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Fri 29th May, 2009

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citizenerased commented on Nintendo's Quirky amiibo Video Shows How They'...:

Either the Amiibo's make the game unbalanced, or they make so little difference they're not worth using. Nintendo needs to rethink this. They look cool and I'd gladly buy them, but I guess I'll use them with other games.

For example, why don't the Link and Villager Amiibo unlock their respective DLC for Mario Kart 8? Or at least give a discount?



citizenerased commented on Wii U-Exclusive Super Smash Bros. Modes and Ch...:

Not gonna lie, this was the biggest disappointment to me. First HD Smash, so you expect some visual extravaganza for the exclusive modes and you get... a stale looking board game that looks more disconnected than Smash Run. The Master and Crazy Order sound super similar to Challenge mode. Master Fortress is a fun little extra, but apparently the only platforming we'll be doing in the Wii U version?

Thankfully the rest of the Direct blew the "Wii U Exclusive Modes" section out of the water. If I was only buying the 3DS version I wouldn't feel like I'm missing much though. Missing out on 2.5 times as much music sounds like a worse loss than this.



citizenerased commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014 - Fal...:

Pretty meagre line-up you've got there, Nintendo, especially with Captain Toad finding it's way to 2015 in Europe. 1 blockbuster and 1 niche action game just isn't that much for the holidays. We all know Sonic Boom is going to bomb (heh) critically.

I'm still happily finishing my GameCube backlog, though :) Finally getting around to Thousand Year Door.



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

This whole thing is confusing as hell, even for someone like me who understands the situation. Because these things are likely still a year away, and we have no idea what to expect, so I have no idea if I should buy a regular 3DS or not. It could be that all first party releases from now on will be significantly better on the New 3DS. Or it could just be 2 games.



citizenerased commented on Review: Fit Music for Wii U (Wii U):

@Bulbousaur I'll agree she's perhaps not the right choice for such a visual project (not to mention the terrible photoshop greying of the skin), but c'mon, you're talking about an actual real life woman here. Calling her a monster is a bit much?



citizenerased commented on Nintendo Reports Financial Losses As Expected,...:

Well, at least they're being realistic.

"Winter" is tricky. There's only like 4 days of "Winter" left in 2014. But I assume they mean 2014. Postponing it to 2015 would be terrible. Early december, please.

@JMaster: In this new press release they're just saying "this winter". Not "winter 2014", after a lot of journalists asked them what that meant. This makes me suspicious.



citizenerased commented on Talking Point: What We Want To See From Ninten...:

"ditch the gimmicks"


"Physical media = RIP"

Only when Nintendo learns that eShop games should be cheaper than their physical counterparts. Not saying they should be $1, but they should be at least $10 cheaper than the physical counterpart. And more sales, please. I'm also hesitant to buy anything digital on a Nintendo platform until they prove to be competent by linking purchases to an account, rather than a device.

"Playing the graphical arms race"

No. We're nearing the point in handheld when it matters very little if you double the polygons or not. You're saying handhelds should be more like mobiles, look at what games are popular on mobile: Cut The Rope, Angry Birds, Flappy Bird, indie titles, retro graphics. Graphics only sell to the kind of audience that is now buying a PS4. Look at Vita how well fantastic graphics are selling on handhelds. Price point is much, much more important. Plus, next generation handhelds will likely have PS360-type graphics, similar to what Vita is producing now. Does it really need to be better than that? Plus, rising development costs. Just no all around.

"Capacitive tech"

Name one game that works better with 2 fingers blocking the screen rather than 1 stylus. There's a reason why dozens of button-shells are being released for iOS and Android. I'm not saying do away with touch screens altogether, but for gaming, stylus works. Fingers on screens do not. UNLESS Nintendo's new handheld is a tablet-like device with a big screen, which I don't really see happening nor Nintendo having success with.

I'm not a fan of social gaming, but the last point is whatever. It seems unavoidable.

Here's one to add: App Store-like environment for publishers. There should be almost no costs to publishing a game on Nintendo's eShop, and it should be incredibly easy. Even more challenging than that, Nintendo needs to come up with a way to highlight fantastic games on it.



citizenerased commented on Review: Child of Light (Wii U eShop):

Been checking out some other reviews as well, so glad this game has delivered, I was very pumped for it. I have been playing a few too many RPG's lately, but as soon as I'm up for one I'll be picking this up.

The Ubisoft hate still lingering is pathetic. You think boycotting will give you more games or respect? Just the opposite. But sure, don't buy the game of one of the few major publishers still somewhat supporting the Wii U, see how that works out for you.



citizenerased commented on Talking Point: Horror and Metroid Could be a P...:

Yeah, I'd love more of a horror vibe. That doesn't mean gore, to me, it means a more intense feeling of being alone and encountering strange or scary things on the way.

I remember being quite scared of the X in Fusion, btw. But I was much younger then.



citizenerased commented on Talking Point: Super Metroid's 20th Anniversar...:

Just seeing a screenshot of Metroid Prime makes me want to replay it.

While I'd love another 3D Metroid, I think it's time for a sprite-based 2D one. Although Nintendo hasn't made sprite-based games in ages, so I guess that won't happen.



citizenerased commented on Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition i...:

This is the best 2D Metroid game I've played since Zero Mission. Bought a PS3 for it, totally worth it. Seriously guys, pick this up: It's got Super Smash Bros' combat system with Metroid's gameplay mixed with Super Meat Boy type platform challenges and a whole boatload of its own charm. Will double dip for sure.



citizenerased commented on Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part Two:

Yeah that voice changer / announcer thing? Don't do it. I'm not sure if it's a parody or serious, but in any case it's not working. Other than that, well edited.

Oh and a top 20 retail does feel like it's scraping the bottom of the barrel. Maybe include eshop next time?

I love platformers, it's probably my favourite genre... but even I feel Nintendo's maybe overdoing that genre a bit on Wii U. Time for some other genres?



citizenerased commented on Just 2% of Ubisoft's Q3 Sales Were for Wii U:

Insert generic complaint about Ubisoft's lack of effort, even though it's simply a matter of install base and Nintendo fans buying notoriously few 3rd party titles. It's not a matter of those dozens (!) of people boycotting Ubisoft, most people who own the Wii U don't even know about all that drama.

If Rayman had released 6 months earlier, there's no way it would've sold 3 times more. Which it did thanks to its multiplatform release. Not that it sold well.

The install base isn't there, I'd like to thank Ubisoft for giving it a serious shot, though.



citizenerased commented on Wii Fit No Substitute For Real Exercise Accord...:

@johndevine Because as soon as you do exercises in front of a TV, they stop being exercises? You're not making any sense. Have you even tried it out? How is doing 50 pushups in Wii Fit any different from doing 50 pushups in a workout at the gym? How is joggig in one place in front of your TV for 15 minutes, different from jogging on a treadmill at the gym for 15 minutes?

Of course, if you just play a couple of minigames that hardly require your body, it's not going to be very useful. But the potential is there.



citizenerased commented on Ubisoft's Updated Line-Up Still Includes Watch...:

I applaud Ubisoft for starting new franchises at all. With some clever new ideas, as well. You could hear all this pessimism about Assassin's Creed back in the day as well, but fact is that franchise has resulted in some excellent games (playing AC II right now).



citizenerased commented on Nintendo Is Here To Stay And Will Do Very Well...:

People feel more passionate about what Nintendo does cause they've been around for so long and people grew up on their systems. Any failure will of course be blown out of proportion.

Good to see Amazon UK supporting Nintendo, even if Amazon US is not. (No idea whether that's Nintendo's or Amazon's fault.) Amazon has had my business and will continue to have it as long as they keep up the excellent customer support and fantastic prices.



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

Man, why aren't any 3rd party developers bringing games / content to Wii U anymore? I'm going to stop buying 3rd party games / content!

Seriously though, this does feel like the vicious cycle of a dying console. Good thing Nintendo has its first party games and some indie support, but this isn't looking good.

Kinda sad to see people taking this so personal (as always), it's just business, guys. Do you expect publishers to lose money out of the goodness in their heart? =/



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

This is honestly a pretty weak list, and that's disregarding the fact that X likely won't make it this year, and we have no concrete release date on many of these titles (including Bayonetta 2 and Super Smash).

I blame Nintendo for never showing titles more than a few months ahead. You know they're gonna show titles at E3 that will release this holiday, why not show them before, build some hype? I'm looking for an excuse to buy a Wii U here, Nintendo.

Also, lol @ calling Need For Speed, Deux Ex, Monster Hunter and Resident Evil "new", when they're all ports from older games.



citizenerased commented on Preview: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze:

Fact is the Wii U has a ton of excellent platformers and is lacking in a lot of other genres. Would've preferred to see Retro do something with those.

Of course, this'll be an excellent titles regardless. But I do think it's lacking in innovations. Where's the catch? New secondary characters and dynamic camera angles? =/