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Male, 36, United Kingdom

Tue 5th February, 2013

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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.



MrGawain commented on Head Teachers in the UK Issue Warning to Paren...:

Personally I don't think it's a good idea for 7 year olds to be desensitized to war, murder, sex and sexual violence, and communities where racial, religious, and sexual orientation abuse is thrown at faceless strangers. But hey, I'm weird like that.

The problem with the 'no psychological effects from playing video games' argument is it's about mentally capable adults. When you have kids or psychologically fragile people playing 'chop the head off the prostitute', there isn't that same boundary between make believe video game and real life. I remember the news of Jamie Bulger's killer's being influenced by video nasties such as Child's Play 3. Kids need to be taught right and wrong by parents, not mature entertainment. And it's the job of schools to keep this standard enforced. I totally support this action.



MrGawain commented on Talking Point: The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Ma...:

I always thought Zelda would eat a lot of Xenoblade X's sales if they were released too close together. But to me I would guess the game just isn't far enough finished. I guess if Xenoblade, Starfox, and a third (probably platform based) game are released October to December, that will fill partially fill the big Zelda space.

But should we be that desperate for Zelda? Both the Gamecube and the Wii used a Zelda game as a sort of full stop to end the first party support for each system.



MrGawain commented on Feature: Ten Must-Play Games for the Nintendo 3DS:

Heavens. We've proved people own Nintendo devices to play Nintendo games. Plus it's a popularist poll. It's not about your favourite one game, it was the ten games people agreed to be worthwhile purchases.

Of course if Ace Attorney was a retail game (I'm sure it cost me as much as a retail game), it OBVIOUSLY wouldn't be all about Ninty.



MrGawain commented on Satoru Iwata Defends Timing of DeNA Deal, Teas...:

I reckon Nintendo did business with DeNA so they could sort out the infrastructure to their account system, and letting them use their IP for mobile games is the price they've paid for it.

Albeit a likely profitable price for Ninty.



MrGawain commented on Opinion: Splatoon Is to Shooters what Mario Ka...:

I dare you all to think of the last triple A title that was more new and innovative than this- on any system. A shooter that isn't about how many kills you get, but how much redecorating you complete.

It's Changing Rooms: Deathmatch.



MrGawain commented on Poll: Where Do You Stand On DeNA, Smart Device...:

I think there's uncertainty in everything: Mobile gaming may become too crowded and good games could be lost in the sea of cruddy clones.

But Nintendo is known for quality.

The AAA $60 model could become unprofitable with rising production costs.

But Nintendo is very budget conscious.

The middle ground could be eroded between value and flash graphics.

And that's why Nintendo had to do something, and at least if they fail on Mobile they won't bankrupt the company. It's scary, but probably necessary.



MrGawain commented on Satoru Iwata Insists Smart Device Game Pricing...:


If there is truth in amalgamating the handheld and home console market into one next generation, this could solve the problem partially. Imagine if you could play all the handheld titles (including all the 3rd party ones) on the home console. You may not be able to play console games on the handheld, but imagine being able to play smartphone games on your handheld. Good ones that Nintendo has developed. And then imagine in this unified system all retro games being available for both the handheld and the console at the same time. And maybe even being able to use your account to play a games save data across platforms. Also, by making it simple for developers to make one game that they can put on both systems must be appealing to them.

I think that goes a large way to making owning a Nintendo platform worthwhile.



MrGawain commented on Iwata: Embracing Smart Devices Has Made Us Eve...:

Although I'm not a fan of mobile games, there is a sense of rationality of setting up a unification of mobile, portable and home console from day one of bringing a new system out. The idea of Tetris and endless runner style games being on mobile, AND on a handheld device which also plays handheld games, AND a both of these platforms being available on a home console that still has AAA games on it makes a lot of sense, if only because it fills the platforms up with games without taking 3rd party into account. This hasn't been announced how it will work but there seems to be a certain amount of logic to it.

But at the end of the day these mobile games won't be made by Miyamoto, Aonuma, or Sakurai- so there will still be a reason to own exclusive Ninty platforms.