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Wed 10th February, 2010

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Ernest_The_Crab commented on Cancelled Mario Volleyball/Wrestling Wii Title...:

@dkxcalibur There was one for the Wii (and a different one for the Gamecube). Super Sluggers if I remember right.

If there is a Mario Baseball in development for the Wii U we probably wouldn't hear about it until later since Nintendo is very often tight lipped in regards to their game projects (unless they're close to releasing).



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Review: Bayonetta (Wii U eShop):

@Mega719 I'd say it's due to lack of 3rd party support this time around, not really the lack of actual M rated titles developed. With so many big 3rd parties jumping ship, most of our content comes from Nintendo itself (whom generally don't create M titles) or indies.

Back in the Wii days it was more due to stigma of being filled with "casuals" (I hate that term as much as I hate the "hardcore" label) and being family oriented. 3rd parties assumed the fanbase was filled with soccer moms and grandparents, so to speak.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Sells Over ...:

@Tsuchinoko That's probably a decision that Sakurai is in charge of. He did free DLC for Kid Icarus but at most those were just weapons with different stats (but identical to existing weapons).

The problem is that he wants things like characters to remain consistent between both games. This is unfortunately held back by the 3DS version of the game unless he wants to break his word on consistency. I mean we already saw Ice Climbers excluded from both versions due to the AI issues, so it could be problematic for other characters as well. If he plans to use the new 3DS as the base model for DLC characters, I doubt many regular 3DS owners are going to be happy.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Talking Point: Mario Kart 8's Diverse DLC Sets...:

@unrandomsam vgchartz has some data on Mario Kart Double Dash and Wave Race Blue Storm.

Also threw in F-Zero GX:

Both Wave Race and F-Zero sold about 1/10 each of the Double Dash numbers. They're not even remotely near the 1 million mark. I suspect those two titles probably require more development work due to higher physics requirements and a more realistic look. Between the sales and the costs of development it's probably not worth it for them to develop more F-Zero or Wave Race.

Not to say the sales are particularly bad, but they're probably not enough to recoup costs.

However, it might still be a good idea for them to develop titles in those series (and 1080) as those niches are noticeably missing quality titles on Nintendo's platforms since the Wii days. That is, futuristic racers, snowboarding, and jet skiing.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on The Last of Us Fails to Overtake Yokai Watch 2...:

@unrandomsam I'm pretty sure the Wii alone has done that at least once in the past thanks to its superior market share and long legs that Nintendo titles have. I'm almost certain that the Wii U has not achieved this yet nor has the PS4. It IS possible that the Wii U could come close, before the end of this year, providing Nintendo doesn't screw up their marketing again.

EDIT: The PS4 has done this launch. At the moment I have not managed to find the launch data for the Wii U for Japan.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Amazon Opens Pre-Orders For Super Smash Bros. ...:

@Lebon14 Not even. That's not factoring in our on average higher tax rate (which is applied after the shipping costs too! I suggest applying for the student designation, at least it comes with free shipping).

That's a pretty pricey bundle. Together it's like 180ish dollars Canadian.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on CoroCoro Magazine Reveals Three Mega Evolution...:


So it can't be hit by ghost types and can hit ghost types?

Maybe it's sole purpose is to be a counter to Mega Gengar though the stat distribution isn't out yet so I'll have to reserve judgement until I see that.


They probably will have balance changes like they did for X and Y. We most likely won't see information on those until it gets closer to the release date (I'm guessing Mega forms generate more hype than stat changes).

Btw does anyone know who the trainer to the right of May is?

Also, anyone else find it slightly odd that the games would be called Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby yet most sites and news releases order them as Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire? Seems a little strange when the names are derived from the first letter of the greek alphabet (alpha) and the last letter (omega).



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Check Out the Evolution of Visuals in Pokémon...:

@Geonjaha The problem is that 3D already had issues with frame rate when it was on (especially if you battled a Butterfree/anything that flies by flapping wings).

It seems like this could be a problem in this game as well judging by the screenshot with the Beautiflys flying around above the grass (screen shot 11).

Who knows though, maybe Gamefreak has had some time to work out any kinks in their engine before starting work on these remakes.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on CoroCoro Magazine Reveals Mega Metagross for P...:

@Yorumi There's a problem with giving a Pokemon too many moves as well. You do that and that Pokemon becomes rather difficult to counter.

A lot of the more powerful Pokemon have smaller movepools to deal with the fact that they'd be "too" powerful if their movepools were any larger (there are exceptions especially with legendaries).

Many weaker Pokemon have pretty big move pools but very poor stats. In order to balance out some of the weaker Pokemon they'd have to carefully make changes in stats AND movesets. Frankly it's doubtful that GameFreak has that kind of manpower, otherwise we'd have seen a lot more balance changes by now.

Eh I'm not really a fan of the seems like they just swapped his four legs for four arms instead.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Pier Solar HD Delayed, Wii U Version Will Now ...:

@shingi_70 The major problem is that Microsoft has a track record of incurring delays due to exclusivity contracts. It also doesn't help that the article doesn't make it clear.

The original Joystiq article has it worded much better than over here. Not everyone has the time to do more than a read over of an article and an additional search on the topic so you may want to add an additional link in your comment that leads to the blog. Odd that this article doesn't have it included, usually the other indie posts have links to their respective blogs if I remember right.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Pier Solar HD Delayed, Wii U Version Will Now ...:

@shingi_70 I think most people are more annoyed by the fact that if the delay was caused by Microsoft it would hold back every version due to their policies. I'd still be annoyed by a delay caused by Nintendo but I doubt other platform owners would be quite as annoyed, as their versions wouldn't be held back.

This essentially holds back 9 different versions of the game. A delay by Nintendo would have effectively delayed 1 version of the game.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Mario Kart 8 Speeds Into Second Place In NPD M...:

@Mahe Well their marketing is based on whom they want to target and I'm pretty sure the GamePad came around from them trying to target a specific market (or multiple depending on how you look at it). It's true the GamePad is causing some problems but it isn't the origin point for most if all of the problems the Wii U is having. The problem is Nintendo has NO idea on whom they want to target anymore. The Wii U is the result of their lack of direction.

Well I'd say there is some good that comes out of this though. Nintendo seems to create their better games when they are backed into a corner and it's doubtful that they'll sink after one lackluster generation.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Mario Kart 8 Speeds Into Second Place In NPD M...:

@Mahe Regardless of controller type I doubt the Wii U would have outsold the Wii. In fact, it seems very doubtful that ANY of this generation's consoles will outsell the Wii.

At the time, the Wii would have been considered a disruptive and revolutionary product. From a pure sales perspective it would already have an edge because of that; having a casual oriented approach at that time would also have been a bonus.

That being said the Wii U is not doing that well compared to say the Xbox 360 and the PS3 which are a better comparison.

Marketing is probably the bigger problem at the moment than the controller. When the console was first revealed, it wasn't clear if the controller was an add-on. It certainly didn't help that the console itself did not really have its own distinctive look. It looks generic to say the least. Probably wouldn't have helped if it had a "traditional" controller as it would just make the console look even more generic. The competition was careful enough to make their current generation console distinctive looking compared to their predecessors. Nintendo wasn't careful enough in that sense.

EDIT: Spelling errors



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Mario Kart 8 Drives Wii U Sales In The UK, Cla...:

@Peach64 However, Nintendo games (especially the ones from the really popular series) have longer legs than most other titles. It's quite possible that those extra days would make a difference in the sales numbers. Their titles are notorious for having a different sales trend (unless they are poorly reviewed).



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Talking Point: The GameCube Controller Adapter...:

@unrandomsam It wouldn't make much since from a cost perspective though. Gamecube discs require a special reader to play, and without this reader bringing over the hardware would be a little silly.

@modernmarvel The major difference between analogue and digital triggers is that there is an in-between state. Digital triggers generally have an "on" and an "off" state. Analogue triggers can detect that you have the button depressed but not necessarily pressed down all of the way. It's especially noticeable with games like Super Mario Sunshine which used the additional state to add more moves to Mario's repertoire. In that example, if the R button was pressed down all of the way, Mario would stand still and shoot out a directed jet of water. However, pressing down the R button only partially would enable him to run and spray at the same time. It's an elegant solution that adds more variety, without over-complicating things.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Digital Foundry Pins Down Mario Kart 8's Resol...:

@Azooooz It'll probably be noticeable for anyone that decides to post videos (and their viewers). Slow motion effects generally need a higher frame rate to support.

Probably won't affect gameplay in any manner though, however it might feel a little off once you switch to 3+ players from 1 or 2 players.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Philips Claims Wii And Wii U Infringe Two Of I...:

@SanderEvers Yeah I looked it's a camera. The patents will still be thrown out though, I seriously doubt Nintendo will settle outside of court on this.

The first "patent" if you can really call it that is much too vague in terms of wording. Not to mention many devices, companies and programs have used this type of tracking to do things for a while now. Good examples would be webcams and cellphone cameras. The court and Nintendo would both heavily emphasize the fact that Philips did nothing for a very long period of time. Chances are the first part will fail horrendously.

Philips' best bet lies with the second patent. The problem however is yet again the wording: "describes a portable device that is in communication with a camera, with which another device can use to track movements."

The unfortunate part of that phrase is that the portable device (Wii Mote) IS the camera as you pointed out earlier on. The camera is communicating with a light source (sensor bar) which is by no means a "portable device" as it must be plugged into the console to work (this is of course barring 3rd party creations). The console itself is also classified as a "home console" which implies that it is not portable in the sense that it is used in the patent.

This is most likely one of the reasons the Motion Controls operate in "reverse" compared to how most average people would "think" it operates.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Philips Claims Wii And Wii U Infringe Two Of I...:

@Damo The problem is the Wii Mote uses an "optical sensor" while the patent refers to a "camera." Digital cameras use an optical sensor but it does not work the other way around, that is, an optical sensor is not a camera.

The other problem is that the Virtual Body Sensing part of the patent is using extremely vague language. The courts will most definitely narrow it down against Philips as they were the ones that created the patent.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Review: Mario Kart 8 (Wii U):

@Kirk Well the problem with full screen on the Gamepad has been pointed out a couple of times already. It's the fact that the person using the Gamepad has an advantage over the one using the TV. A screen that big is kind of hard to miss.

The resultant battle mode stages I'm betting are due to them rushing the game out to market. Corners were most likely cut to deal with the huge empty space in spring releases. That's not to say the game is done by any means, as it's quite possible for them to add DLC battle stages later.

Don't think they confirmed on the 2 Gamepad stuff. They said they were trying to get it to work, though chances are it didn't work properly without some substantial compromises in their tests.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Talking Point: The Nintendo Figurine Platform ...:

@Zyph Well they can always add more toys in different poses or equipment but with the same characters. I can see the figurine selection being different between games like Mario Kart, Tennis, Golf, Smash Bros, etc.

Games like Zelda also have a tendency to change art style as well so the figurines would most likely reflect this.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire ...:

@Tsurii897 The original designs for Kyogre and Groudon looked better. It has nothing to do with the gen 1 argument as they are not gen 1 anyways.

@Technosphile @DanteSolablood I'd be careful about talks of losses (unless they declared bankruptcy). Financial reporting is one of the easiest ways to manipulate results due to the amount of flexibility in treatments based on company policies and no clear guidelines for certain items. Not to mention, the numbers always have a good portion that lie in the realm of historical costs/estimates (like depreciation). Accounting is also not very consistent either. Some things like research/development costs need to be expensed immediately (except for VERY strict guildelines). Possible future losses also need to be expensed immediately though future gains are not allowed to be recognized at all.

Reading statements alone is NEVER enough information to get an idea of how a company is doing. You need the notes to the statements as well and the written report. However, most of these so-called "news" sites do not mention these aspects and prefer to spew propaganda for hits.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's E3 Plans Are Full of...:

@GamerOZO Don't prices in the UK generally fall rather quickly? If I remember right the final price is generally established by the vendors, whom seem to be a lot less adamant about keeping the prices at the MSRP compared to the North American vendors (especially in regards to console prices).



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Nintendo Lifts The Lid On Its Plans For E3 2014:

@Yorumi It's more likely that they're trying to hype up the Wii U version of the game considering how late in the year it comes out at. The tournament seems to be Wii U only and will be broadcast apparently.

@KennyPowers Well he still has a point on the press aspect. It's not like they're going to get any favours by doing a live presentation.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Review: Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS):

@Phantom_R Mario Tennis (Camelot did that, though they also developed the highly rated Mario Golf) wasn't developed by Nintendo. Nor was Yoshi's New Island (it was developed by Arzest, which in turn had members from Artoon). Though it looks like Arzest, as a company, doesn't have much experience in development, they seem to be focusing more on outsourced duties (like model creation).

The New series for Mario were more meant to train a new team in regards to the series. The original developers aren't going to live forever and chances are having been at the helm for so long, they probably want to work on other projects. It's also problematic if the game fails spectacularly, especially with a brand like Mario and the abundance of inexperienced developers.



Ernest_The_Crab commented on Download Developer Hits a "Brick Wall" When Tr...:

@gatorboi352 It didn't get dismantled at all. There are two kinds of liars out there. Those that outright lie and those that hide the facts. If the writer was responsible in any definition of that word they would bothered to check their source and bothered to state the time of the second twitter post.

His next line further proves that he's trying to write in a sensationalist manner:

"Apparently he wrote something along the lines of "I travel a lot, so I feel your pain," in response to someone saying they didn't like the region locking of the 3DS. This was viewed as unacceptable in Nintendo's eyes, so there you go"

I've emphasized the last line for ALL of you to see: This was viewed as unacceptable in Nintendo's eyes, so there you go"

So...where's the proof?

That is the difference between a professional writer (one that is truly professional) vs someone that is an average blogger.