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IceClimbers commented on Nintendo Stays in Profit With Wii U on Target,...:

@Quorthon Yeah that'd be great. What's interesting is how low the software attach rate is for the 3DS (4.31). Good news is that Tomodachi Life has 3.96 million life-to-date sales, which is very impressive.

Anyways, did you hear about all the new Xenoblade Chronicles X info that came out of Famitsu?



IceClimbers commented on Nintendo Stays in Profit With Wii U on Target,...:

The Wii U's problems? Here ya go:

-Bad/confusing name
-Poor online (much better than before though)
-Abysmal marketing
-Poor 3rd party support
-Slow output from Nintendo's first parties (3DS launch screw up is responsible)
-Underpowered/different architecture
-Too many controllers
-The GamePad
-Kiddie image
-lack of DVD/Blu Ray playback (DVD shouldn't matter though, but consumers are stupid so it does)
-lack of communication options due to Nintendo acting like an overprotective parent
And the biggest one of all: It's a Nintendo home console. The Nintendo brand is soiled as far as home console hardware goes. Outside of Nintendo fans, people simply don't want a Nintendo home console. They think that Nintendo home consoles are inferior (they are hardware wise), and even if Nintendo released a console that is literally the PS5 in a different shell with a different name, people would think the Nintendo one is inferior. That mindset might not be fixable.

@Quorthon While Nintendo returning to profitability is nice, I want them to start losing money again due to them actually spending it making moves.



IceClimbers commented on Satoru Iwata States That Around 5.7 Million am...:

A 3DS successor isn't coming until 2017 at the earliest in my opinion. Yes, hardware sales have peaked, but that doesn't mean you immediately replace it with a new one - the DS lasted a few years after it had peaked. The 3DS was first announced in 2010, 6 years after the DS launched in 2004, and then launched in 2011. It's 2015. They're not going to announce a new handheld yet.



IceClimbers commented on Nintendo Stays in Profit With Wii U on Target,...:

One thing that will be concerning to investors is that to them, Zelda is the only Wii U title releasing in 2015. The rest are fluff in their eyes - they don't see Splatoon or Xenoblade or Star Fox as big blockbuster titles like Zelda, Kart, and Smash are. Zelda isn't until November anyway, which is Q3 of the coming up fiscal year. Iwata will have to convince them that games like Splatoon are big titles. Good thing Splatoon is at Apex.

The Wii U has an excellent attach rate, with more than 50% of Wii U owners owning Mario Kart 8.

Also worth mentioning that Smash 4 has over 9.5 million total sales between the two versions (6.19 million for Smash 3DS and 3.39 million for Smash Wii U). It's about 3 million away from Brawl's life-to-date sales.



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Flirtation With Micr...:

I'd say the best thing to do is to ignore Shuffle completely - right now Nintendo is just experimenting, and we can vote with our wallets to quickly end this. Ignore Shuffle and buy Pokemon Battle Trozei instead, which is a better value.



IceClimbers commented on Koei Tecmo Releases Awesome Hyrule Warriors Wa...:

For those wondering what the actual units sold are, Hyrule Warriors sold about 840,000 units and Bayonetta 2 sold 610,000 units as of Jan. 3rd according to VGChartz. Yes, I know VGChartz isn't reliable, but I imagine they're at least in the ballpark.

That's respectable sales for both games, and neither are a flop.



IceClimbers commented on Weirdness: Even Masahiro Sakurai Struggles to ...:

I think Nintendo didn't expect amiibo to sell well at first, but now they are purposely holding stock to skyrocket the demand, just like they did with the Wii at launch.

Nintendo is notoriously bad about not expecting things to sell well - amiibo (and the toys-to-life concept in general since Activision had originally pitched Skylanders to them as a Nintendo exclusive, but Nintendo turned the idea down because they didn't think it would take off), the Wii, and even Pokemon are all examples of this. The only major exceptions to this would of course be the 3DS and the Wii U.



IceClimbers commented on New Pokkén Tournament Controller and Gameplay...:

Of course this will come to Wii U. Most fighters, including Tekken, release in Japanese arcades first as a sort of beta test and then they'll iron out the bugs/fix balancing issues for the console port a year later. Expect a 2016 Wii U release. Since this is Pokemon and it's a fighter, the localization process won't take long at all.

Anyways, I like the look of this game a lot. I think Mewtwo, Charizard, and Greninja are all on lock for this game. Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee better be in this game. Would be a disgrace if they weren't. Hariyama would make a great heavyweight.



IceClimbers commented on Feature: 20 Wii Games We'd Love To Download Fr...:

I hope they keep up the weekly pace, if not at least have 2 per month. Definitely picking up Prime Trilogy next week.

I'd love to see both No More Heroes games, both Conduit games, RE4, Okami, Silent Hill Shattered Memories, and Sonic Colors.



IceClimbers commented on Second Week of Throwback Sale Goes Live on Nor...:

Love how Kid Icarus Of Myths & Monsters is included in the sale yet was one of the Club Nintendo rewards last month. Uprising is a steal at that price. Can't recommend that game enough - it's easily one of the best games on the system. Only complaint is the control scheme takes getting used to and isn't very friendly towards lefties (I'm a rightie though). Otherwise it's absolutely fantastic.

I want Punch-Out, but at the same time I need to be space conscious as I don't have the funds for an external HDD right now and Prime Trilogy next week will take up a lot of room (have to delete NG3:RE to make room for it).



IceClimbers commented on Former Nintendo Indie Champion Discusses the C...:

@joey302 Well duh, of course it's NOJ's fault. Reggie is a salesman that works with what he's given - he was given nothing, and the leash on him and NOA has been too tight. Nintendo's E3 plans last year? Only happened because Iwata was on leave for his surgery, so NOA was let loose and allowed to make decisions for once. Would have just been a normal Direct otherwise.



IceClimbers commented on Former Nintendo Indie Champion Discusses the C...:

@Quorthon Hmm, my memory regarding the GameCube and 3rd party support must be foggy then. Those mini discs certainly didn't help the system though.

Quite funny how Nintendo keeps screwing up with proprietary formats for their consoles, yet nailed the storage format on their handhelds (SD cards), while Sony is pretty much the reverse. Those ridiculously overpriced proprietary memory cards (which are still ridiculously overpriced even after the prices were slashed) crippled the Vita. Gotta wonder if Sony will even make another handheld.

Nintendo is definitely stuck in their ways. Some of the above comments used Splatoon as an example of Nintendo taking risks and paying attention to modern gaming trends, accrediting it to the dev team being made up of younger developers. The irony in that is that Splatoon's dev team was constructed and mentored by Miyamoto, the guy that's stuck in his ways more than anyone else in that company (still a brilliant and creative mind though!).

On a side note, Splatoon does seem like it has eSports potential, and several eSports members have backed that up. If rumors and a sort of slip up by D1 (respected member of the competitive Smash community) are to be believed, then Nintendo is bringing a Splatoon demo to APEX for people to try out. Would be a smart move on their part.

I'm also looking forward to Splatoon's single player campaign, which appears to be a 3D platformer/third person shooter hybrid. It looks like it might actually bring something new to the table for 3D platformers, and it's finally one that isn't Mario or Sonic (literally the only 3D platformers overall these days).



IceClimbers commented on Former Nintendo Indie Champion Discusses the C...:

@Quorthon Bayo 2's poor marketing comes from Nintendo having a commercial exclusivity deal with adult swim, a channel that has limited ad space because it advertises itself so much as well as 2 or 3 other games like Fantasy Life.

I personally think the GameCube didn't have great 3rd party support either - the difference is that it was mainstream games rather than casual shovelware or niche JRPGs. Plus the system did have the kiddie reputation. Granted, it was the N64 that alienated 3rd party support all together because of it using cartridges



IceClimbers commented on Rumour: Terraria is Making Its Way to Wii U an...:

@Quorthon There's a number of the more popular indie games that are missing from Nintendo platforms due to them doing a complete 180 on their indie policies between generations. Will take a while to get games like Terraria and Hotline Miami on Nintendo.

That's one thing I will give Nintendo (or Dan Adelman) credit for - their aggressive efforts to make it known to indies how easy it is to get games on the eShop.



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: Club Nintendo's Closure Is An E...:

@Miigato I think a hybrid, while inevitable, would be too expensive right now. For next gen they'll still be separate, but they'll be taking steps in that direction by having the same/similar architecture and a unified OS like Android/iOS. The following generation is when a true hybrid can be expected. I could be wrong on this though.



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: Club Nintendo's Closure Is An E...:


Things they might offer:

-3DS themes
-Free digital games (VC, indie, etc)
-Major discounts like Iwata described
-Special deals like the Mewtwo DLC
-Other digital goodies and offers

Physical rewards would probably just be things like posters, soundtrack CDs/download codes, and other things like that. Hanafuda cards would be a good idea too.

Regardless, the loyalty program will be mostly digital and will likely have a focus on flexible pricing and free games.

Oh, and by the way, if Nintendo did adopt a paid subscription service like PS+, they would NEVER be able to justify it being required for online multiplayer. Sony and MS are able to justify it as the majority of the games on their platforms have heavy online focus and therefore would need the funds to maintain servers and the online structure (especially for Sony after the major PSN outage in 2011). Nintendo has only a handful of games that even have online in the first place - making people pay $50 a year to play Smash, Kart, Pokemon, and Splatoon online would be suicide. That's why Nintendo's online is free.



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: Club Nintendo's Closure Is An E...:

Hate to break it to you people, but let's be realistic here: the new loyalty program will be almost all digital. You're in denial if you think otherwise.

The new program will likely be unified with the NNID (Club Nintendo's closure, the increase in promotions on the eShop, and MvDK Tipping Stars having cross-buy point towards this). I think Nintendo is FINALLY making the final steps towards a true, universal account system. Only other thing they'd have to do is untie the NNIDs from the hardware.

Also, the new loyalty program will likely do away with the surveys. Let's be honest, how many of you actually answered all of the questions truthfully and thoroughly? We all know that answers were copy + pasted. I think Nintendo is figuring that they don't really get any worthwhile info from these surveys, which is true.

Will make a second post on what the new loyalty program might offer instead of having one long essay comment.



IceClimbers commented on Club Nintendo to Close, With Replacement Loyal...:

While sad to see it go, the rewards have been on the decline for the most part. My favorite reward from Club Nintendo would probably have to be the hanafuda card set. Still jealous of Europe and Japan over the SNES Classic Controller though.

Will spend my last few coins on whatever rewards they bring out to finish off the program. Wouldn't mind some eShop credit (even if it's by offering the prepaid card as a reward). Also looking forward to the Elite status reward, though I won't be able to choose from the Platinum status rewards.

I wonder what the new loyalty program will be like: a combination of CN and the DDP using the NNIDs, or something more like PS Plus? I love PS Plus on my PS4, but if Nintendo does something like that, then they better not hide online multiplayer behind that paywall (Online is almost crucial to the experience on Xbox and PlayStation for most games, where as Nintendo has like 3 games that even have online right now on Wii U).




IceClimbers commented on Wii U Enjoyed Its Best Ever Month of US Sales ...:

@Peach64 I feel like they'd be better off by not selling that type of thing as a video game system. Just sell it as QoL stuff. Their handhelds of course will stick around so long as that market still exists (it's smaller than it was in the GBA days). Having Pokemon, Monster Hunter, and Yokai Watch as a trio certainly helps that market in Japan.



IceClimbers commented on Wii U Enjoyed Its Best Ever Month of US Sales ...:

Pretty good news, though I have a feeling that the 3DS will miss it's target for the year by a significant margin.

The amiibo stock issues remind me of the Wii and it's first few months on the market. Nowhere near enough stock because they didn't expect it to take off after the GameCube. Then you couldn't find the system for months.



IceClimbers commented on Nintendo Download: 15th January (North America):

Anyone know what the file size is for Metroid Prime Trilogy? Wanting to get that when it hits but I have limited space left. Don't have the spare funds to buy a hard drive right now.

@sleepinglion M2 treating classics with respect is why they should be in talks with Game Freak. They'd be willing to do the work that Game Freak doesn't want to do to bring the main series Pokemon games to VC.



IceClimbers commented on Splatoon Confirmed for May Release Along With ...:

@Quorthon Ok poor wording on my part. I just meant that Nintendo fans aren't the only ones who bash on CoD and games like it. Of course, the truth is that while a ton of people bash on CoD, the majority of those people buy it every year anyway.

Also, parts of the storyline are rehashed (not that Mario saving Princess Peach from Bowser isn't). Like there's scenes that are literal copy + paste.

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IceClimbers commented on Splatoon Confirmed for May Release Along With ...:

@Quorthon Problem with CoD though is that a lot of players don't play the game to its fullest potential. They don't go for too much variety. CoD is still a run-and-gun game that does get boring after a while imo if you don't take a break (as in, several weeks/months). Splatoon seems to have a bit more strategy involved, a bit like Team Fortress 2 (it even has hats!).

By the way, CoD is considered generic and low-quality by quite a bit of the gaming community, not just Nintendo fans.



IceClimbers commented on Etrian Mystery Dungeon Finds Its Way to North ...:

Looks like the 3DS's lineup for the 1st half of 2015 is filling up nicely.

North American lineup:
Majora's Mask 3D - February 13th
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate - February 13th
Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy + - February 13th
Code Name STEAM - March 13th
Fossil Fighters Frontier - March 20th
Story of Seasons - March
Etrian Mystery Dungeon - April 7th
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D - April
Puzzle & Dragons Z/Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Edition - May
SMT Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker - Spring

Not a bad lineup. Not a whole lot of genre diversity though.

Edit: Hatsune Miku Project Mirai DX is coming on May 26th. That means that Fire Emblem is the only 3DS title we know of coming to North America after this half of the year.



IceClimbers commented on Feature: Five Key Reveals We Want in 2015's Fi...:

-New 3DS reveal and release date
-Majora's Mask 3D release date
-Codename STEAM
-Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
-Other localisations
-Smash 3DS amiibo update
-amiibo portal for older 3DS models
-Surprise unannounced game (?)

Wii U
-Yoshi (release date!)
-Splatoon (trailer and details, given a May 2015 release)
-Mario Maker
-HW and Smash DLC
-amiibo stuff (Captain Toad)
-Xenoblade Chronicles X
-indie reel



IceClimbers commented on Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 14th January, Wi...:

@Quorthon Would love a Splatoon release date, but I don't think we'll get anything more than "May 2015" or something like that (honestly do think it will come out in May... comparing the 2015 schedule to the 2014 schedule there's places where you can fill things in, with Zelda being the big November game in place of Smash and Splatoon being the big 1st half game in May in place of MK8).

With Splatoon, if it is coming in May, then there should be at least one more general Nintendo Direct before then (March) and the game will likely get its own game-specific Direct (April), which is when they'd give the release date. I think we'll definitely see a Yoshi's Woolly World release date in this Direct though. I feel ya on Xenoblade Chronicles X though.

For me personally, I'd like to see more 3DS games announced. Interested in Majora's Mask 3D (never played that game, so yeah) and potentially Codename STEAM (hasn't grabbed my attention as well as Splatoon did), but I honestly would like to see what else is coming. On the other hand, I do have a growing backlog for the system and there's games that I missed previously like Kirby Triple Deluxe and Fantasy Life to pick up as well.

Oh, and while I don't have a gif of Kirby beating Epona, I do have this:



IceClimbers commented on Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 14th January, Wi...:

@Quorthon Yeah I see what you mean.

Also, Kirby>Zelda? Dang, those are some fighting words, especially on here.

Anyways though, I feel like this discussion over Nintendo's future in the grand scheme of things is honestly just beating a dead horse at this point.

What things are you hoping for from the Direct?



IceClimbers commented on Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 14th January, Wi...:

@Quorthon The portables do count, but saying Nintendo's home console isn't worth it because of yearly Zelda releases that are spread across two platforms doesn't make sense. The portable releases shouldn't make the home console worthless.

Also, Kirby had just as many games last gen as Zelda. 5 total.



IceClimbers commented on Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 14th January, Wi...:

@Quorthon Zelda is only a yearly release if you bunch the handheld and console releases together. On just the home consoles only it is not a yearly release (not counting 2013/2014/2015). Besides, for last gen your "MZP" games that Nintendo relies too much on is really MZPK because Kirby was just as bad.



IceClimbers commented on New Nintendo 3DS Prices Pop Up in Italy, and T...:

Yeah Nintendo of America has been completely silent on everything so far this year other than a reminder on social media about the Smash CD offer, which they posted today, and the MM3D Limited Edition. Silence on Kirby too, which should have TV commercials right now.

I feel like a Nintendo Direct is coming any day now.



IceClimbers commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Holds Top 20 Posit...:

Where I live in California there's about 5 Gamestops within a 3 mile radius of each other. Each one has different levels of shelf space for Nintendo. The one in the mall has no demo pods at all due to the store's size and the Nintendo stuff is in one corner despite having Pokemon, Smash, and amiibo plastered on the store window. Another store had Nintendo and the PS Vita on the left wall and the other systems on the right wall.

Walmart and Target give equal shelving to all 3 companies, while Toys R Us I don't really know about since I haven't been in it in a few years, though last time I went in it they had 90% of the video game section dedicated to DS and Wii. Not sure if that's the case now with 3DS and Wii U.

Nintendo seems to have a bigger retail presence in the US than in the UK.