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Wed 22nd May, 2013

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Technosphile commented on Talking Point: Five New Year's Resolutions for...:

So, price cut for the Wii U? Perfect. Exactly what I've been saying for the last year (look it up). Would any drones like to continue arguing that it's not necessary?

$199 for the 32g console, no game. Period. Long, long overdue.



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

I like when NintendoLife has poll questions for the readers within articles, this is one that should have had a few.

The Wii U has its positives but overall it's been extremely disappointing. The friends and messaging system is so clumsy and slow it's barely useable. How could Nintendo see how this works on PSN and Xbox Live and not think that works better? There's not even an on-screen prompt when you get a message, it's ridiculous.

Games-wise, I can't say that practically anything on the system is must-own software. Mario Kart 8 is excellent but what really does it offer that is uniquely new? They even blew having a really dynamic exclusive by also releasing Sm4sh on 3DS, and months beforehand. Even now I think the most "interesting" game on the Wii U is ZombiU, which is so sad it makes me quite sure Nintendo is determined to limit their losses with the console and just play it safe with easy rehash like Mario 3D World. Third-party multiplat shovelware is not my thing but for Nintendo to be almost completely without any is just embarrassing for them. How can Alien Isolation release for literally every other platform BUT Wii U? Who is dropping the ball at Nintendo with this stuff?

I'd like to say things will get better but I just don't see it. Nintendo's priorities are all over the place and they just don't seem focused. Amiibo is not going sell Wii U's, Nintendo Directs are not going to sell Wii U's. I'm not even convinced Sm4sh or Zelda can sell the Wii U. It is overdue for a massive price cut. $199 for the 32g system with no game would be a bold move that would at least move some dead stock.

The Wii U gets a D from me at this point.



Technosphile commented on Weirdness: Mike Tyson Fights Himself in Punch-...:

So like, here's an idea: how about Nintendo does something cool for once and signs Iron Mike back, just so we can have the proper version of the game again? No one in their right mind would prefer that "Mr. Dream" nonsense, and at this point in his life I think Mike would do it for free.



Technosphile commented on Poll: Should Nintendo Follow Microsoft's Lead ...:

This hardware, by itself, is not worth more than and should not be more than $199 new. It's time for Nintendo to do something really bold if they want to compete: $199 for the 32g system, just the console and Gamepad, no game. Have your bundles, price them accordingly, but stop pretending like the Wii U has any business being in the same price league as an Xbone. It is delusional.



Technosphile commented on Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley Set to Bloom on ...:

I just want this one to be more engaging than A New Beginning, or whatever the last 3DS one was called. That one was just too bland with too slow of a start, even for these games. Animal Parade on the Wii was so wonderful, if this can emulate that style somehow it would be really great.



Technosphile commented on Rumour: Nintendo Removed Tharja From Super Sma...:

@Zombie_Barioth well what it's actually "about" is a bunch of fat manchildren furious that a girl got laid. But the line is something about paid reviews, or certain benefits for a positive review, which is exactly what he said.

Hint: don't fight other people's battles. Especially when you have no clue what you're blathering about.



Technosphile commented on Rumour: Nintendo Removed Tharja From Super Sma...:

And this, friends, is why Fatal Frame will NEVER come out for Wii U outside Japan. Nintendo are a bunch of Puritan prudes.

Just about finished supporting this company. I imported games for decades because I hate censorship in video games. With region lock, censorship of anything remotely sexual (Bayonetta 2 must have Iwata gritting his teeth), and basically being the laughingstock of the industry, I'll just say it: Nintendo is everything wrong with video games, and deserves to fail.



Technosphile commented on Cancelled Mario Volleyball/Wrestling Wii Title...:

How ridiculous is it that Pro Wrestling has never:

*been included in a compilation, Animal Crossing minigame, etc
*been released on any Virtual Console
*been given a sequel despite its enduring quality, legendary status ("A Winner Is You"), and being Nintendo property
*had any of its memorable fighters appear in anything; no Smash trophies, no Captain Rainbow, nothing.

It's time, Nintendo.



Technosphile commented on Talking Point: A History of the Sexualisation ...:

Like Wolverine, Samus was better as a mysterious character with nearly everything about her open to interpretation. Since Zero Mission it's been all downhill, so you might as well have Zero Clothes Samus in Smash: it can't get any worse.



Technosphile commented on Sega Announces Chopper Action Title Thunder Bl...:

Stop doing this, NintendoLife. Sega doesn't see these as viable western releases, so don't give them the press. It has been nearly a year since After Burner 2 was released in Japan; I'm sure the lengthy translation and localizing process is all that is holding it back..



Technosphile commented on Video: This Is Possibly The Most Almighty Falc...:

@SockoMario Brawl was (and still is) a big disappointment. So...

Let me give you a better example. At EVO this year, Street Fighter IV was the big competition. Now, the same guys who have always played SSF2 Turbo were there, and they played it, but it was like a one-hour diversion from the main event: Street Fighter 4. Which all of those same guys were playing.

See, the Wii U is a big flop and needs all the help and hype it can get. Having Smash U be anything but a masterpiece and have people going back to their fan mod would be, like I said, a failure. It needs to be the game at these tournaments.

tl;dr: people played Melee after Brawl because Brawl sucks, and people play Project M because its better than both of them. Smash U needs to trump them all, or Nintendo failed the Wii U yet again.



Technosphile commented on It Doesn't Look Like We'll Be Seing Sega Games...:

So where is After Burner 2 for the west after nearly a year? Where is OutRun? People talked of these being foregone conclusions for eShop release worldwide, but not a peep has been said about either. And all the while, new Sega 3D Classics continue to be announced for Japan.

Basically, bite me, "Sega".



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

These "Amiibo" are not going to grab the Skylanders audience. Skylanders and Disney Infinity figures use hardware families already have; 360 and Wii systems bought many years ago. The rub here--that you have to buy another $300 console merely to use Amiibo--is, in my opinion, a very tough sell. Amiibo might be popular with adults who already own Wii U, but I don't think the dollar signs Nintendo is seeing will materialize.

If they had to do this, Nintendo might have been better off entering a partnership with Disney or Activision to make the Amiibo concept work in already-existing software, but exclusive to the Nintendo versions. Or even better, scrap the whole concept and use the capital spent in developing this idea into what the Wii U actually needs: quality Nintendo software.



Technosphile commented on Nintendo Looking To Grow Wii U Audience To Tem...:

@Peach64 this. The whole discussion of third party and Wii U is close to becoming moot since third party development will be entirely for PS4/Xbone/PC by 2016.

Nintendo's best option for "third party" software is to keep financing/publishing projects like Bayonetta, stuff that is out of their comfort zone but appeals to a certain audience. I personally think Devil's Third looks terrible, but Nintendo publishing it is a smart move PR-wise since it makes it look like Wii U has at least some third-party support and can cater to the M for Mature crowd.



Technosphile commented on Capcom Could Be Up For Sale After Shareholders...:

You see, Crapcom? You reap what you sow.

For ruining Biohazard/Resident Evil, Outsourcing nearly every single one of your beloved Japanese-made properties to clueless western devs, Sitting on untold amounts of IP and never doing a single thing with any of them for decades, Letting all your talented staff who made Capcom great once just scatter to the winds, releasing countless compilation titles with subpar resolution and sound, never bothering to give Warzard a home release, for having the single worst U.S. office of any Japanese game company and allowing them to constantly make unnecessary name changes and cut "risqué" content, for RUINING BIOHAZARD WHICH I LOVED WITH ALL MY HEART deserve to go out of business, "Capcom". You deserve to have your assets picked apart by the vultures of the industry. You deserve to have to sell Rockman to Nintendo because you don't deserve him anyway. You deserve for Microsoft to buy you out and completely destroy your legacy just like they did to Rare.

Nintendo acquiring them is better than "Capcom" deserves. And that won't happen anyway, if Nintendo didn't have the dough for Atlus then you better believe they can't afford "Capcom", which based on its Intellectual Property alone I have to think could command as much as a billion dollars in a bidding war. None of that will happen, either, they'll find some way to restructure yet again and keep dragging that once-proud gold and blue logo through the mud.



Technosphile commented on Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition Releas...:

@HaThready quite short, but if you go into it without a walkthrough or something you'll get a lot out of it.

I wish Flashback's latest version had been treated with the same amount of love and respect as this clearly has been. Instead, the Flashback name was slapped onto a very different, very terrible "remake".



Technosphile commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Outlines His Work Routine and...:

I was hoping that photo of him using the Oculus was to be the catalyst for a whole new direction at Nintendo. VR could change the very basis of gaming as we know it; Nintendo better not end up behind on it like they did with online play.



Technosphile commented on Poll: What Did You Think of Nintendo's E3?:

After this I am totally convinced that Nintendo's no live press conference approach is the way to go. Sony and Microsoft's presentations were both awkward, clumsy, and cheesy. I am also at the age where hearing people audibly cheer and whoop at the announcement of a video game (or a developer logo) makes me cringe. I am embarrassed for such people. On the flipside, the thunderous roar for Rockman's Final Smash during the Invitational was awesome, though I think that falls more in the line of "e-sports".

The Treehouse broadcasts were great just as a means to see a lot more of these games than non-attendees normally do at E3. These were so successful that I fully expect Sony and Microsoft to ape the idea next year.

All in all, "winning E3" to me is about generating the most hype, and Nintendo had virtually every headline everywhere after the first day. It was a fun few days to be a Nintendo fan, and a welcome break from Wii U doom articles.



Technosphile commented on Feature: How Rik Mayall Helped Bring Anarchy T...:

....I hadn't heard this. Thanks for the lovely news, NintendoLife.

I love The Young Ones, Rik was my favorite character. My little sister and I recite his monologue at the beginning of the "Bombs" episode often.

Please don't edit my posts if you've never seen an episode of The Young Ones and don't get it.