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Sun 10th November, 2013

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Tsusasi commented on Review: Hyrule Warriors (Wii U):

This is pretty much exactly what I thought the end product would be… which is why I never considered it a release day/full price purchase. 'Entertaining diversion' does not warrant emptying my wallet, or pulling away from far better games that I still need to finish. Especially not with butchered music and technical issues. This may have an audience, but I think Nintendo is going to be fairly disappointed with sales.



Tsusasi commented on North America is Getting the Limited Edition o...:

For a company still struggling to define it's new system, sell systems and position itself as the 'gamer's' system, moves like this seem incredibly ignorant to the point of being completely out of touch. This is not a 'must-have' release for most gamers stateside. The 'Warriors' brand doesn't carry the same weight, and franchise mashups have a long history of being hit or miss at best. To miss an opportunity to sell to those on the fence and collectors just smacks of a lack of insight, or a return to the pompous 'We got this' mentality that has hurt Nintendo before. It wasn't going to be a purchase for me - at least not day one - but honestly… I just can't understand the thought process. Missed opportunity #_________



Tsusasi commented on Feature: The Nintendo 64 Controller and the Ri...:

Honestly, the Saturn 3D controller is still one of the best analog controllers I've ever used. I still break out Nights and Panzer Dragoon Saga and some of the racing games on the Saturn and the control is spot on. The N64 controller was a Nightmare compared to it.



Tsusasi commented on North American Club Nintendo Replenishes Its P...:

Club Nintendo used to be quite fun. A true incentive that sometimes coaxed me to make a purchase sooner than I had originally planned. It's the sort of thing that helps fuel brand loyalty and sets Nintendo apart from other companies. Now it feels like whoever is running the show recently doesn't understand the value and positioning power the club has. I hope that changes.



Tsusasi commented on Square Enix Wants To Bring Dragon Quest VII To...:

I don't know if anyone has mentioned this yet, but with the number of fan-localized ROMs out there, why don't these companies reach out to the fan base to help with the translation? They are already working on these sort of projects for free. What if the were given some sort of compensation package? Something that would leave them feeling appreciated and not used, but at the same time diminish the massive costs and strain on in-house resources this sort of project would cause. It may not make for a likely pairing, but I think the idea has merit and however unlikely, it probably has a better chance than just expecting a release to happen outside of Japan. Just a thought.



Tsusasi commented on The Console Wars Live On As Night Trap Remake ...:

If it weren't for the hearings, Night Trap would have barely been a tiny footnote in gaming history. There wasn't even a demand for the game until the 'controversy'. Placing the 'blame' where they do, they should thank Nintendo for the bump in sales.



Tsusasi commented on Die Rise Could Arrive in Call of Duty: Black O...:

It wouldn't have been there at all if the assets didn't already exist. I'll take it whenever they are ready to release it. October would be perfect. I do believe they are trying to figure out what the Wii U CoD community is all about, and if interest is real or all talk. If there is a tepid response to FREE dlc, why on earth would they put effort into supporting map packs that require a purchase? Free is free, and fun is fun... I don't care when Blops II was released.



Tsusasi commented on Wii U Owners Finally Get The Nuketown 2025 Map...:

@Grumblevolcano - 'At launch, the PlayStation 3 was available with either a 20, 40, 60, or 80 GB hard disk drive in the US and Japan, priced from US$499 to US$599'. The XBOX 360 launched with a 20GB HDD and didn't receive an upgrade for 2 years. And you couldn't use external HDDs. Sony now offers a 12GB model, and M$ a 4GB model. Currently, the 360 only supports external HDDs up to 32GB. That's it.

PS4 = 407 GB of usable memory. XBOX ONE = 362GB

When you look at the size of the Blu ray format games for the systems, it really isn't that much.

And I have no idea where your getting you numbers from, but one of the most graphically intense Wii U games - Mario Kart 8 - comes in at 4.83 GB for the eShop download. Compare to this launch list for the XBOX ONE

PS4 Games are of comparable sizes. Add to that the very 'beta' nature of game for these systems (usually many updates required to get them to a finished point), and I think the Wii U is doing just fine.

A sampling:



Tsusasi commented on Nintendo Download: 31st July (North America):

Steel Empire would have been an instant purchase for me at $20 or less… and then they lost their freakin' minds. $30 for a remake? For shooter that, as with most Shmups, doesn't last all that long and has middling replay value at best? Yeeeeeeeeaaaaah… did they even take a look at what their competition is at that price point? Or even less for that matter?

Oh well. I'll throw my original cartridge in my Nomad and play away until there's a sale.



Tsusasi commented on Steel Empire Blasting A Path To The North Amer...:

I was really excited for this… then they got greedy. I was expecting $15, possibly $20 at the outside. $30 is ridiculous. I can tell you right now… I didn't pay that much for the original back when it came out (caught a sale). I'll just pop my original cartridge into my Nomad and get my handheld fix until they come to their senses.



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

Here's the problem as I see it, and as it affects me: If you are platinum, chances are you already have a LOT, if not all of the titles they are offering. I mean, sure… first world problems to be sure. But there isn't really anything that I want.

Game & Wario
Fluidity: Spin Cycle

Between the Ambassador Program and purchases, these are the only two games I don't have. And Fluidity: Spin Cycle as a Platinum reward?

Also, this whole program just lost it's vibe. Platinum used to be something to get excited about and Nintendo's rewards made you feel kinda special. Like the company was really happy to reward your loyalty. This feels phoned in, lazy and completely sterile.



Tsusasi commented on Mercedes DLC Confirmed for Mario Kart 8 in the...:

@Pinkman Two completely different things. Marketing and evangelizing their system and pushing proper messaging so people understand the Wii U/Gamepad concept or even know what the Wii U is, is far and away different from throwing some unrelated, game world altering, and possibly gameplay altering (still don't know what the stats will look like for this 'kart') ridiculous dlc for a quick buck that has absolutely nothing to do with their franchise. That's not advertising, it's piss-poor brand extension invading a gaming world where Mercedes doesn't exist. What it represents is sad and obnoxious.

And it has nothing to do with Nintendo advertising the system or it's games. Putting Mario in a Mercedes is not going to sell systems, nor is it going to sell a Mercedes. I have no idea what they are thinking… (well, obviously Nintendo's thinking with it's short-term wallet).



Tsusasi commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Should Beware the Slip...:

@SahashraLA Actually, it's completely different. Again, one is just product that exists OUTSIDE OF THE GAME ENVIRONMENT that DOESN'T NOT EFFECT, ALTER, OR TRANSFORM IN ANY WAY the GAMING EXPERIENCE.

The other is INVASIVE, GAME-CHANGING, and ALTERS THAT GAMING ENVIRONMENT AND CANON. Look... we already have people who think it will be hilarious to grief people online with this kart... and if its stats are somehow skewed to favor the Mercedes brand... something that doesn't actually exist in the Mario universe, then it's already begun to be a bad thing.



Tsusasi commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Should Beware the Slip...:

@SahashraLA Again, one has nothing to do with the other. One effects, distracts and diminishes the quality, over-all experience and immersion of gamers in the world of a particular game. With Nintendo games, these worlds have nothing to do with reality or the artifices of the real world... and that's what makes them so appealing and charming.

The other is... retail merchandise that allows for fans to collect and enjoy their favorite Nintendo characters and worlds outside of the gaming experience. The two cannot logically or rationally be compared to one another. If I buy a box of Mario cereal and eat it in a Yoshi bowl, when I go to play Super Mario 3D World it will not have altered the gaming experience. Not aesthetically, not gameplay wise, and the world that I so looked forward to immersing myself in at the end of a long day will not be disrupted by a McDonald's flag, or Sour Patch Bears instead of Goombas. Slippery. Slope. Period.



Tsusasi commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Should Beware the Slip...:

Nintendo branding items, partnering with businesses to extend the brand, and throwing Nintendo images on everything is fan service and brand awareness. It's giving the consumer a way to bring their Nintendo fun into the lives in a different way. And it is external to the gaming experience. Inviting unrelated and unnecessary brand placement into the Nintendo universe is an entirely different thing altogether. There really is no correlation, other than both scenarios involve marketing and branding.

One is expanding the brand, external and in the family, so-to-speak. The other is a foreign body, invasive and bringing unrelated brands and products into a creative vision and gaming tradition. It does cheapen the brand, most definitely and it's something that I've very much respected Nintendo for resisting, especially light of recent financial troubles. M$ and $ONY went down this path a while ago, especially M$... and I got sick of ads and branding and product placement showing up everywhere in a service I already paid for. So I no longer use my 360. Maybe I will offline at some point. I still play my PS3, but they don't cram all of that marketing crap down your throat everywhere in the interface.

Nintendo had managed to remain pure by comparison. I was hoping that would never change.



Tsusasi commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Should Beware the Slip...:

@Hit-Girl It's not about the Kart itself, it's about what it represents. Like the title of the article says, it's a slippery slope... and I don't want branding and product placement jacking up the wonderfully fun worlds that Nintendo has created. I enjoy the Mario universe themed billboards along the raceways, referencing fun Nintendo themed businesses. I don't need or want ridiculous brand extensions popping up in the creative worlds I grew up with. Once that happens, the partner companies suddenly get to dictate the way their product and gameplay surrounding their product works or is handled. Goodbye strictly Nintendo gameplay, hello corporate meddling to show their product in the best light. To think that this is no big deal, and has no possible repercussions is to turn a blind eye to the rest of the industry... especially mobile/smart phone/touch gaming, social gaming and branded free-to-play.

That is unacceptable, and exactly what could happen if this Mercedes partnership is a raging success.



Tsusasi commented on Mercedes DLC Confirmed for Mario Kart 8 in the...:

I can't speak for anyone else, but it's not so much about the dlc and as it is what it represents and what may come. I don't want it, so I won't down load it. That's fine. But if they see success in this, this sort of thing may become more common place, more involuntary (and update to a game that also includes new ads for real world product in - let's say - Mario Kart. The update patches something, but ads McDonalds logos on everything), and more high-profile (and entire first-party game baring some ridiculous brand-extension or branding). That's what I'm annoyed about.



Tsusasi commented on Mercedes DLC Confirmed for Mario Kart 8 in the...:

This saddens me. The wonderful thing about playing Nintendo games is the incredible worlds they create. Even the advertising in the games is for fictional businesses in the Nintendo universe. To introduce this sort of in-game advertising/product placement takes Nintendo to a place I hoped they wouldn't go. No fun at all.

But worse still is knowing that this is just the beginning... that if this is successful, then Nintendo's games may suddenly be filled with ridiculous product placement and advertising. That they've held out this long is one of the reasons I respect Nintendo in this generation of consoles.



Tsusasi commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Defends Wii U Prospects as Sh...:

@Hy8ogen You do realize that, especially in light of the system sales bump from Mario Kart 8, your statement really isn't timely or reality-based. Add to that increase in sales all of the new Gamepad experiences (ones that have the press, gamers and detractors alike actually excited about the system AND the controller post-E3), and the amazing games coming in 2015 and really the only thing holding the system back is the wait for these experiences. Not trying to be harsh, it's just that it's a long-dead horse that you're beating and one would have to have some sort of unusually intense hatred for the Gamepad to still hang on to that talking point. Now that Nintendo is more focused on the messaging for the Wii U and the Gamepad, it's no longer an albatross...



Tsusasi commented on E3 2014: Quickfire Shigeru Miyamoto Video Focu...:

Sorry... I'm really sick of Nintendo's insistence on this behind-closed-doors brand of secrecy... it's tired, it's old and it serves no purpose when you're already on the ropes. They don't need security surrounding this very straight-forward project. This Star Fox is a tech demo/proof of concept, it's already been leaked and I think most of us are intelligent enough to grasp that concept. What Nintendo DOES need, in light of all but one system-moving game coming out in 2015, is excitement and momentum THIS YEAR. So if you have something interesting that highlights the Gamepad and gives those without a good reason to buy a Wii U a reason to trust in the Gamepad gaming concept, THEN SHOW IT!



Tsusasi commented on E3 2014: Mario Party 10 Subtly Announced for W...:

@Akera099 My feelings exactly. And I'm really having a hard time defending Nintendo, too. They know that the long game isn't really an option for them any more and that they have to win this holiday for the Wii U to survive another year (or at least I hope that they do), and yet here we are. Business as usual. Head in the sand, old-school NOJ action. I've been giving Iwata the benefit of the doubt and I was going to give him a pass through the holidays to turn things around, but unless something big happens this week, I do believe it's time for someone else to be given a chance to turn things around (hopefully someone who isn't stupid enough to place their faith in abandoning consoles or moving to smart phones… that would just be ignorant desperation). Idk… maybe he should still get to see the year out. 2015… they may end up putting that on the Wii U's tombstone.



Tsusasi commented on Reaction: Mario Kart 8 Accused Of Poor Sales P...:

Thanks for the heads up. I now have additions to my list of completely worthless sites that will get zero clicks from me.

Shear idiocy. All involved to should be fired for incompetence... I'm sure they'll be fine: Tabloids are always hiring douche-bags.



Tsusasi commented on Nintendo Involved In Patent Dispute Over Wii U...:

Patent trolls aren't even technically human. They're definitely sub-human scum. The linked documents pretty much make Nintendo's case for them. Oops. The argued points have nothing to do with how the Wii U functions beyond the multiscreen function, which if this patent covered that basic function, it would allow these dirtbags to sue damn near everyone. Hell, I'm sitting at my iMac with a dual screen set up right now: Browser in one window, Adobe software open and rendering in the other. Are they going after Apple next?

Please watch the profanity — TBD



Tsusasi commented on Former Criterion Boss Alex Ward Laments Issues...:

@Discostew I disagree. Nintendo had far more to gain from marketing the game than EA. As much as I hate the company the EA has become, in this case the game would never have been a true money-making proposition for them. These sort of racing games have a niche market. A niche market on a system that doesn't have a larger user base won't get you marketing doallars.

For Nintendo, however... this was a chance to tout a product that was superior to any of the other platforms, and put to rest the rumors of the systems being under-powered. It was also a chance to show third-parties that they had their backs and were true partners in making the Wii U a must-have system.

It also was a chance to highlight what developers who took their time and developed games specifically for the Wii U could achieve. Especially where the Gamepad was concerned. It made great use of the controller without feeling gimmicky.

Nintendo blew a great opportunity to champion both their system and their commitment to third parties - and do it relatively cheaply - and instead alienated both talented developers and a potential publishing partner. If they had at least tried, I'm pretty sure EA would still have bailed, but this guy and his new company would be a LOT more open to developing for the system... a system he's already proven he has dialed in.



Tsusasi commented on Nintendo Download: 6th March (North America):

Nintendo, seriously... fail, fail, fail, fail...

Get your crap together. Fast. You may have something special planned this spring. Maybe around E3.

No one else knows what your plans are. They need content. If you're not going to release major titles in large batches or every month, I get that. You need to spread things out.

There is NO excuse to sit on all of the wonderful titles available elsewhere in one VC form or another. Lose the absolutely backwards and ridiculous separate release schedule for NA and Europe/UK... at least until you restore faith in your judgement. Release the good stuff... in both markets. And get back to your special import releases as well. VC is a mess, and there's no good reason for it.

I look forward to the indy titles scheduled this spring, but that can't be all that you're offering.



Tsusasi commented on Steampunk Shooter Steel Empire Hits The Japane...:

I really loved this game... it was a unique take on the shmup and the art style was something fresh for the genre... especially with all of the painfully similar games released at the time. I think I need to dig the cartridge out and see if it's still as fun to play. If it is and it comes west, I'll definitely pick it up.



Tsusasi commented on Airtight Games Feels That Murdered: Soul Suspe...:

I really hate developers who don't have the balls to be honest. More and more we know that the system can handle what developers throw at it, and there are really good ports on the system. I wouldn't have a problem with this is they would just be honest. You want to make money. You don't think you'll recover your costs. I get that. But this b.s. is just insulting.



Tsusasi commented on Nintendo Download: 27th February (North America):

Back when the Wii VC really hit it's stride, and especially when it was announced imports were heading to the system, I knew plenty of people who bought the system just to load it up with VC games. At it's current price point, I don't see that happening with the Wii U, but it could shove some people off of the fence. Nintendo needs to step up their VC game across the board.



Tsusasi commented on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Only Sell...:

@JohnRedcorn I don't need a PR machine or hype to dictate which games are of a caliber that I should purchase them, or the stature of a game to dictate when if ever there is a drought or not. I will never experience a drought because I am not needy and entitled. That having been said, the point was that this wasn't a 'AAA' in JAPAN. It may very well be far more anticipated here in the states or in Europe. It just never was in Japan. Period. I see how you're trying to wrap everything up in a nice, condescending, misguided bow, but you're not on point or clever and my point stands: This was never meant to be a system mover or even a huge seller in Japan. Therefore it's sales... in February... with a small user base... aren't bad. Not great, but not bad... and certainly not DOOOM DOOOM DOOOOOOM...