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Wed 26th December, 2012

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Peach64 commented on Nintendo is Not Moving Away From Games For QoL...:

I think we all remember the last time Nintendo claimed a product was not a replacement but a third pillar. If their QoL platform takes off there's no doubt they'll heavily switch focus to it. Iwata is desperate for Wii and DS style profits and none of their games hardware or software is even coming close to that.



Peach64 commented on The Nintendo Game Plan - How the NES Slowly Wo...:

Great article! I love these retrospective/gaming history pieces.

Once again I urge everyone out there to read Game Over by David Sheff. As Nintendo really never bothered with the UK or Europe market for the NES era (and some would say they didn't really start trying til the Cube er), we didn't get to experience the whole Nintendo-mania thing that gripped the US, and reading that book was a great way to see just how it all unfolded on that side of the pond. It's good to remember that when people blast Europeans for hating Nintendo. It's not hate, but it's just that Nintendo wasn't a huge part of most people's childhood over here, so there's no nostalgia for it.



Peach64 commented on Reaction: Pokémon Shuffle Isn't Quite Microtr...:

Nintendo need money, and the free to play model rakes in the profit for a minimum initial outlay. I'm glad they've put it in a game like this that we can easily ignore, because I have a strong feeling a microtransaction-driven Animal Crossing is on the way.



Peach64 commented on The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Tops Jap...:

Good to see MM3D get off to a good start. It will be interesting to see how it fares. Ocarina 3D didn't get off to a good start, with 160k ish week 1, but ended up with over 600k sales. On the other hand, Link Between Worlds did great week 1, 240k or so, but hasn't even doubled that number in the 16 months since.

Also, kind of a good point, but this is the first week (excluding New 3DS launch week) where the 3DS sales were higher this year than the equivalent sales last year. It's been about 18 months of downward trend until this week. 58k this week, and only 40k this week last year. Although it's still slightly down on last year's numbers overall.

That Xenoblade Wii U box art is gorgeous. Hope they keep that for the Western release.



Peach64 commented on Review: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U):

Really looking forward to this, but I think I can afford to wait for a price drop. It's been less than a year since the 3DS Kirby, so a little wait would probably be best on all fronts.

Also the hypocrisy from some posters on here is unreal. They complain about other media outlets over rating popular games like CoD, but demand a game get higher based on the franchise it's in? No game deserves a high score because of the franchise it belongs to. Half the time they're not even made by the same people who made the last game.



Peach64 commented on The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and Mons...:

I'd be quite surprised if they didn't, especially for Monster Hunter, with 3U coming out before sales exploded in 2013, so the install base is much, much higher now. It's Majora that I'm happiest about. Finally getting the recognition it deserves.



Peach64 commented on New Nintendo 3DS Launch Sales in the West Surp...:

Was there major shortages for the launch of the XL or something? I had no idea it had such a poor launch. The New 3DS figures are nothing amazing for a hardware launch, but they obliterate those XL numbers.

I have no reason to upgrade now, but if they come out with a white XL with the coloured buttons then I'll be tempted.



Peach64 commented on Sonic Boom Sales Struggle to Explode as Sega C...:

As much as I'd like to see this as a moral victory, that people read reviews and base their purchasing on it... it still sold more than Bayonetta 2, and that's a travesty. Game quality has little affect on sales it seems.



Peach64 commented on Meet Playtonic, A Studio Of Ex-Rare Staff That...:

I would love it if someone snapped them up so they don't have to worry about each game making a profit. I've also been wanting Nintendo to create a 3D platformer with new characters for ages, so seems like a perfect match.

So much of Rare was already gone way before the MS deal though. Free Radical was a big chunk of talent already out the door.



Peach64 commented on Weirdness: BAFTA Appears To Have Clean Forgott...:

Don't see anything wrong with this list at all. People complain if award comities give awards to games purely for high sales, but the article seems to suggest the 3DS should have been nominated for the install base it's accumulated over the last 4 years? It's crazy logic, but even if that WAS the criteria, then IOS has it beat?

2014 wasn't a great year for the 3DS and a lot of those games listed in the article reviewed pretty poorly. On the other hand, the stuff that was nominated got great reviews. 80 Days, Monument Valley, Threes and Hearthstone would quite rightly be considered by most unbiased gamers to be better than anything on 3DS last year.

Honestly the amount of people mentioning Fantasy Life as one of the great 3DS games of 2014 paints a poorer picture of this community's taste in games than BAFTA's. That game has a 72 rating on Metacritic, and people think that should be on a GOTY list? Too many people on here just play Nintendo games, which is fine, but don't then complain that a bunch of games you've never heard of get more recognition. Nintendo Pocket Football Club (65), Tomodachi Life (71), Sub Wars (70), Yumi's Odd Odyssey (74) being over looked in favour of Hearthstone (93), Monument Valley (89), Threes (92) and 80 Days (89) sounds like pretty sound logic to me. Smash Bros was the highest metacritic rated 3DS game last year with 85. I know metacritic is far from the be all and end all, but it's a good representation of what reviewers as a whole think of games, so I don't think the 'Weirdness' tag is really appropriate when a bunch of highly rated games got picked over games that were reviewed lower, and in some cases MUCH lower.



Peach64 commented on Poll: Do Video Game Reviews Need To Have A Score?:

I'm all for ditching scores. So many people don't even read the text, but just look at the score.

The one thing I admit they're handy for, is if you get a new console and want to find a list of games to consider, then looking at the best metacritic scoring games is a good place to start. I wouldn't buy a game based on that score however. I'd go to my site or magazine of choice and read what they had to say about those games.



Peach64 commented on Live-Action Netflix Series For The Legend of Z...:

Weird choice for me! Very few games have a decent story to them, and Zelda games certainly aren't in that small group. They just have basic narrative strands, but there's never a real story. Sure, they could write a great story set in Zelda's universe, but at that point, why even go for a licensed property? Just make something original and then you don't have to worry about interference from the IP holder.



Peach64 commented on Dead Or Alive Producer Feels That A Cultural D...:

I don't think it's so much people taking offence, but rather pointing out its going to be hard to get females interested in the industry when so many games are aimed so hard at males, to the point of actually being off putting to females. Cara doesn't complain about the sexualisation at all, she's just asking where the equivalent games for women are. Where is the Magic Mike of video games? ;)



Peach64 commented on Review: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D ...:

Sounds good!

I really hope it sells hugely. I can sort of understand why people might be put off hey how different it is, but that's what makes it so good. Most of the Zelda games before it felt like remakes of the previous game, but this is utterly original. Good sales will send a message to Nintendo that they don't always need to put out cookie cutter games.



Peach64 commented on YouTube Stars Aren't Happy With Nintendo's Rev...:

While I have no sympathy for anyone that's lucky enough to earn a living simply from playing games, Nintendo really doesn't get it. These you tubers are doing far more for them than the other way around. More sales will be lost by Nintendo than subscribers to PewDiePie over him not showing their games.



Peach64 commented on Video: Nintendo Opts For Creepy and Mysterious...:

While I don't think the ads being shown in the UK are amazing, I was pleasantly surprised to see the ad pop up on YouTube videos. I just hope they do the same with actual new games like Splatoon and Codename STEAM that need the exposure.



Peach64 commented on Xenoblade Chronicles X is so Sizeable That It ...:

Definitely sounds like they'll let us install it. It's about time. I've been saying for ages that game consoles are now being held back by physical media. The tech in these machines is so advanced, reading data from a disc is so slow in comparison.



Peach64 commented on Tesco Direct Starts Flogging Wii U 8GB Systems...:

That is a fantastic deal and I don't imagine it will last too long before it sells out. You can easily get Nintendo Land new for under £10 these days and Mario Kart pops up for £30 quite frequently. Another £30 for a 500gb HD and you're sorted.



Peach64 commented on Mobile Hit Badland Is Coming To The Wii U eShop:

I love Badland but I imagine they'll try and sell this for so much more than it costs on the mobile platforms. No reason to either, built ground up with mobile in mind so not one of those 'better with buttons' games.



Peach64 commented on Ocarina Of Time 3D Reportedly No Longer In Pro...:

It's in Nintendo's interests for us to all be using the eShop anyway, which is why I think they've been under shipping stuff for a while now. For a retail product, they're selling to stores for a good chunk under what the customer pays, and they've also had to pay for manufacturing and distribution costs on top of that, and there's always a risk they'll end up with excess stock. With digital, not only do they get paid more for each copy sold, but it's practically all profit.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Stays in Profit With Wii U on Target,...:

I think everyone knew the 3DS was going to miss the targets the moment they were announced. 2013 was the peak for that console in terms of games that had console-selling potential.

Although it's positive to see Wii U hardware sales go up a little, I still think Nintendo will be disappointed with those figures. They're not a huge jump over an abysmal 2013 despite throwing out the two biggest mainstream appeal games they have in MK and Smash. Surely 2014 will be the peak for Wii U hardware sales. I know I'll enjoy the 2015 games more, but I just cannot see anything drawing in people like MK and Smash usually do. Maybe they'll put out a new hardware revision as they know a big chunk of early adopters will upgrade as they always do with the handhelds.

I also think they've probably spent very little on making Wii U hardware this year which would have helped profits a great deal. A year ago they were still targeting 9 million consoles shipped by the end of March 2014. Purposefully misleading shareholders with unrealistic targets can get you in some huge trouble, so Nintendo surely had to be operating as if they were trying to hit that target, meaning they'd probably produced close to 9 million consoles a year ago, and sold just over half of that.



Peach64 commented on Retailer The Hut Believes The Wii U Now Has A ...:

MCV published a lot of great data on the UK market in the last couple of days and it's staggering how much Nintendo's machines are used just for Nintendo games. Nintendo are the 4th best selling publisher in 2014, but the 3DS and Wii U both only occupy a very small percentage of the market. More physical games were sold on PC last year than Wii U which seems nuts. I can't remember the last time I saw a physical PC game outside those Blizzard sprcial editions.



Peach64 commented on Feature: 20 Wii Games We'd Love To Download Fr...:

I have pretty much everything I'd ever want on disc already, but it would be nice if this meant Europe could finally see some already translated games that never came out here in Europe like Excitebots and Trauma Team.



Peach64 commented on Club Nintendo to Close, With Replacement Loyal...:

I'm also hoping the new programme will be integrated with a fully fledged account system. CN in Europe has always sucked IMO but the discounted VC titles that North America got always seemed like a great idea.