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The blunt knight isn't the otaku this city deserves, he is the otaku this city needs right now.

Sat 14th December, 2013

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theBluntKnight commented on Rosalina & Luma amiibo Exclusive to Target in ...:

It's official Amiibo is the new beanie babies. I hope that this can be a cash cow that Nintendo can milk on an ongoing basis. I have a feeling there will be new series of amiibo and their in game functionality will increase with time.



theBluntKnight commented on Super Smash Bros. Wii U Basic Bundle Heading f...:

Just recently I bought a jail broken PS3 for like 200 bucks. It can be a nifty little multimedia device to play movies, blurays, emulators and the handful of PS3 bootlegged games I'd like to play. Sometimes it pays to wait. Had I got one at launch back in '07 I'd have paid 1000 bucks for that and 100 bucks for each non bootlegged game. Even though a I got a PS3 on the cheap I still feel like my wiiU is better value.



theBluntKnight commented on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Sold to Over Ten P...:

I luv how every time I read the comments section there are always pessimists who seem to expect the wiiU to suddenly start selling like the wii or the PS2 and anything less than that is complete failure. No matter what the good news reported they always see the glass as half empty LoL.



theBluntKnight commented on Nintendo's Holiday Sales and Profit Set to be ...:

An interesting exchange of views between JasonH and Quorthon. while it does seem that Nintendo is approaching a crossroads where they need to reassess their plan of attack. It's really easy for people to say Nintendo needs to bring third parties back and that they need to release more powerful hardware but what that really means is they want Nintendo to copy sony and microsoft. Neither Sony nor Microsoft have the depth of first party content that Nintendo has so if they don't bow to the will of third party studios their consoles wont be able to claim the amount of market share that they currently do. This is a situation that gives third party studios a lot of power and a lot of say in the hardware chosen for a new console - something Nintendo could never accept. And using more powerful and more expensive hardware isn't guaranteed to get third parties on board when Sony and Microsoft charge lower licensing fees among other concessions. If the price of getting third parties on board is more than it's worth why should Nintendo bring themselves down to sony and microsoft's level when those two aren't making a lot of money off their games business? Rather they are using their games divisions as a means to a different end, to rule the living room with all in one media boxes that also happen to play games. It's a race to the bottom between sony and microsoft and Nintendo needs to plan their next move smartly.



theBluntKnight commented on Nintendo Wins Four At The Game Awards 2014, Wh...:

Wow the wiiU has so much going for it but still it can't ramp up it's sales no matter how many quality exclusives it has. I'll bet Yamauchi-san regrets allowing Sony the opportunity to get a foothold in their territory because now that they have established themselves in the interactive entertainment market their marketing hype has become all pervasive. People will happily pony up the dough for a machine that costs more, has fewer quality games and offers less innovation purely out of brand loyalty. All the same I want Nintendo to learn from their setbacks and keep fighting on their terms. Eventually Sony and microsoft will tire of making loss after loss and move on once they find a way to do so with out losing face. I look forward to the day when Nintendo finally reclaims their throne, even if that day is a long way away.



theBluntKnight commented on PDP GameCube-Style Wired Fight Pads for Donkey...:

I ordered a couple of GCN controllers off playasia and my gamecube adapter is on the way too. In the mean time I think I will test out my PS2 to wii-mote adapter by plugging my arcade stick into it and seeing if an 8 button arcade stick is any good for smash bros.

I've played it a bit on the gamepad and it's good but my main gripe is that the 4 face buttons aren't intuitively mapped for a game like smash. I find myself constantly having to remind myself which button is for a normal attack and which is for a special attack.



theBluntKnight commented on Review: Watch Dogs (Wii U):

wow 6/10 is even lower than I was expecting this game to get. I knew ubisoft were going to put in minimal effort with the wiiU port but this just seems weak. I was never going to pay full price for this but now I think I'll just skip this one entirely.



theBluntKnight commented on Video: How Does Watch Dogs Wii U Compare To Th...:

exactly what I expected. The 360 and the wiiU versions look identical. Ubisoft couldn't be bothered optimising the wiiU port like the lazy barstewards they are. At least they pu some gamepad features in the wiiU port. Here's hoping they aren't completely shallow.



theBluntKnight commented on Sonic Boom Wii U And 3DS Both Stall Outside Of...:

This whole sonic boom fiasco is baffling. I understand that Sega thought that tying in this sonic reboot in with a new CGi cartoon was a brilliant idea (on paper it was). But why make this new sonic reboot exclusive to Nintendo's consoles? Why not go for broke with a multi-platform approach?

Personally I would have rather seen Sega release an updated port of Sonic Generations on wiiU. A definitive edition with graphics optimised to take advantage of the wiiU's hardware, bonus levels that weren't present in the PS360 versions. And then release sonic boom the next year on multiple platforms.

I get the impression that Sega didn't supervise the development of sonic boom very closely and only cared about having it out in time for the holiday shopping season. All Sega had to do was stick to what works rather than try and reinvent the wheel in the most half assed way.

It's probably just as well as there is more than enough game related stuff that I plan to buy so my wallet didn't need to be stretched by a well made sonic game this holiday season. Just as well that I treated this game with skepticism from the moment it was announced.



theBluntKnight commented on Lucario amiibo Confirmed as a Toys "R" Us Excl...:

As someone who doesn't buy collectable figurines normally I require a fair amount of persuasion. Which means I'm not really going to be one of the folks preordering each amiibo as each wave is announced. What worries me is that with these exclusive deals that are being cooked up is that if I find myself buying one and being really pleased with it and wanting to buy more. Only to find scalpers and early adopters scooping up a limited release (which could be of a character I might really want to get) and then the only ones left being on ebay at extortionate prices. I worry that could happen with these exclusive releases.



theBluntKnight commented on Review: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U):

well if the online is as good as mario kart 8's then it would at least be enough. It seems like Nintendo have learnt where they went wrong with the wii's online capability so this hasn't changed from being a day one buy for me.



theBluntKnight commented on The Nintendo Wii U Is Better Value For Money T...:

for my personal tastes wiiU has always seemed better value than PS4 or xbone. Not only is it cheaper than them but it has more of the types of games I am interested in playing. Earlier in the year when I was evaluating if a wind waker bundle was worth importing from europe it was games like Mario kart, 3D world, Bayonetta 2, Xenoblade and smash bros that sealed the deal. The proliferation of PS360 ports from when the wiiU first came out wasn't a problem for me as I never bothered to get a 360 or PS3 so I've snapped up a few of the highly rated ones that I were available at knockdown prices. And some day I will get around to playing them. Currently Mario Kart 8 has got me hooked and when I get smash bros I suspect it will be a similar story. So with the limited time that I dedicate to playing games my wiiU can keep me going for a long time before the games I own become stale. This is why I only buy one home console per gen. Even though I could buy all 3 if I wanted the other 2 don't have any game in particular that brings out that "must have" feeling in me.

Perhaps if Capcom's 8th gen SF game is cel shaded like guilty gear Xrd with fluid animations and crisp gameplay like alpha 3 had I would be tempted but the chances of Capcom doing something like that seem microscopic. They'll likely just make SF V and it'll be just like SF IV but with slightly improved graphics and little more.



theBluntKnight commented on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Claims Seco...:

I guess the bayonetta sales shouldn't be overly surprising given that a lot of the people who would have otherwise bought it are the mouth breathers who clog up the youtube comments section condemning platinum for not releasing it on a console that has xbox or playstation in it's name. They basically want it to sell poorly because they have the "if I can't have it nobody should have it" mindset combined with "no way am I buying wiiU. If it can't play all the yearly multiplats, that are available on everything else, then I don't want it. Who cares about exclusive games that are well made and are fun to play when I can buy remakes of games that were released last year." and so on.

It's a highly rated game exclusive to an underrated console. There will only be a limited print run like maybe one million world wide. So my advice is to buy it, not for the sake of operational platinum but for the sake of a good investment. 10-20 years from now when these COD focused dudebros have grown up some of them will mature and realise that because of their fanboyism they missed out on a really good game, one which by that time could be rather rare. A bit like the Taito games that came out late in the NES's lifespan like Little Sampson.



theBluntKnight commented on Rodea the Sky Soldier Now Flying Into a Spring...:

looks cool, hopefully they use the wiiU's power to refine the character models and animations, the backgrounds are already very pretty. It's a different game and the wiiU could certainly use some of that, hopefully it turns out to be a well made game that gets released in PAL territories.



theBluntKnight commented on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Continues to Dominat...:

3DS is killing it in Japan. PS4 sales are just about double wiiU this week. I have no doubt Nintendo are working on the "fusion". If anybody can find a way to sell a portable and home console all in one that breaks the mould it's Nintendo. And the need to do it and get it right on the first try seems to grow with every passing week.



theBluntKnight commented on Gallery: Duck Hunt's Super Smash Bros. Screens...:

a reproduction zapper wiimote cradle would be the shiznit. And that dog and duck combo reminds me of banjo kazooie a bit. Could Nintendo be testing the waters to see if there is a possibility of using these characters in something more than lightgun/smash bros games? It's probably just wishful thinking but who knows.



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

Every retailer I go to the Nintendo stuff is hidden away in a corner while the playstation, xbox and PC stuff is more prominently on display even though you often see the same games across those three sections while the Nintendo section always offers something different.

I'm glad that NIntendo is returning to profit but my feeling is that Nintendo's situation atm has some parallels to that of Apple in the nineties before Steve Jobs returned to the helm. What changed Apple's fortunes was giving up on ruling the desktop market that Microsoft had under lock and key and instead branch out into the more profitable mobile devices market. If the new 3DS is anything to go by then more frequent updates of portable consoles is practically a given.

But something that might boost the wiiU's marketability is if the new 3DS or even just the 3DS could function as a gamepad for the wiiU. It can already function as an extra controller for the upcoming wiiU smash bros. It may just need a special cartridge to function as a gamepad. Then a cheaper gamepad-less wiiU could be offered. This could be a way to cut the price with out losing face, and without losing the functionality and differentiating factor that the gamepad brings. There are around 40 million 3DS owners out there, I'm willing to bet that some of them are kids who can't convince their parents to buy a second console if it's more than $100-150. If they can get their parents to buy them a $150 wiiU for a birthday or barmitzvah present then sales of wiiU could improve. And then there are all the chumps out there who bought a PS4 riding that incredible wave of hype and are a little buttsore that Bayonetta 2 wont be gracing their would be wonder-machine. They are the ones that (woefully) complain that the wiiU is too expensive for one game, so a cheaper gamepad-less wiiU could get them over the line particularly if they already have a 3DS that they can use as a controller.



theBluntKnight commented on Mewtwo Returns to Super Smash Bros., Ridley an...:

wow there are so many accusations of a cash grab with regards to buying both versions to get mewtwo. For those who don't want to buy both versions for whatever reason there seems a fairly obvious work around. register a friend's copy of the one you don't intend to buy on club Nintendo. There'll likely be many more 3DS smash games in people's collections but I'm sure the internet can bring together the two halves somehow to save people some coin. Smash bros is already a big selling franchise and with it now on 3DS the franchise is already raking in more than if it were only on the home console so I think it is a little glib to say they're doing it just for the money. To me it seems they're doing it to give people more of a genuine reason to buy both.

I was originally primarily interested in just the wiiU version as I don't use public transport and don't really play my 3DS on the go all that much so if the 3DS version's only selling point was you can play it away from home then I probably wouldn't have been tempted to buy it but now that there is even more incentive I'm in.



theBluntKnight commented on Nintendo UK Executive Says Wii U Has Had "Quit...:

It's nice to hear Nintendo UK say something upbeat about the wiiU. It's totally underrated. While it has it's struggles it's been well worth the cash I spent on it. I don't mind if third parties keep their crappy ports if it means the wiiU can have quality over quantity. I have nearly ten games already and I haven't finished them all yet and with Bayonetta, smash bros and a host of other games to come I wont be left wanting.



theBluntKnight commented on Project CARS Delayed to March 2015 on PS4 and ...:

this doesn't sound the same as the watch dogs douchebaggery. at any rate I'm not even mad that Ubisoft delayed the wiiU version by half a year I'm impressed. Impressed that they were bold enough to give wiiU owners to see how overhyped the other versions were. Anyway as far as this game goes for me if it gets glowing reviews I might consider getting it. I'm still playing MK8 so I'm in no urgent need for another racing game right now but if this game has some serious chops I might consider it.



theBluntKnight commented on I Had No Idea If I Was Fighting Demons, Dragon...:

I appreciate the insight into the behind the scenes for the voice acting for Bayonetta. I was really disappointed that the producers only give the voice actors a half hour to read the script and don't give the actors a lot of detail on the story. Why not just use a non disclosure agreement? Anyway I guess this explains why the english voice acting can be a bit of a mixed bag where sometimes the actors sound like they're over acting compared to their japanese counterparts. Knowing this I will cut them some slack before passing judgement.

Also the actor that voices Bayonetta is really pretty and I don't care who knows it.



theBluntKnight commented on Nintendo Releases Drop in UK Charts in Face of...:

I have a feeling that in order to relax it's licensing rules to win back third parties in the next gen Nintendo might have to go for fully digital, with physical copies of games completely phased out. WIth digital distribution they could change their policy of the publisher paying the cost of manufacture.

But NIntendo needs to find a way to broaden their appeal with out throwing away their best attributes. Unlike many folks out there I think they can do this without firing all the current directors. Miyamoto and Iwata aren't spring chickens, I would hope that they can bring in new employees and promote from within. They do have a new building that will be a part of their operations, so who knows what the future will bring. I just hope they deal with this challenge seriously but with calmness.



theBluntKnight commented on Rejoice, Little Orbit's Penguins Of Madagascar...:


It's obvious wiiU needs third party games made specifically for it, but THIS??? this is just sad, they might as well just stop beating around the bush and just say "we only want to release kid friendly games on wiiU because we don't want any wiiU owners over the age of ten to give us their money" Or better yet "we're only going to release kid friendly games on wiiU because kids and parents are more likely to pay us for the lacklustre crap we release"



theBluntKnight commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Flipped The Tea Table with Hy...:

I am glad Miyamoto insisted that they graft zelda assets into a Dynasty warriors game. With the new WiiU zelda set to come out next year Nintendo didn't need a game too similar to cannibalize sales of the next (presumably) great Zelda game. This is more of a warm up act to whet the fan's appetites. Who cares if cynics brush it off as Dynasty Warriors in Zelda clothing, this is something made by people who care about wiiU for wiiU owners out there.



theBluntKnight commented on Ubisoft Executive Talks Up Super Smash Bros. a...:

oh right, so ubisoft are gonna play the old wait and see. If smash bros sells consoles to their liking then they'll grace the wiiU with this mystery game that they've been holding back all this time.

Hmmm I wonder if anybody will even care by the time they release it, if they even release it at all.

Somehow I have this feeling that they'll just recode it for PS4, nobody will buy it and they'll find some convoluted way to blame that on Nintendo, because yknow it's what all the cool kids are doing these days.



theBluntKnight commented on The Hyrule Warriors Artbook Catches The Eye Wi...:

I love how Link sporting a baby canon brings out such strong emotions in some folks. Sure choosing the gender would be a major shift in the series but it's been done in other games and it's not like the lore is all about Link and Zelda makin' a baby or anything.



theBluntKnight commented on Ubisoft Clarifies Reasoning For The Crew Skipp...:

@TheAdrock bah, the market and developers can eat a fat d1ck. The moment Nintendo starts dancing to the tune of 3rd party developers is the moment they are doomed. Think about what 3rd parties would want nintendo to do to appease them, a new console would have to have x86 architecture with specs requested by developers. Would developers care that the requested specs would mean hardware has to be sold at a significant loss in order to be sold at a price people are willing to pay? I doubt it. They just want to make PC games and port them to console with minimal effort. Why else did both Sony turn their back on power pc architecture in favour of x86 in the same generation?

Even during the NES and SNES days 3rd parties Nintendo had the upper hand over third parties. When the PS1 came out the balance of power shifted in favour of 3rd party developers. Sony and now Microsoft rely heavily on the support of third parties. Nintendo can still get them back on side but it would mean having to bow and scrape to them now that they have options and the upper hand.