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mike_intellivision

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#5

mike_intellivision commented on Reaction: Mario Kart 8 Accused Of Poor Sales P...:

I am posting here a change in my previous comment. Essentially, the piece from Paste was a passing comment, NOT the focus of a story (like the other two)

EDITED AFTER READING STORY: The racism point is the next to last paragraph in a review which gave the game an 8.8. It is not the main point of the piece but rather an observation. So it probably does not rise to the same level as the other two items included herein. (Related, Nintendo does need to let players be from different races/ethnic groups in the next version of Animal Crossing — as they let people be from different races/ethnic groups with their own Miis).

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#6

mike_intellivision commented on Reaction: Mario Kart 8 Accused Of Poor Sales P...:

Chris Kohler is on another rampage about battle mode. He hated battle mode in MK Wii because it was team-based. To most people, battle mode is an add-on, not the main attraction. But he misses that.

The sales story is obvious at this time ... but may not be as much as guessed because a lot of owners may buy it since there is not much new to play on the system.

EDITED AFTER READING STORY: The racism point is the next to last paragraph in a review which gave the game an 8.8. It is not the main point of the piece but rather an observation. So it probably does not rise to the same level as the other two items included herein. (Related, Nintendo does need to let players be from different races/ethnic groups in the next version of Animal Crossing — as they let people be from different races/ethnic groups with their own Miis).

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#7

mike_intellivision commented on Philips Claims Wii And Wii U Infringe Two Of I...:

Well, at least this is a company that most people have heard of and the filing is not in East Texas.

However, something still does not seem right. Four years after Wii introduction to let Nintendo know. No signs that others were sued (though I have had one unconfirmed report that Microsoft was also hit with a lawsuit). Filing only in the United States, not in the home country of Phillips (The Netherlands) or Nintendo (Japan).

This speaks to how bad — and how trollable — the US Patent system has become. My guess is that the case is decided in favor of Nintendo since others have made similar claims and the only case it lost was an instance where it was documented that the person suing it had shown them the tech.

Of course, Magnavox (which is now part of Philips) won the first video game patent law suit when it was shown that Atari infringed on the patent to move objects on the TV screen.

However, if it loses, it could still cost Nintendo several hundred million dollars. It is highly unlikely that Philips could prevail on getting sales stopped. The ITC (International Trade Commission) has been reluctant to take that action. Apple — which only won its global suits against Samsung in the US — could not even get that to stop the Galaxy phones.

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#9

mike_intellivision commented on Mario Golf: World Tour Hits a Bogey in UK Charts:

I wonder if there is a stock problem as I see some spot shortages of that game in the US. Of course, its low debut would seem to indicate that such is not the case.

Personally, from a view outside and across the ocean, there is a greater bias against Nintendo in the UK than in any other market. In other words, no matter what Nintendo does, there are some everywhere who are going to think it is bad (even if it is the exact same thing that others have done and been praised for or even if it is the exact opposite thing that others have done and been criticized for). And while there is certainly a lot of that in the US, there seems to be even more in the UK — at least from this outsiders' view.

Why do I bring this up here — because such bias is hurting sales.

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#10

mike_intellivision commented on Weirdness: The GlomTom is a Cushion for Restin...:

Funny thing is that I never slump when playing games — and vary my position depending upon the circumstance.

Also, how many gamers worry about their "core" (if you are playing to stereotypes as the video message for the Kickstarter does.

That being said, this will be funded soon. And then when the pillows are being sold on clearance for $15 (USD), I will buy one. 8*>

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#12

mike_intellivision commented on Nintendo Will Have Plenty of Hoops to Jump Thr...:

One thing that is missing in this discussion is the content of the games.

The fantasy-world games Nintendo makes may be much more suited for a place with strong censorship than real-world based games that dominate other systems. Also, with Nintendo's first-party lineup control, it may be much easier for it than someone else — if it does it work.

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#18

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

A point with the article — Europe is getting a substantially lower combined package price (an additional savings of 3 e/2.7 UKP) for early adopters who buy all DLC.

The North American price and the full European price for the combined DLC is roughly the same savings ($3/3 e/2.6 UKP).

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#20

mike_intellivision commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Saturn:

Releases were so sparse in the US that mainline shops (i.e., Gamestop) started selling imports — both JP and EU — as well as the tools to play them.

I wish I had gotten Elevator Action Returns. (Did nab Radiant Silvergun).

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#22

mike_intellivision commented on EA Boss Peter Moore Apologises For Frostbite's...:

As I have said elsewhere, you can defend not making WiiU games from a business decision but it is very difficult to use the same rationale for not making games for the 3DS.

Additionally, if the Frostbite Engine is scalable and works on X360 and PS3, making it work on the WiiU should be technically possible. The lack of compatibility is a choice.

Given its commitment to on-line exclusive (which have network issues) and mobile (which some think is about to crash), EA could be in trouble soon.

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#23

mike_intellivision commented on Twisted Fusion Joins the Kickstarter Ranks, Wi...:

Does anyone know how it works if you back a game in a currency that is not your nation's currency?

This is the first Kickstarter in UKP that I have thought about backing. (I am in US, so the others have been in USD).

This game reminds me of the old Commander Keen games. So it could be a lot of fun.

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#25

mike_intellivision commented on Square Enix To Focus Less on the 'Global Aspec...:

There is an old business adage: "Stick to the knitting."
If you do something well, usually you can find a market for it. So rather than trying to meet the perceived market demands, S-E realizes it can be a market leader and shape the market by playing to its strengths. While this does not always work, it has a much better potential for success than what S-E had been doing more recently — which was neither working in its home country or globally.

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#26

mike_intellivision commented on Industry Veteran Peter Molyneux Warns The Indi...:

Thoughts on what is likely to happen.

  • Some companies will have a success or two and become bigger players.
  • Some companies will have a success or two and try to milk that for all its worth.
  • Some companies will have a success or two and be bought out and eventually ruined/run into the ground.
  • Some companies will have a success or two and then fade away when they can't repeat their success.
  • Most companies will never have a success or two and will cease to exist.

In other words, what will happen is like any other business.

As for games — there are a couple of points that PM misses. The first is that the mode of distribution shifting from physical to digital has substantially lowered the barrier to entry for the industry. That means it is possible for people to create games with less inputs on a smaller scale and self-publish them. This was not the case in the music industry during the period he selected for comparison.

Additionally, people's tastes are changing and their attention spans are lessoning. In other words, in our chaotic society, the single student who has time for hours-on-end gaming sessions today, may only have minutes between work and family commitments tomorrow, So the style of games has to change to meet the demands of that cohort. There is always the next cohort, but with continually increasing demands on time, they will start with less time available for gaming and see it decrease even further over time — so the smaller games will be viewed more favorably.

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#28

mike_intellivision commented on Nintendo Comes Up Empty at BAFTA Awards:

@Nintenjoe64
As I noted, I am in the US so my info just comes from observing postings on various websites, reviews/articles posted by sites/periodicals serving the UK market, and the actions of trade groups - like BAFTA.

I do think we both agree that not having a single Nintendo game nominated for that category is "strange" to say the least.

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#29

mike_intellivision commented on Nintendo Comes Up Empty at BAFTA Awards:

I am not going to be critical of the winners because I have not played them all.

However, a nominations list in the mobile/handheld category without a game from a Nintendo platform does seem, how do you say, a bit odd.

To me, as someone on the left side of the Atlantic, it smacks of the fact that Nintendo does not seem to hold the same place of reverence and respect in the UK as it does in US. (And appears to be thought of in the mainstream in a much less favorable light — which is saying something given how the mainstream in the US has been treating Nintendo lately).

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#30

mike_intellivision commented on Former Criterion Boss Alex Ward Laments Issues...:

One clarifying question — who was responsible for distribution in Europe? Many of us looking at this in North America really wonder why NIntendo is being mentioned because it was EA's game and short of an agreement between the parties (which had no relationship by this time), there would be no joint marketing. EA even price dropped all versions of the game (including the WiiU version) on the launch day — screwing over those of us who pre-ordered the game at full price. And ironically, even last week, NFS was on the front page of the North American eShop.

However, I don't know what it is/was like in Europe. If NIntendo was supposed to be distributing the game there and did nothing with it, including being slow to make physical copies available, then some of the criticism of this developer is understandable. But if EA was also in charge in Europe, then Nintendo, while not completely innocent, does not deserve the blame being heaped upon it.

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#35

mike_intellivision commented on The Next Batman Game Is Arkham Knight, And No,...:

This is a business decision. If you look at the demographics of the marketplace, the WiiU owners are typically not buying this type of game. So even if all the consoles had similar power and architecture, the WiiU might not receive it.

What is far more surprising is the abandonment of the original HD Twins (PS3/X360) so early. If you need to sell several million copies to break even, it would be difficult to do on a base of 15-20 million PS4 and XB1 consoles.

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#36

mike_intellivision commented on Iwata Hits Out at Smartphone and Social Networ...:

One thing that people are missing, when talking about how great mobile games are, is that EA and SE and others are mining old software to produce these cheap games.

In other words, the R&D for Dead Space and Chrono Trigger have already been done. Thus, the pre-existing console versions have made it cheap to port them. [I only wish EA had spent as much time porting NfS: HP to the Wii as it did to the iPhone.]

I also wonder how many people only DL demos and freebies. I do that. I won't pay Namco $8 for a game that I already own on a console.
Basically, Iwata is telling people what the future could look like. And they don't want to hear it.

Mike from Morgantown