Nintendo’s Global Sales Report

[intro] Recently Nintendo released their new numbers on Global Sales for the WiiU. As we all know, Nintendo WiiU has not been selling well the past months. After last weeks release on the Global Sales, Nintendo’s shares plummeted on the stock market. Here are my thoughts on the matter. [/intro] The WiiU is a fantastic … Continue reading “Nintendo’s Global Sales Report”

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Recently Nintendo released their new numbers on Global Sales for the WiiU. As we all know, Nintendo WiiU has not been selling well the past months. After last weeks release on the Global Sales, Nintendo’s shares plummeted on the stock market.

Here are my thoughts on the matter.

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The WiiU is a fantastic next generation console that follows up on the previous very successful Wii. Yet, not many people know what the WiiU is about, that it is indeed next generation and that it’s a must-have.

Most people have the feeling that WiiU is an new edition of the original Wii. Others have said that they feel it’s not as powerful as the other next-generation consoles.

All this misinformation and misreading of the actual new product is caused by Nintendo misreading the market and deploying a totally wrong marketingplan. Nintendo thought simply that everybody that knew the Wii, would automatically understand that WiiU was the next generation and something entirely new. So commercials were minimal for the product. Also they released a certain amount of games for a certain segment of the market. They focused a bit more on the adult player with at release some more violent games and not the classics that Nintendo is known for (Zelda, Mario, Metroid etc).

Like the 3DS is commercialized currently, the WiiU could have much better commercialised. For one they could have shown it is something new and not just an upgrade from the Wii. Secondary they could have used the new name for the new console in their commercials, the added U could have been incorparated into the messages to spread the name, the brand.

People also got worried since the Nintendo Share prices plummeted following the news. It removed some of its market value. Nonetheless have the shares leveled again a few days later. The thing with shares is simply a completely different game. We are talking about stock market in that case. Stock market has prices based upon how many buyers are interested in the stock and how many people are holding onto it stock.

With this type of news on a market where shares are involved, there are always panic investors. The panic investors have problems with a sudden change and will sell as soon as the prices start to drop. The long term investor will take it easy and relax and watch what will happen from a distance.

So here my opinion is simple. Let Iwata work on a new structure or a new marketing plan and see the shares rise on the market again.

What I want to say before I stop writing is this: I believe that the WiiU has a lot of potential. the console has still functions for me that I never even tried. All it needs is content and a good amount of inspiring and funny commercials that make people understand what this console is about; its name, it’s brand and it’s content.

Game on!

Steven

Minecraft goes Adventure

[intro] Jeb has started on a new series of snapshots to test out new functionality. [/intro] Mojang’s main MineCraft developer has put his attention onto the Survival and Adventure mode of the game. Last Thursday he released a snapshot that released some interesting new functionality. Survival mode – 3 new stone types! – Major Enchanting … Continue reading “Minecraft goes Adventure”

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Jeb has started on a new series of snapshots to test out new functionality.

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Mojang’s main MineCraft developer has put his attention onto the Survival and Adventure mode of the game. Last Thursday he released a snapshot that released some interesting new functionality.

Survival mode

– 3 new stone types!
– Major Enchanting & Repairing changes!
– Mossy stone bricks recipe!
– Updated Villager trading!
– Doors stack!
– Slime blocks!
– Lots of other tweaks, changes, bug fixes and secret features!

Adventure Mode, mostly for map creators:

– Adventure Mode no longer lets you place/destroy blocks (but this is still subject to change)
– Added Entity Selectors! Use @e in certain commands to target entities. You can limit it with [type=Chicken] or [type=!Skeleton]
– Added a /blockdata command!
– Added ‘Lock’ (String) NBT tag on most containers.
– Added an optional entity parameter to /kill (try: /kill @e[type=!Player]
– Added optional arguments to /clear for max item count (use 0 to not actually delete anything) & NBT data
– Lots of other tweaks, changes, bug fixes and secret features!
See the post here.

Stay tuned to Mojang’s patch updates, because I am sure there is more cool stuff to follow.

Game on!

Steven

ArenaNet’s Offline Communication

[intro] Seems ArenaNet, the publisher behind Guild Wars 2, is communicating their game and upcoming content on totally different channels currently.[/intro] Some players, but not all players, seem to be getting Christmas Cards. Yes, Christmas is over, but they might have sent these cards out too late that they are arriving only just now at … Continue reading “ArenaNet’s Offline Communication”

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Seems ArenaNet, the publisher behind Guild Wars 2, is communicating their game and upcoming content on totally different channels currently.[/intro]

Some players, but not all players, seem to be getting Christmas Cards. Yes, Christmas is over, but they might have sent these cards out too late that they are arriving only just now at some places in the world. This has been done with a selection or at random.

The other communication seems to have been done to some press sites, such as Gamerzine.com in the form of a metronome. A metronome is a tool for musical instrument players to keep in tact, ticking away on the background of your play. The metronome bears the logo of Guild Wars 2 and has a specific text on the back of the metronome:

Thump, Thump. Time to jump.

Wipe all resistance from your mind

There’s a secret deep below to find

If you’d only seen the things I’ve seen

You’d wake up screaming from The Dream

This next part will sting, but it brings me joy

Sometimes to change you must destroy

A fire is rising you cannot contain

Tyria will burn, while I remain.

which is a reference to what is going to happen at the upcoming patch on the 21st of January 2014, which will feature the first of four episodes for the conclusion of the living story with Scarlet in it. We hope for a new Elder Dragon and a brilliant ending to the story. Also do we hope for a big update at the end of it all with lots of new content.

From the Recap site: “Looking into 2014 and back on the plot of the main story of 2013, many questions remain: why did Scarlet brings these groups together? What did she see when she looked into the eternal alchemy, and how did it change her? What is she trying to accomplish? Is she just nuts, or is there something far more sinister going on? How do each of these moments through 2013 tie together?
The answer to all of these questions await in our four upcoming releases in 2014: and lead to one final moment that will change the face of Tyria forever.

We will have to see what will happen.

Game on!

Steven

Game Releases January 2014

[intro] Delayed by a few days by the past holiday celebrations with family and friends abroad, comes here the game release list of January 2014. [/intro] 9. Metal Gear Solid: Rising (PC) 13. Nidhogg (PC) 14. The Banner Saga (PC) 15. Dr. Luigi (WiiU) 17. Mario Party: Island Tour (3DS) 23. Might and Magic X … Continue reading “Game Releases January 2014”

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Delayed by a few days by the past holiday celebrations with family and friends abroad, comes here the game release list of January 2014.

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9. Metal Gear Solid: Rising (PC)
13. Nidhogg (PC)
14. The Banner Saga (PC)
15. Dr. Luigi (WiiU)
17. Mario Party: Island Tour (3DS)
23. Might and Magic X Legacy (PC)
24. Blackguards: The Dark Eye (PC, Mac)
31. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (PS4, Xbox One)

Which game are you most looking forward to?

Game on!

Steven