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Mon 30th January, 2012

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ajcismo commented on Satoru Iwata Reiterates Plans for Quality of L...:

I've been saying for years that proper marketing of their goods and services would've improved so many aspects of their sales. Sony/MS has spent a ton of money on marketing campaigns and it's paid off. Nintendo? They have a themed dance on one of the highest rated programs in North America, something that had to be approved by NoA, and it's followed up by ZERO Nintendo products in the shows commercials. It's frustrating and their numbers will never change if they continue to drop the ball at opportunities like that.



ajcismo commented on Digital Foundry Ponders Next-Gen Hardware Opti...:

All I know is whatever Big N has planned, it will have nothing to do with anything Sony, MS, EA, Ubisoft, and Activision want or do.
In fact, I'd be willing to bet that Nintendo has been purposely burning its 3rd party bridges these past few years just to see where the industry was going, just to deviate from it even more.



ajcismo commented on Donkey Kong Grabs a Place in List of Highest-G...:

Grew up in the arcade, even working for one in High School. I remember lines 20 deep for Street Fighter II, NBA Jam tournaments and using a paperclip to rig a Mortal Kombat machine for free play. Shame they're all but extinct now.



ajcismo commented on Satoru Iwata Highlights Frustration at Missed ...:

Those of you calling for Big N to implement disc media usage on their next console (CD, DVD, etc...) keep dreaming. Nintendo will NEVER pay the Consortium for usage on their consoles in order to keep costs down. They're even part of all of the Consortium's, but it will never happen.



ajcismo commented on Satoru Iwata Chipped In To Make Sure Super Sma...:

I admit I'm quite critical of Mr.Iwata on some of his decisions over the years, but there's no denying his knowledge and love of the industry. I know a lot of managers who won't lift a finger to help in the trenches in any line of work. He's certainly one of a kind.



ajcismo commented on Video: Here's Another Awesome Super Smash Bros...:

I wish we got fun Nintendo commercials here in the US... Or just any commercials.
How does NOA endorse a Mario-themed DWTS routine and yet not a single Wii U (much less anything Nintendo related) ad follows? Its marketing 101.



ajcismo commented on Anniversary: The Nintendo DS is Now 10 Years Old:

I remember the first time seeing one on display at my local Shopko and saying to my girlfriend at the time "I want one, but look at it, it'll never sell and there won't be any games for it".
Might have been a wee bit wrong on that one. The girlfriend too, so I was wrong about 2 things.



ajcismo commented on Video: Developer Diaries Take Us Behind The Br...:

I'm literally watching the Batman TAS episode that features The Condiment King as I'm reading this article. That was a little weird, but I guess that means we'll see Rolling Pin & Pack Rat too.
(In case anyone cares, the episode is called Make 'Em Laugh)



ajcismo commented on Nintendo 64x64: Super Smash Bros:

The commercial spots for this game are probably my favorite ever from Nintendo. Big, puffy mascots pounding the crap out of each other! Good times.



ajcismo commented on Nintendo 64x64: Mario Golf:

Great golf game, they really kicked it up a notch in terms of depth and (yet) has enough simplicity and intuitive controls that anyone can pick up and play. I always wished it were more RPG-ish, but its a minor gripe. 9/10.



ajcismo commented on Nintendo 64x64: Perfect Dark:

Went out and bought an extra N64, expansion pak and copy of PD just to always have it ready to go in my den. Still is a blast to play.



ajcismo commented on Want Bayonetta 2 On PS4 And Xbox One? You Migh...:

They could always take it one step further and say they've got a team in North Korea working on a bare-bones port for the PSBox. There won't be any DLC, it'll be out a year after the WIi U release, and it'll still be $10 more.



ajcismo commented on Nintendo 64x64: Cruis'n USA:

Loved this game back in the early days of the N64. Highly doubt its held up, but it sure was a lot of fun back in the day.



ajcismo commented on Hands On: Exploring the Four New Tables of Zen...:

I was surprised with how not-complex the Dr.Strange table was compared with the other 3, reminded me of Zen's older more traditional tables.
That opening of Guardians, especially the first time you fire that table up, is just a mess. The table does grow on you, but trying to make sense of it at first is very odd. The concept is interesting, but execution seems random.
Enjoyed the Walking Dead and Deadpool tables, they're not up there with Empire Strikes Back as my favorite, but worth at least a demo try.



ajcismo commented on Project CARS Wii U Delay Was To Ensure It's As...:

"There's no conspiracy here"
What's so fascinating about that statement is that it blindly admits to there being a conspiracy by 3rd party devs against the Wii U, Nintendo, and its customers. Almost as if certain other companies are pressuring developers into this sort of business practice.



ajcismo commented on Ubisoft's Uplay Application Hints That Watch D...:

I guess I'm torn on this one. As annoyed with how cruddy 3rd party devs treat the Nintendo customer in general, I can't get over the fact that Ubi has made some very good games on Nintendo's systems. EA & Activision are known for lousy, half-hearted ports at full price, but (at least to me) Ubi's games are usually pretty good, if not of a higher standard.
Absolutely love Beyond Good & Evil, found both AC3 & 4 a blast despite a few flaws and Child of Light is a gem worth every penny. Maybe Watch Dogs will be worth it, but it would be nice to know what we're getting in to before buying. Plus, getting treated like the red-headed stepchild as a Nintendo owner is getting old.



ajcismo commented on Square Enix Wants To Bring Dragon Quest VII To...:

All valid points, and an excellent discussion. I am simply frustrated with the "blame the (Nintendo) consumer" angle we've been dealing with for the last few years. In all honesty, I believe many of these 3rd party issues could have been avoided with proper marketing campaigns. Also, having a CEO in Kyoto continuing to do nothing to woo back 3rd party devs isn't helping either. But thats a different topic for another day, since my stance on Mr.Iwata is already well documented and very unpopular.



ajcismo commented on Square Enix Wants To Bring Dragon Quest VII To...:

The gaming industry is the only industry I can think of off the top of my head that readily blames the consumer for its "problems" (ie: lack of sales) and punishes those who show loyalty to a product. Its unfortunate, completely backwards, and simply put, wrong. 3rd party devs have taken control in a shift of power as of the last few years, dictating the policies of the hardware manufacturers and literally holding the consumer hostage in the process. It wasn't like that for the first roughly 40 years that the industry has been around. Nintendo, Sega, even Atari dictated the policies until the late 90s/early 2000s when Sony and MS decided to build hardware and mostly stay out of the software biz. Literally designing their hardware to the specs that 3rd parties wanted them to build. Being loyal to a brand like Nintendo comes at a price: Great 1st party software and innovative hardware design, but a severe lack of mulit-plat games by companies who don't give a flying you-know-what about you unless you buy for a system they want to program for.