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Tue 15th October, 2013

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justinluey commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Coming In November, Features ...:

Nintendo is a lot like Apple. They often take longer to introduce certain features, but they usually get it right when they do.

Even without DLC Nintendo has the most "evergreen" games in the industry, if they add quality DLC to the mix and a more reasonable account system, their games can sell for 10+ years.

That's what so many people (analysts and fans) miss: Nintendo is playing the long game.



justinluey commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Coming In November, Features ...:


@IxC 's opinion is absurd, but at least he admits it.

No one should have a problem with DLC, if the extra content is worth the price, and the original game was worth it's initial price.

Mario Kart 8 was a bargain at the original asking price. It was loaded with content and it's one of the best rated games of the year (press and consumers). The DLC is completely optional and adds a lot of content for a small amount of money.



justinluey commented on The Pokémon Trading Card Game Is Coming To iP...:


Sorry, but your post makes no sense. So "people (gamers)" don't "respect" Nintendo because they aren't on mobile or because they are considering it?

Your entire premise is flawed, because Nintendo is probably the most respected company in the history of the industry. Some people criticize them for not being on mobile, but many respect them for not releasing watered down ports. In many cases mobile ports hurt the reputation of the game and drive down the value of the game.

In a perfect world, Nintendo will continue to build unique hardware and release exclusive games for them, and at the same time release quality apps on mobile.



justinluey commented on The Pokémon Trading Card Game Is Coming To iP...:

@yuwarite Who said it wasn't?

Plus, it can easily be justified. Nintendo's reason for not rushing to mobile is because they don't think they can create great experiences on the current hardware and they are worried about devaluing their games.

A card game is obviously perfect for a touch screen device, and it doesn't devalue the Pokemon brand or the main series. If they feel they can create a quality experience on 3DS and Wii U, I'm sure they will.



justinluey commented on The Pokémon Trading Card Game Is Coming To iP...:

Very smart move by Nintendo. It's a great way to expand the reach of the card game and the Pokemon brand without comprising their vision for the main series. Especially with the current popularity of card games.

I don't understand why some people are so emotional about the issue of Nintendo on mobile. This shouldn't be viewed as a "black or white" or "all or nothing" issue. If Nintendo believes they can offer a compelling experience on mobile, they absolutely should. A healthy business built on third party mobile platforms doesn't hurt their exclusive titles.



justinluey commented on Hyrule Warriors DLC Floodgates Opened with Alt...:

@unrandomsam That is exactly the conundrum I was referring to. Typically DLC doesn't sell well for older games, but I could imagine that being different for Nintendo, because people tend to play Nintendo games longer and revisit them more often.

The Mario Golf DLC disappointed some people, because of the perception that the content was ready and just should have been added to the game.

I hate the idea that developers are holding back content or shipping games with less content, because they want to sell DLC. Mario Golf didn't bother me, because the game already had more content than previous games in the series, and was sold at a reduced price. Plus the DLC provided good value for the price.



justinluey commented on Hyrule Warriors DLC Floodgates Opened with Alt...:

@jos I understand why it upsets you, but it doesn't bother me. I wouldn't pay for cosmetic DLC anyway. I'll just download the free stuff from Club Nintendo, and if the costumes are available in a "pack" that includes other valuable content, I'll consider buying it.



justinluey commented on Hyrule Warriors DLC Floodgates Opened with Alt...:

@sillygostly I don't think that will be the case with Hyrule Warriors. Nintendo is wary of DLC because of the perception that it's a crash grab or poor value, and even though this isn't their game, I bet they put restrictions on Tecmo Koei.

I think you'll see a limited number of DLC "packs" that will include costumes, weapons, characters, and maybe even stages.



justinluey commented on Hyrule Warriors DLC Floodgates Opened with Alt...:

Keep in mind that this isn't a first party Nintendo title, and Nintendo is one of the only companies left that hasn't jumped on the DLC and retailer specific exclusive DLC.

They are in a no-win situation: people complain when they don't offer DLC, but complain when they do (see Mario Golf).

I think it's great that they are offering free DLC to Club Nintendo members. They should keep finding ways to reward Nintendo fans through Club Nintendo.

I hope the pre-order bonus DLC is available to everyone for free at some point in the future, or available to purchase at a reasonable rate.



justinluey commented on The Club Nintendo Reward Details Are In For Au...:

Smart decision to offer more games per month, and this is an awesome list to start with.

I wonder if Nintendo is toying with the idea of turning Club Nintendo into a Playstation Plus competitor? Remember Iwata said they were working on a new way to reward loyalty.

Here's an idea off the top of my head:

Club Nintendo becomes a loyalty program that lets you download a "couple" free games a month, a Gold or Platinum digital reward at the end of the year, and eventually extras like cloud saves.

To become a Club Nintendo member, you can either pay $50/year or earn a free membership by redeeming coins from games.

I also hope that Club Nintendo goes 90% digital, but offers a couple awesome physical rewards per year.



justinluey commented on Gallery: A Closer Look At 13 amiibo Toys:

Where did the $10 price come from? I wouldn't expect them to be less than $15.00 USD.

I'll probably end up buying them all. I'll wait for a sale or clearance for Marth and the Wii Fit Trainer, but the rest will be instabuys.



justinluey commented on Cross-Buy is Now a Thing on Nintendo Platforms:

@Intrepid I agree. I really like Nintendo Life, but this isn't the first time they've used misleading titles or images to get clicks.

I understand that sites need to make money, but in the long run, great content is more profitable than cheap tricks.

I hope @Dazza responds. It would be nice to know why he chose the title or if there is an editor that made the decision.



justinluey commented on Awesome New Hyrule Warriors Trailers Show Link...:

I've never played a Warriors game and I don't really like 'hack and slash' games, but the addition of Zelda piqued my interest. Now that I've read the recent interviews and seen the gameplay, I'm sold.

I think it's a no lose situation for hardcore Zelda fans. If the game is mediocre, it will be worth the price just to spend a few hours playing with these beloved characters and having another Zelda game to add to the shelf.

If the game is great, and has the added depth that the developers are promising, than it's a really nice bonus.



justinluey commented on Nintendo Download: 26th June (Europe):

Boxing and Baseball were the sports I was least interested in, but the added gamepad support for Baseball and the "two for $10" price model makes it a no brainer. It also makes the retail game the same price as the digital, so the early adopters won't feel ripped off.



justinluey commented on Nintendo Announces The GameCube Controller Ada...:

This is fantastic news. I'd buy one just for Smash Bros., but I hope this is a sign that Nintendo is about to get its act together when it comes to the Virtual Console. The first step is to get all the games supported on the Wii into the eShop.

(Can anyone explain why Nintendo 64 aren't available on the eShop?)

The next step is to make even more games available from even more systems. I hope the Wii U is capable of emulating GameCube games, but if not, every other system should be available.

The final step is to release a $99 - $149 streaming box that would compete with Apple TV, Roku, Google, etc. This Nintendo streaming box could offer video services (Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, etc.) with the current Wii U channel interface, but also offer all the classic systems as channels. If Nintendo is really smart, they will allow people to either buy games or pay a subscription fee to rent the games.

They could make more money by selling extra controllers. The base system would come with a multipurpose controller like the Wii Classic controller, but they could sell wireless NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, and GameCube controllers.

This would be the "best of both worlds" for Nintendo. They would be fully embracing digital, but still selling hardware.



justinluey commented on Nintendo Confirms Tomodachi Life: Welcome Vers...:

Nintendo and other developers need to learn from Bravely Default's demo. It was a standalone experience that actually encouraged you to play the complete demo and rewarded you for buying the full game.

Tomodachi Life would have been perfect for this approach. Nintendo should have let everyone populate their island with Miis and get settled into their "new life" for free, and then provide the option to transfer all the info into the full game.



justinluey commented on PDP Confirms the GameCube-Inspired Wired Fight...:

The author was pretty clear that the image included with the article isn't the new Gamecube inspired controller, but it was still a poor choice of images, and it should have been obvious that it would lead to confusion.

This is the problem with sites that slavishly adhere to the "blogging 101" rule that every post has to have an image. I understand that this is a business, and typically blog posts with images get more clicks, but that doesn't make it okay to include misleading or irrelevant images.

The author could have (and should) have waited for PDP to supply a mockup, or commissioned a mockup, or used a placeholder graphic that stated the design is pending.



justinluey commented on North American Wii U Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Set B...:

This is a very good bundle, and will definitely attract former Nintendo owners, who decided against or weren't aware of the Wii U. The price is good, and even better with the downloadable free game. They better make sure they have stickers on the box or something in store to make sure people know they are getting a second game.



justinluey commented on Nintendo Lifts The Lid On Its Plans For E3 2014:

@gatorboi352 You are either exaggerating or live in a parallel universe. Trade/Industry shows are on the decline, because more and more companies are choosing to interact with customers and press directly.

And E3 is not covered by the mainstream media in any meaningful way. If a national or local "nightly news" broadcast covers E3, it is a 30-second package with: a shot of people standing in line, a sound bite from an executive, and 10 seconds of footage from the latest uncanny valley game.



justinluey commented on Nintendo Lifts The Lid On Its Plans For E3 2014:

@ikki5 I agree that these different approaches are not mutually exclusive, and Nintendo should always consider both. I also agree that creating a spectacle (excitement) in front of live people has benefits, but I think you (and others) are exaggerating those benefits.

Nintendo is a company that is still making some great products (their games) and some good products (their hardware), but are struggling to market them.

Nintendo fans are a pretty loyal bunch, so they aren't a big problem. And Nintendo products are mostly lost on the "hardcore" gamer who only plays the latest first-person-shooter. Nintendo has to market to a wider audience so they can sell some games, and convert a small percentage of those people into loyal fans.

As far as "sales people" go, we'll have to agree to disagree. I can't remember a single time that a sales person conveyed "excitement" or "dedication". I usually avoid them altogether. I research products online, consider opinions of people who actually use the product, and buy it somewhere that I can avoid "sales people" (no offense to any sales people reading, it's just not my thing).



justinluey commented on Nintendo Lifts The Lid On Its Plans For E3 2014:

@ikki5 I appreciate your response and respect your opinion, but I'm not sure that was ever true, and if it was, that time is over. Connecting with your audience (fans) directly online is a viable, if not preferable way to demonstrate your excitement about a product.

Kickstarter is a great example of this. The Pebble smart watch is more successful than any of the products from the "traditional" companies that held "press conferences" to announce their new device. The Pono player wouldn't even be on the radar if it was announced at a show like CES.

Nintendo doesn't have to choose between a "traditional" event and the "direct" approach, but if they are going to, I much prefer the latter. I've been enjoying the steady stream of updates from Masahiro Sakurai about Smash Bros., and I think it's more effective than him talking (through a translator) on stage for 10 minutes.



justinluey commented on Nintendo Lifts The Lid On Its Plans For E3 2014:

I find it interesting that so many people prefer a traditional press event, but no one can articulate why. If the announcements are great, the format shouldn't matter.

Look at Apple, they stopped attending all trade shows, and now every announcement is headline news.

The Nintendo Direct videos are more polished and have been very entertaining, and they appeal to a wider audience.



justinluey commented on Rumour: Mario Golf: World Tour To Offer Additi...:

@takemeunder Why does DLC for a Mario sports game upset you? If the game is good, how can additional content be bad?

I'm all for Nintendo doing DLC, because they don't water down or hold back from the original release.

I loved getting the free extra courses for Wii Sports Club, and will gladly pay for more courses.



justinluey commented on Super Mario Bros. 3 Is Warping To North Americ...:

This is a decent launch for Gameboy Advance games on the "Virtual Console", the line-up is good and the price is acceptable.

It will be interesting to see how these games look on the Gamepad, and if Nintendo adds any extra features.

If Nintendo is smart, they will eventually release these games on the 3DS, and allow people to "buy once, play anywhere". Then they would have a hit on their hands.



justinluey commented on Shenmue 3 Could Happen Via A Kickstarter Campa...:

I haven't backed a game yet, but I would absolutely back this one.

Raising 70 million would be impossible, but if it was setup like Veronica Mars, where the Kickstarter was used to gauge and then build interest for Warner Bros., then it could work.

They should also be re-releasing the first two games on every platform.



justinluey commented on Review: Yoshi's New Island (3DS):


I agree that the original is the best by a wide margin, but I still enjoyed the other games. All the Star Wars films pale in comparison to 'The Empire Strikes Back', but I still enjoy watching the others.

My only point was: if you have enjoyed the series in the past, you're probably going to enjoy this one too.



justinluey commented on Review: Yoshi's New Island (3DS):

I'd be very skeptical of this review, especially if you are a fan of the series. The Verge and Ars Technica both gave it excellent reviews. In fact, of the dozen or so reviews I've read only one other review had a score this low.

If you've enjoyed this series in the past, you should give it a shot. If you're the type of person who has to read good reviews before buying, at least read a review that considers the nature of the game and Nintendo's intentions. The Ars Technica review is a good example, it also helps that the reviewer is a huge fan of the original.

The "Yoshi's Island" franchise is different from Mario platformers, and should be reviewed accordingly. It sounds like if you enjoyed the past games, like the gameplay mechanics (shooting eggs and fluttering), and want to explore every nook and cranny of each level, you'll really enjoy this game too.

For me, this series is review-proof. Like everyone else. I loved the original, but I also thoroughly enjoyed Yoshi's Story and Yoshi's Island DS. And both of these had a significant number of bad reviews, especially Yoshi's Story. I play Mario platformers for the time limit and the high level of skill needed to survive the course. I play Yoshi's Island to explore the levels, and try for the perfect score. Two totally different games.



justinluey commented on Updated Zelda and Animal Crossing 3DS Card Cas...:

I received my Zelda version today and the quality is excellent. Both the case and cover art are much higher quality than the ones you get when you buy a game.

Is there anywhere online to buy a similar case, so we can use the extra covers.



justinluey commented on Wii Sports Club: Golf Swings Onto the Wii U eShop:

I've still been playing Wii Sports (and Resort) golf. This new version is fantastic and worth every penny of the $9.99. The graphics look good, the new course layout is insane, and the Wii U gamepad adds a whole new dimension and depth to the gameplay. I will be sinking an insane amount of hours into this game.

Wii Sports Club Golf is so good it could sell systems. Nintendo needs to get this collection on disc soon, and promote the hell of the download codes at retail.



justinluey commented on Nintendo Download: 5th December (North America):

I hope other companies (including Nintendo) learn a few things from Sega when it comes to re-releasing old games. Sonic looks great, the 3D effect enhances the game, and the new features are great.

I'd still like to see re-releases treated more like a special edition DVDs. Give us things like:

  • original boxart
  • original instruction booklet
  • history of the development and launch of the game, interviews, etc