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Salnax commented on EA CFO Explains Why the Company Doesn't Make W...:

EA is a company that sells software. They both want to sell as many games as possible AND be the #1 seller of games. Their only real competition is Nintendo. In EA's eyes, not developing for Nintendo platforms might cost money at points, but is acceptable if it sabotages Nintendo enough. Think of it as growing a hardware ecosystem that is better for EA in the long run.

If Sony or Microsoft had the software sales of Nintendo, EA would stop supporting them. As is, none of those companies' games sell that well combined to the likes of Mario Kart, NSMB, or Smash Bros.



Salnax commented on You Can't Alter The Chest Size Of Female Chara...:

@MisterMan Generally speaking, male genitalia are not very large compared even to smaller breasts, and the shape of the human body and most clothing further obscures the shape and size.

Naturally, I'm the outlier. But even I can't compare my size to those of the average breasts.



Salnax commented on You Can't Alter The Chest Size Of Female Chara...:

Good, we need to have more realistic portrayals of women in games.

Wait, it's a fantasy game where the player character can tank hits from kaiju? Better remove female characters altogether! Otherwise, people may have their feelings hurt!



Salnax commented on Video: Check Out a Graphical Comparison for Th...:

There is a significant graphical upgrade. I'm noticing a pattern over the past few years where remade Zelda games don't look that much better until you revisit the original. The goal seems to be making graphics the way we remember them, nostalgia filter included.

Whether this is worth the likely $50 price is still in the air, but there is still plenty left unknown. Early Wind Waker HD and Ocarina 3D screens and footage didn't reveal the various changes made besides graphics. I'd say if the changes made are comparable to Wind Waker HD, where tedious sections were fixed and minor things added, then this be be worth it for somebody unwilling to spend $20 on the Wii version.



Salnax commented on These Are Nintendo's Black Friday Hardware And...:

That's one hell of a Wii U bundle. It would be a good deal even if Nintendo cut the base price by $50. Maybe Nintendo is up to something... Could they be hoping people buy Smash-related Amiibos and DLC? And/or be trying to strengthen the communities for these games?



Salnax commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Release Date Quirks in N...:

I suppose it is harder to hype or advertise a game with distinct release dates based on region.

Super Mario Maker was launched over the course of a bit over two days, taking time zones into account. The advertisements, social media hype, and reviews meant for one region of the world also applied to the rest of the world.

With Yoshi's Woolly World, you had a June release in Europe, a July release in Japan, and an American release three months later. You need three distinct marketing pushes that will do little to overlap. And things like reviews become less useful for Nintendo, especially since many people in the Americas and Europe share a common language (usually English, but also French and Spanish). If I am a potential buyer in Europe who usually checks reviews from an American website, I am less likely to buy the game near launch and at full price. If I am an American, I am less likely to buy the game because less hype can be built up for it and I am less likely to remember it exists by the time it is released.

I can understand long delays in some cases. Games with massive stories or lots of cultural context, like Xenoblade or Animal Crossing, can take time to tackle. But Yoshi and Kirby do not seem like those sorts of games.



Salnax commented on Nintendo Download: 29th October (North America):

@majinx07 RE Revelations on the 3DS was basically an attempt to recreate the success of RE4. It was largely successful, and was a solid action game with horror elements. Revelations was probably the best game in the series this past decade. One of the best action games on the 3DS, and worth the original $40, let alone $5. One warning, the game is over 3 gigs, so be sure you have a larger SD card.

Mercenaries is a simple action game where you survive enemies in short bursts. It is not a great game, but is ideal for portable action, especially if you like replaying scenarios to get better scores, or with no gear and abilities, or whatever. I'd recommend it for this price, but it is flawed and not for everyone.

I'm going to re-purchase Revelations just so I can replay it more frequently.



Salnax commented on Nintendo Confirms That amiibo Sales Have Now R...:

So about two figures per Wii U console? Sounds pretty good.

I personally got a Luigi amiibo because I wanted a Luigi figure and the amiibo only cost $2 more than the alternative. If Nintendo can continue making figures that stand well on their own as well as interacting with games, I'm happy that they're making money and I can get figures like this.



Salnax commented on Zelda Fans Vent Anger At Nintendo of America O...:

I wouldn't say that I approve, but at least the doge-talk was handled in a way that wasn't obtrusive. In 20 years, it'll just sound like he is being taken aback by the majesty, and I can't imagine many people ever being thrown off by the writing.



Salnax commented on Review: Slender: The Arrival (Wii U eShop):

Slenderman is a bit hard for me to get scared by. I'm sorry, but when I see a tall, pale figure in a suit standing alone in the woods, my initial response is "Uncle Mike? When did you get a career in internet videos?"



Salnax commented on Review: Slender: The Arrival (Wii U eShop):

@BlatantlyHeroic According to one article I read, the average Wii owner had at least two Wiimotes. Multiply that by the 100 million Wii consoles sold. Then add Wiimotes sold for use in Wii U games like SM3DW, NSMBU, and Nintendo Land. You probably have around 250 million Wiimotes in the wild.



Salnax commented on Review: Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water (W...:

I'm interested. This game's been getting mixed reviews, but a lot of the worse ones come from less than reputable sources (Destructoid and GameSpot). I haven't gotten a hard drive for my Wii U yet, but will likely get this sooner rather than later.



Salnax commented on Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets Ge...:

@DarkKirby Don't you know? Scheduling shows that are popular among a wide demographic irregularly is the way to go! Just like what Cartoon Network did with Young Justice.

On a less sarcastic note, I have hopes for this. Licensed games on handhelds have a bad history, but there have been just enough exceptions in recent years to give me hope. Disney itself has put effort behind games like Disney Infinity and smaller titles like the Phineas and Ferb games, and games like 2012's Adventure Time, the DS Spider-Man titles, and Alien: Infestation were well liked by fans. Plus, UbiArt has been successfully used to make pretty 2D games even on mobile devices.

I am a touch worried Ubisoft will give this the usual treatment they gave DS games. But Disney probably has too much of a hand in this to allow that.



Salnax commented on Feature: Nintendo Life's Top 10 Super Mario Pl...:

While we're all confessing our Mario opinions:

I feel that New Super Mario Bros U deserves more love, being the best of the "New" sub series by far. I even like it more than SMB3, which I like, but feel people remember too fondly. It was a big step forward for gaming, but I feel it lacks the breadth and depth of World, and has some bad power ups. The Frog suit is terrible, the Shoe is used about one time, and the Tanooki suit is not any better than the cape.



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

So in Review:

North America: The Wii U has Super Mario Maker, LEGO Dimensions, and Skylanders in September, Guitar Hero, Just Dance, and Yoshi in October, Star Fox in November, and Xenoblade X and Devil's Third in December. The 3DS has Happy Home Designer in September, Triforce Heroes and Chibi-Robo in October, and Yokai Watch and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon in November.

Europe: The Wii U has Super Mario Maker, LEGO Dimensions, and Skylanders in September, Guitar Hero and Just Dance in October, Star Fox and Mario Tennis in November, and Xenoblade X in December. The 3DS has Triforce Heroes and Happy Home Designer in October, and Chibi Robo in November.

There are enough noteworthy games, but only Mario Maker is a very big deal for either platform. Its bundle is solid, but I can't help but wonder when there will be a price cut. Star Fox could end up surprising us, but it has not been quite that impressive yet.

The 3DS situation in particular is worrying. The 3DS hasn't had a terrible year, but the only big hits since 2014 have been Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Majora's Mask 3D. Compared to the holidays of 2011, which had 3D Land and MK7, 2013, which had Pokemon X/Y and Link Between Worlds, and 2014, which had Pokemon remakes and Super Smash Bros, Chibi Robo and Happy Home Designer look niche. And if you noticed how I didn't mention 2012, remember how Western 3DS sales were lower for Holiday 2012 than 2011 or 2013.



Salnax commented on Nintendo Download: 13th August (North America):

Obligatory "eShop Gets No Games" comment.

With that out of the way, Pandora's Tower is a welcome sight, considering the scarcity Wii release. It fits well with the general theme for retail Wii games on the eShop, games that never became easy and/or cheap to get as the years went on. I wouldn't put it on par with Metroid Prime Trilogy or Return to Dream Land in terms of demand, but it is still welcome.

Besides that, the discounts on the Wii U are interesting. Bombing Bastards and Block Bot look interesting. And although the 3DS has a worse week, it really hasn't been that bad for the 3DS eShop. Over the past few weeks, we've gotten Streets of Rage 2 3D, Dragon Fantasy, Dr Mario, and AVGN Adventures.



Salnax commented on Genyo Takeda The Likely Choice For Nintendo Pr...:

Not a terrible choice, considering his accomplishments, experience, and skills, but he'll be about 20 years older than Iwata was upon becoming president. I doubt he will remain President for too long before retiring, though he may be a particularly healthy person.

Yamauchi only retired in his 70's, so Takeda isn't too old. But he's older than preferable.



Salnax commented on Pokkén Tournament Dated For 16th July in Japa...:

I'm getting a bit concerned.

This game's arcade release is not even a couple of weeks from now, and there are still only eight confirmed fighters to my knowledge (These two, Pikachu, Machamp, Lucario, Gengar, Suicune, and Gardevoir). That is simply not a lot of content. If I remember correctly, the original Arcade-Only version of had over 30 playable characters.

A Wii U version would either need a lot more content or have to be a budget release to justify its anemic content.



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

If the NX is truly the true successor of the Wii U, I can't imagine it being released before latter in 2017.

First, Nintendo needs the Wii U to last long enough to profit from the hardware. Some hardware profits are going to be necessary to counteract the next generation's price tags.

Second, the Wii U lineup is far from dead. Note how Nintendo has the habit of hiding big releases prior to their release. On the Wii, games like New Super Mario Bros Wii, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Nintendo Land, NSMBU, Super Mario 3D World, and Captain Toad were all unveiled just a short while before release. So even though Nintendo's holiday lineup is most of what they've announced, I sincerely believe they have more on the way. And a holiday lineup with Star Fox, Super Mario Maker, Yoshi's Woolly World, Fatal Frame, and Xenoblade Chronicles X along with some notable 3rd party titles is hardly abysmal.

Nintendo is likely to make more software for existing hardware because software tends to make more of a profit. That was one of the reasons the GameCube didn't bankrupt Nintendo; the high number of games sold per console. Many of Nintendo's developers have only released one game on the Wii U at most thus far. So even if we ignore known quantities like Zelda U, Amiibo Festival, Mario's Tennis and Devil's Third, we have many likelihoods.

EAD Kyoto could likely be working on a second 3D Mario game for Wii U, be it 3D World 2 or whatever else. Yoshi Sakamoto is probably doing something WarioWare or Rhythm Heaven related with SPD, possibly using the GamePad to create the ultimate combined Rhythm Heaven experience. ND Cube is going to make Mario Party 11 for the Wii U, simply because that's what they do.Retro confirmed that a new Wii U game was in development even before Tropical Freeze was finished. HAL is probably going to do a proper Kirby platformer along the lines of Return to Dream Land and Triple Deluxe.

Nintendo also needs to prepare their next launch so that both their next handheld and console, or the combined whole, see a healthy number of releases from them. This implies a certain required period of time for games like Mario kart 9 or whatnot to be made. And I don't think MK9 would be ready by 2016.



Salnax commented on Nintendo Download: 2nd July (North America):

Nice week. Ocarina of Time is great for those without a 3DS, those Ace Attorney discounts look nice, the original games are interesting, and Not-Bomberman is tempting depending on the discount.



Salnax commented on First Impressions: Our Maiden Flight In Star F...:

I'm not too worried.

The very different controls sound weird, but are likely the thing you get accustomed to within the first session with the game. Not to mention that Nintendo tends to be decent about including some control options, so stuff like gyroscope controls can likely be turned off.

As for the graphics, I don't get the worry. Yes, this game does not look like Uncharged 4 or whatever. It's too busy rendering what seem to be huge environments on two screens at once, one of which is 1080p and 60 FPS. I'd like more complex environments, but some of those enemies look big and complex enough.

As for multiplayer... did anybody actually enjoy that in SF64? I just remember me and friends messing with it before giving up and hot seating the main campaign.

I am worried about how few enemies appeared on screen, but that could either be a sign of a more boss-based experience or a last-minute change to make the demo prettier.



Salnax commented on Video: Take A Look At The Evolution Of Fairies...:

I really like the N64 style of Great Fairies, and by extension the Hyrule Warriors design. They are creepy as hell, but I appreciate that. The way they casually float in casual postures despite being clearly humanoid and very large conveys a sense of power and other-worldliness. It's one of the better examples out there for using the uncanny valley to improve a game's atmosphere.

Besides that, I also like the relatively vanilla "Partner Fairy" that appears as a glowing orb with wings and Wind Waker's more alien designs.