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Topic: NOA eShop Must-Haves has a well-known "bad" game in it!

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JCnator

On every week of this month, Nintendo of America is showing what games are the must-haves on both 3DS and Wii U eShop, according to the latest Nintendo Download PR. Sure, this doesn't mean any new discount here, but most of the games sounded a nice fit for your gaming collection.
However, there is one game in particular that baffles me on so many levels that still managed to make its way to eShop Must-Haves. I swear that whoever put this game up didn't really do any proper research on this one, let alone played the actual game. Everyone knows that this one is actually a hugely disappointing game, mainly because of its overall unprofessional presentation and its broken gameplay filled with a lot of glitches (some of them even force you restart on long levels). Even metacritic has rated this game a 32/100 as of January 1st 2015!
And that game is...

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric

I can't help myself but laugh at it. If Nintendo of America was relying on its actual eShop rating of 4/5 stars and its Miiverse community, then I don't think this would be a wise choice. First off, anything under 4.5/5 is what I would consider as an average game. Second, its Miiverse community may be not the best way to help you deciding to get the game or not. Even though eShop Must-Haves isn't a big thing, I still cannot comprehend on why NOA actually love the game. Any thoughts about that?

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Yoshi

Your definition of mediocre is far too broad, but seeing Sonic Boom in a list of must-haves is funny, I agree.

It's all in an effort to drive sales.

EDIT: And my post is no longer relevant because of edits.

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Justlink

So people are dumb for having opinions? People may like the game, truly like the game. Second, If it has a 4 of 5 rating on eshop, that's pretty good. Nintendo may not like the game, but if it has a good rating, it will be recommended

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IceClimbers

Before clicking I thought the game would be Urban Champion haha.

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Peach64

I'd imagine it's more some kind of marketing deal with Sega rather than some guy thinking it's a great game.

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CanisWolfred

Peach64 wrote:

I'd imagine it's more some kind of marketing deal with Sega rather than some guy thinking it's a great game.

That's what these things usually are. They pick whatever games have 4 stars (which is a large majority of games on the eShop that have been out for more than 2 weeks) and then I guess they see who is willing to pay for advertising...

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Grumblevolcano

The vast majority of eshop reviews are 5 and 4 stars (yes I'm one of the 5 star reviewers). I'd guess the must-have games list is probably for 4 stars or higher with over X number of total reviews.

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Grumblevolcano wrote:

The vast majority of eshop reviews are 5 and 4 stars (yes I'm one of the 5 star reviewers). I'd guess the must-have games list is probably for 4 stars or higher with over X number of total reviews.

An eShop rating doesn't mean a lot with a Sonic title. It's going to be purchased by Sonic fans, who will likely be much more forgiving of flaws and much more enthusiastic about the game to begin with. In general, eShop ratings will be exaggerated because most gamers do their research and avoid bad or questionable games. Hence, the game either gets a good rating or it doesn't get purchased at all.

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Xilef

I thought it was going to be one of those crappy indie. It's still a Sonic game, it's going to sell to some fans (mostly kids who don't check for impressions online i imagine) so they wan't some adverstisment for it.

Besides, it's not like mentioning it on a download PR is the end of the world.

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