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Tue 15th October, 2013

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justinluey commented on Cross-Buy is Now a Thing on Nintendo Platforms:

@Intrepid I agree. I really like Nintendo Life, but this isn't the first time they've used misleading titles or images to get clicks.

I understand that sites need to make money, but in the long run, great content is more profitable than cheap tricks.

I hope @Dazza responds. It would be nice to know why he chose the title or if there is an editor that made the decision.



justinluey commented on Awesome New Hyrule Warriors Trailers Show Link...:

I've never played a Warriors game and I don't really like 'hack and slash' games, but the addition of Zelda piqued my interest. Now that I've read the recent interviews and seen the gameplay, I'm sold.

I think it's a no lose situation for hardcore Zelda fans. If the game is mediocre, it will be worth the price just to spend a few hours playing with these beloved characters and having another Zelda game to add to the shelf.

If the game is great, and has the added depth that the developers are promising, than it's a really nice bonus.



justinluey commented on Nintendo Download: 26th June (Europe):

Boxing and Baseball were the sports I was least interested in, but the added gamepad support for Baseball and the "two for $10" price model makes it a no brainer. It also makes the retail game the same price as the digital, so the early adopters won't feel ripped off.



justinluey commented on Nintendo Announces The GameCube Controller Ada...:

This is fantastic news. I'd buy one just for Smash Bros., but I hope this is a sign that Nintendo is about to get its act together when it comes to the Virtual Console. The first step is to get all the games supported on the Wii into the eShop.

(Can anyone explain why Nintendo 64 aren't available on the eShop?)

The next step is to make even more games available from even more systems. I hope the Wii U is capable of emulating GameCube games, but if not, every other system should be available.

The final step is to release a $99 - $149 streaming box that would compete with Apple TV, Roku, Google, etc. This Nintendo streaming box could offer video services (Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, etc.) with the current Wii U channel interface, but also offer all the classic systems as channels. If Nintendo is really smart, they will allow people to either buy games or pay a subscription fee to rent the games.

They could make more money by selling extra controllers. The base system would come with a multipurpose controller like the Wii Classic controller, but they could sell wireless NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, and GameCube controllers.

This would be the "best of both worlds" for Nintendo. They would be fully embracing digital, but still selling hardware.



justinluey commented on Nintendo Confirms Tomodachi Life: Welcome Vers...:

Nintendo and other developers need to learn from Bravely Default's demo. It was a standalone experience that actually encouraged you to play the complete demo and rewarded you for buying the full game.

Tomodachi Life would have been perfect for this approach. Nintendo should have let everyone populate their island with Miis and get settled into their "new life" for free, and then provide the option to transfer all the info into the full game.



justinluey commented on PDP Confirms the GameCube-Inspired Wired Fight...:

The author was pretty clear that the image included with the article isn't the new Gamecube inspired controller, but it was still a poor choice of images, and it should have been obvious that it would lead to confusion.

This is the problem with sites that slavishly adhere to the "blogging 101" rule that every post has to have an image. I understand that this is a business, and typically blog posts with images get more clicks, but that doesn't make it okay to include misleading or irrelevant images.

The author could have (and should) have waited for PDP to supply a mockup, or commissioned a mockup, or used a placeholder graphic that stated the design is pending.



justinluey commented on North American Wii U Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Set B...:

This is a very good bundle, and will definitely attract former Nintendo owners, who decided against or weren't aware of the Wii U. The price is good, and even better with the downloadable free game. They better make sure they have stickers on the box or something in store to make sure people know they are getting a second game.



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

@gatorboi352 You are either exaggerating or live in a parallel universe. Trade/Industry shows are on the decline, because more and more companies are choosing to interact with customers and press directly.

And E3 is not covered by the mainstream media in any meaningful way. If a national or local "nightly news" broadcast covers E3, it is a 30-second package with: a shot of people standing in line, a sound bite from an executive, and 10 seconds of footage from the latest uncanny valley game.



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

@ikki5 I agree that these different approaches are not mutually exclusive, and Nintendo should always consider both. I also agree that creating a spectacle (excitement) in front of live people has benefits, but I think you (and others) are exaggerating those benefits.

Nintendo is a company that is still making some great products (their games) and some good products (their hardware), but are struggling to market them.

Nintendo fans are a pretty loyal bunch, so they aren't a big problem. And Nintendo products are mostly lost on the "hardcore" gamer who only plays the latest first-person-shooter. Nintendo has to market to a wider audience so they can sell some games, and convert a small percentage of those people into loyal fans.

As far as "sales people" go, we'll have to agree to disagree. I can't remember a single time that a sales person conveyed "excitement" or "dedication". I usually avoid them altogether. I research products online, consider opinions of people who actually use the product, and buy it somewhere that I can avoid "sales people" (no offense to any sales people reading, it's just not my thing).



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

@ikki5 I appreciate your response and respect your opinion, but I'm not sure that was ever true, and if it was, that time is over. Connecting with your audience (fans) directly online is a viable, if not preferable way to demonstrate your excitement about a product.

Kickstarter is a great example of this. The Pebble smart watch is more successful than any of the products from the "traditional" companies that held "press conferences" to announce their new device. The Pono player wouldn't even be on the radar if it was announced at a show like CES.

Nintendo doesn't have to choose between a "traditional" event and the "direct" approach, but if they are going to, I much prefer the latter. I've been enjoying the steady stream of updates from Masahiro Sakurai about Smash Bros., and I think it's more effective than him talking (through a translator) on stage for 10 minutes.



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

I find it interesting that so many people prefer a traditional press event, but no one can articulate why. If the announcements are great, the format shouldn't matter.

Look at Apple, they stopped attending all trade shows, and now every announcement is headline news.

The Nintendo Direct videos are more polished and have been very entertaining, and they appeal to a wider audience.



justinluey commented on Rumour: Mario Golf: World Tour To Offer Additi...:

@takemeunder Why does DLC for a Mario sports game upset you? If the game is good, how can additional content be bad?

I'm all for Nintendo doing DLC, because they don't water down or hold back from the original release.

I loved getting the free extra courses for Wii Sports Club, and will gladly pay for more courses.



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

This is a decent launch for Gameboy Advance games on the "Virtual Console", the line-up is good and the price is acceptable.

It will be interesting to see how these games look on the Gamepad, and if Nintendo adds any extra features.

If Nintendo is smart, they will eventually release these games on the 3DS, and allow people to "buy once, play anywhere". Then they would have a hit on their hands.



justinluey commented on Shenmue 3 Could Happen Via A Kickstarter Campa...:

I haven't backed a game yet, but I would absolutely back this one.

Raising 70 million would be impossible, but if it was setup like Veronica Mars, where the Kickstarter was used to gauge and then build interest for Warner Bros., then it could work.

They should also be re-releasing the first two games on every platform.



justinluey commented on Review: Yoshi's New Island (3DS):


I agree that the original is the best by a wide margin, but I still enjoyed the other games. All the Star Wars films pale in comparison to 'The Empire Strikes Back', but I still enjoy watching the others.

My only point was: if you have enjoyed the series in the past, you're probably going to enjoy this one too.



justinluey commented on Review: Yoshi's New Island (3DS):

I'd be very skeptical of this review, especially if you are a fan of the series. The Verge and Ars Technica both gave it excellent reviews. In fact, of the dozen or so reviews I've read only one other review had a score this low.

If you've enjoyed this series in the past, you should give it a shot. If you're the type of person who has to read good reviews before buying, at least read a review that considers the nature of the game and Nintendo's intentions. The Ars Technica review is a good example, it also helps that the reviewer is a huge fan of the original.

The "Yoshi's Island" franchise is different from Mario platformers, and should be reviewed accordingly. It sounds like if you enjoyed the past games, like the gameplay mechanics (shooting eggs and fluttering), and want to explore every nook and cranny of each level, you'll really enjoy this game too.

For me, this series is review-proof. Like everyone else. I loved the original, but I also thoroughly enjoyed Yoshi's Story and Yoshi's Island DS. And both of these had a significant number of bad reviews, especially Yoshi's Story. I play Mario platformers for the time limit and the high level of skill needed to survive the course. I play Yoshi's Island to explore the levels, and try for the perfect score. Two totally different games.



justinluey commented on Updated Zelda and Animal Crossing 3DS Card Cas...:

I received my Zelda version today and the quality is excellent. Both the case and cover art are much higher quality than the ones you get when you buy a game.

Is there anywhere online to buy a similar case, so we can use the extra covers.



justinluey commented on Wii Sports Club: Golf Swings Onto the Wii U eShop:

I've still been playing Wii Sports (and Resort) golf. This new version is fantastic and worth every penny of the $9.99. The graphics look good, the new course layout is insane, and the Wii U gamepad adds a whole new dimension and depth to the gameplay. I will be sinking an insane amount of hours into this game.

Wii Sports Club Golf is so good it could sell systems. Nintendo needs to get this collection on disc soon, and promote the hell of the download codes at retail.



justinluey commented on Nintendo Download: 5th December (North America):

I hope other companies (including Nintendo) learn a few things from Sega when it comes to re-releasing old games. Sonic looks great, the 3D effect enhances the game, and the new features are great.

I'd still like to see re-releases treated more like a special edition DVDs. Give us things like:

  • original boxart
  • original instruction booklet
  • history of the development and launch of the game, interviews, etc


justinluey commented on Wii U Console Sales Climb in Japan as 3DS XL M...:

@ted-k You're not alone. Check any "deals" forum, and they are filled with people who suddenly decided to buy it, because of that price point. You'll also notice that no one regrets the purchase.

The only mistake Nintendo made with these new bundles is they should have included a Nintendo Land download, and possibly another game. This would have added more value, while costing them almost nothing.



justinluey commented on Wii U Console Sales Climb in Japan as 3DS XL M...:

Nintendo just has to keep getting this system in front of people, because people who have it, love it. There have been some incredible Wii U prices lately in Canada, so people are starting to buy it. Even people who aren't typically Nintendo fans or had previously written the system off, are surprised how much they are enjoying it.

The PS4 and Xbox One got all the hype this month, but neither have a game as good as Mario 3D World.



justinluey commented on Video: Nintendo Teases Footage Of Wii Sports C...:

Bowling and Tennis are great, but Golf is the sport I want most. Has Nintendo hinted at a time frame for the other games?

Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort Golf didn't have all the features of a game like Tiger Woods, but it has the best gameplay of any golf game I've played. I still play it after all this time.



justinluey commented on Nintendo Land Has Been Removed From the North ...:

The new North American Wii U bundles are pretty good, and will help sales, but Nintendo should have included Nintendo Land as well. Including 2 or 3 games would do wonders for the perceived value, and I doubt they will be selling many more copies.



justinluey commented on Video: This Is Why CoD: Ghosts Is Best on Wii U:

I'm glad to see this thread. I love the Wiimote pointer controls for first person shooters. I think the graphics and lack of online play are what held FPS games back on Wii. With Wii U, they aren't an issue. If Wii U players could play with PS3 owners, I think these games would sell a lot better.

I had zero interest in Ghosts, because I assumed it wouldn't support the Wiimote, now I'll probably get it.



justinluey commented on Talking Point: Regional Online Multiplayer Mis...:

Wow, tough crowd. I've only been playing Tennis for about an hour, and I'm impressed how well the game plays online. I had no problem finding games and it only lagged a couple times. The graphics are an improvement and everything they need to be for this type of game.

The MotionPlus support does add some depth to the game.

I spent hundreds of hours playing the original Wii Sports, and will enjoy this too. A bargain at $10.