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darthllama

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#1

darthllama commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Sells Nearly 500,0...:

Great to see its doing well, but the fastest selling game on a system that doesn't sell games well isn't a great undertaking. Its already in the top 10 for best Wii U selling game ever.
The big problem is....games that came out the same week on competing consoles have outsold Smash. Master Chief Collection has sold over twice as many copies in its first week than Smash. Assassin's Creed Unity has sold nearly double on BOTH the XOne/PS4. Advanced Warfare has outsold Smash on EVERY console (PS3/4/360/One).
So in short...nice sales by Smash but competing consoles all have multiple titles being released that are lapping it already. You can't gain too much traction when you have one hit compared to multiple ones. With the PS4/One having actually good Black Friday deals as opposed to the junk pile offers for Nintendo, those system will continue to heavily outpace the U especially with far more successful franchise coming their way.

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#3

darthllama commented on Guide: The Best Black Friday Nintendo Deals in...:

A lot of terrible deals, especially for a Black Friday. System deals are trash compared to the ones that come normally. Very few relevant game discounts, and even the $15 GC for a couple select titles is beat by Best Buy for those who have GCU.

eshop cards are a good deal though the 20% off BB had last year and at the start of this year was better.

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#5

darthllama commented on Review: Thomas Was Alone (Wii U eShop):

Very fun and entertaining game. The price on the eshop though, like usual, is overpriced. Steam and PSN have had it for $0.99 multiple times. When it comes on sale for $4 or less it'll be worth the pickup for those who haven't played or those who simply wish to revisit it.

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#6

darthllama commented on Video: GameStop Shows How It Faked 'Karissa th...:

LOL. People who participated in their event enjoyed themselves, and those who've commented after finding out the joke had a good laugh about it. Yet, those sitting behind a computer who watched a short video clip are raging and saying they'll never go to gamestop again and take personal offense to it? Wow, that is some serious pussification there. God forbid something relevant happens in your life.

If this was a true contest or some sort of scam, it would be different....but obviously it wasn't.

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#8

darthllama commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Emphasizes the Nintendo Diffe...:

ROFL.....Wii U is on a whole new level than the 3DS. Yes Reggie, you are right. Its 150 steps below where the 3DS is at. Then you go from talking about 3DS game sales....to the Wii U game metacritic scores lol?
As for Amazon they are using stuff like Amazon Fire to get their feet wet into the game/media world. That is why the question came up. They won't likely make any headways with it though and won't be a challenger anytime soon if ever. I'd rather see a question about why Nintendo continues to restrict the sale of Nintendo hardware sales with the biggest retailer in the nation which no doubt has cost a lot of sales.
I also like when he talks about new IPs and he has almost none to say and sadly one is just another branch off of the Mario series.

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#12

darthllama commented on Sony: PS Vita Is Better Than 3DS And The Wii B...:

Well Sony preaching the Vita as the best handheld is as silly as Reggie preaching the same about Wii U. Okay...its much more silly. No matter how big Sony grows in the console gaming world, it does not have anywhere close to the staying power Nintendo has in the mobile/handheld world. If you are a fan of RPGs or lesser forms of PS exclusives the PSP/Vita are great systems. It just lacks the diversity and volume of titles that the GB/DS/3DS line have brought. Nintendo also has a strong sample of 1st party titles that work great for handheld gaming, and has a strong contingent of 3rd party developers putting out top tier stuff that Sony lacks.

Its a bit of a bizarro world. What Nintendo doesn't do on consoles....it does on its handhelds. What Sony does on its consoles....it doesn't really do on its handhelds.

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#14

darthllama commented on Cubic Ninja Sales Spike Following Announcement...:

For those saying the developers don't mind, the game has been out of print for a while. Most sales are coming from used and second hand stores. Virtually all retailers clearance it out a while ago so they are seeing little return unless they decide to capitalize off the hype and start reprinting.

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#15

darthllama commented on The Nintendo Wii U Is Better Value For Money T...:

@Light
Nobody is arguing about the ability of choice and some who are complaining really enjoy their Wii U. The conversation is about the business aspects of Nintendo's operation and how its getting them hammered in the hardware market for consoles. If it wasn't for the continued success of their handheld lines, Nintendo would be forced out of the hardware market like Sega. They continue to struggle with adapting to a new generation of gamers and keep using the same strategy that doesn't work. Most here just want Nintendo to succeed, but Nintendo themselves seems to make it harder for themselves.

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#19

darthllama commented on Loot Crate amiibo Details and Pricing are Conf...:

What a crappy deal. You pay retail price and through in money for a crappy magnet and a T-Shirt. Complete rip off.

Just get GCU at Best Buy, and pay about $10 each for them. ToysRus will also be hosting a deal with Ambiios when they are released 3 for $30. Other deals will no doubt come to help push these out the doors. Save your money on the lootcrate crap.

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#20

darthllama commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Claims Seco...:

@akaDv8R
XONE has more total sales worldwide than the U, but that is because ONE has next to no sales in Japan. One has already surpassed the U in every other region and continues to pick up steam in NA. They won't reach 15M, but they are beating the U in the places that matter NA/EU. Also keep in mind, the U has been out almost a year extra than the One/PS4, which makes the U sales even more appalling.

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#21

darthllama commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Claims Seco...:

In Bayonetta's first 3 weeks thus far, its sold 180k units in North America and 70k in Europe. It Currently sits at 320k global sales. It should continue to have decent enough sales over the holiday season as it tries to reaches the 500K mark. Its too bad Nintendo doesn't really like to hype or advertise their games much aside from Smash.

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#23

darthllama commented on Sonic Boom Exploit Allows Players to Skip Larg...:

I'm not surprised by the amount of crapitude that Sonic Boom is showing off. Games made to tie into new tv shows or movies tend to have horrible track records, but when they give the responsibility over to a novice development study its just a recipe for disaster. If they wanted to make Sonic Boom a huge splash, why not give the license to a credible developer who can operate under a tight timetable? Things were looking brighter for the Sonic universe with decent-good releases Colors/Generations/LWorld, but now they have another universally terrible offering.

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#26

darthllama commented on Video: Nintendo's Wii U Holiday Commercial Kee...:

Such a terrible ad for the system to lead into the holiday season. It says nothing about the system, nothing about the games, very little game footage, stupidly unfunny jokes, boring atmosphere, no energy whatsoever. Mac and cheese commercials put more thought into what they do than this.
I hate PS4's live action commercials, but they have more energy to them and are far more numerous so they are hard to not notice. XOne has been getting a lot of commercial time with their big games and console price drop.
Leave it to Nintendo to have limited and forgettable commercials. Their marketing has been a huge source of their failings.

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#27

darthllama commented on Reggie Fils-Aime Says Super Smash Bros. for Wi...:

Record preorders for a Wii U game isn't exactly an amazing achievement since the preorder totals really suck for most games. Still nice that there is a lot of buzz for the game, but the system needs a lot more juice going forward. PS4/One are selling more than double the consoles as the Wii U each week in NA/Europe. PS4 is outselling the U in Japan. Smash will help in the short term, but way too much catching up to do and not enough releases to keep any momentum up.

In other news, Bayonetta has sold just over 150,000 copies in North America and 63,000 in Europe. Hyrule Warriors sales have slowed to a crawl, but its total sales world wide has gone over 510,000 which is a healthy number. Smash U will obviously eclipse the lifetimes sales of both in its first week.

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#28

darthllama commented on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Continues to Dominat...:

Wii U is really lagging behind, and not just in Japan. This is last week's numbers:
N. America Europe Japan Global
PS4 96,165 108,775 8,423 260,931
3DS 55,121 64,047 66,688 200,030
XOne 80,550 36,918 941 145,819
WiiU 30,682 19,513 4,164 58,648

When competing consoles with limited software are selling more than double in every region, the Wii U is in a really crap spot.

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#29

darthllama commented on Shulk amiibo Listed as GameStop Exclusive in t...:

@IceClimbers
You are correct. Gamestop only has the North American publishing rights to the Wii version of Xenoblade Chronicles. They don't own the rights to anything else as far as Xenoblade IP is concerned. So Shulk could come to any store if Nintendo wanted. The 3DS version of Xenoblade and the Wii U sequel can be sold by any retailer that Nintendo wants.

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#30

darthllama commented on Shulk amiibo Listed as GameStop Exclusive in t...:

Ambiios being exclusive to certain stores sucks, but as long as the price is standard it doesn't matter. If Skulk is $12.99 then that is no big deal. If its $20 or something silly, then the company can shove it up their pie holes. Items being exclusive to stores is fairly common. We see it a lot with Skylanders where GS/BB/Walmart all get some sort of exclusives but the price is always standard. Even for preorders, stores always have different incentives but you always pay the same (barring sale at the time).

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#32

darthllama commented on Review: The Swapper (Wii U eShop):

For those who haven't played it, the game is a great sci-fi platformer with a nice Metroid-esque atmosphere to it. Its too bad though, like most indie games on the Wii U, the starting price is a bit too high. $14.99 would be an ideal price.

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#33

darthllama commented on Nintendo Teams Up With Loot Crate To Deliver a...:

Its a good thing for Nintendo to pair with lootcrate for a service like this. Lootcrates have become very popular so it will help give the product a lot more visibility. There are people paying $20 a month for random toys/posters, so I can see people who don't even have a Wii U subscribing to the Ambiio deal just for the sake of having the toys.
As for me it'll depend on how much the savings is compared to retail. If its too similar, I'll wait around in hopes of a B1G150% off type deal to come around before starting up collection. I don't think the deals will be anywhere near as plentiful as they are with Skylanders/Infinity but I'm sure retailers will have some.

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#34

darthllama commented on Nintendo Teams Up With Loot Crate To Deliver a...:

@rjejr
I agree the stands really distract from the figures themselves. When I look at the pictures its the thing that keeps drawing my attention. It is so out of place. Even with princess Zelda, its like she has a purple mold of a leg under her dress. Just very ackward.

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#35

darthllama commented on Bandai Namco Announces Ace Combat: Assault Hor...:

The Ambiios aren't even out yet, and developers are just beginning to really toy around with the concept. People are going to have a $12 figure that will likely provide various kinds of bonus content to dozens upon dozens of games for both the WiiU/3DS. That is a pretty substantial value to have. Now not all of the features may interest a person, but the same goes for ANY DLC. There are thousands upon thousands of weapon/character/skin/level packs for most games. A lot of those suck, but you don't have to buy/use. If you like them...well you have to plunk down $5-$15 for each piece of DLC then maybe pay $15-$30 for season packs. With the Ambiio, you get various functions at a low price without every rebuying the Ambiio itself. The ideas right now are simple, but again the product isn't even out.

@BulbasaurusRex
lol. That isn't uncommon to do, and not just by Capcom. There are tons of GOTY/PH/GH/Definitive/Ultimate/Director'sCut releases that are enhancements of games that have already been released on the very same system. The companies don't give out anything free to original buyers, nor are the original buyers owed anything. The original Ace Combat 3DS game will be almost 3 years old when the new rendition arrives. It isn't like the new version was released a month ago. If you don't feel the new additions warrant purchasing the new version, that is completely understandable. Those of us who own the original, aren't owed anything though as we got what we paid for.

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#37

darthllama commented on Review: Rock Zombie (Wii U eShop):

Its a decent game and has some good cheesy moments to it. The part that disappointed me was no co-op. Having 3 main characters in a beat-em up cries out for it (especially since they aren't unique enough to matter in single player), but oh well. I liked it better then some other indie/budget beat-em ups out there

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#38

darthllama commented on Every Smash Bros amiibo Will Be Compatible Wit...:

@crimzonlogic
Nothing is wrong with hoping for more elaborate/cool features to be included with the Ambiio. It is just important to remember at this point that, Smash is one of the only games that was being made along side the Ambiio release. For games like Hyrule/MK8 to include features for it, they have to go back and code new stuff just for it. They don't really financially benefit from Ambiio success per se, so there just is a limit for what they'd do for it at this point compared to what financial returns they see from actual DLC packs. Its much more reasonable to expect that games next year whether its the new Kirby/Zelda/MarioParty games to be able to incorporate more Ambiio features alongside it. Overall I don't feel its too bad to have several little additions for multiple titles for only one purchased compared to typical DLC purchase price for additions. Some games charge $3-$5 for an extra character or new skins/weapons and that is just for one game.

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#39

darthllama commented on Every Smash Bros amiibo Will Be Compatible Wit...:

@Syrek24

I agree with you completely. Games like MK8 and Hyrule Warriors were in development before Ambiios even popped out of the woodwork. They had separate budgets, separate developers, and different financial incentives. To expect them to go back and tie a lot of new content to the ambiios is silly. The Hyrule Warriors dev crew would lose money on that compared to releasing actual DLC. I think its great to buy a $12 item and getting additions to current titles and potentially a lot of future titles without having to rebuy anything. That is a bargain.

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#40

darthllama commented on Every Smash Bros amiibo Will Be Compatible Wit...:

lol how did anyone NOT think the Ambiios would be used for microtransactions? Whether it gives use of a character or weapons or costumes...they were going to need a way to draw people to purchase Ambiios. If it added nothing special to the games only collectors would buy it. To be fair it at least is far superior than the normal transaction route. If you buy a figure, you can use it across multiple games rather than just one. You can also resell/trade the Ambiios since they are physical. If Nintendo was going to take the microtransaction route, which business wise would be silly not to, then this is the best possible outcome for gamers.

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#44

darthllama commented on Region-Locking May Be a Thing of the Past Soon...:

His response was a diplomatic way of saying to not expect them to do it. He has same responses to issues like cross-play. Of course they won't openly reject it, but saying they'll "consider it" is a far far far cry from a change in practice. Needless to say, don't expect it happening in this generation of Nintendo systems.

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#45

darthllama commented on Nintendo Returns to Profit as Wii U Sales Show...:

@iceclimbers
Though that may be true, the situations aren't relatable. The 3DS family is clearly the #1 non-phone related portable gaming system there is and has been a very profitable venture for Nintendo. It will always be remembered as a great success. The lower numbers just account for the competition its had to face from the PSP/DS/VITA and smart phones which previous handhelds really didn't have. The Wii U on the other hand thus far has lost a lot of money for Nintendo, missed every projection, has had terrible software sales, and is at the bottom of the barrel. It may be remember as the worst Nintendo console release if things stay as is. Though personally I totally think its one of the most underappreciated consoles to ever be released.
Now naturally the Wii U's life is far from over. Things can change and if they find a way to really boost the product to build a momentum steam it can change its perception in a early.

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#46

darthllama commented on Nintendo Returns to Profit as Wii U Sales Show...:

Nintendo's profit margin is, like always, being boosted by the 3DS and its software sales. The Wii U is the thing keeping Nintendo from reaching its projections.
Here are last week's total sales for consoles.
System NA Europe Japan Global
PS4 96,756 127,262 7,546 287,962
3DS 41,113 50,879 114,769 218,443
XOne 64,242 37,141 709 127,423
PS3 9,276 22,388 4,535 45,923
WiiU 21,808 15,522 4,638 45,795
X360 18,281 10,226 89 33,319

These totals are the norm. Wii U is consistently 5th or 6th as it tries to stay ahead of last gen consoles. That includes out west which tries to state that the U is showing life, despite it being far below its competition and barely with the older gen systems. Life time, PS4 has doubled up the U in total sales and the One has already overtaken U's lifetime sales in NA/EU. Needless to say anything Xbox related doesn't sell in Japan.
So Nintendo can still break even overall thanks largely due to the constant success of the 3DS brand which is giving them an extra surge this quarter with strong New 3DS sales. The U will see a better Q4 thanks to the release of Smash but overall its looking like another Gamecube where it'll be remember and treated as a major disappointment.

@ColdingLight
No it hasn't. The sales are still horrible and below their competition. The return to profitability is due to overall success with emphasis on the 3DS brand. This article and comments are just trying to spin it into assumptions of U success which numbers show is not the case. It'll have positive spikes when new titles such as Smash/Zelda are released, but serious downturns when nothing is out there.

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#47

darthllama commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Follow Microsoft's Lead ...:

@ToastyYogurt
Yeah Wii U dropped in price once before. It debuted at $299 for the 8GB model and $350 for the 32GB deluxe. They took away the 8GB model and just replaced it with the deluxe model at the same price point. That is something they should of done at the start as having two separate models paired with a non-original naming scheme cost them more money than any drop.

Yes, Nintendo will lose more money by dropping the cost of the console, but how much do you think they are making by not selling most of the units they are manufacturing? The low sales are what is costing them lots of money, and why so many third party developers are jumping ship. Nintendo also can't just lean on the whole "new console" excuse because its now going to be entering its third year. Dropping the price of the console is NOT about getting them into the green now. Its a gamble with the intent of minimizing losses and generating interest. If something doesn't sell, then you are guaranteed the worst kind of loss. I can't stress that enough. It also doesn't need to be a permanent drop, but one that carries through the holiday season which is the peak time for sales. Also $250 is still a lot of money so nobody is going to consider it a cheap toy as some posters are laughably suggesting. That is still a lot of money, and its something that every console does. The Wii had some drops which helped boost a lot of sales. 360/PS3 did drops around the holidays and saw some of their best sales periods because of it. A lot of gamers also have price points in mind as to what they'd pay for any game or console, and its very apparent that the $300 tag with what is available isn't tempting to most. Staying status quo when you have a losing product never helps encourage success. Again, yes they'll deal with production cost loss, but when they are already deep in a pile of rabbit poop they have to be aggressive and take risks. At present all they are doing is losing, and little hope of minimizing losses by standing pat. Nintendo has continued to make a lot of giant mistakes since day one. Their marketing of the system has been total trash and is a factor they continue to ignore. As competing consoles with superior tech inch closer to the U's price point it makes the reality of U finding success less and less likely.

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#48

darthllama commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Follow Microsoft's Lead ...:

@toastyyogurt
Yes, software sales definitely helps reduce the losses and risks involved in lowering console rates. The problem is that currently Nintendo is selling neither. Despite being out two years, the U is being outperformed by its competitors and software sales in all regions have been appalling. A lot of inventory is stuck collecting dust on store shelves. That means Nintendo is receiving a dramatic loss from all angles. If Nintendo reduces the cost of the U, and increases its sales share then it will minimize losses by default. Selling a system for less is better than not selling any at all. Software sales might not be boosted a whole lot, but if someone buys the system then they'll at least buy a few games too. No matter what Nintendo does, its unlikely to see a huge turnaround in their fortunes, but if they can at least reduce losses while giving the system more momentum to grow it'll be the best outcome. Right now Nintendo is putting their hopes into Smash to save them. Smash will likely give sales a boost, but that will only be temporary. The U needs more sustained momentum. So take the hit for now, and work on pushing the brand as hard as they can. Its kind of sad that you can't turn on the tv without seeing 102042 ads for PS4/One systems/games but never see anything from Nintendo.

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#49

darthllama commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Follow Microsoft's Lead ...:

@ToastyYogurt
It isn't really dangerous. Consoles always sell at a lose in their initial years. Selling at a lose though is far better than not selling the consoles at all. Bad sells are what really damns a company, and right now Nintendo has been massively missing on all its projections. Staying status quo won't get the company anywhere, especially with a large gap in retail releases. If it wasn't for the sales of the GB/DS line over the years, Nintendo would of gone the way of Sega with how poorly they handle console releases. Currently PS4/One sell more systems per week than the U does, and the U is barely outpacing the 360 in some regions. As the prices of competing consoles fall, and they start bringing out their A+ sellers the U will be pushed further back. It needs something to give it a much needed push and its the perfect time to do it. Also the last price drop was what the system should of started at. It was a bad call on Nintendo to sell a lesser unit at $300 with the Deluxe at $349. Don't want to split the market up that early.

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#50

darthllama commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Follow Microsoft's Lead ...:

@andycarolan
They won't do any ambassador style program. The system has been out for two years now. The only reason the did it for the 3DS was because of the drastic drop that occurred just 6 months after release. At this point price drops are natural as every console starts dropping following the first year.

Also a price drop doesn't devalue anything. Everything drops in price at some point, its a normal marketing procedure to reach a more broad audience. Currently the Wii U has terrible market visibility. Few people want it when they can pay $50-$100 more for what is considered to be a true next generation console (PS4/One). Having a much wider difference will help push people to consider dipping into Nintendo waters and maybe holding off on a 4/One until they drop further.
Smash Bros will help give a boost to console sales, but that is the last bonafide system seller until late next year when Zelda comes out of the woodwork. That span with lack of top tier games won't be pretty sales wise, but if they are aggressive now when they have a game like Smash to market then it could give them a giant boost through an important holiday season.