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bizcuthammer

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#1

bizcuthammer commented on Xenoblade Chronicles Coming to 3DS in Japan:

Huh. Well what I'll do, then, is sell my copy of Xenoblade on Wii for $100 online, and put that $ toward the new 3DS model and the game when they release next year.

I'm not a fan of the new model of 3DS getting its own exclusives. They're really forcing you to buy a system that you already have just to get one game. Unless their plan is to make multiple exclusives, in which case my question is... Why didn't you make this 3DS model from the start?

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#2

bizcuthammer commented on Monopoly: Pokémon Kanto Edition is Bringing R...:

Yeah, i'm pretty sure i still have the original Pokemon Monopoly from like... 1999. That was also when i learned that I really only like the idea of Monopoly, and that actually playing it is a boring, pointless waste of time.

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#3

bizcuthammer commented on Poll: Which Is The Best Super Mario Platformer?:

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is my favorite game of all time, not just Mario. It is one of a handfuk of games I'd consider to be flawless. The first Galaxy, 64 and SMB3 are all in my top 10-15 games of all time, as well. The Mario series is a fantastic one, but unfortunately has seemed to stall since Galaxy 2 released. Guess it's hard to top that one.

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#4

bizcuthammer commented on Keiji Inafune Juiced Up Azure Striker Gunvolt:

@S3OL Not sure what country you are in, but if you're in the US, Nintendo America is selling refurbished 3DSs, 2DSs and 3DS XLs on their online store. Not sure about 2DS prices, but regular 3DSs are $95, and XLs are $135. Both are pretty cheap options, and well worth it imo.

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#5

bizcuthammer commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS File Size i...:

Good thing I bought a 16GB SD card back in late April. Still has well over 11GB left on it. Still not sure if I'll be downloading Smash Bros or getting the physical copy, though. Leaning toward digital, but I'm having a hard time parting with my love for physical media in favor of the convenience of digital. If they would make the digital versions even just $5 cheaper than physical, it'd make it easier for me, but the fact that the price is the same is kind of annoying.

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#10

bizcuthammer commented on Video: The 10 Best Zelda Games As Selected By You:

My personal top 10:
10 - Oracle of Ages
09 - Minish Cap
08 - Link's Awakening
07 - Link to the Past
06 - Twilight Princess
05 - Link Between Worlds
04 - Majora's Mask
03 - Ocarina of Time
02 - Wind Waker
01 - Skyward Sword

Love seeing what people's favorite Zelda games are. So much diversity in opinion, and a lot of deserving games!

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#11

bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo Reports Losses for Q1 of Financial Ye...:

When you only have one major game release on your home console in a span of 4 months, 500,000 units moved is really about as much as you can hope for, regardless of how good said game is. The lack of meaningful third party games is hurting Wii U, as is the fact that Nintendo is STILL focusing its support on 3DS over its struggling home console.

It bothers me because late last year, Reggie commented on how last year's WiiU sales were affected by the game drought the console experienced for several months after launch, which led to a loss in momentum. He went on to say that that same thing wouldnt be an issue for them in 2014, as they will now be able to put games out at a much more consistent rate. Um... What?

Reggie, 2014 at the end of July has seen just two major Wii U games release: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Mario Kart 8. Guess what? Thats the same amount as last year, when we just had Game & Wario and Pikmin 3. Sounds like he was just blowing smoke then.

Not to mention that the WiiU is seeing less first party releases in 2014 than it did in 2013, and it would seem as if Reggie just flat out lied. Look, Ninty, if you aren't going to create a console that third parties will develop for, it means YOU have to churn out new games at a much quicker pace. Or else your system loses momentum when it goes through ridiculous droughts like Wii U did from February 22 to May 29, and is currently experiencing again until Hyrule Warriors hits in late September. You can't expect a console that only sees one new release every 3-4 months to sell.

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#12

bizcuthammer commented on Atlus Teases New Game Announcements Plus Brand...:

The only series I really care about from Atlus is Persona. And even then only the mainline Persona games. Not interested in Persona Q, as it looks like it's just Etrian Oddyssey with Persona 3 and 4 characters in it. Which is unfortunate because i think a real Persona game would do great on 3DS.

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#13

bizcuthammer commented on Review: Mega Man 5 (Wii U eShop / NES):

This was my first Mega Man game back in the day. I've played 1-5 now, as well as some of the X and Battle Network games, but this is the one that gets my nostalgia flowing. It may not be the best in the series, but it holds the most special place in my heart.

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#15

bizcuthammer commented on Mario Kart 8 Sales Increase By Nearly a Third ...:

@BLPs Gen V is by far the worst. Almost every new Pokemon was awful and they shoved them down your throat by not allowing you to catch old pokemon until you beat the Elite 4. Not to mention the Unova region is just completely uninspiring, and it lacks anything to really set it apart from the other Pokemon games on DS. It is by far the least memorable Pokemon generation. At least Gen VI added some cool or useful things like Mega Evolution and Fairy types.

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#16

bizcuthammer commented on This Pokémon Food Looks Too Good to Eat:

@torotoid64 ...okay.

I miss Japan's food art. Stuff like this isn't uncommon over there, and i used to love finding it at themed restaurants and shops. Of course, i almost never bought it, as most times it was outeageously expensive, but still cool to see.

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#17

bizcuthammer commented on Sakurai Explains Why Chrom Didn't Make It Into...:

"Of course it would be easy to churn out a bunch of similar characters, but thats not how i make games."

...then what are Falco, Wolf, Pichu, Toon Link, Lucina, Roy, Lucas, Dr. Mario, and Ganondorf? All they are are slightly slower, stronger or faster versions of other characters.

I'll give Sakurai credit in that so far MOST of the SSB4 roster is made up of unique characters. Lucina and Toon Link are the only two i can really think of that i'd consider clones. But saying he doesn't make games with similar characters is nuts, because almost all of Melee's newcomers were clones, and so were a few of Brawl's.

I like the roster so far for Smash 4, Sakurai. Please don't go clone crazy, now, at the eleventh hour.

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#18

bizcuthammer commented on Sakurai Explains Why Chrom Didn't Make It Into...:

His explanation makes no sense. "Lucina is a sword user that shares exact stats and physical abilities with Marth." But he didn't include Chrom because "he'd just be another swordsman like Marth and Ike."

...what?!

Why include Lucina then? Doesn't the same rule apply? She doesn't do anything different than Chrom would, and Chrom is the better character! Or just replace Ike with Chrom if you're worried about having too many sword users!

I get it if you didn't include Chrom, but using the excuse Sakurai made, Lucina shouldnt be in the game either. The only difference between including Lucina over Chrom is because Lucina is female. Sorry, but thats not a good enough reason to waste a roster spot on yet another clone character.

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#19

bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo Goes Download-Only With The 2014 Club...:

I actually like this. I'm getting Game & Wario, which will be my second free retail game this year after the MK8 promotion. Thought about DKCR3D, but i already own the origjnal on Wii, and the file size is ridiculously huge, so no thanks.

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#20

bizcuthammer commented on Sega Still Considering Its Options For The Wii...:

I want to play Sonic 3, ToeJam & Earl anf Phantasy Star IV on the gamepad. Also, i would absolutely love it if Dreamcast games were eventually on there. I know it's a longshot, but i wanna play Sonic Adventure 2, Shenmue and Crazy Taxi again!

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#21

bizcuthammer commented on Sony: PS4 Is "Welcoming Back" Wii Owners Who S...:

I didnt have a PS3 last gen, and can say that the remastered PS3 games are NOT making me want a PS4. I'd rather just buy a PS3 now that they're only $200 or so and get those games on that system for much cheaper. Also, i wouldn't have to pay to play games online if i got a PS3, but would if i had a PS4. So suck it, Sony.

I'm not buying a PS4 until there's something good to play as an exclusive. So probably not until next year at the earliest. I'm more than okay sticking with my WiiU/3DS/PC combo til then.

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#23

bizcuthammer commented on Interview: Pro Smash Competitors Armada & Mew2...:

Since i really only care about playing these games for fun with family and friends, i don't really care if the competetive guys prefer Melee or of the landing lag is a bit slow. I'm sure thr game will be stupidly fun anyway, and a game my house will still be playing 4-5 years from now.

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#26

bizcuthammer commented on Dragon Quest X Is Now Adventuring Onto 3DS:

Its not coming west because it would have to go free-to-play to make money here like most MMOs do now. DQ is a very, very niche series here, whereas in Japan, it's one of the top 5 franchises in video games. Over there, they know people will have no issue subscribing because of the name brand. In the west, name brand doesn't mean anything, as even popular names like Star Wars and DC Comics have had to turn to the free to play model because gamers didnt want to play with a sub fee.

So if they brought it here, which would require a lot of localisation time in the first place, they'd also probably have to change the way gamers pay for the game, as well as probably separate eastern and western servers due to the extreme differences there'd be between the two versions. Not to mention Square-Enix hasn't had a lot of majot success when it comes to MMOs in the west, even with their more popular franchises.

It all adds up to no DQX in the US. Which is okay with me, because i have zero time for an MMO, and would rather them just make DQXI a story driven, single player experience like all the good DQ games.

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#27

bizcuthammer commented on The Club Nintendo Rewards Are Now Updated for ...:

Might get both Paper Mario and Kid Icarus. Its unfortunate Paper Mario won't be playable, as i don't have a classic controller, but once N64 games hit Wii U VC, I'll probably get it at a discounted price for having it on Wii mode.

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#29

bizcuthammer commented on Talking Point: With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Sti...:

I doubt we get any more big surprises this year. They seem to have used them all at E3, which is okay for me. I would be happy getting a Direct with more details on games we still know very little about, like Captain Toad, Codename STEAM, Pokemon OR/AS, Mario Maker, Zelda U, Star Fox, Splatoon, and Xenoblade Chronicles X. Also we still have no release dates for Bayonetta 2, Smash Bros WiiU or Captain Toad, even though all are due this year. And I'm sure there is still a ton of stuff we don't know about Smash.

Honestly, E3 was more than enough in terms of reveals. Now i really just want more info on what was shown. Although i wouldnt complain at all if any of the following happened:

Mother 3 on WiiU VC
New Metroid game reveal
N64 and/or GCN games on WiiU VC

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#32

bizcuthammer commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014 - Sum...:

Really looking forward to Smash Bros. It's the only remaining Wii U game I'm for sure getting this year. Interested in Captain Toad, Sonic Boom and Hyrule Warriors, but i have serious questions about all of them and will wait to decide after i can read some reviews and opinions. Cautiously optimistic on all those. But, Smash Bros and Pokemon Omega Ruby will keep me busy even if none of those games pan out.

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#33

bizcuthammer commented on Weirdness: The Peculiar Questions of a Typical...:

E3 2015 Headline:

Nintendo announces survival horror game for Wii U starring Shigeru Miyamoto. Game will take place in the amazon, and will feature open-world gameplay, and epic boss fights against giant snakes and crocodiles while Miyamoto has nothing but a GameCube controller on hand. Game rated M for Mature due to violence, blood and gore, language, and inappropriate gaming innuendos. Co-developed by Capcom's Resident Evil team. Wii U exclusive, only available in China.

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#34

bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo Download: 3rd July (North America):

Probably gonna have to check out Armillo at some point. And I'll also be downloading the demo of Tomodachi Life. I don't think the full game is for me at all, as it looks like a glorified mobile title, but i'll give the demo a go, and maybe if the game ever gets a decent eshop discount, i'll get it if i like the demo.

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#35

bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo Highlights Hundreds of Developers Wor...:

Wii U is a console that has an unfriendly development interface for porting multiplatform games, and given its lack of technical muscle in comparison to its rivals, this makes porting games to it even more difficult than it already is. Combine all that with the very small install base, along with the fact that the WiiU has a very bad software attachment rate at the moment, and it makes sense as to why most 3rd party developers aren't taking the time and resources necessary to bother with the system. All of these things are Nintendo's fault because they chose to create a console that THEY wanted to make games for instead of making a console that was easy for everyone to develop for like Sony did with PS4. I like Nintendo. I like the Wii U. I like the GamePad. But there are drawbacks from taking a 'unique' and 'innovative' approach in an industry where the majority of the consumers and developers just want more of the same, but with better graphics.

So Nintendo, I'm sorry, but you probably aren't going to win back 3rd parties this gen. Maybe not even next gen, because it seems like they just prefer to pretend like you don't exist altogther. For WiiU, your options are indie games, first party games, and second party games that you help fund yourselves like W101, Bayonetta 2, Devil's Third and Sonic Lost World. You will never be able to win over devs and games like Destiny, GTAV, and Rise of Tomb Raider because you have an unfriendly system with a low install base, with a history of poor reception sales for third party games, even when those games are really good.

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#36

bizcuthammer commented on Miyamoto Thinks That Nintendo Are in a Genre o...:

@Gravedigga13 sorry, but i dont get why small development teams are a bad thing. Assassin's Creed III had a gigantic dev team (over 100 people from 3 different studios) and all it contributed to was that game feeling like a bunch of half-baked ideas being thrown into a mess of a game. Sure some of the ideas there (colony building, sailing) were cool, but most of them were only half realized and felt clunky and incomplete. That comes from having such a huge team, with too many ideas and a lack of overall focus.

Also, how would smaller teams mean less games? If you have 8 small teams of 30-50 people vs 4 huge teams of 100 people, you get 8 games worked on at once instead of just 4.

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#37

bizcuthammer commented on Miyamoto Thinks That Nintendo Are in a Genre o...:

In a way, Nintendo as a genre is already a thing. I can always tell when i'm playing a Nintendo-made game. They have a certain quality and quirkiness to them that few companies can replicate. Nintendo games seem to have a shine that other games don't. And while other games like CoD, Assassin's Creed, Halo and Madden get played for a year or so and then tossed aside for a newer, better version, every Nintendo game is made equal... Sure, as technology advances, so do the graphics and sound of Ninty's games, but I would never throw out Mario Sunshine or Wind Waker simply because they released Galaxy and Twilight Princess. Each and every game they make has its own unique greatness, which makes it worth playing and keeping for years and years. There is a difference between Nintendo and everyone else in the industry, and while it can be hard to put a finger on, you can tell that it is there.

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#38

bizcuthammer commented on Cross-Buy is Now a Thing on Nintendo Platforms:

I wish Nintendo would do this with VC games at the very least. I will never pay twice for the same game if it offers no meaningful differences between versions. So it'd be nice to have my NES VC games on both consoles instead of just one.

I'd also like for this to happen with Shovel Knight. Love having the 3DS version because i love its portability, but i really wish i could get the game up on my HDTV so everyone could watch its greatness.

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#39

bizcuthammer commented on Parent Trap: Amiibo Charts A Fresh Course In T...:

The features they are used for in Smash Bros doesn't justify a $15 pricetag. You don't get to play as your amiibo character, but only fight with or against them?! That's kind of useless given i can already fight with or against those characters, i just have to set them up as AI challengers or have friends come over to play, or play on the (hopefully good) online modes.

I can see myself maybe buying some of these because they look cool, like Link, Samus and Zelda, but i don't know because at $15 a pop, it doesnt seem worth getting very many if they don't really do anything that cool.

Amiibo has potential to be cool, but i dont think it will reach that potential with Smash Bros or Mario Kart. They need their own dedicated game rather than just being optional, seemingly pointless distractions for games that were originally created without them in mind.

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#40

bizcuthammer commented on Guide: The Biggest Wii U and 3DS eShop Games C...:

Can't decide whether to get Shovel Knight and Shantae for Wii U or 3DS. Leaning toward WiiU for SK, 3DS for Shantae (thats the console the game was made for is why). Also very interested in Citizens of Earth, Guacamelee, Gunman Clive 2 and Treasurenauts, and maybe Armillo. Depends on pricing and reviews for some of those.

Also to anyone who doesn't have SteamWorld Dig on 3DS, or simply doesnt own a 3DS but has a WiiU: get it when it hits WiiU (or now for 3DS). It is my favorite indie game i've played, and is worth all $8 and definitely more. Its a bit short and leaves you wanting more, but it has good replay value and is extremely addicting. I may even consider getting it again when it hits Wii U.

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#41

bizcuthammer commented on Talking Point: Keeping It Simple Helped Ninten...:

@LUIGITORNADO expecting a story driven game of any sort from Ninty is a good way to set yourself up fir disappointment. Story really isn't Nintendo's focus, and is seen by them as only a complimentary element to games. While companies like Square, Naughty Dog, etc, prioritize story telling first and then design gameplay later, Nintendo does the opposite. It's why Nintendo's games are more fun to play than anyone else's, yet also why the stories of their games are traditionally shallow afterthoughts. Nintendo aren't storytellers... They are toymakers. Fun mechanics take priority over cinema-esque cutscenes.

The good thing is, Nintendo knows this, which is why they buy and partner with studios like Monolith Soft and Camelot and Intelligent Systems who can make games witg epic stories like Golden Sun, Xenoblade and Fire Emblem.

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#42

bizcuthammer commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Highlights Importance of Chil...:

My son, almost 3, loves Nintendo. Just like my dad did with me by introducing me to gaming with the NES and games like Punch-Out!!, Super Mario Bros 3 and Zelda II, i've done the same for my son with the Wii U. And he loves the GamePad. We play mostly on weekends, as i dont want him to play all the time, and his favorite games are Super Mario 3D World, Pikmin 3 and Nintendo Land. His grandma even bought him a dvd of the old Super Mario Bros Super Show that he now wants to watch all the time (i watched it as a kid, but man is it awful now lol).

The other day he discovered my 3DS as well. I've tried to keep it safe from him, as the flip screen can be a bit fragile, but i have been letting him play a bit of Super Mario 3D Land and Luigi's Mansion 2, the latter of which he laughs histerically at every time he plays.

It's safe to say Nintendo are winners at our house. Their continued focus on creating games that are fun for all ages, and especially games that include local, 4-player multiplayer, is fantastic and the Wii U fits my family's lifestyle perfectly.

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#43

bizcuthammer commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Successfully Wooed Som...:

After 2011 and 2012's terrible E3s, and last year's very safe approach, the Digital Event was a breath of fresh air. There were some hiccups here and there, but overall i think Nintendo had the best performance of the big three.

If there is a such thing as 'winning' E3 (there really isn't, but let's pretend), Nintendo did it this year in my book.

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#44

bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo Needs To Cut Wii U Cost To Capitalise...:

They cant do a big price drop, and already dropped it last year by $50. I could see them selling it at $250, which at this point i think would be a bargain for what is on offer. By mid 2015, Wii U will still have the best exclusive library of games out of the three big consoles, and it won't really even be close. If great titles like Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros, and Legend of Zelda U aren't enough to move a significant amount of units, then i have a hard time believing a price drop will help much either.

Wii U is never going to beat PS4/XBO in sales, but it can carve out its own place in the market by offering top notch games that can't be found anywhere else.

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#47

bizcuthammer commented on Talking Point: Mii, Myself and I - The Argumen...:

I don't get why people get upset when certain characters get put it these games. I want as many unique characters as possible, and would much rather have the Miis and Wii Fit Trainer in this game than just another clone of Star Fox like Falco/Wolf or whatever.

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#48

bizcuthammer commented on Developers Weigh In On The Way Forward For Wii U:

@PokeAl Not sure what you mean by that. The older i get, the less i find myself enjoying stuff like CoD, Halo, GTA, etc. I think i'm a very mature person, but hardly any of the games i enjoy playing have that M rating slapped on them. I loved playing that stuff as an adolescent. I played more hours of Halo, Mass Effect, Left 4 Dead, etc than i care to admit from ages 14-21. But now when i go back and play those games, they just don't stick the same way they used to. Also, the people i know that are in their late 20s like me that still do play those kinds of games are by far the most immature people i know in my age bracket. I don't know if there's any significant correlation there, but i dont find it surprising that those types of games seem to attract a very particular personality type. I prefer the games that Nintendo makes because anyone can play them. A five year old girl, her mom, her grandpa and her fourteen year old male cousin can all sit down for 4 player Mario Kart and have an absolute blast. But at the same time, Nintendo's games offer an insane amount of depth that most 'family friendly' games don't. Games like Pokemon, Mario Kart, and Zelda all have tons of depth and secrets that require mastering techniques and trial and error in ways that games like Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed, who look deep on surface but are actually very shallow, can only dream of. I don't know what you meant by saying Nintendo doesn't offer good gaming experiences for mature gamers, but i think it was a bit off base. If people refuse to play games like Mario Kart 8 because they don't 'look mature' then i would suggest they have some embarrassing insecurities relating to their own maturity.

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#49

bizcuthammer commented on Developers Weigh In On The Way Forward For Wii U:

Super Smash Bros WiiU
Legend of Zelda
Hyrule Warriors
Bayonetta 1+2
Kirby's Rainbow Curse
Pushmo World
Splatoon
Star Fox
Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker
Yoshi's Woolly World
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Mario Maker
Mario Party 10
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
Devil's Third
Amiibo

Add all that to the Wii U's existing library that includes Mario Kart 8, LEGO City Undercover, Rayman Legends, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Super Mario 3D World, Wii Party U, Pikmin 3, Wii Sports Club, NSMBU, Sonic Racing Transformed, Nintendo Land, two Arkham Batman games, Sonic Lost World, and more. Add all that to the great eshop offerings from VC titles like Super Metroid and Advance Wars to great indie games like Scram Kitty, SteamWorld Dig, Shovel Knight, Stick it to the Man, and Trine 2.

Surely everyone can find something on that list worth owning a WiiU for, and if you can't, then you, my friend, must really hate fun and/or video games.

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#50

bizcuthammer commented on Talking Point: The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Ca...:

If they just take the mask concept from MM, that's fine. I'd welcome it. But anything else (lack of dungeons, moody and depressing atmosphere, or the three days and reset formula), no thanks. My favorite part of Zelda games are the dungeons, which MM was severely lacking in. My two least favorite 3D Zelda games (TP and MM) are also the only two with dark, brooding atmospheres. And the three day formula was cool at first but eventually just became outright annoying.

Oh and when i say MM and TP are my two least favorite 3D zeldas, please understand that that simply means i still love them to death, but just not as much as the others. 3D Zelda games are right behind 3D Mario games as my all time favorites.