Mr.Spo

Camp Triggerfish returns tomorrow in Splatoon 2's massive new 3.0 update

Mr.Spo

1 day ago

I'll have to try and get back on Splatoon 2 ahead of the expansion launch. The supply of free content has been consistent and generous. The German Splatoon 2 Facebook page put up (and then quickly removed) an image which suggested the Octo expansion would launch July 13th - the same date as Captain Toad and Octopath Traveler, which would be classic Nintendo.
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How Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is improved on Switch

Mr.Spo

1 day ago

@VanillaLake Yeah, I preferred this to the original, think it's a brilliant game and would happily recommend it to other Switch owners - but I won't be double-dipping at that price.
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God of War is a smash hit in UK chart

Mr.Spo

3 days ago

Never been into God of War but I'm interested enough in this that it's going on the "to buy" list. Seems to be yet another reason for me to pick up a PS4 this year.
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Can you discover games for yourself in the algorithmic age?

Mr.Spo

5 days ago

@ZuluHero Saga is a brilliant game. I got a copy for 100 a few years ago and sold that on an eBay auction after I'd played it a couple of times. Wish I'd kept it, but getting through a PhD hasn't been kind to my game collection, I've had to flog a lot of it!

I'm hoping Sega and M2 find a way to get PDS into the Sega Ages series coming to Switch (which might expand to include Saturn and Dreamcast games). Saturn classics deserve a bigger audience, especially its handful of JRPGs. A fully localised Shining Force 3 would be another dream release.
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Mr.Spo

5 days ago

My greatest accidental game finds were a couple of GBA finds when I was 12 - Advance Wars and Golden Sun. Now,granted, plenty of other people played these games but at the point I bought them (in Asda, of all places), I had never heard of either them. My primary sources of gaming info were the Teletext service, which reviewed about one game a week, the occassional copy of GamesMaster magazine I could scavenge, and my oldest brother, who was 17. He was busy growing out of Nintendo at the time and had a PS2 and wanted an Xbox (he didn't approve of Advance Wars but thought Golden Sun looked good, and he grew back into Nintendo). My game purchases up to this point had primarily been things I bought following his advice, or stuff like Pokemon which my friends were obsessed with. I remember finding both games vividly, because 25 was a huge sum of money to part with both times and to this day I can picture their box art, which captivated me.

I bought both games because I loved the look of the box-art. I don't remember the last time I took a chance on something I'd never heard of. There are so many releases these days there's almost always a selection of 20 to 30 games I want and have heard of; yet despite the plethora of games I don't stumble across a classic the way I did with my GBA. I was so hooked on those two games my mum knew to buy the sequels for Christmas the following year. The day I bought Advance Wars I also got a copy of GameMaster, which I didn't read for 2 weeks because I was obsessed with Advance Wars. Eventually when I flicked through the magazine (now I was a good chunk of the way through the campaign), I realised GamesMaster had reviewed Advance Wars and given it 95%.
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Platinum never loses its lustre

Mr.Spo

6 days ago

Yeah, I'd love to see Vanquish return. Absolute masterpiece. Infinite Space deserves more love, too: a real outlier in Platinum's output given it was a complex space-based RPG rather than an action game, but still great.

Looking forward to Bayonetta 3, at any rate.
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Dark Souls on Switch just got delayed

Mr.Spo

1 week ago

The same thing has happened with Valkyria Chronicles 4 in Japan, and most obviously with Dragon Quest XI. The delays are disappointing, but hopefully a sign of developers trying to get things right.
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Sega Ages' Sonic, Phantasy Star, Alex Kidd headed to Nintendo Switch

Mr.Spo

1 week ago

Saturn and Dreamcast games may join the line-up, too.
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Nintendo Labo lets you reprogram your Switch into an electric guitar

Mr.Spo

3 weeks ago

I have absolutely zero intention of buying this, but I am impressed at how flexible Switch is and the ways in which Labo utilises the system's features. The system seems to be attracting a fairly mainstream crowd (admittedly partially based on anecdotal evidence; Switch is being bought by friends who only previously bought portables or who last played PS2/Wii), but Labo could yet open up an even broader market for the system.
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Dragon Quest 11 launches September for PC, PlayStation 4

Mr.Spo

4 weeks ago

A shame the Switch version isn't coming yet. What's curious is that Square Enix only mention Europe and North America for the Switch version. On top of that, this was actually the first Switch game announced, way back in July 2015 when Switch was still NX, so we're looking at 4 years from announcement till release - if it even launches at all on Switch.

I might have to buy the PC version, really, because I'm not sure I want to wait an unknown amount of time for an undetermined version of a game. When people get frustrated with third party publishers on Nintendo systems, this is one reason why - it's not as if this was announced as a late port, or as if Dragon Quest games have a poor record on Nintendo systems, or as if Nintendo have never supported the series. Quite the opposite in every case.
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Watch the Nintendo Switch Nindies Spring 2018 Showcase here

Mr.Spo

1 month ago

One of the issues I have with Nindie Directs and indie reels in general is that you see so little of the games and get so little information - the variety and visual styles are often striking, but the lack of information like specific release dates is frustrating. The only thing I'm fairly sure I'll get is Lumines Remastered, because I stole as much time playing the original release on my brother's PSP as I could. Well, that and the Banner Saga games, actually, which have so far passed me by.

For 10 minutes there was a good variety of announcements, and it's pleasing to see that, alongside some remastered and late Switch releases, there were new games too. It's also a sign of the increasing strength of indie support on Switch that there were plenty more previously-confirmed games that could have featured.
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Burnout tops chart for first time in 13 years

Mr.Spo

1 month ago

@kosmic2561 Zelda, Kart and Odyssey are often in or just outside of the top 10. They're the Switch titles with the highest attach rates, so a good number of new Switch users will be buying them. Plus, it's a quiet time of year, so there aren't high profile games competing for sales.
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Nintendo Switch system update 5.0 doesn't live up to its big new version number

Mr.Spo

1 month ago

Themes, folders, apps would be nice touches, but save back-ups and a new store front for eShop are more important, really.

And expecting Virtual Console to drop in a firmware update without warning? Really? There won't be anything on Virtual Console until the subscription starts in all probability.
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In Theory: Can a Switch hardware revision extend its lifespan?

Mr.Spo

1 month ago

@Rosveen March 2021 will mark four years since Switch just launched - so March 2021 to March 2022 will be the fifth year on the market, yes. But DF say Switch being on the market for five or six years would take the system up to "2021 at least", which is wrong. It'll be March 2022 by the time Switch has had 5 years on the market.
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Mr.Spo

1 month ago

lifespan beyond the five to six year console average, taking the lifespan of the console hybrid up to 2021 at least.
Um. Switch launched in 2017, so a lifespan up to 2021 would be four years? If Nintendo do keep Switch on the market beyond 5 years, we're looking at Switch enjoying support in 2023 and beyond. Hell, last week's Direct confirmed 3DS is getting at least one Nintendo title in 2019 - 3DS's eighth year on the market (admittedly a remake but still).
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Super Smash Bros. announced for Nintendo Switch

Mr.Spo

2 months ago

@RisingJaguar The copyright notice is for the original game, which had the title 'Super Smash Bros' and was developed by HAL/Nintendo.

But yes - there's evidence this is a new entry rather than an enhanced version. As I noted in another comment here, I'm leaning towards it being a new game made using the Smash Wii U engine.
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Mr.Spo

2 months ago

@Hailst0rm You are correct - a little digging around suggests both Brawl and Smash 4 had a 3-year development cycle. So that's plenty of time for this to be a new one.
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Mr.Spo

2 months ago

@FilthyAnimal It's could be a Splatoon 2 style sequel - re-using assets, re-using the game engine, re-using some content.
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Mr.Spo

2 months ago

@smelly That's the Smash logo - the symbol's been in the game since the N64 original. Not ruling out that this is a new version, personally, though still leaning towards enchanced port.
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Mr.Spo

2 months ago

@Malek86 If it launches this year it'll be coming out around four years after the last Smash games. Personally I've been expecting an enchanced port, but it's not impossible this is Smash 5. Guess we'll find out at E3.

EDIT: I should also point out it took 7 years from Melee to Brawl and 6 years from Brawl to Smash Wii U/3DS, so it's genuinely difficult to know if this is a new version. At the very least I expect they've reused the game engine and assets from the Wii U game, but I'm still leaning towards enhanced port - Wii U/3DS content combined, plus DLC, plus new stuff.
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Here's our best look yet at Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes

Mr.Spo

2 months ago

A little unsure yet how this is going to work, but I really hope it's good. Encouraging to see at least a couple of new third-party exclusives on the way for Switch this year, too.
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Captain Toad headed to Nintendo Switch and 3DS

Mr.Spo

2 months ago

@Seansthomas Important point - yes, the prices are a shame but at least with Switch we have other options. There are as many new Nintendo titles coming as ports in the next few months (Kirby, Labo, Sushi Striker and Tennis v Hyrule Warriors, DK, Captain Toad).

For me, Dark Souls, Ys 8, Octopath Traveller, Tennis Aces, Crash, Okami HD and the Splatoon 2 expansion is a great summer. Only a couple of those are new exclusives, but everything else is either new to me (Dark Souls, Ys) or something I haven't played since the original release (Crash, Okami). Plus, the number of good indie titles is genuinely ridiculous.
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Mr.Spo

2 months ago

This was a brilliant little game on Wii U, but I won't be repurchasing. Would love a sequel.
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Playable Octolings are coming to Splatoon 2 in first paid expansion

Mr.Spo

2 months ago

I've not finished the campaign on Splatoon 2 - though I loved the campaign in the first game. I hope this is good, though. Splatoon has been such a success story for Nintendo and it's a rare online-centric game that I enjoy, which prevents me from being huddled away in the dark with a 60 to 100 hours JRPG.
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Octopath Traveller gets a release date

Mr.Spo

2 months ago

Loved the demo, glad to see it's coming soon. Going to be an expensive summer for me, given I don't own another current-gen system at the moment, with Switch my go-to machine until I can afford a PS4.
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Looks like Mario Tennis Aces launches for Nintendo Switch in June

Mr.Spo

2 months ago

Same Japanese retailer has also leaked the release date of Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido. The previously 3DS-only game is coming to Switch and 3DS on June 8th in Japan.
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Mr.Spo

2 months ago

I'm pretty sure a European retailer leaked this release date earlier this week - it's probable Nintendo briefed retail partners in the run-up to today's Direct.

I really hope this is good - given it's headlining the Direct (a responsibility given to Arms and Splatoon 2), it seems Nintendo will be giving this one a decent enough marketing push. Hopefully a return to form for the series and for Camelot.

EDIT: A quick search reveals Amazon had the release date down as June 22nd. They also had Octopath Traveller down as August 17th earlier this week - so both those release dates could be right. Switch's summer line-up looking stronger, if true - the Octopath demo was fantastic and it'll be good to have an exclusive new third-party IP.
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Nintendo Direct scheduled for tomorrow

Mr.Spo

2 months ago

Amiibo and season-pass (and release date) for Tennis, probably; June has been rumoured. Release date for Yoshi and Hyrule Warriors on Switch - and probably new announcements, given the mention of 3DS and the fact this features titles for the whole year rather than just summer. We might finally see Fire Emblem Switch, too.

Not expecting Prime 4, Bayonetta 3 or Pokemon to feature tomorrow - if Nintendo have a major release coming between Labo and the end of September, though, that might crop up. Smash DX or Animal Crossing, maybe? Anyway, as always, best to keep expectations reasonable.
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Monster Hunter World is now Capcom's best-selling game of all time

Mr.Spo

2 months ago

@Samael_Blackwing There's a gulf between 1 million shipped in the West on 3DS and what must be ~5 million shipped in the West on PS4/Xbox One, though (Japanese retail sales of MHW are under 2 million, digital sales in week one were apparently very high - that's how I arrived at 5m in the West).
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Mr.Spo

2 months ago

Looks like grassyknoll's prediction this will sell 10 million is going to come true sooner rather than later. Well done Capcom! Hoping I'll find time to play it this year - I might just have to drop every other game I plan on playing.
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It looks like Diablo is coming to Nintendo Switch

Mr.Spo

2 months ago

@ShiftyGeezer It's genuinely difficult to know. I mean, Blizzard have done a couple of Hearthstone related teases (including around the time Switch was revealed) without anything ever coming of it. Similarly, it seems some third party titles are kept under wraps until Nintendo want to officially announce them - despite Skyrim featuring in the October reveal video, all Bethesda said was "We were happy to co-operate with Nintendo on this video" but wouldn't confirm if Skyrim was in development for the system. It was only officially confirmed at the Switch event in January 2017.

My guess is if Blizzard are supporting Switch, then it'll be confirmed during a Nintendo Direct.
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Mr.Spo

2 months ago

I've never tried Diablo. Pretty sure this would be the first Blizzard game on a Nintendo system since Starcraft 64, though.
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Why can't we forget Lovecraft?

Mr.Spo

2 months ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this. Read all of the Lovecraft stories one summer a few years ago; I still have Howard's Conan stories unread.

One bit of Lovecraftian horror in videogames I won't forget is the moment in Mass Effect you find out what Sovereign really is - the rest of the series never manages to live up to that big reveal, because they become hyperbolic, trash-talking Wellsian tripods after that. Similarly, Metroid is at its best when it doesn't explain or explore what's going on - when you're left in the silence of dead or dying civilizations with horrors for company.

'At the Mountains of Madness' is probably my favourite Lovecraft tale; a bit gutted the film adaptation never happened.
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Nintendo Switch, one year on

Mr.Spo

2 months ago

@eshy76 "So - the PS4 outsold the Switch in 2017 and had 26 Recommended/Essential exclusives vs the Switch on 11. How does that translate into the Switch having a stronger year?"

Well for a start, Sony didn't publish or develop all of those PS4 games - whereas Nintendo did publish and develop the majority of the critically acclaimed, commercially successful Switch retail games (bar one), including two games that stand as two of the highest rated of all time, as well as two of the best-selling games of 2017. Zelda also looks set to approach Witcher 3's record for garnering the most GOTY awards. Sony as a company aren't responsible for the success of their third party partners - though with success stories like Horizon, they certainly had a great year as publisher.

Secondly, this is about Switch's first 12 month period, not just the calendar year 2017 - in which Nintendo will have sold somewhere in the region of 17 million systems (not counting ~6 million 3DS units and ~4 million SNES Minis, in total they shifted more hardware than Sony). That's a faster rate of sales than Wii, PS2, DS and comparable to PS4's first year. No-one is denying PS4 is a wildly successful system, or that Sony haven't done a brilliant job with it. But - and this is a big point - PS4 is in the peak years of its life-cycle right now. It's had several years to clearly establish itself as the market leader. That's the other reason why the comparison isn't being made: you don't compare a system in the prime of its life to a new system establishing itself.

So to be short, critically and commercially Nintendo have had one of the strongest first years any system has enjoyed, and they've done this coming off the back of their worst-selling home console yet, and they did it while the industry at large wrote them off - and they did it in large part thanks to games they developed internally.
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Mr.Spo

2 months ago

Nintendo nailed the core concept - that of a hybrid handheld/home system. Given they've dominated the handheld console market routinely by being unafraid to put first-class software out, and given they beat out PSP, which launched at the height of PS2's power, and turned 3DS into a competitive system in a market dominated by smartphones, underestimating Nintendo 12 months ago always seemed a foolish move to me. They had franchises which could (and have) shift over 5 million units each launching in the first year (Zelda, Kart, Splatoon, Mario) and a solid concept. My one concern was price - I thought Nintendo would trip up after Zelda and have to cut the price as they did with 3DS, but Switch, for many people it seems, is much better value than 3DS and much better value than many judged 12-14 months ago.

It's currently my default system for gaming and that won't change - with the Bayonetta games and Dragon Quest Builders unopened and Xenoblade 2 and Kingdom Battle unfinished, an eShop wishlist a mile long, and games like Ys 8, Valkyria Chronicles 4, Dark Souls Remastered, Fire Emblem, Mario Tennis, Travis Strikes again coming this year, it has the mixture of Nintendo stuff, new stuff, stuff I missed and indie titles that forms a good gaming diet for me. It certainly has issues beyond the core concept. eShop had 22 new titles this week, and the store just isn't built to handle that rate of releases. A lack of basic apps and UI customisation lets it down too, and while the online has been fine for playing Kart with friends and joining in with Splatfests, it's still a long way off what the competition does. A carbon copy is obviously never the solution for Nintendo, but whatever their subscription service involves, they need to make sure it's worth the money.

There's a sense, with all the big guns having fired their shots, that Nintendo's coasting a little through the early months of 2018, and that Wii U ports and second-tier mascot outings such as Yoshi and Kirby can only go so far to satiate the appetites of an audience left hungry after last year's exquisite feast.
Well yes - Zelda, Kart, Splatoon 2 and Odyssey are still selling the system for them. There's a good reason Labo is out in April: that's when Nintendo's next financial year begins. If it flops, Nintendo have the time to announce and release new products to adjust (Smash DX, anyone?); if it succeeds, Nintendo can carry on as planned. I expect we won't see any more big guns until the second half of the year, with some mixture of Animal Crossing, Smash DX and Pokemon leading the fray. Maybe another big Western franchise too, that's yet to hit Nintendo systems - Overwatch, perhaps, if it can be done?

I'd also point out that Nintendo haven't fired all their big guns - Smash, Animal Crossing and Pokemon will sell 10 million copies or more on Switch (Labo may, too). I wouldn't be surprised if Pokemon (especially if it's a new generation) goes on to shift 20 million copies. Odyssey and Breath of the Wild are on track to be best-selling entries in their series (best-selling 3D Mario for Odyssey), so Pokemon could hit heights it hasn't scaled since the second generation of titles, if that pattern holds. Kart 8 DX is on track to outsell the original release, too.
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Jelly Deals: Save 40 on a 400GB Micro SD card

Mr.Spo

2 months ago

@kosmic2561 Same here. I needed an extra hard-drive for my Xbox One anyway - mandatory installs rapidly eat up the available space on the older model's 500GB drive.

~30 for extra storage that'll last me a while (preference for physical purchases) is fine by me.
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Mega Man Legacy Collections 1 & 2 are coming to Switch in May

Mr.Spo

2 months ago

@Mrsyms Together they are apparently around the 5GB mark - so Capcom could easily fit the collection on the smaller, cheaper 8GB cartridges if they so chose (16GB and 32GB being the higher end cartridges). This is likely a way of maximising the profit margins on this release.
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Bayonetta 2 physical Switch launch down on Wii U

Mr.Spo

2 months ago

@Fisheth Well the best-selling Metroid title was the original Prime - which sold 2.8 million. Hardly big numbers versus the like of Kart, Smash, Zelda, Mario etc, but substantially higher than most Metroid titles (which are in the 700k to 1.5 million range). I don't think that's out of reach for Prime 4, but I do think it will need excellent critical acclaim, a clear release window and a lot of advertising to do well. Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey are well on the way to being the best-selling Zelda and 3D Mario yet, helped by good launch windows, excellent reviews and high profile advertising from Nintendo. As a series, Metroid should benefit under similar circumstances.
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Mr.Spo

2 months ago

@mega-gazz I think you're exactly right. Hardcore fans likely owned or still own the Wii U version. It's not like Bayonetta is a big brand in line with Nintendo's traditional audience. The real test is the third game. That and Metroid Prime 4 are going to be interested to watch in terms of their critical and commercial reception. If they launch at the right time with good reviews and plenty of backing from Nintendo, they could be new highs for their respective franchises.
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Mr.Spo

2 months ago

Should also be noted that a big chunk of FIFA's increased sales came from price cuts - a relatively modest 40 to 30 cut on PS/XB, a more substantial 50 to 25 cut on Switch, which saw sales rise 500% week over week (Switch version). Maybe 50 ports with missing features aren't destined to sell well on Switch? There's also a lesson for Nintendo and Bayonetta there - there's no stuff missing (other than physical option for the first game), but the price is steep for a straightforward port. Upcoming releases like Hyrule Warriors and Tropical Freeze should be targeting the 30-35 range, really, like Dark Souls Remastered, but will be in the 40-50 range.
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Mr.Spo

2 months ago

@andyscarlett I think Dark Souls is a very interesting test for Switch ports. LA Noire, Skyrim and Doom seem to have sold solidly globally, if unspectacularly. Dark Souls is another title that could be new to a chunk of Nintendo's audience - I think it will also benefit from age, higher brand awareness (versus Bayonetta) and price point. Namco have sensibly made the game available for around 30. That being said, I'd still expect the PS/XB versions of Souls Remastered to perform more strongly than the Switch version.

Switch is, if it continues on the current trajectory, likely to be similar to the original DS software ecosystem. It'll be the case that Nintendo dominate the highest-selling games, and only a a handful of third-party titles will sell particularly strongly, but there should (hopefully) in the long-run be plenty of room for indies, middle-tier titles (like ports and Japanese games) and Nintendo's more mainstream, family-friendly experiments (like Labo, equivalent to the Touch generations in my eyes). A lot of that of course depends on Switch's continued success, but I can't see any scenario where 'hardcore' third-party brands established on PS/XB become huge-sellers on Switch. It's far more likely - as is already happening - that indie brands like Stardew Valley and more family-friendly fare like Rocket League and Minecraft will be the bigger third-party sellers on Switch (as well as Nintendo-licensed third-party games, e.g. Mario + Rabbids).
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Mr.Spo

2 months ago

I double-dipped to support the series and because I love both games (I also sold my Wii U doublepack for an excellent price which largely paid for this repurchase). Sad to see it hasn't done better. Perhaps, as a few have said, the lack of physical release for the original Bayonetta put some people off. It might also reflect the fact that as is typical of a high-selling Nintendo platform, a handful of major first-party titles dominate ongoing software sales - and with a higher proportion of releases, there's also more competition for Bayonetta to contend with on Switch.

It'll be interesting to see how the third game does when it eventually launches in (presumably) 2019, and how other Wii U ports fare in the next few months. Personally I hope Tropical Freeze makes a splash - I've no intention of repurchasing but I thought it was an excellent game and poorly served by the fanbase on Wii U. Now people finally know Metroid Prime 4 is coming, perhaps they'll be more forgiving of a second Retro-developed Donkey Kong game (and a third, if the rumours about David Wise returning to Retro Studios are true).
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Is Bayonetta on Switch the definitive console version?

Mr.Spo

2 months ago

@nee50n I'd have to disagree with those that prefer the first game and say the second is better. Yes, it's not as fresh or as original but that comes with the territory - it is a direct sequel, after all. However, the second removes the frustrating QTEs, the annoying shooting mini-game in-between levels, has sharper, more vibrant graphics (the first game has a slightly brown, washed-out feeling by way of comparison to the second), better level design and a more consistently smooth frame-rate (playing on Wii U and apparently this is the case on Switch).

It's true that the 2nd is more forgiving difficulty-wise, but I feel that opens it up to more repeat plays - cutting those frustratingly clunky QTEs and mini-game sections also speeds up repeat play, too. Finally, if you prefer a sterner challenge, there's plenty to be had in simply upping the difficulty level. For my money the double-pack is a best-in-class when it comes to frantic action games and while the second just about beats out the first thanks to some welcome nips and tucks in aesthetics, level design, and structure, both games are brilliant.
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PS4 exclusive Shadow of the Colossus tops chart

Mr.Spo

2 months ago

One other new title entered the chart: the Switch version of Dragon Quest Builders, which arrived in 31st place.
That's disappointing. It is a late port of a spin-off of a series that's never taken off outside Japan, so it's never going to be a huge seller over here, but it sounds like it's a quality game and well-suited to Switch. I have my copy, I just don't know when I'll get round to it.
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Yes, Bandai Namco is working on Metroid Prime 4

Mr.Spo

3 months ago

@georgeioakeimidis Don't misunderstand my point - I'm not saying Metroid is inferior to the series that have greater commercial reach. But from Nintendo's perspective, using their internal resources to create games that generates high sales momentum and a rapidly expanding userbase is more important than bringing a smaller-selling beloved series to the system. Equally, establishing new IP seems to be important to them right now. And like I pointed out initially, some of this outsourcing is simply a result of development economics and manpower limits.

I also wouldn't see outsourcing as a negative - Next Level, Ubisoft Milan and Namco themselves have done great work with Nintendo IP in recent years.
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Mr.Spo

3 months ago

@georgeioakeimidis The best selling Metroid is Metroid Prime, which sold less than 3 million copies. Both Splatoon games have sold 4.9 million copies. Arms has outsold most Metroid games. Metroid is critically acclaimed and is well loved and influential, but it really isn't a big seller. It never has been.

Think about it - all Metroid games combined have sold 17 million copies by your own admission. When you divide that by the number of Metroid titles (13), that averages 1.3 million copies per game. Compare that to Zelda, which sells in the 3 to 8 million range (with BotW likely to sell 10m +), 3D Mario which sells in the 5-15m range, Pokemon which sells in the 10-20m range, and it's clear Metroid isn't on the same level. Sales wise Metroid is closer to Kirby, which sells in the 1-3m range, but with higher development costs. That's why Nintendo don't return to it at times, and it's why other more technically demanding series like F Zero have disappeared - they often don't sell the numbers required. I'd love more Metroid (Samus Returns was excellent), but I've no illusions about it's commercial reach. Given Zelda and 3D Mario are hitting higher sales levels on Switch, and given Xenoblade has outsold the previous entries in the series already, hopefully Prime 4 can find a good audience too.
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Mr.Spo

3 months ago

@georgeioakeimidis Both Splatoon games have outsold every Metroid title and Arms has sold more than most Metroid titles without ever being particularly successful. On top of that, partnering with Namco for Smash Bros Wii U/3DS worked out well. I'd also wager it's down to increased team sizes these days - Nintendo likely have their EPD staff prioritising new entries of commercially successful franchises like Animal Crossing, and possibly helping Game Freak with Pokemon Switch.

Prime 4 is great for niche fans and might sell a couple of million copies if it reviews well - but it's a long way off being a system seller the way Zelda, Mario and Splatoon have been.
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Mr.Spo

3 months ago

@Ingram85 That's not quite right - they said all three titles would be unveiled in spring/summer 2018, which does make sense. Generally Nintendo do a Spring Direct each year and E3 is in June, so all three titles could be properly revealed at those kinds of events.

My money is still on Prime 4 and Bayonetta 3 being 2019 titles - they're down as "TBA" on Nintendo's release schedule, whereas other titles like Yoshi, Fire Emblem and Pokemon are currently down for 2018 though "2018 or later" in Pokemon's case.
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Mr.Spo

3 months ago

This probable confirmation does raise further questions: What the hell are Retro Studios doing? Ok, that one has been knocking around for three years by now, but it's still valid.. And what are the other Switch exclusives Namco are making? Is one of them definitely Ridge Racer 8, and what is the third? They said in November they had three big Switch exclusives to announce. Prime 4 and Ridge Racer 8 fit the bill. Maybe an exclusive new 'Tales' game?
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Mr.Spo

3 months ago

@VanillaLake It's certainly the case Nintendo partner with outside studios more often, but I think that's a good thing. Larger team sizes and higher development costs are one factor, but it should also ensure a more regular supply of software.

It's not really the case though that external developers release more Nintendo games than Nintendo's own studios, though. Last year EPD released Miitopia, Zelda, 1-2 Switch, Kart 8 DX, Arms, Splatoon 2, and Odyssey, as well as Animal Crossing on mobile, and co-developed Samus Returns. On top of that, Nintendo owned studios launched Fire Emblem Echoes, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Pokemon US/UM, off the top of my head.

Agreed on Luigi's Mansion 2 though - personally I hope Next Level are working on a sequel for Switch.
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