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Thu 4th September, 2008

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cyrus_zuo commented on The Wonderful 101 Saving Wallets on Wii U eShop:

Got W101 months ago and haven't loved it yet. (Remorse)
On the other hand I've really enjoyed Game & Wario. Lots of wackiness = unique flavor of fun I keep going back to. Great pictionary implementation as well. If you play w/family/grandparents, it's a great pick-up.



cyrus_zuo commented on Smartphone Game Market Shows Impressive Growth...:

The 3DS should have RULED last year w/the lineup it had.
It didn't and that is why Nintendo, when they talked about how bad 2013 was talked more about their disappointments w/3DS than w/WiiU (even though WiiU's numbers were terrible).

I love Nintendo, but they're in a hard place. I treasure the games they are making and hope they can keep doing it despite of the struggles of dedicated consoles to be successful.

I worry that their new Quality Of Life approach is very out of touch w/their current market. In the US they are completely unable to sell to adults, and are in fact focusing their advertising on children to sell both the 3DS and WiiU. They've stated they feel they should do well in that demographic.

HOWEVER, the demographic that would be interested in QOL is a TOTALLY different demographic. It's a demographic already well-served and one they have no foothold in. I fear this approach is going to be very difficult.

Still looking forward to each game, and I spend WAY too much on Nintendo games and hardware...I am trying to support them myself to success...but...I recognize the struggles they have fitting between (finding an audience in-between) the phone gamers and shooter fans who buy xboxes.



cyrus_zuo commented on Wii Sports Club: Golf Adds Resort Course as a ...:

Golf club is the only game I've ever played where the video game is actually harder to play than the real thing!
Wii Sports Club is a weird beast. It gets rid rid of all the easy pick up and play of Wii Sports and adds shallow online and sometimes terrible controls (golf). I've been pretty disappointed in it :(.



cyrus_zuo commented on Nintendo Download: 13th March (North America):

Despite its rather generic name I think I got to give Bubble Pop World a buy just because the developer did something different!
It's rare a developer tries to step out of the box, and when they do I love to support the effort.
Heaven knows we could use more of it in gaming!



cyrus_zuo commented on Rune Factory 4 in Short Supply in North America:

Such a good game. Though I'm super excited to play the new Zelda, it's sitting on a stack of unopened 3DS games at my house b/c Rune Factory has owned my 3DS for months.
In fact I've stopped calling my 3DS a 3DS. I now call the 3DS the "Rune Factory player" (RFP). I'm applying for trademark ;).



cyrus_zuo commented on Video: Capcom Celebrates 10 Years of Monster H...:

I tried the demo on Wii and 3ds and really didn't get it.
I then organized a weekly group w/a series veteran, and have really enjoyed it.
MH is a game that is OK as a single-player, where it really shines is multiplayer w/friends. It's very core (skill-based) and a huge time sync.
If you've got friends to play it with I highly recommend buying the game while on sale. We play cross-play w/3 people on 3ds and 1 on WiiU.

Very underrated game outside of Japan.



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

As much as I'd love a more powerful system, why would it increase sales?
The bias against Nintendo is not b/c of system power and being more powerful would simply cost Nintendo more money...which means losing more money.

There are 2 power focused systems already. Competing w/them by providing the same experience is a terrible strategy. Nintendo's approach of doing something unique is the right way to handle the situation. They need to be different to compete, that is the lesson of the N64 & GCN. Unfortunately, they may have picked the wrong uniqueness w/WiiU, but a more powerful console is a more wrong approach. You can't compete where your competitor's are already dominating.



cyrus_zuo commented on Review: Super Punch-Out!! (Wii U eShop / Super...:

Love the NES one.
The Wii one is the only Nintendo made game I sold last gen. Hated the formula on replay and disliked that there was only one way to dodge most of the enemy attacks and so so many fake out tells.
I haven't tried the SNES one b/c I figure it will be like the Wii one.



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

@Yorumi: I do realize that of course there is limit to how many people would purchase a system. I also realize that the 3DS is on a slower selling trajectory in Japan than the DS was. Clearly there are more people who could buy a 3DS, but they are not buying it.
I also realize the Software sales trajectory for the 3DS is MUCH less than it was for the DS. I worry about the long-term success of Nintendo, b/c I love what they do. I recognize that due to the software released this year the sales results should be MUCH better and I worry what happens next year when Nintendo doesn't have the 2 biggest brands in Japan releasing for its platform.



cyrus_zuo commented on Feature: A Year in Development - Shin'en Multi...:

I'm probably the only one hoping the new FAST is different than the last. It was pretty, but I found the mechanic unenjoyable. Nano Assault remains my favorite Shin'en game, and it's frankly not close.
If they ever have gameplay that matches the incredibly high quality of their visuals the result will be an absolutely killer game!



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

Numbers versus last year should be added to this weekly report, b/c they are meaningful.
3DS is down quite a lot over last year and is looking to finish ~700K lower in sale this year than last despite Pokemon and Monster Hunter 4. I'm concerned for the future : (.



cyrus_zuo commented on Wii U Hardware Sales Take a Significant Leap i...:

This week Monster Hunter 4 became the third 3DS title THIS YEAR to sell 3 million units at retail!
That said, I'm troubled by the fact that for the year 2013 the 3DS has sold slightly less than it did for the same period in 2012.
Even w/all those great games this year the 3DS sold better last year, which is a sobering thought.



cyrus_zuo commented on Developer Session: We Chat to Nifflas About Hi...:

Actually really appreciate the info on the language. I was excited about this, until that sentence. I'll plan on passing. I don't need the language, it detracts instead of enlightening and filling me w/awe.



cyrus_zuo commented on Soapbox: Super Mario 3D World's Playful Whimsy...:

I feel much the same way as the article, and also feel the strain of being an outsider in gaming. It's sad to me that I have to enjoy Mario just w/my family b/c so many people will ignore the game and praise the shooter.



cyrus_zuo commented on Performance of Batman: Arkham Origins Wii U Ve...:

DF pointed out that Most Wanted U and Trine 2 were both best on WiiU. I don't think there is strong enough data to show a negative DF bias at this time.
On the other hand there is a clear negative bias in the media and it's obvious WiiU versions of games aren't getting much love (from developers or consumers honestly).



cyrus_zuo commented on Capcom's 3DS Smash Hit Monster Hunter 4 Is Ven...:

I will totally get this...
...that said, MH3 I think looks better. MH4 looks really over-saturated and the polys are so much more obvious than in MH3 (from the videos).
Next Christmas I expect this will come to 3DS as the system starts winding down (2 years to a new system I'd expect - all the heavy hitters outside of Metroid are out...some have been out for years!)



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

Tried the first summer and winter games, neither were great, they seem like HUGE misses on controls, with obtuse mixed with poorly implemented motion controls. Downhill skiing should be hard to get wrong, bit the last winter games made it unenjoyable. Summer games track and field events should work naturally w/motion controls, bit instead you are always wondering what to do (and waiting through menus and introductions that take longer than the events -that's OK for TV, terrible for a game).
I skipped London, and had honestly given up on this before trying it b/c of playing the first Summer and Winter games.
Though a good game designer could make a great game out of this I'm sure.



cyrus_zuo commented on Iwata Braves Press Conference to Explain Ninte...:

The Wii's best Christmas didn't sell as many units as the WiiU will need to sell this Xmas to hit the sales target.
Unless they are planning on giving away 5 million units (maybe?) there is no chance of hitting the target.
I love my WiiU, but not changing the target is delusional.



cyrus_zuo commented on Wii Sports Club Is The Handiwork Of Namco Band...:

Super excited about this.
I'm looking forward to more info about how the clubs work. I don't think Nintendo will say any more before release.
Amazing and disapointing that Nintendo seems to be doing a stealth release of this and WiiFit U. It's like they don't want the public to know about it!



cyrus_zuo commented on Nintendo Download: 24th October (North America):

No Toki Tori 1 today? I thought it was set for today.

...and I agree on the WiiU VC - Baseball? Really? I love Baseball, but no-one loves that game. Why not Pro Wrestling, Contra, Rygar even 8 Eyes for crying out loud. Something that isn't totally terrible!



cyrus_zuo commented on Review: Wii Party U (Wii U):

LOVED the first one, which was just stuffed w/content.
I pre-ordered this, but w/it coming w/a controller I've feared this one wasn't as rich. Reading the review, I'm convinced I was right.
While the review talks about tons of content, the number of modes listed and the depth of them are clearly less than was found in the original Wii Party. I'm wishing they'd kept and up-rezed the original and put it in this to give me an HD version of the old (still fantastic game).
Still excited for this, but I'm now more worried that it's short on modes (something the original Wii Party did WAY better than the Mario Party series).



cyrus_zuo commented on Wii U Isn't Getting Need For Speed: Rivals Tha...:

Most Wanted essentially was Burnout, and I loved it.
Regardless of any future games in the series it was a delight to get the best console version (visually) of most Wanted on WiiU, and I play with the WiiWheel, another WiiU only feature.
Great game that got serious Dev time and was ignored. I understand the decision to skip WiiU next time around, and am Thankful we got the awesomeness that is Most Wanted U.



cyrus_zuo commented on Review: Rune Factory 4 (3DS):

Great game, it may end up my favorite in the series.
If you are at all interested I strongly recommend giving it a try. You'll be surprised at what you've been missing.