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Sat 17th August, 2013

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ericwithcheese2 commented on Nintendo Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary:

Happy Anniversary, Nintendo! From your humble beginnings of making playing cards, you have always stood for the definition of "fun". You've been making lives more fun for well over a century! The entire industry owes a debt of thanks to you!



ericwithcheese2 commented on Review: SPIKEY WALLS (Wii U eShop):

I don't think a 4/10 is too high of a score. It does serve a purpose as being a simple-minded time killer, and that offers a lot of replay value to some people. It's easy to bash a game like this as a throwaway, and I thought @JakeShapiro did a good job of being level-headed and balanced.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Zen Studios States That Wii U Pinball News is ...:

This is good news. They make great pinball games, and the Plants vs. Zombies table is a favorite of mine. I'm a patient person as I know the Wii U isn't high up on any third party publisher's list, but its good to know that content is still coming. :)



ericwithcheese2 commented on Review: Soon Shine (Wii U eShop):

This review is so good, its almost Too Much and makes me wannabe one who never gives up on the good times. So move over other mediocre games and let me give this one a holler!



ericwithcheese2 commented on Capcom Is Remastering The GameCube Resident Ev...:

This would not sell well on Wii U. According to sales figures, the REmake only sold 1.35 million and RE4 1.7 million on the GameCube. Those are very low numbers for two games that were expensive to produce and critically praised. I also think the limited storage space on the WII U internal memory may play a small role because they could be thinking "Our games don't sell on Nintendo platforms, so what are the chances they would buy a download only title with their already low storage space?"



ericwithcheese2 commented on Reaction: Nintendo's Drop in Momentum Is A Big...:

I think it is quite understandable that the 3DS is lagging behind last year. It had a year to die for in 2013 with top quality, system-selling titles spread throughout the year. Animal Crossing was out this time last year and that proved to be more potent than anything on 3DS so far this year. The well is a bit dry compared to last year, so the hardware sales reflect that.

They do need to get on the stick and announce some big titles in development though for 2015, however.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Interview: Console Wars Author Blake J. Harris...:

I have read this book twice - it is that fascinating to me. I actually think the narrative style that Mr. Harris chose to write in makes this a better read for me. It reads like a personal diary of secrets and candid interviews rather than a dry, third-person point of view. I learned a great deal from this book, and I thought I knew about everything there was to know about the "Console Wars".



ericwithcheese2 commented on Book Review: Console Wars - Sega, Nintendo, an...:

I should also add that I was actually quite surprised when this book shifted its focus away from the Nintendo vs. Sega in certain chapters. The Console Wars have been written about so many times, so it was also refreshing to learn about the internal battles Sega of America had with Sega of Japan... I really did learn a lot and it gave me some more insight/sympathy towards SOA's struggles and eventual downfall.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Book Review: Console Wars - Sega, Nintendo, an...:

I have this book and I personally thought it was a very good read. Some of it may be open to question about its authenticity, but we shouldn't forget that this book has extensive input and interviews with people such as Sega'sTom Kalinske and Nintendo's Howard Lincoln. I found it to be quite fascinating - especially since I was a big Sega fan back during this era, and I learned quite a bit from it.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Remake Request: Burning Rangers:

I really regret not buying this back in the day because I had given up on Saturn by that point and refused to buy any more games for it by then. I should've known better!



ericwithcheese2 commented on Poll: Have Your Say on Nintendo Direct Bonanza...:

Nintendo Directs are great, but they are mainly catering to people who already love Nintendo. They don't do a lot as far as reaching other gamers, unless its a particularly buzzworthy game like Smash Bros that ends up trending on Twitter for days after.

They need to do a big E3 presentation this year. I could understand last year's E3 Direct because they didn't have a lot to announce, and they would have had to compete with two new systems. But the Direct stream was very very laggy and buggy for most people and was not a hit among people who became frustrated with it.

They have games to announce and show off this year. And they have games that will resonate among E3 attendees, like X, Bayonetta 2 and Smash Bros, among others. By not having one last year, despite valid reasons, it came off to a lot of people that Nintendo was just throwing in the towel. I don't mind if there is a Direct to go along with it - possibly afterwards to expand more on what was announced at a E3 Press Conference - but I feel we need to have a big presentation this year. Nintendo is very capable of getting huge responses from the crowd (E3 04 anyone?) and I think they could do it again this year.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Feature: Looking at the 3DS Revolution on its ...:

The 3DS is my favorite gaming hardware. With its Street Pass and other out-of-the-box fun, it is an amazing system that I am so glad got past its rough launch. It was last year's highest selling game console and that says quite a bit even if sales were winding down on last generation's stuff.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Sonic Lost World Gets Free Legend of Zelda DLC...:

I enjoyed Lost World. I think it could have been better, but I didn't think it was as bad as some people said it was.

However, these DLC packs (Yoshi and now Zelda) just pushes this game into a new level. That trailer alone is amazing! And the fact that it is free?? Icing on the delicious cake.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Super Mario Bros. 3 Is Warping To North Americ...:

I wonder if the reason these GBA games are coming out on Wii U instead of the 3DS is because half of those games were part of the 3DS Ambassador Program? Nintendo said they had no plans to release those GBA Ambassador games on 3DS for the general public as they were perks to appease those high paying early adaptors.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Major Wii U Retail T...:

I see no downside to free demos on the eShop, and I wish Nintendo would demo out their bigger titles. Just because a game like Super Mario 3D World has a high attach rate doesn't mean everyone is going to buy it. Those still on the fence could be persuaded by a free demo of an introductory level. It could certainly help a game like Tropical Freeze since a number of people may think it's just more of the same, but a love for it could be rekindled by a trial version.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Nintendo Download: 20th March (North America):

@ReshiramZekrom From the article posted about it last week:

"Newcomers needn't be scared off by the game’s huge chess cred, either: the title aims to expand the audience of players by offering a set of tutorials to hone your skills."

It doesn't specifically say a tutorial is in the 3DS version, but I can't see why it wouldn't be. :)



ericwithcheese2 commented on Nintendo Has "Lost Its Way" But Should Never B...:

This guy, while the focus sadly shifted to what is a "sexy" piece of console, has some points. Nintendo has "lost its way" in a number of areas. Where is Zelda U? It was teased way back in 2011, but no information on it was given yet - if it was just a "tech demo" for the E3 sizzle reel, they picked the wrong game to do that with.

I personally love the control pad, but I can easily see why people don't care for it. The battery life is bad, it jacks up the cost of the system itself, and it just doesn't appeal to people who prefer a "standard" controller. And what's more, a lot of games don't even utilize it to its fullest potential, and that includes Nintendo-produced games.

And what kind of market is Nintendo looking to capture? The hardcore market, the casual market, or its core market? The launch of the Wii U was not very good with subpar marketing and Nintendo letting confusion between the Wii and the Wii U go on for way too long, and then a huge drought of no new games.

I love Nintendo and I don't think it's too late for the Wii U. But the tide of public opinion, warranted or not, is not favorable towards it. Nintendo has to do something big this year for this holiday season or next year, we will be in very dire shape.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Miiverse Gets a Fresh Update for Wii U and 3DS:

I do like Miiverse still. I think it has a great purpose, and most times when you ask a question about a game, fellow users will come and help you out. I think its unfortunate that a few communities seem to be overrun by immature posts (some communities, like Pokemon, seem to be more prone to this than others), but that is the way of most any internet community.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Talking Point: Important Steps to Bring the 3D...:

I agree with everything in this article. As much as I love Nintendo, it is beyond disappointing that they still tie downloads to the console itself and not to a universal username. The 360 and PS3 have done this right from the get-go, up to almost nine years ago. To have to jump through hoops to upgrade your 3DS or whatever to take your games with you is ridiculous. Every other gaming platform (Xbox/PS/iOS/Android) allows you to just easily redownload anything you have bought. And the whole business of your Nintendo ID being tied to a single system forever is absurd. If your 3DS or Wii U dies unexpectedly, your NNID goes with it, unless you call up Nintendo and beg for them to transfer it to the replacement.

I think the shared crossplay is needed to, and only goes to show how far Nintendo is in comparison to its rivals.

I hope they are really taking note of these complaints for whenever they begin to consider their next generation of systems.



ericwithcheese2 commented on The Next Batman Game Is Arkham Knight, And No,...:

It's pretty clear why there won't be a Wii U version. The Wii U is too similiar to the PS3 and 360 in terms of graphic horsepower, and they are making this game strictly for consoles that are more advanced than Wii U is. A simple port won't be easy to do in terms of downscaling, and the WIi U doesn't have nearly a large enough install base to warrant them doing an entirely separate version.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Airtight Games Feels That Murdered: Soul Suspe...:

He should have just been completely honest and said a game like this has a history of not selling well at all on Nintendo platforms, and it would be even worse on the Wii U with its tiny installed base - which was eclipsed by PS4 in sales both in North America and worldwide this week after having a year's head start. :(



ericwithcheese2 commented on Console Wars Book Paves The Way For Movie Writ...:

They could have used either the NES or SNES controller I think. Most people don't remember that the "Console Wars" technically began with the Genesis vs. the NES with all the famously memorable "Genesis Does What Nintendon't" ads and stuff. It did, though, really kick up when the Super NES was released.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 13t...:

I'm lucky enough to have watched the NA Direct on their YouTube channel so I had no problems at all.

I was quite pleased with the Direct. I enjoyed the Little Mac reveal right off the bat, and how they finally showed new updates and game footage for both X and Bayonetta 2, plus MK8 and Mario Golf. It may have seemed a little all over the place, but I think they really tried to put something for everyone in it.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Talking Point: The Watch_Dogs Wii U Delay Demo...:

What is particularly disturbing about this is that it is Ubisoft... sure they screwed us over with Rayman Legends, but that was after the very disappointing sales they had for their Wii U launch titles... including ZombiU which they put a lot of effort into. Ubisoft was the Wii U's biggest third party supporter out of the gate with their big and much applauded presence at E3 2012. So to see what happened with Rayman and now this is very very discouraging. It shouldn't be written off as just another "Nintendo is Doomed" post because this is pretty significant. Nintendo and indie developers can't support the Wii U on its own for the next four or so years and they are losing their biggest third party supporters.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Nintendo Confirms Dedicated Development Team f...:

I think that those embarrassing missed projections and revenue losses have finally done something good... it lit a fire under Nintendo and they seem to be more forward-thinking than normal. Finally openly acknowledging a need for a unified account system and talking about possibilities of smartphone apps (Sony and Microsoft have had them for a long time) is a good thing.



ericwithcheese2 commented on Nintendo Confirms Major Reductions In Sales an...:

I'm not surprised that they had to revise their projections for the Wii U. Predicting nine million was way to high for a system that was struggling so much. I wish they would have been more conservative with their goals - say projected only three or four million - so that way the big drop from 9 million to 2.8 wouldn't look like such a failure.