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Male, 36, United Kingdom

Tue 5th February, 2013

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MrGawain commented on Sonic Lost World's Wii U Exclusivity Ends With...:

I don't think anyone bought a Wii U to play a Sonic game. I bought the game, but it was more about blind luck the control system let you progress than skill. Sega have really dragged Sonic through the mud to a point almost no one cares any more, and they need to just steady the ship with a well crafted, basic game.



MrGawain commented on Super Mario Maker Back on Top in Japan as 3DS ...:

Revelation: Everything the West loves about the PS4, Japan hates. I very much doubt Sony's luck will change until they can come up with some more popular Japanese titles. But it also shows the power of Mario is still a thing for Nintendo in Japan at least.



MrGawain commented on Video: Did You Know Gaming? Explores The Legen...:

I just dug this out of a cupboard on Monday as my go to game as we seem to have a bit of a sparse release period. I never finished it on the Wii as I played it in half hour sessions, had to give up on it for a while and when I came back felt completely lost. All I can remember was it being very dark and a little hard to make out what was happening on the screen sometimes, and the controls were quite off putting. But I will give it a go again!



MrGawain commented on Excellent Shovel Knight Sales Prove That Indie...:

The sort of people who bought Shovel Knight are the sort of people who played Mario, Zelda, Castlevania, Mega Man, Duck Tales and Ghouls and Ghosts. These sort of people tend to own the Wii U. Expect these sort of people to do the same with Yooka-Lele.

The sort of people who own of Wii U are the sort of people who's sort of preference to games is not Sports, Shooting, and QTE lead Sandboxes.



MrGawain commented on Preview: Fabulous Fashion and Questionable Gam...:

I just prefer single player- the guilt I feel when my internet disconnects in a game like Splatoon ruins my enjoyment, and I don't like having to depend on others internet connection and grasp of the game. This could be a sticking point with this game.



MrGawain commented on Climate "Not Healthy" For Dedicated Handheld G...:

The biggest problem Nintendo face with handhelds is having 3rd party support. At the moment the likes of Sega, Namco, Capcom, and Level 5 support the 3ds primarily with JRPGs, but if they lose them to mobile it might be harder to justify a portable system just for Nintendo games alone- just like the Wii U. I guess the concept of a platform you can develop for once that works for both console and handheld gaming would attract developers.



MrGawain commented on Analysts Wonder If Super Mario Can Save Ninten...:

We know the Wii U is winding up, and we know that the games being released are in respect for the people that have parted with their money already. I think maybe a bit of the price cut before Christmas would sell a few more consoles with an excellent catalogue and Zelda on the way, but then if the NX has backwards compatibility they may just use the Wii U lineup to sell that instead.

The Wii U is a mistake on Nintendo's part, but it's a brilliant mistake for those who love it. Like me.



MrGawain commented on Nintendo Partnering with Green Man Gaming for ...:

I still don't get how buying a digital download through a 3rd party offers any advantage than just buying it on the console itself. Unless you've left your console on and are buying it away from home online. But even that isn't really a massive draw.



MrGawain commented on Video: This Laparoscopic Wii U Controller is T...:

I don't need this. I beat Skyward Sword with a Wii controller and I'm left handed, which in my book makes me qualified to perform brain surgery.

"It's Hfuhruhurr. It's spelled exactly like it sounds. H-F-U-H-R-U-H-U-R-R".



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

Games sell consoles.

If there's a reinvigoration of ideas soon and development costs can come down to a sensible level, I think consoles will continue. If costs spiral out of control and all were left with is annual repeats of COD and Assassin's Creed, people will grow tired of it and somewhere else will come open for people to game, if on a slightly lower budget spec.

And I don't think Microsoft will come close to those numbers, or PS4 either- because there isn't enough of a difference between the two consoles for everyone to own both any more. 85m XB360's, 85m PS3's, and 110m Wii's does not mean there are 280m gamers- probably more like 120m core gamers and 50m so that only bought a Wii last gen. There is overlap and I doubt there will be so much overlap this gen.



MrGawain commented on Save Data Hackers Top Competition Leaderboards...:

I like Pokémon shuffle, haven't paid a penny into it but I like it. Also I haven't paid a blind bit of notice to these ranked battles because 10,000 winners out of 6-10 million players means those who don't spend on the game don't have a chance.

And apparently now the people who do spend don't have a chance either.



MrGawain commented on Konami Denies That It Is Walking Away From AAA...:

Although I have no respect for Konami and am frustrated by the fact they've let so many wonderful franchises die, I also would like to remind everyone that very few Japanese AAA franchises have been successful in the past few years. If Konami can't make money selling Castlevania and alike then they shouldn't just throw millions at them. Sega couldn't make money out of Bayonetta or Shenmue, Namco struggle to find a business model for Tekken, Capcom had to get Sony to pay for SF5 and are lost in the wilderness over what to with RE7 and still haven't broken MH in the west. Square Enix seem to do okay with FF but people are starting to doubt the quality, while it even needs to sell a western title like Tomb Raider to guarantee they'll get paid.

Of course it's true to say that without games with meat on them, the Mobile sector will dry up quickly as these iconic Japanese IP's lose their sheen. I wonder if the true business model for Japanese developers is Nintendo. Instead of committing 50-100m to make a game (a crime everyone seems to forgive Kojima for), Nintendo have done really well with polished mid tier games. Castlevania and Contra could live again if they weren't expected to sell a million units each time. The AAA model in the West is even is starting to look a little unsafe with sequel fatigue, so I think all companies need to start tightening their budgets.



MrGawain commented on Feature: Have You Played... ZombiU?:

I don't really get how this is an alternative. It's like saying 'You aren't getting turkey for Christmas, but how about getting a 3 year old Mars Bar instead?' It isn't a family game, it isn't an unknown gem, and it isn't a Nintendo produced game.



MrGawain commented on Fresh Nintendo Patent Shows Handheld Device Wi...:

I love the fact they release the patent for the mouse shoulder buttons that we like, and everyone says it's the nx controller. They release this and we hate it and dismiss it.

All these designs may/may not/may a bit/may sort of happen.



MrGawain commented on Rumour: New Report Suggests That Konami Has Al...:

To be honest, if all they make money on is MGS and PES you can't be that surprised about this- Japanese audiences are playing on their phones and Westerners want Football and Guns. The sad truth is Konami of the past is all gone as their staff has left or been fired, and they struggle to find an audience for their current uninspired games. Now Kojima is gone, how long do we expect Metal Gear to survive as the bring in someone cheaper and give them less budget to make the next game. Sad, but not surprising.



MrGawain commented on Video: New Lego Dimensions Launch Trailer Prom...:

Do you remember the days when you didn't have to buy stand alone figures or vehicles to get them in a Lego game? Y'know, like 3 months ago with Lego Jurassic World?

I must admit I loved Lego City, liked Lego Marvel, grew tired of Lego Batman 3, and now have no desire to ever play another Lego game ever again. Assassin's Creed and COD my be suffering from franchise fatigue for one game a year, but no one points out there are regularly 3 new Lego games every year- and the game mechanics don't change at all!



MrGawain commented on Nintendo Direct Broadcasts Will Continue Despi...:

I think Trinnen and Shibata both have proven how good they are with the English speaking Directs. Trinnen perhaps is a more comfortable presenter, but he can't Karaoke like Shibata.

Saying that I haven't heard Trinnen Karaoke, if he can then give him 100% control.



MrGawain commented on Tatsumi Kimishima Named As New Nintendo President:

I'm guessing that him being the former head of NOA means he can speak English? Also he obviously has experience with the Western market which is where the money is. I'll be curious to see how visible he'll be to the customer (Although I doubt he'll be replacing Iwata doing Nintendo Directs-but who knows?)

As for his age, Nintendo are a traditional Japanese company that holds experience in high esteem, and the truth is Nintendo has a lot of older high ranking staff, and the younger ones are too busy making games.



MrGawain commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Challenge With Super...:

New 2D Mario games are like IKEA furniture- modular and easy to assemble. None of us are going to say that modern flat packed table is the favorite thing in our house, but it is still a very important thing to have.

How can Nintendo improve 2D Mario? Change the pieces by blurring those rigid pieces. Give us a Mushroom Kingdom City in fog, or a Mountain a night, or the platforming rainbow road with it raining. Make Wario the villian, or Wart, or bring King Koopa's Mother or someone new- or even better- all of them together, each of their attacks combining differently. Just no more Koopa Kids for a while. Maybe think along the idea of powerups that combine- imagine Flaming Ghost Mario or Metal Wings Mario or ANYTHING. What 2D Mario needs is the idea of instead of A+B, we need A+B+C+D to make different ideas.



MrGawain commented on Pikmin 4 is "Very Close to Completion", Though...:

I find it unlikely Pikmin could exist on a 3ds screen, let alone a mobile. But I do think it's good news another Pikmin 4 hasn't taken that long. Whatever platform it appears on, it looks like Nintendo have got their act together with HD development.



MrGawain commented on Rare Replay on Xbox One Will Include 30 Games,...:


I had to look back at the post I wrote two months ago, but I was referring to console exclusives that interested ME. My point was personally for ME I didn't see a reason to own an Xbox as none of the exclusives appealed to me. and I felt they dropped off after the 3 shooty games they had. In my personal opinion I feel Nintendo still have more interesting exclusives on the Wii U, which is why I read NintendoLife. Sorry to hear you don't like the Wii U, but it's sort of an important thing around here. To be honest I also own a PS4, and beyond Arkham and Brothers: a tale of two sons I found a lot of the other stuff on that to be ver shiny graphics, but dull as dishwater gameplay so far- including the Witcher 3. In my opinion the Wii U is still streets ahead of both the other consoles in terms of fun.



MrGawain commented on Ace Attorney 6 Confirmed to be Headed to 3DS:

I really love the Ace Attorney games, there is something deeply comforting about the humour and the characters and general ridiculousness of it all.

Although I do sometimes wonder if that's the game itself or the localisation?



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.