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IceClimbers commented on Nintendo Download: 8th October (North America):

Honestly not a bad next couple of weeks. Chibi-Robo tonight, Legend of Legacy and Yoshi's Woolly World next week, and Dragon Ball Z, Fatal Frame and Zelda Triforce Heroes the week after.

Not sure which ones I plan on getting.



IceClimbers commented on Sonic Lost World's Wii U Exclusivity Ends With...:

@gamekill Sonic Lost World was part of a 3 game deal with Nintendo (the other games being Mario & Sonic at Sochi and Sonic Boom Rise of Lyric/Shattered Crystal). We never knew the details of that exclusivity contract. Obviously, we now know that the games had a timed exclusivity, after which Sega was free to do as they please with the games (well, except for Mario & Sonic for obvious reasons).

Fatal Frame is an IP that Nintendo co-owns. Only Fatal Frame 1-3 are on non-Nintendo systems, as they were available on the PS Store on PS3 before Nintendo became co-owner. Future games are Nintendo exclusive from here on out unless Nintendo decides otherwise.



IceClimbers commented on Nielsen Game Rank Lists the Most Anticipated G...:

@Peach64 Japan sales aren't reflective of anything, as Xenoblade has too many WRPG elements for the Japanese audience. Xenoblade X has even more WRPG influence. Xenoblade's audience is in the west.

Also, the idea that Mario Tennis would outsell Xenoblade X 5 to 1 is flat out laughable. Reality check here: there's not enough people who give a damn about Mario Tennis for that to happen.

The games that will be selling a ton of copies this holiday are already out: Splatoon and Super Mario Maker. Those are the ones Nintendo will advertise, alongside Yokai Watch on the 3DS (Mystery Dungeon is The Pokemon Company's job to advertise)



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Share Prices Return to...:

Definitely hoping we get a Direct soon. Even if it's just a game-specific Direct for something like Smash Bros or Xenoblade, anything would suffice right now. I should point out that last year after E3 we didn't get a general Direct until early November.

Big thing is that outside of Smash DLC, the new membership service, and the first DeNA mobile game there's not that much to cover as far as the rest of the year goes. The only other things they could talk about that aren't next year's stuff are new trailers for holiday games (amiibo Festival, Mario Tennis, Yokai Watch, Pokemon SMD) or digital-only stuff like indies, small games (SNES Remix?), and VC releases.

A Direct would definitely need to cover Q1 2016 and possibly Q2 stuff for the most part.

In the mean time we're mostly going to have to play the waiting game during this period of transition. At least there's upcoming CoroCoro scans to keep us Pokemon fans occupied. That Pokemon Z announcement would be nice right about now...

Edit: Oh, I just remembered that September 30th marked the end of the financial quarter, so the financial results and investor's briefing should be coming soon. That'll give us something to talk about.



IceClimbers commented on Nintendo Drops Out of Interbrand 'Best Global ...:

@rjejr I honestly don't see Mickey Mouse that much at all unless I'm at the Disney store or at a Disney theme park. Outside of those Mickey Mouse is about as common as Mario is in merchandise and whatnot.

Nintendo should open up more Nintendo World Stores.



IceClimbers commented on Rumour: Nintendo and DeNA Will Be Revealing th...:

So expect the unexpected? Well, the expected thing is that the first game is Mario related. That's what everyone is expecting. So... I'm gonna say it's not actually Mario related, and is actually either Nintendogs, Brain Age, WarioWare, or Animal Crossing.



IceClimbers commented on Rumour: Data Miner Discovers Three Empty Chara...:

Ok, what makes Shovel Knight "so obvious"? There's absolutely nothing suggesting Shovel Knight will be in the game other than a rumor that Liam Robertson reported on. That rumor is looking more and more bogus by the day.

The only character who has anything to go off of is Wolf, simply because he's a veteran who has no technical or legal issues holding him back.



IceClimbers commented on Nintendo Attempts to Show the Fun Side of Anim...:

AC amiibo Festival looks really boring, but it's more of a Mario Party game than Mario Party 10.

Don't really understand the hate for HHD. People keep using the reasoning that HHD strays from what makes Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing. Well yeah, of course it does - it's a SPINOFF! It's supposed to deviate from the main games. No different than Pokemon Mystery Dungeon or all of the Mario spinoffs.

On a side note, I'm pretty sure both HHD and amiibo Festival were developed by smaller teams that weren't lead by the usual producers and directors. Most of the people who are usually behind the Animal Crossing series were busy with Splatoon. That's why there's no main series Animal Crossing game on Wii U.



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: Why Does Investor Confidence in...:

This really doesn't mean too much. Most of it is due to stuff that's larger than them.

All I can really say with specific regards to Nintendo is that the company is in a major period of transition, and the leadership and structural changes only added to it.

As far as the information lull, the tipping point for that was really the launch week of Super Mario Maker. In that week alone we had Pikmin 4 and Pokemon GO announcements, Super Mario Maker's launch and the franchise's 30th anniversary, and new Zygarde formes, with Kimishima being named President and the restructure coming soon after as well as the SMM stage for Smash being announced.

So there actually hasn't been that much of an info lull recently, or at least in comparison to pre-SMM launch week. The news was just front loaded. The news lull seems worse than it actually is because we know there's more coming super soon, particularly with the Smash Ballot ending on Saturday, combined with the lack of a Direct.



IceClimbers commented on Climate "Not Healthy" For Dedicated Handheld G...:

@CB85 It is. This article uses outdated numbers.

@Caryslan Thank you. Most of the people commenting here keep bringing up Sony's failure to support the Vita (and not just games either) as the reason it failed. While this may be partially true, they're bringing the point up as a way of denying reality.

I think this point really drives it home: The combined sales of the 3DS and the Vita are 67 million units (55 million for the 3DS, 12 million for the Vita). That's still 13 million less than the GBA's lifetime sales of about 80 million. The combined sales of the Vita and the 3DS will be less than the GBA's lifetime sales.

Whether we like it or not, the handheld market has contracted big time, and will likely contract again next generation.

Also, the mobile market will eventually have a big effect on the home console market as well. Hell, it already is in Japan. Sure, the PS4 is selling incredibly well, and the XB1 is also doing quite well. However, I seriously doubt the 8th gen consoles will have as long of a lifespan as the 7th gen consoles.

Say the PS4 sold 100 million units and the XB1 sold 60 million units. That's 170 million units total between the 3 consoles. Here's the thing: that's still 30 million less than the combined sales of the 6th gen consoles, 40 million if you count Dreamcast numbers.

I think the console market will eventually contract, but at a much more gradual pace than handhelds did.

The only way to counter it is to make sure our kids and future kids grow up playing on dedicated devices, or at least home consoles.



IceClimbers commented on Retailers In North America Merge Wii U & 3DS L...:

@XCWarrior @Peach64

If this was just in multiple locations of one retail chain, then I'd be inclined to agree. However, this is across multiple retail chains. Walmart, Target, and Gamestop are all doing this, and I'm sure Best Buy and Toys R Us will be doing it too. This is a deliberate marketing move by Nintendo. So yes, this is a good thing.

@Captain_Gonru Actually, the Target I went into yesterday had very little shelf space for Lego Dimensions. That stuff was pushed into one tiny section on the end of a shelf instead of a healthy section on one of the sides. There wasn't even a demo display unit for it, although I don't remember there being one for Skylanders either. Disney Infinity 3.0 and amiibo both had demo display units though.

Interestingly enough, the only system that had a demo unit was the 3DS with a copy of Smash. The only thing that seemed to have actually lost shelf space was the Nintendo accessories (not amiibo). As far as amiibo goes, they had some Olimar and Dr Mario in stock still, as well as one Zero Suit Samus that I bought. I didn't see any DS games and very few Wii games on the shelves.

The Walmart I went into had a few Wii games left - Smash Bros Brawl, FIFA 15, Mario Kart Wii, Just Dance, and Metroid Other M (which is apparently still $50 for some reason).



IceClimbers commented on Retailers In North America Merge Wii U & 3DS L...:

Went to Target and Walmart this morning actually. Both of them are fairly new stores (that part of town didn't have commercial development until a year or two ago). The Walmart didn't have this new display, but Target did. It's a really neat display.

Now, does the display mean anything? Probably not. That being said, them returning to the red logo wouldn't be too much of a surprise. The current grey logo is one of the last things remaining from the whole "sterile doctor's office" vibe they had during the Wii and DS era. I think they're definitely wanting to get away from that.

I think they've realized that their branding of video games is "Nintendo", not "Wii" and "DS".

Now, if you wanted to go with some crazy, wild speculation, you could say that this is hinting at NX being an ecosystem, and that said ecosystem's final name will be "Nintendo" or "The Nintendo".



IceClimbers commented on Konami Denies That It Is Walking Away From AAA...:

Ok, I'm questioning this article. Why did you leave out that the response was from a customer service rep, who would be one of the last people to know of important changes like that?

A customer service rep is far from an official denial.



IceClimbers commented on Factor 5's Lost Wii Kid Icarus Boasted A Dark ...:

Looks interesting, but I'm glad Uprising happened instead.

On an unrelated note, a new trailer for Project X Zone 2 was posted revealing that Fiora from Xenoblade Chronicles as well as Lucina and Chrom are going to be playable. Fiora is paired up with KOS-MOS from Xenosaga, while Lucina and Chrom are paired up.



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: Star Fox Zero's Delay Could Be ...:

@BinaryFragger I'm pretty sure it's more that people are sick and tired of the "fate of Nintendo" narrative. Everyone on here is well aware of Nintendo's problems. Repeating them over and over again like a broken record is pointless and just for clicks.

If they wanted to do a Talking Point article, then they should have done one on Konami and how they reflect a serious problem in the console market.



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: Star Fox Zero's Delay Could Be ...:

@Caryslan I'd be shocked if Microsoft managed to come even close to closing the gap. I fully expect the PS4 to decimate the XB1 in sales this holiday season. Sony has the Battlefront and CoD marketing deals. Halo doesn't stand a chance.

I think Phil Spencer is going to focus the Xbox One more and more on first party. They're lucky they don't become Nintendo 2.0 - all 1st party, very little 3rd party.



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: Star Fox Zero's Delay Could Be ...:

@Vineleaf Yeah next year is going to be pretty good for the 3DS. In NA there's Final Fantasy Explorers, Hyrule Warriors Legends, Mario & Luigi Paper Jam, Metroid Prime Federation Force, Fire Emblem Fates, Bravely Second, Mega Man Legacy Collection, Project X Zone 2, Sonic Boom Fire & Ice, and Pokemon Z or whatever the next main series game will be called.

Then there's still pending localisations for games like Rhythm Heaven, Picross 3D 2, and possibly some Dragon Quest (please?).

This holiday season though isn't that great. Some decent support titles and a somewhat heavy-hitter in Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon. Of course, there's also the wildcard in Yokai Watch.



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: Star Fox Zero's Delay Could Be ...:

@electrolite77 Still, it's a bit odd when the people on Nintendo fan sites (MyNintendoNews, Nintendo Life, Wii U Daily) are the ones shouting doom and gloom over this, while the people on general gaming sites like IGN, Destructoid, etc are actually rather supportive of the delay. The people shouting doom and gloom on those sites don't own the Wii U.



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: Star Fox Zero's Delay Could Be ...:

@Yorumi Funny thing is, both Metroid and Star Fox had mainstream appeal. Star Fox easily had it up through SF64. Then came Assault and the franchise lost its mainstream appeal after that. Metroid had mainstream appeal even during the franchise's absence on the N64. It wasn't until Prime 3 came around did the franchise start to lose its mainstream appeal. That's not to say they can't regain their mainstream appeal though.

As for Xenoblade, while it might not have mainstream appeal at the moment, it can gain it over time. Look at Fire Emblem. That didn't have mainstream appeal at all until Awakening. Animal Crossing was somewhat niche, but it kept gaining appeal with every release. New Leaf has ridiculous legs and is one of the best selling 3DS games.



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: Star Fox Zero's Delay Could Be ...:

Clickbait title - the Wii U's final nail in the coffin was placed back in 2011, when the 3DS was struggling. Them focusing their efforts on saving the 3DS killed the Wii U. It was the right decision though.

Ultimately, this delay is good for Star Fox. It wasn't going to sell systems, especially when Zelda wasn't going to either (anybody that was going to buy it for Zelda ALREADY BOUGHT IT).

Also, Star Fox is just as niche, if not more niche than Xenoblade. Xenoblade X won't move systems, but put a marketing campaign behind it and the game will sell well. Bloodborne is proof of that.

Besides, moving Wii U consoles at this point isn't what Nintendo should be trying to do. It's pointless.

Nintendo should be pushing and promoting Xenoblade this holiday season. Make the franchise more well known.

What Nintendo will do though is advertise the hell out of Animal Crossing amiibo Festival. Why? It has Animal Crossing in the title. I'd be willing to bet amiibo Festival will move systems in Japan, even if it's a small amount.



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: Star Fox Zero's Delay Could Be ...:

@DarthNocturnal The Xbox One easily has the best holiday lineup of exclusives with Forza 6, Fable Legends, Halo 5, and timed exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider. The Wii U has Xenoblade, Mario Tennis, and amiibo Festival. The PS4 has the Uncharted Collection.

Here's the sad thing: guess which system is going to utterly decimate the other two in system sales? The PS4, the system with by far the weakest holiday lineup. They have the SW Battlefront and CoD marketing deals.

The harsh truth: the Xbox One, like the Wii U, is completely irrelevant.



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: Sweeping Internal Changes Show ...:

@Yorumi Well, guess I was wrong on that. You definitely aren't leaning away from Nintendo.

I suppose we'll have to agree to disagree on the "soul and ambition" thing.

On a side note, with Star Fox I'm honestly concerned about the lack of stuff happening on screen. Feels rather empty and slowed down to accommodate the GamePad features. I mean, I'm not necessarily expecting some Uprising-like bullet hell, but there should definitely be a lot more going on than what we've seen so far.



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: Sweeping Internal Changes Show ...:

@Yorumi Mario Kart 8 doesn't have any less content than Mario Kart Wii. That's talking about the vanilla game only. Throw in DLC and it has even more content. Splatoon's lack of content was a valid complaint at launch. Now? Not so much.

I harshly disagree with the "no ambition and soul" argument. Smash, Kart, Splatoon, Maker, etc have plenty of soul and ambition in them. The only games released so far that you can really use that argument for is NSMBU, Mario Party 10, and maybe 3D World.

From the sound of it, you're leaning away from Nintendo in general. You're burnt out. That's what your problem seems to be.