The evening Inbox adds up how many consoles Nintendo has ever sold, as one reader looks forward to Edges 25th anniversary.
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The Young Nate Chronicles
Oh god, make it stop! What am I talking about? Why video game movies of course. Apparently this idea of doing Uncharted with the guy out of Spider-Man is still going on, which makes zero sense to me. Whats the point of having a film about Nathan Drake where hes not really Nathan Drake? Or are they signing up the actor for so many sequels hes going to be growing into the role and still playing him in his 40s?
What Ill never understand is why isnt the default way of making a video game movie something thats CGI? It seems so obvious. It wouldve made Tomb Raider make a lot more sense and after seeing those cut scenes for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate a whole movie that looked like that would be amazing. I assume the reason is they just want something to be the next superhero fad and live action will always make more than animated (unless its Frozen, I guess?).
But I just dont see how something like Uncharted is going to work as a film. Theres little to no supernatural elements in the games so its just going to be National Treasure without Nicholas Cage. And is the Spider-Man guy going to be shooting as many people as the real Nate? Thats not family entertainment.
Played the Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 video over the weekend and pretty much liked it. I mean, its not much different from the last Black Ops, which Im sure is the point, but I could see the Overwatch/hero shooter comparisons which Im okay with.
I agree with the idea that Call Of Duty gets too much grief from some people and purely because its popular. They do a much better job, generally, than Battlefield at doing something new each time and they have to come up with stuff every year, not just every two years. I mean, the most hated Call Of Duty game is Infinite Warfare and that was because people didnt want it to change too much!
Im most interested in Blackout, of course, but if they manage to do something new with Battle Royale I think this years could end up being a classic.
Just to remind people that its Edges 25th anniversary this month and the latest mag is going out to subscribers now. I have to admit I stopped subscribing a long time ago but I will try and pick this one up from the shops. I dont know if these four covers are just for subscribers but I thought it was interesting the games they picked to be on them: Mario, Street Fighter II, Halo, and Dark Souls.
Mario and Street Fighter are totally legitimate picks for gaming icons I think, and while Master Chief seems a little old hat nowadays I think hes there because Edge gave the first Halo 10/10. I think they didnt for Dark Souls but did retroactively, so that makes sense too. But its also probably the best modern game thats also had a big impact as well.
Narrowing 25 years of gaming down to four games isnt easy but while I dont personally care for Halo its going to be a shooter in that spot and Call Of Duty just doesnt have anywhere iconic enough characters.
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Lifetime to date
Read with interest the news about Sony selling 500 million consoles overall and just as I was wondering what Nintendos title must be came across this story that shows it just past the 700 million mark!
Just like with Sonys numbers thats including both home and portable consoles, but obviously Nintendo has been in the game 11 years longer than Sony. Even so its still an impressive figure, especially given Nintendo has had some flop consoles in their time and Sony never really has.
Out of interest I looked up to see how many iPhones have been sold since 2007 and apparently its 1.2 billion, so Nintendo are more than half way to that. Which is amazing really considering that games are such a trivial thing and the potential audience is much smaller.
Id love to know how many Microsoft has sold but of course they wont give figures anymore because theyre losing at the moment. Using rough estimates though it seems to be about 150 million, which isnt great considering they only joined the console wars seven years after Sony.
PS: Isnt it weird how Americans refused to call portables consoles? As if they were some completely different concept. Some of them run the exact same games!
GC: It is weird, yes.
Rousing the beast
While the talk of ROMs on the Inbox has been… to be honest a bit predictable, the report I read on Eurogamer noted something rather interesting.
The main emulation site in question had acquiesced to Nintendos DMCA takedown requests and had removed links to all of the Nintendo ROMs on the site previously.
However, despite this the recent shutdown was due to Nintendo issuing a ginormous lawsuit against multiple websites, including the aforementioned site.
While the other sites may have been guilty of non-compliance, the site I am alluding to gives the impression that its almost like Nintendo was protecting the IP of companies other than themselves.
Right way round
I dont know if I missed it or there was no fanfare even on GameCentral who often praise Treasure but Ikaruga was released on PlayStation 4 a month after the Swtich release. I couldnt help notice as well that the review has the Switch price as £13.49 whereas on the PSN store the price is £7.99. £13.49 is a fair price but I guess it just goes to show you charge what you think you can get away with.
Im excited to try to conquer this rock hard classic, never did on Xbox 360. Im doubly excited as I bought a 144Hz monitor recently that is designed to rotate 90 degrees which should give it a more acradey feel. On that note does any die hard bullet hell fans have any other picks for PlayStation 4 that have a flip screen mode. Thanks.
While looking up Ikarugas PlayStation 4 release on the net there where rumours Radiant Silvergun may also come to the Switch/PS4. Fingers crossed.
GC: Two Ikaruga reviews in as many months wouldve been pushing it even for us. We believe Battle Garegga, Ghost Blade HD, and some of the Arcade Archives games have TATE modes, but we dont have a rotating screen anymore to check.
Just saw your article about the Capcom Resident Evil 2 boxset. It seems to just be a rebranded Qwerkywriter keyboard which retails for around £200-£240 depending on region layout.
I know some people will want the Resi-themed one no matter the cost, but I just thought Id highlight the massive premium to pay for what I assume is a repaint.
GC: Thank you for this, we updated the story to show where the keyboard had come from.
So, I finally watched the gameplay video of Read Dead Redemption II over the weekend… Mostly as an outside fascination sort of thing (the amount of options looks too overwhelming for me to get into), but one thing that really struck me was how much the gang mechanics reminded me of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa Of Dana, having just finished that recently on Switch. At first the castaway village in that was pretty lame, but the more I got into it the more I really enjoyed getting to know all the characters and doing all the side activities there, which I imagine would be the case in Red Dead too.
Side note: Also watched the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct; despite not having much experience in Smash, might have to get that one just for the sheer completeness of the work theyve put in. I was very impressed. Strangely not overwhelmed by it like with Read Dead Redemption, despite not even knowing how it plays, how you do specials, etc.
Side note 2: Also watched the Doom Eternal gameplay, cant wait!
Side note 3: All these video-watchings, plus a lovely outside, meant despite meaning to both start and finish Flipping Death on the weekend, I didnt even get to start it up…!
GC: It seems surprising youd be okay with Ys VIII but find the much more mainstream Red Dead too overwhelming.
I would love Nintendo to do VR but not with the Switch. Im pretty sure that mustve just been an experiment and they realise they need more power. If only theyd team up with Valve!
Wait, Microsoft bought the people that made We Happy Few? But… why? Was there seriously no more deserving developer than that?!
This weeks Hot Topic
The subject for this weekends Inbox was suggested by reader Franky, who asks whats the one game annoucement you never expect to hear?
With Gamescom coming up next week whats the one thing youre confident wont be revealed? Whether its a sequel, reboot, or some kind of hardware annoucement what do you think is the least likely, without being completely silly.
What annoucement have you given up any hope of hearing about and why do you think itll never happen? Whats the most surprised youve ever been by an annoucement and how did the final product turn out?
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