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ottospooky

ottospooky

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Male, 30, United Kingdom

The son and heir of nothing in particular. I like games and toys, particularly toys based on games!

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Tue 18th March, 2014

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#2

ottospooky commented on Review: Devil's Third (Wii U):

Usually as Nintendo fans we are used to an overly generous outpouring of critical acclaim that doesn't reflect the views of the fans (for example twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, SSB brawl) but this game is unique because critical reception has been negative compared to fan reaction.
From Metacritic, Amazon reviews and my own opinion, this is a fun game that has cult classic written right through it. I love what I've played so far.

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#3

ottospooky commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Continues to Shift Its...:

It's not a desperate move because it's not exactly been instigated by them. There was has been a wealth of games created by independent studios long before the term 'Nindie' was even thought up. Nintendo's desire to show support to these independent studios is a marketing strategy. It's not born of desperation or because they can't attract third parties. It's just another strategy.

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#4

ottospooky commented on GAME Confirms Shovel Knight amiibo:

@russellohh you misunderstand my comment, sir. I was referring to the picture posted on the Italian site. It was the same as a fan created picture on a Reddit community.
I am aware of the validity of the GAME listing

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#6

ottospooky commented on GAME Confirms Shovel Knight amiibo:

This casts doubt on a Smash Bros appearance. For now, at least.
Third party amiibo has always been on the cards but not necessarily in the Smash Bros series. Those loose lipped retailers were half right!

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#7

ottospooky commented on Rumour: XSEED Less Than Happy With Nintendo's ...:

After the negative backlash, NOA didn what they felt they had to do and go back on their decision not to publish the game.
But they should have just stuck to it. Dropping the game would have given credence to the 'rumours' circulating regarding the title which turned out to be true - that it was a crap game that didn't meet the usual Nintendo standards. That's why they dropped it. I'm not saying their decision to ultimately publish the game is wrong - but they should have made a decision either way and stuck to their guns. What they were hoping for was the quietly sweep the whole situation under the carpet. But thanks to the game's creator, leaked stories and good old social networking, they couldn't do that.

I'm totally looking forward to getting this when my copy arrives. It looks fun! I don't touch COD or any of the 'mid noughties shooters' the game apparently 'rips off' so I'm probably the perfect candidate to enjoy this. And if it's 'so good it's bad' then that appeals to me as well.

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#10

ottospooky commented on Pokémon Brawler Pokkén Tournament Coming To ...:

For anyone saying they should save this for the NX: it's a conversation of an arcade title. Development costs for the port are minimal. It's Pokemon - it has the potential to print it's own money. It's what they call a short term solution - slap dash for no cash.
And they could probably port over to NX anyway!

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#14

ottospooky commented on Analysts Suggest That Nintendo's Quality Of Li...:

Wii Fit was a flash in the pan and a gimmick. I can't see them emulating that success again.
I can imagine it taking off in Japan, with a quirky and fun UI but western keep fit people are probably after gadgetry like the Apple Watch and Fit Bit. I know the QOL was supposed to be non wearable tech but I can't see a Nintendo product being high on anyone's list of high savvy tech. Unless it did something totally unique. Which I don't think it would.

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#16

ottospooky commented on Rodea The Sky Soldier Special Edition Now Avai...:

@EllenJMiller I know what you mean. Other than gameseek I've only seen the game on preorder for around the £39.99 mark so canceled my preorder with shopto and went with the Nintendo store for the shirt. But now I'm starting to wonder whether I should cancel that and go for the cheaper option at either gameseek or base.com as you mentioned. Do I really want that t-shirt?

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#17

ottospooky commented on Rodea The Sky Soldier Special Edition Now Avai...:

So I'm confused now... is the special edition with the key and soundtrack the ONLY version to come with the Wii game bundled? I've pre-ordered from Amazon (the regular version, without the extras) and although it doesn't implicitly state the Wii disc is included, I was under the impression it WOULD be as a first print copy. Can anyone clarify?

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#18

ottospooky commented on Mario History: Super Mario Land - 1989:

I remember playing this back in the day, as a small child, and realising how awful it was. And I'm sorry, it is! Thank goodness the Game Boy sequel was fantastic and really stands the test of time. Sadly, this globetrotting, slightly strange and creepy game does not. IMO, of course

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#19

ottospooky commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Dismissal of Chris P...:

Nintendo's Dismissal of Chris Pranger Highlights Issues With Company Culture?

I thoroughly disagree. If I had spoken so candidly about processes with in my job I would expect the same treatment. regardless of the content of what he said, be it positive or negative towards his former employer, it was an act of betrayal. They're not going to turn around and say, 'well you breached your contract but what you said paints this organisation in a positive light so we'll let you off'. Some of the comments he was making were just plain crazy and they made me cringe. I thought there would be repercussions. But not because he worked for Nintendo. Their policy is the same as probably every other company in the world. He crossed a line, and now he's gonna really struggle to find work in the games industry which is a shame of course but totally deserved.

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#20

ottospooky commented on Chris Prangar, Nintendo Treehouse Staffer Who ...:

It's not a case of whether the stuff he said was negative to Nintendo or negative about people who buy the product. He just shouldn't have gone there. It's like working at McDonalds and telling people on a fast food podcast what's in the special sauce. His employer see this as a betrayal and they fired him. You never give away the secrets.

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#21

ottospooky commented on Chris Prangar, Nintendo Treehouse Staffer Who ...:

Good. I would expect the same to happen to me as a public sector worker. In fact my employer enforces an 'Electronic Media Policy' when it comes to engaging on social media. If I expressed opinions that were out of sync with my employer's views then I would expect to be fired or disciplined.
I wish the guy the best of luck. I hope a man of his talents will get a foot in the door somewhere else but getting hired in the industry will likely be tough. Nintendo see his comments as a betrayal, surely. He's obviously breached the contract they made him sign. Being fired is horrible but he's obviously right to acknowledge that it's his fault and no one else's.

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#22

ottospooky commented on Video: Xenoblade Chronicles Marches Onto The W...:

I think this is just an instance of listening to the fans. A lot of people refused to buy this because they felt the epic feel of the world could not be replicated on the smaller DS screens... the 3DS iteration wasn't a huge seller but with the brand awareness caused by Shulk being in Smash Bros, with all his meme-readiness, and the impending release of the XC X, they're just cutting their losses and putting the original on the eShop.
Don't think I'm gonna buy it for a third time, but I'm glad those that want to play it will get to!

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#24

ottospooky commented on Rare Co-Founder Has No Idea Why Nintendo Didn'...:

It's economics. Seriously. Everyone says 'Nintendo are misguided they should have bought Rare' but what if it just wasn't commercially viable? Someone who was there in Kyoto with a spreadsheet open must have done some sums and made the conclusion that they were too expensive, the games didn't meet sales projections and it just wasn't justifiable. So Microsoft bought them. And history has told us about the kind of decade and a half they've had ...

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#26

ottospooky commented on Soapbox: It's A Tragedy That Rare Replay Isn't...:

"Excuse the rather harsh tone, but it's almost as if Xbox owners don't really deserve such a lovingly-crafted selection of titles, many of which were coded for Nintendo hardware in mind"

Excuse the rather harsh reply but the tone of this statement doesn't really fit in with the rest of the excellent, measured article. Saying that people don't deserve to play a collection of titles because they choose to purchase a certain console makes it sound like you're trying to incite fanboyism.
For better or worse, Rare were bought by Microsoft - that's just the nature of big business. Whatever it's done to their legacy, however they've upset loyal Nintendo fans, that's just the sort of stuff that happens in the real world. I don't think that XBox owners are at fault for the way things turned out.

I'd probably flip the statement and say that XBox One gamers are privileged to play some of the finest games of my youth

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#29

ottospooky commented on Team17 Is Publishing Yooka-Laylee And Wants To...:

If they do step forward with the promise of a physical release I would hope that there's a way to increase pledges slightly to make up the cost of a physical disc.
That said, Playtonic have sent an update to backers indicating that there are still no current plans for a physical release

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#31

ottospooky commented on Talking Point: Assessing the Odds of Super Mar...:

This game needs decent viral and TV marketing, word of mouth and the promotion of a potentially huge online community.
It needs to really reach out to people of all ages, particularly those who grew up with 2D Mario. It needs to tap into people's desire to make their own Mario level.
It needs to grab gamers on the same level as New SMB did in 2006. That was a system seller for many 'casual' gamers.
Sadly, I can't see that happening. I feel it's probably a bit too late to promote it in that way.

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#33

ottospooky commented on Devil's Third is Being Published by Nintendo o...:

@rob955 this is a good point! Cross platform play doesn't happen a lot between the other two consoles but it would be good to see if they can pull it off for Devil's Third. But in terms of people buying a Wii u for the full version of the game. Don't hold your breath haha!

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#34

ottospooky commented on Devil's Third is Being Published by Nintendo o...:

The idea of publishing on PC as well is to offset some of the responsibility Nintendo have through publishing it themselves. They know it's a bad game and want it to look less like they've delivered this spawn of satan into the world! The game will have a very small print run in the U.S. Or may very well be e-shop only. So the PC version is a favour to itakagi to at least make him feel like he's got some exposure

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#36

ottospooky commented on Tomonobu Itagaki Explains Why the Pro Controll...:

what was wrong with a little quiet dignity? He's clearly made a crappy game. 'You're just playing it wrong' doesn't really cut the mustard. Is he expecting the games critics to suddenly declare this a success after using a different controller?
And asking us to use wired Internet? That's probably setting up for a disaster.

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#39

ottospooky commented on Nintendo Offers Humble Thanks For Condolences ...:

I don't think people not playing games is out of respect for Iwata necessarily. People around the Internet are playing games Iwata was associated with, out of respect for the man.
For me I think it's more about the contrast between the fun Nintendo games bring us, the nostalgia of characters and the imaginative worlds they inhabit, and the very human consequences with death and the futility of life.
When playing some Smash last night, it was hard because there's that juxtaposition.
It's a cruel world we live in - that someone who seems like such a nice guy like Iwata can be struck down like that is heartbreaking really.

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#40

ottospooky commented on Nintendo Offers Humble Thanks For Condolences ...:

Played some Smash Bros last night. It didn't feel the same as it did before. I had to turn it off. I'm sure things will be alright again soon. I'm sure Iwata would hate to think that his passing might stop people experiencing the fun he was instrumental in bringing to us, somehow. But it's all come as a bit of a shock.
When looking back on E3, it's obviously easy to see why they employed puppets for the prentation. And it sort of makes you feel a bit bad for the late President, following the backlash from what many consider to be a poor E3 showing.
I hope Nintendo honour their pledge to continue the fine work Iwata did during his tenure.

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#42

ottospooky commented on Multiple Sources Point to Nintendo of America ...:

@rjejr this is how i see it: NOA have pressure not just from fans but from Nintendo Japan and from the developers of this title. Plus, they have answers to those other things you raised in your posts 'amiibo is too popular, we can't keep up with demand' or 'the market needs this, not that, bla bla bla'. Reggie can't turn around to the media and say 'look, we didn't publish DT 'cos it's a pile of Please don't use that language'. There's a lot riding on a title like this, believe it or not. Their reluctance to publish risks souring Nintendo relations with third parties and hurts the number of Wii u titles coming out this year. I can believe XSEED can't or won't publish it, though which is another reason there apparently now publishing. This not coming out in the U.S. At all would be an unmitigated disaster for everyone concerned

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#43

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

The game is broken and people still blame the hardware the game is on. With the graphics this game has, it shouldn't struggle to do 50-60 fps. People in denial still won't trust Unseen64. NOA have dropped the game and publishing rights are handed to XSEED. the embargo was lifted on the day they stated, too.

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#44

ottospooky commented on Editorial: Satoru Iwata Embodied The Playful B...:

I now can't help but feel that Nintendo's decision to use puppets in their E3 presentation was due to the fact Iwata-San did not want people to see he was weak or sick.
I hope that Iwata's ideas for the NX and beyond are utilised to the full extent of how he wanted them to be.

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#45

ottospooky commented on Tributes and an Outpouring of Respect Are Shar...:

@Caryslan i was merely addressing the fact that Iwata, during his tenure, was a true visionary and, as a result, other platform holders have used some of his ideas and adapted the ethos towards gaming that he himself had.
The Sony tweet just sounded cynical to me- that was the way I read it. Other industry figures who took the time to post a tribute did so with dignity and passion for what Iwata did during his working life. What he stood for.
He will be remembered as a trailblazer who wished to dispel the old videogame tropes and stereotypes - of the spotty teenager sat up all night playing first person shooters. And he got your Grandmother playing. The fact that these ideas were effectively lifted by Sony, who clearly thought they'd cash in on the success and demographic of the Wii, is fitting of a great trailblazer.
If you really thought my comment was an attempt to troll, or trying to reignite some sort of pathetic 'console war' (yuk, I really dislike that term!) then I'm sorry but you're mistaken.

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#48

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

Sad and shocking news. I wasn't expecting this at all, but no one was.
Attention will now turn to who will become the new CEO of Nintendo, and what their focus is.
Iwata-San was a traditionalist, his one desire was for the company to retain its focus on hardware and quality exclusive software. That's the only Nintendo we have ever known. whoever replaces Iwata may be responsible for a seismic shift in this company.