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Male, 26, Australia

Sun 18th September, 2011

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Kage_88 commented on Shigeru Miyamoto is Now 62 Years Old:

Happy birthday Miyamoto-san!
A true legend. What more can I say that hasn't been said a million times before?
Can't wait to see what other games emerge from Nintendo's Garage teams!



Kage_88 commented on Satoru Iwata Reigns Supreme in Annual Sharehol...:

@biosphere76 Iwata lacks fresh ideas? What?

Under his leadership, Nintendo released the Wii and DS... You know, the two consoles that changed the videogame industry?

Then, there was the 3DS - the first glasses-free 3D console.

Now, we have the Wii U.

Next, Nintendo is working on the QOL platform.

Yeah... Iwata's methodology is stale...




Kage_88 commented on Nintendo Comes Up Empty at the Golden Joystick...:

I've always thought that the Golden Joysticks were a joke (along with the Spike Awards). Like the majority of people here, I am simply stunned that ACIII: Liberation won best handheld game. How utterly ridiculous. I can't help but think there was some funny business going on. As a couple of posters have pointed out, GTAV wasn't even released when voting began! How in the hell can anyone think that this is legitimate? IMO, a valid question, especially considering the source; CVG - one of the most untrustworthy gaming publications out there (which is saying something, considering how awful British journalism is, gaming or otherwise).

Oh, and why the hell does everyone like Steam so much? Since when is DRM acceptable on PC, but not on consoles? GOG FTW!



Kage_88 commented on Feature: Hiroshi Yamauchi - The Man Who Made N...:

Genuinely shocked and saddened upon hearing about the passing of Hiroshi Yamauchi.

This article succinctly sums-up the man's achievements - which simply cannot be overstated. I know this from hours upon hours of research for my Honours degree. And I know this because he was responsible for some of the happiest moments of my childhood.

Rest in Peace Hiroshi Yamauchi - you definitely earned it. Oh, and tell the gods of luck I said "thanks".



Kage_88 commented on Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell Claims Nintendo "...:

Wow, Atari huh? THAT company knows a thing or two about irrelevance, eh? EH?

  • Looks at the 260 people before him who made the same joke *


Anywho, I've actually been saying for a few years now that the lines between 'handheld' and 'home console' are getting blurrier and blurrier - and Nintendo knows this. That's why it made the Wii U GamePad. That's why it merged the console and handheld R&D departments. I'm actually quite excited to see what future machines the Big N will unleash.



Kage_88 commented on Review: The Wonderful 101 (Wii U):

Day 1 buy for me.

Minor niggles aside, I'm glad this game is getting generally positive reviews. The industry NEEDS more games like this. I'm so sick of grey, generic, over-budgeted, over-produced, celebrity-pandering, DLC-ridden, patch-reliant, 'AAA' interactive movies that most 3rd parties are pumping-out these days. Y'know, the ones that are obsessed with guns n' gore - and last for a weekend.

Wonderful 101 - yet another notch in the Wii U's hat!



Kage_88 commented on Nintendo's Digital Sales Revenue Continues Upw...:

Great news for Nintendo - though I prefer to buy retail copies.

@LzQuacker - I agree. I hate it when Steam is used as the barometer for what the eShop 'should' be (along with PSN & Xbox Live).

I have Steam. I use Steam. And Steam is not perfect. The fact that I need to connect online to start a game is virtually a deal-breaker for me. I only get a game from Steam whenever I can't find it on GOG.



Kage_88 commented on Iwata: No Chance Of Nintendo's "Precious Resou...:


How would something like THIS help Nintendo's brands? Poor Sony...

@Decker22 - I'm the same. At the moment, I'm happy with Nintendo & PC. Nintendo is smart in the way it designs its hardware & software; in that they are experiences that cannot be found anywhere else. The fact that PS4 & Xbox One are basically 'PC-lite' kind of makes them redundant, in my book.



Kage_88 commented on Review: Pikmin 3 (Wii U):

Nice review. I still can't believe this game has finally arrived!

Let's not make it another nine years, eh Nintendo?



Kage_88 commented on Satoru Iwata Refutes Claim That Nintendo Is "S...:

I said this a couple of years ago, but I'll say it again;

According to Nintendo Gamer magazine, Nintendo has ¥812.8 billion in its pocket - enough to take a ¥20 billion loss every year until 2052. The company also owns ¥469 billion worth of "premises, equipment and investments" - which wouldn't run out until 2075. Even after all that, it would still have all of its valuable IP to sell before going out of business.

Iwata doesn't believe Nintendo is in trouble...because it is NOT IN TROUBLE.



Kage_88 commented on Investment Expert Feels Nintendo Earnings Miss...:

Nintendo games on phones? Not going to happen, Mr. Expert.

Nintendo has a lot of money. Fact. It is doing much better financially than Sony & Microsoft... yet Iwata and his band of merry devs are ALWAYS in the firing-line. This Nintendoom & gloom reeks of tall-poppy syndrome; because Nintendo is one the oldest and most respected companies on Earth, there seems to be a peverse desire by the haters to see the 'king' get toppled from his throne. It's a petty trait of the human race - and the sad thing is that most Ninty-foes on the internet are unaware of how foolish they really are.

Of course, I'm not saying that Nintendo should be immune to criticism - or that any news of lacklustre profits should be swept under the carpet... but I'm just sick of this double-standard that seems to seep from every news-outlet; even Nintendo's software and hardware seems to receive a constant barrage of mockery - despite the decades-old trend of high sales and critical acclaim.

...Then I step outside, into the 'real' world - and I realise how trivial all this crap really is. Fact is, Nintendo are fine, and it's games are awesome. All this doom-mongering really is a load of hot-air; a fad that will vanish over time.

If anyone here feels depressed because of all the unending negativity, then do what I do; get-off the net for a while.



Kage_88 commented on Miyamoto: GamePad's Touch Screen Primarily Use...:

@JaxonH - STOP TALKING SENSE. Thank you.

@yuwarite - Fear of change is very characteristic of so-called 'hardcore gamers', and the games industry (inluding the media) in general. Anything different (Wii, DS, Kinect, Wii U) is usually met with derision, before 'gamers' slink back to their ever-reliable twin-stick joypads and clicky-clicky mouses - playing the same old games with slightly shinier graphics. And people wonder why the industry is imploding...



Kage_88 commented on Miyamoto: Mario Will Likely Return To Single-P...:

Honestly, I think 3D World is going to be a lot better than people are expecting it to be.

Not to toot my own horn, but I'm basing this on my 'gamer's intuition' that has served me well for 25 years. I can just tell that this Mario game is going to be a cracker. It may not seem as epic or bombastic as Galaxy... but don't be fooled by 3D World's seemingly understated approach - Nintendo knows what it's doing.



Kage_88 commented on Pikmin 3 Will Need to Gather 3950MB to Downloa...:

@46 - Don't judge the breadth a game's content based on its file size.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 used only 1.5g of a 9g Wii disc, whilst its predecessor used over 3g. Yet, a game like LEGO City used 22g - and no-one would accuse it of providing an insane amount of content; especially compared to GTAV, which will fit on a tiny little Xbox 360 DVD.

In comparison, MGS4 used a full 50g of a dual-layer Blu-ray disc. While that game had a lot of content, the main reason it was so large was because uncompressed video and 7.1 audio.

Just because a game's file size is relatively small - it doesn't mean the game's actual content follows suit. It's all about smart programming. After all, how else could Nintendo have fit so many huge games on those little 1.4g GCN discs?



Kage_88 commented on Indie Developer Explains How Nintendo Made Him...:

Wait, he originally trashed the Wii U... without even playing it?

Well, that says a lot.

That aside, it's great to see Nintendo's machine starting to gain traction. There seems to be a lot of positive stories lately.



Kage_88 commented on Sakurai Explains The Reasoning Behind The New ...:

Every time Sakurai talks about his design philosophies regarding Smash Bros, I'm once again reassured that the series is in capable hands. He definitely knows what he's doing.

Can't wait to play as the Blue Bomber!



Kage_88 commented on First Impressions: Mario Kart 8:

Man, this game looks beautiful! Look at the detail in Mario's overalls!

I think this WILL be the game that finally sees Wii U's online community explode. Can't wait.



Kage_88 commented on Exclusive: Zelda's Aonuma: We're Looking Into ...:

Eeehhh... I'm not so sure.

I think DLC is great for games like Mario, where plot comes second to gameplay, and where the games can be played in bursts. They are 'gamer' games, if that makes any sense. Like toys that you can have fun with.

However, I see Zelda as more of a 'purer' experience; a refined piece of software that should not be compromised in any way. I liken it to a 'walled garden'; where the finished product should not be tampered with or altered. Like a classic book, every Zelda story should stay the same for everybody, and not be tarnished by a desire to make a quick buck through some arbitrary add-on.

EDIT: Honestly, I'm sick and tired of the DLC obsession that is plaguing the games industry at the moment. It seems like Nintendo are the only ones who know how to do it properly.



Kage_88 commented on First Impressions: Super Mario 3D World:

I have no doubt this game will be awesome fun. It's a real looker too.

Still, I can't help but be disappointed at how conservative it looks so far. Every 3D Mario game has been wildly different from the last (aside from Galaxy 2, obviously), so Mario 3D World comes across as a bit of a bitter pill to swallow ATM. I think I'll be happier once Nintendo (hopefully) confirms the return of an orchestral score, as well as crazier levels that really burst with imagination. Also, I really hope the game has a lot more content than 3D Land - especially considering the 25g capacity of the Wii U discs.

Oh, and cats FTW.



Kage_88 commented on John Leguizamo: We Were Pioneers With The Supe...:

I'm one of the 11 people on Earth that liked this film.

I guess that could be attributed to the fact I was only 5 or 6 when I first saw it; but I sometimes I watch it when the mood takes me, and I still enjoy it quite a bit.

Some of the dialogue is surprisingly sharp ("Sir, the Goombas are dancing again..."), the SFX and set design were amazing for the time, and I found Hoskins and Leguizamo to be really likeable with great chemistry.

Oh, and Dennis Hopper was the best Bowser (Er...King Koopa) ever.

EDIT: And another thing. I've never understood why the film got so much hate. I always thought it was a delightfully twisted take on the Mario universe.

EDIT 2: I also have that Luigi figure. I think I've had it as long as the movie itself's been out...



Kage_88 commented on Consumers Go Crazy For Wii U Following Xbox On...:

Well what a surprise - the Wii U is making a comeback!

I'm guessing Pachter is stuffing his face full of pizza out of sheer sadness - brought to you by the Pizza Hut Xbox App!

@Peach64 - I don't think it's so much as 'sales' that this story is emphasising; but rather the surge of interest in the Wii U right after the awful Xbox One reveal. It could be an indication that those who waited for Microsoft's reveal have made-up their minds, and are now flocking to the Wii U and/or PS4 - which can only be good for Nintendo and Sony. But you're right about the sales; only time will tell if the Wii U can sustain such momentum. Post-E3 will be a particularly pivotal time for Nintendo.



Kage_88 commented on Former Rockstar Producer Considers the Challen...:

At the risk of sounding like a broken record here...

... but this is why I'm glad Nintendo are always innovating, and never standing still. If you do the same thing over and over, then the industry is going to stagnate and implode. This may piss-off the so-called 'hardcore' gamers, but experimentation is needed to keep the marketplace fresh; whilst pushing gaming into exciting new territory. This is what I loved about DS and Wii, and Nintendo are continuing this trend with 3DS and Wii U. This is also why I'm sick of Sony and Microsoft doing the same thing over and over, whilst Western developers never seem to stop banging-on about polygons, shaders, RAM, tesselation, CPU, GPU, etc. etc... it's so painful. Publishers and developers have been shutting-down left and right, because of this 'moar powr' obsession (IMO). Returns are diminishing, yet it seems they still haven't learned their lesson; what with talk of PS4 & Xbox One being the 'true' next-generation, whilst the Wii U is literally (thanks Mark Rein) being laughed at.

But hey, who cares about wonderful games like Pikmin 3 and Wonderful 101 when the PS4 can accurately render the pores on Nathan Drake's nose?



Kage_88 commented on Poll: Do You Follow and Watch Rival Console Re...:

Yes, I follow news about Sony and Microsoft. Even though I'm a huge Nintendo fan, I still love ALL gaming consoles.

With that said, I was very unimpressed with the Xbox One. It looked to be another PS4 - essentially - which is what I was worried about. Once again, Sony and Microsoft are copying each other, whilst Nintendo are differentiating themselves with unique hardware.




Kage_88 commented on Senior EA Employee Caught Out Criticising Wii ...:

EA really is an awful company, isn't it? After all the crap it has put people through and the insanely-bad decisions it has made, this Bob Summerwill dude has the gall to trash Nintendo?

I cannot believe the stupidity of some of these industry "professionals". With loudmouths like Phil Fish and Adam Orth, I'm getting more and more tempted to stop buying western games all-together (obviously I won't...but goddamn, I don't see Japanese devs being this ignorant and annoying).

After seeing the latest Nintendo Direct, I really could not care less about EA's generic and buggy titles (not that I did before). As more of these anti-Nintendo stories are published, the more I'm convinced that EA are simply bitter about Nintendo's refusal to bend-over backwards for them.

Summerwill says that Nintendo still thinks "it's 1990" and that is should have "done a SEGA". What kind of crap is this? This is something that I would expect from an uninformed internet nitwit, not a senior designer at one of the world's largest game companies. Has he even SEEN Sega lately? The company is a shadow of its former self, not to mention the rough shape that Sony and Microsoft are in:

Yeah, Nintendo really are "walking dead", aren't they?

He then says Nintendo should stop faffing about, and just focus on making "great games". Um...hello? Nintendo has been doing this for 30 years. It has never stopped. Luigi's Mansion 2? Fire Emblem? Mario Bros. U? eShop? Hello? Anyone there?

The only somewhat accurate thing he says is in regards to 3rd party revenue...but EA aren't exactly making things easy for themselves. On Wii U, They release Mass Effect 3 - instead of the trilogy pack, and a half-assed port of FIFA '13...and the suits wonder why sales are poor?




Kage_88 commented on UK Mainstream Newspaper Declares 3DS The "Best...:

The Sun is pure garbage.

Remember the crap they printed about the 3DS when it first launched?

Typically terrible British media.

EDIT: Still, I love all the positivity surrounding a handheld that was declared 'dead' a couple of years ago. Nintendo haters really are stupid, aren't they?



Kage_88 commented on Insomniac's CEO Is Open To Working On Wii U, W...:

"As a player what I would love to see is more of those games that I grew up with. Zeldas, Marios, Metroid - those are the games I look for from Nintendo, and I hope more of them come out for the Wii U." we want new IP, or not?