Archive for July 8, 2013

Good article here from Games Industry International:

Let’s get this out of the way up front. Yes, you never, ever count Nintendo out of the game.

That’s the go-to response for pretty much anyone in this industry when asked if the company will be able to dig itself out of the hole the Wii U has created – and it’s usually a valid one. (Think back to the GameCube days and things were just as dire as they seem today – but it managed to turn things around.)

But as we head into the Wii U’s second holiday season, the pessimism about the system is starting to crest. And despite Nintendo’s push of first party software coming in the next year, there’s nothing to suggest that a turnaround of any sort is imminent.

Third party partners are, in a word, disappointed with Nintendo. And while you’ll still hear the usual refrain about not giving up on the company at some point, you’re more likely to hear dissatisfaction when you speak with executives.

Yves Guillemot, Chairman and CEO of Ubisoft, is typically one of the biggest proponents of new systems, but betting big on the Wii U didn’t work out well for the company. ZombiU, one of the most popular launch titles for the system with players, was not profitable, he says. Not even close. As such, he says, there are no plans (or even desire) for a sequel.

It was, in fact, because of that game’s performance that Ubisoft decided to make Rayman Legends a multiplatform game.

Yes, you should never, ever count Nintendo out.  While that is completely true, the one thing I cannot understand about Nintendo; a company that is legendary for its history of innovation, its giant cast of recognizable, wildly popular characters, and single-handedly resurrecting the console industry in the West in the 80’s; why they cannot get a grasp on consistently applying the internet to their games.  If Nintendo was Superman, online gaming would be its kryptonite.  There is so much potential and they have been behind in this area going on three generations now.  I don’t get it.

I think the Wii U will do OK, maybe even great, this holiday as it does have some very promising games coming, but I don’t think Nintendo has found its Wii Sports/Super Mario 64 game for the system.

Yet.

But DO NOT count Nintendo out.  Ever.

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Courtesy of Polygon:

Kingdom Hearts creator Tetsuya Nomura is keen to include Star Wars and Marvel-related content to the Kingdom Hearts franchise, he told Finaland during last week’s Japan Expo in Paris.

But despite interest from the game’s creator, restrictions in place by Disney are still a barrier to entry for any new franchise the team hopes to incorporate in the Kingdom Hearts universe. “Of course it would be great if we could add those licenses as well,” said Nomura. “But there are lots of rules and restrictions by Disney so we can’t actually put in everything people want.

“So it’s a quite difficult decision but we’re gonna prepare some surprises for you so, just wait for the information.”

I don’t like the sound of this at all, but I’m willing to remain open-minded.

Ryan Davis, former GameSpot editor and co-founder of Giant Bomb, died on July 3. He was 34.

Davis’ death was reported by Giant Bomb, where Davis served as editor since the site’s inception in 2008. The cause of death was not given.

Born June 4, 1979, Davis started at GameSpot in 2000 and spent eight years there, writing game reviews and co-hosting video shows such as Time Trotters and On the Spot. He left the site in late 2007 and founded Giant Bomb with former GameSpot colleague Jeff Gerstmann the following year.

At Giant Bomb, Davis hosted the Giant Bombcast, one of the web’s most consistently popular video game podcasts. He also led the site’s regular panels at PAX Prime and PAX East, which tended to be standing-room-only affairs. Davis and the Giant Bomb team rejoined their former colleagues at GameSpot in March 2012 when that site’s parent company, CBS Interactive, acquired Giant Bomb.

“Ryan was a good friend to all of us,” said Giant Bomb’s Matthew Rorie in an obituary posted to the site this afternoon. “It’s odd to remember that, for someone who could be so acerbic at times, and despite knowing him for almost a decade, I honestly don’t recall ever actually being mad at him.”

Davis had recently gotten married, at the end of June.

“In the face of this awfulness, many of us will at least always remember him as we last saw him: outrageously, uproariously happy, looking forward to his next adventure with the biggest grin his face could hold,” added Rorie.

Many of us at Polygon knew Davis, and we’d all like to send our most sincere condolences to his friends and family, as well as the entire Giant Bomb community.

Very sad.  My condolences go out to his friends and family.