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Sat 24th August, 2013

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Franklin commented on First impressions: HD Brawling with Super Smas...:

As a handheld title isn't as ideal for tournament gaming, and considering that more people own a 3DS, I think it would make sense for Nintendo to make the portable version more accessible, and the Wii U iteration more competitive.



Franklin commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014 - Sum...:


First of all, it is about what the console needs, the Wii U is failing badly. It's worth a small e shop title at best. Nintendo clearly cares about the bottom line, and not just about making fun games. If they were purely focused on making fun innovative games, we wouldn't see endless New Super Mario Bros. games. They sell.

Secondly, for me to buy a home console, it needs to be able to do what the previous iteration, and the current handheld cannot in terms of gameplay. A good example of this is the N64. I do not want to spend the money on the Wii U for games such as 3D World, Captain Toad, and a plethora of 2D platformers that barely utilise the new controller. I won't even need to get it to play Smash Bros. Zelda sounds intriguing, and could be the game to persuade me.

Regarding graphics, the type of people who care about HD graphics are not the people who buy Nintendo consoles. I don't care if Toad looks better than on 3DS, the game could easily be on the handheld. When I'm enjoying open world games like Kid Icarus on the 3DS, I'm not going to spend money on the Wii U for the current and upcoming games.

As for the idea of it being an e shop game for around a tenner, that's the size I think it ought to be. More than that I consider a waste of Nintendo's time when they could be developing games such as (whisper it) F-Zero.



Franklin commented on Parent Trap: Amiibo Charts A Fresh Course In T...:

I'm pretty non-plussed by this whole thing.

At a time when the physical presence of games themselves is becoming less and less, this just isn't needed. If they're going to give something tangible, I'd honestly prefer beautifully made game boxes and manuals back.

The cost seems insane. Even as a child I would have been able to see that this is a rip off. 1 figure costs around a third of the price of the game. Now I would rather buy a new game, and if my parents had said to me when I was little 'You can either have 3 Amiibos, or a new game for Christmas', I would have gone for the latter most certainly.

It also seems to be the worst of both worlds. They can't allow it to unlock truly valuable content, as the serious players of Smash Bros. would get annoyed (rightly in my opinion). It also cannot truly be used as a toy, as you wouldn't want to break it.

I've never been to the Nintendo Store, but I expect I would buy all sorts of things I don't need, but I don't see the half-way enjoyment of these figurines to be worth it.

I also don't think it will entice many new gamers, I think anyone who wants these figures was already going to get their respective games. It'll sure generate money for Nintendo, but I think little interest, which is needed to 'save' the Wii U.

Nintendo's entry into this market also seems late and cumbersome. The GamePad is pretty big. They could easily have made it with a circular slot for the Amiibo to fit in, and allow a fuller experience.

For it's price and functionality, I think it would be beneficial for Nintendo to include a small mini-game or some such, or even an old game with their figures. So perhaps Pit figure could unlock the GB Kid Icarus game, or Kirby Kirby's Dream Land. Wario could have a few mini-games, Link a 4 Swords Adventure, etc. I think this would make them vastly more worthwhile, and including old games would require little effort.



Franklin commented on E3 2014: LA Times Reveals Hot Scoop of New Whi...:

Gaming is now a huge industry, and 2 minutes of research on the internet could have corrected this. There's no excuse. The reporter should be fired. There are many unemployed people in the US who deserve the opportunity more.



Franklin commented on Reaction: Our Thoughts on Nintendo's Big Day a...:

At a time when many games are being downloaded, and physical cartridges and discs are getting smaller, the figurine trend seems to be catering to a general desire for something tangible.

I wonder, how much the origin of Splatoon's gameplay concept was derived from Super Mario Sunshine.

Captain Toad seems like a game that no-one asked for, and I find it surprising that people are asking for it now.

Yoshi's Woolly World looked very good, but I question the need for yet another 2D platformer on Wii U.

Perhaps I'm not the Kirby fan I once was, but another Kirby game next year leads me to fear that saturation point may soon be nearing for the pink blob.

I can see the immense appeal of Mario Maker, but it's not for me; You take something magical apart, and it can be difficult to put back together again.

Zelda looks promising, but no more than that at this stage.

Overall, a good E3.



Franklin commented on Reaction: Mario Kart 8 Accused Of Poor Sales P...:

The juvenile use of the word 'hate' is something prevalent on the internet, and that it is unduly used in the comments sections on articles is unavoidable.

However, I think it would reflect better on NintendoLife if unnecessary claims of 'hatred' towards a computer game could be omitted from journalistic pieces themselves.

In my opinion it brings down the tone of an otherwise very fine website.

I express this sentiment with the best of intentions.




Franklin commented on Super Smash Bros. Hitting 3DS This Summer, Wii...:

As someone who owns a 3DS and not a Wii U, this pleases me greatly.

If anything, it should be the other way round, to boost Wii U sales. A really bizarre decision.

And as they will have the same roster, I can't see what would entice you to get the other version, although Nintendo have the knack of surprising us.



Franklin commented on Round Table: Let's Talk Endlessly About Mario ...:

When I look at Wii U games, I think 'could this largely have been done on 3DS, and usually, the answer is yes. If I'm going to buy a Wii U, I need at least one amazing game that couldn't be done on the handheld, and that most likely means using the GamePad creatively. Zelda could be the one.



Franklin commented on Round Table: Let's Talk Endlessly About Mario ...:

I've certainly seen a 3DS go for much cheaper than that, and a 2DS is cheaper still. Which is quite to the point. With the handheld, there's the option of the cheaper version without the 'cherry on top', and I don't particularly want that gimmick if Nintendo aren't going to utilise it for one of their main franchises.

I take the point that a home console was always going to be more expensive than a handheld, but handheld gaming has reached a point where it meets my needs; I'd rather play Kid Icarus than a 2D platformer on the Wii U. 3D roaming games are very possible on the 3DS. The main difference between the Smash Bros. games would seem likely to be the graphics, and that's not something that bothers me. It's not like the difference between the Game Boy and SNES anymore, in real terms the gap is getting smaller.

I would argue that currently the 3DS has the better game library as well. And I, and many other people who haven't bought a Wii U, already have a 3DS. Personally, I don't see enough to persuade me to get a Wii U as well just yet, though that could well change if the new Zelda looks promising.



Franklin commented on Round Table: Let's Talk Endlessly About Mario ...:

A lot of the expense of getting a Wii U is due to the GamePad. If even Nintendo games aren't going to use it, then I'm reluctant to get one.

World, and Mario Kart 8 look like great games. But it would take a new franchise or at least radically new take on something that utilised the GamePad to prise me away from my 3DS.

I suppose in this regard Nintendo are a victim of their own success, and with the dual release of Smash, I think this is only going to increase.