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Fri 5th April, 2013

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QBertFarnsworth commented on Talking Point: Club Nintendo's Closure Is An E...:

My issue with Club Nintendo in the US is that we rarely had great physical gifts in stock such as a 3DS XL Charging Cradle or the Luigi's Mansion statue. That stuff was gone in minutes. We got the free digital games, but if you're a dedicated enough Nintendo fan, you had the game already, and if you wanted to play it on the Wii U, it was even more of an inconvenience. For example, this month Super Metroid is one of the games. That was a day 1 buy when it came out on the Wii's Virtual Console years ago. Let's say you somehow missed it. You can use your 250 coins to get Super Metroid for free, but it downloads the Wii version, and then you need to pay an additional $1.50 for the ability to play it on the Wii U Game Pad. In typical Nintendo fashion, it ends up over-complicating things. I hope they come back with a program where if you spend a certain amount on physical and digital products, you can become a Club Nintendo member and receive say a 5% discount on digital purchases. If you reach another level of spending, then maybe you become a Club Nintendo Elite Member and you get a 10% discount. In short, if I spend a lot on Nintendo, I want to receive discounts on new stuff that I don't have rather than digging through the rewards and thinking, "Well I have The Legend of Zelda on the Wii U Virtual Console, but I don't have it on the 3DS."



QBertFarnsworth commented on Nintendo of America Announces Upcoming eShop '...:

For those in the US, Best Buy is running a 15% off sale on eShop Cards on Black Friday, so if you wanted say Luigi's Mansion, and it's 30% off its $39.99 price bringing it down to $27.99. You can get $30.00 worth of eshop cards for $25.50.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Miyamoto States That Nintendo Is Sticking With...:

@schizor I might be in the same boat. Detractors like to rail on Nintendo for re-using the same IPs, but those IPs tend to have distinct games. There's a clear difference between Link to the Past and Wind Waker, or Mario 3 and Mario 64, but each iteration is pretty unique (outside of New Super Mario series). If they ceased making hardware, I could easily go back and play through their classic libraries and keep myself busy for years.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Talking Point: The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Ca...:

@ikki5 I didn't say you were stupid. I was just agreeing with you. :)

Thousands of years from now when future archeologists study the 21st century, I think one of the most confusing behaviors would have to be why people would waste time trying to design fake leaked info for movies, TV shows, or video games. Nobody is getting money, getting a job, getting laid, or getting respect because they correctly guessed that a new Star Fox game is coming out.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Talking Point: The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Ca...:

@ikki5 The Star Fox video is fake in the same way that Kotaku pointed out ways to spot fake "leaked" E3 press releases (blurry, shot at an angle, easily photoshopped, etc.). I mean, really, you, random YouTube user, got your hands on an unannounced game that would excite millions. You've taken it upon your brave self to leak footage to the public, but you cannot hold the camera still? You cannot press the start button to show us the game? Just a shaky title screen that flashes "demo" because demos always flash demo, right?



QBertFarnsworth commented on Talking Point: It's Not Too Late for Nintendo ...:

In my home, my children and I each have our own 3DS systems with all of the required games. Between the Virtual Console on my 3DS and Wii U, plus my PS3, I have some of the greatest games of the past 25-30 years available. My daughter spends all of her time playing Minecraft on her iPod Touch. I don't get it, but I think it would be a good thing for the system.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Talking Point: For Better Or For Worse, The Wi...:

When I first saw the concept of the DS, I thought, that's stupid. Then I played the system and loved it. I immediately got and loved the idea of the Wii Remote, but sadly few games used it in the ways I had hoped. With the Wii U, my thought was "Huh? Oh well, they convinced me with the Wii and DS, let's do it."

Sadly, while I love offscreen play (especially for Virtual Console games), while I love how the controller looks and feels, if I wasn't an early adapter, and if I had the option of buying a $300 Wii U with a GamePad, or a $200 Wii U without, I'd lean towards the lower price point. Outside of ZombiU and Nintendoland, and outside of how it improved Wind Waker, there's been little to no proper use of it. The hardware is great, but the software just hasn't bonded with it yet. I hope E3 changes my mind.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Ubisoft Now "Fully Focused" On Making The Wii ...:

They'll delay releasing it, I'll delay buying it. I hope the delay results in a polished game that makes unique use of the Wii U's capabilities. But it's a 3rd party game being releases several months to a year after the other systems. It will be full price, few will buy it, and the price will come down. If I have to wait 7 months for the game, what's another 3 months for the price to drop $30?



QBertFarnsworth commented on Nintendo Releases An Awesome Mario Kart Infogr...:

Since it's pretty apparent Nintendo is doing this whole Wii U thing without major 3rd parties, they need to get on the ball with the Virtual Console, and more specifically, the GameCube VC games. It's been too long since I've played Double Dash.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Mario Kart 8 Producer Explains The Absence of ...:

Seems like a wasted opportunity on the Wii U given that the GamePad would have allowed people to put fine touches on their creations using touch controls, and having two screens would have allowed one of them to be used for modding and the other to give you an overall view of your creation.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Video: What Could The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward...:

@Kyloctopus I've always said if Skyward Sword with Wii Motion Plus would have been how the system worked at launch, the Wii would have dominated last gen. Instead, there was a huge sugar rush at launch, and then it died down. 100 million units is nothing to dismiss, but it could have been in PS2 territory. Now, if the Wii had 1:1, HD, and a killer Zelda at launch, it would have been game over.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Only Sell...:

@Emblem Bingo. The last three games I've played on the Wii U have been Super Luigi U, Rayman Legends, and Super Mario 3D World. As good as DKCR: TF might be, I'm just ready for a breather from platformers. I can buy this game now, or I can wait for the new South Park RPG on the PS3 in two weeks. I'll probably get this game during the non-Watch Dogs, pre-Mario Kart drought.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Nintendo Download: 13th February (North America):

It's so frustrating because it just seems like the same list. Super C was released on the 3DS a few weeks ago, and now it's released again on the Wii U. Ninja Gaiden was released on the 3DS in December, and Wii U last week. I tire of the double dipping when there is a huge back catalog of great games. I have no problem with Super C and Ninja Gaiden - both were great back in the day, but release them on both systems at the same time.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Watch_Dogs Delayed Again on Wii U, Will Arrive...:

Delayed means cancelled. Regardless, I'm predicting that the final product comes in at a quality far below the hype. If the game was shaping up to be great, we would be reading article after article about how revolutionary it is, how great it plays, etc. Instead, it's been mostly silence about the game since it was delayed before the holidays. It will not be a disaster, but I'm betting review scores are in the 7/10 range - high enough that some people will give it a try, but "some people" would mean sales in the low millions on the PS3 and 360, but sales in the tens of thousands on the Wii U. By cutting out the Wii U, they can save money on debugging it, DLC updates, materials costs, etc.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Mario And Zelda On Mobile Could Bring New Play...:

The 3DS sold lower than Nintendo had anticipated, but that's probably more an error in their budgeting than a knock on the system. For the most part, cell phone games are not taking away from portable gaming because playing an endless runner or Angry Birds is not the same experience as playing Zelda A Link Between Worlds or Mario Kart 7.

The old saying is you buy a Nintendo system to play Nintendo games, so in many ways, Nintendo is competing against itself. I've had several friends ask over the past year if they should buy a 3DS or Wii U, and the answer is hands-down the 3DS. It's cheaper, and it has more games. The reason the DS and the Wii worked as a pair is because each offered something you could not do on the other system. You couldn't play Nintendogs or Brain Age on the Wii, and touch screen gaming had yet to take off elsewhere. You couldn't do motion controlled gaming on the DS. Meanwhile, other than graphics, most anything you can do on the Wii U can be done on the 3DS, and outside of 3D, anything you can do on the 3DS can be done on the Wii U.

It seems pretty obvious that the next generation for Nintendo should take the next step beyond the Wii U. It should be a console that can hook up to your TV or become a portable. Right now, if I want to play all of the Zeldas or all of the Marios, I have to spend $470 on systems. If there are a ton of 3DS games coming out, I might have a dry spell on the Wii U, and vice versa. Instead of pumping out 10 first-party published exclusives on the 3DS and 10 on the Wii U, why not just put them all out on one system?



QBertFarnsworth commented on Review: Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii U eShop / NES):

Overall, this is still the gold standard Mario game. When I play a new Mario game, I'm always asking if it makes me feel like Super Mario 3 did. Super Mario Galaxy did. I think 3D World is getting there. The New Super Mario Bros series, not so much.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Review: Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii U eShop / NES):

@Spoony You're right about the side bar. They used a few cheats to get the game to work on the NES without slowing down and minimizing the flicker of too many things on the screen at one time. One cheat was the more invasive scoreboard on the bottom, and the other was the flickering bar on the side. The flickering bar was mostly covered by the TV screens at the time which had a rounded edge and often cut off corners. It became easier to see once we had flat screen, TVs with 90 degree angles in the corners.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Guide: Using Miiverse And The Nintendo Network...:

So if I have some points built up on the Wii U Digital Deluxe Promotion for buying a launch 32 GB with Nintendoland, can I redeem those points for eShop credit and use that for 3DS games? Will 3DS downloads count towards the DDP points as well?



QBertFarnsworth commented on Video: Let This Pikmin 3 DLC Trailer Give You ...:

I wish these levels would have made it into the mission modes of the game. I love the game, but all three Pikmin games have been very nature-oriented in their environments, so to be in a factory setting or Christmas tree would have been a nice change of pace for a level or two.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Miyamoto: Nintendo Has Unfinished Business Wit...:

Galaxy might have been my favorite Mario game ever. G2 was great, but didn't give me that sense of surprise and amazement that I had in the original. I'd be fine with Galaxy 3, but I would prefer an all new 3D Mario in the Mario 64/Galaxy style. If they wanted to throw in a level or world with gravity puzzles, I would be cool with that.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Review: Baseball (Wii U eShop / NES):

@jasonbra I agree. I have no problem paying $5 for something like Super Mario 3. You are owning one of gaming's masterpieces. Nobody, not the biggest NES fans, not the biggest baseball fans, has ever said that "Baseball" is their favorite NES game. Anybody who owned baseball and maybe enjoyed it immediately renounced their love as soon as RBI Baseball, Bases Loaded, Tecmo Baseball, or Baseball Stars came out.

There should be a section of free to play games that you can mess around with for 10 minutes here or there, and it should include games like this, Ice Hockey and other bare-boned experiences.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Mamma Mia! The Mario & Luigi Wii U Bundle Is S...:

@Anclation There were a few games in Nintendoland that were fun, but for the most part, it lost its charm quickly. On the other hand, if Nintendo had set up its Wii U demo units with a Nintendoland Demo (Luigi's Ghost House, Mario Chase, and Balloon Fight) and if it attached some Wii Remotes for asynchronous game play, it would have served its purpose of showing people what the Game Pad can do. Most people "get" the Wii U after playing Nintendoland. The problem is, there is nothing that convinces people they need to get Nintendoland.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Review: Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / NES):

@KeithTheGeek Your issue with the graphics is why I love playing Virtual Console games on the Wii U Game Pad. Playing games that were made to be played on the TVs of the 80s (with their 240i or whatever their resolution was) on huge modern 1080p TVs makes the graphical flaws stand out. Playing on the game pad helps soften the flaws a bit.



QBertFarnsworth commented on "No Plans" For Ambassador Program Following Wi...:

@galetyler If they really want to split hairs, they could say they offered us $41 worth of games for $2.10 with the 30 cent Virtual console promo, but I suspect that most early adapters had to pay $2.10 for games they likely already owned and/or only bought because they were 30 cents (Balloon Fight, Yoshi).



QBertFarnsworth commented on Satoru Iwata Cites Poor Basic Wii U Sales To R...:

To the untrained eye, the problems are brand confusion and price. The trained eye either has the system or is waiting on a price drop and/or more games. The games are coming, so a price drop gets the educated gamer waiting to jump in.

Now the target becomes the untrained eye or less-educated consumer (moms, grandmas, etc. buying this as a gift). If you drop the Deluxe to $300 and get rid of the basic, that's one Wii U SKU that comes with a game and a tablet for $100 less than the cheapest next gen system. The untrained eye sees a system that is $100 more than the cheapest XBOX 360, but they also see it comes with a game, more memory, and a tablet. It's slightly more expensive than the PS3 bundles, but again, it features the table controller. The untrained eye will see it as the system that comes with its own iPad. There is enough there that the uneducated consumer can see a value.

The only other challenge to perception is the Wii itself, so it's time to retire the Wii. If the untrained eye sees a Wii for $125 or a "Wii with an iPad" for $300, he or she will buy the cheaper one. Eliminate the cheaper one, eliminate the confusion. Send decals to retailers to put on their display cases that say "White Packaging = Playable on Wii and Wii U, Blue Packaging = Playable only on Wii U." If the consumer can't figure it out, he can ask a sales clerk. I firmly believe that last Christmas when there were stories about the Wii outselling the Wii U, it was because confused relatives bought the wrong system.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Platinium Teases "Special Announcement" After ...:

I'm thinking (hoping) that it's announcing a North American deal like Europe and Australia received: 30% discount on W101 if you download this and Pikmin - which would suck if you lived in an area already receiving the discount, but it's good for the U.S. and Canada



QBertFarnsworth commented on The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Japanes...:

@AcesHigh I'm not saying there is anything wrong with blood thirstiness. I do think American gamers tend to dismiss a game's quality based on its visuals.

What's one of the common things the online gaming community says about Nintendo? "I outgrew Nintendo." As if you can outgrow some balls-to-the-wall challenging gameplay like that found in the green star levels on Mario Galaxy 2. I think a lot of people dismissed Wind Waker the first time because of the cartoonish graphics, yet it had one of the most violent endings of a Zelda game. Alluding to that ending ought to satisfy those who would dismiss this game based on its appearance. I like the cover above, but I'd be willing to bet the Wind Waker itself is replaced with a sword when it comes over here.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Soapbox: Why We Should Expect More From The Le...:

The lost dungeons (or adding new dungeons if the lost dungeons have already been used) seems like a missed opportunity. Other than that, I'm all for the remake. I cannot stand black bars on the side of the screen to play games in their original aspect ratio, and I cannot stand images stretched out to get rid of the black bars on modern TVs, so a widescreen, HD re-release is fine by me. The original game looked great, but I don't want to play it on an old TV to see the graphics at their sharpest.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Ubisoft CEO Admits ZombiU Sales Were Disappoin...:

@SetupDisk I don't have an issue with who reviewed it as his points were all valid. Had the game been fleshed out more, it would have been better which is why a lack of a sequel is disappointing.

Here's the thing, the game is marketed at the "core" audience of gamers as moms theoretically wouldn't or shouldn't be buying this for their 8-year-old. The core gamers can read reviews and know that this game is a gamble of a purchase, and it's best to wait for a price drop. Ubisoft seems to want to punish gamers for being prudent with their purchases, and rather than right their wrongs with a sequel that remedies the problems of the original, they'd rather just blame the consumer.



QBertFarnsworth commented on Ubisoft CEO Admits ZombiU Sales Were Disappoin...:

@WiiURockz You could have stopped at reason number 1. Reviewers started to come around later, but the early reviews (like IGN giving it a 6.3) stopped people from buying it at launch. I remember reading the review the weekend of the system launch and letting out an audible sigh when I saw disappointing scores.