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I think you forgot other important facts that are making Steam sucessful: the gestion of online friends, the games old and new that carry on machine after machine, the number of machines that can have steam installed with the same account, the cloud saves for settings and game save, family sharing, offline mode, the achievements etc... Also Steam is free, no subscription.
Steam is a beast
6 days ago on What if Nintendo’s New Subscription Service were like Steam?
Good stuff. After seeing the New 3DS similarity with the Gamepad I am pretty sure the next handheld will be able to act as a Gamepad. Iwata also hinted that he would like the next gen of Nintendo machines to be a family of devices à la Apple bound by one OS. Therefore some of the suggestions from the developers here will definitely happen OS wise.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on What Do Game Developers Want From A Future Next Generation Nintendo Handheld?
Otherwise an Advance Wars U by Intelligent Systems with solo and online multiplayer
2 months ago on Battalion Wars Was A Missed Opportunity For Wii U
Great interview thanks. I don't mind the trickling down of VC titles but I do find the prices outrageous especially without features like cross play and cross save.
2 months ago on Former Nintendo Executive Dan Adelman Discusses Nintendo’s Culture, Third Party Support, Virtual Console, And More
@playboypacquiao Next Nintendo console is said to absorb Wii U architecture though so
it's not really being screwed in the ass. Also these fantastic games we
played and the ones to come in 2015 and beyond made it worth owning this
2 months, 4 weeks ago on AMD Working on x86 or ARM Chip for New 2016 Game Console
I would add Nintendo Land on that list
3 months ago on Gamestop Memo: Captain Falcon, Little Mac, and Pit Also Discontinued
goty confirmed XD
3 months, 1 week ago on uWordsmith Dated For Wii U eShop, European Release Planned
LoL and imagine how is it going to be when these amiibo will on top of that get an interesting functionality
3 months, 1 week ago on Are Amiibo the new Beanie Babies?
I will get Xenoblade, Starfox, Splatoon, Zelda and Devil Third. I might get more if my son requests it.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Wii U\’s 2015 Is Going To Be Legendary
Wonder Red as a DLC and also as an amiibo please!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Sakurai: Duck Hunt’s Role in Smash, Uncertain Future of DLC, 8-Player Attempted in Melee
@bassment_boy I personally can wait! If there's only one game I don't want them to rush then that's this one.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Good And The Bad Of The Legend Of Zelda Wii U
nice Q&A thanks
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Your Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Questions Answered
Yep this Christmas on home consoles and handheld is for Nintendo. Proud and loud Reggie as you should be.
4 months, 1 week ago on Reggie On The Upcoming Holiday Season
@chrisf86 Yeah that we want it or not, I think that if Nintendo doesn't come up with a traditional use of NFC figurines then it won't catch fire.
Kids don't care about leveling up an Amiibo they can't play as. Kids need to be able to play the character they bought. And adults don't really like cheap DLCs. If Nintendo is only aiming at core Nintendo fans then I am not sure it will be that successful. Kids are the one Nintendo needs to seduce if it want to make profit with Amiibos.
I just hope Amiibo won't be another money down the drain for Nintendo. I hope there is better plan/use of Amiibo coming soon.
4 months, 1 week ago on Double Take: The Future Of Amiibo
I wouldn't mind special versions offering normal postures without plastic stands.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Nintendo Survey Teases Special Edition Amiibo
Sad part is for all we know these screenshots might not even be from the Wii U version :(
No DLC ok maybe whatever (remember Lego Marvel no DLC too on Wii U :/)
but no online and full price?
#$%@ off Ubi
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Double Take: Watch Dogs On Wii U Is A Terrible Deal – And That’s A Pity
@atran4692 and more importantly untie our game saves from our consoles
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Nintendo Gears Up For eShop Update Featuring Pre-Download
nice to hear multiple opinions
5 months ago on Second Opinion: Hyrule Warriors
I loved Actraiser and Secret of Mana too but still a very good list
8 months, 1 week 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
8 months, 2 weeks 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?
8 months, 2 weeks 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.
9 months, 1 week 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
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Miyamoto: We're Already Working on the Next System Update
I trust Nintendo and Aonuma to come up with something entertaining
9 months, 2 weeks 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
9 months, 3 weeks 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.
9 months, 3 weeks 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 :(
9 months, 4 weeks ago on Store 3DS Saves On PC With Save Bank
nevermind I just saw it's 2 different publisher :$
10 months, 1 week 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
10 months, 2 weeks 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.
11 months 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?
11 months ago on Child of Light Review for Wii U
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.
11 months 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.
11 months, 1 week 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?
11 months, 2 weeks ago on The Score: Is The Wii U Going Through Another Game Drought?
Oh shovel knight!
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Two Brothers for Wii U Hoping to Hit eShop Late July
Stop teasing us! :3
11 months, 4 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!
12 months 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.
12 months ago on Rumour: Mario Kart 8 to Feature Four Player Grand Prix
cool video thanks for sharing
1 year ago on Video: A Look Back At The Magnificent Virtual Boy
This looks and feels nice!
1 year 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?
1 year, 1 month 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!
1 year, 1 month 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
1 year, 1 month 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)
1 year, 1 month 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
1 year, 1 month ago on What Sonic Boom Could Mean for the Wii U