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Tue 8th April, 2014

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kingc8 commented on Nintendo Drops Out of Interbrand 'Best Global ...:

That 10 years of placement charts Nintendo super accurately. Things came off the rails in 2010 and 2011 started the 3ds era along with the rest of the poor decisions and heavily stalled software pipeline. Wow.



kingc8 commented on Review: IRONFALL Invasion (3DS eShop):

I'm one of those crusty old losers who wants to pay and get the whole game, rather than have to pay for bits and pieces. -You want to charge me more? -Is it a genuinely good game? -Then I will pay for it. I hate this freemium crap.



kingc8 commented on Digital Foundry Ponders Next-Gen Hardware Opti...:

2017 "makes sense", given the expected life-time, but Nintendo must be shedding serious money to keep Wii U on the shelves at this point. 2017 is a long way away.

Wii, on the other hand, could have lasted longer had Nintendo not bloody killed it off.



kingc8 commented on Digital Foundry Ponders Next-Gen Hardware Opti...:


Miyamoto mentioned Nintendo was working on the next console already (aren't they always) just before Christmas.

With Wii U Christmas sales at 36% of last years, despite Smash MK8 and Bayonetta 2 (hehe), I guess Miyamoto isn't too worried talking about what's next at this point.

Wii U is still face down in the water. :-/



kingc8 commented on Digital Foundry Ponders Next-Gen Hardware Opti...:

AMD's ARM project is probably to replace the PowerPC architecture which appears to be in such a dead-end that IBM PAID $1.5 Billion just to get shot of it's fabrication facilities.

Meanwhile AMD will continue to support Nintendo with the GPU arch they've had since Gamecube. -And both handheld and home console will share the same architecture, to differing levels of power, of course.



kingc8 commented on Video: Nintendo Minute Unboxes Super Smash Bro...:

It is, of course, an advert for Nintendo products and I'm fine with that.

But, hands-up.. who thinks that Krysta, if she wasn't having her bills paid by Nintendo, would actually go out and purchase these things?

I think Krysta would probably be into the Wii Fit and Wii Sports software, but this Amiibo stuff comes off to me as more children/adult-collectors type stuff.



kingc8 commented on Nintendo Returns to Profit as Wii U Sales Show...:


Wii U shows a supreme lack of providence by Nintendo.

As far as I'm concerned, Nintendo Land, for what it is, remains the best example of the possibility of the Gamepad.

Nintendo say that development of pixel shaders and the expanded resources required to develop HD content has caught them off guard. That's got to be bullshit. It's Gamecube architecture, they can make smaller content without the complex shaders. Boom.

No, basically Wii U is about Miyamoto trying to prove that "Gamecube Connectivity" with the GBA and Pacman VS., was a good idea.

And it still seems to be the sole application for it. (See Luigi's Ghost Mansion mini-game.)



kingc8 commented on Nintendo Returns to Profit as Wii U Sales Show...:


I think you're right that we have to look at the recovery in perspective. Wii U has been a disaster up to this point. Nintendo's money and sheer force of will has prevented it totally being removed from retail at this point.

The home console in Japan is not over, they just need something different, something more like 'Wii' and less like this Gamecube stuff they've been putting out.

Wii U is on crutches and will remain conservative to the end of it's run.



kingc8 commented on QOL Trademark Filings Point to Quality of Life...:


Yeesh.. damaging the Wii U brand.. what's the brand worth at this point?

Nintendo won't be using the Wii brand again.. and I get the feeling the DS brand has run it's course. Maybe a return to the Gameboy brand perhaps?

I just think calling the next device the 4DS is just gonna wash over people at this point.. again a brand that's probably tapped out for now.



kingc8 commented on QOL Trademark Filings Point to Quality of Life...:

What Nintendo did, after Wii, was make a system that would appeal to the core gamers again, essentially a gamecube 2.

It is dying, horribly.

Nintendo used to be about making products for everyone, for the mainstream. Wii was a return to that idea. QOL may well be a return to that idea.

Overweight neck-beards in their mother's basement obviously don't care about their quality of life, Q.E.D.



kingc8 commented on Rumour: Wii Sports Club Japanese Retail Bundle...:

Mmmeh, it's a retread for sure. But I'm kinda surprised how they chopped this game into little bits and sold it with a poopypoop payment plan over the eshop.

Not sure it's all that appetising, but Wii U needs all the interesting software it can get. I'll be interested to see what they do with the gamepad.



kingc8 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's E3 Plans Are Full of...:

2008 was certainly nothing special, but it wasn't that bad.

2003 was a ball-buster for Iwata, check youtube for Nintendo E3 2003. That was the E3 where Iwata stood in front of the E3 crowd for the first time and sweated bullet bills as he admitted the GameCubes failure.

It's exactly that sort of live show, in my mind, that Iwata wants to avoid having ever again.



kingc8 commented on Nintendo Confirms The Mario Kart 8 Premium Pac...:

I was thinking it's pretty cool they're including a physical copy in the box, but the more I think about it, it seems like these Wii U's are re-purposed Nintendo Land Wii U's where the box and the bundled disk were swapped.

Shrewd Mr, Iwata, very shrewd.



kingc8 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Must Take Careful Step...:


I think the whole digital way, with accounts and DLC is driving prices and quality (and the industry) into the ground.

See minecraft. It might or might not surprise you to learn that physical retail has been the major win for them over digital and physical merchandise has been insanely successful for them too.



kingc8 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Must Take Careful Step...:


Fair point. But modern DLC doesn't come in a retail box.. by design.

You know, if you wanted to second-hand your PC game, you could just duck-tape the main game and the expansion together and give it to GameShop(TM).

DLC is ephemeral and controlled by the publisher puppet masters who think they're entitled to a slice of the sales of second-hand games.



kingc8 commented on Feature: Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns...:


Yeah, they all look like 25% done games too. -To be fair, these are somewhat pitches, so they probably are 25% done.

You know, folk knock the AAA for being unambitious and derivative, but I've never seen such a consistent desire for developers to almost exactly re-make old games, like indie devs do.

For Nintendo on with Wii U, it's indie devs or nothing, because big third-parties are going-concern business's that actually want to make money. If Wii U was pulling in big third parties, there would be no way Nintendo would allow any of this junk anywhere near their systems. (See Nintendo Japan for Indie developer policy).



kingc8 commented on 3DS eShop Exclusive Nintendo Pocket Football C...:

Yeah, there's really no need for a discount out the gate. I've been waiting for this game since it was announced. Honestly, if this was a retail release, I'd snap it right up.

I suppose we should count ourselves lucky this isn't "Mario Super Soccer Manager!".

I'm disappointed by Nintendo's sketchy confident in this title, - to me at least, it's the most interesting game in ages.