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Thu 6th August, 2009

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electrolite77 commented on Anniversary: 20 Years Ago Today, Rare Resurrec...:

Didn't it take some ridiculous amount of money in the USA in 1994? Seems mad that they're not on the American VC.

Good games though, I remember first reading about it in UK magazine Super Play who claimed that on its reveal at E3 everyone in the hall had thought it was an Ultra 64 game.

Never really thought of the modern updates as highly myself.



electrolite77 commented on Anniversary: The Nintendo DS is Now 10 Years Old:

I think the stick the 'Phat' gets is harsh. Yeah the Lite was shinier and pointed the way towards mainstream success. But the great times I had playing Zoo Keeper, Wario Ware Touch, Metroid Pinball (well I liked it anyway), Yoshi Touch and Go (well I liked it anyway), Polarium (well I etc....), Phoenix Wright, Advance Wars Dual Strike were all with the original so it's hard to dislike it. What a Console.



electrolite77 commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Emphasizes the Nintendo Diffe...:


If a company with the size and clout of Amazon, not to mention the established distribution channels, start moving towards your market it would be dereliction of duty not to consider them as a possible competitor. It may not work out for them, but Nintendo and everyone else in the games industry will be watching closely.



electrolite77 commented on Video: How Does Watch Dogs Use The Wii U GamePad?:


Its nothing to do with that. Loads of worthwhile third-party games have flopped on Nintendo machines over the years because they didn't have Nintendo characters in. Things like Zack and Wiki, Rocket, Billy Hatcher that were exclusive and perfectly suited to Nintendo platforms flopped, adult exclusives like Madworld, Red Steel 2, Killer 7 all struggled. Good ports like Need for Speed Most Wanted and Assassins Creed IV failed.

I had a PS3 in the last gen and did I cry about the 360 getting better versions of most mukti-plats? No, I supported the developers and the machine. I'm bored of the excuses.



electrolite77 commented on Video: How Does Watch Dogs Use The Wii U GamePad?:

Good to see some posters have noticed that it's harsh to criticise third-parties for not using the Gamepad when Nintendo have struggled to use it. Looks a solid port actually, better than I expected. There have been several on Wii U (NFS:MW, Sonic Racing, Deus Ex HR, Ass Creed IV, Batman Origins, COD Blops 2, Splinter Cell etc)



electrolite77 commented on Sony: PS Vita Is Better Than 3DS And The Wii B...:

The only good thing to take from that is apparently someone at Sony knows what the Vita is. It's difficult not to laugh when you see them talking it up given they've not bothered to release any games for it!

Lovely hardware and I like mine a lot but the 3DS software library is way beyond Vita's and the way Sony have abandoned it is an insult.



electrolite77 commented on The Nintendo Wii U Is Better Value For Money T...:

"So as an example, you can only play Mario Kart 8 – only on the Wii U"

And if you want to play Call Of Duty:AW, Destiny, FIFA 15, Madden 15, Shadows of Mordor, GTA V, Alien Isolation, Far Cry 4, The Evil Within or Minecraft you can only do that on anything but the Wii U. Good luck with the PR spiel, Fils-Aime.



electrolite77 commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:


Haha sorry I should have been clearer, it was just the nickname that had me staring in horror ;-)

It's horses for courses and it's all about opinion. I loved the N64 in the late 1990's. At the same stage (2 years in) of the N64s existence it had revolutionised gaming with Mario 64, done it again to a lesser degree with Goldeneye and was about to give us one of the very best games of all time. It was also right on the cutting edge of home graphics and had showed it with games like Wave Race, Pilotwings, Blast Corps (dem explosions) and Banjo-Kazooie. I agree on the lack of variety, I had a PS1 before the N64 came out finished up buying another to go with my N64 when I left university and could afford it.

The 'Cube after 2 years had received (IMO) better support from Nintendo-Metroid Prime, Smash Bros Melee and Wind Waker had been 'wow' moments, and again it was as good as anything around graphically as the likes of Wave Race, F-Zero GX and Luigis Mansion showed. Not only that but it had good third-party support-exclusives like Rogue Leader, Monkey Ball and the Resident Evils plus great ports like Burnout 2 and Skies of Arcadia gave it the variety the N64 and Wii U didn't/don't have. it also had a load of good sports games. Though again, I had and really enjoyed the PS2 at the same time.

The Wii had a good first couple of years (Mario galaxy!) but really tailed off for a while and I started to dislike motion controls. I agree it had a great range of platformers though and its range of VC releases makes the Wii U look dreadful. If side-scrollers are your thing I can totally understand you preferring the Wii.

Like you say, horses for courses. I personally was far more impressed with N64 and 'Cube after two years than I am Wii U. I miss that brave Nintendo that was willing to chase technology as well as make great games. They're sitting on too many franchises too-Advance Wars, Metroid, F-Zero, Wave Race etc. have been gathering dust too long. Maybe one day....

P.S. Jumping Flash and Rayman were great, recently got them on my Vita (along with Pandemonium which was a side-scroller with 3Dish graphics) and they are still great



electrolite77 commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

"The games are alright, but not Nintendo's best. The is not up to par with the Wii at this point"

Agreed. Its bad enough losing all third-party supply but Nintendo haven't filled the gaps. 6 retail releases this year in Europe one of which was Wii Sports Club. Very poor.

"I give the machine itself a solid B and Nintendo's handling of the Wii-U an E-." Fair comment.

"Wii already surpassed the NintenCrap64 and Lamecube". Wow. When you think the internet has nowhere to go, here's still a surprise waiting.



electrolite77 commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

C- is fair enough.

For every pro there's a con or three.

Good first-party games
Neat hardware that's capable of making Nintendo-style graphics look very pretty
Off TVPlay is excellent
Eshop is a step up as is Indie support and Nintendos approach to it
Online play is free
Potential as a local multiplayer system
Backward compatibility

Negligible third party support and first-party support lags behind Gamecube, N64, and SNES at equivalent point in their lifetimes
Nintendo messed up the design (Gamepad screen and battery life should be better, looks too much like a Wii), name and launch
Not all games support Off TV Play and those that don't fail to justify the Gamepads existence as a game enhancing tool
Eshop is hampered by ludicrous Account 'system' and Indie support is nothing impressive if you own a PS4, Vita or low-end laptop
Online play should be free given the poor feature set and number of games that fail to offer it
Assymetric multiplayer isn't always popular and lack of sports games severely restrict its potential it as a multiplayer machine
Virtual Console is an insult. Doesn't even have N64 which the Wii had on launch day, let alone Gamecube

That's not taking into account dreadful marketing and poor sales.



electrolite77 commented on Review: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire...:

At least when Nintendo milk a franchise they do it really well. Haven't played a Pokemon in years but I saw the ad last night and thought it looked really good. If I had the time I'd give it a crack, but if I don't I doubt they'll miss one sale from me among the endless ching of cash registers everywhere.



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo Download: 20th November (Europe):


Yeah, I thought of that, Doesn't make me feel any better though that Game A is getting delayed because Game B is. In fact the flashbacks are coming, soon I'll be rocking back and forth saying "no I don't mind waiting two years for Animal Crossing, or a year for Excitebike 64! I didn't want to play Super Mario RPG or Excitebots anyway!"

Good point about pre-ordering. Some publishers are getting really complacent and pre-orders only encourage them.



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo Download: 20th November (Europe):


How is it ridiculous? Toad is delayed for no other reason than Nintendo felt like delaying it. It's a finished game and they're holding it back. Given the barren release schedule they've got it's a crazy thing to do.

The 3DS move is hugely cynical. They aren't selling the existing machine to people who closely follow the video gaming news this Christmas. They are selling it to the present-buying massmarket, like my colleague who didn't know the 'Tamagotchi Life' game his daughters friends are playing at school wouldn't work on his daughters DS Lite. Those people will buy 3DS consoles and then their kids will want the new one when it appears. Nintendo know exactly what they're doing. Despite the unquestioning love some on here hold for them they're just as capable of indefensible commercial cynicism as anyone else.

AC Unity doing well saddens me. The likes of Bayonetta 2 flop whereas broken games like Unity, Drive Club and Halo MCC sell. That tells the industry to not bother finishing their games, just put the betas out. Nintendo and others polish their games to a proper finish but must wonder why they bother. Gamers who buy it have lost their right to complain about any other games being shoddy down the line, including Watch Dogs on Wii U.



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo Download: 20th November (Europe):


It also seems to be OK when Nintendo delay Captain Toad in Europe for no reason or delay the New 3DS into 2015 while offloading the old ones onto the mass market at Christmas. Double standards.

"we hope it's not a dog's dinner of a port". Probably still better than AC Unity.

"whether it's boom or bust for the hedgehog's latest release". Of course it will be a bust, it's a modern Sonic game



electrolite77 commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Claims Seco...:


No they don't show that at all. Without knowing how they would sell if released the other way round saying they 'made the correct decision' is an unprovable assertion. My concern that sales of the Wii U version-and any resulting boost to the machines hardware sales-will be reduced is legitimate, even if it makes more sense to their yearly financials to make Wii U a lower priority.



electrolite77 commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Claims Seco...:


No shame in coming second to a multi-plat sports game on multiple platforms (and a very good one judging by the reviews). That's a great result for SMash 3DS. My worry is more it taking sales away from the Wii U version as it's clear that machine needs a boost. Hopefully the multi-player is attractive enough to hook people in-I've just seen the NOA ad and it's very effective



electrolite77 commented on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Continues to Dominat...:


Wii U's problem is momentum. Nintendo have a big hit every now and then but fail to follow it up. MK8 did well but then nothing until Hyrule Warriors.

Without third-party support Nintendo need to be putting out a game a month (more in the last third of the year) to keep interest going.



electrolite77 commented on Genyo Takeda Discusses Nintendo's Hardware Future:


Er. I've already answered that in the quote you're selectively replying to.

"except that porting games to....Gamecube was a chore because of the relative lack of storage space. Nintendo haven't been truly competitive on power and features (and third-party support) since the SNES.



electrolite77 commented on I'll Take Zelda And Mario Over Sharing Call Of...:


Yeah exactly. They did take steps in that direction with things like NBA Courtside and Geist but then dropped it.

The other thing I think they need to do is drop their admirable belief that they shouldn't do sequels to things like Pokemon Snap and F-Zero because they can't do anything different. It rings hollow anyway when they churn out very similar NSMB and DKC games but gamers don't necessarily need iterations to be revolutionary. Just good. Plus they increase the depth and diversity of the catalogue.