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I loved Actraiser and Secret of Mana too but still a very good list
3 months ago on Top Ten Super Nintendo Games
@ModernSamuraiJay @maneauleau good let us know when you get around it. I have yet to buy any of these, I am committed to finish the other games I own before
3 months ago on Why Armillo is Better Value than Shovel Knight - Indie Corner Feature
what about guacamelee?
@SnappyJon_ @maneauleau Yeah the Vita has almost more Ubisoft games than the 3DS and recent titles made it to the Vita but not the 3DS so I am not sure what's happening there?
3 months, 1 week ago on Ubisoft Offer Confident Outlook On Wii U's Turn-Around
So, as it's been mentioned before, if the number of consoles sold is their excuse for not releasing games, what's their excuse for not making games for the 3DS then?
Only one comment, Aonuma is a tease and will always be one :D He is making all of us running around like headless chickens.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Aonuma Teases Multiplayer in Zelda for Wii U
Real accounts, cross buy, cross save, cloud save, no region lock.
Allow us to pre-download, pre-install. Folders.
VC update with GC, N64, NeoGeo, Nec PC engine etc
4 months ago on Miyamoto: We're Already Working on the Next System Update
I trust Nintendo and Aonuma to come up with something entertaining
4 months, 1 week ago on Zelda Wii U May "Reconstruct The Idea of Puzzle Solving Within The Zelda Universe"
@AndyWhitefield @maneauleau hehe happy you leave the trollish comments free for grab for the readers :p
4 months, 1 week ago on Nintendo Digital Event To Last Just Thirty Minutes?
The good thing, whether this 30 minutes prove accurate or not, is that we know that this year they won't spend much time on 3rd parties :3
Thank you Emily for this article. As always, I don't agree with it all but you are right on so many points and since you always presents your points neutrally and back them up with figures it's always good. I always like that your articles are different from the general press. You always dig up stuff that make sense and that are waiting to be dug up but at the same time if you were not speaking about it it feels like nobody would speak about it. I like that your articles always get us to pause and think for a moment. Keep up the good work.
I often read and consider that Nintendo is the Pixar of videogames, or I should say, since Nintendo is the oldest, that Pixar is the Nintendo of animation because both are able to create products which have different layers of complexity and therefore appeal to lots of different kind of people. They both use colourful and attractive worlds as wrappings and inside there is something to consume and this something is not hollow and have lot of taste going on if you pay attention. It reminds me a bit of the old fables and mythologies story telling where they used animals or fantastic stories as attractive wrapping but underneath there was also always a morale, a lesson etc... I wonder if the main male target audience of the console makers like Pixar movies or not?
I love to be able to play a game with my 5 year old son like Mario Kart for example then my wife either tags in or watch us with interest. If I play on my own I can then go for the hardest challenges in the game, trying to unlock everything or go for online races. In the video game industry, I think it's safe to say that only Nintendo
is able to deliver this kind of products. The rest of the industry is
either good at niche stuff or specific genres but not at stuff the whole family can sit together and enjoy. Believe me this is priceless. I hope Nintendo is going to continue to produce games which can potentially appeal to everybody while of course also creating some games more targeted at young male or women or whoever they like. But if they give up making products appealing to everybody it would be a sad day for me.
At a time where pleasing the main male audience requires longer and longer development costs and time (look at all the delays this year) since it's all based on realistic graphics, while the retail prices quickly decrease. All this increase the risks of losing lot of money when it flops so it seems indeed a valuable alternative to go after women which are not so stuck up on graphic quality so long there is something interesting behind (this said all the gamers should be like that, unfortunately this is not the case). The same is often true with the cinema, films with lots of special effects but often very hollow are popular and often targeted at the male audience.
And this is why Nintendo is popular with women, because while they tried to fight the graphic technological battle (up until the gamecube), they also always had polished games and always tried to strive for a good gameplay as well. And since the Wii/DS with Iwata they have now stopped the technological race and only focused on differentiating themselves while trying to maintain the gameplay first philosophy. And thanks God for that, who needs 3 identical consoles?!
By the way you didn't mention gay people, I am not sure if it's because there are no figures or if you didn't want to addressed that topic in this particular article? Anyway I think it's relevant and I wouldn't be surprised if the proportion of gay people playing video games are higher at Nintendo than other console makers but of course it's just a feeling.
And you are right with QoL, that blue ocean Iwata is going after is women, at least it makes sense to me too. And indeed if you get the married woman, you potentially get the husband and the kids too.
I would like to write more but then it wouldn't be a comment anymore, (it's already not I know). Sorry for the unstructured wall of text and take care of yourself.
4 months, 1 week ago on Young Women Decide The Future Of Nintendo
I need something similar for Wii U but unfortunately saves from a Wii U will only work on that Wii U. So if you need to replace your Wii U you can't transfer your saving data :(
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Store 3DS Saves On PC With Save Bank
nevermind I just saw it's 2 different publisher :$
5 months ago on Kirby: Triple Deluxe Inhales the Competition in This Week's UK Software Charts
I wonder why if it's an all format there is a differentiation between Minecraft ps3 and xbox 360
Seems to be a big improvement when viewed on a mobile too
5 months ago on Nintendo's Main Websites for North America Gets a Much Needed Feature Update and Sleek New Look
@KennyJ @maneauleauthat's fine I meant more having to buy several game to do the complete story.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Video: Why the Hell Is Cult County's Kickstarter Failing
For me it's the word episodes that ruined it. I hate to see episodes in a video game. After Shenmue 3 that never released and the walking dead fiasco of not finishing the story until the rest is released ... I don't like it. Give me a full game or don't. Especially seeing how this struggle, they were hopeful for more episodes...
Hi, any off-tv play or gamepad specificity?
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Child of Light Review
A Metroid game in VR hmmm . But I think this technology is too young/costly for Nintendo for now. I don't think we'll see it happen soon with Ninty, which I don't mind at all. And this technology still has to prove itself worthy although I know lately it's getting close from what we can hear in the media.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on The Score: Should Nintendo Do Virtual Reality?
Nice article. I am now playing Zombi U and I have to admit that despite some minor flaws, it is truely a nice experience, a fine horror survival game, more exciting than current Resident Evils. Also what it does with the gamepad is really good. I am especially impress with the sound management and I wish every Nintendo game had the same sound options as a standard.
6 months ago on Why Wii Need Ubisoft
The "drought" actually allows me to tackle on my other unfinished games such as Zombi U, Rayman Legends and Fist of the NorthStar.
And even if I had finished these 3, I could then focus on finishing at 100% SM3DW, DKCTF, TW101 and NintendoLand.
On the other hand I am dad working and studying and I also play on PC sometimes so I may not be the best person to comment on this. I could imagine that someone with lots of spare time and relying heavily on the Wii U for his gaming could be a bit frustrated?
6 months, 1 week ago on The Score: Is The Wii U Going Through Another Game Drought?
Oh shovel knight!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Two Brothers for Wii U Hoping to Hit eShop Late July
Stop teasing us! :3
6 months, 2 weeks ago on FAST Racing Neo & Art of Balance Using Shin'en's 2nd Gen Wii U Engine
April's fool on 2nd April is like cheating! That's it I called it!
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Nintendo's Talks with Crytek Is Sprouting TimeSplitters 4, GungHo Enters Partnership with Nintendo [April Fools]
I am famous lol!
I don't mind you quoting me at all :P I just hope I don't get nobody in trouble but I am sure they were aware of what they were doing when they told me, although I can see they deleted the related tweets now lol.
I really hope it's true because for me it was the biggest flaw of the wii version the fact that you couldn't play with 2 players in the grand prix mode.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Rumour: Mario Kart 8 to Feature Four Player Grand Prix
cool video thanks for sharing
7 months, 1 week ago on Video: A Look Back At The Magnificent Virtual Boy
This looks and feels nice!
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Ex-Arkedo Developer Hoping to Bring "The Next Penelope", F-Zero Inspired Racer to Wii U
I thought about this a bit more I am now really wondering about what it really means for us Wii U owners?
Does it mean that the new
system will be backwards compatible with the Wii U?
Does it mean that
my Wii U digital library of games will be available on the next system?
Does it mean both?
Shouldn't Iwata be more clear on what it entails so that Wii U
owners can happily spend some money knowing it won't be wasted with next
system? Same with the money spent in the eShop for those who like to go digital frenzy.
Any thoughts Emily?
8 months ago on Iwata: Future Nintendo System Will Absorb Wii U Architecture Adequately
@Paleselan me too but discounted because by then there were many games to play. Had they released it as planned I would have paid full price because at that time the drought was full on!
8 months ago on Digital Foundry "Wii U Rayman Legends Is The Definitive Version"
Shit Japanese seems much more advantageous in regards with writing long meaningful tweets with only 140 characters :3
8 months, 1 week ago on Rumor: Is SEGA Showing a New Shining Game at Nintendo Direct?
Funny thing is that even more details or dates for known titles such as Bayo2 or X or Smash Bros already really raise my hype and impatience.
But the funnier thing is that this doesn't even include the prospect of new titles being shown or announced!
SUPER HYPE GET!
(sorry couldn't resist to bring my contribution to try and raise the level of the special chemical substance produced by the brain of Nintendo fans before each Nintendo event)
8 months, 1 week ago on Tomorrow's Nintendo Direct Will Be About as Long as the E3 2013 Nintendo Direct
I am with you on that one. I just hope we don’t get disappointed
8 months, 1 week ago on What Sonic Boom Could Mean for the Wii U
Is that real AE games ? Sound like a pun to EA games :o
8 months, 1 week ago on AE Games Announces Exclusive Wii U Support, Calls Out Other Third-Parties
Fantastic work guys, it's a breeze to see lots of different games coming for Wii U
8 months, 1 week ago on 120+ Upcoming Wii U Indie Games: Nintendo's Indie Strategy Is Paying Off, Transforming Wii U
A lot of aLttP inspirations! Consciously or subconsciously, in any art form the classics always inspire :3
8 months, 1 week ago on Action-Adventure / Action RPG Wii U Indie Games
come on don't hype me like that will ya? :3
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Nintendo Scheduling Wii U & 3DS Maintenance This Monday
Mario is not selling as well in the west because these days there are many other alternatives. Western kids like skylanders, lego and
minecraft games and many other things as well. And probably if they have 3DS or DS or Wii they already have a mario, so parents don't feel like paying another 300 bucks to play a mario again.
PS: I have a Wii U with SM3DW : I like mario games.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Miyamoto: We Released Enough First Party Games On Wii U, Children Didn’t Convince Parents To Buy Wii U
This is definitely the Nintendo we need. And I keep hoping Wii U owners will be able to transfer their library easily. As I tweeted before, in a sense this Wii U commercial flop is good for them (and us) since it allows them to experiment much more than if it was a success. And also force them to rethink their future.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Iwata: Future Nintendo System Will Absorb Wii U Architecture Adequately
- I am looking forward to Hyper Light Drifter because the pixel art, the atmosphere and the sound tracks are purely amazing. I can't wait!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmMosNHhyxI
- Number 2 is Shovel Knight because it's an old school megamanmetroidvania with lots of new ideas and lots of fun
8 months, 2 weeks ago on The Score: Which Indie Game Are You Most Looking Forward to and Why?
They should acquire lots of good mid size western and Japanese developments studio and companies dealing with network and online infrastructure.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Satoru Iwata: Nintendo May Consider Mergers And Acquisitions As Future Options
This gets me very excited! Now the waiting game starts :3
8 months, 3 weeks ago on An Account-Based Future Suggests You'll Never Have to Rebuy Nintendo Software Again
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Super Indie Connection Wii U Sale Starts Today on Nintendo eShop
Sounds very interesting and innovative but it's hard for me to back such a thing without seeing first some tangible media
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Kickstarter - Space Pioneer IS Coming to Wii U *UPDATED*
If this game doesn't prove to be a deception then even though I am not so much into car games I will get it just to show support and appreciation. And who knows I might even have fun with it.
9 months ago on A Slightly Mad Interview with Andy Tudor of Project CARS for Wii U
so no online multiplayer right?
9 months, 1 week ago on F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition Launches Today for Wii U, Taking Advantage of the Wii U Hardware
Thanks Emily, I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is truely a master piece. So much similarities with the WiiU it's striking.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on A Dolphin’s Tale: The Story of GameCube
"No working parent with real problems wants to play video games with their children" As a working parent I beg to differ, the other way around is the norm meaning every sensible parent want to play with their children. And parent with problems is redundant, the minute you become a parent you have a life long problem ahead :)
10 months, 1 week ago on Nintendo’s Obsession With Finding One Game That Can Sell Consoles
Iwata is a CEO which understands gaming and game making and I think this is invaluable. I don't think there are other CEO with that statute in the industry? You should see how he resists investors which are trying to push for Nintendo going on mobile phones or asking why they don't fire employees. He is actually a follower of the Yamauchi ideology so I am not sure what are the reproaches?
Great article and great research, that quote from that Seattle Times interview from 2003 is worth gold. There is a lot of truth as always, and I definitely agree they are doing too much of Mario rehashing but I would like to add some comments.
I think for now they stick to the '3DS' plan: release Mario 3D world, then Mario Kart then Smash and see where it takes them. They are thinking it worked for the 3DS, why couldn't it work for the WiiU? They play it safe.
And also look at sales figures of the new IPs like Wonderful 101 and the 3rd parties title. They bombed pretty hard so somehow I don't think Nintendo wants to invest more money into these other genres yet. Bayonetta 2 will be indeed another test. (I am personally so excited for X.)
The Golden Eye example is great but it is also flawed because when it was released there was barely any multi-player FPS on consoles. So this title was successful because it was at the same time, a novelty, a technical prowess and the gameplay was great.
But in this genre and other sports or simulations genres you mentioned, to be successful these days the trend is to rely heavily on graphics which is very expensive and also you need the hardware. So in a sense Nintendo is right and just can't compete on these.
I would love for them to give some love to their other IPs like Metroid, Starfox and F-Zero.
I think there are two things at play here: first is Nintendo wants to attract the 100 millions Wii owners to the Wii U.
And so this cameleoning of products is done on purpose because even if it confuses people or if people make a mistake in the shop at least they get in contact with the "new" Wii.
The second things is that at the same time Nintendo has an obligation to show the GamePad now and then because it's also part of the Wii U. You can not not show or mention it. They will be fine once the flow of good games is on a better pace.
But I agree with you, I think Nintendo biggest mistakes with the Wii U rather than their hardware or lack of games or lack of modernity in their approach. It's in their marketing and branding that slowed Wii U down.
11 months ago on Advertising Two Main Controllers In Your TV Commercials Intimidates People From Wii U