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Fri 27th September, 2013

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darthllama commented on Review: Mario Party 10 (Wii U):

A game built around multiplayer gaming and Nintendo skips out on the most integral tool for multiplayer experiences. Online is such a major selling point in games these days but Nintendo continues to miss the memo. One of the many reason gamers don't really believe in Nintendo consoles.



darthllama commented on Video: Fan Manages to Port F-Zero to the Mega ...:

Did I say the Genesis was superior to the SNES? Did I say Genesis games are superior to SNES titles? Did I ever defend the "power" of the Genesis? I just implied that the game we saw in this video could look better/natural if it was developed based on the Genesis hardware rather than a straight Rom conversion that is based on different hardware, which is true. Even the person doing the conversion said as much. That doesn't mean it'll blow us away or be superior to the SNES game. Just that it could be a bit better than that short video that was saw. Reading comprehension isn't that hard.



darthllama commented on Wil Wheaton in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – What'...:

It would be one thing if Nintendo hired....Bill Cosby to do voice work despite all the horrible rumors about him. Then I could understand the boycotting of the game to a degree. A guy like Will Wheaton though? Who cares. You can barely tell it is him, and its not like he does terrible in voice work. I found him one of the least likable characters in ST:TNG, but again...who cares. A lot of the miserableness of that character had to do with the writing staff rather than the actor. This is an entirely different scenario altogether. Let it go, play the game, focus on important things in life.



darthllama commented on Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson Confirmed For Eu...:

I am currently working on a Boob bouncing simulator to sell on the eshop for the Wii U. You can edit the color and size of the boobs. If Meme Run and Jumpy Cat can get accepted, I'm sure mine will have no issues getting the thumbs up from Nintendo. I can even add Amiibo so players can see the jiggle factor of Peach, Rosalina, Zelda, and even Mario/Wario!



darthllama commented on Video: Fan Manages to Port F-Zero to the Mega ...:

@DESS-M-8 @CB85
Miyamota is just as stuck in the past as Iwata. He was aversive to a lot of "next-generation" ideas. They need someone entirely new to break the trend of traditional ideas from Nintendo.

Also for those "seriously" criticizing how F-Zero looks on the mega drive as seen above, remember this is a rom hack of the SNES version. If it was a full pledged game using Genesis hardware, a lot more can be done (except the sound which always sucks). Heck even this hack is stated to be far from completion



darthllama commented on GameStop Lists Crazy Majora's Mask New Nintend...:

Actually looking at how much everything sells for by themselves, that is a solid deal. This is something that Gamestop would usually sell for $941.
Can't say I'm surprised they were hoarding some 3DS XL Majora's Mask models to use like this.



darthllama commented on New Nintendo 3DS Undone by Dragon Quest Heroes...:

Though the games you mentioned were of great quality, the issue is they were released on the U a long time after they were already out in the wild for 360/PS3. People had already beaten games like Deus Ex, Mass 3, Arkham City and in some cases beat them twice with the GOTY versions. Having a U version come a year later was doomed from the get go. People just aren't going to care enough to triple dip for some slight tweaks let alone buy a brand new console to play them.This though is a big issue with the 3rd party support. If you are late to the show, you will always lose out. Nintendo often gets these titles after they've been released elsewhere or they often get the weakest version if its released in conjunction with the other system releases.

Part of this is Nintendo's problem though. A lot of big market games such as Madden or COD are made around online gameplay, and the U has the weakest online infrastructure of all the current and previous generations. Nintendo largely ignored online play with the Wii which set a bad precedent and with the U it rarely pushes games with online multiplayer. People roll with Microsoft largely because of online play. If you like online play, you know you'll have a lot of choices with both Microsoft and Sony, but will only have a few options with Nintendo.

Then there is just the graphical abilities. The Wii lost a lot of quality 3rd party support with its decision to ignore HD (as well as opting for non-traditional controls). Now with the U, they once again went with a cheaper internal design and so it can't compete with what the One/PS4 will be capable of pushing out. Developers love to push pretty graphics as that nets them a lot of buzz, so with the U's low market base they see no reason to make a downgraded version for it.



darthllama commented on Copyright Owner of 'Trollface' Image Explains ...:

Development 101: Create your own characters. It really isn't that hard.
Ninja Pig depends 100% on just stealing licenses, blatantly lying about details, and coming up with games with almost no effort put into them. I remember when the fool came on here to laugh at NintendoLife's review of Meme Run saying how many 10s of thousands it will help him earn. Guess not! Hopefully Nintendo learns to not let this trash head keeps his garbage games on the eshop. Hosting the titles of a so called "developer" who brings about nothing but infringement cases looks bad on Nintendo



darthllama commented on Nintendo of America Suggests That Fans Hoping ...:

Yes people go stand in line two hours before the store opens, pray you don't go to a Walmart that their employees hoard the merchandise for themselves, and that the first person that makes it to the electronics doesn't hoard every single item. Most Walmart employees and managements are clueless or unconcerned when it comes to honoring any limits. So expect a lot of sadness coming to a store near you!



darthllama commented on Study Finds That US Consumers Are Buying Wii U...:

To be fair, Nintendo's pricing model is pretty flawed. It is great that they are running games like Kirby and Captain Toad at a lower price, but the issue is their games rarely ever drop in MSRP. A game could be 3+ years old and they are still pushing it for $59.99. Games for other consoles have price drops pretty routinely early in their life cycles and also tend to release editions that include the game with all the DLC for $39.99 release (which drops in price quickly as well). Never dropping in MSRP and lack of sales is a huge problem for Nintendo software.



darthllama commented on Study Finds That US Consumers Are Buying Wii U...:

The free online of Wii U is seldom mentioned because its a terribly limited service. Just very few online gaming options and its never been the smoothest connection for a lot of people. Their competition charges a small yearly fee but gives access to a host of free games every month.



darthllama commented on Club Nintendo in Japan is Full of Delightful T...:

The rage about club Nintendo of America is or the past 4 years of them offering absolutely nothing. If they had any special items up, they'd literally last a minute before sold out (scalpers heaven). There are more people who've had their accounts terminated for no reason than who've actually gotten items. So yes their swan song releases far out do Europe, but it doesn't take away the years of nothing.



darthllama commented on January NPD Results Bring Improvement for Wii ...:

Comparing this January Wii U sales to last year sales is like a guy comparing penis sizes with a woman. Sure there is an understandable difference, but in the grand scheme of things it doesn't mean much. Even though the numbers are reflecting the final boost from Smash and holiday sales, but they are still extremely low. They aren't even at the level Nintendo had hope for a year ago. PS4/One are selling over double the rate per week in US, and 3-5x as much in Europe. They just never have anything new that can trigger a chain of momentum.



darthllama commented on Nintendo Provides a Handy Quick Guide to Compl...:

For those worried about losing MM or MH4 game when transferring data over, you'll be fine. It'll still be tied to the system until you try to transfer data off that system. If you don't see the icon after transfer, just go onto the eshop, look up the game or go into your download history. It'll be available for redownload. So you are fine with the initial transfer to the system.



darthllama commented on Review: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D ...:

To be fair porting the GC offerings to the Wii took very little work, and the only change made was to the controls. Everything else was left the same so there was little addition expense involved to produce the games. Far more work had to be done in reproducing Majora's Mask, and they made several tweaks to the overall game. Sure Nintendo could of still reduced the price to something like $29.99, but from a business prospective it would be stupid to do so. If you know millions of users will pay full price for the game, you put it at full price and roll in the money.

lol, its not a waste of resources. Companies make games to make money. Zelda Majora's Mask has the potential to earn Nintendo lots and lots of money. That makes it a very smart use of time and resources for a company trying to make up for lots of losses.



darthllama commented on Mega Man amiibo Pre-Orders Reportedly Delayed ...:

I received a delay notice from gamestop on my Sonic, Skulk, and Megaman figures.
My toon link and Bowser are on the way from Amazon, but my Sheik order from them is delayed.
Then my Meta Knight order from best buy was cancelled as was my Rosalina preorder from Target z.z

All in all, Nintendo can burn in hell. Japan has no problem pissing these out, Europe is pretty well stocked, yet Nintendo can't make a single one without running out. Even Walmart is dropping Amiibo support because of this. They don't want to have dedicated space for items that may or may never come leaving it empty half the time so they are no longer ordering more stock.



darthllama commented on Rumour: Nintendo Plotting amiibo Super Mario C...:

It would be awesome, but won't happen. Nintendo is going to use these as $$$ makers. Likely low item prints to make people desperate to keep picking up every new release. That is also why Mario is listed as Silver, rather than platinum which would make sense if they wanted to make them into the rewards.



darthllama commented on Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Br...:

PS4 doesn't have as much benefit of the bluray as did the PS3, but having it still helps. It allows people to trade up models without losing an important feature as well as tempt buyers who didn't hop onto the PS3 bandwagon. So users can look forward to games down the road like Kingdom Hearts 3, Final Fantasy, etc and still play their movies. With the XOne it has the functionality, but its a very North American centric system that lacks games that appeal to the region such as RPGs. Many appealing titles it does have can be found on PS3/4. Then factor in the weak marketing and lack of trust in the Microsoft brand in Japan (all 3 consoles have bombed there) and PS4 is by far the safer bet. Region free games, dvd/bluray, Netflix, and their most popular franchises all stick with Sony so the decision is an easy one.



darthllama commented on Rose Colored Gaming is Working on a New Line o...:

They have a wide variety of designs, those are templates. They are also considering taking orders for custom made designs. RCG has a nice track record of making a lot of great designs for various portable units, all of which are highly functional. I wouldn't get too down on the production shots, especially since they have a lot of other design plans.

Another feature of this unit that RCG is making is that it has a built in hdmi port allowing you to plug it straight into your television and playing your roms on a big screen. You can use the portable as the controller or use most usb based controllers and plug it into the PI.



darthllama commented on Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Br...:

A huge problem the Wii U has and Nintendo consoles in general have had since the SNES days is the lack of content to appeals to specific regions. JRPGs are a huge driving force of system sales in Japan, yet Nintendo rarely has any. Sports, fighting games and FPS games are huge in North America, but Nintendo rarely has those. People know the PS4 will get those even if their library is weak at the moment, and also know the Wii U will not get them. In all regions, the U has very limited game releases while it seems that a new game comes out for the PS4 every week (whether it is good/bad). Then the PlayStation itself has a Blu-ray drive which adds to its appeal in Japan. When the PS2 came out, it beat the snot out of the Dreamcast/GC just because it had a DVD. Users felt it was a cheaper alternative than buying a regular DVD player. That gave the PS2 a huge install base even though initial software sales were terrible since a lot of buyers bought about 1 game at most. Likewise the PS3/PS4 is finding a lot of early adopters in the region who want the system due to Blu-ray functionality. Nintendo....doesn't even have a standard DVD player so it can't double as a movie player like every other system. It is something that has become important to Japanese buyers but Nintendo has completely avoided.



darthllama commented on Editorial: Nintendo's YouTube Creators Program...:

Nintendo continues its trend of bad advertising and conveying a negative image. There is a reason why a lot of game publishers encourage youtubers to cover their games. Its mass advertising and hype that can nail several key markets. A company like Nintendo NEEDS all the marketing it can get. They have a lot of titles that sell like crap because people have no idea they exist or haven't seen enough of them to really care about buying. It is a shame that Nintendo refuses to change with the times and learn how it can use situations like this to a greater advantage.



darthllama commented on Nintendo Stays in Profit With Wii U on Target,...:

The other points are correct too as has been proven lol.

Just because you like Nintendo game offerings better than other consoles doesn't mean their limited offerings aren't a problem. Like them or hate them games like COD/AC/Destiny/Arkham/Madden/etc move systems. All those games sales wise run laps around Wii U game sales, and there are far more of them that come out on a regular basis. Very few Nintendo offerings have that sort of power, and they come around about twice a year. Just isn't enough. Their digital library is very shallow compared to the competition as well, and games that are for multiple systems tend to be much more expensive on the eshop than steam/live/psn. Its well known that 3rd parties have openly ditched making games on the U and have stated that it is not powerful enough for future titles. Then the system lacks region centric games (no sports in US, no JRPGs in Japan) and doesn't have a built in DVD/BluRay lack other consoles. That digs Wii U in a pretty deep grave.
I like the U and the games available for it as much as anyone, but there is no denying they have 1001 problems in competing in a deep market.



darthllama commented on Not Everyone is Thrilled That Metroid Prime Tr...:

Gamestop reprinting copies of Metroid Prime Trilogy did far more to the market than the digital download. The base version stopped being rare a while ago. If you have a complete copy of the collector's edition you are still looking at $70-$100 easy. If you have a new copy....people are still paying hundreds for it. That is because those are still rare physical versions you can't get elsewhere. The pictures of this article are laughable. You have one random UK version, a steelbox only version with a guy with 3 feedback, and a brand new version. Of course those will have totally different payouts. The base version is still going between $40-$50 which is exactly what you'd pay at Gamestop. All the digital version did was add some more copies into the market place for those looking to get value for their physical and just download the digital. The market will even itself out soon enough.



darthllama commented on Nintendo Stays in Profit With Wii U on Target,...:

You do know that the Wii U sales numbers are beyond dreadful and Nintendo's profitability is due to 3ds/Amiibo success right? Wii U is what has been dragging them down. In most weeks its having trouble out pacing sales of 360/PS3. They've had to dramatically reduces their sales expectations of hardware/software of the unit from what they initially hoped. Smash gave it a nice temporary boost holiday season, but its already went back to its normal putrid numbers. That is why when they talk about U, its only about Smash + MK8.



darthllama commented on Nintendo Stays in Profit With Wii U on Target,...:

It is not selling for a lot of reasons. Terrible marketing/advertising. Least powerful of all next gen systems. Worst online gaming system. Terrible 3rd party support and lacks system sellers that other consoles offer. Still focuses on kid/family friendly gaming. Inadequate system for online purchases compared to PSN/Live. Bad naming scheme. Too few killer titles each year. Lack of a real default controller turns people off. Price too high compared to superior hardware being nearly the same.



darthllama commented on Best Buy Is Cancelling Majora's Mask New 3DS X...:

I too have had my preorder cancelled by Best Buy. I only had one preorder, AND I made the order literally a minute after it became available. So they didn't do cancellations based on duplicates nor did they do cancelallations as a first come first serve. Totally lame. Maybe if they gave a $50 giftcard instead of a discount on something I don't want, it would be more digestible. Fortunately I ordered a copy day 1 from just incase someone screws up. Hopefully gamestop doesn't do the same.



darthllama commented on Ninja Pig Studios Accused Of Stealing Pixel Ar...:

So not only did ninjapig steal the pixel art design from photonstorm, but he probably also stole the game from those young students he was "claiming to help"

Serious tip of the day. When making a game, make your own darn character or at least work some someone who knows how!



darthllama commented on Club Nintendo to Close, With Replacement Loyal...:

In before someone asks "I wonder what the platinum award for the end of the year is" (its already stated for those who can't read)

Still this is both a shock and not such a shock. Club Nintendo of Europe seemed to have sporadic items available with short availabilities and NOA has consistently cut back what it offers. At this point Nintendo probably feels it'll save money by junking it all together. It'll be interesting to see what they plan to do as far as loyalty programs after this. This might likely be a sign of an overhaul and focus on the Nintendo network accounts instead of club Nintendo. Future purchases and downloads can be linked to the accounts rather than the system. Maybe they will even offer a subscription service like Live/PSN have? Maybe they'll do something stupid that we'll laugh and shake our heads at? Yeah, probably the latter.
I guess I'll burn my remaining coins on whatever they toss up by next month. A few free digital purchases never hurt anyone.



darthllama commented on Wii U Enjoyed Its Best Ever Month of US Sales ...:

So Wii U had its best month which had everything to do with Smash. Meanwhile PS4/One had double to triple the sales during the same period. They also produced far better overall software sales. In short, Wii U is still being pooped down on by everything else.

At least the Amiibo market is booing nicely. Really funny to see the toy sales eclipsing the game they were initially for. Good money grabbing scheme. Too bad they have been having trouble keeping up with supplies, though I guess it might also have benefited them. The fear of selling out has kept people actively seeking them out so they don't miss out on the next discontinued model.



darthllama commented on Gallery: Feast Your Eyes on the Super Mario an...:

Ness, Wario, and Pac-Man are among my favorite Amiibos. They are helped by not needing some ridiculous support that takes away from the aesthetic.
I'm not very interested in SM Amiibos aside from Toad. Double dipping for them, especially since they are likely to be abundant isn't something I'll be very keen on.



darthllama commented on Electronic Super Joy: Groove City:

This is a legit platform game. I bought it on steam a while back, its a very fun game for those who like tough stylized 2-D platformers. Glad to see it come to the eshop at an honest price. Definitely worth the pickup.



darthllama commented on Pokémon Shuffle is a Match-Three Game With Sl...:

Nintendo seems to love their micro transaction titles. Steel Diver, Rusty's bullcrap baseball, and now Pokémon Shuffle. Can't wait for them to announce that you have to pay real money for clothing and weapon items in Splatoon.