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Wii U – Caffeinated Predictions, Thoughts, & Wishes

September 12, 2012


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Nintendo of America will be holding its Wii U press conference tomorrow, September 13th. Nintendo is set to detail the Wii U’s release date, price, services for it, and probably even more Wii U launch games that haven’t been offiically announced yet.

What are some of my predictions, thoughts, and wishes for what we will see tomorrow from the Wii U conference? Start brewing yourself a pot of coffee (you may need a second pot by the time you finish), and let’s take a look!

Caffeinated Predictions, Thoughts, & Wishes
I believe the Wii U will release before November 13th. Why November 13th? It has all to do with what will probably be the biggest video game of the 2012 holiday season: Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

Official looking?

While Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has not been officially confirmed for the Wii U (not even sure about the Wii), I personally believe Nintendo has worked with Activision and Treyarch, “keeping the lid” on the game’s announcement until the Wii U’s press conference on Thursday. With all the advertising Nintendo should be doing for the Wii U this the holiday season, and with all the advertising Activision will be doing for Black Ops 2, I think having the biggest video game of the 2012 holiday season available for the Wii U day one, can only see as a positive for the system.

I don’t think Nintendo would want Black Ops 2 out before the Wii U console is available, especially considering Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will most likely will be the biggest game of 2012 (in terms of early release sales numbers and units sold over the holidays). Also, getting the Wii U out before Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 would probably allow Nintendo to have its online service tested pretty well (load testing anybody?), because the game is geared toward online multiplayer.

Sniping on the GamePad in multiplayer? Probably in the single-player campaign.

Black Ops 2 will be releasing on November 13th, which is a Tuesday, for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Nintendo has a history in North America of releasing consoles on Sundays, and I believe November 11th is the latest date that the Wii U console will release.

Going out on a limb here from some “investigative work” tonight, I’m going to predict Nintendo will release the Wii U on October 28, 2012 in North America. Also, this allows them to release it before the presidential election in the U.S., which could affect some of their potential buyers’ decisions going into the holiday season.

Now that I have my Wii U console release date prediction out, here is a list of some of my wishes for the Wii U console that I hope Nintendo addresses/confirms at the conference tomorrow:

  • A Wii U console price of $249.99, with the GamePad included. No game necessary.
  • Confirm 100% all Wii Virtual Console and WiiWare purchases will transfer (or not) to the Wii U console.
  • Address the Wii U GamePad’s streaming capabilities. Name which Wii U launch games will be able to use the Wii U GamePad for campaigns, and not just multiplayer features and minigames. Having Virtual Console, WiiWare, or at the very least all new eShop Wii U games being able to be streamed to the GamePad for play would be awesome, and a very big selling point for me.
  • Release more specific information about the Wii U GamePad, such as how far it will properly function away from the system, how long will a full battery charge last with the screen being used, can it be used for in-game voice chat (assuming yes, but never know)? Also, how much will an extra Wii U GamePad cost?
  • Address the unfriendly “friend code” system. Will the Wii U console be a continuation of the 3DS, where it is one “friend code” per system? Or, will it be an account based type system tied to perhaps your Club Nintendo account, with possibly even more than one gamer account per Wii U console?
  • Confirm the Wii U will maintain the Nintendo Channel functionality of the Wii, with it displaying the hours Wii U owners spend playing their games.
  • I do wish that they will confirm New Super Mario Bros. Wii U has online functionality of some sort, either cooperative multiplayer through the campaign which could be incredible, or even some smaller online mode outside of the main campaign (not holding my breath on this one).
  • Address things like whether Wii U games will have the “accomplishments” that some 3DS games have.
One last semi-caffeinated prediction, and going out on a limb here again, I’m predicting that Wave Race Wii U will be announced as a launch title for the system. Why? Nintendo released Wave Race for the Nintendo 64, helping display the systems graphical capabilities, and they did the same for the GameCube. Being that the Wii U is the first HD console for Nintendo, I’m just guessing they will really want to “Wow!” the gamers that love HD graphics, and I think water effects in HD are probably a great way to do it. Wave Race Wii U will have online multiplayer and leaderboards, much like the Mario Kart Wii and 3DS games.
Questions
Do any of you agree, or perhaps disagree, with my predictions and points above? Do you think my October 28th Wii U release date prediction is too early? What about Wave Race Wii U?

Is there anything that you must hear, or see, from Nintendo’s Wii U conference on Thursday before you commit to buying one? Is there a price that would put the Wii U console out of your range, assuming $350 is the highest they will go?
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Mutant Mudds gets official PC release date, price, & trailer!

August 17, 2012

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     Renegade Kid, developer of the award-winning Nintendo DS Dementium series, has revealed that their Nintendo 3DS title Mutant Mudds, now has an official PC release date and price (sorry, no Mac version yet).
     Mutant Mudds will be available to purchase before August ends, and if you purchase the game within the first week it’s available you will save 20% off the regular price.

     To see what apparent platforming greatness awaits you later this month in Mutant Mudds’ PC release, check out the new trailer for the game below!

     Mutant Mudds will be available to purchase through several PC distribution partners. Those are currently listed as: GOG.com, GAMERSGATE.com, DESURA.com, and apparently through Renegade Kid’s own digital shop, Renegade Shop.
     The PC version is releasing at a price point of just $9.99, but as mentioned above, if you purchase Mutant Mudds between August 30th and September 5th, you will get the game for its “Introductory Price” of just $7.99; a 20% savings.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     The game has not been confirmed to be releasing via Steam yet, but I am hoping it will be announced for the service soon. I do not have an account on GOG.com, GAMERSGATE.com, or DESURA.com, but if the game releases with no word of a Steam release, I will have to pick one of those services to sign up for.
     As for “Renegade Shop” being listed as a buying option, I have contacted Renegade Kid directly to see if they will be selling the game on “The best shop on the internet.”, at least according to Grannie.
     Being that I greatly enjoy platforming games, I’m really looking forward to giving Mutant Mudds a try, perhaps even the day of its PC release!

Questions
     If you have experience with GOG.com, GAMERSGATE.com, and/or DESURA.com, has it been a good experience and would you recommend it to other PC gamers that are perhaps looking at purchasing Mutant Mudds when it releases?
     If you have played Mutant Mudds on the 3DS, have the confirmed extra levels (and perhaps even newly added achievements) for the PC version made you think about purchasing it as well?

>A PS3 FPS Release Date Confirmed – Move Support, 60+ Maps…

April 24, 2011

>Coffee Beans:
     I’m now pleased to say that PS3 owners will only have to wait a little while longer to play a new FPS that has Sony Move(and Navigation) support, 60+ maps, a map editor, online multi-player, as well as a solid single-player offering.
     What game am I talking about, and when will it release?

     Greg Hastings Paintball 2!  After hearing from Greg Hastings himself, I can now say Greg Hastings Paintball 2 will be releasing on May 10 through the PlayStation Network.  A price point has not been 100% confirmed yet, but Majesco should be releasing that information soon.

     If you want to hear more on the game, and the development process; make sure to read my interview portions with the developer of the game, Super X Studios.  You can find the interview split up, HERE and HERE.

     If you’re interested to know more about the game and the content it will be offering, the video below should give you a good idea of the content you can be expecting from the game when it releases on May 10.

Questions:
     Do any of you plan on picking this up day one?  Or, is it a game you’re interested in, but perhaps want some more coverage of the PS3 version when it releases?
     I’ll probably be picking it up day one, to help provide coverage for it.

     Wii and Xbox 360 owners can currently purchase the game via retail, as it was released for both of those systems last September.  You can see prices of the Wii and Xbox 360 versions of Greg Hastings Paintball 2 on Amazon.com linked below.
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0038N9WWI&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0038N9WPU&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Conduit 2, Release Date Confirmed?

April 10, 2010
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Thoughts:
If you click the image above, you will see that both Amazon.com and GameStop.com have Conduit 2 now with a release date of November 2, 2010.
I know many times companies like Game Stop and Amazon.com will use placeholder release dates, but this date does fall on a Tuesday, which is often the day new games are released.
The date, November 2, 2010, also goes along with the “Fall 2010” target release mentioned in Sega’s press release, when they announced Conduit 2.
If November 2, 2010, is the release date, I think it’s going to be very interesting seeing how Conduit 2 performs, if Treyarch/Activision release another Call of Duty Wii game this fall in November.
Call of Duty 3 was released on November 21, 2006.
Call of Duty: World at War was released on November 11, 2008.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex was released on November 10, 2009.
Questions:
Do you think November 2, 2010, will end up being the release date for Conduit 2?
If so, and another Call of Duty game is released on the Wii this November as well, do you plan on buying both games, or just one?
If just one, which game do you plan on buying, Conduit 2 or the next Call of Duty?

As for myself, I do want to hear more details about Conduit 2, mainly on the multiplayer and hearing confirmation the spawn bug isn’t present, that was present in The Conduit.  If Treyarch is developing the next Call of Duty Wii game, I’m already leaning towards Call of Duty, because of Treyarch’s past two Wii Call of Duty games.
I am assuming another Call of Duty game will be released on the Wii this, though one hasn’t been officially announced yet.

If you’re interested in any of the games mentioned, you can see some of their new and used prices on Amazon.com below:

Conduit 2 Release Date Confirmed?

April 10, 2010
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Thoughts:
If you click the image above, you will see that both Amazon.com and GameStop.com have Conduit 2 now with a release date of November 2, 2010.
I know many times companies like Game Stop and Amazon.com will use placeholder release dates, but this date does fall on a Tuesday, which is often the day new games are released.
The date, November 2, 2010, also goes along with the “Fall 2010” target release mentioned in Sega’s press release, when they announced Conduit 2.
If November 2, 2010, is the release date, I think it’s going to be very interesting seeing how Conduit 2 performs, if Treyarch/Activision release another Call of Duty Wii game this fall in November.
Call of Duty 3 was released on November 21, 2006.
Call of Duty: World at War was released on November 11, 2008.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex was released on November 10, 2009.
Questions:
Do you think November 2, 2010, will end up being the release date for Conduit 2?
If so, and another Call of Duty game is released on the Wii this November as well, do you plan on buying both games, or just one?
If just one, which game do you plan on buying, Conduit 2 or the next Call of Duty?

As for myself, I do want to hear more details about Conduit 2, mainly on the multiplayer and hearing confirmation the spawn bug isn’t present, that was present in The Conduit.  If Treyarch is developing the next Call of Duty Wii game, I’m already leaning towards Call of Duty, because of Treyarch’s past two Wii Call of Duty games.
I am assuming another Call of Duty game will be released on the Wii this, though one hasn’t been officially announced yet.

If you’re interested in any of the games mentioned, you can see some of their new and used prices on Amazon.com below:

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000G7T7JC&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001AWIP7M&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002I08CJG&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001HKPUKC&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr