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Tsusasi

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#1

Tsusasi commented on Review: Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley (3DS):

@Taedirk And yet, all this game represents is a nail in their coffin. Why bother to hang on to an IP if you can't do it justice? Bare minimum, I would have been on the phone with Nintendo to pitch a joint venture/mashup. Nintendo has so much to offer, and the IP still carried some weight with fans… before this game, that is. Animal Crossing/Harvest Moon crossover?

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#3

Tsusasi commented on Nintendo Download: 19th March (North America):

The Mario Party 10 bundle arrives on my doorstep tomorrow, along with my Toads… Klonoa has been a favorite of mine since the very first game. This one has a pretty solid group of positive reviews from it's original launch, so I think I'll give it a go.

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#4

Tsusasi commented on Sega Producer Explains Exactly What Went Wron...:

There's nothing wrong with adding gameplay mechanics if they make sense. Adding them for the sake of adding them or because a focus group leaned a certain way is ass-backwards design. Focus on the core gameplay, see what is organically driven by the world, characters and existing gameplay and then expound upon those concepts. Bolt-on gameplay rarely adds anything of substance and usually feels forced and is a disrupter, breaking the flow of the game and taking the gamer out of the experience. As far as coop/multiplayer: Again… if it makes sense. I have no freakin' idea what he is taking about regarding Boom's multiplayer. What exactly worked well? Because I must have missed it...

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#6

Tsusasi commented on Games Industry Analysts Somewhat Divided On Ni...:

@rjejr Yeah, after looking into this company's mobile strategies and positioning, I think 500,000 to 1 million is a good jumping off point, but that could be blown out of the water with the right game and marketing at the right time. And so again… 2.5% conversion rate would equal a LOT of 3DSs sold and games along with them.

As for Nintendo Land: It's mission was a bit more transparent and it didn't have the appeal of Wii Sports. Don't get me wrong; I love it. It just wasn't as universally well received. The Wii Sports games followed the evolution of the motion controller to its finally motion plus form and Wii Play was a way to really differentiate between the Wiimote and the Wiimote with motion plus. I think that Smash was the Amiibos launch vehicle/teaching moment.

Honestly, with the Gamepad and gyro controls, I'd rather see a sequel to Link's Crossbow Training! :)

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#7

Tsusasi commented on Square Enix's Failed Attempt At Combining Game...:

Pulling it for any other reason than licensing would be sheer idiocy. I'm hoping that it's licensing, because I would have deep concerns about the company's leadership if it were just a move to cover up bad sales. It's not their fault the anime didn't do well. If it's a good game, let it ride and promote it through other means.

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#8

Tsusasi commented on Games Industry Analysts Somewhat Divided On Ni...:

@rjejr Well, 1) Those aren't app games… they are mini games in the vein of Mario Party. By that measure, Nintendo pioneered 'app games'… just on the big screen. (Well, and Game and Watch games if you think about it) 2) I doubt there will be a Nintendo Land 2… at least on this system. It was mostly one part Gamepad tech demo and one part tutorial for the system itself and for asymmetric/asynchronous gameplay. SEGA has a decent Sonic runner as well as a Peggle-like Monkey Ball game that are actually quite fun. I could easily see something in that vein, as well as some version of the Brain Age games or Nintendo's puzzlers. Nintendogs makes perfect sense. There are a lot of opportunities. A Pictures with Mario variant or a Chibi Robo photo game. I also think that if it's done right, this is an excellent way of pulling in those mobile gamers who haven't considered a dedicated device. Introduce them to an IP, give them a taste and have them watch a trailer of that IP in action in a fully fleshed out game. Boom. Say you have a 100,000 downloads of an app and you have a 2.5% conversion rate for new 3DS customers. 2,500 new 3DS gamers. And maybe it's a 1.5 attach rate at POS plus a download or two. And even if that is just an extra 1000… all from exposure to an IP through an app. Nintendo still makes money off of their systems, unlike the competition.

Edit: Just for a point of reference, I had noted after some Googling that the average app download varied between 40 and 60 thousand in 2013 (depending on platform). In 2015 and considering the weight Nintendo's IPs carry, I don't think 100,000 is at all out of the question. In fact, that might be downright pessimistic.

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#9

Tsusasi commented on Iwata: We Are Challenging Ourselves To Redefin...:

Not really a fan of this, but I'm willing to wait and see how it plays out. The problem with developing for smart devices and tablets is that they all have their quirks and UI/UX vibe. What has been key for Nintendo games (and SEGA before them… something which I think we can see has really hurt them) is their closed eco system; they control the software AND the UI/UX from nuts to bolts. They know exactly how their game is going to perform, and even warn that third party peripherals may diminish the experience. By opening this process up to all devices, Nintendo loses that incredible important part of the puzzle.

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#10

Tsusasi commented on Nintendo Working On New 'Dedicated Game Platfo...:

@Timppis That's not really short for a home console… it's right in the window. This last generation lasted a bit longer and broke the curve, but 5-6 years is about right and about the norm before the 360 and PS3. The Wii was a cash cow and that was roughly 6 years. If they are able to roll backwards compatibility of some sort into this next console again, I don't see even a wrinkle of a problem. If they are forced to leave the Wii U software behind altogether, it might be a harder sell for consumers. Especially those who became gamers during this last console race of roughly 8 years.

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#11

Tsusasi commented on Mario Kart 8 Misses Out at BAFTA Game Awards, ...:

Destiny? Seriously? Not saying it should definitely have been Mario Kart, but Destiny? And Mine Craft… best family game? And no 3DS games at all?

So... who does one have to pay/sleep with to get an award anyway?

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#12

Tsusasi commented on Swedish Newspaper Questions The European Relea...:

@dizzy_boy That is what is called 'false equivalency'. The CoD games don't hyper sexualize and objectify men; they are dark and violent, but they don't sport pant bulges, or penises swinging around in banana hammocks. No one shoots someone and has the victims butt revealed as a reward.
Not even remotely the same thing.

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#13

Tsusasi commented on Swedish Newspaper Questions The European Relea...:

@Jaz007 You do have a point… a point which seems to be escaping everyone. There is no denying that it is pretty awful in that regard. It's definitely a cultural thing, as games like this and far worse have been fairly common in Japan. That doesn't mean that they are good for the rest of the world outside of that context. People can choose to play what they want… but a little honesty instead of all of the defensive comments or denials would be nice. It IS flat out crude.

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#15

Tsusasi commented on Game Freak’s Director Explains Why TEMBO THE...:

That was incredibly ignorant and a slap in the face. I guess they really think that we are just that stupid. Well, I guess I'm so dumb I will forget how my wallet works when they release games. Plenty of other great games out there from companies that don't talk to you like you're an idiot and make up lame-ass excuses.

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#16

Tsusasi commented on Video: Fan Manages to Port F-Zero to the Mega ...:

Having played Core Design's awesome work on the Sega CD (Soulstar and others), as well as the vehicle levels of the Sega CD Batman Returns (and Batman and Robin, actually), there's no reason (albeit with perhaps a diminished color palette) that F-Zero couldn't be faithfully reproduced as a Sega CD game. With CD Audio. In the right hands, Sega's (actually superior, biaxial) hardware scaling and rotation could be very impressive (for it's time of course).

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#18

Tsusasi commented on LastFight Looks Like The Power Stone Sequel Ca...:

When I read the title of this article, I was excited… then I saw the footage. This looks really straight forward and not all that exciting. Maybe they are holding off on showing the major 'hook' of the game? A big draw of the Power Stone games was over-the-top arenas and the interactions with them. Power Stone's fighters were really interesting too. The character design in this game so far is certainly not on par with Power Stone. This may end up being a good/fun game, but I couldn't possibly compare it to Power Stone. Not yet, anyway. Time will tell.

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#21

Tsusasi commented on Review: Dig Dug (Wii U eShop / NES):

Not to be 'that guy', but are you aware that the box art you show is for Dig Dug II… a completely different game (and different gameplay)? Just saying'...

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#22

Tsusasi commented on Rumour: Nintendo Plotting amiibo Super Mario C...:

Really done with Nintendo's Amiibo crap. Nintendo apologists are keen to absolve then of any wrong doing, but this is all Nintendo. Supply manipulation, hype machine… marketing ploys are fine if they are handled well. The Amiibo mess is a crock of crap. And now variants? Scalpers and the secondary market haven't screwed Nintendo fans enough? Where games have content only unlock-able by Amiibo, it's nothing more than extremely expensive DLC.

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#24

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

This is a war I wouldn't mind seeing waged in North America. Move more systems, increase user base, clear shelves of older bundles then release some very competitive new bundles later this spring… and announce said bundles at E3.

And move software and peripherals… At those prices, and with great software out there (some also at discounted prices) I can see the attach rate easily being 3 or 4 to 1 here.

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#26

Tsusasi commented on Mobile Hit Badland Is Coming To The Wii U eShop:

@johannes_v I have to say, I don't get really geeked about too many 'Indie' games, but this one has me pretty damn interested. And when you say local co-op and multiplayer, that makes me smile. I've been gaming online for some time, but there's nothing like sharing salty snacks with friends gaming in the same room. Online can be fun, but local is where you make memories and enjoy friends and family time.

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#27

Tsusasi commented on Mobile Hit Badland Is Coming To The Wii U eShop:

@PinkSpider Or you could actually watch the video.
It is more than obvious that this is far, far more interesting and involved than Flappy Bird. The beautiful art style and HD graphics not withstanding, you can see in just this short video many more gameplay mechanics than FB possesses, along with what appear to be puzzle-like elements or at least elements that require thought as you progress. Given that you with also be able to control speed and direction, that alone has doubled the control options of FlappyBird. And the ability to use weapons and interact with the environments. Did I mention multiplayer? Just sayin'… it sounds to me like a) You didn't watch the video or read up on this title and b) you may just be missing out on a fun, atmospheric game,

To each their own, I guess. I just hate to see people pass on quality games based on misconceptions. Especially when the GOOD indie developers could really use the support.

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#28

Tsusasi commented on Satoru Iwata States That Around 5.7 Million am...:

I think what may have been missed here is that it was some financial analyst talking about new hardware, not Nintendo. New 3DS next year? We are already getting a new 3DS… and it's here this year! Seriously… analysts don't work in nuances, nor do they always understand the heart of the industry for which they are crunching data. If he could miss something as big as the fact that this really is new, more powerful 3DS hardware with new control options and games that won't even run on the 'last gen' 3DS, then why should I even remotely consider assigning any importance to what he is saying?

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#29

Tsusasi commented on Rumour: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Demo To Be Distr...:

@ouroborous The company wasn't always like this, but it just keeps getting worse. And yes… unfortunately in spite of policy, employees do skim the good stuff through various means, usually involving having friends make the purchases for them.

not all, obviously and there are good employees.

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#30

Tsusasi commented on Rumour: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Demo To Be Distr...:

@Quorthon No it is not. Gamestop/Software Etc bought out Funcoland in the early 2000s, took what they liked about the company, and liquidated the rest, closing many stores and eventually rebranding them. Not too long after that, they 'merged' with EB… and I use the term 'merge' loosely, only because they did. It was essentially a take-over again. So no, Gamestop is not Funcoland and Funcoland did not change it's name. It was bought out. The owner was an entrepreneur who wanted to move on and try new things. Gamestop got Game Informer as part of the deal.

I used to be a 'group' manager at Funcoland in the 90s and I worked at Software Etc while I was in school in the 2000s. Completely different companies. The detailed history is a bit more complicated, and begins with Babbage's, but for the sake of this discussion not completely relevant.

Here's the 'official' scoop.

http://news.gamestop.com/about_us/company_history

And an even more detailed history here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GameStop#Babbage.27s_.281983.E2.80.931994.29

I remember when the first Gamestops opened. They were a spinoff of Software Etc, but also devoted floor space to collectables and other gaming related merchandise.

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#31

Tsusasi commented on Best Buy Is Cancelling Majora's Mask New 3DS X...:

@JellySplat Allow scalpers to buy more than one system = equals standing by and enabling a shady and despicable practice = angry customers who will eventually stop bothering with their company out of frustration.

Or limit so that more of their customers can actually get one, and at the same time take a stand against scalpers (a disease).

And of course, they are NOT losing money as the systems are still going to be sold.

AND at the end of the day, their mistake or not, they just changed the way exclusives will be handled, making them more of a go-to retailer… because, fair.

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#32

Tsusasi commented on Rumour: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Demo To Be Distr...:

Gamestop needs to go away. One of the worst companies to deal with in any capacity. Shady as hell. I wish all of the gaming retail stores were still around… especially Funcoland. Competition is a good thing, and the downward spiral of Gamestop and the stores it swallowed up is proof.The monopoly keeps getting worse, the customer service somehow manages to get worse, and their business practices as well. At least in my experience and that of my friends.

And now exclusive demo codes. Does Nintendo want this game to fail? This is definitely one of the games that would benefit from a demo, but not if it only gets into the hands of artificially limited fraction of 3DS owners. And given my Gamestop experiences, many might not even end up in anyone's hands. Because, lazy. They always seem to have drawers full of this stuff left over because it never got into customer's hands.

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#34

Tsusasi commented on GameStop Cancels European Rosalina amiibo Pre-...:

@TingLz Yes. If you read my whole comment, and understood what actually created the hype this holiday season, then you would get it. It just backfired on Nintendo because they are using a tactic that is no longer viable in the age of the internet and ebay. They are angry about scalpers with good reason, and it has nothing to do with caring about their customers. It's because the scalpers have taken their plan and flipped it on it's head.

If this weren't the case, then why is it almost exclusively a North American problem? There seem to be plenty of Amiibos across the board everywhere else in the world… rare, uncommon or otherwise. The holiday season is only REALLY critical in the North American market. Less so elsewhere. And nowhere in the world are there more of the ridiculous exclusives than in the good old home of free market manipulation and greed, the US of A.

So yes, Nintendo are gaming us. They took a calculated risk… they just didn't calculate correctly… and now the scalpers are getting their money. There is absolutely no reason they couldn't produce enough. Period.

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#37

Tsusasi commented on GameStop Cancels European Rosalina amiibo Pre-...:

@whodatninja Exactly. Not to mention the brand and Nintendo wouldn't be taking such a hit in image. Right now most people are stuck blaming scalpers alone. Once more people start realizing that this really begins and ends with Nintendo's lazy, backwards attempt at hyping the brand by manipulating supply (instead of doing proper marketing), the angry fans will turn against them and the product.

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#38

Tsusasi commented on GameStop Cancels European Rosalina amiibo Pre-...:

@Yosher They aren't having trouble… these are manufactured shortages: They are manipulating supply and by extension, their fans and consumers. It is exacerbated by the low-life filth known as scalpers. Scalpers are sub-human scum… but Nintendo has returned to being the sleazy, greedy, shady business it was in the 80s and early 90s. Nothing but lies, denials of said lies and the occasional non-answer. Apprently what they are selling now is enough for them that they don't care about the millions they COULD be making if they just filled the stores so people could pay THEM for what they want, instead of the disease that is scalpers. The notion of exclusives is also nothing more than avarice and old-school thinking. It's time to that institution to go away for good.

Nintendo is managing to suck the fun out of the hobby, with scalpers pounding a stake through it's heart.

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#40

Tsusasi commented on Get Ready For The Most Expensive Video Game Au...:

"Given the massive popularity of video gaming and its long and proud history, it's hardly surprising that many rare games are fetching incredible prices when them come up for sale online."

Actually it IS surprising. It's pure idiocy. Games are meant to be played, and it's a freakin' NES game. And not exactly the best example of gaming out there. There are systems I'd love to get my hands on to replace some of mine that have stopped working. But I can't, because the prices are artificially inflated by idiots who will never actually play the systems. They are no better than Wall St speculators. The fact that even recent limited editions, accessories and Amiibos are being scalped by bottom-feeding scum makes me long for better times in gaming and mourn the death of a hobby. It's all good old-fashioned avarice and stupidity.

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#41

Tsusasi commented on GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U Stock on...:

Scalpers and resells… low-life scumbags buying them up. As for supply, Nintendo is full of crap. These factories they use in China and Asian in general can really crank this stuff out. And the factories themselves are incredibly agile and they can swap out merchandise being manufactured on assembly lines at incredible speeds and have the new item up and running same day, if not within hours. Ramping up production takes hours, not days. Nintendo is banking on a tired and amateur hour marketing trick. It's backfiring. Until Nintendo stops reverting to the shady, manipulative company they were in the 80s, I'm done with them and their product. This and the Amiibos b.s. Completely low-rent and dishonest strategies. Ones that were played out over a decade ago, let alone now. And this isn't 'sour grapes'. I actually have mine and I have the Amiibos I wanted long before both became a shameful business maneuver. I just despise what Nintendo is doing. Very uncool. Also, I'll never flip them on ebay (because I'm not a low-life).

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#42

Tsusasi commented on Lucky New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Gamers Jump ...:

@Quorthon I agree to a certain extent, but their actions are still douchey and wrong. Nintendo have returned to their former shady 80s self as well. With regard to Amiibos especially. Manufactured shortages to hype product, pulling product to manipulate consumers. Funny thing is, they would be selling a hell of a lot more if they made enough. Instead, the profits are going to resellers. If your look at the number of people bidding or looking for these Amiibos vs how many are for sale, Nintendo has got to be missing out on at LEAST 100 sales for every posted figure. The number is probably way higher, but that's all lost revenue… and at the same time, they take a hit on their reputation and their relationship with retailers. Way to burn your fan base and retailers at the same time. Seems like old times...

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#43

Tsusasi commented on Lucky New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Gamers Jump ...:

Watching the hobby circling the drain. Resellers or 'scalpers' are truly scum. You can argue the point all you want. Wherever crap like this (and the worthless trash buying up all of the Amiibos and flipping them) it takes the fun out of the hobby and makes people within the hobby look like idiots.

ex·ploi·ta·tion
ˌekˌsploiˈtāSH(ə)n/
noun
noun: exploitation; plural noun: exploitations
1.
the action or fact of treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work.
"the exploitation of migrant workers"
synonyms: taking advantage, abuse, misuse, ill-treatment, unfair treatment, oppression
"the exploitation of the poor"
2.
the action of making use of and benefiting from resources.
"the Bronze Age saw exploitation of gold deposits"
synonyms: utilization, use, making use of, making the most of, capitalization on; informal cashing in on
"the exploitation of mineral resources"
the fact of making use of a situation to gain unfair advantage for oneself.
"this administration's exploitation of the fear of crime"
synonyms: taking advantage, abuse, misuse, ill-treatment, unfair treatment, oppression
"the exploitation of the poor"

Greedy douches like this are scum. Period. End of discussion.

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#44

Tsusasi commented on Feature: Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - To...:

I used to be all about the Mario Party and the Mario Kart. I don't have as much time these days, but this year that's definitely the plan. Time to get back to basics and enjoy gaming with the fam.

Oooo… with a side of Nintendoland.

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#45

Tsusasi commented on Rumour: Toys "R" Us Cancelling amiibo Orders, ...:

The entire Amiibo debacle is an incredible fail on Nintendo's part. Trying to manipulate shoppers with vague, ambiguous non-denials while manipulating supply levels… I'm done with Nintendo's crap. The entire thought process is just ignorant. You can't pull this crap in 2014. All this has done is hurt the brand, hurt Nintendo's rep and put money in the pockets of d-bag resellers (who are bottom-feeding scum). Blaming the retailers isn't the answer. Nintendo has lost so many sales this holiday. For every dirt-bag posting (artificially) rare Amiibos for stupid prices, there probably 50-100 people who would have bought them at retail with the money going to the retailer AND NINTENDO. That's money neither will ever see. Building hype around a few figures that people can't even buy doesn't make the line successful. The common Amiibo are just sitting on the shelf. Of the 15 or so retailers I talked to, the vast majority confirmed that the average Amiibo sees moderate to low sales, with only a handful really moving. Properly marketed, with adequate supplies Nintendo could have moved far more product. Amateur hour, Nintendo. Fail.

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#46

Tsusasi commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64:

In actuality, it wasn't a rush job. I love people pulling crap out of their butts. The controller itself (the analog stick) was actually composed of higher-quality components, which you'd know if you actually knew what you were talking about. Gee, I don't remember there being triggers on the SNES controller, but if you're referring to the shoulder buttons… well. They're not triggers. Of course, if your vision is failing you, I can see how you wouldn't recognize the extreme similarities of the controllers in the picture as they progress through the years. Hmmm… I don't seem to see any three-pronged nightmares amongst todays controllers. Even the Gamecube controller (which I love) follows the analogue/digital placement convention of the Saturn 3D controller. Is that really because of Sage's controller? Who knows… who cares? I just mentioned in passing the real similarities between the controllers in the picture, and I don't think that its accident.

Btw...If you take into account development/R&D cycles and the development time for Nights into Dreams, it's clear that SEGA had it's own 3D game/controller combo in the pipeline at around the same time. Don't be a fanboy, be fan.

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#48

Tsusasi commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64:

@electrolite77 It's not a matter of understanding the controller, it was just awkward and uncomfortable to hold. The analogue stick could have been a bit shorter and shifted to one side, and the 'Z' button could have been placed beneath either the right or left shoulder button (maybe both to accommodate left and right handed players). It didn't have to be this awkward trident. I personally think the Saturn 3D controller was a much better design, especially ergonomically.

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#49

Tsusasi commented on Nintendo Dismisses Rumours That The GameCube C...:

@awesomeunclet It's not unprecedented; Nintendo has bought their own press before and shot themselves in the foot. If this was planned, this is an old-school tactic, and one that is not suitable for this market or in the age of internet shopping. Once upon a time you could pull this crap and and have late season shipments that would sell out immediately and still make bank or grab some of the after-holiday gift money. Now those profits are being eaten up by resellers grabbing them all up and posting them on ebay or other sites within hours for ridiculous prices. Sales that Nintendo could have had. By the time they get those shipments in stores, they'll have pissed off some people, lost the interest of others and lost sales to resellers. And if they aren't going to make more, why bother including any in-game functionality at all? Why exclude so many of your fans and potential customers? Take my daughter for instance. She has played a little Brawl, but fighting games haven't been her thing. But when she heard about Amiibos and training and fighting with them and feeding them to power up, she was excited.

She wanted The Villager. Yeeeeah… about that. She thinks it's stupid to pay extra, and she doesn't want the game OR Amiibos any longer. She's not mad, she has just lost interest because the thing that made her want to try the game is not available for retail cost, and she's smart enough to get what resellers are doing (she thinks they are 'greedy jerks'). She's a good kid. She actually wants Disney Infinity now (Toy Box ftw)… Groot and Rocket are her faves. She probably would have picked up Peach, Kirby, Pikachu, Yoshi and Link after Christmas too. Not anymore.

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#50

Tsusasi commented on Nintendo Dismisses Rumours That The GameCube C...:

@SwaveSays Um… I know how they work. But there are features that people want from each figure and there will be more and better interactions in the future with other games.

Btw…

Customize your amiibo™ figure as the ultimate sidekick, and level it up to CRUSH your opponents.
Train your amiibo to supercharge its stats and expand its abilities.
Customize your amiibo by adjusting its attack, defense and speed stats.
Fight your amiibo against a friend's to make them tougher and see who the best trainer is.
Team up with your amiibo, or battle against friends in multiplayer amiibo action.

That sounds pretty exclusive to the Amiibo functionality. Things you can't do without one.