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Also worthy of note:  WiiUs are beginning to disappear from the shelves too.  There have been reports of WiiU in low stock.  So people are indeed buying WiiUs for SMASH.

2 days, 3 hours ago on Walmart Says 2nd Wave of Amiibo Coming December 14th

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It's pretty damn terrific.  Nintendo and Namco have outdone themselves with this game.  A must for any gamer.

2 days, 19 hours ago on The Score: What Do You Think Of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U?

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Also, buy GOOD third party titles on WiiU, like BAYONETTA 2, ZOMBIU, and even RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS.

3 days, 5 hours ago on Opinion: How Not To Get An Indie On Wii U

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@XCWarrior1 But WiiU is supposed to be dead!  It's supposed to be obliterated by the competition!  It cannot have POSSIBLY increased sales because of SMASH!  The system is finished!

3 days, 5 hours ago on Opinion: How Not To Get An Indie On Wii U

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I hope Reggie is not too disappointed if it doesn't go the way he expects.  The way he comes across in his interview makes it feel he doesn't care if PS4 and XB1 combined crush WiiU.  

4 days, 4 hours ago on Reggie On The Upcoming Holiday Season

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@Wanderlei @JonTurner I think this boost is mostly for COD.   I don't think anything else noteworthy is due for PS4 next week, is there?

5 days, 20 hours ago on Media Create Sales Figures for Japan November 10th-16th; Wii U Surges and Captain Toad Debuts

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Next week WiiU SHOULD jump over PS4 as well.

6 days, 3 hours ago on Media Create Sales Figures for Japan November 10th-16th; Wii U Surges and Captain Toad Debuts

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@Wanderlei @JonTurner Exactly, and as much as they want to push PS4 in Japan, I really don't think it's going to work as well.  Least of all on XB1 . I say Nintendo should try to work something out with them and get those titles on WiiU.

1 week ago on The Pitch: NPD October Sales Analysis, Watch Dogs U, and PS4 vs WiiU Sales?!

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I'll get it.  I personally am dialing my expectations extremely low and I don't condone Ubisoft's practices with this game, or the way they've treated Nintendo fans, but I am morbidly curious about this title still.

1 week, 1 day ago on Watch Dogs Wii U to have DLC on eShop

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@Wanderlei I still say Nintendo should try to get DQXI and KH3 on WiiU though; those would be awesome to have.

1 week, 1 day ago on The Pitch: NPD October Sales Analysis, Watch Dogs U, and PS4 vs WiiU Sales?!

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Glad that Nintendo got this.  They need more titles to appeal to the Japanese audience in order for WiiU to compete against PS4.

1 week, 3 days ago on Rodea Website Launches, Wii U Launch Version Features Full Wii Game As Bonus

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Suppose some of those Japanese titles DO hit WiiU, though.  It COULD possibly happen if WiiU picks up again this holiday.

1 week, 3 days ago on The Pitch: NPD October Sales Analysis, Watch Dogs U, and PS4 vs WiiU Sales?!

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@ShawnLong85 @chrisf86 @JonTurner @Paleselan 180k isn't too bad for a game everyone thought would flop.

1 week, 4 days ago on Nintendo Responds to NPD: Smash Sells 1.2 Mil, Still No Mention of Bayonetta 2

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@Paleselan @JonTurner I sure hope so.  Given what I've read it SHOULD have at least done on par with HYRULE WARRIORS' opening week, but I guess we only have VGChartz for the time being.

1 week, 4 days ago on Nintendo Responds to NPD: Smash Sells 1.2 Mil, Still No Mention of Bayonetta 2

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I still find it hard to believe it didn't do well.  It was sold out.  It was #1 on the eShop charts for weeks.  Even VGChartz currently lists its total at 320k, with 270k of those in the U.S..  It SHOULD have done fine.

1 week, 4 days ago on Nintendo Responds to NPD: Smash Sells 1.2 Mil, Still No Mention of Bayonetta 2

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Given that it was #1 on the eShop charts and had a fairly good launch according to VGChartz (worldwide sales currently at 320k), it's hard for me to believe it did NOTHING.  HYRULE WARRIORS didn't make the top ten either and look at how well that ended up doing.


When will Nintendo post their response?

1 week, 5 days ago on NPD Sales October — Smash Takes Second Place, Bayonetta Nowhere To Be Seen

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WiiU sales will surely climb next week.

1 week, 6 days ago on Japanese Weekly Sales (11/3-11/9): No News, Same News

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@SamuraiDon I hope so.  The whole "WiiU is dead talk" sounded overrated as heck anyway.

1 week, 6 days ago on Nintendo Says Smash Bros. Wii U Pre-Orders Setting Records; Surpassing Mario Kart 8

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What's THIS?! Nintendo ADVERTISING WIIU?!  But I thought they didn't!

1 week, 6 days ago on Nintendo Releases Wii U Holiday Commercial

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Well I for one would welcome third party support back on WiiU.  I want to see it happen.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Smash Wii U Bundle? Reggie thinks 3rd parties will come to Wii U, Watch Dogs Wii U pics – WiR 11/8/14

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That would be socko if Nintendo did that.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rumor: Is a Smash Wii U Bundle Coming?

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@cdan487 @JonTurner Agreed.  It's one thing for third parties to return, but they have to put EFFORT into their work.  Although BAYONETTA 2 COULD technically count as a third party title (even though Nintendo's publishing it), and that's a quality example.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Reggie Fils-Aime Feels 3rd Parties Will Return to Wii U

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Well I'll certainly be happy to see third parties return to WiiU.  I really will.  The question is, do I see it happening?


The answer, is a "maybe."  A lot of people will say that it is too late and that WiiU is done for, but both of those accusations are not true.  As mentioned, WiiU HAS been improving, and BAYONETTA 2 has also done quite well.  If anything, I see Japan thirds slowly returning for the most part; after all that's who Nintendo gets along with better.  (Exception seems to be Konami, who I don't trust anymore.  SE SHOULD really consider KH3 for WiiU, as they can't be on 3DS only and ignore WiiU.  It doesn't make sense.)


What I don't really see happening are the likes of Bethesda, Take Two, or Ubisoft giving WiiU a second look.  Nor even EA; these guys have smack talked so much about WiiU it's hard to imagine any of them changing their minds.


Do I think ALL thirds will return to WiiU?  No.  But will some return?  Absolutely; while there are thirds who have proven indeed to be dishonest liars and greedy money hats, I think there ARE some who are genuinely worried about gambling on a system that they think will not be viable.  I am still rooting for that possibility.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Reggie Fils-Aime Feels 3rd Parties Will Return to Wii U

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Of course I will.  I'm having a blast with PIER SOLAR and I look forward to this one!

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Citizens of Earth Delayed, Will Launch in 2015

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What hasn't been mentioned in this article:


"Shifting gears a bit, let’s talk about third-party support, which has drifted heavily toward Sony and Microsoft and away from Nintendo in the current console generation. What’s the latest on that? Are the tides shifting at all since E3?

In the end, what third-party companies want is a large install base to sell their games into [and] a wide demographic footprint that they can target their games to. They also want a robust connected environment so that they themselves can explore downloadable content or digital sales. [For] the Wii U business, year-to-date versus last year, our install base is almost doubled. We’re building that footprint for developers, with a range of games from Bayonetta 2 to Mario Kart. In the North American territory, just about every Wii U is connected to the Internet.

Is it a problem that the Wii U doesn’t have the new Call of Duty (a first for the series on consoles), and more generally doesn’t have many of the big titles one finds on Xbox and PlayStation?

I would answer the question in a couple ways. Third parties are bringing multi-platform content to our platform — Watch Dogs from Ubisoft, as an example. I would love to have Call of Duty on our platform. I would love to have any of the big blockbuster, multi-platform titles. But I have to say, more specifically, I want games that provide a differentiated consumer experience. If you look at the other two competitive platforms, fundamentally, what’s the difference?

Each of them has exclusives that the other doesn’t.

But interestingly, when you look at either one, either by themselves doesn’t have a lot of exclusive content. They have a lot of shared content. Look at it from the standpoint of, what don’t they have? They don’t have our games. They don’t have Mario and Zelda. I’d much rather be where Nintendo is, with a differentiated platform, differentiated set-up experiences that we can provide uniquely to the consumer. Let those other guys battle it out over, you know, which visual representation of Call of Duty is most compelling. I like our chances of having a differentiated console and a differentiated series of experiences.

This business is built on a year-and-a-half or two-year planning cycles, especially for the home console space. Products that they’re thinking about today are not going to come into the market until two years down the road. By doing a great job today in the here and now, that’s what’s going to feed the pipeline of great new third-party content coming onto our platform. For us, that’s the long game that we’re trying to play."

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Nintendo “Focused on Creating Unique Experiences” Says Reggie

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@Menashe @JonTurner Same here.  I haven't played a good old-fashioned JRPG like this in a LONG time!

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Pier Solar Review: Too Retro For Its Own Good

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@Menashe Well so far I for one am enjoying it.  The critics are sometimes wrong, and I feel like this is the case.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Pier Solar Review: Too Retro For Its Own Good

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So it's unplayable because it's SO 16-bit?  BIG FRICKIN' DEAL! 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Pier Solar Review: Too Retro For Its Own Good

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Looks like we've finally found out how BAYONETTA 2 fared.  According to the latest VGChartz, which tracks only the first day of sales, BAYONETTA 2 has sold about 192k worldwide.  192,000!  With 121k alone coming from America.  Even better, WiiU's sales got a little boost, jumping the worldwide total for this week, at least as of now, to 51k.  That's good news all around for WiiU and BAYONETTA 2.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Bayonetta 2 Disappears from UK Top 40 Chart

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The graphics look fine to me; granted I don't know HOW they compare to PS4 or the others and frankly, I don't even care, but they look pretty good.


But yes, it was REAL stupid of Ubisoft to delay this game for WiiU AND deny it any of the DLC.  How could one of Nintendo's biggest supporters for WiiU fall from grace so badly?

2 weeks, 6 days ago on First Watch Dogs Wii U Screenshots, Download Size, and Price Revealed

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Keep your expectations low, everyone.  It could lead to disappointment.

3 weeks ago on Nintendo Direct Scheduled for Tomorrow

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@David K @JonTurner @ShawnLong85 On that note, we don't even KNOW the opening numbers for the US either.

3 weeks ago on Bayonetta 2 Disappears from UK Top 40 Chart

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@ShawnLong85 @JonTurner Well the game is STILL #1 on the eShop charts from what I've been able to see and the title DID sell out, so… I don't think it's altogether unreasonable to expect a 190k opening.  At the very least it would be very encouraging for a market for M-rated titles and cause thirds to look again at WiiU.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Bayonetta 2 Disappears from UK Top 40 Chart

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Hopefully it fared better in America, and I DO see the title advertised in a recent Toys 'R Us catalog. 

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Bayonetta 2 Disappears from UK Top 40 Chart

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I like that Nintendo is also working with third parties; hopefully this will help restore trust.  I'd like to see it lead to such thirds like Capcom, SE, Namco, TecmoKoei, Sega, and even Atlus getting braver to try again on WiiU.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Shigeru Promises More Spin-Off Titles and Overall Wii U Titles in 2015

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@ShawnLong85 I concur.  I just downloaded it today and I have to say, "How could I have missed out on this title?"  It's a great little title from the SNES days (best console ever IMO).  I also downloaded ROCK ZOMBIE, but I have yet to give it a spin.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Nintendo Digital Downloads: Week of October 30

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Platinum deserves the acclaim for their efforts.  They've earned it.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on A Wii U Masterpiece – Bayonetta 2 Review

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Good, the more momentum WiiU has, the more likely thirds will give it a second look.  I'm sure there will be other projects announced also.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Nintendo Planning 12 Announced Wii U Games in 2015 for North America

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@chrisf86 They probably are.  Remember that there will be MK8 bundles in Japan this November + SMASH.  Sales will be up again in Japan for WiiU for sure.  Consoles aren't as strong these days in Japan, but IMO, I think they should focus in all three regions equally.  Even if consoles are struggling there, still try to bring some life to them over there while targeting America too.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Media Create Sales (10/20-10/26): Nintendo Sells 96k 3DS Units, Wii U Falls to 4k

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@LukasMeza Like I said, the sooner Novemeber gets here, the better.  SMASH BROS U SHOULD push WiiU up again.  Japan must have received word of the MK8 bundles and are holding out for it.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Media Create Sales (10/20-10/26): Nintendo Sells 96k 3DS Units, Wii U Falls to 4k

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November can't get here soon enough.  The release of TOAD + MK bundles + SMASH SHOULD push WiiU up again.  On the other hand, it's not like PS4 is doing any better there.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Media Create Sales (10/20-10/26): Nintendo Sells 96k 3DS Units, Wii U Falls to 4k

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I actually liked ActRaiser 2.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Clonin’ Ain’t Easy, But It’s Damn Sure Fun – Stealth Inc. 2 Review

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If they're fine with how it sells, great.  I just hope other thirds are taking note of this.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Hyrule Warriors Exceeds Sales Expectations in NA/EU

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Well I CERTAINLY want Nintendo to fix their relationships with third parties AND to try to get them to get back on WiiU.  This is a good start.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Even More Activision Titles Appear on eShop

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This looks really good, and SPOOKY!

1 month ago on Majesco Bringing Slender: The Arrival To Wii U

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Here's hoping Toad + Smash + MK8 bundles edges WiiU over PS4 for the remainder of the month.  They're going to have to keep up the fight to lure thirds back to WiiU AND keep the system relevant.

1 month ago on Japanese Weekly Software & Hardware 13-19 October

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SquareEnix is publishing THIS?  How about that?

1 month ago on Black The Fall Could Release On Wii U If Stretch Goal Met

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@chrisf86 @JonTurner Oh I'm absolutely looking forward to those two.  Very much.  We're also getting ALPHADIA GENESIS.  But I hope we see a few more disc RPGs on WiiU in the future.

1 month ago on Stella Glow, A Magical Witch-Filled RPG Revealed For Nintendo 3DS

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Ya know, a NEW JRPG for WiiU would be great.  That way WiiU could have more than just XBCX and SMTxFE.

1 month ago on Stella Glow, A Magical Witch-Filled RPG Revealed For Nintendo 3DS

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Good, good.  The more sales the better our chances of getting more games.

1 month ago on Wii U Sales Up 60% in UK; Expected to Grow More

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