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Ukulele_Wizard

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#1

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Talking Point: Nintendo Successfully Wooed Som...:

I liked Nintendo's E3 a lot, and I do think they impressed most people more than Sony or Microsoft, but I am disappointed that most games are now 2015 releases, though I can live with that. My biggest criticism is simply that, while I loved the digital event, I think they should have used it to announce new games and IPs as opposed to mostly just updates on existing games. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but they instead relied on media outlets picking up on games on the show floor. Next year, I'd prefer it if they announced their new games in the main event (the digital event) and have updates about games during the Treehouse broadcasts or what have you.
Other than that though, this was a wonderful surprise from Nintendo. I went in with low expectations after three years of E3s ranging from meh to, in my opinion, simply pitiful, and I was really blown away with a lot of games (Zelda U looks GORGEOUS and Splatoon looks like it'll be a ton of fun).

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#2

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Site News: How was 2013 for Nintendo Life?:

This is hands down the best site to go to for reviews for anything Nintendo and the fact that you guys take the time to do all this is really fantastic. I can't praise you all enough, so all I'll say is this was a fantastic 2013 and I'm looking forward to 2014!

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#3

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Feature: Our Favourite, Quirky and Baffling Po...:

I loved all the allusions to previous regions as well as the Harmo Knight reference pointed out in the article. I also liked when, I think right after you beat the 2nd gym, there's a psychic that you can battle and he says something along the lines of "your power level is over 9,000 for sure!"
My absolute favorite part of the adventure thus far is when I go into a battle and I see a new Pokémon or when I encounter a new Pokémon in the wild and for the first time in what feels like forever, instead of knowing beforehand what type these Pokémon are and how to handle them, I had to test out what move would be super effective or not very effective or totally neutral. It really adds a sense of adventure and I cannot wait to go to the Elite Four, who's, Champion, unlike previous games, isn't talked about at all, therefore adding even more to the sense of adventure. Pokémon X and Y are, so far, my favorite Pokémon games of all time.

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#4

Ukulele_Wizard commented on The World's Most Scathing Video Game Critic Ma...:

I actually kind of wish Nintendo made it a multimedia device. It would be nice to be able to pop in a DVD and have it start playing in a few seconds as opposed to me having to switch the input and wait for my 6 year old DVD player to read the disc and then start playing about a minute later. But that's probably just because I have a horrible DVD player.
That being said, I feel like a lot of people are forgetting about Nintendo TVii. Nintendo needs to make it available in ALL regions, so then you can get a $200 cheaper Xbox One with a more impressive lineup of games. Nintendo also needs to start advertising the multimedia features. They need to have ads about being able to watch Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu. They need to have ads about having the best Internet Browser, about Miiverse, about the eShop, and, most importantly, Nintendo TVii. I honestly think that with the Xbox One, Nintendo TVii could be a game changer.
As of now, though, I do like that it's targeted at gamers and at playing games, but for the upcoming holiday season, I think Nintendo really needs to change that to heavily appeal to the casual crowd. Arguably the two strongest brands coming out of last gen were Nintendo and Xbox, so if consumers here you can get an Xbox One with most of the same games and a ton of awesome Nintendo games, all for $200 less, like I said earlier, that could be a game changer.

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#5

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Review: Undead Bowling (3DS eShop):

I actually really enjoyed the demo and I'll probably pick this up of there's a price drop. If there isn't one within the next couple of moths, I may pay full price for this. This seems like a game I could easily see myself playing when on some form of transportation or right before I go to bed if I'm bored.

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#6

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Nintendo Finally Confirms Call of Duty: Ghosts...:

This is good news, and I hope it sells well so that Activision continues supporting the Wii U. What Activision needs to do is say that The Wii U version will be getting all the DLC at the same time as the PS4 and PC versions (since I think Microsoft still has exclusive early access to DLC) and that the game will run just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts. If they do this, then it may sell very, very well on Wii U. If they decide to use the same engine and graphics as the PS3/360 version and include no DLC, then it won't sell well, it's as simple as that.
Also, why was this announced so late?! I just can't think of a logical reason. Wouldn't you want consumers to know that it's coming to a certain platform to increase the chance that someone will buy it on that platform? It really just doesn't make sense.

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#7

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Talking Point: F-Zero GX HD Could Boost the Fr...:

F-Zero GX was a beautiful game, and, if for nothing else, Nintendo should do an HD remake or make and entirely new game just to show off how capable the Wii U really is, because despite the fact that on paper the PS4 and Xbox One destroy it, I don't think that there's that big a difference in real world performance. Also, I heard that the large cache of EDRAM would make it be able to compete head to head with the upcoming consoles from Sony and Microsoft. But that's just what I hear from and indie developer I know, so I could be totally wrong/big studios won't take advantage of that and won't care.

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#8

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Review: Pikmin 3 (Wii U):

This is definitely a day one purchase for me, and after playing the Gamestop demo, I just can't wait for this game to come out! 13 more days...

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#9

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Just 3% of All Ubisoft's Sales Came From Wii U...:

This comes as no surprise. Compared to the Wii, PS3, 360, and PC, the Wii U has an insignificant install base, and since Ubisoft hasn't released any games this year AT ALL, it's actually quite surprising that it wasn't lower than 3%.

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#10

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Hideki Kamiya Believes The Wonderful 101 Won't...:

As much as I'd love for them to put everything on disc, if the team that developed TW101 has nothing left to do and they don't have the clearance to make a sequel, I'd love it if they were to work on some DLC. It could be something simple, like something new in the in-game shop, or it could be a new hero with a new level. As long as it's not just DLC that's an easy cash-in or it's not DLC just for the sake of having DLC, I wouldn't mind them having it a month or two after the release.

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#11

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Nintendo To Focus On Struggling Markets In The...:

From a purely business standpoint, the most important thing that Nintendo can do is revitalize Wii U sales in established markets. From what I've read, Nintendo is basically the only video game company that invests in emerging markets (please correct me with facts if I'm wrong). So, as of now, in those territories they have no competition. Bolster sales in America, Europe, and Japan, and then focus on places like South Korea or South Africa. Get games out in established markets, then release them in emerging markets.
In my opinion, in order to revitalize sales, Nintendo needs to get rid of the basic model, make the Deluxe bundle available in black or white, and bundle games like Super Mario 3D World or Wind Waker HD for the console this holiday season. And announce an MK8 bundle as well for Spring. Mario Kart is the second best selling game for the Wii, GameCube, N64, and 3DS (fourth for the SNES), so I'm pretty sure that Mario Kart will be a hit. The Wii U will sell A LOT more units this holiday season if they do that. If they announce a price cut, then that's not bad, but I'm now on the fence whether they really need one. I mean, the lower price the better, even if it's only by $10.

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#13

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Reggie: This Holiday Season Is Going To Be Ext...:

@LDXD I totally agree with you: the 3DS does indeed have competition from smartphones and tablets. But, with the 3DS, what we see is a system priced considerably lower than smartphones and tablets and that has enough fantastic, triple a experiences to separate it from the crowd. And aside from that, I can honestly say, at least probably because of the fact that my sister always watches Nickelodeon ad Disney Chanel, where Nintendo advertises the most, I see more 3DS adds than I see iPhone, iPad, or Mac Book ads. In fact, I see more 3DS ads on YouTube than I see and iOS or Android product COMBINED. Seriously. The Wii U, however, is a totally different story. Nintendo advertised the 3DS, they aren't doing the same for the Wii U.

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#14

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Reggie: This Holiday Season Is Going To Be Ext...:

@d_rock I agree that the Wii U has the best exclusives, and like I said in my post, I think that the Wii U is the best system. But the big problem is 3rd parties keep putting it down. They put poor ports of year old games, charge full price for them when you can get them ANYWHERE ELSE for $10(I'm looking at you, Sniper Elite v2), and then they say they don't sell well because their audience isn't there, or because the Wii U isn't as powerful as a 360 or even PS3 cough EA chough. Of all the games you listed, the VAST majority were first party games, and a lot were games coming out in 2014.
So instead of comparing exclusives, compare third party games. Now there is where you'll see a HUGE difference.
And third party software isn't all I want. But look at the N64 or Game Cube. They had poor third party support compared to their rivals. The original Xbox outsold the Gamecube by only about 2 million units, yet it had many hundreds of more games than the GCN. Take a look at the N64 vs PS1. The PS1 outsold the N64 almost 3 to 1, and it had hundreds upon hundreds of more games than the N64. I don't care about third party games on Nintendo systems, never have, and most likely never will (except for semi-rare exceptions when the game looks great and receives high scores). But Nintendo NEEDS 3rd party support to win this generation.

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#15

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Poll: Are You in the DLC Brigade?:

What I'd really like Nintendo to do is release some DLC for some of the older games like Kid Icarus Uprising or even Mario Kart 7. I mean, I generally don't like DLC when it's day one, unless it's free, but what I hate is when companies make DLC, release it day one for a not so cheap price, and then have that DLC come with a weapon or a certain outfit or something that makes the players that pay for the DLC more powerful than those that don't.
What would be worthwhile DLC, for example, for MK8 if a month or two after its launch, Nintendo releases some DLC that adds 4 tracks for 4-8 dollars and maybe there's a new item that you can use ONLY in those 4 tracks, then that would be worth it. But then, for example, if Nintendo were to release DLC for Smash Bros that costs 20 dollars and gives you a new arena themed to a new character that you also get that is SUPER OP, then that is DLC that I do not support.
The Mario DLC is fine and so is the FE DLC, I just hope Nintendo continues to make good DLC and not mindless cash-grabs.

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#16

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Reggie: This Holiday Season Is Going To Be Ext...:

@Yasume Well, I hope you at least read it. I don't think anybody is going to read it, but meh.
However, MK8 is not a rehash. I got a chance to try it out at a Best Buy demo, and the anti-gravity really changes things up. It is, by far, a next-gen looking game. And it really does look gorgeous. It plays smoothly and it's overall just a fun and enjoyable experience. I agree that the Wii U is not comparable to the 3DS, but 3D World, which I also got a chance to try out, was very, very different from 3D World. The boss level alone speaks for itself.

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#17

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Reggie: This Holiday Season Is Going To Be Ext...:

I'll be honest, initially I thought that once the PS4 and Xbox One prices were announced, the Wii U was going to end up like the 3DS, a total misfire that Nintendo somehow ended up making the best selling system on a weekly basis. However, I feel like the parallels that keep being drawn between Wii U and 3DS are misleading. The 3DS has NO competition. Yes, there's the Vita, but let's be real here: the Vita has NO GAMES. I mean, it's got Uncharted and a few other games, and you have access to PS+ and all these great bells and whistles, but it doesn't have any games that will drive the system and hat games it does have trickle out slowly, meaning only a 2-5 good games a year. And let's not forget about the price. The console alone is $250, plus if you're looking at a 32GB memory card (which, if your going to make that card last the whole life of the system, is not unreasonable) the memory card drives up the cost to about $350, and then you add on a game with that and you're looking at something that's almost the price of the PS4.
The 3DS? The XL is $200, plus a game (if it doesn't come bundled) will cost you a grand total of $240.
So let's compare: $240 for a system with 3D, a plethora of fantastic games, and a growing eShop, or $390 - $150 MORE than a 3DS - for a system with better graphics and a better online store, but practically no games? Which one would you choose (assuming you're not a Nintendo or Sony fan)? It's not that hard.
Now, let's compare the Wii U to the PS4. The Wii U has a meh-ish library right now and although in the future it'll have a fantastic library of FIRST PARTY games, third parties have seemingly abandoned it (Nintendo can still win them back, but right now, things do not look that great). It's clearly more powerful than the PS3 or 360, but compared to the PS4, it's anemic. Oh yeah, and it also has a pretty gosh darn fantastic eShop with awesome indie titles, but it has a pretty basic online infrastructure.
Now for the PS4. It has, as of now, fantastic third party support, is MUCH more powerful than the Wii U (the Wii U isn't underpowered, but compared to the PS4, it certainly is), and an extremely fleshed out online store and online service, but you DO have to pay $50 a year for (unlike the Wii U where online is free).
Now, let's compare prices. The Wii U, if you have any common sense, will cost you $350 for the Deluxe model with 32 GB of storage. It comes packaged with a game, so let's assume you won't get another just for the fun of it. Now, let's say you want to upgrade the memory. You buy a 1TB External hard drive. If you get the cheapest one, that brings the cost up to roughly $426. Now, lets say you want to buy a pro controller. That's going to cost you $50, so now you're looking at $476. Now, the PS4. $400, you don't need any extra memory, but a new game and a controller would be nice, so that's going to cost you $110 for both of them. That's $510, plus the $4.17 ($50/12 months) you need to pay the month you get the console for PS+, and you're looking at about $514.
So, let's do a final comparison. $476 (Wii U) vs. $514 (PS4). $38 more for clearly superior hardware, better third party support, and a more fleshed out online experience. At this price, the only thing the Wii U has in its favor is more memory and a unique controller. And that's being generous and saying that the only game you're limited to with the Wii U is Nintendo Land, and that you're not going to but 3D Land, Tropical Freeze, WW HD, Rayman Legends, or any other game. If you do, you're looking at something that's more expensive that the PS4!
Look, I'm a Nintendo fanboy, and I really, REALLY love Nintendo, and I understand that Nintendo is taking a loss on each system sold, but the only way to emulate the 3DS' success is to cut the price, not as drastically, maybe only $30-$50, and to GET OUT NEW GAMES. The second half of the year is covered, now get working on making a noteworthy game come out every month for the Wii U in 2014, like with the 3DS this year. The Wii U is awesome, it's powerful, and it's a breath of fresh air, but people need to know that first hand. I don't care how much money is costs or even if Nintendo has to take a loss this or next financial year, just get the thing in more people's homes, and then you'll see sales and revenue skyrocket.
Software sells hardware, and Reggie is absolutely right about that, SO GET THAT SOFTWARE OUT THERE!

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#19

Ukulele_Wizard commented on EA Has No Publicly Announced Wii U Games Plann...:

EA a month ago: "Frostbite 3 can't run on Wii U"
EA now: "Wii U is a next-gen console and we hope to make games for it after this year (obviously paraphrased)."
MAKE UP YOUR MINDS EA!!!
At least this shows that Nintendo and EA have mended their relationship (or at least somewhat), which is good. Because as much as I don't like EA games, millions of people do, and having third party support is vital to the Wii U's success.

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#20

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Rumour: Best Buy's Wii U E3 Demo List Revealed:

I'm calling this fake for a few reasons.
1) The "3" in Pikmin 3 is a more orange-y color, not pink like in the poster.
2) NSLU is releasing in the eShop only a few days after the demos in Best Buy. I guess maybe they would have this on here because of the retail release releasing about a month later, but still...
3) The Wii U is not properly spaced. This pay not seem like a big deal, but I Nintendo would not make a mistake like that. If this is real, then this would suggest that all the 100 Best Buys are making their own posters, possibly meaning that each Best Buy would not be receiving the same four games, which I am sure will not happen. Why would Nintendo give half of the stores 3D Mario and the others NSLU? It just doesn't make sense.
4) There's no (TM) after the incorrectly spaced Wii U on the top. Again, I highly doubt Nintendo would do something like that, so this would also suggest the poster is homemade.
5) The poster says "Get free Luigi Loot for coming in!" In this sentence, the "I" in "in" seems to be capitalized, which is hard to tell, even when blown up, but if that's the case, then this is almost certainly proven to be fake or homemade.
6) In the same sentence involving "Luigi Loot," the (TM) is at the end of the sentence, not after Luigi Loot, as it should be.
7) Lastly, there is no HD after the Wind Waker logo, which Nintendo DEFINITELY would have added. That is a fact.
So, from all of these reasons, it can be deduced that this is either a fake or a poorly made unofficial poster.
In either case, this is not from Nintendo directly, so personally, I don't believe it.

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#21

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Rumour: Best Buy Beginning Return of Wii U Bas...:

@CanisWolfred I too was skeptical about Nintendo Land. But if you have friends, Mario Chase, Luigi's Ghost Mansion, and the Animal Crossing games are FANTASTIC. And, personally, I've played the Metroid and Zelda games an unhealthy amount since I got my Wii U.
And even if you don't want Nintendo Land, the charging cradle and additional memory is definitely a huge plus. And I think something many people have forgotten about is Deluxe Digital Promotion (or Premium promotion, depending on where you live), which basically gives you back 10% back on every game you purchase in the eShop.
Holding off to buy the Wii U JUST because of Nintendo Land is little silly. Though I wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo rolled out a new model which comes bundled with the new Mario Kart or 3D Mario this holiday season.

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#23

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition Final...:

@Gridatttack Because consoles cost so much in Australia and New Zealand, hardware and software sales remain relatively low, so developers may not bring games over. If the astronomically high prices were lowered, then maybe sales would increase and more games would come over.
At least, that's what I've been told.

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#24

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition Final...:

I feel so bad for Australia and New Zealand. They pay SO MUCH more for consoles than pretty much anyone else AND they get delayed game realeases, if at all (in some cases). I get that some companies won't release games in Australia and New Zealand because software and hardware sales are relatively low, but maybe if console manufacturers lowered their prices, that would change.
Anyway, it's nice to see Australia and New Zealand get some of the Wii U love. :)

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#25

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Feature: Our Top 10 3DS Games - Summer 2013:

I'm stuck between Fire Emblem Awakening and Kid Icarus Uprising. They both have fantastic gameplay, high replay value, and beautiful graphics. Still, all the games on the list are fantastic, it's hard to chose just one.

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#26

Ukulele_Wizard commented on Bayonetta 2 Confirmed for E3 Nintendo Direct A...:

@URAlsr The original game sold almost 2 million units (http://www.vgchartz.com/gamedb/?name=bayonetta) and has an average of 90 on Metacritic for the 360 and 87 on the PS3 (http://www.metacritic.com/search/all/bayonetta/results). So it was definitely well received and sold pretty well.
I don't know how much went into making the game, publishing, distributing, advertising, etc., so even with 2 million units sold, it may not have been extremely profitable, and that may be why no one wanted to publish a sequel. But that's just a guess.