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Thu 6th August, 2009

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electrolite77 commented on "Pre-Download" Service to Kick Off With Super ...:


Its ridiculous to me that you're so offended. This makes peoples purchases more convenient, of course they're pleased. One of the selling points of digital is convenience and this improves that without making any difference to you.

Its no use to me because I don't buy digital off Nintendo but I'm not calling people 'a load of crabs' because they find it useful. I don't know whether others are going to want to play at midnight or want to choose their download times to fit in around other downloads, streaming etc. so I'm not going to criticise. Its actually easier to ignore stuff you're not bothered about especially as I don't want to cause arguments for the sake of it....



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo Returns to Profit as Wii U Sales Show...:


True. I just felt it was/is a gimmick for the sake of it, so they could say they'd stuck with their philosophy of trying to 'innovate'. The Pad has made it difficult to get the cost of the machine down and added little in Gameplay terms. It could just have easily been sold as an optional extra for Off TV Play (with a better screen as they wouldn't need to compromise for costs sake). They also should have got the machine out at least a year earlier which may have been easier if it was a straight iteration.

All guesswork of course, but I love a bit of idle speculation ;-)



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo Returns to Profit as Wii U Sales Show...:


Latest estimates put PS4 over 11 million, Wii U over 7.3 and Xbox One close to 6 (its certainly on a lot more than 3 as that was its confirmed level of sales at the start of 2014). Sounds like Wii U is doing OK except of course its taken Wii U twice as long to reach that point. On sales since the other two launched the Wii U is in third place worldwide.

The really good news for Nintendo is a solid attach rate. 7.29m hardware sales and 41.67m software sales. Nearly a tie-in ratio of 6:1. If Nintendo can keep that up they'll be happy.



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo Returns to Profit as Wii U Sales Show...:

Well, let's be honest. Not great but not bad. We know where we are with Wii U now. It isn't going to be a big success and it's almost certainly going to be Nintendos worst-selling home console.

The goal for Nintendo is to sell enough machines and enough of their own software that Wii U breaks even or maybe even turns a small profit. The high attach rate is very promising on that score.

The Christmas line-up is a bit shallow but hopefully they should achieve their modest sales targets for the year and maybe a bit more next year if they get XCX/Zelda/Starfox out. By 2016 I expect to hear rumblings of a new machine....



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo 64x64: Banjo-Tooie:


I agree in thepry about getting the original but have you seen how much it sells for now? Wow. One of those N64 games like Conker, Paper Mario and Mario Party 3 that regularly sell for more than their original RRP



electrolite77 commented on Developers Reflect on F-Zero As It Passes Ten ...:

Long term Nintendo fans - "give us F-Zero please. Just the old games in HD will do"

Nintendo - "No we need to do something original or we wont bother. We refuse to just do sequels. Meanwhile here's another load of nearly-identical Wii Party, Mario at the Olympics and Wii Fit minigame collections and a conveyor belt of New Super Mario games none of which are good as the Mario games we released twenty years ago."

Long term fans - "Yeah brilliant cheers. Thanks for gouging us on the VC too, I enjoy repeatedly overpaying for the SNES version everytime you release a new machine. I'm not going to get bored and do one to Sony or PC Gaming, honest"



electrolite77 commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Follow Microsoft's Lead ...:

They probably need to. They're trying to sell the least powerful of the three systems, with small internal storage that demands extra spend on a Hard Drive if you want to go digital. For all the excitement on here about Nintendo exclusives,it lacks all the big third party games that the competition has. It's a tough sell.

I'm not sure they can afford to though. Nintendo's goal now is just to keep Wii U ticking over and break even. They aren't going to take any gambles to achieve mainstream success because it isn't going to happen.



electrolite77 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Ability to Charm You...:

Nintendos problem is not so much attracting younger gamers (though the competition to do that is growing all the time), it's keeping them when they grow up.

A lot of people, as they get older, want some games with adult themes to go with their whimsy, they want sports games, they want the odd bit of mindless violence. Whether Nintendo make these games or they get better third-party support doesn't matter.

In Edge magazine last month Miyamoto was quite open about Nintendo making games for 'people who play games', it also references their Annual report targeting people who 'grew up with Nintendos games'. Noble intentions but they need to do far more.

Use their back-catalogue - HD updates, a VC subscription service, a cross buy facility. Leverage that nostalgia to keep fans on board rather than using VC to gouge them. Get a proper cross-platform cloud based Account system so people feel they're getting a good service and they're 'locked in' to Nintendo rather than just biuying this one machine-a Playstation Plus-type offer would be a great idea. Realise that when people become adults there's a good chance they'll find it difficult to get local multiplayer games together and provide online in all them great Nintendo games that could use it. Don't sit on franchises because they're not multi-million sellers, accept that things line F-Zero and Wave Race and Advance Wars are part of a bigger tapestry that will keep your core of long-term gamers onside and buying your software.

They've always been able to sell to kids, they've struggled to stop them kids wandering off elsewhere.



electrolite77 commented on Poll: Nintendo Minute Debate - Is Super Mario ...:

Mario 3 is more influential but Mario World is the better game (still beautiful too-phenomenal use of colour).

What this debate really illustrates however, is how untouchable they are. Even Nintendo themselves, despite the many 2D platformers they've put out in the last 23 years, have got nowhere near them. Yoshis Island is their best since and that was 1995. The NSMB games are decent but the reviews remind me of the way the music press greets a new U2 or Rolling Stones album, proclaiming a 'return to form' only for the fans to actually sample it and realise it's a poor imitation of past glories.

It also serves as a reminder of that Nintendo that used technology to push their games forward instead of cowering away from the tech race. I miss that confident, aspirational Nintendo.



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo UK Executive Says Wii U Has Had "Quit...:


This is a Comments thread on an independent website isn't it? You know, for discussing things about Nintendo? Because if it is...and I think it is...discussing things they've done wrong would be OK whether its been raised with Nintendo or not.

As it would appear you're from the 'Nintendo are always right' school of unblinking loyalty I can see that might upset you and I realise I or anyone else is wasting their time but its something you may have to deal with. Good luck in the future.



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo Celebrates Super Smash Bros. and Wii ...:


Great numbers on the Musou games. I think those are really good figures for Hyrule Warriors which, Zelda tie-in or not, is a very niche product. Ominous lack of Wii U numbers again. Great start for Smash Bros 3DS and nice to see MK8 still going strong, wouldn't be surprised if that actually picked up as we head towards Christmas.



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo Celebrates Super Smash Bros. and Wii ...:


There are lots of reasons why the Wii U isn't anywhere near outpacing the PS4, all of them third-party multi-platform games. Whether people like it or not, they're far more important than exclusives. Any Console without FIFA, Madden, Destiny, Shadows of Mordor, Alien Isolation, Evil Within, COD etc is going to struggle. The PS4 generally has the best versions of all these games so it sells the most.



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo 64x64: Mario Golf:

A brilliant game. Camelots flawless mechanics, lovely graphics loaded with personality, lots of content, and with the cartridge format and the lack of daft RPG elements it's just a fast, addictive golf game. No idea how many hours I spent on this to 100% it but I enjoyed it. Between that and the multiplayer, pound for pound probably the best value N64 cartridge I ever bought! 10/10



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo 64x64: Perfect Dark:

Got to be honest, I was never a huge fan. Without the Bond link it lacked the charm of Goldeneye, the multiplayer never took hold among my circle of friends, the Dreamcast was out (and the PS2 in Japan though it had nothing worth playing at this point) so the graphics didn't really impress and I thought the 'kitchen sink' approach lacked focus. Not to mention the facescanning getting dropped was annoying. Decent game, but I'm not surprised it isn't remembered with the same affection or recognition as Goldeneye in many quarters



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo 64x64: Banjo-Kazooie:

I remember being amazed that a game could get so close (without actually matching) Mario 64. I got hours and hours out of this at university. Always loved the graphic style, the camera might have been questionable but the design and colours used were glorious. Also possibly the most Christmassy level of any game ever. Great stuff.