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Wed 26th December, 2012

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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.



Peach64 commented on Poll: Nintendo's Year of Adventure on Wii U an...:

The two new games over the ports, that's for sure. I'm super excited for Xenoblade Chronicles X and Zelda U, but I know that Zelda U is going to be great, while Monolith do make some duds. Don't get me wrong, when they're good, they're REALLY good, but there's a bit more misses in their history than the Zelda team.



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: The New Nintendo 3DS Could Be a...:

In the west, and especially in the US, 3DS sales didn't really take off until the XL model was released. Nintendo can see the differences in the sales for themselves and obviously figured it made sense to just focus on the larger model. We don't get to see exact figures in Europe, but I'm pretty sure that the sales of the new XL will dwarf the sales of the regular sized New 3DS.

I'm sure the thing will sell bundles, but (and there's no way we'll ever know this for sure) I think almost everyone buying it will already be an owner of a previous 3DS. If the amazing library didn't sway someone, I just can't see the improvements doing it.



Peach64 commented on Wii U Enjoyed Its Best Ever Month of US Sales ...:

@IceClimbers Agreed. Nintendo will never go 3rd party because it's too hard to make money. I don't even think they'll pull out of hardware, but they're just going to put less focus on the sort of people that grew up playing Mario and Zelda and more on the ones that bought a Wii and Wii Fit but nothing else, or a DS and Brain Training but nothing else.



Peach64 commented on Wii U Enjoyed Its Best Ever Month of US Sales ...:

Oh wow, this is exactly the same situation as last year. Nintendo used exactly the same line then too. Of course December will be higher than any other month, and since they had MK8 and Smash this year, it's not really a big surprise that this December is greater than last December either. It's less than 600k, which in December, is again pretty awful, and what's more, pretty much confirms the Wii U is never going to reach Gamecube numbers.

I'm not saying this to troll. Personally it's pretty depressing for me. Nintendo made a console that in their mind was for the 'gamer's' and it' bombed hard and lost them a huge chunk of cash in the process. They were already moving further and further away from the Nintendo we knew growing up, and this is just pushing them further and further towards other markets, such as the Quality of Life stuff.

The one bit of news that is positive is that Captain Toad did 250k. Not a huge number in the market overall, but a far better debut month than most Wii U titles get. Shame about Bayonetta 2 though.



Peach64 commented on Poll: Which New Nintendo 3DS Will You be Buying?:

I have a white 3DS XL and I won't be upgrading for now. Maybe when there is a game I want that needs the new hardware then I'd think about it, but I have Xenoblade on the Wii and I'd much rather replay it on a big screen than a handheld. I don't play with the 3D on, so I guess that makes ones of the biggest improvements of the new models moot for me. I've never been the sort that goes for limited editions or hardware with game-specific designs on, and it wouldn't surprise me if I just hold on til the next machine. I'm sure it will be able to play any N3DS exclusives that come out.

It's always about the games for me. I don't think I've played a single DS or 3DS game where I felt the second screen improved it. I think back to my favourite games for those consoles and they could all have been done with one screen. As I said above, I don't use 3D, so it's just another gimmick to me. Nintendo could still be putting out single screened handhelds with 2D displays and I'd love them because of the games.



Peach64 commented on Video: Does Super Mario Galaxy 2 On Wii U Offe...:

Kind of a shame they couldn't do upscaling like Dolphin does, but I guess if you don't own the disc it's worth getting (although some like Sin and Punishment and Punch Out can be had much, much cheaper than the £8.99 special offer price, brand new. I bought Punch-Out sealed for £2.95 over Christmas and it's still in stock). Unfortunately I have all the Wii games I want, even the ones considered rare. Hopefully at some point Gamecube games will follow, although it seems kind of unlikely at this point. Fire Emblem, Chibi Robo, Skies of Arcadia, and Four Swords Adventure are all rare and expensive now, and even stuff like Thousand Year Door and Star Fox Assault usually go more used than a new copy would have cost at launch.



Peach64 commented on Wii Disc Software Heading to the Wii U eShop:

This is great news, even if on a personal level not something I'll be using. I have pretty much all the Wii games I want, including anything rare. Meanwhile over on the Cube I'm missing several rare and expensive discs. Still, not a complaint from me and this is great for those that missed stuff like the Prime Trilogy.



Peach64 commented on Rumour: Red New Nintendo 3DS XL With 13th Febr...:

Looks legit to me. 3DS sales only really got going with the XL launch so makes sense they'd focus on that in adverts, while a few titles launching with it means they can make it seem more like a real launch event and probably get more press from outside games media.



Peach64 commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Holds Top 20 Posit...:

Pretty much expected for Captain Toad. Wii U games buck the trend of Nintendo's long legs. The audience is small but hardcore. Most people that own a Wii U now are the people that know what's coming and pre-order or buy day 1.



Peach64 commented on Fresh Batch of New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Ema...:

I imagine most people that got the email won't have take up the offer. They're charging considerably more for a small 3DS than the previous XL. I paid £160 for an XL with MK7 well over 2 years ago. You'd be crazy to buy this, when there's not even any games that require the new model out yet.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Europe Shipping Ambassador Edition Ne...:

I got the email, but not buying. I have an XL, so not going to downgrade, and wouldn't want to pay extra for all the bits and pieces inside either.

Nintendo UK, maybe even Nintendo Europe as a whole did the same thing back with the DS, offering it at the start of the year when it officially released in March.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Dominated Japan During 2014, Despite ...:

It's just a shame that the one place Nintendo still seems to be popular is a small, and shrinking market. The 3DS has topped the charts all year long and does 3 million in that time, while today Sony announced they sold 4.4 million PS4s in one month over the holidays. It's also a shame as we're seeing less and less Japanese games come to consoles as mobile utterly dominates the market over there.

It's getting smaller and smaller all the time. 3DS sold 5 million last year over there, and 5.5 million the year before. The Wii U also sold 900,000 last year, down to 600,000 this year. I'm a fan of good mobile games. Monument Valley is one of my favourite games of the year, but I hope the West doesn't end up the same as Japan. They're not even spending their billions on good stuff, but it's almost all shovel ware with a few exceptions.



Peach64 commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Confirms Playable Star Fox fo...:

I really dislike this fascination Nintendo have with trying to come up with new ways to control stuff when it's just not needed. Forget doing gimmicks with your hardware, and just make it about the software like you used to. Apart from analog triggers, the Pro controller is an almost perfect gaming pad.



Peach64 commented on Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2015:

I'll definitely get Majora's Mask at some point as it's one of my favourites, but I never get too excited about ports, unless it's something that's hard to play these days (like the Suikoden games coming to PSN or the ports of the LucasArts adventure games). MM doesn't really count as that as I can play it easily on my Wii U.

Really interested to see how Code Name S.T.E.A.M works out but really hoping for some more announcements. DQVII localisation would be huge for me as we've never had that game in Europe on any format.



Peach64 commented on Two Tetris Titles Pulled From the 3DS eShop in...:

I really dont think ubisoft would have asked for it to be taken down. If your license for something expires, you're not allowed to sell it. Marvel vs Capcom and After Burner Climax both had to get taken down in the last week for the same reason.



Peach64 commented on Mario Kart 8 Beats Stern Competition To Become...:

And they gave 3D World GOTY last year too (against much tougher competition too), but you still get a load of people on here dismissing them as biased against Nintendo, or bizarrely criticising Digital Foundry for going into too much detail.



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: Five New Year's Resolutions for...:

I'd really like them to work on the Virtual Console. At the very least the first party stuff from the Wii should be on the Wii U now, but I don't see why they can't get stuff like Yoshi's Island and Star Fox on there. If emulators made by hobbyists can run those games, then it shouldn't be a problem for Nintendo. It would be really nice to get Gamecube games on there too. As someone that only really got into Fire Emblem with the release of the 3DS game, I wanted to go back and play through the older stuff. We have the two GBA ones on VC now and I managed to get the Wii one, but I won't be playing the Cube one unless I stump up £120 or Nintendo make it available digitally.

I also want them to take a long hard look at the pricing model for digital games on other platforms. I understand this isn't so much of an issue in the US as they can control the price of physical games too, but they're putting a lot of work in trying to push digital downloads with all their free game offers, but there's no way I'm going to ever download anything when the physical releases are so much cheaper. The top games like Smash and Mario Kart can be pre-ordered for under £40, and both have been available for under £30 within a month of release, so I'm not going to pay the £50 Nintendo charge. Two year old games like New Super Mario Bros U can be had for about £12 these days, but for a digital copy it's still £50. And the 'sales' are really, really poor. 25-33% discounts are typical, but they're already at least this much more expensive than the physical copies. On Xbox and Playstation they've had GREAT christmas sales where you can get games, some of which are less than a year old, for under £5. I'm sure that brings in quite a few sales from people that would never have even considered trying it at full price. Can you imagine what a £5 Wonderful 101 might have done for a brand that's otherwise dead?



Peach64 commented on Weirdness: Diddy Kong amiibo With a Horror Mou...:

My friend bought Pit, and only noticed a couple of days later that he was missing the laurel around his head. He was really bummed thinking he'd missed out on a small fortune for opening it up, but I don't think it would have gone for much. Do we even know for sure those ridiculously high auction actually got paid for? It could be like those Nintendo World Championship NES carts, where the winning bidders never paid.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Download: 1st January (Europe):

Fire Emblem for me. Love those games. I just wish we'd get some kind of digital release of the Cube version now as I've never played it and it's impossible to get unless you're willing to pay over £100.



Peach64 commented on Feature: Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - To...:

I love gaming at Christmas. So many good memories of Nintendo games too. Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, Metroid Prime, Mario Galaxy. This year it will be Captain Toad, which I wasn't expecting just a few days ago.



Peach64 commented on Miyamoto: We Are Working On Ideas For The Next...:

No surprise they're working on new hardware as that's a constant thing, but it's disappointing to hear the comment about the next Mario game. 3D World is a great game, but it's gameplay is closer to a 2D game. I remember around the time of it's release, Nintendo said there would be another 3D Mario to come on Wii U, but guess not. It's weird how Mario is truly great every other gen (N64 and Wii), with a good, but slightly below standard game between (Cube and Wii U).



Peach64 commented on UK Retailer GAME Is Selling Captain Toad: Trea...:

MCV are now reporting it's all official. The Game's UK release date has been changed to Monday.

"MCV has been told that all UK online retailers have now been given the nod to begin shipping Captain Toad as they see fit, ahead of the new UK launch date of Monday December 21st".



Peach64 commented on UK Retail Survey Highlights the Challenges Fac...:

This is just adding to the myth that it's struggling more in the UK than the US. In the US, Nintendo puts out press releases saying hardware is up over last month, or up over last year. I can guarantee that in the UK, Wii U sold more in November than October, and more in December than November. I'm also pretty certain it's sold more in 2014 than 2013. So exactly the same stats NOA puts out, but Nintendo UK doesn't bother with the press releases.

The fact is, despite increases over last month/year it's selling terrible numbers in both territories. It was outsold over 5 to 1 by the 'struggling' Xbone in November in the US. 1.25 million to 245,000. That's a huge, huge gap. I'm not sure the Wii U has even sold 1.25 million all year in the US, but Nintendo puts a bit of spin in a press release about percentage increases and it apparently fools people into thinking things are not as bad? It's still behind where the Gamecube and the Dreamcast were after 2 years in the States. Doesn't sound too positive to me.

I keep hearing US posters calling the UK Sony land, or Microsoft land... but why? PS1 was the top selling console in the UK for that gen... just like the US (and Japan). PS2 was the top selling console in the UK for that gen... just like the US (and Japan). 360 was the top selling console in the UK for that gen... just like the US. People complain about FIFA selling well, but FIFA is a very well reviewed game, a lot better reviewed than Madden which the US buys up in it's place. Sports games dominate the US charts far more in fact. Last year's top 10 selling games in the US included Madden, FIFA and one of the basketball games.



Peach64 commented on UK Retailer GAME Is Selling Captain Toad: Trea...:

@MrGawain As Damo said, this is being allowed by Nintendo. Probably as amiibo were since Nintendo themselves sent out all Wave 2 orders over a week early.

It's not been available on Amazon for about a month. They dropped the price to £25, probably took a ton of orders and then took it down just incase they didn't get enough stock to cover them.



Peach64 commented on Rumour: UK Retailer GAME Is Shipping Captain T...:

I posted about this on the forum yesterday. I don't think Game would break street date. People say they did for amiibo, but Nintendo themselves sent out those amiibo early too, so I'm guessing Game got some sort of official go ahead. Some people are saying this is a Game exclusive soft launch, with permission from Nintendo.



Peach64 commented on Feature: Time to Vote For Your Game of the Yea...:

Wow, seeing the 3DS list really makes it hit home how much of a drop 2014 was compared to 2013 for that console. Bravely Default was easily my favourite on that list, but it actually came out here in the UK last year, so my vote went to Pokemon. I think it speaks volume that Fantasy Life and Sonic Boom are even a nomination. Bayonetta 2 for Wii U and Overall by a huge margin for me. Guacamelee and Shovel Knight for the two eShop awards.