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An artist and Graphic Designer, as well as a self proclaimed "wanna do it all", I'm currently leading a store on Etsy (all in the name of Games, toons and geek!), Looking for more inspiration

Mon 3rd March, 2014

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RoomB31 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Continues to Shift Its...:

@faint I feel that you are pointing on a singular issue, that you believe many of those third party titles sell poorly on Nintendo Consoles because Nintendo gamers are uninterested in said games. While those games did sell extremely poorly, they were also very poor uninspired ports, im not saying all of them are, but a lot of what you mentioned never took advantage of the hardware, and/or were lazily put together for a quick buck, so gamers noticed and followed through by not buying into them. Either that or they were year old games ported and sold at higher price points then their PS3/360 counterparts. So why would many shell out money for that?



RoomB31 commented on Nintendo Download: 27th August (North America):

GET RUNBOW NOW!!! honestly when it was first announced I was like meh, but the hype built and its an awesome game, didn't think twice about the $15 entry point (didn't download any nindies @ home), fun single player, 2 player or more, plus online mode and plenty of fun to be had!



RoomB31 commented on Nintendo and DeNA Smart Device Game Still On T...:

annoyed. but it won't stop me from supporting Nintendo. if they don't dilute their brands and only release things like shuffle, then I am not too worried. (I enjoy shuffle for what it is, so it's not a negative by any means)



RoomB31 commented on Negative Reception For Devil's Third Is Due To...:

i think for the type of game it is, the hefty price point will turn many off. I understand the statement that some make about it being a fleshed out indie, but not a full retail release, i think thats due to the nature of the core gameplay. You'll like it or you won't.



RoomB31 commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Won't Be As Powerful As Pl...:

this isn't really a surprise anymore, I could have predicted that. Nintendo's hardware will always be 2/3 of a generation behind, using the money to invest in new ideas/quirks for their new systems, as well as being able to offer a lower initial price point. No body should be shocked by this news.



RoomB31 commented on Nintendo Isn't Talking About NX Because It Doe...:

Nintendo is in their own world, so I doubt microsoft or sony would steal any ideas nintendo puts into their new console, but it could be software just as much as hardware, so who knows. I think Nintendo should hold off on an NX news if they care to sell any more Wii U's, I love my Wii U and hope many more people play the great games it has to offer, as well I hope many more great games come out for it, so take your time Nintendo, the NX can wait.



RoomB31 commented on Tablets Stole The Wii U's Thunder, Laments Shi...:

the idea was novel, and its not that the execution was poor, but like Miyamoto said, it wasn't communicated well, it wasn't embraced by developers (even Nintendo didn't utilize it well enough), It was dated before it came out (I'm not talking about core power here), with tablets already old hat and tablet sales struggling to beat previous years. There's always next time, but until then, enjoy the actual games that are coming to Wii U, they're great!



RoomB31 commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Attempts To Explain Why Zelda...:

I hate corporate speak, and Reggie is really bad at it. He knows questions are going to be asked, but has to completely stick to the script, so it makes him sound robotic and fake. It's not his fault, but he's not good at this type of interviewing.

The reasoning is asinine and there are holes all over that ideology. if this is what they want to do going forward then thats what they should say, not make it sound like this is the way its always been, because thats BS.

They should have shown something, regardless, since we already knew it was delayed it couldn't disappoint us any further, but if we saw progress then that would keep us talking about it and build on the momentum.

I get what they decided to do this E3, but E3 has always been about the SHOW, the announcements, the surprises, not minor updates and details about games we've known about forever. This just felt like another Direct, which is fine, it was a good competent direct, but it wasn't E3, and they cannot hide behind that veil.

Honestly all the details about the games that have been flowing through the treehouse have me much more excited than the digital even could ever have done, and that's good, the problem is that most people won't watch treehouse, so therefore will only be left with that single impression.

I'm much more excited about Super Mario Maker, Yoshi, the FireXJPOPcrazness RPG, Star Fox, and now that I know the Animal crossing Wii U game is much more than just a board game, my interest has piqued quite a bit.



RoomB31 commented on Poll: How Excited Are You About Nintendo's E3 ...:

@A01 not enough details about devils third, and it could go either way, but I don't see it doing super well (I don't see it being unique enough, sure its different from whats on Wii U, but different from other 3rd pers shooters? not sure yet). Fatal Frame I really want, but the IP isn't that strong in the Americas so i don't expect many sales either.



RoomB31 commented on Rumour: ZombiU Is Shedding Its Wii U Exclusivi...:

have you played the game? Sure the second screen could be adapted to a smaller screen on the tv, but the point of looking through your pack on the gamepad was to add to the tension, to be quick, or be eaten, that effect would be lost by putting it on the tv. It may be minor, but it does change how you play.



RoomB31 commented on Rumour: ZombiU Is Shedding Its Wii U Exclusivi...:

If true, which it probably is, It's no surprise really. It will be interesting how they translate the gamepad features to those consoles. We can rosy colored tree at Ubi all we want, with Rayman it was valid, with this not so much, the game was a launch title that sold underwhelming numbers, I don't see it selling super well on those consoles either, but who knows...



RoomB31 commented on Feature: What the Heck is Puzzle & Dragons? - ...:

Actually I doubt the Mario Edition will sell as well as Z did on the 3DS, I don't think it will draw in the mobile crowd, (that's what Z was for) instead i think it will get non Z fans to try it out, but I'm pretty sure this version is more intended for the west, with Z thrown in as a bonus. we'll see if the west bites.



RoomB31 commented on Poll: Is It Time For a Fresh Alternative to th...:

C'mon guys, the Wii U VC is a joke! 2.5 years old and this is what we have? kinda sad. most if not all the Wii VC games that can be brought back should be already here. Sure it doesn't make sense to just dump on the games on us right away, but there have been many a moment where there has been a real drought, and all Nintendo does is release 1-2 VC games, it's kind of ridiculous. I mean it took 2.5 years to bring N64 games!!!! really!! And don't get me started about not having Gamecube games.

Sure I love that they brought GBA games, but not for the right console. and the DS for Wii U, just looks hoaky, and we've seen no more Wii releases since they launched... they are clearly stretching themselves thin, but this service could be the ultimate retro catalogue, its just sad that they haven't jumped on the chance when it's staring at them right in the face!



RoomB31 commented on Treyarch Isn't Working on Call of Duty: Black ...:


I agree that they haven't been used most of the time in meaningful ways, I still don't see them as gimmicks, and also don't agree that motion didn't add a lot to a lot of Wii games, I think some were overused maybe even unnecessary, but a lot of innovation happened that gen on all consoles.

Off tv play is the most used feature, not a gimmick. The rest is iffy, but I've seen some nice implementation across a lot of different games. The problem is that nintendo introduces these features, but really only gets one gen to figure it out, therefore having a lot of implementation being not fully developed, or having features feeling tech demo-esque.

I just don't believe they should stop doing it, because it only takes one idea to have an incredible impact.



RoomB31 commented on Treyarch Isn't Working on Call of Duty: Black ...:

the creative ideology was about making a hardware/software synthesis, something that can't necessarily be done on other platforms that Nintendo didn't develop. It's true that Nintendo hasn't embraced their hardware nearly as much this gen in terms of its unique properties, which is unfortunate, because it is these moments of interaction which I refer to. Of course there are hints of that uniqueness in a lot of games, but they don't fully embrace them.

Is it not arguable that Nintendo could end up like Sega if they went 3rd party? I'd like an opinion on this.

I'd argue that Zombii U and Wonderful 101 would have gone largely unnoticed on other platforms as well, (first they'd have to be re-tweaked to remove gamepad functionality of course). And Rayman Legends was largely ignored by the gaming public as a whole, so I'm not sure why you tout this game as an example, as the PS3 version sold a handful more than the Wii U.

I'm not denying that Nintendo uses its IP's to make money, but I'd argue that they aren't just rehashing the same title over and over again, the 3D Mario's are case in point. I also don't see Nintendo releasing these games every year like clockwork. Even if Nintendo isn't that different from how they use their IP's like every other publisher, they still have value in the market, and Nintendo hardware is still seen as progressive, even if it doesn't always work, or isn't always utilized.



RoomB31 commented on Treyarch Isn't Working on Call of Duty: Black ...:

I agree with a lot that you are saying. I don't think that there needs to be 3 consoles in the market, but I believe there will always be 3. PS4 and XBONE are so similar, its just in the minute differences and the fanboyisms that keep both companies going (pepsi v coke as healthy competition is important). The outlier is clearly Nintendo here, with the most unique lineup and device of the 3 consoles, however it's also clear that the market isn't favouring difference or creativity. In fact the body of the market usually tosses uniqueness aside, but that slowly erodes a market over time.

The Wii was a very good thing for the market, but the Wii U was not able to transcend that, many people still don't understand the Wii U, and that is fully Nintendo's fault for resting on their laurels, for being unable to communicate & SHOW it's value and difference, the name was the first mistake, and it just went downhill from there. The more you have to explain something to someone the less they are going to understand it, and they'll just move on, the Wii needed next to zero explanation, and therefore was swift to access and understand.

I think there is HUGE value in having Nintendo continue to make consoles, it allows them the creative freedom under their own roof, no need to comply with the other console makers. It allows them to try new things & be bold in execution, not worrying about # units sold or what sells to the market, sure they think of these things, and have games that rake in the cash, but they can also expand and deliver different games with new experiences without worrying about the bottom line.

Sega is the perfect example for why Nintendo shouldn't go 3rd party, what is unique and original about Sega anymore? Diluting Sonic and tarnishing the brand because the name "sells". Sega isn't trying anything new anymore, and the best offerings are their "indie" style games, This would murder creativity in the industry, and it would be a sad day for gaming, maybe not at first, but in the long run.



RoomB31 commented on Treyarch Isn't Working on Call of Duty: Black ...:

In all honesty, has any Nintendo console been taken super seriously by 3rd parties since the SNES? (not talking portables here).
We'll get a flutter here, a piece of scrap there,
a half-baked one, a "modified" version,
a "full of Nintendo fanfare so they will buy it" (this one I don't mind, but it's sad that they need to do it),
a Year old port sold at full price, a year delayed port for full price,
on and on and on.
They've never fully cared about Nintendo, but then they're only in it for the cash, which is why the Wii had more support, but less substance.
There is no win win for Nintendo and 3rd parties, unless they come together and build something.

We can count the pitiful 3rd party releases in the next few months on our fingers, two of them are Lego games, and one is a budget 10 year old port that is releasing on the same day as Splatoon!

I could honestly care less whether black ops 3 comes out for Wii U, it's just not my genre, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't. Nintendo is going solo with the Wii U more than any other console in the past, so it needs to embrace all VC games, promote the Nindies, and start compiling a list of 3rd parties it can work with to help develop a more diverse (but compelling) list of games for Wii U. It's clear that no third party is willingly adding Wii U support, but there is no need to wallow in disappointment either!



RoomB31 commented on Nintendo Marketing Boss Says amiibo Expectatio...:

This is no different than the scarcity of the Wii for almost 2 years, Nintendo underestimated the power of Amiibo (as a collectible) and undershot production by a TON, they will still undershoot going forward, but hopefully by a much smaller margin.

It will get better, because hype will die down, and only the diehard collectors will buy them (although that might only be in a few years). I have a lot of friends with the "gotta buy 'em all" mentality, even though they aren't big collectors, I assume this fad will fade, even if it's only slightly.

Amiibo collecting is like a game in itself, so no matter how frustrating it is, I think a lot of people are enjoying the chase, and then bragging about it.



RoomB31 commented on amiibo Tap Gets A New Title In Europe, Availab...:

@ikki5 exactly what @Vallu said, It's a marketing tool, a somewhat clever one, as long as the demos grow with the VC (bring N64 games into the mix).
It's not the definitive app that most people want like AmiiboWorld (I'll pitch this until they can't say no!) which would add not only characters/weapons/items/but amiibo would also open up new levels, so the more amiibo you have the more developed amiiboWorld will be.



RoomB31 commented on Tales of More Wave Four Super Smash Bros. amii...:

No issues yet, but then I'm in North America, so I have a bit of time to wait.
Due to EBGames/Gamestops intense issues during the wave 4 preorder, freezing/crashing, extremely slow browsing, I had placed an initial order for Ness only to have my order crash, 45 minutes later, I was finally able to place an order for Ness & inkling Girl. A few hours later I got my confirmation email (up until that point, I wasn't even sure my preorder went through) only to discover that both my orders actually went through.

I'm convinced one of them will be cancelled, but technically I have two Ness reserved. I'll only know when I try and pick them both up, (although if I actually do get both, my friend who couldn't get snag one, will get a nice gift!)



RoomB31 commented on First Impressions: The Addictive Futility of t...:

I was looking forward to battleground Z, love me dem zombies, so it's a bit disappointing to hear, im not super keen on fishing (although I loved fishing in Animal Crossing!) but it might way me in the other direction, but the cost of both with the thank you bonus isn't much more than just one, so I may splurge.



RoomB31 commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Dreamcast:

I know Nintendo will not kill the Wii U early, because Sega basically destroyed their console business by doing just that. But the Wii U is in a very similar predicament as the Dreamcast was, the difference really comes down to the fact that Nintendo can support a flop, sega had nothing left at that point of making mistake after mistake. As long as Nintendo can make the Wii U profitable, they just need to rethink and retool ideas for the next round, there will always be a next round.