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Thu 16th August, 2012

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Cesco commented on Nintendo Releases Drop in UK Charts in Face of...:

@whodatninja I can only speak about what happens in Italy, well here a console without FIFA or PES is a dead console, and this is the ugly truth. The funny thing is that when you take a look at the charts of the best-selling games, in the top five there are always... ALWAYS... in any given moment of the year at least one game from the "Call of duty" franchise and one game from the "FIFA" franchise; most often the top five includes 4 titles from these two franchises equally divided between the PS3 and the Xbox 360 version.
And I guess that in many other european countries it's more or less the same...



Cesco commented on Nintendo Acknowledges Network Issues and Sugge...:

Italy here. Still not working on both 3DS and Wii U at the moment.
I'm start wondering if Nintendo servers have been hacked or if there was an attempt and they're trying to put a patch on it, just as like as what happened on the Playstation Network some time ago.



Cesco commented on Review: Wii Sports Club: Tennis (Wii U eShop):

I don't know if this is a problem of the poor italian DSL lines, but I have personally experienced a lot of lag on every match and i have also heard the same thing from other users on IGN Italia: there's a lot of lag when you play WSC: TENNIS online, so much that it's almost unplayable.



Cesco commented on Nintendo Financial Reports Bring Minor Profit,...:

IMHO it's quite natural that the Wii U is not selling in Europe.

No FIFA 14

I strongly believe that the lack of both these top-selling football games is a death sentence for a console, as the Sega Dreamcast has teached us in the past.



Cesco commented on Hands On: An Evening With Wii Karaoke U By Joy...:

Hey, I can even testify that this software even works perfectly with the Sony Singstar microphones! :-)

Unfortunately its database is made of only english songs, so none of my friends will ever want to sing more than one or two songs with it at the moment.



Cesco commented on Meet Molotov Man, Sensible Software's Unreleas...:

> Sensible Software is a company which is perhaps more famous in the UK than the rest of the world.

Are you kidding me? Here in Italy it's usually considered a legendary software house that redefined the gaming scene during the eighties (with Microprose Soccer) and the nineties (with Sensible Soccer). Every kid back then used to have at least one of these two games, or Cannon Fodder on his C64 or Amiga computer.

There was a time when boys like me used to think that the coolest thing it might ever happen in their lives was to take a flight to England and gain a contract as a game designer with DMA Design, Team 17, System-3, Ultimate or Sensible Software. Or in the worst case, find a job at Ocean, U.S. Gold or Elite :-)

With the exception of DMA Design (now Rockstar games) and Ultimate (now Rare) those days are gone :-(



Cesco commented on Nintendo Direct: Wii U And 3DS Broadcast Comin...:

My (quite) reasonable hopes for tomorrow:

1) Nintendo confirms that all their games from now on will support online multiplayer

2) Super Mario 3D World will have a playable demo, and it'll be available next thursday :-D



Cesco commented on Nintendo Download: 8th August (Europe):

IMHO this is the weakest week of the year so far. I bet that Nintendo is probably thinking that everyone is on vacation and nobody will care about the eshop on August.



Cesco commented on Feature: When it Comes to Games, What's in a N...:

Speaking about Konami games, don't forget that for us europeans the shoot-em-up smash hit "Gradius" was called "Nemesis". Other Konami games with changed names were:

  • Life force (here it's named "Salamander")
  • Gradius II (here it's named "Vulcan Venture")

Oddly enough, back in the 80s I had the NES version of Salamander and it was called... Life Force!



Cesco commented on Nintendo Setting Up Thousands Of StreetPass Re...:

If they're smart they should put one relay station in every videogame shop across Europe IMHO, so the people could bring their 3DS with them, so while the owners could have a look at the newest titles their console could download and share new data.

AFAIK the only places in Italy that have these relay stations are the McDonald's restaurants.



Cesco commented on Super Mario 3D World Coming To Wii U This Dece...:

I still hope that a true sequel to Mario Galaxy will follow in late 2014, maybe they have assembled this game in a hurry to have a Mario game put on sale for christmas and to not hurt the sales of the Wii U... or at least this is what I wish with all my hearth...



Cesco commented on Super Mario 3D World Coming To Wii U This Dece...:

Probably I was expecting too much from this title, but I'm a little bit disappointed by both Mario 3D and Mario Kart. It seems to me that Nintendo is reproposing the same lineup of the 3DS but in high definition... I'm not saying that Mario Land 3D or Mario Kart 7 are bad games of course, it's just that I have already played both of them and I was expecting something new...

BTW, I'm wondering if the multiplayer part of this game could be played ONLINE and not just offline with four controllers as usual.



Cesco commented on Review: Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS):

I'm going to get it without paying a dime. Well, actually I live in Europe and since I already bought Luigi Mansion 2, Fire Emblem and DK Country returns, Nintendo will give me a free copy of the game. Lucky me :-)