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Thu 4th June, 2009

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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 :O
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.



JimLad commented on Wii U Minecraft Looking Doubtful As Dev Says T...:

Putting Minecraft on the Wii U at this point would benefit Nintendo far more than Mojang. If the console eventually gets off the ground with Smash Bros, then maybe they'd reconsider.
The 3DS would make more sense for them, especially if it were bundled, kids would lap it up. But it would need an optimised version of the mobile version. Also the the current 3DS doesn't have that second analogue stick. The new 3DS would be a good match, but maybe it's still too much of a gamble for 4J. Third parties always have a hard time selling on Nintendo systems. Vita on the other hand has a pretty good attach rate for indie games.

If I were Nintendo I would do everything in my power (wallet) to make this happen. But because they live in such a bubble, they are completely oblivious to how massive Minecraft has become. It's now the third highest selling video game of all time, overtaking Super Mario Bros, and it's still climbing.



JimLad commented on Project: Nintendo 64x64:

Every second game on the N64 supported 4 player modes.
That is why it's my favourite console of all time.



JimLad commented on New Nintendo 3DS Models Announced:

So happy to see coloured face buttons. I know it seems like a small thing, but for inexpereienced gamers it makes learning the interface that much easier.

The next step is to get Minecraft on the system. Think how many kids would jump on that.



JimLad commented on Miyamoto States That Nintendo Is Sticking With...:

What Yorumi said.
Ideas like the Wii U pad are fine if they make use of them.
Otherwise it's just an oversized controller that needs recharging every 4 hours.
Made worse by the fact certain games force you to use it for the sake of a few touch commands and nothing else. BAD DESIGN.



JimLad commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Confidently Outlines Nintendo...:

I just wanted to add he is absolutely right about consumer attitudes.
Not just Nintendo, but MS and Sony are all fighting the same problem: audiences with multiple distractions at their fingertips. Entertainment is so readily available now and so cheap, consoles will become an obsolete item for many in the future I feel.

Nintendo will always have their awesome IPs. I just hope they don't get too distracted by hardware gimmicks and try to keep it simple in the future.
People will buy their games if the hardware is affordable.



JimLad commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Confidently Outlines Nintendo...:

Casuals aren't looking strictly for simplicity in their games, they look for value for money first and foremost. They can get games now for $1 or free, it's a difficult thing to fight against.

Wii and DS were popular not just because of their casual appeal, but because they were radical new ideas with intuitive software to back them up. Word of mouth was their main driving force.
Also they were much more affordable than any of the current gen systems.

Wii U was an attempt to re-create that success which backfired.
I could list a number of reasons, but the main ones are: There was no killer app like WiiSports, and it was too expensive.



JimLad commented on Poll: Which Is The Best Legend Of Zelda Game?:

Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past.
Not only are they both as close as you can get to the perfect video game, but they were so far ahead of anything out at the time it's not even funny.

From a purely gameplay perspective though, Twilight Princess remains the most epic and fun.



JimLad commented on New Fighter for Super Smash Bros. to be Reveal...:

I think @wayward is right, it's gonna be another third party character judging by the attenton they're giving it.
Sega, Capcom and Namco all have characters, so that leaves Konami...

No sign of Snake yet. I think they're gonna replace him with Simon Belmont from Castlevania.



JimLad commented on Kotaku Says YES to the Wii U - Rejoicing Begins:

Like I always say, Nintendo games sell Nintendo systems.
They don't need gimmicks, or horse power, or even third parties.

Next time I hope they just make a standard video games console, and release the peripherals seperate, instead of trying to force them on us.



JimLad commented on Miyamoto Thinks That Nintendo Are in a Genre o...:

This has been true throughout their entire video gaming history. Pretty much all of their rivals have used coolness to sell their products.
The Mega Drive, the Playstation, the Xbox... There's nothing wrong with coolness, but it gets boring after a while.

Nintendo have always been able to make quality games without trying to be 'grown up'. Because of that they have a huge segment of the gaming industry all to themselves. (kids and families) Right now they just need some cheaper hardware to capitalise on it.