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Nicolai

Nicolai

Male, 23, United States

Dedicated Nintendo gamer, cautiously tip-toeing his way through the indie-scene. In real life, I am an orchestra musician. In my daydreams, I am a master bender of all of the elements (that includes lightning and metal).

Joined:
Fri 6th June, 2014

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#2

Nicolai commented on Video: Know Absolutely Nothing About Pokémon...:

@KTT Maybe Nintendo is realising that the current generation of Pokémon fans got into it when they were kids, and they're focusing their marketing on trying to recapture the younger demographic again. After all, it's much easier to influence kids than to influence adults, and the older we get, the more stubborn we get.

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#7

Nicolai commented on Study Finds That US Consumers Are Buying Wii U...:

Count me in as someone who didn't own a Gamecube OR a Wii. That's why backwards compatibility was such a big thing for me, cuz right from the get-go I had a huge selection of games I've never played before to try during the system launch drought.

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#8

Nicolai commented on Club Nintendo in Japan is Full of Delightful T...:

I'm not complaining, cuz the US's Zelda-related stuff was pretty cool, but I'd really like that MK8 sound track. I wouldn't ever pop it into a CD player, or rip it, or whatever, I just think it's cool to collect them if the music was good.

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#9

Nicolai commented on Review: Flipnote Studio 3D (3DS eShop):

The need to share something after you've created it is so great; I don't usually complain when something doesn't have online, but this is the only reason I haven't gotten around to opening the app yet. At some point, though, I gotta make a doduo gif for my NL avatar, though. :)

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#13

Nicolai commented on Sneaky Ninja Infiltrates Kickstarter:

@SullyTheStrange Oh wow, in the fall? That's exciting! The only kickstarter I've truly followed is A Hat in Time. No release date still, and it was funded almost two years ago. Also, if it releases for Wii U, it's going to be a lot later than the Steam release. It won't be too long before I can play this, though!

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#14

Nicolai commented on Sneaky Ninja Infiltrates Kickstarter:

I like what I see! Kinda reminds me of that Assassin's Creed game I have on the Wii U, but a platformer. Those were some creative ways of using the different characters, and it sounds like aiming is quick and easy without being just one or two directions. Too bad it will likely take forever before it is finished.

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#15

Nicolai commented on Twitch Plays Pokémon Celebrates Anniversary ...:

It was a one time thing for me. It was big back then, but I can't get into it again. The whole excitement was from seeing if they could even do it, and marvel at how much progress they had made. Now, we already know that they can. Plus, it looks like they added so much stuff to the system now. What are the donations going toward?

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#18

Nicolai commented on Guide: How to Transfer from a 3DS to a New Nin...:

I think I want to do the wireless transfer, to be safe (Also, I don't want to have to buy a micro SD card adapter). I don't mind I'll mind the wait, but about how long would it take to transfer 4GB of data wirelessly?

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#20

Nicolai commented on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Appears t...:

@Quorthon I see the point of having a progress-tracker, but I feel like that could be incorporated in ways other than individual achievements. I just find it annoying when a pop-up yells "congratulations!" when I hadn't done anything significant. It detracts from the feeling you get when you actually achieve something impressive. And I also find it annoying when the achievements are too numerous and aren't organized well, like the Mii Streetpass Plaza.

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#21

Nicolai commented on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Appears t...:

Some of these are a great example of what I dislike about most achievement systems. Many lists of achievements are incredibly lengthy to go to, but are more are less random statistics, or things you would have done anyway just by playing the game normally (play multiplayer mode once; defeat 10 enemies; etc.) In the case of the Cranky Kong challenge, getting 10,000 jumps sounds like an incredibly tedious thing to try and do, and I can't imagine feeling any amount of success or enjoyment from completing something like that. The best achievement systems are concise and are filled only with extra things you wouldn't have thought to do normally (beat this world without taking damage, without using a healer, collect all [blank], etc), thus prompting you to do something extra. I don't know about anyone else, but I feel a weird cognitive dissonance whenever I am rewarded for something I feel isn't cause for celebration.

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#23

Nicolai commented on Talking Point: Limitations on Stock and Advert...:

@Ralek85 Yah, I suppose you can't really know for sure, it's just theory. In reply to your comment about "stakeholders," I learned in business school that Shareholders refers to everyone who owns stock, where Stakeholders broadly refers to everyone invested in the company, or who is affected by the company's success. That can mean people who have invested in other ways like bonds, or even employees, designers, and customers. Either way, the way I used in my theory would be correct, if I were to suggest that Nintendo had strategized the numbers for anyone looking at the financial reports who had any kind of say in Nintendo's future, down to a dedicated customer and his next purchase.

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#24

Nicolai commented on Talking Point: Limitations on Stock and Advert...:

Glad to see that someone on the Nintendolife team actually knows a thing or two about business. This makes a lot of sense, but I have an additional theory. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if this was all planned for Nintendo. They realised last year that if they manufacture a bunch of stock during a year when they know they're going to be in the red, they'd be in hot water just long enough for them to fake a profit this year, so that stakeholders would be at peace. All they're doing this year is selling everything they made last year, and all of the expenses go to last year's reports. Smart businesses think like this in the long term, so if Nintendo indeed had this in mind, then I say "well played." But it doesn't hide the fact that sales are still getting weaker and weaker. You can't fake profit every year, unfortunately.

But I hope this is a lesson for everyone with the "just make more!" philosophy with the stock issues. It's not always as simple as that from Nintendo's point of view. Their goal was to minimize manufacturing expenses and pull in positive profits this year, regardless of how popular something was going to be.

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#26

Nicolai commented on Review: Frenchy Bird (Wii U eShop):

So basically the review says:
"The genre sucks, it's unoriginal, but hey: at least they put the tiniest bit of effort into it."
Yeah, I'll never buy anything like this.

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#32

Nicolai commented on Ubisoft Launches Yet Another Massive eShop Sal...:

I have no problem with Ubisoft. Child of Light, Assassin's Creed IV, and Rayman Legends are some of my favorite Wii U games. I'll gladly take Rayman Origins for $7.50. I'm kinda mad, though, that I paid $35 for Rayman Legends just last month.

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#33

Nicolai commented on Video: Nintendo Opts For Creepy and Mysterious...:

@bro2dragons That could easily be a coincidence, because Link can only take the form of dead people.

If I decide to eat only vegetables, but with the exception of water (need it to survive), does that mean that because almost everything I eat is a vegetable, water must be a vegetable too?

At no point did Igos du Ikana say that every statue represents a dead person.
I'm not saying it's false, I'm saying that it is by no means is absolute proof.

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#36

Nicolai commented on Video: Nintendo Opts For Creepy and Mysterious...:

@bro2dragons I like the theory that link is dead as much as the next person, but nothing about it is final. There are a lot of holes in the theory, and nothing implies that if you have an elegy statue, you must be dead.

Majora's Mask is my favorite, but tell me I'm not the only one who doesn't find its "creepines factor" a favorite quality. There are a whole lot of other reasons I love the game, but everyone seems to bring up how creepy it is, and its darker themes.

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#37

Nicolai commented on Video: New Nintendo 3DS In-Depth Review: Episo...:

Are there going to be any more parts? I dunno why you guys don't do one long 15-or-so minute video on all of this, instead of these 3 minute parts. This way, it's not enough information to talk about and get me interested, and it's way less convenient.

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#41

Nicolai commented on This Is What Happened When A Kid Pitched Super...:

@Savino This is a Nintendo fan site; of course we like the company. We're not trying to pick apart Nintendo's moral code, and we haven't once compared them to Apple or Sony. Right now, we're focusing on how Nintendo treats it's young customers. Stop bringing controversial issues into this.

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#42

Nicolai commented on Retailer The Hut Believes The Wii U Now Has A ...:

It's kind of a weird cause for celebration. It's not even accompanied by any sales figures... just one guy who heads a major retail store. In fact, the article in question was asking 36 executives about what they were looking forward to this year, and he's the only one who said anything about Nintendo besides the Nintendo exec. In comparison, you have many software developer and retail executives commenting on the success of Xbox and PlayStation. Don't get me wrong, we have a great year coming, but I don't think this one small comment means anything, yet.

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#43

Nicolai commented on Video: YouTube's Gaming Historian Takes Offens...:

Unless I'm missing something here, I don't believe I see anything offensive about it. Doesn't this world encourage the sharing and education of different cultures? Why is it any different that they all resemble Mario?

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#44

Nicolai commented on Petit Computer Getting Programmed Out of the 3...:

I took a java programming class in college, so I thought I could figure this out myself. Unfortunately, I couldn't figure it out. In class, they showed us exactly where to input the code, what the code meant, and how to run the program. I couldn't figure any of that out within the Petit Computer app. I wanna give it another try, though.

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#46

Nicolai commented on Best Buy Is Cancelling Majora's Mask New 3DS X...:

@JaxonH If there was honestly no way for Best Buy's online system to handle so many views, than the website should have shut down, or something. The rule of business is that the customer is always right. Even if the real fault is on those abusing their website, it's not going to stop those customers losing their preorders from losing trust in Best Buy.

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#48

Nicolai commented on Official Nintendo UK Store Limits amiibo Purch...:

@617Sqn @AdanVC If it was that easy, they would. There are a few things about business that prevent the magical creation of instant stock.
1) With only a few factories, creating stock for a worldwide consumer base takes time, especially when you don't own your manufacturers. Managers have to wildly guess months in advance how many they're going to sell. Guessing how well a product can sell is a skill very valuable in the business world, because it's so hard to do.
2) You lose much more money overstocking than understocking. Nintendo is probably guessing low to play it safe, and I don't blame them. If you sell all of your products and miss out on potential sales, it's way better than paying for thousands of figured gone unsold, and forcing the retailers to deal with the unsold merchandise.

Considering the low sales of the Wii U, I'm not surprised that they were taken aback by the number of people buying them outside of the Wii U fanbase. Remember, this was before New 3DS compatibility was even confirmed for the general public in the west.

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#49

Nicolai commented on Best Buy Is Cancelling Majora's Mask New 3DS X...:

@k8sMum Someone's to blame. If it was Best Buy's website that failed to stop preorders before they were full, then it's an IT guy or system manager's fault. If Nintendo decided to shift the limit of stock over from Best Buy to Gamestop last minute, then it's Nintendo's fault. If their manufacturer told them they suddenly can't make as many as they thought, then it's the manufacturer's fault. Either way, canceling preorders shouldn't happen. You shouldn't take someone's credit card information, establishing commitment, and not make a sale.