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Pod

Male, Denmark

Game artist from The Animation Workshop in Viborg

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Sun 20th January, 2008

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#1

Pod commented on Wii U System Update 5.2.0 Brings Folders, New ...:

Pretty good update overall.

Sorts out some of the clutter, and Download Management really should've been accessible from the menu screen from the start.

I especially appreciate being able to hide applications from the the Quick Launch.

Quick Launch starting up when you push "tv" sounds annoying though. Will I then have to push it again to use the remote? As an overlay on top of the Quick Launch?

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#4

Pod commented on Super Smash Bros. Continues Chart Domination i...:

@NavySpheal
This is a pretty clear case of a game for a relatively niche market, which won't sell well with such a low install base, but certainly will make a compelling case for purchase of the system to genre fans.

So what I'm expecting to see is that whichever number Bayonetta 2 manages on a weekly basis, it's a number added to console sales as well.

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#5

Pod commented on Super Smash Bros. Continues Chart Domination i...:

People are taking the news of a slow start a little to harshly. This is Nintendo publishing it, it doesn't have to sell as much the first week as something published by SEGA. Nintendo will make sure it's on shelves much longer, and keep modest marketing going. Plus, this time around, many may actually be getting the digital copy, so the sales a probably a good bit healthier than what these numbers suggest.

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#9

Pod commented on A 3DS Can be Used as a Controller in Super Sma...:

@kereke12
There's probably a bunch of reasons they don't do that.

A big one I'd imagine would be the complexity of some of the Wii U arenas. They wouldn't run on the 3DS, and having a simplified version on 3DS might give unfair advantages. I'm sure it'd be a nightmare to make the online matchmaking handle that players across versions would only be able to play the arenas that were the exact same on both systems.

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#10

Pod commented on A 3DS Can be Used as a Controller in Super Sma...:

Hot dang that's genius. Now the one friend with a Wii U doesn't necessarily need to invest in a whole bunch of controllers for everyone to have a good time, and people who're most comfortable with playing on the 3DS won't ever have to be at a disadvantage in the console version.

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#15

Pod commented on Nintendo Direct on 4th September to Reveal Mor...:

When Wonder Red doesn't make in Smash Bros, being a new Nintendo franchise and directed by Kamiya himself, then I am almost certain they won't have Bayonetta in either.

But as others have mentioned, this could be the announcement of an extravagant collector's edition. Or the announcement of some ridonkulous release event. Or simple a big media blow-out leading up to the release.

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#16

Pod commented on Wii U Minecraft Looking Doubtful As Dev Says T...:

So the Wii U is ridiculed for not selling much to begin with, but also for its users not buying many 3rd party games. How is any of it going to change if nobody releases game on it?

I've never expected (or demanded) Minecraft on Wii U for several reasons, but I don't think it's completely ruled out either.

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#17

Pod commented on Dahku Creations Announces Departure From Game ...:

These guys gave it a good shot. I wish their games had had that final finish that would have made more people notice them, as they're pretty interesting games, the visuals just lack a bit of coherency, and while I don't consider myself a graphics whore on the technical level, I do appreciate good color schemes and apparent mastery of the tools at work.

I'm absolutely certain that they're right about cheap, poor, rushed games eventually damaging their own and everybody else's sales potential. But this development is to be expected when self publishing is allowed, and no lower sales threshold is set. In this scenario, some people will release anything. And just like on Deviant Art, the loudest and the ones who copy what's popular will get lots of attention. At least we're not drowning in zombie games like Steam Greenlight.

The eShop on Wii U is already home to quite a few games that look too unfinished for me to give them a second glance, and I find it disheartening. I don't know if Nintendo is planning to do anything about this, or if they have already decided that if the Wii U is to sell poorly, they might as well experiment as much as possible with it.

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#18

Pod commented on Ubisoft's Latest UK Release Schedule Still Sho...:

I sometimes wonder about these business decisions. I know they only get to launch the game once, but waiting until more consoles are sold also means waiting until the game is irrelevant.

Nintendo keeps their quality titles on shelves for a long time and they stay eye-catching in their sheer unique-ness, but titles like Watchdogs need to ride on hype, preorders, and early sales, to capitalize on their WOW factor.

It has neither anymore, so I wonder if they will even bother releasing it.

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#20

Pod commented on Gallery: It's Time for a Shulk Super Smash Bro...:

I did not expect him to start out with, but after X was revealed to be firmly named Xenoblade X, I had a hunch he'd be around for the marketing potential.

Personally I don't know how to feel about another young anime swordsman.

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#22

Pod commented on Guide: New Nintendo 3DS - Everything We Know S...:

Well. Now I'm happy I didn't cave in and get one yet.

Digging the choice of MicroSD and colored face buttons on the standard size units.

And a port of Xenoblade? These sly dogs know what they're doing.

@Thats-what-she
Production. 3DS sells very well in Japan, and they want enough product ready at launch to keep the momentum up. Can't satisfy both markets at the same time.

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#25

Pod commented on Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pr...:

@noctowl
While I'm aware that I do not own the game code, the specific physical copy I own is mine. I may do with it a lot of things. Like selling it back to a store, giving it to a friend as a present, or bringing it along with me for playing on a different Wii U system.

Notice that in all of these cases, the digital content that was otherwise paid for becomes inaccessible. And without the game, the content itself is useless. It may not be tied to one specific system for good, but it is tied to one specific account, and one specific system at a time.

You may not be as upset about this as I am, maybe you purchased a digital copy of Mario Kart 8 in the first place. In which case I can't blame you for thinking I'm making a fuss.
But I see it as confusing the concept of what the product is.

And you can rest assured that I am not making it up whether I'd buy the game, had these things been in there from the beginning. Nintendo knows many reviewers are quite opinionated in this regard, and having a cash shop in a full price Nintendo game at launch, where you pay up front for product that doesn't exist would have led to quite an outcry, and in all probability have knocked off a whole or several points on many review scores.

I have deleted the update, although I am sad to see the several minor but welcome improvements not be available in my game. I am not demanding they be made available to me separately, I know I haven't bought the right to that kind of luxury, but I am allowed to point out that Nintendo are playing something-for-something with this one.

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#26

Pod commented on Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pr...:

@BensonUii
You are right that it's pretty brilliant to actually add it to the game, to make people that would otherwise not see it be aware.

I would not take issue with simple announcements that "New stuff will be available in the not-too-distant future, look forward to it!".

Personally, I do not condone paid DLC for boxed releases at all, particularly not on systems where the content would be locked to a single console, like the case is with Nintendo's systems. So I'd really much prefer them to get on with making a new game instead.

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#27

Pod commented on Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pr...:

@BensonUii
I do not agree. They could handle this a lot more elegantly than putting up links from the character select screen, asking you to pay money immediately. At the very least, they are very clear about what you will be getting, and when.

@ikki5
If the store had been in there, and characters that linked to paid DLC had been on the character select screen, then I would have not purchased the game to begin with, if that's what you are asking.

@Spartacus3765
I fully understand the predicament they're in, and their need to experiment. But I feel my user experience is being compromised by me being the target of advertisement from inside my recreational software, which is usually what I'd want to avoid when buying boxed releases at full price.

@LunaticPandora
It is absolutely my game. And it is my console too. And that its robust online infrastructure is being utilised for advertisement that I did not personally seek irks me the wrong way. I am not taking this up with Nintendo Life. I'm merely announcing my discontent, and people want to talk about it.

And in regards to your concerns about announcement and release dates, there's a first for everything, as we're quite clearly seeing with every aspect of this DLC.

@WanderingPB
Far be it from me to argue that this isn't brilliant marketing. It's genius. Even more so than "DLC done right" this whole thing DLC marketing done right.

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#28

Pod commented on Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pr...:

@LunaticPandora
They want little good things to fill empty space in the release calandar, and they want them spaced far enough apart to have an effect on how much people are talking about Mario Kart 8 when they might otherwise stop.

It's got nothing to do with the complexity or amount of content.

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#29

Pod commented on Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pr...:

@ikki5

I have no personal basis of comparison from other Nintendo DLC because I haven't purchased any.

I am, again, not even insinuating that I want to buy this. I am annoyed by the mere presence of of a "Shop!" menu item and characters that I cannot play as on the character select screen, attempting to sell me things that do not exist.

And I am annoyned that this is added without asking me, and that deleting it will delete general upgrades to my game.

It's back door penny pinching. Although I recognize Nintendo as being in a position where they need to take advantage of having a great selling game that is getting many many daily hours of play around the world, I still do not condone this manner of marketing.

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#30

Pod commented on Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pr...:

@ikki5
The bonus content you receive for pre-purchasing, which is not the same as pre-ordering, is different colors for Yoshis and Shy Guys.

This is not enough for me to pay for something I don't know the quality of, many months in advance. I would do something like that for a Kickstarter that had me interested, but here it is not under the pretense of helping make something possible.

In fact, I'd rather they didn't do these expansions at all, than having them sold to me this way.

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#32

Pod commented on Weirdness: Earthbound Designer Shigesato Itoi ...:

Showing his support for a whole region that has been unjustly cut off from the world market for years is what a good guy would do.

Radiation levels in most of Fukushima were never above those of several normally inhabited areas of the world.

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#34

Pod commented on Review: SteamWorld Dig (Wii U eShop):

Taking into account that I have played and enjoyed all all the games you mention in the beginning, aside from Spelunky, and the glowing review in itself, this just might be the thing I need after wrapping up Knytt Underground. :)

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#37

Pod commented on GameStop President Says "Don't Bet Against Nin...:

Lots of preorders being placed after the "upcoming" trailer montage from Gamescom.

And if Nintendo play their cards right with Wii Sports Club and Wii Fit U, and Bayonetta 2 and Smash Bros., they could be sitting pretty well with both the hardcore and casual crowd this holiday season.

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#42

Pod commented on Watch Dogs Will be the Only "Mature" Ubisoft G...:

Assassin's Creed III is on sale for pratically nothing on eShop right now, and isn't selling at all, according to the eShop chart. People are buying Mega Man instead.

I'm fine with not getting anymore of that series, and I'm fine with not getting any other "mature" titles if what passes for mature at Ubisoft is stuff like Watch Dogs.

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#45

Pod commented on Feature: HD Remasters That Would Be Perfect fo...:

One of the few to vote Wave Race. I love the N64 original, but Blue Storm I felt was a rather rushed and disjointed sequel.

That game could do with a brushing up and some fine tuning, and it might be just as delightful as it's predecessor, just in HD and with tilt controls.