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Thu 6th August, 2009

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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.



electrolite77 commented on Turns Out The GameCube Controller Adapter Won'...:

Oh for Fu.... I pre-ordered one earlier today. Better cancel that then. Less of my money for Nintendo then. Again.

@Yorumi "The reason this is getting to me is because with nintendo it's just death by a thousand cuts". Exactly. Couldn't have put it better. Add to their recent idiocy the delay of Toad in Europe until the New Year. There comes a point for everyone where the quality of their games stops balancing out their customer gouging and general incompetence. I'm pretty much there.



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo Download: 9th October (Europe):


"the policies are EXACTLY the same". No they are not. I had a Wii and a PS3 stolen. I bought a new PS3 and simply downloaded my old games onto it. I emailed Sony, they deactivated my old one.

I bought a new Wii, couldn't download any of my old games, emailed Nintendo twice, they didn't respond, spoke to them on the phone, they told me all my old games were lost. Ludicrous Customer 'Service'

"You do know you can have just one of each system active on your account at a time, right?"

Not true. You can have two PS3's for game content. You can have two portables also.

"You think they care?
Nintendo doesn't sell hardware with downloadable games."

So your defence of them is to admit that they don't care about the people who would buy VC games, i.e. long-term, long-suffering fans. Not sure they'll thank you for that one. Nintendo is a profit-driven company, they care about every penny. They're just incompetent.



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo 64x64: GoldenEye 007:

An all-time classic. Graphics were superb for their time, the sound fantastic, level design peerless and then there was the multiplayer. It single handedly sold the N64 to many people. Good job it didn't finish up as a Virtua Cop-style rail shooter as originally planned.

It's legend will only grow as it languishes in legal hell, never receiving an update.



electrolite77 commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014 - Fal...:


That's exactly the problem. Quality is all well and good but when other machines have quality AND quantity you're going to struggle. There are a lot of sequels and updates on the other machines but then Nintendo are touting a Smash sequel, a Bayonetta sequel and a reskinned musou game. It's been a very slow year. DKC, Mario Kart, then 4 games at Christmas (3 if you live in Europe). Not really good enough.



electrolite77 commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014 - Fal...:

This is the Wii U's third Christmas (look at the N64 in 1998 for example)and it should have been hitting it's stride. Instead we've got a disappointing and thin line up. Next year should be better thankfully but the Big N have really taken their eye off the ball.



electrolite77 commented on Super Smash Bros. Slams the Competition Yet Ag...:


"Sony spent millions on a national advertisement campaign on primetime tv to sell 10 000 extra consoles and 100 000 games. They lost more than they made."


"It probably only cost 2 million for nintendo to pay the rest of the development costs"


"Fatal frame is dirt cheap. They both made money."




electrolite77 commented on Nintendo 64x64: Forsaken:

Can't help but get wistfully nostalgic about the game that introduced me to motion sickness. The 10 minutes I played it before almost throwing up were great....



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo 64x64: F-Zero X:


The N64 was not a "generational leap" beyond PS1. It was chronologically between PS1 and PS2 but so close to PS1 it was very obviously the same (fifth) generation.

"They were 32 bit, 64 was 64 bit, ps2 was 128 bit. Just a fact that shows what I'm talking about". Bits mean very little. See, PC Engine, Atari Jaguar. They're a tiny part of a machines architecture.

"Final fantasy is nearly unplayable. Metal gear would have been infinitely better if developed for n64, FACT". A common internet mistake there, that's an opinion not a fact.

"resident evil 2 proved that point". All Resident Evil 2 proves is that the N64 is very definitely not a generational leap beyond PS1 though with a big cartridge the N64 can get close to replicating a game originally on CD.

"CD based gaming seem like a backward step." Actually it seemed exactly the opposite at the time. Cartridge loaded instantly but it severely restricted the N64's software library due to cost and added difficulty fitting games onto the restrictive storage available. Cheap CD manufacture allowed the publishing of a much bigger third-party library and quirky titles like Parappa, Kurushi, Tomba, Devil Dice etc. because there wasn't as much risk involved.

"There is the same comparative between the ps3, wii u and ps4 as there was between PsOne, n64 and ps2." There is no comparison between N64 and PS2.

"The N64 fell into exactly the same generational slot then as the wii u does today" No it doesn't. The Wii U is comfortably the weakest of its generation, the N64 was the most powerful of its generation.

"n64 was (most powerful) until ps2 came out.". No it wasn't, the Dreamcast was released in December 1998 and comfortably surpassed N64.

I love the N64, possibly my favourite console, but let's not get carried away about its place in gaming history. It had its strengths but also its weaknesses compared to its competitors.



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo 64x64: F-Zero X:


Woah woah woah. As fantastic as the N64 was it never looked a generation beyond the Playstation or even the Saturns best e.g. Metal Gear Solid, Tekken 3, Gran Turismo, Radiant Silvergun, Sonic R. N64 was king of the generation but nowhere near Dreamcast/PS2.



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo 64x64: F-Zero X:

Utterly utterly sublime game. The peak of the series, GX doesn't coime close. The balance of handling, speed and track design in F-Zero X is almost without compare in any racing series ever.



electrolite77 commented on Nintendo 64x64: F1 World Grand Prix:

Very very harsh. It doesn't look great these days as realistic type racers are easily surpassed as technology improves but at the time it was stunning. Released around the same time as ISS 98 (same week in the UK if I remember right) and just before 1080, Tyrol 2 and Wipeout 64 it did wonders for the N64's image, showing it wasn't just Nintendo-style whimsy on the machine.

Memorable ad too....
F-1 World Grand Prix - Nintendo 64 TV Commercial …:



electrolite77 commented on Wii U Version of Watch Dogs to Miss Out on DLC:

Third party games don't sell on Nintendo....third parties don't get behind Nintendo consoles....Nintendo fans get upset and don't buy third party games....third parties don't release any games....

The circle of life continues