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Thu 6th August, 2009

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electrolite77 commented on Satoru Iwata States That Around 5.7 Million am...:


That's what I think. Late 2016/early 2017 if it's two hardware launches. Nintendo is obviously looking to replace the Wii U as it isn't doing very well. They have to consider that if they replace the Wii U too early they'll upset some current owners but that isn't really that many people and a lot of them are the Nintendo zealots who'll buy anything Nintendo put out and in reality would buy the next machine without blinking. 4 years for a struggling machine would be pretty good-it's a longer life than the Dreamcast or Saturn managed, and on a par with the original Xbox.



electrolite77 commented on Feature: 20 Wii Games We'd Love To Download Fr...:

Good list.

Personally, I'd lean towards those games with Classic Controller support so they can be properly played on the Gamepad. So I'd like....

A Boy and his Blob
Conduit 2
Endless Ocean 2
Fire Emblem
The Last Story
No More Heroes 2
Resident Evil 4
Sonic Colours

Also, though unlikely due to them potentially cannibalising other sales, Xenoblade Chronicles and Super Mario All Stars

There's a few on Wiiware like Retro City Rampage. Some hack for the N64 VC would be splendid too.



electrolite77 commented on Talking Point: The New Nintendo 3DS Could Be a...:

@ryanator008 @ryanator008

Do you work for Nintendo? It's the only explanation I can come up with for your blind belief that everything Nintendo does it right and other people's opinions-Nintendos customers remember-'make no sense' or that they should 'get bigger pockets' to accommodate Nintendo not giving them the product they wanted.

These analysts-the folks who 'know what they're doing' in your head-are helping to oversee a flop home Console, a handheld Console that had a dreadful launch and though recovered is selling much less than it's predecessor, recently annoyed a lot of their customers with this new 3DS launch and failing to launch games on the Wii, and three years of losses for the company. Don't try and hold them up as infallible and right, and the customer as wrong. It simply doesn't add up.



electrolite77 commented on Talking Point: The New Nintendo 3DS Could Be a...:


Nintendo should be very worried that people are thinking like this.

The zealots who want to protect their beloved Nintendo by telling others to be quiet aren't helping Nintendo. If the company makes a decision that could lose them money and customers it actually helps if people let them know. After that if they don't listen, take your money elsewhere.



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo of America Issues Non-Statement on th...:


But people should be complaining. Not just to Nintendo but any business that doesn't provide a satisfactory product. Letting companies know that you're not happy is actually much more valuable information than just quietly witholding your cash and spending it elsewhere. The right to complain is one of the most valuable rights a consumer has.



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo of America Issues Non-Statement on th...:

Things I don't understand

1) Why Nintendo have done this. Another awful decision from them.

2) Why Nintendo has allowed things in the States to get to the stage where fans in what is consistently the territory that supports Nintendo best are so disenchanted with Nintendos 'expert' decision making.

3) The arrogant rudeness of posters dismissing people's disappointment out of hand. Sample quotes - "Who cares. Most people wouldn't have bought it anyways." "Consumers are like small children". "They should phase out the smaller models. They're pointless when you've got a far superior one sitting next to it ". The utterly illogical "You must've never wanted a New 3DS at all, if only having the XL available at launch is a deal-breaker." "Entitled, much?" (Well yes actually. Very much so). Some very poor and disappointing stuff on this thread.



electrolite77 commented on Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 14t...:

They're always a bit of a rollercoaster these Directs. GOOD - new Fire Emblem, BAD - it's not for Wii U. GOOD - STEAM looks great, GOOD - Majoras Mask looks great. BAD - Xenoblade 3D looks awful. GOOD - Means I still have no interest in the new 3DS. GOOD - Launch date for the new hardware with big games alongside. BAD - Nintendo aims gun at foot and doesn't launch the regular New 3DS in the US. GOOD - Puzzles and Dragons launch. BAD - F2P? Stop it. Right on . GOOD - details on Mario Party 10 and Splattoon launch dates. BAD - no mention of Mario Maker or Yoshi. BAD - no Kirby release date in Europe so no Wii U releases in March despite other regions getting it. Don't start this c**p again, Nintendo. GOOD - Cross buy at last. GOOD - Wii games finally playable from Wii U menu. GOOD - great launch prices BAD - no upscaling or Wii Remote substitution with the Gamepad. BAD - once they had these consoles called the N64 and the Gamecube....

And so on. Don't care about Amibo though I worry about it becoming a way of selling DLC that should be available to everyone. Extra mode in Captain Toad? Hmmm. I'll reserve judgement on Project Treasure until I see more. Ace Combat and Ironfall don't move me really. Good Direct overall, the usual mix of good and bad with the good carrying the greater weight this time



electrolite77 commented on Reaction: Nintendo Direct Went Crazy With Reve...:

@Monkeh @Superstick

There will always be someone on here who'll defend anything Nintendo do no matter how stupid the decision or how much money it'll cost them. Even if they have to resort to telling people what model of New 3DS they want to buy, with the astonishing suggestion that it's the customer that's wrong because it can't possibly be Nintendo. Sad, but that's what zealots do



electrolite77 commented on Wii Disc Software Heading to the Wii U eShop:

Ignoring the continuing disappointment at the lack of Gamecube games I'm pleased they've done this, it should have happened a long time ago. There are a few Wii games I'd pay £9 for-Fire Emblem, Xenoblade Chronicles (especially as the 3DS port looks dreadful and will not be persuading me to buy any new hardware), The Last Story, Endless Ocean 2, Wario Land and a couple of the New Play Control games spring to mind. Also seems a golden opportunity to finally release Excitebots in Europe too.



electrolite77 commented on Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars Due in Ma...:

Finally, some acknowledgment of the idea of Cross Buy or at least multi-platform purchases. An opportunity that Nintendo have been ignoring for too long. Game looks good too, I'll be buying this though it's a shame game saves aren't shared between versions



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo Reveals New Range, Details and Compat...:

"find it annoying that you may have to purchase certain amiibo for certain functionality"

Yeah that. Having to buy a toy to unlock extra content in a game is no better than having to pay extra for DLC. Don't head down this road Nintendo (and don't even get me started on 'Free to Play')



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 14th January, Wi...:


I've never seen the business case for Nintendo going third-party. Personally I wouldn't mind as long as they could keep the same quality level. I could just buy one console with Nintendo stuff and all the third-party goodness. But it isn't going to happen. If the Wii U, 3DS and their next hardware turns a profit they will keep on making it.

If they go third-party they would they make on hardware, money they make on peripherals, cost-savings from knowing the intricacies of their own hardware, third-party licensing revenue and the chance that their next gimmick could be a runaway success like the Wii. They would have to shut down their hardware making facilities. They would have to give up a slice of every game sale to Sony/MS.

Parallels with Sega are there but they stop at the big comparisons-profit and debt. Nintendo have a heck of a lot of work to do, they've made a complete mess of the Wii U. I believe they face the prospect of a dwindling fanbase. However, going third-party is not the solution and isn't likely to be for a long time.



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 14th January, Wi...:

Release dates please. Imminent ones for Kirby, Splattoon, Yoshi, MM3D maybe Devils Third. If the European dates are much delayed me and you are falling out Nintendo. A Western release for Fatal Frame 5 would be great too. Won't get my hopes up though.



electrolite77 commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Holds Top 20 Posit...:


Total opposite near me. My local GAME (Glasgow Braehead) only has a small Nintendo section dwarved by MS and Sony. No Wii U demo pod. HMV is the same, Nintendo are just the end of a bay, both 3DS and Wii U. The only Wii U demo pod I know of nearby is Toys R Us in Govan, can't think of any in Glasgow City Centre.


I think the charts unfortunately are a better measure. Word of mouth is totally anecdotal. I haven't heard anyone mention Smash Bros or Captain Toad though MK8 got a fair bit of attention.

Overall I'm not surprised to see Captain Toad drop. It was only ever going to be niche title and the launch in the UK was a complete farce. I wouldn't imagine it'll have to sell many to be profitable as it won't have cost much to make.



electrolite77 commented on Digital Foundry Ponders Next-Gen Hardware Opti...:


Yeah sorry, poor wording on my part. I meant separating it all from the hardware, going to a proper (this is the word I was trying to avoid) cloud-based account with VC and any other back-compatibility they can manage transferring straight over to the new hardware iOS style. I think that, along with Gamecube VC and a decent launch line-up would sell the new system to the Nintendo hardcore even if it launched as early as 2016.



electrolite77 commented on Digital Foundry Ponders Next-Gen Hardware Opti...:


A few points of reply

"Also, last gen, PS3 was in third place up until the end of 2013, but does anyone think the PS3 was/is a flop?" No but at the end of 2008 when the PS3 was as old as the Wii U is now, the PS3 had sold over 21 million machines twice what the Wii U has done.

"If they launch the next home console sometime in 2017, that will give them at least, 5-8 years on the others" MS and Sony talk about a 10-year lifespan but that doesn't mean they won't launch new hardware sooner-they're still selling PS3's and 360's now along the newer machines. If they thought power was the reason Nintendo were (hypothetically) outselling them they would launch new hardware themselves.

"3rd party devs are going to come drooling back to Nintendo with their next console" That is only going to happen if Nintendo get the system architecture, price and most importantly launch line up absolutely right. A group of big first and second party titles at launch. Nintendos recent track record when it comes to these things is not good

"Nintendo could reduce the price of the Wii U by say, 50 U.K. pounds, and they will fly off the shelves." That's guesswork really. I suspect if Nintendo really thought that was the case they'd have done it.

"We already know Smash has sold at least 2 million consoles in North America alone". Link please, I can't find anything via Google. "I had a PS4 until a month ago. Apart from The Last of Us, which I claim to be the best video game of all time, there was/is nothing to play" I have a PS4 and Wii U and have to disagree with that wholeheartedly. All opinions though of course

"1080p 60fps....something the 360 and PS3 did a better job at". That isn't true. Very few games on PS3 are 1080 60fps
"the Wii U is their first HD console. In the time they have had, they have come a long way" They should have been much better prepared. When they launched the Wii they would have known their next Console would be HD and should have been ready to go by 2012.

"out of the three, Nintendo is the only one that has the money to turn things around.....FACT"
Not a fact really. Sorry it just annoys me a bit when people claim 'FACT' when it isn't



electrolite77 commented on Digital Foundry Ponders Next-Gen Hardware Opti...:


Nintendo don't need to replace the Wii U for financial reasons but for business reasons. They're walking a tightrope. Yes replacing the Wii U a bit early may upset some of the machines current owners but they've also got to look at the millions of people who aren't buying it. They could even release their new hardware and support the Wii U if they were that concerned.

Personally I think it more likely that finally uniting software purchases onto the NNID account rather than hardware and allowing people to take large amounts of their software onto the new machine will prove attractive enough to bring the Nintendo hardcore (the people who've bought Wii U's) across to the new machines. Especially if they get the launch line up right.



electrolite77 commented on Digital Foundry Ponders Next-Gen Hardware Opti...:


You've got me thinking about the power issue there. It could be that Nintendo looking for a truly integrated solution is designed to do away with the idea of console generations altogether. By which I mean to move to a situation like the IPad/IPhone where hardware is released more frequently with less dramatic leaps in power than we're used to between console generations. The new hardware still runs all the old games, even giving some of them a boost in resolution or framerate but software developers can aim for the new standard knowing it will still run on the old hardware (or handheld systems), just less impressively. That way it doesn't matter if a PS5 or new XBox leapfrogs Nintendo in 2019, Nintendo just release a more powerful machine. Let's face it, Nintendo love their hardware iterations, but they've had consistent issues launching consoles with a good enough range of software. This could be what they're aiming for.



electrolite77 commented on Digital Foundry Ponders Next-Gen Hardware Opti...:


Certainly plenty of questions yes. It could be of course that none of us are anywhere near. If Nintendo are really combining their output onto one system then to me that means we'll get the properly designed portable software that they're renowned for, it just happens to play on a Home Console too. I trust their software to make more sense of it than Sony were able to by trying to shoehorn Home Console software that was too ambitious for a portable machine onto hardware that couldn't cope.



electrolite77 commented on Digital Foundry Ponders Next-Gen Hardware Opti...:


Sorry guys but there is not a chance Nintendo will stick with Wii U until 2018 unless it suddenly starts selling vastly more than it is now. It's tracking behind Gamecube, Dreamcast, N64. I think it's only just ahead of the Saturn. It simply isn't selling enough or making enough money. Nintendo can't afford to wait. My money's on a late-2016/early 2017 launch for new hardware ( or handheld in late 16, home Console early 17 if they still have separate hardware)