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Male, 34, 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 Nintendo Provides Some Context to 2013's Tomod...:

The trouble with this is because Nintendo do not include the option it makes the game feel restrictive. And that's not how this game is meant to be viewed. It's 2014, any person should be able to marry whomever they want.



ROBLOGNICK commented on Feature: Lifting the Curtain on Game Ratings a...:

So is ESRB free for downloads only or free for all games? I gather this is a recent development as well. If it's free for all how is it funded?

The UK had something before PEGI was introduced as well, but I can't remember what that was right now. I wonder how that compared?

This article really paints PEGI in a very archaic light. Which is a downright travesty considering what it's here for. I wonder what other business model they could use though? A subscription basis depending on your developer size? Or estimated releases per year? Having to pay for the same game but just on a different platform it also ridiculous.



ROBLOGNICK commented on Soapbox: Nintendo Soundtracks - Where Are They?:

@Expa0 I agree in that I don't feel I'm doing anything THAT wrong because I already own the games so have paid for the music in some way already. Granted the EULA more than likely has a clause to say we can't reproduce anything in the format it was not intended for use on (so in this example playing the music on an iPod) but I've not actually read it and I'm not selling the music or passing it on to other people. It's for my own personal use.



ROBLOGNICK commented on Soapbox: Nintendo Soundtracks - Where Are They?:

Nintendo would also earn a lot of money from me on this. Though I'm not a huge fan of all the Pokémon music they're pumping out on iTunes, I would certainly buy music from games like The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario or Donkey Kong Country.

I currently rip the music from YouTube and have compiled my own albums for the games I already own. Though if Nintendo released them I would buy them.



ROBLOGNICK commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Direct Pointed to Anot...:

I think it's clear Nintendo are struggling with development on Wii U. Not in the sense that they can't do it but it's taking them much longer than we've previously seen and the lack of third party support amplifies this issue.
We're seeing Nintendo working with other developers to help on development of their games which I don't see as a bad thing, but I think it sort of proves my point.



ROBLOGNICK commented on Big Red Button's Bob Rafei Spills More Details...:

@MrMario02 As soon as I saw this I thought it was Sonic Heroes 2!

But I'm excited for this as I am for every Sonic game before it comes out as I am a sucker for the Sonic Cycle™.

The Sonic RPG that Bioware made didn't get that good a response though did it? And if Bioware can't make a good game out of Sonic, what chance does anyone have? Perhaps it's not the game, it's the characters. Perhaps people truly have outgrown Sonic?

Doubt it. I'll probably buy this to be honest. For some reason, I always do buy Sonic games because he holds such a dear place in my heart.



ROBLOGNICK commented on Satoru Iwata Confirms That DS Games Are Coming...:

No. I mean, did anyone REALLY ask for this? Nintendo need to create proper focus groups made up of core fans and people who are not interested in their games and systems. I'd love to know who thinks up these ideas.

The fact that there's no mention of the Virtual Console coming to 3DS is just mind-boggling.

Are they going to be played purely on the GamePad like on the screen shot? That'll just be messy seeing as one of the screens it'll be emulating isn't a touch screen while still being on the touch screen. Top screen on the TV while the GamePad is the touch screen but when you're looking at the TV the GamePad screen is out of sight. The DS was designed so you see both screens at once.

If I were Iwata I would be doing this:

Unifying the eShop. Buy 3DS games on your Wii U, have them download to the your 3DS if it's connected automatically. And vice-versa. Unify the Virtual Console. All Nintendo systems (excluding Wii and DS as you can still buy and play those games on the current-gen systems) become available. So that's NES, Game Boy, SNES, Game Boy Color, N64, Game Boy Advance and Gamecube all on Wii U. Same on 3DS, though Gamecube might be a problem. All games are cross-platform purchases so if you buy it on Wii U, you can download it on 3DS. You can even send saves to the cloud and vice-versa so you can continue your game on the move.



ROBLOGNICK commented on Satoru Iwata Announces a "Quality of Life" Pla...:

While it's certainly interesting, I don't understand Nintendo's thinking on this at all. The Wii Fit fad faded and Wii Fit U seems to be sputtering along.

Nintendo is having one if its funny turns like the one it had in the last half of the end of the Gamecube era before the DS was released.



ROBLOGNICK commented on Nintendo States There Are "No Plans" to Bring ...:

Good! While I must admit I had the thought they could possibly release NES Remix on iOS and Android devices, this is a relief. I don't really want to see anything other than Miiverse on mobiles.

Maybe Nintendo could release an eShop portal or get a dedicated Miiverse app perhaps opening it up to more people where to put videos of new games for people to see?



ROBLOGNICK commented on Guest Blog: Shut up! Nothing is Wrong With The...:

A great perspective, and it makes a really good point.

It mentions the Nintendo Network ID system being tied to one console and handheld. This really needs attention from Nintendo. I also think this needs to be added to Virtual Console with cross-platform purchasing of those VC games that are available on both 3DS and Wii U such as the NES games. If you know you can buy a game on the Wii U, and also play it on your 3DS, it gives you more incentive to purchase it. At least, it would for me. As it stands, I really only buy VC games when we're in a game drought.

I recently had a twitter argument with someone who responded to me saying that cross-platform purchasing would devalue the Nintendo brand by 50%. His solution for Nintendo to get out of their current situation was to advertise. Advertise the heck out of Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Smash Bros. etc. I couldn't disagree more. You can advertise the hell out of anything and it won't always work. The best form of advertising opinion via word of mouth. Getting Indie developers on board bringing indie games to the system that we've recently seen grab headlines such as Minecraft, Gone Home, Shadowrun, etc. I totally agree Nintendo should now be courting these developers.



ROBLOGNICK commented on Video: Ace Attorney Collection Promotional Tra...:

I expect this to be a digital release in Europe. Surely it can be done by Capcom with very little effort indeed.

I'm currently playing through Miles Edgeworth Investigations. The only PAL release Ace Attorney game I've never played. It's superb. I love this whole series of games.



ROBLOGNICK commented on Mass Market Price And Mario Kart 8 Will Revers...:

I think I actually agree.

They also need to get their donkey in gear on Virtual Console and cross platform play on these titles. If you tell the world they can play any Nintendo published game on Wii U and 3DS since the NES, they will come. Get other publishers on board like they did on Wii, so have Master System, Megadrive, Saturn games as well.
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ROBLOGNICK commented on Mario And Zelda On Mobile Could Bring New Play...:

@Pro-N-Gamer Unfortunately, I think this is the attitude that needs to change. While I agree that touch control gaming on iPhone and Android is absolute rubbish, the people the do game on iPhone and Android do not. If Nintendo can convince them they make great games that is exclusive to their hardware they can create sales. Nintendo should release something like NES Remix to help this.



ROBLOGNICK commented on Mario And Zelda On Mobile Could Bring New Play...:

This is why I think NES Remix (or a game like it) would be the perfect game to put on smartphones. It's got the same game play style as many smartphone games have. It's got that Cut The Rope or Angry Bird three stars achievement for beating levels with set goals style game play. Plus it provides little snippets of Nintendo games.



ROBLOGNICK commented on This Design For A "Game Boy Evolution" Sure Is...:

No, it looks awful! It doesn't look like a Nintendo product at all. THough I guess that's what a lot of people want from Nintendo; something that doesn't look like they made it!

It looks too thin to have those circle pads for start, not to mention the pull out controls on a device that thin would be incredibly flimsy.



ROBLOGNICK commented on Talking Point: An Unplanned Flash Sale Looked ...:

Nintendo is the Disney of video games. Disney very rarely reduce the price of their DVDs and Blu-rays. They often only produce them in limited time runs. They very occasionally run BOGOF offers or discounts. This keep the value of the product at a high price which is vital for their business. This is even more true for a company like Nintendo because all they do is make video games. They need to keep their brand quality and value high in order to sustain their business.

If in three months you knew a game would be reduced in price by £10-20 why would you bother buying it at full price? Sure, some who want it NOW would but the vast majority would wait. While this has an affect on chart presence it also affects the value of said product and the brand overall.

Game that have underperformed have often seen vast reductions in price, such as Metroid Other M. Nintendo seem to like repackaging products that are five years old (or older) and selling them at a discount. I don't understand this approach. I do think they should run flash sales for games of an age for a brief period but not keep the prices low all the time.