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Peach64 commented on The Square Enix Teases for Dragon Quest 3DS Lo...:

DQ7 has never been released in the UK so I want that so bad. I have DQ8 on PS2 and IOS but I'd still buy it again to support the series on 3DS. All we need is VC releases of the GBC 1-3 games and the entire series would be playable on 3DS.



Peach64 commented on Poll: Does Nintendo's Drive Towards Multiplaye...:

Not for me. Don't get me wrong, I love multiplayer Nintendo games, from the original Mario Kart to Splatoon, but when I think back to my favourite Nintendo games, it's mainly engrossing single player experiences. Mario 64 and the Galaxy games, even Sunshine, all the 3D Zelda games, the Metroid Prime trilogy and so on. I don't want to see EVERYTHING become multiplayer. I really enjoy Super Mario 3D World, but it just doesn't feel as substantial as it's single player predecessors. I've played other games like Gears of War or Halo that can make the entire campaign co-op, without making it all feel toned down in the same way 3D World, Federation Force and Tri-Force Heroes look.

Like with many things these days, Nintendo have changed their opinion on something and are pretending that's always how they've done it. Miyamoto in particular is coming out with some very insulting comments towards people that enjoy single players, despite these games being what they built themselves upon.



Peach64 commented on Project H.A.M.M.E.R. Exposé Reveals Torrid St...:

This sounds like a pretty sad and unfortunate situation. While NST might not have been responsible for any games that were particularly amazing, they did put out some solid titles, and Nintendo sure could use the extra studios right now.

Unseen64's Liam Robertson has also made some pretty interesting claims today about NX that makes it sound even more like NX is going to be some kind of android box type deal than a traditional console. He's certainly got enough stuff right to show he definitely has insider sources.



Peach64 commented on Zero Escape Volume 3 Will Tell a New Tale on 3...:

What a great few weeks for announcements that many of us thought would never come! I'll probably get this on the Vita though. I picked up VLR on there due to the save bug on 3DS and it was gorgeous on the OLED screen.

Now the nervy wait for European news. It sounds like its digital only on both platforms in Japan and NA so no way to import the 3DS game anyway, and if have to buy a second memory card to assign to the U.S. region on my Vita.



Peach64 commented on Feature: What If The SNES PlayStation Had Actu...:

It doesn't matter how unfavourable the term, Nintendo did not deal with it professionally at all. In negotiations, both sides will wants what is best for themselves. You can't agree to their demands, let them proceed with plans only to publicly announce you're turning your back on them. They should have kept negotiating until they were happy, or at least pulled out of them.

I think the games industry would be worse if this had gone ahead. Sony's introduction led to a huge widening of the gamer demographics, and a bunch of brand new IP, drastically different to anything that had come before it. It also showed that newcomers could come into the market and have success, paving the way for Microsoft to come in and bring even more to the market. Had all this gone to the original plan, you'd have just continued to have one machine, the Nintendo one, dominate, and games would be far less diverse than the three companies we have today.



Peach64 commented on Prototype SNES PlayStation Found In The Wild, ...:

We'll never know for sure how this would have turned out. Sony's Playstation dramatically grew the demographics for gamers with a bunch of brand new game types and IP. We have no idea if the same would have been true for a Nintendo Playstation. As a gamer that has no loyalty to any single brand, this screw up by Nintendo is probably the best thing to ever happen to the games industry. It created real competition that led to drastically different game types.

I don't see how anyone could say Sony back-stabbed Nintendo. Nintendo agreed to terms and then went back on them in a very unprofessional manner. If Sony's terms were unreasonable, Nintendo should have carried on negotiating, not accepting them and then letting them work on plan, before revealing they were going back on the contract with a public announcement.



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: The Pros, Cons and Questionable...:

If all these rumours are true, I think it points to something more along the lines of Ouya. We've had rumours about it emulating android and interacting with the amazon android marketplace. That could be the third party support Nintendo are talking about there. Thousands of games ready to go on day 1. The 20 million units is for production in the first year, not necessarily sales, and while it does seem ridiculously optimistic for a traditional console, tablets and phones sell far, far, far bigger numbers each year. Apple sold over 71 million iPads in 2013. It also fits with the TV box and handheld devices working as one that's been rumoured for a long time now.

I'd be anticipating a holiday 2016 launch, but I'd also been anticipating a proper console/handheld system. Having 18 months between announcement and release is too big of a window. You don't need that time to build up hype. Apple has shown you can announce and launch in a very short time period and be a success. Consoles tend to launch at holiday because it's when people make 'big' purchases, but if this is going for the cheap, impulse buy sort of range, then there's no need to wait for a holiday launch. This might all be rubbish, but I don't think there's anything far-fetched about today's rumours.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo NX Will Avoid The Launch Issues Which...:

His insistence that 3rd party support will be there just strengthens all the android rumours for me. There's no way he can guarantee support from big console publishers, but if the thing could play all the android stuff on the amazon market place then it would count as instant 3rd party support.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Aims to Avoid 'Notorious' Smart Devic...:

Considering they're already implementing those models in the free to play games they've put out so far... yeah, I don't expect their mobile games to be any different, especially with DeNA being such a big part of it all.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Seeks Improvement at E3 2016, Though ...:

It would have been better if they'd say they were trying something new this year and only focusing on the next 12 months. Instead they've tried to make it seem like they've always used E3 to focus on the next 12 months, which we know is not true. This just makes what they're saying sound like very dishonest excuses. They show stuff that's 2 or 3 years away from release usually, so the fact there was nothing like that this year just now makes it look like there's nothing in the pipeline.



Peach64 commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Shipping This Time Next Ye...:

There's a lot of crazy rumours flying around that on their own seem hard to believe, but you put them together and a picture starts to form that might make sense.

Android based/Emulates android, and plays mobile games from the Amazon Marketplace.

$149.99 price point.

Sales expectation in line with the casual Wii crowd which has mostly moved onto mobile gaming.

Combine these with the much older rumour of a combined handheld and console, and everything adds up to suggest some kind of cheap box that can hook up to you TV, but plays the same games that your mobile/tablet/possible Nintendo handheld device will.

It could make Nintendo a ton of money if they pull it off, but they're just going further and further in that casual direction. It makes business sense to go after that crowd instead of the traditional Nintendo fan, but damn it sucks.



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...