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Wed 26th December, 2012

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Peach64 commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Emphasizes the Nintendo Diffe...:

But I don't think Amazon want to be a major console maker. There's too much risk, as Nintendo are experiencing right now. They want to make cheap devices people plug into their TVs and they buy cheap games for, like they do on mobiles and tablets. It's a competitor for sure, but not in the same way MS and Sony are, more like how Apple took away most of the handheld market.



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: Super Smash Bros. Can Finally R...:

Really fascinating to see what it does for Wii U hardware. I still feel there's a big chance a big percentage of the 'Smash crowd' are Nintendo die hards enough to already own a Wii U, which means we could see another MK8 situation, where the game sells amazingly well but does little for hardware.

Of course, console sales go up phenomenally in November and December even WITHOUT a big game due to all those people that have waited til Christmas to make their big purchase, so it's going to kind of mask the true impact of the game. I have no doubt November and December's NPDs will bring 'Wii U sees large percentage increase in sales' headlines, but it also got those last year without the big games.



Peach64 commented on Anniversary: The Nintendo DS is Now 10 Years Old:

I imported a US launch model as the UK had to wait FOUR MONTHS for it. Unfortunately the D-pad broke within 6 months, and Nintendo UK customer support said it wasn't their problem, and US customer support said they're only for US citizens, so I was left with a useless system. I didn't get another one until the Lite launched, and I loved that one so much it wiped out my earlier frustration.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Secures Plenty of Nominations in The ...:

My initial reaction to these was that nobody could complain about the nominations. No Titanfall, Watchdogs, Destiny, Call of Duty or Assassins Creed near GOTY. No suggestions of them picking based on sales or being paid off by big publishers. I underestimated the bitterness of Nintendo fanboys however. People wouldn't be happy unless they filled the GOTY category out with stuff like Hyrule Warriors just to make it all Nintendo. And Fantasy Life? I can understand people liking it, but it was not a well reviewed game.

I can definitely see MK8 and Smash winning their categories and Bayonetta getting best action and overall GOTY.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Secures Plenty of Nominations in The ...:

Stuff like Smash Bros and Mario Kart are highly unlikely to show up in a GOTY category. They're like sports games. It doesn't matter how good they are, they're the sort of game that is always surpassed by the next iteration.



Peach64 commented on Review: Mario Kart Super Circuit (Wii U eShop ...:

My favourite MK! I don't really like when they go back to 2D with Mario and Zelda games but I'd love to see MK done in that way. Get rid of all the different vehicles, the glider and underwater bits, stick everyone back in a go kart,



Peach64 commented on Suda51 Explains The Origins Of No More Heroes ...:

I love No More Heroes despite acknowledging it has many, many problems. It gave me so much hope for what might be done with the motion controls. I was really disappointed to see the gorgeous looking Lily Bergamo was turned into Let It Die.



Peach64 commented on New Super Mario Bros. Wii Hits 10 Million Sale...:

And this is why after 10 years of almost no 2D platformers at all, we've seen a flood of them in the last 5 years. I count 11 Nintendo developed 2D platformers since 2009, and only 3 3D platformers... two of which had almost 2D gameplay (3D World/3D Land).

I'm happy Nintendo has had this success but as someone that loves 3D platformers and doesn't really like 2D ones, I wish they'd even it out a bit more, but like everyone else, they'll keep focusing on what sells. NSMBU vastly outselling 3D World is just going to compound it.



Peach64 commented on Review: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U):

Got to laugh at these comments. It's like you're all reviewing NLife, and they're a disappointment unless they give it a 10.

People also saying 'too long to read, pointless without a score' make me sad.

Good review! No score needed for me. It's all the writing.



Peach64 commented on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Thrown off its Perch...:

Those darn Japanese. All they care about is FPS and football games. Shame about Captain Toad. It was never going to be a huge hit but I thought it would do decent numbers being a Nintendo developed game.

Nice to see everything get a bit of a bump, but it's still a dead market. 15k a week will not be a sustainable console and neither Wii U or PS4 will keep that number up either. It's a real shame we won't really be able to tell what impact Smash has, as it's going to be released right at the start of the period where all hardware sales explode regardless of new releases.

It's not Captain Toad that caused the spike, it's probably new bundles. PS4, Wii U and Vita all got new bundles.



Peach64 commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

I think it's safe to say the Xbone has surpassed the Wii U in sales too. MS announced they're close to 10 million shipped. And before anyone tries to point out shipped does not mean sold... it does to these companies. Nintendo's 7.3 million figure was how many they shipped too. Every console sales figure you have ever seen is shipped. For a brief period Sony could say they were selling through to customers, because they were still selling out, so sold to customers = shipped. The shipped figure will never be too much higher than sold because retail simply won't keep buying stock off manufacturers unless they're shifting what they already have.



Peach64 commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

For me it's a secondary console, and in that respect it's been great. The droughts don't bother me, I just get to play the great games as they release. It's a complete disaster in terms of sales though. People are still trying to convince themselves it's just a bit poor, but it's tracking behind every other Nintendo console. This Christmas is probably it's peak. Personally, 2015 is filled with far more interesting games than 2014, but will any of them sell more systems than Mario Kart and Smash Bros? I doubt it very much.

The only downsides on a personal level are the scales still being tipped slightly towards the casual player. Super Mario 3D World is a very good game, but I'm a bit disappointed that the 3D Mario series has now gone down the casual linearity route of the NSMB series. I just wish Nintendo would throw a little more out for the long time Nintendo gamer. I'm pretty sure Zelda will do that in part, and I'm hopeful Star Fox might, but the stuff Miyamoto says these days does not fill me with confidence.



Peach64 commented on The Nintendo Wii U Is Better Value For Money T...:

At the end of the day, everything he says is PR. There's nothing to analyse in terms of their plans. He told us before there would be no price cut, then they dropped the price. He told us there would be no repeat of the 2013 game drought in 2014, and we ended up with another drought. You will never hear anything from that man that's not a carefully planned statement to put a positive spin on things. If people felt it was the best value, it wouldn't be struggling like it is.

The perception of the Wii U is that it's 7th gen tech sold at 8th gen prices, or even worse a perception there's no point paying such a high price for a console that might be replaced sooner rather than later. I think there will be another price drop within 6 months as they need to reposition it as a companion to a PS4 or Xbone instead of competition.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Download: 20th November (Europe):

If people are going to criticise Ubisoft for Watch Dogs they need to do the same to Yatch Club. In Europe we got Shovel Knight 6 months after it was available on Steam and they charged full price. People won't though, they just love to bash Ubisoft for making logical business decisions. Watch Dogs would have sold terribly regardless. Just look at Black Flag for the proof.



Peach64 commented on 3DS Homebrew Exploit Set to be Launched on 22n...:

A lot of people into this are just trying to unlock the true potential of the hardware. Homebrew channels accessed through the Wii mode can let you play Gamecube games on the Wii U, and region free 3DS would rival that functionality for me.



Peach64 commented on Loot Crate amiibo Details and Pricing are Conf...:

I don't know why people expected to save money on this. Loot Crate are a commercial enterprise, they exist to make money. Why would they take a loss on something like this?

Anyone in the UK, if you put Amazon's £10 price through Flubit you can get an amiibo for around £8.50.



Peach64 commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Claims Seco...:

@Captain_Toad Nintendo's figure is shipped too. It always has been. Only Sony briefly used sold to customer figures, because they were selling out so it made the shipped and sold figures the same. Everyone else has always stated shipped/sold to retail.

@akaDv8R They can't just make up their numbers. These companies are so highly regulated, you have any idea how much crap they'd get into for serious financial fraud for stuff like that? MS is cutting the price because it wants to beat Sony, because they don't want to settle for second.

Stop using VGChartz for your numbers, people. It's all made up.



Peach64 commented on Hands On: Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter:

I won't be bothering with this. I think the Wii U pro controller is by far the best controller Nintendo have ever made and I'll be using that to play Smash (along with all my other Wii U games).



Peach64 commented on Poll: Who'll Be Your Main amiibo Buddy?:

6-10 for me. Definitely building myself a little Nintendo Princesses selection of Peach, Zelda, Rosalina and.. er... Samus and Palutena. I'll probably also pick up Fox and Falcon just because I love their games (and unlocking a Mii Captain Falcon in MK8 is probably the closest I'll get to a new F-Zero)

I'm not really planning to use them in Smash.




Peach64 commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Claims Seco...:

Bayonetta 2 was never going to make the top 10. You need about 200k to be 10th in a bad month. Unfortunately the two people that leaked most of the NPD fugures to Neogaf are taking a break from the forum, and I think almost every news site just gets their figures from neogaf, so we might never know Bayonetta's figures. It's not a good sign that Nintendo aren't bragging about it in PR though, and are ignoring it entirely.

68k for the Wii U. Awful, awful number, but at least they can brag of huge percentage increases in November and December when everything goes up.



Peach64 commented on Kirby And The Rainbow Curse For Wii U Releases...:

I'm not that bothered, always got something to play so I'm never waiting for stuff to be released, but I don't know how they can justify that kind of delay. People moan about companies delaying Wii U versions of games but Nintendo Europe are doing exactly the same.



Peach64 commented on Feature: These Are The Mario Kart 8 DLC Packs ...:

I'm a big fan of including packs themed around other Nintendo IP and hope it continues Star Fox seems like such an obvious choice with a bunch of characters and karts based on the starships. Maybe throw Samus and some Metroid tracks in there too as I'm not sure there's enough suitable characters to fill a Metroid pack on it's own.



Peach64 commented on Free Sonic Boom 3DS Theme Now Available For Do...:

The Sonic cycle is in full flow. In the same week people see that Sonic Boom turns out to be a stinker and people start getting excited over the next Sonic game as its being done by the same team that made Generations.



Peach64 commented on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Continues to Dominat...:

Is it next week they get new bundles in Japan? I'm sure there will be a boost but at this point it's all irrelevant for consoles in Japan. Even the best selling would manage 500,000 a year at this rate. In North America and Europe they do that in a month.

I don't know why, Wii U is managing to have a worse 2014 in Japan than 2013. 527,000 sold at this time last year, 448,000 this year.

3DS had done 3.88 million this time last year, and 2.22 million this year.



Peach64 commented on Shulk amiibo Listed as GameStop Exclusive in t...:

I hope they don't start doing this in the UK. The only time I've spent money in a physical GAME store in the last 10 years was when I picked up a few pre-owned cheap games in their 'going out of business' sale in early 2012. I still go in there for a browse quite often (good for street pass hits!) and never get used to how much they charge for stuff. Most of the time their pre-owned stuff is way more expensive than Amazon charge for brand new.



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: The amiibo Range Grows, Yet Key...:

To me, amiibo feels a little like the Wii U itself, in that Nintendo have slightly rushed into it without a clear focus. They're now stuck between a rock and a hard place. If they have character's unlocked through amiibo, people would complain about the cost, but on the other hand, people are rightly questioning the point of them when they seem to do so little.

I think they'd have probably liked to make a full amiibo game like Skylanders or Infinity, but they needed something quick. It's a problem they've had all through the Wii U's life so far, that sales are so bad, leading to bad press, they're unable to take their time, but need a quick fix.

I think they'll eventually figure out a good way to use amiibo, but will they have already put many people off before reaching that point?



Peach64 commented on Spike VGAs To Be Replaced By The Game Awards 2014:

In all honesty I don't think last year's event was too bad if you cut out that co-host. They just need to get people involved that actually like games. Keighly often worked with Game Trailers, and Kyle Bosman would be great as an enthusiastic co-host.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Outlines Confusing amiibo Save Data L...:

This is a bit unfortunate. I think they've sort of rushed out amiibo. It seems they're still not sure what they want the functionality to be themselves, but just wanted to get figures out there after seeing the Skylanders success.

Right now I'm drawn to them more as little figurines of my favourite characters as none of the functionality is particularly appealing. I don't see myself using much of AI fighter stuff in Smash, so most of my figures will literally just be shelf ornaments. I wonder if we'll ever see a full game built around amiibo like the Skylanders and Infinity games.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Reveals 11 amiibo Super Smash Bros. F...:

Will be getting Rosalina for sure. I wonder just how many amiibo we're going to see for some characters. These are all the Smash amiibo, so do we see a new Fox McCloud and Link when their next games come out? I strongly prefer the look of Link in the new game so would rather have a figure based on that.

I really hope Nintendo is working on a game built around these too. I'm probably going to buy quite a few, but so far I'm not really impressed by any of the functionality.



Peach64 commented on 10-Year-Old Gamer Thrashes the Competition at ...:

That's pretty good marketing by Nintendo, and it's just a shame it was figured out to be a set up before having a chance to go viral.

And there's no reason at all why a ten year old can't be better than adults at this. It's not like physical strength plays a part in playing games.



Peach64 commented on Anouma Confirms Majora's Mask 3D Has Been In D...:

It was obvious it was coming, but that development time is baffling. It only took them 17 months to make Majora's mask, and almost 4 years to port it? The engine and many assets were already in place from OOT3D.



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: The Majora's Mask 3D Reveal Sho...:

I think MM3D was the worst kept secret in gaming, not much of a surprise here! I think they should have perhaps put the reveal at the end though. These things always feel better when they end of a high, but while this Direct was pretty good, for me, the best bit was at the start.

I think they should have perhaps revealed a big Wii U game. I know they probably want to keep stuff for E3 after blowing their load far too early in 2013, but this Christmas is so important for Wii U. An announcement of something like Metroid (it's almost certain Retro are working on it), could have just created that extra buzz around the console and got people talking about it, and maybe even convinced them to pick it up now, knowing there's a decent selection of games available right now, and confirmed Zelda, Star Fox and Metroid on the way at some point.



Peach64 commented on Book Review: Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collecte...:

Great review! I think I'll have to pick this up to read over Christmas. The Megadrive is such a big part of my childhood, and it was only when I was much older did I realise the SNES had arguably a stronger library. Back then I only knew once person who had one, and she kept saying she wished she had a Megadrive instead. SNES barely had a presence in stores, and without the internet to show us what was going on across the Atlantic, the Megadrive was the only show in town as far as me and all my friends were concerned.

I still prefer the 16-bit Sonic platformers to Mario, and everyone knows it had the superior version of Aladdin! Shining Force was another favourite, while a ridiculous number of hours were spent playing multiplayer Streets of Rage and Micro Machines Turbo Tournament.



Peach64 commented on Video: Enjoy a Turbo Boost With This Mario Kar...:

While initially a bit put off by the UK price, I'm now really looking forward to this DLC. Ever since the Cube era I've hoped Mario Kart would become Nintendo Kart. This feeling has grown stronger with the last few iterations feeling quite samey to me, but now we finally get a taste of it. I hope its a success and they lean even further towards characters and tracks from other Nintendo games. Fox McLoud in a mini-arwing would be awesome :D



Peach64 commented on Preview: The Irresistible Charm of Captain Toa...:

I'm really loving the look of this, but as I said in the other article, I find it so frustrating that it's out when it is. Normally I don't care if a game is delayed. Smash Bros? Pokemon? It wouldn't bother me in the slightest if Nintendo announce today they were both delayed til March. Captain Toad looks perfect for Christmas though. They could easily have it out a couple of weeks earlier if they really wanted. I'll probably save it for next year and save myself some money in the process.



Peach64 commented on Parent Trap: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Is...:

I'm really loving the look of this, but find it so frustrating that it's out when it is. Normally I don't care if a game is delayed. Smash Bros? Pokemon? It wouldn't bother me in the slightest if Nintendo announce today they were both delayed til March. Captain Toad looks perfect for Christmas though. They could easily have it out a couple of weeks earlier if they really wanted. I'll probably save it for next year and save myself some money in the process.



Peach64 commented on Genyo Takeda Discusses Nintendo's Hardware Future:

I hope they don't completely misread the situation. Mobile is dominating Japan's game scene right now but I don't think a Nintendo phone would be a success. People don't buy their phones for the games available on them, they buy the games because they work on the phones they already have.



Peach64 commented on Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 5th...:

I'm mostly interested in new announcements rather than new footage of games we've seen before, but Splatoon and Xenoblade still look pretty good. Very happy to see MM3D confirmed too. Would have been nice if they'd announced N64 or Cube games for the VC though. Realistically the Wii U is probably nearing the half way stage of it's lifecycle, and I'm really starting to wonder if they'll come now.



Peach64 commented on I'll Take Zelda And Mario Over Sharing Call Of...:

People don't care if the games are on other platforms. People are picking up PS4s and Xbones to play Destiny, FIFA, Call of Duty, Assassins Creed, Far Cry, Dragon Age, Shadow of Mordor etc. I never get the argument that a console just needs to be judged on is exclusives. Xbox 360 barely had any exclusives in the last few years, but in reality people don't judge just the exclusives, and look at all the great games like Arkham City, Portal 2, Skyrim, Dark Souls, Bioshock Infinite and GTA V. It didn't lessen the 360 owners enjoyment that all those games are also on PS3.

Nintendo make great games, but they're just one company. The other consoles have many, many different developers that are making great games too.



Peach64 commented on Online Retailers Offer Huge Discounts on Super...:

@SteveButler2210 Just pick the one in the colour you like (or the one you can find the best deal on). I have a White 8GB one and it's more than enough room to fit Virtual Console games on. If they make Gamecube games available then they'd eat up the space pretty quick, but it's so cheap to buy a 500GB external drive and plug it in.



Peach64 commented on Online Retailers Throw Up Huge Discounts on Su...:

This is why I don't think an official bundle is such a big deal over here in the UK. It seems in the US, everything is sold at a set price, so it's probably decent value, but over here retailers only sell at RRP for the first few weeks and then started slashing prices to move stock. If Nintendo came out with an official Smash bundle it would be £250, but this sort of deal has been going on for the last year, with different games substituted in.

It's also why I'm always negative about the official Nintendo online store. They put together unofficial bundles but just price it up by combining the RRP of all the items and throwing in a 'free' hat or t-shirt.

Are Nintendo definitely phasing out the 8gb model in every territory, or just the US? Because back in the summer when I was looking for a Wii U, all the deals were for the 32gb model, but I really wanted it in white. It seemed the white one was pretty low in stock, but recently it's all over the place again.