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Male, 38, United Kingdom

Thu 20th December, 2012

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datamonkey commented on Nintendo NX Will Be About Creating "Fun New Wa...:

I agree with all others that say "new ways to play" should come secondary to getting the power and traditional controls right first.

Nintendo need to realise that they don't need to reinvent the wheel every time. Xbox, 360, X1, PS2, PS3, PS4 are all proof of that, largely sticking to what works.

Instead they cling onto Yamauchi's old quotes about 'having to be different from all the rest' just for the sake of it.

I'd love a powerful Nintendo console with a "normal" controller to play new Zelda's, Metroid's and Mario's.

As it is I fear for the future of the company. Even though they have promised to continue traditional console development, the extra resources taken from their workforce to work on smart device games and QoL is taking away from the console business. One in which they are struggling to produce enough games for Wii U/3DS as it is.



datamonkey commented on Amazon UK Delays Some Shulk Pre-Orders to Late...:

Yep lost out on my Shulk, King Dedede and Meta Knight pre-orders. Thanks Nintendo for the poor supply.

Are they doing this on purpose or did they not learn from the shortages of earlier Amiibo? Either way it's not good.

On a positive note though I used my Amazon credit with some existing voucher to get Tomb Raider on PS4 for £5! Yay!



datamonkey commented on Poll: Are You An Early Adopter With The New Ni...:

After the launch of 3DS and Wii U, I doubt I will ever be an early adopter ever again of Nintendo hardware, especially of new consoles.

It's a bit sad as I was always "day one" in the past. Last year I didn't even buy one retail Wii U game (not I don't like Smash and I wasn't the biggest fan of Bayo 1) so it seems Nintendo are losing their grip on one of their biggest, past fans... :(

EDIT - scratch that, I got Wind Waker HD last year...



datamonkey commented on Satoru Iwata Shares Confidence in Hitting Targ...:

@AbsolutSnake - Agreed.

I have been a very long time Nintendo fan since the NES and owned all of their consoles since, however since around the GC era they have slowly been alienating me to the point now where all my money goes to Sony on my PS4/Vita. I have used each successive consoles since Wii less and less.

With things like Amiibo, QoL and their potential entry into education, I can't see my buying habits changing any time soon either.

If Nintendo did what you said and opened up their warchest, invested in more first parties and created more choice of games then I could see myself regaining interest, but somehow I doubt that will happen and it seems Iwata would rather look at different businesses altogether than try and save their existing videogame business.

Like I said before, I fear for Nintendo's future as a games company the way things are going.



datamonkey commented on Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars Due in Ma...:

@SuperMikey I completely agree.

While I commend Nintendo for acknowledging and trying cross-buy, they are effectively missing the point by charging twice the price for the game in the first place! But this is typical Nintendo behaviour.

The fact you get a code for the second game only highlights the poor structure of their online service (i.e. no proper account system). As someone mentioned before, when I buy a PS3 game on PSN then that game is automatically available on my account instantly to download on PS4 and Vita (if available of course). Also Sony don't charge twice the price for it in the first place!

As usual with Nintendo I feel it's one step forward, two steps back...



datamonkey commented on UK Retailer GAME Is Selling Captain Toad: Trea...:

I have had an email from where I pre-ordered and they say my order is being processed also! Woot woot!

Edit: The order status is frozen on "Processing" and they usually ship within 5 minutes so I have a horrible feeling this is on hold. I really wanted this for the Xmas holidays though so hope it gets sent out!



datamonkey commented on UK Retailer GAME Cashes In On Intense amiibo D...:

@ToxieDogg Wow sorry to hear that happened to you also but well done on getting it back to them in under 24 hours to prove yourself correct!

Their excuse that it came from the factory in that condition is hilarious/terrible! I used to wonder why they unwrapped the games to keep in the drawer rather than keeping them factory sealed. Now we know it seems all the staff used to like playing the games first before they were sold! lol



datamonkey commented on UK Retailer GAME Cashes In On Intense amiibo D...:

I'm glad I don't buy anything at GAME. I bought a DS game once from them at full price, apparently "new", only to get home and find save game files on it already used! They refused to believe me and even sent me a rude email denying it! I've not been back since and that was about 8 or so years ago now!

I've spent so much money on gaming since then and they've not had a penny of it. You lost out in the end GAME, not me!



datamonkey commented on Rumour: Has Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem B...:

It's coming up to 2 years since the announcement and we've not heard a single thing about it or even seen a single screenshot.

It wouldn't be that surprising if it had been canned as artistic differences often get in the way, but I hope it hasn't as I was looking forward to it.



datamonkey commented on The Nintendo Wii U Is Better Value For Money T...:

I can tell you now Reggie my PS4 represents much better value than my Wii U has done. Let's see...

Wii U - £350 - 5 games - 2 years
PS4 - £399 - 20+ games - 1 year

I'm not sure if I'm just getting too old but most stuff Nintendo does these days just doesn't appeal to me much which has never been the case before. I mean Amiibo looks shallow and a cash-grab for example (great for collectors though). Where's Metroid Prime 4? Zelda? Excitebike? Wave Race? Pilotwings and all other classic franchises?



datamonkey commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

The Wii U is my most least used Nintendo console I've ever owned by a mile.

For the first time ever I actually regret buying it at launch. There's obviously some great games on the system - but you would expect that to be the case after 2 years on the market - however there has not been enough.

What's worse is that 2015 looks pretty barren too...



datamonkey commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Offers the Best of Bot...:

"didn't get into the games in the '90s, and is too old, bewildered and busy to figure out how it all works now"

Same here Tom. Even though I'm mid-30's my first Pokemon was Y last year and I have to say I don't know what all the fuss is about. I realise however that I must have missed the point. There has to be a deeper element to it than what I saw. I just couldn't muster the motivation to keep going after 10 or so hours so gave up...



datamonkey commented on Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Now Launching I...:

Still not really any benefit to me as I wanted this game to play over the Xmas holiday period. A week earlier or ten weeks later makes no difference.

Still, I'm very happy that it exists at all as I loved these levels in 3D World :)



datamonkey commented on Feature: Does Super Smash Bros. Wii U's Smash ...:

@shigulicious I bought MK8 when it was released and played it a lot so am ready for something else. Also I have played every iteration since the SNES original religiously and while MK8 is a superb version, I think I may have franchise fatigue a little with it. Though that's through no fault of the game itself.

Not interested in hack and slash games so Hyrule Warriors is of no interest to me. The REAL Zelda is a completely different matter though! ;)



datamonkey commented on Feature: Does Super Smash Bros. Wii U's Smash ...:

It's great for everyone that loves Smash Bros. that there's been such excitement and widespread reporting on Nintendo sites for the last few months for the game, but for those few of us that don't actually like the series - like me - I really wish Nintendo had something else this holiday that appealed. They really seem to have put all their eggs into one basket, leaving little choice...

Captain Toad was my alternative in the run up to Xmas but unfortunately that's now 2015...

No doubt the Nintendo Direct tomorrow will be heavily weighted in Smash's favour too but I hope they have a few surprise announcements that are unrelated...



datamonkey commented on Satoru Iwata Outlines Nintendo's First QOL Pla...:

Interested to see exactly what this ends up as but seeing as I've hardly played my Wii U all year I can't help think that these resources may have been better spent on developing games. Though I understand Iwata's desire to grow the business and return to good profits...