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Fri 14th August, 2009

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HaNks commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Brings Life to the 3DS...:

again ergonomics are out the window, that's the most dissapointing thing about these new models. maybe one day nintendo will make a comfortable handheld again. all the other improvements look great, but i'll need to be sure of a quality grip before making the upgrade, ideally something that upgrades the shoulder buttons like on the hori wheel. the ZL/ZR buttons look like a nightmare, even more troublesome than the standard L/R.



HaNks commented on Reaction: Picking Apart The New Nintendo 3DS A...:

concerned about the ergonomics, considering how i find both the OG and XL uncomfortable. i use the hori wheel on the OG model which is a godsend. they're adding a second set of shoulder buttons which look even trickier to reach than the standard L/R...i'm going to need to hold one before giving any judgements, but it doesn't look good.

would love to upgrade to a new model but it'll be entirely dependant on grips being available. the standard one is ideal in that the screen is slightly larger than the OG, which was always a tad too small. the XL i always found way too large given the resolution, totally kills the image quality.



HaNks commented on Talking Point: A Virtual Console Revival Could...:

also there really needs to be n64 & GCN titles on the wii U. GC code already runs on the system after all. maybe hire some more people or contract emulation specialists to help with releases, like the GBA thing. there really is no excuse for how badly Nintendo have handled VC.



HaNks commented on Gallery: A Closer Look at the GameCube-Inspire...:

they look alright quite good i guess but they don't support rumble do they? it would also always have to be tethered to a wii remote?

i think i'd rather stick with a wired gamecube or wavebird over this. hopefully they patch in support for games like mario kart in the future :)



HaNks commented on Art: Controller Evolution Photo Series Hammers...:

nintendo forgot about ergonomics in their handhelds after the gba/ds phat. the 3ds/3ds xl in particular is a big step back in this regard. gamecube pad is GOAT, just needs a few adjustments to make it the ultimate controller. hopefully they revisit and refine that design in the future.



HaNks commented on Talking Point: Deconstructing Nintendo's Retai...:

should go to greater lengths to promote the digital versions (of everything!) with price cuts, bundles etc. physical options are nice, but nintendo is still years behind with their digital offerings & ecosystem.



HaNks commented on Two Separate Bayonetta 2 Retail Releases Confi...:

still isn't 100% clear what's going on, especially in different regions. ideally it would be:

1) all bayonetta 2 copies to come with download code for the first (the message @ e3, everyone buying the second game gets the first one free)
2) special edition priced higher to include disc copy for the first game but no download code

as it stands it seems like the first is true for the US, whereas europeans will have to pay more but get a physical copy (i was down for this anyway). why not bundle a code with standard copies as to make the promotion all inclusive? this may be the case anyway, but it's poor communication.



HaNks commented on Free Copy of Bayonetta Comes as a Separate Dis...:

@Marshi spoilt, unthankful and rude? i think it's totally fair to voice a preference for having a physical copy of the first game. just because it's 'free' doesn't mean we can't have an opinion, money is being spent on the package either way.

however, it is ridiculous to not buy the second game in light of us. has to be a day one purchase considering they are including the first game, digital or otherwise. fantastic value, well done nintendo.



HaNks commented on Free Copy of Bayonetta Comes as a Separate Dis...:

they can just have a special edition with the physical bayo 1 disc in other regions, maybe with a figure, bayo 2 themed pro pad or something? then at least people have the option. no problems having a code for the normal version to keeps costs down.



HaNks commented on Nintendo Looking To "Harvest" 3DS Success To A...:

nintendo need bigger changes than the current leadership/managament are willing to accept. i don't see any turnaround on the horizon, on the contrary, iwata is leading them to failure by ignoring the wider market, particularly the west. always insisting that nintendo can do their own thing, at their own pace.



HaNks commented on Western Markets Vital For Nintendo Hardware Sa...:

nintendo is increasingly out of touch with the western market. it's going to take time and a lot of the right people to turn it around. buy/form/collaborate with more western studios, whatever is needed...just look at the barren wii U release schedule.



HaNks commented on Rumour: Mario Kart 8 Wii U Hardware Bundle On ...:

@Cyberbotv2 sounds alright as a RRP, digital copy would certainly save on costs and shouldn't bother casual buyers. digital MK is actually rather handy, i wouldn't mind it myself.

i guess they can afford to start higher but i think it'll be a good seller once it starts to get price cuts. uk sweet spot is definitely around £200, £250 is really pushing it.



HaNks commented on Rumour: Mario Kart 8 Wii U Hardware Bundle On ...:

@Cyberbotv2 seriously? the wii U isn't exactly flying off shelves and bundles are meant to drive hardware sales. nintendo should get the cost down as much as possible to sell some wii Us, the market is very price sensitive atm.

priority has to be moving as many systems as possible. it doesn't take much more for it to be profitable, another game or two tops. either way the price will come down to what people are willing to pay. £200 seems to the sweet spot in the UK, the mario/premium bundles sold much faster with sub-£200 deals.



HaNks commented on Rumour: Mario Kart 8 Wii U Hardware Bundle On ...:

its a no brainer at this stage - they need to get wii Us into homes without worrying about lost profit opportunities from the software unit. make it cheap enough and they'll move a lot more systems than otherwise. MK has lots of appeal and people getting the system will still buy other games. getting the price down on a MK bundle is crucial.

i thought it was bad they didn't do a 3d world bundle at xmas.



HaNks commented on Report Suggests That June Could Be Crucial For...:

online's a big thing these days. nintendo need to get with the times already, have a proper online network, comms, online options in all of their multiplayer titles. this is more a step in the right direction over smartphone games.



HaNks commented on Nintendo Has "Lost Its Way" But Should Never B...:

the funny thing is that the ergonomics of the gamepad is one of the best features of the console, regardless of how it looks. my problem would be the rest of the design - low horsepower, bad design/lack of features in the OS.

and the off-tv functionality is personally something that is not useful, aside from for VC games of which there are few released. we haven't seen enough compelling use of the gamepad to justify it as mandatory. it should have been optional, especially considering the price of the original wii...



HaNks commented on Nintendo Has "Lost Its Way" But Should Never B...:

the problem is bigger than the wii U...the real issue is that nintendo don't have a compelling digital platform/ecosystem for its customers to invest into. this includes outdated pricing strategies. they also treat online gaming like a fringe activity and only suitable for specific titles.

it looks like they're going to try and get it right with accounts next time around with the unified architecture console-handheld, but that's a ways off. nintendo didn't make the right investments and now they're paying for it. you can't blame the market or the media for their bad management.



HaNks commented on Yamauchi's Heirs Have "Desire To Sell" Shares ...:

uncertain times. i'm not sure being a publicly listed company really serves nintendo either. valve are the best example and arguably the cutting edge of games companies. can do whatever they like and that pays off in all kinds of ways. in an ideal world nintendo would have people who understand economics as well as valve and go private. not sure about the japanese laws though.



HaNks commented on Poll: Have Your Say on Satoru Iwata's Nintendo...:

i believe there's still a bright future for nintendo if they play to their strengths and reach parity with other platforms. and at an attractive price point. for example there's no excuse for why the VC service is so inept (could be a system selling, revenue driving feature) aside from bad management. this left-field QOL stuff could be profitable, but it's besides the point for many of us.

the wii U has been a perfect summation of how terribly out of touch their leadership is. there should have been much stronger investment in digital services & HD development toward the end of the wii lifecycle. and no high price being forced upon people with the gamepad. an overwhelming rejection by the market that could be seen coming a mile away.

they massively underestimated how much of the wii success was enabled by a lower price point. and anyone paying more than $300 for a console will want technological bang for buck...both in hardware and online services. the gamepad feature is simply not compelling enough use of this money. i don't believe nintendo has stepped outside of their echo chamber to get a feel for what the gaming consumer expects in 2014. they'd sooner step into other markets than get the core business up to date. which is sad.