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Sun 10th November, 2013

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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.



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.