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Tue 28th December, 2010

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DarkKirby commented on The Pokémon Company Withdraws Settlement in L...:

I don't think it was so much that this Jones guy was bad mouthing the Pokemon Company as much as his willingness to talk to the media about the situation put the Pokemon Company in a bad light. Shutting down fan events that were (supposedly) run well and made people happy doesn't make any company look good.

Remember, this isn't even just about the usage of the IPs, the cafe complied with the cease and desist immediately but the Pokemon Company still won't drop the suit.

I remember years ago, all the major Pokemon fan sites were getting cease and desist letters and being forced to close down. No other company was doing that for their game series.



DarkKirby commented on Miyamoto and Tezuka Discuss the Difficulties o...:

Balancing for incompetence doesn't make sense. You can't balance around the assumption that the people playing are incompetent. Assuming 2 people are highly and equally incompetent, a sword will be superior to an assault rifle because the person using the assault rifle may not be able to figure out how to disengage the safety or load the gun, but that doesn't make the weapons equal.

For single player games, if you are afraid of alienating incompetent players, have different difficulty settings. That's much better than just making the game very easy and having no difficulty options. And please, DO NOT LOCK THE INCREASED DIFFICULTY SETTING BEHIND THE REQUIREMENT OF BEATING THE GAME FIRST. That is blatant game length padding and NOT FUN.

And we are not just talking about something like how much health the player or the enemies have, which can be part of difficulty settings to make the game more or less forgiving, while keeping enemies advanced enough to be interesting, but how much hints are given in the game and how much "hand holding" there is. For example, there could have been a difficulty in Skyward Sword that makes it so the game doesn't show you exactly what to do all the time and make it so Fi isn't pausing the game to warn you of low health.

For multiplayer games, balance around the assumption that the people playing are component, and offer a ladder and rankings so people of different skill levels can play people of similar skill levels. Between two or more equally and highly incompetent people, a fast attack for example, is equally hard to avoid. Trying to develop a game that forces people with massive skill differences to play together is NOT FUN FOR ANYONE.

But don't just say satisfying people of different skill levels is "hard", change nothing, and keep making every game very easy and with the assumption that the people playing are incompetent. Doing that is essentially saying you value the opinion and money of incompetent players far more than that of the competent ones.



DarkKirby commented on The Pokémon Company Sues Fan for Copyright In...:

The Pokemon Company is legally in the right to do this.

But getting the gathering shut down and demanding monetary compensation despite an immediate compliance on that demand is nothing but bad PR, and doesn't benefit them, especially if the event was run well and made Pokemon fans happy (which I cannot confirm).

This reeks of Nintendo trying to get Melee shut down at EVO a few years ago and only changing their minds because of the huge media backlash by not just the gaming media, but the mainstream media.



DarkKirby commented on Shenmue's Ryo Hazuki Joins The Growing Cast O...:


Ironically that was one of Project X Zone 1's problems. The entire entertainment of the game was the character interactions. The story was nonsensical and random (your group had no control of where they were going a large majority of the time) and the game play was repetitive.



DarkKirby commented on Talking Point: Why Does Investor Confidence in...:

Why Does Investor Confidence in Nintendo Continue to Dip Under Tatsumi Kimishima?

People don't really know who he is. He's made a few statements about his beliefs but he has yet to make any bold commanding decisions to stand out or make people confident in him.

That said if we are just talking investors they don't usually understand what's good for business anyway. If Nintendo did a Konami and said they were abandoning all console games and becoming a smartphone game focused company because it's "the future" Nintendo's stock would skyrocket. Not because that's actually a good decision, but because of the limited understanding these investors have of "games", they know the smartphone game industry is doing very well.



DarkKirby commented on Preview: Fabulous Fashion and Questionable Gam...:

So basically...

Single player is bad because they didn't properly design a way to play without human allies.

Multiplayer is only good with local play and poor online.

Also, hard to be hype about a game where there was little shown to be excited about. Looks like a silly misadventure that isn't that funny rather than an adventure.


People would whine if MOBA's prevented free voice or text chat and only worked well over LAN and worked poorly online.



DarkKirby commented on Video: Ocarina of Time's Kakariko Village Gets...:

That amount of people criticizing the video for not being good because the graphics are too good so it's not Nintendo-y or getting all defensive over Nintendo's lower end hardware is quite comical.

Yes, graphics don't make a game good by themselves, but nor are they irrelevant (or you'd still be playing of the NES), and there certainly isn't a reason you should have to be choosing between game play over graphics when you could just have both.



DarkKirby commented on Xenoblade Chronicles and Fire Emblem Character...:

Hey, I was already going to buy this game.

Still hope they fix the problems in the 1st game though.

I kind of question what kind of funny conversations Lucina can get into if Chrom is with her all the time. Chun-Li was a constant buzz kill to Morrigan.



DarkKirby commented on Weirdness: Japanese Company Wants To Bring NES...:

You're not selling physical copies of games to smartphone users, it's not happening. They (smartphone game enthusiasts) don't want to carry a cartridge around, and certainly won't do it for a NES sized game.

I don't see people buying the Pokemon GO Bluetooth attachment unless they exaggerate its necessity or benefits either.



DarkKirby commented on Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima to Stick ...:

What he says sound good enough but I would like to see how it's enacted.

Although the problem with the Wii U wasn't that it was too similar to the Wii, it was that it was designed to appeal to a market that no longer existed because they had all moved on to smartphone games.



DarkKirby commented on Talking Point: Tatsumi Kimishima Is A Safe Pai...:

I don't know enough about Tatsumi Kimishima's beliefs on game design, marketing, and the direction Nintendo should go, to really judge him compared to Iwata, to which I did not agree with at all. Nintendo isn't exactly anti western, unless you count the fact that they more often than not make kid focused games, so I don't really understand what is meant by saying Tatsumi Kimishima will make Nintendo more western focused. The stereotype on that would be adult FPS games, but really, I just hope Nintendo's focus returns to core gamers, and not trying everything else except marketing to core gamers and as well as stop treating all of their audience like little kids with censorship and intentional prevention of communication.



DarkKirby commented on Poll: Is Pokkén Tournament The Wii U Release...:

Well, I have literally been waiting for Pokkén Tournament to come to home console since it was announced for arcade last summer, but I don't think any single game can save the Wii U, there needs to be a massive boost in 3rd party support for that to happen. Most rumors suggesting the NX is to replace the Wii U doesn't help the Wii U's chances either.



DarkKirby commented on Core Console Market Bigger Than Ever, Despite ...:

Exactly why if the NX is Wii 3 it will fail as miserably as the Wii U. Casual gamers don't care about consoles anymore and have moved on to smartphone games. If Nintendo wants to succeed on the console market they need to change the strategy they've used for the last few years, namely trying everything except appealing to hardcore gamers.



DarkKirby commented on Razer "Definitely Considering" Making Controll...:

The hilarious thing about the timing of this article (and the tweet) is Momochi's Razer Fight Stick broke during the Grand Finals of Ultra Street Fighter 4 at EVO 2015 2 days ago. The Bracket was reset and it was 2-2 vs GamerBee with 1 round (first to 2) for Momochi, and Momochi's Razer Fight Stick broke and gave out a pause signal. After spending roughly 5-7 minutes to look for another stick (I think he was looking for a Razer Stick due to his sponsorship) Momochi won anyway (GamerBee got 1 round and not the game), but it resulted in people cheering for GamerBee because many felt he deserved the win.



DarkKirby commented on Don't Worry, Samus Will Be In Metroid Prime: F...:

The problems people have with Federation Force have nothing to do with if Samus is in the game at all or not, it's, among other things, that the game seems to be a much, much, much less mature Metroid game, yet is using the Metroid Prime title.



DarkKirby commented on Poll: What Do You Want From Nintendo's NX Plat...:

Assuming it's a Wii U replacement (even though both the Wii U and 3DS are outdated need to be replaced with new hardware).

Doesn't have to be as powerful hardware wise as the PS4 but at least better than the Xbone.

No region lock.


No more of this censorship Ponyta manure. Have chat as open as the PS4 and Xbone.

How about you start advertising the system as an actual gaming machine for hardcore gamers as well, and not just as a family and kids entertainment machine. You are shooing away ports of AAA 3rd party games that every system profits from.

Stop treating the hardcore gaming market like the plague.
You can have your hardware gimmick if you want but make it optional. Nobody wants mandatory gimmick hardware like the Kinect (we saw how well that worked out for the Xbone).

Most importantly it has to NOT BE WII 3.



DarkKirby commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Won't Be As Powerful As Pl...:


You are essentially saying similar things as me, but the dividing point seems to be what separates a "gamer" from a "hardcore gamer". I was just using "hardcore gamer" as the group of gamers that weren't casual gamers (the ones who think game like Angry Birds and Candy Crush are amazing).

PC is insurmountable as the most powerful platform, but that doesn't mean the graphics and processing power of consoles doesn't matter. PC has in fact never been the dominant gaming platform, for various reasons, ranging from the cost of having a gaming PC vs a console, to the often delayed and lower quality releases of ports on PC, and sometimes games not being ported to it at all (especially with Japanese games). On top of that, most games are developed for console regardless, and only the good ports on PC allow users to pump up the performance in the settings and still be stable.

The reason I think the Xbox One was designed to appeal to casuals, was as you mention, the initial reveal of it. The requirement of the Kinect, the marketing of features that are completely unrelated to gaming, and how it didn't really try to target higher end hardware (although it sure went a lot further than Nintendo did with the Wii U). Yes, there were other factor as you mentioned, Microsoft essentially gave a middle finger to the 360's hardcore gamers, a majority of its market, and then Sony capitalized on this by well, doing none of that, making fun of Microsoft, and appealing to the hardcore gamer market instead of ignoring them.



DarkKirby commented on The Animal Crossing amiibo Range is Bigger Tha...:

Expect the quality of the production versions to come way down like the original concept Amiibos that were showed off at E3.

By the way, has there been a reason given as to why a virtual party game requires physical play pieces as a mechanic or is this truly just a scam to get people to buy Amiibos.



DarkKirby commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Won't Be As Powerful As Pl...:

Why is the PS4 the dominant console this generation? Why did it get so much of the former devote Xbox fan boys to switch over? Because it clearly showed it was the hardcore gamers it was targeting, while Microsoft clearly showed with the XBox One, that they were trying to target casuals, like the Wii (and like with Windows 8 for that matter). But the Xbox One ran into the same issue as the Wii U, casuals didn't care about consoles anymore, the formerly amazing untapped market was gone, they moved on to smartphone games, it was the reason the Wii died.

Hardcore gamers in general, do care about graphics and processing power, and want a good online. Motion controls, a 2nd screen are fine things to have, but they are not replacements for competitive graphics, processing power, and a good, open online. When Nintendo continues to do stuff have intentional prevention of communication between players with things like friend codes, it says loud and clear, we are not targeting hardcore gamers. Don't give me crap about how graphics don't make a game, because while that it true, if they didn't matter we'd still be playing on the NES and the Game Boy, and good graphics and processing power do appeal to the hardcore market.

And I really don't want to hear about how Nintendo is the innocent party in the pushing of DLC in today's gaming market, with the crap they are pulling with the Fire Emblem games and Amiibos in general.



DarkKirby commented on Project H.A.M.M.E.R. Exposé Reveals Torrid St...:

Nintendo's extreme disconnect with development of games non traditional to Nintendo consoles seems entirely unsurprising. Seeing as how it was at one point changed to a family friendly game, and this was a title designed for the Wii, there probably was disagreements between the Japanese staff overseeing the project and the developers on who the target audience of the game should be.



DarkKirby commented on Pokkén Tournament Dated For 16th July in Japa...:

Charizard was pretty expected but Weavile is a nice surprise. The Pokemon choices and move sets for Pokken Tournament seem to trump Smash in every way.

Also these 2 trailers seem to showcase combos much more than the trailers for the previous Pokmeon. I hope in the final build of the game all the Pokemon can combo like Weavile and Charizard can in their trailers.



DarkKirby commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Shipping This Time Next Ye...:

20 Million? That's an extremely optimistic number unless the NX has an amazing launch line up. Are they going to pull the Zelda game on both the new and old console game thing they did with Twilight? I also think this number is highly unrealistic unless it's a replacement for the 3DS, where Nintendo doesn't have competition.



DarkKirby commented on Smash Fighters Settling it at Evo in Big Numbers:

Where is that pot bonus Nintendo. Every main game and even some of the side games have pot bonuses from the publishers. The only ones that don't are Smash 4 and Melee (and UMvC3 because of licensing issues). I thought you said you support competitive play for Nintendo games. Where is the proof?



DarkKirby commented on The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes Director...:

Having at least one of the 3 Links be female would undoubtably be hilarious if Link talked and had enough character to make that situation amusing, and Nintendo would have to have the Pokeballs to make that awkward situation hilarious, which they don't. Since he doesn't the gender of the Links is highly irrelevant. Having at least one of the Links be female and acting like she was just another guy Link would be stupid. As such a complaint on lack of females just sounds like SJW baloney.



DarkKirby commented on Natsume Promises a Return to Basics in Harvest...:

I cannot say for other people, but the thing I want THE MOST from a Harvest Moon game is interesting characters, people I want to get to know, and be able to interact with as much as possible.

The farming and getting wealthier is a means to meet that goal, as often progressing relationships requires lots of resources.



DarkKirby commented on ​Shigeru Miyamoto Defends Star Fox Zero's Co...:

I know Miyamoto has all these ideas about "changing gaming with hardware", but most people who have played Star Fox Zero at E3 have just said the touch screen controls were clunky and didn't make the game more fun to play, and when playing without the touch screen controls, the game didn't seem to be innovating that much over the original Star Fox 64 game play wise.