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Male, Denmark

Game artist from The Animation Workshop in Viborg

Sun 20th January, 2008

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

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.



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

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.



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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



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

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.



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


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.



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

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.



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.



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. :)



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.



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.



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.



Pod commented on Weirdness: Mario, Luigi, and Sonic Are Adverti...:

ChinaMobile is owned by the Chinese government. Even if they did not have the appropriate rights, there'd be very little Nintendo could do about it.

IP rights are a fickle thing in China anyway, so they may even be telling the truth, that they do have the "appropriate" rights, being no rights in a country with almost no legislation.



Pod commented on Nintendo Hardware and Exclusives Hold Firm at ...:

Goshdarn, the 3DS family is outselling all other hardware combined.

Gaming specialized hardware really is suffering in Japan. Peculiar, when taking into account how marginalized the PC was throughout the 90s in that region.



Pod commented on WayForward Bringing GBC Classic Xtreme Sports ...:


To be fair, I think Matt drew all the box art himself back then. Not only has he improved a lot, but they also employ other artists now, so I could see why they'd redraw it. It's interesting that they just improve the same composition with the same characters on display.



Pod commented on Talking Point: Deconstructing Nintendo's Retai...:

I think they're being smart about it in general. At least from a business perspective.

Nintendo's stuff usually sells best in physical form, yet the eShop allows them to reach their more devoted audience much earlier.

I can see why it would tick some people off, that the physical releases aren't announced sooner.

One month after the release of the DSi XL, when mine was in the mail, they announced the 3DS. I kind of felt I'd been suckered in to buying a product that I may have skipped on had I been told what was coming.



Pod commented on Giana Sisters Developer Under Fire Over Diesel...:

Diesel is a surname.

Diesel fuel is named after the inventor of the motor using it.

The Diesel clothes brand, just like Dieselstormers, rely on this fact in their branding.

I'm pretty sure there wouldn't be much legal base for a suit against Black Forest.



Pod commented on You Won't Need To Track Too Much Treasure To B...:

I think most had figured this game wouldn't be premium price.

No other company would be able to make this game anywhere near as charming looking as Nintendo can, and no other company could guarantee quality of experience like Nintendo can.
They can charge $39.99 because they're Nintendo, true, but they didn't get to be Nintendo through random luck.



Pod commented on Sonic Boom Release Dates Are Confirmed for Wii...:

Man, while this particular box isn't a very good composition, I can appreciate how much color is continuously pumped into Wii U cover art.

They're incredibly powerful on shelves next to most other games.



Pod commented on Talking Point: The Wii U eShop is Raising Toug...:

There's always been shoddy games on Nintendo systems, but not there's shoddy gmaes with very little content and very little thought put in to it in the first place.
Made by developers sometimes acting as improper commercials for themselves on Miiverse.

I understand Nintendo had to remove all obstacles to get the developers interested in Wii U. ANY developers. But they have gone a bit too far.