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dres commented on Nintendo Reportedly Pitched NX To Third Partie...:

Wow, so many disillusioned Nintendo fans in here, who thinks it’s all about the specs and being as powerful as PS4 / X1. Why haven't you guys switched to Sony or MS long time ago???

Nintendo games does not really need that much power to be great. Thier art style and gameplay work perfectly well with less powerful hardware. I am very satisfied with the performance of the Wii U, and I think Mario Kart, Smash Brothers, Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong, Pikmin and Splatoon turned out to be great games, with beautiful HD graphics in 60fps. What more do you want as a Nintendo gamer???

I also love the hardware invention from Nintendo. Being it Wii’s motion control or the Wii U GamePad. I simply like their different and unique approach to gaming.

PS4 and X1 are almost identical machines, offering the same kind of content. I like them both, but I do not need my Nintendo console to offer the same stuff. I buy Nintendo consoles for their unique games, and you simply can't find similar stuff anywhere else.

But I would love it, if Nintendo implemented some of the features from the other consoles. Like a better and universal account system, Achievements, and greater online gaming functionalities. Nintendo are really behind in those areas, and they need to do it better.

Nintendo would not have gained anything, if they just tried to compete with Sony and MS on pure hardware specs. They actually tried to do just that with the GameCube long time ago, and that was not a huge success.

There is simply no market for three consoles, competing for the same niche audience, that is the “Core male gamer” between 14 - 45 years old. There is absolutely no growth in that consumer segment, and the competition is enormous.

The Playstation and Xbox brands are also much stronger when it comes to that segment, where Nintendo has a more “Family friendly” and “Childish” image. This makes it more difficult to compete in that market.

Since the NES and Gameboy, Nintendo has always tried to appeal and make games for everyone. Both casual and core gamers have always been among Nintendo consumers, and their "Family friendly" approach have served them very well. For decades Nintendo almost had the casual and family gamer market for themselves. And they have made huge profits of it.

When Sony and MS entered the console business, and captured almost all the core gamers, Nintendo looked elsewhere. Instead of joining the arms race, they tried to expand the whole gamer market by targeting everyone else but the core gamer. They created the DS and Wii, and those where a great financial and consumer successes for Nintendo.

But in the last 7-8 years or so, a new competitor has entered the gaming market. Smartphones and tablets have captured the casual gamers and kids, who all played on Nintendo DS and Wii a few years earlier. But this have also expanded the gaming audience to new heights, where people who never played games before, know are playing everyday on their smart devices.

This is both a problem and opportunity for Nintendo. While they have lost many consumers to smart devices, this fast and ever growing part of this gamer segment also promises great financial success for Nintendo, if they can get back into the “game”, and become relevant again.

Miyamoto recently said:
“I think unfortunately what ended up happening was that tablets themselves appeared in the marketplace and evolved very, very rapidly, and unfortunately the Wii [U] system launched at a time where the uniqueness of those features were perhaps not as strong as they were when we had first begun developing them.”

The above statement tells us, that Nintendo doesn't see Sony and MS as their main competitors anymore. Apple and Google are the new competitors for Nintendo's main target audience.

I think, that the Wii U will be Nintendo's last dedicated home console, and the NX will be a hybrid console that will both replace the Wii U and 3DS over time. It will probably be some sort of tablet console, with a conventional controller built in. And it will probably offer some sort of content streaming technology, that also would make it work as a home console.

The NX will either be build on a forked Android foundation, with the e-shop as only “App store”, or at least provide an Android compatibility layer. This will help developers to port their mobile games to the NX platform, and provide it with a huge amount of content.

Parents will again buy a dedicated gaming console from Nintendo for their kids. Because it will provide them with Mario and Pokémon, as well as cheap touch based mobile games like Minecraft and Clash of Clans. At least the sales of the 3DS have showed us, that the demand for Nintendo games and content still exist among consumers.

Hopefully all this will bring back the much needed profits for Nintendo. And we can all continue to enjoy their great games in the future.



dres commented on Rumours Surface of Android Emulation On The Ni...:


Yes, I know, but it's so silly. It has nothing to do with Google vs. Apple.

You would probably not even notice if Android ran under the hood of the NX. It's totally irrelevant. NX will still be uniquely Nintendo, no matter what they choose to use as foundation.



dres commented on Rumours Surface of Android Emulation On The Ni...:

@Kuhang @Politoed @Henmii

Nintendo does not need to have anything to do with Google if they decide to fork basic Android, and use it as a building block for the NX. They don't need Googles permission or partnership for that.

Anyone can use Android as they see fit, and modify it as they want. As long as they do not include Google Play services and Store, they do not need to follow Googles guidelines. Amazon did exactly that when they created their Kindle smart devices, and switched Google Play Store with their own App Store. Nintendo could just do the same, building a new unique OS for the NX with Android as foundation.

It would also be a ridicules move from Nintendo, if they decided to use Google play store or Amazon's AppStore in NX. How would Nintendo earn its money?

The only Store you will find on a Nintendo system is the e-shop, as we know it from Wii U and 3DS. Using Android would not change that. It would only provide developers an easier way to port their games to the e-shop, and make use of other game engines and tools like Unity, that is already available through Android.



dres commented on Rumours Surface of Android Emulation On The Ni...:

Yeah, but you never really know if that statement is the truth either. With Nintendo you never know.

But as I wrote above, what kind of OS the NX is based upon shouldn't really bother anyone. Since when have this been important for consoles??? Being it build on pure UNIX, Linux, a forked Android version, or FreeBSD like on the PlayStation. It does not matter.

The amount of great games, graphics performance, and overall system functionalities are important. Nintendo can choose whatever foundation they whant for their OS.



dres commented on Rumours Surface of Android Emulation On The Ni...:

And the silliest commet of the year goes to Gold_Ranger for this:
"If the NX OS is based on Android I will NEVER buy it!".

What kind of OS the NX will be based on shouldn't really matter. Have you ever really considered what kind of underlying OS other Nintendo consoles was based on before you bought them?

The only thing that matter's is what great games and functionalities the new system will have.

If the Wii U OS had a forked Android underneath, but looked and felt the same, with all the same great games, would that really bother you? The only difference would have been better portability options for developers, and therefore even more games for the system.

People act like morons when they hear "Android". What building blocks Nintendo choses for their next OS should not play a role. What kind of hardware they choose is much more interesting.



dres commented on Despite the Rumours, Nintendo NX Will Not be A...:

I'm so tired of Apple fanboys, who in their hatred for everything Google or Android, can't see the possibilities here.

Please understand .... :-)

Nintendo NX would still have its own unique interface made by Nintendo. There wouldn't be any trace of Google or Google services, because Nintendo would just fork the basic Android system. You would probably not even notice that its Android running underneath, doing the heavy lifting as the basic OS.

No matter what people are saying about Android, it is a fantastic system, that runs great on the right hardware. And Nintendo only needs to make the system work on one or two particular hardware setups. Not thousands of different phones or tablets!!



dres commented on Despite the Rumours, Nintendo NX Will Not be A...:


Nintendo doesn't need Googles permission to fork the basic Android system, witch is Open Source and free to use.

Only if you want to use Google Play store, services and apps, you need to follow some specific rules made by Google. And Nintendo would probably not use Google services at all.

And buy the way, Unity has nothing to do with Android. Its two completely different things. Unity also runs on Android.

Nintendo would still make their own dev tools for this new system, that would allow developers to get the best out of the console hardware, and make great optimized games. Android underneath as base system would not change that. But Android could provide NX with a lot of great features under the hood, and make it easy to port commonly used software to the Nintendo e-shop.



dres commented on Despite the Rumours, Nintendo NX Will Not be A...:

Its disappointing, because Android as a base system for NX could help Nintendo a lot. Nintendo simply does not have the skills to make a proper OS.

The concerns mentioned in the article are not valid at all:
"Security and managing content to cater for families and children were potential concerns"

Android would only be used as base system. There would be no trace of Google Play store, Google services and no way to install Android packages by your self. It would be a totally closed system made by Nintendo, where you could only get you software through the Nintendo e-shop. The quality control of the system and software would be the same as on Wii U and 3DS.

Android as a base system would not change that at all. Piracy and content concerns would not be an issue here. But it would still help developers to easily port their Android games and software to the e-shop, where Nintendo would quality test and monitor everything, as they do today.



dres commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Could Use Google's Android...:

No, as you can see in the comments, there are other ill-informed and confused individuals like you. Why are you uncomfortable and let down by this?

Android can be an fantastic foundation, and help Nintendo in areas where they do not have the skills. Look how awful and buggy the Wii U OS is.

Nintendo NX would probably not look much like Android, but have its own interface made by Nintendo. There wouldn't be any trace of Google or Google services, because Nintendo would probably just fork the basic Android system.

No matter what people are saying about Android, it is a fantastic system, that runs great on the right hardware. And Nintendo only needs to make the system work on one particular hardware setup. Not thousands of different phones or tablets!!



dres commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Could Use Google's Android...:

This would make so much sense, and its great news. The OS on the Wii U is buggy and slow, and it is obvious that Nintendo lacks the skills to make a proper console OS. It can only get better with Android underneath.

Android can be what you want it to be. It could be the perfect base system for a new Nintendo Console.

Basic Android is Open Source, and you do not need to use Google services if you don't want to. Nintendo could easily fork Android, and use the good parts as base system, while putting their own layers and modifications on top of it. Amazon does the same with their devices, and have their own shop etc. Nintendo would probably do it the same way.

Nintendo would still make their own dev tools for this new system, that would allow developers to get the best out of the console hardware, and make great optimized games. Android underneath as base system would not change that.



dres commented on Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away F...:

Just give me GBA and DS games for my 3DS. How hard can it be?

These games er perfect for the 3DS format. I do not want to play them on Wii U, but on a handheld system where they where meant to be played.



dres commented on Guide: Everything We Know So Far About Nintend...:

This is a smart move from Nintendo. It is going to complement their console business very well. It will give Nintendo some much needed visibility among casual mobile gamers.

A few year ago, all children played on a Nintendo console, but now many use mobile and tablets instead. Nintendo does not play any role for these children, and that could really hurt them in the long run. This initiative will bring Nintendo back on the radar.

I think we're going to see some small mobile spinoffs with Nintendo characters, like SEGA has done with Sonic Jump and Sonic Dash. Games that fit the format.

"Rayman Jungle Run" is also good example of what I think we're going to see from Nintendo. It is a really good runner game, made for mobile and tablets. It is using the same artwork / style as the console game "Rayman Legends", and you really want to play "Rayman Legends", after some time with Jungle Run. Nintendo will probably try something similar with Mario, Kirby, Donkey Kong etc.



dres commented on Video: Fan Manages to Port F-Zero to the Mega ...:

No, no, not really...
The Master System and Game Gear where technical better machines than the NES and Gameboy. The SNES where perhaps a bit better than the Mega Drive, but that's it. Nintendo's dominance has always been about their great games, not better hardware.



dres commented on Nintendo Looking To Offer Affordable Smartpho...:

Well.. it all sounds very good. But maybe they should start rethink their VC strategy first? Why not make these games cheaper as well? I think they would sell a lot more then.

And why did they not publish GBA games for the VC on 3DS a long time ago? And DS games?
I would love to buy them on my 3DS. I have no interest in playing these games on my Wii U. On the Wii U i would rather have N64 and GameCube games.

Nintendo's VC strategy is a mess, and doesn't make sense at all. They should really focus there first, and listen to consumers and fans.



dres commented on Feature: 20 Wii Games We'd Love To Download Fr...:

Excitebots all the way. I loved Excite Truck on the Wii, and was really looking forward to the sequel. But it sold so badly in the US, that Nintendo canceled it here in Europe. I was very upset about it then.

I really hope we will get it somehow, but I think it was never localized for Europe properly? So it would cost Nintendo a bit of money to prepare it for Europe, and I am not sure they think its worthwhile then. These Wii re-releases seems more like quick cash ins for Nintendo... Sadly :-(



dres commented on Club Nintendo to Close, With Replacement Loyal...:

Great news... if the new program is a global account system available in all countries.

People in here forget that CN was only available in a few select countries. As Scandinavian I could not enter. It's is time for Nintendo to go Global, and follow Sony and MS in that regard.



dres commented on Review: 3D Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Ma...:

I think that the review is a bit off, when calling Expert Ninja mode a "stern test". The game is much easier and also better in this mode.

I think Expert Ninja mode is the preferred way to play the game, as you are much more in control. I wonder why M2 didn't make this the default way of playing the game, with an option to switch it off? Just as they did with the spin dash in Sonic 1.

In Expert Ninja mode this game is a 10/10 in my book. Really a 16-bit masterpiece.



dres commented on Review: 3D Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Ma...:

Fantastic 2d action platformer, and just a must play. This is one of my favourite games, and the best Ninja game together with Ninja Gaiden.

M2 has done a really good job here. This is the best version of the game.



dres commented on Sonic Lost World Gets Patched Up On Wii U:

There was a lot of games back then, that also felt broken and could have used a patch. But it was just not possible to do that. We just saw these as very poor games, but some of them could maybe have been enjoyable with a patch or two.

Today it's possible to patch a console game, and we should just be happy for that. Most of the games released today are still playable and enjoyable without a patch. Like Sonic Lost World. The patches just make them slightly better.



dres commented on Super Mario 3D World Struggles Against PS4 Tit...:

This is no surprise at all.
PS4 has already sold 250.000 units in the UK. This is much more than Wii U, witch only sold around 150.000 units.

PS4 is also a band new system, and with all the hype and bigger install base, it's no surprise that many PS4 games outsells SM3DW. It's just very logical.



dres commented on Talking Point: It's Time for Nintendo to Drop ...:

I was so looking forward to play Excitebots om my Wii, but it never showed up here in Europe. It just did not sell well enough in the US, so Nintendo of Europe did not bother to release it over here. That really annoyed me. I do not care for japanese games, if they are not translated though.



dres commented on EA Has No Publicly Announced Wii U Games Plann...:

It is disappointing. And also a huge problem for Nintendo and the Wii U.

EA's sport games are very important for the future of the Wii U. These games generate a lot of sales, and a lot of people will skip the Wii U, because these games are not coming for the platform.

Some people in here are way to optimistic. I am also not very interested in many EA games, besides the annual Fifa version witch i really like and play allot through the year. But i know how important these sports games are for a lot of people.

Here in Europe, Fifa is really important. So many people buy Fifa over here. Sadly, I can't see the Wii U generate a lots of sales in Europe without Fifa in its lineup. So even if you don't care for EA's sports games, it will effect the sales of the Wii U, and have a huge impact on the general game lineup in the future.



dres commented on Sonic Colours DS Includes Leaderboards and Onl...:

Looks really good. As a sequel to the first two Sonic Rush games, this looks really promising. Is it really Sonic Team who is behind the DS version? It looks more like a Dimps creation.
The Sonic Rush games wheres the best Sonic games released in the last decade, if you ask me, and two of my favorite DS games overall. Dimps where also co-developer on Sonic 4, and that game also seems excellent.
Maybe SEGA should just handle over the Sonic franchise to Dimps? I think they would bring Sonic back to form.



dres commented on Features: We Want Your NES Stories!:

I was born and raised in a SEGA house. My childhood 8-bit memories are mostly about C64, Sega Master System and Game Gear games. My brother had the Master System and Game Gear, and I had my C64.

But friends and neighbors had the NES, so of course i also played allot of NES games back then. Super Mario Bros, Duck Hunt, Super Mario Bros. 3, Zelda, Battletoads and all the Mega Man games are the ones i remember the most.

I mostly watched, when my neighbor finished Zelda, while his father drew a map of the gameworld :-).
My brother and I also rented a NES once, just to play MEGA MAN 3. Great times :-)



dres commented on Metroid: Other M Struggles to Ignite UK Sales ...:

Story line? Past Metroid games where full of story. But i was not forced upon you, like with Other M, i think. I Haven't bought or played Other M yet, so what do i know?

But there where a ton of story in the Metroid Prime series. And for the old school Metroid games, like Super Metroid, it had a lot of story, compared to other similar games of that time ( Old Castlevania games, etc. )

Some of us just really like Nintendo's minimalistic approach to story telling, and there 'Gameplay above Story' philosophy.

Look what SEGA did to Sonic the last couple of years. They just followed the game industry trend, and packed way to much story and CGI movies into Sonic games. And it was a disaster.

Nintendo did it all perfect, with Mario. Still kept it simple and classic, with focus on gameplay.

Ok, some CGI movies, and a bit more narrative story telling, compared to the Metroid Prime games, would not hurt the Metroid series. But it just sounds, as if it has taken the upper hand, in 'Other M'.? It doesn't feel like a Nintendo game anymore. But I have to try i myself soon, and make my own opinion. I am just not that excited anymore, and fear the worst.



dres commented on Nintendo Download: 28th May 2010 (Europe):

Year, I think Starwolf_UK has a point. They change some names, that they think are to difficult to pronounce for non-English speakers in Europe ( And there are still many who can't speak and understand English very well in the big European country's. :-) )
This has been the case with movies from NoE, so I think its the same with games. I remember no one in main land Europe could really pronounce "Miss Congeniality", so they changed it to "Agent Catwalk" here in Denmark, "Miss F.B.I." in Germany and "Miss Agent" in Poland, and so on.
"The Interpreter" is another movie that the changed in Europe, and simply translated its title to native language instead.



dres commented on Nintendo Download: 22nd January 2010 (Europe):

I want Super Mario kart.!.. I want more VC games!. Got it Nintendo? I skip all WiiWare games from now on, until they bring back more VC stuff.
Or.. surprise me Nintendo :-) Realese Excite bots in Europe.. that would make up for a lot.



dres commented on Nintendo Download: 15 January 2010 (Europe):

One of the best things about Wii, is the VC. If they quite the VC, i quite the Wii. It's just so disappointing these days. It really feels like Nintendo forgot all about it's old players and fans, and only try to cash in on casual gamers, with crappy WiiWare. If that's what they gonna do more of in the future, then Crash and Burn Nintendo. But ok, we are getting a new Zelda, Mario and Metroid game soon, and thats all fine and good. But please Nintendo.. I love the old games, and i love the VC. Keep more games coming, alright?
And everyone else here... If you love the VC, and haven't bought Shadow Dancer yet. Do it. Its a really good game, and it would make a sign, that we wan't more VC stuff.



dres commented on Review: Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi (...:

I love Shinobi games. And this one is good as well, just like the other ones. Classics in my book. They are like a nice mixture of the old Castlevania games and Ninja Gaiden games.
And this one was of course an instant download for me today.
It's just nice with all the Shinobi options on VC.



dres commented on Sega to Abandon Mature Wii Audience?:

@Sean Aaron
Exactly. I don't bother about "Mature" or M/18-rated video games. I bother about good games. Give me a Mario or Zelda game any day over Madworld or The Conduit. They where decent games, but nothing special. It's ok if Sega abandon making "Mature" games for wii, if they use there resources right, and make a good Sonic game instead. Fine by me.. or what about a new Jet set radio for wii? Or Chu Chu rocket for wiiWare?
Now, about on-rail shooters: I really like those games, but i only bought RE: Umbrella Chronicles. Its nice with all these options, and one day i gonna buy Dead Space Extraction or House of the Dead Overkill. But if Sega made a new Panzer Dragon game for Wii, I would buy it on day one.



dres commented on Sonic the Hedgehog:

Sonic 1 for MS is my introduction to Sonic games, and i think its the same for a lot of european games, as the MS was just as popular as the Genesis/MegaDrive over here. I regard Sonic 1 for MS as one of the best games i ever played, and I like those sonic games better than the Gen/MD sonic games. There level design is better in my opinion, and not as confusing. There are just fantastic 8-bit Achievements.



dres commented on Sonic the Hedgehog 2:

Ok. First of all, North Americans need to get this strait. A lot of early Game Gear games where ports of Master system games. Its not the other way around. A lot of those MS titles just didn't get released in North America, but only in Europe and South America where MS was very popular. The MS versions of Sonic 2 was such a title. I had the game for both MS and GG, and it played much better on MS and the big TV screen. Its just not as hard and frustrating with the bigger screen.
So.. to all of you who only played the GG versions of Sonic 1 and 2, just try the superior MS Versions for once.. ( I never understood why Sega put the GG versions on the Sonic Collection discs, they are just not suited for TV.. what a shame.. )