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darthllama

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#1

darthllama commented on Video: SEGA's 3D Classics Collection Now Avail...:

If Sega starts releasing more Saturn/Dreamcast titles, they'd likely do it on PS4/One over the Wii U. Of the games they've released so far such as Nights, Jet Set Radio, Sonic Adventure 1/2, Space Channel 5,etc....they've all gone on XLive, PSN, Steam but have totally avoided the eshop. I don't see that changing anytime soon. I imagine they find it more of a hassle to do it for the Wii U as they have to work in using the gamepad screen which takes more work.

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#4

darthllama commented on Nintendo Highlights Great Games in a Rather Pr...:

lol its easy for Nintendo to point to stats like this when its been out twice as long as XONE/PS4. They don't include PS3/360 which is funny because they still outsell Wii U in most weeks which would make them competition as well.
Regardless I do think Nintendo's library is vastly superior to the ONE/PS4 and it deserves far more praise than what it receives.

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#5

darthllama commented on Rumour: Toys "R" Us Cancelling amiibo Orders, ...:

So I had wave two figures cancelled from Best Buy as they didn't have stock. I had wave two and three figures cancelled by Toysrus because they didn't have stock. Completely awesome. This whole situation has been a huge mess of steamy donkey poo.

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#7

darthllama commented on Snazzy Golf Balls Added to Club Nintendo in PA...:

If those golf balls were available in NOA, I'd totally get them. Cool collector's swag. Sadly physical items continue to give us the middle finger. Having digital rewards are a nice option, but as other users point out.....its the same items repeated 99% of the time or the stuff everyone already has.

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#12

darthllama commented on Sony Pictures Is In Negotiations With Nintendo...:

Ari must of promised to buy a Wii U to close the deal. Terrible producer. Any success the pictures he was involved with had were due to the name of the product not the quality. This guy also has a number of projects being worked on and I doubt any of them will be worth a damn to watch.

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#13

darthllama commented on Super Smash Bros. Grabs Third Place in NPD Cha...:

@jariw
Before and after....the weekly sales still suck lol.

Overall a disappointing sales period for Wii U. XOne sold more than triple the Wii U. PS4 doubled it. Same situation in Europe. That is first class fail.
People keep saying about big titles coming out next year, but those are few and far between. Having a couple positive blips in sale during the course of the year means nothing if you don't sustain it or build upon it. They're going to have months of nothing. Starfox comes out, get a few more sales then back to nothing. Zelda comes out, they'll have a few good weeks of sales then nothing. Then we'll hear the talk about the Super Wii U being primed for 2017 featuring bells and whistles that seem cool, but developers won't touch and specs that will be dated by the time its released.

The Amiibo's are a pleasant surprise to boost Nintendo's profit margin going forward, even if they don't spur sales of games/system.

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#15

darthllama commented on Super Smash Bros. Grabs Third Place in NPD Cha...:

Not a bad opener for Smash to grab 710k sales. Combined with all regions its already cracked the top 5 in all-time Wii U sales which is kind of sad.

Nintendo's word play about hardware sales doesn't bode too well. It might have done better than prior weeks, but sales since launch have been terrible. Having a 10% increase is pretty paltry especially when their competition is producing numbers by a far greater scale. Nintendo having a lot of sales now makes me laugh when they churned up a crap Black Friday sales run. They better hope they build up a lot of steam heading into Christmas, but here in the states their advertisement campaign is still invisible.

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#17

darthllama commented on Rumour: Villager, Marth & Wii Fit Trainer amii...:

If it was true that these are discontinued that would be incredibly stupid on Nintendo's part. They've been around just a couple weeks with never an announcement on how limited they'd be. They'd miss out and piss off a lot of potential customers for a product they really want people to invest in. I'm sure several Ambiios will be a short term runs, but 2 week runs would be silly.

This can very well just be a rumor by ebay junkies to make people overpay for the toys.

@mentalmyles
If it was a quality thing it would of been settled long before release. Plus most of them have derpy faces and poor quality looks. High quality toys these are not.

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#19

darthllama commented on New Mario Maker Footage Shows Off Multi-Genera...:

Mario Marker went from a sure I'll get it, to a Hell yes, day 1 purchase. I'm sure I'll have a blast making levels and there will be no doubt thousands of amazing levels other users will be coming up with.

And the Metroid Maker will never be endorsed by Nintendo lol.

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#24

darthllama commented on Sonic Boom is Doing Pretty Well!:

@rjejr
Totally agree, I was a huge Reboot fan. Aside from Beast Wars, I really haven't been a fan of any CG toons that came.
Sonic Boom, like you said, its pretty bland but not terrible. I was expecting a far worse, but its watchable without being vomit inducing. They put effort into the show and the short run time keeps it from being overly boring. Now the Wii U game was a complete mess and another rushed product.

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#27

darthllama commented on Nintendo Serves Up An Infographic For Its "The...:

@nintendobro
lol....One advertisement means nothing in the grand scheme when you have to coax millions of users to believe that your system is worth $300 when you have a great deal of competition. You have to be able to reach out to different markets, get people excited for releases, educate them on the fact that the U isn't the same as the original, convey the depth of content, and explore ways to show that the U is a more viable option than PS4/One. An overly long compilation trailer that shows brief game segments doesn't accomplish that. A random online infographic that 95% of people won't see doesn't accomplish that. Saying....at least they are doing something is down right stupid. It is like having a 16 page term paper to do and only doing a cover sheet. Their marketing campaign is extremely limited and continuously does things half arsed. Real companies focus on a compilation of sectors such as retail based advertising, television advertising, online advertising, email, so their product is seen in a lot of different ways. As I said....mostly people who have a U or know what it has are the ones that are going to see or care about this. The scope is extremely limited. This is a billion dollar company that has millions upon millions of dollars at stake, and this is the best they could come up with? There is a reason why they've been killed in every region and their avoidant way of advertising is a huge one.

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#28

darthllama commented on Nintendo Serves Up An Infographic For Its "The...:

@Nintendobro
I think we'd all rather them waste their time on something useful. Unless they plaster the infographic at every retailer, stuff like this doesn't matter as it won't reach any audience they need to. If you are following Nintendo on twitter chances are you have a Wii U or know what it offers. Also overly long trailers do not act as movers or shakers too well.
If they want to make a proper advertisement campaign they need to learn from their competition. Blanket major channels with advertisements and not just on a kids station. Work deals with retailers for more floor space and advertising. Gamestop for example advertises the hell out of games because they have exclusive deals for dlc that goes with the title. Nintendo gives no encouragement to retailers and makes it hell to have any deals whatsoever.

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#29

darthllama commented on Guide: The Best Cyber Monday Nintendo Deals in...:

@rjejr
Sorry I totally misread your post. Very good point lol. All the Lego games drop in price to help their longevity. Lego City has been $50 for 2 years and I agree, I doubt many copies are moved at this point. They should of been discounting the price similar to how Wonderful 101 has been dropping to around the $20 mark. Nintendo once again is just too stubborn when it comes to their pricing.

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#30

darthllama commented on Guide: The Best Cyber Monday Nintendo Deals in...:

@rjejr
The Lego games actually sell very well around the holidays and the lifetime sales of the titles combined across consoles are very good. Its definitely not a game that is really worth picking up for $60, but they've shown to have longevity. Plus most games don't really go on sale sub >$14.99 much aside from clearance so the deals are where one would expect them to be.

@HypocrisyNews
People are well aware of the BestBuy deal. It was garbage. Paying full price for the U/Smash to get DKC for free at a price that is nearly at a PS4 level blows. People are looking to pay less, not $60 more for stuff they can get cheaper in separate ways. Nintendo also is very responsible for poor deals. They can be one of the worst companies in order to work deals with as they are too rigid in how they operate. This leads to the burning of important bridges such as the one with Amazon.
Microsoft was determined to have a big holiday so they discounted the console, they made new bundles, they worked with retails for floor space and coadvertising. Nintendo keeps thinking that their patience alone will pay off and people will flock over to them which clearly will not happen.

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#32

darthllama commented on Research Firm's Black Friday Data Shows Wii U ...:

@jariw
That line of thinking is why Nintendo is struggling and has seen PS4/One outsell it in a very small time frame. Some stores are still trying to find ways to dump the surplus of 8GB Wii U consoles and are not finding an easy job of it. The Deluxe model, even bundled with some good games, is also having trouble getting out the door. Lowering the price, doesn't devalue the hardware. Every system including the 3DS and original Wii lowered its pricing as time moves on in order to get units out there door. The longer Nintendo waits, the closer in price its competitors will get. The One was only $30 away and included 2 games in itself. By next year, the PS4 will be around that level, and we'll see the One bounce around that point as well. At that point Nintendo will be forced to reduce the price for damage control reasons just to get some return.
Smash was the last big title the U will see for quite some time. By the end of Christmas, Nintendo will see the last push that Smash would give the U in sales. They won't have the software to really advertise to sway people over, so the only buzz they could have is if they discount the unit or release some really awesome special edition consoles to generate some buzz.
Also of the software you listed....Wonderful 101 didn't sell well. Bayonetta has low overall sales. DKC was disappointing sales wise. Toad Tracker isn't going to be a big seller and has lower numbers in Japan. Starfox/Zelda have no time table and aren't guaranteed for next year. Kirby/Yoshi games aren't system sellers and Splatoon will need a big/intelligent marketing push to really make a difference since most people don't have a clue what it is.

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#33

darthllama commented on Research Firm's Black Friday Data Shows Wii U ...:

@iceclimbers
I was using lack of TV commercials as an example as poor advertisement, but as you pointed out they have a lot deeper issues than that.
Right now for the Wii U there are way too many things going against it. It has the lowest value for online play which is huge in this generation of gaming. It has very little third party support. Nintendo itself has limited releases per year. It has the stigma of a "children's console" which they embrace rather than expand their image. It followed the very terrible unoriginal naming mechanic. It does very little to get noticed aside from Nintendo direct which target current users more than anything. So as you said people typically have 1 primary home console and a handheld one. 3DS is an easy choice for handheld with so many games and features available, but with the problems of the U and how Nintendo markets it....people just see more to get out of a One/PS4 than a U.
Then of course.....for these big holiday seasons they stay status quo rather than being aggressive with serious deals that make impulse buyers wallet's bleed. At this point, they've long lost this generations console war already. PS4 is running away, and One has already bypassed it in every market except Japan.

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#34

darthllama commented on Research Firm's Black Friday Data Shows Wii U ...:

@StarDust4Ever
I agree, I've commented before how Nintendo never advertises on main tv networks while Sony/Microsoft drown you in ads. The last ad I saw from Nintendo was a year ago when Mario 3D World was coming out. There is so much wrong with the company when it comes to the console market.

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#35

darthllama commented on Research Firm's Black Friday Data Shows Wii U ...:

The real numbers won't look much better as Nintendo got out played by the competition. Retailers who are talking about Black Friday successes are all praising One sales and giving Sony some props. Nobody is really talking Nintendo. Ebay and Toysrus are the ones who apparently had good numbers, and not coincidentally they were the only ones who had real deals for the system. Nintendo's idea of selling the same bundles for the same price that has been available all year is just down right stupid. If they weren't selling before, they won't get noticed when their competition slashes their prices and adding in fresh game bundles or gift cards. Too many retailers had no deals at all for the system or games. Walmart included and ironically they are now offering a GC with the system when BF is over.

Nintendo though needs to learn to not play it safe. When you are the loser, you got to take risks if they ever want to get noticed. That includes working with Amazon to start selling Wii U consoles as that is a gigantic player in the retail market of which they have zero support. If it wasn't for the handheld market, Nintendo would of already been forced to bail from the hardware market altogether. It is the one thing keeping them afloat. I expect upcoming mediocre numbers for games like Toad Tracker which is doing poorly in Japan as well.

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#36

darthllama commented on Walmart Offering Hot Deals on Mario Kart 8 and...:

@JaxonH
With the $50 GC, you can use that on Smash, buy DKTP on else where for around $40 if the prospective buyer even would want it. You'd still come out ahead compared to the BB bundle which is quite lame (again only DKC is free). Hell Amazon had the XOne with 4 games for $320 lightning deal.

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#37

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

According to major retailers, One has been kicking butt so far in the BF sales. PS4 has had some mention of good sales. As expected nobody mentioned U, so the sales were probably low due to lack of deals which is bad news once again for Nintendo.

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#41

darthllama commented on This Mario Kart 8 Badge Set Brings Some Extra ...:

For those wondering why people have so much beef with club Nintendo of America, its that we don't have much choice. There are a lot of people who like physical collectible items, but they've done away with much of that. We don't mind having the option to have digital game purchases, its a real nice feature, but they recycle the same games every month. This is about the 3rd time we've seen Vegas Stakes, Starship defense comes up every other damn month, Metroid 2/Kirby Pinball have been there multiple times as well. So most people already own the games, and consistently have the same titles thrown in front of their face with no alternatives in which to burn coins on.

With NA being arguably the biggest market for game related sales, it adds some salt to the wound that we get the least options at times. That goes double for the fact we don't get any collector's edition games from Nintendo over here.

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#44

darthllama commented on Feature: Batman Vs. Superman In The Battle Of ...:

Death and Return of Superman was really the only good Superman game. The original Batman Nes/GB/Genesis title was very good. The Adventures of Batman and Robin was good. Batman Vengeance and Rise on the GC were okay. The Arkham games are top notch. So yeah, its not really close.

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#45

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

The Best Buy deal is garbage. You are paying MSRP for both the console and Smash while getting DKC for free. The is stupidly high though as you can buy everything separately in normal deals for less. This deal will also not attract many buyers when you can get a freaking XOne with 2 games AND giftcards at most places for $30 less. You can get a PS4 with two games for almost the same price. People will be far more likely swayed to get the true current generation consoles for the better value.

During the course of the year retailers have been selling Wii U bundles with $30-$60 GCs and even discounting the system along with those GCs. I got my Zelda console for $269 with a $50 GC lol. Those are the kind of deals the U needed to really push out consoles for the holiday. The Meijer deal has it for $279 with a $30 GC but that store isn't one people usually go for games. Ebay has the Mario World bundle for $259, but once again it doesn't reach the soccer mom division who'll likely just grab a One/PS4. The Skylander Wii U has the best chance to getting spur of the moment purchases from the family oriented crowd, but those people tend to not know the U is different from the original Wii. For true gamers that deal also sucks because the 8GB harddrive gets used up in the blink of an eye. If you ever want to download something, you have to buy a real harddrive or grab some flash drives.

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#46

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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#48

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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#50

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.