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  • Splatoon stock swiped in Nintendo lorry heist

  • Mr.Spo 27/05/2015

    Packaged Squid amiibo currently going for £33 on eBay...

    Probably just someone who got their pre-order early! Criminals can't be that dumb, right?
    Reply +9
  • Nintendo colours outside the lines in the lovable but irksome Splatoon

  • Mr.Spo 27/05/2015

    Reviews are quite positive, despite the lack of multiplayer content at launch. Given the lower price, and that this has gone from E3 build (the E3 build was literally all of Splatoon that existed at that time) to retail launch in just under 12 months, I think it's an interesting sign of a more flexible approach from Nintendo, perhaps one brought about by necessity. Smash Bros, after all, is still waiting on the promised Tournament mode to materalise. In better commercial circumstances, would Nintendo have delayed Splatoon until more maps were finished and ready to ship on the disc?

    Much of how Splatoon is regarded will depend on how quickly and consistently Nintendo are able to update the game. Monthly updates--an additional mode, a few more maps, weapons, costumes, maybe even more single player content--will do wonders if they are consistent and if, as indicated in the Splatoon Direct, the first few are free. Launching at £25-35, then adding free updates for a few months is fine by me, particularly since the core mechanics seem to be so strong.
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  • Project Cars Wii U stalled, may be delayed until NX

  • Mr.Spo 26/05/2015

    At this point I don't see why it would be worth continuing. And I'm not sure delaying it for NX is a good idea. First, I think we'll see a new portable from Nintendo before a new home console, and second, what market will there be for 1 to 2 year old ports when Nintendo launch a new home console? Has no-one paid attention to third party ports on Wii U?

    Even when they were great ports, like Need for Speed or Deus Ex, they flopped. I won't pretend to have a miracle solution to third parties on Nintendo systems, but waiting and launching games that millions of people have already played on other formats isn't going to make much money.
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  • Destiny: House of Wolves review

  • Mr.Spo 25/05/2015

    @ratmaggot I'm in the same situation as you, except I traded it in because I wasn't keen on the amount of content included versus the price of the DLC expansion.

    I massively enjoyed Destiny, but it felt like it had been compromised to better serve Activision's business model. Plus, playing on my trusty old 360, I didn't have enough people to put together a raid team. I'll consider the (rumoured) game of the year edition when I have a new console for sure, though.
    Reply +2
  • Gallery launches range of arty Sega prints

  • Mr.Spo 20/05/2015

    @Max_Powers Skies of Arcadia seconded.

    Panzer Dragoon Saga, too. These are excellent!
    Reply +3
  • Xbox One, PS4 battle with rival Witcher 3 console deals

  • Mr.Spo 14/05/2015

    This is annoying. I'm getting £386 back from the deposit protection service at the end of July, it'd be nice to have it now so I could take advantage of one of these deals... Reply +1
  • Nintendo dates E3 Digital Event

  • Mr.Spo 13/05/2015

    @mega-gazz I think it's more of a reflection that right now, with 3DS and moreso Wii U, they know they're better off cultivating and satisfying their core base than expending too much money and effort in audience expansion drives that in the case of Wii U, and perhaps even 3DS, would be doomed to fail.

    They've returned to profit for the first time in four years, and have released a string of high quality games across both platforms while doing so. Smartphone games, a new network and NX will be the big drive for a wider audience. Wii U and 3DS just aren't cut out for that and Nintendo have accepted that.

    EDIT: And as the person above me pointed out, you have to go out of your way to watch the rest of the E3 broadcasts. Nintendo won't lose coverage, they'll have a large presence on the showfloor and through articles and impressions, and they'll be streaming live from E3 to their fans. I think their communication at E3 is developing in a promising manner, and isn't quite as insular as the basic Directs are.
    Reply +8
  • Nintendo's new 3DS Pullblox game is free to download

  • Mr.Spo 13/05/2015

    Alternatively, you can get everything together in a bundle for the discounted price of 1000 yen (£5.30).
    So basically it's a demo and you pay a fiver if you'd like to play all of it?? That kind of free to play is fine.
    Reply +13
  • Dragon Quest 8 coming to Nintendo 3DS

  • Mr.Spo 13/05/2015

    @Samael_Blackwing Yes, this is my concern. DQ7 came out a few years ago but is yet to be localised. Presumably Nintendo didn't offer help with translation/publishing, which was the deal with Dragon Quest games on DS.

    Given Nintendo's future support for 3DS looks thin on the ground, they might fill out the next 12 months by localising Japan only games like these. We should get some clues at E3.
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  • Nintendo "optimistic" on ending region locks, starting with NX

  • Mr.Spo 11/05/2015

    Publicly sounding out this idea now should mean it's company policy this time next year, which will be good for whatever NX is. Reply +9
  • Nintendo to launch five smartphone games by March 2017

  • Mr.Spo 08/05/2015

    @GamesConnoisseur Yeah, just like how they stopped making home consoles when their GameBoy and DS lines sold far more units and made for more money than their home consoles.

    Oh. Oh wait.
    Reply 0
  • Nintendo's doing something a little different with the Splatoon demo

  • Mr.Spo 07/05/2015

    @jabberwocky That's really unfortunate. Have you tried Nintendo's customer service? I'm honestly not sure what the problem could be... Reply -1
  • Mr.Spo 07/05/2015

    @jabberwocky Really? That bad an experience?

    I've been pleasantly surprised to find the Mario Kart 8 and Hyrule Warriors DLC has downloaded automatically overnight for me. With the latest Kart pack I had to update the firmware before I could use the DLC, but that didn't take very long at all. Given all the horror stories I heard about Wii U's download/update problems during launch and its first year on the market, I have generally had a straightforward and positive experience with it since I bought one in November 2013.
    Reply +23
  • Mr.Spo 07/05/2015

    Glad I got a pre-order in for £25. I am concerned about how much content this game will have, but at least the first few updates will be free. How long will free content last, I wonder? Reply +6
  • Nintendo records first annual profit in four years

  • Mr.Spo 07/05/2015

    @spamdangled Well, I wasn't talking in purely financial sense, I was talking in a commercial sense.

    And does one year of profit outweigh the years Wii U dragged Nintendo's game business into the red? Does it outweigh the 3DS profits burnt through Wii U's poor start? Does it cover the R&D, manufacturing and advertising costs endured to bring Wii U to market?

    Wii U will be Nintendo's worst performing home console coming immediately after their most successful. It is, in every sense, a commercial failure.

    I'm a Wii U owner and I love the games and the system. But the system has performed terribly commercially.
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  • Mr.Spo 07/05/2015

    Also for those interested and able to watch it, there's a Splatoon Direct at 3pm this afternoon. Reply +3
  • Mr.Spo 07/05/2015

    @grassyknoll The scenario you outline is exactly what will happen. DLC in months without retail releases. More spin offs and lower price games, more collaborations, and a handful of big releases.

    NX will start to arrive next year with a handheld model, I expect. There's no way Nintendo are returning to "Nintendo-like profits" without it.
    Reply +1
  • Mr.Spo 07/05/2015

    @spamdangled I expect they won't. Wii U is a commercial failure, flogging a few more systems at a loss won't change that. Selling the system without burning cash puts less pressure on their bottom line, which leaves them free to continue to invest in software and to prepare their next round of devices.

    Sad to see 3DS has slowed down so much. On the other hand, this is also the firs time for years Nintendo got a sales forecast right. That 3.6 million figure for Wii U might be low, but it's exactly on par with expectations. Hopefully a sign Nintendo have their heads screwed on a little straighter...
    Reply +5
  • Looks like Destiny's major September expansion is named The Taken King

  • Mr.Spo 06/05/2015

    I enjoyed Destiny initially, but couldn't help but feel that great game mechanics had been bent and the content hollowed out to serve Activision's business model. That feeling was strengthened when I saw the price and amount of content in the first DLC pack, and I traded it in. I also found the game less rewarding once I hid the mid 20s.

    Hopefully there'll be a GOTY edition at a decent price, and maybe I'll have a PS4 or Xbox One by then...
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  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse review

  • Mr.Spo 05/05/2015

    I wish I had more money and time at the moment. Splatoon is more appealing than this or Code Name STEAM, so I'll be getting that first and then hopefully I'll have some catching up time over summer. Reply -1
  • The best 3DS games

  • Mr.Spo 04/05/2015

    @Alatair Glad somebody said, sad to see so many people negging this thought. A clear sign that many hobbyist gamers continue to consider handheld gaming inferior to console or PC gaming.

    Makes me think about EG's GOTY awards in 2013, when 3DS had Monster Hunter Tri Ultimate, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Luigi's Mansion 2, Animal Crossing, Pokemon X&Y, Link Between Worlds and Bravely Default released. Out of those, only Luigi's Mansion 2 made it onto the GOTY list. Fire Emblem, which received 10, didn't even get a look in. There's a clear double standard when it comes to handheld games.

    Alongside the first two PlayStations and the SNES, the GameBoy, GBA and DS have perhaps the greatest software catalogues of any gaming systems. 3DS doesn't quite have the same variety, but for my money it still has more top quality titles than any other system this generation.
    Reply +2
  • Code Name: STEAM review

  • Mr.Spo 01/05/2015

    I had completely forgot this was coming out. I'll have to finish Majora's Mask and get some more Monster Hunter 4 out of the way first, though! Reply 0
  • Shovel Knight tunnels to Xbox One next week

  • Mr.Spo 21/04/2015

    Highly recommend this to Xbox One owners. Would love to see Shovel Knight in Smash, too. Reply +4
  • Probing the latest Mass Effect 4 leak

  • Mr.Spo 20/04/2015

    I'm conflicted. I'm still wary of Bioware's output, particularly with Mass Effect 3 in mind, but I so want this to be amazing. I like the sound of the setting, because it lends itself so well to a mysterious, exploration centric space opera. I also quite like the idea that the Citadel races have sent colonists off to another galaxy, because it means Bioware aren't quite having to throw away everything they established in their original Mass Effect universe.

    Cautiously optimistic. Yet to play DA:Inquisition, so fingers crossed for this.
    Reply +4
  • Gunstar Heroes, Streets of Rage 2 and Sonic 2 heading to 3DS

  • Mr.Spo 15/04/2015

    Though Sega have generally stuck to the more arcade like experiences, could we have Shining Force 3D at some point? Pretty please? Reply +4
  • Mr.Spo 15/04/2015

    Yessssss. Reply 0
  • Mario Kart 8 x Animal Crossing DLC track list and footage

  • Mr.Spo 15/04/2015

    Ribbon Road looks excellent.

    Take note, everyone--including the Smash Brothers team--this is how you do DLC.
    Reply +4
  • Yoshi's Woolly World Amiibo now available to pre-order

  • Mr.Spo 14/04/2015

    Pre-ordered without the amiibo on Gameseek for £25. Splatoon is the same price there, for those interested. Reply +4
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate passes 1m shipped milestone in West

  • Mr.Spo 14/04/2015

    I'm barely a handful of hours into this but desperately want to play it more. Such a good game, really enjoying the insect glaive, too. Reply +3
  • Affordable Space Adventures review

  • Mr.Spo 10/04/2015

    Another one on the eShop wishlist. Reply +2
  • Boxboy! review

  • Mr.Spo 09/04/2015

    @porkface Great, thanks! Reply +1
  • Mr.Spo 09/04/2015

    Excellent. How about an Affordable Space Adventures review sometime soon, too, please? Reply +11
  • The Wii U games confirmed for release in 2015

  • Mr.Spo 07/04/2015

    In fact, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma did not even commit to a 2016 launch when he recently announced the game's delay, and with word of the new Nintendo NX console on the horizon it is easy to speculate that the game could be held back further for repurposing as a next-generation launch title.
    Way to spin this negatively. Aonuma said a 2015 launch was "no longer the priority" for the development team. Effectively a delay to 2016 has yet to be confirmed; Nintendo are not committed to a 2015 date, is all. In practise I think that does mean 2016 is the earliest we'll see this game, but I don't see them holding back to 2017. If anything it'll be cross-platform with Nintendo's next portable, if the new portable is in the same ballpark as Wii U power-wise.
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  • N64, DS games launch on Wii U Virtual Console

  • Mr.Spo 02/04/2015

    @jamyskis1981 Hopefully they'll patch out that 4:3 lock. I didn't mind it when I was playing EarthBound, for example, because it looked great on my TV. However, the option in DK64 really should be there for widescreen mode, given the game natively supports it.

    I'm still going to buy it, though. I don't have an expansion pack for my N64 so would have to fork out far more than £8.99 to play on my N64 and run it through my upscaler.
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  • Mr.Spo 02/04/2015

    Also the addition of DK64 Virtual Console now means Space Station Silicon Valley is next on the 'to buy' list for my N64, saved me a chunk of money, too, expansion paks are expensive. Reply 0
  • Mr.Spo 01/04/2015

    DK64 yes please. Reply +6
  • Mario Maker due September, next Fire Emblem not until 2016

  • Mr.Spo 02/04/2015

    @TeaFiend Kotaku have done a break down of the Japanese release. I'd be beyond surprised if Nintendo followed this model in the West. They've spent a decade or more building the franchise here to the point where Awakening was a decent success, I don't think they'll risk that in the West.

    To clarify, there are four versions in Japan: the 'light' side story, the 'dark side' story, and a special edition that includes both; these are the retail versions. The downloadable version includes both light/dark campaigns. There is a third campaign launching after release as DLC, which you can buy for any version. If you buy the light, or dark version, you can buy the alternative version at a discounted price as DLC. The two campaigns also play differently, featuring different characters and storylines. The 'light' campaign is a standard Fire Emblem story where you defend a kingdom from the evil kingdom, the 'dark' campaign sounds more unusual and challenging, in that you must resolve internal differences within the 'evil' kingdom.

    In the West I expect we'll just get the equivalent of the Japanese special edition which includes both storylines; that's certainly how it was pitched in both the American and European Directs, which showed both stories as being included in one game. That way they can still sell the third campaign as DLC over here. I agree the Japanese release is bonkers, but I think in the West we'll just get a single retail release with both campaigns in, plus the DLC campaign.
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  • Splatoon inks in a May release date

  • Mr.Spo 02/04/2015

    @Raiko101 Agreed. My understanding from the Direct was that this is closer to Captain Toad's amiibo functionality, which simply added an extra marker to find in every level. But in Splatoon, you get costumes as a reward.

    It's worse than the Captain Toad implementation because the costumes are exclusive to amiibo. If other information comes to light, such as the missions being entirely unique levels (not my current understanding, I think they're just randomly generated objectives for existing content), or the costumes giving performance bonuses in multiplayer, then I'd be more frustrated by this.
    Reply +3
  • Mr.Spo 02/04/2015

    @smallblueslime I wasn't defending Nintendo, merely clarifying what is DLC. A principle has still been violated, but locking out extra missions behind amiibo is far worse than cosmetic changes to characters actually coming with amiibo.

    The far more alarming sign than costumes being locked into amiibos (Mario Kart 8 already does this) is another Pokemon spin-off driven by microtransactions, by the looks of things.
    Reply +8
  • Mr.Spo 01/04/2015

    @PixelEdged They don't add new missions, just mission objectives you can play out on in-game maps.

    They do add exclusive costumes, though, which is effectively DLC.
    Reply +1
  • Mario Kart 8's Animal Crossing DLC brought forward

  • Mr.Spo 02/04/2015

    The 200cc update genuinely looks bonkers, looking forward to that. Reply +12
  • Fatal Frame U coming to Wii U this year

  • Mr.Spo 01/04/2015

    Finally. Reply +7
  • Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U Mewtwo DLC release date, price

  • Mr.Spo 01/04/2015

    I'm glad I'm getting Mewtwo free, it makes paying for Lucas a little easier... Reply +1
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D review

  • Mr.Spo 01/04/2015

    @Bander The X map was said to be around five times the size of Chronicles world, though I've also seen suggestions that's three times the area of the Chronicles overworld.

    It's pretty damn big, either way, with a lot of verticality. Between the flying mechs and how easy it is in Xenoblade to travel nearly anywhere you can see on the map, I'm betting we're looking at a truly huge world.
    Reply +4
  • Mr.Spo 01/04/2015

    @Bander From preview translations in Japan, it looks as if the gamepad is integrated into the game as a navigation device for the alien planet you find yourself on. So you constantly have your map there, can view quests and set markers just on your gamepad. Not sure on inventory management, but the game is due out at the end of the month in Japan so we should know more before long.

    Localisation for the Western release is underway, too, so hopefully we won't be waiting too long.
    Reply +4
  • Mr.Spo 01/04/2015

    @redcrayon Something this review doesn't bring up is that the combat, exploration and grinding are well suited to portable play. Combat is dynamic, if you die you simply restart, fully healed, at the newest landmark, and you can save anywhere. So if you want to get 20 minutes of grinding in on the bus or train, it should be pretty easy to manage. Fetch-quests also (mostly) don't require you to return to the quest-giver, so that's another streamlining that's well suited to portable play. Reply +13
  • Mr.Spo 01/04/2015

    While I have the Wii version and so wouldn't buy myself, based on other reviews--which have been far more positive of this--would recommend it to New 3DS owners, particularly XL. I think Martin's a little too dismissive of what for my money is one of the best modern JRPGs, and this is far easier to get hold of than the Wii version, even if the Wii version is the superior title. Reply +10
  • Pokémon Rumble World spotted via ratings board listing

  • Mr.Spo 31/03/2015

    I fully expect tomorrow's April 1st Direct to consist of a list of amazing announcements:

    Star Fox co-developed by Platinum!
    EarthBound remake for Wii U!
    Star Tropics reboot this year!
    F Zero UX!
    Metroid Dread!

    Followed by a short clip of Iwata:

    "April Fools. Please understand."
    Reply +16
  • Nintendo issues takedown notice for Super Mario 64 HD project

  • Mr.Spo 31/03/2015

    @DreadedWalrus Well, Nintendo have yet to do anything about the Mother 3 fan translation or the very public fan-made Mother 4, which has been in development for several years and is due out this June. Reply 0
  • Is Bloodborne the best game ever, or just the second best?

  • Mr.Spo 24/03/2015

    Sad to see the same thing happening here that's been happening when stellar exclusives hit the Wii U, some people desperately trying to detract from this.

    I've never been the biggest fan of Dark Souls, largely because my save file crashed after 20 hours of play and I never returned to it. This sounds fascinating and fantastic, it's gone on the To Buy Eventually list. I think I need a second job so I can feed my gaming habit.
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