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  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo 6 days ago

    I was sad to see that the Switch port of Dragon Quest Builders looks to have bombed here in the UK. I mean, I know it's a late port of a spin-off of a series that's never really taken off outside of Japan, but still, it's a shame. I've got my copy and will hopefully start it sometime soon - I just want to get further into Zelda and Xenoblade (and start Mario & Rabbids) before I begin another lengthy game.

    Posted in Dragon Quest Builders on the Nintendo Switch Isn't Just a "Minecraft Clone", You Platypunks.

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo 8 days ago

    Really interesting retrospective. I've never played Xenogears or Xenosaga, but love the Xenoblade series. Takahashi finally has the backing of a publisher that allows him to finish his games, but I find XBC 2 in particular still has things that need polishing- though reports from Japan suggest just 40% of Monolith Soft's Tokyo studio did the bulk of development while most of their staff helped with Breath of the Wild. That being said, it's great seeing some of his ambition and ideas more fully realised.

    Who owns the Xenogears/Xenosaga IP? Any chance of a re-release or PC port? Now that Takahashi is more experienced and has the backing of Nintendo, it'd be great to see a Monolith Soft developed remake.

    Posted in Why Xenogears Remains Enduringly Popular on its 20th Anniversary

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo 16 days ago

    I managed to track down a copy a couple of years ago. I think it's a stunning game and one that deserves both a wider audience and a spiritual sequel or remake. The combat system in particular was a revelation, and the soundtrack, art design and sparsely populated world so unlike other JRPGs that I think PDS is a genuinely singular game.

    Looking forward to listening to the podcast later this afternoon and to reading the Ringer retrospective.

    Posted in Axe of the Blood God: Panzer Dragoon Saga's 20th Anniversary With The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo 22 days ago

    That's impressive - but shipments don't equal sales to consumers. Hopefully this investment pays off for Capcom. I'm not able to get World currently (I don't have the right consoles at the moment!), but it's great to see them push the series forward in such a big way.

    Posted in Monster Hunter: World Ships 5 Million Units Worldwide

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo A month ago

    It is absolutely not Nintendo Online or Virtual Console. All the signs - from Kimishima's repeated public statements, to the IR pointer on one joycon, to the lifestyle focus of Switch advertising, to forum posts on Resetra which leaked this news very accurately a few days ago - point towards a peripheral driven, audience expansion game aimed at children. This likely isn't going to be something that's geared towards the primary audience on gaming websites such as this one.Edited last month by Unknown

    Posted in Nintendo Teasing "A New Interactive Experience" Announcement Today

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo A month ago

    I've wanted to get into Ys for a long time, and this got great reviews. I'd been looking at it on Steam this morning, so now I'll wait and get the Switch version.

    Posted in Ys 8: Lacrimosa of Dana Is Getting a Switch Release This Summer

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo A month ago

    Personally I hope that if this Direct happens, it's not a standard broadcast, but is more along the lines (content wise) of the Switch event this time last year. Nintendo showed most of their major cards for 2017 that January - there was a lot of skepticism, not least because Nintendo don't normally deliver all their games on time. However, in 2017, Nintendo did not delay a single title. I want Nintendo to accomplish the same feat this year. Show us most of the major first-party cards in your 2018 hand this month, and then deliver on that throughout the year. It'll be supplemented throughout the year the way Switch's lineup was in 2017 - this time last year, who thought Doom, LA Noire and Rocket League would be on Switch? Who thought there'd be a flood of indie titles?

    So, with that in mind, I'd like to see at least couple of Nintendo's big releases. Personally I expect Animal Crossing is one - and might be out as soon as summer 2018. I'd hope Smash Bros DX and Pokemon are two others, with the fourth being either Mario Maker or a new IP. People say Nintendo played all their big cards last year, but Animal Crossing, Pokemon and Smash all have the potential to shift 10 million copies. Hell, Pokemon should break 15 million at least. Last January we had confirmation that Mario Kart 8 DX, Splatoon 2, Zelda and Odyssey would all launch in 2017, so I'd hope for something similar this year. All have - or soon will - smashed the 5 million mark, and in the case of Zelda and Odyssey, the 10 million mark is likely only a matter of time. Nintendo need 2-4 titles of similar or greater selling power, and I think Smash, Animal Crossing, Pokemon and Mario Maker fit the bill. Smash and Mario Maker could easily be DX versions.

    Of course, Nintendo also complemented their major sellers with smaller releases, so I'd hope we get release dates for Kirby, Yoshi, and Fire Emblem. Ideally they should be out within the next 4-5 months, along with Bayonetta 1&2, and from third parties, Dragon Quest Builders, Lost Sphear, and maybe Wolfenstein. I'd hope we see Pikmin 4 this year as another middle-tier title, and maybe a new IP. Finally, I'd dearly love the rumours of the Link's Awakening remake/re-imagining to be true, but I'd want it to be on Switch as well as 3DS. Confirmation of some more third party titles would be good, especially if they're new. I don't expect to see all of these, but Dragon Quest Heroes 1&2, Dragon Quest XI, Octopath Traveller, No More Heroes, and Shin Megami Tensei V are among the titles already confirmed but without release dates. How much stronger would Switch look with all that support, plus new announcements, in 2018?

    There could easily be more, though not necessarily confirmed at this event. It's not uncommon for Nintendo to publish 20-30 titles a year across portable and home console. Equally, it's not uncommon for the second and third year of a Nintendo system's life to see 12-15 Nintendo published titles. Assuming a best-case scenario, Bayonetta 1&2, Kirby, Yoshi, Pikmin 4, Animal Crossing, Smash DX, Mario Maker DX and Pokemon would be the beginnings of a great 1st party line-up for 2018 - and I think we'd see anywhere from 4-8 more Nintendo-published titles joining them; a mixture of middle-tier, ports and new IP. Again, I don't expect see all of that this month, but I'd like Nintendo to give us a clear idea of what's in store in 2018.

    Finally, I don't think we'll be seeing Metroid Prime 4 or Bayonetta 3 until E3. Neither title will be a big seller, and I expect they're both going to be part of Nintendo's 2019.

    Posted in 10 Things We Expect (and Hope) to See in the Rumored January 2018 Nintendo Direct

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo A month ago

    I'd like to see Virtual Console and improved media support (apps, dammit!), and an improvement to Nintendo Online, where possible. Overhauling eShop is a must - some weeks in December saw 20 games added, making visibility a massive problem for anything other than the latest releases or biggest sellers.

    In terms of games, I'd love to see 3 or 4 major Nintendo blockbusters complemented by some smaller tier titles. We already have middle-tier stuff like Fire Emblem, Yoshi and Kirby confirmed; I'd like to see Pikmin 4 join those at least. Punch Out and F Zero would be my unlikely choices; Luigi's Mansion 3 a slightly likelier choice. For the bigger stuff, I'd hope to see Animal Crossing and Pokemon this year, as well as Smash Bros DX and Mario Maker Switch. Smash could add a new single player mode (story driven), combine the 3DS/Wii U content into a single game, and add a few new characters/stages: Inklings, someone from Arms, Shovel Knight and Odyssey/Breath of the Wild stages would be top of my list.

    We'll be getting new IP this year based on comments from Japan - Kimishima has been talking about expanding the way people play using new IP. I'm concerned we're going to end up with a bunch of Touch Generations style initiatives (Nintendogs, Brain Training, Wii series, 1-2 Switch) at the expense of the more character-driven IP (like Arms/Splatoon). My big hope for 2018 is that doesn't happen, and Nintendo produce more new character-driven franchises like Splatoon and Arms.

    Finally, I'd like to see Dragon Quest XI come West and confirmation of third party support beyond HD remasters and last-gen ports. I wouldn't say no to a few of those, but some Nintendo/third party collaborations and some more multi-format releases would be good, just to keep Switch's library nice and versatile.

    Posted in What We Want From Nintendo in 2018

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo A month ago

    Given I had a Wii U I'd prefer ports of other series. There's a lot of potential for Western publishers to sell ports to the Nintendo-only gamers (a niche, sure) who've missed out on multi-platform blockbusters over the last decade or so. Plus, for those of us who've played those types of games, having the Bioshock trilogy or the Mass Effect trilogy on-the-go would be great, especially if these games are ported with care and effort. It'd be great to see things like FFXII:HD and Okami HD move to Switch, too.

    Posted in 2018 Will Be the Year of the Switch Port

  • Avatar for Mr.Spo Mr.Spo 3 months ago

    Persona 5, Okami HD, Dark Souls and Mass Effect Trilogy, yes please.

    Posted in Ten Last Gen Games That Should Join Elder Scrolls: Skyrim on Switch