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Editor, gamer and bookworm

Male, 30, United Kingdom

Features editor of Nintendo Life since August 2011, editor since March 2014; love video games and Nintendo. I've previously completed two degrees in Literature and the History of the Book, which haven't been helpful at all...

Fri 28th August, 2009

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ThomasBW84 commented on Sorry to Disappoint, But That 'New' GamePad Ma...:

@Kit Even if that's a thing, our point is that people are picking up on a video that's months old and pretending it's new, which is silly.

We're not saying there's no chance of a smaller GamePad, we're saying it's bizarre people are drawing conclusions that are a) likely inaccurate due to effects work and b) from a video released in May.



ThomasBW84 commented on Sorry to Disappoint, But That 'New' GamePad Ma...:

@RoomB31 I understand what you're saying, but in all the other shots the actors are clearly holding standard GamePads. As multiple people have said, this is a camera effect.

Of course it's possible Nintendo is working on lots of things, the point is that this 'new' commercial from the Japanese channel is anything but, so it'd help if it wasn't reported as such.



ThomasBW84 commented on Nintendo Download: 11th December (North America):

@rjejr It's always been the case, since day one, that the promotion expires on 31st December this year, right there in the small print :)

It'd be better if Nintendo just extended it indefinitely, but unfortunately that doesn't seem to be on the cards.



ThomasBW84 commented on Nintendo Celebrates Landmark of Record Sales S...:

@Peach64 My general feeling is that, with mobile booming in Japan, it's at that stage where it'll continue to lead in Japan but not go mad. Sales of New Nintendo 3DS are decent, for example, but not mind-blowing either. It's a world of lowered sales expectations, I think.



ThomasBW84 commented on Interview: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's De...:

@drewb0203 If we don't feel a story is credible we don't post it, simple as that. If we post a rumour we'll do so because it has some sort of logic to it or limited evidence that makes it a little more convincing. That's our goal, and though we're not 100% right in all our calls we aim to get it right most of the time.

As has been pointed out, it didn't take long for that one to get debunked.



ThomasBW84 commented on PDP GameCube-Style Wired Fight Pads for Donkey...:

@Kaze_Memaryu That's always the thing with going third-party, whether they've really nailed the feel of a good controller. It's amazing how much investment and resources companies like Ninty, MS and Sony throw at designing their controllers. To be fair, they often feel fantastic to use, so it pays off.

@BensonUii Awesome, thanks :)



ThomasBW84 commented on Review: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U):

@cornishlee The stages are more complex than in 3D World, and this is a very different experience to Toki Tori (1 or 2), perhaps if there was a '3D' Toki Tori it'd be kind of like this, but that doesn't make this similar to the actual games on the Wii U :) For those that enjoy those sorts of titles, however, then this is certainly the sort of experience they could enjoy a lot.



ThomasBW84 commented on Review: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U):

@rjejr The mine cart levels are one exception — you aim with the GamePad screen which is a first-person view, while the TV shows a different view which is pretty nice to watch. It's entirely possible to play these on-rails levels with the TV off though, it's just for a bit of show in these stages.



ThomasBW84 commented on Review: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U):

@snoox I answered above, but the whole game is off-tv, as you always have the option of using motion to move the camera, interacting with the environment on the touch screen and so on :)

Amiibo isn't active in the game, to those asking, Nintendo's always said this was planned for 2015, though it'd be neat if it's a surprise for this month.



ThomasBW84 commented on Review: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U):

@gage_wolf and others asking about my comments on co-op — I'm not a parent, actually, but my job is to assess what a game is trying to do and how well it does that. So while I praise this game plenty, gave it an 8 (a good score, remember!) and loved playing it, I look at it as a project and feel that it's another game perfect for a family audience or less experience players.

Whether that's kids, parents or otherwise; for example my parents have a Wii U and enjoy games like Mario Kart 8, Lego City (after taking a while to get used to working the camera), Nintendo Land and download stuff like Toki Tori 2, Edge and Thomas Was Alone. I had a chance to show this to them when I visited home, and though they like it and plan to buy it, managing the camera was a real learning curve. The game gets pretty darn tough, so it'll take them a long time to beat it, I suspect, as it'll feel pretty unrelenting at points.

So I feel that could have been alleviated a little, especially as a game like this will attract the attention of a wide range of Wii U owners. That's awesome, I hope it sells well, but an option to help the player in tough levels, assisting with a Remote or whatever, could have been a nice inclusion.

That's my tuppence, you don't have to agree, obviously, but I don't think I'm being frivolous :)



ThomasBW84 commented on Review: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U):

@rjejr Yikes, that's supposed to say ramps, I've corrected it.

The game is essentially always off-TV, though I didn't explicitly say that. It always mirrors the TV, so it's immediate when interacting with the environment and, most important, is there for those that want to work the camera with motion controls.

On amiibo, its functionality isn't live yet, I think Nintendo always said this would be in a 2015 update. Unless the company has a surprise up its sleeve we'll just need to wait.



ThomasBW84 commented on Inflated Prices and Limited Stock Cause Frustr...:

@Knuckles I cancelled all my Amazon orders, as my GameCube adapter was in a bundle with the game. I managed to order one on Friday morning from the Ninty UK store (they're now gone) and thankfully it has actually despatched. Disappointed to not be playing Smash this weekend, but I should have it before Wednesday.

And, before anyone asks, I went for the bundle again rather than simply buying the game and adapter separately because stock on the standalone adapter is hard to get and it costs less in that set; I'm not made of money ;)