(I really want more writers so that we can have a wide spectrum of views, since I'm admittedly bias towards Nintendo.)
If you are currently alive, you know about Nintendo. Chances are you know that for some reason or another, everybody seems to think they're doing things wrong. First of all, they could lose 260 K for the next 30 years or so without going bankrupt, they've got 16 billion dollars and they aren't going anywhere soon. They are still doing what they've always done, making awesome games. AND the guys at actual Nintendo (not Nintendo of America) do a really good job of (if they don't at least making it) looking like they care about us. They didn't want to do DLC because they believed that people want to a full game for their money and not have to spend an extra 100 to actually own the full game. But, hey, people really want DLC for some reason. So, they give us New Super Luigi U, a whole new game that's 20 bucks on the eShop and 30 for the disc. Which is a really good deal! However, I believe that Nintendo is the only company out there that still cares more about making a fun game than making money. And I like that. However, what's screwing up Nintendo right now isn't Nintendo, it's Nintendo of America. So can we cut Iwata some slack? Everybody makes mistakes, and personally, I think the Wii U is one of the greatest mistakes that ever happened. No, the guys at Nintendo are doing their job well. They continue to make awesome games and wait until their games are done to release them. They learnt what happens if you push a game/consoles release date with the Virtual Boy. Nintendo is doing their job well. However, Nintendo of America is doing a poor job of getting good PR and Reggie seems to quick to apologize. It's a bit like what happened with SEGA because of the division between their head company and the American branch. Who screwed everyone over by canceling Saturnday and releasing the Saturn early. So guys, really cut Nintendo some slack. They know games, they know how to make awesome games. They aren't getting too child friendly, or losing focus of true games. They are making more true games than other companies. You don't pay to win a Nintendo games, you work to win it. So if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go play some Super Mario 3D World.
(I really want more writers so that we can have a wide spectrum of views, since I'm admittedly bias towards Nintendo.)
Now that we all have our shiny new consoles, weather that's your Wii U, PS4 or XBox One. Let us bid farewell to the last generation of gaming. To them I say,
OK, so the last generation wasn't all bad, but if you go through my console collection, you'll notice that I have an NES, PS1, GameCube & Wii U. I don't have anything before the NES but afterwards I am missing two generations. The SNES/Genesis generation, which I mostly am missing due to money, and the last generation. Which, honestly, is only because I sold my PS3 so I could afford a Wii U. What did I dislike about that generation though? I'd never sell any of my other consoles to buy a new one. Well, first of all, what was good about it, graphics. That's about it. The last generation had the largest graphical leap since the N64.
However, I hated all the controllers. Mostly the PS3 controller but I found none of them to be really good controllers. The PS3 is what I have the most experience with and it's controller was an absolute gaming abomination. The lack of anywhere to rest your fingers made it extremely uncomfortable to use and the triggers round-ness resulted in my finger slipping off. The Wii controller, while great for motion control, and if used right is amazing and every bit as revolutionary as the Wii's code-name suggested, isn't that great. Most people (other than Nintendo) didn't know how to fully realize this controller and it showed, honestly the best Wii games don't use motion control. Then the XBox 360 controller, which I know I'm going to get some hate for saying this, but I didn't really care for it too much either. It was the best out of the three for sure, but being the shiny-est turd isn't something to strive for. The main problem is that the A & B buttons got mixed up and the start and select-esque buttons are weird, much like they were on the original XBox.
The next issue I had was that there really weren't that many memorable games. There were tons of fun and good games, but none that were memorable. Very few titles last gen. where new. Most of them where sequels, the GameCube/PS2/XB generation was really the last one to have new titles, since it once again gave developers something new to screw around with. Sure there was the odd title, Motorstorm for instance. But almost everything was part of a series that was already well established or most new games were just "Eh."
The last thing is that most of the games where just silly. I mean I know there was more than FPS's, which I don't care for, but the majority of the PS3 & XBox 360's titles were either war, FPS or M-rated. Which is a turn off for me and probably why my PS3 collection was so tiny.
I realize that the last generation really brought in the most people to gaming since the NES generation, but it was just so "so-so" with really nothing new (except the Wii, which quickly lost it's quirky-ness) and the lack of memorable games meant that my PS3 was a DVD player that I might occasionally use to play DRIVER : San Fran or a round of Motorstorm. I don't know how many people agree with me, but I hope that SONY, Microsoft & Nintendo have learnt their lessons from what was the most successful failure of all time.
PS I am looking for more writers to speculate and commentate on the gaming world alongside me. If you are interested, let me know!
So I don't know if you heard it or not, but according to Wii U daily and a few other Nintendo news websites, there is speculation of a new Nintendo console, or actually, a whole new generation of consoles, so it includes a "DS" & a new home console. The handheld is cleverly named the Fusion DS & the home console is called the Fusion Terminal. Which not only are both of those names somewhat ridiculous, but the timing makes no sense. It would mess up Wii U sales, and 3DS sales. The 3DS needs no replacement for a good 2 years and the Wii U just needs some better PR. The only real stuff behind this is the Nintendofusion domain, which Nintendo has recently renewed rights for. BUT that was a domain for a competition that Nintendo held in 2003, so maybe they're just going to do another competition? As far as this goes, my thoughts are that it's fake. Completely fake. Nintendo may very well be working on a new console right now, but it shouldn't get any coverage for at least 2 years, and we've got 4 years 'till the next generation, at least. Now, if this is true at all, what I'd like to see is this being something that works alongside the Wii U & 3DS. By that I mean going into new markets. The Fusion Terminal (or it could just be the Fusion because that names is way cooler) could be a PC and the Fusion DS, while it's unlikely they'd continue the DS family another generation, could be their entry into either laptops, or phones. I've said that I'd like to see Nintendo in the PC business because I think if they went like Alienware or Asus League of Gamers and delivered good gaming PCs with their own Nintendo twist, things would go quite well. So what do you think? Let me know!
To see my video on Nintendo & PCs click this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg-JmURiCGk
To see the Wii U Daily article click this link: http://wiiudaily.com/2014/01/rumor-nintendo-fusion-to-be-the-companys-next-consolehandheld/?utm_content=buffer2e152&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
So, since this is the first time, let me introduce myself in case you don't know me, my pseudonym on the internet is The S2 Guy and today, I'll be speculating on Mariokart 8, Project CARS & how they will affect the Wii U's future.
Well, some new footage has been released of Mariokart 8 and it looks like a demo, similar to the ones found inside the Wii U trucks that toured Canada prior to the launch (or actually right after it I guess, since I already had my Wii U) and the first thing that bugs me is that it shows only an option for well, single player & 2-player. Why no 4-player, or heck, why not 5-player? Take advantage of 5-player Nintendo! Also, what ever happened to online? The next thing I don't like is that after choosing your character there is no kart customization. That's what made MarioKart 7 so much fun and so endless! I seriously hope that both of these issues are solved in the full version, since as I stated earlier, I speculate that this is still an early beta build. Also, here's the link to the video that I'm referencing, should make it easier for you to follow along...
So next up is that the A button is gas. I know this is Mariokart and super cartoon-y (or, ahem KARToon-y) but any racing game works better using the triggers for the gas. Hopefully this is also just in the earlier versions, or there's an option to choose between A and the triggers. Since we're on the subject of controls, let's talk about the way this guy's playing, he's using the D-Pad, I'm hoping that's just this guy being silly because I really want to be able to play with the analog-stick, it also looks like motion control will still be an option judging by the little wii u gamepad with wave-y arrow things above it in the courner of the screen and the fact that he uses it. Now, I had speculated a bit in my 2014 Top 10 video about there being some damage modeling in this game, well, at this point there's not, but we can always hope right! The game still looks like a ton of fun, and gorgeous so it's still a great game for any Wii U owner, but coming after Mariokart 7, it sure has a lot to live up to.
Alright, so as you may know, I drive a race car in real life. What I really want is a small track racing sim, that's not what Project CARS is... it's the big time, but it looks awesome. From what little is out there of it so far, the graphics just blow anything on Wii U right now out of the water and the damage modeling actually looks fairly decent. I am very very picky about those details in racing games due to my experience, but it almost looks like they've got damage down pat. Now, since I actually haven't played it I don't know how well it handles, but apparently it's somewhat more arcade-y. Which, I don't mind. Although, since they've stated they're going for ultra-realism, I find that a little hard to believe. I mean Gran Turismo was almost ruined by how far the initial game took realism, it was harder than real life! But this game looks stunning, showing every blade of grass and having leaves and junk that blow around as you whizz by, it really looks like they built a forest and then plopped a race track into it. The areas are immensely detailed. Coming from the guys who made the NFS : Shift games (which once you looked past the fact that they weren't NFS games were great racing sims) I expect great-ness. I speculate that there'll be a story mode, probably with season, but for sure cups and different series. I also believe that car customization is going to be included because one screen shot shows a car exiting a garage. Maybe I'm setting my expectations too high for this game, but I really can't wait for it's release in Autumn of 2014!
They're affect on the Wii U
Honestly, Mariokart 8 shouldn't make too huge of an impact, it'll draw in the last few undecided Nintendo fans and maybe a few extra families and soft-core gamers. But Project CARS I think will make a huge splash. Probably not on the XBox One or PS4, since they already have their car sim. And unless you REALLY dig car sims, I don't see the point of buying both GT & Project CARS or Forza & Project CARS, but I suspect it'll draw in a whole new crowd to the Wii U. As well as open the eyes of developers and hopefully bring more 3rd party support the Wii U's way.
Alright! So that's it! I hope you enjoyed this! I speculate that you'll see me back here ina few days, and until then...