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Mon 26th December, 2011

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ArcanaXVI commented on Shovel Knight Has an Unlockable "Butt Mode":

@dok5555555 I have both versions, and both play identically for the core game (read: they're both awesome). The 3DS has some snazzy 3D layering and a Streetpass "arena mode" (not quite a battle mode: ), but the Wii U obviously has a larger display (though not a higher resolution) and the Digger's Diary ( ). The Wii U version will also eventually have a four-player battle mode, presumably only for local play. In short: your call.



ArcanaXVI commented on Nintendo Unleashes Some Awesome Wii U eShop Tr...:

Definitely getting Teslagrad. I've already played Nihilumbra on PC, but it's pretty good, and it'll be a great fit for the GamePad.

Stick It To The Man reminds me pretty heavily of Psychonauts, which is never a bad thing, so I'll probably have to get it, too.



ArcanaXVI commented on Talking Point: What We Expect In Nintendo Dire...:

@King47 Acknowledged--a list of characters says next to nothing, and Shin Megami Tensei is nothing if not a niche franchise. That said, many of us familiar with the core mechanics of Shin Megami Tensei (especially demon fusion, weakness-exploitation systems, and the law-chaos scale) see how well they would blend with Fire Emblem's battle, relationship, and permadeath systems. It's by no means a surefire great game--it'll be a challenge to do both series justice while keeping the game balanced--but it holds great potential, and I for one am dying to hear more.



ArcanaXVI commented on Talking Point: What We Expect In Nintendo Dire...:

I feel like everybody's forgotten about Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem ... not that I expect an update this time around, either, but it'd make my day. I'll take any information on Monolith Soft's X and Bayonetta 2 that I can get, though. (I'm already planning on getting Tropical Freeze and Mario Kart 8; news about them is cool, but my hype quota is already full.)



ArcanaXVI commented on Talking Point: Is There A Future For The Wii U...:

I object to this survey for one core reason: The Wii U doesn't need a "killer app." It needs a must-have game.

While it's a pity that several games (especially The Wonderful 101 and Super Mario 3D World, which are magnificent) haven't already fit that bill, hopefully Mario Kart 8 or Super Smash Bros. will.

... And personally, I like the GamePad. It's actually more comfortable to me than most "normal" controllers, and while its potential is pretty obviously untapped, its presence isn't harming anyone. Remember the reaction to the Wii's motion controls (especially MotionPlus) before Skyward Sword came out? Same situation, folks.



ArcanaXVI commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Clarifies That Local Multipla...:

Sounds good to me. Mario--and most multiplayer Nintendo games, for that matter--seem to work best with a group of friends in the living room. For games like Mario Kart and Animal Crossing, it's high time that a good online multiplayer system be present (and lo and behold, it's there), and while I see how Mario could work online and why people would like for it to, I think Nintendo can afford to hold off for a little longer.



ArcanaXVI commented on Renegade Kid Hopes To Bury Treasurenauts in Th...:

@unrandomsam Don't forget Outernauts. Or Aquanauts, back from when LEGO actually made construction sets instead of video games. (Of course, Psychonauts is easily the best of the lot.)

I quite liked Mutant Mudds, but nothing else from Renegade Kid has really caught my attention lately. Maybe this game will change my mind.



ArcanaXVI commented on Soapbox: Why Grand Theft Auto V Isn't For Me:

While everyone else is busy playing GTA V (or not), I'll be merrily skipping about in The Wonderful 101. Pity its release will inevitably be overshadowed. Maybe I'll look into the GTA franchise eventually. With enough convincing.



ArcanaXVI commented on Shigeru Miyamoto: People Need To Be Patient Wi...:

This is the same situation we encountered with the 3DS--and the same fan reaction, too.

The launch of the 3DS was awful. The price was higher than most were ready to pay, especially for something so easily confused with a DSi or even a regular DS, and the launch lineup was abysmal. (Having picked up Steel Diver and Pilotwings Resort on sale for $5 apiece, I can now vouch for their quality, and I would have even paid full price on Pilotwings had I known it was as good as it is, but Nintendo had to convince people that these were more than cheap, casual, nostalgia-driven cash-ins, and I'll admit that they failed there--they convinced almost nobody.) I picked up a 3DS on launch day without a single game, and over the next several months I'm the only person I know where I live who didn't sell it back. Why? Because they were all focused on what it could do at that moment. I was in it for what waited in the future, and my trust in Nintendo paid off. Now, with Ambassador credit and a fantastic library of games, I couldn't be more pleased with my decision.

There was a period, however, when I was very, very tired of waiting. Not once did I consider selling my 3DS, but I had to admit that I was tired of the game drought. In the meantime, I endured sneers for clinging to a system that nobody else believed in (true story, folks). Over a year later, these same people who scoffed at the 3DS now have them. Nintendo convinced them.

The Wii U is in the same state, and so was I--again, I picked one up on launch day (though I did get a couple of games with it--ZombiU, plus Nintendo Land with the deluxe bundle), and now I wait. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate has come to ease the drought, just as Ocarina of Time 3D did for the 3DS, and the future looks bright.

The point: If you're not going to get one, fine--but there's no need to rip on the Wii U. You've already made your vote clear with your wallet. Miyamoto is humble enough to ask for a little more patience, knowing that the fans are hurting for something new, and his request is reasonable. Trust Nintendo--the Wii U will be just as amazing as the 3DS in due time. You don't have to buy one now, or even currently plan to; just believe that it will be good.

(And really--if you don't trust Nintendo and you're on a gaming news site entirely focused on Nintendo, you're either a troll or very, very confused.)