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mjc0961 commented on Talking Point: The Limited Edition Battle With...:

@ejamer All that would accomplish is letting scalpers get all of the amiibo. Nintendo would still get their money so it would fail. And then no fans would have amiibo.

The way to do it is to never buy any of this stuff from eBay. Boycott the scalpers. If scalpers don't make money from it then they'll stop scalping it.



mjc0961 commented on Former Sega of America CEO Talks Out on the Co...:

Nah, Nintendo shouldn't put their games full stop on mobile platforms, but if they did some kind of companion app thing or maybe just did some mini stuff. Like that Pokemon version of Face Raiders, they could put utter nonsense like that on mobile as well just to get the Pokemon name out there.

Obviously nobody is saying put Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire on there though, that would be stupid.



mjc0961 commented on Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the...:

@ThomasBW84 If this was an honest reaction I would agree. But there's no way this is an honest reaction. If it is, Nintendo has just basically come out and publicly said "we are dumb. we don't know how to run a business".

How exactly does keeping the original 3DS help avoid customer confusion and offer more choices? Does anyone really want the choice to spend a lot of money on a 3DS that does less? What's going to happen in reality is people who don't know the difference are going to buy a 3DS because they want the small sized and then be mad when they later realize they don't get super stable 3D, don't get the faster processor, don't get the C-stick, and can't play exclusive games like Xenoblade. They're going to feel conned. They're going to feel that Nintendo should have phased the model they bought out in favor of a smaller version of the New 3DS.

And that last thing is exactly what they should do. In fact, phasing out the old 3DS is what they've already been doing anyway as other commenters have pointed out. So yeah, this is absolutely not an honest reaction and absolutely nobody has forfeited the right to complain about being blatantly lied to by some PR tool who isn't even familiar with the product lineup.



mjc0961 commented on You'd Better Get a Bigger Micro-SDHC Card for ...:

@snoox I may be wrong but I'm pretty sure the SD card slot on Wii U is only for Wii mode.

@ReigningSemtex Yeah, Sony failed miserably with the Vita. All it would have taken is micro SD cards instead of the $100 for 32GB exclusive nonsense they did and people probably would have bought the Vita and it wouldn't be dead today.



mjc0961 commented on You'd Better Get a Bigger Micro-SDHC Card for ...:

@TerrapinJess I've been going all physical and I love it-- all my games right when I want them.

And if I don't want them anymore (because some of them suck) I can sell them.

I truly pity anyone who goes all digital. There's no advantages, just disadvantages. You're literally screwing yourself over.



mjc0961 commented on Sonic Boom Sales Struggle to Explode as Sega C...:

@IrishGuy It would be terrible in my opinion. I've been playing Legends and it's just awful. I barely have any control over it, the characters just do what they want. I hold the run button, they walk anyway. I'm running and jump, they do a slow jump sometimes. And forget doing attacks in midair, those are worthless.

I'd rather play Sonic Boom than play a Sonic game with controls as sloppy as Rayman Legends.



mjc0961 commented on Sonic Boom Sales Struggle to Explode as Sega C...:

That first part is obvious. Sonic Boom was awful. It's so obvious I feel like you could just slap it in front of every headline.

Sonic Boom Sales Struggle to Explode as Curve Digital is Plotting an Honest Release With The Swindle on Wii U
Sonic Boom Sales Struggle to Explode as These Nifty 8-bit Super Mario Collectables May Make Canned Coffee Taste Better
Sonic Boom Sales Struggle to Explode as It's Time For Another Influx of Xenoblade Chronicles X Screens and Footage
Sonic Boom Sales Struggle to Explode as Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Apex Champion Calls For Unity in Competitive Smash Scene
Sonic Boom Sales Struggle to Explode as Kadokawa Games Showcases Rodea The Sky Soldier Footage and Hands-On Event
Sonic Boom Sales Struggle to Explode as Twitch Plays Pokémon Celebrates Anniversary With Return to Pokémon Red - Live!

In fact, I think every game news site out there should do this for every article for one day. Really drive the point home to SEGA that they screwed up and need to stop messing with the formula. Go back to either Generations and Lost World and work on perfecting one of those two styles of gameplay so we get a really great game. Generations and Lost World were decent games, and with more love and effort they could result in great games. SEGA just needs to stick with one idea and perfect it.



mjc0961 commented on Guide: How to Complete a System Transfer from ...:

@Crimson_Ridley Because codes are bollocks. Systems that come with digital games that aren't pre-installed are bollocks. You know what happens with systems that offer a digital game via download code? Everybody gets the system for Christmas and nobody can redeem their code to actually use their Christmas present because the network is down. This happened in the past with Nintendo products.

Pre-installed is the way to go, and if Nintendo switches back to download codes (and thus ruining Christmas for tons of children across the world) will be at the front of the line to rip them a new you-know-what.



mjc0961 commented on Poll: Do Video Game Reviews Need To Have A Score?:

Scores are utterly useless. Read the review, that's the part that actually tells you about the game. A score without reading the review is just a number with no context, and after reading the review a score doesn't do anything but offer a useless summary of what you just read (rendered even more useless because every review ever has a text summary before the number).

Scores only seem to exist to keep Metacritic alive and give idiots on the internet something to whine about.



mjc0961 commented on Weirdness: This Video Uses Super Mario Bros. 2...:

@MasterBlaster I lol'd. Pretty much this article in a nutshell. Finds random (and terrible) video that uses video game graphics for no reason, links it because why not drum up some more clicks.

GameSpot and Kotaku at their finest, except I'm fairly certain I didn't type either of those URLs into my browser's address bar, so this is rather strange indeed.



mjc0961 commented on Weirdness: This Video Uses Super Mario Bros. 2...:

@ClockworkMario I'm not missing the point of the video. I watched the video. The video was crap. The video is titled "Is Capitalism Bad For You?", yet doesn't even begin to approach discussion of the topic they proposed in their title. As you said, it just repeats some stuff some philosophers said. That's why it's crap. If you're going to put out a video called "Is Capitalism Bad For You?", then talk about why capitalism might be bad for me. Talking about religion and kinda maybe comparing it to said religion doesn't get me to ponder the question they proposed, it makes me wonder why they put out such a poor video that doesn't match the title and doesn't even offer any alternatives to consider.

I would urge people NOT to watch this video. It's not worth watching. It has nothing of value to say. It has nothing of value to contribute to any serious discussion about capitalism. The video is nothing more than "here's some guy who wrote a book here's a few lines from his book the end hope you enjoyed the completely irrelevant pictures from Mario 2". This video is almost as bad as the video that called itself "This is Phil Fish" or whatever, but I turned off after 6 minutes because they spend 5 of said 6 minutes talking about Nickelback for absolutely no reason whatsoever (yeah dude, we get it, people don't think they earned their popularity and the same applies to Phil Fish, we get it, move on already. no, not going to move on, okay sod this).

And no, I won't check out more of the channel. The video was bad. I don't check out the rest of the channel if the first video I watch is bad.



mjc0961 commented on Weirdness: This Video Uses Super Mario Bros. 2...:

@mozzy1 Well said. That video was nothing but nonsense. Why ask the question "is capitalism bad for you" if they aren't even going to discuss that topic? It has parallels to religion? Okay. That makes it bad for me because...?

And if it's bad for me, what are the alternatives that are better?

I think we should discuss a more relevant topic: Why becoming Kotaku is bad for site longevity. People avoid Kotaku for a reason, don't be a Kotaku, Nintendo Life.



mjc0961 commented on Talking Point: Limitations on Stock and Advert...:

This article makes absolutely no sense. Nintendo limiting their potential profits by not selling enough amiibo and collector's editions to people who want them is not a price to pay for their return to profits, it's a hurdle in their path to returning to profits. If they eliminated this hurdle, they would return to profits faster as more people would be able to give them money.

Make no mistake, this is a bad thing for gamers and a bad thing for Nintendo. Trying to claim this is smart on Nintendo's part is just blind fanboyism, people defending their favorite company with arguments that make no sense. Nintendo is stupidly refusing to take people's money and letting that money go to scalpers on eBay instead. Nintendo is screwing up and they need to put out more stuff for people to buy if they want to start making some proper money again. They don't benefit from money they aren't making because they're not selling products.



mjc0961 commented on Gallery: Splatoon Development Updates Show Off...:

@DBPirate Lacking voice chat in a team based game.
Can't start the game until the room is full meaning waits for games could be disastrously long.
If Nintendo can't handle 4 player Smash online matches without lag, how are they going to deal with 8 players?
Seems to be forcing the gamepad for no reason yet again even though there's no reason not to allow pro controller or Wiimote and Nunchuck (what, proper aiming in a shooter, nah that's preposterous).

I think the better question is how could you STILL want Splatoon at this point?



mjc0961 commented on Review: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D ...:

@DiscoGentleman It's not a misconception. This small team could still be working on something entirely new and original. Maybe it wouldn't be a new Zelda title, but it could have been a new something. Instead, time and money was wasted on a remake. Time and money is ALWAYS wasted on these remakes. It doesn't matter who they get to do it, those people doing it could have been working on a new game instead.



mjc0961 commented on Editorial: Nintendo's YouTube Creators Program...:

"There are some publishers that simply shut down unofficial footage with copyright claims"

There are not "some publishers" that simply shut down unofficial footage with copyright claims. Nintendo is the only one.



mjc0961 commented on Talking Point: It's Time to Salute The Nintend...:

"That's pure speculation, and that would also make it the lowest selling Nintendo portable (forget the Virtual Boy for a moment)"

The Virtual Boy isn't a portable, so I wasn't thinking of it in the first place. It sits on a giant stand and you have to be looking into it to play it. You can't pick it up and move around as you play unless you pull an AVGN and duct tape it to your head. It's not portable and it's not a handheld.



mjc0961 commented on Weirdness: Katy Perry Accessorizes With A Wii ...:

Did she actually sing? If she did, that's bigger news than a Wii Remote strap. Usually this crap is lip synced, especially from someone like Katy Perry when all of the songs you hear on the radio are auto-tuned because she can't actually sing and is just a pair of nice tits for people to gawk at.



mjc0961 commented on Reminder: Grab Your Free Emboar for Pokémon ...:

Thanks for just giving us a code with 0 instruction on where to input the code. This is basically a useless article as now I have to go search other sites on information as to how to actually redeem the code.

Next time put all the information in or don't bother writing anything at all.



mjc0961 commented on Talking Point: The New Nintendo 3DS Could Be a...:

What an obnoxious fanboy who wrote the end of that article. Nintendo didn't do anything wrong, Nintendo doesn't owe customers a choice, don't express your disastifaction on social media?

I hope NOBODY listens to that nonsense, especially the part about social media. Keep complaining on social media. Complain frequently, complain loudly, and complain on every form of social media you're willing to use. Simply not buying the XL does absolutely nothing to benefit you. If you don't raise the stink about why you're not buying it, then it will be up to Nintendo to decide on their own why people didn't buy it, and they'll likely come to the wrong conclusion. They need people screaming at them from all directions along with the XL not selling to know EXACTLY why they aren't getting the sales they were hoping for. If they see the XL selling poorly and they see everyone everywhere telling them "I want the regular model, not the XL, and I will not buy a New 3DS until you sell me the one I want!", that's what gets them to realize what the problem is and provides the best chance of it being corrected properly.

So yeah, please do not listen to the obnoxious fanboy who wrote the latter half of this article. Please do not quietly skip the N3DS XL while not saying anything to Nintendo. Get on Twitter, Facebook, and any other form of social media you can and have a righteous b**** at Nintendo for denying you the original N3DS. It's the only way they'll know what consumers want and what the problem with low N3DS sales is being caused by.

Watch "Jimquisition: Why Boycotts Fail Where Whining Tantrums Win" on YouTube for a more detailed explanation of why you should be vocal and examples where being vocal worked. The first part is about why not to boycott games, which doesn't apply here because we're talking about a piece of hardware, but at about 4:10 he gets to why you should be loud and whine or whatever else fanboys like the person responsible for the second half of this article want to call legitimate, necessary complaints on social media.



mjc0961 commented on Video: The Top Ten Worst Designed Pokémon Ever:

Also it's quite detestable that you hid the like and dislike buttons from us on this page, forcing us to get the video URL by right clicking and opening it a second time (thus generating a second ad view) if we wanted to give it a thumbs up or thumbs down. Let us do it here, and don't tell me that embedded videos can't do it because I know full well they can as I've done it on other embedded videos. Stop doing cheap stunts like that to generate more ad money.



mjc0961 commented on Video: The Top Ten Worst Designed Pokémon Ever:

Sorry, but this video was simply obnoxious to watch. There was no need for "WHO'S THAT POKEMON" at almost double the volume of the rest of the video every time you get to a new number.

Also, almost all of Gen 5? Have you even seen gen 2? Gen 2 is the king of the worst designed pokemon. They're all just generic animals. They aren't even Pokemon, they're literally just animals. Gen 5 had some fairly poor designs but at least they tried to design something, unlike gen 2 where they just threw in owls, ferrets, cows, ladybugs, deer, trees, and more with only a select few of them even being modified to not look like the real life equivalent. Gen 2 was the worst by far, no creativity whatsoever.



mjc0961 commented on Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty Wii U Delay Seems to b...:

@kyuubikid213 I'm confused. You start by saying the 8GB model isn't useless, then go on to say that the 8GB model is so useless it didn't even last 2 years before you had to upgrade your storage via an external.

Nintendo simply never should have offered an 8GB console in 2012.



mjc0961 commented on Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty Wii U Delay Seems to b...:

Nintendo just needs to own up to their screw-up and give everyone who provides a serial number proving they have an 8GB model a free external hard drive. Problem solved. Developers shouldn't have to suffer because of Nintendo's stupidity and short sightedness.



mjc0961 commented on Wii U Owner Proves That Rejecting The End-User...:

EULA's are nonsense anyway. Companies throw so much garbage in there, and so much of it is unreadable to the average joe with no understanding of legal terms, that of course everyone just hits agree without reading it. EULAs should be regulated by the government so that they aren't a bunch of nonsense companies use to screw consumers.



mjc0961 commented on Hardware Review: The New Nintendo 3DS Is The B...:

Yeah, those screenshots were enough to convince me to never buy this. Who puts the power button and the card slot on the bottom?! That would be WAY too easy to accidentally power off the system or eject your game card in the middle of the play session. Whoever at Nintendo designed this thing is an idiot who should be sacked before they ruin another system.

Is the XL version also that dumb? ...

Yes, it is. Not buying that either. You screwed up big time Nintendo.



mjc0961 commented on Review: Bayonetta (Wii U eShop):

@ThomasBW84 Bayonetta has not and never will be standout. It's just a god of war clone with a failed attempt at a sexpot as the main character. Nothing special to be had here, just another bad game from Platinum.



mjc0961 commented on Review: Bayonetta (Wii U eShop):

"It also raises questions over the portrayal of Bayonetta in terms of gender representation; there are interpretations that suggest she's a powerful, strong women asserting herself, while other arguments state that she's simply a figure of male fantasy."

Who would actually fantasize about an ugly, disproportioned woman like that?



mjc0961 commented on NES-Themed Nintendo 3DS XL On The Way as GameS...:

This is a duck move considering they're going to rush the New 3DS out soon after. Hurry and buy this NES model and then buy another one next year because the NES one is obsolete now!

Also, it's ugly. They just slapped a sticker of the NES controller on the top? I can do that now with my red XL.



mjc0961 commented on Review: Mega Man X3 (Wii U eShop / Super Ninte...:

@DESS-M-8 @KeeperBvK Drugs are bad, mmkay. X6 is by far the worst the X series has to offer. X7 being the second worst, only because it can be forgiven for trying something new that fans had been demanding. They wanted 3D, Capcom tried 3D. It bombed and was not revisited for X8.

Meanwhile, X6 is just the classic side scroller formula again. There was no excuse for it to be as poorly put together as it was. Even without Inafune being directly involved, the rest of the team should have known better by that point. But they just completely blew it. X6 remains the only proper X series game I have not finished because it's just so bad. Again, to X7's credit, I managed to finish it once. But X6... No way man. Just awful.



mjc0961 commented on Review: Mega Man X3 (Wii U eShop / Super Ninte...:

"The rest of the time, strategy gives way entirely to forced memorisation. Traps — some of which trigger instant death — appear from nowhere, with necessary leaps of faith turning into a mindless gamble until you remember how far you need to fall in which direction."

I don't know what game you played, but I bought and played X3 off the VC and that does not happen in the game.

"Additionally, certain bosses need to be defeated with their weaknesses unless you want to fight them again later. Why a player should be rewarded for defeating them the "cheaper" way is beyond us, but there you go."

...Because it makes sense that they die from what they're weak to but survive being defeated from X's buster which does less damage to them? I mean, it's common sense that taking more damage from something means you're more likely to die.

Also you know you can just use the buster until you get them down to their last bit of health and then finish them off with their weakness if you want, right? Nobody's forcing you to play cheaply, you're choosing to play cheaply. Don't blame your inability to say no to an easier time on the game.



mjc0961 commented on Nintendo 64x64: Body Harvest:

@Kirk The shield that fires light beams is not further into the game, it's at the start of the game (still the first of 5 levels). If that's as far as you got, you've done yourself a massive disservice. Go back, play more, get farther.



mjc0961 commented on Nintendo 64x64: Body Harvest:

Body Harvest! This game is freaking sweet.

Wish you guys had actually written something about it though. I guess this is just a place for those of us who heard of, played, and loved this game to say we loved this game while everyone else wonders what we're talking about.