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IxC commented on Sony: PS4 Is "Welcoming Back" Wii Owners Who S...:

PS4 popularity is entirely down to its cheaper price than the xbox one and microsofts attempts to screw up the xbox one as much as humanly possible.

Wii owners that were gamers, have a Wii U, maybe a PS4 as well because they probably had a PS3 last generation too. The casual Wii owners, are on tablets now.

Nobody has gone from owning just a Wii to owning just a PS4.

What they're seeing is not an audience that missed out on these games last generation. It's gamers so desperate for anything to play on their PS4 systems, they're willing to buy remastered PS3 games again. Because if they didn't do that, the PS4 has a whole 2 games. Infamous and Watch Dogs. And Watch Dogs isn't even exclusive.

Development on new hardware is more expensive and taking longer than expected, so they're remastering old stuff to fill the time. Like Nintendo did with Wind Waker HD.



IxC commented on Renegade Kid Open to Another Kickstarter Campa...:

The problem is, there is only so many times you can release the same game. Particularly when it's not a fantastic game to begin with. It's a decent game for sure, but it's not amazing.

I've played it on DS. But didn't complete it. I'll consider it again on 3DS when it eventually makes its way to europe as a complete package. But by the time they crowd fund the Wii U version and get it developed (assuming successful funding) it'll probably be 2016.

Plus, they're not a particularly big/well known studio, they can't ask for ridiculous amounts of money like last time. I think there would be even less interest in Moon Chronicles for Wii U than for Cult County. The Cult County kickstarter should give them an idea of the amount of fans they have and the amount of money they can realistically ask for. If they ask for hundreds of thousands again to fund Moon Chronicles for Wii U, they're going to fail again.

Just stick with the 3DS and let it go. If they want to put Moon on Wii U, make it a new installment.

Where's Treasurenauts?



IxC commented on New Fighter for Super Smash Bros. to be Reveal...:

As awesome as Bayonetta would be, she's far too risqué to appear in an aleady established Nintendo franchise.

Nintendo have made it clear they've no problem have mature rated games on their systems these days. But Nintendo's franchises themselves remain family friendly.

It won't be Bayonetta.



IxC commented on Review: Wii Sports Club (Wii U):

I got it for £25. A reasonable price I think. I wouldn't have paid more than that for it though.

Nice to have Bowling with online. Tennis and golf too. Probably won't bother with Baseball or Boxing too much.



IxC commented on Kotaku Says YES to the Wii U - Rejoicing Begins:


I don't just mean into Kotaku's Nintendo coverage though.

Before crescente left there was far less of this "snacktaku" and other non gaming nonsense. And the comments were much better. It's a bit like comparing here to mynintendonews. While crescentre was there and they had the "apply to comment" rule, where you had to make a meaningful first comment or your account was rejected, the site was like nintendolife. Most comments contribute to the discussion and all is well.

After he left, the comment section went to mynintendonews standards quite quickly. Well over 50% trolls, probably closer to 75%. Reading kotaku comments just became pointless.

Although, I've just popped over to kotaku for the first time in, probably over a year, it's changed, most articles have comments in the single digits, many articles have no comments at all. Looks like the site is dying to me.

Edit: I take that last bit back. I was on the (dead-like) UK site. The US site still has plenty of users.



IxC commented on Kotaku Says YES to the Wii U - Rejoicing Begins:

Kotaku went seriously downhill after Crecente left.

Can't say they're wrong though. Well, they are a bit. The Wii U has always had enough good games to justify a purchase, but now it has an absolutely fantastic library of games. The best of all the current systems by a ridiculously huge margin.



IxC commented on First Impressions: Going Portable With Super S...:


That's hardly touch controls. Thats a 5th bonus player interacting with the game in addition to the 1-4 main players.

The games menus will be navigatable by the touchscreens I'm sure. And they'll have miiverse integration. So theres some touch controls right now.

It would just a be nice level specific feature.



IxC commented on First Impressions: Going Portable With Super S...:

All I wanted in Brawl was for the Pictochat level to be interactive. Have 4 people fighting. Have a 5th with a wii remote, drawing things on the pictochat board. Rather than having the cpu do it. Would've been much more interesting.

Now, they have an opportunity to do this again and make it even better.

Have a miiverse stage. 1 - 4 players can play using pro controllers or remotes or whatever. A 5th person has the gamepad, which has something similar to the usual Miiverse posting setup, and have them draw on the stage in real time. And give them the ability to actually submit the post to miiverse (again, in real time, without pausing the action for the other players), with their drawings and the smash characters on screen. When that happens, the post/stage is wiped clean, and you start a new post.

But they won't do it.

Edit: I was thinking of this specifically for the Wii U version. Could work on the 3DS version too though.



IxC commented on Iwata's Approval Rating Rises While Miyamoto's...:


I don't recall him saying he was trying to incorporate those two games into Starfox?

I remember him talking about the emphasis on the gamepad. And some of the ideas he mentioned sounded cool. Like the two player mode where one player flies the craft on the tv, and the other player is in the gunner seat using the gamepad. That sounds pretty cool to me, A decent gamepad coop experience.



IxC commented on Iwata's Approval Rating Rises While Miyamoto's...:


Probably because Project Giant Robot and Project Guard looked awful.

But he is also doing Starfox, which should surely cancel out the apparent awfulness that is the other two games.

Also, investors don't really know anything. I'd be surprised if half of them even know what Nintendo does.



IxC commented on Guide: The Biggest Wii U and 3DS eShop Games C...:

Guacamelee is such a bad game. I was unfortunate enough to get it as part of a Humble Bundle. It's really quite awful.

A lot to look forward to though. Armilo surprised with an astonishingly lower price than I was expecting. Will be picking that up for sure.

But where is QUBE? It's still scheduled for 2014, and we've seen footage of it. Arguably bigger than many games on this list, like iOS ports Tengami and Nihilumbra .



IxC commented on Video: Watch Our Handy Highlight Video To See ...:


Sony very nearly won with Grim Fandango.

I was quite concerned after that. Nintendo's conference would have to be amazing to beat that. Fortunately, it was. So Nintendo wins. Sony were close though, with just a single game. Shame about the rest of their announcements.



IxC commented on Video: Watch Our Handy Highlight Video To See ...:

Lots of things missing, a few of them quite important:

Pac-Man for Smash.
Mario Maker.
Star Fox for goodness sake.

Plus, arguably less important things like:

Yoshi Wooly World
Mario Party 10
Miyamotos other projects (that looked a bit disappointing).

Also, the head being cut off in the video is really weird. Videos are always better when they're pure gameplay footage with voiceover, but if you are going to appear on screen, don't cut half your head off, looks really odd.

All said and done, Nintendo had the best E3 they've had in years. It would've been nice if they could've managed just a couple more games coming out in 2014 though. Yoshi and Mario Maker would've been good ones.



IxC commented on Bayonetta Download Code Included With Retail a...:

Well that's going to be an unfortunate waste of space on my Wii U.

It's going to be somewhere around 8 - 11GB based on the file sizes of the 360/PS3 versions.

Really would've preferred it to be on the disc.



IxC commented on E3 2014: Quickfire Shigeru Miyamoto Video Focu...:

Project Giant Robot just doesn't work by the looks of it. Every video I've seen is people struggling with it, and the movements seemingly not matching what the player is doing.

Project Guard looks like it could be ok. But I don't know if splitting your tv into 12 smaller screens is a great idea. Anyone with a tv less than the size of an imax cinema is going to struggle.



IxC commented on E3 2014: Three Different Modes Detailed for St...:

"Miyamoto’s system worked beautifully when we tried it."

Thats good to hear because his other two games looked like they didn't work at all. And not in a 'they're just tech demos' kind of way, but in a 'the controls just don't work' kind of way.



IxC commented on Feature: Our Hopes and Dreams for E3 2014:


No chance of it coming out this year at all.

Just like Zelda. They'll show it, but it's a 2015 title at the earliest.

They could show Prime 4. They could have a playable build ready by now. But there would be no chance of a release before 2015.

We'll see what happens. Retro might not even be working on Metroid. Maybe they're doing Starfox or something entirely new. Whatever they're doing, we'd damn well better find out what it is. If E3 ends and we don't know what Retro are working on, I'll be livid.



IxC commented on Feature: Our Hopes and Dreams for E3 2014:


They have around 100 employees. Miyamoto or Iwata said Retro are big enough to be working on 2 games at once.

Plus, not all employees are needed at all stages of development. Tropical Freeze may have only come out 4 months ago. But they wouldn't have needed all the concept artists or writers to be involved at that stage. They'll probably have been working on the next project for over a year now. The full team of programmers and 3D modellers may have only just started working on it at the beginning of this year. But they may have had a few staff from each department working on the new project months before Tropical Freeze was finished.

Any work done on Tropical Freeze in 2014 was probably nothing more than testing and bug fixing. For which, you'd have a few programmers to fix the bugs. Maybe an artist or two if there are any graphical glitches. Most of the staff would have finished their work and been free for months.

It's not unrealistic to expect them to have something to show.



IxC commented on Feature: Our Hopes and Dreams for E3 2014:

In my completely unrealistic dreamworld where dreams are destroyed and hopes are crushed, I would like:

New F-Zero.
New Wave Race.
New 1080.
Metroid Prime 4.
Prey 2. (Resurrected by Nintendo)
Acid Ghost. (I want this game to be real more than I've ever wanted anything in the world ever)
Psi-Ops 2.
Eternal Darkness 2.
Red Steel 3.
Madworld 2.
2D Metroid (For both 3DS and Wii U with crossplay. Play game on Wii U in glorious HD, transfer save file to 3DS for continuing on the go.)
Sonic The Hedgehog 5 (Get it right this time!)
Streets Of Rage 4.
Transparent 3DS XL hardware.
Bomberman for Smash Bros.



IxC commented on Guide: Everything Nintendo Fans Need to Follow...:


Indeed. The first is obviously just someones wishlist. What a hell of a list it is though. It would be amazing. But they didn't even try to make it realistic.

I hadn't noticed the spelling mistake.

Well, Iwata will be continuing his normal duties in Japan apparently. And since they have a Direct instead of a presentation these days. A Direct that would've already been filmed and prepared by now. I don't think that's out of the question. Depends how bad his health problems really are. Maybe he isn't well enough to even film a Direct. I don't think you can discredit the second leak just because it mentions Iwata.

I do agree, the third is the most likley though. But hopefully they're all wrong and Nintendo will surprise us (in a good way!).



IxC commented on Guide: Everything Nintendo Fans Need to Follow...:


Third one is the most realistic for sure. But I hope they've got more and better games than that.

The last thing Nintendo can afford to do right now, is spend 10 minutes of their E3 Direct talking about Mario Party 10. If that game gets more than a passing glimpse, while they focus on more important stuff, I'll be quite pissed off.



IxC commented on Guide: Everything Nintendo Fans Need to Follow...:


Yes, that leaked HD Mario game is Sunshine and its from the third (most recent) leak.

Leaks happen. Nintendo are pretty good about it usually, but one of the lists could be accurate. I doubt it in all honesty, but it's fun to speculate about the leaks I think.

Here they all are for anyone interested:

One -

Two -

Three -



IxC commented on Guide: Everything Nintendo Fans Need to Follow...:


There are 3 leaked lists so far.

Two of them are somewhat plausible. The other one is completely ridiculous.

The two plausible ones offer some relatively decent announcements and games. But if either of them end up being true, everyone is going to be disappointed on some level.