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Ralek85 commented on Nielsen Game Rank Lists the Most Anticipated G...:

Not really surprised by the lack of Xenoblade, well, maybe that it is obviously less intriguing to many than Devil's Third. Other than that, Xenoblade was always going to be major niche title, but nothing more.



Ralek85 commented on First Impressions: Taking A Shot At Fatal Fram...:

Sounds really good, looking forward to it. There are not enough games like this these days, and I'm glad Nintendo decided to bring it West. These are the type of games that make a WiiU worth owning, in addition to your Zeldas and Marios that is. Thy help a lot in making the system unique, and sadly, there are just never enough of them around :-/



Ralek85 commented on Talking Point: Star Fox Zero's Delay Could Be ...:

Frankly, I'm glad it got delayed.
First, it wouldn't have changed anything for the WiiU in terms of it's commercial success. StarFox is not a huge seller, at least not huge enough to make a real dent in the WiiU's bad fortune.
Second, the game was obviously rushed. It looked rather mediocre to say the least, as far as visuals go, and the gameplay itself looked more like a product of a prototype stage (which it probably more or less was) than a final consumer AAA product. So, it did not look to be up to the standards of either Platinum Games or Nintendo, and generally speaking, I know PG can deliver a smokin' StarFox game, given enough ressources ... meaning first and foremost time. It would be a shame if they underdelivered just to meet the christmas deadline. StarFox fans waited long enough and deserve the best possible game!
Third, well, this may sound harsh, but for anyone who sports any other platform besides the WiiU, any WiiU game is just icing on the cake this holiday season. X1/PS4 and PC are still pretty darn packed with releases, including some of the biggest hitters in the industry, so it's nice to have a couple of games to look forward to in "Q1 2016".

In the end, I'd rather have a great StarFox game, than the WiiU selling a couple thousand more units ... I have zero doubt that about a year from now, the NX will be about to be launched and the WiiU will be all but forgotten - except for the small number of brilliant games it produced. Hopefully, StarFox will be counted among those then!



Ralek85 commented on Updated 'Roadmap' Infographic Shows Nintendo's...:

@tysonfury First, I'd say hold on to it a while longer. If the next 12 months do nothing for you ... well, no idea, you might be to old indeed, no clue ^^
Those next 12 months will see the release of several defining games for this generation - one way or the other. On another general note, the PS4 excells in terms of performance, at least sofar, not in terms line-up VS WiiU/X1.
Look at the X1 with games like Forza, Quantum Break, Sea of Thieves (finally a RARE game that looks the part), RARE replay, Halo 5, Sunset Overdrive, Crackdown 3, Scalebound (more Platinum Games is always good) + all the multiplatforms like Metal Gear Solid, The Division, Witcher 3 and so on. WiiU also got a bunch of great exclusives, already out or to be released within 12 months, like Zelda, Xenoblade, GIR#FE, Star Fox ...

As far as specific recommendations for the PS4 go, I suggest trying the best exclusive out there, meaning Bloodborne. I would also second the recommendation for Witcher 3 (not if you have a proper PC though). If that is not your cup of tea, you might want to try Arkham Knight, or if fantasy is more up your alley, Shadow of Mordor, Alien Isolation for Horror, Drive Club for racing (no Forza/Horizon, but still) and Diablo 3 for all the hack and slashing you could need (I don't play it myself, but I know plenty of people who do). If remasters are not out of the question, GTAV and TLoU are highly recommended, and I guess the upcoming UC collection as well, esp. 1 and 2.

Having said that, I would suggest looking into indies, the second area besides performance where the PS4 is really doing pretty good these days. Check out Galak-Z, Resogun, Helldivers, Don't Starve and some others. Unfortunately, I can't really offer any "secret tip", since the PS4 library is not yet big, and I lack any insight in your personal taste.

Last but not least, I think the Ps4 will turn out ot be a pretty great device, with games like Horizon, The Last Guardian, UC4 etc., but it will take some time to get there, and despite all that, it will not be another PS2, it probably will never be that again :-/



Ralek85 commented on Brave Tank Hero Rolling Onto The 3DS eShop On ...:

@cfgk24 My thoughts exactly. That game was one of my most played Wii games overall. It was simple, yet highly gratifying and a total blast with a buddy. It's a shame that there is no 3DS version of it, and that the game did not get expanded upon. Online play, pvp, more tank types and so on ... I would have loved that. Maybe someday though ... =/



Ralek85 commented on Review: Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising (Wii...:

@Tops Dito! I think it's probably going to happen, but probably not for a long while, looking at other Intelligent Systems VC games. I have no clue whatsoever as to why, since the game is clearly localized, licensed, ported and all that, but then again NoA is not afflicted by logic, so there is that.



Ralek85 commented on First Impressions: Trying to Believe in Devil'...:

Nothing that was ever shown for this game suggested even remotely that it was going to be a good game. I'm curious as to why Nintendo picked it up, since they could have gone for so many different things. Maybe it's one those so-trashy-it's-cult kind of efforts ... but honestly I doubt it.



Ralek85 commented on Feature: The Biggest 3DS Retail Games of 2015 ...:

Still bummed out by the fact that The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is apparently one or three players only :-/ I might still get it though, depending whether it is fun to play alone (I assume so), or whether I'm able to come up with a third player (I doubt that).
I'll also keep an eye on Yo-Kai Watch of course.



Ralek85 commented on Poll: What Do You Want From Nintendo's NX Plat...:

@AdanVC A good baseline for judging comments like this, is asking a simple question, something along the lines of:
"Did he kinda have to say this?"
If the answer is yes, then caution is in order, because chances are, the statement might be only superficially true.

Like say, Iwata could hardly say, they would abandon the WiiU and 3DS in late 2016 ... so kinda had to come up with something else. Now, I don't think they will abandon it, but I think their support will look something like this:

  • More DLC for MK8, SSB and Splatoon
  • More VC consoles games
  • Some kind of cross-buy/cross-porting initiative, esp. for indies, similar to the Vita/Ps3/Ps4 situation, where there was still quite a lot of content, just very little exclusive

The NX maybe just a third pillar then, but it will be the pillar seeing all or the majority of the first party support and (hopefully finally) of the third party support as well. That would kinda be a mission accomplished scenario ... not scaring people away from the WiiU/3DS prematurely, not flatout lying about the company's commitment and getting the NX underway.



Ralek85 commented on Rumour: Nintendo Isn't Bringing Devil's Third ...:

Well, opinions ... among other things, I dare say. In terms of "Another Code R", the game never made it to the U.S. afaik, and the Wii is region-locked.
Donkey Kong Country, Mario Strikers Charged, NSMBW and to a degree even Monster Hunter Tri are really quite the opposite of diverse, unique games/ hidden gems.
Xenoblade and The Last Story, I mentioned myself, but they were not the rule, but the exception, also, by the time they came out, most people I know hardly paid any attention to the Wii anymore, if they hadn't sold it off altogether already. It's a shame I know, but I can hardly blame them, seeing as those two games were a very, very long time coming, esp. in North America.
As for the rest, I agree, although MP3 was really not my favourite, despite the actually cool pointer controls. Still, the numbers where just not there for me. I did not, and am not saying, there was nothing outside of the traditional Nintnedo fare on the Wii, but I stand by my assessment: A gamecube'esque library, it was not.



Ralek85 commented on Rumour: Nintendo Isn't Bringing Devil's Third ...:

From what I've seen sofar, the game does not look that great, so it might be understandable. I still think Nintendo should make more of an effort for 3rd party games in general though, but also for a more diverse portfolio of games on their systems. This goes double for NoA, I mean we all remember Xenoblade and The Last Story ... and the Wii was not exactly a platform rich in quality and diverse content.
Actually, it was quite a massive step back behind the gamecube, where one could find gems like Baiten Kaitos, Skies of Arcadia LEgends (a port but still), Eternal Darkness, Luigis Mansion, Battalion Wars, MGS Twin Snakes, Killer 7, Time Splitters, Rogue Squadron, Viewtful Joe, Resident Evil, Metroid Prime, Beyond Good and Evil, Prince of Persia, F-Zero, and so on.
No way the Wii or the WiiU could compete with that, not even combined I think.



Ralek85 commented on How Fire Emblem amiibo Interact with Fates:

@Koopa-King I'm wondering the same thing, but I think so, since by the time the game comes west, Roy will have been out for quite some time, thus I guess he will be part of the game here, and get patched into the JP version as well - or get patched/ spot-passed into both ^^



Ralek85 commented on Talking Point: Raw Power Isn't Vital to Ninten...:

The Wii managed to capitalize on a singular moment in gaming and tech, thanks to perfect timing and great design. As far as consoles go there is no "Wii"-business-modell, because there is no more market for that modell.
Also, the market has changed dramatically since then. I can't remember there being actual articles with complex charts about components used, incl. info on frequencies, shaders, bandwith and so on, in gaming articles during the Wii area. This things (unfortunately) matter a lot more today, than they did like 10 years ago.
Last but not least, a system less powerful than current gen consoles, priced at about $200, will still be only like $100 less than the occasion sales price of a X1 or a PS4 "slim" - by the time the NX is released anyways. Not to mention that porting major games to the NX will be hampered by any need to adapt to new architecture and any need to down-port while keeping the core game intact.



Ralek85 commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Won't Be As Powerful As Pl...:

"It's possible to do great works or forgettable works with almost any technology." Yes it is, but that is completely unrelated to my point. And yes, it is true that we had open world games on the last-gen consoles, and that the WiiU, in terms of performance is roughly equal to those (PS3 and 360), and thus ... yes, Zelda looks to take advantage of that, once it is finally released, to create open-world'esque gameplay.

That was not my point though, since frankly, I'm not per se an open-world/sandbox kinda guy. I'm currently playing Arkham Knight and despite manifold improvements, Asylum still feels like the better game. It definitely was a more focused experience, less diluted by pointlessness and filler (AK is still a great game though).
Anyways, my point was more about the possibilities afforded to designers by technology, of which graphics is really just the most obvious and thus common aspect. Open and seamless large scale worlds are but one aspect. I already pointed to stuff like A.I.. After all, let's not kid ourselves most enemies in games are dumb. Good A.I. is not smart A.I. as in beating Chess Grandmasters, good A.I. is fun A.I. An A.I. that adapts, that changes things up, that reacts without being reactionary - something that feels not scripted, but also not like it knows more than it should in context of the game (ignoring a fog of war for example).
Good A.I. is not the A.I. we see in games like FE (I love that series to death though) or MK (it's called rubber-banding for a reason) ... Ninty would have their work cut out for them here for example.

Same goes for physics based gameplay, which can be really fun and most importantly it's never stale. I still remember the gravity gun in Half-Life 2 very, very fondly. As far as physics go, it was still a somewhat limited device, but it was till a huge step forwards in terms of simple "point-n-shot". You could really interact with the world on a level that felt much closer to reality than before. It made the world more palpable - something beyond a simple backdrop or framing for shooting stuff.

Most importantly though, all these elements can and should be combined whith each other and with "traditional" concepts, and no, not every game has to have all these elements incorporated. For example, a Mario 64 sequel could greatly benefit from a large-scale physics-driven open world, without giving up on the traditional strengths of the franchise, like it's brilliant level design and simple controls ... (and I'm not even much of a platformer fan ).

Anyways, like I said at the very beginning, power is about much, much more than graphics.



Ralek85 commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Won't Be As Powerful As Pl...:

Well, that is surprising. I would have assumed the system to be at least on par with the other two, as well as build around a similar architecture. I mean how else are they going to entice 3rd-parties to once more start porting their games?
It's also disappointing because I had hoped to see more complex games coming out of Nintendo in the future, large-scale, seamless world, physics based gameplay, good A.I., etc. "Power" is not just there for graphics after all =(



Ralek85 commented on ​Fire Emblem Fates Birthright Edition Is The...:

Which one? Definitely both, eagerly awaiting the third path Bring it on! Anyways, FE not only surviving, but really taking off, is the best thing to happen during this whole Nintendo generation. I couldn't be happier about this, definitely going to be there for Fates Day1!



Ralek85 commented on Talking Point: The Pros, Cons and Questionable...:

I still think a holiday 2016 launch is where it's at, but these rumors got me thinking ... July or summer in general is tradtionally rather barren as far as new major releases go. It's also the time of the year when the hype trains for the rest of the year are getting readied and prepared for boarding, thanks to E3 and also Gamescom.
Assuming all the logistics would work out for a summer release, and Nintendo would be brazen enough to try a summer launch, they could not only do so unopposed as far as their software goes, but they could also capitalize on any hype they build at E3 and Gamescom without much delay.
I think I would be interested to see how such an approach would play out in the end. It would be quite unique to see something entirely new being shown off, only to be sold mere months (assuming they put it post-Gamescom, which would be smart) or even weeks later. In other words people might still be excited and emotional about it, without much time to rationalize the hype away.
Depending on the stuff they have to show, and the hype they can thus generate, this could indeed work out for them. On an even more emotional level, it would reinforce the feeling of something "fresh" happening, something that is unfamiliar but exciting ....
Still, I doubt it ^^



Ralek85 commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Shipping This Time Next Ye...:

@Nintendofan83 Reggie all but announced the NX already at this year's E3. There is really no doubt in terms of a 2016 launch. I mean there could always be some kind of issue coming up, causing a delay into 2017, but I think that is unlikely forgoing any extreme external factors!



Ralek85 commented on Nintendo Download: 2nd July (Europe):

Wow, that's actually impressive, AW2 and FE, didn't expect to see those ... I wonder when (and if =( ) those will ever come to NA. Sacred Stones took for ages to show up over here ....



Ralek85 commented on Talking Point: The Mystery of Devil's Third an...:

At this point, no "mature"-themed game is going to make a difference anyways, so they might just have decided to cut their looses, while still giving a little something to their established installbase.
I would be fine with the game being digital only. It's the future anyways, and that obsession with retail is only hurting the industry. Whole games get lost in the process because noone is willing to take the gamble on spending any money on actually publishing those underdog games. By comparison the cost of digital publication is minimal, and so is the risk. Also, there is no such thing as stock shortages, retailer exclusive deals, and all the other ugliness that can happen with those low-profile retail games.
If a game is sucessful digitally, you can still release it physically at some point, to please the diehard collectors. It has been done before after all.
Anyways, this game is not going to sell great, no matter the advertisement budget, and at this point the fate of the WiiU as a platform is sealed anyway, so I think any further investment by Nintendo should be on the conservative side, into stuff like MarioMaker, Starfox etc., not this. Games that will turn a meaningful profit for them, money they can put to good use going forward. Any investment into expanding installbase, is a lost investment, so they would be smart steering clear of those.



Ralek85 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Approach to Transfor...:

Why try to fix what ain't broken? I'm very much bothered by the notion, that something needs fixing just because it's old. It's not just Nintendo, who are struggling to do this, but other developers as well. They just manage to stay ahead of the issue by providing enough distractions in the process, like spectacular graphics, sex and violence in hitherto unknown detail and other shenanigans. Nothing e.g. EA/Bioware did with any of the Dragon Age games "fixed" or "innovated" on the BG-formula. All it did was dumb it down, pretty it up and go all GoT on it - so, of course it sold, but as a game it was poorer for it. Some people were angry, but mostly, people just realized they were no longer the target audience and they moved on to other stuff, which coincidentally ^^ managed to show up just in time on platforms like kickstarter.
I think Nintendo is sitting between two stools right now, and thus it's message is all muddled - trying to pander to the old fans, but also trying to move on, innovate for a new audience and gain new supporters. It's a lot easier to focus on just one of those two things, and if Nintendo wants to keep doing this, they have to up their game. We all know they can do it, they managed it before. Just the jump from 2D to 3D was a showcase for their ability to truely innovate, totally beyond any gimmicky controller and stuff like that.
I think the real issue here is that they have moved on as far as their creative potential goes. They are betting on the NX big time, and I'm looking forward to see if that pays off. I don't expect any more great experiments for the WiiU - well, Zelda aside of course, but we have yet to wait and see how much of an experiment that really is.



Ralek85 commented on First Impressions: Getting Into The Spirit Wit...:

I haven't been able to get back into Pokemon since the days of Red/Blue. I took a final stab at it with X and Y, but it just doesn't work for me any more. Naturally, I assumed this was just another reskin of Pokemon for a new generation, and I therefore dismissed it out of hand.
This article makes it sound rather interesting though. The combat seems to be quite different from Pokemon, and also fun, most of all though, it has this "Attack of the Friday Monsters!"-ish aesthetic and mood to it apparently, which I really adore. I'm a fan of much of Level-5's work, despite some disappointing games, so I think I might actually keep this on my radar now. When I played AotFM, I was actually sad when it was over, and I was lefting wanting more of it, or really, more of something like it, with a bit more complexity and options to it, but with the same kind of charm. This might actually just be it.
Thanks for the great article!



Ralek85 commented on Nintendo Isn't Talking About NX Because It Doe...:

@rjejr I just made basically the same point about the "gimmick" issue, therefore /agreed.

But yeah, they made strong indications in regards to the NX being a "home console", but well it does not mean it's not going to be "different". Mabye it will be a new home console plus a new 3DS, as both platforms are obviously winding down right now. Mabye it will indeed be the long rumored "fusion" device ... who knows. I doubt it will be less powerful than the WiiU though If we assume that, and we assume it'S supposed to run for longer sessions than a Gamepad with the original battery, it's probably not just ah .... console/handheld deluxe Nintendo gaming-"tablet".
Frankly, I think it will be like the WiiU, just that the handheld will be integrated much deeper and basiaclly work as the gamepad ... it will be optional though, as to drive down cost, but it would make sense. It would mean easy backwards compability and they could still service the handheld market that has been doing so well form them despite some obvious downturn. But yeah, it's just speculation, although not an unreaosnable one I think ^^



Ralek85 commented on Nintendo Isn't Talking About NX Because It Doe...:

I'm worried that he places so much emphasis on surprising everyone and keeping that "surprise" from being copied, since that implies that 1) the system is build around another "feature" or gimmick, that can still surprise people and 2) that it's indeed just a gimmick, since if weren't, it seems unlikely the competition could just simply copy it with a adding a small piece of hardware or software, as was the case with motion gaming or 2nd-screen gaming.
I don't want to read too much into it, but this seems to indicate that they are indeed chasing the "Wii" moment.



Ralek85 commented on Rumours Surface of Android Emulation On The Ni...:

The fact that Disney and Nintendo still largely fail to see their potential synergies is as baffling to me as it was 5 or even 10 years ago. It might have gotten more baffling as time went on, Disney struggling to make games out of their very succesful movie and tv franchises, and Nintendo struggling to expand beyond a core gamer audience (no, the Wii did not do that for THEM, at best temporarily and really more for the industry as a whole), but at some point, it became hard to tell ...



Ralek85 commented on Talking Point: E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Devel...:

It's hard to believe that despite this mountain of evidence to the contrary, I still got dragged into several conversations with folk that were arguing that the NX was not going to happen in 2016. In fact, the only bad thing I call say about this article, is that it's stating painfully obvious facts. I mean, Reggie (within the confines of marketing speak) told us to our faces, what was going to happen in 2016 ... that was more in-your-face than anyone ever assumed it could be, but obviously it was still not enough. Anyways, I certainly agree with basically anything said here. Nintendo is not committing any serious ressouces towards the WiiU, and to a degree, not even the 3DS anymore. What we get is what was already announced, sometimes for years, as well as localizations and stop-gap-measures as far as games go, meaning mostly small spin-off, light on development ressources. All of that is going to happen within less than 12 months from now, so Nintendo is clearing it's pipeline to make room ... room for other content, and mostly for a different system and therefor a different narrative and momentum. The WiiU will see some support for quite some time, for Splatoon, Mk8, SSB ... but it will be quite and low profile. It will peacefully coexist with the NX for quite some time, without being of any real consequence to anyone.
Still, we do get a load of exclusive content .. to mollify us and to tide us over I guess ^^ Zelda will be another TP sitation, that is all but guaranteed and most likely the last big game on the WiiU all in all.
The real question is in regard to the future of the 3DS though .. evidence, circumstancial and otherwise, is less clear here. Yet I believe the limited amount of commitment Nintendo should for the 3DS this year, with very little in terms of new announcement for major games is just as much of an indication of the systems future as it is for the WiiU, once one takes into account, the rumors about the NX being some kind of "fusion" device (would make all the sense in the world from Nintendos perspective - no longer having to split ressources between two platforms), as well as the small fact, that the NDSi was out exactly 2 years before the 3DS launched. Holiday 2016 will mark the 2 year anniversary of the N3DS .. it would not be a stretch to assume, that the NX will launch in 2016 and that it then will also be in a good spot to replace the 3DS/N3DS line.
By then the market will be pretty much saturated with the 3DS line, so it would make once more all the sense in the world for them to push for something new. It's all just to tiddy to be any kind of coincidence.



Ralek85 commented on Hands On: Logging More Flight Time With Star F...:

Online or bust ...
I'm finally playing Hyrule Warriors right now, and the game is indeed fun (contrary to my expectation), but with each hour I log, my desire to slap someone for it's lack of online co-op, which would be even more fun, grows exponentially.
Sometimes people need a little getting-slapped around, esp. if they insist on living in a past century, and thus causing other people quite some grief.



Ralek85 commented on Review: Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U):

What is Nintendo's obsession with pretending online is not a thing? They know that both, local and online, are legit forms of multiplayer, and they are not meant to compete but complement each other ...



Ralek85 commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Retail Games of 201...:

Nintendo should really get their act together and stop with the EU and NA nonsense. No other big publishers still pulls stunts like this ... it's just one of those things they make people put up with for no good reason whatsoever.

@mjc0961 I guess you're joking Oo
This is the best 1st party/exclusive line-up there is this year. Even better than the X1. The PS4 got like Until Dawn and UC Collection. I think I rather play Fatal Frame instead of Until Dawn, and UC 1-3 I already own and played. I'm still gonna get Halo 5 on X1, and some multiplatforms for PS4, plenty to play on the WiiU and only on the WiiU though.



Ralek85 commented on Feature: Our Impressions of the Full Nindies@H...:

If the rest of the Typoman is as good as the demo, I'm pretty much sold on it. It had a really good Limbo vibe to it, combined with a clever and fresh mechanic, which - to me as a second language speaker - might even prove a bit educational It's also an exclusive afaik, so getting it for the WiiU makes actually sense.



Ralek85 commented on Video: Star Fox Zero - What We Know So Far:

@holygeez03 Frankly, all they had to do, to please me would have been
... going with the StarFox 64/3D formula
... while scaling up the tech, meaning graphics, objects in the world, physics-based explosions and all such fancy (which noone needs, but everybody enjoys seeing anyway)
... plus, last but not least, add features previously impossible, most critically online multiplayer, quite possibly even co-op

There you have it, that so hard?
No? I didn't think so.

From the looks of it, they managed the first one, and not much else really. Well, they did take a shot at the second one as well. It has to be good enough ... although good enough is not the kind of label I ever wanted for the StarFox =/



Ralek85 commented on French Retailers Are Cancelling Yoshi Woolly W...:

The sad part is, at this point, I would not batt an eye on someone setting a container with Yoshi amiiboo on fire, just so as to drive up the price, because they managed to acquire a significant stock of said item before hand. Stuff like that happens to food stocks all the time, so why not with stuff way less precious like amiiboo? It's not like that would not make "sense" or would be beneath us as people, after all nothing is.



Ralek85 commented on Nintendo Is A Slave To Its Past Success, Says...:

They should be trying new things, of course they shoud. They should be doing it on the software side of things though, not so much on the hardware side.
Also, they don't necessarily need to "abuse" old IPs to do so, as proven, I think, by Splatoon. Federation Force is a good example for this, since they could probably have done this just as well without invoking Metroid at all, thus forgoing the problem that old times fans spontaneously combust. It's a little thing, but as we learned on Tuesday, it not so little as not to matter!



Ralek85 commented on Nintendo Download: 18th June (North America):

@rjejr Couldn't help but laugh here ^^ I mean it's just humorous, sure it should have been for free, but you just described yourself spending cloes to $600 on stuff, only to complain about literally less-than-a-dollar. It's just so very ..... civilized. People are starving right now, still, this comes up. It's tragically funny on a global scale^^