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Sat 9th May, 2009

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Darknyht commented on Vita Overtakes 3DS in Tough Week for Japanese ...:

@wombatkidd They did get early Third Party support, but the lack of sales and the issues with file format caused the support to scale back or dry up starting in 2003. Look at how many exclusive Gamecube games such as RE4 found their way to other consoles in order to turn a profit.

Then there is the statistics of 648 GC games to 967 Xbox games to 3870 PS2 games released that paints a picture of both the Gamecube and Xbox not being favored by developers. Granted the PS2 released games until 2013 while the other two stopped production in '06 or '07, but I think even then the numbers heavily favor the PS2.



Darknyht commented on Vita Overtakes 3DS in Tough Week for Japanese ...:

@Meaty-cheeky The problem of the Wii U is the same problem Nintendo had with the N64, Gamecube, and Wii. The industry did something and Nintendo did the opposite. With the N64 it was the insistence on staying with the cartridge. With the Gamecube it was pushing the proprietary GameCube Disc format. With the Wii it was motion controls and passing HD Graphics. Now with the Wii U they have stuck with PowerPC while everyone else went Intel and they included second screen gaming out of the box.

These decisions are not bad or good, but different and third parties seem to hate differences. It takes effort to properly port to Nintendo, which takes money, and unfortunately it appears the current install base doesn't justify it.



Darknyht commented on Rumour: Mario Kart 8 Wii U Hardware Bundle On ...:

A bundle will probably happen, just not sure exactly when.

NoA still produces Wii Mini's because apparently they still sell, but I think the Wii's still in stores are just back stock. The Wii has not been part of their hardware offerings on their website for a while.



Darknyht commented on Vita Overtakes 3DS in Tough Week for Japanese ...:

Just really makes me sad that only Just Dance seems to be selling for the Wii U. There are some really good games out there. Unfortunately, my experience lately has been trying to find them in stores is a bit fo a treasure hunt.



Darknyht commented on Feature: The Castlevania That Konami Doesn't W...:

Let's be honest, there have been quite a few bad games in the Castlevania franchise and Haunted Castle is just a forgotten mental half-brother.

The thought of Castlevania: The Adventure on Gameboy still makes me mad and I've not played it in 20 years. The developers of that game and Operation C need to be forced to play ET on Atari for all eternity as punishment.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 10th April (North America):

@SunnyShores There is only so much that one company (Nintendo) can produce at once, and Nintendo has no control over the abandonment of the console by the major 3rd party developers.

That said, there are currently over 100 titles listed on Wikipedia currently with a drop date of 2014 or a specific quarter of 2014 listed for North America. That is not counting any Virtual Console stuff that will be released. That is also ignoring the over 150 titles already released.

So, is the Wii U hurting for over-hyped and over-marketed mainstream "AAA" Titles? Yes. But it isn't hurting for games if you are looking.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 10th April (North America):

Still chewing on Advance Wars from last week. That will probably carry me until SMB3 and Golden Sun drops next week, and then Yoshi Island plus NES Remix 2 drops the week after that.

So far, this has been the best release month I've seen for Nintendo since i bought my WiiU. I hope they have plans to keep this momentum going.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Is Working On The Next Mario Game, Bu...:

I am less than thrilled with another Mario Game, but it is at least a game.

I think again they should be pushing a mid-tier level of games using Kid Icarus, Advance/Battalion Wars, Star Tropics, Golden Sun and Punch-Out. Something that can be done quickly with 2D Sprite or Unity 3D level graphics and provide that old-school NES feel.



Darknyht commented on The Club Nintendo Rewards Are Confirmed for April:

Already have Super Mario World (bought that on the first day of having the Wii U) and I have little interest in most N64 games. 3D graphics from that era was great when they happened, but in my opinion they have not aged as well as the 2D graphics from the NES/SNES (GBA even) eras.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 3rd April (North America):

The real game I am waiting for now is Golden Sun and Super Mario Bros 3 later this month, but I will probably get Advance Wars or Metroid: Fusion at some point. Batman looks ok too, but out of the budget reach for now.



Darknyht commented on Exclusive: Nintendo Developing "Virtual U" VR ...:

@MAB lol.

As for the story, just another reason to hate using the internet on April 1st, At least be snarky and make it the Virtual FU since that will feed into the general populations grumbling. Your missing the opportunity for fake quotes like this: "We're giving people the Virtual FU they have demanded and deserve," says unnamed Nintendo rep.



Darknyht commented on Square Enix To Focus Less on the 'Global Aspec...:

The last Final Fantasy I really enjoyed was Final Fantasy IX on Playstation. I bought Final Fantasy XIII. I wanted to like it, but everything that made a Final Fantasy unique had been stripped away and replaced with something else.

I've never had any interest in buying another FF after that.



Darknyht commented on Poll: Have Your Say On The GamePad's Role With...:

In my own opinion, Off-TV play has been the best feature of the console. It is just too inconvenient for me to tie up the living room television with games anymore, plus I have the luxury of reclining or lying down and playing without too much discomfort. It proved invaluable last time my back acted up and I was stuck in bed for a day.



Darknyht commented on Dragon Quest X Reaches One Million Sales In Japan:

I would be happy just to see Dragon Quest IX get released on a Virtual Console service for Wii U (or any of the Dragon Quest games) long before Dragon Quest X comes over. I hate the MMO genre and was sad to see Square Enix push both Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest in that direction.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 20th March (North America):

I picked up 007 Legends from Amazon yesterday for $10. I probably will be playing Call of Bond this weekend. I've already played the first four chapters on Xbox, but thought it was worth picking up at that price for a generic FPS that actually still has a T Rating.

Just wish it had Off-TV play, as it will limit when I can play it. At least there is Wii Sports Club free weekend to mess around with, although I am not a fan of the golf so far (too realistic now).



Darknyht commented on Weirdness: This Footage Of The Famicom Disk Wr...:

If I remember I saw that the disks didn't have a cover on them like floppies here, so they were very easy to mess up. But outside of that, I would have been a happy kid to be able to get games by disk instead of cartridge at a discount. I was already well versed in floppies thanks to a C-64.



Darknyht commented on Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part Two:

Can we please just stop the ad nauseum posts about how there is nothing on the console? Just because you feel there isn't enough on the console that you like really doesn't mean there isn't numerous good games on the console. I say that understanding:

1. Most people own two consoles and the early 3rd Party games were old ports and you may own them already.
2. 3rd Parties have a bad habit of gimping Wii U versions, again not realizing (or maybe realizing) that people own two consoles and will buy a superior version.
3. Nintendo is doing everything they can to produce content. The only thing they need to improve is the Virtual Console service. Personally, I feel they should have been releasing games in order of release rather than the current chaotic system.
4. Nintendo is not Sony nor Microsoft. They will do things differently, for good or bad.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 6th March (North America):

I am more interested in the eShop has recently reduced Assassin's Creed III to $19.99 than anything else announced today. The only reason I haven't pulled the trigger was that I heard it was a steaming pile of glitches.

I realize that Gamestop has had it used at this price, but I generally prefer to give the developer money over Gamestop.



Darknyht commented on Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part Two:

Mass Effect 3 is a good game hindered by the fact the first two are not available and the new writers did not bother to stay consistent with the already established history and story. I've was really surprised by how good the multiplayer has been.

Super Mario 3D World is a great game, but I don't think that Wind Waker HD belongs on this list. While it is a vast improvement over the original, it is still one of the shortest and weakest Zeldas.



Darknyht commented on Nicalis Boss Tyrone Rodriguez Thinks The Wii U...:

@EdJericho I realize what the Eyetoy was and it's history. it is sort of like claiming the Xbox had the Live Vision camera before the Wii came out. Both were experiments, not true attempts to bring motion controls to the consoles. It wasn't until the Wii was revealed and sold so well that both Sony and Microsoft made a full fledged effort to add motion into their consoles.

I also know that the Vita is it's own system with games. I also know that it competes horribly in the portable market against the DS and that re-purposing it as a second screen for PS4 is probably an attempt to save the system from it's Wii U like sales numbers.

The fact is, out of the three companies currently making consoles Nintendo tends to be the one that truly innovates while the other two just iterates.



Darknyht commented on Nicalis Boss Tyrone Rodriguez Thinks The Wii U...:

If the gamepad was such a horrible idea, why are Microsoft and Sony doing everything in their power to copy the innovation (much like they did with motion controls) with Smartscreen and the PS Vita?

The difference is Nintendo included it in the box which makes it more likely to be used (sort of like Kinect and Xbox One), while Sony wants you to spend $200 on a Vita on top of a $400 console and Microsoft wants you to spend $100-500 on a tablet on top of a $500 console.



Darknyht commented on Latest PS4 Sales Figures Take it Past Wii U Li...:

And while Xbox One and Playstation 4 go have a knockout brawl over which is the superior console, I will be still over here playing Smash Brothers Brawl on the Wii U and be perfectly happy.

Console wars and what games are on a console only matter if you spend all your time worrying about what you don't have. There is plenty of games on the Wii U that offer unique and fun experiences. The sooner Wii U owners and Nintendo supporters stop worrying about what they don't have, the happier they will be.



Darknyht commented on Month Of Kong: Whatever Happened To Donkey Kon...:

Retro is about half the size of Rare currently (according to wikipedia), so expecting the same output is not realistic, and it appears they put out releases at about half the rate Rare does.

The problem of the Wii U is more due to the fact Nintendo needs 4-6 more Retro Studios in order to keep a steady supply of retail release quality games in production. Their current rate of a retail release every quarter is not enough to satisfy demand (just look at the grumbling here on releases).

Just to give some perspective: N64 (released Sept. 29, 1996) ~1 yr 3 months into it's US release 83 games (not all available in all regions) Gamecube (released November 18, 2001) 1 yr 3 months into it's US release: 137 retail games. Wii U Released (November 18, 2012) 1 yr 3 months into it's US release: 112 retail games, 136 eShop/Virtual Console games. I would include the Wii but the amount of shovelware on it skews the numbers.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Switching Off Wi-Fi Connection Servic...:

It's been a long and good run with the online functionality for Wii/DS, especially considering that both consoles have been discontinued (Wii's with online in 2013 and DS/DSi around when the 3DS released). I am however a little sad that games these days become incomplete after the servers are shut down (DLC or online play).



Darknyht commented on Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part One:

Having played Mass Effect 1 & 2 on Xbox, the Wii U version of 3 held up surprisingly well. The only major slowdown I noticed was going from the engine room to the elevator would cause a horrible freeze. Well that and the pick your "Space Magic" ending, it was enjoyable. It also sucked that all the DLC and little things I did in the previous two (100% completion, multiple playthroughs) did not have any way of carrying over. I am also not a fan of the fact the two story based DLC never made it into the game, but at least it is a for the most part (there is still that horrible ending) a complete game without them.

Lego City Undercover was fun, if you could get past the never ending load times. I ended up trading it in after finishing the story because I could not.



Darknyht commented on PS4 Launch Sales Close to Wii U Equivalents, 3...:

The more disturbing trend that I am seeing is in regards to my local Walmart. There used to be a full case of 3DS, Wii, and Wii U each in the store. Now they are down to two cases, one 3DS and one with a quickly dwindling supply of Wii U games being replaced slowly with old Wii stock. That doesn't speak well of the console's lifespan if a major retailer is not stocking product.



Darknyht commented on Talking Point: NFC And The GamePad Can Succeed...:

While I think there are opportunities for NFC, I really hope that they do not follow the Skylanders/Disney Infinity route. They both encourage you to buy a lot of DLC via figurines and in the case of Disney Infinity lock out multiplayer content without additional purchase.

Pokemon is probably the easiest franchise to do NFC with, but it would be interesting to see the premise of Smash Bros fully realized as a NFC game with figures/sandbox mode. To have Link have to survive in Metroid's world, Samus save Princess Peach, and then everyone go racing on the F-Zero track.



Darknyht commented on Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edit...:

@rjejr That's not entirely complete. There are quite a few eShop releases scheduled for April such as Child of Light (4/30), Piers Solar HD (4/17), NES Remix 2 (4/25), The Fall (March), SQUIDS Odyssey (March), Ballpoint Universe (3/18), Nihilumbra (March). That is not even including titles with a Q1 2014 release announcement like Shovel Knight, A World of Keflings, Forced, and Monkey Pirates.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 20th February (North America):

@Captain_Gonru I think N64 games are delayed because of emulator issues, just like GBA on 3DS is most likely hindered by emulator issues. The only big ones I can think of are SNES Yoshi's Island or Starfox. Personal ones would be Dragon Warrior I-IV, Final Fantasy (I-III US), and Contra.



Darknyht commented on Nintendo Download: 20th February (North America):

With Ice Hockey showing up today, I predict that Super Mario Bros 3 will release before NES Remix 2 hits the eShop. Along with any other NES games missing on the VC that will appear in NES Remix 2.

It might be worth noting, for those who can wait a few days, that an email from I received from Nintendo included the following:

Give the gift of fun with a Nintendo eShop Card! You'll save 20% when you purchase at Best Buy from Feb. 23-March 1.

So you can get a discount if you wait to buy DKC:TF digitally using one of those cards.

EDIT: Brought up and deleted from below, because I think the opportunity to save $10 (and get $5 more if you are digital deluxe) on DKC:TF is a big deal.