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Thu 6th August, 2009

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electrolite77 commented on Mario Memories: Basking in the Glow of Super M...:

While its currently the 6th best 3D Mario platformer out of 6, its still a very good game. I do think though that it's aching for a remake. HD graphics,an improved camera, tweaks to the gameplay, rejigging of the blue coins. Plenty they could do with it to justify the effort and genuinely improve the game.



electrolite77 commented on Shovel Knight amiibo Confirms "Evolving" Relat...:


"I find it funny to see raging fanboys who 2 years ago preached about how awesome Nintendo was that they were so good about DLC and decried all other systems and are now ardently defending the same practice because it's Nintendo."

Nail on the head. It seems some peoples ability to appraise something Nintendo do starts and ends with "Nintendo do it, therefore its OK, and I must defend them for it no matter what"



electrolite77 commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against am...:

This will appeal to those who want to unlock on-disc DLC that's been hidden behind an £11 (minimum) toy purchase, if you can find the right toy. If Nintendo had the sense to just sell the DLC seperately it wouldn't be needed.

It will also appeal to the subset of people who would like to keep their Amiibo boxed but still access the extra on-disc content they've paid for on top of the game. Again, this could have been avoided.



electrolite77 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Dismissal of Chris P...:

I feel for the guy, especially carrying that responsibility of supporting a family. However....I like my job, I worked hard to get qualified and its paying for our mortgage, for my wife to stay at home with our Son and everything else we need. You know what I say about my employer on Social Media? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. It seems so obvious. I don't think he gave them much choice.



electrolite77 commented on Mario Memories: Being Taken To A New World In ...:

A beautiful, glorious game. Shame they couldn't quite reach the same heights with Mario 3D World but everyone has peaks. SMG is definitely one of Nintendo's. I'd love to see a HD, waggle free remaster.

One of the best games I've ever played for taking you out of real life. When I was having a bad time after a personal tragedy in 2012 it was the sights and sounds of Mario Galaxy that got my mind off things.



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo: Wii U GamePad Is The Only Real Innov...:

This is meant to be a defence of the Gamepad? It comes across as a damning indictment of it. Nintendo were daft enough to release a console that had a gimmick they themselves didn't know how to use. What's the point in that then? Be driven by quality software not hardware innovation for innovations sake.

As a postscript, it isn't even that innovative. It distills what they'd done before with the GBA-GC link and DS. The Dreamcast had a second screen 16 years ago. The innovation here is only in a company trying to get people to buy a console that has a USP that same company can't explain the value of. Amazing.



electrolite77 commented on Chris Pranger From Nintendo Treehouse Discusse...:

OK then.

Why not release games with subtitles? Nintendo refuse to do anything other than subs in Zelda.

Why not release niche games digitally? Fatal Frame looks like they're close to grasping the concept.

Why not DITCH THE REGION LOCK THEN? if Nintendo don't want to release a game in a territory allow fans to import it.

Or even, why not take a hit every now send then? Lose a few quid on a niche title to keep your fanbase happy. See the big picture. Madness I know but others will happily take that fanbase away



electrolite77 commented on Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated ...:


"As a true and dedicated gamer I commit myself to buy all platforms each generation so that I don't have to worry about coveting what I'm not getting."

Agree with this. I don't understand shutting yourself off from games unless of course you can't afford it. I currently have GC, Wii, Xbox, low end gaming laptop (for strategy games), Vita, 3DS, Wikipad (for portable emulation), PS3, Wii U and PS4. I also have a full time shift work job, a wife and a 1-year-old so gaming time is limited. Yet....each time we're out shopping I find myself looking covetously at the XB1. When my wife asked me why I couldn't really explain beyond its a games machine....So I want one.



electrolite77 commented on Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated ...:


Fair enough. I just think they stopped because the machine stopped selling. Nintendo were very bad at getting behind it in the first few months too whether it be with quality releases, advertising or even explaining what the machine is. Add to that the time and cost accusations of a quirky architecture and low sales was always going to be a show stopper.



electrolite77 commented on Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated ...:

The reason is pretty obvious. Nintendo doesn't do market oversaturation, you'll get maybe one entry in a series per system; possibly two, whereas you can guarantee multiple franchise entries from publishers on other consoles as quickly as they can churn them out. How many Call of Duty, Battlefield, Halo, Gears of War, Need for Speed games are out on PS360 right now?."

Plenty but I don't see how that affects anything. I don't like Animal Crossing or Smash Bros or COD or the majority of FPS in fact. I just don't buy them. Every machine ever is going to have lots of games an individual doesn't like. They don't make the games that individual wants less playable. Similarly I can understand getting bored of franchise overkill but just stop buying them. There being two other Zelda games on 3DS doesn't make A Link Between World's worse and Jak and Daxter didn't become any less sublime a platformer because they put out two different sequels.

"And yes, I'm fully aware of the gems from the PS2/GameCube era, but I've moved on since then and I don't feel the poorer for missing those. Another era of 3D gaming with a dual-stick joypad didn't have any draw for me and I had other priorities, what can I say?"

Fair enough. It just seems inconsistent to say you've purchased one system because of interesting quality titles but ignored others that have them, suggesting the don't.

"I also know there's more to the PS/360 than the three genres I named, but those are far and away the dominant ones and they are the most-promoted and biggest draws on the systems, you cannot deny that. If those kinds of games disappeared from those machines tomorrow I guarantee sales would crash through the floor."

I don't deny it but again don't see the relevance. Poor sales doesn't affect the existing Wii U library.

It seems you're reverse engineering a set of criteria to avoid saying "I like Nintendo and have shut myself off to what others offer" lest fanboy accusation follow. Don't be shy man, we're all friends here.



electrolite77 commented on Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated ...:


"We WiiU owners wanted the NEW games that were coming to the ps360 in 2012/13 not ports of old games with less content."

Assassins Creed 4, Batman Arkham Origins, Rayman Legends, COD Ghosts, Splinter Cell Blacklist all launched at the same time as on other formats. Ass Creed 3, Tekken Tag 2, Darksiders 2 were only late because of the Wii U's launch date. Sonic Racing, Need for Speed and Deus Ex were late but improved to the status of best version.



electrolite77 commented on Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated ...:


They put shovelware on Wii because thats what sold. The likes of Zack and Wiki, Okami, No More Heroes 2, Red Steel 2, Boy and His Blob, Dead Space Extraction, Speed Racer, Muramasa etc. struggled while endless dodgy minigame collections and dancing games sold. Also I'm not sure about them not building on Resi and COD successes on the Wii. The two Resi on-rails shooters are good, the Cube games got ports and there are 5 COD games on the Wii.



electrolite77 commented on Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated ...:


"As long as the big "AAA" publishers keep relying upon endless franchise entries and similarly-themed games I'm not buying their stuff; as long as Nintendo keeps putting out interesting quality titles I'll keep buying their stuff. Pretty simple!"

But you're happy with Nintendo putting out sequel after update after sequel? And you dropped out of gaming to miss out on the PS2 and GC with their tons of interesting quality titles that weren't endless franchise entries? You think PS360 just have racers, sports games and actions shooters?

There isn't a bit of this that makes sense. Bit of research needed here chief.



electrolite77 commented on Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated ...:


Read my original post. I said the blame had to be shared around as it does. If consumers don't buy a good game its their fault. While I acknowledge the effect of marketing which was brought into the debate by another poster it doesn't excuse consumers not getting themselves informed enough therefore they are their share of responsibility.



electrolite77 commented on Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated ...:


Well yeah of course the most advertised games are often the biggest sellers. There's no secret there and its also the case on Nintendo platforms. There will always be flops too, I'm not saying every single third party game on PS or XBox is a success. However due in whatever proportion to their hardware, their licensing fees and business proposition, their fanbase or their willingness to advertise third-party games Sony and MS platforms are generally far more receptive. Thats why they get a lot more support whether at retail or the massive indie support for PS4. The numbers don't lie.



electrolite77 commented on Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated ...:


"I wish I was PS4 or Xbone fan, because they at least don't have to deal with this..."
Hahahaha what? I assume that's a joke but I don't get it


Get up any day of the week, decide that day to support either MS, Sony or Nintendo and go round a few games sites on the internet. You'll be having your stomach pumped by midday.



electrolite77 commented on Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated ...:

Poor article pandering to the zealot mentality. In reality the blame for the consistent lack of third-party software on Nintendo can be shared around:-

The Software Co's themselves. Particularly EA (though FIFA did at least use the Gamepad well) stuffed the launch line up with lazy ports. The PS4 and XB1 launches didn't look much different either. Of course it's a big ask these days to fund exclusive software for a machine with no guarantee of success but the.likes of ME3 were shoddy.

Nintendo. They may not be outright hostile to third-party pubs like they were in the Yamauchi era (see the antitrust cases and the 'Dream Team' farce) but indifference isn't great progress. They talked the talk about support for Wii U then launched an under-powered machine with different architecture and a quirky controller that for all it does have, missed things like analogue triggers. Also, while third parties were knocking out ports for Wii U's launch Nintendo weren't exactly selling the machine, launching with a minigame collection that utterly missed any Wii Sports system-selling quality and a cookie cutter Mario platformer 3 months after the last one.

Nintendo fans. They've constantly ignored third party games. Not just the ports on Wii U that got left on the shelf because of missing DLC (even though buying those games on Nintendo platforms would have supported the company they proclaim to love) but plenty of original, exclusive, well targeted third-party games have fallen by the wayside. From Zack and Wiki to Spacestation Silicon Valley, Rocket to Viewtiful Joe, Billy Hatcher to A Boy and His Blob to Muramasa to Red Steel 2 to Little Kings Story to Glover to Sega Soccer Slam its happened time and again.

I suppose I'd best include Sony and Microsoft in that for having the temerity to produce popular machines that are fairly developer-friendly and having fanbases that buy more software than just that produced by the platform holder.



electrolite77 commented on Exclusive: Project CARS "Simply Too Much For W...:


"We should make them fear us even more and MAKE THEM SWEAT about even thinking developing with Nintendo." That's crazxy. It's the opposite of what needs to happen. But given the way Nintendo fans have ignored third-party games over the years, even quality exclusives, mission accomplished.



electrolite77 commented on Negative Reception For Devil's Third Is Due To...:


He's wrong too. Plus that's not really relevant to this article where describing DT as PS2 era comes across as no more than uncharacteristic and unsavoury petulance. If they'd compared it to some dreadful early PS3 game like Haze fair enough but that wouldn't satisfy the wounded pride of a gaming journalist.



electrolite77 commented on Splatoon Splats Top 10 NPD Position in June as...:


It is still great news though, another big IP feather in the cap. The sequel on NX will be an attention grabber. Hopefully it'll encourage more new IP from the Big N.


Sony said PS4 hardware was profitable in the middle of last year. Microsoft have been having to almost give the XB1 away but will make a lot back from XBox Live


That sentence has been doing the rounds since the N64 days just with different games names and different months.