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Male, 39, United Kingdom

Mon 28th March, 2011

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Farmboy74 commented on 3DS Enjoys a Major Hardware Boost in Japan as ...:

@MamaLuigi, your talking about the much rumoured Nintendo Fusion. TBH given with what Iwata has said recently with a home console and a hand held unit sharing the same OS, I would say it will happen eventually.
Anyway back to the story, a rise in sales figures is always positive just need to give people a reason to buy the hardware.



Farmboy74 commented on Smartphone Game Market Shows Impressive Growth...:

While I have played some decent games on my iPad, the majority of the mobile market is flooded with freemium apps that are looking to fleece you for more money at every turn.
It's a market in which I turned my back on about a year and a half ago. Call me old fashioned but I'd rather pay the full cost of the game upfront than having to buy 69p - £2 packs just to progress. The worst offenders are the now EA owned Firemint who wanted £69 for an extra car in Real Racing 3.
I know some mobile games have come to the 3DS and Wii U, like Guman Clive and Kung Fu Rabbit, these games have made the transitsion well.



Farmboy74 commented on Extended Nintendo Network Maintenance on Wii U...:

All download purchases no longer tied to your machine, all Wii Virtual Console & Arcade ported onto the eshop!!
Sega Saturn & Dreamcast on eshop!! Capcom releases it's entire CPS1 & 2 arcade catalogue.
Best logical guess PC Engine appearing on eshop with the Megadrive or a new eshop store front??



Farmboy74 commented on Watch_Dogs Wii U 2014 Release a "Possibility",...:

@Daemonite, you hit the nail on the head with that comment, as a consequence of lack of major third party support I have a PS4 to help balance things out.
Hopefully Watchdogs is delayed on Wii U to avoid Mario Kart. I can wait for the reviews to come in and to see what the gamepad integration is like on the Wii U.



Farmboy74 commented on Wii U Lifetime Sales in Japan Overtake the Xbo...:

It's good news for Wii U, personally I will be more interested to see how much PS4 sales will tail of once the early adopters brought their machine. I read an interesting article suggesting Microsoft might even not launch Xbox1 in Japan and pull out of the market.
It also seems to me that the Japanese market is moving more away from home. Consoles and more to mobile gaming.



Farmboy74 commented on NPD Data Shows More U.S. Gamers Switching to D...:

If the price is right I buy digital (Pikmin 3 at launch) but it's mainly physical discs so far just picked up Deus Ex Human Revolution & Rayman Legends for £24!! On the Eshop these two games would have cost £54.
I think for now digital for Eshop only games and physical copies for retail discs ( barring any steam like sales)



Farmboy74 commented on Video: These UK and US Donkey Kong Country: Tr...:

Brian Blessed voice over wins every time!!, so much energy and enthusiasm compared to the American advert.
I have also noticed the here in the Uk Cartoon Network, Disney etc get most of the Wii U adverts. It's like they're embarrassed to advertise it on mainstream tv



Farmboy74 commented on Nintendo UK's Store Offers The Mario and Sonic...:

If you are not bothered about a Mario remote, you can buy the premium bundle + Sonic at the winter Olympics for £225 on the UK Amazon store. It's good to see that they are trying to be relevant with the winter Olympics.



Farmboy74 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Direct Pointed to Anot...:

Nintendo cannot release AAA games every month as they do not have the amount of internal dev teams Sony has for example.
I read an article on 3DS buzz suggesting that Nintendo ditch the optical drive (as opposed to the gamepad) in the Wii U release a new download only version of the Wii U and follow the steam model on the Eshop.



Farmboy74 commented on Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 13t...:

Nothing really new, I liked the look of X and Bayonetta 2. Not sure about GBA games on the Wii U VC, if I want GBA games on the big screen all I need is the game boy player for my old Cube. Hopefully at some point Nintendo will transfer the Wii VC across to the Wii U, and downloads linked to your account not to the hardware. Like I said I like to be hopefull



Farmboy74 commented on Talking Point: Is There A Future For The Wii U...:

@FJOJR, If it's masterpiece time then how about F-Zero & Starfox receiving a well overdue reboot?, both games last seen on the Cube
I remember also saying sometime ago on this site that Nintendo would do well in copying Sony and setting up more internal studios this of course would take time to come to fruition but if the third party's are not coming time to have enough internal software houses to see you through.
Nintendo could also take the Microsoft route and splash the cash on more exclusives, why not tie up a deal with Sega that would last years and not just a few games?



Farmboy74 commented on Talking Point: Is There A Future For The Wii U...:

Keep the gamepad it's the Wii U's unique selling point. The main problem with the Wii U is that compared to the PS4 & Xbox 1 is that it is woefully under powered and not as program friendly if the reports are true. Whether Nintendo like it or not they're stuck with the gamepad and Wii U for another 3 years. We're looking at a Gamecube situation here and that little box of wonders had some cracking games on it, first and third party.



Farmboy74 commented on Mario And Zelda On Mobile Could Bring New Play...:

Nintendo games on mobile platforms will lead to the end of Nintendo as a hardware maker. The Wii U name is bad, should have been a different name NES 2 or Super Nes 2?. Average consumer does not know its a new console. They also need to improve third party relations, a game console solely relying on first party games will always struggle. For their next home console take a leaf out of Sony's book and go and ask developers what they are looking for in a new machine.
They could also try and advertise the damn thing still see way more XBOX1 and PS4 adverts than Wii U.



Farmboy74 commented on Animal Crossing: New Leaf Climbs Back Into the...:

The all format chart is the happier reading compared to the individual format chart. Animal Crossing, Zelda & Pokémon for the 3DS nothing for the Wii U. Even the out going Wii has just dance at number 4!!. PS4 & Xbox 1 represented by 14 games. It shows that Nintendo need to advertise the Wii U more in the UK as at the minute there are plenty of PS4 & Xbox 1 commercials on the prime time TV and channels. The only Wii U adverts I have seen have been on the kids TV channels.



Farmboy74 commented on Video: Just Look For The U On The Box, Nintend...:

They should have advertised the Wii U like this from day one, especially here in the UK. But to be honest it's now looking likely we're looking at GC numbers sales wise as PS4 & Xbox 1 have already eliminated the year head start Nintendo had.



Farmboy74 commented on Soapbox: Even With The Arrival Of PS4 And Xbox...:

It comes down to the games you want to play. I picked up my Wii U in the launch window (just before Rayman got delayed) and enjoyed the games I'd picked. But as the year has gone on, due to poor sales third party devs seem to abandoning the Wii U and third party games I hoped would come are now not looking to materialise. On Friday I received my PS4 which I pre-ordered and have the enjoyed the experience so far. I now in my opinion have a good gaming set up Wii U for the Ninty exclusives and the PS4 for all the Sony exclusives and third party titles that will not be gracing the Wii U.



Farmboy74 commented on Satoru Iwata Cites Poor Basic Wii U Sales To R...:

Unofficial price cuts in the UK have not helped to generate many more sales as this site has reported in the past. The only thing that will save the Wii U is games and more games. Nintendo made a mistake and has admitted that it wasn't ready for the extra time to make HD games. Everyone seems to be screaming for a return of F-Zero but so far Nintendo say no.
Nintendo have already paid Platinum and Sega to bring games to the Wii U, this needs to continue.
The power of the Wii U / install base has not helped it, with many a developer saying they not going to bring their games across.
The way things stand at the minute I think Wii U will struggle to sell in the UK without advertising, especially with new hardware on the horizon from it's competitors.
Also it's worth noting people will look to see what exclusives and multiplat games are coming to each machine. While first party exclusives are all well and good, if the multiplat games that people want to play don't come and help to flesh out a software library that will also influence what machine people will want to buy.



Farmboy74 commented on The Wonderful 101 Demo Coming to Europe Today:

Played the demo again last night, played better than the first time as I am now getting better with the controls (rescuing people, launching multiple morph attacks etc). The game is still mental and chaotic and you can see a lot of Pikmin and Devil May Cry elements to the game. I have also seen the first impressions from IGN and yeah they didn't seem to be impressed.
But maybe this game needs the demo to get people to give a go and then persevere with it as there is a lot going on on screen and to draw patterns with the right stick to activate morph powers does take some getting used to as opposed to using the right stick to move the camera angle like on most games. As a new IP it deserves a least a try out via the demo.



Farmboy74 commented on Talking Point: Wii U and Third-Party Inconsist...:

I was hoping to be Wii U only this generation, but looking back I think the writing was on the wall the minute Rayman Legends went multi platform and the specs for PS4 & Xbox 1 were publicly revealed. Third party devs have all year been looking for excuses not to support the Wii U. Like others have already mentioned the relationship with third party devs started with the N64 and haven't really recovered. As I mentioned in a previous article Nintendo now have to start investing for the future, buy Atlus set up new studios but this will take time.
More importantly for me I don't want to miss out games like the Witcher, Dragon Age, and the new Mass Effect game. With this in mind I have pre- ordered a PS4



Farmboy74 commented on Nintendo's First Quarter Financial Results Boo...:

No one can deny that these sales figures are nasty. Now is the time to start forging alliances with games developers or just out right but them out (Atlus, Sega & Platinum) would do nicely. If Nintendo can increase the amount of it's internal studios then I would say it could just about to support the Wii U on it's own. To this end they could learn a lesson from Sony who have forged alliances with games developers and have also invested in it's own development teams over a number of years.



Farmboy74 commented on Don't Worry, Those Early Pikmin 3 Downloads Ar...:

Thanks to NL for getting a response from Nintendo, as like GiftedGimp I have not recieved a reply from Ninty themselves.

Great to see by plumping to go digital with Pikmin 3, us sneaky early Eshop types are still eligible for the W101 promo and will eventually get the premium points. Hopefully there will be more Eshop promotions with full retail games.



Farmboy74 commented on Nintendo Finally Confirms Call of Duty: Ghosts...:

Last COD I played was Modern Warfare on the Wii, as others have pointed out there's no Battlefield this platform, Activision have a golden chance to produce a decent FPS on Wii U that comes with all DLC. If they produce a half baked version which does not sell, Activision will have only themselves to blame



Farmboy74 commented on Gamers in Europe Can Download Pikmin 3 Now By ...:

Pikmin 3 is the first full price download I've purchased. What with Game knocking £5 off the Eshop price, points on my (underused) reward card and 30% of W101 promotion, I caved in and downloaded.

Hopefully other publishers will take Nintendo's lead and let game sell activation codes for their Eshop games



Farmboy74 commented on UK Gamers Can Download Pikmin 3 Now By Picking...:

Currently downloading Pikimin, from the Game deal, hopefully I will get points for the Eshop download, 30% of W101. I will also get points for my reward card from Game and I've saved £5 to boot from the Eshop!!
Hope Nintendo start doing similar deals with their future releases.
@GiftedGimp what other download codes have you brought from Game?



Farmboy74 commented on EA Has No Publicly Announced Wii U Games Plann...:

It could also be the case of needing to educate the Nintendo gamer that occasionally great games can be published and produced by third party devs such as EA and not some of the shovelware crap that plagued the original Wii