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Mon 8th July, 2013

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rockodoodle commented on Nielsen Game Rank Lists the Most Anticipated G...:

Considering how few games the Wii U has on the release schedule, this is a little surprising. Throw in that it probably at least sold decently on the New 3ds and the Wii before that....I haven't played the first one but will likely at minimum, strongly consider getting this, unless it just reviews very poorly, which I doubt. So yes, this is definitely a game I'm looking forward to.



rockodoodle commented on Sonic Lost World's Wii U Exclusivity Ends With...:

I'm a pretty big fan of Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed. I got it on the Vita as a well as the Wii U. I actually like the Vita better, as it seems to have tighter controls and is a little less "buggy" than the Wii U version. Definitely worth a look if you like arcade style racing games.



rockodoodle commented on Review: Skylanders SuperChargers (Wii U):

I got this very close to release. It's trippy to play as DK in a non-Nintendo environment. The thing that I really like is that you can adjust the difficulty, so it's very "playable." I want the 3ds version so I can play as Bowser. FWIW, Skylander Giants is only $11.99 on Amazon now.



rockodoodle commented on Climate "Not Healthy" For Dedicated Handheld G...:

@Windy Exactly. I bought a Galaxy Tab a few years ago. Yeah, I got a ton of games for free, but they are loaded with micro transactions and in general the experience is simply not a very rich one. Same deal with my phone. I have a ton of games but never play any of them.



rockodoodle commented on Review: Disney Infinity 3.0 (Wii U):

I'm surprised there's not a review of Skylanders just yet. I mean, how many third party titles does the Wii U get? Not to mention that this has an exclusive (albeit small) component.



rockodoodle commented on Review: Disney Infinity 3.0 (Wii U):

@Nico07 I picked up Skylanders yesterday.

What I like: It's kind of cool to play as DK- in a different environment. I especially love the adjustable level of difficulty.

What I don't like: Having to buy the 3ds game to get Bowser. For that matter, having to buy two more vehicles to play the other parts of the game.

I knew this going in, of course. But I bought it b/c I love DK and wanted to support the few 3rd party games we do get.



rockodoodle commented on This Is The Last Real Console Cycle, Proclaims...:

He could very well be right- but who knows what technology will come up with. Components and production prices seem to be dropping all the time. It's not outside the question that ten years from now we have something that's very, very cool and pretty inexpensive to produce.



rockodoodle commented on Talking Point: Star Fox Zero's Delay Could Be ...:

The Wii U was doomed from the start as a commercial success. No marketing. Very little use of the game's value proposition (gamepad). Delayed games- Rayman, Pikmin etc. Mario Maker released nearly three years too late. Super Mario 3d World WOULD have been close to a system seller- should have been released at launch.

Personally, I think it's a great system- easily my favorite. My expectations are pretty low, however, as I am easily impressed by things of this nature. I thought NintendoLand and Sonic and All Stars Transformed were pretty fantastic. Even though there were some good games spanning from launch to Super Smash Bros., if you waited until Dec. of last year to pick one up, you didn't miss much, except 7 months of Mario Kart.

Nintendo's only hope for a respectable holiday season is that people recognize the console and what is now a very nice library of games. Star Fox wasn't going to move many systems by itself, but if nothing else would be another title to fill retail space. It's pretty sad to go to Walmart, Target or Best Buy, and see the Wii U section all but empty. IMO, this is yet ANOTHER problem- the casual observer looks at the Wii U's game selection in retail, and doesn't get the full scope of the system's game selection. Sometimes there are just a dozen titles- the latest half dozen releases and then a few spare games that haven't sold. Sad.



rockodoodle commented on Super Mario Maker Tops The Charts In Japan, Ca...:

@VanillaLake Disagree. I think the gamepad is an awesome controller. In fact, I sometimes don't like games that require both b/c I like the experience so much on the gamepad. It's like getting the power of a console on a handheld. I don't think Nintendo communicated the value of the gamepad. How often do families want to watch TV, while kids are wanting to play video games? Or watch cartoons while parents want to watch something else? Problem solved.



rockodoodle commented on Review: Super Mario Maker (Wii U):

@Gen0neD I think Smash and Splatoon should be up there too. Splatoon is a brand new IP, obviously linked to the console. Smash- is sorta like MK8.... isn't this why we buy Nintendo? And- I'd also put Super Mario 3d World in there too. I didn't realize that NSMBU was going to be 2d- although I eventually enjoyed it, I was expecting more of a Super Mario 3d World type adventure.

That said, I'm like you in that I initially wasn't looking forward to this, but the more I see, the more I want it.



rockodoodle commented on Review: Fat City (Wii U eShop):

Finally- you guys review a decent game. Been waiting for this for a while. The price isn't bad- if it's a decent game, which it appears that it is. I think I'll pick this up.



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

@andregurov Agreed about this being a launch title. Maybe they wanted to sell their copies of NSMBU and Luigi. And, I guess that would be hard to pass up- I think they sold 4m and then 2m of Luigi. I was initially disappointed in NSMBU (I was wanting something like Mario 3d World), tho it ended up growing on me.



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

If I had to guess, I'd say that it will get a small but noticeable bump in sales. The only thing that's going to make a difference now is Zelda- and given that way it might be handled, released on the NX first, not even that will make a difference.



rockodoodle commented on Endless 3D Platformer Blocky Bot Jumps Across ...:

@Burn For $1.99, I thought it was pretty solid. I've played it for about an hour & a half so far- will probably play it for at least that long. For for $2, I get three hours of entertainment? Maybe a little more? I'd recommend this- just manage expectations a little bit. I thought it was done pretty well, especially considering other games at this price point or even in some cases more.



rockodoodle commented on Talking Point: E3 Highlighted Nintendo's Devel...:

It's sad to see such a good console with great games flailing around like it is commercially. I'm completely happy with my purchase- and I have enough games that I feel as though even if we didn't get any more, I easily got my money's worth. But it just seems like there was more potential here.

As mentioned above, I hope that Nintendo learns from its mistakes. The main thing is that its going to need a good line up and then continual support afterwards. This is going to have to mean working with third parties more and making their hardware more like PS4, Xbone.

Just guessing, but i think the NX will have a box that might just come with a Pro controller type. Then, the handheld/portable element will be a gamepad. Also guessing that there will be more crossover games/functionality but then maybe some exclusives for each. Not sure how they will work that out.



rockodoodle commented on Tablets Stole The Wii U's Thunder, Laments Shi...:

There's multiple reasons why the Wii U didn't catch on- but the main one has to be poor marketing. " I think with Wii U, our challenge was that perhaps people didn't understand the system." Nintendo didn't explain its value proposition- and then overall simply did not spread the word about the system in general.

Sadly, I think there's a lot of people who would love a Wii U. They just don't know about the system- or what the system is capable of. If it weren't for the gamepad, I probably would have just passed on the system all together. I hadn't owned a home console since the SNES and then it would have just been another video game system for me.

The only reason I thought about getting the system in the first place was b/c I thought my step son's dad was giving him a "new wii." I thought it was the Wii U, but it was just a Wii. So, the more I looked into it, the more I wanted one. The thing that held me back was the lack of games- so I waited until April. I had a fair number of games to play through the summer, but things got a little stale until Pikmin, Rayman and W101 released. By then, it had lost any momentum from launch- and people were getting hyped over the Xbone and Ps4.

They should have had more available right after launch. I like NSMBU- but it was pretty underwhelming for selling a new system. Super Mario 3d World would have turned more heads. They should have launched with this and shortly thereafter DKTF and had NSMBU launch in Feb. 2014. Then had MK8 ready for Christmas, Splatoon ready last summer etc.



rockodoodle commented on Nintendo is Discontinuing the Basic 8GB Wii U ...:

@MegaWatts I got about $60 of free stuff with my digital download promotion.....So, I guess it was a push with me. I like having the few extra gigs b/c it's a semi-portable system for me- I realize that hard drives aren't that big, but this is one less thing I have to worry about.



rockodoodle commented on Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Fails to Chart in Week of...:

@Pixel-Perfect Yeah, I don't expect people with no interest in a game like this to pick it up. But I also think that given the situation of Nintendo systems- that people should keep an open mind and take a chance on more games. I mean, people can't complain about the lack of releases if we as a group are pretty much only buying the same ole stuff.