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Fri 2nd November, 2012

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bizcuthammer commented on Talking Point: It's Too Early to Write Off the...:

The issue they're going to have is that unless they announce a new, Mario Galaxy-like Mario game, there is basically nothing that can replace the impact Zelda U would have had on the release schedule for WiiU. Sure, stuff like Star Fox, Xenoblade and Mario Maker will be great. But they're also niche titles that aren't gonna move many units of hardware during the holiday period. Even if Nintendo were to announce a new Metroid or F-Zero or Paper Mario, those games are in the same boat as B-tier franchises that, while certainly will sell as software, aren't going to get many people interested in buying a WiiU that don't already own one. Zelda, Mario, Smash, Pokemon and Mario Kart. Those are the heavy hitters for Nintendo, and without any of them on schedule for WiiU in 2015 now, I can't possibly see how WiiU will sell this holiday.

Sure, there could be a major surprise waiting at E3, but I feel like its probably Metroid or Animal Crossing. Those games won't sell WiiUs like Zelda would.



bizcuthammer commented on Talking Point: That Paper Mario: The Thousand-...:

No. Just rerelease your old games on VC. The only games that need remade are the ones that are eyesores now like the N64 Zeldas. Masterpieces, but nearly unlookable now that your eyes have been spoiled by HD graphics. I also believe a game needs to be at least 10 years old before remade. None of that crap Sony is pulling on PS4, please.

But really, why remake TTYD? Just put it on WiiU VC and make a new, true Paper Mario. I'd much rather have a new masterpiece than an old one I've already beat twice.



bizcuthammer commented on Planning On Downloading Xenoblade Chronicles 3...:

@Nintendofan83 that 500 gbs will last you just as long as the 3DS' 4GB. Nintendo does a really good job compressing the data for their games to make the file sizes small. Sony and third parties do not. My brother got an Xbox One with its own 500GB of storage for xmas. 90 or so of those GB were gone immediately to be used for the OS. In less than 4 months, he's down to less than 150GB left and only has 5 or 6 games. So yeah it looks like a lot more than what you get with Ninty, but it goes away just as quickly and you'll be upgrading your hard drive with any console you get these days.



bizcuthammer commented on Poll: Where Do You Stand On DeNA, Smart Device...:

I hate mobile games, so not very supportive of that particular move. On the NX end, yeah it's exciting, but I really hope we don't get it until 2017. I'd like to get another 2 years out of my Wii U, and with games like Splatoon, Mario Maker, Xenoblade X, and Zelda U on the way, I've got too much to focus on before I even think about buying a new console.



bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo NX Will Be About Creating "Fun New Wa...:

NX will ultimately succeed or fail based on two criteria: 1) Third Party Support and 2) Online Multiplayer.

Nintendo has, for the most part, utterly failed in both categories for the last decade+. Even in instances where they have provides online gameplay, it has lacked several features that its competition has been providing for years now, like voice chat or comprehensive ranking and matchmaking. It's almost embarrassing how far behind Nintendo is in these two critical areas, and NX would benefit heavily if they were to do whatever ot takes to fix and improve them.

If NX doesn't have comprehensive online gaming services, or if it doesn't have the hardware capable of interesting third parties like Rockstar, Activision, Ubisoft and EA to put their games on the thing, then it doesn't matter what "fun, new" ways Nintendo comes up with to play. Without those two things, NX will just be another WiiU.



bizcuthammer commented on Guide: Everything We Know So Far About Nintend...:

@TingLz the controls are awful. Unless Nintendo makes an adaptor for me to use a GCN controller on a smartphone, I doubt I'd be interested. The only games smartphone controls work with are puzzle and tower defense type games. And I dont just want a bunch of Mario and Zelda-themed match-three games.



bizcuthammer commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Highlights Nintendo's Strengt...:

Nintendo keeps saying "spftware drives hardware," and I do think that it does to a certain point. A great game can give a system a boost in sales.

However, I also believe that Nintendo is mostly wrong in this regard. Software will only get you so far, as is proven this gen. The WiiU by far and away has the best games of the three consoles, yet pales in comparison to its competitors when it comes to sales. This is partially due to lack of 3rd party software, but I think we're all aware of the main reason third parties don't want to make games for WiiU: its hardware.

Nintendo set the WiiU's fate when they decided they would yet again forego powerful hardware in favor of a gimmicky controller (whose features they still have yet to take real advantage of). Gamers want power in their hardware, and prefer traditional controllers, and so do developers outside of Nintendo. The casual audience who made Wii and DS so lucrative has fled to smart devices and cannot be counted on to ever return.

So when Fils-Aime says software drives hardware, he isn't necessarily wrong... But the hardware-software relationship has to go both ways. If you make hardware that no one wants to buy/make games for, then you are in effect also losing the software case as well. I don't think its any secret that mainstream gamers today won't buy a system if it can't play FIFA, GTA or Assassin's Creed. They want those games first, and first party exclusives like Mario and Zelda second.

I love the WiiU. It caters to my preferences. But i also want to see Nintendo succeed, though, and if they create another console in the next few years that mimics what they've done recently with their home systems, I can't possibly see ot doing any better than WiiU has, regardless of what games they put on it.



bizcuthammer commented on The Happy Mask Salesman is Teased for a Reappe...:

I think it could be cool to do a Majora sequel, but in the style of Link Between Worlds. I mean, Majora's Mask was in Ravio's shop. A 2D, handheld sequel to MM3D would be awesome. I hope that's what he's hinting at, as I'm not sure I really want Zelda on Wii U to feature the mask gameplay. I really want them to do mostly new things for that game rather than to retread down paths that made other games unique. Zelda U needs to carve out its own path in the series.



bizcuthammer commented on Don't Seethe Too Much Over Xbox One Shovel Kni...:

To me, Link makes the most sense as a Nintendo crossover. He has a wide variety of weapons and abilities that could fit easily alongside Shovel Knight. Pit or Samus would also be cool to see. I'm sure it will likely end up being Mario or Link, though.



bizcuthammer commented on Don't Seethe Too Much Over Xbox One Shovel Kni...:

@Tsurii897 Having played Battletoads as a kid in the early 90's, I don't think you missed much. There was one good Battletoads game on NES that was way too hard for most people, and then a few mediocre games on SNES and GEN. It was basically an ugly, more difficult (or unfairly brutal) version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but with much less awesome. So even though I'm not huge on God of War, I think Sony is getting the better exclusive. At least Kratos looks cool and has had more than one decent game.

As far as I'm concerned, there's a reason Battletoads has been dormant for all these years.



bizcuthammer commented on Former Rare Developers Will Show Off Their New...:

Please come to Wii U!

I almost wish Nintendo would step in and publish this so that it would for sure come to Wii U.

Banjo-Kazooie is one of my favorite games of all time, so I'm incredible hopeful that this game finally gives us the spiritual sequel to that series that it deserves, since Rare has effectively killed it off by making it a mediocre racing game exclusive to Xbox.



bizcuthammer commented on A Wild Update on Pokémon Shuffle Appears:

Yeah, totally hoping most people avoid this like the plague. The last thing we need is Nintendo pulling the pay to play card and it actually working. Let the garbage, shovelware phone games stay on the app store.



bizcuthammer commented on Review: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS):

I was unable to get into Tri on Wii because it refused to help players new to the series get accustomed to its intricacies. MH4U sounds like it does a better job at this, and already I can tell from the demo that it does more teaching in the couple of missions I did that Tri did in the first several hours. I'll probably give this one a go!



bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo Download: 5th February (North America):

Probably just the MH4U demo. I recently went from having no backlog to acquiring 5 games to get through with a little help from the Club Nintendo blitz. Currently trying to get through Mario Galaxy 2, DKCR3D, Metroid Prime Trilogy, New Super Mario Bros 2, and NES Remix. No time for much else!



bizcuthammer commented on Editorial: Nintendo's YouTube Creators Program...:

Nintendo is stupid. Youtubers using their games is free advertisement. I personally knoe several peoplr who purchased games like Minecraft, GTAV, and Worms games simply because they saw people doing Let's Plays of them on Youtube. Don't be dumb, Nintendo. Let it go already. You'll probably be glad that you did in the long run.



bizcuthammer commented on Talking Point: Star Fox for Wii U is an Ongoin...:

To be honest, I've never cared for the core series of Star Fox. 64 is the only one I actually liked, but even then I only rented that game because it was so short and easy to beat that it wasn't worth the $60 retail price. I hope this one is much grander in scale, and with unlockables and difficulty options.



bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo's Revival of Animal Crossing: New Lea...:

A WiiU AC announcement has to be coming this year. It's been on every system but GBA since its first appearance, and I see no reason it won't be on WiiU as well. I hope they change things up a little more. Letting you be mayor and customize the town was a good first step, but I'd like to see a little more than that for the first HD version of the series!



bizcuthammer commented on Masahiro Sakurai Once Again Highlights The Pos...:

Nintendo needs to tell him he can't be involved in all the miniscule details and to trust his team to take care of some of this stuff. Sakurai seems to be a control freak, which isn't a terrible thing, but he lets his extremity work him to an unhealthy state. Learn to delegate, or Iwata should delegate for him to keep him healthy.



bizcuthammer commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Flirtation With Micr...:

Anyone else notice that Shuffle is just Candy Crush with Pikachu & friends? Yeah, no thanks. Here's the good news for those pf us who don't like microtransactions: we don't have to use them. We can vote with our wallets and tell Nintendo no. I will not be downloading Shuffle at all, as I'd rather just get Battle Trozei for $8, which is by far the better Pokemon puzzle experience.

Still, I don't mind Nintendo doing this in these meaningless eshop games, but if a Mario or Zelda game, or mainline Pokemon game, ever gets microtransactions, I'll probably quit playing video games. That approach would alienate many of the remaining core fans that Nintendo didn't already alienate during the Wii days when they focused on the flippant casual audience. They need to realize that exchanging their souls for a quick buck is only going to cheapen their brand in the long run.



bizcuthammer commented on Poll: Which Current Generation Nintendo Soundt...:

I love video game soundtracks. Of this gen, DKCTF, all Zelda games, and Xenoblade would probably be the ones I'd buy. But I actually prefer the soundtracks froms generations past.

I'd love to buy soundtracks for Super Mario 64, the orginal DKC trilogy, Super Metroid, Skyward Sword, the NES Mario trilogy, and have some individual tracks from games like Punch-Out!! NES, F-Zero, and Kid Icarus be downloadable.



bizcuthammer commented on Club Nintendo Rewards are Updated for January,...:

Probably just gonna wait and see what comes in February. These games will still be available then, anyway, and I don't need any of them right away given I'll be working through Mario Galaxy 2 and the Metroid Prime Trilogy for the next several weeks on Wii U. I do plan to download Wario Land II eventually, though. Already own Super Metroid, Super Punch-Out!!, and Mario Bros 2. Not that interested in the rest.



bizcuthammer commented on Wii U Enjoyed Its Best Ever Month of US Sales ...:

My only complaint about Nintendo's plans for 2015 is that there is absolutely no way I'm going to be able to afford all the stuff I want to buy :(. Some great games are going to have to go unplayed by me in favor of others because I simply cannot afford to spend that much cash. So games like Mario Party 10, Monster Hunter 4, and Kirby's Rainbow Curse are probably the likely cuts I have to make, and I definitely won't be picking up many (if any at all) amiibo, either. And it's unlikely I'll get a New 3DS until Christmas time, as well.

I really wish some of these games could have come out last year in the 1st half of the year when there was nothing but DKCTF on WiiU to play. Like Kirby or Yoshi's Woolly World would've been nice to have last year when WiiU had a very sparse lineup, rather than this year when the release schedule is jam packed with greatness.



bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 14th January, Wi...:

New 3DS release dates, special MH4U and Majora edition New 3DS XLs. Majora's Mask 3D release date. New info on Kirby Rainbow Curse, Splatoon, Yoshi's Woolly World, Codename STEAM and Mario Maker. Eshop titles coming soon. Details on Mewtwo DLC for Smash and Animal Crossing DLC for MK8. Those are all the things I think are safe bets. As for what I want to see but don't think will happen?

1. Release dates for Splatoon, Yoshi's Woolly World and Mario Maker.

2. New info and footage from Star Fox, Zelda U and Xenoblade X.

3. More DLC announced for MK8. Two more packs with Pikmin and Metroid featured would be awesome.

4. A surprise game announcement for 3DS. Seriously, aside from its initial lineup in Spring, it has nothing coming. Metroid? Mario 3D Land 2? Wario Land 5? WarioWare 3D? Donkey Kong 3D Land? I don't care. Something cool would be nice.

5. N64 and GCN games on WiiU VC already. At the least give us N64 games that you promised back in January 2013, Nintendo. Why has this taken so long?!?!



bizcuthammer commented on Weirdness: Japanese Rock Legend Gackt Has Fina...:

When I lived in Japan, the guy I learned Japanese from had at one time been Gackt's on stage tour drummer. He told me Gackt was a super nice guy, and a very talented piano player. I barely knew who Gackt was before then, so it's interesting to read this. Also, I now miss Japan.



bizcuthammer commented on Weirdness: Japanese Rock Legend Gackt Has Fina...:

@rtr0GMR1 why are comments like this necessary? If you don't like the story, don't read or comment. Obviously news is slow since the holidays just ended, so fun stories like this give us something to talk about. I mean, what do you want Nintendo Life to do? Make up 'news' stories when there aren't any real ones?