Bon! or Bonkers: Nintendo on Wii U Gameplay Streaming

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Nintendo of America chief Reggie “FEES AH-MAY,” responding to Brian Crecente’s question about Twitch support on Wii U, says that Nintendo “[doesn’t] think streaming 30 minutes of gameplay by itself.” On the other hand, Fils-Aime asserts the success Nintendo has with Twitch with events such as Nintendo Treehouse Live and the Super Smash Bros. Invitational.

It’s well known that Nintendo has a spotty record of supporting whatever hot new trends competitors follow. However, Fils-Aime elaborates on why Nintendo feels that way and discusses alternatives. Do you think Fils-Aime’s comments are genuine (Bon!) or generally bizaree (Bonkers).

Read the full article by Polygon’s Brian Crecente for Reggie’s comments and rationale.

Bon! Reggie is Right!

* Watching people merely play games for 30 minutes is actually boring.
* Nintendo, family-friendly company they are, may appear to give consent to undesirable content.
* Nintendo prefers exciting highlights culled from matches (e.g. Mario Kart TV).
* Possible technical considerations not discussed which would drain computer power from the Wii U.

Bonkers! WTF, Nintendo

* Twitch is a very popular, so Nintendo is missing out on giving full support.
* Gamers have found creative uses for streams (e.g. chat interactions, voiceovers).
* Nintendo are simply control freaks waiting for the opportunity to get their cut.

How do I feel? From my limited perspective as a non-Wii U owner, lacking a Twitch channel/app won’t be as big of a deal like the GameCube’s lack of DVD playback or Wii outputting standard-definition video only. What do you think?

Ken Griffey Jr.'s Winning Run: Baseball's Best on SNES

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1996. Many baseball fans are back to loving the National Pastime after the 1994 strike. My beloved Braves finally give the city of Atlanta its first major sports championship in 1995 after beating the once-woeful Cleveland Indians. The Yankees are back into prominence. Nintendo must have been pleased at the Seattle Mariners’ advancing to the League Championship Series. Mariners advance when Griffey scores the winning run…BOOM! Nintendo’s going to cash in! Continue reading “Ken Griffey Jr.’s Winning Run: Baseball’s Best on SNES”