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  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene 14 hours ago

    Something unexpected must have happened to throw the iOS version into limbo. It's where the money is.

    Posted in Fire Emblem Goes Free-to-Play With Fire Emblem Heroes for Mobile

  • I think the word "gunman" has a different connotation today than it used to, which is one thing.

    I'm glad Nintendo is starting to move into new story concepts, if nothing else. I actually rebelled against the company for some time because my time of birth made me about five years old when Nintendo exploded everywhere with the NES/SNES and NOA's initially poor quality control of licensing (Mario Super Show, Nintendo Cereal, etc) and so the company was, like many, as intrinsically linked to my childhood as something like Disney.

    And even today, when Nintendo does pull out the old black-box names, I sigh and groan a little bit. When they do it, it feels like someone yelling that 80s kids had the best childhood. And Nintendo should stand for more than reassuring me that 1982 was the best year to be born if you liked interactive TV games. There's a whole bunch of people younger than me, people my age have kids of their own, and the our next foreign war will be fought by kids who were raised thinking video games were always in polygons. If you're not supposed to trust anyone over 30, well, that's anyone born before 1987 now.

    The world has shifted a lot, and video games also suffer from that "nothing is truly original" concept that TV writers run into whenever someone tells them that The Simpsons or South Park already had an episode like that, so the best Nintendo can do is if they're going to make a game with people punching each other, they can make it different and make a new title and freshen their identity. I won't begrudge them for forgetting Punch-Out, in fact I'll kind of be glad that the company isn't in such a creative rut as to be pandering nostalgia to a 35 year old me.Edited 3 times. Last edited Yesterday by Unknown

    Posted in Switch: No Country For Old Men, Old IPs

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene 3 days ago
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    On a side note:@MHWilliams , since you wrote last week about how Microsoft saw much of it's 2014 E3 lineup go up in smoke, I'd have to say 2013 was similar to Nintendo and is responsible for so much lost momentum.

    2013 was the year Wii U gave us Wii Party U, Wii Fit U, Wii Sports Club, Game & Wario. Games aimed at an everyday casual market who didn't need them because they had free health tracker apps, cheap time-water games, etc. You only had Mario 3D World being your usual "Nintendo Being Nintendo" game. Because of the failure of 2013, Nintendo told gamers to sit tight, put out a Wind Waker port to bide time, and got to cracking on Wii U's killer lineup of games that sadly came out too late: Smash Bros, Splatoon, Captain Toad, Yoshi, Mario Maker. Obviously, many of the people behind these games are now whipping up something for Switch, with only the Wii U game that had the longest development cycle being sandwiched into a Switch launch title.

    Nintendo is still scrambling to recover from the Year of Luigi: Not just what 2013 did to it's finances, but the lost development time chasing a market that left them for mobile devices years earlier.Edited 3 days ago by Unknown

    Posted in Opinion: Nintendo Switch Is Always Aiming For Second Place Behind Something Else

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene 4 days ago

    I think my joy on this was somewhat shattered by buying a 128GB iPad Pro recently as part of a Black Friday deal. The Switch, which would have cost me $150 less, is a game player that can maybe browse and play movies. That in and of itself would have been okay if the Switch did not have worrying signs of mobile style party games, limited battery life, paid online, and a lousy 32GB of included storage.

    If the Switch is going to be the system that's half Zelda and half Milk-A-Cow, I can get the latter half just as well on my iPad.

    Nintendo is always split into those camps of people who think it should mimic the rest of the game industry, and the people who are proud that it doesn't. But for the past five years they have mimicked the worst parts of the game industry like expensive hardware and paid online functions, and none of the best parts like games eventually sold at under $30. I'm about this close to writing them off as a luxury add-on for the wealthier gamer, but if Mario Odyssey is joined with a Zelda bundle this holiday they'll have brought the value proposition back.Edited 4 times. Last edited 3 days ago by Unknown

    Posted in Opinion: Nintendo Switch Is Always Aiming For Second Place Behind Something Else

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene 6 days ago

    The thing with the "back to the roots" games is that they tried to innovate in some way or another. Sonic 4 brought the homing attack from 3D games into the 2D space, where a lot of people weren't happy about it. One stage with a bunch of cannons you basically had to homing attack the cannons to hop inside and fire around the screen.

    The quiet secret is this: retro Sonic gamers really don't want any innovation. At least not on the gameplay front. Nicer graphics are appreciated, just look at the high-resolution remakes of Sonic 2 HD and "Sonic Fan Remix", but at the end of the day all people really want is more levels for Sonic 2-3.

    Seems that Sonic Mania's one innovation is a floor-dash button to overcome the feeling of swampy controls that comes with not having enough momentum in old Sonic games. Sonic 2 had a spin dash, but holding down and charging up wasn't exactly great gameplay. So by addressing that and nothing else, they basically have done what people wanted.

    Posted in Sonic Mania Hands-On Impressions: Blue Streak Speeds By

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene 6 days ago

    I'm with Jaz. I'm interested in the system, but I'm interested in it only once Nintendo follows through on the lights in the darkness they had in 2015. Give me a Splatoon, a Mario Maker, and a couple of those JRPGs they showed before I think about going there.

    Things could change. For all I know, it could turn out that From Software's future plans involve Switch. But from what they've shown, it's a 2018 purchase. I never owned a Wii U, and at this point I'd almost pick one of those up and indulge in the games they've released over the past two years before they shut their online services down.

    (PS: Hey, Nintendo, just a note: Twitch/YouTube streaming. Cmon. The sad part is I know if the press approach them about it, in their usual conservative way they will cry about people watching spoilers and Switch owners will be still be using PC capture cards in 2020.)Edited 2 times. Last edited 5 days ago by Unknown

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: Did Nintendo's Switch Presentation Convince You to Buy, Abstain, or Wait?

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene 6 days ago

    Bowser seems pretty consistently to be about 7-10 years older than I am.

    When I was a kid playing SMB1, he was a weird looking gangly dude not unlike a teenager
    When I was about 8 and got a SNES, he started to sort of look like what he'd look like as an adult, and got a car.
    By the time I was a teenager with an N64, he was an arrogant 20-something who thought the world revolved around him. And finally by the time I'm 20 and Mario Sunshine comes out, Bowser becomes a Dad.

    And now many of my friends have children, and Bowser is more relatable than Mario is at this stage. Weird.Edited 6 days ago by Unknown

    Posted in Bowser and Bowser Jr Outline the Switch's Parental Controls in a Warm Family Drama

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene 6 days ago

    "We did this thing SNES9x has done for a long time, but now we're doing it with legal Virtual Console games so we hope you find value in your subscription. Also, don't expect to build a collection, we're just loaning you games for a month at a time and revoking them afterward."

    Nintendo always just seems to find a way to keep injecting more life into the piracy scene they're becoming increasingly alarmed about.

    Posted in Switch's Free NES/SNES Games Go Away After A Month

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene 6 days ago

    +1'ing the request for a podcast format.

    Posted in Join Mike and Kat For a Live Breakdown of Last Night's Switch Event [Done!]