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What's so bad about being a fanboy?

Male, 31, United States

I'm one of those old school gamers who hates cutscenes and intrusive tutorials. Give me no sword, no map, two buttons and a cave.

Fri 7th June, 2013

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earthboundlink commented on Super Smash Bros. Club Nintendo Mewtwo Codes a...:

I'm not super excited about the costumes, except for that Protoman costume. I have always loved me some Protoman. I'm one of those odd ducks that played Mega Man 3 before Mega Man 2, and I'll never forget that first time I played game, selected Magnet Man's stage, and partway through, suddenly this whistle plays and this pink character shows up. I fought him for a minute, and then he just left. I was like "Did that even really happen?!" My young mind was blown.



earthboundlink commented on Super Smash Bros. Club Nintendo Mewtwo Codes a...:

Got the 3DS update here in the U.S., received the code email, but when I try to access the eShop through Smash it consistently comes up with an error message. Pretty frustrating. I know my Internet is solid because I was able to download and install the update through the regular eShop. I guess there are too many people crushing the server right now. It's moments like these when I realize how much value DeNA could add to Nintendo.



earthboundlink commented on Project X Zone 2 Crosses Over to the West For ...:

I was intrigued by the first title, but never picked it up. Alas, my backlog (games I haven't finished) combined with my front log (games I want but haven't purchased yet), will probably prevent me ever playing this interesting-looking game.



earthboundlink commented on Talking Point: Splatoon Is a Typically Colourf...:

@Stubborn_Monkey This is a good point that I like to make to counter those who say Nintendo never makes new IPs. Nintendo's stable of existing IPs is absolutely massive. Look at Smash, and it just represents the big ones. Meanwhile, it's constantly creating new ones that people don't notice, either because they are smaller downloadables (like Pushmo or the Dillon games) or niche genres (like Ketzal's Corridors, Codename STEAM, or Xenoblade Chronicles), or oddball concepts (like Wario Ware, Chibi Robo, or Fluidity). Those are all Nintendo IPs (just off the top of my head) that were unheralded by the masses, but were excellent games. And that doesn't even begin to count the variety of non-canon games featuring sundry Nintendo mascots (Mario's karting, sports, board game, and other ventures, Kirby's golf, pinball and touch screen outings, 3D and 2D takes on the same game universe like Metroid, Mario, and Zelda, etc.) It's truly incredible, actually, how much variety this one publisher maintains in its library, while still creating new IPs on a consistent basis (just in the first half of 2015 we have Codename STEAM and Splatoon, two pretty major releases of new IPs).

I know I'm mostly preaching to the choir on this thread, but Splatoon is not some crazy Nintendo initiative to make new IPs. They've been doing that at a pretty incredible clip, all while maintaining consistent releases of their existing, more famous franchises. And all those Internet commenters who decry Nintendo for a lack of original IPs are demonstrably incorrect.



earthboundlink commented on Capcom Announces Monster Hunter Stories for 3DS:

I like the look, and the idea of a Monster Hunter RPG (I'm assuming it's some kind of take on a turn-based JRPG) is very compelling. I particularly like the idea of being able to tame certain monsters and use them as a mount for travel and fighting.

The world looks nice. I've always wanted a more contiguous version of the Monster Hunter map that shows more of how the areas are connected and how the hunters get around from place to place. MH4U did a good job of explaining this, but the idea of a more open and less chopped up Monster Hunter world is very enticing in terms of fleshing out the game's universe.

And the art style reminds me a lot of the new Legend of Zelda, which is a very good thing.



earthboundlink commented on Review: Super Mario 64 (Wii U eShop / Nintendo...:

Don't know if I can separate the true game from the blistering nostalgia, but I can say when I play it now, it still feels fun, open, and energetic. The difficulty level is near perfect: you can always make progress, and when you get stuck, you can usually just go try another level and come back to the one that's frustrating you. Then, when you finally get that star that has eluded you, the satisfaction is so palpable.

I very nearly got a Playstation before the N64 came out because I was tired of waiting for my next system, and the Playstation had Street Fighter Alpha (I was a big fighting game guy back then). I rented the PS, and decided I would continue to wait to see what Nintendo offered. I'll never forget going into a Toys R Us and playing Mario 64 on the demo unit there and knowing instantly that I had made the right choice to wait.

And man, the first time I climbed that tree in front of the castle, did a handstand on top, and flipped down to the ground, my eyes got big, and I thought to myself, "This. This is going to be fun."



earthboundlink commented on Feature: Gawk at Fancy Super Smash Bros. Mewtw...:

The X and Protoman costumes are awesome, but I think I would have preferred them to be alt costumes for the actual Mega Man character rather than for the Miis.

That should be the next round of DLC: alt costumes for the real characters. I'm thinking Wolf O'Donnell, Dr. Luigi, Slippy/Peppy, any number of Fire Emblem favorites (Roy comes to mind), Toon Ganondorf, Tetra (as an alt for Toon Link), Wooly Yoshi, Yarn Kirby, Fusion Suit Samus, and I'm sure there are more good ideas.



earthboundlink commented on Nintendo Download: 2nd April (North America):

@Quorthon If your 3DS/Wii U are not on often these days, then you are missing some quality stuff. Hopefully you've just got something else going on another platform, because I don't even have time these days to play the games I already have, let alone the new ones I want.



earthboundlink commented on Nintendo Download: 2nd April (North America):

Mario 64 is one of the best games ever made, period. I hope the next 3D Mario platformer jumps back to the exploratory approach of that game and Sunshine, rather than the more linear approaches of the more recent games. Not that I don't love the recent ones, I just think it's time to revisit that idea. Or, you know, just HD remake Sunshine. I'd be happy with that.



earthboundlink commented on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate April DLC Available ...:

I like the Sonic gear. My Luigi Ace Palico is getting a little stale, but I don't change him because the weapon and gear are pretty powerful.

At first I didn't like the Palicoes, and I wanted my Shakalakas back, but now I've come around to the Palicoes and really like collecting their armor and doing the activities on Sunsnug Isle as a break from big game hunting. And the ability to have so many Palicoes and swap them out is a cool way to put a little variety into the whole thing.

Hopefully the Sonic Palico gear is just a giveaway like the Mario/Luigi was, though I wish I could get another set so I could have Mario AND Luigi.



earthboundlink commented on Talking Point: It's Too Early to Write Off the...:

I'm betting on something announced tomorrow that we haven't seen. We'll also get some Amiibo news, some Starfox love, some more Zelda footage that will appease those anxious for the game, and I'm betting a lot of Xenoblade.

I see the LoZ title as a defining game for the system, and something of a swan song. It won't be the last Wii U game, but probably will be the last really big Ninty franchise to get a Wii U release.



earthboundlink commented on Review: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (New Nintendo ...:

I want this so bad, but it won't be a day 1 buy because I am still deep in the throes of Monster Hunter. I am still about 3/4 of the way through Majora's Mask, and that is the tip of the iceberg of my backlog. I can't decide whether XBC or Codename STEAM should be my next purchase. And my poor Wii U is relegated to Netflix duty while these deep and time-consuming 3DS titles continue to bombard me. And all of this is murder on my Smash skills, which are atrophying as I spend my time mastering the bow and the light bowgun.



earthboundlink commented on Nintendo NX Will Be About Creating "Fun New Wa...:

@akaDv8R Do you know why those third party games are not living up to the hype? Because they are all rehashes of the same ideas that have been recycled for decades now, but with more bloom lighting, more particle effects, longer draw distances, and generalized eye candy. The concepts are losing their lustre because their novelty has worn out, and we're no longer captivated by more polygons.

That is why win or lose, the industry needs Nintendo to help push forward. Not all their ideas are big winners, but at least they try new things. Third parties are pathologically averse to new ideas, and it seems MS and Sony are happy to accommodate that complacency. Nintendo is almost the only non-Indie player in this industry that likes to break out of the bonds of what we used to do, which is ironic considering how much they still do with their extensive back catalog.



earthboundlink commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Heading For a Period of ...:

I agree with the thrust of the article, and you can count me as among the concerned Nintendo citizenry trying my best to remain cautiously optimistic. But I tell you, if I see a Doodle Jump clone with Mario in it, I'm going to be very, very disappointed in the results of this shift.

I think our best clues about what Nintendo is thinking at this point are Pokémon Shuffle, Puzzles and Dragons: Mario Edition, and that Pokédex app that has actually existed for a long time. I think we'll be looking at some pretty rudimentary touch screen/tilt games with Nintendo skins on them. We'll probably also see some of the lesser known puzzling and concept IPs like Picross and the Artstyle series make their way to phones. I think we're less likely to see VC games on phones, lesser still to see more fulsome console-style games, because Nintendo has tended to be pretty picky about how controls in their games work, and outside VC, they always design for the platform on which they release games (i.e. no lazy ports). I don't think they'll want to make the generic compromises necessary to make phone ports of bigger games (soft d-pads and buttons... ugh).

Those are my predictions as to phone games, which has been everyone's focus. I think the big missed news here is the renewed emphasis on accounts and better networking. That aspect, as it applies to a more social approach to gaming (you can imagine where they want to go with Animal Crossing and Pokémon, where interaction has always been important), is the real news here. I think phone companion apps (not necessarily games) will be part of that strategy, and that I am excited to see. I think Miiverse has been a pretty big success for them, and they will build from their experience with that.



earthboundlink commented on Nintendo NX Will Be About Creating "Fun New Wa...:

Every time someone says Nintendo needs to focus on power and third parties a Pit or Palutena loses its wings. I don't want to see Nintendo cater to the lowest common denominator of developers. Nintendo has basically never led the industry in power specs, even in the glory days of NES and SNES. What makes Nintendo unique is that it excels at game design and maximizing the use of its own hardware.

And third parties are important, but they are a byproduct of having the rest of the package be successful. Nintendo doesn't need to scale back its own development just because the system owners like their games better than third parties' games.

The formula for success is elusive, but it's somewhere near a combination of the right level of power balanced with the right price point, interesting software/UI, and generating consumer interest through hype and advertising. This idea of just making a PS5 and putting Mario, Zelda , and a Nintendo logo on it is the kind of nonsense Internet commenters throw out because it's the stuff people in the IGN comments section troll about. It's a follow-on to the idea that controllers were perfected in the Gamecube/PS2/XBox era and basically nothing should change because it's what these self-identified "gamers" on the Internet are used to. I fundamentally disagree with this line of thinking, and I hope Nintendo does too.



earthboundlink commented on Guide: Everything We Know So Far About Nintend...:

My sense is that we don't know nearly enough to draw conclusions yet. Myself, I am glad to see Nintendo taking online and networking seriously, if only because people like it so much. Mario Kart, Smash, and now Monster Hunter 4 have finally dragged me kicking and screaming into the world of online play, and I generally like it when properly executed. It greatly extends the replayability of games. The more serious Nintendo takes its networking the better, because once the creativity of Nintendo's developers is unleashed in the online world more fully, I suspect they will develop some neat gaming ideas around it.

However, I am apprehensive about the smartphone thing. I've played the cheapo Sonic-based pay-to-win endless runner/Doodle Jump clone games and thought, "Oh Sega. You used to be better than this." I would hate to see Nintendo water down its brand that way. I would rather see companion apps that allow you to do some minimal aspects of gaming while on a phone. For instance you could review collected information from a game, like read your scanned information from a Metroid Prime game; manage inventory in a Monster Hunter type game; View characters' current status/activity in an Animal Crossing game; View maps, etc.; view friends online and current favorite games.

More likely what we'll see will start as just a kind of account management/Miiverse app where you could view/buy on the eShop from a phone or tablet. It will be awhile before games and things actually hit the app stores and Nintendo refreshes its network and accounts. I suspect most of this will move forward slowly and conservatively alongside the next platform, which I fully expect to use a unified iPad/iPhone-type architecture for a mobile and console system. I think "NX" will be more of an operating system than a piece of hardware.

I'm VERY cautious and concerned, but I've been a Nintendo observer since the '80s, and I'm still a huge fan, so if nothing else, they've earned some patience from me in making judgments.



earthboundlink commented on Review: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (3DS):

I really enjoyed the demo and the game's aesthetic and concept. The waiting was a little longer than I liked, but it kind of adds some suspense to the game. The aliens are actually moving somewhere out there, and the length of the wait clues you in to how many are left and where they might be. Sometimes they're closer than you think, and you're chillin' waiting for the bar to finish when BLAM, suddenly: alien in your face. But you had overwatch going, so joke's on him.

So yeah, it could have been sped up (I wonder if they'll add an option for faster enemy movement in an eventual update), but it's not without some value in the game's concept. But then, I'm one of those who likes to play with the battle animations on in Fire Emblem, so I'm not a speedrunner in any way whatsoever. That might be why my backlog is so long...

So, not a day 1 buy for me (Majora's Mask and MH4U are already destroying my social life), but could make a great inevitable summer gaming drought purchase.



earthboundlink commented on Feature: Why We're Still Playing... Monster H...:

So here's the thing: I love this game, and with 3U and now 4U, Monster Hunter has absolutely rocketed up my list of favorite gaming franchises to stand alongside some of the Nintendo great. But I feel like I can never get far in the multi-player side, which is frustrating because there is so much good bonus content available there. While it's well and good to do the hunts online, capture quests almost always end in failure because the players kill the monster. I also never see anyone posting egg delivery quests and those more boring types of quests in the lower levels, which means if you don't have local friends to play with, you have the annoying task of trying to complete a quest meant for multiple people to complete.

Maybe I just haven't spent enough time online, but this is my only frustration in the game, and the main reason I have tended to stick with the single player campaign (which is significantly more compelling in 4U than it was in 3U).



earthboundlink commented on Feature: A Summary of the Xenoblade Chronicles...:

@Quorthon No, that's not semantics; it's a good point. Even a female artist is working under the rubric of the male-determined game design. Nevertheless, I think my point is solid that Bayonetta probably doesn't fit in the analysis because the aesthetic is supposed to be sexy, and she's a witch whose power is not derived from "normal" things like strong, protective metals. And she doesn't really have a male comparator in the game.

In a fantasy RPG or similar type game, part of the problem is that men have protective armor that seems to be protective because it's large/thick and made of strong metals, while women in the same game seem to operate under a completely different set of physics rules when it comes to armor. It comes across as being solely for the aesthetic appeal of seeing more female skin.



earthboundlink commented on Feature: A Summary of the Xenoblade Chronicles...:

FWIW, the lead designer of Bayonetta was female, and it did not result in a more modest character design. But then again, Bayonetta is not a fantasy RPG character; sexiness is supposed to be her thing, so her outfits conform to that design aesthetic.

It definitely does seem different in a fantasy RPG context where men are wearing bulky metal armor and women are wearing bikinis to the same effect. Armor in video games tends to work less in a practical, realistic way, and more like cooler-looking = stronger. And for females, "cooler looking" tends to equal "more revealing."



earthboundlink commented on Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (...:

I want to buy this just to support cross-buy and show Nintendo it sells well, but I just don't know when I'm going to play it when I'm currently in the depths of Majora's Mask and Monster Hunter 4 U. Plus Xenoblade is coming out... My poor Wii U is collecting dust not because it doesn't have great games, but because my New 3DS is getting all the beefy titles this winter/spring.

I suppose a new LoZ and Starfox will change that though...



earthboundlink commented on Review: Blast Corps (Nintendo 64):

"'s world of first-person shooters and plot-led borefests." I could not have articulated this better myself.

Don't get me wrong, I'll give those types of games a shot, and they deserve a place in the gaming world, but there are far too many of them that exist to the exclusion of more original concepts built around gameplay mechanics. Blast Corps is a great example of a simple, driving narrative device that pushes the player to use the game's mechanics to the fullest extent. These days the levels would be interlaced with long sequences of poorly written/acted dialogue and awkward CG character movement.



earthboundlink commented on Interplay Is Remastering Cult SNES Brawler Cla...:

I remember loving the SNES versions, but not liking the N64 version nearly as much. I think the clay visuals were great on SNES, but on N64 I remember them looking grainy and ugly, and the characters feeling too large for the screen. But that's a pretty vague memory. It might just be that the novelty of the original was lost in the N64 version.



earthboundlink commented on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Free DLC, Including ...:

Hunting horn as a massive ocarina of time is the best thing I've heard today. Still, as a primary bow user, I'm pumped to lay waste to monsters with the hero's bow. My contribution to this set of ideas for LoZ themed Monster Hunter weapons is the gust jar bowgun.

Also, darknut armor needs to be a thing.



earthboundlink commented on Nintendo Download: 26th February (North America):

I think the hesitancy to bring N64 games to the Wii U VC has to do with the continued mining of that catalog for 3DS remakes. They don't want to undercut themselves on the 3DS versions of OoT, MM, and SF64 (or any others they may try to revive) by having versions of them available cheaper for the Wii U VC. I don't necessarily agree with that logic, but I think it's the best explanation for the continued lack of N64 games on Wii U. Oh well, I can always play them in Wii mode, annoying as that is.



earthboundlink commented on Clive 'N' Wrench Aims to Bring Back Those Rare...:

I thought there were too many of these in the 64 days. Mario 64 nailed it, and each platform tried to have its version of the 3D platformer, but then there was Banjo Kazooie, Donkey Kong Country 64, Conker, and others that were all kind of the same thing without the Mario charm. Now I kind of miss them, as Mario is the only one doing 3D platformers these days, and the levels have become much more linear in the meantime. It works well, but I now kind of miss the old running around looking for stuff genre.

Nintendo could get in on this by remaking DKC64, or even better, an HD Mario Sunshine. Playing through Majora's Mask and OoT 3D has made me realize how much an HD remake can flesh out the look of old favorites.



earthboundlink commented on Nintendo España Appears to Confirm Super Mari...:

It's funny how Rosalina has been welcome to the party with open arms, and shows up in all the Mario-themed games (as well as Smash). Even Daisy gets a Bayonetta costume, a Smash palette swap, and shows up in mario-themed games. But outside of the Mario v. DK series, there is absolutely no love for Pauline, who was the original damsel in distress.



earthboundlink commented on You'd Better Get a Bigger Micro-SDHC Card for ...:

@Spoony_Tech Thanks for the heads up. I don't usually do pre-orders, so I might just bite the bullet and get a bigger micro SD and do the download version.

I definitely want to play this, since I missed it on Wii the first time around, and I'm down for a good Nintendo-made JRPG. Haven't played one of those in a while. Indeed, there actually aren't very many of them.



earthboundlink commented on You'd Better Get a Bigger Micro-SDHC Card for ...:

I was under the impression that this game was going to be a digital-only release for the New 3DS. Everyone seems to anticipate getting the hard copy version (I have hard copies of some games and digital versions of others, so I could go either way), so I assume I was wrong about that? Will Nintendo make enough physical versions for everyone in the west who wants one? The limited release of the Wii game was part of the reason so few played it the first time around.



earthboundlink commented on Nintendo to Introduce Free Software With NES a...:

@Captain_Gonru Thanks! And as a bonus for Nintendo, it would further encourage people to purchase the Wii U version of VC games they already have on the Wii VC.

On the skin idea (although I agree it's not realistic) you could have a Rosalina skin for the princess in Mario 2 (basically just a blue palette swap). Shulk could be an 8-bit version of him in LoZ, either 1 or 2, or maybe even a bonus playable character in a Fire Emblem game.

Really, the next Fire Emblem game should have a bunch of bonus characters that are Amiibo unlockables. Doesn't have to be in the main campaign, but it would be cool to assemble a FE team of your favorite Nintendo characters in a bonus mode (Mario is a fire mage, Luigi is a dark mage, Link is an archer/swordsman, DK is a berserker, Samus is an "archer," Rosalina is a light mage, Shulk is a swordsman, and so on).



earthboundlink commented on Nintendo to Introduce Free Software With NES a...:

I think it would be neat if the Amiibo added bonus skins/content for certain VC games. For instance, the Luigi Amiibo could allow you to play as Luigi (the differentiated version with a higher jump and less traction) in the original Super Mario Bros. Maybe the Link Amiibo lets you start the original Legend of Zelda with the most powerful sword, or you can always shoot your sword, or select the second quest from the beginning, or some little "game genie" type thing. Donkey Kong unlocks an 8-bit DK sprite for Super Mario Bros., or let's you play as DK in the original Donkey Kong, where Mario is the bad guy (like DK Jr.). Or you could play DK Jr. as grown up DK.

It would be sort of like allowing for longer plays of some of the NES Remix concepts. I wouldn't think it would take much to implement little bonuses like that, especially if you limit it to "unlockable" content that was in the game to begin with (Zelda 2nd quest, Samus in the bikini, Luigi skin for P1 in SMB, level selects for certain games, etc.)



earthboundlink commented on Soapbox: Portable Gaming Forges a Special Rela...:

80s-era gamer here. Played a number of LCD handheld games before eventually getting a Game Gear. It never really captured my attention the way home consoles did, so I didn't get another handheld until the GBA, which I bought on eBay late in the life cycle. It was so good, I shortly thereafter got a GBA SP, then pretty much every handheld released after that. So I missed out on the early Game Boy generations (original, pocket, color).

I can say that in all my handheld systems ever owned, my two favorites have been my blue GBA SP (so much Fire Emblem!) and my black launch era 3DS. This past Friday I put the black 3DS into retirement (and it looks amazing considering I took it with me everywhere and never put a case on it; the serial numbers literally rubbed off) in favor of a red New 3DS XL. (definitely would have gotten the standard New 3DS in white if it existed in the U.S.)

The new one is pretty, and I like it a lot, but the back plate got pretty badly scratched within two days of having it. Not sure how. It's also very big, and less conducive to throwing in your pocket to go out and get Streetpass hits. I ordered the Zelda themed protective case for it from Club Nintendo, but who knows when that will ship. Clearly I need to find a way to protect it in the meantime.

Either way, the point is that the 3DS has been an absolute monster of a system, with a ton of incredible games. As an "ambassador," I have a bunch of VC games on my system I haven't even played yet. The system also has THREE (count 'em) fully 3D Zelda games, plus an incredible Zelda VC catalog, and can play the DS era Zelda games, making it perhaps the most Zelda-accessible system ever made. That's really all you need to know, but there's so much more available. I'm going to go ahead and put down a marker that the 3DS is Nintendo's best ever gaming system. (Historically, I have always given that title to the SNES, but I think the 3DS has finally taken the lead, in my book).



earthboundlink commented on Eiji Aonuma Admits That Remakes Such as Majora...:

@TrueWiiMaster That's a pretty good list. Sunshine, in particular, absolutely needs an HD remake, for all the exact same reasons they did a Wind Waker remake.

I generally like the remakes, since they do bring more life into old worlds I used to love exploring. It's like going back to the woods you visited when you were a kid and seeing so much more than you knew to look for in those days. It's also impressive how much longevity some of these games have. The best ones truly hold up well over time. And of course, to the extent the developers are forced to reconsider what they did well and what they did poorly, that's an added benefit to the process.

It's not like we'll ever reach a point where all Nintendo does is release remakes. They'll still keep putting out new games. The remakes are just so we don't lose incredible games in the dusty pile of old consoles in the corner that no longer work or hook up to modern televisions.



earthboundlink commented on Reaction: Super Smash Bros. amiibo Support Sho...:

@Shirma_Akayaku This is the line that Nintendo needs to walk. One idea is that to get around this problem, you release an Amiibo-based game for free, or for a substantially reduced amount of money. Then the Amiibo are like paid DLC, but without the first advancement of purchasing an entire game. The consumer knows they are getting an incomplete game because of the price, and then the addition of your preferred Amiibo allows you to build the game you want based on your Amiibo purchases.



earthboundlink commented on Review: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS):

@Blister You and I are in the same boat. I got MH3U for sale on the 3DS eShop shortly before my son was born, and for years was unable to get into. Finally, in the last few months (re-prompted to play by the MH4U demo) I got back into it, and it finally clicked.

The Monster Hunter community is awesome though. I came into Port Tanzia as such an online noob, having only played the Moga village quests (though I'm quite good with a bow, and had gotten pretty deep into Moga village quests, had some decent armor, weapons, items, etc.). The random people I hunted with to help me get through the early Port Tanzia hunting quests were super helpful in figuring out how online works.

Kind of sad I never got all the way through the Moga village campaign, but maybe I'll come back to it someday.

I will say I'm not sad to see water combat go. It was a good concept, but it always felt to me like one step too far in making fights more difficult.



earthboundlink commented on Talking Point: The New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo ...:

Which I now see @Ootfan98 already said. I also think at that time, the Playstation brand (and still, to some extent) had a lot of caché, which is to say the kids at the time thought of it as the "cool" system to own.

And don't discount the DVD thing too much. That was right at the beginning of the DVD format taking off, so the Playstation 2 was not a case of "and it has a DVD player!" It was also one of the first widely owned DVD players of any kind. At least that was my anecdotal experience in the U.S. I knew a lot of families whose only DVD player was a PS2. It wasn't until sometime after that that DVD players became very cheap and widely available.

I don't think multimedia really sells systems anymore, since everybody seems to have some kind of streaming-based entertainment system already. Blu Ray didn't do much for PS3 (whose life cycle went very much like I think Wii U's will go), and I haven't heard much hoorah about the current gen systems' multimedia capabilities, except the streaming gameplay videos.

Honestly, I think the current market is tough to figure out, and Americans and Japanese gamers are diverging in their interests, all while the pie for dedicated game systems is shrinking due to smart devices, tablets, etc. I don't think the market for consoles or dedicated game systems will go away anytime soon, but I think the last two generations were pretty much the peak in sales terms. Ultimately, Nintendo is the only one trying to do something that can't really be done on a decent PC, which I think bodes well for them in the long run.