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AirElephant

AirElephant

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AirElephant

#1

AirElephant commented on Moon Chronicles Developer Seeking Interest for...:

What a strange and unscientific approach. Their twitter account (@moonchronicles) has a grand total of 761 followers. Not only is that far, far below any reasonable number of potential backers, any community response would likely be in favor of such a project since they're already Twitter followers. It's hardly a realistic way to gauge wider interest.

The company should go the more difficult, and ethical, route and actually seek out real venture capital to fund their project instead of engaging the community in this half-a**ed way.

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#2

AirElephant commented on Nintendo Promotes $99 2DS Target Deal, Availab...:

Ayup. Every time Target does one of these sales, like they did with a trade-in offer for the iPad a few months back, they're out of stock almost instantly. It makes you believe that it's done to generate foot traffic, but that very few actual units are on hand to ensure Target has to take as little of a loss as possible.

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#3

AirElephant commented on Nintendo Reports Financial Losses As Expected,...:

The low targets make me think that Nintendo doesn't expect to have any new titles to announce at E3 that will be available during this fiscal year. Those three million systems will likely shift based solely upon Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. and the strength of the existing library. We will probably get a release date for X and a few lesser titles, but I wouldn't hold out much hope of a Metroid, Zelda, Star Fox, or any other key titles before next year.

Maybe we'll be surprised, but those targets are awfully low. By comparison, Sony's PS4 is already nearing the seven million mark even though the Wii-U had a year's head start. And there are major titles coming for the PS4 and XBOX, like Watch Dogs, Destiny, and virtually all sports games that are either greatly delayed for the Wii-U, or aren't coming at all.

What a dismal, dismal outlook.

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#4

AirElephant commented on Sleek Metal NES Analogue Nt Now Available for ...:

@ChrisT99
It's not difficult at all to find both a working NES and CRT. In fact, if you go to any retro store or flea market I'm sure you can get them to plug in the system/TV and verify that it's working. Clean the pins off with some rubbing alcohol and the NES will work for a long time, especially if you grab a top-loader. I'm with those that look at something like this as designed for the well-heeled consumer who wants the bragging rights that come with spending $500 on a retro console.

Personally, emulated consoles like the Retron 5 are just fine for me. And though I grew up playing these consoles, it's really hard to tell the difference unless you place the units side by side. Affordability trumps authenticity in my book.

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#5

AirElephant commented on Twisted Fusion Joins the Kickstarter Ranks, Wi...:

The art style is what throws me off. It looks like a very old-school action platformer, but the art looks all hand-drawn and not terribly stylized. If they went the Mighty Number 9 route or embraced a real 16-bit, pixel art look I'd be there. If you are going to promise me retro gaming, deliver!

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#6

AirElephant commented on Ninterview: TriForce Johnson - A Journey From ...:

Argh I guess I should have read the interview before mentioning the doc. I obviously DIDN'T read the interview because after watching the documentary, I have little interest in Johnson or his point of view. Having read the question above, a softball lobbed at Johson in the gentlest, most understanding way possible, my opinion of him hasn't changed. If you watch the documentary, he equivocates and justifies his actions just as he did above. Maybe the documentary did portray him in a skewed manner, but then again his actions speak as loudly as anything else in the film. Wong may not be a nice guy, but Johnson is no shining example either.

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#7

AirElephant commented on Ninterview: TriForce Johnson - A Journey From ...:

If there were downvotes, I'm sure I'd get more than a few for this but I really can't see Johnson as an inspiration of any kind. It's not only because of his fixation on video games, because most of us that read sites like Nintendolife are focused on them, but rather because of a documentary I watched that featured Johnson as a "manager" of a Street Fighter IV player, Justin Wong. Johnson comes across as manipulative, unrealistic, and egocentric at virtually every point. He yearns so desperately for the spotlight, but lacks the skill to attain it for himself, that he becomes the ultimate coattail-rider.

The documentary is called "The King of Chinatown" and you can stream it for free on Amazon if you have a Prime membership. I believe it's also on Hulu and and likely on YouTube as well. It's worth viewing if you want to see Johnson's behavior when not being interviewed by a friendly gaming site like NL.

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#8

AirElephant commented on Super Metroid is 20 Years Old Today:

Easily one of my favorite games of all time. I'm an older gamer, but I sure do miss the 16-bit era. There's something about pixel-drawn graphics that gives games a handcrafted feel that, while not realistic, lends it a fantasy element that is wholly missing from the vast majority of current-gen games. As others have said, though, we NEED a Metroid for Wii-U!

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#9

AirElephant commented on Nintendo's Expensive New Development Building ...:

I absolutely love it. It speaks to Nintendo's never-ending focus on responsible, practical game development. Too many companies want to waste money on outward appearances. Maybe the flashy, rockstar game developer types--you know, the volatile ones--want to be in big, gaudy buildings but I am glad that Nintendo tilts another way. It illustrates, yet again, long-term thinking where watching the bottom line like a hawk is key.

The building is only expensive because real estate in Japan is ridiculously so.

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#10

AirElephant commented on Video: Nintendo Wii Sports Club Trailer Goes F...:

@ferthepoet

I know I tend to be down on Nintendo, but it comes from my frustration with them and not their wonderful games. But one only needs look at the sales of the Wii-U and what's happening with the PS4 and XB1 to see that the Wii-U is not going to make nearly the dent the Wii did.

Last year, when the Wii-U went on sale you could go into stores days afterwards and find them sitting on shelves. There was never, ever a shortage of machines. However, just TRY to get your hands on a PS4 or an XB1 and every last place is sold out. Every one. Both systems are due to continue to sell out all the way through Christmas.

The commercials for both make them look exciting and next-gen. Almost every day there are fresh stories on Engadget and other gaming sites about the systems and what new things they're offering. On the Wii-U sites like this one we are getting...? Weak commercials? One key game (SM3DW), a bunch of indie titles that are also going to be out on the other systems and smartphones, the lamest Virtual Console titles and no additional key first party games until at least March of next year?

Nintendo is in a serious, serious world of hurt and weak commercials for games that demonstrate games that look only slightly better than what the Wii could offer are hardly going to compel anyone, young OR old, to buy. All grandpa and grandma are going to hear this Christmas is, "Can I have an XBOX One or Playstation 4?! Please?!!"

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#11

AirElephant commented on Video: Nintendo Wii Sports Club Trailer Goes F...:

The problem with the commercial is that it doesn't answer the, "Don't I already have that on Wii?" question. Nothing in that commercial tells any of the grandparents that bought themselves a Wii, which now sits collecting dust on their shelf, why it is they need a Wii-U.

Nintendo is TERRIBLE at selling this thing. If Nintendo's marketing took the form of a person, I'd be checking its wrist for a pulse. Good god this outdated.

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#12

AirElephant commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Safe and Family-Frie...:

@unrandomsam

Then Nintendo will never give you what you want. They just won't. They may get a few token games, as they're getting on the Wii-U, but as these companies realize that titles like COD and MW don't sell on the platform, you won't see any of these series on Nintendo systems anymore. It's just the way it is.

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#13

AirElephant commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Safe and Family-Frie...:

I think Nintendo should just come out and admit that they ARE a system primarily for children and their parents. They keep trying to convince gamers that they are a viable system for core gaming, but they simply are not. Nintendo itself will never produce the kind of violent games that late teenage and early twenty-somethings want to play, and the 3rd parties that make those games have largely abandoned Nintendo's platforms.

Embrace it and own it. They are the Disney of video game companies, and last time I looked Disney makes a ton of money. I got rid of my Wii-U because I've simply outgrown Nintendo, having recognized that they simply don't appeal to me at my age. Glad they have a shtick, though, and I hope it serves them. I just wish they'd stop pretending to be anything other than what they are.

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#14

AirElephant commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Ambitious Sales Targ...:

So they are hoping to sell in five months (FY'13 ends in March) 150% more systems than they sold in the previous twelve. Ambitious. I really don't think that the new Mario game will do that much, and nothing else short of Zelda or Smash Bros. will do the job. I think Nintendo will be lucky to get to six million, total, by the end of the fiscal year, especially now that the real competition will have arrived.

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#15

AirElephant commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Ambitious Sales Targ...:

@NbaJunkie
The thing is, Nintendo barely knows what to do with ONE GamePad, let alone two. I have been a fan of Nintendo for years, but I'm fist-clenchingly angry with Nintendo for the abysmal launch and support of the Wii-U. The system feels like an experiment, where their engineers rushed to make something that could head off the assault of iPads and similar tablets before they had any ideas for games that could actually make use of such a connection.

In the interim, they've lost virtually all significant 3rd party support and they didn't even have a decent queue of 1st and 2nd party titles ready to go. They are literally years behind the curve on development at this point, and flailing around for a strategy. And, as always, their Virtual Console and online support are terrible. There's no excuse for the lack of a unified online store or even decent player-to-player game play support. Sony and Microsoft have been doing it for years with great success and few of the problems Nintendo seems to think it's protecting its users from.

It's absolutely mind-boggling how inept Iwata and his engineers at NCL are. Iwata SERIOUSLY needs to go before he bows and apologizes yet again.

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#16

AirElephant commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Ambitious Sales Targ...:

Won't come anywhere close. Mario will be fun, absolutely, but unless it's revolutionary on the scale that SM64 was, it won't draw those numbers. Nintendo is also faced with the XB1 and PS4, vastly more powerful consoles made by companies that will be pouring a great deal of advertising into the Christmas sales season. I think Nintendo will be lucky to make half of its target.

What sucks is that Nintendo had more than a year's head start for nothing. They squandered twelve months without releasing ANY "must have" titles other than a HD retread of a Gamecube classic. Next year will be good, I'm sure, and SSB will lead to some sales, but I really doubt we'll be talking about Nintendo's turnaround even a year from now.

I have a Wii-U, but I'm actually hoping Nintendo kicks the system to the curb. The problem is that I don't know what they'd replace it with. I don't see the XB1 or the PS4 being all that exciting. The games look somewhat better, but they FEEL like prettier 360 and PS3 games. (And that's really what this first generation is.) I don't think any of the these companies really know what the next generation is supposed to look like.

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#17

AirElephant commented on Soapbox: The Wii U Virtual Console Needs to Fr...:

@Atariboy

Exactly. When you have a highly sophisticated emulator like Dolphin, engineered WITHOUT access to the actual code, running quite a bit of the software and allowing game saves and a emulated controllers, there's no excuse for a billion-dollar company like Nintendo not to have coded their emulator in a similar fashion. The translation of each title simply cannot take them that long, nor cost them that much. There has to be a strategy in play that we're simply unable to see.

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#18

AirElephant commented on Soapbox: The Wii U Virtual Console Needs to Fr...:

Oh, and the releases are horrendous this past month. I've bought quite a few VC titles, but nothing (NOTHING) interests me and paying $5 for an ancient NES Pinball game with one table? You are kidding me, right? Nostalgia only carries a man so far. Eventually he wants sustenance.

We have hordes of amazing, unreleased games like Crystalis, Space Megaforce, and HORDES of old arcade games that players aren't paying a dime for right now but are instead emulating via MAME or other programs. Would it really be that hard for Nintendo and third parties to work something out? Even $1 per game is better than $0.

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#19

AirElephant commented on Soapbox: The Wii U Virtual Console Needs to Fr...:

I think Nintendo needs to go the route of the PS+ and XBOX Gold programs, I really do. Put Nintendo's back catalog on a subscription model that also gives players enhanced online play, a shared library (why CAN'T I play the same NES VC title on my 3DS XL as I can on my Wii-U without paying extra?!), and a consistent roll-out of new titles.

Nintendo desperately wants the Wii-U to take off. To do so, it is already talking about farming more of its back catalog, including making HD updates of N64 titles. Imagine what a vast library of playable VC titles, available as a subscription on the 3DS and Wii-U, would do to stave off the encroachment from phone and tablet games would do.

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#20

AirElephant commented on Review: Wii Party U (Wii U):

Sounds a lot like Nintendo continues to struggle to justify the cost of including the GamePad in the system. In fact, it sounds like the majority of the game could have been played on the old Wii, albeit with non-HD graphics. Again and again I feel like Nintendo made a stunningly bad decision to create a system designed around a single GamePad. In fact, it sounds like absolutely none of the games that us the GamePad couldn't have been done using a similar solution to the second screen experiences offered on XBOX and PS3.

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#21

AirElephant commented on Nintendo Download: 17th October (North America):

Man, I'm so sick of Nintendo re-releasing Wii VC games as WIi-U games. Why, oh why, can't Nintendo start releasing NEW VC games for the Wii-U? There is a massive, massive backlog of titles that were never released for the VC, including innumerable arcade titles, and yet we get the same garbage again and again and again. Nintendo is ridiculously lazy.