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Proud owner of Wii U, 3DS and a tabby cat

Thu 10th October, 2013

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tysonfury commented on The Miiverse Redesign Has Gone Live:

LOL, the final screenshot.
"Who's excited about Smash Bro Tourney?"
"I'm somewhat excited, but it'll probably be a bunch of ^!@£*"

The haters didn't take long to get going...



tysonfury commented on Industry Analysts Speculate On Nintendo's Futu...:

Another thought on Miyamoto - there's the assumption out there in the world that as a creative genius, perfectly formed games just fall out of his head. I study at art college, and I can tell you that's not how genius works. Miyamoto classics are a direct result of how well he manages his team.

Look at a game like Pikmin (which is essentially a personnel management sim) and you can see a highly functional, systematic approach to good game design

Miyamoto was also instrumental in the design of the Wii, one of Nintendo's biggest successes and had been pushing the company to design a controller that just used one button for the previous decade (ie. the wii remote)

He knows a lot more about how to manage a video games company than we casual observers give him credit for



tysonfury commented on Industry Analysts Speculate On Nintendo's Futu...:

@MrGawain @fortius54
Good analysis!

Aonuma would be perfect, his personality is likeable and similar to Iwata and he is an excellent project manager, with a creative mind.

Shibata is very likely, super qualified, but personably I don't find him as warm. His Nintendo directs were a bit dull. He will probably get the job but I would prefer somene more instantly likeable. Maybe that's just me.

The last few investors meetings, Iwata brought along Miyamoto and deferred to him on a few company management questions. We can never know for sure, but I think Iwata was grooming Miyamoto as a future CEO. He has said he is thinking about retirement and is less hands on with development now. I think he would be a good choice as an interim CEO for 5-10 years as they restructure. Big changes would be easier for the company with a familiar face in front.

Tsunekazu Ishihara, the head of the Pokemon company, is another possibility



tysonfury commented on Speculation Grows That AMD Will Provide the Ni...:

I doubt nintendo have spent all this money and effort building up the eshop & Virtual console including Wii download titles, just to scrap it all in 2016. They've already confirmed the Wii U will be part of the unified framework. Which leaves the following options:

  • They're not using AMD after all
  • They've worked out a way to run the Wii U environment on AMD
  • NX is something totally different and is not backwards compatible

I hope it's the 2nd option



tysonfury commented on Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away Ag...:

I was totally shocked to hear the news this morning, I thought as we all did that he had recovered from illness, and he was so active till the end with no sign that he was unwell. I looked forward to every Nintendo Direct and Iwata Asks, I found him likeable, warm and entertaining. It's strange, I genuinely feel like I have lost a friend today.



tysonfury commented on New Super Mario Bros. Receives ESRB Rating For...:

Controversially, I did not like this game when it came out. I felt the emphasis was on gimmicks rather than fun and exploration (which Nintendo recovered with the perfect 3D land/world series).

The mega mushroom power up was the perfect example - you are encouraged to smash up your toys instead of play with them, a weirdly "un-nintendo" moment...



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

I played Ocarina through again last summer on the Wii VC and found it just as every bit stirring, engaging, even emotional as when I first played it way back in 1998.

One thing that annoyed me though was the classic controller button layout made it a nightmare to play some of the ocarina songs. But you can't have everything.



tysonfury commented on Gunpei Yokoi Discusses The Struggle To Make Th...:

Yokoi is often blamed for the Virtual Boy, but we now know that it was a prototype rushed to market to fill the gap between SNES and N64 - I don't think it was ever designed as a serious system. He was an inventor and innovator, but it was a bad decision by management to release something that wasn't a finished idea.



tysonfury commented on Tablets Stole The Wii U's Thunder, Laments Shi...:

@Ash1189 @CreativeWelshman

I used to think so too, but then Microsoft announced Xbox 360 discs will now be compatible natively with Xbox One. I dunno how they do that, is it just an emulator? But if Microsoft can do it, Nintendo can also run Wii U games (and all the VC stuff) on an x86 chip too.

Even if it's not x86 - what's really important for developers is what game engines it can run, and system RAM. Studios love the PS4 because it has 8GB of RAM (compared to Wii U's 1GB). Match that and Nintendo are off to a good start.



tysonfury commented on Tablets Stole The Wii U's Thunder, Laments Shi...:

I dunno, NX coming out mid generation as it is, it could feasibly match PS4/XBone and still be affordable. All they need to do really is put more memory in and ramp up the GPU. They might even do something radical like replace the DVD drive with a micro SD card slot to keep costs down.

Forced gimmicks... I dunno, I liked the DS. Wii was a terrible controller for third party action titles (Godfather: Blackhand... erugh...)
I think/hope it'll be a compromise, not as gimmicky as the Wii, maybe DS-ish level of innovation.



tysonfury commented on Australian Rating Confirms That ZombiU is Shuf...:

It's a good game, I actually to had to put it down after a week because it was too graphic. Hitting zombie granny over the head with a cricket bat till her skull cracks, getting killed from nowhere then having to find and kill the zombified version of yourself to get your stuff back.... Gross...



tysonfury commented on Poll: What Did You Think of Nintendo's E3 Digi...:

A lot of people are disappointed by the lack of new games announced, including me..

EXCEPT: Super Mario Maker, Star Fox Zero and Xenoblade X - 3 games I will buy in release day this year that I am super excited about. Will buy my first amiibo too (hopefully) if I can get my paws on a the 8-bit Mario.

I only bought Mario Kart on Wii U and AC Rogue on Xbox 360 on release day last year, so that's saying something.



tysonfury commented on Official Nintendo UK Store Flogs Rare amiibo i...:

Didn't you realise when amiibo was announced that they were designed to be must-have collector's items. Haven't you ever heard of Pokemon cards?
But everyone seems so surprised!
Supply and demand 101. Limit supply, demand goes up! Charge what you like!



tysonfury commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Could Use Google's Android...:

The actual next-gen Nintendo OS won't look like your android phone. The 'android os' headline is missing the point a little.

Android is a linux-based OS. Remember that Wii and Wii U are also linux-based systems, it follows then that whatever NX is, it's linux-based, and Nintendo are running Android on it at a development stage, until they can get their own development environment up and running.

This is very very good news for developers, and for gamers. Linux is free, open-source and easy to use. Its compatible with your phone, your mac and your PC. Its very home brew friendly, it's developer friendly, and it's the go-to OS when you want cross device compatibility since it's designed to work on multiple scalable platforms.

What is interesting is that Wii U currently runs its OS on a separate CPU (you'll remember the infamous 1GB reserved for that purpose). With all that heavy duty attention devoted in 2012 to the OS when the Wii U was designed, had nintendo planned this all along? Will this extra 1GB be reserved for communicating with 3DS and NX?



tysonfury commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Could Use Google's Android...:


I think NX will be a tablet too, and agree with most of what you say, but they can't squeeze the Wii U into a handheld yet and do it for under £250 - the Wii U's processor runs so hot, that the bulk of the main unit is a massive heat sink and an extractor fan. You think the gamepad has a bad battery life now? You probably don't remember sega Game Gear.

But nintendo are talking about a scalable software development platform, not unlike PC gaming. I think at some point there will be a handheld, a tablet, an iphone/android app and a set top box - they'll all run off variations of the same AMD chipset, but the set top box will have a fancy GPU, so you can play the same games in 1080p, or stream your device to the TV with upscaled graphics.



tysonfury commented on Japanese Nintendo Direct Coming May 31st :

I doubt they would give away their E3 secrets so soon. I think it'll be a Fire Emblem special with a few minor announcements like some bizarre jprg/puzzle/karaoke title we've never heard of or Japan-only bundles.



tysonfury commented on Exclusive: Slightly Mad Studio Head Ian Bell S...:

Viable option for the next nintendo system: forget 3rd parties, just focus on making it an affordable 2nd or 3rd console add-on for gamers who want to play nintendo content, VC and indies. £150 max. If it sells 100m, watch third parties become interested again

Worked for the Wii...



tysonfury commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Modest Sales Targets...:

Nintendo are still pushing all their top IPs to the Wii U, and Zelda will be out prob Christmas 2016. Makes me think that whatever NX is, it'll play Wii U games

They're stressing this unified software platform. I hope that amongst their next consoles there'll be a sub $250 unit that can match PS4 technically (it's possible, 3 years after, hooke's law) and plays hundreds of virtual console titles straight out of the box

I'd buy that for a dollar!



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

Looking at the eShop the other day, Nintendo seem to have subtly dropped the 'virtual console' branding, instead just referring to 'games from classic systems'

I think we're already heading towards that unified platform Iwata mentioned, with - yes! - crossplay! Including on NX, whatever that turns out to be

I hope the next home console will drop the blu ray drive and just use an 3SD slot - cheaper system, silent, faster, potentially bigger storage if they use micro-sd technology. The only drawback might be higher costs for developers, but Nintendo have been making millions of 3DS cards for years so there's probably an economy of scale there, I dunno.