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Editor, gamer and bookworm

Male, 30, 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 August, 2009

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ThomasBW84 commented on Review: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U):

We don't post without a score lightly, but I do recommend you read Jon's words anyway!

Quite a lot of sites doing the same, which is good to see. After Brawl's online issues, we certainly want to be sure that online will deliver the goods and not be a laggy mess. I suspect it'll be just grand as the Wii U's network capabilities are in a different ballpark to Wii's, but we'll know soon.



ThomasBW84 commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

My personal experience with the Wii U is a B+ or A-, certainly, I really love the games library. Remember though, here I'm looking at the overall picture and, personal enjoyment of the system aside, it's had a poor two years in the marketplace. Perhaps a few months from now the Holiday results will be strong and the outlook will be better. That's just potential right now, but fingers crossed.

@Spoony_Tech I guess so, I didn't think of a poll at the time. Long day!



ThomasBW84 commented on Interview: Curve Studios on the Unique Charm o...:

@Kirk Tagline aside, in the context of the full sentence I agreed with Rob from Curve, as the focus was around the games on show at expos etc. I think there are multiple 'tiers' in terms of download game quality, but Curve and a number of others are certainly at the top end. The more of those sorts of games, I think the better.

A lot of the shoddy games of recent times, in my view — which have flooded the NA market, mostly — are not a positive.



ThomasBW84 commented on Talking Point: The amiibo Range Grows, Yet Key...:

@Dinosaurs Fair point, but I'm not convinced the Smash Bros. ones will disappear quickly, while Nintendo's comments on smaller figurines and cards were an early reference on internal discussions; we don't know how far away they are. Plus that doesn't affect a main point I'm making, in terms of ranges getting confused and the loss of what was, back in May, a generous and exciting concept.

@DiscoGentleman Cool, I'll double check the Hyrule Warriors amiibo uses and update if required.



ThomasBW84 commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Introduces His Pikmin Short F...:

@Sforzando We asked about the app on multiple occasions, and on each occasion got a 'no update at this time' sort of response. Not satisfactory, but if that's the line we can't march into Kyoto HQ demanding an answer, because I sure can't afford the air fare. So nothing has changed since it was delayed, that's the unfortunate reality.

I'll have a look at Sudamemo in the coming week.



ThomasBW84 commented on Feature: Breaking Down Over 50 Must-See Things...:

@jariw True in those cases, but I still don't think this'll be one. There's a lot going on in this game, and thanks to the very welcome focus on 60fps I think this — like Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8 — will run natively at 720p but be upscaled.

Nintendo's not advertising falsely to say '1080p' due to the upscaling, merely adopting the same tricks as everyone else. To be honest, the game looks fabulous in the demos I've played, so I don't even personally care either way.

As also said in the article, it's just our thinking based on similar releases (ie, not enhanced ports of GameCube / Wii era games and graphical engines) from the past couple of years. Perhaps we'll be proven wrong, which will be just grand if so :)



ThomasBW84 commented on Review: Shantae And The Pirate's Curse (3DS eS...:

Ron wrote half a paragraph giving an opinion on the continuing jiggly boob design of Shantae, with the latter half saying (and I paraphrase) "if that doesn't bother you, then fine".

I think disagreeing with that and debating it is absolutely fine, but my view is that some of you are going WAY off on a tangent to argue about the topic in broader terms; talking about 'manipulation' and 'weak minds', or whatever, seems somewhat out of context here.

It's an opinion (shared by some others in the NL team, but not necessarily all) which is part of the scope when a reviewer gives their assessment of a game. I hope any debate around that one little bit of the review can at least focus on the text while acknowledging that, you know what, some feel that way about these topics and maybe the sands are shifting in SOME opinions.

Anyway, not much more I can say from my perspective — and of course some will disagree regardless — so I'll leave it at that. That's just an FYI that I won't be getting into an endless debate if I get 'copied' in replies because, simply, I think the context is being exaggerated by some of you, and I simply don't have the time right now.

As a final note, remember courtesy and respect for others, too, when expressing your opinions, otherwise the moderating team (and no, I'm not in it) will be getting busy, as I've been told some have already been using bad language etc.



ThomasBW84 commented on Video: How Much Faster Is The New Nintendo 3DS?:

@123akis Because we like to, and it's how we roll. It's how we approach content, to try and give news, reviews and features a fair shake in terms of being visible for a sensible amount of time, as well as simply stickying articles.

@BensonUii I think Nintendo's said it won't improve performance in that way in older games, but I'm only 95% sure of that. Something to check, maybe when the Aus models land.