User Profile




Fri 17th July, 2009

Recent Comments



skywake commented on I'll Take Zelda And Mario Over Sharing Call Of...:

If everyone was a multi-platform gamer then he'd be 100% right. If you own any one of PS4, XBOne or PC then there's little reason to own any of the others. However you'll still be missing out on Nintendo's IP, whatever you own Nintendo's platform will have something you don't have. Which like it or not is an advantage for a platform. The problem is that some people are single platform gamers. If they're going to pick one they won't pick the one that has none of the games everyone is hyped about.

Ideally they'd have both. Ideally they'd be the platform with the games you don't see anywhere else AND the games everyone else has. But if you were picking one? It's better to have games people want that aren't found anywhere else. You can always win back the multiplatform games, you can't easily create popular franchises.



skywake commented on Poll: Nintendo Minute Debate - Is Super Mario ...:

SMB 3 introduced the different suits, the world map, the koopalings and the idea of different themed worlds. SMW, while I think it's the better game, didn't add that much that wasn't already there. The pro-SMW part of this debate really boils down to "it has Yoshi"..... and my niece thinks my Tanooki Mario plush is better than my Yoshi plush. So SMB3.



skywake commented on Wii U Owner Proves That Rejecting The End-User...:

What I want to know is what's the absolute worst Nintendo could do in an EULA anyway. They don't hold much data about me and there's nothing much that they can really collect. Worst case scenario they know what my email address is and how many hours I've put into Animal Crossing. We live in an age where we hold bucketloads of photos, personal communications and all sorts in our pocket. And you're worried about the Wii U automatically pushing out firmware updates? Give us a break.

I think I agree with most of the cynics so far. The only reason I can think of that you'd actually want to disagree with their EULA at any point is if you wanted to pirate content. And don't give us the "it's homebrew" crap, we live in the smarphone age. You have a super computer in your pocket. Sorry, this is about piracy. Nintendo make it easy for you to play their games, there's no excuse. So get over it.



skywake commented on Hyperkin's RetroN 5 Console Allegedly Infringe...:

This isn't that different from phones being sold with the Linux kernel in it IMO. Although in this case I'd argue it's less of a deal than that. Because while it might not be "illegal" to make an emulator there aren't really any legitimate ways to use an emulator outside of a device like the one here.

So I don't really see what the problem is.



skywake commented on Wii U Minecraft Looking Doubtful As Dev Says T...:

I don't really understand why there are PS4/XBOne versions and not a Wii U version. Surely the Wii U makes more sense. You've got an ok-sized user base, one that's bigger and will likely remain bigger than the XBOne for a long while. Plus you've got gamers who are into things like Mario and Yoshi but not so into CoD and Assassin's Creed.

Plus lets not forget that the indie-scene on the Wii U eShop is pretty damn strong. Doesn't make sense to me...... but then again I'm not really into Minecraft and don't care either way.



skywake commented on Talking Point: The Wii U May be Best as One of...:

Wii U + PC. You get all of the big games from Nintendo, the majority of the major cross platform games, a massive back-catalogue of PC games AND a massive back catalogue of retro Nintendo games.

With Wii U + PC I can play Mega Man 2, Super Mario World, GTA Vice City, Portal, Super Mario Galaxy, Smash Bros, the next big Zelda and all of the Assassin's Creeds. Plus all of the indie titles from obscure arty crap to super polished 2D platformers.

Also I find it odd that the same people who would moan about the cost of PC gaming are happily paying $600AU for a XBOne AND $550AU for a PS4. Whereas I'll get a PC anyway, spend an extra ~$200AU on a graphics card and then play the vast majority of "next gen" games PLUS the back catalogue but with higher details and 60fps instead of 30.



skywake commented on Retro Studios Ramps Up Recruitment for a Varie...:

It's not really news when you think about it. "ZOMG, RETRO STUDIOS HIRES PEOPLE TO MAKE GAMES ON NINTENDO PLATFORMS!". Well, yeah, of course they do.

It's like how everyone gets hyped when someone at Nintendo says they're working on a new Zelda/Mario. Fair enough being hyped about it but isn't that always the case? These guys are either working on an announced game or they're working on an unannounced game. It's not like when there's no game announced they're sitting around saying "so, what do we do now?"....



skywake commented on Talking Point: Deconstructing Nintendo's Retai...:

The physical releases aren't for people who already own the console. They're not even for people who are online reading and commenting on articles like this. They're for the average person browsing in the shops. If you didn't know anything about the Wii U other than the fact that it exists you'd maybe walk down the game isle.

"Oh hey, Wii Sports in HD with online. And some remixed NES classics! Nice. Oh look, they've also got a version of New SMB where you play as Luigi. And they're all pretty cheap"

That person? You're not going to be able to market the fact that you can get that content online. No matter how good your marketing is. They won't bother looking, they probably don't really care. They're likely just looking for a console and a couple of games for their kid. We live in a digital and online world now, and that's cool, but a lot of people don't at least not for games. This is who these physical copies are for.



skywake commented on Hardware Review: AtGames Arcade Gamer Portable:

I got one of these before the 3DS' launch as an impulse buy. Was something like $30AU which seemed like a good deal for something portable that did a bit of retro gaming. For what it is it's decent and I got a bit of fun out of it. In the end it basically turned into a "Bomber Raid" machine.

but now that the 3DS with its VC is a thing. Meh. The 3DS is portable enough, cheap enough and you can get better stuff on the VC.



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

Most people I know, including myself, haven't been that loyal to a particular brand of platform. I mean you might stick with some guys for two generations particularly if there is some incentive there. Generally though, not so much. I think most "normal" people only get one console per generation if at all. A subset of people get two. A smaller subset get all of them. When the next console rolls around they re-evaluate the whole thing. Picking the one with the most immediate appeal

Plus lets get a bit of perspective here. There are only about 19mill current gen consoles out there so far. There are 260mill last gen. A good 90% of last gen consoles have not been upgraded. 19mill total only gets you 1/5th of the way through any one of the last gen consoles. So if the headline was to be more accurate it would instead say "previous gen console owners haven't upgraded yet and the ones who have aren't particularly brand loyal"



skywake commented on Reaction: Mario Kart 8 Accused Of Poor Sales P...:

The sales one is hillarious. They're seriously predicting that lifetime sales of Mario Kart 8 will be LESS than Wii Party U's current sales? What a load.

And that's before you consider the fact that Mario Kart 7 has sold 106% of the 3DS' sales at the time of its launch. Or Mario Kart Wii which sold 140% of the Wii's numbers at the time of it's launch. Or the fact that Super Mario 3D World has sold about double the number they project Mario Kart 8 to sell....

Just a load of clickbait all round



skywake commented on Industry Veteran Peter Molyneux Warns The Indi...:

The problem with the "it goes in cycles" argument here is that a lot of the reason for the indie boom is the change in game distribution. I have no doubt that the novelty of "indie games" will fade and some of the indies will become bigger. However when they do that doesn't mean that it'll go back to how it was.

When Punk went mainstream it wasn't the death of the idea of "non-mainstream" music. Punk died and New Wave took over, New Wave died and Grunge took the keys, Grunge died and made way for alternative. I'd argue that if anything music these days is more independent than it has ever been. Imagine going to a record label exec and asking "hey guys, I know it's 2014 but we want to make some Psychedelia, Grunge Revival or make something that sounds like The Jesus and Mary Chain". You'd be kicked out.



skywake commented on Super Mario Kart Action Replay Code Discovered...:

Chomps? Interesting. Even looking at the link they have an image of them in vs mode. I always remember it being a fuzzy from Super Mario World. Was this something that was different between the PAL/NA/JAP versions?




skywake commented on Nicalis Boss Tyrone Rodriguez Thinks The Wii U...:

Sounds like an excuse for not implementing off-TV play on 90's arcade racer. If that's the case then I won't be buying that game I can tell you now.

also, since when was 16:9 480p a "non-standard resolution"? Plus it's not like the thing is used for text. It's only used for displaying a wirelessly transmitted video. If they pumped up the resolution they'd reduce the usable range, increase the compression and increase the latency of the thing. It's a balancing act.



skywake commented on TwitchPlaysPokémon Conquers Pokémon Red:

I was going to make a point about how Nintendo should be doing something to take advantage of this. Then I remembered that a few days ago they announced their "free Pokemon X/Y" promo on the US. Coincidence? Maybe not.



skywake commented on Video: The Dubious Charm Of Senran Kagura Burs...:

I'm not getting it, it seems very crass. However I'm not going to run around crying that the world is burning because it exists. It should exist and people should be able to choose to buy it. Nothing's stopping the people who don't like it from ignoring it entirely.

That said some of the defence squad here are a bit off the track I think. I get the whole "we freak out about sex but not violence" thing I really do. I don't think it applies here. Without the boobs this would be getting an age rating along the lines of Zelda. Going further this isn't like the Mass Effect Alien Lesbians thing. This is overtly objectifying women and schoolgirls no less. There is no reason why that has to be in there for the story or the gameplay.

Also I'd like to point out that people like me who aren't that happy about this are not necessarily ok with excessive violence either. However not being ok with it and avoiding games because of it doesn't necessarily mean that I support censorship. Quite the reverse, stuffs that pushes the boundaries allows us to discuss what the boundaries are. So it's helpful in that sense.

............ but I'm not buying it



skywake commented on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Only Sell...:

The last one also launched in December on a platform that had 5x the install base. Plus we're talking DK here which is hardly what you'd call a system seller. All reasons why you wouldn't expect it to pull the same numbers.

This isn't really "unimpressive", it's just plain old obvious given the circumstances



skywake commented on Nintendo Patented an "Illumination Device" for...:

@TheRealThanos I was thinking the same thing.

The difference would be that you'd be able to have lights that aren't the same as what's on the screen. Like if in something along the lines of the "emergency exit" section of Super Metroid you had a throbbing red glow behind the TV. Or as you lose light in Zelda the light goes from Green to yellow to red. Or just flashes behind the screen in a storm sequence.

Lots of options.... but will probably never happen.......



skywake commented on Talking Point: Is There A Future For The Wii U...:

Rule #1 of reading articles:
An article that has a question in the title is begging to be answered with a no. More often than not "question articles" are articles that started out with the intent of saying one thing but had the writer convince themselves throughout the article that it was wrong.

If the author was sure of their conclusion it would have instead been titled:
"There Is A Future For The Wii U Without The GamePad"

However they weren't, it was a question, so the answer must be no



skywake commented on Nintendo Confirms Major Reductions In Sales an...:

I don't think I'd worry about their investors too much. After the news their stocks did fall but only back to where they were at around Jan 1st this year. Very much expected news in other words. They're still about double what they were at the start of 2013. Plus a company like Nintendo is inherently very volatile, they are very specialised and their biggest hits can become yesterday's news in a matter of months.

So no sympathy for investors in Nintendo at all.



skywake commented on Talking Point: An Unplanned Flash Sale Looked ...:

Well when you see what happens at retail it makes a lot of sense to push discounts. Games here launch at $70AU or so and within 6 months or so a lot of them drop to $30AU new and as little as $10AU used. So if the eShop isn't flexible then people are just going to buy the used copies and the devs get nothing.



skywake commented on Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Figurine Spooked Of...:

It hasn't been put on the Australian Club Nintendo and I'm wonder whether it will or not now. The general wisdom was that we would get it sometime early this year. Either way I have a heap of stars saved up and am waiting.

I really hope that I don't miss out on the Hanafuda cards while waiting for this.



skywake commented on Nintendo Acknowledges Network Issues and Sugge...:

I got the shiny Zelda special edition 3DS yesterday. Ran the system transfer and downloaded Zelda + the free 3D Land in their promo no problems. Good thing Australia runs ahead of the rest of the world. By the afternoon the eShop was giving errors every now and then, this morning it's dead.

Except the first thing your games ask when you put the disk in is to update. Then when you load the game you want to use their online services. Plus yesterday I got a digital copy of 3D Land for nothing because of a promotion they were doing. Why complain about that?



skywake commented on Nintendo Download: 26th December and 2nd Janua...:

If you haven't played Mario Tennis on the GBC then do yourself a favor and get the 3DS VC version immediately. That game is fantastic and is basically a full Tennis RPG that just happens to have Mario in it. If it doesn't get a high score in the review I'll be shocked.

.... and then wonder what the nostalgia glasses have done to me yet again

edit: IGN review from 2001



skywake commented on Video: Just Look For The U On The Box, Nintend...:

I don't know why everyone here is raving about this video. Seems like the sort of bland video you'd see playing on repeat in the back corner of a shop somewhere. It addresses all of the things every armchair analyst have been complaining about but it doesn't really excite.

They really, really shouldn't be putting this on air. Keep it for the stores and trade shows. At most take some of the ideas in this video and turn it into a series of ads with a similar theme. Bring back Non-Specific action figure or something. This video though? No, not on TV, keep it away.



skywake commented on Platinum Games Producer Hates "Pedantic Port-B...:

Exclusives are not a new thing even with Nitnendo's platforms and "core" games. I don't remember the same level of whine when the Wii got Red Steel, MadMen, No More Heroes and Xenoblade. I equally don't remember the same whine about The Last of Us, Uncharted or Halo and Gears of War.

That's just how things are, if you want to play the games you invest in the platform that has them. If they don't want to invest in the platform then clearly they're not that interested in the game ;)



skywake commented on Video: Here's Another Chance to Check Out Nint...:

@Kirk hehe, "such an occasion" indeed. Worth noting that this "awards show" didn't even give out all of its awards during said show. The "big announcements" other than Cranky Kong included a port of Tomb Raider and a robot in Titanfall. Also remember at E3 this year Activision spent most of their time hyping up Dogs in CoD.....

So please don't pretend that Nintendo has somehow committed a crime against humanity here. It was a crappy show and what they showed was on par with what every other dev thought the show warranted. They didn't hype it up and what they showed was, IMO as a long time Nintendo fan, pretty cool. It's freaking Ducktales controls in DKC, if you don't think that's cool there's something wrong with you.



skywake commented on The 3DS YouTube App Has Finally Gone Live:

The article is wrong defending them for the lack of 3D. There's no technical reason why it couldn't have supported 3D videos. I've been able to rip 3D videos from youtube and convert them to play on the 3DS Camera software fairly easily. The tech it uses doesn't matter it's just two videos side-by-side.

So there's no excuse for not having 3D support. They've really dropped the ball here.



skywake commented on Talking Point: The GamePad and its Role Defini...:

I think it's about on par with the Kinect being manditory. When I look at the XBOne vs PS4 I'm personally swayed towards the XBOne because of Kinect being both better than the PS Camera and included in the price. So if I want an all-round device with awesome wide-angle-lens Skype etc I'll go with the XBOne. That's an added value.

With the Wii U it has remote play included in the box whereas the PS4 has it as an extra feature you have to buy a Vita for. This is a feature I'd happily pay extra for but it's included in the Wii U box as an integrated and better performing feature.

Really I think the naysayers will come around once they realise the local game-streaming isn't a fad. It looks to be one of the big features of this generation and the Wii U is in the box seat. Killing it would be like killing the Kinect on the XBOne, it's something some will demand to drop the price but it's a bad idea given it's a key point of difference and a compelling feature. PS4 has value gaming performance, Wii U has Nintendo and off-TV play, XBOne has all-round device status.



skywake commented on Rating For NES Remix Issued By Australian Clas...:

The multiplatform bit means nothing, they label pretty much every game as multiplatform. My guess is something along the lines of a collection of NES titles redone along the lines of 3D Classics. But who knows, could be pretty good.



skywake commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Ambitious Sales Targ...:

Well looking at the sales for the first two weeks of Q3 and doing a pessimistic guess for the two and a half that have followed. They've probably already matched Q2 1/3rd of the way into Q3. And the holiday crazy hasn't even started yet, so things are turning around.

Not sure if it's a 8.5mill units turning around but still....



skywake commented on Pokémon Developers: Paid DLC Could "Ruin The ...:

I'd have less of a problem with Pokemon Bank if there was more space for Pokemon on the actual game. Given the first month is free I could have easily moved over all of my old Pokemon. Without the space on the game though I can't.....

As for paid DLC for Pokemon I could see ways it would work. When you buy plushies in the shop they could include a unique QR code for downloading a special version of the Pokemon you just brought. Maybe even make some Pokemon exclusive to that sort of method.

The GTS is so open that I'm sure they'd filter through to people who didn't want to pay. So I don't see what the problem with that would be.