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Sat 17th August, 2013

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ericwithcheese2 commented on Nintendo Download: 21st May (North America):

Downloading P&D. Thought about getting it retail, but a game like this is perfect for on the go, and would be beneficial to have on the system for that pick up and play purpose.

The Swapnote theme is kind of strange, though. Technically, its not dead as local wireless and streetpass is still there. But with them killing the spotpass functionality, it essentially killed the application.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Nintendo World Championships 2015 Qualifier De...:

I think it's clear that this was a semi-last minute decision with not great planning going into it. There should be more locations - Best Buy is such a willing partner for Nintendo, they should be held at at least 50% of the major cities in the country, not just eight. I can halfway understand the player limits, but this means the event will probably be over before the scheduled end when the number is reached.

Regardless, I still think this will be a great event to witness at E3. I'm greatly looking forward to watching it and seeing the excitement and fanfare - and extremely excited to see what kind of prize awaits the winner. The road leading there, though, has been less than smooth.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Review: New Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / DS):

@BinaryFragger You're certainly not alone. :)

And I'm not knocking Mario 64 or Galaxy or whatnot. Just personally, they didn't feel like a real Mario game to me. I never got the hang or getting the depth perception right when trying to land attacks on enemies, and it just seemed so much more involved than the classic side scrollers. So I was thrilled when I saw Nintendo was bringing this out. :) And playing through my old cart, it's still a darn good game!



ericwithcheese2 commented on Nintendo is Discontinuing the Basic 8GB Wii U ...:

The 8GB model is a joke for anyone who wants to download games, especial with Nintendo pushing the eShop the way they have been. Lest we forget that after the system update, there are only about 3GB free available to the user.

As easy as it is to add a standalone hard drive, it's really not very user friendly to expect people to do so.

I'd love a white Wii U. I wish it would have came out in a 32GB white option and skipped the 8GB one.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Review: New Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / DS):

I was really happy when this first came out because I was never a huge fan of 3D Mario games... They were good, but they just didn't feel like Mario to me. This felt right and I loved it. The endless sequels are a different story, but this original installment was a lot of fun and probably one of my most played DS games outside of Animal Crossing and Mario Kart DS.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the ...:

I see people blaming third party ports as being bad. What many people tend to forget that the first round of games at launch were very good - with system specific effort put into them. Zombi U and Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition are a couple examples. One of which may have been a late port, but it was a fully focused effort to exploit and used all facets of the console.

But when those sold poorly, third parties began to see the trend of anything not made by Nintendo selling bad, and lost interest in the system. Then its easy to blame them for putting out lazy ports and selling badly.

The Wii U probably had around the highest number of third party games at launch than any Nintendo console... Nintendo's focus at E3 2011 was mainly on third party games. So to say third party games don't sell well because they don't put the effort into them may be true now, but it never starts out that way.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the ...:

"Nintendo fans support third parties when they reach Nintendo quality."

Monster Hunter is very much an exception to the rule and not the rule itself. What other third party games have sold well on any Nintendo system (outside of Just Dance or Infinity/Skylanders)? Shovel Knight did well, but that also was promoted heavily and spotlighted by Nintendo in the eShop and other places. Most third party titles get ignored and never sell well. Nintendo fans don't even really support new First Party IPs - look at the low/terrible sales for The Wonderful 101 and Code Name Steam!

Its a tough cycle because why would a third party put a ton of effort and resources into a game for a console that has an established history of not supporting them?



ericwithcheese2 commented on Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Fails to Chart in Week of...:

Looks like everything is suffering in Japan. Those numbers for pretty low for all involved.

And what abysmal numbers for Code Name Steam. To echo @Peach64, it sold less than 1863. It sold bad here and now has sold worse there. Even though the game was iffy as far as reception, you'd hope that a new Nintendo IP would sell better. Then people wonder why Nintendo doesn't trot out new IPs every year and rely on old standbys. The fact that more people bought Animal Crossing - a game that is going on three years old - than Steam is pretty telling. People in general just seem disinterested in anything new Nintendo puts out (Steam, Wonderful 101, etc).



ericwithcheese2 commented on Nintendo Hoping That Splatoon Will Tempt Lapse...:

@Uberchu Oh, I don't know... Sheer number of games coming out per month? The ratio of big games coming to Wii U compared to the other two is embarrassing. Xbox One does come bundled with Halo, too, for just $50 more. PS4 is selling so well they don't need a price drop, but they have bundled games as well.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Modest Sales Targets...:

@Quorthon I told a few friends that I thought the NX would be announced next year at E3 and be out that holiday, and they looked at me like I was crazy. "But the Wii U just came out!" they would say. Problem is, it hasn't just come out.

A four year lifespan may seem short, but it's really only a year less than the SNES, N64 and GameCube. The Wii lasted longer (six years) but most Nintendo home consoles had a five year span. Given how poorly the U is doing, sticking by it for four years is still pretty good.

Whatever year they do it, They need to announce at E3 and release that same year. Announcing in 2011 and rewarding a year and a half later, I feel, was a huge blunder because it further killed Wii sales and they didn't even use that time to properly promote and inform the public and avoid brand name confusion. It killed any momentum it had. As game development takes time, I hope they are developing stuff right now for it and we see the NX sooner than later as I don't think the next PlayStation or Xbox will be coming for many years to come given their success.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Nintendo Hoping That Splatoon Will Tempt Lapse...:

"we'll be shouting from the highest rafters for all to hear"

Of course they will because there is nothing else on the horizon for Wii U after this for most of the summer. They have nothing else to promote!

The game is good, no doubt. But if Mario Kart 8 and Smash Bros didn't reel in the "lasped" Nintendo fans, I don't think Splatoon will. New IPs tend to struggle on Nintendo, selling only to their core fanbase - if that (looking at you, Code Name S.T.E.A.M.).

I hope it does well and proves me wrong though. But realistically, I don't see it doing much to move the needle long term.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Modest Sales Targets...:

"Does anyone really care about if the system is selling well or long as you enjoy the system and play it, it's worth the price no matter what happens."

I think a lot of people care about if the system sells well or not for many reasons. I love the Wii U but as long as it is flopping in sales, it hurts me as a fan because that means less and less games will be coming for it. Look at the current drought of games we're in now. The only reason Splatoon is getting so much coverage is that (besides it being just a fun game) it's the first AAA release on the system this year, and we're five months into it. It's easy to get hyped for a game when it's the only one coming out. Less games also means less sales and then the system will die sooner than I'd like. Sure, I love my old consoles, too, but would have I enjoyed the Dreamcast to live a longer life and have more games... of course I would have.

The other reason people care is if the Wii U continues to flounder, it further damage's Nintendo's brand name in the eyes of non-fans or even current ones, and takes more of the focus off of having a good launch for the next system by using resources to appease a small user base.

I'll be pretty sad if Wii U only gets to 12 million worldwide (or less) by the time it is all said and done because it has some of the best games ever to appear on a Nintendo console, in my opinion.

But for many, sales matter for reasons beyond one's personal enjoyment.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo World Championships 20...:

I think it is great that it is happening again, and I don't mind it at all being at E3 like some other people seem to. This helps make up a bit for Nintendo not having a "live stage presence", and this is actually held before E3 officially begins. The Smash Bros. Invitational last year was pretty successful, and I don't see a problem with Nintendo wanting to continue that this year. E3, to me, has evolved way from being a press trade insiders show to a convention-like atmosphere and it just seems to get bigger and more hyped every year.

I also see both sides of Nintendo's "stuck in the 80s" argument. This is frustrating especially in how behind they are in certain areas of gaming, such as the online component and yet to have in unified account system - only mentioning a couple out of many shortcomings. But as far as their image, there are a number of people who actually remember the 80s/90s as happier times, whether that be because of the blindness of nostalgia, or because we were younger back then and the world was indeed a different place... that kind of image appeals to a lot of people. I play some Nintendo games for that escapism back to when I was a kid and times were nicer. So I see both positives and negatives about Nintendo's image - some things can be tweaked, but others I think are just fine.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Wii U and 3DS Continue Improved Sales in the U...:

Realistically, the Wii U numbers are extremely discouraging, but that is to be expected with a major drought of console selling games. Kirby and Mario Party 10 are not system sellers like the runup to Mario Kart 8 was last year at this time. On some level, moving a paltry 43,000 in a month is pretty good without huge titles to move systems. Splatoon will be popular among Nintendo fans, but I also doubt it will move the needle much - and certainly not on the level that MK8 did, so we'll be seeing numbers that are lower year-to-year for awhile.

I think Splatoon will be great, but its the only big game we have coming really for most of the summer, and its only big because its the only thing to talk about.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Wii U and 3DS Continue Improved Sales in the U...:

@MJKOP I've seen a few people make claims like that, although it is hard to tell if sarcasm was involved. But it is a minor number. I think most people who post here regularly know of the Wii U's sales struggles and most just try to look for the positive in them. Unfortunately, it comes off as being blind to reality to some people because everyone isn't all gloom and doom all the time.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Reaction: Nintendo's E3 Plans are a Perfect Bl...:

Really thought the video was hilarious. I lost it when Reggie started pounding on the Power Pad with his hands.

I'm glad they are incorporating Best Buy again for an E3 event. It naturally won't be as huge as last year, but I still think its great. A great chance for some streetpasses and free Nintendo goodies.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Great News, Just Dance Fans, Ubisoft Has Confi...:

Ubisoft has the most tacky press conferences.

But I don't blame them for going where the money is. Their other games - such as Zombi U - didn't reach sales projections, despite being a game that a full third party effort was put into and not a watered down port. That soured them on Wii U support and then the Rayman and Watch Dogs fiascoes happened which just made everything worse for everyone.

Just Dance is a big seller on Nintendo systems. It sold the most on the original Wii last holiday over all systems - landing even in the top ten many weeks leading up to Christmas in North America - and the Wii U version also sold the highest of the current generation versions.

I wished for more out of them, but then I don't blame them for going where the money is.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Feature: Nintendo's Smash Bros. Invitational C...:

Looking back a year later, I think the Smash Bros Invitational was a success. It got a lot of press, gave Nintendo a live presence at the event that they didn't have since they didn't do a traditional press conference, and generated a lot of buzz.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Nintendo Announces Its Plans for E3 2015, Head...:

Video was absolutely hilarious! The part with the Power Pad was priceless.

So excited for the Nintendo World Championships, I may play through the mode on Ultimate NES Remix tonight.

And I'm glad they are doing a Best Buy tie in - although it won't be nearly as popular as the Smash Bros last year, but still a good chance to get a lot of Streetpasses and free Nintendo goodies!



ericwithcheese2 commented on Sit Tight, Nintendo Will Announce Its E3 2015 ...:

Just over an hour away! Looking on Twitter, though, its surprising how many people seem to think that this video is going to be like a Direct with lots of game announcements. It's just a video to detail their plans for E3 as far as when a presentation or Digital Event occurs and other activities during the week. I hope no one is expecting any more than that.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Video: Here's Proof That Yoshi Made Out of Yar...:

I must have one. But my hopes on actually getting one is slim given Nintendo's track record with stocking the amiibo people actually want.

Another thing, how easy would it be to keep this things clean? Especially around kids, they would be touched a lot, or just with dirt and dust... it wouldn't be as simple as wiping it clean like the plastic amiibo.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition Le...:

None of those sales numbers look particularly good. But it is fascinating to see Nintendo hold all but one of the top 20 software positions.

@ikki5 I wouldn't say they are back down to dying numbers. All of the home consoles are struggling in Japan. In the last half and quarter of 2014, PS4 and Wii U were neck and neck in weekly sales figures - both hovering well below 10,000/week with Wii U even outselling PS4 a good share of that time. PS4 had a huge sales burst for about a month but it seems to have died down and both are heading to low numbers again.



ericwithcheese2 commented on New Super Mario Bros. Receives ESRB Rating For...:

I'm confused about the ESRB. Do game ratings expire after a certain amount of time, or do they have to be resubmitted for rating for every rerelease they do? Or is it because it's a different platform? This is just a port of a game that has already been rated.