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madgear

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#1

madgear commented on Talking Point: Gun Violence and Nintendo is an...:

@R-L-A-George

I suggest you look up gun murder in Japan and you'll see it is almost the lowest in the world. People just seem to be making assumptions.

Also, I'm quite annoyed yet more of my posts are getting deleted on this site. Posts that aren't aggressive, insulting, inappropiate or off topic - just opinionated. On that note, I am through with this site. The level of over-zealous forum administration here makes this a very unpleasant place to post. Why encourage discussion on a topic yet start deleting posts when you think they get too opinionated? That's what discussions and debates are for. So what if other issues are brought up related to the subject? That's just what happens in debates. Even though I disagree with @Five-seveN I don't like to see that his posts have been deleted too and others who have interacted with him.

If you just want your comments section for people to say "hey, great article, well done" then so be it. However that's not for me so I think I'll find a site a more mature games site that encourages proper discussions elsewhere.

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#3

madgear commented on Talking Point: Gun Violence and Nintendo is an...:

@Five-seven

"Their purpose is for protection against criminals and against a government should that government become tyrannical."

And how does this government become tyrannical? A bunch of politicians in the White House can not take over your country. Do you know how tyrants get to power? They have support from a large portion of the country's population who will fight for their cause (be it over religion, land etc). For the US government to turn tyrannical, a large percentage of the US population has to support their tyrannical regime - and those people currently have guns.

The US military and armed forces are also made up of civilians. If you talked to a soldier and asked "if the government told you to suppress the American people, would you do it?" do you honestly think they'd say yes? They're the same people as the rest of you. If the US government does ever become tyrannical, it'll be the average gun-toting civilians that oppress you, because who else can honestly do it?

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#4

madgear commented on GoldenEye Creator Explains N64 Title's Role In...:

@doctor_doak you make valid points but the article isn't about games causing gun violence. It's more about gamers supporting the gun industry with our purchases.

For example if you're against guns in real life, yet love to play FPS video games (as most do - it's not hypocritical to engage in harmless fantasy) then you are contributing to the weapons industry. A portion of your purchase goes to weapons manufacturers, who will use it to make weapons that may be used to kill a person. I don't know how that makes you feel but I certainly don't feel good about it.

@Zombie_Barioth You mean the realism in Metal Gear such as giant mechs, genetically enhanced super soldiers, cyborg ninjas and psychic terrorists? I'm just messing with ya but that's a pretty funny example.

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#5

madgear commented on Smash Bros. Melee Needs Your Help To Make It T...:

As a long time dedicated fighter gamer, I'm still baffled on the preference of Melee over Brawl. Neither games are considered anywhere close to being balanced so the differences are negligible.

Brawl is my personal preference because of the choice of characters and environments. It seems under competitive conditions certain characters aren't allowed, use simple stages such as Final Destination and have items switched off. It kind of defeats the point of smash bros to play that way. If you're going to play something competitive stick to the likes of Virtua Fighter, Third Strike and SF4 but without the stages, the characters and the mayhem, Smash Bros just isn't as fun.

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#6

madgear commented on Balloon Fight On Wii U Reportedly Running At 5...:

For those asking why this is a big deal - try living in a PAL region. First this game is only 30p but the problem isn't just this one purchase, it means all PAL titles are going to be like this just like the Wii.

50hz is, and always has been, noticeable - even back when the games were released. Check out old games magazines from the 8 -16-bit era and you'll see numerous complaints from journalists and readers about how our versions are considerably slower with big black borders. I remember a lot of fuss over SNES Street Fighter 2 being a particularly bad case, where the screen is almost 50% back borders (Virtual Console version is the same). Also imagine playing Sonic or a racer a good percentage slower.

Following that, the OFFICIAL Sega Saturn magazine in the UK used to encourage gamers to get a 60hz switch added to their PAL console to force our games to run at full speed on a full screen. It's what started the change with the Dreamcast that gave us the 60hz option in the software from that point.

So yeah, it is a big deal for us. All we ask is that PAL games come with a 60hz option.

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#7

madgear commented on Rumour: Flashback Remake Coming To Wii U eShop:

Haha yeah Another World has been remade twice. Once for its 15th anniversary and again for its 20th. Both have the same excellent, redrawn backgrounds and look beautiful but support some great high resolutions.

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#8

madgear commented on Rumour: Flashback Remake Coming To Wii U eShop:

@Nintex Nah Flashback was a huge seller - especially on the Megadrive. The Amiga version got a great run too. I've always loved the game but I'll have to see more of this first. I prefer these games to retain their single screen layout as opposed to scrolling as they often too with updates in this genre so we'll have to see. Has me interested, though.

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#9

madgear commented on Nintendo Reveals Plans For Wii U Virtual Console:

@Big-A2 it may indeed cost them but they don't have to do it for every virtual console game. That odd £1/£1.50 is a lot of money if you have a large VC collection. An easier way would to have the function built into the Wii U software, as standard, out of the box instead of a seperate Wii menu. When you transfer your Wii U games they all move to the Wii U menu, which resizes, upscales and transmits the original ROMs. It can easily be done. The upscale is artificial anyway as they're not re-made games, they're the emulated originals.

It's all irrelevant to me anyway as I've decided against a Wii U but I still don't like to see my favourite games company making such bad descisions and treating the loyal fans this way.

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#10

madgear commented on Nintendo Reveals Plans For Wii U Virtual Console:

@cornishlee looks like the UK prices are the same but with the $ replaced with a £ - so £1 for NES and £1.50 for SNES.

I know a few of you have over a hundred VC games so, assuming they all cost the minumum price of a NES game, it'll cost you over £100 to transfer them all. Of course that's assuming they do that for every title - I can't see games that have been removed from the service getting this treatment.

A better way for them to have done this is with a firmware update, which is more than possible to do to allow your VC games on the Wii U interface and add gamepad functionality but they wouldn't get any money off you that way.

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#12

madgear commented on This Homage To Sega's Classic Racers Could Be ...:

This I'm interested in! I remember seeing games like this for the first time and thinking this is how the future of video games would look. Blue skies, bright colours, interesting and varied scenery - why did games have to get so grey?

I'll definitely pick this up on PC when it's released. Looks great.

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#13

madgear commented on Talking Point: The Blurred Lines of "Collectab...:

@Bass_X0 Yes I bought Super Street Fighter 4 but I didn't buy Street Fighter 4. My choice there was either Street Fighter 4 or Super Street Fighter 4 at the same price. Both are £20 and I opted for Super Street Fighter 4 instead because of the extra characters (Cody and Guy etc).

However If I wanted the extra characters for Street Fighter X Tekken it's the same £20 and then extra on top of that for the characters (£16) making it £36. Super Street Fighter 4 still just cost me £20.

I'm not buying it out of principle now - I don't care how cheap it gets. I don't really feel like I'm missing out on playing as Hugo and Poison as I'd still just be bitter I'm buying a game that's trying to rip me off. I don't care enough to buy it.

As for the trailer, I didn't assume Haggar was in it because he's seen for a split second. Cody and Guy kick through a "new challenger" sign. I mean if your characters aren't in the game then why give them a speaking part and an epic entrance? Obviously you were right there but it fooled me and I just don't care to buy it. I wanted to buy Cody, Guy, Poison, Hugo etc in a fighter - not half of those and pay extra on top. That's what was advertised to me and when I saw the package didn't deliver I decided not to buy it. Are you trying to convince me I should want something I don't?

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#14

madgear commented on Talking Point: The Blurred Lines of "Collectab...:

The Street Fighter X Tekken thing especially angered me because, well, I'm clearly a Final Fight fan. One such advertisement for the game, which featured Poison and Hugo in a wrestling match with Tekken character showed Cody and Guy entering as "new challengers" at the end. It was an extremely cool trailer and got excited for the game.

I eventually found out that Cody and Guy had to be purchased to unlock them in the game. I was outraged by this and decided to not buy the title at all. They were advertising the characters with no mention of them being downloadable extras until much later. So, if I wanted it, I would have had to buy the game and then pay extra on top of that to play the characters I wanted to play. This isn't unlockable content, it's holding content to ransom.

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#16

madgear commented on Still No Solid Release Date For Aliens: Coloni...:

"I'm excited about most, motion tracker on the gamepad what more do u want"

I prefer how they have it in the other versions actually. They have the actual motion tracker (fully modelled) from the film which you can hold in your left hand on the screen - looks extremely cool.

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#17

madgear commented on Blockbuster UK Joins HMV In Administration:

The issue isn't so much games now as movies. The only places that stock DVDs (and Blu Rays) now are supermarkets, but they have a very small selection. Good luck finding anything more than a couple years old or something that didn't chart there.

Buying discs online, streaming or Sky TV is the only way now. Streaming and Sky don't have the newest films or the classics so, for the majority of titles, that just leaves Amazon. In a way it doesn't affect me too much as I can still get hold of what I want, but I bet the movie industry isn't going to be happy as sales will definitely fall (and they'll blame it on piracy).

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#18

madgear commented on Ubisoft: Wii U Power Meant No Limitations For ...:

@MadAussieBloke Well that just says that you're good at games, not that games are too easy. If you find games like VVVVVV that easy (although I finished it on PC with keys, so might have been why I found it harder) then maybe think about taking up gaming as a profession? There's a lot of money in it.

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#19

madgear commented on Ubisoft: Wii U Power Meant No Limitations For ...:

@MadAussieBloke - have you finished Rayman Origins yet? I'd hardly call that easy and that's coming from someone who has mastered Super Meat Boy. It may be easy to run through the odd level in it near the start, but the only way to fight the end boss is to find enough hidden exits and get all the crystals. I can't tell you how long it took me to finish some of those chase sequences.

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#20

madgear commented on Police Recover Vehicles Used In Wii U Heist:

One of the ways they could sell them is if one of the thieves actually owns a games store. Especially a respectable one. It's a well organised heist so I'm sure they'll have thought of how they'll sell them. Ebay is too obvious and it'd be too difficult to sell that many systems by any other means other than a store.

They'd still have to be sold off the record, but police should at least monitor some of the games and electronic stores in the area.

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#21

madgear commented on The Big Wii U Survey:

I answered it, rather negatively I must say. Thought it's worth me taking part, though. I'd love the Wii U to be a success and for me to want the console as there's not much to look forward to for me from either Nintendo, Microsoft or Sony in the foreseeable future. Sad times.

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#22

madgear commented on Review: World Heroes 2 (Wii Virtual Console / ...:

I LOVE this game, but I think that's a fair review of it. I'll mostly be picking it up for nostalgia but I'm not sure others will get as much out of it as I will. Glad it saw a release, though. I didn't have much hope after Perfect hit the VC.

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#23

madgear commented on GameStop Sales of Wii U Are Reportedly "Slight...:

@Koto but they are still needed for local multiplayer, so I'd still have to get one. As they don't work with the VC, you'll still need classic controllers too. At the moment on my Wii I just use Wii remotes and GameCube pads and that still feels like too much. To add these extra controllers and a gamepad is just too much for me.

It's also kind of lazy too. Why isn't the pro controller compatible with the Virtual Console? Maybe it wouldn't be so bad if they allowed them to replace the classic controller but in addition to those?

It's fine if that's no problem for you. I'm quite happy for the Wii U to be a success if everyone doesn't mind having to use multiple controllers. You'll never be able to convince me, though. There's just no way I'm having my TV area look like a forest of plastic peripherals.

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#24

madgear commented on GameStop Sales of Wii U Are Reportedly "Slight...:

@cornishlee yeah, it just depends on what you're looking for. I can only speak for myself and other people may not have the same problem with it that I do.

I think the general reason, and I'm just speculating from what people have said, is that they're not really sure what the Wii U is. They know it's a new console (and not a Wii add on) but they're not sure what they'll get out of it. Like I said, I can only speak for myself but everyone may have their own reason for not buying one. I'd like to hear from other die hard Nintendo fans their reason for not getting a Wii U.

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#25

madgear commented on GameStop Sales of Wii U Are Reportedly "Slight...:

@cornishlee @AmishThunder - quite the opposite of a hoarder, I'm more of a minimalist who doesn't like a cluttered room. Well I could list the problems I have with the Wii U but it'd make for a long post. With the controller, though, I don't like the idea of having a giant touch screen pad to use with my console. I have an iPad already that I keep in my living room, I don't need another giant pad next to the TV. On top of that I need these new pro controllers, additional classic controllers (since I used GameCube pads for VC before) and my old Wii remotes and nunchucks. However, since no GC compatability, I'd also need to keep my Wii and GameCube pads anyway. If you're fine with all that stuff around your TV then that's up to you. Personally I just want one console and little clutter.

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#26

madgear commented on GameStop Sales of Wii U Are Reportedly "Slight...:

I'm really not surprised by this at all. I'm such a huge Nintendo fan and they're probably my favourites games company of all time (sorry, Sega - only just). However, despite this, I have zero interest in the Wii U. The original Wii is the best console I have ever owned and still play it regularly, so how can they mess up so bad?

What I was hoping for was a HD Wii. Visuals better than what we see on PS3/360, better online, same compatibility as Wii and to use the tried and tested motion plus controller. I certainly do not want a giant touch pad controller taking up what little living room space I have left. I've complained quite a bit about the Wii U on here, but only because I'm disappointed. After countless responses of "it's not such a big deal" and "get over it", I have to say no. I think a lot of other Nintendo fans are choosing not to buy it too. It's a shame as I still love and want to play Nintendo games, but so far I think this is going to be the first Nintendo console I've had no interest in since I got my first SNES. Sad days.

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#27

madgear commented on Nintendo Download: 3rd January 2013 (Europe):

Nothing for Wii U is a bit strange now. I don't own the system or plan on buying one but I thought it'd be better supported than this. The Wii was getting 3 Virtual Console games a week at this point. I wonder what they're playing at.

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#29

madgear commented on Nintendo Europe Working On Fix For Wii U eShop...:

@Lobster of course you should act entitled if you're paying for a product. They're not giving you a free Wii U out of the kindness of their hearts. Surely you've worked hard and spent a lot of money on one. If they're not delivering on something you'd expect from the system then you have every reason to complain and ask for a fix.

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#31

madgear commented on UK Press Pins Blame For Sandy Hook Massacre On...:

The thing that annoys me so much about this (and not necessarily these articles in discussion, but rather around the internet) is the constant "how do we keep violent games away from children" debate.

The only children involved in this case are the victims. The killer is 20 years old, an adult and responsible for his own actions. Stopping children playing violent games is not the issue here.

As far as these articles go, I'm just not going to bother defending gaming in this case. It happens every time. There's no one cause for what makes people do things like this but, if I had to put anything over the others, it'd be alienation, bullying and not feeling accepted in society. Of course human emotions are complex things so we'll never find the cause.

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#33

madgear commented on Annoyed About Age Restrictions On The Euro Wii...:

@ThePillowGolem Well, to be fair, you don't know who I am any more than I know who you are. For all you know I could be the CEO of a multinational corporation. I'm not, but you can't just assume I don't know what I'm talking about just because I post on a Nintendo forum.

It's true that digital sales is a more recent thing, but it hasn't sprung up over night and they should have set something up in place. Perhaps having their UK offices as their base for online content. I've been aware of Germany's video game issues since the original Resident Evil debuted on PlayStation. A games company, being based in a country where the politicians are strongly against video games should have raised alarm bells long ago.

It's all very well talking about the cost of moving location, but a lot of people really arn't happy about this, third party developers are really not going to be happy about this. Indie developers may not release content here at all. What's worse? Setting up alternative premises or no one buying your product? I'd hate for anyone in Germany to lose their job, especially with economy as it is, but if they don't fix it then that could be a possibility anyway. Time will tell how successful the Wii U will be, but if gamers arn't happy they won't buy, regardless of how much you don't think it's a big deal.

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#35

madgear commented on Annoyed About Age Restrictions On The Euro Wii...:

I still blame Nintendo over Germany. Considering Germany is a country with a hostile attitude to games and some ridiculous censorship laws, it should have been the last place Nintendo considered for setting up office in Europe.

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#36

madgear commented on Talking Point: Time for Wii U to Treat Us Like...:

@WhiteKnight I didn't missunderstand your point. As I said, I live in the UK and all this will do is anger the customers. And no, they're not letting kids download Zombie U - there's security in place, this is just overkill.

And damage to reputation from the media? It has quite the opposite effect I assure you. It happened with Mortal Kombat, Doom, Manhunt, Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty etc - all that happened to them was they became some of the best selling games of their eras.

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#37

madgear commented on Talking Point: Time for Wii U to Treat Us Like...:

@WhiteKnight different cultural environment? I live in the UK and I can tell you it's well within our culture to find this extremely annoying and inconvenient.

A lot of you seem to be defending this financially from Nintendo's point of view. They don't want to risk fines? Tell me, what will damage them more - fines or people not buying their console and games? When some of you say "it's not a big deal" realise that it is. Sure we could stay up until 11pm, despite what adult commitments we may have, to download our content and play it the next day. Another option is to get, say, a PC instead and just download what we want when we want.

That's by far the most attractive for me. People are angry at this because they're Nintendo fans and want their Nintendo console to be as good as anything else. I'm particularly annoyed with the Wii U because I have enjoyed and owned every Nintendo console since the SNES and yet Nintendo seem to have done everything possible to turn me away from this new one. So I'm disappointed as I'm unwilling to make the investment and I'm going to have to look elsewhere this new generation. It's a shame as I love Nintendo games but we all have our limits on what we're willing to put up with.

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#38

madgear commented on Talking Point: Time for Wii U to Treat Us Like...:

Well no, I agree with parental control but not hiding the fact that there are mature games in such a way. It's simply not a family console if there's mature content so you can't hide that fact. They either have to not release mature games at all and make consoles just for kids, or let their customers choose what they want to play.. They can't have it both ways.

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#39

madgear commented on Talking Point: Time for Wii U to Treat Us Like...:

This reminds me a bit of the Nintendo Mortal Kombat censorship issue from the 1990's. Most assumed that, after age ratings were introduced, games would go uncensored and rated appropriately like with other consoles. They're still at it, though. They've recently held back games due to religious content and now this.

I think Nintendo's approach is much more damaging than making the content available freely and attaching an age rating. Going the "family friendly console" route and hiding all mature content under the carpet just brings us back to the "consoles are just for kids" attitude from the NES era.

The mature games still exist for the console, so making it TOO safe means it's going to cause more of an outrage when kids are (and they will be) caught with adult rated games.

I'd much prefer it if parents were aware that games consoles, like with movies, have childrens content and adult content and caution should be used when buying a game. Hiding it from view just breeds ignorance and gives people a view of consoles that should have died out in the 1980's.

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#41

madgear commented on 18-Rated Content on Wii U eShop Only Accessibl...:

"Well, it makes some sense", "It seems like a good idea to me".

Are you people INSANE!? It's the most ridiculous idea I've heard yet for this new console, how can you possibly defend it? You know you can still love Nintendo more than anything in the world and still think things they do are absolutely ridiculous.

I mean I'm an adult and I'm generally asleep by 11pm anyway! They can't dictate to adults when they can buy something. It's just crazy.

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#42

madgear commented on Hardware Review: Wii U:

I think that's a pretty fair review from what I've heard of the system. It won't convince me to buy one, but I'm still interested to read about any new Nintendo console good or bad.

Since you're reviewing a UK Wii U, I'm curious as to how certain VC games function via a HDMI connection. In the UK, certain Virtual Console games refused to work via a HD connection (Castlevania, Gunstar Heroes, Toejam & Earl, R-Type 3 etc). Since the Wii U uses an HDMI connection, are these games even playable on the console?

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#45

madgear commented on Nintendo Has No New Wii Games In The Pipeline:

Considering the Wii has a userbase of several million and the Wii U only a few thousand at the moment, it's extremely foolish to drop support for it. The PS2 has enjoyed a long life after the PS3 and Sega even continued to support the Dreamcast after they announced they were stopping production.

Unlike the Dreamcast, the Wii was a huge success. It makes no sense to drop support - millions of Wii users are still out there.

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#46

madgear commented on Feature: Wii U Launch Day, Live!:

Hmm that's rubbish, I should be able to play them on both. Hopefully they'll modify it and introduce an account or something in the future. Thanks for the response, though, good to know how it works at least.

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#47

madgear commented on Feature: Wii U Launch Day, Live!:

I have a question, when you transfer games over from the Wii to the Wii U they still keep on the original system don't they?

I'm not actually planning on getting a Wii U but in the event that I did (say some amazing game is released I can't resist), I'd still have to keep the Wii due to my extensive unfinished GameCube collection. I'm not sure I'd want to make those games unplayable on my Wii.

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#48

madgear commented on Donkey Kong Country Trilogy To Be Pulled From ...:

Wow. Soon the majority of my VC collection will be titles that have been removed from the service. I sure hope Nintendo keep them hosted online forever as don't want to lose the ability to play them should my Wii decide to pack in.

This is why I hate digital distribution. Things disappear and then there's no way to legally buy them. If they just gave us the right to transfer them freely once we downloaded them then it'd be fine, but as it stands we're constantly getting screwed over.

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#49

madgear commented on Molyneux: "I Struggle To See Anything Amazing ...:

Wow you guys are all taking this a little personally, arn't you? People are going to have a problem with Wii U, just like with any console. Even some Nintendo fans, like me, are underwhelmed by it. Just focus on your own opinion of it and not what someone else says. If what someone else says is worrying you then maybe you're just deluding yourself. If not, then be happy that you're excited about a new console and leave the rest to Nintendo's marketing department.

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#50

madgear commented on Molyneux: "I Struggle To See Anything Amazing ...:

I've not played the Wii U so can't really judge, but he's basically saying what I think my problem with the Wii U pad will be. It's not like the DS where both screen are within your line of sight. It has two screens in completely different fields of vision.

I'm a huge Nintendo fan and love all their past systems but this one seems more hassle than it's worth. I don't want more controllers, I want less. Or one that can be used with everything. The whole thing just looks a mess.