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Female, United Kingdom

Sun 30th September, 2012

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Sakura commented on QOL Trademark Filings Point to Quality of Life...:

Looks like someone was comissioned to do some research into the mass appeal of last gen consoles and focussed in on the educative potential of those devices - Brain Training, Wii Fit, Art Academy etc. Now they want a "something" to (re)capture that market.

Big companies and organisations always use garbage graphics like that to explain relatively simple concepts. (You should see what they dish out in the NHS!) A "standalone" platform apparently? Then why does the graphic show links to Wii and DS software? At this stage could just be a diary where you write down what you've done that day in terms of "educative" gaming! More information needed.



Sakura commented on Nintendo Reports Losses for Q1 of Financial Ye...:

I don't know much about business, but the article does say that Nintendo expects a return to profit. Could that mean that investment has been made and products to be released are likely to make a return on that investment? Depends how much they are going to continue to invest in product development and how well sales actually perform.

The WiiU isn't a failing console, IMHO. It does what its does very well and is providing quality entertainment for many. It is, however, failing to have mass appeal in the marketplace, according to sales figures. Is there a business model that could work for Nintendo where they create for their hardcore fanbase staying true to their ideals and still remain a viable and vibrant company? Why not? What's wrong with a niche market? Does it necessarily mean lower profits and lower quality products? Certainly not the latter, for me at least. Whether Nintendo can generate profit without major mass appeal will be answered only in hindsight. Lots of things coming out though - Zelda, Amiibo, SSB, Splatoon, more Pokemon etc. May not appeal to everyone, but does it have to? And how big a role is negative press playing in all this? Stores in UK have also massively shrunk their displays. Is that because the press is saying what they think will sell? Always skeptical, I don't like to be told what I should and shouldn't like. There is no should and shouldn't...

Another 3DS promotion would be nice, btw. Streetpass day with exclusive content via spotpass (special mii, pokemon, whatever)? Pre-order bonus merchandise like that Zelda musical chest?



Sakura commented on Video: Don't Miss The Thrilling Final Episode ...:

Well, I love Tomodachi Life! It takes a somewhat quirky sense of humour to appreciate it and it's not for everyone, but for those that it suits it doesn't fail to provoke a smile or chuckle on a daily basis. I shall still be playing this while thousands of others dive into battle in SSB, for which I am struggling to raise any interest. It's great there's stuff for different audiences. The songs here on NL are fabulous!



Sakura commented on Talking Point: With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Sti...:

How about improving QOL by releasing special miis in EU!!! Yeah, I'm on about that again! Seriously, just release 2 more and I'll shut up because both my consoles will have the accomplishment. P.S. My mii's pants had best turn gold if I ever manage all those accomplishments. 100 000 mii encounters is years away...



Sakura commented on Review: Quell Reflect (3DS eShop):


Thanks for the reminder! I'd forgotten about it. Definitely going to buy as soon as my current game on Pocket Football is done. Managed to get a good team now, but too late for the competition as need too many points.



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

Get well soon Iwata!

He seems to have been very lucky for this to have been detected early. Prognosis for late detection is not at all good... Now if the Japanese government would take as much care of the Tsunami victims as Nintendo does it's executives, that would be great indeed. Show them the way Nintendo!



Sakura commented on Video: Love Is In The Air In This Week's Days ...:


You got a Filsamech special mii!! I know it's a relatively minor issue, but that makes me jealous! I'd love one! Come on Nintendo, get them out in Europe! BTW all miis act strangely in Tomodachi Life, do you mean more strangely than normal?



Sakura commented on Wii Owners Are Upgrading To PlayStation 4, Cla...:

There will always be a market for Nintendo games because they are an innovative company, they take risks and have many great IPs. Yes, there may be an argument for saying that Sony and Microsoft have more mature content which is more realistic. That's fine, great if you want that, I'm pleased for you. It's not for me though. Too much realism in real life, just watch the news. I want Nintendo's take.



Sakura commented on E3 2014: Nintendo Planning To Release Amiibo F...:

SSB is not for me, though from seeing gameplay I can understand how it will be fun for many. Still may pick up a couple of figures though. Would be good to have a mii figure that shows all achievements for all games played by user, shown in miiverse perhaps, but then they'd have to create an achievements system to make use of it and 3DS achievements already driving me nuts because of the lack of special miis. Hope they maximise potential for these amiibos and don't leave us in the same vacuum of disappointment that we've had with plaza games before homepass because we couldn't get enough hits to play them. Coming up with innovative ideas is promising, but has to be followed through if amiibos are not going to get smashed against walls in frustration. It's a fine line. They need to offer enough so that they are worth buying, but not so much that you can't play the associated games without them. Pricing will be an important factor, for me at least.



Sakura commented on Guide: Sharing The Love With The Tomodachi Lif...:

Err, unless I've missed something big (and that is possible) you can't transfer the panda suit from the demo version unless you upgrade to the full version. If you can, can you tell me how because send/receive and QR code features are all locked in the demo.



Sakura commented on Review: Tomodachi Life (3DS):

I love it! You can get away with doing slightly outrageous or rather quirky things and just laugh at how crazy it all is. Almost lets you experiment with ways of being that real life doesn't allow. What if I just...



Sakura commented on Wii Sports Club Baseball and Boxing Arrive on ...:

Personally not bothered about this but glad there is the option for those who will enjoy. There are so many games that I now feel like there are more games I want to play than physically have time to get around to. And Zelda Wii U is still to be revealed, 3DS remarkably strong in the handheld market...

p.s. hope they give Europe some special miis during E3 for that 3DS accomplishment...hint, hint!



Sakura commented on Mario Kart 8 Sells More Than 1.2 Million Units...:

6.17 million Wii U units? Sounds like a fair few customers to me, despite not being as high as other consoles. Is that the number of consoles sold by Nintendo to retailers to sell on or the actual number of consoles sold by retailers to customers?



Sakura commented on Nintendo Download: 5th June (Europe):

Have had Tomodachi Life on pre-order for ages. Also might pick up Adventure Time if I like the review to save for later. So many games at the moment - Animal Crossing, Pocket Football, Mario Kart 8. many...



Sakura commented on Kirby Seizes Top Ten Single-Format Chart Débu...:


That's a really good point though ZombieU, Rayman. Mario Bros and quite a few 3DS games (Fire Emblem, Bravely Default, loads) aren't really geared to female fans in particular. And the games that are, are frankly not the best Nintendo has to offer (thinking fluffy pet simulators, Barbie, Imagine range). Maybe it's just that PS4 and Xbox one are assoicated in my mind with FPS and games with a predominantly masculine tone creating a reality-based combat experience. Nintendo franchises are still quite cartoony in style. It's that reality/fantasy split that strikes me most. I think there's room for both concepts and I love the direction Nintendo takes with most of its games. Would be nice to see something with real popular appeal for that young(ish) male audience though. Very pleased that Nintendo doesn't bow to market pressure, but also slightly worried for the future of the system (Wii U) if it's currently not shifting units. Back to your original point, I am female and like Nintendo, so maybe there's something in that. I know plenty of male Nintendo fans though.



Sakura commented on Kirby Seizes Top Ten Single-Format Chart Débu...:

I find it hard to understand why Nintendo systems don't seem very popular. Is it possible that the generation that grew up with the Wii are simply dismissing the Wii U because graduating to Xbox one or PS4 feels like a rite of passage? Almost as if people have left Nintendo behind as part of childhood? I suppose that even if the WiiU isn't providing the kind of games that would put it at the top of the charts, it is providing great games for some sectors and that doesn't make it bad, it just has a different target demographic. Ideally, every system would have games to satisfy all audiences, but I'm pleased that Nintendo doesn't simply bow to the market and make games that will sell but don't maintain the Nintendo vibe of fun and innovation. Wii U and 3DS are pretty underrated.



Sakura commented on Weirdness: PeterMolydeux Is Back With The Stra...:

Very interesting.... There is a reliance on successful "old" franchises perhaps. As long as they remain successful, I don't have a problem with that. Nintendo innovates in many ways though..streetpass especailly comes to mind as I have loved all the ways that it has enhanced my gameplay. I wonder what this guy would do in a parody of Tomodachi Life. That I would like to see.



Sakura commented on Nintendo Lifts The Lid On Its Plans For E3 2014:

Business is a funny old world... Just by doing something different, Nintendo has raised its profile weeks before the actual E3 event and whether one feels the fan-direct approach is cool or would prefer the traditional conference, it's pretty certain that people are saying, "I want to see what they say..." Isn't that the point of hype build-up for E3? I personally prefer Nintendo's by-pass of the traditional. I'm not sure it shows that Nintendo doesn't have big announcements... we'll have to wait and see. And I don't feel the need to have the press digest announcements and regurgitate news with their own twist (which is kind of anti-WiiU in many sectors given the predictions of doom for the platform). I like to see and make up my own mind. I'm not at all interested in SSB - it's just not my kind of game, but appreciate the efforts being made to give this game a push to all those people for whom it will be a massive game. The effectiveness of any strategy can only be evaluated retrospectively.



Sakura commented on Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This...:

Finishing off the bonus levels on Pullblox and watching the Mysterious Cities of Gold cartoon series 2 as well as playing the game on Wii U. I really like the new cartoon. Some of the artwork is pretty spectacular. Also laying carpet on the stairs so no time for much else.



Sakura commented on EGX London 2014 Tickets Are Now On Sale:

EGX Rezzed at the NEC was nothing without NintendoLife. If you'll be there I'll consider it. What are you planning? I'd like to join in with some tournements, but I'm rubbish. If you can give us the line up, I'll get practicing.



Sakura commented on Parking Star 3D Submitted For Approval in Nort...:

Could go for this if there's a "Fried Green Tomatoes" type challenge - you know, where that woman parks in an occupied space by ramming the obstructive vehicle out of the way in an act of supremely satisfying revenge... Otherwise, uh...



Sakura commented on Win Big In Our 'Year Of Luigi' Send Off Compet...:

Glad you picked a really hard question there! 30 year anniversary in 2013, so in which year did Luigi first appear? D'oh! You're making the public giveaway questions on daytime TV look hard! Entered anyway.



Sakura commented on Game of the Year: Nintendo Life's Staff Awards...:

When I saw the title "Nintendo Life's Staff Awards 2013", I thought you were appraising the staff for a second there. My vote goes to Damien McFarren because his mii nabbed me a Streetpass day bag at Eurogamer Expo! BTW has named Nintendo's Mario 3D World as the game of the year, even though they still consider 2013 to be the year of PS4 and Xbone... Errr...okay.



Sakura commented on Nintendo of Europe Launches Free Super Mario 3...:

At first there is no indication that this promotion even exists, but once you have registered either a system or a game, the promotion is flagged up to you in your Club Nintendo account. Club Nintendo UK seem to have some new relaxation kits consisting of a blanket, blanket bag and eye mask featuring either Luigi or Peach. 6000 points though.



Sakura commented on North American Club Nintendo Releases a Gorgeo...:

I have a WiiU, but I like the 3DS better. I'd like to have been able to download Minis on the March using points. And, I know it's not on Club Nintendo, but the US has a gorgeous purple 3DS console that isn't released over here. Both clubs have some nice items that it would be great to see worldwide. Maybe if enough people ask Club Nintendo US, they'll stock more stuff? And make the pre-order bonuses more equitable too. It's all swings and roundabouts and a bit unfair at the moment.