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Kogorn733

Kogorn733

I support Nintendo and Sony

Male, 28, United States

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#1

Kogorn733 commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

There's plenty of room for improvement...As someone who considers the Wii U my primary system, I'd probably rate it a B-, mostly due to Nintendo's (even still) lackluster marketing efforts, the lack of a game that makes full use of Amiibo figurines (putting their future at risk), Nintendo's hesitance to use its war-chest to take risks with the Wii U (i.e. by acquiring IPs from failing studios like Capcom), and the shortage of retro games on VC.

That being said, the lack of third party so-called "AAA titles" is irrelevant to me. Year after year, publishers change fewer and fewer things about them other than graphics. Occasionally you see masterpieces like Last of Us, but most of them (sadly, excluding Last of Us) are also available on the PC, where there are more workarounds for the increasing number of bugs in such "AAA titles." Furthermore, many of these publishers frankly do not respect their consumers. They push the market more toward cloud gaming and DRM and away from ownership, implement microtransaction systems that basically scam players, and outright lie to consumers when they present their games before release. I haven't bought a product by Activision-Blizzard in years, only Bioware titles from EA, and precious few Ubisoft titles (ZombiU; Rayman Legends). These publishers are creating a bubble that I feel will burst in the next 5-6 years, and when it does, companies that favor gameplay over graphics, know how to manage their money, and who respect consumers, such as Nintendo, Indie developers, and a few third party developers, will have the last laugh.

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#2

Kogorn733 commented on The Nintendo Wii U Is Better Value For Money T...:

Triple A titles on other consoles have become, for the most part, garbage in everything but graphics, and the ones that aren't, other than Last of Us, I can just get on PC. They get released full of bugs, and are increasingly starting to nickel and dime the player. A lot of the companies that make or publish them are focusing far too much on their shareholders to the detriment of their customer base. Plus, they are pushing things in the direction of "always online," which is fine for PC but should never become the norm on consoles.

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#5

Kogorn733 commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Says Super Smash Bros. for Wi...:

I'm super excited for Smash (pre-ordered for Wii U; already have 3ds version) and the games coming in 2015. I've also pre-ordered a couple of Amiibo.

I am nervous, however, about the way Nintendo is introducing Amiibo. Although Amiibo are going to have some functionality with existing (and near future) games, there currently isn't anything along the lines of Disney Infinity or Skylanders that allows people to use them in a "play set" manner. Being able to train them in smash, for example, is not as cool as adventuring with them in a Subspace Emissary-like adventure involving all of Nintendo's characters.

First impressions are everything, and I'm worried that the introduction of Amiibo without many interesting applications for it are going to turn people off, and that those people will stay turned off when Nintendo introduces something a little more interesting for them.

The "launch now and support more fully later" plan didn't work so well with the Wii U (although the transition to HD set things back a bit too then), and I'm worried that Nintendo's launch of Amiibo may share the same problems.

That said, I'm still getting them :P

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#6

Kogorn733 commented on Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric:

I really think the amount of negative press this game has received is entirely unjustified. The game looks a lot of fun and blends platforming with some light action/beat-em-up gameplay. Sure, the characters look a bit different, but I don't think they look bad.

Day 1 purchase with Super Smash Bros U for me!

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#7

Kogorn733 commented on Nintendo Aiming To Create A Stronger Bond With...:

Nintendo has the right approach here in using smartphones to strengthen bonds and bring people TO the hardware and software, and NOT to deliver it.

The day Nintendo starts delivering its full game software directly to the smartphone/iPad low-class peasantry will be a sad day indeed. The only way to move such people back to dedicated gaming consoles is to leave them exposed to scam-based freemium and other crap exclusively for long enough that they will eventually be driven back to the higher quality products.

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#8

Kogorn733 commented on New Nintendo Direct Airing 5th November:

Let's not overhype it people! I'd rather be pleasantly surprised than surprisingly disappointed.

As such, I"m assuming this is probably gonna cover the new pokemon games, smash, and captain toad, but not much else.

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#9

Kogorn733 commented on Bayonetta 2 Falls From UK Charts After One Week:

Brand awareness, marketing, and advertising are crucial to making sales in ANY industry, let alone video games. I really don't get why Nintendo's marketing department changed so much for the worse. Nintendo used to advertise all the time! I remember seeing commercials for different games on the NES, SNES, and N64 in between shows I watched as a kid, and elsewhere. Now, I see barely any of their ads, and the ones that exist are either hidden in magazines, or focus so much on this "family gaming" aspect Nintendo is going for (which really doesn't exist). In contrast, I see commercials for different games on the PS4 and XBox One on tv constantly, and even before each movie I go to see in theaters.

Of the 3 current gen systems, I only own a Wii U, and I really want to see the console succeed. The problem, I feel, is Iwata. Iwata is creative and has a lot of great ideas when it comes to game design, but he has little business acumen, doesn't take risks, and doesn't really have Hiroshi Yamauchi's vision and global appeal. Iwata doesn't have to leave the company, but he should go back to game design. Nintendo really needs someone from the Pokemon Company (which collectively has more business acumen) to move up to run Nintendo as a whole, or needs to hire a CEO from outside.

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#11

Kogorn733 commented on Feature: Breaking Down Over 50 Must-See Things...:

The differences on the Wii U look great, but like a previous poster, I'm very disappointed that there's no real adventure mode. Subspace Emissary was a very unique experience, and I'd have preferred for there to be something like that over things like 8-player smash, the board game, etc. And an adventure mode will probably be too big to add on as DLC :(

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#13

Kogorn733 commented on Talking Point: Platinum Games Has Secured a Go...:

While I'm angry at them for developing an exclusive for the XBox One (I will never EVER forgive Microsoft for the poopoodoodoocacapoopledoople they tried to pull with their restrictive system, or the parity monkey business that goes on behind the scenes), they are one of my favorite game developers out there. You can tell in their style that they have a ton of fun when creating them.

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#18

Kogorn733 commented on Capcom Won't Greenlight Sequels If A Game Does...:

Capcom has been acting foolishly the last 5-7+ years. I'm not surprised.

It sometimes takes multiple tries to get thing right. Just because a particular game in a series doesn't sell well doesn't mean you should retire the series...it just means you need new ideas for the series. Look at what happened with Zelda! Four Swords Adventure sold terribly, and then Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword knocked it out of the park. Every series has its bad spats, and its a waste of the goodwill associated with the series to retire it early because OMG LOW SALEZ.

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#19

Kogorn733 commented on Capcom Won't Greenlight Sequels If A Game Does...:

@Nintenjoe64

I don't think this is true. Nintendo has waited a long time to release sequels/further games in some franchises (i.e. Starfox), but other than Earthbound, I can't think of very many occasions where Nintendo "retired" a major series indefinitely due to alleged lack of sales.

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#22

Kogorn733 commented on Koei Tecmo Europe All But Confirms Fatal Frame...:

To be honest, I don't think there really is any excuse for not localizing games anymore. If the localized version comes out later, fine (that's to be expected). Especially with Nintendo needing to expand it's library for the Wii U, not localizing this game would be a really stupid.

Additionally, unlike many other games, even those Nintendo itself has released (Donkey Kong Country: TF) this game actually intends to use the gamepad in a unique way. Not localizing this game is like throwing a whole bunch of positive PR for the gamepad in the trash.

@Fazermint if that is the case, then Nintendo should pay KT to localize the game. Increasing the number of quality titles for the Wii U should be their #1 priority.

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#24

Kogorn733 commented on Wii U Version of Watch Dogs to Miss Out on DLC:

@Bizzyb

I would love for there to be some kind of antitrust/competetive challenge against these "parity clauses." If they're not illegal, they should be.

It's monkey business like this that has made me promise never to buy a Microsoft console-related product, ever (unlike Microsoft, I doubt Sony has such a clause and I believe that Sony generally means well). There's not only this, but Microsoft's attempt to convince everyone that streaming/digital only was the way to go with video games and their restrictive DRM system. While they change their policy on XBone, I will never forget that they tried to institute that regime.

I'm happy the PS4 is doing well and the Wii U is improving (and I think it will eventually do well).

I'm also glad that the XBone is failing in Japan and want to see it crash and burn...miserably.

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#26

Kogorn733 commented on Super Smash Bros. Continues Chart Domination i...:

@Gerbwmu

I think it will be more of an evergreen title. The Bayonetta series, while amazing, is a very "niche" series. Other than the people who are fans of the original and/or followed Nintendo directs on it, the concept of the game might seem strange. I think after more of the reviews come out (which are really good) and word of mouth spreads that sales will greatly improve.

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#27

Kogorn733 commented on Nintendo Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary:

23 years ago I saw a commercial on tv for the original NES and begged my parents to buy it. When they refused, I showed up at pre-kindergarden the next day, stood up on a table, and yelled out the question "who has a Nintendo?!?!" A kid in the class replied that he did. We've been best friends ever since.

This company has done amazing things with unique and multifaceted franchises, and has consistent managed to entertain gamers of all ages. While some may disagree, I'm personally of the belief that one doesn't really "grow out" of Nintendo.

This is a company that knows first and foremost that games are meant to be both works of art and FUN, and has encouraged and/or purchased interests in developers that believe the same. It has its flaws, but it's flaws are greatly overshadowed by the works of art it creates, and for the fun memories they bring.

Here's to another 125 years, Nintendo, and may you continue innovating, entertaining, and creating for over a century more!

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#29

Kogorn733 commented on Nintendo Reveals Details on the Third Week of ...:

These are disappointing offerings. I was expecting ALL the old school metroid games (NES, Super Metroid, Fusion), Pokemon X/Y and Nintendoland in addition to Wii Fit U.

There's really no good excuse for X and Y not being on here, to say the least.

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#30

Kogorn733 commented on Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric Speeds To Earlier Re...:

I still don't understand why people seem to hate this Sonic game so much. While I was a bit skeptical at first, even after the E3 preview, the more and more that's been revealed, the better and better it looks and seems. I'll definitely be picking it up.

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#31

Kogorn733 commented on Review: Hyrule Warriors (Wii U):

There are many well-written reviews on both sides (such as this one), but I would not recommend the Polygon review. Most of the Polygon review basically consists of something along the lines of "this is not like other Legend of Zelda games," which shows a distinct lack of awareness and attention for what the game was designed to be (coming straight from the mouth of Miyamoto himself).

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#32

Kogorn733 commented on Sakurai Explains Reasoning Behind Removal Of I...:

Keep in mind that Sakurai never said a solution to problems managing ice climbers with the 3ds was impossible, just not a priority. Ice Climbers could still be added in at a later date. I personally would pay up to $9.99 for DLC that added ice climbers (yes I know that's overpriced, but I like them :P).

Ice Climbers aside, not all decisions regarding the character roster were good ones. Dark Pit for example, seems like a waste of a character slot. Are there really any notable differences between the two aside from appearance?

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#33

Kogorn733 commented on Impending Japanese Launch Of Super Smash Bros....:

On a side note, I'm glad my favorite diversion in the super smash bros series continues to be possible in this iteration: (creating a CPU match with four Jigglypuffs at max difficulty and setting items to hammers only, and just watching the chaos).

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#36

Kogorn733 commented on Watch Dogs Wii U Release Dates Confirmed:

I have this reserved and I'm cautiously optimistic. However, if it comes to light that the Wii U version is gimped in comparison to the other versions I'm cancelling my reservation and not buying any version.

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#38

Kogorn733 commented on From the Forum: To Buy or Not to Buy? SPIKEY W...:

@Artwark @IxC

It wouldn't be trademark coming into play here, it would (if anything) be copyright. Among the many rights copyright provides is the right to create "derivative works" (works that are "based upon" an existing work...quite the ambiguous definition). Thus, depending on how many of the game's (artistically) creative elements are imitated, this right could possibly come into play.

The basic idea of having a flying creature dodging pipes and crap though would probably be an "idea" as opposed to an artistically creative element. Otherwise, on that logic, almost every early platformer would have been deemed to infringe Mario Bros lol

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#39

Kogorn733 commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Confidently Outlines Nintendo...:

"It could cause some frowns among Nintendo's long-suffering shareholders"

Considering that there have been articles about how a good number of Nintendo's shareholders don't play video games and/or favor ridiculous predatory pricing practices like having consumers pay for Mario to "jump a little higher," the shareholders can go jump in a Bowser's Castle lake of lava as far as I'm concerned.

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#40

Kogorn733 commented on Activision Confirms That Call of Duty: Advance...:

What I'm really hoping is that mature games coming out for and tailored to the Wii U, such as Bayonetta 2, Devil's Third, Xenoblade Chronicles X, etc. do really well. If they're a big commercial success, then this will hopefully cause third parties to backpedal a bit on distancing themselves from the Wii U. We can only hope...sales momentum remains strong after Nintendo's successful E3 and Gamescon.

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#46

Kogorn733 commented on Reaction: Nintendo's Drop in Momentum Is A Big...:

Despite Nintendo's loss this quarter, I'm very optimistic for the future and feel that, after the holiday season, the Wii U will have enough momentum to be and remain successful, and that the 3ds will continue to be successful, and here's why.

(1) The Wii U gained a good deal of momentum this quarter, and is likely to continue to gain more through the holiday season and early 2015. Smash, Zelda, and Bayonetta, in particularly, are likely to be system sellers, and if they increase attach rates as Mario Kart 8 did, the Wii U will probably be nearing the "magic 10 million mark" by the end of 2015. Will it reach it? probably not, but I think it will at least hit 9 million.

(2) Nintendo appears to have recognized its marketing failures of the past. Marketing for Mario Kart 8 was very well done (with cross promotions with McDonalds, Mercedes, tv commercials, etc.), and I'm convinced it contributed to the game's success. Nintendo appears to be carrying out an equally aggressive marketing campaign for Hyrule Warriors, and is likely to continue campaigning for key titles in the future.

(3) Nintendo consolidated its R&D departments for portable and console technology and is likely to introduce new technologies that make use of 3ds/Wii U interactivity. Amiibo is only one example. Nintendo is likely to implement features that make it possible to unlock features of various games with this interactivity, which is likely to encourage people with only the 3ds or only the Wii U to buy the other system. Plus, Nintendo will be making sales from the sale of the Amiibo figures.

(4) Consumer confidence in Nintendo remains high after this year's E3, with many publications declaring that Nintendo "won"

(5) Nintendo is slowly, but surely, improving its online capabilities (although it still has a ways to go).

(6) While the 3ds has fewer titles coming out in the near future, those titles are likely to be successful. Pokemon games always sell well and have great attach rates, and Fantasy Life is likely to be as successful, if not more, than Dragon Quest IX

All of the above being said, I believe Nintendo still lacks the manpower to churn out HD titles at a respectible rate, and without dragging resources out of producing games for the 3ds. nintendo either needs to buy more studios or recruit some more outside developers to help with production.

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#49

Kogorn733 commented on Talking Point: The Wii U eShop is Raising Toug...:

Really the burden should be on the developer to post gameplay videos, screenshots, statistics, etc. about the game, and on the prospective buyer to read those and make a decision. This is how it works on Kickstarter, where there is even more money being thrown around than just the price of a digital game.

Really, if a developer provides nothing but a vague description of the game and a couple screenshots, then you shouldn't buy it.

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#50

Kogorn733 commented on Charizard Distribution Event for Pokémon X & ...:

I hope this comes to the states.

On a side note, I am very, very disappointed at the lack of special distribution events outside Japan, generally. We have three reported legendaries, and even though one has been announced (Diancie) we still have no way to get ANY of them. We also have never had a legit event (to my knowledge) for Arceus. It's ridiculous because the pokemon fanbase outside Japan is at least as large as the Japanese fanbase.