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Wed 26th December, 2012

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Peach64 commented on Review: Super Mario Maker (Wii U):

After watching the plethora of streams in the last week, I've actually cancelled my pre-order. I'll pick it up cheap later on. I love Mario but not games built around user generated content. I don't think I'll miss it too much between Metal Gear Solid V, Fallout 4 and Xenoblade anyways.



Peach64 commented on Rumour: XSEED Less Than Happy With Nintendo's ...:

When anonymous sources are given, people demand to know the identity before they acknowledge what is said. When an NoA employee makes a statement in public, he gets fired. You see the problem here?

Certain people have been right enough times to earn my trust and Unseen64 is definitely one of them. You also don't BS about stuff like that on Neogaf. People do hard research, and you get banned. There's a ton of industry insiders on there and the truth comes out, but you're never going to get named sources. This doesn't mean thing are not true. There's just too much evidence showing NoA dropped this and then performed a u turn.



Peach64 commented on Minecraft: Story Mode is Heading to Wii U:

Well it seems a pretty solid rumour that the Walking Dead game is coming to Wii U. If they have the engine running, then there's no reason why Wolf Among Us and Game of Thrones won't come too. Here's hoping!



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: The Argument For And Against am...:

I don't think it will harm amiibo sales at all. I can't imagine many people buy the things for the functionality because it barely exists. They're cool as little figures, but Nintendo completely failed to make them as compelling as their rivals in terms of what they bring to gameplay.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Confirms Super Mario Maker Console Bu...:

@RainbowGazelle @A01 TheGameCollection have had Yoshi, Kirby and Splatoon for pre-order at £24.99, and they've had Yoshi and Kirby up for £19.99 several times since they came out.

I think Nintendo might have re-printed quite a lot of titles lately as Tropical Freeze is new for £28 at TGC, Wonderful 101 is new for under £18 at Amazon and Pikmin 3 is available at them both new for £30, where all 3 titles were hard to get an expensive a year ago.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Confirms Super Mario Maker Console Bu...:

Why would they release two games in one day when there's been no games most of the year. On the same week as Star Wars Battlefront too.

I'll get Star Fox if it comes up for the frequent £25 price point but otherwise I'll wait. Kirby, Yoshi and Splatoon were available for under £20 within weeks. Xenoblade I'll happily pay £40 for.



Peach64 commented on Mario History: Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 ...:

I actually find the first Wario Land to be a pretty bad game. I LOVE the sequels, but the first one is incredibly bland. The levels are extremely repetitive, and almost all the enemies function in the same way, so the gameplay never really changes.



Peach64 commented on New Patent Sparks Talk of Potential NX Details:

These companies are always filing patents, most of which never get used. I think anything they're submitting now will be for the future, not for NX. I'm sure by now NX's specs are pretty much set, and they've shared rough details with 3rd parties so they can begin work on games, while I'm sure internal studios have early dev kits.

Digital only is inevitable. Just look at the other media industries. People need to get over this obsession with caring more about having boxes on a shelf than playing the games.



Peach64 commented on Exclusive: MercurySteam Has Been Working On A ...:

It will be interesting to see the formats their game comes out on. It all depends on how far they got with their prototype. If an engine is up and running on Wii U and 3DS, it would make a certain amount of sense to stick with them, but then what publisher is going to fund a Nintendo exclusive game when the sales are so bad? Hopefully it just comes out on everything.



Peach64 commented on Splatoon Passes Half a Million Copies Sold in ...:

Wii U continues to struggle even by it's own standards with 47k. For the last two years it's pretty much struggled around 60-80k a month, but since April even those numbers have been way down.

I also find it really odd that they boast about software being 10% higher than last year. Well amount of Wii U owners grew by more than 10% in that time, so really you'd expect software to be higher too? Well, I suppose they need to find something positive to put in their press release.



Peach64 commented on Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Acknowledges Nintendo a...:

Phil Spencer is the best thing to happen to Xbox in the last five years. Also goes to show that it doesn't matter what your background is, you can do a good job in the eyes of core gamers. His predecessor Mattrick was a game developer who worked his way up like Iwata, but Spencer has always been on the management side of things, yet he's got a much stronger focus on passionate gamers.



Peach64 commented on Chris Prangar, Nintendo Treehouse Staffer Who ...:

It's sad that Nintendo won't allow their employees to speak in public like this. Around E3, you get all these people in the industry going on podcasts, and it's fascinating to hear from people other that the ones that simply report on the news. All you get from Nintendo is carefully worded press releases written by a PR firm though.



Peach64 commented on Super Mario Maker's eShop Pre-Load is Live in ...:

I think this is a game that suits being a download title, so it's always there on your system, but unfortunately there's a rather large price discrepancy between physical and digital here in the UK. I have a physical copy pre-ordered for £29 and I'm sure this will be £40 if not £50 on the eShop.



Peach64 commented on Weirdness: Female UFC Champ Was A Huge Pokémo...:

Not sure this deserves the weirdness tag! It's almost like you're suggesting it's bizarre that someone with geeky interests doesn't look like the stereotype geek. She plays World of Warcraft, watches Dragon Ball and likes Comics too.



Peach64 commented on Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water's Limited ...:

@ALinkttPresent I think NLife staff tend to watch the North American directs, as I assume, despite being UK-based, there's more traffic from NA just due to far more people living there.

I noticed during E3 they were referring to dates from the NA broadcast rather than the European one, and often use the NA names for games like Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush or Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam Bros.



Peach64 commented on Editorial: Paper Mario is 15 Years Old Today, ...:

I love this game. The only game better in the series is Thousand Year Door. Shame it went downhill so fast after that one!

It always throws me off Nintendo even seems a gen behind with their anniversaries. When we had the Super Metroid 20th anniversary, it didn't seem so crazy that game was 20 years old when we'd already had the 20th anniversary of Tekken and Ridge Racer earlier in the year. And again with this. Some of the 'wow' of the 15 years is kinda taken away when we've already had the 15th anniversary of games like Shenmue and Jet Set Radio.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo: Wii U GamePad Is The Only Real Innov...:

I'm not really sure how it's innovated? Maybe if he was trying to claim the off-TV play I could see his point, although PS3 was doing that with some games before the Wii U, and the Wii U still can't do it with every game. A touch screen his hardly an innovation these days.

For the first six months I was giving them the benefit of the doubt, that the games that really used the gamepad were coming, but for a long time now it's been obvious they created the gamepad to try and seem different, when they never had any games in mind for it. Even the 'best' examples don't really need a gamepad. I find it really hard to believe anyone at Nintendo seriously thinks the games coming out now "really leverage the power of the gamepad".

I'd much rather they focused on innovating with software, and not hardware. Innovation in TV and movies movies does not come from improving DVD players, and innovation in literature does not come from finding a new way to read a book.



Peach64 commented on Retro Studios is Still Busy, With Job Listings...:

I don't think job listings really point to what they're working on. For all we know they're just replacing people who have left, as in this industry there's a very high turn over amongst developers.

I do think their next game is more than likely being made for the NX rather than the Wii U though. If it had been for the Wii U they'd have surely showed it off at E3.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo NX Could Get A Port Of MMORPG Final F...:

@ekreig And this is why Nintendo shouldn't have made the Wii U purposefully hard to port to. It meant Publishers didn't want to spend the high amounts of money to port unless big sales were guaranteed, and it didn't take them long to see that was not going to happen.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Download: 13th August (Europe):

I know most of us say it's a bad week every single week... but wow, not a lot of options there! Makes me wonder if there's a Direct on the way... as they tend to hold back some VC announcements for those, leaving a particularly sparse list until the reveals.



Peach64 commented on Chris Pranger From Nintendo Treehouse Discusse...:

Normally I find a lot of these tidbits are complete BS like the "VC games take a lot of resource!" stuff, but this guy speaks the truth.

Things may seem popular on message boards but ultimately we're a tiny, tiny fraction of the market. Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2 were considered big games by every online gaming community I visit, but flopped hard. Kickstarter is another example. You think Capcom feels like idiots for not making another MM game after MN9 did so well raising funds? Only 67000 people funded that. That's nowhere near enough sales to break even, let alone make money. Yooka Layleevand Shenmue 3 are in the same boat.



Peach64 commented on 3DS Can Last For Another Two To Three Years In...:

It doesn't really sound like he's saying this in a positive sense. He pretty much says they'll be gone in two or three years but there's still a chance for smaller publishers to put out games on them as there won't be competition from big publishers.

I don't think either needs to be replaced (I don't think Sony will do another handheld at all), but I'm still positive NX will replace both the 3DS and Wii U, despite what Nintendo says. It's the DS replacing the GBA all over again.



Peach64 commented on US Bot Battlers Can Get a Taste of LBX at Sele...:

Very eager to see reviews for this. I always love some robot fighting.

@Uberchu I don't think people would complain about lack of online multiplayer in a single player focused game, but this game has a rather big focus on multiplayer. So it does seem a little dumb that they're not including online.



Peach64 commented on Disney Infinity Sales Struggling To Maintain M...:

People acting like DI is a flop because sales dropped slightly in the summer quarter, when there hasn't been a new release of figures since March? Like we always see with any type of video game product, sales are biggest at launch, and then dwindle over time. They're still selling in huge numbers and will continue to do so with the release of the SW figures. With the release schedule they use, of course sales are going to drop each quarter after release.



Peach64 commented on Mighty No. 9 Delayed Until Early 2016:

I'd rather they delay it and iron out those bugs. Games take a long time to develop, and the two years between the Kickstarter and now is very little time to get a game out of the door. Likewise, a large amount of the development studio won't be involved in bug testing, so I can totally understand why they launched the next Kickstarter. With so many people having nothing to do, and no money rolling in til this gets released, are they meant to just twiddle their thumbs and go without pay for months on end? The only solution would be redundancies.



Peach64 commented on Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Dominates...:

@Gerbwmu It's really not doing well in Japan at all. I don't know why people have settled on this '10k a week is good' thing, because it's not. Those numbers do NOT give you a user base that's profitable to release games on. It's under 2.5 million lifetime sales in Japan, so even a big hit that sells to 10% of the audience would struggle to make money back, unless it was a very cheap game. Publishers have to look at the worldwide market as a whole and make their calls based on that.



Peach64 commented on Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Dominates...:

And there goes any argument anyone has about Japanese gamers having any taste. We were all pleased with FE's strong debut a few weeks ago, but in two days this Animal Crossing spin-off has probably sold more than FE: If ever will in Japan. It's definitely sold more than Xenoblade Chronicles X ever will over there.

Oh well, at least Splatoon is sure to hit 500k next week



Peach64 commented on Xenoblade Chronicles X Wii U Bundle and Specia...:

By the way, did they announce a date for this yet? I know the US E3 Direct said it was December 4th, but the European stream just said December. I've been half expecting it to get a small delay like Captain Toad did last year. I'll feel a lot better once they give us a day.



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Game Updates and DLC...:

I have a real problem with Splatoon being held up as an example of great DLC. I don't think any game in recent memory has held finished content back to the degree that game has. Maybe a year from now it will be a great example of how to do DLC, but it certainly isn't for now.

I don't really have any interest in MK8 or Smash, so I don't really feel like I've really got a good look at Nintendo DLC yet. I wish they'd done new levels in Super Mario 3D World for example. Right now it's all been the sort of DLC you typically get in sports/racing/fighting games. I want to see their take on single player campaign DLC, to see if they can match up to the phenomenal job people like Rockstar or Bethesda did in the last generation. Xenoblade Chronicles X could be the game that sees that, although worryingly the DLC announced for it is the sort of thing you'd see in a free to play title, despite it being a full priced game.



Peach64 commented on Rare Co-Founder Has No Idea Why Nintendo Didn'...:

Rare had already lost a great number of talented people by the time Microsoft came in. It's nice to imagine an alternative reality where Rare continued their 64-bit successes, but I honestly believe that was never on the cards, under MS or Nintendo. People don't like to stay in the same job all their life.



Peach64 commented on Soapbox: It's A Tragedy That Rare Replay Isn't...:

Once again I'm baffled by the comments that the audience for these games are on Wii U. The vast majority of people who owned an N64 have not bought a Wii U, and the percentage is even smaller when you go back to SNES and NES owners. A huge chunk of the Mario fan base isn't even on Wii U, let alone third party classic games.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Stock Value Rises Following Better Th...:

Stock rises and falls happen very quickly after a piece of news. Immediately if the market is open, the next morning if it's not. This is about the profits they announced yesterday, and definitely not due to Iwata's death.

On the other hand, I really don't understand how anyone could call yesterday's figures great, or proof Iwata was doing well right now. For a pretty large company that's seen such high sales of titles like Pokemon and Smash Bros, along with a slice of the huge sales from Monster Hunter and Yokai Watch, and the amiibo success, it's a very, VERY small profit indeed.

This is an 8% jump, typical at the end of a quarter when profits are announced. It's nothing compared to the jump of over 30% when they announced they were making mobile games.



Peach64 commented on Zombi Reveal Trailer Suggests That Wii U Gamer...:

I don't think anyone was expecting anything other than a straight port. There was nothing about the gamepad features I'd miss, so wouldn't think of this as inferior in any way, but it wasn't a very good game then so it's not going to be a very good game now.

They're just trying to recoup money from it. It probably cost them $30 million or more to make so half a million sales isn't enough to profit. The port probably only cost a couple of million however so they'd only need to sell a small fraction of thar to start turning profit on it. If they could sell another million copies across PS4, Xbone and PC it would probably cover the loss on the Wii U version.



Peach64 commented on Team17 Is Publishing Yooka-Laylee And Wants To...:

Great to hear they've got people in to concentrate on the publishing side so Playtonic can focus on development. I'll be honest I don't know much about Team 17 as a publisher. Obviously I know them as a great developer, but their wiki entry doesn't mention them moving into publishing.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Is Planning Its Own Loot Crate-Style ...:

We have no idea how much Nintendo UK is involved with this, just like we have no idea how much they're involved with the Nintendo UK store. This sounds like it's a promotion that's being run by the store, which is in turn run by Zavvi, so it's not Nintendo themselves. For that reason, it's probably not going to be used as a test for other regions, and you can't really blame NoA for not getting involved.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Is Planning Its Own Loot Crate-Style ...:

I've never been a fan of these boxes, as I'm not really one for clutter, but even I'd be tempted to try out a Nintendo one. Unfortunately the Z-Boxes haven't been well received, and it's the same people that would be putting these together. Hopefully it's not just an excuse to get rid of all those cleaning cloths and keyrings they have left over from Club Nintendo.



Peach64 commented on Muramasa: The Demon Blade And Trauma Team Hitt...:

Honestly Trauma Team coming out in Europe would jump up to probably 3rd on my most anticipated Wii U games for the year. I'm not too hopeful though. They still need to pay for classification for a digital release I think?

@Mogster Trauma Team never came out in Europe