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coreyerb

coreyerb

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coreyerb

#1

coreyerb commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Resilience Against W...:

@Zael Seven or eight games total in 2014? There were more than 20 in 2012 and 2013, and with more consoles sold this holiday, there's a greater market for sales enticing publishers. You really think seven or eight games total will be released for Wii U in 2014?

Yes, a "killer app" can come out two years after a console is released. Redefine killer app as "reason for more people to buy a console at its current price" and that has happened repeatedly. 2014 likely will see a further price drop, making it that much easier for someone to see a Mario Kart machine on the shelf for $250 or whatever and buy it. Consoles sales vastly improve as their software libraries increase and the price of the console decreases. Early adopters don't drive a console's success - it's the droves of people who pick them up a few years post-launch who make them profitable or not.

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#2

coreyerb commented on Nintendo of America Confirms Details for Mario...:

Picking this up the day it comes out, assuming Best Buy stocks it. I don't have any built-in Wii Remote Pluses so it's more than worth it to me. Cool color too.

With all the deals retailers are offering there are so many ways to not pay a full $60 for this bundle. You're doing it wrong if you're paying full price for any game between now and the end of the year.

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#3

coreyerb commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Resilience Against W...:

Nicely put. You can be a fan of something while still examining it objectively. Sometimes admitting you're predisposed based on past experience to like a company's products can improve your coverage.

But NintendoLife does suffer from inconsistency of message in that regard. Not all writing here is of this same clarity and much of it comes across as subjective - coming from a perspective of automatically praising anything X company does, or a perspective of "I heard this opinion at a bigger website so I'm going to go with it since it must be true."

There is an opportunity here for NL to just admit you're not industry experts and are covering things from a certain slant, but are trying to do so in as fair a way as possible. That takes writers who know that goal and can communicate it through their articles and not follow the trend of most gaming "journalists" being glorified PR reps who want to prove they know everything about the business.

Be honest and your readers will appreciate it.

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#4

coreyerb commented on The Wii Mini Will Arrive in the U.S. in November:

Different markets. It's no different from marking down your last gen system's price once your new one comes out - you can still grab a few sales from people who never picked up a Wii but want to play its back library, and you're not going to compete at $100 with the people who'd want a Wii U at $300.

Intriguing little device, and I'd recommend it to a friend who never got into Wii before I'd recommend a Wii U. Same as I'd gladly take a $100 PS3 "Lite" since I never got to try their exclusives from that gen.

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#5

coreyerb commented on Review: Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympi...:

Didn't play the 2010 Winter Games one so it'll be fresh for me.

Also if curling was just "hurl stones down an icy track" it indeed would be boring. But since that is the main event that brings me back to the Winter Games every four years, I'm glad to hear it's more complex than just that. (Curling Simulator '14 - now that I would buy! You dropped the ball, Nintendo!)

All of these things sound like pluses to me. Sounds like a good add for all the buy 2 get 1 free deals I'm sure are coming in a few weeks.

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#6

coreyerb commented on New Splinter Cell Blacklist Maps Creeping Onto...:

@DanMan82 @thewayyouare Nah SvM still has issues. In Blacklist mode you still freeze at respawn and players sometimes don't show up in your game (the lobby will be full but the scoreboard says not and if they're hacking a terminal you can't tell which one but you'll hear the bings for 25% progress).

Classic works more of the time but still can't connect to most lobbies.

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#7

coreyerb commented on Ubisoft CEO Admits ZombiU Sales Were Disappoin...:

@Kodeen If they failed to make a profit, it's because of lack of foresight. If 460K sales wasn't enough to recoup costs, they needed to reduce costs. The game did about as well as anyone with an understanding of economics could have guessed. If it's not profitable they should have known they needed to go multi-platform to be able to hit a higher sales threshold.

Begs the question, did Nintendo give Ubisoft incentive to keep it exclusive? If so, Mr. CEO is being disingenuous in his accounting. If not, Ubisoft should fire those responsible for setting game budgets.

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#8

coreyerb commented on Ubisoft CEO Admits ZombiU Sales Were Disappoin...:

@wombatkidd Exactly. Hire better analysts if you can't make a profit off a launch game that sold 460,000 (plus digital) out of 3.2 million consoles sold.

It begs the question, why did they go Wii U-exclusive with it, if given a solid 15 percent of console owners bought it, it isn't close to profitable. Did Nintendo subsidize it? Did they just expect more people to buy Wii U's?

Seconded that a crash might be coming if companies are so naive to think they can eat development costs for the new consoles and profit enough to survive off early adopters. They're going to have to go multi-platform, cross-generation (and risk slowing adoption rates of next-gen consoles) or make cheaper games.

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#9

coreyerb commented on Review: James Bond: 007 Legends (Wii U):

"We need gadgets, car chases, and be required to think before we act."

@SMW: Legends includes all three. There's one car chase, won't ruin the surprise of which. There's also skiing. Gadgets range from a watch radar ping to ID where unseen enemies are around corners, to tranquilizer and distraction darts, which encourage you to think before you act as you'll need to get guards alone and in places where they won't be spotted. Again, stealth is optional in most segments (required in the ones that make sense like you need to maintain your partner's cover) but is rewarded with extra XP to unlock upgrades.

Not sure why the review didn't address these key gameplay elements.

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#10

coreyerb commented on Feature: Nintendo and Bond Through the Ages:

@SMW: I'm much the same, people hate Legends and I'm enjoying it. More fun for me than Black Ops 2. It's flawed, but much of the criticism stems from poorly defended reviews and then group-think took over and doomed the game.

It's quite fun, and if you know what you're getting into, I'd recommend it if you're a Bond fan.

Re: Q, I'm sure it was a conscious decision after the franchise rebooted with Casino Royale by the producers to leave him out like in the movies. He recently returned, so we'll see if the next game includes him.

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#11

coreyerb commented on Review: James Bond: 007 Legends (Wii U):

Honestly, you started with a distaste for the idea behind the game (which you misunderstood based on your comment on why they selected each film) and never justified anything beyond that. The flashback setup was intended, you don't get to change that. Your review simply tells me what kind of game you'd have preferred, not whether they accomplished what they were after.

I'm a die-hard Bond fan and I didn't feel underwhelmed or peeved at the films' treatment; they took the game-worthy parts of one film from each actor and made reliving them fun. The controls are standard FPS, the stealth rewards you with weapon-upgrading XP and often you get to choose how you prefer to play - guns blazing or sneaky.

The only thing I'm peeved about is that you failed to tell anything useful to potential buyers, instead reviewing it on your preconceived opinion about its concept. Oh, and the online did pick up. It's as if only a couple million people owned a Wii U or something.

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#12

coreyerb commented on Talking Point: Games That Need Wii U - Dishonored:

Next needs to be Hitman: Absolution. Not likely, but in that game you have to pause to get a disguise or weapon, look at your map, etc. and that'd be so much more realistic if done with the gamepad. Plus the sniping possibilities - raise the gamepad and it becomes your scope.

Really don't want to miss that game and it seems like Wii U could add a lot of features.