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

I'm not going to write an essay about how fantastic the Wii U is, how it should have done better etc etc, as it seems most people are of the same sort of opinion; I will however state that as someone whom owns all three 8th gen consoles (and I love them all, this is not a bash at Xbox One or PS4), I could live without my Xbox One or my PS4 and grin and bear whatever I was missing; I could not however live without my Wii U actively knowing everything I was missing on it. That alone says how much I think of the little console that can



GuruOfGreatness commented on Humour: The Pain Of Being A Wii U Owner This C...:


Likewise; it's not actually the money side of things for me, it's finding the time to play what I already have, otherwise I would just forever be buying the stuff, playing it for x amount of time, and then stop when the next game I want comes out, which goes on to leave loads of games sitting there unopened and unplayed (e.g Super Mario Maker has been sitting there shrinkwrapped since I got it on launch day). I was actually secretly pleased when they delayed Zelda and Starfox TBH, as it gives me a chance to play through other stuff over Christmas like Halo 5, Mario Tennis Ultra Smash, Super Mario Maker, Tearaway Unfolded, Black Ops 3 and WWE 2K16. I have been quite good the past 6 months or so though, in that I am going back to games to complete them before I start anything new, or buy anything else.



GuruOfGreatness commented on Preview: Getting Lost in the World of Xenoblad...:

Never played the original, but from the moment I heard about XCX, I knew it would be a game I pick up on day one, go through sporadic phases of playing for hours at a time on and off, but I am fully aware that is a game that I will absolutely, positively NEVER complete, or barely even scratch the surface as to what the game offers. I generally only really do the main campaign in RPG games, and leave side missions until the end, if at all, but, by the sounds of it, I doubt I will ever be lucky enough to finish the campaign in XCX.



GuruOfGreatness commented on Super Smash Bros. + Splatoon Wii U Hardware Bu...:


Sunset Overdrive and Forza Horizon 2 also helped sway me with my Xbox One back in August 2014, along with Ryse, Titanfall, Dead Rising 3, and the (then) upcoming Halo Master Chief Collection. Now it also has Gears Of War and Halo 5 to keep me busy in terms of exclusives. The only thing that swayed me to cave and get my PS4 in August this year was the price; GAME had an offer of £280 with The Order (which interested me a lot in terms of exclusives, despite its reviews, and I loved it), God Of War 3 Remastered and a blu ray film, all brand new. And even then I only got it because I knew I would only pay just over £50 for it because of the amount of Reward Points and vouchers I had accumulated; otherwise I would still be waiting for another 3 exclusive titles that interest me before I got one. Nothing against the PS4 whatsoever, but it is easily my least played console (at the moment). Back to Xbox One though, I actually just completed Sunset Overdrive last week finally and DAMN it's good. Favourite Xbox One game at the moment. Seems like it belongs on a Sega or Nintendo console lol.



GuruOfGreatness commented on Nintendo Reports Profits as System Sales Show ...:

Thing is, the Wii U is on 10.73 million units worldwide as of 30/9/15, but it does always make me wonder, because it takes a month to get these results and announce them; meaning that we are now on the 28/10/15, and with people starting to really do their Christmas shopping from October onwards, there is a very strong possibilty that they could potentially already be closing in on the 11 million units sold worldwide technically, as they obviously aren't counting the past 28 days worth of sales.



GuruOfGreatness commented on Editorial: A Wii U Price Cut is Still Worthwhi...:

Whilst I feel the Wii U is worth every penny (got mine launch day and don't regret it one bit), I realise that not everyone does, nor will they purchase it in droves at its current price. In my opinion though, it's kind of like a win win situation for Nintendo in some respects; they either continue to sell the console for its current price or perhaps with modest xmas price drops or bigger bundles and make money on the hardware and the games that people will buy as well, but perhaps not sell as many units in its lifetime, or, they find that sweet spot price with the right game(s) to pack in to make the Wii U a great impulse buy and sell a lot more units in its lifetime, but also at the risk of losing money on the hardware and not necessarily making up for it in software sales. Let's face it, as fantastic as the games library is, people who impulse buy it for £199.99 for example will probably only be buying it for one or two games, and have no interest in giving Nintendo any more of their money, so they lose money on the console, and don't make a massive return from said customers on the software either, but, they might manage to ship a humble 25 million units worldwide for example instead of say, 15 million units perhaps at its current price and pace. At least the way they're doing things now, they're still selling consoles albeit at a slow, steady pace, but they're still making money on them, which, in a business world, is all that mattes to them on this particular project.



GuruOfGreatness commented on Miyamoto: Star Fox Zero Has Been Delayed, "I A...:

Whether or not the game needed the extra development time is kind of irrelevant to me; don't get me wrong, I would still have bought it on launch day as I always do with Nintendo games, but with the back catalogue of Wii U, Xbox One and PS4 games I have to still yet play, enjoy and complete, and all the other xmas releases to come, I must admit I am not disappointed in that respect. It's just a shame though that it won't be there for the Xmas rush alongside Mario Tennis and Xenoblade to help shift a few more units.



GuruOfGreatness commented on Super Mario Maker Tops The Charts In Japan, Ca...:

Well, with Wii U hardware sales up, and likely to stay up now that we are edging closer in to the Christmas season and there are still some great releases to come like Starfox, Mario Tennis and Xenoblade, I hope that the sales keep up this momentum from now on (perhaps even getting a little better when other big games release like Zelda), and that they milk the Wii U for everything it is worth. Obviously it will never bounce back to the point it thunders along at a PS4 pace, but it could strike it lucky with a small abundance of system sellers, a decent price, and then a fantastic back catalogue of games to play too that people can enjoy.

I am in the minority of course that really hopes they keep the Wii U alive as long as they possibly can before releasing the next console. To me, the longer the NX takes to release, the more Wii U's they sell, the bigger the final total of worldwide sales will be, and the longer I get with my Wii U and any upcoming games before they abandon it. I'd love it if the Wii U could reach 20 million units sold worldwide at the very least. I realise that 15 million is more realistic, but hence my reasoning for keeping it on the market for as long as possible. Oh wells, everything happens for a reason I guess, whatever card it is dealt



GuruOfGreatness commented on GAME Promises Quick Refunds After Charging Cus...:


I was on hold for 46 minutes, and was told "I'm afraid I'm not allowed to discuss it at this point".

However, with me being me, I persisted, got her to reactivate my account after they had suspended it as they are experiencing more problems with account logins and let me change my password, got her to confirm that my game had been shipped yesterday, and, because I was not sent an automated email to say to it had been shipped as per usual, I got her to write an email directly to me, confirming that they had shipped it so that I have something in writing now. She also said that she can confirm that they have requested the money from my account, to which I responded "yes, but how much, £33.99 or £333.99?". She said that the overcharge problems should be rectified now, and that I should only be charged the £33.99. Just have to wait and see now I guess.



GuruOfGreatness commented on GAME Promises Quick Refunds After Charging Cus...:


I did.

I've had a mixture of emails from them. I had one last week telling me that because the launch was so bi, that they would be taking the money on Monday the 7th, and I would receive the game on launch day as planned. fair enough I thought.

I strangely got 3 of those emails, then I got 2 emails straight after cancelling my order for Project Cars on Wii U (to be fair I've been waiting for that one for a while now), and then I got 2 more emails saying that my order for 4 games that I already bought and received like Splatoon and Kirby are being processsed and ready for dispatch, and then another 2 telling me that they were cancelled!!!!

Totally messed up. Tried logging into my account last night after seeing this article, but it wouldn't let me, and now it's blocked me.

At the moment, I haven't been charged anything from them yet, but it is only Tuesday, so I have no idea whether I'm gonna receive the game or not now. I placed the order on March 9th too!!!



GuruOfGreatness commented on Devil's Third Fails to Hit UK Top 40 in Poor W...:

Pre-ordered it and got it on launch day, but am still yet to find time to even open it so far. Knew it wasn't going to sell brilliantly, and it was obvious that the scores were going to be mediocre at best, but I must admit, I'm still looking forward to finally finding the time to start it up



GuruOfGreatness commented on Yoshi's Woolly World and Splatoon Hang Tough i...:

Yoshi's Woolly World deserves it IMO. I gave it a personal score of a solid 7 when I started playing; 2 days later and on World 5 now and I'd easily give it an 8-8.5 because it is just so darn addictive. It's Splatoon but in platformer form lol



GuruOfGreatness commented on Splatoon Grabs Second Place in UK Chart Début:

And as lots have said, it's funny how in the UK, when a guy plays a Nintendo game on his mates console, the game is great, they have a fantastic time etc, but yet NONE of them feel "masculine" enough to bite the bullet and buy the damn console themselves because once they've left your house, regardless of how many hours of good fun they've just had, Nintendo suddenly becomes far too kiddy again!!! Does annoy me that people are so sheep like, and find it embarrassing to say they have a Wii U at work on break or whatever, for fear of what their work mates might say, so they just buy another console to appease them and be "masculine". To me that just screams grow a damn pair and enjoy your purchase. I have nothing against the other consoles here I might add, it's just an observation this gen more so than any other. Go Splatoon



GuruOfGreatness commented on Video: Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush Launch...:

Pre-ordered mine back in March and it should be here Friday Splatoon has still been my most eagerly anticipated game since it was announced a year ago, but Kirby still looks fantastic. I think the control scheme is going to be very interesting. Is it just me though or does the game look quite challenging in some parts from that video lol?



GuruOfGreatness commented on Nintendo to Host Super Smash Bros. for Wii U T...:

I think it's a great idea. I'd definitely be game for something like this if they brought it to the UK (provided I wouldn't have to wait in line for 3 hours in which case I'd pass). My only dilema would be picking which amiibo to use lol. I have 15 (I went a bit amiibo crazy last month). I guess I'd use either Fox or Link.



GuruOfGreatness commented on Video: You NEED To Play Metroid Prime Trilogy:

Can this game(s) be played using the GamePad or the Wii U Pro Controller? Or does it need to be played with a Wii Remote and Nunchuck or a Wii Classic Controller? If I can play it using the GamePad (and have off screen play too), and Pro Controller, then I will get it tonight. Any help will be most appreciated



GuruOfGreatness commented on UK Retail Survey Highlights the Challenges Fac...:

I say this as a proud, day one adopter of the Wii U, a person who's favourite brand has, and always will be Nintendo, and as someone who was also born and bred in the UK; but IMO, not that I personally give a flying fudge about sales really, but the reasons the UK is not so Nintendo friendly is because the Brits are like sheep and will generally get what everyone else has got, which in this case is not a Wii U, Brits are also very narrow minded and don't like change (they go on holiday somewhere and the first thing they look for is a pub for English beer and a cafe that does chips and Full English Breakfast). I think a lot of them are simply in denial that they want a Wii U because it's not cool to play colourful games any more when you are in college or are working, and also, I'm sorry, but the Brits are also generally as tight fisted as a camels ass in a sandstorm, and would never comprehend buying ANOTHER console. That's just my opinion and I do apologise in advance for anyone that may have got offended.



GuruOfGreatness commented on Gallery: Project CARS Screens Focus on Realist...:

Never been overly into realistic racing games as (with very few exceptions), I find them to be very, well.......boring TBH. i understand their appeal, but they just do not appeal to me. Having said that, for some reason this game does actually interest me, and though it won't be a day one purchase for me, I will undoubtedly get it soon after, and on the Wii U too. People think I'm mad because I have an Xbox One also, and by the time this releases, probably a PS4 too, and ask me why I wouldn't get it on one of those, but if it's a multiplat, whatever game it is (provided I want it obviously), and it manages to make its way to Wii U, I will ALWAYS get it for Wii U over anything else for two reasons; one, to support 3rd party for the system, and two, off screen play. I am willing to wait longer for a game, and have the "least impressive visuals" of the three if it means I can play it anytime I want without needing the big screen and taking over the telly



GuruOfGreatness commented on Nintendo 64x64: Mario Kart 64:

This is not only my favourite Mario Kart game ever, but I think I can quite safely say that it is probably my most favourite game of all time ever too. Countless, countless hours spent in both single, and mainly, multiplayer. Hours I will never get back, but due to the sheer amount of fun, laughter and endless memories this game brought, I don't want them back either



GuruOfGreatness commented on The GameCube is 13 Years Old:

Ahhh the GameCube, the second most underrated console of all time (Dreamcast is still first IMO). How I loved you though. I know a lot of people still maintain that nothing has ever come close to WWF No Mercy in wrestling games, but the GameCube was the home of only TRUE wrestling game that could hold a candle to No Mercy, and that was WWE Day of Reckoning. WrestleMania XIX also came close ironically enough, which was also a GameCube exclusive. So apart from N64, the Cube had the best wrestling games hands down lol.



GuruOfGreatness commented on Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pr...:

This will be the first time I have EVER paid for DLC. I have no problem in anything free people want to give away if you pre-order a game, or for when a shop decides to give you the special edition of a game with all the extra DLC for the same price as a normal copy, but paying for DLC has always been a massive no for me......until now Will get both when I get home from work later. £11 for just the tracks alone is worth it in my opinion



GuruOfGreatness commented on Talking Point: The Wii U May be Best as One of...:


Well I can't say I've had any problems with Titanfall in any way, and though I realise it is out for PC also, and even the 360, in terms of actual Home Consoles, not Gaming PC's, you still can't play any of the games I mentioned on a PS4 or Wii U, they are still in effect a Microsoft exclusive. And I know that it has been said that when/if they do a sequel to Titanfall, that it will probably be multiplat and not exclusive, but IMO, by the time a sequel is due, Xbox One sales will have improved, and Microsoft will no doubt try and do everything in their power to keep the franchise an exclusive, and they may very well be successful in doing so. If Titanfall and all the other games mentioned get further sequels and all become multiplat, then okay, that's fine, but it still doesn't help me at the moment if I want to play all the originals now.



GuruOfGreatness commented on Talking Point: The Wii U May be Best as One of...:

There will never be a Nintendo console that I will not or have not bought, so naturally the Wii U was a day one purchase for me. It has all the games that interest me, and HOLD my interest, as I love original, colourful, over the top games with amazing artwork, and I think games like that are very limited on the Xbox One and PS4 coz it's not their thing, fair enough. Wii U games are MY sort of thing though. There isn't a single Wii U exclusive that I don't own or have pre-ordered. I love all of them.

Having said that, last week I purchased an Xbox One because I had over £200 in GAME gift cards, over £55 on my Reward Card saved up, got a £100 bonus from work, so I thought sod it, why not. As much I realise PS4 is selling better and in many respects, may very well be the better console, I always go where the GAMES are. Xbox One has 4 exclusives out already over PS4 that interest me, and one coming very soon; Titanfall, Dead Rising 3, Forza and Ryse, with Sunset Overdrive in October. Those games, combined with the multiplats that aren't coming to Wii U that interest me is more than enough for me to say right now that they'll keep me happy, and that I prefer Xbox One over PS4 at this moment. I do not deny for one moment that when the PS4 exclusives hit that interest me, I will get a PS4 too. But games like The Last Of Us and stuff like that doesn't interest me. The only PS4 exclusive out that I'd like right now is Killzone 4. But I'm not buying a new console for just ONE game.

My Wii U does not compliment my Xbox One, my Xbox One compliments my Wii U. My Wii U will always be my go to console, always my number one console, and I will continue to buy 3rd Party Games on the Wii U for as long as they last, to firstly, show support, and secondly, off screen play. As well as the best games IMO, the Wii U's off screen play to me is worth every penny I paid for it and more. Anyone else with a wife/husband here and any children can no doubt vouch for that.

I absolutely HATE the term "Hardcore Gamer". If that ever comes up in conversation my response is pretty much the same each time..... That a hardcore gamer is not someone who stays up until 5am playing COD and claiming their console is the best and all others are crap; to me a hardcore gamer is someone who either owns all consoles to enjoy each one individually, or someone who is broad minded enough to realise the individuality of each console and their exclusives, whether they like them or not, and not become a fanboy due to sheer narrow mindedness. Every one is entitled to a favourite brand (mine clearly Nintendo), but you don't need to become a slave to that brand and bash the competition!



GuruOfGreatness commented on Video: Hands-On With Captain Toad: Treasure Tr...:

Will I buy this game? Definitely. Will I buy this game on launch day or close after? More than likely. Will I buy this game at launch if I'm still in the middle of a few other games (bear in mind it'll be near Christmas, and the sheer amount of games coming out, and I will get every one of them)? Probably not, because as good as this game looks and no doubt will be, there are others I'm anticipating more, such as Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta 2



GuruOfGreatness commented on Sony Overtakes Nintendo In Global Hardware Sal...:

Congratulations Microsoft on your 5-6 million units, congratulations to Nintendo on your 6-7 million units, and of course, congratulations to Sony on your 7-8 million units.
Each company has produced a very good, powerful gaming machine, that, instead of being vilified for by stubborn fanboys for their weaknesses, should all be praised (and enjoyed) for their strengths. Regardless of the numbers, and whose in 1st, 2nd or 3rd place, as long as you enjoy your chosen console(s), what does it matter how many more millions the competition has sold? If you were an avid Sega Saturn fan back in the mid-late 90's who loved their console and wore it out to death, did you really care by the end of that gen that the original PlayStation had slaughtered the Saturn in terms of sales?



GuruOfGreatness commented on Mario Kart Month: A History of the Mario Kart ...:

As much as I love all Mario Kart games, and even though MK8 is taking up any bit of free time I have right now, N64 version will always be my favourite. Then again, I may be bias because the N64 was my favourite console ever, and I don't think I ever had, or ever will have, as much fun on a console than I did the N64. On your own, it was more awesome. With others, it was gaming Utopia



GuruOfGreatness commented on Mario Kart Month: A History of the Mario Kart ...:

As much as I love all Mario Kart games, and even though MK8 is taking up any bit of free time I have right now, N64 version will always be my favourite. Then again, I may be bias because the N64 was my favourite console ever, and I don't think I ever had, or ever will have, as much fun on a console than I did the N64. On your own, it was more awesome. With others, it was gaming Utopia



GuruOfGreatness commented on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Wii U Rumours P...:


Yeah I suppose I get that. More people=more variety I guess. Chance to make more friends, meet more people and all that (also a bigger chance to lose your temper with some little kid a lot more too though lol). That's fine. But the way I myself look at it, and this is just my own personal opinion, is that I would rather just play with say, 10,000 Wii U users or however many it is (and be able to play JUST on the GamePad too), even if it means playing the same people, than pay £40 a year just for the privilege of playing with 500,000 users or however many it is, on the 360, PS3 etc. For me, as long as there is about 15 people wanting to play the same type of game/match as me, I'm happy

Oh, and I realise that the PS3 is free, but you know what I mean lol



GuruOfGreatness commented on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Wii U Rumours P...:

Yep, if it's out for Wii U, I'll be getting it day one. Hope it is. For me, off screen play and free online beats slightly better graphics or a bigger online experience all the way (never understood that theory, I mean, you only need about 12 other people to play with, so why would I care how many millions ther are on other consoles). If it doesn't make it to Wii U, I will get it for whichever next console I decide to buy when the time is right. Right now, it's Wii U all the way though



GuruOfGreatness commented on Video: Nintendo Minute Unboxes The Mario Kart ...:

Pre-ordered my copy of the game, from GAME the day it was given a release date, but am now a bit concerned about the actual plastic box/case of the game. I really, really, really, REALLY hope that the standard, off the shelf copies of the game here in the UK just come with the standard blue case, and not the red plastic one that they just unveiled in the box bundle. I absolutely HATE it when you've got a lovely selection of green, blue, white, whatever selection of games sittng beautifully on your shelf, all the same size, shape and colour, and then just ONE game stands out a mile coz it's a completely different colour