EpicBattleCry - Skirmish 222: Three Dollars and a Chainsaw

On this warped edition of EBC we talk all things Nintendo as we discuss the possible directions for the house of Mario. Also, Microsoft spins its Gears, PlayStation Emulation, Tony gets his Loadout and why GTA is Hall of Fame worthy. Grab your (warp) pipe, we’re going beyond world 1-2 in this epic edition of gaming’s most brutal video podcast!

 

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TOPIC: JUMP AROUND - Big changes might be afoot at the Big N as a widening gap in the hardware market and a lack of presence on non-Nintendo mobile devices may be preventing the storied company from achieving all that it is capable of. We run down the recent headlines pertaining to Nintendo and debate next steps for the house of Mario.

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Here is my opinion on the matter. I'm a little disappointed, yet a little more excited at the same time, due to the player count of Titanfall. I am a huge Battlefield fan, when it works. I love the big scale warfare it has. That is what I was kinda expecting in Titanfall as well. I was expecting big maps and lots of players. At the same time however, I am more excited to see them doing something different. The first time I saw Titanfall I thought to myself, "That looks awesome! but it's another first person shooter... guess EA doesn't think we have enough of those..." When the news came that they were taking the player count down to six on six (with a bunch of bots), I kinda like it better, because they are doing something different than everyone else. Which is fantastic! The last thing I want is another COD/Battlefield clone. I think this will help Titanfall create it's own unique identity in the large pool of first person shooters.

The reason I think they did this, is because EA thinks it will be great for both hard core gamers and casual gamers at the same time. If you suck at first person shooters, you can probably still take out a couple of AI players before being annihilated yourself, so it will make you feel like you are still a bad ass even if you aren't killing any real players, thus making EA more money (which is all EA really cares about anyway). Will this hurt the game? I'll wait and find out to make my final decision, but based on the evidence given, I don't think so. To me it just makes the game more accessible.

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Comment by Hoder Jensen on February 6, 2014 at 1:55pm

They are back! Ahhh Yiiisss!


And most importantly - Congrats Brent!

Comment by Israel Pacheco on February 6, 2014 at 2:26pm

I think there are a couple things Nintendo can do to turn things around for the company as a whole. The first one being, as you guys mentioned, bringing their games to mobile platforms. I would like to see two different types of games come to mobile. The first and most obvious being their back catalog of games from consoles such as the NES and SNES, and handhelds such as the GB and GBA. These games all have simple button configurations that could translate well to a touch screen. The second type of games would be short bite sized experiences using their characters like Mario. That way if you wanted a longer more fulfilling experience you can pick up a 3DS or a WiiU. 

The second thing Nintendo can do is acquire companies like Sega/Sammy and Capcom to expand their first party exclusives roster. This can fill the gaps between Nintendo's in house studio releases. Characters like Sonic and Mega Man would appeal to a younger demographic, while series like Resident Evil, Street Fighter, and Persona would appeal to an older demographic.

P.S. Nice to hear you guys back! Keep kicking ass in 2014!

Comment by Heavywolfblade on February 6, 2014 at 3:42pm

Good to see the old crew back together looking forward to more and last and certainly not least Congratulations to the new addition to the Adams Family Brent.

Comment by Lucius Silver on February 6, 2014 at 6:45pm

Welcome back, my Lords of cutting, my defaters of mayhem!!!

Ah Nintendo... Don’t get me wrong, I love them. I grew up with them. My ring tone is a metal version of Castlevania 2’s Bloody Tears theme on the NES and the text message sound is Mario going down the pipe. However, nostalgia and love aside, the company either evolves or dies.

Like Marcus Beer said: new blood. Get new people in. Someone who understands the current state of the industry and is not trapped in an 80s time bubble. Hire people to expedite game development, promote some of them to game directors, get new ideas cooking, buy smaller devs to increase the number of first party titles... So many things that can be done to restore our faith in them. ‘Cus it’s fading. And in time, unless something is done, it will disappear...

Comment by Sigmund Rumpf on February 6, 2014 at 8:13pm

My opinion on the matter of Nintendo is I do agree with a lot of people that Nintendo should put some smaller games on the IOS platform to draw them to there hardware.  I also think more importantly they need a price cut first and foremost on the Wii U.  I would also like to see them bring some new IP's to the Nintendo catalog because to be honest I feel like its getting a bit bland.  I'm not saying the games they make are bad in fact I think they are some of the best games in the industry but it leaves a stale taste in my mouth knowing all that I'm buying a Nintendo console for is Mario, Zelda, Smash Bros, Mario Kart etc... you get my point.

Comment by Tokyochuchu on February 6, 2014 at 10:14pm

Bwoooooooooooooooo! That's all I can say about the return of EBC!

... That was the falcon cry, by the way.

Comment by Johnny Blaze on February 7, 2014 at 3:30am

And you didnt name her Wednesday. Mr Adams I am disappoint. :p

Comment by StarBound on February 7, 2014 at 7:42am

I would love to see Nintendo bring out hardware on par with the new generation of consoles however I know that will not solve their current problems entirely. Mergers, combined divisions, pay cuts still doesn't do anything to help the company when it is clearly out of touch with its consumer base.

Those of us that played Nintendo in passed days have grown up and while we still get the same experience we did back then from the new wave of Nintendo games there simply isn't anything to introduce and attract a new market generation.

Here is hoping that Nintendo wakes up sooner rather than later and fixes the problem before taking their cherished childhood IPs to the grave.

Comment by Tim on February 7, 2014 at 6:18pm

Yay your back! Thank you for picking my battle cry last week. 

As far as nintendo goes, I think they are trying to think outside the box too much instead of doing the obvious. They need to look at what Sony and Microsoft are doing. They need to get in on the third party action and get some new first party titles. I love Mario and supersmash bros, but those don't come out often, and you can't really rely on those too much to sell your systems. The idea to focus on exercise is admirable, but I don't see that being beneficial to them in terms of sales. They need to go back to the basics on what makes gaming... well gaming. Only then do I see them getting back on track.

Comment by Solid_Drill on February 7, 2014 at 6:59pm

I've only the first 60 seconds, but GODDAMIT I WAS WAITING FOR A FALCON CRY AFTER NO EBC THESE LAST FEW DAYS! WHERE'S THAT FALCON LOVE! At least put a recording over there so you don't have to exhaust your lovely voices. 

Oh well, I'll get back to hearing the actual podcast now. And of course, congratulations Brent! You'll be a great father.


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