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skywake commented on Nintendo Expecting Mobile Business To Eclipse ...:

To be fair he didn't say that mobile will be more profitable than Wii and DS. He said that in three years he expects Nintendo as a whole to be more profitable than they were in that era. And between their home console, portable, the success of Amiibo and the potential of mobile? I think it's entirely possible.



skywake commented on Michael Pachter Thinks Miitomo Will Have Troub...:

Yeah, no social apps and games ever work on mobile. Facebook completely owns everything social... if you ignore Snapchat, Periscope, Instagram and social games like Draw Something, Words With Friends and so on. There's plenty of space for something else that tackles it from a different angle.

Plus it's not like Nintendo hasn't played around with this concept before. Look at Streetpass, Pictochat, SwapNote, Everybody Votes and Miiverse. Or games that aren't "games" like Wii Fit, Brain Training, Nintendogs, Mario Paint, Tomodachi Life, Animal Crossing. They have form in this space, you have to give them that.

At this point I'm personally not sure if it'll pay off. I wouldn't write them off though and I certainty think it's a better move than the "all in" approach that people like Pachter wanted.



skywake commented on Nintendo Shares Suffer Major Drop as Investors...:

Yeah, this mobile game isn't about a quick short term return. Their mobile strategy is clearly about making the right moves for the long term. Which includes not devaluing their hardware by releasing poor substitutes for "traditional" games on mobile.

Some people were going to be unhappy whatever the game was. But I'd argue that it is precisely the right sort of game. That said, I still want a mobile version of Advance Wars.



skywake commented on Miitomo, Nintendo's First Smartphone Game, Is ...:

People thinking this is a bad move need to take a good look at what games have done well on mobile. Yes at the very top of the pile is stuff like Angry Birds and Candy Crush. But in that same mix there's stuff like Draw Something and Words With Friends.

A game that's between Tomodachi Life and Streetpass? I can't see how that's a bad idea at all. If they get the balance right it could do pretty well. And if you are worried because you don't understand it? Well what did you expect, if you are commenting on this article the game isn't for you.



skywake commented on Nintendo's New Membership Service Is Called "N...:

People complaining about the name. Because other similar services have such interesting names right? Oh wait, no they don't. They all basically just have their company/service name followed by a word that describes what it is.

Just look at Steam. You have Steam ID, Steam Cloud, Steam Big Picture, Steam In Home Streaming, Steam Guard. Or Apple where it's either i prefixes with iTunes, iPhone, iWatch, iCloud or "Apple" with Apple Music, Apple ID, Apple Pay, Apple TV.

So complain about the uncreative name if you want. But make sure you complain about literally every other name for every other service that exists.



skywake commented on Miitomo, Nintendo's First Smartphone Game, Is ...:

One things for sure, people were going to be complaining about it whatever it was. And quite frankly I'm pretty happy with what this is. Remember that the most popular mobile games are social games that are ongoing but can be played in short bursts. Something along the lines of streetpass is a perfect fit.



skywake commented on Miitomo, Nintendo's First Smartphone Game, Is ...:

Nintendo is going to release smartphone games
"Nintendo is doomed! Nobody will get a 3DS if Mario is on mobile!"

The first Nintendo mobile game will be along the lines of Streetpass
"This isn't the sort of game I wanted! What are Nintendo thinking!"



skywake commented on Nintendo Reports Profits as System Sales Show ...:

Last year 65% of the Wii U's hardware sales were in that half of the year. They're literally just predicting that the same thing will happen again this year. Which isn't an outlandish prediction given that the same thing happens for every gaming console......



skywake commented on Editorial: It's Far Too Soon to Go Download-On...:

I've said this before but I think the comparisons to movies and music are broken. For three main reasons....

1. With music and especially with movies the disks are higher quality. There's literally nothing else that looks as good as a Blu-Ray. With games it's largely the same product and if anything the digital copy runs better.

2. With movies and music there wasn't ever really that much of a used market. Sure it existed but not to the extent that it does for games. Purely because games become "old news" much faster than music or movies do.

3. If you buy a physical copy of a game you're stuck with a physical copy. With movies and in particular with music that's not the case. I still buy CDs but I'm not restricted by that format because I RIP all my music. With games I'm locked into using the disk. .... with the exception of PC gaming where "the disk" is just a different way to acquire the game data.



skywake commented on Editorial: It's Far Too Soon to Go Download-On...:

The only reason I still buy most of my games as a physical release is because of pricing. But even that is something I'll ignore if I think it's a game I'll be playing a lot. Not forgetting that on PC it is already a digital only ecosystem and the sky didn't exactly fall in. If anything on PC the pricing is generally more friendly than it is on consoles. But I'll get to that later.

Going through the list of concerns. I do have a 300GB data cap but most of the time I sit at around 150GB usage. And even though the speed of my line hasn't improved I have gone from a 30GB to a 300GB quota in the last 7 years or so. I'm using far more data now but I think it's fair to say my quota is increasing faster than my usage is.

With the storage concerns? Well if you want to point to that you have to think about what the trends are. 10 years ago I build myself a new PC and put a 120GB HDD in it. Same year I brought a 128GB thumb drive. The HDD was $120AU. This year? You could get a 3TB HDD for $130AU. It's gone from ~$1/GB to ~4c/GB. Have games got bigger? Sure, of course they have. But storage has got cheaper faster. So this isn't an issue.

So the progress of tech makes it inevitable at some point. So in the end it goes back to pricing again. And to be brutally honest? The physical market is fundamentally less profitable for publishers and developers. To which a cynic would whine but remember, less profitable? Lower margins, higher prices. As it is retailers are holding them to ransom. Digital should be cheaper but retailers still own most of the sales so you can understand why they don't price digital competitively. But as soon as they can distance themselves from it without a backlash? They'll do it. Remember, Microsoft did try this. It's only a matter of time before it happens for real.



skywake commented on Nintendo Download: 22nd October (Europe):

I'd be interested in Revelations at this discounted price if I hadn't just got it as part of the latest Humble Bundle. Definitely getting Wild Gunman though. Just because. I mean you have to get that game this week, of all the weeks.



skywake commented on Rumour: Nintendo and DeNA Will Be Revealing th...:

I think what most people are expecting is a "mobile version" of an existing game idea. Like an endless runner Mario or a Advance Wars clone. But they've always been clear that what they're doing on mobile will fit mobile.

So I had always just assumed it was "not what people are expecting"....



skywake commented on This Is The Last Real Console Cycle, Proclaims...:

Unless we go to the cloud, which I think is unlikely for multiple reasons, I don't see how we could move to a world where you don't need to buy hardware. The hardware will get cheaper but it won't go away. A micro-console is still a console.



skywake commented on Man Goes On Quest To Buy Every Single amiibo I...:

I love the "rarity" of some of the common ones like Mario now in Australia. It's just because everyone gets Mario. He appears sometimes and then disappears again while others tend to stay on the shelves a bit longer. Before the stock issue was resolved here you'd only ever see Mario or Pikachu if you saw any at all.



skywake commented on 3DS Can Last For Another Two To Three Years In...:

Well in terms of horsepower the New 3DS has:
1. Quad instead of Dual core CPU
2. Double the memory

.... that's it. I personally don't think the 3DS can live forever. Two years from now is probably about right for how long it could go on. Though I wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo cut it shorter.



skywake commented on Dragon Quest XI Is Coming To The Nintendo 3DS ...:

The funny thing about Dragon Quest is that it exists on both portables and non-portables. And because it's most popular in Japan obviously portable versions sell better. So whatever the NX is of course it's coming to the NX.

The Wii U missing out on it? Well that's kinda interesting.... but only because the PS4 is getting it. So are they skipping the Wii U because they don't want to bother with two console ports? That between the Wii U and PS4 they think the PS4 is the safer bet? Possibly. Or maybe as others have speculated it's because the NX will replace the Wii U by then? Kinda hard to tell really.

Now if we heard that the next Pokemon was on the NX or that Zelda was going to launch on NX? Now that'd tell us something. Definitively. Dragon Quest? eh....



skywake commented on Humble Bundle Issues Official Statement About ...:

I've brought quite a few Humble Bundles and I would have definitely got this one if it wasn't region locked. It's a shame for sure but at the same time it's awesome that the bundles are now including consoles. Hopefully the next time they do this it can be global. If you have a NA Wii U and 3DS and haven't got it? What are you doing?



skywake commented on Talking Point: The Fragility of Buying Downloa...:

The difference with Onlive is that it was more of a subscription model. You were effectively renting time from a high powered gaming machine on a rack somewhere. Asking for your game back would be kinda like asking for your movies back if Netflix went down. Also from what I understood when you purchased a game on there you were basically buying the game from Steam. People didn't get "refunds" when the service shut down but they still had their Steam copy.

Anyways, I think we can be fairly confident that if any of these companies went bust they'd find a way to make the games still work. Either via a software patch/fix of some kind or by giving you a key for the game on another platform.



skywake commented on Talking Point: The Fragility of Buying Downloa...:

Don't get me wrong, I do think that there is room for them to screw us over. They could theoretically do all of the things people are worried about. They could pull all the games, burn all their fanbase and make all of your purchases invalid. I just don't see why they would. The costs are tiny for what is essentially the ability to keep games in-print indefinitely. Ontop of that it'd be a PR nightmare. If you think that they'll "shut it down" after a period? Well don't forget that selling 20+ year old games is what the VC service is.

There's also the fact that digital purchases aren't really tied to a specific platform. It's not "code on a disk", it's something more along the lines of the "rights to play this game". Even Nintendo is moving towards something more like that. When I got a new PC I took for granted the fact that I could still play Portal if I wanted. The PC I first played that game on is literally in parts but with just a click I could download it again on Windows, OSX or Linux. If Valve released a cloud based service or some sort of portable? Odds are I'd still be able to play Portal. It's just assumed that's how it'd work.

But if Nintendo were to release a portable Twilight Princess? Of course that'd be at full price again. Their digital shop would have no idea I got the game on the disk, stores will never trade it in for the portable release. There's no way it'd ever work. Physical releases are restrictive in that sense. It's not as simple as saying physical is better because of all the reasons. There are serious limitations to physical media.



skywake commented on Talking Point: The Fragility of Buying Downloa...:

Even when the "licences expired" for DKC the games were still available to re-download if you had purchased them. I don't know about the C64 titles but I assume it was the same story. Really, the costs involved in simply keeping the games available are trivially small. I see no reason why they'd want to shut down the servers especially given the bad PR it would generate. Hell, people freak out when a free demo is removed.....

I can still boot up the Wii Shop channel and download any of the titles I purchased on there. I can download titles on Steam that I got before the Wii launched. Yes Nintendo WFC has been taken down but I don't think they're at all equivalent. As you said yourself, they make money from keeping the shops open. Why would they shut them down?



skywake commented on Talking Point: The Fragility of Buying Downloa...:

I think the concern about servers shutting down is a tiny bit misguided. Realistically the cost of running a download server is trivially small compared to the number of users they serve. Especially if we take into account the rate storage is getting cheaper. In ten years time you should be able to store the entire catalogue of Wii U games... on a single $100 drive. With enough room to spare to also hold every Wii, Gamecube, DS and 3DS game.

So I wouldn't put my money on download servers going offline. The cost to simply keep them available is trivially small when compared to the extra revenue it can generate. Especially if you take into account the bad PR such a move would generate. Even in the examples cited where licences were revoked, those mostly impacted NEW downloads. People still freaked out.

What is concerning however is that games which really on a online mode? That can and will be taken away. Even if they keep the servers up a lot of those games are dead before then. You have to worry with a game like Splatoon for example whether it'd still be worth playing if that mode was taken away. And that's something that'll impact physical and digital purchases equally.



skywake commented on Weirdness: Nintendo of America's Splatoon Mess...:

Oh yay, North Americans complaining about game prices. Great. So here's a cool story, here in Australia game prices have always been ridiculous. In around 2006-ish when it was at it's worst I remember paying $90AU for Twilight Princess. It wasn't the cheapest price but it was hard to come by in the first few months after the Wii's launch. So that was the price I paid and it was around the usual sort of price. I remember Gameboy games easily getting upto $60AU in the mid 90s.

Looking up the prices now, Splatoon is going to be $60AU at some places. Most other Wii U titles can be found for around $70AU, some places are charging $80AU. Compare that not only to what we used to have to pay but also to other platforms. On the PS4 some games are pushing upto $110AU. So I don't understand Canadians complaining about games being $70CAD. I mean really. Just because you guys are used to games being $50.....



skywake commented on Poll: Would You Like Mario Kart 8 and Super Sm...:

The DLC is nice and I'd love to see it forever but I don't think that's a good strategy. The hype for Kart and Smash is still high, they're still the newest and biggest games. But it will slowly die down and I doubt that there'd be as much interest once we got to the 4th or 5th DLC packs.

So instead of that maybe the end of this year we get Splatoon DLC. Use it as a way to extend the life of that game. Maybe then some 3D World DLC along the lines of New Super Luigi U or Galaxy 2. Same with Starfox. Maybe after the next Zelda has been out for a bit they do a Majora's Mask on us but as DLC. Solid DLC for every prominent game instead of just milking one or two to death. I think that'd be the better strategy.



skywake commented on Talking Point: Splatoon Is a Typically Colourf...:

I think it's hilarious that people in this comments section are talking about it as if it'll do "only" as well as Kart and Smash. As if somehow that level of success is good but "won't move consoles". Umm, what? Super Mario Kart was the 4th best selling game on the SNES. Smash Bros was the 5th best selling N64 game. Outside of Mario those where the games to buy those systems for. It's like saying that it'll "only" be as important as Animal Crossing or Super Mario Galaxy.

I'm not entirely convinced it'll move systems. But if it's the Wii U equivalent of Kart, Smash, Animal Crossing or Galaxy? It will. Because there's nothing "only" about being the Wii U equivalent of what those games were for those systems.



skywake commented on Analyst Thinks Nintendo Is Already Winding Dow...:

So 2014 was smaller than 2013 and 2015 will be smaller still? well....

2013: 3D World, Pikmin, Wind Waker HD, New Super Luigi U
2014: Smash Bros, Kart, Bayonetta 2, DK:TF, Captain Toad
2015: StarFox, Kirby, Splatoon, X, Yoshi, Devil's Third

... does this guy even know how to internet?



skywake commented on Weirdness: Super Meat Boy Is Calling For Your ...:

The complaining about them not putting the game on a Nintendo platform is pathetic IMO. It would have had pride of place on WiiWare if it wasn't for Nintendo's restrictions on WiiWare titles. The only way it could have been a thing was if it was a retail title. How many games of that style have ever had success at retail? The idea of a Wii U port? Well sure, but the Wii U launched a good couple of years AFTER the hype. You can't blame them for that.

Super Meat Boy is an iconic indie game. It's probably THE iconic indie game alongside of Braid, Minecraft and Cave Story. Sure if it should be any indie game I'd go with Shovel Knight first because it's more recent and it's more obvious what his moveset would be. But Super Meat Boy? Why not? He fits Smash Bros more than most of the other ideas people are throwing around. Plus he's much more interesting idea than Bayonetta or Snake.



skywake commented on Nintendo’s Free-To-Play Experiment Pokémon ...:

I don't mind it, it's actually pretty fun and I hope they do more of this sort of thing both on mobile and portables. Though personally I haven't spent any money on jewels... nor have I for any mobile game... ever...



skywake commented on Poll: Where Do You Stand On DeNA, Smart Device...:

Half of the questions here assumed things that I don't think will be the case. Or made me answer in a way that I don't agree. I like the move to mobile but because it'll allow them to expand their audience not because of the revenue bit. At least that one's close! I like the new membership program but not because of DeNA, I like it because anything would have been better. And I think the NX is a portable but two of the four options talked about how it'll "damage" the Wii U.

So I'm going to mess up your poll here, sorry



skywake commented on Nintendo Share Prices Continue to Climb in Res...:

I posted this on the forums but for perspective the last time they were as high as they are now was when the Wii U was first announced. So it's not just a long time since their share price has been good, it's quite literally never been this high since the Wii U was first shown at E3 2011.



skywake commented on Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think ...:

I'm fairly confident it's a portable. Just because they included both the 3DS and Wii U on that slide doesn't mean that they must be replacing either both or none. And just because their portable and non-portable divisions are working together doesn't mean the devices will literally merge.

Also think about this from a technical standpoint. If they were to create a "hybrid" it would have to be a portable. Now mobile hardware has improved a lot over the last few years but not quite that much. If it's out next year then assuming they don't want it to be like lava in your hands and they want decent battery? The thing will be somewhere between the Wii and 360 in terms of horsepower. Now I don't know about you but.... I won't be replacing my Wii U for such a device. I would probably retire my 3DS however.

The interesting thing about that level of power however is that it would be powerful enough to play Wii U -ish games. Which if their portable and non-portable guys were talking to each other? Could mean quick and easy porting. And cross-buy



skywake commented on Nintendo Working On New 'Dedicated Game Platfo...:

Two things Iwata confirmed near the end of the conference:
1. The Nintendo NX was hardware
2. "NX" = "Next Generation"

Given that it was announced alongside this mobile conference, that their portables are more in-line with mobile AND that the 3DS is an older platform? I'm just going to assume it's a 3DS successor until it's stated otherwise.



skywake commented on Nintendo Set To License All IP to Mobile Publi...:

Again, worth repeating the things Iwata has said on the stream. The "Nintendo NX" announcement is purely there to show people that they're not "going third party". My best guess is that it's a 3DS successor. Iwata at one point was asked about some of the exploitative nature of some free to play games, specifically said that Nintendo would never create that sort of content. Thirdly they said that the games on mobile would be "different games" and that they wouldn't be porting their games. Because buttons.



skywake commented on Nintendo Working On New 'Dedicated Game Platfo...:

Why the automatic assumption that it's "replacing" the Wii U? It could just as easily (and would make more sense) if it was a 3DS successor. Also given the nature of the announcement it could also be a "virtual" platform, like Steam.



skywake commented on Nintendo Set To License All IP to Mobile Publi...:

Worth noting that Iwata specifically said that they wouldn't be porting their own games to mobile. He also made a point of their "continued commitment" to dedicated gaming hardware by announcing that a new console codenamed "Nintendo NX" was in development. This is big news for sure, but it's not "Nintendo going third party"....



skywake commented on Not Everyone is Thrilled That Metroid Prime Tr...:

I don't feel sorry for these people at all. If you brought it with the intent of enjoying it? Then you got what you paid for. If I was in that boat I'd think of reselling as simply a way to get someone else to enjoy it, not a way to make a buck. Something that is better served by it being available digitally anyways. Which is something you should be celebrating

If you brought the item with the intent of making a mint out of it? Then you're an idiot. When did this idea that you can make a profit out of your old games start? And I'm sorry, but the dudes selling original sealed copies of 5yr old games? Those guys are in the same boat as the people who are scalping Amiibos.

The more gaming companies do things like this, particularly if it's unpredictable, the better the whole market will be for consumers



skywake commented on A Keen Retro Gamer Has Produced a Handy Virtua...:

I was under the impression that the Wii games being released on the eShop also supported the Pro Controller if they originally supported the Classic Controller. If not then it's a bit of a missed opportunity if they ever release something like Brawl. Also a bit of a shame that the GC adapter doesn't behave like the GC ports on the Wii in WiiMode.

Other than that I don't think anything here doesn't make sense. Games brought on the Wii only work with Wii gear and for everything else everything will work unless there's a technical reason why it can't. It's not that complicated really.



skywake commented on Lucky New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Gamers Jump ...:

I call them jerks because they're jerks. What more is there to say? What they're doing is effectively a scam done in a way that can't be policed. I'm not particularly mad about it because I choose not to be stung by it. However people clearly are being had by these jerks, which is why I felt the need to comment on the matter. Simple as that.

"Also, I suggest you check a dictionary and read the description of 'scalper' or 'scalping'. Scalpers, by definition, sell tickets to events at a higher price. Scalpers do not sell video games/action figures"

Scalp: To resell, especially tickets, usually for an inflated price, often illegally
.... pretty clear cut
Please watch the peofanity — TBD



skywake commented on Lucky New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Gamers Jump ...:

There are a lot of things people can do to make some cash. Doesn't mean we should turn a blind eye to it purely because they're making cash. It's like those guys who go door to door offering to do some gardening for you at an inflated price. Old ladies get stung by it, are charged through the nose for them to do a half-donkeyed job. Are those people not jerks? Even if "technically" it's not illegal?

Same deal here. Scalpers screw over people who would have otherwise just been able to enjoy the service as it was intended and at the intended price. They're not doing anyone a service. Running a sob story about how people calling them out on this crap are just "rich and irresponsible" doesn't cut it. Try and pull that excuse when you get caught shoplifting, see how far you get.
Please watch the profanity — TBD



skywake commented on Lucky New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Gamers Jump ...:

See there's this thing that some people don't seem to understand. It's called not being a jerk. Scalpers are basically the same as the guys who go to a concert with an iPad to record the thing, blocking everyone else's view. Or the dude who barges infront of you to get the last item on the shelf. They're ruining the experience for everyone else because they only care about themselves. And worse yet they're smug jerks about it.

So no, I'm not a six year old for being the sort of person who leaves the Amiibos I don't want on the shelf for the next person. Just like I'm not a kid for being the person who stands back and opens the door for the old lady. It's called not being a jerk. If less people were jerks then then maybe the world wouldn't be quite as crap as it sometimes is.

And please don't assume that this is me getting mad of angry about this. Frankly I don't really care that much. I'm just merely pointing out how much of jerk move it is. The fact that you guys are getting so defensive about it maybe shows that you already know what you're doing is pretty pathetic.

Please watch the profanity — TBD



skywake commented on Lucky New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Gamers Jump ...:

People are seriously defending these guys? I mean really, get over it. If you're "one of the lucky ones" who had the option to buy it and decided you didn't want it? Then don't get it. What do people think Nintendo will do with the left overs? I'm pretty sure they'll find a way to get the rest out to fans. So please don't kid yourself into thinking that they're doing anyone a service.

Secondly even if somehow it was clear Nintendo were only producing as many as were taken up (doubtful) this still isn't being good about it. If their intent was to give the option to fans that weren't picked? Then they'd be selling them at cost plus shipping. If they were doing that then it would be purely altruistic and I'd respect that. But they aren't and so I don't.

Lastly the "grandmas sweater" point. Well for a start we know these aren't unwanted gifts, the people here brought these items with the sole intent of making a quick buck. Also when people do sell "unwanted gifts" on trading sites like this? Usually it's at less than retail and not at a tidy margin above. Mostly because people recognise that even in-box an item resold isn't worth as much as it is on shelves. Again, that's not what's happening here.

So please, don't waste your time defending these scumbags.