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Darknyht

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#1

Darknyht commented on Nintendo Highlights Increased US Hardware Sale...:

@Yoruni I don't disagree, but it is a industry wide issue and not strictly a problem that is Nintendo's. But even then, some of that is subjective and between the creator and the person playing the art.

I would agree that the Wii U is not meeting the standard that Nintendo set for themselves. I think they don't know why that is either. I don't think there is exactly one magic bullet that answers it either.

That said, the console has been a good experience for a lot of it's owners, myself included. That isn't saying they are perfect, but overall I have been satisfied with my purchase.

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#2

Darknyht commented on Nintendo Highlights Increased US Hardware Sale...:

@Yorumi I would point to a lot of games in general as lacking in ambition and creativity. Most major publishers seem more interested in aping whatever is currently popular, and the industry as a whole is infected with sequelitis in the worse possible ways. It is to the point that indie software is one of the few safe havens.

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#4

Darknyht commented on Nintendo Highlights Increased US Hardware Sale...:

@Yorumi the problem is that the sales numbers can only tell the story of sales numbers, they are simply facts. Mario Party 10 sold (or shipped, never can tell which one they mean in these things) 290k physical copies on a single console while Final Fantasy: Type 0 HD sold 200k copies over two systems that combined have over triple the install base. So which game was a success? Both are weak titles backed by powerful franchises and both released at a similar time period.

Ben Kenobi put it best, "You’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view."

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#6

Darknyht commented on Unseen64 Breaks Down the Hidden History of Met...:

The part that makes me most sad is that Retro Studios existed to bring "Mature" titles to Nintendo. Their last two games were Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

I think we all should mourn a little at that fact.

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#7

Darknyht commented on Nintendo Highlights Increased US Hardware Sale...:

@IceClimbers You do realize that most people do not run to the store and buy every "AAA" title that hits the shelves? I say that because Mario Party is not without competition, for a portion of the Wii U console base it has a ton of competition. It has to be more compelling than everything that released before it and that is currently cheaper than it.

I know for my family $60 isn't a small amount of money anymore. Generally that means I have to try to slowly set that cash aside over a few months time in order to do that, and that is assuming no more pressing need comes up (an unexpected ER visit for example). It means I instead bargain hunt and use things like Bing supplied Amazon Credit to buy games.

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#8

Darknyht commented on Nintendo Working on Patch for Mewtwo Glitch Th...:

I understand that DLC can be hard to integrate, but I expected better from Nintendo. How did they miss something like this in testing? Did they not expect the most hardcore players to have already cleared everything by now, I am not even that hardcore of a smash player and I am most of the way there.

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#9

Darknyht commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Dreamcast:

I wish back then I would have bought the Dreamcast instead of the PS2, but the appeal of a DVD player and Final Fantasy X pushed me the other way. Just one of many decisions I look back on with regret.

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#12

Darknyht commented on Video: Xenoblade Chronicles X May Have Been Su...:

@Quorthon Yeah, i remember when I looked at Final Fantasy VII as amazing graphics. But then I always thought Final Fantasy Tactics had a better presentation.

I think the best for the XBO/PS4 is yet to come, but I also feel that way for the Wii U. I believe that Zelda for Wii U (not Windwaker HD) will squeeze every cycle out of that system, and Xenoblade Chronicles X should do close to that. I also expect to be amazed by whatever Retro has been up to.

With this gen, I am already hurting by missing Dragon Age and Batman: Arkham Knight, but I will really be sad when I see the next Mass Effect drop. It just isn't in our budget now for me to own multiple systems. I am counting on one day having a home PC capable of running them via Steam.

And while I am awed by the pretty graphics, Super HD and super fine graphics doesn't mean as much to me because I am playing on a 27" television or the gamepad most of the time. I just straight up miss a lot of it on our television (unless I want to park myself inches from the screen).

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#13

Darknyht commented on Video: Xenoblade Chronicles X May Have Been Su...:

@Quorthon Mortal Kombat hasn't been appealing for me since high school, but then I've always preferred Street Fighter over MK. I will give you that it looks good from what I've seen. I would have used the examples of Assassin's Creed: Unity and Dragon Age: inquisition since those are the best XBO games I've seen so far. Both of those games are just amazing in their own way. The difference in detail between AC:U and AC:IV is unnerving and Dragon Age similarly with the size and detail that appears to have taken Xenoblade Chronicles' world up a notch.

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#14

Darknyht commented on Video: Xenoblade Chronicles X May Have Been Su...:

@BinaryFragger Watch Dogs got flack (at least from me) because of comments from Ubisoft like this, "Really they didn't downgrade anything, its just a little different then when you first saw it i guess. It really does look great". (Ubisoft PR & Event Manager, Tessa Vilyn) Ubisoft also earned my ire over the delayed Wii U version and lack of support (granted, Wii U owners are equally to blame on that one).

If and when Monolith Soft does something just as stupid, I will have similar feelings. As it stands now, I don't recall them ever explicitly stating that the E3 trailer was actual gameplay. But granted, that was a long time ago and my memory can be fuzzy.

The sad thing, this shouldn't surprise anyone in the industry. Nothing truly disappears from the internet, so perhaps game companies should learn not to oversell their product on the front end (or at least include a disclaimer).

@Quorthon To me it will depend. Is this a Aliens: Colonial Marines type switch or is it a Watch Dogs switch? One greatly effected the atmosphere and gameplay, the other just didn't look as good (and seemingly arbitrarily locked up the better graphics)..

As for Mario Kart 8, I look at it as evidence that the hardware is capable of producing graphically appealing games, much like Metroid Prime and Resident Evil 4 did for the Gamecube. Any comparisons of Wii U exclusives to Xbox/PS4 ones are sort of like comparing a masterpiece painting to a masterpiece scultpure. Every media platform has it's own advantages/disadvantages over the other, but a master of the form can still create amazing things.

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#15

Darknyht commented on Video: Xenoblade Chronicles X May Have Been Su...:

When I was younger things like graphics mattered to me, as I felt I had to have the system that did the best in everything. Now, I would rather have a solid gameplay experience over the eye-candy. It isn't that I don't enjoy graphical eye-candy, it is just that usually one comes at the expense of the other and I would rather get all the gameplay enjoyment I can out of my money.

Given my experience with Xenoblade Chronicles, I can live with this graphical downgrade. They provided an amazing story and game last time and I expect they will deliver again. If that means I loose a few lighting effects to see it be a reality, then I will adjust. I am confident by the time I am an hour into the game, I will not really be thinking about it anymore.

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#16

Darknyht commented on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Devours 1 Million Pl...:

@OorWullie I am right there with you. That demo was one of the first things I downloaded when I got my Wii U and I was shown a game that was hard to understand because there was no context. I picked up the game recently thanks to good discount. I have enjoyed it a lot after learning I prefer the mobility of the Sword and Shield to the traditional weapons they offered on the demo.

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#18

Darknyht commented on Reaction: Confirmation of Unity on the New Nin...:

@Yorumi I was making a joke. I happen to mostly agree with you, although I will say that Nintendo generally speaking understands couch and family fun better than most (and misses the boat entirely on online play). That said, I would never expect a Deus Ex, Left 4 Dead, Mass Effect, or Fallout from them. Occasionally they have had the brilliance to publish games like those that others developed, but themselves are a very much culturally Japanese (and Japanese focused) in their game design.

I prefer a Nintendo console because I found more family friendly gaming opportunities there than on the other two. Not saying there is not any on the other consoles, but it is a vastly underserved genre for them. That was something important for me as my kids stopped toddling around.

On Xbox 360 and from what I seen of the others (mostly Xbox One in this gen), most of the family games are multi-platform releases that are also on Nintendo consoles with a few exceptions (Double Fine Happy Action Theater and Viva Pinata are two that quickly come to mind). The Disney Fantasia game and the Zoo game looked interesting on XBO, but I've not really had an opportunity to try them outside of a demo in a store for the first.

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#20

Darknyht commented on Reaction: Confirmation of Unity on the New Nin...:

@Nintendian Ever since the iPhone released people have been trying to figure out physical controls for a smartphone and failed. I don't see how Nintendo would be able to solve that problem, and nothing they have said points to them intending to solve that problem. I think they will be smarter and focus touch based gaming to the phone and traditional gaming will stay on the hardware they make.

I think Unity is a good thing if developers will use it. Unity has been on Wii U for a long time now, but we don't exactly see a flood of games even when the gamepad could enhance the experience. I don't know if this is a Nintendo policy issue or a reluctance of developers to take the risk on the console. Hopefully this latest eShop push will encourage more, but the risk is a lot of these games coming have been out a long time elsewhere (and extremely cheap regularly now).

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#22

Darknyht commented on Akihiro Hino on Why Fantasy Life 2 is Not Comi...:

@Kilroy Mutant Mudds suffers on iOS because it needs fine control and touch controls cannot do that well. If I understand Fantasy Life, it is situated to manage that better. However, I don't see how it will compete with the F2P titans like Clash of Clans that those adults he speaks of do play.

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#23

Darknyht commented on Nintendo's Mobile Partner DeNA Lays Off Signif...:

That is just the nature of the industry. I will also give a okay to Record Keeper. I have been playing it since I've been on the road the past few days. While it still has the sins of most F2P games, it isn't in your face about it and is still playable without investing money (just uses the other commodity of grinding away your time).

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#24

Darknyht commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Plans for DLC and Mi...:

Ultimately it will come down to what the market is willing to put up with. Based on other popular franchises, people will put up with a lot of crap.

@Quorthon If they are smart they will do like they have done with Mario Party 10. The game with Amiibo is $59.99, but the game without the Amiibo is $49.99. Buy the Amiibo with the game and you save $3 on it, or you can skip the Amiibo and save $10. Like you said, it makes it a little more agreeable but it doesn't solve the supply issue of the non-boxed amiibo.

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#25

Darknyht commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Plans for DLC and Mi...:

@Quorthon I am worried as you are about the Amiibo thing. It is one thing when the game wasn't designed for Amiibo and then added in with a patch. It is entirely another thing when the Amiibo are built into the game from ground up. It is too much a slippery slope and the supply issues are too many, especially the stupid exclusive retailer mess.

I also agree that Nintendo's pricing is just stupid at times. Not only is Other M still $49.99, so is most of the final Nintendo made Wii games on the shelf (including Smash Bros Brawl). Meanwhile everything else has hit the $4.99-19.99 bargain range. That isn't holding "value" that is holding late adopters hostage.

Both of these practices will eventually come back to bite them. I really wish Nintendo had stuck to their N64 idea of reusing assets to make a "gaiden" version of a franchise, like Majora's Mask was. I have less of a problem with games like Majora's Mask or New Super Luigi U than some of the other DLC messes. I can respect something like the Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare DLC or Dragon Age: Awakening DLC any day over something like Horse Armor.

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#26

Darknyht commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Plans for DLC and Mi...:

I don't mind the DLC characters and costumes. I do mind the Amiibo stuff that is starting to remind me of how they would lock things behind linking the GBA to the Gamecube. And unlike then, I cannot just buy an action replay to unlock it anyways.

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#27

Darknyht commented on Review: Super Mario 64 (Wii U eShop / Nintendo...:

I didn't really play this until I got the DS version. It is fun and it was quite revolutionary for it's time. There are better games out there now because the medium has evolved since then.

Still well worth playing, if not just to see the game that figured out 3D platforming first.

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#28

Darknyht commented on Let's Educate Parents About Mature Titles, Sug...:

@Quorthon Yet, people's default nature is selfish just the same, and people use anything, including anti-religion, for those same goals. Stalin did horrible things in the name progress while preaching that religion was for peasants and the ignorant.

One of the biggest problems with Christianity is it is an extremely simple thing while being beautifully complicated. The basic principle is that God, knowing we could not save ourselves, sent his Son to do what we could not. That nothing we could do would justify ourselves before a holy, righteous God, but because He and the Father loved us, Christ paid the price. By accepting Christ and His grace you are adopted into the kingdom.

The complicated part is that even though you are saved by grace and a new creature, your sinful nature still there while here on earth. So people wrongly thing salvation is earned, when they already have it. And they thing they do good to be saved when it is really you do good because God was so good to you on the cross. You love because God loved so much on the cross.

Again, it is too our shame that we let people abuse the gospel while being silent and fail so often to do as Christ commanded. I will agree that there is a lot of worldliness in Christianity (especially American Christianity). Christians should be known by their love, not by what they are against. We need to do better collectively.

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#29

Darknyht commented on Digital Foundry Puts Splatoon's 60fps Promise ...:

That is all well and good, but is the game fun? I care a lot more about that than framerates, resolutions, and the such.

I'll happily play a game in EGA graphics if it is fun, but can't stand a boring or uninspired game in 4K/60fps.

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#30

Darknyht commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Turns to Classics, DLC...:

I think this was mostly for the loyal to lift up their expectations. I have a feeling that June (E3) will be targeted for the masses, and something left out in that giant summer window will appear. Otherwise there are too many games crammed into the Oct-Dec space for Nintendo.

For one, E3 will have to have something about DeNA and the new loyalty program. We also still have heard little to nothing about Retro's mystery project. I have a feeling that Yarn Yoshi will become a late summer (Aug-Sept) release rather than a Fall unless there is a Amiibo production issue for the Yarn Yoshi.

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#31

Darknyht commented on North American Retailers Confirm Super Smash B...:

I gave up on collecting a lot when the store exclusives went up. Originally I wanted Link, Shulk, and Luigi, but I tossed that out a window once Gamestop claimed Shulk.

Now I am going to settle for the Splatoon with Amiibo package and Yarn Yoshi (i'll import the stupid thing if I must).

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#32

Darknyht commented on Let's Educate Parents About Mature Titles, Sug...:

@Quorthon There has been a problem since the founding of the church of charismatic people twisting the gospel for personal and political gain, and rarely does it turn out good for anyone. To speak of the issues specifically in the area I work, one of the biggest sources is poverty. Poverty cripples people in ways you cannot imagine and effects their children in ways I don't know if I could fully explain (because I am very much still an outsider looking in). I've seen a lot of good kids get crushed by it, and most have no clue how hard it is to escape the cycle of it once you've been sucked in.

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#33

Darknyht commented on Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 1st...:

@Quorthon With Yoshi, I think the character evolved into what it is today. I can take him or leave him (Kirby is the annoying one to me). Perhaps being constantly thrown away into pits to save Mario's life caused mental damage.

Star Fox is something that disappoints me, although I enjoyed Assault for what it was. I wish they would have put Factor 5 on the franchise as they understood the genre better than most. I also think it would be cool to see someone make a Scrolling Shooter or Bullet Hell Shmup with Star Fox as an eShop game.

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#34

Darknyht commented on Let's Educate Parents About Mature Titles, Sug...:

@Quorthon Still you may need to look elsewhere. The church has it's problems but nationally the true average for regular church attendance in this country is closer to 17-20% (including the south). The last study done in where I live in TN showed only 1 in 5 attend church at all. The "Bible Belt" as it were broke a long time ago.

Gallop Polls are still so high because people tell them what they want to believe they do, not what they actually are doing. The numbers taken from actual attendance records paints the picture I am giving you. Even then, just because you sit in a pew every Sunday doesn't mean you truly believe and follow Christ.

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#35

Darknyht commented on Yoshi's Woolly World Knits Up Some Release Det...:

My only worry is my ability to keep myself from spending my gaming budget on other things (like amiibo and eShop) before the big releases reach us. I am now looking at Splatoon, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Yarn Yoshi, and I still want to pick up Captain Toad. That is a lot of new releases at or near full price....

But then I still have MH3U and now DKC:TF to work on, and given the amount of grinding I am having to do in MH3U to harvest resources (evil Wroggi Hat requirements), that might just be enough.

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#36

Darknyht commented on Let's Educate Parents About Mature Titles, Sug...:

@freaksloan While your kid is mentally able to handle it, not all kids are the same or develop/learn the same way (ironically, something the education system should learn themselves). As i said elsewhere, I prefer to let children remain children as long as possible because once that innocence is lost, it's gone. One of the hardest things I've watched was my daughter at three realizing there was something wrong with the world because Sid the Science Kid pointed out that things die and decay.

I applaud teaching a child how to properly use a gun early. Better to know what it can do than to find out in a horrible accidental way. But I am not sure I will be joining you in allowing my kids to play games that are made and marketed to adults. I don't see the benefit of it.

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#37

Darknyht commented on Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 1st...:

@Quorthon I wish I could say the same. I only borrowed Star Fox back then and have never played any of the Yoshi games. Yoshi's Wooly World may be my introduction to the series as I really like the art style and these days I have more patience for puzzle platformers.

While that is the most likely reason, it should also be less of a problem as most of their 1993 (FX 1) and 1995 patents (FX 2) should be running out in the US (and I believe the rest of the world). A simpler explanation is that Nintendo has been unable to do what hackers have, build a stable emulation of the FX technology.

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#38

Darknyht commented on Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 1st...:

@Quorthon I really think the SNES Yoshi's Island is not on there more due to licensing issues with the FX chip than anything else. Synopsys owns the ARC chip (and patents) and Nintendo probably would need to license the tech from them before emulating it in a Virtual Console game.

It sucks because I prefer the original Star Fox to the N64 version.

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#40

Darknyht commented on Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 1st...:

Well, apparently there will be two new Amiibos to be purchased (Splatoon and Yarn Yoshi) for me. Also happy to see Splatoon in detail, along with the updates to the Smash Bros and Mario Kart 8. It was also great to see that Fatal Frame is being localized (it fills another genre hole in the library) and there are more eShop games making the transition finally.

I think I am ok with the DLC for Smash. $0.75 for a single outfit and $6 for a pack is fine for me (no 3DS to worry about), and I will probably pass on the fighters for now. I was never a huge N64 fan, but I probably will pick up some of the DS titles (especially if one of y favorites, Clubhouse Games, arrives).

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#41

Darknyht commented on Nintendo Shows Off More eShop Games, With Cros...:

I am happy to see titles like Space Hulk, Octodad, and more Unity games making the transition to Wii U. Althouhg I have a feeling that all the savings I have had so far this year in my gaming budget are going to be lost in Virtual Console and eShop games.

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#42

Darknyht commented on Nintendo Reveals the Final Club Nintendo Elite...:

@NoEasyBuckets I think it is feeling like instead of going out with a bang, Club Nintendo has barely let out a wimper. I was hoping with all the time they had they would have produced something more unique for Platinum holders than putting a bunch of older games on a list.

They could have easily put out something unreleased for the US like Disaster: Day of Crisis, Another Code R for Wii (via eShop) or created something unique like a VS Nintendo collection. Heck, even offer low production stuff like Fire Emblem for Wii. Instead they were lazy and just offered existing things to people that mostly already owned them.

So I am not really mad about what they did (there is something I don't own on the list), but disappointed by what they could have done.

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#43

Darknyht commented on Talking Point: What We Expect from Nintendo Di...:

Project Treasure details would be nice. And something more than an animated powerpoint please.

Outside of that, my expectations are fairly low. I just want more concrete details on announced stuff and maybe a peek at what's to come.

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#45

Darknyht commented on Talking Point: It's Too Early to Write Off the...:

@rjejr I would almost preferred it to release at $50-60 and then drop to $20-30 than to start at $40 and stay there. But you make a valid point. Perhaps if they had bothered to release the demos for download, my opinion (and desire for the game) might have been better. But then, Nintendo still loves to limit your demo plays so that you become paralyzed to use them out of fear of life causing you to waste one (okay maybe that is just me).

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#46

Darknyht commented on Talking Point: It's Too Early to Write Off the...:

@Action51 Well... The last western mega-publisher title I paid full price for was Halo: Reach if that tells you anything. Everything else I've played, I generally wait until the price drops to what I consider a good pricepoint (especially if I know I will be buying DLC).

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#47

Darknyht commented on Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 1st April, With ...:

@Quorthon Unless they can get more than a handful of publishers to support the SteamOS, the Steambox is going to have limited appeal. The most expensive part of the PC hardware is the OS license, and really can hurt the pricepoint of a Steambox and puts it's fate in Microsoft's hands.

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#48

Darknyht commented on Talking Point: It's Too Early to Write Off the...:

@rjejr I appreciate that Captain Toad, Game & Wario, New Super Luigi U, and a handful of other titles have released at a budget price. However, I think that they would have been more successful as the eShop releases they really are.

I really enjoy Game & Wario (which surprises me still), but it wasn't worth $39.99 asking price. I think it would have done better as a $19.99 eShop game or $29.99 retail game (maybe $39.99 with Amiibo included). I feel the same way about Captain Toad and Rainbow Curse. Both moved from "I really want to buy" games into "I'll buy eventually" mostly because the content to price ratio isn't there.

It feels like they are doing the smaller, experimental stuff that normally sits in the digital stores of the other consoles, but then trying to sell them at a premium pricepoint.

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#49

Darknyht commented on Talking Point: It's Too Early to Write Off the...:

The Wii U will continue it's course for another year or two. I believe, like the GameCube before it, it is a really underrated console. As for not having anything to play on the console, I currently sit on a pile of 82 titles (Virtual Console, eShop, & Retail). out of 457 eshop/retail and 148 Virtual Console titles available. And there are still about seven more I could easily purchase if I had the funds.

It will be interesting to see what Nintendo says this afternoon. Hopefully this will include the plans for Club Nintendo's replacement and the rewards for Gold and Platinum.

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#50

Darknyht commented on Gallery: These Artistic Recreations of Women C...:

I'll go with the Zero-Suit Samus one makes little sense. That would never fit into her Power Suit. It is like they are trying to make her into a Star Wars fighter pilot instead of an intergalactic bounty hunter that her enemies use to scare their children into behaving.

I also don't get the Peach redesign. They basically removed everything feminine and replaced it with the masculine. To me it just seems to be them saying, "So, to fix Peach we need to make her a man...." Maybe they should look at some of Nintendo's Zelda artwork for how to make a princess look tough while still being a princess.