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Tue 12th August, 2008

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TrueWiiMaster commented on Talking Point: A Virtual Console Revival Could...:

I sincerely hope a subscription service like PS+ doesn't happen. I hate the idea of paying for "free" games that are never yours, for better discounts, for early access ,etc. I don't think a price drop is necessarily the best idea either. In the article it was mentioned that sales went way up when games went on sale. I'd argue that has more to do with the low price being temporary than the low price itself. I've bought various games I hadn't intended to buy just because they went on sale. If their regular price had been low, I wouldn't have had any incentive to buy them quickly, and I probably still wouldn't have them. Lowering all games by a couple bucks would increase sales overall, of course (the same amount of money would buy more games after all), but I wonder if it would increase them enough to actually make more money.

I think Nintendo should just do a better job with the Virtual Console. They need to add more games, especially hard, or impossible, to get games like Earthbound and Mother 1 and 3, add more platforms (at least bring it up to the Wii's VC), and promote it all with sales and advertisements. Maybe they could put one VC game on sale for 50% off every week, and put up a video of the Nintendo Minute people playing it, or have VC flash sales every once in a while. Whatever they do, they need to do a better job supporting the Virtual Console, and I don't think subscriptions and lower prices are the ways to do it.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Watch Dogs Will be the Only "Mature" Ubisoft G...:

Having played Assassin's Creed for the first time with AC3 on the Wii U, I can say I'm definitely a Nintendo fan that's not that interested in Assassin's Creed. That said, I would be interested in Tetris, a franchise that began with Nintendo fans, and I was interested in Valiant Hearts. For future reference, I'm also interested in Beyond Good and Evil 2. Just because Ubisoft's biggest franchise isn't popular with Nintendo fans doesn't mean they don't want other Ubisoft games.



TrueWiiMaster commented on The Pokémon Trading Card Game Is Coming To iP...:

This is probably the same game that's available on PC right now, which is almost more an accompaniment to the actual cards than a game in itself, so I don't really care if it comes to the ipad. It will probably do well there, and it's suited to a touchscreen. That said, if they bring it to the ipad, they should also bring it to the Wii U and, if possible, the 3DS. After all, just about every Pokemon fan has or will have the current Nintendo system(s) at some point.

What I really want, though, is a real TCG game like the Game Boy original, where you don't have to enter codes from booster packs to get cards.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Feature: HD Remasters That Would Be Perfect fo...:

I think Xenoblade would make an excellent addition to this list. An HD remake could fix the popping and aliasing troubles of the Wii version, while also making a rare game (in America at least) easier to obtain.

And, though I'm probably in the minority, I'd actually prefer a remake of Mario Sunshine over a remake of the Galaxy games. The exotic and bright locales would really benefit from an HD version, just as they did in Wind Waker.

Other than those two, and maybe a Metroid Prime Trilogy remake, I'm more interested in Gamecube and N64 games coming to the Wii U in any form, HD or Virtual Console, and new games in existing but neglected franchises (Metroid, Endless Ocean, F-Zero, Chibi Robo, etc).



TrueWiiMaster commented on The Hyrule Warriors Artbook Catches The Eye Wi...:

Your legend point is interesting, but your other points seem flawed.

While Metroid isn't a legend, that doesn't mean the main character has to be Samus. It could be her son, her father, an apprentice, etc. It could be very interesting to find out more of her story.

As for the purpose, it would be the same supposed purpose for turning Link into a girl, whatever that may be to you. There could be a thousand "sci fi shooters with male protagonists" and it wouldn't matter. There wouldn't be a Metroid with a male protagonist.



TrueWiiMaster commented on The Hyrule Warriors Artbook Catches The Eye Wi...:

This topic... Link's gender doesn't need to change. Forcing it to do so would make more problems than benefits. Yes, every game technically has a different Link, but through over a dozen games, and for almost 30 years, he has always been a boy. His gender is well established, and many fans would be upset if it changed. Very few would be upset if it didn't. There is also no reason to make his gender changeable, which only limits the story. If the player chose Link's gender, the story would either have to be gender neutral, or have two versions, which would take resources that could have been used to make the game better.

Zelda fans, male and female, have all enjoyed Zelda games. As several people here have pointed out, Aonuma has said Link is supposed to be the player's persona. That doesn't mean that Link becomes the player, however, but that the player becomes Link, immersed in the world and story of his games. The player's gender has nothing to do with feeling like a hero.



TrueWiiMaster commented on The Trending #WiiUDroughtAid Shows That, Actua...:

Aren't all the systems experiencing something of a drought right now?

The backwards compatibility on the Wii U is awesome. I just bought 7 bargain Wii games I'd wanted for a while. I can't say they're all great (they're bargain for a reason), but there are definitely some gems. Between Wii games I missed, Wii U games I haven't played yet, and eshop games, I have more than enough to play right now.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Capcom Is Remastering The GameCube Resident Ev...:

That's irrelevant. The fact is, there are still many gamers that would either choose the Wii U version, or would have no other choice than the Wii U version. Many of those people are the same people that supported the original game, and Capcom's abandoning them, choosing to "follow the money" rather than please their fans.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Capcom Is Remastering The GameCube Resident Ev...:

This isn't RE1. This is the remake of RE1, which was a Nintendo exclusive.

"most Resident Evil fans will own more then a Nintendo console and more than likely a PS or Xbox instead"
That may be true, but that goes with what I said. They're abandoning the Nintendo fans that supported this game to follow the money. They don't care about their fans, and that's why many are coming to hate them.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Capcom Is Remastering The GameCube Resident Ev...:

This is why so many of the old 3rd party developers are so hated. They happily abandon their fans if they think there's money elsewhere. They expect loyalty, but have none. Capcom should hurry up and get bought by a better company (ideally Nintendo).



TrueWiiMaster commented on The Man Responsible For Reviving Nintendo's Re...:

I think the differences do matter. I don't know too much about Wizards of the Coast, and I don't think that's unusual or uncommon. Almost everyone knows Nintendo, and Nintendo's clean, family friendly, doesn't-offend-anybody reputation. They can't have someone sending out random tweets while representing them. The positions these two men hold/held also matters. Communication isn't Rosewater's main job, but it was Adelman's. If someone whose main job is communication isn't communicating what you want him to, there's definitely a problem.



TrueWiiMaster commented on The Man Responsible For Reviving Nintendo's Re...:

What works for one company might not work for another. It's also worth noting that Nintendo is probably a much bigger company, with a much more famous reputation. Also, Mark Rosewater is a designer, while Dan Adelman's job was largely based on communication.

And couldn't the Binding of Isaac topic be considered a sensitive issue?



TrueWiiMaster commented on The Man Responsible For Reviving Nintendo's Re...:

Though this seems like a loss for Nintendo, maybe it's best if they go their separate ways. A big company can't have its representative saying whatever they want on twitter, and he seems to want that freedom. Hopefully his departure doesn't hurt the indie movement for Nintendo. Lately it's been getting better and better, and it would be a shame if it started going downhill.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Nintendo Goes Download-Only With The 2014 Club...:

Actually, that's exactly the point of this. Just look on Club Nintendo. They say you should join for special rewards and exclusive benefits. Getting a free game is nice, but it's not a "special reward" if you can pick it up in any game store.

No, you only get one game. Platinum users can choose from the Platinum and Gold games, but they still only get one game. The DDP gives you $3 if you get Game & Wario, $1.50 or less for every other game.

"So they're only about 3.75 times as valuable as the most valuable past physical rewards?"
Actually, the most valuable reward, the SNES Wii remote, which didn't come to America, sells for well over $50 on ebay. Other rewards sell for $20-50. That value comes from the exclusivity you seem so against.

This isn't an exclusive club. Anyone can get in and earn Platinum status if they want to. The Platinum reward is supposed to be a reward for those that actually do, almost like a trophy, albeit without any competition. If the trophy you get can be bought in any store, it's not much of a trophy.

"Bottom line is, there is more value here for the customer"
That depends entirely on the customer. If someone already owns DK3D, and doesn't have a Wii U, the value is $10 at most. If someone only has a Wii U, but already has Game & Wario, the value is $15 at most. Perhaps the strangest thing about these rewards is how they punish customers for their purchases. The more games you bought, the fewer options you have.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Nintendo Goes Download-Only With The 2014 Club...:

That's kind of the point of clubs and rewards. People who aren't in the club don't get club-exclusive items. People who don't "earn" the rewards don't get the rewards. If anyone can just go out and get them it makes the club somewhat pointless.

Also, none of these games have "up to 50 dollars value". Game & Wario and DK3D are both $30.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Nintendo Goes Download-Only With The 2014 Club...:

I'm not sure what to make of these rewards. I love that I'll be getting Game & Wario for free, but in the end it's just a game. These rewards are great, but they have nothing to do with achieving Elite Status. Unlike past rewards like statues, pins, posters, and CD's, anyone can go out and buy these games. Honestly, I was kinda hoping for a 3D World soundtrack, or maybe a CD of the Zelda symphony.

That said, this is still awesome. Nintendo's giving free games, including retail games. There's not really anything to complain about there, especially when you compare it to what competitors give (pretty much nothing). The rewards could have been better, but they're still good and they're still free.

I wonder if Game & Wario will count towards the Deluxe program like Wind Waker did. Assuming it does, that'll be a free game plus $3 eshop credit.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Sega Still Considering Its Options For The Wii...:

Though I'd like to see Genesis games come to the Wii U VC, I'd be much more interested in Dreamcast games. It's probably not very likely, especially when Nintendo hasn't even put their own 3D systems on the service, but I can get Genesis games on the Wii VC, and I've played very few Dreamcast games.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Sony: PS4 Is "Welcoming Back" Wii Owners Who S...:

I plan on getting a PS3, actually, because the PS4 lacks backwards compatibility and charges $50 a year. I wouldn't have minded the subscription too much (I probably just wouldn't have gotten it; I don't play online much anyway) but the lack of backwards compatibility is a deal breaker.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Mighty No. 9 Has Another Crowdfunding Campaign...:

What he got in the original Kickstarter should be more than enough to make an amazing 2D platformer. Many indies have made great 2D games with thousands (and some make them just for fun for free), but apparently one of the most veteran developers in the industry needs millions.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Nintendo Download: 10th July (Europe):

Hopefully Pokemon TCG comes out in America too. It's definitely one of my favorite Game Boy games. Though I'm sure it's wishful thinking, it would be great if Nintendo was testing the waters for a new TCG game by releasing the classic game.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Ubisoft Runs Another eShop Discount Bonanza in...:

I don't want/already have the Wii U games, but I might get Rayman 3D and/or Ghost Recon. I've been wanting them for a long time, and these prices actually beat the retail prices, even on used copies. These great 3DS eshop sales are making it hard to save money for the upcoming Wii U eshop games.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Wii Owners Are Upgrading To PlayStation 4, Cla...:

I'll be sticking with the Wii U this gen. At some point, I plan on finally getting a PS3. As someone who skipped the PS3 last gen, backwards compatibility on the PS4 would have been a major selling point, but since it doesn't have that, has virtually no games I want, and charges for online, I have almost no interest in buying it.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Reminder: Nintendo's Wi-Fi Service on Wii and ...:

It's sad to see the games cut off (especially the ones I haven't even gotten yet), but I have to admit that I haven't played online on the Wii or DS in a long time, possibly not since Pokemon Black 2 came out. I'd imagine there aren't very many players on most of the games anymore, which is why Nintendo isn't migrating the games to new servers.

That said, I'll try to play some games online tonight, probably Excitebots, Mario Kart, Brawl, and/or Pokemon. As the article said, it's the end of an era. It may not be a glowing era for everyone, but it was a lot of fun while it lasted.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Rumour: Nintendo Will Reveal New Hardware At T...:

Honestly, I'd be surprised if they didn't announce some sort of QoL hardware. They already said it was going to be a separate platform from their existing hardware, and they wouldn't have announced its existence if they didn't have something to show fairly soon after.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Mario Kart 8 Club Nintendo Promotion Offers a ...:

Just yesterday I was wondering if Nintendo would do a promotion like this, since they've done several "free game" promotions on the 3DS. I even guessed that if they did such a promotion, Wind Waker would probably be one of the choices, and would probably be the game I'd choose. Weird coincidence.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Review: Child of Light (Wii U eShop):

I have a ton of games to play from the eshop thanks to all the Winter sales, but pretty much all of them are 2D platformers, so I might get this early on to add some variety and support the game (maybe Ubisoft will change its mind and bring Valiant Hearts to the Wii U if this game gets enough support?). Between this and Stick it to the Man (which I'm also considering) it could be a very good week.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Download Developer Hits a "Brick Wall" When Tr...:

"A developer of a 3D action game sold 1,000 units in the U.S., and 400 in Europe in their first month"
What 3D action game is even on the Wii U eshop?

As for his other complaints, I think he's exaggerating. Most indies who have spoken about developing for the eshop have specifically said that communication was excellent. What's more, Nintendo does feature indie games in most of their presentations and conferences. The supposed sales he cited are from mystery developers, whose games may well be deserving of their numbers. Also, we know Nintendo has been reaching out to indie developers, as some have said they were approached and even offered free dev kits.

And what publisher "which is very experienced in the eShop space" is he referring to, when there are so few that fit that description and haven't already praised the eshop?

All that said, he's right that Nintendo needs to market better. Marketing has been, by far, their greatest weakness the last couple years. They need to do better at marketing themselves, their systems, and their potential to both developers and consumers.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Nintendo Shows Off Its Mario Golf: World Tour ...:

Two 18 hole courses equals 36 "levels", right? So for $6 you get 36 levels and a new character? Seems like a pretty good deal to me.

Though I'm usually very against day 1 DLC, I don't mind it in this game because of the price. If you buy the game and the day 1 DLC on launch day, it will still be $4 less than a full priced 3DS game.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Nintendo Provides Some Context to 2013's Tomod...:

"In that respect, it's still looking like an exceptionally cautious, conservative approach from the development team and its management."
I think "exceptionally" is too strong a word. While Nintendo is avoiding a somewhat volatile topic, it's more the norm for game developers than a strange or unique occurrence from Nintendo. That said, I wouldn't say it was the wrong choice. The majority of people either don't want the "feature" or don't care either way, and it would attract attention to Nintendo in an area they probably don't want attention. I want Nintendo to stay out of politics/religion.

Besides, if you really want to marry someone of the same gender, you can just make a Mii of the opposite gender that looks like your gender, or make your own Mii the other gender but look like yourself. It's not a difficult workaround for those that really want it.

As for myself, the Nintendo Direct got me interested in this game, and I'm more likely to get it knowing that men won't be hitting on me in game (if that even happens in this game; I still know little about it). I'd also prefer not to have the option to date male Mii's popping up when I talk to them.



TrueWiiMaster commented on Review: Pure Chess (Wii U eShop):

I enjoyed it so far in single player, but I haven't tried the multiplayer yet.

While I recommend the game, I would caution against getting the DLC. When the game was first put up, the DLC was all $1 each, so I bought all three level packs. Thing is, they're not easy to use. The chess pieces look nice, but it's hard to keep track of what piece is what when they no longer look like chess pieces (especially with the Roman set). The levels that come with the packs only allow play with the included set too, though it hardly matters, because as long as you're actually playing chess you don't see the scenery, and there doesn't seem to be any difference in music or any special ambient sounds. I got all three packs for $3 total (they usually go for almost $3 each), and I feel like it was wasted money.