Nintendo, Return To Greatness

Please do so. It’s like they know exactly what we want before we want it and decide that they will either go all out and give it to us or flip us the bird and go the other way. They just don’t care, they don’t care not one bit. You’d never believe that they were one of the first gaming companies to experiment with the internet in a meaningful way from their actions. They just don’t care or if they do then they have a hard time showing it.

Let’s take a look at their most recent Nintendo Direct, a video broadcast whose purpose is tell us Nintendo’s intentions directly.

Miiverse crap, boring.

TVii crap, boring

Oooh, free updates are coming! System updates will allow for a more responsive system since they’re focusing on launching games faster and returning to the main menu more quickly. Wait, is it slow now?

Virtual Console is late to the party, it will come in a few months. You do have the “opportunity” to beta test it for 30 cents a month. No, Nintendo didn’t call it a beta test but they will be granting you access to an unfinished service while charging you for it. Hey, they sold you an incomplete controller and sell incomplete handhelds so don’t be surprised.

I am a gamer. Very simply, I play games. I enjoy other mediums but when I decide to play games I go to a device that can handle them very well. I prefer to pick up a controller or a mouse or whatever it is I’m using and start playing as soon as possible. That’s a primary function of gaming consoles, getting us into the game fast and at home.

Somehow Nintendo decided that it was fine to start their broadcast off by telling us about an actively censored and invasive social service, video streaming on a dumb-tablet that’s tethered to your tv and updates to their software that honestly shouldn’t have been needed this soon in the game. As awesome as the concept of the Wii U is it does seem like it was released prematurely. Nintendo usually handles their first impressions much, much better than this. I guess that when you can update and iterate as often as you like, the quality incensed by Shigeru Miyamoto’s saying of “a bad game that is released is bad forever” much seem restrictive. Just get that crap to a “good enough” level then toss it out there!

This broadcast lasted for about 36 minutes, why did it take about 9 minutes to start getting to anything related to new games? Nintendo decided to focus on gimmicks instead of depth. No, I’m not calling the Game Pad a gimmick. I communicate from the context of a gamer and about gaming. In gaming, anything that doesn’t add to the actual gameplay experience is a gimmick. Doesn’t necessarily make it bad because it’s a gimmick but did they really need to get some over-anxious fans and reporters up at 6 in the morning to tell them they can post drawings from Scribblenauts on their social network? Why couldn’t they have just blown us away with the games first and then tell us that in order to complement these awesome experiences that we could use Miiverse features X and Y to do Z? Nintendo is too focused on non-gaming things now. I appreciate that you want/need to diversify but please don’t do it at the neglect of your core market. People were crazy over the Wii but with the U it’s like some insult was directed at someone before getting to “U”.

The Virtual Console is a thing of beauty – for Nintendo. They have monetized roms and an inferior packaging and access for them. Sure, we can backup game saves and will eventually get GameBoy Advance games but why wasn’t this available at launch? Hulu was ready. We’re only getting NES and SNES games this spring. The NES alone should not have been placed on the backburner to get something like Netflix going.

To make matters worse, you still have to manually transfer games from your old Wii to the Wii U via an SD sard. Nope, we still don’t have a Wii Channel to just add all of our games to a Nintendo Network account so that we can redownload them. Games are still tied to the console and not to the account. If you want to play the game in Wii U mode, not Wii mode, you will have to pay $1 for NES games and $1.50 for SNES games as long but only if you’ve already bought them.

Nintendo, please tell why I should spend $349.99 for console with a tethered tablet controller when I will be able to buy a Wikipad Tablet that can go anywhere in the world for as long as its’ battery lasts? A tablet that runs Android and powerful enough hardware to play all of your released and unreleased Virtual Console games via emulators without trouble? I can take this anywhere in my home, on the bus, in the car and have my game saves backed up too. Tell me, please.

Nintendo Says:

Bayonetta 2: “The scale of the game is completely different this time so it feels like you’re fighting the last boss from the very beginning.”

Nintendo didn’t say you could speak yet.

I need that right n-

 

NINTENDO SAYS SHUT UP!


BU-

SILENCE! THAT IS ALL YET TO COME!

BEHOLD, WHAT WE OFFER NOW!

And this Atlus game too!

WHY DID YOU MAKE ME WAIT?!

Nintendo: Because I hate you!

That is all completely messed up. Nintendo is capable of bringing content to its’ platform that gamers care about but they are increasingly trying to screw with access, player experience and console focus. Nintendo, make games. Focus on the games, focus very hard on the games. Solely Microsoft and Sony customers don’t care much for you because you usually target different portions of the market or fail to bring very serious challenges to them in their bloody section of it. Apple, Android, PC and other customers don’t care much about your efforts to diversify when you try to offer them a poor value proposition with what should be the nuclear bomb of your arsenal – video games. Sometimes it seems like the people of the company are so deeply entrenched in an insular culture that they have disconnected from their customers. Right when I’m ready to flip the bird completely you announce initiatives that show that you’re somewhat going in the right direction or at least show that you have talent.

Beautiful. It’s not the Zelda that I want but your talent graphically and technologically is there. You’re promising us that the next real entry in Zelda will be a return to basics. I will hold you to that. I’d rather receive games closer to the quality and craftsmanship of the 90’s than the general public masturbation of some you N64 and beyond work entailed. That’s not to disparage you Nintendo, I just want consistency in your quality and focus. I honestly don’t know how we went from games like Link’s Awakening and Ocarina of Time to Phantom Hourglass and Skyward Sword. There is obviously something wrong there and as a fan and a person that loves to play games I’d like it if you would fix it and return to greatness. That’s it. I don’t hate you, I just want the greatness that you’re capable of Nintendo. Do it. Do it now.

Can Wii U Players Haz Zombi U Patch?

Based upon a tip sent in to Gonintendo, ZombiU players will be forced to play their game without adequate support. If this forum poster is to be believed, Ubisoft won’t expend any resources on fixing glitches in their Wii U game. Just as a crack in a table is a defect that can take away from its’ use and enjoyment, a glitch in a video game can ruin an experience. Not that people don’t sometimes have fun making games do things that they weren’t designed to do but when a bug impedes player enjoyment completely it is a problem. Let’s take a look at this bug.

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Final Fantasy X – To Zanarkand

Rarely are we blessed with music that is as equally captivating as it is touching. This is a sad tune that beautifully captures the tone of the game, the characters and the world for which it represents.

There is a sense of dread and hopelessness but still it stands beautifully. It has to be one of the most memorable tunes I’ve heard in any medium ever. The piano is spot on, it’s perfect. I couldn’t imagine any better tune to open Final Fantasy X with or of any other composer that I could praise so highly.

I wish that the composer, Nobuo Uematsu, could write a song that’s equally as strong but focused intensely upon happiness. Tears could come to your eyes from listening to “To Zanarkand”, imagine the smiles and happy days that we could have with a song at the exact opposite end of the spectrum. It may seem strange to like a gloomy song but when it’s this awesome you just need to choose when to ration a listening and even a share.

Leap Motion – No, That’s Not A Rasengan!




Yes, my Leap Motion dev unit has finally arrived and was simple to setup and use. There was definitely a major difference in reading about the device and actually seeing it in action. I’ve mostly been playing with the visual tools today and taking notes on how it reacts to my hands. The shot above shows only one hand but it can definitely track two of them well.

Today I’ve been twisting, turning and doing my best personation. Yep, I look like a crazy person at work but it has definitely been very fun and educational. I’ve browsed the official forums and have been reading the provided documentation for the api. I believe that I’m simultaneously more limited than I originally believed I would be and also much more free at the same time.
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Drumstick, The Original Angry Bird

DrumstickYep, one of the two hidden characters of kart racing game Diddy Kong Racing was the first fowl to have a beef with some pork. The premise of the game is that pig from outer space, Wizpig, crash landed on a tiger named Timber’s island, locked off choice parts of it and turned the largest of the locals into bosses/guardians for his own bidding. In order to defeat the pig you have to beat all 4 guardians and in order to even have a shot at them you have beat a bunch of other animals in a circuit of races twice. Once normally then again with the challenge of a collect-a-thon in the middle of the race. Beat all 4 guardians from across the island and you’ll be granted access to the Wizpig’s Island-Rushmore lair. Continue reading

My First Tale Of The Last Story

Beautiful Last Story Artwork

Usually when someone buys a game, they play it almost immediately. Sometimes it’s stored as a gift or may require waiting on a friend or two to show before starting. No matter the reason, usually a new game brings some sort of positive excitement with it and is played while that excitement lasts. That wasn’t the case with my purchase of the Last Story. Continue reading