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Oldgamer, thank God!

Male, 30, Brazil

First was the SNES. So, Game boy. Finally, the climax: a N64. After my graduation, my parents gave me a Wii in 2010, and I gave me a gift: a 3DS. I can't avoid the fact that Nintendo is the best thing about videogames. Playstation 2 and 3 are good, but there is no Mario, nor Zelda, nor Metroid...

Mon 28th Jan 2013

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daniruy commented on iOS and Android Receive Pokémon Shuffle Mobil...:

I actually like this game, and I'd rather play it on my smartphone than on the 3DS. I'm totally in.

Now, if feels to me that Nintendo is now seriously aiming the mobile market. If NX happens to be a platform that has a WiiU-ish portable controller, it makes sense to transform my smartphone in another Nintendo device.

(I would actually enjoy a Cyberdine: Nintendo Edition by the way)



daniruy commented on Mario History: Super Mario 64 - 1996:

In 1997 Daniel was an innocent, unharmed by life Brazilian who wanted just one thing in the world: a N64. He even prayed to God to give him one.

I'll never forget the October 12 (Brazilian Children Day, therefore bank holiday), when my dad gave me one and my little brother and I bopted it up.

I can still hear in my mind the staff roll song.

God be praised for the N64



daniruy commented on Mario Memories: Super Mario Galaxy 2: A Tale o...:

WhrnI played it I was 25 years old. It was like playing Super Mario 64 for the first time. But more. This game still fascinates me, and I've been playing it yearly since 2010, because it demands me too. It is fantastic.



daniruy commented on Mario Memories: Being Taken To A New World In ...:

Tom, I totally understand you, mate. I skipped the GameCube - was in college, doing Biology lessons and struggling to be a secondary school teacher. Then my mom gave me this blessed thing called Wii.

When I played Super Mario Galaxy, it was a moment of wonder after another after another. Gusty Gardens captived me so much I played several times just to hear that music. It was the first time I realized video games are an art form. Seriusly, man, it was - literally - watersheding.

After that, Metroid Prime 3 and Galaxy 2 (and the Gamecube library I caught up afterwards) I couldn't understand why people didn't own a Wii.

I still can't.



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

Absolutely agreed. My WiiU is both a disappointment and a joy. Showing it to some friends in Brqzil inevitably brought them smiles (specially Yoshi's Wooly World), as a unique platform with unique games. They just loved it BECAUSE it is different, as I do. I'll stick to that.



daniruy commented on Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away Ag...:

This is terrible to hear. I wasn't expecting it. We were celebrating my grandmother's 85th birthday, and she is very much alive, although fighting cancer. Iwata was only 55, was brilliant, and his leadership philosophy influenced me more than I know right now. May God give comfort to his family and to us, Nintendo fans.



daniruy commented on Talking Point: E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Devel...:

I've noticed something yesterday when booting my Lego Star Wars on Wii mode. I still cheerish the memories and everything Wii. Just holding the Wiimote make me feel good. With WiiU though I feel I will not have this in the future, albeit I really love the system.

I mean, I STILL look for Wii retro stuff, games and everything. The WiiU is much more transitional, it feels like that.



daniruy commented on Talking Point: The Fragility of Buying Downloa...:

I also prefer physical even though I'm only buying digital nowadays. Problem here is: I have a story with every single game I buy - story that is saved on their save files as well as in my memory. As far as I'm concerned, if I don't hold onto my total story with the game - the experience, the save file and the actual game it means nothing for me to own a physical copy, because I never want to sell the thing. It will never lose value. Plus, anything can happen and my physical copy can be robbed or broken down, so at the end of the day we are facing risks all the same.



daniruy commented on Yooka-Laylee:

I need my N64 again to play Banjo-Kazooie again, after dont-know-how-many years. This time collecting everything.



daniruy commented on Talking Point: Mario Maker Can Be A Game Chang...:

You made me wonder guys... What we as a community could achieve with a Metroid Maker? A Zelda Maker? A Mario Kart Maker? Loads of brilliant minds in the limbo are waiting to be liberated. Myself? I'll be playing the most I can 'cos this 'maker' thing for a Mario is awesome.



daniruy commented on Nintendo Steps Away From The Brazilian Market:

@Savino I have sme friends from Minas Gerais here in Ireland and they say something similar. Maybe it's Minas. SUS in São Paulo is always a nightmare. Probably it's because there are around 23 million people living and working in the same area. São Paulo makes everything harder, that's for sure. I could actually say that I could never vote on PSDB anymore because of their actions over the last 20 years in São Paulo. (And neither could I vote in PT, for obvious corruption reasons!)

Now, your diarista (I suppose you could call her a housekeeper anyways) is indeed an example of the disparity in Brazil. Things getting better, in a way, for some. But look at this, while your housekeeper is making 1500 dolars (?) monthly, a teacher would make 1/3 of that for decent working hours (around 35-40/week).

Brazil seems better for some, and it is better for some, but in general it's even more unequal and perverse.



daniruy commented on Nintendo Steps Away From The Brazilian Market:

@Savino October 2013, man. I was in São Paulo's protests, strikes, etc. Grew tired of that same damn thing. When you work in public services, like I did as a teacher, you not only realise how bad everything is, but you feel it in your bones as well.

But our focus here is games. As a gamer, I always bought pre-owned games. I remember Super Mario Galaxy 2, which I was desperate for, cost me 95 dollars. And I had to pay my 3DS in several monthly instalments.

That said, is important to consider that Nintendo's market in Brazil is ridiculous. I mean, worldwide people didn't understand what is a "WiiU" at all in general. We are gamers, we did research and eventually we got it. But those guys who owned playstations and xboxes just for Fifas, PES, ad COD (as good as those games are) didn't give importance to this product.



daniruy commented on Nintendo Steps Away From The Brazilian Market:

@Savino You're not entirely right, man... You are showing an odd Brazil even for me, a typical Brazilian guy!

(I am living in Ireland now, but I grew up in São Paulo. And I was a high school teacher in Brazil. I always considered myself (and my family) middle class - working-hard class.)

Although I've always loved videogames, we always had to go to rent shops to be able to play, because the price of games was always ridiculous.

For instance, in 1996, a SNES game would cost around R$ 150,00 (around U$60,00). But the minimal wage was U$40,00. I'm not even considering inflation. That's why piracy was (and still is) a big thing there. Who would spend more than 50% of the minimal wage in video games, if you could rent an original copy at 70c or buy piracy for the same or a little more - which was still a lot?

Nowadays, a 3DS game costs around R$150,00 - the same U$60,00, but the minimal wage today is around U$270.

Now, according to the government website ( the average wage of Brazilian workers last year (first 3 months) was around U$440.

Could one spend more than 10% of the wage in one game, plus rent, insurance, medical services and food, not considering school fees? Could one buy a 3DS for U$300,00 ( A WiiU would be around U$ 480,00 - more than the average wage! That's why people use their credit card to spend what they don't have and essentially defaulting a lot.

(Note: what you said about schools is not true. As a schoolworker I saw bad food given to students, expired even sometimes and the school system is as corrupt as the political system. Children do receive textbooks (which they must give back at the end of the year) and alwas have absent teachers because those are struggling with 60-70 working hours/week in order to get a little more than that average wage. The health service is horribly and insurance prices too high.

That's why I've left. It's sad though.

Brazil is a country of appearances - exactly like the world cup.


If the government were clever (or honest) they would give Nintendo, Sony, Valve, Microsoft and any other game company financial incentives, like reduced taxes in order to make the national industry grow. But when you have people like Marta Suplicy saying that video games aren't cultural products and 70% taxation on these products you cannot have hope of improvement.

Of course people are starving in Brazil, not so much in the big cities, but in small cities, slums in big cities, suburbs and countryside there relly are people like this. You have to chose between pay your bills and have fun. Sadly, as you said, people would rather buy phones and gadgets than basic products. But what can they do if the media stimulates this style of life and even popular musics like the "funk ostentação" that preaches extreme luxury and churches preaches the same message?

Is was and it is sad to be a Brazilian gamer. Or citizen I'd add.