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MoonKnight7 commented on Nintendo NX Will Avoid The Launch Issues Which...:


I'm trying to remember if the 3DS price cut brought the system below a break even point at $169. I honestly don't remember.

The Wii U price was barely making a profit at $350, so I assume that's why it took so long to get a price cut. In terms of what you said though, yeah I agree, the sales were simply that bad, that they should have cut the price more and sooner, and just eat the cost. I love the Wii U and all, but that damn gamepad screwed up pretty much everything.



MoonKnight7 commented on Nintendo NX Will Avoid The Launch Issues Which...:

Hahaha, they also said this after the botched 3DS launch, and promised the Wii U would not suffer the same outcome. Yet here we are with a failing system because of yet another botched launch.

Yeah, I'll believe this when I see it.



MoonKnight7 commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Shipping This Time Next Ye...:

This is likely, however I don't believe everything here. July seems like a weird time for a console launch. The curious part is the 20 million. That must be a cheap machine if you expect to sell 20 million of them. I say this part is nonsense.

Personally, given what Mr. McFarran said:
"DigiTimes appears to be under the impression that Nintendo has already announced the 2016 release date - which it hasn't, of course."

We need to take this strictly as a rumor, as there are blatant inaccuracies. That said, after the E3 terribleness, I've gone into the 2016 Holiday launch column for the NX, so I do find some of these statements believable, at least to some degree.



MoonKnight7 commented on Interview: Warren Spector on the State of Nint...:


Wow really, no problems at all with the first one? My run-through was simply unplayable. I'd jump somewhere and the camera just moved like it had a mind of it's own. I gave the game the benefit of the doubt, but I fell off platforms too many times, and at one point I just said to myself, I've given this game more than enough chances. I really wanted to go further, as I loved the concept, but I just couldn't take the technical issues anymore.

I wanted to get back into it with Epic Mickey 2, but sadly, and your comment reassures this, the reviews said these issues got even worse. A complete shame really.



MoonKnight7 commented on Interview: Warren Spector on the State of Nint...:

I wanted to like Epic Mickey, as a big lover of animation, but I just couldn't. I certainly appreciated the concept and effort, which were really great, but man that in game camera was so bad. I died over, and over again because the camera just did whatever it wanted. I finally gave up, and sold it.



MoonKnight7 commented on Talking Point: E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Devel...:


To this day, I still don't understand why Nintendo put it's handheld games on the Wii U, and not the 3DS. If you want to do both, fine, but without the 3DS's inclusion? I don't understand the point.

Most curiously, I'm looking at the DS games awkwardly placed on the gamepad.



MoonKnight7 commented on Talking Point: E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Devel...:


I simply don't agree, because of what you said in your second statement:

"The problem then would be sustaining a decent stream of content for the U throughout 2016 and most of 2017. The only two games I'm looking forward to coming in 2016 are Zelda and SMT x FE."

SMTxFE and Zelda ARE the only two games coming in 2016, and as the article articulated, there's just nothing else coming other than little experiments. We'll probably see Project Guard, Project Robot and Project Treasure during this transition, but after that, there really isn't anything else other than some notable eshop titles. The Wii U, and furthermore, Nintendo cannot keep this system alive that long.

My thoughts are more in line with a Holiday 2016 - Early 2017 release. The earlier the better, because the Wii U has now become an awkward stop-gap.



MoonKnight7 commented on Splatoon Has Inked 1 Million In Sales Since It...:

It's too bad this game came out about a year too late. Maybe with MK8, Smash and Splatoon coming out closer together, it could have saved the Wii U.

Still though, it's a great game. I've come back for more on countless occasions.



MoonKnight7 commented on Review: Don't Starve: Giant Edition (Wii U eShop):

This game is fantastic. I love the Minecraft(ness). It's charming and addicting. I also like how even when you die, that's it, you're done. Just like the review says, it erases your save file so no one can cheat. It causes you to be very cautious, just like in real life! Ha!



MoonKnight7 commented on Hands On: Logging More Flight Time With Star F...:


Do you think the reason for the shoddy visuals is because the Wii U has to render 2 outputs at the same time? Case n' point, I thought I remembered reading somewhere (maybe it was on NL) that MK8 intended to use the gamepad as another screen so the others could use the TV. However, they nixed it because the Wii U couldn't keep up with rendering two outputs at the same time.

I have to wonder if this is the reason why it had to go with "GameCube like" visuals.

Feel free too shoot my theory down, I'm just spit-balling. Maybe it's just cause Nintendo is in a pinch to get this thing done, with the Wii U nearing the end of it's life and all.



MoonKnight7 commented on Tablets Stole The Wii U's Thunder, Laments Shi...:

Well I'm glad to see that they are admitting part of what went wrong, but really there were just so many things against the Wii U. Most of it was Nintendo's fault:

  • The botched 2011 reveal: This was probably the worst thing that happened to the console. The general public didn't even realize it was a new console (the name of course didn't help clarify things either), and was so damaging that Nintendo could never shake this shadow.
  • Marketing: Goes hand in hand with the statement above. Nintendo's marketing simply failed to sell the thing. Even to this day, some people don't understand what the Wii U is.
  • Price: Even being an avid fan, I was reluctant to buy the console. I was genuinely surprised to find out the price, yet disappointed when I found out the specs, and that the GamePad was the main reason why the price was $300-$350.
  • The console collapsed in January 2013: This had a chain reaction that no one could stop once it got going. The Wii U released well, granted not as well as the Wii, but still good for a more expensive system. Then... the floor fell from under it. I find this was most likely from the reasons above, plus the addition of delayed games which caused a dry spell well into the summer. Nintendo's comment of, "well HD is hard", did not help matters.
  • Ubisoft got cold feet with Rayman: With the sales collapse, Ubisoft thought, yeah maybe this isn't a good idea, and pushed back Rayman to release on all the other consoles. This mentality is debatable, and I have to side against Ubisoft's decision if you want my honesty. I know Nintendo is to blame for most of the consoles misfortunes, but man, what a kick in the teeth it was when Ubisoft backed out weeks before Rayman's release.

Ironically, it sold rather well on the Wii U, and if they had gone through with it, it probably would have sold ok. Not great, but pretty good. The last I heard, it actually sold better than the 360 version.

  • Third parties were then gone: From that moment on third parties abandoned the Wii U left and right. Whether or not you agree with Ubisoft's decision, or not, they caused a chain reaction that could not be stopped.
  • Just an utter lack of games: This more or less goes hand in hand with the January collapse. There was just nothing coming out for the system on a regular basis. Once Ubisoft pulled Rayman, if I recall correctly, the next game was Lego City Undercover in March. It's pretty hard to sell a console when there's barely anything outside the launch window. Then we hit that horrible dry spell in the summer, and there was just no interest until Pikmin 3 came ushering in roughly 1 game a month. I think we can place Miyamoto's comment here, in that no one understood how the GamePad added to anything to their games, other than a map machine.
  • Who can forget the wonderful 2015 E3...: Just when it seemed like Nintendo was finally getting a little momentum, building off of MK8, Smash and Splatoon, they hit the brakes with E3 2015. There is absolutely no reason to buy a Wii U now, unless you want to play a couple of great 1st party games.

There's still some people out there who believe the NX is still far away claiming that Zelda U will be it's savior. I used to believe that a 2017-18 date was likely, but the NX is looming closer. Zelda will be ported to NX with a duel release on Wii U, just like Twilight Princess. Nintendo has shown that they will not burn a Zelda on a failing console. There is nothing coming in 2016, all reminiscent of a console winding down. Reggie even had that weird "transformation" line in the Digital Event, while also mentioning the NX. If the Wii U was still a priority, why would he even mention the NX, which isn't even it's real name yet?!

Most of the people on here see this easily, but I've had countless arguments with the blind followers on Miiverse who clap every time Nintendo says something. I've even gotten a person to block me, because he just didn't want to hear it/believe it. That's fine, if you want to believe this blindly, but Nintendo has shown that there's nothing left of the Wii U after 2015-16.

I love the console, despite it's stupid gimmicks, but yeah we got burned here. Nintendo is going to have to offer something major with the NX and compensate Wii U owners in order for us to not abandon the company entirely. Your move Nintendo.

Sorry folks that was a little windy, but if I missed anything please feel free to add to it.



MoonKnight7 commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Approach to amiibo is In...:


"If I sent an email to customer support telling them to show someone at Nintendo this article and to look at people's comments on it to see how pissed we are, what do you think the chances of them actually reading it are?"

From you? Not likely, nor was I asking you to do it, but if you want to, be my guest.



MoonKnight7 commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Approach to amiibo is In...:

For me in particular, I just loved the designs. I was looking forward to the more obscure characters, because really, when is the next time Nintendo will make a ROB figure again?

And even though, ROB will supposedly come out, none of us working folks will ever see him in the wild.

That is a problem.

I was looking forward to these figures and now, I just don't look forward to them anymore. Fire Emblem Fates will have a problem on its hands, since the FE characters are the hardest to find. I'm pretty sure they just don't exist.

For wave 4, I was actually off from work and decided to go to a GameStop on launch day. It was quite clear at that moment of just how unbelievable this has gotten:

  • Splatoon 3 pack: 1
  • inkling boy: 4
  • Inkling girl: 4
  • Pac-Man: 8
  • Silver Mario: 8
  • Wario: 1

That's it... On launch day! There should have been at least 8 of everything.

I just can't believe how far this has gotten out of hand. Each wave seems to make it progressively worse. The worst was the Mario Party line. All we got from it was Toad (whos amiibo usage is simply useless), yet he is the only one you can't find from the series. They waste valuable shelf space for the figures no one wants. Not even that, but all those characters (except Toad) exist already! Like there wasn't enough Mario to begin with?!

This was a very good article @ThomasBW84. I've always found that you're pretty optimistic, which I certainly admire, but it's very telling that you simply have nothing good to say about amiibo at this point. Is there any way you can send those statistics to Nintendo? I feel like it would actually open their eyes (at least a little), that even their most dedicated fans think amiibo is a joke. Actually, just send them the whole article.



MoonKnight7 commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Acknowledges the Need to Impr...:

But will they double or triple the current amiibos slated for the next few months? Or has a smaller number already been put forth and when they're gone, they're gone?

Again it's vague. The doubling or tripling may come later. Regardless, no one will be able to get Duck Hunt.



MoonKnight7 commented on Editorial: Cheer Up, There Are Some Exciting G...:


Just to clarify Thomas (that was a nice write up btw). Most of us aren't upset about the games that are coming, most are thrilled for them actually (except for Animal Crossing and Metroid of course). However, we were thrilled for them last year too. 90% of what they showed was old news.

We are upset because of the clear fact that Nintendo is done with the Wii U. Especially since they dug their heels in last year, really committing themselves to the console, only to have completely reversed their positions entirely. The Wii U will be dead by the end of 2016. At least for me, that's why I am upset with their terrible showing.



MoonKnight7 commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Attempts To Explain Why Zelda...:

"It goes back to the statement i made earlier about how we view E3. We just fundamentally don't believe in showing content at E3 that is going to be a long term proposition. We like to show content that typically will launch in the upcoming Holiday and maybe extending into the first half of the following year. And at this point, the new Zelda for Wii U is not a 2015 project."

So, what about Xenoblade? Yoshi's Wooley World? We saw those for three E3s in a row!

"In fact, in separate interviews [Shigeru] Miyamoto has reinforced that it's a 2016 game, and I also believe he's reinforced that it's a Wii U game because I know that there is that thinking floating around."

Well sure it's a 2016 game, and sure it's coming on the Wii U. What he didn't say was that it's also being ported to the NX.

"Our mentality is more near-term when we think about E3. And, yes, we take it on a case-by-case basis. There's also a recognition that we didn't want to frustrate the consumer. We could have scored a lot of points and showed some little tidbit of Zelda Wii U, but in our collective opinion the belief was, in the end, that would cause more frustration than benefit."

Right, cause it's coming to the NX, just like every other franchise.



MoonKnight7 commented on Next Metroid Prime Home Console Title "Would L...:


The Wii U had some great 1st party moments. I'm certainly glad I bought it as well, it was wonderful while the third party games lasted (for about 1 year, lol, sad). But yeah, I'm in agreement with you, I just can't justify NX just yet. I haven't been this hesitant to buy a Nintendo console before. It's a weird feeling.



MoonKnight7 commented on Next Metroid Prime Home Console Title "Would L...:


Amen. I couldn't have said it better myself. All that effort they put into finally marketing a game, and it's gone. Just gone. Reggie shouldn't have even mentioned the NX and sure as hell shouldn't have said that horrendous "transform" line. I just spells out Nintendo is done with the Wii U.

Of all places, even the E3 Miiverse community is really upset. Granted you have the typical "Nintendo can do no wrong" people, but largely, so many people are pissed off on miiverse. That is very telling as well.

What they absolutely need to do with the NX is to offer Wii U owners something. Something, anything. Kinda like what happened with the 3DS Ambassador's Program. If you think about it, who bought the Wii U? In most cases, the most dedicated of fans. They cannot push those people away and just say buy the NX. Wii U owners got burned, and they need to offer some kind of compensation, because in their darkest days, Wii U owners stuck by them.



MoonKnight7 commented on Poll: What Did You Think of Nintendo's E3 Digi...:


"When I get home today, my son is going to to ask how was the Nintendo E3, and I will hold him by the shoulders and and let him know, that everything will be alright, there will be better days, as soon as I can afford a PS4."

LOL! That was a good one. You have given me the most laughter out of this terrible day.



MoonKnight7 commented on Reaction: Nintendo's E3 Digital Event Brought ...:

"Perhaps the passing of time and dust settling will ease the hostility towards the Digital Event, but it seems that Nintendo will have to face up to the fact that a number of dedicated fans are unhappy."

Exactly. Animal Crossing and Metroid fans have the right to be furious. Such a slap in the face.

This was the worst E3 I've seen from them in years.




MoonKnight7 commented on Poll: What Did You Think of Nintendo's E3 Digi...:


"I dont get why most of the people are so negative...nintendo made a new starfox and a new metroid..."

You cannot be serious... You realize only Star Fox fits this "new" theory. I don't know wtf that other thing was, but I assure you, it was not Metroid.



MoonKnight7 commented on Poll: What Did You Think of Nintendo's E3 Digi...:

The good:

  • Star Fox: It looks great, but indeed, a little rough, but to those doubters, I'm sure it'll be tightened up by the time its ready to release.
  • Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam: Love this idea! Looks clever and fun. A really nice idea for a crossover.
  • Yo-Kai Watch: It's finally coming!
  • 3DS Zelda Triforce Heroes: I'll probably get it, but to be honest, it looks a little weird. Maybe I just need to see more of it.

The Meh (cause we've known about them already):

  • Super Mario Maker: Looks wonderful and all, but we've seen it enough.
  • Yoshi's Wooly World: Looks wonderful and all, but we've seen it enough.
  • Xenoblade X: Looks wonderful and all, but we've seen it enough. Looks like we'll be seeing it again too. December... Yikes, it's been so long already.
  • Fire Emblem Fates: Is it 2016 yet?
  • Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer: I'm personally not interested, but I guess some Animal Crossing fans would like it.

The Meh (stuff we didn't know):

  • Mario Tennis: Meh, not E3 worthy.
  • Hyrule Warriors: I know, I know, but without the leak we wouldn't have known about it!

The Weird:

  • Skylanders: I guess it's good, but what the hell was going on with that, lol.
  • Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem: I still don't know wtf is going on with this game... And we've seen 3 trailers for it!
  • Puppet Iwata looking at bananas, then cutting to the Xenoblade spot. LOL, wtf.

The slaps in the face:

  • Animal Crossing Festival: Seriously? No one wants this.
  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force: SERIOUSLY?! Even more people don't want this! They want a real Metroid game!
  • How do you end a presentation on such a lame note. That Mario celebration nonsense should have been in the beginning, or not even in it at all.
  • Above all, the Wii U is clearly on it's death bed. It seems abundantly clear that Zelda will be it's swan song while being ported to the NX. I now believe (and I know @Quorthon and others have said this) after seeing this presentation that the NX will release next year around the Holidays. It seems clear they are just getting out their previously promised material and will ride out the 3DS as long as possible.