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Thu 13th Sep 2012

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TotalHenshin commented on Review: Rusty's Real Deal Baseball (3DS eShop):

@ekrieg That's not true. I can't speak for the PAL region, but there are certainly some Nintendo 3DS games that go down in price, either temporarily, or permanently in the US. For example, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is still $28.42 on Amazon and has been for months. Nintendo games aren't immune to the realities of the market. If Nintendo games aren't selling, there will be sales or some form of price drop to get the inventory out (or other marketing related reasons). The reason it seems Nintendo games don't do price drops is because Nintendo games were so successful last generation. Why drop the price if more than enough people keep buying it? It wasn't "at the end" of the console lifespan that the GCN saw the those discounted Player's Choice titles come out. And before someone says "That's just to distinguish the million sellers.", those titles sold more than a million long before they became discounted. So if you want OoT 3D to drop in price, tell people to stop buying it. It's not the age of a game that determines how much it's sold for, it's demand.



TotalHenshin commented on Calm Night of Snowfall Turns To Crowdsourcing ...:

The likely reason Kickstarter wasn't used is that you have to be based in the US to use Kickstarter as a crowdfunding platform. There are some work arounds, but it's not easy. Perhaps would have been a better source, as that seems to be the #2 most-used crowd-funding site for potential video games.



TotalHenshin commented on Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Knocked Off The...:

The first half hour (or section) of TLoU is great. The next two hours after that is mostly boring, just walking down a very beautiful corridor. Then after those two hours, that is when you get to Bill's town, the game really gets going and stops treating you like an infant. It's a fantastic game. I beat it the weekend it came out. Really do recommend it to nearly all PS3 owners. It really is not like Bioshock Infinite where you force yourself through the gameplay to get to the story. This has a great story and good gameplay in large thanks to the variety and refinement of the enemy AI.

That said, very surprised seeing Japanese gamers taking to this western title. I'm predicting a major drop for TLoU with next week's stats.



TotalHenshin commented on A Mario Party is Getting Started on 3DS This W...:

It looks like one of the more interesting installments, but this needs to be online. Alright, it doesn't NEED to be, but not every one has 3DS owners around them to do single-cart and multi-cart play. I agree it's more fun to play with people around you, but multi-player centric games in this day and age essentially need to have an online function at this point. I know a lot of people are going to disagree, but I think it's worth allocating the resources for.



TotalHenshin commented on Talking Point: The Blurring Lines of Kickstart...:

I don't see the problem with Pwnee Studios. Cloudberry doesn't look appealing to me, but if the game hadn't been backed, it might have never been in development for long enough to be picked up by Ubisoft in the first place. And there's no guarantee that Ubisoft won't drop support of the project, as games have been cancelled or dropped in the past. So even if a game got picked up by a publisher while a kickstarter for it was still on-going, it's no guarantee that the game will still come out. However, even if support gets dropped, if the project is successfully backed, it's more assured that the game will likely come out in some form. I'm not defending negligent kickstarter leads, I still very much endorse consumer wariness and wisdom, but I felt this article was a little one-sided. Yeah, it seems kind of "wrong" to me that for gamers kickstarter has essentially become a place to get their not definite pre-orders in, but we've already seen games like FTL come out to great fanfare. If things go wrong with so many games in development, the bubble will burst, and it'll likely be rare for a game to get $4 million from kickstarter.

For the record, the only games I've backed have been Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera. If I knew about it soon enough, I might have backed Project Eternity as well.



TotalHenshin commented on There Sure Are A Lot Of Nintendo References In...:

1) Nintendo, according to indie devs, has been very indie friendly.
2) This is from DrinkBox Studios, who, while indie, have only made 3 games so far. All of them for Sony.
3) People who say this isn't "fair", need to actually look up the definition of the term. Because the references are oblique parodies, they're probably covered legal-wise. Either get a PS3 or Vita (don't get a Vita), or just get over not having every game you want. Hopefully they'll bring this to other systems, but they seem to LIKE Sony (which doesn't translate into "They hate Nintendo" for the record).



TotalHenshin commented on Interview: Michael Pachter On Wii U, 3DS And T...:

Let's not compare it unnecessarily to the Wii. I think it's absurd to not view the Wii's success as somewhat of a "fluke." It's very rare for a home console to achieve that iPod-like status. I still love my Wii, heck of a lot more than most people on the internet do (still has the best exclusives, IMO), but it was very hot, and then it simmered.

I don't want Nintendo to merely survive. I want them to thrive. I own a WiiU, I think software-wise it's a little bit better than those who don't have it would think, but I third the ongoing question of "What has Nintendo been doing in preparation for Wii U?" I know they'll likely release Mario Kart U and Super Mario 3D U this year, and that was what turned around the 3DS, but I pray they're not pinning ALL their hopes on that. I feel they NEED to be cooking up something, or else this will be a very unsuccessful outing in terms of market-share. I don't want GCN-like total sales. I want this console to be robust enough to stand up well against the PS4 and 720.

Also, I completely disagree with @element187. I own all three consoles, but the 360 and PS3 do not have the exact same library. This is what I meant earlier by saying that the Wii still has the best exclusives IN MY OPINION, but if we're just statistical about Wii exclusives vs. PS3 exclusives, on GameRankings, the PS3 has both more 90+ and 80-89 scoring exclusives than the Wii. If any hardware library is really lacking, it's the 360, which has only 6 90+ exclusives, and 34 80-89 exclusives (that's actually more than I remembered. XBLA does really have a good library). Compare Wii: 11 90+, 43 80-89 and PS3: 12 90+, 52 80-89. Sure you can say that you "like" the Wii's exclusive library more than the other two consoles (as I do), but it's clearly false to say the PS3 and 360 have the same library, especially since Sony has been either purchasing or striking deals with smaller studios.



TotalHenshin commented on Rumour: Nintendo Handing Out Free Dev Kits To ...:

It sounds desperate to me. Those saying that more games, regardless of quality, is always better are ignoring what your local game store is piled with in the Wii section. Someone could compare the e-Shop to the AppStore (which has plenty of low-quality titles), but the WiiU e-Shop is so structurally different from the AppStore, in that e-Shop devs are quite dependent on Nintendo giving promotion and home-page space for their games, while the AppStore has more of a DIY attitude. Nintendo wants quality games on the e-Shop, as do we. I'm not supporting draconian regulations, but I don't want to see Marshmallow Cookie Maker on the homepage.



TotalHenshin commented on Dragon Quest X Posts Poor Sales Figures In Japan:

The huge sales of DQVII shows it certainly isn't because of the brand losing its shine. This was, in all likelihood, primarily due to 1) the Wii version of this game being available long ago. So both Wii and WiiU owners could simply play the Wii version. This is also why, pretty no matter how good the Director's Cut of Deus Ex: HR is, it will underperform. Speaking of underperforming 2) the WiiU still doesn't have a large install base in Japan. That is the second reason this game isn't doing so well. I'd say the primary problem is the first one.



TotalHenshin commented on Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This...:

@ChrisT99 I managed to scour through a youtube playlist and find the first video posted of a guy who does Kirby runs and unless there are different types of Kirby runs, these seem to be the rules:

  • No deaths. (this may be different than the way he plays)
  • Cannot unequip last weapon earned.
  • Must complete all main stages.
  • Cannot switch weapons for the sake of item gathering.


TotalHenshin commented on Talking Point: The Problem With 'Old' Wii U Ports:

We all like good games, the problem is we want the Wii U to keep getting good games, and when companies release old AAA games and they have bad sales, we stop getting future good games. I already have Deus Ex for 360, and I don't want to spend $50-$60 to play it in a different way.



TotalHenshin commented on UK Price War Rages As Asda And Amazon Slice £...:

Like most, I think games are what's needed first, and a price-cut should likely follow. They're likely just wanting to hold off on a price-cut any time soon, lest they feel compelled with doing a WiiU "ambassador" program, and then just get pegged as the gaming company that does that.



TotalHenshin commented on Unannounced Square Enix Wii U Title To Be Reve...:

Human Revolution is a great game, but it's also a two-year old game with nary a person left who wants it that hasn't played it. I'm really hoping it's at least the DQX localization announcement. Ideally, it'd be The World Ends With U (not a port; new installment).



TotalHenshin commented on Launch of Professor Layton's Final Adventure F...:

I've played all five of the releases so far and this series needs to be put to rest. I've enjoyed the games (most of them anyway), but this series has grown very repetitive. InternetBowser is correct though that digital downloads of both 3DS games aren't showing the true sales. Sure, those downloads likely won't catapult either entry towards Unwound Future levels of sales, but I think as we saw with New Leaf, digital download sales be surprisingly large.



TotalHenshin commented on Rayman Legends No Longer a Wii U Exclusive, De...:

The problem isn't that it's coming to other platforms, the problem is it isn't coming this month for the platform for which it was announced, so that, in all likelihood, it can release with other platforms. This was one of the key games I bought a Wii U for and now it's being delayed AGAIN. That's a load of crap.



TotalHenshin commented on Review: Ikachan (3DS eShop):

@gojiguy If this is essentially the same one you can get for free on the internet, then this game doesn't skimp on the padding. I just beat it for the first time in about 40 minutes, and a good portion of that was backtracking. I beat the boss at Level 3, and it still wasn't hard. If the 3DS version is essentially the same, I think many will feel their $5 were misspent. Download the PC version here (nearly PCs should be able to run this):



TotalHenshin commented on Wii U Advert Banned In The UK:

@Bankai Your "regulation" statement has no relevance with the discussion. If a company falsely advertises something, there's a court system to sue the company for said false advertisement. Governments don't seek to regulate commercials because they may make a product "too enticing" (re: your "powerful" statement). They do it to, supposedly, make sure that the information presented is not false, and as such, the ASA was likely in the right to tell Nintendo their ad needed to be changed.



TotalHenshin commented on Nintendo Announces 890,000 Wii U Sales in U.S....:

@HOUSE While it may be true that the Wii U sold less than the 360 this past December, in the same Nov-Dec two month period, the Wii U has sold more units than either the PS3 or 360 during that same two month period of their respective launches. Yes, you can focus on the 460k figure for WiiU in December, but that was more than the 360 sold in Dec '05 (and 30k less than the PS3 did). Now, of course the user base should expand due to at least increase of population alone, but let's not forget the differences in local and world economies at these respective launches. All this to say the Wii U is not doing bad, it is not doing amazing, and we cannot pinpoint its trajectory so shortly after its launch.



TotalHenshin commented on Crysis 3 Not Coming To Wii U Due To A "Lack Of...:

I love Nintendo, but the history of third parties being able to penetrate into their market is short and bitter. I bought a Wii U for the exclusives, and while I hotly anticipate Bayonetta 2, Wonderful 101, and others, I really do think Nintendo will keep carrying nearly the entire weight of its consoles. It's sad. I wish it were not the case, and I hope I'm wrong.



TotalHenshin commented on Miyamoto: Pikmin 3 To Be More Like Series Orig...:

I loved both games, but Pikmin 2 was better. I don't want something short, though having to economize your day isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, this coupled with the recent info on Miyamoto being the one behind a lot of the direction of Sticker Star makes me think the guy's getting a little past his prime creatively.



TotalHenshin commented on Round Up: Wii U Launch Window Games:

It's so surprising how many games I either strongly want (Pikmin 3, Rayman Legends, Wonderful 101, etc.), or am interested in and going to closely watch (Game & Wario, Toki Tori 2, etc.). I'm 24, and I'm not saying I'm going to get LCU, but you can't watch the trailers for that game and deny the amount of effort obviously being poured into it. Another game I'm watching.