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Wed 26th December, 2012

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Peach64 commented on Zombi Reveal Trailer Suggests That Wii U Gamer...:

I don't think anyone was expecting anything other than a straight port. There was nothing about the gamepad features I'd miss, so wouldn't think of this as inferior in any way, but it wasn't a very good game then so it's not going to be a very good game now.

They're just trying to recoup money from it. It probably cost them $30 million or more to make so half a million sales isn't enough to profit. The port probably only cost a couple of million however so they'd only need to sell a small fraction of thar to start turning profit on it. If they could sell another million copies across PS4, Xbone and PC it would probably cover the loss on the Wii U version.



Peach64 commented on Team17 Is Publishing Yooka-Laylee And Wants To...:

Great to hear they've got people in to concentrate on the publishing side so Playtonic can focus on development. I'll be honest I don't know much about Team 17 as a publisher. Obviously I know them as a great developer, but their wiki entry doesn't mention them moving into publishing.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Is Planning Its Own Loot Crate-Style ...:

We have no idea how much Nintendo UK is involved with this, just like we have no idea how much they're involved with the Nintendo UK store. This sounds like it's a promotion that's being run by the store, which is in turn run by Zavvi, so it's not Nintendo themselves. For that reason, it's probably not going to be used as a test for other regions, and you can't really blame NoA for not getting involved.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Is Planning Its Own Loot Crate-Style ...:

I've never been a fan of these boxes, as I'm not really one for clutter, but even I'd be tempted to try out a Nintendo one. Unfortunately the Z-Boxes haven't been well received, and it's the same people that would be putting these together. Hopefully it's not just an excuse to get rid of all those cleaning cloths and keyrings they have left over from Club Nintendo.



Peach64 commented on Muramasa: The Demon Blade And Trauma Team Hitt...:

Honestly Trauma Team coming out in Europe would jump up to probably 3rd on my most anticipated Wii U games for the year. I'm not too hopeful though. They still need to pay for classification for a digital release I think?

@Mogster Trauma Team never came out in Europe :(



Peach64 commented on Wii U Squeezes Past 10 Million Lifetime Sales ...:

@Takerkaneanite6 Sorry, was talking financial quarters. So Q1 is Apr-Jun, Q2 is Jul-Sep, Q3 is Oct-Dec (and the big one, where the major releases come, and often surpasses the other 3 Quarters combined in terms of sales figures and money made), Q4 is Jan-Mar.

@zyph The Japanese figures are reported every week. It's sold just over 100,000 copies over there. Splatoon has done 430,000 copies, but it's still selling. Xenoblade has dropped out of the top 50 chart which means it's doing under 1000 a week now.



Peach64 commented on Wii U Squeezes Past 10 Million Lifetime Sales ...:

I said at the start of last year I thought 2014 was going to be the peak of Wii U sales and I can't see that changing now. The Q1 figures are down 8% compared to last year, and I'd be surprised if Q3 matches last year as there won't be Smash Bros this year. Still, a decent price cut towards the end of the year could still see them top 2014's figures. It's not exactly a big target!



Peach64 commented on Dragon Quest XI Is Coming To The Nintendo 3DS:

Ugh, I said I'd be happy whatever platform it was on, but not a fan of splitting it between two drastically different machines. The 3DS version will seriously limit the potential of the PS4 game, but I won't want to play on a handheld while knowing there's a console version.

Really happy to hear Level 5 is involved. About time they got back to work on a game that wasn't based around a kids anime show!



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Download: 30th July (Europe):

@brandonbwii Well usually for me the VC releases are all that's worth buying. Pretty much every good indie game that comes out on Wii U already came out another format months or years ago. Badlands is great but it came out on IOS over two years ago, and even the GOTY release here came out on all other consoles two months ago.



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated ...:

One thing I've never got with the Nintendo Defence Force arguments is that people say that late ports obviously won't sell because those that wanted the game would have bought it on the other platforms where it came out earlier. So you're saying the vast majority of people that would buy the game have another console anyway. So what incentive is there for the publishers to put their game on the Wii U? They're not missing out on any sales going by this argument because all the people that would buy it have another system.



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: Wii U Gamers Have Been Treated ...:

Ugh. It's not the responsibility of third parties, or retailers to keep Wii U fans happy. Those are all businesses who exist to make money. Nintendo are also a business that exist to make money.

This can mostly be pinned on Nintendo needlessly making the console tough to port to. What advantage did that bring them exactly? It's a throw back to Yamauchi making the N64 hard to port to, thinking everyone would want to make games for it, and thus make porting the games to the Playstation impossible.

If third party games had sold well enough at the start to make money, third parties would have gone through the extra difficulty to keep the ports coming. That's their motivation after all. If there's money in a project, they'll do it. However, they sold very badly indeed. People will say all we got is ports, but we got at least one 3rd party exclusive in Zombi U and that sold poorly too. The PS4 just got the same multi platform ports, but the difference is they sold well, so the third parties added more and more support for that machine.



Peach64 commented on Players Reached Splatoon's Level Cap So Fast T...:

I find it surprising they feel that way, with how they set up Splatfest. I probably played more Splatoon in that 24 hour period to reach the max Splatfest rank than any other 24 hour period, even at launch. Surely they expected people would want to hit the max rank, so they can't then turn around and say oh we only expect people to play three or four games a day.

It took me about 5 weeks, with the final 4 levels all coming during that Splatfest day, and I'll be honest, I've barely touched the game since. Without the drive of ranking up to unlock more gear, I don't feel too compelled to play apart from new map days. I'm eagerly anticipating a rising of the cap and some more wearable gear for each new level.



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: Assessing the Odds of Super Mar...:

I'd love to be wrong, but I can see it being another case of huge software sales but very little bump to hardware numbers. With a 2D and (sort of) 3D Mario on the system, you'd think the Mario fans would already own a Wii U. It's the new stuff like Splatoon that will have the better chance to push hardware, over the established IP. The people that want those typical Nintendo games already bought in, they have to go after other types of people now.



Peach64 commented on Exclusive: Project CARS "Simply Too Much For W...:

@hopfolla It was not done through Kickstarter, but their own crowndfunding platform. Also, the only people that funded it were PC players. Only after it was fully funded did they announce any console versions. Backers paid for PC copies knowingly and have received PC copies.



Peach64 commented on Industry Analysts Speculate On Nintendo's Futu...:

If this was six months ago I'd have days they'd definitely appoint from within, but I'm not sure anymore. At the end of the day, they're looking for someone to run a business, so I don't think it will be Miyamoto. It wouldn't surprise me if they bring in an external candidate that's used to operating in several different industries at once, or someone involved at a big Japanese mobile publisher. Really it's nearly impossible for us to speculate on as we don't get to see the business acumen of individuals from Nintendo management is any way.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Download: 23rd July (Europe):

Nothing for me. I'm a big fan of the 3D classics if the game is otherwise hard to get a copy of like Outrun and Afterburner, but those Streets of Rage games are on everything at this point.



Peach64 commented on Tomonobu Itagaki Explains Why the Pro Controll...:

He pretty much summed up how I feel about the gamepad. Off-screen play is great, but I'll use the Pro Controller if I can. It's the best controller Nintendo have ever created. Analog triggers, improved rumble and Xbone's trigger rumble and it would be the best controller anyone has ever made.



Peach64 commented on Splatoon Splats Top 10 NPD Position in June as...:

Great to see Splatoon holding strong. It completely deserves the success and we can only hope it encourages more new Nintendo IP. Hardware is a bit of a disaster though!

PS4: 365k
Xbone: 297k
Wii U: 60k

Wii U has sold 4 million units in the US in 32 months. By comparison the Dreamcast had sold 4.28 million in the US when it was discontinued 18 months after launch.

It's also selling less in 2015 than it did in 2014 in every region, which Nintendo are cleverly masking by taking about the improvement in combined console and handheld sales. If people really think Nintendo will ride this out til 2017... and no, it's not making them money. Nintendo as a whole are making a small profit. 3DS and amiibo are doing decently, but something is bringing the overall profit down and it can only be the Wii U. Roll on the NX and a fresh start!



Peach64 commented on MEGABytes to Blend a Cafe and Arcade Together ...:

There was a place very similar to this around me about two years ago but they only last a few months before going out of business. It was pretty hard for them to keep the money coming in. It's sort of a niche crowd you're going for, and a lot of people just wanted to go play games and wouldn't buy too much food or drink. Really hope this one does better!



Peach64 commented on Obituary: Satoru Iwata:

While not everyone will have enjoyed the change in direction Nintendo made under his leadership, nobody can refute how huge the impact of the DS and the Wii had. They changed gaming forever.

He was far, far too young, but he can be incredibly proud of his achievements. RIP, Iwata.



Peach64 commented on Poll: What Do You Want From Nintendo's NX Plat...:

What I'd love is a console and handheld that play the same games. Wii U powerful enough for me, and you can make a handheld that is capable of playing those games. I'd want to pay once for those games and have them available on both devices (which would be sold separately). I also want my VC titles to carry over at no ext a cost.

I don't really care about third parties on a purely personal level as I'll buy other machines. I don't mind mobile games, but I don't like how Nintendo have been making a lot of their longterm franchises very casual in the last few years. I'd love them to go back to make games for the longterm Nintendo fan.

Unfortunately just about the only part of this I can see happening is the two devices playing the same games.



Peach64 commented on Devil's Third Will Be Released In North Americ...:

Will people still be angry at Nintendo of America is this game ends up with 5 and 6 out of 10 reviews? People will argue that it should be their right to decide and not NoA's, but it's also NoA's right not to spend money on a rubbish game. You might not want to believe it, but NoA's goal is not to make you happy, it's to make money.



Peach64 commented on Say Hello To What Could Be The Most Obscure Pi...:

Yamauchi kept on with those kinds of practices way into video games too, and then Minoru Arakawa ended up doing the same to please/emulate him. They came up with Nintendo Power as they couldn't guarantee their games would be the best out there, but with their own magazine they could promote theirs as being the best AND get paid monthly for it. The Nintendo helplines would keep kids talking for longer to earn more money off each call, and would extend them by doing on the spot market research. These days people freak out about companies like google storing data on your interests but Nintendo were doing it 30 years ago! That's before you get into all the bullying of publishers. You don't get to be as big as they were in the 80s by being nice.



Peach64 commented on Rumour: Nintendo Isn't Bringing Devil's Third ...:

@BLPs Seriously? They can't name their source because they still work at NoA. Not only would the source get in some seriously trouble and probably fired, but it would also be the last time anyone would ever tell Unseen64 any insider info. What insiders do you know that actually name their sources?



Peach64 commented on Rumour: Nintendo Isn't Bringing Devil's Third ...:

I've been saying this was most likely the case since E3. The game looks awful. The gameplay looks like an early PS2 game and the graphics not much better. I said NoA had probably dropped it for these reasons in the comments of the Talking Point article on the game two weeks ago.



Peach64 commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Strategy Needs to be Glo...:

I don't think them being very Japanese is the problem. It's how arrogant they are. They purposefully made the N64 difficult to produce games for, because they thought everyone would struggle along simply because Nintendo was the place to be. Again with the Wii U they've made it different for no real reason. People say they like that the Wii U is different, but I'm not talking about the library. They could have programmed every single one of their current Wii U games on PS3/360 like hardware. Instead they made the process of porting titles from those systems a pain in the butt, and why? What advantage have they got from it?

I can't remember Nintendo ever fixing their mistakes. They've surely tried something different, like going from a company that focused on power in the Cube and previous days, to cheap and cheerful with the Wii onwards, but was that what their fans wanted? It's very different to the transformation Sony went through last gen and MS this gen. Both those companies have gone back and done what the fans asked for. Nintendo are too stubborn to do the same.

I'm sure there's plenty of people in Japan pointing out the same 'common sense' fixes that people in the West are, but the decision makers at Nintendo want to do things their way. It would be great if their way was always the best, but I think we've seen that it's not always the case.



Peach64 commented on DeNA Executive Confirms Plans For Five Nintend...:

I'm sure we'll see the Pokemon, Animal Crossing and Mario IPs used pretty early. I think Nintendo were also very clever with their wording. They said they won't do direct ports, but I still think we'll see ports with control schemes altered for touch-only controls.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Enjoys Success in the Game Critics E3...:

There's not really many mobile games at E3 to compete with the 3DS. It's crazy to accuse the bafta nominations a farce when those games got a higher meracritic score than any 2014 3DS games. Sure, metacritic is not the definitive authority but it shows in general those mobile games were more highly regarded than the 3DS games. Hardly a surprise when they then got nominated ahead of 3DS games.



Peach64 commented on Sega Sorry That It "Betrayed" Fans, Hopes To W...:

Great to hear a higher up admitting their failings like this (Although admittedly they're still doing great on PC and mobile). Honestly, I'd love to see Sega get on the HD/Digital re-release bandwagon. I know a lot of people get frustrated by them, but there are SO many great Sega games that are very hard to play these days, either due to the games being rare or the hardware being rare and/or hard to hook up to modern TVs.



Peach64 commented on ​Early Adopters of Xeodrifter Actually May N...:

Some people still insist the Wii U already has a proper account system, but stuff like this just shows it's not true. I'm sure they'll get it right with NX, but will we still have to rebuy our pre-NX digital purchases?



Peach64 commented on The Square Enix Teases for Dragon Quest 3DS Lo...:

DQ7 has never been released in the UK so I want that so bad. I have DQ8 on PS2 and IOS but I'd still buy it again to support the series on 3DS. All we need is VC releases of the GBC 1-3 games and the entire series would be playable on 3DS.



Peach64 commented on Poll: Does Nintendo's Drive Towards Multiplaye...:

Not for me. Don't get me wrong, I love multiplayer Nintendo games, from the original Mario Kart to Splatoon, but when I think back to my favourite Nintendo games, it's mainly engrossing single player experiences. Mario 64 and the Galaxy games, even Sunshine, all the 3D Zelda games, the Metroid Prime trilogy and so on. I don't want to see EVERYTHING become multiplayer. I really enjoy Super Mario 3D World, but it just doesn't feel as substantial as it's single player predecessors. I've played other games like Gears of War or Halo that can make the entire campaign co-op, without making it all feel toned down in the same way 3D World, Federation Force and Tri-Force Heroes look.

Like with many things these days, Nintendo have changed their opinion on something and are pretending that's always how they've done it. Miyamoto in particular is coming out with some very insulting comments towards people that enjoy single players, despite these games being what they built themselves upon.



Peach64 commented on Project H.A.M.M.E.R. Exposé Reveals Torrid St...:

This sounds like a pretty sad and unfortunate situation. While NST might not have been responsible for any games that were particularly amazing, they did put out some solid titles, and Nintendo sure could use the extra studios right now.

Unseen64's Liam Robertson has also made some pretty interesting claims today about NX that makes it sound even more like NX is going to be some kind of android box type deal than a traditional console. He's certainly got enough stuff right to show he definitely has insider sources.



Peach64 commented on Zero Escape Volume 3 Will Tell a New Tale on 3...:

What a great few weeks for announcements that many of us thought would never come! I'll probably get this on the Vita though. I picked up VLR on there due to the save bug on 3DS and it was gorgeous on the OLED screen.

Now the nervy wait for European news. It sounds like its digital only on both platforms in Japan and NA so no way to import the 3DS game anyway, and if have to buy a second memory card to assign to the U.S. region on my Vita.



Peach64 commented on Feature: What If The SNES PlayStation Had Actu...:

It doesn't matter how unfavourable the term, Nintendo did not deal with it professionally at all. In negotiations, both sides will wants what is best for themselves. You can't agree to their demands, let them proceed with plans only to publicly announce you're turning your back on them. They should have kept negotiating until they were happy, or at least pulled out of them.

I think the games industry would be worse if this had gone ahead. Sony's introduction led to a huge widening of the gamer demographics, and a bunch of brand new IP, drastically different to anything that had come before it. It also showed that newcomers could come into the market and have success, paving the way for Microsoft to come in and bring even more to the market. Had all this gone to the original plan, you'd have just continued to have one machine, the Nintendo one, dominate, and games would be far less diverse than the three companies we have today.