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Kevlar44

Kevlar44

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#2

Kevlar44 commented on 3DS Saber Rider Game Back In Development, Kick...:

@Rafie The Dreamcast version kinda seems like a bad idea to me (i still got mine too and it's tip top other than the stupid internal clock battery being dead) since i know how easy it is to pirate anything for it and i'd assume that'll be a popular choice for anyone with one.

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#3

Kevlar44 commented on 3DS Saber Rider Game Back In Development, Kick...:

@SmithJurd Considering the fellow in charge used to be a Nintendo staffer i'm thinking he's aware of the appropriate channels to go through for something like this. I may be wrong but it's far from crazy IMO that he'd be aware enough to determine the stretch goal to be plausible. As we saw with the scummy Project Cars nothing is guaranteed as far as stretch goals, you fund the project for the game and you hope it's popular enough to get everything else included not the other way around.

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#4

Kevlar44 commented on Shovel Knight amiibo Confirms "Evolving" Relat...:

@Morpheel I'm somewhat mystified as to why you would warn someone for a rational and well thought out reply, the internet needs more of that not less. He avoided derogatory comments and like he said was simply defending himself, why police someone that doesn't need to be policed? That's simply unnecessary censorship and to be quite honest is the type of thing that discourages intelligent people from posting. If we don't hold one another accountable for what we say, who will? As the internet becomes increasingly more of a prominent place of human interaction i think it's imperative that we hold one another accountable for our comments, even if it leads to somewhat heated, yet non-derogatory, discussions. I won't say anymore but i just don't get why that kind of comment should be discouraged, defeating perceived ignorance with a rational and well articulated opinion is a virtue to these discussions, not a hindrance, as ignorance should be met with opposition and not a deferral to political correctness.

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Kevlar44 commented on Rumour: XSEED Less Than Happy With Nintendo's ...:

@Jimtaro I'm well aware of what constitutes professional journalism. The reality is they called it a "rumour", which is to say it's based off an unconfirmed source. A "rumour" is not factual and should not be regarded as such, if an individual is unable to ascertain the difference between "news" and a "rumour" i don't feel as if anyone should be compelled to cater to such ignorance. The first word of the headline is "rumour", this isn't poor journalism, it isn't reasonable to expect an ideal source to be cited or to regard this article as being irrefutably factual.

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#7

Kevlar44 commented on Shovel Knight amiibo Confirms "Evolving" Relat...:

@crimsontadpoles Please tell me what game 10 years plus ago had as much content as Shovel Knight for a 15 dollar game, and we haven't even gotten all the content of the initial purchase. Anyone against this Shovel Knight Amiibo please give me an example. It's such nonsense, Shovel Knight has provided insane value for it's price point. The Amiibo content is cool and maybe not quite worth the 12 dollar cost, but the Amiibo itself is easily worth 12 dollars as a toy/figurine, and the content isn't essential to being able to enjoy the game. In fact it's exclusive to Nintendo consoles. I'd love a Shovel Knight Amiibo and i'm the cheapest dude around, i won't even buy EA games anymore because of the online pass BS. I just don't think you're argument is historically accurate, i've been gaming since the NES and never have i been able to get the amount of value from a game that indie devs like Shovel Knight have been offering. Never. 27 dollars and you get a cool figurine, a solid length adventure, and a ton of alternate modes and ways to experience the game. That's terrific value, and damn near unprecedented.

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Kevlar44 commented on Shovel Knight amiibo Confirms "Evolving" Relat...:

@FLUX_CAPACITOR , go you, and all those unreasonable entitled folks who want something for nothing.
Whiners going to whine. It's like people think that the purpose of a company that employs people isn't to make money. The only reason i show up to my job is for the money, which i need to feed and support my family, so why should they be expected to be different and offer up charity or convenience out of the kindness of their heart. It's BS. Supply and demand isn't something you can just expect people to ignore. It's clearly a feature that's been developed after the fact, hence it isn't on Xbox/PS4, so it's hardly a surprise that they would want some compensation for their work. Given the fact you get a tangible item and some additional content i fail to see how this isn't decent value. Perhaps it would be nice if you could purchase this stuff without the Amiibo for a cheaper price but that's not really the consumers decision and it's not rational to expect them to make buisness desicion with anything other than profitability in mind. This idea that all these features would exist regardless and now they're just adding them behind a paywall is ridiculous, how could anyone know that? If anything video games are adding value compared to yesteryear not taking it away, sure EA are scummy with online passes and stuff but this isn't the same thing. Just absurdity.

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#9

Kevlar44 commented on Rumour: XSEED Less Than Happy With Nintendo's ...:

@Jimtaro And many readers are interested in hearing inside information, i appreciate these articles and the work that goes into bringing us these sources. Nintendolife has been very reputable in posting rumors, i'm willing to trust them to the degree i find the story likely and i certainly appreciate the insight. I would strongly suggest these articles are appreciated far more than not.

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Kevlar44 commented on The Piracy of amiibo Now Seems Possible With t...:

I don't think it's a big deal, a large part of the value when it comes to Amiibo is the physical property. Amiibo is popular because Nintendo gamers love having their favourite characters in statue form for a reasonable price. I think Nintendo would be wise to make a virtual Amiibo app to do the same thing but at a small cost, making it possible for users who don't want to purchase the Amiibo be able to get the content for a much cheaper price. Throw in a screen saver here and a ringtone there and you add some value to the purchase and probably have yourself a pretty popular app.

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#13

Kevlar44 commented on Video: Three Reasons Why You Should Be Pumped ...:

This expansion looks awesome. I enjoyed Shovel Knight but i found it to be a bit overhyped considering i enjoyed Teslagrad and SteamWorld Dig quite a bit more. However the fact that they are releasing this new version of the game quite a bit after i beat it and with new exclusive areas has me really excited to play through it again. Plague Knight seems very interesting and different gameplay wise so it won't feel redundant. The Challenge mode however might be my favourite addition, it's a mode that's appealed to me in the past in other games (e.g. NSMBU) and it looks very well fleshed out in thee video.

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#14

Kevlar44 commented on Video: Three Reasons Why You Should Be Pumped ...:

@SirQuincealot

Haha. I thought it was really easy i barely died. I also love old school games like Ghosts n' Goblins, MegaMan, Mario 3 , and DKC so comparatively speaking i found it a lot easier than the games i cut my teeth on as a kid. If you want to get good at platformers i'd suggest getting good at the classics. If you can beat those kinds of games you won't struggle with modern games that are more balanced.

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#16

Kevlar44 commented on Genyo Takeda The Likely Choice For Nintendo Pr...:

@abe_hikura

I've thought the same thing. He's got the right kind of experience in many ways having but despite managing his own studio he's still possibly short in managerial experience, but who's to say Takeda and Miyamoto can't help him with that. Sakurai i think would inject some more conventional ideas while still honoring the legacy of innovation and forward thinking of Iwata. He's an interesting person to consider IMO, but having been outside of Nintendo for so long i highly doubt it.

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#17

Kevlar44 commented on Obituary: Satoru Iwata:

@JaxonH

Hit it right on the head, he came across as a truly genuine and well meaning human being. Nintendo under Iwata valued a humanistic approach to entertainment, and that is a very unusual for a large corporation today. I was truly a fan, i hope that whoever takes over next will provide the same reverence for Iwata's legacy that he did for Yamauchi's.

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#22

Kevlar44 commented on Review: Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U):

Good Feel is an outstanding developer, that's 3 home runs in a row now. WarioLand Shake It was terrific and Kirby's Epic Yarn was a fun game despite it being very easy to beat and a great option for co-op with less skilled players.

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#24

Kevlar44 commented on Editorial: Cheer Up, There Are Some Exciting G...:

It was disappointing given the lack of big releases, spinoffs aren't major releases, but i am stoked for quite a few games. I think StarFox, Zelda, Metroid Prime:FF (which i think does fit in to the universe, and i like the idea of a spinoff) should be really fun. Mario Maker is probably my most anticipated game since a Link between Worlds (as a NES/SNES kid i love throwbacks, Metroid maker would be incredible but i digress). Yoshi should also be terrific and despite the fact i've never been into Yoshi games Good Feel always delivers. Xenoblade to me is the best looking JRPG i've ever seen, and i might actually play it (i rarely play JRPG's). I think what honestly hurt them the most, for me at least, is they've been killing it the last few E3's with surprise releases. Also their major releases were all known beforehand, with no major surprise reveals after establishing an expectation for that the last few years.

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#28

Kevlar44 commented on Ryu, Roy, New Stages and More Now Available in...:

I think Nintendo vs Capcom is going to be a thing... They put a ton of effort into Roy and have been very good to Capcom in Smash Bros. It would only make sense, it's a massive crossover for a franchise that loves it's crossovers.

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#29

Kevlar44 commented on Hyrule Warriors Is Slashing Its Way to 3DS:

@omalleycat215

Cool, good to know. I believe the game is just shy of 9 gb with all the DLC content included so it seems pretty extreme to me, although i'm sure they'll find ways to shrink the size of the game via textures and whatnot given the 3DS being less powerful. It's going to be interesting to see.

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#30

Kevlar44 commented on Fresh European Trademark for Diddy Kong Cranks...:

I've been thinking since Diddy was left out of Mario Kart that a sequel to DKR could finally happen. I really wonder if it's Retro doing it given their work on Donkey Kong and Mario Kart 8. I could also see Monster Games doing/collaborating on it given their background in Racing games and work on the Donkey Kong Country Returns 3DS. How cool would it be if Retro was co developing this with Monster Games and making a new Metroid? I could also see it being a similar situation but with a 3rd DKC game instead, this time starring Diddy and Dixie. Interesting stuff.

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#31

Kevlar44 commented on Hyrule Warriors Is Slashing Its Way to 3DS:

@bezerker99

The Wii U version has the excellent multiplayer option where one person gets the gamepad and the other the TV, because the game is easy for anyone to pick up and play i've found i've been able to get a lot of use out of it despite not usually playing multiplayer games. I also have sincere doubts that a 3DS version could have all the content the Wii U version had considering the astonishing amount of content in that game.

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#33

Kevlar44 commented on Nintendo of America Unleashes a Nintendo Direc...:

They must really be loaded up for E3 if they're having a direct with multiple reveals like this. I think this is smart as these are lesser titles that would otherwise be overlooked.

Also Zelda Williams seems to be obviously be the contestant they teased.

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#34

Kevlar44 commented on Project CARS Studio Boss Admits to Problems Wi...:

I don't see how this is Nintendo's fault to anyone. I agree the Wii U could have been a bit more powerful but i do think Nintendo tends to have the right idea when developing consoles. Nintendo consoles are well priced, i find the XBone and PS4 to be far too pricey, they are extremely energy efficent in comparison and in a dying world that matters, they are also historically more reliable given their penchant as a company for using perfected/dated technology. I knew alot of people with "Red rings of death" meanwhile i still own nearly every Nintendo i've ever bought.

Third part support is an issue but the biggest reason it's a problem is on Nintendo consoles it's much harder to compete, the reality is the biggest and best video game developer in the world is Nintendo and this eats up a large amount of consumer interest/spending. I buy more Nintendo games than anything because i almost always know they will be good. Another issue is obviously the architecture of the console makes it difficult to optimize but the GPU intensive way the Wii U goes about doing things i've heard is actually ahead of it's time and the way of the future, it's certainly much more energy efficient.

Basically i don't want Nintendo to change in terms of game development priorities, i'm not buying a Sony this gen as for pretty much the same price i can overclock a G3258 and have a gaming PC as good or better than a console. Nintendo at least does something unique and innovative with every generation, i love my Wii U, and doesn't just focus on making the graphics look better. Nintendo may not be as relevant as Xbox and Playstation right now but their business model is far more superior and sustainable in the longterm.

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#35

Kevlar44 commented on Project CARS Studio Boss Admits to Problems Wi...:

I don't see how this isn't basically stealing if they don't optimize a version for the Wii U, even if it takes a graphical hit. They lied about progress the entire time and were funded based on a flat out lie of it coming to the Wii U, if you receive funding based on a promise like that then you have to figure something out. They say economics is an issue, well i'd think it's an issue for those that funded this project for the Wii U version.

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#38

Kevlar44 commented on Nintendo Ditches Plans To Create New Hardware ...:

I think the reality is Nintendo doesn't want to at this point in time incur the losses that starting up in a new country would likely entail. Others have listed a bunch of rational reasons as to why it may be difficult there.

The reason the iQue was fine for them i'd imagine had to do with the fact they likely had spare consoles/parts they could cheaply convert. If you further consider the fact it was dated technology, it likely would have also been cheap to manufacture if they needed to. Just my guess on the whole matter.

As for QOL it's already known that the first product is a sleep sensor. http://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-reveals-first-quality-of-life-product-a-s/1100-6423266/

There's even a video out there of the likely product made under the name of Nintendo's partner in this venture.

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#40

Kevlar44 commented on Poll: Did The Splatoon Global Testfire Hit Its...:

@Operative

In fairness you tried only one version of the charge blaster (there's many more guns that just 4) and from what i saw you can actually get quite competent, despite my struggles with it as well. Also considering it was two maps, all turf war, i don't think it's really fair to judge it as being monotonous. It's a Demo...

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#41

Kevlar44 commented on Poll: Did The Splatoon Global Testfire Hit Its...:

I'd love another chance to play but in fairness it's awesome that i could try before buying, and hour of gameplay in a demo is actually quite impressive, most Demo's can be played as long as you want but there's very rarely any substantial content. I think one more test run won't hurt anyone and just build more hype.

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#42

Kevlar44 commented on Video: Here Is The Trailer For The Delayed Wii...:

I wasn't impressed with this game when it first came around but they have done an excellent job polishing the aesthetics. Very impressed at the progress they've made and if it plays well i'll most likely be picking it up. It's nice to see projects turn out better than i expected.

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#43

Kevlar44 commented on Nintendo and Universal Studios Announce Theme ...:

If they do anything like what they did with Harry Potter the possibilities could be amazing, Universal Studios is an excellent theme park and probably the best parter possible, i wouldn't be surprised to see them take over the slots of many Marvel characters over time given the odd licensing situation. The thing i like about Universal over Disney is it opens the possibility up for better thrill rides.

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#46

Kevlar44 commented on Elliot Quest Patch Fixes Bugs and Graveyard Gl...:

Very good game but i unfortunatley came across the graveyard glitch and deleted my game literally the day before he announced a second patch to fix the issue. Oh well at least it was a good game and i won't have to wander to find the next place to go.

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#47

Kevlar44 commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Problems With Trends and...:

@Quorthon

In regards to 1st paragraph: Are you seriously going to tell me Nintendo doesn't have more creative freedom when choosing what kind of games to make because they control the hardware? What non console manufacturer has had success developing controller peripherals? Are you telling me a WiiMote, DS, Gamepad, ect.. didn't create new design possibilities? Of course they did. Censoring is a CHOICE Nintendo makes, as we've seen with Bayonetta and the upcoming Devil's Third they can do whatever they want. Censorship also has nothing to do with my comment..

Paragraph 2+3: Nostalgia is something you brought up and said Nintendo would no longer have, i was simply stating that they still would not that kids would have more for Nintendo or none for PS/Xbox. My argument was that nostalgia wouldn't be an issue, especially given the strength of their IP's in relation to PS/Xbox, and that it wasn't something they catered much too anyways. Basically i disagree with how little nostalgia you seem to think young gamers will one day have for Nintendo as well as the idea that Nintendo's main focus is on appealing to it.

Paragraph 4 to quote: Did you know 1 million units sold is an impressive number? Also Mario Kart 8 is certainly a system seller, the Wii version is why my parents bought the console. 4.8 million units for a shade under 10 million consoles is a crazy attach rate around 50%. The Wii game had by your numbers around a 35% attach rate. How many publishers can release games with even 20% attach rates? GTA5 as a best case scenario sold 45 million copies on 4 consoles and PC, by your own count it's only 10 million more than Mario Kart Wii. Look on VGchartz and see the highest selling games, Nintendo owns the top. I always thought this was a well known fact, people buy Nintendo's to play Nintendo games, it's part of the reason 3rd parties will sometimes shy away. And of course that says nothing of the WiiMotes and Wheels Mario Kart sold which generated tons of profit. Nintendo doesn't have to strike gold on every release.

If they maintain their brand their penchant for innovation will most likely see them in the very least prone to large boons (as we've seen). Manufacturing consoles and the peripherals that go with them is a very profitable business, they made money selling only 20 million gamecubes and then made an insane amount selling 250 million DS/Wii consoles the next gen. Seems like a very good business model to me, one with limitless potential not just at the mercy of the hardware available to them. Mario Party failing isn't good for business , nor is forcing them to put more money into the game in order to find a way to make it more enjoyable, it's also not like this game is broken or not enjoyed by many.

It's not unusal for a console to struggle in it's early years in terms of profit, as more people get the Wii U and 3DS Nintendo makes exponentially more money by selling software meaning their profits in the prime-later years should be very strong. It's also not like they were haemorrhaging money, and it's also not like Xbox or Sony haven't lost money ever either, in fact afaik it was such a big deal when Nintendo posted losses because it almost never happens unlike Sony or Xbox. I'm pretty sure nobody knows of the Wii U is being sold at a loss and from what i've gathered it isn't being sold at a loss at all, a source for that claim would be good.

The rest: The mobile game division i don't think is intended to be anything more than a support platform to get people more likely to be interested in mainline Nintendo products. You're seeing things very short sighted, sure in individual instances they can make more on a game by increasing how many are sold but it would need to make up for royalties from 3rd party games, hardware and peripheral income, as well as the loss of sales as you suggest they might have for games like Mario Party. As a game maker only they lose the potential to make the massive profits that they did with the Wii/DS age.

I have no idea why you bring up the NX. The Dreamcast and Wii U aren't close to the same thing. The Wii U is still being made and Nintendo isn't anywhere close to being anywhere close to being almost bankrupt, or in other words they have A LOT of money. The Wii U doesn't have a major pirating issue causing a lack of software sales. Nintendo hasn't destroyed consumer confidence by releasing two add on's and a system that they failed and they quickly abandoned, and that says nothing of the nomad or game gear. Sega wasn't considered reliable, didn't have as many killer IP's, had a lemon for a disc drive, was almost broke, and was mismanaged to boot.

You realize that they've sold over 50 million 3DS's right? The Wii U isn't the only console they have and even then it isn't selling THAT bad. Unlike Atari and Sega, Nintendo has a sterling reputation. There's a reason Nintendo has a ton of cash, they have an extremely profitable business model.

Nintendo is bad at designing hardware? The DS and Wii were two giant success's that spawned many imitation products from it's competitiors who both initally designed their console based on the designs Nintendo first created. Also Nintendo makes very durable consoles, very environmentally friendly in terms of power usage, and IMO has by far the most features as it relates to gaming. I play all systems and i find my Wii U is by far my most used.

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#48

Kevlar44 commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Problems With Trends and...:

@Yorumi

It's not really debatable, Nintendo is one of the most successful companies in the world. Could they improve, of course. One thing to consider is the field in which they are in is rapidly expanding and changing, making improvment a limitless goal. The focus for Nintendo has to be on the future which IMO will end up being one in which entertainment and computer functions intersect on multiple devices, the cloud is an example. For Nintendo to continue their success and push it even farther they need to have a more modern interface in which to work with, the next Nintendo console needs to be a smart device and a game machine. I think DeNA is going to help them do that. They don't need to change much in terms of game development, i think more NA studios would help and a greater emphasis on online functions would be the biggest thing they could do.

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#49

Kevlar44 commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Problems With Trends and...:

@Kirk

You seem to get the gist of the problem when it comes to the banking system in the USA, but don't kid yourself the bankers came from Europe and it's now a Global issue. Also one should be aware that at the conclusion of WW2 Japan ratified what is essentially a copy of the American constitution, meaning that they are actually very similar countries in terms of government and economics.

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#50

Kevlar44 commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Problems With Trends and...:

It's not that simple either, and i didn't want to make the whole argument given how lengthy that would be. There is no guarantee the attach rate would stay the same given a move to another console, first off there would be more competition in terms of software most likely reducing sales as people only have so much money and for those who it's no issue for they can buy a Nintendo console anyway. Secondly there would likely be a loss of some/many of their primary demographic given the significantly higher price of a PS4/Xbox One to a 3DS or even Wii U. It may also reduce the quality of the games as they no longer control the hardware, certainly innovation will be stifled. Also they couldn't as easily support their platforms and games with mini-platforms like Amiibo, i'm also sure it would probably bump up development costs associated with their games as Nintendo advances technology in a more prudent manner. And obviously they would no longer collect royalties on 3rd party games, which even now i'm sure is a healthy source of profit for them. It will also increase costs and risks associated with publishing titles not developed by Nintendo. So many reasons...