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Tue 5th February, 2013

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MrGawain commented on Nintendo Seeks Improvement at E3 2016, Though ...:

This is my personal response to Nintendo's Digital event:

I watched it. I saw there were 3 Wii U games coming from Sept to Dec I wanted (which I already knew about). I saw there was one WEIRD game announced for the first 3 months of 2016. I decided this wasn't enough to occupy me. I bought a PS4 to fill in the holes.

The problem is for Nintendo now is where I was solely buying Wii U games (including some dubiously worthwhile purchases), my money will now be shared between them and Sony. And when it comes to the NX, I may just be happy to wait on upgrading because I'll have things to play on the PS4. I'm guessing I'm not the only person who is in this position (or with an XB1). If they could of held my excitement and attention I would of likely not bought the PS4, which I think shows why E3 is there to hype the future. The truth is games coming out in 3 months by nature CAN'T be as exciting as those future mirages of massive games.



MrGawain commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Shipping This Time Next Ye...:

I'm betting Christmas 2016 still, as the slowdown of Wii U announcements, the fact they'll be talking about it at next E3, the fact that they've likely given the specs to 3rd parties 18 months in advance (which in all likelihood are similar to the PS4/Xbox), and the fact Nintendo does 60% of it's business in September-December- I can't see them releasing in 2017 Summer, and I can't see them not having any big releases for a full 12 months.

The 20 million in a year seems unlikely unless they come with some sort genie with 3 wishes gimmick.



MrGawain commented on Blast Ball is Actually the Tutorial in Metroid...:

I thought the concept of trapping monsters in the treehouse video was really clever, and I couldn't care less if or if not it's connected to Metroid. My only issues with it are A. It's first person perspective which I've had issues with before, and B. It's an online portable game which to me aren't comfortable bedfellows.



MrGawain commented on We Could See Some Cult Lucasfilm Properties Co...:

The problem with this way of doing business is although it's nice to own a bit of plastic of your favourite obscure Nintendo/WB/Disney character, does it really enhance the gameplay? Shoving Darkwing Duck in the toy box is just a glorified skin. Also, I can't help but think that although all of these companies have a lot of IP, there is a limit to the amount that people actually care about, and year on year production will run the well dry fairly quickly. I mean after Smash, Animal Crossing and Pokémon Cards, what other really tempting characters can Nintendo produce apart from new poses of what has come before?



MrGawain commented on Shovel Knight is Coming to Retail:

I noticed the other day that Stick it to the man had a physical release on the PS4. Although I have no problems with Ninty's eshop (it's quite sturdy in fact), I wonder if Sony's slow PS online store is the reason so many kickstarters are getting physical releases? It may have been a false dawn about the move to all digital.



MrGawain commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transfor...:

The reason there isn't a full Metroid, Animal Crossing, or Mario Galaxy 3 Wii U game is because they take ages, cost loads, and very few people buy them due to interest and install base.

What we've got is cheap stop gaps, and although it's annoying, it's hardly that surprising either.



MrGawain commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Suggests Low Key and Accessib...:

The level of amiibo support either way is going to upset people. Give 'em something really good and people complain it's physical DLC, give 'em nothing and they question why they bought the lump of plastic Personally I like the idea of really good unlockables from the start of the game, that non amiibo owners can get by achieving certain things later in the game.



MrGawain commented on Tablets Stole The Wii U's Thunder, Laments Shi...:

I don't think anyone can hide from the fact that this statement by Miyamoto means the NX is the replacement for the Wii U next Christmas. Next year we'll get SMTFE, Zelda, The Sonic Olympics, and a couple more titles, but everything else is moving to the NX. Shame. :(



MrGawain commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Retail Games of 201...:

Let's be honest, there are 4 titles on there that hold most of our communities attention, and the rest are more niche titles due to blood or plastic figures or if you care for tennis or drawing. I've got a PS4 to fill in the gaps for me now, but still being honest it's those 4 wii U games that will hold my attention for the next 6 to 8 months. Who knows what happens after that.



MrGawain commented on Australian Rating Confirms That ZombiU is Shuf...:

Whatever happened to the rule Microsoft had that said that games had to be released on Xbox first?

As for Zombi U, it's been two and a half years, it's not going make anyone buy a Wii U now, plus it probably won't be as good a game without the gamepad. Let Xbox players have it- they still can't have Bayonetta 2.



MrGawain commented on Feature: Five Key Moments from Nintendo's E3:

I've been watching a lot of Nintendo treehouse slots on (woah, that Audrey girl who thinks she's Princess Zelda is REALLY bossy), and it's fun to see the games without sitting through the waffle.

What bothers me is the lack of them, especially for 2016.



MrGawain commented on Video: Star Fox Zero - What We Know So Far:

The gamepad 3d sound thing sounds like how Alfred used to talk to you in Arkham City Armoured Edition.

The gameplay and the way the Arwing runs looks suspiciously like a certain Umbran Witch I know. And barrel rolls loom like the traditional Platinum dodge as well.



MrGawain commented on The Current State Of Virtual Reality Just Isn'...:

The Wii was a gimmick. It came with motion controls that no one else had tried at the time, made money at launch, and sold 100m units. It cost the consumer $249 for the console and a game that was a sure fire hit that Kids, Parents, and Grandparents could figure out immediately.

VR is a gimmick. But there are at least 3 companies trying to develop it all with different systems. It will cost some where in the region of $500 dollars, plus a $300+ console or PC, and a game to play on it of questionable quality. There is no guarantee you'll be able to play it without motion sickness or that it won't hurt your head or neck, so it's far less inclusive than the wii.

The word 'gimmick' isn't the issue. Price is. Audience is. Quality is. Safety is. Immediacy is. The 'Fun' wouldn't come from the headset, but the games developed for it. At the moment VR is for hobbyists, not for the mainstream living room which is where the money has always been to recoup R and D expensive costs. I think VR will just be too expensive and uncertain to grab hold of the consumer.



MrGawain commented on First Impressions: Linking Up in The Legend of...:

I'm really not a fan of online for portable games, and I doubt I'll find 2 other people in the same place and same time who want to play it, so I wonder how the single player holds up, but if it does I'm in for this game.



MrGawain commented on Editorial: Cheer Up, There Are Some Exciting G...:

So if Zelda is coming 2nd half 2016, and in all likelihood so is SMTxFE, then what have we got to play the first half of 2016? And if Nintendo do have titles, why weren't they shown?

Not that it matters to me any more, I've bought a PS4 to pick up the slack.



MrGawain commented on Video: The Nintendo Life Reaction to Nintendo'...:


I didn't say it was the end of Nintendo. But it makes logical sense that if you have an exciting game that is coming in 2016 for the Wii U that is going to sell consoles, you show it, or at least do a Wooly World or Bayonetta 2 style announcement. And if there's nothing far along enough to show now, then it won't be ready for next year. With this I stick by my assumption.

I really hope the NX is a true masterpiece and gives everyone what they want, but I'm guessing a lot of gamers who have only had a Wii U this gen up to now will buy another console to fill the void, and it's going to be really hard for Nintendo to lure them back with another Wii U style launch, minus the 3rd party support.



MrGawain commented on Satoru Iwata Didn't Apologise For Nintendo's E...:

Iwata missed E3 because:

A: He is still recovering from surgery.
B: He's very busy on the Wii U, 3DS, NX, and Mobile platform.
C: Didn't want a 100 interviews asking about the NX and Mobile side.
D: He knew he was going to get grief that they had very little exciting to exhibit.
E: A combination of A, B, C, & D.

Frankly if they're going to reveal things 3 months in advance on in Nintendo Directs, you question what the point is at being at E3? It's unlikely the press is going to be amazed by little 3ds games next to the big AAA games of other companies.



MrGawain commented on Video: The Nintendo Life Reaction to Nintendo'...:

The worse thing we had was hope.

Despite poor sales, we've had a brilliant run of games that beats the PS4 and the XB1 combined, so we expected that to carry on. The journo's and commentators guessed Metroid U, Mario Galaxy 3, and a full Animal Crossing, and we've all added to speculation with our own theories.

The digital event wasn't just 'oh well, not so good this time', but a statement that the Wii U was winding down. No longer could we sit on our high horses and brag about our superior enjoyment. Nintendo had borrowed this year's surprises for last years E3, and it seems there's very little left in the tank. And there were mysterious gaps in things that should exist. No MK8 3rd dlc, no new 3ds titles, no retro, no Bayonetta mini news, no Pokken, no 'more unannounced 3rd party reveals', no Splatoon update, no Zelda trailer, or even a few stills of a character or two. What they had was modest, but it could of been bolstered by some of these tidbits.

People will still buy the big games revealed last year, but they need to keep our interest in brand Nintendo in 2016 and maybe beyond to the NX release, as the competition have a lot of things to sway our attention, and customers may not care to come back if they've already bought into something else. Expect an emergency reveal of something to hopefully keep us hanging on.



MrGawain commented on First Impressions: Kicking Off With Metroid Pr...:

I'll be curious to see if the main game has a story an/or defined characters, and if the game is defined by online play- remember a 3DS isn't really portable if you have to connect it to Wi fi. I really think It needs to show a single player campaign.



MrGawain commented on Iwata Vows To Listen To E3 2015 Digital Event ...:

I suspect that the new games shown haven't been in development too long, or have taken away any man power. Nintendo can't just magic big games out of no where, but this does suggest they stopped actively green lighting projects a couple of years ago. What we've go is stop gap games. We were lacking that Splatoon, or Cpt Toad, or even Kirby moment this year.

Also, where were was the new 3DS exclusive(s)? A lot of people will be very angry if they only get one game which cost £200 quid to play.



MrGawain commented on Don't Worry, The Legend of Zelda is Still Comi...:

Whether or not Zelda U will also be on the NX, I believe it will be the Full Stop of Nintendo's games for the Wii U. if you released it and then had another year of games, you would have to find a similar if not greater level of game to follow it.



MrGawain commented on Reaction: Nintendo's E3 Digital Event Brought ...:

I definitely felt they padded out last years unreleased games with a bunch of quick expansions and re skins of old games- Animal Crossing Mario party 8, Mario tennis 3ds port, Link between worlds re-jiggle.

Basically what I wanted that was reveal last E3 I still want, and have no interest in these quick buck knock togethers.



MrGawain commented on Feature: Nintendo Wins at Its Own Game - A Rev...:

I'm really excited for what Sony is 2016. They will rely on 3rd party for the rest of the year.

I can see why people are excited to use their XB1' play their old XB360 games. Halo 5 and a Gears remaster are going to appeal to the Xbox faithful but I doubt they'll convert many.

Nintendo really need a nice little bundle of surprises before Christmas and a strong Star Fox showing to 'Win' (I really hate that phrase) E3.

Is it possible? Yes. Is it likely? I don't know.



MrGawain commented on Rare Replay on Xbox One Will Include 30 Games,...:

Not impressed with Xbox though, Halo, Forza, Tomb Raider and that Fable Legends thing are new exclusives this year, the rest seems to be 2016, and then there is a retro rare compilation and backwards compatibility.

What's really new and exciting this year? Or do I not get it?



MrGawain commented on Guide: Here Are the Live Nintendo-Related Stre...:

I'll admit I watch Nintendo's event with interest, and Sony's with a certain amount of curiousity of things to tempt me, but I watch EA, Ubi, and Microsoft partly to see what other people think is cool in the shooty/stabby genre, and because there's something wonderful at watching how cringeworthy their shows are. There is a certain schadenfreude in watching them talking about next gen tech when the monitors cut out.

E3 isn't just about games. It's about the ridiculousness of the games industry and how entertaining that is.



MrGawain commented on Super Mario Maker is the Final Name for the An...:

Great competitors, brilliant format. Showed some current games, some new games, and some old games which are almost perfect if it wasn't for that stupid Virtual Console pause screen. Glad to know I'm no the only one to struggle with that.



MrGawain commented on Street Fighter Legend Ryu And Fire Emblem's Ro...:

Project X Zone 2 is produced by Monolith Software, and features Capcom, Sega, and Namco characters.

I wonder if there's any other game that has characters from these 4 software developers on Nintendo systems, and if there was, would there be a way to utilise little plastic figures from that game for Project X Zone 2?



MrGawain commented on Disney Infinity Producer Brands amiibo Stock S...:

I feel sorry for those toy stores trying to shift pallets and pallets of 2 year unsold Skylanders and Infinity figures NO ONE wants. The first year of Skylanders was chaos (or Kaos) with understocks, but now there just seems to be miles of unsold shelf space of these figures.

For their customers Nintendo have screwed up with amiibo, but for their shareholders Activision and Disney have screwed up with their overstocks. Let's hope there's a middle ground soon.



MrGawain commented on PlatinumGames to Unveil a New Title at E3:

I'm betting it's a New 3DS game for Jeanne from Bayonetta. Kamiya has spoken with interested about doing a Jeanne game for the 3DS, plus we know there will be a 'Bayonetta related piece of news' this year, the N3DS is in need of games, and I keep hearing of some 'Angel killer' or something game coming to a Nintendo platform.



MrGawain commented on Nintendo UK Confirms Its Community's Top 10 Wi...:

The real importance of this list is not where they all placed, but the variety of the games. You could argue DK, Kirby, Nintendoland, NSMBU/NSLU, and Lego City are all essential exclusive titles that really does make the Wii U the freshest and densely populated console this gen.



MrGawain commented on That's No Moon, It's The Disney Infinity 3.0 S...:


But the point is 2.0 came with a single Avengers mission mode which was very limited. There were 2 other story modes you could purchase for £30 each (almost the price of some games). The Disney toys could only be used in the toybox and were really glorified skins. The toybox itself was just the same as the first game, and once again it was about using stock pieces.

If you liked it great, but for sixty quid I felt it was a clone of the first one with less content.



MrGawain commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Approach is Often Peculi...:

The biggest problem I have with SOME XB1/PS4 players is that there is a belief that playing Bloodborne or Halo or Assassin's Creed is somehow more 'grown up' than a quick game of MK8 and a dash of Splatoon. 'Mature gaming' is merely a distraction to real life just like Nintendo, and any pretense of spending 60 hours watching a screen hunting zombies as 'Adult' is a farce. Whatever your poison, it's only a game. And if you enjoy it, good for you.

Games are supposed to be fun, irreverent, time wasting, distracting, and entertaining. We in the modern 1st world now have the leisure to play in our free time unlike our Grandparents generation, and how we do so is up to us alone. Nintendo is my distraction from work, awkward friends and relatives, and those worries that I can't solve. The world needs Nintendo and companies who produce entertainment like them to remind us we should enjoy life.



MrGawain commented on That's No Moon, It's The Disney Infinity 3.0 S...:

"...Adults will want to try this out to see how deep it can go."

I'm sorry, but I watched my nephew play a very shallow game with 2.0 that hides the fact the few story campaigns are short and limited, with the bulk of the game being a minecraft clone that limits creativity. TBH I think my nephew would prefer to collect the figures and ignore the game.



MrGawain commented on Rumour: Code Digging With amiibo Raises Potent...:

To be honest this would be far more shocking if the numbers were assigned randomly.

Plus no matter what people may think, Nintendo do not have a number of trademarkable characters to assign to every number, and there is a limit to how many more characters they can amiibolise (I've just made that word up) into figures we actually want or have use in a game.



MrGawain commented on Despite the Rumours, Nintendo NX Will Not be A...:

Remembering back, I remembered when Nintendo of America posted this advert for a next gen console engineer:

....Description of Duties:

Nintendo Technology Development is looking for a lead graphics architect in the system-on-chip architecture group in Redmond, WA. The group is responsible for the architecture of Nintendo’s game console SoCs. The graphics architect plays a key role in determining the SoC architecture. The job responsibilities are:
•Evaluate HW graphics (GPU) offerings from SoC solutions available in the market based on performance, power, and silicon area.
•Evaluate the performance of the SoC solutions for both proprietary and standard graphics APIs.
•Determine workloads and simulation models for both performance and power characteristics of GPUs.
•Keep track of GPU architectural improvements in the industry and devise strategies to incorporate them for future Nintendo gaming platforms.
•Act as the graphics architectural evangelist working with global Nintendo teams for future and on-going programs.
•Work with external SoC vendors as the Nintendo focal point for graphics GPU architecture.
•Should be prepared to work through architecture, design, validation, and bring-up stages of SoC design in cooperation with internal and external teams.

Summary of Requirements
•The ideal candidate will have had experience working directly in a GPU architecture and design team with significant responsibilities.
•Low power and SoC design experience would be a plus.
•The candidate is expected to have good architectural insights and the ability to apply that for setting future graphics direction for Nintendo.
•A bachelors degree (graduate degree preferred) in computer science/engineering or electrical engineering.
•5+ years of lead or architectural role experience are required.

I'm not an expert in computers, but just the fact they were trying to employ a US designer suggests they were trying to go up against the PS4 or XB1, and that's not an Android based system.



MrGawain commented on Weirdness: Lorry Thieves Make Off With Splatoo...:

Technically it was part of the delivery of the truck, I doubt it was entirely full of Nintendo products. I'm guessing it was just an opportunist- Splatoon special editions are a bit too limited in potential customers to intentionally target.