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Little Inferno, Trine 2, Chasing Aurora Discounted on Wii U eShop

by Neal Ronaghan - December 20, 2012, 12:08 pm PST
Total comments: 36

But hurry! The sales all end in the first of January!

Three Wii U eShop games, Little Inferno, Trine 2: Director's Cut, and Chasing Aurora, are currently on sale on the eShop until early January.

Little Inferno, regularly $14.99, will be $9.99 until January 4; Trine 2, regularly $19.99, will be $15.99 until January 7, and Chasing Aurora, regularly $14.99, will be $7.49 until January 4.

Earlier this week, Wii U eShop developers, including Chasing Aurora developers Broken Rules, lamented how they wanted to discount their games in North America but couldn't for an unknown reason. Apparently that issue has been resolved, as those games are now discounted at the discretion of the games' developers.

Talkback

Pixelated PixiesDecember 20, 2012

Awesome.

RazorkidDecember 20, 2012

Good job Nintendo for allowing developers to discount their software, especially so soon after launch, at their discretion and good on the developers for being aggressive on the eShop with sales. This is how you get customers to come back to your shop and see what's going on. This is how you create impulse buyers. If they keep this up, they will train people to keep coming back for more.

Sounds like I'm picking up Trine 2 this Christmas :)

ShyGuyDecember 20, 2012

I'm tempted to try Little Inferno.

Mr. Good CatDecember 20, 2012

I appreciate games like Little Inferno but I still don't know if I can bring myself to spend even 10$ on for what it's offering...  :(  I might bite the bullet though just to get some more Wii U action. I DON'T KNOW!

Fatty_The_HuttDecember 20, 2012

Get Little Inferno. Do it.
Its so trippy, you just have to play it. Well you need to try it anyway. I am not sure one "plays" Little Inferno in the way one "plays" other vidya games.


Anyway, its discounted now, its a fair price. Go for it.

Pixelated PixiesDecember 20, 2012

Quote from: Fatty_The_Hutt

Get Little Inferno. Do it.


Or, if you're self assured like me you can determine, based on previews, reviews and videos, that the game isn't for you. Thus allowing you to avoid spending money on something that doesn't look fun (no matter how many people try to tell you it is).

:P:

ShyGuyDecember 20, 2012

Little Inferno seems more like a toy than a game. Does it have scores and can you die?

Fatty_The_HuttDecember 20, 2012

Your loss.


The sale price of Little Inferno is what, a couple of coffees to have a trippy, well done experience? You'd spend $10 on a roller coaster  wouldn't ya?


Yes, its not a Meaty Game ExperienceTM but so what?


My gaming rainbow has many colours. What colour is your parchute, friend?


Edit, as I am also Fabulously Wealthy, I can make bold purchase recommendations.

I buy way too many games, especially eShop games, and I've got $25 in credit just sitting there on my Wii U, and I still can't talk myself into buying Little Inferno, even at that price. It just really doesn't appeal to me.

Pixelated PixiesDecember 21, 2012

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It just really doesn't appeal to me.


Yup.

Fatty_The_HuttDecember 21, 2012

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It just really doesn't appeal to me.


Yup.

Quote from: Fatty_The_Hutt

Your loss.

It just doesn't sound like there's any real gameplay to it. There's some semblance of story there that people seem to like, but I subscribe to the Shigeru Miyamoto school of video game story writing, aka "only as much as is strictly necessary, if not less," so I doubt that would be my cup of tea either.

Pixelated PixiesDecember 21, 2012

Quote from: Fatty_The_Hutt

Quote from: Pixelated

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It just really doesn't appeal to me.


Yup.

Quote from: Fatty_The_Hutt

Your loss.

It would only be a loss if I actually spent money on it.  ;D

Kytim89December 21, 2012

Do you think that we will ever see major retail games like AC 3, Zombie U, Batman: AC, and Tekken like what we see with these smaller game? Hopefully the discounts will be as generous as those found on Steam.  Do you think that Nintendo could even discount their own games to spur sales once they slow down?

The fact that the digital version of Pilotwings Resort released today sells for $40 seems to indicate that we won't be seeing any discounts on Nintendo games on the eShop.

Not until Nintendo Selects.

Kytim89December 21, 2012

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The fact that the digital version of Pilotwings Resort released today sells for $40 seems to indicate that we won't be seeing any discounts on Nintendo games on the eShop.

I do not think that there are many people left who would pay $40 for Pilot Wings Resort. By discounting their games every so often Nintendo could increase sales and profits for games that people would normally pass on due to the high cost of the game.

I'm not arguing that Nintendo shouldn't, or that there's any logical reason why it's a bad idea to drop the prices of games in that kind of a situation. I'm saying it's pretty clear that they've chosen not to.

Kytim89December 21, 2012

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I'm not arguing that Nintendo shouldn't, or that there's any logical reason why it's a bad idea to drop the prices of games in that kind of a situation. I'm saying it's pretty clear that they've chosen not to.

What about third parties?

RazorkidDecember 21, 2012

I think retail CONSOLE games on CONSOLE digital stores are more beholden to brick and mortar retail. This is why you don't see steam like deep discounts on all the console platforms on retail games vs strictly indie digital releases. Steam doesn't care about physical distribution, so they can allow publishers to drop those prices extremely low from time to time where as I've never seen a retail game on a console digital be discounted at all unless its really really old. PSN gets around it by offering games for free through ps+ (although they are mostly first party). Nintendo is getting around it by allowing rebates through points if you buy digital giving you 10% off the price of retail straightway without it expressly being reduced in price on the shop. I think once console makers feel that retail stores don't have them by the balls with physical distribution, you're gonna see parity in sales akin to those on all the other strictly digital platforms (Steam, GOG, Amazon, etc)

KDR_11kDecember 21, 2012

Steam does care about physical retail, it's why retail games have to launch at the same time and at the MSRP instead of making use of the benefits of digital distribution like no shipping times.

Little Inferno is one of my favorite things this year, and most people who are like "it's just a toy" and "it's just a physics sandbox" don't actually understand what it is. So, umm, if that's how you view it, you're not actually paying attention. It's not a toy anymore than Telltale's The Walking Dead games are, though if we're going in comparison to those episodes, then yes, maybe it is a little bit too expensive. I still feel totally justified in my $15 purchase, though.

I'll echo the "your loss" to infinity.

If you do understand what the game is (a crazy puzzle game with a weird, intriguing story and dour setting) and it still doesn't interest you, then I can't pretend to totally understand it, but I'll try.

I do understand that, and I still have no interest. I honestly don't care about the story at all, and the puzzle gameplay, from the way I've seen it described, doesn't sound that interesting to me.

Pixelated PixiesDecember 21, 2012

That's about where I am. I have a pretty firm understanding of what the game entails, and to a certain extent I can even understand the appeal, but knowing what it is that I enjoy about playing games I can say with some confidence that I would not enjoy Little Inferno.

MrPhishfoodDecember 21, 2012

I may just get Little Inferno on impulse... now that I've said it I guess its not impulse anymore.

The continued confusion over what Little Inferno is strikes me as really interesting. I still maintain that the game genre it actually resembles the most is that of point-and-click adventure.

ToraDecember 22, 2012

I recommend,  Trine 2 for anyone with a Wii U.  It's long, has co-op and looks great.  I've never played the console version but the one for PC is the bees knees. 

Pixelated PixiesDecember 22, 2012

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The continued confusion over what Little Inferno is strikes me as really interesting. I still maintain that the game genre it actually resembles the most is that of point-and-click adventure.

Who is confused?

RazorkidDecember 22, 2012

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The continued confusion over what Little Inferno is strikes me as really interesting. I still maintain that the game genre it actually resembles the most is that of point-and-click adventure.

Who is confused?

I think Kairon is referring to people having a hard time categorizing what kind of game Little Inferno actually is, let alone trying to describe what makes it an enjoyable experience for those who've played it.  This in turn has led to many people being trepidacious when considering the purchase of this game, despite discounts and positive impressions from owners, mostly because they simply don't understand what the game is. At least that's how I interpret it.


I'm not disparaging anybody who has decided that this game is not for them because people know their own preferences better than I do ;D . I just see the majority of discussion on whether to buy Little Inferno or not centered more on its refusal to be defined rather than if it's a good game.

Pixelated PixiesDecember 22, 2012

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I'm not disparaging anybody who has decided that this game is not for them because people know their own preferences better than I do ;D . I just see the majority of discussion on whether to buy Little Inferno or not centered more on its refusal to be defined rather than if it's a good game.


That's fair. I just wanted to be sure we weren't disregarding people's preferences/taste on the false basis that anyone who doesn't find Little Inferno appealing doesn't know what they're talking about or are confused; because that would be incredibly pompous.

Personally, I hope the game does gangbusters and they continue to release games on eShop (there are certainly enough people singing Little Inferno's praises that this will likely be the case). That doesn't change the fact that I don't find the gameplay or premise appealing in the least.

I'm glad everyone's enjoying it, and I'm sure it's really good at what it does, but from what I've read and seen, which, believe me, is a lot, it just doesn't seem like something I'd like. I'm happy that things like it exist on the eShop, and hope they continue to make things like that for the people who like it, but it's just not for me.

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Quote from: Razorkid

I'm not disparaging anybody who has decided that this game is not for them because people know their own preferences better than I do ;D . I just see the majority of discussion on whether to buy Little Inferno or not centered more on its refusal to be defined rather than if it's a good game.


That's fair. I just wanted to be sure we weren't disregarding people's preferences/taste on the false basis that anyone who doesn't find Little Inferno appealing doesn't know what they're talking about or are confused; because that would be incredibly pompous.

Personally, I hope the game does gangbusters and they continue to release games on eShop (there are certainly enough people singing Little Inferno's praises that this will likely be the case). That doesn't change the fact that I don't find the gameplay or premise appealing in the least.

It sounds like you'vde done your research Pixelated Pixies, but I've seen plenty of people who've expressed hesitation or rejection of Little Inferno based on the (in my opinion, incorrect) assumption that it was some kind of physics game... Myself included.

RazorkidDecember 22, 2012

At the end of the day, I think a demo would go a long way toward making a more informed decision on whether or not to get this game.

thedefalcosDecember 27, 2012

Man, I am definitely picking up Trine 2! I've been waiting to play that game for so long. I would've bought it on PC but I decided to wait to get it for the WiiU. Now, I'm glad I did.


Question is, does anyone know if Powerup reward $$ off coupons can be used to purchase eshop gift cards? Because that would be a double bonus for me! Getting trine 2 for free? Heck yes. 

They should... I get the prepaid cards in order to earn points instead of buying directly through the consoles. And sometimes extra credit card points.

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