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Nestalgic

Nestalgic

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Sat 21st July, 2012

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Nestalgic

#5

Nestalgic commented on 3DS Homebrew Channel Reportedly in Final Stage...:

Finally! I'm really looking forward to buying out of region games. I wonder if this will work for eshop as well — give us access to the Japanese eshop.

Other than that, I don't really care. Homebrew stuff is cute. Like tablet games or a lot of dsiware-shovelware. It still doesn't replicate a real retail game.

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#13

Nestalgic commented on Nintendo President Satoru Iwata "Has Earned Th...:

The problem is that sites like this one are all in the echo chamber where everything looks like it's going well. Nobody wants to admit it, but tablets and phones are the future of gaming. This generation has moved on from traditional consoles. It's not that the WiiU is a bad product — it's that the traditional way of marketing consoles just doesn't work any more. Look at the PS4 and XBox One. Those aren't really doing any better. So you can't blame Nintendo, you need to blame the entire industry for not reading the tea leaves. Square Enix has moved on and embraced the new platforms. I bet we see Mario on there soon enough.

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#18

Nestalgic commented on In Q1 2013 More Money Was Spent On iOS Games T...:

@mullen

A self-published smartphone game means the maker collects almost all the revenue. For a self-published eshop game, the game has to hit a critical mass of sales before the maker gets to collect any revenue. Someone making a marginal or bad game will probably look to the smartphone market first. And someone making a good game may do that as well. The probability for profits are just greater.

Compare it to the book market. A physical hardcover sells for $30. An ebook of the same title may sell for $10. But you only collect 15% of sales on your hardcovers. Meanwhile you collect 70% on your ebooks. So it's $4.50 per hardcover sale or $3 per ebook sale. On paper that looks like hardcovers (think 3DS) sounds better. Then then when you factor in quantity sold, ebooks are better (think smartphones) because they are cheaper and thus sell far more.

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#19

Nestalgic commented on In Q1 2013 More Money Was Spent On iOS Games T...:

@bassoongoon

You're an undergrad student but you make up a very small percentage of the global population. Right now more than 50% of phones in use in the States are smartphones. And any white or pink collar working adult pretty much has to have one. I'd imagine a lot of blue collar working adults probably have one as well.

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#21

Nestalgic commented on In Q1 2013 More Money Was Spent On iOS Games T...:

I'll say it again, as more people switch to tablet/phone gaming because the games are more casual-gamer-friendly and much much cheaper, we're going to see fewer sales for traditional handheld consoles. That's going to mean fewer titles being offered and hence, higher prices as retailers have to figure out ways to cover their costs via higher margins on a per unit basis because they just can't come up with the quantity numbers they had in the past.

You'd be foolish to believe that tablets and smartphones are a fad. They are easier to access and always on hand. I could see Nintendo working with Google to put out an android handheld (like the Nexus 4, 7, or 10) but that also has access to the eshop. Or it could look like one of those Chinese-made WiiU gamepad clones. That would probably sell amazingly.

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#22

Nestalgic commented on Smartphones And Tablets To Be "Primary Screen ...:

Let's reevaluate here for a minute and try to look outside of the echo chamber:
1. You are all here on a video game blog site because you are all really into video games.
2. How many unique users are there on this site and others like it? Maybe 1 million? 2 million?
3. How many people bought a Wii? In the first 4 years of its existence, 30 million wiis were sold. I would venture to say that anyone who bought a Wii after December 2010 would be considered a very late adopter.

So we're looking at between 1-2 million "hardcore" gamers and maybe another 56 million "regular" gamers (2 times the 28 million other wiis sold to account for PS3s and XBox360s as well). And then, assuming nobody who isn't a regular or hardcore gamer bought a PS3 or XBox, we're looking at probably an equal number of casual gamers who bought a Wii for Wii Sports type of games.

So right there you're looking at a 50/50 split. But wait. What about all the people that didn't buy a console but do play games on their phone or tablet? Anyone and everyone between the ages of 6 and 106 are potential buyers of games on those devices. Looking just at the industrial world and wealthy of the developing world:

We're looking at 60 million potential serious or hardcore gamers versus nearly 3 billion potential casual gamers.

Now ask yourself which market you'd rather be in if you were the one selling games. Even if the hardcore gamers are paying $60 a game and the casual gamers are paying $3 a game, that's still not even close when you consider that the casual gamers outnumber you 50 to 1.

Nobody is saying there won't be consoles any more. It's just that they are going to take a back seat. I imagine that means we will see heavy price hikes to traditional console games over the next generation.

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#23

Nestalgic commented on Nintendo Sends Direct Wii U Marketing Message ...:

@ferthepoet Bingo. That's exactly right. The Wii U just doesn't appeal to a casual gamer. If you look at its sales numbers, they aren't too different from the sales numbers of the PS3 or XBox 360. The Wii was an aberration and the Wii owners who bought it solely for Wii Sports and maybe Mario Party are the people that are switching over to tablets. Those buyers are not going to come back until a virtual reality system (or some other new concept) comes out. To most people, the Wii U is just a Wii with a tablet. And if they already own a Wii and they already own a tablet, why bother spending another $300-$400?

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#24

Nestalgic commented on Smartphones And Tablets To Be "Primary Screen ...:

I agree with this assessment. A lot of people purchased the Wii because it was a more accessible way to get into video games. But tablets and phones serve that same purpose. You aren't going to be able to crack into that segment of the market once they start getting into their tablets. In the end you're going to see only the "hardcore" gamers buying systems (as we're seeing with the Wii U already). My 3DS XL will probably be the last pure video game system I buy. I'm not someone who goes gaga over new graphics or play control. And if I can hook up a bluetooth wiimote or ps3 controller to my tablet and play, I could see that as the future of gaming for me at some point.

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#26

Nestalgic commented on Amazon Promoting Rival Consoles On Nintendo Pr...:

What a joke. Is this the biggest story today? Let's put 2 and 2 together:
1. Amazon is SOLD OUT of Nintendo products. That bodes well for the 3DS and WiiU.
2. Amazon has to have 3rd party sellers fill that void.
3. Amazon makes less money off 3rd party sells.
4. Amazon would rather you buy stuff directly from them, hence the push for other consoles.

Case closed.

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#27

Nestalgic commented on Nintendo of America Offering Free Retail Game ...:

Awesome. I'm so glad I waited to register. Now granted I was waiting on it so I could secure gold/platinum for next year, but I'll take a free game. Unfortunately I have the 3 of those I'd want on cart already. I guess I'll get Mario 3D and sell my cart on ebay. That'll basically pay for LM2 for me :) Not too shabby!

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#30

Nestalgic commented on Paper Mario, Kirby Super Star and More Join Cl...:

Are we supposed to pretend that these 3DS games aren't total crap? Or aren't rehashes that nobody redeemed coins for the last time around? Guess I'm waiting another month. Though for those of you that don't have Paper Mario, I guess something good did come this month along with the rehashes.

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#35

Nestalgic commented on n-Space Not Happy With Heroes Of Ruin Sales Fi...:

I bought it and beat it 100% with all 4 characters in less time than it takes to get through a final fantasy or dragon quest game. I really want to like it and even popped it in yesterday but couldn't get myself to want to play beyond completing a daily challenge.

There just isn't enough to the game. The whole thing feels like a demo.

Sadly I give it a 5/10. It's just plain average.

I'm holding out hope that DLC does emerge at some point so that's why I'm not trading it in. But otherwise I would have swapped it out when I got Code of Princess.

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#41

Nestalgic commented on 3DS System Update Locks Out a Lot of Flashcard...:

@ouroborous

True. Why couldn't Nintendo offer a subscription service? Pay $10 a month and have access to the whole NES and SNES libraries on your 3DS. Nothing would download directly — you'd have to play it through the shop or something. I'm sure that would be a profitable venture.

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#42

Nestalgic commented on 3DS System Update Locks Out a Lot of Flashcard...:

Another update just means another workaround by the hackers.

Eventually Nintendo is going to realize the only way to avoid this is by going fully digital on the next version and not including a gameslot. Until then, we'll have to keep dealing with bimonthly updates for nothing but security purposes.

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#48

Nestalgic commented on 3DS System Update is Available Now:

@Miroku Oh that makes more sense now. I was going to say, stopping those flash carts just seems pointless. But if this is for eshop security, then that's clearly something useful. The same people that can steal games can probably steal credit card numbers.

That's very different than someone purchasing a counterfeit game from Hong Kong or something.

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#49

Nestalgic commented on 3DS System Update is Available Now:

Why even bother? The hackers must just keep coming up with new ways to get into it and then we get these responses. But seriously all it does it get my hopes up that we're getting something good and then.... nothing.

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#50

Nestalgic commented on Bonsai Barber is a Snip at 150 Coins on US Clu...:

Starship Defense is a lot of fun and I'm glad they put that one up because the reviews made it look good but I couldn't justify the price. Bansai Barber just doesn't seem like it has enough content for me to spend 150 coins. So far I've gotten Pictobits, MvDK MMA, Starship Defense, Fluidity, Majora's Mask, and You, Me, and the Cubes. I've definitely spent a fair share of coins and I'm down to the last few hundreds. So I'm just going to have to bet on a better game coming next week since we've had so many good ones so far.