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Sat 21st Sep 2013

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CricketGoat commented on Poll: Is Online Co-Op a Major Miss in Hyrule W...:

I remember filling out a club Nintendo survey about online play, and I told them that I would love online play because, due to my current stage of life (family, kids, etc. and all my friends also having family, kids, etc.) I don't get to play with friends too often and it would be great to play online with them. Then I realized, even the games that are online that me and my friends all have, we rarely ever play online.

So, for me, I've realized that online for most games is completely unnecessary and tertiary in importance, behind solid single player and local multiplayer... just in case a friend does come by.



CricketGoat commented on SteamWorld Dig May Have a Discount on Wii U Fo...:

The more I think about it, the less I actually care about cross-buy on games until Nintendo includes some form of cross-save, either through cloud, or manual transfer, or something. If I'm playing a game at home and want to play the same game on the road, the last thing I want to do is start it over or play from a different save file. If there was cross-buy without cross-save I would still end up playing a game on a single platform with the other just sitting there.

I guess VC would be the exception to this as a lot of VC games are more single play experiences.



CricketGoat commented on Iwata: Wii Fit U's Free Trial Period Will Impr...:

@TheWatcher I agree. It's less about finding that "one" thing that will move the consoles and more about building up a critical mass of reasons to get it. When I tell people about all of the different great things available on the console, they are significantly more interested than when I tell them about the "one big game". The Wii U now has a really solid library of great an diverse titles. That's what will get people through the door IMO.



CricketGoat commented on Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This...:

@Gunblade_Hero Nice! Baten Kaitos is one of my favourite RPG's ever!

As for me, I had to cancel my preorder of Pokemon X (super sad!), but I'll be okay, as I'll be playing Wonderful 101 (which I have been loving!), and SMT IV (which has also been a treat... once I figured out what the heck I was doing).



CricketGoat commented on Reaction: Nintendo Reminds Us of the Wii's Glo...:

Personally, I adore the GamePad, I think it's fantastic and don't really feel like it's been under-utilized as much as other people do. And the off-tv play is a feature I didn't even realized I wanted or needed until it was available. Along those lines I also love that Nintendo is still, not only allowing, but integrating the Wii Remotes. Pikmin 3 reminded me how legit the Wii Remote is as a control scheme. When used right, I find the motion aspect is so intuitive and enjoyable. But beyond that, I loved using it for a game like Xenoblade that didn't use any motion elements. The I find the remote-in-one-hand-nunchuck-in-the-other approach really comfortable.

The point is I wish we could all stop thinking that "Motion controls are 'last gen' and Nintendo using them means they have no idea what they are doing with the WiiU". I remember hearing comments when Pikmin 3 came out along those lines and it just doesn't resonate with me.

I mean, no one complains about the fact that PS and Xbox have basically used the same controller, with adjustments and tweaks, for several consoles now. No one says, "another dual shock?! I feel like I'm playing as PS2..."

Nintendo has given developers a palette of great control options so that whatever the needs of the game there is a control scheme for it. Making a game where motion controls would be great, Wii Remotes are awesome! Want to use touch screen for better inventory/map/asynchronous/something else we haven't seen yet? The GamePad's dope for that! Wanna do something classic? Pro Controller. Bam!

How does this ramble tie into the announcement? I just don't feel like the fact that Wii Sporta Club features games that will primarily focus on motion controls means that it doesn't belong on the Wii U. The Wii U is not about a specific control scheme/gimmick. It is about the continued exploration of new/different/fun gaming experiences built on the continued legacy of everything, hardware and software, that has come before.

I think having Wii Fit and Wii Sports in HD with online play/interaction (Miiverse!), is a welcome addition on a platform that has, in all honesty, kept me busier as a gamer than I've been in a long time. And the pricing/release structure is brilliant. Well played, Ninty.

Whew! Okay, I'm done now. Peace y'all!