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Tue 5th February, 2013

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

I'll be curious to see if this means Shovel Knight's next outing will be either exclusivelyor predominantly tied to Ninty? And I wonder if this amiibo will be used in Super Mario Maker?

Oh, and if Shovel Knight gets an amiibo as a 3rd party friend, Bayonetta DEFINETELY DESERVES ONE.



MrGawain commented on Updated 'Roadmap' Infographic Shows Nintendo's...:

It's weird to think that even after all of this news that's been released, nothing has changed for me. I still want the same 5 games, and know when I'm going to get them. Not a bad line up, but no where near last year's Bayonetta/Smash/Cpt Toad/Hyrule Warriors/Fantasy Life/Pokemon filled Holiday.



MrGawain commented on Nintendo Confirms Super Mario Maker Console Bu...:

Wow, what a understated way to announce the end of the year.

Admittedly I'm still more excited for Mario Maker, Tri Force Heroes, Chibi Robo, Star Fox and Xenoblade than anything coming to my newly purchased, rarely plugged in PS4.



MrGawain commented on New Patent Sparks Talk of Potential NX Details:

Physical is essential to me, partly because of the security it brings that you own a game, but having recently bought a PS4 and learning how long it takes to download full games through the PS Shop (3 days for SSF4?), I fear Nintendo would go down the same route. I can download the games, it's just it mucks up being able to watch anything via the internet at the same time.



MrGawain commented on Ubisoft Announces Just Dance: Disney Party 2 I...:

I've always longed for a Just Dance: Assassin's Creed edition, where you have to lunge uncontrollably and then jerk to a halt as you try to keep in time with the two blokes having a conversation that you aren't listening to because you keep lunging in front of hidden marksmen and off of buildings your supposed to stay on.



MrGawain commented on Talking Point: Considering the Future of Ninte...:

Admittedly there hasn't been a Direct in a while, but there are 2 reasons for that: A. I'm guessing Nintendo don't know if Iwata's successor will take over the direct or a separate presenter will be chosen. And B: We haven't had much to talk about in releases since E3 (Mario Maker being the next big release that Nintendo is acknowledging), coupled with the fact it's unlikely Nintendo have very little new titles to announce.

Personally I think the biggest thing the ND has done is change the perception of Nintendo from a bunch of foreign businessmen and the Mad as a box of Frogs Miyamoto, to a collection of very talented and commited artists who love what they do. The Directs allow the issues with translation to not be a problem, which puts Ninty at a disadvantage in the west against US Xbox and International Sony. The Direct gives Nintendo a voice that people pay attention to as it's unique and finely polished yet human.



MrGawain commented on Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Acknowledges Nintendo a...:

Yup Nintendo have great exclusives. Like the ones in Rare Replay.

Admittedly how this mutual respect is Spencer gushes at how good Nintendo are, and Yoshida gushes at how wonderful Nintendo are, and Nintendo refuse to mention the other two by name and point out they don't care about making experiences that aren't fun. And yet I can't help buy love Ninty and still don't entirey trust the other two, even after purchasing a PS4.



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

If he was working for ASDA and he had said 'we get these customers whining about us not stocking Brand X Biscuits' he would of been fired and no one would of batted an eyelid. It was disrespectful to Nintendo's customers to phrase it the way he did. What he said was very true and honest, but you have to have boundaries in Public Relations, which he unfortunately crossed.



MrGawain commented on Weirdness: Female UFC Champ Was A Huge Pokémo...:

These days everyone is a nerd. The world is now accepting of fantasy tv shows like Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead, you like non chart music (because the charts no longer mean anything), and everyone plays cartoon games on their phones, so what's wrong about playing cartoon games on a console? All entertainment is open to everyone at any time. Look at Rowsey's UFC: Even watching people bareknuckle boxing and breaking each others limbs isn't frowned upon any more.

Admittedly dressing up as pokemon and running around the park is deemed a little odd and geekish, but there are people that do it.



MrGawain commented on Exclusive: Check Out Runbow's Complete Cast of...:

There is something thought provoking in the concept of 'Independent' studios IP being united when companies like Ubisoft, or Konami, or EA's franchises being so partitioned off from each other. Just like Smash Bros, it's a wonderful marketing tool to gain publicity for these characters.

I know I probably wouldn't of played Fire Emblem or Pikmin if it wasn't for Smash Bros, and I'm not even that much of a fan of Smash Bros.



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

A few points I'd like to make:

1. Nintendo took a gamble on Xenoblade, at the end of the Wii's lifespan. It wasn't just about translating it to English, but French and Spanish and German etc... it succeeded, but what if it hadn't? Nintendo od Europe would of had to foot the bill. Congratulate them.

2. Just because a game get's localized doesn't mean retailers will stock it, no matter if the fanbase says they want it.

3. If you put a team on localizing, that means they can't work on something else. So not only could you make a loss on game A, but you could lose out on game B.

4. Nintendo ARE localizing a lot more games recently (Fire Emblem Fates, Xenoblade X, SMTFE, Fatal Frame, Inazuma 11, Yokai Watch etc) that wouldn't have been localized before. So why are we complaining about Wii games not being localized now?



MrGawain commented on Disney Infinity Sales Struggling To Maintain M...:

I think a lot of people got annoyed with the 1st game after buying figures like Wreck it Ralph, Jack Skellington and Mickey and found out they didn't have a story to play through- they were glorified skins for the toybox. The 2nd game was worse with only Marvel characters being given any story packs. At least Skylanders is a story any figure from any gen can play through, but even that has gone overkill with figure overkill. People are excited for Lego Dimensions, but it seems to be very expensively priced to get all the content- and you have to ask if it'll really add to the tired Lego game formula.

Even with amiibo you have to ask once the Smash line is finished, what can Ninty make to keep us interested?



MrGawain commented on The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes Dated, P...:

All these stories suggest Nintendo have foregone doing a Direct this month due to the passing of Iwata.

I would of thought Zelda Tri Force Heroes would have been Ninty's Christmas game- apparently there isn't a 3DS Christmas game this year.
Also it does seem Nintendo is firing most of it's big guns in the September to October apart from Starfox and Xenoblade.

(And no, AC amiibo festival and Mario Tennis aren't big guns).



MrGawain commented on Rare Co-Founder Has No Idea Why Nintendo Didn'...:

Seeing you can't buy the people that make the games (that's slavery and illegal), all your really buying is their equipment and land (which isn't a big deal), and their IP- which Microsoft showed withouf making use of withers away quickly, and without iconic status like Mario and Link can be easily aped to be a 'spiritual successor', just like what were seeing now.



MrGawain commented on Nintendo Treehouse Staffer Talks Localisation,...:


Seeing the rest of the games industry is built on Nintendo's innovation, I guess it's fair play to pinch a few ideas back. They probably keep tabs on the overall tone of narratives modern popular games have so they can judge what a certain game's localisation should be like. They take a Japanese game and have to translate it, but do you translate that into complex dialogue, simple words, things with double meanings? Do you keep the Japanese cultural references, or do you Americanise it, or do you invent something imaginary to call food or clothes or musical instruments? Do you make the humour bland, or sarcastic, or subtle, or slightly risque?

It makes sense to figure out what the current generation of games players like, and cater to their tastes. Because let's be honest; an RPG is made up of well over 60% in it's plot and dialogue.



MrGawain commented on Soapbox: It's A Tragedy That Rare Replay Isn't...:

Curious to see how this sells. It may seem like these games fit with the Nintendo audience, but even more how they don't fit with the traditional image of the XBox fans.

Not to mention it just adds another remake/remaster to this generation of consoles. Microsoft seem to be very apathetic to putting any effort into furthering the future of Conker, Battletoads or Banjo.



MrGawain commented on Zombi Reveal Trailer Suggests That Wii U Gamer...:

I don't really know Ubisoft's history of game making before the Wii U, but since then all they've seemed to do is port, re-skin, and swap a killer hoodie for a boke in a baseball cap with and cell phone whilst forgetting to optimise and bug test their games. Even EA make more effort.



MrGawain commented on Team17 Is Publishing Yooka-Laylee And Wants To...:

It would seem to me you can't say 'were doing a physical copy', when people have promised money (that they can still take back) for digital copies. Further down the line when they release this in 2015-2017, it makes sense to expand the customer base that has either no interest or no ability to buy the digital release. The box being on a shelf in a store is advertising in itself that you don't get lost in the lists of steam and the PS Store.



MrGawain commented on Nintendo NX Might Be The First Social VR Platf...:

How analyst's think: This is what the general market would do, so Nintendo is likely to follow that.

How anyone who knows Nintendo thinks: Whatever I can think up is exactly not what Nintendo are going to do.

Miyamoto or Takeda won't be Iwata's replacement either.



MrGawain commented on Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated ...:

I have a theory that Wii U owners come from a long line of Nintendo owning gamers brought up on Japanese games from Konami, Capcom, Namco, Sega, and Square. We like weird, colourful and (dirty phrase) 'kid friendly' games, because that's what we know. American titles aren't so much keyed into our tastes.

In my opinion, Nintendo needs to keep it's Japanese partners happy- Platinum, Sega, Namco, Capcom- and aim to get them to bring games like Tekken, Street Fighter, Dark Souls, and Resident Evil to the NX. I get the feeling Wii U gamers also want Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, and Castlevania- all Japanese properties.

Ubisoft, EA, and Activision and Warner are welcome to support the system, but I don't think that's the real developers for Nintendo systems.



MrGawain commented on Players Reached Splatoon's Level Cap So Fast T...:

Once I finished the single player and got the scrolls, I forgot about Splatoon and moved on to Yoshi and Arkham. I like the idea of going back in August after I've finished the other games and catch up with all the new stuff.



MrGawain commented on Vote For The Next Character To Appear In Disne...:

I heard a story the other day about a parent taking a 7 year old child to Disneyland to see Anna and Elza, and having to explain who Mickey Mouse was. If Disney don't put their classic cast in a CG film soon, they'll lose all relevance to this generation coming.



MrGawain commented on Exclusive: Project CARS "Simply Too Much For W...:

Out of curiosity, can anyone name the last 3rd party title that had no Nintendo (Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta 2 don't count) help that we weren't let down by or disappointed about?

Because I'm stumped all the way back to Arkham City.



MrGawain commented on Industry Analysts Speculate On Nintendo's Futu...:

I would guess the course has already been set for the next two years or so. I you look at the front runners who are in the media we have:

Miyamoto: Unlikely as it seems Miyamoto is all about creativity and the business side would hinder his artistic aims.

Takeda: Nintendo's hardware guru. Perhaps a little old and unaccustomed to the media spotlight to be a direct replacement.

Aonuma: Right man, wrong time. He is a good age, pretty media smart and seems to thrive spinning lots of plates at once. But until Zelda U is done, this man should not be let out of his cell- I mean office.

Reggie: American. Unlikely to take charge of a Japanese company.

Satoru Shibata: My choice. Former head of Nintendo Australia and now Nintendo Europe, he has youth, being Japanese, speaking English, and already fronting the Euro side of the Directs. Not really sure how connected to Nintendo's development side though.

Sakurai: We already know Sakurai won't be making any more Smash games, but he's proven himself in as a very creative man who gives the fans what they want. He's media savvy in both twitter and Directs, and he has youth on his side. The question is if he wants the big chair?



MrGawain commented on Nintendo Still Hasn't Decided Which Zelda Time...:

The only time I've experienced voice chat was someone shouting muffled obscenties at me in Injustice, just before they rage quit. Never played it online again.

The truth is all the time we've felt limitations on where we could go, how high we could jump, what we could skip, and who we could talk to has hindered the fun, were now realising in modern gaming that sometimes more is less, and there are invisible walls so not to destroy the challenge.

I hope the 'open world' Zelda doesn't suffer with giving us too much freedom.



MrGawain commented on Negative Reception For Devil's Third Is Due To...:

The whole point of journalists reviewing games is to give us their opinions before we spend our money. We don't have to listen but chances are if 20 different sites are saying 'this game is broken and dull', the chances are that's the truth. W101 got some bad reviews, but it also got some wonderful reviews. This seems to be just a bad game. Itagaki will have trouble making another game if this one flops, but then if he can't make a functional game that a large group of people enjoy, that's his own fault.

Remember: any game can be criticised.

Except Nintendo produced ones. Thy're faultless.



MrGawain commented on First Impressions: Trying to Believe in Devil'...:

To me this seems like an abandoned game 80% done that has been converted to run on a Wii U. The truth is most ports to the Wii U (and it could be said a lot of multiplats in general) have deep issues, whereas a lot of games built from the ground up (Bayonetta 2, Mario Kart 8, Mario 3D World) are regularly described as 'looking too good to be Wii U games'. Perhaps this does betray the idea of power being the solution to all graphical problems with games. I'm guessing the controls and aiming are likely to be linked to the issues with the graphics.

Personally for me beyond its performance issues, the games could easily be mistaken for a number of vanilla FPS with a bald bloke with tattoos. Not the sort of game I play, and no real selling point to tempt me into doing so.



MrGawain commented on Wreck-It Ralph 2 Confirmed to be Smashing Its ...:

Personally I think if Mario is in this film, it has to be kept to a short cameo/joke, otherwise Mario will overshadow everything else in the film. Like Mickey Mouse, Superman, Hulk Hogan or Michael Jackson, the image of him is so iconic around the world anything you put him in will be about him even if you don't put his name on the front of it.



MrGawain commented on Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away Ag...:

Very sad. He wasn't just the guy in charge of the money and keeping the shareholders happy, he really cared about Nintendo's reputation, it's core values, it's history, us fans, and filling both the games and the way he presented the games on the Nintendo Direct with fun.

The fact so many people care about a guy running a corporation in another country shows we could all see how much he cared for Nintendo.



MrGawain commented on Poll: What Do You Want From Nintendo's NX Plat...:

I voted for a dual handheld and console system, because I think we need a handheld to be available as a Wii U style controller- trust me you'll miss it if it goes- for miiverse, web exploring, and games like mario maker and splatoon.

As for games, I'm only really fussed for Japanese 3rd party games. I really don't think people buy Nintendo consoles to play GTA and Far Cry. Plus the dream of console and handheld unification must appeal to Japanese developers with the market the way it is now.



MrGawain commented on Rumour: Nintendo Isn't Bringing Devil's Third ...:

Whereas Bayonetta 2 had a strong pedigree, a top notch production value, a quirky sense of humour and a deeply Japanese feel to it that seemed to fit Nintendo, Devil's 3rd seems to lack any of that. I'm not saying people aren't looking forward to it and won't enjoy it, it looks like exactly what it is: a Japanese game masquerading as an American Xbox 360/PS3 shooter that was going to be an also ran. My only assumption is after the money Ninty has invested, they'd be throwing good money after bad by print running the game in the US. Maybe they expect duff reviews? Maybe it has to do with selling it in the Sept-Dec period and knowing it'll get lost in the flood? They seem less fussed about releasing games in Europe during the Summer. Either that or there's something in the game that will cause it aggro with the ESRB.



MrGawain commented on Talking Point: Raw Power Isn't Vital to Ninten...:

I do enjoy the cliched phrase 'looks too good to be on the Wii U', which just shows how Nintendo have a knack of getting that extra 10% out of their consoles. The problem all comes down to triple A 3rd party- they won't produce games for the Wii U unless it's easy and it looks the same on the other consoles.

At least, that's the gneral consensus.

Personally I think the western AAA developers will never care about Nintendo any more, our audience doesn't buy their product in masses unless it's a Skylander, Disney, or Lego game. What I do think Nintendo need to do is lure Japanese developers back- Capcom, Konami, and SquareEnix. We need more of Platinum, Koei Techmo, Sega and Namco. That's the sort of quirky games Nintendp fans love- get some exclusives. Perhaps the fabled console/handheld hybrid (which really demands the console to not be too powerful to work with the handheld), is the way to get Japanese game makers on board.



MrGawain commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Won't Be As Powerful As Pl...:

If this is true, then 3rd party is almost out the window because either their games are too big and meaty, or they can't be bothered to optimize them. I can't help feeling games like Arkham Knight and the Witcher are already making the HD twins groan at the seams. Personally I question what the point would be in updating when they aren't overtaking- you aren't going to convince the power fans to invest in an NX when they didn't invest in a Wii U.