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Tue 15th Feb 2011

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bluedogrulez commented on EA CFO Explains Why the Company Doesn't Make W...:

Translation: "Our games don't sell consoles." Not sure I'm understanding the love for Most Wanted U. MK8 and Sonic Racing are vastly superior options IMHO.

I do have to admit that the game pad was awesome for Madden 13, and there being no other football games on the system, its kinda fun to play once in a while.



bluedogrulez commented on Feature: Our Top 10 Wii U Retail Games - Third...:

Tip of the cap to NL for giving Tropical Freeze the love it deserves, wag of the finger for omitting the wonderfully challenging journey that is NSMBU. but it's all subjective anyway, right? Here's mine:

10. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
9. Disney Infinity 3.0
8. Skylanders: Swap Force (yep, I've got kids)
7. Super Mario 3D World
5. Tropical Freeze
4. Bayonetta 2
3. Bayonetta 1
2. Splatoon
1. Mario Kart 8. Best. Racer. Ever.

Honorable Mentions: Tank! Tank! Tank! (multiplayer goodness); Nintendo Land; Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed (+1 for the Outrun Course); Shovel Knight (soon to be retail); and DuckTales Remastered.



bluedogrulez commented on Minecraft Wii U Edition Has Been Rated By PEGI:

Where as this announcement last week?? My wife just bought the kids an XBox 360 over my vocal opposition EXCLUSIVELY for Minecraft. Arrgh. Ah well, I'll definitely buy it so I can get my kids back on a user friendly machine (and hock that horrid thing on eBay).



bluedogrulez commented on Rumour: Leading Japanese Game Company Kidnappe...:

What is amazing to me in the New York Times story about the Sony isolation room is that the subject employee was not or could not be fired when his position was legitimately eliminated (his division that produced old technology--magnetic tapes for videos and cassettes). Here in the US, he would have found himself out the door (and without a paycheck) day one. Is that not as equally unfair?



bluedogrulez commented on Parent Trap: Oft-Forgotten Wii U Features That...:

"Video games by their nature are a fast moving hobby and we can lose sight of how much fun older games are."

We "gamers" can also lose sight about how casual gaming families don't move at the same pace. For instance, a game that is delayed isn't news because that game may not even be on their radar until it is out and their kids' friends are playing it and talking about it in school. With Infinity 3.0 and a new Skylanders, I think we will actually see a surprising amount of Wii U sales this holiday season. Yes they are on other systems, but those systems are seen as more expensive and oriented for older teens.



bluedogrulez commented on Talking Point: Deep Breaths Are Needed as High...:

Things we will hear about:
Imminent releases we've known about for ages (Xeno, Mario Tennis, Etc.)*
Some indie titles set for release in Q4 or Q1 2016.

Words that will not be spoken:
F.A.S.T. Racing Neo
*Devil's Third

Regardless, looking forward to it. Thanks for the heads up, NL



bluedogrulez commented on Review: Rodea the Sky Soldier (Wii U):

I got my hands on both the Wii U and Wii versions this weekend. I actually prefer the Wii U controls, though I hardly mastered them and it's still early. The Wii controls involve moving rodea through the sky by pointing and clicking with the Wiimote . . . it did not feel as intuitive as it sounds. I do look forward to spending more QT with this title.



bluedogrulez commented on First Impressions: Learning to Fly With Rodea ...:

@ikki5: I acquired and played it this weekend (thanks ebay!) and, well, I'm still on the fence about this game. I think once I get the control mechanics down, it will be a fun little romp. The Wii game pack in is really well done . . . two disks like the NTSC Bayonetta set, but also separate Wii instructional booklet and Wii cover artwork printed on back of Wii U cover.



bluedogrulez commented on Dinosaurs and New Playable Characters Are Now ...:

I think the art style is pretty amazing in that it ties in characters from so many worlds and makes them look like they are from the same set. And the Star Wars characters look like their Clone Wars (cartoon) versions.

Getting back to the question at hand, Darth Maul is definitely going to be acquired along with the upcoming Force Awakens set/characters. Not so sure about Dinosaurs...depends if the kids enjoy the movie I suppose.



bluedogrulez commented on Review: Hogan's Alley (Wii U eShop / NES):

Hogan's Alley is a blast, in short spurts of course. I have mixed feelings about this release, as I have a CRT in my game room primarily for Duck Hunt and Hogan's Alley, and now both can be played on the gameroom's HDTV via the Wii U. I suppose if To The Earth gets a VC release (and it won't), it would really be curtains for the CRT. That game is awesome with a flimsy triggered cheapo third party light gun, as it demands rapid fire.



bluedogrulez commented on Video: See Splatoon's Shiny New H-3 Nozzlenose...:

I like how weapon selection seems to come and go in waves. As an aerosprayer devotee, I LOVE hunting the rollers and can generally deal with a host of other weapons. But the NES Zapper and any weapon equipped with the *@#$%@! bubbler are my absolute poison, so stop using them people, lol!



bluedogrulez commented on Reaction: Nintendo's First Mobile App, Miitomo...:

Over-thinking this one big time. Could have made a straight forward 4 level Star Fox shooter on rails game for mobile in advance of the Wii U release, the appetizer before the meal. Instead, I'm honestly not sure what that heck this is or why it is necessary or why it is from Nintendo. Big N, the mobile world wants your IPs, not our Miis!!!



bluedogrulez commented on Poll: The Tricky Issue of Retail Games as Down...:

I continue to believe the NX will be download only, but keep hoping this will not be the case.

I like the tangible, and I like the physical retail experience. I was gutted when music CDs shed their cardboard packaging. Gaming wise, I miss boxes and instructional booklets. Less art, less information. And if you ever lost music on an iPod, you have a definite sense that downloads less permanent that a good old cart or well-cared for CD. So yeah, not a digital download fan, but am pretty sure it's gaming's future.



bluedogrulez commented on Dell Seems To Think Devil's Third Will Be A Lo...:

Dell is also offering Xenoblade Chron X for $49.99, and Mario Tennis Smash for $39.99, both $10 cheaper than Amazon. May have found a new favorite game supplier . . . thanks NL!!

But to throw Amazon some love, its got Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) new for $39.95. Couldn't touch this game USED for under $70 last year.....



bluedogrulez commented on Talking Point: Five Key Challenges Nintendo Fa...:

@Moon: I'll second that. Splatoon proved that the Wii U and its gamepad can provide an AMAZING gaming experience. It seems short-sided to rush to the next console/system, but I feel like Big N is doing so out of panic instead of sticking with the Wii U for another year or two (filled with the long awaited titles that could really help its cause).

As for the NX, the key for me is second screen mobility. If the Wii U gamepad was not "tethered" to the console and could fit in my pocket or backpack, that would rock. I think Big N is going there. I hope they do, but I sure hope they do not rush it.



bluedogrulez commented on Parent Trap: ​Does The Wii U Still Make Sens...:

Some families in my area are just getting around to buying a Wii U. Birthdays and the holidays represent an opportunity to upgrade so the kids can play the new Skylanders and Disney Infinity 3.0 on a machine that doesn't have a bunch of mature titles they don't want to buy their kids. And it does not get more family friendly than Mario Kart and Mario Party.

The lack of Minecraft is a definite negative. But I know one family in my area that bought an XBox for it and the kids prefer the PC version to it. Still, my kids are clamoring for one for one game they will grow out of in 1.5 years.



bluedogrulez commented on Review: LEGO Dimensions (Wii U):

Sorry, my toy to life $$ is going to Disney Infinity 3.0 this time round. Kids barely touched Skylanders: Trap Team after getting infinity, so Super Chargers is out, and and they get frustrated with the Lego games and Dimensions has a curious price point.



bluedogrulez commented on Shiny Founder Dave Perry Wasn't Keen On The N6...:

@ikki5: Every time I get a disc in the mail and see those scratches (despite seller's representations to the contrary), I get a lump in my throat, and appreciate the "cart technology" even more. The era of the cart is over, but I will always appreciate Big N sticking with them for 3 generations.



bluedogrulez commented on This Is The Last Real Console Cycle, Proclaims...:

And the world, its population, and technology will never change, eh Michael?

He's right about one thing: "console games shouldn't require a console". I believe that Nintendo has figured this out. You don't need a console, but you do need something to tie all those devices together to. And that is what the NX will be, IMHO. A hub system that receives downloaded games and interfaces with a bunch of different devices . . . like having your own personal cloud in your game room. But time will tell.



bluedogrulez commented on The Retro VGS Wants To Revive The Glory Days O...:

I have to agree with the nay-sayers on this. The whole industry is moving to digital downloads for cost reasons, and that stinks, but it offers gamers the ability to play really great retro games and retro-styled indie on new systems and on the cheap. I know my love of carts will not justify buying a new system to play a limited number of indie games.



bluedogrulez commented on Rumours and Speculation Stir Over Potential In...:

Love Apple, love Nintendo. They both march to their own drummer and seem to value innovation over the straight profit motive. I did hear on NPR yesterday that the new Apple TV was going to roll in gaming (or more so than the current version). I think a Nintendo/Apple collaboration, though not likely, would be really exciting.