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NeoZuko

NeoZuko

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NeoZuko

#1

NeoZuko commented on Satoru Iwata Cites Poor Basic Wii U Sales To R...:

I'm a Nintendo Super Fan, we all are. That's why we all bought 3DSes and Wii Us. I have owned every system since the NES day one. I use to play Super Mario Bros. in the arcade in third grade. I could beat it on a quarter or three. So nobody will defend the awesome of Nintendo games more then the bunch of us. But I have to say the last unconditional Nintendo home system I could recommend over the competition to my friends was the SNES. Today, I would just say get a PS4 and a 3DS XL. But I want to say get a Wii U. I'm just brainstorming on what Nintendo could do.

As far as last gen tech, well it's about a hair better than the current systems so what do you call it? $350 Wii U vs a $400 PS4, no contest on which generation of grapical power it kinda has. Sure it has more ram, ram is cheap, some tech advantages from being done today instead of 8 years ago. But it's firmly in the PS3 3.5 territory, and that's being generous.

Nothing I'm saying is meant to be taken as negative. The Nintendo games are just awesome and I love Nintendo. However while no piece of hardware is perfect, they make strange strange self blocking hardware choices all the time. The funny loading tray of my NES. Japan didnt have this issue. The SNES had a slow slow CPU. The N64 should have been disc based. The Gamecube controller had a horrible D-Pad. The Wii should have been a bit more powerful and played DVDs. Why did they think the Wii U could be so expensive and sell as much as the Wii did with its graphical power? And why can't I output HDMI video on my Wii U and analog sound from the multi port at the same time? Why isn't the Gamepad capacitive touch? ETC. I love them for what they are, but the tech guy in me knows they could do better.

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#2

NeoZuko commented on Satoru Iwata Cites Poor Basic Wii U Sales To R...:

I perfectly understand the chances of selling and support for hardware not included in the box, but the Wii U has already lost on 3rd party support anyway, so 3rd parties supporting a controller or not is a moot point. You are talking to an original owner of the NES Robot and Powerglove here.

I think we have the N64 and GameCube all over again. It will sell to the Nintendo faithful, the games will be good, and we apparently number in the 30 million range for lifetime sales. Enough to make money, not enough to take on a $400 PS4, not enough for most third parties to want to make games. Last gen tech without the advantage of a lower price (aka the first Wii). The Gamepad is compelling to Nintendo fans, but it's not that compelling to the mass market. And it's a Power PC architecture in a now firmly X86 console/PC world. While its a risk to sell that Gamepad separate, Nintendo will support it with 1st party no mater what and the 3rd parties are already mostly gone. They have nothing to lose. While a $200 Wii U would expand market share exponentially giving them the best chance to have lots of 3rd parties come back and make games on the Gamepad. The only way to make this a NES/SNES/Wii 75 million plus seller is to take a $100 off and eat it, make up for the loss with lots of software from a big installed base, or sell the Gamepad separately with a game for $100 and the Wii U for $200. Just my opinion of course. I'll enjoy my Gamepad and Wii U in any case.

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#3

NeoZuko commented on Satoru Iwata Cites Poor Basic Wii U Sales To R...:

That all said, the Wii U is mostly the system I wanted the Wii to be, it's awesome. Plus the games coming are equally awesome. The "one great game a month" plan is perfect. Keep that up as long as possible and it should pull a 3DS style comeback. Pach Attack said that the Wii U is going to sell 30 million lifetime sales. I also think it will do somewhere between 25-50 million lifetime units. The 3DS is looking like 15 million a year as well. Decent, but these systems will never do Wii and DS numbers. I'm ok with that, the games available and coming are still awesome non the less. Mass market sales isn't everything to the end user. Nintendo will still make plenty of money in the end. But the fat cat Wii and DS dollar days are gone.

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#4

NeoZuko commented on Satoru Iwata Cites Poor Basic Wii U Sales To R...:

I don't want Nintendo to ditch the Gamepad, I just want it to not necessarily be bundled with the system, for the systems own sales health. I would definitely buy that Gamepad separately, again I wish it was even more deluxe of a unit it's so awesome (perhaps it would be more DX if sold separately), I just don't think the Gamepad should keep the system at that $350 price point if price becomes an issue when the PS4 comes in at $400. A sub $200 Wii U would fly off the shelves. Then they can upgrade $75-$100 to the Gamepad in a few months. It's last gen hardware and the entry price is a factor for mass market success.

Of course I pretty much know none of that will happen and that the Wii U will be my Nintendo box. My PS4 will do the heavy lifting. I'm ok with that, but I think Nintendo would make more money with the Gamepad as an option for the system.

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#6

NeoZuko commented on Satoru Iwata Cites Poor Basic Wii U Sales To R...:

I don't think the free online is a selling point. You get what you pay for, and Nintendo's network is not Xbox One's Live or PS4's PSN level of quality. However for a quick Mario Kart or Smash Bros. game, and limited scope of online third party games on the system, free is better. Just keep in mind that Sony and MS funnel that money into providing a more compelling service.

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#7

NeoZuko commented on Satoru Iwata Cites Poor Basic Wii U Sales To R...:

I think color alone is a big factor. But the Target $50 gift card helped (brings the DX Wii U to $300), as did the VC, Wii BC, the games from Pikmin 3 to December, and the games at E3.

Of course by the time I get done buying a Wii Mote, Nun Chuck, Wii U Classic Pro controller, regular Wii Classic Pro controller, some official Nintendo Component cables (since the Wii U can't do analog sound separate from HDMI) my end cost was just over $500 anyway for single player hardware. Then I have local multiplayer to worry about plus wearing out that expensive Gamepad which is yet available separately. For my PS4 I just buy an extra DS4 controller and I'm done. I miss that so much.

While I love the Gamepad, I still think that effective immediately Nintendo should make the Wii U Classic Pro controller the default pack in controller with the Gamepad sold separately for $100. This should bring the Wii U entry cost down to a competitive $200 and you could upgrade it latter like. While it would fragment the controller user base, it would sell more Wii U units for sure. Then make the future games playable on both methods of control, perhaps patch a few key titles.

Of course I would have made the whole system (scaled down in power) to fit inside the Gamepad, with a gorilla glass capacitive IPS touchscreen, a sort of super 3DS or Vita.

And for gods sake, patch the Wii U's Wii classic mode to use the Wii U Classic Pro controller.

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#8

NeoZuko commented on Review: Tetris (Game Boy):

I found Tetris DX to be faster at sliding the falling piece left to right than Tetris GB. I prefer Tetris DX for that, dynamic music and color. The only thing I really miss from the Tetris GB was the garbage clear mode. But the best part was both had non infinate spin. In fact I really really hope Tetris DX comes to the 3DS VC. That said I still enjoy Tetris DS the most, go figure.

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#9

NeoZuko commented on Ninterview: Dan Clarke And Jake Smith Talk Pro...:

I didn't like Super Mario Sunshine, its my least favorite 3D Mario. so the Gamecube always felt like a system without a good Mario game to me. Incomplete. It didn't give me that same satisfaction of owning it like the NES, SNES, N64, and even the Wii/Wii U. Eternal Darkness was great however. Metroid Prime 1-2, Pikmin 1-2, Zelda WW, SSX 3, the system's carry handle, the wavebird, lots to like etc, but no cool Mario game.

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#11

NeoZuko commented on Review: Cave Story 3D (3DS):

I found a new copy today at Toys R Us!! It's a hard game to find at MSRP, I had to buy it just for the rarity and chance to own Cave Story with improved 3D graphics.

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#12

NeoZuko commented on IGN Editor: If Wii U Doesn't Pick Up, Nintendo...:

No matter how bad the Wii U does, if Mario, Zelda, Metroid, DKC, Pikmin, Mario Kart, Smash Bros. all knock it out of the park, it will be hard for me to ignore the Wii U. I mean it has Back to the Future hover Kart racing in Mario Kart 8!! Great Scott!! Roads?? Where we're going we don't need roads!!

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#13

NeoZuko commented on Soapbox: Mobile And Tablet Gaming Is Creating ...:

When I was five I was playing Atari games, when I was in third grade I was beating hard donkey NES games like crazy and arcade games like Double Dragon on one quarter, by the time I got to the SNES I was a pro. The games today are not nearly as hard. I was recently playing some 8-Bit Super Mario Bros. and Mega Man games and I was like "man this is hard." I'm a bit out of shape!! Sometimes I want that feeling of growth over mastering hard gameplay, but sometimes I want to relax into a game but still be challanged. I played The Last of Us on normal and found it just right if a tad too easy (I never ran out of bullets). But that was a game I wanted to enjoy the atmosphere and relax in it (relatively). But for a Mario game, I want challenge of the likes of SMB3, but not SMB Lost Worlds stupid hard. But I don't want way too easy NSMB either. It's a fine balance that Nintendo has been moving the scale towards easy for years now. I was excited to hear about hard DLC for Luigi in New Super Luigi U.

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#19

NeoZuko commented on North America, It Looks Like You'll Have The B...:

Well, a new Zelda Link Between Worlds Gold Edition then :-)

A cooler color will eventually come out. The wait is not fun however. I have 10 DS/3DS games on my self just waiting to be played. Many of which I've never played.

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#22

NeoZuko commented on Review: Metroid: Other M (Wii):

I liked it when I played a few hours but the voice acting is bad, the script needs work, and at the end of the day I'd rather play Metroid Prime with analog sticks (unless its pure 2D Metroid).

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#25

NeoZuko commented on North America, It Looks Like You'll Have The B...:

I just bought a Blue 3DS XL in NJ. I think I'm going to return it to hold out for the Black one or a Zelda Link Between Worlds Edition. And this is why I don't do digital with Nintendo!! No way to tie to an account...

In the meantime, I was thinking of picking up a Wii U for Pikmin and the VC.