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The blunt knight isn't the otaku this city deserves, he is the otaku this city needs right now.

Sat 14th December, 2013

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

damn I wish I was the first to comment so I could say to all the folks that had trouble taking that article in.

Nintendo is partnering with a mobile games company called DeNa (I hadn't heard of them previously either) to make content specific for smart devices that will use Nintendo IP. In other words Nintendo themed games made for skrubs who are too tight to splash out on a 3DS or a wiiU to give them a taste of what they're missing out on. If it works it'll be genius.



theBluntKnight commented on Site News: A New Readership Survey Has Appeared:

Done diddily done. That question about paying a subscription fee was a little alarming, Cripes, I'd rather not have to look elsewhere for nintendo news.
Bit of a shame there wasn't a sound off box at the end as I would have liked to share my thoughts about why I dislike using the word game as a verb or adverb.



theBluntKnight commented on Satoru Iwata Highlights Growth of Wii U Sales ...:

wow sales in Australia have really improved. I come from a land down under and I'm glad I wasn't the only one contributing to those improved numbers. Honestly I thought their strongest improvements would be in the US with PAL territories marginally improved. Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi !!!



theBluntKnight commented on Yusuke Hashimoto Outlines His Desire to Contin...:

If the next Bayonetta game gets made for a nintendo console then I hope it will be the next console, the "fusion". If they start making it now then in 2 or so years time it could be ready for a wiiU/"fusion" launch release like Twilight Princess was with the gamecube/wii.



theBluntKnight commented on Talking Point: The New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo ...:

the coming together of home and portable consoles seems inevitable with all the hints NIntendo has dropped. Also the new 3DS and wiiU do seem like precursors for such a machine minus the unified development platform.

It has me wondering tho, to achieve the unified development environment that both the home console half and the portable console half would have to share would it require compatible or at least similar hardware? I don't have a degree in computer science so I can't definitively say that both halves would need to run the same type of CPU. However I am willing to speculate that they do need to be the same type and if that's true then I think ARM is the direction they'll go. X86 and power PC are plenty powerful but neither can match the battery life of ARM and it's not as if ARM stuff runs like poopitypoop off of mains power. One possible way around the graphical limitations of ARM could be to have the system be able to use the chipsets of the home half and the portable half process data in parallel and getting improved textures and resolution that way and making do with a bit less when playing games on either half alone. And perhaps it could achieve best performance by physically connecting together on a dock. With good, clever programming such a thing is theoretically possible.



theBluntKnight commented on Talking Point: Limitations on Stock and Advert...:

but but but didn't the armchair experts claim that NIntendo was doomed? that low sales of the wiiU would see Nintendo never make a profit? Didn't they say that Iwata had to be fired? Because if what I read is true then Nintendo are making profits despite lower sales than they'd like, which is due to the way these difficult times are being managed.



theBluntKnight commented on Koei Tecmo Releases Awesome Hyrule Warriors Wa...:

I'm glad to see that hyrule warriors has sold well. I've heard lots of good things and I look forward to getting a copy soon. Bayonetta has also sold pretty well for a Platinum game - the percentage of the install base it's sold to is higher on wiiU than that of it's predecessor. This could be the future of third party games on Nintendo consoles, if so I'll sooner take over shovelware and lazy ports.



theBluntKnight commented on New 3DS and Nintendo-Exclusive Games Stay On T...:

the new metal gear game has caught my interest but that'll be playable on PS3 but one game that will be console exclusive to PS4 that has caught my attention is SF V. But even that I would need to play first before even considering getting a PS4. Folks might like to buy a playstation and wait for the good games but I prefer to buy a playstation when it's near the end of it's life so that I can snap it up cheap and get the games that interest me on the cheap. I'll prioritise Nintendo stuff and get that new but not sony's gear, that's just how I roll.



theBluntKnight commented on Wii U Enjoyed Its Best Ever Month of US Sales ...:

@CaviarMeths That line about nintendo swimming in a pool of Wii/DS money got me thinking what are the chances they'll probably name their next console Wii DS given how much they'd like to return to the phat stacks of cash they made with those consoles in the mid to late 2000's and that it follows in naming conventions established with the Wii U and 3DS



theBluntKnight commented on Hundreds of Limited Edition Majora's Mask New ...:

scalpers really piss me off. I'm just glad it's not as bad in Australia. At least with the majoras mask 3DS XL the retailers that were taking pre orders online had a limit of one per customer. Which at the very least slows down scalpers. It's thanks to this that I was able to snag one before they completely sold out. There was at least a 24 hour window of availability rather than the 24 minute window there seemed to be for our american counter parts.



theBluntKnight commented on Nintendo Dominated Japan During 2014, Despite ...:

It's pretty cool that Smash bros and Mario Kart on wiiU made it into the top 10. It just goes to show that it's true that well made Nintendo games that have mass appeal have tremendous staying power in the charts. How many weeks did we see games like call of duty rocket to the top of the chart and then drop off a week or two later while Mario Kart 8 stubbornly remained on the chart for months.



theBluntKnight commented on Fake Commercial for 'The Nintendo App' Stirs D...:

given that smartphones and tablets have a touchscreen like the wiiU the logical thing to do as I see it would be to have an app that lets people play demos of games that use the touchscreen interface in clever ways. If the app is free then people would be free to mess around with these demos and if they get hooked on the experience and crave more there can be a redirect that informs the user that "hey the full game is available on wiiU or 3DS" that might be the best way to tap into the massive smart devices market.

Also to everyone who said that playing precise games like mario bros and megaman on a touchscreen is daft, I concur 100%. The only way to play those games on a smart device without feeling cheated is to pair a bluetooth controller to it and use that.



theBluntKnight commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Confirms Playable Star Fox fo...:

If Nintendo was to make a new F-Zero game for current consoles their best way to guard against the possibility of high demand but low sales could be to crank out an HD remake of F-Zero GX but with new tracks and support for the GCN controller adapter. After being absent for the better part of a decade fans might be happy to buy an F-Zero game that is at once familiar but with new content rather than go to the expense of creating a new game engine from scratch. Even reskinning Mario Kart 8 into nuthin' but anti-gravity tracks would probably be a lot of work.



theBluntKnight commented on Video: Hacker Allegedly Shows Hidden Duck Hunt...:

@Sir_JBizzle holy hell 500 bucks spent already on amiibo when fuel for amiibo runs is factored in !! I admire your dedication at the very least. This just makes me wonder why can't Nintendo just have them available directly from them in addition to bricks and mortar retailers? Oh well at least Nintendo is doing well out of this new product line of theirs.



theBluntKnight commented on Satoru Iwata Highlights Frustration at Missed ...:

A list of things I would like to see in the next Nintendo console, in no particular order:

*backwards compatibility

*support for as many existing controllers as possible

*a proper account system instead of digital content being tied to hardware - this is the one thing that prevents me from buying games on virtual console

*no more region locking

*Do away with optical drives, replace game discs with digital distribution and game cards that use a proprietry flash memory format so that customers can still choose to have their games in physical format if so desired

*I like the idea of finally unifying home and portable consoles to work as one. Like maybe half the computational power be in the portable half and the other half in the home half so that they can work independently and output decent graphics like the 3DS currently does but when they're able to work together the game automatically upscales to much more detail to take advantage of the increased power available. Being able to play the same game on the go or at home could be a big selling point particularly in Japan where portable games are still really popular.

*I just hope NIntendo can find a way to reach out to third parties without letting them walk all over them like Sony and microsoft have. If Nintendo could find a way to bury the hatchet with Namco then anything is possible.



theBluntKnight commented on Talking Point: Super Smash Bros. and amiibo Ha...:

In some ways it can be better to be under supplied rather than over supplied. I think Nintendo were worried about overestimating demand for amiibo, manufacturing too many and being stuck with stock that couldn't be sold. Because once people see them in bargain bins being priced to move not only does the brand value decrease but people will hold off buying them new in the hope of unsold stock prices being slashed a little later. Now that people know that Nintendo isn't going to over produce these NFC figures there is more incentive to snap them up immediately when they are restocked.



theBluntKnight commented on Poll: Fake Wave 4 amiibo Images Make Us Dream ...:

a mr game and watch and zero samus suit amiibo would interest me the most off that list. I'm not a fan of the support pillar on some amiibo especially where it's yellow and really intrusive visually. It would be great if NIntendo could find a way to produce them in a way that eliminates the need for that support pillar. Even if it's something as simple as just making them all with both feet on the platform.

With the shortages and the speculation over production runs and such. My theory is they will produce more of the ones with lower supplies that sold out really quickly but they'll be different (hopefully improved) like in a different pose. Perhaps it could work as a cynical move to entice the hardcore collectors to buy more of the same figure to have the most complete collection.



theBluntKnight commented on Poll: Have You Been Able to Buy the Super Smas...:

I was lucky that I ordered an adapter just before Nintendo ran out of stock. And I ordered a couple of controllers off play-asia for less than retail (that's including delivery). I feel bad for everybody that missed out with these stock shortages and scalpers on Ebay.

Interestingly enough when I ordered my adapter from Nintendo adapters on Ebay were already attracting bids upwards of $150 which is nearly 5 times the price Nintendo were charging and they were still available at that time. Even worse when I checked out how much GCN controllers were going for on ebay second hand proper Nintendo ones were going for similar prices to the new ones that I bought online.

I don't want to blame Nintendo for this situation as they kinda had to be wary of overestimating demand and the problems that can come with over production and over supply. But now that they know what the demand is they could strike fear into the scalpers by unequivocally stating that there will be more production runs to meet the demand. When people are willing to pay above the odds on Ebay it means there is money to be made and surely Nintendo wants to get that money instead of letting the scalpers have it.



theBluntKnight commented on Super Smash Bros. Wii U Basic Bundle Heading f...:

Just recently I bought a jail broken PS3 for like 200 bucks. It can be a nifty little multimedia device to play movies, blurays, emulators and the handful of PS3 bootlegged games I'd like to play. Sometimes it pays to wait. Had I got one at launch back in '07 I'd have paid 1000 bucks for that and 100 bucks for each non bootlegged game. Even though a I got a PS3 on the cheap I still feel like my wiiU is better value.



theBluntKnight commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Sold to Over Ten P...:

I luv how every time I read the comments section there are always pessimists who seem to expect the wiiU to suddenly start selling like the wii or the PS2 and anything less than that is complete failure. No matter what the good news reported they always see the glass as half empty LoL.



theBluntKnight commented on Nintendo's Holiday Sales and Profit Set to be ...:

An interesting exchange of views between JasonH and Quorthon. while it does seem that Nintendo is approaching a crossroads where they need to reassess their plan of attack. It's really easy for people to say Nintendo needs to bring third parties back and that they need to release more powerful hardware but what that really means is they want Nintendo to copy sony and microsoft. Neither Sony nor Microsoft have the depth of first party content that Nintendo has so if they don't bow to the will of third party studios their consoles wont be able to claim the amount of market share that they currently do. This is a situation that gives third party studios a lot of power and a lot of say in the hardware chosen for a new console - something Nintendo could never accept. And using more powerful and more expensive hardware isn't guaranteed to get third parties on board when Sony and Microsoft charge lower licensing fees among other concessions. If the price of getting third parties on board is more than it's worth why should Nintendo bring themselves down to sony and microsoft's level when those two aren't making a lot of money off their games business? Rather they are using their games divisions as a means to a different end, to rule the living room with all in one media boxes that also happen to play games. It's a race to the bottom between sony and microsoft and Nintendo needs to plan their next move smartly.



theBluntKnight commented on Nintendo Wins Four At The Game Awards 2014, Wh...:

Wow the wiiU has so much going for it but still it can't ramp up it's sales no matter how many quality exclusives it has. I'll bet Yamauchi-san regrets allowing Sony the opportunity to get a foothold in their territory because now that they have established themselves in the interactive entertainment market their marketing hype has become all pervasive. People will happily pony up the dough for a machine that costs more, has fewer quality games and offers less innovation purely out of brand loyalty. All the same I want Nintendo to learn from their setbacks and keep fighting on their terms. Eventually Sony and microsoft will tire of making loss after loss and move on once they find a way to do so with out losing face. I look forward to the day when Nintendo finally reclaims their throne, even if that day is a long way away.



theBluntKnight commented on PDP GameCube-Style Wired Fight Pads for Donkey...:

I ordered a couple of GCN controllers off playasia and my gamecube adapter is on the way too. In the mean time I think I will test out my PS2 to wii-mote adapter by plugging my arcade stick into it and seeing if an 8 button arcade stick is any good for smash bros.

I've played it a bit on the gamepad and it's good but my main gripe is that the 4 face buttons aren't intuitively mapped for a game like smash. I find myself constantly having to remind myself which button is for a normal attack and which is for a special attack.



theBluntKnight commented on Review: Watch Dogs (Wii U):

wow 6/10 is even lower than I was expecting this game to get. I knew ubisoft were going to put in minimal effort with the wiiU port but this just seems weak. I was never going to pay full price for this but now I think I'll just skip this one entirely.



theBluntKnight commented on Video: How Does Watch Dogs Wii U Compare To Th...:

exactly what I expected. The 360 and the wiiU versions look identical. Ubisoft couldn't be bothered optimising the wiiU port like the lazy barstewards they are. At least they pu some gamepad features in the wiiU port. Here's hoping they aren't completely shallow.



theBluntKnight commented on Sonic Boom Wii U And 3DS Both Stall Outside Of...:

This whole sonic boom fiasco is baffling. I understand that Sega thought that tying in this sonic reboot in with a new CGi cartoon was a brilliant idea (on paper it was). But why make this new sonic reboot exclusive to Nintendo's consoles? Why not go for broke with a multi-platform approach?

Personally I would have rather seen Sega release an updated port of Sonic Generations on wiiU. A definitive edition with graphics optimised to take advantage of the wiiU's hardware, bonus levels that weren't present in the PS360 versions. And then release sonic boom the next year on multiple platforms.

I get the impression that Sega didn't supervise the development of sonic boom very closely and only cared about having it out in time for the holiday shopping season. All Sega had to do was stick to what works rather than try and reinvent the wheel in the most half assed way.

It's probably just as well as there is more than enough game related stuff that I plan to buy so my wallet didn't need to be stretched by a well made sonic game this holiday season. Just as well that I treated this game with skepticism from the moment it was announced.



theBluntKnight commented on Lucario amiibo Confirmed as a Toys "R" Us Excl...:

As someone who doesn't buy collectable figurines normally I require a fair amount of persuasion. Which means I'm not really going to be one of the folks preordering each amiibo as each wave is announced. What worries me is that with these exclusive deals that are being cooked up is that if I find myself buying one and being really pleased with it and wanting to buy more. Only to find scalpers and early adopters scooping up a limited release (which could be of a character I might really want to get) and then the only ones left being on ebay at extortionate prices. I worry that could happen with these exclusive releases.



theBluntKnight commented on Review: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U):

well if the online is as good as mario kart 8's then it would at least be enough. It seems like Nintendo have learnt where they went wrong with the wii's online capability so this hasn't changed from being a day one buy for me.



theBluntKnight commented on The Nintendo Wii U Is Better Value For Money T...:

for my personal tastes wiiU has always seemed better value than PS4 or xbone. Not only is it cheaper than them but it has more of the types of games I am interested in playing. Earlier in the year when I was evaluating if a wind waker bundle was worth importing from europe it was games like Mario kart, 3D world, Bayonetta 2, Xenoblade and smash bros that sealed the deal. The proliferation of PS360 ports from when the wiiU first came out wasn't a problem for me as I never bothered to get a 360 or PS3 so I've snapped up a few of the highly rated ones that I were available at knockdown prices. And some day I will get around to playing them. Currently Mario Kart 8 has got me hooked and when I get smash bros I suspect it will be a similar story. So with the limited time that I dedicate to playing games my wiiU can keep me going for a long time before the games I own become stale. This is why I only buy one home console per gen. Even though I could buy all 3 if I wanted the other 2 don't have any game in particular that brings out that "must have" feeling in me.

Perhaps if Capcom's 8th gen SF game is cel shaded like guilty gear Xrd with fluid animations and crisp gameplay like alpha 3 had I would be tempted but the chances of Capcom doing something like that seem microscopic. They'll likely just make SF V and it'll be just like SF IV but with slightly improved graphics and little more.