Post by Nester the Lark on Jun 19, 2015 14:29:28 GMT -5
Well, here are my final E3 thoughts:
- Sony's dream conference: I'm not personally invested in The Last Guardian or FF7 Remake, but I do understand the weight these games carry. It's great to see fans finally get what they've been wanting for years. And that brings me to...
- Shenmue III Kickstarter: I would say this came out of nowhere if it wasn't following up the aforementioned games. Still, despite rumors, after 14 dry years, it was unexpected. Best of Show for me.
- Earthbound Beginnings: Another surprise. I'm not an Earthbound fan myself, but it's great to see Nintendo acknowledge the fan base like this.
- Star Fox Zero: Looks like this one is going to be a lot of fun. Excited that Star Fox coming back!
- Nintendo World Championships 2015: A little strange, but I enjoyed it.
- The Metroid fan petition: I've seen too many examples lately of spoiled/self-entitled gamers. Gamers who beg for something, and then throw it back like little children when it doesn't turn out to be exactly what they wanted.
- The no-shows: Fatal Frame may have only gotten a trailer and one Treehouse segment, but that's far more than what Devil's Third got. I expected this to be a re-reveal of the game since last year's E3, but it was completely MIA. It's even more aggravating since Reggie said their lack of announcements were due to focusing on games that would release in the near future. Well, JP and EU dates are set for August. but nothing about NA. I can only imagine NoA was terrified of the game cannibalizing Splatoon sales or something.
- Nintendo Digital Event and Treehouse Live: There were things I liked about it, but it also felt kinda lethargic. Most new announcements were for 3DS (good if you own one, but I don't). A lot of the Wii U stuff was already known about, and yet they still managed to ignore certain games. Nothing really new to get excited about. It wasn't awful, but I'll admit it took the wind out of my sails for the rest of the Treehouse coverage.
Post by nocturnal YL on Jun 19, 2015 23:30:48 GMT -5
On PlayStation titles: Congrats, PlayStation players. FF7 has waited WAY too long.
On EarthBound: Come on Reggie, give us Mother 3! Would have been perfect if it's Mother 3 getting this treatment. That would be like slapping hard on last year's E3. But since English language Mother 3 doesn't officially exist, it can't be helped.
On Star Fox Zero: Best actual news. Outside of this, I find myself enjoying Mario Maker info the most, but that game was announced since forever ago.
On Nintendo World Championship: This has nothing on what's happened 25 years ago. 16 contestants aren't nearly enough. That said, I liked how it executed. Unlike the Smash tournament last year, the players really look like they're in it for the fun.
On Federation Force: What the heck, "fans". I saw only a grand resurfacing of not just Metroid, but Metroid Prime. They're out there to tell us that they still have Metroid Prime in mind, and this is the thanks they get?
On games not showing up: I was disappointed in multiple previous E3 shows for not seeing Kirby, so I guess this is how it feels for those looking forward to those games. Now, if they aren't releasing Devil's Third in the "near future" and there are multiple 2016 games showing, maybe that one won't come out until the second half of 2016? Before complaining about NA getting stuff late, though, Japan suffered similarly for other games. Ultimate NES Remix was a year late.
On the presentation: The contents are fine, but they need to change the order and timing. Instead of spreading it across several days, this is what I think should happen: - Digital Event goes first, showing games in the same order - Start the Championship right away, announcing that they will compete using the new games - Towards the end, announce the Smash DLCs right there - Have them compete on the fly on Wii U units with said DLC preinstalled - Mario Maker finale
Others: I was a bit surprised that Microsoft didn't shove Windows 10 (which is awful in its own right; I see no advantage of it over a customized Windows 8.1) and DirectX 12 (okay, ONE advantage of Windows 10) into everyone's mouth. They seem to finally realize that this is a game conference. Doesn't make me hate flat design any less, though. Also, while there's no new Banjo, Rare is finally working on something other than Kinect Sports.
During this time, I was kind of getting sidetracked by stuff that aren't E3 proper - mainly Smash DLC and Fire Emblem Fates information. And now I'm keeping an eye on any new Mario Maker gameplay videos coming up.
Post by Nester the Lark on Jun 30, 2015 14:15:55 GMT -5
This is about a week old now, but the Nintendo Minute E3 Vlog is pretty good. It includes interviews with NWC champion John Numbers, runner-up Cosmo, original NWC champions Thor Aackerlund and Jeff Hanson, and Shigeru Miyamoto.
On a side note, one of this year's finalists, Chris Bidwell, was actually the only one who also competed in the original 1990 NWC. Interesting that's never really been mentioned anywhere.
Nester the Lark: Speaking of the song "Reincarnation," perhaps it might have sounded something like this if the game had gotten an English dub.
Jan 26, 2021 10:25:09 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: According to Nintendo's IR calendar, they're going to release their financial information up to December 2020 on 1 Feb. Switch sales (68.30 mil at Sep 2020) may very well surpass that of the 3DS (75.94 mil), but how will it compare to the GBA (81.51 mil)?
Jan 31, 2021 12:10:02 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: It's closer to the GBA sales than I thought. Switch hardware sales up to December 2020 is 79.87 mil, while I expected about 78 mil.
Feb 1, 2021 8:07:53 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Also, while they stopped counting 3DS and Wii U hardware sales, software went up from 385.12 mil to 385.85 mil and 103.27 mil to 103.31 mil. Switch software sales went from 456.49 mil to 532.34 mil, surpassing that of NES and Game Boy.
Feb 1, 2021 8:09:41 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: So now that I have a capture device, I've been looking at my games and tried to figure out the resolution and frame rate they run at. Trials Rising is 540p30, Project DIVA Mega Mix has the UI at 720p60 and the simpler, single-singer PVs run at 540p60…?
Feb 6, 2021 11:42:34 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: All the Atelier games I've seen so far (Arland 1-4) run at 1080p30, which is a bit surprising as I expected a lower resolution for Lulua. Void Terrarium and Puyo Puyo Tetris 1 and 2 all run at 1080p60. PPT1 also ran at 1080p60 on Wii U, so no surprise.
Feb 6, 2021 11:45:41 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: ↑ In Atelier Lulua, the system UI and even some parts with 3D models (like the synthesis screen) run at full 1080p at 60 fps. That's a huge leap from the previous two games in the series. World map runs at 30 fps though, despite not being intensive.
Feb 8, 2021 11:13:44 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Rune Factory 4 Special runs at 720p60. Fire Emblem Three Houses is a weird case; it looks like 900p30 to me, but because of the way the edge of the models are drawn, the graphics end up looking very ugly.
Feb 8, 2021 11:15:06 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I've been doing the same thing I do every time I consider getting Smash Ultimate: playing Smash for Wii U. It turns out there are still plenty of people playing it online. Makes me curious about Splatoon 1.
Feb 20, 2021 10:08:42 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The online also worked better than I remember. Maybe because there are fewer people...?
Feb 20, 2021 10:10:09 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: My skill curve in Smash Bros seems to be the opposite of other games: the more I play, the worse I get.
Feb 23, 2021 17:28:27 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: TIL I had not yet unlocked all the stages in Smash for Wii U. Just unlocked the last one today, six years after getting the game.
Feb 24, 2021 18:35:31 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: If you want a new perspective on your own Mario Maker levels, just wait more than three years before playing them again.
Mar 6, 2021 9:44:32 GMT -5