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Wed 3rd November, 2010

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

You say that £16.99 is about a third of the price of a retail full price game.

The average 'hard copy' Wii u game price is £40 and if purchased on line, say Amazon, it would be £35. So to be more accurate £16.99 is almost half the price.

And there is no trade in value. If you don't like the game, you are stuck with it. Or if it is a short game with no replay value then it becomes poor value for money.

Ebooks are a good example. I download an ebook to my kobo and read it. It then has no value. I can't lent it to someone in the family unless I give them my ereader. Same with eshop games. So these games SHOULD be much less than a hard copy game.

I would suggest a maximum price of £9.99 or less for an eshop game.

I would suggest including 'value for money' to the game score rating.



zool commented on Nintendo Has Unannounced Wii U Titles Which Wi...:

Quote Satoru Iwata : 'and these will all make good use of the GamePad's unique capabilities'.

I hope not.................

That is why the new Kirby is not selling very. Most gamers want HD games for the big screen. The Gamepad is a controller NOT a separate games console.
Why do Nintendo games now have to include use of the Gamepad, multiplayer and Amiibo's.

Where are the good single player games gone.



zool commented on Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush Fails to Brea...:

Nintendo won't learn. The gamepad is the issue.

I buy Kirby games, but not this one. If Nintendo want to make a stylus controlled game, then make it for the 3ds.

I use my Wii u to play games on the big TV screen and to view them in HD. That is why I paid out £250 for the Wii u. This Kirby is NOT a Wii u is a Gamepad game.

Nintendo have 3 games systems the 3ds, Wii u and the Gamepad. And it can't make enough games for all three. Nintendo seem to want to prove a point....'Look the gamepad it's great', and all the critic's were wrong.



zool commented on Review: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U):

We in the UK get this game 8th May and I was looking forward to it until I read this review.

This seems to be a game for the gamepad. And that for me is an issue.

Making games that make full use of the game pad is not the way to go. This is not going to make us love the Wii u controller; it has the opposite effect. I bought the Wii u to play HD graphic games on the large screen. I have a 3ds for stylus games.



zool commented on Talking Point: Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Br...:

As you say, 'Much of that comes down to how good the DLC is and how much it costs, of course'.....
.....and that is the main factor. Except that the cost comes down to what is good value for money rather than what is affordable to the average gamers.

The original game (disk) cost me £35 and has 8 cups, that's £4.38 per cup. The DLC costs £7 per cup. That is not good value. If I want to pass my game on to a friend, they would have to pay again for the DLC.

Lets not for get that this extra content keeps Mario Kart 8 alive at a time when Wii u games are few and far between, filling the gaps for Nintendo.

Cost aside I am happy to buy the DLC content for Mario Kart. But most other games I would not purchase DLC and I would not buy a game that relies on the Amiibo toys.



zool commented on Those Yoshi's Woolly World Yarn amiibo Are Up ...:

I had a feeling that every Nintendo game would be affected by the Toys.

Does the extra content the £20 toy unlocks equate to another 50% of games original content?

And is the game content without the Toy value for money.

I hope NL takes this into consideration in future Game reviews and scores the game on Value for money as well as gameplay.



zool commented on Wii U Shooter Splatoon Makes EDGE Magazine's C...:

Edge is from the same publisher who got rid of three Nintendo only magazines. So I guess every now and again they have to do something Nintendo related to keep the Nintendo fans who buy Edge, happy.



zool commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Plans for DLC and Mi...:

The question here is VALUE FOR MONEY. To spend your hard earned money on extra downloaded content I guess depends on if it is good value to you.

If the future Nintendo games are trimmed down in size and not price, so that extra content can be added via a plastic toy, then I won't buy that game.

Having said that to many people do not value money and downloading can become addictive......... something Nintendo would hope for. It happens with the smartphone games.



zool commented on Planning On Downloading Xenoblade Chronicles 3...:

Same thing happened with the Wii u and inadequate memory.
Memory cards for Nintendo to buy in bulk are cheap and would add very little to the cost of a 3ds.
I added a 16 GB from new and now have a wasted 4gb.
But if I buy xenoblade it will be a hard copy. At least it has a trade in value.

I think Nintendo will loose quite a few download sales because of this.



zool commented on Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think ...:

Its a large single screen tablet. Maybe with a folding screen, that can be play 2d or 3d games. And can connect to a TV to play the wii u type games.

With a smaller screen available for mobile gaming.

Can't wait.



zool commented on Nintendo Download: 19th March (Europe):

I would like to see a 'value for money' section in the Nintendo Life games reviews. As this should lower the score if the price is to high.

Offering a free download of the same game does seem a bit desperate of Nintendo.

One review I read said..............
"A disappointingly familiar entry in the long-running puzzle series, that comes across as very cheap (in terms of production values, if not price) but not particularly cheerful."
£17.99 for a download seems expensive, but we are paying for two copies of the same game.
At £10 I would have downloaded the 3ds version this Friday. Now I will wait until the BOGOFF offer is finished the the price is dropped to something more realistic for the type of game it is.



zool commented on Nintendo Download: 19th February (Europe):

Typical Nintendo. I was waiting to Download Kirby in the first week and get the half price discount we were mislead into believing would apply to all eight advertised games.

Now I will leave it. I am not desperate to play it and Nintendo has lost a sale. I hope others vote with there wallet and keep their money, that includes the other three games over the next three weeks.



zool commented on Guide: How to Transfer from a 3DS to a New Nin...:

@Funbunz I though so. One reason why I am against downloading games. The two games Animal Crossing and Prof. Layton were free reward games which I did not like after giving them a go. Had I paid for them, what a waste of money that would have been.
With hard copies At least I can give them to another member of the family. Or would Nintendo rather each person in the family download their own copy?
If I download a movie the whole family watch it. :(



zool commented on Guide: How to Transfer from a 3DS to a New Nin...:

Does anyone know the answer?
Does everything have to be transferred to the new 3ds.
I am giving my old 3ds xl to another member of my family. I don't want all of the games that are on it, but they would like to play them. Can I leave or put these games back on to the old 3ds xl?



zool commented on Nintendo Download: 5th February (Europe):

Shantae. I can't make my mind up. The game sounds ok, but the price for a download...I not convinced.
Once played, its stuck on the 3ds with no trade in value. No one else can play it unless you are willing to give up you 3ds for a time.

........ and why is it a download? Not quite good enough, or long enough for a hard release, even at a budget price.
Under a tenner maybe, but it is way over priced at £15.99. But I guess it will be reduced in a few months.



zool commented on Poll: Which New Nintendo 3DS Will You be Buying?:

How many people are not pre ordering the 3ds xl in the UK because the Zelda limited edition has been out of stock for so long.

Is the limited edition going to be back in stock or is that it?

I guess the games plays the same on any new 3ds, but it would be good to know how LIMITED the limited edition is.



zool commented on Nintendo Of Europe's Satoru Shibata Delivers A...:

I don't normally praise Game, the UK game shop, but thanks to them there will be two copies of Captain Toad under our Christmas Tree. So we will be playing it in a couple of days.

I'm am not sure about the logic Nintendo are using, launching the game 'after' Christmas.
But for me, I am counting it as a 2014 Christmas release.



zool commented on Feature: Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - Li...:

First let me state that I would not buy or even really want to play Animal crossing.............. but for some unknown reason I did download it as a free 3ds game last year. Maybe I had played the other ones on offer.

Anyway a played it off and on for a few weeks, then let the rest of my family who also had a copy of AC come and go and help themselves to my fruit.

Yesterday I clicked on AC by mistake and opened up my town, which has been deserted for months now and to my surprise its snowing and it looks quite nice.

So why can't Nintendo make it snow in Mario Kart?



zool commented on Miyamoto: We Are Working On Ideas For The Next...:

It should be graphics, gameplay and 3d and back to a 'normal' controller.

In the next couple of years 3d will be built into most new TV's as standard.
So it makes sense to have games 3d ready, with the option to play in either 2d or 3d.



zool commented on UK Retail Survey Highlights the Challenges Fac...:

The only thing holding Nintendo back form selling more Wii u's is games. Third party games to fill the gaps between Nintendo releases.
While there is nothing wrong with the gamepad, it does not add anything much to a third party game.
If a game is released for the Xbox and PlayStation and plays OK without the second screen, then third party developers should release the same game for the Wii u and pro controller and not the gamepad.



zool commented on Nintendo Titles Struggle to Make an Impact in ...:

@Folkloner The reviews look good so I gave it a go. The demo was ok, but after a few hours the small screen and tiny figures were off putting. I was not the only one judging by the amount of second hand Smash Bros 3ds games that have traded in.

Having to consoles and the same game released so close together is not a good idea, as chart listings show.



zool commented on Nintendo Titles Struggle to Make an Impact in ...:

Having two versions of Smash Bros does not help either regarding chart positions.
I bought the 3ds version. It was not really a game for the small screen.
I will not buy the Wii u version. But I would have bought it had there not been a 3ds version.



zool commented on Review: Watch Dogs (Wii U):

Looks like yet another 3rd party game gets dumped onto the Wii u.
Maybe the marketing strategy is, Nintendo gamers are so desperate for games they will buy anything.



zool commented on Review: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U):

Yet another third party Wii u game bites the dust.

This is not good when Nintendo needs every game released for the Wii u to count.

This seems as though this is going to be the first Christmas I can remember (In the last 20 years) that I will not be putting a Nintendo game on my Santa list.