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Male, 36, United Kingdom

Tue 5th February, 2013

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MrGawain commented on Talking Point: Retro Gamers Beware, PAC-MAN 25...:


It doesn't matter how many consoles sell or even copies of games. If a publisher is spending $100m on a game and making $1m profit, and sees by making a $50,000 game could make them that same profit or even half of that but without the risk of losing all that money, what would you think is the best business decision?



MrGawain commented on Wii U Stretch Goal Seemingly Teased for Bloods...:

So if I want this game really badly for the Wii U I could pledge with the hope its real and the rest of the money is also found, and then wait two years for release. If it doesn't happen I have no way of playing the game and I lose my money.

This is the reason I'm not the sort of bloke to back kickstarters.



MrGawain commented on NPD Survey Outlines Bright Future For amiibo A...:

I folded and ordered the missing Meta Knight, Dedede and Shulk from Japan so my collection is so far complete, but barring Toad and the Splatoons I wonder if I'll carry on with what comes next? Not interested in buying Animal Crossing or Pokemon amiibo, so I question what can they do to convince me to keep buying?



MrGawain commented on Square Enix Pushes Back Its E3 Press Conferenc...:

Again, isn't it odd that an industry reliant on computers, the internet, and flawless, seamless cut scenes still flogs its wares by dragging out a barely conscious dev leader who hasn't combed his hair to discuss what would be happening if the big screen was working at that moment in time.



MrGawain commented on Nintendo's E3 Focus to Reportedly be on Wii U ...:

I get the feeling Nintendo will announce a couple of new games for the Wii U for 2016, talk about the previously announced games for 2015 and Splatoon/Smash DLC, but the big reveals for 2015 will be on the 3DS. Betting a lot of news on Fire Emblem, the next Pokemon, and in all likelihood a Mario game for the 3DS for the 30th anniversary. Plus they'll be another New 3DS announcement, and more on the amiibo reader.

Although I think it's sad, the Wii U IS wrapping up by at least xmas 2016, with Zelda being the curtain call.



MrGawain commented on Feature: What We Want to See in the Splatoon D...:

I don't really know what I want. I'm buying the game already, but if they can throw something at me from left field in the direct I'll be happy.

To be honest, it's just nice to see Iwata, Shibata, Reggie, and/or Bill Trinnen. It's like Nintendo's version of the Big Bang Theory or something.



MrGawain commented on Sega Won't Have A Booth At This Year's E3:

This is how business works: vyou want to make more money. If you can't sell more of your product, you try to make savings.

E3 is a very expensive event, and if you only have a minimum to sell, it's a little pointless when you can spend your ad budget elsewhere for greater pinpoint success. Not to mention Nintendo, MS, and Sony are willing to promote Sega's products for their own systems. To me this is just a sensible reduction in Sega's ad budget with little product coming in 2015.



MrGawain commented on ​Talking Point: Is Konami About To Exit The ...:

Can anyone see them making their money back from MGS5? It doesn't matter how good a game it will be, it's hideo(kojima)usly over budget. This will sting even more so as the Japanese market is over AAA games and spending lots on mobile.

Sega, Capcom, and Nintendo have all had to rethink their strategy recently as well. I wonder if Western developers will eventually feel the Triple A market becoming too hazardous as well- at least those with triple digit budgets for their games?



MrGawain commented on Rumour: Koji Igarashi's Castlevania Successor...:


Exactly. What I mean is that people can say 'Capcom have got Mega Man and Street Fighter and Resident Evil', or 'Konami have got Castlevania and Contra and Gradius', but those names aren't really worth anything beyond nostalgia merchandise. If someone comes along and makes a clone of those games with different graphics and different names for the characters, there isn't really anything these companies can do. That's why companies like Nintendo don't bother to buy up IP's- they aren't really worth anything unless they have a unique copyrighted game play mechanic.



MrGawain commented on Rumour: Koji Igarashi's Castlevania Successor...:

When you think about this, Mighty no. 9, and Yooka-Laylee, it shows that the importance of character IP means very little. The fact that the original/most important creators can just go and make reimaginations of Castlevania, Mega man and Banjo kazooie and people buy into them shows it's the people who make the game, not the name they put on the box.



MrGawain commented on More Disney Infinity 3.0 Leaks Emerge With Sta...:

My Nephew loves to collect Disney Infinity, but we both feel the game is very underwhelming. I can't help but think using the Prequel films as toys is going to help the situation any amount.

I would guess amiibo are here to stay until Ninty run out of characters, Skylanders has the best if still slightly flimsy game for kids but the figure designs are starting to become repetitive, Lego has Warner's vast IP library to farm, but they're only going to tack it onto the usual Lego game formula, and Disney need to improve the amount of story content in their games.



MrGawain commented on First Impressions: Tapping In With amiibo Tap:...:

I tried it, the time limit irritated me, the effort to unlock it with my Amiibo took too long, and some of the controls were mapped oddly.

But I think it's made me decide to get LOZ link to the past to play through again.

So technically it did what Nintendo wanted it to.



MrGawain commented on Fire Emblem If Box Art Confirms amiibo Support...:

I don't like the idea of having to make the decision of what story to follow BEFORE I own the game. That's not free will, that's following an interactive novel.

However I did buy all 4 FE amiibo with surprising ease so I'm all right Jack!



MrGawain commented on Konami Removes Its Listing from the New York S...:

Why buy Konami's IP? The problem with Konami's big IP's is they aren't really that unique enough not to just make a clone version without owning the rights. Mighty No.9 has shown you don't need the Mega Man name to make a Mega Man game. You could easily make a 'Dracula Hunter', Alien fighter', or 'Space Ship scroller' without getting a lawsuit slapped on you.

It's a lot harder not to infringe on the 'Italian Plumber', 'Mini Alien with plant army', or 'Pink lump who eats enemies powers' IP that Nintendo own.



MrGawain commented on Konami Removes Its Listing from the New York S...:

Loved Suikoden, loved Azure Dreams, loved Zombies, loved the early Castevania games, Bomberman, Contra, Batman Returns, Turtles in Time, Gradius, Prodius, Mystic Ninja. A real part of my childhood.

Of course all they make these days is Metal Gear with all of their assets. I can't help but think of sayings about eggs and a basket.



MrGawain commented on Treyarch Isn't Working on Call of Duty: Black ...:

Wow, so many comments in so little time about a subject we already settled over a year ago.

Remember: 95% of Nintendo's audience is family gamers who want fun, kid friendly, quality games. They are mainly aged 3-11, and 30-40. A lot of this market plays on tablets.

95% of the XS4's audience want games with an 18 certificate on them- they are mainly aged from 7-25. This is the mainstay of the gaming community and they play COD.

This isn't a criticism on either choice- it's just fact. Note that all 'kid friendly' games tend to do terrible on the PB1 aside from Minecraft.



MrGawain commented on Masahiro Sakurai Shares His Positive Feelings ...:

Ten years from now, remember how the Wii U was a commercial failure and the industry agreed Nintendo should wash it's hands of the thing, but Nintendo still made the effort to get a great core of games on the thing including new IP like W101 and Splatoon, delivered good bonus content and charge a sensible price for the MK8 DLC, brought Bayonetta 2 and a new Starfox to the platform, delayed Zelda because it needed to be better even though they could of sold tons at Christmas, and asked it's fans who should be in Smash, and then built it from scratch.

This is why I think Nintendo is a great company and the Wii U is a wonderful console.



MrGawain commented on Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct Confirm...:

I'm surprised they aren't saving this for E3- it suggests to me they'll have other things to talk about then. I guess it means they aren't using it as a sticking plaster over the Zelda hole.

I'm guessing it's the Hyrule Warriors August/September release. Can't wait. :)



MrGawain commented on Tales of More Super Smash Bros. amiibo Pre-Ord...:

I had issues with ordering 2 of each wave 4 figure for myself and Nephew, then the Nintendo store changing their policy to one per customer about 3 hours after. Then they made me wait six weeks or something to tell me they'd cancelled my entire order. I can understand knocking one of each off the order, but that's really mean to cancel the entire thing- not to mention leaving it so long to do so meaning I couldn't pre order anywhere else. Also couldn't get Shulk, Meta Knight and King Dedede earlier. I'm not so much bothered for myself (although I would like complete functionality for my games like Codename STEAM, MK8, Kirby, and Xenoblade), but it's hard to explain to a kid how you've pre ordered something but now it's not coming after all.



MrGawain commented on Social Networks Go Into Meltdown Over Apparent...:

Not likely. To me it seems a little too much Zelda in the past 5 years- Skyward, Ocarina 3D, Windwaker, Link Between Worlds, Hyrule Warriors, Majora's Mask 3D. Another one would ruin Zelda Wii U.

Besides, I someday plan to play it in a drought on the Wii mode of the Wii U.



MrGawain commented on Talking Point: Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Br...:

Basically the Nintendo customer base is small but eager to buy into Nintendo. I suspect per head Nintendo fans spend more on the Wii U and 3DS, amiibo and Nintendo DLC than the average PS4 or XB1 owner spends on their chosen console . And if they had more to sell, we'd most likely buy it.

It isn't extortion (like Marcus Beer would have you believe), most Ninty fans want to buy 95% of what they are selling. All we ask is ENOUGH CHANCE TO BUY IT!!!



MrGawain commented on Reaction: Confirmation of Unity on the New Nin...:

The N3DS needs a few more essential exclusives to get people to jump. I own Xenoblade and love it, but it's obviously a niche game. Put an exclusive Mario on it or a posh pokemon and theh you'll get more owners, and a more viable platform to exclusively develop for or port to.



MrGawain commented on Poll: Is Splatoon a Blockbuster That'll Help R...:

I actually think Splatoon will benefit in the long run for debuting on the Wii U. It has low expectations, but stands out like a sore thumb against the familiar Ninty IPs, and even more so against the carbon copy COD clones.

As for the voice chat, I don't want to have words with any one in a game, so this makes me want to try the online. It just doesn't fit with Nintendo's image. I wonder if Nintendo would have to put the esrba/pegi rating higher if they would have included voicechat?



MrGawain commented on Reminder: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Out Now for ...:

I've had it since release in the UK, and I must say I love it... although the tutorials are a little vague. 2nd boss in and I've just started to understand how the telegraphing mechanism thing works- that Monado power button in the middle toggles up and down which wasn't explained very well. But once you understand how combat works it really is fun- it's a multitasking real time RPG.



MrGawain commented on Feature: A Day in The Future Life of a Nintend...:

Just because Nintendo makes games for mobile phones, doesn't mean you have to play them. Instead we can play 'stay awake until the amiibo pre-order comes online and guess which ones in your order will be cancelled instead'.



MrGawain commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Plans for DLC and Mi...:

Frankly the Hyrule/MK8/Smash DLC plus NSLU has plugged big holes in Nintendo's release window and has made these games last a lot longer.

Personally I think the Animal Crossing card game is an attempt to push NFC usage in Japan. So far they haven't been all that bothered about amiibo, and I'm guessing this is for a young and/or female audience that liked the world of animal crossing. It's not a traditional console or handheld business model, but then Japan isn't buying that model much any more. I wonder if it were a Pokemon style card game anyone would be questioning ethics?



MrGawain commented on Nintendo's Official UK Store Opens Pre-Orders ...:

After my previous experience with the 'Official' store, I'm avoiding it with a barge pole.

And Nintendo really need to sort out their stock issues with amiibo. It's not fun to collect these things, it's a headache.



MrGawain commented on Mega Blastoise Event Launches in Pokémon Shuf...:

Starting out very cynical of this game for it's in game transactions, I'm now quite obsessed with it and have not spent a penny. I very much doubt I'll be good enough to get ranked, but I am having fun participating.



MrGawain commented on Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Reckons "It Would Be Co...:

Translation: "There is going to be a Banjo game for the XB1 in an attempt to capture the non dudebro market. We'd like a free advertisement in one of Nintendo's most popular games so we hawk our VCR looking box to the slender fanbase the Wii U has."

Or am I just a cynical Nintendo fanboy?



MrGawain commented on Talking Point: It's Too Early to Write Off the...:

I think Zelda will be the full stop punctuating the Wii U, like Skyward Sword sort of was with the Wii. Even if it's not, were closer to the end than the beginning. But I still want to play the announced games, and I'm guessing they'll be another 4 or 5 we don't know about yet here and there. Also I would like to go back and revisit a few I rushed through the first time. It's been a great console.