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TalkBack / Re: Pikmin 3 Draws Influence From First Pikmin, More Stressful
« on: January 02, 2013, 03:33:40 PM »
I would categorize the two Pikmin games as this:

Pikmin 1 is a game about survival. From the outset you realize that your life depends on how well you survive on the alien planet. You needed to work with the Pikmin in order to fix your ship as well as battle the elements, the creatures and time itself. It indeed made it a "tense" game to play through, but in my case I loved it because at the very end of it all when you achieved the ultimate goal you feel satisfied. You survived despite it all.

Pikmin 2 is all about exploration. Even with limitations and dangers imposed, you CAN play through the game and just explore it all. This has both advantages and disadvantages. The advantages are that you can enjoy the alien world better and get a better feel of it because the last time you played through it you were focused on survival. The disadvantage is that there is no real goal beyond finding treasure to pay off a debt. That may be a fun goal for some but it doesn't have the thrills of survival on a dangerous alien planet.

It is all a matter of preference. Me? I enjoyed Pikmin 1 far more. The second game did absolutely nothing for me, I am afraid.

Ironically, I didn't think Wind Waker was THAT radical. Link's horse became the boat, the field turned into the sea, and the dungeons were island. The art style certainly changed, but as Twilight Princess proved, art style does not a game make.

Truth is there HAVE been Zelda games where the formula has been changed, and they are usually met with extreme criticism from the fans. Zelda II changed completely after the first game, and people see it as the first. Majora's Mask also played a big role in the change after Ocarina of Time and gamers found it to be frustrating. The two Game Boy Color games were well received but didn't get a lot of exposure. Four Swords Adventure added multiplayer to the mix and that didn't set the world of fire. So naturally, Nintendo sees this and thinks "well, we gotta stick to the formula since that is what gamers want, apparently".

I think the problem here is that the cost of game development has risen dramatically in the last few years, and thus it has become harder for the big companies to implement innovation onto their games. Hell, the Wii U doesn't have a lot of games that truly change the way games are play (there are a few games, yes, but they play it safe). So with a series like Zelda, expect them to take slow instances of innovation because they know that gamer acceptance isn't always a guarantee, even with a rock solid concept at play.


The elaborate Miiverse interactions don't all have to be programmed by third parties.

The Wii U's Miiverse feature may inform players about new and upcoming games, among other things, Nintendo of America's Bill Trinen confirmed in an interview with 1UP.

In the interview, Trinen elaborates more about the Miiverse feature. One of these new features is the ability to inform players that the latest Wii U game released. This was explained when Trinen was asked about how the concepts of WiiConnect24 would be presented on the Wii U.

Trinen stated the following about Miiverse:

"Even when you turn on the system, you're going to turn on the system and play a game, and you're going to be seeing stuff popping up through Miiverse. Maybe you're going to learn about a new game that's coming, or maybe you're going to learn about something amazing that somebody did in a game. You see that pop up and you're like, "What? Wait a second, I didn't know about that."

When asked about how third party developers can utilize this, Trinen says that Miiverse interactions don't have to be programmed by the third party themselves, that even if the developers didn't program anything for the game players can still bring it up and see what other players are doing in the game.

TalkBack / Digital Distribution on Wii U Is Up to Third Party Developers
« on: September 16, 2012, 03:11:25 PM »

While Nintendo will have the option available, ultimately it is up to the game's developers whether they want to release a title digitally.

Third party developers will have the option of releasing a game digitally through the eShop, Nintendo of America's Bill Trinen expressed in an interview with 1up.

When asked about Nintendo's initiative about moving forward with digital distribution of titles, Trinen explained that they plan on having both digital and on-retail titles readily available at the launch of the Wii U. While Nintendo has adopted the mentality for their own titles, it is up to the third party developer whether they want to launch a title digitally or not.

Trinen's words on the matter are as follows:

"For third parties... One thing that we don't do is try to force their hand. We don't want to require them to do it. It's really a decision that's up to them, and so it comes down to what their interests are and how they want to offer it."

Even if Nintendo is moving ahead with their digital distribution plans, Trinen also mentioned that the only titles that will not be sold digitally are those that require a peripheral for the game to be enjoyed, such as Nintendo's own Sing Party since it requires a microphone.

TalkBack / Nintendo Details Japanese Wii U Accessories and Peripherals
« on: September 13, 2012, 04:04:36 AM »

Everything from Wii Remote controllers to stands can be purchased alongside the Wii U.

Nintendo showcased some of the accessories gamers can get for their brand new Japanese Wii U when it releases in Japan on December 8.

One accessory already confirmed for the system is the Wii U Pro Controller. A traditional controller, the Wii U Pro Controller comes in black and white, and has been priced at 5,040 yen ($65).

The Wii U will also extensively use the Wii Remote Plus controller. Five different colors were displayed: black, white, red, blue and pink. They have retained the original price at 3,800 yen each. Nunchucks were also shown off during the event. Unlike the Wii Remote controller, only three colors were shown: white, black and red. They will also still remain at the price point of 1,800 yen each.

Wii U exclusive accessories include a Wii U GamePad charger and stand that will retail for 1,890 yen when it is released. A regular GamePad play stand will also be sold for 315 yen.  The Wii U GamePad itself will come in two colors, black and white, and will be sold for 13,440 yen ($172).

While the accessories were showcased for the Japanese launch of the Wii U, it is believed that these accessories will also be available in North America and Europe.


Mario and friends will be set to welcome the Wii U in Japan.

Two of Nintendo's Wii U first party titles, New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land, have been confirmed as launch titles for the Wii U's Japanese release during the Nintendo Direct press event.

In addition, Satoru Iwata confirmed the prices of these two launch titles. New Super Mario Bros. U will be priced at 5,985 yen, while Nintendoland will be 4,395 yen. Both cases were showcased at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), and they are expected to be launch titles in North America.

TalkBack / Wii U to Have 2GB Internal Memory, GPGPU Support
« on: September 13, 2012, 03:44:26 AM »

The system's memory will be 20 times that of the original Wii.

The main Wii U system memory will total 2 GB, the Nintendo Direct press conference confirmed. 

Of this memory, 1 GB of RAM is intended for use by games while the other 1 GB of RAM is reserved for the Wii U system's own functionality. Nintendo pointed out that 2GB amounts to 20 times that of the original Wii. It is not clear whether more RAM will be made available to games in the future. (Support for using the second CPU core on the 3DS was added months after launch).

In addition, the Wii U will support general purpose GPU computation, meaning that non-graphics calculations can be performed on the AMD graphics processor. This is useful for highly parallel computations such as physics engines. No more details were made available.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata also confirmed the size of the Wii U's game discs. The discs will be able to contain up to 25 GB of data, and the drive will have a read speed of 22.5 MB/s.

TalkBack / Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance Sells Over 200,000 Units
« on: September 10, 2012, 05:47:01 AM »

With the Mark of Mastery edition included, the latest game in the Disney themed series has sold 200,000 units.

Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance has managed to sell 200,000 units in North America.

While the official numbers by Nintendo put the game at 180,000 units by itself, once the Mark of Mastery edition units are included into the final tally, the game places itself at the 200,000 unit mark.

The game was released on July 31, 2012 and is the eighth entry in Square Enix's long running series. Starring Sora and Riku, the pair set out to wake up worlds which have fallen into a deep sleep. Some of the worlds included are levels based on The Hunchback of Notre Dame and TRON: Legacy. You can read our review of the North American version here.

TalkBack / Nintendo and Square Enix Enjoy Profitable August in Japan
« on: September 10, 2012, 05:42:49 AM »

Thanks to New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Dragon Quest X, the two companies have seen great profits.

Nintendo and Square Enix lead Enterbrain's software revenue list for the month of August.

Nintendo lead the list with a 28.5% of all software rrevenues, mainly in part to the release of New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Nintendo 3DS in July. Following Nintendo is Square Enix, who enjoyed a 26% of software revenue thanks to the release of Dragon Quest X.

The full list by Enterbrain, which covers the period between July 30 and August 26, is as follows:

01. Nintendo: 28.5%
02. Square Enix: 26.0%
03. Namco Bandai: 14.8%
04. Pokemon: 5.3%
05. Konami: 3.2%
06. Capcom
07. Atlus
08. Spike Chunsoft
09. Nihon Columbia
10. Ubisoft

TalkBack / EX Troopers to Remain Japan Only
« on: September 10, 2012, 05:32:43 AM »

Capcom's Lost Planet spin-off will be Japan exclusive.

Capcom has no plans to bring over the Lost Planet spin-off title, EX Troopers, to western shore, Senior Vice President Christian Svensson recently confirmed. The confirmation came in a response in their "Ask Capcom" forum thread. When a member asked about the game's future in North America, the official response was as follow:

"No because EX Troopers isn't part of the LP series officially (thus the difference in name) nor are there plans to bring it Westward at this time."

As stated, EX Troopers is a spin-off of the Lost Planet series with an anime aesthetic designed for the 3DS. It will be released in Japan on November 22.

TalkBack / Next Smash Bros. Game Has Taken Top Priority at Namco
« on: July 10, 2012, 10:43:58 PM »

The scope of the project is so large that people behind some of Namco's major franchises have stepped in to help.

The next Super Smash Bros. game, which will be a collaborative effort between Nintendo and Namco Bandai, has taken top priority at Namco, Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada confirmed in an interview with NowGamer.

"Obviously it’s a big priority for the company," Harada ellaborates further, "so company-wide there are a lot of people involved with that particular project. Not just from Tekken but a lot of our franchises. "

Hara also explained that the core Tekken team is still working on completing Tekken Tag Tournament 2, but that a great deal of the team is also at work on the next Smash Bros. game. Also, Harada revealed that one of the most popular questions they have received from gamers ever since the game was announced is whether we can expect appearances from Namco Bandai characters.

"We’re not really sure at this moment but when thinking of the playerbase who is playing Smash Bros, maybe Tekken characters is something they wouldn’t want, so I’ve been pulling back on that a bit. But I don’t know."

Namco Bandai's involvement with the game was revealed on June 21 during Nintendo Direct. Series director Masahiro Sakurai will be working with Namco Bandai's developers.


The Wii U version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will use the GamePad in a far simpler manner.

The Wii U's GamePad could be potentially distracting for fighting games, Tekken series leader Katsuhiro Harada recently told Eurogamer in an interview.

Harada feels that for fighting games, the Wii U's GamePad could distract gamers during a match. Due to this, the Wii U version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will use it in a simpler manner.

Harada elaborates that "looking at the small screen and the big screen at the same time is pretty distracting for a fighting game, so we're thinking of making it useful as a way of having shortcuts."

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game will be released on September 14. The Wii U version is set to release in the system's launch window title and will include some exclusive features.


Hint: it might be about their download services.

Capcom Corporate Officer/Senior Vice-President Christian Svensson explained why Capcom's Marvel-based fighting games have yet to hit Nintendo systems.

A fan on Capcom's Unity forums asked why the popular Capcom fighting games had yet to appear on any of Nintendo's systems, whether as retail titles or downloadable games. The answer Svensson offered is as follows:

"It's not some sort of spite thing. It's just that on current generation consoles, the most sizable base of active digital consumers has been on the X360 and PS3. Bear in mind, this game was green lit more than a year ago when I did the deal with Marvel."

Svensson, however, made the statement that future downloadable game projects will indeed be appearing on Nintendo systems. "Don't worry though, on some future unannounced Capcom projects, Nintendo platforms will get digital love from us."

TalkBack / Madagascar 3: The Video Game Review
« on: July 10, 2012, 08:34:10 PM »

Insert obnoxious Afro Circus song here.

Video games have always been part of the surprise phenomenon that is Dreamworks' Madagascar series since the release of the first movie in 2005, so of course the third installment in the series is receiving an adaptation. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted for the Wii is a game that does little, wrong or right.

The game follows the basic plot of the film: the four Central Park Zoo animals (Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippo and Melman the giraffe) are still trying to find their way back home. This time they end up in Europe, where they join a traveling circus in hopes of finally returning to New York. The game follows some of the events of the story well while also adding new ones, which, at most, should please fans of the movie.

Madagascar 3 has gameplay ideas that differ somewhat from what you might think of as the standard game adaptation. The game's story mode has the characters completing missions (which usually involve collecting and fetching), often with the help of another animal friend. The characters each have unique traits that help the other animal overcome an obstacle or reach a specific area successfully—Gloria can swim and dive into water, Alex can do a double jumb, and Melman can destroy some areas with powerful sneezes. Animal control agents are littered throughout the world, and if any of the animals are spotted they must get away, or else the mission restarts. There are also a few mini-games (which make appearances in the main story mode) you can complete with another player.

Madagascar 3 definitely tries to be more creative by implementing the two-player mechanic. The concept works, but doesn't make the game stand out as something worth playing till the end. Some missions are also quite tedious and confusing, often sending the players running around the level, trying to figure out just how to reach a new area.

Madagascar 3 looks decent; the cities the characters visit are large in size, but blurry textures take some of the feeling of grandeur away. The characters resemble their film counterparts well enough, but lack the detail to make them stand out. While we are spared of the infamous Afro Circus jingle from the movie, the music is there to get the job done, meaning it doesn't grate you with its melodies but provides some semblance of ambiance in the game's world. Obviously, the all-star voice cast doesn't reprise their roles in the game, which uses sound-alikes to get the job done. Like everything else in the game, they do a decent job of giving us an alternate interpretation of the Madagascar franchise.

Madagascar 3 is a game best described as at par. The usage of two characters to complete missions is neat, though unfortunately marred by repetitive and confusing missions, while the additional bonus features do elevate the game a bit. You can do much worse than this game, but you can also do much better.

TalkBack / Re: Mario Does Not Wear Suits; He Transforms
« on: June 30, 2012, 01:32:29 PM »
Which is ironic since PETA then came out and say "Oh LOL  we are just f*cking with you guys :p ", not even THEY were completely serious about it...

TalkBack / Runner 2 Confirmed for Wii U Release
« on: June 05, 2012, 10:30:56 PM »

After a long time coming, Runner 2 will continue the Bit.Trip saga on Nintendo's latest console.

Gaijin Games, creators of the Bit.Trip series of games, have formally announced Runner 2 for the Wii U after months of speculation regarding its existence.

The news was made known through their development blog. The game's official title was also confirmed to be BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2, Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. The site lists playable retro challenges that can be played on the Wii U's game pad, 10 playable characters, unlockable costumes and other features that will be announced at a later date.

Like the previous games in the series, Runner 2 will be self published by Gaijin Games.

TalkBack / Nintendo Land Brings Various Nintendo Franchises to Wii U
« on: June 05, 2012, 01:40:07 PM »

Mini-games based on Zelda, Luigi's Mansion, and more will be showing off the Wii U's capabilities.

Nintendo Land has been recently announced for the Wii U at the E3 press conference.

The game is a theme park-inspired mini-game collection featuring games based on various Nintendo franchises, such as The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Animal Crossing and Luigi's Mansion. Mii characters populate the land, donning different costumes for each of the games. These mini-games will utilize the Wii U GamePad's features. The final game will come with 12 mini-games in total.

One of the games shown off on stage was Takamaru's Ninja Castle, a target-hitting game similar to the ninja throwing star tech demo shown off at E3 2011. The multiplayer experience was also described with the game Luigi's Ghost Mansion, which puts one ghost is in constant pursuit of the other players, who must work together to defeat it using communication and their flashlights.

Nintendo Land will be compatible with the Miiverse social networking feature, which will be explained later during a separate demonstration. The game will launch alongside Wii U later this Holiday season.

TalkBack / LEGO City Undercover Shown for Wii U
« on: June 05, 2012, 01:11:24 PM »

Solve crimes in a massive LEGO city with the Wii U GamePad.

LEGO City Undercover was presented today at Nintendo's E3 press conference.

The game has players solving crimes in an open-world LEGO city. The Wii U game pad plays an integral role in the story, as players can choose missions from around the city by dragging the map and tapping the game screen. The GamePad can also be used as a scanner to find hidden criminals.

The playable character can also choose several disguises for certain missions. The gameplay footage shown  also featured vehicles such as helicopters and cars. The character was able to perform parkour maneuvers around the city, such as swinging, jumping, and wall-running.

LEGO City was announced last year, but this is the first time any details were shown on the title.

TalkBack / New Super Mario Bros. U Formally Announced
« on: June 05, 2012, 12:54:43 PM »

Mario dons a flying squirrel suit, and baby Yoshis elevate characters to new heights.

Nintendo has officially announced New Super Mario Bros. U, the latest game in the New Super Mario Bros. series.

A gameplay trailer was shown off at Nintendo's E3 press conference. Some features presented included giant Goombas and Koopa Troopas, the return of the Blue and Yellow Toads as players three and four, baby Yoshis that can inflate in order to make the player float, a yellow baby Yoshi that served as a light source, blue baby Yoshis that spit bubbles, and a flying squirrel suit.

Nintendo confirmed that the game can be played on the TV screen, as well as the screen on the Wii U game controller.

The game was originally shown as a tech demo for Wii U at E3 2011. Nintendo will also be showing New Super Mario Bros 2 for Nintendo 3DS at the special event tomorrow.

TalkBack / New Super Mario Bros. 2 is All About the Gold
« on: June 05, 2012, 12:51:21 PM »

Mario will be all about the gold in this latest New Super Mario Bros. title.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 was highlighted at Nintendo's E3 press conference. While the game was officially announced at last month's Nintendo Direct event, this is the first time the game was formally presented to the media.

One of the new features from this New Super Mario Bros. game is that the theme will be all about gold. Gameplay footage featured everything from gold coins to gold colored enemies, and even a gold colored Metal Mario.

Details were scarce, but it was promised that more details would be revealed during a special 3DS press conference tomorrow.

TalkBack / TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Announced
« on: June 05, 2012, 12:44:46 PM »

The sequel to the hit Tekken game will have exclusive Wii U features.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for Wii U was announced today as part of a teaser reel shown during Nintendo's E3 press conference.

The game, based on the short gameplay footage shown off, is going to be similar to the upcoming version of the game on other consoles. Characters can select two characters and tag them in and out for combos and other fighting strategies.

The footage also showed that the Wii U version will have exclusive features, such as a Mega Mushroom that altered the height of the characters.

TalkBack / Just Dance 4 Coming to Wii U Holiday 2012
« on: June 05, 2012, 08:54:59 AM »

New songs, new modes, new console.

The latest installment in Ubisoft's massively successful dancing game series, Just Dance 4, was confirmed for release on October 9 on the Wii, as well as at launch with the Wii U, during the company's E3 press conference yesterday.

The game is set to feature more than 40 new tracks. Confirmed tracks include:

• Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

• Disturbia – Rihanna 

• Good Feeling – Flo Rida

• Maneater – Nelly Furtado 

• Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera

• Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

• Rock Lobster – The B-52’s

• So What – P!nk 

• Super Bass – Nicki Minaj

• You’re The First, The Last, My Everything – Barry White

• What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction 

• Wild Wild West – Will Smith

Just Dance 4 also sports some new modes, including Dance Battle (in which players compete across six rounds of dance, with dynamically shifting music and choreography), unlockable alternative choreographies for songs, new features and sessions in the exercise-based Just Sweat mode, and a Wii U-exclusive mode that allows one player to control aspects of the dance using the GamePad's touch screen (detailed here).

TalkBack / Re: Killer Freaks Becomes Zombi U
« on: June 04, 2012, 11:28:43 PM »
I have to agree with you guys. The whole Zombie Apocalypse in gaming is beginning to wear out its welcome. We got some great games out of it, but it is definitely time to move on, go back to good old fashioned alien invasion, or create something different.

I mean, as I watched the cinematic for this, I couldn't help but think that it was influenced by Dead Island, especially this trailer:

It's like they saw it and really wanted to create their own version.

TalkBack / Killer Freaks Becomes Zombi U
« on: June 04, 2012, 08:07:50 PM »

The exclusive M-rated game was showcased at the Ubisoft press conference.

Ubisoft has announced Zombi U, a zombie apocalypse-based survival shooter exclusive to the Wii U. The game is the final form of the project once known as Killer Freaks from Outer Space.

At their press conference today, Ubisoft showed off a cinematic trailer of the game. The trailer consisted of shots of people in zombie-infested Great Britain involved in a number of gory situations involving the infected—combined with scenes of cells being infected by the virus—while "God Save the Queen" played in the background.

No actual gameplay footage was shown, though, according to a press release from Ubisoft, the game will use the Wii U GamePad controller, as demos of Killer Freaks did. The press release also detailed several of the first-person shooter's mechanics, including the ability to take control of another survivor upon death, the use of the GamePad's touch screen as an inventory (or "Bug Out Bag"), and a multiplayer mode that places one player in the role of "Zombie Master," giving them a top-down tactical view via the GamePad screen and the ability to spawn zombies against another player, who fights useing the Wii U Pro Controller.

What may have been video of the game was briefly shown in the Nintendo Direct conference yesterday.

TalkBack / Several Wii U Titles from Ubisoft Showcased
« on: June 04, 2012, 07:09:22 PM »

From Rabbids to fitness and assassins, Ubisoft promises varied Wii U titles.

Ubisoft's E3 conference highlighted several titles coming to the Wii U. The first of these was Rabbids Land. The video only showed a Rabbid spinning a UFO with a Wii U controller.

The second game shown off was Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, the latest entry in Ubisoft's exercise series. A sports mini-game collection, named Sports Connection, later followed. Finally, Skid to Victory, a kart racer, closed the video. It showed a man playing the game in the bathroom, likely showcasing how players can play any game on the controller without needing to look at the TV.

No other details about these titles were mentioned.

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