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12:10 AM on 07.04.2011

Why Nintendo Is not releasing Xenoblade and the others...Yet

Now that a few days has passed since my heartbreak at the hands of Nintendo, I have finally been able to think straight again and actually find reasons to why Nintendo broke thousands of fans' hearts.

It seems that Nintendo is trying to get a hold of the Spanish speaking population (note: I do not agree with the words the guy chose) . Having seen commercial after commercial of the new Mario Kart Wii Bundle all over Univision and Telemundo numerous times during the last few weeks: Which brings me to my first reason as to why the big three games are not yet being released or announced by NOA, because

1. They are waiting for the Spanish translation.

Think about it brothers & sisters. Nintendo is trying to get the Spanish speaking population , which, at least in some cases from what I have seen, buys systems years after its release. I tutored about 5 Mexican children and all of them had things like Gameboy Advance Sp's and Ps2's, no current gen systems leading me to believe that time of release does not seem to matter much. However, most of the Dominican children had current gen systems. (BTW I am bilingual so the the company I worked for thought it was best to pair me up with Spanish speaking families only)

The Wii, is on its last legs as far as we know. Gamers that did not get the the system on day one will buy the Wii now since it is cheaper and has many great games. In comes Xenoblade, now in Spanish to be picked up by new consumers and since it is in Spanish it is available and playable to a wider audience, which is very good for Nintendo especially since NOA did not spend much on translating it to Spanish since NOE did.

2. Nintendo now sees the Wii as a new system thanks to the new target audience. Meaning Nintendo would rather the audience play through Mario Kart, Wii sports, and Super Mario Bros. Wii before showing them that the Wii does epic games like Xenoblade and the Last Story.

The Wii has many great games that a new audience obviously has no idea about. Why not let them enjoy those then release new games at a later date? speaking of many games...

3. Nintendo wants gamers to buy more 3ds' and/or 3ds games instead of ignoring their 3ds' in favor of games on the Wii. Notice 3ds owners got Zelda: OOT, then they are getting Devil Survivor, Star Fox, Paper Mario,Mario Kart and finally Luigi's Mansion 2. Why would you want a Wii game, you want to sell, released when you have so many games releasing on another system? Other than the fact that fans want them now? once again speaking of games...

4. Tis the time for Call of Duty, Gears of War 3, and Zelda. Seriously, Why release a new ip when three of the biggest juggarnauts are going to see releases this year? Three games that are going to sell a crapton of copies, Who will buy Xenoblade but the most hardcore fan? Gamers will be busy this holiday season no need to release a game most will ignore.

So, Now when you really stop and think about it, Nintendo has plenty of reasons to not release or announce three brand new titles for North America. However it still has no reasons to give a crappy pr response.

What do you all think? Are these reasons valid or is there another reason why Nintendo is torturing its most loyal fans?   read

9:10 PM on 06.29.2011


A few moments ago Nintendo just showed me that I care too much about videogames. The moment was when I read their facebook update:

Thank you for your enthusiasm. We promised an update, so here it is. We never say “never,” but we can confirm that there are no plans to bring these three games to the Americas at this time. Thanks so much for your passion, and for being such great fans!

This was in reference to Operation Rainfall. More specifically the localization of Xenoblade, Last Story, and Pandor's Tower. Now I look at my 3DS, and think of how much I have done for this company, bought a Gamecube and a bunch of first party titles, gave them feedback on their games, bought the Wii first day. The list can go on forever.

Today, they broke my heart. Maybe I put my expectations to high, maybe I expected too much from Nintendo. I do not know the answer and probably never will know why things happened the way they did. I don't want to say i am moving on but I definitely need my space and see what else is out there.

Now I will be replaying and finishing the games I already have but I will not give anything new my attention or money. So, here it is Nintendo, we need a break. : (   read

6:17 PM on 05.06.2011

I Wish I Had Tried it Sooner

Being a gamer is tough on the wallet. Games are a bit expensive and we usually want the best bang for our buck. This has led to us using reviews and the opinions of others to see if we should pick up a game or not. Usually if the feedback for a game is bad we skip it and move on, without really giving it a try to form our own opinion.

This happened to me with Metroid: Other M. Like many others, I didn't pick it up when it launched because of the average review scores, and all the negative comments about the story. Now I do agree about some things but all in all it was a game I couldn't put down. It was a great ride, with some annoyances here and there, from start to finish.

I never really got to experience "classic" Metroid, I've played Super Metroid but have not beaten it (or any other 2d entry for that matter) but Other M is great and I kind of regret passing up on it. I did get the game on sale but wouldn't have minded paying full price. The script is a bit off, mainly because of the words that come out of Samus' mouth and actions that do not make sense at times (but actually not as bad as I thought it would be). Heck even the excuse for not being able to use all your weapons is weird, but still the gameplay is really good. The only annoyance was having to aim the Wii-mote at the television to fire missiles. This is not a problem all the time, just a bother during the heat of battle.

So yeah the bad stuff is there but if you just focus on that then you are being negative. The action, the bosses, and the GAMEPLAY is great. If you have not played or bought Metroid: Other M I highly recommend giving it a try, believe me you will not regret it.

This experience has actually made me more open to try out more games. I am planning to buy Animal Crossing: City folk and Little King's Story next, other games I have skipped because of several reasons.So what game or games have any of you skipped but then found yourself thoroughly enjoying when finally deciding to give them a shot?   read

7:16 PM on 04.10.2011

What's going on?

Hey Dtoiders? What is up? What is going on in your gaming lives right now? what game are you playing? and what are you looking forward to playing? or doing next in general?

I am itching to get a 3DS, really badly, but I keep holding back because of other games I have not played. At the moment I am playing Pokemon Black on my dslite and recently started to play Killer 7. Killer 7 is a game I've had since 2007 but I never got into it. One of the things I am doing now is going back and playing the games I haven't finished before moving on to another system (3DS). What about you all?   read

2:10 AM on 12.16.2010

Love Yo' Couch

What up Destructoid? thanks for letting me in. I love video games and people so I figured that I might as well join the community. What can I tell you? I prefer retro games. I am young but I have an old soul, I love the classics especially 2d fighters and brawlers.

I am an okay writer and lack any great skills. I suck at sports but I play hard. I am good at video games though, good enough that others watch me play Mario games with their mouths opened. Yea, I am one of those runner Mario's but I still have not beaten Bit. Trip. Beat. I swear the third stage is impossible.

Anyway Nice to meet you all.   read

1:18 AM on 12.16.2010

What the VGA's Should Have Been

The annual VGA’s just passed and based on critics, and ratings it is not the best representation of the video games or its fans. I am not here to write about what the VGA’s did wrong (even though it was nearly everything) but instead write about what a video game awards ceremony should have in order to be successful.

1) It should be by gamers for gamers. Okay this sounds really simple but just to be sure; what I mean is the presenters should be those who make, know and/or play video games. Why is Rachel Bilson or Dominic err... Charlie presenting awards? They are actors. The Grammy's or the Oscars do not have stars from video games presenting their awards because it would be irrelevant and kind of... well, stupid. I want to see video game “stars”. For example Stephen Totilo announcing best game magazine, or Jonathan Holmes announcing game of the year, Seth Killian announcing best Adventure game, and so on. I mean the list could go on forever but the point is that the people important to video games should be the ones up on stage not T.V stars.

2) All video games should be presented fairly and equally. The awards should consist of all video games and their platforms. For example games for the Wii, DS, Iphone or any other handheld or console should be included in the ceremony. A Video game is a video game so they should all be included. Also no segregation, Iphone games should be able to be nominated for the same awards as the other consoles. Lastly, there is no such thing as casual or hard-core games, just games.

3) Performers should be those who are in the video game soundtracks. I liked this about the VGA’s. They had performers who performed tracks from the games being presented. I want more though; I want to hear the orchestra performing a Zelda tune (if the track is very good and deserves a performance) or any other title which had very good music in it such as Bit. Trip. Fate, Runner, Grand Theft Auto, etc.

4) Respect your audience. Aka do not insult the gamers. Okay, the VGA’s made me feel like all gamers are losers. I am a gamer and know other gamers who are actually pretty cool, so please stop joking about who we are not. I am a gamer, I talk to girls, and I go out to the bars and socialize (even though I’d rather be gaming). Point is, please stop it with the stereotypes so that the audience takes the show, video games and itself more seriously.

5) Be sure to kick ass. This is the most important point. The show should be so epic and amazing and kick ass. The jokes should be funny, the awards should be great and the after party should be the shit! C’mon drinks, video games, and fellow gamers = one hell of a night.

A proper Video game awards ceremony needs to happen so that video games can be taken as seriously as the other forms of art and/or entertainment. As a gamer it disgusts me to see video games talked about as an embarrassment or a guilty pleasure. Video games are awesome and should have an awards show to represent that.

Note: As you can probably tell I am not the best writer and a horrible photo-shop artist.. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.Thank You.   read

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