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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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Nicolai

#13

Nicolai commented on Talking Point: What We Expect from Nintendo Di...:

@Bearface it's a sequel. There's enough new in it: new mechanics, a whole different cast of characters, new story, new items. Perhaps the only thing that's the same is the overworld, in addition to those things that are in every Zelda game.

Heads up, @Thomas Whitehead, you misspelled Paintbrush.

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#19

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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#24

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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#25

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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#26

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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#30

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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#31

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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#32

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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#35

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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#37

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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#38

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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#40

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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#41

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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#43

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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#49

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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#50

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.