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xtndedPlay commented on Nintendo Shares Level Out After $4 Billion Dro...:

It is interesting all of the arguments pro-Nintendo due to existing for so long as a company. It is important to remember that their current foray is as video game entertainment company and lets be honest, at that they are failing massively right now. Regardless of a 100 plus year history of attempts at finding the "blue ocean" after their card games. Look at successful western tech company Apple. They are the top of the game in terms of computer technology and GASP! They do not play by the same rules as Nintendo.

Many of us who are fan boys just want to see Nintendo succeed (as a video game entertainment company). We remember the golden years and would like to see more. It really is simple. As a gamer, who lived those years my request really is simple. Iterative sequels to their famous IP's while experimenting for new ones and the ability to play multiplats. Some might complain that this is predictable, milking franchises, and boring. It is easy to speak this way and forget the evolution of Mario as the sidekick to Donkey Kong who then received the most popular platformer of all time on the NES. Then, Mario become beautiful with more color and ability with the more powerful hardware of SNES. On the N64 we were able to explore and platform with our renown plumber in 3-D for the first time! On GC those worlds became more alive, larger and we were able to do even more. On Wii, we could visit entire galaxies! Then, Wii U... to their credit Nintendo's 3D world was nice polish on Mario. But how do we see Nintendo really utilize the power of the Wii U in terms of Mario? Why not at least try a hyper-realistic Mario or a vast open-world Mushroom Kingdom? Take the analogy with Zelda and it is the same, Metroid was one great evolutionary iteration after another up until Wii. Sometimes, I wish Nintendo would stop seeking the "blue ocean" but would actually remember those who have the money and gave it to them to make them what they are today. They refuse and as a result, I drifted to PC gaming. My kids play the Wii U less and less opting for where their friends are, smart devices and western systems. Nintendo is slowly doing it to themselves. I really do not care how much their net worth is as Nintendo when I cannot play an updated iteration of their IP on advancing hardware.



xtndedPlay commented on The NES is Now 30 Years Old:

@bryce951 I can understand that it may have been a different situation for Europe and the UK than it was in the US. Our perspectives are separated by the Atlantic.

I do have an issue with you explaining your spelling of "centred" vs. "centered". Please do not feel you need to look down your nose at us in "the Colonies". While American English dialect and spelling is different from the UK we over here know that you did not misspell the word. You do not have to be an elitist about your use of the English language. It is the WORLD trade language and is spoken and written differently in every continent whether established by British colonialism or America as a world power. This is one of the best Nintendo sites out there and that is why we in the US like to come here. Don't ruin it for us.



xtndedPlay commented on The NES is Now 30 Years Old:

@bryce951 Speaking from the US perspective, as I child I clearly remember pretty much everyone my age talking about how awesome the NES was. I remember Nintendo Power's influence and huge electronics spaces in department stores and games stores dedicated to Nintendo. I remember kids sitting on the playground talking about their latest games and many nights going over to a friend's house specifically to rent a Nintendo game to play for late into the evening. Maybe it was my particular circle in the Plains and Midwest of the US but Nintendo DID have huge recognition. Much less was spoken about Sega until things really got rolling with Genesis. Atari was in its rapid decline and what you settled for if you could not get a Nintendo. There are many articles on it but yes, Nintendo, while not always the kindest and at times just plain cut-throat and savvy, did much if not the most to save the anemic video game industry and bring it back to forefront as a serious industry.



xtndedPlay commented on The NES is Now 30 Years Old:

My first memory as a gamer is sitting at a friend of my mother's house and being baby sat by it playing Super Mario Bros., World 1-2 while they prepared dinner. Favorite game... Dragon Warrior (that's the original US Dragon Quest for you youngsters). In those days they were so expensive my dad had to buy one at a Rent-A-Center and it came bundled with Super Mario Bros. & Duck Hunt with a zapper. So many memories... Happy Birthday NES!



xtndedPlay commented on Video: Ocarina of Time's Kakariko Village Gets...:

Lot's of criticism on this one. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I felt like it was a wonderful true HD update as opposed to Windwaker's bloomfest and it remains faithful to the original cartoon design. I would pay full price for a remake on this scale of Ocarina of Time.



xtndedPlay commented on Talking Point: Star Fox Zero's Delay Could Be ...:

There are many encouraging Nintendo fans on this post. Here is some reality to add to all of the fluff and sugar lauding Nintendo's efforts. I have owned every US console put out by Ninty and even was suckered into the N3DS XL after passing down my Ambassador 3DS to my son. I played Bravely Default on my N3DS until bored and now it collects dust. There have been zero N3DS games aside from Xenoblade Chronicles since its release to justify the purchase. We have fluffed the talk of the delay on Zelda and on Star Fox on here. The truth is we cannot keep making excuses. If it was not for my children playing Lego games on the Wii U, it also would be collecting dust as I play the platform the does continue to deliver, my PC. I am sorry but the truth is it will definitely be a wait and see attitude for me on NX. I doubt I am alone. Nintendo has rewarded their faithful fans with 3rd party brush off, lack of 1st party with albeit a laudable attempt to replace with Indies... not to mention huge game droughts on both consoles but more so on Wii U. RIP WiiU



xtndedPlay commented on Video: Lego Dimensions Story Trailer Features ...:

LEGO has a pretty strong "PULL" at our house with both toys and video games. With three boys who love the games and my own experience being they have some of the best games on the Wii U, This might be our first step into the toys-to-life dimension of gaming.

I shall now admit myself to the pun-itentiary



xtndedPlay commented on Industry Analysts Speculate On Nintendo's Futu...:

Great leaders know how to surround themselves with the right people in the right positions. Most of us older gamers and core gamers, if we are honest, miss the NES, SNES days. To replicate at least part of that, you need a CEO with sharp business acumen like Yamauchi. Like all of his deals or not, he was always looking out for Nintendo's financial future. That CEO needs to have scouts searching for blossoming talent. Miyamoto rose up to recognition and fame mostly under Yamauchi.

There is an element of micromanagement that must be left out at the creative level in order for IP like we cherish today to exist. It would be very difficult for a game creator made CEO like Miyamoto to back away from what he has been doing for decades in managing the teams. You have to have a hardware person that says such as Miyamoto did at times, "If we are going to make this game or this hardware, it really needs to have this in it. Make it happen."

In today's socially connected world, you find the relatable face you put them on the social media. Bill Trinen, comes to mind here. They are the messenger of the news good or different. Perhaps these are just my western world leadership ideas but. It makes sense. Let the person who knows business deal in business, let developers create and develop, and let the personality be the face of the company on the Directs, Twitter, etc.



xtndedPlay commented on We Can't Release Virtual Console Games Any Fas...:

This is why I feel mostly guiltless about PC emulation of old Nintendo games. That and the fact that I bought or rented most I play and payed much more to purchase them the first time while renting is close to their VC prices. Think of how many games are totally lost legally due to defunct hardware that plays the software, i.e. bad chips, dead battery packs, supply & demand inflation, etc. It is amazing my PC can emulate almost flawlessly but the architecture on my Wii U somehow needs it reproduced.



xtndedPlay commented on Nintendo Reportedly Pitched NX To Third Partie...:

In order to be able to compete in the PS4/XboxOne/smart device market with a launch within the next year or so Nintendo has to do one thing with the NX and that is make a flood of games immediately accessible to it. Whether that occurs through Android, Steam, or architecture and power combined with early porting through 3rd parties only Nintendo knows. Nintendo games alone will not be enough to make the NX viable due to the burns early adopters of both the Wii U and 3 DS are still nursing. Perhaps it is common knowledge to most gamers not to purchase a console within its first year of release. I have supported purchasing every console Nintendo has ever made as early as possible. That unlikely to happen again. I currently own a Wii U that sees more play from my children with Lego Games and a NN3DS with only one game that is currently matched to its hardware. This gamer is in "wait and see" mode with Nintendo.



xtndedPlay commented on Iwata Vows To Listen To E3 2015 Digital Event ...:

I think this was measured letdown. Nintendo knows they are overstretched with 3 developments going with NX, QOL and Smartphone. They know they effectively have little to show for a barely alive WiiU and New 3DS. 1 game, arguably two justifies the purchase of New 3DS if you count both Monster Hunter and Xenoblade Chronicles. Nintendo has "punted the ball" (US football) and appear to be trying to take measured damage while they set their defense.



xtndedPlay commented on First Impressions: Our Maiden Flight In Star F...:

I grew up on Nintendo. I really enjoyed Dragon Quest, Ninja Turtles, Bad Dudes. I saw life fade away from arcade to home consoles as we went from Tiger Heli in the local family restaurant to renting Nintendo games. SMB 3 and the Wizard were HUGE to us kid gamers. My friend had a Sega Genesis and I bashed him hard for it. A friend had PS 1 and then I saw Warhawk, Final Fantasy VII, Twisted Metal, Grand Tourismo, etc. I have owned at one time or another every single Nintendo console and sold or traded them. I have a Wii U and DS, 3 DS, New 3 DS mainly because I have children now and do not want them playing Doom and COD. I also own an Alienware PC. With the burns I have from Nintendo this generation that need treated, after their mishandling of Wii U and New 3 DS, I am just going to take longer to adopt anything from them here on out.

IMHO, Microsoft showed best this year with first parties that are actually releasing this year. Everyone is slobbering on Sony and for two years now I see a company that has been given so much money and "won" this console generation based almost solely upon hype. They have delivered few 1st party and cruised mainly upon multiplats. They went from saying they were all about gamers and receiving accolades to becoming increasingly more about broad entertainment with their system. Notice everyone slaughtered Microsoft for coming out that way and as they have come more back toward gamers the sales of Xbone rise? Gamers want a console with games to game. They want their beloved IP's to continue iteration with each generation and they would like to see new IP's from time to time but games, not TV stations, not Netflix, and not continued release delays. Not to be told when to play their games or what format whether digital or physical, not to be unable to share their experiences by loaning games to friends, just a console to play games.



xtndedPlay commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Plans for DLC and Mi...:

At one point, I purchased Nintendo products because they were not like everything else out there. If I wanted to pay for DLC garbage and not a complete game I would be playing WOW and have every installment of COD. I hope Nintendo learns quickly to go back to the Nintendo Seal of Quality way of doing things.



xtndedPlay commented on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U No Longer Set fo...:

In review, the latest news out of Nintendo is the merger with DeNA and blurb about the future development cycle (Which began immediately after the release of the Wii U) dubbed "NX". No Nintendo Direct to encourage hype for upcoming games, silence on Star Fox, silence on Metroid, and the game that was promised this year (and we have actually seen gameplay on) is pushed back to next year. Translation: Nintendo is over committed and under supported. Result: Sputtering Wii U, 3 DS coasting on an enormous backwards compatibility, current catalog, MHU4 and Xenoblade Chronicles. But what is missing? The same thing that has been missing, games.



xtndedPlay commented on Game Jam Tasks Developers With Creating A Zeld...:

I have an idea. I could come up with an IP based upon an idea I have and people fall in love with. Then over time people can come along and suggest I change my original IP to fit their personal agenda. Um no. We do not need a transgender Link to satisfy anyone. If you want to play an action/adventure puzzler game with a female lead then play Metroid, Tomb Raider, any of the other myriad of games with a female protagonist or that allow to choose one or come up with your own IP. This is about as ridiculous of thinking Master Chief, Kratos, or Mario should be a female so we can all feel better about ourselves.



xtndedPlay commented on Hands On: We Check Out The New Nintendo 3DS XL :

About the size. It is America and we like bigger note Texas, Super size value meals, Pickup Trucks and American Football. As far as getting a new one, my boys have my old DSes. Daddy needs an upgrade and Majora's or black are just fine for me.



xtndedPlay commented on New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Editions Already I...:

That the Mother Country would receive this before us in the Colonies is simply too much. Maybe it will be an Ambassador XL when the US finally hears about it? We would also be content if it came pre-loaded Xenoblade Chronicles. Bill Trinen are you listening?!



xtndedPlay commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Outlines Core Nintendo Philos...:

I have owned all of the systems at one time or another from Atari 2600 up to current Gen. I have played them on black & white TV's. Maybe it is because I spent most of my time during formative years with Nintendo, but I have to tell you the games I want to go back to even decades later, are Nintendo games. That has to come from somewhere. That is not to say I did not enjoy games on others systems. We can speak sales numbers and units moved. There is importance to the business in those facts. I think one day, a child is going to access NES games and fall in love the way we all did. I just have a difficult time seeing that with the other systems and their franchises.

Now, I have three boys of my own. They have access to PC, smartphone, and tablet gaming. They consistently enjoy gaming on the Wii U or DS more.



xtndedPlay commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Patch The Controversial ...:

Those of you old enough to remember the first Mario Kart games will remember that they all have had exploits. Think about it, the original drift, the turbo boost from the starting line by timing the second light, the shortcuts on tracks where you could use Lakitu to turn you around and have it count for a lap or jumping corners of the course, the first monster truck arena where you could jump just right and skip half of the track. Before the hand-holding days of today racers learned these tricks and glitches and used them to their advantage. It was part of the game. We also "trash talked our friends in the living room" We did not cry for a patch to everything. How in the world did us gamers ever beat games in the 80's? No infinite lives, having to start over when you die, learning and memorizing cheat codes and save codes, we even had buy game magazines for tricks and cheats and if you were really stumped had to call Nintendo's expensive 1-900 number to get a game hint. I hate to say it but this generation is soft with their patches, hours of tutorials, gamefaqs and youtube walkthroughs, and game news all over the place. Just play and enjoy the game and if you learn a cool new trick, pound your friend with it. If you are really nice, teach it to them so they stand a chance against you and can teach their friends something new.



xtndedPlay commented on Super Smash Bros. Hitting 3DS This Summer, Wii...:

Translation: Nintendo does not have a rich enough line up for the Wii U to release Smash when it should be. It is therefore being held as THE holiday game to purchase and hopefully, a system seller. Maybe, if the game were a new Metroid, A truly new Zelda, Pokemon, or something like Starfox, Mega Man, Final Fantasy or a surprise from Miswalker, but Smash is too niche. If it would have been possible to switch up Smash and Mario Kart 8, that probably would have been the better Christmas system seller. It just seems like bad strategy... yet again! The only consoling thought for Wii U is keeping in mind how difficult the transition was for Playstation and Microsoft to the HD era and hoping that eventually, Nintendo will hit its stride. PS and Microsoft had 3rd party propping them up though,and while Indy is the fad for now, I see that fad waning not to distantly in the future.



xtndedPlay commented on Sonic Boom:

I can see Naughty Dog's former members fingerprints all over this and that is a good thing! Listening to the voices and seeing the limited gameplay and levels reminds me of "Jak and Daxter". "Uncharted" is good in an Indiana Jones/National Treasure way but "Jak and Daxter" really nailed the adventure genre. It was funny and a little zany and that made it special.



xtndedPlay commented on Report Suggests That June Could Be Crucial For...:

People see the value of having a game developer as the President of a company and I think that is a bad idea. It was under Nintendo's previous president that we witnessed the height of NES and SNES. He was a businessmen who had an incredible acumen to see the future of the marketplace. Let a businessman run the business and let amazing developers develop. If anyone deserves to run Nintendo based upon developer performance it is Shigeru Miyamoto. Do we see him doing that?

IMHO what Nintendo needs to do is hire their own Mark Cerny and work hard at a new generation in R&D for release ASAP! Maybe that would be a great job for Shiggy or Iwata as Cerny is a programmer at heart as well. Sony wants to sell hardware, and understand games do that so they asked developers what they wanted in the console to be willing to develop for them and the resulting architecture of the PS4 reflects that. Nintendo needs to do that and combine their console model to be a truly portable model that handles all of the features of the home console proficiently. As of right now, the current Nintendo architecture on the Wii U is not one developers want to use regardless of power of the console. Nintendo also needs to market better, sooner, and bring all of its features into compatibility with what Sony and MS offers including a unilateral account system with the games tied to it. I just emulate games on my PC I have already purchased. Why in the world would I buy a game for $5-$15 (US) I paid $40 for in the NES <, two or three times over to play on my Wii/U, DS/3DS? I am not. I would gladly transfer the account to the new devices though. I really like Nintendo games and was one of their biggest fanboys growing up in the 80's and 90's, but as of late I tire of the battle when I am completely unarmed by the company.



xtndedPlay commented on Review: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Pas...:

i have to agree with most of the posts that this game was and is still a favorite of mine of all time, across all systems including Sony, MS. I like the weapon gating formula of the older Zelda games. It is part of the game I have grown to enjoy and expect. It is the one little hint in the massive problem-solver that you can count on, "If I find that new weapon I know what it takes to defeat the boss." You know though, the new one aLBW captures that feeling felt in the original LoZ where you could tackle the dungeons in any order you dared to. I remember the rupee runs to pickup the magic armor early or obtaining the Master Sword early and whizzing through the rest of the dungeons. Those are neat and as great as aLttP was, it does not easily allow similar moves.



xtndedPlay commented on PS4 and Xbox One Surpass Wii U Lifetime Sales ...:

@Goginho I do not know the stats on early Wii U failure rates but it was definitely an issue for Nintendo as well. I am in the US and bought mine Black Friday last year and it bricked during the Day 1 update. 2 weeks later I received it back and it has worked great ever since. It seems to be a normal launch issue anymore. Companies just don't know for certain until they have many systems unleashed in the wild.