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By Ryan Hershman On 30 Jul, 2014 At 09:26 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, Old School Otaku | With 0 Comments
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Games, at their roots, are a social hub. From board games to arcades to home consoles: there has always been a social aspect. Unfortunately the social aspect of video games is, for the majority, met by a microphone strapped to your head. While the ability to play with friends from around the globe is great, some couch multiplayer is still wonderful. Unfortunately as video games become more and more popular with consoles in more homes every day, local multiplayer is beginning to slip. While I do not think the transition to online social links is at all bad, I still love local multiplayer. One of the prime examples of a system designed for social gaming is the Nintendo 64.

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Tangled mess = Good night

The Nintendo 64 may not be the best Nintendo console (the worst in my personal opinion), but the gems it did have are truly gems. I am going to pick the top 5 multiplayer experiences I had on the system. I did not play, nor do I have any intention of playing, every game on the system so this is far from a definitive list. With that disclaimer let’s start:

#5 Mario Party 3

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This game is a staple for the system. I chose this entry before Mario Party 1 and 2 for one reason: more mini games. Since this series is made by the mini-games this only makes sense. I hate to include a Mario Party game on the list because it is the “Monopoly of videogames” in that it is a very realistic possibility to lose friends to the sheer level backstabbing that forms the foundation of this game series. Boo may as well be the grim reaper.

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The “lost friend” count is only rivaled by the “dead friend” count.

That aside: it is a blast. Whether it is you and one friend or a room full. The constant zany actions of characters and the mini games is enough to entertain you for hours. Assuming the fun is not interrupted up by the need for first aid attention.

#4 007: The World is Not Enough

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I know that 007: Goldeneye is generally regarded as the best fps of the N64, and maybe of all-time, rivaled only by Perfect Dark on the system. If anyone were to ask me? The superior fps is Goldeneye’s younger brother: it did everything Goldeneye did and more. Granted in its own right Goldeneye was iconic and it has inspired many creators The World is Not Enough aged much better than Goldeneye and it is far more tolerable in terms of gameplay and graphics. Controls are just as awful thanks to the inbred octopus of a controller that the N64 has. Also worth noting is that none of your friends can play as Odd Job now, so now everyone wins. Except for the one that picks Odd Job, now everyone knows how bad they are. Sorry.

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You can’t help anyone who mains Odd Job.

#3 Mortal Kombat 4

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Mortal Kombat is an influential series for me. It is the game that made me a fan of fighting games and real virtual competition, and maybe a little spine ripping out of the body action. This was a saving grace for the Nintendo 64. The N64 had a weak market of fighting tolerable fighting games composed mainly of Mortal Kombat: Trilogy, Killer Instinct Gold, and Clayfighter 63 1/3. Mortal Kombat 4 was a game I did not originally own on the system, but one that I picked up after I began collecting older games from my youth. That being said this is a game that I am glad I picked up. It keeps the Mortal Kombat charm and is entirely suitable for a few rounds of fun. It is by no means as defining as a fighting game that is soon to be mentioned. It was nice to find that the game had a nice character roster too. That is always nice to be able to swap in between fights to a better color ninja.

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Ah yes I love yellow ninja way more than blue ninja.

#2 F-Zero X

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As far as racing games for the Nintendo 64 went: a lot of good ones existed. The Crusin’ series, Mario Kart, and Diddy Kong are a few prime examples. This game is another that I didn’t own in my youth. Upon playing it more recently I feel I can say without wearing nostalgia goggles that it is the pinnacle of racing for the system. The game is entirely based on speed. No lucky items, just pure racing skill and a mix of irrational and nonsensical speed. Along with 29 competitors. Yes 30 racers in a single race going faster than one reasonably should, even in a race. Games are all about nonsense like that. I love that nonsense.

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757 km/h is almost as fast as a falcon punch.

The game is really content heavy as well, look at this select screen for the vehicles alone.

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What goes great with all those vehicles? How about a samurai to drive them? No? A dinosaur maybe? That’s right you can’t say no to a dinosaur. If you somehow are not into totally rad sentient dinosaurs you can choose the always punching Captain Falcon. Or a multitude of other character, but who cares because dinosaurs driving fast cars.

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This is not a godly evolution line.

With so much pure awesome packed into so much cartridge, how could you go wrong? Other than some sharp turns. It is sure to be a great use of a few nights to fly through this game with some friends.

#1 Super Smash Bros

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I’m sure this surprises literally no one. Super Smash Bros is the series that makes the N64. It may have some other great games, but this is it. If all else fails you can always return to this. I could babble about this game for pages, but you already know. Everyone knows.

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Where arguments are really settled. If for some reason you don’t know, just know this: some of the best Nintendo characters on one screen fighting it out for supremacy. Controlled by you and 3 friends. If you lose you want to prove yourself, if you win you want to stay on top. It’s a never ending cycle of always coming back to this game.

By Garrett Green On 14 Jul, 2014 At 08:43 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, Portable/Mobile Gaming | With 0 Comments
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Over the weekend, Nintendo said that they would announce a new character coming to the new Super Smash Bros. Turns out instead of one, we got three reveals. That’s right, Nintendo decided to give us three characters in one trailer, one returning veteran, two completely brand new to the series. Take a look at the trailer.

Finally, the reintroduction of Captain Falcon. We all knew he would be back, he’s been a staple character since the first game, but sure took their sweet time in bringing him back. But the main focus of the trailer was the two new characters, both from the Fire emblem series. Introducing Robin and Lucina.

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Lucina, a character many fans have been clamoring for, and Robin join both Marth and Ike from the Fire emblem series. All four look to have very different playing styles considering they are all swordsmen from the same game. The variety is welcomed and they all look like fun fighters to use. Chrome, another Fire emblem character, was also shown in the trailer but it seems that he won’t be a playable fighter. Nintendo even made a slight jab at him not getting a chance until it showed him appearing to be either an assist trophy or part of someone’s final smash. Lastly, the trailer showed a female version of Robin would also be available as a costume option.

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With this new trailer, the roster climbs to 36 making it the largest roster of the series. This isn’t the end of character announcements as we can still expect a few more. Still waiting for Jigglypuff to return and hopefully a few more newbies but as even as of now this is a superb roster. Super Smash Bros on the 3DS releases October 3 and the Wii U version releases this holiday season.

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At PAX East earlier this year, it was announced that there would be a PAX South in San Antonio, Texas. PAX South is to be held from January 23 to January 25.

Yesterday, Penny Arcade randomly announced at 1:11 pm via Twitter that PAX South tickets were on sale.  Within 2 hours, 3 day passes sold out.

Fortunately, single day passes are still available for purchase at http://south.paxsite.com/registration.

You can follow Penny Arcade on Twitter at @Official_PAX.

I will be at PAX South. Will you? What did you think of how they informed the public about the tickets being on sale? Let us know in the comments!

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An editorial by NoirZillaGamer

“The games aren’t shiny enough,  the frames aren’t moving fast enough, Where is my multiplayer?”

 

The first day of Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, has drawn to a close.  While catching up on Nintendo ingenious Digital Event, I start thinking on year two of the Wii U resting in our homes and the looming one year anniversary of Microsoft and Sony’s 8th generation consoles.  What spurred these thoughts was a couple of conversations I’ve had with my buddies on Miiverse and voice chat on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.  What we talked about was how good or bad of a job UbiSoft,  EA,  Microsoft and Sony have done with their press conferences.  Today, while checking in with my teammates here at RealOtakuGamer.com in our Google Hangout room, our PR rep – better known to you viewers as Gehennakat – spoke on how the E3 vendors have promised much and have fallen short of those said promises.  My head started to fill up with a plethora of bullet points beneath subjects of my personal concern and delight started to accrue in my head.  This is where the purpose of this lovely editorial rears its head.

 

Is this supposed to be NXTGEN?  Many gamers have probably thought or said this question since their purchases of Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft’s 8th gen flagship consoles.  Many have came to the agreement that this generation just isn’t Next Genny enough. Too many remastered HD ports,  digital only Indie titles and sub-HD games that have been delayed to high definition heaven.  “The games aren’t shiny enough,  the frames aren’t moving fast enough, Where is my multiplayer?”

 

I must say I get it, but I just don’t get it…

In my view,  gamers today are just too jaded. I’m sure our very own Andre Tipton would agree and I am honestly trying hard to find their inspiration in playing games these days. I do agree with the distemperment of the gamers out here who are mad at the lesser 60FPS & sub 1080P games being released in this day of 8 core consoles in our midst.  The game companies in question have prepared this trap for themselves nice and neatly.   When they stepped out on the grand stage in the city of the Lost Angels to proclaim they are soon to release the most shiniest 60 frame per second title in superior HD resolutions.  They failed to realize they should have tested,  played,  tested and played these titles before they stood on the tallest hill of the year to make such proclamation.  For that they were wrong.

 

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I believe that the 8th generation is pretty RAD.  What the freak?  did I just say RAD well,  yes,  yes I did.  I said that to put into perspective of where my head is at as a gamer.  If you haven’t read up on my BIO yet I’ll save you the eye strain and let you know that I’m an 80’s gamer and have been gaming since I was five or six, pretty much the beginning of Nintendo’s dominance.  I grew up in an age where graphics and speed were the last thing on our minds when gaming was concerned.  Things like gameplay, controls, and story were pinnacle of what the 1980’s had decades ago.  What I am here to express to you all is how NextGenny our PlayStation 4’s,  Wii U’s and Xbox One’s truly are.  Yes,  the developers have dropped the ball on relaying the truth about tech specifications in a world with companies like Digital Foundry around  (Can someone show these developers what these fellas do, please?)

 

 “These dreams have created tons of classics that even the most feared fanboys/girls would jump at the chance to have these beautiful,  magical titles on their consoles of choice.”

 

 

We have the Wii U where you have a innovative controller like the gamepad. While it’s technically an inferior tablet when referencing the screen tech but, be mindful that this is the first of its kind for consoles.  We the players have the ability to play off the television screen with most games available for the system, which I’m sure is over one hundred by now.  We can let the family take back the TV or go take a potty break while never needing to pause or save your game to come back to later to continue enjoying the game. Let’s not forget while this is not a new thing, the Wii U is backwards compatible with the original Wii console.  What the Wii U does add to the Next Gen pot is a little social thing called MiiVerse – look at this badboy as Nintendo’s very own hybrid of Facebook and Twitter.  This platform is for gamers by gamers and is a loud engine behind the success and demise of a title released on this console.  You will get a mixture of responses, some good some bad, but you will come out informed none the less.  The Wii U is a HD version of its older sibling, but don’t be deterred by the sins of its brother if you were one of the many whom were burned by it.  This console is silent and very powerful designed by the crazy geniuses of Nintendo. Wii U is the least powerful of them spec wise but,  they are backed by a team of developers/ game makers that still dare to dream and work big magic.  These dreams have created tons of classics that even the most feared fanboys/girls would jump at the chance to have these beautiful,  magical titles on their consoles of choice.  There is plenty of more to share about this lovely console, I could go on and on, but I must move on to the nest NEXT Genny console out here.

 

       “I am talking about the tech that makes this console NEXT Gen.”

 

The Xbox One,  a system that has gone through more changes in its first year than its predecessor the Xbox 360 has in its lifetime. Though the Xbox One is packed to the gills in NEXT Genny goodness!  You have the User Interface that mimics the Windows 8 platform used by PC & Tablet markets.  This big boy aims to control everything that runs through your TV in a nice non nefarious way.  What you will get if you decide to go this route is a system that can record your gameplay, edit it, and even add borders and voice over to your mini gameplay movies.  This is not just it. You also get to have the industry’s most advanced multiplayer system around town.  We the gamers can talk to the console via the Kinect 2.0 and request for it to search the internet,  suspend a game by asking it to watch TV, only to go back home and start playing your game once more.  The Xbox One has an updated control, blasting the older gen controls out of the water – let’s not forget the hand gesture we can do while playing games or watching TV or scrolling the one guide TV guide.  The Xbox One is the one place you need to be if you want to watch music videos through Xbox Video or watch movies or listen to music. Add in smart glass and your TV can be controlled by a tablet/smartphone just in case you lost your TV remote.  The Xbox One does deliver of course in the games department, but I am talking about the tech that makes this console NEXT Gen.  When you have all this going on and you still can blaze along while commanding, by voice, for your system to broadcast to Twitch or record the gameplay footage without hardly a hangup. This is where next generation screams loudly to me.

 

Sony comes in doing a lot of what the Xbox One does to a lesser extent, except for releasing a great amount of games – spanning from in-house AAA titles to multiplatform titles down to indie game support of great proportions and the new advanced Dual Shock 4 controller with its touchpad in the center.  Sony’s PlayStation 4 has a camera that is available at a separate cost that has some hand gestures within some games that are available at the moment for free in the PSN store.  The PS camera has voice recognition for longer gameplay recording than its competitor and can access apps and games from its home screen.  The PS4 is not a media/ entertainment hub for living room, yet it can still be used for streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus.  PS4 also  has the ability to multitask without a hitch like the XB1. While Sony’s PS4 doesn’t attempt to take over your living room, it does aim to push your game play experiences to newer heights by giving us brand new stories or fresher perspectives on older ideas.

 

” if you crave new experiences step out of your box and try newer ways to play invest in companies you normally don’t you actually might find something new to love.”

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Enjoy the new experiences brought to you by your favorite developer or support an indie title. I’m sure you will believe in this movement. Moving forward, AAA titles will be far and few between and you will be hard pressed to find a megaton of them like in the past.  Indie games are the new norm. These companies are comprised of ex-AAA studio developers that create games like the upcoming Secret Ponchos,  No Mans Sky,  The Witness,  C3,  The Dead Linger and The Guns Of Icarus.  Games that push the envelope of new thinking and spit in the face of the routine yearly affairs of titles that get spawned faster than Master Chief after getting blasted in Halo 2.

Is this supposed to be NXTGEN?

Hell yes!  You might just be too jaded to notice it. Next Gen, now current gen, is in full effect. I suggest you sit back, try to remain calm, and play games. If you crave new experiences step out of your box and try newer ways to play. Invest in companies you normally don’t – you actually might find something new to love.

By Sean Jacobs On 3 Jun, 2014 At 09:23 PM | Categorized As News, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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nintendo-release-wii-u-firmware-update-213   Wii U update 5.0.0U is finally among us and it is packed with features to make our Wii U experience more pleasurable. Mainly built around more gamepad functionality, Nintendo has been hard at work pumping out more ways for us to utilize this sometimes disliked & highly underused controller. I’ve created a short video below showing off what this new update will look like and some of the features that will be in store for you when you finally get up to date. Below is the a direct quote from www.nintendo.com Wii U system update page…   img-gamepad-quickstart

Some of the other new features:

  • An improved user settings and selection experience.
  • System updates can now be downloaded and installed when the Wii U console is in standby.
  • Full-screen alerts and notifications on your Wii U GamePad controller, even if the system is in standby. They’ll tell you about new updates, game releases, and promotions from Nintendo. You can adjust how you receive them.
  • Easier Nintendo Network ID setup for new users.

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To update your Wii U system:

The system update will be downloaded automatically when you are connected to the Internet. Once the download has completed, a prompt to install the update will appear on-screen. System updates can also be performed manually if the console is connected to the Internet by starting System Settings from the Wii U Menu, and then selecting System Update. Note: If you have never performed a system update, connect your Wii U system to the Internet, and find the System Update option in System Settings.

                                                               

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June looks like it will be our first slow month of 2014, and I’m sure our wallets will thank us. Never fear though, each console has at least one awesome game releasing this month. So, if you’re not busy with Watch Dogs at the moment, check out this month’s new releases.

June 2
Ultra Street Fighter IV (PS3, 360)

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WildStar

June 3
1001 Spikes (PS4, Vita, PC)
Call of Duty: Ghosts – Invasion DLC (Xbox One, 360)
Hyper Dimension Neptunia PP (PS3)
Murdered: Soul Suspect (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC)
Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection (Vita)
PlayStation Vita Pets (Vita)
War Thunder (PS4)
WildStar (PC)
Worms Battlegrounds (PS4)

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Murdered: Soul Suspect

June 6
Tomodachi Life (3DS)

June 10
Enemy Front (PC)

June 17
EA Sports UFC (PS4, Xbox One)

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Pushmo World

June 19
Pushmo World (Wii U)

June 20
Divinity: Original Sin (PC)

June 24
Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland (PS3, Vita)
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (Vita)
GRID Autosport – June 24 (PS3, 360, PC)
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (PC)
The Swapper (PS4, PS3, Vita)
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, Wii U, 3DS)

June 25
Valiant Hearts (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)

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Sniper Elite 3

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My picks for the month are WildStar, Sniper Elite 3, and Murdered: Soul Suspect. What will you be picking up this month?

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Inspired by Adventure Time, Minecraft, and Legend of Zelda, May’s Loot Crate has to be my favorite so far! Loot Crate is a monthly subscription box filled with nerdy goodies – toys, stickers, t-shirts, etc. It’s like getting nerd Christmas every month! This month featured a Legend of Zelda t-shirt. If you look closely, it’s Link made out of words. My very favorite item in this Loot Crate was the Adventure Time tin. Not only do you get an awesome character tin, but you get a blind bag figure inside. My tin was Fionna and I got BMO inside! This was my favorite because those are two of my favorite Adventure Time characters.

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A very close second for favorite item is the Legend of Zelda key chain. It doubles as a bottle opener and it has a picture of the famous scene, “It’s dangerous to go alone…” I always love when Loot Crates come with practical items. Another item worth mentioning was a Minecraft blind bag “hanger,” which I guess works as a key chain because the ring on it is sturdy enough for one. I got a skeleton.

Other items in this month’s Crate are tons and tons of stickers from Polaris and Maker studios, as well as a soundtrack for the talk show The Friend Zone.

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One strange thing about this month’s Loot Crate, however, is that it didn’t come with the usual monthly magazine that explains what came in it and the occasional article. Maybe it was just a mistake and they forgot to put it in my Crate?

Either way, I would consider May’s Loot Crate to be my all-time favorite so far. If you like what you see, Loot Crate is $20 per month, including shipping. Go to LootCrate.com to sign up and be sure to follow Loot Crate on Facebook for discounts and contests.

By HMK On 21 May, 2014 At 07:11 PM | Categorized As Featured, International News, News, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, Previews, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Aside from the amazing, but short teaser trailer we got late last year on Nintendo’s and Techmo Koei’s joint project, we have heard almost nothing about Hyrule Warriors. Until now! Famitsu Magazine images have shown that they are conducting an in-depth expose of the title, including new images, art and a release date! According to the piece Hyrule Warriors will release in Japan on August 14th, 2014 and will include unexpected playable characters! Aside from that comes some other interesting news. The game is being produced by Hisashi Koinuma, and Yosuke Hayashi, while Eiji Aonuma is supervising. The simplified story is that Link is setting off to rescue Princess Zelda, who has been kidnapped by the evil witch Shia. Link, Impa, Shia are all introduced in the magazine, and locations include Hyrule Field at the least.
No word yet on an international release. Stay tuned as more secrets shall certainly be unveiled this year’s E3!

Hyrule Warriors is being developed by Nintendo and Techmo Koei for the Wii U
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May is yet another month to empty out your wallets – probably the biggest month for major titles. If you’re a Nintendo fan, be prepared to work some overtime. Not only is Mario Golf coming out in a couple days, but you’ve got Mario Kart 8 at the end of the month, too! There’s really something for everyone. You’ve got Bound By Flame next week for people who are into RPGs. There’s also major titles like Wolfenstein: New Order and Watch Dogs, finally getting released. You can also see that Sony is still churning out exclusives for the PlayStation 3.

My top picks for this month are Bound By Flame, Watch Dogs, and Mario Kart 8. What are you picking up this month?

May 2
Kirby Triple Deluxe (3DS)
Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS)

May 6
Borderlands 2 (Vita)
God of War Collection (Vita)
MLB 14 The Show (PS4)
Stick it to the Man (PS4, Wii U)

May 7
Peggle 2 (360)
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure (PC)

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May 9
Bound By Flame (PS4, PS3, 360, PC)
Killer is Dead: Nightmare Edition (PC)

May 16
Minecraft (PS3 – Retail)

May 20
Drakengard 3 (PS3)
Mugen Souls Z (PS3)
Transistor (PS4)
Wolfenstein: The New Order (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)

May 21
Always Sometimes Monsters (PC)

May 22
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II (PC)

May 23
Tropico 5 (PC)

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May 27
Mind Zero (Vita)
Watch Dogs (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)
Sly Cooper Collection (Vita)

May 30
Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

By Sean Jacobs On 12 Apr, 2014 At 06:37 PM | Categorized As Company Spotlight, Editorials, Featured, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, ROG News, ROG Tech | With 0 Comments
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 Nintendo I am a multi-console gamer, with that being said I have personally had numerous conversations and debates with other gamers from other platforms. What I hear from gamers from such platforms like the Xbox brand and the Sony brands and the consensus is that you are missing key features that are current in today’s console market. These features are Technologies like in-game chat and cross-game chat, I am Not sure if your system is setup in such a way that you can add something like in game or cross game chat into the Wii U infrastructure but, these are very important in today’s social gaming scene.

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 It behooves me that with such the foresight to create a social gaming network like the miiverse you did not have the insight to add something like in-game chat. In-game chat has been around since the original Xbox, something that has proven to be a valuable additive in the gaming scene. Since then the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 continued on that idea that online social gaming is the next logical evolution of local multiplayer. It is understood that the local multiplayer experience is one of the pillars of gaming even today. In-game chat helps family and friends who are no longer available to physically sit down with friends and play games with in-game chat we can join online with our families and friends to stay connected. The inclusion of cross-game chat helps us play the same multiplayer games that we enjoyed playing while sitting on our families and our friends couches.

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 It is known that PlayStation 3 infrastructure was not set up for the addition to cross game chat though it did have a fairly decent in-game chat system to later with the Playstation 4 add cross-game chat. I know that the Wii U for the new Nintendo network is set up to be updated via the web framework design. I am not sure how this could be applied to this feature though, I hope it is possible that you could add some features like in-game and cross-game chat into the Wii U if not both. There is a couple of my friends on PlayStation 4 that actually got rid of their Wii U’s simply because there was no in-game or cross-game chat.

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 Here are the experiences that draw today’s gamer with in-game and cross-game chat. Today’s gamer loves to play online multiplayer and that is a fact games like first person shooters, sports titles such as NBA, NFL, FIFA and any other genre that local multiplayer could be used. We totally enjoy poking fun with our friends or helping them get through a certain level of a game. The Miiverse does fill in that gap but, this method while highly viable is not a constant stream of interactivity that is sometimes wanted or needed as far as social gaming is concerned. Nintendo, you of all people know how fun it is to sit and have fun with your loved ones in your living room or wherever you have your console. The inclusion of in-game and cross-game chat will help to dramatically raise interest in the Wii U along with helping developers see the light that the struggling platform is much more than something that only Nintendo loyalists flock too. The Nintendo Wii U has provided a safe haven for independent developers and I believe with the addition of current features like in-game and cross-game chat the major AAA developers will give your console a second look. I love the Wii U and at this point from my experiences with my playstation 4 you can actually compete with the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 but, you first have to catch up with the times and add in-game chat/cross-game chat though, you should focus on inputting cross-game chat because thats where it truly matters and much more simpler. Please help promote Real Otaku Gamers initiative on all your favorite social networks along with the #WiiUvenate Thanks and game on!

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