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mike_intv

mike_intv

Male, 50, United States

Video game player from decades ago.

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Wed 29th May, 2013

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mike_intv

#3

mike_intv commented on Amazon UK Is Cancelling GameCube Adapter Order...:

I actually had two at one point (pre-sale and post-sale when pre-sale was late).
I returned the one I didn't need — but I was tempted to put it on eBay.

My guess is that the last item that sold this well for Nintendo was the original Wii. So it probably will take months to resolve the shortfall.

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#6

mike_intv commented on Nexis Games Defends UCraft's Multiplatform Mov...:

@Quorthon
Not sure what you mean by the reference to Rayman Legends?
Ubisoft's delays, move to multi-platform, and six months worth of free (beta) version to Nintendo WiiU owners combined to hurt sales on the platform.
After playing daily challenges for free for six months, why would anyone shell out $60 for the game? It was too much of a make-up gift from Ubisoft, which probably would have been better served to have released on time on the WiiU, then renamed the game for other consoles (to get around Microsoft's competition-killing us-first requirement to access its platforms — which was still strong in force at the time.).

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#7

mike_intv commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

This console is not for everyone. If you like on-line FPS games, the WiiU is not for you. If you like big adventures, the WiiU is not for you (yet, Zelda appears to be able to fill that niche).

But if you like fun gaming, the WiiU is for you. I personally don't like playing nothing but games where you go on-line to shoot the other competitors. I don't like games that are broken from the start or require massive additional outlays to fully enjoy.

My guess is that a decade from now, the WiiU will have a reputation similar to the GameCube. Considered a "failure" in the marketplace but a system reknown for its unique fun games.

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#8

mike_intv commented on Table Top Racing: World Tour Dev Isn't Sure Ab...:

I downloaded the original on my phone (free version).
It is large — 123M (or 2.5x what was allowed on the Wii).
It looks great.
It is ad-filled (free version).
After playing the time trial, I can say that it is quite different than the existing kart racers on the WiiU. It would probably benefit from proper controllers.
That all being said, the Vita version was mildly received (most reviews were in the mid-range). Thus, if it ever comes, I might look at it. But if it doesn't, I won't lose any sleep.
(And I think the rationale for probably not coming to WiiU speaks to the quality of the product.)

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#9

mike_intv commented on Review: Pier Solar and the Great Architects (W...:

Back in the day, when X-Play was on G4, it sounds like this game would have gotten a 3-out-of-5.

What that meant was that if you liked/loved that genre, this game is for you. if you don't, then it is not. (The scores had meanings, they were not straight percentages, regardless of how Metacritic categorized them).

Essentially, if you read the review and ignore the score, that's what is says. And that's why I am buying this (and may even get a DC version).

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#11

mike_intv commented on Nexis Games Launches Kickstarter For Minecraft...:

Funny thing about the time — the US is still on Daylight Savings time for the next few days (until the weekend). And there is no state in the Central Time Zone of the US that does not observe DST. (Most of Indiana did not observe DST until 2006).

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#14

mike_intv commented on Video: Début Footage of UCraft Aims to Show M...:

@gage_wolf

If you notice, Nintendo is playing the opposite game than MS (and Sony).
Nintendo, mostly generally-acceptable (family-acceptable) games with a few edgy titles for the adults so they might buy the system and have a little bit different to play when the kids are in bed.
Microsoft (and Sony) generally start with the edgy crowd and hope to get them to buy the console since they use it to have their kids play a few generally-acceptable (family-acceptable) games earlier in the day.

Think about how MS went with Kinect and how Nintendo treated the Wii.

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#15

mike_intv commented on Video: Début Footage of UCraft Aims to Show M...:

My biggest concern is that the developers other title is BBU which has some issues, to put it mildly.

It should be interesting to see what happens with this title — to see what it amounts to in the end. Microsoft would have to go to "look at feel" to stop it, which can be tough. It will have to change up some of the materials and monsters — then it should be OK since you can't copyright game types/genre.

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#16

mike_intv commented on Koei Tecmo Europe All But Confirms Fatal Frame...:

"...as far as we know ..." reminds me of " we do not comment on rumor or speculation." It seems as if this is more of a PR account and may not be a definitive word. And if this is a case, why give the new game a new English title.

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#21

mike_intv commented on From the Forum: To Buy or Not to Buy? SPIKEY W...:

I am not sure what all the fuss is about. People buy or don't buy.

This game was meant as a satirical parody and as a proof of PT Barnum's philosophy.

I personally plan to buy it — and so will a lot of people. I would rather someone who has made good experiences that I have enjoyed get the money for the eventual Flappy Bird clone for the WiiU than someone who is just in it for a cash grab.

And for those who argue that Nintendo should impose some "quality control" on the eShop (on content — not just on functionality) — the minute it did most would be complaining about "Nintendo is censoring our games." In other words, there is no winning with some people.

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#22

mike_intv commented on LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham DLC Season Pass i...:

Most recent Lego games have sold better on PS4 and XB1 than on WiiU (according to VGChartz — only public data available).

Historically, the Wii versions were the biggest sellers but were supplanted by the X360 versions late last generation.

The problem is that selling incomplete (or can't be completed games) leads to lower sales which makes it a self-defeating proposal.

That being said, this move (especially if DLC is not available) moves the game from MAYBE to NO for me. And it will do that for a lot of people.

Finally, does anyone else feel Lego Games are about to "jump the shark"?

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#28

mike_intv commented on Dahku Creations Announces Departure From Game ...:

@gage_wolf

I can see why you would feel that way. I am just pointing out that the reason RCMADIAX is doing Spikey Walls is to point out the absurdity of it all. The other current games from the developer are quick/fun experiences. There is a bigger, more robust game planned (Super Robo Mouse) as well.

Ironically, this entire discussion is about a developer who fled the AppStore for the WiiU eShop — and whose first release for the eShop was a remake of an iOS game.

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#30

mike_intv commented on Wii U Minecraft Looking Doubtful As Dev Says T...:

Some numbers from the only public data source available (VGChartz — take them for what they are worth).

Install base outside of Japan: PSVita 5.6M, WiiU 5.2M, XB1 5.1M. This is important because Minecraft has no presence in Japan.

Sales this year (globally): XB1: 2.0M, WiiU 1.7M, PSVita 1.4M. This is important because it shows the XB1 is not "killing it" as people would have you believe (especially as the PS4 has over 5M sales).

Tie-ratio (globally, all games): WiiU 4.0, XB1 3.3, PSVita 3.1. Admittedly, the XB1 is newer so it is going to be lower. But the WiiU number is higher than the PSP and approaching the Gameboy.

In other words, this is about money and power. It is not about install base.

And it works. My son wants a console version of Minecraft, even though he already has the PC and Tablet versions.

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#31

mike_intv commented on Dahku Creations Announces Departure From Game ...:

@gage_wolf
If you followed the whole conversation of @RCMADIAX regarding Spikey Walls, there was a strong thread of satire that went through the whole announcement process. Unfortunately, note everyone picked up on this, so some have picked on this developer whose other experiences have been simple but complete and playable and fun..

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#32

mike_intv commented on Resident Evil Revelations 2 Confirmed By Capco...:

The worst thing is that the general gaming media won't even ask why this is not on Nintendo platforms. For example, IGN did not even mention that the game was ports tot the WiiU (listing only PS3 and X360) in the background of the story.

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#35

mike_intv commented on Fifa 15 Coming to Wii and 3DS on the 26th of S...:

My guess this release is for Europe only — and not for North America.
Can anyone confirm that?

My second guess is all EA has done is a roster and kit update (and removal of the Brazilian leagues of which it no longer has rights) to the version of FIFA it has been selling since 2011 (FIFA 12, FIFA 13, FIFA 14 Legacy Edition).

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#37

mike_intv commented on Resident Evil Revelations 2 Assets Spotted:

Here is what does not make sense.
Using the only data publically available (VGChartz*), the the 3DS version of Revelations sold 780k, almost as much as the PS3 (570k), X360 (190k), and WiiU (90k) versions combined (that totals 830k).

Plus, going MS only makes absolutely no sense from a home market standpoint. 3DS sold 300k in Japan, more than PS# (200K), WiiU (30k) and X360 (20k) combined.

*I am well aware of the problems with VGChartz data. But it is the only publicly-available dataset for game sales. And with time, as companies release their numbers, the LTD numbers tend to become more accurate (because they are corrected).

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#40

mike_intv commented on The Console Wars Live On As Night Trap Remake ...:

To me, the take-away point is that a lot of people in this business have long memories: Do me wrong once, I will make your life horrible forever.

Nintendo had a horrible reputation with many third parties during the NES and SNES days. Not everyone has forgotten about that. And I would not be surprised if some of the decisions being made today are the results of those decisions made more than a quarter century ago (when someone who is now an executive may have been a developer/programer).

It is not unlike EA apparently making decisions not to bring things to the WiiU because Nintendo supposedly not to make Origin the main network for the console. (EA feels crossed and won't bring games to the console — and it has a history of dealing with people this way (see Sega Genesis, Sega Dreamcast)).

As for Activision and Ubisoft, these decisions are at least in part based on business (but sometimes they don't seem to make sense to us), so it is somewhat rationale. (Though I am sure there are some execs there who had issues with Nintendo and scores to settle as well — it is just there is not a connected case like with EA).

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#43

mike_intv commented on Orders Open For Xbox One in China as Nintendo ...:

@hydeks

The r-word has no business in civilized discourse.
If you feel Nintendo's strategy is challenged, that is fine. But if you have followed the conversation, you know this is not an automatic situation for success.
There is a potential for high piracy with limited IP protection.
There are strict governmental limits on where the systems have to be manufactured (which apparently is not the same place exports) and game standards.
Nintendo has decided to do something different in this market than just release its regular console. That will protect its investment if something goes bad. Whether or not this is the right strategy is a winning one remains to be seen. But for Nintendo, it probably makes far more sense than investing hundreds of millions of dollars into a plant that may have a limited lifespan because of red tape and copy cats.

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#47

mike_intv commented on Giana Sisters Developer Under Fire Over Diesel...:

@Drac_Mazoku

And I never get a response from the Black Forest Games (via Twitter). Last word was that the update was sent to NoA (supposedly).

As for Diesel, the clothing company would have to show it has made other things and then it might still be a stretch, although logic never seems to play a role in TM disputes. Also, the Italian clothing company is getting press out of this.

Reminds me of Mysteria on the Saturn.