It's no secret the Wii U is struggling financially, but Nintendo doesn't seem to mind. While Microsoft and Sony are enjoying over 10 and 20 million units shipped, the Wii U is just barely over 9 million despite having an extra year on the market. Poor sales have even led to major publishers like EA dropping Wii U support (their coming soon page doesn't even list the Wii U or even the 3DS even though Peter Moore claims Nintendo is a "great partner").
Scott Moffitt, the company's vice president of sales, explains why Nintendo isn't worried about a lack of support:
"Our job and our goal is through our first-party games, to build the installed base up so that it makes it easy for third-party publisher to bring their third-party content to our systems"
It makes sense, really. Nintendo never really has been big on making more money than the competition, but their games have spoken for themselves over the years. The Wii U was originally marketed to try and bring more core gamers back to Nintendo over Sony and Microsoft, but that hasn't quite panned out. Reviewers and gamers alike both seem to love Wii U games for the most part, so it's hard to say that the system is a failure. It may not be bringing home the bacon like the PS4, but the Wii U does have quality games that pretty much everyone can enjoy, and that's what really counts at the end of the day
Possibly looking to "smart devices" as a means to expand platforms Despite holding a "powerhouse" platform in the 3DS that continues to reach new milestones in the U.S. alone, Nintendo is still weighed down by a stagnant response to the Wii U.
When Sony and Square Enix announced to the world that a remake of Final Fantasy VII was definitely happening at this year's E3, the Internet and the convention hall erupted. Many are still skeptical given the numerous false promises we've been given over the years, but it's actually happening (we hope). A remake of this magnitude will obviously take time. Square Enix isn't dumb enough to just touch up their flagship franchise's bestselling entry, back away from remake and call it a remaster, then rerelease it on PSN for the PS4. Final Fantasy VII has sold almost 11 million copies across all platforms, including Steam's 2013 re-release of the initial PC port. Many fans have speculated that the remake will be released in 2017 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of VII's initial release on the PS1.
The subject of a remake has been something Square Enix has dodged or denied for years, but after announcing that it's happening this week, game director Tetsuya Nomura revealed in an interview that he wants to do more remakes of classic Final Fantasy titles. The only catch? He doesn't want to do VIII or IX. While remakes of both Squall and Zidane's adventures would be welcomed by many fans and certainly criticized by others after retelling Cloud's story, Nomura was thinking further back to another fan favorite: Final Fantasy VI.
Speaking to various media outlets through a group interview session at E3 on Tuesday, Nomura was asked by VentureBeat if there was any interest in remaking Final Fantasy VIII or IX. He decided to stretch further back in the series catalog, stating:
“Considering that we have remakes of Final Fantasy up to IV and then we have VII — I’ve been working with Mr. [Yoshinori] Kitase since Final Fantasy V, and we’ve noticed that V and VI are missing. That bothers me,” Nomura said. “How come we skipped over those two?”
Terra's adventures in VI are almost as beloved as Cloud and company's struggle against Sephiroth. While it certainly hasn't sold as many copies as VII has, it was just as loved by critics. A remake of Final Fantasy VI would certainly be a welcome addition to many a RPG fan's library, but what platform(s) would it be on? What kind of direction would the art take from the original 2D sprites? The iOS port is certainly prettier than the original SNES release, but it's still 2D. Would Square Enix wait for a special occasion like the game's 25th anniversary in 2019 or even the 30th in 2024?
I was playing around with Pandora radio today and a band named Lunatica showed up based on the criteria I gave. Intrigued, I set out to Youtube to find some other songs by them to form a better opinion of whether I should go out searching for some of their CDs in the morning, when I came across this little gem of a track. It's not really a song, but more of an introductory monologue to an album titled The Edge of Infinity. Listening to it really got me thinking. For those interested, here's an audio clip from Youtube:
If you can't see it or just don't want to listen to it, here's the full text of the monologue:
What does it mean to you?
It can signify the point at which you leave reality behind.
Or it may just be a mathematical expression to describe the size of our universe.
It can symbolize that true love never dies.
In other words, infinity offers you the chance that you'll find at last what you've always been dreaming of.
Hasn't it always been the endeavour of mankind to create a better world than the one we are living in?
Music gives you the chance to broaden your mind.
It's time to forget about the artificial frontiers that our intellect is inflicting on us.
Prepare yourself for the greatest journey you've ever made.
Dream on until you've reached the edge of infinity..
I myself am still pondering the question posed here. I don't know where my mental journey to find my own answer will take me, but it's sure to be interesting. It's been a long time since I've had a question like this posed to me.
I figured I'd post this up for a bit of fun to see what kind of things you guys come up with about what you think fills up most of my day (and consequently my slave lover Deathsythe). I'll start this off at midnight and go part way through a little bit of the day and leave it up to you guys to use your imagination before I post what my typical day really is like. Your ideas can be funny, realistic, or just plain stupid. It's as much for me to get a laugh as it is you guys, so feel free to debate to your heart's content. Yes, some of this is censored. Don't want to spoil all the fun for you now. :P
Deathsythe, don't spoil this with my real schedule just yet :(
12 AM: Log in after work, checck PMs, wiki forums, etc. 1 AM: Wonder why *top secret* hasn't been done or why we're still waiting on *wiki admin* for a simple *answer* 2 AM: Check MSN, ponder why Vermillion is using another loli image as his display pic... 3 AM: Sleep.
Just when you thought people can't get any dumber, a student in Austin, Texas was issued a detention for giving a demonstration of a non-Microsoft OS as the teacher said it was "illegal" and then e-mailed the head of HeliOS, the "illegal" Linux distro:
...observed one of my students with a group of other children gathered around his laptop. Upon looking at his computer, I saw he was giving a demonstration of some sort. The student was showing the ability of the laptop and handing out Linux disks. After confiscating the disks I called a confrence with the student and that is how I came to discover you and your organization. Mr. Starks, I am sure you strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom. At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful. These children look up to adults for guidance and discipline. I will research this as time allows and I want to assure you, if you are doing anything illegal, I will pursue charges as the law allows. Mr. Starks, I along with many others tried Linux during college and I assure you, the claims you make are grossly over-stated and hinge on falsehoods. I admire your attempts in getting computers in the hands of disadvantaged people but putting linux on these machines is holding our kids back.
This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping these children at all. I am sure if you contacted Microsoft, they would be more than happy to supply you with copies of an older verison of Windows and that way, your computers would actually be of service to those receiving them...
As an avid Linux user myself, I don't know whether to be outraged at this ignorant teacher's comments and (empty) threats or to just simply laugh. She's tried Linux in college, yet because she probably couldn't navigate out of /home/windowslover (the equivalent of C:\Users\Windowslover for you Windows types) and because the IT department in her school district preaches that Redmond is the Nazareth of operating systems, anything else has got to be illegal in her mind. Let me start debunking some of her ignorant statements in terms that those who are curious about Linux or only have a basic understanding of it can understand.
"I... tried Linux in college... the claims you make are grossly over-stated and hinge on falsehoods": This statement, my dear friends, is grossly ignorant and is entirely false. Linux has made great strides in the last few years. What was the latest Linux tech two years ago is now outdated, whereas what was the best of Microsoft two years ago is still the best of Microsoft. In some cases, such as Compiz Fusion, Linux has already surpassed Windows. The allowance of multiple workspaces was already a great step forward, but with this technology, Vista's Aero interface looks prehistoric compared to Microsoft's claims that it's the best interface out there.
"Windows runs on virtually every computer...": Are we talking about the desktop market or the server market here? While Windows has the desktop market by the gonads, Linux has been spinning circles around Windows Server for ages in the server market. While servers aren't used for your normal day to day computing tasks, they're still computers. Be more specific and I might concede this point.
"...putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping these children at all...": On the contrary. Linux is a free, unrestricted license to learn about how a computer truly works. As an educator, this person should be encouraging her students to try Linux when it's brought into the classroom so they can learn about it and make a decision for themselves, not deem it piracy and confiscate the discs. As the son of a professional educator, this infuriates me to know that there are people out there who have no problem being so ignorant and still call themselves educators when they force conformity on students instead of free thinking.
"...if you contact Microsoft, they would ... provide you with copies of an older verison [sic] of Windows...": Sure, they'd provide you with copies of an older version of Windows, but they'd still charge you full price and make more money off of an outdated system they don't even support. Windows is not free unlike Linux; there is always a cost involved, whether it be hidden or slammed in your face.
In light of all this, the head of HeliOS is going to meet with both Ms. Karen and the superintendent of her school district after the winter holidays to discuss the matter. Prepare yourself, Karen, because you're about to get schooled.