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Thu 9th December, 2010

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CaPPa commented on Guacamelee! Developer Stirring Up A New Title,...:

From the video it looked reminiscent of Okami's celestial brush mechanic (a game that screams to be on Wii U).

I've heard good things about DrinkBox Studios games, so I'll keep an eye on Severed. I'm also going to pick up Guacamelee! when it releases on the Wii U (I didn't get it on PS3 due to games not transferring to PS4).



CaPPa commented on Details Emerge of a Cancelled Nintendo-Exclusi...:

I think that The Phantom Menace is really underrated. It isn't the greatest Star Wars movie by any stretch but it isn't awful. Anakin and Jar Jar were poorly conceived characters but Qui Gon, Obi Wan, Padme and Darth Maul were all great. The soundtrack was really good too, with Duel of the Fates being amongst the best Star Wars music.

I'd have liked a Darth Maul game. The Force Unleashed series were average games (although better on Wii) with terrible storylines. I hated how Vader was beaten and captured; reducing him from the most feared villain in the galaxy to being second fiddle to a ridiculously overpowered clone. So I doubt that a Maul storyline could have been any worse.



CaPPa commented on Feature: How A Team Of Dedicated Fans Is Fixin...:

Project M always seemed counter productive to me. The premise seemed to be to make Brawl more like Melee because Melee was a better competitive tournament game; but modding Brawl means it could never be a real tournament game because it's modded. So in the end it's just a fun little mod but its not actually 'fixing' anything.



CaPPa commented on Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edit...:

The reason that they cancelled the Origins dlc was because people didn't buy it on Wii U. Then those people say "I'm not buying Origins because they cancelled the dlc". They have no right to complain because they were the cause, I should be complaining though because I actually did buy the game and season pass. I also bought Blackgate on the 3DS.

Origins is underrated imo. It has a good story, good boss battles, good detective sequences; in fact it actually does a lot of things better than Arkham City did. It doesn't feel quite as polished as the previous games but it's still a good game. I found Blackgate to be a bit flat though (not because it's 2.5D) and I haven't even got around to finishing it yet.



CaPPa commented on Little Inferno Has Sold A Million But Gamers D...:

Little Inferno is a wonderful experience and is very thought provoking.

I thought that the meaning was reasonably clear, but only if you played the game in its entirety.

It's very different from WOG but it feels like its from the same world by the writing and visual style. Definetely worth picking up when its on sale (I got it for a bargin $5).



CaPPa commented on The Club Nintendo Rewards Are In For March:

Why is the North American Club Nintendo selection so terrible compared to Japan or europe? It used to be a lot better selection than they have now too.

I'm still waiting on the 3DS XL charging docks to come back.



CaPPa commented on Former Criterion Boss Alex Ward Laments Issues...:

While I do think that Nintendo should help more in marketing 3rd party games it wouldn't have made much sense for them to put their resources behind a year old port.

I bought Most Wanted U, but I doubt that I'll be buying any of Ward's future games as I'm not getting a PS4/XBO yet and don't want to buy digital content on PS3/360 if I can help it. His attitude doesn't sound good either, so if it's not on Wii U then forget it.



CaPPa commented on The Next Batman Game Is Arkham Knight, And No,...:

I'm disappointed that Arkham Knight doesn't appear to be headed to the Wii U but not surprised seeing as Origins had its dlc cancelled due to poor sales.

I do plan on picking up a PS4 in the future but I'm waiting for some games that I actually want (there's only Batman, Kingdom Hearts 3 and maybe The Order at the moment) and for PS+ to start giving away good games. Then I'll have the PS4 with the free games and will just buy games on the Wii U/3DS.

I own all 4 and I'd say it goes:
Mario 3D World>DK Tropical Freeze>Rayman Legends>NSMBU
DK is one of the best looking games on the Wii U too and definitely the best looking 2D platformer.



CaPPa commented on Airtight Games Feels That Murdered: Soul Suspe...:

"In all honesty, all the Wii U games I've ever played, the only good ones are the ones that are made specifically for [the Wii U]. And this just doesn't fit."

I read that as their game is going to be bad. It doesn't surprise me as most of the multiplats that have skipped the Wii U have been rather mediocre (for example, most recently Thief).

Hopefully Ghost Trick will be a DS game that gets onto the Wii U, as that is probably 100x better than Murdered Soul will be.



CaPPa commented on Console Wars Book Paves The Way For Movie Writ...:

"inspired a team of underdogs to slay a giant and, as a result, birth a $60 billion dollar industry"

When exactly did Sega slay Nintendo? As I remember it the NES and SNES both outsold the Master System and Genesis/Megadrive.

It was a great time for gaming though, as the competition gave birth to so many classic games.



CaPPa commented on NPD Data Shows More U.S. Gamers Switching to D...:

I think that Liam Callahan is right, as a lot of my digital purchases have been sudden impulse buys.

I choose between physical or digital on a game by game basis, but generally I'm more likely to pick digital for games with a high amount of play time (like Monster Hunter) or ones that are well suited for offscreen play.



CaPPa commented on Watch_Dogs Delayed Again on Wii U, Will Arrive...:

So basically it has been cancelled for the Wii U. I doubt that it's a case of shifting resources because as far as I was aware the Wii U version was being handled by an outside studio.

The game itself might not be a big loss as it hasn't been looking that great, but it'll be sad if that's the end of Ubisofts support.



CaPPa commented on Interview: Shin'en Multimedia on the Wii U Dif...:

I love Shin'en. Nano Assault Neo is great, Art of Balance looks great and I get the feeling that FAST Racing Neo could be the best of all. Nintendo should really sign them up and give them a shedload of money to make a 1st party franchise before they move to other platforms.



CaPPa commented on Exclusive: Shin'en Multimedia Bringing Art of ...:

I called it that it'd be AOB, it just made sense for it to be an 'easier' port given all the work that's going on for FRN.

I didn't get the WiiWare or 3DS versions but I enjoyed the demo so I think that I'll pick it up on the Wii U.



CaPPa commented on Soapbox: A Monster Hunter Obsession, and Why t...:

I agree with this article 100%. I really hope that they MH4U to the Wii U too, even just as a digital download.

The Wii U version is the best. It has online multiplayer, a better camera and I find it much easier to play on a big screen (I have both versions and find that I can kill monsters about 20% quicker on the Wii U because the controls/view is better).



CaPPa commented on Nintendo's Slump "Could Be Detrimental" To The...:

They know that it could spell the end for console gaming, so it would be stupid for them to be laughing.

While there probably is some who just started with the 6th or 7th gen, I bet that a lot of PS3/360 gamers grew up playing NES, SNES, Genesis etc.

Tablet gamers may not progress to consoles in the same way. My 4 year old girl is better at console games than my 6 year old nephew, all he plays is the iPad, whereas she has access to SNES, Wii, DS (and a tablet but she mostly uses it for movies). Now when they try to play a game on any system she is better than he is, not because she's naturally better but because he has gotten lazy with simple iOS games.

Lose Nintendo and it'll be felt for future generations.



CaPPa commented on Nintendo's Slump "Could Be Detrimental" To The...:

He's right, it's the gradual death of gaming.

Future generations will have been raised playing tablet games, meaning that they will lack the skills to play console games. In turn, console games will need to be dumbed down even more in order to accommodate them.

I've noticed this with our kids. They've grown up playing SNES, Wii, DS, 3DS and have good coordination and reflexes. My nephew only plays iPad games and is useless when they try to play any console games.



CaPPa commented on Team Meat's Name Originated From a "Random" Ni...:

I'd never bother buying anything by Team Meat, not after the way they ditched the Wii. The fact that they prefer the app store shows that they're just looking for an easy $ nowadays.

Don't worry though Team Meat, keep your self important games on mobiles, there are plenty of good indie devs on Wii U/3DS who actually do deserve my money.



CaPPa commented on Capcom's Monster Hunter Invades Universal Stud...:

This looks great, I'd love to be able to go there.

Nintendo should build a real life NintendoLand, with a Donkey Kong minecart ride, real Mario Karts, Mario 3D World inflatables, a Metroid virtual FPS, a classic arcade and an epic Zelda show. Then they could have 3rd party attractions like Resident Evil, Monster Hunter etc with the provision that the games are released on Nintendo systems. They could sell the Wii U/3DS games there too.



CaPPa commented on Nintendo of America Issues Refunds After Warne...:

I notice a lot of 'I was going to buy this game' and 'I was going to buy the dlc' comments. Companies have no way to track 'was going to' sales though, all they can go by is actual sales.

So if you don't pony up the cash then you shouldn't complain when these things happen. Of course it sucks for people like me who did buy the game and the season pass, but we can't support the Wii U alone; the rest of you 'was going to' people need to step up and actually buy the games too.



CaPPa commented on Nintendo of America Issues Refunds After Warne...:

This sucks. I bought the season pass for the story dlc.

Now I know that the Wii U version sold less than the 360/PS3, but the percentage of purchasers would actually be higher on the Wii U (using rough number of systems and sales), so there was some demand.

Xbox 360 - approx 80 million systems - 1.29 million sales = 1.6%
PS3 - approx 80 million systems - 1.5 million sales = 1.87%
Wii U - approx 5 million systems - 140k sales = 2.8%

Of course dlc sales may have been too low on the Wii U as well, although it took longer to appear and wasn't highly advertised like on 360/PS3 (which had season passes in stores before the game was even out).

I'm not going to buy the game again on PS3 until it's under $10 and I'll get the dlc when it's on sale; so it could be a long time before I play the rest of the story.



CaPPa commented on Guest Blog: Shut up! Nothing is Wrong With The...:

Great blog. Do you have anything lined up for the Wii U in the future? Tappingo actually looks like it'd work pretty well.

BTW, you just succeeded in selling me Tappingo. The positive and well thought out blog made me look at the game. It looks like a similar idea to Picross (which I love) with a bit of a twist, so provided it has a fair price it'll be a day one purchase for me.



CaPPa commented on Talking Point: Is There A Future For The Wii U...:

Simply, no.

A lot of people already mistake the Wii U for being another Wii. Remove the GamePad and add a Wiimote and it'd be even harder for them to differentiate between the systems. Besides that, the GamePad is said to cost about $120, a Pro controller and Wiimote would be around $90; so a $30 saving really isn't enough.

Personally I'm not convinced that the PS4 and XBO are going to continue to fly off the shelves throughout the rest of the year and I can see their sales stalling just like the Wii U's did. If that does happen then it'll be interesting to see 3rd party reactions and whether there are the same calls to change the systems.



CaPPa commented on Video: The 10 Biggest Wii U Games Of 2014:

I'm doubtful that 'X' will release this year in North America, maybe in Japan.

My top 10 for 2014 at the moment:
1. Bayonetta 2
2. Mario Kart 8
3. DKC Tropical Freeze
4. FAST Racing Neo
5. Watch Dogs
6. Shovel Knight
7. Hyrule Warriors
8. Super Smash Bros
9. Project CARS
10. LEGO Movie.

I hope we'll see Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem and Yarn Yoshi this year too.



CaPPa commented on Dakko Dakko's Rhodri Broadbent Emphasizes The ...:

I totally agree with Rhodri, diversity is a good thing. Part of what made the Wii such an interesting console for me was because it was so different and by extension the games were different too. The PS3/360 were very samey and the PS4/XBO look even more so; which could be why I'm again favoring Nintendo's console.



CaPPa commented on Nintendo Download: 23rd January (North America):

I'm tempted by Fractured Soul and Lifeforce (although I'd prefer the arcade or PC Engine versions over the NES one).

I'm not too bothered about SMB3 or ALTTP not being released yet as I already have them on the Wii VC. While it'd be nice to upgrade them, I'm not that desperate for games that I can already play.



CaPPa commented on EA's Peter Moore States That "Nintendo's A Gre...:

EA are way beyond damage control to me. Their trashing of the Wii U over the past year and their shoddy products have left me with an easy decision - that being that I no longer buy any EA games (unless used). They probably didn't think about people being multi console owners (as I am), so they've lost my business on all platforms because of their Wii U bashing (as they basically called Wii U owners idiots).

I wouldn't usually want a company to fail, but I hope that EA does, because they deserve it for their arrogance and it would be nice to end their monopoly on sports.



CaPPa commented on Nintendo Confirms Major Reductions In Sales an...:

I see people citing the account system as an issue with the Wii U, but personally Nintendo is the only company that I feel safe buying digital content from. I must have spent hundreds on XBLA /PSN games but soon they'll be obselete, as they don't work on the PS4/XBO and they'll eventually be completely removed from XBL/PSN; so unless I keep a working 369/PS3 around I'll lose everything. The Wii U on the other hand allowed me to transfer all my digital content over from the Wii, so even across generations my games were safe.

The other problem I have with software being purely tied to an account is that if you forget the information you lose everything. I've lost quite a few PC games over the years due to that.

So I'd rather have security for my purchases than save a little time by being tied to an account.



CaPPa commented on Silent Hill: Shattered Memories Was "A Great O...:

I thought that Shattered Memories was a great game and a good twist on the original. The flashlight pointer controls and use of the remote's speaker made it really creepy too.

It's a shame that the series hasn't been able to improve since then. The Wii U offers the kind of features that could really add to a horror experience, but I doubt that there's any chance of a Wii U Silent Hill.



CaPPa commented on A Third-Party "Secret Developer" Gives an Insi...:

I don't think that the higher skilled developers have trouble with the Wii U, it's more the 'cut n paste' type devs that struggle.

I really like the Wii U design with its small form factor, low footprint, quiet and cool. Compared to my scorching hot PS3 or noisy 360 the console is a dream. Most people don't care about those things though and would prefer a desk melting juice sucking jet engine sounding system that can render more realistic blades of grass.



CaPPa commented on Nintendo Boasts of "Record-Setting" 3DS Sales ...:

Bravely Default, Super Smash Bros, Yoshi's Island, Kirby Triple Deluxe and hopefully Monster Hunter 4. That'd be a pretty great year, but with the unannounced games too (which we won't hear about until E3) I think it could be just as good as 2013 was.



CaPPa commented on Nintendo Dominates Festive Hardware Charts in ...:

I'm thinking that they've done pretty well in North America too, going by the Nintendo Network crashing due to the increased traffic. It was also interesting that when my son went to buy a Wii U it was sold out in a lot of stores, all they had was PS3s and PS4s in stock. That could be because they carried fewer Wii Us to begin with, but either way it looks quite positive.



CaPPa commented on Reggie Cuts North America's Biggest Wii U Fans...:

I would like to think that I'd qualify as I've bought a lot of games this year (18 retail games and dozens of eShop/VC). Chances are though that 'North America' actually means 'USA', so Canada will not be included.