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Male, 34, United Kingdom

Nintendo collector for life, fully intend to own & review a copy of every pal & nstc game ever released for every Nintendo console home & handheld. (god help my wallet) & A whole load of other Nintendo themed goodies (and some junk) See the blog link for reviews & console check lists ect.

Tue 7th January, 2014

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smikey commented on Talking Point: The Wii U eShop is Raising Toug...:


"Quality control is about functioning games not about how much fun you think they are. As long as they don't brake your hardware, have acceptable content and are not buggy messes they should be allowed on the store.
99 people might hate games like The Letter but if 1 person likes it and is satisfied with the purchase does it not deserve at least to be sold?
There are plenty of review sites that will give reviews and plenty of Lets Plays so people know what their getting into. Making a purchase is a choice and its up to buyers to make sure that choice is an informed one.
TL DR; Popular opinion is not quality control."

I agree with all of that 100%

Every game has an audience regardless of how many people might dislike that game.
Microsoft and sony also have "poor games" on their e- stores
I'm not especially fond of the my farm series (played and completed the 2 on the pal wii u) (before anyone wants to condem that I intend to own, complete & review every game on a Nintendo console regardless of your opinion) my kids are young and quite like them.
In addition the my farm series got ok scores for the dsi versions different reviewer to the wii u ones but basically same game so clearly everyone has a different opinion.

Like a game buy it, don't like it leave it for the ones that do and buy something else.
Unless the game has serious issues Nintendo have no reason to step in.

I'll also note I spent yesterday and part of today playing Super Toy cars on wii u (releases this week on Thursday) it has a few issues (non game breaking that I've had) I've already relayed to the developer (who is working on them) and I'm sure Nintendo life will point them out in their review but as long as these are made clear to the buyers who bother to do any research (I''ll at least post them on miiverse as soon as the community goes live) before buying it's surely up to the buyer to make their own choice.



smikey commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Master System:

It was a typo it was suppose to say hated not hate.
I have no real feelings about the master system at all either way anymore I'm more than content with the Nintendo consoles and games I own (and will eventually own)
At the time I was very upset and it did make me more determined to be a Nintendo gamer for life and I have been since I got the snes without any regret I've had other non Nintendo consoles in the house (Still do) but they never really get plugged in.



smikey commented on Wii U Purchasing Intent Doubles In The Wake Of...:

I've bought 2 wii u consoles (1 for me and 1 for the kids)
I'm getting a nstc one in the next couple of months too it's genuinely my favourite Nintendo console and controller (as unpopular as that is)
The n64 still has my favourite set of games but I'm sure the wii u will win that by the end of it's life time too :)



smikey commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Master System:

I live in the uk and I hated the master system with a passion!

All my friends had one or were getting one at the end of the 80's and all I wanted for xmas that year was a Nes (always been the odd one out)
My dad went t the shop and eneded up getting talked into the master system (he wasn't that clued up on these things) they convinced him that it would have been the master system that I wanted and did him a "great deal" with a fair few games.
I cried my eyes out that xmas.
My dad tried to take it back but they wouldn't swap it.
Didn't own a Nes until the late 90's but that Xmas I made a promise I'd be faithful to Nintendo for the rest of my life and own all their games (getting there 1 game at a time)

Thankfully I did get the snes for xmas when it came outeven though again most of my friends went mega drive



smikey commented on UK Government Effectively Decriminalises Downl...:

Trying to get the service providers to do anything in the first place was always going to be a waste of time.
They've made them all block certain websites but you can still access every single one of them in less than 10 seconds without downloading any extra software or paying a penny so it's never going to stop anyone.

Bigger fines / tougher penalties for the up loaders is about the only chance they've got but even then most of them won't care some people in the world will always want something for free and others will always want the popularity of providing it.



smikey commented on Nintendo Download: 24th July (Europe):

I got super toy cars this afternoon I'll be taking it for a spin while I watch the pdc matchplay darts this evening.
Hoping to have it all beat by the time of release on Thursday for a miiverse and blog review but I'll see how hard it is before I commit to that (will definitely give a mini miiverese review once the community launches though.

@Marshi I wouldn't mid seeing a couple of them in hd but I own them all anyway (never even opened metroid) I'd rather have sequels than wii hd ports myself though unless they were included in the box with the sequel.



smikey commented on Poll: Which is Your Favourite Super Smash Bros...:

I voted for pac man as he's been my favourite video game character for 30 years.
I also picked try to buy all amiibos but it should really say will buy all because there will be no trying involved I've already banked the money for them nice collectors items & even though I've never been a big fan of smash bros I'll still be getting it day 1.



smikey commented on Nintendo of Europe Distributing Tomodachi Life...:

It's the only main stream Nintendo game I haven't bought this year & I also received a code via email from noe over a month ago & gave it away on this site.
I thought perhaps it's because I register so many games (it said i'd been specially selected) but maybe now there just throwing them out there to keep momentum going.



smikey commented on Miiverse Update Allows You To List Favourite G...:

It's about time they added the lines for posts, long posts in particular look a mess when it's been written.
I just wish they'd add the ability to edit your own posts as it is if you make an error or miss out some info you either have to delete the whole thing or add notes underneath.



smikey commented on Review: Luv Me Buddies Wonderland (Wii U):

I'll be reviewing this & all o2 wii u games (as well as all Nintendo games in general at some point) on miiverse & in my blog (once I tidy things up a bit on there) Blog will include Screen shots, game play videos ect & possibly yet an Interview with 02 games.

I don't work for 02 games & I have no connection to them at all other than being a Nintendo collector who want's to own a copy of all Nintendo games.

I think this review is at least a little harsh in places but at the same time I accept everyone sees a game differently.
I've already done a few play tests with my kids today so at least my review will come with a perspective of the games intended audience actually trying it too.



smikey commented on Review: Squids Odyssey (3DS eShop):


both 3ds & wii u have to be linked to the same Nintendo network id so whatever id you have on 3ds (your brothers) would also have to be on wii u.

of course the wii u can have multiple id's I buy all the games on my wii u id but my partner can log in on hers & play all the games.

got this on release on wii u it's a great game lots of levels & content for 100% complete too



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


No i'm not saying Nintendo will do such things if you ask them to i'm just saying that I do receive such emails (and others do too)

I assume they email people who register a lot of games with club Nintendo. as I do.
Not all emails I receive are questionaires / codes ect I get a lot of news letters too mostly for games i've already bought.



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

I got a welcome code (pal) from an email from Nintendo of europe.

Apparently I was one of a chosen few.
It's probably because I register a lot of games on club Nintendo (usually 4 - 10 retail games a month)

I have absolutely zero interest in this game (though i'll pick it up in about a year for collection purposes)

First person to reply that wants it can have it (if you include your email i'm not posting the code on here)

PLEASE REMEMBER THIS IS A PAL (EU / AUS) CODE won't work on American / jp 3ds

I'll be on & offline all evening but the code will be emailed before end of the day.




smikey commented on Cross-Buy is Now a Thing on Nintendo Platforms:

I bought it on release day on wii u to support the developers & because the game looked fun so what do I get out of this deal as a loyal early buyer? oh yeah nothing.

I probably wouldn't even download it on my 3ds if it were free anyway as I'd never play it on there.
But while I can see they are trying to entice more sales at the same time they are going to make everybody wait before purchasing any future games just incase they do this a month or two down the line.

As for the Title while I knew what this was about before opening the article it is a ridiculously misleading headline for those who haven't read the eu ehop release article today



smikey commented on Pier Solar HD Delayed, Wii U Version Will Now ...:

"rather than stagger releases" which Microsoft wouldn't even let them do in the first place.
It's not like it will be a mass microsoft seller is it.
Most xbox fans aren't exactly known for being fans of games from the past / or games influenced by games from the past.

I still think the game will sell well when finally released but xbox will almost certainly be one of the lowest sales numbers if it doesn't finish bottom.

& @DarkLloyd yes at the end of the trailer it says ps4 along with all others



smikey commented on Stats Suggest That UK Kids Are More Likely To ...:

I have 2 kids (3 & 1) they both have a 3ds they play on when supervised & 2ds consoles when i'm not looking right over their shoulder.

they also share a wii u console.

My kids don't spend hours playing games they're a bit young anyway maybe a couple of hours a week.
i'll get them a phone when they actually need one (to make calls or send texts)
I'd even buy them tablets if they require them for school (seems to be they way it will be by the time they get to high school)

But in gaming terms my kids are brought up the right way & that for me will always be the Nintendo way!

& in case anybody asks how a 1 year old can play games she's completed every level of drop block all on her own (not sure how hard that makes the game sound)

I was brought up on gaming and it taught me quite a lot phone / tablet gaming just isn't for me.



smikey commented on Parent Trap: Amiibo Charts A Fresh Course In T...:

I fully intended to buy every amiibo (but that's just how I am) unless the gamepad can read them through the packing they might never get used though as I'm not taking them out.
(other than the one's i'll buy for the kids)



smikey commented on The Results Of Nintendo Games Seminar Show Inn...:

Fantastic idea helps recruit or at least identity developers of the future at very low costs.
also gives those with skills a great early start on the ladder as getting noticed would presumably be one of the hardest tasks.

would love to see the games outside japan but highly unlikely just like it's fairly unlikely such courses would be held outside of japan.

still the more talent they nurture now the better of we'll be in the long term.

& while saying it's just open to students in toyko & kansai regions sounds small (well ok it is quite limited) it should be noted the kansai region is pretty big & includes a fair amount of big places in japan including osaka & kyoto.

Pigeon game is just strange but the others look ok to mess around with for a while the centre hero with the kids would be a nice time killer.
not bad for free games at least.

off topic is anyone else having problems with the internet on wii u today it's normally really fast but today takes 5 - 10 minutes to load every page!
it's definitely not my internet everything else is running fine even mario kart online.



smikey commented on Devil's Third Developer Discusses Its Unique A...:

I'm looking forward to it & at least it adds something different to the wii u library.
I have a feeling it won't do that well though it's like the 3rd party games so many moan & complain about not getting a game (or type of game) then when they get one they don't buy it or buy it second hand then moan some more about not getting another game.

I'll be buying it day 1 I don't really play these types of games much & the only fps game I ever really liked was perfect dark but i'm more than willing to give it ago.



smikey commented on GAME Offers Buy One Get One Half Price Tomodac...:

Typical game we have a sale but the physical version is out of stock.
like they list wii fit u + fit meter for £2.99 out of stock obviously. on the rare ocassions it's in stock it's over £40.

I very rarely buy anything from them anymore anyway but if I did I wouldn't buy this just for an offer just to buy the same game again



smikey commented on Nintendo Download: 26th June (Europe):

I'll be getting block drop & mario tennis.
Waiting for the sports club disc version though might try the free trial with the kids if I get time.
Would be nice to see some of the sports resorts added to sports club but then I probably still wouldn't download them because they'd release the disc version as soon as I did.



smikey commented on Animal Crossing 'Clone', Castaway Paradise, Co...:

I'd be amazed if the real Animal crossing wasn't on wii u by the end of 2016.
(still personally hoping for 2015) it will obviously happen it's too good a seller not to.
Can't really ever see this making it to wii u & I have zero interest if it ever did



smikey commented on Guide: The Biggest Wii U and 3DS eShop Games C...:

That's 18 wii u games on the Nintendo life list with only 28 weeks left in the year so while most people won't want all the games between these & the retail games due out in a couple of months onwards surely 2014 is looking good for gamers now with 2015 looking even better still.

that's not even forgetting multiple games announced that aren't on the list for instance block drop is out in eu thiis week (I know it's cheap, not for everyone & already out in usa)

as i'm in uk if you add the e-shop games already released in the usa yet to make it here we've got over 20 & are virtually assured of getting 1 at least half decent (depending on individual preference obviously) e-shop game a week for the rest of the year.

For me personally I'll be buying every single e-shop game on wii u and picking up a lot of free £5 codes from the Nintendo premium service at the same time.



smikey commented on Boy Battling Terminal Cancer Gets To Control A...:


You don't have to be touched or even smile you don't even really need a hate protection suit you could simply not make such worthless comments on such subjects.
Or you could show a dying boy some respect that was his dream they did it for him end of.
You'll probably never be in such a position with any kids you have / or may have in future but if you are good luck with the attitude adjustment.



smikey commented on Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition R...:


Wii u e-shop games release on thursdays in the uk / eu & have done since it's release.
The release list is normally out on a monday but you can normally check that yourself by going in the wii u e-shop anyway.

As for the game it's self I want it & I will buy it but it won't be anytime in the next few months.
I buy far too many games on day one e-shop that I don't get around to playing for ages only for them to have a million sales before I do.



smikey commented on Interview: StreetPass Liverpool's Anthony Boyd...:

I live in south yorkshire according to the site closest one to me is leeds where I go once or twice a month and normally pick up between 30 & 50 hits just walking around the city centre.

Wakefield in west yorkshire is good to me too normally over 20 & very international in my last 2 vists to wakefield i've had hits from every region in the uk, also got usa, canada, mexico, japan, loads from germany, spain, france, sweden, Netherlands, Norway, Australia New zeland, poland & others I can't even remember just in the last 2 vists (normally on a Saturday)

I doubt i'd ever join a group far too busy but love seeing that green street pass light up



smikey commented on Capcom Could Be Up For Sale After Shareholders...:


I never said Nintendo were struggling (I own shares in Nintendo and will for the rest of my life)
I said Capcom have been struggling for a few years.

Yes Nintendo could buy capcom (though not as easily as you presume) so could sony in theory, as could Microsoft in addition sega, ea, activision, ubisoft could all theoretically buy capcom as they could have THQ none did for the same reason none are likely to buy capcom much better for them to go bust cherry pick the ip's you actually want for a fraction of the price.

while I understand you misread or misunderstood my 1st post I can assure you I am one of the most loyal Nintendo supporters on this or any other site my current Nintendo collection stands at almost 5,000 games, multiple copies of consoles including 13 3ds consoles (yes they do sell well) 2 wii u consoles and at least 2 copies of every other console ( home & hand held) with the exception of virtual boy I only have one of them.

I have an annual budget of £2,500 to spend exclusively on Nintendo games (new & retro)

I can promise you I'll be still stood supporting Nintendo long after many on this site have moved on.



smikey commented on Capcom Could Be Up For Sale After Shareholders...:


I was indeed talking about capcom.
They've had troubles for a long time.
I just can't see why any of the big companies would invest so much to buy capcom when they could quite easily go the same way as THQ & all the big companies can simply pick up the ip's they want at relative peanuts compared to the price off a full buy out.

It's fairly reasonable to say the capcom games Nintendo are most interested in are already on Nintendo consoles (not saying fans wouldn't want to see some of capcoms games on Nintendo machines) Unless Nintendo really thought a competitor was going to buy out Capcom they'd be far wiser to wait for the collapse & ip sale.

takeovers aren't exactly cheap Nintendo want to be back in the black next year Not waste money buying an entire company especially when they're likely no never use half the ip's & it would take years for the ip's they did use to make back the initial purchase.

I'm a Nintendo far for life I'd love to see a fair few of capcoms games on Nintendo consoles but like I said there is zero chance Nintendo will make a full takeover bid for Capcom.
& a very slim chance any of the other big gaming companies would either



smikey commented on Capcom Could Be Up For Sale After Shareholders...:

There is absolutely zero chance Nintendo will buy capcom or even attempt to do so.
capcom is a struggling company & has been for a while and it is possible at somepoint it will get taken over but it's unlikely to be bought by any of the big gaming companies that could afford to do so.
more likely they'd all just sit around wait for them to go bust & buy up the ip's that wil make them any quick money.



smikey commented on Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition Releas...:

had a look in uk e-shop on 19th we get another world, kids colour zen, pushmo & monkey pirates (something my son wants already based on name alone)

plus vc I assume which doesn't normally show up this early. still i'm sure Nintendo life will have a full list in an hour or two



smikey commented on Review: Soccer (Wii U eShop / NES):

Really liked the review I'll be honest in most reviews I skip down to the conclusion part as I prefer to make my own judgements on games & I'll buy everything regardless of any review anyway.
But I read it all the way through & I'm off to buy the game right now.
I know it will annoy the hell out of me but I would have boughtit eventually anyway.



smikey commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Innovative E3 Approa...:

I much prefer the way Nintendo have done e3 this year I've never been that bothered about the conference's of the past it's all about the games and videos anyway.

I wouldn't be surprised to see sony & microsoft follow suit in a couple of years

Didn't watch much of the tree house for various reasons yesterday had it on the tv for 3 hours today and enjoyed most of it Yoshi in wool form is finally the game that has made the wife to be so desperate to play video games! (though she's done a fair few hours on Nintendo land to be fair)



smikey commented on E3 2014: Reggie Fils-Aime Reaffirms Nintendo's...:


100% agree with the first comment.
in addition the Game pad is by far my favourite ever.
Love off tv play & some games do already use the pad to good use but like the wii & motion controls there will always be plenty who take a lazy option of doing next to nothing or worse still trying to add stuff that doesn't work just for the sake of it



smikey commented on Reaction: Our Thoughts on Nintendo's Big Day a...:

I must admit I'm a super Fan boy when it comes to Nintendo but I never really got a major buzz from the digital event.

The games they showed were all fine & I want them all but it just didn't hook me.
Good to see so many more announcements after the digital event (& a lot in the last few weeks to be fair) but they could have put a few more videos in the digital event it is what people will most likely watch.

as favourites Zelda obviously but My wife to be is really excited to play yoshi & she's not much of a gamer though I've already warned her if she lags behind i'll eat her yoshi & just run around with her.

Pac man in smash pleases me no end, amiibo sounds like a terrible name (no I can't think of anything better right now) but I am going to own them all.

The worst part for me was virtually everything being 2015 they surely can't have a drought next year.
& mario party 10 still having the stupid car.
I was really hopping for animal crossing wii u which looks like 2016 release at best.

Good overall e3 with things still to be announced I imagine we'll get a nintendo direct around August with a few more game announcements & hopefully n64 & gamecube vc before the end of the year.



smikey commented on Feature: All Of The Vital Super Smash Bros. Ro...:

Sakurai said he hoped people would use them in Team Battles and start to think of them as their partners, a feeling perhaps reinforced by his observation that “Since it will be difficult to collect them all, just focus on the characters you really like”.

It might well be difficult & no doubt expensive but I fully intended on owning the lot no matter how much I have to shuffle my budget around ;)



smikey commented on Feature: All Of The Vital Super Smash Bros. Ro...:

So happy pac man is in he was the start of my life long obsession with gaming.
my games room is pac man themed 3 walls in ghost colours door in the other ghost final wall is in the process of having a 4ft pac man maze painted on it I have pac man mirrors & multiple neon lights too.

But the games collection is purely a Nintendo one so hopefully pac man will show up a bit more ion Nintendo consoles now.

Hope they to a pac man amiibo though it looks like they might all be Nintendo owned franchises.

I'll play as pac man more than anyone else but this is smash bros & i'll suck for ever



smikey commented on E3 2014: Fantasy Life for 3DS Gets a North Ame...:

I'd prefer this over tomodachi but animal crossing is my life sim of choice.
I'm still holding out the smallest hope the wii u version will be announced this week though it looks highly unlikely now meaning I'm probably waiting until 2016 for it 3 ds version will be getting real old by then.

Will probably get this on or around release however but I really don't use any of my 3ds consoles for much other than street pass Much more of a home console gamer These days.



smikey commented on E3 2014: Wii U eShop Version of Bayonetta 2 Do...:

Hardly surprising really I'd never buy Digital anyway but didn't they say it was limited edition that included the first game?
saw the video a while back can't quite remember.
wouldn't be surprised if there were 2 retail editions one with both one with just 2.



smikey commented on Video: We Go Hands-On With Skylanders Trap Tea...:

I'll be buying it on wii u & wii why because i'm a collector for one & more Importantly I hsve young kids will the kids spend much time playing it? no not really but the more time they spend with skylander toys the less chance they'll get to swipe my new nfc Nintendo toys!



smikey commented on E3 2014: Mario Party 10 Subtly Announced for W...:

Hated Mario party 9 & the car. the first 3 on the n64 were & probably always will be my favourites.
I'll probably buy it soon after release but we won't use it that much if it's a lot like 9.
interesting to see how the nfc will work with it just can't see it having any relevance.



smikey commented on Talking Point: What We Expect From Nintendo at...:

with regards to unannounced games I'm hoping for Animal crossing wii u I know it will happen eventually but i'd like it sooner than later.

I think there is a good chance of mario party for wii u too, probably metroid and surely gamecube vc will be announced at some point but I don't think they'll put it up before smash u comes out people will need the adapters which aren't available yet.
N64 vc would be nice if it were available after the presentation but if anything more likely be ds.

I generally don't mind what gets announced i'll buy everything & will always have more than I can ever play though i'm hoping for f-zero, metroid & star fox just so people will be happy & because miiverse will be full of complaints if not though all 3 will never get announced at the same time.

Wouldn't mind a nintendo land 2 if it were more fleshed out & allowed single player to play multi player games or online play.

Finally a nes remix trilogy (retail) & snes remix 1 e-shop wouldn't be totally out of the question



smikey commented on Slew of Capcom Titles Announced for North Amer...:

looking forward to breath of fire lovec all of the first 3 (though 3 was on ps 1) didn't like 4 or the graphics & never played another one after that.

Never been much into mega man but I'm almost certian to buy every wii u vc game on that list within a few months of release ( breath of fire being the only release day buy)



smikey commented on Rumour: Mario Kart 8 DLC to Feature Expanded R...:

I'd love dlc though I still want my Bowser jr back.
And I'm not too bothered about the new battle mode I quite like it (though some tracks aren't great for it)
I wouldn't mind if they introduced more battle modes and arenas to keep everyone happy though.

if anything the dlc I want most is more tracks ( especially retro tracks from the snes / n64) I still don't get why they put 3ds tracks on when most mario kart 8 owners will have a 3ds & can play the 3ds tracks online.

In addition I still don't like how the cut N64 Rainbow road into 3 It could have been left as one long track can players these days not race a level that takes more than 2mins to finish?



smikey commented on Mario Kart 8 Stays Second in UK as Tomodachi L...:

I'm not remotely interestedin tomodachi life (well as a collector I am but o'll buy it cheap much later)
Would rather play Animal crossing any day of the week ( preferably on wii u some time soon)

I expect Mario kart 8 will still remain in the charts for a fair while yet it doesn't have that much competition in the next few weeks (watch dogs aside)