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Wed 26th Dec 2012

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Peach64 commented on Nintendo of Europe Launches Its Cyber Deals We...:

Well that's kind of disappointing! As usual, physical stuff is still cheaper. Wonderful 101 has been popping up a lot for under £20 lately. I'm hoping for VC games or eshop only stuff as retail titles are so overpriced to begin with, even a fairly large discount still means they're not that much of a deal.



Peach64 commented on Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival Has Modest Im...:

I'm relieved to see these spin offs struggle, especially Amiibo Festival. That being a smash hit would have set a precedent and Nintendo would keep churning games like that out. Even Triforce Heroes seems a rather large flop. One of Nintendo's biggest IP, exclusive on a machine with almost 20 million owners in Japan just scraped to 100k in a month while Battlefront, in a genre not particularly big in Japan does 124k in 2 days on a machine that has just 2 million owners.



Peach64 commented on Editorial: It's Not Fun to Criticise Nintendo ...:

It's disappointing, but the signs of it coming having been pretty clear. People get so angry at those of us that like to discuss sales numbers. They say why do sales numbers possibly matter to us gamers? They matter because every company, including Nintendo... maybe even Nintendo more than most, use those sales numbers to decide what to make next. When a console bombs as hard as the Wii U has done, they were never going to keep throwing money at game production when it was clear it would have no effect. A year like this has been on the cards ever since MK and Smash failed to really boost the hardware figures.

E3 confirmed that 2015 was that year. Sure, there's some big games coming that have been in development for years, but I really don't think they started development on any new 'big' titles for the Wii U in 2015 at the latest, and maybe even further back in 2014. We're no doubt going to get some more filler stuff through 2016 leading up to the NX launch.



Peach64 commented on Review: Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U):

@IceClimbers Replying to your other comment about the quality of Nintendo's output now

I saw earlier on GAF that this year, the average review score for a Nintendo title is at the lowest it's been in the last 10 years. 27 games put out and so far an average score of 69.8. Sony put out 16 games and averaged 76.06, while Microsoft put out just 11 games with an average score of 80.82.

There's still Xenoblade to come, but it's not like that is a complete unknown as it's been out in Japan for some time it's not been getting scores as great as it's predecessor. I think a few people might be a little shocked at the reviews for the Western release when they arrive.



Peach64 commented on Review: Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U):

@IceClimbers I'd say there's a small chance. During the development of Tropical Freeze, Nintendo often stated that there was more than one development team at Retro. The team that worked on TF finished that game two years ago, and you have another team that's be free even longer. I'm sure Retro will have SOMETHING ready next year, so it could be Metroid.



Peach64 commented on Review: Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U):

This holiday period is turning out pretty much how I expected after E3. These are just filler titles with no effort. It's disappointing now, but at least they've got most of their staff hard at work on NX titles. This will all be forgotten if we're playing a new 3D Mario and Metroid this next time year.



Peach64 commented on Poor Odds of The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth ...:

People in the comments being totally ignorant again. The problem with the Wii U has always been it's architecture being drastically different to everything else out there. That makes in a nightmare to port games to. It's no good quoting spectacular games that were built ground up for the Wii U. No publisher is going to spend wages on the huge amounts of extra time required to get a port to work when sales are so slow. This is a business at the end of the day. It's not lazy, it's business sense. Nintendo are no different in this regard. It's why this year has been full of quick to develop spin-offs.



Peach64 commented on Feature: Our Top 10 Wii U eShop Games - Third ...:

Every time it bugs me so much that there's always top 10 lists with over 10 games. Most of the time it's WAY over If two games tie for 2nd place, the next game is not 3rd. It's 4th.

The last 18 months has seen a huge improvement for the eShop games IMO. Before that it was all rather lame. Here's my top 5.

1. Guacamelee
2. The Swapper
3. Shovel Knight
4. Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
5. OlliOlli

I have high hopes but also some big reservations for Fast Racing Neo. Everyone is putting so much expectation on it because of F-Zero's legacy, but these guys are not the guys that developed F-Zero. Review scores for the past games have not exactly been top tier either. People seem to get hyped for games based on it's inspirations these days, but that seems so weird to me.



Peach64 commented on Art: If Nintendo Did Resurrect The Game Boy, W...:

I'd love that SO much. It's my favourite shape for a handheld. I bought myself a modded original model GBA last year and love playing on it. The clam shell has never quite felt as good to me and the dual screens throw things off.



Peach64 commented on Feature: Our Top 10 Wii U Retail Games - Third...:

The only real WTF reaction I have is Rayman being so far down. Easily in the top 5 for me personally.

1. Super Mario 3D World
2. Bayonetta 2
3. Donkey Kong County Returns: Tropical Freeze
4. Rayman Origins
5. The Wonderful 101
6: Deus Ex: Human Revolution
6. Spatoon
7. Pikmin 3
8. New Super Mario Bros U
9. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
10. Yoshi's Woolly World



Peach64 commented on Feature: Reflecting On Three Years With The Wi...:

I already had a 360 and PS3 when I got around to picking up a Wii U just short of 2 years after it launched. I paid £180 for a basic pack with Nintendo Land, Wii U Party and Just Dance 2014, and sold the latter two for a combined £50.

For me it's absolutely nowhere near the Dreamcast in my fondness for it, despite the similar sales scenario, but I'm more than happy spending £130 on a console for the handful of Nintendo gems it's amassed over it's short life.

Wonderful 101, Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze and Bayonetta 2 are my highlights. I've never really bothered with all the extra stuff. I can see the use of the Gamepad for when the TV is in use, but I'm never going to use it for the internet or Netflix when an iPad is so much better.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Titles Get Pushed Down But Hold On to...:

@Volcanox Plenty of Nintendo games debut in the top 5, so you can't shrug Chibi's performance off as a normal. It's not just done bad compared to other games, it's done bad compared to other 3DS games. Just to reiterate, it hasn't made the top 40 chart at all.

The only other Nintendo developed game I can remember failing to chart in years is Codename STEAM, even that was 4th in the 3DS chart and 14th the following week, which is much better than this game.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Titles Get Pushed Down But Hold On to...:

Really shocked at Chibi Robo's performance. I actually expected a bump this week. TheGameCollection have been selling it for under £13 all week! 29th place in the 3DS chart. This is only a guess, but that could easily be under 100 copies sold. They say games at the bottom of the top 40 in the all format chart are often under 1000 copies, but Chibi Robo isn't even close to that.

Not really sure how to feel either. Loved the first game, but the 3DS game is so different. If that had succeeded we'd have only got more 2D Chibi anyway, not a return to the original.



Peach64 commented on Video: Nintendo Makes a Holiday Pitch for Wii ...:

@Boerewors I'm guessing you bought your Wii U a long time ago and forgot the length updating it goes through? I don't have an Xbone, but the PS4 didn't take anywhere near as long to get set up. That's before you even factor in stuff like a Wii system transfer.



Peach64 commented on Poll: Did The Nintendo Direct Comeback Fire on...:

I really liked it, and I'm definitely not one of the crowd that says every Direct is the 'best one ever'. Usually I find them pretty meh because they are 90% showing us more footage of already announced games, and what does get announced is normally DLC for a game I don't really care of.

I pretty much accepted at E3 that Nintendo was done with both the Wii U and the 3DS. All they announced there was filler. Cheap and quick spin-offs. So with that in mind I knew there was going to be nothing truly new announced for either machine. What I hoped for was them to wisely use already created content, either games only available in Japan, or the Virtual Console. This was still had a load that bored me like all the amiibos and special editions, but there was some great new announcements in there.

The Dragon Quest announcements were probably the happiest I've ever been with any direct. That January 2013 one? They announced a whole bunch of games we all knew were coming. Dragon Quest was genuinely a fantastic surprise. Those DS ports and original DS efforts bombed badly and they seemed to be done with the West, but we have another chance. For us here in Europe particularly, DQVII is pretty much a brand new game as it was never released here on any format before. Original Pokemon games on VC? Another huge surprise. That's a series who's basic gameplay has changed very little in 20 years, and I think most of us figured they'd want us all to keep buying the latest iteration instead of giving us the old games.

Just about the only thing they could have feasibly done to make it even better would have been Cube games on the Wii U VC.



Peach64 commented on Video: Nintendo Makes a Holiday Pitch for Wii ...:

It's pretty decent, although I agree with everyone saying they could have shown some more games. Mario Kart and 3D World at the very least. Also why does the 'Dad' look a generation older than the rest of the family?



Peach64 commented on Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 12t...:

Possibly my favourite direct ever. I'm very hard to please when it comes to these. I don't care about new footage for games we've already seen, don't care about new DLC for games they've already announced, so while everyone else goes crazy for each direct about how good it was, I just don't see much to get excited about.

Dragon Quest VII and VIII made this one for me. Definitely my favourite announcement via a direct.



Peach64 commented on Mother 3 Heading to the Wii U eShop in Japan o...:

I don't want to get my hopes up too much, but it would be so good to see it over here. The original Mother was translated back in the day if I'm not mistaken, they just decided it wasn't worth spending all that on production and distribution since sales were predicted to be so low.



Peach64 commented on Fire Emblem Fates Releases In North America On...:

I want to be annoyed at this, but I loved Awakening so much, I'm kind of not. From the Japanese reports they are clearly NOT two completely unique games. It's more like... the old Command and Conquer games. You could play through as GDI or NOD, and you'd get different units, different story scenes, but it was the same story and the same maps for both sides. It's the sort of thing they'd definitely have had in one regular priced cart 10 years ago.



Peach64 commented on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Is Rece...:

Wind Waker HD was sort of a remake. Not fully, but they certainly went in and did a bit of work. This is just a port, so there's not much they can really do to make it look nicer apart from increasing the resolution.



Peach64 commented on Star Fox Zero Launches on 22nd April, 2016:

The trailer was the best footage of it so far. I know there was a lot of CG mixed in there, but a trailer is meant to get you excited, so sometimes it's for the best to take a bit of creative license.



Peach64 commented on Dragon Quest VII And VIII Both Confirmed For W...:

Best bit of this, and ANY Direct for me. I'm genuinely so excited, particularly for DQVII which has never ever been released in Europe. So we get one game that will actually be brand new to us, AND a handheld port of what I think is one of my greatest JRPGs ever made.



Peach64 commented on The Legend of Zelda: Twlight Princess Is Recei...:

It looked like it was the Gamecube version with left-handed Link? Any other Wii game done in HD would have disappointed me, but getting to play the 'real' Twilight Princess will actually be nice. It better me appropriately priced for a HD port though.



Peach64 commented on The Next Nintendo Direct is on 12th November:

I'd be quite happy when the latest leak rumour that said this would be coming on the 12th. I just hope it's not all just showing us more footage of stuff we've already seen. Don't really care for DLC announcements either.



Peach64 commented on Britsoft: An Oral History Charts The Birth Of ...:

Does it go much beyond the 16 bit era? A lot of it might have relied on non-Brit publishers, but the influence of British development continued way beyond that. Rare with DKC, Goldeneye and Banjo, Argonaut with Star Fox, the SFX chip and supposedly laying the groundwork for Mario 64, Core and Tomb Raider, Psygnosis and Wipeout, DMA with Grand Theft Auto, Criterion with Burnout....



Peach64 commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Release Date Quirks in N...:

Nintendo make a lot of dumb decisions, but each region deciding their own release schedule isn't really one of them. Just look at the huge gaps between Disney and Pixar movies releasing in different markets. They know exactly when each type of movie will have the best chance of success and exploit that. Other companies don't do it so much because their target audience is older and has more flexibility with the money. Disney and Nintendo need to focus their efforts on the periods where kids are going to be having money spent on them.

Having Yoshi to fill out the Q4 line-up makes perfect sense. Delaying Toad a few weeks and releasing it when everyone had spent all their money was dumb, especially when the game was done, manufactured and packed up in warehouses.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Expecting Mobile Business To Eclipse ...:

Last week I'd have said they'd do it no problem. They'll have to do better than that social networking app though. That could have derailed the whole thing. They had everyone's attention for that first game and dropped the ball. Even if they get it right with the next game, it won't get such a big focus for the announcement.

Nintendo can grab profits that match or even surpass the biggest mobile games out there (which are freaking HUGE). The problem in mobile is always getting noticed. Nintendo wouldn't have that as their game was going to get mentioned everywhere.



Peach64 commented on Rejoice, The Wii U Has Finally Outsold Sega's ...:

Not sure it's time to celebrate when it takes 3 years to match the sales that a flop of a console achieved in 18 months, but it's something. To be even more of a downer, the Wii U figure is shipped. There could easily be over half a million in retail channels, when the same can not be said of the Dreamcast figure...

I think the Wii U will be remember similarly to the DC. I don't think the Nintendo machine's library is quite as good, lacking all the amazing new IP the DC had, which often came in entirely new genres, and it's innovation of the gamepad isn't really pushing things forward as much as the DC's innovative modem, but they're both consoles that deserves to sell far better than they did.



Peach64 commented on Here's a Breakdown of 3DS Software and Hardwar...:

I don't think it's particularly encouraging that they sold most of their hardware due to releasing a new model, that right now looks as if it was only created to make people rebut the system, and one of the biggest software hits is that shovelware AC game.

Splatoon was doing such a good job of showing them quality and new IP could succeed, but they've probably made so much more profit on AC due to much lower development costs.