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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 Splatoon Mii Fighter Outfits Coming to Super S...:

Nintendo made available for sale all the retailer-exclusive costumes from Hyrule Warriors (at least in the US). So I imagine these costumes will be able to be bought at some point. (Also, if you are going to do a retailer-exclusive costume or DLC, selling it at some point is a good thing to do for those who can't (or don't) shop at that vendor.



mike_intv commented on Reaction: LEGO Dimensions Could be a Sales Phe...:

The age range of 7-14 is fairly standard on higher-end Lego toys. That is the target demographic.

My guess is that if it anything like my experience with Disney Infinity and Skylanders, the game is going to have limited appeal to those beyond a certain age.



mike_intv commented on Reaction: LEGO Dimensions Could be a Sales Phe...:

I wonder how many of these $200-plus gaming sets the market will bear before the whole thing "jumps the shark."

Shelf space is limited and so are wallets.

Ironically, the trial for this was the Lego Undercover game which included toy-based DLC. Now watch the WiiU not get any of that DLC.



mike_intv commented on DeNA Dreaming of 100 Million Daily Users on Fu...:

I think iOS is just used generically in the article.
No one would just think iOS anymore. Google Play (Android) has pass iOS in some markets, so you need both eco-systems.
Just don't look for this to be on Windows Mobile. 8*>

More to the point of the article, if DeNA has been discussing this deal for five years and not turned away, it means it has long-term interest which is what is needed and what will be best for Nintendo.



mike_intv commented on Nintendo Set To License All IP to Mobile Publi...:

This is what Nintendo said it was going to do — use existing IPs to develop games and other software for mobile devices.

The cross-ownership means both have a stake in not making trash.

This is far better than porting for the quick buck but eventually devaluing the IP — which has been the strategy of many companies.



mike_intv commented on Game Freak’s Director Explains Why TEMBO THE...:

We were told the real reason:

"We thought about other hardware during development, but our hands were pretty full with those three platforms!"

Those three platforms have very similar architecture. Its a small digital game. The question for them to answer is whether the tech decision is a smart business decision.



mike_intv commented on TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT, The Game Freak and ...:


I just have a feeling that either NIntendo passed on this or its Sega's IP.

Back stabbing your business partner causes you a lot of problems, especially in Japan (Nintendo's actions resulted in Sony's entry into gaming).

This appears to be a tech-based move more than anything else to me.



mike_intv commented on TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT, The Game Freak and ...:

The more I think of it, the more I wonder if this was pitched to Nintendo and it passed on it.

It seems really strange that a small company that owes its existence to Nintendo and has not released a game that did not appear on a Nintendo platform in 15 years would up and develop something for PC/PS4/XB1.

Either that or Sega hired them to do work for it. If the latter seems strange, remember that Bandi Namco does a lot of work on Nintendo first-party games.



mike_intv commented on Video: This Rap Perfectly Sums Up The Roller-C...:

I am not ashamed to say that I own a pair of Nintendo lounging pants like that. But I have never worn them in public and will draw the line at certain other things to get amiibos.

A great laugh for a sleepy Monday morning as the US faces its first work day of DST/Summer Time.



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.