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Tue 15th February, 2011

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bluedogrulez commented on Talking Point: E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Devel...:

The first stage was an intentionally familiar. Think it is a bit premature to make that kind of judgment. Between the gamepad aiming, arwing's land capability and Platinum's involvement, much reason to think this will be its own experience and a good one at that.



bluedogrulez commented on Talking Point: E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Devel...:

@Nico07 : certainly good points there. The F-Zero thing seems to be an analogy for the Nintendo's whole philosphy. Sure they could milk that IP for what it's worth, but apparently, they feel it would be bad to make the same game over again. At first blush, that is a bit maddening, bc there would be a huge demand for basically the same game that graced the Gamecube in HD. But ultimately, I think you have to respect Big N for not selling out an IP for a quick buck; they want to innovate and advance gaming by providing new experiences. I think that means they will always be third in the console wars, but that they don't really care as long as they innovate and remain viable.



bluedogrulez commented on Talking Point: E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Devel...:

A few observations/opinions:
1. Kaiser Soze. The human equivalent to the NX. Seriously, no one knows anything of substance about it.
2. Can't serve 2 gods. Big N's workload is split between the 3DS and the Wii U, and maybe that is proving to be too much of a burden.
3. Other people's trash. Despite popular belief, there are third party games on the Wii U. AC3, Madden, Ninja Gaiden, 007 legends, Need for Speed, to name a few. Have you played them? I actually own them, and well, they are uncompelling, uninspired and generally not worth owning. So third party developers can whine all they want about wii U sales and Big N issues, but they need to look in the mirror. And we need to stop bemoaning the sufficiency of third party support.
4. Gamepads Everywhere. Look, I disagree with the entire premise of this article. At E3, the gamepad was shown off extensively. You saw it in the hands of Nintendo's legendary developers, NWC competitors and the Treehouse gang. Mario Maker, Star Fox, Fatal Frame intregrate it exclusively. So not sure how one deduces how Big N is done with the Wii U and its "gimmicky gamepad".



bluedogrulez commented on Nintendo Is A Slave To Its Past Success, Says...:

@earthboundlink: great and apt comment!

There are two things holding the wii u back from Day One, and they have nothing to do with Nintendo's ability to make great games:
1. The name. Wii U connotes it is an amped up version of the Wii. Some families I know say "we already have a Wii". And I actually just read a comment referring to the Wii U as "a second generation Wii". It is it's own deal; it's a big deal, but the Wii U moniker obscures that.

2. The hardware is "too different" for mass 3rd party support. Developers making games for the masses apparently have trouble with the nuances of the Wii U and especially the gamepad. That i see as a testimony as to how different the Wii U is from other systems, but it does not help with 3rd party titles. Shame b/c Captain Toad and Splatoon demonstrate the capabilities of the gamepad.

Bittom Line: Nintendo is like an awesome college rock band that is more artist than commercial that puts out great tunes that the dedicated will enjoy but the masses might only know by reference. And this debate is getting as futile as arguing politcs.....



bluedogrulez commented on Editorial: Cheer Up, There Are Some Exciting G...:

There are, of course, other titles on their way for the Wii U, like:
Mighty No. 9 (looks great)
Legend of Kay (odd one, for sure, but no much known)
Lego Dimensions
Disney Infinity: Star Wars

Sure, I could have stood to hear about there being a Bayonetta 3 or another MK8 DLC in the works, but to think the Wii U is dead, c'mon. Not to mention we've only scratched the surface of GoTY contender, Splatoon . . . .



bluedogrulez commented on Poll: How Excited Are You About Nintendo's E3 ...:

The final version of Star Fox will probably be amazing. Mario Tennis Ultra Smash will likely be a great multiplayer.

Plan on playing Splatoon for many months to come, so not really concerned about lack of summer releases.

Mighty No. 9 is on the way and that looks tremendous.

But I'm really excited for Disney Infinity Star Wars....and that will certainly drain the old gaming budget!



bluedogrulez commented on Splatoon’s Kelp Dome Multiplayer Map Is Now ...:

Thanks to NL's heads up yesterday, I made sure to be on at 10PM (NYC time) to play in the Kelp Dome. Another great map. So much turf and so little cover! Love how you can see the dome's shadow during the judging--nice little detail.



bluedogrulez commented on Which Games are Coming to the Virtual Console?...:

Brrrrrrrrrilliant, lol. Well done.

The Mario & Sonic Rio Olympic games prediction has borne out, but with there being so few sports games on the Wii U, maybe not so bad(?)

Xenoblade Amiibo (Thomas W. will be the one stealing the truck this time ; )

Second the calls for Neo Geo and other consoles titles on Wii U VC

Definitely more Mario Maker at E3

More on Harvest Moon (yawn)

Star Fox U certainly

And my prediction for the Retro Studio project: Diddy Kong Racing. (Why else are the Kongs not in MK8?)



bluedogrulez commented on Splatoon Producer Inks Out Reasons For Lack Of...:

@Clipo: Obvious and excellent point that pro-voice commenters seem to miss.

This game does not need voice chat. Even if there were no expletives, I don't want other players telling me where to go or what to do. It's 3 glorious minutes, let's all just do what we think needs to be done AND HAVE FUN.



bluedogrulez commented on Humble Nindie Bundle Adds Three New Games:

Steam World Dig and Guacamelee are, at their hearts, platformers (like, really good looking 8-bit platformers, and that is fine by me). The Fall actually has an eerie Metroid vibe, but haven't really played it know whether its a platformer.



bluedogrulez commented on Poll: Early Impressions on Splatoon and That A...:

Had a great time of online play last night for 2+ hours.

To my delight, two Friends of mine from were able to find me and it was great playiing with and against them. With all the comments about the solo online experience, it was really amazing I knew 2 of the other turf war players.



bluedogrulez commented on Feature: Explaining Humble Bundle and What it ...:

I plopped down $10 for the 5 Wii U games (since I do not own a 3DS). Gave them all a quick run, and all but Olli Olli grabbed me. Guacamelee and SW Dig appear to be the modern version of 8-bit platforms that I enjoy and are terrific stylistically. The Fall looks very intriguing as well. Had a very Metroid space isolation feel.



bluedogrulez commented on Review: Splatoon (Wii U):

So if I play online (8-player turf wars), how many additional family members can play with me from the same console?
a) Zero
b) 1
c) 2
d) 3
e) 4

I think the answer is (a) . . . but not sure.

Getting Splatoon (and my Target issued shooter, lol) at launch regardless. Looks awesome.



bluedogrulez commented on Talking Point: The Fragility of Buying Downloa...:

I have an iPod Nano somewhere with 1000+ of my favorite songs. It died. The computer the songs were backed up on died. They're gone. Meanwhile, I have every CD I ever bought. So yeah, physical copies for me, please.

I do think it is possible for even physical games to be "pulled" by an update kill-pill. But can't see that ever happening....



bluedogrulez commented on Reaction: Nintendo Dropped the Ball, Not the M...:

I'll miss the forest for the trees with this comment: I'm stunned that Nintendo is working with Best Buy on this. My Best Buy only has a nearly empty quarter shelf dedicated to Nintendo games, half of which are used Wii games. There is an appalling lack of offerings. So why Best Buy? Why?!?!

Okay, I know why only 8 locations is more germane, but had to get that off my chest.



bluedogrulez commented on Parent Trap: Splatoon Is The Perfect Family Fi...:

I'm still confused about one point: How many players can be connected to a single Wii U in any mode? If it is limited to 2 players, then Splatoon cannot be considered the perfect family game . . . half of my family will be playing and the other half waiting to play.