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Tue 29th December, 2009

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sdcazares1980 commented on The Next Batman Game Is Arkham Knight, And No,...:

It's starting to catch up here. The Wii U is same as the Xbox 360 and the PS3 in terms of hardware power. For those of you who thought otherwise before, here's definitive proof because it will only be out for the Xbox One, PS4, and yes, the PC.



sdcazares1980 commented on AE Games Reveals Mad Men Football, High Impact...:

So, it is true then that AE Games exists. That's great, but given their opening statement on how they feel about the Wii U, it won't be enough. I'm sure this indie developer will make a killing selling their software on the Wii U given that they just started, but that's not the big picture here (that's a different topic altogether).

Best of luck to AE Games.



sdcazares1980 commented on Talking Point: The Watch_Dogs Wii U Delay Demo...:

3rd parties are abandoning Nintendo. This is not something we can just ignore. For those of you who are saying "We don't need third parties anyway", that is your prerogative as a consumer, but we all know deep down inside it's anecdotal and it doesn't work that way, IF Nintendo wants to remain in the console race.

Nintendo needs to realize that it needs the same kind of hardware that its competitors have. Yes, the Wii did "win" the last generation, but it was a one-hit wonder that will most likely never be repeated. Gamers are not going to own two consoles like they did the last generation, and I seriously doubt that people will drop $300 just to buy Smash Bros.

What Nintendo needs to do now (I have said this before and I will keep repeating this until this actually happens) is to start developing a true 9th generation console that will truly make Microsoft and Sony squirm. No more gimmicks, no more half-hearted support from 3rd party developers, and actually ASK them on what want out of a 9th generation console. The days of developers making games for Nintendo are long gone; it has to be the other way around this time. That kind of research needs to start now.



sdcazares1980 commented on Nintendo Is Here To Stay And Will Do Very Well...:

I really want to believe his optimism and I admire it, but when you hear that the Wii U sales projections have dropped by 67% and third-party support has been dropping like flies, how's blaming the media going to help? You want them to be dishonest by saying "everything is going to be just fine?" If you do, then this problem go way beyond Nintendo's. Sure some of it might be blown out of proportion like dropping out of the console race altogether, but the trend is here to stay unless the sales dramatically go up again.

Also, notice that Patel never said anything positive about the Wii U, but the 3DS? Could it be that maybe he's acknowledging that the situation with the Wii U could be that dire? Nobody is debating the 3DS even though it had a bit of an off year last year.



sdcazares1980 commented on Nintendo's Slump "Could Be Detrimental" To The...:

I'm not buying his "concerns." His concern about Nintendo is like Target being concerned about Wal-Mart or a mom-and-pop store. If he really was THAT concerned about the casual market, maybe you should start making those kinds of games, right Mr. Sony Boss? I find your lack of faith in your product disturbing.



sdcazares1980 commented on Team Meat's Name Originated From a "Random" Ni...:

I agree with their sentiments on the console wars, but consoles are not something you can just throw down a few hundred dollars for, expect a few games in return, and then buy another console to fit your "gaming needs". I know that some of the fanboys' justifications can go a bit too far, but nevertheless, the vast majority of gamers can only afford one console so, rightly or wrongly, they will justify their purchases in the end. Is this site any different?

As far as their relationship with Nintendo goes, I agree with @Kirk that Nintendo mostly brought the problems on itself. However, I'm not sure I agree with you on the hardware stance because when the Wii U was first introduced, Nintendo introduced games that were already out or would be out on the Xbox 360 and the PS3. That was a red flag right there. Until Nintendo releases games that are also going out for the PS4/Xbox One that are not ports, I don't see how the argument of "but they actually have the hardware" would help.



sdcazares1980 commented on Nintendo of America Issues Refunds After Warne...:

@TreonsRealm I wish like-minded people and I can enjoy the games like you do, and more power to you, but when we hear stories like this, it makes us wonder if the product was worth the investment. We didn't drop $300 so that we can keep hearing bad news about it. It's much more complicated than saying "Just sit down and relax."

I'll address your four points:

1) I agree that most of the fanboys have nothing to lose, but I also suspect that some of them also grew up with Nintendo, yet they felt burned because of the company's "kiddie" image and lack of technological prowess (the evidence on that is pretty substantial). If that's the case, can you really blame them?

2) These are the types of stories you just can't ignore. When the WB decides to drop content from a AAA game on the Wii U, it's news. But it's not just the WB doing this, but EA, Activision, Square Enix, Namco, Bethesda, etc. So, perhaps there is some validity to those "Nintendoom clickbait" articles that Nintendo fans are complaining about. Why keep shooting the messenger?

3) See point 2. To expand, Nintendo is a big part of gaming history. This not something you can just ignore. Third parties really wanted to work with Nintendo, but IMO, the hardware (amongst other issues) just made it way too difficult for them. Sorry, but we are at the mercy of the developers here. The days of developers making the games for the consoles are long gone. It's the other way around now.

4) I think that problem has been around for a while, and it is growing, which is why you're now hearing negative stories about the Wii U. Sony is having big problems with the other products right now, but I believe the story has been a bit more recent. Nintendo's problems have been swelling since Day One, almost, of the Wii U. In fact, this is going to be the 3rd out of the last 4 consoles in which Nintendo hasn't been selling well, so this was not a problem that appeared overnight.

Like I said, I actually do enjoy my Wii U, but again, with stories like this, I wonder if it was worth the investment. My bottom line is hurting too.



sdcazares1980 commented on Nintendo of America Issues Refunds After Warne...:

This is just sad.

But I can't help but think to all of you who said "don't worry, Nintendo is doing fine", well, where are you now? Of course, indie makers are going to say it because they have nothing to lose over the Wii U. But this is bigger than them.

To those of you who say "big deal, we don't need third-parties", perhaps personally you don't, but for Nintendo it's a big deal. This denial of Nintendo being in the console race, IMO, is what costing the company as a console maker.

The adage of (paraphrasing here) "the first step of taking care of a problem is to admit you have one" cannot ring more true.



sdcazares1980 commented on Review: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (Wii U e...:

@Kawaii_Neko I'm not sure about that. Why take the time to bash the game that everyone seemed to love? He even trashed the original TMNT game for the NES despite winning Nintendo Power's GOTY (or "Overall Game") in 1989. Even through his AVGN persona, he's got a lot of points on both of these games.



sdcazares1980 commented on Talking Point: The Wii U's 'Relevance' Is Abou...:

Sorry, but the "winning" Wii formula only appears once in a blue moon. The casual gamer was the biggest demographic, and they've jumped ship to tablets and smartphones.

If the relevance is about sales, then Nintendo's consoles have been lousy about it for 2 of the past 3 generations, with this in danger of becoming 3 of the last 4.



sdcazares1980 commented on Nintendo President Satoru Iwata "Has Earned Th...:

@TheRealThanos I'm not sure if that kind of strategy or philosophy will be enough this time. I'm obviously still gaming with Nintendo (otherwise, I wouldn't be here), but it's not just about you, me, and the people on this forum. It's about everyone in the gaming community. The strategy of having two consoles, like what it did this past generation, is long gone. Many of the gamers from the NES and SNES days have either moved on from gaming altogether, moved on to more "mature" aspects of gaming like Sony or Microsoft (I have an Xbox 360, planning on getting the Xbox One), went to casual gaming on tablets and smartphones because they're cheaper and they don't require a lot of your attention, or have decided to stay like we have, but we're also become fewer and fewer.

You said that the console race is too black and white. You maybe right, but I have valid reasons for this. As I've mentioned, people pick their consoles for different reasons, but it is also very expensive and "demanding" hobby. It is not just something that people just will shell out a few hundred dollars for. And third party developers will go after the ones that will make them money. That is the nature of the video game business.

Sorry, but this is the cold reality that Nintendo has to face.



sdcazares1980 commented on Nintendo President Satoru Iwata "Has Earned Th...:

@TheRealThanos I'm sure you have to take failure into account, I just have a problem with his wording.

That is a fine sentiment you have about Nintendo, but they're also trying to make games that are in effect trying to draw you away from the PS4 and/or the Xbox One. If that's not a characteristic of a console race, then I don't know what is.



sdcazares1980 commented on Nintendo President Satoru Iwata "Has Earned Th...:

This is one of the many problems I have with motivational speakers/speeches: They tell you that you HAVE to fail in order to succeed. It's true that you do "need" to fail in some instances, but they make it sound like it's absolutely mandatory. I mean, who in their right mind WANTS to fail? There is a difference between preparing to fail and wanting to fail.

Having said all of that, does Iwata deserved to be fired? I don't know, but this is much bigger than Iwata. Nintendo is about to lose its third of the last four console races, yet I was also never that convinced of the Wii's success (yes, the numbers do back it up, but for very exceptional reasons). If Iwata really wants to keep his job, he better change his mind about not wanting to make major changes, because major failures actually do require major (yet thoughtful) changes.



sdcazares1980 commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Wii U Struggles Brin...:

If Nintendo wants to remain in the console race, it needs to start acting like it. For starters, it needs to recognize that it is in competition with Sony and Microsoft. Sorry, but you can't say that you want Nintendo to be in the console race and then "ignore" the other ones as if people are going to buy both. That generation doesn't exist anymore.

What Nintendo should start doing is research and invest for the 9th generation of console gaming. No more gimmicks. And if they really do have the money, like what a lot of people seem to be saying, then they should start cashing it in big time, compete with Microsoft and Sony, and show that Nintendo can still kick butt, but with authority. Learn from past generations, especially when it's about to bottom-out for the 3rd time in the last 4 generations.



sdcazares1980 commented on A Third-Party "Secret Developer" Gives an Insi...:

@TheRealThanos It is true that people will buy Nintendo systems for Nintendo games no matter what (I'm one of them), but I wonder how long will that hold water. People just can't afford to buy 2 systems now. I will concede on Mario Kart and Donkey Kong Country for the SNES. Sonic did the same for Sega, but we're not living in that era anymore. It's now the third-parties that will be the determining factors.



sdcazares1980 commented on A Third-Party "Secret Developer" Gives an Insi...:

Even if Nintendo were to jack up the first party releases, it would still be miles behind from the Xbox One and PS4 because there is no third-party support. Nintendo and Super Nintendo were successful because of third-party support, but that's not the case anymore.



sdcazares1980 commented on Review: Double Dragon (3DS eShop / NES):

Despite its technical limitations, it is still a great game. I wish the arcade version was released, but I don't see that happening soon. It still plays like the arcade beat'em up that it actually was.

In fact, in some cases (not all, but some), I think this version is better because you don't have to constantly elbow punch every enemy like you did in the arcade. You have a better incentive to do other moves like kick, jump kick (when platforming and countering the knife throws), elbow attack (especially on the Abobos), and pin attack (when your generic enemies are down).

There is also a technical glitch on Mission 2 in which you can rack up your hearts much more quickly, and that makes it even better.

I'd give it a 7 out of 10.



sdcazares1980 commented on Talking Point: Is The Castlevania Series Finis...:

@Einherjar The original Wii did sell like hot cakes, but in retrospect, it was more flash in the pan. The people bought the Wii because of the Nintendo brand name (which I still respect), but compared to the Xbox 360 and PS3, almost no one was playing it. (Litmus test: Do you really think most people would brag about the Wii over the Xbox 360 and PS3?) Also, there was also some hope that it would wise up and become more "hardcore." It hasn't.

The 3DS is selling because not only it has great games, but people don't really expect to dish out THAT much money on a handheld. Plus, many of the PS Vita games are virtual hand-me-downs from the PS3. You're comparing apples and oranges here.

The Wii U does have some great games, but I don't think people are going to own 2 systems like they did in the past generation. Had Nintendo truly wanted 3rd party publishers to get behind them (technology, etc), most gamers would've definitely picked the Wii U, hands down.

I agree that games themselves make the games, but don't underestimate the power of technology.

@JaxonH I think you're getting a little too technical (no pun intended) with my "dated" comment. I'm sure what you've said is theoretically true.

But the reality is that the Xbox One and PS4 have similar technologies in which 3rd parties are willing to do. Multiplatform games sell and are profitable. Nintendo, in the name of wanting to be different and cheap, seems to have a problem with this. I love the Wii U, but I also saw this coming.

You also said that Nintendo may not have problems with 3rd party publishers. Sorry, but the opposite is well-documented.

@Memeboy3 It probably has to do with the technology and image that Nintendo has (which I stated earlier, but many of my responders didn't want to hear it).

@Legromancer I've been saying that for a while (minus the "Castlevania being a Nintendo exclusive" comment), but people just don't want to acknowledge it. Read the responses I've been getting.



sdcazares1980 commented on Talking Point: Is The Castlevania Series Finis...:

@XCWarrior I don't know. It's kind of hard to remove on how people perceive Nintendo's relationship with third party games. That you can't deny.

@Einherjar If I was hating for the sake of hating, I wouldn't have said "I hope not." (I also own the WIi U as well, so thanks for keeping an open mind on that). Also, I'm not going to delve into a long list on why I think the Wii U is dated compared to the Xbox One and the PS4. I think you know the answer to that as well.