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Male, 35, United Kingdom

I've been a Nintendo gamer since 1989. I write a blog. But usually only when I have other more important things that need doing. My NNID is "ROBLOGNICK".

Tue 7th January, 2014

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ROBLOGNICK commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against am...:


They're only considered DLC if you have to download them to get them in the game. That's what DLC stands for. DownLoadable Content. Please show me where Nintendo state the amiibo skins in Yoshi's Woolly World, Mario Kart, Ace Combat etc are DLC?

Yes, DLC can be whatever a company wants it to be. The things that are unlocked using amiibo are not DLC as they're already in the game when you buy it. With the exception of games that were released before the amiibo were released such as with Mario Kart when they created a free update that put those features in the game.



ROBLOGNICK commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against am...:

I really don't understand where people are coming from when they say Amiibo is overpriced DLC. It is not DLC.

Amiibo compatibility in games has thus far not excluded any in game content. Skins and costumes are the what we get when scan an amiibo in. You might argue they unlock levels in Splatoon or Captain Toad but really these are levels we've already played so we're not seeing anything new.

None of the DLC in Mario Kart is locked to amiibo - you have to buy all the new tracks and characters - they cannot be unlocked with amiibo.

When Nintendo start locking entire worlds or levels on a £40/£50 game that means you cannot fully complete the game until you've bought an amiibo, then complain. We're not there yet and I don't believe we ever will be.



ROBLOGNICK commented on If Nintendo Did Decide To Make A Smartphone, W...:

I wouldn't want Nintendo to use Android. Not even a Kindle Fire type version of Android.

I also don't like the Game Bat. It looks uncomfortable and flimsy. I do love the expansion port idea which is sort of like something we're seeing with Google's modular smartphone.

The overall design of the phone hits the right nostalgia buttons for me but I think it wouldn't be appreciated by the wider audience.



ROBLOGNICK commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Won't Be As Powerful As Pl...:

This just in: The sky is blue.

The Wii U is arguably not as powerful as a PS3 or Xbox 360 (i.e. it is in some respects but not in others). Nintendo no longer play the power game. They look to make their game experiences unique. This should come as no surprise.



ROBLOGNICK commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Approach to amiibo is In...:

This editorial is about two months too late. You start the paragraph by saying admitting that in reducing inventory, Nintendo has increased its profit. How does Nintendo know which figures are going to prove to be the most popular? It has to wait for figures from the retailers and by the time it has those figures it's too late to restock in time for their launch so you have to wait a few more months. These butt hurt "editorials" are just from impatient people who want it all now now now. That Nintendo is not addressing the stock issues is also absurd. I'm part of a facebook group that hunts amiibo restocks and in the past few weeks there have been loads of posts on restocks of various different amiibo to different retailers - old amiibo and newer ones.

Also, Nintendo has to expand the product line or risk it becoming stale. You capitalise on popularity. The release schedules are also defined by the games they accompany. "Oh, not let's hold the release of this game back a few months while we restock Marth". I don't think so. By releasing many different amiibo in different ranges that work in a variety of different games you make the potential audience for those games or even the amiibo much bigger.



ROBLOGNICK commented on Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the ...:

The problem is a person's perception of value with digital content. Thanks to the App Store, freemium games and aggressive discounting on Steam and even the free games on PS+ we expect full game experiences for next to nothing.



ROBLOGNICK commented on This 3DS Carry Case Has A StreetPass Window, B...:

Your article says they come in regular sizes but this is not the case (pun intended). Only New 3DS LL sizes are available. What gives with companies producing cases for the regular New 3DS? Can't find any in the UK? Can't use original 3DS cases as they're too small and 3DS XL cases are too big.



ROBLOGNICK commented on Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away F...:

This is why Nintendo needs a system in place that can accept all Virtual Console games regardless of system. So the work they did on Wii SNES Virtual Console wouldn't have been redundant when Wii U came along, and would still work when NX comes.



ROBLOGNICK commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Problems With Trends and...:

Nintendo took down the Mario HD remake because it was far from perfect and it did not want people confusing this with official work done by Nintendo. I'm afraid people ARE stupid and they would assume it was made by Nintendo. I don't blame them for taking it down. I played it. It was terrible.



ROBLOGNICK commented on Nintendo España Appears to Confirm Super Mari...:

Why have they called Rosalina, Estela in Spain? It makes no sense and is bad work on behalf of the Spanish translation team. Rosalina is now a main and well known character in the Mario universe and this really causes confusion. It's like when they called Princess Peach Princess Toadstool over here. Ridiculous.



ROBLOGNICK commented on Soapbox: Portable Gaming Forges a Special Rela...:

I was the same growing up. I wasn't allowed a handheld until one fateful trip to the US of A where the Atari Lynx was dirt cheap in comparison to price in the UK. I think it was practically half price, definitely less than $100. Of course, this was because it didn't sell very well. I won't say the Lynx was a terrible machine at all, I had well over 30 games for it and I look back on some of them very fondly.

I did want a Game Boy. But my parents wouldn't let me have one because it was black and white. "If it's black and white" it can't be very good. Look at this games machine with full colour and so much cheaper, it must be heaps better", they said.

I bought a Game Boy pocket eventually with my first wages. Loved it. And I've owned every single Nintendo handheld since. While I've loved every single Nintendo home console since as well, handhelds are absolutely a more intimate and personal experience that you don't get with home consoles, unless you're on your own in your house with the curtains closed, the lights off and a week booked off work.

I fear that when/if true handhelds die, I will become less of a gamer.