@DeputyVanHalen@canonj I was confused by this as well. At first it sounded like a 30-day sale, but then it sounded like this is a "trial period" that they hope encourages us to buy the games. Especially when Iwata says "I hope you will try out these games during the campaign period to see if you might be interested in buying a particular game." But then they say that Balloon Fight will be available for purchase immediately after the Nintendo Direct.
I'm leaning toward the idea of it being a forever purchase, but it was badly worded in the video.
Watching this now. Here are some thoughts, as I go:
- Wow, Miiverse really has Nintendo's focus right now. I like Miiverse, but I wonder if this is the right place to focus attention. I guess with the smartphone app coming, there could be a chance for Miiverse to reach out a bit. But I'm not totally convinced. I'm not going to move my gaming community loyalty from Negative World to Miiverse, that's for sure.
- Wonderful 101 was a standout out at the Wii U event I went to, and it's looking like even more fun in this reel. I do think it'll be a love it/hate it sort of affair, but I'm certainly going to be in the "love it" category. (And lol at the waterslide.)
- Bayonetta 2 looking good. "We want to make a game that maximizes the potential of the Wii U." I hope so. You've got my attention. "You want to touch me?" Hmmm... Platinum does seem like a good fit with Nintendo, though. (And I expect Bayonetta for Smash Bros.)
- Smash Bros at E3. Sounds nice. Would have loved it last year, but I get it. These take a while to make.
- Mario and Mario Kart in playable form at E3. Expected, but good to have the heads up.
- Wii U Party - This is the direction I expected Wii U to go and that's fine with me. I'm probably more likely to nab this than the Wii one. I dig the "Twister" mode.
- Yoshi's Epic Yarn - I'm not a huge Yoshi fan, but I'm down with the "Epic Yarn" thing reaching out to other franchises. Seems cool.
- SMT X FE - I'm down. I know nothing about SMT, but Fire Emblem always has my attention.
- Aonuma looks a lot cooler than I remembered.
- "Rethink the conventions of Zelda" - Standing ovation from me.
- Wind Waker HD - I think it looks gorgeous, frankly. Out by the Fall? Awesome. I'm so into it. My nephews are getting it for their birthdays, too.
- "Wind Waker is the perfect game for introducing new players" - Darn straight. Tuning up the experience probably means less sailing. I'll miss it, but I can't deny the complaints I've heard about it over the years. So that's a good move, I think.
- Xenoblade 2 (or whatever it is) - Never picked up the first one, but this looks like the sort of game Monolith ought to be making. I could get on board for it.
All of this was good information, and went a long way to making me feel more comfortable about the Wii U's future. Yes, of course I knew projects like these were already in the works, but I prefer to at least know a little bit about the upcoming software before I commit a bunch of money and mental energy to a new piece of hardware. I got a Wii U for Christmas, rather unexpectedly, so I was already on board. But this information is probably enough for me to feel calm about the near future of the console.
A great, unexpected treat from Nintendo, today. Thanks, Iwata.
Yeah, I like what I've played of the franchise, but to me this is a localization mistake on the level of keeping the "Suikoden" name.
I mean, what the fuck, right? It makes both of those franchises look less welcoming than they actually are. The names scream "This is not for you."
I understand that in a way, the logic was probably that a small group of people knew of the SMT games back when they weren't being localized, and they kept the name to not turn off those people. But in the process, they turn off everyone else.
Yeah, I don't mean to sound less adventurous than I usually am, but I think you hit the nail on the head when you say the title makes it seem "less welcoming". If it's a franchise that can crossover with Fire Emblem, then I'll bet I'd probably like it. But I've never even looked into these games before because "Shin Tegami Matsuwhatsit" sounds like something that's only supposed to be played by guys in Trigun t-shirts who call themselves "otaku" and import half their games from shops in Akihabara. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but it doesn't describe me.
Taking my cynic's hat off. I'm actually looking forward to Yoshi's Epic Fabric or whatever. Xenoblade on HD looks yummy (if only Monster Hunter looked like that...). I wish Nintendo would have waited until now that it has an HD console to release a Metroid Prime Trilogy. It would have been awesome on 3D with proper surround sound support. Wind Waker looks great, I just hope they price it accordingly (i.e. no more than $20, even that is pushing it.)
I don't know about Bayonetta. I just bought the first game for PS3 so I guess I'm going to find out whether it is for me or not. I haven't seen much of a wonderful 101 that gets my attention.