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aaronsullivan

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aaronsullivan

#4

aaronsullivan commented on Video: This Trailer For Super Mario Maker Is R...:

@ULTRA-64
The level files are likely very very small. The graphics and sounds and everything that takes up any real space is in the game. It's old school in that it's all tiled level layouts and the level files are just a list of stuff added with an extra piece of data or two. Some will have more elements than others but I'm guessing the levels are measured in single digit megabytes at the worst. Really we should be talking less than that, especially if there is compression and/or decent thought put into it, which is likely. Nintendo is running the servers so these things are probably less than a megabyte each. Im just spitballing though.

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#5

aaronsullivan commented on Dragon Quest XI Is Coming To The Nintendo 3DS ...:

@fascinatura
Yeah I'm hoping for console myself and I agree with your assessment, except for one thing. I was excited to hear about Metroid Prime having to be on NX as I also took that to mean a console but if it's a gimped console so it can be portable and that is all there is left as far as consoles go for Nintendo? That's not very good news.

I mean we could be looking at a slight bump over Wii U power so it can be portable and also plug into your TV and no other console on the horizon.

That would still make everything work out as far as what we know.

Have to keep in mind that the 3DS is older than the Wii U. It's just that the Wii U is failing so badly that people are expecting NX to save the day in that space, but I think it makes the release of both a console and portable line up closely which suggests a replacement for both.

That could go in a good way (in my mind) by having a no compromise console for a decent price and a no compromise handheld device launching with great synergy.

Or the bad way: cram them together with a price and battery life that will make both experiences horrible.

Either way, Wii U is great now. So, there's that.

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#6

aaronsullivan commented on Splatoon's Big Update Will Also Include New Mu...:

Wow. The music direction for this game has been phenomenal. This fits in and is as instantly infectious as most of the other tunes. Who actually does all these tunes? Do we have a new Hip Tanaka of sorts or is this a wider effort? Getting curious.

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#7

aaronsullivan commented on Video: This Trailer For Super Mario Maker Is R...:

@Shy_Guy
I know, right? It feels like a sad omission. I get it, though. It's SO different. If this game succeeds there is so much potential for more, however. Next round, who knows what we'll get.

@ikki5
Unlike SMB 2, bosses seem like they have dlc potential. I actually think this game could use a series of boosts a la Splatoon to keep the creative level makers inspired over several months and that would be a great way to do it. Not sure Nintendo sees it that way, though. There's still time for a surprise feature or two before release in a Nintendo Direct even though I don't have much hope for that.

Even better would be multiplayer. But, I'm just not seeing that fitting in easily. The testing during editing being the big problem. Also, I'd think that would have been announced as a big feature much earlier. If this does well I don't see them stopping at just one "maker" game, though, and multiplayer would be a great differentiator for a sequel. In fact, multiplayer, over worlds with secret exits (worldwide p-blocks too!), and (lightly) programmable bosses would make a Mario Maker sequel viable in a year's time.

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#9

aaronsullivan commented on Video: This Trailer For Super Mario Maker Is R...:

@ULTRA-64
Don't sell yourself short. You'll probably have a blast making some levels. Nintendo has a way of making the creation of the levels feel like a game itself because it's so immediate. Making levels a bit will make you appreciate all the 100's of levels others have made as well and just playing with the tools non-seriously will probably be hours of enjoyment and discovery — can I do this? --even if you never share.

You are representative of a big group of people, however. I hope Nintendo makes some marketing to speak more directly to those who aren't immediately lit up by the idea of making levels.

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#10

aaronsullivan commented on Mattel Is Releasing Mario Themed Hot Wheels Ra...:

Oh, and I should say, the more Nintendo gets these deals going the better. It's good to see this with Hot Wheels not Matchbox. As the K'nex Mario stuff was a bit of a disappointment when Lego could be such a great match up.

I bet Nintendo gets a lot more attention from toymakers now that amiibo is infamous for its rabid collectors.

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#11

aaronsullivan commented on Mattel Is Releasing Mario Themed Hot Wheels Ra...:

Better than those Star Wars hot wheels at least. Those are hilarious. These are okay, but anyone else confused by the choice of car for the one match up that makes sense, Mario Kart? Maybe it's an old racing roadster. I'm not a big car person.

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#12

aaronsullivan commented on Nintendo NX Might Be The First Social VR Platf...:

I don't see this at all. It is true that if you imagine Nintendo has a plan to go VR then the top people would be planting seeds like this now, but Nintendo is the wrong positioning for something like this. It's a huge, huge hardware investment and making things work in VR disallows using graphics power a generation older. You have to do twice as much work to get images in front of each eye.

The Microsoft holo lens thing could work for Nintendo, honestly. Just not this next generation. Even Microsoft's solution has serious issues with field of view being small.

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#13

aaronsullivan commented on Dragon Quest XI Is Coming To The Nintendo 3DS ...:

This just makes NX sound like it could be a 3DS successor. Every other suggestion is just speculation by the writer of the article. It's interesting because recent speculation on this site (by a different writer probably) is that it's going to be a hybrid portable solution. If that's the case, the NX version is even more likely to resemble the 3DS version rather than the PS4 version.

I mean, I want a new console from Nintendo by end of 2016 and I love the Wii U and all the games we've been playing, but the best take away from this article is that Square Enix is bringing a big game to the NX, whatever it will be. That's good because it means Nintendo hasn't pushed at least one third party away from whatever the new platform is.

As for people excited about being right that the Wii U is being immediately abandoned. It's just funny to me who has enjoyed every minute of owning it and my kids are in the other room yelling and jumping up and down excited about playing the new Splatoon map. The failures of the Wii U as a business venture are huge, but the gaming has been fantastic from my view. Makes me excited to see what Nintendo has coming up, myself.

I've gotten plenty out of the Wii U since launch day and have a backlog even. For those who waited to buy later in its life to buy... well, just wait to buy NX until later in its life.

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#14

aaronsullivan commented on Editorial: Super Smash Bros. Should be Integra...:

I love speculating dreaming about Nintendo's next console (or not?) effort but I think I'm done until the next tidbit of actual information or at least a solid rumor comes up.

As far as the eSports and competitive play angle goes Nintendo has an in and should leverage it for sure. Smash Bros., Mario Kart, Splatoon and even Mario Maker are poised for leveraging this already.

It's a significant reason my dream of super-interoperability between a new console and a new handheld sticks with me. It fits certain parts of Nintendo very well.

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#15

aaronsullivan commented on Nintendo of Europe Confirms Animal Crossing: H...:

Not wild about blind packs myself but kids like the trading experience and you only get that with blind packs and duplicates. So, as much a cash grab this sales tactic is, it's noteworthy that there is a segment of fans that actually prefers it this way. I just like to collect what I want and know what I'm getting, myself.

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#16

aaronsullivan commented on Splatoon's Big Update is Coming on 6th August:

@sinalefa That would be great but how would it work? Every time I come with an idea it seems like it won't make sense. It would have to let you use other account data in one game for it to matter. Maybe? Still, it's tantalizing.

@rjejr 3 map rotation would be nice. I wonder if it keeps most of two levels loaded at once, however, to reduce time between matches. I'm not sure I'd want 3 map rotation if I had to wait longer.

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#18

aaronsullivan commented on Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated ...:

@Grumblevolcano If it makes you feel better, there's a good chance that your Wii U was sitting on a shelf for a long while before you bought it.

Since people are throwing Wii U under the bus from their own small personal viewpoint I shall do the opposite. Just played Nintendo Land (specifically Battle Quest) yesterday with the whole family all at once and advanced a little further in the Master levels. We were yelling and working together and using spectacularly arranged asynchronous gameplay using the GamePad all in the same room with giant smiles on our faces. Nothing else offers this fun for us. Nothing. And Nintendo had this game play formula rocking with us from launch day onward.

Not saying Nintendo isn't tanking fast in the console space with its current trajectory or that Nintendo Land didn't have huge issues with presentation and it certainly didn't persuade people to buy the console, but for me and mine it has been one of the best video game experiences we've ever had.

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#19

aaronsullivan commented on Nintendo TVii Service Ends In North America On...:

@TruenoGT Exactly. We have a Tivo and I was looking forward to the promised features using it. It could have been great. I know because Tivo finally made something called OnePass that allowed you to ask for a show and it automatically either records it from your own TV feed or shows you all the episodes to stream if they are available on a streaming service you subscribe to (Amazon prime or Netflix or others). It works great for the most part and was partly what TVii had the potential to bring together.

Completely understand why it got dropped. It was just a bunch of extra licensing fees they had to pay with very little added value for most users. Like you say if the user base had been bigger it could been improved.

Maybe this is a sign of an imminent price drop on the Wii U.

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#20

aaronsullivan commented on Japanese Retailer Highlights Stock Issues With...:

@CTMike
That sounds right. Thanks for looking into it.
Saw a few Jigglypuffs at Target yesterday. Little signs here and there that the stock issue is getting fixed but you can't convince many people who aren't getting the ones they want. I'd like to get a Pit at retail price.

@rjejr
The Japan import prices can be very good and I think I've never seen options like that (import country options) on Amazon before. Makes me wonder if it's just Amazon seeing $$$ or Nintendo is involved a bit more. (Would be nice for 3D Disney blu-ray releases since they don't come to US anymore.)

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#21

aaronsullivan commented on Video: The Original Starter Pokémon Look Simp...:

Fares much better than the Mario video, and it almost kinda works until the deer show up. I mean... maybe if the fauna were pokemon and the flora had a realistic look like this it could work. The Good Dinosaur seems to be making it work even though it is a bit to adjust to at first.

Anyway, Pokemon Snap 2 is long overdue and it would be such a shame if NX eschews the GamePad and Wii U never gets a Snap game. sigh.

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#22

aaronsullivan commented on Japanese Retailer Highlights Stock Issues With...:

This seems anecdotal at best. Nice to see people jump on the complaint wagon anyway. :/ So is Nintendo really going to release cards that match the already released figurines? I think they should eventually but I don't think they ever promised it.

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#28

aaronsullivan commented on If Chibi-Robo Ever Came To Wii U, He'd Be Very...:

A nice new console title mixing gameplay from this and the original would have good potential for sure. I've always thought the Chibi games had a lot of unexplored design directions. Or how about a crossover? Chibi Robo Pikmin. Nah, maybe that's too much.

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#30

aaronsullivan commented on Nintendo Announces Super Mario Maker Wii U Har...:

Great news overall. Hopefully it comes to NA.

Huh. Just noticed how they cleverly (almost) adapted the old classic color Mario into a "construction" mario. So "construction" mario looks like the classic colors with a hardhat. The yellow is just mustard enough to be an almost match.

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#33

aaronsullivan commented on Playtonic Happy to Move Away From "Box-Ticking...:

@rjejr
Got it. I sent you an email back. That will work and makes sense.

Um, topic ... I think the Rare game collection thing is actually a great release and a sign that Rare is going to be used for some bigger projects like Pirates and they want some respect again. Can't be all bad. I just haven't really thought much of Rare since before they were sold. Though I did hope against hope anyway for that Diddy Kong Racing sequel that was teased before Gamecube. Oh, well.

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#35

aaronsullivan commented on Playtonic Happy to Move Away From "Box-Ticking...:

@rjejr
Ouch on the AC.

Pretty sure I found you on Facebook if that's easier. You could just look in the (other) category in your messages? I recently discovered its utility while trying to find out who owned a cat that wandered into our yard one day and wanted to come inside. You can just ignore it usually like that email account you have (no indications of unread messages or anything to bother you). It's probably less littered than your email. Mine was pretty sparse including a message from somebody warning me about my last place of employment shutting down. Of course I saw it weeks and weeks later. lol.

I'll throw a message there so you can check if it's working.

Also: Carvel crunchy crumbly fudge slathered chocolatey bits. Mmm.

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#37

aaronsullivan commented on Nintendo Download: 23rd July (Europe):

@MikeW
Maybe we'll get a trade for one of those European releases we haven't gotten yet because Yoshi Touch and Go has been out for awhile in NA.

I also wonder if last week was giving some breathing room to that indie sale. If that's the case we should get roughly double the releases this week!? I'm sure there's some reason for the disparities, but I don't see it, and I wish Nintendo would be a little more transparent about it.

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#39

aaronsullivan commented on Nintendo Releases Genyo Takeda's Full Eulogy ...:

Eloquently said while feeling just a bit too far on the good-for-the-company-outlook-message side of things. For a funeral I mean. On the other hand, he died dedicated to this company and it seemed a huge part of his life, so maybe it is just fine. It would dishonor him to let the event of his passing damage the company more than it has to.

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#40

aaronsullivan commented on Splatoon Splats Top 10 NPD Position in June as...:

@Raptor78 About that NX as third pillar idea:
The way Wii U sales are going, I'd say it's a one pillar(3DS) approach with a makeshift prop (nx) and a stool (Wii U). Smartphone games are a doorway with no capstone yet and QoL is in another (abandoned?) town. Fortunately, the whole thing is splatted with multicolor ink so it's still attractive looking.

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#41

aaronsullivan commented on Splatoon Splats Top 10 NPD Position in June as...:

Splatoon succeeding like this on such an underselling console is excellent. I'm always disappointed by Wii U sales. I've just loved it so much. That said, I'm anxious for Nintendo to get on to the next phase. I came in on launch day for the Wii U and I'm ready for a success story that isn't just local to my own home. lol.

NX has me very, very curious, but I think others are right in that whether it is or not, it really SHOULD target end of 2016 for launch. But really, what is NX? I know what I want it to be but I don't see indications going that way and the way Nintendo talks about a "new way to play" I can't quite put the pieces together. Especially with the likelihood that Wii U games aren't going to have a future platform to be played on unless they are ported.

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#42

aaronsullivan commented on Tomonobu Itagaki Explains Why the Pro Controll...:

Obviously something is lost in the translation here.

I'm a huge fan of the GamePad concept but Nintendo tried too hard to make it a tablet when it should have been a controller first with much more ergonomic grips and attention to smaller hands. It's clear why this happened and Nintendo knows it was a mistake. I'm sure if the Wii U was doing better we'd have gotten an improved version but that ship has sailed.

Pro Controller is excellent but even early in launch I wondered why it didn't have a gyro in it. Oh well.

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#43

aaronsullivan commented on First Impressions: Getting Cosy With Animal Cr...:

On this game: it would be much nicer to have at least an optional track that rewarded you for better matches to their wishes and especially bell limits rather than just space limits. But for some who are about sharing pictures the real life rewards have the potential to be much more compelling. Still an attached number of how well it matched and how many bells it cost would still be valuable.

Seems like a misstep to me.

As an inexpensive game to encourage amiibo card trading it sounds good though. Let's see how it's marketed.

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#44

aaronsullivan commented on First Impressions: Getting Cosy With Animal Cr...:

@rjejr
someone should invite you to the amiibo planning board at Nintendo for a day. it would be so fun to see different amiibo visit and try to make sense of living in animal crossing. Mario could jump all the pits and install pipes and plant mushrooms, Bowser could get angry and stomp around a la Godzilla. Pax man could eat all the fruit off the trees and make ghosts appear in the houses. It would be like disasters in sim city.

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#47

aaronsullivan commented on Tengami Passes Nyamyam's Sales Targets on the ...:

Those last numbers don't read right to me. For instance, iOS app store takes 30% of revenue. So... how is that with iOS making the most sales by far it comes out to more than half going to platform holders? Something is off, right? Or am I missing something obvious?