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Sceptic commented on Production Of Shovel Knight amiibo Is Being Ha...:

Still don't know why I would want any of these. Just like the second screen, they've so far failed to make an even halfway decent case for Amiboo. They're just collector's figures with some minor in-game trinkets. But hey, collect away.



Sceptic commented on Nintendo Quality Of Life Patent Applications A...:

This is worse than I would have ever expected. Even their patents are like 10 or 20 years late. It's almost comical. Sleep tracking. Fitness tracking. An alarm clock. That projects on the ceiling.

Here's another one: A Sunrise alarm clock.

Oh, sorry Phillips.

Or wait: A service that aggregates all that information so we can sell it to the health industry.




Sceptic commented on Exclusive: Project CARS "Simply Too Much For W...:

@Darknyht: Yeah but the WiiU is a dead platform. That was not the case when they asked for funding. When the WiiU bombed that changed everything for any developer that didn't have a dog in the fight already. You can't sink money into something that has no hope of succeeding.

I'm reasonably sure the honest answer is, "we could make it, but it would look a lot worse than any other platform, so nobody would buy it anyway." And I think they're right.

Nothing got 'shoehorned' into PCars later. The game was improved and enhanced to the point where it was no longer feasible on the WiiU. Everybody that can run it is getting a that much better game. That's not shoehorning, that's progress.

If there was a market for a toned down last-gen looking PCars they'd do it. But there isn't, and I wonder how many people claiming broken promises here actually funded it (and then funded it for WiiU alone). Because those are the only ones that get to complain in my book. For everybody else, yeah, WiiU is dead. Wake up and smell the coffee.



Sceptic commented on Exclusive: Project CARS "Simply Too Much For W...:

@Darknyht: How is it a poor development choice to make a game all it can be and then axe those platforms that can't handle it? Visuals are everything these days and there's no WiiU market for a multiplatform game that relies on visuals, simply because every other platform shows a better game. Add Steam prices and all to the mix and developing for WiiU becomes a suicide mission.

It's a wise choice, even if it's hugely disappointing to those that oddly thought a console with roughly the processing power of a current generation smartphone could handle a game like this. Including the developers.

But I think even Nintendo was surprised by how weak their console really turned out to be as gaming progressed, and now everybody is backpedaling, including Nintendo. Even Xenoblade Chronicles X looks like vintage Skyrim at best. I wouldn't be surprised if they axed that too. Or delayed if for their mystical magic NX (Zelda. "X". "NX". Think about it) to up the hype factor when that gets released. At this point, you can't go wrong. WiiU owners are so thoroughly shafted, what does it matter. Most of us have accepted our fate.



Sceptic commented on Review: Quadcopter Pilot Challenge (Wii U eShop):

Man, is this even a review? If it's realistic it deserves to be reviewed within that premise.

All I know from this is that the reviewer is a dunce that doesn't like the challenge of flight simulation but would rather play 90s arcade titles because they have no learning curve.



Sceptic commented on Talking Point: Raw Power Isn't Vital to Ninten...:

It's Nintendo speak again: They build a car without wheels and tell their fans, "Look! You can drive our without the distraction of movement!! Focus on the essentials!! Here's a figurine to unlock extra lights on the dashboard!! Innovation!!!"

Nintendo is over. This is the last nail. The thing isn't even prototyped and they've already killed it by putting the WiiU 'weak hardware' stamp on it.

But hey, they'd always have in the figurine business.



Sceptic commented on Rumour: Nintendo NX Won't Be As Powerful As Pl...:

This is going to be hilariously tragic to watch. And this time I won't be suckered into buying one by Nintendo's empty promises, so it won't even sting.

When you declare your future console won't compete with the power of a current one you're saying you're putting last-gen tech in there.



Sceptic commented on Nintendo Isn't Talking About NX Because It Doe...:

lol, I can't wait to see what this brilliant idea is. Because they really are the king of innovation. For example, their 'Management by Head-In-The-Sand' approach is making waves far beyond the consumer electronics market.

Nintendo really is RIM/Blackberry.



Sceptic commented on Australian Rating Confirms That ZombiU is Shuf...:

@abe_hikura: Yeah, you lose a little something without the gamepad, but I think it can be adressed. To be honest, it was only the map and inventory manager that I really liked, the scanner was an obvious implementation that surprisingly didn't work as well I would have expected as a gameplay vehicle.

Especially since the screen switched to a generic animation while you used the scanner, you could just as well have had the main screen show the scanning. At some point it even became tedious, because you had to get up off the couch to be able to look everywhere you wanted.

They could gladly have dumped gamepad support as far as I cared if you could have played the regular game with a Wiimote instead. As it was they made it such a core mechanic (at little added value) that they couldn't allow you to play with the Wiimote. They did imlpement it though, because you need a Wiimote in multiplayer.

Another little appreciated feature of ZimbiU is the asymmetric local multiplayer: One player spawns the zombies on the gamepad, the other guy tries to survive. Great fun.



Sceptic commented on Poll: We Need to Talk About amiibo - Where Do ...:

I could care less. It's just another example of Nintendo delivering a lackluster knockoff of something they thought was hip and current, but lucky for them them there are plenty of 'fans' that would basically buy branded cow dung from Nintendo of they could.

It's all about the hype and a quick buck, or we would never, ever be talking of stocking issues. If it was about the gameplay enhancement, they would never be out of stock, because they would be needed to play.



Sceptic commented on Interview: Nintendo of America's Damon Baker o...:

@Ryu_Niiyama Why, have you got a better theory? Other than the fairy godmother that magically prevented Nintendo from offering these games worldwide? Please unterstand?

You do realize that someone has to bear the actual cost in lost revenue from these bundles, right? How high do you think that is for a $10 game as opposed to a $50 game? Does "We love moderately selling $10 indies" make more sense now? It does to me.



Sceptic commented on Feature: Explaining Humble Bundle and What it ...:

Bold step? Come on. They sold other people's games (i.e. indies), low-priced at that, and then region locked the whole thing so it wouldn't get out of hand.

EA put a few blockbusters and a bunch of classics up when they did their first HB. That's a bold step. This is just more leeching off the indies from Nintendo.



Sceptic commented on Review: Splatoon (Wii U):

I was super excited but it's way overpriced unfortunately. I'll get it when the price comes down. A lot. Or I won't. I'm not sinking that kind of money into the WiiU anymore. I don't understand why they can't price this somewhere where it becomes the game everybody has. It's online multiplayer after all, the more the merrier.



Sceptic commented on Project CARS Studio Boss Admits to Problems Wi...:

@electrolite77: I think you're correct but you're also not being fair. They didn't say it couldn't be done, just that it would take a lot of work to downscale, meaning it would cost more but look (even) less good. The implied rhetorical question is, would it sell well enough to justify that work? Obviously not. People have given up on the WiiU for this type of title.

I believe all their statements were made in good faith, it's just that the state of the WiiU is such now that it would be suicidal to stick to those announcements.

Even Nintendo has pretty much dumped the WiiU, why should third-parties run a business risk not even nintendo will?



Sceptic commented on Project CARS Studio Boss Admits to Problems Wi...:

I'm just amazed that some people don't see that something like CARS is several levels of magnitude more complex, computationally, than anything Nintendo has even tried to put out. Levels of magnitude.

What processing power is left after all the physics calculations just isn't enough to show a competitively good looking game at a competitive framerate. Simple as that.

Nintendo said you don't need power. They were wrong.



Sceptic commented on Project CARS Studio Boss Admits to Problems Wi...:

Dead platform. Thank God they realized before they sunk more money into it. I feel bad for the guys because like us, they were misled by Nintendo to believe the WiiU had both capability and a market when in fact it has neither.

Making a little plumber avatar cruise around some imaginary track under make-believe conditions doesn't compare to a current-gen simulation like PC.



Sceptic commented on Poll: Did The Splatoon Global Testfire Hit Its...:

Stupid idea with such tiny time slots. I guess they think their target audience spends most of their days in front of the console.

Risky price tag too for a console with a limited playerbase. They should have aimed low and made it a game everybody ends up owning, filling up the servers and feeding the frenzy. But alas, it's nintendo. They'd rather rip off ten people than make a hundred happy.



Sceptic commented on Each Splatoon amiibo Will Unlock 20 Special Ch...:

Not buying any and it made me re-evaluate my planned purchase of Splatoon. IMO they're adding value synthetically like they are synthetically creating scarcity for Amiboo.

There still is no reason to get any Amiboo at all. Their implementation across their games is barely on a gimmick level and I'm not buying into gimmicks just so one game I actually want is fully unlocked. I'll wait for a sale on Splatoon now I think. Not paying full if I'm not getting full. Knowing Nintendo it will be a ridiculous ripoff price anyway.



Sceptic commented on Analyst Thinks Nintendo Is Already Winding Dow...:

@Neko_Rukiafan: But he has a point. If there is a NX coming out in the next few years, they're launching with no third party support at all, thanks to how they handled the WiiU. So they need a real seller to launch it, something at least the fanboys will buy right away, so they can peddle their great launch numbers to big studios and hope to bring them back.

I think they're delaying it now falsely claiming 'quality' to get it closer to the NX release, then they'll say 'oh we just woke up and thought, "wouldn't it be great to have this on the NX?!"' and delay it some more. But that's been decided already, they're working toward the NX already.

Zelda is the last arrow in their quiver. It would be stupid if them to waste it in a dead platform. Compared to all the lies and screwing over they already did to WiiU customers, this actually just rational.

I don't think it flat out won't be released I WiiU, but it won't be released until they can at least announce the ultimate-ultimate-version for NX. If some hold out and buy it with the NX, it's a small loss.



Sceptic commented on Talking Point: The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Ma...:

More Nintendo from Nintendo.

I'll bet their stalling to line the architecture up with their 'new platform' so they can re-release 'Legend if Zelda NX' with minimal effort.

Creativity at Nintendo has been dead for a decade, they're all about the cash flow.



Sceptic commented on Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think ...:

Whatever it is it will happen without me or my money.

All you guys thinking they will 'unify' anything, look around. Making people buy the same crap again and again has basically been Nintendo's business model for the last 15 years (or more even). How likely is it that's going to change? Especially now that they just decided to charge people for the same stuff again on mobile?

When they say 'unify', all they mean is the same credit card will be registered to numerous platforms.



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

@TheRealThanos: Indeed. I wish it wasn't so. This console could have been an icon. But after the level of incompetence and lack of creativity, effort and initiative Nintendo showed here I wouldn't trust them with developing a garlic press, especially since those same clowns are still running the show now. Arrogance and Hybris killed the WiiU, and for that I see no humility, no self reflection. No change.



Sceptic commented on Video: Nintendo Releases Two Snappy amiibo TV ...:

This will be the WiiU all over again. The fanboys will buy five of them and look on incredulously as the market fails to even so much as hold the door for this. It's barely a proof on concept and the simplest conceivable nfc application at that. But yeah, "great things to come" of course, according to Nintendo. At least here nobody can blame third party developers, because this is going to hurt.



Sceptic commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

Kind of with DerpSandwich here but I'd settle for a D plus, but no thanks to Nintendo. What games I have on the console I have essentially deliberately bought to justify it. None of the first party games speak to me (or my kids) in the least and to say I'm deeply disappointed by how little Nintendo has delivered in general for the WiiU and especially under the 'family gaming' flag would be a gross understatement. Aside from a few cool mini games in Nintendoland they have showed a shocking lack of creativity, initiative and innovation and the market is justly punishing for that.

I'm looking forward to 'X', which looks to finally be a game that might live up to some current standards, and Splatoon, but I may well be done spending money on Nintendo by the time they come out.

Overall, the WiiU adventure will be the last time I buy any hardware from Nintendo unless they offer up some seriously life-changing stuff (which at their current rate of innovation and creativity they have a snowball's chance in hell of doing). I feel they suckered us into buying the WiiU with grand promises they were hoping others would deliver on and when they didn't, that left us with nothing. It's frustrating and somewhat saddening, but Nintendo are clearly the Nokia of the gaming industry (although to Nokia's credit, their phones were some of the best to the very end, something the WiiU clearly is not).

If it wasn't for some quality indie games (available elsewhere too and at equal or better quality and lower prices, but nonetheless), Skylanders and Ubisoft's stubbornness in sticking with the console this long against all rationality, this would truly be a straight F.



Sceptic commented on Amazon amiibo Pre-Orders Hint at More Retailer...:

It shows how weak Nintendo is in negotiations that they have to kiss the ring of retailers like this with exclusives. It just further devalues an already shaky (and rather obscure) business plan. I can't imagine anybody trekking around town to buy figurines in a particular place when it's still not clear why anybody should buy them at all. But we'll see I guess.



Sceptic commented on Nintendo Returns to Profit as Wii U Sales Show...:

Exchange rate gains, huh?

Since they made pretty much zero adjustments to their business plan it's hardly surprising their 'turnaround' comes from currency volatility. They could just as well be 100 million in the red. They need to change.



Sceptic commented on Review: Bayonetta 2 (Wii U):

I'm going to be that guy and say that I can't get over the embarrassingly puerile design and camera work on the main character. There's sexy. There's tongue in cheek over the top and then there's crude-bordering-on-obscene. Wasn't this the space snubbing GTAV for featuring a strip club? In B2, the strip club is the game it seems. (and no, that's the opposite of 'mature')



Sceptic commented on Review: Art of Balance (Wii U eShop):

Looks great, it's just not the kind of game I'd play on a TV (more like on a tablet in bed, like, say, Pottery). May get it anyway just to support quality products on WiiU.



Sceptic commented on This New Fatal Frame Trailer Highlights the Ga...:

It shows what an irrational and out if touch company Nintendo is that we're even debating whether this is coming to the rest of the world. This could be a flagship title like 'The Last of Us', but they'd rather keep selling us kiddie games I guess.