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Male, 26, Canada

Sun 19th December, 2010

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jord commented on Analyst Thinks Nintendo Is Already Winding Dow...:

I've read through literally each comment so 300 comments in or not, I want to stake a claim too.

1. I think the GameCube really killed Nintendo.
2. Nintendo has seen darker days (see 1.)

The Wii U is in a bad spot but I can't say I haven't enjoyed the console and haven't gone out of my way one side of the Atlantic to buy my sister one on the other. And over what, over Mario Kart 8. The clincher is that Nintendo consoles have existed in our homes throughout our lives and it is telling when a sister's intentions for a console somehow spell out your own history and connection with a particular console generation.

In the N64 era, she tried playing Mario Kart 64 when I wasn't there, only to force the cartridge in so hard, she broke it. She'd gone out of her way.
During the GameCube days, she did not realize another Mario Kart existed or might be worth trying (did she play it once or twice? through enticement? can't remember, and who could blame her, she would never know the All-Time Scourge in Nintendo Release History, in Double Dash!!). During the Wii and eventually Wii U days, we played Kart obsessively, or drunkenly with others on hot summer nights.

This - these trace-anecdotes - all truly replicates my own personal sentiments with Nintendo's consoles throughout the years. And I comfortably say this when I say that the Wii and more importantly, the Wii U era, are not Nintendo's darkest times, not even objectively so if I held true and steady to my point of view.

In my opinion, because this may be forever-contended with, Nintendo is still paying as a company, largely, holistically, and in "consumer-trust-retribution" or whatever the term is for it, for the obscenities, bogus, aberrations in gameplay and design which they have dealt their most cherished brands in the GameCube generation, with Mario, Zelda and Mario Kart.

The only reason I accept moving forward with Nintendo today is not just because I forgive lightly "as a loyalist" because Wind Waker, even the step down from 64 to Sunshine, and Double Dash!! (far and away the biggest franchise fall) cannot be forgiven easily, as passable as "mere games" as they were.

The reason I am where I am today with Nintendo is because I still have that last remaining sparing ounce of trust for them. And because they themselves know (and we know they know) that they have disappointed, at least a couple generations over, their dedicated fans with this or that release.
We can debate the GameCube's trials and tribulations endlessly, but I don't really want to. TL;DR take: the look of their games became overly cartoonish, even babyish, infantile in this era; it needs no further evidence than in the horrendously ugly, disgustingly unrefined look of Double Dash!!

The last shred of brand trust is in our hands, directed conservatively toward them. ...All things considered, in my (conservative) opinion, the Wii U was a more satisfying, enjoyable experience than the GameCube was. This is why I am still on board with them today. Not because of what comes later, or how things might turn out. Because of simple, sober hindsight: the Wii U era was a truly better era for me.

Nintendo will eventually, either release

1. A good old reliable title come NX launch (Super Mario, Mario Kart, F-Zero, Mario Party, WaveRace): if it ends up looking as jaw-droppingly impressive as what we'd gotten in the N64 days, they've automatically won me over.

2. An AAA Zelda launch title. If the Zelda game wins over critics, I'm sold. If it falls flat the way Twilight Princess did, I'm out for good.

Basically, in the failed form of the alternatives, Nintendo will have proven once and for all that they can no longer replicate the success I've come to expect of them. They will have definitely sunk in this outcome, in the larger industry.



jord commented on Talking Point: The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Ma...:

@Zach777 same here.

Or, the Wii U successor will become my secondary system in tandem with a 'primary' Xbox or PS successor or current gen system. This may hinge on what exactly Nintendo unveils regarding the Wii U successor. If the hardware doesn't impress (nor the scope or ambition of the launch games), I'm moving passed them.



jord commented on Iwata: Nintendo NX Will Surprise People And Ch...:

To the people still defending Nintendo restlessly, I pity you. I have followed this company from the youngest age and played everything they've released inside out. Never gave a rat's a** for the Xbox or PS systems.
Nintendo will continue to sink if they don't come back (with, as foundation) an extremely capable piece of hardware (as good or better than the competition).

You can twist this, edit this, adjust or re-describe things any which way you like — absolutely nothing will pull them out of the dirge they're in without incredible, game-changing, envelope-pushing hardware. And I've waited for the day the pressure came back to bite them in the a** since the GameCube and their cartoonish, half-a** Double Dash and Wind Waker designs.

It will be a fun ride to the end.



jord commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

@WaveWarlock NintenCrap 64? Do you have any clue what you're saying? The N64 is by far and large the best Nintendo has ever put out and would ever probably put out in terms of home consoles. You'll be lucky to ever see a game like Super Mario 64 again, and that is saying a whole lot.



jord commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

A solid B- from me.

I won't be getting Super Smash Bros. for the first time. Brawl did not hold my interest. Bayonetta 2 on the other hand: simply a massive surprise for me in that critics just love it.

Bayonetta, combined with good eShop exclusives (like Teslagrad), and great replay value in Mario Kart 8 earns it a B-.



jord commented on Nintendo 64x64: Snowboard Kids:

This was hands-down one of the definitive experiences for the 64. Pure gold. Everything from the soundtrack, to the gameplay, to the experience.



jord commented on Reggie: We're Not Interested in "Garage Develo...:

Indeed @ 25.
Also, I'm pretty sure the guy who made Cave Story qualifies as Garage developer and not indep studio - even tho he made it all seem more formal under 'Pixel'. It was all made during his free time.



jord commented on Talking Point: Zelda: Skyward Sword is 2011's ...:

I feel like with every one thing they get right, there's something else that feels like a bummer. The art style is growing on me FAST. But it's like- they do nothing with it. We've already seen these designs and looks - such as the forest and trails and these enemies, and mountains. One must wonder if 'innovation' has become synonymous with 'ye old routine' at their offices. Cos that would be a shame.



jord commented on Features: Five Nintendo Games to Thrill You in...:

If you ask me, they need to find a new super-tight super-potent second-party developer to start pushing out new IPs. Does no one remember Banjo, Conker, Diddy Kong Racing, Jet Force Gemini or Perfect Dark?
THEY NEED A NEW 'ALLIED' SECOND PARTY DEVELOPER. This should be like, one of their biggest goals for the year.



jord commented on Talking Point: Your Nintendo Moment of 2010:

Re-discovering the greatness of Wii's 1st and 3rd party titles on flatscreen+surround using only the wii remote. Enjoying every moment of Donkey Kong Country Returns, Endless Ocean 2, Shaun White Snowboarding, Tales of Monkey Island, or Bit.TRIP Beat/Runner, ever so casually but with total immersion.



jord commented on Review: Robox (WiiWare):

for WiiWare, this was more than half-decent. It can be tough as hell, but, if sci-fi/exploration is your style, it ranks up there with Fluidity and Bit.Trip



jord commented on Review: Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary...:

One thing is clear.

Reviewers across the board don't seem to see anything "definitive" in the SNES iterations of mario bros. This is a blinstep, a misstep, a blindspot, a whatever you wanna call it, but a mistake.
Mario all stars IS NOWHERE available besides the SNES and now on this disc, so if you have any positive inclination about the specific presentation of THIS VERSION of Mario Bros., then BY ALL MEANS, help yourself and trust the AMAZINGNESS of this game for Wii



jord commented on EA: Nintendo Needs to Drop Wii Price, Help Thi...:

Ubisoft has been selling a lot better than EA on Wii.
EA should simply know WHAT games to put out on Wii. Then they'll really sell. The problem isn't "who's" content is getting cash. For the gamers, it's WHAT, and how good is it.
Recommended 3rd party games on wii:
-Need for Speed: NITRO
-Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip