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  • Nintendo terminating Wii and DS online services

  • Mono_X 27/02/2014

    I see the haters have come out to play tiday.

    If Nintendo had announced an intention to support these servers for another 10 years: The same haters would be saying no one plays Nintendo games online and that the online service is a dinosaur and Nintendo should shut the servers down because they need to save cash because they're so short on funds........
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  • Stories with dice: the thrill of old-school D&D

  • Mono_X 18/01/2014

    @Transmission89

    I agree that the article is definitely biased. It also seems written entirely from the GM's perspective with regards to what is a 'better' way to play. Which can cause a major disconnect with players.

    And I'm going to recommend Savage Worlds test-drive rules which can be had for free at www.peginc.com.
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  • Microsoft considered removing the Xbox One's disc drive after E3

  • Mono_X 03/01/2014

    Anyone trying to compare a console to a mobile phone or PC regarding having no disc drive doesn't really understand the reality of the business side of these products.

    A PC or mobile phone are products in their own right and are basically sold at a profit independent of the content that will be sold on them.

    Consoles are generally sold at little or no profit - it's games that make the profit (this applies equally to manufacturer, distributor and retailer).
    So if a retailer can't sell games to make a profit they won't bother selling a console unless they get a MUCH better profit margin.

    This means:
    A) The manufacturer would have to sell the console onto the retail chain at lower price (and has to eat the losses themselves - unlikely considering they are already running close to losses).

    B) The price to the consumer would have to be increased. I reckon this would add a good 100 to the price of a console. THIS is why the PSPGO was more expensive than a normal PSP. This option would alienate a lot of people.

    Until a new kind of business model appears, physical games won't be disappearing.
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  • Christmas storms flood No Man's Sky dev Hello Games

  • Mono_X 02/01/2014

    'and a retro console collection were all lost'

    Oww. :cry:
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  • Christmas NiGHTS Into Dreams retrospective

  • Mono_X 22/12/2013

    I think Christmas NiGHTS was the first game that I saw that had time-related content. Reply +6
  • Bayonetta 2 producer moans of "pedantic port-begging" from fans

  • Mono_X 12/12/2013

    Well, if anyone is unhappy that Bayonetta 2 is a Wii U exclusive, they can phone up Platinum and offer to fund it themselves and release it on any platform they want. Reply +9
  • The 3DS Miiverse won't allow private messages or friend requests

  • Mono_X 17/11/2013

    @MPuzzlemanLives

    Sales are vanity, profit is sanity.
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  • Mono_X 17/11/2013

    @MPuzzlemanLives

    http://bgr.com/2013/10/31/sony-earnings-q2-2013/

    So we've established in Q2 that.....

    Nintendo lost $81 million
    Sony lost $192 million
    Xbox loses about $500 million?
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  • Mono_X 17/11/2013

    @MPuzzlemanLives

    No they lost money in Q2 which is July to September, Nintendo make all their money in Q3.

    Switched to talking about the PS4? Given up on arguing for MS? Salty!

    I'm sure the PS4 will sell plenty of hardware, whether translate into sustainable profit for them is matter of time.
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  • Mono_X 17/11/2013

    @MPuzzlemanLives

    So you're response to my links showing MS losing billions is to show links of Nintendo losing less money than MS? LOL
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  • Mono_X 17/11/2013

    @MPuzzlemanLives

    I've got some links too, from less than 2 weeks ago. It's been reported that MS are hiding their Xbox losses by grouping it with the profits they make from android patents. It looks like they're losing to the tune of $2 billion a year on Xbox in reality.

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-11-07-huge-xbox-losses-hidden-by-patent-royalties-says-analyst

    http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-earns-2-billion-per-year-from-android-patent-royalties-2013-11
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  • Mono_X 16/11/2013

    @MPuzzlemanLives

    Shrinking market or not, the 3DS is still outselling every other piece of dedicated hardware out there currently.

    And it's ironic when you talk about Nintendo having to rely on the 3DS for profit. When both Sony and MS are currently incapable of making any profit from their hardware at all and have to rely on their other divisions to prop them up.
    Now that's truly embarrassing.
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  • Mono_X 16/11/2013

    @MPuzzlemanLives

    Ostensibly, this thread is about the 3DS which is currently the best selling hardware in the world and has a chance to sell more this Christmas than everything else combined.

    And by your own logic, Sony have been finished for the last 2 years. Perhaps you could provide a chart for the PSV?
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  • Mono_X 16/11/2013

    @MPuzzlemanLives
    '"Customers do not want online games" - Satoru Iwata 2004.'

    Yep, before going on and selling a measly quarter of billion pieces of hardware.....
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  • Mono_X 16/11/2013

    Nothing like a Nintendo story to bring out the haters. Reply 0
  • Sony's wider problems heap pressure on PS4

  • Mono_X 31/10/2013

    It's the game that is important, all the hardware brands are essentially worthless.

    The PS2 was the most popular console of all time, but its brand didn't help sell the PS3 which has to date sold half as much.
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  • The strongest next-gen line-up from the unlikeliest source

  • Mono_X 26/10/2013

    @MPuzzlemanLives

    'Wheres the new IP's like the Souls Series, Red Dead Redemption, Uncharted, Mirrors Edge, Dragon's Dogma etc. etc.'

    Only Uncharted is a 1st party title. The rest are all 3rd Party.

    There was plenty of new IP on the Wii if you include 3rd Party.
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  • Mono_X 26/10/2013

    @dogmanstaruk

    'if not I will pop out and pick up a new one this afternoon while out shopping. Bound to get one at a fairly reasonable price. The frustrating thing is I believe my digital purchases, and online account are restricted to the knackered machine.'


    Definitely contact Nintendo customer services first, your machine is still under warranty and they will replace it free of charge and transfer all digital purchases (you may need to back up saves though) and IIRC they should extend the warranty for another 12 months.
    In my experience Nintendo customer services have been excellent.
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  • PS4's DualShock 4 can plug into PS3 and play some games

  • Mono_X 22/10/2013

    So the PS3 has ......... forward compatibility?

    Now just give backward compatibility with the PS3 on the PS4! LOL :P
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  • Letter from America: why Wii U isn't selling

  • Mono_X 22/10/2013

    @man.the.king
    'but present YOUR prediction of both PS4 and XB1 NOT being able to provide diversity in games as a fact - that's....not very consistent.'

    OK, lets use EA as a example - 2nd biggest publisher in the world.

    In 2007 across all consoles and handhelds EA published 35 different games.

    in 2012 it was 19

    So far in 2013 it's 9, AFAIK only the new NFS and BF4 are left to be released by EA so that takes it up to 11.

    That's pretty grim reading no matter how you try and spin it.

    Activision is a 'little' better.

    2007; 12 games
    2012; 17 games
    2013; 6 so far + COD (any more?) = 7

    It's pretty obvious that objectively there's been a decline in the variety of games released in the past few years, I've seen nothing to show that this is going to reverse.

    'As long as I get the variety of games I want, I see NO reason for me to stop supporting the PS/XBox platforms.'

    It doesn't matter what YOU subjectively consider to be diversity - for example; if you love playing FPS and nothing else, there's plenty of diversity. But if you're a fan of arcade racing games (like me), the choices are pretty slim nowadays (your 'diverse' list of games included no racers whatsoever).

    'On the Nintendo console platform, unfortunately, all the games I keep on seeing them pushing have either Mario or Zelda in the title, a few times Luigi. And many of them seem to be HD remakes going at full price. Not very encouraging in my view.

    As far as sheer number of diverse games go, for me, therefore, the PS/XBox console platforms win.'

    That's because you're choosing to not look very hard.

    'From your repeated criticism of the PS/XBox platforms, and repeated defense of the Nintendo platform, you obviously like the Nintendo exclusive games. More power to you.'

    I don't deny I like some of the exclusive games on Nintendo platforms. But I also like some of the exclusive games on the PS3 (Xbox 360 not so much lol - only PGR and Crackdown) too and they have been very good fun, but the PS3 has seen a decline from the glory days of the PS2. If you're content with that, well more power to you.

    'But please don't insist that I must like the same endless parade of 2 or 3 characters in games as you.'

    *Sigh* I'm going to have to dig out my Wii collection - laters!
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  • Mono_X 22/10/2013

    @man.the.king
    'However, that's ignoring the fact that, even before this generation has begun, both the PS4 and the XB1 seem to be doing rather well.'

    How can something be doing well before before it's even out? This is just hype driven supposition.

    'While diversity may have dwindled, COMPARATIVELY & RELATIVELY, I got both diversity and new games and characters, across the PlayStation and XBox platforms, while I DON'T get that on the Nintendo platforms.'

    OK, what I've been saying is that game diversity has been dwindling and will continue to do in the next few years. If a game that sells 3+ million copies cannot break even on it's costs, then something is seriously wrong. People have been warning of the death of the middle tier of games on console for a while now. It's likely that the PS4 & Xbox One will drive push this eventuality even further.

    If you comparing the diversity of PS3 & 360 games to the Wii: There's plenty of diversity on the Wii to match. IKf you REALLY want I could make a list.
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  • Mono_X 21/10/2013

    @man.the.king
    'Going by the state of things currently, I don't think there is even a sliver of a chance of either manufacturer (Sony or Microsoft) dropping out (barring some catastrophe).'

    Obviously you're unaware of the situations with both companies. Let's start with Sony.

    When they released the PS3, it lost them so much money that it obliterated the combined profit of the PS1 & PS2. The PSP never really made a profit and the PSV is not looking good. The result is that SCE is basically running at total loss currently.
    This wouldn't be so bad, but the rest of Sony is also in a bad way losing market share all the time (to Samsung in particular). Sony had to sell one of its HQ's in the US and all its shares in 3M to raise operating capital to keep the company going. Sony is in a pretty unstable position.

    And now MS. Microsoft has never really made a profit from consoles, the original Xbox lost MS $10 billion and even with the 360 I'm not sure if the E&D division made that back. Now we have the launch of the Xbox One. To put it into perspective when Sony launched the 425 PS3 it was after having the PS2 - the most popular console of all time, which sold the most games of all time and have the best market share of all time, yet none of this helped the PS3.
    Now the Xbox One is proving deeply unpopular, has none of the advantages Sony had and costs 430.... Do you truly believe it's not going to be rough for MS.
    And let's look at the rest of MS, Win8 is not selling to expectations, the Surface is a disaster and Windows Phone is a joke. MS need to get its house in order, something's got to give in the future and E&D might be on the chopping block.


    'I must have imagined playing games like blah blah blah.'

    Maybe you imagined something, but you certainly didn't read my comment properly. Let me repeat it succinctly:

    'just compare PS2 to anything else.'

    The PS2 had the most diverse catalogue of games of all time, the PS3 and 360 just don't compare, there were 10,000+ games on the PS2. Games diversity has dwindled since the PS2. It's dwindled in the last few years as well.
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  • Mono_X 21/10/2013

    @man.the.king

    'I don't care about any of that.

    You see, I'm a gamer. A consumer. Not a shareholder.'

    But this entire argument about the Wii U has been about sales and talk about sales is pretty pointless without talking about profit.
    If you spend loads of cash on a console only to see the manufacturer drop you wouldn't be happy. Which brings me to:

    'I care about the newest, most diverse, varied, superlative experiences. And those I can get by investing in the PS4 + XB1.'

    Yeah....... good luck with that, those 2 consoles are probably going to have the least diverse games catalogues of all time. Diversity in gaming has been dwindling for years, just compare PS2 to anything else.
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  • Mono_X 20/10/2013

    @djkav
    'The PS4 will be in profit with 1 game and a PSN sub.'

    I did not know that about PSN+.
    So basically Sony are holding online play for ransom behind a paywall to subsidize the PS4.

    This is a level of devious cost hiding that MS would be proud of.
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  • Upgrade Deus Ex: Human Revolution on PC for cheap

  • Mono_X 14/10/2013

    @Malek86

    Shopto has the Wii U version for 22 & 20 on the PS3.
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  • Nintendo 2DS review

  • Mono_X 12/10/2013

    @dogmanstaruk
    'Nah mate, it has been struggling a bit. Seems a bit roller coaster. One minute it appears to be ahead, then behind.'

    The reason for this is; the 3DS has been having better sales than the DS..... until the release of the DS Lite comes into the equation - DSL sales went through the roof and now the 3DS is tracking behind it.
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  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West - Premium Edition spotted on Australian classification board

  • Mono_X 09/10/2013

    Had good storytelling (if that's important to you), but very average game play.

    It felt rushed and slightly shoddy overall all, which is a shame as it had potential.
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  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze delayed to 2014

  • Mono_X 01/10/2013

    @Lync

    The real reason is simple:

    Nintendo don't represent the values that certain types of the people who frequent these forums hold dear.

    Those values being:
    Moar power is better.
    Nintendo make kiddie games which aren't for 'real' gamers.

    Plus of course, these types of people have generally been (quite wisely) pointing out Nintendo is doomed for the last 10 years and Nintendo has been proving them wrong. And this makes them look stupid (not wise).
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  • Mono_X 01/10/2013

    @Lync
    'Everyone is very keen to say the Wii U line-up sucks, but nobody will tell me what the big games it's missing are, so I'm not sure what to take as the criteria for this year's upcoming awesome games, except not being on Wii U is a major criterion.'

    But don't you understand, Nintendo are always wrong, wrong, wrong! Provided you ignore the fact that they are the ONLY consistently successful video game hardware manufacturer in the world.

    Sony and MS are of course always right, right right. Why? Well because of 'moar power', that's why. Just ignore the fact that neither company had any tangible profit in this generation. I mean the PS2 was a big success and that was launched ONLY 14 years ago. Sony and MS have had plenty of success since then......
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  • Retrospective: Grand Theft Auto 4

  • Mono_X 08/09/2013

    GTA IV needs a bigger retrospective IMHO.

    Everything Dan says is fair enough, but it's shame the retrospective only touches on the narrative/immersive elements of the game.

    I played and enjoyed GTA IV, but coming back to the game a few years later after playing Saint's Row 2 & 3: I found the controls clunky, somewhat unresponsive and Niko a little uncontrollable, he had strange animation and could move strangely. I felt almost unplayable.

    The game also has reduced scope and ambition. Smaller gameworld, smaller selection of side missions, smaller choice of vehicles to drive, even less clothing options. I also hated some of the decisions I was forced to make, so much for openness.

    I feel it hasn't aged too well and was hugely overrated at the time - 98 on metacritic for the console versions (tops both charts) - really?
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  • Bethesda: "The time for convincing publishers and developers to support Wii U has long passed"

  • Mono_X 03/09/2013

    @dogmanstaruk
    'The Gamwcube only achieved 21m sales, even the original Xbox outsold it.'

    But since the GC was not sold at a loss it made a profit for Nintendo. The original Xbox lost MS in excess of $5 billion.

    Sales are vanity, profits are sanity.
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  • Mono_X 03/09/2013

    So when approached by Microsoft, did Bethesda say, "We want DRM, no 2nd hand sales, permanent online, a expensive camera. Sports, sports, sports, TV, TV, TV, sports, sports, sports - watercooler. Oh and we want it to cost 430"!

    Because that's what they got.
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  • Saints Row 4 beats Splinter Cell: Blacklist in UK chart

  • Mono_X 27/08/2013

    @dogmanstaruk

    There's no way that any Wii U game will chart well when:

    A. It's user base is still so low.

    B. It tracked on the all-formats chart and not the individual charts.

    FWIW it at 14 on the individual chart. Is that good or bad for relatively niche title? I dunno. But for comparison, it's one spot higher than The Bureau: Xcom Declassified on the Xbox 360 which was also a new release.
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  • Face-Off: Splinter Cell: Blacklist

  • Mono_X 27/08/2013

    Not including the optional HD texture pack install for the Wii U version is just being lazy or cheap, not 'largely due to its limited built-in storage'.

    The Xbox 360 has a 4GB model which is even more limited, which is why the HD texture pack is optional for the 360.
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  • Fiasco review

  • Mono_X 26/08/2013

    'Fiasco has ended up at the forefront of a great shift in role-playing. Sales of fat, luxurious role-playing source books, meant to create grand campaigns, have been trailing off for a while now. At the same time, smaller, independently-published books like Fiasco have been gaining attention. '

    You've obviously not seen Pathfinder. :eek:

    Joking aside I mostly agree with this, although this shift has been occurring probably since the late 90's. My 'go to' RPG is now the relatively 'rules-lite' Savage Worlds - which is just celebrating it's 10th Anniversary.
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  • PlayStation 4 controllers also available in red and blue

  • Mono_X 21/08/2013

    Easy on the eye.
    Not easy on the wallet. :o
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  • Notch releases free browser-based zombie FPS Shambles

  • Mono_X 17/08/2013

    @totallymatt

    I think I remember playing Apocalypse II on the Amiga.

    Grenades would kill every zombie on screen and I remember using one in a particularly hectic moment and the screen filling with what must have been 100 flying detached zombie limbs. The strain caused my 1200 to almost grind to a halt! Never seen so much zombie carnage. Good times!
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  • Letter from America

  • Mono_X 10/08/2013

    @FortysixterUK

    Still got my Amstrad CPC6128. :D
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  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist has no offline co-op on Wii U

  • Mono_X 05/08/2013

    @SpaceMonkey77

    You've not actually read the article have you?
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  • Call of Duty: Ghosts confirmed for Wii U

  • Mono_X 26/07/2013

    @smelly
    'And indeed - i'd put money on the same being the case this time next year for the ps4/xbone. But yet, the press will put that down to other things... My money will be them believing stories of "shortages".'

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-07-22-xbox-one-ps4-expected-to-face-shortages
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  • Mono_X 25/07/2013

    @smelly

    'Interesting that headlines for vita games never say "Struggling Vita" isn't it?'

    But the PS1 and PS2 were wildly popular. Therefore everything Sony do MUST always be just as successful..... The fact that the last time this was actually true was 13 years ago is neither here nor there...

    'I await with interest - if/when the new xbox/playstation sell equally as badly if we'll see similar headlines (doubtful).'

    Since all dedicated gaming hardware launched in the last few years has had a rough first 6 months, if this happens to the Xbox One/PS4: I think you'll find it would represent a 'fundamental shift in consumer behaviour and spending habits'.

    Only Nintendo can be clueless and incompetent. It's just luck they consistently make more money than Sony and MS.
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  • Xbox One records the last five minutes of your gameplay

  • Mono_X 22/07/2013

    250+ posts about a mostly meaningless feature! Jog on (all) fanboys.

    There are legitimate reasons for not wanting a Xbox One, but this isn't one of them.
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  • Handheld gaming's golden summer

  • Mono_X 20/07/2013

    'The Vita and 3DS are enjoying a fantastic few months, and it's enough to suggest that the future's bright for Sony and Nintendo.'

    There's nothing to suggest that the future is bright for the Vita. :(
    Sony really need to pull the finger out and do something drastic. Otherwise the Vita will be a disaster. The biggest problem is those fucking propriety memory card IMO.
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  • Naughty Dog pledges to remove The Last of Us' phone sex numbers

  • Mono_X 27/06/2013

    LOL at all the people who don't understand how dodgy this can be.
    Essentially the game is providing a link to content completely outside of the control of the dev/publishers. It can prove disastrous.

    And LOL and the people who say its sad that someone might call the number! Does no one remember www.petsovernight.com from GTA III.
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  • Oh look, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut no longer Wii U exclusive

  • Mono_X 12/06/2013

    @dogmanstaruk

    Lol. Didn't I read you say in another thread that 'the age of 3rd party exclusivity is gone'?
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  • Wii U Sniper Elite V2 lacks online play and DLC

  • Mono_X 30/05/2013

    @dogmanstaruk
    'Lets flash forward to next year. A major game is released on current gen and the upcoming consoles. Do you think the individual sales of the xbox one and ps4 releases will only count for 5% each? It is impossible to say, but I think it is a safe bet to say the answer will be no.'

    I think it's wildly optimistic to expect the PS4 & Xbox One to sell that quickly. Recent history would seem to indicate so.
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  • Wii U Wii U Wii U: Is it time to call an ambulance for Nintendo's console?

  • Mono_X 26/05/2013

    @SpaceMonkey77
    'As for Wii and 3DS, they got their saving lighting strikes.'

    The Wii never needed 'saving' of any kind whatsoever. It was sold out on day 1 and continued to be sold out for about 2 years.
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  • Mono_X 25/05/2013

    @richardiox

    Yes, but it's almost pointless having games tied to a account when they won't carry over from PS3 to PS4 or Xbox360 to Xbox One.
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  • Face-Off: Resident Evil: Revelations

  • Mono_X 25/05/2013

    @Wheatley

    Clearly biased.
    DF didn't take into account how 'fluid' the gameplay is whilst sitting on the toilet.

    An easy win for the 3DS!:-P
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  • Secrets of the Wii U GamePad

  • Mono_X 16/05/2013

    @MPuzzlemanLives

    The vast majority of the so called 'hardcore' (a term I despise) clearly hate Nintendo.

    Why do you think the 'Nintendo is doomed meme' exists in the first?

    It was the same story with the DS, the Wii and the 3DS. Eventually the doomsayers will be right of course, nobody can stay on top all the time. But do you really see the same negativity being applied to Sony and MS? Two companies that have in recent years basically had no financial success in the games industry?

    And you're free to voice your opinion about all the other flaws with the WiiU. But is this thread really the one to do it in? Don't you find it tiresome to find the same old stuff repeated in every single Nintendo thread?
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