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Wed 26th December, 2012

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Peach64 commented on Curve Studios Is Bringing Spooky Puzzle Title ...:

Fantastic news. One of the best indie games over the last few years. After 18 months of a pretty poor indie selection, things are finally looking up. Guacamelee and Shovel Knight already, and Stealth Inc and The Swapper to come.



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: The Wii U eShop is Raising Toug...:

I don't think a platform holder should ever be judging wether a game is good enough to be sold on their system. Let people make up their own minds by checking reviews and videos like they would for any other game.



Peach64 commented on Mario Kart 8 Sales Increase By Nearly a Third ...:

@shigulicious I certainly did :) Picked up a White system, white pro controller, New Super Luigi U, Wonderful 101 and Mario Kart 8.

@brewksy First of all, I haven't done this myself, as I have physical copies of the games that interest me, I'm just letting the guy up there know it's possible, and a whole lot of people are doing it. There's no breaking of any rules. All these games are being bought legitimately, it's just fortunate that a couple of websites are selling the game cheap and another store is paying a high price to take it off you without the Club Nintendo card inside.



Peach64 commented on Mario Kart 8 Sales Increase By Nearly a Third ...:

@ben- You can do it. Loads have people have been doing it. You just have to create a new Club Nintendo account to register another MK8, and if you have gmail you can even use the same email address for them all, just place a period in different spots.

Pokemon Black and White were £7.99 at Argos, so picked up a copy of them both myself this week :) They've been doing loads of great clearance deals for Nintendo stuff lately. Also got Layton and the Spectre's Call for £6.99 and Pilot Wings Resort for £4.99.



Peach64 commented on Mario Kart 8 Secures Place as Top-Selling SKU ...:

Some little bits on digital LTD sales.

[3DS] Fire Emblem: Awakening - 63,000 (35% of total sales)
[3DS] Tomodachi Life - 37,000 (21%)
[3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf - 103,000 (20%)
[3DS] Bravely Default - 35,000-40,000 (18-20%)

Much better than in Japan where for most games digital is under 5% of total sales.



Peach64 commented on Mario Kart 8 Secures Place as Top-Selling SKU ...:

As always with these percentage increases, it's better than nothing, but that's a worrying figure. MK8 wasn't meant to be a bit of a boost, it was THE game. If Wii U is still coming in that far below the Xbone in the month of MK8, I'm honestly not sure if it will ever have a month where it outsells the MS machine.

As excited as many of us will be for gams like Bayonetta 2, they're not going to have anywhere near the hardware bump of Mario Kart. Smash would come the closest, (and you'll get the natural holiday season bump), but people are once again wincing at Xbone's 200k figure and that had NO games released in June, let alone it's biggest one of the year. Now Wii U's peak (outside November/December) is quite a bit below the competition and it has to go through two full months without a new game.

On a much more cheerful note, it's nice to see Tomodach selling well on both sides of the Atlantic, and might make Nintendo think twice before considering future titles 'too Japanese' to localise.



Peach64 commented on New Fatal Frame Will Be Spooking The Wii U In ...:

I love this series so much, but I'm not getting my hopes up for localisation. Still sad we never got PZ4 over here. The only sliver of hope is that they have so few games lined up, they might feel they have to bring it over despite expecting it to make a loss.



Peach64 commented on Yokai Watch 2 Sells a Whopping 1.3 Million Cop...:

That's amazing. I was obviously going to be huge, but to outsell the original at launch is truly fantastic as it means they're selling to people that never played the first game.

NPD is huge tomorrow. MK8 has sold really well, but not helped hardware in Japan or the UK. They need it to have increased hardware in North America in a big way.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Goes Download-Only With The 2014 Club...:

I wish the European store did this. All my points go on Wii shop cards and it feels like such a waste. I have no interest in cleaning cloths and notepads. Hugely jealous of seeing the cheap/free VC games in North America.



Peach64 commented on Sega Still Considering Its Options For The Wii...:

Good to know. I wonder if they'd just put out a Wii U version of the Ultimate Megadrive Collection. It has all the classics, built in save states and even some neat background info on the games. Maybe they feel the market for individual megadrive/master system games on VC is too small now thanks to those collections. You can buy it new for less than the price of two SNES VC games.

Saturn and Dreamcast games are a whole other story however. I'm pretty surprised there's still no officially emulated version of Sega Rally on any service. Would love to have all the Panzer Dragoon games too, plus Burning Rangers and Shining Force III from the Saturn. While a lot of the great Dreamcast games have made it to XBLA and PSN, still missing Shenmue and Toy Commander.



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: Should Nintendo Be Promoting Th...:

I don't think it would do them any favours to be honest. The numbers show that most households have a tablet already, and almost all of them would be better at typical tablet functions than the gamepad is. The resolution alone makes it look bad as a web browser, and it would also stop it being useful as a magazine/newspaper/comic book ereader. The only thing it can sort of match up to the tablets with is the video playback, but even then you don't have some widely used stuff such as Plex. That's before you get to the poor touch screen and smaller display.

I don't think it's even really a cheap alternative, since the iPad mini is not really more than a Wii U is, and you just have to talk to parents of little kids to know they don't really have any problem letting two year olds use their tablets.

They should just focus on how cool it is to have your console games displayed on it, and not try and compete with devices it's so technologically inferior to in my opinion.



Peach64 commented on Sony's Shuhei Yoshida Says Nintendo Provides B...:

I think MOST people in the industry have a soft spot for Nintendo. It's what makes it frustrating when fans go crazy every time any criticism is thrown their way, crying conspiracy. I have quite a few friends in the industry, and none of them are working on Wii U games because it doesn't make much financial sense, but they all love Nintendo games.



Peach64 commented on Yo-Kai Watch 2 On Course For A Phenomenal Déb...:

The 3DS badly needed this, so let's hope there's a good hardware bump too. I said last week the numbers were going to be crazy. The first game kind of came out of nowhere, so there wasn't really the hype there when it launched. Word of mouth has kept it selling though, and now a lot of those people are going to be on board day 1 for the sequel.

I'd love to see the game over here, but I hope they don't rely on the cartoon to build hype like they did for Inazuma Eleven, because it seems nobody watches cartoons anymore, at least in the UK. There's no brand awareness at all for that series, and it should be a top seller :(



Peach64 commented on Wii U Version Of Project CARS Drops To The Bac...:

I'm curious to where people think the sales will be lost? If people are going to buy it on a PS4 or Xbone, then surely they were already going to do that? I can't see many people that own multiple consoles would have picked the Wii U version. The majority of people that would have bought the Wii U version, won't own a PS4 or Xbone, so they'll not be able to buy it on anything else.



Peach64 commented on Wii U Version Of Project CARS Drops To The Bac...:

Disappointing, but not really a surprise anymore.

If they need to shift resource off any version, the Wii U is the obvious candidate. Releasing later means avoiding Smash Bros, and hopefully the Wii U install base will look a lot healthier after Christmas. There's no real downside for them either. If they delayed the other versions they'd get beaten to market by Forza and Drive Club, but there's no competition to lose out to on Wii U.

Hopefully it's not too far behind the other versions.



Peach64 commented on 3DS On Top As Wii U Remains Highest Selling Ho...:

@zeldazero Just Japan. I don't think anyone is tracking digital for the rest of the world so we just have to rely on publishers giving out numbers. Square Enix recently came out and boosted that Bravely default had done about 20% of its North American sales digitally.



Peach64 commented on 3DS On Top As Wii U Remains Highest Selling Ho...:

@zeldazero Famitsu now track digital sales. They're far less significant than people give them credit for, at least in Japan.

Here is the top 10 for the whole of 2014.

01. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 # <ACT> (Capcom) {2013.09.14} - 287.279
02. [3DS] Pokemon Battle Link! <PZL> (Pokemon Co.) {2014.03.12} - 137.081
03. [3DS] Pokemon X / Y # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2013.10.12} – 62.635
04. [3DS] PazuDora Z: Puzzle & Dragons Z <RPG> (GungHo Online Entertainment) {2013.12.12} – 51.564
05. [WIU] Dragon Quest X: Nemureru Yuusha to Michibiki no Meiyuu Online <RPG> (Square Enix) {2013.12.05} – 49.920
06. [PS3] Rain <ACT> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2013.10.03} – 36.488
07. [PSV] Terraria <ADV> (Spike Chunsoft) {2014.02.06} (¥2.980) - 29.800
08. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Real Reborn # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2013.08.27} - 29.323
09. [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2013.12.26} – 28.577
10. [3DS] Youkai Watch <RPG> (Level 5) {2013.07.11} – 27.689

Mario Kart has sold 14,000, about 3% of total sales.

I believe Yokai Watch 2 releases this week, so I'm expecting a huge debut for it!



Peach64 commented on Kotaku Says YES to the Wii U - Rejoicing Begins:

Some people will never be happy. You can't criticise a website for being a maybe/no in the past, and a yes now. They felt like it didn't have enough games to justify the price before, but now they feel there is. Makes perfect sense! It's not flip-flopping, it's not making a U-turn. They're not saying they were wrong before.

I'd just a website was pretty biased if they tried to claim the Wii U was worth it for the first 12 months, not a website that says 'wait and see' for 18 months and then says 'Yep, there's some great games now, go for it'.



Peach64 commented on British Tabloid The Sun Brands Gaming "As Addi...:

MCV are having a highly entertaining public spat with the Sun over this.

People can get addicted to games, and they can let their lives go to hell because of it, but to equate the dangers to the same level as drugs and alcohol is ridiculous. Of course they know this. Like most things, it's all about money. Controversial articles cause more buzz than just informing people of the news. They're not stupid. Just look at how every major gaming news site has mentioned them today.



Peach64 commented on Review: Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship E...:

This and Shovel Knight coming so close together is a real boost for indies on Wii U. I've been very critical of the selection in the first 18 months which has been pretty poor compared to the competition, but hopefully this a sign of things to come. Hope they both sell well now.



Peach64 commented on Independent Retailers in the UK Will Be Able t...:

More competition is a great thing. I'd really like to go all digital, but there's two big stumbling blocks on Nintendo hardware, and one is that the eshop is about 25% more expensive than physical copies, because retailers discount and Nintendo sticks rigidly to RRP and rarely has discounts.



Peach64 commented on Report Suggests Bayonetta 2 Will Come With Ori...:

I believe the issue with Europe is Bayonetta is an 18 game. If they include it in all copies, then Bayonetta 2 becomes 18 by default, instead of the 15 it should be. Games are not really made to fit our ratings criteria. They get made to fit into the North American teen/mature/adult ratings, and as we know, they don't really align.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Download: 10th July (Europe):

Brilliant news coming out today about more and more retailers getting access to eShop codes. Competition is needed, because right now it costs about 25% more to buy an eShop title than physical, where retailers can cut prices.



Peach64 commented on Video: You Really Don't Want To Know What Kids...:

"Wait, I've seen this before. It's an iPhone case!"

"Why can't this thing sense your skin? You have to actually press the buttons or something!"

Pretty funny stuff. Before being harsh on them, think how you'd have reacted as a kid to seeing what your parents played with at that age. They probably sighed at our obsession with video games like people lament kids preferring mobile gaming.



Peach64 commented on Talking Point: With E3 Long Gone, Nintendo Sti...:

I would love to see a premium pack in white come to Europe. I'm pretty certain I'll be picking up the console in the next 6 months, but I have this dilemma. I'd like the white console, as so far all the ones I've played on have been the black consoles, and the fingerprints make them look awful. The problem is, pretty much everyone sells the white console at RRP. You can't really get one under £249. At the same time, you can often get a premium pack and 5/6 games for that price as they get discounted so hard. I'd like the white one, but it just doesn't make much financial sense right now.



Peach64 commented on Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2014 - Summe...:

Not sure I'll be buying anything new on my 3DS this year, although there are games I want to catch up on. I was going to get Smash Bros, but pretty sure I'll have a Wii U by the end of the year so I'll pick it up there.



Peach64 commented on GAME's One Day Mario Kart 8 Deal, for £29.99,...:

@Squashy The problem is nobody sells that pack for under £250 on it's own. Earlier this week, The Game Collection have done 3 different bundles featuring 4 or 5 games for £250. The best one was the premium with NSMBU, New Super Luigi U, Batman: Arkham City, Sonic Lost World and MK8 for £250!

When I buy the console, it will be that type of deal, and lately they include MK.

Oh, and speaking of bargains, ShopTo have Sonic and All Stars Racing for £7.85, free delivery, until 5pm.



Peach64 commented on 72 Million Kids Are Dying To Get Their Grubby ...:

I don't think Nintendo characters have a wider appeal than Disney, but you'd think they'd be more popular than Spyro was when Skylands started off. The big question is, will people be interested enough to buy the hardware, or will it be like MK8, a huge success among the current audience?



Peach64 commented on GAME's One Day Mario Kart 8 Deal, for £29.99,...:

I don't even have a Wii U, but kind of tempted to buy this, register and then sell off the download code for £10. The only thing stopping me is the fact that most of the great hardware deals include MK so I don't want to end up with two copies.



Peach64 commented on Nintendo Highlights Hundreds of Developers Wor...:

The video games industry didn't crash in the 80s, the US market for games did. Things carried on as normal in Japan and Europe. I don't know why people feel a crash is coming when sales figures for consoles and games are going up. The Xbone is one of the fastest selling consoles of all time, and the PS4 is doing even better. Watch Dogs broke records for the fastest selling new IP of all time just last month.



Peach64 commented on Bandai Namco Picks up Project CARS for Worldwi...:

2014 is shaping up to be a great year for racers. Great year for UK racing game studios too. Project Cars from Slightly Mad Studios, Drive Club from Evolution studios, Forza Horizon 2 on Xbone from Playground Games, and Forza Horizon 2 on 360 from Sumo Digital. It's such a turnaround from a couple of years ago when we lost Studio Liverpool (Wipeout) and Bizarre Creations (Project Gotham Racing).