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Sat 28th March, 2009

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Mahe commented on Feature: Ten Upcoming Nindie eShop Games to Wa...:

When it comes to content, the Wii and DSi download shops were much better than their Wii U and 3DS versions.

Even here, you've included a port of DSiWare game - not so tough to resist when you still have the original.



Mahe commented on Review: Pokémon Shuffle (3DS eShop):

"take the money you'd spend on an afternoon's worth of Jewels, put it towards [any other game] instead, and let the endless supply of [altogether different gameplay] tide you over between Shuffles."

Good advice, but why limit yourself to Pokemon games? Play any other game or games between your Shuffle sessions, and get a wider gaming experience that way.

With one cart in your 2DS/3DS plus downloadable games, it's easy to swap between any number of games on the go.



Mahe commented on Satoru Iwata Highlights Growth of Wii U Sales ...:

In the previous year compared here, Wii U had trash games like Game & Wario, Wind Waker HD and Mario 3D World. Compared to games like those, of course there's some growth in sales with Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors and Smash, but overall figures are still very low. The Gamepad console has simply been one huge mistake from Nintendo with only a few noteworthy releases.



Mahe commented on Soapbox: Portable Gaming Forges a Special Rela...:

Nintendo really hasn't been the master lately with their 3DS bumbling. I find myself playing much fewer 3DS games now than on GB, GBA, DS, DSi... which I still keep playing. I hope Nintendo's next handheld will be a return to form after the 3DS missteps.



Mahe commented on Nintendo Dominated Japan During 2014, Despite ...:

@Caryslan Did you even read the news? 3DS console sales are down 36 % (1.8 million consoles) despite New 3DS, Smash Bros. and Youkai Watch. Wii U console sales are down 32 % despite Mario Kart 8 and Smash Bros. Meanwhile, the PS4 is closing in on 1 million consoles sold, while Japan is still in transition period between PS3 and PS4.

Worldwide, the situation is a nightmare for Nintendo. 3DS and Wii U are dying.



Mahe commented on Eiji Aonuma Wants Mario Kart 8's DLC Master Cy...:

"It looked so cool that I also want it to appear in games I work on."

I want Aonuma to stop working on Zelda. He doesn't even realize why the Master Cycle fits in Mario Kart 8 but not in the Zelda world. If Aonuma's allowed to continue, he'll make the "Final Fantasy 13" of the Zelda series.



Mahe commented on Mario Kart 8 Speeds Past The Two Million Copie...:

Even 48,000 to 60,000 is a "rise" in hardware sales too. If the effect is anything bigger, why wouldn't they share exact numbers?

Meanwhile, Mario Kart 8 is selling as well as it can on the Gamepad console. It's a good game with minimal Gamepad implementation.



Mahe commented on Video: Watch Our Handy Highlight Video To See ...:

No, just no. There has been a lot of criticism, and Nintendolife has become a bastion of ignorance if it claims otherwise.

Showing "highlights" of Nintendo's terrible E3 showing is grasping at straws.



Mahe commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Successfully Wooed Som...:

"E3 was a big step in the right direction in converting the Wii U's image from 'doomed' system to being a fun console with must-have games."

Noooope. E3 made Wii U even more "doomed". Certainly not fun.

@Shambo What is there to play now? Mario Kart 8, and that's it for the whole summer. Rest of 2014? Very dry with some sprinklings of Hyrule Warriors and Smash. The 2015 announced lineup? Absolutely terrible save for Xenoblade X.



Mahe commented on Mario Kart 8 Claims Top Spot in Japanese Chart...:

Nintendo can't be happy about these results. Just in its third week, Mario Kart Wii sold over 300,000 copies in Japan, reaching over 1,1 million copies total. Even Mario Kart 8 is failing to push more than a marginal number of Wii U consoles all around the world. At this rate, it's possible Nintendo won't even reach their massively reduced 3,6 million Wii Us yearly worldwide estimate.

@sketchturner It's last week's figure. It means that even the miniscule hardware bump that Mario Kart 8 gave to the Gamepad console is decreasing.



Mahe commented on Mario Kart 8 Speeds Into Second Place In NPD M...:

@Ernest_The_Crab Some good points, but can't agree about the marketing spiel. Too many of Wii U's problems are tied to the Gamepad.

@sinalefa I only learned to dislike the Gamepad through my use and ownership of the Wii U. I was cautiously optimistic at first, even tried to like it despite my doubts. But... the Gamepad turned out to be simply a huge mistake from Nintendo.

However, imagine the "word of mouth" effect: I'm the kind of early adopter that buys consoles I'm interested in early on, and with more money than might be prudent. The impressions of early adopters like me then shape the larger crowds: is there enough recommendations for a new console and its games, or are the early adopters' experiences "meh" or even greatly disappointed?

While there are still Wii U fans remaining on sites like this, the early impressions were a lot of disappointment and disinterest. Nintendoland wasn't the game that Nintendo had hoped would set off the "word of mouth", and other games were lacking and too far between as well. So, not only was the Gamepad experience bad, the games were not up to the quality of the Wii and good games were too far between, and in addition, the price was too high for many outside the early adopter group. That's a lot of factors adding to the lack of positive reputation, and even negative word of mouth. And the Wii U has never gotten out of that rut. With the latest E3, it's sinking only deeper.

Yet, I've kept it so far because there are still games I can play without the Gamepad (like Mario Kart 8), and I was waiting to see how the situation develops between Wii U, PS4 and other platforms. The Wii U also is the best way to play Wii games thanks to HDMI output.



Mahe commented on Mario Kart 8 Speeds Into Second Place In NPD M...:

@PlywoodStick Yeah, remember the Wii? People really didn't like how Nintendo rocked the boat that with that one. 100 million people bought a Wii just to spite Nintendo for upsetting the status quo.

Now, the Gamepad? Dual sticks controller for playing traditional games? Now that's rocking the boat!



Mahe commented on Mario Kart 8 Speeds Into Second Place In NPD M...:

@PlywoodStick "It's not that the Gamepad is driving people away. People drive themselves away from fundamental systemic change."

Wait, whaaaat?

@Grumblevolcano Yeah, and MK8 is better than MK7.

However, when MK7 came out, 3DS was only 8 months old, and had been selling very poorly. Now, at MK8, the Wii U is already 18 months old, and has two holiday seasons behind it (launch 2012 and holiday 2013), so it has a more matured install base.



Mahe commented on Mario Kart 8 Speeds Into Second Place In NPD M...:

@SockoMario But it's not possible to buy or use Wii U without the Gamepad, even for Mario Kart 8. So, if people want Mario Kart 8, they're forced to pay premium price for a cumbersome controller that the game doesn't even require. You don't think that might limit buyer interest just a bit?



Mahe commented on Mario Kart 8 Speeds Into Second Place In NPD M...:

@ikki5 This was Wii U's biggest release of the year. Now it's summer, and there's nothing noteworthy coming out. And there will be barely anything even in the fall, which only has a handful of Wii U games coming out.

Also, in the chart I linked, games on Nintendo platforms held seven spots, and the remaining ones were GTA and Call of Duty.



Mahe commented on Mario Kart 8 Speeds Into Second Place In NPD M...:

Mario Kart 8 obviously sold well, but the Wii U hardware "improvement"... sold 33 thousand in May 2013, improvement of 27 thousand year-on-year. Sold 48 thousand in April 2014, improvement of 12 thousand month-on-month. This despite getting its biggest game of the year.




Mahe commented on FIFA 15 Is Lacing Its Boots For A Wii And 3DS ...:

Last year, Wii still sold more games than Wii U, even with Wii U getting all of Nintendo's backing as well as more third-party games. EA operates for profit, and it's simply not there on the Wii U.



Mahe commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's GamePad Bet Could Pa...:

@Action51 Yeah, you can continue liking it. But imagine your own R.O.B. = Gamepad allegory here. What if Nintendo had stubbornly kept the R.O.B. in every NES console set despite the increased cost and its limited use, shoehorned R.O.B. functionality in their NES releases aside from the few games made for it, and what if they had insisted that they need to "focus on innovating" with the R.O.B. to show consumers "the value of the R.O.B."?

That's what's going on with Wii U and the Gamepad.



Mahe commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's GamePad Bet Could Pa...:

@Action51 The R.O.B. was an optional accessory that was quickly dropped. And you liken it to the Gamepad? Hmm... And are you calling the Zapper atrocious? Seriously?

The thing about Game & Watch and Wiimote is that they're GOOD innovations. Not all change is good, but not all change is bad, either. That's the point.
Wiimote = NES Controller. Gamepad = R.O.B.

Likewise with the Power Pad, Balance Board and DS. You're grasping at straws to defend the failed Gamepad, Nintendo's biggest blunder since the Virtual Boy. Funny you didn't list that...



Mahe commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's GamePad Bet Could Pa...:

@TruenoGT Yeah, those 100 million Wii owners really disliked change. Oh wait...

If the NES had come with anything as atrocious as the Gamepad, it would probably have failed to restart the game industry and wouldn't have had the cultural legacy it now has.



Mahe commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's GamePad Bet Could Pa...:

@Will-75 Obviously not everyone, but just as obviously, the PS4 is draining old Wii players and even Wii U owners away.

Sad to say, that's soon going to be the reality for me too. I simply don't want to play on the Gamepad despite Nintendo's insistence, and their E3 conference was a huge disappointment for me. On the Wii U, I always use other controllers when possible (Wiimote, Classic Controller, Pro), and on the PS4, I won't have to worry about the hassle of Gamepad. If Nintendo stubbornly wastes their resources on the Gamepad, there's simply no point to playing on the Wii U anymore.



Mahe commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's GamePad Bet Could Pa...:

@Anguspuss Mario Kart 8 is good with controller options, but many Wii U games and apps don't have those options. That means there's no option to buy or use Wii U completely without the Gamepad.

And as such, many people will just not buy the Gamepad console or its games.



Mahe commented on E3 2014: Launch Sales of Mario Kart 8 Outperfo...:

@mjharper MK7 came out when 3DS had been out for 8 months. Mario Kart 8 came out when Wii U had been out for 18 months. A bigger and more mature userbase ready for MK8. The 3DS really had been doing pretty badly up to that point, even after the price cut.

And Mario Kart 8 is the better game of the two, no doubt about it. Can't beat racing with a Wii Wheel.