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Switch Hype – Super Mario Galaxy 2

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How is it Related to the Nintendo Switch?  Super Mario Galaxy 2 is considered the last “real” Super Mario game in a 360degree world.  A lot of people consider Wii U’s Super Mario 3D World to be a different series.  With Nintendo’s announcement of Super Mario Odyssey coming Holiday 2017 for the Nintendo Switch, I thought it would be fun to go back and play some Super Mario Galaxy 2.  A reminder of how great the Super Mario games really are.

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I actually played this through the Virtual Console on the Wii U, not with my physical Wii copy.  I hadn’t completed the main game before this play through, and I was a bit rusty remembering the controls or being quick in maneuvering, but it all eventually came back.  I cleared the last world of the main game.  This is my favorite game from the Wii, I hope Mario Odyssey is just as good!

Nintendo Switch Initial Excitement

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The Nintendo NX is no more, Nintendo has dropped the code name and finally revealed their newest console, AND portable.  It’s called the Nintendo Switch.  It’s a hybrid handheld console and I’m very excited for it. The more I think about it, the better it sounds actually.  But I will be fair, I am a huge Nintendo fan and I have bought 4 of their consoles (including the Wii U) and 3 of their handhelds at launch (not including special editions). The ones I didn’t buy at launch, I got later, and still have it…even the Virtual Boy.  Last but not least, my game collection is probably 70%+ Nintendo.  So yes, I do play favorites to Nintendo, but if you are also a Nintendo fan or even rooting for Nintendo to succeed, then get excited.  If the momentum gets big enough for the Switch, Nintendo might bounce back strong.  The more I think about the system the more potential I can imagine from it.  I just hope Nintendo can capitalize.  Here are some things I’m throwing around in my head.

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Local Multiplayer Possibilities

This could be huge, this could re-invent things like couch co-op, LAN parties, and your traditional ideas of local multiplayer. Even with only one piece of hardware it looks like players could gather around the screen and play a co-op game like Diablo, and Donkey Kong or even multiplayer games of Madden and Mario Kart.  The more this spreads, or the more people that own the Switch, the wider the multiplayer possibilities get.  Battlefield, Splatoon, and other resource heavy titles will start to become a possibility.  With some of my friends, it might actually be easier to play a game together  in person than online.  A good amount of my friends and family have a PS4, if those games we play at home were also portable, we would be playing a lot more together.  Even transporting it to a friend’s house is simple.

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Combining It’s Markets
The biggest roadblock is that this system has to sell, a lot.  If the social aspects and local multiplayer opportunities are really going to flourish, it’s going to need to have a large install base.  The Playstation 4 sold amazingly, in 3 years, it’s already around 44 million, one of the fastest selling consoles of all time.  In 3 years the XBox One has reached 22 million while the Wii U only broke 11 million in 4 years time.  And the 3DS, which is very important here, will most likely hit 60 Million sold in 2017.  The Switch means Nintendo is combining it’s portable market and it’s console market, there is definitely some overlap in there, but it’s actually not too crazy to think that it could put up PS4 numbers.  If it REALLY catches on and reaches a fad-like status, Nintendo could have a Wii/DS combo on it’s hands (Wii sold 101million, DS sold 153million).
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Video Games That Should Die

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There are some video game franchises I used to really enjoy, but nowadays I’ve gotten so uninterested in them or sick of them I’m ready for them to die off.   I understand some people may like some of these games, and some people might still have interest in them but I think with these franchises I’ve reached my end with them.   If any of these franchises re-gain my interest it’s going to have to take something very new or innovative from them, they might have to “re-invent” themselves.   Anyways here is my list of franchises I’m sick of.

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Rayman Raving Rabbids – I don’t have a problem with mini-game collections, I actually enjoy a few of them.  I played own and enjoyed the first 2 Raving Rabbids games when they came out, it was a new mini-game series by the Rayman creators…I can get down with that.
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But now it’s 10 years later and they’ve made 9 different Raving Rabbids games, that’s overkill.   Who the hell keeps buying or green-lighting these games?   I’ve had enough, I had enough awhile ago and I don’t think there is anything they could ever do to regain my interest. Read the rest of this entry

The Value of the Wii U

 

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There hasn’t been many positive things to say about the Wii U. It’s selling horrible and most people have already written it off as a failure.  I understand the reasoning for this, but unfortunately a lot of people are missing out on the hidden value of this console.   I’m not saying the Wii U is a better console than the Playstation 4 or XBox One, but it offers a unique experience with a long list of exclusive titles.  A two-console gamer would be wise to pick up a Wii U as their second console, and a family or apartment of gamers would get possibly the best local/couch multiplayer console ever.

Cost is an issue, especially if you already own another system.  To be fair, we’ll compare the typical costs a gamer experiences when they buy the Playstation 4 and XBox One.  The usual costs includes the console themselves, one game, and an online subscription.

The costs are detailed as follows:

PS4:
$400 – Console & One Controller
$60 – Game
$50 – PSN+ Year Subscription
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$510 Total

XBox One
$500 – Console, One Controller & Kinect
$60 – Game
$60 – XBox Live 1 Year Subscription
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$620 Total

Let’s meet somewhere around the middle of these total costs and say $530 is the average cost when you buy one of those systems.  It’s fair to point out there is a Titanfall Bundle and a Forza 5 Bundle, but they are currently priced at $500 and when you add in the XBox Live subscription you’re up to $560. Its worth noting that the XBox Live subscription works on your XBox 360 too if you still use it.

The Playstation 4 deserves credit for being a pretty good value itself. The PSN+ subscription comes with at least 12 free PS4 games through the year, however the downside is that you have no choice which titles you receive free.  PSN+ also carries over to the PS3 or Vita if you own them, and both receive multiple free titles (different from PS4).  Plus if you buy some digital games on PS4, they are also available for the PS3 and Vita if it supports cross-play.  I personally see more value in the Playstation 4 than the XBox One and it is why I made it my first “next-gen” console. Others might value the TV Functions or Kinect more than I do and that’s understandable.

So I was wondering what would happen if you put this same $530 into purchasing the Wii U?  How far could you stretch it, and what could you get out of it? Picking through the Wii U, eShop/Virtual Console, Wii-Backwards compatibility and Wii-Shop, I’m going to see how much value can be squeezed out of the Wii U.  I searched online for the best prices of quality games unavailable on the Playstation 4 and XBox One.

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Most Wanted NES Games on Virtual Console

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Nintendo finally released Earthbound on the Virtual Console for Wii U, gamers have been demanding this ever since the Virtual Console system for the original Wii was announced.  This made me start to think of some of my most wanted Virtual Console games, specifically, ones that I think would possibly be overlooked.  I eliminated games that had been previously released on the Wii Virtual console, as they’re still available to be played on the Wii U.  Another factor in my “want” is the rarity of the physical copies, a few retro games carry a heavy price tag and a cheap Virtual Console release would be my better option. I tried to also figure out the odds of these games being released, based on different factors. Anyways, the following are my Most Wanted NES Games on Virtual Console.

Any games I’m overlooking or didn’t think of? Do you have a Most Wanted Virtual Console list?  Leave a Comment Below or Tweet @TheGamerPad

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Ducktales 2
– I wasn’t even aware of the existence of a Ducktales 2 until a few years ago, it was released late in the life of the NES and is actually a valuable/rare game that collector’s seek.  I’ve looked into it a few times and the price is usually $100+ for the cartridge alone.   Reviews were favorable of the game and said it’s more of the same as the original Ducktales (I don’t think that’s a bad thing).  Seeing how Capcom still has the video game rights to Ducktales, as they are publishing the remastered original, I think it’d be a great idea for them to re-release Ducktales 2 on Virtual Console.  A simple port of the NES title is all that is required, I would love to pick this up for $5 or so and play it on Wii U instead of spending $100+ for the NES cartridge right now.  This also puts money in Capcom’s pocket that they would not be making off the $100+ sale on eBay.

Odds of it happening – Highly Possible As mentioned before Capcom still has the publishing rights to Ducktales video game properties, and if the Remastered Ducktales turns out to be a success it’s possible they decide to re-release or remaster Ducktales 2 to further cash in on the success.

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Upcoming 2012 Releases – Part 2

Earlier this year I wrote about the upcoming games of 2012 that I was looking at as a Day 1 Purchase.  Since my write-up, a few of the games have been released, and more game releases were announced at E3 2012.  As a follow-up I thought I’d reflect on the titles that have released and my experiences with them.  I also added some other games that have been announced for 2012 since the original post, and they’re all pretty much Nintendo related.

The Last Story (Wii)August 14th – I started playing Xenoblade Chronicles with my fiance about a month ago and it has lived up to all of the hype that surrounded it.  That restored my faith in the internet’s word on JRPGs, so I pre-ordered The Last Story based on the same kind of praise.  I probably will not start playing this until the fall though,  I don’t want it to interfere too much with Xenoblade Chronicles.  Xenoblade being a 60hour+ campaign, will take a while to finish it and I might not even be ready to jump into another JRPG right away. It really wouldn’t even surprise me if this were a game that I end up playing on my Wii U if it ends up with a real drought after the launch (or during).  The Last Story is about 30hours long, which sounds great to me, I don’t need back to back long JRPGs.  Main reason I’m getting this right away is because my pre-order included the bonus art book and soundtrack, and I imagine this being a late release for the Wii, it should be a collector’s item. Read the rest of this entry

Upcoming 2012 Releases – Part One

Every year I try to take a look at what games are expected to be released, then I figure out which ones I feel are must-buys.  I rank them usually on what I know will be good and warrant a day one purchase, what is worth renting first and what is worth waiting for a price drop.

Whenever I’m looking at my list of “must-have” games before E3, it seems short and affordable.  It isn’t until after E3 I figure out that my wallet is going to take a pretty steep hit.  With the 3DS starting to have more steady releases, the addition of a PS3 last year, and the release of Wii U this year…I’m expecting Q4 to be overwhelming.

The following list I’ve made is games that I plan to purchase pretty much the day they release.  They’re only in order of their expected release dates, not by how much I want them.

Kid Icarus Uprising (3DS) – March 23rd – Ever since Kid Icarus Uprising was announced I had the impression that this was the game to pick-up if you had a 3DS.  I could be way off in my assumption, but I feel like this is going to be the biggest franchise bounce-back since Metroid Prime.  Expectations of mine might be high, but I’m figuring this will be the kind of game that we will look back on for years to come and praise it as one of the best on the system (like we do with Metroid Prime on GameCube).  A lot of people love Nintendo, and a lot of people don’t, but I think this is a game that will be undeniably good to anyone that plays it.   Read the rest of this entry