Entries Tagged as 'Nintendo DS'

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Rings of Fate Gemini Edition

More new stuff from Square Enix! Released import, but consists of both the game and the console and is the limited edition!
Notice fancy pants Rings of Fate logo on the the pristine white Nintendo DS. Revel in the great booklet and the limited edition game. Collect this collector’s item and worry not that the price is a mere $299 USD.
For you must have the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Rings of Fate Gemini Edition [affiliate]. It calls out to you. You hear the cries of help…. and you want to give it a home.

Playstation 3 market share will ramp up

ps3.jpg A lot of flak is given towards Sony’s Playstation 3 and its market share. First, it was the price. Then it was the exclusivity of games. Apparently they can’t even capitalize on the 360s screwups. Either way though, it’s not going to change my mind that the market share eventually will ramp up.
I base my thoughts on a few very important points that has kept Sony alive thus far.
[ PROS ]
Brand
Luckily, Sony has done very well with Playstation. PS1 took over as the five hundred pound gorilla back in the day, and the PS2 is still chugging along churning out games and profits like nothing else. Even their portable PSP is finally taking off due to some of the more developed franchises coming to the system such as God of War and Silent Hill.
Strong Third Party Developers
While Nintendo pumps out most of their heavy hitters themselves with in-house brands of Mario, and Zelda, Sony has a strong suite of third party developers and publishers. Square Enix in my opinion is one of the heaviest hitters having stayed alongside Sony for so long and the majority of the Final Fantasy franchise being on the Playstation brand in …well, forever. Even the powerhouse giant Ubisoft isn’t leaving PS3 in the dust. With some very fancy titles showing up in the future, it should definitely be interesting to watch.
Upcoming games
Take a look at the latest offerings and tell me that it doesn’t make you drool. With latest in the Metal Gear franchise from Kojima Productions, that’s been a winner ever since they’ve been working on the franchise itself. With the reawakening of the Resident Evil series after the amazing scratch code of RE4…RE5 is supposed to be the next thrill from Capcom. Must we speak of the mega-giant Square Enix? Long since the move from Nintendo to Sony, the Final Fantasy series will be showing another brilliant piece of work. These are some very serious titles which is similar to the delay in amazing third party games for the PSP vs. DS Lite wars. Lately, PSP seems to be ramping up their portfolio with some of the greatness scene on the PS2. That in itself tells you that the scenery is very much alive and kicking and that market share is a slow gainer.
**
So what has Sony screwed up on that is holding itself back? Well, there’s some weaknesses that I think could actually be improved upon and would definitely help with their current standings.
[ CONS ]
Price
It’s really strange. For some odd reason, the executives at Sony seem to think that because Microsoft went and freaked out and added a huge price on the 360, that they could beat them out on the price and raise it even further. Yet, if you think about your average gamer, you’ll find that while many of us grew up with gaming, there are things more important than spending $400+ on a system. Around $200, people might give in to temptation these days as is with the Nintendo Wii. Affordability is key to how to move product and create market share fast. That’s also why the Wii outsells 360 and PS3, and why the PSP has ate the dust of the DS Lite for a long time. Sony has never understood this, and thus, they take a beating from it.
Online
Home looks like an interesting thing, but they have to launch well. So far, people have been writing in to say that there’s nothing to do on the beta. Is that exactly what impression you want to give to your players that aren’t within the beta? Betas are supposed to be almost finished products, not half-baked ones. This is where the Microsoft shines with their online. They’ve finally figured out that the reason why Asian markets are all about “free MMORPGs” is because the micropayment scheme can really pay off in quantity. What’s a few dollars here and there, but when you build a community of millions of players, that’s millions of dollars. That keeps repeating because it doesn’t hurt the players’ pockets too deeply. That’s something to understand.
A more refined marketplace and movie distribution could really put Sony on the map. But this requires them to refine Home to compete with the already pretty mature online product by Microsoft.
Community
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Asian markets are different from North American. Why has the 360 done so well? FPS and sports games. Why does it do so poorly in Asia? FPS and sports games. You can’t deliver the same types of gaming to different regions of the world and expect it to do fabulously. And what’s more is that while RPG and adventure has always been the strong points of the Playstation brand, you need growth outside of that. Believe me, coming from an RPG fan’s perspective, I love your console. But I’m in the minority in the United States. This is just plain fact of market trends.
Another screw up is where Sony keeps preventing the homebrew community from succeeding. Famous PSP homebrew firmware developer, Dark Alex, called it quits after worrying about what legal actions might be taken against him. Yet, many of the “features” that eventually made it into the official firmware were based directly off of the homebrew communities needs. This whole development community is shadowed by the fact that both Microsoft and Nintendo are putting out development tools for average users to create games with on their next-gen consoles. This in itself is supporting community by enabling them to write their own things. This also puts the content in the hands of the users. You never know what diamond in the rough may turn out, much like Geometry Wars.
**
Needless to say, Sony could improve upon its weak points to actually gain more market share more quickly. But having seen their style of management, they don’t seem to care one way or another on how the US market works, or how they could improve it. They seem to be inspired by their own sales pitches that “it will because our product is awesome” approach. Ick.
But if namesake means anything, it will eventually turn out to be another winner for Sony. Not necessarily overtaking the 360, but definitely a longevity type winner. And believe me… the last thing Sony would want is to have the PS3 be like the ill-fated Sega Dreamcast. So far, I don’t see that happening. But if they keep not paying attention to market needs, the gamers might not be so friendly the next time around.

Game Review: Wario: Master of Disguise

Wario: Master of Disguise I recently got my hands on
Wario: Master of Disguise
[affiliate]. This game fully takes advantage of the DS’s unique stylus ability and reminds me very much of the Wii’s Wario: Smooth Moves games with the mini games. The whole game requires you to play with the stylus to direct fire or do a special move or change disguises while your right hand maneuvers Wario with the X,Y,A,B buttons (or the controller pad if you’re right-handed). Not that it’s bad, but make sure that you have some support for your right hand since you’ll not only be playing with the button controls, but you’ll also be holding the DS with that hand since your dominant hand is holding the stylus.
So far, most of the game is pretty straight forward. The riddles and puzzles are almost too easy although the game play is fairly amusing. Very much like any of the Mario games with the Wario twist.
You go around as Wario duking it out with a television show thief trying to be the better thief of the two. More of the little boy humor, your thief name is Purple Wind in reference to flatulence. With each of your disguises, you gain special abilities that allow you to bypass the puzzles or overcome obstacles. With ten long levels in all and many items to collect, there is an abundance of replay value. Gamespot only gives this game a 6.1 rating due to non-polished controls, but users have giving it a fair 7.2. Myself, I find this in the league of the rest of the Marios. Fun, not as amusing in storyline but if you’ve played other Wario games, you’ll understand that it’s in the same concept and has the same feel. In that instance, this is probably one of the more polished games since Wario games are usually pretty lacking in graphical umph.

Final Fantasy XII Revenant Wings DS Lite Bundle (Limited Edition) (Japan Version)

Are you a big Final Fantasy fan? Played all the games, and have all the action figurines? Then don’t miss out on this limited edition import that could pass right through your hands. Revenant Wings is the latest and greatest edition to be added to the Square Enix lineup and from the screenshots I’ve seen… happens to be amazing. This bundle comes with game, and a limited edition Nintendo DS Lite, inscribed with the FFXII-Revenant Wings logo. Might also want to note that the import console only works with 110V but can play all DS games.
As a FF fanboy, the $299.99USD price tag might seem a bit steep until you realize that you’ll probably be one of the only people in your part of the hemisphere with one. No guarantees that it’ll ever go for more than that on eBay unless you get some hard to get signatures on that bad boy, but with the retail being $437.49USD, who are you to complain?

Gyakuten Saiban 4 with Headphone (First Press Limited Edition)

Are you a fan of Phoenix Wright? Have all the pre-order type giveaways and looking for more collector items? Then you’ll probably be interested in Gyakuten Saiban 4 (Phoenix Wright 4) limited edition release. It comes with the game, and some sweet Phoenix Wright headphones that will make all of your friends jealous. And for your usual import limited edition collector’s price of $109.99USD, it’s probably a total savings when you realize that the retail price was $179.99USD previously.
Either way you look at it, this is currently one of the hottest games in the US and in Japan. One last thing. If you’re looking to play this limited edition game, it probably wouldn’t be bad to brush up on your Japanese. You know, since it’s an imported game and all…

Nintendo DS: Castlevania Portrait of Ruin for $21

Currently, Amazon has Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin [affiliate] for the Nintendo DS for $20.99. That including free shipping has got to be the cheapest you can get the latest of the great Castlevania series for the DS. Everywhere else you’ll find it for at least thirty-five smackers.
Not sure how long Amazon will have this for, so get it in a hurry. Gamespot has this 2D platformer at a rating of 8.3. This game brings you the same classic weaponry and items with a ton with better graphics and less attention on the stylus aspect of things. Less of the fads and back to the greatness that has kept this series going on for ages.
Via CAG