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Tue 5th February, 2013

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MrGawain commented on Saints Row Design Director Was Working On An O...:


You may have confused NOA who distribute games with Nintendo of Japan that actually make games. Japan actually made those games like Xenoblade, it's just NOA didn't think they were worth mass distributing (Which I wouldn't like to guess how they'd of sold). As for a game like Wii Music, I'm betting it didn't cost all that much to make and I bet it made it's money back (2.65m copies sold). This Saints Row-esque game however I expect would of had a hideous American sized budget that probably didn't match Nintendo's core audience interest, and I doubt would be an evergreen title like most Nintendo games are. I would far prefer Ninty to put money into a few sensibly budgeted Japanese titles that will continue to sell, than waste it's money on a fur coat- no knickers shallow game that people forget after 2 months.

Again, as I always tell you 'That's just my personal opinion'.



MrGawain commented on Former Rare Developers Will Show Off Their New...:

I'm still a bit unclear on if this is a full retail release or an eshop title, and if this is a title already in development or is just a few storyboards and character designs. It feels like the latter unfortunately.



MrGawain commented on Sonic and Mega Man amiibo Available Again from...:

There's a line between 'sorry, we haven't been supplied enough stock yet so we'll have to delay your amiibo', and 'sorry, we haven't been supplied enough stock so were cancelling your order'.

Frankly I'm skeptical of wave 4 being any better. Why Ninty bothered to make a Mario party alternate figure set (of mainly easily available figured) is beyond me when they don't have the supply chain to fulfil new characters.



MrGawain commented on Amazon UK Delays Some Shulk Pre-Orders to Late...:

I'm not going to blame Amazon for delaying 2 Shulks, a Dedede and a Metaknight from my order, they're still sending me 6 figures, and they've been kind enough to offer me £8 credit. Ta very much. They aren't cancelled... yet.

I am willing however to blame Nintendo for making a complete farce of their amiibo line and not predicting that the three characters from this wave who actually have exclusive functionality in games are more desirable than the amounts they have made. They should have concentrated on a few before moving on instead of trying to produce an entire Smash line and even more Mario's and Peaches. I'm wondering if this is why the Kirby game has been delayed in Europe- if you can't get the game you don't need the amiibo?



MrGawain commented on Card Format amiibo Confirmed to be Heading our...:

If you're getting rid of the figure, why bother with a physical presence at all? Just sell the data via the e-shop.

I've come this far in buying all the figures, I'd be frustrated if Ninty made them even harder to get because of this.



MrGawain commented on Hyrule Warriors 'Ganon Pack' DLC to Bring Fres...:

You really have to commend Koei Techmo for a stellar job on this. It wasn't as big as a deal as Smash, MK8, Bayonetta, DKTF, or even Captain Toad, but it really was a solid, fun title which held it's own and in some ways beat the big releases last year.



MrGawain commented on Yusuke Hashimoto Outlines His Desire to Contin...:

Nice to hear that PG are talking about a Bayonetta sequel, I would guess if it was out of the question they'd be very tight lipped about it.

Oh, and to me it may not have been as drawn out as some games, but the amount of wow factor per minute was so much greater than any game I've played. It's an action game, not an adventure game. To compare it to film it's not 18 hours of Lord of the Rings films, it's 2 hours of a Jackie Chan. And just like a martial arts film it's overblown, camp, and hammy because it's made not to be taken too seriously.



MrGawain commented on Satoru Iwata Shares Confidence in Hitting Targ...:


What I said was:
'At this moment in time I believe the Wii U to have the best choice and class of games a system ever has, but they're designed for me and my niche group'.

My love for the Wii U is a personal opinion. I've tried quite a few PlayStation games and I find them to be flashy but a little hollow (personal opinion!). Most of the game types you listed don't interest me, besides RPGs and action games which Bayonetta 2 and Hyrule Warriors have sufficed me. For me it's not about quantity, it's quality, and Pound for pound I've played more on the Wii U than any other system AND enjoyed my experience.

I love the Wii U, and in reality it doesn't bother me if other people do or not because I wouldn't change it just for Nintendo to sell more consoles.



MrGawain commented on Satoru Iwata Shares Confidence in Hitting Targ...:

"I believe the Wii U business still has considerable room for growth".

Translation the replacement is still some time away, and Iwata knows a lot of us would be pretty peeved if they dropped support for our console now or in the next 18 months. At this moment in time I believe the Wii U to have the best choice and class of games a system ever has, but they're designed for me and my niche group, not the general populace of the planet earth who want to shoot things and play sports games.



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


The only problem with that is they still need to sell the console. Why would a store sell a console for a tiny profit, and then not get repeat sales of the games as Nintendo feeds them down a fibre optic cable? It's just an extension of why digital is more expensive than physical media.



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

I would say that Nintendo have stuck to the lesson they learned from Atari with the E.T game. They know they aren't the top dog by any means, and would prefer to aim for modest profits instead of incurring major losses at the moment. Plus, you could argue when there were plenty of the Wii U and 3DS at launch, there wasn't an urgency to get them. With the scarcity of Amiibo, Gamecube controller adaptors, Bayonetta 1st print, and Majora's mask New 3DS, they have become desirable commodities. The aim for Nintendo is to slowly increase product, but not overstretch desirability.



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

So Nintendo, Square, and Sega are all copyright claiming on YouTube. I wonder if this is them not happy for anyone making revenue off their IP, or them not happy that a Western company (YouTube) and Western content creators are making money off (and in some examples mocking) their IP?

It will be interesting to see if Namco, Capcom, and Konami follow suit.



MrGawain commented on UK Supermarket Giants Wage Wii U Price Wars to...:

Not surprised in the least Supermarkets are getting out of selling the Wii U, it's a niche product that they can't justify the space for. To be honest, I've seen a lot of supermarkets stop selling the XB1 and PS4 as well due to space, and not really having the real sales people to sell them.

Game is still selling Wii U's from £149.99 to £269.99, Argos £149.99 to £249.99, Smyths from £169.99 to £239.99, Toys R Us from £149.99 to £284.99. I would imagine you can still buy them in HMV and Currys as well.



MrGawain commented on Cult PlayStation 2 Title Legend Of Kay Is Gett...:

I suppose you have to ask where the audience is for this sort of game. It's not really on the PS4, and it's definitely not on the XB1, so that's why were getting it because we play games with more cartoon art.

Hopefully it won't be terrible.



MrGawain commented on Impressions: Nintendo Made The Right Call With...:

I really liked it. It's a tactical RPG, but with a 1st/3rd person shooter perspective. In fact it's one of the first new ideas/genres in video games in some time. The limitations of the camera is what makes the challenge of the game- but likewise you can make it work in your favour by hiding around corners with extra steam on the alien's turns. Admittedly the aliens take their sweet time to move, but then they do in most tactical RPGs. I'm buying it.



MrGawain commented on Video: You NEED To Play Metroid Prime Trilogy:

Played the first level of the first one a moment ago. Slightly confusing controls with no manual, and the camera takes a bit of getting used to for me as I'm not a fan of first person perspective in games.

But it is quite impressive for 'just a Wii game'.



MrGawain commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Flirtation With Micr...:

The reason 3DS free to play+microtransactions won't work is simple. Say you're playing candy crush on a mobile phone ona long train journey. You run out of lives. Desperate to play more you connect to the internet and buy more lives.

The 3DS doesn't have mobile internet anywhere. I can only use online at home. So if I'm on a train with my 3DS and run out of lives in Pokémon Crush or whatever, I have to wait to buy extra lives when I get home, by which time I have lost interest in the game, and have TV, a games console, the entire internet in my grasp. Freemium on mobile works because it gives you the immediate choice to continue playing for money like a slot machine. Time to think will stop you making your purchase.



MrGawain commented on Official Nintendo UK Store Kicks Off amiibo Pr...:


It could be that, or it could just be there are a lot of Wario's and Charizard's released, less Pacman's, even less Lucina's and Robin's, and very few Marths. In terms of Nintendo fame that's probably correct, but probably not appropriate in what extreme Nintendo fan's want.



MrGawain commented on Feature: 20 Wii Games We'd Love To Download Fr...:

I debated long and hard to get Galaxy 2 or not; keen for the price, unsure of camera movement, intrigued by the story, unsure of the control system.

Then I opened a cupboard and found I owned it already and had never played it. Problem solved.

I would like Okami though. And I'll try out Metroid Trilogy.



MrGawain commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Had a Strong Start W...:

Amiibo is the equivalent of a Triforce Quest in the real world. You try to assemble the pieces, sometimes having to fight horrible scalper troll creatures for them, only then to find that there are another 6 things you have to collect.

I think it's a fun game... I think....



MrGawain commented on Xenoblade Chronicles X Localisation Work is "W...:

Seeing that European graphic of Wii U games Ninty produced, which I believe to be in order of release with Splatoon being the first listed, Xenoblade is between Star Fox and Zelda. Zelda must be December, and I can't see Star Fox being ready before October, so you'd have to guess November?



MrGawain commented on Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 14t...:

I think there was a lack of Wii U games because the Direct was only looking 4 months ahead of release dates, and only MP10 and Splatoon are being released in that time frame, hence why the UK didn't get the Kirby trailer. Looking back at that UK release graphic for the Wii U, it lists the games:

First half games:
Mario Maker
Project Giant Robot

and 2015 (2nd half) games as:
Project Guard

If you guess barring any major problems that this is the list they'll be released in this order, you could theorise that:

First half games:
Splatoon- Early May
Yoshi- Late May
Mario Maker- June
Project Giant Robot- June (Download?)

and 2015 (2nd half) games as:
Kirby July/August
Project Guard (Download August?)
Starfox September/October
Xenoblade October (with a gap between Zelda)
Zelda December

Add in another one or two November/December Nintendo games, plus Devil's Third and maybe one or two more 3rd party Japanese titles, and that I would guess is our Wii U line up for 2015.



MrGawain commented on New Nintendo 3DS Pre-Orders Emerge at GameStop...:

I would get the Majora's Mask New 3DS XL, but the fact it's a pre-loaded game bothers me. I like the idea of keeping my New 3DS XL for home play, and continuing to use my beaten up old XL out and about, So I'd prefer to buy a cartridge. Also I hate wasting space on the hard drive when I can own a retail version. So I'm thinking of getting blue one, if only to plug the Wii U drought gap.

Also, Does the pre-loaded game survive system transferring your old 3DS over?



MrGawain commented on Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 14th January, Wi...:

Betting the Hyrule Warriors Majora's Mask DLC would get some sort of tie into the 3DS release, a few release dates and some Amiibo functionality, MK8 and Smash possible DLC, hopefully some actual games which will be use the New 3DS aside from Xenoblade (Bayonetta N3DS?), plus news on the E3 titles, Yokai Watch and other Japanese 3DS games being brought over.

Also, I'm guessing we'll see a Nintendo franchise being handed over to a Japanese developer and mixed with a familiar game type- maybe the console version of Pokken?



MrGawain commented on Nintendo Europe Shipping Ambassador Edition Ne...:

I will get a New 3DS XL when there is stuff available I can't play on my normal 3DS XL.

But you have to question if were going to get a Ninty Direct sometime between now and the 12th? I can't believe they'll just soft launch the thing without some fanfare.



MrGawain commented on Little Mac's amiibo Appears to Have Actually B...:

Connect the dots of 'amiibo's that are discontinued' to 'amiibo's that aren't actually going to be used in any games outside smash'.

Ninty should of kept to a core of 15 or so characters in the first year and avoided linking them to the Smash roster and be used in a variety of games.



MrGawain commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2015:

I voted for Zelda, but I'd be curious to see the poll without it listed. It really does seem to be a year of variety and depth (seeing we came of a year with a Platformer, Racer, 2 (or 3) Action games, a Beat-'em-up, and a Puzzler as the tent pole games not including the e-shop or 3rd parties. I'm guessing Ninty also has 2 or 3 games hidden up their sleeves, maybe some more paid for Japanese 3rd Party?

Still more varied and solid line-ups than those other two boxes out there.