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Tue 5th February, 2013

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MrGawain commented on Wii U Purchasing Intent Doubles In The Wake Of...:

So let me get this straight- each of the last gen sold close to or over 100m consoles to a range of game fanatics, casuals, families, pensioners, 30 year old women who want to dance and balance on one foot, and other varieties of people. This survey took 0.00001% of these people , specifically 1000 'core gamers' and ignored everyone else. They then and ignored if they owned any of these system in the first place and asked them before E3 if they wanted another console without specifying a particular time frame or if it depended on what they already owned, and found out more did than they previously did.

Well I think they should elect all World Governments in this fashion.



MrGawain commented on Sony: PS4 Is "Welcoming Back" Wii Owners Who S...:

Frankly it's a slow news month, Sony has to justify that it's relying on 50%of it's line up also available on previous generation machines, and is trying to convince people it has some sort of link to Nintendo style gaming instead of being 90% exactly the same a Xbox.

And remember: 87.3% of statistics are lies.



MrGawain commented on Mercedes Reports a Boost in Interest Since Ann...:

To be honest, any TV advert for Mercedes will cause a surge in sales. It's just Mario Kart makes more people pay attention because you don't see it on TV everyday. It's not really the connection of 'that's the car Mario drives, I want it', but more 'Oh look Mario's on the TV. It's an advert for a Car. Mercedes.' You then decide: 'I like/hate/am indifferent to the look of that car'.



MrGawain commented on Sony's Shuhei Yoshida Says Nintendo Provides B...:

I have no doubt fps and the M rated bandwagon will continue as the dominant genre in gaming for some time, but I think with the advent of the next gen console, a lot of players expected a re-invention of the wheel and it isn't going to happen with the shooter- it's an inherently limited structure. But by expanding the variety of genres on these systems, they can make it seem like there is something new to kids who have only played COD or Halo+ entice younger kids and us Nintendo fand. I expect Both the PS4 and XB1 E3 2015 conferences to add a few different genres with some less realistic art styles, colour, and a bit of humour (a'la Nintendo) to make it seem these black boxes are somehow revolutionary. Variety is good for business as it makes sure the consumer doesn't get bored and watch tv, read a book, or go out and fly a kite instead.



MrGawain commented on Captain Falcon, Lucina and Robin All Join The ...:

So far we have

6 Mario characters (2 plumbers, 2 girls, 2 dino-thingys)
4 Zelda characters (2 Links, 2 Zeldas)
4 Fire Emblem (2 old, 2 from Awakening)
4 Pokemon
2 Kid Icarus
2 Kirby
2 Donkey Kong
8 Primary main characters from other Nintendo games
3 3rd party, 3 (or 1) Mii's

When you look at it like that, there is a balance, isn't there?



MrGawain commented on Sony's Shuhei Yoshida Says Nintendo Provides B...:

Microsoft sit firmly in their American style shooter/M rated realism, Nintendo in their Japanese kid friendly creativity. Sony straddles the two world and will happily follow the money.

I think after E3, Yoshida can tell that even though the FPS won't die out any time soon, he can feel a wind change where consumers want something a little different as well (I know I would favour the PS4 over the XB1 if they finally get something other than shoot face stab games). Expect Sony to innovate by pinching from Nintendo's best ideas.



MrGawain commented on New Fighter for Super Smash Bros. to be Reveal...:

1. This means no July ND.
2. Does it necessarily mean one fighter?
3. It's likely to be a new challenger.
4. It's unlikely to be character(s) that haven't had a year recent Nintendo game, or one coming, as it needs to promote current Nintendo interests, so I doubt it's Simon Belmont.
5. With this amount of to do, I am guessing Bayonetta, Skull Kid, Shovel Knight or a fake out and announcing return of Wario.



MrGawain commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Rewrote the E3 Ruleboo...:

It does astonish me how little Microsoft and Sony have put in to kids games. Knack was 12 and over and there's still 4 months for LBP3 to come out, whereas Microsoft are relying entirely on 3rd party to entice families (maybe project spark counts?). And say what you like about Nintendo's 3rd party offerings, but they still have Lego, Skylanders and Infinity to enhance their already strong 1st party line.

At least Nintendo are still keeping with what they know- kids games that also appeal to 30 year olds pretending 'it's all just for the kids' ;)



MrGawain commented on Kotaku Says YES to the Wii U - Rejoicing Begins:

IGN also published the results of their 'who won E3' poll. Nintendo.

Also there's been quite an uproar that more people voting wanting a Wii U more than the other 2 consoles (especially the XB1) on recent Gamefaqs polls, meanwhile on GameTrailers, their GDEX app of social network gaming comments shows the Wii U being twice more commented on than the XB1.

Barring if this means Nintendo will sell any more consoles, maybe there is too many Wii U admirers for these other websites make Nintendo the butt of the joke all the time? Do they really want to scare off their potential visitors?



MrGawain commented on British Tabloid The Sun Brands Gaming "As Addi...:

Slow news week, not just in video games.

While I do believe video games can influence the behaviour of mentally fragile people and those whom are easily lead, especially if people play them non stop and don't live in the real world. I don't think you can say video games are as deadly as heroin. They don't make your teeth rot, give you diahorrea, or shut down your internal organs.

Are they addictive? Yes, but so is Sugar and so is exercise. Would a lot of people live better lives if they could cut down on staring at screens. Most likely.

Don't worry, X-Factor and Strictly are back in a couple of months and they'll have something else to write about again.



MrGawain commented on Tomonubu Itagaki Thinks Gamers Will Buy A Wii ...:

I really don't understand how anyone would buy a games console for just one game. The whole point of a console is you can change the game and have lots of gaming experiences.

Maybe Devil's Third should be published as a Tiger LCD game instead?



MrGawain commented on Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2014 - Summe...:

Even counting Smash (which is early October) and Pokémon, I do think the 3ds Christmas line up is deeply lacking. They could do with an extra game announcement (Mmhemjora's Msk Cough). Otherwise Wii U all the way for me this year.



MrGawain commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Explains His Belief That the ...:

I'm guessing from these remarks Miyamoto isn't impressed with the dudebro violent western games. Is the mature triple A 3rd party issue that companies don't want to publish their games on the Wii U, or ALSO that Nintendo aren't really that bothered if they do?



MrGawain commented on Iwata's Approval Rating Rises While Miyamoto's...:

Probably down to the way Miyamoto answered several questions on the day (I remember reading a piece where he answered a few investor questions very honestly which probably didn't do him any favours). Maybe because Iwata wasn't there then Miyamoto was more in the spotlight- Miyamoto isn't really a businessman. But the fact these polls fluctuate up and down so much each year shows you can't really read to them that much. If the approval rate for everyone kept going down, then you can make more of it.



MrGawain commented on EA Explains Why Its Abandoning Dedicated Handh...:

I'll be interested to see what FIFA, the NFL and all the other sports think of this. Because now it will be impossible to market to 50 million or so hand held players.

As for Nintendo gamers, do many of us really care about EA any more?



MrGawain commented on Stats Suggest That UK Kids Are More Likely To ...:

When I was a kid we had a TV, a video recorder, a cassette deck, a record player, a home phone, a calculator, a dictionary, an encylopedia, and a games console. Now a kid can own a tablet or phone and it does all of these jobs and more- some of them better. The way technology works is people invent things, then someone incorporates them into something else. Eventually we won't be buying games consoles, games will be uploaded to our televisions or phones via the internet without the need of games boxes. Even Nintendo will forego hardware, as will Microsoft and Sony.

But that's not going to happen yet.

The reason Nintendo hasn't yet moved over is the technology, interface, and copyright security is not there yet, and degrading their current product would be harmful to their IP. The 3DS still has an audience, but not for games like Tetris or Brain Training any more- phones can do that. The next logical step for Nintendo would to be to amalgamate their handheld and console gaming into a unified system where the HD multi level/open world games you can play on a TV can come with you. This way Nintendo can give you more options what games to play on either system that you can't play on a PC, tablet, or phone. This is what Sony have tried to do with the Vita, but with unstable tech and uninspired IP. Nintendo can however succeed in this business model. I would imagine such reliable technology is about 2-5 years away?



MrGawain commented on Parent Trap: Amiibo Charts A Fresh Course In T...:

Beyond owning the figures as statues or toys, If you see amiibos as DLC you buy in the shops then it all comes down to what DLC you get for your money. I suggested on the forums that for example if you bought A Link figure, and with it you got a Hyrule field MK8 stage and Link themed Yoshi's Yarn level, that's worthwhile for £10-£15. Each figure could support 2-3 games and give you extra content for each. However if the DLC in all the games is similar to having a Link sparring partner in Smash (which I'm pretty sure you can already have), then it's pretty pointless. Then you're paying the money for having a Mega Man or Star Fox figure, which there is nothing wrong with if you want that.

Also a some point you've got to think there is going to have to be a "Nintendolanders" game at some point where you can play a platformer/3d level beat 'em up as your figure?



MrGawain commented on Hands On: Bewitching Bayonetta 2 Brings Action...:

I've recently decided W101 was my favourite game of all time (beating Suikoden 1&2), and as far as I can see this has a chance of beating it.

Which makes me wonder if it gets any type of success, will it impact on improving W101's sales?



MrGawain commented on Bayonetta 2 Director Eager to "Nurture" the Se...:

I would assume Nintendo would have first option to the 3rd game written in their contract?

Frankly I look at the 'why is Bayonetta on Nintendo, they don't usually have this sort of game' argument in reverse. On the other 2 consoles, Bayonetta is competing against so many similar games and is lost, whereas it adds variety to Nintendo's already diverse stable of exclusives. Plus I think for fans of Japanese videogames, humour, and storytelling it fits Ninty's platform better than the US-centric Xbox.

As for those other Bayonetta cosplay costumes? Donkey Kong's tie and collar combo? Hmm. Sonic's Red sneaker minimalist look? Err... Or Yoshi's saddle...

...I can't see how any of this stuff is getting through the censors. Wonder Toilet and Chase McCain it is then!



MrGawain commented on Talking Point: New Ideas, Not New IPs, Are The...:


But my point is to say Mario= NSMB is wrong. You may get sequels to these sorts of games (Galaxy and Galaxy 2), but you don't just get NSMB1 followed by NSMB2 followed by NSMB3, NSMB4 etc....

Whereas series of games like Assassin's Creed, Lego, FIFA, and COD are the same engine and same controls, with a different protagonist and different graphics. But they're the same games again and again. If we saw a 2D Assassin's Creed, or a 3rd person Call of Duty, you could say they were mixing up the formula.

I would argue that NSMB is almost a different IP to SMB3D or SMG because although the characters and setting is similar, they are different sorts of games.



MrGawain commented on Talking Point: New Ideas, Not New IPs, Are The...:

I never got the 'same old same old' Nintendo criticism.

the original Zelda is different to Adv. of Link, with both different to Link to the past which is miles away from Ocarina, which has a totally different play design to Majora's, which was completely different to Wind Waker, which wasn't as dark as Twightlight Princess which was a completely different setting to Skyward. And you can do the same with Mario 1 to US Mario, to 3, to World, to 64, to Sunshine to Galaxy, to NSMB, to 3D World. The characters, music cues, tropes basic story type is the same, but they exist with different engines, dimensions, palettes, and game features.

Glad to see some new IP's, if just to shut people up.



MrGawain commented on Devil's Third Developer Discusses Its Unique A...:

I understand Bayonetta 2 coming to Nintendo because there is that OTT humour, colour, and fantasy that runs through Nintendo games, but this... just seems out of place on the Wii U...

...Like Assassin's Creed and COD but even less memorable.

But then maybe it's just not for me!



MrGawain commented on Satoru Iwata Recovering From Surgery To Remove...:

I think this shows fantastic commitment by Iwata to Nintendo. No one would have blamed him for stepping down over these health issues, and he could of ducked out of a pressure cooker of a job, but he's planning on coming back to carry on with the job at hand. I have a lot of respect for him.



MrGawain commented on First Impressions: Taking Sonic Boom for a Spi...:

Does Sonic belong in a 3D World? After the past 2 games, I have my doubts that speed works in 3D, so this may be the compromise to make the game work.

Also, the attack system in Sonic LW is just hideous. I've just got round to start playing it from Christmas and it's so random when it works (especially against bosses), it makes the ridiculously hard for me at 34, let alone the target 7 year old audience.



MrGawain commented on Two Separate Bayonetta 2 Retail Releases Confi...:


Nintendo are trying to sell the most copies they can, and are a bit blind in thinking if there is a 16 rated game without the 18 rated game, all the 16 year olds will buy the age appropriate one without Bayonetta 1. You can argue if Wondeful 101 was a 7 it would have sold to families more, but it's a naïve argument.

In reality, I doubt most shops will stock the solus version.



MrGawain commented on Nintendo Open To Minecraft on Wii U and 3DS, a...:

I don't understand the appeal of Minecraft, but I know my nephew spends more time watching videos on Youtube about it than actually playing the game.

Saying that, is it actually a game? Or is it a toy like digital Lego?



MrGawain commented on Bayonetta Wii U Director Shows More of What Th...:

If this is the sort of fun stuff they've worked in to the original game, makes you wonder what secrets there are in Bayonetta 2?

Hopefully it's Wonder-full. 101% Wonder...ful.

I haven't played either game yet, and I'm wondering what pointless stuff you can find after the credits. I need help.



MrGawain commented on Nintendo Looking To Grow Wii U Audience To Tem...:

Personally I think Western 3rd party support for the Wii U is almost over- EA, Ubi, Warner, Disney, and Activision are realistically only going to produce Lego, Skylanders, Infinity and Just Dance like titles for the system, as that's what most Wii U households (mainly families) want.

But Japanese companies such as Platinum, Sega, Namco, Capcom, and maybe even Konami fit the Wii U's audience, and may still be interested in producing for Nintendo for the right deal.



MrGawain commented on Don't Worry, Splatoon Will Have A Local Mulitp...:

At the moment the game is a really an exciting concept to me that deserves to be observed. Local multiplayer and single player campaign have increased my interest 10 fold, and I'm sure if we see some different maps and power ups, it'll flesh out the game even more. But it's still very early to make any solid predictions about HOW good this could be.

I really want this game to grow because the Wii U needs another game with a different play style.