Nintendo doesn’t go third party. Internet people lose their minds.

So I was browsing the net today and came across a…Well, I consider it a piece of ‘non-news’ from last week, really.  I read it, nodded and said “Yeah, that makes sense”.  And I was prepared to just close it and go back to playing Persona 4 when…

I glanced down at the comments and was forced to facepalm at the amount of people who missed the point.

What was the article about, you ask?

Talking to someone at CVG, Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata said the following:  “However, I’m really responsible for the long-term future of Nintendo as well, so I would never think about providing our precious resources for other platforms at all.” (emphasis mine)

Basically he was saying:  “No, we’re not going to port our big first party games to other consoles.  Our main games are all going to be exclusive to our own systems”.


Thank you, Magnets99 for summarizing this perfectly.

No one is surprised by this, right?  This isn’t shocking.  This is exactly what we expect from Nintendo.  And yet, when I saw users on TheEscapist talking about it, I saw an overwhelming amount of posts to the effect of:  “This is why Nintendo is doomed”  “But everyone wants Zelda on PS3/PS4/Xbox360/Xbone!”  “They’re being fools!  Think of all the money they’re throwing away by not doing that!”.

So I thought it’d be nice to post my own take on this.  Which is this:  Those people are totally missing what’s going on here.

So I’ll break down a few of the arguments here.

1) “The WiiU is failing”
Most naysayers were going on about how badly the WiiU is doing and how Nintendo is failing because they are selling the console at a loss.  Well I seem to remember another console to come out a while ago that was being sold at a TREMENDOUS loss, didn’t have any good games for a long long time, was regularly mocked for a long while after it’s launch, but somehow overcame all of that and became a very strong competitor.  That console was the PS3.  And you can bet your bionic arms that the Xbox 360 was sold at a loss at launch as well.

And that’s ignoring the DS which launched slowly at first before taking the gaming world by storm.  Not to mention the 3DS, which was a joke at launch and is just now starting to make them a serious profit.  The same thing is likely to happen with the WiiU as more games come out (and if you don’t think the next Smash Bros is gonna sell a ton of systems, you’re crazy).

2)  “They could make a lot of money going third party”
This one is understandable.  We’re used to North American game companies being greedy bastards who wildly chase short term profits to the detriment of all else.  So when a company doesn’t do that, it feels weird.

Well, ask yourself this.  What is the long term benefit for Nintendo to put their main games on other consoles?

There really isn’t any.

So they’ll sell a bunch of Mario PS3 edition NOW, but what about in the future?  Will selling Zelda games on the PS3/4 make people want to buy a WiiU?  I guarantee you that’s not going to be the case.  Making any of their high value IPs multiplatform would be like stabbing themselves in the back, as it would kill people’s desire to get Nintendo consoles since they can just get the good games for their competitors’ console.

Even if they pull some EA levels of ‘Big-Corporate-Meanie’ and release one Mario/Zelda game on other systems just to tease/interest new people and then go back to making the games Nintendo exclusive again, that’s one game that could have drawn support for the WiiU instead.  Not to mention most people who would actually be intrested in playing Zelda/Mario/whatever will have bought a WiiU already.

In the end, it brings few new sales at the expense of screwing over their struggling new console.  While in the short term they’d make some more money, they would kill the WiiU and put their long term future at risk.

3)  Conclusion
Finally, let’s look at the kind of company that Nintendo is.  While their game consoles are innovative to a fault, as a business they’re firmly old-school, traditional, and even archaic at times.  They don’t spazz out about the short term.  They take the long view and adapt extremely slowly and cautiously.

In a time when most gaming companies are doing massive layoffs (EA just axed their Montreal division, putting some of my friends out of work, for example.) to keep posting a profit and keep their stocks high, Nintendo’s upper management instead took a pay cut (a 50% cut in Iwata’s case).  Business people were astonished and some claimed that Nintend’s bucket had been kicked.  That was 2 years ago, and Nintendo is looking pretty lively for a company that was supposed to be on its way to the morgue.

They’re also just now starting to maybe-kinda-hopefully think about of putting some of their digital releases on sale (at least a friend told me there was a sale recently), when a year or two ago they were dead set against it.  They almost didn’t bring Xenoblade or The Last Story to North America because conventional wisdom told them that these kinds of games didn’t “sell” in the West, and we had to drag those games kicking and screaming across the ocean to be able to play them.

Nintendo ALWAYS adapts slowly.  They always weigh every decision carefully.  Often TOO carefully.  So expecting them to make a huge shift like going third party is like expecting the oil establishment to make a sudden and massive shift towards Green Energy and away from fossil fuel.  It CAN potentially happen, but it’ll need something huge and possibly catastrophic to push them over that edge.

And judging by the fact that Nintendo finished their first Quarter with a net profit of $88 million (largely due to the 3DS selling really well), It’s hard to argue that this ‘slow but steady’ strategy isn’t working for them.

You know, I’m reminded of that old story of the Tortoise and the Hare.  And you can call me crazy all you want, but my money’s on the Turtle this time.

Because I’ve seen the Turtle.  He’s over 10 feet tall, has spikes on his shell, can breathe fire, and has his own personal army.  And although he suffers setbacks from time to time, he never goes down for long.

Oh look, here he is!

Edit:  Just to be clear, I don’t think old Ninty’s gonna pull another Wii Miracle and dominate the next console generation.  I DO think that they’re sure as heck going to stick around for a very long time to come, however.

Sources:  CVG, Escapist Magazine

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Steam Summer sale 2013 – Games to look out for.

So it’s that time of year again.  The time when Steam comes around and says “Hey, that’s a nice wallet out have there!  It’d be a SHAME if someone emptied it…OH LOOK CHEAP GAMES!  EVERYWHERE!  :D”

Given that, I thought it’d be nice for me to hammer out a list of games that I think are work picking up if they go on sale.  I’d like to have Spotlighted all of them, but…You’ll just have to settle for a list.

XCOM Enemy unknown:  A fantastic Turn based strategy game that I’m shocked I haven’t spotlighted yet.  It’s extremely challenging and will suck you in for hours at a time.

Bastion:  A tight, immersive and all around fun action RPG.

Borderlands 2:   Yeah yeah, I know.  Most of you have already decided a long time ago if you wanted it or not.  But I’ll recommend it all the same.  Especially if you have friends to play it with.

Deus Ex, and Deus Ex Human Revolution:  Ok, The Deus Ex games are way up there among my favourite games.  Human revolution is actually my favourite game of all time, for the moment.  If you can snap these games for cheap, do it.  If you get the original game, though, be prepared for some clunkyness.  If you haven’t played a Deus Ex game yet…Wait…Why HAVEN’T you played a Deus Ex game yet?!

Dreamkiller:  It’s one of those oldschool run-and-run-circle-strafe-twitch-reflex FPS games.  It’s also really fun.  My only complaint is that it has the best premise EVER (you are a psychologist who can dive into people’s minds to literally KILL their phobias) and it doesn’t really do it justice.

Dungeon defenders:  Got friends who like Action RPGS and tower defense?  Get this and get them to get it.

Dust, an Elysian Tail:  Just go read my spotlight, I gave it a glowing review  😛

FTL – Faster Than Light:  A fantastic little space themed roguelike where defeat comes often, and the victory must be EARNED.  I got a lot of mileage out of this game.

Galactic Civilizations 2:  You want a civlization game in space?  Where you can make your own ships?  And face off against wacko aliens?  GET IT.

Half Minute Hero:  Bite sized RPG packed with humor.  It’s like a large collection of RPG themed puzzles!

Hotline Miami:  It’s super meat boy meets no more heroes, from a top down view.  If any of that perked your ears up, GRAB IT.

Lone Survivor:  For a 16 bit sidescrolling horror game, it really manages to nail the atmosphere, even though it ends a little too soon.

Mark of the Ninja:  I spotlighted it.  😀  Go get it!

Poker night at the inventory / Poker night 2:  Did you ever want to play poker with Max from Sam and Max and other various game and internet characters?  Get it.  They’re both fantastic games.  While Poker night 2 had more “game” to it, I prefer the first one just because I find the characters in that one funnier.

Recettear:  An RPG where you also run the Item shop.  It’s a nifty idea and I really enjoyed it.

Sanctum 2:  Think Borderlands style carnage meets Tower Defense. It’s fantastic.  Get some friends in on it too if you can.

Sequence:  An RPG that fusion danced with a Rhythm game and then decided to fuse with a really funny and smart little story.  It’s a surprisingly awesome combo.

Strike Suit Zero:  Probably gonna spotlight this soon.  It’s a Fantastic space sim dogfighting game.  You want to be a Gundam pilot?  This game captures that kind of feel VERY well, with great ship dogfighting to boot.

Unreal Tournament 1999:  It’s a classic twitch arena style FPS.  If that’s your thing, this game is a great little nostalgia trip.  At least, it was for me.

Uplink:  You want all the glory of being a hacker, but you don’t want to go to jail, and you don’t want to learn how to sift through code?  This game’s got you covered.  It makes hollywod-hacking really fun.  AND STRESSFUL.  You will be paranoid after just a few missions.

Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines:  I spotlighted it.  It’s Deus Ex with Vampires.  What more do I need to say?  It’s amazing!

Psychonauts:  A hilarious and witty platforming adventure romp through the demented minds of various people.  It’s really fun and deserves all the praise it gets.

The Walking Dead:  Ok, I don’t tendto get emotional over games much.  This game almost made me cry.  Ok, no I mean, I got the sniffles for a good twenty minutes but…   Whatever, it’s a fantastic point and click adventure game with great story, characters, and it’ll stick with you for a long long time after you put it down.

Spec Ops The Line:  If you don’t know why you need to play this game, then I’ll just say this:  This game blew my modsbanned mind with the story.  It’s a fantastic deconstruction of the modern military shooter genre.  Not for the faint of heart, though.

And that’s all I got for the moment.  I’m sorry for contributing to the untimely demise of your wallets, friends!

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GoD Factory Playable Alpha Build is up. AND IT IS AMAZING.

Ok, go to the link.  Download that build.  Play it.  Believe it.

I just came off a match and it was amazing.  I may have lost, but I scored one kill, one almost kill, and I managed to impress one of the Devs who was on by repeatedly evading him every time he had me in his sights.  And I would have dome a million times better if I had managed to rebind my “maneuvers” properly when re-configuring the controls to my liking.

So yeah, the game, even in alpha state, is pretty freaking amazing.

Play it.  Tell everyone you can.  Get ’em to back this game!  We only have about 3-4 days left before the kickstarter closes, but with a game this good…

I really, REALLY think it would suck if the kickstarter failed.  This is one of the most ambitious and fun space sim games I’ve ever played.

and now I really need to go to bed-….Dammit, I’m going to be tired at work tomorrow, aren’t I?

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GoD Factory’s kickstarter is failing…Why?

I’ve been following this kickstarter for a long time.  It honestly looks like the best space-dogfighting game I’ve ever seen.  So why is this failing?

I honestly wish I knew.  It’s got only a couple days left, and it’s nowhere near funded.  :s

Just thought I’d post a link in case anyone is interested in it.  Maybe there’s gonna be a miracle turn-around?

An apology and an update for my RPG.

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted.  I’ve been way too busy.  x_x

Most of my free time has been devoted to making a large scale update for the RPG I shared previously.  And it’s finally done.

Link to my updated RPG.

I’ve added three more optional bosses, lots more NPCs, more story scenes and no more random encounters.  🙂

Now that this is over, I hope I’ll have time to get back to spotlighting games and working on my Nuzlocke run.  Over and out guys!

So I made an RPG in 2 weeks.

First of all, I’m really sorry that I haven’t been updating.  I got hit with a multi-hit combo that killed all my free time.

First, tons of assignments.  Then I got sick.  Then I had a midterm.

Then, a site I go on decided to hold a contest.  Make an RPG using the demo version of RPGMaker VX Ace in two weeks.

I could not resist.

So I made a game in 2 weeks.  It was pretty grueling.  Between all the scenes, and the maps, and the balancing (oh gosh…the balancing…That took a week on its own), it took every bit of free time I had.

🙂  But I do not regret it.  It was a fun experience.

Oh and by the way, in case you were wondering, YES, you CAN play it!

Down below is a link to the game’s profile, which talks about the story, the gameplay, and has the download.

http://rpgmaker.net/games/4826/

😉  Enjoy everyone.

Welcome to the Wavelength!

My name is Phil, although some might know me under the username Aegix Drakan.

I’ve started this blog to share game and writing ideas, as well as my own writing, whether they’re written let’s plays of games, or original work.  I’ll also be sharing any truly interesting games I come across.

Whether you’re a real life friend of mine, or someone across the web that just happens to find me here…

Welcome, my friend, to my Wavelength.

(also, major thanks for my friend Kristine for making the header image.  🙂 )