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Mon 18th March, 2013

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gatorboi352 commented on Orders Open For Xbox One in China as Nintendo ...:

@mike_intv "Nintendo is being cautious and conservative. That is how is always does things. "

Yeah, boy... that's really worked out for them well up to this point hasn't it!

The one time Nintendo wasn't cautious and/or conservative they created the Wii. The rest is history.



gatorboi352 commented on Talking Point: The Wii U eShop is Raising Toug...:

@DefHalan "but The Letter isn't finished, the developer is very vocal about that."

Well then it shouldn't have been released FOR PAY on the eShop yet. Post release patches and/or additional DLC is one thing. What the dev of The Letter did and is trying to do is just a sham. Worked out lovely for him though. All that bad pub has people flocking to his game and the Miiverse community.



gatorboi352 commented on Talking Point: The Wii U eShop is Raising Toug...:

I think this article is much ado about nothing because of one simple reason: the typical Wii U owner. The typical Wii U owner who would, in turn, be accessing said eShop, is a Nintendo loyalist and by design extremely aware of many to all offerings on the platform. There are no casuals here (at least any substantial number of them). This isn't a Wii situation about to happen all over again (retail based shovelware by the truck load).

For the most part, the only real issue here is "The Letter" and the author of this article even details as much. It's a rare anomaly, whereas many of the other bad eggs referenced aren't really doing anything in regards to generating good or bad publicity.



gatorboi352 commented on Talking Point: Should Nintendo Be Promoting Th...:

@Beetlejuice you are right in many of your points, except one. You can Facetime on it, just, only with other Wii U owners.

If Nintendo somehow inked a deal with Skype or something similar that could open up the video chatting options, that would be legit.

The lack of instant messaging is maddening though. I shouldn't have to go into Miiverse to send a private message, and to see who replied back to my PM as well.



gatorboi352 commented on Talking Point: Should Nintendo Be Promoting Th...:

And like others have said, the fact that its "tethered" to the console itself makes this all a moot point. Quite honestly, the range on the Pad is atrocious. Even worse, the developers behind the wireless tech said before the Wii U even launched that theoretically the ability to "repeat" the distance in the range of the signal is a simple OS update away, if Nintendo wanted to.



gatorboi352 commented on Talking Point: Should Nintendo Be Promoting Th...:

"and second-screen gaming promised big things."

The problem is, in actuality, second screen gaming just confuses the crap out of people. Wiimote swinging, they get. Looking at two screens back and forth a lot, they don't.

Hence why Nintendo's focus as of late has been to make gaming on the Pad alone an emphasis. Quick Start menu, game trailers in the eShop only highlighting game play being played on the GamePad, etc..



gatorboi352 commented on Stats Suggest That UK Kids Are More Likely To ...:

It ain't just kids. In my experiences, full grown men that I've never seen talk about video games are playing them on their newly acquired smart phones and tablets.

I personally know of 8 guys in the military (1 of which is my bro in law) that all talked each other into playing Clash of Clans together. None of these people own a traditional video game console.

The tides of change are real, people. Wake up and take the blinders off. You all sound like BlackBerry fanatics around the time the first few iPhones came out.



gatorboi352 commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Confirms That Dual GamePad Su...:

In regards to the performance hit the system would take when implementing a 2nd GamePad.... I've oftne wondered why Nintendo decided to hardline dedicate 1 GB of RAM to systems and 1GB of RAM to games.

Take my Android phone for instance, it als ohas 2GB of RAM. But that RAM can and is used in a variety of ways across all kinds of applications and system processes due to the nature of Android.

If Nintendo's developers can somehow free up the 2GB of RAM in the Wii U to be smarter and manage itself accordingly depending on what it is you're trying to do with a multi-tasking console I wonder if the system could 'appear' to be more technically advanced than it is right now (a.k.a. handle 2 GamePad streams at 60fps).



gatorboi352 commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Confirms That Dual GamePad Su...:

@rjejr "Oh, and to further the cost/benefit scenario Nitneod should drop the IR tv port and the TVii button as most of the world never got the TVii thing anyway."


It is the 'TV' button, not the 'TVii' button. Huge difference here because pressing the 'TV' button has no correlation to anything to do with the TVii app. It launches a built in "remote layout" of sorts over whatever image currently displaying on the GamePad and essentially turns the controls 'off' for the game and makes the Pad act as a remote until you exit out of the overlay.

The TV button and IR blaster has been put to great use in my cases. I'd hate if it were removed.



gatorboi352 commented on Nintendo TVii Update Adds New Features and Imp...:

Here's why Nintendo TVii sucks now. Back when it was first introduced (and yes, it had many problems back then too) it actually allowed for Streaming Provider support. That means you could link your Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Video accounts to the app and browse all 3 of them inclusively for shows and movies to watch. Even better, you could click on the content you wanted to view right from the TVii app and it would quick launch whatever app the content was in for you. VERY convenient.

For reasons that can only be legal (because nothing else makes sense as to why) i.TV has stripped out any and all Streaming Provider support. They even removed the tile from the User Menu. It's pretty glaring, what with only 5 tiles in there now.

So, having cancelled my cable package, TVii serves me no purpose. Not too mention they've completely abandoned DVR/TiVo support as well. Oh, and the app is just overall unresponsive way too often when navigating.



gatorboi352 commented on FIFA 15 Is Lacing Its Boots For A Wii And 3DS ...:


Normally I agree with what you say around here, but I cannot in this case.

If there is a PS360 version of ANY game coming out, there's absolutely zero reason for a Wii U version to not exist, at least from a financial standpoint. A company like EA would lose next to nothing on a Wii U port of the PS360 version.



gatorboi352 commented on E3 2014: Ubisoft Admits to Holding Back Comple...:

Install base? Or lack of interest from the current install base to buy 3rd party games? Me thinks its the latter.

Plus, the fact this is a family style game and has been completed for 6 months and we've heard nothing about it ever... I'm sure its a craptastic title anyway.



gatorboi352 commented on Video: Nintendo Minute Unboxes The Mario Kart ...:

If you bought your Wii U refurbished from the Nintendo Online Store, are you still eligible for the free game when you purchase MK8? eShop says you need to register your Wii U on Club Nintendo first, and I don't think that's an option with the refurbished $200 units.



gatorboi352 commented on Review: Swords & Soldiers (Wii U eShop):

@erv "Agreed. Two player gaming with one on the gamepad is one of the best things we could wish for. I'm still hoping mario kart will have that in an update soon."

Don't get your hopes up. The reasons behind that not being available in MK8 are technical (hardware specs) as much as anything else.



gatorboi352 commented on Nintendo Brand Manager Hopes Mario Kart 8 Will...:

@memoryman3 "Wii U is very much a family system."

Wrong. But hear me out. I say you're wrong because the system itself is not a family system at all. It's just that Nintendo has taken a "family style" approach in marketing the system. This in itself has been one of the many fundamental flaws of Wii U.

It's a console that ships with a single, gigantic dual analog controller. The GamePad scares off casuals quicker than you can say "click in the right analog stick to run". Yet, Nintendo felt the need to 1) continue on calling it Wii U anyways 2) do absolutely no marketing research whatsoever 3) dump it into said market and expect it to just take off selling like it was 2006 and Wii all over again.



gatorboi352 commented on Nintendo Brand Manager Hopes Mario Kart 8 Will...:

@Action51 "I think everyone just got done buying their "next gen" PS4 or XB1, and there is a level of disappointment and let-down after all the hype...and it won't translate into sales for Nintendo, but a slump for the industry going into the summer and waiting for E3."

LMAO. Only you sir (and maybe @JaxonH) could turn "why MK8 won't be the Wii U's savior" into a moment of not only bashing the competition, but outright blaming them for Nintendo's struggles. Rich stuff, indeed.



gatorboi352 commented on Nintendo Brand Manager Hopes Mario Kart 8 Will...:

Well, we will know soon enough how big of an impact MK8 will have. I suspect it will be bigger than what many of the doubters are saying.

I really hope they patch in more robust voice chat options. They REALLY need to ditch their "child safety first" stranglehold to their online approach. It's unnecessarily over the top. Considering your typical Wii U owner is also a core gamer it only goes to say even more.



gatorboi352 commented on Review: Mario Kart 8 (Wii U):

@james_squared It's more couldn't than didn't. And the reason it's couldn't is because of the technical specs of the system. MK8 is decidedly much more taxing on the Wii U hardware than those other titles you mentioned and therefore certain things just cannot be done on the given hardware.



gatorboi352 commented on Video: Check Out This Mario Kart 8 And Mario K...:

@Peach64 Typically I would agree, but specifically in regards to PS4/X1 the consoles are already struggling to display native 1080p and 60fps and given that their predecessors were both HD consoles for the last 8 years, that is concerning. Not saying a difference isn't there, because it is. But the difference is shrinking for those 2 consoles a.k.a. peripheral "gamers" would never notice and many have yet to adopt/upgrade. Wii U has a distinct advantage however in that it can produce games that look light years better than its predecessor, as displayed in this very article. And on that note....

OT: Real time lighting can go a long way.



gatorboi352 commented on Talking Point: For Better Or For Worse, The Wi...:

Another thing that will be interesting to see play out from here going forward: the success (or lack thereof) of both the Xbox One and the Wii U given their stark contrast of stances towards core components of their consoles. Will Wii U receive the shot in the arm it needs with the likes of MK8 and the figurines? Will X1 sales start to rise due to the $100 price decrease? Interesting stuff ahead.



gatorboi352 commented on Talking Point: For Better Or For Worse, The Wi...:

I've said it before, I'll say it again...

The GamePad ultimately suffers from trying to be a jack of all trades, thus ending up a master of none. It's a decent gaming controller (Pro controller, in comparison, is the better pure gaming controller IMO). It's a decent tablet (any tablet with a glass screen and capacitive touch is superior IMO). However, it flat out excels at nothing.

The range is mediocre, the screen is meh unless something basic is displayed on it and its just overall bulky and intimidating. Oh, and DAT BATTERY LIFE :(

For me personally, the GamePad is pretty neat for anything non-gaming related on the Wii U, like the browser. However, in-game, I often find myself reaching for the Pro Controller or Wiimote/nunchuck set up instead.



gatorboi352 commented on Review: Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails (Wi...:

"Perhaps the biggest annoyance, however, is the fact that the TV screen is is entirely secondary..... While the allure of a much better view will constantly have you looking back up at the TV, you'll just as quickly find yourself looking back down again every time the moment is ruined. While we understand the intentional nature of the design for others to watch and to perhaps encourage you to primarily utilise the GamePad, the final effect isn't entirely desirable."

See, to me this is an inherent flaw of the dual screen technology as a whole. If you notice, the most desirable aspect of the GamePad and Wii U in general is Off TV Play. But what does Off TV Play offer, at its core, that makes it so sought out above any other feature? The ability to play XBox/PlayStation like versions of games independent of the TV. What do I mean by XB/PS versions? Single screen gaming.

What the reviewer noted above in that quote is exactly what puts off a lot of people to Wii U: "What screen do I look at?"

Not only that, but when the GamePad is being used as the featured screen (as it is in this title and many other non-AAA titles) the screen itse;f doesn't necessarily lend itself in the way a gorgeous iPad or Android tablet screen would. It's 480p, resistive and really undesirable in comparison to a nice big HDTV that sits mere feet from you while you play.



gatorboi352 commented on Satoru Iwata Believes Nintendo Can Establish a...:


Of course they have. QoL is simply an extension of their blue ocean strategy (Wii Fit, Wii Sports, etc..). The difference going forward now is that they are removing it entirely from their video games business. 100 million people didn't buy Wii because it was a video game console. They bought Wii because it was "fun" and Wii Sports kicked butt.

Nintendo has finally realized they don't have to shoehorn every new venture into some form of video game console/device. They are not bound by video games. Both aspects of their business will only be better because of this. The next consoles can be more in line with today's industry and trends, while they simultaneously go after the blue ocean/casuals with non video gaming oriented devices. Think: Wii Fit U meter, minus the game it syncs with.



gatorboi352 commented on Satoru Iwata Explains "Conservative" Wii U Sal...:

"“Mario Kart 8” and “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U,” the pillars of our entire marketing strategy for this year"

When you're banking the entirety of your marketing strategy FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR on two (2) games, you're doing it wrong. I mean hell, that's more or less how they got into their current position as is.