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Tue 5th February, 2013

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MrGawain commented on Nintendo NX Might Be The First Social VR Platf...:

How analyst's think: This is what the general market would do, so Nintendo is likely to follow that.

How anyone who knows Nintendo thinks: Whatever I can think up is exactly not what Nintendo are going to do.

Miyamoto or Takeda won't be Iwata's replacement either.



MrGawain commented on Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated ...:

I have a theory that Wii U owners come from a long line of Nintendo owning gamers brought up on Japanese games from Konami, Capcom, Namco, Sega, and Square. We like weird, colourful and (dirty phrase) 'kid friendly' games, because that's what we know. American titles aren't so much keyed into our tastes.

In my opinion, Nintendo needs to keep it's Japanese partners happy- Platinum, Sega, Namco, Capcom- and aim to get them to bring games like Tekken, Street Fighter, Dark Souls, and Resident Evil to the NX. I get the feeling Wii U gamers also want Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, and Castlevania- all Japanese properties.

Ubisoft, EA, and Activision and Warner are welcome to support the system, but I don't think that's the real developers for Nintendo systems.



MrGawain commented on Players Reached Splatoon's Level Cap So Fast T...:

Once I finished the single player and got the scrolls, I forgot about Splatoon and moved on to Yoshi and Arkham. I like the idea of going back in August after I've finished the other games and catch up with all the new stuff.



MrGawain commented on Vote For The Next Character To Appear In Disne...:

I heard a story the other day about a parent taking a 7 year old child to Disneyland to see Anna and Elza, and having to explain who Mickey Mouse was. If Disney don't put their classic cast in a CG film soon, they'll lose all relevance to this generation coming.



MrGawain commented on Exclusive: Project CARS "Simply Too Much For W...:

Out of curiosity, can anyone name the last 3rd party title that had no Nintendo (Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta 2 don't count) help that we weren't let down by or disappointed about?

Because I'm stumped all the way back to Arkham City.



MrGawain commented on Industry Analysts Speculate On Nintendo's Futu...:

I would guess the course has already been set for the next two years or so. I you look at the front runners who are in the media we have:

Miyamoto: Unlikely as it seems Miyamoto is all about creativity and the business side would hinder his artistic aims.

Takeda: Nintendo's hardware guru. Perhaps a little old and unaccustomed to the media spotlight to be a direct replacement.

Aonuma: Right man, wrong time. He is a good age, pretty media smart and seems to thrive spinning lots of plates at once. But until Zelda U is done, this man should not be let out of his cell- I mean office.

Reggie: American. Unlikely to take charge of a Japanese company.

Satoru Shibata: My choice. Former head of Nintendo Australia and now Nintendo Europe, he has youth, being Japanese, speaking English, and already fronting the Euro side of the Directs. Not really sure how connected to Nintendo's development side though.

Sakurai: We already know Sakurai won't be making any more Smash games, but he's proven himself in as a very creative man who gives the fans what they want. He's media savvy in both twitter and Directs, and he has youth on his side. The question is if he wants the big chair?



MrGawain commented on Nintendo Still Hasn't Decided Which Zelda Time...:

The only time I've experienced voice chat was someone shouting muffled obscenties at me in Injustice, just before they rage quit. Never played it online again.

The truth is all the time we've felt limitations on where we could go, how high we could jump, what we could skip, and who we could talk to has hindered the fun, were now realising in modern gaming that sometimes more is less, and there are invisible walls so not to destroy the challenge.

I hope the 'open world' Zelda doesn't suffer with giving us too much freedom.



MrGawain commented on Negative Reception For Devil's Third Is Due To...:

The whole point of journalists reviewing games is to give us their opinions before we spend our money. We don't have to listen but chances are if 20 different sites are saying 'this game is broken and dull', the chances are that's the truth. W101 got some bad reviews, but it also got some wonderful reviews. This seems to be just a bad game. Itagaki will have trouble making another game if this one flops, but then if he can't make a functional game that a large group of people enjoy, that's his own fault.

Remember: any game can be criticised.

Except Nintendo produced ones. Thy're faultless.



MrGawain commented on First Impressions: Trying to Believe in Devil'...:

To me this seems like an abandoned game 80% done that has been converted to run on a Wii U. The truth is most ports to the Wii U (and it could be said a lot of multiplats in general) have deep issues, whereas a lot of games built from the ground up (Bayonetta 2, Mario Kart 8, Mario 3D World) are regularly described as 'looking too good to be Wii U games'. Perhaps this does betray the idea of power being the solution to all graphical problems with games. I'm guessing the controls and aiming are likely to be linked to the issues with the graphics.

Personally for me beyond its performance issues, the games could easily be mistaken for a number of vanilla FPS with a bald bloke with tattoos. Not the sort of game I play, and no real selling point to tempt me into doing so.



MrGawain commented on Wreck-It Ralph 2 Confirmed to be Smashing Its ...:

Personally I think if Mario is in this film, it has to be kept to a short cameo/joke, otherwise Mario will overshadow everything else in the film. Like Mickey Mouse, Superman, Hulk Hogan or Michael Jackson, the image of him is so iconic around the world anything you put him in will be about him even if you don't put his name on the front of it.



MrGawain commented on Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away Ag...:

Very sad. He wasn't just the guy in charge of the money and keeping the shareholders happy, he really cared about Nintendo's reputation, it's core values, it's history, us fans, and filling both the games and the way he presented the games on the Nintendo Direct with fun.

The fact so many people care about a guy running a corporation in another country shows we could all see how much he cared for Nintendo.



MrGawain commented on Poll: What Do You Want From Nintendo's NX Plat...:

I voted for a dual handheld and console system, because I think we need a handheld to be available as a Wii U style controller- trust me you'll miss it if it goes- for miiverse, web exploring, and games like mario maker and splatoon.

As for games, I'm only really fussed for Japanese 3rd party games. I really don't think people buy Nintendo consoles to play GTA and Far Cry. Plus the dream of console and handheld unification must appeal to Japanese developers with the market the way it is now.



MrGawain commented on Rumour: Nintendo Isn't Bringing Devil's Third ...:

Whereas Bayonetta 2 had a strong pedigree, a top notch production value, a quirky sense of humour and a deeply Japanese feel to it that seemed to fit Nintendo, Devil's 3rd seems to lack any of that. I'm not saying people aren't looking forward to it and won't enjoy it, it looks like exactly what it is: a Japanese game masquerading as an American Xbox 360/PS3 shooter that was going to be an also ran. My only assumption is after the money Ninty has invested, they'd be throwing good money after bad by print running the game in the US. Maybe they expect duff reviews? Maybe it has to do with selling it in the Sept-Dec period and knowing it'll get lost in the flood? They seem less fussed about releasing games in Europe during the Summer. Either that or there's something in the game that will cause it aggro with the ESRB.



MrGawain commented on Talking Point: Raw Power Isn't Vital to Ninten...:

I do enjoy the cliched phrase 'looks too good to be on the Wii U', which just shows how Nintendo have a knack of getting that extra 10% out of their consoles. The problem all comes down to triple A 3rd party- they won't produce games for the Wii U unless it's easy and it looks the same on the other consoles.

At least, that's the gneral consensus.

Personally I think the western AAA developers will never care about Nintendo any more, our audience doesn't buy their product in masses unless it's a Skylander, Disney, or Lego game. What I do think Nintendo need to do is lure Japanese developers back- Capcom, Konami, and SquareEnix. We need more of Platinum, Koei Techmo, Sega and Namco. That's the sort of quirky games Nintendp fans love- get some exclusives. Perhaps the fabled console/handheld hybrid (which really demands the console to not be too powerful to work with the handheld), is the way to get Japanese game makers on board.



MrGawain commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Won't Be As Powerful As Pl...:

If this is true, then 3rd party is almost out the window because either their games are too big and meaty, or they can't be bothered to optimize them. I can't help feeling games like Arkham Knight and the Witcher are already making the HD twins groan at the seams. Personally I question what the point would be in updating when they aren't overtaking- you aren't going to convince the power fans to invest in an NX when they didn't invest in a Wii U.



MrGawain commented on Nintendo Seeks Improvement at E3 2016, Though ...:

This is my personal response to Nintendo's Digital event:

I watched it. I saw there were 3 Wii U games coming from Sept to Dec I wanted (which I already knew about). I saw there was one WEIRD game announced for the first 3 months of 2016. I decided this wasn't enough to occupy me. I bought a PS4 to fill in the holes.

The problem is for Nintendo now is where I was solely buying Wii U games (including some dubiously worthwhile purchases), my money will now be shared between them and Sony. And when it comes to the NX, I may just be happy to wait on upgrading because I'll have things to play on the PS4. I'm guessing I'm not the only person who is in this position (or with an XB1). If they could of held my excitement and attention I would of likely not bought the PS4, which I think shows why E3 is there to hype the future. The truth is games coming out in 3 months by nature CAN'T be as exciting as those future mirages of massive games.



MrGawain commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Shipping This Time Next Ye...:

I'm betting Christmas 2016 still, as the slowdown of Wii U announcements, the fact they'll be talking about it at next E3, the fact that they've likely given the specs to 3rd parties 18 months in advance (which in all likelihood are similar to the PS4/Xbox), and the fact Nintendo does 60% of it's business in September-December- I can't see them releasing in 2017 Summer, and I can't see them not having any big releases for a full 12 months.

The 20 million in a year seems unlikely unless they come with some sort genie with 3 wishes gimmick.



MrGawain commented on Blast Ball is Actually the Tutorial in Metroid...:

I thought the concept of trapping monsters in the treehouse video was really clever, and I couldn't care less if or if not it's connected to Metroid. My only issues with it are A. It's first person perspective which I've had issues with before, and B. It's an online portable game which to me aren't comfortable bedfellows.



MrGawain commented on We Could See Some Cult Lucasfilm Properties Co...:

The problem with this way of doing business is although it's nice to own a bit of plastic of your favourite obscure Nintendo/WB/Disney character, does it really enhance the gameplay? Shoving Darkwing Duck in the toy box is just a glorified skin. Also, I can't help but think that although all of these companies have a lot of IP, there is a limit to the amount that people actually care about, and year on year production will run the well dry fairly quickly. I mean after Smash, Animal Crossing and Pokémon Cards, what other really tempting characters can Nintendo produce apart from new poses of what has come before?



MrGawain commented on Shovel Knight is Coming to Retail:

I noticed the other day that Stick it to the man had a physical release on the PS4. Although I have no problems with Ninty's eshop (it's quite sturdy in fact), I wonder if Sony's slow PS online store is the reason so many kickstarters are getting physical releases? It may have been a false dawn about the move to all digital.



MrGawain commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transfor...:

The reason there isn't a full Metroid, Animal Crossing, or Mario Galaxy 3 Wii U game is because they take ages, cost loads, and very few people buy them due to interest and install base.

What we've got is cheap stop gaps, and although it's annoying, it's hardly that surprising either.



MrGawain commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Suggests Low Key and Accessib...:

The level of amiibo support either way is going to upset people. Give 'em something really good and people complain it's physical DLC, give 'em nothing and they question why they bought the lump of plastic Personally I like the idea of really good unlockables from the start of the game, that non amiibo owners can get by achieving certain things later in the game.



MrGawain commented on Tablets Stole The Wii U's Thunder, Laments Shi...:

I don't think anyone can hide from the fact that this statement by Miyamoto means the NX is the replacement for the Wii U next Christmas. Next year we'll get SMTFE, Zelda, The Sonic Olympics, and a couple more titles, but everything else is moving to the NX. Shame. :(



MrGawain commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Retail Games of 201...:

Let's be honest, there are 4 titles on there that hold most of our communities attention, and the rest are more niche titles due to blood or plastic figures or if you care for tennis or drawing. I've got a PS4 to fill in the gaps for me now, but still being honest it's those 4 wii U games that will hold my attention for the next 6 to 8 months. Who knows what happens after that.



MrGawain commented on Australian Rating Confirms That ZombiU is Shuf...:

Whatever happened to the rule Microsoft had that said that games had to be released on Xbox first?

As for Zombi U, it's been two and a half years, it's not going make anyone buy a Wii U now, plus it probably won't be as good a game without the gamepad. Let Xbox players have it- they still can't have Bayonetta 2.



MrGawain commented on Feature: Five Key Moments from Nintendo's E3:

I've been watching a lot of Nintendo treehouse slots on (woah, that Audrey girl who thinks she's Princess Zelda is REALLY bossy), and it's fun to see the games without sitting through the waffle.

What bothers me is the lack of them, especially for 2016.



MrGawain commented on Video: Star Fox Zero - What We Know So Far:

The gamepad 3d sound thing sounds like how Alfred used to talk to you in Arkham City Armoured Edition.

The gameplay and the way the Arwing runs looks suspiciously like a certain Umbran Witch I know. And barrel rolls loom like the traditional Platinum dodge as well.



MrGawain commented on The Current State Of Virtual Reality Just Isn'...:

The Wii was a gimmick. It came with motion controls that no one else had tried at the time, made money at launch, and sold 100m units. It cost the consumer $249 for the console and a game that was a sure fire hit that Kids, Parents, and Grandparents could figure out immediately.

VR is a gimmick. But there are at least 3 companies trying to develop it all with different systems. It will cost some where in the region of $500 dollars, plus a $300+ console or PC, and a game to play on it of questionable quality. There is no guarantee you'll be able to play it without motion sickness or that it won't hurt your head or neck, so it's far less inclusive than the wii.

The word 'gimmick' isn't the issue. Price is. Audience is. Quality is. Safety is. Immediacy is. The 'Fun' wouldn't come from the headset, but the games developed for it. At the moment VR is for hobbyists, not for the mainstream living room which is where the money has always been to recoup R and D expensive costs. I think VR will just be too expensive and uncertain to grab hold of the consumer.



MrGawain commented on First Impressions: Linking Up in The Legend of...:

I'm really not a fan of online for portable games, and I doubt I'll find 2 other people in the same place and same time who want to play it, so I wonder how the single player holds up, but if it does I'm in for this game.