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Caryslan commented on Yokai Watch 2 Maintains Dominance as Hardware ...:

@eaglebob345 I would be shocked if Microsoft even bothers with the Xbox One in Japan. The Xbox and the 360 both flopped in Japan, and there is no intrest in the Xbox brand over there.

Given the poor sales of home consoles in Japan, Microsoft would be better served selling their consoles in the West and elsewhere. If the PS4 and Wii U are struggling to make an impact, then the Xbox One will be DOA in that market.



Caryslan commented on Talking Point: The Wii U eShop is Raising Toug...:

@vamkar Honestly, the Nintendo Seal of Quality was meaningless, even during the NES era. All it bascally meant is that a developer paid Nintendo to allow them to make games on the NES, and there was no questionable content in the game.

Otherwise, the Nintendo Seal of Quality was a cute little marketing tool to convince parents to buy products that only Nintendo allowed.

But for the quality of the game? The seal basically meant nothing. Companies like Acclaim released garbage games on the NES, as did other companies. If the seal was a judge of quality, Acclaim never would have found any success on the NES.



Caryslan commented on Wii U Purchasing Intent Doubles In The Wake Of...:

For people who are curious why the PS4 is still selling so well, my assumption is that people are buying the console in anticipation of games that will eventually come out. We know Kingdom Hearts 3, Final Fantasy XV, Batman: Arkham Knight, Assassin's Creed Unity, Fallout 4, Tekken 7, and other major high-profile games are coming to the PS4 eventually, and like it not, none of those games look to be coming to the Wii U.

Now, the question remains as to why Microsoft is not enjoying an upwswing as well since most of those games will also be on the Xbox One. The best answer is that many gamers likely don't trust Microsoft after all the crap that they pulled leading up the Xbox One's release.

Microsoft is learning the hard lesson that Sony learned last generation. That consumers will gladly leave your console if they feel like they are being insulted and ripped off by a greedy company. With the PS3, Sony insulted their fanbase with arrogant comments and a belief that the system alone would sell the system.

They spent the past generation rebuilding their reputation, and they have just recently managed to win back gamers and make the PS3 something of a success.

Microsoft will likely be in the same boat Sony was last generation, trying to rebuild their reputation with gamers while gradually winning them back. They made some good steps, and realized their mistake sooner than Sony did last gen. So, they should be fine.

As for Nintendo, they will do what they have always done. Sell their systems on the strength of their IPs that can't be found anywhere else.

Sony has the lead now, but this could become a close generation, just like the last one. If nothing else, it will be fun to watch.



Caryslan commented on Poll: Which is Your Favourite Super Smash Bros...:

Pac-Man is my top newcomer. Mega Man is cool and all, but he's not the icon Pac-Man is, plus Pac looks like he has a cool moveset where he pulls out old Namco arcade characters to attack opponents.

The other newcomers are great, but there is no beating the first icon of Gaming joining Smash. Especially when he has such a great looking moveset.



Caryslan commented on Nintendo Download: 17th July (North America):

Nintendo must have forgotten how to put a new Virtual Console game onto the 3DS eshop each week.

Really Nintendo, put up some Virtual Console games! Where's Final Fantasy, Donkey Kong Land, or the other NES and Game Boy games that are in the pipeline that have been out for months in other regions?

There's no excuse given there are tons of games they could put up each week.



Caryslan commented on Meet LeapTV, The Wii Challenger in 2014:

What cheap clickbait! Leapfrog is not trying to tap into Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft's market with this system. They are selling this as a educational system that gets kids active, like their other products! More than likely, this won't even be sold in the Video Game aisle, but rather, will be sold in its own department in the toy section.

People really think this is trying to steal Nintendo's market? Come on guys, you all must also think Plug and Play games and Sega's new Genesis consoles that have built in games are also a threat to Nintendo as well, huh?

I mean, there's a portable Genesis on the market right now! The 3DS must be doomed!

This is cheap clickbait of the highest order. This is a leapfrog product, which means its aimed at little kids and will target parents by touting how educational it is. It kinda makes us look bad when we are sitting here bashing this system, when its clearly not even going for the same market as Nintendo or the other big two.

It's not like Nintendo is pushing out Mario's Alphabet Adventure on the 3DS.



Caryslan commented on Rayman Trophy Revealed For Super Smash Bros. O...:

I want it to be a Castlevania character, namely Simon Belmont with a Death assist trophy. Konami and Square Enix are the only two major Japanese developers who don't have a a rep in Smash Bros yet. If Snake did got cut, then the only logical option is to replace him with a Castlevania character.



Caryslan commented on Sony's Shuhei Yoshida Says Nintendo Provides B...:

@Kaze_Memaryu I don't see shooters as a problem on the Playstation platforms. Yes, the PS3 and PS4 both get their yearly Call of Duty installments and Battlefield every couple of years, but the shooter market has started to dry up over the last couple of years. Major titles like Medal of Honor: Warfighter, and Dead Space 3 flopped, Resistance is a dead brand at this point, and the only FPS titles that are still making any kind of money are Call of Duty, Battlefield, Halo, and Killzone, and even those have waned in popularity compared to previous games in those series.

This is why Call of Duty's popularity did not bother me, because the "me-too" copy cat FPS games that flooded the market would eventually flop and die out, just like all the GTA clones during the 6th generation and the mascot with an attitude platformers during the 16-bit era.

I've never felt Sony has ever been dependent on shooter games. Yeah, they have Killzone, but they also have other titles that cover a wide array of genres. Not to mention, out of the big three are pretty much the home console of JRPGs, quirky Japanese games, and countless other games.

Of course they make money off of the yearly Call of Duty, but its not the dependence that Microsoft seems to have. If Call of Duty every flops, I think Microsoft would be hurt the worst.

Sony still had JRPG fans, sports game fans(they are the only system with an MLB game right now) and fans of other games in general that may not be FPS fans who will still buy a Playstation.

Microsoft is the one that will be hurt the most if the FPS bubble bursts. They are dependent on Call of Duty, Battlefield, Gears of War, and Halo to sell their consoles. Besides Forza, what is there on the Xbox that is a major title that does not involve guns? And even the multiplats are simply better on Sony's platforms.

Sony and Nintendo are fine, since they have invested in a wide array of games for their platforms. Microsoft on the other hand may not be so lucky...



Caryslan commented on Sony's Shuhei Yoshida Says Nintendo Provides B...:

@retro_player_22 Don't know what the issue with the Arkham games are, since they are pretty much based on the modern version of Batman, which is a dark character anyway. The Batman games have a darker, more muted artstyle, but that's pretty much all modern Batman media(the Dark Knight movies were like the Arkham games in that regard and even the Batman Animated series was darker and more muted than the later Superman and Justice League cartoons in the same universe.)

Plus, Batman never touches a gun in any of the Arkham games, so I don't see the problem. I consider Batman a pretty good break from the countless FPS games on the market. Plus, the Arkham games are one of the few titles that encourage the player to use all of Batman's tools, rather than simply brute forcing your way through the game.

Now, with a fourth game coming, the Arkham games aren't a fresh as they were in 2009, but they are still some of the best single player games on the market today.



Caryslan commented on Poll: Which Is The Best Legend Of Zelda Game?:

I am so happy Twilight Princess is winning, that was such a great game!

My top 5 Zelda games are

1. Twilight Princess
2. A Link to the Past
3. Link's Awakening
4. Ocarina of Time
5. The Legend of Zelda

I have never played Wind Waker or Minish Cap, so they are not in the running right now....



Caryslan commented on New Fighter for Super Smash Bros. to be Reveal...:

I don't know why people want a Kingdom Hearts character as Square Enix's rep.

I would rather see a Nintendo era Final Fantasy character or if they wanted to make my dream character wish happen, someone(maybe one of the heroes) from Dragon Quest with a Slime and Dracky assist trophy.

If I had to pick, the hero from Dragon Quest I, III, and V would be my top picks:)

Plus, Dragon Quest is pretty much a Nintendo exclusive at this point.

Unlike Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy which have not had a main series game on Nintendo platforms yet.



Caryslan commented on New Fighter for Super Smash Bros. to be Reveal...:

I don't think it will be anyone like Chrom or Shulk. I do believe those two are going to be in the game, but they both come from niche RPG franchises. I can't believe they would warrant an entire Trailer that comes with a countdown.

I wonder if it's a fourth third-party rep? Yeah. King K. Rool and Ridley are fairly major Nintendo names, but do they deserve their own countdown when characters like Little Mac did not get one?

Now the question is, which third-party character is it?



Caryslan commented on It Doesn't Look Like We'll Be Seing Sega Games...:

@Drac_Mazoku In many ways, it mirrors what happened to many old films and TV shows. Back when those were made, technology like VHS or modern streaming services did not exist, so many studios did not see any reason to keep old movies around, since they thought nobody would pay money to watch them again, years after their initial run in theathers. Plus, film was expensive back them, so it was cheaper to recycle and use it for a new movie or TV show.

With Video Games its the same thing, many older games were made in an era before emulation was widespread even on computers. To them, the game would be played on the platform that it came out on, and then would be discarded as gamers moved on to more powerful hardware. Now, the game roms were not reused like film was, but companies likely failed understand the need to properly protect their master copies.

Also, many games like Sega's and Bubble Bobble's master rom for the Arcade version were lost in various earthquakes that have struck Japan over the years.



Caryslan commented on First impressions: HD Brawling with Super Smas...:

Some thing that bothers me about these comments is that people are making assumptions that Smash 4 will be a horrible game compttivly, and that Sakurai has no clue what he's doing. My issue is that this is a game that the vast majority of us have not played yet. And even the pro players and the people at Best Buy demos played it for short periords of time, hardly enough to make a through judgment.

People are bashing this game all over the internet, but I have a question for everyone. When you first saw Melee trailers, did you think it would become a major tournament mainstay? Did you see anything beyond a party/fighting game hybrid that would be a fun diversion to Street Fighter and other "real" fighting games?

64, Melee, and Brawl's metagames were were not formed in a day, a week, a month, or even a year. It took time to discover all the little tricks that characters can do, exploits in the engine, and other stuff that made those games so popular with competitive players.

Now, Brawl did muddle up things to some degree. Tripping, questionable nerfs of veterans, and slower gameplay messed up Brawl's appeal to competitive gamers.

But Smash 4 seems to be taking a step back from that. The gameplay speed is faster, hitstun seems to be much better, many veterans like Link, Mario, and Samus have all be vastly improved, random tripping is gone, and there seems to be some effort to avoid the same pitfalls Brawl had.

Of course, there are unknowns. How will the new ledge mechanics effect the game for instance.

But to here some people talk, they act like Sakurai flipped the middle finger to the fans and introduced super tripping or some other things that messed up the game.

Maybe Smash 4 will be a disaster like Brawl was in terms of competitive play, but everything I've seen so far seems to show that some improvement has been made.

And that's the thing, for all any of us know, Smash 4 could end up having a very deep and rewarding metagame. People just need time with the game, and comparing to Melee all the time does not help matters.

Smash 64 was its own game, as were Melee and Brawl. Let's see how Smash 4 turns out before we judge it trash.



Caryslan commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Rewrote the E3 Ruleboo...:

@sinalefa No kidding. As much as I loved Duke Nukem Forever, I can still get a huge smile across my face when I play a new Kirby game. I love games of all types, regardless of the content as long as they were fun.

DNF and Kirby Triple Deluxe are two different games in terms of their content, but for me they were fun in their own ways. I loved blasting Pig Cops and hearing Duke's one-liners as I played through the game. Kirby Triple Deluxe made my smile because it was Kirby, and that game has some of the creative ideas I have ever seen in a 2D platform.

There are people out there who are convinced that you can't enjoy Nintendo or "kiddie" games if you're an adult. That at some point, you were supposed to outgrow those games.

But here's the thing, how many adults enjoy Pixar and Dreamworks movies? How many of them love those movies, despite them being marketed towards kids? How many people can watch a blood-soaked action movie and then turn around and enjoy Pixar's films?

That's the thing with Nintendo games, there is no age limits. Fun is fun, and I think that often gets lost in our desire to make games be more like movies. Is DNF the deepest FPS game out there? No, but I enjoyed freezing Pig Cops and then shattering them. Is Kirby the deepest game series out there? No, but the copy powers, creative boss fights, and cool levels make them fun games to play through.

I won't outgrow Nintendo, because there is no outgrowing Nintendo. I play to enjoy myself and have fun. It's no different from adults playing with Legos.

If its something someone enjoys, then why bash them for it? Nintendo knows who their audience is, and they also know that adults will still sit down and play their games. If they had any doubts, then why do they market clothing with Mario on it to both adults and children?



Caryslan commented on Kotaku Says YES to the Wii U - Rejoicing Begins:

It really helps that Nintendo did well at E3 while Sony and Microsoft kinda forgot to bring their A game. When a major highlight of Sony's press conference is a TV show and a port of last gen games like GTA V and Last of Us to the PS4, it raises the question as to if these next-gen systems are even worth it right now.

Honestly, I have yet to see a reason to stop playing my PS3 and 3DS. And when I do get a next-gen console, the Wii U is my top choice.



Caryslan commented on First Impressions: Going Portable With Super S...:

@Xiao_Pai Honesly, I have liked the 3DS stages more than the Wii U ones. If anything, they seem to have some interesting gimmicks outside of "dodge a stage hazard that can kill you". The Golden Plains stage looks fun, the Pac-Man stage looks awesome and we also get the Balloon Fighter stage, Gerudo Valley, Spirit Tracks, and Arena Ferox! Plus, we're getting back Melee stages like Jungle Japes.

Honestly, I think the 3DS version has the more interesting stages out of the two versions.



Caryslan commented on First Impressions: Going Portable With Super S...:

Hold on, I just watched the video. Does classic mode now have branching paths? If so, then it may be even better than Melee's classic mode!

I hope Board the Platforms, Race to the Finish, and character specific Break the Targets make a comeback as well



Caryslan commented on First Impressions: Going Portable With Super S...:

Getting a 3DS version will allow me to enjoy the newest Smash Bros without having to buy a Wii U. So far, everything I have seen for Smash 4 looks awesome. The game plays faster than Brawl, hitstun is back, the changes to the ledge mechanics is intresting, and the new items look fun.

Plus, I love the new character roster. Brawl added the major Nintendo characters who missed the cut in Melee and 64, while this one seems to be more focused on adding unusual characters that bring something new in terms of gameplay.

Plus,Pac-Man and Mega Man is in the game! How awesome is that?



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

@Geonjaha I was wondering if Square Enix was hoping Nintendo would help them bring those games over, and something happened between the two. After Dragon Quest V sold poorly on the DS, Square Enix intended to stop bringing Dragon Quest to the west, and Nintendo offered to help them publish the games over in the West.

Either Nintendo bailed on the franchise in the west, or something else happened to stop the games from coming over here.

Quite frankly, Dragon Quest has sold poorly over here and Square Enix has little reason to bring the games to the west, especially if the costs of localization aren't worth it given potential sales.

Now, maybe Nintendo should step in again and help them out. I'm honestly surprised Nintendo has not helped bring over at least the DQ VII remake.

But I think without Nintendo helping them out, Square Enix likely see little reason to bring anymore Dragon Quest games over.



Caryslan commented on Video: You Really Don't Want To Know What Kids...:

@TheRealThanos For me, old NES games look horrible on a modern TV, and I can't get good enough light in my house to really play a Game Boy. Its not a knock against the old hardware, and if you like to play games on their original systems, then I see no problem with that.

For me, I like the convenience of the Virtual Console. I love having the option of using save states to get past tricky parts and beat older games that I could never beat as a kid. I like the option of having a back light, and to me, older games look much sharper on a modern 3DS screen.

In general, I used to have the same mindset of "A game is better played on the original hardware" Until I realized NES and even SNES games look horrible on modern HDTVs, and the Game Boy consoles are hard to see without a backlight.

So, for me, it's a matter of opinion. Game Boy Tetris is the same game that is was on the 3DS, only better since I can create a restore point and come back to a game later on.

The problem with emulators on PCs and tablets is that they never feel natural. Now, on a 3DS that has a control pad and A & B buttons? Feels about as natural as it was back on the old Game Boy. That's why I wish Nintendo would focus more on the virtual console. I think the service is best way to replay older games.



Caryslan commented on Video: You Really Don't Want To Know What Kids...:

@B3ND3R Let's be honest here, why should kids that grow up with not only tablets and smartphones, but modern handhelds be impressed with the old black & white game boy? That's like saying a fan of modern movies is spouting blasphemy for not being fans of Black & White silent films from the 20's.

Fact is, the Game Boy hardware has aged very poorly. For its time, it was impressive since color handhelds ate batteries and were heavier, so it had key advantages over the Game Gear, Turbo Express, and Lynx. But by modern standards, the Game Boy really has nothing to offer outside of quality games. The screen sucks, besides the Pocket its not as portable, and the lack of a backlight makes the game harder to see.

Granted, I'm not a fan of tablet games myself, but I grew up with a Game Boy and I'll never go back to that older generation of handhelds. Simply put, modern handhelds like the 3DS and Vita have so many features packed into them, its amazing how technology marches on.

Kids are going to have this reaction given the Game Boy is over 20 years old, and the only thing it still has going for it are its games, which can be found on the 3DS.

That's why I find this video pointless. It's like sticking DOS in front of a modern computer user and then acting like they are wrong for bashing the product.

The Game Boy is a relic of a different time, with hardware that has aged very poorly. The Pocket and Color have aged better, but even they have shortcomings by modern standards.

Respect the Game Boy, but I can see how kids don't get it. Hell, I grew up with a Genesis as my first systems with an NES as my close second. I still don't get how people were amused by early games on the 2600, and early computers.

It comes with the march of technology. Someday, the children of these kids will be up in a video bashing the iPhone and asking how people coped with a device like that.



Caryslan commented on Video: You Really Don't Want To Know What Kids...:

@dAvecaster That's kinda the thing, even if we remove tablets from the discussion for a moment, modern Handhelds like the 3DS and the Vita have come very far, and offer things that were not possible 20 years ago.

A kid growing up with a 3DS that can download games, has a web browser, 5 levels of backlighting, a touch screen, a shop with hundreds of games, and online play is not likely to understand what made the Game Boy so special.

The Game Boy was a product of its time, and while a classic system in its own right, the hardware has become very outdated. The games are still good, and I think that's where the Virtual Console steps in very well. It helps introduce old games to modern audiences while adding modern conveniences like save states and backlighting.

The funny thing about all this is that technology keeps moving on. In 20 years, when these kids have children of their own, we'll likely see kids look at an iPhone and a 3DS and ask how people managed to work with such technology back in the day.

This is why I wish Nintendo would step up their support of the Virtual Console. Its not just older gamers who buy these VC games, the service also helps introduce newer games to those classic games, while avoiding the issues that came with older systems like the NES and Game Boy.



Caryslan commented on Video: You Really Don't Want To Know What Kids...:

I don't get the point of these videos, of course kids today will think a Game Boy is horribly outdated and less fun than mobile devices and modern handheld systems.

I was the same way when I was a kid. I grew up during the Sega Genesis/SNES era, and I thought the Atari 2600 that my parents loved looked outdated and was not any fun. Even the old NES got unfairly treated since all I wanted to play was the SNES and the Sega Genesis.

Of course kids from today are going to react like this, the old Game Boy is over 20 years old. Many older gamers like me may have fond memories, and we lived back when something like the old pea-soup Game Boy was a major deal.

These kids are not wrong, they just grew up in a different era of gaming. If people really want to get them to appreciate these classic games, have them play Game Boy games on a 3DS or 2DS with a modern screen and backlight.

Even I have to admit that the gameboy while impressive for its time, is a system that has aged poorly. Note, I'm talking about the system itself, not the games.

I would like to see how these kids react to playing Game Boy games on a 3DS with save states, a backlight, and a crisp, clear screen. I think many of them would change their tune.



Caryslan commented on EA Explains Why It's Abandoning Dedicated Hand...:

I wonder how Sony feels since, they were more dependent on portable versions of EA's games than Nintendo was. For the DS, Madden and Fifa were side versions, while the PSP versions of Madden were heavily promoted by Sony as system sellers.

But now, the Vita has lost a major selling point over the 3DS, which would have been having the best version of EA's sports games on a portable console.

I know Sony has dropped the ball with the Vita, but I get the impression that they were banking on big Third-Party developers to support the system, and put out games on the platform. When that failed to happen, Sony was left holding the bag trying to support the Vita on their own, while getting indies and niche Japanese developers to fill the void.

Losing Madden won't hurt the 3DS that much, since sports game never sold Nintendo handhelds anyway. But I wonder how much of an impact this will have on the Vita, since Sony made sports games a major selling point of the PSP.



Caryslan commented on Nintendo UK Store's Kirby Hypernova Pack Aims ...:

I love my 2DS, its form factor kinda reminds me of the old Game Boys, especially the Game Boy Advance. For me, it fits much better in my hand, and feels more comfortable to play due to the way the system is curved and the much larger L & R Buttons.

I have an old 3DS that I replaced with my 2DS, and I don't have any desire to go back. The 2DS is everything I wanted in a handheld. As for the missing 3D feature, that does not matter to me since my eyes had trouble with the 3D anyway. As for the sound, I tend to use headphones when I play portables, so the lack of stereo does not bother me.

Quite frankly, I don't get why people bash the 2DS so much. Its a good little system that is aimed at a specific portion of the market, namely children and adults who want to play 3DS games, but don't want to spend alot of money on a system. Given 2DS systems have gone as low as 99 bucks at times, I think Nintendo has a good idea with the 2DS.

Namely. they have a handheld that can be sold cheaply, and is pretty easy to bundle with games to encourage sales. I think the 2DS has done nothing but help the 3DS family grow in terms of sales.

I love my 2DS, and I can't see myself ever upgrading unless XL's get really cheap(at least 129 bucks). I'm not going spend a fortune on a handheld console, and the 2DS is the right price without losing very much in the way of features.



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

I'll be blunt, as a 3DS and PS Vita owner, I'm kinda bothered by how those two systems were disregarded and treated at E3. I understand Nintendo's focus is on trying to save the Wii U, and Sony's main business is home consoles, but I felt rather insulted.

One new 3DS game was all Nintendo could bother to show off? Gee, thanks Nintendo, way to flip the bird to the 45 million 3DS owners who have bought your system. Yeah, Pokemon and Smash are coming, and you have a new IP arriving as well. What about your other franchises? Why not show off a Majora's Mask remake if you have really been working on it? How about some other 3DS games?

But at least Nintendo bothered to show off the amazing one new game at E3.

Sony could not even be bothered to do anything with the Vita besides remind us how we well soon be able to play PS3 games on our Vita and how they have "100 games"(most likely more ports) in development for the Vita.

Sony, why not show off those games? Was the BS about your stupid show really that important?

I'm not bashing the home consoles, and I know the Wii U needed the boost, but why are handhelds just being disregarded at E3 this year?

Especially the 3DS! There are games coming to the system, and Nintendo can't be bothered to even devote at least a potion of their direct to showing off the unannounced 3DS games!

I don't own a Wii U, so while the announcements are interesting, they don't mean anything to me. On the other hand, I own a 3DS, and I would have loved to have seen some new games shown off on that platform and it be given a major place at the biggest game show of the year.

Two years ago, Nintendo did an entire separate press conference for the 3DS and its games. I'm not even asking for that. I just want a little time in the direct for 3DS games.

Props to Nintendo for showing off some off stuff for the Wii U, they did it better than anyone. But they and Sony also deserve some major jeers for not even making their handhelds a major part of the show.



Caryslan commented on Atari's "Corporate Comeback Strategy" Includes...:

Wow, losing the Dragon Ball Z license really hurt Atari worse than I thought. Of course, they were pretty much getting by due to being the distributor of DBZ games in NA. Once Bandai Namco took over, they really have nothing left.

Honestly, what was the last major Atari game in recent years that did not have the Dragon Ball Z license attached to it?



Caryslan commented on E3 2014: Intelligent Systems Will Reveal New A...:

Fire Emblem is just fine, it just had a game on the 3DS that was very successful, and Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem is right on schedule, and looks to be pretty successful on its own.

So, I'm not worried about getting a new Fire Emblem, it prints enough money for Nintendo to keep making new games in the series.

But where had Advance Wars gone? Why don't we have a new game yet? Unless I'm wrong, I thought Days of Ruin did pretty well in terms of sales. Did it flop or something?

Can anyone clarify on that?



Caryslan commented on E3 2014: Ubisoft Admits to Holding Back Comple...:

@eaglebob345 The last Prince of Persia flopped pretty badly across three platforms, and the 2008 game did not do much better. I would be very surprised if we do see another Prince of Persia game. I love the series, but its not a huge seller, so Ubisoft is unlikely to revive the franchise anytime soon.



Caryslan commented on Mario Kart 8 and the Wii U Take Top Spots in J...:

@Blue-Thunder Staying out of Japan is the smartest move Microsoft will ever make. Consoles don't sell in Japan anymore, and they would lose more money than its worth trying to bring the Xbox One over there. Japanese consumers have been cold towards the Xbox anyway, so Microsoft is better served focusing their efforts on the west and other regions.

As the poor sales of the PS4 and Wii U have shown, Microsoft does not need Japan to have a successful system.



Caryslan commented on Mario Kart 8 and the Wii U Take Top Spots in J...:

@jakysnakydx You're talking about Japan, all console sales are abysmal over there. The Wii U will have a couple of good weeks before it plummets to the same level its been since launch.

Its not a knock against the Wii U or the PS4, but Japanese consumers simply don't care for home consoles. They prefer to play on the 3DS, Playstation Vita, and tablets over there.

Likely, this is a trend for this generation. PS4 and Wii U sales will spike around the release of a major title, and then plummet back down once the hype surrounding that title vanishes.

Good for the Wii U, but the real test is how much of an impact Mario Kart 8 had for the Wii U's sales in the West. Japan is a poor standard for judging home consoles right now. Hell, I would even say Japan is meaningless when it comes to judging home consoles sales. They are into handhelds, and nothing will change that.

The true barometer of Mario Kart 8's success will be its impact in the west where consoles are still very popular and the top gaming devices.



Caryslan commented on Mario Kart 8 Drives Wii U Sales In The UK, Cla...:

@MoonKnight7 I played Pikmin on both the Gamecube and the Wii and I never really got into it. Glad to see its back for people who do enjoy the IP, but for my own tastes, I want to see a new Star Fox or F-Zero.

I don't buy home consoles until they are usually two years old at the earliest. This gives the system time to build up their game library, drop in price, and see if there are any hardware revisions.

The biggest thing for me is that consoles are pretty expensive right now. I got my PS3 back in 2012, so I have not even scratched the surface of classics that I need to play on that console. And since the PS3 is going to be supported for another couple of years, I see no rush to upgrade.

For right now, my 2DS and PS3 are the perfect combo to play most of the games that are coming out. Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire remakes, and Smash Bros are coming to the 2DS, while stuff like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Mortal Kombat X are coming to the PS3.

Heck, I still have to catch up on some PS3 games that came out earlier this year such as Castlevania: Lord of Shadow 2.

I like the Wii U. I think its a great system that gets bashed unfairly, and I intend to get one when the time is right. But for right now, my 2DS and PS3 are more than enough.



Caryslan commented on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Wii U Rumours P...:

@Kaze_Memaryu Every recent Call of Duty does get two years of development time, that's why you have different developers work on each one. In fact, with Sledgehammer games also joining in, it looks like Activision is shooting for a three-year development cycle for each new Call of Duty.

I think that's the thing many people don't really know, Call of Duty does come out every year, but each one spends at least two years in development since Infinity Ward and Treyarch take turns releasing their games. Add Sledgehammer games in there, and we likely won't see Treyarch's next game till 2015, Infinty Ward's next game till 2016, and Sledgehammer's next game till 2017.

That would be a three-year gap between Black Ops II, Ghosts, and Advanced Warfare.

That's three years of development time for all of those new Call of Duty games.

Now, the individual quality of games can be debated, but these are not titles that Activison throws out the door after 6 months of development. They have so many developers now working on the Call of Duty franchise, they can safely take their time with each game, and still have one ready to go every year.

I would not be shocked if Raven software somehow becomes a fourth developer of Call of Duty given their involvement with Modern Warfare 3 and Ghosts.



Caryslan commented on Mario Kart 8 Drives Wii U Sales In The UK, Cla...:

@darthmawl For me, the Wii U is still not worth the money, especially since my PS3 still has alot of mileage left in it. Those are all impressive games, but I really don't care for Pikmin 3 or Wonderful 101, and I'm not a huge Mario Kart fan.

Smash may have compelled me to pic up a Wii U, but its coming to the 3DS. So, if I want to play Nintendo games, I can play them on my 3DS, especially since the 3DS has a much stronger library than the Wii U at this time.

So for me, the Wii U is still not worth the money even with its impressive games. I'm hoping for another price drop before I go pick one up.

I'm still catching up on PS3 classics, and Smash is coming to the 3DS first, so there is really no hurry to pick up a Wii U.



Caryslan commented on Nintendo Announces The GameCube Controller Ada...:

Good news for all the Gamecube controller fans! As for me, I'll keep using the Classic Controller Pro like I did in Brawl. For me, the CCP is the best way to play Smash Bros..

On a related note, I'm hopeful this means Nintendo has finally realized they have a fighting game series that is popular with competitive gamers, and will start exploiting that with official tournaments and maybe even being a sponsor of Smash events at tournaments like Evo.

They already host Pokemon events, so maybe Smash will get the same treatment. I'm hoping Nintendo is making a serious push into making officially supporting the competitive Smash scene.



Caryslan commented on 3DS Tops Japanese Hardware Chart as Wii U Secu...:

So, the comments section has turned into childish fanboy wars over two consoles that quite frankly aren't selling very well overall in Japan.

Good job guys.... Way to stay classy...

I mean, we can't have two successful home consoles in Japan, of course, both the PS4 and Wii U could you know... Both thrive and be highly successful...

Nah, let's hope just toss around childish insults mocking Sony and arguing the merits of two systems that would not even be half on the sales that the Super Famicom Wii, or Playstation 2 put up back in their day....



Caryslan commented on Poll: A Tale of Two Blockbusters as Mario Kart...:

How about neither game? I don't really care to get Watch Dogs for my PS3 until it drops in price, and I don't have a Wii U to play Mario Kart. Besides, I really don't care about Mario Kart that much.

Now, if this were a new F-Zero with online? Then we would be talking!

Well, guess I'll be finishing up Mega Man 10 and Duke Nukem Forever this weekend.



Caryslan commented on Fans Plan a Revival of Mega Man Legends 3:

@MASAHIROSAKURI The useless Street Fighter team? You do realize Street Fighter IV is one of Capcom's most popular games this generation and is one of the few that has gotten a positive reception.

If anything, Street Fighter IV is one of the few positives from Capcom this generation.

That said, I do agree with you about the building comment.



Caryslan commented on Ike Joins the Battle in Super Smash Bros. for ...:

@SockoMario Thank you! As an Ike and Lucario player, it annoys me that people bash them and act like they are somehow responsible for "insert character" not being in the game.

Here are my thoughts on why both of them deserve to be in the roster.

Ike has the honor of being the only other lord besides Marth to be a main character in more than one Fire Emblem game. Plus, Awakening also went out of its way to have a character who claimed to be his descendent and had his sword Ragnell, which unless I'm wrong, makes him the only other Lord from a previous game besides Marth who is referenced to. Not to mention, he's one of the most popular character in both Fire Emblem and Brawl. He deserves to be in.

Lucario is the same way. He was one of the most promoted Pokemon in Gen IV and was at the forefront of Gen VI's promotion in terms of a role in the storyline, and being one of the main Pokemon that was used to hype mega Evolutions with only the Gen I starters and Mewtwo getting more promotion than he did. And like I said, a Lucario was the main focus of the Mega Evolution quest in X & Y. Not to mention, he's been in a movie where he had a major starting role. Lucario is still relevant to the Pokemon franchise.

My point is this, Ike and Lucario deserve their place in Smash 4's roster. They are not holding anyone back or keeping any other character out of the roster. Ike and Lucario are some of the most popular and important characters from their respctive franchises who both bring unquie movesets and gameplay styles to the table.

Honestly, what more do people want?



Caryslan commented on Ike Joins the Battle in Super Smash Bros. for ...:

Why do people keep thinking Chrom won't be in simply because Ike came back? And before we start the "Well, that would make three blue-haired swordmen." thing, since when does that matter? Sakurai does not have patterns that he avoids. Remember, people kept making up standards on the internet as to why Ike, Lucario, and Toon Link would not make it back in, and guess what.

They all made it back in! The arguments, trends, and patterns that people found meant nothing.

The only factor that decides if Chrom makes it into Smash 4 is moveset potental and if he deserves to have a roster slot.

We don't even know if Fire Emblem will be limited to two reps this time. The series has gotten pretty popular, and out of all the potental series(Mother, F-Zero, Metroid) they are at the top of the list to get a third rep.

The only Fire Emblem character whose chances were hurt by Ike's return is Roy, and that's only because FE having three reps won't leave any room for him.

But Chrom's chances are just as good as they ever were. This is just like everyone who bashed Lucario and started acting like Mewtwo has no chance to make it back in. Who thought Charizard of all characters would make it back in? Who thought Toon Link would come back?

Mewtwo and Chrom may be in the roster. Maybe Sakurai wanted to get Ike revealed before he showed off a new Fire Emblem character? Maybe he's waiting till E3 to show off Mewtwo's return?

Nothing is certain, but can we all stop acting like Ike and Lucario are somehow holding back characters? Sakurai loves surpises and he does not follow patterns.

If Chrom and Mewtwo are in Smash 4, then they will be shown off when we least expect it. Namely, when fans assume there is no chance that they will make it in.



Caryslan commented on Ike Joins the Battle in Super Smash Bros. for ...:

@TwilightV That may be the reason why Rangell is shorter this time around. Maybe they buffed Ike's speed, and removed the insane range that Rangell had in Brawl.

As an Ike player, I would welcome that change. Ike was pretty good at keeping other characters at bay with Rangell's length, but once certain characters closed the gap, Ike had a hard time dealing with them.

So, a faster Ike in terms of movement speed and attack speed is welcome in my opinion.



Caryslan commented on NPD Q1 Spend Shows 1% Drop Despite Substantial...:

@dumedum The PS4 is the best selling next-gen home console right now. its not like the Wii U is setting the charts on fire either in Japan. Home Consoles don't really sell in Japan anymore, so the PS4 doing poorly really means less then you think. Its not like the Wii U is doing any better over there.

Like it or not, the PS4 is the top selling home console of the next gen. That is hardly a flop.



Caryslan commented on Japanese Retail Sales Struggle as Just 76 Unit...:

@Gabjazz It's doomed? The Wii U has been posting sales like this for over a year in Japan. If the PS4 is considered doomed, that what is the Wii U? We're not even sure Mario Kart or Smash Bros will give the Wii U the spike it needs in Japan.

Pikmin 3, Wind Waker HD, and Super Mario 3D World were all supposed to be the games that pushed the Wii U's sales, and they all failed to uphold that promise.

I'm not hating on the Wii U, but the harsh reality is that Japan does not really care for consoles anymore. The PS3 is the only one that is hanging on by virtue of being established, but even its sales have been behind handhelds over the last few years.

Sony may not win Japan with the PS4, but neither will the Wii U if trends keep up. Its looks like the main market for home consoles will be the West, where they are still fairly popular.