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thesilverbrick

thesilverbrick

Nintendo fan since the 80s

Male, 28, United States

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#1

thesilverbrick commented on NPD Survey Outlines Bright Future For amiibo A...:

I've got all the Smash amiibo so far, as well as Toad. I've been pretty successful in that I've only had to pay over the retail cost for less than ten of my 32 figures. I've got preorders on everything except Greninja at this point, who I know I'll be paying a pretty penny for, though I find that importing from Japan is generally pretty reasonable. Hopefully I can get the rest of them without issue...

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#2

thesilverbrick commented on Nintendo Announces Best Buy Locations and Deta...:

Why is it that New England always gets ripped off in things like these? We are one of the more densely populated regions of United States, but Nintendo seems to forget we exist. There's absolutely no way I'm driving into the hellhole that is New York City to play a couple minigames on 3DS. This could've been something amazing, but they've severely dropped the ball, both in their choice of game and severely limited locations.

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#4

thesilverbrick commented on Nintendo's E3 Focus to Reportedly be on Wii U ...:

I keep seeing people mention GameCube VC games, but the unfortunate reality is that there are no controller options for Wii U that have pressure-sensitive shoulder buttons, which are absolutely necessary for games like Mario Sunshine, Luigi's Mansion and F-Zero GX. Unless they make the GameCube controller adapter compatible with Wii U Virtual Console games (further narrowing down the userbase), GC games on VC aren't possible.

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#5

thesilverbrick commented on Video: 'Smashified' Series Adds King K. Rool t...:

@Dolphin64 @JellySplat Dark Samus wouldn't play anything like Samus. The only thing the two have in common is their relative shape. I mean, Dark Samus floats through the air and never touches the ground, for crying out loud. If you've played the Prime Trilogy, think back to the boss fights and you'll remember she (or really it, since it's just a Metroid that stole the Phazon Suit's shell) used bizarre abilities that Samus never had (as you can even see in her Assist Trophy).
Besides, she's far more imaginative than Dark Pit or Dr. Mario.

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#6

thesilverbrick commented on Which Games are Coming to the Virtual Console?...:

On Wii U, I expect a slow, yet steady stream on N64 and DS titles, spaced out carefully over the coming months to make the bare-bones release schedule look better.
And on 3DS, nothing. Seriously, Nintendo has dropped the ball something fierce on the 3DS when it comes to Virtual Console and doesn't appear to want to change anything. They could surprise me and bring GBA games to 3DS, but I'm not holding my breath.

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#8

thesilverbrick commented on Video: 'Smashified' Series Adds King K. Rool t...:

@allav866 I would like to see more villains, personally, but I agree that characters shouldn't arbitrarily be added simply because we "need more villains." K. Rool has appeared in enough games alongside Donkey Kong to warrant an inclusion (though not recently, which is a bit disconcerting...).

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#10

thesilverbrick commented on Nintendo of America Apologises for amiibo Shor...:

I foresee them at least restocking any of the Smash amiibo that have functionality in other games. I bet we'll see Metaknight, Dedede and the Fire Emblem characters reprinted for their roles in Rainbow Curse and Codename STEAM. And characters like the Villager, Captain Falcon and Rosalina may pop up again, since they unlock suits in Mario Kart. I have my doubts that characters with one-shot uses like Little Mac, Wii Fit Trainer and Pit will return, since they're not holding back any in-game content in any other titles...

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#12

thesilverbrick commented on More Disney Infinity 3.0 Leaks Emerge With Sta...:

If the eschew the classic films entirely in favor of this animated stuff, I'll be disappointed. I'd love a classic trilogy playset, but then again, I could just save my money. On second thought, I hope the rest of the figures are as in appealing as these...

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#13

thesilverbrick commented on First Impressions: Tapping In With amiibo Tap:...:

I have exactly 30 amiibo, so I was able to unlock every game. And when you've got them all, it's actually pretty neat, but I can totally understand the frustration if you've only got a couple figurines. The only unfortunate part is I already own nearly all the games as Virtual Console downloads, making this just another gimmicky way to use my amiibo...

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#26

thesilverbrick commented on Natsume Suggests That Nintendo's Moving Away F...:

Other than Mario RPG, Yoshi's Island and Starfox, are there any more good first-party SNES games left to port to Wii U Virtual Console? And the latter two will never surface, anyway, because of the whole FX Chip issue. This really isn't an issue, except for Mario RPG, anyway...

Edit: @CrazyOtto I forgot about Kirby's Avalanche and therefore stand corrected.

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#31

thesilverbrick commented on Pirate Bay Co-Founder Unable To Experience The...:

@Bi-Mabeobsa The problem is that people feel so entitled that they think they have the right to pirate. If they can't afford it, they can't play. It's that simple. The creators if the software and hardware have a right to sell it at any cost they want. It's not a human rights issue if someone can't afford a video game.

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#32

thesilverbrick commented on Talking Point: Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Br...:

Mario Kart 8 feels like a complete game without the DLC, and the add-ons are just a way of lengthening the appeal, which I welcome. That, and you get 50 percent more tracks for a paltry few dollars. This is DLC done right.

Smash Bros, on the other hand, feels forced. Mewtwo is great, and I'm looking forward to Lucas, but the costumes are a ripoff. I bought them and instantly regretted it.

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#33

thesilverbrick commented on Review: Yoshi's Island DS (Wii U eShop / DS):

I finished this one on the original DS cartridge a couple months back, and I even managed to unlock all the secret worlds. Honestly, this game is way over criticized. Sure, it's not as good as the original, but it's still very entertaining. I don't think any Yoshi game will ever top or even match the first Yoshi's Island, but that doesn't automatically make every follow up garbage...

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#34

thesilverbrick commented on Weirdness: Street Fighter's Ryu is Now Being R...:

The game is already over saturated with Fire Emblem characters as it is, and if they were going to add more, I'd much prefer someone who fought with an axe, lance or dragon stone. Roy is virtually insignificant to the series and really doesn't need to come back...

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#36

thesilverbrick commented on Reaction: Confirmation of Unity on the New Nin...:

@Quorthon Perhaps that was poor wording on my part. Investors, to a limited degree, care about Nintendo hardware, but at this point they've shown again and again that their priority is on smart device games. Maybe I've missed it, but I don't seem to remember even one instance where an investor insisted that Nintendo make a new console. The investors got what they wanted and the rise in Nintendo shares shows that they're happy. The cash that comes in from this DeNA deal will more than keep them placated.

If Nintendo is going for that "blue ocean" like you said, then why would they line up their console to compete with Sony and Microsoft? The Wii was their first attempt at going for that "blue ocean" and it succeeded largely because they dared to be different. And, for theory's sake, let's say Nintendo captures lightning in a bottle again and wins back their "blue ocean". Do you think the millions of kids, grandmas and middle aged parents know about the NX announcement last month? Nope. They don't know and don't care, much like the Wii. People bought it, not because of what or when they heard in an investors meeting, but because it worked and was fun, and the buzz surrounding it only really started after release, even though the code name Revolution was leaked about two years prior. You're putting way too much emphasis on the simple mention of a code name, which is all it really is. We know absolutely nothing else. This might even be a handheld, for all we know. It's really hard to argue that people are salivating for this console when we don't even know if it'll plug into a TV or not. And Miyamoto commenting on a Mario game in development for it? How is that news? He threw that piece of information out there because it's painfully obvious. A Mario game on a Nintendo console? That's a given. You're making this announcement out to be far grander than it really was. It was a simple mention to appease gamers who thought this smart device thing would be then end of Nintendo hardware. That's it.

You must've missed what I said before, so I'll say it again. The mainstream doesn't know or care, and the majority of Wii U owners are upset. So if Nintendo holds back the NX, the public at large won't notice and their loyal customers will feel satisfied that they got a normal console life cycle. Nintendo can make a slow and steady profit, only increased by the incoming DeNA games. Who loses there? But can you imagine people who just bought a Wii U if they see the thing dumped already? There's no way they'll take the plunge on new hardware, fearing it'll be abandoned quickly, as well. Sure, the diehards will still buy it, but diehards alone can't support a system, as the Wii U has taught us.

There's a level of expectation with console life cycles. People expect them to be around for five years or so. Nintendo stands to cause a huge upset if they dump the Wii U too quickly. They'll be like Sega, who again and again moved on very quickly when their consoles didn't perform as well as expected. And where are they now?

You keep pushing the fact that "we know about NX." Technically, didn't we already know a new console was coming eventually? And what do we know about NX that makes it so pressing? Oh, wait. We know nothing. There's a Mario coming, and this is surprising? If they showed a controller, discussed the concept, teased or demoed something or even made mention of a surprise IP for the console I could see your point, but they simply confirmed something we already knew. Of course a new console is coming; they started on it immediately after the Wii U was released. Anyone who knows the games industry could've told you that. That announcement was in no way the earth shattering bombshell you make it out to be.

And as for personal anecdotes, I play my Wii U nearly daily, but that's just me.

And as far as the DS and GBA are concerned, remember they originally billed the DS as a third pillar of sorts. Yes, it did eventually phase out the GBA, but marketing it like that was a clever way of appeasing GBA owners while bringing its replacement to market. There's no way they could convince people that the NX is a companion to Wii U if it is in fact a home console, so that strategy won't work here.

I do realize that you and I could likely go back and forth on this for a long time, and while I do greatly enjoy talking to someone like yourself who makes compelling arguments, uses good grammar and frankly, isn't an idiot, I concede that it's unlikely either one of us is going to convince the other to abandon his viewpoint. I see and respect your points, but I honestly believe it's not as simple as abandoning the Wii U quickly. Oh, well. To each his own.

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#38

thesilverbrick commented on Reaction: Confirmation of Unity on the New Nin...:

@Quorthon Please don't take any of this the wrong way. I do appreciate your points on this matter, and my goal here is not to cause a dispute, but rather present an alternate set of reasons as to why it could be detrimental to Nintendo's image to jump ship on the Wii U earlier than is customary for one of their consoles.

You do raise some good points, but allow me to examine them, one by one.

First of all, I believe the only reason Nintendo has jumped the gun and announced NX so early in the game was simply to quell the fears that they were going to abandon hardware development after announcing their smart device plans in association with DeNA. Granted, anyone who knows anything about console life cycles knows that development on a successor starts almost immediately after a console is released. I think that Nintendo had no initial plans to say anything about NX, but felt they needed to when they did so as to reiterate that they're in console manufacturing for the long haul.

1. Consumer apathy? What would make the average consumer more apathetic than to see the console they've just bought lose support a year earlier than typical? Rumblings about the Nintendo Revolution were making their way around the Internet even before E3 2005, and the Wii launched to commercial and critical acclaim, despite consumers waiting nearly two years after first hearing about it.

2. Sorry, but just because we know about the NX doesn't mean the average consumer does. We happen to stay up to date on announcements like these, but the average consumer has no idea what's going on. Case in point, only now are people starting to realize that the Wii U isn't an add on to the Wii. I don't think a brief mention of a code name in an investors meeting in Japan is going to get the average consumer excited enough to demand that their new console get replaced faster than normal. And as for those of us who did catch the announcement? I've heard more worry than excitement, with most people lamenting the replacement of Wii U. So, the average consumer doesn't know or care, and the majority of Nintendo gamers are irritated. It's best to let the Wii U ride out its full five years in the interest of keeping the fans happy.

3. Speed of tech is irrelevant. It's likely the NX is more conceptual than anything at this point. Official specs and horsepower are usually settled later in development. Console development cycles have always been around five years. Why is that suddenly too short?

4. The investors haven't cared about Nintendo hardware for a while now. They really just wanted smart device games, and they getting them. I'd say they've been satiated enough for Nintendo to wait a bit to release NX.

5. Nintendo hasn't been trying to directly compete with Sony and Microsoft since the GameCube days. You think they're suddenly going to jump back into direct competition with them? Granted, I see the value in what you're saying, but Nintendo is perhaps best known for doing their own thing and not caring about other hardware developers. What makes you think they suddenly are going to change that?

6. As far as releases go, remember that we're having this discussion just before E3, when release schedules look driest across the board. Rest assured there will be announcements very shortly, and perhaps then we can revisit this topic. And I will agree that Wii U will never be a sales darling at this point, but Nintendo has slowly started to turn a profit again, and it would be detrimental to alienate Wii U users by abandoning their console earlier than necessary, seeing as these people stand the greatest chance of supporting NX if it's released a bit later. Nintendo is making money again, and so it's not unreasonable to conclude that they can ride it out until 2017, especially if this stuff with DeNA rakes in more supplemental cash.

7. Since when has building hype been a bad thing? And all they did was give us a code name; they didn't even tease anything about the hardware, controller or games. The code name Revolution was floating around the Internet as early as 2004, and that didn't hurt the Wii, now did it?

For every argument you propose (and they are well thought out, don't get me wrong), there are logical counter arguments. The bottom line is the consumer is who ultimately decides Nintendo's success, and releasing NX too early stands a good chance to alienate them, and Nintendo can't afford to do that. Sega was too quick to upgrade their consoles over and over again when they were less than successful, and that proved to do more harm than good.

Then again, you might be right in the end, but if industry trends (and particularly Nintendo's own habits) are any indication, NX won't be here until 2017.

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#39

thesilverbrick commented on Reaction: Confirmation of Unity on the New Nin...:

@Quorthon I think you've got your dates mixed up a bit.

Wii was first unveiled as a prototype console and controller at E3 2005, under the code name Revolution and wasn't released until holiday of the following year.

Wii U was called Project Cafe until it first surfaced as a prototype controller and console at E3 2011, and it wast released until (again) holiday of the following year, 2012.

NX is still a code name, much like Revolution and Cafe, and if the system shows for the first time at next year's E3, if the past is any indication, we won't see it until holiday of the following year, 2017,

I'm not saying a 2016 release is impossible, but given the consistent trends we've seen so far, it's more than likely that NX will receive a new name at some point, be shown as a prototype next year and release in fall of 2017.

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#40

thesilverbrick commented on Reaction: Confirmation of Unity on the New Nin...:

@GreatPlayer I'm tired of hearing people complain about the NX. Nintendo already stated they don't plan on showing the thing until 2016, which would likely put its release sometime in 2017. In the fall of 2017, Wii U will be five years old, the same age that the Super Nintendo, N64 and GameCube were when they were replaced. It's really not a big deal, and it's completely normal. People need to stop whining.

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#43

thesilverbrick commented on Review: Super Mario 64 (Wii U eShop / Nintendo...:

Don't get me wrong: I adore this game tremendously. It is still fun to play (I'm actually going through it again right now and currently have over 90 stars) and it is so very important as a piece of gaming history. But to say this game is a perfect 10/10 by modern standards is a bit farfetched, don't you think? Aren't we looking at it through nostalgia glasses a bit much? Unlike other games which could still be released for the first time today to critical acclaim (Ocarina of Time, Super Metroid), isn't Mario 64 showing its age, with its wonky camera, odd physics, chunky graphics and occasional stars to collect that seem rather pointless? I'm a firm believer that this game should rate highly, say an 8 or 9, but it isn't perfect at all. In fact, even with a fresh graphical coat of paint, if Nintendo tried releasing this as is for the first time today, there is absolutely no way it would garner perfect scores.

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#45

thesilverbrick commented on Poll: Which Characters Do You Want to Win the ...:

@Spoony_Tech Possible, but extremely unlikely. Nintendo isn't going to go through all that licensing to get a character in their crossover fighting game who won't appear in anything they can cash in on. At least the other third-party characters can and will appear in games on Nintendo consoles, giving them at least a little bit of incentive to include them. Banjo will never be in another Nintendo game, so Nintendo doesn't stand any good reason to use the advertising space in this game for him. Not to mention, they'd have to give something to Microsoft to even include him. And I'm sure they don't want to have to shell out any money to one of their biggest rivals.

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#46

thesilverbrick commented on Video: Donkey Kong 64 Tumbles Onto Wii U Virtu...:

@outburst Remaking N64 and GameCube games isn't as simple as it sounds. It takes months to redo everything from the ground-up, like they did with Ocarina of Time, Starfox 64 and Wind Waker. If you insist they redo every N64 and GameCube game, we'd probably get only two or three of them by the time the 3DS and Wii U are obsolete. I'd much rather they dump the ROMs as VC games and spend their development resources on new titles.

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#47

thesilverbrick commented on Video: Here's a Handy Comparison of Mewtwo's M...:

@OneBagTravel There's a couple reasons, really. First of all, it marks the first time that Smash Bros. is getting additional characters beyond the original release, and I for one am excited to see the game continue to expand. And secondly, Mewtwo had a big fanbase back in the Melee days and many people are excited to see him returned after he was left out of Brawl.