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Thu 28th Oct 2010

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Viagro commented on Video: Nintendo Kindly Reminds Us That amiibo ...:

@Mrclaycoat We can still say that - Nintendo still delays titles to ensure they are of a high quality (Xenoblade X, Star Fox, Zelda...)

It's true that they have released a few rushed games, presumably to fill gaps in their release calendar. I wish instead they'd release smaller, downloadable exclusives (not free-to-start) as they've done with Harmoknight, Dillon's Rolling Western, BOXBOY!, Pullblox, Hydroventure, Pocket Football Club, etc. - these games are at varied price points with varied play styles and can never be 'let downs' as rushed full price games can be.



Viagro commented on Video: Nintendo Shows Off a Few More Challenge...:

@JaxonH Haha - sorry I don't recall anyone using it (but I don't go on forums etc. much). The new Mario Tennis definitely appears, at least to me, a very uninspiring game. This conversation is making me want to get the GBC game out of the cupboard though, so something good has come from my moan



Viagro commented on Satoru Iwata Insists Smart Device Game Pricing...:

I hope this'll then keep F2P games like Pokémon Shuffle off the 'dedicated games consoles'. Shuffle is the first demo/game I've ever deleted from my 3DS - I don't like what it stands for and even seeing the icon irritated me!

As a 'dedicated gamer' I don't mind DLC and F2P on my console if it's in the form of Sub Wars or Iron Fall - but Pokémon Shuffle shouldn't have ever really made it to 3DS, it should have been better developed and launched on the Nintendo mobile platform.



Viagro commented on Review: Pokémon Shuffle (3DS eShop):

I usually agree with reviews here but feel compelled to disagree.

This game is boring, unimaginative, arbitrary in many areas and it's incredibly repetitive in an un-fun way.

And I've played seven hours of the damned thing!



Viagro commented on Reaction: Pokémon Shuffle Isn't Quite Microtr...:

The decision to release this game is very un-Nintendo. But I'm not too worried as I see this purely as Nintendo checking a box for their investors and those desperate to see Ninty cloning successful mobile games.

I expect Nintendo to continue to develop strategies as seen with the release of Steel Diver: Sub Wars and IronFall: Invasion as they try to work out the best way to deliver free content while encouraging people to upgrade to paid - this seems a lot fairer and more 'Nintendo' to me...



Viagro commented on Activision Enlists Kevin Spacey To Sell Call O...:

@Shadowyugi It's criticising the USA's failed attempts to install 'democracies' overseas due to their lack of infrastructure... I'm not sure CoD would ever be bold enough to make the USA the real enemy (that would alienate a lot of players) though I really hope it does!



Viagro commented on Less Than 5% of Those Polled by the Game Devel...:

If you want to develop for any Nintendo system you have to apply here:

The minimum start up cost is apparently $2500 and you need to "have demonstrated to Nintendo's satisfaction the ability to develop and program excellent software for Nintendo video game systems or for other game platforms" (amongst other things).

It's these kind of barriers (especially the financial ones) that put smaller developers off. And the quality assurance thing surely doesn't work for Nintendo if we remember how many awful shovelware titles there've been (particularly on the Wii).

Nintendo need a developers page that says something like "HEY. We make great games and we want you to make great games for our consoles too. Click here to download our development kit and start developing!" on a user friendly webpage. NOT on a website that looks like it was built in the early 90's and stinks of 'we don't care about anyone else'.

Then they might start to get somewhere in their mission to attract more quality developers.



Viagro commented on Weapon Shop de Omasse to Complete Guild 01 Col...:

If you're stuck deciding which to buy, I'd go for Friday Monsters - it's a unique and beautiful little gem that channels the humble beauty of small-town Tokyo. I lived in Tokyo for a year and this game made me want to go back like you wouldn't believe...



Viagro commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Catch-22 With Retail...:

In this new age of consumerism I love it that we can give our money directly to the producers of the content we love to consume.

As a rather fussy (but caring!) consumer, I really dislike giving money to a middle man - whether that's music, games or whatever. For example, whenever I buy an album I always make an effort to make the purchase that gives the artist(s) as much of my total spend as possible - i.e. I buy it from their personal website instead of iTunes.

I think Nintendo can capitalise on consumers like me. I personally love to know my money is going straight to Nintendo. I will happily give NIntendo £50 for a Zelda game because a Zelda game is totally worth £50 in my eyes (unlike £56 for Splinter Cell!). And if I buy that game from the eShop or directly from NIntendo I know all that money is going to Ninty itself.

I would never spend £50 on that same game at a different store, however, as it would be impossible to know how much of a cut the store was taking (and I probably don't care enough about the online retailer/game store to want to give them a cut of my money).