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Sun 20th January, 2008

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McHaggis commented on Mario Kart 8 Producer Explains The Absence of ...:

I always enjoy a good chuckle, and that's what I get from reading the comments on this site. In particularly, whenever a negative aspect of a Nintendo product or business decision comes up in the news on a site, it's guaranteed that so many people will immediately leap to Nintendo's defence. There's so much ignorance and bias when it's not really necessary. Case in point, "we don't need a track editor because Nintendo's tracks are awesome", is ignorant because of the use of "we" to mean "I", and also the fact that eventually even the most loyal of fans are going to get bored of racing the same tracks over and over.

That being said, I never really go in for level/track editors much. I guess I'm not really that creative or just don't want to put the time in. I can still see why it would be a desirable feature for a lot of gamers, though, and that is reason enough for me to want it to be included too.

Plus, imagine an online mode that was custom tracks only. A 5-race GP randomly picking from the top 100 tracks based on Miiverse "Yeah" count, or something.



McHaggis commented on Wii Sports Club Free Trial Swings Into Play in...:

@RetroBillyT: I'm not sure I agree. Wii Sports Resort had 12 sports and launched at £34.99 including a Motion Plus adapter.

At £9 per sport, Wii Sports Club offers 3 sports for around the same price if we knock off the value of a Motion Plus adapter. Sure, they look better but I would argue that most of the groundwork was already there. There's the add online infrastructure, of course, but I still think anything more than £5 per sport is poor value for money.

I have bought a day pass, however, which I think is fairly reasonable for all the sports. I know if I paid the full price for each sport I probably would spend more than it would cost me in day passes to play over 2 years, so I'm going to wait until they release more sports and add a good deal.



McHaggis commented on Guitar/DJ/Band Hero DLC Catalogues Getting Unp...:

It seems like a strange move. I guess they're not selling much DLC these days, but would it do any harm just leaving it there?

I don't play much anymore, but most of my DLC was for Rock Band anyway, which worked better with my V-Drums.



McHaggis commented on Nintendo and Retro Studios Speak on Resistance...:


"After the Philips CDi the Mario and Zelda games, Nintendo vowed to never again allow one of their games on someone else's console."

That's not really the same thing (and they didn't really vow anything, they did what they had to at the time to get out of their deal with Philips). Nintendo didn't develop those games and had little or no creative input for them. What people are debating is if Nintendo should themselves develop games for other platforms.



McHaggis commented on Soapbox: A Case For The Defence: Castlevania 64:

I remember this, it was certainly tough. Me and my brother stayed up really late playing it into the night every night for ages. I'd definitely be interested in a sequel.

However, I want a classic Metroidvania‒style Castlevania game for the 3DS more. The DS got 3 classic Castlevania games but all we've had for the 3DS is Mirror of Fate (and there's no classic Metroid in sight).



McHaggis commented on Feature: The Weird and Wonderful World of Nint...:

The ornamental thumb pad isn't as pointless as you might think. At times where you need to push the analog stick to the right for a length of time, I sometimes find my thumb slowly slipping from the tip. This happens even more on my partner's pink 3DS XL: her thumb pad is a slightly lighter colour than mine but is much more difficult to grip.

Maybe I just sweat more in my hands at times of intense gaming, but an ornamental thumb pad wouldn't have these problems.



McHaggis commented on Nintendo Patented an "Illumination Device" for...:

Microsoft took this a lot further with the IllumiRoom, but it would presently be too expensive for the average consumer. It looks like Nintendo got their patent in first, too, but being a peripheral that stands on top of the TV and emits colours, I don't think Microsoft's would be infringing.



McHaggis commented on $1.2 Billion Wiped Off Nintendo's Market Value...:

'I really sound like an "Iwata-fanboy" - even to myself - by now, but he is excellent at his job'

I have to disagree with this. Don't get me wrong, I think Iwata is great as the face of Nintendo and I like the guy much more than shark-like executives that you see running western companies, he just isn't excellent at his job. He's solely responsible for the bad decisions the company makes. It's those bad decisions that have led to the Wii U's disappointing performance and the company's third consecutive annual operating loss. Again, I don't think he's a particularly bad CEO, but he's far from excellent right now.



McHaggis commented on Retro Could Work On Miyamoto-Led Project In Th...:

@Kifa Other M wasn't 2.5D―a term that was coined for 3D games that restrict movement to a 2D plane―, and it certainly wasn't what anyone would consider a classic Metroid game. I'm talking side-scrolling, more akin to Super Metroid, but with some nice 2.5D camera panning, perhaps.

Don't get me wrong, I loved the Prime Trilogy and I even enjoyed Other M, albeit to a lesser extent. But we've had 4 3D Metroid games since the last 2D game (Zero Mission), so I'd be happier if the games returned to their roots now. Or, perhaps they could work on a 2.5D game for the 3DS whilst creating the next cinematic 3D game for the Wii U, I certainly wouldn't argue ;).



McHaggis commented on UK Retailer GAME States Ambition to be at the ...:

This is actually one area where I think GAME are moving in the right direction. I purchased my first full retail download title, Bravely Default, at the end of December and got it for £32.99 instead of the eShop's £39.99. One of the few times that I've applauded the price points at GAME.

It's Nintendo that need to move forward with digital content. They charge so much but there are so many disadvantages over buying cartridges. The 5 3DS XL consoles in my home make downloading retail games a no go because we can't share them, so I'm still sticking with game cards for the majority of my purchases.



McHaggis commented on Nintendo Ordered to Pay Royalties on 3DS Sales...:

@Therrus: so you're willing to write this guy off as a patent troll until someone shows you otherwise? To quote your original post:

"I'll be honest: this company sucks. Let's sue everyone cuz we can make money with it..."

Maybe you'd like to provide a source for other companies that Tomita Technologies USA have sued? Perhaps some credible article that bolsters your reason to believe that the company sucks? No? But I'm the one conjuring out of thin air?

Since you asked, there's plenty of articles stating a few more facts, including one here on Nintendo Life.


'So how about all the other companies that Nintendo claims to have come to them with 3D technology? Should every one of the other options that Nintendo turned down come back and sue them then?'

Well, only if they sincerely believe that Nintendo's technology infringes. My guess is that they have all thoroughly investigated the 3DS and found it to be non-infringing otherwise they would most definitely have sued by now (assuming they could afford it).

This is exactly what I was talking about in my first post; you guys were quick to write off the supposed inventor of the technology, but how would you feel if you tried to sell a patented invention to a company and they sidestepped you several years later with suspiciously similar technology? For some people, inventing technology is their livelihood and they're just trying to make a living like everybody else. They deserve to get paid if people use their technology and that's the whole point of patents.

Of course, Nintendo could be innocent in all this and they really might not infringe. Then again, anyone remember Anascape v. Nintendo? Nintendo were ordered to pay $21 million back in 2008, they lost an appeal that same year and the judgement was finally overturned in 2010. That could happen here, too, although it's been up in front of 3 judges already and not looking good for Nintendo.



McHaggis commented on Nintendo Ordered to Pay Royalties on 3DS Sales...:

You guys are forgetting that this guy approached Nintendo with his patented technology before they built the 3DS. It's not like he patented something akin to vapourware; he invented something, patented it and tried to sell it. Calling the justice system a joke, or the guy a patent troll, or evil is just embarrassing for you because you know absolutely nothing about the case and can't see past your oh-so-obvious bias for Nintendo.

Of course, I'm not saying that Nintendo are infringing, that's for the courts to decide. Which they have done, several times in Tomita's favour.



McHaggis commented on System Maintenance Targeting Wii Sports Club S...:

Although I enjoy some of the sports, e.g bowling and golf, I refuse to purchase them for £8.99 each. Wii Sports Resort included 12 sports at an RRP of £39.99. If Wii Sports Club ends up with the same 12 sports, that's just shy of £108.

I would have definitely considered £4.99 per game.



McHaggis commented on Review: Bravely Default (3DS):

@zipmon: not sure if this helps, but the demo says the final version is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese. I'm not sure if all those languages are present on the UK version of the retail game, but that usually is the case, IIRC.



McHaggis commented on StreetPass Relay Point Improvements and Free S...:

Well, this is good news for me, since our household has 5 3DS consoles. So at least the odds of all of us streetpassing has gone up. The downside is, I've visited 3 MacDonalds restaurants in my area since the relays were launched, and none of them seem to give me any hits.



McHaggis commented on DuckTales: Remastered Hits Retail Shelves in N...:

My son is still playing the digital release I bought on day 1, almost every day (he's only 3, but can do pretty much all the levels apart from the final "race" without needing any help).

I do think this game is a bit short for a retail release, even at $19.99. If you're quick and don't care about unlocking the artwork/soundtrack extras even a novice could complete the game in about an hour.

@CountWavula: it's not exactly the same, no. Some of the layout has changed with new tasks in each level, the boss battles are different, and there's also cut scenes and voice acting. Also, the soundtrack is fantastic.



McHaggis commented on Video: Ubisoft Unveils Illuminating New Child ...:

@unrandomsam: still not over the Rayman Legends delay? I was a little miffed at first, but... seriously, it's gone, it's in the past. Buy the game and you will not be disappointed.

To say that Ubisoft are poisoning the 3rd-party market for the Wii U makes you reek of bitterness and you're clearly blind to the fact that Ubisoft are one of the few companies still driving 3rd-party on the Wii U. If they went the way of THQ and sold their IP to other companies, the Wii U would see even less games (god forbid any of this stuff would be bought by EA). Of course, that's not going to happen.

On a side note, did you actually watch the trailer? This game looks amazing and quite original. The battle mechanics remind me of Grandia's, particularly the timeline and being able to cancel an enemy's action.



McHaggis commented on Rumour: Hacker Unlocks Three New Legendary Pok...:

@belmont: Hackers have been able to play around with the 3DS RAM for a while now, even when games are running.

Smealum doesn't really have any reason to lie. He's made some good progress hacking the 3DS recently, although I prefer it when people don't ruin surprises for the rest of the world.



McHaggis commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Catch-22 With Retail...:

The only thing that would get me to pay eShop prices for games is if I could download the game to more than one 3DS. As it currently stands, buying a game download for myself means that I can't share it with my kids, whereas if I buy a retail game card then we can all share it between us.

I get it, Nintendo don't want to undercut retailers, but they should at least try to do something to offer extra value for money.



McHaggis commented on Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut Will ...:

@Emblem just after I posted a whiny comment about publishers wanting the Wii U to fail, I saw your own about the price in the UK. That pretty much puts it in the "can't complain" category for me.

I had a little trouble finding it as "deus ex wii u" brought up the spanish import version at £33. The link is here if anyone's looking.



McHaggis commented on IDC Expects Console Sales To Rise This Year:

Console sales set to increase in the same year that two major companies release their latest console? And you say this is compared to previous years where console sales have been declining, perhaps because most people have one by then?

I don't know how these industry experts come up with such wild predictions, it's totally radical!



McHaggis commented on FIFA 14 on 3DS is Officially Just a Kit and Ro...:

Clearly, people are blind enough to fork out another £40 on new kits and rosters. This is why I haven't bought a FIFA game since FIFA '98.

This is living proof of greed on EA's part. They could have quite easily released this as FIFA 13 DLC instead and charged people much less for it. Instead, they deceive unsuspecting customers into thinking this is a new game, when it isn't.



McHaggis commented on Publishers Reveal Sales Figures for Skylanders...:

I'm getting my kids Disney Infinity for the Wii U for Xmas. I know for certain they'll like it because it has characters from their favourite films. I can't say the same for Skylanders, but it's definitely going to be able to hold its own.



McHaggis commented on Iwata Asks Connects With The Team Behind Stree...:

One of the problems I've experienced with the relays is when you visit in groups. Say a family visit the relay location and two of the children have 3DS consoles. There's a race between the consoles to retrieve the relay data first, and the first to do so becomes the next relay data. The other child's console would have already exchanged StreetPass data with his/her sibling, so they would receive nothing.

In my household, there are 5 3DS consoles, so we don't really benefit much from the relays. It's pretty much luck of the draw.



McHaggis commented on Video: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD ...:

Already had this (and A Link Between Worlds) pre-ordered since it first went up on Lucky for me, since the price has gone up by £5 in the last couple of days. I'll be looking forward to not sleeping much on the weekend it's released.

The updated graphics really do the original so much justice, it is just about perfect. An extra dungeon wouldn't have gone amiss, but it's well worth the money just as it is.



McHaggis commented on Capcom Reiterates Stance On Further Disney Rem...:

I bought Duck Tales: Remastered, but I don't think it was quite worth £11.99... about half that would have been fairer, I think. I would consider Chip N Dale if it were remastered, I still have that (and Duck Tales) for my NES.



McHaggis commented on Nintendo's $30.2 Million 3DS Patent Infringeme...:

@ejamer: you're right, it's a flawed system and the outcome isn't always the right one (though, appeals can help here as they have done for Nintendo in the past). My point was more that we can't really judge either party as commenters like @Tobias95 does in #26, @Justaguest in #27, @DarkKirby in #21. Particularly the latter makes an unfair statement regarding Tomita being a patent squatter, when in fact he actually approached Nintendo with the technology 10 years ago.

We shouldn't be so quick to judge, is all I'm saying.



McHaggis commented on Nintendo's $30.2 Million 3DS Patent Infringeme...:

@Araknie: you meant "Virtual Boy" to imply that Nintendo should be somehow protected because they had a 3D device before. Your "serious" reply just confirms that you don't really know how patents work. I'm no expert, either, but I tend to reserve judgement unless the verdict is extremely apparent (and I don't agree with software patents at all).

You don't patent the end result (ie 3D screen), you patent the method used to achieve the result (ie parallax barrier).

"How do you prove that Nintendo has infringed it's patent? They found the original creators schemes in Nintendo's HQ or something to prove it in the Nintendo schemes, becuase it needs to be 100% the same to be a patent infringment or something similar."
Patent infringement does not need to be wilful in order for a lawsuit. Two entities can develop similar technology completely independently without knowing about the other's work. If one obtains a patent before the other's work is made public, then the other party would be infringing by making their similar technology available.

And, no, it doesn't have to be 100% the same technology. For Nintendo to have lost this case twice, it either must not be abundantly clear that their technology is different or they must actually be infringing. All I was saying is that people should have a right to protect their intellectual property, and barely anybody reading this article will be qualified to judge either party.



McHaggis commented on Nintendo's $30.2 Million 3DS Patent Infringeme...:

@The_Joker, @Araknie: The Virtual Boy is different technology. It uses two screens, one for each eye. Chances are that the technology was either ubiquitous and not patented or Nintendo licensed the technology. What Tomita is suing for is the parallax method used on the 3DS screen.

Aside from that, I think you're embarrassing yourselves by leaping to Nintendo's defence. If somebody invented and patented the technology before them, then that person is fully justified in seeking compensation for their invention. Nintendo may be entirely convinced that they're not infringing, but it's up to the courts to decide, not us Nintendo fans with little-to-no legal expertise who haven't even looked at all the relevant documents.