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Thu 4th Jun 2009

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JimLad commented on Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away Ag...:

This is tragic. He must have been under so much stress, which I'm sure played a part in his death.
I've been a big critic of his in the last few years, but I would never wish this on anyone.
Although I'm not a fan of the WiiU, he did helm the Wii and DS years which truely were a 'revolution', and two of my all time favourite gaming machines. He was also a kind boss from what I've heard, very generous towards his staff.

R.I.P Iwata, You will be remembered.



JimLad commented on Exclusive: We Almost Got A Wii U F-Zero Create...:

First smart thing I've heard Nintendo doing in a long time, even if it wasn't successful.
I don't see why they didn't go to someone else though, there's plenty of racing game devs out there.
I get it if they're protective of their IPs when lending them out, but can the result really be worse than just letting them get forgotten completely?



JimLad commented on Poll: What Did You Think of Nintendo's E3 Digi...:

To sum up...
They pissed off the Metroid fans.
They pissed off the Star Fox fans.
They pissed off the Zelda fans.
They pissed off the Animal Crossing fans.
Still no F-Zero, obviously...
And plenty more time fillers with Mario's name slapped on it.



JimLad commented on Next Metroid Prime Home Console Title "Would L...:

The most worrying thing about that statement is that he's basically saying there is NO proper Metroid game in the works at all.
So what are they working on???
What has everyone been waiting for all this time?



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

I wasn't really impressed with what i saw.
Several websites now are voicing concern over the controls. If it takes them more than one play session to adjust to it, that's a red flag in my book.
They had a tried and true control scheme. To change it into something less intuitive is just bad game design pure and simple.

Outside of that the game looks very plain, I can't see it changing much either considering it's coming out this year.



JimLad commented on Nintendo Working On New 'Dedicated Game Platfo...:

I'm hoping too that it's a handheld you plug into the TV, and they call it the NX. That is a cool name which is easy to remember, pleeeease don't change it to something lame!

If they combine their handheld and home console software divisions, they'll never need third party support again.



JimLad commented on Review: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U):

I don't think there's any coming back from this.
Xbox and Playstation have already forgotten about Sonic, and I don't see Nintendo giving them the time of day after this mess.

The only way they can keep selling the franchise now is to follow the cartoon with more shovelware, making an easy buck off uninformed parents.



JimLad commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Ability to Charm You...:

@Vineleaf Yes, there's definitely been a shift over the last 10 years in marketing powers. Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe just seem to be hollow entities these days. Everything has to go through Iwata, even though he rarely leaves his bubble in Japan.



JimLad commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Ability to Charm You...:

It is absolutely the right direction to take. Microsoft and Sony STILL can't crack family gaming. This is the gap in the market Nintendo can exceed in.
Not only that, but if kids stop playing video games today, what kind of future would the industry have??

That said Nintendo aren't going about this goal as well as they could.
1. If you want to aim at kids, you don't make your console £300+
2. Kids from about 7+ aren't interested in games like Yarn Yoshi or Kirby because they look like a story book for babies. (They'll probably be a amazing, but most kids won't even bother)
3. Nintendo's 'brand power' only applies to older fans from when these games were new. They need new IPs, cool IPs that kids want to follow. Splatoon is a step in the right direction, but they need much more.

Nintendo know how to make great family friendly games, but that doesn't necessarily mean kids will want to play them. They need to look at how toys are marketed, because that's what they're selling at the end of the day.

During the NES, SNES, and N64 era, their products and commercials told us it was cool to own a NIntendo system. Nowadays it just seems 'safe' to own one. Kids don't want safe, they want edgy. You can have edgy without the violence.



JimLad commented on Nintendo 64x64: Pokémon Stadium:

This is how me and my friends used to do Pokémon battle. With glorious low res polygons on a 15" crt TV. And the minigames were great too.



JimLad commented on Nintendo UK Executive Says Wii U Has Had "Quit...:

I'm not sure Splatoon and Captain Toad will attract many new customers, although they will be great additions for existing customers.
After this year Nintendo has effectively blown it's load with MK and Smash. They don't have anymore console-selling IPs, bar Zelda which I can imagine being pushed to next christmas or 2016.



JimLad commented on Nintendo 64x64: Perfect Dark:

It is better than Goldeneye in every way except the story. It even has the Goldeneye guns and the best 3 multiplayer stages included in it!
It's also more fun than 90% of shooters made today because there was more to do than just killing everything in the area and finding cover.

I bought a 360 to play this game in HD at 60fps, best £160 I ever spent.



JimLad commented on Captain Toad's Joined by Toadette in Treasure ...:

Looks great, Nintendo need more games like this.
Mario Kart and Smash are good, but they need games like this to draw their themes and material from. Without fresh first party adventure games, future Smash Bros would have exactly the same roster as it has now.



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

Dammit, now I don't want it again. Make up your minds!
Do you think now maybe they're looking at the comments they got from that announcement and are thinking: "hrm, customers really want this, maybe we should do it..." me neither



JimLad commented on Satoru Okada, Director Of Game Boy And DS Hard...:

The delay in announcement may have something to do with Nintendo's confidentiality agreement it has with it's staff.
This guy probably knew loads of Nintendo secrets about what it was working on. If they had announced it on the day with fanfare, he would be hounded by all sorts of people and press to reveal those secrets.



JimLad commented on Nintendo 64x64: GoldenEye 007:

@OMGILikeTurtlez Yes!! I did the same sorts of things!
With the combination of player freedom, a great selection of weapons, and hilarious cheats, you could spend literally hours devising new ways to entertain yourself once the main game got boring.



JimLad commented on Nintendo 64x64: Forsaken:

Another great game from Probe Entertainment, they also made Extreme G, Alien 3 for the SNES and Die Hard Trilogy for the Playstation.



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

I wanted to love GX, it is in many ways superior, but the controls were just too off for me. I sold it for that reason. X will always be my favourite F-Zero. It had the best soundtrack too. Non-stop heavy metal shredding.



JimLad commented on Nintendo 64x64: Extreme-G:

The tracks were unforgiving indeed, crash, boost, crash boost crash... yet somehow all I ever wanted was to go faster



JimLad commented on Nintendo 64x64: Mario Kart 64:

I'll agree it hasn't aged well, but you cannot deny the impact this game had when it was released. FOUR PLAYER SPLITSCREEN HOLY GOD
It was THE couch multiplayer experience until Goldeneye came along, and even then it remained a staple of sleepovers and parties.
Super Mario Kart was actually the first MK title I owned, but all my nostalgia goes to the 64 version.



JimLad commented on Nintendo 64x64: BattleTanx: Global Assault:

One of the best multiplayers on N64. In the Tank Wars mode each player was given their own squad of tanks. The weapons were awesome too, ranging from cannons to flamethrowers, mines, fly by wire missiles, turrets. And it all ran at a decent speed too.



JimLad commented on Nintendo 64x64: Body Harvest:

One of my favourite N64 games. The real precursor to GTA3. So many more vehicles though: cars, bikes, planes, trains, trucks, tanks, boats, helicopters... all dotted over the landscape. Nothing beat that sense of relief when you find a vehicle after being on foot for ages. You literally need them to survive, because you wont outrun the aliens.



JimLad commented on Nintendo 64x64: Bomberman 64:

This game was the only time they tried to do something different with their multiplayer mode, I definitely wouldn't fault it for that.
I've played a lot of Bomberman games over the years, this is still one of my favourites.



JimLad commented on Feature: The Nintendo 64 Controller and the Ri...:

I won't have a bad word said about this controller. Sure it looks weird and clunky now, but without it there would arguably be no analogue thumb sticks, no rumble features, no triggers.

On a side note: Nintendo also standardised the D-pad, shoulder buttons and diamond face button layouts. They pretty much made modern controllers what they are.