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Thu 25th April, 2013

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tudsworth commented on Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson Confirmed For Eu...:

@DragonbornRito I'm fairly sure the joyless individuals who found ZSS so objectionable are getting ready to find Senran 2 objectionable, too.

@LinkSword I suggest you go and ask Atlus why they hate Europe so much. Seriously, it beats me, and it always has. I very nearly bought a US 3DS solely so I don't have to deal with protracted release dates and generally poor attitudes towards paying customers from a single publisher; so that's always an option if you have more money than sense.

Personally, I consider Marvelous more deserving of my money because they at least seem to acknowledge that Europe has a pretty healthy market for more niche Japanese titles.



tudsworth commented on Fans Are Translating Dragon Quest VII On 3DS B...:

@unrandomsam Because it was actually advertised. Let's not pretend otherwise - the DQ IX advertisements that were shown on British TV featured Jedward and were generally awful (listing their crimes in order of severity); but they (and a decent print advertising campaign) clearly worked, the game is still the highest selling of the Dragon Quest games in the west. 6 and DQM Joker 2 also did well (albeit not as well), in spite of having less advertising, but they definitely sold better than either IV, V or DQM Joker did.

@FX102A The same Square Enix that sank hundreds of millions of dollars on Thief 4, a game panned for its sheer mediocrity? In all seriousness, the western division of the company has just gotten progressively worse since the acquisition of Eidos. Prior to said acquisition, Eidos were bleeding money for making the same mistakes they continue to make under the Square Enix name, and if the Japanese HQ had even a lick of business sense, they'd cut the tumour out before it spreads.



tudsworth commented on Feature: Five Nintendo 64 Games We'd Love to P...:

Sin & Punishment is my personal choice; and more than due a remaster that gets it out to a larger audience. VC was a start, but I highly doubt more than 5% of the Wii's userbase was even -aware- of the Virtual Console. As far as games not on the list go - I'd quite like to see Yoshi's Story in 3D; and while it's incredibly unlikely to happen, Body Harvest. Not that Rockstar would ever acknowledge that their golden goose (3D GTA, duh) was actually born from an N64 game next to nobody played.

@Zobocop If you think Nintendo won't be rolling out the Wii VC downloads in the US at some point in the near future, you're a funny, funny guy.



tudsworth commented on Reaction: Pokémon Shuffle Isn't Quite Microtr...:

I would be more than happy with free-to-play if Nintendo would let -any- NNID set a spending limit on DLC, even a game-specific limitation.

Nintendo, however, seem to be using Shuffle mostly as an experiment - not only with how to make free-to-play work without the assumption of a constant Internet connection; but also with pricing models. All of which is perfectly fine, the principle of voting with one's wallet always applies; and I trust Nintendo to not take this model, even if it is successful and profitable for them, and shoehorn it in to, say, the next Zelda title.



tudsworth commented on Eiji Aonuma Explains Why Tingle is Such a Pecu...:

I don't get the "Tingle is Gay" theory amongst Zelda fans, and I never have. I think it's made pretty clear from his speech and mannerisms that he's just a savant who thinks he's a fairy and can somehow draw highly detailed maps despite only being a few metres in the air.

He's also the best possible choice for Hyrule Warriors DLC and one of the most fun "joke" characters in any Musou game I've played, but that's by and large irrelevant to this story.



tudsworth commented on Ninja Pig Pulls The Plug On Wii U eShop Title ...:

@ricklongo I am, personally, of the opinion that there's no pre-requisite to criticism. In other words, I do not believe that -only- other game designers can criticise games or anything like that, and anybody who implies such things is a blithering idiot (since I kind of did imply it... time to go blither, I guess). Any remotely committed gamer will have at least some degree of understanding of game design and will be able to articulate their opinion on a game; usually to a better degree than most actual game designers, to be honest.

However, regardless of your opinions on Ninja Pig's games, his general lack of regard for even the most rudimentary understanding of copyright law is kind of disgusting. The onus is on the developer or publisher to ensure that all resources used in a game are 100% safe for use in a commercial work, assuming they want to sell their games for money - and Ninja Pig self-publishes, so he cannot really shift the blame on to anybody else, here. Sure, he didn't get into any real trouble, but that's beside the point. The point is more that he came dangerously close to getting into very real financial and legal trouble, and if that's not enough for him to at least ensure he no longer steals (intentionally or otherwise, ignorance is -not- a valid defence) other people's resources, then I really do not know what is.



tudsworth commented on Ninja Pig Pulls The Plug On Wii U eShop Title ...:

As controversial a developer as he is, I hope that NinjaPig's actually learned the many lessons he can take away from this. Having a game infringe one person's copyright, another person's trademark, and potentially getting you into some form of legal trouble -should- drill the most important of those lessons into him, mind you.

Well, I say "should", but if he's still at it with his next game, I think it's time to give up on his part.



tudsworth commented on Retailer The Hut Believes The Wii U Now Has A ...:

@Quorthon As somebody who has bought five of the six examples you've listed (I didn't buy Mass Effect, because I stopped buying EA games a while ago without making any real conscious effort on my part) - why the heck should I continue to buy these games on Wii U when all I get out of them are missing game modes, lower quality textures (occasionally), shoddy ports and, all in all, an incomplete, inferior experience for no reason other than my console of choice? It's not like the Wii U can't do something the PS360 can or something. Of course, none of this applies to Bayonetta 2, which is my personal GOTY for 2014. But that's beside the point, here.

I agree, however, that consumers aren't entirely blame-free. People who want more "mature" titles on Nintendo consoles should be more willing to actually buy them; but by the same token, it's hard to justify purchasing a game on a Nintendo platform when it works out cheaper to just buy a PS3 or 360 and contribute to "the problem" at hand. That's the way it has been since the N64 era, and it's the way it'll continue to be with the Wii U2 (featuring New Super Bono Bros!), or whatever name a theoretical future Nintendo console has nowadays.



tudsworth commented on The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Comic ...:

@G0dlike Most of Viz Media's manga makes it over here (the UK), so I can't think of any reason why it wouldn't be released over here. Even if it isn't officially released over here, it's a book with the words "Legend of Zelda" on the cover; amazon UK will inevitably sell imported copies of it.



tudsworth commented on Official Nintendo UK Store Limits amiibo Purch...:

@Nautical-Rudie As long as they follow through on keeping orders to one per-person, cancelling the orders of scumbags... sorry, "opportunists", who manage to exploit the system, there's not really much else Nintendo can do about the woeful stock situation; beyond risking the quality of the final product by bringing in more manufacturers.

I'm under the impression Nintendo are already making a compromise on quality to mass-produce the figures in the first place; and I'm reminded of the difficulty people have had procuring games like Fire Emblem Awakening - even Nintendo are surprised by how well this gamble (and, let's face it, Amiibo -are- a gamble for Nintendo) is working out for them, and are still working out how to make supply meet demand. It's upsetting that it has been nearly three months and I only -just- managed to find a Kirby, definitely, but I'm trying to be patient - lest I stress myself out trying to find toys, or worse, give in to temptation and support the more scummy folk who have bulk orders of all the well-established hot commodities like Ness (probably the first piece of Earthbound merch released outside of Japan) and the Fire Emblem characters.



tudsworth commented on NF Magazine 2015 Renewals & New Subscriptions ...:

@agqwestern @zool I couldn't agree more. Fortunately, I only had to suffer through two issues before my sub ran out, but now the only gaming magazine I even bother to read is Retro Gamer. The death of ONM, and NGamer before it, has been nothing but a bad thing, in my book.

I understand that print media is less commercially viable and all; but it's not like circulation for either mag was incredibly low, they were certainly making Future money.



tudsworth commented on Reminder: Club Nintendo New 3DS Ambassador Pro...:

@sleepinglion To be fair, all of the Europe love on Nintendo's part wasn't until -very- recently. Satoru Shibata has been very good to us - stepping up Europe-only localisation efforts to allow European audiences to get their hands on games like Inazuma Eleven, Project Zero 2 and XenoBlade - niche Japanese titles previously considered too risky to bring to Europe; as well as massively revamping Club Nintendo to provide us with better, more frequent incentives. The man's very committed to reversing the general European attitude towards Nintendo - that they really don't give a damn about Europe, never have, and never will; and so far, he's been doing a really commendable job at proving that general mentality wrong.

I'd, also, be surprised if Nintendo of America isn't taking notes right now - I think even NoE is surprised by just how much buzz this promotion is getting, and NoA would be insane to not attempt to replicate its success outside of Europe.



tudsworth commented on Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition Cr...:

@Pod Puzzle and Dragons is one of the highest grossing games in Japan- comparable in popularity (and earnings clout) to, say, Candy Crush Saga in the West. I honestly could not tell you how it got as popular as it did, but if I had to hazard a guess - it's a combination of appealing character/monster design and match-3 puzzler gameplay. Appealing to Japanese gamers, anyway, which is part of why it's just not as popular in the West.

In those regards, the crossover route makes perfect sense - combining one of the most popular gaming "brands" of all time with the most popular phone game in Japan is a very smart business move, even though I find it a bit distasteful - it gives GungHo the perfect platform to introduce their game to non-Japanese audiences; while giving Nintendo another reason for Japanese gamers to ditch the phone version on top of 2013's Puzzle & Dragons Z.



tudsworth commented on Gallery: Here's What The New Nintendo 3DS Amba...:

@Melkac To be fair, the 3DS does moderately well here. Not FIFA/GTA//CoD numbers, but that's the unholy trinity that can never be dethroned, -nothing- does that well over here. I imagine the New 3DS will have a bit of a problem in sales; until there's more marketing, software et cetera to differentiate it more from the "old" 3DS - which will be, I imagine, the case in the US, too, even with Nintendo having slightly more of a "base" over there.

Also, I just received an email - my Ambassador Edition will arrive tomorrow. I'm more than a little excited.



tudsworth commented on Nintendo Highlights Great Games in a Rather Pr...:

"To be frank, the Final Fantasy X, X-2, Jak and Daxter, God of War and Sly Cooper remakes / collections are much more appealing."
As somebody who likes his Vita a fair bit, please, please do not list awful ports like the Jak and Daxter and God of War Collections alongside other recommendations. When they chug along at around 20fps on average, sometimes lower; and have to compensate for the lack of appropriate controls with somewhat confusing rear touch-pad mapping, they're hardly the best examples of great remakes for the system. In other words, much like the recent Borderlands 2 port - which is borderline unplayable in my experience; they're hardly the best advertisement of the system's capabilities.

I do have to agree, though, as a European who only recently purchased Shovel Knight; had I known it was coming to the PS Vita in a matter of months, I'd have likely skipped the 3DS and Wii U versions.



tudsworth commented on Wii U Version of Watch Dogs to Miss Out on DLC:

@MadAdam81 EA only have themselves to blame. I'm not saying this to absolve responsibility, considering I bought it brand new, but, when they couldn't even get stock out to the majority of retailers - physical or online - and many of those weren't even aware it had launched - or that it was still due to launch in the first place; you can't really blame that on Nintendo or "the gamers". It's the best console version of a good game, yes, and it's criminal that it didn't sell more copies, but you can't sell full price copies of a six month old game (that was -already- sold for half-price on most formats) at the best of times, let alone when you don't even bother to make consumers or suppliers aware it exists.



tudsworth commented on Poll: As the PS4 Arrives, What Do You Think of...:

@Frapp I couldn't agree more. The one thing Nintendo and a lot of the former console makers you mentioned have in common is their emphasis on making bespoke hardware for the purpose of playing games. In a world where every single one of Nintendo's competitors seems to be content with treating gaming as "just another feature" on their latest multimedia black box; I want to see Nintendo continue to make systems for a long time to come, and I hope that the smaller "indie" console makers (Ouya and Gamestick come to mind) and Valve take Nintendo's general ideology to heart.

Admittedly, I know that people who share my mindset are a minority in the industry, and that the idea that the Wii U should succeed because it tries to bring something new to the table and just tries to be a gaming machine first and foremost is wishful thinking at best; but a man can dream. It's too early to make any bold predictions, but I'm sure the Wii U will be at least a minor success for Nintendo, probably not a Gamecube-level "distant third", but that may solely be because it's a cheaper "next gen" (now this-gen, I guess) console, being sold in a down economy against considerably more expensive competitors.



tudsworth commented on F1 Race Stars Aims To Scratch Your Mario Kart ...:

@SirMime I feel the exact same way. Had this game released in January, like it was originally supposed to (in the UK, at least), or had it even released at any point during the games drought (after missing January, it was scheduled for June, and it went MIA after June), I would have actually considered purchasing this game.

As it stands, it's either gotta be a budget price for an F1 title that's nearly two seasons out of date, or no person in their right mind is even going to consider this game with Mario Kart mere months away. Still, I can see Codemasters citing it as a reason why their increasingly formulaic, increasingly unpopular, F1 titles are not coming to the Wii U (or, indeed, any Nintendo system) for years to come.



tudsworth commented on This Is How Much Space Super Mario 3D World Wi...:

@snoox Super Mario 64 was a mere 8MB, at a time when the average game would clock in at about 400MB. Just let that sink in for a second. Nintendo knows something about optimisation, because their hardware design philosophy revolves entirely around the concept.



tudsworth commented on Get a 2DS + Animal Crossing: New Leaf for £12...:

Considering how an equivalent bundle with a case would set you back £149.99 at GAME, £10 less for this bundle and a case directly from Nintendo is an excellent deal.

If you're in the market for a 2DS and this game, I don't think anywhere else is offering a better deal, or will be for a while now.



tudsworth commented on Interview: SEGA On Bringing Sonic Lost World t...:

@element187 The only fully 60fps titles I can think of on the PS360 right now are ports of indie titles (which, you know, aren't all that complex, graphically, and even some of those have problems with dropping frames) and Metal Gear Rising : Revengeance; which was hardly a hot mess, but clearly took a hit in the graphical department compared to some of its hack-and-slash contemporaries, namely Ninja Theory's DmC game (in 30fps) and the most recent God Of War (also in 30fps, and it had some issues with framedrops when I played it).

The fact that a lot of games having the extra effort put into them for the Wii U (Rayman Legends, Sonic Lost World, NFS Most Wanted) are pushing a full 60 frames per second, sometimes at 1080p resolution, while looking superior to their contemporaries on Tweedle-Dumb and Tweedle-Dumber, really says something about the capabilities of the Wii U in the hands of a developer who gives a damn.

Now the real issue is getting more developers to give said damn. Not that this is likely, but I like to be optimistic.



tudsworth commented on Poll: Did You Pick Up Pokémon X, Pokémon Y o...:

@Kit For some, it's for collection purposes, others just can't be bothered with the whole "interaction with other people" part of the game and others still use one cartridge as their "main" version, and the other as a cartridge for Nuzlockes and similar challenge runs.

I'm not quite sure which camp I fall in, though I doubt I'm going to start playing Y version any time soon.



tudsworth commented on Feature: Five Reasons Why The 2DS Will Be The ...:

@Metroidlink Because the AR Games content that's pre-loaded on every 3DS or 2DS includes Face Raiders, which is rated PEGI 7 with a violence descriptor. They could just remove Face Raiders from 2DS systems, but they clearly don't want to do that for whatever reason.

@S7eventhHeaven Yeah, it includes a power supply this time around. That's a nice gesture, I suppose, though not packaging the system and the case together for £115 or so seems like a missed opportunity to me.



tudsworth commented on Hands On: Skylanders: SWAP Force:

@SkywardLink98 It's anybody's guess, really. The Wii version is being handled by a different studio, and while they have previously claimed that they want to ensure the Wii version is essentially the same game as the HD versions, albeit downscaled (like both Spyro's Adventure and Giants were); they've been quiet since then and I don't think the Wii version's been shown to anybody yet.

I hope they manage to keep the entire gameplay side of things intact for people who still only have the original Wii, it'd be a shame otherwise, because it'd no doubt lead to a lot of disappointed kids (and more importantly parents) come Christmas time.



tudsworth commented on Leaked Ubisoft Games Confirmed, but Skipping N...:

I'm surprised by AC Liberation HD skipping the WiiU, especially after the pre-order costume nonsense for Rayman Legends. If anything, AC Liberation HD should be on Wii U - they can even recreate a lot of the touch screen gimmickry of the original on the GamePad.

That said, there isn't even a confirmed launch date, so there's goodness knows how much time to confirm a Wii U release. Apparently, Ubi gets decent Wii U eshop sales figures for the few games they've put on there, they'd be nuts to not sell products to an audience who just so happens to be buying their products.



tudsworth commented on Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Racing to Arcades:

@Tobias95 One of the previous Mario Kart Arcade GP games featured Mametchi, the mascot of the most recent line of Tamagotchis. I think Pac-Man has featured in every MK Arcade GP game to date, too, so there's always been at least one guest racer in the series.



tudsworth commented on Wii U Finally Hits One Million Sales in Japan:

@Assassinated I think it did, but it took them a ridiculously long time. The only source I can find says that they hit 1.5 million sales in June 2011. I can't find the month where the 360's Japanese sales hit 1 million, but I highly doubt it was within the first year of the system's release.



tudsworth commented on Sin & Punishment Studio Treasure Is Working On...:

@Undead_terror I expect Capcom to squander this, much like they did E.X. Troopers. It's a similar story - a cross-media franchise with two highly anticipated games (one on 3DS, one on PS3, in EX Troopers' case, at least), a toy line and a tie-in anime. None of that reached the west, and it's looking like none of Gaist Crusher's stuff will reach the west, either.

Shame, really, because I was looking forward to a brand new game developed by Treasure.



tudsworth commented on Nintendo Loses Exclusivity On Deus Ex: Human R...:

When I heard this news last night, I was totally unsurprised. I don't think anybody's surprised that a third-party "exclusive" is far from it.

What bothers me, though, is that Square-Enix has so little faith that they didn't even wait and see how the WiiU version performed before deeming it "not worth it". It's a self-perpetuating business strategy that only harms the image of third-parties in the eyes of Nintendo fans.

... not that Square have ever gave a damn about Nintendo fans.



tudsworth commented on Microsoft To Announce Sequel To "Historic" Rar...:

@GoombaSlayer To be fair to Free Radical, their eff ups are a result of trying to apply old-school development mentalities to "next gen"/HD gaming. That killed a lot of developers during the early 7th gen.

Still, you're right, both Rare and Free Radical were gutted of all their talent, some of whom are now trying to teach a new, albeit mostly complacent, generation of games developers.

Back on topic, my money's on either Viva Pinata 3 or Kinect Sports 3. Microsoft wouldn't know the meaning of the word "Historic" if it beat them over the head with a priceless Mayan artefact.



tudsworth commented on FIFA 14 is Skipping Wii U Because of "Disappoi...:

@Hunter-D I'm sure Pro Evo 2014 will come out on WiiU. Apparently, the WiiU runs the Fox Engine pretty well (IE - as well as the PS3 and 360); so that makes all games running on that engine prime candidates for WiiU ports.

At least, if Konami's sensible enough to take advantage of this prime gap in the market that EA is basically leaving there for them.



tudsworth commented on Review: The Starship Damrey (3DS eShop):

@EaZy_T If you own any of the Guild01 games (conveniently, they're all on sale in both the EU and US eShops right now) and have played any of them at least once, you can unlock an extra chapter from the main menu. Said chapter is text-only, no gameplay, but it adds some extra context to the story.



tudsworth commented on Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies ...:

It's a shame that a lot of niche titles are becoming digital only these days, but it's infinitely preferable to them being left in Japan. I'm still bitter about Soma Bringer never getting an official English release, to say the least.

The best course of action in this situation is to buy these niche digital exclusives, provided they're reasonably priced (IE - not more expensive than the average retail game); it proves the market that publishers like NamcoBandai and Capcom are so adamant doesn't exist actually does.



tudsworth commented on Weirdness: Nintendo of Europe Didn't Want "Boi...:

I presume the two were localised in tandem, similar to what happened to Advance Wars Days of Ruin/Dark Conflict. In that case, NoE's translation (Dark Conflict) was closer to the original Japanese script, so I'm willing to bet NoE's translation was more accurate.

... And as I typed that, @mibbleng confirmed as much.