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electrolite77

electrolite77

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electrolite77

#3

electrolite77 commented on Mario Kart 8 Sales Increase By Nearly a Third ...:

@Jazzer94

Oh aye, once you filter out people who don't know you can do that, people who won't do it because it contravenes Nintendos T&C's and people who can't be bothered to do itto get a snide download copy of some tat like Mario + Sonic at the Olympics or Game and Wario, that's bound to be the explanation. Far more obvious than, you know, it being a really good game that's selling well.....

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#4

electrolite77 commented on Talking Point: Should Nintendo Be Promoting Th...:

@Damo

So basically it could be a potential selling point to a tiny fraction of tablet owners if it got a massive influx of new software and functionality?

If we're using anecdotal evidence, I don't know anyone who only user their tablet in the home. You yourself reference people who use it at home 90% of the time. What about the other 10%? Even if it just gets taken away on holiday once a year a tablet is infinitely preferable. It's a bizarre premise.

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#5

electrolite77 commented on Talking Point: Should Nintendo Be Promoting Th...:

This is a baffling idea. How can you market it as a tabloid killer when it very obviously isn't?

Portability is the main issue. It's fine for the odd one or two who don't use it outside their home but for most people the Gamepad is no replacement. Want to read a book or watch a film on the commute? You can't. Want to take it on holiday with you? You can't.

It's of limited use to parents. Want something to keep a youngster entertained on long journeys or waits at the dentist? You need a tablet. Want something with educational apps or cheap/free games? You need a tablet.

It's technically questionable. It has an inferior touchscreen and a lower resolution screen than an £80 Android tablet. It has no storage. It would need a huge amount of new software to get anywhere near tablet functionality.

The Wii U and the Gamepad have their own strengths but being a tablet is not one.

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#6

electrolite77 commented on Sony's Shuhei Yoshida Says Nintendo Provides B...:

It was good to see LBP getting a good reaction, the series so far has featured fine games. Sony need to do more of that, both PS2 and PS3 were excellent machines even for people like me who don't like military FPS games (or FPS games in general) with very diverse software catalogues. Hopefully PS4 will do the same.

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#12

electrolite77 commented on Iwata's Approval Rating Rises While Miyamoto's...:

Business side of company oversees absurd sales projections, disastrous sales and no profits? Rating up!

Creative side of company oversees releases like Zelda : ALBW, SM3DW, Pikmin 3? Rating down!

Logic appears to have left the building.... ;-)

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#14

electrolite77 commented on Stats Suggest That UK Kids Are More Likely To ...:

@DilMan33

There's lots of denial in this thread. Lots of posters with their head in the sand saying 'well I prefer the 3DS' and dismissing mobile games as 'remedial' and a 'cancer' as in the ludicrous rant by @DESS-M-8.

Console sales this Gen are down, handheld Console sales especially are down. Mobiles and tablets are seen as much better value and it's hard to argue with it. Mobiles and tablets are eating away at the dedicated hardware market, yet some seem to find it hard to accept

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#15

electrolite77 commented on Stats Suggest That UK Kids Are More Likely To ...:

I've noticed another bit of denial. That mobile games are all 'angry flappy candy clans'. They're not. I don't do much gaming on my tablet but if I want to I've got Civilisation Revolution, Football Manager Handheld, Great Big War Game, KOTOR, Broken Sword, Ace Attorney etc.

Developers of mobile games have grasped the same thing as Nintendo I.e. Mobile gaming needs to be easy to pick up and play but can have depth.

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#17

electrolite77 commented on Stats Suggest That UK Kids Are More Likely To ...:

Over powering denial in here.

In the real world, people are buying tablets because cheap Android tablets are cheaper than handheld games consoles, have cheaper software and are much more versatile. That's why the handheld Console market is contracting.

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#19

electrolite77 commented on The Unreleased Super Mario 64 DD Edition Appea...:

@BlackHearted1

Not a lot. They were right not to release it, add-on units always struggle because they split the potential customer base. Do you develop for the,say,50% of N64 owners who have a disk drive or do you develop for the 100% of N64 owners who have a N64? Easy decision. See:Mega-CD,32X,Kinect etc

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#20

electrolite77 commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Discusses Future Cross-Platfo...:

@outburst

I don't get your first point at all. There's no profit to be made from a user reselling a console with digital software on it, they're not collectable. Nobody is going to pay more than those games are available for on the eshop. Plus given it's Nintendo's choice to tie digital downloads to hardware so if people choose to sell their hardware with the digital downloads on it, that's their call. If that user then rebuys that Nintendo machine they have to pay again so why would Nintendo care either way?

Ultimately what Nintendo need is a proper Account system. Not locking software to the hardware.Another failing. Nintendo can't use one failing to excuse another.

As for Pullblox, the point is they know that the user has bought the 3DS game and can offer the discount. So the point made by @Tlink7 stands. Forget whether the code or the OS is the same, Nintendo could offer Cross Buy now if they wanted. If a user buys a game on the Wii U, they get the equivalent on 3DS. Sony are using this to tie users into their ecosystem and Nintendo are completely missing out, like they did with achievements/trophies and Friends Lists.

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#22

electrolite77 commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Discusses Future Cross-Platfo...:

@outburst

No it isn't. It's like you buy a game on one Nintendo console and get it on another Nintendo console. The code for this exists already (see Pullblox World offer) they just don't want to do it because they think people will pay over and over for the same game and it will make them more money

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#23

electrolite77 commented on The Nintendo 64 is Now 18 Years Old in Japan:

@minotaurgamer

Nobody said CD would have guaranteed success but it would have helped with third-party support, and CD's had nothing to do with the failure of the Saturn in fact without CD's it would have flopped even harder.

You've also missed the main reason Nintendo went for cartridges which is money. Bigger royalties, paranoia over piracy, complete control over the format and more profit from manufacturing. So yes actually conservatism and stubbornness played a part.

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#34

electrolite77 commented on Nintendo Looking To Grow Wii U Audience To Tem...:

@IceClimbers

I think the image is part of it too but like the hardware differential, can be fixed. Nintendo releasing things like the games you mentioned indicates that Nintendo know that.

Reduce the extra development costs and the risk is less, so the danger of not selling due to Nintendo's perceived image is less. Nintendo release more (and I sigh as I put this but can't think of a better word) 'mature' games and the customer base will shift to some degree. If Nintendo keep doing that at the launch of their next machine, it shifts further. If Nintendo at some point are willing to invest in third-party exclusives, even better.

The way the market is going (contracting hugely in retail terms) to me represents opportunity for Nintendo rather than a dead end. They've got first and second party and are making inroads into the Indie scene, it's just the third party issue.

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#35

electrolite77 commented on Review: Another World - 20th Anniversary Editi...:

@dereq

OK developers set the prices. I never denied that. But they're not on a level playing field across the formats as you yourself acknowledge. Whether it be licensing fees,Economies of scale,infrastructure or how the platform holders have driven their online marketplace.

As for the Account issue, come on. You're actually talking about identity theft there. There is security in place and there are ways of retrieving your accounts. You can insure your hardware all you want but if your Sony, Apple or Google hardware gets stolen, once the insurance pays out you can get your old digital purchases back. You'll be lucky if Nintendo even acknowledge you, let alone give you a penny back. Trust me, I've been there.

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#36

electrolite77 commented on Review: Another World - 20th Anniversary Editi...:

@Morph

They're a consumer business, in fact, quite a ruthless one when it comes to driving profits. They have investors and are on the stock market. Without revenue they blink out of existence.

If they are consistently losing potential revenue to a competitor they are duty bound to try and stop that. As nice at is to think Nintendo HQ is like Willy Wonka's Chocolate factory (being able to keep a bit of distance and their identity is one of their strengths) they don't exist in a bubble and they need customers so they need to know what customers want.

This isn't about infringing on the creative process, it's helping them by letting them know they're losing money because of a better deal elsewhere.

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#37

electrolite77 commented on Review: Another World - 20th Anniversary Editi...:

@Sampras

No I'm expressing my opinion. Which it seems to be controversial to some.

You're making the assumption that how a person decides where they purchase a piece of video game software-a piece of consumer produce nobody actually needs-in any way relates to how motivated by money they are in any other walk of life. It's a bizarre but amusing attempt at an analogy.

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#39

electrolite77 commented on Nintendo Looking To Grow Wii U Audience To Tem...:

@CaviarMeths

It's not just that, it's business. Yes, a lot developers want to work on the most powerful hardware because the results of their work look better. But money talks. If there are three machines very similar so you can share the development costs between them formats it makes sense to do that.

Then there's a fourth machine which is architecturally different and relatively under-powered so it needs time and effort to produce an inferior version which, because it's inferior, won't sell. From a business perspective, Nintendo have made the Wii U very unattractive. They've painted themselves into a corner but hopefully they'll learn from those mistakes next generation.

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#40

electrolite77 commented on Philips Secures Wii Patent Victory Over Ninten...:

@Rukiafan

The don't make many consumer products anymore, that's why. They make their money now from lighting and healthcare equipment (which is high margin). Funny thing is, I've been in the hospital a lot recently with my pregnant wife and when I noticed a couple of the machines (including one they use to trace the baby's heartbeat) were Philips I actually thought 'hey, there's a name I haven't seen in a while' :-)

http://www.whathifi.com/blog/is-philips-flogging-off-the-family-silver-no-its-just-going-back-to-where-they-started

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#42

electrolite77 commented on Nintendo Looking To Grow Wii U Audience To Tem...:

Good to hear. Nintendo needs third-party support. They may not get much for the Wii U but they can be building relationships for their next machine.

There's an opportunity there. Development of AAA games gets more expensive all the time. If Nintendo can fix their hardware and online infrastructure so adding another format costs as little as possible it'll be irresistible to publishers. A powerful machine with the big third-party games and Nintendo's own output would be a very attractive prospect

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#45

electrolite77 commented on Philips Secures Wii Patent Victory Over Ninten...:

I'm actually embarrassed by some of the posting on here. Petulant, childish and ill-informed.

Phillips is a company with a market value twice that of Nintendo's that made $1.55bn profit last year on revenue of $30.97bn. They employ over 115000 people. Yet according to posters on here they are 'irrelevant', 'a dying company' who 'can only stay relevant by using other companies' and 'can't compete with Sony' and the likes. There isn't a face palm picture that does it justice.

http://www.forbes.com/companies/philips/

http://www.forbes.com/companies/nintendo/

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#46

electrolite77 commented on Review: Another World - 20th Anniversary Editi...:

@Morph

So, if by your own admission they are aware of fans wanting a better Account system, how do you think they became aware of it? Because of customers telling them it isn't good enough. Saying it will be fixed is meaningless to all but the very naive, until it's fixed then people are going to continue to tell them it isn't good enough.

Further, it isn't just about this one game, this one game is another representation of the issue, that's why it comes up so often. It's absurd to claim that a consumer electronics company doesn't care about missing out on revenue. That's the thing they care about the most.

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#48

electrolite77 commented on Review: Another World - 20th Anniversary Editi...:

@Morph

To be honest that's terrible advice. According to you there's no point saying anything because it won't change anything? That's one in the eye for history that's for sure.

Also a statement that doesn't reflect very well on Nintendo as a company if they ignore their customers like you say. You sit on your hands and accept if you want. Myself and others will do the heavy lifting by spending money elsewhere and letting them know. Now, I wonder which is best for Nintendo and it's customers? My advice to you is if you don't like discussion of what Nintendo are doing and where they fall short on a Nintendo fan site, to ignore it and play your games in blissful unawareness...

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#49

electrolite77 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Successfully Wooed Som...:

@Action51

The Xbox 1 has taken an out and out slating from most of the media. Only with E3 this year have they started to turn it round. Meanwhile on multi-format sites the lack of exclusives on the PS4 is already a joke on Forums. While at Christmas last year the likes of Eurogamer and Edge did articles about how the Wii U was the best buy around.

This 'the world is against Nintendo' thing comes across as a bit paranoid and inaccurate. Fans of every format think the media shows 'teh bias' against their machine. It's like in football where every fan of every team thinks heir team gets all the bad decisions. It just isn't true.

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#50

electrolite77 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Successfully Wooed Som...:

@IceClimbers

To be fair you've left off all the multi-platform games for the XB1/PS4/PC that are going to be huge.

@Mahe re. The 2015 line-up being terrible. If you're going to be an effective troll you've got to keep it realistic. That one is just going too far, you've shown yourself up as trying too hard. Just a tip.

@Yorumi I totally agree about the lack of diversity in the systems first 18 months. In fact overall I think Nintendo's own output in that time was poor by their own high standards. They look to be gathering serious momentum now though.