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Peach64 commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Asks for Fan Trust With Metro...:

I don't think it will be a bad game at all. Next Level have proven themselves several times, and looking at the Metroid universe through eyes other than Samus is a cool idea. I don't think the bad reaction is because people genuinely think FF will be a bad game, but because people have been waiting for a big Metroid adventure for a long time and Nintendo instead decided to give us a low budget handheld game instead. If it was coming alongside a single player Wii U game I think people would be pretty excited for FF.



Peach64 commented on Fire Emblem Fates Storms to Number One in Japan:

Comfortably the best opening week for a FE game (and Awakening was also comfortably better than anything that came before it). So happy to see that Fire Emblem has become an IP that actually looks viable now.

Do we know if we'll get the special edition in the West?



Peach64 commented on The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes Director...:

I love how all the people that lambasted Ubisoft over Assassins Creed last year will defend Nintendo over this. I agree that not every game needs both options, especially story driven games about a character, but this is one game where it would have made sense. Three copies of the same person? Could have let us use Zelda. It's not like they need to do any extra voice recording or animations.



Peach64 commented on Rumour: Former Rare Composer David Wise Is Wor...:

As much as I'd love DKR2, I don't see how it makes much sense. The Wii U library is so small and already has a Nintendo kart racer, so is there room for another one to sell big numbers? And if you want a big name for the NX launch and its a kart racer... It would be Mario Kart, no? DKR isn't a big name like MK.

Unless they really are at the minimum effort stage and are just reskinning MK8 as DKR2 for a cheap game with a quick turnaround. That would actually sort of fit with their E3 reveals...



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Is "Exploring" The Idea Of Early Acce...:

I think early access has it's place, but maybe not on Nintendo consoles. Steam, Xbone and PS4 all get fairly high profile indie games. Stuff that has a buzz around it years before release, because it's by the same team that made some previous critical smash. Games like Massive Chalice work in Early Access as people are willing to pay for an in development game from Double Fine, or Tacoma, because it's the Fullbright Company. How many times has an anticipated indie game like that debuted on a Nintendo console? I can only think of Shovel Knight.



Peach64 commented on Yoshi's Woolly World Cuddles Up to Fourth Spot...:

Batman's success is pretty impressive. Biggest opening week for any Batman game, and when you consider Arkham City launched at the peak of the 360/PS3 lifecycle with a huge potential audience, this is great news for the new generation machines.

Very pleased that Yoshi has done well too, although after playing through it over the weekend, I don't think it's anywhere near as great as I was expecting. It feels pretty typical of everything that's come after Yoshi's Island, good but not great.

Nintendo can be very proud of Splatoon's performance however. Still in the 20 after a month on a console like the Wii U surely surpassed everyone's expectations. I really hope they make more new IP like this. It's the most fun I've had with a Nintendo game since the Gamecube days.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Download: 2nd June (Europe):

Best week for a while. I'll be upgrading Ocarina of Time and buying Advance Wars 2. I've already got Shadow Dragon (it's the least rare of the FE games, available for about £15 used) but happy they're putting it up, as maybe if we ever do get Cube games, they'll put up Path of Radiance.



Peach64 commented on Interview: Warren Spector Discusses Game Choic...:

Warren Spector has worked on and led some of my favourite games of all time, but some of the comments he's made in the last couple of years have really made me doubt he'll come up with anything I enjoy quite so much again. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE story in a video game, but you need to make it a story that plays to the strengths of the medium of games. He wants to just take a story that could have been written for a movie and force it into a game.



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: The Mystery of Devil's Third an...:

@HenriDeNiro Well yeah, that happens all the time. Tons of games lose their publishing deals once they get far enough into development for the publisher to see it's not very good. At the time it would have sounded like a no-brainer. Being offered publishing rights to the new game from the director of one of the best action games ever made? Of course they'd sign up for that. They had no idea how the game would turn out back then, but now they can see for themselves.

If it was to do with the maturity of the title, then it makes no sense. The level of maturity was set from the start. Nothing has changed there.



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: The Mystery of Devil's Third an...:

I've thought this game has looked pretty bad all along. It looks like an early PS2 game, not so much in graphics (which aren't particularly good), but in gameplay. My theory is NoA know it's bad and have dropped the publishing agreement. I know people are desperate for games, but it won't suit Nintendo at to be pushing a terrible game as one of the leading titles for their system.



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transfor...:

I have no problem with Nintendo trying to freshen up franchises, branch into other genres and do spin-offs. The problem is, all their attempts are watered down games. Federation Force, Tri-Force Heroes and Animal Crossing U are all cheap and quick to churn out compared to other games in their franchise. They're not taking risks with these games, because there's very little expense gone into making them.



Peach64 commented on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is Hittin...:

I'm glad they're pushing more of these out. I'd love to get all my Wii versions upgraded with some new stuff thrown in. A bunch of old PS2 Star Wars games got put up on PSN recently, so I wonder if we could see Rogue Squadron.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Board Members Retain Roles After AGM ...:

There was no danger of anyone being booted this time. The investors are happy they announced mobile and will be waiting for their windfall from it. They don't care that Nintendo upset a bunch of it's hardcore fans at E3, as they know that's not where the money is.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Didn't Mention Mobile At E3 2015 Beca...:

This time I agree 100%. E3 is still a trade show (for now). I know a lot of digital only games get mentioned there a lot, but retailers can still use that to decide how many digital store front cards to buy in, or maybe it will lead to an increase in the amount of hardware they order. Mobile games... not so much.



Peach64 commented on Reggie Talks Yo-Kai Watch And The Importance O...:

I don't think it will be Pokemon big, but yeah, there's potentially for it to be very big all the same, especially if they try and give off that Pokemon vibe with their marketing. Of course, they'd have to actual market it it, instead of just sending it out to die like Nintendo Europe did with another Level 5 game in Inazuma Eleven.

Reggie is also crazy if he thinks 7 year olds aren't playing for extended periods on smart device. Pretty much everyone I know with a kid that age has either bought them a tablet of their own or passed down an old phone.

Luckily they already have a few games that are done and just need translating. That should take them to the end of the 3DS lifecycle, and they could even alternate between YW and mainline Pokemon releases.



Peach64 commented on Working On F-Zero Wouldn't Have Been My Idea O...:

I don't know why people are trying to point out NFS as something that contradicts what he's saying. He was quite vocal at the time about wanting to get away from that series and start fresh with something new.

I'd have still loved to see an F-Zero by them. Wouldn't be fun? Quite possibly, but at the end of the day this is their job. I don't particularly have fun at my job either, but we don't go to work for fun, we go to earn a living.



Peach64 commented on Rhythm Tengoku: The Best Plus Tops Japanese Ch...:

@garthvader For North America you can usually get numbers from NPD leaks. NPD don't make the numbers public as you have the pay them for it, but there enough leakers out there to get the right numbers. Wii U sold 40k in May and April, 80k in March, 90k in February and 60k in January. Unfortunately it's almost impossible to get European figures as there's so many countries.

It's very optimistic to assume it's done the 500k since March to take it to 10 million however. Since March it's sold 140k in Japan, 80k in North America and they keep saying Europe is it's weakest market.

@IceClimbers 50k digital is really good. Famitsu release digital numbers every few months and most titles sell less than 5% of their sales digitally.



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Devel...:

@Kirk I don't think it's going to be drastically different, but EAD have had a 3D Mario game done every 2 years going back to 2007. This holiday would be the timeframe for another, but we don't even know what they're working on? Combine it with Miyamoto's comments about the next 3D Mario being on the next console and I think it's a fairly safe bet to say EAD are working on Mario NX. I don't think it will be Galaxy 3, don't think we'll ever see that, but it will be in the 64/Galaxy mould rather than 3D Land/World. Then there's Retro... and Nintendo kept stressing there's more than one team at Retro, so they were already working on something by the time they finished DK Tropical Freeze, which was probably finished back in 2013 and then held back til February 14 to space their releases out. So I think we could probably add they're next big project to the launch line up.

Will they be putting out games any faster on NX? Probably not, but they could at least have a couple of big exclusives ready to go. Providing they build the system right, they should be able to get 3rd party ports too. If those ports sell, then 3rd party sticks around, but Nintendo needs strong hardware sales right from the start.



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Devel...:

This was my thought coming away from the Digital Event. Everything we saw was either something that has been in development for years already, or some kind of spin-off that could be made with a significantly smaller team. It just gave the impression that the real big projects have been moved to NX. Nintendo can say that they see E3 as somewhere to showcase games coming in the next 12 months, but we all know that's not how they've operated in the past.

I think the NX will definitely have one or two big hitters for launch, but there are still so many things Nintendo need to get right if it's to be a success. Making a system that's easy to develop for has to be a priority rather than arrogantly making it needlessly different.

As for the Wii U? I really think they should have cut the price. I was stunned they did not, as an E3 price cut would have explained the other wise baffling delay of the Splatoon hardware bundle. A Player's Choice range of re-releases would have been nice too. Try and bring in some more of those PS4/Xbone gamers by making it possible to pick up a system and a handful of great games at price point that's impulsive.



Peach64 commented on Rhythm Tengoku: The Best Plus Tops Japanese Ch...:

I don't get jealous of Japanese gamers much anymore, but I'm feeling it big time right now between Rhythm Tengoku and Fire Emblem being out/about to be out over there. I really hope we get RT over in the West. At least in the GBA days we could import them, but that's no longer an option.

That hardware chart is miserable though, and probably means there won't be too many more occasions in the future where I'm jealous of Japan as they'll all be on mobile with the only console/handheld stuff coming from the West!



Peach64 commented on Splatoon Has Inked 1 Million In Sales Since It...:

@jariw It sold over 2 million physical copies in it's first month, so with the digital copies on top, it probably sold around 50% of it's total sales in that time.

Again, I'm talking hopes and not expectations here. I'd never say Splatoon should be expected to be in the top 3 selling titles, just that I'd love for it to end up there, because it's easily in my top 3 favourite games on the system.



Peach64 commented on Splatoon Has Inked 1 Million In Sales Since It...:

I'm so happy it's done well, but I still would have hoped for a little more. I'm not calling it a disappointment at all, but it really deserves to be among the top selling titles on the system (it's the 10th Wii U game to pass a million, all Nintendo-developed games). While it will probably stick around in the charts for months, the majority of any Wii U's games sales come in the first few weeks.



Peach64 commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Tackles Metroid Prime: Federa...:

It would be more believable if he said 'from now on, Nintendo is going to treat E3 differently and only show titles coming out in the next 12 months'. Don't try and make out like you've always done it that way when there are contradictions going back years.

Also, if the new Nintendo really doesn't talk about stuff until it's almost ready and they're going to be talking about NX year...



Peach64 commented on Exclusive: We Almost Got A Wii U F-Zero Create...:

Oh god, that would have been amazing. Not only are they responsible for some of the best arcade racers ever made, but they have experience with anti-grav with the awesome Trickstyle game from the Dreamcast.

I'm also not buying this line from Miyamoto about not knowing how to do something new. Nintendo release tons of games that don't have anything new about them. The real reason is more likely down to the sales figures of previous games being dwarfed by Mario Kart. The SNES game did about a million I think, the N64 game just under 500,000, and the Cube game 350,000.



Peach64 commented on Review: Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U):

So glad this game has turned out well. Poor Yoshi has been stuck with so many bad games over the years. I'd say the only great one is the original Yoshi's Island. There was Yoshi's Island DS which wasn't too bad, but under that there's a whole mountain of crap. He deserves this! ... although I see other places are giving it the standard 'Yoshi' score of 6 or 7 :(



Peach64 commented on Splatoon Holds Its Territory in the UK Charts:

What's wrong with people buying Batman now? It's reviewed significantly better that Splatoon. All logic goes out the window with you guys over charts.

And yup, it will totally be just the UK buying Batman.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Download: 25th June (Europe):

As usual online retailers are discounting Wii U games even further. Got my YWW pre-order for £25. It's the sort of game I'd have waited for a price cut on but that price works for me.



Peach64 commented on Tablets Stole The Wii U's Thunder, Laments Shi...:

It sounds like they never thought of a real reason for the gamepad, but rather just thought of the gamepad and then hoped a reason for it would show up. Off-screen play was pretty much the highlight.

I hope they've learned their lesson that hardware doesn't always have to come with these gimmicks. It worked spectacularly for the Wii so I think they just became convinced they needed to do it again. The NES, SNES, 64 and Cube were all fine consoles without any of that stuff. Do the innovating on the software side. The comments about wanting it to be unique make me think we're just going to see the same thing happen again though. If you make it unique, you make multiplatform games difficult. 3rd parties aren't going to make exclusive games for you unless software is selling by the bucketload, and that's probably not a gamble Nintendo should be making. Make the hardware simple and easy for developers to use, then blow us away with the GAMES.



Peach64 commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Retail Games of 201...:

@MightyKrypto Plenty of people have mentioned FFV. The problem is the poll just asks for the game you're looking most forward to. FFV can be 3rd or 4th on everyone's list and still end up getting no votes because it's not likely many will put it ahead of games like Xenoblade.



Peach64 commented on First Impressions: Celebrating a Gaming Icon W...:

I'll be getting this, but I'm not too excited. I watched the NWC footage, and I get why people are excited, but it reminded me of mod-hacking, trying to make things as crazy and as random as possible. I'd take a regular Mario over this, even another in the NSMB line.



Peach64 commented on Australian Rating Confirms That ZombiU is Shuf...:

I doubt it will do too well on other consoles (I don't think it's a very good game), but it doesn't necessarily need to. It costs a heck of a lot more to build an original game from the ground up than a port. A port would probably be in the range of $2 million, an original game in a new IP would be $40 million or more. I'm sure a couple of hundred thousand copies on each console would break even on the port costs and then start making money, while a much higher number on Wii U would have lost them money.



Peach64 commented on Feature: Five Key Moments from Nintendo's E3:

Maybe Devil's Third didn't come up because Nintendo don't think it's very good? I think it's looked very ropey in all the footage they've shown so far. People on here will class any upcoming game as something to look forward to, but it wouldn't look good if they push some awful game as one of their highlights of the year.

The Treehouse redeemed things very slightly for me, especially the footage of the game we keep referring to as SMT x FE, but my memory of this E3 is always going to be disappointment. Not anger, just disappointment.



Peach64 commented on The Current State Of Virtual Reality Just Isn'...:

@rjejr It was the same interview where he said Iwata wasn't apologising.

"Take for example Splatoon, he said.

Splatoon, a new sort of shooter unveiled at last year's E3 based on an entirely new IP, didn't receive an entirely positive reaction at the show. At least not initially.

"Splatoon is a game that people are loving right now, but if you rewind to E3 last year, Splatoon was being viewed as, 'Yes, it's innovative and it's different, but the controls are a little hard and I don't understand the mechanic of turning into a squid and going through the ink.' There were all of these complaints. But now you look at the finished product and the satisfaction is huge."

I don't remember any such complaints last year. People were thrilled Nintendo was doing a new IP, thrilled they were doing an online game, and very, very positive about it.



Peach64 commented on The Current State Of Virtual Reality Just Isn'...:

I don't think it's wise for him to go slagging off the competition after the overwhelming disappointment of Nintendo's E3.

Nintendo aren't going to get into VR because they don't think it's fun. They're not going to get into it because it's probably not going to make any money. It's something a lot of us technology geeks are excited about, because frankly it's awesomely fun, but I don't think it's going to become mainstream. It's certainly not going to drag people into gaming like the DS and the Wii did.

It would be nice if they could just say it looks interesting but they're not working on it, you know like a lot of other companies would do. If he can't bring himself to do that, then just say it's not something Nintendo are interested in.

He's said a lot of unwise things this week! He even claimed that Federation Force's reception was very similar to Splatoon last year. It's so refreshing when you hear guys like Phil Spencer, Shuhei Yoshida and Adam Boyes jump on podcasts in E3 week and just casually talk about games, and come across as gamers. Meanwhile you've got Reggie over here that's never out of PR mode.