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Male, 36, United Kingdom

Tue 5th Feb 2013

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MrGawain commented on Two Wii U Hits Are Included in TIME's Top 10 G...:

It's a relatively 'politically correct' list isn't it? No exclusives for either XB1 or PS4 (At least next year Tomb Raider will be multiplat when nobody cares), 4 3rd party productions- one British, one Polish, one Japanese, and one US/Canadian. Two iPhone games (I think?), Two PC games, and Two Nintendo. No mention of either Halo 5 or Bloodbourne so as not to look bias.

I don't think you can say 'this is the best games this year in exact order'- I think you can say 'this is a list of games that caters for all tastes and will make sure all platform owners not feel particularly enraged'.



MrGawain commented on Chief NES Designer Describes Nintendo as an In...:

Perhaps a better interpretation to this is 'Nintendo make games that are quirky, colourful, family friendly, humorous, and character driven. Instead of the stale, brown-grey, violent, deadpan, and faceless fare that EA, and Ubisoft churn out.'

Saying all this, the thing that really separates Ninty from AAA and indie is Nintendo tend to finish, polish, and bug check all their games before release.



MrGawain commented on Editorial: It's Not Fun to Criticise Nintendo ...:

I don't think any of these games have been undermarked, but I do think the fact there has been a long run of filler has made it feel worse. I wonder why Yarn Yoshi's Wooly World crochet applique wasn't held back to be the replacement Nov 20th game- you can't tell me they didn't think Starfox and Zelda weren't going to be delayed.

The problem is delays are affecting a lot of the video games industry- big story games (I'm counting Star Fox and Uncharted 4 amongst others) need to be Christmas games that we can play in the winter when it's cold and dark, where as Slim short play games (Mario Tennis, Animal Crossing, and all those online only games like Battlefront) are really better in the Summer when were out riding our BMXes and playing football with jumper for goalposts. I bet Ninty rushed Mario Tennis forward 6 months to cover, and because of that we've only got 75% of a game.

The only good news for this is at least the last year of the Wii U will have more content than 2015- Star Fox, Pokken, Zelda U AND Twilight Princess, and Lots of Japanese Writing X+-/Fire Emblem should be a good start.



MrGawain commented on Review: Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U):

I think Camelot are good at making a glitch free game, but to be honest I wasn't impressed with the last Mario Tennis on the 3DS either. Mario Golf was okay, but as a 15 minute time filler on the go. People expect far more from a console game these days, which is a hard thing to produce when you're limited to the single scren limitations of tennis. If this wasn't a rush job to fill a hole, it should have been 3-5 sports in one package.



MrGawain commented on Timing Of NX Launch Could Help Nintendo Grab S...:

Personally I think the hope of 85m sales for XB and PS like last time is unlikely, but even more unlikely is getting those customers to convert to a Nintendo platform. EA, 2K, Bethesda and Konami and don't support Nintendo because they don't make Nintendo audience games. Warner, Activision, Ubisoft and Disney half do because they have franchises like Lego, Skylanders, and Just Dance. Nintendo's closest allies are SEGA, Capcom, Namco, Koei Techmo and now possibly Square Enix because they make games for the Japanese market (mainly on the 3DS).

Personally I think Nintendo's rumoured unifying of Handheld and Console markets is it's only hope for survival. the 3DS sold 55m units and it's a way to get the customer base to buy a console to play the game on the go and on a big screen, and it will allow Ninty to produce more games that can be played on both systems. This must be attractive to 3DS 3rd party supporters, and to customers of the 3DS AND the the Vita which at this moment is frankly done for. If Western games developers want in on that, good for them, but I'm not fussed as a Nintendo consumer.

Maybe I'm more like a Japanese gamer than a Western one?



MrGawain commented on Take a Look at Nintendo's Game Awards 2015 Nom...:

As with all awards ceremonies, there's a 'most famous big budget game on the most popular system with expensive graphics that looks good on a highlight reel' whiff to all this. Nintendo is all about well built games, with colourful undemmanding graphics, catchy music, little story and solid game mechanics- which really don't make for good headlines. All that really matters to Nintendo is they're represented and get to show off their product to an audience that doesn't watch the directs. I also argue a game that's only been out a few weeks cannot be judged in the same light as a game that came out 10 months ago.



MrGawain commented on Video: Check Out a Graphical Comparison for Th...:

The Wii version was so blurry it did my head in and I never finished it, but this port is hopefully going to be more than just HDifying. What control options do we have? Will there be gamepad support? Will we get an orchestrated soundtrack? What will the amiibo do? Will the story be altered to affect the Zelda Wii U story? These are things emulators can't compete with.



MrGawain commented on Final Fantasy's Cloud Is Set To Cause Some Str...:

Cloud has appeared in various 3DS Final Fantasy conected games- the Rhythm game and I think the 3DS Kingdom Hearts game (?), but to me this says Square Enix are full on supporting Nintendo again, which is the really good news.



MrGawain commented on Nintendo Re-Iterates Drive to Seek Innovation ...:

We have had W101, Codename S.T.E.A.M, and Splatoon- I like them all but it's obvious 2 didn't do that well.

To me I would think using a preexisting IP and creating a new gameplay model (like Kid Icarus) might be a more sensible way to go.



MrGawain commented on SEGA Posts Financial Results, Sales are Down a...:

I don't know if any of SEGA's other classc IP beyond Sonic really are worth developing games for these days. A percentage of Nintendo's market would take notice, but the FPS/Sandbox generation really don't care about various cartoons having adventures jumping on platforms. Like all IPs, they really only retain their appeal if they're regularly promoted, and a lot of Japanese 80's and 90's video game characters have been gone to long for the mainstay of the gaming public to care unfortunately.



MrGawain commented on Nintendo Is Unique, Different And Does Its Own...:

Beyond Nintendo's perspective about Hardware being very different to Microsoft's, the sorts of games you find on both machines are radically different. The 'gimmicks' that Nintendo have developed like the Wiimote and Touchscreen have been to shake up their games and give them a different slant. I doubt most XB1 owners care about different ways to play their FPS's beyond a traditional controller, they certainly didn't care about the Kinnect. And I doubt Microsoft will be entering the handheld market any time soon either.



MrGawain commented on Nintendo Is Making Female Characters Cover Up ...:

Beyond the oversexualisation of characters and their childhood innocence being abused, I think it's fair for these girls to be allowed to wear more clothes when fighting giant dinosaur type things, not to mention running around in all sorts of climates and temperatures.

I know I wouldn't go questing in a my y-fronts.



MrGawain commented on Reaction: Nintendo's First Mobile App, Miitomo...:

To point out the elephant in the room, this is not a game for me, the 36 year old lifelong male Ninty fan. To me this app is aimed predominantly at the sort of girls who play candy crush and live on whatsapp replying 'lol' to their friends. These kids are the sort of consumer that is used to paying for microtransactions. They know Nintendo from Wii Sports, Tomodachi life and Animal Crossing, and being the console they had to play just dance on. It may sound slightly sexist but it is merely about marketing to a key mobile demographic. This seems like the ideal start to make money on a simple idea with little worry for control schemes and holding IP's in the reverence they deserve.



MrGawain commented on Talking Point: As Rumours Come and Go the Desp...:

What is there to announce? Not any more 2015 games. Not the currently announced 2015 games as there is very little to reveal about any of them. Not the mobile game- that will be revealed in a more mainstream setting. Nothing on the NX.

So that leaves the Smash ballot, more news on Star Fox, rumours of the Twilight Princess release AND any new information on Zelda U, more titles for 2016, and the club Nintendo replacement. To me I would guess these things won't be announced until the majority of the last of this years games are released- so probably the week after the 20th.



MrGawain commented on Poll: The Tricky Issue of Retail Games as Down...:

I guess it really comes down to what I'm going to do with that game. If it's a niche game with little replay value (e.g story driven); that I'm unlikely to lend to a friend, that is an (offline) single player game (like a majority of games steam are), or isn't big enough to warrant a disc (an indie)- I get downloadable games. But games like MK8, Smash, Nintendoland, and even Mario, Bayonetta and Zelda need to be taken round a friend house to be played, lent to show how good they are, or brought out to be played on a backwards compatible system 5 years later for a trip down memory lane. Nintendo's games are about sharing with friends which is limiting when you buy them on the eshop.



MrGawain commented on The Wii U's Broad Audience Means Star Fox Zero...:

Chandra's lost a bit of his charm from when he was ONM's editor in chief, hasn't he? Not entirely sure telling customers what they should think is a good idea, especially so bluntly. 'Exciting time' isn't how I'd describe Christmas with the Wii U.

What the delays have done (not just Star Fox, but Zelda too) for me is where I haven't owned and played a PlayStation for 12 years, I decided to buy a PS4 to pick up the slack. I've now got 8 games for it and will be looking at a few more for Christmas instead of making do with the few bits the Wii U has coming out. I will most likely buy Star Fox (as I guess the core Wii U community will), but now Nintendo no longer has my undivided attention. I'm also guessing a lot of new customers will see the Wii U's paltry Christmas lineup and come to the conclusion it's not a good present for little Jimmy and buy him an iPad instead.



MrGawain commented on Sony Wishes The NES A Happy 30th Via Twitter:

I think you have to remember that the people who run Sony's (and Nintendo's, and Microsoft's, and all the other companies in the universe) webdites and social media pages have to find something to write regularly so it doesn't become a ghost site. There may not be a new product or new hardware update to talk about, so they comment on another companies news as long as it's relevant. I don't think it's flattering or insulting- it just is. They could easily have posted about Atari, or the season opener of the walking dead, or congratulating a sports team for winning something- it's just something to write in a slow news week.

In fact I would imagine it's quite hard for Nintendolife to find things to post about Nintendo every day- especially now with the Wii U and 3DS having been so quiet on the news front for the past month....



MrGawain commented on Talking Point: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight P...:

For the past 2 weeks the Wii version of Twilight Princess has sat on the top of my Wii U. If's the only Zelda game I never completed, and I've been telling myself for the lifetime of the Wii U that I would go back to it when a big gaming whole appeared- like Nintendo's Christmas line up. But the memory of blurry, hard to see dark textures and waggle controls have made me hold back.

The thought of a HD remake using the pro controller would solve all these problems and I'd be snapping it up ASAP.



MrGawain commented on Nintendo of America Distributes The Legend of ...:

Sending out a code for a local 3 person multiplayer game with no single player seems to me as it could actually damage the sales of this game. It's not really inclusive to everyone, just people with 2 friends who both have a 3ds. Great for those who are in groups of like minded Nintendo loving friends, not so much the Billy No Mates of the rest of us.



MrGawain commented on Video: Play Nintendo Channel Launches Animal C...:

There's Nintendo of Japan... there's Nintendo of America... there's an ad agency that organises Nintendo's marketing... there's the key demographic that watches cool Youtube sites but doesn't play new Nintendo games... and there's the actual Nintendo customers of 30-somethings and their young children who aren't so commited to youtube.

It seems like they should be all connected but in reality they aren't that connected at all...



MrGawain commented on Editorial: A Wii U Price Cut is Still Worthwhi...:

Of course, if the NX has backwards compatibility or some way of downloading the Wii U's catalogue to it then Nintendo may just be planning to use Wii U games as a selling point and ignore selling more Wii U's as a loss.



MrGawain commented on Sonic Lost World's Wii U Exclusivity Ends With...:

I don't think anyone bought a Wii U to play a Sonic game. I bought the game, but it was more about blind luck the control system let you progress than skill. Sega have really dragged Sonic through the mud to a point almost no one cares any more, and they need to just steady the ship with a well crafted, basic game.



MrGawain commented on Super Mario Maker Back on Top in Japan as 3DS ...:

Revelation: Everything the West loves about the PS4, Japan hates. I very much doubt Sony's luck will change until they can come up with some more popular Japanese titles. But it also shows the power of Mario is still a thing for Nintendo in Japan at least.



MrGawain commented on Video: Did You Know Gaming? Explores The Legen...:

I just dug this out of a cupboard on Monday as my go to game as we seem to have a bit of a sparse release period. I never finished it on the Wii as I played it in half hour sessions, had to give up on it for a while and when I came back felt completely lost. All I can remember was it being very dark and a little hard to make out what was happening on the screen sometimes, and the controls were quite off putting. But I will give it a go again!



MrGawain commented on Excellent Shovel Knight Sales Prove That Indie...:

The sort of people who bought Shovel Knight are the sort of people who played Mario, Zelda, Castlevania, Mega Man, Duck Tales and Ghouls and Ghosts. These sort of people tend to own the Wii U. Expect these sort of people to do the same with Yooka-Lele.

The sort of people who own of Wii U are the sort of people who's sort of preference to games is not Sports, Shooting, and QTE lead Sandboxes.



MrGawain commented on Preview: Fabulous Fashion and Questionable Gam...:

I just prefer single player- the guilt I feel when my internet disconnects in a game like Splatoon ruins my enjoyment, and I don't like having to depend on others internet connection and grasp of the game. This could be a sticking point with this game.



MrGawain commented on Climate "Not Healthy" For Dedicated Handheld G...:

The biggest problem Nintendo face with handhelds is having 3rd party support. At the moment the likes of Sega, Namco, Capcom, and Level 5 support the 3ds primarily with JRPGs, but if they lose them to mobile it might be harder to justify a portable system just for Nintendo games alone- just like the Wii U. I guess the concept of a platform you can develop for once that works for both console and handheld gaming would attract developers.



MrGawain commented on Analysts Wonder If Super Mario Can Save Ninten...:

We know the Wii U is winding up, and we know that the games being released are in respect for the people that have parted with their money already. I think maybe a bit of the price cut before Christmas would sell a few more consoles with an excellent catalogue and Zelda on the way, but then if the NX has backwards compatibility they may just use the Wii U lineup to sell that instead.

The Wii U is a mistake on Nintendo's part, but it's a brilliant mistake for those who love it. Like me.