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Fri 8th June, 2012

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doctor_doak commented on Rosalina, Baby Characters, New Courses And Uni...:

That looks amazing. So... many...colours!!

Hugely disappointed the blue shell is still there. Why can't there be an option to toggle it on/off for people who want actual 'skill' to be the key determinant of the race result??



doctor_doak commented on PS4 and Xbox One Surpass Wii U Lifetime Sales ...:


Well, we can have that argument at the end of the generation. A lot of other people agree that 32 GB is no where near enough if you're going to be making extensive use of the e-shop. —

I agree that specs don't make for a better gaming system...You don't see too many brand new high-end ATi cards going for the same price as an 8 year old one though. —

I mean't the platform in general. Not Sony specifically. Highly promising games already slated for 2014 are Witcher 3, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Thief, Watch Dogs, Mirror's Edge 2, Mad Max, Metal Gear Solid 5, Diablo 3, Destiny, The Crew, The Division, Lords of The Fallen, Shadow of The Beast, The Witness, Transistor....How many of those are coming to the Wii U?? —

in addition to Sony 1st party stuff like The Order 1886, Infamous 3, and (likely) Uncharted 4.

I think there are some great looking games in Wii U's upcoming schedule, just nowhere near enough to choose from.



doctor_doak commented on Former Sony Developer Feels The Wii U "Won't S...:


I totally agree. They are just inept strategists at this stage. What were they doing in 2011 and 2012 from a home console perspective ??? Sure there was Xenoblade and Skyward Sword....but 2 games in 2 years?? What's the excuse for releasing a new console with no compelling software for 9 months, when their previous console had been virtually abandoned for the previous 2 years from a software perspective??

No wonder retailers have abandoned it. They've just followed Nintendo's lead. I mean, there's been some great games in the last few months, and there'll be more next year...but, they've already lost public mindshare. They had 12 months headstart on PS4/XBox1 and they did nothing useful with that headstart..



doctor_doak commented on Former Sony Developer Feels The Wii U "Won't S...:


Yeah, well where I am, half the retailers have more or less cleared out Wii U stock. I guess they've figured that if Nintendo can't be bothered trying to sell their console, why should they??

At any rate, it's pretty disappointing. Because I think when it's all said and done, the Wii U will probably have an excellent array of 1st party software at the end of this gen...but hardly any of it will sell because the people running the show are so inept.



doctor_doak commented on Former Sony Developer Feels The Wii U "Won't S...:

"Its not going to see another Christmas" is just hyperbole. Going on past history, a successor to the Wii U won't be introduced until 2017. Having already lost the broader casual market this gen they so desire, Nintendo aren't likely going to cast aside the loyal fans they have, if they still have ambitions of releasing future hardware. They will (if past history is anything to go by) try to rebuild momentum by releasing as much quality software as they can in that 3 or 4 year timeframe they have left. The Wii U could actually end up being a very good gaming console from a 1st party software perspective (albeit a commercial failure) much like the Gamecube was.

But, he is right in questioning the release date for SM3DW so close to the PS4. I don't understand why SM3DW wasn't ready to go at launch. I also don't understand why Nintendo didn't release any significant software of their own until 9 months into the console's life. It was released stillborn...

As much as I want Nintendo to succeed by continuing to release fun and unique games, i'm totally baffled by their strategy (or lack thereof) in general.
I'm not at all convinced Mario Kart 8 and Smash Bros. will be the system sellers as expected. The mindshare for those games has been massively eroded..

Nintendo should have distanced itself from the Wii brand, and it should have given people a reason to be excited by the unique gameplay experiences the gamepad could offer..

It's old tech, with a unique/centrepiece input device that seems to serve no unique/interesting purpose at this stage. The 1st party software is of a high quality but too safe/iterative...and there's too few of them to prop up the console without 3rd party support.

People want new experiences as well. Without 3rd party support, Nintendo can't afford to rely on the tried/true formula's that have served them well for the past 3 or 4 generations alone..



doctor_doak commented on Super Mario 3D World Struggles Against PS4 Tit...:


I think the issue is, that Nintendo are basically having to develop for a console all on their own, because that's what they want... an ecosystem where they can dominate software sales.

...and what is on offer for the first 2 years of the basically the same sort of thing that's always been done. A lot of people are bored by that conservative strategy..

I personally think Super Mario 3D World, Pikmin 3, DK: Tropical Freeze, MK 8, Smash Bros, X sequel all look fantastic....but it's nothing new.. While it's not Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed levels of cashing in....(and hey, the difference is, all those Nintendo rehashes are actually of a very high quality)..

People still want new 'exciting' experiences, alongside the quality nostalgic ones...

Especially when you have this expensive 'centrepiece' gamepad that's currently being used mostly for inventory management..

Not even Nintendo can figure out what to do with are 3rd parties supposed to figure out unique gameplay experiences using the gamepad when not even Nintendo can??



doctor_doak commented on PS4 and Xbox One Surpass Wii U Lifetime Sales ...:


Super Mario 3D, and wonderful 101 are superb games...MH3 and Zelda: WW are games most nintendo folk have already played, so they don't count..

The point this godforsaken year of 2013, I shouldn't HAVE to be thinking about buying external disc space for a $400 next-gen console. Even the bloody Ps3 came with 60GB as standard in 2006!!

I don't know where you live...but i'm from Australia, and we pay through the nose for everything.. $60 (AUS) as a minimum for a 500 gb external hard drive.

That's pushing $500 (AU) for a 500 gb wii u when the PS4 is $549, comes with 500 gb as standard, and is about 10 times more powerful, and produces about 5* the amount of quality software Nintendo does..

I don't want to bash on Nintendo. I think it would be a travesty if they didn't exist...because they're one of a dwindling crowd of developers/publishers who actually insert creativity and 'wonder' into their games without having to rely on the crutch of 'hyper-violence'...



doctor_doak commented on PS4 and Xbox One Surpass Wii U Lifetime Sales ...:

The two biggest issues for me are 1stly, the paltry 32GB hard drive... I mean, when you factor in firmware updates, patches, dlc, and download 'only' games..32 GB simply doesn't cut it. So having to buy a 500gb or 1TB hard drive puts the price of the console in the same ballpark as the PS4, which is absurd.

2ndly (and most importantly), there simply aren't enough compelling games to choose from that I can't get elsewhere. Nintendo going it alone would be fine for me if they produced enough content to select from on a year-by-year basis, but they are simply incapable of doing this it seems. I think a lot of people haven't forgotten that they basically abandoned software development for the wii for the last two years of its six year life cycle to focus on the 3DS. Combined with the drought of 2009, history shows that the wii only got a decent supply of games for roughly 50% of the generation. So, what does that mean for the future prospects of Wii U software when the console isn't even moving off store shelves, and has virtually non existent 3rd party support??

Right now, 2014 looks OK from a 1st party software perspective, but it's still somewhat lacking in depth of options. If Miyamoto's new IP is a character driven game of the calibre of a Pikmin/Donkey Kong, etc.. and if they announce another couple of interesting 1st party games for 2014 that we haven't seen before (aimed at gamers rather than casuals), i'd be happier to buy in. I'd like to be confident that the console is going to be strongly supported from a 1st party perspective until 2017. Who's to say if things keep going as poorly as they have, that they won't abandon software development in a year or two to focus on the next round of hardware??

Too many question marks at this stage for me, and I have no idea how they could release this new console without giving it a game of significance for 9 months. I just don't know WHO this console is supposed to be designed for, and I don't think Nintendo do either at this stage.



doctor_doak commented on Super Mario 3D World Underwhelms on Japanese C...:


I do think the NSMB line of games shouldn't exist. However, I play tough platformers like Super Meat Boy and Spelunky for the challenge, whereas I play 3D Mario for the immense creativity and 'fun factor'.

So, I think you're kind of missing the point of why people play games there..



doctor_doak commented on Ashes Cricket 2013 Spins Onto PC, Yet Remains ...:

If this broken, sick joke for a game had've been released in 1998, it still would've looked terrible.
These developers should be ashamed for releasing such a broken and worthless excuse for a game. It's retailing for $58 @ Harvey Norman right now. On Steam I can get the following for the same price in 'total'.

Witcher 2, Skyrim, Portal 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Mirror's Edge, Torchlight 2, Spelunky, Terraria, Super Meat Boy, Bastion..
(and DOTA 2 is 'free').

Hmmm....10 of this generation's best and most popular games, or Ashes Cricket 2013. Tough choice..



doctor_doak commented on Cliff Bleszinski Thinks Super Mario 3D World I...:

Well, I haven't played it, it hasn't even been released in Australia yet..
It'll probably trigger a 'spike' in console sales, but I can't see it causing the sort of phenomenon that Wii Sports did with the wii. It looks like enormous fun though. Lifetime sales will eventually be impressive. Though Nintendo needs the console to sell 'now'.

Nintendo don't even have a strategy here in Australia to sell the console. A lot of retailers have already abandoned it. I'm seeing a fair bit of XBox and Sony related advertising, but nothing at all RE: Nintendo.. It's North America/Western Europe or bust it seems..

Anyway, as good as the game is, it's hardly going to bring in 10s of millions by itself. It's a mario's superb, but it's also fairly safe...It's 'familiar'.

I don't know what individual thing would sell the system to the masses at this stage....i just hope for the diehard nintendo fans who've already bought it, that Nintendo supports the console for a good 5 years with quality 1st party software, whether it sells or not.



doctor_doak commented on Former Pikmin Director Currently Working On "O...:

I hear people say, "I hope it's a 'mature' IP like the Last of Us, like cause y'know adults play video games too hmm.. etc.." I personally don't understand how bludgeoning people to death with a brick (and w/h other blunt instruments) in some cliched, post-apocalyptic, linear, hyper scripted setting = 'mature'..

Anyway, i'd personally like to see a new IP that's as creative, weird and unique as Pikmin.

Odds are, it'll probably be the spiritual successor to Nintendogs tho ;)..



doctor_doak commented on Super Mario 3D World Reaches Top Spot On Amazo...:

It'll help, but I doubt it will single handedly turn the console's fortune around.

Miyamoto's new IP is key. If it is a casual Wii Music/Fit type thing, i doubt it'll gain any traction, because Nintendo will NEVER get that audience back again (flocked to i-phone/i-pad/android devices, etc) not coming back, etc. If it's a new IP of the calibre of a Metroid or a Pikmin that makes genuinely innovative use of the gamepad, I can see that gaining a lot of traction with actual 'gamers'. They mightn't get the astronomical sales of the wii, but they can certainly fall somewhere respectably in between the wii and gamecube..

Building up a really solid library, regularly releasing quality content, and bringing the Zelda bundle with the price cut would help here in Aus....but then again, Nintendo could care less about Australia, so whatever...



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

I think there is a problem where certain 'influential' segments of the industry, and gamers alike equate violence with 'mature content'. So if it doesn't conform to the violence = mature formula, then it must be 'kiddie'. To me, as a non-12 year old male, there is simply nothing more 'immature' than the Call of Duty franchise. But hey, that's my opinion. As for The Last of Us, I haven't played it...but watching gameplay videos it just looks like a semi-interactive movie, and while people get excited over immersive narratives, i'm more interested in 'pure' gameplay experiences, which is something Nintendo are very good at delivering. Also some of the violence in TLOU seems overly gratuitious to me.

I don't have an issue with the technical aspects of the Wii U, it's more related to concerns about Nintendo's capacity to put out enough content on a regular basis to keep me interested, and to justify the (AU) $428 price tag. One thing Sony does particularly well with the Playstation is to ensure that there are always plenty of games, and a wide variety of games available. 4 or 5 1st party titles a year doesn't really cut it..



doctor_doak commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Emphasizes That New Experienc...:

"We'll have Mario Kart 8 out next spring, and at that point we'll have the whole lineup in place, so I think it's about time we brought out a new franchise".

Not sure what he means by the 'whole lineup'... Smash Bros. wont release till late 2014, Zelda 2015 and Metroid hasn't even started development yet..I guess he must be referring to the 1st party releases starting with Pikmin 3.

The fact he's referencing Mario Kart 8 specifically, makes me think he'd have to be really mean if he was working on Wii Music U or something similar. We're all expecting something of the calibre of a Mario, Zelda, Metroid or Pikmin...I really hope it isn't a casual title, because the hype for this is going to be even bigger than 'Retro's secret project'.



doctor_doak commented on Miyamoto: HD Development "Took More Time Than ...:

yep. It's like.. hey, welcome to 2006 Nintendo!!

I have no idea how they could've underestimated the resources required for the jump between SD and HD development. I'm not even a developer or connected to the games industry in any way, and even I understand from watching this gen. unfold that it requires a 'significant' investment in additional resources. Still, the games will be great. Just 6-12 months late i guess..

lol@ Nintenjoe64 re the VC..



doctor_doak commented on Investment Expert Feels Nintendo Earnings Miss...:


There are a couple of problems with his theory. 1. Nintendo is sitting on about $10 billion worth of credit. Even if this console moves less than say 10 million units, Nintendo has deep enough pockets to come up with a new console in 3-4 years time, not taking into account the persistent flow of 3DS money... and still thrive in the hardware business...

2. Nintendo software is 'inextricably' tied to Nintendo hardware. There is simply no Nintendo software without Nintendo hardware....Just ask Shiggy. The software 'sings' so to speak, because the hardware gives it the perfect platform... Nintendo without it's hardware ceases to exist, and i'm sure investors understand this..

This guy sounds like an Apple or Google shill. No doubt Nintendo have made stupid mistakes, but I wouldn't want to bet on anything until we've seen the impact of the somewhat 'packed' schedule for the rest of 2013...and perhaps until after Mario Kart 8 in the Spring. Also, Nintendo are on the verge of releasing what they feel is a 'killer app' or 'apps' for the Wii U, that will apparently offer up 'a new way of playing games'..aka another Wii Sports moment..

If he thinks the Wii U will only move no more than 2 million units before the end of the year, he's utterly deluded. Mario 3D Land sold almost 8.5 million, DK Country Returns sold 5 million...add in 1st party efforts like Pikmin 3, Wind Waker HD, Wonderful 101, and some top shelf 3rd party multi-plat releases like Watch Dogs, Rayman Legends, and Arkham Origins....There's no way only 2 million consoles will shift by the end of the year.

No idea whatsoever..



doctor_doak commented on Ubisoft CEO Admits ZombiU Sales Were Disappoin...:

This game was only in development for about a year... Remember 'Killer Freaks From Outer Space'? That's what this game was at E3 2011. If Zombi was released on Xbox 360/PS3 it would've done even worse at the box office, because zombie games are a dime a dozen on those platforms, and some of them, like Left For Dead 2 are much better games.

I guess there are some good aspects to the game like the permadeath mechanic..but it just comes off as looking like a half-assed game that Ubi whipped up in 10 or 11 months and sort of hoped for the best.

Nintendo are mostly responsible for the lack of consoles being shifted due to the lack of 1st party software, but it's a bit bemusing to see the likes of Ubisoft and EA complain when their own Wii U efforts so far have been half-hearted at best.

It's not surprising to me that Zombi U didn't sell well. The average duration for HD AAA development is about 3 years. This game is like the equivalent of a weekday 'noon' movie in comparison. You get out what you put in I guess...



doctor_doak commented on Hideki Kamiya Believes The Wonderful 101 Won't...:

Good... A game should be 'complete' when shipped. For those saying it's a short game, according to Kamiya it should take about 20 hours to complete, and it supposedly has a lot of replayability. Platinum have also apparently put more resources into creating this game than the 1st Bayonetta..



doctor_doak commented on Iwata: Third Party Wii U Launch Titles Could N...:


This is the crux of it. How EA can profess to be disappointed that Mass Effect 3, Fifa 13, and Need For Speed didn't sell is beyond belief. All 3 were late ports and charging full price. Mass Effect 3 had most of the dlc missing. What they should've done is release the trilogy with all dlc, for say $50. Fifa 13 was missing features and looked visually poor. Need For Speed port was released almost 5 months later than other versions, and although it was the best looking console version because it was built off the PC version, it didn't come with the dlc of the other versions. So yeah, big surprise their 3rd party efforts were mostly overlooked...



doctor_doak commented on Miyamoto: Mario Will Likely Return To Single-P...:

Likely?? Of course it will... Tokyo EAD Group 1 is the A-team...they've been MIA for some time now. Don't get me wrong, this game actually looks well designed, and a ton of fun....but it lacks the ambition of Mario 64, Sunshine & Galaxy.. I'm betting that they're working on the follow up to Mario Galaxy... and it'll probably be released in 2015.



doctor_doak commented on Miyamoto: GamePad's Touch Screen Primarily Use...:

You'd like to see it used for something more than inventory and HUD management considering how expensive it is. I sort of hope the big games like Mario 3D, Zelda, and Metroid stick to more traditional controls, but i'd like to see some kind of unique gameplay twist with other franchises that makes the gamepad touchscreen really central to the experience rather than just an afterthought..



doctor_doak commented on Pachter: Nintendo Has Lost Its "Mojo":

@ Peach 64.

If you loved the gamecube & N64, i think there's going to be numerous great 1st party games to pick up in the short-medium term that would appeal to you. Pikmin 3 and Wonderful 101 coming in the next month are about as classic Nintendo as you can get. It really isn't all just casual stuff if you give the release schedule it's due..



doctor_doak commented on Pachter: Nintendo Has Lost Its "Mojo":


My problem with Pachter is that he would STILL be paying out on the console even if it had moved 10 million units already. We get it...he hates Nintendo. It's got inferior specs, substandard online infrastructure, and doesn't have the support of dudebro publishers...But WORST of all, they pay lipservice to American expectations.

I mean... since when have Nintendo ever relied on a Battlefield, FIFA, Call of Duty, or Grand Theft Auto to survive??? Like never... It's just, his whole attitude to Nintendo is utterly condescending, just because they don't fit with what his vision of gaming should be...

There are many things I criticize Nintendo for, but I at least acknowledge that they offer something unique and valuable in the gaming space...whereas he doesn't.. In a mainstream industry largely ruled by copypaste, AAA cinematic, western oriented sigh-a-thons....Nintendo are like a breath of fresh air with their gamey, colourful creations that emphasize 'fun' and 'wonder' (y'know those things we used to have before we all became so self-conscious and serious.. ahhemm..Last of Us...)

I don't think he can grasp why any self-respecting person would find a game where you play as an alien rounding up weird plant creatures to collect fruit to be interesting....He just doesn't get it, he doesn't get Nintendo... and that's why he's so upset at their success in the industry. It's like the school yard bully. They always pick on the one kid who's different, who stands out from the crowd...because they feel threatened by their difference.

I can think of 16 reasons to get a wii U in the short term.....Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101, Rayman Legends, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze, Sonic: Lost World, Zelda: Wind Waker (HD), Batman: Arkham Origins, Watch Dogs, Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Bayonetta 2, X, Smash Brothers, Yoshi, Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem....

I highly doubt Pachter knows of more than 5 or 6 of those..



doctor_doak commented on Eiji Aonuma - The Wind Waker HD is a "Test Cas...:

I don't think 'fickle' was quite the word he was meaning....but, I can see how he would feel conflicted and pressured. His employer is sort of demanding that he adapts his game design to the uniqueness of the wii u gamepad, while a lot of gamers like me just want a really well designed, challenging, and fun Zelda adventure ... without the control scheme getting in the way..

Nintendo go about it in a donkey about way compared to other console makers/publishers...where the hardware is meant to serve game creation. With Nintendo, particularly since the wii....the game design is meant to serve the hardware. Not saying it's a bad thing, but it runs contrary to what the majority of game developers probably expect when they're making a game..



doctor_doak commented on Poll: How Important is Dual / Second Screen Ga...:

I think local multiplayer type games where you can have asynchronous gameplay through the use of the gamepad is really interesting. A more fully fleshed out version of 'Luigi's Ghost Mansion' for instance would be a blast to play. It definately has the potential to create some fantastic local multiplayer games, but as for single player...i'm not so sure. I have a hard enough time concentrating on what's going on with the TV screen, let alone having to worry about using a tablet at the same time. Wonderful 101 does seem to be using the gamepad in a cool way though..

Hopefully Miyamoto's new IP (whatever it is...) can show us the advantages of the tablet, because it's a huge gamble they've taken and i'm not quite sold on it at this stage...



doctor_doak commented on Injustice: Gods Among Us Update Sneaks Out of ...:


I'm just saying that this sort of dlc model was pioneered by free-to-play MMO developers on PC who needed money for monthly bandwith costs, and obviously to make some sort of profit. This is a $60 retail game that doesn't need to be monetized in the same way. They should be creating more substantial content for the money they're asking post launch....but as you say, i guess that so long as people are willing to pay the price, it doesn't really matter...



doctor_doak commented on Injustice: Gods Among Us Update Sneaks Out of ...:


Yeah, that's true... there is plenty that goes into creating a character....but right now on Steam, I could get Fez, The Binding of Isaac & Dungeons of Dredmor for the price of those 4 characters alone. Or if i'm anti-hipster, I could get Portal and Fallout 3 for the same price.

From past experience, I don't believe those characters were created after the game had shipped. Anytime you see a skin, character or map offered as can virtually guarantee it's content that's been withheld from the original release.

If they went away for 4 months and created an additional mini-single player campaign/ or an entirely new multiplayer mode... plus the 4 extra characters for say $10-$15.....that would seem reasonable.. Or maybe if they bundled the 4 characters and the skins together as dlc for $10 it would be a better deal.. $63 for a few new characters and a bunch of skins is daylight robbery. This is the sort of thing free-to-play developers have done to monetize their games. This is a $60 retail release with no monthly bandwidth burden for the publisher. They essentially want you to pay $120 for their game...



doctor_doak commented on Injustice: Gods Among Us Update Sneaks Out of ...:


$5 is a ridiculous sum to pay for ONE character...who is essentially just an added skin to the game and adds nothing of real value.. None of those additional characters would've been created after the game had been shipped. They were withheld from the full game as a way of extracting more money from gamers without putting in any real effort..

If you're happy to be gouged, it's not my concern. I just think it's poor form...



doctor_doak commented on Mario Kart 8 Team Talk GamePad Features, Track...:

I went into the E3 Nintendo Direct with minimal expectations for M8. I just wasn't excited at all for it...but, it just looks INCREDIBLE!!

All I want is no 'blue shell', and no cheesing gimmick of any kind....It should be purely 'skill' based. Mario Kart wii just killed my enthusiasm for the Mario Kart franchise, because it felt like.. no matter how well you did in a race, you were going to be leader bombed or see another player pass you with the bullet boost late in a race. It was like, the worst thing you could do was to be coming 1st in the latter stages of a race..

It's nice to make your game accessible to a wide audience, but you need to give something to the perfectionists who treat the game almost as a sort of e-sport. Why not make two modes??? A more casual mode that retains leader bombs, etc...and a more hardcore mode which really tests your twitch reflexes and gives you no assistance at all??



doctor_doak commented on Injustice: Gods Among Us Update Sneaks Out of ...:

$5 for another character.. that seems like a good deal...

All of this stuff should've been included in the base game. The proper way to do dlc, is to create 'new content' after the game has been shipped...i.e. a single player, or multi-player expansion...actual CONTENT.

This is's TF2 hats except way more expensive. You can buy whole, quality games on Steam & GOG for $5.



doctor_doak commented on Nintendo Falls Under Further Pressure Regardin...:

I'm glad Nintendo Life do these articles. They certainly don't have to...and it would be much easier to sweep issues such as this and the Foxconn ugliness, etc under the rug... but it's important to show the 'good' and 'bad'...the TRUTH.

What i'm seeing in these comments is literally... "i don't really care"..." Who cares"..."Wow i could seriously care less".. that's just in the last 10 comments..
Spoilt, first world brats who have been raised to see yourselves as priority 'no 1' is what those posters are...

I feel sorry for you, that you lack even a basic sense of human empathy to see the world beyond your own narrow interests...but hey, at least you've got your gadgets at a cheap price right??



doctor_doak commented on Nintendo Falls Under Further Pressure Regardin...:

Nintendo have historically had a poor record in this regard and refuse to show any sort of transparency. I don't know why some of the comments here are so defensive. It's a pretty selfish attitude to say it's not my problem and just to sweep it under the carpet.

Good article.