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Reggie: ‘Splatoon is aiming to do for action shooters what Mario Kart did to racing’

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That`s pretty bold and admirable for Reggie to say, but that`s gonna be a pretty hard thing to do. First off, the game`s gotta be good and fun before it can do like MK did. Next, there are plenty of huge shooters out there filling the gap, so that`s likely out of the question for Splatoon to make any sort of splash. And last, it`s on the Wii U. No one aside from Ninten fans are going to care about this game.

I would like for Splatoon to do well, but I don`t think it will do as well as Reggie hopes.



 

              

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Wright said:

Ugh. Mario Kart is probably one of the worst Nintendo franchises out there, and the only thing it did for me was making me not want to play racing games. It overshadowed F-Zero, and that's a huge crime.

Seeing Reggie using Mario Kart as to excell Splatoon virtues only makes me more pessimistic about the later's destiny.

What, it's going to make you hate shooters and overshadow Call of Duty?



I know it won't sell gangbusters being on the Wii U, but I hope for the best success for Nintendo. This title looks very promising!



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EDIT: Welp, douburo posto



Nintendo should actually promote Splatoon, but we know they won't.

I wasn't that fond of the game when it was first announced, but it's growing me. Maybe I could buy it just to support a new Nintendo IP.



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I think this is a typical case of thinking that "special" equals "good", I think Reggie is in for a massive letdown as this will likely be an extremely nich title, along the lines of Wonderful 101, when all is said and done.
Even Reggie himself realizes that this is far too lofty a wish, the SNES was an actual force to be reckoned with on the market and the original Mario Kart sold nearly 9 million on the roughly 50 million installed base.

The sentence "but for now, it does have a strong niche following on paper" confuses the hell out of me, by the way, isn't that a proper oxymoron? And even if it isn't to some, isn't that incredibly vague as a statement by anyone? I don't understand what they were thinking there.



End of 2016 hardware sales:

Wii U: 15 million. PS4: 54 million. One: 30 million. 3DS: 64.8 million. PSVita: 15.2 million.

Mummelmann said:
I think this is a typical case of thinking that "special" equals "good", I think Reggie is in for a massive letdown as this will likely be an extremely nich title, along the lines of Wonderful 101, when all is said and done.
Even Reggie himself realizes that this is far too lofty a wish, the SNES was an actual force to be reckoned with on the market and the original Mario Kart sold nearly 9 million on the roughly 50 million installed base.

The sentence "but for now, it does have a strong niche following on paper" confuses the hell out of me, by the way, isn't that a proper oxymoron? And even if it isn't to some, isn't that incredibly vague as a statement by anyone? I don't understand what they were thinking there.


The issue here is the approach may come across as niche but the genre is easily recognizable unlike W101 which is an action game but doesn't look like one from the distance, The SNES was a force but the N64 was not so much but that didn't stop Smash taking off and tbh Smash's approach to fighters is more niche like then Splatoon's to shooters. Strong niche following is most likely a reference to the cult following it's building up and how they'll plan to build on the first game to help the following grow, Smash had such a following to begin with that eventually that lead to the game's eventual 5.5m sales on the N64. I see what he means in that Splatoon is following the path of Smash and MK in being a sort of sub-genre in their genre.



If it was called Super Mario Combat Devolved, I think it would have a chance at having a MK effect. But without the name recognition it might struggle for attention. Also it ain't likely to be a system seller no matter how good it is. And because one thing MK had in its favour when it came on the scene was total market dominance by the Nintendo console of that generation. Splatoon is really up against it as potential to popularise a new shooter sub-genre. Had this game been on Wii, when it was at its peak, then it probably would have done extremely well and spawned a bunch of me-too games on both Wii and at least one of the HD consoles.

Also, while having somewhat different game modes and some notable differences in gameplay, you have to admit that PvZ Garden Warfare kind of already occupies a similar niche, at least insofar as being light-hearted and more focussed on fun goes. Also the split screen co-op hoarde mode is great for the somewhat less skilled player, so the game caters to that crowd who don;t really want competitive multiplayer. So Splatoon won't really be an originator in the same way MK was.



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I'd say Nintendo is doing it very well!



ill wait the reviews.

not the grades, the impressions.