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Wed 26th December, 2012

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Peach64 commented on Feature: Dreaming of a Nintendo Christmas - To...:

I love gaming at Christmas. So many good memories of Nintendo games too. Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, Metroid Prime, Mario Galaxy. This year it will be Captain Toad, which I wasn't expecting just a few days ago.



Peach64 commented on Miyamoto: We Are Working On Ideas For The Next...:

No surprise they're working on new hardware as that's a constant thing, but it's disappointing to hear the comment about the next Mario game. 3D World is a great game, but it's gameplay is closer to a 2D game. I remember around the time of it's release, Nintendo said there would be another 3D Mario to come on Wii U, but guess not. It's weird how Mario is truly great every other gen (N64 and Wii), with a good, but slightly below standard game between (Cube and Wii U).



Peach64 commented on UK Retailer GAME Is Selling Captain Toad: Trea...:

MCV are now reporting it's all official. The Game's UK release date has been changed to Monday.

"MCV has been told that all UK online retailers have now been given the nod to begin shipping Captain Toad as they see fit, ahead of the new UK launch date of Monday December 21st".



Peach64 commented on UK Retail Survey Highlights the Challenges Fac...:

This is just adding to the myth that it's struggling more in the UK than the US. In the US, Nintendo puts out press releases saying hardware is up over last month, or up over last year. I can guarantee that in the UK, Wii U sold more in November than October, and more in December than November. I'm also pretty certain it's sold more in 2014 than 2013. So exactly the same stats NOA puts out, but Nintendo UK doesn't bother with the press releases.

The fact is, despite increases over last month/year it's selling terrible numbers in both territories. It was outsold over 5 to 1 by the 'struggling' Xbone in November in the US. 1.25 million to 245,000. That's a huge, huge gap. I'm not sure the Wii U has even sold 1.25 million all year in the US, but Nintendo puts a bit of spin in a press release about percentage increases and it apparently fools people into thinking things are not as bad? It's still behind where the Gamecube and the Dreamcast were after 2 years in the States. Doesn't sound too positive to me.

I keep hearing US posters calling the UK Sony land, or Microsoft land... but why? PS1 was the top selling console in the UK for that gen... just like the US (and Japan). PS2 was the top selling console in the UK for that gen... just like the US (and Japan). 360 was the top selling console in the UK for that gen... just like the US. People complain about FIFA selling well, but FIFA is a very well reviewed game, a lot better reviewed than Madden which the US buys up in it's place. Sports games dominate the US charts far more in fact. Last year's top 10 selling games in the US included Madden, FIFA and one of the basketball games.



Peach64 commented on UK Retailer GAME Is Selling Captain Toad: Trea...:

@MrGawain As Damo said, this is being allowed by Nintendo. Probably as amiibo were since Nintendo themselves sent out all Wave 2 orders over a week early.

It's not been available on Amazon for about a month. They dropped the price to £25, probably took a ton of orders and then took it down just incase they didn't get enough stock to cover them.



Peach64 commented on Rumour: UK Retailer GAME Is Shipping Captain T...:

I posted about this on the forum yesterday. I don't think Game would break street date. People say they did for amiibo, but Nintendo themselves sent out those amiibo early too, so I'm guessing Game got some sort of official go ahead. Some people are saying this is a Game exclusive soft launch, with permission from Nintendo.



Peach64 commented on Feature: Time to Vote For Your Game of the Yea...:

Wow, seeing the 3DS list really makes it hit home how much of a drop 2014 was compared to 2013 for that console. Bravely Default was easily my favourite on that list, but it actually came out here in the UK last year, so my vote went to Pokemon. I think it speaks volume that Fantasy Life and Sonic Boom are even a nomination. Bayonetta 2 for Wii U and Overall by a huge margin for me. Guacamelee and Shovel Knight for the two eShop awards.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Titles Struggle to Make an Impact in ...:

And again, let's compare Wii U titles that have made the UK and North American top 10.

Games that reached top 10 in both markets:

Mario Kart 8
Tropical Freeze

Games that reached top in North America only:

Smash Bros

Games that reachrd the top 10 in the UK only:

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Pikmin 3
Wind Waker HD
Hyrule Warriors

So many people dismissing the UK has being a Sony stronghold and therefore impossible for Nintendo to do well in. Last gen, PS3 was dead last in the UK. The Wii was the highest seller, only recently replaced by the 360 (just like it has in North America). MK Wii the best selling console game of all time until last week where it got replaced by GTA V, a game with a vastly higher mwtacritic before anyone tries to use that as an example of poor taste.

The UK market has shown over the years it has blind loyalty to nobody. Pretty much whatever is decided by General consensus to be the best choice (PS1, PS2, 360 etc) is the one that sells the most in the UK.

We just got NPDs where the Xbone outsold the Wii U by over 5 to 1, but why do so many people still think the Wii U is doing okay over there? Is it because we only see the charts once a month as opposed to weekly with the UK charts?



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Titles Struggle to Make an Impact in ...:

France is a big market for Nintendo but overall none of the European countries come closer to the UK market despite a lot of them being significantly more populated.

I'm surprised by how quick Pokemon has slipped as it usually has great legs. It's like Nintendo's market is really shifting to the crowd that buy on day 1. It's no surprise with smaller userbases made up of more dedicated fans than past Nintendo systems.



Peach64 commented on Sony Pictures Is In Negotiations With Nintendo...:

I know people might be baffled that it's Sony pictures, but this could be so good for Nintendo. Just look at the ridiculous levels of merchandise that have formed around movies like Frozen, Despicable Me and Cars. This could be the spark for the next boom period for Nintendo.



Peach64 commented on Super Smash Bros. Grabs Third Place in NPD Cha...:

So... Smash pretty much matched MK8 in that it sold a load of software but barely had any impact on hardware :( November and December were make or break months for Wii U, and this isn't a good start. 245k sold compared to 225k last November. If MK and Smash don't pull in the crowds I'm not sure what will. Splatoon maybe? We know Zelda, Xenoblade and Starfox don't have a history of causing big hardware spikes no matter how great they are. At this rate they'll just scrape 500k in December.



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: What's Next For amiibo?:

I've not used my amiibo for any games yet, but really like them as figures. I'd probably be interested if they could nail a good Skylanders type game. Maybe some kind of vastly expanded Tomodachi Life for Wii U that you can bring Nintendo characters into. It would have to be way deeper than the 3DS game though, not like when they just make the console game nearly identical to the handheld games with Animal Crossing.



Peach64 commented on Demand For amiibo Continues As Pre-Orders For ...:

I've got Zelda, Captain Falcon and Pit pre-ordered from Amazon in wave 2 and Rosalina and Bowser for wave 3.

Nintendo need to come out with a crystal clear statement about wether or not any of the amiibo have ceased production. Some poor people are spending far too much because they don't know if this is all there is.



Peach64 commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64:

I've never been able to make a solid decision on wether the N64 or the Cube was my favourite Nintendo console. I think maybe the 64 just edges it for having Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time, both in my top 20 games of all time. It's certainly the Nintendo console that saw the best of Rare. Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Banjo Kazooie and Tooie, Conker's Bad Fur Day and Diddy Kong Racing are all top quality games, and Donkey Kong 64 is pretty decent too. Star Fox 64 and Paper Mario are in the top tier too.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Maintains Its Vague Rhetoric on amiib...:

@Josoob Amazon put the first wave up for pre-order at £10. There's a website called Flubit, where you can submit any item on Amazon, and they'll offer it to you for around 10% less. They're not the quickest with delivery, but if you don't mind waiting a few days extra, it's a great website.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Maintains Its Vague Rhetoric on amiib...:

I cannot believe some of the prices people are paying. Okay, at this point Marth, Villager and Wii Fit Trainer might not be getting restocked, but people are paying twice the RRP for figures like Kirby and Pikachu which I'm sure will be getting plenty of restocks. I've paid £9 for all mine so far (£2 under RRP) so very happy to wait for stuff to come back in stock.



Peach64 commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Sold to Over Ten P...:

I was expecting a tiny bit higher. MK8 did 350k in its first week and the userbase is a little higher now, but certainly far from a disappointment. Console increase is the same as MK8, but... it's so december now, and console sales go up in December by huge margins. Wii U did 45k the same week last year, and that was without any new releases so I imagine Nintendo would be quite disappointed with that hardware number.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Celebrates Landmark of Record Sales S...:

It's certainly impressive, and with another Yokai Watch game out this weekend I'm sure there will be another million seller this time next week. I don't think you can say 3DS sales have slowed down just because everyone already has one however. Until it's the top selling piece of hardware of all time, you can't really say there's nobody left to buy them.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Dismisses Rumours That The GameCube C...:

Well let's hope this is true. There's so much confusion around the status of the amiibos. One day they confirm none have been discontinued, and then the next they confirm some won't be restocked at all after the first shipment is gone.



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: The Time Is Right For A Nintend...:

I think it would be a huge flop. People don't buy phones because of the games available on them. The buy the phone and then just play the games that are available. Phones aren't like consoles either, people don't really get multiple ones, and I don't think many would swap their iphone or Samsung for a Nintendo device. That seemingly ever-shrinking Nintendo hardcore would be the only really audience for this, and even then, you have to figure a big chunk will just decide the other companies make better phones and will be happy to just play Nintendo games on their consoles.

There definitely are a lot of people out there that would buy Nintendo games on a mobile, but that's a very different thing to buying a mobile to play Nintendo games.

And come on, look how hard Nintendo make it to communicate online! They shut down that 3DS software that let you send messages... so how will they handle text messages? People could send aggresive text, obscene photos...



Peach64 commented on Rumour: Villager, Marth & Wii Fit Trainer amii...:

I don't think there's been any restocking yet. They've had the North American, European and Japanese launches a week apart, so they've probably shipped batches to each region, and not got around to restocking any yet. I was speaking to a couple of the guys working in GAME today and they said they only got 3 of each amiibo, so didn't even bother making a display.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Reveals New Wii U Footage and Details...:

Not sure how I feel about Star Fox coming out first. That's probably my most anticipated game but at E3 it was barely a tech demo, using a mixture of assets and code from a cancelled wii game and Star Fox 64. It seems an awfully short development cycle which makes me wonder if it will just be another on rails arcade shooter that takes 40 minutes to beat.

Zelda looks great though. 2015 should be Wii U's best year for games in a personal note but I think 2014 will be its sales peak.



Peach64 commented on Feature: Five Reasons To Choose Nintendo 3DS T...:

It's games again! While it's kind of hard to suggest to anyone to go out and buy one now, knowing the new machines are just around the corner, the 3DS is a must have console. Super Mario 3D Land, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and A Link Between Worlds are titles every gamer should play.



Peach64 commented on Latest Sales Data For Pokémon Omega Ruby & Al...:

The average age of gamers is going to continue rising for a while. Back in the 80s it was mostly kids, but by the 90s those kids were now teens and new kids had joined in and so on. I've been reading news stories for the last 15 years or more about the average age of gamers and it always comes out as a few years ahead of me.



Peach64 commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Facing Potential E...:

Wow, that sounds like a bad one. And so soon to Christmas too. Almost no chance of getting your system back in time, and thanks to their unique account system, you can't just go buy one of those cheap 8GB systems and re-download anything by simply entering a username and password.

I think I'll avoid playing this for now.



Peach64 commented on Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Enjoy Biggest UK P...:

@thesilverbrick Will that 500k be enough to make it a top 10 title in November's NPD? Probably not. Bayonetta was 7th in its first UK chart, but outside the top 10 in North America. Hyrule Warriors was 3rd in its first UK chart, but outside the top 10 in North America. In the Wii U's life it's only had 2 titles appear in the North American top 10 from NPD, Tropical Freeze being 9th and MK8 being 2nd. However in the UK we've had Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (was 7th), Pikmin 3 (was 2nd), Wind Waker HD (was 4th), Tropical Freeze (9th), Mario Kart 8 (2nd), and Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta mentioned above.



Peach64 commented on Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Enjoy Biggest UK P...:

Looks like Smash sales got swallowed up by the Black Friday sales. It would be interesting to see sales figures because I'm sure Smash would have sold more than Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta 2 and they debuted in 3rd and 7th. Smash Bros 3DS also debuted in 4th.



Peach64 commented on Grab a Cool Free Keychain With Selected Produc...:

I got two emails from them this week. The free key ring offer and a 10% off code. I had a quick look and the pricing is still laughable. Does anyone actually order games from them at £49.99 when you can get them on Amazon or ShopTo for £30 or less? I just don't understand it.



Peach64 commented on Video: How Does Watch Dogs Wii U Compare To Th...:

I've not played the Wii U version, but the PS3 one is terrible. This isn't a case of them just doing an up-ressed version on the PS4 and Xbone, but rather it's a game meant for those consoles which they've tried to get running on older machines.

And people shouldn't be so quick to judge Ubisoft for being lazy. Countless developers have said the Wii U is hard to port to. Not hard to DEVELOP for, but hard to take your 360/PS3/Xbone/PS4 game and get it running on the Wii U which is set up very, very differently inside. Nintendo will be able to get the best out of it because they can make games build purposefully for the Wii U, designed to play to it's strengths and avoid it's flaws, and when a game is built that way it can look and play incredible. A multi platform game will never do that, and no third party is going to do that either due to how bad the games sell. Ubisoft could have spent 4 years making a Watch Dogs ground up for this console but that would be a sure way to lose millions upon millions.