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Hotfusion commented on Watch: Catch Up With the North American, Europ...:

Have to wait until May for the first Wii U game to interest me this year.
Loving Slaptoon. I hope it sells enough to keep a healthy online community.

Why is it sometimes Xenoblade looks pretty good and other times it looks like a PS3 game done badly? Maybe it's just me... then again I watched it on a 52" TV probably in a low res.

Have no interest in 3DS games so for me it was a pretty uninspiring Direct.

Oh, will download SMG2 at half price. That was another bit of good news.
Never finished that game on the Wii. A friend came over to see me and "borrowed" it all those long years ago. He is now living in Australia.



Hotfusion commented on Digital Foundry Ponders Next-Gen Hardware Opti...:

The Wii U is a disaster. Full stop. Nintendo's whole image is in decline. The vast majority of people buying consoles in 2015 (and those in 2014) do not give a rat's backside about the Wii U or Mario. The figures don't lie. If Mario was so freaking great (among the general gaming public) the 35m that bought MK8 would have come back for more.. or at least 25% of them. The 10m plus that bought Galaxy would have come back for 3D World.

I am tired of saying this but Nintendo home consoles now ONLY appeal to a shrinking number of fans. No company can survive on these crappy sales. I don't care who they are.

A companies first priority and objective is to make as much money as possible.
Pleasing the consumer is important but secondary. Pleasing a few people is pointless if there is no substantial reward for a company of Nintendos stature.

This whole Mickey Mouse, kiddie, cartoony image that Nintendo loves to uphold is now being viewed by the consumer as negative and stale. To The few true fans it's awesome but to those that bought the Wii last gen and probably experienced it for the first time or not experienced it in a long time it obviously left a bad taste. Not to mention pitiful support, no sport games etc.,

Even if you argue that the other consoles bring nothing new at least they are selling on a different planet compared to the Wii u.

Unless Nintendo seriously reinvigorate this "kiddie theme" or create another "genre" of gaming environment I see an impossible task.

Don't get me wrong, I respect Nintendo for doing their own thing and trying to be different but it is not working. It can work, I am sure. But they need to seriously revamp their ideas and from what I have gathered from Fusion and QoL or whatever, I do not think they have quite nailed it. Time will tell.

As for the new console, whenever it turns up, sooner rather than later I hope, it better be damn powerful or have a hyper gimmick like the wii mote.
If they come with a gimmick like the gamepad or release a console only slightly better than the current gen they have no chance and will just be digging a bigger hole than the one they are in.

It amazes me that some fans see it different but for me it is better to get out the business if you intend to throw money away for the next few years because you have it in the bank to throw away. Better off giving it charity.. or me.



Hotfusion commented on Nintendo Dominated Japan During 2014, Despite ...:

Yep, Nintendo games do have good legs unlike games on the other consoles. They stay in the charts forever.

Ultimately if a game sells 5m in a week or 5m in a year it is still 5m sales. Personally if I was a publisher I would rather take the income in a week rather than a year but that's me. After a few months the price drops.

But as a gamer it's good because they are always a fresh batch of players coming online.



Hotfusion commented on Nintendo Dominated Japan During 2014, Despite ...:

Good for the Wii U.... in Japan. Why does MS even bother with Japan?
They don't need it. Europe and NA is where the battleground and the big money is.

Japan pales to further insignificance every year where home consoles are concerned.



Hotfusion commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Wise to Embrace The ...:

The big question, IS IT WORKING?
Would it not be a better choice to hit the TV channels like Sony and MS whose consoles are either treble (XBOX) or quadruple (PS4) the Wii U sales last month? Could be by a lot more when all is added up.

To answer my own question, I don't think so.
I don't think splashing money on TV ads is really going to do much for the Wii U. It's an image thing. Far more people want to play the games on the other consoles than play a game with Mario in it... again.

Nintendo are not that stupid, they know the Wii U is a disaster - although they will never admit to it, what company would?

So in a nutshell, I think they are doing the right thing. Hang in there, let the 3DS be the bread basket for the next couple or so years and see the generation out as far as they can.



Hotfusion commented on Feature: A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - Janua...:

E3 was the highlight of Nintendo's 2014 for me.
There was a moment when I thought they might just turn it around and reach at least 9m sold by end of last year.

Some people say sales don't matter, just enjoy the console, but that's rubbish.
Sales matter when I can't have a decent game of Mario Kart 8 online until the U.S.A comes home because they are pitiful few Wii Us in the UK and Europe.

I really hope Nintendo have a better 2015 but I really can't see that happening.
Unlike you I think it is way too late to save the Wii U. The image of the console is badly damaged and Nintendo games just don't apeal to the mainstream like they use to, only fans. This is evident because Wii U games just don't sell consoles like the other systems. The games themselves sell well enough but it is obvious a high percentage of people who play these games have long since owned the console.

Saying all that this will be the best year for me personally. Zelda and Splatoon, X and although I am doubtful of it ever coming to the Wii U, Project Cars.

Hope I didn't go to much off-topic as the article is about Jan-Mar 2014. But seeing I don't own a 3DS and only DK happen on the Wii U for the first six months last year I thought I'd do the whole year.



Hotfusion commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2015:

Although I am pretty sure it will sell pitifully poor, Splatoon is what interest me most. Will pick up Zelda at some point.

Maybe Devils Third if reviews are good. A game like this on a Nintebdo console is a rare thing. Might never happen again.

I really hope Project Cars still come to the Wii U, though.

That's it. Don't care about anything else. Use to like Starfox but ...



Hotfusion commented on Satoru Iwata Highlights Frustration at Missed ...:

When I said Nintendo fans I meant Fans of their home consoles.
Personally I don't own a 3DS or want one so your point made regarding the 3DS being the drug for other gamers that needs their Nintendo fix didn't occur to me.
If this is indeed the case (I am not saying it is or isn't) their whole strategy needs a major rethink beyond Fusion - based on what I think Fusion is - but without hard facts this is conjecture.

I don't have the figures but someone somewhere that did the science shows handheld gaming is in decline. It is natural for this to be the case based on other options like phones etc. As a games only company this needs addressing by Nintendo. How they go about this is for those employees who get paid the big bucks, not me.

Being the odd one out and trying to be different didn't work this time around with the Wii U.

My reasoning was the Wii U should have been positioned as the second console for xbox and PS owners. However many of these owners couldn't care less for Mario or any Nintendo game hence the poor sales of the console.
I believe games in the mould of Bayonetta, Devils third etc would have helped if there were around from the first year of the Wii U.



Hotfusion commented on Satoru Iwata Highlights Frustration at Missed ...:

It's more than just a console that Nintendo needs to rethink. Going from the poor sales of not only the Wii U but the huge drop off of consumers returning for more MK and SSB this generation shows that few people actually care for Mario ( or rather Nintendo games ) anymore.
The Wii excelled because it had a gimmick, was cheaper and more importantly it became the second console for many x360 and PS3 owners.
This time around mainly Nintendo fans bought the Wii U and looking at its sales there aren't many.

A large part of the Wii U's failure is Nintendo's image. To it's fans Nintendo is a great platform for adults and kids alike.
To everyone else it is a kiddies console that no kid in the UK would admit to owning and every damn game is Mario.
The market has evolved but Nintendo is stuck in the past. As long as Iwata is president I don't see anything changing.

I don't care how long the company has been going or how much money they have in the bank. That doesn't make it invincible.

Nintendo needs to reinvent themselves and that requires far more than a powerful multimedia console.

As it stands there just aren't that many Nintendo fans that want a wii u. To keep the Wii U for more than two more years is just not possible.

As the other consoles get cheaper - I mean I have seen them for £299.00 this year, and the games begin to flow, things for the Wii u will get worst. This was it's best year with its biggest system sellers and compare to the competition it got slaughtered.

Nintendo is talking next gen because they know the Wii u is drowning in their mistakes.



Hotfusion commented on Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Enjoy Biggest UK P...:

Personally I think I could have done a better job. Seriously though if you think this all comes down to this one bad news article you are way off the mark.

What is being said here is pretty much the same that has been said over a year and a half now... based on numerous "bad news articles".

And yes, I do enjoy my Wii U as you do. However I was lead to believe I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more by Nintendo and that has nothing to do with sales.

The fact that Nintendo find it so hard to supply a handful of games to a small UK base is pathetic. Either they think we don't matter anymore or simply they don't care about the anymore.

I am fed up of having to hunt Wii U games (their biggest games this gen) down because I rather own a physical copy than a download,

MS is a lost cause in Japan but still they make an effort. I am not saying that Nintendo should spend the huge amount MS does, but by the gods at least make an effort.



Hotfusion commented on Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Enjoy Biggest UK P...:

I couldn't find a copy of Smash U anywhere. Finally decided to get it from Amazon which meant I couldn't play it over the weekend.
The same with Bayonetta 2 which I couldn't find anywhere when that was launched.

Retailers in the UK just don't stock Wii U games because the console has sold so poorly here.

And before anyone says it, I only buy physical copies of games. Why? Because I rather.



Hotfusion commented on Digital Foundry Gives Its Take on Watch Dogs f...:

I saw the PS4 version of WatchDogs on the shelf (probably second hand) for £15. Next to was a price tag saying "£49.99 for Wii U" version.

As much as I wanted the Wii U version before UbiSoft's decision to delay it, I cannot justify paying that much money for the Wii U version when I have still have a PS3 (I now also have a PS4).

There would have to be something totally special in the Wii U version to take my money. Apparently this is not the case.

Even if I only owned a Wii U and had Carlos Slim's daily allowance I would still consider this a raw deal.

People like to complain about Nintendo fans attitude towards third-party games and indeed some of it is warranted.
In this case however, I truly believe Nintendo fans are truly being taken for mugs.

BTW I would definitely had bought this game for the Wii U if it had been released at the same time as the others, that is 100% truth.



Hotfusion commented on Bayonetta 2 Falls From UK Charts After One Week:

Niche my backside. I read - if it is true - that platinum was hoping for at the high end 1m sales.
This is no cheap remake. If they want to make any real money the game must perform much better than it is currently.
Niche or not games must sell to keep the devs in business.
When Nintendo learn to market their console and the games on it maybe some third parties may show interest.
As it stands I don't blame them for ditching a system that the manufacturers themselves can't be bothered to promote.



Hotfusion commented on Super Smash Bros. Takes the Lead in Japan Once...:

I agree with you. Ultimately it is the sales that matters because money does. Like you I don't imagine those involved with the game will be popping the champagne quite yet.
People expect much better sales for Bayonetta 2 in the west but I don't.
I find that the Wii u is the one console that sales are represented quite equally (relative to user base) across all markets.
I will let time tell.



Hotfusion commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Coming In November, Features ...:

Going by the comments here 99% are happy with this DLC. I am going to take that as the general opinion of MK8 current and future owners.

Great move Nintendo. When you are struggling with lack of third party support expanding on big selling titles with this type of DLC is clever.

Like someone suggested an updated version of the game call MK8.1 should be released in a year or so on disc. I hope they do this.



Hotfusion commented on Mario Kart 8 DLC Coming In November, Features ...:

Nintendo is a business and a business must make money... Not that Nintendo has been doing a good job of that lately.
Many people criticised the wii and now the wii u because it lacks DLC compare to the other consoles.
The majority of people are happy with DLC. It is now pretty standard in gaming.
Should Nintendo not do DLC to please a few people who hate it? Or please the majority who want it and bring in the revenue that keeps them in business?

I pretty much don't like DLC myself but it is not about me. It is about Nintendo making the choices that they believe to be the right ones to take the company out of the financial difficulty it is in.

With little third party support and having to pretty much supply the wii u software themselves I see absolutely nothing wrong with this.

This makes good business sense and that is the only sense a business needs to make.



Hotfusion commented on Ubisoft Executive Talks Up Super Smash Bros. a...:

Yes, there are positives and negatives. Nintendo has created a niche slice in the gaming industry which is based on cartoony art styles and fun. As long as there is a big enough market for Nintendo games the company will be profitable. Yes, they have been losing money but things should get better.
Because Nintendo is owner of both the software and hardware the income is more significant than third parties who split the monies with Sony/MS.
Nintendo's unique status also gives them the freedom to implement ideas
Iike amiibo which might just turn out to be a money printer.

The main negative against the wii u is that there are far more options with the PS4 and XB1.
From sports sims to shooters to entertainment.
Drought or no drought the reality is that next year the number of software titles on those consoles will be far superior to that of the wii u which had a year's headstart.

If I was to market the wii u this is how I would promote it.
"The wii u is a great console to have on its own. The wii u is also a great companion to sit next to your PS4 or XB1 under your TV".



Hotfusion commented on New Project CARS Screenshots Race Into View:

Some people will never get it regarding console generations. For those who understand no explanation is necessary, for those that don't no explanation is possible.

Claiming one console has better exclusives than another is like saying you have a better music collection than another person with a different musical preference, and claiming it to be scientific fact.



Hotfusion commented on Mario Kart 8 Passes One Million US Sales as Wi...:

Considering where the Wii U was this time last year this is a big turn around. Remember "intelligent" people like Pratcher saying the Wii U will die in 2014 as things will probably get worse for the console.

It is still stormy weather for the console but it looks far from sinking.

SSB should be the third 1m seller in the US.



Hotfusion commented on Sony's Shuhei Yoshida Says Nintendo Provides B...:

Having a boatful of money doesn't mean it is intelligent to throw it away. Xbox existence has more to do with shareholders than any CEO. Xbox has been bleeding money and some investors are fed up. They want MS to concentrate more on other things other than violent games.
Recently Bill Gates reiterated that selling Xbox was not totally out of the question. I rather take his words onboard than the fanboys who think MS and xbox will last forever.

"Having no intention to sell" is not the same as "We definitely won't sell". I should know, I hear it all the time in my business.



Hotfusion commented on Philips Secures Wii Patent Victory Over Ninten...:

Calm down people. Since 2007 there were headlines about the Wii being taken of the market because of infringements.

It's just the UK. Even if the unimaginable happens, which is unlikely, it's no big deal.

Companies that win these cases don't usually ask for the product to be taken off the market unless it is competing directly with one of their own. In the unlikely case of this judgement being upheld Philips will take the money. Selling the system is more important because it makes them money rather than taking it of the market which leaves them with nothing.

Nothing will come of this to directly affect selling the Wii U. If the worst happens then Nintendo can simply drop the Wii bar and remote from the Wii U. It is hardly required in most games these days anyway.



Hotfusion commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Successfully Wooed Som...:

I totally agree. Before the Wii U launched I thought a good approach would have been to position it as a second console to XB1 and PS4 gamers as well as it's fan base.

By developing a strong library of diverse exclusives the Wii U could create its own niche part in this industry.

Instead Nintendo put their faith in third parties that ridicule the system and dropped it after bad sales. Leaving droughts that Nintendo was forced to fill themselves.
I really hope they go this way rather than be yet another copycat PS4/XB1/PC.

If third parties want to bring something let them but Nintendo seems to be finally learning that they have to depend on themselves.



Hotfusion commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's GamePad Bet Could Pa...:

No, the motion control system along with Wii Sports sold the Wii.

Wii Sports played on a normal controller won't have sold a damn thing.

The motion controls and ANY software that incorporated it would have sold the Wii.

The motion controller was unique and that's what sold the Wii, thinking anything else is delusional.



Hotfusion commented on E3 2014: Reggie Fils-Aime Reaffirms Nintendo's...:

The gamepad is the most expensive dedicated console controller in the world. Just the other day, a couple days before MK8 launched my gamepad refused to turn on or charge. In a panic I perused the internet looking for a solution, fearing I would have to buy another wii u as the controller is not sold seperately. Thank the gods I found a fix.
Yes, I know you can use a different controller but thats not the point. I then realised that athough I dont really think about it much, how much I would miss the gamepad if it wasn't there.
Here I am watching E3 on my TV through the Wii U and typing up this post on the gamepad.
It also highlighted that a broken gamepad pretty much means a new wii u.



Hotfusion commented on Mario Kart 8 Stays Second in UK as Tomodachi L...:


Watchdogs sold far better on PS4 and XB1 than on PS3 and X360. Why do you say such nonsense? To convince yourself otherwise.

PS4 sales doubled.
Watchdogs sales:
PS4 1.8m
XB1 900k
PS3 430k
X360 470k

Please stop the lies. I too love Nintendo but hate lies and deliberate misinformation.



Hotfusion commented on E3 2014: Ubisoft Admits to Holding Back Comple...:

UbiSoft made good use of the gamepad with Zombi U so I wouldn't be surprise if it is that feature that kept the game away from the other consoles... initially.

UbiSoft tried more than most to support the console so they have my respect but I am not deluded enough not to see that financially, continuing to support the Wii u is looking like a lost cause.

As for WatchDogs I am puzzled. With no release date issued I wouldn't be surprised if the game is dropped. I understand why UbiSoft did what they did with the Wii U version.

1) It was up against MK8 the same week.
2) Wait and see if MK8 and E3 gives the a Wii U a boost and hence a bigger market to launch that version of WatchDogs into.



Hotfusion commented on E3 2014: Ubisoft Admits to Holding Back Comple...:

If I was CEO of UbiSoft I would do the same thing. The game may have been developed with the believe that the Wii U would have sold a lot more by now.

This is business, not a game. This is real life. Why waste a load of money releasing and marketing a game that 95% Nintendo fans will probably never buy. .

Releasing this game will probably be throwing money away.