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Male, 35, United Kingdom

Tue 5th February, 2013

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MrGawain commented on Nintendo Highlights Great Games in a Rather Pr...:

Well with this graphic they've convinced all of us who already own a Wii U, 3DS, and most of these games how brilliant we already knew these games were.

I somehow doubt it will convince the COD/FIFA crowd though....



MrGawain commented on Discontinued amiibo Figures Could Be Released ...:

I think Nintendo's plan to 'make all 49 Smash characters' is what's causing them all this trouble. They should of planned on making 20 in the first wave, and producing them for 6 months. Then bring out another 20. I bet they've already got waves 5-7 in production which is what causes problems with making more of the early designs.



MrGawain commented on UK Retail Survey Highlights the Challenges Fac...:

Isn't it already given Nintendo is 'The Alternative'? It isn't going to 'WIN' anything, but not being 1st doesn't necessarily mean not making profit. We the fanatics will buy 99% of Ninty's products because we know they'll be fun, polished games worth our cash. We rarely trade them in 2nd hand either. We know when the new games are out because we watch Nintendo Directs religiously, we don't need to be bombarded by mass advertising. I personally think if your over a certain age and don't like Mario or Pokemon by now, you never will, and trying to advertise to that demographic is pointless. So Nintendo is catering to the converted and kids. You may not see the advertising but then do you read kids comics, or watch the youtube video's they do?

Personally I see the XB1 and PS4 as The Foo Fighters and Coldplay: Bands who have a very fickle beige following who own the 'greatest hits' of crowd pleasers. It works great on adverts and for people to sing along with in football stadiums. Meanwhile I'm here with my Wii U listening to the entire works of Elvis Costello going over every note, sentence, and concept committed to vinyl. I am part of a niche market, but I may spend 3 times as much on your average Boner/Coldplay fan.



MrGawain commented on Video: What if... Smash Bros. Had Announcers F...:

If this video teaches us anything, it's that fighting games are by definition repetitive, and the more times you hear either Mr Razorblades voice or Mr Cool Home Shopping Network say the same thing AGAIN, the more likely you are to go back to playing pong.



MrGawain commented on Rosalina & Luma amiibo Exclusive to Target in ...:

Just listening to IGN's NVC podcast, 3 middle aged men freaking out running into Best Buy and Target looking for Princess figurines.

It would be funny if I didn't resemble it. I didn't plan to get them all but my nephew and the internet made me go slightly nuts. I managed to get all the first wave, and have pre-ordered wave's 3 and 4 (UK), but I'm now panicking that wave 2 has had it's release date broken by certain stores and I can't get out to the shops until next Friday!!!



MrGawain commented on Nintendo's Holiday Sales and Profit Set to be ...:

Here's a question: what's better, to have a small Wii U install base where rabid fans buy lots of games and Amiibos, or the Xbox One that's being sold under it's development costs and costing even more to adapt to it's consumers need, only for a large percentage to be used to play only COD or FIFA?

Amiibo is merely the capitalisation of Nintendo's core fans.



MrGawain commented on Rumour: Villager, Marth & Wii Fit Trainer amii...:

I'm guessing these 3 figures don't have any connectivity to any other games other than Smash and incidental use in Hyrule warriors? And they're unlikely to be featured in Cpt Toad, Kirby, or Yoshi.

Admittedly Pikachu hasn't been used yet either, but I very much doubt we won't get a Pokemon/Amiibo game on one system or the other very soon.



MrGawain commented on UK Retailer GAME Cashes In On Intense amiibo D...:

Seeing that all the Kaos traps for Skylanders sold out of GAME before the shop opened, then subsequently appeared at £80 online, I don't find this surprising. This business disappoints from every level from staff to management to ownership. Smyths and Amazon are the best places to shop for games in the UK.



MrGawain commented on Review: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U):

I'm betting this was delayed due to NOE having to get a large amount of Smash Bros discs printed before production starts on this. My theory was reinforced by stories of a lack of Smash Bros stock in stores at release.



MrGawain commented on Mario & Donkey Kong Double Set and Nintendo Po...:

Seeing I have no more memory space (not even for Smash updates), the idea of buying in this fashion is absurd to me.

If with the next console you could download portable games to a hard drive and transfer them to your handheld I'd be up for that, but the memory on the 3ds is just too small at the current time.



MrGawain commented on Video: How Does Watch Dogs Wii U Compare To Th...:

So the difference is in the PS4 version the houses all use 100w bulbs as opposed to those environmentally friendly ones? The fact I can't tell them apart explains why I prefer Nintendo games.

But I would love to see this sort of thing so you could see if you tell the difference between Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed, and Far Cry.



MrGawain commented on Nintendo Secures Plenty of Nominations in The ...:

Missing categories:

-Most over hyped
-Most delayed
-Most similar to last years installment
-Best use of cutting content for DLC
-Best use of offline functionality when the internet's down
-Best in game advert
-Best use of Kinect.



MrGawain commented on Bill Trinen Confirms There'll Be More Series-S...:

I would guess Animal Crossing and Pokémon would be the most logical series to produce as Amiibos. I guess there are certain Zelda characters.

That and the Wonderful 101, Bayonetta, and Captain Toad. I don't care what they do, I just want 'em.



MrGawain commented on Sony: PS Vita Is Better Than 3DS And The Wii B...:

Everyone talks about Sony not supporting the Vita, but has anyone noticed Sony doesn't really support the PS4? I admit I may buy a PS4 for Arkham, but I could very easily buy an XB1 for the same, and Microsoft are at least attempting to secure 1st and 3rd party exclusives for their console, unappealing to me but still doing more than Sony. Nintendo lost a lot of fans with the original Wii due to lack of games support, I wonder wrapped up in console sales figures if Sony is forgetting it needs unique, stand out games to KEEP their customers. Fact: Nintendo and MS are made to work hard for our money and wow us. Theory: Sony are getting lazy and arrogant?



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

I'd like to apologise to everyone who hasn't liked the Wii U, because when they designed it and planned what games were on it, they tailored it specifically for me.

Unfortunately I'm not into grey 3rd party shooty games, or promises of 1080p 60fps that aren't delivered on.



MrGawain commented on Weirdness: Zac Efron Issues "Settle It In Smas...:

I question if these people actually run their own twitter accounts or are they handled by PR teams? If I were Angelina Jolie I'd have an official account posting cool lies about what I wanted people to think of me, then I'd have an account under the pseudonym of Bernard Spunge which only my real friends would know about and could see the posts I make about what I had on toast that morning.



MrGawain commented on Shulk amiibo Listed as GameStop Exclusive in t...:

As an afterthought to this, you would guess the two Kirby Amiibos (Dedede and Meta Knight) being released in February to work with the Kirby game, right?

Logic would dictate Shulk was being released around that time so he could be used with a game other than Smash- maybe on that new 3DS thing?



MrGawain commented on Talking Point: The amiibo Range Grows, Yet Key...:

The truth is for this type of toy to work, you have to lock content. Buying the toy and seeing it affect the game is pat of the fun. At the moment I don't think Nintendo has locked away any key content- like forcing you to buy a figure to play as a certain character- but at some point people will get the hump that you have to own a Wii Fit Trainer or whatever to play the gymnasium level in Cpt Toad.

Personally I think you have to play along with the concept with suspended disbelief, and enjoy finding out what the figures all do. At least it adds functionality to the gamepad!



MrGawain commented on Video: What Is Contained Within The Lush Euro-...:

I have both the 1st edition and the guide, but at the mo haven't touched B2 or the book as I'm playing through B1. The question is do I move to the sequel once I've finished the story mode, or do I explore the locked stuff until December?

And yes, I know I've made the games sound like the Bananas in Pyjamas.



MrGawain commented on Mario Kart 8 Software Update Will Unlock amiib...:

Okay, it's not mind blowing, but it does show how the Amiibo can be used in different ways aside from a CPU character that learns. It bodes well for what will be in Cpt Toad and Yoshi WW, plus more in the future.

I was just going to get DK, but now I feel I could invest in the whole lot.



MrGawain commented on Interview: Rocky Morton On The Chaos Of Direct...:

It's odd that with the advances in tech and willingness to remain true to the original IP in todays Hollywood that Nintendo hasn't been approached to have their characters put on the big screen. Mario and Link are identifiable all over the world, and a live action Pokemon would have mass appeal for all ages. And imagine of an Avengers type Smash film with the Mario characters, Link, Pikachu, Samus, Fox McCloud and Cpt Falcon.

If done right of course.



MrGawain commented on Walmart Display Shows Us Which amiibo Are Comp...:

If the be all and end all of Amiibo is 'allows you to store what kart, wheels, and glider you use for Mario', my interest has dropped significantly.

Will now most likely pick a few as my favorite character statues, but that's all.



MrGawain commented on Super Smash Bros. 3-Poster Set Now Available f...:

I downloaded the ringtones and used them across my phone to give my Nephew and Niece a laugh.

I realised my mistake today when having to have a serious conversation with a lady at work when I received a text and the bouncy Pikmin 3 theme rang out of my pocket.



MrGawain commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Follow Microsoft's Lead ...:

Microsoft have placed their machine in a two horse race with the PS4. It plays a lot of the same multi platform games, it's exclusives are like for like with the PS4, it has similar online policies and charges, it's target audience is the same demographic. It's just 90% as powerful as the PS4. Microsoft needs to sell machines so it can hook people up to pay for their online charge, and sell games you can get on the PS4 which are slightly better. Microsoft had no choice to drop the price with a lack of any exclusive system sellers coming any time soon. The customer has a choice with the cheaper XB1 or the more graphically swish PS4.

The Wii U is unique. Nothing else has the variety of control systems. It has quality family friendly games. It has the best exclusive titles of all the consoles. It has Smash. It has Mario. It has MK8. It has Bayonetta 2. It has a strong 2015 line up, and loads more already available. You can't get what Nintendo is selling anywhere else. But people STILL need to be educated about this.

Because Nintendo sell their games at cheaper prices, don't charge for online, and only have a few extra 3rd party games to bring cashflow in, they can't afford to make too much of loss on their console. better to have a committed fanbase to sell a lot to than a large disinterested group of people who only buy one or two games.



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

The truth is W101 and Bayonetta 2 fit on the Wii U because they aren't the vanilla or chocolate you find on the XB1 or PS4. Sony and Microsoft's platforms seem devoid of any game genres that take risks at the moment, whereas the Wii U is the platform for mad Japanese influenced ideas. If you watch the XB1's Scalebound trailer, it seem to have had the colour and camp music sucked out of it for western gamers.

It's not just the fact Bayonetta 2 would be too out there and a risk to put on those machines, can you imagine W101 on them? Or Pikmin 3? Or if you took away Nintendo's historic IP, could you see Mario Kart 8, Mario 3D World or Nintendoland on these systems? Nope, I don't think so. And we should commend Nintendo for making a home for such interesting games in the Wii U.



MrGawain commented on Video: We Tackle the Legendary Hyrule Warriors...:

I thoroughly enjoyed the game and ordered this DLC a couple of weeks ago. I've just got around to beating Ganon in the last map, and have a few days next week to explore the 8 bit challenge map thing and the DLC before the Bayonetta sisters turn up and force me to shelve the game until next year. Saying that, I think being a game you can go back (like MK8 and Smash), will serve me well. :)



MrGawain commented on Weirdness: Sony Fan Creates Petition In Hope O...:

With the release of the new 3DS the Vita is technically obsolete anyway. All this sort of story does is emphasise how lacking the system is for any recent games.

That and people in general are whiny brats about trivial things such as video games and think they can use the internet to get what they want.



MrGawain commented on Hardware Review: The New Nintendo 3DS Is The B...:

Nintendo lives by the credo: 'software sells hardware'.

So what have they got up their sleeves apart from Xenoblade? More Wii/Gamecube/N64 games? Ports of 3rd party Vita games? Or something else?

Convince me with games and I'll get one.