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Why so Serious? A Look at the Rayman Legends Delay

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Rayman Legends delayed? No longer a Wii U exclusive?  Is that why everyone is in an uproar and why Twitter is aflutter?  While I’m by no means belittling the significance of this announcement, I do fail to see this as the harbinger of doom for the Wii U so many have made it out to be.   While the loss of any triple AAA title’s exclusivity is a blow to the new Wii U, it reflects the sad, cut-throat reality of the modern gaming business.  Xavier Poix, from Montpellier, Ubisoft stated so himself when he was quoted in various news outlets that for them [Ubisoft], it made more sense to do a simultaneous, multiplatform release to appease those sad Rayman fans who don’t have and don’t plan to purchase a Wii U.  For the fans – of the PS3 Xbox 360 – at the expense of Nintendo fans.  While it may be true that Ubisoft holds their fans’ desires near and dear to their heart, I don’t buy it.  The reality is that developing games and getting them to market takes money.  Lots of money.  Once the game is completed and sent to manufacturing, you then have to advertize it, which takes more money.

At this point, several reports indicate that Rayman Legends for the Wii U is for all intents and purposes, complete.  Given how much money Ubisoft has spent to produce Rayman Legends, the business people at Ubisoft must have taken a long hard look at the Wii U’s sales, which translates to user-base, which in turn translates into potential buyers, and as a result, got cold feet.  It’s no secret that the Wii U’s global sales to date, while not bad by any measure, are not what Nintendo had anticipated at this point in the system’s life.  Nintendo went so far as to lower their fiscal year estimate for Wii U units sold by 1.5 million.  Once that happened, many developers took note and altered their strategies accordingly.  Ubisoft, like Nintendo, is corporate business whose sole purpose is to make money.  As cruel as it sounds, releasing Rayman Legends exclusively on the Wii U as planned will not make them money. 

From a business perspective, Ubisoft had to make Rayman Legends available to as many potential customers as possible.  The simple equation of development cost vs. Wii U user-base did not make fiscal sense for them to get any return on their investment.  Simply put, they need to make the money they put into making the game back and then make money off the game’s release to make a profit.  Armed with that knowledge, it’s easy to understand Ubisoft’s motives behind their decision with Rayman, however, I don’t necessarily agree with it, or like it.  After all, I’m sure an agreement could have been arranged where Rayman Legends became a timed exclusive, keeping its February release date, with a multi-platform launch later this year.  If Ubisoft had proceeded in that manner, I almost would have believed that they really did give a crap about their fans.  But they chose not to and now we have to wait until later this year to play Rayman on the Wii U. 

While I’ve always preferred Nintendo and it’s systems over the competition, I haven’t always agreed with them or their decisions.  But I’ve stuck with them out of blind loyalty, if nothing else, so I’m not too concerned with all of the negative news surrounding Nintendo at the moment.  News like Madden not being announced for any Nintendo systems, the loss of Rayman Legends exclusivity; no concrete release date for Aliens Colonial Marines and no AAA third party game announcements in general have left many people questioning Nintendo and their Wii U purchase.  With all the negativity, I’m certainly not about to abandon ship on the Wii U just yet.  Long time fans of Nintendo will understand that “Hey, we’ve been here before, and it’s going to be alright!”  We only have to look to the recent past, for the release of the 3DS to draw parallels between its launch and the Wii U’s predicament. 

Check out Part 2, it examines the N64 and GameCube eras to show how as Nintendo fans, we’ve been here before, and that things will get better.  It’s going to be alright!  Trust me!

Now Isn’t the Time to Buy a Wii U

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When it comes to the Wii U, I’ve been pretty darn quiet. In case the title above didn’t make it obvious, I’m not one of the millions of Wii U owners. Just this morning I was planning to put some cash aside to buy one in the next couple of months, but the day continued, and I changed my mind. Shortly after the announcement of Rayman Legends getting pushed back, something clicked; right now, there really isn’t much about the Wii U that gets me excited.

Rayman Legends getting pushed back is a big blow for the first quarter, and now it means there won’t be another retail Wii U game until mid-March. Even then, I’m not sold on Aliens: Colonial Marines, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, or LEGO City Undercover; maybe sometime down the road when I’m looking to round out my library, but not when they launch. Rayman Legends isn’t the only title to get pushed back either, Pikmin 3 also suffered a delay and won’t even make its once promised Q1 release date. Not to mention that January was bare with very few new retail Wii U games becoming available. OK, that being said, let’s go back to the November launch for a moment.

During launch, if I had the cash bundled together, I would have bought a Wii U, no question. I would have gladly got caught up in the hype and put down cash for New Super Mario Bros. U, ZombiU, and the Wii U Deluxe Bundle. Now that the launch has come and gone without me purchasing a Wii U, I’m looking forward to new titles, titles that have been announced, but likely won’t be around for a significant period of time.

Come to think of it, if a die-hard Nintendo fan like myself doesn’t feel the urgency to buy a Nintendo console at the moment, something’s wrong with the bigger picture. Could it be a fear of terrible third-party support? Yes, I do have a strange feeling telling me that this will indeed be the case. Watch_Dogs, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Tomb Raider, GTA V; I’m not convinced that any of them will come to Wii U, ever. What about future multi-platform next-gen titles? I don’t think third parties will bring over those games either. I hope I’m wrong, but I think developers will pass over the Wii U for the X-box 720 and PS4.

Today is obviously a slow, stale period for Nintendo’s Wii U console. I really hope the situation isn’t as dire in the next year, but until the big guns come out, I can’t recommend the Wii U to anyone. Also, in case you’re wondering, I have played Nintendo Land, I did have some fun, but if I’m being honest, I wasn’t all that impressed. Super Smash Bros. 4, The Legend of Zelda, and the 3D Super Mario game – and of course, games that haven’t been announced yet – will all be reasons for me to buy a Wii U. I’m not willing to give up on Nintendo, but now just isn’t the time to buy a Wii U.

Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie Trailer and Impressions

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Caution: This trailer contains vulgar language.

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James Rolfe, or the Angry Video Game Nerd if you prefer, has put aside monthly episodes to work on a passion project, Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie. He’s been teasing fans a little on Twitter with some photos from the set, but now we finally get to see something more concrete, a trailer for the movie. Read more

Somewhat Random – Sega Genesis DOESN’T Suck

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One afternoon not too long ago, I was having a conversation about video games with two of my friends; let’s call them Friend A and Friend B. We mostly talked about awesome Super Nintendo RPGs, but the topic somehow switched to the Sega Genesis. Friend A and I both grew up with a SNES and Sega Genesis, so we quickly started talking about awesome Genesis games. Friend B was quick to point out that “Sega Genesis Sucks.” Of course, Friend B didn’t have a Sega Genesis growing up and couldn’t name a single game besides Sonic the Hedgehog, and that game sucked too.

Immediately, Friend A and I looked at each other and laughed, because we knew better. Friend B then challenged us to name five games that prove it doesn’t suck. It didn’t really matter what we named though, because it wasn’t like we could change Friend B’s mind. Read more

Somewhat Random – GameCube Collection

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We’re getting down to the last of my collection now. I didn’t own a GameCube until late in its life cycle, in fact, most of my GameCube games went to the local EB Games. I kept playing and collecting well into the Wii era and have kept most of my favourite titles, so here is my GameCube collection. Read more

Somewhat Random – Nintendo DS Collection

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I often credit the Wii for getting me back into gaming, but I’d be wrong. In 2005 I received a Nintendo DS as a Christmas gift and here we are 7 years later at MiniFortress.com. Read more

Somewhat Random – Game Gear Collection

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I didn’t spend my entire childhood playing Nintendo, so I thought I’d share some of the SEGA stuff that I still own. Actually, I just own a Game Gear right now, but that still counts, right? Of course it does! It’s much smaller than my other humble collections, but there’s a few interesting titles here. Read more

Somewhat Random – Is the Wii U Price Appropriate?

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Nintendo has finally announced both the release date, and price for its Wii U Console. It didn’t really surprise anyone when Nintendo revealed that the Wii U will launch on November 18, but they did surprise with the announcement of two SKUs. Gamers can either buy the Wii U Basic Set for $299.99, or the Wii U Deluxe Set for $349.99. Gamers were predicting that Nintendo would set the Wii U price at around the $300 mark, so the pricing was generally accepted by most. At least by most that populate my Twitter feed.

There’s already been a ton of discussion on whether or not these prices are too high, so I don’t know what I could add that hasn’t already been discussed. Instead, I decided to approach the issue in a different manner. So I asked myself, is the Wii U price appropriate? My answer has to be yes. Read more

Somewhat Random – N64 Collection

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There are certain moments in life that one will never forget. For me, one of those moments is Christmas of 1996. I was only ten years old at the time, but I’ve already experienced the magic of both the Nintendo Entertainment System, and the Super Nintendo, so you can imagine my excitement for this ultra 3D Nintendo console. Well, too bad I didn’t get to experience it on Christmas morning.

I received a lot of great gifts that morning, three of which included the N64 console, Wave Race 64, and of course, Super Mario 64. I unwrapped everything in screaming glee, rushed to the TV, but was baffled by the connections. Where was the damn RF Switch, and why didn’t it come with my N64? RF Modulator? What in the blue hell is that? You may have guessed it, my TV did not support AV Cables. Read more

Somewhat Random – Game Boy Collection

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Another week means another portion of my collection is unveiled. This week I’ll be looking at my Game Boy stuff. As you can see above, I own the Kiwi Green Game Boy Color, and it’s awesome. Out of all the colors, I really think the Kiwi Green is among the best of them. I’ve also been teasing the game that made me buy a Super Game Boy, so let’s get right to the games. Read more

Somewhat Random – SNES Collection

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I’ve been wanting to do this for a bit, and people on Twitter did show interest in such an article, so I decided to go ahead and talk about my gaming collection. First up will be my Super Nintendo Entertainment System collection. Come back each Saturday to see stuff from the rest of my collection.

I’ll be completely honest, it’s been awhile since I’ve collected anything for my SNES collection. In fact, most of this stuff is actually from my childhood. Now that I think about it, I left one game out, oh well. That game is Super Star Wars by the way. Regardless, let’s have a look at the games and accessories that I have. Read more