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#1 Posted by Eribuster (487 posts) -

The tiny bit on the next Zelda has me hopeful. The big field and sky in Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword were nice to look at it but devoid of life. Wind Waker sort of falls in to this, but little details such as seagulls and always having an island in view helps you forget.

As for Hyrule Warriors, I'm surprised that I'm becoming more excited for it. I've enjoyed my time with Dynasty Warriors 4 and Samurai Warriors (1) and have always been willing to give the series a fair shake. The video I've seen of Hyrule Warriors has me hopeful that the basic combat and movement is significantly quicker and more fluid.

#2 Posted by Eribuster (487 posts) -

I have been visiting Gamespot for a long time (back when they had a subscription service and all non-paying users had a "_basic" appended to their names) and this lay off news greatly saddens me. I've come to enjoy Carolyn's writing and Tom's eccentricities. Justin and Ryan are long-timers that ran a tight ship. Everyone worked hard through good times and bad times and brought content that I have enjoyed.

This change is harsh and I wish those laid off the best.

#3 Posted by Eribuster (487 posts) -

"New hardware"? Huh.

Get ready for the iQue 2!

#4 Posted by Eribuster (487 posts) -

I'm interested in how Nintendo will approach with their NFP figurines.

While it is easy to think the worse, keep in mind Nintendo's approach with DLC and microtransactions. At their worse with Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS), they are offering a $15 season pass for a $30 game that clearly details the additional courses and characters the DLC will give you in exchange for money. Rusty's Real Deal Baseball crafts a narrative around the free-to-play and microtransaction experience that engages the player and offers (pre-programmed) discounts. The Streetpass Plaza DLC has a slimy, humorous sales bunny that contextualizes the transaction. And for New Super Mario Bros 2, Nintendo has made it painfully clear that the DLC they made for that game was made after the main game was finished.

Given the above history, we have good reason to hope that Nintendo will make their NFP figurines a compelling and reasonable addition to their games.

Or they might just fuck it all up.

#5 Posted by Eribuster (487 posts) -

Brilliant.

#6 Posted by Eribuster (487 posts) -

The beta is winding down and I ground enough Online Co-Op Missions to unlock and purchase the F-15C (~70,000 credits). The core action is the Ace Combat I love, but that didn't stop me from worrying over the amount of grind the full release will have. It took about 5-8 hours to get my F-15C and that's with activating the contracts that boosts research and credit gains.

My biggest concern is the Fuel system, the game's energy/fatigue system that counts down and limits your flight time. I don't like fatigue systems in general, but the current allotment of 2 units (or 2 multiplayer or single player missions) for free is extremely limiting. It makes wish I could just Bandai Namco $60 to have the freedom of play and a more sensible pace to unlocking content.

#7 Posted by Eribuster (487 posts) -

I don't recall the PS4 or XB1 being sold at a profit. Sure, the parts break down of the PS4 is estimated to be slightly less than its retail price, but there is R&D costs to consider for the next year or two.

As for Nintendo and the Wii U, having more games and better services would help it. Unfortunately, remedying the third-party problem (especially western third parties) requires time and money that is uncharacteristic of Nintendo spend. Arguably, paying EA and Rockstar to have Madden and Grand Theft Auto on the Wii U (or any Nintendo system) is probably not a financially sound investment. Personally, I think its a fifty-fifty chance of Nintendo wooing third parties back if they dump their war chest for them. As much as Nintendo is a frugal, conservative, and old business, so are a lot of third-party publishers.

As for online services, they are improving, alas at a glacial pace. I think a lot of the problems come from "Japan not knowing the internet" and Nintendo being an old, Japanese company (something Sony has moved away from with the PlayStation 4). It would be great if Nintendo hired a bunch of IT people under western direction to overhaul the Nintendo Network for the 3DS and Wii U. I just don't see that happening.

Nintendo is an old and ponderous company. It is slow to copy or follow and operates in its own bubble. Good and bad, that makes it a unique and interesting company that produces likewise products. Now, some of those products fall flat on their face, but that goes for every one. As frustrating as it is to see Nintendo be so slow and eccentric, it is what the company has built its successes and failures on.

An editorial on Nintendo described it as this: "Nintendo is a mountain, and the mountain does not move." I find that to be a perfect encapsulation of Nintendo's best and worst. Nintendo will not be going any where quickly. With the Wii U, I can imagine there is a contingency plan of a sub-25 million units sold life. Nintendo has the money and resources to try again. Nintendo, in the face of the culture of quarterly profits and success, can, has, and will wait.

The big question is: Can consumers and enthusiasts wait for Nintendo?
I can. I'm pessimistic on everyone else.

#8 Edited by Eribuster (487 posts) -

Nice article!

#9 Posted by Eribuster (487 posts) -

Also, I think the eShop-only Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies is only $29.99? Link

Kinda nice.

Really impressed by the Super Mario 3D World trailer; makes me want to get a Wii U. It addressed some of my concerns on the ambitions and scope of the game from the E3 trailer.

Good choice on delaying Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Between Rayman Legends, Sonic Lost World, and Super Mario 3D World, there are plenty of platformers for the end of the year.

The Wii U line up still looks weak. The 3DS for the foreseeable future is looking nice.

Finally, yay! More Kibry!

#10 Posted by Eribuster (487 posts) -

Money hats!

I was wondering when Apple would be handing them out for games.