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JimLad

JimLad

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JimLad

#2

JimLad commented on Miyamoto States That Nintendo Is Sticking With...:

What Yorumi said.
Ideas like the Wii U pad are fine if they make use of them.
Otherwise it's just an oversized controller that needs recharging every 4 hours.
Made worse by the fact certain games force you to use it for the sake of a few touch commands and nothing else. BAD DESIGN.

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#3

JimLad commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Confidently Outlines Nintendo...:

I just wanted to add he is absolutely right about consumer attitudes.
Not just Nintendo, but MS and Sony are all fighting the same problem: audiences with multiple distractions at their fingertips. Entertainment is so readily available now and so cheap, consoles will become an obsolete item for many in the future I feel.

Nintendo will always have their awesome IPs. I just hope they don't get too distracted by hardware gimmicks and try to keep it simple in the future.
People will buy their games if the hardware is affordable.

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#4

JimLad commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Confidently Outlines Nintendo...:

Casuals aren't looking strictly for simplicity in their games, they look for value for money first and foremost. They can get games now for $1 or free, it's a difficult thing to fight against.

Wii and DS were popular not just because of their casual appeal, but because they were radical new ideas with intuitive software to back them up. Word of mouth was their main driving force.
Also they were much more affordable than any of the current gen systems.

Wii U was an attempt to re-create that success which backfired.
I could list a number of reasons, but the main ones are: There was no killer app like WiiSports, and it was too expensive.

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#15

JimLad commented on Poll: Which Is The Best Legend Of Zelda Game?:

Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past.
Not only are they both as close as you can get to the perfect video game, but they were so far ahead of anything out at the time it's not even funny.

From a purely gameplay perspective though, Twilight Princess remains the most epic and fun.

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#16

JimLad commented on New Fighter for Super Smash Bros. to be Reveal...:

I think @wayward is right, it's gonna be another third party character judging by the attenton they're giving it.
Sega, Capcom and Namco all have characters, so that leaves Konami...

No sign of Snake yet. I think they're gonna replace him with Simon Belmont from Castlevania.

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#18

JimLad commented on Kotaku Says YES to the Wii U - Rejoicing Begins:

Like I always say, Nintendo games sell Nintendo systems.
They don't need gimmicks, or horse power, or even third parties.

Next time I hope they just make a standard video games console, and release the peripherals seperate, instead of trying to force them on us.

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#24

JimLad commented on Miyamoto Thinks That Nintendo Are in a Genre o...:

This has been true throughout their entire video gaming history. Pretty much all of their rivals have used coolness to sell their products.
The Mega Drive, the Playstation, the Xbox... There's nothing wrong with coolness, but it gets boring after a while.

Nintendo have always been able to make quality games without trying to be 'grown up'. Because of that they have a huge segment of the gaming industry all to themselves. (kids and families) Right now they just need some cheaper hardware to capitalise on it.

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#28

JimLad commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Defends Wii U Prospects as Sh...:

I'm glad they're starting to think about ways to use the gamepad, but I still wish they would release a SKU that excludes it.
Offer a budget option for people that JUST want to play HD Nintendo games, there are so many out there that would jump at the chance.

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#30

JimLad commented on Video: Prepare To Pour One Out For Sega's Fall...:

Alex Kidd in Miracle World was the first video game I ever owned. Kid Chameleon was probably my favourite Mega Drive game.

Like so many others have said, it's tragic to see how things have changed in regards to mascots.

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#34

JimLad commented on Talking Point: For Better Or For Worse, The Wi...:

The gamepad has always had potential, but potential is just a word unless it turns into something.
The cold hard fact is that Nintendo themselves are not even bothering to make use of it anymore in their games.
The only arguments I ever see for it's case are:
-Off TV Play
-Off TV Browsing (get a tablet)
-Navigating menus slightly faster (really?)
-Maps & Inventory
-"I'm loving mine!" (good for you)
-ZombiU/Nintendoland

I'm actually glad they tried the idea, it's what I love about them.
But enough is enough, it clearly HASN'T worked and they need to swallow their pride like Microsoft before it's too late.

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#35

JimLad commented on Talking Point: The Nintendo Figurine Platform ...:

I really don't think this 'brand power' is as powerful as they make out. They've neglected so many of their IPs for so long that the only characters that have any sort of mainstream recognition now are Mario, Zelda and Pokemon.

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#39

JimLad commented on Talking Point: What We Want To See From Ninten...:

What I'd love to see is a handheld you can simply plug into your TV and play.

Think the Wii U controller with no console, that you can take anywhere.
They could amalgamate their console and portable divisions into one machine and no longer have to split game development between the two.

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#40

JimLad commented on Myth Becomes Reality As Atari's E.T. Cartridge...:

1982: Atari release E.T. to lukewarm reception
1983: Video game industry crashes, Atari bury thousands of unsold copies
2014: Activision release Call of Duty Black Ops 3 to lukewarm reception
2015: Video game industry crashes, Activision bury thousands of unsold copies

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#41

JimLad commented on Nintendo To Market Mario Kart 8 Through The En...:

Mario Kart might be their chance to turn things around, but a clearer look at the future will come a couple of weeks later at E3.
I'm interested to know how (or if) they plan to fight back with enough software to support the console on their own.

If they don't come out all guns blazing in June then it'll be clear they're letting the console fade out, which is understandable.

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#45

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

Wow ok...
Now I'm even more certain they've given up on this console.
Don't get me wrong this decision won't stop me getting the Wii U version, but if you think it will help The Wii U in any way you're a fool.
By the time that version releases no retailer will even be stocking the hardware anymore.

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#47

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

So long as Nintendo's game studios keep making games I don't really care what happens.
I don't care if they ditch hardware altogether and go third party.
Releasing their entire back catalogue on Xbox Live, Playstation Network and Steam, how would that be bad for them??
The only reason they don't share their IPs is that they want to keep milking the same people who have to buy Super Mario Bros four times because there is still no unified account system.

And can you imagine how many copies of Mario 3D World would have sold if it had been multiplatform? Yeah yeah I know, sales aren't everything right? Actually sales are the reason we don't get Star Fox anymore or F-Zero or anything new and big and ambitious. If Wonderful101 had sold better it might have got a sequel, but there's pretty much no chance of that happening now.

And who says if they stop making consoles they have to stop innovating?
Look at their main innovations in the last few years: Wii Remotes, Balance Boards, WiiU pad. These peripherals are what make them great, not the consoles themselves. I'm sure they could intergrate their accessories into other hardware easily, and still package them with their own games just like they've been doing since the NES.
Don't let brand loyalty blind you, if Nintendo were making games for other systems we'd have games with proper online features, regular DLC and we would never have to worry about download space again. They could sink more funds into software and we'd have Metroids, Wave Races, Pilot Wings and so forth coming out the woodwork.

Sorry that rant went a bit off topic. I think Iwata should go.
He lives in a bubble and is completely oblivious to what the fans actually want.

JimLad

#49

JimLad commented on Nintendo Passing on PAX East 2014:

That's not good.
More backwards steps when they should be pushing forward.
The likelihood of an E3 conference is looking ever smaller considering they're in worse position now than they were last time. :/

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#50

JimLad commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Major Wii U Retail T...:

Man I gave up on this argument years ago. Nintendo will NEVER do demos properly, not unless maybe there is a change in management.
It's been a pipe dream for me ever since the 90s, when Playstation owners got free demo disks in their magazines. God knows how many great Nintendo games I missed out on because I never tried them.