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  • Nintendo Switch hits 10m sales in nine months

  • Rob 12/12/2017

    3 Great games, only one an exclusive.
    Erm..Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2 are both exclusive to Switch though...
    Reply +29
  • Doom's 'impossible' Switch port analysed in depth

  • Rob 13/11/2017

    @dennett316 I'd not argue against it being a technical article - but you do seem to be arguing that 'it looks like soup' is therefore some kind of technical analysis?

    I'm fine with them doing technical comparisons etc, no problems with that at all as it's really interesting stuff (although again they need balance i.e. this article would have you believe the framerate is constantly below 30 which it's not, it occasionally goes there it's not the norm at all) - but there is nothing technical with 'it looks like soup' - that's a personal opinion and one, I think, is just incorrect and to a lot of people very misleading.
    Reply +1
  • Rob 13/11/2017

    @outy I can understand to a degree what DF are trying to do, but IMO they are going way OTT. It's like now we have 4k, anything that's not 4K is just not good enough. Which is nuts - 99.9% of us are watching out TV perfectly happily - not sitting there thinking - this is nice, but it looks like soup.

    I get the push to be right on the leading edge, but the hyperbole surrounding it - and the way OTT mockery of anything that isn't it, is getting too much.

    Level heads are needed - because for the vast majority of people some of these small technical differences will just not be noticeable - so stuff like 'looks like soup' is really, really unhelpful and misleading.
    Reply +1
  • Rob 13/11/2017

    I've played a lot of this over the weekend - and while I'm sure that on a technical level what DF is saying might be true, they are absolutely 100% over playing chunks of it.

    It just doesn't look 'like soup', that's just way OTT and a desperate attempt at creating a soundbyte - it plays a perfectly great game of Doom - and unless you looked at the other versions side-by-side I very much doubt that the vast majority of people would really see that much of a difference.

    It's a staggering port - and trying to compare it to the other versions seems a very odd thing to do - obviously it's not going to be at exactly the same level, but it does get so close that you just don't notice the difference in gameplay.

    There might be the odd touch of slowdown - but it's nothing like this article appears to intimate - it's occasional, brief, fleeting - not at all "any major fight" which is just flat out misleading.

    So two things:

    1) Doom is a damn fine conversation of a dame fine game. It's genuinely withcraft.

    2) Can DF please just get their heads around that fact that Switch is not a PS4/XBO and stop comparing the games and acting all surprised when they don't match up. Newsflash folks - we *know* it's not going to be the same, it's not surprising (or disappointing) to anyone that a portable tiny console it not at the same level as a large home console. Spending time talking about how it looks worse than a 4k PC version is just odd and strange and needless. Stop filling articles pointing out the pointless and tell us the real story here - it's a flabbergastingly good version of Doom that makes some sacrifices but, to the man in the street, makes them cleverly enough that you'd not really know in the real-world. The tone the pointless comparisons create is all wrong - this article comes over as negative because it's being held up to an impossible light - get realistic with the expectations and stop setting a bar that automatically means anything you look at is going to be harshly judged against it.
    Reply +1
  • WayForward's retro, Metroidvania-style movie tie-in The Mummy Demastered is out this month

  • Rob 11/10/2017

    The 'killing your previous self to get your gear back' mechanic sounds like an evolution to what we saw in ZombiU. I like the look of this, promising! Reply +2
  • Ultra Street Fighter 2 on Nintendo Switch does the business for Capcom

  • Rob 28/07/2017

    What did you expect? This is the perfect time for companies to make money out of overpriced, low-quality games.
    Now let's just hold on. Overpriced it may well have been, but let's not start making out that SF2 is low-quality all of a sudden. It is, if nothing else, a damn fine game.
    Reply +13
  • Nintendo's new online service looks like it could be every bit as bad as you feared

  • Rob 20/07/2017

    @Ajent The same way he does now. The app won't affect the friends list on the console - it's JUST for stuff like voice chat (and additional stat tracking etc for things like Splatoon). He'll be able to have his friends list and play with them online on the Switch just the same. The app offers additional functionality, but a player will be able to go online and play against folks on their friends list just the same as they do now if they are not bothered about voice chat.

    They are not removing anything the console can currently do, only adding potential extra stuff to it via the app.

    You seem to think your son not having a smartphone and the app will stop him going online - that's absolutely NOT the case. He WILL still be able to play against his friends online, just the same as he currently does. It's only if he wants to chat with them as well that this really comes into play.

    I don't think I'm getting carried away, evident by the fact that my son WON'T be able to play with friends.
    Yes he will. This is not going to stop that.
    Reply +3
  • Rob 19/07/2017

    @Ajent He'll be able to play online, it's just stuff like the voice chat and private lobbies etc that's in the app. He'll be able to actually play stuff like Splatoon and MK8 online no problem. Some folks are getting carried away. Reply -3
  • Rob 19/07/2017

    and only on your phone, it would seem - that you can then invite those friends into a room
    I'm sure that's not right for a start - the opening intro on the app talks about being able to send around the invitation link via whatever medium you want - email, Twitter etc.

    EDIT: In fact, here's what an invitation looks like - not on a phone note Eurogamer...

    How about, before we rush out a hatchet job guesswork article, we check some facts and maybe even wait until it's actually officially out and the service is fully running?
    Reply -14
  • Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers review

  • Rob 25/05/2017

    @link2dpast I don't have any idea!

    What's more concerning, is that the error in the text has still not been edited - we've pointed out the error, provided proof, yet it's still there.

    Admitting it was just an honest mistake and updating would have been easy - instead it looks like they've just decided to stick their fingers in their ears and say lalalala can't hear you for some reason. Odd. Why would they want to continue to carry an inaccurate statement...
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  • Rob 24/05/2017

    Nintendo is publishing this game
    Are you absolutely sure on that, because Nintendo's own page says Capcom is the publisher...
    Reply +10
  • Rob 24/05/2017

    But what claws at my disappointment, dragging it down into angry territory, is how much Nintendo charges for all this.
    Don't you mean Capcom? I mean I know you like to throw a bit of negativity at Nintendo when you can, but surely blaming them for something that's totally not them is a little OTT?
    Reply -16
  • Johnny and Ian had a fight about Switch - in video form

  • Rob 06/02/2017

    It's pointless to pretend Nintendo is still the best hardware maker and software maker. They make worse controllers and worse hardware nowadays compared to the others and they only make good software when they want to.
    No @VanillaLake, it's pointless to confuse opinion with fact. Some people are excited by Switch, and love Nintendo's output - doesn't make them wrong, or deluded.

    You have your view, and you are entitled to it, just the same as those on the other end of the debate.
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  • Rob 06/02/2017

    The way I see it, Ian's video is pretty easily rebuffed - but that's a matter of my personal circumstances and taste. I have my pre-order in, and I'm going to be enjoying it.

    1) Poor Launch lineup - yep, absolutely. But it's got Zelda, there could be 50 other titles - they'd not really get a look in. Zelda is the one I'll be playing. And 1-2-Switch will, I have no doubt at all, offer a lot of fun for me and the wife and the kids. It's not hardcore, but I bet it ends up getting played a lot in my household. And when I'm done - looks like Arms, and Splatoon etc will be there pretty shortly afterwards. It's not something that worries me, as it's got that one killer title already.

    2) Yes, you can play Zelda on Wii U. But then, I don't want to. I want to play it on brand new Nintendo hardware - and it's hardware that is going to carry me forward, so I might as well invest now. Buy and play Zelda on Switch now, then just add Arms, Splatoon, Mario to it further down the line. Or buy Zelda on Wii U now, but then have to juggle the Wii U and a Switch for Arms, Splatoon, Mario later on in the year. I know I'm going to want one, so why not just invest now and start enjoying it now? The delay in purchase doesn't add fun - it removes my time being able to enjoy that launch feeling with Switch/Zelda.

    3) The additional accessories thing makes no sense to me - you don't need *any* of those things on day 1 - apart from a game, and isn't that the case for any hardware ever anyway? It's just strange to add a load of completely optional stuff to the cost and then say how high it is. If he buys everything he lists, he's got enough controllers for 5 players on day 1. Hardly essential IMO. I'm not buying any of the things he lists apart from Zelda. It's like including the cost of PSVR when considering a purchase of PS4 and then saying £700+ is too high.

    4) The online costs - this is a real strange one to list - as one of the nice things about being on-board at launch, is that stuff is FREE. They are not going to start charging for a good few months yet, so being in early gets you that bonus. He also freely admits we know very little about the offering yet - apart from that it's likely to be cheap. So, why not wait until we know what it delivers before trying to say if it's decent or not? And in the meantime, enjoy the free period!
    Reply -2
  • NX is different, and different is Nintendo's best option

  • Rob 28/07/2016

    Funny take on things this article - it's really trying hard to point out how Nintendo 'don't want to get involved in an arms race' and are 'super conservative' with hardware - and yet if the stuff this site is reporting is true, they are on the verge of releasing the most power handheld console ever - by a significant margin. We're talking not a million miles behind PS4/XBO but *in a handheld*. That's not conservative.

    Get some perspective folks - if this is true, Nintendo will release a piece of hardware that is head and shoulders above anything else out there. It's not behind, it's miles ahead - unless I missed the point at which I could play PS4 or XBO on the go making them an even reasonably useful apple to apples comparison.
    Reply +37
  • The end of Nintendo's weird GamePad era

  • Rob 14/04/2016


    Plus, there's great games I don't have or am not intrested in like Splatoon
    You really should get Splatoon - it's honestly one of the best things Nintendo have put out in years. It's astonishingly good.
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  • Rob 13/04/2016

    it's all too easy to imagine playing without all those bizarre accessories the GamePad brings. A sizeable number of players already choose to.
    This is just such an odd take on things. I'm sure you could play doom with just the cursor keys, does that mean the mouse is a bizarre accessory? Of course not, it just means that some people instantly jump on new things and detest change.

    The Wii U may not have been a commercial success for Nintendo, but many of the things it brought to the table will be looked back on with significant fondness - things like Miiverse for example, enabled by the capacitive screen (woe, old tech!) and almost certainly will be seen as a forerunner for similar systems I'd bet my bottom $ the other manufacturers will introduce.

    Yes you can play Splatoon without the gyro, but you'll not be experiencing it at it's best, and you'll not stand a a chance against good players that are. Likewise, yes you can survive without the map etc on a second screen, but it's a reduced experience. Just look at Deus Ex - that's an example of how the tech could have enhanced and improved even the most 'traditional' title.

    It's a shame that everyone is so knee-jerk about Nintendo - it's either success or failure in articles such as this - why not appreciate the grey, the subtle things it has brought to the table that should be picked up, further developed, appreciated for their potential to improve the gaming landscape.

    Gaming is so tribal, and articles like this that feel the need to conclude with 'failure' as a label do nothing to help. Yes it's failed commercially, but has it 'failed' gamers - has it not brought them some truly wonderful experiences?
    Reply +12
  • Star Fox Zero finally has a release date, and it's not alone

  • Rob 04/03/2016

    @Samael_Blackwing The first print edition is double disc by the look of it (notice that the box that goes into the first print edition *doesn't* have the 'download code' sticker on it that the box that replaces it for the standard edition does). Reply 0
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD review

  • Rob 01/03/2016

    It's an oversight that renders this remaster far from definitive
    What is? What is the oversight? It reads like you're saying them removing some of the motion stuff is the oversight, but they've left in the best stuff like aiming with the bow etc. Surely you can't be saying you actually wanted them to implement 'shake the gamepad to slash the sword'?
    Reply +20
  • Here's your first look at the new Splatoon update

  • Rob 13/11/2015

    14 new pieces of gear
    Erm...isn't it actually "over 40"? If you're going to mention a specific number twice in an article, at least get it right!
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  • Splatoon's Rainmaker ranked battle mode drops this weekend

  • Rob 13/08/2015

    Here's the mode in action:
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  • Splatoon sales are strong in Japan, at least

  • Rob 11/06/2015

    @tomphillipsEG Or, how about just "Splatoon Sales are Strong in Japan" - why on earth is the "at least" needed on the end when it's clearly not true for the UK (it's been in the top 5 for the last couple of weeks behind only multi-format stuff) and we have no numbers as yet from the US to call it either way? Reply +7
  • Rob 11/06/2015

    @tomphillipsEG While it's lovely that you've taken the time to interact in this thread, I can't help but feel disappointed it took something like this for you guys to realise/admit that giving coverage to a hugely successful brand new IP from one of the major players (who are often maligned for not producing new IP) was a good idea. Reply +6
  • Rob 11/06/2015

    @tomphillipsEG The problem with your comment, is the revelation that your content is driven so much by what you are playing. You have a varied gaming audience, to base what you cover simply on what you are playing is madness. Not everyone has the same taste and is playing the same games - they come here for rounded coverage of the industry, not a peek into your little area of interest.

    Splatoon is a game that is #1 in Japan, #3 in the UK, and I'd bet is going to do well when the next set of numbers come out from the US. You shouldn't ignore it just because you guys aren't playing it and it's on a system that's a touch unfashionable with the "mature" (and I use the quotes very deliberately there) crowd.

    EDIT: I totally see your point in that you have limited resources and can't cover everything, but this is hardly niche stuff in comparison to some of the other things gracing the front page right now.
    Reply +14
  • Rob 11/06/2015

    @tomphillipsEG You say "Agenda" - but he's not the one burying news of a new map being released for free in a chart article which includes the word "at least" in the headline.

    People will stop questioning your coverage of Splatoon when you start treating it the same way you do other titles on other platforms.
    Reply +7
  • Splatoon ties end in seemingly arbitrary wins

  • Rob 02/06/2015

    It's a game for kids.
    I heartily enjoyed the beta
    So, you're a kid then?

    I'll wait until the first update before I jump in.
    It got an update this morning - new mode, new map, new weapon. Guess you're jumping in now then yeah?
    Reply +3
  • Nintendo announces new Dr. Mario, Chibi Robo, Olympics games

  • Rob 01/06/2015

    They've also confirmed Ranked Battles for Splatoon start tomorrow, and there is a new map and new weapon available (foc) from then as well.

    The Splatoon coverage on this site is pretty terrible - why have you taken against it Eurogamer to the point that you are just flat out ignoring virtually any news related to it?
    Reply +4
  • Video: Splatoon is secretly a MOBA

  • Rob 28/05/2015

    "a game aimed at children" - I thought you were better than that Eurogamer, but clearly not. Reply +2
  • Nintendo colours outside the lines in the lovable but irksome Splatoon

  • Rob 27/05/2015

    @DanWhitehead How can it possibly be both? You can't level up too slowly AND too quickly at the same time. As for drip feeding stuff in, that's what pretty much every game ever does - what was the last game to start your character out with the same gear and capabilities they had by the end? It's a really odd criticism IMO. Reply +2
  • Rob 27/05/2015

    These impression are all over the place. One moment complaining you don't unlock certain things until lvl 4 or lvl 10 (so, not just dumping everything on a new player then), while the next screenshot caption complains you level up really quickly and potentially too fast - "you may find you hit the Level 20 cap too soon". Reply +25
  • Bloodborne's 1.03 patch tested

  • Rob 23/04/2015

    @Oli That would work, except this is almost exactly what you are saying you don't think is substantial enough to publish:

    What vital new information is in there? In fact, if you're going to say the actual bullets are then what about these from MK8:

    ● 9 new Amiibo Suits added
    ● 200cc class added
    ● Grand Prix: Must beat all cups on 150cc to play Grand Prix on 200cc
    ● VS race: 200cc can be selected from the beginning.
    ● Online play custom rules: 200cc can be selected from the beginning.
    ● Friend Lobby: 200cc can be selected from the beginning.
    ● Tournament settings: 200cc can be selected from the beginning.
    ● When you Brake while Drifting in 200cc mode, sparks will fly from your tires.
    ● Breaking now possible while drifting using the Wii Remote by pushing B, 1, & 2 buttons at the same time.
    ● Able to add CPU players to Online Custom Rules, but only human players will count for scoring.
    ● Pressing the minus button on the following controllers will now put the map on the screen:
    -Wii U Pro Controller
    -Classic Controller
    -Wii Remote + Nun-chuck
    ● The seasons on the Animal Crossing course are random except in Time Trials, which is limited to Summer only.
    ● 10 new stamps added for use in Miiverse posts
    ● Bug Fixes

    You're a news site, the actual content being out and available right now is news enough surely?
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  • Rob 23/04/2015

    @Oli No issue there, but why totally ignore it on release day - you could at least acknowledge it's out and that you have some coverage coming.

    Having substantial coverage coming is great, but giving it the complete cold-shoulder on release day as a result is totally baffling. It's big news that you are totally failing to cover.

    Maybe a tiny bit of the time spent on the multiple Bloodborne patch articles could have been spent on a "MK8 got a major update that includes a never before seen 200cc mode, and some major new DLC including new tracks, vehicles, and characters - we'll have some in-depth coverage very shortly" article?
    Reply -4
  • Wii U exclusive Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush release date

  • Rob 11/03/2015

    @tidy-spidey Wasn't the last DS Euro release 'Power Paintbrush'? Probably just changed to be consistent with that. Reply +1
  • Rob 11/03/2015

    @bigwhinger73 Absolutely no difference between the US and UK versions you say? You mean other than the numerous additional European langauges? When are Uk gamers going to realise they are in Europe and not everyone plays their games in English? Reply +3
  • Nintendo: "difficult" decision to hold back New 3DS release in Europe, US

  • Rob 24/02/2015

    @nickthegun Continually create failure? You mean Wii U right? I'd say that the DS, Wii, and now the 3DS have put him a fair bit in credit there really...his hit ratio is pretty good. Reply +7
  • Watch how fast the Wii U loads with its new quick start menu

  • Rob 09/05/2014

    I did have to wait about 30 or so minutes for the first update to download and install.
    You didn't have to wait - the update would have downloaded in the background while you got on with playing Mario if you'd have wanted.
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  • Nintendo slumps to another annual loss after dismal Wii U sales

  • Rob 07/05/2014

    Least surprising aspect of this's got big billing on the front page of the site. As compared to the Mario Kart 8 news (which included the a free game offer) which got short shrift.

    Guess Nintendo don't buy enough Mountain Dew.
    Reply +6
  • Buy Mario Kart 8 and get a free Wii U game

  • Rob 30/04/2014

    So, Nintendo release a whole host of new details on one of the best selling franchises of all time - including video sharing/uploading, voice chat, tournaments, and a way to avoid blue shells. They then add that if you buy early, they will also give you another Wii U game totally free.

    ALL THAT - and yet the story gets less billing on the front page than the PS4 update, one of the main features of which is to dim the light on the pad.

    Oh Eurogamer!
    Reply +42
  • EA apologises for Frostbite's "stupid" anti-Nintendo April Fool

  • Rob 02/04/2014

    Until they can pump out software on anything like the quality level that Nintendo usually manage on such 'terrible underpowered hardware', the folks over at Frostbite would do well to stfu and concentrate on their own problems.

    That's the bigger issue - they are so busy playing technical one-upmanship that the actual content, gameplay, and overall quality gets lost in the deperate run to belittle anything else that isn't pushing as many polygons.

    A better April Fool from them would have simply been "We understand we went wrong, we'll place our priorities on the important stuff next time".
    Reply +12
  • Asda drops Wii U price to just £149/£199

  • Rob 02/05/2013

    Well whatever you want to put it down to, it worked - they have sold out. Customer demand is either there, or the fabled 'huge pile of unwanted stock' wasn't actually much of a pile at all. Reply +1
  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist finally confirmed for Wii U

  • Rob 10/04/2013

    @mr_bez Are you being serious? The press release clearly says there are gadgets (note the plural), and multiple other uses including the weapon switching. This pieces takes that and makes it sound like all there is the 'Snake Camera' and weapon switching. It's clearly missing some information which is particularly relevent given the snarky tone they apply to the 'inventory' comment in order to make it seem like no other uses are being made. Reply +6
  • Rob 10/04/2013

    The release from Nintendo actually says:
    Showcasing enhanced game-play features using the Wii U
    GamePad controller, Tom Clancy`s Splinter Cell Blacklist allows players to
    operate innovative gadgets, take out enemies and move through the environment,
    and intuitively switch between weapons, among other features.
    Interesting that you saw fit to basically report that as:
    You also use it to "intuitively switch between" weapons - an inventory, then.
    Reply +22
  • Resident Evil: Revelations Wii U lets you give monsters speech bubbles

  • Rob 19/03/2013

    The "in-game monster speech bubbles" are for Raid mode only, not the main game. Might want to update the article EG - here's the official line from Capcom

    Wii U players will get further exclusives through the Miiverse feature. Players can post a dying message from the Game Over screen for other players around the world to see and you can taunt your friends with the ‘Creatures Voice’ function, allowing enemies in Raid Mode to have their thoughts personalised.
    Reply +11
  • Wii U graphics power finally revealed

  • Rob 06/02/2013

    The only reason there is less latency is because the screen is so small. The bigger the screen the higher the latency. Thats why some 3D TV's have more latency than a bog standard PC monitor, eventhough said 3D TV's have to have a fast refresh rate and at least a 120hz pannel.
    Please god tell me nobody actually believes this...
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  • Assassin's Creed 3 review

  • Rob 30/10/2012

    Just noting that Wii U isn't in the format listing for this one - will you be giving that a separate review when it hits a month from now? Reply +10
  • Nintendo hopes to sell 5.5 million Wii U consoles by April

  • Rob 25/10/2012

    I believe the actual quote was:

    In this fiscal year we are looking to ship 5.5 million units of Wii U hardware and 24 million units of Wii U software.
    So they are talking about shipping numbers, not sales numbers.
    Reply 0
  • Rayman Legends no longer a Wii U launch title

  • Rob 08/10/2012

    Another weak Nintendo launch-lineup after all
    @Beano A weak launch line-up? Are people forgetting that as well as the exclusives like ZombieU, NSMB, and NintendoLand it's also getting versions of BLOPSII, Assassin's Creed etc on Day 1

    I understand they are multi-format, but that doesn't mean they don't exist as perfectly decent software titles in the library.
    Reply +5
  • How Powerful is the Wii U Really?

  • Rob 31/08/2012

    Interesting news courtesy of the September edition of Nintendo Power (v282) - Mass Effect 3 will run in 1080p - something that wasn't an option on either the PS3 or 360. Reply +1
  • Rob 30/08/2012

    Do people think the next platforms from either Sony or MS will have an advance anywhere near as profound as the switch up to HD was? That was the big gulf between Wii and PS3/360 - I can't see where they can go (remaining cost effective) to sustain that obvious-to-the-consumer type lead Reply 0
  • Rob 30/08/2012

    Power is completely irrelevent - software decides how a platform performs. Always has, always will. Every generation proves it, and yet still some mentals deny it.

    As far as I am concerned, for at *least* 12 months (since there is no way either Sony or MS will be launching a new platform ahead of November 2013) the Wii U is going to provide a) exclusive Nintendo content that you can't get anywhere else; AND b) at least as good as, and quite possibly better, ports of a good chunk of the third-party stuff like Ass Creed, CoD etc. After 12 months b) might be gone, but I really can't see any way in which the chasm will be anywhere near even approaching that between the Wii and the 360/PS3. We'll be talking differences on a much smaller and more technical scale.

    That situation alone make me perfectly happy to drop £400 on it - anything beyond that 12 month point is essentially a bonus really, can be brushed aside by picking up one of the new platforms as needed, and is completly conjecture at this point anyway so can't really be used as a serious way to make an informed decision (Both Sony & MS have been known to initially promise significantly more than they eventually deliver to the consumer).
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