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Sun 18th August, 2013

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IceClimbers commented on Nintendo Secures Plenty of Nominations in The ...:

@Kaze_Memaryu Etrian Odyssey Untold and Pokemon don't count for best handheld because they're remakes, so they're automatically disqualified outside of the Best Remaster category, and SMTIV is from last year since this is a US awards show.
Edit: Also, the Monolith that's nominated for developer of the year isn't Monolith Soft by the way.

Bayonetta 2 for GOTY!



IceClimbers commented on Nintendo Download: 20th November (Europe):

@electrolite77 The Captain Toad delay is likely for strategic placement. Europe isn't getting Kirby in February like the US is, so they likely delayed Captain Toad there to even out the dry periods.

Unity doing well essentially means that people keep falling for the hype and marketing by preordering the game. The preorder culture in the industry is why games like AC Unity happen - they already know people are getting the game, so why bother finishing it? Games rarely sell out anyway, especially major AAA titles like AC. Only the niche games like Bayonetta 2 have a chance to sell out. Halo MCC selling well was a given - it's Halo, and four of them at that! People just need to stop preordering games like that unless they fully trust the publisher (and even then, it's not the best idea).



IceClimbers commented on Nintendo Is Bringing Holiday Magic To Shopping...:

@Yorumi Well that's weird cause Spike, Comedy Central, and Disney are where Nintendo usually likes to advertise. I remember seeing Hyrule Warriors on Comedy Central at least once, and both versions of Smash probably 10+ times.

Believe it or not, but I'd honestly say I've seen more Wii U ads this year than 3DS ads. As far as the 3DS goes, I've seen Smash a bunch of times, and then Kirby a few times. That's it.



IceClimbers commented on Nintendo Is Bringing Holiday Magic To Shopping...:

@Yorumi Then you're watching the wrong channels cause I've seen a ton of commercials for DKC, Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors, Bayo 2, and definitely Smash within the last year. Bayonetta 2's commercial I only saw once though because the channel it was on had limited ad space that Nintendo was competing with themselves for due to Fantasy Life and Smash 3DS.



IceClimbers commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Claims Seco...:

@Peach64 And then falls of a cliff again as Kirby does as well as Bayo 2 did. Kirby won't keep up momentum - if it was a traditional Kirby instead of a Canvas Curse spiritual sequel, then it would be a solid hitter (in terms of impact and sales) like Triple Deluxe was. Yoshi is likely to follow right after, which will do the same thing. Splatoon in likely May is the next time they can make a splash.



IceClimbers commented on Shulk amiibo Listed as GameStop Exclusive in t...:

One of the above posters hit the nail on the head: it's Gamestop exclusive due to the contract over Xenoblade Chronicles. Hopefully said contract is only for that specific game, and not for the IP (which would make XCX Gamestop exclusive as well).



IceClimbers commented on Spike VGAs To Be Replaced By The Game Awards 2014:

Without Spike and with a board of advisers that includes Phil Spencer and Reggie, I think this awards show will be better. Plus it will probably be streamed on Twitch, so you can still get your facepalms in from the Twitch chat rather than the actual show.



IceClimbers commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Outlines Core Nintendo Philos...:

@Yorumi I'm pretty sure that Miyamoto meant that telling a story to the point where the game is more of an interactive movie and less of a video game (like The Last of Us) is what's worrying him, not story-telling in general.

The Last of Us is the prime example in this case. Every single one of my family members who doesn't play video games said that "it looks like a movie", and they're right, it does play like a movie.



IceClimbers commented on New Nintendo Direct Airing 5th November:

Iwata: "Please Understand, I'm back and ready to deliver news directly to you!"

Anyways, keep your expectations in check people. It's talking about games we already know about. We'll probably see MK8 DLC, HW DLC, amiibo, Captain Toad, Duck Hunt reveal trailer, and then a couple other things. Don't expect anything else.



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

Much expected. It's a niche game for a niche audience. Nintendo has definitely done some advertising in the US. Nintendo actually does a ton of website banners, but it's a waste of money when everybody uses adblock except on select sites (like this one).

We'll see how well Bayonetta 2 does in the US market. I actually think that digital sales might be higher than we expect, and since Nintendo almost never reports digital sales, we have skewed data.



IceClimbers commented on Nintendo Returns to Profit as Wii U Sales Show...:

People are saying the Wii U will be Nintendo's worst selling home console. While this may be true, I can also counter by saying the 3DS will be Nintendo's worst selling handheld, which is also true. How far below the GBA is the 3DS tracking again? Exactly.



IceClimbers commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Follow Microsoft's Lead ...:

Main thing Nintendo needs to do: "We have Smash Bros.... with Mewtwo!" and flaunt those Bayonetta 2 review scores ('cept Polygon. Send them those Playboy photoshoot pictures).

Also: Free game promotion. That was a smart thing back during summer. Do it again. Cause it provides incentive, and not totally because I want a free game ;)



IceClimbers commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Follow Microsoft's Lead ...:

@SahashraLA "Japan has spoken" Yeah they have. Home consoles are dead there, not just the Wii U. Handhelds and mobile are the future there.

Also, the Xbox One does NOT have enough games to warrant a purchase. Neither does the PS4. I'm saying this as a PS4 owner. It's hilarious how the PS4 is beating both the Xbox One and the Wii U by a considerable margin, yet has the weakest library by FAR. Just shows how hype and benefiting from MS and Nintendo's royal screw ups sold the thing.

Quit with the doom and gloom on Nintendo. I've looked on many other gaming sites and there are quite a few gamers who have purchased a Wii U or are planning on it.

People are disappointed in this gen from Xbox and PS. Delays after delays, overhyped garbage games (Watch Dogs, Destiny), Ubisoft pissing people off for multiple reasons (seriously, the only group they haven't actively pissed off this year is the Xbox One owners). 3rd party multiplats haven't been that great (Mordor and Evil Within being the exceptions).

The Wii U's overall library, which is primarily made up of exclusives, is it's main selling point and is what will make it attractive. Not just one "system seller" game.

Nintendo has the advantage with the most hyped and anticipated game of the holiday season, and the highest rated game of the year that will likely win many GOTY awards with Smash and Bayonetta. This holiday season isn't worrisome for the Wii U. 2015 on the other hand, might be a different story.

The 3DS is more worrying, as after Pokemon ORAS is out I see it's momentum dropping fast until those new models release. If they don't breathe new life into the platform, then the 3DS will fade away at about 60 million lifetime. Respectable, but also Nintendo's lowest selling handheld platform.



IceClimbers commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Follow Microsoft's Lead ...:

Cutting the price of the Wii U isn't what Nintendo should do. Retailers will do that themselves for Black Friday and the rest of the holiday season.

What Nintendo needs to do is make consumers see value in the system. The MK8 + Nintendo Land and SM3DW + NL bundles are a good start, but they'll need more than that. Make a Smash Wii U bundle or a Bayonetta Wii U bundle that includes both Bayonetta games and either a Pro Controller or Bloody Fate.

One major thing Nintendo should do is another free game promotion for buying Smash (or even Bayonetta 2) like they did for Kart over the summer. That incentive was a major driving (pun not intended) factor for Wii U sales for Kart's release.

The second thing Nintendo needs to do besides providing value is ADVERTISING. Advertise Captain Toad and Bayonetta 2 like crazy. Smash will sell itself, so there's no need to go overboard advertising that game (though still advertise it a lot). Just keep the hype up for Smash through a TV commercial or two and that Duck Hunt reveal trailer.

There also needs to be a general commercial/advertisement of the Wii U that focuses on multiple exclusive games, showing off the overall library. Have Smash, Kart, Bayo 2+1, and Hyrule Warriors be in the same commercial, with "ONLY ON WII U" being loud and clear.

By the way, TV commercials are only effective if they are played often, on multiple channels, and during primetime. The Bayo 2 commercial airs on Adult Swim, but I've seen it only once and that was at 1 in the morning. Problem for Nintendo is that they are competing with themselves for ad space on that channel due to Fantasy Life and Smash 3DS. Frequency is just as important as simply having a commercial.

As for the 3DS, they really need to give it a price drop. Drop the 2DS to $99 and the 3DS XL to $150 and make sure that Pokemon ORAS bundle is flaunted. If they don't drop the price on the 3DS XL and 2DS this holiday season, then it's sales will suffer greatly because people will choose to wait for the New 3DS (XL) next year.



IceClimbers commented on Poll: Buying Bayonetta 2 - eShop Convenience o...:

I have a feeling it's less that Nintendo isn't shipping enough copies, and more so that retailers aren't stocking enough. They aren't accepting shipments.

Or it could be that Nintendo is shipping a conservative number of copies, which has resulted in the game selling out. This is smart because the lack of supply can increase demand, or rather quantity demanded (there's a major difference).



IceClimbers commented on Review: Shantae And The Pirate's Curse (3DS eS...:

@SUBTERRANEANguy True, but children and even teenagers are proven to take after what they see in the media, and that includes entertainment. Feminists bashed Disney to hell and back over portraying women as a princess and a damsel in distress, claiming that it was damaging to young girls' perception on women and gender roles.

The same thing applies here. If women aren't allowed to be portrayed showing skin in entertainment such as video games, then young girls will see that and apply it to themselves - showing skin would be objectifying and oversexualizing yourself.



IceClimbers commented on Review: Shantae And The Pirate's Curse (3DS eS...:

Hilarious thing I see with feminists is that they constantly make the point that women should be allowed to wear whatever they want because it's their body, and shaming women for showing skin is wrong.

Yet whenever a female character in any sort of entertainment media (comic books, video games, movies, TV, etc) shows skin like that, such as Shantae or Bayonetta, these same feminists will then turn around and shout claims of "sexism", "misogyny", "oversexualization", and "objectification of women".

Shouldn't women in entertainment media be allowed to wear whatever they want? Wouldn't all these claims of objectification of women in entertainment teach young girls that they shouldn't be allowed to show skin or they are objectifying themselves?



IceClimbers commented on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Continues to Thrash ...:

Let's be honest here, Smash Bros Wii U will flop in Japan too. Then the sales numbers come out, and all the Wii U fanboys will hate on Nintendo for releasing a 3DS version, or rather for releasing the 3DS at all, and then it will be followed by a Blackbond video.

I'll sit here on the sidelines with some popcorn, laughing.



IceClimbers commented on Mega Steelix and Mega Glalie Confirmed for Pok...:

@Yorumi At least it's not like Smash. Smash's competitive side usually gets the short end of the stick (though Smash 4 rectifies that for the most part). Pokemon is the other way around - the casual side gets the short end of the stick. Casual Pokemon fans have to go out of their way to find a casual battle, as most PSS battles are assumed to be competitive. Going out of your way to find a battle in the way you like to play contradicts the idea behind Pokemon, and is therefore a gimped experience to an extent.

To be fair though, ORAS is giving plenty of Megas to Pokemon who need it, such as Beedrill and Glalie (dat Refrigerate Explosion). Of course, there are fan favorites who got ones too like Metagross and Salamence (though those Pokemon lost a lot of their viability the last couple generations). Then there's the ones who got it for story reasons (Rayquaza) and those who got it as a gimmick to show off a new feature (Latias/Latios).

I do agree that the Pokemon should receive stat boosts for balancing reasons, and then get a Mega on top of that (no reason they can't).



IceClimbers commented on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Ships Over Two Milli...:

There's a reason why MH4U isn't on Wii U. Monster Hunter appeals to the Japanese market, and is niche in the west. Home consoles are pretty much dead in Japan, so putting it as a 3DS exclusive makes sense. Monster Hunter for Wii U won't boost it's sales there.

I'll say this: Want MH4U? Get a 3DS.