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Fri 2nd November, 2012

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bizcuthammer commented on Super Smash Bros. Grabs Third Place in NPD Cha...:

I'm more worried about lack of details on 3DS sales. 3DS was keeping Nintendo afloat whike they squandered every opportunity to do well with the WiiU. If 3DS is struggling, that could be major trouble in the not-so-distant future.

Looks like Smash was able to provide a bump for WiiU, but not too significant. This is very bad, guys. Smash is Nintendo's most popular franchise with the hardcore crowd that couldn't care less about Splatoon, Captain Toad and Yoshi's Woolly World. If Smash didn't provide a meaningful boost to Wii U sales, then we're probably looking at a total of 15mil WiiUs sold when its life cycle ends in a couple of years.



bizcuthammer commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64:

While it'd have been awesome to have more 3rd party support (Square especially), the first party and second party games on N64 are second to none. Especially second party, which no Nintendo or otherwise console can match to this day. The output of great games by Rare in the N64 era was just incredible. Losing their IPs hurt a lot in the GCN era, as Nintendo now had only first party. But games like Mario 64, Zelda OoT & MM, Super Smash Bros, Banjo-Kazooie, DK64, MK64, Diddy Kong Racing, Mario Party 1-3, and Conker still get played at my house from time to time.

My PSOne, though, hasn't been touched in a decade, nor have any of its games except for Final Fantasy IX, which i play once every 3-4 years, as its one of my favorite JRPGs. But even then I use my PS2 to play it so i don't have to plug in the original console. PSOne was the place for JRPGs, but outside of a handful of those, the N64 topped it in every way in terms of library.



bizcuthammer commented on Talking Point: The Time Is Right For A Nintend...:

It is my experience that mobile gaming is the worst kind of gaming there is. Terrible controls, shallow games created just to grab a quick buck, and annoying F2P garbage. No thanks. My phone is used for texting, calling, social media, etc. i never use it for gaming because gaming on phones sucks. The only people who don't know that are people who've never owned a Vita or 3DS with which they can compare it to.



bizcuthammer commented on Rumour: Has Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem B...:

Good, I'm glad. I'd rather just have a regular Fire Emblem game. Not a fan of SMT outside of the Persona spinoffs. This was the one game announced in the January 2013 Direct that I couldn't have cared less about.

Hopefully now Intelligent Systems can focus their attention on either a new WiiU Fire Emblem or Paper Mario. Or even a new 3DS Advance Wars.



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

This is really the last year Wii U has a shot at redeeming itself from a sales perspective. If being the cheapest system out there, combined with having the best exclusive games, along with just having released Amiibo to great marketing efforts, and the hype surrounding Smash Bros... Then I'm sorry, but it's just simply never going to sell. If these numbers are reflective of all BF sales, then the Wii U may not sell 10mil units in its lifetime, which is less than half of what the Gamecube sold. While I love the WiiU, from a business standpoint, that would make it a tragic failure, and (should) cause Nintendo to completely reboot their line of thinking when it comes to hardware development.



bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo of America Announces Upcoming eShop '...:

@InfernoUprising sure. It's a very good game, witg tons of action and an entertainkng story, complimented by some pretty inventive uses for the GamePad.

That said, the game has received the scores it did (which I think are a bit on the lower side given how fun the game is) because there are a few frustrating flaws. The GamePad needs to be drawn on at times to activate certain powers, but there are many times when you're trying to do this quickly in the heat of action, and it mistakes what you're doing for either another ability or random doodling lol. Also, the characters are small onscreen, so at times when there is a lot of stuff going on, it can be hard to keep track of what you're doing.

One thing that isn't a flaw necessarily, but does factor into how one enjoys playing, is that the game is rather high on the difficulty scale. While it lets you choose your difficulty, even the easy mode can be challenging for those who are not as accustomed to frenetic action games like the ones Platinum makes.

Other than those things (which aren't game breakers, just a bit frustrating), the game is great. I've seen a lot of 7s in critic scores, and I think that's much too low. An 8 would be fair in my opinion, and I'd probably personally score it 8.5. Hope that helps!



bizcuthammer commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

I absolutely love the Wii U. My family has logged over 1400 hours on it, playing over 20 titles. That said, there are many reasons it has only sold 7mil, the primary one being that the system caters only to Nintendo's core fanbase, and practically no one else (I guess we could maybe include the 14 hardcore Bayonetta fans and the poor saps who still love Sonic to a fault).

Being a huge fan of Nintendo since the late 1980's, I adore the thing. It's one of my favorite consoles I've ever owned and easily has some of the best first party, exclusive games of any system out there. Games like Pikmin 3, SM3DW, Mario Kart 8 and Wind Waker HD are ones I still play over and over. Not to mention some great eshop titles like SteamWorld Dig and Shovel Knight.

I also love off-TV play. We have just one TV in our house, and so the ability to play games while someone else is watching a DVD is absolutely wonderful.

That said, the console itself is a classic example of Nintendo making something THEY wanted rather than what the consumer actually wanted. Underpowered, lacking in a robust online experience, no significant third party games, and utilizing another somewhat gimmicky controller, the WiiU just isn't very appealing to either the casual market that Wii attracted (which has moved on to smart devices), or gamers due to what it lacks in comparison to its competition. Thus, it is a console that only fans of Nintendo can really sink their teeth into and enjoy without complaint.

I love it, but giving it a C- grade seems just about right. Personally for me, it'd be a B+ or A-. But I'm a Ninty fan.



bizcuthammer commented on New Nintendo Direct Airing 5th November:

Probably about New 3DS, Amiibo function for games other than Smash, footage from Smash and Captain Toad, and hopefully some footage of stuff coming next year like Splatoon, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Mario Maker and Yoshi's Woolly World.



bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo 64x64: Banjo-Tooie:

@rodaco sorry, mate. Won't be happening anytime soon barring a miracle. Rare is owned by Microsoft now. So their non-DK games will probably never hit VC. That said, if you own an Xbox 360, you can download both BK games on Live's Arcade. Or you could do the best thing and buy the original cartridge on N64 and play it the way it was meant to be played.



bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo 64x64: Shadows of the Empire:

Anyone saying this game is worth more than a 7 is viewing it thru some pretty rose-tinted glasses. Sure in 1997 it was great, but only because it was the first time we could experience the Star Wars universe in a 3D game on consoles. It had a good sense of atmosphere and used a lot of sounds and music that came directly from the movies qe loved. Other than that, though, the gamr is mostly a mess. The intro level on Hoth is probably the only thing that actually works, and literally every other level is plagued by one issue or another. The boss fights are almost all extremely frustrating and annoying and the camera issues are probably the cause of several N64 pads broken in frustration. I love Star Wars and liked this game when I was 8... But even then I knew it had some issues. Replaying through it now is a chore.



bizcuthammer commented on Junichi Masuda Talks Pokémon Snap and Listeni...:

They really can't think of a way to evolve the gameplay to make it more interesting with a console whose controller practically begs to be used as an in-game camera?! The WiiU would be perfect for Pokemon Snap 2 with the Gamepad acting as a camera, being able to turn 360 degrees to view the environment, and interacting in unique ways with the TV and Pokemon around you. I'm no game dev, and I can think of 10 different ways to use the WiiU's features to enhance Pokemon Snap. There are no excuses, Game Freak. Just say you don't wanna do it if that's what it is.



bizcuthammer commented on Super Smash Bros. Website Introduces amiibo De...:

I think the amiibos look cool. But at $13 a pop I was hoping for a little more than just using them this way. Like... They just appear and fight? And you can equip them with gear? You mean kinda like every other character in the game that you DON'T have to buy a $13 figurine for?! I mean seriously. The amiibo feature in Smash Bros just seems very forced to me. Why would I want to watch an AI fight and level up when I could have way more fun doing it myself? And why pay extra for it? Seems like a giant ripoff to me.

I hope amiibos are used in more interesting ways in future games, cause right now they're just looking like glorified action figure collectibles.



bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo Confirms Development of Games That Wi...:

@DualWielding yeah cause Sony and Microsoft have never released hardware revisions before. Not like the Vita Slim that came out this year, or the Black 360s a few years back. Or the 3 different models of PS3 floating around out there.

Hardware revision helps boost sales when momentum slows down. Everyone does it.



bizcuthammer commented on Impending Japanese Launch Of Super Smash Bros....:

So the leak from a couple weeks ago was real like I thought it was. That means Bowser Jr, ROB, etc. are all in. I actually really like this roster, with a couple of exceptions (Dark Pit and Dr. Mario being in, Ice Climbers being out). It's the best roster in any Smash game so far, though, and I love that most of the newcomers aren't just clones like a lot were in Melee and Brawl. There's a pretty good amount of diversity among the almost 50 characters, and the game looks incredibly fun. Hope we can get the demo here soon.



bizcuthammer commented on Guide: New Nintendo 3DS - Everything We Know S...:

Only thing I'm upset about is I just bought a new 16GB SD card that won't be usable on the New system, and the New systems continue Nintendo's trend of offering dismal amounts of storage on the onboard memory card. So I'll have to buy another 16GB MicroSD card when these come out JUST to be able to do the system transfer, as I have well over 6-7GB of stuff on my current card.



bizcuthammer commented on Xenoblade Chronicles Coming to 3DS in Japan:

Huh. Well what I'll do, then, is sell my copy of Xenoblade on Wii for $100 online, and put that $ toward the new 3DS model and the game when they release next year.

I'm not a fan of the new model of 3DS getting its own exclusives. They're really forcing you to buy a system that you already have just to get one game. Unless their plan is to make multiple exclusives, in which case my question is... Why didn't you make this 3DS model from the start?



bizcuthammer commented on Poll: Which Is The Best Super Mario Platformer?:

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is my favorite game of all time, not just Mario. It is one of a handfuk of games I'd consider to be flawless. The first Galaxy, 64 and SMB3 are all in my top 10-15 games of all time, as well. The Mario series is a fantastic one, but unfortunately has seemed to stall since Galaxy 2 released. Guess it's hard to top that one.



bizcuthammer commented on Keiji Inafune Juiced Up Azure Striker Gunvolt:

@S3OL Not sure what country you are in, but if you're in the US, Nintendo America is selling refurbished 3DSs, 2DSs and 3DS XLs on their online store. Not sure about 2DS prices, but regular 3DSs are $95, and XLs are $135. Both are pretty cheap options, and well worth it imo.



bizcuthammer commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS File Size i...:

Good thing I bought a 16GB SD card back in late April. Still has well over 11GB left on it. Still not sure if I'll be downloading Smash Bros or getting the physical copy, though. Leaning toward digital, but I'm having a hard time parting with my love for physical media in favor of the convenience of digital. If they would make the digital versions even just $5 cheaper than physical, it'd make it easier for me, but the fact that the price is the same is kind of annoying.



bizcuthammer commented on Video: The 10 Best Zelda Games As Selected By You:

My personal top 10:
10 - Oracle of Ages
09 - Minish Cap
08 - Link's Awakening
07 - Link to the Past
06 - Twilight Princess
05 - Link Between Worlds
04 - Majora's Mask
03 - Ocarina of Time
02 - Wind Waker
01 - Skyward Sword

Love seeing what people's favorite Zelda games are. So much diversity in opinion, and a lot of deserving games!



bizcuthammer commented on Nintendo Reports Losses for Q1 of Financial Ye...:

When you only have one major game release on your home console in a span of 4 months, 500,000 units moved is really about as much as you can hope for, regardless of how good said game is. The lack of meaningful third party games is hurting Wii U, as is the fact that Nintendo is STILL focusing its support on 3DS over its struggling home console.

It bothers me because late last year, Reggie commented on how last year's WiiU sales were affected by the game drought the console experienced for several months after launch, which led to a loss in momentum. He went on to say that that same thing wouldnt be an issue for them in 2014, as they will now be able to put games out at a much more consistent rate. Um... What?

Reggie, 2014 at the end of July has seen just two major Wii U games release: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Mario Kart 8. Guess what? Thats the same amount as last year, when we just had Game & Wario and Pikmin 3. Sounds like he was just blowing smoke then.

Not to mention that the WiiU is seeing less first party releases in 2014 than it did in 2013, and it would seem as if Reggie just flat out lied. Look, Ninty, if you aren't going to create a console that third parties will develop for, it means YOU have to churn out new games at a much quicker pace. Or else your system loses momentum when it goes through ridiculous droughts like Wii U did from February 22 to May 29, and is currently experiencing again until Hyrule Warriors hits in late September. You can't expect a console that only sees one new release every 3-4 months to sell.



bizcuthammer commented on Atlus Teases New Game Announcements Plus Brand...:

The only series I really care about from Atlus is Persona. And even then only the mainline Persona games. Not interested in Persona Q, as it looks like it's just Etrian Oddyssey with Persona 3 and 4 characters in it. Which is unfortunate because i think a real Persona game would do great on 3DS.



bizcuthammer commented on Review: Mega Man 5 (Wii U eShop / NES):

This was my first Mega Man game back in the day. I've played 1-5 now, as well as some of the X and Battle Network games, but this is the one that gets my nostalgia flowing. It may not be the best in the series, but it holds the most special place in my heart.



bizcuthammer commented on Mario Kart 8 Sales Increase By Nearly a Third ...:

@BLPs Gen V is by far the worst. Almost every new Pokemon was awful and they shoved them down your throat by not allowing you to catch old pokemon until you beat the Elite 4. Not to mention the Unova region is just completely uninspiring, and it lacks anything to really set it apart from the other Pokemon games on DS. It is by far the least memorable Pokemon generation. At least Gen VI added some cool or useful things like Mega Evolution and Fairy types.



bizcuthammer commented on This Pokémon Food Looks Too Good to Eat:

@torotoid64 ...okay.

I miss Japan's food art. Stuff like this isn't uncommon over there, and i used to love finding it at themed restaurants and shops. Of course, i almost never bought it, as most times it was outeageously expensive, but still cool to see.



bizcuthammer commented on Sakurai Explains Why Chrom Didn't Make It Into...:

"Of course it would be easy to churn out a bunch of similar characters, but thats not how i make games."

...then what are Falco, Wolf, Pichu, Toon Link, Lucina, Roy, Lucas, Dr. Mario, and Ganondorf? All they are are slightly slower, stronger or faster versions of other characters.

I'll give Sakurai credit in that so far MOST of the SSB4 roster is made up of unique characters. Lucina and Toon Link are the only two i can really think of that i'd consider clones. But saying he doesn't make games with similar characters is nuts, because almost all of Melee's newcomers were clones, and so were a few of Brawl's.

I like the roster so far for Smash 4, Sakurai. Please don't go clone crazy, now, at the eleventh hour.



bizcuthammer commented on Sakurai Explains Why Chrom Didn't Make It Into...:

His explanation makes no sense. "Lucina is a sword user that shares exact stats and physical abilities with Marth." But he didn't include Chrom because "he'd just be another swordsman like Marth and Ike."


Why include Lucina then? Doesn't the same rule apply? She doesn't do anything different than Chrom would, and Chrom is the better character! Or just replace Ike with Chrom if you're worried about having too many sword users!

I get it if you didn't include Chrom, but using the excuse Sakurai made, Lucina shouldnt be in the game either. The only difference between including Lucina over Chrom is because Lucina is female. Sorry, but thats not a good enough reason to waste a roster spot on yet another clone character.



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

I actually like this. I'm getting Game & Wario, which will be my second free retail game this year after the MK8 promotion. Thought about DKCR3D, but i already own the origjnal on Wii, and the file size is ridiculously huge, so no thanks.



bizcuthammer commented on Sega Still Considering Its Options For The Wii...:

I want to play Sonic 3, ToeJam & Earl anf Phantasy Star IV on the gamepad. Also, i would absolutely love it if Dreamcast games were eventually on there. I know it's a longshot, but i wanna play Sonic Adventure 2, Shenmue and Crazy Taxi again!



bizcuthammer commented on Sony: PS4 Is "Welcoming Back" Wii Owners Who S...:

I didnt have a PS3 last gen, and can say that the remastered PS3 games are NOT making me want a PS4. I'd rather just buy a PS3 now that they're only $200 or so and get those games on that system for much cheaper. Also, i wouldn't have to pay to play games online if i got a PS3, but would if i had a PS4. So suck it, Sony.

I'm not buying a PS4 until there's something good to play as an exclusive. So probably not until next year at the earliest. I'm more than okay sticking with my WiiU/3DS/PC combo til then.



bizcuthammer commented on Interview: Pro Smash Competitors Armada & Mew2...:

Since i really only care about playing these games for fun with family and friends, i don't really care if the competetive guys prefer Melee or of the landing lag is a bit slow. I'm sure thr game will be stupidly fun anyway, and a game my house will still be playing 4-5 years from now.



bizcuthammer commented on Dragon Quest X Is Now Adventuring Onto 3DS:

Its not coming west because it would have to go free-to-play to make money here like most MMOs do now. DQ is a very, very niche series here, whereas in Japan, it's one of the top 5 franchises in video games. Over there, they know people will have no issue subscribing because of the name brand. In the west, name brand doesn't mean anything, as even popular names like Star Wars and DC Comics have had to turn to the free to play model because gamers didnt want to play with a sub fee.

So if they brought it here, which would require a lot of localisation time in the first place, they'd also probably have to change the way gamers pay for the game, as well as probably separate eastern and western servers due to the extreme differences there'd be between the two versions. Not to mention Square-Enix hasn't had a lot of majot success when it comes to MMOs in the west, even with their more popular franchises.

It all adds up to no DQX in the US. Which is okay with me, because i have zero time for an MMO, and would rather them just make DQXI a story driven, single player experience like all the good DQ games.



bizcuthammer commented on The Club Nintendo Rewards Are Now Updated for ...:

Might get both Paper Mario and Kid Icarus. Its unfortunate Paper Mario won't be playable, as i don't have a classic controller, but once N64 games hit Wii U VC, I'll probably get it at a discounted price for having it on Wii mode.



bizcuthammer commented on Talking Point: With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Sti...:

I doubt we get any more big surprises this year. They seem to have used them all at E3, which is okay for me. I would be happy getting a Direct with more details on games we still know very little about, like Captain Toad, Codename STEAM, Pokemon OR/AS, Mario Maker, Zelda U, Star Fox, Splatoon, and Xenoblade Chronicles X. Also we still have no release dates for Bayonetta 2, Smash Bros WiiU or Captain Toad, even though all are due this year. And I'm sure there is still a ton of stuff we don't know about Smash.

Honestly, E3 was more than enough in terms of reveals. Now i really just want more info on what was shown. Although i wouldnt complain at all if any of the following happened:

Mother 3 on WiiU VC
New Metroid game reveal
N64 and/or GCN games on WiiU VC