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Wed 3rd Nov 2010

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zool commented on Rumour: NX Set for 2016 Release With Nintendo ...:

@Soren not soon enough. Nintendo is all but out of the home console market. Ok it will sell a few new consoles to new gamers by preloading MK 8 and Splatioon, but what about the loyal fans who have a Wii u and no new choice of games to play. The NX can't come soon enough before a lot of us turn to the PlayStation.



zool commented on Rumour: NX Set for 2016 Release With Nintendo ...:

It has to be 2016. And I would guess July for US and Aug for UK, same as the Wii. This gives a good few months build up before the Christmas market.

It has to be, because the Wii U softwear is being spread out and wound down and apart from Starfox 2016 is going to be a bad year for games on the Wii u. I would guess Zelda is a launch game.



zool commented on Review: Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros. (3DS):

8/10 is good enough to purchase and play even without reading a review, but where are those 10/10 3ds and Wii U games scores. Are Nintendo games struggling to reach past heights.

Always liked Paper Mario but got a bit tired of the Mario and Luigi series, maybe others have as well.



zool commented on Nintendo of Europe Confirms Its Second Batch o...:

Even with 40% off digital copies are not good value.

With a physical copy you can play it, trade it, lend it to a friend, let another member of your family play it. But a digital copy stays on your machine forever. If you don't like the game, find it to hard or whatever you have lost your money.

Like ebooks egames should be sold at a price less than a physical copy.



zool commented on Review: Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival (Wii U):

@PlywoodStick The fact that NL was late with their review compared to others, suggests that they did not want to compromise the first weeks sales of the game.

I think this game got a 5 just because it was an Nintendo game on a Nintendo site.

The thing I am concerned about is the road Nintendo seem to be taking with the Amiibo's. A few Amiibo style games is fine in moderation but, if they insist on including them with all their future games then reviewers should include the negative aspect of these toys in a game and reflect this in the score for gamers who are not interested in paying for them.



zool commented on Review: Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival (Wii U):

@riChchestM I seen the game being played, I seen the player, an Animal crossing fan of many years eBay it with-in 24 hours. £39 is way over the top for the game. Nintendo are ripping their fans off; £112 cannot be justified for a game and some plastic toys. Oh and the case.....must be a good case.



zool commented on Two Wii U Hits Are Included in TIME's Top 10 G...:

Well done Nintendo, well sort of........ Nothing is the top three?

That would take a single player killer Super Mario or Zelda game. Yes the Splatoon's and Mario Maker's will sell because Wii U owners have to play something.



zool commented on Review: Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival (Wii U):

@riChchestM If you are suggesting AC is for under 20's, then I would go further and say under 7. And a score of 4 may suggest that there is a very limited amount of fun to be had from the game, but it does not take into account the extortionate pack prices and another 2 should be deducted from your score of 4. Because there is little value for money



zool commented on Review: Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival (Wii U):

NL's conclusion that toys can add value to a game is rather a big statement to make without examples, unless it was a throw away statement.

A £12 toy to activate a code that could be activated a dozen other ways is not good value for gamers unless they happen to collect these overpriced toys as well.

This AC game is where I can see other games going. Very little content unless you buy Amiibo's. Wait for Starfox.

NL is sitting on the fence with this review and score. Nintendo are selling AC game packs for £112.00. Take a lead from Eurogamer on this one and print AVOID before the review. Otherwise every Nintendo game will need a plastic toy; or the so called additional content will become normal content, and without the toy a gamer will only have access to 75% of the game.



zool commented on Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival Has Modest Im...:

I can't seem to find the NL Animal crossing Amiibo festival review. I wonder if it is being with held a little longer than needed to help with sales.

Of course not. Maybe the reviewer is replaying it looking for something good to say about it.

It is not a game it is a reason to collect 400 cards and some Amiibo toys.

400 cards divided by 3 (in a pack) is 133 x £4.99 a pack is £663.00. Assuming no doubles. A nice little earner.



zool commented on You Can Now Buy A Replacement Wii U GamePad On...:

There is a lot of tech in the Gamepad, hence a high price, and that as the reason the Wii U was not a success.

The two screen DS was a run away success so if we give the Wii a second screen etc......



zool commented on Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival and Mario Ten...:

I member of my family who is a Big Animal Crossing fan bought the new 3ds and the Wii U Animal Crossing games.

Her review or the 3ds one is 'not very good'. And the new Wii U Amiibo Festival, review 'poo'.

It arrived Saturday and she e-bayed it Sunday. She took a £10 loss to get rid of it before e-bay becomes flooded with them.

Both the 3ds and the Wii U games were designed as a platform just to sell Amiibo toys and cards. ££££££££$$$$$$$$

I hope that Nintendo Life's review does not try to defend this rubbish. Otherwise there will be a lot of disappointed Animal Crossing fans on Christmas morning.

Nintendo are asking £112 on their website for the game and some Amiibo toys.
This is a Gamers website not a Toy collectors website; lets not stray down the wrong road of confusing the two.



zool commented on Review: Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U):

@Monkey_Balls I am not sure this is going to get much more than a 7/10. According to some early reviews. Maybe an all Nintendo site will be generous and give it an 8/10.

Had Starfox not been pushed back it may have over shadowed x-bl.ade



zool commented on Review: Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U):

It's good to see Nintendo Life taking value for money into consideration in its reviews.

I hope this continues with games that need ad-ons to get the most out of game play. Amiibos etc put up the cost of the original game stand alone price, decreasing the value for money of the game. Which should decrease the score.



zool commented on EA CFO Explains Why the Company Doesn't Make W...:

@MysticX so Nintendo has chosen to go down a different processor route than the others. They must take some of the blame for the lack of third party games on their console. It seems that there must be a good reason why they would do this.



zool commented on EA CFO Explains Why the Company Doesn't Make W...:

@MysticX would porting a game to the Wii U cost any more than to another console if they used the gamepad as a basic controller and ignored the screen. Since there is a lack of games on the Wii U, sales for an EA game might well be higher.



zool commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U:

Bit of a safe bet, your top ten. Not many third party games included.

I would have removed Wind Waker since its not really a Wii u game and replaced it with Lego City.



zool commented on Feature: Reflecting On Three Years With The Wi...:

@earthboundlink I agree about the variety of games, now that we can look back three years. And any one buying a Wii u now will be spoilt for choice with three years worth of games to play.

But,....... if you were in at the start of the Wii U, there was a long wait between games, not all games got good ratings and not every one wants to play every game.

I did not want to play the Wind Waker again, or Donkey Kong since I played it on the 3ds. Kirby was not a Wii u game, it was a gamepad game (should have been on the 3ds). Splatoon did not have much of a single player mode for those who don't play multi player. I could go on.

Over all for anyone in from the start and does not play every thing Nintendo release, there would be times where their Wii U would gather dust waiting for the next game.



zool commented on Feature: Reflecting On Three Years With The Wi...:

@Xaessya l agree. Having sold the Wii with its 'if you can operate a TV remote you can play the Wii' sales pitch, which worked, Nintendo then changed the Wii controller for the gamepad, saying good bye to all the new gamers it originally attracted.

The idea was that third party developers would run with the gamepad and think of dozens of great ideas how to utilise it. Instead they didn't bother. And the few that did made the bits of the game that used the gamepad seem like they were tagged on.

Most mulit format reviewers never scored the Wii u game higher because it utlised the gamepad.



zool commented on Timing Of NX Launch Could Help Nintendo Grab S...:

A basic console with HD graphics, a pro controller and some killer launch games, including a Super Mario 64 type game and Nintendo will have cracked it.

If the cost is right PlayStation and Xbox gamers will buy it just to play the killer games and have it as a second console.

If the NX is controller lead (another game pad incarnation) putting the console price up then Nintendo will need all the third party support it can get.

Linking the 3ds and allowing games to be played on either the 3DS or the TV is something that could be instigated at a later date.

If a New Mario game was preloaded and not sold separately Nintendo would sell even more consoles.



zool commented on You Can't Alter The Chest Size Of Female Chara...:

Nintendo created a family friendly console when it invented the Wii. With a controller that granny could use. Anyone that could use a TV remote could use the Wii controller, even graphics were not that important since not everyone had HD TV's. A real family console.

All that got blown out of the water when the Wii U came along. No longer a family friendly controller that granny could use. Even the graphics on the early Wii U games were not that good.

In a way Nintendo is now stuck with the perception it created for its self back in the Wii days, that Nintendo is a family and child console. The Amiibo toys are keeping this child perception of Nintendo alive.

You can't have it both ways, wanting to collect toys and act all grown up by designing a female characters vital statistics.



zool commented on Pre-ordering Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Will Net...:

@Ogbert Splatoon is a good example. Amiibos may not be needed but a decent single player mode was needed. Although some reviewers said that the single player mode was good, all said it was far to short and not worth buying as a single player game. I guess coding for the Amiibo took priority over single player gaming.



zool commented on Talking Point: The Latest Nintendo Direct Was ...:

Important information, yes. And new information.

The Twilight Princess in not a new game, it is an old game that has had a face lift. Pretending it is new does not make it new.

I don't expect much more from the Wii u and am happy to wait and see if Nintendo can do a better job with the launch of the NX than they did with the Wii u. I don't mind a few old games reissued with a bit of a make over to fill the gap but not with a £40 price tag, like The Wind Waker had.



zool commented on Hands On: Getting Pinned Down By Nintendo Badg...:

This is the sort of thing you would expect to see on a smartphone. But a trusted family friendly brand like Nintendo, this is a step down. Much the same as putting sweets at the check out in a supermarket.



zool commented on Pre-ordering Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Will Net...:

@Ogbert each to their own. If you are happy to pay more than you need for a game with no resale value and enjoy the toys that's fine. You must earn well or live with parents. But that's not really my business.

In the short term the Amiibo toys, cards and givaways will make Nintendo a good profit, but Having Amiibos for every game will ultimately drive serious gamers away.

Games like Paper Jam or any Mario game I would have pre ordered to have on release day. But now I will read a good few reviews to find out how the game plays without Amiibos, and sites like Nintendo life do not always cover this; they are Amiibo fans. If there is a hint in these reviews that the basic game is being compromised because of the Amiibos I will not bother with it.

Money is not an issue with me, but value for money is. I feel that Nintendo are going down the profit road at the expense of their established gamers.

NX will be sink or swim for Nintendo and the road they have indicated they are on now, via Nintendo Direct, leads my to believe that they have a lot more swimming to do yet and should not alienating their customers, leaving Nintendo as the children's game company.



zool commented on Pre-ordering Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Will Net...:

Nintendo charge about 15% more for its games than an online retailer. So is three bits of paper worth the additional 15%?

Nintendo are seriously in danger of alienating its core gamers by directing all its games at the children's market.



zool commented on Poll: Did The Nintendo Direct Comeback Fire on...:

If you starve gamers of games (Wii u) for a while then release one, we are somewhat greatful. This is much like Nintendo Direct. Any news is good news.

There is some good stuff for the 3ds over the next 12 months as long as its not delayed and you like rpg's and the reviews are favourable.

We should not expect anything big for the Wii u next year, I think the revamped Zelda is being released because the new one will have more delays.

I don't like that every new game has to either have an Amiibo, cards or some sort of deluxe version. An Amiibo adds 25% to the price of a game and offers maybe 5% of extra game play. And that 5% a couple of years ago would have been included as part of the game anyway.

Yes its something for children to collect and profit for Nintendo; but every game. Nintendo is at risk of alienating core gamers. Nintendo Direct was as much about the toys and deluxe packs as it was about games.