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Editor, gamer and bookworm

Male, 31, United Kingdom

Features editor of Nintendo Life since August 2011, editor since March 2014; love video games and Nintendo. I've previously completed two degrees in Literature and the History of the Book, which haven't been helpful at all...

Fri 28th Aug 2009

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ThomasBW84 commented on Nine Nintendo Titles Pass One Million Sales Fo...:

@Spoony_Tech I agree with the point you're making, and that's really the nub of the comparison. Software on the 3DS didn't cut it last year and thus couldn't drive sales, whereas good games kept the Wii U ticking along at its level. That's likely the topic of my editorial for today, but I'm still ironing it out.

But it is fair to compare them, it's just the 3DS didn't have a great year for games!



ThomasBW84 commented on Final Fantasy Explorers Achieves Respectable U...:

@Ambermoon Not really my business! I'll double check whether Chart-Track says now, but when I last looked they didn't want direct images taken and used. Maybe it's changed, but I'm not keen on posting screengrabs of them in any case. I just give a Nintendo update and link to Chart-Track for those that want to look at them in more detail. Other sites can do as they please



ThomasBW84 commented on Review: Shadow Puppeteer (Wii U eShop):

@Arthurial No worries, and yes, by all means spread the word on the advice to play off the Wii U memory, with an update on the way. That's why I did a separate news article!

As I said in that post this has caught other developers by surprise (Runbow was one, I think, but there have definitely been a few) and has even affected the occasional retail game.



ThomasBW84 commented on Review: Shadow Puppeteer (Wii U eShop):

@Sligeach Sure it's possible, plus I think you may be thinking it's worse that it is. I said it's perfectly playable (and enjoyable in general) and there are occasional rough edges. Let's not accentuate all the negatives and ignore the positives



ThomasBW84 commented on Review: Shadow Puppeteer (Wii U eShop):

@holygeez03 Well I did conclude with a score that said it's 'Not Bad'. Remember, we use all of the numbers

But as I say in the review, it's not perfect technically, at launch at least, but is nevertheless an enjoyable experience.



ThomasBW84 commented on Macquarie Report Believes a Competitively-Pric...:

@shani For starters, we ignored the PS4 thing earlier in the day and then I mentioned it to only suggest that it's extremely unlikely within a broader article. Lots will have read articles based on the tweet, so it was a chance to clarify our view on that 'rumour'.

Secondly, a major report from a capital investment firm that helped prompt a sharp increase in Nintendo share value (which is a big deal) is worth considering. Once the PS guys found the doc and I could actually read it, THEN I decided to report on it. It's not your average rumour.

Some aspects of the report seemed feasible, some less so, and views on that were shared in the article. I'm also not sure why you're so confident NX won't be released this year. You may be right, but many (including me) think Nintendo will try to push it out for the Holiday season this year, out of necessity above all else. We'll see, but there's plenty of respectable evidence (including the assessment of Macqaurie) that points to a 2016 arrival in some form.

Finally, we're not reporting all of the rumours, as that would be crazy. Yet we're reporting those from sources we know, those that are worth teasing and those that are feasibly real. So the 'survey' article was a real survey, but the details within it may not be. We also used a lot of salt as the lead image, so had some fun with it.

I know we can't please everyone, and haven't pleased you in this case, but we're always looking for the right balance in what rumours to report and ignore.



ThomasBW84 commented on Pokkén Tournament Will be Picking Fights on 1...:

@Splatburst Yeah, that rumour (for my money) is silly, hence the slightly snide remark in the article. One random French retailer isn't enough to convince me, and for the record Nintendo of Europe's own game pages still say April for Star Fox Zero, while the NA release date is still the same on the likes of Amazon



ThomasBW84 commented on Nintendo Share Price Rebounds Along With Japan...:

@rjejr The article was a mistake, when I saw 'Autumn' I thought Fall, but forgot that the seasons are the other way around in Australia. So it's Summer there now, and Autumn 'down under' = Spring in Europe / North America. A reader highlighted it and I didn't want people to see it and click it thinking there was a delay, so I deleted it and tweeted to clarify the error (poking fun at myself) from the Nintendo Life account. So Pokken Tournament is still 'Spring' everywhere.



ThomasBW84 commented on Play: Enjoy Some Festive Mario Kart 8 and Supe...:

I tried to find a time that would work for as many as possible, which is awkward with time zones; sorry for anyone that wants to play and can't make it though. We'll do more in future and try and make it a regular thing



ThomasBW84 commented on Review: LEGO Dimensions (Wii U):

@rjejr The Wii U version is steady, but the framerate does drop away when playing in two player; I enjoyed it more in single player. I suspect the PS4 version will be better in two-player, but I haven't played it so can't compare.



ThomasBW84 commented on Feature: Time to Vote for Your Nintendo Life G...:

@Octane Gah, probably should have included it. A weird one though, it actually came out in North America late 2014, and then had a stealth late December release in the UK before trundling out elsewhere in Europe in very early January. I just plum forgot.