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Tsusasi commented on Feature: Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - To...:

I used to be all about the Mario Party and the Mario Kart. I don't have as much time these days, but this year that's definitely the plan. Time to get back to basics and enjoy gaming with the fam.

Oooo… with a side of Nintendoland.



Tsusasi commented on Rumour: Toys "R" Us Cancelling amiibo Orders, ...:

The entire Amiibo debacle is an incredible fail on Nintendo's part. Trying to manipulate shoppers with vague, ambiguous non-denials while manipulating supply levels… I'm done with Nintendo's crap. The entire thought process is just ignorant. You can't pull this crap in 2014. All this has done is hurt the brand, hurt Nintendo's rep and put money in the pockets of d-bag resellers (who are bottom-feeding scum). Blaming the retailers isn't the answer. Nintendo has lost so many sales this holiday. For every dirt-bag posting (artificially) rare Amiibos for stupid prices, there probably 50-100 people who would have bought them at retail with the money going to the retailer AND NINTENDO. That's money neither will ever see. Building hype around a few figures that people can't even buy doesn't make the line successful. The common Amiibo are just sitting on the shelf. Of the 15 or so retailers I talked to, the vast majority confirmed that the average Amiibo sees moderate to low sales, with only a handful really moving. Properly marketed, with adequate supplies Nintendo could have moved far more product. Amateur hour, Nintendo. Fail.



Tsusasi commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64:

In actuality, it wasn't a rush job. I love people pulling crap out of their butts. The controller itself (the analog stick) was actually composed of higher-quality components, which you'd know if you actually knew what you were talking about. Gee, I don't remember there being triggers on the SNES controller, but if you're referring to the shoulder buttons… well. They're not triggers. Of course, if your vision is failing you, I can see how you wouldn't recognize the extreme similarities of the controllers in the picture as they progress through the years. Hmmm… I don't seem to see any three-pronged nightmares amongst todays controllers. Even the Gamecube controller (which I love) follows the analogue/digital placement convention of the Saturn 3D controller. Is that really because of Sage's controller? Who knows… who cares? I just mentioned in passing the real similarities between the controllers in the picture, and I don't think that its accident.

Btw...If you take into account development/R&D cycles and the development time for Nights into Dreams, it's clear that SEGA had it's own 3D game/controller combo in the pipeline at around the same time. Don't be a fanboy, be fan.



Tsusasi commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64:

@electrolite77 It's not a matter of understanding the controller, it was just awkward and uncomfortable to hold. The analogue stick could have been a bit shorter and shifted to one side, and the 'Z' button could have been placed beneath either the right or left shoulder button (maybe both to accommodate left and right handed players). It didn't have to be this awkward trident. I personally think the Saturn 3D controller was a much better design, especially ergonomically.



Tsusasi commented on Nintendo Dismisses Rumours That The GameCube C...:

@awesomeunclet It's not unprecedented; Nintendo has bought their own press before and shot themselves in the foot. If this was planned, this is an old-school tactic, and one that is not suitable for this market or in the age of internet shopping. Once upon a time you could pull this crap and and have late season shipments that would sell out immediately and still make bank or grab some of the after-holiday gift money. Now those profits are being eaten up by resellers grabbing them all up and posting them on ebay or other sites within hours for ridiculous prices. Sales that Nintendo could have had. By the time they get those shipments in stores, they'll have pissed off some people, lost the interest of others and lost sales to resellers. And if they aren't going to make more, why bother including any in-game functionality at all? Why exclude so many of your fans and potential customers? Take my daughter for instance. She has played a little Brawl, but fighting games haven't been her thing. But when she heard about Amiibos and training and fighting with them and feeding them to power up, she was excited.

She wanted The Villager. Yeeeeah… about that. She thinks it's stupid to pay extra, and she doesn't want the game OR Amiibos any longer. She's not mad, she has just lost interest because the thing that made her want to try the game is not available for retail cost, and she's smart enough to get what resellers are doing (she thinks they are 'greedy jerks'). She's a good kid. She actually wants Disney Infinity now (Toy Box ftw)… Groot and Rocket are her faves. She probably would have picked up Peach, Kirby, Pikachu, Yoshi and Link after Christmas too. Not anymore.



Tsusasi commented on Nintendo Dismisses Rumours That The GameCube C...:

@SwaveSays Um… I know how they work. But there are features that people want from each figure and there will be more and better interactions in the future with other games.


Customize your amiibo™ figure as the ultimate sidekick, and level it up to CRUSH your opponents.
Train your amiibo to supercharge its stats and expand its abilities.
Customize your amiibo by adjusting its attack, defense and speed stats.
Fight your amiibo against a friend's to make them tougher and see who the best trainer is.
Team up with your amiibo, or battle against friends in multiplayer amiibo action.

That sounds pretty exclusive to the Amiibo functionality. Things you can't do without one.



Tsusasi commented on Nintendo Dismisses Rumours That The GameCube C...:

@ultraraichu I'm not saying that this will be a huge trend, I'm saying that I saw and overheard this and I think it may have been fueled by a wish list, because they were annoyed that they couldn't find the product and the person at the counter explained the situation. After they heard what he had to say about driving up demand they said they no longer wanted the WIi U. The husband went out to their car and brought it in. They were frustrated, and I understand why. Not only had they spent a lot of time looking for this stuff, they were literally surround by Skylanders, with a LOT of people looking at them and buying them. When the mother asked about them while the father was outside, she was told by people that they had no problem finding them.
It was one instance I saw, but there were plenty of others annoyed and asking questions about the Amiibos. The best was exactly what I was thinking at the time; someone asked rhetorically 'Don't they want to make any money? Why wouldn't you make sure that you could sell as many as possible?'



Tsusasi commented on Nintendo Dismisses Rumours That The GameCube C...:

@awesomeunclet I meant as companions/teammates in the game. And why shouldn't every fan of a particular character be able to unlock their favorites' items and costumes? Because Nintendo thinks it's a good ideal to channel the whole 'tickle me elmo' vibe? To use cheap and divisive 'rigged supply/create demand that can't be filled' marketing tactics? It sucks the fun out of it all. This is Nintendo. Supposedly the last stand for just sitting down and playing games. This year I have seen them lower themselves to include Mercedes marketing/advertising crap downloads, dlc (Mario Kart at least done right so far… I'll give them that) and micro transactions, and now using a ridiculous and low-rent method of pimping what would have been a widely successful product without the cheap supply shortage tactic.

This gamecube controller adapter situation is more of the same. Everyone could seen how in demand these were, and preorders were through the roof. I mentioned this in another post, and someone actually tried to convince me the Nintendo is clueless when it comes to preorders. That they have no idea and it's just a big old surprise for them when the game ships. This is of course an ignorant statement, but the fact remains that the demand was glowing like the sun on their radar… and they did nothing. And have waited forever to address the questions for both the Amiibo and adaptor shortages. In fact, we still BARELY have anything that could be called a straight answer about Amiibos.

It's just frustrating that they would pull this crap when they need this holiday to be a huge success. They are robbing themselves of profit by keeping product out of the hands of those who want it. And Nintendo has said that the Amiibos will have greater functionality in the future. Not mad at you and I get what you're saying, but it doesn't change my original point. Nintendo has made a big miscalculation if this is truly an ill-conceived marketing ploy. Like I said, I already saw them lose one family because of it.



Tsusasi commented on Nintendo Dismisses Rumours That The GameCube C...:

@SteveSnowmn Nintendo has already said that Amiibo will have greater functionality going forward. And their functionality at this point is enough to cause annoyance for anyone who likes a character that they can't get because of lack of foresight or backwards thinking on Nintendo's part. Being insulting and rude and clueless yourself doesn't make for a great conversation. I'm so sick of the holier-than-thou children on here. You don't have to look hard to see the aggravation this is causing and the negativity surrounding it. Whether or not you think that the current in-game usage is important, my point is still valid and stands.



Tsusasi commented on Nintendo Dismisses Rumours That The GameCube C...:

Nintendo has really screwed themselves over this holiday season. Between this and the Amiibo b.s., they've robbed themselves of hundred's of thousands of potential sales, alienated some, created frustration and disappointment surrounding product that once had positive buzz and if any of this is calculated to generate demand, it has back fired with only sad opportunists on ebay making money that could have gone into their pockets. I watched a family return a Wii U because they didn't want to play the hot toy shortage game. They thought it was ridiculous and manipulative to create demand for Amiibos artificially and they had a good point. This isn't a collectable, these actually impact the game. If you can't find one, you can't use that character in game.

ps. They walked away happy with a 360 and a Skylanders starter pack. Very happy. They also picked up a few great games for cheap.

And the Wii U sat on the returns cart.



Tsusasi commented on Research Firm's Black Friday Data Shows Wii U ...:

180,000 is a drop in the bucket and the method of capture is dubious enough... But I'd also love to see the attach rate. If you're already getting a few of the already slim supply of decent titles on the xbone free with the system, why buy more? Microsoft was already losing big money on each system. Then they slashed prices and gave away games on top of the money they were already losing? What does the attach rate have to be before they break even with those deals... let alone to make a profit on those sales? 2.5? 3? More?

Nintendo may not have top this very limited, very specific, less than scientific 'poll', but when they put a system sale of the boards, they are making a profit.

In sure they won't blow anyone away with the NPD data, but I'm sure it with be more accurate too.



Tsusasi commented on Review: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U):

Sad... especially in light of the fact that the animation has gotten some good reviews. That sort of turns things on their head.

Had the powers that be pulled their heads out of their asses and allowed the game to develop to it's full potential, and had they been willing to cut the things that just weren't working, even at the expensive of the launch date, perhaps this would have been a much needed one-two punch for the IP.



Tsusasi commented on Nintendo Download: 13th November (North America):

I kept restarting Mario Kart this morning until the update showed up (around 6 CST in the US). Played and beat the first cup (50cc) before work, just to check out the tracks and Tanooki Mario using the Blue Falcon just for fun. It's all amazing of course. The update, download and installs were painless and didn't take much time at all; combined - under 15 minutes easily.

I may check out Keflings. I had fun with the 360 version, and I'm intrigued by the Halloween themed content. Super Circuit - I'll download it only if they didn't neuter the multiplayer again (in other words, it's probably a nope).



Tsusasi commented on Table Top Racing: World Tour Dev Isn't Sure Ab...:

Many lolz @ the number of people who are spinning this as Nintendo's fault or that it's due to the Wii U being underpowered. Have you seen the game footage? There is absolutely nothing there that the Wii U couldn't handle.

It sounds like the developer wants to talk to Nintendo to make sure that Nintendo won't bury their game or fail to promote it in the same fashion that they promote other indy efforts. I don't see this game as direct competition.

As for the other systems, there really isn't any competition in the fantasy racing/kart racing department. This isn't something that would go up against, say, Forza. It's also at a far different price-point. I can see where he's coming from in the short term. Mario Kart is huge, and with new DLC is going to maintain a presence into next spring at the very least. I'm guessing there will be more than a few copies under trees or otherwise gifted through this holiday season, or purchased with gift cards after. But there will come a time that Wii U owners will be looking for something new or at least a little different. I think that, if the game is actually good it could even benefit from people's love of Mario Kart.



Tsusasi commented on Review: Costume Quest 2 (Wii U eShop):

I saw a Twitter (at least that's what I think it was… or a board) conversation with one of the development team that basically said what Wuneye mentioned: Fixing bugs, and in particular the sound issue, which they are painfully aware of. Gamepad integration was also mention as something they are definitely doing, but there was no timeline given. Apparently the fist fixes were already handed off to Nintendo, and they are just awaiting the stamp of approval.

It's worth noting that other versions have had issues too, so this was just a rough launch (before anyone's starts talking nonsense about the Wii U's capabilities).



Tsusasi commented on Genyo Takeda Discusses Nintendo's Hardware Future:

I've been waiting for a true portable/console hybrid since the TG16 and it's portable counterpart. Nintendo is the one company perfectly positioned to make it happen. This is a concept that should have happened years ago. With the technology available, and Nintendo's dominance of portable gaming, this should be a no-brainer… but it's all in the execution I guess. As for a Nintendo game phone, that is such an incredibly bad idea I don't know how to comment on the notion politely.



Tsusasi commented on Pikmin Short Movies Available to Buy Now on Wi...:

I really am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that Shigeru Miyamoto just wasted everyone's time pimping his animated shorts for $5 a pop. Has he not ever been on the internet? There are a myriad of Hollywood quality (or better) animated shorts out there… FOR FREE. Where was an update on his progress with Gamepad games? A tease of other projects in the pipeline? Nope. We get Pikmin videos. What a waste of time. I certainly won't be spending my money on them.



Tsusasi commented on Nintendo Returns to Profit as Wii U Sales Show...:

@Yorumi They have adjusted their business/marketing plan, and they have seen results. Moreover, they have seen these results with only one huge hit. 'Hyrule' has seen decent sales, but I don't think we can call it a system mover. But they have obviously turned a corner. It IS up to them to keep the momentum going and to continue to be agile with their positioning and marketing of the system and build on this modest success. When you reflect on the fact that these sales are in the face of a major shift in how the Japanese market plays games/a soft console market, this is good news regardless of historical comparisons.



Tsusasi commented on Nintendo Returns to Profit as Wii U Sales Show...:

@LUIGITORNADO All system sale 'drop off of a cliff' after the holidays. Momentum is another thing. There will be lots of holiday cash and gift cards, which may fuel some sales for those excited about the 2015 releases, as well as the AAA, incredibly fun games already out. Some discounted. There are plenty of existing titles, and indy/eShop releases to keep people busy until E3 where, just like last year, I fully expect excitement surrounding the Wii U to explode again. Barring any mega surprises from the other to hardware companies, Nintendo has a chance to own E3. I just don't understand the hyperbolic pessimism a handful of people are spouting. The Wii U was looking near dead on arrival, but has not only held it's own, it continues to grow as a system and a contender for people's gaming cash. Look at the line up for the Wii U and the review scores as well as word of mouth. Now look at the other big two. The same applies to the 3DS and it's meager competition. Nintendo has defied all odds and silenced many pundits Wii U bashing staging a solid comeback. 2015 looks like a breakout year. What's the problem?

I think there are some people here who need more fiber in their diet… and maybe a hug.



Tsusasi commented on Nintendo Returns to Profit as Wii U Sales Show...:

Aaaand I love how people just have to turn good news into bad. Well enjoy, my little video game Eeyores. Nintendo will be just fine, the Wii U will continue to see modest gains and a bit of a rebirth in 2015, major 3DS releases and the 'New' 3DS' will give portable sales a bump (although they are still very good, btw), and the rest of us will enjoy emo, pessimism and drama free Nintendo experiences.

@SahashraLA 'Smash' will bomb? I literally just LOL'd… each and every time I re-read it (I had to make sure I read that correctly, after all). Someone needs a nap, methinks. Grumpiest post ever. Thank goodness all of your 'predictions' aren't based in any sort of reality. But hey, whatever, right? I'm going to enjoy the heck out of my Wii U… for years to come. It's given me more pure gaming joy than all of my other consoles combined since it's release.



Tsusasi commented on Nintendo Returns to Profit as Wii U Sales Show...:

And this is with only two major releases (well, one major and one cashing in on the popularity of a Nintendo IP)… I see a bright future for the Wii U next year. There are already several such system movers announced, and that's without the usual surprises and E3 announcements. I never lost faith. I questioned Nintendo's marketing strategies (with good reason), but they've turned a corner with their efforts in that area as well. Here's hoping they capitalize on this small uptick in momentum and don't regress into 'We're Nintendo - we know best' mode again. When Nintendo is hungry and the underdog, they always do well. When they start to believe their own press, that's when things go badly for them.



Tsusasi commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Follow Microsoft's Lead ...:

I think at this point, with the sort of line-up that is on the horizon in 2015, it's more about marketing, positioning and attractive bundles (not to sound like a cable company). A price cut stands a decent chance of further damaging the system's image/perception. Letting the competition further define themselves and box themselves in with price cuts, then being agile enough to adjust the system's positioning in the market accordingly might be a better course. Coupled with aggressive marketing, live hand-on events, and bundling the system with popular titles and a pro controller (multi-player out of the box for those who passed on the wii), a strong holiday season could create a better, more meaningful opportunity for a price cut.

Say, at E3. Coming off of a successful holiday season, a price cut would seem less of an act of desperation, and more the act of a company that is finally seeing enough system sales that they can afford to cut the price modestly. And just in time for a year of 'AAA' releases, new IPs and fresh starts (do-overs).



Tsusasi commented on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Continues to Thrash ...:

@Ichiban Yeah... not a raving fanboy. I didn't say anything that wasn't true/factual. I prefer that an article like this provides context and explores the entire scenario instead of posting numbers and then saying essentially 'Nintendo haz a sad. How we make Nintendo no haz a sad?' Because that's kind of lame. Or you know what? Just post the numbers without editorializing.

So, yeah. Not a fanboy, because truth. Nice try though.



Tsusasi commented on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Continues to Thrash ...:

Of course the only way to read this is negatively, right? And Wii U is once again doomed (as the pendulum predictably swings)? The PS4 is the exciting new kid on the block, and it only manages to move under 3,000 more than the older Wii U... A system everyone keeps berating because of lack of support. PS4 is westernized? Someone forgot to tell Japanese SONY fans…

Of the top 7 slots in hardware sales, Nintendo owns 5, including 1,2 and 3. Of the systems outselling the Wii U, only one is a console and 4 are their own handhelds. Nintendo has half of the top 20 software sales. Yes, there is only one Wii U game, but again… the PS4 only has one on the list too. And it ranked lower than the Wii U entry.

May I also note that the PS4 also saw a greater drop in sales, week over week than the Wii U? Whatever will Nintendo do?!?!?!

I'm tired of these spun, doom and gloom stories that lack objectivity. The Japanese games market has changed. It's an industry in transition, and trying to find/redefine itself. There is a MAJOR shift in how they play. Consoles sales are waning across the board. Portable gaming is trending and Nintendo is all over that scene. Framed appropriately, the Wii U isn't a lost cause or in horrific trouble; it's along for the ride that all console gaming in Japan is taking. And allowing for the criticism that it has no support, that it is still moving enough systems to be within one major software release of overtaking PS4 sales is actually pretty damn good. Moving over 5,000 units with one game in the top 20 sales chart is also pretty damn good.

Taken as part of the larger picture, the Wii U's position is neither dire, nor unexpected. They see spikes and move systems with each major release. Mario Kart 8 created a spike that even the most optimistic pundit underestimated.

But go on everyone. Write the obituary, and sound the click-bait klaxons… again. And then flip the script for the next sales spike and highly acclaimed release.

The pendulum swings… Rinse and repeat. Yawn.



Tsusasi commented on Capcom Won't Greenlight Sequels If A Game Does...:

Another company approaches fiscal suicide by banking on a couple of worn horses and relying on a short-term vision instead of playing the long game. It just makes me appreciate Nintendo even more. Yet another Japanese games company rife for a merger/takeover. Mainly because they turn their backs on their history and their fans.



Tsusasi commented on Demo Of ZaciSa's Last Stand Touching Down On T...:

This brings up an interest question, as I don't know what the site's policy is on such things. When a game is somewhat broken or has issues that effect the score, but subsequently has a patch released that answers most or all of the issues and maybe even adds features or content, does such a game receive an updated/revisited review?



Tsusasi commented on We'd Be Cheating Fans By Bringing Assassin's C...:

Ubisoft is already irrelevant and has been for a while. They have the Wii to thank for much of their cash in their pockets, and their money makers are still in genres that wouldn't even exist if the Wii hadn't opened wide the casual gaming market. Now they live and breath their own press. If they don't want to makes games for the Wii U, that's fine. I have zero problem with that. It's the lies, the dishonesty, and the blatant Wii U bashing that all but the biggest fanboys of other systems got over a while ago. The gaming public knows better now. Apparently they think we all ignorant rubes. Oops. They can take their rehashed and uninspired sequels and shove them. I actively hate liars.



Tsusasi commented on Meme Run is Coming to Troll Your Wii U Very Soon:

This is obviously bottom of the barrel crap. I hope the receive the welcome they deserve for slathering this crap sandwich with even more crap. My biggest fear is that Nintendo will tire of this sort of idiocy and the accompanying feedback and instead of addressing the issue case by case, will go back to their old ways… making indy development a nightmare. My friend and I have only just begun to explore Construct 2. I hope we get the chance (however slim) to attempt to bring a (quality) game to the Wii U before the gates close for good.



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.