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MIDP commented on Site News: A Brief Update on Our Mario Tennis:...:

But I think they had some kind of VS where you could either go "random", "loser", "winner" etc. in MK7, if I'm not mistaken. The thing they didn't have in local was that you couldn't decide if you wanted to go 4-32 races which you have always been able to in the other titles. That is the biggest reason I love MK in general, you can get together locally with like 4 people you know, and do these really big tourneys with 12, 16 or sometimes even 32 races with a half time snack break.
So the absence of that kind of ruined it for me, not very much can happen within 4 races, either you win or you lose, no dramatic comebacks, no scrambling for points, no calculating on how many points you need the last X races in order to secure victory. Those are the things I enjoy with my friends.

On Smash, that is the weird thing, I specifically was online regularly when the updates had just come out, maybe like a week after they had been up. But still no activity. The problem wasn't no activity, the problem is the way they have set it up. It is set up so that in order to play, you have to randomly be inside and part of a tourney that happens to have someone in it at the moment, but that's nuts if you ask me. So now you can have 200 people online, all in separate tourneys all alone waiting for others, instead of having a system where all these could make 2-4 tourneys together. That is the problem.

Its funny, I bought Splatoon on launch but still haven't had time to play.
I've been really busy lately, but I have to check it out while its still active.

Is it possible to play Splatoon Game Pad only?



MIDP commented on Timing Of NX Launch Could Help Nintendo Grab S...:

@FullbringIchigo Very good point.
I think that the Wii U as well as the New 3DS are Nintendos finest consoles by far.
I bring my n3DS everywhere, and the Wii U has so many great games.
I do agree that 3rd party support is important though. Sports games are nowhere to be found because they can't be developed in the same quality as other consoles, and of course that is a deal breaker.
Look at games like FIFA, Madden, NHL. Of course that matters.

The FIFA for 3DS is basically a no effort. They just rehash it and didn't even try with the first one. And I don't even mean like "it is almost similar with some tweaks", no, it is literally the same game rehashed every year. And it is pretty bad.
The PES series was in my opinion the games I've had the most fun with on my 3DS, as well as Nintendo Pocket Football Club. KIU and Pokemon are of course fantastic too. But whenever I look at hours played, that tells a completely different story.
I'd imagine that having NHL for the 3DS would sell really well since more 3DS owners live in America compared to Europe, and since NHL usually sells proportionally better overseas, that would probably sell better than PES has.
I think its and easier game to pull off and turn into something people can enjoy online.

Anyways, sports games, then of course FPS's just have to be the biggest deal breakers that Nintendo misses out on. Just look at Splatoon, it is doing great. It is not an FPS, but it feels a lot like it is giving that whole "FPS Online" experience that people get on other consoles, and that is what I feel that Nintendo owners are missing out on. Its that whole online community atmosphere, it really has to get better.

So no, I really don't like Pachter, but it really looks like he nailed it on everything he said above.

Another thing is, Nintendo has the best first party support of any console, probably, and the most iconic franchises. So there is one thing that makes it so annoying to think about how cheap their strategy is.

Wii U's biggest problem the way I understood it, it was way too difficult for developers to port their games there, and they wouldn't look as good.
The Game Pad I love, it is the best thing in my opinion, but it is also the thing that jacked the price.
But I can't help to think that, what if the console would had just been 100$ - 150$ more expensive with the newest technology in the machine.
I feel that most Nintendo fans would've probably have bought it anyways, but then it could have gotten the GTA's and Fallouts and FIFA etc. and more people would've bought it anyways?
If 12 million or whatever it was bought Fallout 4 on Launch, what if the Wii U had've had the equivalent to that, I can't remember what was released during that time, but like GTA or COD or something, wouldn't that had led to people buying it?
Especially if the console was significantly stronger than the 360 and PS3 at the time?
They would've gotten a head start and an install base and games, since they would had been easier to port. Later they could've made a price cut when the XBone and PS4 had started to pick up, and get even more people to get the Nintendo console since it would had been the one with the momentum?

I don't know, but it feels like it would had made sense.



MIDP commented on Site News: A Brief Update on Our Mario Tennis:...:

@Grumblevolcano Well, I kind of disagree.
Mario Kart 8, It's online is allright I guess, not great though.
What I really thought of was MK7 which is terrible in my opinion, well, OK at most maybe.
The problem is that it is so unnecessary complicated to start a community race with friends. You have to time it right and go in and out until you're in the same group, unnecessary annoying.
The other thing is that you can not customize your communities. 4 Race only, no CPU's.
I get that you might not want CPU's for some competitive reasons, but that's why it should be a choice. Whenever I play with my brother and girlfriend, it is just so stupid because we'll be only the 3 of us racing, which makes it so unbalanced.

Smash 4, I think is terrible too. The regular online is OK, but I've tried to join Tourneys like a 100 times, and only gotten to play once, against one guy.
So basically, I've been waiting around for people for hours.
That is probably the worst online ever.
They could've easily have made it like other games where you join a lobby and see who's online and what games are about to start etc.
I think there is no excuse for how bad it is, other than that it would've been good if it worked.

And for Mario Tennis 3DS, like I said, I agree that online is bad, but I would not rather be without it. I still play it online fairly often. If it was without the online, I'd probably not play it at all.
But like I said, it has that typical Nintendo failure to it, all they would've needed was to let you choose the rules like in local, is that really that much to ask for?
That would make it a pretty strong, or at least waaay stronger online mode.

I'm happy that you like MK8 and Smash online though, its good that they can satisfy some people.
What do you think about MK7 though?
Don't you find the things I mention annoying, or is it no biggie?



MIDP commented on Review: Freedom Planet (Wii U eShop):

If you own a Wii U, you simply MUST get this!
I think it's the best retro platformer to have come out of late.
Even better than Shovel Knight, and I love Shovel Knight.
I know this was out on other systems before, so I never really got to play it.
Now, it might be one of the best games I've ever played!
Seriously, it is easily a 10 out of 10, at least 9, this review is really underappreciating the game!



MIDP commented on Review: Freedom Planet (Wii U eShop):

I strongly disagree on the Sonic bosses.
The ones you mentioned are pretty easy.
I mean, I was able to beat Sonic 2, 3 and Knuckles with the only one being challenging being Sonic 2...when I was 9!
The final one without rings in Sonic 2 is really the only one I find difficult.
Sure, some of them are not cake walks, but an overwhelming majority is pretty easy.



MIDP commented on Talking Point: Five Key Challenges Nintendo Fa...:

Yep, its actually crazy how Nintendo have even been able to survive without FIFA, NHL and Madden.
Having those games on a console should ship at least 10 milion units alone.
I don't own an XBOne nor a PS4, but I have been thinking of getting one.
Why? The same and only reason that I bought my 360, FIFA and NHL.
Now I might actually wait til E3 to see what Nintendo might present, and if it NX will support those titles, no problem.
Otherwise I'll pick up one of the two mentioned above, without hesitation.



MIDP commented on Video: Learn About Alternate Costume Origins I...:

No, they didn't, that's why I disliked the video.
Some of the examples were right. Others were just totally made up. You could see to comparisons where one looked nothing like the other.
It felt pretty stupid.
Then they ddn't even bring in the Link ones, Dark Link etc.
I know it said they'll add what's missing, but come on, the Link ones are the most obvious, they should be impossible to miss.



MIDP commented on The Pokémon Company Sues Fan for Copyright In...:

Anyone up for a petition to have The Pokemon Company retract their demand?
I personally don't feel like buying their products after something like this. It doesn't matter how much you I love Pokemon, this is BS.

The problems here are:

  • Sure, they have the right to protect their IP, but they could have told this guy, like they did "Drop the party" and then continue on with their business instead of demanding 4k from him.
  • The biggest problem is that they should encourage this, since it is LITERALLY PROMOTING their product.
    It was not like he was making a huge chunk of money of it, he wanted to cover expenses for throwing a party where he was showing his love for Pokemon.

If we as fans need to worry about showing our love for Pokemon, because they could demand money like this from us, then at least I am willing to take my money elsewhere.

The Pokemon Company deserves all the negative press they could get from this.



MIDP commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2015 - Q4 ...:

Xenoblade X is obivously an exciting game, except that I probably won't buy it since I won't find time to play it. I haven't even played the first one yet...
So I think that Mario Tennis'll be the only one I'll buy...hmm...

When looking at this, the thing that I am hoping for the most is:

  • Another big Smash Update, with DLC characters and stages basically.
  • A Mario Maker Update. It still keeps me very busy, but it's always fun with new things to the games we love, and there are plenty of more cool things that could be added to the already perfect Mario Maker.
  • More info on Pokemon Go
  • More info on the next Pokemon
  • Speaking of... isn't Pokken Tournament coming out this quarter, or is that in 2016?


MIDP commented on This Is The Last Real Console Cycle, Proclaims...:

I dislike him too, but he seems pretty much spot on everything here.
If anything, Nintendo would benefit, maybe the most of this change, if only they could execute a little better.
Their games are simply amazing, yet most people don't even know of them.
A few days ago, I spoke to some people where I am from, who either own PS4 or XBone.
4 people who play a lot of games. Only 1 of them knew of the Metal Gear series.
So basically, what I'm saying is, and what Pachter is saying, for us who sit here and comment on games we love, its easy to forget that we are a small percentage of gamers out there.
We might be some of the more dedicated ones, some of us, not even me, to be honest, but you get my point.
So if now, 10 milion has a chance to play Mario Kart 8, how many more do you think would play it if they could get the experience without owning a console?
Honestly, I'd say about EVERY one, that I show Mario Kart, or any other great Nintendo title love it. They usually want to get a console, the thing is, like with everything sales, finishing that funnel on the other side is difficult if it means paying more than around 100 bucks.
If the risk gets smaller, more people take it.
Just look at microtransactions...



MIDP commented on Quest Forge: By Order Of Kings Mixes Zelda And...:

Oh ok, those are some good points.
I am aware that you need clearance from Nintendo, but assumed that a well developed game would (seeing as there is so much unacceptable content already) get that.
Other than that I see what you are saying.

I still have that feeling that, even though it is only a "fun, side project", they could have gotten it cleared, and released it through the E-Shop as well regardless, as it is still work that they have put in, and some people would maybe appreciate the game.

Because if a studio does something, even if it is a side project for fun, then that is still a product that can give them a return, an IP, credit, etc.
The only reason I see why it would not have been worth it, is if the clearance simply is too expensive, or they feel that the project doesn't have enough quality to represent them.

Because I am really trying to see it the way you present it, but every time it comes back to "Well, you can still always have it on the E-Shop too".
I know that I am not buying it, since I don't have an NES, but I may have, if it was on the E-Shop. Instead, I am going to read this article, then never hear about the developer or game again.

So I guess it just comes down to me being a little disappointed that this company could have done something in a different way than I think may have been better for them.
Hopefully I am wrong!



MIDP commented on Quest Forge: By Order Of Kings Mixes Zelda And...:

Yeah, why would they do this???
Put it out on the E-Shop and have a physical copy that the hardcore can buy if they want to...
I mean, not for me, but for them.
I guess their strategy is to sell it for 34 bucks, and have the few hardcore to really buy it, but at the same time, they would probably have more people buying it for 10 bucks on the E-Shop anyways, at least 4 per every 1 copy on a real NES?
But hey, if this works, I'm very happy for them, I just don't see it and hate to see studios with interesting games go down because they had a weird marketing strategy...



MIDP commented on Nintendo Download: 10th September (Europe):

Is there a difference between the physical Mario Maker and the download?
Other than the obvious of course. What I mean is, does it always come with that special Amiibo or is there something else really cool about it?



MIDP commented on Poll: Which Is The Best Super Mario Platformer...:

I was just thinking this morning about a list like this and realized that my all time favorite is Super Mario 64 DS.
Crazy enough, a list like that pops up, but ironically doesn't have my favorite as an option.
Here I chose 64 because, its kind of the closest, but in reality its not how I feel.
I think the DS version brought way more because you could have it on the go, and with different characters etc. a WAY better game in my opinion.

1. Super Mario 64 DS
2. Super Mario 3D World
3. Super Mario Bros 3
4. New Super Mario Bros U
5. Super Mario Galaxy
6. New Super Mario Bros Wii
7. Super Mario 3D Land

The rest is difficult to put in order.
Super Mario World though was the first I grew up with, and I somehow find it very overrated, even though I love the game, of course.



MIDP commented on Nintendo of America Makes Young Boy's Dream Co...:

I don't think it's because they're racist. In a company many things run from Japan, how is a person supposed to be the head of that without fully understanding the language and the culture.
It would unfortunately make a lot of things more complicated.
There of course is a part of it where one can ask about how he would be perceived by the Japanese investors and the public, if he, as an american would be the head of the company, and you can call that racism (the subtle form) if you want to.
But even if you took that away, the main problem first mentioned would still remain, and that's why I find it difficult to accuse them of racism being a reason.
Because I am a 100% sure that if they knew to a 100% without any doubt that it would make them money by having Reggie as CEO of NOJ, they would.



MIDP commented on Mario Memories: Pre-Internet Timeline Confusio...:

I only got to "really" play it after World, and I still like it way more than World.
I only had an SNES but remember really wanting an NES to be able to play Mario 3 that I had seen so many times and played at friends places.
So finally one day, we got All Stars!

The rest is history...or something



MIDP commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Dismissal of Chris P...:

I just read that SuicideGirl thing.
So what, only because a member on an adult site has listed a Nintendo game as one of her favorite games, they filed a lawsuit!?
WTF Nintendo?
Like, WTF for real, I dont even know where to begin...

They tell a fan to not promote their product, because they think the fan is bad for their image...whats next, are you going to select what fans can even play your games at all?

Out of all the ridiculous things Nintendo has ever done, that is the worst I've heard. I've always backed them no matter what, but this is like discrimination as well as bad morals in my opinion.
I didn't even know one could get sued or force to not write "ZELDA" on the internet.
Are they going to block our comments here to then? I guess they could technically then.

Please tell me I've misunderstood what was in that info, like it was a joke or something, because the way I feel about this now...I'm not sure if I am going to keep buying any Nintendo products in the future...
I'm seriously so disappointed right now.



MIDP commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Dismissal of Chris P...:

Wow, I've lost a bunch of amazing jobs, but seriously.
That is really a failure mentality. I understand that one is sad, almost, kind of.
Whenever my jobs end, I just recharge and come back stronger to the next place.
What I think I am trying to say is, he's making it sound like he is the only person who ever lost a job...



MIDP commented on Chris Prangar, Nintendo Treehouse Staffer Who ...:

How can he say he did NOT see it coming, I even wrote it was coming
This was my comment:

"Is it just me or do that team (whoever was talking in the interveiw/podcast) need a new spokesperson?
Or was that just poorly written from sounds to text?
Sure, I understood the point, but there is like a milion ways to make that sound way more professional than that.
This was almost at the level of Mega Man Legends 3..."

If I said something like that in any of my jobs, while I worked in America I'd get fired too.
Which kind of sucks since the freedom of speech should be free always...



MIDP commented on Review: DK: Jungle Climber (Wii U eShop / DS):

I think this is one of the most underappreciated games ever.
The gameplay is really unique and feels truly good to play. You use the shoulder buttons to kind of swing yourself, and its really a lot about having a nice "flow".
Its a great game on the go that is simply put, simply a lot of fun.

I personally would give this game an 8.

Since this version is not on the go, I can kind of see why its not an 8.
That shouldnt take away the fun that the story provides however.



MIDP commented on Mighty No. 9 Producer Shares Regret Over Delay...:

...and of course, planning a little better, even though that argument doesn't make too much sense either really, since one has to assume they did try to plan with the knowledge they had, and since that wasn't enough, they wouldn't had done differently.
So all they can do then is to plan better for next time.



MIDP commented on Mighty No. 9 Producer Shares Regret Over Delay...:

Exactly. Like he says, its bad, and it sucks.
But planning stuff when you have a lot of stretch goals that get reached when you didn't plan on ever reaching them in the first place of course has to be difficult.
Essentially, that should had been put in to account when planned initially.
But it is very easy for me to see how, you have this plan and timeline, but then you run into some bumps you didn't plan on running into initially, which in itself leads to some more bumps, then another thing you may not have counted on shows up.

And since they probably pay people on monthly pay rolls, it makes even more sense that they have to move teams that do nothing, to do something.
A smaller company really needs to make sure to take every revenue stream possible, if they sit and lose out on some money, and they run into something unexpected later, that might in fact be the difference of bankruptcy compared to being able to maybe survive another few months to be able to recover.
Thats why Nintendo will survive fine with the Wii U losing them money, because they have made sure to generate enough money to be able to take a fall like that, maybe even 2, 3 or 4.
At the end of the day, a company needs to always try to make as much money as possible, because that gives them a better chance to deliver better products.

The only thing I see that they've done wrong is the way, as he says, they've presented all of it. It should have been way better informed to the backers and the fans, and explained why it is OK for them to start Red Ash while doing Mighty No 9 at the same time.



MIDP commented on Chris Pranger From Nintendo Treehouse Discusse...:

Is it just me or do that team (whoever was talking in the interveiw/podcast) need a new spokesperson?
Or was that just poorly written from sounds to text?
Sure, I understood the point, but there is like a milion ways to make that sound way more professional than that.
This was almost at the level of Mega Man Legends 3...



MIDP commented on Masahiro Sakurai Tackles Criticisms of Bonus F...:

Well spoken. It is like "Pokemon Amie" or customizing your character in Pokemon (Which still I don't understand why they had to remove, and their bs excuse to why was terrible).

Extra features that are there if you want to use them, otherwise don't, and just play the game and enjoy.
Some reviewers sure are...bad at reviewing I guess...or something along those lines.