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Male, 45, United Kingdom

Fri 30th January, 2009

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Sean_Aaron commented on Scram Kitty Developer Praises the Wii U and Me...:

I do need to pick it up again, but I also was frustrated by chasing the cat that runs away and some of the jumping required.

It's hard to say what else I'd like to see. Often the most interesting games are ones you wouldn't have thought of and I think that's the mark of a really good designer. Just make a good game that's fun to play!



Sean_Aaron commented on Satoru Iwata Highlights the Crisis and Opportu...:

@aaronsullivan This is why they need to own the platform. He's right, if Nintendo was to move to a software-only business the company as it currently exists would cease to be: you need look no further than Sega to know that anything new would face a mountain of opposition because they couldn't absorb failures and their quality would likely degrade in the effort to do cross-platform ports.



Sean_Aaron commented on Former Sega of America CEO Talks Out on the Co...:

I cannot see the harm to Nintendo in releasing iOS/Android versions of their older games (I'm thinking NES/Gameboy here). If cannibalising sales is a concern then mirror the price in the eShop. It only needs to be a handful of titles: Super Mario Bros., Zelda, Metroid and slap in ads for the latest series entries. It doesn't matter if they sell well or not, it is just marketing.



Sean_Aaron commented on Sonic and Mega Man amiibo Available Again from...:

Wow, if the official Nintendo store isn't fulfilling pre-orders then they've truly blown it. I think I'm done with amiibos at this point, I mean I've got eight of the things and I'm not interested in putting in the effort for more smash ones. I only hope there aren't similar problems with the Super Mario line. It's possible for scarcity to actually kill the appetite for something you know? Might be able to get these for a steal in six months once the hoarders realise demand crashed...



Sean_Aaron commented on Splatoon Developers Give a Splash of Informati...:

What strikes me most about these interviews is the focus given to design and not just putting in the usual controls you'd expect to find in similar games. Jumping is something I've often been confused by in 3D action games because they're not platformers and very rarely have jumping between two points as a feature so often you have it instead spammed as an evasion move.

It's really superfluous in the run-and gun games, so although it might at first glance sound odd that the characters couldn't jump originally it does make sense from a design perspective - this is a game after all. I think a lot of developers forget that, but then if you are creating endless cookie-cutter sequels I can see how you would stop looking at things from a fresh perspective. It is this quality that sets Nintendo above others.



Sean_Aaron commented on Review: Blaster Master (Wii U eShop / NES):

I thought I owned this on my old European Wii, but it turns out it was the WiiWare update which is oddly not as compelling as the original. Not much excites me in the update for this upcoming Thursday so I might have to download this baby!



Sean_Aaron commented on Nintendo's Wii U TVii Service is Formally Canc...:

I can't say I saw the point. BBC iPlayer is coming this year and we have Crunchy Roll and Netflix and Youtube channels, etc. so I think the non-gaming entertainment is covered, though bringing the Nintendo Anime channel to Wii U seems like an obvious thing to do.

And yes, please do remove the button for it and let us customise the buttons!



Sean_Aaron commented on Eiji Aonuma Admits That Remakes Such as Majora...:

@Einherjar There are already examples of games released on 3DS and Wii U which suggests that Nintendo is able to do this without having to tweak a lot. And the question isn't why should they, but why shouldn't they? Obviously they're trying to drive 3DS sales, but eventually I should think the remakes would be more sensible to flog than the originals in the Virtual Console if for no other reason than an excuse to charge more for them!



Sean_Aaron commented on Ubisoft's Unreleased and Finished Wii U Game H...:

No, I don't think it would be worth releasing that. I still think if Rayman Legends had been released when it was originally planned it would have sold massively on Wii U given the game drought that was on. Instead they waited until Super Mario 3D World released and by then, well not many people had any reason to care. Watch Dogs initially looked like it might have something going on, but ultimately I have to say that Ubisoft is no more a loss than EA was - I'd much rather see Papers Please on the Wii U than yet another Assassin's Creed game.



Sean_Aaron commented on UK Supermarket Giants Wage Wii U Price Wars to...:

That is crazy - like half the price my partner paid for her kid's 8GB with two games. I bought a Pro Controller from Tesco in December for £34 - which is a good price, but a tenner? I'd buy another one at that price if the two I have wasn't already indulgent.



Sean_Aaron commented on Rodea The Sky Soldier Looks Set To Spread Its ...:

@Quorthon: Well I mean feature them heavily. It really turned me off of Wonderful 101, I just hate them. If you want to show me a movie in the middle of a game, just show it; I'm not doing timed button presses to watch it and pretend like I'm playing a game. It's not hard to find others, but Bayonetta (also Platinum - they seem to really like them) would be another that springs to mind. Ninja Gaiden 3 and Resident Evil 4 had them, but they were mercifully brief so far less egregious.



Sean_Aaron commented on Another Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter Batt...:

Count me among the "not paying over the odds" crowd. £19.99 seems fair for a specialised adapter like this. I agree CCPro and Pro Controller are good options, but if you lack sufficient Pro Controller numbers, the nice thing about this is you don't need remotes to use the GameCube controllers, so I could have 8-player smash without investing in more Remotes or Pro Controllers or bring it over to my partner's place where they only have one Classic Controller and no Pro Controllers.

Bottom line: it's nice to have options and who knows? It might be supported by Gamecube VC games someday. Now I hope Nintendo is getting another wave of them ready soon!



Sean_Aaron commented on YouTube Stars Aren't Happy With Nintendo's Rev...:

I can't see why content creators aren't all taking a cut. It's free advertising I suppose, but arguably it's also spoiling the game for others. I think the biggest problem for these YouTube "stars" is that what they're doing is unsolicited - they don't ask for permission, they make videos with game content front-and-centre and get revenue for it. If I tried putting an entire feature film on the Internet with my reaction in a corner of the screen there is no way in hell I could hide behind "fair use."

Nintendo has every right to issue takedown notices and get a royalty cut in this circumstance.



Sean_Aaron commented on The Hyrule Warriors Majora's Mask Pack DLC is ...:

I'm still playing the main game so I'm not able to use Adventure Mode yet, but I'm surprised I can't see the new characters. Previous packs downloaded and installed automatically, but this time all I saw when I started the game was the new version additions - are th version upgrade and DLC two different things? Is it possible only one installed and I need to manually install the other or are these unlocks only available after I complete the main game?

Oh and yes I did confirm I bought the season pass - Majora's Mask update shows as purchased in the eShop.



Sean_Aaron commented on Nintendo Stays in Profit With Wii U on Target,...:

I think it's very hard to judge Nintendo against competitors because amongst "core" gamers they've arguably never recovered from their stumble with the N64 - I think everyone can agree that the success of the Wii was down to expanding the market and many of those folk have either stayed put or moved away from consoles completely.

Maybe Nintendo will never have a games machine that overpowers Sony and Microsoft, but unlike them they can have a successful business on the back of a dedicated fanbase of their unique software catalogue. I'm not seeing a problem here.



Sean_Aaron commented on Nintendo Wins Metacritic's Annual Game Publish...:

I think anyone who criticises Nintendo for relying upon spinning out sequels for revenue has a totally valued point as do critics dismissing each new franchise iteration as a retread of things we've seen before, but Nintendo does two very important things that differentiate them from the likes of EA, Activision and Ubisoft:

1. They don't do annual or even semi-annual franchise entries so they keep their core franchises feeling fresh (you can debate whether spin-offs count as separate)

2. They know what they're doing and rarely have a misstep when it comes to execution - they make a quality game.

So yes, there have been 8 Mario Kart games, but you're only getting one per console and you know it's going to be good. On the way they publish other titles some of which are a bit off-beat for them so it's not like they don't step outside their comfort zone.

Back in the N64 days I had no regard for Nintendo, but after taking the plunge with the Wii and immersing myself in their games even more with the Wii U I've come to appreciate what they do in terms of design and fan service - they know their audience and they give them what they want without cutting corners. They have well and truly made me a fan over the past eight years so my hat's off to them!



Sean_Aaron commented on Koei Tecmo Releases Awesome Hyrule Warriors Wa...:

Well-deserved. I've picked it up and put it down for awhile to play Pikmin 2, but I'm playing it again and I'm impressed with what a great job they did paying tribute to the Zelda games referenced. It's a direct result of this that I've finally bought the original NES game and re-purchased Twilight Princess and will buy Skyward Sword again when it (hopefully) appears in the eShop.

They put in so many references in the upgrade trees and the little victory movies, just shows a lot of respect for the series and fans and is clearly not a quick cash-in. I definitely like it better than Warriors Orochi 3 (though that has grown on me) and although I wouldn't mind seeing Samurai Warriors IV on the Wii U (they would be foolish not to play to Wii U fans now), I'd be perfectly happy with an HD or even download version of Samurai Warriors 3, which is just brilliant.



Sean_Aaron commented on Weirdness: Even Masahiro Sakurai Struggles to ...:

I managed to get Rosalina ordered from GAME and I got Lucario pre-ordered from Amazon along with Shulk (hopefully I'll still get that one when that wave hits) when Nintendo Online reported them sold out already.

Still hoping I can get a Pac Man since they're selling out even faster than before despite the "one per customer" rule (makes me wonder if people are registering multiple accounts to work around it).



Sean_Aaron commented on Official Nintendo UK Store Limits amiibo Purch...:

I have to say that although I'm glad Nintendo has limited orders to one per customer, I'm disappointed they aren't making enough figures to meet demand. I only found out about wave four pre-orders last night after coming home from the cinema and went to the site to find that the one figure I wanted was listed as sold out. GAME isn't offering these figures (Pac Man and Ness) for pre-order yet either, nor is Amazon and I'm willing to bet it's because they cannot confirm what they'll be getting.

Now with the promise of cards I don't think people who only care about unlocks need be concerned, but honestly they're leaving money on the table here and it feels quite unfair that even pre-ordering isn't a guaranteed possibility for those who want figures.

Donkey Kong is about the only figure I can think of that was sold out and came back into stock. I don't expect these things to be produced forever, but how about three months availability, Nintendo? Am I asking too much here?



Sean_Aaron commented on Interview: Wales Interactive on its Wii U Brea...:

My partner purchased both and she's enjoying Master Reboot. If I have one request for developers on Wii U it's to please consider an alternative to using the right stick for cameras in first-person games. I find it very clumsy and less intuitive than the Remote pointer (if you've ever played Metroid Prime Trilogy on the Wii I'm sure you'd agree). If Remote support isn't in the cards then the motion controls of the Gamepad itself should suffice: Nintendo is going to do this with Splatoon and whilst pivoting the Gamepad might not be as elegant it's a compromise I think it worthwhile for people who dislike or aren't used to dual-stick controls.



Sean_Aaron commented on Nintendo's amiibo Website and Compatibility Ch...:

Well that's annoying. So my Smash amiibos will work in mario party 10, but only if I wipe their smash data...yes we need a proper memory management tool. I only really want Toad from the new set, but I guess it all depends on how cool the utilisation is in mario party 10 ultimately...



Sean_Aaron commented on Wii Disc Software Heading to the Wii U eShop:

Great news; only wish I hadn't gotten Xenoblade as a gift since I'm positive that will be coming out in time for the release of Xenoblade X.

Just got the SMG2 signature edition as well - ah well gotta flog it!

Going to get Metroid Prime Trilogy and Punch Out of the other titles mentioned.



Sean_Aaron commented on Play-Asia is Taking Orders on This Multitap Ma...:

I'm still holding out hope Nintendo will make more of these; I also hope they'll take the step of limiting orders to two per address to stop people from hording them to artificially keep the price inflated.

If there's nothing from Nintendo by March I'll just get one of the Mayflash ones.



Sean_Aaron commented on Nintendo Download: 8th January:

I'll have to check out Crunchy Roll to see if that's worth a sub for me. I do wish they had some kind of age ratings on the shows to help guide viewing for my daughter (CERO at a minimum should be there) and the inclusion of Tatsunoko Productions would make it a done deal for me, but apparently I need to be a premium user to make these suggestions.

Dig Dug and Galaga NES versions make little sense to me given the GBA Namco Museum has arcade-quality versions of these games plus Ms. Pac-Man, but I guess if you only like Dig Dug and don't mind graphical and musical differences it's worth it. It would be nice to see classic arcade games (including Nintendo's) come to the Virtual Console as well!



Sean_Aaron commented on Smash Bros. 2v2 For Glory Exploit Makes Pac-Ma...:

This doesn't seem like a big deal to me, but like others have said it defeats the purpose of playing the game and it's stuff like this that makes anonymous online play less than desirable for many. You still cannot beat the madness of face-to-face matches and adding amiibos to the mix and the new play modes are extra nice.



Sean_Aaron commented on Year in Development: Nyamyam:

I bought this within a month of release on Wii U. Price isn't a factor for me when I have a choice between console and iPad, but I acknowledge I might be an exception there. It's a great experience and I'm going to enjoy completing it with my partner.