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gatorboi352 commented on You Can Now Buy A Replacement Wii U GamePad On...:

"which is on the expensive side, but you have to remember there is a lot of tech in here."

This needs to stop. The tech, already dated in 2012, is dirt cheap any more. This controller shouldn't still cost $108 just like Nintendo's 1st party titles don't deserve to cost $59.99 5 years after release.



gatorboi352 commented on EA CFO Explains Why the Company Doesn't Make W...:

So many butthurt NDFers in here with some silly beliefs on the way the industry works.

Terms like "lying" and name calling just shows how foolish you guys are. Remove your emotion from the picture and you will begin to understand.



gatorboi352 commented on Feature: Reflecting On Three Years With The Wi...:

@DoctorWily "but I love when I can also plug it in to the armrest on my flight and take my HD gaming to the skies."

While cool, if not a little clunky, the irony here is that the GamePad screen outputs in 480p so technically your HD gaming on the go is not so much that. Still, I have kind of wanted to hook my Wii U up in my car for my son on road trips, but I fear he will destroy the (irreplaceable) GamePad.



gatorboi352 commented on Feature: Reflecting On Three Years With The Wi...:

@Yorumi yeah... yeah it is. But, after 3 years with mine I am too ready for NX. The Smartphone industry is changing the game with new iterations of their phones every 12 months. Home consoles are going to need to start adapting to consumers newly found purchasing habits; if the consumer is willing to spend $600 every year or two on the latest version of the iPad then you bet they will want the latest game consoles.

If I were Nintendo I would release the successor to the NX 2 or 3 years from the release of NX and make it BC so games can continue to be made for both iterations.



gatorboi352 commented on Feature: Reflecting On Three Years With The Wi...:

LOL I love that Connor literally only wrote about Wonderful 101.

Totally agree, as sad as it is for me to say. Over the months (and years) with my Wii U I've grown to detest the GamePad. It's simply a clunky unnecessary interface that has me reaching for the Pro Controller every time now.



gatorboi352 commented on Timing Of NX Launch Could Help Nintendo Grab S...:

@JaxonH "knowing how much those alternative control schemes have improved my enjoyment of so many games."

Interestingly enough, I've found ALL the alternative controllers for Wii U to be more enjoyable than the GamePad. They really should have bundled all consoles with a Pro Controller as well, or a Wiimote at least.



gatorboi352 commented on Timing Of NX Launch Could Help Nintendo Grab S...:

@Dakt "third parties for the most part threw shovelware on the thing."

Nintendo's choice of extremely outdated hardware is to blame there. Look, Nintendo largely lost touch with their original core fan base the last two generations and they have gone out and purchased PlayStations and Xboxs instead. iPad crowd left too, so that left Wii U to the 10 million super dedicated fanbase which is clearly not enough to support a sustainable business model.

There's a reason Sony and MS continue along each generation with minimal changes to their approach and branding; it just works in today's market. Nintendo, rather, are constantly trying to reinvent themselves to try and get something, anything to stick.



gatorboi352 commented on Timing Of NX Launch Could Help Nintendo Grab S...:

@JaxonH You're coming from the stance of having owned every console out, though. I only ever purchase 1 console each generation and I'd like for that console to offer everything; 1st party Nintendo titles and all the AAA 3rd party titles.

"But, I actually really like the gamepad. Games like Splatoon, Mario Maker and the upcoming Xenoblade X just wouldn't be the same without it. So I think they have the right solution offering a standard controller that's compatible with most games. Seems a fair compromise."

Yes and no here; Splatoon could totally work with the Pro Controller (if you don't care for the gyro controls, which I don't) and Xenoblade, the developers recently said the #1 feature fans asked for was off TV play. What does that mean? They didn't care about a 2 screen experience. They just want to be able to play the game, on one screen, with or without a TV.

I also feel as though the multiple controller options with Wii/Wii U created even more of a divide/disconnect with gamers, both casual and core. The core just want a Pro Controller and the casuals just want simplicity and ease of entry/use.



gatorboi352 commented on Timing Of NX Launch Could Help Nintendo Grab S...:

@Dakt False. They did try, and even made exclusives designed around the unique hardware itself. The audience that owned Wii did not care for those titles. They were the iPad crowd before iPads existed.

Don't blame the 3rd parties. Nintendo and their younger audience are the reasons to blame. Nintendo fans like myself in their mid 30s just want the next SNES; all the best 1st and 3rd party support, powerful hardware and a straight laced controller.



gatorboi352 commented on Timing Of NX Launch Could Help Nintendo Grab S...:

@riChchestM Yes, the Gamepad is the problem. For more than one reason. Its mere existence is the reason costs weren't spent elsewhere on the harddware, thus the lower specs, thus the outdated and unfriendly architecture, thus the lack of 3rd party support, thus the game droughts, thus the lack of sales.

And that doesn't even begin to speak to the overall clunkiness of the controller and poor battery life. And the fact that you can only link up 1 per console (due to, you know, low hardware specs).



gatorboi352 commented on Timing Of NX Launch Could Help Nintendo Grab S...:

@tysonfury "BUT, Nintendo don't really care about that. If it was a choice between selling 100million and making something genuinely brilliant and breaking even, they'd pick the latter."

This is such a falsehood I almost question if it's humor. Nintendo is a BUSINESS. They're in it to make 100 million sales on EVERYTHING THEY MAKE. Also, it's pretty interesting you phrased that statement the way you did given that the original Wii was both brilliant AND sold 100 million.

Seriously, tell me you were joking.



gatorboi352 commented on Talking Point: The Latest Nintendo Direct Was ...:

TP HD basically confirms Zelda U launching on NX. TP drops in March, meaning ZU won't hit until months later at the very least. We all know how Nintendo feels about blockbuster summer releases so the only logical conclusion is next fall. And when does Nintendo typically release home consoles? Fall.



gatorboi352 commented on New Splatoon Patch Adds Fresh Gear, Adjusts Ra...:

"Previously, players were listed in the order of the number of enemies they splatted. This adjustment was made since there are other ways to contribute to the team's victory that cannot be measured in numerical terms."

LOL. Un. Believable.

What's next, everyone gets a participation ribbon?



gatorboi352 commented on Review: Toki Tori 3D (3DS eShop):

"and the only feature missing from the Wii U equivalent - which utilised the GamePad - is the option to play using touch controls on the bottom screen. Aside from that it's fully featured and is a well-produced release."

Why would something like that even be missing from this port? a New 3DS is quite literally a Wii U but with screens that are closer together.



gatorboi352 commented on EA Will Evaluate "Any And All Opportunities" W...:


Hopefully your "games" aren't going to be on it either.

Seriously, this is one of the stupidest lines of thinking I've ever read: "Buy a Nintendo system for Nintendo games, otherwise get an Xbox or PlayStation branded system for everything else."

And it's also one of the reasons Nintendo is in the boat it's in now.



gatorboi352 commented on EA Will Evaluate "Any And All Opportunities" W...:

"We see the platform cycle now, not just as a traditional six-year console cycle, but as a six-month refresh rate on mobile devices, smart TVs, Internet-enabled refrigerators, or whatever it might be."

I agree with that. Nintendo fans need to get out of this antiquated way of thinking in terms of 5-6 year cycles. It's 2015, mobile rules all and new $600 phones are coming out on a yearly basis... and people are upgraded in droves every year to 2 years.

This is why I'm not worried about NX's "mid cycle" launch next year; I believe Nintendo, under a new regime, will be welcoming a new console on a much more frequent basis going forward. I look for them to launch the NX's successor right in line with the PS5 and XB2.



gatorboi352 commented on Nintendo and DeNA Smart Device Game Details Co...:

I'm glad they are demanding specifics. This period of time is 'make or break' for Nintendo as a company. Not in the sense that they will go bankrupt or out of business, but rather in getting back to relevancy in the industry.



gatorboi352 commented on Fresh Project H.A.M.M.E.R. Details Reveal Shig...:

There is one constant here in all of these recent stories: Miyamoto.

For as much that he has done for Nintendo, he is now just as big a reason for their downfall. The guy just simply needs to go.

I don't know if anyone around here is a college football fan (probably not being UK based) but this is the equivalent of Bobby Bowden's last years at Florida State.

Just retire, man!



gatorboi352 commented on Aonuma Talks the Legend of Zelda's 30th Annive...:

@Paulie1up your thoughts are pretty much exactly how I feel.

Going a step further, I'd argue that the mere existence of Twilight Princess HD is a clear indicator that Zelda U will AT LEAST BE a dual console release. Also, I believe they will unveil TP HD at the same time that they announce Zelda U won't be coming out UNTIL NX drops. #consolationprize



gatorboi352 commented on Talking Point: Five Key Challenges Nintendo Fa...:


Your comment makes no sense. You state that you're against the NX being easy enough to develop for to have cheap/easy 3rd party ports become a possibility, then follow it up by saying the console with 6-12 month gaps in software releases won't be the one mainstream consumers flock to?

Contradictory statements, for sure.



gatorboi352 commented on Parent Trap: ​Does The Wii U Still Make Sens...:

It never made sense for families. One look at the Gamepad and casuals freaked and lost interest while core gamers rolled their eyes and reached for a Pro controller instead.

The only group that the Gamepad appealed wholeheartedly to were Nintendo diehards and video game collectors that pretty much own any and every system/game/accessory every created. So, around 10 million folks or so.



gatorboi352 commented on Rumour: A List of Unreleased Titles for the eS...:

I couldn't care less about anything else on this list because the greatest Zelda game of all time is getting an HD re-release and my life is now complete.

Also, TP getting an HD re-release on Wii U is pretty much the final indicator that, at the very least, Zelda U is getting a dual release and at worst skipping Wii U entirely. No matter. TP will soon be in HD!



gatorboi352 commented on Star Fox Zero Delayed To Achieve a "Platinum F...:

Everyone in here claiming "don't mind the delay if it makes the game that much better!" do any of you even realize the amount of the delay? What realistically is going to be "made better" in such a short period of time?

The only way Nintendo can rectify the situation with SF Zero is if they pushed it back far enough to make the game look like Xenoblade or something. The graphics are quite literally why everyone is having such an issue with this title.



gatorboi352 commented on Analysts Wonder If Super Mario Can Save Ninten...:

@Raien It's not that they forgot, but rather that was a fundamental shift in thinking under the Iwata regime: All inclusive. Family oriented. Everyone can play.

It paid dividends in the Wii/DS era, not so much in the Wii U/3DS era. Nintendo needs to shift back to their NES/SNES roots and revisit what shot them to prominence among the "gamer" crowd that PS and XB now completely own. Those players are just begging for a reason to jump ship back into Nintendo's arms. But every generation Nintendo gives them less and less reasons to leave PS and XB for their offerings.



gatorboi352 commented on Analysts Wonder If Super Mario Can Save Ninten...:

Hopefully under the new regime and rebranding of US stores, and with NX coming up, Nintendo kind of starts to not lean so heavily on Mario for a little while. Let's promote their other iconic characters and franchises a little more.

After SMM, I'm a little Mario'd out. I love the game, and all games featuring him but I think it's high time to take an altogether different approach.



gatorboi352 commented on Talking Point: Star Fox Zero's Delay Could Be ...:

"Well I ask you this why would you buy the Wii U version if its likely a rushed or crappy port."

Because the Wii U is the only console I own? Shouldn't the ideal be that the latest Nintendo console is the only console I will ever need in a given generation because it has all the 1st and 3rd party games I could ever want to play? I mean, that's how it was up until the N64 came out anyways.

Where did Nintendo go wrong? Oh wait, let's just blame "lazy" developers and "evil" publishers because it's easier and our allegiances lie with Ninty.



gatorboi352 commented on Talking Point: Star Fox Zero's Delay Could Be ...:

"I don't care too much that Wii U's a commercial failure, though, as its outstanding first-party games still make it a winner to me!"

I will never understand this line of thinking. The lack of commercial success is directly related to the lack of games. If all you're after is 1st party titles, then by definition you are a part of the problem. By not supporting more 3rd party content on Nintendo's platforms you are in effect telling them 'take your games elsewhere, we don't want them'.

And if you can't find anything from a 3rd party worth playing, then I can't help you.



gatorboi352 commented on Super Mario Maker Tops The Charts In Japan, Ca...:

@SaKo Well sure. But I think in regards to Mario Maker specifically, it is to the GamePad what Super Mario 64 was to the analog stick. I personally know people that had no idea Wii U was a thing, heard about Mario Maker (yay Nintendo finally marketing something) and sought out a Wii U to buy one and play it.

Absolutely astounding this wasn't put into motion at launch with all the bright minds at Nintendo, instead settling for an HD uprezzed NSMB installment that was pretty much mailed in.



gatorboi352 commented on Review: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (Wii U eSho...:

"it's a total pain looking from one screen to another, especially if one of those screens is a huge TV."

Funny thing is, that sentence basically sums up why the greater market hasn't taken to the Wii U in general.

But seriously, what was Nintendo thinking making DS games a priority on Wii U? I've seen NL make this same critique about numerous other DS games on the platform as well.