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Mon 25th Apr 2011

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Haywired commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Game Updates and DLC...:

I'm surprised that Splatoon is being held up as a shining example. With almost immediate DLC, it seems like the sort of thing Nintendo fans would normally criticise other companies for. So, if Nintendo delays games it's because "Nintendo takes time and effort and only releases a game when it's complete and perfect", etc. but when they rush it out and release the rest as DLC that's also a genius move.



Haywired commented on Poll: Where Do You Stand on Miiverse and Its P...:

Though speaking of Yoshi's Wooly World, a strange thing happened; I was just about to play the final level and one of the pre-level Miiverse posts that came up read; "Disappointing final level". Firstly I was shocked that something non-sycophantic had been written on Miiverse, but also I thought; what an odd thing for the game to tell me. I mean obviously, technically it wasn't the game saying that, but in a way it kind of was. I mean, I'm sitting there waiting for the final level to start and on the game screen it's telling me "Disappointing final level". I just found it quite surreal that's all...

(For the record, I didn't think it was disappointing, I enjoyed it).



Haywired commented on Poll: Where Do You Stand on Miiverse and Its P...:

I don't think I've used Miiverse in like a year (and seeing the posts that come up before and after levels in Yoshi's Wooly World makes me think I haven't really been missing much). I think if I had friends who had Wii Us then I could definitely see some appeal to Miiverse, but I guess as it is, I don't really care about it. I've tried reading through the walls and walls of neverending text and it kind of feels like it may as well be written by bots; "This game is fun", "Mario rocks", "Just beat level 3", etc.



Haywired commented on Video: The Nintendo Life Reaction to Nintendo'...:

I wasn't really disappointed because I make sure not to get too excited about E3 in the first place. Some interesting stuff, maybe a little underwhelming, but there can't be megatons all the time, particularly if they're saving stuff for their next big move.



Haywired commented on First Impressions: Our Maiden Flight In Star F...:

Oh I'm not saying people who like the controls are wrong, but people who claim they are more immersive. If people enjoy that sort of thing then fantastic, but I really don't think looking away from the game to look down at your controller and back again is making you any more immersed into the game world. If anything I would say that putting the focus on the controller itself is the most immersion breaking thing you can do. I would always say that immersion comes from creating a world/adventure that draws you in and makes you believe that's it's a real, living, breathing world/adventure (like say Metroid Prime or any 3D Zelda for example), rather than because of any controller quirks. I just think the word is often misused, particularly when it comes to the Wii U gamepad.



Haywired commented on First Impressions: Our Maiden Flight In Star F...:

Mmnn, seems like exactly the sort of thing I was fearful of a year ago. Changing the controls of a game that controls perfectly to something needlessly convoluted just for the sake of being different...

I've said it before and I'm glad you said it here. Looking away from the TV screen to another screen on your controller and then back to the TV screen is not immersive, if anything it's the exact opposite. It winds me up when people claim it is, when I highly doubt they've ever experienced increased immersion from it. At this stage, it's just become a buzzword it seems.



Haywired commented on Rumour: Animal Crossing and Pixel 8-Bit Mario ...:

In all seriousness, I'm very happy to see some Animal Crossing ones as I had resigned myself to the fact that they would only be released as stupid cards (surely like 90% of the appeal of amiibo is the awesome figure. Plus without the awesome figure, the whole DLC/locked content aspect of amiibo becomes a lot less palatable).

Anyway, if, when this whole amiibo thing is all said and done, we lived in a world where there was an amiibo of Dark Pit, but not one of KK Slider, I would've been pretty annoyed...



Haywired commented on Feature: Nintendo Franchises We Want to See at...:

Absolutely. If they could create a game as awesome as Kid Icarus Uprising, but without the utterly miserable control scheme to ruin it all.

The most frustrating thing about them was it was completely unnecessary to use that awkward touchscreen/button hybrid. For the flying sections, there's no need for aiming and movement to be independent from each other. They could have just taken the controls from any Starfox game. And for the on-foot sections, they could've taken the controls from... any non-twin stick 3D action game ever made! (Jet Force Gemini maybe?) In fact speaking of Starfox, they could've lifted the controls straight from Starfox Assault, which had flying and on-foot shooting and I don't remember there being any particular complaints about that game's controls.

So yeah, if the Kid Icarus franchise could get another chance (again, Uprising is an otherwise amazing game), I'd be all for it.



Haywired commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Approach is Often Peculi...:

It has been nice to see Nintendo embrace their quirky side again. During the Wii/DS generation their presentation (for the most part) was so bland (to fit in with their new market of brain training pensioners), they seemed almost embarrassed by what they do and who they are. Like fun, colourful games and characters didn't fit in with an aspirational lifestyle brand... They seemed desperate to show that they were serious and mature. I'm glad those days are gone!



Haywired commented on Talking Point: Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Br...:

To me it just seems like you'd be replacing one form of "milking" with another. And MK and SSB have never been milked anyway. Each generation's MK and SSB has had evergreen appeal because they've been fantastic games, they don't need a relentless stream of extra content to stay fun. They already have loads of content anyway.

Personally, I'd rather spend my money on supporting other games than just being tied down to one forever. Plus when Mario Kart 9 comes around I want to be excited for it and want to have waited for it, not to have been exhausted by never-ending Mario Kart 8.



Haywired commented on Poll: Would You Like Mario Kart 8 and Super Sm...:

I say no, because then they would completely exhaust those games, to the point where when the next-gen sequels come out there would be no hype or anticipation for them. Nintendo is in the business of protecting the appeal of these franchises so they can release sequels to maximum impact. Overkill is never a good long-term strategy.

I guess there are people (like children who think they want ice cream all the time without realizing the consequences) for whom enough is never enough and for some reason no amount of content could ever satisfy them, but I've discovered this amazing thing called "other games to play" so it doesn't bother me so much.

So no, I wouldn't really want a never-ending stream of DLC (for one thing, how much would the complete version of the game end up costing?) But then I'm generally a bit of a purist and generally against such DLC. I like a game to be a complete and contained piece of work/art, rather than a load of vaguely connected bits that some people have and some people haven't.



Haywired commented on Guide: Everything We Know So Far About Nintend...:

"it's likely they will be companion or simple games to popular franchises and will serve as a tool to get new consumers interested in Nintendo IP."

Indeed, if that's the case, it wouldn't be too different to the small, simple games they've had on their various official websites ever since they've been on the internet.



Haywired commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's DeNA Plans and Ideas...:

Change is indeed scary, but look at it like this; Nintendo's official websites have always had little games on them (flash games or what have you). But I don't ever recall anyone saying "Nintendo gets into PC gaming! The end is nigh".



Haywired commented on Talking Point: Star Fox for Wii U is an Ongoin...:

The motion/two screen gamepad usage seems like the sort of thing that would give me a massive headache (and seems kind of crowbarred rather than organic). I guess I would probably just prefer a pure, straight-up Starfox with no wacky gimmicks.

I get the feeling this will end up as another one of Miyamoto's recent playthings that has absolutely no commercial appeal.



Haywired commented on Poll: Which is the Best Super Smash Bros. Game?:

I went with Melee because I'm a purist and believe that Smash Bros. should not include non-Nintendo characters, so there! Also because it was such a big leap from the original. Plus its ideal controller (GameCube) was the default controller of the console. It's the perfect, pure Smash Bros.



Haywired commented on Poll: Which is the Best Super Smash Bros. Game?:

I knew the results of this and the Mario Kart one before even clicking on them. Like most polls of this nature, most people will just pick the most recent one without even giving it any thought. (though I'm sure many have picked them for legitimate reasons).



Haywired commented on Sony: PS Vita Is Better Than 3DS And The Wii B...:

I wouldn't say trying to entice casuals is necessarily copying the success of the Wii. Sony had a console with huge casual appeal before the Wii; the PS2; Buzz Quiz, Guitar Hero, Singstar, motion-controlled EyeToy party/fitness games, etc.



Haywired commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Offers the Best of Bot...:

I think you're giving a little too much credit to Iwata's line of "Same-Generation Hypothesis", which is basically a convoluted way of saying "nostalgia sells, which is why we can just release the same stuff over again". The article seems to suggest that releasing the Ruby/Sapphire remakes right now was some ingenious plan, cooked up for years to release right this very specific moment to capture this very specific age group, when really it's just the next in line of their Pokémon remakes. They've remade Red/Blue, they've remade Gold/Silver, so now it's Ruby/Sapphire's turn.



Haywired commented on Feature: These Are The Mario Kart 8 DLC Packs ...:

I agree. I know I'll probably get accused of being a "whiner" or "they're optional" or something, but having non-Mario characters/worlds in the Mario universe makes no sense, and while yes, it would be silly to take Mario canon too seriously, some of us do at least take it somewhat seriously and treat it with some respect. Plus if every Nintendo game becomes a mess of crossovers, it devalues/dilutes the USP of their big crossover franchise Smash Bros. Having said that, I don't have too much of a problem with it, but I can't deny it does bother me a little.



Haywired commented on Satoru Iwata Outlines Nintendo's First QOL Pla...:

"Nintendo QOL diagnosis: Thank you for using Nintendo QOL. We have deduced that the cause of your sleeping problems is over-stimulation from playing too many Nintendo games before bed. You should therefore stop playing Nintendo gam.... Oh no wait forget that...!!"