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Tue 5th February, 2013

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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.



MrGawain commented on Two Tribes Co-Founder Doesn't Think He Would H...:

I bought both Toki Tori in a sale. So far I've only played the first, and it's a good little game, if slightly 'Amiga 500'. I've not found any eshop download a must buy now experience, but if you see them up for sale, their nice to have to fill in then gaps between the big titles.

And there is some big cracks to fill in generation 8....



MrGawain commented on Official Nintendo UK Store Sends New Nintendo ...:


I don't want it cancelled. I've already waited 2 months for it, and then suddenly they've cancelled the order without warning. I can't order them anywhere else because everywhere else is sold out. I sent them a message asking why, and they're refusing to reply.

Scumbag customer service if you ask me.



MrGawain commented on Nintendo Confirms Wil Wheaton as Voice Actor f...:

I question how much of this hate is for Will Wheaton now, compared to the hatred of Wesley Crusher and Child actors in general in the 80's.

It astounds me what people will use as a reason to buy a game for, then complain they have nothing to play.



MrGawain commented on First Run Wii U Copies of Rodea the Sky Soldie...:

I'm still a bit in the dark over 'what the actual gameplay is'. I'm not normally fussy about graphics, but the lack of character animation really confuses what is actually happening. It sort of looks like the on the rails cannon bits from Sonic Lost World, but is that all the game?



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'.