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Sun 5th February, 2012

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TruenoGT commented on Nintendo World Championships 2015 Qualifier De...:

Maybe they should rename this the Nintendo World "Complainionships"? Jeez, it's just a little pre-E3 hype, not the Olympics or something. I can see why Nintendo doesn't engage people on social media aggressively, most of them are big whiners. I know, I know, welcome to the Internet.



TruenoGT commented on Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the ...:

Just for fun, I just some research into my own game purchasing from last year (I keep ridiculous records):

  • I purchased 94 games in 2014
  • 29 of those 94 were from the current generation (e.g. Wii U, 3DS, etc)
  • 11 of those 29 were 3rd party games
  • 4 of those 11 were bought full price
  • 2 of those 4 were Bayonetta 1 & 2 (so technically kind of not even 3rd party)
  • 1 of the 2 remainders was a gift
  • The last one was Whoa Dave!, a $5 3DS game.

I appear to be part of the problem, but that kind of demonstrates the competition point. If a prolific gamer like me isn't going to find a good opportunity to spend $20 on a new indie game, who is?



TruenoGT commented on Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the ...:

I commented about this in the rating cost article. Think about how many games are released a month compared to 10 to 20 years ago. It's simple economics... when gamers can choose between hundreds, if not thousands of games new or used for well under $20 at any given time, very, very few are going to get attention let alone sell in any significant amount. In a few years, most developers are just going to pack it up because it's completely unsustainable.



TruenoGT commented on Exclusive: eShop Publishers Are Dropping Relea...:

Though it's a problem, the rating situation is a red herring. There are just so many options for games these days, the bubble is bursting. IMO the games market simply can't support this many platforms, developers, and new games at once. I buy dozens of games each year, and even then it's impossible to play even all the really great new titles, let alone older titles re-released inexpensively (e.g. Virtual Console, PS1 Classics, GOG, etc) and my own backlog. It's a GREAT time to be a gamer with so much quality, choice and low prices, but man, it must suck trying to compete as a developer.



TruenoGT commented on Nintendo Announces Best Buy Locations and Deta...:

@TruenoGT Answering my own question (from the NL review):

"The first, Nintendo World Championships Remix, is exactly the same as it was in NES Remix 2. You will get three challenges in a row — collect 50 coins in Super Mario Bros., collect 25 coins in Super Mario Bros. 3 and, finally, simply play Dr. Mario. "



TruenoGT commented on Nintendo Hoping That Splatoon Will Tempt Lapse...:

Despite how good the game seems from the demo, I say good luck because the modern "everyman" gamer generally avoids anything that doesn't fit within their narrow, narrow comfort zone/expectations or sphere of friend influence. Most people I know who used to be Nintendo fans stopped playing Nintendo games when they started to care more about what was "cool" than what was fun.



TruenoGT commented on Mobile Is Konami's Future, According To Presid...:

With how crowded mobile development is getting and with not much market expansion left to grow, you have to wonder when the bubble is going to burst. I don't think you have much brand loyalty on the mobile side either, it seems like all just fickle trends and random surprise hits. I think Nintendo is playing it right by giving it a try, but remembering that they have a loyal customer base on the dedicated games side and keeping that going. I believe that many (but not all) companies going "all-in" on mobile are going to be hurting in 5 years.



TruenoGT commented on Former Castlevania Producer Koji Igarashi's Ki...:

PC it is then! Looking at Mighty No 9, it's clear that Inafune really had to simplify the vision with bringing the game to just about every platform. As much as I'd love to see a Wii U and/or 3DS game, I'd personally rather they focus their attention on a (relatively) single spec version that is all it can be. There hasn't been a top console spec Castlevania since SOTN, and with the last 6 or 7 traditional CVs being Nintendo exclusives, I don't mind giving other systems a shot.



TruenoGT commented on Poll: Did The Splatoon Global Testfire Hit Its...:

Absolutely loved it, haven't been this excited about playing an online shooter since Quake 3. Feels totally new to me. I don't pre-order anything (except Amiibo!), but they got me and I bought the eShop version after my second session.



TruenoGT commented on Nintendo Announces Higher Than Expected Profit...:

@Quorthon I agree if they keep on the current path, 15 million is probably all they can hope for. I was meaning I felt they MIGHT get as high as 30 (a wild guess honestly) if they risked it all, essentially re-launched it and stuck with it for another several years. Re-launching could be some combination of re-naming/branding the existing hardware and a massive marketing push with a big new game, a totally different market focus (e.g. a focus on non-gamers for the "best living room browser, streaming, etc" solution) or even something drastic like making a redesigned, gamepad-less unit for $150 or less. There's also a slim chance that something like Splatoon or Mario Maker could become a wild Minecraft or Pokémon style phenomenon and dramatically propel the system, but it's impossible to predict that sort of thing.



TruenoGT commented on Nintendo Announces Higher Than Expected Profit...:

Wii U is just totally off most people's radar. It's a cool system with a pretty good library, and I honestly think it can make a modest come back (maybe get to 30 million), but they'd have to totally re-launch the thing (maybe even rebrand it) to actually get the public's attention at this point. I wonder if they'll try to make another splash or just soldier on until whatever's next.



TruenoGT commented on ​Talking Point: Is Konami About To Exit The ...:

Other than Metal Gear, they haven't pushed the needle for me in a generation or two. Truly a force from the 80-90s that really lost their way in the console game space. Other than Capcom and Nintendo (and Sega via Atlus sort of), there's not too many big Japanese publishers/developers from the old era left dedicated to the console industry. I guess Square(Enix) too, but they've really tanked IMO.



TruenoGT commented on Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away F...:

This is disappointing given the aftermarket costs of many of Natsume's SNES classics. I understand picking the winning horse in the race, but there's something to be said for doing a solid for the hardcore folks. I can't imagine Nintendo wouldn't at least recoup their costs if games like Lufia 1, 2 and Pocky & Rocky SNES came to the Wii U and people would really appreciate it (well some people, not the endless line of internet complainers).



TruenoGT commented on Nintendo Download: 23rd April (North America):

If you haven't and are into music, give the KORG DS titles a shot, they are so cool. Get M01D if you just want to compose with pre-existing instruments, and get DSN-12 if you really want to experiment with sound generation and play with the 3D oscilloscope (which is awesome).



TruenoGT commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Problems With Trends and...:

It's one thing to break copyright for the fun of sharing with friends, it's another to make money from it. People are making ad revenue because the content they're showing (i.e. Nintendo copyrighted material) has value. I don't believe copyright wild west is inevitable, and the industry (or society in general) has to do a better job educating people on the value of creative output, otherwise the race to the bottom will continue. Working in the creative industry also, I don't think most people understand how much copyright infringement and devaluing of creative output has affected the opportunities of creative businesses large AND small. I'm not worried about the remixers, distributors and collage makers on Youtube and elsewhere that use others work, I'm worried about the people making original content in the first place.



TruenoGT commented on Review: A-Train 3D: City Simulator (3DS eShop):

I fantasize about getting into this game, but I'm pretty intimidated. This would be awesome game to get into on a deserted island somewhere with no other distractions or games to play. I'd need to make a 3DS homescreen layout with ONLY this icon on it!



TruenoGT commented on ​New FAST Racing Neo Footage is Set to be Re...:

@Mandalore I was thinking the same exact thing regarding PS4. I figured there was also a (very slim) chance that Nintendo pulled a Dinosaur Planet and F-Zero'd it, but FAST is really nothing like F-Zero other than it's a futuristic racer. Hopefully Sony doesn't snatch it up and make into a Wipeout game! :)



TruenoGT commented on Poll: Is Splatoon a Blockbuster That'll Help R...:

The first shooter I've been excited for since Metroid Prime 3, and first multiplayer shooter since Doom 3. I can't wait! Nintendo needs to market the heck out of this as it really appears to capitalize on every Wii U strength.



TruenoGT commented on Head Teachers in the UK Issue Warning to Paren...:

I'm only sort of kidding, but aren't these crass, ultraviolent games for kids anyway? Most adults I know don't enjoy the immature themes and tasteless romps of GTA, etc, as the lack of subtly, poor narratives and glorification of violence in most of these games generally appeals more broadly to younger people who may not know why it's odd to enjoy realistic and often senseless depictions of killing.

More on topic, I think a better solution would be to have classes for kids to understand this type of media and it's context in broader society. Censorship and blame never work, but education is generally a good bet.



TruenoGT commented on Talking Point: The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Ma...:

I have so many games on my backlog, they could wait until 2018 to release it. I'm excited for it, but a delay is no worries for me. I don't think it'll be a system mover anyway, so more room for other games to take the spotlight.