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mid_55

mid_55

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mid_55

#1

mid_55 commented on Actor Is Suing Nintendo After Suffering Heart ...:

Most likely this was done via a 3rd party events company anyway, it might have been Nintendo's overall responsibility, but directly, the chap and his bosses on the day were probably representing Nintendo's brand rather than actually employed by them.

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#2

mid_55 commented on Nintendo and Philips Sign Global Patent Licens...:

@Kirk

I think you're not too far off it above, the only important distinction, which is easy to miss in many such IP cases, is that the defending company are (in the majority of cases) not really using the other company's tech, or stealing technology known to be invented by someone else. It's far more common that there is a very, very slight legal crossover of an intention or technical aspect (which could well be invisible to a layman), which the plaintiff feels gives them just enough ground to make money off in court. These things usually get presented as stealing, because depressingly dull, tiny legal infringements don't make for good headlines :S

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#3

mid_55 commented on Nintendo and Philips Sign Global Patent Licens...:

It's not a case of Nintendo "stealing" or using other people's tech per se, but with the vagueries of international intellectual property rights, Philips (notoriously aggressive on revenue collection in this manner) will have gone through everything with a fine toothcomb and their legal team will have advised that some of Philips own IP rights will be close enough to something in the Wii/Wiimote that they could win in court. Hey presto, we end up in court, they've struck a winner here, now Nintendo will have to pay Philips an agreed percentage cost on all usages of that component. Likely a very small amount, and Nintendo may even have countered with some IP rights of their own by the sounds of it.

All in all it's the standard, expensive, lawyer heavy, time wasting capitalist nonsense which is how international businesses are run these days! It's like a legal lottery which Philips just got a small victory in. See Apple vs Samsung, Philips vs Everyone who ever made CD-Rs ;)

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#4

mid_55 commented on Talking Point: The amiibo Range Grows, Yet Key...:

I feel the same way, absolute clarity is going to be required here for these to become a mass seller which consumers really take to. However, I'm reserving judgement until I have seen the quality of these figures. I know a lot of gamers who would have paid £10-£15 just for a plastic Nintendo figure with NO features at all, so great are their IPs, I probably would have picked up the odd one myself. Hopefully the in-game functionality will be more than a little bonus, but if it's just that, then it's not the end of the world! Mario & Bowser et al will look pretty good on my shelf anyway :)

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#5

mid_55 commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Online Braw...:

Also, this is an eye catching story due to the funny length of the ban, but it's not exactly ruined the game, and I'm sure it'll be patched in the next day or two. Problem solved, everyone can enjoy smash online again, including the relatively small number who were affected.

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#6

mid_55 commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Online Braw...:

Wait... It doesn't make sense because the 3ds won't be online that long???
Yeah...that's the major issue with trying to play smash in 136 years ;)

On a separate note, I'm amazed at how many people are moaning about players online always playing in a certain way. If you've really worked out exactly how they play in their "cowardly" style, then you should have little trouble beating them.

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#7

mid_55 commented on Nintendo 64x64: ISS 98:

@soma Yeah, why bother with ISS 64, this alone would be fine! ISS 2000 had a cool career mode and awesome music, but "hi-res" mode was a frame rate disaster haha! I still love it though :)

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#9

mid_55 commented on New Nintendo 3DS LL Outsells Standard Model By...:

Still can't resist those Snezzy buttons on the smaller one, and at least it has bigger screens than the original 3DS, I'd rather go back to some higher pixel density rather than having another big screen...

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#10

mid_55 commented on Review: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS):

I still just love the black outlined character art style, classic Nintendo, knowing how to get the very best from their hardware. It looks as if they wouldn't do it any other way even if there was more power available.

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#11

mid_55 commented on Nintendo Region Locks Consoles To Get More Har...:

@Nintendofan83 I think that if Nintendo were really banking on region locking boosting sales, there would be at least a page on the Nintendo UK store saying something along the lines of: "Missing out on these great games? Buy your US/JPN console and games here." As it is, if I wanted a JPN Wii U, I'd be far more likely to get it off eBay or somewhere from which Nintendo don't really see much financial benefit.
This is just a tiny minority of dedicated gamers forgetting that they aren't at the centre of a company's sales and marketing attentions...

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#12

mid_55 commented on Nintendo Region Locks Consoles To Get More Har...:

Such a tiny percentage of the console user base would ever even consider buying a new console from another region just to play one or two import games that they're missing out on. This surely is not Nintendo's logic behind region locking. It's probably more to do with their massively overzealous child protection safety ethos, it's not good for us customers...but I'm not sure they're doing it to encourage multiple console purchases.

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#13

mid_55 commented on Review: Teslagrad (Wii U eShop):

@luke88 Thanks for posting that mate, quite interesting actually to get a human response from the developer and an offer of explanation at least. So it's worth the money anyway then? Looks like the kind of thing I'd buy on PSN...

I emailed Nintendo (yeah, I know that's a bit sad eh?) back when MarioGolf came out, and they got back to me with essentially a "no comment on pricing" response which was a little disrespectful when I was about to pay the best part of £50 for the game and DLC, too...

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#14

mid_55 commented on Review: Teslagrad (Wii U eShop):

This looks great, and I have just gotten near the end of Steamworld Dig, but seriously how is $14.99 also £13.99?? Harsh...reminds me of Mario Golf being $29.99 and an inexplicable £34.99...

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#15

mid_55 commented on Review: Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS):

Great value with or without the 108 holes of DLC in the USA, but that makes it a kick in the teeth to pay £34.99 (maybe £39.99 in stores) plus £10.49 at least for the DLC in the UK.
This clearly doesn't add up, what makes it cost more for UK customers Nintendo?

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#16

mid_55 commented on Video: What Could The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward...:

HD remakes are a strange thing, Nintendo have a wonderful ability to make a game feel like it would look exactly the same whatever hardware they used. Like they have designed it just how they wanted it to be in the first place. That being said, I think that games from N64 make the best remakes, still 3d, but well designed or not, technology has moved on since.

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#17

mid_55 commented on Review: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's C...:

Not sure on the pricing in North America, but in the UK it's available new for £10-£15. Seems like a steal at that price.I prefer the physical disc versions, so I'm happy to get this at such a low cost.

I know there aren't a huge amount of top WiiU games yet but I've been busy enough with Mario World, Deus Ex, Mass Effect and Pikmin keeping me fully entertained on the gaming front over the last few months!

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#18

mid_55 commented on CNN Money: Nintendo Is "Tone Deaf" To Industry...:

"Nintendo frequently opts to develop its own warped, counterintuitive take on the latest trends."

Criticizing a company for blazing its own trail is great from a generic, sub-standard news agency like CNN.
Yes, Nintendo do things diifferently from the other companies, sometimes it's less successful, sometimes it's more successful, but it's always different. Often the ONLY difference in a very similar marketplace. That's why I play their games and love their consoles. Nothing wrong with the other consoles AT ALL, they're great too, but there's a magic in Nintendo that others can't quite emulate for me. Just look at the ropey looking DS, smashing the PSP a few years ago, on paper that would be impossible if you ignored that magic touch and just looked at tech specs. It's annoying to have to get another console to play the big multi-format stuff, but for me the Nintendo exclusives are EASILY worth it, and don't forget those special little touches on ALL their consoles that sound like nothing, but make all the difference.