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Sun 30th Jan 2011

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HouseofBees commented on Recently Departed Official Nintendo Magazine E...:

Good for Chandra. Always thought NGamer and its predecessors were better than the offical one - more honest, more incisive and crucially, funnier, and the rejig didn't change that. Still, good for Matthew as well - always been a fan of his writing.



HouseofBees commented on Poll: Would You Buy Grand Theft Auto V On Wii U?:

@GuyMan Interesting. But...

Advocating censorship on the grounds of 'moral corruption' and accusing a game with blanket ad-space of being a bit cynical when it comes to the moral side of things are different. I don't think any sane gamer would tolerate censorship (a general term if ever there were one) considering how some fantastic games have been released despite similar questions being asked.

And no, I'm not the person to go on about upholding moral values, or any of that twaddle. I think technically it's fantastic - that much is obvious. I'm also, as a Nintendo fan, a bit jealous - Nintendo's key games need this sort of massive promotion.

The more multi-console games are released on the Wii U, the more good exclusives there'll be, and fewer arguments like these.



HouseofBees commented on Poll: Would You Buy Grand Theft Auto V On Wii U?:

@GuyMan Hm. Just as it's pretentious to only choose to play certain games, it is to see a 5th sequel that, by all accounts, is essentially identical to its predecessors, as "gaming moving forward".

I don't need games to be sold to me like a morally corrupt film for over-excited teens. As long as it's fun, that's a good game.

For me, the 'satire' argument only works up to a certain point. It's not a get-out clause for anything suspect, and it's been overdone for this game.



HouseofBees commented on Poll: Would You Buy Grand Theft Auto V On Wii U?:

It was a great article, and I'm sure there are a lot of Nintendo gamers who feel the same way. Putting aside potential misgivings about the game's moral compass - it's just not a Nintendo game.

People are put off by nonsense like the aesthetics in Nintendo games when more fun and innovation for less money is right in front of them.



HouseofBees commented on Soapbox: Why We Should Expect More From The Le...:

It'll be a port that goes virtually untouched. Nintendo have noticed that fewer people bought Wind Waker originally (I thought it was excellent), and plan to plug a massive gap in real software by re-releasing an old game.

Nintendo is digging its own grave here. The fewer good games the Wii U has, the less viable it looks for the big companies to develop for, and the fewer good games it'll have. Etc, Etc. Nintendo needs to get off their



HouseofBees commented on Video: Yoshi's New Island E3 Trailer:

Yoshi's Island is firmly in my top 5 games, and yes, I'd prefer the hand-drawn style - but the idea of different art styles as the game progresses sounds excellent. Let's wait and see.



HouseofBees commented on Dylan Cuthbert of Q-Games - Nintendo and Wii U...:

Couldn't agree more.

People will, with some justification, moan about the lack of quality on the Wii.

However, Nintendo's decision to cater to the mainstream on such an unprecedented level allowed for great games to be made, too. Despite this, Nintendo has unfortunately acquired a reputation as being too flimsy/mainstream to be worth developing on. The audience is there - whatever the talk is - but somebody needs to start, and with big developers failing to commit to the Wii U, it's going to have to be Nintendo.

The Wii screamed of "new" - despite the incredible technology, the Wii U doesn't, and it won't until great new exclusive games are made.



HouseofBees commented on Nintendo to Pull the Plug on Several Online Wi...:

Also quite surprised it hasn't happened earlier.

Even so, I thought the forecast, everybody votes and news channels were excellent little ideas - I wasted a lot of time on those. Nintendo Channel was great, too.

The Wii U really needs an equivalent, and most of all, to get the TV channel working if we're not going to get another iplayer channel in the UK!



HouseofBees commented on Talking Point: The Problem With 'Old' Wii U Ports:

Couldn't agree more. This needs to be sorted, or the knock-on effect will be fewer and fewer games that actually appear at the same time as on other consoles, and as a result a collapse in general third-party support.

I think the Wii U's excellent, but like any other console, it needs a selection of good games.



HouseofBees commented on Rayman Legends Boss and Dev Team Protest Wii U...:

Doubt UbiSoft'll relent - Microsoft's money talks, but it is irritating that Nintendo never seems to be able to wave a magic wand in order to get any multi-platform game on their consoles.

Again, let's hope Ubisoft actually listen.



HouseofBees commented on Reaction: The Rayman Legends Delay Is a Low Bl...:

@Farmboy74 I agree , definitely. None of those are really "Killer App"-type games though - it makes you appreciate the Wii's opening lineup, in retrospect. There hasn't been a true must-have game for the console yet.

Whether you liked Origins or not, Legends was to be a sequel to a critically-acclaimed and credible game that was exclusive and used the technology well. Something's gone wrong there, but I've little faith in money being put where mouths are and UbiSoft's other "exclusives" remaining.

Nintendo normally comes up trumps - but the fact is that Wii U is an investment, in a different price bracket altogether to the Wii. Therefore, Nintendo need to answer the question "Why should I buy this console?" categorically. Without great games that aren't available on any other console, innovative technology means nothing.



HouseofBees commented on Reaction: The Rayman Legends Delay Is a Low Bl...:

To be honest, I'm worried I might've wasted my money on a Wii U.

Sports games will continue to be 1 step behind the competitors, exclusives aren't viable, and the console won't get any more multiplatform games than the GC or Wii. The one 'exclusive' to shout about this year is an update of an already-released Wii game.

Regardless of the development costs, Nintendo still has an odd reputation for not being "credible" - so if more games aren't released, there's no reason for anyone to buy the console, and it'll have died before the other ones are even released.



HouseofBees commented on Rayman Legends No Longer a Wii U Exclusive, De...:

WTF? The excuse that some poor XBOX and PS3 fans really wanted to play the game holds no water whatsoever. Anyone that chooses a Nintendo console seems to be told to get lost when it comes to multiplatform games.

Now it seems we can't even have exclusives. Monster Hunter Tri has already been released on the Wii, so regardless of a few touches, that simply does not count.

Watch for Bayonetta 2, people...disappointing stuff, but not unpredictable.



HouseofBees commented on ZombiU Developer Announces A Patch Is On The Way:

There are a few bad glitches in the game; (spoiler) I got stuck at the nursery, for instance - just as the prepper opened the door, I got killed. I got the antibiotics back, but the petrol cannister never appeared, so I had nowhere to go. Also, zombies can notice and attack you through doors.

Despite all these, though, it's an excellent game.



HouseofBees commented on EA: Excited About New Generation Which Is "Yet...:

Nintendo always strangely seem to be cut out of the whole 'generation' thing, as if they're following behind. Granted, graphics have always been the gimmick of the other consoles - but in terms of tech innovations (e.g. rumble, motion), Nintendo has led the way.

But if they don't get completely on board, then I'll bet neither will a lot of other developers. This needs to be sorted - it'll leave a bit of a sour taste if, for instance, we get another unchanged port of the previous FIFA.



HouseofBees commented on Iwata Implies That He Could Step Down Over Slu...:

I don't think that's talk of stepping down. But since lowering the price is (understandably) out of the question, the system needs some proper games that will turn heads - "killer apps", as they call them on myspace.

The slow rollout of the TVii/Google Maps functions will swiftly turn the media's narrative on the Wii U to one big failure, unless they can get things moving. No-one disputes that it's a fantastic console, and some great technology. But it costs, and unless some games are released that fulfill that potential, things'll go downhill.



HouseofBees commented on Feature: Reimagining The Wind Waker on Wii U:

I'd be surprised if they added anything, mind. But all the content lost in development. No voice acting, though. Having just finished Shenmue, and knowing how creepy that was, I don't think I could stomach that with Zelda's characters.



HouseofBees commented on Feature: Reimagining The Wind Waker on Wii U:

I like the idea of chucking in the bonus disc's content...

Apart from that, it seems like I'm the only one who likes trawling around the Great Sea. I find TP's Hyrule Field a bit of a trek, but the Great Sea has the sense of adventure they're going for. One thing that does bug me a bit is the lack of a (Spoiler?) dungeon for the third pearl. Here's an idea; completely re-jig the game and put that back in, and if it pushes the release date back 5 years, it will of course be worth it.

Also someone said the Pictobox Quest was impossible to complete - I agree! That annoyed me, but there you go. Something to do with that would be good, too. Looking forward to this, either way.



HouseofBees commented on Crystal Dynamics Explains Why Tomb Raider Isn'...:

If every developer is going to dismiss The Wii U as too costly, then it will sink. I couldn't care less about Tomb Raider personally, but the more people jump on board, the better.

Nintendo have to entice more third-party developers to actually work on the Wii U - otherwise it's no different from the Wii, apart from the price, really. Don't get me wrong, having GTA or whatever isn't exactly make-or-break, but when Sony and Microsoft's new consoles are unveiled, the gap will become even more pronounced.



HouseofBees commented on Aonuma: Wii U Zelda Is All About "Rethinking S...:

I'm not remotely bothered whether Zelda dates or not - it's always fun to play. Hopefully it won't ape the Elder Scrolls for the sake of it -no matter which entry in the series, Zelda's quality speaks for itself .

On the other hand, the combination of the hint at multiplayer and non-linearity makes me wonder about a Zelda party game - what fans have been waiting for, surely? I don't think it'll be the end of the world if it's not HD, but I agree that voice acting would be a bad move. Either way, should be interesting!



HouseofBees commented on Feature: What You Told Us About Wii U:

I'm a fan of the Wii U. For those who are on the fence/not bothered/PS360 Diehards to buy it, though, some things will need to happen in the next year - the price will need to drop sharply (it's prohibitive compared to the Wii whatever the development cost, so the same numbers can't realistically be expected). Secondly, some proper games. All very well putting a brave face on it, but nobody's head is going to be turned by Pikmin 3, no matter how good a game it is.

I'm sticking with the Wii U, and 3 years down the line, I want to have invested in a console that courts developers a damn sight better than the Wii did, and hopefully has a library and online service to justify the asking price.



HouseofBees commented on Capcom Not Looking To Bring "Late Ports" To Wii U:

Can't argue with that...I don't think there's even a market for late ports of games from other consoles. What needs to happen, though, is for developers to build on the example of Bayonetta 2, actually releasing games for the Wii U. Exclusives are great, but simply on time's good enough. As long as the release schedule doesn't descend into the diet and exercise of the Wii, then it's all good.

^ Incidentally, Monster Hunter's worth a go.



HouseofBees commented on First UK Wii U Television Advertisement Breaks...:

Choice of narrator is top-notch, as any discerning Brit will know. Apart from that, I reckon it's pretty good. The slightest hint of humour - not something Nintendo's commercials are well known for (no, the ads with various celebrities pretending to play the Wii don't count), and it works.

It's also not trying to appeal to the heads, bear in mind - if a wide audience isn't ensnared at first, then third-party developers won't exactly return in droves. As long as the marketing learns from what the Wii did right and wrong, it'll be fine.

It needs to come across as populist, yet credible - a balancing act the Wii didn't manage all the way to the end. To be fair, a mix of ZombiU and the new Mario Bros game would've done it. Whether ZombiU will actually be any good, though, time will tell.



HouseofBees commented on Capcom Open to More 3DS Resident Evils:

Or, Capcom could commit to some console Resis for Nintendo, like they're doing with other consoles. Just a thought.

A remake of Resident Evil 0 sounds good. As does bringing back zombies actually.



HouseofBees commented on GAME Not Selling Mario Party 9:

Yeah, I echo the above: It'll be a shame to see Gamestation go. Dwindling money meant Gamestation's gotten steadily worse, stocking fewer peripherals and retro games and getting less adventurous as it went. GAME on the other hand, didn't know its elbow from its Great Giana Sisters. My girlfriend worked there,and the attitude was even worse than out front. Snobby bullies who saw elderly customers and thought 'CLOSE THE SALE!' That mentality comes from the panic above, I guess.

No specific Game retailers left then. My girlfriend now works at HMV, and they (as anyone can see) order very few games in. They can't compete with the Supermarkets. Whether they remain in business, the only people who will lose out will be the customers.



HouseofBees commented on Pokémon Black & White Version 2 Announced:

^ Haahaa. It's very important!111

Why don't we judge when we get a little more info? The DS is hardly obsolete as a console, unless there's thousands of other double-screened rivals I'm not aware of?

Contrary to popular belief, there's no correlation between newer technology and better games. Correct me if I'm wrong here - but I assume that that Game Freak won't spend two weeks actually making the game, with the remaining few months being spent on looking around the offices for pokemon inspirations. Anybody who sees 'DS' and thinks 'not good enough' is not only thinking in purely commercial terms, but probably hasn't seen the quality of the 3DS lineup a year in.

I know a Pokemon Gray update would have been earth-shattering, and this is very disappointing - but, maybe we can trust Game Freak'll come up with the goods?



HouseofBees commented on Capcom Tight-Lipped About Resident Evil 6 Wii U:

I'd be extremely surprised if it was a yes.

The time of Resi's exclusives deal with Nintendo was short-lived and very much in the past, at least on console; Resident Evil (the remake) is unfairly lambasted as being dated, and 4 was hauled onto other consoles not too long after its release.

Obviously, Capcom won't want to cause a backlash before the console is actually released, but I'm not optimistic about this. The lack of third-party support for the Wii was its downfall, and there's no excuse for it this time around.