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By Nate VanLindt On 10 May, 2017 At 12:35 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, NINTENDO, Opinion, ROG News | With 1 Comment

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If you’ve made it past the title of this article, you’ve probably already formed an opinion on this issue.  However, let’s set the record straight.  I love Nintendo’s games.  They make fantastic first party software and many of their games are quite fun.  They also make some durable hardware and their handhelds have excellent battery life.  I’m not a fanboy for any system, I’m just a gamer who likes to play a variety of games.  Unfortunately, Nintendo is making it harder and harder to do just that.  I simply want to buy a system, buy a game, play the game.  It should be a simple recipe, but things have somehow gone wrong.

First up is the hardware.  Forget about all the older systems as we already know how great those are.  Let’s only look at the newer systems.  The WiiU has a painfully paltry 32 GB of storage space without buying a hard drive for your system.  Essentially there is no storage for modern games, especially with the trend towards digital distribution that Nintendo is trying to push.  The same goes for the Switch: a brand new console that has 32 GB of storage space (expandable with MicroSD).   Add the fact that Nintendo’s systems rely on gimmicks like the WiiU tablet and the Switch’s portability instead of raw power for higher-end software like the Xbox and the PS4 and you have an underwhelming experience.

On the portable front, Nintendo is also shooting themselves in the foot.  Since the original Game Boy Advance, they’ve made multiple hardware revisions to every single system they’ve released without offering any rebates to the consumer.  Being an early adopter with Nintendo is a punishing experience.  The 3DS is on its third revision since its release currently (the New 3DS XL) and the announcement just came that  they’re putting out a 2DS XL system and are likely to retire the 3DS line altogether.  As an early adopter to the 3DS line, I lost money replacing the 3DS with the 3DS XL when it came out due to the vastly superior screen and system design.  I did the same on the New 3DS XL which could play some games that the previous iterations couldn’t in addition to a more stable 3D experience and better battery life and screen quality.  In looking at the 2DS XL reviews, it also appears that the build quality has cheapened on the new units with thinner, flimsier top screens and a messy and easily fingerprinted matte color scheme to save fifty dollars on the price.

At this point you may be wondering why anyone even bothers, with 5 versions of the hardware out there.  Nintendo really needs to take the time to determine a solid design and stick with it.  Every version of hardware I have to buy means less games that I buy for that system.  And software makes more money than hardware.  Simple, right?   Don’t even get me started on the NES Classic, one of the most high demand Nintendo products in recent memory, which was under-manufactured, poorly distributed, and then shut down before demand was ever filled.  It was essentially a console that was one big ad to remind people that Nintendo was still around and it was purposely made scarce to fuel demand for Nintendo products.

Now we come to software.  Nintendo, like all game companies, is putting out software that’s unfinished, requiring internet connections and updates for optimization.  In addition, they’ve begun catching up on the DLC market that other consoles and computers have been exploiting for over a decade.  But Nintendo has terrible internet connectivity in their devices, a poorly optimized digital storefront, and worst of all, their digital content is extremely expensive.  If they run sales on DLC, the sales are 10-20% off, not the deep discounts everyone else does.  And now they are leaving out large chunks of their games and charging full price for the remainder of the games too.

Look at the forthcoming Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.  It’s a $40 game which you can buy the season pass for, providing all five DLC packs for the low discount price of $45, five dollars more than the game itself!   And that $45 is a 30% savings off of the retail price of the downloadable content!  On top of that, the game has a pair of Amiibos that can only be bought in a set for $24.99 which unlock additional content.  In the end, to get the complete game with all content works out to $110 plus tax!  This is becoming a standardized marketing tactic and a large number of consumers are falling for it.  I’ve purchased every North American Fire Emblem game since the original release on the Game Boy Advance  and due to this style of predatory sales, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will be the first Fire Emblem I will not buy.  I feel confident in saying that it won’t be the last one I skip either.

This isn’t an isolated incident either.  Many of Nintendo’s larger first party titles have expensive Amiibos that had very little to actual gameplay.  The much-lauded Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (WiiU, Switch) which only came out a month ago suffers from Amiibo diarrhea.  Eighteen (yes, you read that right) Amiibos add content to this $60 title, five of which were released just for the game totalling an MSRP of $84 plus tax excluding the other 13 figures.   It also already has an Expansion Pass available at a whopping $20.  It’s a large pack, to be fair, but it brings the grand total for the official Breath of the Wild content and main game to a ridiculous $164.   And don’t forget that if you don’t rush to get these short-printed Amiibos, the price goes up quickly on the secondary market and you may end up paying as much as $60 on eBay for an ‘out-of-print’ figure that was just released.  Not all consumers will buy all the extras, but the point is that they shouldn’t have to in the first place.  A game should be overall self-contained when it is released and this is certainly going overboard.

Finally, Nintendo also has a unique view on digital rights management which only allows the transfer of your digital content to another console a total of eight times.  With my upgrades to various iterations of Nintendo systems, I’m personally up to five transfers on some items and that’s without ever having broken a system or had one stolen.  A few more upgrades and I won’t even own the content I paid for anymore, whether I’ve had a chance to play it or not.  No other company does this.  Not Sony, not Microsoft, not Steam.  For everyone else, once you buy it, it’s yours as long as it’s on your system or still available on the server.  What makes Nintendo so different about this?  As far as I can tell, simple greed.  There’s absolutely no excuse for this system of DRM.

I’m tired of paying for inferior processing power on my hardware, multiple hardware upgrades, add-ons that don’t add-on and content that should by all rights be free downloadable additions or already in the game.  As consumers, why are we tolerating this ridiculous amount of nickel and dime-ing for a sub-standard payoff?  I find that for the amount of money I have to spend on Nintendo’s products, I’m simply not getting enough enjoyment out of them anymore.  As gamers, we need to speak with our wallets if we ever want this to stop and Nintendo is the place to start that conversation.   We need to ask ourselves if we are buying for the love of gaming anymore or just simply buying because we can’t stop ourselves.  And we need to be aware that the money we spend, even if it’s just a couple of bucks on a random DLC that interests us, equates to millions of dollars worldwide for companies that don’t put out a better product with that money.  I’ve loved your products for a long time, Nintendo, but I just don’t think I can support your company any longer.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Mar, 2017 At 10:05 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Capcom has revealed a new Monster Hunter XX collaboration at an event today. This new collaboration is between Monster Hunter and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is a pretty big event considering how well that game is doing.

The new collaboration content for Monster Hunter XX will be distributed via 7-Eleven spots between April 24 to May 31.

The following are part of the collaboration:

– Hylia series costume
– Ancient Weaponry – Bow weapon
– Palico armor: Warm Korok
– Palico weapon Korok’s Branch
– Event Quests: The Legend of Zelda – Trial of Power / Trial of Courage / Trial of Wisdom
– Guild Card Backgrounds
– Titles

 

It is great to see Nintendo and Capcom collaborating more on the Monster Hunter series. Hopefully we will soon get an announcement of a Monster Hunter game for the Switch.

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You can see a trailer for the collaboration below

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Mar, 2017 At 09:52 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo’ s The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is a modern classic in every way. It has received truly amazing scores and gained almost unanimouslu perfect reviews. The fact that it has done so may not be surprising, but the extent of it is noteworthy.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has actually broken a new record on Metacritic. The numbers have revealed that Breath of the Wild  is now the record holder for the most perfect scores for a single game. Bravos to you Nintendo!

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No GravatarOn September 1st, 2016, Nintendo launched a new Nintendo Direct Presentation. While people on the internet are trying to dig up any news about the NX (the reveal will be here sooner than you think), Nintendo delivered and lot of games and updates for the massively successful handheld. Here is the breakdown of the event.

Pikmin for Nintendo 3DS (tentative title): A new side-scrolling Pikmin adventure game unlike Pikmin games of the past is coming to Nintendo 3DS. Pikmin follow Olimar around, and players tap the touch screen where they want to throw them. This is designed as an action game that makes players think fast and use every Pikmin to overcome anything that stands in their way. The game is scheduled to launch in 2017.The Legend of Zelda: Fans will have plenty of chances to celebrate the 30thanniversary of the legendary series this fall. A sampling of the products on the way includes:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, previously released on the Wii console, launches for the Virtual Console service today in Nintendo eShop for Wii U.
  • This holiday season Nintendo will release four special amiibo figures: 8-Bit Link, Ocarina of Time Link and a two-pack that includes both Toon Link and Zelda from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. These amiibo will work the same as Super Smash Bros. series Link, Toon Link and Zelda amiibo, and will also have special functionality in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild when it launches next year.
  • The original game that launched the Zelda franchise will be included when the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition launches on Nov. 11.

Mario Sports Superstars: This five-sport compilation is scheduled to launch next spring. The game includes full-fledged versions of baseball, tennis, golf, horse racing and 11-on-11 soccer games. The game includes single-player tournaments for each sport, plus local and online multiplayer modes.

Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS: Now Nintendo 3DS owners will have access to a near-unlimited wealth of Super Mario courses to play! Players can also create courses with nearly all the tools available in the original Wii U version, along with interactive lessons. In a feature unique to the Nintendo 3DS version, friends who each have their own game and system can collaborate on level designs by sharing them with one another locally before they’re complete. While courses can’t be shared online, players can connect to the internet to download and play select courses from the Wii U version. Additionally, the game—which is scheduled to launch Dec. 2—includes 100 Nintendo-designed courses with new challenges, like collecting every coin or defeating all enemies.

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World: This gorgeous Wii U game is making its way to Nintendo 3DS. This version contains some new features, plus every stage available in the original. Exclusive new stages focus on Poochy: Players must time Poochy’s jump to collect beads, and Poochy Pups as they head for the goal. Poochy Pups are curious little helpers who jump on suspicious spots to indicate where players should look for secrets and collectables. Nintendo and Japanese stop-motion animation studio Dwarf are collaborating on 30 animated shorts featuring Yoshi and Poochy that will be included in the Nintendo 3DS version of the game. A yarn amiibo figure of Poochy will launch at the same time as the game on Feb. 3, 2017.

StreetPass Mii Plaza: A new update adds a Quick Plaza to streamline StreetPass gameplay. StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium members can now use the new “Line” feature to hold up to 100 encountered players’ Mii characters instead of 10. Five new, fast-paced StreetPass games are also launching at $2.99 each: Slot Car Rivals, Market Crashers, Feed Mii, Mii Trek and Ninja Launcher. Everyone who downloads the StreetPass Mii Plaza update can choose to get either Slot Car Rivals or Market Crashers for free, while the four other new games will be available in a special discounted bundle for just $8.99. All of this launches shortly after the Nintendo Direct.

Picross 3D Round 2: In this new version of the puzzling favorite, blocks can be painted with two colors of paint to reveal more elaborate shapes. Using the numbers as hints, players can search for the hidden object in more than 300 puzzles. Tapping compatible amiibo figures might uncover secret Nintendo characters. A free demo will be available shortly after the Nintendo Direct in Nintendo eShop, along with the full game at $29.99.

Ever Oasis: Koichi Ishii of Grezzo is the producer and the director of the game, and character design is done by famed illustrator Yoshinori Shizuma. Ever Oasis takes place in a sprawling desert with the oasis at its heart. Travelers with different wants, needs and wishes will visit the oasis. Players must head into the desert and locate dungeons. Allies with specific weapons and unique skill sets will join and strengthen the team. Items claimed in the desert can be used as materials to craft items to sell at shops in the game, or give to certain travelers. The game is scheduled to launch in 2017.

TANK TROOPERS: This newly announced game lets players customize their tank through special characteristics of tank-pilot Troopers, enabling abilities such as hitting enemies with a freeze attack, launching paint balls to block the opponents’ views or using electric shocks to stall rival tanks where they stand. The game offers a six-person multiplayer mode, along with Download Play as well.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice: The new game puts the legendary attorney in the Kingdom of Khura’in, where mysterious séance trials decide the fate of all defendants. The game includes puzzling mysteries to solve, a striking cast of characters and new investigation techniques. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice launches Sept. 8 exclusively in Nintendo eShop.

Hyrule Warriors Legends: The third DLC pack, the Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks Pack, will be available today in the in-game Extras menu. The pack is available for $6.99, or players can buy the Legends of Hyrule Pack Season Pass for $14.99, including the first three DLC packs, and the fourth once it’s released.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf: A free new update for the 2013 game hits this fall and expands the game by adding compatibility with the Animal Crossing series amiibo and select figures from other series. Fans can also watch for 50 new Animal Crossing amiibo cards to arrive on Dec. 2. The cards feature villagers who did not appear originally and give players a chance to bring them into their towns. Also on Dec. 2, people who haven’t yet picked up the game can purchase a version called Animal Crossing: New Leaf Welcome amiibo!, which includes the update and an amiibo card. For more details, watch for an Animal Crossing-themed Mini-Direct this fall.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon: Some of the Pokémon found in the Alola Region have unique looks adapted to the region’s native environment, such as Alolan Rattata. A new element called a Z-Move is an extremely powerful skill initiated when Pokémon and Trainer unleash their full powers together. The type of Z-Move a Pokémon can use depends on the type of Z-Crystal the player gives that Pokémon. As a bonus, anyone who buys one of the games when they launch on Nov. 18 and connects a Nintendo 3DS family system to the internet before Jan. 11, 2017, will receive Munchlax in the game, along with a “Snorlium Z” crystal to unlock the special Z-Move known as Pulverizing Pancake.

Mario Party Star Rush: Think fast and have a blast with a variety of ways to party with Mario, Toad and more! The game features seven modes, including Toad Scramble, a mode with open maps to push your strategy, fast-paced mini-game gantlet Coinathon or Mario Shuffle, in which players maneuver three pieces to their opponent’s side of the board. In Toad Scramble, everyone plays as a Toad, but Mushroom Kingdom allies are waiting around the board to team up and take down bosses in mini-games. The game is also compatible with the Super Mario series amiibo figures. The game releases alongside seven new amiibo for purchase separately, including Daisy, Waluigi and glow-in-the-dark Boo, on Nov. 4.

Mario Party Star Rush: This renewed classic has been completely remade with many hours of new content. The StreetPass feature allows players to swap Traveller’s Tablets to access special dungeons and items. Through online distributions, players can encounter new monsters, explore new dungeons and even obtain unique items. Anyone who pre-orders the game before it launches Sept. 16 exclusively on Nintendo 3DS will receive a free Dragon Quest VII menu theme.

Mario Party Star Rush: The Nintendo 3DS game includes modes for both single-player and two-player competitions. With a return to speed, the game harnesses the tone of the popular Sonic Boom animated series and also forges a new path in order to tell its own story. The game launches exclusively on Nintendo 3DS on Sept. 27 and comes with a three-episode Sonic Boom DVD.
 
YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits and YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls: Travel to the past to witness the origin of the Yo-kai Watch and put an end to an age-old war between two Yo-kai factions! Discover the Yo-kai Watch Model Zero, which gives players two new tactics that make for more strategic battles. Each version also has many unique Yo-kai. Hailing from ancient Japan, the leader of the Bony Spirits faction is Arachnus, who harbors a spidery secret. As for Fleshy Souls, the leader is Toadal Dude, the essence of a toad who lived for several centuries thanks to his fresh sense of style. The initial production run of the retail versions of the game will come with a physical medal that unlocks a new Soultimate Move for Jibanyan. The digital versions come with the ability to battle and befriend Robonyan F or Sailornyan. The free demo version arrives in Nintendo eShop in mid-September and the full games launch on Sept. 30.

Disney Magical World 2: Live your dream life alongside classic Disney characters in six Disney-themed worlds! Anyone who pre-purchases the title in Nintendo eShop or at select retailers will receive three in-game Frozen outfits free for characters like Elsa, Anna and Olaf. The game launches Oct. 14.

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse: The game, which launches Sept. 20, is now available for pre-order. This sequel shows another side to the story, and takes players into the events that follow. All first-run retail versions of the game contain a metal emblem set as a free bonus.

New Galaxy Style New Nintendo 3DS XL: The New Nintendo 3DS system is getting an out-of-this-world new look. The new system sports a cool new color, with a celestial image on the cover. The system is shipping now, and should start appearing on store shelves in the next week or so for a suggested retail price of $199.99.

Overall, the Direct was very meaty for the fan of the Nintendo 3DS family of handhelds. You have an abundance of content for the remainder of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Jun, 2016 At 04:27 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe first true trailer for the upcoming Zelda game for Wii U and NX  has been revealed. The game will be called The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game is absolutely gorgeous and has a vast open world. The trailer shows Link interacting with the environment, using items and most of all, features voice acting.

See the trailer below