What’s more, they’re literally less relevant than such ‘amazing’ things as the box the game came in and whether it has online multiplayer. Here’s the ESA’s findings in regards to what drives people video game purchases:
It’s kind of staggering, isn’t it? Okay, we all probably knew that word of mouth had a big effect in driving game sales and that the media wasn’t the most important thing in the world. But to have them actually less important than the art style, box art or educational value of the game? That’s got to be quite the blow for video game ‘journalism’.
Either way, here’s the list of factors sorted by how much they actually affect someone’s interest in buying a game:
22% – Interesting Story/Premise
15% – Price
11% – Word of Mouth
10% – Product is a Continuation of a Favourite Game Series
8% – Product is Familiar to Me from Past Experiences
7% – Quality of the Graphics
5% – Educational Value
4% – Online Game Play Capability
4% – Look of the Packaging
4% – Allows for Multiple Players at a Single Location
3% – Product Reviews in Magazines and Video Game Websites
2% – Reputation of the Software Publisher/Developer
2% – Products Rating from ESRB
2% – Other
1% – Advertising
So what can we take from this data? Well, make a game that people like the idea of and are willing to talk about online, and you’ll see better sales as a result.
We can also take from this that some people have very questionable tastes in video games and don’t do much in the way of critical thinking. I mean, buying a game based solely on its age rating? Are these all kids trying to act more mature than they actually are by buying M rated games while at the age of 12? And given how much the packaging factored into things… I guess some people really do tend to judge a book by its cover.
But what do you think about these reasons people buy games? Are you surprised that the gaming media is completely irrelevant in the larger picture of things?
As you probably know from some of other other articles, we have a certain fondness for fan games and ROM hacks here at Nintendo 3DS Daily. URA Zelda, A Tribute to Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Star Road… we’ve posted about quite a few of those projects over the last few years, and many more besides.
So we just couldn’t not post about this. Behold, Banjo Kazooie Returns. The first ever full hack of Rare’s Nintendo 64 classic:
It’s going to have all new levels, what appears to be a new plot and quite a few other new things besides, making it the ideal substitute for an official sequel given Rare’s complete reluctance to do anything with the franchise. What’s more, it turns out that it’s actually being made by someone we know! Yep, author Super Zambezi is the owner of Nintendo fan site Mario Party Legacy, a place which Nintendo 3DS Daily and Talk Nintendo have been associated with for quite some time now.
So yes, there’s Banjo Kazooie Returns for you all. If you want to find out more about it… well, there’s an interesting topic on ROM Hacking.net which is absolutely filled with pictures, and the author is apparently posting about it on Twitter to. You can find links to those in the sources section after the post. (more…)
Yes, it’s not Nintendo related (yet). But in a move that has got to be the one of the most ridiculous, overly politically correct moves every, Target Australia and K Mart have removed Grand Theft Auto V from shelves because of ‘violence against women’.
I’m honestly not making this up. Due to an internet petition signed by a few people on social networks, one of the best selling games in recent years has now been dropped by two major retailers due to supposedly ‘controversial’ content.
So why are we posting about this on a Nintendo site? Why is removing this game from sale an absolutely ludicrous and insane idea? Well, keep reading if you want to find out.
Get someone else to develop the next few games or so. Because just earlier today, Mashiro Sakurai has commented about how he doesn’t think he’ll make another Super Smash Bros title. Here’s his original comment on the matter:
I can’t positively declare there won’t be [another Smash Bros. game]. With both Melee and Brawl, I made those games with the thought that there wouldn’t be any more sequels. Thus, I really can’t deny the chance for another. However, as for myself, I don’t think there will be.
Our intention [with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U] was to provide extra merits to the game which go far beyond the sale price. In terms of scope, and in terms of sheer number of characters, we went beyond our limits long ago. And yet, if we cut the number of fighters or modes in a future game, I’m sure there would be complaints.
You could say that all the effort in the past to stretch out, keep pushing myself, and provide all these extra merits wound up tightening the noose around my neck in the future. That may seem like it contradicts my personal desire to keep giving gamers as much as I can, but I don’t see any easy answer for it. And yet, despite that, I also have trouble picturing someone else taking my place and providing all this value-added content without me.
Well, this is an unexpectedly random piece of news. Apparently, someone in Russia found you could open a Moscow Metro ticket gate by scanning an Amiibo on it. Here’s a tweet showing the process in action:
In a move that will shock the hell out of Paper Mario fans and long time Mario nerds alike, Nintendo has just announced that Toads are actually genderless creatures who merely LOOK like they have gender characteristics. So Toad isn’t technically male, and Toadette isn’t technically female. And nor are any other members of their species. Here’s Nintendo producer Koichi Hayashida’s take on the matter:
This is maybe a little bit of a strange story, but we never really went out of our way to decide on the sex of these characters, even though they have somewhat gendered appearances, but I think what I can say is that Toadette and Toad are not siblings — perhaps it would be more accurate to say they are adventure pals. And that’s certainly true here [in Captain Toad].
So yes, apparently their genders are ambiguous or non existent, and the relationship between Toad and Toadette is that of neither lovers or siblings. They’re also apparently not Mushrooms, but that’s a story for another day…
It may not be Mushroom Kingdom Fusion, but it’s definitely one of the best Mario fan games of all time. Super Mario Fusion Revival is being released in beta form in November 2014 this year!
Here’s the trailer for the new beta of the game:
Pretty cool, isn’t it? It’ll have new levels (including Mana Caverns and Isle de la Reina), new bosses (like Ograoum Papas from the above video) and even new mounts (like Chocobos), so get ready for it this November!
You should be able to find it at the Nintendo Comunity Fan Games Convention held around the same time.
No, this title is not a joke. Apparently, the people behind the Mortal Kombat movies (you know those, right?) are actually making a movie based on Tetris. Because as we all know, a game based on moving blocks into lines has HUGE movie potential in today’s world of Hollywood blockbusters…
Here are some quotes from makers Threshold Entertainment, if you need them:
It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie. his isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.
Brands are the new stars of Hollywood, We have a story behind ‘Tetris’ which makes it a much more imaginative thing.
What you [will] see in ‘Tetris’ is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance,
Above: Quotes by Threshold CEO Larry Kasanoff about the movie
So what do we think about this whole announcement? Well, you can find out in the full post below…
Ever wondered why the Duck Hunt dog made it into Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U? Well, this fan made video (by JudgeSpear of Mushroom Kingdom Fusion and Super Mario Fusion Revival fame) explains it really well:
Based on a comic about the game posted on DeviantArt, it’s touching, funny and all in all, makes a great explanation for why the dog and duck duo made it into the new game.
But what do you think? Is it a good video about a potential backstory the characters may have had? Should Nintendo’s own explanation be similar, for when the characters are officially announced in a new trailer?
I have no words for how impressive most of this is. Just watch the video below:
See that? All of it was created in the Doom II engine. You know, Doom, the game/series which had you blasting away at demons from hell in a first person view. Someone had enough dedication to make a mod that turns that game into a 2D Donkey Kong Country platformer, complete with what appear to be pre rendered graphics.
Usually, converting an engine to something it was never meant for ends in disaster (just ask the thousands of idiots who tried making a Mario platformer in RPG maker). This is an exception. It’s a mod that’s so well done that it’s absolutely nothing like the game it was based on in either aesthetics or gameplay, yet still manages to be fun to play.
Well done DooMero, you’ve made one of the best mods ever.