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Male, 50, United States

Video game player from decades ago.

Wed 29th May, 2013

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mike_intv commented on Feature: Say Hello To The CPS Changer, Capcom'...:

Interesting. There were a lot of unique things done in Japan.

One note — Are the price conversions historic or current. For example, the value of the Yen was actually higher against the dollar in 1994 ($1 USD varied between 97yen to 112yen) than it is presently ($1 USD=118yen) .



mike_intv commented on RCMADIAX Scales Back Wii U Plans for 2015:

Folks, why all the hostility toward @RCMADIAX.

Its not like he released Meme Run (awful) or Block Blast U (broken) or Flapp & Zegeta (second FlappyBird Clone) at $5 USD each on Wii U..All of @RCMADIAX's games can be had not much more than a five-spot.

The tabletop series of games work (which is more than Ubisoft games) and he tried on the system (which is more than EA) and he has been honest with gamers (which is more than Activision).

And he even used the infamous Nintendo Framework!

If @RCMADIAX has to make business decisions, we may not like them, but we have to respect them.



mike_intv commented on Nintendo Remains Silent on Third Party Wii Gam...:

Actually, we don't know exactly what was said. Destructoid reported that it [Nintendo] didn't have comment. The "no comment" comes from the title of the Destructoid article. Given how Nintendo uses non-comments, it would be interesting to know if it was "no" or "not at this time."



mike_intv commented on Rumour: Sega-Related YouTube Videos Are Being ...:

The questions of where fair use ends and profit use begins are thorny ones.

Most copyright laws come from a previous era and those that are newer are actually more regressive (see Spain's new laws vis-a-vis links from news aggregation sites). So my guess is that these type of claims will continue and increase until we reach some 21st century answer for the questions above - probably around 2121.



mike_intv commented on Editorial: Nintendo's YouTube Creators Program...:

Is there any data on how much of a difference the "free advertising" makes on Nintendo sales?

I also wonder if Nintendo is behind the curve or ahead of the curve on this one. In other words, how soon until someone else decided that it wants a piece of PeweDeePie's action?

There needs to be some tweeking. There needs to be some expansion of content. Or it may never work. But I can't imagine the free ride of free reign lasting forever. Nothing like that ever has.



mike_intv commented on YouTube Stars Aren't Happy With Nintendo's Rev...:

Nintendo is taking this approach because the You Tubers need Nintendo more than it needs them. The "free advertising" is probably not making much of a difference in game sales.

What is disheartening is that it appears any game which had third-party help is not on the list.

That all being said, I wonder if Nintendo is behind or ahead of the curve on this. I would not be surprised if others decide it is time to get "a piece of the action."



mike_intv commented on Not Everyone is Thrilled That Metroid Prime Tr...:

I actually bought a physical copy after the direct — paying somewhere between the highs and lows stated (though closer to the low).

It was the only top-shelf Wii game I did not own, so I wanted to get a physical copy.

I just wish I had bought one when Best Buy was selling it for $20 new in the US.



mike_intv commented on Official Nintendo UK Store Limits amiibo Purch...:

Funny that preorders for Wave 4, to the best of my knowledge, have not yet started in the US. And except for a few figures sold at Toys R Us. The Wave 3 figures have not made it out into the wild.

The amiibo situation is a difficult one for Nintendo to figure out. The figures outsold their Skylanders and Disney Infinity counterparts at BestBuy over the holidays (in the US), for example, even though the other two sets had many more figures and a much larger install base.

Plus, as a relatively small company, Nintendo cannot instantly ramp up production like Activions-Blizzard or Disney.

Finally. Retailers will only place limits to counteract bad PR and when they know they can sell out their shipments regardless. We are starting to reach that point with amiibo (thankfully),



mike_intv commented on Two Tetris Titles Pulled From the 3DS eShop in...:


There was no posted warning or notice on the eShop in North America that I saw. And I bought the Gameboy version at 1 am UTC-5 on today (Jan. 1, 2015).

Also, while I understand business, there is also PR. Being responsible for the Gameboy version no longer being available is bad PR. Not exactly what Ubisoft needs (see AC Unity).



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.



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

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.).



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.



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.)



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).



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).



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


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.



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.



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

" 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.



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.



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"?



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


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.



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.



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

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..



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.