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darthllama

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#1

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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#2

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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#3

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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#4

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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#5

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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#6

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.

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#7

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

Nintendo is just behind the times. They released the obviously least powerful system of all 3 consoles. They admittedly underestimated the time it takes to make HD titles. The system lacks dvd/Blu-ray type support. PSN/Live offer free games and a far more robust online system whereas eshop purchases are tied to the system which is a big issue. The others have far more 3rd party support and relationships thus a much larger library of games. They keep up with the whole "family friendly" marketing routine and fail to recognize that most kids these days would rather blow people's heads off than jump on goombas. Then of course there is the problem of similarly named consoles for a company that releases 34235252 versions of every system they bring out these days. A lot of need for internal restructuring.

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#8

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

Nintendo really should consider a price drop to $250. Most retailers have been having sale prices around that price or including $50-$70 gift cards just to move units. Being in third place in North America/Europe when its already losing most third party and retail support isn't a happy place to be in. The upcoming PS4/One lineup is full of titles that tend to sell in the millions so those two won't be losing much steam. The Wii U, which had a very disappointing holiday season last year, needs to prove it can still hang with the new bloods. With a bonafide system seller in Smash Bros coming out, now is the perfect time for Nintendo to go all in and leave nothing to chance. Drop the price a bit, and just market the hell out of the system and Smash Bros. More bundles too!

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#9

darthllama commented on Poll: Buying Bayonetta 2 - eShop Convenience o...:

Nintendo has stated on twitter that over 300,000 copies of Bayonetta 2 have been sold so far in North America within its first day. This includes both digital and physical. They were not expecting such early demands, and are already working on a second wave of shipments to stores within the coming weeks to help refill stock.

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#10

darthllama commented on Nintendo of Europe Distributes Free Halloween ...:

@ZenTurtle

Yes, Club Nintendo of North America has games to purchase with coins which is very nice, but they've been cycling through almost the same games for over a year. North America and Japan are also the biggest markets and ones companies value over all other territories. Japan has always has a cool mix of items to appease their users, while North America tends to get more glitches to steal coins than goodies to spend them on.

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#13

darthllama commented on Gallery: Enjoy a Cuteness Overload in These Ca...:

The American version is getting a T rating from the ESRB as they gave Toadette breasts and she wears a tank top in that version. I know sex sells....but I'm not sure it normally applies to mushroom chicks. Really odd choice

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#14

darthllama commented on Turns Out The GameCube Controller Adapter Won'...:

I would of been interested in the controller had it had functionality as a classic controller, but its pretty stupid to be able to only use it for one game. Missed opportunity by Nintendo. Making bad decisions though always seems to how they do things. I bet they next announce you can't even use it on a Gamecube!!!

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#15

darthllama commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014 - Fal...:

@Kevlar44
You may find most of those games tired or boring as hell. You know what you'll also find? They sell. Do you know what most Wii U games don't do? They don't sell. When people go to buy new systems they'll see the "cool" games like COD, Halo, FF, Metal gear and a steady release list. When we look at the Wii U release list there are typically big gaps between releases. This is a business, and if you aren't putting forth the games that draw in the crowds on a regular basis you'll be dead last. That is where the Wii U sits.

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#16

darthllama commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014 - Fal...:

@SahashraLA
Doesn't matter if the sequels are rehashed or garbage. I'm not commenting on the quality of the game. The fact of the matter is those games sell millions of copies and drive system sales. Advanced Warfare for an example will likely be the best selling game of the year. Right now the Wii U is being outpaced by the new systems despite being a year older. Not having these constant rehashes that continue to sell based on name alone is a big drawback. Nintendo depends on its own releases, but they are limited in number and spread far apart. So they'll always be in the back trying to play catch up.

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#17

darthllama commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014 - Fal...:

This is a great example to the problem of the Wii U. So little games available. I'll definitely be having my Bayonetta/SSB fix, but the overall games available for PS4/XBONE dwarf what Wii U has coming. The major franchises like Advanced Warfare, Assassin's Creed Unity, Dragon Age, Shadow of Mordor, Far Cry 4, Master Chief Collection, Little Big Planet 3, Evil Within, Need for Speed, Aliens, NBA/NHl15 are all due out before the year's end with other marquee franchises like Metal Gear and Final Fantasy having new entries looming soon after. Without having these big 3rd party franchises, the Wii U will continue to lose out.

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#18

darthllama commented on Super Smash Bros. Continues Chart Domination i...:

Bayonetta 2's sales are okay given the time of the chart posting in relation to its launch date AND the fact the Wii U install base is low. It is also important to remember that Bayonetta 1 was NOT a big seller in Japan. It had a strong initial week on consoles with larger install bases, but slowly tanked. The PS3 version had sold 130k its first week and only made over 200k sales total. Games like this won't be big sellers until the Wii U's user base is increased with bonafide system sellers like Smash Bros and Zelda which Nintendo has waited a long time to put out.

Bayonetta 1 sales in Japan:
31st October 2009 1 138,864 N/A 138,864
07th November 2009 2 28,075 -79.8% 166,939
14th November 2009 3 12,167 -56.7% 179,106
21st November 2009 4 7,142 -41.3% 186,248
28th November 2009 5 4,587 -35.8% 190,835
05th December 2009 6 3,219 -29.8% 194,054
12th December 2009 7 2,647 -17.8% 196,701
19th December 2009 8 2,604 -1.6% 199,305
26th December 2009 9 2,661 2.2% 201,966
02nd January 2010 10 3,057 14.9% 205,023

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#20

darthllama commented on This New Fatal Frame Trailer Highlights the Ga...:

Nintendo needs to bring this over and also a Fatal Frame 1-4 collection! With the lack of actually good survival horror games on consoles these days, these could do great for a system that really needs to flesh out its library. Wii U isn't going to survive with 5 games a year, hardcore gamers want choices.

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#21

darthllama commented on NES-Themed Nintendo 3DS XL On The Way as GameS...:

I'll be getting that Persona Q 3DSXL day 1.
As far as the NES 3DSXL, that looks terrible. As others have said it looks like a sticker placed on the XL, and it doesn't even look proper. The NES Advance SP looked amazing, this looks like crap. The box looks so much better than the 3DS unit.

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#22

darthllama commented on North America is Getting the Limited Edition o...:

Nintendo Life trolled us. Guys guys, Hyrule Warriors LE is coming to America!!!!!!!!!!!!! To one store!!!!!! That you can't order from online meaning you have to physically be there!!!! And stand in line for hours at a time most people have to work and they'll sell out before you get it!!!

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#28

darthllama commented on Video: Which 8-bit Version Of Ghostbusters Are...:

I have both. The SMS one was better, but both really sucked. The Genesis game was the first good Ghostbusters game. Ghostbusters for the Xbox360/PS3 was fun despite a few issues, and I rather enjoyed the play through. Sanctum of Slime was a nice budget titles, especially playing multiplayer.

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#29

darthllama commented on Previously Teased Alone In The Dark: Illuminat...:

So a shoot everything that moves FPS shooter? I guess Pure doesn't understand the concept of survival horror that typically means not having the means to shoot everything that moves. With games like Doom 4 coming out on the PC, this title will likely be lost in the dust. The last installment of Alone in the Dark wasn't too bad at all, I rather enjoyed it (PS3 version). It just needed more tweaking to the controls/gameplay, but the PS3 version fixed several stuff like the horrible driving sequences.

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#34

darthllama commented on New Wii U and 2DS Bundles Announced, Rolling O...:

@iceclimbers
A Bayonetta bundle wouldn't accomplish what they set out to do....sell systems. Despite being a great game, the original Bayonetta had very disappointing sales figures. Putting a mediocre selling game with a mediocre selling system in a bundle together is not a successful strategy. Now putting a Grade A title with a mascot that every soccer mom in the world knows about helps moves systems far better. The system's growth depends on big sells now to generate interest, so putting their best hands forward is the only way to go.

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#37

darthllama commented on Nintendo's Unity Presentation Confirms Critica...:

I like classic point-and-click adventure games, but there are some exploration games like Gone Home that are just too uninvolving. You just literally walk into every room in the house, find a diary piece, and move on. No puzzles, no suspense, and the story (though loved by some), is actually very short. Plus there are logical flaws (technically they stole the parents car and the girlfriend is now an army deserter lol). Now it is a big house to explore and I got a kick out of ramsacking it, but in general there just isn't much to do inside. It would of been a whole lot more fun with some puzzles or easter eggs floating about to keep you searching! Adding in more regarding the parents story arch would of also made it interesting, as that actually seemed more interesting than the main plot line so its too bad that wasn't fleshed out during your exploration.

Now the whole conspiracy theories about the game are just silly. There was a lot of effort into putting what is in the game. The house is gigantic, well detailed, and a lot of people legitimately loved the story. Others just hate it for the LGBT theme, which again is just silly. If you hate it for being shallow, too linear, and boring that is fine. Just don't compare it to the Letter which is such a broken mess it needs to be sent to North Korea.

It is good though to see more games coming to the eshop, especially those that have earned praise. The more known titles coming the Wii U way the better. I just recommend those who haven't played it to wait for it to go on sale on the eshop especially if you are uncertain/unfamiliar with exploration games. It really is a budget title masquerading as a full priced title, so the less you pay the better you'll feel.

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#39

darthllama commented on Beautiful Limited Edition Super Smash Bros. 3D...:

I actually really like the look of the unit...but as others have stated the product placement of Super Smash Bros throws everything off. I felt the same way about the Magical Disney 3DS unit as it takes away from the whole aesthetic. If they want to slap it on, do it on the back. Not sure I'd trade my Zelda 3DS model for this. Too bad the Shin Megami one never came, that was by far my favorite.

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#42

darthllama commented on Nintendo Goes Download-Only With The 2014 Club...:

I was actually expecting something like this. Kind of disappointed as I like tangible items, and always see Japan get the cool swag. I have a lot of the games listed, so settled for Dr. Luigi as the best of what remains. Would of been nice if they let Platinum members choose 2 games (one for Platinum level and one from Silver). That would of at least made it more satisfying. Still its a free game so can't complain too much.

As a poster previous mentioned, this sucks for anyone with only a Wii/DS system still as they get nothing. Well I guess they could sell of the code for some return at the very least.

To the question above, the redemption of a Wii U title does count toward the digital deluxe promotion. So there is that at least.

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#50

darthllama commented on HullBreach Studios and Cthulhi Games Retract C...:

Glad to see this is making a comeback. I was interested in it when it was first announced, and wouldn't mind grabbing it. The Wii U needs a lot more diversity in its games. I'd love for someone to bring over the Fatal Frame Wii games and make them HD for the Wii U.