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SHOULD NINTENDO RETIRE?

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Time To Hang Up The Gloves, Nintendo?

FORMER GLORY

I will keep this one short and sweet. Nintendo is not who they used to be. The Nintendo we all grew up with has changed from being the gaming industries prize fighter to an old legend desperately trying to hold on to glory. All is not lost. This former champ definitely has what it takes to step back in the ring with the competition and regain the title. It won’t be easy. Nintendo’s training regiment needs an overhaul. They must get stronger. They must get faster and hit harder and above all, they must find the heart to once again compete with Microsoft and Sony. It feels as if Nintendo has already given up on that fight but if things continue to go the way that they are going then Nintendo may have to consider retirement.

NINTENDO = BOXING

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Once The Greatest

Like boxing is to combat sports, Nintendo is to the world of gaming. Boxing is known as the “sweet science”. Nintendo is known as the “innovator”. As a fan of boxing, i can appreciate  this beautiful art and as someone who has strapped on the gloves a numerous times i can also appreciate the skill involved as well. Nintendo is just like the great sport of Boxing in that they are the oldest gaming company around and have accumulated much respect over their long life. Millions have lined up to buy Nintendo’s consoles much like millions at home watched the great fights of the sport of Boxing. At one point in time, Mario was even more recognizable than Disney’s famous rodent, Mickey Mouse. At one point in time the mere mention of the name Nintendo sparked excitement among gamer’s. Just as with Boxing, though,  some things never stay the same.

Like Boxing, Nintendo is loosing fans rapidly. Sure, the most hardcore fans remain (The smart ones i might add) but like Boxing, the excitement seems to have died down. Less and less fight fans talk about the Sport of Boxing like they used to. Equally less and less gamer’s talk about Nintendo like they used to. It would seem as if the gamer’s who grew up with Nintendo are the ones displaying unwavering loyalty much like  older fight fans are with Boxing. It would also seem that as with the sport of Boxing, the younger generations could care less. And by younger i mean tweens and young adults in their twenties. So what do they care about these days?

SONY/MICROSOFT = MMA

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This Is How Sony And Microsoft Battle It Out!

Mixed Martial Arts. Or MMA to the uninitiated. MMA is one of the fastest growing sports and like MMA, Sony and Microsoft have a hold on the 20 something year old demographic. When you ask people why they prefer MMA to Boxing you pretty much get a unanimous sentiment. “Boxing is boring”. “MMA fighters are more complete”. MMA is more exciting”. Although i think its complete BS, must people may agree. In fact when you look at why most gamer’s today choose Xbox and Playstation over Nintendo you also see a similar sentiment. People say that Nintendo is stuck in the past and they don’t innovate anymore. People don’t seem to want the familiar experiences from Nintendo even though they have brought them joy in the past.  Boxers stick to punching and Nintendo sticks to Mareio, Zeldo and Metroid etc. On the other hand MMA brings knees to the face, takedowns, ground and pounds and chokes. This is very exciting to newcomers who watch the fight game. To Some, MMA brings advancements to the fight game that the sport of Boxing can’t match.  Likewise with Sony and Microsofts machines you get exciting new advancements in tech  capable of rendering visuals that Nintendo’s last and current console clearly can’t match. Like it or not visuals are what attract people to games just like the violent blood shed of a cage fight attracts younger fight fans today.

Simply put, people want more. There was a time when using your fists was enough to entertain the fight audiences around the world  just like good solid gameplay used to be enough to entertain gamer’s. Now fight fans want blood and brutal knockouts. Gamer’s want over the top set pieces with explosions and head shots. They want cutting edge visuals complete with realistic army dogs. The old ways are not enough anymore. People are moving on. Boxing and Nintendo are being forgotten.

NOT OUT OF THE GAME YET

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The Oldest Fighter To Ever Win A World Title

Boxing can still draw an enormous crowd and generate revenue that MMA wished it could duplicate. MMA has no fighter with the draw power of Mayweather or Paquio and old fight fans still come out in droves to support what i call the greatest combat sport on the planet. Similarly, neither Sony or Microsoft have an IP with the selling power of Mario or Zelda. Gaming fans of the 80’s and older still turn up to support the greatest software company in gaming and like Bernard Hopkins they are not out of it yet. Nintendo just needs to adjust its fight strategy. They need to be more aggressive. Here are my keys to success for Nintendo going forward

  1. BE AGGRESSIVE. FORCE MICROSOFT AND SONY TO FIGHT NINTENDO’S FIGHT. (SOFTWARE QUALITY AND INNOVATION)
  2. ADVERTISE. SHOW THE WORLD NINTENDO STILL HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A CHAMP AND REGAIN THE TITLE.
  3. INVEST MORE IN INDIE DEVELOPERS. THEY ARE THE FUTURE OF THIS INDUSTRY
  4. INVEST MORE IN 2ND PARTY PARTNERSHIPS. NINTENDO NEEDS MORE COLLABORATIONS LIKE WHAT THEY HAVE WITH PLATINUM GAMES.
  5. DONT MAKE ANYMORE GAMES WITH THE NAME WII IN THE TITLE. NO WII FIT, NO WII SPORTS. ETC. THAT BATTLE IS OVER
  6. FOCUS ON THE CORE GAMER’S THAT GOT YOU TO THE TOP
  7. IF THE WII U IS GOING TO BE JUST A NINTENDO DELIVERY SYSTEM THEN MAKE IT THE BEST ONE NINTENDO FANS HAVE EVER SEEN. TOP OCARINA OF TIME AND MARIO GALAXY. AND BRING BACK DORMANT FRANCHISES

I believe that if Nintendo can do these things than they can have a comeback story like Bernard Hopkins and regain their title. Nintendo may in fact need new leadership since it seems Iwata spends most of his time apologizing for mistakes (which is a good thing, don’t get me wrong) and we have yet to see him really improve on any of them. Nintendo’s reputation is hurting. I don’t even know if i will ever purchase another Nintendo console day one again because of how they handled the Wii U. Nintendo’s only saving grace is to make this console the best damn first party machine they have ever created. They can salvage this mess but they have to do a hell of a lot more than what they are currently doing. Boxing needs to change the way it’s perceived. They need to make sure that people know they are still relevant. Nintendo needs to do the same.

So, as always…What makes WII U MAD?


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Nintendo 2013 E3 Review

 

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It’s Time To Call A Spade A Spade…

Look. You know me as the Wii U Mad Gamer, right? I’m a huge Nintendo fan. Always have been and probably always will. Why? Nintendo has been known for pushing gameplay boundaries and bringing us excellent software over the past two decades. You know what, though? I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of let down. It’s time to call a spade a spade. The Wii U is a joke. One that i’m not laughing at. If your a Nintendo fan-boy then go to another site for a while or read another article. This may make you cry.

GOOD BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH

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Who Gives a Damn About Wii Party U?!

Sony and Microsoft just showed off their newest consoles. They showed the potential of what the next generation of hardware can deliver and believe me their is an obvious and noticeable difference in power between the next and current fen consoles. We all knew that the Wii U wasn’t going to match these new consoles in terms of horsepower but what we knew is that Nintendo could go toe to toe and outclass just about any developer in the industry when it came to software quality. So we thought. 

Nintendo held an E3 Direct video today at 7am pacific time. For months fans of the “BIG N” had been anticipating what Nintendo would reveal at this years show. Our imaginations ran wild especially when we began to ponder the possibilities of what Retro Studios would finally unveil. Instead, what we got was the same ‘ol same ‘ol with absolutely nothing new. There was hardly anything even interesting. Let me break it down for you.

 

MARIO

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Really, Nintendo?!

Super Mario 3d World is the name of the new highly anticipated Wii U Mario game. Guess what? It was disappointing to look at. While its clear this game sports man, many technical improvements over its predecessors, this game looks absolutely dull. The new Mario game is based off of the recent Super Mario 3d Land for the 3ds except this time you get four player co-op. Co-op in a Mario game isn’t a bad thing but this style of gameplay isn’t what i expected from the newest home console version of the Mario franchise. The game looks confined instead of the more open feel of Super Mario Galaxy. Speaking of Galaxy, that game looks visually more impressive than the Wii U version. I’m talking art direction, not shaders and lighting etc. Damn, Nintendo. You blew it. You knew what people were looking forward to and you did the opposite. 

Disappointing!

MARIO KART

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This Was The Show Stopper…But That’s Not Saying Much

I will actually keep this one short. Mario Kart 8 looks awesome. Nintendo added the ability to allow your kart to attach to the walls or ceiling via a hover craft type transformation triggered once the player enters a certain part of track. We knew this game was coming and Nintendo delivered on this one.

Awesome!

SMASH BROS

Probably the most anticipated game of all. Did it look good? Yes. Was the trailer awesome? Yes. Did it feature an awesome new guest star? Yes. Megaman has entered the Smash Bros. tournament ! Finally !! It’s what we’ve all wanted since Melee. This game doesn’t come out until next year so new info will likely trickle in pretty slow. 

Worth The Wait

THE OTHERS

Nintendo revealed the first gameplay trailers of Bayonetta 2, Zelda Wind Waker, a new Donkey Kong Country and Monoliths new game still currently titled,”X”. More details were given for the Wonderful 101 and a sizzle reel for upcoming 3rd party games was shown although there was nothing new in the footage. 

Overall this was not the epic E3 reveal that i though it was going to be. What the hell happened to Retro Studios? To be fair, Nintendo still has a couple of days to drop a surprise announcement on us but like the initial XBox One reveal, Nintendo should have done more to impress. Period. 

THIS IS WHY I’M A MULTI CONSOLE GAMER

Look, i’ll be honest. I didn’t expect third parties to come out and announce games like Grand Theft Auto v or Metal Gear Solid V but damn !! Nintendo can’t keep announcing the same ‘ol games without announcing anything new. At the very least blow us all away with an amazing new take on familiar software! They did nothing of the sort. Mario Kart 8 was the only game that truly impressed me simply because of the new gravity mechanic. Bayonetta 2 was cool because i’s an new franchise on a Nintendo system. I know what your thinking…”The games shown by Sony and Microsoft wren’e mind blowing either!” No, they weren’t, but what was impressive was the power of the new consoles in addition to their social features which gave us a look at the potential of what the next gen consoles can offer. That in itself is exciting. Nintendo has had over 6 months to turn the Wii U’s potential into reality. Nothing that was shown today gave me the slightest impression that the Wii U’s game pad is truly a game changer. Heck, Nintendo would probably had been better off using a standard controller and saving the money they spent on the 6 inch touch screen and put it towards a better gpu/cpu. Oh, and did i mention that the PS4 is only 50 dollars more than the Wii U? You serious? Other than a die hard Nintendo fan ( yes i am one, but i already own a wii u) who in their right friggin’ mind would by a Wii U over a PS4? You know i’m right. 

Maybe i’m just going on an unwarranted rant, or maybe i’m right but something is off with Nintendo. Third parties have abandoned them and they seem to have abandoned common sense. Oh, and as i’m writing this i found out that Retro Studio’s new title is that Donkey Kong country crap for Wii U. Why is it crap? Because we just got the same damn game on the Wii and 3ds!

This proves that you can not be just a single console gamer and have a full experience. If all you plan on doing is buying a Wii U and no other console, i can tell you that your making a mistake. Nintendo has firmly planted itself as a company that makes consoles for its games and they don’t care about the third parties, no matter how much they say they do. 

I give Nintendo a solid C grade

I’m Wii U Mad! Are You?


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Sony Rocked E3 and Will Probably Win The Console War

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And the winner is…

SONY

Sony rocked E3 for one solid reason. They stood up for the gamer. Sony didn’t pander to the greedy-ass publishers and include that bogus DRM BS in their console. Instead they stood by the side of us gamer’s and they backed us up. Sony heard the loud cries of gamer’s across the world who were outspoken over the issues of used games and DRM. Sony listened. They deserve a butt-load of respect from gamer’s, both Sony fan-boys and non fan-boys. It doesn’t matter if you love Sony or you hate them. You have no choice but to respect a company that stands up for the gamer. Sony rocked E3!

WHY SONY ROCKED E3

  1. No DRM
  2. No 24 Hour internet check-ins
  3. You can trade your game, sell your game, and let your friends borrow your games. Why? It’s your game
  4. Comes out this November
  5. Cost only $399 dollars. That’s $100 cheaper than the XBox None

 

The GAMES

Here are the highlights of the Sony E3 2013 press conference. No need for me to say much more. Here are the games. Check ’em out.

FIRST THE CONSOLE REVEAL

NOW THE GAMES

Final Fantasy Versus 13 Is Dead. Long Live Final Fantasy 15

Can Drive Club Steal The Crown From Gran Turismo?

Halo What? Halo Who?

Graphics Are Pretty Sick

Finally!!

GOOD TO KNOW

Very Interesting

Just Listen To That Crowd Roar !

JUST FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT

Shots Fired At Microsoft

Bombs Dropped On Microsoft !

There you have it, folks. The highlights of the Ps4 E3 2013 Conference. I told you Sony Rocked it. I give Sony a solid A grade.

As always let me know your thoughts and tell me what makes Wii U Mad?


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Microsoft E3 Press conference Impressions

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….Hmmm.

Well, Microsoft just wrapped up its E3 conference and there are some interesting things i want to discuss. Sit back and enjoy.

XBox360

Before Microsoft got into it’s Xbox One line up it announced a new smaller and quieter Xbox 360 model. The new model has a very similar look to the new Xbox One in terms of the look of the box. Microsoft also announced a couple of titles for the 360 including World of Tanks and Dark Sould II

 XBox One GAMES

Microsoft unveiled quite a few games today. Forza 5, Ryse,TitanF and the return of Killer Instinct were all shown off today. Here is the deal. With the exception of the titles i just metioned, Microsoft barely showed off any gameplay for most of the games it showed off today. What was shown did give us a look at what we can expect from the next gen in the years to come.

Forza looked really good. Driving games tend to push the visual boundaries and this game was no different.

Ryse is a title set in an ancient Rome style setting were you take control of a roman warrior who has the ability to control sections of his army. They can form together in a line and raise their shields to block incoming arrows or draw spears and send them flying at enemies in unison. Visualy the game was inpressive, boasting really amazing looking character models and lighting. This game definitely screamed “next gen”

TitanF is the new game by Respawn entertainment who are know for their work on the Modern Warfare games. This game is standard FPS fare except for the giant mechs that drop into the action, letting you jump into the cockpit and command in battle. TitanF didn’t quite have that “next gen” pop that i was looking for but it looked good.

Killer Instinct was the biggest surprise, though. Gameplay was shown featuring Jago vs Saberwolf and it looked pretty good. It actually reminded me a little bit of Street Fighter 4 in terms of its visual design. It didn’t quite blow me away in terms of graphics but gameplay is what counts. The fighting looked fast and fun and it will be interesting to see if Rare can recapture the magic with the Killer Instinct franchise.

The coolest thing was probably the first gameplay reveal of Metal Gear Solid v. It looked amazing. Character models were unbelievable. I can’t wait to see this game in action.

Everything else was pretty much boring. You had Ea show up and demo Shooter number 300 or aka Battlefield 4. It looked good of course, but in terms of gameplay it featured the same old run and gun and explosion filled mayhem that your used to from these types of shooters. Most of everything else was showed off in very brief CGI trailers which made no sense and you even had some kinect and Smart Glass games shown off. It wasn’t a bad showing, just no amazing.

NO QUESTIONS ANSWERED

DRM questions? Microsoft gave no answers. Used game questions? Microsoft gave no answers. Microsoft completely ignored these topics probably because there is no amount of damage control they can do to justify 24hour online check-in’s because don’t forget if your not connected you can’t play your games.

PRICE

$499.00 was the announced price for the XBoxOne. I don’t know about you guys but i feel that might be too expensive. When you consider that nothing that was shown was so revolutionary that you had to have it, a 500 dollar price point might be somewhat of a stretch. A big stretch. We will have to see what Sony does will their price point

RELEASE

Microsoft confirmed that the XBoxOne will release in November.

MY FINAL IMPRESSION

Overall i thought the Microsoft XBox One conference lacked a major component needed to get me on board with the console. DRM. Microsoft didn’t address this issue at all. Why is it so important you ask? It’s important because it is unfair to ask gamer’s to spend $500 dollars on a console that can’t be played offline. Think about the amount of money gamer’s are going to have to pour into the Xbox One. There is the initial $500 dollars to buy the console. You will need to have an internet connection do factor in what ever amount you pay for online in your home. You will also need to continue to pay for XBLA Gold. Look, im not an Xbox or a Microsoft fan by any stretch of the imagination but i was hoping Microsoft could pull of something special for the gamer’s. The Xbox One seems like its a box made for publishers and greedy developers. I’m not spending $500 dollars for any console, period. Videogames are not worth that much. Not today, not ever. You saw what happened to the PS3 when it launched at that ridiculous price. Who has that kind of money. I will be surprised if the XBox One sells well.

I give this Conference a solid C grade

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DRM Will Ruin The Gaming Industry

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Microsoft and Sony want you to take it like a man

Before i dive in let me just say this…Buy a Wii U. It’s a gaming console for gamer’s with no DRM drama. With a Wii U, you can have the freedom of buying and selling used games at your leisure. DRM is a joke. When you buy a game it should be yours. You buy it. You own it. You can sell it. Period. Buy a Wii U.

No DRM

DRM sucks. Period. There are too many examples of why forcing DRM on gamer’s is a bad thing. Just look at what happened to Sim City and Diablo 3. DRM does nothing but cause head aches for gamer’s, not to mention  not everyone has an online internet connection. So what about them? According to a group known as Akamai, a “state of the internet” report was done by them and found that the U.S. placed 8th among the top ten countries with high internet speeds with an average of 7.4 mbps. Really? 7 megs a second isn’t what i would call adequate for intense online gaming sessions.

Here is that link:

http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/23/akamai-average-u-s-internet-speed-up-28-yoy-now-at-7-4-mbps-but-south-korea-japan-and-hong-kong-still-far-ahead/

Lets talk about always online for a second. Microsoft is treating the Xbone like it just got out on parole. 24 hour check in’s will become routine for anyone who owns Microsoft’s newest console.  What happens when your internet goes out? Oh, you can watch Netflix so it’s ok. What the hell! I understand that most households are connected to the internet, that’s not the problem. The problem is being forced to be connected. Remember that dumb-ass tweet by that one Microsoft employee who taunted everyone who didn’t agree with always online? He talked about phones having to be always on or something? Anyways my point is even though you cant make calls or surf the internet without some sort of connection at least the apps you downloaded still work. You can still play your games. With Microsoft forcing gamer’s to be online to play a single player game just doesn’t make sense. Oh wait, your thinking that i’m jumping to conclusions and i should wait until E3, huh? Then what about Used games?

Microsoft apparently hates them. We all know the real deal with the used games market, right? It’s the greedy-ass publishers like EA who want to nickle and dime gamer’s for all that they have. Look, if you buy a car from a GM dealer and pay it off completely then that makes it yours, right? Yes. If you decide to then sell that car to a friend, GM doesn’t get a cut of the profit, right? No. What other industry have you heard crying about not getting the profits off of the used sale of their products? Does the movie industry cry over used Blu-Ray sales? Here’s what’s going on. Big publishers are spending way too much money every year on the same old rehashed shooter and or assassin simulator and they are in a panic as they watch their sales decrease yearly. Why? Cause gamer’s are sick of buying the same crap. Now publisher have to come up with a way to “back door” the gamer so that they can make enough profit to go and blow off another 100 million on a COD clone.

Publishers know they can’t win the fight over used games sales as it currently stands but forcing Microsoft and Sony to include DRM on their consoles is how they are going to do it. Now that $60 disk you just bought becomes just a piece of plastic once the content is installed on to the Xbone’s hard drive. Now what you effectively have is a digital title in which Microsoft and its respective publishing partner can regulate since the Xbone is always connected. All this is, is a work around to getting a piece of those used game sales publishers so desperately felt they were entitled to. You ever wonder the real reason EA has been screwing Nintendo over as of late. Ever wonder why Nintendo is missing so much third party support after they all showed up at E3 2011 with their testimonials about how awesome the Wii U was? Could it be because Nintendo won’t use DRM?

The gamer is being taken advantage of right now an Microsoft or Sony could care less. Yes i said Sony. Apparently they will have DRM but won’t require it instead leaving it up to publishers to include it on their own will. Yeah, like EA would require madden to use DRM on Xbone but not on PS4.

Time will tell if this whole DRM issue spells doom for the industry but as of now im calling “BS”! I won’t be supporting Microsoft because of this and if Sony really does follow along then i won’t be supporting them either. I guess ill stick to the Wii U and Steam.

Let me know your thoughts on the subject and let me know what makes Wii U MAD