Vita Outsells Wii U in Japan

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Mr.Mattress:

Crono1973:

Raikas:

Sure they are. A plaything is a toy, regardless of the age of the audience.

Maybe you could list some other toys that require a picture ID to purchase?

What ID? Neither me nor my dad have ever had to present ID in order to purchase a game, regardless of the Rating. What State do you live in? My advice; move away from it.

OT: That sucks. I guess we can expect sucky February sales too. However, next month is WiiU-Palooza (The Amazing Spider-Man, Lego City: Undercover, Need For Speed, Monster Hunter 3, The Walking Dead and Toki Tori 2), so we can expect sales in Japan and America to start picking up, even if it's temporary.

I look old enough so I have never been carded but I seen kids carded plenty of times in Gamestop. Is Gamestop a toy store? In department stores, are video games sold in the toy department?

I thought we were beyond people (not the word I want to use) believing that video games are toys but I guess some people are still living in the 80's.

How can you lose to the Vita? It's the same price, sort of. xD The Vita with a 32GB memory card is 349.99$

I look old enough so I have never been carded but I seen kids carded plenty of times in Gamestop. Is Gamestop a toy store? In department stores, are video games sold in the toy department?

Funny, I have the opposite situation. I'm 23 and I'm asked for ID. When I was 20, someone thought I was 16.

Asuka Soryu:

I look old enough so I have never been carded but I seen kids carded plenty of times in Gamestop. Is Gamestop a toy store? In department stores, are video games sold in the toy department?

Funny, I have the opposite situation. I'm 23 and I'm asked for ID. When I was 20, someone thought I was 16.

Well, I have a full beard and some wrinkles on my forehead so they figure I must be atleast 18. Funny thing is, when I was a smoker I got carded every once in a while with the same beard and and few less wrinkles.

Can't say I'm surprised. The Wii U is just not enticing. I look at it and think: why would I want to buy this thing? It is barely more powerful than previous generation consoles, at a much higher price, and still with a very limited library. Sure, the Wii was a hit, despite a modest hardware. But it was cheap, and had an unique gimmick. The Wii U can't be as cheap because its controller is too complex. And you can't even say it is much of an gimmick, as everyone has a tablet now. Worse, the damn thing has the downsides of a tablet (bulky, expensive) without the upsides (portable, huge app library).

Crono1973:

Raikas:

Crono1973:

M Rated games aren't toys.

Sure they are. A plaything is a toy, regardless of the age of the audience.

Maybe you could list some other toys that require a picture ID to purchase?

Dildos,plugs,beads,vibes... oh we're not going there are we?

In all seriousness of course M rated games are toys.

Part of the problem is that the most entertaining games for the Wii U are indie games on the eShop, and sadly indie devs don't have the same marketing power as the likes of EA and Ubi.

If I'll praise Nintendo for anything with the Wii U, it's that they've really opened up the system for indie developers. There are a whole slew of interesting indie games up on the eShop now, from Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2, to Chasing Aurora, Nano Assault Neo, Trine 2: Director's Cut, Puddle, and The Cave. If people are willing to look beyond triple-A games, there's a whole load of interesting titles waiting to be played, with a whole bunch more on the horizon.

As for triple-A games, they're on the way. March is looking to be a pretty busy month, with MH3:Ultimate, Most Wanted U and Amazing Spiderman. Sure, there'll be some more gaps between now and the summer titles, but that's always the way. The 360's release lineup was full of holes and gaps in its first year. Same with the PS3. Once the Nintendo heavies and titles like Watch Dogs and Splinter Cell start arriving, things will be looking much better.

Of course, the other problem is that Ubisoft took the most interesting February title, and one of the most anticipated Wii U games in general, and kicked it seven months down the line to die against GTA V. I would not have wanted to be in the meeting room between Ubisoft and Nintendo after that got announced.

Iwata: I know it was you Ubi. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!

Irridium:
Remember when so many developers said how much they were looking forward to developing for the Wii U?

Good times.

The real question is: Will we be asking the same question a few months after PS4 launches?

I honestly don't see anything that would make me want to get a Wii U at the moment... Or near future.

Yopaz:

Spacefrog:

Yopaz:

I guess I've got to put that on my to do list. Also Monster Hunter isn't for everyone, while I loved Monster Hunter Tri I think it might be a niche title. It took me a while to get into it and well, it is really repetitive and you'll spend quite some time gathering materials. At least there's Pikmin to look forward to.

Niche to you maybe, but fact is; Monster hunter games are system sellers in Japan.
Compare to Halo and COD levels of popularity in western countries.
If you ever tried a Asian (Korean at least) MMORPG you would know that they LOVE mindless grinding.

The first thing I actually did when reading this article was to see if they had just released a new Monster Hunter game for the Vita, but nope the only thing released in the past week was a dating sim re-release.

Why thank you for stating a well known fact. The Monster Hunter series is incredibly popular in Japan and less so in Europe and America. You know what that means? Also you might have missed the point where I said that personally I love Monster Hunter.

Edit: Also isn't it hilarious how you start off by saying it's not a niche title then explain exactly why it is a niche title?

If it is a well known fact, why state that it is niche?

My post was meant to point out the fact that it is ONLY niche in the west, where I assumed you came from, so just because you feel it is nice does not mean it is.
Then you go on to complain about the grind, which I explain why is there.

-The post was to agree with anybody else who mentioned that the WiiU will regain its lead one the next game comes out.
-It did not have any relation to the fact whether you liked the game or not.
-It did not rag down on the games themselves as a whole(Just the grind)I am a big fan of them myselves and they are the only reason I own a PSP.
-Any personal attacks you may have felt came from my post is purely in your head.

Fumbles:

Crono1973:

Raikas:

Sure they are. A plaything is a toy, regardless of the age of the audience.

Maybe you could list some other toys that require a picture ID to purchase?

Dildos,plugs,beads,vibes... oh we're not going there are we?

In all seriousness of course M rated games are toys.

I was going to go there but you beat me to it

Spacefrog:

If it is a well known fact, why state that it is niche?

It's a well known fact that the series is incredibly popular in Japan. It is also a well known fact that it isn't really that big in the west. That is the very definition of a niche. It's a game made with a specific target audience in mind. Monster Hunter is is a niche game series. You yourself gave a perfect explanation to which niche that is

My post was meant to point out the fact that it is ONLY niche in the west, where I assumed you came from, so just because you feel it is nice does not mean it is.[

You're right, it's not a niche just because I feel that way. It is a niche because it fits the definition of a niche game. If we were to go with your definition of a niche then nothing is a niche because someone likes it.

Then you go on to complain about the grind, which I explain why is there.

I did not complain about the fact that the game is repetitive. That is something you made up in your head. I was simply explaining that the game being repetitive is part of why the game isn't for everyone.

I don't know why you seem to think I was accusing you of personal attack either. I guess you're being paranoid or something portraying your own emotions on to me. I'm only guessing though because I don't have a clue where that statement came from at all.

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