This week Jason is joined by Josh Bycer and Rob Harvey as they discuss Call of Duty, the Wii U, and Cook, Server, Delicious!
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I believe you misspelled the name, it’s cook, serve, delicious!
The single greatest issue with the Wii U is them locking Nintendo Network accounts — and thereby any digital purchases — to a single Wii U console. Utterly baffling.
Couldn’t care less about multiplatform ports since that is the domain of PC for me, but the seemingly underpowered CPU and slow RAM is still disappointing. Dolphin is great for Wii games btw, Xenoblade even has UI mods for the 360 controller IIRC.
As an old Nintendo fan I’ve kind of given up on them providing enough worthwhile exclusives, but then the Wii had quite a few overlooked exclusives by other devs, and they’ve already secured two Platinum titles and Rayman Legends(how long it exclusive remains to see). NSMBU already looks exceptionally phoned in, and Zelda has regressed every title since Wind Waker. Retro Studios is the first party exception I guess, but they could be working on anything.
Do want a Vita. People keep saying it has no games, but there’s more there to me than the 3DS(region lock is hurting it a ton too)… Not sure why the focus is on lackluster CoD, Uncharted and AC entries instead of Gravity Rush, Dokuro, Persona 4, Lumines, Sine Mora, DJMAX Technika, MGS collection, Hatsune Miku etc. It is a bit port heavy(like the PSP was), but that isn’t always such a terrible thing. I still haven’t played upcoming ports like Muramasa and the xbox Oddworld games, and I’m betting that’s true for a lot of people. The current 180$ Amazon deal is amazing, but alas, Europe… I guess Ys IV getting localized would be my breaking point. With how it’s selling the future might be grim, but there’s already a lot out thereannounced.
Black Ops 2 numbers were a lot lower on Steam this time at least.
I think you are giving the assymmetric multiplayer angle of the WiiU too little credit. The difference between it and Kinect is that while only one player might be holding the special controller, the other players are still playing, not merely watching. The similarity is more with schoolyard games like Tag, where one player at a time is ‘It’, but you don’t really run into problems with a player wanting to be It all the time. With well designed games, the pad-holder will willingly hand over the control when their turn is up, because the other roles would still be interesting and fun, and good for a spot of variety.
Hell, NSMBU makes the terrible choice of restricting the gamepad to touch screen assistance in multiplayer. That is: you can use it to play the game just fine in single player, but you cannot use it for normal multiplayer. The Wii U Pro Controller cannot be used either. Only wiimotes, of which everyone obviously has four lying around. Reminds me of them not supporting the Classic Controller for DKCR in favor of binding waggling to a critical move.
Here’re a couple more reasons to be excited about the 3DS.
First, one of you guys mentioned 999; the 3DS sequel, Virtue’s Last Reward, came out a couple of weeks ago. If you enjoyed 999 at all, you really can’t go wrong with this one. It’s very good.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star came out last week, and so far it’s been a very enjoyable light RPG.
Crashmo, the sequel to Pushmo, came out yesterday. Both are excellent puzzle games. In fact, almost all of Nintendo’s first-party downloadable games have been really good.
In the future, Atlus finally gave us a date for Etrian Odyssey 4: February 2012. There’s also Shin Megami Tensei 4 to look forward to, as well. Fire Emblem for 3DS should be released in NA sometime in 2013, too, and the upcoming Pokemon Mystery Dungeon looks excellent. (It’s even in 3d.)
The 3DS and Vita got off to a really slow start, but they’ve taken up the bulk of my free time lately. They’re really the only consoles to get the kinds of games I enjoy the most, unfortunately. I hope both will continue to pick up speed; I’m not too worried about the 3DS (which has sold better than the original DS by the same point in its lifetime), but I’m rooting for the Vita to pull through, too.
Virtue’s Last Reward is on Vita too, one would think that would be the best version, but maybe not?
I only tried the demo of the Vita version — I think they both looked comparable, but my recollection of 999 made me think I might prefer a stylus. The 3DS version ended up being perfectly fine; I think I would have been equally happy with the VIta version.
I bought a Vita on Black Friday, so I’mma check some games out! Thanks for the suggestion