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Thu 26th Dec 2013

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Grumblevolcano commented on The Hydra Splatling is the Next Freebie For Sp...:

@rjejr I think the main issue here is the Nintendo's reluctance to discount anything that involves them. They only seem to do it for Black Friday, Christmas and when Smash in involved and even then the eshop sales in those cases are generally not that great. LCU should've been permanent $20 2 years ago like most Lego games end up after about half a year.



Grumblevolcano commented on Site News: A Brief Update on Our Mario Tennis:...:

@MIDP I wasn't particularly impressed by MK7 in general. Didn't like the fact there was no VS Race mode in single player, would've been nice to for example be able to create a "Wii Cup" consisting of Mushroom Gorge, Coconut Mall, Koopa Cape and Maple Treeway. Also the spamming from MKWii returned, about 90% of random online races were either Toad Circuit or 3DS Rainbow Road.

As for Smash 4, you essentially missed your chance with tourneys, they were pretty active from their release late July to the major Splatoon update in August. The Wii U install base is not big enough to sustain several big titles to be active online. Splatoon will be active from its release back in May to the end of new content in January 2016, by Twilight Princess HD's release in March the Splatoon community will be very small. Smash 4 will become more active once more significant DLC is added like hopefully an E3 type content quantity straight after the December Direct.

Regarding Mario Tennis Open the general situation is whatever the game, if the online's region locked then said game essentially dies in Europe very quickly. I expect even a game like Tri Force Heroes to be inactive in Europe because of the region lock.



Grumblevolcano commented on Site News: A Brief Update on Our Mario Tennis:...:

@MIDP MK8 and Smash's online are great. As for only best of 3 that is another downfall of Mario Tennis Open's online, but I feel region locked online is the biggest problem. If you're not going to bother to put in worldwide online, then just don't bother putting any online at all. In European regions, region locked and no online are pretty much identical.



Grumblevolcano commented on Feature: Our Top 10 Wii U Retail Games - Third...:

@wazlon Impressive, I'm nowhere near that good with Sonic Lost World. As for Racing Transformed, the online community died because of Mario Kart 8 but there's a huge amount of single player content so it doesn't matter too much unless online was your main reason of playing.



Grumblevolcano commented on Feature: Our Top 10 Wii U Retail Games - Third...:

My top 10 is as follows:
1. Mario Kart 8
2. Hyrule Warriors
3. Smash Wii U
4. Wind Waker HD
5. Super Mario Maker
6. DKC Tropical Freeze
7. Yoshi's Woolly World
8. Sonic Lost World
9. Shovel Knight
10. Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed
Honourable mentions:
11. Super Mario 3D World
12. Splatoon
13. Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
14. New Super Mario Bros. U (including the Luigi DLC)
15. Rayman Legends

Oh, Retail games only so Freedom Planet doesn't count but Shovel Knight does as a physical copy was released last month.



Grumblevolcano commented on Site News: A Brief Update on Our Mario Tennis:...:

@rjejr Ganondorf gives you skins in Yoshi's Woolly World and Super Mario Maker, 4 and 5 star "Swords of Demise" in Hyrule Warriors (as well as 4 and 5 star trident next year from the looks of the Famistu scans for Legends), some unknown functionality in Twilight Princess HD and Zelda U. As for Olimar, the same for Woolly World and Mario Maker but instead of Zelda game support, there's an MK8 Mii costume.

@RadioShadow You forgot about VS Race in MK8. There's more than 1 race in MK8 so more variety than Ultra Smash (there's only 1 court in Ultra Smash), the online capabilities is significantly better and MK8 has 2 content packed DLC releases at an insanely low price whereas Nintendo is just leaving Ultra Smash to die.



Grumblevolcano commented on Feature: Reflecting On Three Years With The Wi...:

I started off not being impressed at all about the Wii U console or its lineup until the E3 2013 Direct. The long streak of weekly DLC for Rock Band had come to a close on 2nd April 2013 for Xbox 360 and I was unsure what to do next with gaming. That E3, especially the GameXplain coverage of E3 gave me some big reasons to go for a Wii U with Mario Kart 8, Smash 4 and plenty of others though I didn't buy one until September 2013 which came with a free digital copy of Pikmin 3.

My initial thoughts were rather disappointing and I wished I had waited for the Christmas sales (I bought it just before the announced price cut just in case there was another ambassador program) but things changed when I got to try out games coming out in the next few months at EGX, especially Sonic Lost World and Super Mario 3D World. That event was also where I came across Nintendo Life via the MK7 tournaments and my Wii U enjoyment has been largely expanded thanks to this fantastic community.

Great quality Directs and fantastic games made 2014 one of my favourite years for gaming where the MK8 tournaments (GameXplain, Nintendo Life for fun, Nintendo Life for prizes) was the ultimate highlight. 2015 started off rather good too though all the NX talk and the end of MK8 DLC in April did taint my experience a fair amount over the past 5 months.

Despite it looking even more likely about NX in November 2016, I'm actually getting that 2014 feel again for next year. You have Twilight Princess HD (my favourite Zelda game with the issues of the Wii version being fixed like removal of waggle controls and the mirrioring), Star Fox Zero looks much better than it did at E3 (both in gameplay and presentation), Pokken Tournament could be fun, the Fire Emblem crossover must be coming out at some point in 2016 and whether Zelda U is a Twilight Princess or Skyward Sword situation in terms of release schedule doesn't really mean anything for the quality of the game.

Maybe I'll feel differently when the NX is fully unveiled but until then I'm seeing a very good Wii U 2016 lineup (back at this point in 2013 we only knew about Tropical Freeze, MK8 and Smash 4 out of the big 2014 games).



Grumblevolcano commented on You Can't Alter The Chest Size Of Female Chara...:

@Damo Has the slider removal been confirmed for the EU version? Of course GameXplain are using the US version but games such as Fire Emblem Awakening have had distinct differences between the US and EU versions. It doesn't affect me either way but it would be interesting to see whether this is solely NoA's decision or both.



Grumblevolcano commented on Nintendo Download: 19th November (Europe):

I'm still unsure whether I'll end up with Mario Tennis Ultra Smash so right now, I'm going to say I'm getting nothing. The Splatoon amiibo restock has got me busy with Splatoon so I may leave Ultra Smash for Christmas list.



Grumblevolcano commented on Talking Point: The Latest Nintendo Direct Was ...:

@Splatburst Before the Direct, I thought it would've been around March but no announcement made me do some research into timescales between Japan and west releases of text heavy games. I've noticed a trend of about 8 months as the timescale so for that reason I'm predicting August/September 2016. Here's a few examples:

  • Fire Emblem Awakening (Japan April 2012, NA February 2013 = 10 months)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (Japan April 2015, NA December 2015 = 8 months)
  • Fire Emblem Fates (Japan June 2015, NA February 2016 = 8 months)


Grumblevolcano commented on Poll: Did The Nintendo Direct Comeback Fire on...:

@Kaze_Memaryu Almost everything you said about Super Mario Maker is wrong, you can do spin jumps in the SMW and NSMBU themes like in the original games and there is an option for autoscroll with 3 different speeds. Sure there's plenty of powerups I'd like to see as well as other things like slopes but I expect them to be added via a free update sometime in 2016.



Grumblevolcano commented on Poll: Did The Nintendo Direct Comeback Fire on...:

It was a fantastic Direct, the only downside is the rest of 2015 and the first 2 months of 2016 still feels very lacking though maybe the Smash Direct will fix that in the form of several characters, stages and Mii Costumes coming straight after the presentation. Outside of that, the giant hype train starts at Twilight Princess HD's launch date (in case you're wondering, FE Fates doesn't have a release date in EU so I can't guarantee the February release that NA has)..



Grumblevolcano commented on Take a Look at Nintendo's Game Awards 2015 Nom...:

I think Nintendo will win nothing this time. Fallout 4 will probably win GotY; Best Shooter and Multiplayer would likely go to Destiny (Splatoon's lack of voice chat and the 2 stage rotation every 4 hours will push it down); Lego Dimensions would likely be given Best Family Game and DotY will probably go to Bethesda (Fallout 4) or Kojima Productions (MGS5)



Grumblevolcano commented on The Next Nintendo Direct is on 12th November:

@VanillaLake "Missing In Action" so basically it hasn't been seen for a very long time. In this case, Zelda U being MIA is referring to the fact we've seen or heard nothing about the game since last December and so you could start drawing conclusions that it is no longer a Wii U game but rather NX exclusive.



Grumblevolcano commented on Nintendo Badge Arcade is Pinned Down For a 13t...:

@Wyk126 Not necessarily, there's a few things to consider:

  • Release date is Friday 13th not a Thursday like all eshop releases tend to be.
  • No info from NoA yet, maybe the Direct will only be a North American one and Nintendo UK/Europe twitter will announce the details for Europe.
  • Revealing this as part of a Direct could anger people in the same way a lot of E3 did, nothing more than a money grab (though more fair than the real version of these machines).
  • Maybe the Direct isn't even a general one but rather focused on Smash for example. Get some news on Lucas/Ryu/Roy amiibo as well as ballot characters and more stages. If Inklings are a ballot character then maybe add in some Splatoon news as a side announcement (I doubt nothing's happening with Splatoon this holiday).


Grumblevolcano commented on Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash Endures Awful UK Launch ...:

@liljmoore You can easily buy the amiibo without the game, it's not like the Inkling Squid or Isabelle where the amiibo is exclusive to the game bundle.

Nintendo pay attention, when you price cut a console the sales largely increase. You should do that with the Wii U around Black Friday.