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IceClimbers commented on 2014 Pokémon World Championships Live Broadca...:

Also according to Serebii, the special Pokeball Pattern Vivillon will be distributed at Gamescom from August 14th-17th. Shigeki Morimoto will be present on the 14th to sign autographs and there will be a special video message from Junichi Masuda regarding Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, and there will be a special Pokemon Battle Competition where you can win a copy of ORAS.



IceClimbers commented on Nintendo Download: 31st July (Europe):

@Emblem It's not the retail support that's the problem. It's the eShop support. Especially the VC. The 3DS VC is for the most part treated like a dumping ground for NES games. Where are all the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and GameGear games? Or how about GBA games? Even the indie support pales in comparison to the Wii U eShop, with many games that were once 3DS exclusive now coming to Wii U like Shantae (3DS version of Shantae is most likely better though since it was built for the system).

Also I'm fully expecting the 3DS to suffer droughts in retail games starting next year and into 2016.



IceClimbers commented on The Mysterious Murasame Castle Set For North A...:

@Melkac To be honest I'd actually like to see it be a 3DS game. 3DS might need it if it starts to suffer some droughts due to Nintendo focusing too much on Wii U. That being said, it might have more interesting things that can be done on Wii U with the GamePad.



IceClimbers commented on Feature: Where Are The Super Nintendo 3D Class...:

@AG2014 I couldn't care about SNES games on the 3DS VC (though I wouldn't be opposed), but GBA games need to come to the 3DS VC. Saying they shouldn't because it hurts the Wii U is just more of this "Wii U master race" BS I've been seeing from Nintendo fans (such as Shokio) that hiss whenever something exclusively for 3DS comes out and say "it should be on Wii U, why aren't you focusing on Wii U Nintendo".

VC games don't help sell the Wii U, so there is no reason why they can't come to 3DS. Same goes for GB and GBC games on Wii U.



IceClimbers commented on Official Hyrule Warriors Screens Show Ocarina ...:

Looks great, but I should warn you all that Famitsu revealed that the Zelda games that are involved in Hyrule Warriors are only Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword. Obviously there are references to other Zelda games like the moon from Majora's Mask and the Wind Waker baton from Wind Waker.

In terms of playable characters, it will only be from OoT, TP, and SS. Still hope for Groose. Though Lana's description of using the power of the Deku Tree makes me slightly worried about Saria's chances.



IceClimbers commented on Video: Nintendo Minute Heads to Capcom For Rel...:

@Hy8ogen Not too much of a risk. The positives outweigh the negatives here. It's a long term business move. Yes, they will take a 4th year of consecutive losses if they buy Capcom, but I'm willing to bet that they are going to take a 4th year of losses anyways through operating costs (marketing particularly) that will outweigh system and software sales. Buying Capcom will pay off later as they get a wide variety of beloved IPs exclusive to their systems that will boost hardware sales.

Right now Nintendo has far less competition in terms of potential buyers. if they wait until Capcom goes bankrupt to try and cherry pick IPs for a fraction of the cost, they have far more competition and run the risk of not gaining anything and actually losing exclusives like Monster Hunter (Sony would stop at nothing to get that as it would deal a massive blow to the 3DS and can boost Vita sales), which would negatively affect system sales.

In the end, it is a risk buying Capcom. They need to be taking risks though, not playing it safe. Dip into that massive warchest. It's a bold move that would make a statement, showing people that they aren't playing around.



IceClimbers commented on Video: Nintendo Minute Heads to Capcom For Rel...:

Notice that part where Kit tried to say he WAS a big fan of Capcom, but then caught himself?

@Hy8ogen Nintendo buying Capcom is definitely possible. MH4 is pretty much what kept them afloat. Having less money in the bank than Destiny's budget isn't a good thing.

Could this be a hint at Nintendo buying Capcom? Maybe, but probably not. I seriously hope they do though.



IceClimbers commented on Latest Wii U System Update Allows Console To C...:

@AVahne If they ever do this generation, it would probably only be from one of the systems (either the 3DS or the Wii U, not both). Either way, they are catching up.

There's still some other OS updates for each system that are much needed though (Folders on the Wii U, NNID friend list on 3DS and merging it with friend code friend list without ruining Friend Safari, messaging system on 3DS, increasing the number of internet connection settings saved on 3DS because only 3 is beyond ridiculous for a portable device in 2014, etc) Also just noticed that three of those were for 3DS, not Wii U. We might actually be getting to the point where the 3DS needs OS updates more than the Wii U does, but people won't complain about it because the Wii U is apparently the only system that matters when it comes to those updates.



IceClimbers commented on Latest Wii U System Update Allows Console To C...:

To clear up confusion here, since people still don't seem to understand.

Your eShop purchases ARE tied to the NNID, NOT the hardware!!!!!! Your NNID is what's tied to the hardware.

Now, all we need is:

-Untying the NNID from the hardware
-Merging the two eShops so I can buy Wii U games on my 3DS and have it start downloading on my Wii U and vice-versa
-Cross buy (particularly for VC games)



IceClimbers commented on Mario Kart 8 Secures Place as Top-Selling SKU ...:

@jrob23 It isn't always about system sellers. 3DS recovered because it received a steady stream of games that created a strong, diverse library, not because of one system seller. The barrage of games saved that system. Nintendo is going for the same strategy here. Mario Kart 8's job was to spark momentum right before E3 and start a snowball effect that will really get going once Hyrule Warriors releases, as there shouldn't be any major droughts after that.

@Peach64 "and might make Nintendo think twice before considering future titles 'too Japanese' to localise." coughFatalFramecough



IceClimbers commented on New Fatal Frame Will Be Spooking The Wii U In ...:

Looks absolutely fantastic. I hope they localize this.

I'd like to point out that this isn't the Wii era anymore. Nintendo has been a LOT better about localizing games this generation. Localizing these games fills out the lineup of games to help prevent droughts. While Fatal Frame is niche, it's a game like Bayonetta 2 and Devil's Third. It's another strong exclusive game that is outside of the normal things people expect from Nintendo. It stands out on the Wii U, where as on XB1/PS4 it would likely get buried among all the other games (well it would if it weren't for their weak libraries at the moment). Strong exclusives like this help build the Wii U's library and only benefits it in the end. Nintendo has no reason not to localize this, especially since they co-own the Fatal Frame franchise.



IceClimbers commented on Sakurai Explains Why Chrom Didn't Make It Into...:

@BulbasaurusRex Dark Pit can be made into his own character without being a clone of Pit very easily.

@whanvee Lucina didn't take a roster spot from anyone else. Her spot on the roster didn't exist at first. An extra roster spot was created later on in development specifically for her. If Lucina wasn't playable, that roster spot would not exist. Kinda like how Bayonetta 2 wouldn't exist if Nintendo didn't fund and publish it.



IceClimbers commented on Sakurai Explains Why Chrom Didn't Make It Into...:

As for the Gematsu leak, I do believe that part of it was real inside info, but not all of it. Or maybe the leak is still real because Sakurai was the leaker the entire time. If that's the case, then that's the greatest trolling of all time.

Either way, I'm glad that this curveball was thrown because it puts us back in the dark going forward so we can be surprised again.



IceClimbers commented on Sakurai Explains Why Chrom Didn't Make It Into...:

Basically, Lucina is the exception to the whole "roster being decided upon before development began" thing that Sakurai said at E3 in regards to Greninja. Originally, it was just going to be Marth, Ike, and Robin, but then he created a brand new roster spot for Lucina later on because of the slight differences between her and Marth. That roster spot wouldn't exist otherwise.



IceClimbers commented on Yokai Watch 2 Sells a Whopping 1.3 Million Cop...:

Wow! That's extremely impressive. Congrats, Level-5!

@Peach64 I think you're setting yourself up for disappointment if you think that MK8 has pushed a ton of Wii U hardware. It definitely pushed some units, but in no way did it sell tons of systems like everyone is saying it needs to. I don't believe that Nintendo was relying on MK8 to "save" the system by pushing millions of systems, or at least on its own. I'll explain in the next paragraph or two to make it a little easier to read and not some wall of text:

Mario Kart 8's job was to spark momentum, which it did. I think Nintendo strategically placed MK8's release so that it would spark momentum right before E3. That's why the game released like a week before E3. MK8's positive reception sparked momentum (the Luigi's Death Stare meme helped) that was kept going by Nintendo's absolutely fantastic E3 performance. Now it's being continued with updates for games like Smash and Hyrule Warriors. It will keep going via updates on these games and things like Nintendo Directs until Hyrule Warriors releases, where it will really take off.

Basically, it's the combination of MK8, Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2+1, Captain Toad, Sonic Boom, and Smash Bros (backed by the already established library and a big look at what to look forward to next year) that will save the Wii U. MK8 sparks momentum at the end of May. E3 keeps the momentum going through June. Updates on upcoming games keeps hype and some momentum going through the drought in July and most of August. Then Hyrule Warriors launches in August (Japan)/September (everywhere else), and the Wii U takes off from there with a barrage of games following. That's how Nintendo turned the 3DS around, so it should hopefully work for the Wii U too. Hopefully the 3DS doesn't suffer as a result though.

PS: Love the new avatar.



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

Metagross lost his viability over time thanks to Team Preview in Gen 5 (ruining his effectiveness as a lead), and then the Steel type nerf and rise of priority moves from Pokemon that OHKO or 2HKO Metagross.

He absolutely deserved a Mega Evolution. Mega Milotic is gonna happen too most likely.



IceClimbers commented on 3DS On Top As Wii U Remains Highest Selling Ho...:

From the looks of things, sales for the Wii U will be a roller coaster. They'll spike at a new game release, and then drop back down a few weeks later, rinse and repeat. The same as all platforms.

It'll sell a ton over the holidays. Same with the 3DS. Pokemon ORAS will be a system seller for the 3DS, despite being a remake.



IceClimbers commented on Fi Confirmed For Hyrule Warriors Along With Sk...:

The Famitsu scans also say that Ghirahim and The Imprisoned will appear as enemies. So no playable Ghirahim apparently. Zelda also seems to be wielding the Wind Waker in one of the pictures.

Come on, where's my Groose? Might as well put Tingle in while they're at it too.



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Sti...:

@8BitSamurai Not much different from Nintendo's handhelds, where many people only use it for Pokemon and shun anything else, including Mario and Zelda.

The NES to SNES was actually a fairly big drop (it dropped by over 10 million units, while SNES to N64 was a 17 million unit drop). Sega was curbstomped by Sony too. Sony curbstomped them because they were the new kid on the block. Sega started to self destruct, while Nintendo took too long to come out with the N64 and screwed up with the CD addons for the SNES, which created PlayStation in the first place, as well as sticking with cartridges on N64.

Anyways, this debate is getting absolutely nowhere. Let's just agree to disagree and enjoy some games :)



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Sti...:

@8BitSamurai Capcom is going to go bankrupt. They had $152 million in the bank last September. Some games have a higher budget than that (good example being Destiny and its $500 million budget). If it wasn't for Monster Hunter 4, they'd be bankrupt right now. There's a reason why Capcom's shareholders are stopping the takeover defense strategies. Capcom is dying.

When 3rd parties are giving Wii U owners gimped versions of multiplats, why should they buy those games? The majority of Wii U owners have a PS3/360 or a PS4/XB1, or better yet, a PC. Why buy a gimped version of the game on the Wii U when you can get the version that most likely runs better on the other systems?

Nintendo is a safe haven for those Japanese developers because the Wii U is the only home console platform they can consider stability when that side of the industry is going through such a period of unrest. The PS4 is 99% focused on the west. I never said anything about Nintendo holding their hands through development.

More and more people will switch from consoles to PC this generation. People are starting to realize that there is no reason to pick up a Sony or Microsoft console when you can get 90% of the games on the PC. Xbox and PlayStation exclusives are few and far between. Nintendo on the other hand lives off of exclusives which you can't get anywhere else. People buy an Xbox or PlayStation primarily for 3rd party games. With PC, there's no reason to do that anymore.

Go around other websites. Most people are disappointed with the PS4 and XB1. There's several people who are going PC + Wii U this generation.

Nintendo's consoles have been on a downward slope the whole time in terms of sales (Wii being the exception) as SNES sold less than the NES. So it has nothing to do with 3rd party support. The NES and SNES had 3rd party support because of Nintendo's absolutely cruel policies. The vast majority of those games were also exclusive, not multiplat.

Face reality: Nintendo will never be a place for anything more than it's exclusives. Getting more exclusives is the key. Not multiplats.



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Sti...:

@8BitSamurai Don't expect the 3rd parties to EVER actively support Nintendo's home consoles, or at least the western ones. Would full multiplat support be nice? Sure. It's not gonna happen though. It makes no business sense for those developers when their games don't sell on Nintendo's systems.

Exclusives are what sell Nintendo systems.

Nintendo can build relationships with third parties by doing collaborations like Hyrule Warriors or funding/publishing games like Bayonetta 2 and Devil's Third. That's what they are doing with Japanese third parties right now, and the success of Japanese third parties on Nintendo's handhelds certainly helps as well.

It's actually smart that Nintendo is trying to build relationships with Japanese third parties. Why? That side of the industry is in a major rough spot with Capcom's imminent buyout or bankruptcy. Developers are also fleeing the major publishers like the Titanic. With Sony focusing the PS4 almost completely on the west, Nintendo is basically a safe haven for these developers as far as home consoles go. Especially for those Japanese developers that want to make Japanese games and not have to adapt to western (primarily US) culture. Nintendo has a golden opportunity there, as they are the closest thing to stability.



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Sti...:

@rjejr Hyrule Warriors is September 26th in North America, September 19th in Europe. Captain Toad could be shoehorned into an amiibo Direct that we all know is coming, while Smash will probably get a Direct as well.

@DiscoGentleman I hope it doesn't get delayed. We'll see though.

@Peach64 Have you looked at the refurbished systems on Nintendo's online store? They might have a white one there.



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Sti...:

@unrandomsam Only game that might happen to is Star Fox. The rest are solid 2015 releases.

@Superstick 3rd party support won't sell the Wii U at all. Why would people get a Wii U for 3rd party games when they already have a PS3/360, PS4/XB1, or a PC? Exclusives are what sell the system. Bayonetta 2 and Hyrule Warriors may not do much individually, but in combination with other games like Smash Bros, Captain Toad, and the numerous games coming next year, they will do a lot.



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Sti...:

@unrandomsam Yeah, but I don't think details on those games warrant a Direct so soon. Not until August at least. Also, those details could be split into individual Directs instead of one big one.

Anyways, watch the next Direct be a Pokemon Direct, pissing off certain people on the internet like Shokio. Then we get all those "Nintendo didn't learn a thing" videos because the first Direct after E3 wasn't something about the Wii U, even though the 3DS needs it more after not getting a whole lot of attention at E3.



IceClimbers commented on Talking Point: With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Sti...:

I think it's a bit too soon, as E3 covered a lot. The next Direct will mainly give more details on the upcoming games. However, will we see things like Hyrule Warriors, Bayo 2, Smash, and Captain Toad bundled into one Direct, or will we see them in individual Directs? Hyrule Warriors could get its own Direct, and Captain Toad will probably be bundled into an amiibo Direct. Smash can easily get it's own Direct, while Bayonetta 2 could just have a release date announcement outside of a Direct with a trailer just dropped on us.

The only major thing that could warrant a Direct soon would be VC stuff and system updates.

On a side note, anyone else think Nintendo will pull a Tropical Freeze on Captain Toad?



IceClimbers commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014 - Sum...:

@Franklin You contradicted your own statement with the F-Zero bit at the end.

What the console needs is fun games and VARIETY that are exclusive to the system. The games coming provide that. You may not be interested in Captain Toad, but there are many who are. Variety sells. Doesn't matter if Captain Toad could have been made on the 3DS, it's exclusive to the Wii U so you will have to buy that system if you want to play the game. It is easily a $50 retail game.

By the way, we don't see endless New Super Mario Bros games. There's been 4 of them across 4 systems. One per system. That's not milking it. Sales of the NSMB games have gone down each iteration anyway.

Kid Icarus Uprising is NOT an open world game. There are no open world or sandbox games on the 3DS actually.

The Wii U is not failing badly. Poor sales, yes, but it is recovering thanks to Mario Kart 8, Nintendo's killer E3, and the upcoming lineup. It's outselling the PS4 every week in Japan.



IceClimbers commented on Nintendo Files Patent for "Eye Tracking" Devic...:

It should be pointed out that this is different from the 3D that we're used to on things like the 3DS and 3D TVs. This also goes around the limitations of some people getting headaches or not being able to see normal stereoscopic 3D, as well as the motion sickness of VR tech like Occulus and Morpheus. There's also no sweet spot, so you can view it at multiple angles.

This essentially can take any normal TV and make it a 3D TV. Johnny Lee's video is the best way to see it in action. Combine this tech with touchable holograms (which are possible, and have been done), and you have some amazing potential (Senran Kagura Burst, anyone?). Could be really immersive in Zelda or even Metroid. Oh, and Pokemon Snap with this tech would be godly.



IceClimbers commented on Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014 - Sum...:

Smash Bros for sure, which will be a Christmas list game. I want Bayonetta 2 really bad, but Smash 3DS and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire are getting in the way, as well as a Disneyland trip next year. Otherwise Bayo2 would be a day one purchase. Same goes for Project CARS.

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire might have to be a Christmas list game as well, because I'd choose Smash 3DS over it to buy on day one. If I put Smash 3DS on my Christmas list, then I'd end up getting it over Smash Wii U, cause it's the cheaper game and they will think it's the exact same game. Gonna be weird not getting a Pokemon game on launch day though.