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Fri 17th April, 2009

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Token_Girl commented on Pikmin 4 is "Very Close to Completion", Though...:

If it was for WiiU, I think they would have said that and not been so secretive. While it's possible they haven't decided yet, my guess is it'll be on NX. I doubt it'll be a smartphone game (though it would actually be the big franchise that's most compatible with smartphones), but maybe it will be cross platform - home, NX, and maybe smartphones as well.



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

I'm surprised this hasn't been shut down yet, since it comes preloaded with some amiibo figurines' data. That's what will open them up to legal trouble from Nintendo. It's like how emulators and devices used to backup games are legal, but distributing rom dumps isn't. If they were smart, they'd just sell the device blank, and let the savvy find amiibo data on the web.

If Nintendo let me just download amiibo locked content as dlc, I'd have more sympathy for them. Not everyone wants crappy figurines cluttering their house.



Token_Girl commented on The Piracy of amiibo Now Seems Possible With t...:

Meh, not everyone wants to shell out extra $$ for a plastic figure (i.e. clutter) to access game modes already available on the disk they already paid $60 for. There haven't been any amiibo features/modes that I've found super compelling yet, but if there was something I wanted locked behind amiibo, I'd be pretty pissed if buying an overpriced toy was the only way to get it (and a different overpriced toy for each game at that).

If they had a way to just pay an extra couple bucks for the things that amiibo would unlock on the eshop, I'd be happy to do that (cards are nice because they're cheaper, but I don't want to mess with losing them; I want to be all digital). If that doesn't happen, I could definitely see myself owning one of these to enjoy one-stop shopping.



Token_Girl commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Dismissal of Chris P...:

@kirk Its not illegal for him to say what he wants about the company, that's true. He got fired. - he's not going to jail or getting sued. He's certainly able to talk with his friends privately, but companies are certainly within their right to fire someone for speaking publically about the company if it's against their policies.



Token_Girl commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Dismissal of Chris P...:

Anyone who's held a corporate job knows that they cannot speak publically about the company without clearing what they're going to say with their communications/PR department. I would have totally expected to be fired from my last job if I did a public interview without notifying them. We were instructed to send all media requests to communications and they had to approve them. I'm sure nintendo's policy is similar and clear (otherwise, we'd see employees doing this stuff all the time). While it's sad to see someone lose their livelihood, they need to be consistent with their policy, so the next employee doesn't spill secrets or badmouthing the company, thinking they can get away with it. While it would be nice for Ninty to be more open, letting rogue employees say whatever they want isn't the best way to do that.



Token_Girl commented on Nintendo: Wii U GamePad Is The Only Real Innov...:

Too little too late. NX has been announced, so the only thing that will convince people to invest in a WiiU at this point is a major price drop. If people didn't buy a WiiU for NSMBU or or 3D World, Mario Maker isn't going to sell it to them. I love Star Fox, but I also have to agree that it's probably not going to be a system seller.

Personally, I think they gyro controls are going to be a bit too complicated/imprecise for Star Fox. And looking at two screens wastes time when I want to shoot the baddies as quickly as possible - so it seems immersion is a tradeoff for gameplay here. I'll give them a spin, but I'm not optimistic.

Unfortunately, I DO love the gamepad, mainly for off-tv play. I hope that feature doesn't die and the gamepad is usable on the NX (though I appreciate devs don't want to waste time on a feature perhaps few will use). I love it for VC games especially, so if at least those retained off-tv play on the NX, that'd be sweet!



Token_Girl commented on 3DS Can Last For Another Two To Three Years In...:

The 3DS could very well still be profitable, especially for smaller companies a year or two after the NX releases. It's got a large enough install base, I wouldn't be shocked to see it still supported (if not with major 1st party releases) for at least a little while after NX releases.



Token_Girl commented on Video: Classic N64 Stages Make a Triumphant Re...:

Ooh, I love the N64 stages. I feel like the new ones have too much stuff going on all the time. The N64 ones were simple, but you could just get in there and fight without worrying about the stage falling out from under you.



Token_Girl commented on Nintendo Cancels Camp Miiverse in Honour of Sa...:

Are people seriously freaking out about a game being released on 9/11? It's been 14 years. Nobody freaks out when business goes on as usual on Dec. 7. I'm old enough to remember 9/11 vividly, so it's not something I take lightly. However, the world moves on - I don't think 14 years is too soon. For those of us who remember 9/11 - you may also remember what we were told to do the next day - if you don't go shopping, the terrorists win.



Token_Girl commented on Feature: Our Tributes and Memories of Satoru I...:

Iwata-san was truly an artist. He couldn't NOT be creating. While Nintendo made money, he never sold out. He created games and experiences that everyone could enjoy for the sake of making the best games and experiences for people to enjoy. The world lost an amazing artist, leader, and human being. If all leaders were like him - the world would be so awesome.



Token_Girl commented on Poll: What Do You Want From Nintendo's NX Plat...:

My wishlist:

1. Great games with awesome local multiplayer experiences. It'd be wonderful to see something revolutionary, but those days may be over.

2. Off TV play in some way. That feature was probably my favorite thing about the WiiU.

3. Sweet VC - get all the games from Wii/Wii U plus maybe GCN and DC games. Backwards compatibility for Wii/WiiU games too. Reward us loyal fans by not making us pay full price again if we already have the game.

4. Unified account system - if a game is on the console and portable - let me buy it once and get both versions (for a new retail game, like smash that had to be developed from the ground up for both systems, I'm happy to pay more for a "bundle", but not so much for a NES rom-dump.



Token_Girl commented on Editorial: Satoru Iwata Embodied The Playful B...:

Great article. This is such a huge loss. Iwata was truly a visionary leader who truly cared about everything Nintendo - quality games, fun for gamers, and his dedication to the staff and company were unparalleled.

I am worried about what will happen to Nintendo without his vision. He stood up to investors in regards to selling out with mobile games. He was not the fastest moving leader, but you could be sure when he did something, he would put the time and care into things and do it right - hopefully that's what we'll see with the mobile strategy moving forward now, as opposed to just slapping a Mario skin on a Candy Crush and Farmville and counting cash.

I fear that's likely what many investors want, because it's quick, low-risk cash. Hopefully NX will blow everyone away to prove those investors that Nintendo can still be successful in the console world (and keep making awesome games I want to buy), because without someone like Iwata at the helm...I fear Nintendo could be the Sega of the 21st century.



Token_Girl commented on Review: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (...:

Ooh, rumble is back! That's why I didn't by the Wii version (had the GC disk with Master Quest). I also have the 3DS version, but I'll probably get this if it goes on sale. I prefer to play it as I remember it. On a big screen with cubes. I just can't justify spending full price on buying this game AGAIN when I can play it on the 3DS. Now, if Majora's Mask hit the VC... I don't have the 3DS version of that, and without a Master Quest, it's not really worth me spending $40 on a retail cart to play that title.



Token_Girl commented on Poll: Does Nintendo's Drive Towards Multiplaye...:

Multiplayer is great for the WiiU/home consoles. But my husband isn't super interested in buying his own 3DS, and as it's a portable, I'm often out and don't have access to wifi when playing it. In my opinion, portable games should always have a robust single player (with the exception of maybe sports/smash bros type entries), since that's likely how many would play it.

Nothing wrong with a game having/being built around a strong co-op experience. I'm sure there's a market for it (couples with two 3DS's, siblings, kids who play at lunch/on the bus at school) - it's just not as easy to pull off for people as with a home console, so the single player should be worth buying the game for as well, for the most part.



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

I'm just kind of bummed that they are starting to be used more and more to unlock content already on disk...I don't care about the occasional costume or anything, but if I pay $60 for a game, I want the whole game. I get that people who buy the amiibos want value too...but you could do that if they didn't come out with a whole new line for every game. Plus, you get a physical, collectible object. That's great for some people...for me though, I don't need that clutter around the house (I'm happy to have fewer game boxes due to downloads).

I'm bummed that actual gameplay is starting to be locked behind amiibos. I'm voting with my wallet and not buying any. Hoping that the few activities/missions/whatever I'll miss by not owning any will be made up for by the awesome NX console/new games made from the financial windfall of the toys. I just worry that since amiibos are probably a whole lot of profit, Nintendo starts seeing games as purely marketing tools for the figures....



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

If they did a subscription service, it would be awesome if they did a Netflix model where you can access the whole catalog for a monthly fee. As long as you're a member, you can download and play whatever you want (though I wouldn't expect to be able to keep any games I downloaded afterwards, of course). That would encourage me to try more games. Ultimately, I'd just prefer cheaper downloads and buying what I want, but if a subscription model gets more games I want on the system, because it's more profitable, I'm ok with that - as long as it's not crazy expensive. (I'm not playing 9.99/mo. to putz around a couple hours here and there for Mario 64, for example).



Token_Girl commented on Poll: Which is the Best Super Smash Bros. Game?:

I went with the N64 version. Perhaps it's nostalgia, perhaps I'm just old and crappy at smash...

Some people consider the N64 version "limited" or "barebones." I find it to be clean. I can actually see where my character is on the screen, because the stages aren't bigger than the TV with a million different things going on. The roster was small, but the important core characters were there. The only issue was it was a lot easier to resort to "cheap" moves.



Token_Girl commented on Turns Out The GameCube Controller Adapter Won'...:

Ugh, I was really hoping to use it for N64 VC games (hate playing those with a classic controller). Guess I'll just download this game from the eshop then. Does anyone know if there's a third-party adapter or something I could buy that I could use to turn my GCN controller into a Classic Controller? I just can't play N64 games with the CC layout.



Token_Girl commented on Stats Suggest That UK Kids Are More Likely To ...:

I agree with @Gilantus - the parents I know don't buy their kids a tablet, but they will give them their old tablet or phone when they're ready to upgrade themselves. Also, many parents let their young child borrow their phone/tablet on the metro or while waiting in line to give them something to keep them distracted - so in that temporary situation, it's not worth it to carry a separate device.

I know mostly parents of young children (2-4ish), so their kids mostly aren't asking for video game systems yet. Also, I think there's a much larger selection of games on the App store that can be played by YOUNG kids, plus they can watch videos on it too. Most Nintendo games don't start being REALLY playable until about 5 years old. For younger kids, it's a waste to drop extra money on separate hardware and then at least $15 on a cart that is small enough to choke on for a game no better than 99 cent apps on the app store - we're not talking Mario or Final Fantasy here, we're talking "Count with Big Bird."

Tl;Dr Parents give kids old models when they upgrade and for preschoolers, touch screens are easier to use and games aimed at that age group are no better on the 3DS but are more expensive.



Token_Girl commented on SNES Classic Super Mario Kart Is Racing To The...:

If they do something similar in the US, I'm game. I got SMK from club nintendo on my Wii for free, so I'd pay the $1.50 to upgrade and get a discount on MK8. I couldn't really get into SMK - too dated for me, and I don't really have nostalgia for it, but I will be getting MK8 pretty much immediately, so it's worth it.



Token_Girl commented on Soapbox: Why We Should Expect More From The Le...:

My suspicion is that they were originally porting this over to be one of the first GCN VC titles for WiiU back when Reggie was dropping hints for that before launch.

Then when 3rd party publishers dropped the WiiU and first party games all got delayed, Ninty realized they definitely needed something quickly to promote to fill the hole. They probably had the SD version of the game mostly up and running for a VC release, which would include some of the more difficult aspects technically, such as off TV play, and decided to just quickly upscale it and move it to retail. That's my suspicion as to why there's not very much in the way of new features.



Token_Girl commented on The Pokémon Company Lays Down The Law On Chea...:

Hasn't this been their policy for a while (at least since gen. 4)? Hacked Pokemon have never been allowed in official tournaments (they're ability to actually catch them nonwithstanding). Call me when they have a way to keep obviously illegitimate pokes off the GTS.



Token_Girl commented on Microsoft: If You're Backwards Compatible, You...:

I wonder when that data was collected. Sure, how many people are playing original Xbox games at the end of this generation? How many people payed gamecube games on the Wii in 2012? It's different in the beginning of a new console's life though, I'd think. Being able to sell the previous gen system at a decent price helps soften the blow of the new console's release price. The old system's backlog also makes the initial release draught easier to bear.

I can totally buy that the cost it would add to the system to put it in may not be worth it, but I'm skeptical of the 5% number in the beginning of a console's lifecycle.



Token_Girl commented on Nintendo Download: 16th May (North America):

I like the reduced price promo they're doing with SMB2. I can't take advantage of it, since I'm upgrading, but I hope that becomes a trend. I would impulse buy so many more VC games if there were sales.



Token_Girl commented on Research Finds Gamers Can Transfer Skills Lear...:

So...basically what this article is saying is younger people (who have grown up with games and online access) are comfortable with facebook selling their personal data when they "like" a company as long as they get a coupon? It's just another way to deliver coupons to people for the purpose of buying something they wouldn't have bought anyway. Instead of spending time clipping from newspapers, they're giving away personal information.

I don't necessarily think this is a bad thing, but I think it's hard to make the arguement that, as a generation, they will be better off financially because of it. Like anything else, some will be smart and benefit, others will just end up drowning in debt (ironically on cards they were "pre-approved" for according to a social media ad). Companies wouldn't waste money on thes promotions if a majority of people who take advantage of them would have bought whatever they were selling anyway.



Token_Girl commented on Nintendo Won't Be Holding A Large-Scale Press ...:

While I will miss the hype of E3 - I've done enough meeting planning to know that a stage show like that must be astronically expensive. They can see all their investors and business associates in smaller meetings, and have a demo booth for press. Most people get their E3 news from gaming websites anyway. They'll still probably get all the new announcements and trailers. We just won't have to sit through an hour video to see it all. Being able to skip through the announcements we're not interested in may heighten the excitement and lessen the disappointment about E3 reveals - which is often more about the presentation itself than the games anyway.



Token_Girl commented on Site News: Happy "Nintendo Life" Anniversary!:

I remember lurking around the old VC-Reviews site and thinking that this was some crazy April Fools' joke. I don't really have time to play much here anymore (Thanks job and Reddit), but this place is still my go-to for Nintendo news.



Token_Girl commented on Rumour: Next Sonic Game Will Be Called Sonic A...:

Yes I would want that. If they could have perfected the camera (time/effort could have been taken away from some of the extraneous characters, though I did like the mixed perspectives of the story) - SA would have been pretty much perfect. Love that game. SA2 had an awesome concept too - though I wish they had kept tails out of the eggwalker thing.



Token_Girl commented on Nintendo Reveals Specific Dates For Wii U Virt...:

I think I'll get everything except DK and Balloon Fight. I have Balloon Fight as an ambassador game on the 3DS and never play it, and I also have DK Original Edition which is the complete game, not the NES version with the missing level.

Definitely picking up the rest though - the only game I have already on the Wii is Kirby's adventure, and it's cheaper to pick it up through the promotion than as an upgrade. I'm most excited for Super Metroid though.



Token_Girl commented on Balloon Fight On Wii U Reportedly Running At 5...:

Are there still a lot of older TVs out in the wild that are only compatible with the 50hz games? I know probably most of those people won't be VC junkies, but that could be the reasoning (it's the only one that makes sense to me). In a perfect world, Ninty wouldn't be super lazy, and would just offer the option to switch to either one in Europe, but I'm just impressed they're putting effort into recoding the game roms to work on the gamepad and with the pro controller - that's better than they've ever done before.



Token_Girl commented on Game & Wario Is Hitting Japan March 28th:

Maybe. I haven't really played much WarioWare - though honestly, when it comes to mini games, I don't know if I'll need another fix as early as March. It's not like Ninty's running a shortage. I'll wait for the reviews.



Token_Girl commented on Nintendo Reveals Plans For Wii U Virtual Console:

I think you should make this point clear in all of your articles about the VC - it seemed like it wasn't in another one (I know it's my bad for not paying attention, but still - this is super important for this community).

I think the games were overpriced on Wii, but I will say this, the addition of save states and gamepad only play are worth the upgrade asking price for me. Those are pretty significant features. I was really worried they wouldn't deliver, and this is amazing news. Sucks that I'll have to wait to get some of these games, but I know I'll get a lot more gameplay out of them by using the gamepad. Save states also are kinda necessary for me to get through some NES games - I just have too many games and not enough time to be restarting games over and over again every time I die (which happens all the time due to the high difficulty).



Token_Girl commented on Talking Point: The Wii U Virtual Console Tria...:

I don't mind picking up games again for 30 cents each, but I'm dismayed that after charging so much for these old games on the Wii, that Nintendo is just saying "screw you" to those who supported the service. I bought Sonic 1 on my iPhone 3GS for $4.00 a while ago, not the $8.00 Nintendo is STILL asking for on the Wii. I could play it on the iPhone 5. The benefit of digital is NOT having to rebuy games on every platform every generation.

I'm sorry, having to patch/update games with upgrades is not a problem for ANY OTHER DEVICE. I'm not going to be getting VC games on the WiiU eshop, because when the next console comes out, I don't want to play them in a gimped, slow-loading "WiiU mode," and then lose them completely when the console after that releases. I wouldn't even be opposed to paying for upgrades if there are enough new features (save states and gamepad only play would be worth probably about $1/game or so for me).

And I just saw your post - so I can upgrade games from the WiiU VC for about the asking price I offered? I'm off to do some reasearch, but n/m, not mad then if that's true. In fact, very happy!



Token_Girl commented on Satoru Iwata Tweets That Wii U Direct Will Be ...:

As much as I'd love to see a major new title, a VC announcement, and 3DS/WiiU NNID integration, I know what we'll probably see is a pikmin 3 and lego city release date and trailor. I always get hyped for these, and really, they're just glorified press releases that usually aren't exciting at all.