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Sat 28th December, 2013

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Nimious commented on Nintendo Is Shutting Down Its Taiwan Subsidiary:

@Hy8ogen I haven't read up on censorship laws in China in months so thanks for reminding me to check up on it again.

Though I was aware China would likely ban plenty of games I didn't think it'd be as bad as just Mario and Knack. I just read the rules and really they could apply to just about any game if you think about it.

Personally I never saw China as a saving grace for Nintendo. It's ignorant to believe that entering a large new market equals success. China has so many obstacles that makes it difficult for any foreign video game company to profit there. To list a few they're most interested in mobile gaming and piracy.

If Nintendo manages to make things work that'd be fantastic but what they really should be doing to enter China is putting Nintendo games onto mobiles. Considering that smartphones in China are not only more powerful than the 3DS but also a lot cheaper it would be hard for the average consumer to justify buying a 3DS for the limited amount of games allowed in China over an Android phone that does far more.



Nimious commented on Nintendo Is Shutting Down Its Taiwan Subsidiary:

@noctowl Wrong huh...? You want to explain to me how he had it wrong?

I'd rather not go through a history lesson but if a political party migrates to an island under the control of a sovereign nation and called it its own is it an official nation?

There's plenty of examples throughout history that would say otherwise. The West is notoriously hypocritical when it comes to these matters. When it aligns with their interests they will support it without a doubt but when it happens to themselves or their allies it's apparently "illegal".

I don't want to go on a rant but when you're supposedly democratic how can you dissolve parliament when people are voting to separate and form their own nation and call the nation they formed illegitimate when you are calling nations legitimate when they are formed on other sovereign nations through weapons and violence? Democracy huh?

Had Mao's China been a closer ally to the West they would have easily condemned Taiwan and it wouldn't be recognized today. That wasn't the case so instead they choose to ignore all the historical and social contexts involved that proves Formosa is a part of China and call Taiwan a country.



Nimious commented on Nintendo Is Shutting Down Its Taiwan Subsidiary:

@brucelebnd ....The lack of logic and business rational is astounding.

Nintendo will not better relations with China by closing down on Formosa. It doesn't improve relations one bit and will not alter the handicaps that Nintendo has regardless.

Do understand that it's 2014 not 1970. The business world is largely set apart from the political world. When it comes to business there's no grudge between China and Formosa. Take a look at how the two have traded over the past decade, it will only rise. Thus if Nintendo closes down on Formosa it doesn't affect the decision of Chinese consumers or do anything towards relations.

Remember the rules in China is that if you want to sell games here you make them here and that will not change. There will be no exceptions for foreigners including Sony and Microsoft until new unlikely legislation appear.

What this is, is a bad sign. Waning markets outside of Japan has caught up and forced the closure of one subsidiary. I wouldn't be surprised if other subsidiaries and headquarters close at the rate or lack of rate Nintendo is earning income.



Nimious commented on 3DS Enjoys a Major Hardware Boost in Japan as ...:

The lack of PS4 sales is due to stock issues. Ultimately here in Canada it is always OOS and even online retailers like Amazon are jumping on top of the fact and bumping the price up by $50.

It'd be amazingly surprising to see PS4 sales just plummet in Japan when there's so much love for Sony there.



Nimious commented on Former Criterion Boss Alex Ward Laments Issues...:

@unrandomsam Oh boy that's completely different....

Nintendo signed a partnership with Sega. That was a mutual agreement benefiting Nintendo clearly by keeping more exclusives on the console. As for Platinum I believe they approached Nintendo for funding for Bayonetta 2. They really wanted to make Bayonetta 2 happen and so they did what they had to for it to happen.

Both of those deals were put through because of the connection the higher ups all have with each other. Outsiders like Criterion would likely never get a chance at any sort of relationship like that.

Though I do have to point this out. What other exclusive third party games are there? Nintendo certainly doesn't have very many on the Wii U.

You're missing my point. Criterion did not put out a junk port, they put out the very best version of the game. All Nintendo did was IGNORE their work and gave them no support.

Nintendo should and has to care about third party developers. A Nintendo console that only plays first and second party games will be largely ignored as the Wii U is. Most people can't afford several consoles and if Nintendo can't justify their console as the primary buy they're in trouble.

They don't understand that and this generation they're paying the price. Add that to the fact that the Wii U architecture is so different making it a larger hassle to port games over, the lack of support for developers, lackluster hardware, etc and you can see where this is going.



Nimious commented on Former Criterion Boss Alex Ward Laments Issues...:

@minotaurgamer It's true that it's not Nintendo's job to market every third party game but why not put it in context and relative to competitors.

Here's a studio that has gone beyond their mandate and ported over the best version of the game. They fly all the way over to show Nintendo their game and how does Nintendo react? By doing nothing.

If Nintendo wants third party studios to care about their platform they need to really put some effort into helping them out as well. Sony and Microsoft sure understand this far better than Nintendo.

Nintendo could have thrown at least a token effort out to help Criterion. Something as simple as a eshop banner for Most Wanted, including the game in their monthly email to subscribers, featuring the game on their Facebook page, etc. Criterion certainly isn't asking for anything as substantial as Nintendo programming their games.

But Nintendo didn't and they likely never will. They don't care about big third party developers and that's blatantly obvious. The most obvious fact of all can be found just buying opening your eshop on your Wii U.

Want to tell me how many third party titles you see featured on that first page or how far you have to scroll down before you see the first third party title? What about the plethora of first party titles instead?

Aside from the occasional indie game, third party developers are largely ignored on the eshop page and by Nintendo as a whole. This isn't the case for Sony and Microsoft whom clearly have major third party support.



Nimious commented on Former Criterion Boss Alex Ward Laments Issues...:

@SCAR392 Honestly do you even know how to converse?

Rather than talk about the game in question you kept going back to talk about Mass Effect as if one terribly done third party port can represent all the third party ports out there.

Just to point this out since you don't seem to understand it, Most Wanted on the Wii U was the highest and best version of the game whereas Mass Effect 3 for the Wii U was the worst.

You say you understand Criterion put in real effort, I find that hard to believe when you're ignoring all they've achieved. You're stereotyping them when you more than likely have never even played the game.



Nimious commented on Nicalis Boss Tyrone Rodriguez Thinks The Wii U...:

@Azooooz That's not what he's going on about. He's talking about Nintendo wasting resources and jacking the price up with a selling point that no game developer takes advantage of.

Seriously you take away the Wii U Gamepad and the Wii U could reasonably cost only $150. It's not about being FORCED to use the thing it's about what could have been.

By the way if the Wii U does drop the gamepad the system would very likely see a massive rise in sales as a secondary perhaps tertiary console for people. A Wii U selling at $150 would be very reasonable for the millions of people that want to play Nintendo games.



Nimious commented on Airtight Games Feels That Murdered: Soul Suspe...:

If the Wii U had paced the same as the Wii then absolutely every third party multi-plat developer would commit to it.

That seemed to be key for the Wii. For all its flaws it made up for it by having the largest consumer base. That would always entice and have developers consider the Wii but now with the Wii U not having that advantage we see that third party developers really have no reason to make games for the Wii U.

I mean they have to work with less resources, a different archetype, and a lack of or with poor support from Nintento. This is also in addition to the small consumer base that typically don't buy into these games.



Nimious commented on 3DS Sales Tracking Ahead of Game Boy Advance I...:

@Zombie_Barioth Yes but the gap between sales is huge. If Nintendo cannot captivate markets as it once has it will continue to fade.

Nintendo can do it, they can make a handheld that could outsell the DS. They "just" have to be more imaginative and more open minded when it comes to the mobile sector. Imagine this, a kid's first handheld is also their first phone. That could be an entry model phone from Nintendo. For a more advanced model they make a console grade smartphone (entirely possible as a Nexus 5 clocks faster than a Wii U) for the more mature audience. This smartphone should be able to connect to monitors and TV screens and work as a second or main screen. Coupled with Nintendo exclusive apps like say a Nintendo released emulator, virtual console, etc Nintendo can appeal to both audiences and at the same time bring more value out.

Of course this is Nintendo we're talking about. Even now with the Wii U they still haven't figured out online play and are an entire generation behind. I don't reasonably hope they will be able to jump to the current generation of mobile technology in just a few years.



Nimious commented on Watch_Dogs Delayed Again on Wii U, Will Arrive...:

At least it's still here. Though I hate saying things like that Nintendo should just be grateful it has any third party support at all.

If Nintendo really wanted third party support they should have used a similar architecture as the competitors to make porting games easier. Nintendo could have also bought several studios such as Atlas to facilitate more games onto the Wii U to make it at least seem like there's some kind of third party support.



Nimious commented on 3DS Sales Tracking Ahead of Game Boy Advance I...:

Taking into account the amount of profit made per DS vs a 3DS and the amount that the DS has outsold the 3DS, it's clear that Nintendo is sluggish at best.

Nintendo really needs to try more things to get back into the game.