

Ernest_The_Crab commented on Mario Kart 8 Software Update Will Unlock amiib...:

@Tsurii897 That's probably due to them wanting to keep the Amiibos as optional items. We'd probably see a lot more raging right now if they were required to get additional game content.

@BensonUii That might work with a Nintendo Land sequel if they do one.

@ rjejr It sounds like Amiibos have more storage space for games that they were created to support and a more limited space for other games as stated by @SanderEvers.

@unrandomsam I don't see anything wrong with them doing both. Then again, Mario Kart is probably not taken seriously enough (at least not on Smash Bros level) to warrant balance patches. Also, I thought you hated Mario Kart 8, so I'm not sure why you care in this case, especially in regards to balancing.

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#21

Ernest_The_Crab commented on Region-Locking May Be a Thing of the Past Soon...:

I can almost bet that the gain in sales from removing the lock would be negligible at best. The number of people that would bother jumping through the hoops required based on cost or a language barrier (or know about a foreign release) would be pretty low. It's just the people that want to import are just louder.

Not to say it wouldn't benefit a few customers but I doubt it would do anything for the majority. Seems like a pretty minimal gain vs a minimal loss, and as any good accountant would tell you that's pretty easy to manipulate in either direction at that point. I can bet people will also get pretty pissed about getting screwed on exchange (those that don't import). That could result in a public relations nightmare (which Steam should be noticing about now due to regional currency changes).

As we can see there's a good way and a bad way of doing it. Hopefully it's not a poor implementation if they do remove it at some point.

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#27

Ernest_The_Crab commented on You Can Now Purchase Select Digital Titles on ...:

@unrandomsam What premium? I went to cdkeys.com and they had Mario Kart 8 and Super Mario 3D World at pretty much their retail prices (about $60 and missing Hyrule Warriors completely). Unless of course Nintendo of Europe is screwing you guys on exchange rate, then you guys have my condolences.

Is anyone having issues trying to purchase right now? I got an error message from the fat man himself that they couldn't retrieve some kind of "code."

@Olmectron I think they email it to you in case you don't want to install the game immediately (or if you want to gift it). I went to the checkout with Hyrule Warriors (I was signed in), a game that's already released (in case preordering makes a difference). They have a short blurb that mentions that you can send the game to your console for automatic download or enter the code manually for later. I noticed that out of the 3 steps they have listed there these options are listed as Step 2 after Step 1, which is purchasing. I'm guessing they ask for a confirmation after you buy (like Steam does with its "is this a gift or for yourself" message, though Steam asks before you purchase).

EDIT: Nevermind, I think it might be an issue related to a Canadian trying to purchase from the American site as I could log in and reach the purchase details through the Canadian site, whoops indeed.

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#30

Ernest_The_Crab commented on Hardware Review: The New Nintendo 3DS Is The B...:

@JJtheTexan The thing I find ironic is that more and more publishers are moving in that direction not the other way around.

Take Steam for example, they've been locking down more and more games recently. Also, being Canadian I am now getting exchange rates applied TWICE if I purchase a Steam wallet card due to exchange already being in effect on the store after their change to Canadian dollars and the fact the cards sold in stores are already at exchange prices.

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#33

Ernest_The_Crab commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Release Dates Conf...:

@rjejr Actually Nintendo Europe has the release date as Dec. 5. Nintendo of America has it for Nov. 21, at least according to the article.

@SanderEvers You mean outside of North America. Canadians cross the border the border each year to take advantage of the sales, so much so that retailers at home generally drop their prices to retain business..

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#35

Ernest_The_Crab commented on Mega Rayquaza Confirmed for Pokémon Omega Rub...:

Has anyone noticed that Primal Kyrogre is pretty much less effective against BOTH Primal Groudon and Mega Rayquaza?

Desolate Land (Groudon's Primal ability) prevents Water attacks from working. Seeing as he's now a Fire/Ground type in Primal form, that pretty much removes the 4x weakness AND reduces any other super-effective damage Kyogre can do to Groudon down to normal damage (for example Ice).

Meanwhile, Primordial Sea (Kyogre's Primal Ability) only prevents Fire attacks from working. Seeing as Kyogre is a Water type already that already cuts that damage type in half it would have made more sense for it to cut damage for something Kyogre is actually weak against, for example the couple of Electric and Grass type moves that Groudon can learn. Also, kind of odd that Kyogre didn't get a second type.

Seems pretty unbalanced and stinks of favouritism.

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#37

Ernest_The_Crab commented on Super Smash Bros. on 3DS Lacks Circle Pad Pro ...:

@XFsWorld Online coop for TWO people.

As they pointed out already (@Guitardude7), Smash Bros supports 4 people online. This isn't even factoring in the amount of stuff that occurs on screen at any given moment especially when items are on "Very High" while maintaining 60fps in 3D mode.

I've played Revelations before and I can tell you it has the occasional fps drop. This happens a lot more when 3D is turned on. We also need to factor in that in Revelations, despite the game being in 3D, like all 3D games not every area on a map is visible at any given time. This is one of the major ways of saving resources in game development, you don't render what the player can't see. If you can't see something due to a wall or being behind you it uses less resources. On the other hand, you're looking at a 2D game which is rendering 100% of the time as the map is essentially in full view for the entire game. This applies even when the players are all off of the central map location (for example if they all collided with a Bob-omb that just fell onto the map), in fact they get a magnifier to keep even them in view at all times. This also doesn't take into consideration that despite the game being played on a 2D plane, the actual characters and levels are 3D models.

@Yorumi Uh why did you say Nintendo? Sakurai and Namco are in charge of development. Sakurai is also an independent contractor now and has been for awhile. If you're going to point fingers at least do it to the right party. Certainly the power issues can be attributed to Nintendo, however the actual accusations appear to be made by someone else.

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#38

Ernest_The_Crab commented on Bayonetta on Wii U Bewitches as the Best Version:

@Crimzonlogic Depends on the country, school, and region.

The grading system fluctuates considerably even within the same country. Look at any two universities (even within the same school it can be different) and you can see that GPA can be calculated quite differently. This is especially noticeable for schools that don't have "+" and "-" especially in the example you provided.

Take Harvard as an example. Their science department does not have an A+ grade (they stop at A) but have "-" and "+" for pretty much any other grade level. Or taken from the same university, their business school doesn't use letters at all or set "grade" percentage ranges. Instead, they base their scores on the percentage of students that should be achieving each level of excellence they have set out.

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#39

Ernest_The_Crab commented on Wii U Version of Watch Dogs to Miss Out on DLC:

@rjejr If we didnt know already, they just keep trying harder and harder to gimp their Wii U titles. I guess they must not have been happy when the Wii U version of Rayman Legends pretty much outsold every other platform (or came close) despite having a smaller install base and Ubisoft messing around with release dates.

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#40

Ernest_The_Crab commented on Cancelled Mario Volleyball/Wrestling Wii Title...:

@dkxcalibur There was one for the Wii (and a different one for the Gamecube). Super Sluggers if I remember right.

If there is a Mario Baseball in development for the Wii U we probably wouldn't hear about it until later since Nintendo is very often tight lipped in regards to their game projects (unless they're close to releasing).

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#41

Ernest_The_Crab commented on Review: Bayonetta (Wii U eShop):

@Mega719 I'd say it's due to lack of 3rd party support this time around, not really the lack of actual M rated titles developed. With so many big 3rd parties jumping ship, most of our content comes from Nintendo itself (whom generally don't create M titles) or indies.

Back in the Wii days it was more due to stigma of being filled with "casuals" (I hate that term as much as I hate the "hardcore" label) and being family oriented. 3rd parties assumed the fanbase was filled with soccer moms and grandparents, so to speak.

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#46

Ernest_The_Crab commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Sells Over ...:

@Tsuchinoko That's probably a decision that Sakurai is in charge of. He did free DLC for Kid Icarus but at most those were just weapons with different stats (but identical to existing weapons).

The problem is that he wants things like characters to remain consistent between both games. This is unfortunately held back by the 3DS version of the game unless he wants to break his word on consistency. I mean we already saw Ice Climbers excluded from both versions due to the AI issues, so it could be problematic for other characters as well. If he plans to use the new 3DS as the base model for DLC characters, I doubt many regular 3DS owners are going to be happy.

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#50

Ernest_The_Crab commented on Talking Point: Mario Kart 8's Diverse DLC Sets...:

@unrandomsam vgchartz has some data on Mario Kart Double Dash and Wave Race Blue Storm.

http://www.vgchartz.com/game/1255/mario-kart-double-dash/
http://www.vgchartz.com/game/2642/wave-race-blue-storm/

Also threw in F-Zero GX:

http://www.vgchartz.com/game/695/f-zero-gx/

Both Wave Race and F-Zero sold about 1/10 each of the Double Dash numbers. They're not even remotely near the 1 million mark. I suspect those two titles probably require more development work due to higher physics requirements and a more realistic look. Between the sales and the costs of development it's probably not worth it for them to develop more F-Zero or Wave Race.

Not to say the sales are particularly bad, but they're probably not enough to recoup costs.

However, it might still be a good idea for them to develop titles in those series (and 1080) as those niches are noticeably missing quality titles on Nintendo's platforms since the Wii days. That is, futuristic racers, snowboarding, and jet skiing.