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  • Before the Switch: Here's the full line-up of what's left for Wii U and 3DS

  • Mr.Spo 26/10/2016

    @Kasjer There were rumours, but no official statement from Nintendo. Reply 0
  • Mr.Spo 26/10/2016

    3DS looks "a little more solid"??? For a five year old system in a market that's been swallowed up by mobile, 3DS's lineup looks great. The system is chugging along, doing better than Nintendo expected, five years after many pundits insisted portable systems were done and dusted. It's outperformed GBA and PSP in Japan, and three of my favourite games this year are exclusive to 3DS. It's market performance, especially in the West, is not a patch on DS, but credit where it's due. On track to 65 million units in 5 years, with many brilliant games in its library.

    Nintendo's Wii U shipments also confirm the system is essentially dead. They've shipped 560k of their 800k target, which means only 240k are being shipped in the next six months. I suspect the system has quietly been discontinued already, but we'll only get an official announcement next April after Switch and Zelda have launched.

    Edit: to clarify what I mean by 3DS doing better than expected, I'm referring to Nintendo today revising sales estimates for the current financial year upwards by 1 million units, from 5 to 6 million. Not referring to lifetime expectations.
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  • Bethesda's anti-consumer review policy comes as no surprise

  • Mr.Spo 26/10/2016

    @philmatic This is exactly what I was thinking. Many other publishers want to start manufacturing as soon as possible, so day one patches have become increasingly common. It's one reason I was massively impressed when Square Enix chose to delay Final Fantasy XV so that the on-disc code could be as good as possible, rather than relying on a day one patch to iron out kinks. FF XV is by far Square Enix's biggest release in years, and instead of rushing it to market to gain as much sales time as possible, they chose to delay and release the best game possible on day one. Unfortunately I see more publishers following Bethesda's example rather than the likes of Square Enix and Nintendo. Reply +13
  • Civilization 6 review

  • Mr.Spo 25/10/2016

    @bluntforcetrauma That's the original. Gandhi has been nuke happy from the beginning! Reply +2
  • Mr.Spo 25/10/2016

    I'm looking forward to picking this up at the weekend. Surely you misspelt "Essential"?? ;-) Best Civ base game yet seems like a necessary purchase to me. Reply +1
  • Nintendo fans pick apart Switch reveal video

  • Mr.Spo 24/10/2016

    I am more interested in the software and price than specifications, personally. Reply +3
  • Nintendo Switch - games list, specs, release and everything we know about the new hardware

  • Mr.Spo 23/10/2016

    A high price and poor battery life could kill Switch. Nintendo need Zelda, Mario, Mario Kart, Splatoon out in 2017 globally if they want to get off to a strong start, and they need to hit $250 in the States and as close to Ł200 as they can manage over here. I also think they need to avoid having different SKUs at launch and keep things simple.

    What a lot of people are ignoring is that Switch already has a strong chance of succeeding in Japan, so long as those two first points I mentioned aren't completely FUBAR. Wii U and PS4's combined install base in Japan is around 6 million units so far. Add Vita onto that and you just go over the 10 million mark. 3DS, on the other hand, his hit 21 million units in Japan so far, more than twice as much as every other current generation system combined. Obviously weaker than the DS, but better than the GBA did and a little more than the PSP managed in the 10 years it was on sale in Japan, the 3DS is by some distance Japan's most popular system. That's also a little over 1/3 of 3DS's global total, and strong domestic support allows not only Nintendo to support the 3DS into 2017 (potentially 2018), but it also keeps a steady trickle of third party software and digital hits coming to the system.

    Switch can function as both handheld and home console, and it will have the support of most of Japan's biggest gaming brands. Dragon Quest is already confirmed, as are Mario Kart and Splatoon (more or less), and without any other Nintendo system on the market, Animal Crossing, Pokemon and Tomodachi Life will be on Switch too. If Nintendo have secured Monster Hunter 5, then Switch's success in Japan is practically guaranteed. That domestic success will enable to keep the system on the market in the West, and will guarantee a certain level of software support. The lack of a replacement for 3DS or Vita means a huge chunk of the Japanese games industry--companies like Level 5, Atlus, along with the bigger publishers like Capcom--that create mid-tier games that perform best in Japan and have loyal fanbases in the West, need a new home for those franchises or they'll lose a huge chunk of revenue. Switch is intended to be that new home, I think. Let's not forget few traditional Japanese publishers have successfully made their way into the mobile market, so moving there without a console to rely on is fraught with risk. Personally I think so long as the battery life and price aren't ultra low and too high respectively, Switch has a good shot at performing similarly to 3DS, powered primarily by Nintendo's support and Japanese support.

    Destiny, FIFA, CoD etc aren't big on Nintendo machines and won't become big on Switch. Nintendo obviously need more software support than they managed with Wii U, I'm not disputing that, and I don't think Japanese support alone will turn Switch into a smash hit. Nintendo will be more interested in getting Skylanders, LEGO etc on Switch in a big way so that they can perform strongly in the festive sales season in the West. I don't see Switch getting to the 100 million mark globally, either. I think we're looking at a system that, at best, will sell 50-60 million units in a five or six year period. Anything higher than that depends on whether or not Nintendo can push mobile consumers onto Switch, which is a complete unknown at this point. However, I would point out that DeNA are on Switch's developer list, and DeNA are of course mobile specialists and developers of Super Mario Run. I think it's a safe bet Switch has a multi-touch screen, and becomes an all-in-one device for Nintendo software, with access to Virtual Console, franchises that would hit either handheld or home in the past, and their mobile titles.
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  • Nintendo refuses to say whether Switch has a touchscreen

  • Mr.Spo 21/10/2016

    @spekkeh Agreed entirely. We've seen the very basics of how Switch can work, my bet is there's more to come, including augmented reality and touch controlled games, and interoperability with Nintendo smartphone games. On top of that there's accounts, eShop, Virtual Console, any potential subscription model, storage, specifications etc to talk about.

    And that's before we get onto price, release date, launch bundles, launch software, 2017 software, 2018 software, third party deals, indie support. They've done a good job of getting the brand and the basic device out there, but there's more hard work to come. Better to take their time and release gradually than to overload and mess up their message.
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  • Mr.Spo 21/10/2016

    DeNA are on the confirmed list of developers and Blizzard have been hinting on Twitter that Hearthstone is coming to what was NX, and is now Switch. I'd be surprised if there isn't a touch screen.

    Nintendo also seem to have developers tied into some fairly strict NDAs, because IGN have contacted a number of publishers and developers, none of whom will comment on what games they're developing for Switch. And that includes Sega and Square Enix, who have both previously confirmed games for Switch! A couple of months ago both EA and Bethesda were implying while they were in touch with Nintendo, they weren't developing games for them. Now we have 50 developers apparently working on Switch games. A few months before Wii U launched, only 21 developers and publishers were working on the system.

    Nintendo have done a good job with that initial reveal and are playing their cards very close to their chest. There's a lot that could go wrong, and it seems like they're determined to stay in control of that message.
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  • Nintendo to unveil NX this afternoon

  • Mr.Spo 20/10/2016

    @SomethingOriginal Same here! At least it's only three minutes long, sounds like the start of their reveal plans rather than a blow out. Reply +1
  • Gears 4 debuts ahead of PlayStation VR game flood

  • Mr.Spo 17/10/2016

    @RawShark Debuted at 14th last week, fell to 31st this week. Reply +8
  • A revived and reworked Turok 2 is coming

  • Mr.Spo 12/10/2016

    Ah excellent, if I remember correctly Seeds of Evil was the best Turok game. I'll have to pick up their version of the first game sometime. Reply +2
  • Paper Mario: Color Splash review

  • Mr.Spo 11/10/2016

    That's a shame, I've read some good things about this but not enough to interest me when there are so many other games and so little time to get through games. At least, among the last wave of Wii U titles, there have been a handful of lengthy, stellar games like Xenoblade X, Tokyo Mirage Sessions and eventually Breath of the Wild. I really do hope Nintendo knock it out of the park with NX's software line-up, because Wii U has been anemic in 2016 and there has to be some reward for their most dedicated fans in the near future. If there were more, bigger Nintendo titles to go around, this wouldn't be that much of a disappointment, but standing on its own it's bound to draw the ire of fans. As it is, it's Wii U's first Nintendo published title since the summer and the last until March at the earliest, unless I'm mistaken. Reply +7
  • Nintendo hardware sales in the Americas are worse than you'd expect

  • Mr.Spo 27/09/2016

    @seeyoshirun We may have had this conversation before, but I expect NX will prioritise support from Japan, family friendly titles from Western publishers (with the odd exclusivity deal) and a bigger push for indie content.

    An affordable portable hybrid with clear branding and more Nintendo software, more often, stands a better shot than Wii U did. Especially if it has the backing of the biggest Japanese brands (plus Nintendo's own Pokemon, Animal Crossing, Splatoon) like Monster Hunter and Dragon Quest. If the system becomes the market leader in Japan, Nintendo can keep supporting it and enough software will come out for modest success in the West, but I really think Nintendo need to be pushing Ubisoft, Activision and Warner Bros so that the family market brands have a big presence on NX.
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  • Mr.Spo 27/09/2016

    @spacedmonkeys Nintendo are keeping Wii U at that price because they don't intend to sell many more of them. No sense in dropping the price because the system is done and dusted, they're shipping 800,000 this financial year (down from ~3 million last year) and rumours circulated a few days ago that European retailers wouldn't be able to order more Wii U stock beyond the end of this year.

    If you genuinely are interested in a Wii U, pick one up second hand, or keep an eye on Black Friday sales. The Selects range means some great software can be had on the cheap, too, but Nintendo will sell what Wii U stock they have left for whatever money they can grind from it.
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  • Mr.Spo 27/09/2016

    @Billybobbythomas I'm not really sure what you're getting at here or what you expect me to prove or how you expect me to explain the success of the GBA. 3DS is (currently) around 20 million units below GBA, globally. At best it will end up 10 million units behind GBA once it stops being manufactured. I alluded to a significant drop-off in sales from GBA to 3DS in my first.

    I would point out that GBA continued to sell strongly in the states until 2007, even outselling the PS3 for large parts of that year. And, as I said in my original post, 3DS is a more Japan orientated system, because the portable market is still strong there. As you note 3DS has sold better than GBA in Japan, and by extension, Nintendo's biggest drop-offs in portable sales have come in the States and in Europe.

    I'm not really sure what your comment is getting at, though, other than GBA sold very strongly. I said in my original post the drop off from both GBA and DS was obvious, and I meant that in term of annual sales as well as lifetime sales. Perhaps you can clarify what you were getting at?
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  • Mr.Spo 26/09/2016

    Those figures aren't remotely surprising. The original Game Boy and Game Boy Colour were on sale for well over a decade, so that comparison isn't very pertinent, but the drop off from GBA and DS has been evident for several years now. 3DS has sold well, peaking in terms of annual sales at similar levels to 360 and PS3 (it is declining more rapidly than those systems did) but it hasn't performed as well as previous Nintendo systems and it's a very Japan orientated system.

    That being said, Nintendo's future business won't rely on shifting 100 million units of hardware in 5 or 6 years. I expect they realise they can profit easily from a 50-60 million unit base with high software sales, a subscription service, a higher ratio of digital revenue, more merchandise and a strong mobile presence. If Wii U hadn't been such a drain on Nintendo's finances, 3DS would have seen them through this generation with tidy profits, but it would still have been apparent business as usual isn't an option.
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  • Michel Ancel is getting Beyond Good & Evil fans excited again

  • Mr.Spo 27/09/2016

    @Malek86 As spekkeh has posted, there were rumours earlier this year that Nintendo have gone for a Bayonetta 2 type deal to secure this game. Reply +2
  • Mr.Spo 27/09/2016

    It'll be fascinating to see when this is coming and what formats it's coming to. I really hope it isn't too far away, I'll have to replay the HD version of the original in the mean-time. Reply +1
  • Sony Tokyo Game Show 2016 conference live report

  • Mr.Spo 12/09/2016

    Speaking of NX, Kevin Pereira (formerly of G4TV and host of the 2015 Nintendo World Championships) has taken to Snapchat and Twitter to imply NX will be making an appearance at GameStop Expo on Wednesday, including photographs of a conference room with Nintendo branding up. An NX reveal may very well happen in the next two days before TGS kicks off. Perhaps a Direct tomorrow, followed by a livestream of the GameStop Expo on Wednesday? Have EG heard anything?? Reply +1
  • Mr.Spo 12/09/2016

    Odds on NX appearing are zero, Nintendo aren't attending TGS. Reply +1
  • Bayonetta joins Xbox One backwards compatibility

  • Mr.Spo 09/09/2016

    Superb game with an even better sequel. Lost Odyssey soon, please? Reply +4
  • Mass Effect Andromeda's male and female hero choices are brother and sister

  • Mr.Spo 08/09/2016

    Not really massively impressed by anything I've seen of this (I know we've not seen much) so far, but the sibling idea is potentially interesting and I am going to keep a close eye on it. It'd be interesting if your sibling has an impact on the narrative depending upon your own choices. A simplistic way of explaining it would be that if you're going out and about making Paragon choices, your sibling could be off on their own mission making Renegade choices. It'd have to have some nuance within that binary, but it'd certainly add replay value if your different choices (and if the game is fairly non-linear) and approach to where you go and how you approach scenarios had different results for your sibling each play-through. I'm hoping for a concentrated, 30 hour or so adventure rather than the sprawl that was Dragon Age Inquisition, too, which was filled with far too many repetitive objectives. I often felt like the sandboxes didn't feel 'natural' either, which was only reinforced by the secondary quest structures. Hopefully Andromeda has its own identity and structures. Reply 0
  • Finally, Mario comes to iPhone

  • Mr.Spo 07/09/2016

    Really big news, despite the fact it has--for the last two years at least--only been a matter of time before something like this was announced, but it's surprising to see Nintendo do this in such a big way. I also wonder who decided on timed exclusivity. With Pokemon Go having hit 500 million downloads and made $440 million so far, Nintendo will want to keep the hits rolling, especially given they'll only see 10-15% of that Pokemon Go cash coming to them.

    Now this rather huge news is out, and the marginally less huge news of 3DS support well into 2017 is confirmed, we'll hopefully see NX very soon, perhaps before the month is over. Between the orchestrated publicity--this and the Tokyo Olympics handover--and the viral publicity from Pokemon Go, Nintendo have really raised their profile over the summer. They need to get NX into the news soon.
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  • Life after console generations has one big upside

  • Mr.Spo 07/09/2016

    @grassyknoll I can see at least some of the smaller Japanese developers finding a home on NX, which (if it is a portable hybrid) could very well become the leading system in a post 3DS Japanese market. The danger there is that a lot of the software could end up remaining in Japan. I expect we'll see more Japanese developers gradually embrace PC, too, in order to find a global audience without the high entry barriers PS4 could pose. Reply +1
  • Imminent thriller Virginia gets first proper trailer

  • Mr.Spo 07/09/2016

    After the sub-heading, I am a little disappointed this doesn't have anything to do with Virginia Woolf. Just ever so slightly disappointed... Reply +1
  • Catch up with today's 3DS Nintendo Direct here

  • Mr.Spo 01/09/2016

    Pretty good Direct. I expect some people will be furious that the new Pikmin title is a) not Pikmin 4 and b) on 3DS, but I quite like the look of the new game. Ever Oasis looks good too, and that Mario Sports title is presumably a reaction to the fact that golf/tennis games have been increasingly stingy content wise.

    Yoshi and Mario Maker are the two Wii U games I wanted that I haven't bought, and I'm probably more likely to buy their 3DS versions, but I am a little baffled by the implication that there's no way to share courses via wifi on Mario Maker 3DS. That's not really a game breaker for me--I'm more interested in playing created content than creating my own content--but it's an odd choice. I understand that people regularly carry their 3DS around in Japan, and local multiplayer on portables works well there, but it's just not the same in the West.

    Ah well. Pretty good Direct overall for the increasingly venerable portable.
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  • Mr.Spo 01/09/2016

    Have they actually removed the ability to share levels via wi-fi from the 3DS version of Mario Maker??? Reply +1
  • Mr.Spo 01/09/2016

    There's quite a bit coming to 3DS in Europe. Federation Force tomorrow *cough*, Dragon Quest VII, Sonic Boom Fire & Ice, Mario & Sonic at the Olympics, a new Rhythm Heaven, a new Mario Party, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, an utterly bonkers (but apparently very good) sounding JRPG in the shape of 7th Dragon III Code VFD, and, of course, Pokemon Sun & Moon, all by Christmas. Add to that the Nindies 'summer' (September) sale, new hardware models like the Galaxy system, amiibo functionality for Animal Crossing, and probably more SNES games for New 3DS, and there's plenty for Nintendo to talk about.

    Plus dates, details and localisation news for Dragon Quest VIII, Yo-kai Watch 2, Ever Oasis, Lady Layton, Detective Pikachu and Monster Hunter Stories might not go amiss. Given they're likely 2017 releases they may have to wait.
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  • Mr.Spo 01/09/2016

    @UKRaver1980 Because this is a 3DS Direct, and it may very well be the last broadcast 3DS gets to itself. They're still on track to shifting several million 3DS systems this year, and it makes sense to talk about 3DS's software line-up before discussion about Nintendo hardware & software is inevitably consumed by NX and the first wave of NX software. Reply +1
  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force is a sales disaster in Japan

  • Mr.Spo 31/08/2016

    @Rogueywon It'll be Nintendo's weakest financial year since they entered the games market, that's for sure, but the only bombs have been Zero and Federation Force. Both will likely still sell several hundred thousand copies.

    Other stuff like Fates, Twilight Princess HD and Pokken Tournament (hit the 1 million mark last month) have done well, and Pokemon will undoubtedly do well, especially with interest in the franchise renewed by Go. Much of the pressure will be on Nintendo getting NX out before the end of their financial year and achieving a strong launch with high software sales, given they're predicting a return to profit.
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  • Mario has an official Hot Wheels range

  • Mr.Spo 31/08/2016

    The anthropomorphic ones look like nightmare fuel.

    That Super Mario World camper van, however, looks like my mid-life crisis in miniature form.
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  • "We have to do better when we launch NX"

  • Mr.Spo 26/08/2016

    @lukej Part of the problem was certainly down to the branding, absolutely. But Nintendo got the software wrong, launching the wrong games at the wrong time, too far apart. They got the price wrong. They got the pitch (direct competitor to Xbox/PS plus an upgrade for Wii owners) wrong. They got the features wrong, with a very slow OS at day one and missing previously advertised features like TVii which have never appeared outside of Japan, whilst also not using the NFC for anything productive until two years after launch... Basically Wii U was a trainwreck at launch.

    As a system, it hosts some brilliant, brilliant games, and is a much better piece of kit than it was at day one, but Nintendo screwed up massively moving onto 3DS and Wii U. They managed to recover with 3DS, but the effort they put into that--and the magnitude of their initial mistakes with Wii U--meant a recovery wasn't possible. And it really means they can't go anywhere near as wrong with NX.
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  • Mr.Spo 26/08/2016

    The big difference between this and the usual "We need to release software more consistently" stuff from the past is that Nintendo have actually undergone massive re-structuring during the last few years, and NX will be the first system to benefit from that. Whether that really seriously turns things around for Nintendo and results in more Nintendo software, more often, remains to be seen. Reply +31
  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force may point to a Metroid Prime 4

  • Mr.Spo 19/08/2016

    I'd be very surprised if Metroid Prime 4 is actually in development. Tanabe's comments last year suggested (to me at least) there wasn't a core Metroid in development, and that if one were to enter development, it would have to be for NX simply due to development time. I don't doubt Tanabe wants to make Prime 4, but I really don't see his comments from last year as a hint that such a game is in development.

    That being said, Prime 4 would be a very welcome surprise.
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  • Metroid Prime Federation Force review

  • Mr.Spo 19/08/2016

    Honestly I think the bigger problem for Metroid is that the two Nintendo staff who head the series don't seem to be taking it in a promising direction for the core games, or at the least, they're not taking it into territory long time fans will like. Yoshio Sakamoto single-handedly wrote the nonsense that comprised Other M's story, and Kensuke Tanabe wants to focus more on the Galactic Federation and Sylux in future Prime games. Tanabe's idea for the next Prime game is a more narrative focused exploration of the rivalry between Samus and Sylux, and I wouldn't be surprised if, after Other M, Sakamoto is being kept away from the series.

    Nintendo should do with Metroid what they've done with Zelda. Return to the core ideas of the series, and hand the basic prototyping stage for the next installment over to younger designers and programmers who haven't been involved in the series before, and then build from that.
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  • Mr.Spo 19/08/2016

    @Repsode That isn't the case here. Kensuke Tanabe, a producer at Nintendo who oversees development with different studios and the man in charge of the Prime series, wanted to develop a Prime spinoff based on playing as Federation troopers. He first had the idea during the development of Metroid Prime 3. See this interview: Reply -1
  • Mr.Spo 19/08/2016

    @Samael_Blackwing Yep, Star Fox was a decent arcade action game, this sounds like a decent co-op shooter. Amiibo Festival should never have been greenlit and Mario Tennis needed another six months in development. Reply +1
  • Mr.Spo 19/08/2016

    For the people confused about why this has the 'Metroid Prime' brand, it's because it started life as a Metroid Prime spin off about the Galactic Federation troopers. That's the game Kensuke Tanabe (ultimately responsible from the Prime part of the Metroid franchise) wanted to make, and he wanted to make that game with Next Level. This wasn't a prototype build of a co-op shooter Nintendo shoved the Metroid Prime name onto, it was conceived as a spin off from the Prime series from the off.

    I honestly don't think this review steps away from the trap of reviewing this title as "not a Metroid game" rather than on its own merits. I've seen other, more positive reviews that take this as what it is--a spin off set in the Metroid universe--rather than criticising it for not being Metroid. I say that as someone who wants a conventional Metroid, too. And I also say that as someone who, despite reading some positive reviews of Federation Force which give the impression of a smart, strategic multiplayer shooter, has very little interest in buying this game. I don't really have the time or the money to justify getting this. I think, too, Federation Force is a difficult game for anyone to judge, especially if they're a fan of Metroid. It's been a long six years since the deeply flawed Other M, and it's been an even longer seven years since Prime Trilogy launched on Wii.

    I dunno. I just feel that the level of hate and opprobrium directed at this game ahead of launch--and the lack of any solo Metroid entry in the last six years--and the fact that very few people are ever going to play this as a four-player game means whatever good Next Level have accomplished here is going to be completely overlooked, and I think this review might just be part of that process of missing what's actually here, because we're looking for what we want to be there.
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  • Mr.Spo 19/08/2016

    @vert1go Retro started a new project in December 2013, as they were finishing Tropical Freeze. If they were working on another Wii U title it'll have long since been shifted onto NX. Reply +1
  • Final Fantasy 15 delayed by two months

  • Mr.Spo 15/08/2016

    Considering this is such a big release, and it needs to shift 10 million copies according to Square Enix, this is a surprisingly good reason to delay.

    I won't be playing for a while, in all likelihood. Beginning an FF binge at 3, which I'm somehow going to fit in around other games and life.
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  • Putting the magic back into magic in fantasy games

  • Mr.Spo 13/08/2016

    14 years ago I was astonished when the Golden Sun games allowed me to use magic outside of battle, and made it essential to solving basic puzzles and progressing the story. Having replayed them recently, it's all a bit basic now, but I can't think of any games that have built on ideas like that.

    It was also around that time that I read the Earthsea books, and ever since I've wanted a game set in the archipelago. Sailing around Skellige in Witcher 3 last summer only made me want that more...
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  • Over a million UK players have spent money on Pokémon Go

  • Mr.Spo 12/08/2016

    Magikarp. Reply +21
  • Metroid 2 fan remake pleases fans, but not Nintendo

  • Mr.Spo 08/08/2016

    I'm a couple of hours into this and hugely impressed. Metroid 2 was the first Metroid i played, way back when. Nintendo should pick up the project, help the team make a definitive version and launch it on eShop.

    Sadly the odds of that happening are slim to none.
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  • ReCore feels more Metroid than Mega Man

  • Mr.Spo 01/08/2016

    I'm hoping this turns out well, the Prime games are some of my favourite and it's good to see a new, sensibly priced IP. There's more room in the home console industry for different budgets and different price points at retail. It'd be great to have a vibrant mid tier market between indies and blockbusters. Reply +14
  • In Theory: Could NX bring Wii and GameCube games to Virtual Console?

  • Mr.Spo 31/07/2016

    @Ralek It's in their interests to provide a more robust and imaginative Virtual Console service, because the revenues from digital products are a high margin business, and that's what Nintendo really need. I think Virtual Console has been dropped by the wayside the last few years for two reasons.

    Firstly, to give room for original content to sell through WiiWare and then eShop. If you look at VC from 2006-2009 on Wii, the service was pretty great. It was never cheap, but prices were reasonable, the selections were good, a few titles released every week, and the range of systems expanded over time. VC has really never reached those heights again. Secondly, it's been obvious to Nintendo for two years they needed a change in direction, and I expect Virtual Console will effectively be re-launched on NX.

    Personally I'm hoping for an Amazon Prime style digital service, where you can pay a subscription for access to a large, rotating library of software, but can still buy and keep what games you want to, even without using the subscription service. Time will tell, but Nintendo need to be more ambitious and forward thinking with how people access their back catalogue through Virtual Console. If they are, my bet is they'll reap substantial rewards.
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  • Mr.Spo 31/07/2016

    @kantaroo3 Yeah, I honestly think control issues will be more of a problem than technical performance. Wii's motion controls, pointer, motion plus and nunchuk create one set of headaches, GameCube's analog shoulder buttons another.

    Maybe NX will feature analog shoulder buttons and Wii remote compatibility, which would help, who knows.
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  • Nintendo NX - games, specs, release date and everything we know about the new portable system

  • Mr.Spo 30/07/2016

    @gabloammar Ha! If there's more to the dock unit than HDMI out and perhaps storage, my bet would be Nintendo are keeping it under tighter guard than the portable unit itself. Reply 0
  • Mr.Spo 30/07/2016

    @IronSoldier No worries, I put a close bracket on that link, this should work: Reply 0
  • Mr.Spo 30/07/2016

    @jeffbrooke Wii U shipments are being reduced from 3.2 million last year to 800,000 this year. The system is on the way out, no doubt about it, and 3DS won't be far behind.

    Nintendo said DS didn't represent the end of the GameBoy brand, and that DS was a third pillar, back in 2004. We haven't had a new GameBoy since the Micro in 2005.
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