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Peach64

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#1

Peach64 commented on The Most Recent Media Create Japanese Charts B...:

It's been obvious the traditional market in Japan has been in trouble for some time. Many of us have pointed out the decimation of the handheld market, but lots of people don't use context at all. 3DS has topped the charts for most of the last 3 years so people consider it a success, but the numbers for it are lower than even the flops from previous generations.

Also, why did Nintendo pick such a week for Steam? They did the same in Europr for Captain Toad. Wait until the biggest spending period the year is over and THEN release it. Baffling!

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#3

Peach64 commented on Nintendo UK Planning Massive Marketing Push Fo...:

I'm glad it's getting a big push as this game has huge potential, but personally would have liked to see ads on some more widely viewed channels. I know the kids market is the aim for Nintendo but I think the aniibo preorders selling out within minutes in the middle of the night show there's a lot of older fans that spend a lot of money on Nintendo products. The directs don't always get through to them either. I asked four very hardcore Nintendo fan friends of mine if they'd be playing the global test fire and none of them had even heard of it. I told them it was in the direct but none of them watch the directs.

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#4

Peach64 commented on Feature: The Full Story Behind Star Fox 2, Nin...:

Wow, excellent article @Damo! Some fascinating stuff in there that I'd never read before. It's amazing to think what a big impact Cuthbert has had on Nintendo, with the Super FX chip, Star Fox, and of course the 3D Yoshi game that probably ended up influencing Mario 64 quite a bit. You add in the guys from Rare and Brits have played a pretty large part in the success of the Japanese giant.

Star Fox has always been a weird series for me. I've at liked every single game, and loved a couple of them, but always thought there was room for more. I'm pretty much expecting Star Fox U to be very much along the lines of the first two games, which would be fully understandable, but... I just feel like there's so much potential for it to become something huge. I love the world and it's characters, and ever since I started getting excited about the Gamecube, I've imagined this open universe Star Fox game where you have space battles but can visit planets and play out 3D action/exploration, maybe even recruiting new characters for the crew. A bit like Bioware's space RPGs, but with the colourful Nintendo aesthetic.

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#5

Peach64 commented on Nintendo is Discontinuing the Basic 8GB Wii U ...:

I have a white one, as I've always bought Nintendo hardware in white since the GBA and Cube. Here in the UK, I suppose you could say they became scarce for the first half of 2014, although you could still get them, but only for the ridiculous RRP. From July onwards the supply must have gone up as you started seeing huge discounts. I paid £180 for mine and it came with £120's worth of new games.

To me the onboard storage is irrelevant. If you want to download games then 32GB isn't enough anyway, so who cares if your console has 8 or 32gb on board storage when you've got a 1TB external drive hooked up.

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#6

Peach64 commented on Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the ...:

I comment frequently on how ridiculous it is to buy retail Wii U and 3DS games as digital downloads, especially in the UK as physical stores and online retailers charge much less than the 'RRP' that Nintendo charges, so you often end up having pre-orders be less than HALF the price of what Nintendo charges. Considering the fact that that half the cost of a physical product is probably just recouping manufacturing and distribution, the profit margins must be so much ridiculously higher for digital copies.

So with that said... I don't think I've actually had any problems with the pricing of eShop only games. I think SMT IV is fantastic value even without the frequent discounts it gets. It would be nice to see more frequent sales, but that's just to have a chance to try new things I'd never have bought anyway at full price. Dual Destinies is another great game that's easily worth the price they ask. What's said is how many comments I see on here from people that refuse to buy digital, because they like to look at a box on their shelf. That's right. The same people that say Playstation or Microsoft owners care more about graphics than gameplay, actually themselves care about a plastic box more than gameplay.

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#7

Peach64 commented on The First Hardcore Gaming 101 Digest Aims To C...:

Huh, I had NO idea you could get digital copies of the books by donating like that. I love the website's articles but I've never bought the books as I don't really buy physical copies these days. Will look forward to that now!

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#8

Peach64 commented on Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Fails to Chart in Week of...:

That is an incredibly abysmal week all round. No wonder all these huge in the 80s Japanese publishers are announcing they're focusing on mobile.

Also shows it's the numbers and not chart positions that count. Some weeks you can sell 15,000 and not even be top 15, but this week it's enough to top the chart. Just awful. RIP Japan's console and handheld market.

What a disaster Codename Steam must have been too. The 20th placed game sold 1863 so we know Steam sold even less in its debut week. How does that even happen? I noticed there was no UK chart article this week but it missed out on being in the top 40 chart here too. It only takes about 1000 sales to get until the 35-40 positions. Unfortunately that's going to go down as one of the biggest flops of all time. Less than 3000 sales in your debut week in the 2nd and 3rd biggest markets in the world for a first party Nintendo game? No doubt someone on here will come along and describe the sales figures as 'not bad'.

And before someone accuses me of being happy at a Nintendo game flopping, I'm certainly not. I always love when a publisher tries a new IP, and I love the whole aesthetic of Steam on top. It's not been the best reviewed game but even Mario Party 10 did 50k week 1 in Japan. Hopefully Splatoon doesn't kill off the hope of anymore new Nintendo IP soon, but I have a feeling that's going to do very well worldwide.

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#9

Peach64 commented on Reaction: Nintendo Dropped the Ball, Not the M...:

I can only think the plans were drawn up extremely last minute. Nintendo themselves have run much, MUCH larger tournaments than this.

I'm sure they'll get their fair share of promotion done at the finals, with some Mario Maker action at the very least, but now it really just comes off as a very limited competition for 8 people to win a place alongside Nintendo on stage while they show off their games, rather than an actual Tournanent.

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#11

Peach64 commented on Capcom Hoping For "Aggressive Digital Download...:

It's not nice but makes sense. As I've been saying a lot recently, it's why sales figures matter. They exist to make money at the end of the day, and producing new games these days is a gamble, especially in Japan where console and handheld game sales have decreased dramatically in the face of mobile gaming.

It's not nice but it's certainly not stupid. They're going with a business plan that makes money as opposed to something that's been losing them money for a while.

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#12

Peach64 commented on Japan Is Suiting Up For Another Super Robot Wa...:

I'd love to play a new one of these, but after my broken original DS, I'm never importing hardware again. I'd have probably never played any of these without region free handhelds as I'm pretty I even had to import the GBA games as they never came out in Europe.

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#14

Peach64 commented on Unseen64 Uncovers Concept Art Of Rare's Perfec...:

I agree with @FragRed. The majority of the 'FPS' talent had left to form Free Radical way before the MS purchase, so this would have been a slight disappointment even with Nintendo's help if you ask me.

Pretty much the whole Yookaa Laylee team were at Rare and helped make PD Zero, Viva Piniata and Nuts & Bolts before people start slating those games too badly.

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#15

Peach64 commented on Review: Fullblox (3DS eShop):

The first thing I did was go in and unlock the whole game. The first two games are so good, I don't need to try before I buy with this series.

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#16

Peach64 commented on Nintendo Hoping That Splatoon Will Tempt Lapse...:

Splatoon definitely has system seller potential. I think with Smash and MK, the die hard Nintendo fans they were aiming for had already bought a Wii U. To get different people on board, the game needs to be different, and this certainly is.

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#20

Peach64 commented on Wii U and 3DS Continue Improved Sales in the U...:

@Action51 And you're illustrating my point perfectly. Too many people are convincing themselves the sales are not great but not bad either. It's the Wii U's 3rd April. In the Xbox 360s 3rd April it sold 188,000. In the PS3s 3rd April it sold 188,000. In general, unless a consoles successor has been released they never sell under 100k in any month. Selling worse than the Dreamcast surely counts as being terrible, no? I don't enjoy pointing out the doom and gloom, but come on, people are calling these figures solid or not bad and that's just wrong.

As for the profit point, I'm not even sure they are. All that money they made off 3DS, off amiibo and free to play games, the huge sales of Smash Bros and Pokemon, and they scrape through with a tiny operating profit? Something is losing them money.

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#22

Peach64 commented on Square Enix Pushes Back Its E3 Press Conferenc...:

Quite glad about this as I really wanted to watch them both as they went out. I've heard quite a few podcasters saying they'd be watching the Square Enix one because it was live, and Nintendo's was all pre-recorded and just being made available at that time. That was kind of baffling as I don't see what difference being live or pre-recorded makes.

Obviously excited for Nintendo, but Square should have a great year too. As always I look forward to anything on Final Fantasy XV, Type 1 and Kingdom Hearts 3, but this year we know there's going to be Deus Ex, Just Cause and Tomb Raider at the very least.

@DonSerrot Kingdom Hearts 3 was never an exclusive. They said it was going to be on PS4 and Xbone from the first announcement. The cost of getting it working on both those is probably very close to what it would cost to get it running on one of them, so it makes sense. It's also being made in Unreal Engine 4, so... it's very unlikely we'll see it on Wii U. Not impossible, but as I said in the NPD article, people aren't going to spend the money required to get that engine working on Wii U when it's selling so poorly (and especially when games not made by Nintendo, no matter how well received they are (Bayonetta 2) sell so poorly).

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#23

Peach64 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo World Championships 20...:

I think the return of the event is a great idea, but I'm not excited about it being at E3. E3 is a trade show, and all about exciting new announcements for me, not a fan convention. I also don't really see Nintendo being ahead of their rivals into bringing E3 to all. The press conferences have been streamed live for over 10 years now, so to those of us watching it all on a computer screen, it's no different if it's up on stage or a 'digital event'. Likewise, the others have had streamed play sessions of their games just like Treehouse stuff for quite a long time now, and I know Microsoft at least in the early 360 days would put E3 demos up on Live to give us all a taste. Nintendo are good about giving things names that make us feel good though. Buzzwords like Digital Event and Treehouse Live made it seem like they were doing something new. This even stretches back to Nintendo Power, an advertising tool for NOA at the end of the day to promote their own games over 3rd parties, but people loved it.

As for the NWC event itself, I think it would be better if they made this an annual thing, a month before E3, or a month after it maybe. I very much agree they should also make it truly a World Championship instead of just a US thing too. In this day and age it could even involve qualifiers from the comfort of our homes, perhaps building to national finals, and then a world finals. Nintendo games might not be as finely tuned as other games for truly competitive multiplayer, but the devotion of the fans alone would create a buzz around it that other eSports events fail to create.

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#24

Peach64 commented on Wii U and 3DS Continue Improved Sales in the U...:

@rjejr It's the first line about hardware in the article (the NLife one, not linked stories)

"In terms of hardware sales for the US, Wii U is described as one of three platforms with "solid" sales, likewise with PS4 and Xbox One".

There's been no leaks of 3DS figures, but I'd be utterly stunned if they weren't ahead of the Wii U figures.

Not just being negative for the sake of it. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D doing 75k as a 3DS exclusive is surely far better than Nintendo would have hoped and bodes well for the upcoming Wii U release. I'd also love nothing more than if Splatoon is up there among Project Cars and Witcher 3 as top sellers for May.

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#25

Peach64 commented on Wii U and 3DS Continue Improved Sales in the U...:

@NoEasyBuckets Because I'm fed up of hearing people post about conspiracies and campaigns against Nintendo when 3rd party games skip it. Just look at the Igavania kickstarter this week. 43k sold tells you exactly why they're not bothering. People ignore just how bad the sales are, comfort themselves with the knowledge it's just a slight disappointment and then can't understand the lack of support and make stupid comments like how Sony must have paid someone off to drop Wii U support.

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#26

Peach64 commented on Wii U and 3DS Continue Improved Sales in the U...:

Who described the Wii U sales as solid? It sold less this April (43,000) than last April (47,000).

43,000 units sold compared to 174,000 PS4s and 187,000 Xbones. It's about as far away from solid as you can get. Sorry for repeating this so much, but 43,000 is an awful, awful number. The Gamecube didn't sell that badly until it was replaced. The Dreamcast never had a month that bad until it was discontinued.

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#29

Peach64 commented on Mobile Is Konami's Future, According To Presid...:

This is why sales matter. Some people get so annoyed at those of us that show an interest in sales (although I suspect what actually annoys them is Nintendo's lack of success in that area), but it's hugely important. Especially in Japan, all the money is being made from mobile games, so that's why all the publishers are going there. Nintendo has show time and time again they're no different to anyone else about going after profits and I fully expect more and more focus to be placed on mobile games by them when the ridiculously large profits start to roll in.

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#32

Peach64 commented on Konami And Square Enix Post Positive Financial...:

This is why I find it baffling so many on here still maintain these big traditional gaming companies are finding it tough in the mobile market. Particularly in Japan, it's where all the money is. Sega is another that's absolutely raking it in, yet people keep posting 'Nintendo shouldn't go mobile because Square/Konani/Capcom is seeing that the mobile market isn't as lucrative as people think'.

The money Nintendo is going to make from mobile will dwarf everything else.

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#40

Peach64 commented on Nintendo's E3 Focus to Reportedly be on Wii U ...:

I think this much was obvious. E3 is a trade show, so it's not really a place for mobile games. I WAS pretty optimistic about Nintendo's E3 until the Zelda thing. They said they wanted to focus on games coming out this year, so does that mean it will mostly be more footage of games we've already seen? I can't wait for Xenoblade but I could happily not see any more of that game until it's out. Same with Yoshi. I have hopes for a ton of announcements still, but I have a feeling we'll be seeing more games we already know about, than new things.

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#42

Peach64 commented on Don't Worry Colour-Blind Gamers, Splatoon Has ...:

While a lot of the new info yesterday was pretty negative from my point of view, this is a great move, and a pleasant surprise. Is this the first time Nintendo have done it?

I bet a lot more people are colour blind than realise it. Sometimes I hear people's idea of what being colour blind is and just shake my head. For me, I've often struggled with the green/red power indicators on handhelds, so with modern tech just putting battery percentages in, things are much better. It's pretty easy to tell the difference between red and green on a traffic light though. It's a very subtle thing.

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#43

Peach64 commented on Nintendo Outlines Splatoon's Free Post-Launch ...:

Er... This is the first time their post launch updates sound like they REALLY should be there at launch. Some of those are so basic for an online multiplayer game. The question is, did they run out of time, or purposefully holding stuff back so they have 'new' content?

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#50

Peach64 commented on Nintendo Announces Higher Than Expected Profit...:

It's worth noting all those sold numbers are actually shipped. People love pointing it out for MS but Nintendo gets a free pass.

The 3DS figures are no surprise as it's been on a downward trend for years, but the Wii U ones kind of are. When they announced those targets, almost everyone said it was purposefully low, so this year they could boost about exceeding them and perhaps cause the opposite of the huge stock crash when they missed them last year.