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Sat 29th March, 2014

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Octane commented on Best Buy Nabs Exclusive Splatoon Wii U Hardwar...:

@rjejr About the $300 price. I take your word for granted that the Wii launched for $250. I cannot remember. But if we take inflation in account; $250 in 2006 equals about $292 today, or about $300... The Wii U right now really isn't any more expensive than a Wii was back in 2006.

That being said, I don't think that selling the console at a slight loss is such a bad idea.



Octane commented on Talking Point: Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Br...:

@unrandomsam I know a game like Mario Kart is still popular years after its release, but I have to presume that there will be a point when DLC isn't going to make them a profit anymore. We'll see. Personally I think it's enough, and since Nintendo hasn't really talked about it, they might have the same mindset.



Octane commented on Talking Point: Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Br...:

@Nico07 Honestly I don't think we will see more MK8 DLC. There's a reason why day-one DLC is so popular, the longer you wait with DLC, the less people buy the DLC. DLC that's been released two years after the game's initial release probably won't make them a profit anymore.



Octane commented on Analyst Thinks Nintendo Is Already Winding Dow...:


''I have never seen a console dogged by so much negativity as the Wii U. Before launch, during launch, and non-stop for the last 2 and a 1/2 years it has been a constant barrage. More than anything else, I believe the Wii U's struggles have way more to do with the press, analyst's and Internet trying to convince everyone why the machine "is a failure" than the actual console being a "failure".''

If you say something enough times it becomes true, and I think that's indeed what played a role in regards to the Wii U's success.

Also, what kind of analyst is this?

''While the Wii U has around 380 console exclusive titles, the majority were launched 2013. Fewer exclusives were made available in 2014. In this respect, the Wii U is on the wrong side of the bell curve and Nintendo appear to have been winding it down already.''

This is just perfect click-bait article nonsense. If you're going to make a point, at least mention the amount of exclusives the Wii U got in 2014. I'm sure you can find a year with fewer Wii exclusives from the Wii-era, doesn't mean anything. I'm not saying that the Wii U is selling like hotcakes, but these analyses are close to utter nonsense.



Octane commented on Gallery: Yarn Yoshi Is Just Too Darn Cute:

@rjejr I think that has to do with priorities. If I was Nintendo I would've wanted to make sure that the big titles arrive on schedule: Mario Kart 8, Smash, Splatoon, or at least simultaneous in all regions.

And now I think about what @jariw said, it's indeed quite likely that they want to create enough Yarn Yoshi amiibo supply. Kirby isn't that popular in Europe, perhaps they expect the same for a cute Yoshi game? Therefore less amiibo are needed to supply Europe, and thus it releases earlier over here.



Octane commented on Gallery: Yarn Yoshi Is Just Too Darn Cute:

@rjejr Captain Toad's delay in Europe was due to Nintendo of Europe moving their headquarters and offices in Germany from Großostheim to Frankfurt last year. They wanted to get Smash done, so other games were put on hold. It most likely caused the delay of Kirby as well. I expected the release dates to line up for the other 2015 games, as those wouldn't have been affected by the move. What is going on with Yoshi is a mystery for me as well.



Octane commented on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U No Longer Set fo...:

@Grumblevolcano That suppossed quote wasn't from Nintendo. Twitter-used Nico.A made that claim:

''Ça va faire plaisir mais c'est du #remastered ! Mais c'est parfait pour boucher les plannings.Vraiment 2015 c'est un jeu par mois pour BigN''

''It's going to please [us], but it's #remasterd! But it's perfect to fill out the schedule. It's true, 2015 is one game every month for BigN''

Since the guy had some credibility (because he leaked some Nintendo info before), people kept quoting him over and over. It started of as an assumption, it became a rumour and eventually it turned into the word of Nintendo. And it all started with a tweet that was talking about something completely different: another remaster for the Wii U in 2015.

Nico. A just counted the games announced so far: Kirby, Yoshi, Mario Party 10, Splatoon, Star Fox, Zelda, Devil's Third, XCX, the 2 project games and the rumoured remastered game and concluded that 12 games in 2015 will result in one game every month on average. Somehow even that got turned in ''Every month, we'll get one game.''

Sometimes people hear what they want to hear. Anyway, that ''one game every month'' is nothing more than a wrong interpretation of an assumption that resulted from a rumour.




Octane commented on Feature: The Legend of Zelda on Wii U - What D...:

@Giygas_95 Although I really don't want to talk more Metroid on a Zelda topic, I had to reply. The imfamous Ridley scene made more sense to me considering that Samus killed Ridley along with Mother Brain and all the remaining Metroids. When I saw Ridley return, it was quite a shock, because the first question I had was; ''What about Mother Brain and the Metroids, are they back as well, and how?'' I mean, the return of Metroids were a given, but still, that scene meant more than just a ''oh noes, here's Ridley again.''.

@Zelda64L I know what you're talking about. I recently replayed the N64 Zelda games, and after getting used to all the motion control aiming over the years, the analog aiming was a pain in the arse. Patience and practice are your friends in those challenges.



Octane commented on Game Jam Tasks Developers With Creating A Zeld...:

@Sanqet I think that the option to choose doesn't work with Zelda games. It's the same as if the Metroid franchise had such option, or any other game with a strong narrative. To me it comes off as ''we're not confident enough to create a suitable main character, so go ahead and make your own.'' I'm fine with character customisation in games like Animal Crossing and Pokémon, where the playable character is more an avatar than an actual character. But in games where the playable character is part of a strong narrative, I'd rather see the developer create a suitable character, whether that is a female or a male character, I don't really care.



Octane commented on Game Jam Tasks Developers With Creating A Zeld...:

@Mijzelffan Take it easy, no need to throw insults around.

I think you should read my post again; I don't care what gender the character is I play as. It's not an issue about gender, it's about the change itself. There's no good reason to change Link, so I don't see why he should.

People use the argument ''why not to change Link's gender?'', but ''the burden of proof'' so to speak is on you. I'd like to see a valid argument as to why he should change, other than ''change happens''.



Octane commented on Game Jam Tasks Developers With Creating A Zeld...:

@Mijzelffan You could do the dungeons in any order you'd like in the original Legend of Zelda and in Zelda II, it was a feature that has been lost over the years.

Still, motion controls (which were added in TP), or choice in dungeon order change the game in a different way. There are certain things we can expect from a Zelda game, certain features that define a Zelda game. Nobody wants Zelda to turn into a military shooter, just because ''change happens all the time''.

Besides, why not change his race? Why not change Zelda's gender? Or Ganon's gender? I don't care what gender the character is I play as, but I don't want change for the sake of changing, because that's rarely a good thing. Especially if they're just trying to cater to a vocal minority.



Octane commented on Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think ...:

@sweetiepiejonus As long as they stay focussed on their handheld and home consoles, I don't see the problem either. It's still too early to say anything about it I think. NX is just very vague, but I'm curious, I also wonder what kind of games will end up on the mobile platform. And there's QOL as well...



Octane commented on Card Format amiibo Confirmed to be Heading our...:

I don't really care for amiibo. I certainly don't have to room to display dozens of figurines, so even if I did buy them they'd most likely end up in a box anyway. Cards are a good alternative. The concept isn't strange at all, people have been collecting cards for ages, they're cheaper to produce and easier to use. I've said it last year, and I'll say it again; I'm interested.



Octane commented on Weirdness: BAFTA Appears To Have Clean Forgott...:

Monument Valley is a pretty good game. Threes and Heartstone were pretty popular as well.

The only 3DS game that I can think of that would be eligible for this list would be Super Smash Bros., but let's face it, the Wii U version is the superior version. So I can understand why it's not included. Pokémon was just more of the same, and the other games, although probably good, were nothing really special.



Octane commented on Poll: Do Video Game Reviews Need To Have A Score?:

Replacing the number with ''great'', ''good'', ''bad'', etc. is not a solution at all. It just turns the number in a word, you're still using the same grading system.

The better (in-depth) reviews are great, but require a great knowledge of the game, of games in general, game design and require a good style of writing. These types of reviews are usually lengthy, and since most people don't bother reading lengthy stuff, so for this site, just stick to the numbers.



Octane commented on Video: Nintendo Aims to Wow North American Vie...:

@BensonUii Kirby: Canvas Curse was called Kirby: Power Paintbrush in Europe. The European title was probably changed to match the European name of Canvas Curse. Just like how Canvas Curse and Rainbow Curse are called ''Touch! Kirby'' and Touch! Kirby: Super Rainbow'' in Japan.



Octane commented on Poll: Which Nintendo Franchises Should be Prod...:

Metroid would work better as a movie I think..

Anyway, about live-action, that's something that suits games like Metroid, F-Zero and Zelda rather well. I knows there's plenty of cartoon fans, but a big budget live-action movie would be amazing (although quite risky). I've said this in the forums. Perhaps this is the marketing Nintendo should make use of. So many people watch tv series these days, if this is the way to create a bigger audience for the lesser known franchises as Metroid and F-Zero, then I'm in for it.