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Male, 26, Australia

Sun 18th September, 2011

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Kage_88 commented on Feature: The Legend of Zelda on Wii U - What D...:

Zelda Wii U is my most wanted game by far. Words can't express how excited I am for this!

The visuals look truly outstanding - especially compared to bland, glitchy dreck like Skyrim. Hell, I'll even go one further, and say that this game looks better than Witcher 3!

With this, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Mario Maker, Starfox, Yoshi's Woolly World, Splatoon and (hopefully) Devil's Third, this is going to be an amazing year for Wii U.



Kage_88 commented on Video: Fan Manages to Port F-Zero to the Mega ...:

@DESS-M-8 Dude, just stop.

First of all, there were only three consoles where Nintendo emphasised raw horsepower; SNES, Nintendo 64 and Gamecube - and only one of them outsold the competition. The rest of them abided by Gunpei Yokoi's 'lateral thinking of withered technology'; particularly the handheld consoles. Fact: The majority of Nintendo's most successful machines were technologically weaker.

Second, there is most definitely a smaller gap between Wii U and PS4/Xbox One, than there was between Wii and PS3/Xbox 360. All three current consoles are HD this time around, and the visuals for Sony and Microsoft's offerings have been seen as disappointing. You say Nintendo uses outdated hardware? Newsflash - ALL consoles use outdated hardware. This is also a fact.

Finally, Iwata and Miyamoto are behind the times? I always have to laugh at such an absurd notion. Have you forgotten the Wii and DS? You know, the two consoles that uprooted the entire industry? What about Wii U and 3DS? Are you going to tell me that tablet-controllers and glasses-free 3D are the results of 'outdated' thinking? Whilst the ultra-conservative PS4 and Xbox One are somehow more innovative? Give me a break.



Kage_88 commented on Short Fan Film is Set to Chronicle the Final B...:


See, this is why I'm skeptical of any Zelda live-action film.

The games are whimsical fairytales - but translated to the silver screen, it just looks so damn goofy. I've seen many people try to play Link over the years, but it simply doesn't work. They simply copy the games' aesthetic, without really thinking if it's suitable for the filmic medium.

And that Navi voice made me shudder something fierce...

Who knows, maybe one day someone will get it right; but I'd be just as happy to stick with the games!



Kage_88 commented on Trashmania Trilogy Developer Unsure Of Wii U e...:

@Animan13 Coming from a novelist, I know first hand what a pain in the ass marketing is. I should've hired an agent 😅

Anyway, whatever it is you're going through, just know that I'm rooting for you. Think positively, and don't give up on your dreams! You can do it!



Kage_88 commented on Satoru Iwata Reiterates Plans for Quality of L...:

@LUIGITORNADO - Slamming Nintendo for focusing on the 'blue ocean' strategy, whilst admonishing them for being 'conservative'. That is the very definition of 'contradictory'.


No wonder I don't come here as often as I used to.



Kage_88 commented on Live-Action Netflix Series For The Legend of Z...:

@PlywoodStick - I think you're over-analysing this. By 'Game of Thrones', I'm pretty sure they just mean 'it'll be a fantasy'.

I gotta feel for Nintendo. On one side, we have analysts and stock holders pulling one arm whilst shouting "Expand IP! MONEY NAO!". Meanwhile, fans are clutching Nintendo's other limb and crying "Everything is terrible! DON'T DO EET!11!1"

They are caught between a rock and a hard place. Still, it's clear that the firm is at least willing to take a chance and experiment with movies (like the Kid Icarus and Pikmin shorts, as well as Animal Crossing), and hasn't fully abandoned the TV space (Kirby).

I said this when the potential Mario movie was revealed, and I'll say it again here; the biggest issue with all of this is the ideology that permeates Nintendo's franchises. They emphasise the role of the player (the 'experience'), whilst complicated storytelling is a secondary goal (unlike, say, Sony's games). I feel that turning them into non-interactive experiences will dilute their appeal.

Still, I could be surprised. Maybe it'll be good.



Kage_88 commented on YouTube Stars Aren't Happy With Nintendo's Rev...:

How many comments are we on now? 455? Yikes, that's a big number.

I thought long and hard about what I was gonna say. There have been passionate arguments on both sides of the fence, and I was going to give my two cents on the whole matter...

...And then I read about all the new Xenoblade Chronicles X info, which made me realise that I truly, positively, 100%, don't give a crap about ANY of this rubbish. Nintendo does whatever Nintendo does. Maybe they're right - and maybe they're wrong. Maybe they're being smart - and maybe they're being dumb.




Kage_88 commented on Video: YouTube's Gaming Historian Takes Offens...:

LOL, this is definitely not a case of horrid racism.

Even today, most Japanese people don't have the same Western mentality of what constitutes a 'racist' caricature - let alone in the pre-internet age. Some may call them ignorant - but I simply see them as culturally different.

Even if that WASN'T the case, this example isn't exactly 'Uncle Remus' material. Gaming back then was simpler and more innocent. The Zulu Mario is just a broad representation of African culture in a simplistic handheld game - surely that's nothing to rage about? If an Aussie Mario was pictured as a Crocodile Dundee-esque character, I know I wouldn't be offended!



Kage_88 commented on Feature: A Year in Development - Renegade Kid:

Cool interview!

Despite certain disappointments (no Moon or Mutant Mudds+ here in Aus, Cult County bungle) I'm still very much in support of Renegade Kid. Jools has always struck me as a great and honest developer, which is always welcome in today's industry!



Kage_88 commented on Nintendo Highlights Great Games in a Rather Pr...:

I don't have a PS4 and Xbox One (getting them next year).

With that said, I've been more than happy with my Wii U and 3DS. Bayonetta 2 was my personal GOTY, and I often think of the console as a 'GCN 2.0' (low sales, but consistently awesome games).

Next year is going to be even better: Zelda U, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Mario Maker, Starfox, Splatoon, Kirby, Majora's Mask, Codename S.T.E.A.M, Xenoblade 3DS... And hopefully we'll see Project Zero, Devil's Third and Yoshi Wooly World too!



Kage_88 commented on The World's Oldest Video Game Media Brand Is B...:

Not sad at all to see CVG finally end.

Losing the magazine sucked, sure. But the website was utterly crap, with misleading, clickbait headlines and shoddy 'journalism' that echoed the UK's 'finest'.

And considering Games Radar is even worse, I won't be holding my breath for this. Pass.



Kage_88 commented on One Of The Most Successful Nintendo Games Of 2...:

I suddenly got an image of a wise old man just finishing telling a Christmas story to a bunch of kids; "...And that, my children, is the power of IP branding. The end!"

He then closes the book and hangs himself.



Kage_88 commented on Sony Pictures Is In Negotiations With Nintendo...:

IMO, a Mario movie needs to be like a Pixar one; a film that has heart, and isn't a cheaply animated turd with pop-culture references that only serve to make people cringe.

With that said, I'm picturing a comedy/adventure film with a Studio Ghibli-esque vibe.



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.