Pinball Arcade was released on Steam not too long ago (ahead of the Wii U version announced more than a year ago). Similar to Zen Pinball 2, the engine is free to download, and the tables are separate downloads that you pick out to pay for. Unlike Zen Pinball, it comes with one free table. I have to wonder why the Virtual Console isn’t the same. The Virtual Console games all individual downloads of well over 30 MB each on Wii U for games less than 4 MB in their original formats. And yet they call it a “service”, when really it’s a subset of downloads available in a larger catalog. Is the selection a service? It would be really neat to have an actual virtual console with “cartridges” you buy individually. It would actually feel like a service. They could even have an animation of your Mii inserting the cartridges into the virtual console, kinda likein Retro Game Challenge or even just Game & Wario. Oh man.
Reggie Fils-Aime: I have to tell you—[petitions don’t] affect what we do. We certainly look at it, and we’re certainly aware of it, but it doesn’t necessarily affect what we do….
I wanted to bring Xenoblade here. The deal was, how much of a localization effort is it? How many units are we going to sell, are we going to make money? We were literally having this debate while Operation Rainfall was happening, and we were aware that there was interest for the game, but we had to make sure that it was a strong financial proposition.
I’m paid to make sure that we’re driving the business forward—so we’re aware of what’s happening, but in the end we’ve got to do what’s best for the company. The thing we know [about petitions] is that 100,000 signatures doesn’t mean 100,000 sales.
I can’t wait for Nintendo to reveal whether or not Lucas is coming back for the next Smash Bros.
Ness is a fairly popular character, and EarthBound was released on Virtual Console worldwide a few months ago. It’s likely he will return. But the ship has sailed for a localization of Mother 3. If Lucas returns too, it’ll be a huge, hilarious slap in the face to Mother 3 fans. Nintendo will have to somehow try to explain his character and his game to non-Japanese fans. It will be gloriously awkward. Not to mention that they already casually spoiled his backstory in Brawl, as if to say, “They’ll never get to play his game anyway.” And if he doesn’t return, we’ll never get Mother 3 in any form ever again. Whatever they had planned for him will have been for nothing.
It’s lose/lose for fans of Mother 3 and Smash Bros. at this point. The sequence of events that led to this is beautiful to behold.
I just noticed that Shin Megami Tensei IV is called such in all regions, yet I and II never came out anywhere outside Japan. I wonder if anyone out there thinks that Persona 3 and 4 are Shin Megami Tensei I and II.