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Sat 14th June, 2014

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CaptainToad commented on Watch Dogs Wii U Release Dates Confirmed:

@AdanVC - Quote "least we can do is support it and buy it for the honor. Yes, it's a pretty average/bad sandbox game. Yes, it has tons of flaws and bugs"

So let me get this straight. You believe we should spend £45 or $60, which may not be easy for some people, on a game that isn't very good and has tons of flaws and bugs?

That has got to be the worst message us gamers can give to the developers/publishers!! Games should be bought on quality and entertainment value. Not for hype, or nostalgia, or just because its mature, or just because it's the last we'll get.

If you believe this game is good and will give you enjoyment, buy it. But don't buy it for the wrong reasons.



CaptainToad commented on Activision Is Bringing The Dulcet Tones Of The...:

Oh wow, The Voice is coming to the Wii U!!!

I can't speak for anyone else but I'm seriously hyped up for this mega mega title. Surely everyone would love to play a game based upon a reality TV show, because that's what we all love, right...reality TV shows?

I know that's how I would want to spend my gaming time, instead of racing round the Mushroom kingdom, or battling evil enemies with my super hero's, or riding along with DK, or shooting foes as a sadistic witch, or solving the many puzzles in Hyrule, or exploring the vast landscape of Tallon IV, or...................



CaptainToad commented on Bayonetta 2 Casting Its Spell In Europe On Oct...:

Really didn't want to do a pre-order with GAME but the first edition version just looks too good, and will sell out, so I accepted defeat and handed them my credit card details. Will make this a one off though, after the MK8 bundle.

Slight nick pick, perhaps it's my mild OCD kicking in, but the only thing I don't like about these special editions is that because they are Europe wide you get the other ratings. The USK sign is so big and is completely pointless in countries that don't use it. My MK8 has three ratings on the front which completely distracts from the wonderful front cover with different languages which I have no interest in on the back...yuck. Sorry, I'll get my coat now.



CaptainToad commented on Nintendo Direct on 4th September to Reveal Mor...:

This and Captain Toad's TT are the games I'm most looking forward to this year, although we have to wait an extra month for CTTT. Smash is third.

I'll be surprised if there's anything in the direct that we don't already knows about, it already feels like it's been hyped to death already.



CaptainToad commented on Wii U Minecraft Looking Doubtful As Dev Says T...:

@kobashi100 - YOU making a statement on a website is not evidence. And you provide no evidence to your statement that VGChartz numbers are not credible either.

Ever heard of innocent until proven guilty? Well unless you can back your statements up then I think I, and most other people will continue with what VGC says.

And to answer your question...Germany is one such place.



CaptainToad commented on New Legend Of Zelda "Only Possible" Thanks To ...:

The hype for this Zelda game is building quite nicely.

It also links in with what Miyamoto-san said about Nintendo moving from casual to core. Clearly the Wii Zelda titles were aimed at the casual market whereas this new title seems to be aimed at the core crowd.

This I like.



CaptainToad commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Confidently Outlines Nintendo...:

@JamesCoote - There may be other measures but since we don't know anything about them, as you say, then they are irrelevant. What everyone looks at is raw sold numbers, and clearly Wii U is outperforming the X1. And that's all people will care about. When the Gamecube was considered a failure, although I don't believe it was, was the number of games sold or the number of hours played on it taken into how many it sold.

I do agree that three consoles is too much for the current market, and perhaps more needs to be done about boosting the Wii U as a core console. Should it be worried about the X1? Not in the slightest. Microsoft have already shot themselves in the foot.

The technical specs thing is a massive red herring though. The most powerful console of each generation never won said generation, as far back as the NES days at least. Wii was weakest, PS2 was the weakest, PS1 was weaker than the N64, SNES was not weakest but it wasn't the strongest, the NES was weaker than the MS. Having high specs does not mean success. Perhaps the PS4 will be the first to win a generation but it won't be down to its power.

So the X1 will get COD and what, big deal? Are these games the defining moments of console gaming? Not even close. These games aren't coming to the Wii U but it's still outselling X1. If a gamer wants these things then the PS4 will be for them, as sales are showing. If they want something different then it's the Wii U.



CaptainToad commented on You Can't Count Nintendo Out, Says Activision CEO:

In other words...

We are not porting our games to the Wii U at the moment because either we can't be bothered or it won't make us as many millions as we desire. But we want to stay friends with the good people at Nintendo and it's community because when their systems are flying off the shells again we want to sell as many copies of our yearly rehashes as possible to the gamers who are silly enough to buy our milked franchises.

Do creatures like this Eric CEO think gamers are so dumb and stupid that we can't see through his transparent nonsense?????



CaptainToad commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Coming In November, Features ...:

Now this is how to do DLC.

Adding extra content to an already finished and polished game that in no way forces it to be purchased. Other publishers should hold their heads in shame...cough...cough...activision, ea...cough...cough.

I generally stay away from DLC and I'm amazed some people are obsessed by it, but these new packs means I'll be breaking my duck.



CaptainToad commented on Talking Point: The Wii U May be Best as One of...:

I have simply too little time to play all the games I want on one console, let alone two, which has always been the case going back to the NES days. I did also own a PS2 and PS3 when I got slightly disillusion-all with where Nintendo were going. Sometimes the grass isn't always greener.

With a finite amount of time available for games it's about quality versus quantity, which is why it's just the Wii U for me.



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

It's a choice between SMW and 64. Both are great for different reasons. In the end my vote goes to 64 due it's open world environment; you felt so free and alive in that game. And it's a crime they never released 64 2.

These polls are great but one thing that strikes me is that votes can be heavily influenced by nostalgia. Someone new to Mario games may have the same appreciation that veteran gamers may have who have played all the games when they first appeared. Both Galaxy2 and 3D World are masterpieces but are always chasing the tail of the magnificence of Mario64.



CaptainToad commented on GameStop President Says "Don't Bet Against Nin...:

@Darknyht - you are absolutely right about the GC and I agree with everything you said about the Big N. They are the kings of innovation and done so much for the gaming world. However, you missed my point. The GC's limitation wasn't its power but the optical discs. They were 1.5GB compared to 8GB dual layer DVDs, although two could be loaded. Every Nintendo console has had some sort of limitation. The N64 was more powerful than the PS but produced the better games.

Using another analogy, I also DJ and produce house music. It's golden age was the late 80s and first half of the nineties, same time when the SNES was doing the bizz coincidently. The reason why is because making dance music at that time was expensive, hard, with not a lot to work with. There was limits unlike now.

Having limits and boundaries sparks creativity.



CaptainToad commented on Fifa 15 Coming to Wii and 3DS on the 26th of S...:

Anything that is wrong with the gaming industry is attributed to EA. They are the filth of the gaming world.

It wouldn't surprise me that they start to release 6 monthly versions to cater for the winter transfer window. That's all what their releases are, updates to the player roster.



CaptainToad commented on GameStop President Says "Don't Bet Against Nin...:

@Alucard83 - Agreed that the Wii should've had the horsepower of the Wii U, or at least been a HD machine. But here's the thing...

Every Nintendo console has had some technical limitation. The first three had cartridges, the GC had small discs and then the Wii had a lack of horsepower. Sometimes having restrictions brings out the best in creativity. Perhaps Nintendo does this deliberately!! Who knows. There's no denying that Nintendo games are fantastic. I also don't think the lack of horsepower is an excuse for not getting third parties, that's an excuse devs make for being lazy or when they don't believe it will be profitable. I do think that at least Nintendo should've used the same type of processor so at least ports would be easier.



CaptainToad commented on GameStop President Says "Don't Bet Against Nin...:

@Koapa - There are a number of reasons but for me the biggest one is that both Nintendo and Microsoft tried to do things differently (good ones in Nintendo's part, bad ones in Microsoft's) and thus made massive mistakes. Sony on the other hand didn't make such mistakes. They basically stuck with their core brand and upgraded it; the PS brand has always been popular. No innovation, no new ideas, no risk. This, it seems, is what a lot of the gaming community likes. Sad but true.



CaptainToad commented on Talking Point: A Virtual Console Revival Could...:

The pricing could be a little easier for the consumer or even keep the pricing but allow cross platform; not having this service is really not doing Nintendo any favours at all.

I like the idea of a monthly subscription though. £10 a month for 3 SNES titles would be ace. The issue with that is that VC titles, much like retail release, also see a dry spell. There should be no reason why we don't at least two or three a month.



CaptainToad commented on Wii U Sales Continue to Rise with the Release ...:

This is very welcome news and great to see MK8 getting a boost. With all the monthly titles being released for the rest of the year I can see MK8 continue to hang in for some time.

Which then begs the question...why did Nintendo create such a dry spell of releases this year? Maybe they wanted some space for MK8 to do well. Whatever the reason it was very bad planning on their part.

At least now there is a big release every month for the next six months, perhaps even ten or twelve. The Wii U future is looking good.



CaptainToad commented on Watch Dogs Will be the Only "Mature" Ubisoft G...:


You are someone else who gets it. The majority of the time the bigger game companies like Ubi and Activision will look at profitability on whether they develop/port games for said system. With EA it looks a little more political but it's still about their profits. The smaller game studios like Platinum who care about creating great games, will look at other factors though.

This is why I despise EA so much. They little care if their games are any good. Their interest is how much profit it will make them.



CaptainToad commented on Watch Dogs Will be the Only "Mature" Ubisoft G...:

@XFsWorld & @AcesHigh73

I'm in complete agreement with Aces. There are plenty of people who want 18 rated games on their Nintendo systems and a number of reasons why the ones available don't sell that well.

One - getting lazy gimped ports.

Two - And as @Cia has put it, if you're used to getting a higher quality of game why would Nintendo fans then go out and buy lower quality with bugs and rubbish support.

Three - Not getting the better third party 18 rated games. If GTA was available I'm sure it would sell rather well.



CaptainToad commented on Watch Dogs Will be the Only "Mature" Ubisoft G...:

Am I the only one who's seen the flawed logic in Guillemot's statement?

He states the Nintendo aren't interested in AC type of games but will be bringing WD to the Wii U. So what makes WD so different to AC that Nintendo fans will buy it? They are both M rated games with big open worlds.



CaptainToad commented on Mario Kart 8 Passes One Million US Sales as Wi...:

As much as I hate to admit it, I think you're right in that Wii U and XBone will fight for the scraps. The PS brand has always sold well and I don't see this gen changing. I personally think that the Wii U will stay ahead of the XBone until the end and Microsoft will then pull out of the console market.

However, your prediction about PS4 surpassing 3DS quickly is completely wrong. The 3DS is 35 million ahead. Using the PS4s current pace of around 120K units a week, and assuming the 3DS doesn't sell any more consoles, it would take 72 months (6 years) to pass it. On top of that the 3DS is selling well over 100K units a week.

The PS4 would need to sell over 1million units a month to pass the 3DS which it isn't even close to.



CaptainToad commented on Mario Kart 8 Passes One Million US Sales as Wi...:

Is it me or does MK8 look a little lonely in that top ten as the only exclusive title? It's great news though, I just hope that over the next few months when we get a steady release of games we see more N titles in the top ten. And that we don't get these dreaded droughts again.

I haven't played Luigi's Mansion 2 but I agree that ALBW is the best game I've played on the 3DS, and should be higher..



CaptainToad commented on Ubisoft Clarifies Reasoning For The Crew Skipp...:


Agreed it's not about sales, but it is all about profit. Will the time spent porting onto other consoles yield a fair profit. In the case of the PS3 the answer is also no. Sales for the PS4 are steady and growing fast, so one could argue that sales for the PS3 would also not do so well as most would get the PS4 version. Whereas the XBone is struggling, at least in comparison to the PS4.

Ubisoft will have a finite amount of staff and their time must be used in the most efficient way. They'll be using all sorts of reporting models to justify which projects they'll be working on.

Decisions like this will sometimes be political, but often than not it all boils down to how much profit they make. If it wasn't then companies wouldn't survive.



CaptainToad commented on Ubisoft Clarifies Reasoning For The Crew Skipp...:

Ubisoft can make all the excuses it wants but what it all boils down to is profitability. Will the effort to port the game to the Wii U make them a reasonable profit?

And the short answer

Should I ever run out of games to play on my Wii U, which is unlikely at this point, then it would also be a PS4 for me too. But to compliment my Wii U.



CaptainToad commented on Talking Point: Deconstructing Nintendo's Retai...:

In a nutshell this is all down to commercials. Will the time and effort making a physical copy produce more profit? If yes, Nintendo will do it.

Personally, with the exception of VC titles I have zero interest in digital copies. They're more expensive, not cross platform (I can play all the Wii games I missed out on on my Wii U; I doubt you'll be able to play downloadable Wii U titles on Nintendo's next console), non transferable and simply don't look good on my shelf.

I can certainly understand some people's reasoning for them though, and I believe most, if not all titles should be made available in both formats. It should always be about giving consumers choices and options.



CaptainToad commented on Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Delay in Europe...:


I couldn't agree more. What does make America so different? Aside from a few subtleties, nothing.

I'm hardly surprised though, our PAL region has always been screwed over. The SNES days were the worst. I can understand certain games only being made available for the Japanese market, but aside from a few sports titles Europe and America should be treated identically.

Personally, this title along with B2 and Smash were games I was looking forward most to. There are other good titles I'll be purchasing but this news is disappointing.



CaptainToad commented on Sainsbury's Reduces Mario Kart 8 Wii U Bundle ...:

Right now, a bundle package under £200 represents a good deal, and which any serious potential customer shouldn't complain about. That being said, the Wii U will always need to be around 30% less expensive than the competition. Not because of any technical differences, but because any potential customer sitting on the fence of their next gaming console would be looking at value for money as one of their main criteria.

@THENAMESNORM - Any comparisons to the Wii launch price is not a true reflection of what the Wii U should be priced at. Eight years is a very time in the world of gaming and finance. The world has changed dramatically and we live in different times. The price for the Wii U should be based on the economies right now.



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

I played the very first Zelda when it first came out. I remember it being marketed as a 20+ hour game. And I've recently finished the most recent title, ALBW, and I would say with the exception of TP this is a good solid list.

TP was a great game but not a very good Zelda game. In fact it was a terrible Zelda game. It was one of the reasons I sold my Wii so early on in its life. It was way too linear, boring and lacked any sense of exploration, secrets and puzzles. It baffles me why it's some peoples favourite.

Anyways, pleased that OTT is no.1



CaptainToad commented on The NES Story Began On This Day 31 Years Ago:

I was eleven years old and it was Christmas 1988. We got our first ever computer/console, the NES. On Christmas day we played SMB and Golf and on Boxing Day I played Metroid, for hours. So much so that I was playing it in my dreams and I couldn't get it out of my head.

Twenty six years later and I'm still playing games, although I've had my peaks and troughs at different points in my life.

For me though the golden era was the 16bit and the Super Nintendo the greatest games machine ever created, but the NES is still a fantastic machine.



CaptainToad commented on Wii U Version Of Project CARS Drops To The Bac...:

Although disappointing, this does make some sense commercially.

There are some great games coming out this autumn & winter, Hyrule, B2, CaptainToad, Smash, and if anyone's still interested, Watch Dogs. So it may have got lost being released in the middle of these. Also, delaying it until early 2015 would give us something to look forward to once the we've finished playing some of these games at Christmas.

I just hope people don't get to miffed and don't buy it out of spite.



CaptainToad commented on Video: Hands-On With Captain Toad: Treasure Tr...:

This game just looks so much fun and will be a Day one purchase. Sometimes Nintendo road test ideas before releasing them as full titles. Galaxy was first seen in Sunshine and look how that turned out.

This Autumn and Winter we will be getting a lot of action/intense games and Captain Toad's title looks like the perfect tonic for a nice change of space.